Our annual 5th grade activity, Reading Olympics, is starting next Friday. The students will be participating in the opening ceremonies in school.
All students were sent home with a letter explaining the changes to their reading log this week. Students will also be participating in a variety of Olympic events throughout the month BOTH at home and at school.
Each homeroom will be competing against each other to try to read the most amount of minutes. The class minutes will be tracked in the hallway on a bulletin board all month. The winners of the various events will also be documented there as well. Each student is setting a personal reading goal. Ask them to see the google doc :-) If the class reaches the class goal, there will be a celebration for that class for all members who reached their personal goals.
Feel free to email any of the 5th grade teachers if you have any other questions.
There's nothing like a New England. One day you have two feet of snow on the ground, and the next day it's 60 degrees out. I hope that everyone is enjoying a nice long weekend, and is able to get out of the house and enjoy the warm air.
There has been a lot of sickness traveling through the 5th grade classrooms during the last few weeks. We are doing the best we can to clean down the tables and stop the spread of germs. If your student is not feeling good, please think about checking in with the nurse and having them stay home for the day. The germs are spreading so quickly, we've had 2-4 students out in each homeroom.
I can't wait for Spring!
Wow, what a week! Three days of school and two snow days; New England winters are always surprising us! As we get into our snowy season, try to send your students to school with snow gear so that they can fully take advantage of their outdoor time at recess.
This week we will try to get back into the groove of learning, and in my class we will be focusing on topic 10, adding and subtracting mixed numbers, and writing a compare-contrast essay.
Keep a look out for information regarding the 5th grade Reading Olympics coming up in March.
This week is "Start with Hello" week for the 5th and 6th graders at HMS. This week was started by the Sandy Hook Promise organization after the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary.
The goal of the week is to bring awareness about the social aspect of school, and how to promote inclusion of all it's members. Check out the digital backpack for a list of events that students will be participating in throughout their school day in various classrooms.
In honor of this week, Thursday is wear green day!
This winter has been full of illness. Students and teachers alike having been impacted by brutal colds and stomach bugs. The winter is always a tough time with windows shut, and students in close quarters inside, so illness tends to spread.
Keep an eye on your students. The best way to limit the spread of the germs, is to keep students home for day if at all possible. This is not always ideal, but these "super bugs" having been running rampant throughout the school.
Hopefully with the groundhog saying it's going to be an early spring, spring will be here before you know it. Fingers crossed, we are trying to get students outside for recess as much as possible depending on the weather. Hoping for a very healthy spring.
I have been teaching for twelve years, and eleven years in the town of Willington, CT.