Friday, May 17, 2019

Happy Summer Break!

Congratulations on completing another year at Charles Ellis Montessori Academy!  The learning and fun we’ve shared this year will forever live in our memories!  I’ve enjoyed helping you with your studies over the past 9 months, and I am looking forward to more wonderful times in the classroom with you!

Enjoy your summer break!
Mr. Trent


Thursday, May 16, 2019

Erdkinder Supply List

For those of you who are joining 7th grade next year, please refer to the following supply list to help you prepare for your first year of Erdkinder.

Erdkinder supply list (click to enlarge)

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Summer Reading Program Info.

The SCCPSS Summer Reading Challenge is here!  Click HERE to see the book lists and related materials.

Friday, May 10, 2019

The Week of May 13, 2019

We’ve made it to the last week of the school year! I can’t believe how fast this year has gone by. It seems like only yesterday that we were meeting together for the first time to review our classroom procedures!

This week will offer many chances for us to find closure on our year together. Your last vocabulary quiz of the year will take place Monday based on the word list you were given last week. Our lessons will include a chance for us to appreciate all the work we’ve accomplished this year. In addition, we will have an end-of-year ceremony Friday to say good-0bye to our 6th grade classmates as they move into Erdkinder. You are also invited to bring in board games from home Friday to enjoy some fellowship time in the afternoon before we officially begin our summer break.

Please hand in any missing required assignments from the 4th term by this Wednesday.

Finally, please click HERE to sign up for an end-of-the-year parent/teacher conference time.

Have a wonderful weekend,
Mr. Trent


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

End-of-Year Parent/Teacher Conferences

It's time for end-of-year parent/teacher conferences! Please click HERE to choose a day and time to meet. We will discuss you child's 4th term performance, share final MAP scores, and answer any questions you may have before we head into summer break.

Friday, May 3, 2019

The Week of May 6, 2019

This week is shaping up to be a great one! I have some fun lessons planned for you, and hope you take advantage of these last two weeks of school to further your research and studies.

We will be sharing your "Fundamental Needs of Humans" charts you completed last week. I'm excited for you to have a chance to share how people met their basic needs throughout history and across the world. For follow-up, you will be creating writing a poem using the fundamental needs you researched as your inspiration. These poems will be combined into an anthology that will become part of our classroom library for future students to enjoy! Your required assignments will also include your weekly www.quill.org and www.newsela.com work. You will NOT have a word study list this week because we will take a final inventory quiz to show how much your spelling skills have grown this year. You will not need to study for this inventory.

The final administration of the MAP assessment will take place this Thursday and Friday. Please come to school well rested so you can do your best on this test.

Finally, please study the following vocabulary words for a quiz on Monday, May 13th. This will be your LAST vocabulary quiz of the year!



Have a nice weekend,
Mr. Trent

Sunday, April 28, 2019

The Week of April 29th, 2019

GMAS testing has come to an end, and we are ready to get back to our regular worktime schedule!  I hope you are as ready as I am for some fun, engaging, and though-provoking worktimes!

This week we will be taking a look at how the many lessons we had this year in social studies fit into Maria Montessori's "Fundamental Human Needs" chart.  Each of you will be given a time period in history that we've studied this year and you will create a fundamental needs chart telling about it.  I'm excited to see what you can come up with!  In addition, I will be presenting some students with a lesson on finding the area of compound polygons.  Everyone will be required to complete a www.quill.org and www.newsela.com activity by Friday. In addition, please study the following word study lists for a quiz Friday.

arrow group
-ation: characterization, militarization, configuration, magnification, strangulation -ption: misconception, subscription, contraption, eruption, corruption


swirl group
thr-: thrive, throat, thread, throng, thrash
shr-: shred, shrewd, shroud, shrink, shrine


star group
Double Consonant followed by le: kettle, shuttle, topple, grapple, smuggle
Single Consonant followed by le:  beetle, hurtle, cycle, sparkle, bugle 


Because testing has come to an end, we will be sending home weekly progress reports Tuesday. Families, please check www.transparentclassroom.com and sign the work plan to show that you have reviewed it.

Tuesday evening is our Ellis Science Celebration of Cosmic Education!  Please submit any works you wish to share at the event ASAP.

Finally, Friday is Field Day in Daffin Park!  We will be sending home a walking field-trip permission form this week.  Please sign and return it by Friday to participate in this fun event.  Don't forget to wear your t-shirt!

See you Monday,
Mr. Trent