Mrs. Harrell's 5th Grade Blog

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Let’s have 100% Mastery!



Please have your child practice his or her multiplication facts until mastery. While many students are making progress, we have a few who are making mistakes on assignments as they have yet to fully memorize their facts.

As a class, we have reviewed strategies previously learned in 4th grade, such as the area model and partial product, as well as our continued practice finding the product using standard algorithm. All students had the opportunity to create a “Progression of Multiplication” booklet to assist in understanding how repeated addition, the area model, partial product, and standard algorithm are related. Below you will find a video that will assist in understanding how to multiply 2 -digit by 2-digit numbers.

Please let me know if you have any questions and/or concerns.

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Open House


Please join the 5th grade team on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 6pm to learn about the exciting things your child will be learning this school year along with our B3 expectations! We look forward to seeing you this Thursday evening!

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Welcome to fifth grade!

My name is Dawn Harrell and I am one of your teachers the 2018 – 2019 school year. I hope you had a wonderful summer break! Don’t worry, the fun is not over as we are going to have an awesome time learning so many new and exciting things in 5th grade!


Please check my blog weekly as I will have important information about the topics we will be studying for the week, as well as any additional information you may need to know.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at [email protected] . Email or writing in your child’s daily agenda is the best way to reach me. If you prefer, you can call the school and leave a message for me and I will return your call. Our school number is 678-842-5814.

I am looking forward to an exciting ten months of learning with your child!


Dawn Harrell

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Lunch with students



We welcome you to come and enjoy lunch with your student on the stage! However, when joining your student for lunch, only your student is permitted to eat with you on the stage.  Lately, there has been an issue with multiple students dining with one adult taking up the limited seating and generating lots of traffic in the stage area with students moving between their classroom seating and the stage area.

Thank you for your cooperation in making sure we provide ample space for guest diners and in reducing the amount of traffic at the stage area.

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Equivalent Fractions


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Ready, Set, READ!


Six Flags Read to Succeed

Once again Nickajack students  will have an opportunity to earn a free ticket to Six Flags by reading for 6 hours. The Read to Succeed program encourages students in grades K-6 to read for fun – outside of normal schoolwork. Students will earn a free ticket by completing 6 hours of recreational reading. They may read anything – books, magazines, newspapers, etc. – not associated with schoolwork, no textbooks for example.

Each child has received a copy of the parent letter and student reading log.   I’ve also included links to the parent letter and the student reading log that your child will receive today, just in case.

Please encourage your child to participate in this program, which will run through Tuesday, February 27th.  It’s a great way to earn a FREE Six Flags ticket.  Who doesn’t like free?  Happy reading!


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A lesson on fractions

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Friends & Family Luncheon


Dear Families-

In learning from past Friends and Families visits and from today’s luncheon, we wanted to pass along some important tips that could really benefit you and the school.  Our hope is to be helpful.

If you’re able to bring exact change to lunch ($3.75), that would really help the school and keep our lines moving smoothly.

We know parking is always difficult at The Jack, this is one reason we moved this event to three days versus two.  As you’re parking around campus, if you would please be very aware of handicap spaces, handicap ramps, our fire lanes, and the school’s entrance/exit.  We always want to make sure our emergency vehicles can access our school in case of an emergency.  We also have buses that pick up ½ day students and those ½ day students are picked up at the front of our building as handicap access is necessary.

Thank you all in advance for helping out and we look forward to seeing everyone soon!

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The book fair will begin on  Monday, 11/13 at 8:30 a.m.  The fair will be open throughout the school day and select hours after school – see schedule below – it will not be open before school (7:15-7:50).


Monday        8:30a.m. – 4:00p.m.

Tuesday       8:30a.m. – 5:00p.m.

Wednesday 8:30a.m. – 5:00p.m.

Thursday     8:30a.m. – 6:00p.m.

Friday          8:30a.m. – 12:00p.m.***


Gift Certificates for teachers will be on sale in the Learning Commons until next Wednesday.  Students with money to purchase a certificate may be sent to the Learning Commons and we will deliver the gift certificate to the teacher. Students will not be allowed to deliver gift certificates. We  will accept cash or a check.

Students that have a large amount of coins will need to count their money, place in an envelope and put the amount on the front of the envelope.  We will not count for them and we will not accept handfuls/bags of coins for payment.


  • We need your plastic grocery bags. Drop them off in the Learning Commons at any time or send them by your child.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you and/or your student at the book fair!

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Happy Fall Yall!


Fall Festival Volunteers Needed

Parents –

The PTA is seeking volunteers for the Fall Festival (October 13). The Fall Festival is one of our largest events at NES and a lot of its success relies on having volunteers to assist in various capacities (set up, carnival games, food etc). Most of the volunteer opportunities are for 45 minutes. In addition those who volunteer will receive 5 FREE tickets (to be used towards games or pizza).


Sign-up genius link: http://www.signupgenius. com/go/30e0f45abaf2ea5fe3- 2ndannual

Nickajack Book Club

Our counselor, Mrs. Weber, will be offering a book club in support of parents who are raising boys. The first book will be The Mind of Boys. The book club will have 5 meeting dates starting on October 20, 2017 and ending on December 15, 2017. Please see the attached flyer for additional information about this great opportunity to learn more about our boys and how their minds work.

Book Club Flyer-wqtiee

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