Tuesday, March 12, 2019

GMAS Information & Testing Dates

SCCPSS has updated some information about the GMAS assessments.  Please click HERE to see the changes and testing dates.   The testing dates have also been added to our classroom calendar

Friday, March 8, 2019

The Week of March 11, 2019

It's finally here...the last week of school before spring break!  Please note the following changes in schedule for the week:

-  Tuesday is a St. Patrick's Day dance during your explorations!  It will cost $1 to attend.  There will also be fun St. Patrick's Day items for sale at the dance.  All proceeds will go towards Relay for Life.
- The 6th grade camping field-trip will take place this Wednesday through Friday.  Please be sure to refer to the notes sent to you by Ms. Corinna for important information about the trip.
-  Friday is a dress down day for $1.00.  All proceeds will go towards Relay for Life.

Monday's lessons will include studying the amendments to the US Constitution and a review of important places in the United States.  I will be on the 6th grade camping trip Wednesday through Friday.  For those of you not attending the trip, I will prepare a work packet for you to complete each day.  It will include both language arts and social studies work, as well as a daily www. quill.org and www.newsela.org assignments. A task-list will be stapled to the top of your packet to help you keep track of your assigned works. These are to be completed each day by dismissal and placed in my inbox so they can be checked.

4th and 5th graders will have a quiz on the following vocabulary words Monday, March 25th.


All students (except those 6th graders going on the trip) will have a quiz on the following words Friday, March 15th.

star group
long e in 1st syllable- eastern, feature, freedom, meaning, reason
long e in 2nd syllable-compete, defeat, fifteen, extreme, repeat

arrow group
al- personal, fatal, mental, formal, general
ity-personality, fatality, mentality, formality, generality

swirl group
kn- knitting, knockout, knapsack, kneel, knuckle 
gn-gnome, gnat, gnaw, gnarl, gnash

Finally, our classroom pet chinchilla, Georgia, needs a home for spring break!  Please email me at trent.kissinger@sccpss.com if you would be willing to watch her.  I will provide everything you need to keep her happy and well-fed.

Have a great weekend,
Mr. Trent

Friday, March 1, 2019

The Week of March 4, 2019

It’s the first week of March!  This month holds a lot of excitement: St. Patrick’s Day, Spring Break, and our 6th grade camping trip!  
This week our lessons will focus on reconstruction after the Civil War, American politics in the second half of the 20th century, and continued research of Australia.  Math lessons will involve working with perimeter.  In addition, our novel studies will include discussion about figurative language.  
Monday is vocabulary quiz day based upon the words your received last Monday.  Reminder: 6th graders will have a map quiz instead, and will need to identify lists places on a map of Australia.
Because it is a short week (no school on Friday!!!), our weekly word study quiz will take place Thursday, March 7.  This will be a “non-sorting” review-of-previous-word list since you have one less day to prepare.
Swirl group:  wound, crowd, awesome, trauma, avoid, decoy, barge, scorn, assure, burn
Star group:  moisture, voyager, season, increase, toothache, raccoon, soldier, suppose, brightly, describe
Arrow group:  athlete, humanity, column, muscular, altercation, decomposition, abduction, illustration, abomination, custodian
Have a wonderful weekend,
Mr. Trent



Sunday, February 24, 2019

Special Events This Week!

It's going to be an exciting week here at Ellis because there are two special events taking place.  First, it’s International Montessori Week!  We will be celebrating with daily stories and pictures from the past focusing on the history of Montessori education around the world and in our own school!  Friday is also a dress down day, with all money raised going towards the Montessori Education Society of Savannah!

Secondly, Thursday, February 28th, is the PTA Culture Fest. Performances will start in the backyard at 5:30pm with a covered dish dinner following in the multi-purpose room. If you plan on bringing your family's favorite cultural dish to share, please sign up at the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4faaaa23a0f58-culture2
Students are encouraged to wear cultural attire. Parents will need to bring something to sit on for the performance.


Maria Montessori visiting a school in India

Friday, February 22, 2019

The Week of February 25, 2019

It's here: the last week of February!  Let's bring the month to a close with fun and learning together!

The week's lessons will include studying the information age in America, Australia, and battles of the US Civil War. Our novel studies will include a focus on using context clues. Please complete your weekly www.quill.org and www.newsela.com assignments, as well as your lesson follow-up work by Friday. Please study the following vocabulary words for a quiz on March 4th. 6th graders: please note that you will be having a map quiz instead of a vocabulary quiz.



Here are your weekly word study lists.  You will have a quiz Friday, March 1st.

Swirl Group:
ou
- wound, blouse, lounge, crouch, sprout
ow - crowd, fowl, prowl, growl, drown
Star Group:
oi- moisture, poisoning, noisily, appointment, avoidable
oy-  voyager, loyalist, destroyed, annoying employable

Arrow Group:
long vowel -  athlete, breathe, humane, ignite, precise short vowel-  athletic, breath, humanity, ignition, precision
Enjoy your weekend, Mr. Trent

Friday, February 15, 2019

The Week of February 18, 2019

Are you ready for another great week at Ellis?  I hope so, because there are some exciting things happening in our classroom!

The week's lessons will include studying the turbulent 1960's in America, natural resources in Australia, and battles of the US Civil War. Our novel studies will include a focus on hyperbole. Please complete your weekly www.quill.org and www.newsela.com assignments, as well as your lesson follow-up work by Friday.
You will have a vocabulary quiz Monday. The quiz will focus upon the vocabulary lists you were given last Monday.
Please study the appropriate word study list for a quiz on Friday.
Swirl Group:
aw- awesome, hawk, crawfish, brawl, scrawny
au - faucet, trauma, autumn, applaud, audience
Star Group:
Long e in first syllable- season, people, feature, reader, freedom
Long e in second syllable-  thirteen, indeed, increase, compete, healthy 
Arrow Group:
silent consonant -  soften, muscle, design, column, moisten
sounded consonant-  soft, muscular, designate, columnist, moist
Have a spectacular weekend,
Mr. Trent

Friday, February 8, 2019

The Week of February 11, 2019

Happy Friday to you! I have already planned a great week for you when you return from your restful weekend!

The week's lessons will include studying the Civil Rights Movement,an introduction to the continent of Australia, and editing/writing a final copy of the Civil War essays. Our novel studies will include a focus on figurative language. Please complete your weekly www.quill.org and www.newsela.com assignments, as well as your lesson follow-up work by Friday.

The following are your vocabulary words for the week. Please study them nightly for a quiz on Monday, Feb. 18th.




Please study the appropriate word study list for a quiz on Friday.

Swirl Group:
oi- spoil, join, avoid, joint, hoist
oy-  annoy, oyster, voyage, royal, decoy

Star Group:
Long u in first syllable- beauty, toothache, chewy, Tuesday, jewel
Long u in second syllable- shampoo, raccoon, pollute, excuse, balloon

Arrow Group:
ation - sensation, information, preparation, altercation, ordination
ition-  acquisition, apparition, decomposition, requisition, extradition

Valentine's Day is on Thursday, and we invite you to bring in notes of friendship for your classmates. If you choose to participate, please bring in a Valentine for each person in both Ms. Marianna's and Mr. Trent's homeroom (a roster was provided to you to make sure you do not miss anyone). We will provide bags for you to decorate to hold your notes.

Have a restful weekend,
Mr. Trent