What’s Happening this week

Dear parents,
Happy 2020!
Here’s our weekly update:
1. Math: We have started Unit Four ‘Multiplication and division of fractions and decimals’. You can find helpful math tips for the new unit G5 Unit 4 Tips for Parents and G5 Unit 4 Topic A Newsletter. The focus continues to be on a deep conceptual understanding of what happens when we multiply and divide fractions.
2. Language: This week students have started working on the texts for their persuasive speeches they will be delivering before February Break. As inspiration they watched Birke Baehr’s TED Talk on Choosing Organic Farming.
3. UoI: Students have completed their Rube Goldberg machines. Our next unit, ‘Where We Are in Place and Time’, is coming up. The vocabulary for the new unit can be found here. Students will be researching how we got to now.

Also, if weather permits, students will have their field trip to Gorki Park for ice skating on Friday morning.
Best regards,
Grade 5 Team

What’s Happening This Week

Dear parents,
Here’s our weekly update:
1. Math: We are working on Unit Three ‘Addition and Subtraction of Fractions’. You can find helpful math tips for the new unit here and here.
2. UoI: Students continued exploring how changing variables in our inquiry lab activities studying Newton’s Three Laws of Motion. They also conducted their own experiments that focused on observing and studying buoyancy, friction, inertia and momentum. The week after break, students will be working on making Rube Goldberg machines. Students are asked to start bringing in clean household materials to use to build their machines.
3. Visiting Author & Writing: Last week Laurie Halse Anderson, our visiting author, met with Grade 5 students to talk about her books. She presented they way she does research and revisions when working on her historical fiction writing. Laurie mentioned that she never considers her work finished, even after it is published. We hope this could serve as an encouragement to our students who are approaching the final stages of working on their feature articles and getting them ready to be presented on December 18.
Best regards,
Grade 5 Team

What’s Happening Next Week

Dear parents,
Here’s our weekly update:
1. Math: We have started Unit Three ‘Addition and Subtraction of Fractions’. You can find helpful math tips for the new unit G5 Unit 3 Tips for Parents and Topic A.

2. Language: Students have started working on the feature articles that they will present and share with all other Grade 5 students on Wednesday, December 18. Students continue reading nonfiction focusing The Big Questions, “What surprised me,” “What did the author think I already knew,” and “What challenged or confirmed what I already knew,” and Sign Posts, number and stats, contrasts and contradictions, and quoted words, extreme language, and word gaps.

3. UoI: This week students continued exploring how changing variables in The Roller Coaster game can change the outcome of the roller coaster’s movement based on changing variables. They also conducted their own experiments that focused on observing and studying buoyancy, friction, inertia and momentum in our Science Lab.

4. Please help Taganka by bringing in your donation bags.
Best regards,
Grade 5 Team

What’s Happening This Week

Dear parents,
Here’s our weekly update:
1. Personal Safety: This past week and next week we are joined by Mrs. Hinton who discusses personal safety, consent, safe adults and safe words with our students. We encourage you to continue this important conversation at home and review what steps your child should take if they are in an uncomfortable and not safe situations.
2. Math: We are wrapping up Unit Two with end of unit tests. We will be starting Unit Three ‘Addition and Subtraction of Fractions’. You can find helpful math tips for the new unit G5 Unit 3 Tips for Parents.
3. Language: Students are working on reading and writing their own non-fiction articles, and discussing their progress and findings in class.
4. UoI: Students are selecting and preparing experiments to recreate that focus on how different objects move when influenced by various forces (like gravity, friction and electromagnetic forces).
Thank you all for seeing us for the Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences these past few days. We look forward to continue supporting our students together.
5. Tuesday begins our B rotation. Students will be swimming. 5FS starts swimming on Tuesday.
Best regards,
Grade 5 Team

A Message About ES Drama

ES Drama 2020 for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade

The ES Drama team will be holding auditions this year on Thursday, December 5th and Friday, December 6th. There are only 30 spaces available for the 2020 ES Drama musical and, therefore, there will be only 30 spaces available for auditions.

Please read this IMPORTANT PARTICIPATION INFORMATION before considering signing up for an ES Drama audition.

Parents: We hope that only students seriously interested in performing in a musical will sign up for an audition. Please do not sign up your child for an audition without speaking to him/her first and ensuring this is something she/he wants to commit to doing for 12 weeks.

The ES Drama team will assign a role to each of the 30 students who audition based on the consideration that everybody who signs up for an audition is someone who is serious about making the commitment to being a part of our show.

Audition sign-ups will be coming out through TimeCenter, the same method used for signing up for Parent-Student-Teacher conferences. Look for this information in a message on the morning of Friday, November 29th, at 10:00 A.M.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO TIMECENTER TO SIGN-UP!

VERY IMPORTANT: If there are extenuating circumstances that prevent a student from attending an audition on December 5th or 6th, then please sign up for one of these audition days/times anyway and contact Ms. Cevallos (kristina.cevallos@aas.ru). We will not open auditions up to those who have not signed up (we can only take 30 students), but we will work on rescheduling with those who have signed up for an audition who are unable to make it on one of those days.

We are looking forward to creating a wonderful musical production with our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade thespians!

Warm regards,
The ES Drama Team
Kristina Cevallos, Pol Sembrano, Anastasia (Nastya) Antonik, and Jeff Hinton

For Band Students

Hello Parents,

The band concert is coming up on Thursday, December 5th at 6pm (1800).

· Fifth Grade Band students will not go home after school on Thursday. They should go to the S. Cafeteria after school (by 3:45) -(If they have an ASA-after school activity-, they can go to that if they have let Mr. Wolf know about the ASA in a written note or email, and then join for pizza at 4:30ish or 5 at the latest).

· Students should bring (not wear) their formal uniforms that day. Formal uniforms are outlined on the school website.

· Students will be supervised in the South Cafeteria and fed options of pizza//veggies/juice

· They’ll be given time after snacks to change into formal uniforms

Fifth grade band plays the first few minutes of the concert. After the fifth graders play, we will put instruments away, then come in to join the audience in the Bolshoi. We encourage students to join their families in the auditorium to watch the more advanced ensembles play. This is a very important part of musical development.

We have worked hard since learning how to put these instruments together in September and are very excited to present a few of the pieces we have learned!

Thank you,
Mr. Wolf

What’s Happening Next Week

Here’s our weekly update:
1. Unit of Inquiry (UoI): We have started our Forces and Motions unit, How the World Works. Please see the vocabulary list Grade 5 Vocab Bank – HTWW. Students will focus on observation and recording, questioning, and hypothesizing. Students will also explore variables that affect motion.
2. Math: In Math, we are working with operations between multi digit whole and decimal numbers. We have moved into division and division of decimals. Students will develop a deep conceptual understanding of division and know how the standard algorithm works through modeling.
3. Language: We have started our nonfiction unit. We were looking at the nonfiction signposts to help us understand texts. Here is a nice article about a teacher using the signposts and what they are. After reading analyzing various feature articles, students have started working on their own feature articles.
Best regards,
Grade 5 Team

What’s Happening This Weel

Dear parents,
Here’s our weekly update:
1. Unit of Inquiry (UoI): Continuing last week’s topic of conflict resolution, this Wednesday grade five students watched Doctor Suess’ The Sneetches and discussed the issues raised in the piece, as well as connected them to the country project that they have been working on and real-life scenarios that they have experienced.
We are wrapping up this unit and will begin our Forces and Motions unit, How the World Works. Please see the vocabulary list here.
2. Math: In Math, we are working on Unit Two: ‘Multi-Digit Whole Numbers and Decimal Fraction Operations’. You can find helpful Unit Two Math tips to support students at home G5 Unit 2 Tips for Parents and G5 Unit 2 Newsletter. We are getting ready to move into division and division of decimals. Students will develop a deep conceptual understanding of division and know how the standard algorithm works.
3. Language: We will begin our nonfiction reading unit and writing feature articles. We will be looking at main ideas and the nonfiction signposts to help us understand texts. Here is a nice article about a teacher using the signposts and what they are.
Best regards,
Grade 5 Team