News and Updates
November 5th and 6th is the District Book Fair that benefits all three school libraries will take place from 1-7pm hosted here at Bel Aire.
November 5th is the end the first AR trimester, be sure to take the last few tests and meet your AR goal!
November 8th - Outdoor ed forms are due to the office - Students and Cabin Leaders
November 8th is the end of the first academic trimester. Look forward to your first report card of the year as well as
November 11th - Veteran’s Day - NO SCHOOL
November 18th - 22nd is the week of Parent-Teacher-Student conferences.
November 28th is Thanksgiving, the holiday kicks off Nov. 27 and goes through the weekend.
We are currently in our second unit which is focusing on decimal theory as well as adding and subtracting decimals. By the end of this unit students will be able to:
Students can get extra practice with any of these concepts on IXL, Khan Academy, the Houghton Mifflin online textbook and Brainpop
Our next unit will be cover fraction theory and the addition and subtraction of fractions and mixed numbers.
You may hear your child mention something called NaNoWriMo this month. It stands for National Novel Writing Month, and it takes place each year. Your child will write a novel, using a word-count goal they have set for themselves. They may change their word count-goal until November 24th. After that, their word-count goal is locked in. If any student meets their word-count goal after November 24th and before 11:59pm on Nov. 30th, AND they finish their novel, they are a “winner.” Being a winner entitles each child to 5 free copies of their book in softbound form. (More on that in January.) December will be for editing and revising, so for now, the kids are just going to write, free of their inner editor!
In addition to working novels, students will continue to have lessons and homework in their grammar program. This month they will be focusing on the world of verbs.
• Currently, we are learning about exploration and why explorers would leave their “comforts” of home to venture out to the unknown.
• Researching an explorer and writing a 5 paragraph essay that will include a bibliography, timeline and map of their journeys. After, kids will work in partners to create a multi-media presentation of the explorer as well.
• In a few weeks, we will have a panel discussion/debate to once and all figure out, “Who Really Discovered America?" The answer is convoluted- depending on the definition you want to use for "discovered or discoverer."
• Everyone will play an active role, whether they are dressing up as an explorer, being a member of the audience judging the panel and issuing the final verdict, creating music in garageband for the panel discussion, or filming it.
Also this month in Social Studies we'll be studying The Fight for a Continent by answering following Big Questions:
Beginning this month our class will rotate to Mr. Remmers to study earth sciences. During this unit they will focus on the following:
Please visit the Spanish website to learn about their fabulous program and get updates on what is happening in the classroom
We encourage you to visit the Spanish Blog with your children at home!