May 29, 2020

Have you ever dreamed of having a restaurant that served all of your favorite foods? Now is your chance to plan it.  In the distance learning file choose Design Your Own Restaurant.  Follow the steps and be creative.  You will have TWO weeks to complete this assignment.  BONUS: Cook some items off your menu and include them with your final project.  I can’t wait to see all of the ideas you come up with.

Mrs. Rotenberry

May 22, 2020

This week we are going to focus on organizing your personal space.  We have been home now for over two months, so let’s take this time to clean up our space.  A good place to start is your room.  If your room is already clean and organized, focus on another area of the house.  Some good places to start are the kitchen pantry, a linen closet, or a play/rec room.  Make sure you are not just cleaning, but ORGANIZING.  What does this mean?  Everything should have a place and there should be order, not chaos.  This week’s assignment:

1. View the power point titled Organization in the distance learning file.   

2.  Chose one place in your house to organize.

3. Write a reflection on how you organized your space and how you feel now that it is organized. DO NOT send pictures.

Enjoy the holiday weekend!

Mrs. Rotenberry

May 8, 2020

One of the things my family and I miss during this quarantine is the ability to go out to eat wherever we wanted.  Recently, my family has been missing some of our favorite restaurant foods so I have tried to recreate them at home.  This brings me to our topic this week, Convenience vs Homemade.  Fast food, takeout, pre-made meals from the grocery store, and processed meals are all types of convenience foods.  They are fast and easy.  The problem is; they usually cost more money, have higher sodium and fat contents, and are loaded with ingredients that we cannot pronounce.  This week I want to challenge you to create one of your favorite fast food or restaurant meals at home. 

Last week we had leftover taco meat and instead of wasting it I decided to try and recreate a Taco Bell Crunch Wrap, which was super easy to make and tasted great.  The best part is that I controlled what went in it.  I have included step by step instructions with pictures in the distance learning file for you to see how I did it. 


1. Look at the PowerPoint titled Convenience vs Homemade in the distance learning file.

2. Visit the following website, it includes multiple ideas on how to make your favorite fast food meals at home.

3. Get cooking.  You can use one of the ideas provided or come up with your own.  Make sure to follow all proper safety and sanitation rules and get a parent’s permission before using any kitchen equipment, especially knives and the stove.

4.  Send me a picture of what you created.  Let me know why you chose that recipe, how hard it was to make at home, and how it compares to the restaurant item.

Tasty:23 Copycat Recipes For Your Favorite Fast Foods

Happy Cooking!

Mrs. Rotenberry

May 1, 2020
Can you believe it is already May??  We have now been at home for seven weeks.  I hope all of you are staying safe and healthy.  I miss seeing you guys everyday and really miss cooking with you.  This week we have a cooking lesson....eggs!
Eggs are a breakfast staple that are simple to cook and provide an abundance of nutrients.  If eggs had an expanded food label it would look like this:
(Photo from the American Egg Board)

There are dozens of ways to cook eggs, the most popular being fired, scrambled, hard boiled and poached.  Watch the video below to see 36 different ways to cook eggs.  One of the easiest ways to cook eggs is scrambled.  You can have them plain or add meat, veggies, or cheese.  Watch the video below to see how to make perfect scrambled eggs.

This weeks assignment…..Cook eggs!  You can keep it simple or try something more advanced, like an omelet or deviled eggs.  Take a picture or video of your final product.  Write a short reflection on how your eggs turned out.  Happy Cooking!

How to Make the Best Scrambled Eggs... Ever!
12 Amazing Ways To Cook Your Eggs

April 24, 2020

We have to stay at home but that does not mean we cannot communicate with each other.  This week we are going to focus in Email Etiquette.  Here are some important tips:

  • Use a professional email address.  If you are writing to a teacher, use your pwcs email address.    
  • Make sure your subject line is simple and to the point.  DO NOT put the entire content of the email in the subject line.
  • Use the proper salutations and valedictions ( watch the Khan Academy video below for reference).  )
  • Use spell check
  • Re-read before sending...reading out loud will allow you to hear if what you wrote makes sense.
  • Make sure to include your name at the end.

Assignment: Watch the videos below.  After viewing, send me an email.  Make sure you use proper email etiquette!

Stay Safe,

Mrs. Rotenberry

Salutations and Valedictions
Student Guide to Email
How to Email a Professor/Teacher

April 17, 2020

We have now been home for over a month.  I suspect that some of you have been wearing the same pair of sweats or pajamas for the majority of that time.  Its time to wash those clothes!  We went over clothing care and laundry in class, now is the time to put what you learned to good use.  Some of you were able to turn in your take home laundry assignment, but since the due date was the week after we went out, a good number of you had not yet completed it.  This week’s assignment will be to watch the videos below and do one load of laundry.  I have put the take home laundry assignment in the distance learning file.  Let me know if you have any questions.  Happy washing!

Mrs. Rotenberry

Review video : How To Do Laundry
Folding: How To Fold A Fitted Sheet

April 13, 2020

Hello!  I hope everyone enjoyed their spring break.  This week I would like students to focus on any assignments for which they currently have an NHI.  I have posted the assignments on the TEAMs page.  Please email me if you believe that you did the assignment and did not get credit (I had a lot of things turned in with no names).  If you are all caught up, you may do items from the FCS choice board.  This is located under the distance learning folder in Files and Documents.  Please continue to email me if you have been cooking at home, I love to see what you guys are making. 

7th Grade – If you took your sewing projects home and finished them, please send me a picture of your completed project.

Stay safe,

Mrs. Rotenberry

PWCS has a Home Learning page of resources here..

I have set up Teams through MS Office 365 for missing work and distance learning assignments.  Please use the links below to access your class.  Students can access this on the Nokesville Symbaloo with their login and password. The student login is the first six letters of the last name, first initial, middle initial, and the same password they use for computer logins.  If you have problems or questions, please contact me at

Link to TEAMS:
6th Grade - Q3
7th Grade - Q3
8th Grade - S2