Weekly Updates

Dear 5S Parents,                                                            Week 22– 2/5/16

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS - Today, our school is focusing on promoting random acts of kindness.  Students watched this video - https://www.educanon.com/public/8248/86246.  Then, they all chose an act of kindness to do today or tomorrow.  They wrote that act of kindness on a strip of orange or white paper.  We put the strips together into a paper chain and connected them with a Boomerang.  The following quote by the famous German philosopher and writer, Goethe (pronounced Ger tah), and we discussed its meaning: “Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together.”

Valentine’s Day Party – The Valentine’s Day Party Committee has planned a great party for next Thursday, February 11th from 2-3 PM. 

Students are welcome to give valentines to everyone in the class.  The names are:  Mrs. Simacek, Miss Lind, Devin, Ari, Eva, Alli, Kylee, Quinn, Natalie, Keegan, Alexa, Sierra, Garrison, Declan, Elliott, Tori, Gavin, Hope, Alaina, Kolton, Scarlett, Caley, Melayna, Kacin, Paige, and Sheridan. 

Students are welcome to bring in a Valentine’s Day box if they wish, as we won’t be spending any class time on the boxes. 

 

LANGUAGE ARTS – Students have finished conferencing on their creative story.

          They are drafting a fiction story.  They should have at least 100 words by this time.  Next week, they will revise and edit the stories, so they can illustrate them over the four-day weekend.  Contest rules have been shared with the students. 

Memory Books - The deadline for ordering Memory Books is the end of February. I have emailed the families that did NOT order one.  If you didn't order a Memory Book, you can still order one by calling Network Photography at 262-677-8662 by February 25th.  Classroom teachers and the office staff have a list of those who have ordered a Memory Book.

 

SCIENCE FAIR – Students have brainstormed their topic for the February 25th Science Fair.  Students will be working individually on a topic they are interested in (not a demonstration or collection as a 5th grader).  Often times, I hear from parents, “Oh no!  I have to help my child with the Science Fair.”  To avoid this, please encourage your child to choose a project they can do at school.  That has always been our goal. 

          Poster Layout Sheets will be due Tuesday, February 9th.  All assignments and links including grade sheets are posted in Google Classroom.  Your child has access to these documents online at home. 

 

Human Growth and Development – February 18th.  Parents who wish to preview the puberty and HIV/AIDS video are welcome to attend the February 9th meeting from 7:15-8:15 PM here at school. 

 

Visitors yesterday - The Quest visitors were VERY impressed with our Quest students. They said, "You should be very proud. You were very creative." and "Where was Quest when I was a kid?"  See class Facebook page for pictures.  Mrs. Bunge came in today to share with the students how proud she was of our class as leaders. 

 

CAREER DAY VOLUNTEERS – A lavender form is coming home today requesting volunteers for the April 22, 2016 Career Day.  Please consider presenting about your career.  Forms are due by 2-11. 

 

Lunch Choices – Please have a talk with your child about signing up for lunch.  The cafeteria staff has informed us their counts have been off as many as 32 lunches in one day.  I have talked with the students as well. 

 

FIELD TRIPS – 17 students still need to return the February 23rd Madison Veterans Museum/Capitol field trip form.  Four chaperones are allowed to join us if they have the volunteer background check approved.  Once all the forms have been returned, I will inform you who will be chaperoning and which students they are responsible for chaperoning on the trip.  All chaperones on this trip will be riding the bus. 

          For your planning purposes, one approved chaperone will be allowed to ride the bus to the Weis Museum/Barlow Planetarium on May 11th.  Other volunteer chaperones are welcome to drive themselves on that field trip.  All chaperones will be asked to pay their own entrance fee. 

 

REPEATED POST: Rock River Reading Council Young Authors Workshop

Registration is open!  Register now to attend Rock River Reading Council's Young Authors Workshop on April 9 at Marian University in Fond du Lac. The Workshop is open to students in grades K-8. Come to meet and hear from authors Tom Watson and Christina Hanrahan and learn how they write their books.

Register using the attached registration form or online with a credit card on the WSRA website. Just click on the Authors Festivals link on the right. The registration deadline is March 19.  Questions? Contact Chris Frinak at chrisfrinak@gmail.com

 

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION PROGRAM – Box Tops for Education are worth 10 cents each.  The schoolwide competition results will be shared on Monday.  Each student’s goal was to fill a page (50 Box Tops).  Thank you for the generous donations.  Almost everyone found and brought in at least one Box Top.  Our class brought in 2, 122 Box Tops!  This means our class alone brought in $212.20 for our school!  That’s amazing!! 

          The Box Top program continues, but the contest is over.  Please keep sending them, as they continue to benefit our school. 

 

ART PRESENTER - Thanks to Mrs. Arnetveit for presenting about Auguste Renoir’s artwork, “Luncheon of the Boating Party”.

 

D.A.R.E. – D.A.R.E. begins for all 5th grade classes on March 10th.  5S is scheduled for 8:15-9:25 AM.  There are 10 classes, and a D.A.R.E. Graduation tentatively scheduled for Friday, May 27th from 1-3 PM.  Please do not schedule any appointments during this time if at all possible:  8:15-9:25 Thursdays March 10, March 17, March 31, April 7, April 14, April 21, April 28, May 5, May 12, and May 19. 

 

MISS LIND – Ms. Lind is ending her third week with us and is doing an AMAZING job!!! She’ll be here until March 18th.  She is really enjoying learn about project-based learning.  She is fortunate to finish her semester in our building with Mrs. Wright at MPES.  

 

PLANNERS – Students are expected to complete their planner, and ask you to sign it each day.  This is an “assignment” on their part.  Any help you can give is appreciated. 

 

READINGI expect to see each day regardless of whether they use the given graphic organizer, a journal, or KidBlog:  book title, book level, book points, pages read – INCLUDING AT SCHOOL PAGES, total pages read including school pages, and total minutes read, with 3-5 sentences using the strategies we have focused on so far this year: Making Connections (MC), Visualizing (V), Determining Importance (DI), or Asking Questions (AQ). 

          Students are to continue reading a minimum of 20 minutes at home, writing their status, and including pages read, minutes read, level, points, etc.   They should be at 80% of their AR goal by today. Once students make their AR goal, they are given a coupon for a free Kid’s Meal at A & W. 

          We are using a balanced literacy approach with our U.S. History unit using Schoolwide materials and the Newbery Award winning novel, Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. 

 

REPEATED POST: MATH – Students are continuing to work on chapter 5, “Division with Whole Numbers and Decimals”.  Students must have the BASIC (through 12s is even more helpful than just through 9s) division facts memorized.  Watch for nightly homework in the planner.  These homework assignments are considered “formative” assignments.  Quizzes and tests are “summative” assignments.  In addition to the memorization of division facts, with long division, students really need to have their multiplication and subtraction facts mastered as well.  Subtraction seems to be slowing students down the most. 

 

REPEATED POST: FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students are usually spending 30-60 minutes per week in  the DuoLingo program.  If they miss school or need to complete another assignment during that time, they should work on it at home to catch up. 

 

CATALYST/RMSFour still students need to complete the yellow school choice form by the end of February.  Please ask me if you need any input on this important decision. 

REPEATED POST: SPELLING – Students are given the list the Friday before the next test.  The lesson is taught on Monday.  Written sorts are due Tuesday.  Tests are on Friday.  If everyone earns -0, there will be no list or test the next week. 

 

REPEATED POST: WANTED: red pens and Expo markers (markers for our white tables - any color)

 

REPEATED POST:  FOR SALE - JOLLY RANCHER SUCKERS EVERY FRIDAY - QUEST HALLWAY.  $1 A PIECE.  QUEST WATER BOTTLES - $4.  QUEST CINCH SACK BAGS - $8. 

 

REPEATED POST:  PARENT HELPERS NEEDED FRIDAYS 12:00 Noon PLEASE  - plus whenever it works with your schedule.  Any time.  I am down to one parent helper for Spelling (Thank you Mrs. D!!), but I really need more help.  If your schedule allows, please consider helping – even if it’s only once a month.  Every bit helps. 

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

NO SCHOOL –February 12, February 15, March 21-25, April 25, May 30

 

WISCONSIN STATE CAPITOL/VETERAN’S MUSEUM FIELD TRIPWe may be having a field trip to the Wisconsin State Capitol (with our U.S. Government unit) and Veterans Museum (with our U. S. Conflict unit) on February 23rd

Science Fair - 2-3 PM & 5-6 PM on Thursday, February 25, 2016

FAMILY FUN NIGHT – March 3, 2016 6-8 PM

End of Trimesters –March 4, and June 3

 

FIELD TRIP TO WEIS MUSEUM & BARLOW PLANETARIUM – Wednesday, May 11, 2016

QUEST PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHTS 2015-16 Project Showcase Night Thursday, May 19, 2015

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – June 3

 

 

 Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Simacek & Ms. Lind

 

Dear 5S Parents,                                                            Week 21– 1/29/16

 

5S has had a very productive week.  Thank you very much for the amazing support you showed your children at last night’s Project Showcase!  We are so proud of your children!!

 

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS IN U.S. HISTORY – Your child did an amazing job preparing for last night’s Project Showcase.  There is a lot that goes into the process of Project-Based Learning, and the evidence of success last night was awesome. 

 

SCIENCE FAIR – The next unit will be the Science Fair.  We will be introducing the project to the students early next week.  Students will be working individually on a topic they are interested in (not a demonstration or collection as a 5th grader).  Often times, I hear from parents, “Oh no!  I have to help my child with the Science Fair.”  To avoid this, please encourage your child to choose a project they can do at school.  That has always been our goal. 

 

UPCOMING FIELD TRIP – We may be having a field trip to the Wisconsin State Capitol (with our U.S. Government unit) and Veterans Museum (with our U. S. Conflict unit) on February 23rd.  A few details need to be ironed out, but I thought I’d let you know.  Again, only approved volunteers will be able to chaperone. 

          There is also a field trip to the Weis Museum/Barlow Planetarium (with our Earth Science unit) scheduled for Wednesday, May 11th.

 

WE ARE IN 2ND PLACE - BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION PROGRAM – Box Tops for Education are worth 10 cents each.  We have a schoolwide competition going on.  Each student’s goal was to fill a page (50 Box Tops).  This program ends February 5th.  Ask your friends, neighbors/Facebook friends, etc. 

 

Thanks to Mrs. Arnetveit for presenting about Auguste Renoir’s artwork, “Luncheon of the Boating Party”.

 

D.A.R.E. – D.A.R.E. begins for all 5th grade classes on March 10th.  5S is scheduled for 8:15-9:25 AM.  There are 10 classes, and a D.A.R.E. Graduation tentatively scheduled for Friday, May 27th from 1-3 PM.  Please do not schedule any appointments during this time if at all possible:  8:15-9:25 Thursdays March 10, March 17, March 31, April 7, April 14, April 21, April 28, May 5, May 12, and May 19. 

 

MISS LIND – Ms. Lind is ending her second week with us and is doing an AMAZING job!!! She’ll be here until March 18th.  She is really enjoying learn about project-based learning.  She is fortunate to finish her semester in our building with Mrs. Wright at MPES.  

          Almost everyone in our class has returned the Video/Audio permission form for student teachers.  Please return as soon as possible. 

 

SWEETS FOR THE SWEET – Donuts are for pre-order sale $0.50.  The pink order forms and money are due February 1st  (which is MONDAY).  The donuts will be distributed the morning of February 11th, the day of our Valentine’s Day party. 

 

THANK YOU FOR THE PET BASKET DONATIONS!!  Ms. Lind and S. Lieske won our two baskets J.

 

PLANNERS – Students are expected to complete their planner, and ask you to sign it each day.  This is an “assignment” on their part.  Any help you can give is appreciated. 

 

READINGI expect to see each day regardless of whether they use the given graphic organizer, a journal, or KidBlog:  book title, book level, book points, pages read – INCLUDING AT SCHOOL PAGES, total pages read including school pages, and total minutes read, with 3-5 sentences using the strategies we have focused on so far this year: Making Connections (MC), Visualizing (V), Determining Importance (DI), or Asking Questions (AQ). 

          Students are to continue reading a minimum of 20 minutes at home, writing their status, and including pages read, minutes read, level, points, etc.   They should be at 70% of their AR goal by today. Once students make their AR goal, they are given a coupon for a free Kid’s Meal at A & W. 

          We are using a balanced literacy approach with our U.S. History unit using Schoolwide materials and the Newbery Award winning novel, Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. 

 

MATH – Students are continuing to work on chapter 5, “Division with Whole Numbers and Decimals”.  Students must have the BASIC (through 12s is even more helpful than just through 9s) division facts memorized.  Watch for nightly homework in the planner.  These homework assignments are considered “formative” assignments.  Quizzes and tests are “summative” assignments.  In addition to the memorization of division facts, with long division, students really need to have their multiplication and subtraction facts mastered as well.  Subtraction seems to be slowing students down the most. 

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students are usually spending 30-60 minutes per week in  the DuoLingo program.  If they miss school or need to complete another assignment during that time, they should work on it at home to catch up. 

 

CATALYST/RMS - You will need to complete the yellow school choice form by the end of February.  Please ask me if you need any input on this important decision.

GEOGRAPHY BEE  From Mrs. N. Johnson – Students who expressed interest in participating in the Geography Bee at 2:0 PM today.

 

REPEATED POST: SPELLING – Students are given the list the Friday before the next test.  The lesson is taught on Monday.  Written sorts are due Tuesday.  Tests are on Friday.  If everyone earns -0, there will be no list or test the next week. 

 

REPEATED POST: WANTED: red pens and Expo markers (markers for our white tables - any color)

 

REPEATED POST:  FOR SALE - JOLLY RANCHER SUCKERS EVERY FRIDAY - QUEST HALLWAY.  $1 A PIECE.  QUEST WATER BOTTLES - $4.  QUEST CINCH SACK BAGS - $8. 

 

REPEATED POST:  PARENT HELPERS NEEDED FRIDAYS 12:00 Noon PLEASE  - plus whenever it works with your schedule.  Any time.  I am down to one parent helper for Spelling (Thank you Mrs. D!!), but I really need more help.  If your schedule allows, please consider helping – even if it’s only once a month.  Every bit helps. 

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

NO SCHOOL –February 12, February 15, March 21-25, April 25, May 30

 

WISCONSIN STATE CAPITOL/VETERAN’S MUSEUM FIELD TRIPWe may be having a field trip to the Wisconsin State Capitol (with our U.S. Government unit) and Veterans Museum (with our U. S. Conflict unit) on February 23rd

Science Fair - 2-3 PM & 5-6 PM on Thursday, February 25, 2016  

End of Trimesters –March 4, and June 3

 

FIELD TRIP TO WEIS MUSEUM & BARLOW PLANETARIUM – Wednesday, May 11, 2016

QUEST PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHTS 2015-16 Project Showcase Night Thursday, May 19, 2015

FAMILY FUN NIGHT – March 3, 2016 6-8 PM

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – June 3

 

Mrs. Brooks has asked students NOT chew gum in Music (nor in Phy Ed).  

The Valentine's Day party is at 2:00 on February 11th.  Students who want to bring valentines should bring them for everyone: Devin, Ari, Eva, Alli, Kylee, Quinn, Natalie, Keegan, Alexa, Sierra, Garrison, Declan, Elliott, Tori, Gavin, Hope, Alaina, Kolton, Scarlett, Caley, Melayna, Kacin, Paige, Sheridan, Miss Lind, and Mrs. Simacek.  

 

 Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Simacek & Ms. Lind

 

Dear 5S Parents,                                                            Week 20 – 1/22/16

 

5S has had a very productive week.  They are looking forward to presenting their projects to you on Thursday at Project Showcase Night.

 

WELCOME MISS LIND, OUR STUDENT TEACHER – Ms. Lind will be in our classroom beginning on January 19th through March 18th.  We look forward to helping her learn about 5th graders and project-based learning.  She is fortunate to finish her semester in our building with Mrs. Wright at MPES.   

          Please return the Video/Audio permission form for student teachers in the classroom as soon as possible. 

 

SWEETS FOR THE SWEET – Donuts are for pre-order sale $0.50.  The pink order forms and money are due February 1st.  The donuts will be distributed the morning of February 11th, the day of our Valentine’s Day party. 

 

5S ANIMAL/PET THEMED BASKET SUPPLIES NEEDED –Please consider donating anything animal/pet related (even animal crackers or Swedish Fish treats for humans) for our class basket for the Quest Project Showcase Silent Auction by Wednesday.

 

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION PROGRAM – Box Tops for Education are worth 10 cents each.  We have a schoolwide competition going on .  Each student’s goal was to fill a page (50 Box Tops).  Four students have met their goal.  This program ends February 5th.  Ask your friends, neighbors/Facebook friends, etc. 

 

TOP LOAD WASHER & DRYER Raffle tickets came home last Friday. Each student's goal is to sell 10 tickets by Jan. 27th (next Wednesday). Our class has sold zero tickets when asked so far.  Students receive an A & W ice cream cone coupon when they sell 5 tickets, and they receive an A & W Kids Meal coupon when they sell 10 tickets. If you need more tickets, let us know. Return the stubs and money to me. Checks to payable Quest Elementary School.

 

PLANNERS – Students are expected to complete their planner, and ask you to sign it each day.  This is an “assignment” on their part.  Any help you can give is appreciated. 

 

PROJECT SHOWCASE –Please consider helping with Project Showcase, as we need a lot of parent helpers to help raise money for Quest.  Please return the blue slip with how many pizza slices your family will most likely want and when you can hopefully volunteer.  We can work around your child’s presentation time (pasted below).  If you replied unable to help but can re-think this, our school would greatly appreciate it.  You can step out to help before or after your child’s presentation. 

 

Week 20 - January 22, 2016

Dear Families,

Here is a schedule of the 5th grade “Great Events in American History” presentation for our Project Showcase January 28.  The 5th grade presentation will begin at 6:00 PM in rooms 211-212.  We hope that families will plan on staying for the entire presentation.  We know that some families will need to slip out to attend another child’s presentation or help to sell raffle tickets, pizza, etc.  If you need to leave during the event, here is the approximate schedule of events.  We will end the night with informal presentations of student published books and robotics demonstrations in the cafeteria.  The students are very excited to share their learning with you!

Thanks for all you do to support your child’s learning!

Mrs. Simacek and Mrs. Ernst

 

EVENT

NAMES

TIME

Pizza Supper and Raffle Shopping

in Center Hallway and Cafeteria

Quest Families

5:30 - 6:00 PM (Pizza can be brought down to our classroom to eat during the presentation if you wish.) Pizza will be available in the cafeteria until 7:00 PM.

American Revolution

Natalie, Oliver, Kolton, Jenna

6:05 PM

Invention of Electricity

Scarlett, Ari, Alli, Caley

6:09 PM

Trail of Tears

Ella, Anya, Layla, London, Henry

6:13 PM

Civil War

Declan, Devin, Quinn, Elliott

6:17 PM

World War I

Dylan, Ava, Hope, Kacin

6:21 PM

Invention of Airplane

Drew, Owen, Carly, Tori

6:25 PM

Women’s Suffrage

Olivia, Melayna, Jayd, Paige

6:29 PM

World War II

Hailee, Garrison, Keegan, Sheridan

6:33 PM

Civil Rights Movement

Kylee, Kaiden, Sierra, Izzy

6:37 PM

Space Program

Sami, Noah, Nessa, Eva

6:41 PM

Korean War & Vietnam War

Gavin, Alexa, Katelyn, Madalyn

6:45 PM

War on Terrorism

Elena, McKenna, Alaina, Chasity

6:49 PM

Informal Robotics Presentations

and Author Celebration in Cafeteria

5th graders

(Students will show families in an open house format)

7:00 - 7:30 PM

 

U.S. HISTORY PROJECT – Students have been very busy this week preparing a project to showcase their learnings of a significant U.S. History event they chose.  Next week, they will be polishing their projects and practicing their presentations to share with you at our PROJECT SHOWCASE on January 28th from 6-7:30 PM.  The plan remains:  the U.S. History projects will be shared from 6:00-7:00 PM whole group rotating in our two rooms with the walls open.  Then, from 7:00-7:30 PM, you will move to the cafeteria to see the Robots in action and view the published works of writing the Quest 5th graders worked on in December. 

 

READINGI expect to see each day regardless of whether they use the given graphic organizer, a journal, or KidBlog:  book title, book level, book points, pages read – INCLUDING AT SCHOOL PAGES, total pages read including school pages, and total minutes read, with 3-5 sentences using the strategies we have focused on so far this year: Making Connections (MC), Visualizing (V), Determining Importance (DI), or Asking Questions (AQ). 

          Students are to continue reading a minimum of 20 minutes at home, writing their status, and including pages read, minutes read, level, points, etc.   They should be at 60% of their AR goal by today. Once students make their AR goal, they are given a coupon for a free Kid’s Meal at A & W. 

          We are using a balanced literacy approach with our U.S. History unit using Schoolwide materials and the Newbery Award winning novel, Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. 

 

MATH – Students are continuing to work on chapter 5, “Division with Whole Numbers and Decimals”.  Students must have the BASIC (through 12s is even more helpful than just through 9s) division facts memorized.  Watch for nightly homework in the planner.  These homework assignments are considered “formative” assignments.  Quizzes and tests are “summative” assignments.  In addition to the memorization of division facts, with long division, students really need to have their multiplication and subtraction facts mastered as well.  Subtraction seems to be slowing students down the most. 

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students are usually spending 30-60 minutes per week in  the DuoLingo program.  If they miss school or need to complete another assignment during that time, they should work on it at home to catch up. 

 

CATALYSTThere will be teachers here during Project Showcase on 1/28 to answer any questions you have about their school.  You will need to complete your school choice by the end of February.  You are encouraged to visit Catalyst and talk to students or teachers  if you have any questions.

GEOGRAPHY BEE  From Mrs. N. Johnson - Somewhere in the next couple weeks I will be running a geography bee.  I don’t really have any study guides, but here are some resources.     There is a daily quiz that the students can do.  http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/quiz/today/

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/study-corner/

REPEATED POST: SPELLING – Students are given the list the Friday before the next test.  The lesson is taught on Monday.  Written sorts are due Tuesday.  Tests are on Friday.  If everyone earns -0, there will be no list or test the next week. 

 

REPEATED POST: WANTED: red pens and Expo markers (markers for our white tables - any color)

 

REPEATED POST:  FOR SALE - JOLLY RANCHER SUCKERS EVERY FRIDAY - QUEST HALLWAY.  $1 A PIECE.  QUEST WATER BOTTLES - $4.  QUEST CINCH SACK BAGS - $8. 

 

REPEATED POST:  PARENT HELPERS NEEDED FRIDAYS 12:00 Noon PLEASE  - plus whenever it works with your schedule.  Any time.  I am down to one parent helper for Spelling (Thank you Mrs. D!!), but I really need more help.  If your schedule allows, please consider helping – even if it’s only once a month.  Every bit helps. 

 

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

NO SCHOOL –February 12, February 15, March 21-25, April 25, May 30

 

End of Trimesters –March 4, and June 3

QUEST PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHTS 2015-16 Project Showcase Nights 6:00-7:30 PM on Thursday, January 28, 2015; Thursday, May 19, 2015

FAMILY FUN NIGHT – March 3, 2016 6-8 PM

Science Fair - 2-3 PM & 5-6 PM on Thursday, February 25, 2016  

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – June 3

 

 

 Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Simacek

 


Dear 5S Parents,                                                     Week 19 – 1/15/16

5S has had another SUPER week.  They have earned a letter every day since winter break.  J  We need to have a great rest of the afternoon to earn a letter today.  J  They are working towards a sledding party. When they earn it, a reminder – they are not to bring sleds on the bus.  They have 4 more letters (awesome days) to earn.

SCHOOL DAY BEGINS – Just a reminder, the school day begins at 8:02 AM.  Students are hopefully in their seats by that time. There is a lot of morning business we take care of each day, and students who are tardy miss out.  This is especially helpful on Mondays when they are to report to Music by 8:15 AM.

REMINDER:  NO SCHOOL MONDAY

TOP LOAD WASHER & DRYER Raffle tickets coming home today. Each student's goal is to sell 10 tickets by Jan. 27th. Students receive an A & W ice cream cone coupon when they sell 5 tickets, and they receive an A & W Kids Meal coupon when they sell 10 tickets. If you need more tickets, let us know. . Return the stubs and money to me. Checks to payable Quest Elementary School.

PLANNERS – Students are expected to complete their planner, and ask you to sign it each day.  This is an “assignment” on their part.  Any help you can give is appreciated.

PROJECT SHOWCASE – A Save the Date note came home on Wednesday.  Please consider helping with Project Showcase, as we need a lot of parent helpers to help raise money for Quest.  Please return the blue slip with how many pizza slices your family will most likely want and when you can hopefully volunteer.

5S ANIMAL/PET THEMED BASKET SUPPLIES NEEDED – A note describing the 5S animal/pet themed basket was sent home on Weds.  Please consider donating anything animal/pet related (even animal crackers or Swedish Fish treats for humans) for our class basket for the Quest Project Showcase Silent Auction.

BOOK ORDERS – Three book orders were sent home with students on Wednesday.  Please return the order form and check to Scholastic by January 20th.

U.S. HISTORY PROJECT – Students have been very busy this week researching  the significant U.S. History event they chose last week.  They will be wrapping up the note-taking phase using Linoit today.  Next week, groups will prepare the projects.  The week of the 25th, they will be polishing their projects and practicing their presentations to share with you at our PROJECT SHOWCASE on January 28th from 6-7:30 PM.  The plan remains:  the U.S. History projects will be shared from 6:00-7:00 PM whole group rotating in our two rooms with the walls open.  Then, from 7:00-7:30 PM, you will move to the cafeteria to see the Robots in action and view the published works of writing the Quest 5th graders worked on in December.

READING Because we have been trying so many great balanced literacy approaches this year, some students have become confused on expectations.  To be clear, I expect to see each day regardless of whether they use the given graphic organizer, a journal, or KidBlog:  book title, book level, book points, pages read – INCLUDING AT SCHOOL PAGES, total pages read including school pages, and total minutes read, and 3-5 sentences using the strategies we have focused on so far this year: Making Connections (MC), Visualizing (V), Determining Importance (DI), or Asking Questions (AQ).

      Students are to continue reading a minimum of 20 minutes at home, writing their status, and including pages read, minutes read, level, points, etc.   They should be at 50% of their AR goal by today. Once students make their AR goal, they are given a coupon for a free Kid’s Meal at A & W.

      We will move on to using balanced literacy approach in conjunction with our U.S. History unit using Schoolwide materials and the Newbery Award winning novel, Number the Stars by Lois Lowry.

      The 2016 Reading Challenge was distributed last week and shared on Facebook.  Your student will write down the title of the book s/he has read by each descriptor, and they will ask for your signature.  When the challenge has been completed, s/he will be able to choose a book to keep.

SPELLING – Students are given the list the Friday before the next test.  The lesson is taught on Monday.  Written sorts are due Tuesday.  Tests are on Friday.  If everyone earns -0, there will be no list or test the next week.

MATH – Students are continuing to work on chapter 5, “Division with Whole Numbers and Decimals”.  Students must have the BASIC (through 9s) division facts memorized.  Watch for nightly homework in the planner.  These homework assignments are considered “formative” assignments.  Quizzes and tests are “summative” assignments.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students are usually spending 30-60 minutes per week in  the DuoLingo program.  If they miss school or need to complete another assignment during that time, they should work on it at home to catch up.

REPEATED POST:  STUDENT TEACHER – Ms. Lind will be in our classroom beginning on January 19th through March 18th.  We look forward to helping her learn about 5th graders and project-based learning.  She is fortunate to finish her semester in our building with Mrs. Wright at MPES.   

READING NOOK:  At a Quest meeting before break Mrs. Rapp introduced our new Reading Nook, located outside Mrs. Johnson's classroom. It functions much like books you would find in a coffee shop--'If you have a book, leave it. If you'd like a book, take it!' No check-out system. The staff provided books, the Ripon Public Library and students. If it's time for your home library to be cleaned up, we have the perfect place for those books.

CATALYSTThere will be teachers here during Project Showcase on 1/28 to answer any questions you have about their school.  You will need to complete your school choice by the end of February.  You are encouraged to visit Catalyst and talk to students or teachers  if you have any questions.

WANTED: red pens and Expo markers (markers for our white tables - any color)

REPEATED POST:  FOR SALE - JOLLY RANCHER SUCKERS EVERY FRIDAY - QUEST HALLWAY.  $1 A PIECE.  QUEST WATER BOTTLES - $4.  QUEST CINCH SACK BAGS - $8.

REPEATED POST:  PARENT HELPERS NEEDED FRIDAYS 12:00 Noon PLEASE  - plus whenever it works with your schedule.  Any time.  I am down to one parent helper for Spelling (Thank you Mrs. D!!), but I really need more help.  If your schedule allows, please consider helping – even if it’s only once a month.  Every bit helps.

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

NO SCHOOL –January 18,February 12, February 15, March 21-25, April 25, May 30

End of Trimesters –March 4, and June 3

QUEST PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHTS 2015-16 Project Showcase Nights 6:00-7:30 PM on Thursday, January 28, 2015; Thursday, May 19, 2015

FAMILY FUN NIGHT – March 3, 2016 6-8 PM

Science Fair - 2-3 PM & 5-6 PM on Thursday, February 25, 2016  

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – June 3

Sincerely,

Mrs. Simacek




Dear 5S Parents,                                                            Week 18 – 1/8/16

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!  5S has had another GREAT week.  They have earned a letter every day for great work ethic.  In regards to New Year’s Resolutions, if you asked your child, I predict they would say their greatest area of improvement (as a group) is to line up quickly and quietly and walk single file in the hallway without talking to their buddies.  This remains a growth area for our group. 

 

Thank you to the families who donated to the Pennies for Pets campaign. The total raised was $158. 25 for the Green Lake Area Animal Shelter.  Also, thanks to those of you who sent money towards the Student Council “Stuff the Bucket” campaign to raise money for the Ripon Fire Department to give to victims of fires in the Ripon community.  $106.85 was raised in a short amount of time. 

 

U.S. HISTORY LAUNCH – Thanks to Ms. Franco, our school librarian, for launching our U.S. History unit and sharing her experience as an elementary teacher on 9/11/01.  Students first brainstormed the most significant events in U.S. History on a giant timeline using given resources and post-it notes (see Facebook for pictures).  Then, they narrowed the list down to 12 of the most significant events in U.S. History they wanted to research (also see Facebook for pictures).  Next, students wrote down which five of the twelve they’d be most interested in researching.  Yesterday, groups were formed and topics were chosen.  Next week, students will research their event and take notes using Linoit.  The following week, they will prepare the projects.  Then, the next week, they will prepare for presenting the projects to you at our PROJECT SHOWCASE on January 28th from 6-7:30 PM.  The plan as of today is:  the U.S. History projects will be shared from 6:00-7:00 PM whole group rotating in our two rooms with the walls open.  Then, from 7:00-7:30 PM, you will move to the cafeteria to see the Robots in action and view the published works of writing the Quest 5th graders worked on in December. 

 

Below, please find the contents of the new unit’s Project Wall.

DRIVING QUESTION:

What are the most significant events in American history and why are they important today?

TASK:

  1. Determine the most significant events in American history. (whole class)
  2. Develop a timeline of the most significant events in U.S. History (whole class)
  3. In a small group, research one of the events and persuade the project showcase audience that this event is significant and important to people today.
  4. Summarize your understanding of the information presented by the other event groups.

GUIDING QUESTIONS:

  1. What are the most important events in American history?
  2. Where do these events fall on a timeline of U.S. history?
  3. How have these events changed America?
  4. What were the causes and effects of these events?
  5. How have these events affected our lives today?

21ST CENTURY SKILLS:  

Creativity, Communication, Critical Thinking/ Problem Solving, and Collaboration

PUBLIC AUDIENCE:

Other 5th graders and Project Showcase parents, families, and friends

REVISION AND REFLECTION:

Any written work needs to be proofread. Your spoken parts need to be practiced before sharing.

SIGNIFICANT CONTENT:  

U.S. History

VOICE AND CHOICE:  Students will choose who they work with, significant historical event they will research, and the format of their project.

 

READING Book Clubs wrapped up before winter break.  Overall, students did a GREAT job.    

          Students are to continue reading a minimum of 20 minutes at home, writing their status, and including pages read, minutes read, level, points, etc.   Over break, students should continue reading to continue making progress.  I will be looking for just one written status when they return, but hopefully it will have a lot of pages read.  They should be at 40% of their AR goal by today.

          We will move on to using balanced literacy approach in conjunction with our U.S. History unit.  We have Schoolwide materials including the great book we read yesterday, The Scarlet Stockings Spy by Trinka Hakes Noble.

 

SPELLING – I’m hopeful everyone earns -0 on today’s spelling test, since they’ve had the list since December 18th.  If everyone earns -0, there will be no list or test the next week.  REMINDER:  Lists are given on Fridays, the lesson is taught on Mondays, the written sorts are due Tuesdays, and the tests are on Fridays. 

 

MATH – Students are working on chapter 5, “Division with Whole Numbers and Decimals”.  It is very obvious who needs to spend a lot more time memorizing BASIC (through 9s) division facts.  Watch for nightly homework in the planner.  These homework assignments are considered “formative” assignments.  Quizzes and tests are “summative” assignments. 

 

ROBOTS WITH MRS. ERNSTStudents are wrapping up the robots unit today with their test.  They have updated their e-portfolio we will be showing you at Project Showcase on JANUARY 28TH from 6-7:30 PM.

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students are usually spending 30-60 minutes per week in  the DuoLingo program.  If they miss school or need to complete another assignment during that time, they should work on it at home to catch up. 

 

STUDENT TEACHER – Ms. Lind will be in our classroom beginning on January 19th for nine weeks.  We look forward to helping her learn about 5th graders and project-based learning. 

 

MEMORY BOOK GROUP PHOTOS – will be held on Wednesday, January 13th.  Please avoid making appointments – especially in the morning on this day, or your child won’t be in the group photos for the Memory Book. 

 

GOODBYE – 5S will be saying goodbye to one of our students today.  We will miss her, but we hope to Skype her. 

 

WANTED: red pens and Expo markers (markers for our white tables - any color)

 

REPEATED POST:  FOR SALE - JOLLY RANCHER SUCKERS EVERY FRIDAY - QUEST HALLWAY.  $1 A PIECE.  QUEST WATER BOTTLES - $4.  QUEST CINCH SACK BAGS - $8. 

 

REPEATED POST:  PARENT HELPERS NEEDED FRIDAYS 12:00 Noon PLEASE  - plus whenever it works with your schedule.  Any time.  I am down to one parent helper for Spelling (Thank you Mrs. D!!), but I really need more help.  If your schedule allows, please consider helping – even if it’s only once a month.  Every bit helps. 

 

 

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

NO SCHOOL –January 18,February 12, February 15, March 21-25, April 25, May 30

 

End of Trimesters –March 4, and June 3

QUEST PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHTS 2015-16 Project Showcase Nights 6:00-7:30 PM on Thursday, January 28, 2015; Thursday, May 19, 2015

FAMILY FUN NIGHT – March 3, 2016 6-8 PM

Science Fair - 2-3 PM & 5-6 PM on Thursday, February 25, 2016  

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – June 3

 

 

 Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Simacek

 

 


Dear 5S Parents,                                                            Week 16 – 12/18/15

 

This will be the last Weekly Update of 2015 with a short week next week.  I wish you and your family a WONDERFUL holiday season, and I thank you for sharing your amazing children with me each day!  I’d like to share with you what students have been working on this week and will next week. 

 

WRITING WORKSHOP – Students have improved so much in their writing skills in the last few weeks.  Those who used their time wisely and followed directions through the writing process earned excellent grades throughout the writing process in addition to an amazing final product (due today).  The covers will be laminated, and the books will be bound today.  Does your schedule allow you to come in and help?  If you are on the volunteer approved list, please come in any time before 11 or after Noon TODAY to help bind these projects.

 

CONFLICT UNIT – Mrs. Ernst and I are busy preparing the next unit for the Quest fifth graders.  It will be on U.S. Conflicts.  Stay tuned for further details. 

 

READING Today is the second to the last Book Club meeting.  The final meeting will be on Tuesday.  Mrs. Damm, Ripon Area School District Curriculum Director, was in the building on Tuesday.  She was able to pop in quick and see the Book Clubs in action.  She was thoroughly impressed.  Other staff members who want to see our amazing Book Clubs in action will be visiting today at 9:25. 

          Students are to continue reading a minimum of 20 minutes at home, writing their status, and including pages read, minutes read, level, points, etc.   Over break, students should continue reading to continue making progress.  I will be looking for just one written status when they return, but hopefully it will have a lot of pages read.  By the time they return from break, they should be at 40% of their AR goal. 

 

SPELLING – There will be no list next week due to the short week.  Today, I will give students the list for the test on January 8th.  I hope this will be plenty of time for all students to study hard, and everyone earns -0 on that test.  If the whole class earns -0, there will be no test the next week.  This class is certainly capable, but it hasn’t happened yet this year. 

 

MATH – Students are wrapping up 4, “Multiplication with Whole Numbers and Decimals” next week. They will have a final Quick Quiz, and then the Unit Test.  Then, they will take the chapter 5, “Division with Whole Numbers and Decimals” pre-test before break, so new groups can be formed and begin after winter break.      

 

ROBOTS WITH MRS. ERNSTStudents continue to work on the Project-Lead-the-Way unit, and they are doing a GREAT job.  Ask them about the “challenge” project.  They will need to continue working on robots a bit longer after winter break.      

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students are usually spending 30-60 minutes per week in  the DuoLingo program.  If they miss school or need to complete another assignment during that time, they should work on it at home to catch up. 

 

WHOLE BUILDING SING-ALONG – Please consider arriving early for the whole building sing-along on Wednesday, December 23rd.  It begins at 2:00, and seating fills up.  Come early.  Students will be wrapping our party at 1:30, having a recess, and getting down to the gymnasium.  That will give those of you who are coming to the party time to get a good seat. 

 

WANTED: red pens and Expo markers (markers for our white tables - any color)

 

GINGERBREAD HOUSES – Please see the note sent home yesterday, posted on FB, and emailed to you yesterday to have all the supplies ready to go for the AWESOME Gingerbread Houses.  Students are making them on Monday and Tuesday.  Please consider sending a box as well (or bring one when you come to the sing-along at 2:00 on Wednesday) to bring the work of art home safely.  The Gingerbread Houses are on a large, thick paper plate to give you an estimate of what sized box to send/bring. 

 

CLASS GIFT EXCHANGE Many students have already brought in the gift for the class gift exchange. Please send in the gift by Tuesday, so we have everything in order for our party on Tuesday.

 

CLASS PARTYStudents on the Winter party committee are busy planning a great party for Wednesday, December 23rd, from Noon-1:30.  Thanks to all the students and parents on this committee

 

SPELLING BEE – Congratulations to our four students, QD, GM, KVB, and NF, for their hard work preparing for the School Spelling Bee.  QD earned a tie for 2nd place and will continue on to the District Spelling Bee in January. 

 

REPEATED POST:  FOR SALE - JOLLY RANCHER SUCKERS EVERY FRIDAY - QUEST HALLWAY.  $1 A PIECE.  QUEST WATER BOTTLES - $4.  QUEST CINCH SACK BAGS - $8. 

 

REPEATED POST:  PARENT HELPERS NEEDED FRIDAYS 12:00 Noon PLEASE  - plus whenever it works with your schedule.  Any time.  I am down to one parent helper for Spelling (Thank you Mrs. D!!), but I really need more help.  If your schedule allows, please consider helping – even if it’s only once a month.  Every bit helps. 

 

MEMORY BOOK GROUP PHOTOS – will be held on Wednesday, January 13th.  Please avoid making appointments – especially in the morning on this day, or your child won’t be in the group photos for the Memory Book. 

 

 

 Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Simacek

 

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Dear Parents,

 

During the week before vacation, your child will be making a "gingerbread" house. We will be tying this in with a math lesson using perimeter, area, measurement and geometric shapes.

 

We need several supplies in order to do this exciting activity.  We would appreciate your help in getting the following supplies.  Every child needs:

 

 

1 package of graham crackers (a package in a box, not the whole box)

 

            1 container of white frosting (either homemade frosting or ready-made

                  container)

 

            1 small bag of candy or cereal to be shared with the class.

Suggestions: marshmallows, peppermint candies, M&M’s, candy canes,

                        gumdrops, licorice, dots, skittles, assorted hard candy, lifesavers, etc.

Colorful cereal such as Fruit Loops

Cereals such as shredded wheat or oyster crackers can work as shingles

 

Students will pool these candies and cereals together and share for their creations.

 

The students will be able to bring home their houses on December 23 after the sing-along.  Supplies should be brought to school by Monday, Dec. 21 (or before if you would like).  They may need help in taking it home on Dec. 23.   You may wish to send a box to bring the gingerbread house safely home.

 

Thank you for your help!

 

Mrs. Ernst and Mrs. Simacek

 

 

 


Dear 5S Parents,                                                            Week 15 – 12/11/15

 

Thank you for taking time out of your schedule to have our conferences this week to reflect on first trimester and set goals for second trimester.  I really appreciate your thoughtful comments and great conversations.  As always, if you have any wonders, worries, or concerns, please don’t ever hesitate to contact ME J.

 

Thank you for your continued generosity!!  The soda and goodies for our party this afternoon were delightful!  The students really enjoyed themselves. 

 

The students are having an all-school celebration at 2:35 today.  Ask them about it when they get home.  J

 

READING Students are making great progress in their reading.  They are still writing daily reading status in either: KidBlog, journal, post-it notes, or graphic organizer I provide.  Daily, they are to record:  pages read (i.e. pgs. 10-40), total pages read (i.e. 30 pages); minutes read total (40 minutes); and the other basics including date, title, and written reflections.  They can definitely use Book Club reading as part of the daily status, but it won’t be enough.  Therefore, they can keep reading their read-to-self book.    

          Book Club teams have been doing an AMAZING job!!  They set their goals, they are having RICH conversations, and they are making me very proud of their hard work.  The books will be finished by December 22nd.  Students can find resources, and they can show you a video of Book Clubs on Google Classroom.

 

WRITER’S WORKSHOP WITH MRS. SIMACEK– In addition to the “Lift a Line” strategy, and the “When” to indent a new paragraph, writers have been learning about transition words (to organize writing),  using “Precise Words” for clarity (including words other than said), as well as revising and editing techniques. 

          Students should finish the rough draft of their stories on the computer this weekend if they haven’t in class to meet the deadline of next Friday for the final published book deadline. 

They have continued to add many interesting components to their Writer’s Notebook.  They were also given information on the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Sigma State Annual Mary Jo Nettesheim Memorial Literary and Illustrator Competition (not due until February 11, 2016). 

 

MATH – Students started chapter 4, “Multiplication with Whole Numbers and Decimals” last week.  New groups were formed based on ch. 4 pre-test scores.  Students have either Mrs. Ernst or myself for Math.  There are usually daily formative assignments, and students should study for upcoming quizzes and the end-of-the-unit summative assessment.   

 

ROBOTS WITH MRS. ERNSTStudents continue to work on the Project-Lead-the-Way unit, and they are doing a GREAT job.  Ask them about the “challenge” project.      

 

ART PRESENTERThanks to our two parent art presenters.  This week, the students learned about M.C. Escher (pictures on Facebook).  Ms. Menard shared black and white copies the students have enjoyed coloring in patterns like Escher used.

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students are usually spending 30-60 minutes per week in  the DuoLingo program.  If they miss school or need to complete another assignment during that time, they should work on it at home to catch up. 

 

WANTED: red pens and Expo markers (markers for our white tables - any color)

 

REPEATED POST: CLASS GIFT EXCHANGE – Each classroom was given the choice to participate in a gift exchange.  Our class voted yes.  Students drew names were last week, and they are welcome to purchase a gift for that person of around $5.  They brainstormed and wrote what the person may want for around that price and wrote it in their planners next to the person’s name.  We will give the gifts at the holiday party on Wednesday, December 23rd.  We also brainstormed a list of what we would like around that price range.  I thought you’d like to know now – in case you do some shopping (like I will be) over this holiday weekend.  

 

REPEATED POST:  CLASS PARTY – Students on the Winter party committee are busy planning a great party for Wednesday, December 23rd, most likely at Noon-1:30.  Thanks to all the students and parents on this committee. 

 

SPELLING BEE – 5S will be sending 4 students to the school Spelling Bee next Thursday from 1-3 PM in the Quest Media Center. Mrs. Johnson asked me to be sure those 4 students’ families knew they were invited to attend the Bee.  Good luck to:  QD, NF, GM, and KVB!!!

 

REPEATED POST:  FOR SALE - JOLLY RANCHER SUCKERS EVERY FRIDAY - QUEST HALLWAY.  $1 A PIECE.  QUEST WATER BOTTLES - $4.  QUEST CINCH SACK BAGS - $8. 

 

REPEATED POST:  PARENT HELPERS NEEDED FRIDAYS 12:00 Noon PLEASE  - plus whenever it works with your schedule.  Any time. 

 

 Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Simacek


Dear 5SParents,                                                             Week 14 – 12/4/15

 

I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  We traveled to Minnesota and spent time with our families and friends.  It was wonderful!

 

READING New goals were set for this trimester on Monday.  Ask your child what his/her goal is.  Students are writing their daily status with a lot of choice.  They are to record daily:  pages read range and total pages, titles, minutes read, levels of books, points of books. 

          Book Clubs are starting today where students are discussing the same title.  We are very excited about this new component of Balanced Literacy.  Each group chose a Club Name and set page goals to complete the books by December 22nd.  Thank you for signing and returning their Book Club contract (was due yesterday).  Students can find resources, and they can show you a video of Book Clubs on Google Classroom.

 

WRITING – Students have been busy learning techniques to become better writers in Writing Workshop.  Most recently, they learned how to “lift a line.”  They are also reviewing when to indent a new paragraph.  They have been busy adding many interesting components to their Writer’s Notebook.  They were also given information on the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Sigma State Annual Mary Jo Nettesheim Memorial Literary and Illustrator Competition (not due until February 16, 2016). 

 

MATH – Students started chapter 4, “Multiplication with Whole Numbers and Decimals” this week.  New groups were formed based on ch. 4 pre-test scores.  Students have either Mrs. Ernst or myself for Math.  There are usually daily formative assignments, and students should study for upcoming quizzes and the end-of-the-unit summative assessment.    

 

ROBOTSThe Toy Expo went beautifully.  Teams are working hard on continuing to learn how to engineer the VEX kits successfully.  They have been patient, and I know you’ve enjoyed the pictures.    

 

DICKENS OF A CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS - On Monday, 5S created ornaments for this weekend's Dickens of a Christmas Enchanted Forest Christmas tree on Monday!! Mr. O'Brien of the Ripon Historical Society had invited us to share our creativity, and we gladly accepted. Thanks to the parent helpers who prepared the materials for these beautiful ornaments. The children labeled their initials discretely, so you can find them. CHANGE OF LOCATION FROM LAST YEAR: This year you can see the Enchanted Forest at 123 Watson Street TONIGHThttp://www.ripon-wi.com/ripon-wi/chamber/dickensweekend.html

 

CLASS GIFT EXCHANGE – Each classroom was given the choice to participate in a gift exchange.  Our class voted yes.  Students drew names were today, and they are welcome to purchase a gift for that person of around $5.  They brainstormed and wrote what the person may want for around that price and wrote it in their planners next to the person’s name.  We will give the gifts at the holiday party on Wednesday, December 23rd.  We also brainstormed a list of what we would like around that price range.  I thought you’d like to know now – in case you do some shopping (like I will be) over this holiday weekend.  

 

CLASS PARTY – Students on the Winter party committee are busy planning a great party for Wednesday, December 23rd, most likely at Noon-1:30.  Thanks to all the students and parents on this committee. 

 

REPORT CARDS ARE COMING HOME TODAY.  You no longer need to return an envelope.  There is a blue slip for comments, and we are meeting Tuesday or Thursday next week for our conferences.  Remember, the standards are end-of-the-year standards, so if you see scores below a 3, it indicates where your child needs to focus more to meet grade level proficiency expectations. 

 

REMINDER: CONFERENCES DECEMBER 8TH AND DECEMBER 10TH.  I emailed you yesterday with the updated conference schedule.  The schedule is fairly tight at times, so please arrive on time, and know I will try my best to keep the conferences to the 15 minutes allotted.  As always, you can contact me about any questions concerns at any time – not just at conferences J

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students are doing a great job adding to their knowledge of the Spanish language using DuoLingo online.  They can use resources to review shared with them via Google Classroom. This week, Janae Mancheski, Ripon College Freshman, and Maria Jaureguy, here from Argentina, tutored the students from 5S in Spanish. 

 

SPELLING BEE – 5S will be sending 4 students to the school Spelling Bee.  We will be having our Class Bee on Monday, December 7th

 

KEEPERS STORE – 5S will be shopping at the Keepers Store THIS TUESDAY 12/8 at 8:15 AM.  Two students (PV & KS) sent money so far (which is totally fine with me J).  Please remember to send the money with your child if they are participating. 

 

FOR SALE - JOLLY RANCHER SUCKERS TOMORROW AND EVERY FRIDAY - QUEST HALLWAY.  $1 A PIECE.  QUEST WATER BOTTLES - $4.  QUEST CINCH SACK BAGS - $8. 

 

WANTED: (2) AA batteries   Two families have donated some batteries, but we welcome more.  Our class has a better camera, but with that comes the need for AA batteries. (The school is hoping to buy some rechargeable batteries and battery charger.) If you have (2) AA batteries you can donate occasionally (until we have the rechargeable batteries, we'd appreciate it. I know you enjoy the pictures we take.

 

WANTED: Expo markers & erasers    With our awesome white board tables, we are going through the Expo markers (wipe off) faster than previous years.  If you see a good deal, please consider picking some up and donating to our classroom. 

 

REPEATED POST:  PARENT HELPERS NEEDED FRIDAYS 12:00 Noon PLEASE  - plus whenever it works with your schedule.  Any time. 

 

 Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Simacek


Dear 5SParents,                                                             Week 13 – 11/24/15

 

First of all, I just want to say, THANK YOU to all of you for your support and great communication.  This is a GREAT class, and I am grateful to have the privilege to work with your children every day.  I will shorten up this bulletin, since it’s a shorter week.  (And remember, you can always find previous Weekly Updates on my website:  https://sites.google.com/a/ripon.k12.wi.us/mrs-simacek/monthly-newsletters)

 

CLASS GIFT EXCHANGE – Each classroom was given the choice to participate in a gift exchange.  Our class voted yes.  Students drew names were today, and they are welcome to purchase a gift for that person of around $5.  They brainstormed and wrote what the person may want for around that price and wrote it in their planners next to the person’s name.  We will give the gifts at the holiday party on Wednesday, December 23rd.  We also brainstormed a list of what we would like around that price range.  I thought you’d like to know now – in case you do some shopping (like I will be) over this holiday weekend.   

 

REPORT CARDS ARE COMING HOME FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4TH.

 

REMINDER: CONFERENCES DECEMBER 8TH AND DECEMBER 10TH.  The schedule is fairly tight at times, so please arrive on time, and know I will try my best to keep the conferences to the 15 minutes allotted.  As always, you can contact me about any questions concerns at any time – not just at conferences J

 

ENCHANTED FOREST ORNAMENT MAKING – Quest and MP 5th graders will be making ornaments for a Dickens of a Christmas Enchanted Forest tree after Thanksgiving.

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students are doing a great job adding to their knowledge of the Spanish language using DuoLingo online.  They can use resources to review shared with them via Google Classroom. This week, Janae Mancheski, Ripon College Freshman tutored the students from 5S in Spanish.  The students did a great job, impressed her with their Spanish knowledge, and worked hard. 

 

KEEPERS STORE – 5S will be shopping at the Keepers Store on 12/8 at 8:15 AM.  Only one student (PV) sent money so far (which is totally fine with me J). 

 

FOR SALE - JOLLY RANCHER SUCKERS TOMORROW AND EVERY FRIDAY - QUEST HALLWAY.  $1 A PIECE.  QUEST WATER BOTTLES - $4.  QUEST CINCH SACK BAGS - $8. 

 

U.S. GEOGRAPHY – Our U.S. Geography wrapped up this week.  We’ll keep reviewing the states, capitals, and abbreviations throughout the year. 

 

ROBOTSThe Toy Expo will be tomorrow.  Students are presenting their Vex Toys to the 3rd graders. 

 

READING New goals will be set for the 2nd trimester on Monday, November 30th

 

MATH – Students finished chapter 3, and they have taken the chapter 4 pre-tests.  New groups will begin on Tuesday, December 1st

 

REPEATED POST:  PARENT HELPERS NEEDED FRIDAYS 12:35-1:05 PLEASE  - plus whenever it works with your schedule.  Any time.  Thanks to Mrs. LaViolette who joined the parent helper crew last week as well as our regulars, Mrs. Albrecht, Mrs. Krueger, and Mrs. Diedrich. 

 

 

HAVE A WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING AND A GREAT 4-DAY WEEKEND!!

 

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Simacek


Dear 5SParents,                                                             Week 12 – 11/20/15

 

THANK YOU!! Thank you to all who made American Education Week an extra special one this year.  The notes, the emails, the treats, etc. are all so very much appreciated!!  I feel blessed to work such amazing children and wonderful families!! 

 

REPORT CARDS ARE COMING HOME FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4TH.

 

REPEATED POST:  PARENT HELPERS NEEDED FRIDAYS 12:35-1:05 PLEASE – to help with giving and scoring Spelling tests.  Thank you in advance for considering this.  You’re welcome to stay the rest of the afternoon if your schedule allows. 

 

COLD WEATHER Please check your child has hat & mittens/gloves; it's cold at recess . Your child is outside for 30+ minutes after lunch and 15 min. at 1:45 PM. Thanks 

 

CONFERENCES DECEMBER 8TH AND DECEMBER 10TH.  Just a reminder, Quest has our next conferences on Tuesday, December 8th and Thursday, December 10th. 3:30-7:30 PM.  Conference invitations were sent home Wednesday and most time slots were confirmed, so I will share the schedule with the specialists.  Thanks for your quick replies. 

 

OFFICER MICHELS – District Liason Police Officer, Lindsey Michels, spoke with the entire student body (one grade level at a time) to address a recent problem at MP/Q, stealing, on Monday. 

 

BUSINESS LETTERS – Students practiced their Business Letter writing skills this week.  They wrote a thank you to Ms. Hope Schultz, former Ripon student, for guiding students through the DNA extraction from strawberries last week.  Pictures from her visit are posted on the Facebook page. 

 

ENCHANTED FOREST ORNAMENT MAKING – Quest and MP 5th graders have been asked by Mr. O’Brien to create ornaments for a Dickens of a Christmas Enchanted Forest Christmas tree.  We have happily agreed.  However, there is some preparation of materials work that needs parent help.  We no longer have an aide to make copies and prepare materials, so if you’d be willing to help out, we’d greatly appreciate it.  Let me know when you can come in.  Thank you!! 

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students are doing a great job adding to their knowledge of the Spanish language using DuoLingo online.  They can use resources to review shared with them via Google Classroom. This week, Janae Mancheski, Ripon College Freshman tutored the students from 5S in Spanish.  The students did a great job, impressed her with their Spanish knowledge, and worked hard. 

 

KEEPERS STORE – 5S will be shopping at the Keepers Store on 12/8 at 8:15 AM (first slot available – wahoo).  Thank you for returning the slips or contacting me to let me know your child had permission.  Just a reminder, only one student sent money to shop that was given to me (PV).  So, remember to send the shopping money before then or that day.    

 

JOLLY RANCHER SUCKERS FOR SALE - EVERY FRIDAY - QUEST HALLWAY.  $1 A PIECE. Thanks to the families who helped make them :)

 

U.S. GEOGRAPHY – Our U.S. Geography unit will wrap up the week of Thanksgiving.  Students will be responsible for learning their states (shape/location), capitals, and state abbreviations.  We have many wonderful resources to assist in the learning process. 

I have been teaching U.S. Geography to both classes separately.  They are using these really neat papers called “foldables” to learn the states, shapes, locations, capitals, and abbreviations.  These are pretty neat in place of flash cards.

          Students should be using Sheppard’s Sheppard Software online tool, http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/web_games.htm nightly to master their states and capitals.  Page 8 of their planner has the state abbreviations.  All these tools combined with the foldables are all great resources to make your child successful in knowing U.S. Geography.  Thanks for your support.

 

ROBOTSROBOT GROUPS are wrapping up their Vex toys for Wednesday's Toy Expo (they're presenting to the 3rd graders) Name of Toy, Price, What it is, a picture, Age of children who can play with the toy, and Why it is fun to play with. Mr. Storz also shared an awesome robot crane he built during the Project Lead the Way training we had a few weeks ago.  (See today’s pics on the class FB page)

 

WRITING WORKSHOP – Students have done a great job using the new curriculum, “Schoolwide Writing Fundamentals: How Writers Work”.  They enjoyed the read aloud texts from:  Come on, Rain! by Karen Hesse, The Other Way to Listen by Byrd Baylor, Amelia’s 5th-Grade Notebook by Marissa Moss, How Writers Work by Ralph Fletcher, and The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson.         

          They are incorporating the wonderful writing examples into their own writing during Writing Workshop (see pictures on Facebook). 

 

READING

Students have been focusing on Determining Importance in their daily reading status.  I revised the daily status to assist them record:  total minutes read, total pages read, and strategies used.  If the student chooses to post on KidBlog, s/he should include the above information in their status. 

Students are still experimenting with Learn2Earn.  Students will be able to have fun with this new tool by visiting the “store” one day a week with the points they earn.    

 

REPEATED POST: MATH – Students are working in chapter 3, “Multiplication and Division with Fractions.”  Students work with either myself or Mrs. Ernst for Math.   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. They will take the chapter 3 test before Thanksgiving.  Then, they will take the chapter 4 pretest and be placed into new groups after Thanksgiving. 

 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-ripon2023

 

BRAVE – Reminder, there will be BRAVE Gallery Walks at 5:00 PM sharp the last week (December 14-18) of BRAVE on the night(s) your child attends.  Hopefully, you can make it.    

 

REPEATED POST:  GRADE 5 FIELD TRIP – Letting you know now in case you want to chaperone.  All Chaperones must have a current volunteer approval form on file (valid for 3 years).  

FIELD TRIP NOTICE - SPRING, 2016 (but thought you'd like to know to make arrangements with your workplace if interested in chaperoning)

Barlow Planetarium & Weis Earth Science Museum at UW-Fox Valley

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 10:30 AM.

scheduled to check in by 10:15 AM.

$6.50/person (Students are free); 1 adult may ride the bus with me.  Others will need to drive/carpool.  Adults MUST supervise students during visit

9:30 AM Load buses in back of school

10:15 AM Arrival/Check In

10:30 AM BARLOW - Solar System Exploration (1/2 students)

10:30 AM WEIS - Mining, Minerals & More(1/2 students)

11:30 AM Lunch

12:15 PM BARLOW - Solar System Exploration

12:15 PM WEIS - Mining, Minerals & More (1/2 students)

 1:30 PM Load buses and head back to school

 2:15 PM Arrive back at school

 

REPEATED POST:  CLASS WISH LIST – If you have any of the following supplies around and would be willing to donate them, we’d greatly appreciate them for use in our classroom/Quest Project Room.  I have also applied for a Webster grant to help support the Project-Based Learning classrooms: 

·         clay

  • hot glue guns
  • hot glue refills
  • toothpicks
  • styrofoam balls - many sizes
  • wooden dowels
  • cloth
  • glue sticks
  • sharpies
  • paper
  • markers/colored pencils
  • Vis-a-Vis markers
  • posterboards
  • craft sticks

REPEATED POST:  PARENT HELPERS NEEDED – PLEASE  - Since our conference, I have learned we have nobody 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.  Thank you to Sally, Deena, Lisa who have been helping.  Please email me simacekk@ripon.k12.wi.us)  whenever you’re able to help.  Just give me a day or two notice. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

 

REPEATED POST:  SPELLING – Students have been continuing to review spelling patterns through the Making Big Words program.  Students have their first test today.  Level D spellers can earn a 3 if they have 85% or higher performance on the test.  Level E spellers can earn a 4 if they have 100% accuracy on tests. 

          Students complete a written sort (due the day after the introduction to the lesson – typically on Tuesdays) to be graded for a formative assessment.  They can practice any way that works best with their learning style until the test on Friday. 

          I will also offer the next week’s list on Fridays if some students want to get a head start studying and have a whole week to prepare for the next test. 

They are to never to misspell the high frequency words we have been pre-testing on.  They will be responsible for making sure they know the first 400 high frequency words. They may have any misspelled high frequency words on the back of their spelling card (up to 5 words) to be tested on Fridays as well. 

 

REPEATED POST:  Our composting program is need of browns.  When it comes time to raking this fall, please consider dropping off bags by the Quest shed. Sawdust would be great, and pine needles too.  Also, if you have sawdust of untreated wood, we could use that too.  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:  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/

TIGER HOOPS BASKETBALL CAMP FOR BOYS & GIRLS:  A gold form was distributed this week.  December 19th & January 9th.  Questions, contact Steve Brooks:  brooks@ripon.k12.wi.us

 

NO SCHOOL –November 26-27, December 24-January 1, 2016; January 18, February 12, February 15, March 21-25, April 25, May 30

 

End of Trimesters – November 25, March 4, and June 3

QUEST PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHTS 2015-16 Project Showcase Nights 6:00-7:30 PM on Thursday, January 28, 2015; Thursday, May 19, 2015

FAMILY FUN NIGHT – March 3, 2016

Science Fair - 2-3 PM & 5-6 PM on Thursday, February 25, 2016  

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – June 3

Remember to check out photos on our class Facebook page.  I hope you and your family have a super weekend.  As always, if you have ANY questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 920-748-4695 or simacekk@ripon.k12.wi.us

 

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Simacek


Dear 5SParents,                                                             Week 11 – 11/13/15

 

ELECTRONIC PORTFOLIOS – The students have done an amazing job putting their electronic portfolios together.  We look forward to sharing them with you during conferences December 8th or 10th.   Students created the rubrics for the portfolio today: 

 

Habits of Mind

-Video link, Personal Narrative, and description.

Comma Corral

-Google Presentation and description.

Genius Hour

-Description and picture or link to project.

Robots

-Compare & Contrast Essay

Home Page

-Includes picture of self, description of e-portfolio, and proper text size.

 

 

REPORT CARDS ARE COMING HOME FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4TH.

 

PARENT HELPERS NEEDED FRIDAYS 12:35-1:05 PLEASE – to help with giving and scoring Spelling tests.  Thank you in advance for considering this.  You’re welcome to stay the rest of the afternoon if your schedule allows. 

 

CONFERENCES DECEMBER 8TH AND DECEMBER 10TH.  Just a reminder, Quest has our next conferences on Tuesday, December 8th and Thursday, December 10th. 3:30-7:30 PM.  PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU HAVE A TIME PREFERENCE BEFORE INVITATIONS ARE SENT OUT, SO WE CAN GET EVERYONE IN ON THOSE TWO NIGHTS J.  If you need a time other than 3:30-7:30, we can schedule that the following week of December 14th.  Thank you. 

 

STRAWBERRY DNA EXTRACTION – Thank you to Ms. Hope Schultz, former Ripon student, for guiding students through the DNA extraction from strawberries today.  Pictures are posted on the Facebook page. 

 

REPEATED FROM FACEBOOK POST:  GRADE 5 FIELD TRIP – Letting you know now in case you want to chaperone.  All Chaperones must have a current volunteer approval form on file (valid for 3 years).  

FIELD TRIP NOTICE - SPRING, 2016 (but thought you'd like to know to make arrangements with your workplace if interested in chaperoning)

Barlow Planetarium & Weis Earth Science Museum at UW-Fox Valley

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 10:30 AM.

scheduled to check in by 10:15 AM.

$6.50/person (Students are free); 1 adult may ride the bus with me.  Others will need to drive/carpool.  Adults MUST supervise students during visit

9:30 AM Load buses in back of school

10:15 AM Arrival/Check In

10:30 AM BARLOW - Solar System Exploration (1/2 students)

10:30 AM WEIS - Mining, Minerals & More(1/2 students)

11:30 AM Lunch

12:15 PM BARLOW - Solar System Exploration

12:15 PM WEIS - Mining, Minerals & More (1/2 students)

 1:30 PM Load buses and head back to school

 2:15 PM Arrive back at school

 

THANK YOU - COATS FOR KIDS – Thank you for your donations.  Our class collected seven coats this year.   Last Saturday, over 250 people were able to take advantage of your generosity.  Though our class didn’t win the dance party, they will still be able to participate.   

 

REMINDER:  FUNDRAISER PICK-UP DATE – Students that sold fundraising items need to pick up the items sold on November 17th

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students are doing a great job adding to their knowledge of the Spanish language using DuoLingo online.  They can use resources to review shared with them via Google Classroom. 

We are very excited to be working with Maria Luz Jaureguy, Ripon College student here from Argentina in addition to Janae Mancheski, Ripon College Freshman.  They will be tutoring 5S and 5E in Spanish once volunteer applications are approved. 

 

KEEPERS STORE – 5S will be shopping at the Keepers Store on 12/8 at 8:15 AM (first slot available – wahoo).  Please return the Keepers Store form (you can send the money at a later time if you choose to participate) with your permission or denying permission.  Either way, I need the green (second page) form from everyone (or a note from you your child isn’t participating).  Thank you. 

 

JOLLY RANCHER SUCKERS FOR SALE - EVERY FRIDAY - QUEST HALLWAY.  $1 A PIECE. Thanks to the families who helped make them :)

 

U.S. GEOGRAPHY – Our U.S. Geography unit will wrap up the week of Thanksgiving.  Students will be responsible for learning their states (shape/location), capitals, and state abbreviations.  We have many wonderful resources to assist in the learning process. 

I have been teaching U.S. Geography to both classes separately.  They are using these really neat papers called “foldables” to learn the states, shapes, locations, capitals, and abbreviations.  These are pretty neat in place of flash cards.

          Students should be using Sheppard’s Sheppard Software online tool, http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/web_games.htm nightly to master their states and capitals.  Page 8 of their planner has the state abbreviations.  All these tools combined with the foldables are all great resources to make your child successful in knowing U.S. Geography.  Thanks for your support.

 

ROBOTS – Our new Science Curriculum and materials about Robots from Project Lead the Way will be explored by students with Mrs. Ernst every other day. 

 

WRITING WORKSHOP – This week, students were introduced to the new curriculum, “Schoolwide Writing Fundamentals: How Writers Work”.  They enjoyed the read aloud texts from:  Come on, Rain! by Karen Hesse, The Other Way to Listen by Byrd Baylor, Amelia’s 5th-Grade Notebook by Marissa Moss, How Writers Work by Ralph Fletcher, and The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson.         

          Students are to have their Writer’s Notebook for the year completed by Monday.  We gave all week to put these together, and all students told us they had a notebook (or we gave them one).  Rubric expectations were created as a group and are as follows: 

 

 

4

3

2

1

 

Pictures

and Name

-Includes name and more than 4 pictures.

-Includes name and at least four pictures of items that interest the writer. 

-Includes name at 2-3 pictures.

-Includes name with no pictures.

 

Personalized & Creative

-Writer goes above and beyond showing pictures that include: hobbies, family members, or other interests.

-Pictures show items the writer likes or values.

-Little personalization or creativity shown.

-No personalization or creativity shown.

 

Neatness

-Pictures are cut neatly.  Pictures are attached well.  There are no spelling or mechanical errors.  The notebook is not cluttered; pictures are laid out beautifully. 

-Pictures are attached neatly to the notebook.  Everything is neat.  Writer used appropriate font size (with no mechanical or spelling errors). 

-Pictures are loosely or attached in a less than neat way. 

-No pictures or writing. 

 

  

READING

Students have been focusing on Determining Importance in their daily reading status.  Mrs. Bunge visited this week, and she’d like to see minutes as part of their reading status.  Students are to put how many minutes it took them to read the pages read.  I revised the daily status to assist them. 

Students are still experimenting with Learn2Earn.  Students will be able to have fun with this new tool by visiting the “store” one day a week with the points they earn.  Students are able to login to KidBlog as an option for the daily reading/writing requirements (instead of writing on the graphic organizer we’ve been using).  https://kidblog.org/class/5S2015-16/posts?utm_source=auto-migration-redirect  Remember, students read about 30 minutes in class plus 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.  A number of students have yet to reach proficiency in this standard.  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

  

 

REPEATED POST: MATH – Students are working in chapter 3, “Multiplication and Division with Fractions.”  Students work with either myself or Mrs. Ernst for Math.   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-ripon2023

 

BRAVE – Reminder, there will be BRAVE Gallery Walks at 5:00 PM sharp the last week (December 14-18) of BRAVE on the night(s) your child attends.  Hopefully, you can make it.    

 

REPEATED POST:  CLASS WISH LIST – If you have any of the following supplies around and would be willing to donate them, we’d greatly appreciate them for use in our classroom/Quest Project Room.  I have also applied for a Webster grant to help support the Project-Based Learning classrooms: 

·         clay

  • hot glue guns
  • hot glue refills
  • toothpicks
  • styrofoam balls - many sizes
  • wooden dowels
  • cloth
  • glue sticks
  • sharpies
  • paper
  • markers/colored pencils
  • Vis-a-Vis markers
  • posterboards
  • craft sticks

REPEATED POST:  PARENT HELPERS NEEDED – PLEASE  - Since our conference, I have learned we have nobody 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.  Thank you to Sally, Deena, Lisa who have been helping.  Please email me simacekk@ripon.k12.wi.us)  whenever you’re able to help.  Just give me a day or two notice. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

 

REPEATED POST:  SPELLING – Students have been continuing to review spelling patterns through the Making Big Words program.  Students have their first test today.  Level D spellers can earn a 3 if they have 85% or higher performance on the test.  Level E spellers can earn a 4 if they have 100% accuracy on tests. 

          Students complete a written sort (due the day after the introduction to the lesson – typically on Tuesdays) to be graded for a formative assessment.  They can practice any way that works best with their learning style until the test on Friday. 

          I will also offer the next week’s list on Fridays if some students want to get a head start studying and have a whole week to prepare for the next test. 

They are to never to misspell the high frequency words we have been pre-testing on.  They will be responsible for making sure they know the first 400 high frequency words. They may have any misspelled high frequency words on the back of their spelling card (up to 5 words) to be tested on Fridays as well. 

 

REPEATED POST:  Our composting program is need of browns.  When it comes time to raking this fall, please consider dropping off bags by the Quest shed. Sawdust would be great, and pine needles too.  Also, if you have sawdust of untreated wood, we could use that too.  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:  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/

TIGER HOOPS BASKETBALL CAMP FOR BOYS & GIRLS:  A gold form was distributed this week.  December 19th & January 9th.  Questions, contact Steve Brooks:  brooks@ripon.k12.wi.us

 

NO SCHOOL –November 26-27, December 24-January 1, 2016; January 18, February 12, February 15, March 21-25, April 25, May 30

 

End of Trimesters – November 25, March 4, and June 3

QUEST PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHTS 2015-16 Project Showcase Nights 6:00-7:30 PM on Thursday, January 28, 2015; Thursday, May 19, 2015

FAMILY FUN NIGHT – March 3, 2016

Science Fair - 2-3 PM & 5-6 PM on Thursday, February 25, 2016  

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – June 3

Remember to check out photos on our class Facebook page.  I hope you and your family have a super weekend.  As always, if you have ANY questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 920-748-4695 or simacekk@ripon.k12.wi.us

 

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Simacek


Dear 5SParents,                                        11/6/15

 

 

COATS FOR KIDS – Thank you for your donations.  Our class collected seven coats this year.  Tomorrow, Saturday, November 7th from 8 – 10 AM, there will be a free coat give-away in the Quest Cafeteria.

 

STRAWBERRY DNA EXTRACTION – Next Friday, Hope Schultz will be working with all the 5th graders (one class at a time) to extract DNA from strawberries.  Students will be building background knowledge through read aloud materials.  Thanks in advance to Ms. Schultz.   

 

FUNDRAISER PICK-UP DATE – Students that sold fundraising items need to pick up the items sold on November 17th

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students are doing a great job adding to their knowledge of the Spanish language using DuoLingo online.  They can use resources to review shared with them via Google Classroom. 

Welcome Janae Mancheski, Ripon College Freshman, who will be tutoring 5S and 5E in Spanish once her volunteer application is approved.

 

GROWTH AREAS – You may be wondering how you can help your child with his/her schoolwork.  I’ve noticed a few growth areas you could help your child – just to be sure s/he does the best s/he can.

#1)  Be sure to follow the directions.  For example, recently, there was a vocabulary assignment that had 3 directions, so I had the students number the directions 1) 2) and 3).  Many of the students didn’t follow all three directions, and therefore they didn’t earn the best grade of which they are capable. 

#2) Be sure they have non-negotiables such as capital letters beginning sentences and sentences ending with a period.  I know what you may be thinking, but it happens daily – multiple times.  Students know better, and they need to put forth their best effort; your support is appreciated.

#3) Be sure to spell all high frequency words correctly at all times.  The high frequency words (eventually through #400 – but we’ve only pretested through the first 125 at this point) are to be spelled correctly at all times in any writing.  The students will receive a bookmark with the first 200 high frequency words (then the 3rd-4th 100 high frequency words).  Then, you’ll be able to support him/her in writing.

#4) Spell difficult words when they are on the same piece of paper correctly at all times.

#5) Students need to be sure they have their name on their assignment.

#6) Turn assignments in on time, so I can grade them and give feedback efficiently.

 

KEEPERS STORE – 5S will be shopping at the Keepers Store on 12/8 at 8:15 AM (first slot available – wahoo).  Please return the Keepers Store form (you can send the money at a later time if you choose to participate) with your permission or denying permission.  Either way, I need the green (second page) form from everyone.  Thank you.  I have one student’s so far. 

 

JOLLY RANCHER SUCKERS FOR SALE - EVERY FRIDAY - QUEST HALLWAY.  $1 A PIECE. Thanks to the families who helped make them :)

 

U.S. GEOGRAPHY – Our U.S. Geography unit began on Monday.  Students will be responsible for learning their states (shape/location), capitals, and state abbreviations.  We have many wonderful resources to assist in the learning process. 

I have been teaching U.S. Geography to both classes separately.  They are using these really neat papers called “foldables” to learn the states, shapes, locations, capitals, and abbreviations.  These are pretty neat in place of flash cards.

          Students should be using Sheppard’s Sheppard Software online tool, http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/web_games.htm nightly to master their states and capitals.  Page 8 of their planner has the state abbreviations.  All these tools combined with the foldables are all great resources to make your child successful in knowing U.S. Geography.  Thanks for your support.

 

ROBOTS – Our new Science Curriculum and materials about Robots from Project Lead the Way will be explored by students with Mrs. Ernst every other day. 

 

COMPARE & CONTRAST ESSAY – This week, students wrote a compare and contrast essay on their robot with a friend from 5E’s robot. 

Next week, students will be introduced to the new curriculum, “Schoolwide Writing Fundamentals: How Writers Work”. 

  

READING

Students are focusing on making Visualizations in their daily reading status.  Mrs. Bunge visited this week, and she’d like to see minutes as part of their reading status.  Students are to put how many minutes it took them to read the pages read.  I will be revising the daily status to assist them.  Students focused on continuing to take the Making Connections strategy up a notch to 5th grade expectations this week.   Students are to begin with the part from the book, then they make their connection.  For example, “When I read about the tall Christmas tree in Washington, D.C., it reminded me of when Jenna lit the Princeton town tree when she was 4 years old.” 

Students are still experiment with Learn2Earn.  Students will be able to have fun with this new tool by visiting the “store” one day a week with the points they earn.  Students are able to login to KidBlog as an option for the daily reading/writing requirements (instead of writing on the graphic organizer we’ve been using).  https://kidblog.org/class/5S2015-16/posts?utm_source=auto-migration-redirect  Remember, students read about 30 minutes in class plus 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.  A number of students have yet to reach proficiency in this standard.  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

  

SPELLING – Students have been continuing to review spelling patterns through the Making Big Words program.  Students have their first test today.  Level D spellers can earn a 3 if they have 85% or higher performance on the test.  Level E spellers can earn a 4 if they have 100% accuracy on tests. 

          Students complete a written sort (due the day after the introduction to the lesson – typically on Tuesdays) to be graded for a formative assessment.  They can practice any way that works best with their learning style until the test on Friday. 

          I will also offer the next week’s list on Fridays if some students want to get a head start studying and have a whole week to prepare for the next test. 

They are to never to misspell the high frequency words we have been pre-testing on.  They will be responsible for making sure they know the first 400 high frequency words. They may have any misspelled high frequency words on the back of their spelling card (up to 5 words) to be tested on Fridays as well. 

 

 MATH – Students are now working in chapter 3, “Multiplication and Division with Fractions.”  Students work with either myself or Mrs. Ernst for Math.   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-ripon2023

 

BRAVE – Reminder, the new session of BRAVE began this week. There will be BRAVE Gallery Walks at 5:00 PM sharp the last week (December 14-18) of BRAVE on the night(s) your child attends.  Hopefully, you can make it.    

 

REPEATED POST:  CLASS WISH LIST – If you have any of the following supplies around and would be willing to donate them, we’d greatly appreciate them for use in our classroom/Quest Project Room.  I have also applied for a Webster grant to help support the Project-Based Learning classrooms: 

·         clay

  • hot glue guns
  • hot glue refills
  • toothpicks
  • styrofoam balls - many sizes
  • wooden dowels
  • cloth
  • glue sticks
  • sharpies
  • paper
  • markers/colored pencils
  • Vis-a-Vis markers
  • posterboards
  • craft sticks

REPEATED POST:  PARENT HELPERS NEEDED – PLEASE  - Since our conference, I have learned we have nobody 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.  Thank you to Sally, Deena, Lisa who have been helping.  Please email me simacekk@ripon.k12.wi.us)  whenever you’re able to help.  Just give me a day or two notice. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

 

REPEATED POST:  Our composting program is need of browns.  When it comes time to raking this fall, please consider dropping off bags by the Quest shed. Sawdust would be great, and pine needles too.  Also, if you have sawdust of untreated wood, we could use that too.  Thank you.

 

REPEATED POST - Library Skills Update - 5th Grade: OPAC scavenger hunt.  From Ms. Franco -  I am looking to roll out our MakerSpace in November.  More details will follow.  In the meantime, if you could make note in your next class newsletter of items we would like for students to bring (if clean):

Cardboard boxes

Plastic Easter eggs

Cardboard rolls from paper towels, wrapping paper, etc.

Brown paper grocery or lunch bags

Empty clean water bottles

Stickers

Scrapbook scissors (decorative cutting edges)

ANYTHING that isn't sharp or dirty

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 .  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/

NO SCHOOL –November 26-27, December 24-January 1, 2016; January 18,February 12, February 15, March 21-25, April 25, May 30

 

End of Trimesters – November 25, March 4, and June 3

QUEST PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHTS 2015-16 Project Showcase Nights 6:00-7:30 PM on Thursday, January 28, 2015; Thursday, May 19, 2015

FAMILY FUN NIGHT – March 3, 2016

Science Fair - 2-3 PM & 5-6 PM on Thursday, February 25, 2016  

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – June 3

Remember to check out photos on our class Facebook page.  I hope you and your family have a super weekend.  As always, if you have ANY questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 920-748-4695 or simacekk@ripon.k12.wi.us

 

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Simacek


-- 

Mrs. Simacek, 5th grade teacher
Quest Elementary Charter School
Ripon, WI    920-748-4695


Dear 5SParents,                                                             Week 9 – 10/30/15

 

Week 9 of 5th grade has been an AMAZING week for 5S! 

 

COATS FOR KIDS – Thank you for your donations.  Our class collected seven coats this year.  On Saturday, November 7th from 8 – 10 AM, there will be a free coat give-away in the Quest Cafeteria. 

 

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES – 3:30-7:30 pm December 8th and December 10th – let me know if you a time and date preference. 

 

FUNDRAISER PICK-UP DATE – Students that sold fundraising items need to pick up the items sold on November 17th

 

CLASSROOM FACEBOOK PAGEJust a reminder the classroom Facebook page is for parents only.  This is a closed site.  Feel free to download photos of your child and post as you wish on your own page.  Thank you.  If you haven’t joined yet, our class group is 5S 2015-16 in Fifth Grade Quest Simacek Facebook page. 

 

JOLLY RANCHER SUCKERS FOR SALE - EVERY FRIDAY - QUEST HALLWAY.  $1 A PIECE. Thanks to the families who helped make them :)

 

CLASS WISH LIST – If you have any of the following supplies around and would be willing to donate them, we’d greatly appreciate them for use in our classroom/Quest Project Room.  I have also applied for a Webster grant to help support the Project-Based Learning classrooms: 

·         clay

  • hot glue guns
  • hot glue refills
  • toothpicks
  • styrofoam balls - many sizes
  • wooden dowels
  • cloth
  • glue sticks
  • sharpies
  • paper
  • markers/colored pencils
  • Vis-a-Vis markers
  • posterboards
  • craft sticks

 

 

U.S. GEOGRAPHY – Our U.S. Geography unit began on Monday.  Students will be responsible for learning their states (shape/location), capitals, and state abbreviations.  We have many wonderful resources to assist in the learning process.  One of the most useful has been the Sheppard Software online tool, http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/web_games.htm

I will be teaching U.S. Geography to both classes separately.  They are using these really neat papers called “foldables” to learn the states, shapes, locations, capitals, and abbreviations.  These are pretty neat in place of flash cards.

 

ROBOTS – Our new Science Curriculum and materials about Robots from Project Lead the Way will be explored by students with Mrs. Ernst every other day.  Students worked with partners from 5E to create an autonomous robot that wrote using a motor on Wednesday.  Did you see the pictures on Facebook?  The project will include creating a robot.  Stay tuned for more information. 

 

COMPARE & CONTRAST ESSAY – Next week, students will be writing a compare and contrast essay.  The following week, they will be introduced to the new curriculum, “Schoolwide Writing Fundamentals: How Writers Work”. 

  

READING

We focused on taking the Making Connections strategy up a notch to 5th grade expectations this week.   Students are to begin with the part from the book, then they make their connection.  For example, “When I read about the tall Christmas tree in Washington, D.C., it reminded me of when Jenna lit the Princeton town tree when she was 4 years old.”

At Late Start this week, staff learned about a new tool to hopefully motivate students in their reading and progress as well as support writing with their reading through online writing activities.  It’s called Learn2Earn.  You may have received an email.  Students can add both parents’ email addresses if they wish, and when you comment on their page, they get points.  Students will be able to have fun with this new tool by visiting the “store” one day a week with the points they earn. 

Students are able to login to KidBlog as an option for the daily reading/writing requirements (instead of writing on the graphic organizer we’ve been using).  https://kidblog.org/class/5S2015-16/posts?utm_source=auto-migration-redirect  Remember, students read about 30 minutes in class plus 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.  A number of students have yet to reach proficiency in this standard.  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

  

REMINDER - COATS FOR KIDS – If you have any spare coats, please donate for the Coats for Kids campaign by next Friday.  Thank you. Our class has two coats donated so far. 

 

SPELLING – Students have been continuing to review spelling patterns through the Making Big Words program.  Students have their first test today.  Level D spellers can earn a 3 if they have 85% or higher performance on the test.  Level E spellers can earn a 4 if they have 100% accuracy on tests. 

          Students complete a written sort (due the day after the introduction to the lesson – typically on Tuesdays) to be graded for a formative assessment.  They can practice any way that works best with their learning style until the test on Friday. 

          I will also offer the next week’s list on Fridays if some students want to get a head start studying and have a whole week to prepare for the next test. 

They are to never to misspell the high frequency words we have been pre-testing on.  They will be responsible for making sure they know the first 400 high frequency words. They may have any misspelled high frequency words on the back of their spelling card (up to 5 words) to be tested on Fridays as well. 

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students are doing a great job adding to their knowledge of the Spanish language using DuoLingo online.  They can use resources to review shared with them via Google Classroom. 

MATH – Students are now working in chapter 3, “Multiplication and Division with Fractions.”  Students work with either myself or Mrs. Ernst for Math.   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-ripon2023

 

BRAVE – Reminder, the new session of BRAVE begins on Monday, November 2nd. 

 

REPEATED POST:  PARENT HELPERS NEEDED – PLEASE  - Since our conference, I have learned we have nobody 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.  Thank you to Sally, Deena, Lisa who have been helping.  Please email me simacekk@ripon.k12.wi.us)  whenever you’re able to help.  Just give me a day or two notice. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

 

REPEATED POST:  Our composting program is need of browns.  When it comes time to raking this fall, please consider dropping off bags by the Quest shed. Sawdust would be great, and pine needles too.  Also, if you have sawdust of untreated wood, we could use that too.  Thank you.

 

REPEATED POST - Library Skills Update - 5th Grade: OPAC scavenger hunt.  From Ms. Franco -  I am looking to roll out our MakerSpace in November.  More details will follow.  In the meantime, if you could make note in your next class newsletter of items we would like for students to bring (if clean):

Cardboard boxes

Plastic Easter eggs

Cardboard rolls from paper towels, wrapping paper, etc.

Brown paper grocery or lunch bags

Empty clean water bottles

Stickers

Scrapbook scissors (decorative cutting edges)

ANYTHING that isn't sharp or dirty

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 .  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/

NO SCHOOL –November 26-27, December 24-January 1, 2016; January 18,February 12, February 15, March 21-25, April 25, May 30

 

End of Trimesters – November 25, March 4, and June 3

QUEST PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHTS 2015-16 Project Showcase Nights 6:00-7:30 PM on Thursday, January 28, 2015; Thursday, May 19, 2015

FAMILY FUN NIGHT – March 3, 2016

Science Fair - 2-3 PM & 5-6 PM on Thursday, February 25, 2016  

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – June 3

Remember to check out photos on our class Facebook page.  I hope you and your family have a super weekend.  As always, if you have ANY questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 920-748-4695 or simacekk@ripon.k12.wi.us

 

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Simacek


Dear 5SParents,                                                             Week 8 – 10/23/15

 

Week 7 of 5th grade has been an AMAZING week for 5S! 

 

PROJECT SHOWCASE – Thank you SOOOO much for your amazing support of the Project Showcase last night!!  The students have been working so hard. The smiles on their (and your) faces were beautiful.  Their hard work paid off, and your feedback is so greatly appreciated.  THANK YOU!!!! 

 

FALL COSTUME PARTY – The Fall Costume Party is all set with great ideas for our party next Friday, October 30th.  Students will change into their costumes at 1:45 PM for the 2:00 PM party.  Remember, costumes need to be school appropriate – no blood, guts, gore, weapons.  Students shared what they were going to be (with 3 students wanting to surprise us).  IT WILL BE GREAT FUN!! 

 

U.S. GEOGRAPHY – Our U.S. Geography unit begins on Monday.  Students will be responsible for learning their states (location), capitals, and state abbreviations.  We have many wonderful resources to assist in the learning process.  One of the most useful has been the Sheppard Software online tool, http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/web_games.htm

I will be teaching U.S. Geography to both classes separately. 

 

ROBOTS – Our new Science Curriculum and materials about Robots from Project Lead the Way will be explored by students with Mrs. Ernst every other day.  Our class will first meet with her on Tuesday.  The project will include creating a robot.  Stay tuned for more information. 

 

MPES/QES Book Fair @ Wed Oct 21 - Wed Oct 28, 2015 

  

READING

We focused on getting read-to-self stamina improving this week and writing a variety of strategies in the daily status – not just 3 questions every day.  Students are able to login to KidBlog as an option for the daily reading/writing requirements (instead of writing on the graphic organizer we’ve been using).  https://kidblog.org/class/5S2015-16/posts?utm_source=auto-migration-redirect  Remember, students read about 30 minutes in class plus 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.  A number of students have yet to reach proficiency in this standard.  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

  

REMINDER - COATS FOR KIDS – If you have any spare coats, please donate for the Coats for Kids campaign by next Friday.  Thank you. Our class has two coats donated so far. 

 

SPELLING – Students have been continuing to review spelling patterns through the Making Big Words program.  They will be placed in Spelling groups, receive their study list on Monday, and they will have an assessment on Friday.  They are to never to misspell the high frequency words we have been pre-testing on.  They will be responsible for making sure they know the first 400 high frequency words.

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students are doing a great job adding to their knowledge of the Spanish language using DuoLingo online.  They can use resources to review shared with them via Google Classroom. 

MATH – Students are working in chapter 2, “Addition and Subtraction with Decimals”.  Students work with either myself or Mrs. Ernst for Math.   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-ripon2023

 

Library Skills Update - 5th Grade: OPAC scavenger hunt.  From Ms. Franco -  I am looking to roll out our MakerSpace in November.  More details will follow.  In the meantime, if you could make note in your next class newsletter of items we would like for students to bring (if clean):

Cardboard boxes

Plastic Easter eggs

Cardboard rolls from paper towels, wrapping paper, etc.

Brown paper grocery or lunch bags

Empty clean water bottles

Stickers

Scrapbook scissors (decorative cutting edges)

ANYTHING that isn't sharp or dirty

 

REPEATED POST:  PARENT HELPERS NEEDED – PLEASE  - Since our conference, I have learned we have nobody 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.  Thank you to Sally, Deena, Lisa who have been helping.  Please email me simacekk@ripon.k12.wi.us)  whenever you’re able to help.  Just give me a day or two notice. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

 

REPEATED POST:  Our composting program is need of browns.  When it comes time to raking this fall, please consider dropping off bags by the Quest shed. Sawdust would be great, and pine needles too.  Also, if you have sawdust of untreated wood, we could use that too.  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:  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/

NO SCHOOL –November 26-27, December 24-January 1, 2016; January 18,February 12, February 15, March 21-25, April 25, May 30

 

End of Trimesters – November 25, March 4, and June 3

 

QUEST PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHTS 2015-16 Project Showcase Nights 6:00-7:30 PM on Thursday, January 28, 2015; Thursday, May 19, 2015

FAMILY FUN NIGHT – March 3, 2016

Science Fair - 2-3 PM & 5-6 PM on Thursday, February 25, 2016  

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – June 3

Remember to check out photos on our class Facebook page.  I hope you and your family have a super weekend.  As always, if you have ANY questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 920-748-4695 or simacekk@ripon.k12.wi.us

 

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Simacek

 

 

 

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),                                                                                       October 21, 2015

                We are able to have a Fall Costume Party next Friday, October 30th from 2:00-3:00 PM.  Students will dress in costumes in place of recess at 1:45 PM.  The Fall Party Committee has games, crafts, and treat stations planned for us.  Students are welcome to wear a costume of their choice as long as it is school appropriate (no blood, guts, gore, weapons, etc.).  As always, if you have ANY questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact ME at simacekk@ripon.k12.wi.us or 920-748-4695. 

                                                                Sincerely,

 

 

                                                                Mrs. Simacek

 

 

 

 


Dear 5SParents,                                        Week 7 – 10/15/15

 

Week 7 of 5th grade has been another AWEESOME week for 5S & 5E! 

 

I am sending out the Weekly Update a day early, as I will be chaperoning the Student Council Convention to Madison tomorrow.  Mrs. Mancl will be the guest teacher, and I know the children will behave beautifully for her again (as they did when I gave the DRAs in September). 

 

Guests to Quest yesterday were amazed by what we’re doing at Quest.   You should be extremely proud of your children.  They impressed the socks off our guests.  One teacher almost cried during the Comma Corral presentations, as she was so moved by all the positivity she observed:  collaboration, kindness, awesome presentations, and academic skills.    

 

PROJECT SHOWCASE SCHEDULE PASTED ON BOTTOM OF WEEKLY UPDATE

  

COMMA CORRAL – Student groups have been polishing their Comma Corral presentations this week.  They have been practicing them, so they are memorized and have actions too.  We are planning to officially grade and have students give feedback on Monday.  It will be very fun to see on Project Showcase on October 22nd – 6:00-7:30 PM J

 

READING

We focused on getting read-to-self stamina improving this week and writing a variety of strategies in the daily status – not just 3 questions every day.  Students are able to login to KidBlog as an option for the daily reading/writing requirements (instead of writing on the graphic organizer we’ve been using).  https://kidblog.org/class/5S2015-16/posts?utm_source=auto-migration-redirect  Remember, students read about 30 minutes in class plus 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.  A number of students have yet to reach proficiency in this standard.  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

 

HABITS OF MIND – Student groups have finished recording the videos for their Habits of Mind projects, and are now in the process of editing them.  We plan to grade and have students give feedback on Tuesday.  They will show you their projects in a fun, technological way at Project Showcase on next Thursday, October 22nd (6:00-7:30 PM). 

 

REMINDER - COATS FOR KIDS – If you have any spare coats, please donate for the Coats for Kids campaign.  Thank you. Our class has two coats donated so far. 

 

REPEATED POST:  SPELLING – Students have continued to practiced their spelling with Making Big Words and high frequency words.  We may go back to the old way of having some spelling tests after Project Showcase.  Stay tuned.

GENIUS HOUR – The projects are in full creation mode. They should be putting the finishing touches on their projects tomorrow (or at home over the weekend if necessary).  We plan to officially grade and give feedback on Wednesday.  You will see the finished Genius Hour projects also during Project Showcase on 10/22 6:00-7:30 PM.   

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students are doing a great job adding to their knowledge of the Spanish language using DuoLingo online.  They can use resources to review shared with them via Google Classroom. 

MATH – Students are working in chapter 2, “Addition and Subtraction with Decimals”.  Students work with either myself or Mrs. Ernst for Math.   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-ripon2023

 

REPEATED POST:  PARENT HELPERS NEEDED – PLEASE J  - Since our conference, I have learned we have nobody 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.  Thank you to Sally, Deena, Lisa who have been helping.  Please email me simacekk@ripon.k12.wi.us)  whenever you’re able to help.  Just give me a day or two notice. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

 

REPEATED POST:  Our composting program is need of browns.  When it comes time to raking this fall, please consider dropping off bags by the Quest shed. Sawdust would be great, and pine needles too.  Also, if you have sawdust of untreated wood, we could use that too.  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:  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/

NO SCHOOL –November 26-27, December 24-January 1, 2016; January 18, February 12, February 15, March 21-25, April 25, May 30

 

End of Trimesters – November 25, March 4, and June 3

 

QUEST PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHTS 2015-16 Project Showcase Nights 6:00-7:30 PM on Thursday, October 22, 2015; Thursday, January 28, 2015; Thursday, May 19, 2015

FAMILY FUN NIGHT – March 3, 2016

Science Fair - 2-3 PM & 5-6 PM on Thursday, February 25, 2016  

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – June 3

Remember to check out photos on our class Facebook page.  I hope you and your family have a super weekend.  As always, if you have ANY questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me J

 

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Simacek

 

Questy.jpgThursday, October 22, 2015

 

 

5th Grade Quest Showcase Schedule

 

6:00 - 6:45  Students will present Genius Hour Projects

                       and Habits of Mind Videos individually

 

6:45 - 7:15  Students will present Comma Corral Projects

  in small groups

 

6:45  Comma Rule #1 -  Natalie,  Melayna,  Sami, Sheridan, Nessa, & Gavin

 

6:49 Comma Rule #2  - Owen, Garrison, Declan, Elliott,  Isabela & Drew   

              

6:53 Comma Rule #4 - Henry, Oliver,  Kacin,  Paige, Dylan,  Anya, & Sierra  

 

6:57 Comma Rule #5 – Chasity, Alyssa, Alaina, Alexa, Carly, & Jenna

 

7:03 Comma Rule #6 - Tori, Alli, Olivia, Ari, London, & Jayd  

 

7:07 Comma Rule #7 - Eva, Kenna, Elena, Quinn, Hope, Ava, Maddie   

                  

7:11 Comma Rule #8 - Kylee, Laila, Katelyn, Ella, Scarlett, & Caley

 

7:15  Comma Rule #3 - Hailee, Devin,  Kaiden,  Noah,  Keegan,  & Kolton

 

7:18 - 7:30  Present Genius Hour Projects and Habits of Mind Videos

 individually



 

 


Happy Thursday/end-of-the-school-week 5SParents,         

Week 6 – 10/8/15

 

Week 6 of 5th grade has been another SUPER week for 5S & 5E! 

 

Guests are visiting Quest this Wednesday, and we know the Quest students will shine, as they always do.  Mrs. Shattuck gave them an amazing compliment today, and Mrs. Brooks has recently as well.  They are truly a wonderful class.  Thank you for sharing them with me. 

 

Ms. Franco had the students use TRAILS, an information literacy assessment tool, which tells her how much the students know about finding and using informational resources.  This will help guide her instruction (twice a month) for the rest of the year.  At the end of the year, students will take the assessment again to show their growth. 

 

PLANNERS – Students have been asked to have you sign their planner every day.  Thanks for doing this each school day.  J

 

COMMA CORRAL – Students have learned 8 rules to use commas.  Then, they formed groups.  Next, they chose a familiar jingle tune to help teach other students (AND YOU) to remember the rules.  They are creating a group slideshow presentation on their rule/jingle.  Check out the GREAT pictures using our awesome technology takend today.  It will be very fun to see on Project Showcase on October 22nd – 6:00-7:30 PM J

 

READING WORKSHOP

 Students wrapped up the first Schoolwide Literacy unit today.  This week they had lessons called, “Uncovering the Meaning of a Poem/Partner Talk,” Finding the Main Idea in Nonfiction,” and “Setting Goals and Making Plans.”  They’ve done a wonderful job improving their stamina and self-reflecting on their progress during reading workshop using the rubric you signed.

Students are able to login to KidBlog as an option for the daily reading/writing requirements (instead of writing on the graphic organizer we’ve been using).  https://kidblog.org/class/5S2015-16/posts?utm_source=auto-migration-redirect

Remember, students read about 30 minutes in class plus 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.  A number of students have yet to reach proficiency in this standard.  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

 

HABITS OF MIND – Quest 5th grade students formed groups and chose which Habit of Mind they wanted to create a video for: Striving for Accuracy, Managing Impulsivity, or Persistence. Then, they went through the Storyboard process.  First, they mapped out general ideas for their video and approved it with a teacher.  Then, Mr. Storz, our technology aide (and a former professional videographer), shared video techniques with the students.  Next, the student groups created a more specific storyboard including what shots (wide, close up, over the shoulder, etc.) would be taken on given storyboard layout sheets designed specifically for the iMovie trailer theme they chose.

        Next week will be very exciting as they turn their ideas into product and create the videos to be shared with you at Project Showcase on October 22nd (6:00-7:30 PM). 

 

COATS FOR KIDS – If you have any spare coats, please donate for the Coats for Kids campaign.  Thank you.

 

SPELLING – Students have continued to practiced their spelling with Making Big Words and high frequency words.  We may go back to the old way of having some spelling tests after Project Showcase.  Stay tuned.

GENIUS HOUR – The researching phase has come to a close, and now it is time to create the product to help the students’ presentation come to life.  They are writing their scripts for their projects, and the room is very busy and exciting.  You will see the finished Genius Hour projects also during Project Showcase on 10/22 6:00-7:30 PM.   

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students are doing a great job adding to their knowledge of the Spanish language using DuoLingo online.  They can use resources to review shared with them via Google Classroom. 

MATH – Students are wrapped up chapter 1, “Addition and Subtraction with Fractions” next week.  They took the unit test and made corrections.

Pretests were then given for chapter 2, “Addition and Subtraction with Decimals” and new groups were created.  Students work with either myself or Mrs. Ernst for Math.   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.  on the chapter 2 pre-test. 

 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-ripon2023

 

REPEATED POST:  PARENT HELPERS NEEDED – PLEASE J  - Since our conference, I have learned we have nobody 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.  Thank you to Sally, Deena, Lisa who have been helping.  Please email me simacekk@ripon.k12.wi.us)  whenever you’re able to help.  Just give me a day or two notice. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

 

REPEATED POST:  Our composting program is need of browns.  When it comes time to raking this fall, please consider dropping off bags by the Quest shed. Sawdust would be great, and pine needles too.  Also, if you have sawdust of untreated wood, we could use that too.  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:  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/

NO SCHOOL – October 9, November 26-27, December 24-January 1, 2016; January 18, February 12, February 15, March 21-25, April 25, May 30

 

End of Trimesters – November 25, March 4, and June 3

 

QUEST PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHTS 2015-16 Project Showcase Nights 6:00-7:30 PM on Thursday, October 22, 2015; Thursday, January 28, 2015; Thursday, May 19, 2015

FAMILY FUN NIGHT – March 3, 2016

Science Fair - 2-3 PM & 5-6 PM on Thursday, February 25, 2016  

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – June 3

Remember to check out photos on our class Facebook page.  I hope you and your family have a super weekend.  As always, if you have ANY questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me J

 

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Simacek

 

 


Happy HOMECOMING Friday 5S Parents,                                 Week 5 – 10/2/15

 

Week 5 of 5th grade has been another GREAT week for 5S & 5E!  I hope to see you at the parade J.

 

Chip Shoppe Fundraiser @ Mon Sep 21 - Mon Oct 5, 2015 – Remember to turn in all Fundraising paperwork on Monday, October 5th.  Our class has shared they have sold 56 items.  Way to go, 5S!  Every little bit helps. 

 

BALANCED LITERACY PROGRAM – Students are making progress towards their independent reading goal.  Students below 40% will be missing their recess, so they will want to be sure to read a lot to catch up.  Your child knows where s/he is. 

Students are able to login to KidBlog as an option for the daily reading/writing requirements (instead of writing on the graphic organizer we’ve been using).  https://kidblog.org/class/5S2015-16/posts?utm_source=auto-migration-redirect

Our Schoolwide Reading Workshop has continued to go smoothly this week.  Student have done lessons on: “Partner Talk,” with the book Old Henry by Joan W. Blos. The students focused on “Elements of a Story” through Eve Bunting’s book, A Day’s Work.  I really like how this program is bringing the literature used in the interactive read aloud portion back during mini lessons.   Then, students focused on “Examining Characters” with the book When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest.  The week wrapped up with “Reviewing Reading Data” where students reflect on their notes and student reading logs.  We are examining reading stamina to be sure everyone is now beyond the 25 pages as the bare minimum expectation of daily pages read.    

Students have continued to enjoy the read aloud book, N is for our Nation’s Capital: A Washington, D.C. Alphabet by Marie & Roland Smith.

REPEATED POST:  Remember, students read about 30 minutes in class plus 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.  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

 

HABITS OF MIND – Quest students have wrapped up the unit about the Habits of Mind to better learn how we can become a community of learners.  This week students focused on QUESTIONING AND POSING PROBLEMS with the book The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns.  They reviewed the Habit of Mind, THINKING AND COMMUNICATING WITH CLARITY AND PRECISION by listening to the book, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig and writing a literature reflection. 

     Next week, students will begin working on their video project where they will be working with 2-3 other students from either 5S or 5E to showcase one of three Habits of Mind 5th graders are focusing on: Persistence, Managing Impulsivity, or Striving for Accuracy.  They will be able to be viewed by families at our PROJECT SHOWCASE ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2015 6-7:30 PM.  

 

COMMA CORRAL – Students have been learning about 8 rules when to use commas correctly in a fun activity called “Comma Corral.”  The 8 rules are: 1) Use a comma to separate items in a list; 2) Use a comma to separate two independent clauses connected by and, but, or, nor, or for; 3) Use a comma to set off an introductory phrase from the main sentence; 4) Use a comma to set off the name of the person you are speaking to; 5) Use commas to set off an interrupting phrase; 6) Use commas to set off direct quotes; 7) Use commas to set off an appositive; 8) Use commas to separate the names of cities, states, and countries.  Next week, students will be choosing groups, which rule they want to work with, and then they’ll create a jingle and Google Presentation for their peers to remember the rules even better.  For example, one of my favorites from over the years was for rule #6 They will share these presentations with you at PROJECT SHOWCASE ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2015 6-7:30 PM.  

 

GUIDANCE – We have Guidance once a month with Mrs. Hoeper.  Ask your child what they learned in Guidance this week.

 

LIBRARY SKILLS – We have Library Skills with Ms. Franco every other week, so we’ll see her again next Tuesday afternoon. 

 

GENIUS HOUR – Students have wrapped up researching their Genius Hour project this week.  They were to have 40 notes.  Then, they began working on the product part of the project.  It will be very exciting for you to see the wide variety of topics chosen by this fantastic class and seeing and hearing about all they learned about the topic of choice during PROJECT SHOWCASE ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2015 6-7:30 PM.

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students are doing a great job adding to their knowledge of the Spanish language.  This week, they reviewed colors.  They are great singers, by the way. 

 

MATH – Students are wrapping up chapter 1, “Addition and Subtraction with Fractions”.  Next, they will have a pre-test on chapter 2, “Addition and Subtraction with Decimals”.  Then, Mrs. Ernst and I will create the groups for chapter 2. 

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-ripon2023

 

REPEATED POST:  PARENT HELPERS NEEDED – PLEASE J  - Since our conference, I have learned we have nobody 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.  Thank you to Sally, Deena, and Lisa who have helped already this week on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.  Please email me ASAP (simacekk@ripon.k12.wi.us)  whenever you’re able to help.  Just give me a day or two notice. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

 

REPEATED POST:  Our composting program is need of browns.  When it comes time to raking this fall, please consider dropping off bags by the Quest shed. Sawdust would be great, and pine needles too.  Thanks to Alyssa’s family for the two containers of sawdust last week. 

 

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/

NO SCHOOL – October 9, November 26-27, December 24-January 1, 2016; January 18, February 12, February 15, March 21-25, April 25, May 30

 

End of Trimesters – November 25, March 4, and June 3

 

QUEST PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHTS 2015-16 Project Showcase Nights 6:00-7:30 PM on Thursday, October 22, 2015; Thursday, January 28, 2015; Thursday, May 19, 2015

Science Fair - 2-3 PM & 5-6 PM on Thursday, February 25, 2016  

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – June 3

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.  GO TIGERS!!!

 

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Simacek

 

 


Happy Friday 5S Parents,                                                Week 4 - 9/25/15

 

Week 4 of 5th grade has been another SUPER week for 5S & 5E! 

 

The students began the week modeling empathy while donating goods from our Quest garden to the Ripon Food Pantry. 

 

PLANNERS – Students have been asked to have you sign their planner every day.  Thanks for doing this each school day.  J

 

FUNDRAISERS:  How is your child doing with the Chip Shoppe Fundraiser?  The fundraiser goes until Monday, October 5, 2015

A few parents have inquired, so we thought we would put this information out there for everyone.  There are a variety of fundraisers Quest holds throughout the year.  These fundraisers provide us with an opportunity to take field trips, purchase new technology, support unique learning experiences, create diverse learning environments, etc.  We thought we would put together an overall picture of the fundraisers as they come up at various times of the year, so you can be better informed and involved.  Some of our fundraisers are building fundraisers that support the efforts of both schools, while others are school specific.  We appreciate all you do to support our students and our schools.  Thank you!

Quest fundraisers may include the following, based on previous years –

* Crazy Color Extravaganza ~ fun run entry fee/pledges - September (Murray Park and Quest)

* Fall Chip Shoppe Fundraiser ~ wide variety of catalog items for purchase - late September/early October (Murray Park and Quest)

* Quest T-Shirt/Sweatshirt Sale ~ shirts, water bottles, cinch sacks - October (Quest)

* Fall Project Showcase Night ~ snacks and Kona Ice  - late October (Quest)

*Winter Project Showcase Night ~ Silent Auction and Raffle - late January (Quest)

* Creative Works Art Fundraiser ~ your child's creative artwork printed onto unique products - April (with delivery in time for Mother's Day) (Quest)

*Spring Chip Shoppe Fundraiser ~ wide variety of catalog items for purchase - spring months (tentative)  (Murray Park and Quest)

*Spring Project Showcase Night ~ family BBQ meal - mid May (Quest)

*Annual Plant Sale ~ purchase a variety of plants your child or other Quest students have grown from seed - May (Quest)

COMMA CORRAL – Did your child tell you yesterday was Punctuation Day?  They enjoyed the read-aloud, Punctuation Takes a Vacation by Robin Pulver.  They are learning 8 rules when to use a comma in a fun activity, “Comma Corral”.  Then, they will form groups, use a familiar jingle tune to help teach students remember the rules.  They will also create a group slideshow presentation on their rule/jingle.  It will be very fun to see on Project Showcase on October 22nd – 6:00-7:30 PM J

 

COMPOSTING - Students are taking turns composting fruits and vegetables from lunch.  Great job, 5S & 5E in showing leadership!  5th graders also completed the composting unit with a Compost Safari on Wednesday (see Facebook for pictures).  Students have a GREAT understanding what composting is and why we should do it. 

 

BALANCED LITERACY PROGRAM – Students have enjoyed read aloud, N is for our Nation’s Capital: A Washington, D.C. Alphabet by Marie & Roland Smith.

Students took the STAR Reading assessment this week and set AR goals. 

Students are able to login to KidBlog as an option for the daily reading/writing requirements (instead of writing on the graphic organizer we’ve been using).  https://kidblog.org/class/5S2015-16/posts?utm_source=auto-migration-redirect

Remember, students read about 30 minutes in class plus 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.  A number of students have yet to reach proficiency in this standard.  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

Our Schoolwide Reading Workshop has continued to go smoothly this week.  Student have done lessons on: “Growing Ideas Through Conversation,”  “Studying Ourselves as Readers,” “Building Stamina,” and “Making a Plan for Ourselves as Readers.”

 

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 LISTENING WITH EMAPTHY with the book Ferdinand the Bull by Munro Leaf.  They reviewed the Habit of Mind, TAKING RESPONSIBLE RISKS by listening to the book, Tea with Milk by Allen Say and writing literature reflections for both.  They learned about the Habit of Mind, STRIVING FOR ACCURACY through the read-aloud Wolf!  by Becky Bloom and writing a literature reflection.  They have really been focusing in on citing evidence from the text in their reflections.  At the end of next week, students will be forming groups and creating videos based on the three 5th grade focus Habits of Mind, Striving for Accuracy, Managing Impulsivity, and Persistence. 

 

GENIUS HOUR – Students have been researching their Genius Hour project and conferencing with me.  Ask them what their topic is, who their “live resource” is, and how many notes they have.  They needed 30 notes by yesterday, and they will need 40 notes by Tuesday.  Feel free to have them show you their notes using linoit this weekend. 

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students are doing a great job adding to their knowledge of the Spanish language using DuoLingo online.  They can use resources to review shared with them via Google Classroom. 

 

MATH – Students are wrapping up chapter 1, “Addition and Subtraction with Fractions” next week.  They will have a unit test by the end of the 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.  They will use a pre-test for ch. 2, and new groups will be formed based on performance on the chapter 2 pre-test. 

 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-ripon2023

 

REPEATED POST:  PARENT HELPERS NEEDED – PLEASE J  - Since our conference, I have learned we have nobody 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.  Thank you to Sally and Lisa who have helped already this week on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.  Please email me ASAP (simacekk@ripon.k12.wi.us)  whenever you’re able to help.  Just give me a day or two notice. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

 

REPEATED POST:  Our composting program is need of browns.  When it comes time to raking this fall, please consider dropping off bags by the Quest shed. Sawdust would be great, and pine needles too.  Also, if you have sawdust of untreated wood, we could use that too.  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:  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/

NO SCHOOL – October 9, November 26-27, December 24-January 1, 2016; January 18, February 12, February 15, March 21-25, April 25, May 30

 

End of Trimesters – November 25, March 4, and June 3

 

QUEST PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHTS 2015-16 Project Showcase Nights 6:00-7:30 PM on Thursday, October 22, 2015; Thursday, January 28, 2015; Thursday, May 19, 2015

FAMILY FUN NIGHT – March 3, 2016

Science Fair - 2-3 PM & 5-6 PM on Thursday, February 25, 2016  

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – June 3

Remember to check out photos on our class Facebook page.  I hope you and your family have a super weekend.  As always, if you have ANY questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me J

 

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Simacek

 


Happy Friday 5S Parents,                                                Week 3 - 9/18/15

 

Week 3 of 5th grade has been another SUPER week for 5S & 5E! 

 

CRAZY COLOR EXTRAVAGANZA – I hope you are able to join us for the Quest/MP Crazy Color Extravaganza TOMORROW Saturday, the 19th.  It will be great fun, and 100% of the proceeds go to our two schools. Posted from our school Facebook page:  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 19th 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.

Students from our schools who raise the following dollar amounts will be able to participate in the following activities planned in October:
$50 in pledges - Pizza party 
$100 in pledges - Movie after school (plus Pizza Party)
$150 in pledges - Name entered for a special prize (plus Pizza & Movie)

Your students can pick up pledge forms in the office and can be returned to the classroom teacher anytime before Sept 19th 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

If this fundraising idea doesn’t work with your schedule, there will be opportunities next week through the Chip Shoppe as has been tradition each year at MP/Q.  There is a kickoff assembly about this program on Monday morning. 

 

FIELD TRIP TO FOOD PANTRY – Yesterday, you received a note about our walking field trip Monday to the Food Pantry on Monday morning. 

 

BALANCED LITERACY PROGRAM – Students have enjoyed read aloud, N is for our Nation’s Capital: A Washington, D.C. Alphabet by Marie & Roland Smith.

Students took the STAR Reading assessment this week and set AR goals. 

Students also took the Developmental Reading Assessment with me on Wednesday.

Students are able to login to KidBlog as an option for the daily reading/writing requirements (instead of writing on the graphic organizer we’ve been using).  https://kidblog.org/class/5S2015-16/posts?utm_source=auto-migration-redirect

REPEATED POST:  Remember, students read about 30 minutes in class plus 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.  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

Our Schoolwide Reading Workshop has continued to go smoothly this week.  Student have done lessons on: “The Power of Conversation,” with the book My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen. The enjoyed the interactive read-aloud where we stop and jot our thoughts in the Reading Notebooks.  The students focused on “Getting Ready to Begin” through Paulsen’s memoir chapter “Fred and Pig”.

 

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 CREATIVITY with the book The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt.  They reviewed the Habit of Mind, MANAGING IMPULSIVITY by listening to the book, David Goes to School and writing a literature reflection.  They learned about the Habit of Mind, STRIVING FOR ACCURACY through the read-aloud Wolf!  by Becky Bloom and writing a literature reflection.

 

GENIUS HOUR – Students have been researching their Genius Hour project and conferencing with me.  Ask them what their topic is, who their “live resource” is, and how many notes they have.  They needed 10 notes by yesterday, and they will need 20 notes by Tuesday.  Feel free to have them show you their notes using linoit this weekend. 

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students are doing a great job adding to their knowledge of the Spanish language.  They are using DuoLingo online program which can also be done at home. 

 

MATH – Students began working on chapter 1, “Addition and Subtraction with Fractions” on Monday.  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-ripon2023

 

Picture retake day is NEXT Friday, September 25th at 7:30 a.m. in the Science Lab.  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. 

 

REPEATED POST:  PARENT HELPERS NEEDED – PLEASE J  - Since our conference, I have learned we have nobody 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.  Thank you to Sally and Lisa who have helped already this week on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.  Please email me ASAP (simacekk@ripon.k12.wi.us)  whenever you’re able to help.  Just give me a day or two notice. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

 

REPEATED POST:  Our composting program is need of browns.  When it comes time to raking this fall, please consider dropping off bags by the Quest shed. Sawdust would be great, and pine needles too. 

 

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/

NO SCHOOL – October 9, November 26-27, December 24-January 1, 2016; January 18, February 12, February 15, March 21-25, April 25, May 30

 

End of Trimesters – November 25, March 4, and June 3

 

QUEST PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHTS 2015-16 Project Showcase Nights 6:00-7:30 PM on Thursday, October 22, 2015; Thursday, January 28, 2015; Thursday, May 19, 2015

Science Fair - 2-3 PM & 5-6 PM on Thursday, February 25, 2016  

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – June 3

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 2 - 9/11/15

 

Week 2 of 5th grade has been another AWESOME week for 5S & 5E! 

 

PARENT HELPERS NEEDED – PLEASE J  - Since our conference, I have learned we have nobody 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.  Thank you to Sally and Lisa who have helped already this week on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.  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

 

BALANCED LITERACY PROGRAM – Students have enjoyed read aloud, N is for our Nation’s Capital: A Washington, D.C. Alphabet by Marie & Roland Smith.

Students will be able to take the STAR Reading assessment next week to set AR goals.  We didn’t get to KidBlog this week, but that will be an option next week hopefully.  Remember, students read about 30 minutes in class plus 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.  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

Our Schoolwide Reading Workshop has been great this week.  Student have done lessons on: “What Is a Reading Workshop,” with the book The Hards times Jar by Ethel Footman Smothers; “Considering Our Reading Identities,” with the book, Old Henry by Joan W. Blos; “Crafting a Reading Life”  with the book, When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest; and “How Do I Know I understand What I Read?” with a portion of Gary Paulsen’s Memoir My Life In Dog Years called “Cookie”.  They have been using their Reading Notebooks to stop and jot throughout the lessons in addition to recording the titles and authors. 

Next week, I will be having Mrs. Mancl work with students in the classroom while I am administering the Developmental Reading Assessment.  This assessment along with the STAR Reading and Math Assessments will be administered in the next few weeks.   

 

CRAZY COLOR EXTRAVAGANZA – I hope you are able to join us for the Quest/MP Crazy Color Extravaganza next Saturday, the 19th.  It will be great fun, and 100% of the proceeds go to our two schools. Posted from our school Facebook page:  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 19th 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.

Students from our schools who raise the following dollar amounts will be able to participate in the following activities planned in October:
$50 in pledges - Pizza party 
$100 in pledges - Movie after school (plus Pizza Party)
$150 in pledges - Name entered for a special prize (plus Pizza & Movie)

Your students can pick up pledge forms in the office and can be returned to the classroom teacher anytime before Sept 19th 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

 

 

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 on Patriot Day remembering our country’s history. 

 

GENIUS HOUR – Students have brainstormed a topic for their first Genius Hour project.  They have completed Step 1 of the Big 6 Research Guide – Task Definition.  They have documented sources to be using through completing a Google Classroom planning sheet.  Next, they will work on Steps 3-6 Location and Access, Use of Information, Synthesis, and finally, Evaluation.  What did your child choose?  Students will be using the online note-taking tool, linoit, to take and organize their notes. 

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students are doing a great job adding to their knowledge of the Spanish language.  They are to know the days of the week and months by now.  Next week, they’ll learn seasonal and weather words.  Then, there will be a summative assessment.  They can use resources to review shared with them via Google Classroom. 

 

STUDENT COUNCIL CONTRACTS – Anyone who wants to be on any Student Council committee who didn’t turn in their gold Student Council contracts will need to do so by 9-17.    

 

MATH – Students began working on chapter 1, “Addition and Subtraction with Fractions” on Monday.  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-ripon2023

 

Picture retake day is Friday, September 25th at 7:30 a.m. in the Science Lab.  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. 

 

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/

NO SCHOOL – October 9, November 26-27, December 24-January 1, 2016; January 18, February 12, February 15, March 21-25, April 25, May 30

 

End of Trimesters – November 25, March 4, and June 3

 

QUEST PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHTS 2015-16 Project Showcase Nights 6:00-7:30 PM on Thursday, October 22, 2015; Thursday, January 28, 2015; Thursday, May 19, 2015

Science Fair - 2-3 PM & 5-6 PM on Thursday, February 25, 2016  

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – June 3

 

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

 

OUR CLASS STILL NEEDS AN ART PRESENTER for half of the presentations.   J REPEATED POST:

I was asked to share the information about the Art Presenter program with you: 

 

Hello Parents!

 

My name is Sara Grant and I am the coordinator for the Art Presenter Program here in Ripon.

 

If you are receiving this email it means your child's class still needs an art presenter this year!

 

Basically, what we do is visit the classroom six times during the school year to teach the students about a famous work of art/artist.  Each presentation lasts approximately 30 minutes.

 

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT ART TO BE A PRESENTER.

 

Each artwork comes with a packet of information for you to look through with suggestions about how to teach about it.  

 

There are several ways to approach presentations - sit in a circle and chat, sit at desks and teach traditionally, do a related art project with them, etc.  Additionally, this year there are slide presentations available for all art packets.  They are created with Google Drive and I will share them with whoever wants to use them.

 

No time to be a presenter yourself?  Do you know someone else who might have time?  Could you do 2 or 3 presentations and share the classroom with another presenter?

 

Why is this program so important?  Learning about art increases people's creativity, a valuable skill in today's world.  The emphasis on technology today is great, but there is also a high demand in the technology sector for people with a liberal arts education.  This means that technology companies value employees with a background in arts, music, drama, philosophy, etc.  Let's give our children a great start in this.

 

Why volunteers?  Couldn't teachers do this?  maybe, but having an outsider come into the classroom gives the students a different viewpoint on things.  Teachers can help by connecting the lesson to what is being learned in the classroom.

 

Please help us to keep this valuable program alive for many years to come.

 

To volunteer, please respond to this email soon.  We start in October!

 

Thank you,

 

Sara scmgrant@grantstores.com

                            

 

I hope you and your family have a relaxing weekend. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Simacek

 

 


Happy Friday 5S Parents,                                                Week 1 - 9/4/15

 

We've had a busy and fun first week of 5th grade.  You have friendly, helpful, hard-working children! We have completed a lot already this first week J

 

BEGINNING OF YEAR BASICS – The students have learned and reviewed school drills.  We have had four fun Morning Meetings.  Ask your child what his/her favorite greeting and activity are.  We have started each day with the Pledge of Allegiance.  We sing a patriotic song each Friday. They have had art, music, and phy ed.

 

BALANCED LITERACY PROGRAM – Students enjoyed read alouds Ish by Peter Reynolds and The Hard Times Jar by Ethel Footman Smothers this week.  Next week, your child took the STAR Reading assessment.  We will set independent reading goals for the trimester – both level and points.  When your child takes an AR quiz, s/he earns points based on how many answers were correct.  They have worked on writing with reading in reading status – 3 connections/sentences each day using the any of five National Geographic reading strategies:  Asking Question, Making Connections, Making Inferences, Determining Importance, and Visualizing.  Next week, students will be able to use the option of using KidBlog to record their daily reading status.  Remember, students read about 30 minutes in class plus 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.  After today, your child will already have spent 50 minutes reading in class (so they should be at page 50 or higher by Tuesday). 

 

HABITS OF MIND – Quest students are learning about the Habits of Mind to better learn how we can become a community of learners.  Students all painted ceramic tiles for our new Quest art display:  “Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.” - Albert EinsteinThey focused on “persistence” this week after reading The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires.  The students and I have listed our Hopes and Dreams for 5th grade on cloud-like die cuts and displayed them in our classroom.  Students have set their own classroom rules based on what they have observed the first few days of school.  This process took a lot of collaboration and cooperation.  Ask your child what the 5S rules are.  In building a community of learners, it takes time to set goals, rules, and expectations. 

 

PARENT HELPERS NEEDED – PLEASE J  - Since our conference, I have learned we have nobody 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)  when you can help next week and through September.  If you’re able to commit to once a week, I’d be so grateful. 

 

TRUE COLORS – Your child took a personality test & found out what "color" he/she is.  Ask your child what color s/he is.  Ask how knowing this about classmates helps our classroom become a community of learners.

 

GENIUS HOUR – Today, your child was motivated to learn about researching a project of their own interest using what is called “Genius Hour”.  You may refer to this video to learn about Genius Hour:  YouTube on Genius Hour - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMFQUtHsWhc

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE - They have spent time learning a Foreign Language using Duo Lingo.  They have used Google Classroom’s spreadsheet to document their beginning of 5th grade spot to later document growth. 

 

STUDENT COUNCIL CONTRACTS – On Tuesday, your child will be introduced to the Student Council.  Mrs. Noreen Johnson has joined me as advisor this year.  Contracts are due by 9-17-15, and then positions will be announced. 

 

MATH – Students took a chapter 1 pre-test that Mrs. Ernst and I used to create groups.  Next week, students will begin working on chapter 1, “Addition and Subtraction with Fractions” on Monday.  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-ripon2023

 

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 yesterday.  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. 

DUOLINGO-All students were able to login today – hooray!  I will be keeping track of their progress using Google Spreadsheets via Google Classroom. 

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

 

NO SCHOOL – September 7, October 9, November 26-27, December 24-January 1, 2016; January 18, February 12, February 15, March 21-25, April 25, May 30

 

End of Trimesters – November 25, March 4, and June 3

 

 

QUEST PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHTS 2015-16 Project Showcase Nights 6:00-7:30 PM on Thursday, October 22, 2015; Thursday, January 28, 2015; Thursday, May 19, 2015

Science Fair - 2-3 PM & 5-6 PM on Thursday, February 25, 2016  

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – June 3

 

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 was asked to share the information about the Art Presenter program with you: 

 

Hello Parents!

 

My name is Sara Grant and I am the coordinator for the Art Presenter Program here in Ripon.

 

If you are receiving this email it means your child's class still needs an art presenter this year!

 

Basically, what we do is visit the classroom six times during the school year to teach the students about a famous work of art/artist.  Each presentation lasts approximately 30 minutes.

 

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT ART TO BE A PRESENTER.

 

Each artwork comes with a packet of information for you to look through with suggestions about how to teach about it.  

 

There are several ways to approach presentations - sit in a circle and chat, sit at desks and teach traditionally, do a related art project with them, etc.  Additionally, this year there are slide presentations available for all art packets.  They are created with Google Drive and I will share them with whoever wants to use them.

 

No time to be a presenter yourself?  Do you know someone else who might have time?  Could you do 2 or 3 presentations and share the classroom with another presenter?

 

Why is this program so important?  Learning about art increases people's creativity, a valuable skill in today's world.  The emphasis on technology today is great, but there is also a high demand in the technology sector for people with a liberal arts education.  This means that technology companies value employees with a background in arts, music, drama, philosophy, etc.  Let's give our children a great start in this.

 

Why volunteers?  Couldn't teachers do this?  maybe, but having an outsider come into the classroom gives the students a different viewpoint on things.  Teachers can help by connecting the lesson to what is being learned in the classroom.

 

Please help us to keep this valuable program alive for many years to come.

 

To volunteer, please respond to this email soon.  We start in October!

 

Thank you,

 

Sara scmgrant@grantstores.com

                            

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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