Clubs pictures tomorrow! Please make sure your child wears/brings any t-shirts/vests to school that they might need for the following pictures:

  • Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl
  • Kilometer Kids (both semesters)
  • Morning News
  • Safety Patrol (both semesters)
  • Science Olympiad

The chorus pictures will be taken at International Night on March 22nd

Please email Nurse Karetha at [email protected] and let her know if your student has been diagnosed with the flu by a health care provider this year.

Remember – the best way to stay well is to wash your hands thoroughly and do not touch your face.  Stay home if you’re not feeling well.  Germs are not something we want to share at Mountain View!  See the school website for more info on the flu and how to prevent it.  Check out these important short videos!

This Thursday, at 8 am, all clubs will have their pictures taken for the yearbook! Safety patrol students should bring their vests to school for the picture, both 1st and 2nd semester safety patrol.

Friday I will be absent, but students will still take an electricity quiz over static electricity, current electricity, and insulators/conductors & Line Plot test.

Writing- We have officially started our 3rd quarter informational writing focus. Students will spend the next 7 weeks mastering how to construct an informational research paper, and our first topic we are writing about is Immigration.  The reason why we are writing about Immigration is because it is a fifth grade standard that we have already learned, so they have prior knowledge on the topic which will allow them to focus on learning how to write an informational essay rather than learning the information that they are trying to use in their essay all at the same time.

Reading– We are going to start out focusing on identifying the main ideas of non-fiction texts and recognizing the difference between main idea and topic. The texts that 5th graders read have multiple main ideas and topics within the text, so there is quite a lot for them to absorb as they are reading. We had a very helpful conversations yesterday about why the kids are intimidated by non-fiction books, so it is my goal this year that they leave me just as confident and excited about reading non-fiction books as they are about reading fiction books.

Math– We finished up multiplying fractions, and have started dividing fractions.  So far, so good with this concept. Students will take a test on Friday of this week over Multiplying and Dividing fractions. We will be moving onto 2-dimensional shapes next!

Social Studies– Now that we have finished WWI, our focus is onto life in America during the Roaring 20s and The Great Depression. Yesterday students started our ‘ABC Book’ project, which you should have received the directions page for from your child. The directions page requires your signature, so if you did not see it last night please ask your child for it so they can get your signature and discuss it with you. The graphic organizer for this project is due next Friday, the 2nd.  The final project is due Thursday, February 15th.  We will have a WWI and 1920s test next Tuesday. Students are to finish the Moby Max lessons on these two topics before the test.

Current Nightly Homework Assignments:

-20 minutes on Moby Max in either Language, Vocabulary, or Reading Informational (will be recorded in their agenda what the weekly assignment is). This week their focus is Language.

-Math Spiral. I also encourage them to spend time on Moby Max Math nightly/as often as possible.

-ABC Project: Although we are working on it at school, it is going to require their attention at home as well. They can work on it as they complete the 1920s and Great Depression lessons on Moby Max, and I have also put research resources under the SS tab to guide them in their research for the project.

-Read 20+ minutes for pleasure

Important Dates:

*Author’s Tea – This Friday, the 26th. Please join the 5th grade anytime between 8:30-9:45, in our classrooms, to listen to the students read their wonderful writing to members of our community.  This will be a fun celebratory event to acknowledge how hard our kids work in writing! We will also be celebrating 100th day of school as a grade level this day. Students are encouraged to dress 100 years old, in celebration of this milestone in the school year!

*5th Grade Slide Show Baby Picture: Please email a picture of your choice to [email protected] by Friday, February 2nd. This picture will be used during one of our exciting end of the year 5th grade events – the 5th Grade Slideshow which will displayed at the Moving Up Ceremony and a keepsake for your child’s 5th grade year. The subject line should be your child’s name and Norris. This is NOT the same thing as purchasing a Congratulatory Yearbook Ad for your child, but you are more than welcome to use the same picture.

*5th Grade Congratulatory Yearbook Ad – Deadline to order is February 16th. Here is the link for more information on this:

*Purchase your child’s yearbook by 2/16 for a discounted price! For more information, and to order, follow this link:

*Rock Eagle Permission Slip – due by February 9th. If you are interested in chaperoning, but have not sent back the form, please do so ASAP so that we can draw to determine who the lucky parent will be to accompany us on the trip!

*Simpson Student Tour/ Rising 6th Grade Parent Night – Students attending Simpson will take a field trip tour of the school on Feb. 6th during the school day, and that evening is Parent Night for Rising 6th grade student’s parents from 6-7 pm.

*February 9th – MVE Winter Dance. Pre-purchasing tickets is required, follow this link to do so:

*Please take time each weekend to wash jackets, water bottles, wipe down backpacks, binders, etc. to help prevent illnesses during flu season. We are trying to be preventive at Mountain View in combating the flu that we are hearing about on the news lately.

The deadline for yearbook entries has been extended to THIS FRIDAY, January 26th, 3pm. Students should deliver entries to Mrs. Armstrong in the Art room and are welcome to drop by any time to pick up materials if needed, or to drop off entries.


There will be 1 5th grade art piece selected for the front cover, and another 9 student work pieces displayed throughout the yearbook!

Happy almost weekend!! I wanted to update you all considering our day off on Monday and how that will impact the pace of what the students are learning in the classroom:

Social Studies – Our WWI quiz will be moved to Thursday of next week (1/18), rather than Tuesday. World War I is a topic that has SO much information to be learned, and SO much that the kiddos want to learn, but we simply don’t have the ability to do it all in 5th grade. We will be focusing specifically on why the US got involved, the impact that the US had on the war, and the Treaty of Versailles. With that being said, I have posted interesting videos, websites, blogs, and articles to the blog for their pleasure. I have also assigned the WWI lessons on Moby Max to students, and they will need to complete that before the quiz on Thursday. There is something about the history  of wars that students just can not get enough of, and although I genuinely wish I could teach them all of the astonishing facts and hard realities of every single war it is just truly impossible. If you have any family members who have a history in WWI, WWII, or anything historical during the time period, I would love to make time for that to be discussed and shared with us in the classroom. Students love to bring in things that are from their family’s war related experiences/accomplishments. If it is okay with you that they  bring something in it is perfectly fine with me, please just let me know to be expecting it so I can make sure it is taken care of appropriately. After we finish WWI, we will cover the 1920’s and the Great Depression. We will test over WWI, the 1920s, and the Great Depression on Friday, January 26th.

Math – We have moved onto multiplying fractions. This is very closely related to the conceptual understanding of multiplying decimals, which we have already done. I have assigned the Moby Max multiplying fractions lessons to each student for at home practice and reinforcement. We will take a quiz on Multiplying fractions on Tuesday (1/16), and then will move onto dividing fractions.

Things are going to continue moving quickly, and this point in the school year typically requires daily reinforcement of material at home. If you need anything at all, please do not hesitate to let me know.

Have a wonderful weekend!!

What a way to start 2018 in P.E…. Today OUR class was so wonderful that Coach Janas asked for them to be able to have extra P.E., and to stay to help out with the Kindergarten babies!! So…. the students were willing to make up today’s Social Studies lesson at home.

Tonight for Social Studies Homework:

  1. Watch the following video:

2. Use the following power point to complete the notes page that you received in class today. You  are to complete both pages of the notes page.

WWI PowerPoint For Students

Other Homework:

-Read at least 20 minutes independently

-at least 20 minutes on Moby Max under LANGUAGE category

-Math Spiral Monday & Tuesday