A Great Start

We’ve have a wonderful three days getting to know each other. What amazing kids you have! Much of our time this week has been spent building community and establishing a positive culture of caring and respect in our classroom.

Next week we will begin working hard on our curriculum.  Beginning then, you will see an agenda in your child’s take home folder; we will be filling this out together every day. Please support your child and review this nightly to see what curriculum was covered and if there is any homework to be completed.

Enjoy your weekend!

Day One Recap

Hello parents.

Day one was a success! We got to know each other a little bit and started to learn about our classroom culture and routines. One important routine involves the take home folder. All students received a black take home folder. This should go home each night. One pocket is labeled “Notes/Mail.” This is the pocket on the left side of the folder, and things from this pocket should be left at home. The other pocket is labeled “Homework”. This is the pocket on the right side of the folder, and things in this pocket should be completed and sent right back to school. Please help your child establish a routine for making sure the folder is emptied every night.

Open House Thursday, August 24

Hello fifth grade families!

I have been busy getting our classroom ready for our year together. I am excited to welcome you at our open house on Thursday, August 24 from 6:30-7:30. I have some information to share with you, and I will ask you to share some information with me as well.

I can’t wait to meet you!

Love,

Mrs. Ball

Supply List for Fifth Grade

Hello, friends.

Wow! Can you believe that July is already here? I realize that we are not even halfway through summer break, but do you know what will start appearing in stores right after the Fourth of July? That’s right: school supplies! Even as an adult, seeing those huge displays of brand new notebooks, folders, highlighters, pens, and pencils fills me with excitement and anticipation for the new school year. In case you are as eager as I am to get your new school supplies, I am including a list of supplies that you will need for the new school year.

I hope you have a safe and fun Fourth of July!

Love,

Mrs. Ball

Supply list needed for the classroom:

  • (1) pencil box
  • (4) spiral notebooks (wide rule)
  • (4) two pocket folders (red, blue, yellow, green)
  • (1) 3-ring binder (1 inch)
  • (3) packs of  3”x3” sticky notes
  • (4) dry erase markers
  • (1) highlighter
  • (1) scissors
  • (1) package of colored pencils
  • (1) pair gym shoes to be left at school for physical education class

**Please do not bring a large trapper keeper type binder.  These are just too big to store in the desks in our classroom.**

Highly recommended items:

  • extra #2 pencils
  • (2) large glue sticks

Below are additional supplies that kids often like to bring for their private use.

  • erasers
  • colored marking pen for editing/correcting (not black or blue)
  • small hand pencil sharpener

Day One Recap and Talent Activity Reminder

Wow! What a great first day we had together. We enjoyed getting to know one another, learning classroom procedures, and meeting our kindergarten buddies. We even wrote our buddies notes to congratulate them on completing their first day of kindergarten. We also spent some time talking about a growth mindset vs. a fixed mindset. We learned that we can learn anything because our brains are made to learn. Look for a note to come home later this week with some more information about fostering a growth mindset if your child.

We were so busy today that I completely forgot to remind students about our talent sharing activity that starts tomorrow. Students who are scheduled to share their talents on Wednesday are Briella, Brycen, Alex, Gavin B., Ethan, Diego, Anna, Caleb D., Lauren B.,  and Lauren G. For more information, please refer to the sheet that you received at our open house last week or click here for an electronic version.

Last but not least, I would like to encourage students to bring a water bottle to keep at their desk so that they can sip on it throughout the day. This is especially important when the weather is as hot as it was today. Water only in the classroom, please; save juice, Gatorade, etc. for lunch time or for after school.

Thank you for sharing your children with me! I am looking forward an awesome year together.

Nut Free and Healthy Classroom Snacks

This year, each student in fifth grade will be responsible for bringing a daily snack from home. Because fifth graders don’t eat lunch until around 1:00 PM, these snacks are essential to rejuvenate the students’ energy and attention span. These snacks are consumed in our classroom, so it is important that students not only bring healthy snacks, but they also must be NUT FREE SNACKS (all nuts: almonds, pecans, etc.). When packing your student’s snack, please keep in mind the safety of our friends who have food allergies. The best defense against accidental exposure for our students with allergies is to always read the label. At the bottom of the ingredient list, an allergen warning can almost always be found. Ingredients do change, so always read the label even if you’ve checked on a prior purchase. If you send homemade baked goods in your child’s lunch, these should be consumed in the lunch room during lunch time rather than in the classroom.
As always, healthy snacks are best: raisins, apples, bananas, grapes, melon, carrot sticks, celery sticks, jello, applesauce, peaches, pears, strawberries, blueberries, etc.
Birthday Celebrations:  If you would like to celebrate your child’s birthday with a treat, please consider sending non-food items such as pencil, eraser, stickers, etc.  If you send food for birthday treats, please make sure they are safe for our friends with allergies and include the packaging label so that we can double check the ingredients.
Thank you to all the parents for being so understanding and respectful of our students with food allergies. Thanks for helping us to keep our students healthy and safe!

 

Open House Reminder and Classroom Wish List

Hi, friends!

I am so excited to meet all of you! I have been busy getting our classroom ready, and I hope to see all of you at our open house this Tuesday, August 30 from 6:30-7:30 PM. If you have your school supplies and you would like to bring them to open house, you may keep them in your locker until the first day of school. You may also wait and bring your supplies with you on the first day of school.

Also, I have put together a wish list of items that we frequently use in our classroom using SignUp.com.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/e9W1Er
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Thank you for considering donated a needed item to our classroom. Donated items may be brought to open house or any time during the first week of school.

See you soon!

Love,

Mrs. Ball

Parent Survey and Supply Reminder

Hello, friends.

Can you believe that we are less than a month away from the start of the new school year? I don’t know how you feel about the month of August, but for me, it seems to fly by and to drag on and on at the same time. August seems to go by quickly because my family and I are trying to squeeze every last drop of fun out of summer vacation and because I am busy with planning and preparation for the new school year, but it seems to drag when I think about how excited I am to meet all of the new fifth graders and start our adventure together!

This morning I sent out a parent survey via email. Thank you for taking the time to respond. The information you share helps me to learn a little bit about your child before the start of the school year. In case you did not receive the email, you can also find the survey here.

Finally, in case you missed it or were not ready to think about school supplies when it was originally posted, click here for the list of supplies you will need for fifth grade.

I am looking forward to meeting all of you at our open house on Tuesday, August 30!

Love,

Mrs. Ball

Supply List for Fifth Grade

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Hi, friends.

Wow! Can you believe that July is already here? I realize that we are not even halfway through summer break, but do you know what will start appearing in stores right after the Fourth of July? That’s right: school supplies! Even as an adult, seeing those huge displays of brand new notebooks, folders, highlighters, pens, and pencils makes me feel full of anticipation for the new school year. In case you are as eager as I am to get your new school supplies, I am including a list of supplies that you will need for the new school year.

I hope you have a safe and fun Fourth of July!

Love,

Mrs. Ball

Supply list needed for the classroom:

  • (1) pencil box
  • (4) spiral notebooks (wide rule)
  • (4) two pocket folders (red, blue, yellow, green)
  • (1) 3-ring binder (1 inch)
  • (3) packs of  3”x3” sticky notes
  • (4) dry erase markers
  • (1) highlighter
  • (1) scissors
  • (1) package of colored pencils
  • (1) pair gym shoes to be left at school for physical education class

**Please do not bring a large trapper keeper type binder.  These are just too big to store in the desks in our classroom.**

Highly Recommended Items

  • extra #2 pencils
  • (2) large glue sticks

Below are additional supplies that kids often like to bring for their private use.

  • erasers
  • colored marking pen for editing/correcting (not black or blue)
  • small hand pencil sharpener

Advance Newspapers Essay Contest

Hello, friends!

I don’t know about you, but I have been watching, reading, and listening to a lot of information about the candidates who hope to be elected as our next president. Have you ever thought about what you would do if you were the president of the United States? If you have an idea about how you would make our country better, I encourage you to enter the Advance Newspapers Back to School Essay Contest. Your idea could even win a prize! (See details below.)

Advance Newspapers Back to School Essay Contest

Topic:

If you were president of the United States, what one thing would you do to better our country and why?

Categories:

  • 1st-3rd grade
  • 4th-5th grade
  • 6th-8th grade
  • 9th-12th grade

Prizes for each category:

  • 1st place: laptop computer
  • 2nd place: TBA
  • 3rd place: TBA

Deadline is July 2, 2016

Winners announced on August 7th, and winning essays will be printed.

All entries must include:

  • name of student
  • grade completed prior to summer vacation
  • school
  • teacher’s name
  • student’s home address and phone number

Essays may be hand written or typed.

1,000 word maximum

Send entries to:

Pat_Pike@mlive.com

or

Advance Newspapers

Back to School Essay Contest

3102 Walker Ridge Dr.,

Walker, MI 49544

For questions, call Pat Pike, Contest Coordinator, at 616-209-0359 or email Pat_Pike@mlive.com

*Employees and members of the Advance BCI Inc., Mlive Media Group, staff, judges, and their immediate families are not eligible to enter.