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.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Week 33 - May 7 - May 11

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Walk/Bike to school - The kids did a great job on Wednesday walking to school from the bus drop off site. We were lucky to have a sunny morning and they were able to get an apple or banana as they entered the school.

Instrumental Music Concert - The instrumental music concert will be on Monday, May 14th at 6:30pm. The students should be at school around 6pm. If you are unable to make that but free in the afternoon, there will also be a concert at 2:45pm in the cafeteria.

NWEA testing - We have one more round of testing to do. I will let you know as soon as I have this scheduled. It will be near the end of May. Many of the students reached or surpassed their expected growth by the winter testing so I look forward to the additional growth made during this last part of the year!

End of year field trips - We will be taking several trips the last week of school. We will go to Buhr Pool, DQ, and Rolling Hills. The cost for Buhr Pool is typically $5 (or close to that amount). Students will need money to buy 1 (one) item at DQ. Rolling Hills entrance fee will be covered by the school. If your child wants to buy a snack, they will need to bring their own money. If you have a need for assistance, please let me know. All students who have earned the trips will be able to attend!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Week 31 - April 23 - 27

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I hope everyone had a chance to get out and enjoy the great weather that we are finally having. I'm looking forward to finally opening windows in the classroom and getting some fresh air in!

M-STEP testing - Due to the fire, we had to push our testing schedule into this week. We will be testing on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Monday the students will be finishing up the ELA that they started last week. Tuesday and Wednesday are the 2 parts to the Social Studies test.
Thank you to the families who have sent in snacks for the class. The crunchy snacks as well as the fresh fruit have really helped energize the kids when they need a break.

International Night - Please join us this Thursday from 6:30 - 8pm. There will be food, fashion, and fun! Our class is representing China.

Transition Day - May 2 is Transition Day. All fifth graders in the district will be visiting the middle school that they will be attending. Look for a permission slip to be coming home. If your child will not be attending Tappan, but another middle school in Ann Arbor, you can make arrangements to take your child to the school that day. You will want to contact that school to make those arrangements.

Spring Pictures - These will be rescheduled for some point in May. I will keep you updated with that information.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Week 28 - April 2 - 6

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Welcome back! I hope that everyone had a great time with our week off. It went by quickly for me but I was able to get a lot of sleep during that time! 
Before break, report cards and PLPs came home to you. I am still missing several of them. If you have not returned those, please sign them and return them both.

M-STEP : It is time for this to begin. We will begin testing next week. Our first testing day is going to be Tuesday, April 10. Most of these tests take a few hours with a break at some point. We will have to be flexible during this time. The tests are not timed. If students are not able to finish on the day (or 1/2 day) that we take the test, they will make it up on a different day.
Tuesday, April 10 - Math  
Thursday, April 12 - Science
Monday, April 16 - ELA
Wednesday, April 18 - Social Studies Part 1
Monday, April 23 - Social Studies Part 2
Snacks: Thank you for the parents that have been sending in class snacks. I have had a couple of parents send in boxes of individually wrapped pretzels as well as bananas, clementines, and apples. The kids have been loving the fruit that has been sent in. 
We will need snacks during the M-STEP testing time.  If you are able to send in snacks for the whole class that would be great. If you can't but are able to send in an individual snack for your child, please do that. Please DO NOT send in a large bag of food (chips, cheetos, etc.) for your child to eat on his or her own. This should be individually packaged and sent in. We have had issues with students bringing in large bags of snacks and trying to share them with other students. The students should also not be bringing in pop or candy. 
Math: We are starting Unit 6 this week. Our focus for this unit is line plots, volume, and decimals. If your child is not secure in his or her multiplication facts these should be practiced daily. Xtramath is still an option. 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Week 17 - January 8 - 12

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Happy New Year and welcome back! I hope that everyone had a happy and safe break and is ready to start the new year. We have several things coming up that I want to put on the calendar. 

Winter Survival - Our winter survival trip is this Friday, January 12! Today 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 before break 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 (in our class or another) or it can be dropped off to me. Please sign and return the field trip form.

Heart Healthy 101 - We are taking a special science field trip to St. Joseph Hospital to learn about the heart and lungs. The students will be watching a movie of an actual open-heart operation. They will also go to hands-on stations to learn more about lungs and hearts through investigations with pig's heart and lungs. Please sign and return the field trip form for this. There is a parent letter copied on the back of the form for you to have more information on this. I think that I have enough chaperones at this point but if you are interested in attending the trip, please join us. 

NWEA Testing - The students will be taking the winter NWEA tests on Tuesday, January 16th and Thursday, January 18th in the morning. 

Math - We are beginning Unit 4 in math. Students will be studying decimal concepts and coordinate grids. Your child can always access games and support on the EDM math website. Passwords were sent home at the beginning of the year but if you can't find it your child has it taped into his or her planner. I can always give that again too!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Week 16 - December 18 - 22

Winter Weather - It has finally arrived! I was out of the building for a meeting last week during the early release day. According to my sub and my student teacher the students did well with leaving early. Hopefully that won't be something that we have to do again. Just in case, please make sure your child (and the office) knows where they are to go should we have another early release due to weather issues.

Please continue to send your child in with appropriate winter weather clothing. We will be going outside unless the temperature is so low that it is not allowed. The students are also allowed to sled on the hill during class recess. Snow pants are encouraged to eliminate soaking wet pants! Please let me or someone in the school know if your child is in need of some winter gear.

Winter Survival - We will be going on Winter Survival on Friday, January 12, 2018. That is the Friday that we get back from vacation! This week the students will be getting into groups and planning their meals. Each student will be responsible for bringing in food or other items for the entire group. I check in with the groups to make sure that they are trying to bring in equal amounts of items. You will see the list before break so that you have an opportunity to get whatever is needed. If you are unable to get what your child volunteers for, please let your child know so that their group can plan accordingly. There will be a field trip form coming soon as well. We encourage the students to be creative with the foods that they bring. Here are a couple of examples from last year!

Image result for winter break comicsScience fair - This has been a required assignment for fifth graders for many years. We spent a lot of time earlier in the year discussing the difference between a model/report vs. an experiment. Fifth graders should be conducting an experiment and presenting that. The students in my class are allowed to work with someone else in the class (groups should be no more than 3) or work with someone in Mr. Hatt's class. The packet went
home the week before last and there is one page that should be filled out and returned. We will not be discussing this until Wednesday so the students have an extension on the Dec. 20th due date if they need it.

Math - We are wrapping up Unit 3 - fractions! We will take a review test on Tuesday to make sure that all the students feel secure with the different parts. We will go over this and then take the final test on Thursday. If there is any area of this that your child feels that they need more practice, Khan Academy is always an option. There are many online practice options that you can find.
Many students are also finishing up their Xtramath. This was a PLP for many students. If your child has not finished multiplication, Xtramath should be practiced at least 5 times per week. Most students are expected to know the multiplication facts through 10 by this point of fifth grade. Here is another site that students can practice their multiplication facts: Ascend math

Reading - We are wrapping up the text structure study. Students should be able to explain the differences between all of the structures and how they help a reader understand the text. Please encourage your child to continue to read throughout the 2 week vacation. You can ask questions such as

  • Who are the main characters?
  • Why did the characters do what they did?
  • What would you have done if you were in the same position?
  • Did you make any predictions? Were they accurate?
We encourage the students to talk about what the story is about but also what they thought about the book.

Class celebration - We are making decisions on a class party for this Friday. It will most likely be snacks and a video. If you would like to contribute something that would be greatly appreciated!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Week 12 - November 20 - 24

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I hope everyone is looking forward to the short week and a great Thanksgiving day. Please be safe and get plenty of rest!

Report Cards - These will come home on Tuesday, November 21. A note inadvertently was sent home last week when I had a sub. This came from Dawn Linden and explains the new report card format. Please refer to this when you look at the new forms.

PLPs - In the report card envelope you will find 2 copies of the personalized learning plans that were set during conferences. Please sign both and return 1 copy to me. We need to keep this on file at school. If you have any questions about this, let me know.

Math - Unit 3 has begun. You will get Unit 1 and Unit 2 math tests back this week. In Unit 3 we will be working on adding and subtracting fractions. Your child can practice working with fractions on Khan Academy.

Reading - Students should continue to be reading at least 30 minutes each night. They should be sure to read a variety of genres. In reading classes students are or will be working on non-fiction texts and understanding the various structures of these.

Camp - Thank you for sending your child to camp. I hope that they were able to tell you lots of positive stories about the things that they did. I have been trying to post a video that includes many of my pictures (I have lots!). If I can't figure that out I will just add pictures to the Class Picture link. Now that report cards are done I should have a little more time.