Monday, October 11, 2021

The Week of October 11, 2021

 Room 20 Families,


Welcome to the first week of the second term!  I look forward to the changing of terms because it is a great opportunity to reset and start afresh!  We will begin our short week together by introducing our next topic of research in our Cultural Studies:  the Renaissance.  Your child's vocabulary list will include words associate with this period in history.  Please assist them in studying these words so they can complete a matching activity on Friday.  Your child will not have a spelling list to study this week because it is a short week.  Required assignments will include Saxon math skills maintenance, Flocabulary.com vocabulary practice, I-Ready work, a NewsELA.com comprehension activity,  and follow-up work from daily small-group lessons.  These works (and choice works) will be due Friday.

Parent, Student, Teacher conferences will take place this and next week.  I'm looking forward to meeting with your family via Zoom to discuss your child's progress over the past term and answer any questions you may have.  If you have not chosen a day or time for your conference, please do so using the link that was sent to you via Remind.

Two other items of note:
  1.  The PTA is having a Holiday fundraiser!  Consider purchasing some fresh greens to decorate your house while supporting the Ellis PTA.  Visit sherwoodfundraiser.com/CEMAPTA to make a purchase.
  2. Makeup picture day is October 26.  Your child can be out of uniform for the picture, but they must bring a uniform along to school to change into after the picture is taken.
Enjoy your week,
Trent

Monday, September 27, 2021

The Week of September 27, 2021

School pictures have arrived and have been sent home with your child today.  Keep those photos you wish to purchase and send the payment back to school at your earliest convenience (you can also pay online at the site noted on the payment envelope).  Please return any unwanted pictures back to school.  


The last week of September brings with it much fun and learning in our room!  Our cultural focus will be on physical and chemical changes.  Our class will explore physical and chemical changes that took place back in the middle ages and today!  Our weekly vocabulary list will include words associated with these lessons.  Please assist your child in learning the definition to prepare for a vocabulary activity on Friday.  Your child will also receive another word study list to practice.  They will be required to spell and sort the words by memory next Friday.  Other lessons next week will include developmentally appropriate math, geometry, and language arts instruction and follow-up works.  

Thursday, October 7th marks the last day of term 1.  All term 1 required works are due by this day.  Be on the lookout next week for an email to sign up for our first parent/teacher conference of the year.  I look forward to meeting with everyone to celebrate your child's strengths and brainstorm how we can help best them be all they can be!   

Have a wonderful weekend,
Trent

Monday, September 20, 2021

The Week of September 20, 2021

 Good afternoon, Room 20 families!


Next week we will continue our cultural studies studies on the medieval period with a focus on the properties of sound.  This will give us an opportunity to explore medieval music and instruments!  Next week's vocabulary list will also highlight properties of sound.  All students will need to be able to define these words for an activity on Friday.  I will also provide them with a developmentally appropriate list of spelling words.  This list should also be reviewed often so they can be prepared for a spelling activity on Friday.  Follow-up works will also be assigned for our math, Language, and cultural lessons.  All required works are listed on your child's workplan and are due by Friday.  If there are any works that your child does not complete by Friday, I will transfer them over to the next workplan for them to complete.

We've been spending some time exploring the writing process and how to properly structure paragraphs and, for some, multi-paragraph essays.  We will check our progress on this skill next week by completing a writing task that will require the children to read a text and answer a writing prompt.  I look forward to reading the responses and using them to plan upcoming language arts lessons.

Friday, September 24th is a dress-down day fundraiser for https://www.savannahambucs.com/.  Feel free to send in at least $1.00 to participate.

Have a nice weekend,
Trent

Monday, September 13, 2021

The Week of September 13, 2021

 Happy Monday, room 20 families!


This week is shaping up to be a great one!  We will continue our cultural studies focus on the medieval time period.  We will use this opportunity to integrate physical science as we explore properties of light.  Be on the lookout for some student-designed stained-glass windows that will surely be magnificent enough to grace the walls of any medieval cathedral!  Our vocabulary list will also highlight properties of light.  Consider assisting your child in learning these words so they can complete a vocabulary activity on Friday.  I will also provide them with a developmentally appropriate list of spelling words.  This list should also be reviewed often so they can be prepared for a spelling activity on Friday.  Follow-up works will also be assigned for our math, Language, and cultural lessons this week.  Please note that all required works are listed on your child's workplan.

Most students will be completing the first administration of the MAP assessment this week.  For more information about this assessment, please visit https://www.nwea.org/the-map-suite/family-toolkit/.

Have a nice weekend,
Trent

Friday, September 3, 2021

The Week of September 6, 2021

 Room 20 families,


After another unexpected week of virtual lessons, the promise of a return to the lesson table in room 20 brings joy to my heart!  A highlight of my days at home was spending time with the children via Zoom.  I feel blessed to live in a time when we can come together virtually even if we are not able to be in the same room.  A special thank-you to Ms. Mary and Mr. Anthony for helping in the classroom while I was unable to be there.

The upcoming week of school brings with it many opportunities for fun and learning!  We will continue with our studies of the Medieval period with a focus on how simple machines were used.  I am excited to share some models that will give the students a chance to experience for themselves the power of simple machines!  This week's vocabulary list will include words about simple machines, as well.  Students should study these words daily so they will be prepared for an activity that will require them to match each word with its definition on Friday.  Lessons in math, writing, reading, and grammar will occur throughout the week and follow-up work will be assigned.  Please note that because it is only a 4-day week, students will NOT have a spelling list or activity Friday.  

I will send home a progress report on Tuesday.  Please review, sign, and return this report to me on Wednesday.  Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns (trent.kissinger@sccpss.com or message me on Remind).

I hope you enjoy your Labor Day weekend,
Trent

Friday, August 27, 2021

The Week of August 30, 2021

 Greetings, Room 22 families! 


After a week of everyone e-learning, I am happy to start making the transition back into the classroom!  Those students who are continuing with e-learning, please log onto Zoom each day at 9:00 am for a class meeting with me.  Your work will be posted to ItsLearning for you to complete.  Those students who are back at Ellis will no longer need to log onto ItsLearning, as you will complete your works in the classroom.

We will begin our week together by starting our investigation into the Middle Ages!  We will use the Fundamental Needs of Humans chart to guide our explorations of this period in history.  This week, we will also have a special focus on how people in the Middle Ages used simple machines.  The vocabulary words for the week will be about the Middle Ages.  Everyone should be working with these words daily to prepare for a vocabulary activity on Friday. We will continue with another word study list for the week that will be assessed on Friday. As usual, small group lessons during the week will focus on grammar, math, reading, and writing.  Follow-up works from these lessons are written on your child's "Required Assignments" page on their workplan.    

For those families returning to Ellis next week, your child's weekly progress report will be sent home Monday. It will look a little different because of the e-learning format of the previous week, but it will still provide you with important information about their work.  I ask that you review the packet, sign, and return it Tuesday.  Please do not removed any pages from the packet, as I use the works to plan upcoming lessons.  For those working at home, please log into the ItsLearning parent portal to see your child's progress. 

On Friday, September 3rd we will have Fall pictures.  Surprise! This is a free dress-down day!

As always, appreciate your partnership and support,
Trent

Monday, August 23, 2021

Special Message Concerning Room 20

As you are aware, our classroom has been placed into quarantine for at least the next few days.  While we are not able to enjoy our lessons in-person, we can continue on-line using ItsLearning!  

I've uploaded a number of items for your child to complete while at home.  They include:
  1.  Studying spelling words -  Please study the word list to be able to spell them by memory on Friday.
  2. Study vocabulary words - Please study the definitions to be able to match each word with its definition by memory on Friday.  
  3.  Saxon - Solve the math problems that are on the Saxon assignment.  Please upload a picture of your answers OR you may type your answers and submit them.  This is due Friday, August 23, 2021. 
  4. NewsELA Current Event - Read the article in your assignments as www.newsela.com called "Ancient Dwellings".  Take the quiz associated with the article and submit your score.   This is due Friday, August 23, 2021
  5. I-Ready Math and Reading Practice - Log onto I-Ready (be sure to log on through Class Link (https://launchpad.classlink.com/sccpss).  Complete one math and one reading activity.  Submit the titles of the activities you completed and the scores you earned.  These activities are due Tuesday, August 24th.  

We will have a whole-class Zoom meeting tomorrow (August 24that 9:00 am using the following link on your child's ItsLearning calendar.

I understand that there will be some technology issues as we transition into our e-learning.   Please feel free to contact me via email or Remind if you need any help getting connected. 

I appreciate you,
Mr. Trent