Friday, January 8, 2021

The Week of January 11, 2021

 Hello, Bobcats! 

We will continue with our daily Zoom lessons and follow-up works this week.  Remember that Wednesdays are considered “asynchronous”.  Each Wednesday, your work will be posted to ItsLearning for them to complete by the end of the day.  This upcoming Wednesday, everyone will need to complete the spelling quiz, vocabulary activity, and a cultural activity.  I am available via ItsLearning chat if you have any questions about the posted work.

This term in writing we are focusing on the narrative genre.  This Friday, you will have the opportunity to complete a narrative pre-assessment that will be used to plan future lessons and to show growth over the term.  This assessment will be administered during your regularly-scheduled Zoom lesson time.  

This upcoming week, 4th graders will be introduced to a new reading fluency program called Amira. Amira uses sophisticated voice-recognition software to help increase oral reading fluency!  Spending time on Amira will become a weekly required assignment.

Over the next few weeks, we will be taking some time to practice using the online program that will be used for taking the GMAS at the end of the school year. You can find it here:  https://wbte.drcedirect.com/GA/portals/ga/ott2?index=2&adminId=575125

It’s time for Boosterthon!  Boosterthon is an annual fundraiser sponsored by the Ellis PTA.  This year’s Boosterthon is going to be held virtually, but it should be just as much fun as previous years!  This upcoming week we will be having a pep rally and daily character education lessons during our regularly-scheduled Zoom meetings to get ready for the event.  Please visit www.funrun.com to register and start gathering donations.

Finally, parent/teacher/student conferences will be taking place over the next two weeks.  If your family has not already done so, please visit the following website to schedule your time slot: https://signup.com/go/BAwaQsm

Have a nice weekend,

Mr. Trent

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