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
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!