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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Homework for Thursday, June 1st

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Work on your citizenship essays (You can use wordcounter.net to check on your word choice/frequency)

** Box Tops due on Friday!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Homework for Wednesday, May 31

1) Read for 30 minutes*
2) Make edits to your citizenship essay based on your peers' feedback

* On Friday (USA Day), we will have a 50 state challenge. This challenge is NOT for a grade, and students are not required or expected to study for it. (They can study, but this is not supposed to be a stressful activity.)

* The Indian Trail Book Fair is here!

Book Fair at Indian Trail School Library
Tuesday, May 30 - Monday, June 5
8:45am-4:15pm
(Mon 6/5 8:45am-12:45pm)

Students are allowed to shop with their class during their regularly scheduled library class or during their recess time. If students wish to bring money to school, please put it in an envelope labeled with their name, or in a wallet that stays in their backpack.

Parents: You are welcome to attend book fair after school with your children. Please make a plan to meet your child on the blacktop after school, and then enter the building through the front door together.

Thursday Evening Hours and Camp Craft
June 1, 2017
6:00pm-8:00pm

Come with your family to shop, make some camp themed crafts, enter the drawing to win a free book. We will be ringing the camp bell every fifteen minutes and giving away free books. Take a look at the giveaways displayed in the IT library.

For Orchestra Students

A Note from Mrs. Duke:

It has been a wonderful year of orchestra at Indian Trail and I am looking forward to our last lesson together tomorrow Wednesday 5/31.

If you rent from Cassandra Strings or the Music Center of Deerfield, the rental return deadline is this Wednesday 5/31.  These music stores will pick up the instruments for return from Indian Trail.

If you rent from Field Violin Workshop or Village Music, you will need to take the instrument to the store to return for the summer.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Homework for Tuesday, May 30th

1) Write your first draft of the Rory Deutsch Citizenship Essay, using your graphic organizer and sample essay as a guide. (Students were given around an hour to work on their graphic organizer and essay in class today)

Unused (or lightly used) folders and notebooks went home today. Some students tried to trash them, but I told them that the school supply purchasers (parents) get to make the call on whether to keep them for next year or not.

Tuesday is Read A Lot Day.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Homework for Thursday, May 25th

1) Read for 30 minutes (Since the Indian Trail Library is shutting down for the year, some students may not have reading books for home. Thus, it's a great time to make a plan for summer reading! Or even better, enter the HP Library Summer Reading Challenge!) 

2) The first draft of the Rory Deutsch Citizenship essay will be due next Tuesday, May 30th. We will work on it tomorrow in class, but for any student that would like to get a head start, the essay will consist of three parts: 
  1. What does being a good citizen mean? (What character traits do good citizens have?)
  2. How do good citizens act? (What actions demonstrate that someone is a good citizen?)
  3. How have you demonstrated that you are a good citizen? (Examples of things you have done.)
3) Last Call for Box Tops! The final collection of box tops will be on Friday, June 2nd. Each box top is worth 10 cents for Indian Trail. The money is used for the school to buy resources and materials, so if you have any at home, bring them in! 

4) A message from the recess supervisors: Fidgets are reserved only for academic use, yet they are causing many issues at recess, from lost fidgets, broken fidgets, and even "my fidget is better than your fidget" fights. Thus, fidgets are now BANNED at recess and will be confiscated. They are not allowed outside, just as we do not allow pokemon cards, coins, or other toys from home.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Homework for Wednesday, May 24th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Next week, we will be writing essays about being a good citizen in honor of former Indian Trail student, Rory Deutsch. More details will come, but students should start thinking about what it means to be a good citizen.
3) All books checked out from Indian Trail Library must be returned before Memorial Day (which would be this Thursday). Notices will be sent home for missing books. Please return any books you may have as soon as possible to avoid any late fees.

Tomorrow is Pajama Day.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Homework for Tuesday, May 24th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Work on your creative writing project. Look at any dialogue and make sure it's clear who is speaking and the punctuation is correct (especially quotation marks)

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Homework for Friday, May 19th

* School Supply Order forms for 2017-18 were distributed today. I will be sending students home with any extra folders and/or notebooks that we haven't used this year over the course of the next few weeks. I've found that if I wait until the last day, students end up dumping perfectly good, unused materials that could be used the following year.

* Food Drive ends tomorrow! We need canned fruit and fruit cups!

Homework:
1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete all spelling work and study for the quiz
3) For your creative writing project, determine your story's beginning, middle, and end. (This might be easier if you think about how your main character starts off, what happens to him/her, and he/she has changed by the end of the story)

EXAMPLE: Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson
  1. Beginning - Shirley Temple Wong lives in China. 
  2. Middle - She moves to America, and must adapt to fit into the new culture.
  3. End - Shirley is happy to be in America, but still values her Chinese heritage and culture. 
EXAMPLE: Bud, Not Buddy
  1. Beginning - Bud lives in orphanage, bouncing between foster homes.
  2. Middle - Bud tries to find his real father.
  3. End - Bud doesn't find his father, but finds a loving family.
(Obviously, there are many other details in these novels, but these are the moments that provide the foundation for the stories. Also, nothing is set in stone, so if you want to change something later, that is perfectly fine. However, it's best to have something down to work off of.) 

Tomorrow is Mismatch Day.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Homework for Thursday, May 17th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete Wednesday's spelling
3) For your creative writing project, you need to determine:

  1. Your main character(s)
  2. Setting
  3. The Big Problem your character needs to solve (your plot)


Tomorrow is Lunch Outside Day, so fingers crossed for good weather!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Homework for Wednesday, May 17th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete Tuesday Spelling work
3) Study for Southwest quiz!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Homework for Tuesday, May 16th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete Monday Spelling
3) Study for Wednesday's Southwest Quiz

This week is our PTO food drive. We are collecting canned fruit and fruit cups. Any and all contributions are welcomed!

Tomorrow is Jersey Day!

Friday, May 12, 2017

No Homework for Monday, May 15th

Monday is 'I can do' Day. If you have a skill you would like to show off, or a lesson you would like to teach the class, this is your day! (Students will have about 5-10 minutes each to present)

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Homework for Friday, May 12th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete all spelling work and study for your quiz
3) Scholastic Book Orders will be processed tomorrow, so get your orders in!

The Southwest States and Capitals Quiz will be next Wednesday (17th). Master copies went home today.

Tomorrow is Hat Day. I am ok with any hat, so long as it does not distract others.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

No Homwork for Thursday, May 11th

Good luck to all of the 4B musicians this evening! I'm sorry I can not attend, but I know you will all be fabulous.  There is no homework, but students who are not attending or performing in the concert should read for 30 minutes.

We have finished both our Math and ELA MAP testing. If any students feel like they weren't 100% or did not put forth their best effort during their test, please let me know and we can discuss whether re-taking the test would be worthwhile or necessary.
Tomorrow is Game Day.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Homework for Wednesday, May 10th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete all spelling work through Tuesday
3) I would like to finalize our 4B Newspaper tomorrow. If you have a comic or word search you would like to contribute, it must be ready by tomorrow.

Tomorrow is Formal Day (also known as Fancy Clothes Day). Tomorrow is also the Orchestra Field Trip (to Elm Place). Here is the information from Ms. Duke:

IT 4th Spring Field Trip Information
Date:  Wednesday May 10th
Where: Elm Place Middle School 
Walk to EP Time: 12:45pm  
Rehearsal Time: 1:00-2:00pm  
Return to School: 2:15pm
Need: Instrument & Music

Monday, May 8, 2017

No Homework for Tuesday, May 9th

Tomorrow afternoon will be our MAP Math Testing session.

Fingers crossed for great weather for Extra Recess Day!!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Homework for Monday, May 8th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Monday is Dozen Day. Students may bring in a dozen of something to share in class.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Homework for Friday, May 5th (Crazy Hair Day)

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete all spelling work for the week and study for the quiz

*Note - I will be out on Friday and Monday. I will return all emails when I return on Tuesday. Please notify the office for any pressing issues.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

WARNING! Do not open any emails or docs from unknown senders!

Students, there is an email going around asking you to open a doc. DO NOT DO IT! It is a scam that is going around all Google systems.

If you did, or think you did, let me know AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!

No Homework for Thursday, May 4th

We are MAP Testing (Language Arts) tomorrow at 9am. Make sure to charge your Chromebook, get a good night's sleep, eat a solid breakfast, and arrive at school on time!

Tomorrow we will be having a class party during lunch and recess in honor of completing 100,000 language arts questions on IXL for the year. (Woo hoo!) Students may wear pajamas and bring a stuffed animal if they choose, and if students would like to bring in a school-appropriate movie for consideration (1 or 2 at most), that is ok. (No VHS)

Also, tomorrow is May the Fourth Be With You Day in honor of National Star Wars Day, so students may also wear Star Wars apparel. Big day!

MAP Test Practice

Math practice
I do not have your breakdowns by category. Just put your score in for each category. If there is any category you feel is more difficult for you, decrease the score by 20.

Language Arts Practice

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Monday, May 1, 2017

Homework for Tuesday, May 2nd

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Finish Monday spelling
3) Finish editing your current event article

*** Scholastic Book Ordering forms were sent home today. I will place the final order next Friday (May 12) to be sure the delivery comes before the end of the school year.

*** Note from Mrs. Lee about Art Class tomorrow

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