What’s Coming Up – Week of Feb. 13

Miscellaneous:

  • Our 5th grade symphony trip is February 21st. We are able to take a few parents as chaperones for this annual trip. If you have an interest in joining us, email your classroom teacher.

Math

  • Division with whole numbers and decimals

Social Studies

  • Life in Colonial America

ELA

  • Students are reading historical fiction novels and writing their own historical fiction stories.

Historical Fiction Book Clubs

Our focus in reading and writing this unit is historical fiction. In our class read aloud as well is in book clubs, we are concentrating on historical fiction set in Colonial and Revolutionary America. Later, students will write their own historical fiction story set in that time period. We did not make a reading schedule for book clubs. Some students have already finished their book club titles. Please check in with your child about his or her progress. Students who have not finished their book club books should be reading it during their 20 minutes of home reading as well as during our reader’s workshop time at school.

Take a few minutes to talk with your child about what he or she is reading for book club or about our class read aloud. Ask some questions about the setting and how the setting influences the events in the story. Ask about the problems faced by the main character in the story and how those problems are similar or different than the problems your child faces. Ask about the tone or emotional atmosphere of the story. I think you will be impressed at the insight your child can share about his or her reading.

What’s Coming Up – Week of February 7

Miscellaneous

  • Rather than having traditional classroom parties, the fifth grade teachers have planned an activity for the entire fifth grade on the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 10. Individual classes will hold Valentine exchanges within their classrooms; watch your teacher’s blog for specific details. We are using SignUp to coordinate snack donations. Click here to view the sign up. If students wish to have a drink, they may bring their own. Please remember that we are a pop free school.
  • Information regarding chaperones for fifth grade camp should come home today. Please note that those interested in chaperoning should return the bottom portion of the form by Friday, Feb. 10.

Online Safety

Today marked week five of our T.E.A.M. program. Deputy Smith gave us some tips for staying safe online. We talked about some of the potential dangers of giving out personal information, posting pictures, sharing passwords, and more. Students will be bringing home a pledge about online safety. I encourage you to talk with your child about what they learned.

Deputy Smith also mentioned an app called Our Pact; as a parent of an eleven year 0ld, I thought it was interesting information. A few students actually mentioned that they thought their parents would like more information about this app. If you are interested, you can find more information here.

Valentine’s Activity

Fifth grade teachers have planned an activity for the entire fifth grade on the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 10.  We will not need parent volunteers to help run the activity, but we will send out an email regarding donations of party supplies and snacks. We will hold Valentine exchanges in our individual classrooms earlier that day. If your child wishes to bring Valentine’s cards, please make sure that they have one for each student in our class. Click here for a list of students in our classroom.

What’s Coming Up – Week of Jan. 30

Miscellaneous

  • Rather than having traditional classroom parties, the fifth grade teachers have planned an activity for the entire fifth grade on the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 10. Individual classes will hold Valentine exchanges within their classrooms; watch your teacher’s blog for specific details.
  • Early release for students on Friday, Feb. 3 and no school for students on Monday, Feb. 6.
  • Watch for information regarding chaperones for fifth grade camp to come home during the week of Feb. 7.

Math

  • Division with whole numbers and decimals

Social Studies

  • Life in Colonial America

ELA

  • Students are reading historical fiction novels and writing their own historical fiction stories.

No Need to Pack a Lunch on Friday!

As a reward for reaching 30 outstanding awards this year, I am providing a pizza for the class for lunch on Friday, Jan. 20.  I will provide 2 slices of pizza per student as well as brownies. Students are welcome to bring a drink or an additional side from home if they need more to eat at lunch time. Please remember that Georgetown is pop free school.

Today’s Agenda and Student Shout Outs

We were so busy at the end of the day today that we didn’t take time for students to fill out the agendas in their folders. Here is the homework for tonight:

  • Read for 20 minutes
  • MobyMax Fact Fluency for five minutes
  • Math Lesson 4-7 Homework and Remembering – Evens Only

Don’t forget that you can always access an electronic version of our agenda by clicking on the weekly agenda tab at the upper right corner of the blog.

What kept us so busy at the end of the day? Student shout outs. This are something I introduced to the class this morning. We talked about how this time in the school year can be challenging. We compared the school year to a long family road trip. At the beginning, everyone is excited to start a new journey and the trip is fun. Then you get about halfway through your trip, and everyone in the car is getting a little tired. You’ve all spent a lot of time in a small space, and you might be running low on patience for one another. You might even be getting on one another’s nerves, and you still have a long way to travel! That is how January, February, and March can feel in a school year. We thought it would be a good idea to introduce a routine into our day that makes us stop and focus on the positive and that encourages us to appreciate the people around us. Students or adults in our classroom may fill out a student shout out slip when they see someone who deserves one. Students might get a shout out for working hard, helping a classmate, being an upstander, showing leadership, etc. I share the slips with the class, and the person who received the shout out gets to put their slip on the board.

I thought you would like to see how our board looked at the end of the day as well as a few examples of student shout outs.

What’s Coming Up – Week of Jan. 9

I hope you all enjoyed a restful break! In room 301, we are jumping right back into our normal routine.

Miscellaneous:

  • Many thanks to all of you who donated items or volunteered for your holiday breakfast. The kids and I really enjoyed this time together!
  • Thank you for all of the lovely and thoughtful gifts! I am blessed to be part of such a kind and loving school community.
  • Early dismissal on Friday, January 13.
  • Fifth graders have begun the T.E.A.M. program. T.E.A.M. stands for teaching, mentoring and educating, and it is school liaison program led by the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department. We are excited to have Deputy Eric Smith as our T.E.A.M. instructor this year.

Math:

  • Multiplication with Whole Numbers & Decimals
  • Students should still be practicing their math facts for five minutes each night at home using Moby Max.

Social Studies:

  • Colonization and Settlement

ELA:

  • Informational Writing
  • Informational Reading