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10-11-17


Hi 5th Grade Families, 

It has been a pleasure meeting with you so far today at conferences. It is so nice to look at all the progress they have made so far in 5th grade and discuss goals they have made for the year. 

Social Studies

We are finishing up our learning about the social, political, and economic institutions of Roanoke, Jamestown, and Plymouth. Next, we will begin to learn about the expansion of the 13 English colonies, their impact on today's society, and much more as we make our way toward the American Revolution. If students miss class due to an absence, band, or orchestra, they are encouraged and welcome to use my website at http://www.dartingteacher.com/homework.asp to view the Blendspace lesson and catch up on learning. 

Science

Our first science unit is at an end. Students took their end of the unit assessment on Tuesday. Be sure to ask them what they've learned about matter! Next, we will be learning about weather. Our wonderful PTA recently purchased some new weather tools for us to use in science and STEM.

Math

We began our new decimal addition and subtraction unit today. In this unit, we will be learning how to add and subtract decimals to the thousandths place, finding if our answers are reasonable, estimating to decimal place values, and much more. We plan to have a different organization of math classes on Thursday, starting next week, in order to accommodate band and orchestra a bit more. Students participating will have Mrs. Knox on Thursdays only, and she will teach a shorter version of the weekly constructed response lesson to just the band and orchestra students. All other students will be in Mrs. Snowden's or my class on Thursdays. We hope this helps with the missing math class dilemma on Thursdays. 

Writing

In writing, we have been studying short stories. Students have learned about 4 different genres of short story and will continue to learn about implementing story elements and figurative language into their own short stories. 

Reading

New Literacy Logs came home last week. Please remind your student to practice both reading and/or writing every night. These logs will be due November 1st. 

Student-Led Conferences

Fall Conferences are going well. Thanks for coming Wednesday, and I look forward to seeing the rest of you Thursday before or after school! 

Read-A-Thon

Tomorrow is our school Read-A-Thon. Students will have opportunities to read in different scenarios multiple times throughout the day. We have a guest reader at 9am, a guest author coming at 10am, and lots of fun activities schedule for math and buddies throughout the day! They may wear pajamas, bring in books, and bring a stuffed animal or a pillow/small blanket. Thank you for supporting our fundraiser. Events like these allow us to purchase technology, books, science tools, etc. for our students!

No School Friday

Our fall break is Friday (October 13th) for conference comp. Have a fun and safe weekend! 

Field Day

We're hoping to have Field Day on Friday, October 20th. Our afternoon field day schedule will be the same as previously announced (1:00-3:15). Please send your student dressed appropriately for the weather that day. 

Halloween party news from amazing room parents-


Hi 5th grade parents!

Halloween is near! Would love to have some parent helpers/ donations for the soiree! 
Please see attached sign up sheet for Halloween party, thanks in advance for your donations and time!
Anyone who can come help during the party with serving the food and drinks, helping with the mad lib activity at the tables, etc would be greatly appreciated.  I may or may not be able to attend, pending our newest addition due that day. :)

We've got plates, napkins, cups, cutlery, and decor covered already, but a few snacks would be great!

**The party will be on Halloween (Tuesday, 10/31) from 9:45-10:45. There will be a school costume parade beforehand from 9:20 to 9:45. All are welcome!** -- 

Sarah Cosgrove
 
Thanks! Please let me know if you have any questions. Have a great 3-day weekend! See you on Monday.

Mrs. Vallory Darting, M.Ed.

5th Grade Teacher

Blue Heron Elementary School