Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Happy New Year! We welcome a new year, and a fresh start with a new grading period. We have begun working on expository (how-to) writing in language arts. In reading we're working on primary and secondary sources, and first-hand and second-hand accounts, which will lead into point of view. We're currently working on patterning in math, and will begin in-out boxes soon. We're learning about colonies in social studies. There are two links on Love That Link that are useful for learning the colonial regions, and practice with labeling the colonies on a map.

Spring picture day will be Tuesday, Feb 6.
Science Fair projects are due this Friday, Jan 12. Our first Addison STEM/STEAM night will be Jan. 18 from 6:00 until 8:00 PM.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Happy Friday! Because of our "light dusting of snow" last week, our Holiday Shoppe was rescheduled for tomorrow. It will be from 8:00 - 12:00. Auditions for the talent show for 4th and 5th graders will be Monday right after school at 2:30. Students must be picked up at 4:30.
 We have finished multi-digit multiplication in math. When we return from the break we will be working on patterning, then move into partial quotient division. We had our reading test today. We have been reading about the effects of alcohol and tobacco on the body in health. When we return from the break, we will be learning about explanatory (how-to) writing in language arts. In science we have completed and tested our unit on sound and light. We will be switching back to social studies, focusing on colonies and the American Revolution.

There are lots of items in lost and found. Encourage your child to check for missing items, they will be donated soon. If your child is in need of any school supplies, they make great holiday gifts!

Don't forget - our holiday celebration will be next Tuesday at 11:00 - 12:00. Thanks to our room moms; Jennifer Cowan, and Nancy Hart!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Welcome to the storm before the holiday break! We have been very busy, and will get a lot more accomplished before we get to enjoy our well deserved time off. We have finished sound, and moved on to light in science. We will test sound and light together late next week. We have been working on comparing and contrasting in writing, students should be finishing their five paragraph essays early next week. We had our assessment on text structure in reading yesterday. We will be working on DRAs, and reading about drugs and alcohol in health next week. In math we are continuing area array model and box method multi-digit multiplication. Three links to videos were added to Love That Link, they show how to multiply using expanded form (each link begins with letter B). The steps are not identical to the way we teach, but they are very similar, and the concept is the same. We will test multi-digit multiplication next Thursday. The students will be able to choose what strategy they use to solve the problems (box method, area array model, bow-tie, or the standard algorithm).
We will be doing a multiplication timed test this week.

Students who were interested brought home information about our first science fair. The science fair is completely optional. This is from the top of the form:

Important Dates:

·      Dec. 8: Intent forms Due
·      Jan. 12: Science Fair Entries Due
·      Jan. 16: Judging for Science Fair Entries
·      Jan. 18: STEAM Night/Science Fair from 6:00-7:30
·      Feb. 10: County Level Science Fair @ Kennesaw Mountain High School

This is a copy of the intent form students will need to return by Dec. 8:
(Please cut this portion to return to your child’s teacher)
Intent to Participate Form
Please return this Intent to Participate Form to your child’s homeroom teacher by Friday, December 8, 2017.
Student name: _______________________      Homeroom Teacher: ___________    Grade: _____
______ I am interested in participating in Addison Elementary School’s Science Fair.
Parent Signature: ______________________________ Parent email address: ____________________

Student Signature: _____________________________

The PTA Holiday Shoppe is this Saturday from 8:00 - 12:00. Our homeroom moms were very pleased with your donations: Thanks to all who participated in sending donations for the basket. There were so many contributions, we made 2! It made our job pretty easy! 

The fourth grade teachers are asking students to bring in a one dollar donation for a holiday project they will complete at school. All we can tell you is that you will love it!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

The weather is finally getting cooler! Along with the colorful leaves, and the time change, comes a collection of jackets left behind in the classroom. Please talk with your student about being responsible for their belongings, we don't want anyone to be caught without their coat on a cold morning!

Our Thanksgiving lunch will be on Wednesday, 11/15, at 11:10 in the cafeteria. Students will be eating in the classroom at the usual time on Tuesday and Thursday.

We have finished explorers in social studies. We have begun working on force and motion in science, and will be learning about simple machines, as well. We had wonderful experiences with simple machines in our last science lab. In math we finished multiplicative comparison, and began learning divisibility rules. Ask your child about the factor posters they are creating with partners. We will be learning more about prime and composite numbers, followed by multi-digit multiplication. In reading, we will be learning about text structure. In writing we have begun research on weather events for informational writing. We didn't have spelling this week, but we will next week.

Student leadership has organized a canned food collection drive called Thanks For Giving. Students are encouraged to bring in cans that will placed in a box next to each classroom. There is a competition to see which class can collect the most.

Our room moms would like to share the following information:
Hello Mrs. Stewart's and Mrs. Sattelmeier’s Class!
The Holiday Shoppe Committee is busy putting together a wonderful event for our children on December 9th.  In addition to the Holiday Shoppe, this year they are having a raffle for parents with some wonderful gift baskets and other goodies, a craft/vendor fair, entertainment, breakfast and some fun activities for the kids.
The Committee is asking for each grade level to put together two themed baskets for the raffle.  All the money made from this event will go towards doing many wonderful things for our children and our school.  This year our class theme is Movie Night!!  We are asking for donations of family friendly DVDs, candy, microwave popcorn, or cash donations towards movie theatre gift cards.  Please send all these items in by December 1st so that the other room moms and I can get the baskets completed by December 5th.  Please remember the baskets must not contain any perishables or alcohol of any kind.  I really appreciate your support and look forward to seeing all of you at this year's Addison Holiday Shoppe.   Please contact Jennifer (jenncowan@yahoo.com, 404-668-7875) or Nancy (house.hart@gmail.com, 770-712-0537) with any questions.
Thank you!

Jennifer Cowan and Nancy Hart

Friday, October 20, 2017

Whew! Although the days were short for students this week, we tried to get as much accomplished as we could. We are finished with the Native Americans unit, and just began learning about European Explorers. A new Quizlet link has been added to Love That Link, as well as exploration maps links. We have finished perimeter, and will begin 2 digit multiplication next week.

We enjoyed meeting with our families during conference week and bragging on our students. We are so grateful for the support you provide to make sure our students are as successful as possible. It really does take a village!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Amazingly, we have finished the first nine week grading period of this school year! This week we meet for conferences. Students will be released early each day this week. We have already made a good start to the second quarter. We are finishing up perimeter in math, and will test this week on Thursday. Next, we will be moving on to two digit multiplication. We finished taking notes and learning about Native Americans. We had a quiz last Friday on the first three tribes covered. On Wednesday, we will test on all of the tribes. Remember: Where they lived determined how they lived. Students can study their social studies journal, view the Native American power point on Love That Link, and look at the Kwakiutl, Hopi, and Inuit Thinglink on Mrs. Sattelmeier's blog. There will be no spelling words or test this week.
This will be Red Ribbon Week.
If you haven't signed up for parentvue yet, you will be able to when you come for conferences. There will be a table set up in the hall near the entrance.
Be sure to order items with your child's artwork from Square 1, if you haven't already. Ms. Stoddard will be sending a flyer home this week with information.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Three of our adorable
students modeling poetry reading. This was part of a lesson on identifying theme.