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Reading Counts! September Goal
Reading Counts : 5th Grade sets Reading Counts goals each month for our students. For the month of September, each student is required to read the following books on their Lexile Level and pass a Reading Counts test at school by the end of the month. Here are the genres for the month of September. 1 Chapter book 2 Science Nonfictions 1 Trueflix Social Studies
Edline
PLEASE check your child’s math teachers website for any math updates given. Also, check Edline frequently for updates on your child’s grades. I try to post grades weekly. Coffin.kelly@brevardschools.org Little.catrina@brevardschools.org Hobson.laura@brevardschools.org stafford.katherine@brevardschools.org Puschus.jamie@brevardschools.org
Activity Schedule
Monday: Art (bring your art smock) Tuesday: Music (bring your recorder) Wednesday: Science Thursday: PE (bring your water bottle, wear your tennis shoes) Friday: Media (bring your library books)
Science Fair 2013
All students in grades 3-6 are required to complete a science project using the Brevard County Guidelines. Please visit Ms. Hallock's website @ http://manatee.sp.brevardschools.org/Hallock/default.aspx for all the documents you will need to have a successful science project. Please make sure you read all the directions and guidelines before you begin the project-it might save you some time and effort.
True Flix

We have an exciting new online book library that’s free to use and all of the books have Reading Counts Quizzes at Manatee J Yippee- I can your cheers from here, lol!

Here’s how it works:

·        Google True Flix (I tried www.trueflix.com but it wasn’t working so I found it at http://tfx.grolier.com/)

·        Contact me for username and password

·        There are TONS of science and social studies NONFICTION books to read!!!! I’ve looked at a lot of the books and they are all age/reading level appropriate for my students J

·        The books can be read aloud to them, there are little videos that go along with the books (however- the videos don’t show the book as an animation-they just give more facts so students HAVE to read the book for the test)

·        There are also really cool biography excerpts and fun facts in the “Resources” tool at the top!

·        Students can access this site anywhere and can take tests once they return to school. Tests through Reading Counts can still only be taken at school as it is a server based program.

Homework
Here is a brief description of homework and due dates:
 
Reading Packet: Given on Monday- due on Friday (can be turned in early if complete)
Reading Log: Given on Friday- due on Friday
Spelling: Words:  Given on Monday- Spelling Test on Friday.
Math: Given by child's math teacher, due the next day.
Science and Social Studies: Occassionally homework will be given in these subject areas. Mostly homework includes finishing an Interactive Notebook activity or to study for a test.
Reading Counts: Each month (Starting in September) your child will be given a personal reading goal to complete by the end of the month.
 
Math Facts

We will be working on our timed fact sheets the first nine weeks, so it is very important that your child is knowledgeable in the area of multiplication, division, addition and subtraction.  100 problems in 5 minutes at 90% is our benchmark.

Science Fair Tips

Here are some tips that will possibly make the science fair a little easier around your house.

Hypothesis: "If I (explain what you are doing) then I think (explain what you think will happen) because (give your reason why).

Materials: These need to be a bulleted list and must be very specific, i.e. amount, size, brand, etc. Units should be in metric.

Procedures: These should be listed in number order and explain exactly how the project is to be completed. These should be very specific also.

Daily Log: Your child should write in their daily log (notebook paper and pen) every time they work or think about their project. It must be in their handwriting and not typed.

Bibliography and Research: Students (in grades 5, 6 & team) must have at least 3 references and a complete bibliography.

For more information check out Ms. Hallock's home page, our Manatee home page, or even the district's home page for science.

100 Tips for Parents

I came across this link on the BPS website and found it very informative.

http://www.brevard.k12.fl.us/portals/parents/pdf/100tips.pdf

Pop Tops are Back

Welcome back to a fantastic new year at Manatee Elementary. Our Pop Top Recycling Project has returned once again this year and we are looking for your help! Each year, Manatee competes with schools from around Central Florida in the Ronald McDonald Pop Top Recycling Project. All pop tops that are collected are turned in to the recycling plant and the Ronald McDonald House of Central Florida receives all the proceeds.  This is an easy and effective way to give back to the community and help other families in need. So, I hope you are asking yourself how you can help? It's easy, here's how.

1.  Begin collecting pop tops from home, church, sporting events, at your place of work, from relatives and friends in other cities and states.

2. Periodically send your collection in to school with your child. Homeroom teachers collect the pop tops all year long.

3. Mrs. Puschus keeps track of all class totals and hauls the pop tops to the recycling center in April.

4. The top 3 classes win a full-blown ice cream party at the end of the year.

5. The Ronald McDonald House is the real winner and our students learn a valuable lesson about giving back to our community.

   

You may begin sending in Pop Tops any time. Good luck, and hopefully we can make this a record year

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