Now that we have had a chance to settle into the routine of the school year, students will have regular homework in both reading and math. My philosophy regarding homework is that is should, for the most part, be based on a skill that a child can practice independently.
- Reading – students are expected to read outside of the school day at least 100 minutes per week. Ideally this would be spread out throughout several days during the week. Today your child should have a reading calendar in his or her take home folder. Each day, your child should write down the number of minutes spent reading at home and ask you to initial the calendar. I understand that families have many time commitments and that students need flexibility and choice regarding which days will work best for them to complete their reading. With that in mind, I will be checking reading logs every Monday.
- Math – students are expected to complete five minutes of math fact fluency practice outside of the school day Monday through Thursday. As the concepts covered become more complex, fact fluency is key to students’ success in math.
Occasionally we will have other homework as well as quizzes or tests for which students will need to review. In his or her take home folder, your child has a weekly agenda. We take time to fill this out together at the end of each day. Please take a few minutes each day to look over the agenda with your child. You can also view the agenda on the blog by clicking on the weekly agenda tab near the top of the page.
We opened our last container of disinfecting wipes today. We use these to wipe down our tables each day and periodically to wipe down door knobs, cabinet and drawer handles, light switches, locker handles, etc.
If you would be willing to donate some disinfecting wipes (Clorox, Lysol, store brand – we’re not picky!) to replenish our classroom supply, we’d be most grateful.
The Learners of Room 301
- We are continuing with Unit 4: Multiplication with Whole Numbers and Decimals.
- We are jumping into our historical fiction unit. Students are participating in book clubs to deepen their understanding of the text and genre.
- We have begun our unit focusing on the colonization and settlements of early America.
- We started our new unit called “Ch-Ch-Changes.” This unit deals with matter and its interactions.
- Any remaining balances for fifth grade camp/activities will be due on February 1. We will provide an updated account reminder early next week.
Today was our first day of the school year with very cold weather, and many students were unprepared to be outside in the cold. Students will be outside for recess every day unless it is raining or extremely cold at their recess time. Please make sure your child has appropriate outdoor clothing at school every day.
- Early release on Friday, November 3.
- Parent Teacher Conferences are on Monday, Nov. 6 and Wednesday, Nov. 8.
- Conference appointment times were sent home earlier this week.
- Goodies Factory Orders and payment is due on Monday, Oct. 30. Please make one check payable to Georgetown Elementary.
- Goodies Factory delivery will be on Tuesday, Nov. 14.
- All items must be picked up at Georgetown Elementary between 3:00 and 5:30 PM.
- We cannot hold items overnight.
- If you are unable to pick up your items during this time, please make arrangements for a friend or neighbor to pick up your items.
Here are a few additional updates and reminders for the week.
Parent Teacher Conferences
- Your scheduled conference time was communicated earlier today via email.
- If you are not able to make your scheduled time, please let me know.
Turkey Trot CANCELLED due to weather!
- Students are encouraged to wear their Turkey Trot shirts to school on Tuesday.
Halloween Party Reminders- October 27th from 2:15-3:15
- Halloween Student Costume Codes
- Please ensure that your child’s costume is school appropriate and does not have too-scary-for-school components such as fake blood, frightening masks, weapons etc. This should be a fun time for all students and should show respect for all.
- To avoid distractions, students should NOT come to school dressed in their costume. There will be an opportunity to get dressed before the party starts.
- Please ensure that your child’s costume and components are labeled to prevent loss.
- Volunteering on the day?
- Due to parking limitations, parties are open to parents that are volunteering to support the party.
- Party Volunteers: Make sure you are background checked. Fill out the form in the “Background Check” page on the blog. Please keep younger siblings at home to allow for space in the classrooms. Volunteers can arrive 15 minutes before the party begins.
- I am adding one more spot to our SignUp page. I’m looking for a parent who’d be willing to use my camera to take photos for the blog during our party. Click here to sign up.
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.
- 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
- Adding and subtracting fractions
- We will be wrapping up this unit this week.
- Writing memoir
- Building agency as readers
- Test late in the week; see blog/student agenda for details.
- 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.
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.
- 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.