Monday, April 1, 2019

Week 29: April 1 - 5

 Kensington Metropark - This is one of the trips I took over break. If you've never gone and fed the birds, I highly recommend it! It's pretty fun and it's early enough in the season that they are still willing to land for a free feeding! I hope that you and your family enjoyed your time away from school too!

Fifth graders across Michigan will be starting the M-STEP next week. Below is the schedule for our class. Please try to be sure that your child gets a good night's sleep and has a water bottle. If you can send in a snack for your child (or for the class) to have during test breaks, that would also be great. The testing is long and we will take breaks during the time. The breaks are an opportunity for the students to get up and move, eat a quick snack, and/or drink water. Please let me know if you have any questions. If your child is sick or has to miss any of the testing times for our class, he or she will have an opportunity to make up the test at a later date. 

Tuesday 4/9/19
Math: 9:15 - 11:15
Math: 1:30 - 2:30

Thursday 4/11/19
Social Studies Part 1: 9:30 - 10:30
Social Studies Part 2: 1:30 - 2:30

Wednesday 4/17/19
ELA: 9:15 - 11:15
ELA: 1:30 - 2:30

Tuesday 4/23/19
Science Part 1: 9:30 - 10:30
Science Part 2: 1:30 - 2:30

Monday, March 18, 2019

Week 27: March 18 - 22

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Wacky Week:
Monday - Beach Day
Tuesday - Costume/Book Character Day (no weapons/scary/etc)
Wednesday - Wacky Hair Day
Thursday - Career Day
Friday - PJ and small stuffed animal day (no slippers)

Tappan Middle School:
Thank you for getting the Tappan forms in on time! It's hard to believe that it's already time to plan for middle school! If you were one of the families that did not get the form turned in, I will fill it out as best as I can with your child. You may get a call from Tappan because the form will not have a parent signature.

Scarlett Middle School/IB:
If you are interested in learning about the IB program at Scarlett, there is an informational meeting Monday, March 18th from 6-7:45pm at Scarlett (3300 Lorraine St.). You and your child will have an opportunity to meet current students, tour the building, find out about clubs and sports, and learn what an International Baccalaureate middle school is all about. 

The students are continuing to study the impact of zebra mussels on our fresh water. We had the opportunity to have a speaker come in from the University of Michigan and speak with the students about this. They are now writing letters to a local representative about the impact and how we can work to solve the growing issue. 
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We are starting Unit 6. There will be a focus on multiplying and dividing decimals, measuring volumes, and working with data in line plots. You should have gotten a parent letter about this unit. 

Spring Break:
I hope you have a great spring break! We are off March 25 - 29.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Week 25 - March 4-8

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Do you know what these little creatures are? Your student should! We are studying zebra mussels and how they have become an invasive species in the great lakes. On Tuesday, March 5, there will be a guest speaker coming to talk with the class. He is a specialist in this area and the students should have much to talk about at home!

Read-A-Thon - The read-a-thon has begun! We already have students who have read enough over the weekend to earn a bronze medal. Your child should be reading every night for 20-30 minutes which is enough to turn in one ticket each day. This is a class goal to have the most time recorded reading of the fifth grades (Ok, Mrs. Embry's a bit competitive!) and it would be great if everyone worked on this common goal.

Math - We are continuing to work on Unit 5 in the math journal. Students are solving "fraction of" problems. They have learned the algorithm but should also be able to explain with words or a drawing what that type of problem means. Below is an example of this type of problem.

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Student teacher - Ms. Walker - Just a reminder that Ms. Walker is doing her lead teaching over the next 3 weeks. I will continue to support her while also giving her more independent time with the students.

Summer Learning Institute - Some students would benefit from attending SLI during the summer in order to be prepared for middle school. I will be contacting some parents about this. If you think your child would benefit from this extra support in the summer, please contact me.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Week 24 - February 25 - March 1

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I hope everyone made it through the windy Sunday that we had! This weather has made it difficult to figure out how to dress for school. Please continue to send warm clothes for your child to wear at recess time.

Science Fair - Congratulations to all of the students who successfully completed their science fair projects! The students did a great job presenting them to the class first. I will continue to give opportunities for the students to get up and speak in front of the class. This is an important skill to have.

Reading/Lexia - We are beginning our fantasy genre study in reading. Students will be reading fantasy for their guided reading books. Each student should have at least one additional book that he or she is reading independently.  This independent reading is critical for a student to improve as a reader.
We have entered the Core 5/Lexia contest! Students should be working to reach their weekly goal in Lexia. If your child is not able to complete this in school, it is something that can be done at home! This is an online reading/word study support at your child's level. Some students have tested out of Level 18 and no longer need to complete this.

Wednesday, February 28 - Early release! This Wednesday is an early release day. Students will still eat lunch at school. School is out at 1:29pm.

Read - A - Thon - This begins on Friday, March 1. Please look for information about this on Friday.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Week 22 - February 11 - 15

N.A.A.P.I.D - Join us for an afternoon of events at school. We will feature a luncheon (11:30 am -1:00 pm) and include a presentation by Jonathan M. Wynne, author of IMPACT PARENTING: Raising College-Ready Students. The school talent show will take place after that at 2pm in the cafeteria.

Count Day - This Wednesday, February 13, is Count Day. Please help us gather accurate information about our school by having your child to school on time.

Math - The students recently took Unit 4 test. You will see that coming home soon. If your child is still having difficulty recalling multiplication facts, he or she should be practicing them daily. This can be done either on the Xtramath program, with flash cards, or any way that works best for your family. You should have seen the Unit 5 Family Letter come home last week. This is a great resource when helping your child with homework.

Reading - Your child has been or is currently reading historical fiction. We have been studying the similarities and differences of this genre compared to others. We have also been learning about how to identify symbolism, main ideas, and themes in text. Your child should be reading about 20 minutes a night.

Healthy Hearts 101 - The kids did a great job on our field trip. Hopefully they came home and told you a little about it. It was perfect timing to go along with a science lesson that they completed in class the next day. I will post pictures on the Class Pictures link.

Science Fair - Just a reminder that science fair is coming up! I have had some students staying in at lunch to work on their projects with me. If your child is unable to work on this at home, he or she should be making arrangements with me. I'm hoping for a fun, successful learning experience!
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Valentine's Day - We will have a small Valentine's Day party on Thursday. I will send home a list of students in our class. Please let me know if you want to send a small treat in to share with the class.

February 15th - We still don't know for sure if we have this Friday off. It is looking likely but we won't know for sure until Tuesday evening. We do have next Monday, February 18th off. Enjoy the long weekend!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Week 18: January 14 - 18

Winter Survival:  Our winter survival trip is this Friday, January 18! On Monday the class will go over what each student has agreed to bring for food and additional items to support his or her group. These lists went home last week so I'm hoping that you have already seen this. Please double check this list. All items should be brought in on Friday. If your child is ill or unable to attend on Friday for any reason, please make arrangements to get the supplies to school. This could be through another student or dropped off in the morning. We will leave around 9:30 and return around 2:30pm. 

These are pictures from winter survival last year. It will give you an idea of what the area will look like. 
NWEA Testing:
We will be taking the math and reading tests this week. Please help your child do his or her best by getting a good night's sleep and something healthy to eat in the morning.

Reading: We have started reading and studying historical fiction in class. Please help your child find the time to read for 20-30 minutes at home each night. Ask questions about what he or she is reading to find out if it is a "just right" book!

Science Fair - Students should be well underway with science fair projects. We should be getting project boards soon. The science fair is Wednesday, February 20. Boards and projects should be brought to school that morning. Students who need to work with their partner at school should make arrangements with me.  If this is a necessity, please ask your child if he or she has has made plans for that yet. Your child should also let me know is he or she needs help with their science fair project. I am happy to help them during lunch time.

Current Events: Most Fridays we watch CNN10 and learn about current events happening in the world around us. Very soon, all students will be required to find, read, and report on a current event of their choice. More information to come on this!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Week 35 - May 21 - 25

Early release - Wednesday, May 23 is an early release day. This is a report writing day for teachers.

NWEA testing - We will be taking the Math and ELA NWEA tests next week.  We will take reading on Tuesday, May 29 in the morning. We will take math on Wednesday, May 30 in the morning. If your child will not be in school on those days, please let me know. I can make arrangements for your child to test on another day with another class.

Field trip forms - I have sent home 3 field trip forms. Please take note that one of them is double sided. All 3 should be signed and returned as soon as possible. The Buhr Pool trip is $6. It is helpful if you can send this in as soon as possible as well. All students able will be going on the field trip. If you are unable to send in the $6 let me know. I will make sure that all students are covered!

Baby pictures! It is that time of year! We are getting things ready for the promotion ceremony. One of the fun events is a slide show with baby pictures of the students and a current picture. I need you to send me a picture of your child as a baby or toddler. If you don't have one you can email, send it in with your child. I can scan it and send it right back. Thank you to the parents that have already sent one in.  (That's my daughter below!)

Field Day - Friday, June 8th. Volunteers are needed if you are available! Be sure to send in a hat, sunscreen, and a water bottle with your child that day.