Sunday, November 24, 2019

Week 13 - November 25 - 29

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Math - The students will be taking their Unit 2 math test on Monday. We have spent a lot of time practicing division, multiplication, and converting units over the past few weeks. On Friday they brought home their Unit 1 tests. The students should be working on Dreambox throughout the week when we are not able to get it completed in class.

Reading - We are wrapping up our realistic fiction unit. The students should continue to read 20 - 30 minutes every night. I will continue to monitor the students reading progress throughout the year. In class we talk about the only way to become a better reader is to read!

Spirit Day - We are having our 5th grade spirit day on Tuesday, November 26. This is the day that the fifth grade students dress up in their best/favorite school/sport spirit wear. We encourage over the top participation on this day! At lunch the students will perform whatever skit or routine they have organized and will be judged. A trophy is up for the winner but most of all we are want the students to have a fun time before break! Any hair or face painting done at school must have a note from a parent saying that is ok. It can also be done at home before coming to school. Below is a picture of students from a previous class.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Week 6 - October 7 - 11

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Conferences are beginning Monday, October 7th. On Friday, I sent home reminders of the Monday and Tuesday times. I will send home Thursday reminders early this week. If you have not signed up for a conference, please check your child's backpack for the form that has the remaining times.

These conferences are an opportunity to set goals for the coming year as well as talk about how things are going so far. Please bring your child if possible. With busy schedules, I understand when they are not able to make it!

Image result for school pictures day .  Picture Day is Thursday, October 10. Order forms went home a few weeks ago. If you need another, please have your child get one from the office. Ordering can be done online or orders with payment sent in to school up to the day of pictures.

Math -We have almost finished Unit 1 in math. The assessment is going to be on Wednesday, October 9. Students should know how to find the are of a rectangle, volume of rectangular prisms, and how to use parenthesis. Here is a link to Khan Academy that would help explain finding volume:

Finding volume

5th Grade Camp - Please be sure to complete and turn in all necessary camp forms. If you are missing anything, check the school website for the link to 5th grade camp.

Heart Healthy 101 - Our field trip is Tuesday, October 22. We will leave school around 9:15 and return around 11:30.  We could use one more chaperone if possible. Please let me know if you could join us. If it is more convenient, you can always meet us at St. Joe's and leave from there when we are done.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Week 4 - September 23 - 27

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We've made it through a few weeks of school now and routines are under way. I hope everyone is getting a rhythm at home for wake ups, getting everything together, and after school reading and homework (when we have it).

Math: We are making our way through Unit 1 in EDM. You should have received the parent letter the second week of school. Our focus is on finding area, volume, and being able to multiply some mixed numbers. Students are also working their way through multiplication facts using the Xtramath program. Please support your child in using this at home nightly if he or she did not get a chance to complete it in school.

Reading: Your child should be reading between 20 and 30 minutes each night. Below is a graphic that helps explain the importance of that daily reading.

PLTW: The students are currently working on making their robots in Project Lead The Way. By the end of the session, they will have learned how to program their robot to do a job that is dull, dangerous, and/or dirty. Be sure to ask about this work! They are in groups of 3 or 4 and I'm impressed with all of the work.

NWEA: We have almost finished the first round of standardized testing that takes place in the fall. The students will take this test again in the winter and in the spring. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Week 37 - May 27 - 31

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I hope that everyone had an enjoyable and safe long weekend! It was nice to have decent weather and be able to get out for a bit. We are in for the home stretch now and need extra patience to get through. I know it's a busy time of year for everyone but it really helps if your child is getting plenty of sleep. I know that I'm trying to for myself!

Wednesday and Thursday- I will be out for training both of these days. I let the kids know ahead of time and we talked about challenges of having a guest teacher this time of year. Please remind your child of appropriate behavior. It will be helpful to check in with your child on Wednesday to find out how things are going.

Field Day! This Friday, May 31, if Field Day! Please send your child with appropriate clothes, shoes, refillable water bottle, and sun screen for the day. Students should not share sun screen due to possible allergies.

Math - We are reviewing much of what we have worked on throughout the year as well as finishing the Unit 8. If your child does not have homework, he or she should work on anything that they did not feel secure on. Khan Academy is a great resource for explanations and practice of math work.

Research reports - Students should be wrapping up their interest research reports. This was done all in school. The students are doing these in Google Docs so if you are interested, you could have them open it at home and share it with you.

Baby pictures - Thank you for everyone who has sent in baby pictures already. They are so adorable!! Please email me the baby/toddler picture as a .jpg. You can also send in an actual picture that I can scan and send back the same day.

Field trips - Thank you to all of you!! I have every field trip form signed and turned in! That was fast and great work. If you have not sent in the $6 for Buhr Pool, please do so soon. If you are unable to do this, please contact me privately or send in a note with your child. All student costs will be covered. Also, if your child will need a cold lunch from school on either June 10 or June 11 due to the field trips, the lunch lady needs to know by Friday, May 31.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Week 35 - May 13 - 17

Math: We are completing Unit 7 and will be taking the unit assessment on Tuesday, May 14. Your child has had ample opportunity to complete work in the math journal. I also offer extra support during every lunch time. I will be encouraging your child to take home his or her math journal to review or practice any work before Tuesday.

NWEA: Our schedule for the last round of testing is in place. We will be taking the final NWEA math test on Tuesday, May 21 at 9am. We will be taking the final NWEA reading test on Thursday, May 23.

End of the year: It's difficult to believe we have to plan for this already! You will be seeing 3 field trip forms come home. The very last week of school we will be taking trips. We try to get these signed and turned in early so that the office staff has an opportunity to get everything in order ahead of time.

Summer opportunities: If you feel like your child could benefit from additional help this summer, here is one opportunity available. The link will take you to more information that may help you know if it's a good fit for your child.

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Baby pictures! At the end of the year we have a slide show that shows each student as a baby or toddler. Please send me a .jpg of your child. If it is easier, you can send in the actual picture of your child. I can scan the picture and send it back that same day. Be sure to get the ok from your child on the picture you choose to use! Below is a picture of my two! Thank you to the parents who have already sent this in.

Ice Cream Social: If you have an opportunity to volunteer, please do so! Pattengill has Lunch with a Loved One on Wednesday, May 15. You can purchase Ice Cream Social tickets on that day if you'd like. The following is from the PTO:

Ice Cream Social is our big event coming up Friday 5/17 at Pattengill 6:00pm - 8:30pm, rain or shine. We receive great support from of local high school volunteers, but could really use a few more hands on deck from within the community.  We have 1 hour slots available to enable one to be able to enjoy the event as well as pitch in a little time. We also have pre and post event needs in way of set up/clean up.  Please consider donating a little time to help this huge commUNITY and FUNdraising event run smooth. 

The best way to sign up is online at ICS Volunteer Form. If you have any questions please contact Nancy Fulcher or Janelle Johnson"

Thanks to all and looking forward to seeing you there!

Your Pattengill PTO.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Week 32: April 22 - 26

Earth Day!
Here are a few pictures from our Earth Day work! The kids walked the perimeter of the playground and cleaned up trash and yard waste. They worked together well and I'm really proud of their work. In the next week or so we will have some daisies and day lilies to plant outside of the library. I will let your child know when this is going to happen in case he or she is interested in helping with this.

Most students have one more test to take. We will be taking the ELA (English language arts) test on Tuesday, April 23. It will take us most of the morning and into the afternoon for this. The students will continue to have breaks during this long test. Please send in water and a snack if possible. We have been rationing our snacks to make sure we have some for our last test! 

We have started our final informational writing unit. The students were given many options and chose a topic of high interest to them. The students were given graphic organizers to begin refining their ideas and searches. They should be looking for information on Newsela (an online news site) as well as other online reliable sources. The students will be grouped with others in their reading class that are researching the same topic. This will allow them to get small group help, read common articles, and have discussions about their topic before writing. We are using interest based groups as opposed to reading level groups for this time period. 

We are on Unit 7 in our Everyday Math. We will be working on geometry, multiplying mixed numbers, and graphs. If your child is having difficulty with any of this, I am almost always available at lunch time to give students extra help or explanations. 

Tappan transition day
We will be going to Tappan on Wednesday, May 1. We will leave the school at 11:15am and return at 2:45pm. Because of the time, we will be eating an early lunch at 10:45am. Students should still bring their instruments that day. 

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