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January 11, 2019

Happy Friday!

We will have a Valentines Day breakfast on Thursday, February 14.  I have sent out a Sign-Up Genius asking for volunteers to send in items.  Students may wear pajamas that day as well.  If students would like to bring Valentines in, they may do so, but it is optional.  The only request is if they do bring Valentines, be sure to bring enough for the entire class so no feelings are hurt.  I can share a class list with you or your child upon request.

We will begin to explore the Stock Market (interesting times for this topic...) next week.  If any parents are interested in coming in to discuss the ins and outs of the stock market with us, please email me so we can set up a time!

This week's topics to discuss with your child include:
  • noticing and wondering in math - "Gassed" decimal challenge
  • Real Life, Cell Phone, Dream Bedroom, and Decimal Game (new) math projects
  • Shark Tank project
  • daily edits - ("stop the madness!")
  • the novel, Wonder update
  • The Scarlet Stockings Spy
  • historical fiction novels from Revolutionary times
  • how the American Revolution affected people's lives
  • science "probes" for thought - What is matter? What are clouds made of?
  • Super Blood Wolf Moon eclipse January 20
  • https://www.foxnews.com/science/rare-super-blood-wolf-moon-eclipse-to-put-on-stunning-show-in-january-what-to-know
  • opinion writing - should fifth graders have cell phones?
  • Loyalist or Patriot debate preparation
This Week's Precepts:
  • Don't tell me the sky's the limit when there are footprints on the moon.
  • You don't need to wait a single minute to start improving the world.
  • Just be who you want to be, not who others want to see.
  • Not all those who wander are lost.
  • You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

The homework this week has been to continue working on the Book Log, and Science A-Z "Force and Motion," book and quiz.  The students had the choice to read the book and do the quiz online or with hard copies.

Upcoming Events:

January 20 - 21 -  Super Blood Wolf Moon
January 21 - No School
January 31 - Items for Sterling Animal Shelter are due
February 14 - Valentine's Day breakfast / Valentines for classmates are optional


Parents are invited to be a part of "Parent Academy," either presenting a lesson on a special topic, or coming in to work with us on projects.  I look forward to having many of you in the classroom!

Parents are also invited to join us for Morning Meeting, any morning (except Thursdays) from 8:50 - 9:05. Please let me know if you would like to come!

Thank you for all you do!
Thank you for the privilege of working with your children!

Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!