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 quill.org and newsela.com 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 categories...you 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 www.strawbridge.net 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 www.newsela.com and a grammar practice activity at www.quill.org.  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

Friday, September 6, 2019

The Week of September 9th, 2019

I am so glad that Dorian decided to stay out to sea and spare our beautiful city of any damage!  I look forward to hearing all your hurricane stories when we return to school Monday.  That being said, we are simply going to pick up where we left off in social studies and language arts the week before the hurricane came.  Here is your updated plan for the week:

Our social studies research will include studying the 13 colonies, the late 1800's in America, and continued research of Europe using the country study charts Montessori material.  We will also read the next chapter in our novel study books.  Some students will start a creative writing project that will give you a chance to create a magical adventure!

In addition to any followup work from your lessons, you will have the following required assignments that will be due Friday:

www.newsela.com current event quiz about how Hurricane Dorian affected the Bahamas 
www.quill.org grammar activity

You will have a word study quiz on the following words Friday, September 13. Please write these words onto your workplan and study and throughout the upcoming week. It is important that you are writing your words down on Tuesday since you will have one less day to prepare for your quiz.

Circle group:

-er: promoter, analyzer, misnomer, sequester, milliner
-ier: amplifier, dehumidifier, intensifier, quantifier, emulsifier


Triangle group:

Long e (ee):  breeze, fleet, leech, sweet, weep
Long e (ea):  bleach, bleak, gleam, preach, spear


Square group:

singular: axis, crisis, ellipsis, oasis, thesis
plural: axes, crises, ellipses, oases, theses

Your vocabulary words this week will be about your social study lessons. Please copy and study the following words into your workplan. You will have a quiz on these words Monday, September 16th.

4th Grade Words



Stamp Act-  law that required colonists to buy stamps for paper goods and documents

Sugar Act- law that increased the price of sugar, molasses, and several other colonial goods

Parliament- the body of representatives that makes laws for Great Britain

Tyrants- a cruel and unreasonable ruler

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

Boston Massacre- an event in 1770 where five colonists were killed by British soldiers

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

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

Propaganda- information, often misleading or one-sided, used to promote a particular cause


Quartering Act- law requiring the colonies to provide housing for British troops in the colonies




5th Grade Words



Emigration- the act of leaving one’s country to settle in another

Immigrant- a person who moves to a new country

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. 

Visa- a legal permit to enter a country

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

Ellis Island- in Upper New York Bay, was the gateway for over 12 million immigrants to the U.S. as the United States' busiest immigrant inspection station for over 60 years from 1892 until 1954

Steerage- the cheapest passenger accommodations aboard a ship. 

Persecution- the subjecting of certain people to cruel or unfair treatment because of their ethnic origin or religious beliefs

Pluralism- the existence of groups with different ethnic, religious, or political backgrounds within one society.



6th Grade Words


United Kingdom- a small island nation located off the coast of mainland Europe.


Trade- the action of buying and selling goods and services


Climate- The average weather conditions in a certain place over many years.


Manufacturing-  make something on a large scale using machinery


Deposits- a natural layer of sand, rock, coal, or other material


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.


Hub- a central airport or other transport facility from which many services operate


Urban- characteristic of a city or town.

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


Have a nice weekend,

Mr. Trent

Monday, September 2, 2019

All SCCPSS Schools Closed This Week

All SCCPSS schools and district facilities will remain closed through Friday as families exit the area under the mandatory evacuation order issued by Governor Kemp.  Return to school notices will be issued after the evacuation order is lifted and all facilities have been assessed and deemed safe for return.  

Staff and families should continue to monitor our website and social media for continued updates.

RECAP:  All SCCPSS schools and district facilities will be closed September 3-6.  This includes all athletic events.​

Sunday, September 1, 2019

ALL SCHOOLS AND DISTRICT FACILITIES CLOSED ON SEPTEMBER 3RD AND 4TH

ALL SCHOOLS AND DISTRICT FACILITIES CLOSED ON SEPTEMBER 3 AND 4
SCCPSS officials continue to monitor the track of Hurricane Dorian in consultation with the Chatham Emergency Management Agency and information from the National Weather Service.  The current expected track of the storm is projected to bring dangerous weather conditions to our area.  While we don't know at this time if Chatham County will experience the full brunt of this powerful storm, we are expecting impacts that could include heavy rain, wind and flooding.  As a result, the decision has been made to close all schools and District facilities beginning Tuesday to allow our families time to prepare.
Throughout this weather event, only essential District Staff will be required to report to work as notified by his/her Supervisor. The School District will maintain regular contact with the Chatham Emergency Management Agency to monitor storm impacts and the safe return to school operations.  
At this time, all schools and District facilities (including the District's Central Office located at 208 Bull Street) will be closed Tuesday, September 3, 2019 and Wednesday, September 4, 2019.  Parents and Staff should monitor our communication channels for additional information regarding school operation on Thursday and Friday. The return to school date will be determined after post storm assessments and recovery efforts are conducted.  Official return to school notices will be communicated through the District's call notification system, email, district website, and social media channels on Facebook and Twitter.
The 2019-20 School Year calendar includes designated make-up days in the event there is a need to make up lost instructional time.  Please refer to the District's website – www.SCCPSS.com – under the “Calendars" tab to familiarize yourself with designated make-up days.
Once again, the School District will be closed on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 and  Wednesday, September 4, 2019, due to the anticipated impacts associated with Hurricane Dorian.   Please make sure to check our website and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for further updates.