What’s Coming Up – Week of February 1-5, 2021


  • P.E. apparel sale ends on February 1. Click here for ordering information.
  • Students will be recording their concussion videos in STEAM class on Feb. 3. They are welcome to bring props and dress up if they would like.
  • Kids Heart Challenge information will be coming home soon! Please check out the PE blog for more information.
  • Early release – Friday, February 5
  • No school – Monday, February 8
  • Please make sure your child comes to school with a jacket and outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather.


Uncategorized, Weekly Updates

What’s Coming Up – Week of Jan. 11-15, 2021


  • Jet’s Pizza Night ~ Thursday, January 14th
  • Early Release ~ Friday, January 15th.


  • We will be assessing our work involving the division of whole numbers and unit fractions by midweek.


  • We are focusing on themes and will begin forming book clubs for students to focus on theme work in small groups.

Social Studies:

  • We are exploring our unit on Colonization and Settlement which examines early colonial regions.

Reader’s Workshop Challenge + Genre Review

Upon our return, we embarked on the Tower of Books Challenge, a
reading challenge for your child!

Here’s how it works:
Your child’s goal is to read all of the books from a variety of genre categories. They will check off one of the boxes each time a book is read. After checking off a box, it’s time for him/her to add to… their Tower of Books! In this challenge, your child will read 20 “just right” books between now and the end of the year and they will get to try some different types of books they may not have read before, and all the while have fun keeping track of their reading! Happy stacking!


What’s Coming Up – Week of Nov. 16-20, 2020

Hello parents!

I am looking forward to meeting with you this week to discuss your child’s progress in fifth grade. You should have received email with some tips for accessing our conference in Zoom.

As you have heard, we will be shifting to remote learning for the next few weeks.

  • Our last in-person day for now will be Tuesday, Nov.17. On that day, look for your child to bring home a packet containing learning activities for next week.
  • Once we are able to finalize details and schedules for remote instruction, you will receive an email from me.

Our class visited the book fair preview today. If they wish to purchase items, you can order online here and items will be delivered to your home.


What’s Coming Up – Week of Oct. 12-16, 2020


  • We are assessing our work on Unit 1: Addition & Subtraction with Fractions. Once complete, we’ll begin our next unit on adding & subtracting whole numbers & decimals.  
  • We will continue to focus on mastering our multiplication and division math facts. Please practice these at home and utilize your child’s online access to MobyMax Fact Fluency homework.


  • We’re working on building on our foundation of establishing strong independent reading habits and diving deeper into our stories. 

Social Studies

  • With Columbus Day on Monday, we are beginning our unit called Three Worlds Meet which examines the interaction between Native Americans, Europeans, and Africans in North America. 


Fall Party – Friday, October 30

This year for our fall celebrations we are looking forward to having parties in our classrooms much like in years past, but this year will be slightly different in a few ways.

      1. Parents and volunteers will not be able to attend.  (We will miss you!)
      2. Snacks need to be store-bought and individually packaged We don’t have any food allergies in our classroom this year.
      3. Donated items (supplies, snacks, etc.) need to be sent in 24 hours in advance (or more). 

Look for an email later this week that will include a sign-up for snacks and other items needed for our celebration.

Like in previous years, we will be welcoming your children to wear costumes if they wish. One change this year is that children will be able to wear their costumes to school and wear them the whole day.  The intent behind this is to limit children gathering in the restrooms to change and to limit the number of children needing assistance from teachers and staff to get into their costumes. We invite you to send your children in a costume that includes no weapons or gore, and easily allows your child to participate in regular school routines and procedures. There will not be any masks other than COVID-19-related face masks allowed. There will not be time given to dress or apply makeup as in years past. 

Please consider the questions below when deciding on a costume:

  • Can they take it off themselves to use the bathroom?  
  • Can they fit in their seat at their desk? 
  • Can they go down the slide or sit in the swings?  

We ask that you save bulky, inflatable, or extravagant costumes for home use, and dress in a fun and simple costume for the school day.  Fall or pumpkin t-shirts are a great alternative as well. 

My plan is to weave in festive activities and embrace the fun throughout the day.  We are thrilled at the opportunity to celebrate with your children and look forward to creating another fun and memorable school event for them.

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What’s Coming Up – Week of October 5-9, 2020


  • Walkathon: 
    • Thank you for your generous support of our walkathon! We are so fortunate to have a supportive school community.
  • Jet’s Pizza Night – Thursday, Oct. 8!
  • Book It:
    • Our classroom is participating in the Pizza Hut Book It program again this year.  This program will run from October through March.  Each month your student will bring home a calendar with a reading goal on it.  Every time they reach their goal they can mark it on their calendar.  Return the calendar back to school at the end of the month to receive a coupon for a free personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut.
  • Mask Reminder
    • Students have adjusted well to the mask requirement overall, but now that we’re six weeks into the year, some are getting a bit lax about wearing them properly. If you follow the HPS COVID-19 dashboard, you’re aware that some cases are happening within buildings in the district. It is important that we remain diligent in following masking procedures.
    • Please talk with your child about the importance of proper mask wearing. Here are some visuals that might be helpful:

  • Turkey Trot Information:
    • Turkey Trot will be a virtual race this year. More information is available on the Georgetown P.E. blog.
    • Click here for registration.

Scholastic Book Order – Due Wednesday, Sept. 30

Hello, parents!

Your child received Scholastic book order flyers today. Scholastic offers a wide selection of high-interest reading materials at reasonable prices. In addition, if you order from the flyers or online using our class code, you are also supporting our classroom with free books.

For those interested in ordering,  there are two options:

  • Scholastic Book Clubs Paper Flyer:
    • Choose your books, fill out the order form, and return to me with a check made out to Scholastic Book Clubs.
  • Order Online at scholastic.com/bookclubs
    • Sign in or create an account.
    • Connect to me by entering our Class Code: LJLP2 – OR- click Find Your Child’s Teacher and look for my name.
    • Choose your books, pay with credit card or PayPal, and submit your order.
    • You can view more fifth grade flyers here as well as flyers for readers of all ages.

Whether you order online or using the paper flyers, your books will come to our class, and I’ll hand them out for your child to take home.


What’s Coming Up Week of Sept. 21-25


  • Safety program has started this week and will continue through the remainder of the school year.  Please visit mattcooley.edublogs.org/safety-schedule/ to learn more about safety teams and schedule.
  • Spirit Week – September 21-25
    • PJ Day (no pillows, blankets, or stuffed animals)
    • Silly Sock Day
    • Crazy Hair Day
    • Hat Day
    • Maize & Blue Day
  • Walkathon

We are holding our annual WALKATHON next week which is our primary fundraiser for the year.  One of our objectives in the Parent Club is to raise money to help cover costs such as classroom supplies, technology upgrades, storage solutions, books, field trips, parent/child events and other needed items for each class.

We want to promote a healthy lifestyle to our students and the community.  Please help us reach our fundraising goal by supporting our Walkathon. We have teamed up with Get Movin’© to make this event fun and profitable with online mobile friendly technology!

We Need All Parents to Complete 3 Easy Steps!

  1.     Register your Child by visiting www.getmovinfundhub.com It’s free, easy, and fast to register!  For School Identifier use 5f3d669d605c9
  2.   Consider sending an Email and/ or Text of your child’s student fundraising webpage with 10-15 friends and family. It’s super easy!
  3.   Consider Posting on Facebook or Twitter It’s two clicks of a button to post. You’ll be surprised when donations come in from distant relatives/friends from HS/co-workers.  Post and see what happens!

Student Goals!

    • We need 100% student registration please visit www.getmovinfundhub.com today!
    • Each student is encouraged to raise at least $30.
    • Be an Overachiever Superstar by raising at least $150.