• Nov. 8 Newsletter

    Posted by Caitlin Basel on 11/8/2019

    You Rock

    Hello Parents!

     

    Thank you for all of your efforts to ensure your children are doing their homework and helping them to be successful. We couldn't do it without you. 

     

    Class Tid Bits

     

    Book Fair - this week! November 11-15th. Students can shop during school if they have money with them, parents can shop throughout the hours of the sale. Book Fair hours below: 

    Monday  8:30-4:30

    Tuesday  8:30-7:30

    Wednesday  8:30-4:30

    Thursday  8:30-7:30

    Friday  8:30-2:00

     

    Art Project - We will be doing an art project in November that requires a jar for each child. Please bring in extra/recycled mason jars, pickle jars, jelly jars, etc. If you have more than 1, please send them in for children who do not bring one. Thank you!

     

    Food Drive - Please bring in any non-perishable foods for our food drive through November 15th. The class with the most donations earns a pizza party! 

     

     

    Important Dates

    November 11 - Yes! We do have school on Veteran's Day!

    November 11-15 - Book Fair 

    November 15 - Jars for art project needed

    November 25-29 - No School - Thanksgiving Break

    December 4 - Direct Writing Assessment - students will write an informative essay using 2 sources in 2.5 hours. 

    December 6 - No School - Teacher collaboration  

     

    What Are We Learning? 

    November 11-15

    Specials Calendar

    Monday PE

    Tuesday Library

    Wednesday Music

    Thursday Computer

    Friday PE

     

    Math:  Dividing with decimal numbers. Click here to learn more about this topic. 

     

    Reading: Hound Dog True - A Novel

    For the next two weeks, we will be working on a novel study. Students will need to read a certain amount of pages each day and be ready to discuss and work on assignments for those pages. This reading can be used for homework reading logs as well. 

     

    Comprehension Skill

    I can determine theme

    I can describe story structure

    I can analyze characters

     

    Comprehension Strategy

     I can question, clarify, summerize, and predict. 

     

    Greek and Latin Unit 6 Quiz Friday  

     

    Grammar - Revising and editing within our own writing

     

    Vocabulary Strategy - Determining meaning of words within context

     

    Writing: I can write an informative essay. Students will start an informative essay on an animal of their choice (within the choices of our sources) to answer the question, "What can a scientist learn by observing the behaviors of a particular animal?" They will use 2 sources in their essay. We will work to have this written and turned in by Wednesday, Nov. 13th. However, our goal is to have it complete by the end of the day on Monday. As we are preparing for the DWA, we are working to complete essays quickly with quality. 

     

    Social Studies: No Social Studies

     

    Science: The Food Web. 

    In a performance task, students evaluate a proposed ecosystem plan for a Mars habitat. Using evidence from the unit, they will write an argument for or against the proposed ecosystem plan.

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  • Nov. 1st Newsletter

    Posted by Caitlin Basel on 11/1/2019

    dory

     

    Hello Parents!

     

    We had 100% turn out for Parent/Teacher Conferences! It was wonderful meeting all of you and getting to know you better. 

     

    Class Tid Bits

     

    Flu Shots will be administered here at school on Tuesday, November 5th. If you would like your child to have a flu shot, please fill out the YELLOW form that is going home today and return on MONDAY or TUESDAY. 

     

    Art Project - We will be doing an art project in November that requires a jar for each child. Please bring in extra/recycled mason jars, pickle jars, jelly jars, etc. If you have more than 1, please send them in for children who do not bring one. Thank you!

     

     

    Food Drive - Please bring in any non-perishable foods for our food drive through November 15th. The class with the most donations earns a pizza party! 

     

    Halloween Party! - Thank you to those mamas who are helping with party planning!

     

     

    Important Dates

    November 5 - Flu shot clinic - permission slips must be filled out and returned

    November 15 - Jars for art project needed

    November 25-29 - No School - Thanksgiving Break

    December 6 - No School - Teacher collaboration  

     

    What Are We Learning? 

    November 4-8

    Specials Calendar

    Monday Computer

    Tuesday PE

    Wednesday Library

    Thursday Music

    Friday Computer

     

    Math:  Dividing with 2-3 digit dividends and 2 digit divisors. Click here to learn more about what we're learning. 

    QUIZ Thursday

     

    Reading: Lesson 9 "Cougars"

    Quiz Friday

     

    Comprehension Skill

    I can determine a main idea and detail

    I can pull relevant evidence from informative text

     

    Comprehension Strategy

     I can clarify informative text using strategies to help me comprehend

     

    Spelling Lesson 9 - Click here for the spelling words. Quiz FRIDAY - students will have to spell and use words correctly in a sentence.   

     

    Grammar - Quotations and Interjections

     

    Vocabulary Strategy - Shades of Meaning - stronger word choice

     

    Writing: I can write an informative essay. Students will start an informative essay on an animal of their choice (within the choices of our sources) to answer the question, "What can a scientist learn by observing the behaviors of a particular animal?" They will use 2 sources in their essay. We will work to have this written and turned in by Wednesday, Nov. 13th. 

     

    Social Studies: No Social Studies

     

    Science: The Food Web. 

    We will investigate how an asteroid impact could have caused dinosaurs all over the world to go extinct. Students modeled the flow of energy through dinosaur food webs.

    In a performance task, students evaluate a proposed ecosystem plan for a Mars habitat. Using evidence from the unit, they will write an argument for or against the proposed ecosystem plan.

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  • Oct. 18 Newsletter - No School Thurs/Fri

    Posted by Caitlin Basel on 10/18/2019

    no school

    Hello Parents!

     

    I am looking forward to seeing all of you at PT Conferences next week! If you have not signed up yet, please do so below or I'm going to have to call you :)    No school Thursday and Friday, October 24-25. 

     

    Class Tid Bits

     

    Parent / Teacher Conferences are scheduled for October 23-24. Click here to schedule your 15 minute conference. 

     

     

    Food Drive - Please bring in any non-perishable foods for our food drive through November 15th. The class with the most donations earns a pizza party! 

     

    Halloween Party! - Thank you to those mamas who are helping with party planning!

     

     

    Important Dates

    October 23-24 - Parent/Teacher Conferences (sign ups will be available as we get closer)

    October 24 & 25 - No School

    October 30 - Picture Retakes - order forms in office

    October 31 - Halloween Party 2:35-3:45. Students can come to school in costume - no masks, face paint or weapons. Please bring a change of clothes. 

     

     

    What Are We Learning? 

    October 21-23

    Specials Calendar

    Monday PE

    Tuesday Jog R Walk

    Wednesday Library

    Thursday No School

    Friday No School

     

    Math:  Some people took their Mid-Module Math Assessment today (Friday) and some people will take it on Monday or Tuesday, depending on their readiness. If they have taken the test, they will be advancing in to applying those skills to real-world applications and converting measurements. 

     

    Reading: No Lesson, No Spelling, No Greek and Latin (Short Week). We will be focusing on informative writing in preperation for the DWA in December. 

    National Parks Brochure DUE TODAY (10-18). If it is not turned in today, it will be homework over the weekend. 

     

    Comprehension Skill

    I can determine a main idea and detail

    I can pull relevant evidence from informative text

     

    Comprehension Strategy

     I can analyze informative text 

     

    Spelling Lesson 8 - No Spelling  

     

    Grammar - Revising & Editing

     

    Writing: I can write and informative essay

     

    Social Studies: No Social Studies

     

    Science: The Food Web. 

    We will learn how earthworms help release nutrients that plants need to grow.

    We will learn how plants, animals, and decomposers interact in an ecosystem.

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  • Parent-Teacher Conf. Sign Ups!

    Posted by Caitlin Basel on 10/14/2019

    Hello Parents!

     

    I hope you all had a fabulous weekend and enjoyed the beautiful weather. If you have not signed up for Parent/Teacher Conferences, please do so at the link below.    

     

    Class Tid Bits

     

    Parent / Teacher Conferences are scheduled for October 23-24. Click here to schedule your 15 minute conference. 

     

    Jog or Walk is scheduled for October 15th. Our time is 9:40-10:30. Click here if you would like to volunteer for the event. Envelopes for raising donations are being sent home today. 

     

    Food Drive - Please bring in any non-perishable foods for our food drive through November 15th. The class with the most donations earns a pizza party! 

     

    Halloween Party! - Please email me if you are interested in helping plan or volunteering for the Halloween Party. It will be on Thursday, October 31st 2:30-3:40. 

     

     

    Important Dates

    October 15 -Jog or Walk 9:40-10:30am

    October 23-24 - Parent/Teacher Conferences (sign ups will be available as we get closer)

    October 25 - No School

    October 31 - Halloween Party 2:35-3:45. Students can come to school in costume - no masks, face paint or weapons. Please bring a change of clothes. 

     

     

    What Are We Learning? 

    October 8-11

    Specials Calendar

    Monday PE

    Tuesday Jog R Walk

    Wednesday Library

    Thursday Music

    Friday Computer

     

    Math:  

    I can multiply estimate multiplication with decimals

    I can multiply with decimal numbers using the standard algorithm

    I can apply multiplication of decimals to real-world applications

     

    Reading: Lesson 8: "The Everglades" cont'

     

    Comprehension Skill

    I can determine the author's purpose 

    I can understand a character based on their words and actions in a story 

    I can use informative text to discuss a topic  

     

    Comprehension Strategy

     I can analyze informative text 

     

    Spelling Lesson 8 - QUIZ FRIDAY

    Click here for the spelling words. The spelling test on Friday will consist of writing a sentence for each word.  

     

    Grammar - Conjunctions

     

    Writing: I can write and informative brochure using resources about National Parks

    This assignment will due on the following Friday, October 11th. 

     

    Social Studies: No Social Studies

     

    Science: The Food Web. 

    We will learn the role mushrooms (and other fungi) play in decomposing dead plant material and creating new soil.

    We will learn how earthworms help release nutrients that plants need to grow.

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  • Oct 4 - Halloween Party and P/T Conferences

    Posted by Caitlin Basel on 10/4/2019

    parent teacher conference

     

    Hello Parents!

     

    There is a lot of info and up-coming dates below. Please sign up for P/T conferences and let me know if you can volunteer for the Halloween Party.   

     

    Class Tid Bits

     

    Parent / Teacher Conferences are scheduled for October 23-24. Click here to schedule your 15 minute conference. 

     

    Jog or Walk is scheduled for October 15th. Our time is 9:40-10:30. Click here if you would like to volunteer for the event. Envelopes for raising donations are being sent home today. 

     

    Food Drive - Please bring in any non-perishable foods for our food drive through November 15th. The class with the most donations earns a pizza party! 

     

    Halloween Party! - Please email me if you are interested in helping plan or volunteering for the Halloween Party. It will be on Thursday, October 31st 2:30-3:40. 

     

    Hour of Code - Last week, our class participated in "Hour of Code". The students made drawings with code and added color. Many of the students have gone on in their coding after the hour and were very enthusiastic about it. Ask your student about their project. Below are some pictures. 

     

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    Important Dates

      

    Monday, October 7 - No School, Teacher Inservice

    October 15 -Jog or Walk

    October 23-24 - Parent/Teacher Conferences (sign ups will be available as we get closer)

    October 25 - No School

     

     

    What Are We Learning? 

    October 8-11

    Specials Calendar

    Monday No School

    Tuesday PE

    Wednesday Library

    Thursday Music

    Friday Computer

     

    Math: We will have a quiz on Wednesday with a review day on Tuesday. The quiz will be just like the review. 

    I can multiply large whole numbers using the standard algorithm 

    I can multiply decimal numbers with whole numbers

     

    Reading: Lesson 7 & 8: "Old Yeller", "The Everglades" 

     

    Comprehension Skill

    I can determine the author's purpose 

    I can understand a character based on their words and actions in a story 

    I can use informative text to discuss a topic  

     

    Comprehension Strategy

     I can analyze informative text 

     

    Greek and Latin - QUIZ FRIDAY

    Reminder - students get the Greek and Latin words and activities on Monday, which should be done as homework. The quiz will be on Friday. 

     

    Grammar - Conjunctions

     

    Writing: I can write and informative brochure using resources about National Parks

    This assignment will be introduced on Thursday, but be due on the following Friday, October 11th. 

     

    Social Studies: No Social Studies

     

    Science: The Food Web. 

    I can describe a food chain and answer the questions; "what an animal eats" and "what that animal is eaten by". 

    I can discuss that every animal relies on plants for food and plants get nutrients from air (or carbon dioxide). 

     

     

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  • Sept. 27 Newsletter

    Posted by Caitlin Basel on 9/27/2019

    october

     

    Hello Parents!

     

    I hope you've all had a wonderful week! I can't believe it's already October, time has flown and it has been wonderful getting to know your kiddos.   

     

    Class Tid Bits

     

    Jog or Walk is scheduled for October 15th. Our time is 9:40-10:30. Click here if you would like to volunteer for the event. 

     

    Food Drive - Please bring in any non-perishable foods for our food drive through November 15th. The class with the most donations earns a pizza party! 

     

     

    Important Dates

      

    Monday, October 7 - No School, Teacher Inservice

    October 15 -Jog or Walk

    October 23-24 - Parent/Teacher Conferences (sign ups will be available as we get closer)

     

     

    What Are We Learning? 

    Last Week: September 23-27

     

    Specials Calendar

    Monday Music

    Tuesday Computer

    Wednesday PE

    Thursday Library

    Friday Music

     

    Math: Below are our learning targets for the week. Click here to view more about how this will be taught

    I can multiply multi-digit whole numbers and multiples of 10 using place value patterns.

    I can estimate multi-digit products by rounding factors to a basic fact (friendly numbers/ fact)

    I can write and interpret numerical expressions

    I can connect visual models and the distributive property to partial products of the standard algorithm without renaming.

     

    Reading: "Elisa's Diary"  &  "Words Free as Confetti", a poem

    Comprehension Skill

    Theme - I can Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.

    Dialogue - I can identify character development within dialogue

    Sequencing Events - I can put events in a story in order, specifically when a story uses flashback and flashforward

     

    Comprehension Strategy

    Visualize - I can visualize a story to help me comprehend

     

    Greek and Latin - QUIZ FRIDAY

    Reminder - students get the Greek and Latin words and activities on Monday, which should be done as homework. The quiz will be on Friday. 

     

    Grammar - Plural nouns and double-negatives

     

    Writing: I can write a narrative story to develp real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descrtive details, and clear event sequences. 

    We will be practicing this learning target next week with, "What happens when superheroes compete at field day?". Students will use 2 different sources with information to use in their stories. This will be an in-class practice essay. On the following week, we will have an assessment narrative. 

     

    Social Studies: The 3 regions of the 13 colonies and thier resources. QUIZ Monday.

     

    Science: We will flip between social studies and science units. We are starting the year with Social Studies.

     

    Next Week: September 29-October 4

     

    Specials Calendar

    Monday PE

    Tuesday Library

    Wednesday Music

    Thursday Computer

    Friday PE

     

    Math: Below are our learning targets for the week. Click here to view more about how this will be taught

     

    I can write and interpret numerical expressions

    I can connect multiply large whole numbers with a model

    I can multiply using the standard algorithm. 

     

    Reading: "Quest for the Tree Kangaroo"  &  "The Koala Has no Tail", a Fable QUIZ FRIDAY

    Comprehension Skill

    Cause and Effect - I can determine the effect of any given cause within text. 

    Quotes & Descriptions - I can discuss the meaning of quotes and descriptions within scientific text. 

    Domain-specific Vocabulary - I can determine the meaning of words within a scientific context. 

     

    Comprehension Strategy

    Question - I can ask questions throughout a text to help me comprehend. 

     

    Spelling - QUIZ FRIDAY

    Lesson 6 - Click here for the spelling words. 

     

    Grammar - Verbs, Synonyms, Antonyms

     

    Writing: I can write a procedural "How To" essay

    Students will write about the procedure of how to do something of their choice, teaching the reader how to do it. We will focus on strong transition words and great descriptions.  

     

    Social Studies: We have finished Unit 1 of Social Studies and will start our first unit in Science. 

     

    Science: We will introduces the unit anchoring phenomenon, growing food in an enclosed ecosystem. Students generate observations and questions about the phenomenon and create an initial design solution to growing food inside a dome for two years.

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  • Sept. 20 - Picture Day!

    Posted by Caitlin Basel on 9/20/2019

    picture day

     

     

    Hello Parents!

     

    I hope you've all had a wonderful week. Picture day is on Tuesday, bring any order forms for prints on or before that day.  

     

    Class Tid Bits

     

    Click here for the specials schedule. I will also add the weekly schedule for specials below in "What Are We Learning".

     

    Important Dates

      

    Tuesday, Sept 24 - Picture Day!

    Monday, October 7 - No School, Teacher Inservice

    October 15 -Jog or Walk

    October 23-24 - Parent/Teacher Conferences (sign ups will be available as we get closer)

     

     

    What Are We Learning? 

    This Week: September 16-20

     

    Math: Rounding, adding and subtracting decimal numbers. Click here for more info on those concepts. 

    Unit Test on Friday, September 20th

    On the day before a unit test, we will work on a review that looks exactly like the test, but with different numbers. This can/should go home to review for homework. Students can also use Khan Academy to study. 

     

    Reading: "Off and Running"  &  "Vote for Me"

    Comprehension Skill

    Compare and Contrast - I can compare & contrast stories from the same genra to analyze similar themes and topics. 

    Idioms - I can understand the meaning of an idiom 

    Formal/Informal Language - I can understand the difference between informal/formal language and when it is appropriate to use each. 

    Comprehension Strategy

    Making Inferences

    Spelling - QUIZ FRIDAY

    Click here for this week's spelling words 

    Grammar - Compound Sentences

     

    Writing: We will be working on adding description and dialogue to the blog entries from last week: Write a series of blog or journal entries as though you are a pilgrim traveling to the new colonies in America. Include why you’re leaving your hometown, your experience on the Mayflower, and what you’re going to do in your new colony once you get there. 

    Colonies Journal will be DUE FRIDAY, SEPT. 20th

     

    Social Studies: The 3 regions of the 13 colonies and thier resources. 

     

    Science: We will flip between social studies and science units. We are starting the year with Social Studies.

     

    Next Week: September 23-27

     

    Specials Calendar

    Monday Music

    Tuesday Computer

    Wednesday PE

    Thursday Library

    Friday Music

     

    Math: Below are our learning targets for the week. Click here to view more about how this will be taught

    I can multiply multi-digit whole numbers and multiples of 10 using place value patterns.

    I can estimate multi-digit products by rounding factors to a basic fact (friendly numbers/ fact)

    I can write and interpret numerical expressions

    I can connect visual models and the distributive property to partial products of the standard algorithm without renaming.

     

    Reading: "Elisa's Diary"  &  "Words Free as Confetti", a poem

    Comprehension Skill

    Theme - I can Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.

    Dialogue - I can identify character development within dialogue

    Sequencing Events - I can put events in a story in order, specifically when a story uses flashback and flashforward

     

    Comprehension Strategy

    Visualize - I can visualize a story to help me comprehend

     

    Greek and Latin - QUIZ FRIDAY

    Reminder - students get the Greek and Latin words and activities on Monday, which should be done as homework. The quiz will be on Friday. 

     

    Grammar - Plural nouns and double-negatives

     

    Writing: I can write a narrative story to develp real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descrtive details, and clear event sequences. 

    We will be practicing this learning target next week with, "What happens when superheroes compete at field day?". Students will use 2 different sources with information to use in their stories. This will be an in-class practice essay. On the following week, we will have an assessment narrative. 

     

    Social Studies: The 3 regions of the 13 colonies and thier resources. QUIZ Monday.

     

    Science: We will flip between social studies and science units. We are starting the year with Social Studies.

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  • Sept. 13th Newsletter - Carnival!

    Posted by Caitlin Basel on 9/13/2019

    Carnival

    Hello Parents!

     

    I hope you can make it to our Carnival on Friday, Sept. 20th to help support our school and have a fun family night. 

     

    Thank you to those who were able to attend the Open House last night. I hope it was benficial for you and gave you some insight into your child's day-to-day. If you were not able to attend, all of the information is located below. 

     

    Class Tid Bits

     

    Open House 

    Writing - Students may need extra time or help at home with writing. All papers are written in One Drive. Click here for how to access that at home. 

    Math - Use Khan Academy and Xtra Math at home for extra help. 

    Reading - 20min per night and filling out reading log each night, due Fridays

    Homework - Any unfinished classwork, reading log, spelling or greek and latin nightly

    Email me with any further questions or concerns. 

     

    Important Dates

      

    Thursday, Sept 12 - Back to School Night/ Open House. Parents/ Guardians only please, no students if possible. 6:00, 6:30, or 7:00

    Friday, Sept 20 - School Carnival! Information on early ticket sales will be sent home in the near future

    Tuesday, Sept 24 - Picture Day!

     

     

    What Are We Learning? 

    This Week: September 9-13

     

    Math: Rounding and comparing decimal numbers. There will be a quiz next week, probably Tuesday, to assess what we've learned so far. Click here to learn more about the content

     

    Reading: "A Royal Mystery"  &  "The Princess and the Pea"

    Comprehension Skill

    Theme - the lesson or moral the author is trying to convey

    Elements of a Drama 

    Characterization

    Comprehension Strategy

    Questioning

    Greek and Latin QUIZ FRIDAY

    Students will receive a packet on Monday with the Greek and Latin words (root words) and practice for the week. The packet is due on Friday and there will be a quiz on the words. Greek and Latin will alternate weekly with spelling. 

    Grammar - Interrogative, Declarative, Imperative, and Exclamatory Sentences

     

    Writing: We will be working on adding description and dialogue to the blog entries from last week: Write a series of blog or journal entries as though you are a pilgrim traveling to the new colonies in America. Include why you’re leaving your hometown, your experience on the Mayflower, and what you’re going to do in your new colony once you get there. 

     

    Social Studies: The 3 regions of the 13 colonies and thier resources. 

     

    Science: We will flip between social studies and science units. We are starting the year with Social Studies.

     

    Next Week: September 16-20

     

    Math: Rounding, adding and subtracting decimal numbers. Click here for more info on those concepts. 

    Unit Test on Friday, September 20th

    On the day before a unit test, we will work on a review that looks exactly like the test, but with different numbers. This can/should go home to review for homework. Students can also use Khan Academy to study. 

     

    Reading: "Off and Running"  &  "Vote for Me"

    Comprehension Skill

    Compare and Contrast - I can compare & contrast stories from the same genra to analyze similar themes and topics. 

    Idioms - I can understand the meaning of an idiom 

    Formal/Informal Language - I can understand the difference between informal/formal language and when it is appropriate to use each. 

    Comprehension Strategy

    Making Inferences

    Spelling - QUIZ FRIDAY

    Click here for this week's spelling words 

    Grammar - Compound Sentences

     

    Writing: We will be working on adding description and dialogue to the blog entries from last week: Write a series of blog or journal entries as though you are a pilgrim traveling to the new colonies in America. Include why you’re leaving your hometown, your experience on the Mayflower, and what you’re going to do in your new colony once you get there. 

    Colonies Journal will be DUE FRIDAY, SEPT. 20th

     

    Social Studies: The 3 regions of the 13 colonies and thier resources. 

     

    Science: We will flip between social studies and science units. We are starting the year with Social Studies.

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  • Sept. 5th Newsletter - Open House

    Posted by Caitlin Basel on 9/6/2019

    open house

    Hello Parents!

    We are now off and running with 5th grade curriculum. You will start to see grades entered in Power School, please stay up to date on that. Email me with any questions. Our Open House is on THURSDAY, Sept. 12th. There is information below - I hope you all can make it! 

     

    Class Tid Bits

     

    Open House - Scheduled for Thursday, September 12th 6-7:30. This evening will have 3 sessions, you can choose whichever session works for your schedule. This will be a time for you to learn more about the classroom, my expectations, how to help at home, etc. This is not a time to conference about your child, as it will not be a confidential setting, but you will be able to ask questions about the class in general. 

    Open House Session Times 6:00, 6:30, 7:00

     

    Math - if your student is struggling or could simply use more practice in math, Khan Academy at home 20-30min/ night is a great way to get up to speed, or even ahead! We use Khan Academy daily in class, your student should already have a username and login. More grades will be visible next week as we get further along in the curriculum. 

     

     

    Important Dates

      

    Thursday, Sept 12 - Back to School Night/ Open House. Parents/ Guardians only please, no students if possible. 6:00, 6:30, or 7:00

    Friday, Sept 20 - School Carnival! Information on early ticket sales will be sent home in the near future

     

    What Are We Learning? 

    This Week: August 22-24th

     

    Math: Place Value, exponential notation, & Multiplication Review. Click here to view the math newsletter and how these concepts will be taught. 

     

    Reading: "Wayside School is Falling Down" 

    Comprehension Skill

    Story Structure - Setting, Characters, Plot (Conflict, Events, Resolution) 

    Point of View - 1st vs. 3rd person

    Irony - When something happens that is the opposite of what the reader expects. 

    Comprehension Strategy

    Summarizing 

    Spelling Words QUIZ FRIDAY

    Click here to view this week's spelling list 

    Grammar - Complete Sentences vs. Fragment Sentences

     

    Writing: Write a series of blog or journal entries as though you are a pilgrim traveling to the new colonies in America. Include why you’re leaving your hometown, your experience on the Mayflower, and what you’re going to do in your new colony once you get there. This assignment will be worked on in class and completed by Friday. 

     

    Social Studies: We will be starting our US History content with pilgrims coming to America from England, the first steps of Colonization, and the challenges that the pilgrims and natives faced during this time. 

     

    Science: We will flip between social studies and science units. We are starting the year with Social Studies.

     

    Next Week: Sept 9-13

     

    Math: Rounding and comparing decimal numbers. There will be a quiz next week, probably Tuesday, to assess what we've learned so far. Click here to learn more about the content

     

    Reading: "A Royal Mystery"  &  "The Princess and the Pea"

    Comprehension Skill

    Theme - the lesson or moral the author is trying to convey

    Elements of a Drama 

    Characterization

    Comprehension Strategy

    Questioning

    Greek and Latin QUIZ FRIDAY

    Students will receive a packet on Monday with the Greek and Latin words (root words) and practice for the week. The packet is due on Friday and there will be a quiz on the words. Greek and Latin will alternate weekly with spelling. 

    Grammar - Interrogative, Declarative, Imperative, and Exclamatory Sentences

     

    Writing: We will be working on adding description and dialogue to the blog entries from last week: Write a series of blog or journal entries as though you are a pilgrim traveling to the new colonies in America. Include why you’re leaving your hometown, your experience on the Mayflower, and what you’re going to do in your new colony once you get there. 

     

    Social Studies: The 3 regions of the 13 colonies and thier resources. 

     

    Science: We will flip between social studies and science units. We are starting the year with Social Studies.

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  • Welcome Back! - No School Monday

    Posted by Caitlin Basel on 8/30/2019

    Hello Parents!

     

    Welcome back to what will be an amazing year - and your students' last year in elementary school. I have had a great week getting to know your kids and learning about their strengths and weaknesses. I love the enthusiasm they have for learning and I am looking forward to helping that enthusiasm grow. 

     

    Students loved this 1st day challenge. They had to work with their group to great a tool and build a cup pyramid using only the tool (no hands). We practiced working with a team to solve a problem using communication and listening skills. 

     

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    Below, you will learn more about how the classroom is run, communication between you and me, important dates to expect, and what your student is learning each week. Please email me with any questions. 

     

    Class Tid Bits

    Classroom Policies & Info - a packet with some information went home on Monday. If you have not seen this packet, signed it, and had your student bring it back, please ask them about it. You can also find that packet here. As always, email me with any questions you may have. 

     

    Newsletter - Posted to my website every Friday. I will send home an email once it is live. Please bookmark this page, as you may want to refer to it often for dates and assignment information. 

     

    Agendas - Students have been given an agenda. This will be filled out daily with assignments, due dates, incompleted work (that would now be homework), etc. These agendas can be reviewed with parents for more visibility into your students learning, and should be brought home and back to school daily. This is also a great place to write me a note, just make sure your student knows to show it to me. 

     

    Homework - We will have nightly homework, which can be done within 25-30 minutes each night.

    • Reading - For 20 minutes, students will read a book AT THEIR LEVEL and then complete a reading log. Reading log is due every Friday. 
    • Word Study - Study spelling or greek and latin words nightly. (Spelling and Greek and Latin words will alternate weekly). Word study will not be collected, it is up to the student to know their words by every Friday for the quizzes.
    • Unfinished work - Any unfinished classwork will also be homework, assuming it is due the next day. Once in a while, there will be at-home, larger projects.

     

    Snack - Students will have the option to have a quick snack every morning. This should be a healthy choice and something they can eat with their hands/fingers (no utensils). 

     

     

    Open House - Scheduled for Wednesday, September 12th 6-7:30. This evening will have 3 sessions, you can choose whichever session works for your schedule. This will be a time for you to learn more about the classroom, my expectations, how to help at home, etc. This is not a time to conference about your child, as it will not be a confidential setting, but you will be able to ask questions about expectations, etc. 

    Open House Session Times 6:00, 6:30, 7:00

     

    5th Grade Curriculum - Click here to view concepts taught throughout 5th grade, we will go into further detail at The Open House. Please email me with any questions regarding curriculum. 

     

    How to Help at Home - Many 5th graders are at the stage where they are able to be self-responsible for their school work, grades, and accountability with little guidance. Many 5th graders still need quite a bit of support. You know your student, help them to be successful by providing as much support as they NEED as we start this year. 

    • Provide a quiet place to complete homework 
    • Check homework to ensure it is done to your student's full capabilities
    • Review agenda with student to ensure all class work is getting done and turned in
    • Check Powerschool regularly (bi-weekly) checking for new grades and any missing work 
    • If your student is struggling in math, or even for extra math practice, Khan Academy is a great online program that we also use in the classroom
    • Talk about struggles they may be feeling in the classroom, and how they can communicate those struggles
    • Limit absences - students will miss a lot of content that they can not make up, as many things are learned through activities and discussion. 

     

    Communication - Email is the fastest way to get a hold of me. My daytime availability is seldom, as I am with the students most of the time, and not available for phone calls. basel.caitlin@westada.org 

    Grades & Powerschool - You and your student should get into the habit of checking powerschool often. This is how I communicate grades and missing work. Students will be trained at school on how to access their grades. 

     

    Important Dates

     

    Monday, Sept 2 - No School, Labor Day

    Wednesday, Sept 4 - PTO Meeting in the Library at 4pm 

    Thursday, Sept 12 - Back to School Night/ Open House. Parents/ Guardians only please, no students if possible. 6:00, 6:30, or 7:00

    Friday, Sept 20 - School Carnival! Information on early ticket sales will be sent home in the near future

     

    What Are We Learning? 

    This Week: August 22-24th

     

    This week we are beginning to grow our classroom community, making goals, and discussing the importance of a growth mindset. We are reviewing and working on baseline assessments in math and language arts.

     

    Ask your students about the cup challenge and The Learning Pit.

     

    5th grade is a time when organization and accountability is really practiced and expected. I have told the students that I do not want their parents to email me about questions regarding any assignments unless the student has come to me first. The students will start being in charge of their own learning and taking the initiative to clear up any gaps in understanding. Please help me teach this lesson by encouraging your students to come to me themselves with any questions or frustrations. 

     

    Our agendas will be used daily. Use this as a conversation piece when talking with your student about their day. The agenda should also show any unfinished work, which then becomes homework. 

     

    Reading and spelling homework will begin next week. 

     

    Next Week: Sept 3-6

     

    Math: Place Value, exponential notation, & Multiplication Review. Click here to view the math newsletter and how these concepts will be taught. 

     

    Reading: "Wayside School is Falling Down" 

    Comprehension Skill

    Story Structure - Setting, Characters, Plot (Conflict, Events, Resolution) 

    Point of View - 1st vs. 3rd person

    Irony - When something happens that is the opposite of what the reader expects. 

    Comprehension Strategy

    Summerizing 

    Spelling Words QUIZ FRIDAY

    Click here to view this week's spelling list 

    Grammar - Complete Sentences vs. Fragment Sentences

     

    Writing: Write a series of blog or journal entries as though you are a pilgrim traveling to the new colonies in America. Include why you’re leaving your hometown, your experience on the Mayflower, and what you’re going to do in your new colony once you get there. This assignment will be worked on in class and completed by Friday. 

     

    Social Studies: We will be starting our US History content with pilgrams coming to America from England, the first steps of Colonization, and the challenges that the pilgrams and natives faced during this time. 

     

    Science: We will flip between social studies and science units. We are starting the year with Social Studies.

     

     

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