Welcome 2020!

We’re off to a busy start to our new year and new decade! Be sure to check out the important dates at the bottom of this post!

In class this week we will take some time on Tuesday to reflect on our accomplishments and memories of 2019, and look ahead to some goals that we want to achieve in 2020. On Wednesday we will begin our study of the greatest breakup letter ever written, the Declaration of Independence. Thursday and Friday are Benchmark days, be sure to get good rest, eat a good breakfast, and come ready to show what you know!

Important Days:

Math benchmark & report cards coming home – Thursday, Jan. 9

Reading benchmark – Friday, Jan. 10 (no lunch visitors)

New spelling list assigned – Monday, Jan. 13

Library day – Tuesday, Jan. 14

5th grade 2nd marking period awards – Friday, Jan. 17th; gym opens at 7:30, awards to follow soon

School holiday – Monday, Jan. 20th

Science benchmark – Thursday, Jan. 23rd

Spelling test – Friday, Jan. 24th

Early release day – Wednesday, Jan. 29th

Family Math Night – Thursday, Jan. 30th

Important Update!

Lunch Visitors Allowed ONLY ON FRIDAYS Effective Immediately

To:  All parents and guardians
From:  Jennifer Rock and Claire Koonce
Re:  New lunch visitor procedures

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Our procedure has always been to allow parents and guardians to eat lunch with their children any time they choose to do so.  We have tried to manage this way of working with limited space in the cafeteria and surrounding area. We have to keep the safety of our students and personnel as our top priority.  Therefore, we are implementing some specific procedures beginning immediately.  

Parents and guardians will certainly still be allowed to eat lunch with their children, but we are putting the following schedule in place:


Visitors will still not be allowed on early release days.  If you choose to bring lunch for your child, you will be allowed to place the lunch on a cart inside the main hallway.   Lunches will need to be marked with your child’s name. Personnel will check the carts prior to the start of lunch. We will not call into classrooms to notify students.

We apologize for any inconvenience this change may cause.  Please know that we have given this great consideration, consulted with district leadership, and believe this change is in the best interest of our students, staff members, and the working environment of our campus. Thank you for your support and consideration.

It’s Time to SHINE

This week students will have an opportunity to show what they know, our Math STAAR test will be on Tuesday, and Reading STAAR will be on Wednesday. Please make sure your student gets a good night’s sleep and has a good breakfast! Our campus will be closed to visitors those two days!

Students will get their final region of states and capitals which will cover the Southwest, Mountain and Pacific states. The quiz will be Wednesday April 24th.

Let the March Madness Begin

Monday we will have a Reading Benchmark, please make sure your students is well rested and ready to do their best!

Tuesday we will review for our Southeast States and Capitals Quiz. Wednesday students will have an opportunity to show what they know about the Southeast region of our country. STUDY! STUDY! STUDY!

Thursday and Friday we will be working on our Dueling Mandates Project with the National Parks Service. Look for a blog post from your student reporting their findings.

Spring Break March 11th-15th! March 18th is a Teacher Workday, students get an extra day off!!! Enjoy your break!!!

Leaders, Soldiers, and Women in the American Revolution


This week we will wrap up our studies of Spies in the Revolution by making a Masked Letter, a technique used by many spies. We will continue our Revolutionary study by learning about the leaders, soldiers, and women of the Revolution. Students will be writing Patriot Poems and posting them to their blogs. We will also take a look at the roles Emily Geiger, Deborah Sampson, Molly Pitcher, and Sybil Ludington played in the Revolution.

Students will be completing their study maps for the Northeast States. Please have your students spend about 15 minutes each night studying! The quiz will be February 15th!