Weekly Updates

Hello 5S Parents,                                                      Week 15 – 12/7/16

 

We’re looking forward to an amazing Immigration Day Friday J


Reminder - I'll see many of you Th. night for conferences.  


Just a friendly reminder, students are to have a grown up sign their planner each school night. Today, we had 10 students not do this. Please assist; it's our best way to communicate what homework is due, events that are coming up, etc.

 

KEEPERS STORE SHOPPING – We will be shopping on December 14th at 9:30 AM – Please make sure if you signed your child up, you have sent the money by then.  Thank you! 

 

HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE – Thank you 5S families!  We have already donated over 177 paper bags and food items.  Please continue to send in any non-perishable food items, paper bags, or coins/money through December 21st.  Thank you VERY much!!

 

REMINDER: Jolly Rancher suckers are for sale for a $1 every Friday as a Quest fundraiser.

 

COMING TO AMERICA UNIT – Students learned about colonists before moving into immigrants.  Then, we’ll go back to pioneers. 

          They will be interviewing an immigrant to learn about their experience as the culminating project for this unit.  If students have not done this year, they may use the interview with Mr. Moore as part of their project.  Mr. Moore came to speak to our class on Monday about his immigration experience from Ireland. 

 

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC THEMED SETS:  Students have been working in groups building background through reading excellent non-fiction materials by the National Geographic company.  In the next weeks, they will read from the “Westward Expansion,” and “Immigration Today” sets. 

 

INDEPENDENT READING GOAL REWARDS:  New, independent reading goals have been set for second trimester.  Students should be about 20% of their goal each week.  Their 2nd trimester goal is written in the front of the journal you see coming home each night. 

 

REPEATED POST READ-TO-SELF – To clarify, you can support your child’s reading growth by checking their reading journal every night.  They need the title underlined, the author’s name, pages read (hopefully at least 30 pages a day including at home and school reading), and 2 higher level questions (marked AQ for Asking Questions) and 1 making connection.  They can also keep track of their minutes and answer questions using the Whooos Reading online reading program. 

 

SPELLING –Students are given the answers to the sorts and words spelled correctly on Monday, so we’re hopeful they will all study hard and earn 100% on Friday’s test.  Students will also be focusing on high frequency words including states and capitals to be spelled correctly within their writing.  If everyone in the whole class earns -0, there will be a free -0 the next week and no test.  PARENT HELPERS ARE WELCOME (if you have an up-to-date Volunteer Approval form on file)

 

MATH –Students have been working hard in chapter 3, “Multiplication and Division with Fractions”.  They will also have summative assessments including Quick Quizzes and a final test. The summative assessments count more than daily homework, but it is very important to do homework to learn the skills.

          Each day, fifth graders are reviewing their basic facts using an online program called Xtra Math.  If they did not meet the goal, they need to be doing XtraMath at home each night (if the program allows them to) & on the weekends to catch up. Then next goal for all 5th graders in Quest is to have division should be completed by 12/18. 

 

REPEATED POST: Electronic PortfoliosStudents have been creating electronic portfolios for the work they complete this year.  It will be a great way to showcase to you and their future teachers the hard work they accomplish this year.

 

REPEATED POST: ROBOTS – The Robots unit continues with Mrs. Ernst using the Project Lead the Way curriculum.  

 

REPEATED POST: Box Tops – Please keep Box Tops for Education, as there will be two collections this year.  The first one most likely will be after the new year, and the second collection in the spring. 

 

5S WISH LIST:  Thank you to those of you who have been able to donate items to our class.  We could use:  pencils, red, pens, and hot glue refills

 

REPEATED POSTS:  BIRTHDAYS & UN-BIRTHDAYS – Everyone deserves to be treated extra special on their birthday.  So, students that have birthdays on a school recess day or summer have chosen an “un-birthday” date (ask your child when s/he is celebrating their special day).  They are welcome to share healthy treats if they like – but it is not required.  Please be thoughtful when selecting snacks; we have students with nut allergies in the classroom. Thank you.

 

REPEATED POST: PARENT HELPERS NEEDED – Some of you indicated at our conference you’d be willing to help in the classroom.  If you’re able to help on a consistent basis, please email me.

 

REPEATED POST: FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students will be learning Spanish using Duo Lingo.  The goal is to complete at least two lessons per week.

 

CLASS WEBSITE WITH USEFUL RESOURCES: https://sites.google.com/a/ripon.k12.wi.us/mrs-simacek/

 

DATES TO REMEMBER:

Late Fall BRAVE Session:  November 7 – December 15

MP/Q Parent/Teacher Conferences: Thursday, December 8   3:30-7:30

Winter BRAVE Session:  January 23 - March 16

PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHT - Thursday, February 2, 2017  

FATHER/DAUGHTER DANCE @ BP/J 6:30 – 9:00 PM - $20/family–open to all ages

Quest Parent/Teacher Conferences:  February 10th, 8:00-9:30 a.m.

TIME CHANGE:  Science Fair Thursday 2/23/17 – 2-3 PM only (no evening Science Fair this year)

Spring BRAVE Session:  March 20 - May 25

PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHT – Thursday, May 18, 2017

Remember to check out photos on our class Facebook page.  Like it up, so I know it’s worth the time to share.  Thanks!

                           

Sincerely,

Mrs. Simacek

 

This was sent home a few weeks ago – but it goes through 12/21, so please keep donating

  Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),                        November 18, 2016

 

Image result for food drive          The Murray Park/Quest Elementary School Student Council is working with the Ripon Lions Club on a Food Drive/Stuff the Bucket Drive for the Ripon Community Food Pantry. 

 

          Please send any non-perishable food items or toiletry items (toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, etc.) to Murray Park/Quest School starting Monday, November 21st through December 21st

 

          We will also have a “Stuff the Bucket” coin drive where students can show their generosity for people in need by donating any coins into the bucket in our school. 

 

          Lastly, we are collecting brown paper grocery bags.  The Community Food Pantry goes through over 1,000 brown paper bags per month.  Please consider asking for brown paper bags when you get your groceries or send ones you have used already to our school for us to donate to the Food Pantry. 

 

          Sincerely,

Murray Park/Quest Elementary School Student Council

 

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Hello 5S Parents,                                                      Week 14 – 12/2/16

 

First of all, thank you very much for taking time to complete and return the Parent Surveys.  I am beyond grateful for the VERY kind comments many of you wrote.  Thank you for allowing me the privilege to work with your children each day.  They are an amazing group of kids. 

 

KEEPERS STORE SHOPPING – We will be shopping on December 14th at 9:30 AM – Please make sure if you signed your child up, you have sent the money by then.  Thank you!  Two students still need to return the pink permission or denial slip. 

 

Mrs. Bunge’s quote she shared with students this week was, ““Whoever is happy will make others happy.” 
 
Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl.

 

HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE – Thank you 5S families!  We have already donated over 120 paper bags and food items.  Please continue to send in any non-perishable food items, paper bags, or coins/money through December 21st.  Thank you VERY much!!

 

REMINDER: Jolly Rancher suckers are for sale for a $1 every Friday as a Quest fundraiser.

 

COMING TO AMERICA UNIT – Students wrapped up learning about Explorers with mini inquiry projects they shared in groups.  Great job, 5S!  This week, they’re learning about the colonists. 

In this Coming to America unit, they will learn about Explorers, Colonists, Pioneers, and Immigrants.  With Immigration Day next Friday, we’re going to learn about Immigrants and Ellis Island next week and return to Pioneers after that. 

          They will be interviewing an immigrant to learn about their experience as the culminating project for this unit.  Please help them brainstorm if there are any immigrants your family knows.  I will attach the grade sheet for the interview project. 

REPEATED:  Please mark down Friday, December 9th in your calendar as Immigration Day.  We will be sending information about this home soon.  Your child will be asked to dress an immigrant would have going through Ellis Island.  We will need a number of parent helpers (who have had their volunteer approval form submitted and approved) both in the morning and at 1:30-3:00 PM for the celebration.  Start looking through those recipes of family foods. We will be inviting you to prepare a food from your family’s heritage, and students will be taste-testing foods from around the world on Immigration Day at 2 PM.  Please return the Immigration Day note if you’re able to help or send an ethnic treat by Monday, December 5th.  Thank you.

 

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC THEMED SETS:  Students have been working in groups building background through reading excellent non-fiction materials by the National Geographic company.  Ask your child which book from each set they read.  Students work together and collaborated on a group quiz.  This week’s units included “Trade Across Time and Culture,” and “Colonial America.” In the next few weeks, they will read from the “Westward Expansion,” and “Immigration Today” sets. 

 

INDEPENDENT READING GOAL REWARDS:  New, independent reading goals have been set for second trimester.  Students should be about 10% of their goal each week.  Their 2nd trimester goal is written in the front of the journal you see coming home each night. 

 

READ-TO-SELF – To clarify, you can support your child’s reading growth by checking their reading journal every night.  They need the title underlined, the author’s name, pages read (hopefully at least 30 pages a day including at home and school reading), and 2 higher level questions (marked AQ for Asking Questions) and 1 making connection.  They can also keep track of their minutes and answer questions using the Whooos Reading online reading program. 

 

SPELLING –Students are given the answers to the sorts and words spelled correctly on Monday, so we’re hopeful they will all study hard and earn 100% on Friday’s test.  Students will also be focusing on high frequency words including states and capitals to be spelled correctly within their writing.  If everyone in the whole class earns -0, there will be a free -0 the next week and no test. 

 

MATH –Students have been working hard in chapter 3, “Multiplication and Division with Fractions”.  They will also have summative assessments including Quick Quizzes and a final test. The summative assessments count more than daily homework, but it is very important to do homework to learn the skills.

          Each day, fifth graders are reviewing their basic facts using an online program called Xtra Math.  If they did not meet the goal, they need to be doing XtraMath at home each night (if the program allows them to) & on the weekends to catch up. Then next goal for all 5th graders in Quest is to have multiplication done by 12/2 (TODAY).  Division should be completed by 12/18. 

 

Electronic PortfoliosStudents have been creating electronic portfolios for the work they complete this year.  It will be a great way to showcase to you and their future teachers the hard work they accomplish this year.

 

ROBOTS – The Robots unit continues with Mrs. Ernst using the Project Lead the Way curriculum.  

 

REPEATED POST: Box Tops – Please keep Box Tops for Education, as there will be two collections this year.  The first one most likely will be after the new year, and the second collection in the spring. 

 

5S WISH LIST:  Thank you to those of you who have been able to donate items to our class.  We could use:  pencils, red, pens, and hot glue refills

 

REPEATED POSTS:  BIRTHDAYS & UN-BIRTHDAYS – Everyone deserves to be treated extra special on their birthday.  So, students that have birthdays on a school recess day or summer have chosen an “un-birthday” date (ask your child when s/he is celebrating their special day).  They are welcome to share healthy treats if they like – but it is not required.  Please be thoughtful when selecting snacks; we have students with nut allergies in the classroom. Thank you.

 

REPEATED POST: PARENT HELPERS NEEDED – Some of you indicated at our conference you’d be willing to help in the classroom.  If you’re able to help on a consistent basis, please email me.

 

REPEATED POST: FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students will be learning Spanish using Duo Lingo.  The goal is to complete at least two lessons per week.

 

CLASS WEBSITE WITH USEFUL RESOURCES: https://sites.google.com/a/ripon.k12.wi.us/mrs-simacek/

 

DATES TO REMEMBER:

Late Fall BRAVE Session:  November 7 – December 15

MP/Q Parent/Teacher Conferences: Thursday, December 8   3:30-7:30

Winter BRAVE Session:  January 23 - March 16

PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHT - Thursday, February 2, 2017  

Quest Parent/Teacher Conferences:  February 10th, 8:00-9:30 a.m.

TIME CHANGE:  Science Fair Thursday 2/23/17 – 2-3 PM only (no evening Science Fair this year)

Spring BRAVE Session:  March 20 - May 25

PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHT – Thursday, May 18, 2017

Remember to check out photos on our class Facebook page.  Like it up, so I know it’s worth the time to share.  Thanks!

                           

Sincerely,

Mrs. Simacek

 

This was sent home a few weeks ago – but it goes through 12/21, so please keep donating

  Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),                        November 18, 2016

 

Image result for food drive          The Murray Park/Quest Elementary School Student Council is working with the Ripon Lions Club on a Food Drive/Stuff the Bucket Drive for the Ripon Community Food Pantry. 

 

          Please send any non-perishable food items or toiletry items (toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, etc.) to Murray Park/Quest School starting Monday, November 21st through December 21st

 

          We will also have a “Stuff the Bucket” coin drive where students can show their generosity for people in need by donating any coins into the bucket in our school. 

 

          Lastly, we are collecting brown paper grocery bags.  The Community Food Pantry goes through over 1,000 brown paper bags per month.  Please consider asking for brown paper bags when you get your groceries or send ones you have used already to our school for us to donate to the Food Pantry. 

 

          Sincerely,

Murray Park/Quest Elementary School Student Council

 

Image result for brown paper bag 

 


Hello 5S Parents,                                                      Week 12 – 11/18/16

 

This will be the last Weekly Update for the first trimester with a short, three day week next week. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Progress Reports will come with your child on Friday, December 2nd.  If we didn’t have a conference recently, I look forward to meeting with you on December 8th

 

Mrs. Bunge’s quote for this week was, “Try to be a rainbow in somebody else’s cloud.”  Students have been reflecting this American Education Week how they can be a rainbow in somebody else’s cloud. 

 

REMINDER: Jolly Rancher suckers are for sale for a $1 every Friday as a Quest fundraiser.

 

COMING TO AMERICA UNIT – Students have been learning about 7 reasons explorers came to America this week.  In this Coming to America unit, they will learn about Explorers, Colonists, Pioneers, and Immigrants.  They are doing mini inquiries in small groups about four different explorers. 

          They will be interviewing an immigrant to learn about their experience as the culminating project for this unit.  Please help them brainstorm if there are any immigrants your family knows.  I will attach the grade sheet for the interview project. 

          Mr. Tim Lyke, of the Ripon Commonwealth Press, will be here today to launch good interviewing techniques to the 5th grade Quest students.  Thank you, Mr. Lyke!!

REPEATED:  Please mark down Friday, December 9th in your calendar as Immigration Day.  We will be sending information about this home soon.  Your child will be asked to dress an immigrant would have going through Ellis Island.  We will need a number of parent helpers (who have had their volunteer approval form submitted and approved) both in the morning and at 1:30-3:00 PM for the celebration.  Start looking through those recipes of family foods. We will be inviting you to prepare a food from your family’s heritage, and students will be taste-testing foods from around the world on Immigration Day at 2 PM. 

 

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC THEMED SETS:  Students have been working in groups building background through reading excellent non-fiction materials by the National Geographic company.  Ask your child which book from each set they read.  The first unit was “Communities and Their Locations.” Students worked together and collaborated on a group quiz.  Then, they read a book from the themed set, “Immigration to the United States”.  Future units include “Trade Across Time and Culture,” “Colonial America,” “Westward Expansion,” and “Immigration Today.”

 

INDEPENDENT READING GOAL REWARDS:  A number of students have already earned their A & W gift certificate for meeting their independent reading goal. The certificates are coming home today for those who met their goal. Congratulations! Students know they have until Wednesday to meet their goal.

 

READ-TO-SELF – To clarify, you can support your child’s reading growth by checking their reading journal every night.  They need the title underlined, the author’s name, pages read (hopefully at least 30 pages a day including at home and school reading), and 2 higher level questions (marked AQ for Asking Questions) and 1 making connection.  They can also keep track of their minutes and answer questions using the Whooos Reading online reading program.  Students also have an independent reading point goal – a small one since we just started, and new goals will be set for 2nd trimester beginning November 28th.

 

SPELLING –Students are given the answers to the sorts and words spelled correctly on Monday, so we’re hopeful they will all study hard and earn 100% on Friday’s test.  Students will also be focusing on high frequency words including states and capitals to be spelled correctly within their writing.  If everyone in the whole class earns -0, there will be a free -0 the next week and no test. 

 

MATH –Students have been working hard in chapter 3, “Multiplication and Division with Fractions”.  They will also have summative assessments including Quick Quizzes and a final test. The summative assessments count more than daily homework, but it is very important to do homework to learn the skills.

          Each day, fifth graders are reviewing their basic facts using an online program called Xtra Math.  If they did not meet the goal, they need to be doing XtraMath at home each night (if the program allows them to) & on the weekends to catch up. Then next goal for all 5th graders in Quest is to have multiplication done by 12/2.  Division should be completed by 12/18. 

 

Electronic PortfoliosStudents have been creating electronic portfolios for the work they complete this year.  It will be a great way to showcase to you and their future teachers the hard work they accomplish this year.

 

REMINDER:  Cherrydale Fundraiser Thank you to everyone who participated in the whole building fundraiser.  The funds support our school field trips, playground equipment, supplies, and so much more.  Fundraiser pickup is Nov. 30thfrom 2:30 - 5:00 in the cafeteria.

 

ROBOTS – The Robots unit continues with Mrs. Ernst using the Project Lead the Way curriculum.  

 

ALL QUEST MORNING MEETING - All Quest Morning Meeting today was great! We greeted each other with the "turkey greeting". Then, we sang to the November birthdays in sign language, English, and Spanish. Students discussed how well things are going in Quest. We reflected on what went went well at the first showcase of the year. Students brainstormed items to sell at next Fall's showcase. It is a great community feeling when we meet once a month as a whole school.

 

REPEATED POST: Box Tops – Please keep Box Tops for Education, as there will be two collections this year.  The first one most likely will be after the new year, and the second collection in the spring. 

 

 

5S WISH LIST:  Thank you to those of you who have been able to donate items to our class.  We could still use:   hot glue refills, and Math Awards like:  https://www.amazon.com/Trend-Enterprises-Award-Package-T-81025/dp/B000NNPY28/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1479475663&sr=8-5&keywords=math+awards+school .

 

REPEATED POSTS:  BIRTHDAYS & UN-BIRTHDAYS – Everyone deserves to be treated extra special on their birthday.  So, students that have birthdays on a school recess day or summer have chosen an “un-birthday” date (ask your child when s/he is celebrating their special day).  They are welcome to share healthy treats if they like – but it is not required.  Please be thoughtful when selecting snacks; we have students with nut allergies in the classroom. Thank you.

 

REPEATED POST: PARENT HELPERS NEEDED – Some of you indicated at our conference you’d be willing to help in the classroom.  If you’re able to help on a consistent basis, please email me.

 

REPEATED POST: FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students will be learning Spanish using Duo Lingo.  The goal is to complete at least two lessons per week.

 

CLASS WEBSITE WITH USEFUL RESOURCES: https://sites.google.com/a/ripon.k12.wi.us/mrs-simacek/

 

DATES TO REMEMBER:

Late Fall BRAVE Session:  November 7 – December 15

MP/Q Parent/Teacher Conferences: Thursday, December 8   3:30-7:30

Winter BRAVE Session:  January 23 - March 16

PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHT - Thursday, February 2, 2017  

Quest Parent/Teacher Conferences:  February 10th, 8:00-9:30 a.m.

TIME CHANGE:  Science Fair Thursday 2/23/17 – 2-3 PM only (no evening Science Fair this year)

Spring BRAVE Session:  March 20 - May 25

PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHT – Thursday, May 18, 2017

Remember to check out photos on our class Facebook page.  Like it up, so I know it’s worth the time to share.  Thanks!

                           

Sincerely,

Mrs. Simacek

 

This note is coming home today:  Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),                        November 18, 2016

 

Image result for food drive        The Murray Park/Quest Elementary School Student Council is working with the Ripon Lions Club on a Food Drive/Stuff the Bucket Drive for the Ripon Community Food Pantry. 

 

        Please send any non-perishable food items or toiletry items (toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, etc.) to Murray Park/Quest School starting Monday, November 21st through December 21st

 

        We will also have a “Stuff the Bucket” coin drive where students can show their generosity for people in need by donating any coins into the bucket in our school. 

 

        Lastly, we are collecting brown paper grocery bags.  The Community Food Pantry goes through over 1,000 brown paper bags per month.  Please consider asking for brown paper bags when you get your groceries or send ones you have used already to our school for us to donate to the Food Pantry. 

 

        Sincerely,

Murray Park/Quest Elementary School Student Council

 

Image result for brown paper bag 

 


Hello 5S Parents,                                                      Week 11 – 11/11/16

 

Wahoo!  5S has been doing a great job this week really focusing on talking at appropriate times.  It was nice to receive a good report from the guest teacher on Wednesday. 

 

REMINDER: Jolly Rancher suckers are for sale for a $1 every Friday.

 

STRAWBERRY DNA EXTRACTION – Yesterday, Hope Schultz, walked the students through extracting DNA from strawberries. 

 

MYSTERY SKYPE - On Monday, Nov. 7, the Quest 5th graders participated in a Mystery Skype with a 5th grade classroom from Arcadia, California. The students played a game similar to 20 questions trying to discover the location of the other school. The students had a great time and are looking forward to another opportunity soon. It was a wonderful way to apply the geography concepts the fifth graders have been learning. 

 

VETERANS WELCOME – All Veterans are invited to our All School Assembly on THIS MORNING, Friday, November 11th at 10:50 AM.  Please extend an invitation, so our students and staff can show our appreciation to the veterans at this assembly. 

 

The annual coat give-away will be held on Saturday, November 12th from 8:00 to 12:00 in the MPES/Quest cafeteria. They should use the back doors by the gymnasium to enter. Coats are offered free of charge to anyone who can use them.

 

Box Tops – Please keep Box Tops for Education, as there will be two collections this year.  The first one most likely will be after the new year, and the second collection in the spring. 

 

U.S. GOVERNMENT/ELECTION – The students voted and assisted in the voting process throughout the day with other 5th graders from Quest and Murray Park.  The items voted for included: pizza with Ms. Marvin and a friend, extreme coloring book, and extra recess. 

The students are wrapping up the U.S. Government/Election unit with polishing up their electronic portfolios. 

 

COMING TO AMERICA UNIT – Our next Social Studies unit will be Coming to American including Explorers, Colonists, Pioneers, and Immigrants.  Please mark down Friday, December 9th in your calendar as Immigration Day.  We will be sending information about this home soon.  Your child will be asked to dress an immigrant would have going through Ellis Island.  We will need a number of parent helpers (who have had their volunteer approval form submitted and approved) both in the morning and at 1:30-3:00 PM for the celebration.  Start looking through those recipes of family foods. We will be inviting you to prepare a food from your family’s heritage, and students will be taste-testing foods from around the world on Immigration Day at 2 PM. 

 

READ-TO-SELF – To clarify, you can support your child’s reading growth by checking their reading journal every night.  They need the title underlined, the author’s name, pages read (hopefully at least 30 pages a day including at home and school reading), and 2 higher level questions (marked AQ for Asking Questions) and 1 making connection.  They can also keep track of their minutes and answer questions using the Whooos Reading online reading program.

 

SPELLING – Mrs. Ernst and I have decided to downsize to having our own groups for Spelling, and this began this week.  Students are given the answers to the sorts and words spelled correctly on Monday, so we’re hopeful they will all study hard and earn 100% on Friday’s test.  Students will also be focusing on high frequency words including states and capitals to be spelled correctly within their writing.

 

MATH –Students pretested and are in new groups for chapter 3, “Multiplication and Division with Fractions”.  They will also have summative assessments including Quick Quizzes and a final test. The summative assessments count more than daily homework, but it is very important to do homework to learn the skills.

          Each day, fifth graders are reviewing their basic facts using an online program called Xtra Math.  If they did not meet the goal, they need to be doing XtraMath at home each night (if the program allows them to) & on the weekends to catch up. The next goal is to have subtraction completed by today, 11/11.  Then, multiplication should be done by 12/2.  Division should be completed by 12/18. 

 

Electronic PortfoliosStudents will be creating electronic portfolios for the work they complete this year.  It will be a great way to showcase to you and their future teachers the hard work they accomplish this year.

 

Cherrydale Fundraiser Thank you to everyone who participated in the whole building fundraiser.  Delivery is 11/30/16. The funds support our school field trips, playground equipment, supplies, and so much more.

 

ROBOTS – The Robots unit continues with Mrs. Ernst using the Project Lead the Way curriculum.  

 

REPEATED POST: PARENT HELPERS NEEDED – Some of you indicated at our conference you’d be willing to help in the classroom.  If you’re able to help on a consistent basis, please email me.

 

REPEATED POST: FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students will be learning Spanish using Duo Lingo.  The goal is to complete at least two lessons per week.

 

5S WISH LIST:  Thank you to those of you who have been able to donate items to our class.  We’re doing pretty good on Expo markers now.  We could still use:  blue stik (reusuable adhesive putty), hot glue refills, and . Also, if you are shopping at a store that sells (apx. 5” x 7”) congratulations type awards (Good Work!, Excellent Job, etc.), we’d welcome those as well.

 

REPEATED POST: GUIDANCE WITH MS. MARVIN- Ms. Marvin also shared information with me on the program that will be replacing the D.A.R.E. program.  She and Officer Michels are working out the details, but it is called A.C.E. - anti-crime education.  Save the date tentatively of June 2nd 1:30-3:00 PM for the A.C.E. graduation. REPEATED POST:  GROWTH MINDSET – Our Guidance Counselor, Ms. Marvin, worked with our class on Tuesday to further develop and explore their personal Growth Mindset. The class spent some time learning about the differences between a Fixed Mindset and a Growth Mindset and had a chance to incorporate their art skills into their work.

Here are 10 “what” questions that can be used to help develop a Growth Mindset in children:

1.     What did you do today that made you think hard?

2.    What happened today that made you keep on going?

3.    What can you learn from this?

4.    What mistake did you make that taught you something?

5.    What did you try hard at today?

6.    What strategy are you going to try now?

7.    What will you do to challenge yourself today?

8.    What will you do to improve your work?

9.    What will you do to improve your talent?

10. What will you do to solve this problem?

 

REPEATED POST:  KEYBOARDING EXPECTATIONS  -End of Grade Level Keyboarding Proficiency Criteria  5thgrade – 25 words per minute.  Students may use any sites under my Literacy link from my website.  They should focus on the following tasks while keyboarding:  ___Back is straight while sitting back in the chair.  ___Feet are on the floor in front of the chair. ___Body is “pinky-thumb” (one hand-span) away. ___Hands are cured over home row – left pointer on “F” key; right pointer on “J” key. ___Body is centered at the “H” key. ___Arms are relaxed in an “L”-shape next to the body. ___Keeps eyes on book/copy.

 

REPEATED POSTS:  BIRTHDAYS & UN-BIRTHDAYS – Everyone deserves to be treated extra special on their birthday.  So, students that have birthdays on a school recess day or summer have chosen an “un-birthday” date (ask your child when s/he is celebrating their special day).  They are welcome to share healthy treats if they like – but it is not required.  Please be thoughtful when selecting snacks; we have students with nut allergies in the classroom. Thank you.

 

CLASS WEBSITE WITH USEFUL RESOURCES: https://sites.google.com/a/ripon.k12.wi.us/mrs-simacek/

 

DATES TO REMEMBER:

Late Fall BRAVE Session:  November 7 – December 15

MP/Q Parent/Teacher Conferences: Thursday, December 8   3:30-7:30

Winter BRAVE Session:  January 23 - March 16

PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHT - Thursday, February 2, 2017  

Quest Parent/Teacher Conferences:  February 10th, 8:00-9:30 a.m.

TIME CHANGE:  Science Fair Thursday 2/23/17 – 2-3 PM only (no evening Science Fair this year)

Spring BRAVE Session:  March 20 - May 25

PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHT – Thursday, May 18, 2017

Remember to check out photos on our class Facebook page.  Like it up, so I know it’s worth the time to share.  Thanks!

                           

Sincerely,

Mrs. Simacek


Hello 5S Parents,                                                      Week 10 – 11/4/16

 

5S had a pretty great week.  Thank you for great conferences to those of you I met with.  Students are still working on leading by example and knowing they can only control their behavior, but if they lead by example (i.e. line up quietly and quickly with a “0” in the air), others will hopefully follow.  Thank you for supporting this goal for your child. 

 

REMINDER: Original Works artwork order forms are due today. Also, Jolly Rancher suckers are for sale for a $1 every Friday.

 

STRAWBERRY DNA EXTRACTION – Yes; you read that correctly.  On Thursday, November 10th, all MP/Q 5th graders will work with Scientist, (and school board member Barb Schultz’s daughter) Hope Schultz, to extract DNA from strawberries.  Please encourage your child to be on their best behavior and give Ms. Schultz an amazing impression of our awesome class.  Our class will be first at 8:30 AM-9:30. 

 

VETERANS WELCOME – All Veterans are invited to our All School Assembly on Friday, November 11th at 10:50 AM.  Please extend an invitation, so our students and staff can show our appreciation to the veterans at this assembly. 

 

Guest Speaker – Michael McGowan presented to our building on Monday.  He gave the students some excellent tips when confronted with bullying. 1) Give the bully "the look". 2) Be cool 3) Tell a grown up 4) Own it if you're the one who made the mistake and say these four words: "I'm sorry; my fault” The students were a great audience.

 

Protective Behaviors – Students met with School Counselor, Miss Marvin  and Police Liason Officer Michels – Tuesday 11/1.  They generated a list of trusted adults to talk with.  They also discussed three rules to use if a situation comes up if they feel uncomfortable:  Rule 1 - Say no or stop in an assertive voice.  Rule 2 – Get away.  Rule 3 – Tell a trusted adult. 

 

Morning Meeting with Mr. Klapperich - Thanks to Mr. Klapperich for leading our Morning Meeting Tuesday. Students and staff appreciate our custodians and how clean they keep our school. He asked we keep working on keeping the Tiger Way in the restrooms.

 

The annual coat give-away will be held on Saturday, November 12th from 8:00 to 12:00 in the MPES/Quest cafeteria. They should use the back doors by the gymnasium to enter. Coats are offered free of charge to anyone who can use them.

 

Thank you to our Art Presenter, Mr. Agamaite, for sharing Pierre-Auguste Renoir's work Tuesday morning.

 

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES – Thank you for those of you who came in for our conferences, and I look forward to meeting with those of you I didn’t meet with recently. 

Box Tops – Please keep Box Tops for Education, as there will be two collections this year.  The first one most likely will be after the new year, and the second collection in the spring. 

 

RIPON PUBLIC LIBRARY EVENT - Sat. 11/5 @ Noon - STAR WARS READS DAY - Star Wars Haiku Contest (due to the Ripon Library 10/22); Star Wars Coloring Challenge (stop by the library, choose your favorite Star Wars coloring page, create a colorful page, and return it to the library by 11/4 - you may win a door prize).

 

U.S. GOVERNMENT/ELECTION – Ms. Dykstra’s unit as required for her student teaching experience is on the three branches of government, how the government works, and the election process.  Students will help run the election.  There are three kid-friendly topics on this year’s ballot involving Tiger Ticket prizes: 

pizza lunch with Ms. Marvin and a friend OR a Subway lunch with Ms. Marvin and a friend;  Free time OR extra recess; Coloring book OR Extreme dot-to-dot

Ms. Dykstra’s last day with us is on Tuesday, and we wish her luck at her next placement in Waupun. 

 

READ-TO-SELF – To clarify, you can support your child’s reading growth by checking their reading journal every night.  They need the title underlined, the author’s name, pages read (hopefully at least 30 pages a day including at home and school reading), and 2 higher level questions (marked AQ for Asking Questions) and 1 making connection.  They can also keep track of their minutes and answer questions using the Whooos Reading online reading program.

 

SPELLING – Mrs. Ernst and I have decided to downsize to having our own groups for Spelling, and this will begin on Monday.  Students are given the answers to the sorts and words spelled correctly on Monday, so we’re hopeful they will all study hard and earn 100% on Friday’s test.  Students will also be focusing on high frequency words including states and capitals to be spelled correctly within their writing.

 

REPEATED POST: MATH – Students have working in math groups on Unit 2: Decimals. They were sorted into groups based on their pretest score for this unit. The students will have formative assessments (homework and remembering pages) as a guide for instruction and reteaching. They will also have summative assessments including Quick Quizzes and a final test. The summative assessments count more than daily homework, but it is very important to do homework to learn the skills. Chapter 3 is called, “

          Each day, fifth graders are reviewing their basic facts using an online program called Xtra Math.  If they did not meet the goal, they need to be doing XtraMath at home each night (if the program allows them to) & on the weekends to catch up. The next goal is to have subtraction completed by 11/11.  Then, multiplication should be done by 12/2.  Division should be completed by 12/18. 

 

Electronic PortfoliosStudents will be creating electronic portfolios for the work they complete this year.  It will be a great way to showcase to you and their future teachers the hard work they accomplish this year.

 

Cherrydale Fundraiser Thank you to everyone who participated in the whole building fundraiser.  Delivery is 11/30/16. The funds support our school field trips, playground equipment, supplies, and so much more.

 

ROBOTS – The Robots unit continues with Mrs. Ernst using the Project Lead the Way curriculum.  

 

REPEATED POST: PARENT HELPERS NEEDED – Some of you indicated at our conference you’d be willing to help in the classroom.  If you’re able to help on a consistent basis, please email me.

 

REPEATED POST: FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students will be learning Spanish using Duo Lingo.  The goal is to complete at least two lessons per week.

 

5S WISH LIST:  Thank you to those of you who have been able to donate items to our class.  We’re doing pretty good on Expo markers now.  We could still use:  blue stik (reusuable adhesive putty), hot glue refills, and . Also, if you are shopping at a store that sells (apx. 5” x 7”) congratulations type awards (Good Work!, Excellent Job, etc.), we’d welcome those as well.

 

REPEATED POST: GUIDANCE WITH MS. MARVIN- Ms. Marvin also shared information with me on the program that will be replacing the D.A.R.E. program.  She and Officer Michels are working out the details, but it is called A.C.E. - anti-crime education.  Save the date tentatively of June 2nd 1:30-3:00 PM for the A.C.E. graduation. REPEATED POST:  GROWTH MINDSET – Our Guidance Counselor, Ms. Marvin, worked with our class on Tuesday to further develop and explore their personal Growth Mindset. The class spent some time learning about the differences between a Fixed Mindset and a Growth Mindset and had a chance to incorporate their art skills into their work.

Here are 10 “what” questions that can be used to help develop a Growth Mindset in children:

1.     What did you do today that made you think hard?

2.    What happened today that made you keep on going?

3.    What can you learn from this?

4.    What mistake did you make that taught you something?

5.    What did you try hard at today?

6.    What strategy are you going to try now?

7.    What will you do to challenge yourself today?

8.    What will you do to improve your work?

9.    What will you do to improve your talent?

10. What will you do to solve this problem?

 

REPEATED POST:  KEYBOARDING EXPECTATIONS  -End of Grade Level Keyboarding Proficiency Criteria  5thgrade – 25 words per minute.  Students may use any sites under my Literacy link from my website.  They should focus on the following tasks while keyboarding:  ___Back is straight while sitting back in the chair.  ___Feet are on the floor in front of the chair. ___Body is “pinky-thumb” (one hand-span) away. ___Hands are cured over home row – left pointer on “F” key; right pointer on “J” key. ___Body is centered at the “H” key. ___Arms are relaxed in an “L”-shape next to the body. ___Keeps eyes on book/copy.

 

REPEATED POSTS:  BIRTHDAYS & UN-BIRTHDAYS – Everyone deserves to be treated extra special on their birthday.  So, students that have birthdays on a school recess day or summer have chosen an “un-birthday” date (ask your child when s/he is celebrating their special day).  They are welcome to share healthy treats if they like – but it is not required.  Please be thoughtful when selecting snacks; we have students with nut allergies in the classroom. Thank you.

 

CLASS WEBSITE WITH USEFUL RESOURCES: https://sites.google.com/a/ripon.k12.wi.us/mrs-simacek/

 

DATES TO REMEMBER:

Late Fall BRAVE Session:  November 7 – December 15

MP/Q Parent/Teacher Conferences: Thursday, December 8   3:30-7:30

Winter BRAVE Session:  January 23 - March 16

PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHT - Thursday, February 2, 2017  

Quest Parent/Teacher Conferences:  February 10th, 8:00-9:30 a.m.

TIME CHANGE:  Science Fair Thursday 2/23/17 – 2-3 PM only (no evening Science Fair this year)

Spring BRAVE Session:  March 20 - May 25

PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHT – Thursday, May 18, 2017

Remember to check out photos on our class Facebook page.  Like it up, so I know it’s worth the time to share.  Thanks!

                           

Sincerely,

Mrs. Simacek & Ms. Dykstra

 


Hello 5S Parents,                                                      Week 9 - 10/28/16

 

Thank you very much for the amazing turnout at last night’s Project Showcase!!  My cheeks literally hurt from smiling so much.  Your child’s hard work definitely paid off, and it is so wonderful to have you as their authentic audience.  Please visit Facebook and like the photo album I shared, so I know it’s worth the time to prepare and share with you. 

 

Book orders were sent home on Tuesday. Please make check payable to Scholastic. There are great deals, and books make a fantastic holiday present. I can hang on to the gifts if you want until you can pick them up. Forms and $$ due 10-31.

 

Guest Speaker – Michael McGowan presents “The Keys and Obstacles to Success.”  Assembly during the school day for students from 2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

FOR FAMILIES - Mon. 10/31 – 6:30 PM RHS Auditorium.  Learn with other parents how to help with:

·         Bullying & Cyber Bullying

·         Social Media’s influence

·         Encouraging Good Choices

·         Respect and Responsibility

·         Developing our Children’s Conflict Resolution

 

Protective Behaviors with School Counselor, Miss Marvin  and Police Liason Officer Michels – Tuesday 11/1. 

 

The annual coat give-away will be held on Saturday, November 12th from 8:00 to 12:00 in the MPES/Quest cafeteria. They should use the back doors by the gymnasium to enter. Coats are offered free of charge to anyone who can use them.

 

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES – Thank you for signing up for conferences on November 3rd or December 8th.  This pasted part below is for the email only (not on the website):

 

 

RIPON PUBLIC LIBRARY EVENT - Sat. 11/5 @ Noon - STAR WARS READS DAY - Star Wars Haiku Contest (due to the Ripon Library 10/22); Star Wars Coloring Challenge (stop by the library, choose your favorite Star Wars coloring page, create a colorful page, and return it to the library by 11/4 - you may win a door prize).

 

U.S. GOVERNMENT/ELECTION – Ms. Dykstra’s unit as required for her student teaching experience is on the three branches of government, how the government works, and the election process.  Students will be having some fun for kid appropriate topics in a mock election on November 8th.  We’ve worked out to be able to keep her with us through Election Day to finish her project before we have to say goodbye to her, as she continues her student teaching experience in Waupun. 

 

READ-TO-SELF – Please assist your child, as there seems to be a bit of confusion.  They are to read each school night at home for at least 20 minutes (which equates to at LEAST 15 pages – if it’s fewer pages than 15 – the book may be too difficult).  They are to write 1-2 connections every school day from that day’s reading into their journal.  They are also to add 1-2 questions.  Good readers make connections when they read and also ask questions.  We have a number of students who are letting the Minor Infractions build up, and when there are three Minor Infractions, I am required to write up a Behavior Referral.  This is something all students want to avoid.  Students are hopefully using our new Whooos Reading program as well logging their minutes and answering questions about their book online. 

 

SPELLING – Students are studying words at their level.  Lists will come home again on Monday.  Students are given the answers to the sorts and words spelled correctly on Monday, so we’re hopeful they will all study hard and earn 100% on Friday’s test.  Students will also be focusing on high frequency words including states and capitals to be spelled correctly within their writing.

 

REPEATED POST: MATH – Students have working in math groups on Unit 2: Decimals. They were sorted into groups based on their pretest score for this unit. The students will have formative assessments (homework and remembering pages) as a guide for instruction and reteaching. They will also have summative assessments including Quick Quizzes and a final test. The summative assessments count more than daily homework, but it is very important to do homework to learn the skills.

          Each day, fifth graders are reviewing their basic facts using an online program called Xtra Math.  They should have completed addition by now, and if they haven’t, the goal was today to do so.  If they did not meet the goal, they need to be doing XtraMath at home each night to catch up. The next goal is to have subtraction completed by 11/11.  Then, multiplication should be done by 12/2.  Division should be completed by 12/18. 

 

Electronic PortfoliosStudents will be creating electronic portfolios for the work they complete this year.  It will be a great way to showcase to you and their future teachers the hard work they accomplish this year.

 

Cherrydale Fundraiser started last week - Ask your child about the Power of 10 that Mr. Matt talked about during our Assembly at the Kickoff Assembly. The sale ends 11/1. Delivery is 11/30/16. The funds support our school field trips, playground equipment, supplies, and so much more. Mr. Matt agreed to bring awesome inflatables for our March 2nd Family Fun Night. Information about prizes for meeting sales goals are included in the envelope.

 

COMING SOON – QUEST FUNDRAISER – Original Works.  Students will be creating artwork next week.  Then, you’ll be able to purchase a variety of supplies: ceramic trivets, phone covers, mugs, coasters, keychains, wreath ornaments, journals, placemats, magnetic jewelry pennants, and so much more.  These will be back in time before winter break!! 

 

ROBOTS – The Robots unit continues with Mrs. Ernst using the Project Lead the Way curriculum.  

 

REPEATED POST: PARENT HELPERS NEEDED – Some of you indicated at our conference you’d be willing to help in the classroom.  If you’re able to help on a consistent basis, please email me.

 

REPEATED POST: FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students will be learning Spanish using Duo Lingo.  The goal is to complete at least two lessons per week.

 

5S WISH LIST:  Thank you to those of you who have been able to donate items to our class.  We’re doing pretty good on Expo markers now.  We could still use:  blue stik (reusuable adhesive putty), hot glue refills, and . Also, if you are shopping at a store that sells (apx. 5” x 7”) congratulations type awards (Good Work!, Excellent Job, etc.), we’d welcome those as well.

 

REPEATED POST: GUIDANCE WITH MS. MARVIN- Ms. Marvin also shared information with me on the program that will be replacing the D.A.R.E. program.  She and Officer Michels are working out the details, but it is called A.C.E. - anti-crime education.  Save the date tentatively of June 2nd 1:30-3:00 PM for the A.C.E. graduation. REPEATED POST:  GROWTH MINDSET – Our Guidance Counselor, Ms. Marvin, worked with our class on Tuesday to further develop and explore their personal Growth Mindset. The class spent some time learning about the differences between a Fixed Mindset and a Growth Mindset and had a chance to incorporate their art skills into their work.

Here are 10 “what” questions that can be used to help develop a Growth Mindset in children:

1.     What did you do today that made you think hard?

2.    What happened today that made you keep on going?

3.    What can you learn from this?

4.    What mistake did you make that taught you something?

5.    What did you try hard at today?

6.    What strategy are you going to try now?

7.    What will you do to challenge yourself today?

8.    What will you do to improve your work?

9.    What will you do to improve your talent?

10. What will you do to solve this problem?

 

REPEATED POST:  KEYBOARDING EXPECTATIONS  -End of Grade Level Keyboarding Proficiency Criteria  5thgrade – 25 words per minute.  Students may use any sites under my Literacy link from my website.  They should focus on the following tasks while keyboarding:  ___Back is straight while sitting back in the chair.  ___Feet are on the floor in front of the chair. ___Body is “pinky-thumb” (one hand-span) away. ___Hands are cured over home row – left pointer on “F” key; right pointer on “J” key. ___Body is centered at the “H” key. ___Arms are relaxed in an “L”-shape next to the body. ___Keeps eyes on book/copy.

 

REPEATED POSTS:  BIRTHDAYS & UN-BIRTHDAYS – Everyone deserves to be treated extra special on their birthday.  So, students that have birthdays on a school recess day or summer have chosen an “un-birthday” date (ask your child when s/he is celebrating their special day).  They are welcome to share healthy treats if they like – but it is not required.  Please be thoughtful when selecting snacks; we have students with nut allergies in the classroom. Thank you.

 

CLASS WEBSITE WITH USEFUL RESOURCES: https://sites.google.com/a/ripon.k12.wi.us/mrs-simacek/

 

DATES TO REMEMBER:

OCT 17-NOV 1 – FALL FUNDRAISER (Introductory Assembly was on Monday)

Early Fall BRAVE Session:  September 26 - November 3

MP/Q Parent/Teacher Conferences: Thursday, November 3   3:30-7:30

Late Fall BRAVE Session:  November 7 – December 15

MP/Q Parent/Teacher Conferences: Thursday, December 8   3:30-7:30

Winter BRAVE Session:  January 23 - March 16

PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHT - Thursday, February 2, 2017  

Quest Parent/Teacher Conferences:  February 10th, 8:00-9:30 a.m.

TIME CHANGE:  Science Fair Thursday 2/23/17 – 2-3 PM only (no evening Science Fair this year)

Spring BRAVE Session:  March 20 - May 25

PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHT – Thursday, May 18, 2017

Remember to check out photos on our class Facebook page.  Like it up, so I know it’s worth the time to share.  Thanks!

                           

Sincerely,

Mrs. Simacek & Ms. Dykstra

 


Hello 5S Parents,                                                      Week 8 - 10/21/16

 

It has been an exciting, busy week preparing for next week’s Project Showcase.  Students are polishing up projects and preparing their presentations for you. 

 

REMINDER:  FRENCH ADVENTURE MEETING TONIGHT 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

 

PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHT – Popcorn and hot apple cider will available for purchase.  Our class’s Geography projects (along with Mrs. Ernst’s class) will be on display in our rooms, 211 and 212.  Students may want to try to coordinate with their Comma Corral group a time they’ll be arriving,  so they can present their jingles to you together.  Robot projects for both our classes will be on display in the cafeteria with Mrs. Ernst.

 

GEOGRAPHY – Students have finished their research and have been working on their state hat, state float, state website, or state Thinglink project to share with you on Th. 10/27 at Project Showcase.  The projects will persuade the audience to want to visit or move to the state the partnership chose. 

 

COMMA CORRAL – The student jingles are coming along nicely to show you during our Project Showcase Night on October 27 (6-7:30 pm). The groups will use the Google Presentation and the jingle they’ve created to help them remember their comma rules.

 

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES - Let me know which night you’d like to have parent/teacher conferences by NEXT FRIDAY, OCTOBER, 28TH PLEASE.  The benefit of meeting November 3rd is we can set goals to improve before the end of the trimester on November 23rd.  The benefit of meeting on December 8th includes progress reports will be sent home December 2nd, and we can set goals for 2nd trimester.     http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b45adaf2cabf49-fall

Ms. Ford informed us there will still be BRAVE with alternate activities on both conferences nights due to many staff members having conferences. 

 

RIPON PUBLIC LIBRARY EVENT - Sat. 11/5 @ Noon - STAR WARS READS DAY - Star Wars Haiku Contest (due to the Ripon Library 10/22); Star Wars Coloring Challenge (stop by the library, choose your favorite Star Wars coloring page, create a colorful page, and return it to the library by 11/4 - you may win a door prize).

 

 

Cherrydale Fundraiser started Monday. Ask your child about the Power of 10 that Mr. Matt talked about during our Assembly at the Kickoff Assembly. The sale ends 11/1. Delivery is 11/30/16. The funds support our school field trips, playground equipment, supplies, and so much more. Mr. Matt agreed to bring awesome inflatables for our March 2nd Family Fun Night. Information about prizes for meeting sales goals are included in the envelope.

 

COMING SOON – QUEST FUNDRAISER – Original Works.  Students will be creating artwork.  Then, you’ll be able to purchase a variety of supplies: ceramic trivets, phone covers, mugs, coasters, keychains, wreath ornaments, journals, placemats, magnetic jewelry pennants, and so much more.  These will be back in time before winter break!! 

 

FINLAND PEN PAL ITEMS – Thank you to the families who supported this project by assisting your child with some very creative items for our pen pals in Finland.  Students who came unprepared still submitted something for the box with my assistance.

 

COATS FOR KIDS – Our class already has collected over 50 coats!! Thank you so much.  The contest continues until October 31st. The winners of the contest will be able to host the dance party in February or March and will also receive some type of classroom party. Coats and snow pants for both adults and children will be accepted. On Saturday, November 12th, we will be having our coat give-away in the cafeteria from 8:00 - 12:00.  If you have students who would benefit from this opportunity, we will make sure they get to go through the coats prior to that day.

 

U.S. GOVERNMENT/ELECTION – Ms. Dykstra’s unit as required for her student teaching experience is on the three branches of government, how the government works, and the election process.  We’ve worked out to be able to keep her with us through Election Day to finish her project before we have to say goodbye to her, as she continues her student teaching experience in Waupun. 

 

BOOK CLUBS- Today was the last Book Clubs on these books.

READ-TO-SELF – Please assist your child, as there seems to be a bit of confusion.  They are to read each school night at home for at least 20 minutes (which equates to at LEAST 15 pages – if it’s fewer pages than 15 – the book may be too difficult).  They are to write 1-2 connections every school day from that day’s reading into their journal.  They are also to add 1-2 questions.  Good readers make connections when they read and also ask questions.  We have a number of students who are letting the Minor Infractions build up, and when there are three Minor Infractions, I am required to write up a Behavior Referral.  This is something all students want to avoid.  Students are hopefully using our new Whooos Reading program as well logging their minutes and answering questions about their book online. 

 

SPELLING – Students are studying words at their level.  They are given the list on Monday, and the test is on Friday.  With project showcase next week, students will not have a spelling list until the week of October 31st.  This will enable them to focus on their project presentations for October 27th.   Students will also be focusing on high frequency words including states and capitals to be spelled correctly within their writing.

 

REPEATED POST: MATH – Students have working in math groups on Unit 2: Decimals. They were sorted into groups based on their pretest score for this unit. The students will have formative assessments (homework and remembering pages) as a guide for instruction and reteaching. They will also have summative assessments including Quick Quizzes and a final test. The summative assessments count more than daily homework, but it is very important to do homework to learn the skills.

          Each day, fifth graders are reviewing their basic facts using an online program called Xtra Math.  They should have completed addition by now, and if they haven’t, they have until 10/28 to do so.  The next goal is to have subtraction completed by 11/11.  Then, multiplication should be done by 12/2.  Division should be completed by 12/18. 

 

ROBOTS – The Robots unit continues with Mrs. Ernst using the Project Lead the Way curriculum.  


Fall Celebrations

Costumes are not to be worn to school. There will be time before the parties for your child to put on their costume.

Students will not be permitted to wear costumes that are inappropriate as described below.

  • ABSOLUTELY no costumes with blood, gore, or violent themes.

  • Costumes should be easy for the children to put on themselves.

  • Toy weapons cannot be brought or worn as part of the costume.

  • Masks and face paint need to be applied independently by the child for the afternoon only.

  • Hair painting is not allowed.

  • Students will not be permitted to wear costumes that are inappropriate as described above

 

REPEATED POST: PARENT HELPERS NEEDED – Some of you indicated at our conference you’d be willing to help in the classroom.  If you’re able to help on a consistent basis, please email me.

 

REPEATED POST: FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students will be learning Spanish using Duo Lingo.  The goal is to complete at least two lessons per week.

 

5S WISH LIST:  Thank you to those of you who have been able to donate items to our class.  We’re doing pretty good on Expo markers now.  We could still use:  blue stik (reusuable adhesive putty), hot glue refills, and . Also, if you are shopping at a store that sells (apx. 5” x 7”) congratulations type awards (Good Work!, Excellent Job, etc.), we’d welcome those as well.

 

REPEATED POST: GUIDANCE WITH MS. MARVIN- Ms. Marvin also shared information with me on the program that will be replacing the D.A.R.E. program.  She and Officer Michels are working out the details, but it is called A.C.E. - anti-crime education.  Save the date tentatively of June 2nd 1:30-3:00 PM for the A.C.E. graduation. REPEATED POST:  GROWTH MINDSET – Our Guidance Counselor, Ms. Marvin, worked with our class on Tuesday to further develop and explore their personal Growth Mindset. The class spent some time learning about the differences between a Fixed Mindset and a Growth Mindset and had a chance to incorporate their art skills into their work.

Here are 10 “what” questions that can be used to help develop a Growth Mindset in children:

1.     What did you do today that made you think hard?

2.    What happened today that made you keep on going?

3.    What can you learn from this?

4.    What mistake did you make that taught you something?

5.    What did you try hard at today?

6.    What strategy are you going to try now?

7.    What will you do to challenge yourself today?

8.    What will you do to improve your work?

9.    What will you do to improve your talent?

10. What will you do to solve this problem?

 

REPEATED POST: BIG APPLE CRUNCH COMING SOON – STAY TUNED…Our Aviand’s Food Service Director, Briony Storz, has invited our class to lead a fun activity in October.  Details to follow, but it sure sounds fun!

 

REPEATED POST:  KEYBOARDING EXPECTATIONS  -End of Grade Level Keyboarding Proficiency Criteria  5thgrade – 25 words per minute.  Students may use any sites under my Literacy link from my website.  They should focus on the following tasks while keyboarding:  ___Back is straight while sitting back in the chair.  ___Feet are on the floor in front of the chair. ___Body is “pinky-thumb” (one hand-span) away. ___Hands are cured over home row – left pointer on “F” key; right pointer on “J” key. ___Body is centered at the “H” key. ___Arms are relaxed in an “L”-shape next to the body. ___Keeps eyes on book/copy.

 

REPEATED POSTS:  BIRTHDAYS & UN-BIRTHDAYS – Everyone deserves to be treated extra special on their birthday.  So, students that have birthdays on a school recess day or summer have chosen an “un-birthday” date (ask your child when s/he is celebrating their special day).  They are welcome to share healthy treats if they like – but it is not required.  Please be thoughtful when selecting snacks; we have students with nut allergies in the classroom. Thank you.

 

CLASS WEBSITE WITH USEFUL RESOURCES: https://sites.google.com/a/ripon.k12.wi.us/mrs-simacek/

 

DATES TO REMEMBER:

OCT 17-NOV 1 – FALL FUNDRAISER (Introductory Assembly was on Monday)

PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHT 6:00-7:30 PM on Thursday, October 27, 2016

FALL COSTUME PARTY – Friday, October 28, 2016 2- 3 PM

Early Fall BRAVE Session:  September 26 - November 3

MP/Q Parent/Teacher Conferences: Thursday, November 3   3:30-7:30

Late Fall BRAVE Session:  November 7 – December 15

MP/Q Parent/Teacher Conferences: Thursday, December 8   3:30-7:30

Winter BRAVE Session:  January 23 - March 16

PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHT - Thursday, February 2, 2017  

Quest Parent/Teacher Conferences:  February 10th, 8:00-9:30 a.m.

TIME CHANGE:  Science Fair Thursday 2/23/17 – 2-3 PM only (no evening Science Fair this year)

Spring BRAVE Session:  March 20 - May 25

PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHT – Thursday, May 18, 2017

Remember to check out photos on our class Facebook page.  Like it up, so I know it’s worth the time to share.  Thanks!

                           

Sincerely,

Mrs. Simacek & Ms. Dykstra

 


Hello 5S Parents,                                                      Week 7 - 10/14/16

 

5S had another pretty good week!  Thank you for continuing to use Class Dojo to see the choices your child makes during the day. 

Yesterday, Ms. Dykstra and I were able to chaperone the student council representatives to a Leadership Institute field trip to Madison.  See website for pictures:  https://sites.google.com/a/ripon.k12.wi.us/mrs-simacek/quest-mpes-student-council 

Mrs. O’Connor, the guest teacher, had pretty good notes overall, but the growth mindset area for the group as a whole continues to be working on chatting less – especially during transitions.  The chattiness does affect others’ learning, and it is very important to improve in this area.  Please feel free to have a discussion with your child on goals s/he is working on in this area specifically. 

 

FINLAND PEN PAL ITEMS WERE DUE TODAY.  Three students met the goal of having something for our box to Finland.  Please discuss the many options that were brainstormed that you could send (smaller the better to save on shipping costs).  Ideas included:  ITEMS ABOUT THE USA

  • Picture of U.S. Dollar; Postcard; Candy; Presidents of the United States; Small toy - especially USA related

Backpack; calendar; ITEMS ABOUT WISCONSIN: Postcard; Madison capitol picture; Map of Wisconsin;

Small book about Wisconsin; Beef jerky; Pictures of animals here (badger, whitetail deer, sandhill cranes)

Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks, Timber Rattlers; Pictures of state icons (state mammal, state gem, state fossil, state bird); ITEMS ABOUT RIPON: Ripon Tigers; Class picture; letter/writing; Picture of parks; Picture of our school playground; Our school picture; Pictures of our school projects/work; shirt

 

FRENCH ADVENTURE MEETING October 20th 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

 

COATS FOR KIDS – Our class already has collected 54 coats!! Thank you so much.  The contest continues until October 31st. The winners of the contest will be able to host the dance party in February or March and will also receive some type of classroom party. Coats and snow pants for both adults and children will be accepted. On Saturday, November 12th, we will be having our coat give-away in the cafeteria from 8:00 - 12:00.  If you have students who would benefit from this opportunity, we will make sure they get to go through the coats prior to that day.

 

COMMA CORRAL – The student jingles are coming along nicely to show you during our Project Showcase Night on October 27 (6-7:30 pm). The groups will use the Google Presentation and the jingle they’ve created to help them remember their comma rules.

 

GEOGRAPHY – Students have finished their research and have been working on their state hat, state float, state website, or state Thinglink project to share with you on Th. 10/27 at Project Showcase.  The projects will persuade the audience to want to visit or move to the state the partnership chose. 

 

U.S. GOVERNMENT/ELECTION – Ms. Dykstra’s unit as required for her student teaching experience is on the three branches of government, how the government works, and the election process.  We’ve worked out to be able to keep her with us through Election Day to finish her project before we have to say goodbye to her, as she continues her student teaching experience in Waupun. 

 

BOOK CLUBS- This was our second week of Book Clubs, and the students have already started to read and discuss their group’s text. Students need to be sure they are completing the expectations for the next book club.  Collaboration and respect are huge parts of making these great book clubs so successful.  There are two more book clubs. 

It Only Looks Easy needs to have ch. 16-20 read with at least 3 notes by Tues. 10/18 and finish the book ch. 21-25 by Th. 10/20.

 4 Kids…needs to have March-April chapters read by Tues. 10/18 with at least three notes.  They need to have the book finished – chapters May-June read by Th. 10/20 with at least three notes. 

Report Card group needs to have ch. 13-17 with 3 notes read by Tues. 10/18 and finish the book ch. 18-22 by Th. 10/20. 

Dear Mr. Henshaw needs to have pgs. 91-120 read by Tues. 10/18 and finish the book pgs. 121-134 by Th. 10/20. 

Just Juice group needs to have ch. 13-17 read with at least 3 notes by Tues. 10/18 and finish the book ch. 18-19 with at least three notes by Th. 10/20. 

 

When you’ve seen completed Book Club Evaluation Sheets, they can remain at home.  Students are graded on: Preparation (having at least three notes), Contributions to the Discussion, Active Listening, and Supporting my ideas. 

 

READ-TO-SELF – Please assist your child, as there seems to be a bit of confusion.  They are to read each school night at home for at least 20 minutes (which equates to at LEAST 15 pages – if it’s fewer pages than 15 – the book may be too difficult).  They are to write 1-2 connections every school day from that day’s reading into their journal.  They are also to add 1-2 questions starting on Monday.  Good readers make connections when they read and also ask questions.  We have a number of students who are letting the Minor Infractions build up, and when there are three Minor Infractions, I am required to write up a Behavior Referral.  This is something all students want to avoid. 

 

SPELLING – Students are studying words at their level.  They are given the list on Monday, and the test is on Friday.  With project showcase coming up, students will not have a spelling list until the week of October 31st.  This will enable them to focus on their project presentations for October 27th.   

 

MATH – Students have working in math groups on Unit 2: Decimals. They were sorted into groups based on their pretest score for this unit. The students will have formative assessments (homework and remembering pages) as a guide for instruction and reteaching. They will also have summative assessments including Quick Quizzes and a final test. The summative assessments count more than daily homework, but it is very important to do homework to learn the skills. One item many students are working on is NOT saying the word “and” until the decimal.  For example for 135,205.017 – say “one hundred thirty-five thousand, two hundred five AND seventeen thousandths.” 

 

ROBOTS – The Robots unit continues with Mrs. Ernst using the Project Lead the Way curriculum.  

 

REPEATED POST: PARENT HELPERS NEEDED – Some of you indicated at our conference you’d be willing to help in the classroom.  If you’re able to help on a consistent basis, please email me.

 

REPEATED POST: FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students will be learning Spanish using Duo Lingo.  The goal is to complete at least two lessons per week.

 

REPEATED POST 5S WISH LIST: A number of you have offered to provide what our class needs/wants, since you’re not able to help in the classroom.  One item that came up this week is:  blue stik (reusuable adhesive putty). Also, if you are shopping at a store that sells (apx. 5” x 7”) congratulations type awards (Good Work!, Excellent Job, etc.), we’d welcome those as well.  Expo markers of a variety of colors (we have blue, red, and black).

 

REPEATED POST: GUIDANCE WITH MS. MARVIN- Ms. Marvin also shared information with me on the program that will be replacing the D.A.R.E. program.  She and Officer Michels are working out the details, but it is called A.C.E. - anti-crime education.  Save the date tentatively of June 2nd 1:30-3:00 PM for the A.C.E. graduation. REPEATED POST:  GROWTH MINDSET – Our Guidance Counselor, Ms. Marvin, worked with our class on Tuesday to further develop and explore their personal Growth Mindset. The class spent some time learning about the differences between a Fixed Mindset and a Growth Mindset and had a chance to incorporate their art skills into their work.

Here are 10 “what” questions that can be used to help develop a Growth Mindset in children:

1.     What did you do today that made you think hard?

2.    What happened today that made you keep on going?

3.    What can you learn from this?

4.    What mistake did you make that taught you something?

5.    What did you try hard at today?

6.    What strategy are you going to try now?

7.    What will you do to challenge yourself today?

8.    What will you do to improve your work?

9.    What will you do to improve your talent?

10. What will you do to solve this problem?

 

REPEATED POST: BIG APPLE CRUNCH COMING SOON – STAY TUNED…Our Aviand’s Food Service Director, Briony Storz, has invited our class to lead a fun activity in October.  Details to follow, but it sure sounds fun!

 

REPEATED POST:  KEYBOARDING EXPECTATIONS  -End of Grade Level Keyboarding Proficiency Criteria  5thgrade – 25 words per minute.  Students may use any sites under my Literacy link from my website.  They should focus on the following tasks while keyboarding:  ___Back is straight while sitting back in the chair.  ___Feet are on the floor in front of the chair. ___Body is “pinky-thumb” (one hand-span) away. ___Hands are cured over home row – left pointer on “F” key; right pointer on “J” key. ___Body is centered at the “H” key. ___Arms are relaxed in an “L”-shape next to the body. ___Keeps eyes on book/copy.

 

REPEATED POSTS:  BIRTHDAYS & UN-BIRTHDAYS – Everyone deserves to be treated extra special on their birthday.  So, students that have birthdays on a school recess day or summer have chosen an “un-birthday” date (ask your child when s/he is celebrating their special day).  They are welcome to share healthy treats if they like – but it is not required.  Please be thoughtful when selecting snacks; we have students with nut allergies in the classroom. Thank you.

 

CLASS WEBSITE WITH USEFUL RESOURCES: https://sites.google.com/a/ripon.k12.wi.us/mrs-simacek/

 

DATES TO REMEMBER:

Early Fall BRAVE Session:  September 26 - November 3

OCT 17-NOV 1 – FALL FUNDRAISER (Introductory Assembly on Monday)

PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHT 6:00-7:30 PM on Thursday, October 27, 2016

FALL COSTUME PARTY – Friday, October 28, 2016 2- 3 PM

MP/Q Parent/Teacher Conferences: Thursday, November 3   3:30-7:30

MP/Q Parent/Teacher Conferences: Thursday, December 8   3:30-7:30

PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHT - Thursday, February 2, 2017  

Quest Parent/Teacher Conferences:  February 10th, 8:00-9:30 a.m.

TIME CHANGE:  Science Fair Thursday 2/23/17 – 2-3 PM only (no evening Science Fair this year)

Late Fall BRAVE Session:  November 7 - December 15

Winter BRAVE Session:  January 23 - March 16

PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHT – Thursday, May 18, 2017

Spring BRAVE Session:  March 20 - May 25

Remember to check out photos on our class Facebook page.  Like it up, so I know it’s worth the time to share.  Thanks!

                           

Sincerely,

Mrs. Simacek & Ms. Dykstra

 


Hello 5S Parents,                         Week 6 - 10/6/16


5S had another great week!  The class is just 47 Dojo points away from earning their reward of extra computer time. If they can reach their goal today, the students will be able to enjoy their prize next week!

 

COATS FOR KIDS – Our class already has collected 37 coats!! Thank you so much.  The contest continues until October 31st. The winners of the contest will be able to host the dance party in February or March and will also receive some type of classroom party. Coats and snow pants for both adults and children will be accepted. On Saturday, November 12th, we will be having our coat give-away in the cafeteria from 8:00 - 12:00.  If you have students who would benefit from this opportunity, we will make sure they get to go through the coats prior to that day.

 

BOOK FAIR – October 4-11.  The Book Fair is open 7:30 AM – 7:55 AM (8:30-8:55 AM on the late start day 10/5), Noon-1:00 PM during lunch recess, and after school until 3:30 PM. Thank you to those of you who already made donations to our class from our Class Wish List!!

 

COMMA CORRAL – The students are continuing to work on their Comma Corral jingles for our Project Showcase Night on October 27 (6-7:30 pm). They have started to work on their Google Slide presentations explaining their grammatical rules and providing examples. Once they have finished their presentation, the groups will have time to work on the jingle they’ve created to help them remember their comma rules.

 

GROWTH MINDSET – Our Guidance Counselor, Ms. Marvin, worked with our class on Tuesday to further develop and explore their personal Growth Mindset. The class spent some time learning about the differences between a Fixed Mindset and a Growth Mindset and had a chance to incorporate their art skills into their work.

Here are 10 “what” questions that can be used to help develop a Growth Mindset in children:

1.     What did you do today that made you think hard?

2.    What happened today that made you keep on going?

3.    What can you learn from this?

4.    What mistake did you make that taught you something?

5.    What did you try hard at today?

6.    What strategy are you going to try now?

7.    What will you do to challenge yourself today?

8.    What will you do to improve your work?

9.    What will you do to improve your talent?

10. What will you do to solve this problem?

 

ART PRESENTER- On Tuesday we had a great start to our morning with an art lesson given by Mr. Chad Agamaite. The students learned about the history behind the painting “The Hay Wain” by John Constable and participated in a class discussion about the piece. Thank you again for coming in, Mr. Agamaite!

 

GEOGRAPHY – Students have started to work on their Geography Projects this week. The students have already chosen the state that they would like to research and have been given the option to make either a website, Thinglink page, float, or hat. Each group is expected to describe their state (interesting facts, historical sites, tourist attractions, weather, foods, etc.) and share why people should visit their state. Throughout the week, the students have been collecting research about their states and writing down their notes.

 

BOOK CLUBS- This was our first week of Book Clubs, and the students have already started to read and discuss their group’s text. We’ve been practicing how to carry out meaningful discussions with one another while analyzing, questioning, and writing notes (at least 4 per discussion) about the books. Students are expected to prepare for the book club discussions that take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This Thursday the groups will have their first official book club discussion during which they will talk about character development in the text. The students can also use their book club book for their nightly reading. We’ll continue to work in our book club books for the next few weeks and get lots of practice sharing thoughts about the readings.  Collaboration and respect are huge parts of making these great book clubs so successful.  

 

READ-TO-SELF – Please assist your child, as there seems to be a bit of confusion.  They are to read each school night at home for at least 20 minutes (which equates to at LEAST 15 pages – if it’s fewer pages than 15 – the book may be too difficult).  They are to write 3-5 connections every school day from that day’s reading into their journal.  Any questions, please ask.  We have a number of students who are letting the Minor Infractions build up, and when there are three Minor Infractions, I am required to write up a Behavior Referral.  This is something all students want to avoid. 

PARENT HELPERS NEEDED – Some of you indicated at our conference you’d be willing to help in the classroom.  If you’re able to help on a consistent basis, please email me.

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students will be learning Spanish using Duo Lingo.  The goal is to complete at least two lessons per week.

 

SPELLING – Students are studying words at their level.  They are given the list on Monday, and the test is on Friday.  With no school this Friday or Monday, the list introduced on October 3rd will be tested on Friday, October 14th.  Over the next week, students will have lots of extra time to study for their tests. Students are also to be spelling high frequency words correctly at all times.

 

MATH – Students have begun working in their new math groups for Unit 2: Decimals. They were sorted into groups based on their pretest score for this unit. On Wednesday, the students in our class started Unit 2, which discusses the place value of decimals, and will continue practicing these math skills in Chapter 2 during Thursday’s class. The students will have formative assessments (homework and remembering pages) as a guide for instruction and reteaching. They will also have summative assessments including Quick Quizzes and a final test. The summative assessments count more than daily homework, but it is very important to do homework to learn the skills.

 

ROBOTS – The Robots unit continues with Mrs. Ernst using the Project Lead the Way curriculum.  

 

FALL CELEBRATION- Our class will be having a fall celebration on Friday, October 28th. The Fall Committee students (received the note about the party yesterday) are starting to organize classroom activities for our entire class. Students will be able to wear costumes to this celebration, but the costumes cannot be worn during the school day. The students will have time to change into their costumes, if they choose to wear one, before the party begins.

 

Students will not be permitted to wear costumes that are inappropriate as described below:

·  ABSOLUTELY no costumes with blood, gore, or violent themes.

·  Costumes should be easy for the children to put on themselves.

·  Toy weapons cannot be brought or worn as part of the costume.

·  Masks and face paint need to be applied independently by the child for the afternoon only.

·  Hair painting is not allowed.

·  Students will not be permitted to wear costumes that are inappropriate as described above.

 

5S WISH LIST: A number of you have offered to provide what our class needs/wants, since you’re not able to help in the classroom.  One item that came up this week is:  blue stik (reusuable adhesive putty). Also, if you are shopping at a store that sells (apx. 5” x 7”) congratulations type awards (Good Work!, Excellent Job, etc.), we’d welcome those as well.  NEW REQUEST:  Expo markers of a variety of colors (we have blue, red, and black).

 

REPEATED POST: GUIDANCE WITH MS. MARVIN- Ms. Marvin also shared information with me on the program that will be replacing the D.A.R.E. program.  She and Officer Michels are working out the details, but it is called A.C.E. - anti-crime education.  Save the date tentatively of June 2nd 1:30-3:00 PM for the A.C.E. graduation.

 

REPEATED POST: BIG APPLE CRUNCH COMING SOON – STAY TUNED…Our Aviand’s Food Service Director, Briony Storz, has invited our class to lead a fun activity in October.  Details to follow, but it sure sounds fun!

 

REPEATED POST:  KEYBOARDING EXPECTATIONS  -End of Grade Level Keyboarding Proficiency Criteria  5thgrade – 25 words per minute.  Students may use any sites under my Literacy link from my website.  They should focus on the following tasks while keyboarding:  ___Back is straight while sitting back in the chair.  ___Feet are on the floor in front of the chair. ___Body is “pinky-thumb” (one hand-span) away. ___Hands are cured over home row – left pointer on “F” key; right pointer on “J” key. ___Body is centered at the “H” key. ___Arms are relaxed in an “L”-shape next to the body. ___Keeps eyes on book/copy.

 

REPEATED POSTS:  BIRTHDAYS & UN-BIRTHDAYS – Everyone deserves to be treated extra special on their birthday.  So, students that have birthdays on a school recess day or summer have chosen an “un-birthday” date (ask your child when s/he is celebrating their special day).  They are welcome to share healthy treats if they like – but it is not required.  Please be thoughtful when selecting snacks; we have students with nut allergies in the classroom. Thank you.

 

CLASS WEBSITE WITH USEFUL RESOURCES: https://sites.google.com/a/ripon.k12.wi.us/mrs-simacek/

 

DATES TO REMEMBER:

 

NO SCHOOL FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7 AND MONDAY, OCTOBER 10TH

·  Early Fall BRAVE Session:  September 26 - November 3

·  October 4-11 – BOOK FAIR



Fall Fundraiser - October 17-November 1

PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHT 6:00-7:30 PM on Thursday, October 27, 2016

FALL COSTUME PARTY – Friday, October 28, 2016 2- 3 PM

MP/Q Parent/Teacher Conferences: Thursday, November 3   3:30-7:30

MP/Q Parent/Teacher Conferences: Thursday, December 8   3:30-7:30

PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHT - Thursday, February 2, 2017  

Quest Parent/Teacher Conferences:  February 10th, 8:00-9:30 a.m.

Science Fair Thursday 2/23/17 - DATE MAY CHANGE DUE TO JOURNEY SHOWCASE – STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS.

·  Late Fall BRAVE Session:  November 7 - December 15

·  Winter BRAVE Session:  January 23 - March 16

·  PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHT – Thursday, May 18, 2017

·  Spring BRAVE Session:  March 20 - May 25

Remember to check out photos on our class Facebook page.  Like it up, so I know it’s worth the time to share.  Thanks!

                           

Sincerely,

Mrs. Simacek & Ms. Dykstra

 


Hello 5S Parents,                                                            Week 5 - 9/30/16

 

5S had another great week!  They are just a few Class Dojo points away from earning a party next week.  They chose to have extra computer time.  They will be able to enjoy this prize next week if they earn just 301 more points. 

 

COATS FOR KIDS – Our class already has collected 30 coats!! Thank you so much.  The contest continues until October 31st.   The winners of the contest will be able to host the dance party in February or March and will also receive some type of classroom party.  Coats and snow pants for both adults and children will be accepted.  On Saturday, November 12th, we will be having our coat give-away in the cafeteria from 8:00 - 12:00.  If you have students who would benefit from this opportunity, we will make sure they get to go through the coats prior to that day.

 

BOOK FAIR – October 4-11.  The Book Fair is open 7:30 AM – 7:55 AM (8:30-8:55 AM on the late start day 10/5), Noon-1:00 PM during lunch recess, and after school until 3:30 PM. 

 

BIG APPLE CRUNCH COMING SOON – STAY TUNED…Our Aviand’s Food Service Director, Briony Storz, has invited our class to lead a fun activity in October.  Details to follow, but it sure sounds fun! 

 

COMMA CORRAL – Students have learned eight rules when to use commas.  They have written the rules in a booklet and have given their own examples using the rules.  They are now creating a jingle to share with their peers and all who can make it to the Project Showcase on October 27th (6-7:30 PM) to help others remember the rules of using commas correctly. 

 

GROWTH MINDSET – Everyone at Quest/Murray Park is working on a Growth Mindset.  “The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today” – H Jackson Brown  Ms. Marvin, our Guidance Counselor, will begin her Guidance classes next week, and her first month’s theme focus is on Growth Mindset. 

 

Ms. Marvin also shared information with me on the program that will be replacing the D.A.R.E. program.  She and Officer Michels are working out the details, but it is called A.C.E. - anti-crime education.  Save the date tentatively of June 2nd 1:30-3:00 PM for the A.C.E. graduation. 

 

GEOGRAPHY – By this time, all students have been given assessments online and paper-pencil to be sure they are proficient in identifying the states, capitals, and state abbreviations.  If they are not yet proficient, they will be able to retake the assessments until they are.  These two websites are especially helpful:  http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/web_games.htm

and

http://www.sporcle.com/games/g/stateabbreviations

 

HABITS OF MIND – Quest students have wrapped up their review of the Habits of Mind to better learn how we can become a community of learners.  This week, they reviewed Thinking with Clarity and Precision, Listening with Empathy, and Persistence.  They enjoyed the book, A Day’s Work by Eve Bunting.  Then, they wrote a personal narrative paragraph connected to the book how they have used thinking with clarity and precision.  They enjoyed the book, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein to connect with listening with empathy.  Today, they wrapped up the Habits of Mind unit with Persistence.  They enjoyed Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton. 

 

READ-TO-SELF – Students are improving in their reading stamina.  They are to read each night at home for at least 20 minutes (which equates to at LEAST 15 pages – if it’s fewer pages than 15 – the book may be too difficult).  We conference with the students, and we are excited to read their 3-5 connections EVERY SCHOOL DAY.  Making Connections includes:  text-to-self connections; text-to-world connections; text-to-others connections; and text-to-text connections.  Students may choose to begin their sentences with “When I read___________ (part of story), it reminded me of ______________________(connection made).  OR – “I thought about ____________ (connection made) when I read _________ (part from the book). 

          They are logging their minutes read and answering questions using Whooo’s Reading (formerly Learn2Earn). 

 

BOOK CLUBS – Next week, students will begin to work in book clubs for literacy.  Their book club book can be the book they use for their nightly reading, as there will be goals set to be met.  They can use the book club book for their making connections sentences.  Students will be given rubrics (grading sheets), so they will be very aware how they will be assessed.  Collaboration and respect are huge parts of making these great book clubs so successful.  They’ll find out what books they’ll be reading on Monday. 

 

PARENT HELPERS NEEDED – PLEASE J  - Some of you indicated at our conference you’d be willing to help in the classroom.  If you’re able to help on a consistent basis, please email me.

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students will be learning Spanish using Duo Lingo.  The goal is to complete at least two lessons per week. 

 

SPELLING – Students are studying words at their level.  They are given the list on Monday, and the test is on Friday.  With no school next Friday or Monday, the list introduced on October 3rd will be tested on Friday, October 14th.  Hopefully, with this extra time, students will all earn 100% on their Spelling test.  Students are also to be spelling high frequency words correctly at all times. 

 

MATH – Students are wrapping up chapter 1, “Addition and Subtraction with Fractions” this week.  They will have formative assessments (homework and remembering pages) as a guide for instruction and reteaching.  They will also have summative assessments including Quick Quizzes and a final test.  The summative assessments count more than daily homework, but it is very important to do homework to learn the skills.  Ms. Dykstra and my group may be ready to test next Friday.  They should be bringing home their math folder to review. Then, they will take the chapter 2 pre-test, and new groups will be formed. 

 

ROBOTS – The Robots unit continues with Mrs. Ernst using the Project Lead the Way curriculum.  This afternoon, students will present the toys they created and try to persuade the third graders to “buy” (with pretend money) their toy. 

 

5S WISH LIST: A number of you have offered to provide what our class needs/wants, since you’re not able to help in the classroom.  One item that came up this week is:  blue stik (reusuable adhesive putty). Also, if you are shopping at a store that sells (apx. 5” x 7”) congratulations type awards (Good Work!, Excellent Job, etc.), we’d welcome those as well. 

 

REPEATED POST:  KEYBOARDING EXPECTATIONS  - End of Grade Level Keyboarding Proficiency Criteria  5th grade – 25 words per minute.  Students may use any sites under my Literacy link from my website.  They should focus on the following tasks while keyboarding:  ___Back is straight while sitting back in the chair.  ___Feet are on the floor in front of the chair. ___Body is “pinky-thumb” (one hand-span) away. ___Hands are cured over home row – left pointer on “F” key; right pointer on “J” key. ___Body is centered at the “H” key. ___Arms are relaxed in an “L”-shape next to the body. ___Keeps eyes on book/copy.

REPEATED POSTS:  BIRTHDAYS & UN-BIRTHDAYS – Everyone deserve to be treated extra special on their birthday J.  So, students that have birthdays on a school recess day or summer have chosen an “un-birthday” date (ask your child when s/he is celebrating their special day).  They are welcome to share healthy treats if they like – but it is not required.  Please be thoughtful when selecting snacks; we have students with nut allergies in the classroom. Thank you. 

CLASS WEBSITE WITH USEFUL RESOURCES:  https://sites.google.com/a/ripon.k12.wi.us/mrs-simacek/

DATES TO REMEMBER:

NO SCHOOL NEXT FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7 AND MONDAY, OCTOBER 10TH

  • Early Fall BRAVE Session:  September 26 - November 3
  • October 4-11 – BOOK FAIR

·         Project Showcase Nights 6:00-7:30 PM on Thursday, October 27, 2016

·         FALL COSTUME PARTY – Friday, October 28, 2016 2- 3 PM

  • MP/Q Parent/Teacher Conferences: Thursday, November 3   3:30-7:30
  • MP/Q Parent/Teacher Conferences: Thursday, December 8   3:30-7:30

·         PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHT - Thursday, February 2, 2017  

·         Quest Parent/Teacher Conferences: February 10th, 8:00-9:30 a.m.

·         Science Fair Thursday 2/23/17 - DATE MAY CHANGE DUE TO JOURNEY SHOWCASE – STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS. 

  • Late Fall BRAVE Session:  November 7 - December 15
  • Winter BRAVE Session:  January 23 - March 16
  • PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHT – Thursday, May 18, 2017
  • Spring BRAVE Session:  March 20 - May 25

 

Remember to check out photos on our class Facebook page.  Like it up, so I know it’s worth the time to share.  Thanks J

                            

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Simacek & Ms. Dykstra

 


Hello 5S Parents,                                                            Week 4 - 9/23/16

 

International Dot Day – Thursday, September 15th was International Dot Day.  After reading The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds, students were able to design a “dot”.  Then, an awesome app called “Quiver” brought the dot 3-dimensional.  You’ll have to check out your child’s dot when you come to our classroom if not before Project Showcase on Thursday, October 27th.

 

COATS FOR KIDS - The contest has begun and continues until October 31st.  The winners of the contest will be able to host the dance party in February or March and will also receive some type of classroom party.  Coats and snow pants for both adults and children will be accepted.  On Saturday, November 12th, we will be having our coat give-away in the cafeteria from 8:00 - 12:00.  If you have students who would benefit from this opportunity, we will make sure they get to go through the coats prior to that day.

 

COMMA CORRAL – Students are learning eight rules when to use commas.  They are writing the rules in a booklet and giving their own examples using the rules.  They will then be creating a jingle to share with their peers and all who can make it to the Project Showcase on October 27th (6-7:30 PM) to help others remember the rules of using commas correctly. 

 

GEOGRAPHY – Students have been learning and studying the states, capitals, and abbreviations region by region.  They finished this week.  They will be assessed on Tuesday.  These two websites are especially helpful:  http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/web_games.htm

and

http://www.sporcle.com/games/g/stateabbreviations

 

HABITS OF MIND – Quest students have been reviewing the Habits of Mind to better learn how we can become a community of learners.  This week, they reviewed questioning and posing problems and managing impulsivity.  They enjoyed the book, The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns while connecting questioning and posing problems in their own life.  They enjoyed the book, The Hard Times Jar by Ethel Footman Smothers to connect with managing impulsivity.  Students are also using Google Classroom to write personal narrative paragraphs (with conclusion sentences) for each of the Habits of Mind they’re learning about.  Next week, they’ll wrap up the Habits of Mind and publish their personal narrative for you to enjoy. 

 

MORNING MEETING – Each day begins with a Morning Meeting.  We have fun greetings, sharing topics, activities, and a morning message.  It is a fun way to start the day.  It helps us get to know each other better.  It’s great to see so many smiles at the beginning of our day.  What is your child’s favorite greeting and activity?  

 

READ-TO-SELF – Students are improving in their reading stamina.  They are to read each night at home for at least 20 minutes (which equates to at LEAST 15 pages – if it’s fewer pages than 15 – the book may be too difficult).  We conference with the students, and we are excited to read their 3-5 connections EVERY SCHOOL DAY.  Making Connections includes:  text-to-self connections; text-to-world connections; text-to-others connections; and text-to-text connections.  Students may choose to begin their sentences with “When I read___________ (part of story), it reminded me of ______________________(connection made).  OR – “I thought about ____________ (connection made) when I read _________ (part from the book). 

          Students will be introduced to an online program next week (that they may have used last year), Whooo’s Reading (formerly Learn2Earn).  Students will be keeping track of their reading and answering questions.  We are excited to explore this program with your children.

 

PARENT HELPERS NEEDED – PLEASE J  - Some of you indicated at our conference you’d be willing to help in the classroom.  If you’re able to help on a consistent basis, please email me.

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students will be learning Spanish using Duo Lingo.  The goal is to complete at least two lessons per week. 

 

MATH – Students are working on chapter 1, “Addition and Subtraction with Fractions”.  They will have formative assessments (homework and remembering pages) as a guide for instruction and reteaching.  They will also have summative assessments including Quick Quizzes and a final test.  The summative assessments count more than daily homework, but it is very important to do homework to learn the skills.  Ms. Dykstra and my group may be ready to test next Friday.  They should be bringing home their math folder to review.

 Please feel free to use the online ThinkCentral component to review writing these types of problems from chapter 1.  Also, your child can use his/her school email to share the flipped videos with you used in class each day.  https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/ePC/start.do username: last namefirst initial; password-ripon2024

 

REPEATED POST:  KEYBOARDING EXPECTATIONS  - End of Grade Level Keyboarding Proficiency Criteria  5th grade – 25 words per minute.  Students may use any sites under my Literacy link from my website.  They should focus on the following tasks while keyboarding:  ___Back is straight while sitting back in the chair.  ___Feet are on the floor in front of the chair. ___Body is “pinky-thumb” (one hand-span) away. ___Hands are cured over home row – left pointer on “F” key; right pointer on “J” key. ___Body is centered at the “H” key. ___Arms are relaxed in an “L”-shape next to the body. ___Keeps eyes on book/copy.

REPEATED POSTS:  BIRTHDAYS & UN-BIRTHDAYS – Everyone deserve to be treated extra special on their birthday J.  So, students that have birthdays on a school recess day or summer have chosen an “un-birthday” date (ask your child when s/he is celebrating their special day).  They are welcome to share healthy treats if they like – but it is not required.  Please be thoughtful when selecting snacks; we have students with nut allergies in the classroom. Thank you. 

CLASS WEBSITE WITH USEFUL RESOURCES:  https://sites.google.com/a/ripon.k12.wi.us/mrs-simacek/

DATES TO REMEMBER:

·         Project Showcase Nights 6:00-7:30 PM on Thursday 10/27/16,

·         Thursday  2/2/17, Thursday 5/18/17

·         Science Fair Thursday 2/23/17  - DATE MAY CHANGE DUE TO JOURNEY SHOWCASE – STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS. 

 

Remember to check out photos on our class Facebook page.  Like it up, so I know it’s worth the time to share.  Thanks J

                            

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Simacek

 


Happy Friday 5S Parents,                                                          Week 3 - 9/16/16

 

Our first full week of school went by quickly.  Most students are doing an amazing job showing the Tiger Way.  Many are working very hard to “talk at appropriate times”. 

 

HABITS OF MIND – Quest 5th graders have reviewed the following habits of mind:  Creating, Imagining, and Innovating, Thinking About Thinking, and Taking Responsible Risks today.   

     They wrote very creative persuasive papers after we read The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt.  They wrote from the perspective of a school supply and wrote the persuasive paper as a complaint letter to the student as the book did.  They were very creative.  They published copies are on display on their lockers.  We will also be creating a book of all the published copies.  They should have shown you their grading sheet yesterday. Today, they listened to Tea With Milk by Allen Say, and they wrote in their personal narrative about a time they have taken a responsible risk (see FB for pictures of our fun activity related to this Habit of Mind). 

 

READ-TO-SELF – Students are doing an amazing job sharing connections they have while reading.  We read in class each day, and they are to read 20 minutes (which should be more than pages per night).  They are to have three Making Connections sentences each day in their journal. 

 

COMMA CORRAL – Students are learning 8 rules when to use commas correctly.  They will then be divided into 8 groups and create a jingle to teach others how to remember that rule.  It will be very fun, and we can’t wait to show you the jingles at Project Showcase Night on October 27th (6-7:30 PM). 

 

DRAs – Students spent part of yesterday with me taking the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA).  They read aloud, take notes, write a summary, and answer interpretation, reflection, and strategy related questions.  This will assist me in how to help each child based on their learning needs throughout this year.  Mrs. Shattuck was very pleased with the class overall, but she did mention they are too talkative throughout the day. 

 

GEOGRAPHY – Students have learned their states, capitals, and state abbreviations for states in the Northeast, East Central, Southeast, and South Central regions.  They took a quiz yesterday, and if they weren’t proficient (score of 3 or higher), they will be allowed to retake it to improve their score.  They are enjoying the book, Yo, Sacramento!  And All Those Other State Capitals You Don’t Know by Will Cleveland & Mark Alvarez to help them remember states and their capitals.  They have a fun resource sheet of the cartoons we gave them today to assist in studying.

These two websites (as well as the Junior Atlas they can borrow and the materials in their Projects folder) will be especially helpful:  http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/web_games.htm

and

http://www.sporcle.com/games/g/stateabbreviations

 

PROJECT LEAD THE WAY – ROBOTICS UNIT – Students are continuing to work on the robots unit with Mrs. Ernst. 

 

PARENT HELPERS NEEDED – PLEASE J   - Helpers are needed every Friday for Spelling tests.  Please let me know if you’re able to assist – 10:00-10:45.  Thank you!

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students are learning Spanish using Duo Lingo.  They are doing a great job of getting at least two lessons done per week.  If they don’t complete two lessons per week in class, they should work on this at home. 

 

MATH – Students are working hard on chapter 1, “Addition and Subtraction with Fractions”.  They will have formative assessments (homework and remembering pages) as a guide for instruction and reteaching.  They will also have summative assessments including Quick Quizzes and a final test.  The summative assessments count more than daily homework, but it is very important to do homework to learn the skills. 

 Please feel free to use the online ThinkCentral component to review writing these types of problems from chapter 1.  Also, your child can use his/her school email to share the flipped videos with you used in class each day.  https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/ePC/start.do username: last namefirst initial; password-ripon2024

 

SPELLING – Students are taught the lesson using the Words Their Way program on Mondays. They are tested on Fridays.  They should be sure to study every weeknight to assure they will have success on Friday.  Students were given the option today to take the list for next week as well. 

          Students are also responsible to spell high frequency words correctly at all times.  We are pre-testing them on those words now and will assess them individually as needed. 

 

REPEATED POST: KEYBOARDING EXPECTATIONS  - End of Grade Level Keyboarding Proficiency Criteria  5th grade – 25 words per minute.  Students may use any sites under my Literacy link from my website.  They should focus on the following tasks while keyboarding:  ___Back is straight while sitting back in the chair.  ___Feet are on the floor in front of the chair. ___Body is “pinky-thumb” (one hand-span) away. ___Hands are cured over home row – left pointer on “F” key; right pointer on “J” key. ___Body is centered at the “H” key. ___Arms are relaxed in an “L”-shape next to the body. ___Keeps eyes on book/copy.

REPEATED POST: BIRTHDAYS & UN-BIRTHDAYS – Everyone deserve to be treated extra special on their birthday J.  So, students that have birthdays on a school recess day or summer have chosen an “un-birthday” date (ask your child when s/he is celebrating their special day).  They are welcome to share healthy treats if they like – but it is not required.  Please be thoughtful when selecting snacks; we have students with nut allergies in the classroom. Thank you. 

REPEATED POST:  PICTURE RETAKES - Our picture retakes will be the morning of September 30th. They will be held in the science lab. Students will start at 8:15. The office will send a note home with students on September 19th with information.

 

CLASS WEBSITE WITH USEFUL RESOURCES:  https://sites.google.com/a/ripon.k12.wi.us/mrs-simacek/

DATES TO REMEMBER:

·         September 30 – PICTURE DAY – Retakes and/or pictures for those who didn’t have their picture taken on Registration Day this summer.

·         Project Showcase Nights 6:00-7:30 PM on Thursday 10/27/16,

·         Thursday  2/2/17, Thursday 5/18/17

·         Science Fair Thursday 2/23/17  

 

Remember to check out photos on our class Facebook page.  Like it up, so I know it’s worth the time to share.  Thanks J

 

Have a wonderful Ripon Homecoming and great weekend,

 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Simacek & Ms. Dykstra


Happy Friday 5S Parents,                                                Week 2 - 9/9/16

 

Week 2 of 5th grade has been another AWESOME week for 5S!  They are continuing to earn hundreds of points as a class per day for showing the Tiger Way!  Remember, you were given the Class Dojo login information for you to be able to see how your child is doing with the Tiger Way.  It’s been great having Ms. Dykstra soak in the Quest project-based learning environment and help in our classroom as our student teacher. 

 

ASSIGNMENT NOTEBOOKS/PLANNERS – Please make sure your child shows you his/her Assignment Notebook/Planner each school day.  Then, please sign it.  It is a great way for students to remember what homework is due and share deadlines with you.  

 

TIGER WAY I’m sure by now your child has told you about our exciting Tiger Way and Tiger Tickets (Positive Behavior Intervention System) we are using.  The students are working very hard to use a level zero voice in the hallway.  The main goal the class would admit is using a level zero voice in the classroom during transitions (switching from one class to another). 

          The students in our room created their own rules and signed a poster to follow the rules they created.  The rules are: We the students of 5S hereby agree to abide by these rules:  Use appropriate hallway behavior. Use appropriate behavior in specials and assemblies.  Use collaboration and teamwork skills. Complete homework responsibilities. Participate in class. Show persistence.  Show positive leadership skills. Respect others and property.  Talk at appropriate times. Use time wisely.  Which goal has your child set to work on?  Many would agree it is talking at appropriate times. 

 

SCHOOL SUPPLIES & PARENT/STUDENT SURVEYS – A number of students have missing school supplies.  Please ask your child what else is needed.  Also, if you haven’t had a chance to complete the parent survey and student survey, please return those by Monday.  Thanks!

 

HABITS OF MIND – Quest students are learning about the Habits of Mind to better learn how we can become a community of learners.  This week students are focusing on THINKING ABOUT THINKING with the book The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein.  This is a perfect book for today with  Patriot Day on Sunday to remember our country’s history. 

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students are doing a great job adding to their knowledge of the Spanish language.  The weekly goal is 2 lessons per week. 

 

9/11 – Today, students will be watching a BrainPop (children’s online educational video) on 9/11.  We will be remembering the 15th anniversary of this day in American history. 

 

BALANCED LITERACY PROGRAM – Students have been enjoying read aloud, Yo, Sacramento And All Those Other State Capitols You Don’t Know by Will Cleveland & Mark Alvarez.  They will also enjoy N is for our Nation’s Capital: A Washington, D.C. Alphabet by Marie & Roland Smith.

Students read about 30 minutes in class plus a minimum of 10 pages at home.  This means, s/he should be reading 25-40 pages minimum per day.  I am looking for that each day we conference.  Students will be recording 3-5 sentences using the Making Connections strategy to begin the year.  We are practicing the strategy in class and should be able to complete this independently for Monday.  Please refer to the Literacy link on my website for examples of what students could be writing each day with their independent reading.  https://sites.google.com/a/ripon.k12.wi.us/mrs-simacek/students/literacy

On Thursday, I will be having Mrs. Shattuck work with students in the classroom while Ms. Dykstra and I are administering the Developmental Reading Assessment.  This assessment along with the STAR Reading and Math Assessments will be administered in the next few weeks.  

 

SPELLING – Students were given a Spelling inventory assessment this week.  Mrs. Ernst and I created different groups based on the performance on the spelling inventory.  Spelling lists will come home on Monday, and tests will be on Fridays.  (PARENT HELPERS WELCOME AT 10:15 ON FRIDAYS, PLEASE.)  Students will be responsible for spelling the words correctly, and they also sort them in the correct category.  Students will also be responsible for spelling high frequency words (words we use the most) correctly at all times.  They have been doing this since primary grades.  We are adding up to the first 400 high frequency words in 5th grade.  We will give a pretest of the words, and students will be assessed on any they struggle with after given time to study. 

 

MATH – Students began working on chapter 1, “Addition and Subtraction with Fractions” this week.  They will have formative assessments (homework and remembering pages) as a guide for instruction and reteaching.  They will also have summative assessments including Quick Quizzes and a final test.  The summative assessments count more than daily homework, but it is very important to do homework to learn the skills. 

 Please feel free to use the online ThinkCentral component to review writing these types of problems from chapter 1.  Also, your child can use his/her school email to share the flipped videos with you used in class each day.  https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/ePC/start.do username: last namefirst initial; password-ripon2024

 

GEOGRAPHY – Students began the geography unit this week with Ms. Dykstra and I.  They should know all the Northeast states (locations), capitals, and abbreviations by this point.  Next week, they will add the East Central and Southeast states. 

Remember, there are great resources under the Content tab of my website.  These two will be especially helpful:  http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/web_games.htm

and

http://www.sporcle.com/games/g/stateabbreviations

 

PROJECT LEAD THE WAY – ROBOTICS UNIT – Students are working with Mrs. Earn for this great engineering unit. 

 

PARENT HELPERS NEEDED – PLEASE J  - A number of you indicated at our before school conference you might be able to help in our classroom.  Parent helpers are needed to help make copies, prepare materials, etc.  This can be time consuming, and I would GREATLY appreciate your help – even it’s only once a month.  Please email me ASAP (simacekk@ripon.k12.wi.us)  if you can help next week and through September.  If you’re able to commit to once a week, I’d be so grateful.  Also, Spelling tests will be given each Friday at 10:15, and parent helpers are welcome then as well. 

 

Jolly Rancher suckers for sale each Friday - outside Quest Community Room - $1. Thanks to the many families who have been willing to already make the suckers for Quest. 

 

International Literacy Day was celebrated yesterday.  Discuss with your child your favorite book and why. 

 

CRAZY COLOR EXTRAVAGANZA – I hope you are able to join us for the Quest/MP Crazy Color Extravaganza next Saturday, the 17th.  It will be great fun, and 100% of the proceeds go to our two schools. Come out and help support your school with pledges for the Murray Park Quest Crazy Color Extravaganza one-mile Run/Walk on the campus of Ripon College. 100% of all pledges and registration fees will go to help Murray Park & Quest Elementary School's improvement fund.

The race will start on Saturday, September 17th at 9:00 a.m. Registration will be at the Village Green in Ripon (corner of Ransom St./Seward St.). Families can register the day of the race or ahead of time. Please arrive early if you haven't registered. If you arrive early (by 8:30), there also will be fun pre-race activities planned with a special gift for each participant.

Your students can pick up pledge forms in the office and can be returned to the classroom teacher anytime before Sept 15th or during the day of the event.

The registration fee for the Run/Walk is $20 per walker or $40 per family. Use the Pledge Sheet to register. You can still enjoy this great event without raising pledges by simply paying the registration fee. Checks should be made payable to: Ripon Area School District

STUDENT COUNCIL COMMITTEES – Students will be introduced to this year’s Student Council on Tuesday.  If they are interested in serving as a classroom representative or on one of the Student Council committees, they’ll need to sign and return the contract with your signature as well by September 16th (next Friday).  The options for your child are: classroom representative, Spirit Days/May Days, Staff Appreciation, Memory Book, Family Fun Night, and Clean-up. 

TRUE COLORSStudents took a personality survey and discovered which personality they were. Red: Likes action & adventure, care-free, & good sense of humor; Green-creative, calm, intellectual, lots of ideas, good at solving problems. Blue-sees self as a caretaker, kind, sensitive to others, trusting, and good at speaking. Yellow-organized, loves to plan, helpful, and trustworthy. Knowing your "core color" is a key to a better understanding of yourself and others.  Did you child tell you what color they are?  What do you think you are?  Let me know if you want a copy of the survey. 

 

ART PRESENTER - Thank you to Mr. Agamaite for agreeing to be this year's Art Presenter for 5S. We look forward to his presentations the first Tuesday of the month October-March.

 

KIDS CHEER CAMP 9/28, 29 & 30 registration forms for GIRLS AND BOYS came home on Wednesday.  Let me know if you need another registration form.  They'll work with my darling daughter, Jenna, who is captain.  Registration forms and money are due Wednesday, September 14th.

 

HOPES & DREAMS – Students will be setting three school goals we call “Hopes and Dreams” for the 2016-17 school year today.  They will write them a yellow star and display them on the bulletin board behind my desk to refer to and grow this year.  We are really focusing on growth mindset this year at Q/MP. 

 

QUEST RAISED BED GARDEN – Yesterday, we took advantage of the nice weather and attempted to harvest our garden.  Unfortunately due to perhaps old seeds, too many weeds, and other natural factors, we didn’t have success this year.  But, the good news is we planted spinach, lettuce, mustard seed, and radishes yesterday to harvest and share with the Food Pantry this fall hopefully.  (see pictures on closed class Facebook group)

 

Picture retake day Our picture retakes will be the morning of September 30th. They will be held in the science lab. Students will start at 8:15. The office will send a note home with students on September 19th with information.  They will only be here for a short while.  Students who did NOT get their pictures taken this summer will need their photo taken for our Memory Book even if a package is not ordered. 

 

BRAVE – The BRAVE packets came home after school this week.  I highly encourage families to consider allowing their child to participate if you can make it work with your schedule.  They have a snack, recess, 45 minutes of homework help time with a teacher and other high school and college helpers, and then can sign up for a fun class.  We have had a number of late homework assignments already these first few assignments.  Feel free to take this opportunity for students to get their homework done here at school. 

 

REPEATED POST:  KEYBOARDING EXPECTATIONS  - End of Grade Level Keyboarding Proficiency Criteria  5th grade – 25 words per minute.  Students may use any sites under my Literacy link from my website.  They should focus on the following tasks while keyboarding:  ___Back is straight while sitting back in the chair.  ___Feet are on the floor in front of the chair. ___Body is “pinky-thumb” (one hand-span) away. ___Hands are cured over home row – left pointer on “F” key; right pointer on “J” key. ___Body is centered at the “H” key. ___Arms are relaxed in an “L”-shape next to the body. ___Keeps eyes on book/copy.

REPEATED POST:  BIRTHDAYS & UN-BIRTHDAYS – Everyone deserve to be treated extra special on their birthday J.  So, students that have birthdays on a school recess day or summer have chosen an “un-birthday” date (ask your child when s/he is celebrating their special day).  They are welcome to share healthy treats if they like – but it is not required.  Please be thoughtful when selecting snacks; we have students with nut allergies in the classroom. Thank you. 

CLASS WEBSITE WITH USEFUL RESOURCES:  https://sites.google.com/a/ripon.k12.wi.us/mrs-simacek/

DATES TO REMEMBER:

·         Project Showcase Nights 6:00-7:30 PM on Thursday 10/27/16,

·         Thursday  2/2/17, Thursday 5/18/17

·         Science Fair Thursday 2/23/17  

 

Remember to check out photos on our class Facebook page.  Like it up, so I know it’s worth the time to share.  Thanks J                  

 

I hope you and your family have a relaxing weekend. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Simacek

 

 


Happy Friday 5S Parents,                                                Week 1 - 9/2/16

 

We've had a busy and fun first two days of 5th grade.  You have friendly, helpful, hard-working children!

 

Ms. Dykstra, our student teacher, and I were super impressed EVERYONE had their Math fact practice homework sheet completed for today.  Over the weekend, they need to read from any book they have – at least 20 minutes.  They also need to spend 10 minutes on anything Math related. 

 

BEGINNING OF YEAR BASICS – The students have learned and reviewed school drills.  They enjoyed the dance party celebration at the end of our first day, yesterday.  Today, we had a whole Quest Morning Meeting.  We recite the Pledge of Allegiance each day.  We sing a patriotic song each Friday. They have had art, music, and phy ed.  From Mrs. Bunge - There will be no Pokemon cards outside during the lunch recess time.  Many students have enjoyed earning Tiger Tickets and putting them in a clear box towards a prize they hope to win.  Students are working hard to show the Tiger Way in all areas of the building – especially a zero voice (no talking) in the hallway. 

 

GEOGRAPHY – Students will begin their geography unit next week with Ms. Dykstra and I.  Stay tuned for details on their project choices.  They will be responsible for memorizing the location of the states, capitals, and state abbreviations.  Remember, there are great resources under the Content tab of my website.  These two will be especially helpful:  http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/web_games.htm

and

http://www.sporcle.com/games/g/stateabbreviations

 

PROJECT LEAD THE WAY – ROBOTICS UNIT – Students worked in partners today creating an “artbot” – an autonomous robot that drew.  Enjoy the pictures and some videos on our class Facebook page.  They will continue the robots unit next week with Mrs. Ernst.

 

HABITS OF MIND – Quest students will be reviewing the Habits of Mind to better learn how we can become a community of learners. 

 

PARENT HELPERS NEEDED – PLEASE J  - Some of you indicated at our conference you’d be willing to help in the classroom.  If you’re able to help on a consistent basis, please email me.  I look forward to putting together a schedule by next Friday 9/9 if possible. 

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students will be learning Spanish using Duo Lingo.  They will start next week. 

 

MATH – Students will be taking a chapter 1 pre-test on Tuesday.  Then, Mrs. Ernst and I will use the pre-test to create groups.  Then, students will begin working on chapter 1, “Addition and Subtraction with Fractions”.  They will have formative assessments (homework and remembering pages) as a guide for instruction and reteaching.  They will also have summative assessments including Quick Quizzes and a final test.  The summative assessments count more than daily homework, but it is very important to do homework to learn the skills. 

 Please feel free to use the online ThinkCentral component to review writing these types of problems from chapter 1.  Also, your child can use his/her school email to share the flipped videos with you used in class each day.  https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/ePC/start.do usernamelast namefirst initial; password-ripon2024

 

KEYBOARDING EXPECTATIONS  - End of Grade Level Keyboarding Proficiency Criteria  5th grade – 25 words per minute.  Students may use any sites under my Literacy link from my website.  They should focus on the following tasks while keyboarding:  ___Back is straight while sitting back in the chair.  ___Feet are on the floor in front of the chair. ___Body is “pinky-thumb” (one hand-span) away. ___Hands are cured over home row – left pointer on “F” key; right pointer on “J” key. ___Body is centered at the “H” key. ___Arms are relaxed in an “L”-shape next to the body. ___Keeps eyes on book/copy.

BRAVE PACKETS – The BRAVE packets will be sent home on Tuesday.  Remember, students receive classes based on who turns them into the office first.  There are some really fun classes offered, and it is a great way to get homework done at school.  Any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. 

BIRTHDAYS & UN-BIRTHDAYS – Everyone deserve to be treated extra special on their birthday J.  So, students that have birthdays on a school recess day or summer have chosen an “un-birthday” date (ask your child when s/he is celebrating their special day).  They are welcome to share healthy treats if they like – but it is not required.  Please be thoughtful when selecting snacks; we have students with nut allergies in the classroom. Thank you. 

CLASS WEBSITE WITH USEFUL RESOURCES:  https://sites.google.com/a/ripon.k12.wi.us/mrs-simacek/

DATES TO REMEMBER:

·         Project Showcase Nights 6:00-7:30 PM on Thursday 10/27/16,

·         Thursday  2/2/17, Thursday 5/18/17

·         Science Fair Thursday 2/23/17  

 

Remember to check out photos on our class Facebook page.  Like it up, so I know it’s worth the time to share.  Thanks J

                            

I hope you and your family have a relaxing weekend.  I look forward to seeing your children back in school on Tuesday!

 

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Simacek

 

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Keri Simacek,
Nov 18, 2016, 1:16 PM
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