This is my classroom blog! I will post about all the great things we do in class throughout the week as well as important reminders. If you would like to be notified when new posts are made please use the subscribe button below. Thanks!
The kids requested that I post the examples I shared with them for the Biome project. You can find these on the Forms and Documents page. The file titled "Biome Diorama Examples"
I also posted the study guide for the social studies test on Ancient China which will be on Friday.
We reached our 100th day of school today. To celebrate, we wore shirts with numbers and helped the Kindergarten class make a 100 sticker book. We also had a popcorn party as we watched a video on ecosystems for our science unit.
School spelling bee is tomorrow. 5th grade participants this year are Christian Hodgins, Jack Swyers, and Macie Younge. Due to the spelling bee taking place during our religion time, we will not be having memory work tomorrow. However, a few students are in need of boosting their grade so I have assigned an optional verse to memorize for extra credit.
I sent home project instructions for biome dioramas today. These will be due on February 17th. I want students to let me know which ecosystems they are depicting by this Friday (2/3). Project instructions can also be found on the Forms and Documents
Tomorrow night is our Early Childhood Open House, if you have a child or know a family with a child that is ready for 3 or 4 year old preschool or Alternate Kindergarten, please invite them to come! We will have a short informational talk and then all the primary classrooms will be open with activities.
Lastly, 3 week grades will be sent home on Friday, February 3rd so keep an eye out for those. Homework for the week is posted here: 1/30-2/3
I'm excited for our last 100 days!
Another Mid-Winter Tournament is in the books! This was my first time being a part of it and what an awesome experience it was! Ending along with the tournament was our first semester. Second quarter grades were sent home today and I am asking that the envelope be signed and returned to me by Friday, January 20
so I know that you saw them. If you have any questions or concerned I would be happy to talk with you about them. Please call or email me and we can set up a time to do so. I am very proud of the how hard these 5th graders have been working this quarter. This definitely shows in their report cards.
Reminder: 5th grade is hosting snack sale this Thursday. I have one parent volunteer so far. I am looking for at least one more, preferably two. Please let me know if you can help. Volunteers should be here to set up at 1:30.
Even if you cannot help at the sale we need every 5th grade student to bring in 12 individual portions of the approved snacks. I will send home another reminder with the details on Wednesday.
Here are the homework assignments for the week! 1/17-1/20
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas vacation. We were able to go to our hometown in MN for Christmas this year. It was great spending time with family and friends that we don't get to see too often.
Now its back to work! As I told the kids, let's start the new year on the right track and finish this quarter strong! January 11th (Wednesday) is the end of the second quarter which means our first semester will be complete. Just a reminder, students' semester grade is what is recorded on their permanent record and it is a compilation of their first and second quarter grades.
Also next week is SPIRIT WEEK! We will be getting pumped up the 53rd Annual Mid-Winter Tournament. Here are the theme days for next week:
Monday— Comfy/Cozy Day (Sweats ,PJ Pants, Athletic Pants, T-Shirts)
Tuesday— Super Hero Day (Come as your favorite Super Hero)
Wednesday— DRESS UP DAY
Thursday— FAVORITE TEAM DAY (Wear your favorite sports team jersey or t-shirt!)
Friday- SPIRIT DAY!! (Your best Blue, White and Gold to cheer on the Trojans!)
If a student does not dress up for the special day, they must be in school dress code.
Friday is an early dismissal day and we will be having a pep rally at 11:25am to end our Spirit week fun! Please plan to join us, as we cheer on the Trojan teams to Mid-Winter victory! If you have not signed up already, many volunteers are still needed to help make sure the tournament is a great success. Check out the volunteer sign up to see if there is something you might be willing to contribute.
One last reminder, with all the hustle and bustle of Mid-Winter, don't forget that 4-6 grade choir will be singing for the 9 a.m. service at Trinity. Mid-Winter games start shortly after service so students can share their musical talents with our congregation and tournament guests and then head over to school and enjoy some exciting basketball!
There is no school on Monday, January 16th, in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. day.
Check out homework for the week here: 1/9-1/13
Have a great weekend!!
We have a short week this week, only 2 days! I pray that you all have a fun and relaxing Thanksgiving break with your friends and family. We have so much to be thankful for! God has blessed all the kids in this room with many gifts and talents and I am thankful that I get to be a part of their lives this year.
Reminder that if you received and Out-of-Uniform coupon from the Walk-A-Thon, that day is tomorrow (Tuesday, Nov. 22).
I am sending a book order home Monday. Those are due by December 5th so we can get the books by Christmas break. If you want to order something (i.e. Christmas gift) without your child knowing, you can do it online and let me know so I don't give it to them when it arrives. Or you can give the order directly to me and I'll make sure you get it.
Homework this week:
Read 20 minutes-Write in Log
Spelling-Review worksheet Test Tuesday
Math-Thanksgiving Riddle & Treasure Hunt worksheets
Memory Work-2nd commandment and meaning
Read 20 minutes-Write in Log
Read and write in the log of break. Turn in the log on Monday!
Enjoy your Thanksgiving break! God has given us so much to be grateful for!
Get some rest and relaxation; come back ready to finish the quarter strong!
There are just a few parents I still need to meet with but for the most part conferences are complete! Thank you to all the parents who took time out of their busy schedules to come in and chat with me. I am so excited to see the students' continued growth this next quarter. I wanted to remind parents that the Quarter 1 grade does not go on your child's permanent record. Quarter 1 and Quarter 2 final grades are combined for their Semester grade and that is what goes on their record. So if there were a few grades that were not so desirable, make sure to do really well in those courses in quarter 2 and your semester grade will be improved.
There are a few important dates I want to highlight for the month of November:
Nov. 6th is daylight savings which means students will not be allowed to wear shorts to school anymore. They can still wear gym shorts for P.E.
Nov. 8th-we will taking a field trip to Cedar Falls to see a performance of "Doktor Kaboom". You should have received a permission form last night. These must be returned tomorrow.
Nov. 15- Band/Choir Concert This will be in the school gymnasium. There will be a soup supper prior to the concert in the church basement.
Nov. 17- Healthy snack sale. 3rd grade is hosting but 5th will bring drinks. This is also Read & Feed day
Nov. 20- 4th-8th choir sings at Trinity Lutheran Church 9 a.m. service. We are anticipating full participation from the 4th-8th grade students and look forward to seeing them share their musical talents with the congregation.
November 23-25 Thanksgiving Vacation
Friday marked the end of the first quarter. I am really proud of all the hard work the students have put forth in these first few months and I look forward watching them grow even more in this next quarter.
Fall conferences will be this Thursday and Friday so we will be dismissing at 12pm those days. This also means no lunch will be served Thursday or Friday. I am excited to get to meet one on one with you and share all the great things your student has done so far this year.
Friday we will be having our Fall Party. I will be sending an email out to room parents regarding this. Friday's we have many specials that take place so my plan is to have fun activities spread throughout the morning in between those special classes and end with some treats. We will not be dressing up.
Enjoy this gorgeous fall weather!
This week came to a close with the all anticipated walk-a-thon! It turned out to be a beautiful day outside and kids enjoyed going through all the stations as they walked around the trail. 4 times around the trail is one mile. There were several in our class who made it over 2 miles! It was a wonderful end to our first full month of school.
6 week grades were also sent home Friday. I am very pleased with the progress that I am seeing. This class is determined to do great things!
Band lessons have started so students need to remember to bring their instruments on their lesson day in addition to our regular band days (Mon/Wed). If you do not remember what day your lesson is, let me know.
Also this week, our class was invited to help the Kindergarten class with a game. I was very proud of the leadership demonstrated by the fifth graders and the great example they are to the other kids at Trinity.
Coming up next week in spelling we have a our first review unit. This means if you get 100% on the pretest you do not have to take the final test on Friday. There are more words in this weeks list but they are all words we have already tested on this year. On Tuesday, we will have our second chapter test in Social Studies. The class as a whole did not score very well on our chapter 1 test so I highly encourage students to bring their notes from class home and study for this next test. We will review in class on Monday.
Wednesday we are participating in the Healthiest Iowa Walk. In order for your child to join us, they need to have the standard activity consent form completed on Powerschool, through E-registration. I sent a flyer home about this last week. Only 2 students have not done this yet! Thank you to those who took the time to get this done for your child.
This week has definitely been a challenge with all the schedule changes however we persevered.
Enjoy the weekend!
Today was our 3rd Friday of the year and I think it's safe to say we are back into the swing of things. Yesterday we had a visit from a Police Pal, Officer Kieler, who talked with us about internet safety. The rain kept us inside for recess on Wednesday but we were anxious to get to play outside yesterday and today.
There are a lot of great things happening next week that I wanted to share with you.
Monday- Walk-a-Thon packets will be sent home. The Walk-a-Thon event for 5th graders will be September 30th at 1:00pm.
Wednesday- Early Dismissal at 12pm. We also have chapel. This week we started sending baggies home for chapel offering. Please consider giving anything you are able to, our offerings this quarter are going to support 2 different TLS families in need.
Thursday- P.E. field trip to Camp Io-Dis-E-Ca. We will leave at 8:30am and return at 12pm. Our lunch is right at noon so you will NOT need to bring a sack lunch.
- Jeans Day! Also, Trivia Night at 6pm. If you want to learn more or put together a team, get all the info
on the school's TAB
Next week we will have a sub on Thursday and Friday as I will be in Minnesota getting ready for my sister's wedding, September 17th. I have no doubt that they do a wonderful job of showing our guest teacher what great students we have here at Trinity!
I don't know about you but I am ready for this 3 day weekend! I have loved getting to know all my students this week and we have started to get into a routine but boy am I tired!
I hope the kids are enjoying their time at school as much as I am so far. I posted a few photos
so check those out!
Today I sent home a progress report from XtraMath, which is a web-based program that works on addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. We have been using this program in the computer lab almost daily. Students are given addition problems first until they reach 100% accuracy, then they move on to subtraction, then multiplication, and finally division. The goal is to get students to fact mastery through repetition. The report will show you where your child is at and how they have been doing. I am very pleased with all the progress I am seeing. At the top of the report is their pin number so they can practice at home if they want. They should all know how to get to the site.
A band, choir, bells concert schedule was sent home today as well. It contains important dates to remember so please make sure to get that from your child.
I also wanted to mention the P.E. field trip consent form was sent home yesterday and is due back on Tuesday (Sept. 6).
Homework for the weekend is just to read 120 minutes and they will have memory work on Tuesday. It will be Luther's Morning Prayer.
Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!!