The Cloud Connection

October 20, 2014

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Reading: This week students will be sharing the main idea of the books they read during our last novel unit with the rest of the 5th grade. Students will discuss what the four books have in common. We will all read the next book, Wonder as it also deals with diversity and tolerance of others. If you haven't read this book, you might want to; it really is a great read for students and families. Due to our hectic schedule we only had time to share one book report so we'll focus on sharing the rest of them this week. They look beautiful!


Writing: Students will be working on their reflection pieces for Ageya and writing thank you's this week. I'm hoping to conference with everyone about their writing assessment from last week so they can set writing goals for the future. Greek vocab words for the week are: circ/circum, ven/vent, trans, and mit/miss. The test will be Friday.


Math: Students will be working on division this week. We'll take a quiz on Tues. and move into longer division problems by the end of the week. Homework is: Mon. pg. 181-182, Tues. 187-188, Wed. 199-200 and Thurs. 205-206.


Science: Joel will be in to teach students how to use a GPS and we'll follow up with a Geocaching activity on Thurs.


Social Studies: We'll finish up our reading about the first people in North America.


Analogies are due Fri. Reading logs are due on Monday.


Friday is our Potato Fest and Student Council sponsored "Dress like anything on a Farm" day.

Library News


The Scholastic Book Fair is coming soon! Monday October 27th--Friday October 31th, the Book Fair will be open all week during the school day. The Book Fair is open all day both days of Parent/Teacher Conferences.


Tuesday October 28th 4:30-6:30 is Family and Friends Night at the Book Fair with door prizes and refreshments. Come one and all and help support the library!


The Students go to the Book Fair during their regularly scheduled library classes and during after lunch recess. They may buy books and/or make wish lists that their teachers give to the parents during Parent Teacher Conferences. This gives the parents a chance to see well thought out book requests from their children. Teachers will also pick out books that they wish for in their classroom. Parents and students have a chance to buy a book and donate it to the classroom. A personal placard in the book denotes the donation.


You may go to our Scholastic Book Fair homepage at the following address for book previews, dates, and more:


http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/westhomerelementaryschool1


There will be books, science kits, notebooks, posters and more—something for everyone! The students help me run the Book Fair. There will be lots of books and we will have lots of fun!!!!!!!


See you there,


Lisa Whip


Cheryl Illg


Our time for celebration on Halloween will be limited due to the early release day. Students will have their parade at 12:45 so we'll have very little time for a party. If a few of you could bring some treats for after the parade that would be nice, but we won't need a lot. There are 29 of us in class. Thank you!



We will be transitioning back to our routines from the first month of school during the next couple of weeks. Our attempt to combine the entire fifth grade didn't give us the results we hoped to have. We learned a lot and there were some great insights that came from teaming, but in the long run we've decided that it wasn't meeting student needs in ways we desired. Ms. Bolin will continue serving small groups of students in either a pull out model or coming into our class to assist students. Thank you for your patience and support as we work to create the best possible learning environment for your child.

Potato Fest/ dress like anything on a farm day

Friday, Oct. 24th, 2pm

West Homer Elementary

We'll be enjoying the potatoes that were grown and harvested in our raised beds.

Halloween Parade

Wednesday, Oct. 29th, 12:45pm

West Homer Elementary

The parade is scheduled for 12:45 and students will go home at 1:45 due to an Early Release Day.

Early Release

Wednesday, Oct. 29th, 1:45pm

West Homer Elementary

Book Fair

Monday, Oct. 27th, 9am to Friday, Oct. 31st, 11am

West Homer Elementary

Oct. 28 is Family and Friends night from 4:30-6:30

Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday, Oct. 30th, 8:15am to Friday, Oct. 31st, 12pm

West Homer Elementary