October Moose of the Month Congratulations to our October Moose of the Month Leela and Sam!

Leela and Sam were both chosen by their peers for their demonstration of Friendship and Responsibility! Way to go!  \
1,000 page Lunch Bunch Celebration Congratulations to our 1,000 page goal Lunch Bunch. These students met or exceed their October 1,000 page goal and enjoyed lunch with Ms. Belle last week.

Create-an-Island Narrative Story Winners!
As an end to our Geography unit, students created an island of their own based around a theme of their choice. Their islands must have included 5 physical land forms and 5 different bodies of water. Students were then asked to write a narrative story about their island. Congratulations to Lydia, Leela and Isaac, our 3 peer voted winners! Lydia's story The Peacemaker was very creative and spoke to my science heart about Element Island. Leela wrote a wonderfully detailed and creative story about Mt. Pineapple Island and Isaac's Swag Island was ver…

Important Updates - November 6th - November 10th

Parent Conferences
Parent Conferences are taking place this week. If you have not already signed up, there are still slots available! Please email me at to schedule a conference, or sign up using the Southmoor App.

Our school wide read-a-thon is next week! A form went home in your child's Thursday folder last week that will allow your family and friends access to your child's fundraising account. There is a specific secret code at the bottom of the information sheet. If you have any questions, please let me know! We will be doing a lot of reading in class next week!

Parents are encouraged to come in and read with their child for 30 minutes at 12:00 p.m. next Thursday, before our Thanksgiving Lunch! 

Thanksgiving Lunch
Thanksgiving Lunch is next week. Our students will be eating at 12:40 in the cafeteria. Please contact the front office if you have misplaced your order form and would like to order a Thanksgiving Lunch to eat with your child.


Parent Conferences and Thursday Folders

If you have not already, please sign up for a conference through the Southmoor App for the week of November 5th - November 9th. The STUDENTS will need to be at the conference as they will be running the meeting :) They have been working hard putting their Data and Goal binders together to show what they know, and are looking forward to showing and telling you about it!

As part of our data collection, assessments (test and quizzes) and writing prompts will go home in the Thursday folder for your viewing purposes, but need to be signed and returned back to school the following day. Students will be adding this "data" to their Data and Goal binders to show their progression of on or above level work throughout the year.

As always, we appreciate your support!

This week - October 23

- There will be no school on Thursday, October 26th and Friday, October 27th this week.

- Due to the short week, students will not have wordly wise or a reading log this week. We will pick it back up on Monday.

- Students will have a Geography test on Wednesday, October 25th.  A study guide was sent home on Monday. Students should be studying the maps in their Social Studies folder, and notes in their Social Studies journals.

World Explorer Project

We are beginning a short study on World Exploration, and integrating it into our reading and history lessons. For this project, the students will become the "experts" and will be teaching the class about one world explorer of their choice. The students should be using our Social Studies Alivetextbook, as well as our new reading book Around the World in 100 years , as their primary sources.

In their lesson, the students should include:
1) A visual to teach from (PowerPoint, Prezi, You Tube Video, handout, pamphlet, etc).
2) An activity for the class to complete about the lesson
3) Reading from the class text
4) A short 3-5 question exit ticket or quiz about the explorer that students learned from the lesson
* The lesson should take 30-45 minutes (including reading the class text)

Presentation Date and Topic
October 18 - Prince Henry - Isaac
October 19 - Bartholomew Diaz - Adrian
October 20 - Christopher Columbus - Georgia and Kennah
October 23 - Vasco de Gama - Emmanuel

Homework, Week of October 9th

This week, in lieu of a reading log, the students should be reading Bud, Not Buddy at home, and completing one sheet from their packet each night. Students can also work on I-Ready Reading or Math at home as well!

Please see the Literacy Page for specific assigned chapters each day :)

Progress Reports and other Misc. Information

Progress reports will be going home in the Thursday folder on October 5th. Parents and Guardians, please sign the progress report. The students should return their signed progress reports in their Thursday folders the following day.

Please remember that we are only halfway through the trimester, and students have 6 more weeks to bring up their grades and turn in any missing or late work. I will take late work up until the last week of the trimester without penalty! If your child has any missing work, please ask them to check their folders, backpacks, desks, etc. for the missing copy, or to check the class website. I will not be making extra copies for students who have lost their work!

If your child needs help with an assignment, they are always welcome to come in before school on Thursdays or Fridays for some help. Just give me a heads up the day before so I know they are coming!

If you would like to schedule a conference, I am available Monday, Thursday and Friday mornings after 8:0…