Weekly Updates

Happy Friday 5S Parents,                                         Week 7 - 10/20/17


THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!!  Your support of your child’s education last night was awesome!  The students worked so hard, and your support of their education is greatly appreciated.  Thank you for leaving and giving them feedback. It is much appreciated.


HELP NEEDED - 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.  


Tiger Way Power Word #2: responsibility - After a few weeks of discussing the Tiger Way Power Word, safety, MP/Q students are now discussing the next Tiger Way Power Word, responsibility.  Feel free to have a chat with your child how s/he is responsible in his/her life


Spelling Bee isn’t until February - but Mrs. Huser gave the study list now in case students wanted to start studying.


In honor of Veterans Day, 2017, we would like to invite veterans to attend and be recognized at this year's Veterans Day Program on November 10th at 10:45 AM in the Murray Park/Quest gymnasium. Please invite any veterans to our program.  Thank you.


WANTED:  Digital camera and/or SD cards, and AA Batteries.  The camera I have goes through batteries quickly.  If you have a digital camera you don’t use anymore, we’d love to use it in our classroom.  Thanks!


Thanks to the Ripon Fire Department for reminding us Safety Tips.  Students reviewed Stop, Drop, Cover, and Roll if they are on fire.  PASS for a fire extinguisher is an acronym for: Pull, Aim, Squeeze, and Sweep (move it side to side).  They were reminded to have an escape plan and meeting spot in case of fire.  They learned shutting the bedroom door will add a lot of time to staying safe if there is a fire.  Clean out underneath the dryer at least once a year.  They also let many students (and the teacher) ride in the ladder way up high.  :)  




WAHOO!  Our class now has collected 17 coats. Thank you, 5S Families!  We are in 2nd place to Mrs. Pokorny’s class (they have 27).  Please ask your neighbors and friends and other family members if they have any coats they can donate.  We will continue collecting coats through November 11th. We will have the Coat Giveaway on Saturday, November 25th. This will take place in the cafeteria from 8:00 AM-12:00 Noon.



Fall Costume Party on Tues. 10-31-17 2:00 PM - see note sent home 10-5-17 (also pasted here):

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),                                               October 5, 2017

We are having our fall celebrations in our classroom on October 31st. We have a wonderful committee of students and parents planning a great party.  Our class chose to wear costumes, but it is not required. Costumes are not to be worn to school. Your child will put on their costume at 1:45 PM.

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

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

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

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

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

  • Hair painting is not allowed.

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

                                  Sincerely,

                                  Mrs. Simacek


Students are encouraged to wear their school t-shirts on Wednesday mornings.  

Thanks for supporting the Quest sucker sale - $1 each Friday.


READING - Students are continuing to enjoy listening to Wonder by Raquel J. Palacio.  This book fit nicely with the Habit of Mind students learned about this week, listening with empathy.

Students have been busy logging their school and home pages.  They are increasing their stamina each day.  They are to be about 50% of their independent reading goal.  

MATH – Students wrapped up chapter 1 this week.  They are pre-testing on chapter 2, and new groups will begin next Wednesday after the October STAR Assessment.  

Please feel free to encourage your child to use the online ThinkCentral component to reviewhttps://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/ePC/start.do username: last namefirst initial; password-ripon2025  

Students are using Moby Max last week (found on my website under the Math link).  They are also using Xtra Math to show they know their basic facts quickly.  Students should wrap up the addition Xtra Math assessment by the end of the month (Thanksgiving at the very latest).  If they haven’t yet, they are encouraged to hop on Xtra Math each day on the weekend, as the program allows students to work on their assessments once daily.  


HABITS OF MIND – The Storyjumper Habits of Mind e-books turned out GREAT, and we hope you enjoyed viewing/hearing it last night.  If you’d like to order the book, that is an option.


COMPOSTING - The compost action research project is in full force.  Thanks to our students leading the efforts, students have reduced the waste in our school by over 30 pounds per day down from 110 pounds of waste.  That is amazing!


EARTH SCIENCE - Students will wrap up the earth science with some direct instruction lessons with Mrs. Shattuck (here for Mrs. Ernst) and Mrs. Ernst next week.  


NEXT UNIT - Plans are underway for the next 5th grade project.  Students will be switching gears to a Social Studies unit on U.S. Conflicts focusing on the American Revolution and Colonial Life.  Students will also be learning about the U.S. Government.  


On Tuesday, I will be taking our Student Council representatives and officers to Madison for the Elementary Leadership Institute.  Please feel free to have a chat with  your child explaining your expectations of their behavior for Mrs. O’Connor.  :)  Thank you!


REPEATED POST -  October is Keeping Kids Safe Online Month.  What do you do at home to promote safety online?  Ask your child what we’ve been discussing in class.


REPEATED POST: SPELLING Students need to be sure they complete all four assignments in Spelling City.  They have time at school, but they may need to wrap it up at home.  When they show you, you should see four check marks indicating all four assignments are complete.

Students are given the answers to the list when introduced to the lesson (usually on Mondays), and they should study every night to earn at least an 85% accuracy score on Friday’s test.  If EVERYONE earns -0, there will be no test the next week.  

Your child will need to use the login information sent home last week at home if s/he doesn’t use a Chromebook.  If they use a Chromebook, they may be able to use Classlink to login to Spelling City.  


GENIUS HOUR - Students who are not behind in other work are able to work on an independent Genius Hour project.  They will be researching a topic they are “passionate” about.  They will be coming up with their own project idea.  Each week (usually on Fridays), they’ll be able to work on the projects.  The final product is also their choice.  This time is for students who are caught up in all areas of their other schoolwork (reading, math, spelling, projects, etc.).  

They have a Genius Hour Project Plan that is just like the Composting Project Plan where they will create their own driving and guiding questions.  (Driving questions cannot simply be “googled” and found”).  The Project Plan is in Google Classroom.  


REPEATED POST: PLANTING IN THE QUEST RAISED BED GARDENS - The lettuce and spinach are coming along nicely in our raised bed garden.  


REPEATED POST: Mr. Hernandez is a Ripon College student who is hoping to become a teacher is working in our classroom three afternoons per week.  We are grateful for his assistance in our classroom.  


REPEATED POST: DUOLINGO - Students are continuing to learn Spanish using the online Duolingo program.  


REPEATED POST:  SAFETY - This month, students are really focusing on one of the five Murray Park/Quest power words - SAFETY. They wrote about what safety means to them & displayed it on our board (see picture on Facebook or Twitter).  


REPEATED POST: WIN (What I Need) WIN time allows teachers to work with students on math skills they need to improve on. Students not working in small groups with the teacher are working independently using the Think Central Personal Trainer, Xtra Math, Moby Max, or Education Galaxy online tools.  


REPEATED POST: CLASSROOM RULES - 5S polished up our mission statement to match the school goals.  With “Build community,” they wrote Be kind to others.  With “Solve problems,” they wrote Prevent problems by following the Tiger Way in the first place,” and with ,”Learn for life,” they wrote Work hard.   The rules the students agreed upon and will sign a Classroom Constitution today include: 1) Follow the Tiger Way (respect, responsibility, leadership, safety, and empathy); 2) Work hard; 3) Raise hand and listen; 4) Have fun; 5) Have a growth mindset


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


REPEATED POST: Mrs. Bunge asked we encourage kids to wear Ripon colors and/or their school shirts on Wednesdays to also show our team approach.


REPEATED POST:  Breakfast is served from 7:45-8:15 in the Science Lab this year.  Students can save non perishables until snack time.


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


REPEATED POST: 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:  DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • October 26th MPQ Hearing and Vision  8-12

  • NOV 8 - 3:15-5:15 - product delivery date (send someone if you can't make it please)

  • Thursday, December 14th-3:30-7:30 Conferences

  • Thursday, February 1, 2017 - 6:00 - 7:30 PM - Project Showcase Night & raffles

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

  • Project Showcase Night #3 - Thursday, May 17

  • Wednesday, December 20 MP/Quest Sing-A-Long 2:00 MP/Quest Gymnasium

  • Science Fair - March 1 -  2:00 3:00 PM

  • MP/Q Student Council Family Fun Night Thursday, March 8th   5:30- 7 PM

  • 5/14/18  (Monday) - 5th Grade Choir Community Tour (afternoon)

  • 5/15/18 (Tuesday) - 5th Grade Choir Concert @ 2:00 & 7:00 p.m.

  • End of Trimesters:

  • 12/8/17; 3/8/18; 6/7/18

**Since we are having “pre-school” conferences, we will not be doing other district conference days. (February 8th, and January 15th)

I hope you and your family have a great weekend.  

Sincerely,

Mrs. Simacek



Happy Friday 5S Parents,                                         Week 6 - 10/13/17

Quest is buzzing with excitement for Thursday’s Project Showcase Night.  You and your family can come any time between 6:00 - 7:15.  Students will be presenting their composting projects and Habits of Mind e-books as well as a classroom tour.  For sale:  Popcorn and cider.  We look forward to having you here.  

I recently learned October is Keeping Kids Safe Online Month.  What do you do at home to promote safety online?  Ask your child what we’ve been discussing in class.

We have started collecting coats through November 11th. We will have the Coat Giveaway on Saturday, November 25th. This will take place in the cafeteria from 8:00 AM-12:00 Noon.

Book Fair 10/11-10/18 open during recess and 3:10-3:45 as well as during Project Showcase Night 10/19.

Thanks to the Ripon Fire Department for reminding us Safety Tips.  Students reviewed Stop, Drop, Cover, and Roll if they are on fire.  PASS for a fire extinguisher is an acronym for: Pull, Aim, Squeeze, and Sweep (move it side to side).  They were reminded to have an escape plan and meeting spot in case of fire.  They learned shutting the bedroom door will add a lot of time to staying safe if there is a fire.  Clean out underneath the dryer at least once a year.  They also let many students (and the teacher) ride in the ladder way up high.  :)  

Awesome job 5S families! Our class sold over 85 fundraiser items! Ten students made the goal of selling at least 5 items :)

Fall Costume Party on Tues. 10-31-17 2:00 PM - see note sent home 10-5-17 (also pasted here):

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),                                               October 5, 2017

We are having our fall celebrations in our classroom on October 31st. We have a wonderful committee of students and parents planning a great party.  Our class chose to wear costumes, but it is not required. Costumes are not to be worn to school. Your child will put on their costume at 1:45 PM.

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

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

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

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

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

  • Hair painting is not allowed.

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

                                  Sincerely,

                                  Mrs. Simacek


Students are encouraged to wear their school t-shirts on Wednesday mornings.  

Thanks for supporting the Quest sucker sale - $1 each Friday.


PLEASE HELP ON PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHT - Thank you to those of you who have already signed up to help on Project Showcase Night 10/19/17.  There are still a few spots left to sign up.  Here is the link:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b4cadad2aa0f49-fall


GUIDANCE - Guidance with Ms. Marvin began this week in her new classroom.  


READING - Students are continuing to enjoy listening to Wonder by Raquel J. Palacio.  This book fit nicely with the Habit of Mind students learned about this week, listening with empathy.

Students have been busy logging their school and home pages.  They are increasing their stamina each day.  They are to be about 40% of their independent reading goal.  


REPEATED READING REMINDER:  Students should be able to describe what Reading Workshop is.  Students read in school and are to read at least 30 minutes per school day outside of class (H).  When BRAVE and SOAR begins, they can record those pages read under (H).  They also should start completing the Reading Log (stored in the front clear pocket of their planner) each day with the:

  • Date

  • Home (H) or School (S)

  • Title & author

  • Page started

  • Page stopped

  • Total pages read

  • Minutes read

MATH – Mrs. Ernst and I used the chapter 1 pre-test to create groups.  They are working on chapter 1, “Addition and Subtraction with Fractions”.  They will have most school days) 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.  https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/ePC/start.do username: last namefirst initial; password-ripon2025  

Students are using Moby Max last week (found on my website under the Math link).  They are also using Xtra Math to show they know their basic facts quickly.  The chapter test will be next week, so students should review their chapter papers this weekend to help prepare.  Then, the chapter 2 pre-test will be given and new groups created.


HABITS OF MIND – This week, students continued to enjoy reviewing Habits of Mind - qualities successful people have to live a wonderful life.  In addition to lessons already discussed on persistence, striving for accuracy, managing impulsivity, creativity, questioning and posing problems and listening with empathy, students discussed and reflected on the last of the nine Habits of Mind Quest students are focusing on: metacognition (thinking about thinking), communicating with clarity and precision (see fun pictures on Facebook), and taking responsible risks.  

This weekend, we are hoping students will be able to have your help in emailing themselves (at school email address) pictures of them for each of the nine habits of mind (above).


COMPOSTING - Students have concluded their research and learned a lot about their composting project.  There are 10 groups.  Each group has chosen their driving question and guiding question related to our whole class’s driving question of “What can we do to make our school more ‘green’?”  They are using lino.com to share notes as a group.  Every time they use a book, website, or person as a resource, they are to use Easy Bib to cite their sources correctly.  This is a new skill to many of the students.  Two great resources (in addition to the Symbaloo the students have many resources to choose from in Google Classroom) are found at PowerKnowledge (http://www.pklifescience.com/), BrainPop (username: raqc; password: brainpop) and Scholastic GO http://auth.grolier.com/login/go_login_page.html?bffs=N (username: ripon; password: tigers)

Students used their Project Plan to assign jobs within each group to complete for their “product” (some students call this the project). Using time wisely and collaborating with classmates is a major skills needed in project-based learning, and some students are really shining.  Others could improve in one or both of these areas.  Ask your child to self reflect on how well they use their time during projects and how well they collaborate with their group.  Also, Mrs. Ernst and I have noticed a bit of a disconnect between the fabulous notes the students took and learned about and the product they are putting together.  Please encourage your child to make sure s/he is putting the notes they worked so hard on into their product and they are sticking with their driving and guiding questions the whole time their are working on this action project.  Thanks for all your support!!  :)


SPELLING:  Students need to be sure they complete all four assignments in Spelling City.  They have time at school, but they may need to wrap it up at home.  When they show you, you should see four check marks indicating all four assignments are complete.

Students are given the answers to the list when introduced to the lesson (usually on Mondays), and they should study every night to earn at least an 85% accuracy score on Friday’s test.  If EVERYONE earns -0, there will be no test the next week.  

Your child will need to use the login information sent home last week at home if s/he doesn’t use a Chromebook.  If they use a Chromebook, they may be able to use Classlink to login to Spelling City.  

There will NOT be a spelling list, homework, or test next week.  


PLANTING IN THE QUEST RAISED BED GARDENS - The lettuce and spinach are coming along nicely in our raised bed garden.  


GENIUS HOUR - Students were introduced to the Genius Hour last week.  They will be researching a topic they are “passionate” about.  They will be coming up with their own project idea.  Each week (usually on Fridays), they’ll be able to work on the projects.  The final product is also their choice.  This time is for students who are caught up in all areas of their other schoolwork (reading, math, spelling, projects, etc.).  

They have a Genius Hour Project Plan that is just like the Composting Project Plan where they will create their own driving and guiding questions.  (Driving questions cannot simply be “googled” and found”).  The Project Plan is in Google Classroom.  Today, they generated a list for a possible project.  


REPEATED POST: Mr. Hernandez is a Ripon College student who is hoping to become a teacher is working in our classroom three afternoons per week.  We are grateful for his assistance in our classroom.  


REPEATED POST: DUOLINGO - Students are continuing to learn Spanish using the online Duolingo program.  


REPEATED POST:  SAFETY - This month, students are really focusing on one of the five Murray Park/Quest power words - SAFETY. They wrote about what safety means to them & displayed it on our board (see picture on Facebook or Twitter).  


REPEATED POST: WIN (What I Need) WIN time began last week where teachers and students will be honing in on math skills they need to improve on. Students not working in small groups with the teacher are working independently using the Think Central Personal Trainer, Xtra Math, and Moby Max tools.  


REPEATED POST: FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students will be learning Spanish using Duolingo.  If your family will be hosting a French student, your child may choose to learn French using Duolingo.


REPEATED POST: CLASSROOM RULES - 5S polished up our mission statement to match the school goals.  With “Build community,” they wrote Be kind to others.  With “Solve problems,” they wrote Prevent problems by following the Tiger Way in the first place,” and with ,”Learn for life,” they wrote Work hard.   The rules the students agreed upon and will sign a Classroom Constitution today include: 1) Follow the Tiger Way (respect, responsibility, leadership, safety, and empathy); 2) Work hard; 3) Raise hand and listen; 4) Have fun; 5) Have a growth mindset


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


REPEATED POST: Mrs. Bunge asked we encourage kids to wear Ripon colors and/or their school shirts on Wednesdays to also show our team approach.


REPEATED POST:  Breakfast is served from 7:45-8:15 in the Science Lab this year.  Students can save non perishables until snack time.


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


REPEATED POST: 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:  DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • October 17th - pictures/retakes in the AM - forms were picked up by students today if they need their picture taken or retaken

  • October 19th MPQ student flu shots

  • October 19th - 6:00 - 7:30 PM - PROJECT SHOWCASE - come when you can (no set presentations times at this showcase)

  • October 26th MPQ Hearing and Vision  8-12

  • NOV 8 - 3:15-5:15 - product delivery date (send someone if you can't make it please)

  • Thursday, December 14th-3:30-7:30 Conferences

  • Thursday, February 1, 2017 - 6:00 - 7:30 PM - Project Showcase Night & raffles

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

  • Project Showcase Night #3 - Thursday, May 17

  • Wednesday, December 20 MP/Quest Sing-A-Long 2:00 MP/Quest Gymnasium

  • Science Fair - March 1 -  2:00 3:00 PM

  • MP/Q Student Council Family Fun Night Thursday, March 8th   5:30- 7 PM

  • 5/14/18  (Monday) - 5th Grade Choir Community Tour (afternoon)

  • 5/15/18 (Tuesday) - 5th Grade Choir Concert @ 2:00 & 7:00 p.m.

  • End of Trimesters:

  • 12/8/17; 3/8/18; 6/7/18

**Since we are having “pre-school” conferences, we will not be doing other district conference days. (February 8th, and January 15th)

I hope you and your family have a great weekend.  

Sincerely,

Mrs. Simacek



Happy Friday 5S Parents,                                         Week 5 - 10/5/17

With two weeks until Project Showcase, 5S and 5E have been busy preparing.  I hope you and your family enjoy the four day weekend.  

Cherrydale Fundraiser forms and money are due Tuesday after the four day weekend.  Each student's goal is to sell a minimum of 5 items.  Fundraisers help us with field trip expenses and playground equipment.  The company also supports Family Fun Night in March with the bouncy house and inflatables as well as the DJ.  A few due dates for your calendar:  OCT. 10 - envelopes, order forms, and payment due.  NOV 8 - 3:15-5:15 - product delivery date (send someone if you can't make it please)

School t-shirts were out last week. Students are encouraged to wear them on Wednesday mornings.  

Thanks for supporting the Quest sucker sale - $1 each Friday (or last day of the school week (today).  


THANK YOU PARENT HELPERS - I want to thank the parent helpers who have given their time to assist in our classroom already this year!  Please consider (if your volunteer approval form is up-to-date) helping whenever you can. I always have something our classroom needs your help with (from working with students, copying, laminating, hanging bulletin boards, putting together Jolly Rancher suckers bags for families to make).  Any help is GREATLY appreciated.  Let me know when you may be able to help.  


PLEASE HELP ON PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHT - Thank you to those of you who have already signed up to help on Project Showcase Night 10/19/17.  There are still a few spots left to sign up.  Here is the link:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b4cadad2aa0f49-fall


FIRE DRILL AND EVACUATION DRILL - Students did an amazing job on the fire frill yesterday and evacuation drill all the way to Messiah Lutheran Church.  You see on Class Dojo how many points they are earning :)  When they get to 6,000 points as a class, we will have a reward (tbd).  Fire Prevention Week is next week, and we will meet with the Ripon Fire Department on  Wednesday at 11:10 AM.  


GUIDANCE - Guidance with Ms. Marvin begins next week on Tuesday at 10:15-11 AM in her new classroom.  


READING - Students are continuing to enjoy listening to Wonder by Raquel J. Palacio.  This book fit nicely with the Habit of Mind students learned about this week, listening with empathy.

Students worked hard during Reading Workshop this week continuing to build stamina.  They created “My Bookshelf” in their Reading journals with titles of books, authors, and series they’d like to read.  They also wrote a “Book Talk” where they reflected on and recommended a book to their classmates.

Students have been busy logging their school and home pages.  They are increasing their stamina each day.  They are to be about 30% of their independent reading goal.  


REPEATED READING REMINDER:  Students should be able to describe what Reading Workshop is.  Students read in school and are to read at least 30 minutes per school day outside of class (H).  When BRAVE and SOAR begins, they can record those pages read under (H).  They also should start completing the Reading Log (stored in the front clear pocket of their planner) each day with the:

  • Date

  • Home (H) or School (S)

  • Title & author

  • Page started

  • Page stopped

  • Total pages read

  • Minutes read

MATH – Mrs. Ernst and I used the chapter 1 pre-test to create groups.  They are working on chapter 1, “Addition and Subtraction with Fractions”.  They will have most school days) 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.  https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/ePC/start.do username: last namefirst initial; password-ripon2025  

Students are using Moby Max last week (found on my website under the Math link).  They are also using Xtra Math to show they know their basic facts quickly.  


WIN (What I Need) WIN time began this week where teachers and students will be honing in on math skills they need to improve on. Students not working in small groups with the teacher are working independently using the Think Central Personal Trainer, Xtra Math, and Moby Max tools.  

HABITS OF MIND – This week, students continued to enjoy reviewing Habits of Mind - qualities successful people have to live a wonderful life.  In addition to lessons already discussed on persistence, striving for accuracy, managing impulsivity, creativity, questioning and posing problems and listening with empathy, students discussed and reflected on the last of the nine Habits of Mind Quest students are focusing on: metacognition (thinking about thinking), communicating with clarity and precision (see fun pictures on Facebook), and taking responsible risks.  

This weekend, we are hoping students will be able to have your help in emailing themselves (at school email address) pictures of them for each of the nine habits of mind (above).


COMPOSTING - Students have concluded their research and learned a lot about their composting project.  There are 10 groups.  Each group has chosen their driving question and guiding question related to our whole class’s driving question of “What can we do to make our school more ‘green’?”  They are using lino.com to share notes as a group.  Every time they use a book, website, or person as a resource, they are to use Easy Bib to cite their sources correctly.  This is a new skill to many of the students.  Two great resources (in addition to the Symbaloo the students have many resources to choose from in Google Classroom) are found at PowerKnowledge (http://www.pklifescience.com/), BrainPop (username: raqc; password: brainpop) and Scholastic GO http://auth.grolier.com/login/go_login_page.html?bffs=N (username: ripon; password: tigers)

Students used their Project Plan to assign jobs within each group to complete for their “product” (some students call this the project). Using time wisely and collaborating with classmates is a major skills needed in project-based learning, and some students are really shining.  Others could improve in one or both of these areas.  Ask your child to self reflect on how well they use their time during projects and how well they collaborate with their group.  Also, Mrs. Ernst and I have noticed a bit of a disconnect between the fabulous notes the students took and learned about and the product they are putting together.  Please encourage your child to make sure s/he is putting the notes they worked so hard on into their product and they are sticking with their driving and guiding questions the whole time their are working on this action project.  Thanks for all your support!!  :)


SPELLING:  Students need to be sure they complete all four assignments in Spelling City.  They have time at school, but they may need to wrap it up at home.  When they show you, you should see four check marks indicating all four assignments are complete.

Students are given the answers to the list when introduced to the lesson (usually on Mondays), and they should study every night to earn at least an 85% accuracy score on Friday’s test.  If EVERYONE earns -0, there will be no test the next week.  

Your child will need to use the login information sent home last week at home if s/he doesn’t use a Chromebook.  If they use a Chromebook, they may be able to use Classlink to login to Spelling City.  

There will NOT be a spelling list, homework, or test next week.  


PLANTING IN THE QUEST RAISED BED GARDENS - The lettuce and spinach are coming along nicely in our raised bed garden.  


DUOLINGO - Students are continuing to learn Spanish using the online Duolingo program.  


GENIUS HOUR - Students were introduced to the Genius Hour last week.  They will be researching a topic they are “passionate” about.  They will be coming up with their own project idea.  Each week (usually on Fridays), they’ll be able to work on the projects.  The final product is also their choice.  This time is for students who are caught up in all areas of their other schoolwork (reading, math, spelling, projects, etc.).  

They have a Genius Hour Project Plan that is just like the Composting Project Plan where they will create their own driving and guiding questions.  (Driving questions cannot simply be “googled” and found”).  The Project Plan is in Google Classroom.  Today, they generated a list for a possible project.  


Mr. Hernandez is a Ripon College student who is hoping to become a teacher is working in our classroom three afternoons per week.  We are grateful for his assistance in our classroom.  


REPEATED POST:  SAFETY - This month, students are really focusing on one of the five Murray Park/Quest power words - SAFETY. They wrote about what safety means to them & displayed it on our board (see picture on Facebook or Twitter).  


REPEATED POST: FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students will be learning Spanish using Duolingo.  If your family will be hosting a French student, your child may choose to learn French using Duolingo.


REPEATED POST: CLASSROOM RULES - 5S polished up our mission statement to match the school goals.  With “Build community,” they wrote Be kind to others.  With “Solve problems,” they wrote Prevent problems by following the Tiger Way in the first place,” and with ,”Learn for life,” they wrote Work hard.   The rules the students agreed upon and will sign a Classroom Constitution today include: 1) Follow the Tiger Way (respect, responsibility, leadership, safety, and empathy); 2) Work hard; 3) Raise hand and listen; 4) Have fun; 5) Have a growth mindset


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


REPEATED POST: Mrs. Bunge asked we encourage kids to wear Ripon colors and/or their school shirts on Wednesdays to also show our team approach.


REPEATED POST:  Breakfast is served from 7:45-8:15 in the Science Lab this year.  Students can save non perishables until snack time.


NEW - Students are invited to participate in the  Great Apple Crunch on October 12th - where all students buying a Ripon lunch (any color - red, yellow, or blue choice) will be enjoying apples from a Wisconsin orchard with the school lunch meal.  The goal is for 1000 of the Ripon students will all be biting into an apple at the same time.  


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


REPEATED POST: 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:  DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • OCT. 10 - Cherrydale Fundraiser envelopes, order forms, and payment due.  

  • October 19th MPQ student flu shots

  • October 19th - 6:00 - 7:30 PM - PROJECT SHOWCASE - come when you can (no set presentations times at this showcase)

  • October 26th MPQ Hearing and Vision  8-12

  • NOV 8 - 3:15-5:15 - product delivery date (send someone if you can't make it please)

  • Thursday, December 14th-3:30-7:30 Conferences

  • Thursday, February 1, 2017 - 6:00 - 7:30 PM - Project Showcase Night & raffles

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

  • Project Showcase Night #3 - Thursday, May 17

  • Wednesday, December 20 MP/Quest Sing-A-Long 2:00 MP/Quest Gymnasium

  • Science Fair - March 1 -  2:00 3:00 PM

  • MP/Q Student Council Family Fun Night Thursday, March 8th   5:30- 7 PM

  • 5/14/18  (Monday) - 5th Grade Choir Community Tour (afternoon)

  • 5/15/18 (Tuesday) - 5th Grade Choir Concert @ 2:00 & 7:00 p.m.

  • End of Trimesters:

  • 12/8/17; 3/8/18; 6/7/18

**Since we are having “pre-school” conferences, we will not be doing other district conference days. (October 5th, February 8th, and January 15th)

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

Sincerely,

Mrs. Simacek



Happy Friday 5S Parents,                                         Week 4 - 9/29/17

5S had another super week of 5th grade!  When I’ve had two guest teachers this week for in building trainings, both of them left great notes on our fabulous group!  That is a wonderful indication how great this group is :)!!!

Cherrydale Fundraiser packets were sent home Monday.  Each student's goal is to sell a minimum of 5 items.  Fundraisers help us with field trip expenses and playground equipment.  The company also supports Family Fun Night in March with the bouncy house and inflatables as well as the DJ.  A few due dates for your calendar:  OCT. 10 - envelopes, order forms, and payment due.  NOV 8 - 3:15-5:15 - product delivery date (send someone if you can't make it please)

School t-shirts were out Monday morning. Students are encouraged to wear them on Wednesday mornings.  

Thanks for supporting the Quest sucker sale - $1 each Friday-TOMORROW  (and then next Thursday I believe with no school Friday).  

September 27th was Bullying Awareness Day.  5S wrote about one of our power words, “safety” also this week.  


READING - Students are continuing to enjoy listening to Wonder by Raquel J. Palacio.  This book fit nicely with the Habit of Mind students learned about this week, listening with empathy.

We finished the Reading Workshop book A Day’s Work by Eve Bunting and enjoyed more short stories from My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen. Ask your child about why Gary Paulsen’s dog, “Fred”, “Josh”, & “Rex” were special.  

Students have been busy logging their school and home pages.  They are increasing their stamina each day.  They are to be about 30% of their independent reading goal by tomorrow.  

REPEATED READING REMINDER:  Students should be able to describe what Reading Workshop is.  Students read in school and are to read at least 30 minutes per school day outside of class (H).  When BRAVE and SOAR begins, they can record those pages read under (H).  They also should start completing the Reading Log (stored in the front clear pocket of their planner) each day with the:

  • Date

  • Home (H) or School (S)

  • Title & author

  • Page started

  • Page stopped

  • Total pages read

  • Minutes read

MATH – Mrs. Ernst and I used the chapter 1 pre-test to create groups.  They are working on chapter 1, “Addition and Subtraction with Fractions”.  They will have most school days) 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.  https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/ePC/start.do username: last namefirst initial; password-ripon2025  

Students were also introduced to the math website Moby Max last week (found on my website under the Math link).  They are also using Xtra Math to show they know their basic facts quickly.  


WIN (What I Need) WIN time begins next week where teachers and students will be honing in on math skills they need to improve on).  Today, they installed the ThinkCentral app on their Classlink to access the individualized program.  Mrs. Ernst and I will be working with small groups in addition to the ThinkCentral program, Xtra Math, and Moby Max online program.  

HABITS OF MIND – This week, students continued to enjoy reviewing Habits of Mind - qualities successful people have to live a wonderful life.  In addition to lessons already discussed on persistence, striving for accuracy, managing impulsivity, creativity, students discussed and reflected on the following two Habits of Mind: questioning and posing problems and listening with empathy.    


COMPOSTING - Students have been researching and learning a lot about their composting project.  There are 10 groups.  Each group has chosen their driving question and guiding question related to our whole class’s driving question of “What can we do to make our school more ‘green’?”  They are using lino.com to share notes as a group.  Every time they use a book, website, or person as a resource, they are to use Easy Bib to cite their sources correctly.  This is a new skill to many of the students.  Two great resources (in addition to the Symbaloo the students have many resources to choose from in Google Classroom) are found at PowerKnowledge (http://www.pklifescience.com/), BrainPop (username: raqc; password: brainpop) and Scholastic GO http://auth.grolier.com/login/go_login_page.html?bffs=N (username: ripon; password: tigers)

Your child should have a MINIMUM of 6 notes for their compost project. Please have them show you (and they are cited correctly using the EasyBib resource).


STUDENT COUNCIL - The Student Council Spirit Committee made posters and promoted wearing orange and black for last Friday’s Ripon Homecoming.  The Student Council representatives had their first meeting this week.  Here is the Student Council website link:   https://sites.google.com/a/ripon.k12.wi.us/mrs-simacek/quest-mpes-student-council.


SPELLING:  Students are showing patience as I learn the program that started this week.  

Most did a great job on today’s test.  Some realized they need to put forth more effort on a nightly basis.  

Students are given the answers to the list when introduced to the lesson (usually on Mondays), and they should study every night to earn at least an 85% accuracy score on Friday’s test.  If EVERYONE earns -0, there will be no test the next week.  

Your child will need to use the login information sent home on Monday at home if s/he doesn’t use a Chromebook.  If they use a Chromebook, they may be able to use Classlink to login to Spelling City.  


PLANTING IN THE QUEST RAISED BED GARDENS - We planted lettuce and spinach last week, and the seeds are growing.


DUOLINGO - Students are learning Spanish using the online Duolingo program.  


SAFETY - This month, students are really focusing on one of the five Murray Park/Quest power words - SAFETY. They wrote about what safety means to them & displayed it on our board (see picture on Facebook or Twitter).  


GENIUS HOUR - Students were introduced to the Genius Hour today.  They will be researching a topic they are “passionate” about.  They will be coming up with their own project idea.  Each week (usually on Fridays), they’ll be able to work on the projects.  The final product is also their choice.  This time is for students who are caught up in all areas of their other schoolwork (reading, math, spelling, projects, etc.).  

They have a Genius Hour Project Plan that is just like the Composting Project Plan where they will create their own driving and guiding questions.  (Driving questions cannot simply be “googled” and found”).  The Project Plan is in Google Classroom.  Today, they generated a list for a possible project.  


REPEATED POST: FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students will be learning Spanish using Duolingo.  If your family will be hosting a French student, your child may choose to learn French using Duolingo.


REPEATED POST: CLASSROOM RULES - 5S polished up our mission statement to match the school goals.  With “Build community,” they wrote Be kind to others.  With “Solve problems,” they wrote Prevent problems by following the Tiger Way in the first place,” and with ,”Learn for life,” they wrote Work hard.   The rules the students agreed upon and will sign a Classroom Constitution today include: 1) Follow the Tiger Way (respect, responsibility, leadership, safety, and empathy); 2) Work hard; 3) Raise hand and listen; 4) Have fun; 5) Have a growth mindset


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


REPEATED POST: Mrs. Bunge asked we encourage kids to wear Ripon colors and/or their school shirts on Wednesdays to also show our team approach.


REPEATED POST:  Breakfast is served from 7:45-8:15 in the Science Lab this year.  Students can save non perishables until snack time.


NEW - Students are invited to participate in the  Great Apple Crunch on October 12th - where all students buying a Ripon lunch (any color - red, yellow, or blue choice) will be enjoying apples from a Wisconsin orchard with the school lunch meal.  The goal is for 1000 of the Ripon students will all be biting into an apple at the same time.  


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


REPEATED POST: 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:  DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • OCT. 10 - Cherrydale Fundraiser envelopes, order forms, and payment due.  

  • October 19th MPQ student flu shots

  • October 26th MPQ Hearing and Vision  8-12

  • NOV 8 - 3:15-5:15 - product delivery date (send someone if you can't make it please)

  • Thursday, December 14th-3:30-7:30 Conferences

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

  • PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHTS: Thur. Oct. 19; Thur. Feb. 1; Thur. May 17

  • Wednesday, December 20 MP/Quest Sing-A-Long 2:00 MP/Quest Gymnasium

  • Science Fair - March 1 -  2:00 3:00 PM

  • MP/Q Student Council Family Fun Night Thursday, March 8th   5:30- 7 PM

  • 5/14/18  (Monday) - 5th Grade Choir Community Tour (afternoon)

  • 5/15/18 (Tuesday) - 5th Grade Choir Concert @ 2:00 & 7:00 p.m.

  • End of Trimesters:

  • 12/8/17; 3/8/18; 6/7/18

**Since we are having “pre-school” conferences, we will not be doing other district conference days. (October 5th, February 8th, and January 15th)

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

Sincerely,

Mrs. Simacek



Happy Friday 5S Parents,                                         Week 3 - 9/22/17

HAPPY RIPON HOMECOMING!!!

5S had another great week of 5th grade!  The routines are getting more established, and they are achieving many great goals (see my tweet yesterday @ Mrs. Simacek).  

School t-shirts will be given out Monday morning, and a whole building picture will be taken of every student in our building with the t-shirts on and the pinwheels they made in Art with Mrs. Mancl.  

Also, thanks for liking up the pictures on our closed Facebook group.  Remember, this page is only for families of students in 5S.  

Welcome Mr. Hernandez!  He is studying to become a teacher at Ripon College and will be us three afternoons per week.  

This week students have been learning about WHY we have seasons.  Happy 1st Day of Autumn!! Today, students observed Prisoner of War-Missing In Action Day.

September 27th is Bullying Awareness Day.  

Mrs. Huser shared these writing contest opportunities:

http://adventurewrite.com/blog1/contest/

This writing contest is a fictional adventure story.  They start with a cute little video to get the students excited.

http://www.legacyproject.org/contests/ltal.html

This contest encourages writers to read the book, Dream: A Tale of Wonder, Wisdom & Wishes by Susan V. Bosak, listen to an elderly person in the community and then write their story.  

READING - Students are continuing to enjoy listening to Wonder by Raquel J. Palacio. We are talking about showing kindness and writing on slips when someone is kind and placing them on a bulletin board.  

We finished the Reading Workshop book When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest and started My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen. Ask your child about why Gary Paulsen’s dog, “Cookie” was very special.  

Students have been busy logging their school and home pages.  They are increasing their stamina each day.  They are to be about 20% of their independent reading goal by tomorrow.  

REPEATED READING REMINDER:  Students should be able to describe what Reading Workshop is.  Students read in school and are to read at least 15 minutes per school day outside of class (H).  When BRAVE and SOAR begins, they can record those pages read under (H).  They also should start completing the Reading Log (stored in the front clear pocket of their planner) each day with the:

  • Date

  • Home (H) or School (S)

  • Title & author

  • Page started

  • Page stopped

  • Total pages read

  • Minutes read

MATH – Mrs. Ernst and I used the chapter 1 pre-test to create groups.  They are working on chapter 1, “Addition and Subtraction with Fractions”.  They will have most school days) 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.  https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/ePC/start.do username: last namefirst initial; password-ripon2025  

Students were also introduced to the math website Moby Max this week (found on my website under the Math link).  They are also using Xtra Math to show they know their basic facts quickly.  

HABITS OF MIND – This week, students continued to enjoy reviewing Habits of Mind - qualities successful people have to live a wonderful life.  In addition to persistence and striving for accuracy from last week, students wrote about managing impulsivity and creativity this week.    


COMPOSTING - Students have been learning more and more about composting this week.  Groups have been created based on student interest to implement composting projects.  


STUDENT COUNCIL - Many students chose to be on a Student Council committee. Congratulations for giving back to our school!  Two representatives slips were drawn, and two more to represent a class that didn’t have any representatives (see my tweet @ MrsSimacek).


SPELLING:  The issues getting Spelling City are almost resolved (hope to be using it by next week).  Students are given the answers to the list when introduced to the lesson (usually on Mondays), and they should study every night to earn at least an 85% accuracy score on Friday’s test.  If EVERYONE earns -0, there will be no test the next week.  


PLANTING IN THE QUEST RAISED BED GARDENS - We planted lettuce and spinach this week, and the seeds are already starting to grow.  (See pictures on Facebook.)


DUOLINGO - Students are learning Spanish using the online Duolingo program.  



REPEATED POST: FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students will be learning Spanish using Duolingo.  If your family will be hosting a French student, your child may choose to learn French using Duolingo.


CLASSROOM RULES - 5S polished up our mission statement to match the school goals this week.  With “Build community,” they wrote Be kind to others.  With “Solve problems,” they wrote Prevent problems by following the Tiger Way in the first place,” and with ,”Learn for life,” they wrote Work hard.   The rules the students agreed upon and will sign a Classroom Constitution today include: 1) Follow the Tiger Way (respect, responsibility, leadership, safety, and empathy); 2) Work hard; 3) Raise hand and listen; 4) Have fun; 5) Have a growth mindset


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


REPEATED POST: Mrs. Bunge asked we encourage kids to wear Ripon colors and/or their school shirts on Wednesdays to also show our team approach.


REPEATED POST:  Breakfast is served from 7:45-8:15 in the Science Lab this year.  Students can save non perishables until snack time.


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


REPEATED POST: 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:  DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • October 19th MPQ student flu shots

  • October 26th MPQ Hearing and Vision  8-12

  • Thursday, December 14th-3:30-7:30 Conferences

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

  • PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHTS: Thur. Oct. 19; Thur. Feb. 1; Thur. May 17

  • Wednesday, December 20 MP/Quest Sing-A-Long 2:00 MP/Quest Gymnasium

  • Science Fair - March 1 -  2:00 3:00 PM

  • MP/Q Student Council Family Fun Night Thursday, March 8th   5:30- 7 PM

  • 5/14/18  (Monday) - 5th Grade Choir Community Tour (afternoon)

  • 5/15/18 (Tuesday) - 5th Grade Choir Concert @ 2:00 & 7:00 p.m.

  • End of Trimesters:

  • 12/8/17; 3/8/18; 6/7/18

**Since we are having “pre-school” conferences, we will not be doing other district conference days. (October 5th, February 8th, and January 15th)

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

Sincerely,

Mrs. Simacek



Happy Friday 5S Parents,                                         Week 2 - 9/15/17

5S has had another AWESOME week! They are hard workers.  They’re polite, and they’re very helpful.

I’m looking forward to seeing my daughter and other UW-Stevens Point cheerleaders with the Ripon Cheer team tonight until halftime at the football game.  I hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend.

Also, thanks for liking up the pictures on our closed Facebook group.  Remember, this page is only for families of students in 5S.  

Thank you for the positive feedback on the Weekly Bulletin.  Remember, I archive them on my website at https://sites.google.com/a/ripon.k12.wi.us/mrs-simacek/  


Murray Park/ Quest Crazy Color ExtravaganzaTOMORROW Sat. September 16, 2017 - If your family hasn’t registered, you may use the link below (or register in person tomorrow - behind Ripon Drug on the Ripon College campus).  Also, if your family can’t make the event but want to send in pledges, use the blue form sent home with your child earlier this week.  

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe03XvKaTYPLx07kgil8qnF5fetIID9xsL1hEhsf-bxS2pATA/viewform?c=0&w=1

READING - Students are continuing to enjoy listening to Wonder by Raquel J. Palacio. We are talking about showing kindness and writing on slips when someone is kind and placing them on a bulletin board.  

We finished the Reading Workshop book The Hard Times Jar by Ethel Footman Smothers.  

We read books about 9/11 including The Man Who Walked Between the Twin Towers by Mordicai Gerstein and September 12th: We Knew Everything Would Be Alright.  

Students listened to Old Henry during Reading Workshop as well.  Then, they wrote about their Reading interests.  

As you may have heard, students also completed the DRAs (Developmental Reading Assessment) yesterday with me.  This shows me how their fluency is progressing, as well as their comprehension and response to literature.  

Finally, they took the STAR Reading Assessment.  We will use this data to track progress through the year in addition to using it to set independent reading (AR) goals.  

REPEATED READING REMINDER:  Students should be able to describe what Reading Workshop is.  Students read in school and are to read at least 15 minutes per school day outside of class (H).  When BRAVE and SOAR begins, they can record those pages read under (H).  They also should start completing the Reading Log (stored in the front clear pocket of their planner) each day with the:

  • Date

  • Home (H) or School (S)

  • Title & author

  • Page started

  • Page stopped

  • Total pages read

  • Minutes read

MATH – Students took the Math STAR Assessment this week. We will track progress throughout the year using this tool.  

Mrs. Ernst and I used the chapter 1 pre-test to create groups.  They are working on chapter 1, “Addition and Subtraction with Fractions”.  They will have most school days) 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-ripon2025

HABITS OF MIND – This week, students enjoyed reviewing Habits of Mind - qualities successful people have to live a wonderful life.  We started with Persistence.  They enjoyed some great videos about persistence, had great discussion, and then wrote a paragraph in Google Classroom (that we’ll be applying to a cool project in due time) about how they have shown persistence.  

Then, yesterday, they reviewed Striving for Accuracy and needed to be accurate to plot their ordered pairs accurately.  They’re writing the paragraph today about a time it was important they had to strive for accuracy.  


ALL QUEST CHIHULY ART PROJECT - The Chihuly art project is done and was installed yesterday.  It looks so awesome above the “star” in the center of our building.  Again, check out the class Facebook page to see the great pics.


COMPOSTING - Students have been learning more and more about composting this week.  Did they tell you about the activities they did?  Have them show you using the links on Google Classroom.  


5TH GRADE CHOIR began this week, and I am so proud almost our whole class is participating!!! :)


STUDENT COUNCIL CONTRACTS DUE WEDS. 9/20 - Have your child tell you about today's introduction to the Student Council. This contract needs to be signed by your child and you if your child will participate on any of the Student Council committees. Students can be on MORE than one committee. There will be no limit to the committees except the classroom representative - where two reps per classroom are chosen randomly by those contracts submitted on time.


SPELLING:  Unfortunately, I’m having some issues getting Spelling City up and running, so until then, students will write their spelling tests (help welcome on Friday morning around 9:30 please).  Students are given the answers to the list when introduced to the lesson (usually on Mondays), and they should study every night to earn at least an 85% accuracy score on Friday’s test.  


HARVESTING QUEST GARDEN - Quest students harvested melons and the younger Quest students were able to deliver them to the Ripon Food Pantry (we had DRAs already scheduled and didn’t want the produce to go to waste, so it’s fine).  Next, we’ll quickly plant (hopefully on Monday) lettuce and spinach and other greens we can harvest yet this fall.  Yum!!


WANTED - Do you have an old digital camera you don’t use/want?  Our classroom digital camera is running through batteries so quickly.  The other one I have is missing the charging cord for its battery.  If you have an old digital camera that has the charging cord, we’d put it to very good use.  Also, if you have a spare memory card or two, that would be GREAT!  Thank you!!  My nickname is Keri Camera - :)


26TH PRESIDENT - Do you know who the 26th president was?  Ask your child & what s/he learned from the actor who played him at the program this week.


REPEATED POST: FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students will be learning Spanish using Duolingo.  If your family will be hosting a French student, your child may choose to learn French using Duolingo.


REPEATED POST: CLASSROOM RULES - The Classroom Mission statement matches our school’s “Build community.  Solve problems.  Learn for life.”  The rules the students agreed upon and will sign a Classroom Constitution today include: 1) Follow the Tiger Way (respect, responsibility, leadership, safety, and empathy); 2) Work hard; 3) Raise hand and listen; 4) Have fun; 5) Have a growth mindset


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


REPEATED POST: Mrs. Bunge asked we encourage kids to wear Ripon colors and/or their school shirts on Wednesdays to also show our team approach.


REPEATED POST:  Breakfast is served from 7:45-8:15 in the Science Lab this year.  Students can save non perishables until snack time.


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


REPEATED POST: 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:  DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • October 19th MPQ student flu shots

  • October 26th MPQ Hearing and Vision  8-12

  • Thursday, December 14th-3:30-7:30 Conferences

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

  • PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHTS: Thur. Oct. 19; Thur. Feb. 1; Thur. May 17

  • Wednesday, December 20 MP/Quest Sing-A-Long 2:00 MP/Quest Gymnasium

  • Science Fair - March 1 -  2:00 3:00 PM

  • MP/Q Student Council Family Fun Night Thursday, March 8th   5:30- 7 PM

  • 5/14/18  (Monday) - 5th Grade Choir Community Tour (afternoon)

  • 5/15/18 (Tuesday) - 5th Grade Choir Concert @ 2:00 & 7:00 p.m.

  • End of Trimesters:

  • 12/8/17; 3/8/18; 6/7/18

**Since we are having “pre-school” conferences, we will not be doing other district conference days. (October 5th, February 8th, and January 15th)

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

Sincerely,

Mrs. Simacek



Happy Friday 5S Parents,                                         Week 1 - 9/8/17

We've had a busy and fun first two days of 5th grade.  It is my intention to keep you updated with this weekly bulletin.  I will archive them on my website at https://sites.google.com/a/ripon.k12.wi.us/mrs-simacek/  You have friendly, helpful, hard-working children!  Some quotes we’ve been discussing this week are:   “Smile.  It’s Contagious.”  “If you have to choose between being kind and being right… choose being kind and you will always be right.”  Aren’t they GREAT?


Speaking of GREAT!  I have to tell you how impressed with the work ethic of your children!  For example, today, we started our independent reading with reading log.  They read the whole 30 minutes without any reminders.  This may seem like a basic expectation, but I’m telling you - I’M IMPRESSED!!  Way to go, 5S!  On the Classroom selfie (found on my Twitter page @MrsSimacek), it was beautiful how students made sure everyone was in the picture.  


At the end of the day today, I asked students what their favorite part about being in our classroom was, and here are the responses I got: Chihuly Chandelier-7; Teacher-4; Composting-3; Reading-3; EVERYTHING-2; Math-1; Way we celebrate-1; Identity map-1;  

BEGINNING OF YEAR BASICS – The students have learned and reviewed school drills.  

They created an artistic piece for our Quest Bulletin board, “ We are each unique and beautiful, but together we are a masterpiece” where they traced their own hand and designed it any way they wanted.  They look so cool (check out Facebook) all together with the other students from Quest.  

Students enjoyed the Red Carpet Assembly where staff dressed in their finest clothes :).  

Wednesday, we had a whole Quest Meeting.  We recite the Pledge of Allegiance each day.  We sing a patriotic song each Friday. They have had art, music, and phy ed.  Students are working hard to show the Tiger Way in all areas of the building – especially a zero voice (no talking) in the hallway.  5 Tiger Way Power Words:  Respect, Responsibility, Empathy, Leadership, & Safety

Murray Park/ Quest Crazy Color Extravaganza – Sat. September 16, 2017 - If your family hasn’t registered, you may use the link below.  Also, if your family can’t make the event but want to send in pledges, use the blue form sent home with your child earlier this week.  The number of pledge amount to beat at this point is $250.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe03XvKaTYPLx07kgil8qnF5fetIID9xsL1hEhsf-bxS2pATA/viewform?c=0&w=1

Mrs. Bunge asked we encourage kids to wear Ripon colors and/or their school shirts on Wednesdays to also show our team approach.


Remember to check out photos on our class Facebook page.  Like it up, so I know it’s worth the time to share.  Thanks   https://www.facebook.com/groups/186277605244990/


Breakfast is served from 7:45-8:15 in the Science Lab this year.  Students can save non perishables until snack time.


TEDDY ROOSEVELT - Students have been learning about the 26th president of the United States and will have a special program with an actor portraying Teddy Roosevelt on Monday.  Ask your child what s/he learned.


ALL QUEST CHIHULI ART PROJECT - Check out Facebook for the AWESOME progress Quest students are making on our Chihuli art project (thanks for the generous water bottle donations!).


COMPOSTING - 5th grade Quest students started the Composting unit yesterday. They did a lot of Math and figured out our school throws approximately 6 tons of waste each year - from the lunchroom alone!  They also calculated a significant savings to that number if they recycle the milk cartons and plastic silverware AND compost the fruits and vegetables.  


CLASSROOM RULES - 5S & 5E worked together yesterday to create the classroom mission statement and rules.  The Classroom Mission statement will match our school’s “Build community.  Solve problems.  Learn for life.”  The rules the students agreed upon and will sign a Classroom Constitution today include: 1) Follow the Tiger Way (respect, responsibility, leadership, safety, and empathy); 2) Work hard; 3) Raise hand and listen; 4) Have fun; 5) Have a growth mindset

 

PARENT HELPERS NEEDED – PLEASE - 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 9/15 if possible.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students will be learning Spanish using Duolingo.  They will start next week. If your family will be hosting a French student, your child may choose to learn French using Duolingo.


READING - Students are enjoying listening to Wonder by Raquel J. Palacio. We are talking about showing kindness and writing on slips when someone is kind and placing them on a bulletin board.  

Students will be taking the STAR Reading Assessment next week and we will set trimester reading AR point goals. We will also track progress using this tool.

On Thursday, Mrs. Mancl will be a guest teacher in our room, as I will be administering the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) to all the students across the hall in the Project Room.  

We started our Schoolwide Launch unit today.  Ask your child what The Hard Times Jar by Ethel Footman Smothers was about. Students should be able to describe what Reading Workshop is.  Students read in school and are to read at least 15 minutes per school day outside of class (H).  When BRAVE and SOAR begins, they can record those pages read under (H).  They also should start completing the Reading Log (stored in the front clear pocket of their planner) each day with the:

  • Date

  • Home (H) or School (S)

  • Title & author

  • Page started

  • Page stopped

  • Total pages read

  • Minutes read

MATH – Students will take the Math STAR Assessment next week. We will track progress throughout the year using this tool.  Students are wrapping up a chapter 1 pre-test.  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 username: last namefirst initial; password-ripon2025

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 were sent home this week.  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.  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/


Ripon Noon Kiwanis coloring contest paper was distributed yesterday & is due 9/13/17.  


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


DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • October 19th MPQ student flu shots

  • October 26th MPQ Hearing and Vision  8-12

  • Thursday, December 14th-3:30-7:30 Conferences

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

  • PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHTS: Thur. Oct. 19; Thur. Feb. 1; Thur. May 17

  • Wednesday, December 20 MP/Quest Sing-A-Long 2:00 MP/Quest Gymnasium

  • Science Fair - March 1 -  2:00 3:00 PM

  • MP/Q Student Council Family Fun Night Thursday, March 8th   5:30- 7 PM

  • 5/14/18  (Monday) - 5th Grade Choir Community Tour (afternoon)

  • 5/15/18 (Tuesday) - 5th Grade Choir Concert @ 2:00 & 7:00 p.m.

  • End of Trimesters:

  • 12/8/17; 3/8/18; 6/7/18

**Since we are having “pre-school” conferences, we will not be doing other district conference days. (October 5th, February 8th, and January 15th)

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

Sincerely,

Mrs. Simacek


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