Friday, March 24, 2017

Spring is here!

Hi Everyone,

We are in the homestretch now!  Spring has arrived and the flowers should be blooming soon.  Our class went to the King Learning Garden on Tuesday and added wood chips, added compost to the garden beds, weeded beds, and planted seeds for our greenhouse.


Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner’s Office
Catie Wytychak, Water Quality Specialist came in again and met with the kids today to work on our next writing project.  Students will be writing a persuasive letter to either our mayor, city council representatives and possibly the drain commissioner.  Our stance is either to determine whether it is worth funding programs that support rain gardens or why rain garden are important.  We will be discussing opposing points too.  Maybe some of our kids can go and present to the board before June to ensure that their voices are heard! :0)


REMINDER!!!

SPRING SPACE CAMP PARENT MEETING THIS COMING WEDNESDAY!
Wednesday, March 29 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the MPR at King.  Please be there to receive all the pertinent information for your child.
Science Olympiad
It's exciting to see so many students participating in Science Olympiad. Please keep in mind that the office closes at 4:00 and there is not a staff member available to supervise students until their class starts. Childcare arrangements should be made to ensure that your child is safe. You could sign your child up for KingCare or make arrangements for them to return to school in time for the start of their class. Thanks! --Jamar Humphrey

Climate Survey
Family engagement is very strong here at King, and we want your help in making our school even better! We want to make sure we meet the needs of families, students, and teachers. You can help us form a better partnership between our school and home by taking the time to complete the annual Climate Survey.  You received an invitation and link to participate via email on 3/14.

This survey is completely anonymous. Please complete the Climate Survey no later than Tues, March 28th.  Thank you.
http://tiny.cc/AAPS2017ParentSurvey


March is Reading Month
Fairy Tale Court was awesome this week.  We still have a couple more groups to go!  We will continue next week.  

It was great to see all the pals/parents come in today for "Read with a Pal!"  Don't forget that next week Friday, March 31 is Dress as your Favorite Book Character Day!  Come to school dressed up for Spirit Day as your favorite character from a book!  

A BIG thank YOU to all the parents who bought books for our classroom from the book fair.  The kids are going to love these books!



Advanced Math Testing
You should have received an email from Mrs. Cooper about Advanced Math Testing.  The district will be offering middle school mathematics testing to current fifth graders who would like to test out of Math 6 for the upcoming school year. The test will assess if students have mastered the State of Michigan mathematics standards that were adopted for grade 6. The test will not measure students’ aptitude levels to learn mathematical concepts, but rather their knowledge of the Math 6 content. Students that demonstrate mastery of the concepts taught in Math 6 will be advanced to Math 7. If you are interested in this for your child, please do not delay and sign up using the registration form she sent to you.  You can access the middle school testing information by clicking on this link:

http://www.a2schools.org/Page/7900
Have a great weekend!  

Friday, March 17, 2017

St. Patty's Day! Wearing Green? I am!

Hi Everyone,

What a week!  Students enjoyed an awesome field trip to the A2 Symphony, where they got to play their recorders, sing, and dance!  Students also went to the book fair, learned about what middle school will be like, and had an author's visit from Assistant Principal Mr. Humphrey.  What a great week!  Look for pictures on the class photos page this weekend of all the fun things they did.

SPACE CAMP WINNING T-SHIRT DESIGN!

Drumroll, please!  Here is the winning Space Camp T-shirt Design for 2017!  This was designed by Justin Y. in our class!  Congratulations on the winning design.
Space Camp T-shirt Info Needed!

Please fill out the form provided below for your child's space camp t-shirt design.  If you are a parent volunteer attending the trip, you will also need to do this. This needs to be done by Monday!!! If it isn't done, we will pick the size for you. THANKS!

Click here!
Space Camp T-Shirt Size

March is Reading Month!
We are working on our critical questions and roles for Fairy Tale Court this week and next!  We will have Fairy Tale Court on Thursday of next week!  Our schedule is flexing a little due to the power outage.  Don't forget that we also have Read with a Pal next Friday!  

Friday, March 3 - Author's Day!
Kelly DePucchio came to visit us and talk about how author's craft books.

Friday, March 10 - Guest Reader: Mr. Humphrey!
Our amazing assistant principal is coming in to read a special book to the kids.  (We will reschedule due to the power outage.)

Friday, March 17 - Fairy Tale Court!
This is a two-week long project where students will analyze character traits in fairy tales to determine who is truly guilty, the hero or the villain, IN COURT!

Friday, March 24 - Read with a Pal!
Bring your favorite stuffed animal to school to read with you!  Don't have a favorite stuffed animal? Arrange for a sibling, parent, or friend to come in and enjoy some lemonade while reading silently from 9:00-9:30 a.m.

Friday, March 31 - Dress as your Favorite Book Character Day!
Come to school dressed up for Spirit Day as your favorite character from a book!  Who will you dress up as?  I know who I am dressing up as!  Shhhhh, it's a surprise! :0)

SPRING SPACE CAMP PARENT MEETING
Wednesday, March 29 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the MPR.

Silent Auction Movie Basket Items Needed:
We are still in need of some items like blankets and DVD movies. We DO NO need any more candy! :0)  Remember to think outside the "popcorn" box! :0)

Silent Auction King Learning Garden KSA Basket:
Do you like vegetables?  Do you like fruit?  Do you like flowers?  Do you like herbs?  Do you like all of the above?  If you answered yes, then we have something special for you!  The King Learning Garden is offering a KSA (King Supported Agriculture) basket at the Silent Auction on Friday, March 24!  Bid to win your own organic King Learning Garden produce once or twice a month depending on what is producing.  You will receive produce in the 2017 summer and fall growing season!  Happy bidding!


Have a great weekend!  Go green and Go blue!


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Spring Forward!

Hi Everyone,

Silent Auction is coming up soon!  Our theme for our fifth-grade basket is Movie themed!  Don't forget to send in those donations.  The Silent Auction is approaching fast.


Michigan Students in Grades K-5 Are Invited to Submit Art to the 
My Green School Art Contest
At the Ecology Center, they believe that engaging Michigan’s nearly 1.5 million students in sustainability and clean energy awareness activities are essential for our state’s long-term success. These students can become more aware of important energy and health lessons that they can take home - becoming educators in their own families and improving households. 

USGBC Detroit Region is inviting students to use art to demonstrate ways in which their school could be made more green—or how it is already doing well in sustainable features. Any child in Michigan in grade K–5 may enter the "My Green School Art Contest."

Three semifinalists from each grade will be invited to a celebration sponsored by Greenblendz for final judging and awarded a participation certificate and prizes.

The first, second, and third place winners from each grade will be honored at the Michigan Earth Day Fest. Artwork will be displayed at both the Michigan Earth Day Fest and in a traveling art show including the Michigan Energy Fair and Next Energy.


Book Fair!
The new and used book fair starts next week and we are still in need of used books for children.  We will continue to take books next week, but please bring them in as soon as possible so we have time to sort them.  It is our goal to have enough used books to give every student, at least, one used book. Thanks in advance for recycling and allowing others to enjoy those books you have already read.  

Do you have any free time next week?  Please come and help with the book fair!     


March is Reading Month!
During the month of March, we will be celebrating authors and our love for reading!  Each Friday, we will be celebrating reading a different and exciting way.

Friday, March 3 - Author's Day!
Kelly DePucchio came to visit us and talk about how author's craft books.

Friday, March 10 - Guest Reader: Mr. Humphrey!
Our amazing assistant principal is coming in to read a special book to the kids.  (We will reschedule due to the power outage.)

Friday, March 17 - Fairy Tale Court!
This is a two week long project where students will analyze character traits in fairy tales to determine who is truly guilty, the hero or the villain, IN COURT!

Friday, March 24 - Read with a Pal!
Bring your favorite stuffed animal to school to read with you!  Don't have a favorite stuffed animal? Arrange for a sibling, parent, or friend to come in and enjoy some lemonade while reading silently from 9:00-9:30 a.m.

Friday, March 31 - Dress as your Favorite Book Character Day!
Come to school dressed up for Spirit Day as your favorite character from a book!  Who will you dress up as?  I know who I am dressing up as!  Shhhhh, it's a surprise! :0)


Field Trip!  
Next Wednesday, March 15, students will be attending the Youth Concert of the Ann Arbor Symphony at Hill Auditorium.  We will be heading out in the morning for the trip! We are very excited for this opportunity!


Report Cards 
As a reminder, report cards are coming home on Monday, March 13 (now March 15 due to Power Outage).  Please make sure to send back envelopes so I can reuse them for their final report cards in June.  Thanks!













Parent Volunteers NEEDED for Fifth Grade Music Concert and End of the Year Celebration!
As a reminder the event will be held on Monday, June 5 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.  Parent volunteers ARE needed to organize this special event.  Please email me in the next week if you are interested in being part of the celebration committee.  As of now we only have 2 parents total and we really need at least 6 parents. Thank you for your consideration!

Spring is coming!  Don't forget to spring your clocks forward this weekend!  

P.S. Important Dates (additional important dates are on the blog calendar):
There are many events, testing dates, field trips, etc. coming up!  Please take a look at the calendar on the blog to see what is happening.

Monday, March 13
Report Cards are coming home

Wednesday, March 15 - Friday, March 17
Spring Book Fair

Wednesday, March 15 - Field Trip

Wednesday, March 29 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the MPR
Spring Space Camp Meeting for Parents

Wednesday, April 12
NWEA Math Assessment

Thursday, April 3
NWEA Reading Assessment

Tuesday, April 18
M-STEP Math Assessment

Wednesday, April 19
M-STEP Math Assessment

Friday, April 21 M-STEP
Social Studies Assessment

Tuesday, April 25
M-STEP E.L.A. Assessment

Wednesday, April 26
M-STEP E.L.A. Assessment

Saturday, May 20 - Friday, May 26
Space Camp

Monday, June 5 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Fifth Grade Music Concert and End of the Year Celebration

Have a great weekend!

Friday, March 3, 2017

March Madness

Hi Everyone,

We had a busy week!  We had four students go to Academic Games this week and wished them good luck. We are excited to hear how they did.

Students are having a great time learning and testing their chassis with Mr. Dorn during Project Lead the Way.  Check out all the great pictures of them testing their robots out on the class photos page!

We also have a great visit by the Ecology Center!  Students did a hands-on activity called "Time for Waste" simulating an archeological dig and discussing what things they would find during certain time periods.  They brainstormed and analyzing how the things we throw away have changed over time.

http://www.ecocenter.org/

Students also got to vote for their favorite Space Camp T-Shirt Design.  The winner will be announced on Monday.  Students who haven't voted yet can vote Monday.

Book Fair
Please send in your gently used children's books from Feb. 27-March 10.  There is a box outside my classroom door that you can put donated books in.  The Book Fair this year is from Wednesday, March 15 - Friday, March 17!


Silent Auction Movie Basket
Please start sending in your Silent Auction Movie Basket donation items!  Ideas include:
  • Popcorn
  • DVD's
  • Candy and Chocolate
  • Blankets
  • Snacks 
  • Drinks
  • Tumblers
Get creative and let's make our 5th-grade basket one to remember!!


Here is a fun Silent Auction basket you may not want to miss!

Silent Auction King Learning Garden KSA Basket:
Do you like vegetables?  Do you like fruit?  Do you like flowers?  Do you like herbs?  Do you like all of the above?  If you answered yes, then we have something special for you!  The King Learning Garden is offering a KSA (King Supported Agriculture) basket at the Silent Auction.  Bid to win your own organic King Learning Garden produce once or twice a month depending on what is producing.  You will receive produce in the 2017 summer and fall growing season!  Happy bidding!


Important Dates (additional important dates are on the blog calendar):
There are many events, testing dates, field trips, etc. coming up!  Please take a look at the calendar on the blog to see what is happening.

Monday, March 13
Report Cards are coming home

Wednesday, March 15 - Friday, March 17
Spring Book Fair

Wednesday, March 29 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the MPR
Spring Space Camp Meeting

Wednesday, April 12
NWEA Math Assessment

Thursday, April 3
NWEA Reading Assessment

Tuesday, April 18
M-STEP Math Assessment

Wednesday, April 19
M-STEP Math Assessment

Friday, April 21 M-STEP
Social Studies Assessment

Tuesday, April 25
M-STEP E.L.A. Assessment

Wednesday, April 26
M-STEP E.L.A. Assessment

Saturday, May 20 - Friday, May 26
Space Camp

Monday, June 5 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Fifth Grade Music Concert and End of the Year Celebration

Have a great weekend!

Friday, February 24, 2017

March is around the corner!

Hi Everyone,

Students will be taking the NWEA assessments and the M-STEP the week we get back from Spring Break.  Please see the dates listed on the homework calendar as a reminder.  Students will have the opportunity to practice some of the specific sample test items in class.  If you would like your child to continue exploring the sample test items, please refer to the link below.  This is a great opportunity for students to familiarize themselves with the tools and experience the test format. There is no answer key. Students will be taking Math Assessments, English Language Arts Assessments and a Social Studies assessment.  Students are encouraged to explore the Spring 2017 Preview and the Sample Item Sets. If you click on Sample Item Sets, please select grade 5. The username and password is provided right on that screen to login.  After login, students can practice either sample items or sample performance tasks in Math and ELA. Social Studies has one option for practice.

Please avoid taking students out for appointments on test dates.  Thank you for your support.  
Testing Dates:

Wednesday, April 12
NWEA Math Assessment

Thursday, April 3
NWEA Reading Assessment

Tuesday, April 18
M-STEP Math Assessment

Wednesday, April 19
M-STEP Math Assessment

Friday, April 21 M-STEP
Social Studies Assessment

Tuesday, April 25
M-STEP E.L.A. Assessment

Wednesday, April 26
M-STEP E.L.A. Assessment

Click here to practice:

Report Cards 
Report Cards are coming home on Monday, March 13.  Please make sure to send back envelopes.  I would like to reuse them for their final report cards in June.  Thank you for helping with this.



Fifth Grade Music Concert and End of the Year Celebration
It is difficult to believe that your children will soon be finished with their time here at King School!  Each year we celebrate our time together by holding an event.  This year the Fifth-grade celebration will be different than previous years.  We will be having our celebration directly following our instrumental concert.

The event will be held on Monday, June 5 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.  Parent volunteers ARE needed to organize this special event.  Please email me in the next week if you are interested in being part of the celebration committee.  Thanks!



Reminder: SPRING SPACE CAMP PARENT MEETING
THERE WILL BE AN IMPORTANT SPRING SPACE CAMP MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29 FROM 6:30-7:30 P.M.  We really hope to see you there.  This will be a very informative meeting about what to expect for Space Camp and important medical forms will be passed out explaining what you will have to do.   I will also explain what your child will be doing at camp.

Have a nice weekend!

Friday, February 17, 2017

3 Day Weekend!

Hi Everyone,

We SURVIVED!  Okay, okay, so it wasn't that cold out but that is not normal for February.  It was incredibly muddy though so be prepared to help your child clean their clothing, boots, and outerwear. We did, however, have an excellent time finding kindling, making fires, cooking over our fires, and eating yummy food.  What a great day of teamwork and fun!  Check out the class photos to see our winter adventure!

Math Assessment 
There will be a Unit 5 Math Assessment on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Students have received their homework sheets, self-assessment and math journals to study.  Please make sure to be ready for the test next week!


5th Grade Instrumental Music Concert & End-of-Year Celebration
We are letting families know that our end of the year celebration will be following our Instrumental Concert on Monday, June 5 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.  Please save the date!  We will have a short celebration directly after the concert to celebrate our fifth graders.
Will you be my Valentine?
Thank you for all the nice Valentine's!  Check out the classroom photos page of all the updated photos this year.



Space Camp T-Shirt Design Competition
The Space Camp T-Shirt Design Competition will start on Monday! Designs are due no later than Friday, February 24, which is in two weeks.  The requirements for the design are:
  1. Designs must be drawn on an 8 1/2 x 11 white sheet of paper.
  2. Designs have to include the words: King School Space Camp.
  3. Designs must include the year 2017.
  4. Designs must be in black permanent marker - make sure designs are bold and can be seen from a distance.
  5. Designs must include pictures about space.
Students will be voting on their favorite T-shirt design and we will announce the winner the first week in March.

SPRING SPACE CAMP PARENT MEETING
YOU WILL WANT TO ATTEND! - PLEASE SAVE THE DATE
THERE WILL BE AN IMPORTANT SPRING SPACE CAMP MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29 FROM 6:30-7:30 P.M.  We really hope to see you there.  This will be a very informative meeting about what to expect for Space Camp and important medical forms will be passed out explaining what you will have to do.   I will also explain what your child will be doing at camp.


No school on Monday.  Have a great weekend!  

Friday, February 10, 2017

We LOVE February!

Hi Everyone,

There is a lot of information this week!  Please read through everything so you are up to date on what is happening.


SPACE CAMP
Volunteers are still needed for tomorrow.  Students will be passing out flyers for photo purchases at International Night. Volunteers will set up a table before performances and share information about photo purchases from 6:00-6:30 p.m. (no money will be exchanged on this night). Setting up early leaves enough time for students to get ready for their performances at 7:00 pm. Volunteers will also work at our table during the intermission, which will be roughly around 8:15 pm. Marguerite Dillard is our International Night rep and is aware that 5th-grade families will be participating in this fundraising activity. :)

If your student has yet to help with fundraising, we ask that they do something this year to help out! We would like as many people to participate as possible because the fundraising amount is for everyone.

You can sign up to volunteer here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c4ca4a828a75-international


Space Camp T-Shirt Design Competition
The Space Camp T-Shirt Design Competition will start on Monday! Designs are due no later than Friday, February 24, which is in two weeks.  The requirements for the design are:
  1. Designs must be drawn on an 8 1/2 x 11 white sheet of paper.
  2. Designs have to include the words: King School Space Camp.
  3. Designs must include the year 2017.
  4. Designs must be in black permanent marker - make sure designs are bold and can be seen from a distance.
  5. Designs must include pictures about space.
Students will be voting on their favorite T-shirt design and we will announce the winner the first week in March.

SPRING SPACE CAMP PARENT MEETING
YOU WILL WANT TO ATTEND! - PLEASE SAVE THE DATE
THERE WILL BE AN IMPORTANT SPRING SPACE CAMP MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29 FROM 6:30-7:30 P.M.  We really hope to see you there.  This will be a very informative meeting about what to expect for Space Camp and important medical forms will be passed out explaining what you will have to do.   I will also explain what your child will be doing at camp.


Instrumental Music
Students are coming into the building early to drop off their instruments before school starts.  This is NOT allowed.  Students have been instructed to do this after the bell rings.  They are also expected to get their instruments and their music folders every Monday and Wednesday at the end of the day. Please help to remind them of these guidelines.  Thanks!


Winter Survival
If your child is not planning on attending, please let me know ASAP.  Thanks!

Winter Survival field trip is coming up next Friday, February 17.  WATCH THE WEATHER (which changes daily) and check it the day before to ensure your child is prepared.  No child will be allowed to attend without proper attire.  See below!


Reminders:
What to Wear? 
Students will need proper attire in order to attend.  We will not take students without proper outdoor gear.  This includes hats, WARM AND INSULATED gloves, insulated winter coat, snow pants, wool socks, and winter boots.  Scarves are not required because they dangle and cause issues when kids are starting fires and cooking. Students need to dress in layers with thermal and/or fleece wear.  Tennis shoes are not permitted!!

What and How to Pack?
By now your child has talked to you and you have signed their planning menu sheet on what to bring. PLEASE AVOID PACKAGING (things with plastic wrapping like hot dog packages) WHEN HELPING YOUR CHILD PACK FOOD.  It is helpful to have things already prepackaged (not already cooked) in Tupperware to eliminate garbage. Everything we take into the site, we have to take out!  Please be respectful of this and help us to keep our sites clean.

Students will be responsible for cooking and bringing items to cook with such as pots, pans, plate, forks, etc.  They will also need to bring the food.  They will need to be able to carry all of their things to and from our site.  Everything needs to be tightly sealed including water bottles before the trip. Help your child to pack things carefully and thoughtfully.  For example, if they are bringing eggs to cook, help them to pack them so they won't break.  If you child has a leaky water bottle, don't bring it!  Do NOT send kids with paper bags and plastic bags for food to carry.  Everything should fit into their backpacks if possible.

Click the link below for more information. A letter came home last week explaining more specifics. This parent letter with other things to consider is also on available to view on the website below.

https://sites.google.com/a/aaps.k12.mi.us/enved/5th-grade-winter-survival


Valentine's Day and Jump Rope for Heart
Tuesday, February 14 will be our Valentine's Day celebration!  Students will get to decorate Valentine's Day Pockets and store all their Valentine's in the pocket to bring home and enjoy.  If students choose to pass out Valentine's, they must do one for everyone in the classroom, please.  We have a total of 27 students.  If you would like names of their classmates, please email me and I can share their first names with you.

Students will also get to participate in Jump Rope for Heart!


NAAPID
Please join us Monday for NAAPID!  Any parent is welcome to come and see what we are doing at school!  There will be a table of lovely beverages and treats for adult family members that come to visit our school.  They will be located in the conference room for you to enjoy.

I am sharing my schedule with you so you will know what our day looks like if they choose to come and visit.  It gives you the time your child will be learning in the classroom, visiting a special, or eating lunch.

Schedule
8:44-9:00 Bell Message
9:00-9:55 Project Lead the Way
9:55-10:15 Morning Meeting
10:15-11:25 Math
11:25-12:25 Reading
12:25-1:15 Lunch
1:15-1:30 Unwind Your Mind
1:30-3:04 Specials (Instrumental Music, P.E. Mandarin Chinese World Language)
3:05-3:45 Writing
3:45-3:50 Dismissal Routine
PLTW (Project Lead the Way)
We are in full swing with Project Lead the Way.  The P.L.T.W. teacher Kevin Dorn has been teaching kids about the design process.  Students are in groups and are assigned a kit with lots of exciting building materials.  Students also use iPads to read and follow guidelines.  Mr. Dorn has a blog that he updates every couple of weeks!  Check it out below:
http://pltwaaps.blogspot.com/

Author Visit!
On Friday, March 3, your child will meet bestselling children's author, Kelly DiPucchio. If you would like her to autograph a book, please complete this form https://goo.gl/forms/RiCoI0Y70lbhACPv1
by Friday, February 24. The book should be sent to school by Monday, February 27. Only choose the books your child will turn in.

Kelly DiPucchio's books are available at major retailers, including Amazon. To view Kelly's books in more detail, visit kellydipucchio.com.

Have a great weekend and I hope to see you on Monday!