Friday, January 25, 2019

The Week of January 28, 2019

The excitement of Charles Ellis Presents: The Timeline of Life has come to an end, and we are ready to get back to our "normal" schedule. This week's lessons will include studying the Vietnam War, exploring Canada using our country study charts, and preparing to write a 5 paragraph essay on the causes of the Civil War. Our novel studies will include a focus on setting. Please complete your weekly and assignments, as well as your lesson follow-up work by Friday. Your weekly vocabulary words are as follows:

4th Grade Vocabulary List

Please study the following words for a quiz on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019

plantations, n. Large farms where crops are raised

slavery, n. The practice of forcing people to work without pay as enslaved people, and
denying them the freedom to decide how to live their lives

survival, n. The state of continuing to exist, especially in spite of difficult conditions

value, n. Usefulness or importance

wages, n. Money that is paid or received for work

conductor, n. A person who led or directed enslaved Africans to freedom during the Civil War using
the Underground Railroad

contributions, n. Money, materials, information, or labor given by someone to help

gourd, n. A plant whose hard-shelled fruit is sometimes dried and hollowed out to be
used as a tool

passengers, n. Enslaved Africans who traveled to freedom on the Underground

rebellious, adj. Resisting, or fighting, being controlled by someone else

5th Grade Vocabulary List

Please study the following words for a quiz on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019

Draft- Required military service for males 18 years-26 years during a time of need, if your number is picked you have to go

Geneva Accords- This document divided Vietnam at the 17th parallel

USS Maddux- U.S. ship that was reported to have been shot at by the North Vietnamese

Deferment- Getting out of or putting off war service

War Powers Act - Limited the President's ability to send troops

Henry Kissinger- National Security Advisor that worked with Nixon and secretly met with one of North Vietnam's negotiators to end the war

Kent State University - College students were protesting the war and National Guardsmen were brought in that fired into the crowd and killed 4 people

Containment- To keep and idea or thing isolated

Guerrilla Warfare- Military strategy used by Viet Cong that used hit and run tactics

Napalm- Gasoline based bomb that set fire to the jungle

6th Grade Vocabulary List

Please study the following words for a quiz on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019

Rain shadow- an area on the side of a mountain away from the wind that receives little rainfall

Permafrost- permanently frozen layer of ground below the top layer of soil

Prime Minister- the most powerful political leader in Canada. He or she is the leader of the political party that has the most people voted in to be members of parliament.

Premier- the most powerful political leader in a province. He or she is the leader of the political party that has the most people voted in to be members of legislature.

Federal Government - A system of government in which individual states share authority with a central government. Examples include Canada and the United States.

Quebec- A province located in the east-central part of Canada. Predominantly French-speaking, it has sought independent from Canada at several points to preserve its cultural heritage.

Champlain- French explorer in Nova Scotia who established a settlement on the site of modern Quebec (1567-1635)

Iroquois- a family of North American Indian languages

Hudson Bay- an inland sea in northern Canada

French Canadian- a Canadian descended from early French settlers and whose native language is French

Please review the following word-study lists to prepare for a quiz this Friday:

Swirl Group:
ure- sure, cure, pure, unsure, assure
ur-  fur, burn, curl, hurl, surf

Star Group:
Long i in first syllable- pirate, brightly, science, island, highway
Long i in second syllable- advice, arrive, survive, describe, surprise
Arrow Group:
Add ion to base word - meditation, abomination, moderation, obstruction, defamation
Add ian to base word-  thespian, custodian, pedestrian, totalitarian, librarian

Enjoy your weekend!
Mr. Trent

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Parent Survey

Parents, please consider taking the following survey to tell us a little more about your experience here at Ellis.  Click HERE to take the survey. 

Monday, January 21, 2019

The Week of January 21, 2019

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?"  
Martin Luther King, Jr.  

It's finally here:  musical week!  This year's Charles Ellis Presents musical is coming together nicely and promises to be a great one!  "The Timeline of Life" musical will take place this Thursday at 6:30 pm in the Ellis muti-purpose room.  Please tell everyone who is coming to bring either a blanket or lawn chair to sit upon!  Tickets are on sale now for $5 in the media center.  They can also be purchased the night of the show at the door. 

We will spend our week preparing for the show.  Because of this, I will not be assigning any required assignments.  This includes vocabulary and word study lists.  In addition, you will NOT have explorations Tuesday.  I’ve shared with you a collection of books about the timeline of life in your account.  Feel free to check them out if you get a bit of time to do so. We will return to our regularly assigned works following the show next week.  

This Friday is an exciting day for two reasons:

1.  It is a dress-down day for $1.00 to benefit the Red Cross "Dollars for Disasters" program.  
2.  You've earned some "board game" time for your hard work raising money for the PTA Boosterthon Fun Run!  We've reached our classroom goal of at least 50 pledges, so feel free to bring in some boardgames Friday to enjoy with your classmates!

As they say in show business, "break a leg!"
Mr. Trent

2019 Ellis Boosterthon Fun Run at Daffin Park

Friday, January 11, 2019

The Week of January 14, 2019

The annual PTA Boosterthon is in full swing, and we are having a great time raising money for our school.  Please continue to ask your family and friends for pledges.  The Fun Run happens this Friday!

Social studies lessons will focus on the women's suffrage movement, the Korean War, and environmental issues in Canada.  Our novel studies will continue with a focus on alliteration.  Please be sure to complete your lesson follow-up work in a timely manner.  In addition, complete your and assignments by Friday.  You will have a quiz on Monday based upon the vocabulary words you received last week.  Because of the Fun Run, you will NOT have a word study quiz this week.

We will also be spending a lot of time this week preparing for the upcoming Charles Ellis Presents: The Timeline of Life musical.  I've very impressed with the script, song, and choreography you've created.  I'm excited to see how the costumes and scenery come together this week.  Be sure to memorize those lines and music lyrics...the show is coming up soon!

There are a few other important things to keep in mind for the week:

1.  There is an informational meeting for everyone who is interested in our Erdkinder (7th/8th grade) program.  It will take place Tuesday evening at 6:30.  
2. The Elli spelling bee will take place Wednesday.  Good luck to all those who are participating!

Have a wonderful weekend!
Mr. Trent

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Erdkinder Informational Session

The Erdkinder teachers at Ellis are offering an informational session about the program to all families of Upper Elemetary students.  This is especially important for current 6th graders who are entering the program next year.  Please join then Tuesday, January 15th at 6:30 in the media center to have all your questions answered.

PTA Boosterthon Fun Run

Today is the first officially day of this year’s PTA Boosterthon Fun Run pledging!  Please review the program booklet sent home with your child today to see how to begin to collect pledges.  When signing up at, please use school code: 955-248.  Our school goal is $20,000 by Thursday, Jan 18th when the run will take place. Have fun!

Friday, January 4, 2019

Georgia "River of Words" Poetry

I've enjoyed reading your poetry inspired by Georgia waterways!  If you wish to submit your poem for consideration in publication in this year's "River of Words" anthology, please complete the entry form I attached to your work (it requires a parent signature).  Once the form is complete, place it in the box on our language shelf by Friday, January 11th.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

The Week of January 7, 2019

It's gearing up to be another great week here at Ellis!  Plans for our musical, The Timeline of Life, are coming together.  We will continue our work on this exciting production through the week.  

Please be aware that we are returning to a "normal" work week with the following required assignments:

-1 language arts practice assignment
-1 current event comprehension assignment 
-1 Follow-up assignment from your social studies lesson (4th will focus upon the abolitionist movement, 5th will study the Cold War years, and 6th will begin a country study of Canada).

I'm excited to continue reading our novels as part of our small-group reading time.  I miss the characters in our books, and can't wait to see what happens next in the novels!  As we are reading, we will focus upon how the author uses point of view in telling the story.  

Please study the following vocabulary words for a quiz on Monday, January 14th. 

4th Grade Vocabulary List

Abolitionist Movement- effort by many groups and individuals to end slavery in the U.S.

William Lloyd Garrison- Published The Liberator (newspaper that called for the complete and immediate abolition of slavery by peaceful means); founded the New England Anti- Slavery Society 

Frederick Douglass- Famous speaker, writer, newspaper editor, and reformer who had escaped slavery; his intellect and demeanor were proof for many slaves, once freed, could function as independent U.S. citizens 
Underground Railroad- Network of abolitionists (like escaped slave Harriet Tubman), paths, and places that secretly helped slaves escape North of Canada 

Uncle Tom’s Cabin- Book published in 1852 that depicted the horrors of slavery; made slavery a moral issue for many 

John Brown’s Raid- In 1859, John Brown and fellow abolitionists attacked a federal arsenal in Virginia and tried to start a slave rebellion; he was hung for treason and became a martyr
Discrimination-  to make a difference in treatment or favor based on something other than individual merit.
Abolish-  to do away with something 

The Liberator- An anti-violence abolitionist newspaper first published in 1831, which is seen as the start of the abolitionist movement 
13th Amendment of the Constitution- officially ended the practice of slavery in the United States  

5th Grade Vocabulary List 

Communism- system where the government owns the factories and natural resources and controls the production of goods; people are not free 

Cold War- the state of tension without actual fighting between the United States and the Soviet Union, and which divided the world into two camps 

Iron Curtain- the imaginary dividing line between eastern and western Europe during the Cold War
Berlin Airlift- When U.S. and Allied airplanes delivered supplies to West Berlin every day for 321 days.
Aggression- attack against a person or country 

Blockade- surrounding an enemy’s territory in wartime to keep people and supplies from passing 

Nikita Khrushchev- premier of the Soviet Union and head of the Soviet Communist Party during the Cold War  

Cuban Missile Crisis- In 1962, the U.S. learned that the Soviet Union had built missile launching pads in Cuba.  

Joseph McCarthy- a Wisconsin senator who accused U.S. state department officials of being Communist.  
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)- Signed in 1949, it created an alliance between the U.S. and European countries to protect itself from Communist aggression.

6th Grade Vocabulary List 

Hudson Bay- located in Central-Eastern Canada 

St. Lawrence River- connects the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean  

Canadian Shield- a large geological region of Eastern and Southern Canada that has rocky, rolling landscape and thin soil.   It has an abundance of forests and mineral deposits.  

Great Lakes- 5 large bodies of water located along the border of the U.S. and Canada 

Ottawa- the capital of Canada, located in the province of Ontario 

Rocky Mountains- a major mountain system of the United states and Canada, extending 3,000 miles from Alaska south to New Mexico 

Tundra- a vast, level, treeless plain in the arctic regions. The ground beneath the surface of the tundra is frozen even in summer 

Extraction- The process of removing natural resources from the ground—like harvesting trees, mining minerals and gathering raw materials to be used in the production of products. 

Transportation corridor- route that makes travel and trade easier 

Transportation barriers- physical features that make it difficult to travel or trade
Please focus upon the following word-study lists for a quiz on Friday, January 11. Be sure to note your new group as stated on your workplan.
Swirl Group:
ire- fire, hire, tire, wire, spire
ier- flier, crier, pliers, drier, brier  

Star Group: 
Long a in first syllable- basement, pavement, bracelet, raisin, mayor
Long a in second syllable- complain, amaze, parade, remain, escape  
Arrow Group: 
Add ion to base word (double consonant at end of base)- discussion, confession, impression, expression, oppression
Add ion to base word (single consonant at end of base)-  collection, subtraction, construction, connection, selection  
Please sign up for a parent/teacher conference day and time, if you have not done so already.  Click HERE to choose your timeslot.  

4th grade students will be attending a fieldtrip to the Jepson Museum on Friday with Ms. Tiia.  Spending part of your Friday looking at beautiful artwork is an awesome way to end your school week!

Finally, it's time to officially kick off this year's PTA Boosterthon Fun Run!  This year's theme is Mind Spark!  Be sure to register using school code 955-248 at  This will allow you to start collecting pledges that will go towards updating our playground!  The Fun Run event will take place on Friday, January 18.  But, there is a lot of exciting things planned leading up to the main event!  Check out the schedule:

Ellis Fun Run Schedule (click to enlarge) 

Have a wonderful weekend,
Mr. Trent 

2019 PTA Boosterthon Fun Run!

It's time to officially kick off this year's PTA Boosterthon Fun Run!  This year's theme is Mind Spark: Mystery Lab!  Be sure to register using school code 955-248 at  This will allow you to start collecting pledges that will go towards updating our playground!  More information will be given to you at the pep rally on January 9th. The Fun Run event will take place on Friday, January 18.  But, there is a lot of exciting things planned leading up to the main event!  Check out the schedule:

Ellis Boosterthon Funrun Schedule (click to enlarge)