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April 16-20

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Thank you so much for all of the donations for testing week. The students absolutely love these special treats!

Milestone testing will wrap up early this week. Science testing will be Monday and social studies Tuesday. Students were instructed to take home both of their notebooks on Friday. Make sure they spend some time reviewing materials taught previously this year. There is a lot of content to remember.

ParentVUE will be up to date by Monday.

Academics this week:

Reading– Independent Reading Project. Please review and sign the guidelines for this project Monday night. Students will be expected to complete all requirements during class time. Continue reading chapter books at home nightly…6 stickers are due at the end of this nine weeks, for a total of 25 by the end of the year

Language Arts– Vocabulary Workshop Unit 15. Test on Friday.

Math– Continue to review all concepts this year; review notebook pages each night. Bellringer quiz will be this Friday.

Science– Constructive and destructive forces & Victory Garden activities.

Social Studies– Economics; All week students need to study the map of important locations (located inside the social studies notebook).

March 12-16

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Book Fair Week: Students are allowed to go to the book fair each morning to purchase books. Check the Ford website for afternoon hours.

Lost Mountain Visit: On Tuesday, counselors from Lost Mountain will have a presentation for all 5th graders who will attend Lost Mountain for 6th grade. Be sure to ask them how it was!

Early Release Day: Students will be released early on Wednesday at 12:30.

The Hiding Place PBL: The students completed a Problem Based Learning/STEM project on Friday. They did a fabulous job working together and solving the problem that was presented. We will share these on Monday and Tuesday and the grades will be posted to ParentVUE. Project photos will be uploaded to Edmodo for you to view. You will be so impressed with their problem solving skills; I AM!

The Victory Garden PBL: The students will complete a planting guide on Monday for their square foot garden project. We will be working in the gardens on Tuesday and again on Friday. Please have your child dress appropriately on these days. Generally, a light jacket and tennis shoes work fine. If you want to send gardening gloves for them to use that would be okay too.

Picture Day: March 20th is our Spring Picture Day. Please keep the order form and money at home until that day.

Report Cards: These will be sent home on March 21st. As always, please sign the envelope and return it Thursday.

 

February 19-23

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WINTER BREAK HAS ARRIVED. I hope you all have a relaxing week and get to spend some quality time with your family.

Check the red folder for an update on your child’s reading progress. Please sign and return the orange sheet of paper on Monday, Feb. 26. Also note that 2 novels were read aloud to them in class and are included in the number of books they have read this 9 weeks. I expect all students to complete the reading requirements by March 21st. This is a great week for some of them to catch up!

Monday, February 26th- KSU field trip. We will leave from Ford around 9:15 and will return around 1:30. This is a great preview for our upcoming WWII unit of study.

Our hydroponics station is up and running! We are growing Basil, Cilantro, Oregano, Buttercrunch Lettuce, and Romaine Lettuce! Be thinking of some great recipes. I would love to have a parent volunteer for a cooking lesson!

Thank you for making Valentine’s Day so much fun! The boxes were amazing and the kids LOVED seeing the creativity. It was also very thoughtful of you guys to send special gifts to me. I am SO SPOILED and thank you from the bottom of my heart!!

Enjoy the break!!

Kellee

 

February 5-9

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A few reminders:

Grades will be 100% up to date on Friday. When you sign the behavior folder this weekend, you are also stating that you have checked the grades online.

The school dance is Friday from 6:30-8:00.

Please continue to send in box tops!

The class will exchange Valentine cards/candy next Wednesday. Please refer to the detailed sheet that was in the red folder last week. Email me with any questions.

Academics for the week:

Reading- We are wrapping up our novel study and completing final projects this week. On Friday, we will watch the movie, Pictures of Hollis Woods. Students are allowed to bring popcorn and a soda.

Writing- Look for several pieces of writing to come home in the red folder. We are still working on creating a solid response to a question that requires text evidence.

Math- This  week we will begin working with line plots and completing our study of fractions.

Social Studies- Projects are due Wednesday. Two rubrics were given to the students last week that will be used to grade both the project and the oral presentation. Practicing at home is encouraged.

Unit test: Friday, Feb. 9. A study guide was provided last Friday for the upcoming test over WWI, the Jazz Age, and the Great Depression. This is a great way to help your child review.

January 22-26

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Welcome back! I hope you all enjoyed the snow days last week. As we work to catch up, please note that there might be a little extra homework this week. Thank you for following up with your child to make sure they stay on top of this at home.

KSU field trip/money- please turn in ASAP. 

I will send out Remind messages for all dates that were changed due to the days off. Students will also write new due dates in their agenda on Monday!

Reading at home (2.5 hours per week) is still required. Students are expected to record minutes read and the title of their book in the agenda. These are checked each Monday. Once a chapter book is completed, the students need to type a book review in Biblionasium (log in with Destiny). A total of 6 book reviews are to be completed by March 21st.

Academics for this week:

Reading: We will continue our novel study, Pictures of Hollis Woods. 

ELA: Evidence based writing, conjunctions and interjections.

Math: There will be an assessment on multiplying fractions with models on Tuesday. We will review this skill Monday in class. We will begin dividing fractions later this week. Notes and examples will be added to the math notebook. Students are encouraged to bring this resource home nightly to assist with homework.

Social Studies: WWI, The Great Depression, and The Jazz Age. There is an Acceleration Project for this unit of study. Students are allowed to work with one partner. If the project has a written component, each student is expected to turn in their own writing piece. Project choices can be found on the learning contract that is glued into the social studies notebook. Students were given an additional worksheet that details the requirements for each project. As questions arise, please encourage your child to write them down and COME ASK ME. I will have them write the answers down so that they can communicate with you. This is a great way for them to take ownership for their learning. Check the agenda for the project due date as it might change due to the snow days!

December 4-8

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Important Dates/Events:

December 4th; Holiday Shop- Our class will be going to the Ford Holiday Shop. Please send money in the envelope that is in the red folder.

December 6th; Atlanta Symphony- Students need to dress nicely on this day.

Academics:

Reading/ELA: We will begin working on non-fiction text in guided reading groups. Grammar- We will wrap up our unit on prepositions and beginning conjunctions and interjections.

Math: Adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers.

Social Studies: We are wrapping up our “Changing Nations” unit of study.

Science: Matter unit of study will begin the week of December 11.

 

November 13-17

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Thanksgiving Feast: Thursday, November 15

ParentVUE: Grades will be 100% up to date on November 15th. This is the 4 1/2 week mark for the second grading period. When you sign the “Accountability Sheet” on Friday (in the red folder), you are stating that you are aware of your child’s current averages.

Class Spelling Bee: We will be holding a class spelling bee this week. The top two spellers will represent our class in the Ford Spelling Bee on December 18th. Good luck to all students!

Minute to Win It” Holiday Party: December 20th (8:30-9:30) Mrs. Galyon will be contacting you soon with volunteer opportunities for our holiday party. I will need several parents to help manage each station! The students always have so much fun playing these games and I need your help make it possible. As always, parents are invited to enjoy this event with us! We would love to have you there.

Holiday Party Book Exchange: Our class will have a book exchange on December 20th. I will be placing another Scholastic Book order on December 1st. More information will be sent home in the red folder this Friday! In the past, parents have loved taking advantage of this order to purchase their class book exchange novel AND some books to be given as gifts.

November 6-10

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Our Big Head Campaign was a HUGE success! Our class donated a little over $1,000. That is so amazing! Thank you for investing in your child’s education.

Our Canned Food Drive is currently going on. Make sure to put Mrs. Strickland on the outside of the bag if you choose to donate! Last year our school collected over 10,000 cans! Let’s do it again.

ParentVue is currently up to date. Please check your child’s grades online.

I will be sending information home on Friday regarding a class holiday book exchange. Look for this information in the red folder. Can you believe the holidays are approaching???

We began a new social studies unit today, A Changing Nation. Students should begin the unit vocabulary this week. It is due November 13th.

There will be a vocabulary test this Friday over Unit 7.

Our math focus this week is on dividing with decimals. The students will be working with models Monday night and then moving to the traditional algorithm by the end of the week. Check at home for understanding. Give them a few practice problems each night. The quiz will be given on Friday.

Have a wonderful week!

October 30-November 3

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Hi Parents!

Thank you for all of the donations to our Big Head Campaign! I can not wait to share the final results with you! Remember, this money will be kept at our school and will provide additional laptops for our Learning Commons! Thank you for investing in your child’s education.

Tuesday, October 31st is Halloween! For a donation of $2.00 your child can wear their Halloween costume to school. The costume needs to be school appropriate and masks/props need to stay at home. Once again, your donation will go to the Ford Foundation!

A HUGE THANK YOU to all of the parents who sent in donation for our Candy Factory book celebration! Remember that the goal for this nine weeks is SEVEN chapter books. Students will complete a book review for each chapter book on Biblionasium. Weekly minutes read (2.5 hours per week) should be logged in Biblionasium also. I have modeled how to do this in class, but if anyone needs assistance I will be glad to help!

Academics for this week:

Reading: We will continue our novel study, Wonder. There will be an assessment over Part One: August and Part Two: Via later this week. Studying is not necessary since we are having daily class discussions. The movie, Wonder, comes out November 17th. I hope that we can all go see the movie together as a culminating activity! I let you know details once the date gets closer.

Language Arts: We will continue working on our opinion piece, “Should schools serve chocolate milk?”. I am very pleased with the progress the students are making. We are also writing opinion paragraphs about our novel study. These are written in the reading journal and grades will be added to ParentVUE- they will not be in the red folder.

Math: We are currently studying modeling decimal multiplication and using the traditional algorithm. There will be a quiz over these skills Tuesday, October 31st. Students can review their INB in preparation for this assessment. We will then shift our focus to modeling decimal division.

Science: We are wrapping up our unit on Classification and Traits. The assessment for this unit will be given Friday. There will be a study guide provided, but reviewing the Science INB will be just fine.

 

 

September 18-22

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Important Updates and Reminders:

(1) The due date for the social studies project has been changed to Friday, September 22.

(2) Thank you for donating all of the special treats during IOWA testing. The students really appreciated everything! If your name was not on this donation list then you will be at the top of the list during Milestone testing. Mrs. Galyon assigned treats based on ABC order.

(3) We will be adding a cover crop to our garden beds this week. Earth Parents are not needed for this day, but they were AMAZING on the day we had to weed our beds!

(4) Thank you for purchasing books from Scholastic online. I placed the order Friday and I’m crossing my fingers that it arrives before the Fall Break. We will place another book order in mid-November.

(5) Please make sure your child is reading at home. The reading goal for this nine weeks is SIX chapter books. Sometimes students do the reading but fail to complete the mini-book review. The students wrote in their agenda how many book reviews they have turned in. Please initial that you see this.

(6) Fifth grade lock-in permission slips are due on Friday along with the donation.

 

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