Friday, December 18, 2020

Happy Holidays!

 Happy holidays to you and your family!  Enjoy your much-deserved time off!  Classes resume Tuesday, January 5th, 2021.



Friday, December 11, 2020

The Week of December 14, 2020

 Happy holidays to you and your family!  I hope this festive time of year brings you joy!


Our final week of school before holiday break is packed with opportunities to learn and have some fun, too!  Please note the following information about the week:


  1.  You do NOT have a spelling list to study this week.  Instead, you will take a spelling inventory on Wednesday that I will use to place everyone in appropriate spelling groups for the second half of the school year.  

  2. The end of the term is Friday, December 18th.  All second term work must be submitted by 11:59pm.  Log into your gradebook on ItsLearning to check the completion status of our term 2 assignments.  6th grade families, please also log onto PowerSchool to check your grades.  6th graders will receive their first report card this term, and we want to make sure everything has been entered correctly into PowerSchool.  If you see any mistakes or have any questions, please contact me via Remind or trent.kissinger@sccpss.com.

  3. The annual Festival of Lights is taking place virtually this year on Thursday, December 17th at 6:30 pm!  Your parents will receive an email from administration with the Zoom link so you can join the fun!


Finally, to celebrate the season together, I would like to invite you to a special “Pajama Day” party on Friday, December 18th during our normally-scheduled Zoom lesson!  Feel free to wear something cozy, enjoy a warm mug of hot chocolate or tea, and join in listening to holiday stories and playing games!  This is NOT a required lesson, but everyone is welcome. 


Enjoy your weekend,

Trent





Friday, December 4, 2020

The Week of December 7, 2020

 "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 upcoming week of school brings more opportunities for learning and fun!  Our works will include one more opinion writing followup before we take a post-test writing scrimmage on Friday.  The growth shown across the board in writing skills is something we should all celebrate!  I look forward to continuing our writing lessons next term, with a new focus on narratives!


Be sure to be studying the vocabulary and spelling (word study) lists each day to prepare for Wednesday’s vocabulary activity and spelling quiz.  There are only two more Wednesdays left in the term, so that means two more opportunities to “show what you know” in vocabulary and spelling!  


On a similar note, be sure you are reviewing your ItsLearning gradebook to note any missing works.  These should be completed by the last day before winter break.  Feel free to message me with any questions.


Enjoy your weekend,

Trent

 


Sunday, November 29, 2020

The Week of November 30, 2020

I trust that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving break and are ready to take on the final three weeks of term 2!  We will continue with our daily zoom lessons this week.  Required works will include follow-up assignments associated with each of the daily lessons, a Saxon math skills maintenance activity, a reading comprehension assignment at www.readworks.org, and a cultural assignment that will be posted Wednesday.   A new word study and vocabulary list will be posted this Thursday for a quiz and activity to complete the following Wednesday. Please study these lists daily to prepare.  As always, I’ve posted a list of choice works in the “Announcements” section of ItsLearning.  These works are NOT required, but provide some opportunities for you to extend your studies and to engage in creative endeavors.  

Have a wonderful week,

Trent


Friday, November 13, 2020

The Week of November 16, 2020

As we begin our last week of school before the Thanksgiving holiday, I can’t help but think about how thankful I am to be sharing this time with you: my Ellis family.  The daily examples of partnership, patience, and persistence that I see are truly inspiring!  I wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday!

I recently shared progress reports via www.transparentclassroom.com.  Please let me know if you were unable to view it. I suggest completing any missing works this week, so you can enter holiday break without any work carrying over afterwards.  You can to reach out to me via ItsLearning message if you have any questions.


Finally, I know there are many other educational activities going on at home (choice works, family field trips, etc).  Feel free to take some pictures of those activities and send them to me.  I will upload them to your Transparent Classroom portfolio so they become part of your “Ellis timeline”!


Have a nice weekend,

Trent


Friday, November 6, 2020

The Week of November 9, 2020

We’ve reached the mid-way point of term 2!  This upcoming week, I will be sending home midterm progress reports which will list your required works from the term.  You will be able to view information about completion and mastery of the skills practiced on each assignment.  Please work with your family to complete any unsubmitted works as soon as possible.  

The best way to keep up-to-date with your progress is to regularly view the “Gradebook” feature on ItsLearning.  The gradebook lists the status of all of your works.  Access the gradebook by following these steps:

  1. Log into your ItsLearning account

  2. Select the “Mr. Trent’s E-Learning Class” course

  3. Select “Follow-up and Reports”

  4. Select “Gradebook”

6th graders, be sure to remind your family to log into your PowerSchool account to see grades and averages for each specific subject.  ItsLearning will only give an overall average, but you will receive a report card at the end of the term that will include averages for each subject (math, science, social studies, language arts). 

If you have any questions after viewing the progress reports, ItsLearning gradebook, or (for 6th grade families, PowerSchool feel free to reach out to me via email (trent.kissinger@sccpss.com) or the Remind app.  You can also meet with me during my virtual office hours (M, T, Th, F from 7:30am-8:00am) using the Zoom link located on your ItsLearning schedule. 


Have a nice weekend,

Mr. Trent


Friday, October 30, 2020

The Week of November 2, 2020

It's shaping up to be a great first week of November!  We have been spending a lot of time working on writing skills using a structured writing curriculum.  The colorful outlines and rough drafts we’ve been using over the past weeks have helped create some amazing final copies!  During Monday’s writing lesson, we will be having a “writing scrimmage” where everyone will be asked to respond to a prompt.  I will use the responses to show growth in writing abilities during our time together and to plan future writing lessons.  This is an activity that I ask all students to complete without any assistance from others.  There will NOT be a followup associated with this activity. 


The rest of the week we will be similar to our previous weeks together.  Here is a list of weekly work:


1. A daily (except Wednesday) Zoom lesson and follow-up activity 

2. Two Saxon math skills maintenance assignments 

3. A www.readworks.org reading comprehension assignment 

4. A cultural assignment (posted each Wednesday) 

5. A spelling quiz (posted each Wednesday) 

6. A vocabulary activity (posted each Wednesday) 

7. Choice works (not required, but highly recommended)


I highly encourage you to have some fun completing some of the choice works I suggest each week.  While not required, they do offer some enrichment opportunities and a chance to engage in creative endeavors.  


Have a spooktacular weekend,

Mr. Trent


Friday, October 23, 2020

The Week of October 26, 2020

O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.

-Robert Frost

We’ve had our share of mild October mornings lately, haven’t we?! I’ve enjoyed spending these mornings presenting lessons to our class!

This upcoming week we continue our daily lessons in each of the subject areas.  To review, weekly assignments for “Mr. Trent’s E-Learning Class” include the following:

A daily (except Wednesday) Zoom lesson and follow-up activity
Two Saxon math skills maintenance assignments
A www.readworks.org reading comprehension assignment
A cultural assignment (posted each Wednesday)
A spelling quiz (posted each Wednesday)
A vocabulary activity (posted each Wednesday)
Choice works (not required, but highly recommended)

These works are due each Friday.  The ItsLearning gradebook feature is a wonderful resource to use when keeping track of the completion of required works.  I’ve been reminding everyone to check the gradebook daily to keep abreast of work.  6th grade families can also find grades in PowerSchool.  Please let me know if you have any questions about accessing either of these places work is recorded. 

Have a nice “hushed October” weekend,
Mr. Trent

Friday, October 16, 2020

The Week of October 19, 2020

I had the best time meeting with everyone last week during our student/parent/teacher conferences!  I am quite humbled with how our community has come together during this unprecedented time to meet the needs of our children.  I really enjoyed hearing about how you are “making this work” in your homes. 

As we make this transition from using Google Class to assign and submit works to ItsLearning, I understand there will be a few hiccups.  You may need a bit more help uploading and submitting work.  Incomplete works are clearly noted on the Itslearning course pages.  Please complete any work that is past due.  Don’t hesitate to email or ItsLearning message me with any questions about the process. 


I’ve updated the daily check-off list to reflect term 2 works (including Saxon math practice that we will begin this Tuesday).  The new check-off list is found below.  Feel free to use it to help you structure your day.


It’s time for a weekend!

Mr. Trent



Thursday, October 8, 2020

The Week of October 12, 2020

Welcome to the first week of term 2!  There are a few changes that will be taking place as we begin our new term together:


  1.  You no longer need to mark your daily attendance!  You will automatically be marked present when you sign in to ItsLearning each day.  That being said, it is important that you are logging on to ItsLearning every day to be marked present.  If you do not visit ItsLearning, you will be marked absent.  

  2. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each lesson.  You will need to have their camera on when attendance is taken.  Afterwards, you are able to turn off the camera, if you wish. 

  3. We will no longer be using Google Classroom to submit work.  All works will be assigned and submitted using ItsLearning.

  4. Your ItsLearning calendar has been updated to only show lessons you are required to attend.  It will no longer show the entire schedule.  Hopefully, this will result in a less cluttered and easier to read schedule.

 

Student/Parent/Teacher conferences will take place this week!  I’m looking forward to getting a chance to sit with everyone and have a brief discussion about all the awesome works that were done in term 1!  If your family has not signed up for a conference, please do so by visiting this link:  https://signup.com/go/rJGSxoJ

Once again, Ms. Lisa is hosting a Book Character Pumpkin Patch!  This year it will be a virtual event you can join from home!  See the flyer below for more information.

Finally, remember that Friday, October 8th and Monday, October 12 are school holidays.  You will not have any lessons or work to complete those days. See you Tuesday, October 13th!

Have a great long weekend!

Mr. Trent



Friday, October 2, 2020

The Week of October 5, 2020

Well, we’ve made it to the last week of term 1!  It has been a rollercoaster, hasn’t it?!  Honestly, I couldn’t pick a better group of people to ride along with on all these twisty loops and hair-raising hills!  


This week, we will be continuing our daily lessons on writing, arithmetic, cultural studies, spelling, vocabulary, and geometry.  On Wednesday, you will be taking the first spelling test of the year!  It will be the same format of the inventory you took where they will watch a recording of me telling you the words to spell. You will then use a key to check it and report how many you spelled correctly.  That day, they will also complete a vocabulary activity using the word list they received last week.  Please know that you will NOT need to have the definitions memorized, because it will be an “open book” activity.  I just ask that you spend a few minutes each day looking at the words and definitions in preparation for the activity.  The more you study the words, the easier the assignment will be.  


Thursday is the last day of the term.  All work from term 1 is due that day.  Please go through all of the required assignments in Google Classroom to view teacher comments on submitted works and to complete any unfinished works.  


I am looking forward to meeting virtually with your family at our upcoming student/parent/teacher conferences!  Please use the following link to choose your conference time:  https://signup.com/go/rJGSxoJ


Finally, remember that Friday, October 9th and Monday, October 12th are school holidays! Enjoy your much-deserved time away from the computer!


Have a wonderful weekend,

Mr. Trent


Sunday, September 27, 2020

The Week of September 28, 2020

The upcoming week is fixin’ to be a good one! I’ve really enjoyed seeing all the great works that are being accomplished while e-learning, and I look forward to what this week holds, as well! Keep in mind that all required works are posted in your Google Classroom account. Choice works are located in the “Announcements” section of ItsLearning. While not required, choice works can provide fun enrichment opportunities. The end of the term is coming up in 2 weeks! In preparation for the end of term, please review all your work in Google Classroom for completeness and to read the notes from teachers made on the assignments. 

We will begin our spelling and vocabulary program this week! Each Wednesday, you will receive developmentally appropriate spelling and vocabulary lists to study. The following Wednesday, you will complete a vocabulary activity and a spelling assessment based on these words. It is suggested that each day you spend some time practicing how to spell the spelling words and learning the definition of the vocabulary. Note that you will NOT be required to know how to spell the vocabulary words. I have updated the daily checkoff list to include spelling and vocabulary practice (See below). 

Finally, SCCPSS is in the process of transitioning into Phase 2 of reopening the schools. It is important that you are checking the SCCPSS Virtual School Reopening Guidance page at https://spwww.sccpss.com/Pages/School-Reopening-Guidance.aspx frequently to keep up with the swift flood of information being shared. I, personally, do not know much more about phase 2 than what has been shared with the general public. I will forward any and all relevant info. that I can your way. 

Have a wonderful weekend, 

Mr. Trent

Friday, September 18, 2020

The Week of September 21, 2020

The rain clouds are slowly clearing and the sun will soon shine again!  What a wonderful way to begin another week together!  This week will include daily zoom lessons on grammar analysis, structured informational writing skills, geometric measurements, and cultural studies.  I’m excited to share that reading groups will begin this week! Please see the class schedule on ItsLearning to see when your group will be meeting.  In addition, two new required assignments will be added to your workload:


  1.  Spend 20 minutes each day doing math skills maintenance at www.prodigygame.com.

  2.  Complete 1 reading comprehension activity at www.readworks.org each week.


Below is a daily check-off list you may wish to use during each day.  It lists all required works and lessons with a space to draw a satisfying check-mark when it’s complete.  Feel free to print and use it if you will benefit from this more structured approach to daily tasks.  


I’m sure you have heard all the news coming from the recent school board meeting about the eventual return to the classroom.  I’m also sure you, like I, have many questions about what this will look like.  Please know that I will pass along any information as soon as I am able to.  I suggest you keep a close eye on SCCPSS social media and school board meetings.  I’m sure a flurry of information is forthcoming that we will need to work through together.  


I wish you a restful weekend,


Trent

   


Friday, September 11, 2020

The Week of September 14, 2020

With the exception of a few students, we are finished with our fall MAP assessments!  Thank you for your efforts in completing these tests.  I will use the results to help me plan lessons that are appropriate for your strengths and needs.  


Speaking of lessons, I have some great ones planned this week!  Your lessons may include more practice with writing informational paragraphs, part 2 of the Montessori Great Lesson “The Timeline of Life”, fun with geometry, and some more grammar work.  In addition, check out the fun choice works I’ve uploaded to ItsLearning under the “Announcements” section!  As always, your lesson schedule is posted on ItsLearning and your required followup works are found in Google Classroom.


You may note a change in our schedule when you look at the weekly ItsLearning calendar.  We will not be giving live lessons on Wednesdays.  Instead, we will be sharing a recorded lesson for you to watch and a followup for you to complete on Google Classroom.  It is important that you are marking yourself as present in ItsLearning each Wednesday.  Also, be on the lookout for more small-group lessons that have been added to the schedule with Mr. Mark and Ms. Connie.  Students who need to attend these lessons will be noted on the schedule with the appropriate Zoom link to use.  


I’ve had a few questions about reading and spelling groups.  We will begin reading groups based on lexile scores the week of September 21st and developmental spelling groups the week of September 28th.  More information about these groupings will be forthcoming.  


Have a wonderful weekend,

Mr. Trent


Thursday, September 3, 2020

The Week of September 7, 2020 - MAP Assessment Info.

Dear Upper El Parents/Guardians,

We will be administering the Fall MAP assessment during the week of September
8th-11th, 2020. Tuesday will be a day of practice and preparation for logging on and off the NWEA MAP platform. We will begin administering the Reading assessment
Wednesday morning at 8am. The Math assessment will be given Thursday morning at
8am. Friday will be allocated for make-up assessments and/or students who need to
finish a section of the Math or Reading assessment.

Students will go to their regularly scheduled meetings on Tuesday, 9-8-20 where we will practice logging into the NWEA MAP platform. On Wednesday at 8:00am, students will use a special Zoom meeting code to enter the classroom in which they will take the reading assessment. This code will be found in the announcements on ItsLearning. The students will then follow the same procedure on Thursday for the math assessment. The MAP assessment is not timed, so the student will have until 11:00am each day to work on the assessment. If they are still not finished at 11:00am, they will have the opportunity to finish the assessment on Friday. If a student misses an assessment on Wednesday or Thursday, they will be able to make it up on Friday.

In preparation for the assessment, work with your child to create a quiet testing
environment with few or no distractions. If your child is attending a community center
during the school day, please inform the center that your child will need a space with
few or no distractions so your child can focus on the assessment.

During the test, if your child needs a bathroom break, please remind them to raise their hand to alert the teacher that they will be right back. If they have a question or need help, let your child know to send a private chat message to the teacher. Students must keep their camera on during the assessment. When they have completed the
assessment, students may quietly log off. Don’t forget explorations at 11:30!

We will not be giving lessons the week of MAP testing. Your child should be working on independent work, reading, math skills practice, or other educational activities after
testing during the week.

Thank you,
The Upper Elementary Team

 


Friday, August 28, 2020

The Week of August 31, 2020

Can you believe we just finished our first FULL week of school?!  I've had such a nice time sharing lessons with you!  I've really enjoyed getting to know you and seeing your works.  

This week, we will continue our lessons in each of the subjects.  As always, your lessons schedule is posted on the Mr. Trent's E-Learning Class course in ItsLearning.  You may notice on the calendar that GEP will begin to meet this week.  In addition, some other small group lessons will be taking place.  Be sure to review your schedule very closely each day, so that you don't miss any lessons.  If you do miss a lesson, or if you wish to review what we talked about, I record and post each lesson in the "Resources" section of ItsLearning.  Feel free to view them at any time!

Please note that all required followup work is posted on Google Classroom.  It is a good idea to review your works to make sure you have submitted everything.  I've noticed that some students have finished the work, but simply forgot to press the "Turn In" button.  Choice works that are listed in the "Announcements" section of ItsLearning are NOT required assignments, but please consider completing some of these works throughout the week as they are great compliments to lessons we've been having. 

I have office hours each morning from 7:30-8:00.  You can use the link in the schedule found on ItsLearning to join me during this time for one-on-one help with works or to ask any questions you may have.  

Have a relaxing weekend,

Mr. Trent 


Friday, August 21, 2020

The Week of August 24, 2020



Congratulations on completing the first week of school!  I want to say a huge “Thank You” to everyone for being patient and so very helpful as we worked through our first few days together.  I am so proud of our classroom community for pulling together to ensure that everyone was able to not only get online, but also engage with their classmates!  We will continue to have a few technical issues along the way, but most of the big tech hurdles have been jumped because of your willingness to partner with me across cyberspace.  Thank you, again!


The week of August 24th, we will begin following a class schedule that will more closely resemble a “normal” school day.  The daily schedule will always be posted in your child’s ItsLearning platform under the course titled “Mr. Trent’s E-Learning Class”.  Links to the Zoom meetings for each class will be included to make it easier for you to know where to be.  The schedule includes a daily gradelevel-specific content lesson, times for independent work on required assignments and choicework, explorations, lunch, and recess.  I will have office hours (accessible from the link on the schedule) each day from 7:30am-8:00.  GEP, EIP, and other small-group lessons will NOT begin this week...we will add those meetings once we can ensure that the students feel comfortable following the basic schedule.  I highly encourage you to log into ItsLearning this weekend and go over the schedule again with your child so you will know exactly where and when they will need to be in a lesson.  I am available to answer questions at any time via remind or email (trent.kissinger@sccps.com).


I’m excited to start content lessons with the class this week!  We will begin with three Montessori Great Lessons: God With No Hands, The Story of Language, and The Story of Numbers.  There will be a variety of engaging required assignments and choice works for the students to enjoy throughout the week.


Finally, the upper elementary team would  like to invite all 4th and 6th grade families to a special informational session to answer any questions you may have specifically about the transition to upper elementary or 6th grade. The 4th grade meeting will be on August 25th at 5:30. The 6th grade meeting will be on August 26th at 5:30. Please see your weekly overview email from Mr. Trent for the Zoom links to attend. 


Have a wonderful weekend,

Mr. Trent


Monday, August 17, 2020

The week of August 17, 2020

Welcome back, Bobcats!  I'm so excited to start another year at Ellis.  We will begin our year in an e-learning virtual setting this Wednesday at 8:00 am.  Use the Zoom meeting link that was sent to you via email to join.  I'm sure you have many questions about what our year is going to look like!  We will have plenty of time this week to get those questions answered and get you started on your e-learning activities.  

See you soon,
Mr. Trent

Friday, August 14, 2020

Important "Back to School" info!

Please see the letter below welcoming your family back to "Virtual" Charles Ellis! It includes information about a "Meet and Greet" opportunity and how your child will connect online the first day of school. Feel free to email me with any questions you may have.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Virtual Open House

The annual Ellis Open House is going virtual this year!  Check it out here:  


Ellis Virtual Open House Website: https://bit.ly/cema2020

Ellis Open House Newsletter: https://www.smore.com/j2nt6



Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Summer 2020 Academic Resources

I hope your summer is off to a great start!  If you wish to complete some academic activities during your time off, consider one of the following resources.

Happy Summer,
Mr. Trent

Friday, May 8, 2020

The Week of May 11, 2020

Your made it to the last week of school!  The finish line is in sight!  

Attached you will find your new choice sheet for the week of May 11th.  We will finish our studies of the fundamental needs of humans by allowing you to choose your own project to complete from the list of needs we have not explored yet!  Your plan and completed project should be completed via Google Classroom by this Friday. You will also need to complete ONE choice from the Explorations choice sheet. These documents are found below.

In addition, we will continue to have online video meetings using Zoom! The links to the meetings can be found on your Google Classroom page.

Assignments from the choice sheet and your reading log will be completed and submitted in Google Classroom. Please complete each by Friday.


Mr. Trent's homeroom families only:  If you have not already done so, please use the following link to sign up for a time for a brief end-of-year goodbye Zoom meeting.

https://signup.com/go/CviQdQP

Have an awesome weekend,
Mr. Trent



Thursday, May 7, 2020

Mr. Trent's End-of-Year Goodbye Meetings

Mr. Trent's homeroom families,

Who would have thought last August that our year would end with a global pandemic keeping us from learning together within the walls of Ellis!? I'd like to invite your family to join me in a brief Zoom meeting so I can personally thank you for your hard work during the independent work days and to say goodbye for the summer. Please choose a time using the link below to share when you and your child would be able meet me on Zoom for a 5-minute goodbye. 

https://signup.com/go/CviQdQP

I look forward to meeting with each of you!

Mr. Trent

Charles Ellis Montessori Academy

Saturday, May 2, 2020

The Week of May 4th, 2020

Welcome to week 6 of your independent learning days! Happy May!

Attached you will find your new choice sheet for the week of May 4th. This week's focus will be about the fundamental need of FOOD! It will include daily required assignments as well as a reading log that will need to be submitted via Google Classroom by this Friday. You will also need to complete ONE choice from the Explorations choice sheet. These documents are found below.

In addition, we will continue to have online video meetings using Zoom! The links to the meetings can be found on your Google Classroom page.

Assignments from the choice sheet and your reading log will be completed and submitted in Google Classroom. Please complete each by Friday.

Exciting news:  This Friday is Field Day!  This year we will be having a virtual field day where you can enjoy all of the fun at home!  Ms. Lesley has created a list of fun activities for you to do.  You can find it here:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1evYLmVHBSU_FNfpXa_c1K1FGxaTqBJdjjfVjAk7IEXM/edit?usp=sharing

Feel free to take pictures and share what you are doing, as well!  Because of field day, we will NOT have Zoom meeting Friday.

Have a wonderful weekend,
Mr. Trent


Sunday, April 26, 2020

The Week of April 27, 2020

Can you believe it is the last week of April!?!  I'm so proud of you for completing an entire month of independent learning days!  

Below you will find your new choice sheet for the week of April 27th. This week we will be focusing on the fundamental need of FOOD! It will include daily required assignments as well as a reading log that will need to be submitted via Google Classroom by this Friday. You will also need to complete ONE choice from the Explorations choice sheet. These documents are attached to this announcement below.

In addition, we will continue to have online video meetings using Zoom! 


Mondays at 10:00 (Whole Group w/ Trent and Marianna)


Wednesdays at 10:30 (4th w/ Marianna, 6th w/ Trent)
Wednesdays at 11:00 (5th w/ Marianna, 4th w/ Trent)
Wednesdays at 11:30 (6th w/ Marianna, 5th w/ Trent)


Fridays at 10:30 (4th w/ Marianna, 6th w/ Trent)
Fridays at 11:00 (5th w/ Marianna, 4th w/ Trent)
Fridays at 11:30 (6th w/ Marianna, 5th w/ Trent)


The links and passwords for this meeting can be found on your Google Classroom program.  Please do not share this link or password with anyone outside of our classroom.


Assignments from the choice sheet and your reading log will be completed and submitted in Google Classroom. Please complete each by Friday.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mr. Trent



Friday, April 17, 2020

The Week of April 20, 2020

Hello, Bobcats!

Attached you will find your new choice sheet for the week of April 20th.  We will be continuing to focus on the fundamental need of shelter, but with a special emphasis on shelters in other cultures and throughout history!   Works will include daily required assignments as well as a reading log that will need to be submitted via Google Classroom by this Friday. You will also need to complete ONE choice from the Explorations choice sheet. These documents are attached to this announcement below.

In addition, we will continue to have online video meetings using Zoom!

Mondays at 10:00 (Whole Group w/ Trent and Marianna)

Wednesdays at 10:30 (4th w/ Marianna, 6th w/ Trent)
Wednesdays at 11:00 (5th w/ Marianna, 4th w/ Trent)
Wednesdays at 11:30 (6th w/ Marianna, 5th w/ Trent)

Fridays at 10:30 (4th w/ Marianna, 6th w/ Trent)
Fridays at 11:00 (5th w/ Marianna, 4th w/ Trent)
Fridays at 11:30 (6th w/ Marianna, 5th w/ Trent)

The links and passwords for this meeting can be found on your Google Classroom program.  Please do not share this link or password with anyone outside of our classroom.

Assignments from the choice sheet and your reading log will be completed and submitted in Google Classroom. Please complete each by Friday.

I'm looking forward to seeing you Monday morning at 10:00 on Zoom!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mr. Trent



Sunday, April 12, 2020

The Week of April 13, 2020

I hope you had a restful holiday weekend!

Attached you will find your new choice sheet for the week of April 13th.  We will be taking a closer look at how to improve upon the work you completed last week as part of your "Montessori at Home" choice sheets.   Works will include daily required assignments as well as a reading log that will need to be submitted via Google Classroom by this Friday. You will also need to complete ONE choice from the Explorations choice sheet. These documents are attached to this announcement below.

In addition, we will continue to have online video meetings using Zoom!

Mondays at 10:00 (Whole Group w/ Trent and Marianna)

Wednesdays at 10:30 (4th w/ Marianna, 6th w/ Trent)
Wednesdays at 11:00 (5th w/ Marianna, 4th w/ Trent)
Wednesdays at 11:30 (6th w/ Marianna, 5th w/ Trent)

Fridays at 10:30 (4th w/ Marianna, 6th w/ Trent)
Fridays at 11:00 (5th w/ Marianna, 4th w/ Trent)
Fridays at 11:30 (6th w/ Marianna, 5th w/ Trent)

The links and passwords for this meeting can be found on your Google Classroom program.  Please do not share this link or password with anyone outside of our classroom.

Assignments from the choice sheet and your reading log will be completed and submitted in Google Classroom. Please complete each by Friday.

I know you may have a lot of questions! We will answer them during our meeting at 10:00am!

Mr. Trent



Sunday, April 5, 2020

The Week of April 6, 2020

Welcome to week 3 of your independent learning days!  We have some exciting changes to your choice sheets coming your way that will make your time more engaging, exciting, and fun!

Starting this week, you will receive a weekly assignment list with choices that are aligned to our Montessori curriculum! It will include daily required assignments as well as a reading log that will need to be submitted via Google Classroom by Friday. These documents will be found in your Google Classroom account (and below).

In addition, we are excited to start weekly online video meetings using Zoom!

Mondays at 10:00 (Whole Group w/ Trent and Marianna)

Wednesdays at 10:30 (4th w/ Marianna, 6th w/ Trent)
Wednesdays at 11:00 (5th w/ Marianna, 4th w/ Trent)
Wednesdays at 11:30 (6th w/ Marianna, 5th w/ Trent)

Fridays at 10:30 (4th w/ Marianna, 6th w/ Trent)
Fridays at 11:00 (5th w/ Marianna, 4th w/ Trent)
Fridays at 11:30 (6th w/ Marianna, 5th w/ Trent)

Please log into your Google Classroom account to see the links and passwords needed to attend these meetings.  Please remember: the links and passwords should not be shared with anyone outside of our classroom roster.  You will be able to join these Zoom meetings in your browser, so you will NOT need to make an account or download any software in preparation for the meeting.  

Assignments from the choice sheet and your reading log will be completed and submitted in Google Classroom.  Please complete each by Friday.

I know you may have a lot of questions!  We will answer them during our meeting Monday at 10:00am!

Mr. Trent