Grade 5

Dates to Remember

♦ February 17-26 - No School for Students

♦ February 28 - Parent Coffee MAP Testing - Little Theater @7:45 am

♦ February 28 - Yearbook Pictures Retake 

♦ MAP Testing in March (details to come)

♦ March 1 - Grade Level Assembly - Course Registration for 5th Graders moving to 6th Grade - Lofthouse

March 10 - Middle School Party 5pm-7pm

G5Bearcats Twitter Feed

Dinner Conversation


♦ How do plants and animals adapt to their environment? 
How have you adapted to Life in the Middle? 
♦ How can you have a growth mindset when there are challenging tasks?
What are the things you enjoy the most about school? 

♦ What is something you have failed at today? How can you learn from this? 

Watch the Grade 5 CWW Video

Classroom Without Walls - February 6 - 10

posted Jan 31, 2017, 1:51 AM by Karoli Melwani   [ updated Jan 31, 2017, 1:58 AM ]

Reminders for the Week
Monday: Papaya Academy Visiting - Service Learning
  • House Shirt 
  • PE Shorts 
  • Water Bottle
  • Lunch/Snack (Bring ID)
  • Bring All DONATIONS 

Tuesday: Team Building
  • PE Shorts and  Shirt
  • Water Bottle
  • Snack/Lunch

Wednesday - Friday : Off Campus
  • Meet in ES Playground at 6:45 
  • Find Advisory Teacher and Check-In by Picking up your Lanyard
  • Turn in your Medicines in a Ziploc Bag with Blue Paper 
  • Go to the Bathroom
  • Go to your Assigned BUS (Number is on your Lanyard)
  • Put Luggage in the Storage Compartment and Find a Seat

Celebrating The Arts

posted Nov 13, 2016, 9:28 PM by Karoli Melwani   [ updated Nov 13, 2016, 9:29 PM ]

Over these next two weeks we have the opportunity to celebrate student success as they preform at their music concerts: Choir, Strings and Band and showcase their artistic talents at the Art Show. We are so fortunate to have such an amazing Music and Arts program at ISM.  Please come out and celebrate student learning. 

Astronaut on ISM Campus

posted Nov 1, 2016, 7:14 PM by Karoli Melwani

MAP Testing

posted Sep 22, 2016, 1:22 AM by Karoli Melwani   [ updated Sep 22, 2016, 1:30 AM ]

MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) testing will take place for grade 5 starting next week. Students take three different MAP tests that measure academic growth across the school year in the areas of Reading, Language and Mathematics. (Students are tested twice a year) Grade 5 students take MAP testing in classrooms using their ChromeBooks. MAP tests are unique in that they are adaptive. The test becomes more difficult the more questions the student answers correctly. When a student incorrectly answers a question, the following test question is adjusted accordingly and is at an easier level. In this way, your child will take a test specifically created for his or her learning level.

MAP results provide just one small piece of assessment data in the process of acquiring information and making judgments about student progress toward intended learning. At ISM, we believe sound assessment involves creating a multitude of ways to measure and communicate student learning over time – a photo album versus a single snapshot. There is no formal preparation required for MAP testing, however it is important to remind students to get a good nights sleep, and eat a healthy meal before taking the test. Please remind students that they do not need to worry and that the focus is to "Do Their Best!" Teachers use this data to guide instruction throughout the year to support student learning and growth.

For more information on MAP testing, please consult the NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association) website at In addition, parents can access the MAP Parent Toolkit at


September 26 - 7:30 am - Mr. Nelson, Mr. Eric, Ms. McElhinney & Ms. Elwell Homebases will take the Language MAP

September26 - 10:15 am -Ms. Navar, Ms. Melwani, Ms. Dolman & Mr. Maclean Homebases will take the Language MAP

September 29- 7:30 am - Mr. Nelson, Mr. Eric, Ms. McElhinney & Ms. Elwell Homebases will take the Reading MAP

September 29 - 10:15 am - Ms. Navar, Ms. Melwani, Ms. Dolman & Mr. Maclean Homebases will take the Reading MAP

October 3 - 7:30 am - Ms. Navar, Ms. Melwani, Ms. Dolman & Mr. Maclean Homebases will take the Math MAP

October 3 -10:15 am - Mr. Nelson, Mr. Eric, Ms. McElhinney & Ms. Elwell Homebases will take the Math MAP

CWW: Amazing Race and Welcoming Papaya Academy

posted Sep 17, 2016, 7:14 AM by Karoli Melwani   [ updated Sep 19, 2016, 10:14 PM ]

Our Grade 5 Classroom Without Walls program is focused on team building and service. Students will have many opportunities to work together during these two days and develop their collaboration and teamwork skills through a variety of games and activities. 

On October 6th students begin their CWW experience with an Amazing Race activity from 7:30 - 10:30 am that is organized by Amanda Pekin. We are in need of parents to help sign up to run the various stations around the campus. It is a lot of fun and not a lot of work. If you haven't had a chance to sign up yet please sign up here. There will be a brief introduction meeting on September 20 from 9:10 - 9:30 am in the LT. If you can't make it, don't worry, just email Amanda, myself, or the PCA Liaisons. 

On October 7th we will be welcoming Grade 4 and Grade 5 Papaya Academy students to work with our students. Papaya Academy is a school that aims to help children and families that live in the Patayas area. It is a school dedicated to providing a quality education to impoverished children in this community. We divide the 60 visiting students into smaller groups and each advisory group welcomes 3 to 4 Papaya students. Prior to their arrival Grade 5 students prepare welcome posters, learn some Tagalog words, and help collect donations. The purpose of them visiting is so that our students get to know these students and engage in team building games, activities and shared picnic lunch (if you haven't signed up yet - you can do so here). Through these activities students learn the importance of giving back to their community by helping others. We welcome these Papaya Students back for a second visit during our February CWW. 

Papaya Academy is currently in need of Rice so that they can provide food for their students. We have therefore requested that each student in the Grade 5 make a donation of Rice in order to help this school. The school also has a wishlist consisting of: dishwashing soap, powdered laundry detergent, bath soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste and cooking oil. We will also be doing a Tie-Dye Activity on this day, so we have also asked some students to donate a white cotton t-shirt so that our Papaya Students will be able to do this activity. (Each grade 5 student needs to bring in a White cotton T-shirt for themselves for this activity.) 

 In some advisories this week students brainstormed other ways that they would like to help collect donations. We will be placing making announcements to all Middle School students in the daily announcements and during assembly time. Some students will also be making posters and others are working on some fundraising activities to buy them items from the wish list. If you have any donations of these items that you and your family would like to contribute please just drop them into any of the classrooms in the Grade 5 hallway. We will be putting these in boxes and sending them to Papaya Academy. This is a great opportunity to talk to you your child about giving back and helping others who are less fortunate. If you have any questions please feel free to email me. 

Papaya Academy - Information

The Amazing Race 2016 Info_For_Parents

Grade Level House Assembly

posted Sep 7, 2016, 2:08 AM by Karoli Melwani   [ updated Sep 7, 2016, 2:10 AM ]

On Friday, September 2nd, students had the opportunity to wear their House Shirts and participate in games during our Grade Level Assembly. Students played a game called Yoshi in which they had to work together to defend their areas and tag people from the opposing team. Two of our Grade 5 students ended this assembly about the importance of acting like a team and what it means to be humble when you win and to loose gracefully. 

Here are some pictures from that day: 

Junior Soccer World Challenge - Kids Show Us How To Have Compassion In Victory

posted Aug 31, 2016, 4:48 PM by Eric Bird

Hi Everyone,

I saw this last night and wanted to share! It's a great example for our students in 5th grade of how we can support each other in all that we do!

YouTube Video

😀 Mr. Eric


posted Aug 31, 2016, 7:21 AM by Karoli Melwani   [ updated Aug 31, 2016, 7:34 AM ]

Today in Advisory, the Grade 5 students had the opportunity to work with their Grade 7 advisory partners. First they introduced themselves using an advisory greeting and then they worked in small groups to complete the "Planner Challenge". Students were provided with questions and worked together find the answers by using their Student Planners. Students learned about the ISM mission statement, what to do if you loose your ID, and even the hours of the Kantina. Be sure to ask your child about today's Planner Scavenger Hunt. Here are some pictures of Grade 7 and Grade 5 working collaboratively. 


Teambuilding in Grade 5

posted Aug 22, 2016, 12:19 AM by Sean Bizley   [ updated Aug 22, 2016, 6:37 AM by Karoli Melwani ]

YouTube Video

On Friday 19th August, our wonderful Middle School Counselor Ms. V. led all of the grade 5 students in an ever-growing teambuilding activity. It's amazing how much fun you can have with just a paper cup when you're collaborating with your friends!


posted Aug 16, 2016, 8:50 AM by Karoli Melwani

On Monday, students in Grade 5 were present tutorial guidelines and explained their importance. At ISM we believe that students need flexible time to address their learning needs in a responsible and self-directed way. Tutorials provides students with an opportunity to meet with their teachers and ask questions, complete homework, and enhance their learning. Tutorials takes place on Mondays and Thursday from 2:25 pm to 3:00pm. 

Here are the overarching guidelines that students were presented: 

Expectations for Grade 5 Students: 
  • Students record which teacher's tutorial they plan on attending by filling out a sign up sheet in their homebase teacher's classroom. 
  • Students  are asked to report to the appropriate tutorial classroom at 2:35 pm and remain in that classroom until 3 pm. 
  • Students may not be in the Library during tutorial time. 

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