April 7, 14
1. Please return all report card envelopes
2. Please return all pictures not purchased
3. Please return all EOG night attendance slips
4. We are participating in a Wipe Out Bullying Program this week. Students are writing songs and will be performing on Friday at 10 AM.  Please come out and enjoy the show.

March 31, 14
1.Updated student information sheets were due last Friday.
2. Field trip forms and money are due no later than Thursday.
3. Students will need a disposable lunch for the field trip Friday.
4. The Githen’s Middle School Run and Fitness event has been rescheduled for this Saturday.
5. This will be the last week of Spelling
6. Please help your student manage their time for their Esperanza Rising project (Mrs. G reading group only). The projects are due Thursday, April 11
7. Report Cards will go home Friday. Remember to keep the report card, sign the envelope and return the envelope on Monday.

March 27, 14  Githen’s Middle School is holding their 3rd Annual Raider Run and Fitness Day on Saturday, March 29th.  Please click here for details.

March 16, 14

  • Individual and Class Pictures have been rescheduled to Friday, March 21st
  • Continue to collect spare change for Pennies for Patients
  • Remember if you would like a Spring Conference please send me an email so we can arrange times.
  • The Read-A-Thon will continue through March 21st. Donations of flat amounts are accepted.

March 7, 14    DPS has cancelled school today, Friday, March 7th

March 4, 14 -   The Durham Public Schools Board of Education held an emergency meeting today and chose a makeup schedule for missed school days due to inclement weather that protects traditional calendar students’ spring break.  Since January, DPS traditional-calendar students have missed five days due to winter weather. The Board decided to waive three of those days and not require them to be made up. The makeup schedule for Durham Public Schools is as follows:

Traditional Calendar Schools
Day 1 – Makeup day already completed
Day 2 – March 28 is a scheduled makeup day
Days 3, 4, and 5 – Three days waived

The district calculates instructional time in hours and is required to meet at least 1,025 instructional hours a year. To date, students are on track to attend more than the required number of hours, and therefore will have the equivalent of at least three extra days. Even with the Board’s decision, students will still fulfill in excess of the 1,025 required instructional hours.

March 3, 14 -  DPS has cancelled school tomorrow,  March 4th

March 2, 14 - DPS will release students 3 hours early tomorrow, March 3rd

March 3 – 7, 14   Southwest Spirit Week Celebrating Dr. Seuss
Mad Hat Monday – wear your favorite hat
Tailored Tuesday – wear red and white
Wacky Wednesday – wear your wackiest outfit
Thing 1 and Thing 2 Thursday – crazy hair and dress like a friend
Fox in Sox Friday – wear your zaniest socks

Feb 25, 14     Students were given their middle school registration packets today. Please make sure you read the information and register your student at their home school.  If they are granted acceptance at another DPS school the information will automatically transfer.

Feb 13, 14    DPS has cancelled school tomorrow, Friday, Feb 14th

Feb 12, 14    DPS has cancelled school tomorrow, Thursday, Feb 13th

Feb 11, 14   DPS will release students 3 1/2 hours early tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb 12th

Feb 10, 14     On Friday we will have a small Valentine’s Day celebration. Students will exchange cards with classmates and other 5th grade friends near the end of the day.   Students must give each student a card not just their best friends. Students wrote down the names of their classmates in their agenda.

Feb 3,14       On Thursday and Friday of this week we will be teaching Human Growth and Development. All students were given a letter to take home day regarding this information.  If you student did not bring home the letter please find a copy of the letter  here

Jan 30, 14    DPS is on a three hour delay for Friday, Jan. 31st.  School begins at Noon

Jan 29, 14    DPS has cancelled school tomorrow, Thursday, Jan 30th

Jan 28, 14    DPS has cancelled school tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan 28th

Jan 27, 14    School will be released at 12:30 tomorrow (Tuesday)

Jan 27, 14    Southwest Elementary Savings Card 

Families, do you frequent any of the following local merchants: Moe’s Southwest Grill, McAlister’s Deli, Denny’s, The Original Q Shack, Wing Stop, ACE Hardware, Randy’s Pizza, Smoothie King, Merchants Tires, Fitness World, Tomato Jake’s, Bull City Craft, Omega Sports, Sal’s Pizza or El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant?

If so, the Southwest Elementary Savings card will save you money. For $10 you can save at each of the above merchants every time you visit. Please click  here to see the available savings.

Jan 22, 14  Time for Kids  TFK Questions 1

Jan 17, 14  There is no school on Monday and Tuesday

Jan 15, 14        2Q Science Review

Jan 13, 14         Support Jordan High School by eating at Chick-fil-A at Renaissance Village (Near Target) on Thursday, January 16th from 5PM – 8PM.  Just mention Jordan High School Spirit Night when you place your order: dine in or drive through.

Jan 12th, 14     We will resume blogging with our new novel, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. All answers are worth 5 points. Please make sure answers are complete and well thought out before posting!

2Q Science Review  Sheet

Jan 6th, 14      DPS will operate on a 2-hour delay tomorrow. School will begin at 11:00 AM and students can be dropped off after 10:30. Breakfast will not be served.

Jan 1st, 14          Happy 2014 Families!  I want to thank everyone for thinking of me for Christmas. I appreciate each and every one of the personal and thoughtful gifts.

I have posted the January newsletter.

Second quarter CA’s will be administered January 14-16 from 11AM to 1PM.

There will be a change in when spelling homework is due. It will change from being due on Friday to being due on Thursday.

I would like to encourage you to allow your student to log onto Moby Max and practice their math, math facts, language, vocabulary and reading skills. We were fortunate enough to have received a paid subscription. Moby Max paces students at their own pace once they take a pretest. Having them log on for at least 30 minutes a day will make a big difference. Students all know how to log on and use the program. Since we only have 6 computers in the classroom they only get to visit Moby Max once a week in school.  Moby Max does not have an iPad app but, is iPad friendly.

A Christmas Carol packet and Stave Wheel are due on Thursday, Dec. 19th!!

Southwest Elementary   Welcome Winter Week

Dec. 16th – Dec. 20th.


Dec. 16th


Dec. 17th


Dec. 18th


Dec. 19th


Dec. 20th

Cozy by the Fire

Wear comfy clothes (sweats, yoga pants, slippers, etc) as we welcome winter!


Ice Skating Day

Wear your socks in the classroom.  Festive socks are most welcome.

Too Cool For School Day

Wear your hats, scarves, and gloves to battle the winter chill.

Winter Solstice

Celebrate the shortest day of the year by wearing dark or cool colors (purple, blue, green).

Beat the Humbug Day

Wear your holiday shirt or holiday colors (red/green).

The classroom Spelling Bee will be on Thursday, December 12th.  Congratulations to Carson for being our classroom winner. Caroline will be our alternate.

The newsletter for December has been posted on the parent page.

Nutcracker money and field trip forms are due on Friday, December 6th. Forms are located on the parent page. Students need a bag lunch!!

All students attending the Civil Rights field trip will need a bagged lunch.

Southwest is collecting spare change to support the relief efforts being made by the American Red Cross for the Philippines Islands, which were devastated by an enormous typhoon, Haiyan, on November 7th,2013

Please make sure I have current working phone numbers for your family.  I had several students not feel well last week.   When we tried to call home/cell/work the numbers listed either did not work or we were not able to leave a message.  Please make sure I have valid working numbers.

The Scholastic fall book fair will be held from Thursday, November 7th – 14th.

All forms and money for the Greensboro Civil Rights Field Trip are Friday, November 15th

November’s Newsletter – November