Tuesday, May 27, 2014

2014-2015 School Supply List

Here is a list of supplies all 6th grade students will need for the 2014-2015 school year at Charles Ellis.  It is important that you bring at least the binder and three-prong folders to the first day of school.  If you've already bought a PTA sponsored supply kit, I will provide you with the additional supplies below at no cost to you.    

- 1 one 1/2-inch three ring binder
- 8 three-prong folders
- 1 package of notebook dividers
- pencils (we recommend Mirado or Ticonderoga brands)
- colored pencils or crayons (basic colors)
- erasers (cap erasers and big pink erasers)
- 1 glue stick
- 1 enclosed, hand-held pencil sharpener
- 1 pencil bag.  (Please do not bring a box, we do not have the space for it)
- 200 index cards
- 1 pair of headphones ($1.00 at the Dollar Tree)

Friday, May 23, 2014

Happy Summer!

Congratulations on completing another year at Charles Ellis!  It was a pleasure to be your teacher this year.  Please enjoy your time off with your friends and family.  I'll see you in August!

Mr. Trent

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Check Out the Book Fair!

Are you looking for some books to read over summer break?  Check out the Book Fair going on this week in the Ellis media center!  You can preview the titles that will be available at the fair and take advantage of online ordering by clicking HERE.

The Week of May 19, 2014

Can you believe it?  We've arrived at the last week of school!  This year has gone so fast; let's enjoy these last few days together before we start our summer break.

First, I wanted to congratulate you on your wonderful performances in "The Story of Numbers".  The show was spectacular, and I received many comments from parents and teachers that it was an amazing show.  In years to come I hope you will look fondly back on your final musical at Ellis.  I was so busy the night of the show that I did not take any pictures!  If you have any pictures that you wouldn't mind sharing with me, please email them to trent.kissinger@sccpss.com.

Charles Ellis Presents:  The Story of Numbers

This week we focusing on placing closure on this school year.  We will clean the room and pack the materials.  We will also take some time to clean out our cubbies and other classroom spaces.  While we are working to do so, I will give you one final choice sheet to complete.  While they will not be graded and included on the last term's grades, the activities are designed to help you make a smooth transition into summer.  Your work is due the last day of school.  

One of my favorite traditions is to have the class vote on superlatives to be awarded the last day of school.  Everyone in our classroom has certain strengths that we have come to appreciate throughout the year.   This is your chance to show your friends what character traits and talents you see in them.  I'll give you the ballot tomorrow.  Please be sure to fill it out (secretly) and place it into the box by the end of the day Wednesday.

Parent/Teacher conferences will take place this week.  During our conference, we will discuss all the progress you've made this year.  I will also share 4th term grades, final averages for the year, your SRI score, you MAP score, and your CRCT results.  I look forward to meeting with everyone's families one last time this year!

Finally, don't forget that Friday is both a dress down day (free) and a half-day of school.  

I'll see you tomorrow,
Mr. Trent

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Story of Numbers Program

Check out the "Story of Numbers" program for a little preview of the musical taking place this Friday at 7:00 at Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church.  If you haven't bought your ticket yet, you may want to stop by the Ellis media center and get one soon!

The Story of Numbers Program

End-of-the-Year Parent/Teacher Conferences

Sign-up forms for final parent/teacher conferences have been sent home.  Please select the times that are most convenient for you to meet with your child's homeroom teacher.  Please submit your preferences by this Friday.  I will send home a note confirming your conference time.  I look forward to meeting with you and your family!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

The Week of May 12, 2014

Musical Week is here!  I'm so pleased with your hard work so far on our musical.  We will continue working towards a finished product this week.  We will start our days with a whole-group meeting to warm up and practice the finale song.  The rest of the day will be yours to complete the LONG list of things that need to be done before we go to Asbury on Wednesday.  Please remember your grace and courtesy as we move throughout our week together.

Tell your family and friends that tickets are on sale in the media center for $5.00 each.  The show will be at Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church Friday, May 16th at 7:00 pm.  All performers need to arrive between 6:00 and 6:15.

Break a leg,
Mr. Trent

Field Day 2014

A good time was had by all at yesterday's field day!  We spent the day playing fun games, had a picnic lunch, and even enjoyed some icy treats to cool down afterwards.  

2014 Charles Ellis Montessori Academy Field Day in Daffin Park

Saturday, May 3, 2014

The Week of May 5, 2014

Are you ready for a fun filled week at Ellis!?  We will spend most of the week preparing for the upcoming musical.  Now that we've finished writing our script and the lyrics to our song, there is much to be done.  Casting will take place Monday for each of the parts in the skit.  You will not need to memorize any lines, just read them from the paper.  I will audition everyone who wishes to have a part and then post the cast list by the end of the day Monday.  You can then start to memorize your lines!  We will start rehearsing the skit Tuesday morning.  Our costume and prop committees can start creation their masterpieces.  Please keep a running list of everything you need me to pick up at the store.  There is no need for anyone to have to spend their own money on supplies, because last year's ticket sales will fund what we require.  Speaking of tickets: they will go on sale Monday in the media center for $5.00 each.  Those students in 4,5,6 grade do not need to buy tickets, but everyone else who wishes to see the performance at Asbury on May 16th at 7:00 will need to purchase one.

Field day will take place this Friday!  Please return the permission slip no later than Thursday.  It is important that you pack the following items for our day in Daffin Park:  bottled water, a picnic lunch (or school lunch), bug spray, sunblock, comfortable gym attire, and athletic shoes.  You may also wish to bring a change of clothes for when we return to Ellis in the afternoon.  I look forward to this fun day of fitness and friendly competition!  Please see the letter below from Coach Lesley for more information.

Finally, if you have any media center books checked out, please return them to Ms. Laura by this Thursday.  There will be no more book check-out after May 8.

Enjoy your weekend,
Mr. Trent

Friday, May 2, 2014

Charles Ellis Presents: The Story of Numbers

It's Hard to Say Goodbye!

We had our last mentor time today with Ms. Kirsten's class.  It is sometimes hard to say goodbye, but remembering all the good times we've had together this year makes it a bit easier.  We enjoyed making kazoos with popsicle sticks, straws, and rubber bands during our mentor time today.

We enjoyed making homemade kazoos during our final mentor time.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Story of Numbers: Roman Numerals Script and Song (Final Copy 5.2.14)

Roman Numerals

Scene 1

Emperor and Empress are in a fight with their maid
Octavian: Get me my food, maid.
Maid: I QUIT, Octavian!!! This job is too hard for me!
Lavinia: You can’t quit, your contract lasts for another 23 years! Holds up scroll
MAID: Fine, Lavinia, your grapes will be here soon. Sighs angrily
Tyberous and Licinia: Yay, we love grapes!!!
Octavian: Be quiet, children!!!  Obey your parents and keep it down.
Tyberous: Ok…
Scene 2

Peasant stands at a distance and bows
Lavinia: Approach…
Octavian: Hey, I’m in charge here! Approach, peasant.  Guards,  please approach too, just in case…
Guard 1: Yes sir, Your Majesty.
Guard 2: We are coming… My lord, Octavian. Would you like me to pat him down just in case?
Octavian: Yes… please.
Guard 1:  Searches him for a weapon.  All clear!
Peasant: Now I was wondering if you could approve my number system for the Roman Empire.  I have named them Roman Numerals!
Lavinia: Whoa, whoa hold on what is this number system you speak of?
Peasant: Well, it’s really quite simple, your majesty, shall I show you?
Tyberous: Yeah dad, I want to learn this whatchamacallit numeral!
Octavian: OK, fine!  Show me now!
Peasant: Here are the numerals!
I: Hi! I’m I which equals 1! If you put me in front of a numeral you subtract me from that numeral and put me after a numeral you add me to that numeral.
V: Greetings! I am V, which equals 5! If you put I in front of me, it makes me 4! If you put I after me that makes me 6, but by myself I’m just plain old 5!
X: Hello! I am X, which equals 10! The same rules for V apply to me but, instead of just using I you can also use V for me!
L: Hi, I’m L which equals 50!

C: I’m 100, which is expressed as C!
D: Hi, I’m D which equals 500!
M: Hi, I am 1,000 which is M!
Peasant: See, Sir Octavian, it’s just as simple as can be! You just subtract if it’s in front and add if it’s after!
Maid: knock, knock Your grapes are here, your majesty!
Octavian: No! I hate it! It’s too confusing, simple peasant!  Get out!
Lavinia follows the peasant and the maid walks out.
Octavian: No! I want grapes! I just don’t want numerals!
Lavinia: Oh! Dad I wanted numerals! There’s nothing fun to do in this palace!
Octavian: Oh, really!? Sent in the gladiators!  snap, snap
Gladiators come in and entertain the royalty. 
Stage goes dark. Everybody runs off stage.

Scene 3

Bring out pillows.
Octavian: Snoring in bed..
Dream sound effect happens
Licinia: Hi, dad.  We’re home!
Octavian: Hello! Do you need help with your homework?
Tyberious: Sure we’re working on Roman Numerals!
Octavian: What!? I thought I vetoed that!  I could have sworn that we told that peasant we didn’t want to use roman numerals in my empire…Is this a dream?
Licinia: No, you agreed to it! And it was a fabulous contribution to the Roman Empire!  Our boundaries increased dramatically and you became even more powerful. 
Octavian: Ok, let me see it.
Tyberious gives him the homework
Octavian: I don’t know what any of this means!
Tyberious: Dad, I thought you were smart!
Octavian: I am!
Licinia: OK…. Looks doubtful
Scene 4

Octavian wakes up panting
Octavian:  Lavinia, get in here!
Lavinia: Yes, dear?
Octavian: I just had a dream about roman numerals.  In my dream I was told that if I agree to allow the use of Roman Numerals in our empire, it would be a great success and our empire would grow! 
Lavinia: Wow, that’s quite a dream!  What do you intend to do about it?
Octavian: Well, I’ll tell you what we’ll do about it!  Get me that peasant boy!   
Guard 2: Yes, your majesty.
The peasant enters onto stage.
Peasant: What would you like, your majesty?
Octavian: Bring me the Roman Numerals!
Roman Numerals enter onto stage.
Octavian: I might have been a little off about the numerals. I think I will give you a second chance!
Peasant: Really!? He says happily
Octavian: Yes!
Licinia: In addition, we have decided to grant you the position of King of Math.
Octavian places the crown on his head.
Lavinia and Octavian: Yes!!!
Peasant: Oh! I’m soooo happy! Thank you so much!!!

 Tune:  Happy
It might seem crazy what I’m about to say…
Roman Numerals, are the new thing
Follow me, come on we’re going back in time
With the air like I don’t care, baby by the way

‘cause we’re numerals
Clap along if you feel like an X without an I
‘cause we’re numerals
Clap along if you feel like numerals are the truth
‘cause we’re numerals
Clap along if you feel like an X without an I
‘cause we’re numerals
Clap along if you feel like numerals are the truth

Here comes good news, numerals takin’ over. (X)
Count all your numerals, and leave it just like that. (I)
I should probably tell you it’s numeral time. (V)

 No offense to you. Don’t want to waste your time.