Saturday, October 12, 2019

The Week of 14, 2019

I love a fresh start!  This week is the first of the 2nd term of the school year, and a perfect time for a reset!  Remember your classroom procedures and use your workplan to guide your days...if you  do, your term 2 will be a success!

In social studies, I will be presenting lessons on the political/physical geography of Latin America.  We will also be presenting our puppet shows about the Revolutionary War and the 1920's in America!  5th graders will enjoy another writing lesson with Ms. Pat, while I will help everyone else edit the first half of the "Red Door" narratives we've been working on.  As usual, we will have some time to enjoy our novel study books together.  Your required assignments will include lesson followups, a work, and a current event article at about what animal eat.

I used the spelling inventories we took last Friday to place you in new word study groups.  Please study the following words for a quiz on Friday, October 18th.

Swirl Group
-est: strangest, cleanest, quietest, harshest, kindest
-iest: earliest, crummiest, murkiest, shiniest, fanciest

Arrow Group
short ea: thread, deaf, meant, dread, read
long ea: beast, cream, pea, leak, neat

Star Group
accent in first syllable: sidewalk, driveway, lightning, slightly, higher
accent in second syllable: delight, surprise, survive, describe, arrive

Finally, be sure to be prepared for your first vocabulary quiz of the second term!  It will be based on the words given to you last Monday.

Have a wonderful weekend,
Mr. Trent

Friday, October 4, 2019

The Week of October 7th, 2019

Here we are, the last week of term 1! It seems like only yesterday that we were walking into our classroom on the first day of school!  As we finish our first 9 weeks together, I challenge you to have the best week yet!

Our social studies lessons will focus upon important people and events in the American Revolution, American culture in the 1920's, and a final review of European countries.  Your follow-up work associated with these lessons is due Friday. 4th and 6th graders will reach the mid-point of the "Red Door" narrative assignment and 5th graders will receive a writing lesson from Ms. Pat.   In addition, don't forget to do your weekly current event and activity.  

Your word study quiz this week will take the form of a spelling inventory that I will use to put you into spelling groups for the second term of the school year.  Because of the nature of this test, you will not need to study a word list this week. 

Your vocabulary words for the week will be a review of some vocabulary words you've seen during term 1.  They are found here:

4th Grade 1st Term Vocabulary Review List

Please study the following terms for a quiz on Monday, October 14, 2019

Folk Art- the traditional, typically anonymous, art of usual non-professional artists

Ornamentation- an object or action done to embellish one's appearance 

Tyrants- a cruel and unreasonable ruler

Boycott- to stop buying or using goods or services from a certain company or country as a protest

Representative- a person chosen to speak or make decisions for another person or group of people

Republic- a country governed by elected representatives and by an elected leader (like a president)

Fauna- animal life

Vanity- pride in oneself or appearance

Townshend Acts- law that taxed tea, glass, paper, paint, and lead

Engraving- a print made from an engraved plate, block, or other surface.

5th Grade 1st Term Vocabulary Review List

Please study the following terms for a quiz on Monday, October 14, 2019

Alexander Graham Bell- invented the telephone in 1875.

Thomas Edison- An inventor best known for creating the first practical light bulb and electrical generating system.

Assimilation- the process of fitting into a new culture or becoming like others in that culture

Refugee- a person who flees one country for another in search of safety. 

Treaty of Versailles- a peace negotiation signed in 1919 between Germany and the Allied Powers that officially marked the end of WWI.

Louis Armstrong- legendary jazz musician who began in New Orleans

Visa- a legal permit to enter a country

Deportation- to force a citizen of another country to leave a country

Gold Rush- a large-scale and hasty movement of people to a region where gold has been discovered, as to California in 1849.

Chisholm Trail- a cattle trail leading North from San Antonio, Texas to Abilene, Kansas It was used for about twenty years after the Civil War.

6th Grade 1st Term Vocabulary Review List

Please study the following terms for a quiz on Monday, October 14, 2019

European Plain- a vast, flat area stretching from France’s Atlantic coast to the Ural Mountains.

Pyrenees- a mountain range that forms a border between France and Spain

Heartland- the central or most important part of a country, area, or field of activity.

Agriculture- the science or practice of farming, including cultivation of the soil for the growing of crops and the rearing of animals to provide food, wool, and other products.

Eurasia- the large landmass that includes both Europe and Asia

English Channel- a narrow sea between Great Britain and France

Urban- characteristic of a city or town.

Rural- relating to, or characteristic of the countryside rather than the town.

Allied Powers- The alliance between Great Britain, France, the Soviet Union, and the United States during WWII.

D-Day- June 6, 1944; when Allied Forces invaded German-occupied France

Friday is a half day of school! Dismissal will take place three hours early. Please let me know of any changes in dismissal for the day as soon as possible.

Most importantly: since Friday is the last day of the term, it is also the last day to hand in any required assignments from term 1.

Have a wonderful weekend,
Mr. Trent

Friday, September 27, 2019

The Week of September 30, 2019

Welcome to the last week of September!  I can't wait to see what fun and learning comes our way as we begin October together!

I will be visiting a Montessori school in South Carolina on Monday.  My observations there will help me make a better environment for you in our classroom.  I expect an exemplary report from the substitute when I return Tuesday.

On Monday, you will receive two assignments you can complete without a lesson from me: a language arts editing sheet and a social studies biography sheet.  These will count as your followup work for the week.  Please complete them by Friday.  As always, you will also have your weekly and assignment to do.

Your vocabulary quiz, based upon the words that were given to you last week, will take place Monday morning.  This Friday, you will have a word study quiz based on the words found below.  Please note that this is a review list that is made up of words you've had on your lists during term 1.  You do NOT need to sort these words into any must simply spell them correctly.

Circle Group - prequel, postscript, affectionless, stubbornness, reluctantly, momentarily, sequester, dehumidifier, reptilian, snappiest

Triangle Group - dome, robin, freeze, squeak, refrain, relay, weep, gleam, center, eagle

Square Group - skating, moaning, waterproof, blood pressure, wake, spoke, thesis, crises, carried, delaying

Have a wonderful weekend,
Mr. Trent

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

No Hurricane Dorian Make-up Days Scheduled

On Tuesday, September 3, 2019 through Friday, September 6, 2019 the District was closed due to the dangerous weather conditions associated with Hurricane Dorian. Students missed a total of four instructional days due to conditions associated with this weather emergency. Governor Kemp instituted a State of Emergency beginning on August 29, 2019 and followed with a mandatory evacuation order for all Chatham County residents living east of interstate 95 beginning Monday, September 2, 2019.

Administration has reviewed the conditions surrounding the loss of instruction and developed strategies for maintaining instructional progress in a manner that neutralizes lost academic calendar days. Because the storm occurred early in the school year, we anticipate that teachers will be able to incorporate the required curriculum into the remaining instructional days without adverse impact on student performance.

State law provides for local discretion regarding the make-up of lost school days when four days or less are missed due to certain emergency conditions.

State Board Rule 160-5-1-.02 provides that local Boards of Education (LBOE) may, without the necessity of authorization from the State Board of Education (SBOE), elect not to complete, as make-up days, up to four additional days otherwise needed which are the result of days when school was closed due to emergency, disaster, act of God, civil disturbance, or shortage of vital or critical material, supplies, or fuel as provided in O.C.G.A. § 20-2-168(c)(3).

Based on the timing of this incident, the State Board Rule allowing for up to four emergency days to be waived, and the possibility for future emergency weather interruptions calling for the need to maximize existing make-up days, staff recommends that no make-up days shall be utilized at this time.

THUS, BE IT RESOLVED, upon recommendation of the Superintendent, that the Board, as authorized by Georgia law and State Board rule, waive student make-up days related to the District closure that took place on September 3RD through September 6THas a result of Hurricane Dorian.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Individual & Class Pictures

Fall pictures are coming home today!  Please order what you wish and return any unpurchased pictures.  Order form for class pictures are coming home, as well.  Families may order class pictures by sending cash or check (payable to Strawbridge) to school with the order form OR by going online to and using code: FM322621.  Class pictures and make-up individual pictures will take place on Friday, September 27th.  

Friday, September 13, 2019

The Week of September 16, 2019

Welcome to the second week of September!  I've been having a great time having lessons and viewing your follow-up work, and I can't wait to see what's in store for the upcoming week!

In social studies, I will be presenting lessons on the American Revolutionary War, the causes of WWI, and European languages & religions.  Your follow-up work from these lessons is due by Friday.  In addition, your follow-up work will include a current event article quiz about America's top chess player at and a grammar practice activity at  4th and 6th graders will be continuing with the second paragraph of the "Red Door" narrative with a focus on writing similes.  5th graders will have an other writing workshop with Ms. Pat.

On Monday, everyone will have a vocabulary quiz based upon the social studies words you were given to study last Monday.

This Friday, you will have a word-study quiz on the following words:

Circle group:

-ian: authoritarian, valedictorian, veterinarian, utilitarian, reptilian
-iest: finickiest, unluckiest, snappiest, portliest, ghastliest  

Triangle group:

Long e (ee):  freeze, creek, sleep, creep, breeze
Long e (ea):  grease, wheat, breathe, squeak, stream

Square group:

Change “y” to “i” before adding suffix: replied, hurries, carried, copies, studied
Add suffix: obeying, decaying, enjoys, displayed, delaying

Finally, don't forget that Monday is spirit night at Chipotle!  A portion of all sales will come to Charles Ellis.  I hope to see you there for some good food and fun!

Have a nice weekend,
Mr. Trent