Final Blog Post of Fifth Grade 2017

Dear Parents

Have a safe and wonderful summer!

Your Fifth Grade Team

Last Reminders for Graduation and Summer:

    • Fifth Grade Closing Ceremony is Friday,  June 2 at 8:30 in the Finley Center with a reception to follow in the auxiliary gym.  Fifth graders should meet in classrooms by 8:00 a.m. Do not bring backpacks as they will be dismissed directly from the Finley Center after the reception and will not return to the fifth grade building.
    • Suggested Attire for Graduation
    • For the young ladies : Dresses/blouses/skirts of appropriate length and dress shoes for the ladies (backless dresses or dresses with spaghetti straps should be worn with a light sweater or jacket).
    • For the young gentlemen: collared shirts, dress slacks and dress shoes, ( jackets and ties are optional but most students choose to wear these).
    • Following the reception, students will go home with their families. (They will not return to the fifth grade building.)
  • Summer Reading Requirement: Students can choose to read Star Girl by Jerry Spinelli or The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt. The students are expected to annotate the text as they read. Yes kids, you can actually write in the book! (Advanced placement students will need to read both books. Placement information will be sent later in June. Please read the letter from Mrs. Nagel of Middle School for more information. A hard copy was sent home and an electronic version was shared with you.

 

 

 

 

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Final Week of School May 30th

Dear Parents

Thank you for the wonderful luncheon and Jellybeans Skating Party on Friday.

 

Week of  5/30  Reminders:

  • Return  Step by Step Instructions for Roller Coasters
  • MS Student Registration (Electives)  for 2017-18. Turn in green form to homeroom teacher- (due last Wednesday).
  • All Winston Library and 5th Grade library books need to be returned to school ASAP.
    • Moving Up Day is May 31st.
    • June 1st is the last day of Lower School. Dismissal is at 11:45 following our final Tree Talk.
    • Fifth Grade Closing Ceremony is June 2 at 8:30 in the Finley Center with a reception to follow in the auxiliary gym.  Fifth graders should meet in classrooms by 8:00 a.m. and will be dismissed from the Finley Center after the reception.
    • Suggested attire for this special event: Dresses/blouses/skirts of appropriate length and dress shoes for the ladies (backless dresses or dresses with spaghetti straps should be worn with a light sweater or jacket). And for the young gentlemen: collared shirts, dress slacks and dress shoes  jackets and ties are optional but most students choose to wear these).
    • Following the reception, students will go home with their families. (They will not return to the fifth grade building.)
  • Summer Reading Requirement: Students can choose to read Star Girl by Jerry Spinelli or TheWednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt. The students are expected to annotate the text as they read. Yes kids, you can actually write in the book! (Advanced placement students will need to read both books. Placement information will be sent later in June.
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Week of May 22nd

Butterfly Garden Restoration

Dear Parents,

We want to thank you for all you have done this year to make it a special one for our 5th graders: planning and bringing in items for our luncheons, our British Tea, the snacks and wonderful meals for teachers for our Williamsburg trip, the thoughtful class gifts for teachers for Christmas and Teacher Appreciation Week, the help with costumes and the cast party for our musical “American Voices”.

We also appreciate the harder things you did for your child;  advocating for them, making sure they did their homework, keeping us informed of issues or problems that came up during the year, and your willingness to work with us when we had to share a challenge your child was experiencing in school. We are all works in progress.

Special thanks to our Lower School moms who solved the enormous weed problem that popped up again this spring in our Butterfly Garden. Kathy Pretzer and Jen Wickline took over a garden that needed a lot of attention and after lots of hard work, and help from friends like Erin Hollingshead (see photo), are turning it over in good shape to Erica Carter and Courtney Brock, next year’s Garden moms.

Thank You Parents for a Great Year!

The Fifth  Grade Team

Week of  5/22  Reminders: Check the May – June Calendar for other due dates and tests.

  • Roller Coaster Parts due Monday, May 22nd: 6 curves. See page 8 in Step by Step Instructions.
  • MS Student Registration for 2017-18 ( Turn in green form to Homeroom teacher by Wednesday, May 24th )
  • End of Year 5th grade Luncheon and JellyBeans Skating Party  Friday,  11:00 am – 3:00 pm.  $20 – was Due Wed – May 17th to room parents
  • MS Student Registration (Electives)  for 2017-18. Turn in green form to homeroom teacher By Wednesday – May 24th.
  • All Winston Library and 5th Grade library books need to be returned to school ASAP.

5th Grade Physical Education Update

Wow, what an amazing year for our fifth graders in PE. Students will be finishing their last units and are looking forward to the upcoming field day next Thursday, May 25th. The girls are currently swimming with Coach Warren and Coach Weider and continue to fine tune their swim stroke technique, performing a flip-turn underwater, and using the starting block to dive into the water.  Coach Then’s softball unit continues to help the girls focus on catch the ball with a glove and playing a complete game of softball.  Coach Myers Non-Traditional games unit features Ladder Golf, Baggo, and Horseshoes, as well as, a variety of fun cooperative games. Coach Cox’s lacrosse unit focused on learning how to catch and throw a lacrosse ball along with a variety of stick skills and small game play.  We are so proud of our 5th grade Ravens and we hope they have a great summer vacation.  See you next year in middle school!

      Summer Camps for Rising 6th Graders-if you are still looking for exciting camps for your rising 6th grader here are a few camps that our physical education teachers will be hosting this summer:

Learn to Ride a Bike on Two Wheels–  June 19th-23rd, June 26th-30th, and July 24th-28th

Outdoor AdventuresJune 26th-30th, July 25th-29th

Girls Lacrosse Skills CampJune 19th-23rd

Baseball Skills CampJune 12th-16th

Plane Crazy (building plastic model airplanes)June 19th-23rd

Ravens Summer Swim Lessons (see link for dates and times)-June and July dates available

 End of Year 5th Grade Celebration

As was explained at the beginning of the year, the 5th grade end of year celebration event is covered by contributions from the parents.  To make it feasible, we are asking each family to provide $20 to your room parent by May 17th, 2017.  Alternatively, if it is easier, you may send the money via pay pal to Lisa Koste at lisakoste@gmail.com and remember to note your child’s name and homeroom.
Here are the details of the exciting afternoon your $20 will provide our children:
What: Luncheon with Jersey Mike’s Subs, Jellybeans Skating, Kona Ice
When:  May 26, 2017 from 11:00am – 3pm
Where: Ravenscroft and Jelly Beans in Wake Forest
Who: All the 5th Grade Students and Teachers
Why: To celebrate our 5th Graders Completing Lower School
How: Thanks to your generosity via your $20 contribution
Summer Reading:
Hello Ravens!
The Parents’ Association, through the great work of our Book Fair/Library Gifts Committee, has your Summer reading needs at heart! Please go to this LINK to order your child(ren)’s Summer reading books. You’ll be ahead & ready for a fun vacation. And…the PA receives 21% of each order – money that we put back into programs/events for our children, Ravenscroft and faculty/staff. Orders end on May 7, so order soon!
Thank you all!
Sincerely,
Sally Schmalz & Erin Hollingshead
Parents’ Association Co-President
Library Gift Program

Looking for a special way to commemorate your child’s time spent in Lower School? Honor your 5th grade graduate with the gift of a book to the Winston Library in honor of your child, favorite teacher, staff member or coach.  This a wonderful way to leave a meaningful gift to be enjoyed by future generations of Ravenscroft students.  The names of the student and the honoree will be listed on a book plate in the book.  Information will be cataloged so that if the book is ever lost or damaged, a new one can be ordered with a new bookplate so that your gift can last in perpetuity.  The cost is $20 per book.  Please contact Sophia Griffies, Library Gift Program Co-Chair, at sophiagriffies@gmail.com to participate.

                       

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Week of May 15th

Dear Parents,

This semester, we have had some motivated Citizen Leaders tackle the question “How Can We Get More Recess?” An open invitation was made to any 5th grade student who wanted to share opinions and ideas for solutions. The first step was to have an administrative meeting with Mrs. Hobbs, Lower School Division Head, to discuss the issue. With her encouragement and guidance from Mrs. Newton, these dedicated visionaries met regularly in the weeks following to not only problem solve, but also to work hard to create a survey and reflect on the data collected. What a real world leadership lesson the opportunity created for our students. Here is an update in there words………………

“This year we put together a recess committee to help the rising fifth graders with the problem of not having enough recess. We thought it was an important issue because when we did Jump Rope for Heart, we learned you need 60 minutes of play time day. We only had about 10 or 15 minutes day. We knew that we wouldn’t get more recess but we did know that we could help the future fifth graders with having more recess. We talked a lot about helping whomever was next. We were disappointed when we found out that we couldn’t get a lot more recess for this year’s class because the schedule was so fixed, and if we moved one thing it would mess up the whole school’s schedule. Now we hope that the next class of fifth graders will get more recess.”  

Reported by Recess Committee members James Pretzer and Jackson Wickline

“We dealt with issues like. . .  arguments that happen between the girls and the boys on the soccer field. We also dealt with if girls could play football for safety reasons, because the boys were getting hurt ( for example). And we dealt with choosing teams for sports, that was a big issue. In conclusion to this day people should have equal rights to play in sports, have a right to chose the team they want to be on, and have the right to more recess.”

Reported by Recess Committee members  James Parker and Olivia Myers

Recess Committee members include: Jasmine Akyurek, Greta Baker, James Frushone, Garland Gould, Victor Kalorin, Olivia Myers, James Parker, James Pretzer, Nicholas Suggs, Jackson Wickline, Lilly Wright

 

Week of  5/15  Reminders: Check the May / June Calendar for other due dates and tests.

  • Bring Bag Lunch and “dress down” for Community Day- Monday May 15th
  • Roller Coaster Parts due Monday, May 15th: 10 columns,  8 beams, 4 diagonal supports = 22 pts.
  • End of Year 5th grade Celebration  $20 – Due Wed – May 17th
  • MS Student Registration for 2017-18 ( Turn in green form to Homeroom teacher)
  • Math Test – Wednesday May 17th
  • Science Quiz – based on Unit 15 Vocabulary and Speedracer Lab –  Friday, May 19th
  • All Winston Library and 5th Grade Library books need to be returned by May 19

 End of Year 5th Grade Celebration

As was explained at the beginning of the year, the 5th grade end of year celebration event is covered by contributions from the parents.  To make it feasible, we are asking each family to provide $20 to your room parent by May 17th, 2017.  Alternatively, if it is easier, you may send the money via pay pal to Lisa Koste at lisakoste@gmail.com and remember to note your child’s name and homeroom.
Here are the details of the exciting afternoon your $20 will provide our children:
What: Luncheon with Jersey Mike’s Subs, Jellybeans Skating, Kona Ice
When:  May 26, 2017 from 11:00am – 3pm
Where: Ravenscroft and Jelly Beans in Wake Forest
Who: All the 5th Grade Students and Teachers
Why: To celebrate our 5th Graders Completing Lower School
How: Thanks to your generosity via your $20 contribution
Summer Reading:
Hello Ravens!
The Parents’ Association, through the great work of our Book Fair/Library Gifts Committee, has your Summer reading needs at heart! Please go to this LINK to order your child(ren)’s Summer reading books. You’ll be ahead & ready for a fun vacation. And…the PA receives 21% of each order – money that we put back into programs/events for our children, Ravenscroft and faculty/staff. Orders end on May 7, so order soon!
Thank you all!
Sincerely,
Sally Schmalz & Erin Hollingshead
Parents’ Association Co-President
Library Gift Program

Looking for a special way to commemorate your child’s time spent in Lower School? Honor your 5th grade graduate with the gift of a book to the Winston Library in honor of your child, favorite teacher, staff member or coach.  This a wonderful way to leave a meaningful gift to be enjoyed by future generations of Ravenscroft students.  The names of the student and the honoree will be listed on a book plate in the book.  Information will be cataloged so that if the book is ever lost or damaged, a new one can be ordered with a new bookplate so that your gift can last in perpetuity.  The cost is $20 per book.  Please contact Sophia Griffies, Library Gift Program Co-Chair, at sophiagriffies@gmail.com to participate.

                         The Academic Forecast

Language Arts – It is hard to believe that we are close to the end of the school year! One of our most beloved traditions of fifth grade graduation is for some students to read the memoirs that they wrote about Lower School earlier in the year. Students who are interested in sharing a Lower School memoir at graduation need to submit them by Monday, May 15th to Mrs. Newton for consideration by the LS Leadership Team.  They can choose to share the memoir that they wrote during the 2nd quarter or write a new one based on a recent memorable experience of fifth grade! During the next few weeks, we will continue to study the art of writing literary essay. We will also be studying Wordly Wise lessons 9 and 10.The 9/10 test is scheduled for May 23rd and will be multiple choice. Please note that workbook exercises 9e and 10e will be assigned as extra credit.

FYI……Our last Book Review will be due on May 19th which is also the due date for all Winston library and 5th grade libray books to be returned

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Social Studies–  Tempus Fugit! Time is flying!  This week we  “traveled” to the grim battle between Union and Confederate forces at Antietam Creek (also known as the Battle of Sharpsburg) and analyzed the timing of Lincoln’s long awaited Emancipation Proclamation and the impact it made despite only freeing slaves in the southern-held states.  We focused on information historians can gleen from primary sources.  Students read a letter  from a former slave who became a  Union Soldier from Massachusetts.  He had written the letter to his  wife who was still enslaved.  We also read a first hand account from  Confederate soldier who wrote a letter home to his parents.  We feel like we have been in a time machine all week after viewing Civil War photographer, Matthew Brady’s, poignant scenes frozen in time by his camera.   In addition, we have spent time each day preparing for our Civil War unit assessment and will continue to do so throughout next week.  

Civil War Test Reminder: Friday May 12

Science 

We are now into Unit 15 Forces and Motion. Students will be asked to start making parts at home (Beams and columns) so that they have something to work with the week of May 15th when we begin assembly at school. Please have some scotch tape, a pair of scissors, and a ruler for them to use at home. In our Forces and Motion unit we will learn about speed, gravity, Newton’s Laws of Motion and other basic terms dealing with physics. Last Test: Friday May 19th

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Week of May 8th

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your thoughtful week of treating us like “stars”.We all feel very much appreciated. Your generous gifts, kind words, lavish snacks, luncheon, and especially the notes from our students touched our hearts and make us want to be our best selves. We are blessed and fortunate to teach such fine children. We will cherish and enjoy our fifth graders these last few weeks together.

Your 5th Grade Team

Week of  5/08  Reminders: Check the May / June Calendar for other due dates and tests

  • 5th Grade Recital  8:30- 9:30 Tuesday, May 9th
  • MS Mtg for 5th Gr. Parents  7 -8 pm, Tue May 9 Jones Theatre
  • Social Studies Test – Civil War – Friday, May 12th
  • All Winston Library and 5th Grade Library books need to be returned by May 19

 End of Year 5th Grade Celebration

As was explained at the beginning of the year, the 5th grade end of year celebration event is covered by contributions from the parents.  To make it feasible, we are asking each family to provide $20 to your room parent by May 17th, 2017.  Alternatively, if it is easier, you may send the money via pay pal to Lisa Kosteat lisakoste@gmail.com and remember to note your child’s name and homeroom.
Here are the details of the exciting afternoon your $20 will provide our children:
What: Luncheon with Jersey Mike’s Subs, Jellybeans Skating, Kona Ice
When:  May 26, 2017 from 11:00am – 3pm
Where: Ravenscroft and Jelly Beans in Wake Forest
Who: All the 5th Grade Students and Teachers
Why: To celebrate our 5th Graders Completing Lower School
How: Thanks to your generosity via your $20 contribution
Summer Reading:
Hello Ravens!
The Parents’ Association, through the great work of our Book Fair/Library Gifts Committee, has your Summer reading needs at heart! Please go to this LINK to order your child(ren)’s Summer reading books. You’ll be ahead & ready for a fun vacation. And…the PA receives 21% of each order – money that we put back into programs/events for our children, Ravenscroft and faculty/staff. Orders end on May 7, so order soon!
Thank you all!
Sincerely,
Sally Schmalz & Erin Hollingshead
Parents’ Association Co-President
Library Gift Program

Looking for a special way to commemorate your child’s time spent in Lower School? Honor your 5th grade graduate with the gift of a book to the Winston Library in honor of your child, favorite teacher, staff member or coach.  This a wonderful way to leave a meaningful gift to be enjoyed by future generations of Ravenscroft students.  The names of the student and the honoree will be listed on a book plate in the book.  Information will be cataloged so that if the book is ever lost or damaged, a new one can be ordered with a new bookplate so that your gift can last in perpetuity.  The cost is $20 per book.  Please contact Sophia Griffies, Library Gift Program Co-Chair, at sophiagriffies@gmail.com to participate.

  The Academic Forecast

Language Arts – It is hard to believe that we are close to the end of the school year! One of our most beloved traditions of fifth grade graduation is for some students to read the memoirs that they wrote about Lower School earlier in the year. Students who are interested in sharing a Lower School memoir at graduation need to submit them by Monday, May 15th to Mrs. Newton for consideration by the LS Leadership Team.  They can choose to share the memoir that they wrote during the 2nd quarter or write a new one based on a recent memorable experience of fifth grade! During the next few weeks, we will continue to study the art of writing literary essay. We will also be studying Wordly Wise lessons 9 and 10.The 9/10 test is scheduled for May 23rd and will be multiple choice. Please note that workbook exercises 9e and 10e will be assigned as extra credit.

FYI……Our last Book Review will be due on May 19th which is also the due date for all Winston library and 5th grade libray books to be returned

.

Social Studies–  Tempus Fugit! Time is flying!  This week we  “traveled” to the grim battle between Union and Confederate forces at Antietam Creek (also known as the Battle of Sharpsburg) and analyzed the timing of Lincoln’s long awaited Emancipation Proclamation and the impact it made despite only freeing slaves in the southern-held states.  We focused on information historians can gleen from primary sources.  Students read a letter  from a former slave who became a  Union Soldier from Massachusetts.  He had written the letter to his  wife who was still enslaved.  We also read a first hand account from  Confederate soldier who wrote a letter home to his parents.  We feel like we have been in a time machine all week after viewing Civil War photographer, Matthew Brady’s, poignant scenes frozen in time by his camera.   In addition, we have spent time each day preparing for our Civil War unit assessment and will continue to do so throughout next week.  

Civil War Test Reminder: Friday May 12

Science 

We are now into Unit 15 Forces and Motion. Students will be asked to start making parts at home (Beams and columns) so that they have something to work with the week of May 15th when we begin assembly at school. Please have some scotch tape, a pair of scissors, and a ruler for them to use at home. In our Forces and Motion unit we will learn about speed, gravity, Newton’s Laws of Motion and other basic terms dealing with physics. Last Test: Friday May 19th

 

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Week of May 1st

Week of  5/01  Reminders: Check the May / June Calendar for other due dates and tests

  • Wordly Wise Lesson 8 Test (8e due)
  • 5th Grade Play  8:30 am and 6:30 pm Jones Theater            Cast Party to follow evening performance
  • Q4 #2 Book Review due Friday, May 5th
  • Science Quiz Unit 13 Lessons 4-6 Friday, May 5th

 

The Academic Forecast

What are we doing in …

Language Arts  Although we finished our Book Club unit this week, our ideas and thoughts continue to evolve through the discussions we have had. During the next few weeks, we will talk about cause and effect relationships. In particular, the effects that the Revolutionary War had on the people, places, and events mentioned in these historical fiction novels. We will be reading a variety of short stories and discussing the important themes and ideas that resonate in them. In addition, the students will be determining a “big idea” from their Book Club novels that they intend to develop when they begin writing literary essays.

FYI….. The students received a sheet this past week explaining the Q4 independent reading requirements and due dates (located in the LA section of their binders.) Dates are also posted on the May calendar. Please note…“The rumors are true!” Reading logs will no longer be assigned for the remainder of the quarter. Students are still expected to reading 30+minutes per night to keep up with the book review requirements.

Science  Students will have a chance to improve their Unit 13 Lesson 1-2-3 Test score if they can demonstrate mastery in making a line graph. Practice with  line graphs will be given for homework on Monday.  We will finish our Unit on Matter by reviewing mixtures, solutions, atoms and molecules in Lessons 4-6 with a quiz on Friday, May 5th. We will then begin our last unit on Forces and Motion.  Students will be asked to begin manufacturing parts for their roller coasters at home so they have plenty to work with once we start assembling them at school in May.

Math We are excited about our Algebra unit. We have embraced our new world of negative numbers and how we actually use them in our day to day lives. Temperatures and tokens/money are two obvious ways we use negative numbers. We are becoming more familiar with adding and subtracting negatives numbers as we will see them embedded within algebraic expressions. Yes, we are now working on algebra and we are ready!

Social Studies   Next week students will spend a few days creating a beautiful “trip down memory lane” by designing their own artistic renderings of architecture that caught their fancy in colonial Virginia.  We will invite you do a “gallery walk” through the fifth grade center once the students’ fine illustrations are on display.  We will resume our study of the pre-disunion period and Civil War  with a look at the day to day life of Civil War soldiers through primary source letters and journal entries.  An assessment of our current unit is tentatively scheduled for May, 12. More information on the assessment will follow in the early part of next week.

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Week of April 24th

Week of  4/23  Reminders:Check the April and May Calendars for due dates and tests

  • All Strings Concert Monday, April 24th 6:30-7:45 Jones Theater
  • Q4 #1 Book Review (complete in class)
  • Science Test Unit 13 Lessons 1-3 Thursday, April 27th
  • All Choir Concert Wednesday, April 26th, 6:30-7:45 Jones Theater
  • Lower School Community Conversation: Nurturing a Positive Sense of Self and Fostering Strong Relationships With Peers Thursday April 27 th  8:15- 9:30 AM Winston Library
  • Band, Orchestra, Choir trip to Carowinds, April 28th

 

Parents,

We enjoyed our trip to Williamsburg and were quite proud of our students’  behavior. Their  active participation with the performers and tour guides was noticed and we received many compliments. They represented our school well. Thank you for the delicious dinners you prepared for all of us on Friday. It was very much appreciated!

 

The Academic Forecast

What are we doing in …

Language Arts  Although we finished our Book Club unit this week, our ideas and thoughts continue to evolve through the discussions we have had. During the next few weeks, we will talk about cause and effect relationships. In particular, the effects that the Revolutionary War had on the people, places, and events mentioned in these historical fiction novels. We will be reading a variety of short stories and discussing the important themes and ideas that resonate in them. In addition, the students will be determining a “big idea” from their Book Club novels that they intend to develop when they begin writing literary essays.

FYI….. The students received a sheet this past week explaining the Q4 independent reading requirements and due dates (located in the LA section of their binders.) Dates are also posted on the May calendar. Please note…“The rumors are true!” Reading logs will no longer be assigned for the remainder of the quarter. Students are still expected to reading 30+minutes per night to keep up with the book review requirements.

 

Science We will have a test on Thursday April 27th on Lessons 1-3. We will finish our Unit on Matter by reviewing mixtures, solutions, atoms and molecules in Lessons 4-6 with a quiz on Friday, May 5th. We will then begin our last unit on Forces and Motion.  Students will be asked to begin manufacturing parts for their roller coasters at home so they have plenty to work with once we start assembling them at school in May.

 

Math We are exciting about our Algebra unit. We have embraced our new world of negative numbers and how we actually use them in our day to day lives. Temperatures and tokens/money are two obvious ways we use negative numbers. We are becoming more familiar with adding and subtracting negatives numbers as we will see them embedded within algebraic expressions. Yes, we are now working on algebra and we are ready!

Social Studies   Next week students will spend a few days creating a beautiful “trip down memory lane” by designing their own artistic renderings of architecture that caught their fancy in colonial Virginia.  We will invite you do a “gallery walk” through the fifth grade center once the students’ fine illustrations are on display.  We will resume our study of the pre-disunion period and Civil War  with a look at the day to day life of Civil War soldiers through primary source letters and journal entries.  An assessment of our current unit is tentatively scheduled for May, 12. More information on the assessment will follow in the early part of next week.

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Week of April 17th

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Week of  4/17  Reminders:

  • Check the April Calendar for due dates and tests
  • Q4 #1 Book Review (complete in class)
  • Williamsburg Trip Arrive 7:45 am  – Thursday, April 20th
  • Williamsburg Return ETA – 4:00 pm Friday, April 21st

Parents,

Thank you for turning in your Williamsburg Field Trip Consent  and Guidelines for Our Trip forms. We have a few students whose forms still need to be turned in. Let your homeroom teacher know if you need another packet sent home. Please sign and return the two forms  in the packet by Tuesday,  April 18th if you have not done so.

Following our return from Spring Break,  we will have a presentation for students about our colonial adventure, and they will find out their bus and hotel room assignments. Each student will be provided with an itinerary to carry with them on the trip which also includes packing suggestions. We will also review the Guidelines for Our Trip form  so they are clear about our expectations. Please be on the lookout for email updates  with any last minute information.

All medication for our trip should be sent to school by Tuesday, April 18th, to allow time to organize for dispensing. Please send both prescription and over-the-counter medicines in original bottles. If you are sending in OTC medicines for your child the Magnus form must be filled out using the Parent Portal.

Important items to pack in bus bag:  

  • Water bottle and bus snack
  • Poncho in case of rain 
  • Entertainment items including cards, puzzle books, Mad Libs, magnetic games, and other non-electronic items

On Thursday morning, April 20…….

  • Students should arrive before 8:00 when we take attendance.
  • All students should bring a lunch in a disposable bag and a lunch beverage to place in boxes and coolers in the center.  PLEASE LABEL LUNCH AND DRINK.
  • Luggage will be left outside beside a sign for either green or gold bus.  Your child will know their bus assignment. PLEASE LABEL LUGGAGE.
  • Students should have a snack and water bottle in the bag or backpack they are taking on the bus.  Hats, suncreen and ponchos/raincoats should also be in this bag, as well as any bus entertainment they wish to bring with them. Students will not be able to get anything out of their suitcases until we reach the hotel after our tour of Jamestown.
  • Please check your student’s belongings to ensure that all digital devices are left at home.  Any digital devices that are found during the trip will be delivered to a parent upon our return.
  • If you would like to stay and wave goodbye as our buses are departing, please wait outside the center so that we can efficiently pack lunches and drinks and settle our children to take attendance. Strong parent arms to load luggage once buses pull into the back carpool lane will be welcomed!

Teachers and students will be looking forward to seeing you when we return to campus Friday at 4:00 PM!  If you are unable to come at this time, please make other arrangements for pickup and notify the office. Your kids will be very tired and anxious to see your smiling faces waiting for them!

The Academic Forecast

What are we doing in …

Language Arts –It is an incredible fact to know that our fifth graders have read over 1,000 book this year and the number keeps climbing! Spring Break is a great time to sit back, relax, and just read! The independent reading requirements for the fourth quarter are to read three or more books and complete three book reviews.  One of the three books this quarter will be based on a Book Club novel focusing on the genre of historical fiction and the Revolutionary War. This week, we began these lively historical fiction Book Club discussions based Revolutionary War time period. Next week, we will be using Chrome Books to convey our thoughts and ideas by “writing in the round.” Each student will create a page and share a “big idea” that they want to discuss with their group. Group members will then take turns responding to each other’s “big idea.” This allows for everyone to express their opinion and perspective clearly and without interruption.  We will wrap up the Book Club discussions the following week right before we head to Williamsburg!

Social Studies Interpreting primary sources and identifying supporting details of main topics in non- fiction reading continued to be important skills practiced during our Industrial Revolution unit.  We finished up the week learning about the the settlement of Texas and US War with Mexico, the westward migration of settlers on the Oregon Trail, the settlement of Mormans in Utah and the California Gold Rush.  In the remaining days prior to our field trip, we will be doing learning activities about the towns and people of Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown.  Congratulations to students who met today’s deadline for extra credit opportunities offered this week!

Science  We have begun our  Unit 13 on Matter where we will learn about states of matter, properties, density, physical and chemical changes, mixtures, solutions and the atomic theory. We are enjoying the routine of doing labs again and hope to hone our prediction and scientific reasoning  skills in this challenging and amazing unit.We will also use some fun software applications which help students understand how atoms join to form many complex molecules.

Math We are exciting about our Algebra unit. We have embraced our new world of negative numbers and how we actually use them in our day to day lives. Temperatures and tokens/money are two obvious ways we use negative numbers. We are becoming more familiar with adding and subtracting negatives numbers as we will see them embedded within algebraic expressions. Yes, we are now working on algebra and we are ready!

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Week of April 3rd

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We enjoyed seeing those of you who were able to attend our informational meeting today about our upcoming trip to Colonial Virginia, April 20-21.  If you were unable to attend, check with your child for your packet with important information about our trip. Please sign and return all needed sheets in the packet by Wednesday, April 5. Following our return from Spring Break,  we will have a presentation for students about our colonial adventure, and they will find out their bus, and hotel room assignments. Each student will be provided with an itinerary to carry with them on the trip which also includes packing suggestions. We will also review the citizen leader contracts signed with parents so they are clear about our expectations. Please be on the lookout for email updates  with any last minute information.

All medication for our trip should be sent to school by Wednesday, April 5, to allow time to organize for dispensing. Please send both prescription and over-the-counter medicines in original bottles.

Important items to pack in bus bag:  

  • Water bottle and bus snack
  • Poncho in case of rain 
  • Entertainment items including cards, puzzle books, Mad Libs, magnetic games, and other non-electronic items

On Thursday morning, April 20…….

  • Students should arrive before 8:00 when we take attendance.
  • All students should bring a lunch in a disposable bag and a lunch beverage to place in boxes and coolers in the center.  PLEASE LABEL LUNCH AND DRINK.
  • Luggage will be left outside beside a sign for either green or gold bus.  Your child will know their bus assignment. PLEASE LABEL LUGGAGE.
  • Students should have a snack and water bottle in the bag or backpack they are taking on the bus.  Cameras, hats, and ponchos/raincoats should also be in this bag, as well as any bus entertainment they wish to bring with them. Students will not be able to get anything out of their suitcases until we reach the hotel after our tour of Jamestown.
  • Please check your student’s belongings to ensure that all digital devices are left at home.  Any digital devices that are found during the trip will be delivered to a parent upon our return.
  • If you would like to stay and wave goodbye as our buses are departing, please wait outside the center so that we can efficiently pack lunches and drinks and settle our children to take attendance. Strong parent arms to load luggage once buses pull into the back carpool lane will be welcomed!

Teachers and students will be looking forward to seeing you when we return to campus Friday at 4:00 PM!  If you are unable to come at this time, please make other arrangements for pickup and notify the office. Your kids will be very tired and anxious to see your smiling faces waiting for them!

Week of  4/03  Reminders:

  • Check the April Calendar for due dates and tests
  • Parent Teacher Conferences – Wednesday April 5th
  • Math Test – Thursday, April 6th
  • Chapel Service – Friday, April 7th (Dress up)

The Academic Forecast

(What we had last time)

What are we doing in …

Language Arts –It is an incredible fact to know that our fifth graders have read over 1,000 book this year and the number keeps climbing! Spring Break is a great time to sit back, relax, and just read! The independent reading requirements for the fourth quarter are to read three or more books and complete three book reviews.  One of the three books this quarter will be based on a Book Club novel focusing on the genre of historical fiction and the Revolutionary War. This week, we began these lively historical fiction Book Club discussions based Revolutionary War time period. Next week, we will be using Chrome Books to convey our thoughts and ideas by “writing in the round.” Each student will create a page and share a “big idea” that they want to discuss with their group. Group members will then take turns responding to each other’s “big idea.” This allows for everyone to express their opinion and perspective clearly and without interruption.  We will wrap up the Book Club discussions the following week right before we head to Williamsburg!

Social Studies Interpreting primary sources and identifying supporting details of main topics in non fiction reading continued to be important skills practiced during our Industrial Revolution unit.  We finished up the week learning about the the settlement of Texas and US War with Mexico, the westward migration of settlers on the Oregon Trail, the settlement of Mormans in Utah and the California Gold Rush.  In the remaining days prior to our field trip, we will be doing learning activities about the towns and people of Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown.  Congratulations to students who met today’s deadline for extra credit opportunities offered this week!

Science  We have begun our  Unit 13 on Matter where we will learn about states of matter, properties, density, physical and chemical changes, mixtures, solutions and the atomic theory. We are enjoying the routine of doing labs again and hope to hone our prediction and scientific reasoning  skills in this challenging and amazing unit.We will also use some fun software applications which help students understand how atoms join to form many complex molecules.

 

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Week of March 27

Week of  3/27 Reminders:

  • Check the March and April Calendars for tests
  • 4th Quarter starts on Monday, March 27th
  • Wordly Wise Test 7  & 7e – Tuesday,  March 28th
  • 5th grade Williamsburg Trip MTG for parents -March 31st 12:15-12:45 (5th grade center)
  • Identity Day – Friday, March 31

Dear Lower School Families,

On Friday, March 31, we will have an Identity Day in our Lower School. As we strive to be a diverse and inclusive learning community, Identity Day is a time set aside for the entire Lower School community to build positive relationships with others by learning about, respecting, and celebrating how we are all alike and different. Our Diversity and Inclusion team in Lower School designed this exciting day to be a learning experience that will help all community members grow in their ability to be self-aware, empathetic, culturally inclusive, collaborative, and reflective. We will all grow as citizen leaders!

Prior to this special day, the students will be working on a collaborative art project titled, “TOGETHER… We Can Soar!” The project will be completed in the art classroom with Amelia Karpowitz during the month of March. Each student will create a feather with special marks to identify it and share a little bit about who they are. These will be assembled in the days following to create larger-than-life wings, which will also provide a wonderful photo opportunity. We look forward to sharing this with you when it is complete!

Identity Day

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