Monday, November 26, 2018

Class Pictures Friday

Class pictures will be taken Friday.  This is also a dress down day for $1.00 to benefit Montessori schools in Puerto Rico who are continuing to recover from the hurricanes last season.

MESS Holiday Party

Visit from Br. Betsy Coe

American Montessori Society’s Living Legacy recipient, Dr. Betsy Coe, will be visiting Charles Ellis Montessori Academy on November 26 and 27. She will be hosting a parent education seminar on the Adolescent program from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday the 27th  

Internationally renowned, Dr. Coe is a pioneer in helping schools worldwide develop programs for adolescents that are guided by Maria Montessori’s vision of the Erdkinder. She is executive director of the Houston Montessori Center and principal of School of the Woods in Houston, TX.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The Week of November 26, 2018

Welcome back from Thanksgiving break!  I trust you had a nice time off, and I look forward to sending the next few weeks with you before we have off for winter break!  

Social studies lessons will focus on American westward expansion in the early 1800’s, the events immediately following the end of WWII, and continued studies of Latin America.  Our novel studies will continue with a focus on onomatopoeia.  We will also be spending some time exploring the "Clock of Eras" in preparation for the upcoming "Charles Ellis Presents: The Timeline of Life" musical in January!  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 activities to complete.  Please study the following word study lists for a quiz this Friday.

Circle group:

-ize: commercialize, overemphasize, contextualize, revolutionize, departmentalize
-ify: dehumidify, demystify, petrify, recertify, typify

Triangle group:

Long o (ore): shore, adore, chore, deplore, forecast
Long o (oar):  aboard, coarse, board, oarsman, hoarder

Square group:

VCCCV: sandwich, luncheon, complaint, exchange
VV:  beagle, increase, displease, easel, weapon

Exciting news: We will begin working on our annual Charles Ellis Presents musical this week! I will give you a lot more information about this year’s production during our whole group meeting Monday morning. This week’s vocabulary list will include words from the musical theme: the Timeline of Life. Everyone will have the same words, and you will have a quiz on this list Monday, December 3.

The Timeline of Life Vocabulary List (all upper elementary students)

Monera are single-celled organisms that don’t have a nucleus. Bacteria make up the entire kingdom.

Protists are mostly single-celled organisms that have a nucleus. They usually live in water.

Fungi are usually motionless organisms that absorb nutrients for survival. They include mushrooms, molds, and yeasts.
Plants contain chlorophyll, a green pigment necessary for photosynthesis, a process in which they convert energy from sunlight into food. 

Animals are the most complex organisms on Earth. Animals are multi-celled organisms, eat food for survival, and have nervous systems. 

Amphibians are characterized by their semi-aquatic lifestyles (they have to stay near bodies of water, both to maintain the moisture of their skin and to lay their eggs)

Fish vertebrates that breathe using gills and are equipped with "lateral lines" that detect water currents and even electricity. 

Reptiles are characterized by their cold-blooded metabolisms—they fuel themselves up by exposure to the sun

Mammals are characterized by their hair or fur (which all species possess during some stage of their life cycles), the milk with which they suckle their young, and their warm-blooded metabolisms

Invertebrates account for a whopping 97 percent of all animal species; this widely varied group includes insects, worms, arthropods, sponges, mollusks, octopuses, and countless other families...all of which lack a backbone. 

Have an awesome remainder of your holiday,
Mr. Trent 

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!  Enjoy your week off!

the annual thankfulness potluck 

Friday, November 9, 2018

The Week of November 12, 2018

Happy Veteran's Day!  Our social studies lessons often include discussion about wars in which many brave men and women have fought.  Veteran's Day is a time to thank those who've served in the branches of the American military.  I hope you enjoy your time off on Monday, and spend a few moments reflecting upon the meaning of the day.

Social studies lessons will focus on the burning of the White House during the War of 1812, writing the rough draft and final copies of our "causes of WWII" essays, and environmental issues facing Latin America.  Our novel studies will continue with a focus on onomatopoeia.  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 activities to complete. Your weekly vocabulary quiz will take place on Tuesday.  Click HERE to see your word list that you received last week.   This is a review week for your word study quiz!  Please study the following words you've had in previous lists.  There is no need to sort them into groups.  

Circle group:

Triangle group:

Square group:
barbed wire

Friday is our classroom potluck lunch! I'm looking forward to celebrating this season of thanks by sharing some good food! Here's your invite:

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Finally, the school board has given notice that we will NOT need to make up the hurricane day as originally planned.  This means Friday, November 16th is the last day of school before Thanksgiving break.  Break will take place from November 19-23.  Students will return to school Monday, November 26.  

Have a wonderful weekend!
Mr. Trent

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Our Thankfulness Tree

A tree of thankfulness is growing in our classroom!  Our thankfulness tree is locate on the peace shelf.  Students are invited to write something they are thankful for on a leaf and place it on the branches.  Visit the tree and see how blessed we are!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Board Approves Waiver of school make-up day/Staff work day

Board Approves Waiver of school make-up day/Staff work day for school closure on October 11, 2018 On Thursday, October 11, 2018, students missed a day of instruction due to emergency weather conditions associated with Hurricane Michael. 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. Administration reviewed the conditions surrounding the loss of instruction and staff time on October 11th and recommended that the board waive the make-up day for students and staff. For a link to the District work calendars, please click here.

Mock Election Results

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Monday, November 5, 2018

ELLIS PTA Yankee Candle Fundraiser

Please support the Ellis PTA and all the work they do for our school by participating in the Yankee Candle fundraiser!  Visit, click "Seller Log in", and type in group code #999971165 to sign up.  Item order can be taken until January 9, 2019.  Thanks for your help!

Sentence Analysis Material

The sentence analysis material allows students to explore the structure of sentences.  By looking closely at the characteristics of sentences, they will be better capable of writing complex sentences themselves.

Sentence Analysis Material 

Friday, November 2, 2018

The Week of November 5, 2018

Welcome to November, our month of thankfulness!  There are so many blessings we have in our lives that we don't even think about on a daily basis.  It is my hope that we take some time over the next few weeks to stop and consider how lucky we are to have schools like Ellis, friends like our classmates, and so many opportunities to learn new things.  I am thankful for each and every one of you!

Social studies lessons will focus on the War of 1812, continuing researching the causes of WWII, and sharing the information you found out about Latin America using the country study charts.  Our novel studies will continue with a focus on vocabulary.  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 activities to complete.  In addition, please study the following words for a quiz Tuesday, November 13.

4th Grade Vocabulary List - War of 1812

Democratic ideas- beliefs that support democracy, such as freedom, justice, and equality

blockaded - To stop people or supplies from coming into or going out of a country

surrender - To agree to stop fighting because you know that you will
not win

port - A coastal location that has a harbor in which ships can dock

truce - An agreement to stop fighting, arguing, etc., for a certain period of time

fort - A strong building or group of buildings where soldiers live

James Madison – President of the US during the War of 1812

Francis Scott Key – US envoy who witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore. This inspired him to write a poem which became the Star Spangled Banner (our national anthem)

War Hawks  - Young group of politicians, representing mostly southern and western frontier states, coming to power in Congress in the 1810s.

Treaty Of Ghent  -  Signed on December 24, 1815 and ending the War of 1812

5th Grade Vocabulary List - World War II

Anti-semitism - policies, views, or actions that harm or discriminate against Jews

Allied Nations- those countries fighting against the Axis powers. i.e. Britain, France, USA, Canada, USSR etc.

Axis Powers- Japan, Germany and Italy

Joseph Stalin - The communist leader of the Soviet Union.

The Blitz (or The Battle of Britain) -  Hitler sent his Luftwaffe to bomb British cities, primarily London, targeting civilians as a way of breaking the resolve of the English. 40,000 were killed but the British held.

D-Day- June 6, 1944, the Allied landing on France's Normandy beaches to begin the liberation of Europe.

U-boats - Short for Unterseeboote, German submarines.

Auschwitz - The largest of Hitler's concentration camps, where 1 million Jews are believed to have lost their lives.

Manhattan Project - The codename for the U.S. project to produce an atomic bomb.

V-E Day -  Victory in Europe Day, May 8, 1945. The Germans surrendered.  

6th Grade Vocabulary List - Latin America Studies

arable- land that is suitable for farming

currency- a system of money in use in a particular country

deity- a god or goddess; or the creator and supreme being in monotheistic religion such as Christianity

diplomatic relations- a relationship between two countries in which they send representatives to work in each other’s countries

deportation- the action of removing  foreigner from a country

infrastructure- the basic facilities and installations that help a community run, including roads, schools, phone lines, power generation, etc.

investment- the act of putting money or effort into something to make a profit or achieve a result

regulate- control or supervise (especially a business activity) by means of rules.

indigenous- living or growing in a particular region or environment

cartel- a combination of people who want to drive away the competition in their business.

You will have a quiz on the following word study lists on Friday, November 9.

Circle group:

-al: ventral, elemental, acoustical, mythological, detrimental
-ial: congenial, finial, palatial, biennial, gubernatorial,

Triangle group:

Long i (ie): spied, fries, replied, cries, tie
Short i (igh):  sight, knight, flight, sigh,  might

Square group:

VCV: gravity, shrivel, vanish, benefit, column
VVCV: sneaker, leader, peanut, reason, meeting

Important note to 6th graders: Mid-Term progress reports will go home Friday. Please review, sign, and return them to your homeroom teacher the following Tuesday.

Enjoy your beautiful fall weekend, and don't forget to change your clocks back one hour Sunday morning!

Mr. Trent