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posted May 9, 2017, 8:40 AM by Caitlin Smith

Today I showed the class this video. We were talking about how our God has given us everything and yet we complain and take those things for granted. I had seen this video earlier in the week and thought it was a powerful depiction of how our problems compare to others and how can be thankful for all the blessings we do have.

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posted Feb 1, 2017, 2:25 PM by Caitlin Smith

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.

Happy 100th Day of School!

posted Jan 30, 2017, 1:38 PM by Caitlin Smith   [ updated Jan 30, 2017, 1:43 PM ]

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 page.

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!

One Semester Down, One More to Go!

posted Jan 18, 2017, 8:00 AM by Caitlin Smith

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

Back in the Swing of Things!

posted Jan 6, 2017, 1:44 PM by Caitlin Smith

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!!

Happy Thanksgiving!

posted Nov 21, 2016, 11:25 AM by Caitlin Smith

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:

Monday 11/21
Read 20 minutes-Write in Log

Spelling-Review worksheet  Test Tuesday

Math-Thanksgiving Riddle & Treasure Hunt worksheets

Memory Work-2nd commandment and meaning 

Tuesday 11/22
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!


Hello Quarter 2!

posted Nov 1, 2016, 8:01 AM by Caitlin Smith

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


First Quarter Completion!

posted Oct 24, 2016, 8:00 AM by Caitlin Smith

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!

Walk-A-Thon Fun!

posted Oct 3, 2016, 7:35 AM by Caitlin Smith

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! 

Another week in the books!

posted Sep 9, 2016, 6:25 PM by Caitlin Smith

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.

Friday- 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 page.

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! 

Check out the Homework Assignments page to see next week's work.

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