Thursday, May 30, 2013

Water, Water, Everywhere!

This week, we've been investigating the effect water has on our every-day lives.  Yesterday, we created  model of a city built around a river.  We learned that city planners must think carefully about water usage as a city grows in size.  Today, we calculated how much of our body is composed of water....about 70%! WOW!
weighing ourselves to calculate the number of gallons of water in our bodies

creating a layout of our town taking into account water usage

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Last Day of School Celebration!

Please join us to celebrate the last day of school and the beginning of Montessori training for Charles Ellis teachers!
Friday, June 7th, 4-7pm
Tiedemann Park (in front of Savannah Arts)
Come honor the teachers who are about to begin the certification training!
Proceeds go to support MESS’ ProjectsMontessori Certification Training for Ellis Teachers and Community Montessori Education
* All children must be accompanied by an adult
* Over 21 Please Bring ID
Cost: $20/adult in advance, $25 at the door; Kids FREE
For more info. and to purchase tickets, please click HERE.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

2013-2014 School Supply Kits

The PTA is offering school supply kits through Staples.  Each kit contains everything you will need for the next school year.  I've sent home order forms for the kits today.  If you wish to purchase one, please return the sheet with payment by June 3.  The kits will be ready for pick up at the open house on August 12.

A few more important notes about this week....

Please be aware of the following items for this week:

1.  Parent/Teacher conferences will take place next week.  I've sent home the time request forms today.  Please return them by this Thursday.

2.  We will be taking a fieldtrip this Friday to the Massie Heritage Center this Friday to celebrate May Day.  This is a free trip.  Please sign the premission slip that was sent home today and return it by Thursday.

Monday, May 27, 2013

The Week of May 27, 2013

Happy Memorial Day!  I hope you are enjoying your holiday while remembering all those who have given their lives for our freedom.

Now that our musical is over, we can get back to our regular schedule and daily procedures.  When I see you Tuesday morning, I will give you the following choice sheet (your LAST choice sheet of the year!!!):

Your 6 choices are due by Thursday, June 6.  This sheet serves as a review of many of the topics we've covered this year.  As you are working, I will be asking small groups to help me with some practical life activities to begin "closing" the classroom for the year.

In addition to this, I will be conducting some science mini-lessons from the Project WET curriculum.  These fun lessons will hopefully renew your appreciation for the water we have here on Earth.  Be sure to check out for some follow-up activities on these lessons.

If you've logged onto lately, you may have noticed that we started another contest.  The top three students who answer the most questions correctly by Sunday at 6:00 PM will get a prize! Good luck!

Finally, Ms. Carol and I will be sending home final parent-teacher conference request forms.  Please return them ASAP so we can start conferences next week.  At conferences I will share with you and your parents your MAP and CRCT scores!

We have less than two weeks together before the end of the school year!  Let's make the most of it by having fun and learning as much as we can!

See you Tuesday morning,
Mr. Trent

Friday, May 24, 2013


I am so very proud of all your hard work in performing The Black Strip musical!  It was truly an amazing show!  Congratulations on a job well done!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Media Center Books Due Friday!

Please return any books you have borrowed from the media center by this Friday.  

Sunday, May 19, 2013

SumDog Contest Winners!

Congratulations to the following SumDog contest winners!

1st Place: Zeke- 4797 Points
2nd Place: Ella- 4498 Points
3rd Place: Leilani- 3896 Points

Thanks to EVERYONE who played along.  As a gradelevel, you have answered over 43,000 questions correctly!  That's A LOT of math practice!

Field Day 2013

On Friday, May 17 our class joined the rest of the school in Daffin Park for a Field Day!  We had a lot of fun playing games, eating snow cones, and having a picnic lunch in the shade of the Live Oak trees.

The Week of May 20, 2013

It's musical week!  We will spend our time together this week preparing for Thursday's performance of The Black Strip.  Monday morning, we will finish our costumes and props.  Please bring in anything you need to finish your costumes.  Monday afternoon we will put the finishing touches on our choreography and then put it all together in our first complete run-through!  Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday we will be traveling over to Savannah Arts Academy to stage our production.  I'm expecting exceptional grace and courtesy while visiting SAA.  The performance will be Thursday evening at 7:00 pm.  Please have your parents get you to Savannah Arts Academy the evening of the performance between 6:00 and 6:15.  Please remind your parents and friends to buy their tickets in the Media Center.  They are $5 each.

Break a leg!
Mr. Trent

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Monday, May 13, 2013

Morning Math Tutorial

Because we are finished with the CRCT, we will begin morning math tutorials again this week. Tutorial will be Tuesday and Thursday from 7:15-8:00 am.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

An Animated Timeline of Life

Check out this awesome animated timeline of life at!  As you investigate the timeline, let it inspire your work as we prepare for the Black Strip musical.

Savannah Magazine Ice Cream Social Contest

Here's your chance to win a Leopold's ice cream social for our class!  Get your parent's permission to fill out this questionnaire.  One submission will be chosen at random for the ice cream, and your responses may even be printed in the magazine!

Sumdog Contest

Join the Sumdog contest!  From Monday, May 13 at 8:00 am until Sunday, May 19 at 6:00 pm, the three students with the most correct answers at will get a special prize!  Good luck!

The Week of May 13, 2013

First, and most importantly, have you wished your mom a Happy Mothers' Day?!

This week is proving to be an exciting one in our classroom.  We will change up our schedule a bit so we can spend the entire afternoon in our homerooms preparing for the musical.  In the mornings, we your time will be split evenly between Ms. Carol and myself.

During our morning worktime, please make sure you are working to complete your Resources Bingo choice sheet.  This will be due Thursday.  In addition, don't forget to study for your resources vocabulary quiz that will also take place this Thursday.  Throughout the week, I will be having students take the final MAP test for the year.  It is very important that you try your best on this computerized test, because I will use it to show your growth this year during the upcoming parent/teacher conferences.

We will be sending progress reports home Monday.  Please review, sign, and return them to your homeroom teacher Tuesday.  Your progress reports will include your current grades and any missing assignments you may owe this term.  This is important to note, because you will not be able to attend Field Day on Friday if all of your work is not complete.

For Field Day, please keep the following items in mind:

- If you have not turned in your permission slip, please do so ASAP.
- Don't forget to pack a lunch.  You will be able to purchase a school lunch, if you wish.  You will need bottled water.
- Put on sun screen BEFORE you come to school.  Pack some more in your bag to reapply throughout the day.  A hat may be a good item to pack, too.
- You do NOT need to wear your school uniform, but you must adhere to the "dress down day" dress code policy (no sleeveless shirts, tank tops, etc.)  Please wear tennis shoes (no flip flops or sandals).  You may not wear swimming attire.

Finally, be sure to congratulate Ms. Carol for being chosen as Charles Ellis' Teacher of the Year!

See you tomorrow morning,
Mr. Trent

Friday, May 10, 2013

Charles Ellis Presents: The Black Strip

Tickets are now on sale in the media center for this year's musical!  The Black Strip will be presented Thursday, May 23 at 7:00 at Savannah Arts Academy.  Tickets are $5 each.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Proportions are a Scream!

This week, students used their knowledge of proportional relationships and similar figures to enlarge Edvard Munch's famous painting "The Scream".

 Mr. Trent's Homeroom

Ms. Carol's Homeroom

Field Day and Musical Permission Slips

Permission slips for Field Day on May 17 and for Savannah Arts (for musical rehearsals) on May 21-23 were sent home yesterday.  Please sign and return these slips by this Friday (May 10).

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

"A Night at the Museum" Cast List

Congratulations to the following students for being cast in our class' scene in this year's musical!

Guard- Allie
Skink 1- Ella
Skink 2- Makayla
Turtle- Katie
Tortoise- Emma A
Lizard 1- John Foxx
Lizard 2- Marquis
Alligator - Patrick
Crocodile- Santo
Iguana 1- Jules
Iguana 2- Grahame
Dino 1- Skyye
Dino 2- Algeria
Snake 1- Sarah
Snake 2- Jasmine
Salamander 1- Kayla
Salamander 2- Nina
Komodo Dragon- Kevin
Komodo puppet holders- Sam, Emelia, Greta

Math Skill Maintenance with Sum Dog

Do you want a fun way to keep brushed-up on your basic math skills?  Check out!  Play games, earn points to buy items for your custom avatar, and practice your math skills!  Use the username and password given to you Tuesday.  If you forget your log-in info, please see Mr. Trent.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Bike to School Day!

Join us May 8th at Hull Park to Bike or Walk to school!

(If biking, please wear your helmet!)
We will be leaving the park at 8:15 am.

Parents if you can volunteer to help manage intersections please contact

Sunday, May 5, 2013

The Week of May 6, 2013.

We are well on our way to finishing up the CRCT's!  This Monday is the science CRCT and Tuesday is the Social Studies.  Any make-ups will be done on Wednesday.  Keep your spirits up, we're almost finished :)

We will finally be able to get back to our normal routines after testing on Wednesday.  In math we will be using what we know about ratios and proportions to create scale drawings.  After some practice, we will try to recreate a larger-than-life masterpiece of our own!  I don't want to give away the piece we will use as inspiration, but here is a small glimpse of part of the painting.

Do you think you can guess the painting is was taken from?  You'll find out the answer this week!

If you'd like to give proportional drawing a try on your own, check out this handy guide.

In science, we will continue our work with our connection to the world around us with a focus on natural resources.  I'll present the following information on Monday.

Please study the following words for a vocabulary quiz NEXT Thursday:

natural gas- a mixture of gaseous hydrocarbons located under the surface of the Earth, often near petroleum deposits; used as a fuel.

natural resource- any natural material that is used by humans, such as water, petroleum, minerals, forests, and animals.

bio mass- plant material, manure, or any other organic matter that is used as an energy source.

geothermal energy- the energy produced by heat within the Earth.

fossil fuel- a nonrenewable energy resource formed from the remains of organisms that lived long ago.

nonrenewable resource- a resource that forms at a rate that is much slower than the rate at which it is consumed.

renewable resource- a natural resource that can be replaced at the same rate at it is consumed.

hydroelectric energy- electrical energy produced by the flow of water.

coal- a fossil fuel that forms underground from partially decomposed plant material

oil- a liquid mixture of complex hydrocarbon compounds; used widely as a fuel source.

The following choice sheet will guide your research of natural resources.  It is also due next Thursday.

My homeroom will also be taking some time this week to work on the upcoming musical.  Please think about the role you would like to have in the musical.  Would you like to be on stage or behind the scenes?  If you want to be on stage, what part would you like to play?  Please keep in mind that the narrator parts (Maria and Mario Montessori) will be played by 6th graders!

I'm excited to start the week with you,

Mr. Trent