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Welcome to fifth grade in Room 18.  I feel so privileged to be teaching in our wonderful district at Alta Sierra School.  I have taught Second, Third, Fourth, and Sixth grades for our district, as well as Fourth/Fifth combinations in my pre Nevada County life, and I bring those experiences to Fifth grade.  This will be my fourth year in Fifth grade here at Alta Sierra, and I know that I have found a great fit for my teaching style.  Fifth grade is an amazing opportunity for kids to grow and think in ways that I love being a part of.  I strive to make my classroom a place where every child wants to be each day.  I will ask my students to think deeply, be productive, and laugh often.  Academics at this grade level are challenging, and I will push the students to do their best while supporting them to do so. 

Please go to the next page, "Our Week" to learn about what we are currently doing in Room 18. 

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August 21-25

 

We had a fun four days last week.  We have done lots of fun assignments to get to know each other.  Your kiddos really seemed to enjoy being back to school and had lots of ideas to share. We have many things to finish up this week!

 

We had an awesome band assembly on Friday and notes went home about participating in band.   I hope that lots of students will take advantage of this great program that our district offers!

 

Tomorrow we will have a fun morning with the eclipse.  I purchased glasses for the students, so we will be safe while viewing the eclipse.  We will watch some videos to understand what is happening with the eclipse.  We are also going to make pin hole projectors.  It will be a great morning!  I am requesting a donation of $3 for each student to cover the cost of the glasses.  

 

Wednesday afternoon, we will start going to the computer lab.  We will be taking the AR Star test.  I would like to welcome our new computer lab teacher Mrs. Boyes.  We are so excited to have her!

 

We will be doing our first spelling unit this week.  Students will be tested on their spelling words on Friday. We will be using an on line program called Spelling City.  We will do all of the Spelling City practice during class this week in order to get kids used to the program.  Students will receive their words on Mondays.  We will write the spelling words in their agendas and discuss the words on Monday.  MondayTuesdayWednesday, and Thursday, for homework, students will play a game on Spelling City with the words.  (Please let me know if your child does not have internet access or does not have access to a computer) We will have a test this Friday, but it will also not count for a grade.  We will just take it for practice.

 

This week, we will be starting our reading practice at home. A reading log went home last Thursday and will be due the following Friday. New logs will always go home in Thursday folders and then will be due the following Friday.  We are expecting students to read for 20 minutes each night.


We started our math groups last Thursday.  We will start math homework this week.

I will be writing the homework for each day in the agenda.  Please take a look and initial your child's agenda. Thank you!  I know its an effort, but so helpful to get the kids on track.  

 

I have the "Looking Ahead" dates on the "Looking Ahead" tab of this website.  I am so looking forward to seeing you all at Back to School Night!  

 

 

 

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September 25-29

September 25-29

 

It is starting to feel a lot like fall!  This week will by busy and we will be adjusting to five day week after two short weeks.  

 

Please remember that the Jog-A-Thon is this Friday.  We are so excited about the color run portion of our Jog-A-Thon this year.  It could get messy, but the kids will LOVE it!  They might want to bring a change of clothes for after the Jog-A-Thon.  Please have your kids be collecting pledges.  This one of our biggest fundraisers of the year.  The money that is raised goes directly to make things better for kids at our school!  The money raised last year purchased the amazing picnic tables that the kids sit at for outside lunch.  Two years ago, the money purchased chrome books, which our class uses on a daily basis.  Thank you so much for supporting this event!  Our class runs from 8:30-9:00.  If you volunteered to help, please come around 8:10 in order to get kids ready to run.

 

Thank you so much to the parents who work in our garden and run our produce cart!   The kids had a blast in the garden this past week.  The kids participated in fun activities!  The kids love picking and tasting the fresh vegetables.  They get so excited on Tuesdays when the produce cart is out!

 

Wednesday morning, we will listen to Student Council candidate speeches and have our election immediately following that.  Before the end of the day Wednesday, we will elect classroom representatives.

 

This Friday marks the end of our mid-trimester.  Please be asking your child how he/she is coming along with his/her AR goal.  I think that there are some students who have not taken any tests yet.  We will start our book report the week after next, so students need to have their chapter books finished soon.

 

Just a reminder, the week of October 2-6 (next week) are all minimum days for students so that teachers can conference in the afternoons.  I hope this is not too much of an inconvenience for your family!  I am really looking forward to meeting you all and discussing your child with you!  We will not be having reading groups that week, so parents that volunteer during that time have the week off.  Most parents have signed up for a conference time.  If you have not, here is the link to the Sign Up Genius:

 

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4eaaa92fa0f58-october

 

In 5th grade, we are starting to work with double digit division.  This is SO difficult for students if they have not mastered their multiplication facts.  If your child is still struggling to pass multiplication in X-TraMath, please support your child at home and practice their facts with them.  Memorization of basic facts is essential to math success.  

 

We are on spelling Unit 2 Week 2  this week.

 

In reading, we will continue "American Stories".  I hope you enjoyed your child's Law Day journal entry that I sent home for them to read to you on Thursday.  Many thanks to those of you that were able to help your child edit mistakes.  We finished two art projects last week.  You will see them at conferences.  One is a cell drawing to wrap our science unit and the other is a watercolor with adjectives that your child chose to describe himself/herself.  We continue our studies on Native American tribes of the United States.  

 

Thank you for all of the help and support.  

September 18-22

September 18-22

I am writing this newsletter late as I was away this weekend for a lovely family wedding.  I will email it to you because I missed the 6 pm deadline to post.  Remember that there is no school tomorrow for students.  It is a teacher in-service day.  

Thank you so much to the parent volunteers who helped at our Law Day field trip.  It was a serious day for the kids, but there were moments of fun woven in.  The kids we so nicely dressed and did a good job representing Alta Sierra.  Hopefully, they told you all about the day and that their teacher had to play the part of the bicycle thief defendant.  Several students participated in the mock trial and did a tremendous job. I thank the jurors for not convicting me!  All students were engaged in the different stations of the day, and many good questions were asked.  We will be writing about the day in journals on Tuesday.

Several students have brought in the $10 that Parents Club requested for field trips.  We are working on a date in April for our trip to the state capitol in Sacramento.  This is a pricy trip in regards to the bus, so we really appreciate your donations.  

This week we are beginning "American Stories" which is the last story in our unit.  Because of the short week, we may be carrying it over to next week.  We will also do the Unit assessments and activities.  

We will do spelling Unit 2 Week 1.  I incorrectly labeled it when I assigned it on Spelling City.  The activities fall under the label for "September 15th". Some students may need additional practice for the Friday spelling test.  I encourage you to help them with missed words on the Spelling Practice test on Thursday nights.  

On Tuesday we will go to the garden at 12:30.  We are so lucky to have this awesome experience available at our school.  The kids love it!  Students do best when they wear appropriate clothes and shoes.  

Our book report is  rapidly approaching.  I checked with all of the kids last week, and they all said they are reading chapter books.   If you could help to make sure that they are finished with the book by October 3rd it would help so much.  

Many parents have signed up for a conference time.  If you have not, here is the link to the Sign Up Genius:

http://www.books.com/go/4090e4eaaa92fa0f58-october

I so look forward to talking to you about your child's progress and to hear more about these kiddos from the people who know them best.  

In social studies we are still working on ancient Native Americans.  We ended up doing quite a bit of the courthouse booklet last week.  I will be sending these home for you to work on with your kids if you choose.  I prefer to leave some of the topics that come up in these informative booklets to families.  

In science we will be dong a project on what we have learned on cells and be moving on to plants.  

The kids running for office of Student Council did a fantastic job with their speeches.  Mrs. Hollister will be working with the finalists this week to fine tune speeches for the entire fourth and fifth grade.  

Its getting late and I want to get this to you.  Please excuse any spelling errors!  

 

 

Sept 11-15

September 11-15

I hope you are all enjoying this beautiful weather!  I also want to thank you all for encouraging your kids to be on task and to limit the classroom socializing.  I had far fewer occasions to ask students to refocus last week and we were able to get through an impressive amount of instruction.  The students are really getting the hang of our routines.  
 
The biggest news this week is that we have the field trip to the Nevada County Courthouse on Friday.  Some of you have let me know that you will attend and meet us there.  Please let me know if you are doing so.  We will be back in time for lunch.  I know that we sent a letter asking you to have your kids dress nicely and to not wear shorts.  I want to reconsider this for the boys.  Their long dressier shorts looked so good on picture day that I think they would be fine for our trip as long as they are paired with a nice shirt with a collar such as a polo or button down shirt.  No sport shorts please.  If girls have longer shorts or capris that would be fine too.  We are hoping for no logos on clothing and to strive to represent our school in a positive way.  I will continue to go over the rules for good court house behavior for this exciting day.  Students will go through metal detectors and will not be able to take food and drinks inside the courthouse. The teachers will provide a snack as we sometimes have to wait for the bus after the tour.  
 
Thank you for all of you who signed up to volunteer in our classroom.  We were able to start our reading groups on Thursday and will be up and running on Tuesday and Thursday this week.  Please come at 1:15 if you signed up for this.  We couldn't do this without your help....Thank YOU!
 
We are also back on board for band.  That snuck up on us.  I apologize if you were not informed that we started last week.  If you child doesn't know what day they go please email me.  I have the schedule in the classroom.  It is not too late to join.
 
For reading we will be covering the story "A Refugee Remembers".  It is an interesting story about the lost boys of Sudan. 
 
Thank you for supporting our  on-line spelling and math fact programs.  The spelling may be a little tough at first, but it will become easier as the kids go along.  We spend a good amount of time writing the words and talking about them on Monday as well as spelling them together with arm motions.  The movement really helps the kids see the patterns.  If anyone is able to help out first thing on Monday morning for a short time, I could really use the help helping them edit their written words.  Even though we write them together, there are errors and I want to make sure they don't study misspelled words.  The kids really enjoy the Spelling City games.  They may need extra practice and your support with memorizing the words.  Keep me posted on how this is going for your family.  If kids need to do these activities at school due to lack of internet or no computer, they can come in early in the morning or find some time in the day to complete them.  Last year I allowed those kids to write the words in sentences and turn those in to me in place of one Spelling City activity.  I can do this for kids without online access again this year.  
 
I have given each child an AR goal.  They now know that they have to be reading a chapter book (not a comic book) to accomplish the Trimester goal.  The halfway goal is due the 29th of this month. Please take a look at the goal that is taped in the front of you child's agenda.  Our first book report is Tuesday, October 3rd.  Please help your child be ready by having the book read by then.  We had our first Library visit on Thursday and each child checked out a book at his level.  Thursday is our day so please help kids to remember to return books on Thursdays.  They may renew them if needed.   
 
We had our first tasting for our farm to school program and the kids devoured the Asian pears.  The garden cart was out this week with yummy vegetables to sample.  We so appreciate the parents who put the garden lessons together for us.  
 
Last week, we had a Student Council assembly where students learned about having the opportunity to run for an office, or be a classroom representative.  Please be asking your child if he/she would like to be involved in Student Council.  If you child is interested in running for an office, they need to have a 1-2 minute speech ready to give the class this Thursday and they need to turn in the signed Letter of Intent that went home in Thursday folders last week.  
 
One last item, our PTC needs your support this year more than ever and is asking that each family donate $10 to be used toward buses for field trips.  It you could please send that in (and several families have) it would help our PTC continue to support field trips.  Thank you so much for those of you who sent in my wish list items and Art Docent supplies.  
 

Sept. 4-8

 

September 4-8

 

I hope that everyone is enjoying their long weekend!

 

Thank you so much to all who attended Back to School Night!   I wish I could have talked to everyone individually, and will look forward to meeting those of you that I haven't met yet.  

 

Because this week is a short week, I will only require four nights of reading instead of five.  I will only assign three Spelling City activities.

 

Ww will begin the next reading story which is an oral history.  It is "I Was Dreaming of Coming to America". 

 

With written work, I am stressing that students go back over their work and proofread.  Many students are working quickly and do not have sentences beginning with capitals and are missing ending punctuation.  This year, you will see lots of growth with students’ written work.  When you are reviewing work that comes home in Thursday folders, please remind your child of the importance of finding his or her own mistakes and making the necessary corrections.  

 

In science, we will be reading about classifying living things.

 

This week, we will continue to dive into our social studies magazines.

 

Thank you so much for supporting our on line spelling and math fact programs.  The spelling may be a little tough at first, but I think it will become easier for the kids as we go along.  Kids may need extra practice and support with memorizing the words.  Keep me posted on how this is going for your family.  If kids need to do these activities at school, due to lack of internet or not having access to a computer, I am happy to support them in any way that I can!  They can come in early in the morning or stay a few minutes with me after school.  I will help them to get it done and not have it feel “punitive.”

 

I will assign a reading goal for you child for AR this week so please ask them to show it to you.   Our first Book Report will be started in class on Tuesday, October 3rd.   Students need to have read a chapter book at their level by then.   The weekly reading that they do and chapter books that they are reading can all count toward their AR goals!

 

We will start reading groups this Thursday.  Many thanks to the parents who signed up for this!  

 

Our PTC is once again asking that each family donate $10 for the year to help with the buses for field trips.  If you could please send that in it would help our school so much.  Thank you to the families who have already done so.  

 

Friday, September 15th, the 5th graders will go on a field trip to the courthouse in Nevada City.  Permission slips will go home for this on Tuesday.

 

Wednesday is picture day.

 

This Friday is movie night!

 

Thanks so much for all of your help and support! 

Looking ahead: 

Early release days every Friday.  Dismissal is at 1:00

MondaySeptember 4 - Labor Day - No School

Tuesday, September 5 PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

Wednesday, September 6- Picture Day

Friday, September 22 Movie Night

Friday, September 15- Law Day Field Trip (5th Grade)

Monday, September 18 - No School - Professional Development Day for Teachers

Tuesday, September 26 Homework Club Begins

Friday, September 29- Mid Trimester (Make Sure You Are Checking Your Child's Grades On Line)

Friday, September 29 Jog-A-Thon

 Monday - Friday, October 2-6- Minimum Days - Parent Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, October 3 PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

Wednesday, October 11 Picture Retakes

October 16-20 - Fall Break

Tuesday, October 31 Halloween Parade and Celebrations

Sunday, November 5 Daylight Savings

Tuesday, November 7 PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

 Friday, November 10 - Veteran's Day - No School 

Friday, November 17 - End of 1st Trimester, Minimum Day

November 22-24 - Thanksgiving Break

Tuesday, December 5 PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

December 6-9 Mistletoe Mall

Friday, December 22- Minimum Day

December 25- January 6- Winter Break

August 28-Sept. 1

 

August 28- September 1

 

I can’t believe that we have only been in school for less than 2 weeks!  I feel like I am really getting to know your kids and we are establishing our routines!

 

This coming Thursday is Back To School Night.  The Book Fair will open at 5:30.  Classroom presentations begin at 6:00 Presentations for 4th /5th  begin at 7:30.

 

Our classroom goes to the Book Fair tomorrow, Monday.   If you would like your child to be able to purchase books, please send him/her with money.

 

 

Last week in reading, we worked on annotating skills and kicked off our Unit in Reach for Reading, "Crossing Between Cultures".  We will delve in deeper this week.  

 

We completed our first set of vocabulary words this week.  Kids will be quizzed on these words on Wednesday.  Students have a study sheet that was supposed to be signed by you and returned on Friday.  Thank you for doing that.  

 

We are on spelling Week 2.  I think having the kids use Spelling City last week went well. This week the activities will be assigned for homework.   Kids need to make sure that they are doing their activities during the week and looking their words over a little each night.  That will help them to be successful on Friday’s test.  Our spelling routine will be to write their words in their agenda on Monday.  We will go over these words in class and make sure that kids are familiar with them.  MondayTuesdayWednesday, and Thursday nights, they will do Spelling City activities at home for homework.  Friday, they will take their test at school on line.

 

Thursday Folders will come home every Thursday.  This past week, there was not a lot of graded work in the folder.  Most of the projects we have been working on this week are on display in our classroom.  At the beginning of the year, we also do lots of our work together as I am trying to establish routines and expectations.

 

This coming Thursday, we will get to attend a fun Character Counts assembly!

 

I think that is all for now. Thank you for sharing you delightful kids with me!  They are kind to each other and interested in learning.  5th grade is a special year and we will do a lot of growing and confidence building before we send these students on to middle school and their next stage of learning.  I so look forward to seeing you Thursday night for Back to School night at 7:30 for 5th graders.  

 

Thursday, August 31- BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT

Thursday, August 31- Instrument Fittings at Alta Sierra

Monday, September 4 - Labor Day - No School

Tuesday, September 5 PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

Wednesday, September 6- Picture Day

Friday, September 15- Law Day Field Trip (5th Grade)

Monday, September 18 - No School - Professional Development Day for Teachers

Friday, September 22 Movie Night

Tuesday, September 26 Homework Club Begins

Friday, September 29- Mid Trimester (Make Sure You Are Checking Your Child's Grades On Line)

Friday, September 29 Jog-A-Thon

 Monday - Friday, October 2-6- Minimum Days - Parent Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, October 3 PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

Wednesday, October 11 Picture Retakes

October 16-20 - Fall Break

Tuesday, October 31 Halloween Parade and Celebrations

Sunday, November 5 Daylight Savings

Tuesday, November 7 PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

 Friday, November 10 - Veteran's Day - No School 

Friday, November 17 - End of 1st Trimester, Minimum Day

November 22-24 - Thanksgiving Break

Tuesday, December 5 PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

December 6-9 Mistletoe Mall

Friday, December 22- Minimum Day

December 25- January 6- Winter Break

 

August 21-25

 

August 21-25

 

We had a fun four days last week.  We have done lots of fun assignments to get to know each other.  Your kiddos really seemed to enjoy being back to school and had lots of ideas to share. We have many things to finish up this week!

 

We had an awesome band assembly on Friday and notes went home about participating in band.   I hope that lots of students will take advantage of this great program that our district offers!

 

Tomorrow we will have a fun morning with the eclipse.  I purchased glasses for the students, so we will be safe while viewing the eclipse.  We will watch some videos to understand what is happening with the eclipse.  We are also going to make pin hole projectors.  It will be a great morning!  I am requesting a donation of $3 for each student to cover the cost of the glasses.  

 

Wednesday afternoon, we will start going to the computer lab.  We will be taking the AR Star test.  I would like to welcome our new computer lab teacher Mrs. Boyes.  We are so excited to have her!

 

We will be doing our first spelling unit this week.  Students will be tested on their spelling words on Friday. We will be using an on line program called Spelling City.  We will do all of the Spelling City practice during class this week in order to get kids used to the program.  Students will receive their words on Mondays.  We will write the spelling words in their agendas and discuss the words on Monday.  MondayTuesdayWednesday, and Thursday, for homework, students will play a game on Spelling City with the words.  (Please let me know if your child does not have internet access or does not have access to a computer) We will have a test this Friday, but it will also not count for a grade.  We will just take it for practice.

 

This week, we will be starting our reading practice at home. A reading log went home last Thursday and will be due the following Friday. New logs will always go home in Thursday folders and then will be due the following Friday.  We are expecting students to read for 20 minutes each night.


We started our math groups last Thursday.  We will start math homework this week.

I will be writing the homework for each day in the agenda.  Please take a look and initial your child's agenda. Thank you!  I know its an effort, but so helpful to get the kids on track.  

 

I have the "Looking Ahead" dates on the "Looking Ahead" tab of this website.  I am so looking forward to seeing you all at Back to School Night!