Weekly Updates

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

and

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

DATES TO REMEMBER:

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

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

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

 

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

                            

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Simacek

 


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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

and

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

DATES TO REMEMBER:

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

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

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

·         Science Fair Thursday 2/23/17  

 

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

 

Have a wonderful Ripon Homecoming and great weekend,

 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Simacek & Ms. Dykstra


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

and

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

DATES TO REMEMBER:

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

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

·         Science Fair Thursday 2/23/17  

 

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

 

I hope you and your family have a relaxing weekend. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Simacek

 

 


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

and

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

DATES TO REMEMBER:

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

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

·         Science Fair Thursday 2/23/17  

 

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

                            

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

 

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Simacek

 

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