STEM next week

East Side’s last school wide STEM Day is May 15th.  Our 5th grade students will be doing an awesome activity involving animal family creations.  We are asking that parents donate the following items if they are able:  paper core tubes (toilet paper/paper towel rolls), cardboard, plastic lids (bottle caps), empty metal cans (soda/canned goods), assorted fabric scraps (preferably neutral colored), and plastic bottles (various sizes).  Please send in these recycled items by Monday, May 13th.  Thank you in advance for your help in making our last STEM day a huge success!

Art Show Thursday

The Art Show is Thursday, April 26th from 5:00-8:00 pm in the Gym. All students have framed artwork on display. Frames can be purchased for $25.00 each. Students who cannot attend the Art Show, but wish to purchase their frame, may do so by sending a check payable to East Side Elementary with a memo “Art Show” on the check and envelope. This is a fundraiser for the Art Program, but more importantly, it is an opportunity for the students to view their art work in a gallery-like setting.

Please email Mary Kaltreider (art teacher) if you have any questions!

Important Info.

Hi Parents!

If you have not sent in the orange human growth and development permission sheet, please check off yes or not and send in tomorrow.  Yellow folders will be coming home tomorrow with graded work and info. on the upcoming trip to Chattanooga.

If you were not able to come in last week for the preview for the upcoming Human Growth and Development program, there is a second opportunity to come in and  look at the information your child would receive. This is not the original presentation by Kathy Krueger but rather an opportunity to look a the information in a folder format with photocopies of the slides from her PowerPoint presentation.  If you would like to have an opportunity to look at this information please email Virginia Hetzel (4th & 5th counselor) at [email protected].

 The second preview session will be tomorrow, Tuesday, April 24, at  10:00-11:00 am or 2:00-3:00 pm.


This week

Hi Parents!  Folders went home today with registration paperwork for middle school.  Please check it out and make any corrections and send it back.

Also, I sent an email to all parents today about the 5th grade finale!  Please check that out.

Day 2 of milestones is done, and I am so proud of how focused and well behaved our class has been during testing!


Report Cards

Just a reminder that I sent report cards home today along with any remaining graded work from quarter 3.  All grades in yellow folders that are sent home from here on out will be in the quarter 4 grading period.  Can’t believe we are in quarter 4!  Time has flown!

Please sign report cards and folders to return tomorrow.

Hope you are having a good week!

Excited that we are making edible cells in science tomorrow!

What’s Going on This Week?

This is the last week of Quarter 3!  I can not believe it!

Here is what we are covering this week:

ELA: Students are editing and proofreading their persuasive essays so they can turn them in on Wednesday.

We are also studying figurative language this week (similes, metaphors, alliteration, etc.).

Math:  We have officially begun our unit on volume!  This is a complex unit, so today we started with unit cubes and began seeing the concept of 3 dimensional figures and the unit cubes that make up the volume.  This will be a challenging quarter, so I highly recommend practicing these skills in the afternoon and making sure that your children are completing their homework. 🙂

Science:  Wednesday we are testing on Electricity and Electromagnetism.   We will begin cells on Thursday.

Social Studies:  We are finishing the great depression this week and entering into World War II.  Students are wrapping up a timeline project on Tuesday to conclude the unit before entering World War II.

Reading:  We are wrapping up our fantasy unit this week.  Students will be assessed on the multiple concepts of this unit.  We will then be focusing on multiple perspectives of the same topic, along with a combination of both fiction and nonfiction comprehension.

This Week’s Happenings

*Wednesday morning students will be taking their Panoramic picture with the entire 5th grade. Class t-shirts are preferred, or if not available, then a shirt in a similar color.  Picture money and envelopes are due tomorrow morning.

Math:  We are finishing/assessing on multiplication and division of fractions.  We will begin our complex unit on volume this week!

Science: We are finishing electromagnets and electricity and moving into cells. *School wide STEM will be on Friday!

Reading:  We are wrapping up our fantasy unit!  Students are doing a fantastic job in their fantasy book clubs and their creative fantasy splashes to show their knowledge and understanding!  We are finishing symbolism, theme, and lessons learned from fantasy stories.

Social Studies:  We are working on our project for the Roaring 20’s and the Great Depression.  It will be due on Tuesday.

Writing:  Students are finishing their writing process for their last opinion piece of their choice.  They are either in the typing their final copy phase, or they have begun editing!

This Week’s Happenings

Math:  We have moved into division of fractions.  This week we will be focusing on real world problems!  Students blew me away today with their motivation to figure out in partners how to solve this new math concept today with the word problem!  Some chose to draw models, while others wanted to use manipulative pieces to figure it out.   We began whole numbers divided by unit fractions today and will be moving into unit fractions divided by a whole number later in the week!

ELA:  We will continue working on our persuasive essays and organizing their research to support their position.

Reading:  We are continuing on in our fantasy unit and focusing specifically on complex fantasy characters and symbolism this week.

Science:  We are working on circuits and magnetism this week.

Social Studies:  We have entered into the Stock Market Crash, the Great Depression, and the Dust Bowl.  Students have been able to see the contrast between the Roaring 20’s and the Early 30’s.

What’s new this week?

Math: We are working on multiplication of fractions and multiplication of mixed numbers.  This includes solving the problems with models as well.  Students are really “wowing” me with their hard work and understanding!

Reading:  We continue on this week with our fantasy unit!  Students began new book clubs this week with a fantasy book of their choice!  This week we will be studying complex vocabulary and details in these fantasy books.

Social Studies:  In social studies we are studying the “Roaring 20’s” and the Stock Market Crash.

Science:  We continue on with circuits this week in our electricity unit!

ELA:  We have begun the second part of our argument unit.  Students have formed groups for their new essay topics.  They have just begun sorting through their research, identifying their thesis, and discussing reasons to support.

*We have a field trip on Friday of this week to see the Atlanta Symphony!!!

Valentine’s Day

This week for Valentine’s Day we will be doing compliment bags. I will supply the bags and students will be passing them around to write kind things about each other on the bag. These bags are where students can drop their valentine or candy. I will supply the bags. If you have any questions, let me know! Thanks!