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    Week of May 20th:
    Hello C-12 families.
     I am glad many of you were able to make it over for the Volunteer Tea on Friday.
    Another big thanks to all of the volunteers for driving to the redwoods on Thursday last week.  Also, a huge thanks for all of the volunteer help throughout the year.  We did a lot of extracurricular activities, and they were only made possible by your assistance.  THANKS!
     
    I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful weekend.
    We are closing in on things in quite a rapid manner.  We have 9 school days left!  WOW!
    Here is a look at this week ahead.
     
     Math
    • Sunshine Math #14 will go home on Monday and is due on Friday. This is their last weekly math HW:)
    • We will continue with our classroom activity called  the "Four Fives"
    • Amateur Architecture lesson all in class.
    • Create graph art
    • Lessons on "The Amazing Circle"
    • Continue our Battleship Tournament
     
     
    Language Arts:  
    •  Students should be reading 30 minutes a night and writing a quick repsonse in their reading journals every night.
    • Trimester three is a new chance to earn the next Star Party.  10 stars by the end of the trimester and the students earn the party:)
    • Students will continue working on their expository writing piece. I have pushed the deadline back to this Tuesday at the latest.  Students will have 2 45 minute clas sessions to finalize these papers.
    • We are into Hatchet.  Second response sheet due on Wednesday.
    Science: 
    • We finished our unit on human health and development.  I hope your child shared some thoughts, ideas, or questions with you.
    • A to Z book due Tuesday.
    • We will work with air/hydraulic powered building materials and see what the kiddos can create in class.
    Social Studies:
    • Students will rotate Monday and Tuesday.  I believe they have one last quiz with Ms. Currin.
     
     
    Odds and Ends:
      • Safety Patrol field trip 11 to 1.
      • Music make up??
      • Fallon field trip on Tuesday, May 21st (no lunch needed)
      • Character Awards for Trimester 3 Wednesday from 10 to 10:30
      • Wednesday is a 3 PM release
      • Thursday OPPS final presentations
      • Thursday and Friday PE
      • Friday begin promotion ceremony practice
     
    Week of May 13th:
    Hello C-12 families.
     
    I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful weekend.
    We are closing in on things in quite a rapid manner.  We have 14 school days left!  WOW!
    Here is a look at this week ahead.
     
     Math
    • Sunshine Math #13 will go home on Monday and is due on Friday.
    • We will continue with our classroom activity called  the "Four Fives"
    • Amateur Architecture lesson all in class.
    • Lessons on "The Amazing Circle"
    • Hopefully start grid art and Battleship Tournament
     
     
    Language Arts:  
     
    •  Students should be reading 30 minutes a night and writing a quick repsonse in their reading journals every night.
    • Trimester three is a new chance to earn the next Star Party.  10 stars by the end of the trimester and the students earn the party:)
    • Students will continueworking on their expository writing piece. Final pieces are due this Friday.  We will work mostly in class, but some students may needd to work on their's at home. 
    • We are into Hatchet, and the second response sheet will be given out this week.  We will NOT be making dioramas as time has caught up with us.  We will do a different wrap up project.
    Science: 
    • We will begin our unit on human health and development.  Lessons will be each day during the week.  They will involve our class as a whole.  Friday students will be divided by gender for a final lesson.
    • Students will begin their science A to Z books as an end of the year project.
    • We will continue our redwood unit which will lead into the field trip to Redwood Regional Park this Thursday, May 16th.
    Social Studies:
    The kids will rotate over to C-6 and have social science with Ms. Currin, and they have a map quiz this week.
     
     
     
    Odds and Ends:
      • Music on Tuesday
      • Rice Day, Tuesday from 9:15 to 9:45.  Join us if you have time
      • Library Wednesday (returns and read)
      • Permission slips for Fallon field trip on Tuesday, May 21st
      • Wednesday is a 2 PM release
      • Redwood Regional Park field trip Thursday
      • Friday Volunteer Tea @ 9:30 in the MPR
     
     
     
     
    Week of April 29th:
    Hello C-12 families.
     
    I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful weekend.
     
    Big week of state testing coming up.  Please have those kiddos well rested and with a nice full belly in the mornings:)
    The schedule looks like such:
    • Monday and Tuesday language arts testing from 10 to 11:20
    • Thursday and Friday mathe testing from 10 to 11:20.

    There will be make up dates if your kiddo misses school for any reason. 

    Word of the week:  cantankerous:  bad-tempered, argumentative, and uncooperative.  I had to bring this word of the week back as the garbage commentators of yesterday's Warrior's game used it multiple times to describe game 1:)
     
     Math
    Sunshine Math #11 will go home on Monday and is due on Friday.
    Continue with review packet troughout the week.
    We will continue review activities/games to prepare for next week's state testing.
    Students should complete 30 minutes a week on IXL.  They are to focus on the strands I write down on the board.
    We will continue with our classroom activity called  the "Four Fives".
    State testing for math is Thursday and Friday, May 2nd and 3rd.
     
     
    Language Arts:  
     
    •  Students should be reading 30 minutes a night and writing a quick repsonse in their reading journals every night.
    • Trimester three is a new chance to earn the next Star Party.  10 stars by the end of the trimester and the students earn the party:)
    • Students will continueworking on their expository writing piece.  
    • Grammar will be the rule that went home last week.  We were unable to get to it last week.  We will quiz on Wednesday.
    • We are into Hatchet, and the second response sheet will be given out this week.  We will be making dioramas following the end of the book in a few weeks.  Please have your kiddo bring in an empty shoebox anytime now.  If you have extras, please bring those in as well.
    • State testing for ELA is Monday and Tuesday, April 29th and 30th.
    Science:   
    • OPPS final graphs and data development
    • Students will begin their science A to Z books as an end of the year project.
    • We will start our redwood unit by the end of the week.  The field trip to Redwood Regional Park is set for Thursday, May 16th.
    Social Studies:
    The kids will rotate over to C-6 and have social science with Ms. Currin. 
     
     
     
    Odds and Ends:
      • Music on Tuesday
      • Library Wednesday (This will be the last library to check out books)
      • Permission slips for Fallon MS field trip will go home this week
      • Wednesday is a 2 PM release
      • PE Thursday
      • Ms. Heidi's last day in the office before retiring is this Tuesday, April 30th.  She is and has been a pillar of excellence at Green.  Be sure to try and get in there to say thanks and farewell.
     
    Week of April 22nd:
    Hello C-12 families.
     
    I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful weekend.
    If you celebrate Easter, I hope you had a lot of fun with family and friends, and the Easter bunny paid your kiddos a visit.
    We have another busy week coming up and the round of state testing starts this week.  Students will take the NGSS test this Thursday and Friday.  We will continue to review concepts and ideas from years past.  The test encompasses material from 3rd to 5th grade.  A sign up sheet will be on our Shutterfly site to volunteer to get snacks for the kiddos during this testing time.  Please remember to only purchase snacks on the healthy side and with minimal plastic packaging.  Thanks in advance.
    Earth Day is Monday, April 22nd, but we know it really is everyday, and we continue on with our OPPS action project.  A side venture to this is the OK from Peets Coffee to set up a table outside of their store front to talk to patrons about the choices they can make to bring their own coffee cups on a regular basis.  We will collect data before the tabling and after to see if it had an effect.  We will do this on a few Saturdays coming up in the near future. I want to give the students time to come up with ideas for incentiving people, ideas for table information, any handouts, and ways to collect our data.  We will work on that this week and into next.  I will be asking for a few volunteers to be at the site on dates we set aside.  More to come. 
     
    Word of the week:  exorbitant: highly excessive...AKA over the top
     
     Math
    Sunshine Math #10 will go home on Monday and is due on Friday.
     Students received a review packet last week.  We will do 2 pages a night, and it is designed to review the material covered throughout the year.
    We will continue review activities/games to prepare for next week's state testing.
    Students should complete 30 minutes a week on IXL.  They are to focus on the strands I write down on the board.
    We will continue with our classroom activity called  the "Four Fives".
    State testing for math is Thursday and Friday, May 2nd and 3rd.
     
     
    Language Arts:  
     
    •  Students should be reading 30 minutes a night and writing a quick repsonse in their reading journals every night.
    • Trimester three is a new chance to earn the next Star Party.  10 stars by the end of the trimester and the students earn the party:)
    • Students are deep into the research portion of their expository writing piece.  
    • Grammar will go home on Monday.  Quiz this Friday.
    • We are into Hatchet, and response sheet one will be due by Friday.
    • We will review theme and infering skills this week.
    • State testing for ELA is Monday and Tuesday, April 29th and 30th.
    Science:   
    • OPPS final graphs and data development
    • State testing for science is Thursday, April 25th.  It covers everything students have learned in elementary school.  So, we need to review to say the least.  I have some cool games to play and will be offering up a few worksheets as HW assignments.  Some will be mandatory, others will be extra credit.
    Social Studies:
    The kids will rotate over to C-6 and have social science with Ms. Currin. 
     Students have a map quiz this week.
    Battles and wars of the American Revolution.
     
    Odds and Ends:
      • PE make up day this Monday
      • Music on Tuesday
      • Library Wednesday
      • Wednesday is a 2 PM release
      • PE Thursday
      • Science state testing begins Thursday, April 25th
      • Ms. Heidi's last day in the office before retiring is next Tuesday, April 30th.  She is and has been a pillar of excellence at Green.  Be sure to try and get in there to say thanks and farewell.
     
     
    Week of April 15th:
    Hello C-12 families.
    I hope you all had a fantastic weekend and really soaked up the amazing weather. My wife was out of town for the last five days, so I was in full daddy mode all weekend.
    As you probably have heard, I received the Teacher of the Year Award for DUSD.  Needless to say I was blown away, shocked, and a whole gamut of other feelings as well.  There was no way I would have been recognized had it not been for someone nominating me.  So, a big, warm thanks to Laura and Hannah Kim for taking the time to fill out the necessary forms and make someone in the Green community eligible. We really are a family, teachers, students, and parents alike, and the kiddos are the driving motivation for us all.  Thanks, and now back to work:)
    Our word of the week this week is nefarious: (adjective) extremely wicked or villainous.
    I hope you all have a fantastic week and here is what the week ahead looks like:
     
     
     Math
    Sunshine Math #8 will go home on Monday and is due on Friday.
    We will continue with topic 15 this week.  This is your child's final topic in the 5th grade curriculum.  YEAH!  It is something to celebrate with them.  The focus is geometry, and we will stray from the text for a few deeper concepts.  We will test on Friday.
    Students received a review packet last week.  We will do 2 pages a night, and it is designed to review the material covered throughout the year.
    Students should complete 30 minutes a week on IXL.  They are to focus on the strands I write down on the board.
    Congratulations to Mahi and Andrew for winning the brackets.  They will have to endure some dish from my kitchen this week:)
    We will continue with our classroom activity called  the "Four Fives".
    State testing for math is Thursday and Friday, May 2nd and 3rd.
    Wednesday and Thursday is our middle school math placement test.
     
    Language Arts:  
     
    •  Students should be reading 30 minutes a night and writing a quick repsonse in their reading journals every night.
    • Trimester three is a new chance to earn the next Star Party.  10 stars by the end of the trimester and the students earn the party:)
    • Students are deep into the research portion of their expository writing piece.  They should have asked you for a signature on their directions sheet so you are a ware of the topic they are working on.  They need to find one book on their topic to use for research purposes.
    • Grammar will go home on Monday.  Quiz this Friday.
    • We are into Hatchet, and response sheet one will be due by Friday.
    • We will review theme and infering skills this week.
    • State testing for ELA is Monday and Tuesday, April 29th and 30th.
    Science:   
    • Students will create an art project called, "Who Eats Who?"  This will be their test for this unit.  They will complete this in class. It consists of the art piece and a summary write up of what is occuring.  We will complete this by Wednesday and then begin science review.
    • State testing for science is Thursday, April 25th.  It covers everything students have learned in elementary school.  So, we need to review to say the least.  I have some cool games to play and will be offering up a few worksheets as HW assignments.  Some will be mandatory, others will be extra credit.
    Social Studies:
    The kids will rotate over to C-6 and have social science with Ms. Currin. 
     Students have a map quiz next week.
    Battles and wars of the American Revolution.
     
    Odds and Ends:
      • Human Health and Development permission slips will go home on Monday
      • Music on Tuesday
      • Book Fair all week.  No library book returns this week
      • Wednesday is a  3 PM release
      • Panoramic Picture on Thursday morning.  Return form if you are interested.
      • Thursday Open House and Art Show in MPR 6 to 7 PM. Kids will be your "tour-guide" through the room and their year.
      • PE Thursday
      • Science state testing begins Thursday, April 25th
     
     
     
    Week of April 8th:
    Hello C-12 families.
     
    Here we go.  Welcome back from break.
    I hope you all have a fantastic week and here is what the week ahead looks like:
     
     
     Math
    Sunshine Math #6 will go home on Monday and is due on Friday.
    We will continue with topic 16 this week.  The topic focuses on coordinate geometry and graphing patterns and data tables.  We will have a test on Thursday.
    We will wrap up our quick bracketology work, and will find out who the top two lucky winners are???  They will have a lunch catered by Ewing Industries:)
    We will continue with our classroom activity called  the "Four Fives".
     
    Language Arts:  
     
    •  Students should be reading 30 minutes a night and writing a quick repsonse in their reading journals every night.
    • Trimester three is a new chance to earn the next Star Party.  10 stars by the end of the trimester and the students earn the party:)
    • We will start our expository writing assignment.  Your child will be choosing a topic this week, and has a sheet that needs to be signed by a parent acknowledging your awareness of their topic.  Students will begin their research this week.
    • Grammar will go home on Monday.  Quiz this Friday.
    • We will start our next core literature book this week.  It is called Hatchet and is by the well known kid's author, Gary Paulsen.
    • We will focus on main idea and supporting detail this week.
    Science:   
     
    • Awesome job on the engineering projects.  Grades will go home Monday.  
    • We are into our unit on energy transfer through ecosystems.  Talk to your kiddo about it.
    • We will continue in the unit and focus on ecosystems and the way energy and matter flow through them.
    • Stargazing event Saturday night.  Obviously it is optional.
    Social Studies: 
    The kids will rotate over to C-6 and have social science with Ms. Currin. 
     
    Battles and wars of the American Revolution.
     
    Odds and Ends:
      • Music on Tuesday
      • Library on Tuesday this week
      • Wednesday is a  2 PM release
      • PE Thursday
      • Book Fair dates: 4/15 to 4/19 (till 12.30pm)
      • Open House Thursday, April 18th
      • Science state testing begins Thursday, April 25th
     
     
     
     
    Week of March 18th:
    Hello C-12 families.
    I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful weekend. 
    Word of the week: Let's keep the same one: bioremediation- the use of plants and microorganisms to break down pollutants in the environment.
    What an amazing weather weekend.  I hope you were all able to get out and soak up some much needed sunshine.
    I hope you all have a fantastic week and here is what the week ahead looks like:
     
     
     Math
    Sunshine Math #5 will go home on Monday and is due on Friday.
    We will start topic 14 on data and statistics.
    We will continue with our classroom activity called  the "Four Fives".
     
    Language Arts:  
     
    •  Students should be reading 30 minutes a night and writing a quick repsonse in their reading journals every night.
    • Trimester three is a new chance to earn the next Star Party.  10 stars by the end of the trimester and the students earn the party:)
    • Persuasive writing pieces will be graded and returned by Wednesday.
    • Grammar and vocab. will go home on Monday.  Quizzes this Friday.
    • We will start our next core literature book this week.  It is called Hatchet and is by the well known kid's author, Gary Paulsen.
    • We will start a unit on comparing and contrasting different elements of text.
    Science:   
     
    • Engineering project:  Students should start their projects ASAP.  Remember the due date is March, 25th(ish).
    • Trout in the Classroom:)  Our eggs have hatched, the kids do not know yet, and we will continue to do lessons about this amazing phenomenon.
    • We will start our next unit on energy transfer through ecosystems.
     
    Social Studies: 
    The kids will rotate over to C-6 and have social science with Ms. Currin. 
    Causes for Revolutinary War and Early Battles
    We have our American Revolutionary Walk Through on  Monday, March 18th at 11:30ish. Students are working hard on their parts.
     
     
    Odds and Ends:
      • Monday Walk Through from 11:20 to 1:45 in room A-19
      • Music on Tuesday
      • Fallon Parent Night @ 6:30 in Fallon MPR
      • Library on Wednesday
      • Wednesday is a  2 PM release
      • PE Thursday
      • Trout release field trip Friday, March 29th (Minimum Day)
     
     
    Week of March 11th:
    Hello C-12 families.
    I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful weekend. 
    Word of the week: bioremediation:)
    I hope you all have a fantastic week and here is what the week ahead looks like:
     
     
     Math
    Sunshine Math #4 will go home on Monday and is due on Thursday.
    Topic 13 test on Thursday.  Students will be able to use their conversion chart.
    We will continue with our classroom activity called  the "Four Fives".
     
    Language Arts:  
     
    •  Students should be reading 30 minutes a night and writing a quick repsonse in their reading journals every night.
    • Trimester three is a new chance to earn the next Star Party.  10 stars by the end of the trimester and the students earn the party:)
    • Persuasive writing pieces due Thursday.
    • No grammar or vocabulary this week.  Focus on other areas.
    • We will start our next core literature book this week.  It is called Hatchet and is by the well known kid's author, Gary Paulsen.
    • Students will be asked to choose a poem from Shel Silverstein (I have a bunch of his books in class), memorize the poem, and present to the class Tuesday.  They can/should get into it (act, props, costume, etc..).
    Science:   
     
    • Engineering project:  Students should start their projects ASAP.  Remember the due date is March, 25th(ish).
    • Trout in the Classroom:)  Our eggs are here and we did a small lesson on them last week.  This week we will look into the life cycle of these amazing fish
    • We will start our next unit on energy transfer through ecosystems.
     
    Social Studies: 
    The kids will rotate over to C-6 and have social science with Ms. Currin. 
    Causes for Revolutinary War and Early Battles
    We have our American Revolutionary Walk Through on  Monday, March 18th at 11:30ish. Students are working hard on their parts.
     
     
    Odds and Ends:
      • Music on Tuesday
      • Library on Wednesday
      • Wednesday is a  3 PM release
      • PE Thursday
      • Walk Through the American Revolution Monday the 18th at 11:20
      • Trout release field trip Friday, March 29th (Minimum Day)
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Week of March 4th:
    Hello C-12 families.
    I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful weekend. 
    Students have mentioned that they no longer look at this newsletter because the word of the week has been missing:(  Well, here is this week's word of the week: epiphany (3rd defintion:):)
    I hope you all have a fantastic week and here is what the week ahead looks like:
     
     
     Math
    Sunshine Math #3 will go home on Monday and is due on Friday.
    Topic 12 tests go home on Monday and are due back by Thursday.
    We will start topic 13 on units of measurement.
    We will continue with our classroom activity called  the "Four Fives".
     
    Language Arts:  
     
    •  Students should be reading 30 minutes a night and writing a quick repsonse in their reading journals every night.
    • Trimester three is a new chance to earn the next Star Party.  10 stars by the end of the trimester and the students earn the party:)
    • Students will continue to build their persuasive writing pieces and should have their first edition done this Thursday
    • Grammar and vocab. will go home on Monday and we will have quizzes on Friday..
    • We will continue reading our new core literature book called Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (author of The Giver).  Response sheet 6-11 is due Tuesday.
    • Students will be asked to choose a poem from Shel Silverstein (I have a bunch of his books in class), memorize the poem, and present to the class next Tuesday.  They can/should get into it (act, props, costume, etc..).
    Science:   
    • Density/Volume/Mass this week:)  Reader is due ASAP.
    • A study guide will go home Monday for this unit.  The test will be Thursday of this week. We will do a lot of review this week as well as provide some time to work on the study guide in the classroom.
    • Engineering project:  students should have run their ideas by me by this Tuesday.  Remember the due date is March, 25th(ish).
    • Trout in the Classroom:)  Our eggs are arriving in class this Wednesday.
     
    Social Studies: 
    The kids will rotate over to C-6 and have social science with Ms. Currin. 
    Causes for Revolutinary War and Early Battles
    We have our American Revolutionary Walk Through on  Monday, March 18th at 11:30ish.
     
     
    Odds and Ends:
      • Music on Tuesday
      • Tuesday EcoHero assembly
      • Library on Wednesday
      • Wednesday is a Collaboration Day 2 PM release
      • Trout eggs arrive on Wednesday:)
      • PE Thursday
      • WEAR GREEN ON FRIDAY.
     
     
    Week of February 25th:
    Hello C-12 families.
    I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful weekend.
    PLEASE GIVE ME YOUR CHILD"S SIZE AND $9 FOR EARTH DAY SHIRTS.  I am ordering them this Tuesday:)
     
    Report cards went home Friday.  Please sign and return the envelope by this Friday.  
    Students have mentioned that they no longer look at this newsletter because the word of the week has been missing:(  Well, here is this week's word of the week: INTRINSIC:)
    I hope you all have a fantastic week and here is what the week ahead looks like:
     
     
     Math
    Sunshine Math #2 will go home on Monday and is due on Friday.
    Topic 8 tests go home on Monday and are due back by Thursday.
    We will start topic 12 on Monday as well.  It focuses on volume of solid shapes.  This ties in with what's up next in science, which is a focus on the DMV triangle.
    We will continue with our classroom activity called  the "Four Fives".
     
    Language Arts:  
     
    •  Students should be reading 30 minutes a night and writing a quick repsonse in their reading journals every night.
    • Trimester three is a new chance to earn the next Star Party.  10 stars by the end of the trimester and the students earn the party:)
    • Students will have a lesson on paraphrasing and begin to create their personal choice persuasive writing piece.
    • Grammar and vocab. will go home on Monday and we will have quizzes on Friday..
    • We will continue reading our new core literature book called Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (author of The Giver).  
    Science:   
    • Density/Volume/Mass this week:)  Reader is due Friday.
    • A study guide will go home ASAP for this unit.  The test will be Tuesday of next week.
    • 5th graders will receive their Engineering Fair directions sometime this week.  Students should start to think about what they are interested in creating.  I will provide some ideas and websites to visit for other ideas.
     
     
    Social Studies: 
    The kids will rotate over to C-6 and have social science with Ms. Currin. 
    Causes for Revolutinary War and Early Battles
     
     
    Odds and Ends:
      • Monday Crazy Socks Day
      • Music on Tuesday
      • Library on Wednesday
      • Wednesday:  Crazy Hair/Hat Day
      • Wednesday field trip to LLNL.  Leave @ 8:30 and return by noonish.
      • Wednesday is a Collaboration Day 2 PM release
      • PE Thursday
      • WEAR GREEN ON FRIDAY.
      • Friday is the Talent Show

     

     

     

     

      
    Week of February 18th:
    Hello C-12 families.
    I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful weekend.
    PLEASE GIVE ME YOUR CHILD"S SIZE AND $9 FOR EARTH DAY SHIRTS.
    The weather has been incredible and I love seeing the local hills filled with snow.  Speaking of snow, I braved the roads on Saturday and got just about 4 feet of fresh powder rides up at Sierra-At-Tahoe.  It was amazing.  Some resorts will be open until the 4th of July with the amount of snow in the mountains. Get up there!
    We have a short week coming up, but it will not be short on things to do in the classroom.
    Report cards will go home on Friday.  Also, if you are not seeing work returned to your students on a weekly basis, ask them about their marks.
    I hope you all have a fantastic week and here is what the week ahead looks like:
     
     
     Math
    Sunshine Math #1 will go home on Tuesday and is due on Friday.
    Topic 8 test on Wednesday.
    We will start topic 12 on Wednesday as well.  It focuses on volume of solid shapes.  This ties in with what's up next in science, which is a focus on the DMV triangle.
    We will continue with our classroom activity called  the "Four Fives".
     
    Language Arts:  
     
    •  Students should be reading 30 minutes a night and writing a quick repsonse in their reading journals every night.
    • Trimester three is a new chance to earn the next Star Party.  10 stars by the end of the trimester and the students earn the party:)
    • Students will receive back their Chocolate Milk persuasive writing piece.  We will use these to improve/create their next paper on a debately subject of their choice.  Have a conversation with your kiddo about it.
    • Grammar from last week will be due Tuesday and quiz on Tuesday.
    • We will continue reading our new core literature book called Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (author of The Giver).  
    Science:   
    • We will jump into chemical and physical changes this week.
    • Physical/chemical changes reader is due on Thursday.
    • A study guide will go home by the end of the week for this unit.  The test will be later next week.
    • Friday will be our schoolwide Engineering Challenge.
    • 5th graders will receive their Engineering Fair directions sometime this week.  Students should start to think about what they are interested in creating.  I will provide some ideas and websites to visit for other ideas.
     
     
    Social Studies: 
    The kids will rotate over to C-6 and have social science with Ms. Currin. 
    Causes for Revolutinary War and Early Battles
     
     
    Odds and Ends:
      • Music on Tuesday
      • Library on Wednesday
      • Talent Show dress rehearsals on Thursday and Wednesday in MPR.
      • Wednesday is a Collaboration Day 2 PM release
      • PE Thursday
      • WEAR GREEN ON FRIDAY.
      • Report Cards go home 2/22
      • Field trip on 2/27
     
    Week of February 11th:
    Hello C-12 families.
     
    Holy cow!
    Camp is over?????
    I hope you were able to share some time with your kiddo over the weekend and get the skinny on what happened at camp.  I hope your child had a great experience.  I certainly did:)
    By the way, Patriots are NFL CHAMPS:):):):)
     Getting back to the grind will be difficult, but I have some ideas to make it work.
     The second trimester comes to an end this Friday.  Yikes.....time flies.
    I hope you all have a fantastic week and here is what the week ahead looks like:
     
     
     Math
    POW # 20 is due Friday.  The final POW of the year.  I know the kids will miss it:)
    We will start topic 8 on Monday.
    We will continue with our classroom activity called  the "Four Fives".
     
    Language Arts:  
     
    •  Students should be reading 30 minutes a night and writing a quick repsonse in their reading journals every night.
    • Trimester two is a new chance to earn the next Star Party.  10 stars by the end of the trimester and the students earn the party:)
    • Students will put the power play on to finish their chocolate milk writing essay.  This Tuesday they will choose their topic of choice for their final persuasive writing piece.
    • They will choose a topic of their choice for their next persuasive writng piece.  They will pick this by Thursday this week.  Ask them about it.
    • Grammar rule and packet due Thursday and quiz on Friday.
    • We will continue reading our new core literature book called Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (author of The Giver).  Response sheet number 1 is due Wednesday.
    Science:   
    • We will jump into chemical and physical changes this week.
    • Follow up lessons to camp.
     
     
    Social Studies: 
    The kids will rotate over to C-6 and have social science with Ms. Currin. 
     
     
    Odds and Ends:
      • Music on Tuesday
      • Library on Wednesday
      • Wednesday is a Collaboration Day 2 PM release
      • Wednesday 10 AM Character Awards Assembly in MPR 
      • Thursday, Valentines Day, Friendship Lunch
      • PE Thursday
      • PE Friday and Minimum Day 12:30 release
      • Friday end of trimester 2
      • Monday, Feb. 18th NO SCHOOL
      • Report Cards go home 2/15
     
     
    Week of January 28th:
    Hello C-12 families.
    I hope you had a wonderful weekend. 
    The weather was beautiful and it felt a bit like spring.  I am starting to see some buds on some of the early bloomers out there.
    We are one week away from camp.  i am sending out one of the final newsletters about camp tomorrow.  Please read it over carefully.  The weather looks like rain this weekend, and a little spotty moving into early next week.  Whatever Mother Nature brings, this is going to be a very memorable experience for your kiddos.  Here we go:)
     
    I hope you all have a fantastic week and here is what the week ahead looks like:
     
     
     Math
    POW # 19 due Thursday.
    Topic 7 test on Thursday.
    We will continue with our classroom activity called  the "Four Fives".
     
    Language Arts:  
     
    •  Students should be reading 30 minutes a night and writing a quick repsonse in their reading journals every night.
    • Trimester two is a new chance to earn the next Star Party.  10 stars by the end of the trimester and the students earn the party:)
    • Students will have finished their Chocolate Milk Persuasive writing by Thursday of this week.
    • They will choose a topic of their choice for their next persuasive writng piece.  They will pick this by Thursday this week.  Ask them about it.
    • Grammar rule and packet due Wednesday and quiz on Thursday.
    • We will start reading our new core literature book called Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (author of The Giver).  Response sheet number 1 will be due Thursday.
    Science:   
    • Atoms/Elements quiz on Wednesday.
    • Begin a few lessons that tie into our upcoming Science Camp.
     
     
    Social Studies: 
    The kids will rotate over to C-6 and have social science with Ms. Currin.
    We will be looking at the colonies moving into mid 1700's, 
    and what created conflict between them and Great Britain.
     
     
     
    Odds and Ends:
      • Music on Tuesday
      • Library on Wednesday
      • Wednesday is a 3 PM release
      • PE Thursday
      • NO SCHOOL FRIDAY...DISTRICT PD DAY
      • CAMP ON MONDAY.  ARRIVE ON CAMPUS BY 7:30
     
     
     
     
    Week of January 21st:
    Hello C-12 families.
    I hope you had a wonderful weekend. 
    Holy COW!  That was an amazing Patriot's game.  So exciting and so much fun to watch.  That's 3 Super Bowls in a row:):)
    Last week was a week of dealing with sick kiddos at home.  They both are fully through it and are back to themselves.
    I heard from many of Green's awesome teachers about the OPPS presentations.  I hope the kids are very proud of their performance.  I look forward to talking with them about, making weekly schoolwide goals/incentives, and hopefully seeing some really positive results from our weekly audits.
    We have a ton of stuff coming up this week and next week.  This will lead us into camp 2 weeks from today on February 4th.  WOW.  Keep an eye out for emails with lots of camp information on them.
     I hope you all have a fantastic week and here is what the week ahead looks like:
     
     
     Math
    No POW this week.
    Topic 6 test this Wednesday.
     We will move into topic 7 following the test on topic 6.
    We will begin a fraction/art lesson on Thursday:)
    We will continue with our classroom activity called  the "Four Fives".
     
    Language Arts:  
     
    •  Students should be reading 30 minutes a night and writing a quick repsonse in their reading journals every night.
    • Trimester two is a new chance to earn the next Star Party.  10 stars by the end of the trimester and the students earn the party:)
    • Students will finish their Chocolate Milk writing piece, go through an editing process, and create their final drafts for this beginning persuasive/argument writing genre. 
    • We will move into focusing on author point of view and background being a persuasive factor in writing.  
    • The grammar(possessive pronouns) and vocabulary from last week will be reviewed and quiizzed this Thursday.
    • Our next core literature book is called Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (author of The Giver).  It takes place during WW II and students will do an introductory assignment to better understand this period in history.  Students know their role, and will wrap up this introductiry assignment this week.
    Science:   
    • Atoms/Elements reader is due Tuesday
    • Begin a few lessons that tie into our upcoming Science Camp.
     
     
    Social Studies: 
    The kids will rotate over to C-6 and have social science with Ms. Currin.
    We will be looking at the colonies moving into mid 1700's, 
    and what created conflict between them and Great Britain.
    Students will have a quiz soon on map of Europe.
      
     
     
     
     
    Odds and Ends:
      • Music on Tuesday
      • No Library on this week
      • Wednesday is a 2 PM release
      • No PE on Thursday (a make up schedule from earlier in the year)
      • 5th grade PE Friday
      • FRIDAY WEAR GREEN
     
     
     
    Week of January 14th:
     
     
    Hello C-12 families.
    I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  I did!!! My Patriots destroyed the Chargers:):):):):):):)  On to KC next Sunday.
    Also, we had a wonderful hike at Sunol on Saturday.  Thanks to all those families who came, and I hope more families can come on the next trip.
    I am excited to see our kids do their OPPS presentations this week.  I hope they are bringing home some of the thoughts and ideas from this action project.
     I hope you all have a fantastic week and here is what thel week ahead looks like:
     
     
     Math
    POW # 18 will go home on Monday and is due Friday.
    IXL 30 minutes this week.  Please focus on standards from this topic.
    We started topic 6 on multiplying decimals.  We will continue on this week.
    Topic 11 tests went home last week.  We have a number of students who will be taking retakes on Wednesday of this week.  I will have a little time in class to work with them on their needs, but I highly recommend they go on line to Khan Academy and work on those areas of need as well.
    Signed topic 11 tests are due ASAP.
    We will begin a fraction/art lesson on Thursday:)
    We will start a classroom activity called  the "Four Fives".
     
    Language Arts:  
     
    •  Students should be reading 30 minutes a night and writing a quick repsonse in their reading journals every night.
    • Trimester two is a new chance to earn the next Star Party.  10 stars by the end of the trimester and the students earn the party:)
    • We will continue our persuasive writing unit.  
    • We will move into focusing on author point of view and background being a persuasive factor in writing.  
    • Grammar(possessive pronouns) and vocabulary will go home on Monday and the assigned activity will be due Thursday.
    • Our next core literature book is called Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (author of The Giver).  It takes place during WW II and students will do an introductory assignment to better understand this period in history.
    Science:   
    • Starting off our unit on matter and properties starts this week.
    • Atoms reader due on Thursday.
    • StopWaste and OPPS: We present on Thursday.  One more preparation session on Wednesday.
     
     
    Social Studies: 
    The kids will rotate over to C-6 and have social science with Ms. Currin.
    We will be looking at the colonies moving into mid 1700's, 
    and what created conflict between them and Great Britain.
    Students will have a quiz soon on map of Europe.
      
     
     
     
     
    Odds and Ends:
      • Music on Tuesday
      • Library on Wednesday
      • Wednesday is a 3 PM release
      • Thursday OPP Presentations
      • PE on Thursday and Friday
      • FRIDAY WEAR GREEN
    Week of January 7th:
     
    Hello families, I hope you had a fantastic finish to the year 2018. What a year it was in so many different ways.
    It is hard to believe we are now rolling into the year 2019 with 2020 right around the corner.
    In C-12 we have accomplished quite a lot with so much more on our horizon.  This is truly the portion of the year where it seems like days and weeks fly by, and before we know it, we are at promotion watching these kiddos say goodbye to elementary school, and hello to middle school.
    Keep an eye on the weekly newsletter, check the emails I send, and please feel free to ask questions if they arise.
    Another big thanks to you all for the wonderful gifts I received before we left for the holidays.
     
     I hope you all have a fantastic week and here is what thel week ahead looks like:
     
     
     Math
    Topic 11 review week and a test will be on Thursday.
    POW # 17 will go home on Monday and is due Friday.
    IXL 30 minutes this week.  Please focus on standards from this topic.
    We will wrap up QB Club and the two kids with the top scores will have lunch catered by me in the near future.
    We will start a classroom activity called  the "Four Fives".
     
    Language Arts:  
     
    •  Students should be reading 30 minutes a night and writing a quick repsonse in their reading journals every night.
    • Trimester two is a new chance to earn the next Star Party.  10 stars by the end of the trimester and the students earn the party:)
    • We will continue our persuasive writing unit.  
    • We will move into focusing on author point of view and background being a persuasive factor in writing.  
    • Grammar(antecedent and pronouns) and vocabulary will go home on Monday and the assigned activity will be due Thursday.
    • Our next core literature book is called Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (author of The Giver).  It takes place during WW II and students will do an introductory assignment to better understand this period in history.
    Science:   
    • Atmosphere tests will go home on Monday.  They need to be signed and returned by Friday.
    • I hope your pea plants have sprouted by now.  Again, keep those and transplant them at home, or have your kiddo bring in just the plant, not the greenhouse, and we will put them in our garden.
    • Students will wrap up their severe weather Google slide show and present on Tuesday.
    • We will start our next unit on matter.  
    • StopWaste and OPPS: We continue to develop our OPPS presentations for this project.  Our goal to present these this week or next.
     
     
    Social Studies: 
    The kids will rotate over to C-6 and have social science with Ms. Currin.
    We will be looking at the colonies moving into mid 1700's, 
    and what created conflict between them and Great Britain.
    Students will also be getting a new map of Europe.
      
     
     
     
     
    Odds and Ends:
      • Music on Tuesday
      • Library on Wednesday
      • Spelling Bee 8:30 on Wednesday
      • Wednesday is a 2 PM release
      • PE on Thursday and Friday
      • FRIDAY WEAR GREEN
     
     
     
     
    Week of December 17th:
     
    Hello families, I hope you enjoyed a wonderful weekend. 
    This Friday we will be celebrating the start of winter break with a white elephant gift exchange.  I sent an email earlier, but the parameters are to keep the gift at $10 or under if bought new.  You could also wrap an item from home that is no longer being used, and you think another 5th grader might enjoy it, or make something.  Keep it simple, but be creative:)  Your child should not put their name on the gift.  They can bring it in anytime this week, but please have it in by Friday.  
    On Friday we will also have a movie viewing party with hot chocolate and treats from home.  I am hoping to have students help a parent make something from home.  Keep it along the dessert side of things: cookies, cake, muffins, fruit dish, etc..., and hopefully it is a family favorite to make.
    If you can make something, sign up on the Google doc. I sent in the email.  Thanks in advance.
     I hope you all have a fantastic week and here is what thel week ahead looks like:
     
     
     Math
     Continue on topic 11.  We will test Thursday on topic 11.
    POW # 16 will go home on Monday and is due Friday.
    IXL 30 minutes this week.  Please focus on standards from this topic.
    We will continue with our QB Club which focuses on so many facets of math.
     
    Language Arts:  
     
    •  Students should be reading 30 minutes a night and writing a quick repsonse in their reading journals every night.
    • Trimester two is a new chance to earn the next Star Party.  10 stars by the end of the trimester and the students earn the party:)
    • We will continue our persuasive writing unit.  
    • We will move into focusing on author point of view and background being a persuasive factor in writing.  
    • We will continue to read from our first core literature book called Walk Two Moons. It is an amazing book rich with figurative language and life lessons abound. Ask your kids about the book as we move through it. Response sheet 23-33 is due Tuesday.
    Science:   
    • Focus this week:  
    • We will continue with a focus on our Earth's spheres, with an emphasis on our atmosphere and weather.  This will also lead into our unit on human impacts on Earth's systems.
    • Science test on Wednesday.
    • Daily weather journals will be collected on Tuesday.
    • StopWaste and OPPS: We continue to develop our OPPS presentations for this project.  Our goal to present these the week we come back from winter break.
     
     
    Social Studies: 
    The kids will rotate over to C-6 and have social science with Ms. Currin.
    Colonial times and moving into causes of the Revolutionary War.   
     
     
     
     
    Odds and Ends:
      • Music on Tuesday
      • Walk or Roll to School on Wednesday
      • Library on Wednesday
      • Wednesday is a 2 PM release
      • Cookies with Santa 4 PM
      • PE on Thursday and Friday
      • Friday White Elephant Party and hot cocoa wioth desserts
      • Friday 12:30 release
      • FRIDAY WEAR GREEN
     
     
    Week of December 10th:
     
    Hello families, I hope you enjoyed a wonderful weekend. 
     I hope you all have a fantastic week and here is what the school week ahead looks like:
     
     
     Math
     
    Continue on topic 11.  Quiz Wednesday on topic 11.1-11.6.
    POW # 15 will go home on Monday and is due Friday.
    IXL 30 minutes this week.  Please focus on standards from this topic.
    We will continue with our QB Club which focuses on so many facets of math.
     
    Language Arts:  
     
    •  Students should be reading 30 minutes a night and writing a quick repsonse in their reading journals every night.
    • Grammar to go home on Monday and is due Thursday.  Quiz on Friday.
    • Trimester two is a new chance to earn the next Star Party.  10 stars by the end of the trimester and the students earn the party:)
    • We will begin our persuasive writing unit.  Students will be given a topic to work on to start this unit.  They will have a topic of choice once we get into the unit to create their final piece. 
    • We will move into focusing on author point of view and background being a persuasive factor in writing.  
    • We will continue to read from our first core literature book called Walk Two Moons. It is an amazing book rich with figurative language and life lessons abound. Ask your kids about the book as we move through it. Response sheet 23-33 will be due on Friday.
    Science:   
    • Focus this week:  
    • We will continue with a focus on our Earth's spheres, with an emphasis on our atmosphere and weather.  This will also lead into our unit on human impacts on Earth's systems.
    • Milk Carton Greenhouse due Thursday, December 13th.
    • Daily weather journal entires need to be done on a nightly basis.
    • StopWaste and OPPS: We continue to develop our OPPS presentations for this project.  Our goal to present these the week we come back from winter break.
     
     
    Social Studies: 
    The kids will rotate over to C-6 and have social science with Ms. Currin.
    Colonial times and moving into causes of the Revolutionary War.   
     
     
     
     
    Odds and Ends:
      • Music on Tuesday
      • Candy-grams on sale all week for kids
      • Library on Wednesday
      • Wednesday is a 2 PM release
      • Thursday SJ Tech. Museum field trip
      • PE on Thursday and Friday
      • Thursday and Friday 3 PM release
      • FRIDAY WEAR GREEN
     
    Week of December 3rd:
     
    Hello families, I hope you enjoyed a wonderful weekend.  The rain was awesome and really got our local creeks flowing.  I enjoyed stomping around with my kiddos in Kottinger Creek on Saturday.  The Pleasanton parade was awesome and it was great to run into a few families there. 
    Parent packets from camp were sent home on Wednesday.  There are 3 or 4 forms, depending on whether or not you want your kiddo to buy some camp gear, that need to be returned to school by Wednesday of this week.  Please be careful to read the fine print.
     I hope you all have a fantastic week and here is what the school week ahead looks like:
     
     
     Math
    Topic 10 tests will go home on Monday.  They need to be signed and returned by Thursday of this week.
    We will start topic 11.  This topic focuses on division and multiplication of fractions and mixed numbers. 
    POW # 14 will go home on Monday and is due Friday.
    IXL 30 minutes this week.  Please focus on standards from this topic.
    We will continue with our QB Club which focuses on so many facets of math.
     
    Language Arts:  
     
    •  Students should be reading 30 minutes a night and writing a quick repsonse in their reading journals every night.
    • Grammar and vocabulary to go home on Monday and is due Thursday.  Quizzes on Friday.
    • Trimester two is a new chance to earn the next Star Party.  10 stars by the end of the trimester and the students earn the party:)
    • We will begin our persuasive writing unit.  Students will be given a topic to work on to start this unit.  They will have a topic of choice once we get into the unit to create their final piece. 
    • We will move into focusing on author point of view and background being a persuasive factor in writing.  
    • We will continue to read from our first core literature book called Walk Two Moons. It is an amazing book rich with figurative language and life lessons abound. Ask your kids about the book as we move through it. Response sheet 23-33 will be passed out this week.
    Science:   
    • Focus this week:  
    • We will continue with a focus on our Earth's spheres, with an emphasis on our atmosphere and weather.  This will also lead into our unit on human impacts on Earth's systems.
    • A project called "Milk Carton Greenhoue" will go home on Monday.  This is an at home, engineering project that will ultimately be used to demonstrate how greenhouse gases work to keep our earth warmer than it would be without them.  This will be due Friday, December 14th.
    • Daily weather journal entires need to be done on a nightly basis.
    • StopWaste and OPPS: We continue to develop our OPPS presentations for this project.  Our goal to present these will be Friday, December 14th. 
     
     
    Social Studies: 
    The kids will rotate over to C-6 and have social science with Ms. Currin.
    Colonial times and moving into causes of the Revolutionary War.   
     
     
     
     
    Odds and Ends:
      • Music on Tuesday
      • Walk and Roll on Wednesday
      • Library on Wednesday
      • Wednesday is a 2 PM release
      • PE on Thursday and Friday
      • Thursday and Friday 3 PM release
     
     
    Week of November 26th:
     
     
    Welcome back families.  I hope you all enjoyed some time with your kids, family, and friends, and that lasting memories were created. 
    It was a refreshing break in many ways.  We are happy to see some rain finally blow through to clear our skies and help put out the fires that have caused so much damage throughout our state. The smokey skies were getting really depressing.
    We are back at it for the next four weeks, and then that will lead us into our winter break.  There is a lot to do and this will go fast.
    Tell those kiddos to buckle up and let's do our very best:)
    I have missed the group and can not wait to get back together on Monday.
    I hope you all have a fantastic week and here is what the school week ahead looks like:
     
     
     Math
    Topic 9 retakes on Tuesday (only if your child scored below a 75%.
    We will continue in topic 10.  This topic focuses on improper fractions, mixed numbers, and being able to add, subtract, and simplify them.  We will have a test on Friday of this week.  
    POW # 13 will go home on Monday and is due Friday.
    IXL 30 minutes this week.  Please focus on standards from this topic (L-17 through L-23).
    We will continue with our QB Club which focuses on so many facets of math.
     
    Language Arts:  
     
    •  Students should be reading 30 minutes a night and writing a quick repsonse in their reading journals every night.
    • A few weeks back, new Scholastic Book forms went home.  If you want a book or two for your kiddos, please have them ordered on line by Friday of this week.
    • Grammar and vocabulary to go home on Monday and is due Thursday.  Quizzes on Friday.
    • Trimester two is a new chance to earn the next Star Party.  10 stars by the end of the trimester and the students earn the party:)
    • We will begin our persuasive writing unit.  Students will be given a topic to work on to start this unit.  They will have a topic of choice once we get into the unit to create their final piece.  We will begin with a topic tied to our OPPS project.
    • We will continue with a focus on main idea and supporting details within text passages.  
    • We will continue to read from our first core literature book called Walk Two Moons. It is an amazing book rich with figurative language and life lessons abound. Ask your kids about the book as we move through it. Response sheet 11-22 will be due by this week.
    Science:   
    • Focus this week:  
    • We will continue with a focus on our Earth's spheres, with an emphasis on our atmosphere and weather.  This will als lead into our unit on human impacts on Earth's systems.
    • A project called "Milk Carton Greenhoue" will go home on Monday.  This is an at home, engineering project that will ultimately be used to demonstrate how greenhouse gases work to keep our earth warmer than it would be without them.  This will be due Friday, December 14th.
    • StopWaste and OPPS: We continue to develop our OPPS presentations for this project.  Our goal to present these will be Friday, December 14th. 
     
     
    Social Studies: 
    The kids will rotate over to C-6 and have social science with Ms. Currin.   
     
     
     
     
    Odds and Ends:
      • Wednesday the 28th, Family Art and Dessert Night in MPR @ 6 PM
      • Music on Tuesday
      • Library on Wednesday
      • Wednesday is a 2 PM release
      • PE on Thursday and Friday
      • Thursday and Friday 3 PM release
     
     
     
    Week of November 5th:
     
    I hope you enjoyed a wonderful weekend.
    Please get in camp payments as soon as you are able.  We are close but are still looking to get them all in.
     
    Last week's Halloween party and parade were fantastic.  Thanks to all of the parents who were able to attend the parade and to those who donated their time and energy to making the party a lasting memory.  It takes a village.
    The first trimester ended last Friday and our conferences will start this Thursday, and they will finish next Thursday.  I would like your child to attend the conference.  They will have a part in the conference, and we can discuss their strengths, areas of need, their report card, and how they feel the year is going up until that point.
    That will lead us into our Thanksgiving Break. Wow, hitting this time of year, things really start to go at warp speed.  Before you know it, we will be off to our science camp in early February. 
    I hope you all have a fantastic week and here is what the school week ahead looks like:
     
     
     Math
    Still missing a number of signed topic 5 tests.
    We will jump to topic 9 after this unit.  This focuses strongly on fractions.  We start with GCF, LCM, and creating equivalent fractions.
    We will get into adding and subtracting fractions this week.  Topic 9 quiz on Wednesday.
    POW #12 will go home on Tuesday and is due on Friday.
    QB Club will go into its ninth week, and the Patriots are rolling:) Taking down the mighty Aaron Rodgers was a treat last night:)
    We will have another song to create a data set and crunch numbers.  
     
    Language Arts:  
     
    •  Students should be reading 30 minutes a night and writing a quick repsonse in their reading journals every night.
    • If students want to make the Million Word Club for AR, they should be around 300,000 words read for this first trimester.  Keep on rolling.  Scholastic Book Club fliers went home last week.  Please place your orders by Friday so I can put in the class order.  Our class code is MK3PC.
    • Grammar and vocabulary to go home on Monday and is due Thursday.  Quizzes on Friday.
    • Trimester two is a new chance to earn the next Star Party.  10 stars by the end of the trimester and the students earn the party:)
    • We have a good chunk of the class still wrapping up their legends over the next day or two.  After that, we will move into our persuasive writing unit.  This year we are going to have a heavy emphasis on using this writing style to get across our hopes and ideas from our OPPS action project.  Students will use their research from this project and the writing lessons to create their persuasive pieces.  
    • We will continue to read from our first core literature book called Walk Two Moons.  It is an amazing book rich with figurative language and life lessons abound. Ask your kids about the book as we move through it. 
    Science:   
    • Focus this week:  Wrap up our Mystery Science sphere/engineering activity, sphere interactions, and create our sphere collage using the magazines students brought (WE START THIS TUESDAY...IF YOU HAVE MORE AT HOME, WE COULD USE THEM).
    • Study guides for the next science test will go home on Monday.  The test will be either Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.  The focus is the water cycle and the four spheres of Earth and their interconnectedness.  The study guides are to be completed ASAP, used as a resource, and are due the day of the test.  We will have some time in class to work on them, but some may be completed as HW as well.
    • StopWaste and OPPS: We collected another round of plastic data last week.  We will meet on Thursday with our teams and begin to gather research on this topic, and start to create our presentations that will be delivered to each classroom and the school as a whole.  We will have another collection this Friday, and possibly one more, before we start the presentations.
     
     
    Social Studies: 
    The kids will rotate over to C-6 and have social science with Ms. Currin.   
     
     
     
     
    Odds and Ends:
      • Book Fair this week.  I will put up a C-12 donation list FYI.
      • Music on Tuesday
      • Library on Wednesday
      • First trimester Character Awards  10 AM in the MPR.
      • PE on Thursday and Friday
      • Thursday and Friday 3 PM release
     
     
     
    Week of October 29th
     
    I hope you enjoyed a wonderful weekend.
    Please get in camp payments as soon as you are able.  We are close but are still looking to get them all in.
    Halloween is Wednesday.  Let's have some fun.  Be sure to follow the protocol at Green in regards to costumes and accessories.
    Also, Friday is the end of trimester 1.  Wow, hard to believe we are almost a thrid of the way through the school year already.  I will send out the conference schedule some time early this week.  Thanks for getting those back to me.  If you haven't yet, please send in the times you were hoping for during conference week.
    I hope you all have a fantastic week and here is what the school week ahead looks like:
     
     
     Math
    Signed topic 5 tests due by Thursday.
    We will jump to topic 9 after this unit.  This focuses strongly on fractions.  We start with GCF, LCM, and creating equivalent fractions.
    POW #11 will go home on Tuesday and is due on Friday.
    QB Club will go into its eighth week, and the Patriots are rolling:) Hopefully a nice prime time Monday niht victory tomorrow.
    We will have another song to create a data set and crunch numbers.  The class improved from 50% correct mean data up to 68% on this last song.  They will earn a class party when we reach 80% of the students in our class correctly finding the mean score for a song in the class:) 
     
    Language Arts:  
     
    •  Students should be reading 30 minutes a night and writing a quick repsonse in their reading journals every night.
    • We have two weeks left to this trimester.  Students are working to be at around 300,000 words read by that point in order to be on pace for Million Word Club by the end of the school year.
    • Grammar: we will continue to work on our verb packet and other activities.  We will have a quiz on Wednesday.  We will focus on the vocabulary list from last week as we did not have time to last week.  The quiz will be later in the week.
    • Also, students have the chance to earn what's called the "Star Party" at the end of every trimester by filling out a star form after finishing a book.  The form should be signed by a parent, and returned to me to earn a certain amount of stars.  10 stars by the end of the trimester and the students earn the party:)
    • Students are in the process of wrapping up their narratives and most are now creating the illustrations that go with their legends.  They will be due by Friday.  
    • We will continue to read from our first core literature book called Walk Two Moons.  It is an amazing book rich with figurative language and life lessons abound. Ask you kids about the book as we move through it. Their first response sheet will be due later this week.
    Science:   
    • We are still in need of magazines for a collage.  Please have your kiddos bring some of those old magazines that are just taking up space at home.
    • We will move from the hydroshere into a focus on the atmosphere.  
    • StopWaste: Action Hero biographies are to have been turned in.  We are in the process of creating our action project.  We brainstormed how to create a "4 Rs Week."  The week will look like red ribbon Week, which just happens to be this week, and groups have created themes for each day.  We have been given the okay from Dr. Ventura, and now students will begin designing what the week will look like, fliers for getting out the word, challenges and prizes for rooms, etc....
    • We conducted our OPPS audit last week. We will have a few more weeks of collecting data and then move into presentations to the classrooms and school.  We will tie the 2 projects together where possible as they focus on a lot of the same thoughts and ideas.
     
     
    Social Studies: 
    The kids will rotate over to C-6 and have social science with Ms. Currin.   
    English and Dutch exploration and colonies started. 
     
     
     
    Odds and Ends:
      • Music on Tuesday
      • Library on Wednesday
      • Wednesday Halloween Parade 9:00 
      • Wednesday 12:30 release
      • PE on Thursday and Friday
      • Thursday and Friday 3 PM release
      • Friday Star Party and end of trimester 1 12:30 release
      • Book Fair Week of November 5th
     
     
     
    Week of October 22ndRED RIBBON WEEK
     
    I hope you enjoyed a wonderful weekend.
    Please get in camp payments as soon as you are able.  We are close but are still looking to get them all in.
     
    Just got to watch the Patriots finish off the Bears.  Very nice!
    I hope you all have a fantastic week and here is what the school week ahead looks like:
     
     
     Math
    Topic 5 test this Tuesday.
    We will jump to topic 9 after this unit.  This focuses strongly on fractions.  We start with GCF, LCM, and creating equivalent fractions.
    "World's Longest Math Problem" is due by Friday.  This is an extra credit opportunity.
    POW #10 will go home on Tuesday and is due on Friday.
    QB Club will go into its sixth week, and the Patriots are rolling:) 
    We will have another song to create a data set and crunch numbers.  The class improved from 50% correct mean data up to 68% on this last song.  They will earn a class party when we reach 80% of the students in our class correctly finding the mean score for a song in the class:) 
     
    Language Arts:  
     
    •  Students should be reading 30 minutes a night and writing a quick repsonse in their reading journals every night.
    • We have two weeks left to this trimester.  Students are working to be at around 300,000 words read by that point in order to be on pace for Million Word Club by the end of the school year.
    • Grammar packets and vocabulary words will go home on Monday.  They are due back on Thursday, and the quizzes will be on Friday.
    • Also, students have the chance to earn what's called the "Star Party" at the end of every trimester by filling out a star form after finishing a book.  The form should be signed by a parent, and returned to me to earn a certain amount of stars.  10 stars by the end of the trimester and the students earn the party:)
    • Students conducted a peer edit last week on their narratives.  For most students this was a huge help, and the students will begin revisions this week and start to wrap up their finished product.  
    • We will continue to read from our first core literature book called Walk Two Moons.  It is an amazing book rich with figurative language and life lessons abound. Ask you kids about the book as we move through it. Students will be given what is called a repsonse sheet that focuses on the beginning chapters.  This will be due by friday.  As long as the students are using their time wisely, this should be able to be completed in class.
    Science:   
    • We are still in need of magazines for a collage.  Please have your kiddos bring some of those old magazines that are just taking up space at home.
    • Water Olympics will be conducted in class on Monday, and we will continue with the unit this week.  Water cycle reader is due Thursday.
    • StopWaste: Action Hero biographies are to have been turned in.  We are in the process of creating our action project.  We brainstormed how to create a "4 Rs Week."  The week will look like red ribbon Week, which just happens to be this week, and groups have created themes for each day.  I need to run this by our administration, but the wheels are rolling and I am excited how engaged and involved the kids are with this.
    • OPP project will begin this week.  We will collect our first bit of data from the school grounds on Friday.  Thursday, students will get an overview of the issue and our goals.  We will be working in unison with Ms. Battershell's class on this project.  Ask your kiddo about it.  It truly is a "game-changer."
     
     
    Social Studies: 
    The kids will rotate over to C-6 and have social science with Ms. Currin.   
    English and Dutch exploration and colonies started. 
    Explorers test on Tuesday.
     
     
    Odds and Ends:
      • Monday:  Wear your sports gear.
      • Music on Tuesday
      • Wear Red Wednesday
      • Library on Wednesday
      • PE on Thursday and Friday
      • Collaboration Wednesday 2 PM release
      • DARE Thursday
      • Thursday and Friday 3 PM release
      • Friday is Crazy Hair Day and Wear Green.
      • Friday, October 26th is the Fall Festival
     
    Week of October 15th:
     
    I hope you enjoyed a wonderful weekend.
    Please get in camp payments as soon as you are able.  We are close but are still looking to get them all in.
    Gator Gallop is on Wednesday:)
    We are waiting until the Gallop is over to start our OPPS project to get an accurate audit before our community awareness activity.
    I hope you all have a fantastic week and here is what the school week ahead looks like:
     
     
     Math
    We will continue in topic 5, which focuses on division with 2-digit divisors, so it can get much more difficult for students who did well on the 1-digit divisors.
    "World's Longest Math Problem" will go home Monday and is a great opportunity for your kiddo to earn extra credit points toward the topic 5 test.  Ask your kiddos about it.  This is not mandatory.
    POW #9 will go home on Tuesday and is due on Friday.
    QB Club will go into its sixth week, and the Patriots are rolling:) Big game tonight against the red-hot Chiefs.
    We will have another song to create a data set and crunch numbers.  The class improved from 50% correct mean data up to 68% on this last song.  They will earn a class party when we reach 80% of the students in our class correctly finding the mean score for a song in the class:) 
     
    Language Arts:  
     
    •  Students should be reading 30 minutes a night and writing a quick repsonse in their reading journals every night.
    • We have three weeks left to this trimester.  Students are working to be at around 300,000 words read by that point in order to be on pace for Million Word Club by the end of the school year.
    • We missed grammar and vocabulary last week due to the shortened week and field trip. Grammar packets will go home on Monday.  We are skipping ahead to work on our use of quotation and punctuation marks when using dialogue in their narratives. The packets will be due on Thursday and we will have a quiz on Friday.
    • Vocabulary words will go home Monday.  They are from our next core literature book.  Quiz on Friday.
    • Also, students have the chance to earn what's called the "Star Party" at the end of every trimester by filling out a star form after finishing a book.  The form should be signed by a parent, and returned to me to earn a certain amount of stars.  10 stars by the end of the trimester and the students earn the party:)
    • Students are in the drafting portion of their narratives, and by the end of the week, they should be on the revising portion of the process.  This week the focus will be use of dialogue to enrich the characters and setting.
    • We will start our first core literature book called Walk Two Moons.  It is an amazing book rich with figurative language and life lessons abound. Ask you kids about the book as we move through it. 
    Science:   
    We are in need of magazines for a collage.  Please have your kiddos bring some of those old magazines that are just taking up space at home.
    StopWaste: We will be using the data from our audit to brainstorm our upcoming action project.  Action hero write ups are due Wednesday.  Please encourage them to have fun with it, and maybe snap and print a picture of them in character to place on the biography.
    Also, we will begin our OPPS project sometime in late October.  More to come.
    Put on your calendar the night of Tuesday, October 16th for stargazing at Green.  We will have our local stargazing club come out and set up a number of high powered telescope to look at the heavens.  We usually start around 7:30 and go until 9.  Look for a field trip form coming home.
     
    Social Studies: 
    The kids will rotate over to C-6 and have social science with Ms. Currin.   
    English and Dutch exploration and colonies started. 
     
     
    Odds and Ends:
      • Music on Tuesday
      • Stargazing Tuesday, October 16th
      • Library on Wednesday
      • Project Cornerstone 2nd lesson on Wednesday
      • PE on Thursday and Friday
      • Collaboration Wednesday 2 PM release
      • DARE Thursday
      • Thursday and Friday 3 PM release
      • Gator Gallop Wednesday, October 17th from 12:15 to 12:45. 
      • Friday, October 26th is the Fall Festival
     
     
     
    Week of October 8th:
     
    I hope you enjoyed a wonderful three day weekend, at least it was for the kiddos, right?
    I was able to spend the night at the Monterey Bay Aquarium while I was attending the Ocean Plastic Pollution Summit (OPPS).  The summit was designed to provide educators time to network with different entities from all over the country whose ultimate goal is to clear our oceans of waste, namely plastics.  Also to put into place action projects at the schools of those educators in attendance.  I will be sending out information in the future about what our class, in tandem with Ms. Battershell's class (she went as well), will be doing for our action project.  It will be student driven, so if your child starts to really get fired up about this issue at home, please feed their flames about this issue.  More to come in the near future.
    I hope you all have a fantastic week and here is what the school week ahead looks like:
     
     
     Math
    Signed topic 4 tests due by Thursday.
    We will begin topic 5 on Tuesday.  This focuses on division with 2-digit divisors, so it can get much more difficult for students who did well on the 1-digit divisors.
    POW #8 will go home on Tuesday and is due on Friday.
    QB Club will go into its fifth week, and the Patriots are rolling:) 
    We will have another song to create a data set and crunch numbers.  The class improved from 50% correct mean data up to 68% on this last song.  They will earn a class party when we reach 80% of the students in our class correctly finding the mean score for a song in the class:) 
     
    Language Arts:  
     
     Students should be reading 30 minutes a night and writing a quick repsonse in their reading journals every night.
    Grammar packets will go home on Tuesday.  We are skipping ahead to work on our use of quotation and punctuation marks when using dialogue in their narratives. The packets will be due on Thursday and we will have a quiz on Friday.
    Vocabulary words will go home Tuesday.  They are from our next core literature book.  Quiz on Friday.
    Also, students have the chance to earn what's called the "Star Party" at the end of every trimester by filling out a star form after finishing a book.  The form should be signed by a parent, and returned to me to earn a certain amount of stars.  10 stars by the end of the trimester and the students earn the party:)
    Students are in the drafting portion of their narratives, and by the end of the week, they should be on the revising portion of the process.  This week the focus will be on adding figurative language to their piece to provide mood and strengthen characters and setting.
    We will start our first core literature book called Walk Two Moons.  It is an amazing book rich with figurative language and life lessons abound.
    Ask you kids about the book as we move through it.
     
    Science:   
     
    We will be starting our next unit which focuses on water and the interaction between the four spheres of our planet: atmosphere, biosphere, geosphere, and hydrosphere. To kick off the unit we have a presentation from Zone 7 coming on Tuesday.  The docent has been doing this for our 5th graders for years, and she will go over the amazing journey of a water molecule.  Ask your kiddos about it.
    We are in need of magazines for a collage.  Please have your kiddos bring some of those old magazines that are just taking up space at home.
    StopWaste came last Thursday to conduct our field study waste audit.  We will be using the data to brainstorm our upcoming action project.  Right now students are in the process of becoming an action hero.  They will be creating a quick action hero bio-background.  Please encourage them to have fun with it, and maybe snap and print a picture of them in character to place on the biography.
    Also, we will begin our OPPS project sometime in late October.  More to come.
    Put on your calendar the night of Tuesday, October 16th for stargazing at Green.  We will have our local stargazing club come out and set up a number of high powered telescope to look at the heavens.  We usually start around 7:30 and go until 9.  Look for a field trip form coming home.
     
    Social Studies: 
    The kids will rotate over to C-6 and have social science with Ms. Currin.   
    Map Quiz this Wednesday.
    English and Dutch exploration and colonies started. 
     
     
    Odds and Ends:
      • Music on Tuesday
      • Zone 7 presentation Tuesday
      • Library on Wednesday
      • PE on Thursday and Friday
      • Wednesday is NATIONAL WALK TO SCHOOL DAY
      • Collaboration Wednesday 2 PM release
      • Chabot Space and Science Center field trip Thursday.  More info to come.
      • Thursday and Friday 3 PM release
      • Gator Gallop rescheduled to Wednesday, October 17th from 12:15 to 12:45. 
      • Stargazing Tuesday, October 16th
     
     
     
     
     
    Week of September 24th:
     
    I hope you enjoyed a wonderful weekend.  The weather was fantastic.
    Again my weekend was filled with soccer and soccer and more soccer. 
    Great to have the Patriots back in their winning ways.
    We are set for chaperons for the 11th field trip to Chabot Space and Science Center.
    Gator Gallop is Friday.  Please keep those donations coming.
    Word of the week is inertia: a property of matter by which it continues in its existing state of rest or uniform motion in a straight line, unless that state is changed by an external force.
    I hope you all have a fantastic week and here is what the school week ahead looks like:
     
     
     Math
    Topic 4 test will be Thursday.
    Students should complete 30 minutes of IXL practice for the week. Students should focus on 5th grade and the strands dealing with long division.
    POW #7 will go home on Monday and is due on Friday.
    QB Club will go into its fourth week.  
    We will have another song to create a data set and crunch numbers.  The focus is our ability to convert fractions to decimals to percents and vice versa.
     
    Language Arts:  
     
     Students should be reading 30 minutes a night and writing a quick repsonse in their reading journals every night.
    Grammar packets will go home on Monday.  The packets will be due on Thursday and we will have a quiz on Friday.
    Vocabulary words went home last week, and they focus on our figurative language unit.  Quiz on Friday.
    Also, students have the chance to earn what's called the "Star Party" at the end of every trimester by filling out a star form after finishing a book.  The form should be signed by a parent, and returned to me to earn a certain amount of stars.  10 stars by the end of the trimester and the students earn the party:)
    Students have brainstormed for their narrative writing piece and we will begin to craft their pieces this week.
    We will start our first core literature book called Walk Two Moons.  It is anamazing book rich with figurative language and life lessons abound.
    Ask you kids about the book as we move through it.
     
    Science:   
    Students have wrapped up their planet projects.  Ask your kiddos about their planet.  They will create our classroom solar system.
    Study guides went home last week.  They are due the day of the test, but we will go over them tomorrow, so students will need them in class.  Test on this unit will be Wednesday the 3rd of October.
    Put on your calendar the night of Tuesday, October 16th for stargazing at Green.  We will have our local stargazing club come out and set up a number of high powered telescope to look at the heavens.  We usually start around 7:30 and go until 9.  Look for a field trip form coming home.
     
    Social Studies: 
    The kids will rotate over to C-6 and have social science with Ms. Currin.   
    Age of Exploration. Political map North America. 
    Quiz in 1 week. 
     
    Odds and Ends:
      • Music on Tuesday
      • Library on Wednesday
      • PE on Thursday and Friday
      • No Collaboration Wednesday 3 PM release
      • DARE  this Thursday
      • Thursday and Friday 3 PM release
      • Gator Gallop Friday, October 5th
      • Chabot Science field trip Thursday, October 11th
      • Stargazing Tuesday, October 16th
     
     
    Week of September 24th:
     
    I hope you enjoyed a wonderful weekend.  The weather was fantastic.
    My weekend was filled with soccer and soccer and more soccer. 
    A HUGE THANKS TO ALL OF YOU FOR AN AMAZING POTLUCK.  The food was amazing.  The smiles were abundant, and the kids had a blast together on Friday morning.
    Word of the week is perseverance: steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.
    I hope you all have a fantastic week and here is what the school week ahead looks like:
     
     
     Math
    Topic 3 test will go home on Monday.  They need to be signed and returned by Wednesday.
    We will begin topic 4 which focuses on long division.  Like multiplication, we will work with multiple methods and thekids will have an opportunity to decide which one works best for them.
    Students should complete 30 minutes of IXL practice for the week. Students should focus on 5th grade and the strands dealing with long division.
    POW #6 will go home on Monday and is due on Friday.
    QB Club will go into its third week.  
    We will have another song to create a data set and crunch numbers.  The focus is our ability to convert fractions to decimals to percents and vice versa.
     
    Language Arts:  
     
     Students should be reading 30 minutes a night and writing a quick repsonse in their reading journals every night.
    Grammar packets will go home on Monday.  The packets will be due on Thursday and we will have a quiz on Friday.
    Vocabulary words will go home on Monday.  Quiz on Friday.
    Also, students have the chance to earn what's called the "Star Party" at the end of every trimester by filling out a star form after finishing a book.  The form should be signed by a parent, and returned to me to earn a certain amount of stars.  10 stars by the end of the trimester and the students earn the party:)
    We will begin our first genre of writing which focuses on creating rich narratives using descriptive language and use of figurative language in the writing piece.
     
    Science:   
    We will continue to work on our planet projects.
    Lessons will focus on gravity and inertia and the cycles of the moon.  Get out and watch it transform from that beautiful full moon into the third quarter and such.
    Study guides will go home on Wednesday.  Test on this unit will be next Wednesday the 3rd of October.
    Put on your calendar the night of Tuesday, October 16th for stargazing at Green.  We will have our local stargazing club come out and set up a number of high powered telescope to look at the heavens.  We usually start around 7:30 and go until 9.  Look for a field trip form coming home.
     
    Social Studies: 
    The kids will rotate over to C-6 and have social science with Ms. Currin.   
    Age of Exploration. Political map North America. 
    Quiz in 2 weeks. 
     
    Odds and Ends:
      • Music on Tuesday
      • Library on Wednesday
      • PE on Thursday and Friday
      •  Collaboration Wednesday 2 PM release
      • DARE  this Thursday
      • Thursday and Friday 3 PM release
      • Progress Reports will go home Monday, September 24th
      • Gator Gallop Friday, October 5th
      • Chabot Science field trip Thursday, October 11th
     
     
     
     
    Week of September 17th:
     
    I hope you enjoyed a wonderful weekend.  The weather was fantastic.
    My weekend was filled with soccer and soccer and more soccer.  The Patriots loss burnt, but it is only game 2 of 16.
    This week we will begin our presentations about our Heritage Projects.  I look forward to seeing them all.  It will culminate with our potluck on Friday.  Please join us if you have time.
    I hope you all have a fantastic week and here is what the school week ahead looks like:
     
     
     Math
    Topic 3 test will be Thursady or Friday of this week. 
    Students should complete 30 minutes of IXL practice for the week. Students should focus on 5th grade and the strands dealing with multi-digit multiplication.
    POW #5 will go home on Monday and is due on Friday.
    QB Club will go into its second week.  
    We will have another song to create a data set and crunch numbers.  The focus is our ability to convert fractions to decimals to percents and vice versa.
     
    Language Arts:  
    We finished reading Freak the Mighty. I think the kids really enjoyed it and were able to uncover the theme/messages from within the book. 
    We will have a wrap up writing/illustrating activity.  There is a movie based off of the book called "The Mighty."  I like to show it to all my classes following the read.  It is rated PG.  If any families are concerned with the rating, please get in touch with me. We will try to watch at the end of the week as presentations will take up some time in the beginning of the week.
    Here is the trailer if interested in checking it out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUm_Xg8ZuPo
     Students should be reading 30 minutes a night and writing a quick repsonse in their reading journals every night.
    Grammar packets will go home on Monday.  The packets will be due on Thursday and we will have a quiz on Friday.
    Vocabulary words will go home on Monday.  Quiz on Friday.
    Also, students have the chance to earn what's called the "Star Party" at the end of every trimester by filling out a star form after finishing a book.  The form should be signed by a parent, and returned to me to earn a certain amount of stars.  10 stars by the end of the trimester and the students earn the party:)
    We will begin our first genre of writing which focuses on creating rich narratives using descriptive language and use of figurative language in the writing piece.
     
    Science:   
    We will begin our planet project this week.  Thank you for all of the cardboard.  I think we are good for now.
    We will continue working on the relationship between these celestial bodies using kinesthetic astronomy lessons.  It gets the kids up and moving to see these relationships.
    Put on your calendar the night of Tuesday, October 16th for stargazing at Green.  We will have our local stargazing club come out and set up a number of high powered telescope to look at the heavens.  We usually start around 7:30 and go until 9.  Look for a field trip form coming home.
     
    Social Studies:  The kids will rotate over to C-6 and have social science with Ms. Currin.  
    Working on Physical Map of US. Quiz Sept 19
    Starting Explorers. 
    Heritage Project:   Presentations will begin on Tuesday, September 18th.  This will be followed by our potluck on Friday, September 21st.  Join us if you have time.  It will be in the MPR from 8:45 to 9:20ish.  More info to come for this. 
     
    Odds and Ends:
      •  Music on ?.  I am trying to move our time as there is a Student Council Assembly for our rade level Tuesday 8:30-9:15.
      • Library on Wednesday
      • PE on Thursday and Friday
      • No Collaboration Wednesday 3 PM release
      • DARE  this Thursday
      • Friday Heritage Project Potluck 8:45-9:20 in MPR
      • Thursday and Friday 3 PM release
      • Progress Reports will go home Monday, September 24th
      • Gator Gallop Friday, October 5th
      • Chabot Science field trip Thursday, October 11th
     
     
    Week of September 10th:
     
    I hope you enjoyed a wonderful weekend.
    Our word of the week this week will be chivalrous.
    I hope you all have a fantastic week and here is what the school week ahead looks like:
     
     
     Math
    Topic 2 test will go home on Tuesday, and they need to be signed by a parent and returned by Friday.
    Students should complete 30 minutes of IXL practice for the week. Students should focus on 5th grade and the strands dealing with multi-digit multiplication.
    POW #4 will go home on Tuesday and is due on Friday.
    QB Club will have its first week of data analysis.  Ask your kiddo about it.
    We will have another song to create a data set and crunch numbers.  The focus is our ability to convert fractions to decimals to percents and vice versa.
     
    Language Arts:  
    We will continue reading Freak the Mighty. 
     Students should be reading 30 minutes a night and writing a quick repsonse in their reading journals every night.
    Grammar packets will go home on Tuesday.  The packets will be due on Thursday and we will have a quiz on Friday.
    Vocabulary words will go home on Tuesday.  These are words from last week, ones I was unable to get out due to time.  Quiz on Friday.
    Also, students have the chance to earn what's called the "Star Party" at the end of every trimester by filling out a star form after finishing a book.  The form should be signed by a parent, and returned to me to earn a certain amount of stars.  10 stars by the end of the trimester and the students earn the party:)
    We will use a few articles this week to develop strong close reading skills. 
    We will begin our first genre of writing which focuses on creating rich narratives using descriptive language and use of figurative language in the writing piece.
     
    Science:   
    Earth, Sun, Moon Science Detective packet is due on Thursday.
    We will continue working on the relationship between these celestial bodies using kinesthetic astronomy lessons.  It gets the kids up and moving to see these relationships.
    Put on your calendar the night of Tuesday, October 16th for stargazing at Green.  We will have our local stargazing club come out and set up a number of high powered telescope to look at the heavens.  We usually start around 7:30 and go until 9.  Look for a field trip form coming home.
     
    Social Studies:  The kids will rotate over to C-6 and have social science with Ms. Currin.  
    Working on Physical Map of US. Quiz Sept 19
    Starting Explorers. 
    Heritage Project:  Students have turned in their summary write up for their interview.  They have had some decent chunks of time in class to work on their presentation.  Presentations will begin on Tuesday, September 18th.  This will be followed by our potluck on Friday, September 21st.  Join us if you have time.  It will be in the MPR from 8:45 to 9:20ish.  More info to come for this. 
     
    Odds and Ends:
      •  Music on Tuesday 
      • Library on Wednesday
      • PE on Thursday and Friday
      • Collaboration Wednesday 2 PM release
      • DARE  this Thursday
      • Thursday and Friday 3 PM release
     
     Week of September 4tth:
     Happy Labor Day, and I hope you are all in a fantastic place, whether it be away from home somewhere or just relaxing at home with the family.  My family went out to the delta on a friend's boat this weekend, and it was beautiful.  I am not in the boating community, but there is a lively, huge boating community out in that area. 
    Every now and then I will throw in a "word of the week" to the newsletter, and kids who venture onto this page with their parents can earn a reward during the week for a task involving the word.  Let's do serendipity this week.  Love that word and its usuasl positive feelings.
    I hope you all have a fantastic week and here is what the school week ahead looks like:
     
     
     Math
    Topic 2 test will be this Friday.
    Students should complete 30 minutes of IXL practice for the week. Students should focus on 5th grade and G.6-G.11 or any of the H.1-H.8 components to bolster their decimal knowledge.
    POW #3 will go home on Tuesday and is due on Friday.
    We will start our annual Quarterback Club this week.  This uses the NFL to create data sets and look at them through basic statistics and lots of fraction-decimal-percent conversions. I have done this for many years, and whether students like football or not, it is usually a memorable experience for the class. At the end of the season, the top two point finishers get lunch catered by ME.  Aslo, along the way I usually create a Patriots fan or two:) Sorry:)
    We will have another song to create a data set and crunch numbers.  The focus is our ability to convert fractions to decimals to percents and vice versa.
     
    Language Arts:  
    We will continue reading Freak the Mighty.  I have enjoyed reading this book to all of my classes over the years.  It is a rich story about two unlikely boys, with struggles in their lives, coming together to form a friendship and conquer all kinds of metaphorical dragons.  We will work in a whole group literature cirlce for this first book, but the following 3 core literature books we will break into small literature cirle groups to really go deeper into the book and work on reading comprehension skills.
     Students should be reading 30 minutes a night and writing a quick repsonse in their reading journals every night.
    Grammar packets will go home on Tuesday.  This rule focuses on subject and predicate.  The packets will be due on Thursday and we will have a quiz on Friday.
    Also, students have the chance to earn what's called the "Star Party" at the end of every trimester by filling out a star form after finishing a book.  The form should be signed by a parent, and returned to me to earn a certain amount of stars.  10 stars by the end of the trimester and the students earn the party:)
    We will use a few articles this week to develop strong close reading skills. 
    We will begin our first genre of writing which focuses on creating rich narratives using descriptive language and use of figurative language in the writing piece.
     
    Science:   HW assignment will be to sit and enjoy a sunset or sunrise and wonder, "What is happening?"  This is due Tuesday so hopefully over the weekend many of you were able to do this with your kiddos.
    We will continue diving into our star, the relationship with Earth, and the reason for the seasons.
    Ask you rkiddo about what we are doing in science, especially in this unit as it is so mind-boggling.
     
    Social Studies:  The kids will rotate over to C-6 and have social science with Ms. Currin.  
    Working on Physical Map of US. Quiz Sept 19
    Starting Explorers. 
    Heritage Project:  Students have turned in their summary write up for their interview.  They have had some decent chunks of time in class to work on their presentation.  Presentations will begin on Tuesday, September 18th.  This will be followed by our potluck on Friday, September 21st.  Join us if you have time.  It will be in the MPR from 8:45 to 9:20ish.  More info to come for this. 
     
    Odds and Ends:
      • No music on Tuesday (make up day)
      • Library on Wednesday
      • PE on Thursday and Friday
      • Picture Day Thursday, September 6th (bring in those forms or order on line)
      • DARE  this Thursday
      • Wednesday is a 3 PM release (STEM activity 2 to 3 PM)
      • Thursday and Friday 3 PM release
      • Principal Coffee Friday @ 8:40
     
     
     Week of August 20th:
     
    Well C-12parents, we are one week into the school year and I am excited about the prospects of this group of students creating a really positive community environment.  One that allows for the kids to feel safe to take "chances" within our whole group and small group dynamics.  We spent a portion of our first week creating our social contract, setting goals and access to those goals on our growing tree, doing activities that demonstrate how important it is to listen  to each other, and we got started in a few of our core areas.
    This coming week, we will really start to dive into things and get moving on our 2018/2019 school year.
    I hope you all have a fantastic week and here is what the school week ahead looks like:
     
     
     Math:  Last week we completed lessons 1.1 through 1.3.  We will continue with the remainder of the lessons in this topic, which focuses on place value and truly understanding the relationship between neighboring place values and similar digits.  We will wrap up the unti by Wednesday, have a review game day on Thursday, and then take the first of our math assessments this Friday:)  There will be nightly math HW, but usually, most of it can be completed in class.
    Our first POW will be handed out on Monday.  POW stands for "Problem of the Week."  They are higher level thinking word problems for kids to follow a guided process to try and solve.  They are do first thing every Friday morning.  I will go over what is being asked of them, and then if needed, drop a hint or two on how they may like to go about the process.  For the first one, I will be very clear with them what is expected of them for a final product.
    We will do one "Mean/Median/Mode this wek as well.  Ask your kiddo about it.
     
    Language Arts:  We will continue to develop our procedures for Reader's Workshop this year, and then we will dive into the first reading comprehension strategy focus of understanding main ideas and supporting details in a passage.
    We will start our first novel called Freak the Mighty.  I have enjoyed reading this book to all of my classes over the years.  It is a rich story about two unlikely boys, with struggles in their lives, coming together to form a friendship and conquer all kinds of metaphorical dragons.  We will work in a whole group literature cirlce for this first book, but the following 3 core literature books we will break into small literature cirle groups to really go deeper into the book and work on reading comprehension skills.
    As I mentioned at BTSN, students will set goals throughout the year for their AR word counts.  Students should be reading 30 minutes a night and writing a quick repsonse in their reading journals every night.
    Also, students have the chance to earn what's called the "Star Party" at the end of every trimester by filling out a star form after finishing a book.  The form should be signed by a parent, and returned to me to earn a certain amount of stars.  10 stars by the end of the trimester and the students earn the party:)
     
    Science:  We will begin our direct science lessons this Monday.  By direct I mean we are always talking science in C-12, as science is EVERYTHING:)
    Our first unit focuses on the solar system, and our place in the galaxy and universe.  There may be science HW as we move through the unit, but there is not nightly HW in science.
    I spoke with the local stargazing club, and I ave booked them for October 16th if you want to pencil that in.  The event will start at 7is and runs usually for an hour or two.  They will set up high powered telescopes in the back of Green, and we will see some awesome "stuff".  More info to come as the date approaches.
     
    Social Studies:  The kids will rotate over to C-6 and have social science with Ms. Currin.  They will start with Native American regions of North America.  They will also be expected to know their oceans and continents of the world.  They will have a quiz on Tuesday the 28th.
    Students have received their Heritage Project packets, and they should be choosing a person from their family  to interview.  We will work on creating questions for the interview this week.
    By the end of the week they should have conducted the interview and had a parent sign off on the packet.
     
    Odds and Ends:
    • Music on Tuesday
    • PE on Thursday and Friday
    • DARE starts this Thursday
    • Wednesday is a 2 PM release for collaboration
    • Thursday and Friday 3 PM release
     
     
     
     
    August 14th, 2018 and OUR FIRST DAY OF WHAT IS TO BE AN AWESOME YEAR!!!

     

     

     

    Dear Students and Families,

     

               Welcome to room C-12.  This is going to be an outstanding year!!  For those of you who have not met me, here is a brief introduction.  I have been an educator for eleven years, a soccer player for life, and a soccer coach for twenty-one years.  I helped found and have been running the Green Garden Group for the past seven years and this will be my fifth year running Green's Recycling Program.  My educational background is in earth and environmental science and I look forward to integrating much of this field into our curriculum this year.  Here at Green I am one of the lead teachers in moving our science curriculum over to the Next Generation Science Standards.  Last year our 5th graders took the NGSS 5th grade state test.  NGSS is a shift in the philosophy of how true learning takes place and involves a lot of exploration for the students.   It also involves moving away from some of the science concepts previously introduced in the 5th grade.  Some materials overlap and I welcome the challenge on how to successfully combine learning from the past to this new methodology and material.  Should be fun.

    Over the years my classes have worked closely with a group called StopWaste.  Our main mission is to educate our classroom on ways to lighten their personal impact on Earth, and empowering the kids to create a community action plan to help educate our student body.  In the 2016/17 school year our action project was a video we created on how to lessen food waste.  It was amazing.  We came in 3rd place in an international video competition and we were recognized by the  UN Environment and the Commission for Environmental Cooperation of North America for our work in creating the video https://youtu.be/tBoQYxwN1dQ and reaching so many people.  We will once again work with the amazing staff from StopWaste, and who knows what this next group will create.  One thing is for sure, your child will take a closer look at "things" at home:)

    Together, your 5th grade “teaching team”, myself along with Mickey Shannon, Holly Battershell, Lisa Currin, Jeanette Rosin, Jackie Paul, and Grace Kim, have planned some amazing experiences for the children this year!

                In the upper grades, we have a “team” approach to teaching and believe that we can tailor our instruction to better meet specific learning needs if we work together.  I am proud to say our 5th Grade Professional Learning Community was recognized by the district a few years ago for our ability to work as a collaborative team and provide the best opportunity for all students to learn and achieve.  Given this philosophy, your children will also be working with the other fifth grade teachers on some special projects throughout the year.  Given this structure, please stop by and introduce yourselves to the other members of the fifth grade team.  Parent-student-teacher collaboration is very important to us. Our doors are always open.

                In the classroom, on the playground, and in the community, we have high expectations for our students.  We look for their best effort, a positive attitude, and personal responsibility for learning.  We want our students to be enthusiastic, confident, inquisitive, and independent learners.  During the year, your kiddos can expect  driven instruction in written language, science, social studies, mathematics, technology, community development, and reading comprehension strategies.  Students will concentrate on organization (please make sure your child has a binder and a homework planner ASAP), study skills (see our link on the web page), and time management.  They will also focus on oral presentations, research reports, large-scale math projects, and throughout all this work a great emphasis will be placed on developing each student's ability to work in small group settings.  I want to help students be the best team player they can so group projects go smooth and the final products are detailed, point driven(specific to instructions), and they show real learning has occurred. One of the most important components of elementary school is ensuring the kids are having fun and really want to come to school to be with their peers and the faculty of Green.  I look forward to inspiring and exciting your child to move forward in life.

    Dublin has adopted a new ELA program named Benchmark Advance.  It is a reading, grammar, vocabulary, and writing curriculum that is very thorough and involves whole group activities and lots of small group time to really focus our school day.  I have spent a number of days over the summer in professional development and at home in an effort to implement this new program, along with ELA lessons from previous years, as smooth as possible.  I look forward to the challenge and I know the kiddos will do great.

     Here is the link to look at the Common Core Standards: http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy and http://www.corestandards.org/Math  I will have each standard posted throughout the year and the students will have their own individual checklist to ensure we handle all of the 5th grade required standards.

     

                Homework consists of reading (30 minutes and evidence of a comprehension strategy), Accelerated Reader, math,  and science Monday-Thursday.  Over the weekend, I expect each student to have read for at least one hour.    Reports and writing projects have longer deadlines and will be assigned accordingly throughout the year.  A newsletter will be posted on my teacher website every week to detail the items planned for that coming week (tests, math concepts, projects upcoming, etc..).  You should sit down with your child every Monday for a few minutes and look over the weekly newsletter.  I will plan to have it posted every Sunday night.  If you need to contact me, email is the quickest.  We check phone messages at the end of each day.  Please don’t hesitate to notify us if we can help.

                I look forward to working with your children and having a terrific year!   More detailed information will be provided at Back-to-School Night on Thursday, August 16th.  Until then, please stop by and say “hello”.

                                                        See you soon!

                                                                    Mr. Ewing

     

     
Last Modified on May 19, 2019