The Putney Post

West Homer Elementary--5th Grade

Dates to Remember

September 9- Girls on the Run (First Meeting)

September 10- Band Begins

September 18- Early Release

October 3 and 4- Ageya Overnight Field Trip

Classroom Happenings

This four day week flew by! In math we continued our work with place value as students explored the value of digits through the thousandths. In writing students demonstrated their understanding of the organization of a paragraph by writing a paragraph about what they think they will be like when they are thirty (pretty funny). Finally, in reading we practiced the reading skill of sequencing main events while reading a non-fiction text about a Double Dutch team in New York. Suzanne Haines, our Quest teacher, led the class through an engaging problem solving experience teaching leadership and teambuilding skills. We also had the opportunity to go out on our school's new trail system and learn about invasive species. It was a great week. Your fifth graders are so much fun to work with!

What's Next?

Next week we will be closing up our unit on place value. We will start out the week comparing and ordering decimals, engaging in review activities on Wednesday and Thursday, and then closing the week on Friday with our place value test. In writing students will be publishing their first writing projects. We will be typing, editing and adding illustrations to our three paragraphs. Your kids are amazing writers and I look forward to sharing their finished products with you. Finally, in reading we will be focusing on the skill of visualizing and identifying theme.

Mind a-Mazes 2013

-Open to any KPBSD student in grade 4-12

-Students work on teams of three to five students with an adult coach

-Teams receive a problem to solve weeks before the competition and work to complete their solution to the problem up until the day of the event

-There is also a problem presented at the competition for teams to solve within a short time period

Competition: Saturday, October 12 @ Soldotna Middle School

Questions? Contact Suzanne Haines at

5th Grade Band

As a fifth grader, your child has the opportunity to participate in the West Homer Elementary Band Program. Fifth grade band will take place from 12:35-1:05 on Tuesdays and 2:40-3:10 on Thursdays. September 10th is the first day of band. If you have questions regarding fifth grade band opportunities, please contact Tina Moore, our music teacher, at

Cookbook Fundraiser

Our outdoor education experiences are dependent on the fifth grade families supporting the fundraising process. Together, we will be creating and selling a cookbook filled with our favorite recipes. Each student will provide five recipes for the cookbook.

Next week, instead of spelling homework, your child will be asked to bring in three recipes to school that they would like to add to the cookbook. We are looking for parent volunteering willing to come in next Friday, September13, to help students type their recipes and enter them into the class cookbook. If you are interested in helping please send me an email.

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Girls on the Run

The mission of Girls on the Run is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Students who participate in Girls on the Run do not need to be athletically pre-disposed. It is not a sport; it is an afterschool club that works to build self-esteem and friendships.

Activities and games are designed to be accessible to all levels of fitness. Girls on the Run meets on Mondays and Wednesdays at the West Homer Library. The curriculum helps 3rd through 5th grade girls get a better understanding of who they are, what is most important to them, the role of teams and healthy relationships, and how to positively shape the world. The result? Healthy, confident girls who can.

The first meeting will be on Monday, September 9th at 3:30 in the West Homer Library.

For more information please contact Tara Schmidt or Rachel Romberg at Haven House.

907-235-7712 (ext. 227)