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Update from our Head of School - April 22, 2022

Hello Families and Supporters,


Happy Saturday and Happy Earth Day! What a busy first week we had coming back from Spring Break. Many of our classes have been doing things to celebrate Earth Day. Our 4th graders did a research project and created a bulletin board about ways to help the earth. They learned a lot. One of them even told me that my family's recent vacation was not eco-friendly due to all of the CO2 emissions from the planes and cars involved in the travel. :-)


Many thanks to our K/1 and First Grade classes which went and picked up trash around our school grounds and in the Town of Truxton on Friday! We love their enthusiasm for making our environment cleaner and healthier. In addition to their work, our Second Grade class made bird feeders out of recycled materials to help the earth by conserving resources through re-use and also provide a food source for wildlife. Truxton Academy kiddos are already making a difference in the world and we are so excited to see them continue to do so!


We are Hiring:

We currently have openings for the following positions:

- Social Emotional Specialist (Social Worker or Social Emotional and Academic Intervention Teacher)

- Substitute Teachers

- Teaching Assistant

- Teacher of the Arts


All positions are posted on indeed.com.

If you know anyone who is interested, please ask them to send a resume and cover letter or letter of interest to sara.petitmcclure@truxtonacademy.org


Messages for Families

Families, please remember to send in an extra set of clothes with your child. We plan on being out in the garden during the last couple of weeks of April and beginning of May. We expect mud and a change of clothes might come in handy.

Mr. Daniel, our Teaching Assistant for 3rd and 4th grade, will be leaving our school after next week. We spoke to the students about this yesterday and we thank him for the work he has done with our students this year. We are in the process of interviewing for a replacement and hope to have someone start soon. We wish him luck in his future endeavors.


From the PTO

Truxton Academy Charter School will be running a 2022 Reading Raiser from May 1, 2022 to May 31, 2022. Be on the lookout for information with details about the fundraiser in your email.

Ways to Help Our School Sign up for and use Amazon Smile with Truxton Academy as your chosen charity Amazon Smile is a division of amazon that donates a portion of sales from many items to a variety of charities and nonprofits. Truxton Academy is one of those nonprofits. If you are purchasing items from amazon, please go to https://smile.amazon.com/ and choose Truxton Academy as your charity of choice. Purchases you are making anyway will benefit our school. Donations Needed: Extra Clothes: We are in need of extra clothes for our older kids who have spills or get clothes wet at recess. Our closet of borrowable clothes is in need of pants in size 8, 10, and 12 for both boys and girls. Help up Build our Classroom Libraries: Here is a wish list of books for each classroom. You can buy the books through this website or elsewhere. Thriftbooks has used books and sometimes that is a money saving option. Check out the books wanted for your child's classroom or any classroom: Kindergarten: https://www.thriftbooks.com/list/share/2beb98c2e6c22338/ First Grade: https://www.thriftbooks.com/list/share/06f1868ff2b6582a/ Second Grade: https://www.thriftbooks.com/list/share/8c00ddcdf9f8956c/ Third Grade: https://www.thriftbooks.com/list/share/21f8fdfdb6f0eed1/ Fourth Grade: https://www.thriftbooks.com/list/share/beda8187236a301d/ Spanish: https://www.thriftbooks.com/list/share/66e046cb2e91fcc0/ Makerspace: https://www.thriftbooks.com/list/share/af7a8e360eb91d94/ Fifth Grade: https://www.thriftbooks.com/list/share/2ec16518e195dde8/ Upcoming Dates: 4/26- Rescheduled Field Lesson to Twin Oaks Dairy for Ms. Elliott and Mrs. Francis' Class (Permission slip coming home today. Please return it on 4/18 when we return to school) 4/26 and 4/27- 3rd Grade State Math Assessment 4/28 and 4/29- 4th Grade State Math Assessment 5/26, 5:30 PM- STEM in PE Night Updates from the classrooms: Miss Elliott (K): This week in kindergarten we: * Have been reading more challenging texts and used our knowledge of letter sounds to help us power through words we don't know * Practiced to skip counting by 2's and 3's to 100 * Learned how to grow and take care of our sprouts from Ms. Jamie * Discussed how to take care of our planet and did some Earth Day crafts Mrs. Francis (K/1): Ask your K/1 kiddo about:*the cool animal tongues we read about in What if I Had an Animal Tongue? *how we know when to apply the floss rule *making our own number strips *finding the missing number with partners *which paper they chose to make a paper flag and what we predict will happen to the flags outside *going on a shape hunt and finding many different shapes in our classroom *helping clean up the Earth when we took a walking field to pick up trash in downtown Truxton- great job K/1 Miss Smith (1st): This week in first grade we: *learned about measurement strategies! *did a scavenger hunt in our classroom finding whether things are longer or shorter than a piece of string! *found out which is longer or shorter using nonstandard units of measurement! *worked on counting on and counting back using two digit and one digit numbers! *used our writing skills to write about what we can do to help our Earth! We wrote our sentences on cut outs of our handprints and used them to make very cute Lorax faces for our new bulletin board! *watched the Lorax. *learned two new rules for the letter sound of y! Ask your student what the rules are for when y says (e) and for when y says (i) at the end of a word. *read a story about ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle! Ask your students what are some things they can do to help save the Earth! *collected trash from around our school! We filled an entire trash bag! Way to save the Earth kiddos! *watched our chicks grow and had some fun watching them flap and run around! *finished the first chapter of our Our School book! **Please continue to have your students bring in boots, hats, gloves, and snow pants as the weather is constantly changing and will continue to be muddy and wet. Ms. Jess (2nd): Ask your Second Grader about...-watering and harvesting our grow tower, -what stages of the life cycle our mealworms are in, -how to take care of darkling beetles, -reading how Ryan Harris reused masks and straws to make surfboards, -reading how recycling and reusing materials helps take care of and protect our Earth, -other ways we can take care of our Earth and environment, -the creation they invented using recycled materials, -building bird feeders out of reused materials, -playing the math games Capture 5 and Plus or Minus 9 Bingo, -and how counting by 5's helps us tell time. *Please check your student's purple folder Friday for their report cards. I am so proud of their progress! Enjoy your weekend! Miss Madysen (3rd): Ask your third grader about... -playing How Close to 100 and The Great Array Race in math, -learning about the distributive property by recognizing that when a large array is broken up, the parts are equal, -how they rated themselves during their first week of station rotations in math, -the story nonfiction story, Beauty and Disaster, and what it was like living near an active shield volcano in Hawaii, -how authors use descriptive details to help readers imagine the things they're writing about, -revising and editing their Roll an Easter Story to prepare their final copy early next week, -what they learned from investigating how water moves and which water dome would move faster. As a reminder, we will be completing the Math State Assessments on Tuesday and Wednesday next week. Have a great weekend and enjoy the summer-like weather! Ms. Chelsea (4th): 4th graders learned primarily from Mrs. Hull and Ms. Sara this week as Ms. Chelsea was out sick. The 4th graders were glad to see her back on Friday! In math this week, we did a little bit of fraction review and also worked on geometry. The students learned how to measure angles using protractors and reviewed properties of geometric shapes and ways of classifying shapes and angles. In ELA and science, the students researched ways to help our earth and worked collaboratively to create an informational bulletin board for Earth Day about ways to be more eco-friendly in our lives. Señora H (Spanish): In Spanish we read a story about a pirate and a monkey and reviewed vocabulary having to do with food and colors. Mrs. Boyden (PE): This week in PE we learned and practiced our bowling skills! Mrs. Boyden (Makerspace): This week in Makerspace we were introduced to sphero robot and coding! Check out our facebook and instagram pages for pictures of our students' learning throughout the year: https://www.facebook.com/truxtonacademy

Thank you as always for your support of our students and our school family! Have a wonderful weekend!


- Sara and the Truxton Academy Team

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