It’s a music filled week with our field trip to the Hult Center and then the music performance on Thursday. Students are encouraged to dress up for both events.
Students will be writing news reports about the field trip this week and practicing editing & revising their writing.
The next few weeks are short school weeks. Here is are some dates to keep in mind:
- Tuesday, Nov. 20 – (via ClassDojo) Conference time confirmations
- Thursday, Nov. 22 & Friday, Nov. 23 – Thanksgiving Holiday (No School)
- Friday, Nov. 30 – Grading Day (No School)
- Wednesday, Dec. 5 – Conferences 4-8pm
- Thursday, Dec. 6 – Half Day -11:15am Dismissal & Conferences 12-8pm
- Friday, Dec. 7 – No School
Literacy night is this Thursday! Hope you can join us for lots of fun activities centered around literacy. I’ll be teaching students some basic Chinese and how to write characters with a brush!
Field Trip – Our first field trip is on Tuesday, November 13th. We’ll be attending a special Eugene Symphony concert for students. Please make sure you have completed this field trip permission form so your student can attend: In Town Field Trip Permission. Also, we’ll need two chaperones for this trip. Please message me if you would like to come!
*Our next field trip will be on Dec. 20th & we’ll need 3 chaperones for that trip.
Snacks – We are running low on snack again. If you are able to send in snacks, we would super appreciate it! Thank you!!
Coming home in Tuesday folders:
- Music Performance reminder
- A brief progress report
- School pictures
We’re working on quite a few projects:
- Our first Google Slides presentations and getting acquainted with how it works.
- Researching on how to improve lunch time at our school.
- Cup stacking for next week’s competition.
Later this week, we’ll be learning about invertebrates and creating our own book about them. It should be a fun week!
*Quick reminder – we are asking students to not wear their costumes to school on Wednesday. However, please have fun and be safe! Thank you!
In order to help cover spring field trip costs, 5th graders have a chance to sell beef sticks. It is voluntary. Please only sell to friends & family.
If your student would like to participate – please complete this form here.
*Earlier this year, there was a bonus chocolate bar fundraiser… I didn’t get enough bags of chocolate from Mr. McKenzie in time but there are a couple bags left and I’ll add a couple bars to everyone’s bag to sell this time!
The cup stacking competition between classes is starting to gain momentum. We’ll be practicing some more this week. Please remind your child that this is a friendly competition therefore, always looking for fabulous sportsmanship!
PTO’s HarvestFest is on Thursday from 6:30-8pm. Students may wear costumes to the event. PTO is still looking for volunteers – if you would like to help, please contact them.
Friday is school spirit day! Wear blue and white!
Link to Reading Homework Questions
We have a few things going on this week –
- Safety Week – we’ll be practicing all of our drills (fire, earthquake, lock down) and reviewing what to do during any of these.
- World Food Day – We’ll be learning about school lunches around the world then looking at how we can help with reducing food waste at school and reading our latest Scholastic magazine about eating bugs.
In addition, I will be bringing a rice cooker to live in our classroom. My idea is to have cooked rice once every two weeks as a snack for the class. We’ll be learning how to make rice balls on Tuesday. If you have a food that you would like to share on Tuesday – please bring it in! (It does need to be store bought.)
- Peer Mediation/Conflict Resolution Workshop – Wednesday
The 5th grade students will be learning skills in communication, conflict resolution, and peer mediation. The students will learn how to identify a problem, ask helpful questions, recognize and acknowledge feelings, brainstorm solutions, and create agreements.We are excited for our 5th grade students and their teachers to continue their practice of these very important skills.The facilitators of this practice will be Therese Picado and Ana McAbee. Therese is a trainer and consultant who has worked with youth on conflict resolution and mediation skills for almost 20 years. Ana McAbee is a social worker with training in peer mediation. Our 5th grade teachers will be participating with their class.
Link to homework questions here
It’s a 4 day week for students but there’s lots going on! We have a local author coming to visit today. Later this week, we’ll be using the Chromebooks to work on our writing. Should be a super fun week!
A few things to think about/classroom requests:
- Guest Speakers – I am always looking for ways to invite the community into our classroom. This year, I would like to invite guests to speak about their careers in order to show students the range of careers they could have. If you or someone you know would like to come in to speak, please email me.
- Snacks – Although we have granola available everyday, it doesn’t seem to be a super popular snack for our class. Therefore, If you can and are willing to, we would super appreciate any class snack donations (fruit, crackers, etc.). For this week, I was able to get a few items at the grocery store.
Here is what is happening in our class this week. We hopefully will have a chance to get onto the Chromebooks and start learning how to navigate through Google Classroom and Google Drive. It will be a fun week!
Slight homework change – Since we have the weekly Scholastic Magazines, Monday’s reading homework will be to ask students to read the magazine and write down 3 questions, wondering or things learned. I’m hoping to make this be the homework every Monday. I’ll share the Scholastic code via Dojo.
Our class elections have been super exciting. Thank you to everyone who ran for class president and vice president! We’ll be revealing our class president & vice president this week!
Open House – Thursday, Sept. 27th 5:00-7:00 pm
I hope that you can join us for Open House on Thursday! We have a couple projects to share. Teachers will be presenting twice – at 5:00 pm and at 6:00 pm and there will be time for students to show their work to families.
Classroom Request: To help build our classroom community, practice communication skills and to have an overall positive start to our day. Students are allowed to play board games or cards for the first 15 minutes in the morning after they have gotten themselves organized for the day (homework out on desk, planners filled in with the night’s homework assignment, pencils sharpened). If you have any board games or decks of cards to donate to our class, we would super appreciate it! Thank you!
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.