Odds and Ends for August

Hello GES families!

The 2014-2015 school year is off to a great start. Students are coming in with huge smiles and teachers are doing the same. I am getting rave reviews from students, parents, and teachers.

If you pick your child up in the afternoon, you have experienced the long line that blocks traffic on route 6.  Please be sure to pull up as close as possible to the car in front of yours. Do not be concerned about blocking the adjoining parking lot’s exit. As the year progresses, I think this issue will work itself out. In addition, when dropping your child off in the morning, please wait patiently for the car in front of you to pull out and refrain from passing the cars who are still in the process of dropping their children off at the door.

iPad Deployment night for 4th and 5th graders is on August 28th! Parents that need to set up an email account should arrive at 5:30 for assistance from school staff.  Parents that have already provided the school with their email address and have received an email from apple to set up a student apple ID can attend at 6:30. This will be a DIFFERENT Apple ID than the one you have currently.

I have seen some really cute summer outfits this week. Please remember that all students must follow the dress code. Shoulder straps need to be at least two inches wide and shorts must be at least  fingertip length.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Math and Science Fun!

XtraMath

Patterns SOL 4.15

4.1 Scientific Method

Labs on Friday and Monday! Dress properly and have all signatures returned to me!

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Labs on Friday and Monday! Dress properly and have all signatures returned to me!

Culinarians, We have a lab on Friday and Monday!  Remember that you must be properly dressed to participate in lab.  This means you wear: long pants (jeans OK) shirt that covers – must  have sleeves (t-shirt OK) closed, non-slip shoes – no sandals or foot showing; athletic shoes are OK hair must be restrained – pull back and pin up any stray pieces no jewelry or nail polish no gum You also must have turned in three signed forms to me in order to partiipate in the labs: the syllabus, the safety agreement letter, and the emergency information form.  If you have not turned those in, or if you are not properly dressed for lab, you cannot participate in the cooking lab, and you will be required to complete the in-class assignment that will be due at the end of class.  If it is not completed, you will receive a zero grade for your lab/participation grade for the class. I look forward to a fun and safe year with all of you! Happy cooking, Chef Yurick

Wellness Tests

Students will demonstrate their cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and flexibility when performing fitness tests. The following tests will be given: v-sit and reach, mile walk/run, push-up test, curl-up test, pacer test, and the trunk lift. Students are asked to give their best effort on each test.

Cafeteria Payment System Problem Resolved

Families,

Due to a glitch in the GCPS student information system file, some of our student accounts became inactive in the MyPaymentsPlus online payment system and parents were unable to utilize their children’s meal accounts.

This problem has been fixed.   We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused to our students and parents. We do encourage parents to take advantage of the online payment system and are confident there will be no further difficulties with that process.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Gretz or Mrs. Landrum if you have any questions.

First Day Warmup

On the first day, students got into the creative groove by creating works of architecture out of pasta and balls of clay. Students worked in groups of 2 or 3 to create these sculptures – which were ultimately judged for:

  1. Tallest

  2. Best style/most visual appeal

  3. Most structurally sound

  4. Most creative

I can’t wait to see what these minds can create once we get started with clay! Our shipment comes in Friday! :)

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Latin I, week of August 18

Welcome to class.  I hope that this first week goes well for you.  I have the highest of expectations of you; I expect you to put forth your best efforts at all times and to keep current with your assignments.  If you study and complete your work in a timely manner you will succeed in our class.  I look forward to a great year.

Homework

Monday, August 18 / Tuesday, August 19

Read the syllabus and return the completed signature page

Wednesday, August 20 / Thursday, August 21

1.  Textbook, p. 5, Ex. 1B

 

French I, week of August 18

Welcome to class.  I hope that this first week goes well for you.  I have the highest of expectations of you; I expect you to put forth your best efforts at all times and to keep current with your assignments.  If you study and complete your work in a timely manner you will succeed in our class.  I look forward to a great year.

Homework

lundi, le 16 août

Read the syllabus and return the completed signature page

mercredi

1.  Étudiez le vocabulaire

2.    Cahiers d’activités, p. 3-4, Ex. 1 et 2

3.  Activités Pour Tous, p. 1, Section A, Act. 1-3

French IV week of 18 August

Welcome to class.  I hope that this first week goes well for you.  I have the highest of expectations of you; I expect you to put forth your best efforts at all times and to keep current with your assignments.  If you study and complete your work in a timely manner you will succeed in our class.  I look forward to a great year.

Homework

lundi, le 16 août

Read the syllabus and return the completed signature page

mercredi, le 20 août

1.  Étudiez le vocabulaire

2.  Feuille de papier “Le Sport, C’est la Santé”

3.  Cahier d’activités, p. 161, Ex. A

4.  Activité Pour Tous, p. 101 Act. A1 et p. 102, Act. B1

Welcome Back!!! Happy 2nd day of 2nd grade!!!!

Hopefully everyone has heard from me through email……If you have not gotten a chance to respond to my email please send me one back so I know I have the correct email address.

We do have a slight change in our schedule.  We will be going to lunch at 11:01-11:31……Since we are going earlier we saved our snacks for the afternoon.  That seemed to work.  Please remember to only send one snack and something quick, easy, and not messy to eat.

Please send in a clipboard and a set of headphones to keep at school.

Here we are with our “2nd Crowns”

In Class: Tuesday, August 19, 2014, Day 2 – Lesson and Homework

All Classes: AP Literature, Honors English 11, and English 11
Essential Question: What is your motivation for taking this course?
 
* Bellringer: Motivations for taking this course, strengths, and challenges
* Class expectations introduction
* ECCHO/ABCD
* Exit ticket: Aligning with your goals
 
 
Handouts:
1. Class expectations packet
2. Academic Integrity Contract
3. How will I ECCHO?/Creating class expectations
 
HW: 
1. Write a 1-2 page letter tonight describing yourself and what you believe is important for me to know about you as a student and as a person. Include your post-high school plans.
2. Bring back your signed Academic Integrity Contract.
3. Prepare to meet goals for the Socratic Seminar. (We will discuss this next class.)

First Day for 5th Grade

It was great to see everyone today!  We started class with a pretest.  Most didn’t complete it but that is fine.  We will have some time each day to work on the pretest while we experiment with a flipped classroom.  For those who don’t know what a flipped classroom is, essentially it gives students even greater control over their own learning by allowing them to become an expert even before we start uncovering the meaning behind the standard in class.

I already shared the project sheets yesterday.  On them I included all of the essential knowledge, etc.  Today I also put on my blog a link to an example done by a more advanced class (not mine!) as well as a link to Khan Academy.

We were so fortunate to have Mrs. Parrish with us today.  She gave a quick tutorial for Explain Everything.  Tomorrow we will connect with her online so she can help us learn to navigate Khan Academy.

We will have about 45 minutes (maybe even more) to work on these projects tomorrow.  After we have time to work and we get an idea of how long it may take us, we will set a due date.  Students will have input to this due date.

Meanwhile, based on today’s results, we will also be reviewing comparing and ordering decimals and some problem solving skills.

Things to bring to class EVERY day!

  • A notebook (Does not have to be a binder!)
  • Agenda
  • Pens (It would be great to bring more than one color.  We will be using pens, not pencils, in class!)
  • Workbook (When we get it)
  • iPad (When we get it)
  • A GREAT attitude

Most important thing to remember?  We LOVE math!!

It promises to be a great year!!  :-)

Little Miss Muffet

This week I get to see first grade!  We are reading and acting out Little Miss Muffet (or Big Mr. Muffet as the case may be) and answering comprehension questions about it.  When you share stories at home, asking questions is a great way to check for understanding.  Children especially like it when you are silly!  In this spirit I’ll ask students what Miss Muffet is doing.  Is she doing jumping jacks?  Does she play a game with the spider?

We also talked about curds and whey.  I never knew that curds and whey roughly equates to what we commonly call cottage cheese.  :-)   Students guess what I would eat.  See if you can . . . it’s round and sweet, it comes in lots of different colors, it does not melt, it is not healthy, and I can fit many in my hand.

Finally, students decided what they would eat on their tuffet.  Here are some of their responses.

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Welcome to the 14-15 School Year!

I have enjoyed meeting all my new students and look forward to getting to know them better throughout this school year.  I handed out the policy sheet with a second sheet attached that should be completed by both the student and the parent/guardian and returned to me.  If they return this signed within 2 class meeting periods they will receive 2 incentive points on their MP1 grade.  A copy is below if you have forgotten/lost the first copy.

Policy letter 14-15

Their first activity log (counted as a homework grade) was also handed out.  There is a copy of this below as well.  As students do the assignments they put a check beside the complete crunches and push ups.  They should put the number of the 20 minute or longer aerobic activity they did in the blank beside the day for “choice activity”.  All activity logs are due by the due date.  Students will complete the log one week and have the following week to turn the log in for a grade. They should turn their homework in as soon as it is due and complete instead of waiting to turn it in the last day so they do not forget.  Homework is five percent of their Physical Education and Health grade each marking period.  I do not accept late homework.

Activity Log 1a

Please feel free to call or email if you have questions or concerns. I have planning during B3 each day and will try to reply as quickly as possible.  I look forward to working with each student.

Mrs. Linda Arnette,

larnette@glnd.k12.va.us

804 556-5320, ext. 4556