November 13-17

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Our canned food drive is still going on.  If you can, please donate!  Don’t forget to place a tag on your bag with your name, teacher, and number of items.

Class Thanksgiving feast is Wednesday, November 15th from 12:10-12:55.

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!

Upcoming Content: 

Reading: Students will get new Non-Fiction reading pieces this week.  Students will have their unit 6 vocabulary quiz on Wednesday, November 15th. Please make sure students are reviewing their vocabulary words each night!

Language Arts: We will finish our “Chocolate Milk” opinion pieces this week!

Math: This week in math we will review our decimals unit.  Students will have a decimals test on Friday, November 17th. We will also begin learning about fractions in math this week.

Social Studies: We will begin our Changing Nations unit this week.  Students will receive their learning contract on Monday!

Science: We will finish our Aquaponics system prototypes this week!

Upcoming Events:

11/15: Thanksgiving Feast- 5th Grade Students
11/20 – 11/24: Thanksgiving Holidays


November 6-10

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Hi Parents,

Thank you SO MUCH tho those of you who donated to the Ford Foundation during the Big Head Campaign!  Our class met our 100% class goal and celebrated on Friday with a movie and popcorn!

This Tuesday, November 7th is a teacher work day.  There is no school for students.

Finally, don’t forget about our Thanks 4 Giving food drive!  Let’s continue to do a great job of helping those in need in our community.

Upcoming Content: 

Reading: Students will get new Non-Fiction reading pieces this week.  Students will have their unit 5 vocabulary quiz on Wednesday, November 8th.

Language Arts: We will continue writing rough drafts for our opinion pieces on “Chocolate Milk.”

Math: This week we will begin dividing decimals using models.  Please have your child review the notes in their notebook.  We complete many of the models in class together to make sure students have a good understanding of what they need to practice.  We will complete Bellringer 10 this week.  Please review these with your child on Thursday night to prepare for the quiz on Friday.

Science: We will wrap up our classification and inherited traits unit this week.  Students will get their study guide on Monday and it will be due on Wednesday.  The test will be on Friday, November 10th.  The study guide and notebook will be the best way to prepare for the test.

Upcoming Events:

11/7: Student Holiday – Staff Workday
11/9:
Family STEM Night, 6:00 – 7:30
11/15:
5th grade Thanksgiving Feast


October 30th-November 3rd

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Hi parents and students,

We thank you for all of your donations to our Big Head Campaign.  We can’t wait to share the final results with you.  Remember, this money will be kept locally at our school to provide additional laptops for our Learning Commons and fund our STEM/PBL projects.

Tuesday, Oct. 31st in Halloween!  Students are allowed to dress up for $2 (for Foundation).  Remember no masks or toy weapons.

Upcoming Content: 

Reading: We will continue working with our non-fiction pieces and our scholastic weekly reader.  Later in the week, students will be introduced to a new non-fiction piece.

Language Arts: We will begin writing rough drafts for our opinion pieces on “Chocolate Milk.”

Math: We will continue working on multiplying decimals with and without models.  Please have your child review the notes in their notebook.  We complete many of the models in class together to make sure students have a good understanding of what they need to practice.  We will complete Bellringer 9 this week.  Please review these with your child on Thursday night to prepare for the quiz on Friday.

Science: We will begin discussing learned and inherited traits this week.  Students may refer to chapter 7, lessons 2 and 3.  Continue to review the notes in the notebook to prep for the end of unit test.  A study guide will go home this week and will be due Thursday.  The test will cover chapter. 6 and chapter. 7 will be on Tuesday, November 7th.  The study guide and notebook will be the best way to prepare.

Upcoming Events: 

10/23 – 10/30: Big Head Campaign
10/31: Foundation Friday – school appropriate costumes – $2.00 Donation
11/3: BINGO Night, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
11/7: Student Holiday – Staff Workday
11/9: Family STEM Night, 6:00 – 7:30


October 23-27

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Hi parents and students!

It was so wonderful meeting with you this past week!  As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns!

We have a busy week ahead!

Monday begins our big head campaign.  As you know we love our technology in 5thgrade!  The money raised from our campaign will go right to our learning commons where 15 additional new laptops will be purchased.  Another great part of this is we get back 10% of our class total.  This means 10% of what our class raises, will be given right back to what we need in our own classroom!  We thank you in advance for any and all support.  Please click on the link to donate.  https://4agc.com/donation_pages/ee84c117-fe30-433e-a022-c89ed5775764

This Tuesday, October 24th is the 5th grade musical, I Need a Vacation! 

Fifth Grade Musical – I NEED A VACATION! – Tuesday, October 24 – 6:30
We will present our 5th Grade Musical “I Need a Vacation!” on Tuesday, October 24th at 6:30 PM in the Ford Gym.  Fifth graders should plan on arriving by 6:15 PM.  All 5th grade students will participate in this performance.  We will also have 2 school performances that morning at 8:15 & 9:00 AM.
Costumes: Students should wear their 5th grade t-shirt and school appropriate shorts/pants.  It’s best if the shorts or pants have pockets!
SUNGLASSES: All students need to bring in a pair of sunglasses (any styles if fine) by October 19.  It’s best if sunglasses are labeled with the student’s name and stay at school from October 19-24.

This Friday, October 27th, we will have our fifth grade lock in from 6:30-10:00!!

Upcoming Content: 

Reading: In reading this week, we will be working in reading groups with non-fiction pieces.  We will also begin Unit 4 Vocabulary.  We will have our test next Monday, October 30th.  Please make sure students are reviewing the words each night.

Language Arts: We will continue our opinion writing this week.  We will continue working on good introductions, hooks, conclusions, and body paragraphs.  We will also focus on how to elaborate and add details.

Math: We will begin multiplying decimals this week.  We will teach this with the models and with the traditional algorithm. We will also complete Week 8 bellringer.  Please review these problems with your children at home.  The Bellringer Quiz will be on Friday, October 27th.

Science: We will wrap up chapter 6, which is classifying plants and animals.  Please make sure your child begins to study their vocabulary.  The test will be Friday, October. 27th.  Continue to review notes in the notebook as well.  We will not have an accelerated option for this chapter.

Social Studies: Our next social studies unit will be changing nations.  Here are some of the standards we will cover.  I suggest picking one of the topics and reading a book or watching a video.  Have some conversations with your child so they can have some background knowledge of what we will be doing.

SS5H3 – The student will describe how life changed in America at the turn of the century.

SS5H3.a -Describe the role of the cattle trails in the late 19th century; include the Black Cowboys of Texas, the Great Western Cattle Trail, and the Chisholm Trail.

SS5H3.b – Describe the impact on American life of the Wright brothers (flight), George Washington Carver (science), Alexander Graham Bell (communication), and Thomas Edison (electricity).

SS5H3.c – Explain how William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt expanded America’s role in the world; include the Spanish-American War and the building of the Panama Canal.

SS5H3.d – Describe the reasons people emigrated to the United States, from where they emigrated, and where they settled.

SS5H3.e –  Describe the impact of westward expansion on Native Americans; include the Battle of the Little Bighorn and the relocation of Native Americans to reservations.


October 16-20

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This week is conference week.  I look forward to meeting with you all.  Students are dismissed at 12:15 this week.

Academics for this Week: 

Reading:  In reading this week, we will be working with reading comprehension strategies.  Students will get into their book clubs this week and find out which book they will be reading.

Language Arts: We will continue to collect evidence to build a strong opinion piece.  Students will work on building strong statements, introductions, a solid body, and a good conclusion.

Math:  We will continue to work with place value and rounding decimal numbers.  We will also begin multiplying decimals this week. There will be no bellringer this week.

Science: We will continue our classification unit.  Students will be expected to read Ch. 6 lesson 2 and complete the workbook pages by Thursday, October 19th.  Students will then be expected to read chapter 6 lesson 3 and complete the workbook pages by Monday, October 23rd.  Unit vocabulary is due on Wednesday, October 18th. Please do not forget to add pictures! We will have the vocabulary test on Thursday, Oct. 26th.

Upcoming Events: 

October 16-20: Conference Week

October 16-20: Bookfair


October 9-13

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Hi parents and students!

I hope you have had a wonderful and relaxing weekend!  I can’t believe the first nine weeks of school is already over! I look forward to meeting with you all for conferences next week.

Academics for this week: 

Math: In math this week, we will continue working with place value, rounding, and adding and subtracting decimals. Students will be working on various performance tasks this week to extend their understanding of decimals. We will also work on Bellringer 7 this week. The Bellringer 7 quiz will be on Friday, October 13th.  Students will also take a decimal quiz on Friday, October 13th.

Reading: We will be reading the story, “Thank you ma’am” and working with theme this week. We will also work on Unit 4 vocabulary this week. Students will take their test on Friday, October 13th.

Language Arts:  We will continue working on our opinion piece on chocolate milk.

Science: We will begin our characteristics and traits unit.  Students will receive their science contract on Monday. Please review and sign this.

If you have any questions, please let me know!

Upcoming Events: 

October 9-13th: Fall Festival Spirit Week

Monday: Ford spirit wear day

Tuesday: Wear candy corn colors

Wednesday: Wacky tacky day

Thursday: Boots, bows, and bandanas

Friday: Plaid is rad

Thursday, October 12th: Early Release

Friday, October 13th: Ford Fall Festival 6pm-8pm

October 16-20th: Parent teacher conferences


October 2-6

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Hi parents and students,

I hope you have had a wonderful and relaxing fall break!  I cannot believe it is already October!

Upcoming Content:

Reading- In reading this week, we will conclude our novel study on Hatchet.  Students will complete activities on the theme and characterization.

Language Arts- Argument/Opinion writing- Is Chocolate Milk more harmful than helpful? Students will get unit 2 spelling words on Monday and will have a test on Friday, October 6th. 

Math- Continue to review order of operations, multiplication, division; Introduction to place value and decimals; Students will take a test over math topics from the first nine weeks on Wednesday, Oct. 4th.  We will redo Bellringer 6 this week, and students will take the quiz on Friday, October 6th. 

Science- We will get fish this week and continue to work in groups to come up with a design for our Aquaponics system.

Social Studies- Continue to review battles and figures of the civil war; review reconstruction; The acceleration option is due on Tuesday, October 3rd. A study guide for the civil war test will go home Monday and will be due on Wednesday. The test will be on Friday, October 6th. 

Upcoming Events:

October 4th: Picture Retake

October 9th: Canned Food Kick off

October 10th: First 9 week 25 book challenge celebration

October 12: Early Release

October 13th: Fall festival


September 18-22

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Hi parents and students!

Thank you parents for the testing snacks!  The students work so hard and it is nice to see them relax and enjoy an snack once testing is over.

A few reminders:  

The 5th grade activity fee is due by September 22.   Please keep the information form in a safe spot as it will need to be referenced several times throughout the year. Also, return Lock In permission forms as soon as possible.

Ford Elementary has been selected as a stop on the U.S. Education Department’s Green Strides Tour. In order to minimize disruptions for our students and families, we will begin dismissal 15 minutes early on Tuesday, September 19th. Bus riders will dismiss at 2:00, and car riders will begin as soon as the buses leave campus (around 2:10). Please expect your children home about 15 minutes earlier this day, and ensure that someone is at the bus stop to meet them.

We will finish up IOWA testing on Monday and Tuesday.

Upcoming Content: 

Reading- We will complete Hatchet this week.

Language Arts- We will be working on writing activities that correlate with Hatchet.  Sort 1 spelling words were given out on Friday. The test will be Friday, Sept. 22.  Students will be expected to complete a spelling activity each night of the week.  Activities options will be given out on Monday.  Sort 1 spelling words are posted on my blog.

Math- We will continue reviewing division strategies.  Bellringer Week #6 will be given out this week with a quiz on Friday, Sept. 22. We will also have a division quiz on Friday, September 22nd.

Science- Students will work in groups to continue designing their Aquaponics system using the engineer design process!

Social Studies- The civil war vocabulary test will be Wednesday, Sept. 20th.  We will continue discussing Civil War leaders, battles, and reconstruction.  Be sure to begin reviewing notes in the notebook (specifically causes and battles).  The accelerated option is due on Friday September 22nd.

Upcoming Events: 
9/19: Moe’s Spirit Night, 2:00 – 9:00 pm (3348 Cobb Pkwy.)
9/25-9/29: Fall Break

As always, please reach out to me if you have any questions.  Thank you for your continued support.


September 11th – 15th

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Hello parents and students,

This week we will have IOWA testing.  Thank you to those of you that signed up to bring in treats!

Events this week:

Thursday, Sept. 14th please wear red, white and blue for our National Anthem Day. Chick Fil-A-Night from 5-8pm.

Saturday, Sept. 16th- Green Apple Day of Service 8am- noon

September 19th- Early dismissal begins at 2:00

Please consider donating cases of water or toiletries for the Hurricane Harvey relief.   

Keep an eye on the weather reports…any updates will be posted on the county website and I will communicate via email or Remind if anything changes.

Academics for the week:

Reading- We will continue with Hatchet.  We will also incorporate our Scholastic Weekly reader.  We will begin Unit 3 Vocabulary this week.

Language Arts- We will incorporate Hatchet in our writing use the RACE strategy.

Math- We will continue to review division and previous taught skills (multiplication, expressions, place value, and order of operations).  There will not be a bellringer this week.

Science- We will begin to think about what we want our Aquaponics system to look like.

Social Studies- We are still studying the Civil War.  This week we will focus on the battles and leaders.  Workbook pages are due Sept. 15th.  The vocabulary test covering the Civil War terms will be on Friday, Sept. 15th.

Thank you for all you do!


September 5 – 8

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Hi parents and students,

I hope you have had a wonderful and relaxing Labor Day weekend!

Here is a glimpse of next week:

Reading- We will continue reading Hatchet and completing correlating activities this week.

Language Arts- We will continue practicing the RACE strategy with various reading strategies.  Later in the week, we will be working on writing assignments that correlate with Hatchet.

Math- We will review place value (digits 10 times greater than, 10 times less than, etc)., multiplication (including word problems) using the algorithm, and various strategies to divide.  We will have a division quiz on Friday.  ** There will be no Bellringer this week.**

Science- We will start Aquaponics this week!  Students will learn about different Aquaponics systems and begin thinking about what kind of system they would like to have in their classroom!

Social Studies- This week in Social Studies we will begin discussing the Civil War. On Friday, we went over the Social Studies contract. Please look over this with your students and sign it by Wednesday September 6th. The vocabulary for this unit will be due on Friday September 8th. I am asking that students read chp. 5 by Monday Sept. 11th.  You may break up the reading to fit your schedule.  We will begin to discuss tensions between the North and South and events (battles) of the Civil War.  A few due dates to keep in mind:  vocabulary and pictures are due Sept. 8th by the end of class.  The vocabulary test on the words will be Sept. 13th.  We will make sure students have the correct terms to study by this Thursday.  Workbook pages will be given out this week. These will be due on September 15th. We will work on the atlas pages in class.

Thank you parents for all of your support!  Have a great week!