Week of November 13

Mrs. Swafford has a fun science activity planned for Friday.  Please click below to donate supplies.



Friends and Family lunch is this Thursday at 11:50 – 12:30.  I hope to see you there!! The annual raffle will take place.  This year the 5th grade teachers will take the winners to Marietta Diner for dessert one day after school in December.

Ellis Island

Friday, November 3, we are having an Ellis Island Immigration Simulation.  Information came home on a blue piece of paper last week.  Students will:

  1. Choose a southern or eastern European country to represent.

  2. Dress in the manner that an immigrant from this county would dress during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s

  3. Bring a food dish from the particular country the student is representing OR the country your family is from.  (enough to serve 20 people; preferably in disposable containers)

  4. Bring fake money from the European country they are representing (may be printed or drawn)

  5. Complete the autobiography assignment  Ellis Island Autobiography-1o4jc7l.  Use this rubric to see how it will be graded: Ellis Island Autobiography Rubric-1e1uajw  Here is an example: autobiography example ellis island-1ulqj6e

EXTRA CREDIT:  To learn more about Ellis Island, go to the link below to and answer the questions on this page: Ellis Island Interactive Tour Scholastic-1mwja5h


Georgia Parent Survey

The Georgia Parent Survey contains 24 questions and ALL parents are encouraged to participate.  The data will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphone or tablet. The Georgia Parent Survey is also available in Spanish. Parents may select the Spanish version within the survey. The Georgia Parent Survey link is posted below.

Georgia Parent Survey:


Pictures/Fall Break

Pictures are in! They will be sent home today 🙂  If you are interested in retakes, it will be October 17.

Conferences will be the week of October 16.  That week will be early release. I will be scheduling conferences when we get back from Fall Break. If you have a specific day or time you need, please let me know.

*October 12 is early release as well!

No school next week.  Enjoy your Fall Break!

September 2017

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend!  Because of the long weekend, Tuesday Trackers will be coming home this Thursday.  Progress Reports for the first 4 1/2 weeks will be included.  Please sign and return one copy of the progress report.

We have moved to a monthly reading log.  These were brought home today.  Please keep them on the refrigerator, or someplace safe, and keep up with them throughout the month.  These will be due on October 2.  For your convenience, click here for another copy. september reading log

This Friday we will be having a test in Social Studies on the causes of the Civil War.  A study guide was sent home and the students can go to Quizlet – Civil War Vocabulary to study as well.  Extra credit will be earned for anyone who turns in their completed study guide before the test on Friday.

I am so proud of this group of students.  They have worked very hard and have made the transition to 5th grade with great ease!

Online Resources

To access the Math Book:


Username: CCSD + student computer number (no spaces)

Password: Cobbmath1

Click on the book and it will take you to all the needed resources.

Social Studies Glossary and book


Quizlet.com/virginia_morgan  (Study sets for Vocabulary and other topics)

Quizizz.com (occasionally homework will be assigned on this site to study for a test)

Buttercup Sign Up:


Buttercup Sign Up, Jekyll Island, Solar Eclipse Pictures and more!

Hello from 5th Grade!

We have been so busy our first few weeks!  I finally have the sign up to take home Buttercup.  Please sign up for only one time to start.  After Labor Day you may add an additional date or two.  I want to make sure everyone has a chance to have Buttercup for a weekend.  Remember, Buttercup needs to be picked up from school and returned the next school day.  She is not allowed to ride the bus, but is happy to wait in the office until she can be picked up 🙂


Our Jekyll Island trip is March 26- 28, 2018.  If you missed the talk on this at Open House, there is information coming home in today’s Tuesday Tracker.  The cost is $250 and a $50 deposit is due this Friday. I also have a yellow commitment form for you to return to me.  Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  I am happy to speak with you.

Yesterday, we were able to watch the Solar Eclipse.  It was such an amazing experience.  Here a few pictures of our day 🙂

















We are all set with our supplies!  The only thing some kids still need are earbuds for work on the computers and ipads.  If you haven’t sent those in, please do so soon. Thank you so much for your support.  We are having a great year so far!!



Extended School Day August 21


On August 21st, the Cobb County School District has extended the school day by 45 minutes as a result of the solar eclipse.  In preparation for the event, we purchased the NASA certified protection eyewear for our 4th and 5th grade students and teachers.  Only students in those grade levels will be allowed to view the eclipse live outside with proper eyewear and parent permission.  Permission slips will be sent home in Tuesday Tracker folders on August 15th and must be returned by Friday, August 18th.  Students in K-3rd grades will be allowed to watch a live stream of the event from their classrooms.  Any students that have a portable classroom will be brought into the cafeteria to watch a live stream of the event.  As always, you are allowed to check your student out prior to 2:00 pm. We are asking for no checkouts from 2:00pm – 3:00 pm. There will be additional support in the front office from 11:30-12:30 to assist with early checkouts.  Dismissal will begin at approximately 3:05 with bus students. Please feel free to call the school if you have any further questions or concerns.

Great 1st Day of 5th Grade!

The first day of 5th grade is in the books, and it was fabulous! 

Tomorrow (Tuesday, August 1) Eastvalley celebrates its Independence Day with everyone wearing red, white, and blue and walking independently to class without their parents.

Thursday, August 3 at 6:00 is the PTA meeting and Parent Orientation. 5th grade is an exciting year and there is a lot for parents to know about.  I hope to see you all there!