Miss Birie's Weekly Update

September 12, 2016

From Miss Birie

Hello!


Thank you to all the parents and students who attended PTO's Fifth Grade Fun Night! I loved seeing all the fun costumes, the dancing & singing, and smiles on the STEM Students' faces!


Here are a few reminders:


Chromebooks

If your child is interested in taking home his/her chromebook, the attached form needs to be completed and turned in with the $25.00 fee.


Parent Volunteers

If you or an adult in your family is free from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Monday-Friday, and would be interested in working in the PBIS School Store, please let me know! You could volunteer for specific days, weeks, or months. Thank you!


Have a wonderful week! Go Bucks!


-Miss Birie

Important Dates

September 26 - PTO Meeting, 6:30-7:30

Calling All Geniuses!

Dear Parents,

Our 5th graders will be starting Genius Hour on September 22nd. Genius Hour gives students an opportunity to independently research, discover, create, and teach.

Genius Hour is done differently in 5th grade. We want to scaffold the concept to set students up for success.


On Thursday, September 22nd, adults will present an interest or passion to small groups of students who are also interested in this talent/passion. The adult presentation should be 25-30 minutes long. You will give basic information on the topic and then the students will take it from there. After your presentation, students can ask questions, or you can help them start their search for more information. You do NOT need to be an expert; just a person who enjoys the task/topic.

We are asking for your HELP! We want our first Genius Hour to be fun and informative for our students. We want the students to have a variety of topics to pick from. We need YOU!

If you are interested in presenting to a small group of students, please let your child’s homeroom teacher know.


What: Genius Hour

When: September 22nd

Time: 8:50-9:30

Location: BRJH Cafeteria

Thanks,

The 5th grade Team

Math Class

Classwork


Math 1

  • This week, we will continue our study of place value, specifically, NBT 5.5 Rounding.
  • There is a quiz this Friday over NBT 5.1-5.4. A study guide will be provided.
  • I will also continue my computation groups this week (NBT 5.5). These small groups will work with me on their computation from multiplication and division of whole numbers through decimal computation.


Homework

  • 45 Minutes of iReady due Friday


Math 2

  • This week, we will continue our study of place value, specifically, NBT 5.3b Comparing & Ordering Decimals and NBT 5.2 Powers of Ten.
  • There is a quiz this Friday over NBT 5.1-5.3. A study guide will be provided.
  • I will also continue my computation groups this week (NBT 5.5). These small groups will work with me on their computation from multiplication and division of whole numbers through decimal computation.


Homework

  • 45 Minutes of iReady due Friday

Social Studies Class

Classwork


  • This week, we will continue watching the Channel One News (www.channelone.com) and using real-world events to connect to our current Geography standards (GEO 5.4 & 5.5) and our future Government standards (GOV 5.11 & 5.12).
  • Students will also be completing an introductory Types of Government Scavenger Hunt Reading (GOV 5.12). Students will use the knowledge gained from this to prepare "A Day In The Life Of..." simulation. More information about this assignment at a future date.
  • We will also start our read-aloud novel, Nothing but the Truth, by Avi. This is a group book study and students are not required to have a copy of this book, but are welcomed to pick up a copy at the library if desired. (GOV 5.12)


Homework


  • No homework this week in Social Studies!

First Quarter Incentive

At the end of each quarter, students who have consistently demonstrated the Habits of Mind all quarter will earn a fun incentive day. The event is still to be determined, but here is the criteria:

  • No more than 8 missing homework assignments.
  • All Anchor Assignments MUST be completed prior to the trip.
  • No more than 5 behavior checks-These are behaviors that would interrupt class, but DO NOT REQUIRE AN OFFICE REFERRAL. We are not talking about missing chromebooks, pencils, etc.
  • No office referrals.
  • No ISS (In-School Suspension) or OSS (Out of School Suspension)

Communication & Technology

Websites


Engrade

engradepro.com/wikis/birie

This website will have links to all the sites we are utilizing in our class.


Class Blog

www.stemtasticclassroom.com

A great place to check out what is happening in our class!

If you would like to "opt out" your child, that is fine! Send me an email!


Edmodo

www.edmodo.com

Group Code: Written in student assignment books this week.

This is the main site we will be using this year. Parents-you can find weekly homework, assignments, & reminders here.


Powerschool Parent Login

https://ps7-re.treca.org/public

View your child's grades. Your username/password will be mailed to you.



Apps


Class Messenger App

Class Code: AQNU6Z

This free download provides private texting between teacher & parents.


Shoparoo App

Shoparoo is a free fundraising app that supports our school PBIS team.


SeeSaw

Students will use this free app in class to demonstrate knowledge of a topic.


Download the "Parent" version of SeeSaw to view your child's work!


QR Scan

Students will use this free app in class to complete activities.