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Transitioning to Middle School

screen-shot-2012-06-11-at-8-26-41-pm1As the year winds down, the kids are getting excited about entering Middle School next year. In order to support their transition, the Grade 5 teachers work closely with the MS admin team, the MS counselor and current grade 6 students to provide activities and opportunities that will help our current grade 5 students successfully transition to their new school life.

Beginning next week, Mr. George (the MS counselor) and Mr. Bohnen (MS assistant principal) will meet with each grade 5 class to introduce themselves to students, provide them with some important information and answer any questions the kids may have.

On Friday, May 27th, the grade 5 students will spend half a day in Middle school. During this time they will attend a series of short presentations given by current grade 6 students, attend an MS assembly in the Bolshoi to vote for next year’s student council representatives and finally, eat lunch with the other Middle school students in the North cafeteria. Students may use their AAS ID card to purchase lunch in the North cafeteria or, you can send in money for your child to buy some lunch.

Save the date! Grade 5 Moving Up Ceremony!

Dear Parents,

On Tuesday, June 14th we will be celebrating the grade 5 Moving Up Ceremony. This is an exciting day for all the students and we hope to make it a memorable one. The ceremony will be held in the Bolshoi Theater at 2 pm. We hope to see you there.

As for every special event, we expect all students to come to school that day in their formal uniform. If they have Physical Education they will need to bring their clothes to school and change into their formal uniform after PE. Boys are required to wear white shirts, ties, navy pants, and black shoes, whereas, girls wear navy pants, pinafores, or skirts along with white shirts, ties and black shoes.

The ceremony will last approximately forty-five minutes. We will have a celebratory snack in the Hall of Flags following. All students may leave with their parents after the ceremony.

This is another rite of passage. Entering middle school in the fall will be a whole, new and exciting experience for them. The Grade 5 team wishes all students the very best no matter where the future takes them.Uniforms

Grade 5 BBQ & Forest Walk

Thursday, May 5th from 12:30-3:00

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In celebration of the students completing their Exhibition projects, Grade 5 will have a celebratory BBQ and forest walk tomorrow. We will gather as a Grade 5 village in the courtyard tomorrow at 12:30pm. The kids will be treated to burgers (veggie burgers have been ordered for the children who requested), fries, veggie snacks and ice cream. (THANK YOU PTO!!)  After lunch, we will walk over to the lakes in the forest where we will play games, talk and just enjoy each other’s company. We will head back to school at about 3:00pm and be back in time for 3:30 dismissal. We will have a security escort with us.

You may want to consider sending your child in with the following…

  • sunscreen
  • water bottle
  • a light jacket/rain jacket
  • comfortable shoes for walking
  • Frisbee discs, footballs, soccer balls, baseball/softball mitts etc.
  • a small umbrella?
  • sunglasses?

In the event of heavy rain we will go with plan “B” and move everything inside.

Best wishes for a lovely, holiday weekend!

Eureka Math – Module 3

equivalent_fractionsIn Module 3, students will continue to develop their understanding of addition and subtraction of fractions as they build from their earlier work with decimals and fraction equivalencies. Specifically, students will work to understand how to add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators.

Please continue to encourage your child to use their revision time wisely, by reviewing their class work and focusing on areas that they find most challenging. Two online resources they will find helpful at this time are IXL and  mathisfun.com. In addition, please prompt them to advocate for themselves by independently contacting their teacher – by email or in person – to clarify any topics they might find confusing.

Please see the links below for a brief overview of the content being covered. The second link brings you to a Homework Helper resource, which shows the current methods being used during class instruction.

Module 3 Unit Overview

Module 3 Parent Homework Helper

3-way Student Conferences will be held next week

3-way Conferences will be held next week on Thursday, November 26th. 3-way conferenceThere is no school for ES students on this day. Please don’t forget to sign up. An email was sent out last week with instructions. Conferences are scheduled for 20 minutes each. Please don’t forget to note your time. We will do our best to stick to the schedules, but please try to be on time. This will be a student-led conference. The students will be sharing their progress with you, including their work toward their goals.Students should be in their formal uniforms. There won’t be enough time for us to talk in too much detail one-on-one, but we are always happy to schedule a separate meeting. If you would like to talk in more detail about your child’s learning, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher and schedule an appointment.

We look very forward to seeing you next week!

Informational Writing: Feature Articles

Grade 5 is now starting an inquiry into informational writing with a focus on writing “Feature Articles.” Feature articles are detailed pieces of writing which explore a variety of issues, opimagesinions, experiences and ideas. Though topics and stances vary widely, the purpose of a feature article is to engage and inform readers. We will set out on an inquiry into how published writers share what they know with their readers. Students will be immersed in and exposed to different types of feature articles that contain informational texts such as magazine articles, newspaper articles, blog posts and online articles.

This learning will be transformed to action by fifth graders writing their own feature articles about topicsimgres they know well. As experienced writers, they will go through the writing process, which requires planning, drafting, revising, editing and publishing. Explicit lessons focusing the structures, techniques and topics informational writers employ will help develop your child’s writing toolbox.

Throughout this unit, students will have opportunities to develop and demonstrate that they can…

  • introduce an informational topic clearly and organize information in paragraphs and sections
  • use topic specific language and vocabulary to better inform readers
  • use facts, definitions, details, quotations, and examples to develop an informational topic
  • organize and sequence an issue or topic
  • link ideas when writing an informational piece
  • include informational text features and multimedia to help readers better understand the message
  • write a concluding statement or paragraph to support the my topic when writing an informational piece

Supporting your child in selecting appropriate leveled reading material

As we embark on our journey to become better readers this year, we are taking time to help the children understand why choosing reading material that is at their level is important. Often we feel that if we provide young readers challenging material, this will help them to become better readers. Unfortunately, research shows that this is not the case. During their last year of explicit reading instruction, it is of the utmost importance that the children learn to choose reading material that is appropriate for their particular level of development as a reader. We will be conducting some reading assessments over the next couple of weeks that will give us very specific information on where your child is as a reader and what we, and what they, need to do next. The areas of focus for explicit reading instruction will be comprehension, decoding and oral reading fluency.

We have added a link below with a short article that talks about why it is important for children to choose developmentally appropriate reading material. The article was written for teachers but we think the message is universal. If you have a few spare minutes you might give it a quick perusal.

Just Because They Can Doesn’t Mean They Should: http://www.choiceliteracy.com/articles-detail-view.php?id=89

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Last week of 2014 – Reminders

Dear Parents, a couple of notes as we slide into the Holiday Break…

-This is a short week with no school on Friday.

-There are no after school activities this week.

-We will be running on a Friday schedule for this coming Monday, December 15th.

-Skating will begin after the break but the children will need to bring their skates this week to practice getting them laced up.

-Violin students will need their violins on Monday.

Supporting your child in selecting appropriate leveled reading material

As we embark on our journey to become better readers this year, we are taking time to help the children understand why choosing reading material that is at their level is important. Often we feel that if we provide young readers challenging material, this will help them to become better readers. Unfortunately, research shows that this is not the case. During their last year of explicit reading instruction, it is of the utmost importance that the children learn to choose reading material that is appropriate for their particular level of development as a reader. We will be conducting some reading assessments over the next couple of weeks that will give us very specific information on where your child is as a reader and what we, and what they, need to do next. The areas of focus for explicit reading instruction will be comprehension, decoding and oral reading fluency.

We have added a link below with a short article that talks about why it is important for children to choose developmentally appropriate reading material. The article was written for teachers but we think the message is universal. If you have a few spare minutes you might give it a quick perusal.

Just Because They Can Doesn’t Mean They Should: http://www.choiceliteracy.com/articles-detail-view.php?id=89

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Abacus Math Spiral 3

We are entering the final few weeks of the school year but there is still much we hope to accomplish with our students! Currently, we are mid-way through the third spiral of the Abacus math program. See below for a synopsis of the final areas of study before the last summative assessment for math this year.

-Recognizing events that are equally likely (Probability)
-Interpreting graphs
-Calculating perimeter of rectangles and compound shapes
-Relationships between units of time; time zones
-Reflection in up to two mirror/axis lines
-Rotation and translation
-Division of three digit numbers using standard written method
-Proportion and Ratio
-Prime numbers to 20
-Factorization of numbers up to 100 into prime factors

The final summative assessment in math will be given in the week of June 2-6.

The IXL expectation will remain at 90 minutes a week through the end of the school year.

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