Peek at the Week – 9/17

Hi Families!

It’s our class elections week. We’ll hearing from each of our presidential candidates and casting our votes on Friday. Also on Friday is the class reward the class earned by filling up their marble jar in the first week. The class voted for a movie and treat. So proud of everyone and hope they keep it up!

Letters to me Every other week, I’ll be writing a letter to your child. It’s a way for us to get to know each other more. They’ll be receiving their first letter from me on Monday. Letters are due at the end of the week. They can be typed or handwritten. Once we have Google Classroom all set up I’ll introduce a digital option for sending letters to me.  Please remind your child to write their letter to me. I love reading their letters!

Child Protection Unit I plan to teach lesson 1 next week. Please let me know by the end of the week if you plan to opt your child out. Opting out will not have an effect on their grades and during the lesson, they will be sent to another classroom with an alternative assignment. Read more about the unit here

Spelling – Last week I gave each student a Journeys Spelling Packet to keep at home. It has all the spelling words for the year. I will pick 15 and have students write them in their planner. My spelling tests are different than the traditional quizzes. Mine include assessing students on grammar and punctuation therefore, it’s more like a dictation. We’ll have a practice one on Mondays and students are encouraged to practice all week before Friday. 

Math Groups – Depending on which class your student is in, the math homework will look slightly different – it may be single pages or a weekly packet. Please contact me if you have any questions about this. 

Child Protection Unit – Lessons 1-3

Hi Families, 

Today in Tuesday folders I’m sending home Letter #1 about the Second Steps Unit – Child Protection Unit. 

There are 6 lessons in total. I plan on teaching the first 3 in the next few weeks. The topics for the first 3 lessons are: Ways to Stay Safe, Always Ask First and Family Safety Plan.  Letter 1 mentions the Private Body Part rule – I will not be teaching that until Lesson 4. 

Lessons 4-6 will be later in the school year. 

Please take some time to read the letter and review the materials online here. The code is: CPU4 FAMI LYG5. You are also welcome to come in and read the teacher’s guide for more information. 

 If you would like to opt your child out, please let me know by Monday Sept. 17th. This will not have an effect on their grades and during the lesson, they will be sent to another classroom with an alternative assignment. 


Peek at the Week -9/10

Hi Families, 

We are starting our first full week of homework this week. Homework assignments can be found under the Weekly Homework tab. To help build responsibility, there will be time in the morning for students to write down the homework assignment and get organized. It will take a little while to make this a habit but hopefully, this will be a habit that students can take into middle school & high school. I am very proud of our class for already starting to make this a habit. What a great way to start the year! 

This week in social studies Social studies in 5th grade centers around exploration and how America came about. Later in the year, we’ll be studying the American Revolution. This week, I plan to discuss a little bit about how America has changed post 9/11. As always, my goal is to inform students. Many students enjoy reading the I Survived series and one of the books is: I Survived the Attacks of September 11th. Here is the resource I plan to use: 9/11 resource.  This day is an important day in history and therefore, I would like to spend some time to acknowledge it. Please contact me if you have any questions/concerns. 

Another resource we’ll be using in social studies is Scholastic News Magazines for kids. It’s another resource that I was able to receive for free this year! We’ll be using them in class as a way to discuss current events. I’ll send a link with the code for families to preview the magazines via Class Dojo. 

Class Job applications – Students received their job applications on Friday. They’ll need 2 references from adults. The references don’t need to be very long. 

Math Groups – a copy of the letter from 5th grade teachers will be in Tuesday folders. Let me know if you have any questions. 

Looking forward to a great week with the class! 

A Free Book Every Month from Scholastic!

Dear Families, 

Through a social media campaign, generous friends and family members of mine have agreed to sponsor my class to each receive one free Scholastic book a month. Your student will be coming home with a new book every month – it is theirs to keep and to read! The hope is to inspire a love of reading, a taste of a variety of books, and a celebration of reading with each other.

Each month I will provide a menu of books that students may choose from. Hopefully, they will be able to find a book that they will enjoy! I’m super excited to tell the class about how they’ll have a chance to pick a book to keep each month and by the end of the year will have 9 books gifted for their personal library.  

In addition, I will still send home the Scholastic Books Flyers each month. If you choose to place an order, please turn them in to me or on the Scholastic Book Club website by the 25th of each month. Our class code is: NJLW2.

I hope you’ll share the excitement with me as we get ready to choose our first books!

1st Week of School


Hi Families, 

If you have not yet completed the Back to School Questionnaire, please do so as this will help me get to know you and your student!

Each week, I’ll be sending out a blog post that will give an overview of the week. For this first week, I may be sending out a few posts but I’ll try to limit to only 1-2 posts a week. Class Dojo is where I’ll post reminders and more of day-to-day happenings. 

To learn a little bit more about me, click on the About Me page. To learn more about classroom & homework expectations – hover over the Classroom  & Homework Expectations tab. 

Also, joining our community this year is my student teacher, Ms Huynh.  She’ll be observing this fall then in the spring she’ll do a little more of the direct teaching. As always, student teachers will need to follow our district curriculum and guidelines. And, I will still be teaching. Here is a little bit more about Ms. Huynh:

My name is Gwendolyn (Gwen) Huynh,

I was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon. I speak English and minimal Vietnamese. I love hiking and being outdoors, especially around water! I also enjoy swimming, traveling, crafting, and relaxing at home on chilly days.

I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Oregon, where I now attend Graduate School in the UOTeach program. I will be with Ms. Hsieh and our wonderful fifth graders for Fall and Spring terms. I will be at Malabon in September for approximately 15 hours a week observing the classroom and working with students. Fall term, I will begin my courses so I will be in the classroom for approximately five hours a week, still observing and learning as much about our students and teaching, and supporting Ms. Hsieh. Winter term I will spend some time part-time student teaching elsewhere (TBD), and Spring term I will return to our classroom to student teach full time. I am very excited to teach alongside Ms. Hsieh, to teach our learners, and, mostly, to learn from our students to be a better teacher!

Please always feel free to contact me if there are any questions or concerns.

Welcome to 5th Grade!

Dear Families, 

Welcome to 5th grade!

This blog is for families to use it as a resource for our class. I will post weekly overviews, homework, upcoming events and day to day happenings.

To learn a little bit more about me, click on the About Me page. To learn more about classroom & homework expectations – hover over the Classroom  & Homework Expectations tab. 

Please take a few minutes to complete this questionnaire that will help me get to know your child more –  Back to School Questionnaire

Also, if you had not had a chance yet – please sign up for Class Dojo for more day to day information. 

For this first week of school, I will be working hard to get to know each student, their learning style and where they are at academically.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I’m looking forward to a wonderful year!

Thank you!