Ms. Guarino's 5th Grade Class at Blackwell ES

January 22, 2018

Welcome back after such a spotty return from Winter Break. All Talent Show applications are due Wed, Jan 25.

Blackwell 90th Birthday Open House is this Sunday, Jan 28 from 2-4pm. Everyone is welcome.

Reading Logs will come home in Tuesday Folders tomorrow. None due for tomorrow.


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Fundraiser This Saturday


to benefit Jenny Lane

WHERE:  Blackwell Elementary School cafeteria

WHEN: This Saturday, December 16th, 8:00am-10:00am

WHY:  Jenny Lane, sister of Blackwell’s Teacher of the Year, 3rd grade teacher Liz Chandler, was injured in a horrible accident this past weekend.  While out walking in the snow with her husband and son, a tree branch fell on her, hitting her in the head and severing her spinal column, which has caused permanent paralysis. Jenny has a long road to recovery, and she and her family need any and all help from Blackwell and its surrounding communities.

Individual donuts and donuts by the dozen will be available for a minimum donation.  Additional donations are also welcome.  Please consider stopping by the school, enjoying a donut (or two), and making a donation.

SANTA will be here for pictures, too!

If you are unable to stop by the school on Saturday but would still like to make a donation, please go to: 


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Ms. G’s Goals


These are my 3 goals to accomplish before Winter Break:

  1. Write our informational essay that we’ve been researching
  2. Complete Pop Up Book
  3. Math – make sure everyone understands how to add, subtract, and multiply fractions and mixed numbers so we can input touchstones
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Take Home Folders 12/4

Take Home folders went home today with a grade checklist (pink). Please sign and return.

Also, the instructions and parameters of our Dec Book Project – Pop Up Book is on purple paper – please sign and return that as well.

Tomorrow is the final day to submit payment for reservation of Movie Night (blue paper). Send in if you want to have a night free of kids. J


I did not get the final novel assessments graded, sorry. I will get those done by this week.


The final installment for Rock Eagle is due by 12/20.  The new total per student will be $105.25, instead of $130.  Any chaperone that is not paid in full by December 20th will be removed from the chaperone list and we will roll their payment to cover any outstanding balance for their student.  For any additional money that is not used can be refunded with a written note requesting a refund. If you have NOT paid in full, you have an ORANGE ½ sheet with your balance and payment envelope.


Reminder: please sign up to donate items for the STEM day on 12/12.  Any supplies not sent in by Friday, I will have to purchase.

Thanks to Lisa Graham for setting up, and to Mr. Nevois for purchasing all the bulk items from Home Depot! You both rock!

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Welcome Back from Thanksgiving

Upcoming this week:

Novel Assessments Friday 12/1

Biblionasium or Reading Log due 12/6

Pop Up Book Project:  Select a book by 11/29, read by 12/11, due 12/20

The students voted on a new book project, and will do most of the work in class.  However, they need to select a book, and have the book completely read by 12/11.

We will have a whole school STEM day 12/12 and I will be asking for supply donations.

Math: We are beginning multiplying fractions this week.


Dec 4-5 Human Growth and Development

Dec 6 Symphony field trip to Lassister

Dec 8: Maker Space

Dec 12: STEM day

Dec 13: Choral Field Trip

Dec 15: 5th grade Holiday Party 9-10am

Dec 19-20: Early Release Days

Dec 20: Last day of 2nd 9 weeks

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Thanksgiving HELP

We have 2 different community helpful options going on:

By Friday, Nov 3 – Donate items for 5th grade gift basket to Atherton Recreation. Kids can join us at 10:30 to deliver items.

Item suggestions: DVDs, Crossword/Sudoku puzzle books, chapstick, hand lotion, decks of cards, magazines, greeting cards, book of stamps, board games, non-skid socks/slipper socks, etc.

By Friday, Nov 10 – Donate items to fill MUST Ministries food baskets.  This is a HOUSE competition and the winning house will have tickets added to their total for Quarter 2 party.

5th grade is asked to bring Peanut Butter, Canned Tuna, Mayonnaise, Mustard, or Ketchup.


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Wear Old Clothes to Art thru Nov

From Ms. Mckeehan – Art Teacher

Please wear old clothes to art as we are continuing our painting projects through the first few weeks in November.

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No Place For Hate Week

October 23-27 2017 is No Place For Hate Week

Please take time to discuss these concepts with your child to reinforce the culture that kindness and tolerance make the world a better place. Thanks for making our community a great place to live!

MONDAY: ‘No Place For Hate’ Kick off Day:

  • Focus: We will hand out ‘No Place for Hate’ stickers (and 5th graders will get cool bracelets). Today is the day students sign NPFH Promise.
  • You can wear: Students & staff can wear No Place for Hate colors of black and yellow of a No Place for Hate shirt to show our commitment to being a safe place to learn.

TUESDAY: We Are All Same, We are All Different

  • Focus: In our diverse world we all have things that make us unique and things that we have in common. We will focus on how we are all part of different houses (Spike, Max, Blackwell and Bulldog), but we are all part of the Blackwell Elementary family.
  • You can wear:   You can wear you “house” colors or a Blackwell shirt. Reminder of house colors: Spike=Yellow/Gold  Max=Purple     Blackwell=Blue   Bulldog= Black/Silver

WEDNESDAY: Be Someone’s Hero Day:

  • Focus: Being someone’s hero means that you stand up for them when they need help. We’ll focus on how we can improve being an upstanding member of our community.
  • You can wear: You can dress up as Super Hero or as a Community Helper Hero.

THURSDAY: It’s a “Wonder”ful Day #choosekind

  • Focus: The movie “Wonder” is coming out soon. The theme of the movie is acceptance and kindness, so that’s our focus for the day. Mrs. Shackleford will be reading the children’s book called “We are all Wonders” by RJ Palacio to emphasize the need for tolerance in our world and in our school.
  • You can wear:   Wear a shirt with a positive message today. If you don’t have one, you can make a sticker or sign with a message reflecting kindness and acceptance.

Friday: Diversity Day

  • Focus: Each student at Blackwell comes from a unique culture and heritage. We will be celebrating all of the differences that make our community unique. Each class will be celebrating this day with different activities and opportunities to share.
  • You can bring:   Each classroom teacher might have a different way to celebrate diversity day. Students can bring something special they want to share about their heritage/culture. This can be a photo of a family tradition or a CD of music special to your family.
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10/11 Second Quarter

Second Quarter is here, and we all have a fresh start. The students and I have had a community meeting to improve our use of kindness and inclusion at recess, and to streamline what is happening in rotations. We are also adding some “songs” to our end of day music.

We also learned how to log our reading minutes online in a program called Biblionasium and we are going to be trying that out these next few weeks to see if it works for us rather than a written Reading Log. Stay Tuned for official directions!

10/12 Thursday – Early Release

10/16-20 Conference Week

10/23-27 No Place For Hate Week

—we learned some new, exciting technology called StikBots, and we will be making some “movies” to show during No Place for Hate Week


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