Showing posts from May, 2020

Hello June!

Hi Everyone, I hope you enjoyed your Memorial Day Weekend.  We had a shorter week this week and we are gearing up for the last two weeks of school.  I planted all the plants that I named after the students in my class and took into account their seating requests!  They are "sitting" with their friends from our classroom learning community!  Check out the class photos and the different varieties that represent them.  They will be with me until the fall! :0) Google Classroom Assignments Please check with your child if all of the Google Classroom Assignments are up to date and complete up to now.  I would like all assignments completed no later than Monday, June 8.  The last week of school will be filled with assignments that don't require a check for understanding.  There are also other surprises and graduation coming! Persuasive Essay Writing Unit I hope everyone enjoyed the persuasive essay unit.  If your child did the assignments daily, they should have w

Memorial Day Weekend!

Hi Everyone, It looks like we are going to have warm weather for the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend! While there is no school on Monday, I will post a few fun outdoor optional activities for you to do. Otherwise please take the time to unplug, enjoy time together, connect with nature, and relax!   Check the classroom photos page to see how our red wormies moved into a new compost bin while some were left behind for a revamped bin! Middle School A middle school counselor will be joining us at our Monday, June 1 meeting. She will be answering questions that fifth graders have.  We will have an 8th-grade student guest to help answer questions too! Thank you to Clara's brother for volunteering. :0) Morning Meeting Due to no school on Monday, our Morning Meeting will be rescheduled to Tuesday, May 26 at 10:00 a.m. Advanced Math Placement Test Typically, 5th-grade students are given a chance to test out of 6th-grade math at this time of the year. The school district&

Warmer Weather Coming Soon!

Hi Everyone, I hope you had a nice week.  It looks like the weather is warming up and next week looks beautiful.  As the weather warms up, please remember there will be assignments still given every day so carving out time and holding students accountable for the work is strongly encouraged! :0) THANK YOU! Thank you to all of you for this amazing surprise!  I am touched and super excited to relax this weekend with all of these goodies.  I seriously have the best class.  I miss you all so much!   ELA I'm excited to start a new persuasive essay unit with the fifth-grade students.  It will look differently, of course, than what I would do in the classroom but I am providing lessons each day for the next two weeks with check-in assignments on Fridays.  I hope students will find them informative.  Students have the option to write a persuasive essay and submit them too if they are inclined to do so.  They will have questions to answer on the check for understanding assignments

Service is everything!

Hi Everyone, It's been a busy week in our virtual classroom.  Students started their service project assignments where they wrote thank you notes to our frontline workers.  On Monday, they did Google Slides for doctors and nurses.  Wednesday, students worked on slides for first responders, and on Thursday, students worked on slides for grocery workers.  The slides are wonderful.  These will be hung up in various locations around the city.  Great job, fifth graders! Accountability and Check-Ins with Students The hardest part of not being with my students is the interaction and support I can provide in a classroom setting with routines and learning.  So I am asking for parent help and support.  If parents could please check over assignments on Fridays before they are turned in, that would be appreciated.  Even a verbal daily check-in about what they have done or to see what the assignment is can help with students.  Please remind your child to revise and edit their work after

April Showers Bring May Flowers!

Hi Everyone, Happy first day of May and International Workers' Day!  We will really start to see more flowers blooming and trees showing their leaves.  This is a time to enjoy the great outdoors and pick up some old or new hobbies like bird watching.  I have identified at least 10 different bird species that enjoy my backyard.  I also hear lots of different bird sounds, which is pretty cool too! Google Classroom It appears that things are going pretty well with Google Classroom.  Students are working to turn in assignments and I continue to give feedback and a completion "grade."   There is no "School" on Tuesday, May 5.  While we have been told that there is no remote learning technically on Tuesday, I will provide some fun activities that your child can do but like I said it is a technical day off.  Students can choose to do the activities but it isn't required.  This might be a nice day to go off the grid and enjoy a break from screen time.  If

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