Weekly Updates

Good morning 5S Parents,                                                 Weekly Update 2-26-15

 

5S LEADERSHIP VIDEO – Each month, Mr. Hatlen holds a Morning Meeting with each grade level.  The focus for 5th graders is Leadership.  Since he had a difficult time finding good videos out on the internet about leadership for this grade level, he challenged the 5th graders to create their own leadership videos.  5S is responsible for the March 6th grade Leadership video for Mr. Hatlen. 

We have finished creating a “30 Hands” iPad app video using famous American Leaders as the focus of our video.  We hope you like it.  Feedback is welcome as is the case with all projects in a project-based learning school.  THANK YOU!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yY7kBU3wAbU&feature=youtu.be

 

SCIENCE FAIR – Hooray!  The Science Fair is almost here!!  Students are busy conferencing with me, polishing up their poster layout sheet before putting their posters together.  They are to be ready to present their Science Fair project (as if they were presenting at the real Science Fair) to our class on Monday afternoon.  Please assist your child in having all the materials needed.  That way, we are able to give feedback on their project and presentation in time to make any revisions if necessary. 

          The Science Fair will be held next Thursday from 2-3 PM and 5-6:30 PM.  Families are welcome at either/both times.  Students who cannot come to the evening portion are invited to keep their project on display for the families who do come in the evening to see.  Then, their projects will be carefully placed in the main hallway for pickup early Friday morning.  Also, if you can’t stay for the whole time Thursday night, please do clean up and take your child’s project home.  Finally, as co-coordinator of the Science Fair, anyone who finds a place in their heart to please help us clean up and take down tables would be VERY MUCH APPRECIATED.  Thank you so much!!

          The Quest 5th Graders will be starting a unit on immigration on March 9. The students will be interviewing a recent immigrant. Do you have any family or friends who has recently (in their lifetimes) immigrated to the United States from another country who would be willing to be interviewed in person, email, or over the phone? Please contact me with any names and contact information. Thanks!

 

2L bottles needed - We need clear plastic 2 Liter soda bottles for a project in May. Please save any bottles you have and send them to school. We already have 5 of the 16 we need.  Keep bringing them in until we have enough (I’ll let you know).  Thank you!!

 

BOOK FAIR – The Quest/Murray Park Scholastic Book Fair will be coming soon to our school again March 5-13th.  Students can purchase books, posters, and other items: before school 7:30 AM – 8 AM, during their lunch recess 11:30-Noon, After school from 3:10-4:00 in the Science Lab, room 322.  I am investigating whether you can shop the Book Fair during the Science Fair Thursday night as well.  J

 

FACEBOOK REMINDER - If you have Facebook, please note that will be the venue instead of the Google Site for photos.  Also, updates are posted there.  Please let me know your thoughts on this change.  I thought I’d try it out the second half of the year.  Reminder, tagging is NOT allowed. 

           

HUMAN GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT – Overall, the students handled the Human Growth and Development topic this week pretty well. 

 

LANGUAGE ARTS  - Students wrote a Congratulations card to Officer Lindsey Michels, the Ripon Area School District Police Liason for earning Officer of the Year. 

          Students are also working on using the four square method to organize a paragraph.  They used Google Classroom to submit an introductory paragraph on an opinion piece of writing.  They chose between two prompts.  Ask your child how s/he did on the four square paragraph and which prompt s/he chose.  They will be adding to the introductory paragraph with detail paragraphs and end with a conclusion paragraph – all using the four square method.

          All students will be participating at both 9:45 AM & 2:10 PM for “The Statue Speaks” play on March 26th.   However, students with larger parts will be performing the larger part at one performance time (and a small part at the other performance time).  Talk with your child about which performance you should come to.  If you cannot attend, don’t worry, we’ll have it recorded and will share the DVD with you.  The names will only appear in the email version of this week’s bulletin.


D.A.R.E. – D.A.R.E. classes began last week with Officer Damsteegt.  I still need a few D.A.R.E. permission slips.  PLEASE RETURN THEM ASAP.  Please don’t schedule any appointments during his classes:  #2-February 27th 12:45-1:45 PM; #3 March 4th 2-3 PM; #4 March 13th 12:45-1:45 PM; #5 March 18th, #6 March 26th 12:45-1:45 PM; #7 April 14th 2-3 PM; #8 April 23rd 12:45-1:45 PM; #9 April 30th; #10 May 7th 12:45-1:45 PM; Graduation Rehearsal-May 21st 1-3 PM; GRADUATION – Friday, May 22nd.  Please plan on attending the graduation around 1:30 PM on 5/22 if possible. 

 

ORGANIZATION – Just a reminder, your child is to place things that are to be returned RIGHT back to school on the RIGHT side of his/her planner (like the D.A.R.E. note).  Things that are to be LEFT at home are to be placed on the LEFT side.  They are told this just about every time a paper is passed out.  Please assist your child in this organizing tip.  Thanks J.

READING –Students read 30 minutes most days in class.  They then are to read 10 PAGES at home EVERY NIGHT.  This means, they should be reading about 40 pages a day.  I ask they read a minimum of 30 pages.  They are not to simply stop at 30 pages, because that is the bare minimum.  Please chat with your child if they understand this expectation.  In addition, they write 3-5 sentences using the “Visualizing” strategy.  They are to write what the author has written to describe something so well they can visualize it as a reader. 

Students should be nearing the 100% of their independent reading goal with 85% accuracy average on the quizzes.  They should know where they are.  If they don’t, they are free to ask me during read-to-self time. 

We are STILL missing a National Geographic themed set book, and we’d appreciate if you could peek and see if they are around your home:  Pennsylvania labeled in the top right with black C3.

 

SPELLING –Units are typically introduced on Monday.  The written sort is due the next day.  Students should spend 10 minutes per night (at least) studying their spelling words. The tests are usually on Fridays.  Thank you.

 

MATH–Students are working hard on chapter 5, “Division with Whole Numbers and Decimals”.  Your child can prepare by going over their Homework/ Remembering pages, Quick Quizzes, the study guide done in class, as well as the corrections they’ve made on their pre-test.  They have formative assessments (homework and remembering pages), and the summative assessments are the quizzes and tests.  THEY MUST KNOW THEIR MULTIPLICATION AND DIVISION FACTS THROUGH 12s as quickly as they know their name…. Please help your child if s/he doesn’t have this essential skill down.

 

BEHAVIOR WHEN A GUEST TEACHER IS HERE – Occasionally, I have a professional development opportunity or a health appointment that requires a guest teacher to be in charge in our classroom.  I expect even better behavior/leadership from our class when a guest teacher is here.  If I have a note describing your child’s behavior specifically, I will let you know. 

 

RECESS BEHAVIOR - Mr. Hatlen came in this morning to remind the students about the competition outside playing games outside.  The competition needs to be friendly.  Recess is to have fun and to get exercise.  He thanked the 95% of the class who has been behaving.  We also discussed an issue that occurred yesterday is OVER, and we’re going to move on.  Students are NOT to gossip about it further. If students want to talk about it, they can talk about it with Mr. Hatlen.

 

UPCOMING FIELD TRIPS – Plans are in the works to attend the Barlow Planetarium this spring for our Earth Systems unit.  I will let you know when a date is secured.  The only chaperones allowed are ones who have the Volunteer Application approved and on file.  If you are not sure, please contact the office at 748-4695. 

On Friday, May 15th, we will be taking a trip to Little White Schoolhouse. We will be having class as the pioneer students taught by Ripon Historical Society volunteers. Students are to be dressing up in pioneer attire.  Start thinking of the costumes now… J     If you are hosting a French student, they will be joining each class.  Our class will be going from 12:30-2:30.  A bus will picking us up and dropping us off. Note: each 5th grade Quest & MPES class has their own time in 2 hour increments on the 14th and 15th of May.  Again, only chaperones allowed are ones who have the Volunteer Application approved and on file.

The 5th graders at Quest and MPES will also be taking a Walking Tour of Ripon field trip this spring.  Date TBA.

 

REPEATED POST: THE FRENCH ARE COMING - The French are coming May 5-25th.  The French students will be using the Quest Community Room when they come.  French Adventure students – After school classes will be held in the Quest Community Room on Monday's only from March 16th to May 4th from 3:30-4:30.   

 

REPEATED POST: QUEST VIDEO - If you haven’t seen it, please enjoy this awesome Quest video -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6e9wWUCi9qU

Here is the Quest Testimonial video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvYg1sWOspw.  Thanks to Nate Lehner, ClearView Productions LLC, for recording and producing these great videos.

 

REPEATED POST: POSTCARDS – Reminder – if you or someone you know is able to send us a postcard at school, we’d appreciate it:  Mrs. Simacek’s 5th grade classroom; 64 Sunset, Box 991; Ripon, WI 59471

 

REPEATED POST - PARENT HELPERS NEEDED – I am very lucky to have Mrs. McConnell’s help once a day for an hour, but I need more help.  In addition to needing more help with Spelling on Fridays from 9:15-10:00, I would appreciate some help during Math on Thursdays 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM and other times during the week that meet with your schedule accomplishing various tasks.  I am not looking for a committed weekly time – just any time you can help, let me know J.   If you can spare a half hour (or more) once and a while, let me know.  Please make sure you have been approved to volunteer in our district by calling Mrs. Voight at 748-8604 or emailing her at voightj@ripon.k12.wi.us BEFORE coming to help.  I’d really appreciate your time J.

 

REPEATED POST: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO MAKE JOLLY RANCHER SUCKERS – Jolly Rancher suckers will be for sale at Quest each Friday morning for ($1) to raise money to buy more classroom iPads.  Please email me if you’re willing to make some (we can send home the supplies):  simacekk@ripon.k12.wi.us

 

REPEATED POST: DUOLINGO FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students are spending 15 minutes per day studying the foreign language of their choice using the DuoLingo program.  They are welcome to practice at home as well.  Have them show you their progress on the Google Spreadsheet we will be updating it this afternoon.    

 

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.

 

RE-POSTED:  SILVERWARE/DISHES/BAKING PANS/COOKIE SHEETS, ETC.  Are you looking to clean house a bit?  We welcome donations of silverware, dishes, baking pans, cake pans, and cookie sheets for our Science Lab.  Thank you. 

 

CALENDAR

NEW ITEMS IN ITALICS AND HIGHLIGHTED IN YELLOW

SIMACEK STARS PRESENT “A STATUE SPEAKS” Thursday, March 26 – 9:45 AM or 2:10 PM (cast will be chosen on Fri. 2/20/15)

DANCE PARTY – Friday, March 27th

CAREER DAY – Friday, April 17th

NO SCHOOL –March 30-April 3, May 25

SCIENCE FAIR – March 5 2-3 pm & 5-6:30 pm

FRENCH HERE – May 5th-May 25th

TRANSITION TRIP TO MIDDLE SCHOOL – Friday, May 7th

LAST QUEST VISITATION DAY – Wednesday, May 13th

5S FIELD TRIP TO LITTLE WHITE SCHOOLHOUSE IN PIONEER ATTIRE – Friday, May 15th 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

LAST QUEST PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHT - Tuesday, May 19, 2015. 

D.A.R.E. GRADUATION – All families welcome to attend – 1:30 PM GYM

ABRAHAM LINCOLN IMPERSONATOR AT QUEST/MPES

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – June 5

 

Remember to check out our class website:   https://sites.google.com/a/ripon.k12.wi.us/mrs-simacek/

 

Please remember to sign your child's planner each night, and let ME know if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Simacek


Good morning 5S Parents,                                                 Weekly Update 2-20-15

 

If you have Facebook, please note that will be the venue instead of the Google Site for photos.  Also, updates are posted there.  Please let me know your thoughts on this change.  I thought I’d try it out the second half of the year.  Reminder, tagging is NOT allowed. 

 

SCIENCE FAIR – Our focus during Project Time is the Science Fair projects.  Students have chosen an idea.  They are encouraged to do an experiment (as opposed to a demonstration or collection) as 5th grade Quest students.  They work independently on this project.  Students will share their projects with you on March 5th from 2-3 PM and 5-6:30 PM.  If they can’t come for the evening portion, they are encouraged to leave their projects until Friday morning for families to see their project.  All students should have all materials here by Monday, so they can finish their observations and conclusion on their Science Fair poster. 

          5S is also responsible for the March 5th grade Leadership video for Mr. Hatlen.  We are in the process of creating a “30 Hands” iPad app video using famous American Leaders as the focus of our video. 

 

HUMAN GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT – The 5th grade Human Growth and Development vidoes will be shown to all 5S students (at the same time) on Monday, February 23rd at 2-3 PM.  Then, on Tuesday, the boys will have a chance to talk with Nurse Lyke in private in the Science Lab.  Later in the day, the girls will have a chance to talk with Nurse Lyke in private in the Science Lab.  Please make sure you’ve had a talk with your child about accepting how our bodies change in a mature way before Monday and Tuesday.  Thanks!!!!  J

 

LANGUAGE ARTS  - Students who had their books and met the 600 word maximum goal were able to enter the Delta Kappa Gamma Writing Contest this week.

          Today, students wrote thank you cards to businesses for their donations to the Quest Project Showcase last week. 

          Students are also working on using the four square method to organize a paragraph.  They used Google Classroom to submit an introductory paragraph on an opinion piece of writing.  They chose between two prompts.  Ask your child how s/he did on the four square paragraph and which prompt s/he chose.  They will be adding to the introductory paragraph with detail paragraphs and end with a conclusion paragraph – all using the four square method.

SAVE THE DATE - THURSDAY, MARCH 26 - THE SIMACEK STARS PERFORM "A STATUE SPEAKS." THERE WILL BE 2 PERFORMANCES/CASTS - 9:45 AM OR 2:10 PM.  I am hoping you have already let me know which performance you prefer, as auditions are today, and parts will be assigned. 

 

D.A.R.E. – D.A.R.E. classes began yesterday with Officer Damsteegt yesterday.  Thank you for signing and returning the permission form already today – HOPEFULLY!!  Please don’t schedule any appointments during his classes:  #2-February 27th 12:45-1:45 PM; #3 March 4th 2-3 PM; #4 March 13th 12:45-1:45 PM; #5 March 18th, #6 March 26th 12:45-1:45 PM; #7 April 14th 2-3 PM; #8 April 23rd 12:45-1:45 PM; #9 April 30th; #10 May 7th 12:45-1:45 PM; Graduation Rehearsal-May 21st 1-3 PM; GRADUATION – Friday, May 22nd.  Please plan on attending the graduation around 1:30 PM on 5/22 if possible. 

READING –Students read 30 minutes most days in class.  They then are to read 10 PAGES at home EVERY NIGHT.  This means, they should be reading about 40 pages a day.  I ask they read a minimum of 30 pages.  They are not to simply stop at 30 pages, because that is the bare minimum.  Please chat with your child if they understand this expectation.  In addition, they write 3-5 sentences using the “Visualizing” strategy.  They are to write what the author has written to describe something so well they can visualize it as a reader. 

Students should be nearing the 90% of their independent reading goal.  They should know where they are.  If they don’t, they are free to ask me during read-to-self time.  Students who are quite a bit behind will be missing lunch recesses until they are caught up. 

We are STILL missing a National Geographic themed set book (ONE WAS FOUND – YAY), and we’d appreciate if you could peek and see if they are around your home:  Pennsylvania labeled in the top right with black C3.

 

SPELLING –Because this week’s list was introduced on Wednesday, the test will be on Monday.  I ONLY HAVE ON HELPER, SO IF YOU COULD BRING YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL MONDAY, HELP WITH THE SPELLING TEST UNTIL 9 AM, THAT WOULD BE MUCH APPRECIATED J .  Thanks!  The next unit will also be introduced on Monday.  The written sort is due the next day.  Students should spend 10 minutes per night (at least) studying their spelling words. 

 

MATH–Students are working hard on chapter 5, “Division with Whole Numbers and Decimals” this week.  Your child can prepare by going over their Homework/ Remembering pages, Quick Quizzes, the study guide done in class, as well as the corrections they’ve made on their pre-test.  They have formative assessments (homework and remembering pages), and the summative assessments are the quizzes and tests.  THEY MUST KNOW THEIR MULTIPLICATION AND DIVISION FACTS THROUGH 12s as quickly as they know their name…. Please help your child if s/he doesn’t have this essential skill down.

 

BEHAVIOR WHEN A GUEST TEACHER IS HERE – Occasionally, I have a professional development opportunity or a health appointment that requires a guest teacher to be in charge in our classroom.  I expect even better behavior/leadership from our class when a guest teacher is here.  If I have a note describing your child’s behavior specifically, I will let you know. 

 

REPEATED POST: THE FRENCH ARE COMING - The French are coming May 5-25th.  The French students will be using the Quest Community Room when they come.  French Adventure students – After school classes will be held in the Quest Community Room on Monday's only from March 16th to May 4th from 3:30-4:30.   

 

REPEATED POST: QUEST VIDEO - If you haven’t seen it, please enjoy this awesome Quest video -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6e9wWUCi9qU.  Here is the Quest Testimonial video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvYg1sWOspw.  Thanks to Nate Lehner, ClearView Productions LLC, for recording and producing these great videos.

 

REPEATED POST: POSTCARDS – Reminder – if you or someone you know is able to send us a postcard at school, we’d appreciate it:  Mrs. Simacek’s 5th grade classroom; 64 Sunset, Box 991; Ripon, WI 59471

 

REPEATED POST - PARENT HELPERS NEEDED – I am very lucky to have Mrs. McConnell’s help once a day for an hour, but I need more help.  In addition to needing more help with Spelling on Fridays from 9:15-10:00, I would appreciate some help during Math on Thursdays 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM and other times during the week that meet with your schedule accomplishing various tasks.  I am not looking for a committed weekly time – just any time you can help, let me know J.   If you can spare a half hour (or more) once and a while, let me know.  Please make sure you have been approved to volunteer in our district by calling Mrs. Voight at 748-8604 or emailing her at voightj@ripon.k12.wi.us BEFORE coming to help.  I’d really appreciate your time J.

 

REPEATED POST: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO MAKE JOLLY RANCHER SUCKERS – Jolly Rancher suckers will be for sale at Quest each Friday morning for ($1) to raise money to buy more classroom iPads.  Please email me if you’re willing to make some (we can send home the supplies):  simacekk@ripon.k12.wi.us

 

REPEATED POST: DUOLINGO FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students are spending 15 minutes per day studying the foreign language of their choice using the DuoLingo program.  They are welcome to practice at home as well.  Have them show you their progress on the Google Spreadsheet we will be updating it this afternoon.    

 

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.

 

RE-POSTED:  SILVERWARE/DISHES/BAKING PANS/COOKIE SHEETS, ETC.  Are you looking to clean house a bit?  We welcome donations of silverware, dishes, baking pans, cake pans, and cookie sheets for our Science Lab.  Thank you. 

 

SIMACEK STARS PRESENT “A STATUE SPEAKS” Thursday, March 26 – 9:45 AM or 2:10 PM (cast will be chosen on Fri. 2/20/15)

DANCE PARTY – Friday, March 27th

CAREER DAY – Friday, April 17th

NO SCHOOL –March 30-April 3, May 25

SCIENCE FAIR – March 5 2-3 pm & 5-6:30 pm

FRENCH HERE – May 5th-May 25th

TRANSITION TRIP TO MIDDLE SCHOOL – Friday, May 7th

LAST QUEST VISITATION DAY – Wednesday, May 13th

LAST QUEST PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHT - Tuesday, May 19, 2015. 

D.A.R.E. GRADUATION – All families welcome to attend – 1:30 PM GYM

ABRAHAM LINCOLN IMPERSONATOR AT QUEST/MPES

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – June 5

 

Remember to check out photos on our class website:  https://sites.google.com/a/ripon.k12.wi.us/mrs-simacek/

 

Please remember to sign your child's planner each night, and let ME know if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Simacek


Good morning 5S Parents,                                                 Weekly Update 2-13-15

 

PROJECT SHOWCASE – Congratulations to all the students for their hard work preparing for Tuesday’s Project Showcase.  They did a GREAT job!!  Thank you for your donations to the chocolate basket.  Thank you for selling raffle tickets for the washing machine.  Thank you for supporting Quest in our fundraiser Tuesday night.  It was an awesome night!

 

CONFERENCES – Thanks for coming in for conferences if your child was scheduled.  I am more than happy, as you know, to discuss your child’s progress at ANY time.  Contact me with any questions or concerns.   

 

FINAL PROJECT SHOWCASE DATE CORRECTION – I apologize for the confusion, but I have learned the ACTUAL date for the final Project Showcase is TUESDAY, MAY 19TH (not Thursday, May 21st as I thought).  Please make the change in your family calendar.  We would love 100% attendance your child’s last Quest Project Showcase. 

 

QUEST VIDEO - If you haven’t seen it, please enjoy this awesome Quest video -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6e9wWUCi9qU.  Here is the Quest Testimonial video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvYg1sWOspw.  Thanks to Nate Lehner, ClearView Productions LLC, for recording and producing these great videos.

 

LANGUAGE ARTS  - Students have the opportunity to write a creative story for the Delta Kappa Gamma Writing Contest.  Due to the busy schedule prior to this week’s Project Showcase, this deadline has snuck up.  The requirement to enter the contest is no more than 600 words and at least one illustration.  The students know I don’t want them to have a ton of homework this four-day weekend.  Many also shared with me they like illustrating, and they can illustrate as many of the pages as they want in the creative story.  They are due Tuesday.    

Also, in the future, 5S will be performing a play, “The Statue Speaks”.  Students have been asked to read the script and identify three parts they’d like to audition for.

 

SCIENCE FAIR – Our next focus during Project Time will be on the Science Fair projects.  Students have chosen an idea.  They are encouraged to do an experiment (as opposed to a demonstration or collection) as 5th grade Quest students.  They are also to work independently on this project.  Students will share their projects with you on March 5th from 2-3 PM and 5-6:30 PM.  If they can’t come for the evening portion, they are encouraged to leave their projects until Friday morning for families to see their project.

VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION RE: CATALYST/RMS CHOICE FORMALL STUDENTS MUST RETURN THE FORM BY FEBRUARY 20, 2015.  There is only one copy coming home, so families living in more than one home, please make sure you discuss the best school for your child and return the form. 

 

THE FRENCH ARE COMING - The French are coming May 5-25th.  The French students will be using the Quest Community Room when they come.  French Adventure students – After school classes will be held in the Quest Community Room on Monday's only from March 16th to May 4th from 3:30-4:30.   

 

READING –Students read 30 minutes most days in class.  They then are to read 10 PAGES at home EVERY NIGHT.  This means, they should be reading about 40 pages a day.  I ask they read a minimum of 30 pages.  They are not to simply stop at 30 pages, because that is the bare minimum.  Please chat with your child if they understand this expectation.  In addition, they write 3-5 sentences using the “Visualizing” strategy.  They are to write what the author has written to describe something so well they can visualize it as a reader. 

Students should be nearing the 80% of their independent reading goal.  They should know where they are.  If they don’t, they are free to ask me during read-to-self time.  Students who are quite a bit behind will be missing lunch recesses until they are caught up. 

We are STILL missing two National Geographic themed set books, and we’d appreciate if you could peek and see if they are around your home:  Pennsylvania labeled in the top right with black C3 and Virginia C5.

 

SPELLING –For a variety of reasons, there was no Spelling this week. Normally, they receive the spelling lesson on Monday.  The written sort is due Tuesday.  The test is Friday.  Next week, students will have their Spelling lesson on Tuesday, and the test will be on Friday. 

          Congratulations to our classroom, school, and district champion speller who represented us in the Regional Spelling Bee on Tuesday!

 

MATH–Students are working hard on chapter 5, “Division with Whole Numbers and Decimals” this week.  Your child can prepare by going over their Homework/ Remembering pages, Quick Quizzes, the study guide done in class, as well as the corrections they’ve made on their pre-test.  They have formative assessments (homework and remembering pages), and the summative assessments are the quizzes and tests.  THEY MUST KNOW THEIR MULTIPLICATION AND DIVISION FACTS THROUGH 12s as quickly as they know their name…. Please help your child if s/he doesn’t have this essential skill down.

 

Thanks to our Valentine’s Day Party Committee – The students enjoyed their last elementary school holiday party.  See the pictures on my website.

 

TRANSITIONS – Our class has been working all year on moving through transitions quietly and quickly.  Many students are doing a very good job of this.  However, a few students really struggle with this and are impacting others.  This is happening in Phy Ed with Mr. Feidt, Engineering and Math with Mrs. Ernst, and Music with Mrs. Brooks as well.  Ask your child how s/he does with transitions in our class, in Phy Ed, Math, and in Music.  Hopefully, with many of us encouraging the students, there will be improvement.  Thanks so much for your support. 

 

REPEATED POST: POSTCARDS – Reminder – if you or someone you know is able to send us a postcard at school, we’d appreciate it:  Mrs. Simacek’s 5th grade classroom; 64 Sunset, Box 991; Ripon, WI 59471

 

REPEATED POST - PARENT HELPERS NEEDED – I am very lucky to have Mrs. McConnell’s help once a day for an hour, but I need more help.  In addition to needing more help with Spelling on Fridays from 9:15-10:00, I would appreciate some help during Math on Thursdays 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM and other times during the week that meet with your schedule accomplishing various tasks.  I am not looking for a committed weekly time – just any time you can help, let me know J.   If you can spare a half hour (or more) once and a while, let me know.  Please make sure you have been approved to volunteer in our district by calling Mrs. Voight at 748-8604 or emailing her at voightj@ripon.k12.wi.us BEFORE coming to help.  I’d really appreciate your time J.

 

REPEATED POST: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO MAKE JOLLY RANCHER SUCKERS – Jolly Rancher suckers will be for sale at Quest each Friday morning for ($1) to raise money to buy more classroom iPads.  Please email me if you’re willing to make some (we can send home the supplies):  simacekk@ripon.k12.wi.us

 

REPEATED POST: DUOLINGO FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students are spending 15 minutes per day studying the foreign language of their choice using the DuoLingo program.  They are welcome to practice at home as well.  Have them show you their progress on the Google Spreadsheet we will be updating it this afternoon.    

 

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.

 

RE-POSTED:  SILVERWARE/DISHES/BAKING PANS/COOKIE SHEETS, ETC.  Are you looking to clean house a bit?  We welcome donations of silverware, dishes, baking pans, cake pans, and cookie sheets for our Science Lab.  Thank you. 

 

NO SCHOOL –February 13, February 16, March 30-April 3, May 25

SCIENCE FAIR – March 5 2-3 pm & 5-6:30 pm

LAST QUEST PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHT - Tuesday, May 19, 2015. 

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – June 5

 

Remember to check out photos on our class website:  https://sites.google.com/a/ripon.k12.wi.us/mrs-simacek/

 

Please remember to sign your child's planner each night, and let ME know if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Simacek


Good afternoon 5S Parents,                                              Weekly Update 2-6-15

 

D.A.R.E. The Ripon Police Department’s Officer Damsteegt will be the Quest D.A.R.E. Officer this year.  Students will have ten classes.  They will prepare a speech on what they learned in D.A.R.E.  Two students from each classroom will be chosen to share their speech at the D.A.R.E. Graduation.  Please mark your calendars now, and plan on attending if at all possible on Friday, May 22nd – the time has yet to be confirmed, but it usually around 1-3 PM including a pizza party in the cafeteria afterwards.  The dates (please avoid scheduling appointments if possible) for the classes are:  2/19 2-3 PM; 2/27 12:45-1:45 PM; 3/4 2-3 PM; 3/13 12:45-1:45 PM;

 

PROTECTIVE BEHAVIORS-Officer Preissner showed students a DVD and went through part of a booklet on Protective Behaviors.  Students were to list 5 adults they could trust if they ever needed to share news of bad touch. This was the green hand form that came home yesterday. 

 

PROJECT SHOWCASE – TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH – 6:00-7:30 PM.  Bring $$$$ for raffles.  This year’s line-up of raffle items coordinated by Mrs. Bauman – plus the awesome classroom baskets is sure to be fantastic!!  Come early to view the raffles.  The front doors open at 5:30 PM.  There will be a break in the Project Showcase to announce who won the raffles at 7 PM.    Thank you to our parent volunteers who make this possible! 

RAFFLES, RAFFLES, RAFFLES – Please see the note sent home today regarding all the raffles you have a chance to win when you purchase tickets.  The washing machine raffle tickets are $10 a piece or 3/$20.  The other basket raffle tickets are $1 each or 12 for $10 or 30 for $20.  In addition to our chocoloate themed baskets, there are baskets from: Baird Auto, Flowers by David, A&W; Watson Street Tea & Treats, Payless Tire & Exhaust, reGen, Adeva, Melissa Edinger 31 Products, 4M Bison Farm, Linda DeCramer, Baird, David & Joanne Brookover, Ace, Headliners, Dabble, Imagineers, and more classroom themed baskets. 

 

PROJECTS –It is such an exciting, busy time getting everything ready to share the projects with you for Project Showcase.  Because Mr. Hatlen asked this showcase be more of a formal presentation, there are scheduled times, and there isn’t a lot of spare time to see what else has been going on, so after you buy your raffle tickets, feel free to pop in.  Of course, you’re welcome any time to visit our classroom as well. 

The next project will be preparing for the Science Fair.  Has your child already mentioned what s/he is interested in for this year’s Science Fair (on March 5th?

 

PROJECT SHOWCASE SCHEDULE – This schedule will only be published in the email version of this weekly update. 


LANGUAGE ARTS  - Students have started writing their fiction stories for the Delta Kappa Gamma Writing Contest.  All students have conferenced with me on the topic by sharing their brainstorming creative story web.  Then, they began drafting their stories.  The goal by this time is 100 words at least.  The maximum to enter the contest is 600 words.  The whole process needs to be completed by February 17, so if they say they have just a little homework, they should be spending time editing, revising, and then illustrating their stories.       

 

VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION RE: CATALYST/RMS CHOICE FORM – Last Friday, your child brought home a VERY important letter with form attached to choose which school your child will attend next year.  They will also have a pamphlet describing the differences between the two schools.  Informational meetings are listed on the form.  (Also note: RMS/Catalyst will have a table at the February 10th Quest Project Showcase Night).  My daughter attended Catalyst as an 8th grader, so I also can give some insight if you’d like to discuss it with me.  ALL STUDENTS MUST RETURN THE FORM BY FEBRUARY 20, 2015.  There is only one copy coming home, so families living in more than one home, please make sure you discuss the best school for your child and return the form.  I have 17 of the 24 students in our class turned in. 

 

READING –Students read 30 minutes most days in class.  They then are to read 10 PAGES at home EVERY NIGHT.  This means, they should be reading about 40 pages a day.  I ask they read a minimum of 30 pages.  They are not to simply stop at 30 pages, because that is the bare minimum.  Please chat with your child if they understand this expectation.  In addition, they write 3-5 sentences using the “Visualizing” strategy.  They are to write what the author has written to describe something so well they can visualize it as a reader. 

Students should be nearing the 80% of their independent reading goal.  They should know where they are.  If they don’t, they are free to ask me during read-to-self time.  Students who are quite a bit behind will be missing lunch recesses until they are caught up. 

We are STILL missing two National Geographic themed set books, and we’d appreciate if you could peek and see if they are around your home:  Pennsylvania labeled in the top right with black C3 and Virginia C5.

 

SPELLING –For a variety of reasons, there will be no Spelling next week. Normally, they receive the spelling lesson on Monday.  The written sort is due Tuesday.  The test is Friday. 

 

MATH–Students have begun chapter 5, “Division with Whole Numbers and Decimals” this week.  IT IS REALLY SHOWING WHO KNOWS AND DOESN’T KNOW THEIR FACTS IN THIS UNIT… THEY MUST KNOW THEIR MULTIPLICATION AND DIVISION FACTS THROUGH 12s as quickly as they know their name…. Please help your child if s/he doesn’t have this essential skill down. Your child can prepare by going over their Homework/ Remembering pages, Quick Quizzes, the study guide done in class, as well as the corrections they’ve made on their pre-test.  They have formative assessments (homework and remembering pages), and the summative assessments are the quizzes and tests. 

 

HOOPS FOR HEART – Mr. Feidt thanks everyone who participated in the Hoops for Heart campaign! 

 

Conferences have been confirmed for those invited - reminder – Thursday, February 12, 2015. 

 

THE LAST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PARTY FOR YOUR 5TH GRADER - The Valentine’s Day Party –will be on Thursday, February 12th 2-3 PM.  Students should give valentines to everyone in the class if they choose to give valentines.  We will not be using class time to create Valentine’s Day boxes, but students are welcome to bring in something to hold their valentines if they wish.  The names will be included only in the email version of this Weekly Update.  

 

REPEATED POST: POSTCARDS – Reminder – if you or someone you know is able to send us a postcard at school, we’d appreciate it:  Mrs. Simacek’s 5th grade classroom; 64 Sunset, Box 991; Ripon, WI 59471

 

REPEATED POST - PARENT HELPERS NEEDED – I am very lucky to have Mrs. McConnell’s help once a day for an hour, but I need more help.  In addition to needing more help with Spelling on Fridays from 9:15-10:00, I would appreciate some help during Math on Thursdays 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM and other times during the week that meet with your schedule accomplishing various tasks.  I am not looking for a committed weekly time – just any time you can help, let me know J.   If you can spare a half hour (or more) once and a while, let me know.  Please make sure you have been approved to volunteer in our district by calling Mrs. Voight at 748-8604 or emailing her at voightj@ripon.k12.wi.us BEFORE coming to help.  I’d really appreciate your time J.

 

REPEATED POST: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO MAKE JOLLY RANCHER SUCKERS – Jolly Rancher suckers will be for sale at Quest each Friday morning for ($1) to raise money to buy more classroom iPads.  Please email me if you’re willing to make some (we can send home the supplies):  simacekk@ripon.k12.wi.us

 

REPEATED POST: DUOLINGO FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students are spending 15 minutes per day studying the foreign language of their choice using the DuoLingo program.  They are welcome to practice at home as well.  Have them show you their progress on the Google Spreadsheet we will be updating it this afternoon.    

 

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.

 

RE-POSTED:  SILVERWARE/DISHES/BAKING PANS/COOKIE SHEETS, ETC.  Are you looking to clean house a bit?  We welcome donations of silverware, dishes, baking pans, cake pans, and cookie sheets for our Science Lab.  Thank you. 

 

NO SCHOOL –February 13, February 16, March 30-April 3, May 25

 

QUEST PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHTS 2014-15 - The dates are Tuesday, February 10, 2015 and Tuesday, May 19, 2015. 

SCIENCE FAIR – March 5

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – June 5

 

Remember to check out photos on our class website:  https://sites.google.com/a/ripon.k12.wi.us/mrs-simacek/

 

Please remember to sign your child's planner each night, and let ME know if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Simacek


Good afternoon 5S Parents,                                              Weekly Update 1-30-15

 

QUEST VISITATION DAY – Quest received a Dissemination Grant for this year.  As a part of that, this Wednesday, February 4th, ten teachers and administrators from the area will be visiting Quest.  You may encourage your child to wear his/her Quest t-shirt that day.  Students will be showing the staff what we do at Quest in addition to answering questions they may have.  A pep talk on using class time wisely and best representing Quest would be greatly appreciated. 

 

PROJECT SHOWCASE – TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH – 6:00-7:30 PM.  Bring $$$$ for raffles.  This year’s line-up of raffle items coordinated by Mrs. Bauman – plus the awesome classroom baskets is sure to be fantastic!!  Come early to view the raffles.  The front doors open at 5:30 PM.  There will be a break in the Project Showcase to announce who won the raffles at 7 PM.    

 

BASKET FUNDRAISER –Our class voted and chose a chocolate themed basket.  Please feel free to donate anything related to chocolate.  The deadline has been  extended to make your chocolate donation if you haven’t to next Friday 6th of February. We have two items donated so far.  Thank you!  If you have another basket in mind from your family or workplace, Quest would happily accept those as well.  Every bit will help and is greatly appreciated.  Thank you. 

 

PARENT HELPERS NEEDED PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHT:  Mrs. Bauman, Quest Governance Council member and Fundraising Committee member is asking for parent volunteers to help set up, take down, & sell that night.  Please let me know right away if you’re able to assist Nicole with the February 10th Project Showcase Night.

 

UGANDA SLATE UPDATE - Here is a note Mr. Hatlen shared with us:

Mr. Hatlen,
WOW! A big "THANK YOU" to you, your staff, and your students at Murray Park - Quest. I am excited to announce that no student at the School of Good Hope, in Gaspa Uganda, will go without a slate board. A total of $406.76 was raised by your school family.

I cannot wait to present the students of Good Hope with their slate boards and additional school supplies. I am also looking forward to sharing all of the wonderful letters that the students have been writing these past couple of weeks. I will make sure to take plenty of pictures to share with the students on the return of my trip.

Thank a You again,

Steve Nankervis

 

LANGUAGE ARTS  - Students will soon have the opportunity to write a creative story for the Delta Kappa Gamma Writing Contest.  Encourage your child to think about what CREATIVE story topic they’d like to write about.  Rules and details will be came home this week; it’s a yellow sheet.   

As you know, your child has been busy writing.  In the last few weeks, they finished their Westward Expansion paper, wrote a biography, and this week, they wrote an opinion paper.  Here are the class writing goals - End sentences with periods.  Watch the voice within informational writing.  Indent paragraphs with the tab key.  Try not to begin sentences with “but” or “and”.  We need to work on effective leads/introductions.  We need to work on conclusions restating the main points. A lot is two words.  Never misspell high-frequency words especially the three forms of there/their/they’re.  The class needs to really focus on following directions; that is why a grade sheet is given.  In informational writing, just tell the facts.  There is no need to ask questions. 

Also, in the future, 5S will be performing a play, “The Statue Speaks”.  Students have been asked to read the script and identify three parts they’d like to audition for.

VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION RE: CATALYST/RMS CHOICE FORM – Last Friday, your child brought home a VERY important letter with form attached to choose which school your child will attend next year.  They will also have a pamphlet describing the differences between the two schools.  Informational meetings are listed on the form.  (Also note: RMS/Catalyst will have a table at the February 10th Quest Project Showcase Night).  My daughter attended Catalyst as an 8th grader, so I also can give some insight if you’d like to discuss it with me.  ALL STUDENTS MUST RETURN THE FORM BY FEBRUARY 20, 2015.  There is only one copy coming home, so families living in more than one home, please make sure you discuss the best school for your child and return the form. 

 

5S REWARD – The Sledding Party was GREAT fun!  I hope you enjoyed the photos on my website and the school Facebook page – which even included a video.  Thanks for respecting the rules not sending any on the bus.  Thanks to Miles & Family for the tasty hot chocolate too!

 

READING –Students read 30 minutes most days in class.  They then are to read 10 PAGES at home EVERY NIGHT.  This means, they should be reading about 40 pages a day.  I ask they read a minimum of 30 pages.  They are not to simply stop at 30 pages, because that is the bare minimum.  Please chat with your child if they understand this expectation.  In addition, they write 3-5 sentences using the “Visualizing” strategy.  They are to write what the author has written to describe something so well they can visualize it as a reader. 

Students should be nearing the 80% of their independent reading goal.  They should know where they are.  If they don’t, they are free to ask me during read-to-self time.  Students who are quite a bit behind will be missing lunch recesses until they are caught up. 

We are STILL missing two National Geographic themed set books, and we’d appreciate if you could peek and see if they are around your home:  Pennsylvania labeled in the top right with black C3 and Virginia C5.

 

PROJECTS –Students have chosen to complete either a Geography or an Engineering project.  They will work with me if they chose Geography and Mrs. Ernst if they chose Engineering.  They have had an hour and forty-five minutes per day to complete their projects here at school.  If they use their class time wisely, this should not be a problem.  If they do not, they may need to complete some work at home by the February 5th dress rehearsal due date.  This will enable the groups to present to each other on February 6th

          At this point, the research part of the project process is coming to an end.  Students are beginning the projects they will present to our guests on February 4th and to you at Project Showcase on February 10th.

          The Geography group will be FaceTiming Mr. David Spiegelberg of the Wisconsin Tourism department. 

          If you or your child in the Engineering unit has any questions for Mrs. Ernst, her contact information is: ernstj@ripon.k12.wi.us

The next project will be preparing for the Science Fair.  Has your child already mentioned what s/he is interested in for this year’s Science Fair (on March 5th?

 

SPELLING –For a variety of reasons, there was no Spelling this week. Normally, they receive the spelling lesson on Monday.  The written sort is due Tuesday.  The test is Friday. 

          Congratulations to one of our students (ask your child who if you don’t know) for finishing 1st in the 5th-8th grade Spelling Bee yesterday.  He will compete at the Regional level on February 10th.  Good luck!

 

MATH–Students are finishing chapter 4, “Multiplication with Whole Numbers and Decimls” this week.  Your child can prepare by going over their Homework/ Remembering pages, Quick Quizzes, the study guide done in class, as well as the corrections they’ve made on their pre-test.  They have formative assessments (homework and remembering pages), and the summative assessments are the quizzes and tests.  THEY MUST KNOW THEIR MULTIPLICATION AND DIVISION FACTS THROUGH 12s as quickly as they know their name…. Please help your child if s/he doesn’t have this essential skill down.

 

HOOPS FOR HEART today through February 6th – All of the students at Quest and Murray Park are invited to participate in the American Heart Hoops for Heart two week fundraising campaign.  There is information coming home today about this program. 

 

Conferences have been confirmed for those invited - reminder – Thursday, February 12, 2015. 

 

THE LAST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PARTY FOR YOUR 5TH GRADER - The Valentine’s Day Party –will be on Thursday, February 12th 2-3 PM.  Students should give valentines to everyone in the class if they choose to give valentines.  We will not be using class time to create Valentine’s Day boxes, but students are welcome to bring in something to hold their valentines if they wish.   

REPEATED POST: POSTCARDS – Reminder – if you or someone you know is able to send us a postcard at school, we’d appreciate it:  Mrs. Simacek’s 5th grade classroom; 64 Sunset, Box 991; Ripon, WI 59471

 

REPEATED POST - PARENT HELPERS NEEDED – I am very lucky to have Mrs. McConnell’s help once a day for an hour, but I need more help.  In addition to needing more help with Spelling on Fridays from 9:15-10:00, I would appreciate some help during Math on Thursdays 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM and other times during the week that meet with your schedule accomplishing various tasks.  I am not looking for a committed weekly time – just any time you can help, let me know J.   If you can spare a half hour (or more) once and a while, let me know.  Please make sure you have been approved to volunteer in our district by calling Mrs. Voight at 748-8604 or emailing her at voightj@ripon.k12.wi.us BEFORE coming to help.  I’d really appreciate your time J.

 

REPEATED POST: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO MAKE JOLLY RANCHER SUCKERS – Jolly Rancher suckers will be for sale at Quest each Friday morning for ($1) to raise money to buy more classroom iPads.  Please email me if you’re willing to make some (we can send home the supplies):  simacekk@ripon.k12.wi.us

 

REPEATED POST: DUOLINGO FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students are spending 15 minutes per day studying the foreign language of their choice using the DuoLingo program.  They are welcome to practice at home as well.  Have them show you their progress on the Google Spreadsheet we will be updating it this afternoon.    

 

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.

 

RE-POSTED:  SILVERWARE/DISHES/BAKING PANS/COOKIE SHEETS, ETC.  Are you looking to clean house a bit?  We welcome donations of silverware, dishes, baking pans, cake pans, and cookie sheets for our Science Lab.  Thank you. 

 

NO SCHOOL –February 13, February 16, March 30-April 3, May 25

 

QUEST PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHTS 2014-15 - The dates are Tuesday, February 10, 2015 and Tuesday, May 19, 2015. 

SCIENCE FAIR – March 5

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – June 5

 

Remember to check out photos on our class website:  https://sites.google.com/a/ripon.k12.wi.us/mrs-simacek/

 

Please remember to sign your child's planner each night, and let ME know if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Simacek



Good afternoon 5S Parents,                                    Weekly Update 1-23-15

 

VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION RE: CATALYST/RMS CHOICE FORM – Parents, please be aware, your child is bringing home a VERY important letter with form attached to choose which school your child will attend next year.  They will also have a pamphlet describing the differences between the two schools.  Informational meetings are listed on the form.  (Also note: RMS/Catalyst will have a table at the February 10th Quest Project Showcase Night).  My daughter attended Catalyst as an 8th grader, so I also can give some insight if you’d like to discuss it with me.  ALL STUDENTS MUST RETURN THE FORM BY FEBRUARY 20, 2015.  There is only one copy coming home, so families living in more than one home, please make sure you discuss the best school for your child and return the form. 

 

5S REWARD – Students earned a SLEDDING PARTY for making great choices the last 13 school days.  However, buses don’t want sleds.  If you can send a sled with your child (and hope for more snow), by Wednesday, that would be great.  We’ll be sledding at Murray Park.  If you’d like to send some hot chocolate, that would be fun too. 

 

READING –Students read 30 minutes daily in class.  They then are to read 10 PAGES at home EVERY NIGHT.  This means, they should be reading about 40 pages a day.  I ask they read at least 30 pages.  They are not to simply stop at 30 pages, because that is the bare minimum.  Please chat with your child if they understand this expectation.  In addition, they write 3-5 sentences using the “Visualizing” strategy.  They are to write what the author has written to describe something so well they can visualize it as a reader. 

Students should be nearing the 70% of their independent reading goal.  They should know where they are.  If they don’t, they are free to ask me during read-to-self time.

We are missing two National Geographic themed set books, and we’d appreciate if you could peek and see if they are around your home:  Pennsylvania labeled in the top right with black C3 and Virginia  C5 are the two missing books. 

 

PROJECTS –Students have chosen to complete either a Geography or an Engineering project.  They will work with me if they chose Geography and Mrs. Ernst if they chose Engineering.  They will have an hour and forty-five minutes per day to complete their projects here at school.  If they use their class time wisely, this should not be a problem.  If they do not, they may need to complete some work at home by the February 5th dress rehearsal due date.  This will enable the groups to present to each other on February 6th.  We are attending the High School Musical, “Cinderella” on February 10th, so that leaves just the 9th of February to finish any last minute adjustments to their projects before the big Project Showcase Night. 

          The Geography group will be FaceTiming Mr. David Spiegelberg of the Wisconsin Tourism department.  The Project Wall contents and grade sheet are attached to this site at the bottom of the page. 

          If you or your child in the Engineering unit has any questions for Mrs. Ernst, her contact information is: ernstj@ripon.k12.wi.us

          Today, the children wrote letters to the children in Uganda.  Some students understood the sense of a short timeline and did an amazing job.  Others barely had anything during the 40 minutes. Again, the creativity really sparkled for many students in this class – well done!

         

LANGUAGE ARTS - Students will soon have the opportunity to write a creative story for the Delta Kappa Gamma Writing Contest.  Encourage your child to think about what CREATIVE story topic they’d like to write about.  Rules and details will be coming home when I receive them.    

          Students learned about Martin Luther King, Junior on Tuesday when they returned from the three day weekend.  They watched a YouTube video teaching them about the Memorial on the National Mall at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5BqLwb0TBs  They also watched an educational BrainPop video on Martin Luther King, Junior.  The class had a great discussion.

          You may have seen on the school Facebook page pictures from yesterday where the students have been preparing for the new online assessment (in place of the WKCE). 

 

SPELLING –For a variety of reasons, there was no Spelling this week. Normally, they receive the spelling lesson on Monday.  The written sort is due Tuesday.  The test is Friday. 

          Congratulations to one of our students (ask your child who if you don’t know) for finishing 1st in the 5th-8th grade Spelling Bee yesterday.  He will compete at the Regional level on February 10th.  Good luck!

 

MATH–Students are working on chapter 4, “Multiplication with Whole Numbers and Decimls”.  Most likely, they will have the unit test next Friday, January 30th.  Your child can prepare by going over their Homework/Remembering pages, Quick Quizzes, the study guide done in class, as well as the corrections they’ve made on their pre-test.  They have formative assessments (homework and remembering pages), and the summative assessments are the quizzes and tests.  THEY MUST KNOW THEIR MULTIPLICATION AND DIVISION FACTS THROUGH 12s as quickly as they know their name…. Please help your child if s/he doesn’t have this essential skill down.

HOOPS FOR HEART today through February 6th – All of the students at Quest and Murray Park are invited to participate in the American Heart Hoops for Heart two week fundraising campaign.  There is information coming home today about this program. 

Slates for Uganda - MPES and Quest students coins to purchase slate boards (mini chalk boards) for Ugandan children to write on.  The slate boards will be purchased in Uganda by one of our parents, Mr. Steve Nankervis, who will be going on a mission trip to Uganda in February to build a school.  Today, we will be writing the Ugandan students a pen pal letter and attaching a piece of paper, so they can write back to us.  Mr. Nankervis will bring the letters back to us.  Thanks for your support!

BASKET FUNDRAISER FOR QUEST –I believe there will be raffles for the class baksets as well as some silent auction opportunities for the Quest baksets at the 2/10 Project Showcase.  Our class voted and chose a chocolate themed basket.  Please feel free to donate anything related to chocolate by the 30th of January. We have two items donated so far.  Thank you!  If you have another basket in mind from your family or workplace, Quest would happily accept those as well.  Every bit will help and is greatly appreciated.  Thank you. 

Conferences – Thursday, February 12, 2015 – If you don’t receive the conference schedule today in your child’s folder, I did not schedule a conference with you.  As always, if you ever want to discuss your child’s educational progress, please don’t hesitate to contact me. 

 

The Valentine’s Day Party –will be on Thursday, February 12th 2-3 PM.  The final party committee will be: Belle, John, Alaina, Preston, Miranda, Colin, Quintin, & Isaiah.  PARTY COMMITTEE: Please return the party slip if you haven’t by next Friday, January 30th.  Please consider what 10 minute station (craft, game, or decorating treat) your child can partner up on.  Also, students should give valentines to everyone in the class if they choose to give valentines.  The names will be included in the email version of this Weekly Update. 

 

REPEATED POST: POSTCARDS – Reminder – if you or someone you know is able to send us a postcard at school, we’d appreciate it:  Mrs. Simacek’s 5th grade classroom; 64 Sunset, Box 991; Ripon, WI 59471

 

REPEATED POST - PARENT HELPERS NEEDED – I am very lucky to have Mrs. McConnell’s help once a day for an hour, but I need more help.  In addition to needing more help with Spelling on Fridays from 9:15-10:00, I would appreciate some help during Math on Thursdays 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM and other times during the week that meet with your schedule accomplishing various tasks.  I am not looking for a committed weekly time – just any time you can help, let me know J.   If you can spare a half hour (or more) once and a while, let me know.  Please make sure you have been approved to volunteer in our district by calling Mrs. Voight at 748-8604 or emailing her at voightj@ripon.k12.wi.us BEFORE coming to help.  I’d really appreciate your time J.

 

REPEATED POST: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO MAKE JOLLY RANCHER SUCKERS – Jolly Rancher suckers will be for sale at Quest each Friday morning for ($1) to raise money to buy more classroom iPads.  Please email me if you’re willing to make some (we can send home the supplies):  simacekk@ripon.k12.wi.us

 

REPEATED POST: DUOLINGO FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students are spending 15 minutes per day studying the foreign language of their choice using the DuoLingo program.  They are welcome to practice at home as well.  Have them show you their progress on the Google Spreadsheet we will be updating it this afternoon.    

 

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.

RE-POSTED:  SILVERWARE/DISHES/BAKING PANS/COOKIE SHEETS, ETC.  Are you looking to clean house a bit?  We welcome donations of silverware, dishes, baking pans, cake pans, and cookie sheets for our Science Lab.  Thank you. 

 

NO SCHOOL –February 13, February 16, March 30-April 3, May 25

 

QUEST PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHTS 2014-15 - The dates are Tuesday, February 10, 2015 and Tuesday, May 19, 2015. 

SCIENCE FAIR – March 5

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – June 5

 

Remember to check out photos on our class website:  https://sites.google.com/a/ripon.k12.wi.us/mrs-simacek/

 

Please remember to sign your child's planner each night, and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Simacek

 

 

Good morning 5S Parents,                                       Weekly Update 1-16-15

 

REMEMBER – NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS THIS MONDAY 1/19/15.

Slates for Uganda - MPES and Quest students are collecting coins from Jan. 15 through Jan. 23, 2015.  The coins will be used to purchase slate boards (mini chalk boards) for Ugandan children to write on.  The slate boards will be purchased in Uganda by one of our parents, Mr. Steve Nankervis, who will be going on a mission trip to Uganda in February to build a school.  Currently, a typical classroom of Ugandan children is overcrowded and they share a few slate boards among a full classroom of children.  There will be correspondence opportunities between the Ugandan school children and our own children in the months to come.  What an amazing cross-cultural learning opportunity! Thank you for your generosity...the children of Uganda will be so grateful.  80 cents buys a slate in Uganda.  We’re hoping everyone can dig into those couch cushions, find & donate 80 cents. 

BASKET FUNDRAISER FOR QUEST –The Quest Governance Council has decided to have a Silent Auction during the  February 10th Project Showcase Night. The money raised will be used towards Quest expenses.  Our class voted and chose a chocolate themed basket.  Please feel free to donate anything related to chocolate by the 30th of January. If you have another basket in mind from your family or workplace, Quest would happily accept those as well.  Every bit will help and is greatly appreciated.  Thank you. 

Conferences – Thursday, February 12, 2015 – only four hours available.  I will be scheduling conferences for families I need to meet with to touch base.  If you would like a conference for sure, let me know by next Friday, January 16th, so I can put you in the short schedule.  I have had zero requests so far – in case you’re wondering if we have one scheduled yet.

 

Suckers for sale – Thanks to the families who have made more Jolly Rancher suckers!  They are for sale each Friday for $1 – another easy way for Quest to make money.  Thank you for your support!

 

The Valentine’s Day Party –will be on Thursday, February 12th 2-3 PM.  The final party committee will be: Belle, John, Alaina, Preston, Colin, Quintin, & Isaiah.  Please consider what 10 minute station (craft, game, or decorating treat) your child can partner up on.  Also, students should give valentines to everyone in the class if they choose to give valentines.  The names will be included in the email version of this Weekly Update. 

READING –Students read 30 minutes daily in class.  They then are to read 10 PAGES at home EVERY NIGHT.  This means, they should be reading about 40 pages a day.  I ask they read at least 30 pages.  They are not to simply stop at 30 pages, because that is the bare minimum.  Please chat with your child if they understand this expectation.  In addition, they write 3-5 sentences using the “Visualizing” strategy.  They are to write what the author has written to describe something so well they can visualize it as a reader.  Good examples this week include: “When I read I could visualize all the kids at lunch texting, because the author described them by saying at lunch all the kids were texting about Jamie’s success at the competition”; or “I visualized the police officers face because the author said that he had a small mustache and a downturned  mouth.”

Students should be nearing the 60% of their independent reading goal.  They should know where they are.  If they don’t, they are free to ask me during read-to-self time.

 

PROJECTS –Students are learning the “need to know” information in Science (Engineering) and Social Studies (U.S. Geography) from Mrs. Ernst and I through seminars.  They have chosen their topic to do a project on. They will be working on either an Engingeering or a Geography project to share with you during the February 10th Project Showcase. 

         

 

LANGUAGE ARTS - Students have finished editing their biographies and Westward Expansion drafts. 

 

SPELLING –Normally, they receive the spelling lesson on Monday.  The written sort is due Tuesday.  The test is Friday. 

 

MATH–Students are working on chapter 4, “Multiplication with Whole Numbers and Decimls” with new groups on Monday.  They have formative assessments (homework and remembering pages), and the summative assessments are the quizzes and tests.  THEY MUST KNOW THEIR MULTIPLICATION AND DIVISION FACTS THROUGH 12s as quickly as they know their name…. Please help your child if s/he doesn’t have this essential skill down.

         

POSTCARDS – Reminder – if you or someone you know is able to send us a postcard at school, we’d appreciate it:  Mrs. Simacek’s 5th grade classroom; 64 Sunset, Box 991; Ripon, WI 59471

 

REPEATED POST - PARENT HELPERS NEEDED – I am very lucky to have Mrs. McConnell’s help once a day for an hour, but I need more help.  In addition to needing more help with Spelling on Fridays from 9:15-10:00, I would appreciate some help during Math on Thursdays 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM and other times during the week that meet with your schedule accomplishing various tasks.  I am not looking for a committed weekly time – just any time you can help, let me know J.   If you can spare a half hour (or more) once and a while, let me know.  Please make sure you have been approved to volunteer in our district by calling Mrs. Voight at 748-8604 or emailing her at voightj@ripon.k12.wi.us BEFORE coming to help.  I’d really appreciate your time J.

 

REPEATED POST: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO MAKE JOLLY RANCHER SUCKERS – Jolly Rancher suckers will be for sale at Quest each Friday morning for ($1) to raise money to buy more classroom iPads.  Please email me if you’re willing to make some (we can send home the supplies):  simacekk@ripon.k12.wi.us

 

REPEATED POST: DUOLINGO FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students are spending 15 minutes per day studying the foreign language of their choice using the DuoLingo program.  They are welcome to practice at home as well.  Have them show you their progress on the Google Spreadsheet we will be updating it this afternoon.    

 

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.

RE-POSTED:  SILVERWARE/DISHES/BAKING PANS/COOKIE SHEETS, ETC.  Are you looking to clean house a bit?  We welcome donations of silverware, dishes, baking pans, cake pans, and cookie sheets for our Science Lab.  Thank you. 

 

NO SCHOOL – January 19, February 13, February 16, March 30-April 3, May 25

 

QUEST PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHTS 2014-15 - The dates are Tuesday, February 10, 2015 and Tuesday, May 19, 2015. 

SCIENCE FAIR – March 5

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – June 5

 

Remember to check out photos on our class website:  https://sites.google.com/a/ripon.k12.wi.us/mrs-simacek/

 

Please remember to sign your child's planner each night, and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Simacek

 

 


Good morning 5S Parents,                                       Weekly Update 1-9-15

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  I hope you and your family enjoyed the winter break!  Mr. Simacek is healing slowly but surely – though the sneezes are miserable. 

 

SPELLING BEE – According to Gifted/Talented teacher, Mrs. Johnson, Classroom Spelling Bees will be held next week.  The building Spelling Bee will be the third week in January, and the District Spelling Bee will be the 4th week of January. 

 

Conferences – Thursday, February 12, 2015 – only four hours available.  I will be scheduling conferences for families I need to meet with to touch base.  If you would like a conference for sure, let me know by Friday, January 16th, so I can put you in the short schedule. 

 

Thank you to the Winter Party Committee!  Pictures are posted on my website.  The committee brought delicious treats and entertained with: Dreidel game, marshmallow on spoons race, put the bow on the present (like pin the tail on the donkey), and painted pine cones to look like holiday trees.  It was a great time!! Thanks to all who sent/brought treats and/or were able to help. 

 

The Valentine’s Day Party – most likely will be on Thursday, February 12th 2-3 PM.  The final party committee will be: Belle, John, Alaina, Preston, Colin, Quintin, & Isaiah.  Please consider what 10 minute station (craft, game, or decorating treat) your child can partner up on.  Also, students should give valentines to everyone in the class if they choose to give valentines. 

 

READING –Students read 30 minutes daily in class.  They then are to read 10 PAGES at home EVERY NIGHT.  This means, they should be reading about 40 pages a day.  I ask they read at least 30 pages.  They are not to simply stop at 30 pages, because that is the bare minimum.  Please chat with your child if they understand this expectation.  In addition, they write 3-5 sentences using the “Visualizing” strategy.  They are to write what the author has written to describe something so well they can visualize it as a reader.  Good examples this week include: “When I read I could visualize all the kids at lunch texting, because the author described them by saying at lunch all the kids were texting about Jamie’s success at the competition”; or “I visualized the police officers face because the author said that he had a small mustache and a downturned  mouth.”

Students should be nearing the 50% of their independent reading goal. 

 

PROJECTS –Mrs. Ernst and I are trying something new this month.  Students are learning Science (Engineering) and Social Studies (U.S. Geography) from us through seminars.  Then, they will have choice as to which topic they would like to do a project on and work with that teacher to complete a project. 

          In Social Studies, they are to have all 50 states and capitals memorized by next Friday, January 16th.  They will be using the Sheppard’s Software (http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/web_games.htm)  beginner level program as the assessment tool.  They are to get 100%.  They will also be given the chance to earn a “4” by getting 100% at the intermediate or higher level.  They will also be given a states abbreviation assessment where they are given the state abbreviations, and they have to match up the states with the abbreviations. 

Does anyone want to be a guinea pig and try something?  From Ms. Franco, our librarian - Your students can do when they have completed work or projects. They can earn badges by learning about topics that are interesting to them.  Children love to earn badges, so I thought I'd share this with you!!  Smithsonian Quests.

 

LANGUAGE ARTS - Students have been polishing up their biographies to the grading sheet proficient standards. 

          They have also been putting the finishing touches onto their Westward Expansion writings.

 

SPELLING –Normally, they receive the spelling lesson on Monday.  The written sort is due Tuesday.  The test is Friday. 

 

MATH–Students started the new chapter 4, “Multiplication with Whole Numbers and Decimls” with new groups on Monday.  They have formative assessments (homework and remembering pages), and the summative assessments are the quizzes and tests.  THEY MUST KNOW THEIR MULTIPLICATION AND DIVISION FACTS THROUGH 12s as quickly as they know their name…. Please help your child if s/he doesn’t have this essential skill down.

         

POSTCARDS – Many 2nd trimester postcards are coming in.  It’s a lot of fun and has started a bit of a class competition, so just a reminder – if you or someone you know is able to send us a postcard at school, we’d appreciate it:  Mrs. Simacek’s 5th grade classroom; 64 Sunset, Box 991; Ripon, WI 59471

 

REPEATED POST - PARENT HELPERS NEEDED – I am very lucky to have Mrs. McConnell’s help once a day for an hour, but I need more help.  In addition to needing more help with Spelling on Fridays from 9:15-10:00, I would appreciate some help during Math on Thursdays 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM and other times during the week that meet with your schedule accomplishing various tasks.  I am not looking for a committed weekly time – just any time you can help, let me know J.   If you can spare a half hour (or more) once and a while, let me know.  Please make sure you have been approved to volunteer in our district by calling Mrs. Voight at 748-8604 or emailing her at voightj@ripon.k12.wi.us BEFORE coming to help.  I’d really appreciate your time J.

 

REPEATED POST: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO MAKE JOLLY RANCHER SUCKERS – Jolly Rancher suckers will be for sale at Quest each Friday morning for ($1) to raise money to buy more classroom iPads.  Please email me if you’re willing to make some (we can send home the supplies):  simacekk@ripon.k12.wi.us

 

REPEATED POST: DUOLINGO FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students are spending 15 minutes per day studying the foreign language of their choice using the DuoLingo program.  They are welcome to practice at home as well.  Have them show you their progress on the Google Spreadsheet we will be updating it this afternoon.    

 

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.

RE-POSTED:  SILVERWARE/DISHES/BAKING PANS/COOKIE SHEETS, ETC.  Are you looking to clean house a bit?  We welcome donations of silverware, dishes, baking pans, cake pans, and cookie sheets for our Science Lab.  Thank you. 

 

NO SCHOOL – January 19, February 13, February 16, March 30-April 3, May 25

 

QUEST PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHTS 2014-15 - The dates are Tuesday, February 10, 2015 and Tuesday, May 19, 2015. 

SCIENCE FAIR – March 5

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – June 5

 

Remember to check out photos on our class website:  https://sites.google.com/a/ripon.k12.wi.us/mrs-simacek/

 

Please remember to sign your child's planner each night, and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Simacek

 

 

Good Wednesday morning 5S Parents,                     Week 14 Update 12/5/14

 

This will be the last update of the 2014 calendar year.  I will be gone the next two weeks, and there are only 2 days the last school week.  If Mr. Simacek is well, I plan on being here the 22nd and 23rd.  I thank you for all your kind words.

 

Thank you for your support during our conferences as well.  Remember to sign and return the report card envelopes right away.  Thank you. 

 

READING –Students read 30 minutes daily in class.  They then are to read 10 PAGES at home EVERY NIGHT.  This means, they should be reading about 40 pages a day.  I ask they read at least 30 pages.  They are not to simply stop at 30 pages, because that is the bare minimum.  Please chat with your child if they understand this expectation.  In addition, they write 3-5 sentences using the “Determining Importance” strategy.  They are to state why they feel the items shared are important as well to “kick it up a notch.” 

Students took the STAR Reading Assessments this week, and new 2nd trimester (begins on Monday after Thanksgiving break) goals were set.  Students are only to take quizzes on books they just began this week (not on books they finished weeks ago…in other words, no banking of quizzes until the new trimester began). 

They will be doing a lot of reading about the colonial leader they have chosen to write a biography on as well. 

 

PROJECTS –Students have their biography notes using linoit or Google Docs well under way.  The goal is to have a minimum of 30 facts before starting the project.  Students have been working hard putting their research findings into their own words.  The notes are also linked immediately to the source they found the information to make the project part a breeze.    

They are also continuing to work on writing through the Lucy Calkins programs, “Research Reports.” 

The new Genius Hour projects have been chosen, and they will be using a similar format documenting all sources as they find them within their notes to make the Works Cited very easy when that part of the project comes. Ask your child what his/her new Genius Hour project is about.  See if you can help them find a resource outside of school they can Skype or FaceTime. 

 

SPELLING –Normally, they receive the spelling lesson on Monday.  The written sort is due Tuesday.  The test is Friday. 

 

MATH–Students are working on chapter 3, “Multiplication and Division with Fractions”.  They have formative assessments (homework and remembering pages), and the summative assessments are the quizzes and tests. 

         

POSTCARDS – At the end of first trimester, we have some students with over 40 and 50 postcards already!  So, we’ve cleared them off the boards, put them in baggies in our cubbies and will add to our collection by putting the 2nd trimester collection on the boards again.  We do a geography lesson each time your postcards are coming in.  It’s a lot of fun and has started a bit of a class competition, so just a reminder – if you or someone you know is able to send us a postcard at school, we’d appreciate it:  Mrs. Simacek’s 5th grade classroom; 64 Sunset, Box 991; Ripon, WI 59471

 

REPEATED POST - PARENT HELPERS NEEDED – I am very lucky to have Mrs. McConnell’s help once a day for an hour, but I need more help.  In addition to needing more help with Spelling on Fridays from 9:15-10:00, I would appreciate some help during Math on Thursdays 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM and other times during the week that meet with your schedule accomplishing various tasks.  I am not looking for a committed weekly time – just any time you can help, let me know J.   If you can spare a half hour (or more) once and a while, let me know.  Please make sure you have been approved to volunteer in our district by calling Mrs. Voight at 748-8604 or emailing her at voightj@ripon.k12.wi.us BEFORE coming to help.  I’d really appreciate your time J.

 

REPEATED POST: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO MAKE JOLLY RANCHER SUCKERS – Jolly Rancher suckers will be for sale at Quest each Friday morning for ($1) to raise money to buy more classroom iPads.  Please email me if you’re willing to make some (we can send home the supplies):  simacekk@ripon.k12.wi.us

 

REPEATED POST: DUOLINGO FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students are spending 15 minutes per day studying the foreign language of their choice using the DuoLingo program.  They are welcome to practice at home as well.  Have them show you their progress on the Google Spreadsheet we will be updating it this afternoon.    

 

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.

RE-POSTED:  SILVERWARE/DISHES/BAKING PANS/COOKIE SHEETS, ETC.  Are you looking to clean house a bit?  We welcome donations of silverware, dishes, baking pans, cake pans, and cookie sheets for our Science Lab.  Thank you. 

 

NO SCHOOL – December 24-January 2; January 19, February 13, February 16, March 30-April 3, May 25

 

QUEST PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHTS 2014-15 - The dates are Tuesday, February 10, 2015 and Tuesday, May 19, 2015. 

SCIENCE FAIR – March 5

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – June 5

 

Remember to check out photos on our class website:  https://sites.google.com/a/ripon.k12.wi.us/mrs-simacek/

 

Please remember to sign your child's planner each night, and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

 

I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season!

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Simacek



                                                                                                November 26, 2014

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),                                                                         

          Your child has been assigned to the Winter Party Committee.  Students on the Winter Party include: Marcie, Emily, Brexden, Bailey, Adian, Jules, Emma, and Stephanie  The party will be held on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 from 12:30 PM to about 1:35  PM (24 students). 

          Your child could bring a healthy treat to share with the class (24 students).  Please indicate below what you would like to send with your child.  I would like the students to partner up with another student on the committee to share one of 4 stations:  1) winter art project/craft; 2) decorating a winter treat; 3) a game;

4) another station (repeat of one of the other three).  Stations should last around 10 minutes.  I would also like some extra adult help during the party to assist your child and partner with their station.

          Please let me know what your student and partner will be doing by returning the bottom of this note by Friday, December 5, 2014.  It would be ideal if each station (2 students) had a parent helper.  Let me know (748-4695) (email: simacekk@ripon.k12.wi.us) if you have any questions. 

                                      Sincerely,

 

 

                                      Mrs. Simacek

 

Please cut and return the bottom of this note by 12/5/14.

***************************************************************************

Your child's name:__________________________________________________

 

Name of student your child is partnered with:_____________________________

                                     

Adult helper's name: _____________________________

 

Please circle what you would be willing to bring

Fruit snack            Vegetable snack              juice            cups/plates/napkins

 

dessert                 other snack____________

                                                (describe)

Station description:______________________________________________________

 

________________________________________________________________


Good Wednesday morning 5S Parents,                     Week 13 Update 11/26/14

 

Thanks for your flexibility in working with the revised conference schedule due to Mr. Simacek’s heart surgery.  

 

Students are welcome to do some holiday shopping at the KEEPERS STORE here at school on the cafeteria stage. They are shopping from 9:15-9:45 AM on Tuesday, December 2nd.  Please send the money THAT day. 

 

QUEST VIDEO – Most students did a great job cleaning/picking up our room, so it looked extra clean and picked up for our guest videographers, Nate & Andy.  Many students did a great job while being interviewed by the video crew.  Nate & Andy did an awesome job, and we can’t wait to see the finished product after winter break sometime. 

 

READING –Students read 30 minutes daily in class.  They then are to read 10 PAGES at home EVERY NIGHT.  This means, they should be reading about 40 pages a day.  I ask they read at least 30 pages.  They are not to simply stop at 30 pages, because that is the bare minimum.  Please chat with your child if they understand this expectation.  In addition, they write 3-5 sentences using the “Determining Importance” strategy.  They are to state why they feel the items shared are important as well to “kick it up a notch.” 

Students took the STAR Reading Assessments this week, and new 2nd trimester (begins on Monday after Thanksgiving break) goals were set.  Students are only to take quizzes on books they just began this week (not on books they finished weeks ago…in other words, no banking of quizzes until the new trimester began). 

They will be doing a lot of reading about the colonial leader they have chosen to write a biography on as well. 

They have continued learning about the thirteen original colonies through the National Geographic themed sets as well.      

 

PROJECTS –They will be working on their biography projects next week. 

They are also working on writing through the Lucy Calkins programs, “Research Reports.”  This goes nicely with writing a biography.  The students have done an amazing amount of writing, and they are showing good understanding of the writing process.  Have them tell you about their Westward Expansion paper.  They are to finish keyboarding the draft and submit/turn in to me by Monday using Google Classroom.  Did you check out the awesome pictures of their focused writing on my website?

They shared their Genius Hour projects yesterday. 

 

SPELLING –Normally, they receive the spelling lesson on Monday.  The written sort is due Tuesday.  The test is Friday. 

 

MATH–Students are working on chapter 3, “Multiplication and Division with Fractions”.  They have formative assessments (homework and remembering pages), and the summative assessments are the quizzes and tests. 

         

REMINDER - POSTCARDS – We do a geography lesson each time your postcards are coming in.  It’s a lot of fun and has started a bit of a class competition, so just a reminder – if you or someone you know is able to send us a postcard at school, we’d appreciate it:  Mrs. Simacek’s 5th grade classroom; 64 Sunset, Box 991; Ripon, WI 59471

 

REPEATED POST - PARENT HELPERS NEEDED – I am very lucky to have Mrs. McConnell’s help once a day for an hour, but I need more help.  In addition to needing more help with Spelling on Fridays from 9:15-10:00, I would appreciate some help during Math on Thursdays 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM and other times during the week that meet with your schedule accomplishing various tasks.  I am not looking for a committed weekly time – just any time you can help, let me know J.   If you can spare a half hour (or more) once and a while, let me know.  Please make sure you have been approved to volunteer in our district by calling Mrs. Voight at 748-8604 or emailing her at voightj@ripon.k12.wi.us BEFORE coming to help.  I’d really appreciate your time J.

 

REPEATED POST: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO MAKE JOLLY RANCHER SUCKERS – Jolly Rancher suckers will be for sale at Quest each Friday morning for ($1) to raise money to buy more classroom iPads.  Please email me if you’re willing to make some (we can send home the supplies):  simacekk@ripon.k12.wi.us

 

REPEATED POST: GENIUS HOUR – Students are drafting the Genius Hour conference form.  It is challenging to choose a topic that is not too broad yet cannot be simply “Googled” to find the answer.  Students work on their Genius Hour project when there is free time during the week and for a full hour on Fridays (if they have all their other work done with proficiency).  Mr. Hatlen has asked the students to consider contacting a person as a resource.  Who could your child contact?  Will you help them brainstorm?

 

REPEATED POST: DUOLINGO FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students are spending 15 minutes per day studying the foreign language of their choice using the DuoLingo program.  They are welcome to practice at home as well.  Have them show you their progress on the Google Spreadsheet we will be updating it this afternoon.    

 

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.

RE-POSTED:  SILVERWARE/DISHES/BAKING PANS/COOKIE SHEETS, ETC.  Are you looking to clean house a bit?  We welcome donations of silverware, dishes, baking pans, cake pans, and cookie sheets for our Science Lab.  Thank you. 

 

NO SCHOOL – November 27, November 28, December 24-January 2; January 19, February 13, February 16, March 30-April 3, May 25

 

QUEST PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHTS 2014-15 - The dates are Tuesday, February 10, 2015 and Tuesday, May 19, 2015. 

SCIENCE FAIR – March 5

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – June 5

 

Remember to check out photos on our class website:  https://sites.google.com/a/ripon.k12.wi.us/mrs-simacek/

 

Please remember to sign your child's planner each night, and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

 

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and long weekend!

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Simacek

 

 


Good Friday morning 5S Parents,                            Week 12 Update 11/21/14

 

I am happy to report your children have done a pretty good job overall with the guest teachers they have been having lately.  I have talked to individual children on a few issues, and a few students served pink slips (detentions) for choices made while the guest teachers were here.  Overall, I am relieved they changed things around. 

 

As you know, with Mr. Simacek’s heart surgery coming up in December, the conferences have had to be rescheduled.  I will create the schedule for the week of December 1st.  The report cards will NOT be available for our conference, but I will be able to discuss any grades you’d like to at the conference.  I hope the times chosen will work for your family. Please let me know ASAP if the time given for you doesn’t work, and we’ll see what else we can come up with.  (Won’t appear on website)

 

Students are welcome to do some holiday shopping at the KEEPERS STORE here at school on the cafeteria stage. The packets were sent home last week.  Students are asked to return the green slip of the packet by 11-26.  I still need the green slips from 9 students by November 26th whether your child is participating or not.  Students will be shopping on December 2nd.  Do not send money before then.

 

QUEST VIDEO – Professional videographer and friend of mine, Nate Lehner, will be here on Tuesday with his team to start recording an information video about Quest.  We are very excited for this opportunity.  I’m telling you this, because your child may be interviewed (so they may want to dress up a bit if they want) for the camera and share what they love about Quest.  Ask them what they would say if they were asked by Nate and his team.

 

READING –Students read 30 minutes daily in class.  They then are to read 10 PAGES at home EVERY NIGHT.  This means, they should be reading about 40 pages a day.  I ask they read at least 30 pages.  They are not to simply stop at 30 pages, because that is the bare minimum.  Please chat with your child if they understand this expectation.  In addition, they write 3-5 sentences using the “Determining Importance” strategy.  They are to state why they feel the items shared are important as well to “kick it up a notch.”  I am proud to say all of the children have met their AR goals this trimester.  Way to go, 5S!  The trimester officially ends Wednesday. 

The children will take another STAR Reading assessment, and I will use that along with their 1st trimester data to set 2nd trimester goals.  They should not “bank” quizzes for 2nd trimester – save quizzes on books they have read this trimester.  They won’t count; they would be deleted.  I want them to simply enjoy the books they have been reading since they met their goal and not worry about taking a quiz.  They know their reading range goal, and they know their quiz average should be 85% or higher.  At this point of the year, a level 4.3 would be proficient (one year below where they are independently).

They will be doing a lot of reading about the colonial leader they have chosen to write a biography on as well. 

They have continued learning about the thirteen original colonies through the National Geographic themed sets as well.      

 

PROJECTS – This week, students were shown components of a biography in the new project, “Leadership Rules.”  They have chosen a colonial leader to research for this project.  They will also have choice in the type of book they publish their biography in.  You were given the Project Wall contents two weeks ago. 

          They have also done some mapping work, and they learned to really focus on using the key and spelling correctly. 

They are also working on writing through the Lucy Calkins programs, “Research Reports.”  This goes nicely with writing a biography.  The students have done an amazing amount of writing, and they are showing good understanding of the writing process.  Have them tell you about their Westward Expansion paper.  They are to finish keyboarding the draft and submit/turn in to me by Monday using Google Classroom.  Did you check out the awesome pictures of their focused writing on my website?

They have done a super job wrapping up their first Genius Hour projects and will share them on Tuesday.  I am excited to see all they have learned on a project of their choice.  They will share with you at the next Project Showcase (if not before) on 2-10-15.

 

SPELLING – THERE IS NO SPELLING NEXT WEEK DUE TO THE THREE-DAY WEEK.  Normally, they receive the spelling lesson on Monday.  The written sort is due Tuesday.  The test is Friday. 

 

MATH–Students are working on chapter 3, “Multiplication and Division with Fractions”.  They have formative assessments (homework and remembering pages), and the summative assessments are the quizzes and tests. 

          We were shown at Late Start last week a resource you may wish to refer to.  http://www.eduplace.com/math/mthexp13/g5/index.html

REMINDER - POSTCARDS – We do a geography lesson each time your postcards are coming in.  It’s a lot of fun and has started a bit of a class competition, so just a reminder – if you or someone you know is able to send us a postcard at school, we’d appreciate it:  Mrs. Simacek’s 5th grade classroom; 64 Sunset, Box 991; Ripon, WI 59471

 

REPEATED POST - PARENT HELPERS NEEDED – I am very lucky to have Mrs. McConnell’s help once a day for an hour, but I need more help.  In addition to needing more help with Spelling on Fridays from 9:15-10:00, I would appreciate some help during Math on Thursdays 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM and other times during the week that meet with your schedule accomplishing various tasks.  I am not looking for a committed weekly time – just any time you can help, let me know J.   If you can spare a half hour (or more) once and a while, let me know.  Please make sure you have been approved to volunteer in our district by calling Mrs. Voight at 748-8604 or emailing her at voightj@ripon.k12.wi.us BEFORE coming to help.  I’d really appreciate your time J.

 

REPEATED POST: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO MAKE JOLLY RANCHER SUCKERS – Jolly Rancher suckers will be for sale at Quest each Friday morning for ($1) to raise money to buy more classroom iPads.  Please email me if you’re willing to make some (we can send home the supplies):  simacekk@ripon.k12.wi.us

 

REPEATED POST: GENIUS HOUR – Students are drafting the Genius Hour conference form.  It is challenging to choose a topic that is not too broad yet cannot be simply “Googled” to find the answer.  Students work on their Genius Hour project when there is free time during the week and for a full hour on Fridays (if they have all their other work done with proficiency).  Mr. Hatlen has asked the students to consider contacting a person as a resource.  Who could your child contact?  Will you help them brainstorm?

 

REPEATED POST: DUOLINGO FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students are spending 15 minutes per day studying the foreign language of their choice using the DuoLingo program.  They are welcome to practice at home as well.  Have them show you their progress on the Google Spreadsheet we will be updating it this afternoon.    

 

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.

RE-POSTED:  SILVERWARE/DISHES/BAKING PANS/COOKIE SHEETS, ETC.  Are you looking to clean house a bit?  We welcome donations of silverware, dishes, baking pans, cake pans, and cookie sheets for our Science Lab.  Thank you. 

 

NO SCHOOL – November 27, November 28, December 24-January 2; January 19, February 13, February 16, March 30-April 3, May 25

 

QUEST PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHTS 2014-15 - The dates are Tuesday, February 10, 2015 and Tuesday, May 19, 2015. 

SCIENCE FAIR – March 5

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – June 5

 

Remember to check out photos on our class website:  https://sites.google.com/a/ripon.k12.wi.us/mrs-simacek/

 

Please remember to sign your child's planner each night, and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

 

I hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Simacek

 

 


Good Wednesday morning 5S Parents,                                      Week 11 Update 11/12/14

 

As your child may have shared, Mr. Simacek is dealing with some major health issues.  He will need my support at future appointments.  With this being said, I am sad to report the class received an AWFUL report from Mrs. Volkman, my sub last Friday afternoon.  She shared many students were rude and disrespectful.  Mr. Hatlen and I were very disappointed.  Mr. Hatlen even came to talk to the class Monday stating he expects more from leaders and when they are on field trips and have a guest teacher, he has very high standards for everyone to show respect and practice being a good person.  As was done with Music, please have a talk with your child on how you also expect them to show better respect when guest teachers are here for me.  They have been reminded they can only control themselves.  If everyone did this, we would have an excellent report.  Thank you very much! 

 

With that being shared, I will not be able to be at school the rest of the week which is why you are receiving the update today.  Students are aware there are guests from all over Wisconsin and a trainer from another state here at Quest all day tomorrow, and they are expected to be on their BEST behavior. 

 

I understand from only hearing from one more parent the conference times sent to you last week work for everyone.  Thank you for making note of your child’s time and being prompt.  The schedule is tight, and to be respectful to those after you, please be sure to arrive on time. 

 

The 5th grade choir students did a GREAT job singing the National Anthem yesterday at the Veteran’s Day program. 

 

Students are welcome to do some holiday shopping at the KEEPERS STORE here at school on the cafeteria stage. The packets were sent home last week.  Students are asked to return the green slip of the packet by 11-26.  I have only 5 returned so far.  Students will be shopping on December 2nd.  Do not send money before then, please.

 

VOLUNTEERS ARE STILL WELCOME TO MAKE JOLLY RANCHER SUCKERS - PLEASE EMAIL ME FOR DIRECTIONS IF YOU'RE WILLING TO HELP WITH THIS QUEST FUNDRAISER.  Students may support this fundraiser by bringing $1 to buy a Jolly Rancher sucker!  THANK YOU!  simacekk@ripon.k12.wi.us

 

READING –Students read 30 minutes daily in class.  They then are to read 10 PAGES at home EVERY NIGHT.  This means, they should be reading about 40 pages a day.  I ask they read at least 30 pages.  They are not to simply stop at 30 pages, because that is the bare minimum.  Please chat with your child if they understand this expectation.  In addition, they write 3-5 sentences using the “Determining Importance” strategy.  They are to state why they feel the items shared are important as well to “kick it up a notch.”  Students should be at 100% of their read-to-self goal by Friday.  If they are not, they will be missing recess to catch up (or we have made other arrangements if their book is a big book).     

 

PROJECTS – This week, students were introduced to the new project, “Leadership Rules.”  They are also working on writing through the Lucy Calkins programs, “Research Reports.”  This will go nicely with writing a biography.  You were given the Project Wall contents last week. 

 

SPELLING – There is a weekly routine some students are still getting used to.  They receive the spelling lesson on Monday.  The written sort is due Tuesday.  The test is Friday. 

 

MATH –Using the chapter 3, “Multiplication and Division with Fractions” pre-tests,  students were divided into new groups.  They will have either Mrs. Ernst or myself for chapter 3. They have formative assessments (homework and remembering pages), and the summative assessments are the quizzes and tests. 

          We were shown at Late Start this morning a resource you may wish to refer to.  http://www.eduplace.com/math/mthexp13/g5/index.html

REMINDER - POSCARDS – We do a geography lesson each time your postcards are coming in.  It’s a lot of fun and has started a bit of a class competition, so just a reminder – if you or someone you know is able to send us a postcard at school, we’d appreciate it:  Mrs. Simacek’s 5th grade classroom; 64 Sunset, Box 991; Ripon, WI 59471

 

REPEATED POST - PARENT HELPERS NEEDED – I am very lucky to have Mrs. McConnell’s help once a day for an hour, but I need more help.  In addition to needing more help with Spelling on Fridays from 9:15-10:00, I would appreciate some help during Math on Thursdays 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM and other times during the week that meet with your schedule accomplishing various tasks.  I am not looking for a committed weekly time – just any time you can help, let me know J.   If you can spare a half hour (or more) once and a while, let me know.  Please make sure you have been approved to volunteer in our district by calling Mrs. Voight at 748-8604 or emailing her at voightj@ripon.k12.wi.us BEFORE coming to help.  I’d really appreciate your time J.

 

REPEATED POST: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO MAKE JOLLY RANCHER SUCKERS – Jolly Rancher suckers will be for sale at Quest each Friday morning for ($1) to raise money to buy more classroom iPads.  Please email me if you’re willing to make some (we can send home the supplies):  simacekk@ripon.k12.wi.us

 

REPEATED POST: GENIUS HOUR – Students are drafting the Genius Hour conference form.  It is challenging to choose a topic that is not too broad yet cannot be simply “Googled” to find the answer.  Students work on their Genius Hour project when there is free time during the week and for a full hour on Fridays (if they have all their other work done with proficiency).  Mr. Hatlen has asked the students to consider contacting a person as a resource.  Who could your child contact?  Will you help them brainstorm?

 

REPEATED POST: DUOLINGO FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students are spending 15 minutes per day studying the foreign language of their choice using the DuoLingo program.  They are welcome to practice at home as well.  Have them show you their progress on the Google Spreadsheet we will be updating it this afternoon.    

 

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.

RE-POSTED:  SILVERWARE/DISHES/BAKING PANS/COOKIE SHEETS, ETC.  Are you looking to clean house a bit?  We welcome donations of silverware, dishes, baking pans, cake pans, and cookie sheets for our Science Lab.  Thank you. 

 

NO SCHOOL – November 27, November 28, December 24-January 2; January 19, February 13, February 16, March 30-April 3, May 25

 

CONFERENCES –Some students will have a conference scheduled for 2/12/15 – and of course, any time you want to talk about your child’s progress, don’t hesitate to contact me. 

QUEST PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHTS 2014-15 - The dates are Tuesday, February 10, 2015 and Tuesday, May 19, 2015. 

SCIENCE FAIR – March 5

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – June 5

 

Remember to check out photos on our class website:  https://sites.google.com/a/ripon.k12.wi.us/mrs-simacek/

 

Please remember to sign your child's planner each night, and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

 

I hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Simacek

 


Added after email:  Reminder - COMET FEST - 7-9 PM FARR HALL RIPON COLLEGE


Good Friday morning 5S Parents,                                      Week 10 Update 11/7/14

 

I heard back from one parent the conference time for the week of December 8th didn’t work for them.  Otherwise, I look forward to seeing everyone that week.  I will attach the schedule to the email (if your child misplaced it) but will not post it on the website (for privacy reasons).

 

Congratulations!  Our class collected 43 coats & 85 quarters or food pantry items. 

 

Students in 5th grade choir will be singing the National Anthem at Tuesday’s school Veteran’s Day program.  It begins at 9:15 AM and is scheduled to last 15 minutes.  If you’d like to attend, you’re welcome to.

 

Students are welcome to do some holiday shopping at the KEEPERS STORE here at school on the cafeteria stage. The packets were sent home this week.  Students are asked to return the green slip of the packet by 11-26.  I have one returned so far.  Students will be shopping on December 2nd.  Do not send money before then, please.

 

DISTRICT/SCHOOL UPDATES SENT RECENTLY: 

     Need a coat for winter?

On Saturday, November 8th, from 8:00 -  10:00 am, coats will be distributed to anyone who needs one.  The coats were collected by Murray Park and Quest students.  Coats were cleaned by Georgetown Cleaners.  There will be no charge for the coats.  There are coats of all sizes. Please go to the back entrance of the school, where the gym is located.  The address of the school is 64 Sunset, Ripon, WI.   

 

VOLUNTEERS ARE STILL WELCOME TO MAKE JOLLY RANCHER SUCKERS - PLEASE EMAIL ME FOR DIRECTIONS IF YOU'RE WILLING TO HELP WITH THIS QUEST FUNDRAISER.  Students may support this fundraiser by bringing $1 to buy a Jolly Rancher sucker!  THANK YOU!  simacekk@ripon.k12.wi.us

 

 

READING –Students have been learning about cells (related to the composting unit) using the National Geographic themed set, “Cells at Work.”  They were divided into four groups to read, collaborate, and respond to the text.  The book groups are:  Bones, Skin, Muscles, or Blood

          Our next unit is entitled, “Leadership Rules.”  I will attach the project wall contents for you to see what is coming. 

Students read 30 minutes daily in class.  They then are to read 10 PAGES at home EVERY NIGHT.  This means, they should be reading about 40 pages a day.  I ask they read at least 30 pages.  They are not to simply stop at 30 pages, because that is the bare minimum.  Please chat with your child if they understand this expectation.  In addition, they write 3-5 sentences using the “Determining Importance” strategy.  They are to state why they feel the items shared are important as well to “kick it up a notch.”  Students should be at 90% of their read-to-self goal by today.  If they are not, they will be missing recess to catch up (or we have made other arrangements if their book is a big book).     

 

PROJECTS – This week, students worked on persuading other children in our school to buy into the composting program here at Quest/Murray Park.  They created and shared posters in collaborative groups and hung them around the school.  They created Google Presentations and presented them to other 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade classrooms – also in collaborative groups.  They were really focusing on the 21st century skills of communication, collaboration, and creativity during this project.  They have been given their grade sheets.

 

SPELLING – There is a weekly routine some students are still getting used to.  They receive the spelling lesson on Monday.  The written sort is due Tuesday.  The test is Friday. 

 

MATH – Students have finished chapter 2, “Addition and Subtraction with Decimals.”  When pre-tests on chapter 3, “Multiplication and Division with Fractions” are done today, they will be placed into new groups starting on Tuesday.

 

MUSIC CLASS – Students have been doing a lot better in Music class the last 5 classes.  Way to go, kids!  We knew you could do it!!  Thanks for your support.    

 

BOOK ORDERS ARE DUE 11/11 – I have one book order so far.  If you’d like to place one, please return it by Tuesday.

BOOK ORDER NOTE THAT IS COMING HOME last Friday:

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),                                                       October 31, 2014

                Attached are book orders for the month of September.  Please feel free to look through the catalogs.  The books are reasonably priced.  Our classroom earns books by your orders.  Books make great gifts.  We can make arrangements to get the books to you if you are ordering gifts for your child.  Please don’t feel obligated to purchase any books.  Book orders will come home once a month (except for the beginning of the year and Book Fair months).

                If you wish to make an order, please write your child’s name, their order, and place the sum of the order(s) in an envelope with a check (or cash) made out to Scholastic.  This order will be due on Tuesday, November 11, 2014.  

                As ALWAYS, please don’t hesitate to contact ME if you have

ANY questions, comments, or concerns J (748-4695 or simacekk@ripon.k12.wi.us). 

                                                                               

BOOKS1Sincerely,

 

                                                                                Mrs. Simacek J

 

 

REMINDER - POSCARDS – We do a geography lesson each time your postcards are coming in.  It’s a lot of fun and has started a bit of a class competition, so just a reminder – if you or someone you know is able to send us a postcard at school, we’d appreciate it:  Mrs. Simacek’s 5th grade classroom; 64 Sunset, Box 991; Ripon, WI 59471

 

REPEATED POST - PARENT HELPERS NEEDED – I am very lucky to have Mrs. McConnell’s help once a day for an hour, but I need more help.  In addition to needing more help with Spelling on Fridays from 9:15-10:00, I would appreciate some help during Math on Thursdays 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM and other times during the week that meet with your schedule accomplishing various tasks.  I am not looking for a committed weekly time – just any time you can help, let me know J.   If you can spare a half hour (or more) once and a while, let me know.  Please make sure you have been approved to volunteer in our district by calling Mrs. Voight at 748-8604 or emailing her at voightj@ripon.k12.wi.us BEFORE coming to help.  I’d really appreciate your time J.

 

REPEATED POST: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO MAKE JOLLY RANCHER SUCKERS – Jolly Rancher suckers will be for sale at Quest each Friday morning for ($1) to raise money to buy more classroom iPads.  Please email me if you’re willing to make some (we can send home the supplies):  simacekk@ripon.k12.wi.us

 

REPEATED POST: GENIUS HOUR – Students are drafting the Genius Hour conference form.  It is challenging to choose a topic that is not too broad yet cannot be simply “Googled” to find the answer.  Students work on their Genius Hour project when there is free time during the week and for a full hour on Fridays (if they have all their other work done with proficiency).  Mr. Hatlen has asked the students to consider contacting a person as a resource.  Who could your child contact?  Will you help them brainstorm?

 

REPEATED POST: DUOLINGO FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students are spending 15 minutes per day studying the foreign language of their choice using the DuoLingo program.  They are welcome to practice at home as well.  Have them show you their progress on the Google Spreadsheet we will be updating it this afternoon.    

 

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.

RE-POSTED:  SILVERWARE/DISHES/BAKING PANS/COOKIE SHEETS, ETC.  Are you looking to clean house a bit?  We welcome donations of silverware, dishes, baking pans, cake pans, and cookie sheets for our Science Lab.  Thank you. 

 

NO SCHOOL – November 27, November 28, December 24-January 2; January 19, February 13, February 16, March 30-April 3, May 25

 

CONFERENCES –Some students will have a conference scheduled for 2/12/15 – and of course, any time you want to talk about your child’s progress, don’t hesitate to contact me. 

QUEST PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHTS 2014-15 - The dates are Tuesday, February 10, 2015 and Tuesday, May 19, 2015. 

SCIENCE FAIR – March 5

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – June 5

 

Remember to check out photos on our class website:  https://sites.google.com/a/ripon.k12.wi.us/mrs-simacek/

 

Please remember to sign your child's planner each night, and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

 

I hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Simacek

 

 


Good Friday morning 5S Parents,                                               Week 9 – 10/31/14

 

READING –Students have been learning about cells (related to the composting unit) using the National Geographic themed set, “Cells at Work.”  They were divided into four groups to read, collaborate, and respond to the text.  The book groups are:  Bones, Skin, Muscles, or Blood

Students read 30 minutes daily in class.  They then are to read 10 PAGES at home EVERY NIGHT.  This means, they should be reading about 40 pages a day.  I ask they read at least 25 pages.  They are not to simply stop at 25 pages, because that is the bare minimum.  Please chat with your child if they understand this expectation.  In addition, they write 3-5 questions using the “Asking Questions” strategy.  They are to use “Why” or higher level questions – not write questions that can be answered in a few words.  Students should be at 80% of their read-to-self goal by today.  If they are not, they will be missing recess to catch up (or we have made other arrangements if their book is a big book).   Starting in November (on Monday already), they will be switching gears to the “Determining Importance” reading strategy.  All three (up to five) sentences should be determining importance starting Monday night.   

 

PROJECTS – After reflecting on the Habits of Mind projects, students have been working on promoting the composting program.  This week, they collaborated and created a poster for the school.  Next week, they will be focusing on promoting and educating the compost program to another classroom.  Students chose their groups and will choose the format of their presentations to the class they chose to present to. 

 

SPELLING – There is a weekly routine some students are still getting used to.  They receive the spelling lesson on Monday.  The written sort is due Tuesday.  The test is Friday. 

 

MATH – Students have been working through chapter 2, “Addition and Subtraction with Decimals.”  Again, your child should complete any homework by the given due date.  They must show their work, so we know their thought process. Watch the planner.  All items for chapter 2 should remain in the math folder until the teacher asks the student to empty the folder.  The Homework/Remembering pages and Quick Quizzes can be good study tools for the unit test.  The unit will wrap up next week, and they will pre-test for chapter 3, “Multiplication and Division with Fractions”.

 

LANGUAGE ARTS – Students are

 

ISSUES IN MUSIC CLASS – Mrs. Brooks Music classes went better this week.  We had a lot of pep talks about they can only control themselves and lead by example with a silent reminder for any peers who may be having impulsivity issues.  Thanks for your continued support. 

THANKS FOR THE DONATIONS TO THE FOOD PANTRY!  The three pumpkins weighed: 88.4 pounds. 

THANKS FOR ALL THE COAT DONATIONS! – We didn’t win, but we gave it a valiant effort!  At least we will still be able to participate in the dance party! 

 

BOOK ORDER NOTE THAT IS COMING HOME TODAY:

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),                                                       October 31, 2014

                Attached are book orders for the month of September.  Please feel free to look through the catalogs.  The books are reasonably priced.  Our classroom earns books by your orders.  Books make great gifts.  We can make arrangements to get the books to you if you are ordering gifts for your child.  Please don’t feel obligated to purchase any books.  Book orders will come home once a month (except for the beginning of the year and Book Fair months).

                If you wish to make an order, please write your child’s name, their order, and place the sum of the order(s) in an envelope with a check (or cash) made out to Scholastic.  This order will be due on Tuesday, November 11, 2014.  

                As ALWAYS, please don’t hesitate to contact ME if you have

ANY questions, comments, or concerns J (748-4695 or simacekk@ripon.k12.wi.us). 

                                                                               

BOOKS1Sincerely,

 

                                                                                Mrs. Simacek J

 

 

FRENCH ADVENTURE LETTER THAT CAME HOME THIS WEEK
If any 4th or 5th grade family has an interest in hosting a French student, there will be an informational meeting on Thursday, November 6th, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the MPES/QES Media Center.  Your son/daughter are welcome to attend, but it is not required. 

We will need 22 families to participate in order to host students.

The French Adventure program is run by LaLigue de l’Enseignement.  LaLigue de l’Enseignement was created in 1866 by Jean Mace, a teacher.  His goal was to encourage people to help each other in order to reduce social differences.

            Over the past century, LaLigue de l’Enseignement has become the partner of The French Ministry of Education organizing “transplanted classes” in France and in numerous foreign countries.  The “transplanted class” concept is a part of the fifth grade French curriculum.  An entire French class visits a different region of France or a foreign location for approximately three weeks to expand and pursue their academic studies.

            French children, accompanied by their teacher and a translator, will visit Ripon for a 2-3 week period.  The dates wouldapproximately be from May 5th to May 19th.  The French children will be staying with host families throughout the Ripon community.  The 4th or 5th grade student of the host family may then have the opportunity to visit France for a 2-3 week period.  This part of the exchange program will take place in the summer of 2015. The cost to go back to France is about $2000.00 .  Going back to France is not a requirement to host a French child in the Spring.  Information about going back to France will come at a later date.

 

            Students are matched with their French correspondent, January of the 2015 school year.  The school year is used for getting acquainted with the French family through letter writing, e-mails, mailed introductory packets, taking preparatory language and culture classes, and family planning meetings to set our 2-3 week hosting calendar for our guests this spring.

Any student/family interested in the program, please get a packet in the office.  Completed packets are due November 24th.

REMINDER - POSCARDS – We do a geography lesson each time your postcards are coming in.  It’s a lot of fun and has started a bit of a class competition, so just a reminder – if you or someone you know is able to send us a postcard at school, we’d appreciate it:  Mrs. Simacek’s 5th grade classroom; 64 Sunset, Box 991; Ripon, WI 59471

 

REPEATED POST - PARENT HELPERS NEEDED – I am very lucky to have Mrs. McConnell’s help once a day for an hour, but I need more help.  In addition to needing more help with Spelling on Fridays from 9:15-10:00, I would appreciate some help during Math on Thursdays 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM and other times during the week that meet with your schedule accomplishing various tasks.  I am not looking for a committed weekly time – just any time you can help, let me know J.   If you can spare a half hour (or more) once and a while, let me know.  Please make sure you have been approved to volunteer in our district by calling Mrs. Voight at 748-8604 or emailing her at voightj@ripon.k12.wi.us BEFORE coming to help.  I’d really appreciate your time J.

 

REPEATED POST: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO MAKE JOLLY RANCHER SUCKERS – Jolly Rancher suckers will be for sale at Quest each Friday morning for ($1) to raise money to buy more classroom iPads.  Please email me if you’re willing to make some (we can send home the supplies):  simacekk@ripon.k12.wi.us

 

REPEATED POST: GENIUS HOUR – Students are drafting the Genius Hour conference form.  It is challenging to choose a topic that is not too broad yet cannot be simply “Googled” to find the answer.  Students work on their Genius Hour project when there is free time during the week and for a full hour on Fridays (if they have all their other work done with proficiency).  Mr. Hatlen has asked the students to consider contacting a person as a resource.  Who could your child contact?  Will you help them brainstorm?

 

REPEATED POST: DUOLINGO FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students are spending 15 minutes per day studying the foreign language of their choice using the DuoLingo program.  They are welcome to practice at home as well.  Have them show you their progress on the Google Spreadsheet we will be updating it this afternoon.    

 

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.

RE-POSTED:  SILVERWARE/DISHES/BAKING PANS/COOKIE SHEETS, ETC.  Are you looking to clean house a bit?  We welcome donations of silverware, dishes, baking pans, cake pans, and cookie sheets for our Science Lab.  Thank you. 

 

NO SCHOOL – November 27, November 28, December 24-January 2; January 19, February 13, February 16, March 30-April 3, May 25

 

CONFERENCES – Everyone will have a conference either 12/9/14 or 12/11/14.  Some students will have a conference scheduled for 2/12/15 – and of course, any time you want to talk about your child’s progress, don’t hesitate to contact me. 

QUEST PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHTS 2014-15 - The dates are Tuesday, February 10, 2015 and Tuesday, May 19, 2015. 

SCIENCE FAIR – March 5

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – June 5

 

Remember to check out photos on our class website:  https://sites.google.com/a/ripon.k12.wi.us/mrs-simacek/

 

Please remember to sign your child's planner each night, and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

 

 

                            

I hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Simacek

 

 


Good Friday morning 5S Parents,                                               Week 8 – 10/24/14


Thank you for the AMAZING attendance at last night’s Project Showcase!  I think it was the first time in 13 showcases I have had 100% student attendance!  Thank you!!!  If you didn’t see it, or it was too crowded to leave positive feedback, please email your child TODAY and CC me.  Feedback is a critical component of Project-Based Learning.  Thanks!

 

I have heard not everyone has seen my website, so please make sure you look often to see updated photos and announcements.  I use it very much like FB updating it frequently.  https://sites.google.com/a/ripon.k12.wi.us/mrs-simacek/

 

Our field trip to Madison was AWESOME!  Thanks to Brexden’s & Caleb’s moms for chaperoning!  I received an email from Representative Ballweg’s assistant that says it all:

 

Your students were excellent!

 

Take Care,

Colette Shepherd-Bussan

Office of Representative Joan Ballweg

 

5S FALL COSTUME PARTY - FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2014 - 2:00 pm.  Students may change into costumes at 1:45 PM, but costumes are not required to participate in the party (no additional afternoon recess).  Costumes are not to have any violent theme – no blood/gory costumes, etc.  Also, no weapons of any kind (plastic or otherwise) are allowed.  We encourage costumes from a character from the students’ favorite book.  We have a party committee set for student fun next Friday.  Thanks to the committee for planning a fun afternoon!  Remember, Marcie, Emily, Brexden, Bailey, Aidan, Jules, Emma, and Stephanie will be planning the winter party on December 22nd (since I will be with family for holiday on 12-23). 

 

READING – I have been asked by a few people, so I want to clarify.  Students read 30 minutes daily in class.  They then are to read 10 PAGES at home EVERY NIGHT.  This means, they should be reading about 40 pages a day.  I ask they read at least 25 pages.  They are not to simply stop at 25 pages, because that is the bare minimum.  Please chat with your child if they understand this expectation.  In addition, they write 3-5 questions using the “Asking Questions” strategy.  They are to use “Why” or higher level questions – not write questions that can be answered in a few words.  Students should be at 70% of their read-to-self goal by today.  If they are not, they will be missing recess to catch up (or we have made other arrangements if their book is a big book).    

 

SPELLING – There is a weekly routine some students are still getting used to.  They receive the spelling lesson on Monday.  The written sort is due Tuesday.  The test is Friday.  Students really need to be sure they get their work in on time.  This has become an issue for some, and it’s important we teach responsibility at this young age.  I explained I have never been late for work in 23 years of teaching, and my lesson plans are always turned in the day before they are actually due.  Please share with your child what you do to be responsible for your actions in your career. 

 

MATH – Students have been working through chapter 2, “Addition and Subtraction with Decimals.”  Again, your child should complete any homework by the given due date.  They must show their work, so we know their thought process. Watch the planner.  All items for chapter 2 should remain in the math folder until the teacher asks the student to empty the folder.  The Homework/Remembering pages and Quick Quizzes can be good study tools for the unit test. 

 

LANGUAGE ARTS – Students embedded language arts skills into their Habits of Mind video projects.  The Comma Corral presentations were great, and the students are using the skills learned in their writing.

        The students wrote Personal Narratives showing how they demonstrated one of the nine Habits of Mind they had learned about.  They learned many things while editing with me.  Almost all of the students realized when they actually read their personal narrative aloud, they found more editing errors. 

 

ISSUES IN MUSIC CLASS – Mrs. Brooks shared 2/3 Music classes this week were not of 5th grade leadership quality expectations.  Please have another talk with your child how s/he can best control her/his behavior.  We have talked about this more than once.  We can only control ourselves, and each student managed their own impulsivity, there wouldn’t be any issues in Music. 

 

DUOLINGO FOREIGN LANGUAGE – I conferenced with students again today.  They know if they are on a solid track, or if they need improvements in their efforts.  Reminder – students can work on DuoLingo from home, since it is an online program. 

COINS/FOOD PANTRY ITEMSThere will be three pumpkins on a desk at the “star”.  Students will be able to purchase a slip for 25 cents or an item to donate to the Ripon Food pantry (including toiletries like toothbrushes, floss, etc.), and write down their prediction of the total weight of all three pumpkins. 

        The student who has the closest guess will get to choose which pumpkin s/he can share with their class on October 31st.  The student with the 2nd closest guess will choose a pumpkin, and the student with the 3rd closest guess will receive the final pumpkin.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO MAKE JOLLY RANCHER SUCKERS – Jolly Rancher suckers will be for sale at Quest each Friday morning for ($1) to raise money to buy more classroom iPads.  Please email me if you’re willing to make some (we can send home the supplies):  simacekk@ripon.k12.wi.us

 

REMINDER - POSCARDS – We do a geography lesson each time your postcards are coming in.  It’s a lot of fun and has started a bit of a class competition, so just a reminder – if you or someone you know is able to send us a postcard at school, we’d appreciate it:  Mrs. Simacek’s 5th grade classroom; 64 Sunset, Box 991; Ripon, WI 59471

 

OUR CLASS IS IN CLOSE TO THE LEAD – LET’S KEEP IT UP - COATS FOR KIDS – FROM Ms. Byng, We will have a little competition between rooms.  The class who collects the most coats will be the hosts for the dance party.  That means they will get to attend the dance party the whole time instead of just 45 minutes.  You may start collecting now until the end of October.  We also will not be going through WVBO radio but will be donating the coats locally as well as having a coat exchange (although people in need may just take coats) at the school on an upcoming Saturday.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me. 

 

REPEATED POST - PARENT HELPERS NEEDED – I am very lucky to have Mrs. McConnell’s help once a day for an hour, but I need more help.  In addition to needing more help with Spelling on Fridays from 9:15-10:00, I would appreciate some help during Math on Thursdays 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM and other times during the week that meet with your schedule accomplishing various tasks.  I am not looking for a committed weekly time – just any time you can help, let me know J.   If you can spare a half hour (or more) once and a while, let me know.  Please make sure you have been approved to volunteer in our district by calling Mrs. Voight at 748-8604 or emailing her at voightj@ripon.k12.wi.us BEFORE coming to help.  I’d really appreciate your time J.

 

 

REPEATED POST: GENIUS HOUR – Students are drafting the Genius Hour conference form.  It is challenging to choose a topic that is not too broad yet cannot be simply “Googled” to find the answer.  Students work on their Genius Hour project when there is free time during the week and for a full hour on Fridays (if they have all their other work done with proficiency).  Mr. Hatlen has asked the students to consider contacting a person as a resource.  Who could your child contact?  Will you help them brainstorm?

 

 

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.

RE-POSTED:  SILVERWARE/DISHES/BAKING PANS/COOKIE SHEETS, ETC.  Are you looking to clean house a bit?  We welcome donations of silverware, dishes, baking pans, cake pans, and cookie sheets for our Science Lab.  Thank you. 

 

NO SCHOOL – November 27, November 28, December 24-January 2; January 19, February 13, February 16, March 30-April 3, May 25

 

CONFERENCES – Everyone will have a conference either 12/9/14 or 12/11/14.  Some students will have a conference scheduled for 2/12/15 – and of course, any time you want to talk about your child’s progress, don’t hesitate to contact me. 

QUEST PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHTS 2014-15 - The dates are from 6:00-7:30 PM on: Thursday, October 23, 2014; Tuesday, February 10, 2015; and Tuesday, May 19, 2015. 

SCIENCE FAIR – March 5

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – June 5

 

Remember to check out photos on our class website:  https://sites.google.com/a/ripon.k12.wi.us/mrs-simacek/

 

Please remember to sign your child's planner each night, and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

                            

I hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Simacek


Good Friday morning 5S Parents,                                               Week 7 – 10/16/14

 

We’re looking forward to seeing you Thursday night at Project Showcase – any time between 6:00-7:30 PM.  Snacks and beverages will be available to raise money for Quest. 

 

REMEMBER TO HAVE YOUR CHILD WEAR THE QUEST TIE-DYE T-SHIRTS (MADE THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL) FOR TRIP TO MADISON TOMORROW.

 

These students signed up for school lunches:  Miles, Aidan, Jules, Stephanie, Alaina, and Quintin.  Everyone else, please remember your bag lunch and beverage. 

 

The Veteran's Museum dog tag slips and money were due today.  

 

We will be leaving promptly at 8:15, so please make sure you are not tardy.  We have to get our lunches into the capitol basement before our tour begins at 10 AM.  

 

Mrs. Hopp and Mrs. Kivela, thanks for agreeing to chaperone our trip.  Other parents who volunteered, thanks for being willing to - we hope to have your help chaperoning another time.

 

Internet Safety – We have been discussing Chatting Safely online, and you should have seen a second handout about discussing this with your child. 

 

It was another fast week.    

 

READING – Students have switched gears for the month of October from the reading strategy, “Making Connections” to “Asking Questions.”  In addition to the 25+ pages read per day, they are to write 3 higher level/”fat” questions about their reading (not “skinny” questions that would have a one or two word answer). 

          Students should be at 60% of their read-to-self goal by today.  They have been told each week (sometimes more than once) where they are. 

 

SPELLING – There is no Spelling list next week due to no school on Monday and our field trip tomorrow to Madison.   Spelling will resume next week with the lesson on Monday, and the test on Friday.  I look forward to having the parent/grandparent helpers again.  J

 

MATH – Students were put into new groups for chapter 2, “Addition and Subtraction with Decimals.”  For a variety of reasons, we are not using the “flipped teaching” method for chapter two.  Your child should complete any homework by the given due date.  Watch the planner.  All items for chapter 2 should remain in the math folder until the teacher asks the student to empty the folder.  The Homework/Remembering pages and Quick Quizzes can be good study tools for the unit test. 

 

HABITS OF MIND – Students have been busy this week polishing up their storyboard for the Habits of Mind video they are creating for either: Persistence, Striving for Accuracy, or Managing Impulsivity.  Then, they conferenced with me getting approval and suggestions to make the video turn out amazing.  Then, they began recording the video.  They will finish the videos next week – just in time to share with you for Project Showcase Night on Thursday (6:00-7:30 PM). 

 

LANGUAGE ARTS – Students have embedded language arts skills into their Habits of Mind video projects. 

 

Police Chief Lukoski joined us for lunch today.  Thanks, Chief!! 

 

REMINDER - POSCARDS – We do a geography lesson each time your postcards are coming in.  It’s a lot of fun and has started a bit of a class competition, so just a reminder – if you or someone you know is able to send us a postcard at school, we’d appreciate it:  Mrs. Simacek’s 5th grade classroom; 64 Sunset, Box 991; Ripon, WI 59471

 

OUR CLASS IS IN THE LEAD – LET’S KEEP IT UP - COATS FOR KIDS – FROM Ms. Byng, We will have a little competition between rooms.  The class who collects the most coats will be the hosts for the dance party.  That means they will get to attend the dance party the whole time instead of just 45 minutes.  You may start collecting now until the end of October.  We also will not be going through WVBO radio but will be donating the coats locally as well as having a coat exchange (although people in need may just take coats) at the school on an upcoming Saturday.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me. 

 

REPEATED POST - PARENT HELPERS NEEDED – I am very lucky to have Mrs. McConnell’s help once a day for an hour, but I need more help.  In addition to needing more help with Spelling on Fridays from 9:15-10:00, I would appreciate some help during Math on Thursdays 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM and other times during the week that meet with your schedule accomplishing various tasks.  I am not looking for a committed weekly time – just any time you can help, let me know J.   If you can spare a half hour (or more) once and a while, let me know.  Please make sure you have been approved to volunteer in our district by calling Mrs. Voight at 748-8604 or emailing her at voightj@ripon.k12.wi.us BEFORE coming to help.  I’d really appreciate your time J.

 

 

REPEATED POST: GENIUS HOUR – Students are drafting the Genius Hour conference form.  It is challenging to choose a topic that is not too broad yet cannot be simply “Googled” to find the answer.  Students work on their Genius Hour project when there is free time during the week and for a full hour on Fridays (if they have all their other work done with proficiency).  Mr. Hatlen has asked the students to consider contacting a person as a resource.  Who could your child contact?  Will you help them brainstorm?

 

REPEATED POST: DUOLINGO FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students are spending 15 minutes per day studying the foreign language of their choice using the DuoLingo program.  They are welcome to practice at home as well.  Have them show you their progress on the Google Spreadsheet we will be updating it this afternoon.    

 

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.

RE-POSTED:  SILVERWARE/DISHES/BAKING PANS/COOKIE SHEETS, ETC.  Are you looking to clean house a bit?  We welcome donations of silverware, dishes, baking pans, cake pans, and cookie sheets for our Science Lab.  Thank you. 

 

NO SCHOOL – November 27, November 28, December 24-January 2; January 19, February 13, February 16, March 30-April 3, May 25

 

CONFERENCES – Everyone will have a conference either 12/9/14 or 12/11/14.  Some students will have a conference scheduled for 2/12/15 – and of course, any time you want to talk about your child’s progress, don’t hesitate to contact me. 

QUEST PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHTS 2014-15 - The dates are from 6:00-7:30 PM on: Thursday, October 23, 2014; Tuesday, February 10, 2015; and Tuesday, May 19, 2015. 

SCIENCE FAIR – March 5

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – June 5

 

Remember to check out photos on our class website:  https://sites.google.com/a/ripon.k12.wi.us/mrs-simacek/

 

Please remember to sign your child's planner each night, and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

                            

I hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Simacek

 

 Good Friday morning 5S Parents,                                               Week 6 – 10/9/14

 

REMINDER – Today is the last day of school until Tuesday, October 14th

 

It was a fast – yet exciting four day week!  Yesterday was one of the best days the class as a whole has had in a while.  Hooray, 5S!!!  They ended the day with 5 smileys – wahoo!!!  I also noticed improved leadership from students modeling what is expected.  Way to go, 5S!!

 

The fire department talked with the class on Tuesday and showed them three fire trucks.  They asked you make sure you know where to go in a drill in your home and to be sure your batteries/alarms are working.  The fire station has an open house tonight from 4-7.  There will be hot dogs, and a lot of great activities. 

 

REMINDER:  The Sir Readalot’s Castle Scholastic Book Fair will be in our building from 10/7-10/15 before school 7:30-8:00, during lunch 11-1; after school 3:00-4:00, and on Th. 10/9 from 5:30-7:30 PM.

 

We are taking a classroom field trip to the Ripon Public Library this afternoon from 1:45 PM – 3:00 PM.  VOLUNTEER APPROVED chaperones are welcome (NO ONE HAS VOLUNTEERED YET).  Please let me know if you can join us.   Students do not need their library cards, but all fines should be taken care ahead of time.  Also, students will need to be sure they know their address and phone number (which is very important for them to know anyway).  Ms. DeCramer will give a basic tour, do one or two book readings, of course there will be time for checking out and reading books.

 

Fundraising materials were sent home on Monday after a lively assembly.  Order forms and money are due THIS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14TH.  The products will be delivered on November 18thMr. Hatlen shared the fundraiser goes for:

Fields trips, technology, and teacher needs.

 

READING – Students have switched gears for the month of October from the reading strategy, “Making Connections” to “Asking Questions.”  In addition to the 25+ pages read per day, they are to write 3 higher level/”fat” questions about their reading (not “skinny” questions that would have a one or two word answer). 

          Students should be at 50% of their read-to-self goal by today.  They have been told each week (sometimes more than once) where they are. 

 

SPELLING – There is no Spelling list next week due to no school on Monday and our field trip on Friday to Madison.    

 

MATH – Students tested this week, and they have taken a pre-test for chapter 2, “Addition and Subtraction with Decimals”.  Mrs. Ernst and I will create new groups for chapter 2.  For a variety of reasons, we have decided NOT to flip the lessons for chapter 2.  Watch in the assignment planner for nightly homework/

remembering pages assigned.  

 

HABITS OF MIND – Students have reviewed the Habits of Mind this week.  They enjoyed choosing the iMovie trailer storyboard.  The groups will use the storyboard to layout exactly what they will be videoing to teach others about the Habit of Mind their group chose.

 

LANGUAGE ARTS – Students have now learned all eight rules of when to use a comma.  They are very excited to create Google Presentation (in self-chosen groups of 3) using a familiar jingle to help their classmates remember the Comma Corral rules.   They will need to practice/review the jingles.  They are presenting on Tuesday. 

 

CREATIVE KIDS!!  Oh my goodness – I saw again how very creative your children are yesterday when the students wrote congratulations/thank you cards to a Korean War veteran going on the Honor Flight to Washington, DC in November.  They did an amazing job!  It really gave me chills.  See pictures posted on my website.

 

Police Chief Lukoski will be joining us for lunch on Thursday, October 16th

 

REMINDER - POSCARDS – We do a geography lesson each time your postcards are coming in.  It’s a lot of fun and has started a bit of a class competition, so just a reminder – if you or someone you know is able to send us a postcard, we’d appreciate it:  Mrs. Simacek’s 5th grade classroom; 64 Sunset, Box 991; Ripon, WI 59471

 

OUR CLASS IS IN THE LEAD – LET’S KEEP IT UP - COATS FOR KIDS – FROM Ms. Byng, We will have a little competition between rooms.  The class who collects the most coats will be the hosts for the dance party.  That means they will get to attend the dance party the whole time instead of just 45 minutes.  You may start collecting now until the end of October.  We also will not be going through WVBO radio but will be donating the coats locally as well as having a coat exchange (although people in need may just take coats) at the school on an upcoming Saturday.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me. 

 

REPEATED POST - PARENT HELPERS NEEDED – I am very lucky to have Mrs. McConnell’s help once a day for an hour, but I need more help.  In addition to needing more help with Spelling on Fridays from 9:15-10:00, I would appreciate some help during Math on Thursdays 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM and other times during the week that meet with your schedule accomplishing various tasks.  I am not looking for a committed weekly time – just any time you can help, let me know J.   If you can spare a half hour (or more) once and a while, let me know.  Please make sure you have been approved to volunteer in our district by calling Mrs. Voight at 748-8604 or emailing her at voightj@ripon.k12.wi.us BEFORE coming to help.  I’d really appreciate your time J.

 

 

REPEATED POST: GENIUS HOUR – Students are drafting the Genius Hour conference form.  It is challenging to choose a topic that is not too broad yet cannot be simply “Googled” to find the answer.  Students work on their Genius Hour project when there is free time during the week and for a full hour on Fridays (if they have all their other work done with proficiency).  Mr. Hatlen has asked the students to consider contacting a person as a resource.  Who could your child contact?  Will you help them brainstorm?

 

DUOLINGO FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students are spending 15 minutes per day studying the foreign language of their choice using the DuoLingo program.  They are welcome to practice at home as well.  Have them show you their progress on the Google Spreadsheet we will be updating it this afternoon.    

 

DOG TAGS – 9 STUDENTS HAVE ORDERED DOG TAGS SO FAR – IF YOUR FAMILY/CHILD WISHES TO SUPPORT THE VETERANS MUSEUM FINANCIALLY, PLEASE SEND THE DOG TAG ORDER FORM BY 10-16 WITH PROPER AMOUNT OF MONEY – THANKS!!  UPCOMING FIELD TRIP - We will be going to the Veterans Museum and State Capitol on Friday, October 17th.  Mrs. Hopp and Mrs. Kivela were the two parent volunteers whose names were randomly drawn from those who were interested in chaperoning.  Thank you to those of you who expressed interest and for your willingness to chaperone.  Due to space on the tours, extra parents aren’t able to accompany us on this trip. 

 

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.

RE-POSTED:  SILVERWARE/DISHES/BAKING PANS/COOKIE SHEETS, ETC.  Are you looking to clean house a bit?  We welcome donations of silverware, dishes, baking pans, cake pans, and cookie sheets for our Science Lab.  Thank you. 

 

NO SCHOOL – October 10 & October 13, November 27, November 28, December 24-January 2; January 19, February 13, February 16, March 30-April 3, May 25

 

CONFERENCES – Everyone will have a conference either 12/9/14 or 12/11/14.  Some students will have a conference scheduled for 2/12/15 – and of course, any time you want to talk about your child’s progress, don’t hesitate to contact me. 

QUEST PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHTS 2014-15 - The dates are from 6:00-7:30 PM on: Thursday, October 23, 2014; Tuesday, February 10, 2015; and Tuesday, May 19, 2015. 

SCIENCE FAIR – March 5

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – June 5

 

Remember to check out photos on our class website:  https://sites.google.com/a/ripon.k12.wi.us/mrs-simacek/

 

Please remember to sign your child's planner each night, and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

                            

I hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Simacek

 


Good Friday morning 5S Parents,                                               Week 5 – 10/3/14

 

I hope you continue to find this weekly update useful.  A quick reminder – next week is a four day week (no school Fri. 10/10) as is the following week (no school Mon. 10/13).

 

After I have been out ill a few days this week, it is a very good time to remind the students their behavior is very important when there is a guest teacher here.  I feel it reflects upon me when they make bad choices while I am gone.  Also, they have been having some issues during Music class for Mrs. Brooks.  Though I am very grateful they behave well for me, I would like to see their leadership blossom outside of 5S even more by practicing being those good people Mr. Hatlen expects 5th graders to be as leaders every day everywhere in our building.  Please chat with your child, and see how s/he views his/her leadership strengths when there is a guest teacher here and in Music.  Thank you. 

 

I haven’t scheduled any conferences for the morning of October 10th.  If you would like to get together for another conference in person the morning of October 10th between 8:00-9:00, there are three spots available, please don’t hesitate to contact me today.  Thanks.

 

The Sir Readalot’s Castle Scholastic Book Fair will be in our building from 10/7-10/15 before school 7:30-8:00, during lunch 11-1; after school 3:00-4:00, and on Th. 10/9 from 5:30-7:30 PM.

 

OPTIONAL:  The Ripon Fire Department “Working Smoke Detectors Save Lives” posters are due Monday, October 6th.  NO class time will be given to color.

 

We are taking a classroom field trip to the Ripon Public Library next Thursday, October 9th from 1:45 PM – 3:00 PM.  VOLUNTEER APPROVED chaperones are welcome.  Please let me know if you can join us.   Students do not need their library cards, but all fines should be taken care ahead of time.  Also, students will need to be sure they know their address and phone number (which is very important for them to know anyway).  Ms. DeCramer will give a basic tour, do one or two book readings, of course there will be time for checking out and reading books.

 

Fundraising materials were sent home on Monday after a lively assembly.  Order forms and money are due on Tuesday, October 14th.  The products will be delivered on November 18thMr. Hatlen shared the fundraiser goes for:

Fields trips, technology, and teacher needs.

 

Police Chief Lukoski will be joining us for lunch on Thursday, October 16th

 

HABITS OF MIND – Students have continued learning about the Habits of Mind this week.  They enjoyed Tea with Milk and The Boy Who Loved Words.  The video project groups have been chosen.  Groups will create a storyboard for their video project.  Then, they will create videos on the Habit of Mind their group chose.  They have become proficient writers of literature reflections. 

 

LANGUAGE ARTS – Students have now learned all eight rules of when to use a comma.  They are very excited to create Google Presentation (in self-chosen groups of 3) using a familiar jingle to help their classmates remember the Comma Corral rules.  

 

REPEATED POST - PARENT HELPERS NEEDED – I am very lucky to have Mrs. McConnell’s help once a day for an hour, but I need more help.  In addition to needing more help with Spelling on Fridays from 9:15-10:00, I would appreciate some help during Math on Thursdays 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM and other times during the week that meet with your schedule accomplishing various tasks.  I am not looking for a committed weekly time – just any time you can help, let me know J.   If you can spare a half hour (or more) once and a while, let me know.  Please make sure you have been approved to volunteer in our district by calling Mrs. Voight at 748-8604 or emailing her at voightj@ripon.k12.wi.us BEFORE coming to help.  I’d really appreciate your time J.

 

READING – Students have switched gears for the month of October from the reading strategy, “Making Connections” to “Asking Questions.”  In addition to the 25+ pages read per day, they are to write 3 higher level/”fat” questions about their reading (not “skinny” questions that would have a one or two word answer). 

          Students should be at 40% of their read-to-self goal by today.  They have been told each week (sometimes more than once) where they are. 

 

SPELLING – Students are taught the new lesson on Mondays.  The written sorts are due on Tuesdays, and the tests are on Fridays – HOWEVER – WITH NO SCHOOL NEXT FRIDAY, THE TEST WILL BE ON TH. 10-9.  THE NEXT LIST WILL COME HOME TUES. 10-14 WITH A TEST ON FRI. 10-17.  Students are welcome to take the answer card the week prior to begin studying if they wish.  If everyone earns -0, there will be no test the next week.  Students may choose to take the words home the Friday before, but the lesson won’t be taught until Monday. 

 

MATH – MY MATH STUDENTS - Students are wrapping up chapter one next week and will test mid-week.  They may use their pre-test as a study guide as well as pages 31-32 (the “unit test” from the book), all homework/remembering sheets done in class, the flipped video lessons and student activity pages to help them prepare for the test.  This material should have come home in their Math folder this weekend.   

 

POSCARDS – We do a geography lesson each time your postcards are coming in.  It’s a lot of fun and has started a bit of a class competition, so just a reminder – if you or someone you know is able to send us a postcard, we’d appreciate it:  Mrs. Simacek’s 5th grade classroom; 64 Sunset, Box 991; Ripon, WI 59471

 

COATS FOR KIDS – FROM Ms. Byng, We will have a little competition between rooms.  The class who collects the most coats will be the hosts for the dance party.  That means they will get to attend the dance party the whole time instead of just 45 minutes.  You may start collecting now until the end of October.  We also will not be going through WVBO radio but will be donating the coats locally as well as having a coat exchange (although people in need may just take coats) at the school on an upcoming Saturday.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me. 

 

REPEATED POST: GENIUS HOUR – Students are drafting the Genius Hour conference form.  It is challenging to choose a topic that is not too broad yet cannot be simply “Googled” to find the answer.  Students work on their Genius Hour project when there is free time during the week and for a full hour on Fridays (if they have all their other work done with proficiency).  Mr. Hatlen has asked the students to consider contacting a person as a resource.  Who could your child contact?  Will you help them brainstorm?

 

REPEATED POST: FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students are spending 15 minutes per day studying the foreign language of their choice.  They are welcome to practice at home as well.  Have them show you their progress on the Google Spreadsheet we will be updating it this afternoon.    

 

DOG TAGS – 7 STUDENTS HAVE ORDERED DOG TAGS SO FAR – IF YOUR FAMILY/CHILD WISHES TO SUPPORT THE VETERANS MUSEUM FINANCIALLY, PLEASE SEND THE DOG TAG ORDER FORM BY 10-16 WITH PROPER AMOUNT OF MONEY – THANKS!!  UPCOMING FIELD TRIP - We will be going to the Veterans Museum and State Capitol on Friday, October 17th.  Mrs. Hopp and Mrs. Kivela were the two parent volunteers whose names were randomly drawn from those who were interested in chaperoning.  Thank you to those of you who expressed interest and for your willingness to chaperone.  Due to space on the tours, extra parents aren’t able to accompany us on this trip. 

 

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.

RE-POSTED:  SILVERWARE/DISHES/BAKING PANS/COOKIE SHEETS, ETC.  Are you looking to clean house a bit?  We welcome donations of silverware, dishes, baking pans, cake pans, and cookie sheets for our Science Lab.  Thank you. 

 

NO SCHOOL – October 10 & October 13, November 27, November 28, December 24-January 2; January 19, February 13, February 16, March 30-April 3, May 25

 

CONFERENCES – Everyone will have a conference either 12/9/14 or 12/11/14.  Some students will have a conference scheduled for 2/12/15 – and of course, any time you want to talk about your child’s progress, don’t hesitate to contact me. 

QUEST PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHTS 2014-15 - The dates are from 6:00-7:30 PM on: Thursday, October 23, 2014; Tuesday, February 10, 2015; and Tuesday, May 19, 2015. 

SCIENCE FAIR – March 5

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – June 5

 

Remember to check out photos on our class website:  https://sites.google.com/a/ripon.k12.wi.us/mrs-simacek/

 

Please remember to sign your child's planner each night, and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

                            

I hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Simacek

 

 


Good Friday morning 5S Parents,                                               Week 4 - 9/26/14

 

I hope you continue to find this weekly update useful. 

 

PARENT HELPERS NEEDED – I am very lucky to have Mrs. McConnell’s help once a day for an hour, but I need more help.  In addition to needing more help with Spelling on Fridays from 9:15-10:00, I would appreciate some help during Math on Thursdays 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM and other times during the week that meet with your schedule accomplishing various tasks.  I am not looking for a committed weekly time – just any time you can help, let me know J.   If you can spare a half hour (or more) once and a while, let me know.  Please make sure you have been approved to volunteer in our district by calling Mrs. Voight at 748-8604 or emailing her at voightj@ripon.k12.wi.us BEFORE coming to help.  I’d really appreciate your time J.

 

HABITS OF MIND – Students have continued learning about the Habits of Mind this week.  They learned about “Listening with Empathy” while enjoying The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney and Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig while learning about “Thinking and Communicating with Clarity and Precision”. Next week, they’ll learn about “Taking Responsible Risks” while enjoying the book Tea with Milk.  The video project groups have been chosen.  Groups will create a storyboard for their video project.  Then, they will create videos on the Habit of Mind their group chose. 

 

LANGUAGE ARTS – This week, students started learning about 8 rules to use a comma.  They have learned about 4 more of the rules in their “Comma Corral” booklet.  Students are very excited to create Google Presentation (in self-chosen groups of 3) using a familiar jingle to help their classmates remember the Comma Corral rules.   

 

READING – Students need to record their 3 connections in their reading status or KidBlog DAILY and record the number of pages read (25+ minimum/day).  Students have combined their making connections strategy with Comma Corral Rule #3, Use a comma to set off an introductory phrase.  Beginning in October (which is the middle of next week if you can believe that), students will change to “Asking Questions” reading strategy and write 3 questions about their reading (not the connections they have been doing in September). 

          Students should be at 30% of their read-to-self goal by today.  They have been told each week (sometimes more than once) where they are. 

 

SPELLING – Students are taught the new lesson on Mondays.  The written sorts are due on Tuesdays, and the tests are on Fridays.  If everyone earns -0, there will be no test the next week.  Students may choose to take the words home the Friday before, but the lesson won’t be taught until Monday.

 

GENIUS HOUR – Students are drafting the Genius Hour conference form.  It is challenging to choose a topic that is not too broad yet cannot be simply “Googled” to find the answer.  Students work on their Genius Hour project when there is free time during the week and for a full hour on Fridays (if they have all their other work done with proficiency).  Mr. Hatlen has asked the students to consider contacting a person as a resource.  Who could your child contact?  Will you help them brainstorm?

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students are spending 15 minutes per day studying the foreign language of their choice.  They are welcome to practice at home as well.  Have them show you their progress on the Google Spreadsheet we will be updating it this afternoon.    

 

MATH – Students are working hard on fractions and mixed numbers.  The unit will end next week with the chapter test at the beginning of the following week. 

 

UPCOMING FIELD TRIP - We will be going to the Veterans Museum and State Capitol on Friday, October 17th.  Mrs. Hopp and Mrs. Kivela were the two parent volunteers whose names were randomly drawn from those who were interested in chaperoning.  Thank you to those of you who expressed interest and for your willingness to chaperone.  Due to space on the tours, extra parents aren’t able to accompany us on this trip. 

RE-POSTED ITEMS IN ITALICS BELOW:

PICTURE RETAKES – If your child needs a picture taken or needs a retake, the date has been set for October 3, 2014.

 

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.

RE-POSTED:  SILVERWARE/DISHES/BAKING PANS/COOKIE SHEETS, ETC.  Are you looking to clean house a bit?  We welcome donations of silverware, dishes, baking pans, cake pans, and cookie sheets for our Science Lab.  Thank you. 

 

I welcome parent helpers - especially on Fridays from 9:30-10 for Spelling.  If you let me you can help another time/day, please let me know ahead of time; I will have something for you to help with.

 

Please remember to sign your child's planner each night, and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

 

NO SCHOOL – October 10 & October 13, November 27, November 28, December 24-January 2; January 19, February 13, February 16, March 30-April 3, May 25

 

CONFERENCES – Everyone will have a conference either 12/9/14 or 12/11/14.  Some students will have a conference scheduled for 2/12/15 – and of course, any time you want to talk about your child’s progress, don’t hesitate to contact me. 

QUEST PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHTS 2014-15–I apologize for the confusion at the before school conference, the May date was incorrect.  The dates are from 6:00-7:30 PM on: Thursday, October 23, 2014; Tuesday, February 10, 2015; and Tuesday, May 19, 2015. 

SCIENCE FAIR – March 5

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – June 5

 

Remember to check out photos on our class website:  https://sites.google.com/a/ripon.k12.wi.us/mrs-simacek/

 

                            

I hope you and your family have a great Homecoming weekend!

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Simacek

 

 

Good Friday morning 5S Parents,                                               Week 3 - 9/19/14

 

I hope you continue to find this weekly update useful.  We had the BEST afternoon yesterday.  Your children have been working hard following the classroom rules and will be rewarded with a POPCORN PARTY soon. Most likely, we’ll be having the popcorn party on Friday, September 26th at 12 Noon.  Please let me know if you can help.  Also, let me know if you’d be able to send some popcorn or popcorn related treat, and/or drink by emailing me: simacekk@ripon.k12.wi.us

 

PARENT HELPERS NEEDED – I am very lucky to have Mrs. McConnell’s help once a day for an hour, but I need more help.  In addition to needing more help with Spelling on Fridays from 9:15-10:00, I would appreciate some help during Math on Thursdays 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM and other times during the week that meet with your schedule accomplishing various tasks.  I am not looking for a committed weekly time – just any time you can help, let me know J.   If you can spare a half hour (or more) once and a while, let me know.  Please make sure you have been approved to volunteer in our district by calling Mrs. Voight at 748-8604 or emailing her at voightj@ripon.k12.wi.us BEFORE coming to help.  I’d really appreciate your time J.

 

HABITS OF MIND – Students have continued learning about the Habits of Mind this week.  They wrapped up “Persistence” while enjoying Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel, Wolf by Becky Bloom while learning about “Striving for Accuracy”, and David Goes to School while learning about “Managing Impulsivity”.  We have a few more Habits of Mind to go over next week.  This summer, Quest teachers chose nine of the sixteen Habits of Mind to focus on in our school.  We all will learn about all nine Habits.  Each grade level will be experts at three of them and teach the other grade levels about those three.  5th graders will begin working in small groups to create videos to teach other Quest 3rd & 4th graders (and others) about three of the nine Habits, “Striving for Accuracy,” “Persisting,” and “Managing Impulsivity.”

 

LANGUAGE ARTS – This week, students started learning about 8 rules to use a comma.  They have learned about 3 of the rules in their “Comma Corral” booklet: Use a comma to separate items in a list; Use a comma to separate two independent clauses connected by and, but, or, nor or for; and Use a comma to set off an introductory phrase from the main sentence.  Then, they write an example using this rule.  Here is where Mrs. McConnell and I found some pretty important growth areas.  We call things like starting sentences with capital letters and ending sentences with periods “non-negotiables” – in other words, they are expected to be there every single time.  We had the students peer edit before checking with a grown-up.  We will continue to work on our peer-editing skills.  Ask your child how many times they needed to come up and check with either Mrs. McConnell or myself.  Students are very excited to create Google Presentation (in self-chosen groups of 3) using a familiar jingle to help their classmates remember the Comma Corral rules.  Ask your child what Comma Corral they are teaching to the class, who they are working with, and what jingle they chose to help their classmates remember the rule. 

          Also, students have been using cursive on everything but spelling (because we don’t picture words spelled correctly in cursive in our brains).  If your child has been struggling, please don’t hesitate to ask for cursive resources to practice at home.  I have a great practice booklet. 

 

READING – Students need to record their 3 connections in their reading status or KidBlog DAILY and record the number of pages read (25+ minimum/day).  Students have combined their making connections strategy with Comma Corral Rule #3, Use a comma to set off an introductory phrase.

          In addition to learning about the Habits of Mind from the read-aloud materials, students have been exploring literary devices and reading techniques: similes, personification, foreshadowing, and more.  They have continued to write literature reflections using Google Classroom.  First, we had done the reflections together.  Then, students completed them in groups.  Next, they wrote them in partners, and yesterday they wrote them independently.  They have shown a lot of growth in their writing already.  Ask them the grades they have been earning. 

          Students should be at 25% of their read-to-self goal by today.  They have been told each week (sometimes more than once) where they are. 

 

SPELLING – Students are taught the new lesson on Mondays.  The written sorts are due on Tuesdays, and the tests are on Fridays.  If everyone earns -0, there will be no test the next week.  Students may choose to take the words home the Friday before, but the lesson won’t be taught until Monday.

 

GENIUS HOUR – Students are drafting the Genius Hour conference form.  It is challenging to choose a topic that is not too broad yet cannot be simply “Googled” to find the answer.  Students work on their Genius Hour project when there is free time during the week and for a full hour on Fridays (if they have all their other work done with proficiency). 

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students are spending 15 minutes per day studying the foreign language of their choice.  They are welcome to practice at home as well.  Have them show you their progress on the Google Spreadsheet we will be updating it this afternoon.    

 

MATH – Students are working hard on fractions and mixed numbers.  It is important your child is completing the work in their Student Activity book while the flipped video is playing.  There has been one Quick Quiz.  Ask your child how s/he did.  If your child is done with his/her homework, please have them spend time on their basic facts through 12s.  It is so much more helpful working with fractions when students know their facts as quickly as they know their name.

 

LIBRARY – Students are able to meet with Ms. Franco, the new District librarian once a week for a half hour on Tuesdays.  She is reading the book, Library Card aloud.  Students should select enough books to last the week during that time or on their own time.  When we read in class, they should not be leaving to check out books; I want them to have time to read in class and write their connections.

 

UPCOMING FIELD TRIP - We will be going to the Veterans Museum and State Capitol on Friday, October 17th.  Mrs. Ernst and I will be getting the permission slips out to you next week.  If you are interested in chaperoning, make sure you have been approved to be a volunteer for the district.  We will choose a few chaperones per classroom, and due to space on the tours, extra parents aren’t able to accompany us on this trip.  If you are interested in chaperoning, feel free to let me know by emailing me – simacekk@ripon.k12.wi.us in addition to indicating so on the permission slip that will be coming home next week.   

 

RE-POSTED ITEMS IN ITALICS BELOW:

PICTURE RETAKES – If your child needs a picture taken or needs a retake, the date has been set for October 3, 2014.

 

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.

RE-POSTED:  SILVERWARE/DISHES/BAKING PANS/COOKIE SHEETS, ETC.  Are you looking to clean house a bit?  We welcome donations of silverware, dishes, baking pans, cake pans, and cookie sheets for our Science Lab.  Thank you. 

 

I welcome parent helpers - especially on Fridays from 9:30-10 for Spelling.  If you let me you can help another time/day, please let me know ahead of time; I will have something for you to help with.

 

Please remember to sign your child's planner each night, and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

 

NO SCHOOL – October 10 & October 13, November 27, November 28, December 24-January 2; January 19, February 13, February 16, March 30-April 3, May 25

 

CONFERENCES – Everyone will have a conference either 12/9/14 or 12/11/14.  Some students will have a conference scheduled for 2/12/15 – and of course, any time you want to talk about your child’s progress, don’t hesitate to contact me. 

QUEST PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHTS 2014-15–I apologize for the confusion at the before school conference, the May date was incorrect.  The dates are from 6:00-7:30 PM on: Thursday, October 23, 2014; Tuesday, February 10, 2015; and Tuesday, May 19, 2015. 

SCIENCE FAIR – March 5

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – June 5

 

Remember to check out photos on our class website:  https://sites.google.com/a/ripon.k12.wi.us/mrs-simacek/

 

                            

I hope you and your family have a relaxing weekend,

 

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Simacek

 

 


Good Friday morning 5S Parents,                                               Week 2 - 9/12/14

 

I hope you find this weekly update useful. 

 

STUDENT COUNCIL CONTRACTS are due on Thursday, September 18th.  The students were given the contracts to sign and have you sign today during our meeting with Mr. Hatlen.  Please encourage your child to show his/her leadership by joining one of the six committees:  classroom representative, spirit days, staff appreciation, memory book, Family Fun Night, and/or the clean-up committee. 

 

HABITS OF MIND – Students have learned about the “Thinking About Thinking” habit while enjoying the book The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, “Persistence” while enjoying Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel, and “Creating, Imagining, and Innovating” while enjoying The Day the Crayons Quit

 

READING – Students need to record their 3 connections in their reading status or KidBlog DAILY and record the number of pages read (25+ minimum/day). 

          In addition to learning about the Habits of Mind from the read-aloud materials, students have been exploring literary devices and reading techniques: similes, personification, foreshadowing, and more.  They have written a number of reflections using Google Classroom in addition to paper/pencil. 

          Students completed the STAR Reading Assessment.  Goals have been set for your child. 

 

LANGUAGE ARTS – Students wrote about a small moment in their lives.  They are also using many language arts strategies in their literature reflections. They wrote a complaint letter from the point of view of a school tool.  They are amazingly talented writers in the ideas and voice traits of writing.  We’ll work on the mechanics this year J.

 

SPELLING – The written sorts are due on Tuesdays, and the tests are on Fridays.  If everyone earns -0, there will be no test the next week. 

 

GENIUS HOUR – Students are drafting the Genius Hour conference form.  It is challenging to choose a topic that is not to broad yet cannot be simply “Googled” to find the answer. 

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Students are spending 15 minutes per day studying the foreign language of their choice.  They are welcome to practice at home as well.  Have them show you their progress on the Google Spreadsheet we will be updating today.    

 

MATH – Flipped video lessons seem to be going well.  Students are working hard on chapter 1.  See previous Weekly Bulletin for further information.

 

RE-POSTED ITEMS IN ITALICS BELOW:

PICTURE RETAKES – If your child needs a picture taken or needs a retake, the date has been set for October 3, 2014.

 

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.

RE-POSTED:  SILVERWARE/DISHES/BAKING PANS/COOKIE SHEETS, ETC.  Are you looking to clean house a bit?  We welcome donations of silverware, dishes, baking pans, cake pans, and cookie sheets for our Science Lab.  Thank you. 

 

I welcome parent helpers - especially on Fridays from 9:30-10 for Spelling.  If you let me you can help another time/day, please let me know ahead of time; I will have something for you to help with.

 

Please remember to sign your child's planner each night, and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

 

NO SCHOOL – October 10 & October 13, November 27, November 28, December 24-January 2; January 19, February 13, February 16, March 30-April 3, May 25

 

UPCOMING FIELD TRIP - We will be going to the Veterans Museum and State Capitol on Friday, October 17th.  Stay tuned for details. 

CONFERENCES – Everyone will have a conference either 12/9/14 or 12/11/14.  Some students will have a conference scheduled for 2/12/15 – and of course, any time you want to talk about your child’s progress, don’t hesitate to contact me. 

QUEST PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHTS 2014-15–I apologize for the confusion at the before school conference, the May date was incorrect.  The dates are from 6:00-7:30 PM on: Thursday, October 23, 2014; Tuesday, February 10, 2015; and Tuesday, May 19, 2015. 

SCIENCE FAIR – March 5

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – June 5

 

Remember to check out photos on our class website:  https://sites.google.com/a/ripon.k12.wi.us/mrs-simacek/

 

                            

I hope you and your family have a relaxing weekend,

 

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Simacek

 

 


Good Friday morning 5S Parents,                                               Week 1 - 9/5/14

 

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

 

HABITS OF MIND – Quest students are learning about the Habits of Mind to better learn how we can become a community of learners.  We all made tie-dye t-shirts.  Thanks to our volunteers – both days.  Hopefully, your child remembered to wear his/her t-shirt today.  We will be taking a whole Quest picture at 1:00 PM.   They need to use their planner when we write down when to wear them as a school.  They focused on “Questioning and Posing Problems” this week after reading The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns.  They illustrated a personalized paper tie-dye t-shirt for our Quest bulletin board, “Tying it all together for another great year”.  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.  Kid President videos have been helpful for students to learn about how to be the best person they can be – every day.  Here are links to the two we’ve watched this week:  Kid President’s Pep Talk to Teachers and Students! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwlhUcSGqgs & Kid President’s 20 Things We Should Say More Often - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5yCOSHeYn4

 

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.

 

READING – Your child took the STAR Reading assessment.  We 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 Making Connections strategy.  They really seemed like 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.  Some students have already used their one “freebie” late assignment for the trimester by not finishing their daily status.  After today, your child will already have spent 100 minutes reading in class. 

 

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.

 

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. 

 

MATH – Students took a chapter 1 pre-test that Mrs. Ernst and I used to create groups.  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. 

          Students will be able to view my or Mrs. Ernst’s flipped videos using Google Classroom through their gmail.  Your child (and you) can view these flipped lessons any time.  Check out this news story from CBS, “Flip Teaching is changing the way students learn” about flipped lessons:  http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/flip-teaching-is-changing-the-way-students-learn/

 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-ripon2022

 

KEYBOARDING EXPECTATIONS  - End of Grade Level Keyboarding Proficiency Criteria  5th grade – 30-35 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 Thursday.  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. 

PICTURE RETAKES – If your child needs a picture taken or needs a retake, the date has been set for October 3, 2014.

 

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.

SILVERWARE/DISHES/BAKING PANS/COOKIE SHEETS, ETC.  Are you looking to clean house a bit?  We welcome donations of silverware, dishes, baking pans, cake pans, and cookie sheets for our Science Lab.  Thank you. 

 

I welcome parent helpers - especially on Fridays from 9:30-10 for Spelling.  If you let me you can help another time/day, please let me know ahead of time; I will have something for you to help with.

 

Please remember to sign your child's planner each night, and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

 

NO SCHOOL – October 10 & October 13, November 27, November 28, December 24-January 2; January 19, February 13, February 16, March 30-April 3, May 25

 

UPCOMING FIELD TRIP - We will be going to the Veterans Museum and State Capitol on Friday, October 17th.  Stay tuned for details. 

CONFERENCES – Everyone will have a conference either 12/9/14 or 12/11/14.  Some students will have a conference scheduled for 2/12/15 – and of course, any time you want to talk about your child’s progress, don’t hesitate to contact me. 

QUEST PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHTS 2014-15–I apologize for the confusion at the before school conference, the May date was incorrect.  The dates are from 6:00-7:30 PM on: Thursday, October 23, 2014; Tuesday, February 10, 2015; and Tuesday, May 19, 2015. 

SCIENCE FAIR – March 5

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – June 5

 

Remember to check out photos on our class website:  https://sites.google.com/a/ripon.k12.wi.us/mrs-simacek/

 

                            

I hope you and your family have a relaxing weekend,

 

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Simacek

 

 

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