Happy New Year and welcome back! I hope that everyone enjoyed the break with family and friends. I am excited to get back into the classroom with the kids. January starts off with our 2nd Annual Smart Start on Jan 8th. Students will be rotating between stations with all three teachers on the first day back exploring Rube Goldberg Machines, Battle Bots, Puzzles, and a grade level PE activity. We follow that up the next day with a visit from Digital Tattoo and they will discuss important digital citizenship skills with our 5th Graders.
Our second week back we will be taking off for Science Camp. It is earlier than in previous years and a different Walden West location but we are anticipating the same incredible program that Walden West always provides our students with during our visits. It is one of my favorite parts of the year with the 5th graders as they seem to make deeper connections with peers and special memories that most of them will carry into adulthood. We leave Tuesday the 16th of January and return on Friday the 19th. I will send a remind notification once we are on the road home (and I have cell service).
When we return on the 22nd we will truly get back into the swing and routine of our normal school weeks as we return to flex reading and jump back completely into our other studies as well. Please take a second to complete the google form that I sent via remind the first week in January if you have a chance. It gives me a chance to get feedback from you on how the school year has gone so far.
It was a pleasure getting to sit down with everyone during conference week to talk about your child. Please remember to shoot me a quick e-mail if a question came up after conferences.
I'm looking forward to an exciting four weeks of school before break. We have a ton of stuff to accomplish before we head off to break again. Science camp is coming up quickly. We will be looking for paperwork to be returned from the time we return until the due date of Dec. 15th. Please help us make it a smooth process by double checking all of your paperwork and getting it returned as soon as possible. A representative from Walden West will be visiting this month to discuss science camp and answer questions with our students.
During the month students can look forward to a 3 week hobby challenge, exploring a new challenge in the maker space, fine tuning their weekly reading blog (new activity we started during conference week). Math will have us continue exploring adding and subtracting fractions before we jump into multiplying and division in January. Our flex groups will be finishing up novels and then jumping back into some new material. Social studies will have us take our final test on the 50 states and capitals before break, explore early English settlements, and the original 13 colonies. Science will wrap up ecosystems and food chains.
Conference Week starts on Monday 11/6 (confirmed schedule on website, has been sent via Remind, and hard copy sent home end of Oct). I look forward to sitting down with you and your child to review the first part of our school year. If you forget a question or something else comes up after our meeting, please shoot me an e-mail and I will be sure to get back to you.
Students finished their animation projects in October and they will be getting posted to the website and my class youtube page before the end of conferences. We also finished our first major project in the Makerspace with haunted marble mazes. These should have made their way home after Halloween.
We will be jumping into more Next Generation Science Standards after conferences. We will also start exploring US History with a unit on Native Americans. I will be looking at ways to incorporate Minecraft, hyperdocs, and Google Expeditions into our social studies units as we move forward this year. Our next unit in math with start our focus on fractions. Flex reading groups will be wrapping up their novels this month before jumping back into smaller weekly reading units.
We will be ramping up our discussions around Science Camp as it is coming up quickly. Teachers will be bringing it up during conferences and paperwork should start coming home throughout the month.
It was a pleasure getting to meet with parents during our Back To School Night this year. It means a lot that you were able to make the time to visit your child's classroom. My apologies if I didn't get a chance to say hello personally or spend a second with you during the limited time we are given.
This month we will be starting flex reading, visiting the Makerspace (STEAM Lab) for the first time, jumping into our first real science and social studies units, and much more.
Unfortunately, I have had to delay the start of our student twitter account and the student created Week In Room 19 video montages. I had planned to start these in the second week of school but there are photo release challenges that I need to address before I can truly release both tasks to the students. I am hoping to have this resolved and the students up and running on these tasks by the end of the month.
Science camp will be upon us quickly this year since we leave in January. Walden West is having an Open House Sept 17th from 10am-3pm. RSVP by Sept 11th at http://tinyurl.com/yb2le65k or call (408)573-3050. This is a great chance to see the facility for yourself or your child if they(you) are nervous about it.
Please keep a look out for after school clubs and opportunities that will be coming home in the near future. Wonderleague Robotics for 5th Grade will be starting this month and student council will also be kicking off elections during this month. There will be other opportunities and clubs for your children coming as well.
Welcome class of 2017/18 to an exciting new school year. I can't wait to meet my new students and families. 5th Grade students in Room 19 can look forward to working in a classroom that integrates technology into our everyday work. Students will participate in Global Read Aloud, have digital pen pals, write blogs, participate in occasional google hangouts with scientists and many other fun learning experiences. They will also take part in special activities like Science Camp, our 4th Annual Cardboard Arcade, and other traditional year end 5th Grade activities.
I look forward to getting to know you and your children and I'm truly looking forward to an incredible school year. I hope to see everyone at Back To School Night on Wed, August 23rd.
PS - My apologies for the current state of this website. I am in the process of revamping it and am hoping to have it finished by Back To School. Many pieces are in place but there will be some new additions and a bit of clean up to help streamline the parent/student experience. Thank you for your patience!
Mon 1/15/18 - No School (MLK Day)
Tue 1/16/18-1/19/18 - 5th Grade Sci Camp
Fri 12/25/17 - 1/7/18 -No School (Winter Break)
Mon 11/6 - Fri 11/17 Conferences
Thur 11/9 - No School (Teacher Training)
Fri 11/10 - No School Veterans' Day
Mon 11/20 - Fri 11/24 No School (Thanksgiving Break)