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December 9, 2013

Dear Families,

Thank you to all that attended our Christmas Concert at Washington High School Friday evening. The students and Mrs. Rhem did a fabulous job! This week we will be working with the Three Religions in history. With science the class is working in different areas of Botany, mainly the different characteristics of plants.

The students are continuing to raise money for the Heiffer Project. Our classroom set a goal to raise $300.00 and currently the class has raised $157.78. We are hoping the students are asking to do service projects in order to raise the money at home.

We would like to thank Conya Owens for coming in to volunteer in the classroom last Friday. With her help some of our students were able to bake cookies in the classroom. We hope to continue the cooking projects in the room since we received a grant to purchase many different appliances for the 9-12 classroom kitchens.

We are also asking for donations of fleece fabric to begin sewing baby blankets for Viadent Hospital here in Washington. The blankets are approximately 1 yard of print fleece with 1 yard of coordinating-colored solid fleece on the other side. If you would like to send a monetary donation towards the fabric that is also welcome. Thank you to Dora Bumpass for sending in a fabric donation.

We know that this is a very busy time of year, and we thank you for all you do to support our classroom!

Jessica and Joel

Jessica.adams@wmpcs.org

Joel.richardson@wmpcs.org

Upcoming Events:

Friday, 12-13: Chick-fil-a Hot Lunch Money Due; Last day for Heifer Donations

Wed, 12-18: Chick-fil-A Hot Lunch

Friday, 12-20: Half day; noon dismissal; no BASC available





December 2, 2013

Dear Families,

This week we will be continuing with our study of the Roman Empire and the country of Italy. With science the class is working in different areas of Botany, mainly the different characteristics of plants. Some of the students were able to go on a walk today to be able to identify parts of a stem.

The students are continuing to raise money for the Heiffer Project. Our classroom set a goal to raise $300.00. We are hoping the students are asking to do service projects in order to raise the money at home. Friday, December 13th will be the last day we are able to accept donations.

We are also asking for donations of fleece fabric to begin sewing baby blankets for Viadent Hospital here in Washington. The blankets are approximately 1 yard of print fleece with 1 yard of coordinating-colored solid fleece on the other side. If you would like to send a monetary donation towards the fabric that is also welcome.

Just a reminder that our Christmas Concert is this Friday at Washington High School. Violin students should be there at 6:15 to prepare and others at 6:30.  

We know that this is a very busy time of year, and we thank you for all you do to support our classroom!

Jessica and Joel

Jessica.adams@wmpcs.org

Joel.richardson@wmpcs.org

Upcoming Events:

Wed, 12-04:    Chick-fil-A Hot Lunch

Friday, 12-06:    School-wide Christmas concert

Friday, 12-13: Chick-fil-a Hot Lunch Money Due

Wed, 12-18: Chick-fil-A Hot Lunch

Friday, 12-20: Half day; noon dismissal; no BASC available




November 25, 2013


Dear Families,

As a reminder this week is a short week for the Thanksgiving Holiday. With the short week, hot lunch money for next week is due Wednesday by Noon. We need to be able to place our order prior to leaving for the holiday. Lessons for the week are a bit modified due to the shortened week. This week for history we will continue our discussion on Rome, and start to include geographical facts about Italy. Italy is our Kids Fest country, and we will begin our study of the country that will last the remainder of the year.

Included in the 6th year’s folders is a letter pertaining to the yearend trip. The letter outlines the location and the approximate cost for the trip. If you have any questions, please let us know.

For our Christmas giving project the class will be sewing baby blankets to donate to the hospital here in Washington. We are beginning to collect the fleece fabric that will be needed. The blankets are approximately 1 yard of print fleece with 1 yard of coordinating-colored solid fleece on the other side.

Please let us know if you have any questions,

Jessica Adams and Joel Richardson

Jessica.adams@wmpcs.org

Joel.richardson@wmpcs.org

Upcoming Events:

Wed, 11-27:    Chick-fil-A Hot Lunch Money Due

Wed, 11-27:    Half day; noon dismissal; no BASC available

Thurs, 11-28:  Thanksgiving holiday

Friday, 12-6:    School-wide Christmas concert

Friday, 12-20: Half day; noon dismissal; no BASC available








November 12, 2013


Dear Families,


This week our class will be moving forward in history to begin the study of Ancient Rome. As Italy is


our Kids Fest country, we will be working with Rome until the Thanksgiving Break. We will be including


the geography of the region along with our history studies. In science the students are continuing their


study of the 5 Kingdoms moving toward the study of plants. If your child has not been completing their


weekly follow up, they may not be this far in the science curriculum. As each topic builds upon the prior


it is vital to complete the weekly lessons.


Due to some problems we have been having during work cycle with popcorn, we are asking that


microwave popcorn not be sent in as a snack item. If the students would like to make it as part of their


lunch, that is fine. We would like to refrain from using the microwaves during work cycle. They can


cause unnecessary disruptions during morning work. Morning snack is an option for all the students to


take a small break from their work and get some added energy for the day. We ask that they choose one


item for snack and we would like to see it be a healthy option.


Tuesday and Wednesday of this week we will be continuing our parent/teacher conferences. If you were


not able to attend your conference we will be sending home your child’s report card. Please let us know


if you have any questions regarding the information from report cards.


Thursday evening we will be having a Community Meeting at 6:30p.m. All community members are


encouraged to attend to help be a part of the improvement of our school. Prior to the meeting the


Middle School will be having a Fall Feast. Tickets are available for $7.00 and are available from any


middle school student.


Thank you to all of the families that helped make the Dinner Theater such a success. We were very


fortunate to have so many 5th


job both on stage and serving that evening. A big thank you to Margaret Heifferon and Anita Purser for


helping in the kitchen that evening!


Please let us know if you have any questions,


Jessica Adams and Joel Richardson


Jessica.adams@wmpcs.org


Joel.richardson@wmpcs.org


and 4th


years in attendance. The 6th


grade students did such a wonderful





November 4, 2013


Dear Families,


What a busy week we are going to have! Today the 6th years are busy with final preparations for the dinner theater on Tuesday. They have put a lot of work into the play and we are all very excited to show everyone the finished products. Mrs. Adams will be out of the room with the 6th years Monday morning. Due to the different schedule we have this week, the days that we normally have lessons will be slightly shifted so that we will be able to get everything in.


Monday afternoon out parent/teacher conferences will begin. If you are unable to attend or need to reschedule please let us know. During the conferences we will be sharing your child’s report card and will be able to discuss the progress we have seen from the beginning of the year. Please remember that each conference is scheduled for 20 minutes in order to allot time for each family.  


On Tuesday the 6th years will be transported to the church after car line. They will set up for dinner service and be able to practice for their performance. Pizza will be delivered to the church so that they may eat prior to others arriving. Please remember the 6th years will need to bring a white top and dark bottoms for serving. We will begin serving at 6:00p.m. and the play will begin around 7:00p.m.


For those that have volunteer to prepare food for dinner theater, a BIG Thank you! Please bring in your items into school on Tuesday and we will transport it over to the church. Please make sure to have your containers labeled with your name so that we may return them to you. Soups do not need to be in a crock pot this year, we will be combining them at the church to be heated.


Friday the 5th grade students will be going to Goose Creek for Environmental Days.                 Mr. Richardson will be accompanying the students on the field trip. Thank you to those who have volunteered to drive for us on Friday.


Thank you for all of your support!

Sincerely,


Mrs. Adams and Mr. Richardson

jessica.adams@wmpcs.org

joel.richardson@wmpcs.org


Upcoming Events:

Monday, November 4   Half Day to start Parent/Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, November 5  6th Grade Dinner Theater

Friday, November 8   5th grade to Goose Creek State Park Environmental Days

Monday, November 11  Veterans’ Day—No School

Tuesday, November 12 Conferences Continue

Thursday, November 14 Middle School Fall Dinner, Tickets available from a Middle School

Student

Thursday, November 14 Community Meeting




October 28, 2013


Dear Families,


In the classroom the students will be beginning to study Ancient Greece. This will fall right in line with


our Dinner Theater next week. The entire class is anxiously awaiting our play. In science we will continue


our study of the Plant kingdom.


Next week we will begin our parent/teacher conferences. The schedule has previously gone home. If


you have any questions or are unable to attend please let us know.


On Friday, November 8th


to Goose Creek State Park for Environmental Days. There is a field trip permission slip attached. We will


need drivers for our trip if you are able.


This week the 6th


Thank you to everyone who has volunteered their time to help make the evening a success. There are


still some spots available to sign up. You may send in a note to the classroom or go to the website:


we will be having our first field trip for the 5th


year students. They will be going


 grade students will be continuing to practice for their performance next Tuesday.


http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F44ACAF28A4FE3-6thgrade


If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.


Sincerely,


Mrs. Adams and Mr. Richardson


jessica.adams@wmpcs.org


joel.richardson@wmpcs.org


Upcoming Events:


Friday, November 1 Teacher Workday, No school for students


Monday, November 4 Half Day to start Parent/Teacher Conferences


Tuesday, November 5 6th Grade Dinner Theater


Friday, November 8 5th


Monday, November 11 Veterans’ Day—No School


grade to Goose Creek State Park Environmental Days




October 21, 2013


Dear Families,


It is hard to believe we are coming up on the end of the first 9 weeks of schools. Time has really


flown by. Your children have accomplished so much in this time span. During the next few weeks the


classroom will be a buzz with the 6th


if possible. We have attached a flyer with the information for the evening and a prepayment form for


your family.


Part of the 6th


We have attached a list of items that are needed for the evening. You also may sign up on our website:


 Grade Dinner Theater. We would love to have all of our class there


 Grade Dinner Theater is the entire class participating in preparing the food for the event.


http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F44ACAF28A4FE3-6thgrade


If you are unable to sign up online, feel free to send a note in with your child and we will update the sign


up online. Thank you for your help!


On Friday, November 8th


They will be going to Goose Creek State Park for Environmental Days. There is a field trip permission slip


attached. We will need drivers for our trip if you are able.


Earlier in the week I sent an email out to our families who we have an email address on file. If you would


like to add your email address, please let us know.


Thank you to Anita Purser for offering to be our room parent. She will be helping to coordinate the


upcoming volunteer items and future events. Also, a big thank you to the Carrow Family who have


donated a second microwave to the classroom!


If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.


Sincerely,


we will be having our first field trip. This trip will be for the 5th


year students.


Mrs. Adams and Mr. Richardson


jessica.adams@wmpcs.org


joel.richardson@wmpcs.org


Upcoming Events:


Friday, October 25 Last Day for Scholastic Order Forms


Friday, November 1 Teacher Workday, No school for students


Monday, November 4 Half Day to start Parent/Teacher Conferences


Tuesday, November 5 6th Grade Dinner Theater


Friday, November 8 5th


Monday, November 11 Veterans’ Day—No School


grade to Goose Creek State Park Environmental Days




October 14, 2013

Dear Families,


This week we are continuing our study of the ancient river valley civilizations and beginning to look at China.  Our writing during this week will pertain to the Yellow River Valley. During the week the students copy a passage on the given topic. The next day they are asked to complete a K.W.O. (Key Word Outline) from the passage. The students then use the K.W.O. to complete their writing in their own words.


The sixth grade students are continuing to work on their performances for our play.  Our class will be doing The Gods Must Be Crazy: The Story of Cupid and Psyche. We are all very excited about the evening. Within the next few weeks we will be sending home information for the dinner theater for volunteer opportunities.


Currently in the classroom we only have one working microwave. When planning lunches for the week please keep this in mind, as 30 students trying to use it each day can become a problem.


A volunteer opportunity for the class is for our classroom room parent. This is a liaison between our classroom and the MPTO. The MPTO has monthly meetings after school, and helps coordinate many of the events on campus. The room parent would help with getting volunteers from our classroom and help to keep the class up to date on MPTO events. If this is something you may be interested in, please let us know.

                                               


If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.

Sincerely,



Mrs. Adams and Mr. Richardson

jessica.adams@wmpcs.org

joel.richardson@wmpcs.org

Upcoming Events:

Monday, October 14                                   Pizza Inn Night-MPTO sponsored

Wednesday, October 16                            Chick-fil-a Hot Lunch, make up pictures (uniform)

Friday, November 1                                     Teacher Workday, No school for students

Monday, November 4                             Half Day to start Parent/Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, November 5                             6th Grade Dinner Theater

Friday, November 8                                     5th grade to Goose Creek State Park Environmental Days

Monday, November 11                           Veterans’ Day—No School





September 30, 2013


Dear Families,


This week we will continue our studies on Dr. Montessori’s third Great Lesson, The Coming of Humans. This lessons leads us into our study of ancient civilizations. As we are working on this, the 6th graders will begin working on their play. The tentative date for the play is Tuesday, October 29 in the evening. We will be sending information home shortly regarding the many opportunities for volunteer hours to help with the play.

This week the students will be bringing home their work journals, which they have recorded their time during the week This is a time to sit down with your child to compare their work chart along with their journals. We feel that is such a vital life skill to have good time management practices from an early age. This is something that your child has been working on in the Montessori environment for many years.  For those students that may be new, it takes time to work on this skill. As you have probably heard before, it takes one month per year of age to normalize to the Montessori Environment.


This week we have two community events. Friday we will be having our annual Doughnuts for Dads. It will be from 8:00 - 9:30 am Friday morning. This is a time for your child to share a work with you in the classroom. Thursday evening the Board of Trustees will be having their October meeting to discuss the expansion plans for our school. Please remember that the school community is always welcome at these meetings.

A volunteer opportunity for the class is for our classroom room parent. This is a liaison between our classroom and the MPTO. The MPTO has monthly meetings after school, and helps coordinate many of the events on campus. The room parent would help with getting volunteers from our classroom and help to keep the class up to date on MPTO events. If this is something you may be interested in, please let us know.


If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.

Sincerely,


Mrs. Adams and Mr. Richardson


Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, October 2  Hamburger Hot Lunch

Thursday, October 3   B.O.T. Meeting 7:00 pm

Friday, October 4   Donuts for Dads 8:00 - 9:30 am

Friday, October 11   Hot Lunch Money Due, Chick-fil-a, Noon

Tuesday, October 29   6th Grade Play

Friday, November 1   Teacher Workday, No school for students

Monday, November 4   Half Day to start Parent/Teacher Conferences



September 23, 2013


Dear Families,

Last week we finished up Dr. Montessori’s Timeline of Life lesson. Our science and history lessons will now break off into different areas. For history we will be having Dr. Montessori’s Coming of Man lesson on Wednesday. This will lead us into our ancient civilization studies. For science we will begin our study of botany, beginning with plant cells.

Along with our weekly work charts this week we are also sending home your child’s work journal. The work journal is used as a tool to help identify where time is being used and to help with time management. This is a good opportunity to sit down with your child to compare the work chart and work journal. There are no highlights on the work chart since the work they have completed is in their work journal.


If you have any questions please feel free to contact

Sincerely,


Mrs. Adams and Mr. Richardson


Upcoming Events:


Friday, Sept. 27   Teacher Workday, No School for Students

Thursday, Sept 26   Hamburger Hot Lunch Money Due $5.00

Wednesday, October 2  Hamburger Hot Lunch

Tuesday, October 29   6th Grade Play




September 16, 2013


Dear Families,

As we are now in the fourth week of school, the students are now becoming more proficient at the procedures in the room. Many are using their time wisely and getting the majority of their work completed.


For this week we will be continuing our study of the Timeline of Life and the Paleozoic Era. We will be going further in depth with the Scientific Method and continuing our chemistry experiments. To facilitate better time management we have added the days of the week for follow up due dates. The follow up work that the students receive from a lesson are recorded in their copy books. It is crucial to complete the follow up work as each topic builds upon the prior.


The work charts are going home today with some highlights. The areas that are highlighted are what we are asking the students to work on first during the week because it may have been missed the week prior. On Thursday afternoon the checkoff sheets in the classroom are highlighted so that the students can easily see what is missing. This is an added reminder if they may have forgotten to turn in their work.


 Sincerely,


Mrs. Adams and Mr. Richardson


Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, Sept. 18   Hot Lunch

Friday, Sept. 27   Teacher Workday, No School for Students





September 9, 2013


Dear Families,


Included this week along with our letter is your child’s weekly Student Assessment/ Weekly Goals. On Friday afternoon the class sat down and reflected on the week. The student’s looked at what was successful for the week and what they might need to look at for next week. The 1 through 5 is how the student felt they used their time. One being that they felt distracted during the week and did not feel their time was used wisely, and a five being they felt all of their time was used wisely. Mrs. Adams then sat with students to set goals for next week. If you would please look over this with your child, sign it, and return it in their folder.


For this week we will be continuing our study of the Timeline of Life and the Paleozoic Era. We will be going further in depth with the Scientific Method and beginning our chemistry experiments. To facilitate better time management we have added the days of the weeks that the student’s will be having lessons onto the work charts. The follow up work that the students receive from a lesson are recorded in their copy books. It is crucial to complete the follow up work as each topic builds upon the prior.


We are including this week’s order form for Chick-Fil-A hot lunch on Wednesday, September 18th. The money will need to be turned in no later than Friday, September 13 at noon for the order to be placed. Thursday evening will be the school’s first Community Meeting. The families are all invited to attend to discuss our school as a community. We encourage everyone to attend.



 Sincerely,


Mrs. Adams and Mr. Richardson



Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, Sept. 11   School Pictures

Thursday, Sept. 12  6:00  Middle School Meeting 6th, 7th, 8th grade Parents

Thursday, Sept. 12  6:30 Community Meeting

Friday, Sept. 13  12:00 Hot Lunch Money Due, Chick-Fil-A $5.00

Wednesday, Sept. 18   Hot Lunch

Friday, Sept. 27   Teacher Workday, No School for Students




September 3, 2013


Dear Families,


We hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend. After the big week we had last week, a bit of rest was probably needed. During the week last week we introduced Board Math, Multiple Skills, SRA Reading Labs, Writing, Sentence Analysis, and ended the week with the Fable of Creation. With the completion of the  Fable of Creation we were able to do several science experiments in the classroom and also introduced the concept of recording observations from the experiments.

 

This week we will begin with an introduction to the work chart we will be using in the classroom. The work chart allows students to record the progress of their work during the week. On Friday the students will begin the year with journaling how they felt the week went, as well as goals for the following week. This will then be sent home with the students so that you are able to go over the work chart with them.


This week in history we will be working with the Clock of Eons and begin our study of the timeline of life. For many of the students, this is something we have been working with since first grade, and we are able to go further in depth with the vast amount of information included on the timeline.


We have also decided to use a blue folder for correspondence being sent back and forth from school to home. With the amount of paperwork being sent home, we felt this would help to keep it all together in one place. Please look for the folder to come home each Monday with the class weekly letter and your child’s work chart. We ask that your child send back the folder the next day in case additional paperwork needs to be sent home. Please feel free to send notes in the folder or email us with any questions you may have.  


Thank you for your support,


Mrs. Adams and Mr. Richardson


Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, 9/4  Cheeseburger Hot Lunch

Friday, 9/27  Staff Work Day, No School for Students




August 26, 2013


Dear Parents,


Welcome to the 2013 School Year! We are so excited for all of the wonderful things we have planned for the year. Everyone on our campus has worked so hard to accomplish the changes to the campus along with our classroom. One of big changes to our classroom is we now have co-teachers. Mrs. Adams and Mr. Richardson will both be giving lessons to the students during the work cycle. We will be able to cover a vast amount of material with this change.

Outside our classroom we have extreme change as well. A second driveway has been added for visitors during the day. This will in no way change the normal driving pattern during drop off or pick up. During the day, visitors will need to go to the visitor parking lot and sign in with the office. At this time the visitor will receive a pass to enter a building. The doors to the school will be locked during the day and the pass will be needed to enter. This policy will also apply for quick trips to the campus, such as dropping off a lunch or a forgotten item. We will not be able to come to the door to accept the item.


For the 9-12 level, the school day begins at 8:15. If your child arrives after this time they will need to first sign in with the main office in order to enter the building. Dismissal in the afternoon is at 3:00. At 2:30 our students have afternoon community building, so we ask that early pick-ups be kept to a minimum. If your child does need to be signed out please send a note that morning so we are prepared for the day.


In the 9-12 level the students are allowed to use the microwaves for lunch items. We try to keep the time below 3 minute so everyone has adequate time to eat. We normally eat lunch at 12:30 during the day. The students are also allowed to have a snack during the morning work cycle if they choose. We ask that they choose one item for snack and prefer if they have already begun work prior to taking the break.


This year the 9-12 level will be starting off hot lunch as a fundraiser to help with our trips during the year. The first hot lunch will be cheeseburgers on Friday, Sept 6. The cost is $5 and is due on Wednesday, September 4th.


Please remember that the school’s uniform policy is located in the Parent Handbook. Every Monday we will be sending home a letter with the upcoming week’s information. This week we will be doing the first of our Great Lessons, the Fable of Creation. From this we are able to start our science curriculum which we are looking forward to.


If you have any questions, please let us know at any time. The easiest way for us to be reached is through our email. Our addresses are jessica.adams@wmpcs.org and joel.richardson@wmpcs.org.


Thank you for your help and support,


Mrs. Adams and Mr. Richardson