Welcome to Mrs. Basford's
5th Grade Class!
        Contact information: Blacklick School 614-759-5100
 Important Dates

Feb 2 - Literacy Night

Feb 6 - Skating Party Tonight

Feb 7 - PRIDE Partners PTO Meeting @ 7pm in library

Feb 7 - Game Club

Feb 9 - End of 2nd Trimester

Feb 9 - Valentine's Day Parties

Feb 10 - No School for Students; Teacher PD and Work Day

Feb 17 - No School - Comp Day

Feb 20 - No school - Presidents Day

Feb 21 - Report Cards sent Home

Feb 21 - Game Club

Feb 24 - Spirit day
(Wear blue and gold)

Feb 28 - Parent/Teacher Conferences 

Mar 2 - 
Parent/Teacher Conferences 

Mar 7 - Game Club

Mar 9 &10 Doughnut day

Mar 14 - PRIDE Partners PTO Meeting @ 7pm in library

Mar 15 - 4th/5th Grade Musical Performance at BL @ 1pm

Mar 16 - Musical dress rehearsal @ GLHS 9am;
Musical Performance @ GLHS @ 7pm

Mar 17 - Hat day for Maureen Greer Scholarship Fund

Mar 17 - Spirit day
(Wear blue and gold)

Mar 20 - 24 
Spring Break

Mar 27 - First day back after Spring Break

Mar 30 - 5th Grade AIR Test

Mar 31 - 5th Grade AIR Test

Apr 4 - Game Club

Apr 7 - 5th Grade AIR Test
Apr 10 - 5th Grade AIR Test

Apr 18 - Game Club

Apr 19 - 5th Grade AIR Test

Apr 20 - 5th Grade AIR Test

Apr 21 - Spirit day
(Wear blue and gold)

Apr 27 - GLHS Children's Theater Performance @ 12:45

May 2 - Game Club

May 5 - Strides for PRIDE

  Blacklick Expectations
We are
January 29, 2017

Dear Parents,
For a longer month, January sure flew by quickly!  It doesn't seem possible that we are already into February on Wednesday!  We have lots happening at Blacklick, so please be sure to check the dates on the left sidebar. (Hope you all read the letter in PRIDE folders last week about the Valentine Party.  Also, please be sure to sign up to help the day of our party.)

Our class brought in the most pop can tabs for the 2nd graders who are collecting them.  Last week we were invited to spend the afternoon in Mrs. Pershing's classroom to help tie knots in blankets for another community service project they are doing. We like opportunities to work with the younger students and to practice our job as role models for all the other students at Blacklick!  Thanks to all of you who are saving the tabs, especially the McFerron family, and keep sending them in as you collect them as the drive continues all year long. 

A very special thank you to Mrs. Travers, Deke's grandmother, who gave a presentation to all fifth graders about her experiences working with Martin Luther King, Jr, many years ago. The kids and teachers were awed by the details of her time back then.  We hope that she will consider returning to Blacklick next year to speak to the entire school at our PRIDE Talk. 

The end of the 2nd trimester is February 9th. We will be finishing both a math and science unit before then, and will start new ones soon after. Check below to see what we are doing in class!  Also, look for an email with a link to a new Genius Sign Up for parent teacher conferences on Tuesday, February 28, and Thursday, March 2. You should receive the email on Tuesday evening of this week. 
Paulie Basford
What we are doing in
 Class this Week and Next
Language Arts  Mrs. Gurney (or Mrs. Hutson or Mrs. Nicholson)
Most of your kids will receive Language Arts instruction from Mrs. Gurney.  They leave my room after specials each day and go to her room from 10:20 until Noon, and again after recess from 12:45 - 1:15.  She will keep you informed on what the students are learning/doing each week.  
Please don't forget that it is a 5th grade expectation that each student will read at home for an average of 30 minutes per day. All students must record their reading on the log provided by Mrs. Gurney. The log can also be accessed on her classroom blog.    
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Welcome to math, the coolest subject around!  We believe that if you can do math, you can do ANYTHING!!
We are nearly finished with Unit 4 and will start Unit 5 soon. The main math ideas of this unit are:
  • Reading and Constructing Coordinate graphs
  • Modeling situations with mathematics: Graphs, ordered pairs, and symbolic notation
  • Analyzing and comparing mathematical patterns and relationships
Think of this as our algebra unit! Watch for new learning targets to come home with your child soon. This paper will break down the concepts and skills the students will be working on next. 
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This week we finish the physical science unit about sound. We've had a lot of fun learning about how vibrations create sound and other characteristics of sound. The unit test is scheduled for Thursday, February 2.  The study guide was sent home with the kids last Friday.  Please have them use this plus other papers listed on the guide to prepare for the test. 

Next we begin the first of the two Earth and Space Science units for fifth grade. We will begin with Cycles and Patterns of Motion (Earth/Moon/Sun). Learning targets will be sent home next week.  Be sure to read them over so you understand exactly what your child is learning about in science this month!
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Social Studies            
As we explained at Curriculum Night, both Mrs. Gurney and I will be teaching social studies. Much of the geography will be taught during our life science unit. (No grade will be given for social studies during the first trimester.) Mrs. Gurney will teach units on history and government during the 2nd and 3rd trimester.  I will also teach a unit on economics during the 3rd trimester. Watch here for more information about these topics as the year goes by!
The best way to contact me is through email.  My address is basfordp@gjps.org  
 Parents may also send notes to school with their children or write a note in the planner. 
Most specials are scheduled between 9:20am and 10:20 am
A: Library     
B:  Music and PE
C:  Music  
D:  PE 
E:  Art
Note:  Our guidance counselor at Blacklick is Mrs. Jenkins. She meets with our class once a month on either A or B day.