Prairie View's 5th Grade News
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PVE Reading Movement in November
In the month of NOVEMBER,
JUST READ IT with a family member.
Take a picture to REMEMBER!
Send your photos via twitter using #PVEReads. Don't forget to tag @PrarieViewES. You can also email your family reading picture to their teacher.
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Our Guidance Lessons in November are about Drug Prevention. In the elementary grades we will focus on relationships and how peer pressure can influence our actions, the choices we make. We will talk about the dangers of some drugs, how they affect your brain, and how easily addiction can occur.
The 16-20th is Generation Texas Week. This is a fun way to emphasize choices and opportunities after High School. We will have a few dress-up days, some College trivia and rivalries to share! More information will be coming.
Cathy Harper, Prairie View Counselor
Teachers frequently request that the school nurse address grooming and hygiene with students. Children don’t always willingly shower or bathe frequently or thoroughly enough. As you can imagine, unpleasant body odors can become a problem in the closeness of the classroom. Classmates are often the first to notice and bring it to the attention of the teacher. If not addressed, the problem can become embarrassing and hurtful for the student. But luckily, there’s an easy solution! Please discuss the importance of daily showering with your child and if necessary provide more supervision of daily grooming. Laundering of coats, sleepwear and bed linens may also be helpful. Household pets can also be a source of odor on clothing and personal items. Daily application of deodorant is important for older students as their rapidly maturing bodies and physical activities require extra grooming attention. We all have the same goals for our children…to provide for their physical, emotional and educational health and well-being. Discussing personal hygiene can be a sensitive topic, but one that must be addressed to meet these goals. Together, we can make our school a happier, healthier place!
Here are tips to teach personal cleanliness tactfully, sensitively and proactively. Use the “B4 plan” - - tell him/her nicely "before" others tell him/her rudely:
Be open. Before you can have any conversation with a child, especially an embarrassing one, you've got to have clear, healthy communication channels. He/She needs to know that you care and are available. Prioritize talk time. Shut out distractions. Don't attempt a touchy subject if you can't stop checking your text messages.
Be discreet. Find a private time and place. Don't announce it at dinner. This is the time to be a parent, not a pal.
Be supportive. Here's the proactive part. Practice, don't just preach. Provide personal grooming materials: shaver, toothbrush, toothpaste, mouth-wash, body wash, brush, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant/ antiperspirant (you need both). You may be willing to spend a little extra on the "teen" deodorant or pricier razor (teach safety). If you're into organic, just make sure it works. Provide fresh clothes, bedding, towels and washcloths. If he/she has a health-related hygiene problem, address that. Teach him/her workarounds --baking soda in shoes to reduce foot odor, chewing gum to freshen breath. Watch diet. Foods affect body odors-- vegetables, onions, garlic, beans.
Be a good role model. Kids learn by actions and make sure there are plenty of toiletries.
Veteran's Day Pictures Wanted
If you would like to send a picture to honor a Veteran in our slide show at our Veteran’s Day Program on Nov. 11th please email them in jpeg format to Mrs. Nassiff by Nov. 1st. If you sent in pictures last year or previous years, I still have them so you don’t need to send them again unless you are sending one for a different person.
Please include the person's first and last name, branch of service, years of service, student's name and their relationship to student.
Important Notice about ride changes
Please note that our conference time is at 8:00 in the morning. Sometimes this is the only time during the day we can check our emails. If you send an email with important information about ride changes that day, please include email@example.com and/or firstname.lastname@example.org. This will guarantee we get the information in time. Thank you for your help in this matter.
The 5th Grade Teachers
Look for this paper coming home!
I am Thankful for you!
Buy a small goodie bag with a special note from you for $1.00 to be delivered to your friends by Friday, November 20th or you can take it home and give it to a family member.
In order to purchase goodie bags, please fill out the attached notes and bring $1.00 for each note to class by Monday, November 16th.
Contact Mrs. Gage or Mrs. Raney if you have any questions or need additional notes. Student Council Fundraiser benefiting Community Storehouse.
Language Arts- This week in Language Arts we are still studying Gary Paulsen. We have been reading his book Woods Runner as a class read aloud and having class discussion about it. We are also doing book clubs with different Gary Paulsen books. Please make sure your child is reading their book club book. On Friday we meet and if you child is not reading they miss out on great discussion. We will have a vocabulary test this week so please make sure they study. Have a great week.
We will conclude the unit on volume and order of operations on Tuesday. The remainder of the week will be used to introduce our study of division. The following link leads to a newsletter informing you of many activities you may share with your child. It also includes the vocabulary and strategies we will be learning. Please spend a couple of minutes looking over the instruction your child will be receiving.
Also, please remember the math homework is STRIDE ACADEMY 20 minutes 4 nights. Many of the students are faithful to this, and their improvements are astonishing!
Science- This week in science, we are beginning our Earth and Space Unit. This unit will last through January. It can be a challenging unit for students, but highly interesting for many. We are identifying different types of landforms, and looking at the effects of water weathering and abrasion.
Vocabulary- Test Friday
Sequence of Events