• MRS. LANEY'S NEWSLETTER                   

    Weeks of December 9th & December 16th

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    The next two weeks will be busy and packed with lots of learning and a little fun!

    The students and I have planned out our Winter Holiday Party - 

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    Here is the link to sign-up

    https://signup.com/go/DXpzcna

    Dates to Remember

    December 16-20 Spirit Week

    • Monday - Festive Sweater Day (wear your favorite holiday sweater - it can be ugly, festive, or cute)
      • Compliment Day - Find someone to compliment today...and everyday
    • Tuesday - Rudolf or Elf Day
    • Wednesday - Favorite Holiday Movie or Book character day
    • Thursday - Holiday Hat or Festive Hair Day
    • Friday - Pajama Day (remind students to be prepared for the weather)

    December 18 - Math TEST

    December 20 - Class Party 2:30ish to 3:30 (then clean up) 

    Link to sign up-

    https://signup.com/go/DXpzcna

    December 21-Jan 3 NO SCHOOL - Winter Break

    In our class-

    December 9-13

    Specials 

    Monday PE

    Tuesday Library

    Wednesday Music

    Thursday Computer

    Friday PE

    December 16-20

    Specials

    Monday Library

    Tuesday Music

    Wednesday Computer

    Thursday PE

    Friday (NO SPECIALS DUE TO HOLIDAY PARTY)

    What we are learning over the next 2 weeks-

    Math:  NEW MODULE - FRACTIONS!! Adding & Subtracting fractions

    This is a short module and I encourage students to practice with Khan Academy

    Math Test on adding & subracting fraction is planned for December 18th

    Reading: Lesson 11

    Cause & Effect

    Main Idea & Details 

    Literacy Quiz on Friday

    Spelling 

    Link to study words

    https://quizlet.com/61338156/lesson-11-journeys-5th-grade-spelling-flash-cards/

    Greek & Latin will be the following week-

    Writing: We will be working on short writing responses, preparing for opinion wrting, soon. 

    We are working on both Social Studies and Science this month-

    Social Studies: Events leading to the American Revolution 

    Science: This week we began our unit about Earth’s systems, specifically the hydrosphere and the Earth’s fresh water as a natural resource.

     

    Mrs. Laney's Newsletter               December 2, 2019

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    HAPPY DECEMBER!!  

    I hope you all had a wonderful week off last week. I spent some quaility time catching up with friends,husband,  my puppies, and got  little class work completed! 

    Snow - So today was our first day with snow. Please remind students that this time of year, to be prepared for the weather and to bring appropriate shoes for PE. 

    Winter Clothes Drive - We are collecting winter clothing for those in need. Bring clothing to be donated by December 13th.  

    DWA - This Wednesday, December 4th, we will be completeing an informational essay using sources. 

    Important Dates

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

    December 6 - No School - Teacher collaboration and Professional Development 

    December 16-20 Spirit Week (Details to come)

    December 20 - Class Party 2:30ish to 3:45 (Look for more information and sign-ups soon)

    In our class-

    December 2-5 (NO SCHOOL FRIDAY)

    Specials 

    Monday PE

    Tuesday Library

    Wednesday Music

    Thursday Computer

    What we are learning-

    Math:  NEW MODULE - FRACTIONS!! Starting with equivalent fractions and moving into adding fractions

    This is a short module and I encourage students to practice with Khan Academy

    Reading: The Revolutionary War (from social studies curriculum)

    Cause & Effect

    Main Idea & Details 

    NO Spelling or Greek/Latin this week-

    We will be focusing on specific domain vocabulary using context clues in our Soical Studies text

    Writing: DWA - writing test on Wednesday (Attendance in key)

    We are working on both Social Studies and Science this month-

    Social Studies: Events leading to the American Revolution (We are starting this unit during our literacy block)

    Science: This week we began our unit about Earth’s systems, specifically the hydrosphere and the Earth’s fresh water as a natural resource.

     

     

     Mrs. Laney's Newsletter                 November 18th

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    There are a few changes in the newsletter below-

    Have a wonderful week off November 25-29!!

     

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    Weeks of November 11-22 

    We have a lot of things happening over the next 2 weeks. I cannot believe that Thanksgiving break is coming so soon! I have included information with dates and curriculum for the next two weeks. 

    Book Fair - 

    Book Fair start MONDAY! November 11-15th. Students can shop during recess, if they have money with them. Families & 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. A Mason Jar or a recycled jar, like pickle or pasta sauce jars will work perfectly. We will need them by Monday, November 18th. If you have extras, we might need a few for students that don't bring one.

    Important Dates

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

    November 11-15 - Book Fair 

    November 15th (Canned Food Drive Ends)

    November 18 - Jars for art project needed

    November 25-29 - No School - Thanksgiving Break - ENJOY YOUR TIME OFF!!

    December 4 - Direct Writing Assessment - students will write an informative essay using 2 sources during a 2 hour time period. 

    December 6 - No School - Teacher collaboration  

    Specials (Nov 11-22) 

    November 11-15

    Monday Music

    Tuesday Computer

    Wednesday PE

    Thursday Library

    Friday Music

    November 18-22

    Monday Computer

    Tuesday PE

    Wednesday Library

    Thursday Music

    Friday Computer

    Curriculum

    Math:  Understanding Place Value & Operations with Multi-Digit Numbers. We will be wrapping up multiplication and division over the next two weeks. Wrapping up Module 2 before break. 

    2 Part End of Module Assessment. Part one test will be reviewed Monday and tested Tuesday 19th, then review for Part 2 and test on Thursday. Although we will be reviewing in class, if your student needs extra practice, Khan Academy is a great resource. Students should be bringing home the review pages to study and practjce before the tests.

    Reading: Hound Dog True - A Novel

    We will be deterimining theme, charaterization, sequencing, and in context vocabulary.

    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. 

    Greek and Latin (We ill be doing Greek & Latin for the next two weeks, so no SPELLING)                               Quiz Friday 15th and the 22nd. (no word work the week of Nov 18-22)

    Writing: Informative essay. Students will write an informative essay on an animal of their choice (within the choices of our sources) to answer the question, "What can we learn by observing the behaviors of an animal?" Due Wednesday.

    Science: The Food Web. End of Unit Assessment

     

    Mrs. Laney's Newsletter                                             November 4, 2019

    Wow! It is already November! We are cruising through 5th grade!

    Homework-

    Reading logs have not been coming back and forth to school. I am getting typed papers, post-notes, random ripped paper with reading responses. One problem is that students are loosing the loose papers before Friday. Another problem is that homework is part organziation and responsibility and all the loose papers are hindering that responsibility. 

    Curriculum 

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

    QUIZ Thursday

    Reading:

    Comprehension Skill-Main Ideas & Details

    Spelling Week-Quiz Friday 

    https://quizlet.com/246226756/journeys-5th-spelling-lesson-10-flash-cards/

    Writing: 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. 

    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.

    Coming Up-

    Important Dates

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

    November 25-29 - No School - Thanksgiving Break

    December 6 - No School - Teacher collaboration  

    Art Project - We will be doing an art project in November that requires a jar for each child. A Mason Jar or a recycled jar, like pickle or pasta sauce jars will work perfectly. We will need them by Monday, November 18th. If you have extras, we might need a few for students that don't bring one.

     

    Mrs. Laney's Newsletter                                               October 28, 2019

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    THANK YOU to EVERYONE THAT CAME TO CONFERENCES!!

    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 Thursday - Thank you to those whom have signed up to help. Here is the link to sign up for treats or to volunteer. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0d4da8ad2faaf58-halloween

    Important Dates

    • Monday - Spread Kindness like Confetti
    • Tuesday - twin day
    • Wednesday - crazy hair or hat day
    • Thursday - Halloween (no weapons or gore)
    • Friday - Spirit Wear Day (Any school colors OR your favorite team sport t-shirts or sweatshirts)

    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. 

     

    Specials Calendar

    Monday Library

    Tuesday Music

    Wednesday Computers

    Thursday No Specials (Halloween Party)

    Friday PE

    Curriculum

    Math:  We just completed our Mid-Module Math Assessments, we will be working with unit conversions and starting division.

    Reading: Infer and Predict

                   Characteraztion

    Greek & Latin 

     

    Writing: Informative essay

     

    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.

     

    Mrs. Laney's Newsletter                                              October 14, 2019

     

    Class Information

    Conferences

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     There is a lot of exciting things happening this month! Parent/Teacher Conferences are coming up and I have attached the sign up link in the email. If possible, I do like to have studnets come and lead their conference. I realize that schedules do not always allow for this to happen The conferences will be Wednesday, October 23 4:30-7:45 pm and all day Thursday, October 24 8:45-7:45 pm. I will have a few time slots blocked out for breaks and planning with my team. 

    THANK YOU to those of you that signed up already! I am excited to get to share about your student!

    If you haven't signed up for a confernece, click link below-

    https://signup.com/go/mUqaUde

    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! We hare at 16 cans right now.

    Halloween - Constumes only. No weapons, No make-up, and No gore. We will have a parade during last recess, giving parents a chance to set up for the party.

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    Halloween Party - Please let me know if you are interested in helping plan or volunteering for the Halloween Party. It will be on Thursday, October 31st 2:30-3:40. In the past, a parent has offered to set up a couple of activities and menu, create a digital sign-up like SignUpGenius.com and shared the link with me to get the class to sign up for supplies. 

    Important Dates

    October 15 -Jog or Walk 

    October 23-24 - Parent/Teacher Conferences (Wed. Evening & all day Thursday, so no school for students on Thursday)

    October 25 - No School

    October 31st - Halloween Party (2:30-3:40 pm, will need volunteers)

    October 31st- Book Orders Due-Flyers are coming home, but here is the link to shop online. https://orders.scholastic.com/J7X72

    What Are We Learning? 

     

    Math 

    Spelling Lesson 8 - Homophones QUIZ FRIDAY (Be sure to study meanings and spellings of each word)

    https://quizlet.com/55815749/journeys-5th-grade-lesson-8-spelling-words-flash-cards/ The spelling test on Friday will consist of writing a sentence for each word.  

    Grammar - Conjunctions

    Writing: We are writing an informative brochure using resources about National Parks

    This assignment is due Friday October 18.

    Science: The Food Web. 

     

    Mrs. Laney's Newsletter                        October 7, 2019

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    Happy Monday Families!

    Class Information

    There is a lot of exciting things happening this month! Parent/Teacher Conferences are coming up and I have attached the sign up link in the email. If possible, I do like to have studnets come and lead their conference. I realize that schedules do not always allow for this to happen The conferences will be Wednesday, October 23 4:30-7:45 pm and all day Thursday, October 24 8:45-7:45 pm. I will have a few time slots blocked out for breaks and planning with my team. 

    Other important events coming up-

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    Jog or Walk is scheduled for October 15th. Our time is 9:40-10:30. Link atfor the event. Envelopes for raising donations are being sent home today. 

    Halloween Party! - Please contact 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. I will need someone to plan, organize, donate treats, set up and clean up. 

    Important Dates

    Monday, October 7 - No School, Teacher Inservice

    October 15 -Jog or Walk (Please sign up to volunteer)

    October 23-24 - Parent/Teacher Conferences (Wed. Evening & all day Thursday, so no school for students on Thursday)

    October 25 - No School

    October 31st - Halloween Party (2:30-3:40 pm, will need volunteers)

    Curriculum

    Math: Module 2, Multiplying Multi-Digit numbers. We will have a quiz on Wednesday with a review day on Tuesday. Our goal is to be able to use the standard algorithm. 

     

    Reading: 

    Comprehension Skill 

    • author's purpose
    • Main Idea & Details (informative text) 

    Greek and Latin - QUIZ FRIDAY

    Writing: informative brochure using resources about National Parks

    This assignment will be introduced this week, but will be due next Friday

    Science: The Food Web. 

     

    Mrs. Laney's Newsletter                                        September 30, 2019

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     Hello Families-

    Wow! It's almost October! I hope you all were able to enjoy the fabulous fall weather this weekend! 

    We have been crusing along for the past month and learning a lot! It has been a great start to the school year and I continue to look foward to everything that this group of students will accomplish this school year!

    Parent/Teacher Conferences 

    More information will be coming home about conferences. In 5th grade, I like to have students attend conferences, if your schedule allows it. We spend time goal-setting and planning for how we will be wrapping up elementary school. When students attend, they have moe ownership of their goals. 

    Book Orders

    Book orders were submitted on Friday and take about a week to be delivered. If your student ordered books, I will send them home, as soon as they arrive. I will send flyers home, peridocally, but feel free to access the Scholastic Bookclubs website whenever. 

    Important Dates

     

    Monday, October 7 - No School, Teacher Inservice

    October 15 - Jog or Walk

    Sign up to help through this link-

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D4BABA623A3FB6-jogrwalk

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

    Curriculum-

    Math: Module 2 (Multiplying multi-digit numbers using models and standard algorithm) 

    Khan Academy is a great resource that we use at school but is also available at home. If your student spends 20 minutes or more on Khan Academy at home, send me a note or write it in their journals. My reports have changed and I cannot give credit for time spent at home versus time used at school. 

    Reading:

    Comprehension Skill

    Compare and Contrast 

    Spelling- r-controlled vowels

    https://quizlet.com/16494388/journeys-5th-grade-lesson-6-spelling-flash-cards/

    Reminder - students should study and be able to apply spelling pattern to writing. 

    Writing: We will be starting Narratives using sources

    Social Studies: We will be wrapping up - Social Studies and introducing 

     


     

    Mrs. Laney's Newsletter                                                                  September 23, 2019

    Hello Families!

    I hope were able to enjoy the CARNVIAL last Friday! I was able to see so many familiar faces and everyone looked to be having a blast!!  

    Classroom Information

    Our annual Jog or Walk event is coming up in October-

    Link to help out-

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D4BABA623A3FB6-jogrwalk

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    Periodically, I will send flyers home for Scholastic Book Orders. This month, I will wait until 9/27 to place the order. Checks are okay but online ordering is the easiest. Plus there is a perk for parents that spend $25, to get to pick one free book up to $5.

    Scholastic Link to place orders online-

     

    https://orders.scholastic.com/J7X72

    Important Dates

    (Tomorrow) Tuesday, Sept 24 - Picture Day!

    Friday, September 27 - Book Orders will be submitted

    Monday, October 7 - No School, Teacher Inservice

    October 15 -Jog or Walk

    Sign up to help through this link-

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D4BABA623A3FB6-jogrwalk

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

     

     

    Curriculum-

    Math: New Module (Multiplying multi-digit numbers using models and standard algorithm) 

    Reading:

    Comprehension Skill

    Theme & Sequencing Events  

    Greek and Latin - QUIZ FRIDAY

    Reminder - students should study and be done as homework. The quiz will be on Friday. 

    Writing: We will be starting Narratives using sources

    Social Studies: The 3 regions of the 13 colonies and thier resources. (QUIZ WED.)

     

     

    Mrs. Laney's Newsletter                                   September 16, 2019

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    Thank you to all of the parents that came to OPEN HOUSE, last week!

    Information-

    Our annual Star Elementary Carnival is this Firday, September 20th. Activies will start at 4:30 and run until 7:30.

    Spirit Wear was delivered last week with more to come. I also heard that PTO may be selling t-shirts and sweatshirts at the Carnival. 

    Book Orders-

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    Periodically, I will send flyers home for Scholastic Book Orders. This month, I will wait until the end of the month to place the order. Checks are okay but online ordering is the easiest. Plus there is a perk for parents that spend $25, to get to pick one free book up to $5.

    Scholastic Link to place orders online-

    https://orders.scholastic.com/J7X72

    Important Dates

    Friday, Sept 20 - School Carnival! 4:30 to 7:30 Information has been sent home.

    Tuesday, Sept 24 - Picture Day!

    Curriculum-

    Math: Understanding Place Value (Rounding Decimails, Adding & Subtracting Decimals) 

    MODULE ONE test is scheduled for this FRIDAY

    Reading: Comparing and Contrasting

    Spelling Week

    Practice here-

    https://quizlet.com/325424446/journeys-5th-grade-spelling-lesson-3-flash-cards/

    Writing: Narrative Essays and adding descriptions 

    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.

    I was asked about Science during the OPEN HOUSE

    The 4 Units we will be learning about are

    • Matter
    • Food Web
    • Sun, Moon, Earth
    • Water

     

     

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    Mrs. Laney's Newsletter              September 9th 2019

    Wow! Two weeks have come and gone quickly! We are getting a lot done and are working hard to get even more accomplished! This is a great class and I am looking forward to what we can achieve together!! 

    Information-

    Open House - Thursday, September 12th 6-7:30. There will have 3 sessions, you can choose the 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. General questions are welcomed, but if you are needing to speak about your student, we can set up a time on another date.  

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

    Homework- First week of homework was turned in and some students did a fantastic job with thorough answers and challenged themselves to try other reading responses other than only summaries. Some students struggled to complete the reading logs or lost them before Friday. I am hoping to see improvements this week. 

    Some students and parents have asked about Math, we don't plan on Math homework unless it is to study for a test. I highly encourage KhanAcademy.org for Math practice, but it is optional.

    Resources-Math 

    Students know how to log in to these sources and have their log-ins and passwords.

    KhanAcademy.org (standards based lessons to support, review, or extend what is going on in the classroom.)

    xtramath.org (for fact fluency)

    Important Dates

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

    Friday, Sept 20 - School Carnival! INFORMATION WENT HOME THIS PAST FRIDAY

    Curriculum-

    Math: Place Value, with a focus on rounding and comparing decimal numbers. Quiz Tuesday.

    Litaracy-Comprehension Skill- Theme

    Greek and Latin - QUIZ FRIDAY (Study the spelling but the meaning is even more important)

    Writing: Typing a narrative draft and adding dialogue and description.

    Social Studies: Wrapping up the introduction of Pilgrims and moving into the study of the 13 colonies.

     

     

     

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    August 30, 2019

    Wow! We just finished the 1st week of school! It has been a whirlwind this week, getting to know everyone! I am excited to see what amazing things this great group of students will accomplish this year!

    Class Information 

    Thank for returning forms back to me this week. I am waiting on just a couple of students to turn them in to me.  It was helpful to get to know students from your point of view.

    What we are learning-

    Math - Place Value using operations and expontents

    ELA - Point of View

    Writing - Short Story focus on purpose

    Social Studies - Ealry settlers (Pilgrims and Pioneers)

    Homework

    I will start homework on Tuesday.

    As stated in the classroom policy packet-

    • Reading - For 20 minutes, students will read a book AT THEIR LEVEL and then complete a reading log. Reading log is due every Friday BUT I will check it every morning for completion. 
    • 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.

    Communication                                                                                                         

    Email- Email is the quickest and easiest way to get in touch with me. Laney.amy@westada.org                                                                                         

    Agendas - Students have been given an agenda. This will be filled out daily with assignments, due dates, incomplete 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. You can also write me a note if needed, as long as your student knows to show it to me.                                                                                                                                

    Homework Folders- Students will bring a folder home, each night with their reading logs. On Fridays, they will pick up their mail to bring home. This will be graded work, book order forms, news from the building or community, so check this folder on Fridays. It is the responsibility for the students to check their mail bins. I have a rule that students may not throw work away in my classroom, so that parents see the quality of work turned in to me and grades students are receiving.

    PowerSchool- Check often for grades, since it is live, you can watch the growth of your student of each priority standard, as the semester progresses.

     

    SAVE THE DATE

    Open House - Scheduled for Thursday, September 12th 6-7:30. There will be 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. 

    • Options for Times 6:00, 6:30, 7:00

    School Carnival – Friday, September 20th (More information to come)

     

    Important Dates

    Monday, Sept 2 - No School – HOLIDAY (Labor Day)

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

    Thursday, Sept 12 - Open House Parents/ Guardians only please.

    Friday, Sept 20 - School Carnival!

     

     

     

     

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    August 26. 2019

    Welcome Back! 

    It was so great to meet so many of you, during our Meet & Greet!! 

    The first day of school is Monday, August 26th. Our morning will start with the first bell ringing at 9:05 a.m. and students will line up outside the outer classroom door. It is an early release day, which means students are dismissed at 1:25 p.m.