Sunday, August 21, 2016

Ways to Keep Up With Us!

If you'd like to keep up with what is happening in class, there are a couple of great ways to do it!

I regularly post photos on Instagram -- @MrStylesClass
I also post regularly on Twitter during the school year -- @MrStylesClass

To keep up with homework from me, your child will have an account on Google Classroom. Google Classroom is adding features to give you some notifications of what is going on in class!

Homework:
As a general rule, your child will have the following homework:

  • Read at least 30 minutes an evening -- sometimes this will be book club work.
  • Work on Spelling and Grammar homework
  • Complete work from Math class (if they are in my Math class)
Please let your child complete the homework themselves and turn it in as-is. If the non-reading homework is taking more than 15-20 minutes, they need to stop where they are and turn it in as-is.

Projects:
There will occasionally be writing projects that become homework. Your child should pace herself based on the due date for the work on Google Classroom.

Talking with Students:
I encourage open communication between home and school. I try to give students the language to discuss what happens at school. Likewise, I want to hear from you if you have questions, comments, or concerns.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Welcome!

Dear Students and Families,

I hope that you have been having a fantastic summer! School will be starting back very soon and I hope you are looking forward to this year. We will have a fantastic adventure exploring new things and learning about our world We will be learning about geography, the solar system, matter, and many other exciting things.

This year, we are partnering with Ms. Flynn’s class on many things. Some of you will have Math with her and some will have Math with me. Together, we will be learning a lot this next year! Oh, and we will also be doing book buddies with Ms. Weidman’s class.

You may remember that I asked you to read at least three books over the summer and to send me something letting me know what you liked or did not like about the book. You can access the form on our class webpage at http://mrstyles5.blogspot.com/. The links are at the top of the page and are working.

We will be having a student teacher, Ms. Ariel Walovitch, with us this year. She is finishing up her degree at the University of Vermont. I know that she is very excited for this year to begin!
There is a little bit of homework you need to do over the summer.
I hope that you have an amazing rest of your summer! I will see you at the ice cream social on August 30th!

Sincerely,
Mr. Styles

Parents: As you look toward next year, please look for these supplies:
  • Pencils and lots of them! (Dixon-Ticonderoga sharpen reliably)
  • Wide-Rule Notebook Paper (3 Packs)
  • 3 bound composition notebooks (please, no spiral bound or three ring binders) 
  • Tissues
  • Hand sanitizer (medium or large bottles)
  • Plastic or poly pocket folder (or something to bring homework and notes to and from school)

Wish List
  • Even more tissues
  • Even more pencils
  • Dry Erase Markers (regular size or small)

Twitter: @MrStylesClass
Instagram: @MrStylesClass

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Answers to your questions!

As promised, I am answering your questions from Step Up Day! :)


  • Do you have lots of wands? Just one!
  • Where did you grow up? I grew up in Asheville, North Carolina.
  • Does your wand really work? It does everything I need it to do! ;-)
  • Do you give us homework? Yes. You will have some Grammar, Spelling, and Math homework. The biggest homework will be for Book Clubs.
  • Do you like all sharks? Sharks are really cool. My favorite, though, is the Goblin Shark. You can find out more about them at National Geographic for Kids' website!
  • Are you a rainbow? No. They are awesome, though!
  • Are you a dragon? Maybe you are? No, but you can be one in class!
  • Happy?! Yes! :-D
  • Are you cool? I don't know. Are you crazy? Some kids think I am!
  • Is your Math hard? Math is both hard and fun. Actually, I think that the bigger the challenge is the ore fun it is.
  • What is your email? You can email me through the form on the main page or your parents' email.
  • Do you like to be evil? Hmmm. Good question.
  • Are you in the illuminati? You'll have to ask Mr. Houchens the answer to that question.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Welcome 2016

Welcome to Mr. Styles’ Class!
Welcome to Mr. Styles’ class! I am excited that you are in class with me this year! We are going to have a fantastic adventure exploring new things and learning about our world.
Next year, we will be partnering with Ms. Flynn’s class on many things, including Math class! I know that we are excited to meet you today and to start school with you next year.
There is a little bit of homework you need to do over the summer.

  • Read at least three books and send me something telling me what you liked or did not like and why.
  • Know your math facts. Math is going to be very, very hard if you do not have them down!
  • Practice your Math Facts and compete with other people by playing Kakooma! (It's on the links page on the classroom website!)

I cannot wait to see you in class! Have a snazzy, jazzy summer!

Sincerely,
Mr. Styles

Parents: As you look toward next year, please look for these supplies:


  • Pencils and lots of them! (Dixon-Ticonderoga Sharpen reliably)
  • Wide-Rule Notebook Paper (3 Packs)
  • 3 bound composition notebooks (please, no spiral bound or three ring binders) (we will be using 6 if you want to get special ones!)
  • Tissues
  • Hand Sanitizer (large or medium bottles)
  • Plastic or poly pocket folders (or something to bring homework and notes to and from school)

Wish List

  • Even more tissues
  • Even more pencils
  • Dry Erase Markers (regular size or small)


Email: astyles@bsdvt.org – Website: http://mrstyles5.blogspot.com
Twitter/Instagram: @MrStylesClass

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Welcome

Welcome to Mr. Styles' Class!

We have a new and updated blog. Be watching here for new announcements as we get ready to get started with the 2015-2016 school year!

Summer Reading

Over the summer, you will be expected to read three books. As you finish reading a book, fill out this form to let me know what book you read and how you liked it! One of them must be a DCF book. The list is available here (PDF). The others may be of your choice. (If you cannot find a DCF book that you can read, substitute it with a book that you can).
Keep up with which one is your favorite because you will be introducing that book to the rest of the class.

New Room

I know you'll be visiting me in my old classroom on the 12th. Don't be too surprised at the beginning of next year when you walk in and find you're in the wrong class. Just go across the hall and then you'll see me in Ms. Flynn's old room!

Online Activities

We will be doing several online activities. If you have a data plan or internet, you'll be able to access any of our online components. Google Classroom will be where most written assignments are done (and where you can chat after school). Part of being in 5th Grade is being responsible for your own assignments. Google Classroom will be a way to help you keep up with them!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Wildwood

Imagine that you are watching your younger brother at the park. As you are sitting there, you hear a lot of squawking. Looking up from your book, just in time, you see a murder of crows snatch your brother up and fly him off into the woods. What would you do? Who will help you? Who is going to believe that story?

That was what was going through Prue's head after she witnessed this very event unfold in front of her eyes. The weird thing is that this annoying boy she knew from class is the only person who would actually believe her.

Soon, she finds out why.

As you read this tale of friendship, family, and finding out where you belong you will be captivated. 541 pages of great characters, amazing events, twists that you will not believe, and great adventure await you as you read Wildwood  by Colin Meloy.

Watch the book trailer below
More information can be found at this link.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Pluto Photographs

Pluto, the famous dwarf planet, has finally had its picture taken. The NASA New Horizons mission has taken high resolution photographs of Pluto and its moon, Charon. The New Horizons mission has travelled over 2,000,000,000 miles to take these pictures! If you want to see some more pictures and find out more information about the mission, click on the links I am including.

NASA: New Horizons
Johns Hopkins University: New Horizons