Weekly Updates

Happy Friday 5S Parents,                           Week 35 - 5/18/18


WOWZA!!  What an amazing week! The French students arrived Monday evening. We had our play performances on Tuesday, Wednesday, and last night! We had over 30 visitors from around the state on Wednesday complimenting our amazing Quest students for many things they saw. Last night - 100% turnout - again! Thank you Quest families for supporting your child’s education!


We’ve really enjoyed hosting the French students and can’t believe their time with us is half over. We had an amazing assembly this morning. Check out the class FB page for pictures.


We have yet to clean up the area by the front for Earth Day due to weather and the crazy schedule, but we haven’t forgotten.


Please remind your child to finish 5th grade STRONG. They know the rules; sometimes a few students just need a few kindness reminders. :)


Students will be learning about Earth Science the remainder of the year. We’re looking forward to the field trip on June 6th to the Barlow Planetarium and Earth Science Museum.


Tentative field trip to the Little White Schoolhouse and Ripon Historical Society on Tuesday, May 29th for Quest 5th graders. All chaperones are welcome who have a current volunteer approval form on file. Stay tuned.


Book Fair - 5/29-6/1 - over lunch hour or 3:15-3:45


REPEATED POST: From Mrs. Voight at R/CMS - 6th grade Registration is July 24th, 8:00am-6:00pm. 6th grade orientation is being held on August 21st.  More information will follow. Open House is scheduled for August 29th, 4:30-6:00 pm.

LITERACY - Students are to record something they visualized while reading in journal daily  (reading 40-60 pages per day with the 30 min. read in class and 30 min. per night at home).  READING AT HOME EVERY DAY IS AN ENTIRE BUILDING EXPECTATION. This is critical in the growth of your child’s reading. We appreciate your support of your child’s growth. Thanks again to A & W for the coupons for the students making their reading goals. Students should be at 100% of their independent reading goal.

Students are to make at least one inference, Making Inferences per day in their journal. I found this image on Pinterest I think summarizes Making Inferences well:

Below are sentence starters your child may choose to use when writing their inferences in their Reading journals (this is usually done during school read-to-self time).

·         The story said __________________ which made me think_______.

·         From what the author wrote on page _____, I can infer___________.

·         When I read _______, it made me realize_____________________.

·         I can tell _________________ is ______, because_____________.

·         In the _____paragraph on page ________, I inferred _________, because__________.

·         How the character acts tells me ________________________.

·         How the character feels tells me ________________________.

·         What the character says tells me ________________________.


MATH - Students are working on the last chapter 7, “Algebra, Patterns, and Coordinate Graphs. Students have nightly homework and should be working on Xtra Math if they haven’t tested out of division yet on every day we didn’t work on it in school. We will return to math full time next week :)


SPELLING - Spelling resumes next week. Spelling City is due by Thursday, and the test is on Friday.


POSTCARDS STILL WANTED -  ℅ Mrs. Simacek; Quest Elementary; 64 Sunset, Box 991; Ripon WI  54971 We do a quick geography lesson as the postcards come in. The students really enjoy the postcards and learning about the world.


READ ALOUD - Students are building background knowledge for our Immigration unit listening to Journey to Ellis Island: How my father came to America by Carol Bierman.


Quest Jolly Rancher suckers are available after school on Fridays. $1 each.


VOLUNTEERS STILL WANTED - Parent(s)/Grandparent(s) - PLEASE consider helping any or all days of the week from 1:00-1:30 during WIN (What I Need) time.  Your role will be to assist students in Math as I work closely with small groups of students in intense study of improving in math skills.  Thank you in advance.


Please click “like” on pictures you like on the 5S Facebook page, so I know it’s worth my time to take and post pictures of your children.  


From Mrs. Cluppert regarding French Adventure: Two French adults and 22 students are coming for an experience of a lifetime to MPQ from May 14-28 from a bilingual school in Paris.    Nationalities are French, Chinese, Russian, Australian, Swiss, American, Japanese


REPEATED POST: PARENTING TIP: BEDTIME - Link from Mr. Toepel, School Psychologist shared this resource regarding bedtime:

https://confidentparentsconfidentkids.org/2016/11/03/monkey-mind-at-bedtime-reflecting-on-childrens-thinking/


ACE (Anti-Crime Education) with School Resource Officer Henning:

Graduation Celebration: May 25th @ 1:00 PM to ~3:00 PM

Students will be writing an essay on what they’ve learned. The top three will be given to Officer Henning, and he will choose one speech from each class to be read during the graduation on May 25th.


Wacky Wednesdays in May - Optional School Dress-up Days

5/23 Twins Day

5/30 Wacky Wednesday

6/6 Tiger Day (wear Tigers clothing)

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Dates to remember: Not posted on previous updates

May 22 - French Adventure students and hosts all day field trip to Lambeau Field

May 23 - Twins Day

May 24 - French students only to Barlow/Journey School in the morning

May 25 - ACE Graduation 1-3 PM

May 25 - French Adventure Plaza Bowl Bowling/Goodbye Party

Book Fair - 5/29-6/1 - over lunch hour or 3:15-3:45

May 29 - TENTATIVE 5th Grade Quest Field trip to the Little White Schoolhouse and Ripon Historical Society

May 30 - Wacky Wednesday

June 6 - Tigers Day (wear Tigers apparel)

June 7 - Last Day of School

Middle School Registration:  July 24th 8:00 am. - 6:00 pm.

Middle School WEB 6th grade Orientation: August 21st 8:00 - 12:00 pm.

Middle School Open House: August 29th 4:30 pm. - 6:00 pm.


As always, please don’t hesitate to contact ME if you have ANY questions or concerns.  


Sincerely,

Mrs. Simacek




Happy Friday 5S Parents,                           Week 35 - 5/18/18


WOWZA!!  What an amazing week! The French students arrived Monday evening. We had our play performances on Tuesday, Wednesday, and last night! We had over 30 visitors from around the state on Wednesday complimenting our amazing Quest students for many things they saw. Last night - 100% turnout - again! Thank you Quest families for supporting your child’s education!


We’ve really enjoyed hosting the French students and can’t believe their time with us is half over. We had an amazing assembly this morning. Check out the class FB page for pictures.


We have yet to clean up the area by the front for Earth Day due to weather and the crazy schedule, but we haven’t forgotten.


Please remind your child to finish 5th grade STRONG. They know the rules; sometimes a few students just need a few kindness reminders. :)


Students will be learning about Earth Science the remainder of the year. We’re looking forward to the field trip on June 6th to the Barlow Planetarium and Earth Science Museum.


Tentative field trip to the Little White Schoolhouse and Ripon Historical Society on Tuesday, May 29th for Quest 5th graders. All chaperones are welcome who have a current volunteer approval form on file. Stay tuned.


Book Fair - 5/29-6/1 - over lunch hour or 3:15-3:45


REPEATED POST: From Mrs. Voight at R/CMS - 6th grade Registration is July 24th, 8:00am-6:00pm. 6th grade orientation is being held on August 21st.  More information will follow. Open House is scheduled for August 29th, 4:30-6:00 pm.

LITERACY - Students are to record something they visualized while reading in journal daily  (reading 40-60 pages per day with the 30 min. read in class and 30 min. per night at home).  READING AT HOME EVERY DAY IS AN ENTIRE BUILDING EXPECTATION. This is critical in the growth of your child’s reading. We appreciate your support of your child’s growth. Thanks again to A & W for the coupons for the students making their reading goals. Students should be at 100% of their independent reading goal.

Students are to make at least one inference, Making Inferences per day in their journal. I found this image on Pinterest I think summarizes Making Inferences well:

Below are sentence starters your child may choose to use when writing their inferences in their Reading journals (this is usually done during school read-to-self time).

·         The story said __________________ which made me think_______.

·         From what the author wrote on page _____, I can infer___________.

·         When I read _______, it made me realize_____________________.

·         I can tell _________________ is ______, because_____________.

·         In the _____paragraph on page ________, I inferred _________, because__________.

·         How the character acts tells me ________________________.

·         How the character feels tells me ________________________.

·         What the character says tells me ________________________.


MATH - Students are working on the last chapter 7, “Algebra, Patterns, and Coordinate Graphs. Students have nightly homework and should be working on Xtra Math if they haven’t tested out of division yet on every day we didn’t work on it in school. We will return to math full time next week :)


SPELLING - Spelling resumes next week. Spelling City is due by Thursday, and the test is on Friday.


POSTCARDS STILL WANTED -  ℅ Mrs. Simacek; Quest Elementary; 64 Sunset, Box 991; Ripon WI  54971 We do a quick geography lesson as the postcards come in. The students really enjoy the postcards and learning about the world.


READ ALOUD - Students are building background knowledge for our Immigration unit listening to Journey to Ellis Island: How my father came to America by Carol Bierman.


Quest Jolly Rancher suckers are available after school on Fridays. $1 each.


VOLUNTEERS STILL WANTED - Parent(s)/Grandparent(s) - PLEASE consider helping any or all days of the week from 1:00-1:30 during WIN (What I Need) time.  Your role will be to assist students in Math as I work closely with small groups of students in intense study of improving in math skills.  Thank you in advance.


Please click “like” on pictures you like on the 5S Facebook page, so I know it’s worth my time to take and post pictures of your children.  


From Mrs. Cluppert regarding French Adventure: Two French adults and 22 students are coming for an experience of a lifetime to MPQ from May 14-28 from a bilingual school in Paris.    Nationalities are French, Chinese, Russian, Australian, Swiss, American, Japanese


REPEATED POST: PARENTING TIP: BEDTIME - Link from Mr. Toepel, School Psychologist shared this resource regarding bedtime:

https://confidentparentsconfidentkids.org/2016/11/03/monkey-mind-at-bedtime-reflecting-on-childrens-thinking/


ACE (Anti-Crime Education) with School Resource Officer Henning:

Graduation Celebration: May 25th @ 1:00 PM to ~3:00 PM

Students will be writing an essay on what they’ve learned. The top three will be given to Officer Henning, and he will choose one speech from each class to be read during the graduation on May 25th.


Wacky Wednesdays in May - Optional School Dress-up Days

5/23 Twins Day

5/30 Wacky Wednesday

6/6 Tiger Day (wear Tigers clothing)

.


Dates to remember: Not posted on previous updates

May 22 - French Adventure students and hosts all day field trip to Lambeau Field

May 23 - Twins Day

May 24 - French students only to Barlow/Journey School in the morning

May 25 - ACE Graduation 1-3 PM

May 25 - French Adventure Plaza Bowl Bowling/Goodbye Party

Book Fair - 5/29-6/1 - over lunch hour or 3:15-3:45

May 29 - TENTATIVE 5th Grade Quest Field trip to the Little White Schoolhouse and Ripon Historical Society

May 30 - Wacky Wednesday

June 6 - Tigers Day (wear Tigers apparel)

June 7 - Last Day of School

Middle School Registration:  July 24th 8:00 am. - 6:00 pm.

Middle School WEB 6th grade Orientation: August 21st 8:00 - 12:00 pm.

Middle School Open House: August 29th 4:30 pm. - 6:00 pm.


As always, please don’t hesitate to contact ME if you have ANY questions or concerns.  


Sincerely,

Mrs. Simacek




Happy Friday 5S Parents,                           Week 32 - 4/27/18


Mostly repeated posts this week, as students are preparing for the play, working on their immigration projects, reading, math, and spelling.  The main request is we still needs help next Friday for Immigration Day.


New - please return the Spring Family Night Cookout slip by May 11th. $5 per person & maximum of $20 per family.


Check out the Facebook page for pictures of Rony and Officer Hanke who were here the second half of ACE on Thursday.


Please chat with your child how they will finish 5th grade/Quest/Elementary years strong. Spring has great weather, and students still need to get their basic homework expectations completed.  Thanks as always for your support.


“The Statue Speaks” play will be presented by the two different casts 9:30 AM on Tuesday, May 15th and 2 PM on Wednesday, May 16th. Parents are welcome to attend, but know we are performing during Project Showcase at 6 PM. If you want to see it twice, ask your child which cast she or he is in.


HELPERS NEEDED - Parent/Grandparent helpers are needed on Friday, May 4th for 5th Grade Quest Immigration Day. Please consider helping, as we NEED your help to make the day a success. We have three confirmed helpers, and we need nine.  Also, we’re looking forward to tasting your family’s favorite dish with perhaps a story of your heritage. See green note sent 4/13/18.  We will happily extend the deadline the green slip was due to secure more volunteers. Thanks in advance.



Volunteers needed from both schools for Project Showcase Night - thank you in advance!!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b4aa4a62daafa7-murray



IMMIGRATION UNIT - Our next unit in 5th grade Quest is on Immigration. Students have already enjoyed learning a bit about immigration through the read aloud book, The Memory Coat. They are excited to participate in Immigration Day on Friday, May 4th. We need your support to make this day special. Please help your child put together an outfit that would fit with the period of immigrants coming to America to Ellis Island in 1912. (Pictures from Immigrant Kids). Also, please consider taking the morning to come to school and help us. We need Ellis Island Immigration Officers. We will need help in the morning and the afternoon, or you can stay all day. We’ll be having a celebration to celebrate the immigrants to end the Immigration Day in the afternoon, so please think of a food your family would be willing to prepare and share with the class (bite sized portions). There is a Coats For Kids Celebration at the end of the day, so students are welcome to bring a change of clothing. We will extend the deadline for turning the slips, as we don’t have enough volunteers or food yet. Thanks so much for considering it. (Slip also pasted at bottom of this Weekly Update)

 


Box Tops - I was told there will be another late spring Box Top Drive, so keep saving those box tops. Thank you!


LITERACY - Students have wrapped up the Schoolwide kit this week entitled, “Grammar”. Each book showcased a different grammar skill. Students have done a GREAT job!  Next week, four groups will be reading about immigration to the United States for four different countries using the National Geographic themed set materials.

TESTING IS OVER - Nightly reading routine resumed last night. Please assist your child in checking to be sure s/he has her reading status done every school day.  Third trimester independent reading goals have been set; they are posted in the inside cover of the planner. Students are to record something they visualized while reading in journal daily  (reading 40-60 pages per day with the 30 min. read in class and 30 min. per night at home). READING AT HOME EVERY DAY IS AN ENTIRE BUILDING EXPECTATION. This is critical in the growth of your child’s reading. We appreciate your support of your child’s growth. Thanks again to A & W for the coupons for the students making their reading goals. Students should be at 70% of their independent reading goal.

Students are to make at least one inference, Making Inferences per day in their journal. I found this image on Pinterest I think summarizes Making Inferences well:

Below are sentence starters your child may choose to use when writing their inferences in their Reading journals (this is usually done during school read-to-self time).

·         The story said __________________ which made me think_______.

·         From what the author wrote on page _____, I can infer___________.

·         When I read _______, it made me realize_____________________.

·         I can tell _________________ is ______, because_____________.

·         In the _____paragraph on page ________, I inferred _________, because__________.

·         How the character acts tells me ________________________.

·         How the character feels tells me ________________________.

·         What the character says tells me ________________________.


5S has read over 826 books this year - WOW!!


MATH - Chapter 6, “Operations and Word Problems”. Students most likely will wrap up chapter 6 next week, and then they’ll move on to chapter 7, “Algebra, Patterns, and Coordinate Graphs. Students have nightly homework and should be working on Xtra Math if they haven’t tested out of division yet on every day we didn’t work on it in school.


SPELLING - Spelling resumed this week.


POSTCARDS STILL WANTED -  ℅ Mrs. Simacek; Quest Elementary; 64 Sunset, Box 991; Ripon WI  54971 We do a quick geography lesson as the postcards come in. The students really enjoy the postcards and learning about the world.


GREENHOUSE  - The snapdragons are slowly blooming! Yay!!


READ ALOUD - Students enjoy the poetry sequel, Another Jar of Tiny Stars: Poems by NCTE Award-Winning Poets Ed by Bernice E. Cullinan. Next, they’ll be enjoying books on immigration building background for our next unit.


Quest Jolly Rancher suckers are available after school on Fridays. $1 each.


VOLUNTEERS STILL WANTED - Parent(s)/Grandparent(s) - PLEASE consider helping any or all days of the week from 1:00-1:30 during WIN (What I Need) time.  Your role will be to assist students in Math as I work closely with small groups of students in intense study of improving in math skills.  Thank you in advance.


Please click “like” on pictures you like on the 5S Facebook page, so I know it’s worth my time to take and post pictures of your children.  


From Mrs. Cluppert regarding French Adventure: Two French adults and 22 students are coming for an experience of a lifetime to MPQ from May 14-28 from a bilingual school in Paris.    Nationalities are French, Chinese, Russian, Australian, Swiss, American, Japanese


REPEATED POST: PARENTING TIP: BEDTIME - Link from Mr. Toepel, School Psychologist shared this resource regarding bedtime:

https://confidentparentsconfidentkids.org/2016/11/03/monkey-mind-at-bedtime-reflecting-on-childrens-thinking/


ACE (Anti-Crime Education) with School Resource Officer Henning:

Week 4: May 3rd (Prescription OTC Drugs)

Week 5: May 10th (Drug Endangered Children)

Week 6: May 17th (Internet Safety)

Graduation Celebration: May 25th @ 1:00 PM to ~3:00 PM


Immigration Project Rubric Name _______________________________


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3

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Content

In depth information is accurate and complete.  Student has an excellent understanding of information presented.

Information is accurate and complete.  Student has a good understanding of information presented.

Some information is inaccurate or incomplete.  Student has a basic understanding of information presented.

Much of the information is inaccurate or incomplete.  Student has a minimal understanding of information presented.

Requirements

All specific project requirements were met and exceeded. (see back)

All specific project requirements were met. (see back)

One project requirement was not completely met. (see back)

More than one require-

ment was not completely met. (see back)

Oral Presentation

Extremely confident presenter.  The audience is thoroughly engaged in the presentation.  Volume and pacing are appropriate at all times.

Speaks clearly and is loud enough to be heard by the audience most of the time.  Establishes eye contact. Uses an easily understood pace - does not rush.

At times, speaks clearly and is loud enough to be heard by the audience.  Sometimes establishes eye contact. Sometimes the pace is too fast to be clearly understood.

Volume is too soft to be easily heard. Does not make eye contact.  Pace is too fast or too slow to be easily understood.

Organization

Presentation is organized in a creative, yet logical way.  The audience can clearly follow this detailed presentation.

Presentation is organized in a clear, logical way. The sequence allows the audience to follow the presentation.  

Some information is logically organized.  The sequence allows the audience to follow some of the presentation.

Presentation has no clear plan.  The sequence makes it difficult for the audience to follow the presentation.

Visual Characteristics

Makes exceptional use of visual characteristics with added character and details.  Shows student’s originality.

Makes good use of visual characteristics to enhance the presentation.

  • Font

  • Color

  • Graphics

  • Effects

Two or more characteristics distract the audience from the presentation.

All characteristics distract the audience from the presentation.

Conventions


Words are spelled correctly and capitalization and punctuation rules are applied.

There are 1 – 2 errors in spelling, capitalization or punctuation.

There are 3 or more errors in spelling, capitalization or punctuation.

Sources


Uses grade level requirements for citing sources.

Uses grade level requirements for citing some sources.

Does not use grade level requirements for citing sources.

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

In-depth facts and details - finish your Quest years with your best effort!

- Focus on the driving and guiding questions:

How do immigrants contribute to the culture of the United States?

What challenges do immigrants face?

What was/is the immigration process for immigrants coming into America?

How has America’s culture changed as a result of immigration?

  • All facts should relate to the driving and guiding questions

  • Detailed notes with sources

  • Demonstrates significant effort to find enough information to accurately answer the driving and guiding questions

A visual display that presents your information to the audience.

Oral presentation for audience - demonstrates your skills as a presenter

Demonstrate a solid understanding of the topic

From Mrs. Yedinak at R/LHS - The RHS Spanish club will be hosting a festival to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this Saturday, April 28. It will be a free event with food, crafts, piñatas, face painting by the Art Club and other activities. This will be from 5 to 7 p.m. From 5 to 6:30 we will have the fiesta with all the activities and free authentic Mexican food! At 6:30 we will have a short program in the auditorium where our students will perform folkloric dances, Spanish singing and a mini-skit telling the history behind this important Mexican celebration.  As mentioned, this is a completely free event, open to the community. We will only be selling sodas and tickets for a raffle, other than that all is free.

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Dates to remember: Not posted on previous updates

May 4 - 5th Grade Quest Immigration Day - APPROVED VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO MAKE THIS DAY WORK - PLEASE CONSIDER HELPING IN THE AM 9-Noon, OR 1-2 PM or stay 9-2; Also - please think of which family heritage recipe you could make for our celebration that afternoon.

May 9 PM - Visit to R/CMS

May 14  (Monday) - 5th Grade Choir Community Tour (afternoon)

May 14 - French Arrive in Chicago around 12:30; pick up French around 4:30-5 PM

May 15 9:30 AM - “The Statue Speaks” 9:30 AM cast performance

May 16 2 PM - “The Statue Speaks” 2 PM cast performance

May 15 (Tuesday) - 5th Grade Choir Concert @ 2:00 & 7:00 p.m.

May 16 - French students only on bus trip to Alpaca Farm and Walking Tour of Ripon 9 AM - 3 PM; Welcome French Pot Luck 6 PM - MP/Q Cafe

May 17 - PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHT 6:00-7:30 PM - PLEASE SIGN UP TO HELP - http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b4aa4a62daafa7-murray

May 18 - French Flag Photo - 8:15 AM - GYM - 5th graders WEAR BLUE!! (hosts wear French Adventure t-shirt)
May 22 - French Adventure students and hosts all day field trip to Lambeau Field

May 24 - French students only to Barlow/Journey School in the morning

May 25 - ACE Graduation 1-3 PM

May 25 - French Adventure Plaza Bowl Bowling/Goodbye Party

June 7 - Last Day of School

Middle School Registration:  July 24th 8:00 am. - 6:00 pm.

Middle School WEB 6th grade Orientation: August 21st 8:00 - 12:00 pm.

Middle School Open House: August 29th 4:30 pm. - 6:00 pm.


As always, please don’t hesitate to contact ME if you have ANY questions or concerns.  


Sincerely,

Mrs. Simacek



April 13, 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians,

To enhance our upcoming  unit on American Immigration, Quest fifth graders will participate in an “Immigration Day”.  On Friday, May 4, students will be engaging in various activities to experience life as an immigrant to the United States in the early 1900’s. The children will take part in a simulation of the immigrant experience at Ellis Island, play games immigrant children would have played, taste ethnic foods, etc.  

We will need some parent help to make this day a success.  Parents are needed to help with the Ellis Island simulation from 8:00 - 9:45  and to help set up and serve food at our celebration from 1:00 – 2:00 PM. Please indicate below if you would be able to help.  Teachers will call or email to confirm the time. Parents will need to have a background check on file with the office. Contact the school office (748-4695) if you need information about your background check.

We will be tasting some ethnic foods on Immigration Day.  Do you have a traditional food from your family’s heritage that you would be willing to share with us?  You would not need to send a large portion, only enough for a “taste”. We’d also be interested in the “story” behind the food.  We would also enjoy seeing any traditional clothing or artifacts from your family’s heritage you would be willing to show the students as well.

To make the simulation feel as authentic as possible, we are encouraging the students to dress as immigrants for the day.  Costumes do not need to be elaborate. The students will be reading about immigration and the books have photographs that may give you some ideas. Just adding a shawl, scarf, suspenders, etc. can make your child’s everyday clothes resemble those worn by immigrants.   A great website is:  http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/immigration/tour/.  

We look forward to this exciting learning opportunity.  Thank-you in advance for your help with this special event.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Simacek and Mrs. Ernst

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Please return this slip by Friday, April 20, if you are able to help on Immigration Day, Friday, May 4, 2018

Name of Parent: ________________________________________  Child’s name: _______________________________________

Check any that apply.

_______ I can help during the day on March 18. (see times listed below)

The best time for me is:      ______8:15 - 9:00 AM Ellis Island Simulation (Simacek’s class)

______ 9:00 - 9:45 AM  Ellis Island Simulation (Ernst’s class)

______ 12:45 – 2:00 PM  Food set-up and tasting (both Quest fifth grade classrooms)

Phone number: ___________________________ Email: ____________________________________________________

_______ I can send an ethnic food for the students to taste.

Name of food: _____________________________________________Country of origin: __________________________________

Background or story about this food: ____________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Please tell us if the food contains nuts or dairy of any kind, as a few children have allergies  and will need to avoid those foods.



Happy Friday 5S Parents,                           Week 32 - 4/20/18


Most of you should be extremely proud of the very hard work your child put forth on the Forward Exam. Have a chat with your child, and have them reflect for you their strengths and growth areas from this week’s testing. I am simply amazed by most of their dedication to doing their very best, taking their time, and applying the knowledge they’ve learned since kindergarten. A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL THE GENEROUS FAMILIES WHO DONATED TREATS THIS WEEK! THE STUDENTS WERE VERY GRATEFUL. A big thank you to our parent/grandparent helpers who helped bake the pizzas (for both classes) also.  If you didn’t get a chance to donate, please feel free to donate to the snack cupboard, as it is still low. Bananas cut up are a nice treat. Also, students go through about a box of crackers (depending on the size) per day, so they go quickly.  Thanks in advance.


We wish our student the best who had his last day with us today. It’s a small world these days, so we know we’ll keep in touch.


“The Statue Speaks” play will be presented by the two different casts 9:30 AM on Tuesday, May 15th and 2 PM on Wednesday, May 16th. Parents are welcome to attend, but know we are performing during Project Showcase at 6 PM. If you want to see it twice, ask your child which cast she or he is in.


HELPERS NEEDED - Parent/Grandparent helpers are needed on Friday, May 4th for 5th Grade Quest Immigration Day. Please consider helping, as we NEED your help to make the day a success. We have three confirmed helpers, and we need nine.  Also, we’re looking forward to tasting your family’s favorite dish with perhaps a story of your heritage. See green note sent 4/13/18.  We will happily extend the deadline the green slip was due to secure more volunteers. Thanks in advance.



Volunteers needed from both schools for Project Showcase Night - thank you in advance!!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b4aa4a62daafa7-murray



IMMIGRATION UNIT - Our next unit in 5th grade Quest is on Immigration. Students have already enjoyed learning a bit about immigration through the read aloud book, The Memory Coat. They are excited to participate in Immigration Day on Friday, May 4th. We need your support to make this day special. Please help your child put together an outfit that would fit with the period of immigrants coming to America to Ellis Island in 1912. (Pictures from Immigrant Kids). Also, please consider taking the morning to come to school and help us. We need Ellis Island Immigration Officers. We will need help in the morning and the afternoon, or you can stay all day. We’ll be having a celebration to celebrate the immigrants to end the Immigration Day in the afternoon, so please think of a food your family would be willing to prepare and share with the class (bite sized portions). There is a Coats For Kids Celebration at the end of the day, so students are welcome to bring a change of clothing. We will extend the deadline for turning the slips, as we don’t have enough volunteers or food yet. Thanks so much for considering it. (Slip also pasted at bottom of this Weekly Update)

 


Box Tops - I was told there will be another late spring Box Top Drive, so keep saving those box tops. Thank you!


LITERACY - Students have wrapped up the Schoolwide kit this week entitled, “Grammar”. Each book showcased a different grammar skill. Students have done a GREAT job!  Next week, four groups will be reading about immigration to the United States for four different countries using the National Geographic themed set materials.

TESTING IS OVER - Nightly reading routine resumed last night. Please assist your child in checking to be sure s/he has her reading status done every school day.  Third trimester independent reading goals have been set; they are posted in the inside cover of the planner. Students are to record something they visualized while reading in journal daily  (reading 40-60 pages per day with the 30 min. read in class and 30 min. per night at home). READING AT HOME EVERY DAY IS AN ENTIRE BUILDING EXPECTATION. This is critical in the growth of your child’s reading. We appreciate your support of your child’s growth. Thanks again to A & W for the coupons for the students making their reading goals. Students should be at 60% of their independent reading goal.

Students are to make at least one inference, Making Inferences per day in their journal. I found this image on Pinterest I think summarizes Making Inferences well:

Below are sentence starters your child may choose to use when writing their inferences in their Reading journals (this is usually done during school read-to-self time).

·         The story said __________________ which made me think_______.

·         From what the author wrote on page _____, I can infer___________.

·         When I read _______, it made me realize_____________________.

·         I can tell _________________ is ______, because_____________.

·         In the _____paragraph on page ________, I inferred _________, because__________.

·         How the character acts tells me ________________________.

·         How the character feels tells me ________________________.

·         What the character says tells me ________________________.


5S has read over 826 books this year - WOW!!


MATH - Chapter 6, “Operations and Word Problems” resumed today in groups based on the chapter 6 pretest. Students most likely will wrap up chapter 6 next week, and then they’ll move on to chapter 7, “Algebra, Patterns, and Coordinate Graphs. Students have nightly homework and should be working on Xtra Math if they haven’t tested out of division yet on every day we didn’t work on it in school.


SPELLING - We won’t have Spelling next two week preparing for and then taking the Forward Exam. The next test list will be taught 4/23 with the test 4/27. The students already have the words.


TESTING - There will be NO homework required the week of 4/16 during state testing if your student is where s/he should be for independent reading. We’ve been asked to encourage you to please assist them in getting a good night’s sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and do their best on the Forward Exam


POSTCARDS STILL WANTED -  ℅ Mrs. Simacek; Quest Elementary; 64 Sunset, Box 991; Ripon WI  54971 We do a quick geography lesson as the postcards come in. The students really enjoy the postcards and learning about the world.


GREENHOUSE  - The snapdragons are starting to bloom! Yay!!


READ ALOUD - Students enjoy the poetry sequel, Another Jar of Tiny Stars: Poems by NCTE Award-Winning Poets Ed by Bernice E. Cullinan. Next, they’ll be enjoying books on immigration building background for our next unit.


Quest Jolly Rancher suckers are available after school on Fridays. $1 each.


VOLUNTEERS STILL WANTED - Parent(s)/Grandparent(s) - PLEASE consider helping any or all days of the week from 1:00-1:30 during WIN (What I Need) time.  Your role will be to assist students in Math as I work closely with small groups of students in intense study of improving in math skills.  Thank you in advance.


Please click “like” on pictures you like on the 5S Facebook page, so I know it’s worth my time to take and post pictures of your children.  


From Mrs. Cluppert regarding French Adventure: Two French adults and 22 students are coming for an experience of a lifetime to MPQ from May 14-28 from a bilingual school in Paris.    Nationalities are French, Chinese, Russian, Australian, Swiss, American, Japanese


REPEATED POST: PARENTING TIP: BEDTIME - Link from Mr. Toepel, School Psychologist shared this resource regarding bedtime:

https://confidentparentsconfidentkids.org/2016/11/03/monkey-mind-at-bedtime-reflecting-on-childrens-thinking/


ACE (Anti-Crime Education) with School Resource Officer Henning:

Week 3: April 26th (Tobacco & Marijuana)

Week 4: May 3rd (Prescription OTC Drugs)

Week 5: May 10th (Drug Endangered Children)

Week 6: May 17th (Internet Safety)

Graduation Celebration: May 25th @ 1:00 PM to ~3:00 PM



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Dates to remember: Not posted on previous updates

May 4 - 5th Grade Quest Immigration Day - APPROVED VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO MAKE THIS DAY WORK - PLEASE CONSIDER HELPING IN THE AM 9-Noon, OR 1-2 PM or stay 9-2; Also - please think of which family heritage recipe you could make for our celebration that afternoon.

May 9 PM - Visit to R/CMS

May 15 10 AM - “The Statue Speaks” 10 AM cast performance

May 14  (Monday) - 5th Grade Choir Community Tour (afternoon)

May 14 - French Arrive in Chicago around 12:30; pick up French around 4:30-5 PM

May 16 2 PM - “The Statue Speaks” 2 PM cast performance

May 15 (Tuesday) - 5th Grade Choir Concert @ 2:00 & 7:00 p.m.

May 16 - French students only on bus trip to Alpaca Farm and Walking Tour of Ripon 9 AM - 3 PM; Welcome French Pot Luck 6 PM - MP/Q Cafe

May 17 - PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHT 6:00-7:30 PM - PLEASE SIGN UP TO HELP - http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b4aa4a62daafa7-murray

May 18 - French Flag Photo - 8:15 AM - GYM - 5th graders WEAR BLUE!! (hosts wear French Adventure t-shirt)
May 22 - French Adventure students and hosts all day field trip to Lambeau Field

May 24 - French students only to Barlow/Journey School in the morning

May 25 - ACE Graduation 1-3 PM

May 25 - French Adventure Plaza Bowl Bowling/Goodbye Party

June 7 - Last Day of School

Middle School Registration:  July 24th 8:00 am. - 6:00 pm.

Middle School WEB 6th grade Orientation: August 21st 8:00 - 12:00 pm.

Middle School Open House: August 29th 4:30 pm. - 6:00 pm.


As always, please don’t hesitate to contact ME if you have ANY questions or concerns.  


Sincerely,

Mrs. Simacek


April 13, 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians,

To enhance our upcoming  unit on American Immigration, Quest fifth graders will participate in an “Immigration Day”.  On Friday, May 4, students will be engaging in various activities to experience life as an immigrant to the United States in the early 1900’s. The children will take part in a simulation of the immigrant experience at Ellis Island, play games immigrant children would have played, taste ethnic foods, etc.  

We will need some parent help to make this day a success.  Parents are needed to help with the Ellis Island simulation from 8:00 - 9:45  and to help set up and serve food at our celebration from 1:00 – 2:00 PM. Please indicate below if you would be able to help.  Teachers will call or email to confirm the time. Parents will need to have a background check on file with the office. Contact the school office (748-4695) if you need information about your background check.

We will be tasting some ethnic foods on Immigration Day.  Do you have a traditional food from your family’s heritage that you would be willing to share with us?  You would not need to send a large portion, only enough for a “taste”. We’d also be interested in the “story” behind the food.  We would also enjoy seeing any traditional clothing or artifacts from your family’s heritage you would be willing to show the students as well.

To make the simulation feel as authentic as possible, we are encouraging the students to dress as immigrants for the day.  Costumes do not need to be elaborate. The students will be reading about immigration and the books have photographs that may give you some ideas. Just adding a shawl, scarf, suspenders, etc. can make your child’s everyday clothes resemble those worn by immigrants.   A great website is:  http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/immigration/tour/.  

We look forward to this exciting learning opportunity.  Thank-you in advance for your help with this special event.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Simacek and Mrs. Ernst

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Please return this slip by Friday, April 20, if you are able to help on Immigration Day, Friday, May 4, 2018

Name of Parent: ________________________________________  Child’s name: _______________________________________

Check any that apply.

_______ I can help during the day on March 18. (see times listed below)

The best time for me is:      ______8:15 - 9:00 AM Ellis Island Simulation (Simacek’s class)

______ 9:00 - 9:45 AM  Ellis Island Simulation (Ernst’s class)

______ 12:45 – 2:00 PM  Food set-up and tasting (both Quest fifth grade classrooms)

Phone number: ___________________________ Email: ____________________________________________________

_______ I can send an ethnic food for the students to taste.

Name of food: _____________________________________________Country of origin: __________________________________

Background or story about this food: ____________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Please tell us if the food contains nuts or dairy of any kind, as a few children have allergies  and will need to avoid those foods.


Happy Friday 5S Parents,                           Week 30 - 4/13/18


HELPERS NEEDED - Parent/Grandparent helpers on the volunteer approved list wanted to bake the pizzas for the test takers next Tues. 4-17 - please come at 1:00 to start baking the pizzas.Let me know, please & thank you!



Volunteers needed from both schools for Project Showcase Night - thank you in advance!!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b4aa4a62daafa7-murray


BOOK ORDERS - April book orders are due Monday with check made payable to Scholastic. Thank you for helping build our classroom library with your order.


PARENTING TIP: BEDTIME - Link from Mr. Toepel, School Psychologist shared this resource regarding bedtime:

https://confidentparentsconfidentkids.org/2016/11/03/monkey-mind-at-bedtime-reflecting-on-childrens-thinking/



STATE TESTING TREAT SIGN UP - Thank you to those of you who have already signed up to bring treats during state testing. Please sign up to bring snacks for state testing - thank you!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b4aa4a62daafa7-snacks


13 of our students ordered Memory Books last summer. If your child did NOT order a Memory Book, this note was sent home today to give you the information to order if your child would like. It needs to be done TODAY. Thank you!








NEXT UNIT - Our next unit in 5th grade Quest is on Immigration. Students have already enjoyed learning a bit about immigration through the read aloud book, The Memory Coat. They are excited to participate in Immigration Day on Friday, May 4th. We need your support to make this day special. Please help your child put together an outfit that would fit with the period of immigrants coming to America to Ellis Island in 1912. (Pictures from Immigrant Kids). Also, please consider taking the morning to come to school and help us. We need Ellis Island Immigration Officers. We will be sending out a sign up soon, but please check your calendar if you’re on the volunteer approved list. We will need help in the morning and the afternoon, or you can stay all day. We’ll be having a celebration to celebrate the immigrants to end the Immigration Day in the afternoon, so please think of a food your family would be willing to prepare and share with the class (bite sized portions). Again, details will follow, but I’m just giving you a heads-up.

 




Mrs. Bunge’s quote of the week.


The SNACK CUPBOARD IS STILL LOW. If you are able to donate a healthy snack to our snack cupboard, the students would appreciate it. Not eating until Noon, many of the students really do appreciate your generosity. This week, a parent sent in bananas; the kids went “bananas” over this tasty, healthy treat. Thank you in advance.


Box Tops - I was told there will be another late spring Box Top Drive, so keep saving those box tops. Thank you!


Forward Exam for 5th graders will be April 16th-20th.  PLEASE avoid scheduling any appointments or outside of school activities during the state testing if possible.  


LITERACY - Students have continued working hard on a Schoolwide kit this week entitled, “Grammar”. Each book showcases a different grammar skill. Students have done a GREAT job!  

Third trimester independent reading goals have been set; they are posted in the inside cover of the planner. Students are to record something they visualized while reading in journal daily  (reading 40-60 pages per day with the 30 min. read in class and 30 min. per night at home). READING AT HOME EVERY DAY IS AN ENTIRE BUILDING EXPECTATION. This is critical in the growth of your child’s reading. We appreciate your support of your child’s growth. Thanks again to A & W for the coupons for the students making their reading goals. Students should be at 50% of their independent reading goal.

Students have done a super job visualizing, and now it’s time for a more challenging reading strategy. I am modeling it this week, and students will begin practicing on their own next week, Making Inferences. I found this image on Pinterest I think summarizes Making Inferences well:

Below are sentence starters your child may choose to use when writing their inferences in their Reading journals (this is usually done during school read-to-self time).

·         The story said __________________ which made me think_______.

·         From what the author wrote on page _____, I can infer___________.

·         When I read _______, it made me realize_____________________.

·         I can tell _________________ is ______, because_____________.

·         In the _____paragraph on page ________, I inferred _________, because__________.

·         How the character acts tells me ________________________.

·         How the character feels tells me ________________________.

·         What the character says tells me ________________________.



THE STATUE SPEAKS PLAY - Students will be performing the play, The Statue Speaks. They should keep practicing parts for when rehearsals begin after state testing.


INFECTION DETECTION - Students have been fun and learning a lot during our next Project Lead the Way Science unit. They learned a lot about germs. They are working on what different parts of the body fight against diseases and illnesses. They’ll wrap up this fun, short unit with a unit test today.


MATH - We are working in homerooms preparing for the Forward Exam next week.


SPELLING - We won’t have Spelling next two week preparing for and then taking the Forward Exam. The next test list will be taught 4/23 with the test 4/27. The students already have the words.


TESTING - There will be NO homework required the week of 4/16 during state testing if your student is where s/he should be for independent reading. We’ve been asked to encourage you to please assist them in getting a good night’s sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and do their best on the Forward Exam


POSTCARDS STILL WANTED -  ℅ Mrs. Simacek; Quest Elementary; 64 Sunset, Box 991; Ripon WI  54971 We do a quick geography lesson as the postcards come in. The students really enjoy the postcards and learning about the world.


GREENHOUSE  - The snapdragons are starting to bloom! Yay!!


READ ALOUD - Students enjoy the poetry sequel, Another Jar of Tiny Stars: Poems by NCTE Award-Winning Poets Ed by Bernice E. Cullinan. Next, they’ll be enjoying books on immigration building background for our next unit.


Quest Jolly Rancher suckers are available after school on Fridays. $1 each.


VOLUNTEERS STILL WANTED - Parent(s)/Grandparent(s) - PLEASE consider helping any or all days of the week from 1:00-1:30 during WIN (What I Need) time.  Your role will be to assist students in Math as I work closely with small groups of students in intense study of improving in math skills.  Thank you in advance.


Please click “like” on pictures you like on the 5S Facebook page, so I know it’s worth my time to take and post pictures of your children.  


From Mrs. Cluppert regarding French Adventure: Two French adults and 22 students are coming for an experience of a lifetime to MPQ from May 14-28 from a bilingual school in Paris.    Nationalities are French, Chinese, Russian, Australian, Swiss, American, Japanese


RACE - Students have been practicing how to properly answer essay questions, and we’ve been using the acronym RACE  - RESTATE; ANSWER THE QUESTION; CITY THE SOURCE; EXPLAIN.


ACE (Anti-Crime Education) with School Resource Officer Henning:

Week 3: April 26th (Tobacco & Marijuana)

Week 4: May 3rd (Prescription OTC Drugs)

Week 5: May 10th (Drug Endangered Children)

Week 6: May 17th (Internet Safety)

Graduation Celebration: May 25th @ 1:00 PM to ~3:00 PM



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RMS Musical- The students really seemed to enjoy the musical, “The Wizard of Oz.” I would love to see some of this class on stage in future musicals :)  A few goals after this great trip:

  1. Students need to provide a safer environment for the bus driver - it was WAY too noisy.

  2. Students need to try to use the restroom BEFORE the play when we take the restroom break to avoid opening the door during the performance and distracting the cast and other audience members.


Dates to remember: Not posted on previous updates

April 16-20 - FORWARD EXAM - PLEASE AVOID SCHEDULING APPOINTMENTS IF POSSIBLE

May 4 - 5th Grade Quest Immigration Day - APPROVED VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO MAKE THIS DAY WORK - PLEASE CONSIDER HELPING IN THE AM 9-Noon, OR 1-2 PM or stay 9-2; Also - please think of which family heritage recipe you could make for our celebration that afternoon.

May 9 PM - Visit to R/CMS

May 14  (Monday) - 5th Grade Choir Community Tour (afternoon)

May 14 - French Arrive in Chicago around 12:30; pick up French around 4:30-5 PM

May 15 (Tuesday) - 5th Grade Choir Concert @ 2:00 & 7:00 p.m.

May 16 - French students only on bus trip to Alpaca Farm and Walking Tour of Ripon 9 AM - 3 PM; Welcome French Pot Luck 6 PM - MP/Q Cafe

May 17 - PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHT 6:00-7:30 PM - PLEASE SIGN UP TO HELP - http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b4aa4a62daafa7-murray

May 18 - French Flag Photo - 8:15 AM - GYM - 5th graders WEAR BLUE!! (hosts wear French Adventure t-shirt)
May 22 - French Adventure students and hosts all day field trip to Lambeau Field

May 24 - French students only to Barlow/Journey School in the morning

May 25 - ACE Graduation 1-3 PM

May 25 - French Adventure Plaza Bowl Bowling/Goodbye Party

June 7 - Last Day of School

Middle School Registration:  July 24th 8:00 am. - 6:00 pm.

Middle School WEB 6th grade Orientation: August 21st 8:00 - 12:00 pm.

Middle School Open House: August 29th 4:30 pm. - 6:00 pm.


As always, please don’t hesitate to contact ME if you have ANY questions or concerns.  


Sincerely,

Mrs. Simacek


Happy Friday 5S Parents,                           Week 29 - 4/6/18


I hope you and your family enjoyed your child’s spring break. I’m very pleased how hard your students worked this week - even when I wasn’t able to be here yesterday. Students are working VERY hard to improve their hallway behavior, and it shows.


Thank you to those of you who have already signed up to bring treats during state testing. Please sign up to bring snacks for state testing - thank you!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b4aa4a62daafa7-snacks


13 of our students ordered Memory Books last summer. If your child did NOT order a Memory Book, this note was sent home today to give you the information to order if your child would like. It needs to be done by next Friday, April 13th. Thank you!




Mrs. Bunge’s quote of the week.


The SNACK CUPBOARD IS STILL LOW. If you are able to donate a healthy snack to our snack cupboard, the students would appreciate it. Not eating until Noon, many of the students really do appreciate your generosity. Thank you in advance.


Box Tops - I was told there will be another late spring Box Top Drive, so keep saving those box tops. Thank you!


Forward Exam for 5th graders will be April 16th-20th.  PLEASE avoid scheduling any appointments or outside of school activities during the state testing if possible.  


LITERACY - Students have been working hard on a Schoolwide kit this week entitled, “Grammar”. They learned about using punctuation correctly and enjoyed the books, John Henry by Julius Lester, a Caldecott Honor Book, Dancing in the Wings by Debbie Allen, and they started enjoying Down the Road by Alice Schertle. Each book showcases a different grammar skill. Students have done a GREAT job!  

Third trimester independent reading goals have been set; they are posted in the inside cover of the planner. Students are to record something they visualized while reading in journal daily  (reading 40-60 pages per day with the 30 min. read in class and 30 min. per night at home). READING AT HOME EVERY DAY IS AN ENTIRE BUILDING EXPECTATION. This is critical in the growth of your child’s reading. We appreciate your support of your child’s growth. Thanks again to A & W for the coupons for the students making their reading goals. Students should be at 40% of their independent reading goal.

Students have done a super job visualizing, and now it’s time for a more challenging reading strategy. I am modeling it this week, and students will begin practicing on their own next week, Making Inferences. I found this image on Pinterest I think summarizes Making Inferences well:

Below are sentence starters your child may choose to use when writing their inferences in their Reading journals (this is usually done during school read-to-self time).

·         The story said __________________ which made me think_______.

·         From what the author wrote on page _____, I can infer___________.

·         When I read _______, it made me realize_____________________.

·         I can tell _________________ is ______, because_____________.

·         In the _____paragraph on page ________, I inferred _________, because__________.

·         How the character acts tells me ________________________.

·         How the character feels tells me ________________________.

·         What the character says tells me ________________________.



THE STATUE SPEAKS PLAY - Students will be performing the play, The Statue Speaks. They should keep practicing parts for when rehearsals begin after state testing.


INFECTION DETECTION - Students have been fun and learning a lot during our next Project Lead the Way Science unit. They learned a lot about germs. They are working on what different parts of the body fight against diseases and illnesses. They’ll wrap up this fun, short unit next week before we move on to State Testing the week of the 16th then on to a fun Social Studies Immigration unit and our play.


MATH - Students have taken a hiatus from chapter 6. We are working in homerooms preparing for the Forward Exam the week of the 16th.


SPELLING - We won’t have Spelling the next two weeks preparing for and then taking the Forward Exam. The next test list will be taught 4/23 with the test 4/27. The students already have the words.


TESTING - There will be NO homework required the week of 4/16 during state testing if your student is where s/he should be for independent reading. We’ve been asked to encourage you to please assist them in getting a good night’s sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and do their best on the Forward Exam


POSTCARDS STILL WANTED -  ℅ Mrs. Simacek; Quest Elementary; 64 Sunset, Box 991; Ripon WI  54971 We do a quick geography lesson as the postcards come in. The students really enjoy the postcards and learning about the world.


GREENHOUSE  - We revised our lesson plans to get the planting of the snapdragons on Monday before the snowstorm.


READ ALOUD -Our next read aloud students will enjoy the sequel, Another Jar of Tiny Stars: Poems by NCTE Award-Winning Poets Ed by Bernice E. Cullinan.


Quest Jolly Rancher suckers are available after school on Fridays. $1 each. (or last day of the week - like TODAY)


VOLUNTEERS STILL WANTED - Parent(s)/Grandparent(s) - PLEASE consider helping any or all days of the week from 1:00-1:30 during WIN (What I Need) time.  Your role will be to assist students in Math as I work closely with small groups of students in intense study of improving in math skills.  Thank you in advance.


Please click “like” on pictures you like on the 5S Facebook page, so I know it’s worth my time to take and post pictures of your children.  


From Mrs. Cluppert regarding French Adventure: Two French adults and 22 students are coming for an experience of a lifetime to MPQ from May 14-28 from a bilingual school in Paris.    Nationalities are French, Chinese, Russian, Australian, Swiss, American, Japanese


ACE with School Resource Officer Henning:

Week 2: April 12th (Drug & Alcohol Abuse)

Week 3: April 26th (Tobacco & Marijuana)

Week 4: May 3rd (Prescription OTC Drugs)

Week 5: May 10th (Drug Endangered Children)

Week 6: May 17th (Internet Safety)

Graduation Celebration: May 25th @ 1:00 PM to ~3:00 PM


Dates to remember: Not posted on previous updates

April 10 - Cherrydale Fundraiser Product Delivery Date 3:00 PM - 5:15 PM - Cafeteria (If you can’t pickup, please arrange to have someone pick it up for you

April 11 1:15-2:30 PM - We are attending the Middle School play, “Wizard of Oz”

April 16-20 - FORWARD EXAM - PLEASE AVOID SCHEDULING APPOINTMENTS IF POSSIBLE

May 9 PM - Visit to R/CMS

May 14  (Monday) - 5th Grade Choir Community Tour (afternoon)

May 14 - French Arrive in Chicago around 12:30; pick up French around 4:30-5 PM

May 15 (Tuesday) - 5th Grade Choir Concert @ 2:00 & 7:00 p.m.

May 16 - French students only on bus trip to Alpaca Farm and Walking Tour of Ripon 9 AM - 3 PM; Welcome French Pot Luck 6 PM - MP/Q Cafe

May 17 - PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHT 6:00-7:30 PM

May 18 - French Flag Photo - 8:15 AM - GYM - 5th graders WEAR BLUE!! (hosts wear French Adventure t-shirt)
May 22 - French Adventure students and hosts all day field trip to Lambeau Field

May 24 - French students only to Barlow/Journey School in the morning

May 25 - ACE Graduation 1-3 PM

May 25 - French Adventure Plaza Bowl Bowling/Goodbye Party

June 7 - Last Day of School

Middle School Registration:  July 24th 8:00 am. - 6:00 pm.

Middle School WEB 6th grade Orientation: August 21st 8:00 - 12:00 pm.

Middle School Open House: August 29th 4:30 pm. - 6:00 pm.



As always, please don’t hesitate to contact ME if you have ANY questions or concerns.  


Sincerely,

Mrs. Simacek



Happy Friday 5S Parents,                           Week 28 - 3/23/18


I hope you and your family have a and enjoyable spring break.


Summer School booklets are coming home today. All registration is done online. The only form that would need to come back is the bussing form (last page).  Your child will be able to take Summer School classes at R/CMS this summer. The inside cover may have a recommendation to consider.


SNACK CUPBOARD IS LOW. If you are able to donate a healthy snack to our snack cupboard, the students would appreciate it. Not eating until Noon, many of the students really do appreciate your generosity. Thank you in advance.


5th grade field trip will be on Weds. 6/6 to the Barlow Planetarium and Weis Earth Science Museum. All chaperones MUST have a current volunteer background check on file. You may need to pay the $7 if your name isn’t randomly chosen as one of the two that can ride the bus with us. Please return the slip passed out yesterday by 4-6.


Quote of the week from Mrs. Bunge


















Easter Egg Hunt - tomorrow 3/24 11 AM  @ Barlow Park (see right)


Box Tops - I was told there will be another late spring Box Top Drive, so keep saving those box tops. Thank you!


Forward Exam for 5th graders will be April 16th-20th.  PLEASE avoid scheduling any appointments or outside of school activities during the state testing if possible.  


LITERACY - Students have been working hard on a Schoolwide kit this week entitled, “Grammar”. They learned about using punctuation correctly and enjoyed the books, Fantastic! Wow! And Unreal! A Book About Interjections and Conjunctions by Ruth Heller and Fox by Margaret Wild and Ron Brooks.

Third trimester independent reading goals have been set; they are posted in the inside cover of the planner. Students are to record something they visualized while reading in journal daily  (reading 40-60 pages per day with the 30 min. read in class and 30 min. per night at home). READING AT HOME EVERY DAY IS AN ENTIRE BUILDING EXPECTATION. This is critical in the growth of your child’s reading. We appreciate your support of your child’s growth. Thanks again to A & W for the coupons for the students making their reading goals. Students should be at 30% of their independent reading goal after break.


THE STATUE SPEAKS PLAY - Students were excited to read the play together this week, The Statue Speaks. They read a few parts aloud, and parts were assigned. They can begin to practice/memorize them over break if time. The play won’t be until mid-May, so this allows for plenty of time to prepare.


ROBOTS - Students wrapped up the Robots unit this week. The YouTube videos are posted on Facebook and will be added to your child’s e-portfolio. Tests were taken on Wednesday, and results were shared yesterday. Students showcased their programming skills to the class after going over the test. Today, they will dismantle the robots. Any volunteers (on the approved list) are welcome to assist in this important task.

After break, students will do a short two-week Project Lead the Way unit entitled, “Infection Detection.” Then, they’ll move into a unit on immigration. That’s where the play, “The Statue Speaks” fits in nicely. We will share more details as they are planned for our spring showcase on May 17th.


MATH - Students are working on chapter 6, “Operations and Word Problems”.  Students have nightly homework they are expected to complete. If they didn’t finish a lesson in class, they will need to spend 10 minutes online for their math homework.  

Also, during daily WIN time, students will be preparing for the Forward Exam including materials from chapter 8, “Measurement and Geometry.”

Students will be taking a break from chapter 6 the next two weeks to prepare for the

Forward Exam in our homeroom. There may still be some ch. 8 math homework.


SPELLING - Finish Spelling City every week by Th.  Tests Friday - high frequency words written in planner if needed. The lists for the week after break were given today.  


POSTCARDS STILL WANTED -  ℅ Mrs. Simacek; Quest Elementary; 64 Sunset, Box 991; Ripon WI  54971 We do a quick geography lesson as the postcards come in. The students really enjoy the postcards and learning about the world.


GREENHOUSE/RAISED BED GARDENS - Quest students are working hard cleaning up the Quest greenhouse, raised bed gardens, shed, etc. to prepare to plant after spring break.


READ ALOUD -Our next read aloud is entitled, A Jar of Tiny Stars: Poems by NCTE Award-Winning Poets Ed by Bernice E. Cullinan, whom I had the privilege to meet at the Wisconsin State Reading Association in February of 2002.  Then, students will enjoy the sequel, Another Jar of Tiny Stars: Poems by NCTE Award-Winning Poets Ed by Bernice E. Cullinan.


Quest Jolly Rancher suckers are available after school on Fridays. $1 each. (or last day of the week - like TODAY)


VOLUNTEERS STILL WANTED - Parent(s)/Grandparent(s) - PLEASE consider helping any or all days of the week from 1:00-1:30 during WIN (What I Need) time.  Your role will be to assist students in Math as I work closely with small groups of students in intense study of improving in math skills.  Thank you in advance.


Please click “like” on pictures you like on the 5S Facebook page, so I know it’s worth my time to take and post pictures of your children.  


From Mrs. Cluppert regarding French Adventure: Two French adults and 22 students are coming for an experience of a lifetime to MPQ from May 14-28 from a bilingual school in Paris.    Nationalities are French, Chinese, Russian, Australian, Swiss, American, Japanese


ACE with School Resource Officer Henning:  Week 1: April 5th (Role of SRO and Responsibility, Choices, & Consequences)

Week 2: April 12th (Drug & Alcohol Abuse)

Week 3: April 26th (Tobacco & Marijuana)

Week 4: May 3rd (Prescription OTC Drugs)

Week 5: May 10th (Drug Endangered Children)

Week 6: May 17th (Internet Safety)

Graduation Celebration: May 25th @ 1:00 PM to ~3:00 PM


Dates to remember: Not posted on previous updates

March 26-31 - SPRING BREAK - NO SCHOOL

April 10 - Cherrydale Fundraiser Product Delivery Date 3:00 PM - 5:15 PM - Cafeteria (If you can’t pickup, please arrange to have someone pick it up for you

April 11 1:15-2:30 PM - We are attending the Middle School play, “Wizard of Oz”

April 16-20 - FORWARD EXAM - PLEASE AVOID SCHEDULING APPOINTMENTS IF POSSIBLE

May 9 PM - Visit to R/CMS

May 14  (Monday) - 5th Grade Choir Community Tour (afternoon)

May 14 - French Arrive in Chicago around 12:30; pick up French around 4:30-5 PM

May 15 (Tuesday) - 5th Grade Choir Concert @ 2:00 & 7:00 p.m.

May 16 - French students only on bus trip to Alpaca Farm and Walking Tour of Ripon 9 AM - 3 PM; Welcome French Pot Luck 6 PM - MP/Q Cafe

May 17 - PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHT 6:00-7:30 PM

May 18 - French Flag Photo - 8:15 AM - GYM - 5th graders WEAR BLUE!! (hosts wear French Adventure t-shirt)
May 22 - French Adventure students and hosts all day field trip to Lambeau Field

May 24 - French students only to Barlow/Journey School in the morning

May 25 - ACE Graduation 1-3 PM

May 25 - French Adventure Plaza Bowl Bowling/Goodbye Party

June 7 - Last Day of School


As always, please don’t hesitate to contact ME if you have ANY questions or concerns.  


Sincerely,

Mrs. Simacek



Happy Thursday 5S Parents,                           Week 27 - 3/15/18


It was GREAT to see so many of you at Family Fun Night last week! Our class had one of the highest participation of parent helpers too. Thanks so much!!


Our class read 104 books in February totalling 742 books read this year!  That is so awesome!!


Starting on Monday, all students are able to take school breakfast right outside our classrooms if you have approved. Please discuss with your child if your family’s budget allows for breakfast.


Box Tops - I was told there will be another late spring Box Top Drive, so keep saving those box tops. Thank you!


Wow!  70 items were sold by 5S for the Cherrydale Fundraiser! Thanks 5S kids & families!!


This week’s quote from Mrs. Bunge:



Forward Exam for 5th graders will be April 16th-20th.  PLEASE avoid scheduling any appointments or outside of school activities during the state testing if possible.  


LITERACY - Students have started a new Schoolwide kit this week entitled, “Grammar”. They learned about using punctuation correctly and enjoyed the book, Twenty-Odd Ducks. They also reviewed about correct comma usage while reading Barn Savers.

New independent reading goals have been set for the 3rd trimester of 5th grade; they are posted in the inside cover of the planner. Students are to record something they visualized while reading in journal daily  (reading 40-60 pages per day with the 30 min. read in class and 30 min. per night at home). READING AT HOME EVERY DAY IS AN ENTIRE BUILDING EXPECTATION. This is critical in the growth of your child’s reading. We appreciate your support of your child’s growth. Thanks again to A & W for the coupons for the students making their reading goals.


ROBOTS - All Quest 5th graders are together for the next part of the Robots curriculum. Groups of four programmed their robot to move forward, left, forward, left, etc. to move in a complete square using the iPad app ModKit for Vex. Next, they are working on programming the robot to make 3 block drops on the VEX field.


MATH - Students have started chapter 6, “Operations and Word Problems”.  Students have nightly homework they are expected to complete. If they didn’t finish a lesson in class, they will need to spend 10 minutes online for their math homework.  

Also, during daily WIN time, students will be preparing for the Forward Exam including materials from chapter 8, “Measurement and Geometry.”


SPELLING - Finish Spelling City every week by Th.  Tests Friday - high frequency words written in planner if needed. Next week’s lists were given today.  


POSTCARDS STILL WANTED -  ℅ Mrs. Simacek; Quest Elementary; 64 Sunset, Box 991; Ripon WI  54971 We do a quick geography lesson as the postcards come in. The students really enjoy the postcards and learning about the world.


READ ALOUD -Our next read aloud is entitled, A Jar of Tiny Stars: Poems by NCTE Award-Winning Poets Ed by Bernice E. Cullinan, whom I had the privilege to meet at the Wisconsin State Reading Association in February of 2002.  


Quest Jolly Rancher suckers are available after school on Fridays. $1 each. (or last day of the week - like TODAY)


VOLUNTEERS STILL WANTED - Parent(s)/Grandparent(s) - PLEASE consider helping any or all days of the week from 1:00-1:30 during WIN (What I Need) time.  Your role will be to assist students in Math as I work closely with small groups of students in intense study of improving in math skills.  Thank you in advance.


Please click “like” on pictures you like on the 5S Facebook page, so I know it’s worth my time to take and post pictures of your children.  



From Mrs. Cluppert regarding French Adventure: Two French adults and 22 students are coming for an experience of a lifetime to MPQ from May 14-28 from a bilingual school in Paris.    Nationalities are French, Chinese, Russian, Australian, Swiss, American, Japanese


ACE with School Resource Officer Henning:  Week 1: April 5th (Role of SRO and Responsibility, Choices, & Consequences)

Week 2: April 12th (Drug & Alcohol Abuse)

Week 3: April 26th (Tobacco & Marijuana)

Week 4: May 3rd (Prescription OTC Drugs)

Week 5: May 10th (Drug Endangered Children)

Week 6: May 17th (Internet Safety)

Graduation Celebration: May 25th @ 1:00 PM to ~3:00 PM

 

 

I’ll see some of you tonight :)

(see email for details on conference schedule)


3/20/18 - 3:10 PM - Gabi Gaffney-Frens (Dad)



Dates to remember: Not posted on previous updates

Thursday, March 15th 3:30-7:30 Conferences (if you didn’t have a December conference)

March 26-31 - SPRING BREAK - NO SCHOOL

April 10 - Cherrydale Fundraiser Product Delivery Date 3:00 PM - 5:15 PM - Cafeteria (If you can’t pickup, please arrange to have someone pick it up for you

April 16-20 - FORWARD EXAM - PLEASE AVOID SCHEDULING APPOINTMENTS IF POSSIBLE

May 9 PM - Visit to R/CMS

May 14  (Monday) - 5th Grade Choir Community Tour (afternoon)

May 14 - French Arrive in Chicago around 12:30; pick up French around 4:30-5 PM

May 15 (Tuesday) - 5th Grade Choir Concert @ 2:00 & 7:00 p.m.

May 16 - French students only on bus trip to Alpaca Farm and Walking Tour of Ripon 9 AM - 3 PM; Welcome French Pot Luck 6 PM - MP/Q Cafe

May 17 - PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHT 6:00-7:30 PM

May 18 - French Flag Photo - 8:15 AM - GYM - 5th graders WEAR BLUE!! (hosts wear French Adventure t-shirt)
May 22 - French Adventure students and hosts all day field trip to Lambeau Field

May 24 - French students only to Barlow/Journey School in the morning

May 25 - French Adventure Plaza Bowl Bowling/Goodbye Party

June 7 - Last Day of School


As always, please don’t hesitate to contact ME if you have ANY questions or concerns.  


Sincerely,

Mrs. Simacek



Happy 5S Parents,                           Week 26 - 3/8/18


I hope to see you at tonight’s Family Fun Night from 5:30 - 7:00 PM (see below). I also hope you and your family have a wonderfully relaxing 3-day weekend.


Petting Zoo - 1:15-1:25 - on Thursday 3/15 - with HS group


Quote for the week from Mrs. Bunge:




Ms. Marvin is inviting 5th grade girls to respond to their UW-Oshkosh pen pal via blogging this weekend with no school tomorrow.  


MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

Please join us on Thursday, March 8th from 5:30-7 pm here for a night of bouncing, food and fun during the Murray Park Quest Family Night.

We are also in need of adult volunteers to make this fun event happen. Please consider volunteering the night of the event for part or all of the evening. For every time slot that you sign-up for, you get on Free child pass for the event http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4caea72da4f94-family1


BOX TOP UPDATE - GREAT JOB, 5S FAMILIES! We took 3rd place in the Box Tox competition!!!

Box Tops


Here are the final numbers:


Wittchow 268

Pokorny 223

Geiger 1,156

Johnson 1,223

Brooks 88

McClure 36

Horn 234

Rapp 262

Feucht 75

Panagopoulos 102

Binsfeld 220

Grimes 156

Ernst 75

Simacek 1,098


So total box tops = 5,216

Which = about $522 for MP/Quest


Progress reports will be sent home on Wednesday, March 14th. I will see about half of you on March 15th for a conference. Again, students are striving towards the grade of “3” in the third trimester. If your child has any 1s, there is reason for concern. Summer School information will be coming out in a few weeks, and recommendations will be made if needed. If there are any 2s, there is room for some concern, but your child has room to grow 3rd trimester. As always, you can contact me any time if you have questions or concerns.

Mrs. Simacek’s Conferences (see email)



Forward Exam for 5th graders will be April 16th-20th.  PLEASE avoid scheduling any appointments or outside of school activities during the state testing if possible.  


LITERACY - Students have started a new Schoolwide kit this week entitled, “Grammar”. They learned about using the index as a reader and a writer while enjoying the book, White Owl, Barn Owl.

New goals have been set for the 3rd trimester of 5th grade; they are posted in the inside cover of the planner. Students are to record something they visualized while reading in journal daily  (reading 40-60 pages per day with the 30 min. read in class and 30 min. per night at home). READING AT HOME EVERY DAY IS AN ENTIRE BUILDING EXPECTATION. This is critical in the growth of your child’s reading. We appreciate your support of your child’s growth. Thanks again to A & W for the coupons for the students making their reading goals.

    • Students are almost done with Book Clubs on a mystery book. They have an assigned amount of pages to read by the next book club meeting for their group.

    • They have also been given clear expectations of what is expected to have written in their reading journals. The expectations are also in Google Classroom if you’d like your child to show you. They will be reading this in addition to their independent reading book.

    • If a student is unprepared, they are unable to participate in the book club, and this gives a grade of 1. They have plenty of time to read and write in journals in class.


ROBOTS - All Quest 5th graders are together for the next part of the Robots curriculum.


MATH - Students have finished chapter 5  “Division with Whole Numbers and Decimals”. They should be done with all X-tra Math 3-second tests.  If they are not, they should work on Xtra Math each day we didn’t do at school (and on the weekend) to try to catch up.  Chapter 6 is entitled, “Operations and Word Problems”.  Students have nightly homework they are expected to complete. If they didn’t finish a lesson in class, they will need to spend 10 minutes online for their math homework.  

Also, during daily WIN time, students will be preparing for the Forward Exam including materials from chapter 8, “Measurement and Geometry.”


SPELLING - Finish Spelling City every week by Th. (or Weds. if it’s a four-day week like this week).  Tests Friday (or Th. with a short week like this week) - high frequency words written in planner if needed. Next week’s lists were given today.  


POSTCARDS STILL WANTED -  ℅ Mrs. Simacek; Quest Elementary; 64 Sunset, Box 991; Ripon WI  54971 We do a quick geography lesson as the postcards come in. The students really enjoy the postcards and learning about the world.


READ ALOUD -Our next read aloud is entitled, A Jar of Tiny Stars: Poems by NCTE Award-Winning Poets Ed by Bernice E. Cullinan, whom I had the privilege to meet at the Wisconsin State Reading Association in February of 2002.  


Quest Jolly Rancher suckers are available after school on Fridays. $1 each. (or last day of the week - like TODAY)


VOLUNTEERS STILL WANTED - Parent(s)/Grandparent(s) - PLEASE consider helping any or all days of the week from 1:00-1:30 during WIN (What I Need) time.  Your role will be to assist students in Math as I work closely with small groups of students in intense study of improving in math skills.  Thank you in advance.


Please click “like” on pictures you like on the 5S Facebook page, so I know it’s worth my time to take and post pictures of your children.  



From Mrs. Cluppert regarding French Adventure: Two French adults and 22 students are coming for an experience of a lifetime to MPQ from May 14-28 from a bilingual school in Paris.    Nationalities are French, Chinese, Russian, Australian, Swiss, American, Japanese


ACE with School Resource Officer Henning:  Week 1: April 5th (Role of SRO and Responsibility, Choices, & Consequences)

Week 2: April 12th (Drug & Alcohol Abuse)

Week 3: April 26th (Tobacco & Marijuana)

Week 4: May 3rd (Prescription OTC Drugs)

Week 5: May 10th (Drug Endangered Children)

Week 6: May 17th (Internet Safety)

Graduation Celebration: May 25th @ 1:00 PM to ~3:00 PM


Dates to remember: Not posted on previous updates

March 2-13 - Spring Fundraiser

March 8 - Family Fun Night 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

March 8 - MP/Q Art Show 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

March 8 - Last Day of 2nd Trimester

March 9 - NO SCHOOL

March 13 - CHERRYDALE FUNDRAISER FORMS & PAYMENT DUE

March 13 - 5th grade choir students to R/LHS for rehearsal 1:00-2:15

March 13 - Music in Our Schools Month Concert - 7 PM

Thursday, March 15th 3:30-7:30 Conferences (if you didn’t have a December conference)

March 26-31 - SPRING BREAK - NO SCHOOL

April 10 - Cherrydale Fundraiser Product Delivery Date 3:00 PM - 5:15 PM - Cafeteria (If you can’t pickup, please arrange to have someone pick it up for you

April 16-20 - FORWARD EXAM - PLEASE AVOID SCHEDULING APPOINTMENTS IF POSSIBLE

May 9 PM - Visit to R/CMS

May 14  (Monday) - 5th Grade Choir Community Tour (afternoon)

May 15 (Tuesday) - 5th Grade Choir Concert @ 2:00 & 7:00 p.m.

May 17 - PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHT 6:00-7:30 PM

June 7 - Last Day of School


As always, please don’t hesitate to contact ME if you have ANY questions or concerns.  


Sincerely,

Mrs. Simacek



Happy Friday 5S Parents,                           Week 25 - 3/2/18


There are MANY bouncy house slots available (along with a few other slots)  requiring parent supervision next Thursday night at Family Fun Night. Could you give a half hour of your time? Each child would get in free for each adult who works. Thanks for using the Sign Up Genius link


MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

Please join us on Thursday, March 8th from 5:30-7 pm here for a night of bouncing, food and fun during the Murray Park Quest Family Night.

We are also in need of adult volunteers to make this fun event happen. Please consider volunteering the night of the event for part or all of the evening. For every time slot that you sign-up for, you get on Free child pass for the event http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4caea72da4f94-family1


BOX TOP UPDATE - GREAT JOB, 5S FAMILIES! We took 3rd place in the Box Tox competition!!!

Box Tops


Here are the final numbers:


Wittchow 268

Pokorny 223

Geiger 1,156

Johnson 1,223

Brooks 88

McClure 36

Horn 234

Rapp 262

Feucht 75

Panagopoulos 102

Binsfeld 220

Grimes 156

Ernst 75

Simacek 1,098


So total box tops = 5,216

Which = about $522 for MP/Quest


Progress reports will be sent home on Wednesday, March 14th. I will see about half of you on March 15th for a conference. Again, students are striving towards the grade of “3” in the third trimester. If your child has any 1s, there is reason for concern. Summer School information will be coming out in a few weeks, and recommendations will be made if needed. If there are any 2s, there is room for some concern, but your child has room to grow 3rd trimester. As always, you can contact me any time if you have questions or concerns.

Mrs. Simacek’s Conferences (see email)




Forward Exam for 5th graders will be April 16th-20th.  PLEASE avoid scheduling any appointments or outside of school activities during the state testing if possible.  


LITERACY - Students have started a new Schoolwide kit this week entitled, “Grammar”. They learned about using the index as a reader and a writer while enjoying the book, White Owl, Barn Owl.

Students should be at 100% of goal by now and record something they visualized while reading in journal daily  (reading 40-60 pages per day with the 30 min. read in class and 30 min. per night at home).  READING AT HOME EVERY DAY IS AN ENTIRE BUILDING EXPECTATION. This is critical in the growth of your child’s reading. We appreciate your support of your child’s growth. Thanks again to A & W for the coupons for the students making their reading goals.

    • Students are almost done with Book Clubs on a mystery book. They have an assigned amount of pages to read by the next book club meeting for their group.

    • They have also been given clear expectations of what is expected to have written in their reading journals. The expectations are also in Google Classroom if you’d like your child to show you. They will be reading this in addition to their independent reading book.

    • If a student is unprepared, they are unable to participate in the book club, and this gives a grade of 1. They have plenty of time to read and write in journals in class.


SCIENCE FAIR - Students shared their Science Fair projects yesterday. Thank you to everyone for your support and to those of you who were able to make it.  Here is a link to pictures from this year’s Science Fair.  


ROBOTS - All Quest 5th graders will be together for the next part of the Robots curriculum. Students making quick transitions in opening our wall and showing respect by listening and following directions will help the unit go more smoothly with all 48 students.


MATH - Students are working on chapter 5  “Division with Whole Numbers and Decimals”. They should be done with all X-tra Math 3-second tests.  If they are not, they should work on Xtra Math each day we didn’t do at school (and on the weekend) to try to catch up.  

Also, during daily WIN time, students will be preparing for the Forward Exam including materials from chapter 8, “Measurement and Geometry.”

    • https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/ePC/start.do username: last  namefirst initial; password-ripon2025  

    • Work on Xtra Math at home (if not done at school) if not passed multiplication. The only way to catch up for students not on division is to work on the days we don’t have school.


SPELLING - Finish Spelling City every week by Th. Tests Friday - high frequency words written in planner if needed. Next week’s lists were given today.  


POSTCARDS WANTED -  ℅ Mrs. Simacek; Quest Elementary; 64 Sunset, Box 991; Ripon WI  54971  We do a quick geography lesson as the postcards come in.  


READ ALOUD - Students enjoyed learning the 45 presidents in order through the read-aloud, Yo, Millard Fillmore (and all those other presidents you don’t know) and the song to the tune of “Yankee Doodle.”  Fifteen students were able to say all 45 presidents in order! Some in less than 20 seconds!

Our next read aloud is entitled, A Jar of Tiny Stars: Poems by NCTE Award-Winning Poets Ed by Bernice E. Cullinan, whom I had the privilege to meet at the Wisconsin State Reading Association in February of 2002.  


Quest Jolly Rancher suckers are available after school on Fridays. $1 each. (or last day of the week - like next week)


VOLUNTEERS STILL WANTED - Parent(s)/Grandparent(s) - PLEASE consider helping any or all days of the week from 1:00-1:30 during WIN (What I Need) time.  Your role will be to assist students in Math as I work closely with small groups of students in intense study of improving in math skills.  Thank you in advance.  


Please click “like” on pictures you like on the 5S Facebook page, so I know it’s worth my time to take and post pictures of your children.  



From Mrs. Cluppert regarding French Adventure: Two French adults and 22 students are coming for an experience of a lifetime to MPQ from May 14-28 from a bilingual school in Paris.    Nationalities are French, Chinese, Russian,  Australian, Swiss, American, Japanese



RESTROOMS - Mr. Klapperich is grateful this past week was MUCH better.

Dates to remember: Not posted on previous updates

March 2-13 - Spring Fundraiser

March 8 - Family Fun Night 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

March 8 - MP/Q Art Show 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

March 8 - Last Day of 2nd Trimester

March 9 - NO SCHOOL

March 13 - CHERRYDALE FUNDRAISER FORMS & PAYMENT DUE

March 13 - Music in Our Schools Month Concert - 7 PM

Thursday, March 15th 3:30-7:30 Conferences (if you didn’t have a December conference)

March 26-31 - SPRING BREAK - NO SCHOOL

April 10 - Cherrydale Fundraiser Product Delivery Date 3:00 PM - 5:15 PM - Cafeteria (If you can’t pickup, please arrange to have someone pick it up for you

April 16-20 - FORWARD EXAM - PLEASE AVOID SCHEDULING APPOINTMENTS IF POSSIBLE

May 14  (Monday) - 5th Grade Choir Community Tour (afternoon)

May 15 (Tuesday) - 5th Grade Choir Concert @ 2:00 & 7:00 p.m.

May 17 - PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHT 6:00-7:30 PM

June 7 - Last Day of School


As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have ANY questions or concerns.  I hope you and your family enjoy your weekend.


Sincerely,

Mrs. Simacek



Happy Friday 5S Parents,                           Week 24 - 2/23/18


Please watch for the VERY IMPORTANT 6th Elective Course Selection Forms coming home today (green for Catalyst & yellow for RMS). They need to be filled out and returned to me by next Friday, March 2nd.  


Overall, students handled the Human Growth & Development this week pretty well.


LITERACY - Students should be at 100% of goal by now and record something they visualized while reading in journal daily  (reading 40-60 pages per day with the 30 min. read in class and 30 min. per night at home).  

    • Students have started Book Clubs on a mystery book. They have an assigned amount of pages to read by the next book club meeting for their group.

    • They have also been given clear expectations of what is expected to have written in their reading journals. The expectations are also in Google Classroom if you’d like your child to show you. They will be reading this in addition to their independent reading book.

    • If a student is unprepared, they are unable to participate in the book club, and this gives a grade of 1.


SCIENCE FAIR - Students should have shared their experiment by today. If not, they will share on Monday to receive their grade and feedback from their classmates. The Science Fair will be held on March 1st from 2-3 PM. All are welcome to attend.


MATH - Students are working on chapter 5  “Division with Whole Numbers and Decimals”. They should be done with all X-tra Math 3-second tests.  If they are not, they should work on Xtra Math each day we didn’t do at school (and on the weekend) to try to catch up.  Also, during daily WIN time, students will be preparing for the Forward Exam including materials from chapter 8, “Measurement and Geometry.”

    • https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/ePC/start.do username: last  namefirst initial; password-ripon2025  

    • Work on Xtra Math at home (if not done at school) if not passed multiplication. The only way to catch up for students not on division is to work on the days we don’t have school.


SPELLING - Finish Spelling City every week by Th. Tests Friday - high frequency words written in planner if needed. Next week’s lists were given today.  


POSTCARDS WANTED -  ℅ Mrs. Simacek; Quest Elementary; 64 Sunset, Box 991; Ripon WI  54971  We do a quick geography lesson as the postcards come in.  Another thanks to the Montana relatives who sent another awesome care package :)


Quest Jolly Rancher suckers are available after school on Fridays. $1 each. (or last day of the week - like today)


VOLUNTEERS STILL WANTED - Parent(s)/Grandparent(s) - PLEASE consider helping any or all days of the week from 1:00-1:30 during WIN (What I Need) time.  Your role will be to assist students in Math as I work closely with small groups of students in intense study of improving in math skills.  Thank you in advance.  


Please click “like” on pictures you like on the 5S Facebook page, so I know it’s worth my time to take and post pictures of your children.  


MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

Please join us on Thursday, March 8th from 5:30-7 pm here for a night of bouncing, food and fun during the Murray Park Quest Family Night.

We are also in need of adult volunteers to make this fun event happen. Please consider volunteering the night of the event for part or all of the evening. For every time slot that you sign-up for, you get on Free child pass for the event http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4caea72da4f94-family1



From Mrs. Cluppert regarding French Adventure: Two French adults and 22 students are coming for an experience of a lifetime to MPQ from May 14-28 from a bilingual school in Paris.    Nationalities are French, Chinese, Russian,  Australian, Swiss, American, Japanese



RESTROOMS - Sadly, due to vandalism, students have been asked to use the buddy system when using the restrooms.

Dates to remember:

February 27 - 6 PM - French Adventure Meeting - Library

March 1 - Science Fair 2-3 PM

March 8 - Family Fun Night 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

March 8 - Last Day of 2nd Trimester

Thursday, March 15th 3:30-7:30 Conferences (if you didn’t have a December conference)

Thursday, March 15th 3:30-7:30 Conferences

May 14  (Monday) - 5th Grade Choir Community Tour (afternoon)

May 15 (Tuesday) - 5th Grade Choir Concert @ 2:00 & 7:00 p.m.

May 17 - PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHT 6:00-7:30 PM

June 7 - Last Day of School


As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have ANY questions or concerns.  I hope you and your family enjoy your weekend.


Sincerely,

Mrs. Simacek



Happy Friday 5S Parents,                           Week 23 - 2/15/18


Thanks to our awesome Valentine’s Day party committee and the parent helpers. We had fun. Students made cards for the neighboring residents at Fountainview Care Center which was perfect during this Random Act of Kindness Week.  


Random Acts of Kindness - Students kept track on a lavender sheet of their random acts of kindness this week, and top percentage students will be given some sort of trophy.


From Mrs. Huser: STEM opportunity for Girls in Brookfield (see email sent 2/14):  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdU_Ta_s9jwBh4vRGb1sHvjLzhzOAEL-nsTUGhqnWEH_npz-Q/viewform


Human Growth & Development - 2/22. In fifth grade, students learn in one classroom setting about what happens to both boy’s and girl’s bodies through puberty.


LITERACY - Students should be at 100% of goal by now and record something they visualized while reading in journal daily  (reading 40-60 pages per day with the 30 min. read in class and 30 min. per night at home).  

  • Students have started Book Clubs on a mystery book. They have an assigned amount of pages to read by the next book club meeting for their group. They have also been given clear expectations of what is expected to have written in their reading journals. The expectations are also in Google Classroom if you’d like your child to show you. They will be reading this in addition to their independent reading book.


SCIENCE FAIR - Students should have conducted their experiment by now and conferenced with an adult for the poster to be error free. We will have an in class mini Science Fair (where I grade the projects) this coming Thursday,  February 22nd. All students need to have everything here and ready by 2-22. Please communicate this with your child. They need EVERYTHING here ready to present their Science Fair project. The Science Fair will be held on March 1st from 2-3 PM. All are welcome to attend.


MATH - Students have started chapter 5  “Division with Whole Numbers and Decimals”. They should be done with all X-tra Math 3-second tests.  If they are not, they should work on Xtra Math each day we didn’t do at school (and on the weekend) to try to catch up.  Also, during daily WIN time, students will be preparing for the Forward Exam including materials from chapter 8, “Measurement and Geometry.”

  • https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/ePC/start.do username: last  namefirst initial; password-ripon2025  

  • Work on Xtra Math at home (if not done at school) if not passed multiplication. The only way to catch up for students not on division is to work on the days we don’t have school.


SPELLING - Finish Spelling City every week by Th. Tests Friday - high frequency words written in planner if needed. Next week’s lists were given today.  


POSTCARDS WANTED -  ℅ Mrs. Simacek; Quest Elementary; 64 Sunset, Box 991; Ripon WI  54971  We do a quick geography lesson as the postcards come in.  Another thanks to the Montana relatives who sent another awesome care package :)


Quest Jolly Rancher suckers are available after school on Fridays. $1 each. (or last day of the week - like today)


VOLUNTEERS WANTED - Parent(s)/Grandparent(s) - PLEASE consider helping any or all days of the week from 1:00-1:30 during WIN (What I Need) time.  Your role will be to assist students in Math as I work closely with small groups of students in intense study of improving in math skills.  Thank you in advance.  


Please click “like” on pictures you like on the 5S Facebook page, so I know it’s worth my time to take and post pictures of your children.  


Our new power word at MP/Q is respect. Mrs. Bunge shared this image.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

Please join us on Thursday, March 8th from 5:30-7 pm here for a night of bouncing, food and fun during the Murray Park Quest Family Night.

We are also in need of adult volunteers to make this fun event happen. Please consider volunteering the night of the event for part or all of the evening. For every time slot that you sign-up for, you get on Free child pass for the event http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4caea72da4f94-family1



From Mrs. Cluppert regarding French Adventure: Two French adults and 22 students are coming for an experience of a lifetime to MPQ from May 14-28 from a bilingual school in Paris.    Nationalities are French, Chinese, Russian,  Australian, Swiss, American, Japanese


The French adults will be staying at the home of Kat Griffith and Soren Hauge during their stay.  Jocelyn Hoeper has graciously volunteered to help out with transportation of the adults to and from school as well as many other times.



Please check out the school in Paris      EMJ School


There will be a meeting for French Adventure on Tuesday, February 27th in the MPQ Media Center at 6:00 p.m.



We will discuss:


French Adventure Code of Conduct


More Guidelines for Correspondence


Procedures for arrival


Medical Assistance Cards


Welcome potluck dinner


French/host lunch information


Calendar Events-field trips


Matches-host/French-Questions and answers


Hosting classes scheduled


Miscellaneous




Please bring along your calendars.



The Ripon/EMJ matches will be handed out to your son/daughter tomorrow-Friday

France will be releasing their matches this same day.   Correspondence can begin anytime after you have your match.  We should also be receiving a hard copy of guidelines for correspondence(France has not sent yet) which will be given out at the parent meeting.  Feel free to email, skype, get to know your French person.  Can't wait to hear some exciting news on the night of our meeting.


Dates to remember:

February 27 - 6 PM - French Adventure Meeting - Library

March 1 - Science Fair 2-3 PM

March 8 - Family Fun Night 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

March 8 - Last Day of 2nd Trimester

Thursday, March 15th 3:30-7:30 Conferences (if you didn’t have a December conference)

Thursday, March 15th 3:30-7:30 Conferences

May 14  (Monday) - 5th Grade Choir Community Tour (afternoon)

May 15 (Tuesday) - 5th Grade Choir Concert @ 2:00 & 7:00 p.m.

May 17 - PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHT 6:00-7:30 PM

June 7 - Last Day of School


As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have ANY questions or concerns.  I hope you and your family enjoy your weekend.


Sincerely,

Mrs. Simacek


Happy Friday 5S Parents,                                 Week 22 - 2/8/18


  • REMINDER - NO SCHOOL FRIDAY, 2/9 OR MONDAY 2/12 - I look forward to seeing your children back in school on Tuesday.


  • AWESOME sub report from Mrs. Gilchrist yesterday. It was much better than the one from Mrs. Heyn last week. Thank you, 5S!!  


  • Thank you for the AMAZING turnout and support at last week’s Project Showcase. The students really appreciate your kind feedback. Didn’t they do an amazing job on the “Put a Little Love In Your Heart” song too? Thanks again to everyone who donated to our Super Bowl basket! It looked awesome. Pictures are posted on FB link.


  • The students enjoyed the first half of the high school musical, The Addam's Family, on Tuesday. Perhaps you and your family can enjoy the rest of the musical this weekend.


  • Human Growth & Development - 2/22. In fifth grade, students learn in one classroom setting about what happens to both boy’s and girl’s bodies through puberty.


  • WRITING CONTEST - Students put the finishing touches on their stories, and they were picked up today. We should find out in March who the winners are. We will get all the stories back after the contest celebration in April.


  • LITERACY - In Reading, students are learning great writing techniques through the Schoolwide resource, “Writing Fundamentals” kit with great literature to inspire young writers. Students should be at 100% of goal by now and record something they visualized while reading in journal daily  (reading 40-60 pages per day with the 30 min. read in class and 30 min. per night at home).


  • SCIENCE FAIR - Have your child show you the grade sheet and Poster Layout Sheet (due 2/16) this weekend in choosing his/her Science Fair project. We will have an in class mini Science Fair (where I grade the projects) on February 22nd. All students need to have everything here and ready by 2-22. Please communicate this with your child. Let’s avoid someone coming to class on the 22nd - they need EVERYTHING here ready to present their Science Fair project.



  • MATH - Students have started chapter 5  “Division with Whole Numbers and Decimals”. They should be done with all X-tra Math 3-second tests.  If they are not, they should work on Xtra Math each day over break to try to catch up.  Also, during daily WIN time, students will be preparing for the Forward Exam including materials from chapter 8, “Measurement and Geometry.”

    • https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/ePC/start.do username: last  namefirst initial; password-ripon2025  

    • Work on Xtra Math at home (if not done at school) if not passed multiplication. The only way to catch up for students not on division is to work on the days we don’t have school.


  • SPELLING - Finish Spelling City every week by Th. Tests Friday - high frequency words written in planner if needed. Next week’s lists were given today.  


  • POSTCARDS WANTED -  ℅ Mrs. Simacek; Quest Elementary; 64 Sunset, Box 991; Ripon WI  54971  We do a quick geography lesson as the postcards come in.  Another thanks to the Montana relatives who sent another awesome care package :)


  • Quest Jolly Rancher suckers are available after school on Fridays. $1 each. (or last day of the week - like today)


  • VOLUNTEERS WANTED - Parent(s)/Grandparent(s) - PLEASE consider helping any or all days of the week from 1:00-1:30 during WIN (What I Need) time.  Your role will be to assist students in Math as I work closely with small groups of students in intense study of improving in math skills.  Thank you in advance.  


  • Please click “like” on pictures you like on the 5S Facebook page, so I know it’s worth my time to take and post pictures of your children.  

Dates to remember:

February 9 - NO SCHOOL

February 12 - NO SCHOOL

March 1 - Science Fair 2-3 PM

March 8 - Family Fun Night 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

March 8 - Last Day of 2nd Trimester

Thursday, March 15th 3:30-7:30 Conferences (if you didn’t have a December conference)

Thursday, March 15th 3:30-7:30 Conferences

May 14  (Monday) - 5th Grade Choir Community Tour (afternoon)

May 15 (Tuesday) - 5th Grade Choir Concert @ 2:00 & 7:00 p.m.

May 17 - PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHT 6:00-7:30 PM

June 7 - Last Day of School


As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have ANY questions or concerns.  I hope you and your family enjoy your weekend.


Sincerely,

Mrs. Simacek



Happy Project Showcase Night 5S Parents,                                 Week 21 - 2/1/18


  • The students are SO excited to share their projects with you tonight. To clarify:

    • 6:00-6:30 - everyone from 5S in our room for Geography projects

    • 6:30-7:00 - Cafeteria - view Genius Hour projects and robots projects

    • 7:00-7:10 - return devices to our classroom from Genius Hour sharing & make way to gym

    • 7:10-7:20 - special presentation by ALL Quest Students

    • 7:20-7:30 - raffle announcements - must be present to win (or give your ticket to someone who is staying)


  • It was VERY exciting to have our guests from around Wisconsin here yesterday learning about Quest with our students.  You should be very proud. They impressed everyone tremendously.


  • We will be going to the High School Musical on February 6th.  The musical is the Addam's Family.


  • Human Growth & Development - 2/22. In fifth grade, students learn in one classroom setting about what happens to both boy’s and girl’s bodies through puberty.


  • Welcome to Mr. Nelson. He began on Monday, January 29th as our new Phy Ed teacher.


  • WRITING CONTEST - Students have finished drafting and revising their creative writing stories this week. This weekend, they are to finish the illustrations for their book.

They have the rules of the writing contest, words to use other than said, reminders of four reasons to indent paragraphs, and more resources in their literacy folder. They should be done editing their story and beginning the publishing phase including illustrations.


  • LITERACY - In Reading, students are learning great writing techniques through the Schoolwide resource, “Writing Fundamentals” kit with great literature to inspire young writers. Students should be at 90% of goal by now and record something they visualized while reading in journal daily  (reading 40-60 pages per day with the 30 min. read in class and 30 min. per night at home).



  • Congratulations to our two Spelling Bee finalists last week!


  • Congratulations to our students who participated in the Geography Bee and to our student who won the Geography Bee.  


  • GENIUS HOUR - students have polished their Genius Hour projects to showcase to you in the cafeteria the same half hour you view their robots projects TONIGHT the cafeteria during Project Showcase.


  • MATH - Students are wrapping up Chapter 4 “Multiplication with Whole Numbers and Decimals”. They are taking the pre-test on chapter 5, “Division with Whole Numbers and Decimals”.  Also, during daily WIN time, students will be preparing for the Forward Exam including materials from chapter 8, “Measurement and Geometry.”

    • https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/ePC/start.do username: last  namefirst initial; password-ripon2025  

    • Work on Xtra Math at home (if not done at school) if not passed multiplication. The only way to catch up for students not on division is to work on the days we don’t have school.


  • SPELLING - Finish Spelling City every week by Th. Tests Friday - high frequency words written in planner if needed. Next week’s lists will be given tomorrow, as the test is next Thursday.  


  • POSTCARDS WANTED -  ℅ Mrs. Simacek; Quest Elementary; 64 Sunset, Box 991; Ripon WI  54971  We do a quick geography lesson as the postcards come in.  


  • Box Tops Collection - Thank you for the Box Tops!!  We haven’t heard which class collected the most sheets yet, but we had over 35 sheets - thank you!!!


  • Quest Jolly Rancher suckers are available after school on Fridays. $1 each.


  • VOLUNTEERS WANTED - Parent(s)/Grandparent(s) - PLEASE consider helping any or all days of the week from 1:00-1:30 during WIN (What I Need) time.  Your role will be to assist students in Math as I work closely with small groups of students in intense study of improving in math skills.  Thank you in advance.  


  • Please click “like” on pictures you like on the 5S Facebook page, so I know it’s worth my time to take and post pictures of your children.  

Dates to remember:

January 31-February 8 - Book Fair

February 1 - 6:00-7:30 - Quest Project Showcase Night

February 9 - NO SCHOOL

February 12 - NO SCHOOL

March 1 - Science Fair 2-3 PM

March 8 - Family Fun Night 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

March 8 - Last Day of 2nd Trimester

Thursday, March 15th 3:30-7:30 Conferences (if you didn’t have a December conference)

Thursday, March 15th 3:30-7:30 Conferences

May 14  (Monday) - 5th Grade Choir Community Tour (afternoon)

May 15 (Tuesday) - 5th Grade Choir Concert @ 2:00 & 7:00 p.m.

May 17 - PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHT 6:00-7:30 PM

June 7 - Last Day of School


As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have ANY questions or concerns.  I hope you and your family enjoy your weekend.


Sincerely,

Mrs. Simacek



Happy Friday 5S Parents,                                         Week 20 - 1/26/18


  • Wow!  Your students have had a BUSY week! They are learning the value of using their time wisely and using the grade sheet to accomplish their goals.


  • Welcome to Mr. Nelson beginning on Monday, January 29th as our new Phy Ed teacher. I look forward to the students treating him with great respect and hearing good reports from Mr. Nelson. We thanked Mr. Feidt for coming out of retirement to fill in until Mr. Nelson could begin.


  • WRITING CONTEST - Students have finished drafting and revising their creative writing stories this week.

    • This weekend, they are to finish making the corrections we edited.

    • Also, they need to finish illustrating their cover.

They have the rules of the writing contest, words to use other than said, reminders of four reasons to indent paragraphs, and more resources in their literacy folder. They should be done editing their story and beginning the publishing phase including illustrations.


  • LITERACY - In Reading, students are learning great writing techniques through the Schoolwide resource, “Writing Fundamentals” kit with great literature to inspire young writers. Students should be at 80% of goal by now and record something they visualized while reading in journal daily  (reading 40-60 pages per day with the 30 min. read in class and 30 min. per night at home).



  • Good luck to the students in today’s Spelling Bee!


  • Mrs. Huser will be holding a Geography Bee for interested students. Students were invited to pick up information in the office if they were interested in participating. Please encourage your child to participate if interested and contact Mrs. Huser (huserj@ripon.k12.wi.us) for further details.


  • GENIUS HOUR - students are polishing and practicing their Genius Hour projects to showcase to you in the cafeteria the same half hour you view their robots projects 6:30-7:00 PM next Thursday in the cafeteria during Project Showcase.


  • MATH - Students are working on Chapter 4 “Multiplication with Whole Numbers and Decimals”

    • https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/ePC/start.do username: last  namefirst initial; password-ripon2025  

    • Work on Xtra Math at home (if not done at school) if not passed multiplication. The only way to catch up for students not on division is to work on the days we don’t have school.


  • SPELLING - Finish Spelling City every week by Th. Tests Friday - high frequency words written in planner if needed


  • Mystery Skype - Ask your child how this week’s Mystery Skype went.


  • This afternoon, we will have an art presentation on Escher’s artwork. Ask your child what s/he liked about it.


  • POSTCARDS WANTED -  ℅ Mrs. Simacek; Quest Elementary; 64 Sunset, Box 991; Ripon WI  54971  We do a quick geography lesson as the postcards come in.  We even received a fun care package from a student’s relatives in Montana yesterday which was fun.


Box Tops Collection - Box Top forms and letter came home last week. The collection goes through next Wednesday, January 31st.  Please send in all sheets (even if they’re not full) by the 31st (THIS WEDNESDAY). Thank you!!


  • Quest Jolly Rancher suckers are available after school on Fridays. $1 each.


  • VOLUNTEERS WANTED - Parent(s)/Grandparent(s) - PLEASE consider helping any or all days of the week from 1:00-1:30 during WIN (What I Need) time.  Your role will be to assist students in Math as I work closely with small groups of students in intense study of improving in math skills.  Thank you in advance.  


  • Please click “like” on pictures you like on the 5S Facebook page, so I know it’s worth my time to take and post pictures of your children.  

Dates to remember:

January 26 - Schoolwide Spelling Bee - 2 PM in the Cafeteria

January 31-February 8 - Book Fair

February 1 - 6:00-7:30 - Quest Project Showcase Night

February 9 - NO SCHOOL

February 12 - NO SCHOOL

March 1 - Science Fair 2-3 PM

March 8 - Family Fun Night 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

March 8 - Last Day of 2nd Trimester

Thursday, March 15th 3:30-7:30 Conferences (if you didn’t have a December conference)

Thursday, March 15th 3:30-7:30 Conferences

May 14  (Monday) - 5th Grade Choir Community Tour (afternoon)

May 15 (Tuesday) - 5th Grade Choir Concert @ 2:00 & 7:00 p.m.

May 17 - PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHT 6:00-7:30 PM

June 7 - Last Day of School


As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have ANY questions or concerns.  I hope you and your family enjoy your weekend.


Sincerely,

Mrs. Simacek



Happy Friday 5S Parents,                                         Week 19 - 1/19/18


What an exciting time in 5th grade Quest! Students are busy as bees working to get everything ready for our visitors from around the state on January 31st, Project Showcase on February 2nd, and the Writing Contest.


A great fundraiser for Quest students is the basket raffle during Project Showcase. Families from our room are asked to donate items to a Super Bowl basket - anything you think would be fun to have during the Super Bowl. Please have the item(s) here by Tuesday, January 30th.


We need some parent helpers during Project Showcase. Here is the link to sign up and the schedule below when your child is presenting.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080945afa729a1fe3-volunteers

Schedule for 5th grade Simacek's class is (with robots in the Cafeteria with Mrs. Ernst about 5 min. 6:30-7:00 any time):


(see email for privacy on public website)


  • WRITING CONTEST - Students have begun revising their creative writing stories this week. They did a peer conference with a classmate giving each other feedback on their story with a praise post-it note, a question post-it note, and a polish post-it note. This weekend, they should finish EDITING their story. This includes all mechanics, spelling, paragraphs are indented, verb tense is correct, etc. They are able to have assistance with this, so please feel free to help them. They have the rules of the writing contest, words to use other than said, reminders of four reasons to indent paragraphs, and more resources in their literacy folder.


  • LITERACY - In Reading, students are learning great writing techniques through the Schoolwide resource, “Writing Fundamentals” kit with great literature to inspire young writers.



  • Congratulations to all the students for their hard work preparing for the class Spelling Bee last Friday.  Two of our students (pic on class FB page & Twitter) will be representing our class in the school Spelling Bee on Jan. 26th at 2 PM in the cafeteria.  Mrs. Huser will run that whole school Spelling Bee.  According to Mrs. Huser, “After this the top Murray Park speller and the top Quest speller will move on to the Regional Bee. So, one for each school and this year it does not necessarily have to be a fifth grade student, just the top speller for that particular school.”Good luck!!


  • Mrs. Huser will be holding a Geography Bee for interested students. Students were invited to pick up information in the office if they were interested in participating. Please encourage your child to participate if interested and contact Mrs. Huser (huserj@ripon.k12.wi.us) for further details.


  • GENIUS HOUR - students presented this week and will be polishing them up to share with our visitors from around Wisconsin on 1/31 and with you at Project Showcase on 2/1.


  • READING - Students should be at 70% of goal by now; record higher level questions in journal daily  (reading 40-60 pages per day with the 30 min. read in class and 30 min. per night at home). They are also to record one visualization they made while reading (each school day).


  • SOCIAL STUDIES PROJECT - Students are hard at work on their group Region Project. Have your child show you the lino research tool weekend. Your child should have a minimum of ten notes.  Here is a link to the Project Wall, so you can confirm your child is on the right track with their notes this weekend.  We’ve discussed the focus in project based learning is the DRIVING and GUIDING QUESTIONS. They are not just researching. They are persuading people to visit or move to the region they are researching. In other words, they shouldn’t just tell facts. That may not make people want to visit there - like - the state bird of Wisconsin is the robin - may not encourage people to move or visit here. Any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

    • Groups will be presenting (schedule posted above) from 6:00-6:30. We ask you stay for all the presentations. Times are tight, so we ask everyone be in the room before 6:00 PM. Thank you.


  • ROBOTS - Ask your child how their group is working and what they are doing. You will be able to see your child’s group robot in action during Project Showcase from 6:30-7:00 on 2/1.


  • MATH - Students are working on Chapter 4 “Multiplication with Whole Numbers and Decimals”

    • https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/ePC/start.do username: last  namefirst initial; password-ripon2025  

    • Work on Xtra Math at home (if not done at school) if not passed multiplication. The only way to catch up for students not on division is to work on the days we don’t have school.

    • Mrs. Ernst shared this link from her Math class: (see email or FB for privacy)


  • SPELLING - Finish Spelling City every week by Th. Tests Friday - high frequency words written in planner if needed


  • POSTCARDS WANTED -  ℅ Mrs. Simacek; Quest Elementary; 64 Sunset, Box 991; Ripon WI  54971  We do a quick geography lesson as the postcards come in.


Box Tops Collection - Word is we will be having another Box Tops collection. Stay tuned for details, but thank you for taping the NOT EXPIRED BOX TOPS onto the form I gave you at before school conferences.  If you need more, please let me know.  I have plenty.


  • Book orders are due on Tuesday, January 23rd. Please make checks payable to Scholastic.


  • Valentine’s Day Party - The Valentine’s Day party committee is working hard to plan a fun party for 2/14 from 2-3 PM. Students who wish to give Valentines are asked to give one to everyone in the class: (see email for names


  • Quest Jolly Rancher suckers will now be available after school on Fridays. $1 each.


  • VOLUNTEERS WANTED - Parent(s)/Grandparent(s) - PLEASE consider helping any or all days of the week from 1:00-1:30 during WIN (What I Need) time.  Your role will be to assist students in Math as I work closely with small groups of students in intense study of improving in math skills.  Thank you in advance.  



Dates to remember:

January 26 - Schoolwide Spelling Bee - 2 PM in the Cafeteria

January 31-February 8 - Book Fair

February 1 - 6:00-7:30 - Quest Project Showcase Night

February 9 - NO SCHOOL

February 12 - NO SCHOOL

March 1 - Science Fair 2-3 PM

March 8 - Family Fun Night 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

March 8 - Last Day of 2nd Trimester

Thursday, March 15th 3:30-7:30 Conferences (if you didn’t have a December conference)

Thursday, March 15th 3:30-7:30 Conferences

May 14  (Monday) - 5th Grade Choir Community Tour (afternoon)

May 15 (Tuesday) - 5th Grade Choir Concert @ 2:00 & 7:00 p.m.

May 17 - PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHT 6:00-7:30 PM

June 7 - Last Day of School


As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have ANY questions or concerns.  I hope you and your family enjoy your weekend.


Sincerely,

Mrs. Simacek



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