April 17-21


We will begin Milestone testing on Wednesday, April 19th. Students who arrive after 8am will not be allowed to enter the classroom, they will remain in the cafeteria and will take a makeup test at a later date. Please ensure your child eats breakfast containing protein either at home or at school. The sessions aren’t broken into smaller sections, we have one long section each day. We will have snack as soon as the session ends and testing materials have been returned. We will be having a shortened specials each day, the schedule is listed below, and lunch at our regular time.

We are having our final STEM day on April 28th, it is also the day for our “inspection” to see if we will be certified a STEM school! If you can possibly donate any supplies we will be forever grateful.  The link to the list is below.

Supply Request Flyer for Blogs

May 2nd- The first annual Big Shanty Garden Gala from 6-8pm! We are excited to show off what our children have  been doing this year. Mrs. Brooks, Ms. Dorsett, Mrs. Mohammed and Mrs. Wilkes are thrilled to help our students with a wax museum. The students will dress up as one of the historical figures we studied, the children wrote papers on a favorite historical fiction and will present the information at the Garden Gala. Please don’t spend a lot of money on a costume, look around your house for items that can be recycled and prowl the thrift stores. Below is a photo of my son dressed for his fourth grade wax museum (on the far left, the black wig and white pants). We spent less than $10 on the costume, the “boots” are slippers with soccer socks, the pants are baseball pants (all lying around the house). The jacket is one of my old ones, we bought a yard of red fabric that we glued on along with the gold braid. The wig came from Party City. I think he looks great and it cost less than $10! Please let Mrs. Brooks know as soon as possible if your child is going to participate in the wax museum, we are scheduled from 6:15-6:45 (I think), it is an early time so the kids can go and enjoy the rest of the gala and get to bed on time. So far we only have two confirmations, thank you Anthony and Alyssa! We need some more historical figures please!

Language Arts- Due to the shortened time this week we will only be having reading, students will continue to work on their group animal project.


Monday- PE, wear sneakers

Tuesday- Health, wear sneakers

Wednesday- STEM

Thursday- Art

Friday- Music


Small Group Reading and Writing: This week in small group reading and writing we will have shortened time together because of testing. When we are together we will do some fun activities in our reading and writing time. Good luck to you all, you’ve got this! Love, Ms. Dorsett


April 10-14

Important Dates:

April 19th: Milestone testing begins. Please ensure your child is at school and in their homeroom before 8 am. Students who arrive to the classroom after 8 am will not be allowed to enter due to the testing. They will remain in the cafeteria until testing concludes and will be administered a makeup test at a later date.

April 26th: Progress reports go home

April 28th: STEM/Career Day; Big Shanty Carnival

TESTING INFORMATION: We will be administering the Milestone assessment from April 19th through April 25th. Our specials schedule will be different and possibly our lunch schedule could also change. The test will be administered beginning at 8 am each morning, there are different times for each test but we hope to be finished by 11 am each day.

We sent home a flyer in Thursday folders that said if you wanted to send in notes of encouragement for testing day you can put them in an envelope or a bag with your child’s name on it. We will put them at their seat each day of testing. You can send the notes in at any time. 

Please make sure your child eats a breakfast with protein at home or at school. The protein “sticks” with them longer so they don’t get hungry during the test. We will have snack as soon as testing finishes each day.

Cell phones, smart watches, or other electronic devices are not allowed and must be left in backpacks or collected by the teacher during End of Grade Testing April 19 – April 25. Fifth grade will test through April 28th.

We have a new thing for students, a bird cam! We have a bluebird nest with eggs in it that can be viewed any time. Just click on the following link and you can see a live feed. At last count there were SIX eggs in the nest.

Bird Cam

Language Arts: We are going to continue our Milestone writing practice until the test during writing class. For reading we are going to learn how to combine our information for a non-fiction topic into cohesive paragraphs on Monday and then on Tuesday the students are going to practice with the information they have gathered on their group animal. Beginning Wednesday we are going to have some lessons about standardized testing. Hopefully it will alleviate some nerves about the test.

Small Group Reading and Writing: Welcome back! I have missed everyone so, I am looking forward to a great week of learning. This week in reading we are going to again focus on digraphs and blends. The following will be our spelling words this week spin, stuff, press, pinch, brag, chunks, hang, blocks, vest, camps. In writing we will continue to work on the RACE strategy where we restate the question before we begin writing. We are also talking about and practicing for the upcoming milestone testing. Love, Ms. Dorsett

Math: In math, students will begin learning about quadrilaterals. A quadrilateral has 4 sides and 4 angles. We will learn about the specific types of quadrilaterals as well- squares, rectangles, parallelograms, etc. Students will learn that a square is always a rectangle, but a rectangle isn’t a square! (Tongue twister.) We will also continue reviewing previously taught concepts in order to help prepare students for the milestones. Reviewing these concepts daily ensure retention of the critical skills students will need in later grades!

Specials for the Week:

Monday: PE, wear sneakers

Tuesday: Health, wear sneakers

Wednesday: STEM

Thursday: Art

Friday: Music