Welcome to Fifth Grade!


We are going to have such an amazing year together. I am so excited to meet you and come together as a class.

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Have a safe and happy summer! I can’t wait to see you at our open house the week before school starts.


Mrs. Ball

What’s Coming Up – May 21-25, 2018

Hello parents!  Hopefully, your child came back from camp exhausted and full of lots of stories of our adventures! What a wonderful couple days it was filled with excellent weather, activities, and laughs!  I would like to shout a HUGE thank you to our chaperones who came along and helped monitor, encourage and support your children to have the best time at camp! So…THANK YOU TO:

  • Mike DeYoung
  • Missy Jackson
  • Ryan Roberts
  • Marie Wise

Your assistance with head counts, up-hill hikes, gear haulin’, and your sacrifice of sleepless help make this year’s camp a massive success! I hope to have photos available on SmugMug later this week.

Please note some important things coming up!

  • Thursday, May 24 – Social Studies Test-Study our pink foldable study guide and Quizizz.
  • Friday, May 25 – 5th-grade Celebration at Craig’s Cruisers! We will be away from the building from approximately 10:00-2:00 on Friday! Today, a release form will be coming home that we need back no later than WEDNESDAY, MAY 23!

What’s Coming Up – Week of May 14-18, 2018

Hello Parents!  5th-grade camp is coming up quickly! Hopefully, you and your child are already talking about what to pack and have some things beginning to be laid out! If not, use this weekend as a kickstart to avoid “packing panic” later on in the week…we’ve all been there!!!  Help your child to be PROACTIVE!

We are still working on curriculum content and we are noticing some end-of-the-year tune out.  The weather is getting nicer and students are getting antsy.  Support your child with a positive attitude and encourage them to stay focused!

Math: We are continuing our work with Measurement and Geometry.

ELA: We are working on units in reading and writing on Research-Based Argument Essays.

Social Studies: Unit 7 – A New Nation

Science: We will continue to investigate the patterns and relationships between our Sun, Moon, and Earth.

Important Dates:

  • May 11 – Early Release
  • May 15 – Camp plan for pick up due (Pink Half-Sheet)
  • May 15 – Let your child’s teacher know if you will be visiting during the day at camp
  • May 17-18 – 5th-grade Camp
  • May 25 – 5th-grade celebration

What’s Coming Up – Week of May 7-11


It was great to see so many of you at our parent meeting about our upcoming camp trip! Thank you so much for coming. If you weren’t able to attend, please click here to view the slideshow from the meeting. We covered lots of important information, including details about packing, student drop-off on the morning we leave, and student pick-up when we return. Please contact me if you have questions.

T.E.A.M. program started this week. T.E.A.M. stands for:  TEACHING, EDUCATING, AND MENTORING (T.E.A.M.)  and is a school liaison program put on by the Michigan State Police.  It features a school-based, “law related” curriculum, taught to by T.E.A.M. trained police officers.  T.E.A.M. will take place on Wednesdays and will be led by Deputy Smith from the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.

Important Dates:


  • May 9 – Medication Form / Camp Waiver form Due
  • May 11
  • May 15 – Let your child’s teacher know if you will be visiting during the day at Camp
  • May 17-18


What’s Coming Up – Week of April 30-May 4, 2018

Hello parents!  Spring has finally sprung!  It’s about time!  I cannot believe that we are going into May this week!  We have a lot of exciting things coming up, including getting ready for camp!  Be mindful of an important meeting for camp coming up next week Wednesday, May 2nd at 6:00 PM in the GES multipurpose room.  Aside from that excitement, we are working through more curriculum content as we continue toward the end of the school year.  Never a dull moment in fifth grade!

We will be starting Unit 8: Measurement and Geometry.

We are starting units in reading and writing about Research-Based, Argument Essays.

We will continue exploring the scientific phenomenon around forces and motion.

Social Studies:

We will be starting Unit 7: A New Nation

Important Dates:

  • May 2 – WEDNESDAY EVENING @ 6:00 PM! Parent information meeting for fifth-grade camp in the Georgetown Elementary multi-purpose room! Meeting for chaperones will immediately follow.
  • May 10 – Jet’s Pizza Night
  • May 11 – Early Release
  • May 17-18 – 5th Grade Camp

What’s Coming Up – Week of April 23-27, 2018


Important Dates:

  • April 24 – Culver’s Fundraiser 5-8 PM.  Come and be served by your 5th grade teachers  from 6:30-7:00 Details
  • April 24- District Wide Art Show 5:30-7:00 Details
  • May 2 – Parent information meeting for fifth grade camp (Georgetown Elementary multi-purpose room – 6:00 PM)



  • We will be finishing up Unit 7: Algebraic Reasoning.


  • The students will be crafting an informational on demand writing piece.


  • We will be exploring the force of gravity

What’s Coming Up – Week of April 16-20, 2018


Important Dates:

April 10, 11, 12 & 17 – M-STEP testing dates for fifth grade. Please avoid scheduling appointments during the school day on these dates if at all possible.

April 13 – Early release

April 20 – Check out a offering from HHS Science Students.  Free Screening.  Earth Week Free Family Movie Activity:  Chasing Coral

April 24 – Culver’s Fundraiser 5-8 PM (see your fifth grade teachers from 6:30-7:00)

May 2 – Parent information meeting for fifth grade camp (Georgetown Elementary multi-purpose room – 6:00 PM)