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Academic Credentials:

Certification in Elementary Education K-6

ESOL Endorsed

Reading Endorsed

Masters Degree, Elementary Education /Reading

 

Career Highlights:

Mrs. Royster has taught all grades K-5 in her 20 years of teaching, focusing in K-3. She has served as a mentor for beginning teachers and interns, facilitator for professional development trainings, and acted as an advisor for college course development.


Personal/Profile:

Mrs. Royster loves the art of learning and teaching children of all ages. Challenging and encouraging students to see and reach their potential is her lifelong goal. She is a wife, mother of 2 daughters, and has 6 wonderful grandchildren. She loves music, reading, decorating, re-purposing and keeping alive her sense of wonder, curiosity and learning!

 

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Week of January 21st

 January 21st -Today marks the national holiday commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr.'s work for civil rights.   Please remember that we do not have school today in observance of the holiday.
 
     Our character trait focus for January is perseverance.  We are learning about people who have overcome obstacles to pursue their life goals, reach personal success and helped others in the process.  We are also learning what perseverance means for 3rd grade!  How do we view setbacks?  How do we tackle skills that we need to succeed?  Is it ok to fail as long as we don't give up?  I try to help them all understand, setbacks are for learning, mistakes are ok as long as we correct them and move on, not everything, every time will be easy. 
 
     Reading- We are focusing on cause and effect , multiple meaning words, complex sentences, expository text and re-reading!  The list seems like a long one but we are facing the skills a bit at a time and incorporating them into all subjects.  Excellent readers can conquer any subject with their strategies being applied. 
 
     Math- Multiplying with more than 2 factors, distributive property and , of course, word problems are the skills we are mastering.  We will have a quiz on the 7's facts on Friday.  The class really rocked the last skills test! They were so excited for each other!
 
     Science will continue with studying forms of energy while Social Studies will focus on perseverance.

Celebrate Literacy Week 2019

January 28- February 1

Theme: “Spreading Literacy, One View at a Time”-.

Monday, January 28

Cereal Box Box Covers

"Summarize a Good Book”- The form to go with this project will be sent home on Tuesday, 1/22.  You can turn in the boxes as soon as you have them finished.

Tuesday, January 29

Elementary: Door Decorating

Wednesday, January 30

“Belmont Read-A-Thon” Classes compete to test on the most AR Books- class winners will be chosen for the most tests taken, the most points earned, and the highest word count.- Book Bingo or Trivia will take place in classrooms.

Thursday, January 31

“Read with a Buddy”- Classes will be assigned book buddies. Tours will take place on campus to view doors and Book Summary projects.

Friday, February 1

“Literacy Parade”- Elementary students will dress up as their favorite book character. They should bring a copy of their book for the parade that takes place around the main building at 1 p.m. 

 
Upcoming Events
 
Monday, January 21
 MLK Jr. Birthday Day - Legal Holiday All Personnel/Students
 
Tuesday, January 22 
8:30am
 Kids Heart Challenge Assembly 3rd, 4th and 5th grade 
 
 
 
Friday, January 25
 Belmont Spirit Day!! 
6:30pm
 Daddy Daughter Dance
 
 
 
 
You, as parents and families, are so appreciated for your time, effort, and support of your child.  Every time you are at school, work on homework, read together, play together, take the time to talk with your child, give a quick hug or a smile you are building your child's self-worth and value.  Thank you for all that you do every day on behalf of your child!

Week of January 14th

     Thank you to the students and parents for making the first week back a joy and a success!  The students jumped right back into learning, working and sharing their thoughts and experiences.  
     The AR breakfast was a wonderful experience on Thursday.  Thanks to all of you that donated goods, time or both!  The students were proud of their achievements individually and as a class:)
     Reading this week will focus on REREADING as a strategy.  This idea is vital to accuracy both in reading and math word problems.  We will also be on the lookout for opportunities to compare and contrast as we explore new stories.
     AR goals and book levels have been set!  We are currently working on a class novel, "Framed", while the students are working on their books individually as well.
     Math will continue with work on multiplication, division, word problems and fractions.  We are working on fractions through the use of hands-on manipulatives and are approaching it at a slower pace so that it is not an intimidating skill to anyone.  We will have a multiplication quiz on the 6's this Thursday.  Chapter 8 test on Tuesday with a review page being sent home Monday.
     Science will focus on heat energy while Social Studies will be about natural resources in the USA.
     Some of the students spotted errors on study guides that were sent home last week. Those guides are not an original production from Belmont so, if you notice errors please let me know so that I can discuss it with the class and we can clear up any confusion. Kudos to those keen eyes that caught the mistakes!
     A student intern will be joining us beginning next week for one day each week.  Her name is Alexandra Hvojnik.  She is currently a paraprofessional at Summers Elementary but is in training to become a teacher!  She and I met together last Sunday, and I am sure she will be a great asset for our class.  By the way, she said the kids could call her, Ms. H.!
 
Dates to Remember:
Mon., 1/14
Report Cards will be sent home!
Science Club @ 2:45
 
Tues., 1/15
Science Club @ 2:45
 
Friday, 1/18
Second Nine Weeks AWARDS for 3rd grade, 1:45 pm in the cafeteria
 
Mon.,1/21
No School 
 
Fri., 1/25
Spirit Day
Father/Daughter Dance
 
Our character trait focus for the month of January is :
Perseverance!
 
"Success is like wrestling a gorilla.  You don't quit when you're tired, you quit when the gorilla is tired!"  R. Strauss
 
 
 
 
 
     
 
 

Week of January 7th

     Welcome back!  I am so glad for a new year, fresh start, grand adventures and wonder filled learning for the students and myself!
 
     New AR point goals have been set:)  The students will be taking a STAR Reading assessment soon so that book levels can be set for the 3rd nine weeks.  I will be discussing goals with each student this week.   
 
      Language Arts:  We will be practicing asking and answering questions pertaining to a passage, author's point of view, contractions with "not", and describing the characteristics of realistic fiction as a genre.
 
     Math:  We will continue with multiplication and division with a strong emphasis on organizing and solving word problems. There will be a review multiplication quiz on Friday covering 1's-5's.  
 
     Science:  Forms of Energy!  These will include sound, heat, potential, kinetic, electric, and mechanical.  
 
     Social Studies:  We will be reading and investigating legends of the Native Americans with the goal of knowing the point of view.
 
 
Tuesday, 1/8 
  • Science Club @ 2:45
  • PTO Meeting @ 3:30
Thursday, 1/10
  • AR Party-Breakfast with the Principal Click here to volunteer for the AR Party: http://signup.com/go/QXnCFVb


  • "Life is a journey to be experienced, not a problem to be solved"
  • Winnie the Pooh
 

Week of December 17th

Happy Halfway Through The Year to All of You!  It is unbelievable that we are at the end of the second semester and heading toward a New Year.
 
I want to say a heart felt thanks to all of you for your support of your children, help with their work, projects, etc.  This class of students have been an absolute joy and blessing to teach and learn with as we journey through 3rd grade.
 
Yearbook ordering time is here!  You have two choices available- ordering online or sending in cash/check along with the order form.  A yearbook is a wonderful memoir for your children.
 
All Study Island assignments and AR goals must be completed by Thursday, Dec. 20th.  There will be no homework this week!  
 
This week, we will have our cultural feast on Wednesday, the 19th! We would like you to talk to your children about their heritage and pick a dish to make for the feast. Food will be set up in Mrs. Pierce's room and the feast will be shared in the other rooms. We will need parents to sign up to help serve and clean up.
Thanks in advance for helping us to celebrate different cultures!
 
To sign up for our Cultural Feast, click the link below: https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/2603962/false#/invitation
 
Monday, December 17
2:45pm
 Elementary archery practice, Science club meeting
 
5:30pm
 SAC Meeting
 
Tuesday, December 18
2:45pm
 Science Club Meeting
 
7:00pm
 Band Concert and art auction
 
Wednesday, December 19
10:45am
 Third grade cultural feast
  
2:45pm
 Elementary Archery Practice
 
Thursday, December 20
 Belmont Spirit Day!!
 
"They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.” ...
 
Have a joyous break, wonder filled days, and memory building with your families.
 
 

Week of December 10th

Thanks to all of  you for all your patience, effort , time and thought in helping your child with their science project.  The students are so proud of their projects, grinning as they bring them for everyone to see.  Kudos and applause to everyone!
 
Students will practice and present for the science fair on Wednesday, December 12th! Science Fair Awards will be given at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, December 14th, 2018 at the School Board Auditorium. Each participant will receive an award and there will be special recognition for 1st- 3rd place winners. 
 
Next week in ELA, we are working on Unit 4 Week 1!
Spelling homework and math homework will come home as usual, plus the Study Island assignment of Structures of Text and Point of View. Please check with your child on their AR goals:)  We have until Dec. 20th and most have met their goal!
 
We will test on Chapter 7 in Math on Tuesday. A review will be sent home on Monday:)
We will begin Energy in Science.
We will continue working on Landmarks in Social Studies.
 
Next week, we will start preparing for our cultural feast and will have more information to share about the activities we plan and speakers we have coming in!  For now, we would like you to talk to your kids about their heritage and pick a dish to make for the feast.
Food will be set up in Mrs. Pierce's room and the feast will be shared in the other rooms. We will need parents to sign up to help serve and clean up.
Thanks in advance for helping us to celebrate different cultures!
 
To sign up for our Cultural Feast, click the link below: https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/2603962/false#/invitation
 
 
Upcoming Events: 
Monday, 12/10
 Elementary archery practice, Science club meeting
 
6:30pm
 Belmont Academy School Board Meeting
 
 
Tuesday , 12/11
Science Club Meeting, 3:30 pmPTO Meeting
 
6:00pm
 Columbia County Hoop Shoot Competition (6 Belmont students to represent the school)
 
Wednesday, 12/12
8:00am
 Elementary Science Fair Judging
 
2:45pm
 Elementary Archery Practice
 
 Thursday, 12/13
 Belmont Papa John's Pizza Night
 
 
 
6:00pm
 Cross Country Party at Cici’s Pizza
 
Friday, 12/14
9:00am
 Belmont Spelling Bee
 
6:30pm
 Belmont Academy Science Fair @CCSB auditorium

 

Week of December 3rd

     December...we are nearly 1/2 way through our 3rd grade journey together. The time is flying by, our class is working hard and growing in leaps and bounds!

     Our KNIGHTS acronym focus for December will continue with the theme of  "K"- Kindness. One student from our class will be chosen at the end of the month for exemplifying this trait and will be recognized for their Knight-like behavior.

   Students are receiving Sloan's Shields for exhibiting positive behavior traits on campus. The shields can be given by any faculty or staff member at anytime!  Mr. Sloan collects the shields for a drawing and prize each week. There will also be one drawing at the end of each nine weeks for a larger prize! 

AR- We are reaching goals in a phenomenal way!  The students who have met their goal for the 9 weeks are pushing ahead to reach yearly goals of 100 or 200 points.  It is fantastic to watch them all take responsibility for their reading and goals.  Bravo to all of our class!

English/Language Arts: Our skills this week include summarizing and sequencing within an expository text passage. Grammar will find us combining sentences with verbs.  

Math: We will be finishing Chapter 7 .  A study guide will be sent home next Monday with the test following on Tuesday , Dec. 11th.There will be a review quiz on 5's on Thursday:)  Remember the goal is 100 correct answers in 5 minutes.  The students are telling me how much easier math is when they have the multiplication facts memorized:) So, keep up the good work and memorize those facts!

Science: We will be finishing up the module on the moon and gravity.  A study guide will be sent home on Tuesday with an open book test taking place on Thursday. 

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THE SCIENCE PROJECTS ARE DUE ON FRIDAY, DEC. 7th!  Please make sure the project board and lab book are sent in before or on the 7th:)

Dates to remember: 

Monday, December 3rd
 Science Club, Cup stacking practice
 
Tuesday, December 4th
 Science Club, Cup stacking practice
 School Board Meeting @ 3:30
 
Wednesday, December 5th
 Cup stacking practice
 
FRIDAY, DEC. 7th
Science Fair Projects due
  
Wednesday, December 12th
Science Fair judging
 
Thursday, December 13th
Cross Country team dinner @ CiCi's, 6 pm
 
Friday, December 14th
Science Fair Awards at the Columbia County School Board Auditorium
@ 6:30 pm
 
 
 
"Kindness is a gift everyone can afford to give"...Anonymous

Week of November 26th

     Welcome back!  I hope that all of you enjoyed Thanksgiving break with your family and friends, making memories and focusing on the blessings past and present in your lives. 

     Our KNIGHTS acronym focus for November is "K"- Kindness. Kindness is the character trait that leads us to go above and beyond for someone else, using positive words and looking for ways to brighten someone's day. One student from our class will be chosen at the end of the month for exemplifying this trait and will be recognized for their Knight-like behavior.

   Students are receiving Sloan's Shields for exhibiting positive behavior traits on campus. The shields can be given by any faculty or staff member at anytime!  Mr. Sloan collects the shields for a drawing and prize each week. There will also be one drawing at the end of each nine weeks for a larger prize! 

AR- Everyone in our class is  at the 50% mark or higher!  More than 1/2 of the class have already achieved their goal!  Keep up the tremendous work and keep reading:)  Statistically, those students who reach their AR goals and continue to read on a daily basis develop a love for discovering, find testing easier, and become more independent in their learning.

English/Language Arts: Our skills this week include summarizing, main idea and key details, expository text and future tense verbs.  We will return to our schedule of spelling, vocabulary, grammar and cold read testing on Friday.  We will also be strengthening our writing !

Math: We will begin Chapter 7 and continue working on Multiplication and Division. There will be a review quiz on 3's and 4's on Thursday:)  Remember the goal is 100 correct answers in 5 minutes.  This is basic memorization which will greatly increase computation skills this year and in the future!  

Science: We will begin Lesson 3 and start to focus on our moon.

Science Fair Due Dates:

   

November 29th

Conclusion of experiment ( brief statement explaining the findings of your experiment)

Conclusion Worksheet- Last page

November 29th

Lab Book Due

This is the place you record the results of your experiment over time

December 7th

Final Project Due/Science Fair

Science Fair Presentation on Dec. 8th

 Note that I will grade the final steps or any I missed at the conclusion of next week. Please turn in lab books with the intention of not needing them back to put your board together. I will hang on to them until the actual Science Fair.

 

Dates to remember: 

Monday, November 26
 Science Club, Cupstacking practice
 
Tuesday, November 27
 Science Club, Cupstacking practice
 
Wednesday, November 28
 FLL Robotics, Archery practice, Cupstacking practice
  
Thursday, November 29
 
 Cupstacking practice 
 
Friday, November 30
 Belmont Spirit Day!!
 
 Ice Cream Day!
 
"Never lose the childlke wonder. Show gratitude. Don't complain- just work harder. Never give up."  Randy Pausch

Week of November 13th

 
     Can you believe that we are in mid-November already?  The school year is flying by! 
     Thanks to all of my students for showing their spirit of excellence and extraordinary character while I was away.  Mrs. Barker complimented the children for their behavior and work ethic on a daily basis.  
 

The Belmont PBSS  team has decided to focus on our KNIGHTS acronym each month as our character trait education. For the month of November, we will focus on the "K"- Kindness: Be nice to one another. A student from our class will be chosen at the end of the month for exemplifying this trait!

Students are receiving shields for exhibiting positive behavior traits on campus. Mr. Sloan collects these and will start drawings for awards each week and a larger one at the end of the 9 weeks!

Next Week:

English/Language Arts: We will be focusing on reviewing cause and effect, main idea and key details, and some basic grammar concepts. There will not be normal homework  this week.  Study Island is assigned for Possessives and Verbs but no spelling or vocabulary. Students will work on cold read type activities throughout the week to build their test taking skills and will have a small cold read on Friday. We will use this short week to focus on the history of Thanksgiving and early settlers. 

Math: We will take a test on Thursday for Chapter 6: Multiplication and Division Patterns. Review pages will be sent home on Wednesday. 

Science: We will continue Lesson 2 on the Stars.  There will be an open book test on the unit this week.  

Science Fair Due Dates:

November 16th

Graph results

Graphs due ( printed in color) and matted on paper

November 29th

Conclusion of experiment ( brief statement explaining the findings of your experiment)

Conclusion Worksheet- Last page

November 29th

Lab Book Due

This is the place you record the results of your experiment over time

December 7th

Final Project Due/Science Fair

Science Fair Presentation on Dec. 8th

 

Dates to remember:

Tuesday     Nov. 13th     3:30 pm     PTO Meeting

Friday         Nov. 16th     Scholastic Book Orders due

Mon.-Fri.    Nov. 19th-23rd     Thanksgiving Break

 

"It is time for a return to childhood, to simplicity, to running and climbing and laughing in the sunshine, to experiencing happiness. It is time to let children be children again.” ~ L. R. Knost

Week of November 5th

Our Fall Festival is coming up on Friday, November 9th! It starts at 3:30 p.m. We ask that you pick up your students as usual. If you want to stay for the festivities immediately following dismissal, please park at the church and walk with your student on the path near the bell tower rather than attempting to walk through our dismissal traffic. 
Please use this link to sign up for a volunteer spot for the event! Third grade will have a booth for doing Donut on a String blindfolded!! We would love to have your help running it!
 
Reading:  The focus will be on expository non-fiction text, facts and supporting details.  Grammar will be practicing using past tense verbs and suffixes correctly.
The students have been working diligently on AR and are celebrating each milestone.
 
Math will be continuing with multiplication patterns.  4's will be the focus for memorization this week.
 
Social Studies will be learning about Hispanic culture and heritage in the United States.
 
Science will be a study of the stars. Vocabulary will include:
dwarf star-small stars that are less bright
 
blue stars- the hottest type of star
 
red stars- the coolest type of star
 
telescope- a tool used to make far away objects appear closer and larger
 
refracting telescope- a telescope that uses curved glass (lens) to bend light
 
reflecting telescope- a telescope that uses mirrors to bounce light back and make an object appear larger
 
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Nov. 4th  Fall Back!  Turn back your clocks!
Nov. 6th  PTO meeting @ 6 p.m.
Nov. 9th  Fall Festival/A+ Celebration 
Nov. 12th Veterans Day- no school
 
" It's not happy people that are grateful; it's grateful people that are happy."
 

Week of October 29th

"At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child's success, is the positive involvement of parents."  Jane D. Hull
 
Thank you for your involvement, overseeing projects, practicing spelling , checking homework,and most of all , reading with your child!  You make a profound difference in your child's academic, social and emotional growth. You are appreciated!
 
 
We will continue Unit 3 in Language Arts. Please see the weekly skills flyer in your student's folder for more information. Remember students are testing on Cold Reads, Spelling , and comprehension/vocabulary on Friday. We practice all of the skills ( idioms, subject/verb agreement this week)in class several times, and also send home a study guide. Students can use Spellingcity.com/BelmontPierce to study by clicking on the appropriately labeled week  "Leadership",WON U3 WK 2. 
We will finish chapter 5 in Math, "Division" this week.  A study guide will be sent home on Monday with the test being on Tuesday.  The next skills will include patterns in multiplication.  We will continue to practice multiplication skills all the way through May:)  We will quiz on the 3's on Thursday of this week. Please make sure your child is practicing their multiplication facts at home. 
 
Science - We will continue a study of the sun, stars and the universe.  Please continue to work on the science project at home. The goal of the project is for each child to have a sense of accomplishment, learning that took place through experience and teaching others about what they themselves learned through the project.  This is the beginning of their experiencing and knowing the Scientific Method !
 
In Social Studies, we will be learning about our constitution, how it was written, ratified and how it applies today.  
 
AR -These students are amazing with AR!  Most of them are eager to read, test and prove what they know from reading:) Keep up the splendid work!
 
You should receive Study Island reports for any overdue assignments now. Study Island is a homework assignment . This week will  include Multiplying Patterns and Multiplying by 10.  I try to allow time on Wednesday for completion however: please do not count on that time entirely.
You can quickly discover which lesson needs to be finished by logging into your student's account. Please feel free to have your child move on to as many skills as they can in Study Island.  The more blue ribbons the better!  As a class, we have earned 614 blue ribbons so far in all the subject areas. 
  
Should you have concerns our questions, please send me a message via Dojo, email, text, note or leave me a message with the front office and I will return your call.  
 
 
 Dates to Remember: 
October 29-Nov.9  CANNED FOOD DRIVE!
October 29         Belmont School Board meeting @ 7 pm
November 9       Fall Festival/A+  Celebration  3:30-7:00 pm
November 16     Scholastic Book Orders Due
 
 
  
"Learning never exhausts the mind." Leonardo DaVinci
 
 
 
 

Week of October 22nd

Welcome Back!  I hope your fall break was a time of fun, adventure and learning through grand new experiences!
 
BOX TOP COMPETITION ENDS THIS WEEK on Friday, 10/26. The class with the most box tops wins a party:) Thanks to all of you that have already sent in your box tops!
 
We will begin Unit 3 in Language Arts. Please see the weekly skills flyer in your student's folder for more information. Remember students are testing on Cold Reads, Spelling , and comprehension/vocabulary on Friday this week.  We practice all of the skills in class several times, and also send home a study guide. Students can use Spellingcity.com/BelmontPierce to study by clicking on the appropriately labeled week  "Be Unique",WON U3 WK 1. 
We will continue Chapter 5 in Math, "Division" and will continue to practice multiplication skills.  We will review the first three lessons and skills from the week of Hurricane Michael.  We will quiz on the 2's on Thursday of this week. Please make sure your child is practicing their multiplication facts at home. 
 
Science - We will begin a study of the sun, stars and the universe.  Please continue to work on the science project at home.  We will revise the due dates that will allow for the time missed due to the hurricane.  The goal of the project is for each child to have a sense of accomplishment, learning that took place through experience and teaching others about what they themselves learned through the project.  I sincerely hope they enjoy the journey of the project! 
 
In Social Studies, we will be learning about our constitution, how it was written, ratified and how it applies today.  
 
AR -We have begun the 2nd AR period.  It will run through December 20th.  Your child took home their latest STAR Reading report the week of Oct. 15th.  They each have their new levels and goals set.  Many of them were ready with at least 2 books finished and tested immediately!  Way to go class!
 
You should receive Study Island reports for any overdue assignments now. Study Island is a homework assignment . This week will  include Model Multiplication and Division and Properties of Multiplication and Division.  I try to allow time on Wednesday for completion however: please do not count on that time entirely.
You can quickly discover which lesson needs to be finished by logging into your student's account. Also, I deleted the past assignments so the assignment portion per week would be easier to locate.
  
Should you have concerns our questions, please send me a message via Dojo, email, text, note or leave me a message with the front office and I will return your call.  
 
If we have not met together already, please contact me regarding a conference.  Before school (7 am), during special area (9:15-10:00) or after dismissal is finished (3:15) are the best times to meet.  Thank you!
 
 Dates to Remember: 
October 22-26     BOX TOP COMPETITION ENDS THIS WEEK!!!
October 26          AWARDS for the 1st quarter @ 1:45 pm
                             Spirit Day 
                             Last day for the box top competition
October 29         Belmont School Board meeting @ 7 pm
November 9       Fall Festival/A+  Celebration  3:30-7:00 pm
 
 
  
"Once you learn to read, love to read and live to learn, then you will be forever free."  adapted Frederick Douglass
 
 
 
 

Week of October 8th

A new 9 weeks begins today!  New skills, reset goals, learning adventures and wonder filled times are waiting on all of us!  
 
BOX TOP COMPETITION IS THIS WEEK!  The class with the most box tops wins a party:)
 
We will continue Unit 2 in Language Arts. Please see the weekly skills flyer in your student's folder for more information. Remember students are testing on Cold Reads, Spelling , and comprehension/vocabulary on Friday this week.  We practice all of the skills in class several times, and also send home a study guide. Students can use Spellingcity.com/BelmontPierce to study by clicking on the appropriately labeled week "Figure It Out", WON U2 WK 5. 
We will begin Chapter 5 in Math, "Division" and will continue to practice multiplication skills.  The class flew through the timed test on Thursday. They
amazed themselves at their ability in mastering at least 50 problems in 5 minutes.  Most of the class completed at least 75!  We will quiz on the 2's on Thursday of this week.
 
Science - We will continue  a study of the Scientific Method with the goal of each student producing a science project.  The students will bring home a small journal that they can use to log their information during the project process.  The journal should be turned in along with their projects on the due date of November 29th.   
 
In Social Studies, we will be learning about the American Revolution and the struggle for independence from England. If your family has any artifacts, souvenirs, etc. that would help us in our study please feel free to send them in with your child:)
 
AR -We are entering the 2nd AR period.  It will run through December 20th.  Your child will bring home a card with their new goal and book level as soon as the second STAR Reading tests are finished. 
 
You should receive Study Island reports for any overdue assignments now. Study Island is a homework assignment . This week will  included Author's Point of View and Conjunctions.  I try to allow time on Wednesday for completion however: please do not count on that time entirely.
You can quickly discover which lesson needs to be finished by logging into your student's account. Also, I deleted the past assignments so the assignment portion per week would be easier to locate.
  
Should you have concerns our questions, please send me a message via Dojo, email, text, note or leave me a message with the front office and I will return your call.  
 
If we have not met together already, please contact me regarding a conference.  Before school (7 am), during special area (9:15-10:00) or after dismissal is finished (3:15) are the best times to meet.  Thank you!
 
 Dates to Remember:  BOX TOP COMPETITION THIS WEEK!!!
8th-12th-  FTE week!  Attendance is vital!
                 SPIRIT WEEK!
9th-           PTO Meeting @ 3:30 pm
15th-19th- Fall Break 
 
"Education is a shared commitment between dedicated teachers, motivated students and enthusiastic parents with high expectations."
Bob Beauprez
 
 
 
 

Week of October 1st

We are in the home stretch for the end of the first 9 weeks! October 4th marks the finish line for our first set of grades and the end of the first AR period.  
 
We will continue Unit 2 in Language Arts. Please see the weekly skills flyer in your student's folder for more information. Remember students are testing on  Cold Reads, Spelling , and comprehension/vocabulary on THURSDAY this week.  We practice all of the skills in class several times, and also send home a study guide. Students can use Spellingcity.com/BelmontPierce to study by clicking on the appropriately labeled week "Survival" WON U2 WK 4. 
We will finish up  Chapter 4,Multiplication,in Math and will be reviewing and practicing various strategies that include repeated addition and arrays.We will have our first timed test this Thursday on multiplication that will include the 0's,1's and 2's times tables.  We will begin with 50 problems in 5 minutes. Also, there will be a chapter math test on Wednesday.  A study guide will be sent home on Tuesday for review.
 
Science - We will continue  a study of the Scientific Method with the goal of each student producing a science project.  Science project topics and registration forms are due by Tuesday, Oct. 2nd.  
 
In Social Studies, we will be learning about our government and voting.  I have encouraged the students to ask to go with you when you vote on Nov. 2nd so that they can see the voting process first hand!
 
AR -Thursday, Oct. 4th, ends the 1st AR period.  If your child has not met their goal yet please keep encouraging them to try, try, try!  It is possible for everyone in the class to meet their goal! 
 
You should receive Study Island reports for any overdue assignments now. Study Island is a homework assignment . This week will  included addition and subtraction. I try to allow time on Wednesday for completion however: please do not count on that time entirely.
You can quickly discover which lesson needs to be finished by logging into your student's account. 
  
Should you have concerns our questions, please send me a message via Dojo, email, text, note or leave me a message with the front office and I will return your call.  
 
If we have not met together already, please contact me regarding a conference.  Before school (7 am), during special area (9:15-10:00) or after dismissal is finished (3:15) are the best times to meet.  Thank you!
 
 October dates to remember:
2nd- Project topics and registration due for Science Fair Projects
         PTO at 6-7 pm
4th-  End of the 1st 9 weeks and 1st AR period
5th-  Teacher Workday- no school for students
8th-12th-  FTE week!  Attendance is vital!
                 SPIRIT WEEK!
15th-19th- Fall Break 
 
Thank you for all that you do to encourage your child to show excellence in their behavior, attitude and work!  You are their first teacher and make a lasting difference in their outlook on life!
 
 
 

Week of September 24th

We have finished our 6th week of school and are headed toward the goal line of the end of the nine weeks on October 4th!  5 more students met their AR goal this week, blue ribbons are being earned on Study Island every day and ALEKS has become a favorite way to accomplish higher skills in Math.
 
We will continue Unit 2 in Language Arts. Please see the weekly skills flyer in your student's folder for more information. Remember students are testing on  Cold Reads, Spelling , and comprehension/vocabulary on Friday. We practice all of the skills in class several times, and also send home a study guide. Students can use Spellingcity.com/BelmontPierce to study by clicking on the appropriately labeled week "Government" WON U2 WK 3. 
We will begin Chapter 4 ,Multiplication in Math and will be covering various strategies that include repeated addition and arrays. I will expect the students to memorize the multiplication tables through the 10's  by April.  We will be practicing daily to make sure they can give rapid fire answers on the products. 
 
Science will be a study of the Scientific Method with the goal of each student producing a science project.  Packets will go home on Monday to explain the procedures, due dates and expectations for the projects. We will be exploring ideas for the projects in class. 
 
In Social Studies, we will be working on recognizing and using primary and secondary sources of information through our Studies of  Weekly program.
 
AR -We still have 3 weeks left in the 1st nine weeks giving ample time for goal conquering!  Your child should have achieved at least 75% of their goal with an 85% or higher average. Please check Renaissance Home Connect and with your child to make sure they are progressing toward their goal.  
 
You should receive Study Island reports for any overdue assignments now. Study Island is a homework assignment . This week will  included context clues and punctuation. I try to allow time on Wednesday for completion however: please do not count on that time entirely.
You can quickly discover which lesson needs to be finished by logging into your student's account. 
 
Our class now has 2 golden spoons for winning the classroom behavior contest twice! We got to keep the Belmont Knight helmet in our room for two days!  
 
 Should you have concerns our questions, please send me a message via Dojo, email, text, note or leave me a message with the front office and I will return your call.  
 
If we have not met together already, please contact me regarding a conference.  Before school (7 am), during special area (9:15-10:00) or after dismissal is finished (3:15) are the best times to meet.  Thank you!
 
Dates to remember:
September 26th   Donuts with Dads
September 28th   Spirit Day
October 5th          Teacher Workday
 
 

Week of September 17th

It is hard to believe but we are more than 1/2 way through September!  I have seen such growth and independence happening with the students ! They are a wonderfully sweet group of learners:)
 
We will continue Unit 2 in Language Arts. Please see the weekly skills flyer in your student's folder for more information. Remember students are testing on  Cold Reads, Spelling , and comprehension/vocabulary on Friday. We practice all of the skills in class several times, and also send home a study guide. Students can use Spellingcity.com/BelmontPierce to study by clicking on the appropriately labeled week "Immigration" WON U2 WK 2. 
We will continue Chapter 3 Subtraction in Math and will be covering various strategies that include mental math, and checking answers with the inverse operation.  Subtraction will include re-grouping, estimating/rounding.
Science will include a unit test on Tuesday.  The students will bring home a study guide on Monday night for review.  The study guide will have been completed together in class.  The next unit will be a study of the sun and stars.
 
In Social Studies, we will working on recognizing and using primary and secondary sources of information through our Studies Weekly program.
 
AR - several students have already met or exceeded their goals!  We still have 3 weeks left in the 1st nine weeks giving ample time for goal conquering!  Please check Renaissance Home Connect and with your child to make sure they are progressing toward their goal.  
 
You should receive Study Island reports for any overdue assignments now. Study Island is a homework assignment . I try to allow time on Wednesday for completion however: please do not count on that time entirely.
You can quickly discover which lesson needs to be finished by logging into your student's account. 
 
Our class won the 1st day of the lunchroom contest for excellent behavior! We got to keep the Belmont Knight helmet in our room for the day and received our first golden spoon!  Kudos to all !
 
 Should you have concerns our questions, please send me a message via Dojo, email, text, note or leave me a message with the front office and I will return your call.  Thank you for all you do to support, encourage and assist your child.  Keep up the good work-you are appreciated!
 
Dates to remember:
September 15th   Meet,Eat and Greet at 9 am... Science too!
September 20th   Scholastic Book orders due 
September 26th   Donuts with Dads
September 28th   Spirit Day