Thursday, April 27, 2017

T-MINUS 22 DAYS AND COUNTING...

Hi Everyone,

Thank you to the families who came to the Garden Workday last Sunday to help out!! We are so appreciative of your help. If you weren't able to make it, but still want to help, we need summer volunteers!

King Learning Garden Summer 2017 Volunteers Needed:
www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B0C49A9AA2DA64-king10


M-STEP UPDATE:
We have wrapped up M-STEP Testing!  Students who missed testing will be making up the tests.

The remainder of the year is going to fly by and it is already soaring!  We only have 28 1/2 more school days left (not including Space Camp)!  The last day of school is a half-day. Please speak to your child about proper behavior during this time. Talking has heightened during instruction time and it is getting to be very difficult for other students to concentrate.  It is vital parents talk with students about what the classroom expectations are.  Thank you for your support.


Human Reproduction Unit:
This week, your students received a letter explaining the unit for Human Reproduction. Please read the letter carefully.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Space Camp
Don't forget to look at the Space Camp blog as a reference!

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY - SPACE CAMP MEDS!
This is a reminder that space camp medical check-in is Thursday, May 4. If your child HAS TO TAKE ANY medication including non-prescription AND/OR prescription medication for the trip, you MUST come check in meds from 4:15-6 p.m. Nurse Odette and I will have a consultation with you to discuss medication and check it in for the trip. Even if staff is bringing the meds from the school office, you must come and see me so I can talk with you about your child's needs.

If you do not have medication in the school office and you give your child medication at homeyou will need to bring the medication in so the nurse and I may talk with you about it and check it in before the trip. 

ALL MEDICATION NEEDS TO BE IN ORIGINAL PACKAGING.  WE WILL NOT ACCEPT IT OTHERWISE.

NO MEDICATION SHOULD BE GIVEN TO STUDENTS TO CARRY OR TAKE ON THEIR OWN!  Not even topical prescribed medication. Anything prescribed or not prescribed has to be checked in.

Any medication must be in the container or boxes, etc. that it originally came in and NOT EXPIRED.  We must be able to read the directions in English to administer. If your child takes prescribed medication every day and needs it during the week before camp, please plan ahead to ensure that we are able to take down what we need for camp! Please check expiration dates and amounts of medication before you come in on Thursday, May 4.

Any non-prescription/over the counter medication such as Dramamine or other motion sickness tablets must also be brought to me on Thursday, May 4 in ORIGINAL PACKING.

In the case of emergency, we do carry a medical bag supplying all the medication on the green OTC form that you and your doctor signed.  That is in case your child needs something on the way there or back when not anticipated.

Do not bring in tablets or pills or any medication without original packaging!!!

NOTE: Even if you are a parent volunteer attending the trip, please come see me on Thursday as well. I need to log in everyone's medication. If you have any questions, please let me know.


ANOTHER REMINDER: If you have not signed up for the REMIND text messaging service for space camp, do so ASAP! This the primary way that I will communicate with you when we have arrived at camp and when we have crossed the Michigan border on return. I am also using this in case there is an emergency and we need to alert parents. Please go to the space camp blog for directions on how to activate our class code.  I can see who signs up and not all of you are signed up yet!!!!

http://kingschool5thgradespacecamp.blogspot.com/

Garlic Mustard Challenge: Friday, May 19!
You will be receiving and permission slip to sign for students to participate in a community service project with the City of Ann Arbor's NAP (Nature Area Preservation) team!  We will be teaching the kids about invasive garlic mustard species and showing them how to remove it.  We will be walking to the Earhart West woods and pull out all the garlic mustard there.  We will be doing it on Friday, May 19 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. with the entire fifth grade.  Make sure students bring a water bottle that day, wear close-toed shoes, and long pants and long shirts!



No School - Election Day: Tuesday, May 2

Space Camp Medical Check In: Thursday, May 4

Advanced Math Test: Monday, May 8

Transition Day - Field Trip to Clague Middle School:  Wednesday, May 10

Fifth Grade Walking Field Trip: Garlic Mustard Challenge: Friday, May 19

Blast off to Space Camp: Saturday, May 20

Return from Space Camp: Friday, May 26

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

Greenfield Village Field Trip: Friday, June 9 - We need chaperones for this trip so let me know if you are interested.  It will cost adults $8.00 to come (free to those who have a pass).

Ice Cream Social - Friday, June 9

Farmer in the Classroom Visit! - Monday, June 12

Fuller Pool: Tuesday, June 13 - We need chaperones for this trip so let me know if you are interested. The cost to join us is $5.00 per adult. 

Ann Arbor's Farmer's Market: Wednesday, June 14 - We need a lot of chaperones for this trip so let me know if you are interested!  No cost to attend.  You will be supervising students the entire time.  

Last Day of School - Half Day: Friday, June 17 (a.m.)
Have a great weekend!

Friday, April 21, 2017

TESTING, TESTING, TESTING!

Hi Everyone,

HAPPY EARTH DAY EVERYONE!!  Tomorrow is Earth day!  Even though every day is earth day in my world :0) it is great to celebrate and do our part!

Click Here to find out some ways to help our earth everyday!  There are some videos too at the end of this post!
70 Easy Ways To Go A Little More Green!

I hope to see Sunday from 12-2 p.m. for the King Learning Garden workday.  We need your help!  I will be there working hard to make our garden beautiful and ready for the kids of King School to enjoy.  We need help with adding compost to garden beds, planting seeds, and washing trays, transplanting herbs, and adding wood chips!

Space Camp Forms!
Don't forget to get your forms into the doctor ASAP!  Sometimes they take 7-10 business days to fill them out.  I will take forms as soon as you have them. :0)  Don't forget to look at the Space Camp blog for all your questions.  You can also feel free to email me.

DON'T FORGET THAT THE PURPLE AND GREEN HEALTH FORMS ARE DUE MONDAY, MAY 1.  MEDICINE (all meds including over the counter meds HAVE to be checked in) CHECK IN IS ON THURSDAY, MAY 4, 2017 FROM 4:15-6:00 P.M. IN ROOM 112.

SPACE CAMP INSTRUCTIONS:
On drop off night, I mentioned at the Space Camp Parent Meeting to please send ONLY ONE PARENT (NO siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, dogs, cats, frogs, etc. We want to limit the people in the building and outside of the building and get the kids settled as soon as we can when they are checked in!  Please make a plan for students to say goodbye to family members before you leave.

ALSO, NO NAPS ON DEPARTURE DAY!!!  MAKE SURE STUDENTS ARE READY TO SLEEP WHEN THEY GET ON THE BUS!

SPACE CAMP REMIND APP:
If you have not signed up for the REMIND text messaging service for space camp, do so ASAP! This the primary way that I will communicate with you when we have arrived at camp and lets you know when we have crossed the Michigan border on return.  I am also using this in case there is an emergency and we need to alert parents.  Please go to the space camp blog for directions on how to activate our class code.

http://kingschool5thgradespacecamp.blogspot.com/

M-STEP UPDATE:
So far students are doing a great job adjusting to the M-STEP procedure and testing.  Students have now taken the Math CAP, Math Performance Task, and Social Studies Assessments.  Next week, students have 2 ELA tests!  Please check the online calendar for dates!

NWEA Testing:
Testing is complete for most students for NWEA.  If your child was absent, make-ups should be in the next month.


Fifth Grade End of the Year Celebration!
The 5th-grade end of the year committee would like to showcase the children's lives at King School by creating a photographic montage to be shown at the 5th-grade end of the year celebration and instrumental concert.  They would like to include pictures of the children while attending King from Kindergarten through 5th grade (performances, classroom visits, field trips, PTO events, etc.).  If you would like to submit a FEW photographs of your child & his/her classmates while at King School, please e-mail the photos no later than Saturday, May 20 to kingschoolgraduation2017@gmail.com.  If possible, please let her know what grade each of the photographs is from in the name/title of the photo. They hope to include as many pictures submitted. Thanks!


King Learning Garden Summer Help Needed:
The King Learning Garden needs your help for the Summer 2017 season. Please sign up to volunteer to adopt the garden for a week or more this summer! We had a successful summer last year and want to continue the amazing support this year. Please consider signing up and taking care of the garden this year so the kids have a great harvest in the fall. Responsibilities include weeding, watering, misc. tasks, and even some harvesting!  Click on the link below to sign up now!




Have a great weekend!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Welcome Back!

Hi Everyone,

We are in the home stretch. I find this part of the school year flies by!  With Space Camp 36 days away, standardized testing, field trips, tons of learning, and garden goodness still to come, please make sure you read my blog posts every week for pertinent information about Space Camp and all other exciting learning opportunities your child will have.

Native American Presentation
Students learned about Native American culture this week in an amazing presentation. The experience offered hands-on learning.  Mr. Gary Ghareeb brought to life the native peoples way of living through materials and items they used.  Students learned a lot and got to check out all of his wonderful artifacts.  Check out the class photos page to see what they kids explored.


Eco-Assembly
We had a wonderful Eco-Assembly this morning!  Francie Krawcke from Michigan Avian Experience came out and taught the kids about raptors.  We got an, even more, special one on one experience with the raptors in my classroom for a special surprise classroom visit.  The kids got to see the raptors up close and ask questions about them.  Check out the class photos page!


Clague Middle School
At the next PTO meeting the Clague Middle School principal, Mr. Carter will be coming to introduce himself, talk a bit about Clague, and will be available for any general questions. The meeting is on Tuesday, April 18 at  6:30 in the library, Mr. Carter will speak at the beginning.

AAPS Exceptional Teacher
Check out this article!  It features your teacher. :0)
http://news.a2schools.org/neha-shah-king-elementary-fifth-grade-teacher/

Remember M-STEP STARTS NEXT WEEK!
Please avoid taking students out for appointments on test dates.  Thank you for your support.
Testing Dates:
Wednesday, April 18
Thursday, April 19
Friday, April 21
Tuesday, April 25
Wednesday, April 26

SPACE CAMP
DON'T FORGET: DO NOT DELAY IN GETTING YOUR AAPS DISTRICT FORMS INTO YOUR CHILD'S PHYSICIANS' OFFICE FOR SIGNING.  READ THE SPACE CAMP BLOG FOR DETAILED DIRECTIONS.  THOSE FORMS ARE DUE NO LATER THAN MONDAY, MAY 1!

THE SOONER I GET FORMS THE BETTER!  THANK YOU!

CHECK IN FOR MEDS IS THURSDAY, MAY 4 4:15-6:00 P.M.  YOU MUST SIGN IN ANY MEDS THAT YOU REQUIRE YOUR CHILD TO TAKE WHETHER PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION OR NON-PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION.

For all your Space Camp questions and to follow the blog when we are at camp, please click on the link below.  I recommend you bookmark it to your computer.  If you have further questions, please don't hesitate to ask.  http://kingschool5thgradespacecamp.blogspot.com/

KING LEARNING GARDEN AWESOMENESS!

WE ARE KICKING OFF OUR 2017 SEASON. CHECK OUT ALL THE AMAZING OPPORTUNITIES COMING UP THIS SPRING.

Save the Date!  King Learning Garden Spring Family Work Day
Sunday, April 23rd, Noon-2pm
Please join us in the garden to help get ready for our 6th growing season on Sunday, April 23 from 12-2 p.m. We have a big list of things to do ranging from digging and organizing to planting and seedling transplanting. Everybody will be able to help! No experience required so bring the whole family. We have plenty of tools to share and extra gloves.

A rain date is planned for Sunday, April 30 from 12-2 p.m.

We will have a large load of compost and wood chips that we need to spread.  We will have endless fun clearing beds and then be filling the depleted beds with compost. We'll also be adding wood chips to the garden walkways and the rain gardens in the schoolyard.

HAVE YOU VOTED EVERY DAY??

Seeds of Change Grant Program - WE NEED YOUR VOTE DAILY!
The King Learning Garden needs your help!  We have submitted a grant application in the 2017 Seeds® of Change Grant Program, and need you to vote for us on their website AND on your mobile devices.

King Learning Garden Vote!

Please visit the Seeds of Change® Grant Program website to help increase our chances of receiving grant funds to support our gardening initiatives. You can vote once per day from March 30 to April 19. Once voting closes, the 50 organizations with the most votes will move on to the final judging phase and 24 recipients will be announced on May 8.

Seeds of Change®, a leading producer of sustainably grown organic seeds and nutritious organic foods, is a true seed-to-plate brand committed to helping people create healthier and greener communities. They deliver an annual Grant Program that benefits school and community gardening and farming programs in the United States because they understand the value of food, farming, sustainability, and nutrition education. Through the donation of a percent of net sales, this year, Seeds of Change® is awarding $310,000 in total grants to 24 garden projects around the country.



King Learning Garden Summer Help Needed:
The King Learning Garden needs your help for the Summer 2017 season. Please sign up to volunteer to adopt the garden for a week or more this summer! We had a successful summer last year and want to continue the amazing support this year. Please consider signing up and taking care of the garden this year so the kids have a great harvest in the fall. Responsibilities include weeding, watering, misc. tasks, and even some harvesting!  Click on the link below to sign up now!

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B0C49A9AA2DA64-king10

Have a great weekend!  ENJOY THE BEAUTIFUL WEATHER!

EARTH DAY IS COMING UP (even though EVERDAY IS EARTH DAY)!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Spring Break!

Hi Everyone,

There is no school next week!  It is Spring Break!  I hope you all have a restful break. :0)
We had a great week!  We wrapped up our Project Lead the Way unit, we went to a fantastic field trip at the Michigan Theatre to see Dahkabraka, we looked for Waldo, worked on our letter writing campaign for rain gardens, and we learned a lot!

Books!
A BIG THANK YOU to families that purchased and donated books to our classroom from the Scholastic Book Fairs this year!  The kids are super thrilled about them and helped organize, label, and file them.
Clague Middle School Visit
This school year is passing quickly, and we are beginning to plan for next year.  While we don’t want to rush it, in six months your child will be entering 6th grade and starting his/her middle school experience.  Leaving elementary school and moving to the middle school can be exciting and stressful for both students and parents!  At King Elementary School, we are committed to making this transition a positive experience.

On Wednesday, May 10, all 5th-grade students that will spend the afternoon attending transition events at their middle school, which for us is Clague Middle School.  The events will begin at the middle school at 11:45 a.m. and students will return to King at 2:45 p.m.

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
Advanced Math Testing - Reminder!
Registration for Spring 2017 testing is open to students who currently attend the Ann Arbor Public Schools for the 2016-17 school year.  The registration window will be open until April 14, 2017.
http://www.a2schools.org/Page/7900

KING LEARNING GARDEN AWESOMENESS!

WE ARE KICKING OFF OUR 2017 SEASON. CHECK OUT ALL THE AMAZING OPPORTUNITIES COMING UP THIS SPRING.

Save the Date!  King Learning Garden Spring Family Work Day
Sunday, April 23rd, Noon-2pm
Please join us in the garden to help get ready for our 6th growing season on Sunday, April 23 from 12-2 p.m. We have a big list of things to do ranging from digging and organizing to planting and seedling transplanting. Everybody will be able to help! No experience required so bring the whole family. We have plenty of tools to share and extra gloves.

A rain date is planned for Sunday, April 30 from 12-2 p.m.

We will have a large load of compost and wood chips that we need to spread.  We will have endless fun clearing beds and then be filling the depleted beds with compost. We'll also be adding wood chips to the garden walkways and the rain gardens in the schoolyard.

Seeds of Change Grant Program - WE NEED YOUR VOTE DAILY!
The King Learning Garden needs your help!  We have submitted a grant application in the 2017 Seeds® of Change Grant Program, and need you to vote for us on their website AND on your mobile devices.

King Learning Garden Vote!

Please visit the Seeds of Change® Grant Program website to help increase our chances of receiving grant funds to support our gardening initiatives. You can vote once per day from March 30 to April 19. Once voting closes, the 50 organizations with the most votes will move on to the final judging phase and 24 recipients will be announced on May 8.

Seeds of Change®, a leading producer of sustainably grown organic seeds and nutritious organic foods, is a true seed-to-plate brand committed to helping people create healthier and greener communities. They deliver an annual Grant Program that benefits school and community gardening and farming programs in the United States because they understand the value of food, farming, sustainability, and nutrition education. Through the donation of a percent of net sales, this year, Seeds of Change® is awarding $310,000 in total grants to 24 garden projects around the country.



King Learning Garden Summer Help Needed:
The King Learning Garden needs your help for the Summer 2017 season. Please sign up to volunteer to adopt the garden for a week or more this summer! We had a successful summer last year and want to continue the amazing support this year. Please consider signing up and taking care of the garden this year so the kids have a great harvest in the fall. Responsibilities include weeding, watering, misc. tasks, and even some harvesting!  Click on the link below to sign up now!

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B0C49A9AA2DA64-king10


Important Dates (additional important dates are on the blog calendar):
Please remember that there are important test dates coming up after spring break.  Please refrain from taking students out for appointments on these days.  Thanks!

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

SPACE CAMP BLOG!  We are blasting off in 50 days!!
It was great to see everyone on Wednesday at the Space Camp Spring Parent Meeting.

DON'T FORGET: DO NOT DELAY IN GETTING YOUR AAPS DISTRICT HEALTH FORMS INTO YOUR CHILD'S PHYSICIANS' OFFICE FOR SIGNING.  READ THE SPACE CAMP BLOG FOR DETAILED DIRECTIONS.  THOSE FORMS ARE DUE NO LATER THAN MONDAY, MAY 1! THE SOONER I GET FORMS THE BETTER!!!  

CHECK IN FOR MEDS IS THURSDAY, MAY 4, 4:15-6:00 P.M.  YOU MUST SIGN IN ANY MEDS THAT YOU REQUIRE YOUR CHILD TO TAKE WHETHER PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION OR NON-PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION WHILE ON THE TRIP.

For all your Space Camp questions and to follow the blog when we are at camp, please click on the link below.  I recommend you bookmark it to your computer.  If you have further questions, please don't hesitate to ask.  Thank you. http://kingschool5thgradespacecamp.blogspot.com/

Have a great spring break!  

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!