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What’s Happening Next Week

Dear parents,

Here’s the overview of what we are working on in Grade 5 with suggested activities you might want to do on the weekend:

1. ES/MS/HS Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences on Thursday, November 22, 2018: Please, make sure to schedule your appointment on November 22! It would be quite difficult for us to accommodate late requests.

Students are expected to wear their official uniform.

Встречи в формате «Родитель-Ученик-Учитель» в четверг, 22 ноября 2018 года. Пожалуйста, сделайте всё возможное, чтобы назначить встречу именно 22 ноября! Нам будет довольно трудно найти время для встречи в другой день.

Ученики должны прийти в школьной форме.

2. Unit of Inquiry (UoI): “How the World Works – Forces and Motion”. The central idea of the unit is: “Exploring relationships between force and motion enables people to understand the world”. Please, ask your child about what questions they have about natural forces and motion and which scientific activity they liked/ learned the most from this week.

3. Math: Eureka Math, Module 2: Multiplying and Dividing Whole Numbers and Decimals. The End-of-Module 2 Assessment will be given to students on the 23rd of November, please review the mathematical operations and properties of multiplication by following the link and remind your child they have to show and explain their answer using a model and inverse operations.

4. English Language Arts (EAL): Unit 2: Feature Article and Non-Fiction Reading. We started to read non-fiction texts and explore non-fiction text features, you may want to ask your child about what non-fiction text features they would want to use in their writing. The Non-Fiction Text Features Chart can be found here. Make sure your child reads for at least 30 minutes every evening.

Enjoy the weekend!

Best regards,

Grade 5 Team

Annual Taganka Gift Drive

Happy Holiday’s from the student council!

Tuesday, November 20th, is the KICK-OFF for the 10th Annual (Maybe more) Taganka Gift Giving Activity. All students are encouraged to contribute to the gift giving by bringing Christmas items listed on a checklist and placed in a holiday bag. Student Council members will be delivering bags and check lists to classrooms, Pre-K to 5th on Tuesday, November 20th. Starting on Wednesday, November 21st, student council members will start picking up bags and placing them in a storage area until the close of the activity on December 10th.

What’s Happening This Week

Dear parents,

Here’s the overview of what we are working on in Grade 5 with suggested activities you might want to do on during the week:

1. Unit of Inquiry (UoI): “How the World Works – Forces and Motion”. It is an inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment. The new HTWW Vocabulary can be found here.

2. Math: Eureka Math, Module 2: Multiplying and Dividing Whole Numbers and Decimals. The classes will start working on division. You can find Math Vocabulary practice page here.

3. English Language Arts (EAL): Unit 2: Feature Article and Non-Fiction Reading. We will discuss non-fiction text features, how people can learn from reading and what strategies we can use to effectively do so (notetaking, mind maps, outlines, etc.). You can start preparing your child by discussing the differences between fiction and non-fiction texts. Make sure your child reads for at least 30 minutes every evening.

4. CogAT (Cognitive Abilities) Tests for NEW students continue next week.

5. Crazy Hair Day on Friday, November 16, 2018. Looking forward to seeing all the crazy hair, haircuts and hatsJ !

6. ES/MS/HS Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences on Thursday, November 22, 2018: Please, sign up for your conference.

Встречи в формате «Родитель-Ученик-Учитель» в четверг, 22 ноября 2018 года. Пожалуйста, запишитесь на встречу.

What’s Happening Next Week

Dear parents,

Here’s the overview of what we are working on in Grade 5 with suggested activities you might want to do on the weekend:

1. Unit of Inquiry (UoI): “Sharing the Planet – Conflict Resolution”. It is an inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share the finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolutions. This week the students learned how to access articles about different types of conflict on NEWSELA website and adjust them to their reading levels, please ask your child to share which conflict their article(s) was about and the different perspectives and resolutions they were able to identify in the conflict.

2. Math: Eureka Math, Module 2: Multiplying and Dividing Whole Numbers and Decimals. The students are focusing on multiplying multi-digit number and showing their thinking using the area model and checking the answers by following the standard algorithm. The Math Vocabulary+ Problems with examples can be found here. Most classes use IXL or Khan Academy to practice mathematical skills, please make sure your child does it. Here are more resources for math. Eureka_Math_Grade_5_Module_2_Tips_for_Parents

G5 Unit 2 Newsletters Combined

3. English Language Arts (EAL): Peer Editing in Writing. Please, talk to your child about the feedback he/she gets from the classmates and how this feedback can be used to improve their writing. Make sure your child reads for at least 30 minutes every evening.

4. CogAT (Cognitive Abilities) Tests for NEW students begin next week.

5. ES After School Activities (ASAs) Term 2 begins next week and will last until Christmas break.

Enjoy the weekend!

Best regards,

Grade 5 Team

What’s Happening the Week of October 29-November 2

Dear parents,

Here’s the overview of what we are working on in Grade 5 with suggested activities you might want to do during October break:

1. Unit of Inquiry (UoI): “Sharing the Planet – Conflict Resolution”. It is an inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share the finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolutions. This week students were engaged in meaningful activities, so it would be great to ask them about what the activities were and what they learned from them. You can also brainstorm different types of conflict and conflict resolution strategies.

2. Math: Eureka Math, Module 2: Multiplying and Dividing Whole Numbers and Decimals. Math Vocabulary for this week can be found here. Please make sure your child is familiar with different mathematical operations and the end results (sum, difference, etc.)

3. English Language Arts (EAL): Author Study: Roald Dahl. Please, talk to your child about the universal themes in reading, share the themes of literature you are interested in. Make sure your child reads for at least 30 minutes every evening (especially during break!).

4. ES After School Activities (ASAs): Term 2 Sign-Up ends on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. Please, make sure you receive a confirmation e-mail after completing the registration.

5. Halloween celebration and parties on October 31st, 2018. It is a chance to dress up and wear costumes! Class parties start at 2:45.

6. Enjoy the October Break! We will welcome your child back to school on Monday, October 29, 2018. Looking forward to hearing their vacation stories!

Best regards,

Grade 5 Team

What’s Happening Next Week

Dear parents,

Here’s the overview of what we are working on in Grade 5 with suggested activities you might want to do on the weekend:

1. Unit of Inquiry (UoI): “Sharing the Planet – Conflict Resolution”. It is an inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share the finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolutions. This week’s vocabulary activity can be found here.

2. Math: Eureka Math, Module 2: Multiplying and Dividing Whole Numbers and Decimals. Math Tips for parents can be found here.

3. English Language Arts (EAL): Author Study: Roald Dahl – the students are continuing to work in groups. The group members decide every day how many pages they should read until the group meets next time. Please, discuss the theme(s) of the book with your child. Make sure your child reads for at least 30 minutes every evening.

4. ES After School Activities (ASAs): Term 2 Sign-Up Begins on Wednesday, October 17, 2018. You will find the list of Term 2 activities displayed on the Penguin Life Office Bulletin Board (near 2002) on Monday.

5. It will be the last week before October Break!

Best regards,

Grade 5 Team

This week.

Dear parents,

Here’s the overview of what we are working on in Grade 5 with suggested activities you might want to do on the extended weekend:

1. Unit of Inquiry (UoI): We have started a new UoI “Sharing the Planet – Conflict Resolution” this week. It is an inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share the finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolutions. Please, talk to your child about how they define conflict and share examples on the personal, local and global level(s).

2. Math: Eureka Math, Module 1: Place Value and Decimal Fractions, focus on dividing fractions. Your child will bring home the original copy of the mid-module assessment they were given last week. Please, go over the assessment, reinforcing the idea that mistakes are opportunities for growth, help your child learn from their mistakes, correcting them and reflect on how well they did on the assessment using the rubric attached to it.

3. English Language Arts (EAL): Author Study: the students were divided in groups and assigned a book by Roald Dahl. Please, discuss the book with your child, ask questions about the characters, main idea, new words, etc. Make sure your child reads for at least 30 minutes every evening.

Best regards,

Grade 5 Team

What’s Happening This Week

Dear parents,

Here’s the overview of what we are working on in Grade 5 with suggested activities you might want to do on the weekend:
1. It is a short week! Please note there is no school for students on Thursday and Friday (October 4-5, 2018).

2. Unit of Inquiry (UoI): We are starting a new UoI “Sharing the Planet – Conflict Resolution” next week. The vocabulary for the unit can be viewed here. You can support your child by making flashcards with the new words and concepts, writing definitions in your child’s native language and discussing or playing matching and other word games with them. Also, please ask your child about what they did for their Civilization Project which was due this Friday.

3. Math: Eureka Math, Module 1: Place Value and Decimal Fractions, focus on multiplying fractions and conversion between metric units. You can access this week’s Math Vocabulary page here.

4. English Language Arts (EAL): Please make sure your child reads for at least 30 minutes every evening.