Updates and Announcements:
· Our Wish List has been updated – we are in dire need of notecards!
· The Daddy/Daughter Dance is Saturday, January 19th. Information can be found in an email sent out earlier today from Archway Arete.
· There is no school on Monday, January 21st in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
· Friday, February 1st is Athletic Fiend Day. Grades 3-5 will participate from 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm. No school lunch will be provided on Athletic Field day, so please send your child to school with a lunch.
o Each student will need to wear a solid colored shirt matching the color which has been assigned to their section. 5B’s color is yellow. Additionally, students are invited to decorate their shirts with their assigned Greek City State symbol. 5B’s City State is Sparta. Students should wear athletic clothing free of pop culture references. Sports teams and brand logos are acceptable on clothing. Athletic shoes are mandatory (any color). Hats and sunglasses may be worn. Sunscreen must be applied at home. Please see the family handbook for more detailed information.
o In order to ensure that Athletic Field Day is enjoyable for all, we need your help! Volunteers are needed to set up, break down, and run the event. If you are able to volunteer, please use this link to sign up.
This week in Learning:
This week, students will learn about the idiom “Take the bull by the horns”.
Students will learn about the roots novus, ordo, and saeculum. They will be quizzed on these roots next week. Students should expect a similar quiz every week over the previous week’s roots.
In Literature, we will continue reading “The Secret Garden”. We will continue reading through chapter 9. Students will have a journal entry about every two days. If you have not already done so, please send in a physical copy of “The Secret Garden”.
In Writing and Grammar, students will construct an outline for their essay and begin writing their three paragraphs. Time will be given in class to work, and whatever is not finished will be homework. We will work through one body paragraph at a time. Students will need their research complete by January 22nd, which is when the hard copies of their book and online sources are due. Be on the lookout for an email asking for volunteers the week of 1/28. We will need some parents to help with editing groups.
Students will continue their study of botany this week, diving into the study of plant reproduction. We will start with the life cycles of mosses and ferns, and move into the function and structure of seed plants. Students will also learn about the process of germination and seed dispersal. We will pay careful attention to scientific vocabulary and how to use it in this section.
This week in History, we will come close to finishing our instruction of the unit, “The Age of Exploration”. We will discuss the English, French, and Dutch’s actions during this time period. This will include discussions of further explorers, such as Sir Francis Drake, Jacques Cartier, and Henry Hudson. Students received their study guides for the unit on Friday, January 18th. The study guides are due on Monday, January 28th, and the test will be on Wednesday, January 30th.
In Math, we will continue our rather lengthy unit on decimals. Students will change fractions to decimals using long division, and multiply and divide decimals by 10, 100, and 1000 type numbers. ALL workbook homework assignments will be half of every type of problem. There will be math groups this Wednesday, 1/23, 8:00-9:15. Math groups will be sparse this quarter due to AZMerit preparations.