What’s Coming Up – Week of Oct. 2

Hello, parents!

It is hard to believe that we have already completed our first month of school! I’m really enjoying watching your kids come together as a community. Here are a few highlights from this week:

  • On Thursday morning, I needed to be out of the classroom for a training. The substitute reported that your kids were well behaved and worked hard.
  • On Friday, we conducted a lockdown practice. Our class was outside at the time that the lockdown practice was called, and the students did a great job of following instructions quickly and calmly.
  • We enjoyed a visit by Eagles varsity football players, cheerleaders, super fans, and members of the drumline.
  • We ended the day by spending some time enjoying a craft activity with our kindergarten buddies.

Miscellaneous:

  • We are excited to begin science this week!
  • New reading logs will be coming home on Monday. Students are responsible for reading 100 minutes each week and having a parent initial their reading logs. Reading logs will be checked each Monday morning.
  • Book It calendars are also coming home. Please note that students should still be filling out their classroom reading log; Book It calendars are turned in to Mrs. VandenBerg at the end of the month.
  • PTC meeting – Thursday, Oct. 5 6:30 in the Georgetown Elementary Library
  • Popcorn Friday – October 6

What’s Coming Up – Week of September 25

Math:

  • Adding and subtracting fractions
  • We will be wrapping up this unit this week.

ELA:

  • Writing memoir
  • Building agency as readers

Social Studies:

  • Government
  • Test late in the week; see blog/student agenda for details.

Miscellaneous:

  • Walkathon money due no later than Monday, Sept. 25.
  • School Safety Duty begins Monday, Sept. 25!  Ask your child for details about when they will be on duty.
  • Eagle Pride Day on Friday, Sept. 29.

Daily Homework

We’re a few weeks into the year, and our class is adjusting well to the routine and expectations of fifth grade. Please take a few minutes to read about daily homework expectations for fifth graders in room 301.

Independent Reading

  • Students are expected to read outside of the school day for 100 minutes each week.
  • This breaks down to 2o minutes, 5 times per week.
  • I officially check reading logs each Monday, but I sometimes do spot checks as well, so please make sure that your child is keeping his or her reading log in the take home folder.
  • Students are to log the number of minutes read per day and have a parent or caregiver initial each day.
  • Students are to write the total number of minutes in the box at the end of each week.
  • Students are to list the books they are reading at home on the back of the sheet.
  • Parents, it is your child’s responsibility fill in everything except the parent initials. This is a good opportunity for your child to practice responsible work habits in preparation for middle school.

Moby Max Fact Fluency

  • Students are expected to practice their math facts using Moby Max five minutes per school night.
  • Fifth grade math includes more complicated concepts, and fact fluency is crucial to a student’s success.
  • Students should log in through Clever. There is a link to Clever in the technology links on the right side of the blog.

Week Two!

This week, we are starting to see more routine throughout our day and living a little closer to our daily schedule. We have started using a weekly agenda sheet that we’ll complete together each day; this will serve as a talking point for you and your child when it comes to homework, upcoming tests, special events, etc. It should help answer that age-old question, “what did you do at school today?” Also, we’ll begin our math, social studies, reading and writing content, starting to figure out academic rhythms as a class. You can also see a digital copy of our weekly agenda by clicking on the weekly agenda tab at the top of my blog.

Yesterday Mr. Cooley came and talked to our class about being safeties. Fifth-grade students have the opportunity to demonstrate leadership by participating in the safety program if they are interested. Safeties stand at the bus loop and on the sidewalk near the parking lot after school to help promote safe choices as students leave. Safeties will be able to take their regular means of transportation after school. Interested students received some information to share with their parents. Students who wish to be safeties must return the blue from by Friday, Sept. 8.

As always, please email any questions that you may have!

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!

Thank you!

Dear Parents,

The school year has flown by! Today has been bittersweet; I’m excited for what’s in store for your children, but saying goodbye is always hard.  I want to thank each of you for sharing your children with me this school year. I feel so blessed to have been a part of your children’s lives.

Thank you so much for the outpouring of volunteerism, donations, and support for our class this year.  I truly could not have done all the activities and have them run so smoothly if I hadn’t had such great support.

Also, thank you for the cards, gifts and well wishes for the summer!  I am truly blown away by your kindness and generosity!

Have a safe, healthy, and happy summer!  I will miss you!

Warmly,
Nicole Ball

Final Weekly Update!

Wow! This year has gone so quickly. I can’t believe this is the final weekly update for the year.  This week’s update includes lots of important information, so please take a few minutes to look over it carefully.

Field Day – Tuesday, June 6

  • Please make sure your child has the following items:
    • Water bottle
    • Sunscreen
    • Sack lunch
      • If you ordered a sack lunch from food service on or before May 19, it will be delivered to the stadium.
  • We will leave school just before 9:00 to walk to HHS Eagle Stadium.
  • Events begin at 9:20 with the first round of tug-of-war.
  • Lunch is at 11:45.
    • If you are planning to pick up lunch for your child, please note that the Subway at 36th and Baldwin gets VERY busy at lunch time on this day; you will want to plan ahead.
  • We arrive back at school around 2:00.

Last Day of School

  • Friday, June 9 is our last day of school
  • Students will be dismissed at 12:15.

Miscellaneous

  • If your child has a yellow safety belt at home, please make sure it gets returned to Mr. Gort this week.
  • We’ve been slowly but steadily been cleaning out desks and lockers. Please make sure your child is emptying his or her backpack each night to make room for the next day’s load.

Report Cards

  • District-wide, elementary schools follow the tradition of mailing report cards out on June 16 with delivery on Monday, June 19.  
  • Teachers also have the option send report cards via email on Friday, June 16. I won’t have access to my computer or email that day since I will be enjoying Gettysburg and Hershey Park with Baldwin Street Middle School eighth-graders on the East Coast Trip, so look for your fifth-grader’s report card to come in the mail.

Social Studies Test

We will be having a social studies test on unit 6 this Friday, May 12. Students should use the following resources to prepare for the test:

  • Test review – filled out in class; students should store this in their take home folders in order to review either at home or at school.
  • Unit 6 vocabulary (paper flashcards or online flashcards under social studies links on blog)
  • Quizziz – online review game
    1. Open https://join.quizizz.com in your browser
    2. Enter the 6-digit game code 825146  , and click “Proceed”
    3. Now enter your name and click “Join Game!”
    4. You will get an avatar, and then see a “Start Game” button. Click it to begin!

What’s Coming Up – Week of April 17

Miscellaneous:

  • Your children are working so hard on the M-STEP! Please take a few minutes to congratulate your child for his or her efforts.
  • We have two more testing days this week:
    • Tuesday, April 18
    • Wednesday, April 19
  • On Thursday, April 20, we will be providing the fifth-grade students with a pizza lunch to celebrate their completion of the M-STEP.
    • Two pieces of pizza will be provided for each student. If students wish to have a side item or a drink, they are welcome to bring something from home.
    • Please remember that Georgetown is a pop free school.
  • Next Tuesday, April 25, we will be visiting Baldwin Street Middle School. One of the highlights of the visit for students is that they get to eat lunch in the cafeteria there.
    • A letter was sent home last week regarding how you can make sure that your child has money in his or her lunch account for that visit.
    • Students are welcome to bring their own lunch that day, but they will be responsible for carrying and keeping track of it.
  • April and May are very busy months for families of fifth-grade students. Click here for a list of upcoming dates.