Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Upcoming Test Dates

We are nearing the end of our Social Studies unit over Native Americans & Explorers. I have set our test date goal as Thursday, October 9th. Some of our students will be gone on a Literature field trip and they will take it Friday when they return.

We are a couple of weeks away from our science test but my goal is to have that on Monday, October 20th. 

Students will be receiving study guides for both of those tests this week & we will go over them in class.

*I am also available for tutoring after school. Anyone is welcome to stay.

Parents As Teachers

Some of you may know about the wonderful program our school offers to families with young children. My mother is the PAT Coordinator in Nixa and I know first hand how wonderful this program is. Our Parent Educators, Paula Harvey & Michelle Teague, are looking for families to add to their program. If you have a child ages 0-5, or are expecting, please contact our PAT program so they can start setting you up with home visits. 

They also have a blog. Check it out!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

'Selfie' Homework

I just wanted to clarify on the 'selfie' homework.

We are working on character analysis. Students are to draw a picture of themselves, or tape a small picture in the box (either is fine with me), and write a brief description about themselves. This can include but not limited to character traits that describe themselves, a problem they have had to face & how they have overcome it.

I hope this helps. Please feel free to email me with any questions.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Donations Please

Next week we will be talking about Newton's Laws of Motion. We will be making a marble maze to go along with those laws. To make these mazes, we need supplies. I am asking for any kind of recyclable materials that you could send to school. We will need them by next Wednesday, 10/1. Items can include but are not limited to:
*Paper towel/toilet paper tubes
*Egg Cartons
*Water Bottles
*Scrap carpet

Thank you! I'm sure all of our kids will appreciate it!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Box Tops

Box Top Challenge!!!  

It is that time of year again!  Time to turn in your Box Tops, Labels for Education, and your Best Choice labels.  The classroom with the most submissions by October 31st will receive a classroom party!  Send in with teacher name and grade and PTA will do the rest.

Thanks, PTA

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Needing a favor

Our new unit in science is over Force & Motion. We will be doing an experiment later this week & discussing the effects of gravity on distances traveled. I am looking to borrow some toy cars. I would need 5-10 of them, all similar in size. If you could loan our class some toy cars for a week I would greatly appreciate it.

Friday, September 19, 2014


Today I sent home a few tutoring slips. If I sent one home with your child, I feel that they could benefit from some after school tutoring. Please fill out the slip with your preferred day of tutoring and return it to school next week. If your child did not bring one home but would like extra help at any time, please let me know. If your child stays with me on Wednesday, bus service will be provided to any student not in walking distance.

This is not the same as the mandatory Wednesday tutoring for missing assignments, which you should have received a letter about earlier this week. My hope is that a little extra help with me can keep all 5th graders out of that mandatory tutoring.

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Cox Care & Tooth Truck

*Cox Care Mobile will be here on October 2nd.

*The Tooth Truck will also be visiting during October. It is a mobile dentist office that provides treatment from cleanings & x-rays to repairing cavities at no charge for qualifying families.

   -Students must be between the ages of 3-14.
   -Student must qualify for the free & reduced lunch program.
   -Student cannot have private dental insurance.
   -Student cannot be an established patient of a local dentist.
   -Must complete a Tooth Truck application.

 If you are interested in more details or the application, please contact me via email or call the school.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

9/16 Announcements

*Mid Quarter report cards went home today. Please sign and return them to school as soon as possible.
          -If your child needs to retake a science and/or social studies test, I will be giving out study guides tomorrow. Please be looking for these this weekend. I really want them to be studying in their spare time at home. Those test re-takes will be on Monday.

*As long as the rain stays away, we will be having the Food for America tomorrow after lunch.

*If you have not signed a D.A.R.E. form, I have extra copies. Let me know, or remind your child to pick one up.

*Jr. Jays Choir rehearsal is Thursday morning at 7:30.

*If you want to volunteer in our building, you must attend the volunteer training. There is another training scheduled on October 22nd at 2:00, in the Clever Conference Center.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


Here are a few reminders that I want to make sure you remember:

1. Jr. Jays Choir rehearsal is Thursday morning at 7:30. Do not drop off before 7:20. Drop off is at the Superintendent's office on Public Street. Students are to come through the double glass doors by Mrs. Crow's room.

2. Fundraiser due date is Friday! Make sure your child brings the order form and money by that day.

3. I love this time of year; apple scents, pumpkin festivals, beautiful fall leaves & cooler temperatures. However, we are creeping up on flu season. Please remind your children of this and help me stress the importance of good hand washing & staying well. I really miss them when they are gone & hate to see them not feeling well.

4. It is also spirit week this week. Tomorrow is pj day. Thursday is wear your favorite team day. Friday is Blue & White day!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Tests this week!

This week is off to a wonderful start! We are almost done with our 1st science AND our 1st social studies units! The plan is to have the science test this Thursday, September 11th and the social studies test on Friday, September 12th.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Grandparents Day!

Grandparents Day is Saturday from 10-11:30. A yellow note went home with your child today with details! Hope to see your children with their grandparents there!

Dress Code

Please review the dress code policy with your child this week. Throughout the middle school, there have been many violations this week.

*The first offense is addressed with the teacher & student. The student must change.
*The second offense is addressed with Mr. Thompson. The student may call home and must change.
*The third offense is a discipline referral. The student must change.

Thank you for helping us monitor this!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Spirit Week 9/9-9/12

School spirit week will be 9/9-9/12 in support of the JH basketball & cross country teams' seasons.

Tuesday: Hat Day
Wednesday: PJ Day
Thursday: Favorite team t-shirt or jersey (not hats)
Friday: School Spirit - Blue & White

There will also be a pep assembly at 12:20 on Friday, 9/12.

Hope to see all of my students dressed up next week!