• Last Newsletter!

    Posted by CAITLIN BASEL on 5/24/2019

    Wax Museum

     

    This Week - Check Offs

    Star Middle - The field trip was awesome and students thoroughly enjoyed their time at their future school. All of the students said the field trip was beneficial and eased a lot of the stressors and unknowns they had about next year. 

     

    Wax Museum - Thank you to all parents who were able to attend the Wax Museum! Your children worked so hard and performed so well. I hope it will be an experience they will always remember. 

     

    Field Day - Wednesday

    Rescheduled to Wednesday because of rain. Our scheduled time for field day is 11:05-11:55. I would love to have a couple of volunteers. Email me if you would like to come play. NO SWIMMING SUITS or white t-shirts for girls. Students may bring a change of clothes. 

     

    5th Grade BBQ at Hunter Park - May 28th

    Our BBQ is scheduled for Tuesday, May 28th at Hunter Park (where the skate park is). We will take attendence and start walking to the park. Please make sure your student is on time. They should bring a water bottle and wear sunscreen! 

      

    Important Dates  

    May 27 - No School - Memorial Day

    May 29 - Field Day 11:05-12:05. Please contact me if you'd like to volunteer. 

    May 28 - 5th Grade BBQ 9:30-2:30.

    May 31 - 5th Grade Graduation 9:15-10:30 & Last Day of Elementary School

     

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  • May 17th - SMS Field Trip MONDAY

    Posted by CAITLIN BASEL on 5/17/2019

     

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    Field Trip to Star Middle School - MONDAY!

    In preperation for the transition the students are about to face, we will be taking a day-long field trip to Star Middle, where the students will experience life as a 6th grader. We are going to SMS on Monday 5/20/19, leaving at 9:10 and returning at 2:30. Parents are not invited to this trip, it is for the students only. 

     

    Wax Museum - WEDNESDAY!

    We have been working hard in the classroom in preperation for our Wax Museum on Wednesday, May 22nd 9:45-10:45. Please come anytime during the hour to visit our Living Wax Museum! Any friends or other family are welcome as well. 

    Your student should come to school IN COSTUME and with PROP READY. They should also bring a change of clothes for after the museum.

    Click here for the project details.  

     

    Field Day - Friday

    Our scheduled time for field day is 11:05-11:55. I would love to have a couple of volunteers. Email me if you would like to come play. NO SWIMMING SUITS or white t-shirts for girls. Students may bring a change of clothes. 

     

    5th Grade BBQ at Hunter Park - May 28th

    Our BBQ is scheduled for Tuesday, May 28th at Hunter Park (where the skate park is). Our class moms have been planning the event and we are so grateful. Please click here to sign up for things to bring or to volunteer. 

      

    Important Dates  

    May 20- Star Middle School Field Trip 9:10-2:30.

    May 22 - 5th Grade Wax Museum 9:45-10:45. Parents welcom to attend a presentation of a large project students will work on. This has not been assigned yet, just want to make sure it's on your calendar. 

    May 24 - Field Day 11:05-12:05. Please contact me if you'd like to volunteer. 

    May 27 - No School - Memorial Day

    May 28 - 5th Grade BBQ 9:30-2:30. Information to come. 

    May 31 - 5th Grade Graduation 9:15-10:30 & Last Day of Elementary School

     

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  • May 10th - Lunch in Park & Field Trip to SMS

    Posted by CAITLIN BASEL on 5/10/2019

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    ISATs - Yeah!

    ISATs are complete and the kids ROCKED IT! Be sure to share scores with your student when they are received through the mail in June. They can also be accessed through Power School around that time. 

     

    Monday - Lunch at Blake Park - PERMISSION NEEDED

    To celebrate the students' hard work throughout the year, we will be having lunch at Blake Park on Monday. If students are having hot lunch that day, they can get their lunch and then walk over, so cold lunch is not necessary but may be more convenient. Permission slip going home today needs to be returned by Monday. 

     

    5th Grade BBQ at Hunter Park - PERMISSION NEEDED 

    Our BBQ is scheduled for Tuesday, May 28th at Hunter Park (where the skate park is). Our class moms have been planning the event and we are so grateful. Please click here to sign up for things to bring or to volunteer. 

     

    Friday - Field Trip to Star Middle School - Date TBD

    In preperation for the transition the students are about to face, we will be taking a day-long field trip to Star Middle, where the students will experience life as a 6th grader. Permission slip going home today needs to be returned by Monday.

     

    Wax Museum

    On Wednesday, May 22nd, students will become an important person from our social studies curriculum. The time periods will range from the colonial times to the Civil War. Please join us on that day anytime between 9:45-10:45 to see our Living Wax Museum! 

    Click here for the project details. 

     

    Important Dates  

    May 15 - 5th Grade ISAT celebration at Blake Park - PERMISSION NEEDED

    May 22 - 5th Grade Wax Museum 9:45-10:45. Parents welcom to attend a presentation of a large project students will work on. This has not been assigned yet, just want to make sure it's on your calendar. 

    May 24 - Field Day 11:05-12:05. Please contact me if you'd like to volunteer. 

    May 27 - No School - Memorial Day

    May 28 - 5th Grade BBQ 9:30-2:30. Information to come. 

    May 31 - 5th Grade Graduation 9:15-10:30 & Last Day of Elementary School

     

     

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  • April 12th - ISAT Treats Sign Up

    Posted by CAITLIN BASEL on 4/12/2019

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    ISAT Motivational Treats Sign-Up

    Testing days are coming up! On those testing days, I love for the kids to walk in to a motivational treat before they have the test. It helps to put them into a positive mindset and definitely helps when it comes to taking the test! A large part of testing and doing your best is about attitude! 

     

    If you are able to help out and bring in some of the treats needed, please click here to sign up. Thank you for your help!

     

    Important Dates  

     

    April 18 - STEM Night at Star Middle 5-7:30. Click here for more info

    April 19 - Parents ONLY Talent Show 9:30-10:30. Students will watch the talent show on the 18th.

    April 19 - Kindergarten Registration 9-3:30 - Click here for more info

    April 23 - Science ISAT Test

    April 23 - Early Release @ 1:25

    April 24 - ELA - PT ISAT Test. In this assessment, students will read 2-3 difference sources and write an essay or a story using those sources. 

    April 30 - ELA - CAT ISAT Test. This is a cummulative test on all skills we have been practicing this year. 

    May 3 - Math - PT ISAT Test. This is a multi-step story problem covering many math skills. 

    May 8 - Math - CAT ISAT Test. This is a cummulative test on all math skills we have covered this year. 

    May 17 - 5th Grade visits Star Middle School for the day. Information to come. 

    May 22 - 5th Grade Wax Museum 9:30-10:30. Parents welcom to attend a presentation of a large project students will work on. This has not been assigned yet, just want to make sure it's on your calendar. 

    May 24 - Field Day

    May 27 - No School - Memorial Day

    May 28 - 5th Grade BBQ 9:30-2:30. Information to come. 

    May 31 - 5th Grade Graduation 9:15-10:30 & Last Day of Elementary School

     

    What Are We Learning? 

    April 15-19

    Math: Application problems with real-world scenarios

    ELA: Review of ELA concepts

    Writing: Informative essay DUE April 19th

    Social Studies: The US Constitution

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  • March 22nd - ART TO REMEMBER ORDERS

    Posted by CAITLIN BASEL on 3/22/2019

    Happy Spring Break!

    Please read everything in this newsletter - lots of important information!

     

    Art to Remember - ORDERS DUE April 9th

    Art to Remember is a fundraiser for our school and orders are due Tuesday, April 9th. With the chaos of the end of the day, we forgot to send home students' mail, which contains the Art to Remember order forms. These forms have a code just for your student's art. If you would like to order over spring break, please email me for your code. Otherwise, we will send everything home on Monday when we return. Sorry for the inconvenience! 

     

    Snow School 

    Thank you to all volunteers and students for making this year's snow school fantastic! No one even threw up on the bus! Here is a class photo (minus a couple kids that were in the bathroom) from the trip. I will post more photos as I get them from volunteers.  

    Snow School

     

    Personal Safety Lesson

    Our counselor, Mrs. Iwerson, will be doing a personal safety lesson with the students. There is a form going home today, please send it back signed only if you DO NOT want your child to participate. 

     

    Roaring Readers

    Student received a reading log for Roaring Readers. If your student completes and turns in this log on or before April 3rd, they will receive a free ticket to Roaring Springs Water Park.

     

    Important Dates  

    March 22 - NO SCHOOL

    March 25-29 - Spring Break

    April 5 - Kindergarten Orientation @ 2:30

    April 18 - STEM Night at Star Middle 5-7:30. Click here for more info

    April 19 - Kindergarten Registration 9-3:30 - Click here for more info

    April 23 - Science ISAT Test

    April 24 - ELA - PT ISAT Test. In this assessment, students will read 2-3 difference sources and write an essay or a story using those sources. 

    April 30 - ELA - CAT ISAT Test. This is a cummulative test on all skills we have been practicing this year. 

    May 3 - Math - PT ISAT Test. This is a multi-step story problem covering many math skills. 

    May 8 - Math - CAT ISAT Test. This is a cummulative test on all math skills we have covered this year. 

    May 22 - 5th Grade Wax Museum 9:30-10:30. Parents welcom to attend a presentation of a large project students will work on. This has not been assigned yet, just want to make sure it's on your calendar. 

    May 24 - Field Day

    May 27 - No School - Memorial Day

    May 28 - 5th Grade BBQ 9:30-2:30. Information to come. 

    May 31 - 5th Grade Graduation 9:15-10:30 & Last Day of Elementary School

     

    What Are We Learning? 

    March 18-21

    Math:  Classification of Geometric Shapes / Graphing Coordinate Pairs  Quiz Wednesday

    ELA: Quiz Friday

    Skills: Main Idea & Text Features 

    Grammar: Possessive & Singular Nouns

    Writing: Write a Narrative or Informative Essay about how animals travel. 

    Guest Speaker: David and Michele Donnelly (My parents) are bee keepers in Boise and will present information on "How Bees Move and Travel"

    Social Studies: French and Indian War, Taxes and Tarriffs, Boston Massacre  

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  • March 15 - SNOW SCHOOL MONDAY

    Posted by CAITLIN BASEL on 3/15/2019

     

     Snow School

     

    Snow School - MONDAY

    Monday Morning - we will be bussing to Bogus Basin Ski Resort leaving promptly at 9:05 and return shortly before the end of the day at 4:05 (we usually arrive around 3:45). Students and volunteers will snow shoe through the nordic track, stopping for science stations along the way. Students should be prepared with snow gear (pants, boots, gloves, hats, sun screen), lunch and water bottle that day. They do, however, have extra pants, boots, and gloves if needed, so please don't feel like you need to go purchase anything. 

     

    It will be very warm and sunny on Monday. Students should dress in layers and they can peel as needed. They should still dress for the cold. Please help your student apply sunscreen before they leave the house. The reflection of the sun on the snow can be brutal to cheeks. Sunglasses are also recommended.

     

    Personal Safety Lesson

    Our counselor, Mrs. Iwerson, will be doing a personal safety lesson with the students. There is a form going home today, please send it back signed only if you DO NOT want your child to participate. 

     

    Growth & Development Lesson

    Our 5th grade growth and development lesson will take place on March 21st at the end of the day. Please let me know if you have any questions.  

     

    Roaring Readers

    Student received a reading log for Roaring Readers. If your student completes and turns in this log on or before April 3rd, they will receive a free ticket to Roaring Springs Water Park.

     

    Important Dates  

    March 18 - Snow School field trip at Bogus Basin. Volunteer spots are filled. 

    March 18-20 - Talent Show Auditions

    March 18-21 - Spirit Week

    Monday - Beach and Crazy Hair Day (remember this is also snow school day)

    Tuesday - Construction Worker Day

    Wednesday - Twin Day

    Thursday - Movie/Book Day (dress like your favorite character from a movie or a book)

    March 21 - Growth and Development Lesson

    March 22 - NO SCHOOL

    March 25-29 - Spring Break

    April 5 - Kindergarten Orientation @ 2:30

    April 19 - Kindergarten Registration 9-3:30 - Click here for more info

     

    What Are We Learning? 

    March 18-21

    Math:  Volume and Review  

    ELA: 

    Skills: Main Idea & Review of Reading Skills 

    Writing: Using detail to explain

    Science:  Earthquakes/Volcanoes & Snow School  

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  • March 8th - Book Fair!

    Posted by CAITLIN BASEL on 3/8/2019

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    Book Fair - BOGO

     

    The spring book fair begins Monday, March 11 and continues at the Star Elementary Library until Friday, March 15. THE ENTIRE BOOK FAIR IS BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE of equal or lesser value. Please stop in and support our library. A flyer with hours is going home today. 

     

    Coin Drive

    We are having a grade level competition to see which grade will raise the most money for the Children's Fund all of next week!

     

    Growth & Development Lesson

    Our 5th grade growth and development lesson will take place on March 21st at the end of the day. Students must have permission to attend this lesson, a permission slip is going home today, please return ASAP. You must mark Approve or Disapprove, whichever your desire is. Please email me if you have any questions. 

     

    Book Club Project - At Home Project - Due Tuesday, March 12th.

    That's right! Students have another at-home project, which will be due Tuesday, March 12th. They have been spending the last few weeks reading, studying, and collaborating on a novel of their choosing.  Students are to make any kind of project (diarama, poster, powerpoint, book trailer using imovie, etc) that represents their book. Along with the project, they must have a paragraph or more telling the main problem, 3 main events, solution, characters and setting. We have discussed this thoroughly in class, please email me if you have further questions. 

     

    Snow School - Permission Slip

    Wow! Snow School is coming up! We will be bussing to Bogus Basin Ski Resort on Monday, March 18th. We will leave promptly at 9:05 and return shortly before the end of the day at 4:05 (we usually arrive around 3:45). Students and volunteers will snow shoe through the nordic track, stopping for science stations along the way. Students should be prepared with snow gear (pants, boots, gloves, hats, sun screen), lunch and water bottle that day. They do, however, have extra pants, boots, and gloves if needed, so please don't feel like you need to go purchase anything. 

    Thank you to those of you who have volunteered. We have all the volunteers we need

    Permission slips must be returned in order to attend the field trip. 

     

    Roaring Readers

    Student received a reading log for Roaring Readers. If your student completes and turns in this log on or before April 3rd, they will receive a free ticket to Roaring Springs Water Park.

     

    Important Dates  

    March 12 - Book Club Project DUE

    March 18 - Snow School field trip at Bogus Basin. Volunteer spots are filled. 

    March 21 - Growth and Development Lesson

    March 22 - NO SCHOOL

    March 25-29 - Spring Break

     

    What Are We Learning? 

    March 11-15

    Math:  Volume  

    ELA: 

    Skills: Cause/Effect, Figurative Language, Point of View  

    Writing: Grammar and Conventions

     

    Science:  Earthquakes/Volcanoes & Snow School Lesson 

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  • March 1st - Growth & Development Lesson

    Posted by CAITLIN BASEL on 3/1/2019

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    Growth & Development Lesson

    Our 5th grade growth and development lesson will take place on March 21st at the end of the day. Students must have permission to attend this lesson, a permission slip is going home today, please return ASAP. You must mark Approve or Disapprove, whichever your desire is. Please email me if you have any questions. 

     

    Book Club Project - At Home Project - Due Tuesday, March 12th.

    That's right! Students have another at-home project, which will be due Tuesday, March 12th. They have been spending the last few weeks reading, studying, and collaborating on a novel of their choosing.  Students are to make any kind of project (diarama, poster, powerpoint, book trailer using imovie, etc) that represents their book. Along with the project, they must have a paragraph or more telling the main problem, 3 main events, solution, characters and setting. We have discussed this thoroughly in class, please email me if you have further questions. 

     

    Snow School - Permission Slip

    Wow! Snow School is coming up! We will be bussing to Bogus Basin Ski Resort on Monday, March 18th. We will leave promptly at 9:05 and return shortly before the end of the day at 4:05 (we usually arrive around 3:45). Students and volunteers will snow shoe through the nordic track, stopping for science stations along the way. Students should be prepared with snow gear (pants, boots, gloves, hats, sun screen), lunch and water bottle that day. They do, however, have extra pants, boots, and gloves if needed, so please don't feel like you need to go purchase anything. 

    Thank you to those of you who have volunteered. We have all the volunteers we need. 

    Permission slips are going home today and must be returned in order to attend the field trip. 

      

    Earth Layers Project - DUE TUESDAY

    Students have been assigned an AT HOME project to create a model of the earth showing it's layers, continents, and plate tectonics. The assignment page should have gone home on Tuesday and your signature acknowledging the project must be returned by Tuesday, February 19th. The project is DUE Tuesday, March 5th. Click here to view the requirements for the assignment.  

     

    PE Fitness Testing

    Click here to view the letter for Mrs. Meyer about Fitness Testing. 

     

    Roaring Readers

    Student received a reading log for Roaring Readers. If your student completes and turns in this log on or before April 3rd, they will receive a free ticket to Roaring Springs Water Park.

     

    Important Dates  

    March 5 - Earth Layers Project DUE

    March 12 - Book Club Project DUE

    March 18 - Snow School field trip at Bogus Basin. Volunteers will be needed. 

    March 25-29 - Spring Break

     

    What Are We Learning? 

    March 4-8

    Math:  Line plots and measurement conversion  

    ELA: 

    Skills: Text and Graphic Features, Main Ideas and Details, Adages, Summarize  

    Writing: Persuasive Writing

     

    Science:  Earth Model Presentations 

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  • February 22 - Snow School & Middle School Registration

    Posted by CAITLIN BASEL on 2/22/2019

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    Snow School - Volunteers NEEDED

    Wow! Snow School is coming up! We will be bussing to Bogus Basin Ski Resort on Monday, March 18th. We will leave promptly at 9:05 and return shortly before the end of the day at 4:05 (we usually arrive around 3:45). Students and volunteers will snow shoe through the nordic track, stopping for science stations along the way. Students should be prepared with snow gear (pants, boots, gloves, hats, sun screen), lunch and water bottle that day. They do, however, have extra pants, boots, and gloves if needed, so please don't feel like you need to go purchase anything. 

     

    VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED. Please email me if you would like to volunteer that day, you will be trecking through the snow with a group of approx. 8 kids. There will most likely be room on the bus if you'd like to ride with the class, but you can drive yourself if desired. 

     

    Star Middle School Registration Packets - DUE back March 1st

    Students attended an assembly by Star Middle School Choir, Orchestra, and Band. They were described all of their options for next year. A registration packet will be going home today, and is due back on March 1st. If you are not sure where your student is attending next year, still fill out the registration packet and return by March 1st. 

     

    Earth Layers Project

    Students have been assigned an AT HOME project to create a model of the earth showing it's layers, continents, and plate tectonics. The assignment page should have gone home on Tuesday and your signature acknowledging the project must be returned by Tuesday, February 19th. The project is DUE Tuesday, March 5th. Click here to view the requirements for the assignment.  

     

    Book Orders

    Book orders are going home today! Orders are due on or before Wednesday, February 27th. Online orders ONLY. Online order code is P8BNQ 

     

    Roaring Readers

    Student received a reading log for Roaring Readers. If your student completes and turns in this log on or before April 3rd, they will receive a free ticket to Roaring Springs Water Park.

     

    Important Dates  

     

    February 22 - Star Middle School Assembly. Middle school registration packets will go home. 

    March 1 - Star Middle School Registration Packets DUE 

    March 5 - Earth Layers Project DUE

    March 18 - Snow School field trip at Bogus Basin. Volunteers will be needed. 

    March 25-29 - Spring Break

     

    What Are We Learning? 

    February 25-March 1

    Math:  Review and End of Module Test  

    ELA: 

    Book Club - We will be using our novels to discuss theme, inferrencing, and persuasive writing  

    Writing: How is your hero

     

    Science:  Earthquakes and volcanoes 

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  • February 15 - No School Monday

    Posted by CAITLIN BASEL on 2/15/2019

    Presidents Day

     

    No School/ Early Release

    No school on Monday, February 18th and early release @1:25 on Thursday, February 21st.

     

    Earth Layers Project

    Students have been assigned an AT HOME project to create a model of the earth showing it's layers, continents, and plate tectonics. The assignment page should have gone home on Tuesday and your signature acknowledging the project must be returned by Tuesday, February 19th. The project is DUE Tuesday, March 5th. Click here to view the requirements for the assignment.  

     

    Book Orders

    Book orders are going home today! Orders are due on or before Wednesday, February 27th. Online orders ONLY. Online order code is P8BNQ 

     

    Roaring Readers

    Student received a reading log for Roaring Readers. If your student completes and turns in this log on or before April 3rd, they will receive a free ticket to Roaring Springs Water Park.

     

    Important Dates  

    Feburary 18 - No School, Presidents' Day

    February 21 - Early Release for Collaboration @ 1:25

    February 22 - Star Middle School Assembly. Middle school registration packets will go home. 

    March 5 - Earth Layers Project DUE

    March 18 - Snow School field trip at Bogus Basin. Volunteers will be needed. 

    March 25-29 - Spring Break

     

    What Are We Learning? 

    February 19-22

    Math:  Multiplying and Dividing Fractions  

    ELA: 

    Book Club - Most students have been assigned a novel and a group. We will be reviewing and practicing our comprehension skills and strategies applied to the novels.  

     

    Writing: Opinion Writing - We will explore the writing process and organization of opinion writing

     

    Science:  Plate Tectonics 

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