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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!

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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!

Nicole Ball
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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.


  • 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.
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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 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!
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What’s Coming Up – Week of April 17


  • 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.
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What’s Coming Up – Week of April 10

Welcome back! I hope all of you had a restful and relaxing spring break. Can you believe there are only nine weeks left in the school year? These last few weeks of fifth grade are packed with events and activities, so please make sure you are checking the blog for important dates and details. You can also find a list of upcoming dates for fifth grade students and parents here.


  • Fifth grade will be taking the M-STEP on the following dates:
    • Tuesday, April 11
    • Wednesday, April 12
    • Thursday, April 13
    • Tuesday, April 18
    • Wednesday, April 19
    • Thursday, April 20
    • Friday, April 21
    • Please avoid making appointments that would cause your child to miss school on these dates.
    • Please make sure your child is getting plenty of rest, eating a healthy breakfast, and bringing a morning snack to school. This is important every day, but it is especially on the M-STEP testing days.
  • Early release Friday, April 14.


  • While it is still the expectation that fifth grade students read outside of school for at least 20 minutes five times per week (100 minutes per week), I realize how busy the last weeks of school can be for families, so I will not be asking parents to sign a reading log for the remainder of the school year.
  • To keep your child interested and to make reading feel less like a chore, it is a great time of year try something different. Audiobooks, ebooks, magazines, and sharing a book on a topic of interest with a parent or sibling can all be useful strategies for refreshing the home reading routine.


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Social Studies Test and Practice Opportunities

We have had all kinds of fun learning about events leading to the American Revolution. We will be taking our unit 5 vocabulary quiz on Wednesday, March 22 and our unit test on Friday, March 24. On Monday, students should bring home a study guide to help them review for the test. I have also set up a fun review on Quizzizz as another way for students to practice. To access it, students should follow these instructions:


Enter the code 202108

All of the test questions are represented on the Quizzizz activity, so it is a great opportunity for students to practice.