Friday, December 8, 2017

The Week of December 11, 2017

It's here: the last week of school in the year 2017!  

Lessons will continue this week that include continued work with fraction computation, squaring trinomials, the economy of Australia, and current electricity.  Be sure to complete your followup works assigned after each lesson, a Greek and Latin roots choice, your weekly www.tenmarks.com assignment, and the current events journal.  You will have a vocabulary quiz Friday on words from your lessons.  These words will be given to you Monday morning so you will have plenty of time to prepare.


I'm very excited for Friday!  We will be going to the Savannah Children's Theatre to enjoy some dramatic fun!  If you haven't done so, please hand in your permission slip and $8 by Wednesday.  Friday is also the day when we will exchange our gift books with our secret buddies!  Please wrap your book and bring it with you to school Friday morning.  We will do our big exchange before we meet as a school for our holiday sing-along! 


The last day of term 2 is Friday, December 15th.  All second term work must be handed in before we leave for holiday break.  6th grade families, please log-on to PowerSchool to see if your child is missing any work.  If so, please have them complete it and hand it in by December, 15.  Any work not handed in by that time will receive a 0%.  All families are invited to sign up now for our second parent/teacher conference that will take place during the week of January 8th.  Simply click on the “Signup Genius” button at the upper right of this blog.  At conferences, we will discuss your child’s progress over the first half of the year, their latest MAP assessment scores, and I will answer any questions you may have.  I look forward to meeting with you once again!


Don't forget to review, sign, and return your weekly progress report Monday.

Finally, our classroom pet chinchilla, Georgia, needs a home for the holidays!  I will provide all the food and other supplies you will need to watch her.  Feel free to pick him up and return her at your convenience.  The first student who brings in written permission from a parent can take him home for the break!


Georgia, our classroom chinchilla 


Have a nice weekend,
Mr. Trent



Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Save-Around PTA Fundraiser Information

Charles Ellis Montessori Academy PTA is sponsoring the SaveAround sale to raise funds for PTA events, field trips, and activities. SaveAround is a coupon book that offers hundreds of buy-one-get-one-free discounts, along with many other great discounts!! You buy one book for just $25!! You will find out that the book pays for itself after using it just 2 or 3 times. You make your money back and more!!!



The Fundraiser will be coordinated as follows:

Start Date: 12/6/2017 Coupon book and envelope/order form will be sent home with each student. For every 5 books a student sells, he/she will get 1 book FREE! End Date: 12/14/2017 Please return order form and payment for all orders or unsold book to your child’s teacher. If only one book was sold, please keep your book and return only money and order form. Orders will be filled within 10 days of return.



**All SaveAround book editions can be ordered to benefit our sale


1. Seller Delivers - Enter the required information on the envelope to place an order.
2. Direct Shipment- Enter the required information on the envelope and we’ll take it from there!

Please make checks payable to:  Charles Ellis PTA


● Please have your student return this envelope/order form to their teacher by DECEMBER 14TH with their NAME on it, and MONEY for additional sales inside.

● Remember, this is NOT meant as a door-to-door sale to strangers. The safety of your student is our first concern. Parents, try to sell to relatives, neighbors and co-workers.



If you didn't sell a book – return the sample book loaned to you by the company.   IT MUST BE RETURNED OR THE SCHOOL WILL BE CHARGED!!

Thank you for supporting your community!!

Friday, December 1, 2017

The Week of December 4, 2017

"I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December
A magical thing
And sweet to remember.
'We are nearer to Spring
Than we were in September,'
I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December."

-   Oliver Herford, I Heard a Bird Sing


The first full week of December is shaping up to be a great one!  Lessons will include Australia, algebraic equations, fraction computation, Westward Expansion, and electricity (just to name a few).  At Wednesday's writing workshop, we will continue working on our rough draft we started last week.  I'm also looking forward to Thursday's novel study groups where we will get a chance to discuss what's happening in your books!  You will have a word study test Friday based on the words I will give you Monday.  In addition to your follow-up work, please remember to complete your weekly www.tenmarks.com assignment and current event journal response. 

Don't forget to return your permission slip and payment ($8) for our field trip to the Savannah Children's Theatre on December 15th.  Slips and money are due Wednesday, December 13.  Also, please return the permission slip by this Wednesday if you'd like to be included in the holiday book exchange! Finally, progress reports are due back to me signed Monday morning.   

Enjoy your weekend,

Mr. Trent

Holiday Book Exchange


Each student in Mr. Trent’s homeroom is invited to share a special gift by participating in this year’s holiday book exchange! On Wednesday, December 6th we will be partnered with a secret pal in our homeroom class. Each student will then give a new (or like new book) to their pal during a gift exchange on Friday, December 15. Please return the slip that is stapled to this week's progress report indicating if you'd like to participate.  


Monday, November 27, 2017

Field Trip to Savannah Children's Theatre

Permission forms are coming home today for a whole-class field trip we are taking to the Savannah Children's Theatre.  The trip will take place Friday, December 15.  Signed forms and payment ($8.00) are due Wednesday, December 13.


Sunday, November 26, 2017

The Week of November 27, 2017

Welcome back from Thanksgiving Break!  I hope you've enjoyed your time off.  Classes will resume Monday, and I have a lot of fun lessons planned for this week!  We will be talking about Australia, algebraic equations, fraction computation, the California Gold Rush, and magnetism (just to name a few).  At Wednesday's writing workshop, we will begin drafting our responses to the prompts we've been researching.  You will have a vocabulary test Friday based on the words I will give you tomorrow.  In addition to your follow-up work, please remember to complete your weekly www.tenmarks.com assignment and current event journal response.

The second administration of the MAP assessment will take place this Tuesday and Wednesday.  It may be a good idea to have and extra-healthy breakfast each of those mornings so you can ensure your brain is ready to process the questions the best it can.

Mr. Trent

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

I had such a great time ringing in the Thanksgiving holiday at our gratitude pot-luck!  Thank you so much for bringing in so much good food to share; I am truly thankful!


Gratitude Pot-Luck

Our World Toilet Day parade was a smashing success!  The floats you created did a great job advocating for proper sanitation practices all over the earth!

World Toilet Day Parade

Classes will resume Monday, November 27th.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving break!

Mr. Trent

Monday, November 20, 2017

MESS Holiday Party - Dec. 1 @ 6:30-9:00

I know everyone has Thanksgiving on the brain right now, but as soon as we return - it's time for the annual MESS Holiday Party! Friday, Dec. 1st from 6:30 pm - 9 pm at 121 East 45th Street. The Montessori Education Society of Savannah (MESS) is raising funds to help support the teachers of Charles Ellis who are working on their Montessori certification. Come join us on Dec. 1st to celebrate our teachers and hear from them about the important work they are doing. Enjoy delicious catering from What's for Dinner Savannah, drinks, dessert and raffle items from our awesome Ellis community. The party is FREE and open to all supporters of Montessori education in Savannah. Adults only, please. 

Please note: new location this year!

Also note: in previous years, MESS hosted a kids' party at the school during the adult party. There is no kids' party this year. There are too many teachers to celebrate at the adult party to staff the kid party appropriately. But MESS has got your food, drinks, entertainment and prizes - even your transportation* - all arranged for you. You just have to book your child care. And tell the kiddos who look forward to their own party not to worry. MESS is planning a family movie night on the lawn after the holidays! 

*Host committee members have generously reserved car services from Red Cap Savannah for anyone who needs transportation from the party on Dec. 1. For more info, please email Savannahmess@gmail.com

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Friday, November 17, 2017

The Week of November 20, 2017

I've been looking forward to this week for a long time!  Our two days of school before Thanksgiving break are going to be full of fun and learning!

World Toilet Day - November 19

We will be celebrating World Toilet Day (November 19th) with a special activity that will highlight the importance of proper sanitation practices around the world.  It's important that you bring in a shoe box Monday.  It will be used to create a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade float that will advocate for World Toilet Day!  Here is more information about the activity:


Tuesday is our Gratitude Pot-Luck lunch!  I'm looking forward to welcoming your family to our classroom to share food and good times!  Check out your invitation below:


As we get closer to this time of Thanksgiving, I think of the many blessings I have.  I consider the time I spend with the people at Charles Ellis Montessori Academy as one of these!

I'll see you Monday,
Trent

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Peg Board

The peg board is a material that can be used to show how to square numbers.  Each of the colored beads represents a specific place value.  You can find the answer by adding together the value of each of the parts of the square.

squaring numbers using the peg board

Monday, November 13, 2017

Plant Identification

This week, some students are using dichotomous keys to identity unknown plants.  There is a great online key you can use at: https://www.arborday.org/trees/whattree/

a dichotomous key can be used to identify unknown plants

Friday, November 10, 2017

The Week of November 12, 2017

November is quickly passing!  I have some fun things planned for this LAST FULL SCHOOL WEEK of the month.  The lessons will include working with types climates, percents, fraction computation, and post-Civil War America, novel studies, and continued work with our writers' workshop (with a focus on prewriting).   Please remember to finish your follow-up work after each of your lessons.  Your required assignments will include your weekly Google Classroom Journal, based upon a current event article.  Please have the journal completed by the end of the day THURSDAY.  This will allow Ms. Koral and myself time to respond to your work Friday.  You will also have a word study quiz Friday.  You will get your words Monday.  Please study them daily to be prepared for your quiz. As always, structure your time so you can achieve your 30 minute weekly goal of online www.tenmarks.com practice and weekly Greek & Latin root work requirement.  Don't forget to do  your nightly homework: studying your word study words for 10 minutes and reading a book of your choice for 20 minutes. 

We will be doing a special project for World Toilet Day the week of November 20th.  Please bring in a shoebox for this project by Monday, November 20th.

I'm looking forward to our Gratitude Pot-luck Lunch on Tuesday, November 21!  Click HERE for your invite!

Finally, progress reports will be issued Friday. Please sign and return them Monday, November 20th.
Have great weekend,


Mr. Trent

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Weekly Wednesday Writers' Workshop

Each Wednesday we meet as a group for a writers' workshop experience.  During this time, we use exemplar pieces of writing to improve our own writing skills.  We follow the writing process to create well-polished pieces for publishing.  I'm so excited to see the great written work that will surely come from our time working together!

Wednesday Writers' Workshop

Saturday, November 4, 2017

The Week of November 6, 2017

Hello from Knoxville, TN!  I'm enjoying my time in the Great Smokey Mountains. The changing of the seasons is amazingly beautiful here, and I wish I could bring a bit of it home to Savannah for you to experience.  

I'll be back Monday with a lot of lessons to share!  The lessons will include working with types of weather, ratios/proportions, fraction computation, and post-Civil War America, and (of course) our novel studies.   Please remember to finish your follow-up work after each of your lessons.  Your required assignments will include your weekly Google Classroom Journal, based upon a current event article.  Please have the journal completed by the end of the day THURSDAY.  This will allow Ms. Koral and myself time to respond to your work Friday.  You will also have a vocabulary quiz Friday.  You will get your words Monday.  Please study them daily to be prepared for your quiz. As always, structure your time so you can achieve your 30 minute weekly goal of online www.tenmarks.com practice and weekly Greek & Latin root work requirement. 

Please keep the following things in mind concerning this upcoming week:

1.  I did not send progress reports home last Friday, so there is nothing to return Monday morning.  I will check the work you did in my absence and give you your next progress report Friday, November 10.

2.  Friday is the 4th grade field trip to the Jepson Center to see the Rodin exhibit.  If you have not already done so, please return your permission slip and media release.  I cannot allow you to attend the trip if you don't return your slips by Thursday.

I'll see you Monday,
Mr. Trent

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

X-ray Vision

We met with Ms. Kirsten's class today to talk about the bones inside our hands.  After watching an introductory video from www.mysterscience.com, we used construction paper and cooking oil to create our own x-ray pieces of artwork.  The works show the difference bones found in our hands when held up to a light source.


x-ray vision project

Monday, October 30, 2017

Cubing Trinomials

Some students explored the trinomial cube today.  The cube is first introduced as a sensorial material in the primary classroom.  What seems like a basic wooden-block puzzle is actually used again in the upper elementary classroom to discover the formula for cubing trinomials (three digit numbers).  Each block represents a different step in the process:

(A + B + C)3 = A3 + 3A2B + 3AB2 + 3A2C + B3 + 6ABC + 3B2C +3AC+ 3 BC2 + C3 


the trinomial cube 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Why is it important to read for 20 each night?

As you know, your nightly homework is to study you vocabulary/word study words for 10 minutes and to read a book of your choice for 20 minutes.  Studying gets you ready for your Friday quizzes, but why read?  By reading for at least 20 minutes each evening, you are exposing yourself to MILLIONS of words that help you improve your vocabulary skills.  Equally important:  reading is fun!


Friday, October 27, 2017

The Week of October 30, 2017

Welcome to the last few days of October!  As we make our way into November, take advantage of the time you have in the classroom to learn as much as possible.   This week's lessons will include working with weather forecasting, indirect measurement, wind, fraction/decimal/percent computation, and post-Civil War America.  Please remember to finish your follow-up work after each of your lessons.  Your required assignments will include your weekly Google Classroom Journal, based upon a current event article.  Please have the journal completed by the end of the day THURSDAY.  This will allow Ms. Koral and myself time to respond to your work Friday.  You will also have a word study quiz Friday.  You will get your words Monday.  Please study them daily to be prepared for your quiz. As always, structure your time so you can achieve your 30 minute weekly goal of online www.tenmarks.com practice and weekly Greek & Latin root work requirement. 

Please keep the following things in mind concerning this upcoming week:

1.  Signed progress reports are due Monday.
2.  I will be traveling to Knoxville this Thursday and Friday.  I expect a good report from the substitute upon my return.  Because of my absence, you will NOT have a progress report this upcoming week.  Your next progress report will be sent home Friday, November 10th.

Have a wonderful weekend,
Mr. Trent

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

4th Grade Field Trip to the Jepson to View Rodin: The Human Experience

Every year 4th grade students from Savannah Chatham County elementary schools are invited to attend an educational program at the Jepson Center for the Arts. The program includes a docent led tour of the current exhibition and a related studio activity in the museum classroom.  This year the program will focus on Rodin: The HumanExperience.
 
“Auguste Rodin is regarded by many as the greatest sculptor since Michelangelo.  He created his own unique style of sculpture capturing movement and emotion.  Rodin used his techniques to break away from the traditional styles and gestures.”


We are looking forward to this trip with our 4th grade students! Please complete the permission form, publicity waiver, and museum disclaimer that were sent home.   Please return these to your student’s homeroom teacher as soon as possible.  We will not be able to accept forms or verbal phone permission on the morning of the trip.