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A SUPPLY LETTER FOR GRADE 5 2015-2016

posted Aug 12, 2015, 5:54 PM by Cynthia Seekins


It’s almost time for school to start. I hope you had a great summer and are enjoying your days off. Here’s a list of school items you will need to pick up for your return to school. It’s really helpful to bring these on the first day of school so we can get organized right from the start!

FIFTH GRADE SUPPLIES

*One (3 inch) binder (All subjects are kept in one binder for better organization.)

* Two (2) Pencil pouches with two pencils, eraser tips, and a sheet of reinforced circles for torn page holes. No mechanical pencils or loose lead pencils. Ticonderoga pencils are great. The lead is dark enough and they sharpen easily. Leave extra pencils, erasers, and reinforced circles at home so you can replenish your binder pencil pouch as needed at home. The second pencil pouch will be left in your ELA notebook that I am providing for you.

*Dividers for at least eight subjects

NOT NEEDED:  Colorful folders, markers, or colored pencils (I will supply these for projects.) Please don’t purchase backpacks on wheels; these don’t fit in our lockers. Our lockers are not metal – magnetic accessories will not work. Locker organizer racks are not recommended for our lockers.

Open House this year will be MONDAY, AUGUST 31 from 6pm to 7pm. Fifth Graders may come to try out their lockers at 5:15pm.  School starts for students on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2.

I know I am looking forward to being with you this year as your ELA teacher and making it a year to remember. I hope you have read at least one good book this summer. There’s still time to write me a letter. Let me know what you’re doing and how your summer is going. I’ll write back so put your return address on the envelope or email me. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

Mrs. Seekins

PO Box 25

Stockton Springs, ME 04981                                           

c.seekins@cdsedu.org



A LETTER TO INCOMING FIFTH GRADERS 2015-2016

posted Jun 22, 2015, 7:42 AM by Cynthia Seekins

We are  looking forward to having you in our fifth grade homerooms next year. There are exciting changes in reading, writing, and science for the upcoming year.  We hope that you are looking forward to fifth grade.

        Organization for all of us is very important.  Each of you will receive an assignment book (called the agenda in the middle school) that you will be expected to complete daily.  It is important to be prepared for classes.  We will be sending you a letter the first part of August listing the items you will need to buy when getting ready to return to school.

        Enjoy your summer. Get outside and be active. During some quiet time, READ!! READ!! READ!!  Practice your multiplication facts (2-9) as you will need to know them for fifth grade.  A good summer writing activity is to write to write to your homeroom teacher.  Let us know what you’re doing and how your summer is going.  We can get to know each other a little bit before school starts.  Whoever you write to will write back so put your return address on the envelope.  We have also included email addresses if  you want to email instead


Have a restful and great summer. We can’t wait to have you join us in the middle school.



Mrs. Tardif Ms. Seekins Mr. Theriault

30 Lorraine Ave. PO Box 25 28 Evergreen Drive

Brewer, ME 04412 Stockton Springs, ME 04981 Lincoln, ME 04457

l.tardif@cdsedu.org   c.seekins@cdsedu.org a.theriault@cdsedu.org                


End of Year Reflections From Grade 5 2014-2015

posted Jun 22, 2015, 7:40 AM by Cynthia Seekins

 June 22, 2015

Here are comments on various events, activities and memories from my fifth graders.

This fifth grade year has been wonderful! One of my favorite experiences was tie-dying. It was awesome when we got to see them and how unique and different everybody's came out.   NIKYLA

Fifth grade was the best because I got my first goal in soccer. Thanks for the pass, Mason! I had fun with Coach Carter. In baseball, I got my first hit and pitched for the first time. It was harder with the mound another 15 feet back. It was amazing with the team and the the coaches.  NICK

My favorite part was the funny moments the class had with Mrs. Seekins. She taught me how to be a bright and better student. She pushed me way beyond my reading goal.  ALIAH

My favorite thing I did was Drama because I had an awesome time. Since I'm small I was picked up on someone's shoulders at the end of a song.  SHANE

I liked going to SIx Flags and riding on the Cyr bus. I also liked tie-dying t-shirts for Exploratory Day.  ANONYMOUS

My favorite part of the year was drama and yearbook! Drama was amazing. I sat on the floor saying lines to actors. It was a bit boring but still fun. Yearbook! I had so much fun and at the end we got Blizzards from Dairy Queen.  LINDSAY

My favorite part of 5th grade was when I was in music class and Mr. Dale asked Miss Dickey if he could talk to me. Mr. Dale brought me in the hall  and asked if I wanted to move up to the real CDS baseball team. I said, "YES!"   CAMERON

During soccer season, I scored my first goal. I got to play on the baseball team and got my first baseball hit. I also enjoyed gym class this year. We got to play new games that we couldn't last year.   ANONYMOUS

My first memory from fifth grade was when we went on the Cyr bus for the first time. My second memory was when I met my friends from the start of school until now. They all helped me through the school year. It was hard and it was rough but they helped me through it. I give my friends a big THANK YOU.    COLBY

I had a great time in 5th grade. I liked how I started on the school team for baseball. I liked the fun times and funny moments in fifth grade. DUSTIN

My favorite thing about fifth grade is when I was left behind. (I ended up staying to watch the Boys A game. My mom was furious!)  JOSIE

I thought I would hate math. Then, when I did it, I realized it was my favorite.  JONAH

My fifth grade year was amazing. I loved going to Six Flags. I loved being in so many activities. My favorite was being in Mrs. Seekins's homeroom and being in her ELA class. She is awesome and I hope she is my teacher again in 6th grade.  KAILEE

My favorite thing of 5th grade was being able to change classes and have a locker.  ANONYMOUS

I came to school one day and saw a new girl. Her name is Sahara. Now she and I are really good friends. EMILY

I had a really good time in ELA. I had never liked it before and now I like it a lot. When I won BOOKS FOR BIKES, it was amazing. GAVIN

My favorite thing I did in my 5th grade year was to make the softball team. I injured my knee but kept going. I sometimes warmed the bench. Most of the A games I played outfield. During B games, I played 2nd or 3rd.  ANONYMOUS


May 25, 2015

posted May 25, 2015, 1:59 PM by Cynthia Seekins

The end of the year is coming quickly. Students are finishing up sport seasons and eagerly looking forward to summer vacation. Please remember to look frequently at the school website for updates on activities for all grades.

Congratulations to all students who participated in the Masons Books for Bikes Program. Students who meet the reading requirements were entered in a drawing for a new bike and helmet. Congratulations to 3 of my students, Gavin, Chloe and Dylan, on their new bikes.

Students are finishing up the final reading and writing units. Sixth graders will be presenting their Women Biography Slideshows when they return from their Maine Studies trip.  Fifth graders will soon be posting their reflections of their first year in middle school. 

Reminder: the last day of school is June 15. It is a noon dismissal.

March 26, 2015

posted Mar 26, 2015, 1:16 PM by Cynthia Seekins

Spring is in the air! I know it is so as the drama production is here and soon after that it is time for baseball, softball, and track.

Grade 5 and 6 and 8 are working on argument essays. They are learning about thesis statements, organization of the essay, and to learn about both sides of the topic. They soon be picking a topic of their own to research and present their side.

In reading Grade 5, students will be starting a unit on One Land, Many Trails about the American frontier. They are also reading independent books of Trumpet of the Swan, Trouble River, and Stuart Little, and  Island of the Blue Dolphins.

Grade 6 will be starting the unit on Doers and Dreamers. They will also be working on a slide show presentation on Great Women. Presently they are using the site www.greatwomen.org  to narrow down their topic.

Grade 8 has finished a reading unit of books dealing with the Civil Rights Era.  Books read were One Crazy Summer, The Watsons Go to Birmingham and To Kill a Mockingbird.  The class watched movies of the last two books and compared to them to the books. Short projects were presented about the books.

We will be heading into Smarter Balance/MEA testing. ELA testing will start March 30  and end before vacation. Ranks close on April 3 and rank cards will go home on April 10. April vacation will be here shortly after that!

January 19, 2015

posted Jan 19, 2015, 1:42 PM by Cynthia Seekins

The end of the second quarter is January 23. I can't believe one half of the year has gone by. Soon it will be the 100th Day of School!

Students are involved in winter sports. After winter sports, drama tryouts and practices will start.  In ELA classes, run off spelling bees are taking place to see who will compete in the middle school  spelling bee on January 30.

Fifth graders are nearing the end of writing their expert knowledge and research books. We are starting to read our American Revolution themed stories in reading. 

Conferences will be in mid March. If you have any concerns before then, please call or email me. 

December 2, 2014

posted Dec 2, 2014, 3:32 PM by Cynthia Seekins   [ updated Dec 2, 2014, 3:34 PM ]

I was very excited to meet new parents and see familiar faces at conferences. If you were unable to schedule an appointment and would like to come in, please call or email me.
 
December is a very busy month. Basketball, chess and cheering have started. I was able to catch a few minutes of the boys and girls A teams games tonight. They put their hearts and souls into their efforts. The B teams were away, but I look forward to seeing them. Elvis the Eagle made an appearance at the game tonight. He was great! The season's schedule is on the school's site. Music programs will be presented this month also. Many students are involved in band and chorus.
 
All students are beginning a new unit in writing. It is an informational/research unit. I can't wait to see what they choose to be their topics. In fifth grade, students are reading about people who gave their best. Sixth graders read about Amelia Earhart and the mystery surrounding her disappearance. The eighth grade is working on a character project based on the book THE OUTSIDERS.
 
Happy Holidays and best wishes for a great 2015.

October 8, 2014

posted Oct 8, 2014, 9:10 AM by Cynthia Seekins

    Where did September go? The first month of school flew by quickly. The fifth graders have settled in quite nicely. The lockers that many feared have been conquered. They seem to like switching for different classes. I know most especially like having Phys. Ed.  twice a week.  

    In ELA class, students have started the first unit in Reading on Nature's Fury. They have read about a brother and sister in an earthquake and now are reading about a storm chaser. The next story is about volcanoes. They have  selected books for the Accelerated Reading Program. (AR)
The class is working on personal narrative writing also.

     Fall sports season is wrapping up quickly. Many fifth graders participated in soccer and cross country. Others are involved in clubs and Student Council. It is really great to see so many trying different activities.

School Supply Letter 2014-2015

posted Aug 3, 2014, 4:32 PM by Cynthia Seekins

            It’s almost time for school to start. I hope you had a great summer and are enjoying your days off. Here’s a list of school items you will need to pick up for your return to school. It’s really helpful to bring these on the first day of school so we can get organized right from the start!

*One (3 inch) binder (All subjects are kept in one binder for better organization.)

*Pencil pouch with two pencils, eraser tips, and a sheet of reinforced circles for torn page holes. No mechanical pencils or loose lead pencils…Ticonderoga pencils are great. The lead is dark enough and they sharpen easily. Leave extra pencils, erasers, and reinforced circles at home so you can replenish pencil pouch as needed at home.

*1-2 highlighters

*Dividers for at least eight subjects

NOT NEEDED:  Colorful folders, markers, or colored pencils (I will supply these for projects.) Please don’t purchase backpacks on wheels; these don’t fit in our lockers. Our lockers are not metal – magnetic accessories will not work. Locker organizer racks are not recommended for our lockers.

Open House this year will be MONDAY, AUGUST 25 from 6pm to 7pm. Fifth Graders may come to try out their lockers at 5:30pm.  School starts for students on Wednesday, August 27.

I need you to start the year with a positive attitude, good work ethic, and high goals for a great year. I know I am looking forward to being with you this year and making it a year to remember. I hope you have read at least one good book this summer. There’s still time to write me a letter. Let me know what you’re doing and how your summer is going. I’ll write back so put your return address on the envelope or email me. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

Mrs. Seekins

c.seekins@cdsedu.org



                                     


July 31, 2014

posted Jul 30, 2014, 5:48 PM by Cynthia Seekins

Hello, Everyone!

I hope you are having a great summer. It's hard to believe it is half way over. In a couple of weeks, fifth graders will receive their supply list letters.  One new notice is that Open House will be Monday, August 25 from 6-7 pm for K-8. Mark your calendars. Hope to see you there.

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