May 19

Last few days – Reminders

A few reminders about the coming week.

Monday = full day of school. – Field Day – students should wear their colors.  Remember to bring a lunch.  A few students signed up for a sack lunch, but most said they would bring a lunch from home.

Tuesday = early release @ 12:30.  5th Grade celebration – 9:30 – 11:30.  WEAR CLASS T-shirt!  See Mrs. M to sign the “check out” sheet when you leave.

Wednesday = early release @12:30 – NO BOOKBAGS or BELONGINGS OF ANY KIND GO HOME ON THE BUS!  Sack lunch.

5th Grade Promotion Ceremony – 9:30 – 11:00 – You may take your student after the ceremony – please make sure we see one another before leaving with your child to sign the check-out sheet.

I know in the past, students have been given roses / flowers to hand out during the 5th grade walk.  This is a lovely thought, but it is very difficult for them to manage.  They want to be able to wave, high five, and hand out special notes during the walk.  Adding flowers to the mix can make it difficult for them to participate.

I will continue to update this post as needed over the next few days.

May 14

May 14th

This week at the Mill:

 

Monday, May 14th = 1950s Day – Dress in your best 50s attire!

Tuesday, May 15th = 60s day – dress in 1960s Flair! – COW DROP!!!

Wednesday, May 16th = FIELD DAY for 3rd – 5th grades

Thursday, May 17th = 1970s day – Hippie attire or 70s best.    Room 318 Science Fair – students will share the findings from their experiments.  Lab sheets from experiments are due.  No Whole-class presentations, just mini presentations to small groups of classmates and grade-mates.

Friday, May 18th = 80s Day – Sport those head-bands and leg warmers… it’s 80s day!    Decades Research is due today!  Leadership Night – Ten Years of Excellence Celebration.

Monday, May 21st = Decade Duel. – Talent showcase in Music class

Tuesday, May 22nd = 5th grade Celebration 9:30 – 11:30 in bus-port.  Sack lunches today & EARLY RELEASE @ 12:30

Wednesday, May 23rd = LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!!!  5th grade promotion ceremony & Last Walk 9:30AM – 11:00 AM

 


In reading this week we will finish our passages in Readworks.  These are our last reading assignments – we will be finishing up our last independent books this week as well!

In language arts, we’re finishing up our Survival Brochures.

In math, we have an in-class assignment and we’ll finish planning our field trips to space.  This was fun last week!

In science, everyone should be putting the final touches on their science experiments.  Please remember that you do NOT need a poster or anything fancy.  On Thursday you can present your findings with your lab sheet, photos (if you took some), or pieces of your experiment.  You must have your lab sheet ready to turn in on Thursday.  Please ask for help if you need it.

In Social Studies – you should be near the end of your decades research.  These packets are due on Friday and your team should have a Kahoot put together by Tuesday of this week.  We want to play your Kahoots as soon as possible to help us get ready for the Decade Duel!


We also have Field Day this Wednesday! – students will receive their team colors on Monday.

Friday is the Decade of Leadership celebration.  From 4pm – 6pm.  Many great presentations at the Mill on Friday afternoon/evening!  5th graders will be showcasing their Green-screen career videos.

Have a great last full week of school!

~Mrs. M

May 7

May 7th

We have 13 days of school remaining!

There are many cool things coming up for the kiddos in the next few weeks!

This week at the Mill:

May 7th – 11th = Teacher Appreciation Week – Thank you all for the wonderful lunches from PTA!  COW SALES this week!  

Tuesday, May 8th = Chick Fil A Night from 5-8PM

May 9th = Muffins with Moms for last names A-L

May 10th = Muffins with Moms for last names M-Z


NEXT WEEK at the Mill:

Monday, May 14th = 1950s Day – Dress in your best 50s attire!

Tuesday, May 15th = 60s day – dress in 1960s Flair! – COW DROP!!!

Wednesday, May 16th = FIELD DAY for 3rd – 5th grades

Thursday, May 17th = 1970s day – Hippie attire or 70s best.    Room 318 Science Fair – students will share the findings from their experiments.  Lab sheets from experiments are due.  No Whole-class presentations, just mini presentations to small groups of classmates and grade-mates.

Friday, May 18th = 80s Day – Sport those head-bands and leg warmers… it’s 80s day!    Decades Research is due today!  Leadership Night – Ten Years of Excellence Celebration.

Monday, May 21st = Decade Duel. – Talent showcase in Music class

Tuesday, May 22nd = 5th grade Celebration 9:30 – 11:30 in bus-port.  Sack lunches today & EARLY RELEASE @ 12:30

Wednesday, May 23rd = LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!!!  5th grade promotion ceremony & Last Walk 9:30AM – 11:00 AM


Assignments and Classwork this week include:

Reading:

  • Reading about Brown Vs. Board supreme court case  and the Space Race- Space Race ? set due Friday
  • CRAFT journals (if it applies)
  • several articles in Readworks.org – I’ve posted all read-works assignments for the remainder of the year.  As long as they are completed by the due date, students can work at their preferred pace to complete them.

Language Arts / Writing:

  • “How to Survive 5th grade” Brochures – due Tuesday, May 15th in published form.
  • Daily Language this week – quiz on Friday
  • Letter to Mrs. M or Mr. Kagan (Or both if you really want)  “How to be a better teacher”.  These are for-real.  Use your opinion essay skills to write this well-developed letter.  Your opinion matters.  How can I improve?  We will go over the rubric in-class.

Math

  • Graded Review assignment – similar to one from a few weeks ago
  • Planning a Field Trip = Problem Based Learning Task

Science

  • Continue to work on your science experiments and ask for help if you need it!  Lab sheets are due May 17th.
  • We will present our Bio-Tech Engineered animals on Monday and peer review the engineering
  • Tuesday – we will re-design animals based on peer review and reflection

Social Studies

  • We will work on our Decades research and projects this week.
  • Groups of students will create a review game of their decade –

Have a great week Pirates!

 

 

May 4

Book Swap in the Learning Commons

The learning commons has an exciting event next week!

Bring in a gently used book! You will receive a coupon for the type of book you bring: picture, fiction (chapter), non-fiction.

The kids are really excited about this – BUT…. Mrs. Allen needs volunteers to help out!

Use the sign-up genius link below to volunteer a few minutes of time to this exciting event!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D48A8AD29AAF58-book2

April 30

April 30th

This week at the Mill:

Wednesday, May 2nd – 5th grade panoramic picture – Wear your class T-shirt!

Thursday, May 3rd – Misinco/Kagan Author’s Breakfast – invitations coming home Monday    We’ve been posting about this for a while…. it’s finally time!

Thursday – May 3rd = Last day for media center check-out

Friday – May 4th = Cow Drop Sales begin

Coming up:

May 16th = Field Day

May 17th = Science Experiments, data, & conclusions complete.  Students will present their findings at school.

May 18th = Decades research is due!

May 18th = 10 years of Leadership Celebration  4:00 – 6:00 PM

May 21 = Decades Duel – we’ll battle out or knowledge of the 50s – 80s against other 5th grade classes!

May 22nd = 5th grade celebration 9:30 – 11:30 & EARLY RELEASE @ 12:30

May 23rd = 5th grade Promotion ceremony & Walk 9:30 – 11:30 & EARLY RELEASE @ 12:30

REMINDERS:

The last day of school, May 23rd, students should not bring ANYTHING home on the bus.  If you pack a lunch, it should be in a paper bag on this day.  No book-bags, All awards, report cards, six-flags tickets (if you participated), etc. will be mailed home.


We have 18 more days of 5th grade.  Wow – this year has flown by!

We’re working hard to finish publishing our final pieces for Author’s Breakfast.  Your kids are super excited to share their work with you!  If students need to, they will bring writing pieces home to finish typing this week.

Please continue to send in items for our STEM challenge – we need:

  • cans, plastic bottles, string, pipe-cleaners, duct tape, masking tape, craft feathers, Popsicle sticks, etc.

We will take the Reading Inventory and Math Inventory this week. 

We will also make a lot of progress on our science projects this week:

  • All testable questions are due on Monday – students should know what their experiment will be and exactly the question they will test
    • Students can log their Testable Questions in Edmodo.  It says “Quiz”, but it’s not – it’s just a way for me to easily keep track of who’s doing what!
  • Hypothesis will be written in-class on Monday (if it hasn’t already)
  • Independent & Dependent variable will be done on Monday.
  • Materials List & Procedures are due on Wednesday.
  • Data & Conclusion – due May 17th – student scientists will share their conclusions during class.

Most experiments will be conducted independently by students at home prior to May 17th.  No experiments are conducted on the share date.

Please contact me with any questions!

 

 

 

April 27

A Great Day!

We had a wonderful time in TN!  I bet your kiddos come home to you worn out!  By my count, we had over 10,000 steps today – nearly 5 miles of walking!  The rain made a soggy start to the trip, but my lunch time, we started to dry out!

Our group received several compliments and our class in-particular was phenomenal!  I had such fun with them and we made some great memories!

Please see my previous blog post about materials that we need for a grade-level STEM challenge for next week!  Thanks for all you do for our class!

April 26

STEM CHALLENGE!!!!

We’ve got a great challenge in 5th grade next week.  Students will LOVE our latest STEM.

Please send in your trash!!!

For real… we need:

Paper core tubes from wrapping paper, paper towels, toilet paper

Cardboard

Cardstock

Lids

Plastic bottles and/or jars

Pipe Cleaners

Metal cans of assorted sizes

Craft sticks (Popsicle sticks) or wooden dowels

Toothpicks

Bubble wrap

Wax paper

April 24

TN Field Trip

I posted some important notes about TN yesterday on a separate blog page.  I also went over these notes with students today.  These are official 5th grade reminders for students.

TN Field Trip Reminders (Parents & Students) –

THURSDAY, APRIL 26TH

  • Please arrive by 6:30 AM. No earlier than 6:20 AM.

 

  • The busses will leave promptly at 6:45 AM. We will not wait for late arrivals.

 

  • Please drop off your child at the CAFETERIA of the school. All classes will meet in the CAFETERIA.

 

  • Students will not be permitted to go down to the classrooms.

 

  • NO electronic devices (no cell phones, headphones, iPods, iPads etc.). The busses will not be secured when we are not on them. Since there will be NO devices, there should be no posting on social media while we are away!

 

  • Douglas and Mrs. Gurski will be sending text (Remind) updates throughout the day to let you know when we have arrived at each destination as well as if there are any changes to our arrival time back to school.

 

  • All teachers and chaperones will have cell phones, so there is no need for the students to have a cell phone.

 

  • DO NOT bring extra money – We will not be stopping at any gift shops.

 

  • You may bring an individual camera, but you are responsible for it at all times.

 

  • A snack will be provided on the way up to Chattanooga (Thank You 5th Grade Parents!).

 

  • Wear your class T-shirt and tennis shoes. You will be walking a lot!!

 

  • You may want to put sunscreen on BEFORE leaving home.

 

  • If it looks like cool weather, bring a jacket.

 

  • The students will be eating a deli lunch that is provided during the Riverboat tour.

 

  • We will return to the school’s back parking lot at 6:00. Parents please be prompt; there will be no supervision after 6:15 PM.

 

  • Please park in the FRONT parking lot and walk around to the back of the school, so the busses have room to drop off the students.

 

Parents please stress with your child that if there is inappropriate behavior your child will be sent back to the bus to be supervised by a chaperone.                          

 

PICKETT’S MILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Chattanooga, Tennessee Field Trip

Thursday, April 26, 2018

 

Itinerary

 

Arrive          Depart

 

6:30am     Depart Pickett’s Mill Elementary School.

 

9:00am      11:00am     Arrive at Raccoon Mountain Caverns where everyone will have a

guided tour of the caverns and be able to pan for gemstones.

 

1              11:45am      1:30pm     Board the Southern Belle Riverboat for a narrated cruise. Deli

lunches will be served on board.

 

2:00pm        4:00pm     Self-guided tour of the Tennessee Aquarium’s Ocean Journey and

River Journey exhibit halls.

 

6:00pm     Return to Pickett’s Mill Elementary School.

 

April 23

April 23rd

This week at the Mill:

All Week = Food Drive – send in donations this week to support local food banks

Tuesday 4/24 = Social Studies Test on Cold War /  Menchies & Moe’s Night

Wednesday 4/25 = Target Field Trip / Volunteer Luncheon

Thursday 4/26 = 5th Grade Field Trip to TN – extended day trip. – Read this post:

Friday 4/27 = Spring Fling @ Allatoona High School / Progress Reports go home

Coming up:

Wednesday 5/2 = 5th grade panoramic photo – WEAR CLASS T-shirt or grey t-shirt

Thursday 5/3 = Author’s Breakfast.  Join us for a fun filled morning of awesome writing and breakfast treats!

Friday 5/4 = COW DROP SALES BEGIN!  I have NOT been able to ride in that helicopter yet… 😉  just say’n.


This week we have tons happening!

Reading:  We’re really working hard to make sure all Career Portfolio projects are completed with videos.  We’re also all working to reach a class goal of 300+ books in reading!  So far, we’re at 243.

CRAFT Journals due this week (IF you did not reach PEAK).

Writing:  We’re working to perfect all the pieces we want to share with you during Author’s Breakfast.  Daily Language this week as well.  Friday = Daily Language Quiz.  We also have an in-class assignment on NoRedInk.

MATH:  We’re previewing some new skills in math.  Keep practicing.  Friday, we will have a math check-up.

Social Studies:  We begin decades research this week.  We also have a TEST on the Cold War on Tuesday.  Alphaboxes assignment is due Tuesday before the Test.

Science:  We will introduce our science fair project plans for the last 5 weeks.  Students will be choosing a very independent science experiment.  Our goal is for students to choose an experiment (or design and experiment) for which they can use the scientific process independently.  These are NOT elaborate science fair projects.  No major expenses, NO posters, fancy displays, etc.  will be created.  Ideas will be approved by myself or Mr. Kagan so we can ensure that the materials / process /  time-frame / etc., will be appropriate.  We will go over the details in-class on Monday with students and set due dates for the different phases of this assignment.

We want to finish this 9 weeks strong!  While Milestones are over, we still have several weeks of school remaining.  Keep working hard – you’re almost to the finish line!

April 20

April 19th

Please remember that Enrollment / Registration forms are due tomorrow.  Please send the registration form (signed) and the brown envelope back to school with your child.  The brown envelope is used to mail home report cards and other important paperwork at the end of school.  Returning this form ensures that your child is registered for school next year and that they have a schedule upon the start of middle school.

 

There is a LEGO Building Competition tomorrow at Due West Elementary.

Check-in is 5:30 – 5:50 pm

Competition begins at 6:15 pm

$25 registration