Newsletter 3 – 8/28/15

Carnival Booth Updates

Hello 5/6 families! My name is Shulana, and I am the class parent who is recruiting volunteers to staff our class game booths at the TPS Carnival on Saturday, September 19. Our class has been assigned 2 booths to staff throughout the day. I hope that you will consider signing up for one or multiple shifts to help make our carnival a huge success! Here is a Google Spreadsheet that you can use to sign up for a time slot ( Please search for the class/classes in which you have children, and select the time slot/s of your choice. Please make sure to also include your email address and cell phone number (if you have one) so that I can follow up with you as the date approaches. If the time slot you are most interested in has already been taken by another volunteer, feel free to sign up for this time slot with another class. The games will be all set up when you arrive at the Carnival. Please plan to find our class games, which will be next to one another, and clearly marked. I’ll be there to make sure you arrive for your time slot, and that you have everything you need. If you have any questions about volunteer opportunities, please feel free to email at or call me at 757-818-1833. Thanks so much for considering this gift of volunteer time for our school!

Carnival Basket Updates

Hello Class 5/6 Families! My name is Brandee Marksberry, and I am organizing our class auction basket for this year’s Carnival! The theme for our class this year is “Gardening Galore” !We are inviting families in our class to bring in new items that are connected to this theme to add to our auction baskets. The more interesting and diverse things we collect, the more our baskets will go for on the day of the auction! Below is a link to Amazon for some ideas, but this list is only just some ideas! Remember that purchasing your items through AmazonSmile (and having them delivered to your home to then drop off at the school) will also mean that TPS will also earn a percentage of your purchase as a cash donation to our school!

Please know that this is absolutely optional for our families – only families comfortable and able to participate should do so. Beginning this week we will have collection baskets in our classrooms for you to drop off your items. We will be collecting items Through Monday, September 14. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at


Field Day

Next Thursday, September 3, 2015, Students will be traveling to Yard Dog Farm (Ms. Sara’s house) for field day. They will need to bring sunscreen and a lunch. They may bring books, board games, towels, swimsuits, and an extra change of clothing. Students will need to let us know by September 2nd if they need a school lunch for field day.

Bradford Woods

We sent home Bradford Woods info on Thursday. Two of these items, the TPS Invoice/Payment Plan and the Participant Release Form/Medical Form,  need to be completed and returned to school as soon as possible.  The Gear list is yours to help with packing. Please let us know (after checking your child’s backpack) if you have not received this info!


In P3 this week, we launched our unit on Rivers! Mr. John came in to talk about his experiences teaching in Louisiana and gave us a timeline of the science behind this storm. We also worked with stream tables to model erosion and deposition, both with standard water sources and floods. Next week in CPR, we’ll be talking about Katrina, so we are encouraging kids to bring in articles, photos, news pieces, etc. that they hear about to discuss this national anniversary.


In stations this week, kids worked on the app Elevate (creating accounts), their hopes and dreams visual projects, and read an article about the California Drought.


In reading we maximized our reading time by improving on our systems and structures. We discussed reading conferences and are keeping up with reading logs. Most kids have finished book one on their reading paths and are on to book two. Next Tuesday, we will be traveling to the library to get a quick library orientation.


In writers we spent some time working on elaboration and crafting detail in leads and stories. About half of the students moved into typing instead of working in their notebooks.



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