Spring Break!


We had a great and productive wrap-up week!

If this week’s homework has not been completed, please knock it out before the Monday we return.

We completed our collaboration with Ms. Lombardo’s class for Women’s History Month and wrapped up The Storm. The book was a great story to wrap up the week.

Champions won many items in the raffle this week! Fliers for Camp Invention went home today. There is a discounted price offered!

Spirit week was a great success in our class! The costumes, characters, and accessories were fun and hilarious! Thank you for your participation and contribution to the Upper School Prom.

Progress reports are now coming home 4/13 rather than today per administration.

Shout out to Kaegan for being the ASL translator this week! He showed the ASL for “field trip”.

Micaiah was the only one to sign up for Teach and Learn today so he had the whole session to himself today! He showed us some art techniques aligned with Mr. Jackson’s instruction we received as we began our portraits for our Women’s History Month collaboration. Super fun!

I will not check email over break. Feel free to email me anytime and I will respond when school is back in session beginning on 4/9 in the order they were received.

We are in need of paper towels and tissues when we return. If you can send some, that would be much appreciated!

Please also remember to try to pack a cloth napkin and utensils in your champion’s lunch so we can waste less.

Over break if you complete any of the following in addition to completing the required homework for this week:

-NewsELA passages- I will award one star per TWO quizzes passed

-I-Ready-one star per each 20 minute segment completed on,

-Xtra Math (only 6 minutes each) -and one star per three days completed

Not required, just rewarded for completion.

Happy Spring Break! Enjoy every minute! 

Week Wrap-Up!


We wrapped up a great week today!

Huge thank you to the families who have donated items from the wish list!  We are going to put them to great use!

We are off to a great start in fractions and graphs in math and CLIMB. We are finishing up The Storm  in ELA this coming week and digging a little deeper into geography and direction in social studies.

This week in creative writing our goal was 5, 496 words and we wrote 7,145!!! WOW! These stories are looking really awesome and building our writing skills in a big, fun way!

This week we have A LOT OF INFORMATION for you in our NEWSLETTER. Please read it carefully.

Creating equivalent fractions video (preview material of what we will cover next week)

ASL Video for “field trip” -Show me for a star! (In-School field trip on Wednesday)

Please make sure champions are finishing homework each week. I am trying to rotate students on the computers we have in our classroom on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday while I am with groups so they can knock out at least MOST of the math I-Ready homework. They should make sure to complete the article and finish XtraMath each week and work on any remaining I-Ready minutes (to the 45). I am hopeful this will be helpful for them.

I always try to attend one event per student each year and so far I have attended 11 but I wanted to remind you all so you’re aware as spring teams begin you can keep this in mind. It would be very helpful if you could let me know or remind the students to tell me if they are on a team with each other or playing each other so I can see a few at one time when possible 🙂

Thanks for your time, happy weekend!

Two weeks until break!


Next week we will begin fractions, continue graphs, and begin The Storm in ELA.

Refresh your memory with fractions on a number line methods!

No one mentioned an issue with NewsELA until today but apparently I didn’t click “assign”  on my assignment on Monday so the article “Why Maps Distort”  did not post as planned. Since this happened, I will accept any article they have completed this week and next week they should complete the one I have posted today.

I have already posted regarding ratings due to my Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday groups in the afternoons and that I am trying to figure out an accurate plan. I have also shared since the beginning of the year that I do not ask substitutes to rate students in my absence.

Here you can see the NEWSLETTER.

ASL video for Spring Break – No one has shown me any of these, surprise me Monday!

Please remember to make sure your champion completes their weekly homework.

Thanks for your time,


Ratings and the WONDERFUL performance


Tonight was WONDERFUL. Champions did such a great job showing off all of their hard work and showcasing the historical and culture aspect of our recent studies. They rocked it. Thanks for coming out to support them and bring them so everyone could do their part!

I will be instructing a new group of students from 2-2:40 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Until I figure out a way to give accurate ratings, please know your champion will only have their own reflection of their day. If I rate before, it will be at 1:00 when we go to CLIMB time followed by recess. That’s a little early to rate considering how much afternoon we have left and I prefer not to change ratings after I have given them if there is a need. The student reflection will be all you will see on those days until there is a specific shout out or reminder necessary for a particular student or students.

Reminder: When I have a substitute, champions will not receive ratings.

Thanks for your time,


We’re off to SOCON! It will be a blast!

The book swap was really fun and some kiddos got some new ones they are excited to read!

Progress reports are going home today. Please know several students have had many absences so PowerSchool will reflect blanks, missing, or exempt for these assignments and they are not reflected in the average so some averages will be a little inflated due to the number of assignments.

This week we will read The Titanic text from DK Readers. This is a fun unit with many interesting parts but please chat with your champions about the Titanic and the events leading to the time of sinking if they are not already aware because we will be discussing the departure, hype, exquisite interior and parts of the Titanic as well as the accident and response to the ship beginning to and finally sinking. We will be sticking to the text so if you would like to pre-read it, it is available at Barnes and Noble. The “I survived” series has a good kids version of a fictional take on the experience based on the facts we know.

We will wrap up our division unit with instruction and our summative assessment this week. We will continue working on fact mastery in both multiplication and division throughout the rest of the year.

We are working on our graphing standards in CLIMB for the next three weeks and our ELA CLIMB groups will remain vocabulary books. Check the teacher’s website your child has for vocab for the words.


Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

ASL video for Weekend  show me!

Have a good weekend,


All wrapped up!


Teach and learn was awesome! So many cool presentations!

We are working our way through division and headed to fractions and graphing soon.

This week we will read The Titanic text from DK Readers. This is a fun unit with many interesting parts but please chat with your champions about the Titanic and the events leading to the time of sinking if they are not already aware because we will be discussing the departure, hype, exquisite interior and parts of the Titanic as well as the accident and response to the ship beginning to and finally sinking. We will be sticking to the text so if you would like to pre-read it, it is available at Barnes and Noble. The “I survived” series has a good kids version of a fictional take on the experience based on the facts we know.

Thank you for sending in snacks , paper towels, kleenex and items off the wishlist as you are able, we use them all!

SoCon is Friday as well as progress reports. Please remember they will need to bring additional money if they desire to purchase items there and all items will still have to be nut free. They may wear spirit wear. If you are interested in chaperoning, did not mark it on your permission slip, and are approved please contact me. If you marked you could attend, I will be contacting you. All chaperones will meet us there.

Homework completion is still an issue for the majority of our class. The expectations are listed on the website, on HLO that goes home daily, and I have communicated them many times. Please make sure your champions are completing it. The amount is appropriate and should be able to be completed consistently within the 7 days given. Most students are only completing one out of three assigned sites per week. This is not reflective of my expectations, their ability, their responsibility, their accountability, or the habits we teach at school for the Leader in Me. Please help them put first things first and help us hold them accountable for their homework. Several tell me they are “too busy” and while I understand life is busy, in 7 days a little over an hour’s worth of homework is reasonable and should be completed each week. Thanks in advance for helping them make smart choices.


ASL for 100 to celebrate the 100th day of school today! Show me!!

Enjoy the beautiful weather, see you Monday!

Valentine’s Day, division, inventions, and cursive!

Hola Familias,

We had a great week of Valentine’s Day, division, inventions, and cursive!

HUGE thank you to parents for donating us a WHOLE CLASS SET of clipboards, multiple boxes of Kleenex, and some cuties for snacks. We do still need snacks that are nut,dairy, gluten free that will last for us to consume it.  Thanks again!  I have updated the wishlist.

Here is our NEWSLETTER for the upcoming week.

ASL video for “Olympics”.  Show me!!

Thanks to those of you who have had ill champions and kept them home. We are trying to get well and we are increasing in attendance by the day in our grade. We are making great efforts to keep the germs to a minimum but staying home when feeling ill is best.

Please return signed SOCON permission slips and signed report card envelopes. The SOCON trip is an additional fee. We don’t know at the beginning of the year when we make the field trip arrangements whether we will attend or not so we don’t include it. Your champion will be able to go to the concession stand and purchase souvenirs at an additional cost. They usually have free posters for the teams involved too and allow students to have ONE. Free keepsake 🙂

Remember to sign up for Teach and Learn this Friday!

Happy weekend,

The Weekend!


This week has been a great start to division and our invention brainstorming has been creative!

Please send headphones or earbuds for I-Ready DAILY. They should really have them here at school always. They need to be able to listen to the instruction on I-Ready. 


We are also in need of a few dairy free, nut free, and gluten free (all) treats. If you are able, please send us something easy to consume without utensils and free of all of the above so all champions can have it if needed.

We are also now in GREAT need for clip boards. Several students didn’t have one and the ones I have purchased have been bent or cracked through use so we are running out of them. We have only 2 left. If you would like to supply one for your champion or help out the class by purchasing a class set, there is a link on our Amazon Wishlist page to the left or they are pretty inexpensive at stores around town. Ideally we would have a full class set (24 allows 2 extra if they break) by next Friday 2/16 but we will take them when you can send them. They are helpful for when we work around the room or do group group or in CLIMB. Thanks in advance if you are able to help.

Our collaborative research on Notable African Americans of the Past and Present turned out great!

As you know, we use a lot of sign language in our class so I will add a video for a word or phrase for practice each week. How old are you?

Our trip to Brookdale is coming up! Please take some time to chat with your champions about the population in an assisted living senior center. Many have not had experience with the elderly and if they don’t have an idea of what it is like, they could feel uncomfortable. I will be talking to them about it a lot and reminding them of how we will be respectful of their homes because though it is a place, it their home and we will be reading to them and giving them a valentine’s themed bookmark we will make for them. The population is very sociable, happy to see us, and sad when we go. It is common for residents to want to show the champions pictures of their families or memories. Some of the residents are experiencing some memory loss, hearing impairments, and physical limitations at this point in their lives and though most have family that visit them often, some do not so our visit is extra special and we should be prepared to bring our best selves for them. Last year our trip was GREAT and everyone had fun. I am hopeful this year will be the same.

Thank you to those are who making sure champions are completing all the assigned homework each week and for keeping ill champions home. Illness is severe right now and in order to maintain the health of us all, we need to make sure our health care policy I shared is followed.

Thanks for your time, have a nice weekend!

Secret code: Show me the ASL and state the question with facial expression for “How old are you?” 🙂



***We need you to send in headphones for champions please. I do not have enough for everyone***

In reviewing the homework, it seems some still don’t understand NewsELA so I am posting this in hopes of getting everyone back on track.

When you choose our class (the link you signed up for and go to weekly), you will see the assigned articles:

There was one for the week before last (top) and one for last week (bottom). You can see only 2/21 people did the top article as assigned and only 10/21 did the second article for last week.

I assign grade level articles for a reason. NewsELA will automatically fit your student with the level they feel is appropriate for them but you can always choose the grade level article.

Thankfully most are working around the grade level passage but some are looking in the 12th grade or above 5th and that is not an appropriate reading nor comprehension level for this class and it is clear by the quiz scores. This can lead to frustration and make them feel defeated before they even try the quiz. This is not how this HLO should make them feel.

These are the levels that were attempted to be accessed this week:

Please make sure your champion is completing their homework as it is intended. I have been posting only one article per week to help everyone understand it’s the article that needs to be completed. Champions are ALWAYS WELCOME to complete additional passages if they want and more than 3 earns a star for each additional passage.

Thanks for your attention to this as they complete their homework going forward. The homework is listed on the HLO weekly-all week long, here, on a page to the left, the weekly newsletter, and we remind champions frequently. Thanks to those are continuously helping me out by making sure the right homework is completed and on time.

THIS week’s homework:

They should be completing the one ASSIGNED article, written response, and quiz per week. Working on XtraMath for 6 minutes per night 4 nights per week, and working on I-Ready assigned lessons (will change once we complete I-Ready and new placements are determined) 45 minutes per week.

Thanks for your help,

Next Week!

Hola Familias,

We have worked hard on our collaborative research for our notable African Americans of past and present and they are almost finished up! On Monday we will glue our research to the posters and get them displayed.

In March, we will collaborate again for Women’s History Month and also incorporate art so champions will draw a portrait of their chosen female with oil pastels taught by Mr. Jackson and we will complete research for them as well. We will incorporate Spanish by choosing a female suggested by Mrs. Beckett.

Our class is blazing the trail for collaborative work by working with Ms. Lombardo’s class! The more we work together the better we get! Our projects look great and they are very proud of them!

Next week we will take I-Ready at alternating times everyday except Wednesday. Please make sure your champion is rested, ready, and has some type of headphone to use. We have been asking this all year but still have several champions that do not have them. The test program talks to them and reads some of the test to them. It is important they can hear it.

Grading ends today. The grades that are entered will be on the final report card this quarter. You can log into PowerSchool to see the grades entered and check attendance reports also.

Thanks to those of you who are really working hard to hold your champions accountable for homework and teach them responsibility!

We have a field trip scheduled to Brookdale on 2/13. Please see the post before last for details of this trip so you can have a conversation with your champion.

Champions need coats, lunch, snack, and pants/leggings DAILY.

Check out OUR NEWSLETTER for A LOT of valuable information.

Sleep with your jammies inside out Sunday 🙂

Have a good weekend!