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Brown’s Brainiacs: Classroom Newsletter

Hold on to your reindeer antlers folks!  December is going to be an active month!

Important Dates:

  • December 1-December 14: Saving the Animals of Rowan (STAR) Service Learning Project (see Classroom News)
  • December 1-18: MAP Testing
  • December 8: 3-4-5th Grade “Holidays Around the World” Night at Morehead Conference Center 6:00-7:00P.M. (see School News)
  • December 10: Visit RCSHS for Culture Day 8:30A.M. (see Classroom News)
  • December 14: Basketball Game at MSU 12:00P.M. (see School News)
  • December 15: Visit Rodburn for “Colonial Job Fair” (see Classroom News)
  • December 18: Christmas Party at 2:00 and “You’re My Favorite Gift” Breakfast
  • December 19-January 3: Winter Break
  • January 4: First day of school for the New Year

School News:

  • Holidays around the World: Grades 3, 4, and 5 will be sharing and celebrating “Holidays around the World” for families and friends.  We will be using the Convention Center so we will have enough seating for everyone.  The celebration starts at 6:00P.M.  You may want to arrive a little early to get a parking space.  Some of the singing you’ll hear that night includes: Jingle Bell Rock, Let it Snow, Fum Fum Fum, Feliz Navidad, It’s a Holiday, Jolly Old St. Nick, Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing, Jingle Bells, and a Chinese New Year song!
  • MSU Basketball Game: Fifth grade will be visiting MSU to watch the women’s basketball game.  We will eat lunch at school a little early to be at the game by noon.  Students are not permitted to buy concessions. 

Classroom News:

  • STAR: The fifth grade service learning project is Saving the Animals of Rowan (STAR).  Our grade level will do this instead of exchanging Christmas gifts.  STAR is an organization committed to improving the conditions for the abandoned dogs of Rowan County, KY. Members work to find safe and loving homes or rescues for dogs that find themselves in the Rowan County Dog Pound. STAR members are dedicated to reducing the number of dogs euthanized due to the overcrowded conditions of this rural shelter. STAR is not the dog pound, but a VERY small group of caring people who save pound dogs. Our goal is to get dogs out of the pound and to the safety of a rescue or a new home.  A container to collect coins will be placed in each classroom.  Students may deposit coins to support STAR.
    • STAR can also use the following items for their efforts:  towels, blankets, throws, paper towels, bleach,  laundry detergent, gas cards.  These items can be brought to school any day.
  • Colonial Job Fair: Fifth grade classes will be traveling to Rodburn Elementary School to visit centers hosted by the fifth graders at Rodburn.  Rodburn students will be demonstrating the kinds of jobs people had during colonial times.  Students will compare and contrast a bartering system to a money system to determine pros and cons of each. 
  • Culture Day: Students will walk to RCSHS to learn about the Spanish language and culture.  They will wear name tags with the statement Me llamo (my name is) and their name.  They will be carrying “passports” that they will make prior to the day and use them to visit different stations the Spanish teachers and students have prepared. 
  • Homework: Students brought home an envelope with multiplication and division facts.  Students should study the multiplication and division facts each night.  Other homework includes reading something they love and studying spelling words.

Learning Environment:

  • Reading:  Students will be reviewing text structure: chronology, problem/solution, compare and contrast, and cause and effect.  The test for text structure will be on December 17.
  • Spelling: Please help your child study the words/definitions that have been placed in their student handbook.  Students will have a test each week on Thursday for the definitions and spelling, and there will be a retake day on Friday if necessary. 
  • Language Arts: Each morning, students work on language skills that include homonyms, quotation marks, commas, verb tense, plurals and possessives, contractions, adjectives and adverbs, root words, and prefixes and suffixes.   
  • Math- We are continuing our unit on multiplying large numbers and decimals.  Students are also examining exponents.  Exponents are shorthand for repeated multiplication of the same thing by itself. For instance, the shorthand for multiplying three copies of the number 5 is shown on the right-hand side of the "equals" sign in 5x5x5 = 53. We will take the test on these concepts on December 17. 

                                                               

 

           24 = 2 x 2 x 2 x2 = 16

 

      

                                                            

 

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