Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Youth Leadership Initiative Mock Election

I'm excited to announce that our classroom will be participating in the Youth Leadership Initiative Mock Election!  During the week of October 22, students will be able to cast their vote in a mock mid-term election in our classroom voting booth!  The ballot will include voting for the future Governor of Georgia and the Georgia House District 1 Representative.  The results of our classroom election will be compiled with those of other schools around the country.  It will be exciting to see how our results compare with the outcome of the actual election!  

More information about each of the candidates can be found below:

Georgia Governor Candidates:
Stacey Abrams
Brian Kemp
Ted Metz
Bobby Waldrep (no website available)
Bobby Williams
David Byrne (no website available)
Rod Mack

Georgia US House District 1 Candidates:
Earl "Buddy" Carter
Lisa Ring

Progress Reports and 6th Grade Report Cards Issued

Weekly progress reports for all students have been sent home today.  Please review, sign, and return them to your homeroom teacher tomorrow.

6th grade students:  Your first report card has been given to you today!  Please review it with your family.  You do NOT need to sign and return it.

Monday, October 15, 2018

PTA Holiday Fundraiser

The PTA Health and Wellness Committee is excited to once again kick off its annual greenery sale!  This fundraiser offers beautiful greenery at affordable prices and is used to raise money for our school gardens.  Order online using THIS LINK or use the paperwork that came home with your child.  Local delivery items will be available for pickup at Ellis during the week of November 26.  Direct delivery items can be shipped anywhere!  The deadline for order is November 1.  Thank you for your support!

Friday, October 12, 2018

The Week of October 15, 2018


By Robert Frost 

O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
For the grapes’ sake along the wall.

This beautiful October week will bring many opportunities for fun and learning in the classroom!  Social studies lessons will focus upon the structure of the United States Federal government, the causes of WWII, and Latin America country profiles.  Our novel studies will continue with a focus on making personal connections to the text you are reading.  Please be sure to complete your lesson follow-up work in a timely manner.  As always, you will have your weekly NewsELA current event and quill.org activities to complete.  

Please study the following word-study lists for a quiz this Friday:

Circle group:

-less: affectionless, ceaseless, merciless, relentless, weightless

-ness: abruptness, fierceness, stubbornness, loneliness, queasiness

Triangle group:

Long a (ai):  refrain, stain, faint, waist, snail, claim

Long a (ay):  gray, splay, relay, always, pray

Square group:

Closed Compound Words: waterproof, tombstone, battleship, woodshed, skateboard

Open Compound Words: barbed wire, dead end, hay fever, post office, blood pressure

There are three other happenings this week:

-Monday is the rescheduled fall picture day.  Feel free to dress up!
-Friday is the PTA Fall Festival!  Please join in the autumn fun in the school yard!
-Mr. Trent's homeroom conferences continue this week.  Please contact me ASAP if you need to reschedule for any reason.  

Have a wonderful weekend,
Mr. Trent

Monday, October 15th

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Classes Resume Friday October 12, 2018

All facilities will reopen and classes will resume on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018.

The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System will be fully operational and schools will operate on their regular schedules.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Severe Weather Closure for Thursday, October 11, 2018

Based on the expected tropical storm force conditions forecasted for our area as a result of Hurricane Michael, the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System will be closed on Thursday, October 11th, 2018, for all students and all staff. All athletic, after-school, and after-school extracurricular activities remain canceled for today - Wednesday, October 10th, 2018. The YMCA’s Pryme-Tyme Afterschool program will remain open on Wednesday until 6:00pm.

Only essential personnel, as directed by his or her supervisor, will be required to work on Thursday, October 11, 2018.

The school District will maintain regular contact with the Chatham Emergency Management Agency to monitor storm impacts. If there are any further changes to the District’s operational schedule, notifications will be provided through the parent and staff call notification system, district website, and social media channels on Facebook and Twitter. 

An update will be provided Thursday afternoon regarding school operations on Friday, October 12, 2018

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Transparent Classroom

I'm excited to share a new program that will help improve daily communication between school and home: Transparent Classroom!  Mr. Trent's homeroom will pilot this program during term 2, and it will be expanded to the entire Ellis community the second half of the school year.  As a parent, you can log into the program to see the following:

- current and past lessons that have been presented to your child
- your child's level of understanding of skills they have worked on
- pictures taken by your child's teacher of your child in action
- observation notes written by your child's teacher
- your child's parent/teacher conference notes

You will receive your log-in information at this term's parent/teacher conferences.  You can access your account by visiting www.transparentclassroom.com on your home computer or mobile phone. Please let me know if you have any questions as you explore the program.  I'm so excited to see how Transparent Classroom will help you more easily learn about all the amazing things happening at Ellis!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

The Week of October 8, 2018

Welcome to the first week of Term 2!  The changing of the terms is a chance for a fresh start! What do you wish to improve upon as we begin this time together?  

Our term will start with some exciting lessons associated with the creation of the United States Constitution, the Great Depression, and exploration of physical and political features of Latin America.  Our novel studies will give us some practice identifying alliteration and onomatopoeia in your texts.  We will also spend some time together focusing on your specific needs in our traits writing program.  As always, be sure to complete all of your followup work, NewsELA comprehension, and Quill assignments by Friday. 

You will have a vocabulary quiz on Monday, October 15th based upon the following words:

You will have a word study quiz Friday based on the following words. Please study them nightly, and consider practicing them during your worktime, as well.

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

Parent/Teacher conferences will take place over the next two weeks. Please click HERE to sign up for conference, if you haven't done so already. I'm excited to share with you how we spend our days here at Ellis!

Monday, October 1, 2018

Traits Writing

We are excited to finish the final copy of our first research essay of the year!  All students are writing a paper that focuses on their social studies works.  Over the past few weeks we've used historical documents to discover fascinating facts about the American Revolution, World War I, and various European countries.  The students followed the writing process to draft, edit, and create a final paper.  Special focus was placed on the seven traits of good writing.  These works will be shared with families at our first parent/teacher conference. 

7 Traits of Good Writing (click to enlarge)