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MLK Day! Three Day Weekend!

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Hi Everyone,
What a wonderful MLK assembly we had today with our students.  Our choir sang such a beautiful song!  As we reflect on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and all of the amazing people who helped and still help our world to be an equitable place, we remember what people have done and sacrificed for us.  Our students have a safe place to thrive and learn and I am so grateful for that.

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.



REMINDER: School Garden Support Organization (SGSO) Leadership Institute
Exciting News!  With the support of Mr. Hatt and the Ann Arbor Public Schools, Jenna Bacolor and I have been accepted to attend the School Garden Support Organization Leadership Institute in Santa Cruz, California from January 19-24, 2020.  Jenna Bacolor serves as Executive Director of the Ann Arbor Public Schools' Community Division. This role includes leading Rec & Ed as well as district initiatives to support student health and w…

Welcome Back! 2020!

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Hi Everyone,
Happy New Year!  It was so great to see your kids again.  I missed them!  We had a productive first week back.  Students did a great job getting right back in the routines.  We already set goals for the week, revisited our mission statement, and assessed whether we are reaching those goals.  We are back in the swing of things and ready for a great 2020 year of learning!



School Garden Support Organization (SGSO) Leadership Institute
Exciting News!  With the support of Mr. Hatt and the Ann Arbor Public Schools, Jenna Bacolor and I have been accepted to attend the School Garden Support Organization Leadership Institute in Santa Cruz, California from January 19-24, 2020.  Jenna Bacolor serves as Executive Director of the Ann Arbor Public Schools' Community Division. This role includes leading Rec & Ed as well as district initiatives to support student health and wellness, Farm to School, and global educational partnerships. We will be working to elevate the quality and s…

Happy Holidays!

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Hi Everyone,
We are in the home stretch.  Just one week until the big holiday break.  Students have been working hard!  Please remind them of behavior expectations for the last week.  Read all the way through so you can find out more about our last day before the break.  Also, Share Day is on Monday for music! 



NWEA
Mark your calendars!  Students will be taking the winter NWEA assessments on Friday, January 17 and Monday, January 27.  Please refrain from taking students out on those testing dates.  If they are sick, we will find another time for them to make it up.  Otherwise, it is difficult to find time to make it up if a student is not sick.  Thank you for your support!



Reading
We will wrap up our Non-Fiction Informational Text Genre Study next week!  Students have been doing a scavenger hunt looking for text features and discussing how they are important when we read.  Students will be working on book recommendations too!


Writing
Students have wrapped up their Personal Narratives in writ…

Welcome Back!

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Hi Everyone,
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving break.  I enjoyed my time off and spent most of it with friends, family, and furry animals! Students settled back in and they are counting down the weeks until the big holiday break.


Mix it Up
On Tuesday, December 10 students will be mixing it up for lunch.  Just as we did last year, students will receive different colored wristbands before lunch. The goal is to get students sitting with as many new friends as possible.
Each table in the cafeteria will have colored tablecloths and kids will sit in the cafeteria by matching their wristbands to tablecloth colors. Kids still will sit by grade level but will mix it up within their grades based on colors rather than pre-existing friendships. There will be conversation starters at each of the tables.


Writing
Students are wrapping up their personal narratives. Students have finished typing their final drafts and I am conferring with individual students on their published piece.  We are g…

Gobble Gobble!

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Hi Everyone,
Happy Friday!  We have a great week full of learning and fun!  We had a special assembly with the Toledo Opera. Students got to see Hansel and Gretel!  It was a great performance written by Englebert Humperdink.


Report Cards
Report cards are coming home on Tuesday.  If you have any questions, please let me know.  This report card is for Term 1.  Everything will be reassessed for Term 2.  So make note that the numbers can change based on what I assess in the classroom during each term period. 

PLEASE RETURN THE ENVELOPES on the following Monday after the break.  I will be reusing them for each report card term.



Writing Students have wrapped up their Personal Narratives in writing but they aren't done yet!  This weekend there is homework for students AND parents!  You will be helping your child with a parent check for your child's narrative writing piece.  They are now ready for their "Parent Check."  Please check your child's writing this weekend.  An Editi…

Where did the fall go?

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Hi Everyone!
Who would have thought that we would have had a snow day in November?  The kids loved the snow this week.  Fifth graders went sledding at lunch on Magic Mountain and had a blast.  Please continue to send your child in with all the snow gear including snow pants.  When there is snow, they can go sledding on certain days.

Today, fourth and fifth graders were able to enjoy the Tappan Band at a special assembly today.  It was great to see such talented students and hear great music!


Writing
Students worked hard this week to write their final draft on paper for the final revising and editing process.  Most students are now finished with their final draft but there are a few that still need to finish.  This is due on Monday.  Please check in with your child to make sure they are done by Monday as we will start the self-check, buddy check and then the parent check next week.  The parent check requires using the checklist provided to your child to make sure your child has complete…

Brrrrr....It's getting cold!

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Hi Everyone,
Happy Friday!  I hope you are braving the cold weather.  We got a little snow yesterday and I already saw some mini snowpeople being built on our school grounds! :0)

Please send your child with a coat, gloves/mittens, hat on those super cold days.  My policy in terms of safety is that children should wear jackets in weather below 50 degrees but if it is in the 30s or low 40s it is a must! :0)


We had a shorter week due to election day and a change in our clocks so hopefully, we are adjusted and ready for a full week of learning next week.

Report Cards
Report Cards are coming home on Tuesday, November 26.  We reuse the report card envelopes for all three report cards so PLEASE RETURN THEM.  Thanks!


Writing
Students are working on their personal narratives!  We will be working on publishing our first draft starting next week.  The self-assessment was completed this week.  We will then write on draft paper focusing on revisions and edits.  Students will then work on a self-chec…

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