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Theme word for March: "Confidence"

    "Nothing can be done without hope and confidence."  
                        Helen Keller

March 24, 2017

Happy Spring!

Announcements:

MCAS testing for ELA will be held April 3, 4 and 5.  There will be no homework that week. It is important for students to get plenty of sleep, eat healthy breakfasts, and get to school on time.  Students may bring mints or gum on MCAS days, as well as a water bottle.
Report Cards will be available online through Parent Portal on March 31. If you are unable to access your child's report card online, please let me know and I will print a hard copy for you. There are no scheduled conferences for these report cards; however, I would be happy to meet with you if you have questions or concerns. 

Friday Folder Contents:
  • Friday Rubric. Please sign and return Monday.
  • Project Rubrics. Please sign and return Monday.
  • Completed class work. No need to return this.
  • Completed MCAS practice open responses. Please sign and return Monday.
  • PTO / Office notices.
Interesting topics to discuss from this week:
  • What have we learned about models and multiplying fractions?
  • What is happening in March Madness?
  • What have we learned about the lives of our authors in our author study?
  • What is happening in our author study novels?
  • What have we learned about pond ecosystems?
  • What have we learned about the Bill of Rights?
  • What have we learned about strategies for writing MCAS responses?
REMINDERS:

Parents are always welcome to join us for a Morning Meeting!  We meet from 8:50 - 9:10 each day. Just let me know if you plan to join us!

We would also love to have parents volunteer to come in for Parent Academy and present information or activities to our fifth graders. 

Thursday, March 30 - Early Release
Friday, March 31 - Report Cards Available
Saturday, April 1 - Gates PTO Auction
April 3, 4, 5 - ELA MCAS

Homework next week:

Read for 20 minutes per night.
Daily math as assigned.
No word study next week.

Curriculum Notes:

Math:  
  • continued working on Chapter 7, the multiplication of fractions
  • continued "Tabletop Math" problems in collaborative groups
  • continued working on math projects
Reading:
  • continued our author study, with choices of novels by Jerry Spinelli, Roald Dahl, Lois Lowry and Gary Paulsen
  • continued working on anti-bullying videos
  • continued working on MCAS practice prompts
Writing:
  • continued working on MCAS practice prompts and strategies for writing open responses
Science:
  • continued learning about the flow of energy in an ecosystem
  • continued to learn about the wetlands in Acton, specifically those behind the Gates school property, and how we can help with conservation
  • worked on studying pond life and ecosystems
Social Studies:
  • researched the Bill of Rights
As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. 

All best,
Nancy / Ms. Mel

March 17, 2017

Happy Friday and St. Patrick's Day!

Winter just won't give up!!!!

A note from our Auction chairs:

Just a reminder, raffle tickets are due back by March 24th.   If each child sold just one booklet we could raise $250 for our classroom. 

Please don't forget to take advantage of our early bird ticket price for the auction.  Please visit our online auction website at http://gates.schoolauction.net/auction2017/

Thank you!
Donna & Claudine

Friday Folder Contents:
  • NO Friday Rubric due to the snow day and delay (and full moon and snow storm..........)
  • Word Study Quiz. Please sign and return Monday.
  • Project Rubrics. Please sign and return Monday.
  • Completed class work. No need to return this.
  • Please note the MCAS practice open response with an explanation attached of scoring and rubrics for MCAS.
  • PTO / Office notices.
  • Notice for postural screening during PE on Thursday, March 23.
Interesting topics to discuss from this week:
  • What have we learned about the Acton wetlands and the Fort Pond River conservation area?
  • How can we help Acton's wetlands?
  • What have we learned about multiplying fractions?
  • What do we know about March Madness?
  • What do we know about Pi?
  • What is a "Pi-Ku?"
  • What does Pi sound like? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wK7tq7L0N8E
  • Which authors are we learning about in our author study?
  • Which novels are we reading in our new groups?
  • What have we learned from our artist research project?
REMINDERS:

Please return your donation for the Class Themed Auction Basket by Wednesday, March 22, and your Gates Auction Raffle ticket money by Friday, March 24! (If you need more raffle tickets, I will be happy to print them for you!)

Parents are always welcome to join us for a Morning Meeting!  We meet from 8:50 - 9:10 each day. Just let me know if you plan to join us!

We would also love to have parents volunteer to come in for Parent Academy and present information or activities to our fifth graders. 

Wednesday, March 22 - Deadline for cash donations to class themed auction basket
Thursday, March 23 - Postural screening during PE
Friday, March 24 - Deadline for purchase of Gates Auction raffle tickets
Thursday, March 30 - Early Release
Saturday, April 1 - Gates PTO Auction
April 3, 4, 5 - ELA MCAS

Homework next week:

Read for 20 minutes per night.
Daily math as assigned.
Word Study packet due Thursday.
Word Study quiz Friday.

Curriculum Notes:

Math:  
  • began working on Chapter 7, the multiplication of fractions
  • continued "Tabletop Math" problems in collaborative groups, including a "March Madness" evaluation of college basketball team statistics to predict this year's winner (top predictions are UCLA and Kentucky!)
  • continued working on the "Real Life" math project
  • continued work on decimal game project
  • continued work on fractions cartoon project
Reading:
  • began our author study, with choices of novels by Jerry Spinelli, Roald Dahl, Lois Lowry and Gary Paulsen
  • continued working on anti-bullying videos
  • continued working on MCAS practice prompts
Writing:
  • completed work on historical fiction assessments
  • began working on MCAS practice prompts and strategies for writing open responses
Science:
  • continued learning about the flow of energy in an ecosystem
  • began to learn about the wetlands in Acton, specifically those behind the Gates school property, and how we can help with conservation
Social Studies:
  • finished researching the United States Constitution
  • worked on historical fiction assessments
As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. 

All best,
Nancy / Ms. Mel