Monday, May 19, 2014

End of Year Reminders

We are nearing the near of the school year and excitement is in the air!


Here are a few reminders as we finish the 2013-2014 school year :


1.) Students will be going bowling on Thursday, May 22nd. Please be sure to send in your child's permission slip, $6.00, and bring a pair of socks!


2.) The cafeteria will be closed on Friday, May 23rd. We are ordering pizza on this day. Your child may bring his or her sack lunch or you may bring in $4.00. This money will cover the pizza and drink. This day is also Pajama Day! Students may wear appropriate pajamas to school on this day.


3.) Progress Reports go home on Wednesday, May 21st.


We have had a wonderful year and look forward to a great week!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Week in Review : May 5 - 9


We had another wonderful week in Lower Elementary! Students were very busy with lessons and yearly reviews of math and language skills.

For language jobs this week,  First grade students edited sentences for capital letters and punctuation. Second grade students edited sentences for spelling errors, punctuation, and capitalization. Both first and second grade students worked on a quarterly review in language arts. 

For math jobs this week,  First grade students practiced counting by 2's, 3's, 4's, 5's, and 10's. Second grade students reviewed how to find the perimeter of a quadrilateral and were introduced to finding the area of a quadrilateral.
We are very proud of our third grade students who took their standardized testing and did a great job!  

Next week, students will solve word problems, work with plural and possessive nouns, and practice graphing skills.
Students will also begin work on a vertebrate research paper. Students will choose a vertebrate and create a two or three paragraph paper with cover sheet and works cited page. We look forward to seeing the research our students can do!

REMINDERS:
-All homework is typically sent home on Monday and is to be completed during the week. It is due on Friday. Students will be given Spelling tests and Math Timed tests in class every Friday. 

Per the handbook, if a student has a fever or vomiting, they may not return to school for 24 hours. This simple practice helps all of us to be present and ready to work each day.



                                                                         May Events

May 13th - Latin Dance Performance 6:30
May 16th- End of Quarter
May 21st- Progress Reports go home
May 23rd- LAST DAY of School- Dismiss at 1:00

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Latin Dance Performance on May 13th!

Everyone is invited to join us May 13, 2014 at 6:30 for the Annual JBMA Latin Dance Recital.

This year we will have a special guest, Fabian Sanchez. Mr. Sanchez is a professional dancer born in New York City, New York, who grew up in Colombia. Fabian was the 2006 Mambo world champion.

Mr. Sanchez joined as a pro dancer on ABC's hit Dancing with the Stars, Season 6 and was paired with Oscar winner and deaf actress Marlee Matlin. He and his wife are owners of a Fred Astaire Dance Studios franchise here in Birmingham.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Week in Review : April 28 - May 2

We had another wonderful week in Lower Elementary! Students had a great time on field day as they raced on scooters, played water games, created an egg crate for an egg drop contest, and created a team cheer. 

For language jobs this week,  First grade students wrote their own poems, symbolized parts of speech in a written sentence, and completed a word study choice job.  Second grade students practiced writing haikus, symbolized the parts of speech found in written sentences, and completed a word study choice job. Third Grade students wrote an original poem, analyzed sentences, and completed a word study choice job. 

For math jobs this week,  First grade students worked with subtraction, created a book of geometric solids, and counted sets of coins. Second grade students worked with division, solved problems by adding and subtracting fractions, and completed two-step word problems. Third Grade students practiced all math operations, solved problems by adding, subtracting, and multiplying fractions, and solved word problems using all operations. 

In science, students continued to study vertebrates. Students viewed a Smartboard presentation on birds, which included viewing some video clips of birds we might see around the school. At the end of the week,  students went bird watching along the campus and spotted Canada geese, Mockingbirds, Cardinals, and Chickadees!  Check out http://www.birdzilla.com/nifty-fifty/alabama.html to learn more about birds found in Alabama! 

Next week, First and Second grade students will be busy at work editing texts, responding to texts, and taking STAR Reading and STAR Math tests.  Students will also complete 4th quarter language and math reviews.

We wish our Third graders the best of luck as they complete SAT testing this week! They will do great! 

REMINDERS:
-All homework is typically sent home on Monday and is to be completed during the week. It is due on Friday. Students will be given Spelling tests and Math Timed tests in class every Friday. THIRD GRADERS WILL NOT HAVE HOMEWORK THIS WEEK DUE TO THE SAT's.

Per the handbook, if a student has a fever or vomiting, they may not return to school for 24 hours. This simple practice helps all of us to be present and ready to work each day.



                                                                         May Events

May 5th-9th - 3rd Grade Testing
May 16th- End of Quarter
May 21st- Progress Reports go home
May 23rd- LAST DAY of School- Dismiss at 1:00

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

School Closing at 1:00 TODAY

Due to possible inclement weather, we will be closing today at 1:00. 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Week in Review : April 22 - 25

We had another great week in Lower Elementary! Even though it was a short week, we worked very hard and accomplished a lot! 

For language jobs this week,  First grade students found inferences in poetry and practiced reading comprehension skills.  Second grade students had practice with poetry and reading comprehension skills. Third Grade students were introduced to various types of poetry and practiced reading comprehension skills.

For math jobs this week,  First grade practiced identifying geometric solids, worked with subtraction facts, and explored liquid measurement conversion. Second grade students sorted geometric solid shapes, had practice with division, and explored liquid measurement conversion. Third Grade students practiced all their math facts, identified vertices, edges, and faces of the geometric solids, and practiced liquid measurement conversion.  

In history, students discussed which service project they would like to do during the month of May. Be on the look out for more information about how you can help our students make a difference!

In science, students continued to study vertebrates. Students have compared/contrasted amphibians and reptiles. As a follow up, students completed the 3 part cards for either the amphibian or reptile and then filled out a Venn Diagram (comparing and contrasting the two) with a partner!  

Next week, students will be busy at work exploring poetry, working with fractions, telling time, completing word problems, and editing text. 

REMINDERS:
-All homework is typically sent home on Monday and is to be completed during the week. It is due on Friday. Students will be given Spelling tests and Math Timed tests in class every Friday. 

Per the handbook, if a student has a fever or vomiting, they may not return to school for 24 hours. This simple practice helps all of us to be present and ready to work each day.

April Events

April 29th- JBMA Student Art Show


                                                                         May Events
May 1st- Field Day
May 5th-9th - 3rd Grade Testing
May 16th- End of Quarter
May 21st- Progress Reports go home
May 23rd- LAST DAY of School- Dismiss at 1:00


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sack Lunch and Drink for Tomorrow's Field Trip

Hello Parents! Just a quick reminder that students will need a sack lunch AND a drink for tomorrow's field trip. We will be stopping by Veteran's Park after a performance at the Children's Theater. Thanks!