Review for Math and PresentationPosted by A Michelle Mayfield on 3/17/2021Dear Parents,I wanted to be sure you are aware that I have asked your child to be reviewing their math to prepare for tomorrow's test. Tonight is the last chance for review. Students have their homework packet and their problem set. The answers for both are online in our OneNote notebook. That is why I have asked them to take their laptops home tonight.I have also asked them to share their Rights Essay presentation with you. We will be recording it in class tomorrow and Friday and I will be sending each presentation to each parent. Please help your child to make changes if they are needed to make sure their essay makes sense. Thank you for your support.
March 2021Posted by A Michelle Mayfield on 3/2/2021
Every student has completed their book labels for their quilt square, so I will be working on putting the rest of it together at home. I am excited to see how it turns out. I love the idea of a child getting book ideas from a quilt on their bed.
We are about to finish our latest novel, Wonder. We have had great conversations about how we should and shouldn't treat each other (and especially people who look different from us) at school and in public. Our next novel will be The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963. We will be discussing the Civil Rights movement as we read that book.
We just finished our We the People history unit, but we are still working on our Rights Essays. We will be presenting them in Flipgrid and sharing them with parents since we can't do an in-person presentation this year. My goal is to have those ready before Spring Break.
We will be starting our unit on Matter. Students will be experimenting with different substances. Don't be surprised if they try some experiments in your kitchen. :)
In math, we are moving from multiplication of fractions to division of fractions. Asking students questions about fractions at home would be a great support. (What is half of 10?)
I love working with your children. I hope you all are staying healthy and happy. Have a great week!Michelle Mayfield5th Grade TeacherProspect Elementary208-350-4009 extension 8-131-1127"Empowering Students to be Lifelong Learners"Responsible ~ Respectful ~ ResilientPAWSITIVE SHOUT-OUT/RECOGNITION: Want to recognize a staff member or school eventwith a PAWSITIVE SHOUT OUT? Use this link any time to say thank you and recognize anamazing staff member or event. PAWSITIVE SHOUT OUT Link
End of Semester 1Posted by A Michelle Mayfield on 1/28/2021Dear Parents and Students,Tomorrow marks the end of semester 1. As a result, I would encourage you to look at the Standards Grades posted in PowerSchool. In class today, we went over how to find them, so students should be able to show parents both the Standards Grades (report card grades) and in the individual assignment grades that contributed to the Standards Grades. Please take some time this weekend to look over these grades together and make some goals for next semester.With Valentine's Day coming up, please remember if students want to share valentines, please refer to my previous email or blog and send the valentines to school on Monday, February 8. We have 31 students in our class.I also wanted to let parents know that students have been working on their squares for our class quilt. We are putting together quilt blocks, one for each student. The students are writing the names of 3 - 4 books on book ends which I will be sewing on to their square. It will be made into a bookshelf quilt. I will the assemble and tie the quilt. We will hang it in our class for a few weeks and then donate it to Sleep in Heavenly Peace (a nonprofit organization that provides beds and bedding to children who do not have any). This is the second part in our community service efforts in our classroom. The first part is making loom knit hats that we donate to the Meridian Food Bank. We donated about 20 hats in December and have another 14 completed that we will be donating in early February. If you would like to take your child to the Food Bank to donate these hats, please let me know.As the second semester starts, I will be expecting more independence from students. Our weekly schedule is posted online weekly, so students have no excuse for knowing when assignments are due, and they should be well aware of daily assignments. Please encourage your child to take more responsibility for their schoolwork by having them regularly check PowerSchool and our weekly schedule at home. This will be a huge help and preparation for Middle School.We will be starting our new novel, Wonder, next week. It is about a boy who is picked on because of a facial deformity. It is told from many points of view and provides many opportunities to discuss how children reacted to each other and why.We are well into our We the People Unit. It will end with our Rights Essay and presentation. Due to Covid, we will not have our regular parent presentation, but I am working on having students record their presentations in Flipgrid and they will be able to share with parents that way.As always, thank you so much for all your support. I hope you are all staying healthy.
Valentine's Day ExpectationsPosted by A Michelle Mayfield on 1/27/2021
Dear parents and students,Our Valentine's party is coming up. In order to accommodate Covid procedures, we will need to collect the Valentine's on Monday, February 8th for students to distribute to their classmates. Your student can write his/her name on the valentine, but please do not write the names of other students in the classroom to help with classroom distribution. We recommend students bring in cards or favors. If valentines include candy, it needs to be in sealed packages. Please do not send in homemade treats. On February 12th, we will be providing a prepackaged treat for students to eat with their lunch. We will also be having Valentine's art and a movie at the end of the day. We look forward to celebrating with your students!
Your 5th Grade Teachers
Mrs. Mayfield, Mrs. Leininger, Miss Gilkey
Friday Tests - letter to studentsPosted by A Michelle Mayfield on 10/8/2020Dear Parents, In an attempt to help our students become more responsible and take ownership of their grades, I sent this reminder email to students. They should spend some time (15 - 30 minutes) tonight studying for tomorrow's tests.Dear Students,Tomorrow you will be completing our three regular Friday tests. Whether you are at home are at school, my expectation is that you will do your best work and complete all three. The tests will all listed in our daily schedule, but I wanted you to be aware today so you could take some time to study and prepare.1) Reading Comprehension Lesson 4 - Please review theme and compare/contrast. Tell someone at home a theme from Mixed-up Files and give two details from the story that prove that theme. Describe two things that are the same and two things that are different between yourself and someone else at home. Describe with 5th grade details, not just "I'm a girl and you're a boy." Review what RACE stands for so you remember to include all the parts in your answer.2)Lesson 4 Grammar - This test is checking your knowledge of common and proper nouns and capitalization rules. Tell someone at home what nouns you should capitalize and why.3) Lesson 4 Vocabulary - This test is checking your knowledge of the 10 vocabulary words we worked on this week. You may practice the words and definitions from the paper in the writing section of your binder, or listen to Lesson 4 Flipgrid presentations from your classmates.Have a great evening! I look forward to grading your tests!
October 2020Posted by A Michelle Mayfield on 10/3/2020
I am so happy to be your child's 5th grade teacher. 2020 has been a challenging year, but we are all getting into the swing of it.
First, I want to update you on computer issues that have been happening. Please be sure to have your child do a complete shutdown and restart every day when they start using their computer at home. They will need click the Windows icon in the bottom left corner of their desktop, click on the power button and click shut down. After the computer has completely shut down, have them count to 10 and then push the power button on the outside of the computer to restart. If they get a message saying: “Update and shutdown,” please have them select that option. This should clear up the rest of the problems. Students will need to do this every day. We also take this step at school. If your child takes this step and is still having issues, please let me know so I can trouble shoot and get help to get them resolved.
Parents, I want to let you know how proud I am of your kiddos. They have been so willing to wear the masks and stick to the recess and other restrictions. I really appreciate their cooperation and great attitudes.
Most kiddos are getting pretty comfortable with our at home schedule. Here is the link for Monday’s T1 schedule. Students will get significantly behind if they are not doing their at home work. If your child is struggling with this, please let me know so I can better support them with this.
Finally, we have learned how to check our missing work in PowerSchool. We have several grades posted now, so please make a regular schedule of checking missing work and checking grades, so you are aware of your child’s progress. We check missing work and grades each Monday, Tuesday, and Friday mornings. I would recommend parents check missing work and grades at least once/week. Your child should be able to show you how to do this. If you need your parent password, the office staff at Prospect can help you with that. You can also look at missing work and grades through your child’s log-in.
Again, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Communication is even more important than ever this year. Have a great week.