Wednesday, November 16, 2011

New Web Site

The St. Joseph School District has a new website format!  Check it out at  Click on Select a School, Ellison, Staff, then Mrs. Miller.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Important Info

Lots of important information came home today.  Please be sure to check your child's home folder for this week's homework packet, Our Week at a Glance, and the November book order forms.  There is information attached about a $5.00 coupon for Scholastics when you buy 2 Kelloggs products.  Book orders are due on Tuesday, November 15th.

Don't forget the Multiplication test and Spelling test on Tuesday.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween Fun

Check out the pictures from our Fall party on the Classroom Photo Album

Book Reports

The theme for our book reports for the month of November is letter writing.  We will also begin a new unit in writing focusing on writing friendly letters.  The parts of a letter we will study in class are date, greeting, body, closing, and signature.  Each of these letter parts needs to be included in the book report.  In the body of the letter, the students should tell what happened at the beginning, middle, and the end of the book.  Also, as a conclusion, a recommendation for the book and a reason why.  Below you will find a sample book report.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  Book reports will be due on Wednesday, November 30th.

                                                                      November 1, 2011 
Dear Julie,
    I just read a book about two friends who went on a trip to the beach.  In the beginning, Sam and Fred decided it would be fun to visit the beach.  They loaded up the car and headed for the ocean.  It took them 2 days to get there.  
     In the middle, Sam and Fred decided to swim in the ocean.  They had a great time playing in the waves and the water.  The water tasted very salty.  
     In the end, the friends collected seashells.  They found lots of different kinds of shells to take home to their families.
     I recommend that you read this book.  It was very entertaining because Sam and Fred had many fun adventures at the beach.
                                                                          Your friend,
                                                                          Mrs. Miller


Friday, October 28, 2011

Thank you to all the families that came to parent teacher conferences.  I really enjoyed visiting with you about your child's progress throughout the first quarter.  

Our fall party will be on Monday, October 31st.  The costume parade will begin at 2:00 in the gym.  Students may wear their costume to school or bring it to change in to before the parade.  Remember no scary masks or props that could be considered weapons.  The classroom party will begin around 2:30.  Thanks also to all those who brought treats for our fall party.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


I am really looking forward to visiting with parents at conferences on Wednesday and Thursday.  I have lots of information to share about your child!

We will have early dismissals on Wednesday and Thursday at 1:30.  On Friday, dismissal time will be 12:30.

2 non-fiction book reports are due on Friday, October 28th.

Please remember to send party treats by Friday.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Hats on Day

Thanks to everyone who donated to Kids with Cancer.  Check out our fun hats!

Monday, October 17, 2011


The 3rd and 4th grade music program is Tuesday night.  Please have your child in our classroom by 6:45.

The weather is changing!  We will go outside for recess everyday as long as it is not raining, snowing, or below 32 degrees.  Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately and has a coat, hat/hood, and gloves.  

A note was sent home today about the new lunch balance policy.  Please make sure you read the information carefully.

Don't forget to return TEST ALERTS for the Science benchmark test tomorrow.


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Field Trip Fun!

We had a great time on our field trip to the Pony Express Stables, Patee House, and Jesse James home.  A HUGE thank you to all the parents and family members that went with us.



Monday, October 10, 2011


Lot's of important information came home with students today:

*Parent/Teacher conference times-if you need to reschedule, please call the office as soon as possible

*Homework packet-due on Friday

*Ellison spirit wear information sheet


Saturday, October 8, 2011

Monday, October 3, 2011

Home Folder

Please take the time to look through your child's Home Folder each day.  Many important notes and papers come home each day.

Today your child brought home the weekly homework packet.  Please return the completed activities on Friday.

Also in Home Folders today:  Word Preview list, Our Week at a Glance, graded sentence dictation, Smoke Signals, and various other notes.

Thanks for signing the Assignment Notebooks each night.  This is a great way to review our day and keep you posted on what we've done each day.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Busy Week Ahead

It's Wacky Week!

Monday-Wear your PJs

Tuesday-Wild hair day

Wednesday-Mix & Match day

Thursday-Wear your favorite sports/team shirt

Friday- Wear your Braves gear

Friday is the carnival.  PTA will be selling punch cards before school this week.

New Homework Policy

We have a new school wide homework policy.  Students will now have 4 homework activities that will be sent home on Monday and due on Friday.  Homework will focus on activities we have done in class, as well as review exercises.  Watch for the first homework packet this week.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Important Information

Several important notes came home with students today.

*Permission slips for our St. Joseph History field trip-please return with money by Monday, October 10th.  I also have attached a note for parent volunteers.

*Parent/Teacher Conference notes-please choose a time that is convenient for you and return the form to school

*Reminder-Picture day is Friday 

*Book reports are due Friday

***Please ask you child if he/she is in need of pencils-it is amazing how they disappear!

Thanks for all your support!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Butterfly life cycle

Check out our butterfly life cycles using beans and pasta!