Welcome to Ms. Mel's Fifth Grade Web Site!
Word of the month for January: 


"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes."

                                                            - Scott Adams-

January 12, 2017

Happy New Year!

Brrrrr!!!!  What a cold start to 2018!!!  I hope everyone survived the snow and frigid cold last week!

Souper Bowl:
The Gates Student Council is conducting a "Souper Bowl" (Food Drive) for the Acton Food Pantry from now through February 16.  Items needed include:  soup, canned meat or fish, baked beans, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, spaghetti sauce and 100% juice boxes.  Items may be sent to the box in the main lobby.  Thank you!

Shark Tank:
I am pleased to say that we now have TWO panels of sharks for our Shark Tank project!  One presentation will be held on Friday, February 16, at 9:30 am.  The other will be held earlier in the week, with the date and time to be determined by consensus of our second panel of "sharks." It is not too late for you to join one of our panels!  Just please let me know ASAP so we can arrange a date and time.

Fifth graders are not required to bring in Valentines for classmates; however, if they do, they need to bring them for everyone in the class.  I can supply a class list to anyone who needs one.  Please remember - no candy is permitted in school.  We will have a breakfast on Valentines' Day - a Sign-Up Genius will be coming soon.

Chapter 3 Math Tests:
These have been scored and are going home in students' Friday Folders.  They also have their pretests so you can easily see the progress they have made. Please sign and return the final test on Tuesday!

This week's precepts:
  "A big heart is determined to make other hearts grow."
  "The greatest secrets are hidden in the most unlikely places."
  "Three things in life are important - first, be kind; second, be kind; and third, be kind."
  "If the wind will not serve, take the oars."
  "Don't tell me the sky's the limit when there are footprints on the moon."
"The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up."
Other topics from this week to discuss with your child:
  • Band / Genius Hour
  • update on Wonder
  • narrative writing:  Crash or Penn?
  • words with the roots "graph" and "scrib / script"
  • historical fiction novels - American Revolution theme
  • Chapter 3 math test
  • beginning of Chapter 4 in math - multiplication of decimals
  • updates on Shark Tank products and business plans
  • updates on Real life math project
  • properties of water
  • updates on our mini-lakes
  • updates on our salt water observations
  • causes of the American Revolution
  • Declaration of Independence
  • guest artist Bill Turville's visit

Fifth grade musicians have joined the Gates School Band as of this week.  Students are asked to check into their classrooms before going to band. Band is held from 9:00 - 10:00 am.  Those students not participating in band are taking advantage of "Genius Hour" in the classroom.  See this link for more information:

Parents are invited to attend a Morning Meeting any day from 9:00 - 9:15. Please let me know in advance if you plan to attend. (Please note - due to the lateness of buses, on Wednesdays we usually have to hold morning meeting after Library - around 10:00 am).  

Parents are also invited to consider being a part of Parent Academy, coming in to share any area of expertise.  Please let me know if you are interested!


Each week, homework is posted on the students' Google Classroom / Homework page as well as on the Google calendar on the classroom website: 

This week, students have been asked to use "Quizlet" to work with words that have the roots "graph" and "script," and to practice math lessons 4.1 and 4.2.

Upcoming Events:

January 12 - Guest Artist Bill Turville visits the fifth grade
January 15 - No School
February 13 - Kindergarten Night at Gates
February 14 - Valentine Breakfast (Sign-Up Genius will be sent)
February 16 - 9:30 - Shark Tank panel will judge student projects - parents are invited to attend, whether or not your child is a presenter.
February 16 - Third annual Mel Bucks auction

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

All best,
Nancy (Ms. Mel)