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update 3/23  

 

Wow! It is near the end of the 3rd quarter.  The gradebook closes this Friday.  Any missing assignments or corrected assignments must be turned in by Friday.  My grades are due in the office on Tuesday, so I need the weekend to grade and get them entered.

 

DC Trip: This field trip is quickly approaching.  Our mandatory parent meeting is Tuesday the 28th at 6PM.  I did send out an email yesterday-but just in case you missed it…we will meet in the cafeteria. 

 

Yearbooks:

Your child should have brought home their order form a few weeks ago.  If you are interested in reserving a yearbook for your child, please fill out the order form and send it in along with the $20.  If you have misplaced your order form- please just put the $20 in an envelope with your child’s name, teacher/grade and yearbook on the outside.  If you are writing a check-make it out to Strawbridge NOT stateside.  You can also order online at strawbridge.net using the code: 110241

 

MATH:

We have completed our fraction unit (finishing tests today), then beginning our Operations and Algebraic thinking unit Friday.  We will continue to review all the concepts learned up to this point.  With spring break approaching, I want to let you know what I am telling the students regarding their Aleks assignment: the week prior to spring break they still do have their regular Aleks assignment, which is due by Monday, April 10th at 8am.  But the week of spring break (Monday the 10th-Monday the 17th ) there is no Aleks assignment. 

Our 3rd quarter math benchmark will be administered on Tuesday, March 28th.

 

SCIENCE:

There will be  science quiz this Friday- I told the students about this last week- air pressure and fronts.   We are currently learning about global wind patterns, and how geography affects weather patterns.  My current plan is to complete the weather unit prior to spring break and have the unit test on Wednesday, April 1st. If your child happens to be absent this day, they will take the test our first day back from spring break.  We will be beginning our final science unit after spring break-ecosystems.  Then spend a few weeks prior to EOG’s reviewing.  Whew!  They sure are working diligently! So proud of these kiddos!

 

Upcoming events/important dates:

Thursday, 3/23: early release for students

Friday, 3/24: End of Q3

Tuesday, 3/28: math benchmark assessment

Tuesday, 3/28: MANDATORY DC field trip meeting (if your child is going)

Thursday, 3/30: 3rd grade wax museum 6:30-7:30

Wednesday, 4/5: report cards sent home

Thursday & Friday, 4/6 & 7: DC field trip; school will continue for those not attending.

Monday-Friday, 4/10-4/14: SPRING BREAK! Enjoy!


UPDATE 3/8  

We are rapidly approaching the end of the 3rd quarter of the school year-I know, hard to believe!  I had told the students, when school started, that the year would fly by-and they are now seeing that!  I love this time of the school year because this is when I really start to see the academic growth in the students…they are really learning, and engaged in the activities in the classroom.  I wish all parents had a way to peek in and see your child in the classroom-amazing children!  I am truly privileged to be part of their education! There is a lot going on in all classes!

 

MATH: 

We are near the end of the fraction unit.  They students took their multiplication/division of fraction (standard algorithm) test on Monday.  We are now focusing on word problems- all operations with fractions.  We will continue with this focus on word problems for the next 5 days.  Then the students will take a cumulative assessment on all operations with fractions (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division).  As we complete the word problems, we are reviewing the algorithms, as well as the strategies to identify which process we need to use to solve the problems.  I tell the students they are “math sleuths”! 

The students continue to work on their independent study on Aleks, have weekly timed multiplication fact quizzes (through 12’s), and we have begun a daily math review (to review all skills since school started-5 questions per day).

 

SCIENCE:

Weather is our current unit and we will continue to study weather patterns and what influences them, how to predict weather, and global weather patterns for the rest of March.  My current plan is to complete the weather unit prior to spring break (to have the unit test).  I will assess this as we move forward, but this is a large unit of study.  The students seem to enjoy this unit as much as I do (it is my second favorite after the human body unit). 

I know that you are aware that in 5th grade the students take a science EOG.  This is one EOG that I do encourage the students to study for.  We will be reviewing in the classroom and in May I will give the students a review packet. 

 

Important Dates:

3/9 Thursday- 3-5 afterschool DANCE (3:30 until 5:00)

3/9 Thursday- County Wide spelling bee (Go Lucas!)

3/13 Monday- PTO meeting 9:00am

3/13 Monday- Yankee Candle fund raiser kick off

3/13 Monday- AVID showcase at JHS from 5:30-7:00

3/15 Wednesday- spring pictures ( more info to come)

3/23 Thursday- ½ day, early release for students (12:20)

3/24 Friday- STES 5th grade oration contest

3/29 Wednesday- End of 3rd Q

 

DC TRIP UPDATE

If you have not completed and turned in your child’s emergency medical form, please do this asap.  This is a non-negotiable for the student to get on the bus to go on the trip.  If you need another copy, please let me know and one will be sent home with your child. 

 

Parent information night- the date/time for this is to be determined.  I will let you know as soon as I find out.  You do not want to miss this meeting. 

 

If your child is not attending this field trip, there is still school.  Mrs. Warden is the 5th grade teacher that will be staying here with the students.  She will have learning planned for Thursday, April 6th.  Friday, April 7th is their regular wave day. 

 

If you have any questions, concerns, or  suggestions please let me know.  Also, if you ever want to conference, just please let me know- I am here to serve you and your child in education. 


newsletter and update 2/23  

Dear Families,

Another busy week is upon us:

 Feb. 27-March 3

Monday- I LOVE READING- Dress like your favorite book character. 

Tuesday- I CAN READ WITH MY EYES SHUT- Wear a shirt with words.   

Wednesday- STRIPES DAY- Wear as many stripes as you can.    

Thursday-I LOVE DR. SEUSS-Bring your favorite Dr. Seuss book to school to read.

Friday- OH THE PLACES YOU’LL GO- Dress up as what you will be when you grow up.      

Encourage your child to participate each day- these are the memorable events in elementary school!

 

Moving ahead with math and science:

MATH: We finished our multiplication of fraction unit, and have started division with fractions.  The students will have a test on both of these on Monday, March 6th if all goes as planned (it would not be before that date). We will then spend the next wave working only on fraction word problems with all 4 operations mixed.  The students must learn how to decide which operation is needed (and often more than one step is needed, so maybe 2 different operations). Then a cumulative fraction test with be administered around March 14-15. 

 

SCIENCE: We completed our unit on heat transfers and are applying our knowledge as we learn about the water cycle. This coming week, the students will learn about the forms of precipitation, clouds and their weather patterns, and air pressure. Weather is our largest science unit and we will be studying the weater concepts until the end of March.

 

COMMUNICATION FOLDERS: Mrs. Warden and I send home the communication folder each wave day. This folder contains all of the graded work. Sometimes we do ask that you sign and return an assignment- it would be marked as such.  Please ask your child for their folder each wave day (which is today!)

 

Important Dates:

2/28

·         Interims go home

·         Chuck E Cheese night

3/1

·         CiCi's pizza night

3/2

·         1st grade music fieldtrip

·         Chess Night 6pm (please use RSVP – the link was sent out in the SCOOP

·         Global Day (more details to come)

·         3/23

·         Early release 12:20 PD for teachers

·         3/29

·         End of Q3

·         4/5

·         Q3 report cards go home

·         4/5-4/6

·         Washington DC field trip for 5th grade

·         4/10-4/14

·         SPRING BREAK


update 2/7  

Well, we have completed the mid-year benchmark assessments.  The teachers will be reviewing the data collected to guide our instruction moving forward.  Also, since we are part of the math assessment study-you will receive a copy of the math benchmark assessment data.

There is a teacher work day on Friday the 17th of this month- this would be a great day to schedule a conference if you want to sit and discuss your child’s progress.  Just let me know!

 

DC TRIP:  A payment was due this month- you should have received notification directly from capital tours.  If you did not receive a reminder, please let me know and I will pass this information on to Mr. Marriott (as he is in charge of the trip logistics).  I know at least one parent told me she did not get a reminder. 

You should have also received an emergency medical form ( they were given to the students last week), this needs to be completed and returned to me or Mrs. Warden as soon as possible.  We must have this form returned-no student is permitted to get on the bus/go on the trip without this updated form. (I am sure you understand its importance).  If you need another, please let me know. Many students have already turned their completed form back in to us.

 

MATH:

We have completed our addition/subtraction of fraction unit –we will continue to practice these skills especially in word problems.  We will begin our multiplication/division of fractions unit tomorrow. We will evaluate models to learn the concepts, but also learn the standard algorithms.

Aleks ILP- students must continue to complete their independent differentiated study.  The students have time each morning during morning work time to work on this, however some students choose to work on other assignments at this time, so they may need to complete this at  home.  It is a graded assignment.

 

SCIENCE:

We are learning about thermal energy transfer (conduction, convection, radiation), thermal equilibrium and thermal conductors/insulators.  This will be followed by a study of the water cycle-applying these concepts to understand how water moves from the atmosphere to the earth and back.  Then we move on to weather concepts. 

 

Upcoming events/important dates:

2/7-2/10: candy gram sales

2/11 Saturday: all county chorus (for those involved)

2/14 Tuesday: Valentine exchange

                    5th grade honor roll/principal list award assembly 2:15

2/15 Wednesday: STES spelling bee 9AM

2/16 Thursday: early release for students at 12:20

2/17 Friday: no school for students/teacher work day

2/27 Monday: NEHS induction ceremony at 6Monday those involved

2/28 Tuesday: Interim reports go home

 

Finally, as always, let me know if you have questions or concerns.  Serving you in education…


update 2/27  

Wow! It is ½ way through the school year! I told the students when the school year started that it would fly by, and now they agree! The students are making great progress and, I hope, having some fun in the process!

Please remember that students are permitted to redo/correct any math assignment – I have had students and parents ask about extra credit and this is my way of offering extra credit.

 

MATH: We are moving ahead in our math skills-learning how to +/- fractions, and mixed numbers, with regrouping.  We will be continuing with addition and subtraction of fractions and mixed numbers for the next wave, adding in word problems and especially multi-step word problems.  The students will have a test on those skills, then move on to multiplication and division of fractions.  We will spend probably the whole month of February with fractions-they will be our best friend!

The students completed their NC Check In benchmark assessment today- we will review each problem in class once the tests are returned to us.  This is such a great learning opportunity for the students.  You will also receive a copy of their assessment results.

 

SCIENCE:

We have started our “weather” unit- it began with the chemical/physical change unit (which we completed), and now we are learning about thermal energy transfer and equilibrium.  We will study this topic for the next wave, then move on to the water cycle.  Then the students will be applying all this knowledge as they learn about global weather patterns!

The students also completed their mid-year science benchmark.  Please remember that benchmarks are not for a grade; we use them to guide our instruction.

 

We are at that time of year that often students need a “replenish” in their supplies- many are out of pencils, loose leaf paper, and glue sticks. Please check with your child if they are in need of any supplies.

 

Important Dates:

1-31 Tuesday: report cards go home

2/16 Thursday: early release, ½ day for students

2/17 Friday: teacher work day; no school for students

2/27 Monday: Interim reports go home


update 12/14  

Thank you to all those that donated to the canned food drive- it was a huge success!  Our STES Monday morning meeting faculty fashion show was also a huge success, so if you did not join us, you may want to be sure to read the next “SCOOP” to see the photos- hilarious!

 

As we approach the Christmas break, I want to be that you understand that no homework is given over the break. I strongly believe it is a time for a break! Having said that, IF students want to work on their independent learning path in Aleks they certainly can; also they are working on a science writing project that is due January 9th-again, they can work on this, but it is not required (they have had 4 class periods already to work on it); but they also can complete any missing work they might have. 

 

CHRISTMAS/HOLIDAY CELEBRATION:

The 5th grade has a little holiday celebration on Thursday, December 15th and the students will watch a movie and have snacks. Snacks are brought in by homeroom and we all share:

Dawson Homeroom: DRINKS

McKavitt Homeroom: SWEET SNACKS

Mayberry Homeroom: FRUIT OR VEGETABLES (CUT UP PIECES PLEASE)

Warden Homeroom: SALTY SNACKS

 

 

MATH: We have started our fraction unit, beginning with review of the foundational concepts prior to moving forward with the actual 5th grade objectives.  The students need to have these skills solidly mastered to be successful with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of fractions.  We will complete this introduction unit the week we return from break, with a unit test on Friday, January 6th.

Then we will start with addition and subtraction of fractions with unlike denominators.

 

We will also begin incorporating robotics into our math lessons.  Miss Ali will be joining us regularly (hopefully 1x/wave) to guide a lesson integrating math skills with robotics! We have met and discussed a plan, and I am excited about this for the children!

Corrections on math assignments:

Please remember that students are permitted to correct any math assignment for full credit.  The students would redo any problem missed on a sheet of loose leaf paper, attach it to the original assignment and turn this in to me for grading.  I encourage this because it gives the student the opportunity to learn the skill correctly (and it helps their grade which encourages them).

 

 

 

SCIENCE: We have completed our Human Body unit of study and will begin the next unit after break-chemical and physical change.  The students are currently working on a science writing assignment which will be a combination science grade and writing grade.  The chemical and physical change unit is the first unit in our weather unit.  After this we will student heat transfers, then move into the actual weather concepts.  This is our largest unit in science and will go until the end of February.  (but I love weather, and hope it will be fun and engaging for the students!)

 

You should have received an interim report- a few students have not yet returned these signed. So if you did not sign an interim report,please ask your child for this.  They were stapled into the agenda.

 

Parent Teacher Conferences:

There are 2 teacher work days in January (see dates below).  If you want to schedule another conference, I will have time both of those days.  Please email me and we can set up a time to conference.

 

 

Upcoming events/important dates:

 

12/16 Friday: annual STES Christmas sing-a-long

12/16 last day before break

1/ 2 / 2017 Monday- school resumes

1/16 Monday: no school for students and staff

1/20 Friday: end of Q2

1/23 & 1/24 Monday and Tuesday: no school for students/teacher work days

1/31 Tuesday: report cards go home

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. I am available to conference just about any day before and after school.  I hope you and your family have a blessed Christmas!  Make some special memories, these kiddos grow up just way to fast!


Update 12/5  

 

Wow! It is so amazing that the holidays are upon us! Whew- this year is just flying by!  My hope for each of you is that you have the opportunity to experience some fabulous memories with your loved ones!

 

Corrections on math assignments:

Please remember that students are permitted to correct any math assignment for full credit.  The students would redo any problem missed on a sheet of loose leaf paper, attach it to the original assignment and turn this in to me for grading.  I encourage this because it gives the student the opportunity to learn the skill correctly (and it helps their grade which encourages them).

 

Interim reports:

Will be sent home tomorrow!

 

Missing/incomplete/late assignments:

Wow! Friday every student had their math and science homework! This was the first day this school year- WOOP WOOP….now we are going to keep track of how many days in a row we can achieve this! So excited that the students are working this diligently!

 

MATH:

We are finished with the division unit- the test is tomorrow. I had planned on PEMDAS next, but I have changed this.  We will push that objective until after the fraction unit. So we will begin the fraction unit.  This is our largest unit- most objectives.  We begin with the basics but continue to addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with fractions, all in word problems and multi-step word problems. This next wave will include fractions as division, GCF, simplest form, equivalent fractions, LCM and comparing fractions! Ambitious, but since most of these are a review, I think this is totally possible.

 

SCIENCE:

We have completed our Human Body unit- the test is Wednesday. I have assigned a science writing project (which will count as a science grade and a writing grade)- the students will be given the rubric and template.  They will be working on this in science class over the next wave.  It is due Monday, January 9th…so if they do not complete it in class, they will  need to work on it at home or during their independent work time. We will begin our next science unit after Christmas, which will be physical and chemical changes.

 

CHRISTMAS/HOLIDAY CELEBRATION:

The 5th grade has a little holiday celebration on Thursday, December 15th and the students will watch a movie and have snacks. Snacks are brought in by homeroom and we all share:

Dawson Homeroom: DRINKS

McKavitt Homeroom: SWEET SNACKS

Mayberry Homeroom: FRUIT OR VEGETABLES (CUT UP PIECES PLEASE)

Warden Homeroom: SALTY SNACKS

All students will make a plate of snacks; those students who have missing work will be required to complete their work prior to joining the movie room.

We will also have classroom activities on the 16th, but the students have makerspace this day, so there would not be time for the movie-that is why the movie is on Thursday afternoon.

 

Important Dates/reminders:

·         Canned food drive 11/30-12/7

·         12/5: Patriot Voices performance at Marine Chevrolet (be there at 6:25, performance at                    6:50..don't forget your tokens)

·                  Santa Shop 9-2

12/6: Santa Shop 9-2

·                  Canned food drive 11/30-12/7

·                  interim reports go home

12/7: Canned food drive 11/30-12/7 (last day to turn in cans)

·                  CiCi's pizza night

·                  Santa Shop 9-2

12/8: 1st grade music performance - 6:30 PM

·                  Santa Shop 9-2

12/9: being awesome at STES

·                  Santa Shop 9-2

 

Next Week

12/12: MMM full school

12/13:Patriot Voices / Flag Team performance 6:30PM (be here at 6:00, performance at 6:30)

·                   Splash Christmas Celebration - 1:00 - location to be determined

12/14: Polar Express for Kindergarten - 12:30 PM - more details to come

·                    Tryon Palace trip for 3rd grade

12/15: getting more excited to Holiday break

12/16: Annual Stateside Sing Along - time to be announced soon (will be in the afternoon)

 

Holiday break - No school for students December 19th- January 1st. School will resume January 2nd.


UPDATE 11/15  

 

Wow! I can hardly believe that Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner. January will bring the end of our first quarter-whew! I know- I do look ahead a bit, but it helps me with pacing of instruction!

Please encourage your child to check Edmodo each night-this is where assignments are posted.  If your child experiences problems with their laptop, please send in a note so that we can address it here at school the next day. One fix that Mr. Simpson has shown the children is to open the website in a different browser (use IE instead of Chrome) The students are becoming digital learners and the growth is fabulous to witness!

 

Q1 report cards: most report card envelopes have been signed and returned- thank you! If you have not signed and returned your child’s report card envelope, please do this ASAP.

 

Parent-teacher conferences are completed for the first quarter. If we did not conference, and you would still like to meet, just please let me know and we will arrange a day/time.

 

Slim Goodbody in school “field trip”: please send in the permission form and money by Wednesday. This should be a fabulous event to enrich your child’s learning about the human body systems they are studying in science class.

 

DC field trip fund raiser seems to be going well-many children have been leaving with boxes of yummy chocolate! (it really is delicious, if you have not tried it yet!)

 

MATH

We have started our division unit- patterns in division, and single digit divisors.  We will move on to estimation of quotients, 2 digit divisors, then interpreting remainders.

We have received our ALEKS subscription and the students will be completing the initial knowledge check prior to Thanksgiving.  I will be assigning Aleks as an independent learning path each week.  Also, the students will be able to practice their math facts using this program!

The students took their NC Check-in math assessment  We will and the reports are back-they will be sent home later this week. We will be  reviewing the assessment this week. If you are interested in actually viewing the test, you can contact me to set up a time.  I can review the test with you.

 

SCIENCE

We have started our study of 6 major systems of the human body. The 6 system we are studying are: respiratory, circulatory, digestive, nervous, muscular and skeletal. Each lesson will include an activity to enrich and anchor our learning. These are so much fun, so be sure to ask your child about any science labs!  The students will be starting a “Human Body Times” newspaper that will be a combination science/ writing grade.  They will receive the rubric next week, and this rubric and template will be in their science one note notebook.

 

PBL PROJECT

Students were provided with an outline of what their check-ins will be each month-hopefully this will assist in keeping them on track and working on this project!

 

Important dates:

11/16 Wednesday- Slim Goodbody in-school field trip money due

11/17 Thursday-first annual STES Science and Engineering Fair (5:30-7:00PM)

11/18 Friday- 9AM Slim Goodbody in-school field trip

11/22 Tuesday-ALL  DC trip fund raiser money due!

11/23-11/25 No School for Thanksgiving Holiday

12/1 Thursday- DC field trip deposit due

12/6 Tuesday- Interim Reports go home

12/16 Friday- last day before Christmas break

12/17 through 1/1 Christmas Break- enjoy!

1/ 2 Monday- first day back from break


update 11/2  

 

It is that time of year- turn your clocks back this weekend! (our first sign that winter is really coming!)   It was wonderful to see all the creative costumes this past week as we celebrated Spirit Week here at STES! 

Please encourage your child to check Edmodo each night-this is where assignments are posted.  If your child experiences problems with their laptop, please send in a note so that we can address it here at school the next day. The students are becoming digital learners and the growth is fabulous to witness!

 

Parent-teacher conferences are completed for the first quarter. If we did not conference, and you would still like to meet, just please let me know and we will arrange a day/time.

 

Slim Goodbody:Look for information to come home regarding our next field trip-it is actually an “in-school” field trip and should be AWESOME!

 

DC field trip fund raiser seems to be going well-many children have been leaving with boxes of yummy chocolate! (it really is delicious, if you have not tried it yet!)

 

MATH

We are completing our volume unit this week.  Next we will begin our division unit. (whole numbers, decimals and fractions) This will be followed by PEMDAS and then our very long fraction unit!  

The students took their NC Check-in math assessment yesterday.  We will be reviewing the assessment next week. You will receive a copy of your child’s score.  If you are interested in actually viewing the test, you can contact me to set up a time.  I can review the test with you.

 

SCIENCE

We are deep into our Human Body unit. We have completed our study of unicellular and multicellular organisms and inherited traits.  We will move onto the major body systems.  We will have a guest presenter later in November (Mr. Slim Goodbody)

 

PBL PROJECT

Students have submitted their topic approval forms and should have started their project. The check-ins are the first Friday of each month, so the first check-in is this Friday.  Students need to show evidence of some progress on their project.

 

Important dates:

11/3 Thursday- Science and engineering fair parent informational meeting 6:00 at STES

11/7 Monday- report cards go home

11/10 Thursday- Veteran’s Day celebrations at STES; Early release for students 12:20

11/11 Friday- No School for Veteran’s Day

11/16 Wednesday- Slim Goodbody in-school field trip money due

11/17 Thursday-first annual STES Science and Engineering Fair (5:30-7:00PM)

11/18 Friday- 9AM Slim Goodbody in-school field trip

11/18 Friday-ALL  DC trip fund raiser money due!

11/23-11/25 No School for Thanksgiving Holiday

12/1 Thursday- DC field trip deposit due

 

Please send in any picture order forms and money!


update 10/25  

 

I hope you were all able to come out to the Fall Festival and the Literacy Night!  They were fabulous events here at STES! We are knee deep in our planning of our activities for our Veteran’s Day celebration! It is sure to be an awesome event- so please consider joining us for part, if not all of the day!

 

MATH:

We just completed our multiplication unit, and will move forward into volume, then division.  The students will be taking their benchmark assessment next week on Tuesday.  I have conferenced with most of you and shared that my math and science tests are digital and available to you to review in schoolnet.  Your child knows how to access schoolnet and can show you the test.  You will not receive a paper copy of the test.  I do send home the math work page for your signature, but that will be it.  If you have questions about this, please let me know.

 

SCIENCE:

We have started our Human Body unit- the first several lessons focus on the cell/structures/functions and unicellular/multi-cellular organisms.  We will be learning about DNA and inherited traits over this next wave.

 

Edmodo: math and science assignments are posted here on a daily basis.  Please encourage your child to look at the due dates.  I generally post a due day if the assignment is not due the very next day; also for most Study Island assignments, the students are given 1 week to complete.

 

PBL Project: The students have submitted their topic for their PBL project.  I have reviewed almost all of them- they are going to be amazing!  Please encourage your child to be working every week on their project.  The progress check in dates are the first Friday of each month.

 

Field trips:

·         DC trip- the packet of information was sent home. If you have any questions, please direct them to Dave Marriott. You can find his email on the school website. The deposit is due in early December.(please see the packet for the exact date)

·         Slim Goodbody- this will be an in-school field trip. Friday, November 18th.  Look for more information regarding this to come home soon.  This supports our science curriculum.

 

Important dates: we have several exciting events coming up here at STES-be sure to join us!

 

10/24-10/31: Red Ribbon Week/ Spirit Week

Wednesday

10/26

Drug Free is the Way To Be (STES Spirit Day)

Wear Red, Blue, and White

Thursday

10/27

Team Up Against Drugs Day (Sports Day)

Wear a college team or professional team shirt/jersey

Friday

10/28

Put A Sock on Drugs

Wear your silliest socks (make sure they are visible)

Monday

10/31

Don’t Be Tricked. Drugs are NO Treat

Wear a costume (no masks, no unpleasant/scary costumes, and/or fake bloody visuals…(keep it clean and keep it fun)

*Donate $1.00 to wear a costume

11/7 Monday: report cards sent home

11/10 Thursday: ½ day for students ERPD Veteran’s Day celebration at STES!

11/11 Friday- No School- Veteran’s Day 


update 10/6  

 

Well, I guess it is a wait and see game with “Matthew”….be prepared for your family to be safe! Keep a listen out for school adjustments…we have heard nothing yet, and it truly depends on when/where the storm moves!

I appreciate the time many of you have taken out of your busy schedule to conference with me.  I value establishing a relationship with you early in the school year!  If I have not conferenced yet with you, I do look forward to our meeting. 

If you have not yet signed up for a conference, you can do so by going to the signup genius link below:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c49aba82ca57-fall1

 

 

Math:

We have started our study of multi-digit multiplication. We have completed 1 x 2, 1 x 3, 2 x 2, 2 x 3, and decimals- whew! Tomorrow we will spend the class period focusing on word problems-the students are learning attack strategies- how to evaluate the problem and make sense of the information to come up with a plan to solve the problem. Next week we tackle understanding the powers of 10 patterns; visual representations of decimal multiplication, then volume.

 

Science:

The Force and Motion unit test will be on Monday. I have uploaded a practice test into their online notebook (along with the answer key). Then we move on to the Human Body unit, beginning with the study of the cell, unicellular and multicellular organisms and DNA/heredity before moving on to the study of specific body systems.

 

Edmodo: math and science assignments are posted here on a daily basis.  Please encourage your child to look at the due dates.  I generally post a due day if the assignment is not due the very next day; also for most Study Island assignments, the students are given 1 week to complete.

 

PBL Project: The students will be choosing their topic for their PBL project over the coming days.  Look for this information to come home tomorrow-it’s going to be very exciting!

 

Field trips:

·         Tryon Palace-the permission forms are due tomorrow as we need to turn in a lunch count to the cafeteria. If your permission form does not get turned in tomorrow, your child can still attend- just has to pack a lunch from home.  I have already had 3 parents ask to chaperone, so that is covered! Thank you!

·         DC trip- the packet of information was sent home today in the communication folder. If you have any questions, pleae direct them to Dave Marriott. You can find his email on the school website.

Important dates: we have several exciting events coming up here at STES-be sure to join us!

10/12 Wednesday: Fire Safety Day-firetrucks will visit the school

10/14 Friday: Fall Festival- 5:30-8:00!!!

10/17 Monday: Literacy Night 5-7PM

10/17-10/21: Book Fair in our “Learning Center”

10/24-10/31: Red Ribbon Week/ Spirit Week

10/20 Thursday: early release ½ day for students

10/31 Monday: Halloween Costume Fund Raiser $1 donation to NEHS to wear costume to school

                     End of Q1

11/7 Monday: report cards sent home

11/10 Thursday: ½ day for students ERPD Veteran’s Day celebration at STES!

11/11 Friday- No School- Veteran’s Day 


update 9/28  

It has been a busy week here at STES!  Thank you to those of you who came out for the DC field trip informational meeting, and to those of you who stayed to learn a bit about how we are implementing digital learning in our classrooms. If you did not attend the DC trip informational meeting, the packet of information will be sent home soon.

 

Parent-teacher conferences begin next week-I am excited to meet with each of you and discuss your child’s progress and how to help him/her succeed in 5th grade!

 

Math:

We are completing our study of the addition and subtraction of decimals this week. There will be a quiz on Friday.  Next week we begin our multiplication unit which includes powers of 10, multi-digit multiplication, decimal multiplication and volume. This will be followed by a test.  For each quiz/test in math, I make them cumulative since that is what our EOG will be in June. I do feel that this helps to prepare them since we are constantly revisiting  each standard/concept.

 

Science:

We are finishing our Force and Motion unit next week.  The unit test will be either Friday of next week (the 7th) or Monday the 10th. Following this unit we will begin our human body unit, beginning with heredity. (which always generates a lot of questions….)

 

Important dates: we have several exciting events coming up here at STES-be sure to join us!

9/29 Thursday: interim reports sent home

10/3 Monday: Charleston Wraps fund raiser ends

10/6 Thursday: school picture day

10/12 Wednesday: Fire Safety Day-firetrucks will visit the school

10/14 Friday: Fall Festival- 5:30-8:00!!!

10/17 Monday: Literacy Night 5-7PM

10/17-10/21: Book Fair in our “Learning Center”

10/24-10/31: Red Ribbon Week/ Spirit Week

10/20 Thursday: early release ½ day for students

10/31 Monday: Halloween Costume Fund Raiser $1 donation to NEHS to wear costume to school

                     Report Cards Go Home


update 9/19  

 

Well it finally feels like we are into a routine in the classroom-yay! It always takes a few weeks, but we are pretty much in sync now! Learning to use the laptops as a digital learning tool always takes several days also.  I was able to change their passwords for NCedcloud, so the students are now able to log into the gradebook.  I will review this process with them tomorrow.  We encourage the children to check their gradebook frequently, as this is one way for them to check on any missing work.

 

On Tuesday, 9/27 after the DC trip meeting, I will be having a technology night in my classroom for parents.  If you would like to stay, please have your child’s laptop and login sheet.  Your child may also attend-but I know many of them have other activities.  This will be a time when I can show you how to access several of the web based programs we use.

 

MATH:

We are working on decimals skills- ordering/comparing, and rounding. There will be another quiz on Thursday 9/22.  We will then begin +/- of decimals.

Students will continue to have weekly timed math fact quizzes-it is important for them to practice these skills if needed.

We have started the “flipped” lessons-students are assigned notes to copy and videos to view as their “homework”. When class begins, we start with practicing the new skill, then move to their independent assignment.  The students are also assigned a similar lesson in Study Island to assist them in mastery of the skills taught.

All assignments are required, not optional.  I do grade every assignment, but students are also permitted to redo/correct any math assignment.

 

SCIENCE:

We are learning about Newton’s Laws of Motion, and applying these concepts to the motion we see around us in everyday life. There is a short science vocabulary quiz tomorrow. We will also learn about gravity, friction, speed and graphing of motion. Students are encouraged to study their notes nightly. When the students take their first unit test, it will be comprehensive. We do focus on application of the information, not just memorization.  Science is an EOG tested subject in 5th grade. 

 

Important Dates:

Thursday 9/20- early release at 12:15 (1/2 day for students)

Monday 9/26- federal cards will be sent home-please return completed ASAP

Tuesday 9/27- DC field trip informational meeting; followed by parent technology night.

Thursday 9/29- interims go home

Monday 10/3- fund raiser end

Friday 10/14- Fall Festival 5:30-8:00 Mark your calendar now-this is going to be an amazing event!

Monday 10/17- Literacy Night-come out to STES for an exciting evening with books! The book fair also begins this day!

Monday 10/17- end of Q1

Thursday 10/20- early release for students

Monday 10/31 Q1 report cards go home


update 9/9  

Whew! It has been an eventful week albeit short and we are settling into a routine! The students were able to login to their laptops and digital learning has begun!  We will have a parent technology information evening later in September so that we can answer all your questions.  We are diving deeper into our curriculum and establishing our class community. Each of us brings unique characteristics to the group! I am thoroughly enjoying my time as I get to know your child as a learner and as an individual!

 

Looking ahead in:

MATH:

The students will take a math diagnostic assessment on Monday in Study Island-this will be used to assess their readiness for the 5th grade content. This data will also allow me to assign specific learning standards to the students who are ready. We will also continue in our place value unit-there will be a quiz on Tuesday on the 3 forms of a number.  We will learn about comparing/ordering numerals including decimals, also plotting decimals on a number line, then rounding decimals.  It will be a packed week in math!

I will be beginning a new math routine this school year- the students will be copying their notes into their math notebook from the laptop as their “homework”; there will also be a video example attached for them to view.  The next day, in class, we will begin guided practice as instruction and do any of the actual written assignments in the classroom.  I am hoping that with this format, I will be here to guide/teach/direct them as they practice the actual skills/concepts. I will look to parents for feedback, and I will assess the learning to see if I believe this is a more effective and efficient method. (many other teachers have done this with great success- it is called the “flipped” classroom)

 

SCIENCE:

We will be learning about Newton’s Laws of Motion this week (applying some of the content we studied this week), and hopefully have the time for 1-2 activities as we apply this information and observe the laws in action! (thank you to those of you that donated the water bottles! They will be used this week!)

 

Grades: I have started to enter a few grades into Power School. If you do not have an account/access to your child’s grades, please let me know and I can put you in touch with our data manager in the office to set up your account.  Next week I will have each student login to their grade book and show them how to view their grades/missing work, etc. And please read the message below regarding math grades/work.  I have reviewed this with the children (and will continue to remind them).

 

 

MATH WORK RE-DO/CORRECTIONS POLICY:

Students are permitted to make corrections of any math classwork/homework (not tests nor quizzes) for full credit back. Students must do this on their own time; they must complete this incorrect problems on a sheet of loose leaf paper, then staple this to the front of the original work. This will be re-graded and students will be given credit for any correct work/answers. Students are permitted to make corrections on any individual assignment (they may not make corrections on corrected work for credit).

We are permitting corrections for math because we feel that this facilitates the students’ mastery of the skills/concepts.  We will review this policy with the students as well. Also corrections on any assignment must be turned in the week after they are returned to the student in their communication folder.

 

Upcoming Events/important dates:

9/12 Monday Morning Meeting! 8:30-9:30: fall fundraiser begins

9/12 PTO meeting 5:30

9/22 Thursday: ERPD ½ day for students

9/26 federal cards go home

9/29 interim reports go home

10/6 fall school pictures

10/14Fall Festival

10/17 End of Q1

10/31 report cards sent home

 

I did send out an invitation via signup genius for fall parent-teacher conferences with my homeroom students. (thank you to those of you who have already signed up!).  Mrs. Warden and I typically conference with the parents of the students in our homerooms and will address all subjects areas and concerns.  If you have a specific concern and want to conference with myself or Mrs. Warden and we are not the assigned homeroom teacher, please just ask. We are here to serve you in education! 


Update 8/31  

 

Welcome to 5th grade!

Today was our first “wave” day, so the students should have brought home a “communication folder”.  Please ask your child for this folder if it was not given to you-this is how we send home graded work, notes, etc. each week. Today I sent a reminder about the back to school forms-thank you to those of you that have completed them and returned them to the school already!!  Please sign it and return it the next school day.  You may also write to us in the log.

 

Laptops: the students were issued their laptops today; the laptops will stay at school this week as we need time to review usage policies, and get them set up with logins.  Please send in the $25 laptop insurance fee as soon as possible if you have not done so. Thank you! We will have a technology night for parents later in September to review some of the websites we use in school. (how to access etc.)

 

Math: Our first week in math (beginning tomorrow) will be numbers and operations in base ten, beginning with place value through thousandths (decimals), order/compare numbers, and numbers on a number line. I have emailed each family our Standard Division Document so that you can view which math standards are taught each nine weeks-this is just for your information as I had a parent ask a question about this!

Also, it is important that your child know the math facts 0-12 for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  The students are given time to practice their facts in school, but this is something they are expected to know/master this school year.

 

Science: Our first unit in science is “Force and Motion”! The unit was introduced yesterday with an investigation of buoyancy. I have also emailed our standard division document for science, just FYI.  Students are encouraged to study their science notes each night (when we begin note taking)

 

I am here to serve you and your child in education, so please, please let me know if you have ANY questions or concerns.  I do plan to set up parent conferences beginning in October, but if you want to meet before that, just let me know. Finally, thank you for taking the time to fill out the parent survey-this truly helps me to have a little insight about each child.  They have been fabulous this week-we are off to a rock star beginning to the 2016-17 SY!!!

 

Upcoming Dates:

9/5; Monday- No School/labor day

9/12; Monday- PTO meeting at 5:30

9/22; Thursday- ½ day, early release

9/26;Monday-federal cards sent home

9/29;Thursday- interim reports sent home


WELCOME TO THE 2015-2016 SY!  

I AM EXCITED AS THIS NEW SCHOOL YEAR BEGINS AND BRINGS WITH IT  NEW OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN AND BE CHALLENGED! I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT MY DOOR IS ALWAYS OPEN, AND I APPRECIATE PARENT INPUT. (and welcome it!)  I LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING EACH OF YOU (STUDENTS AND FAMILY) AT OUR BACK TO SCHOOL DAY/OPEN HOUSE ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 25TH BETWEEN 3-7 PM.! ENJOY YOUR SUMMER AND SEE YOU SOON! 

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