## January Million Word Challenge: Reading Resolutions

In the month of January, every student is setting a January Reading Resolution. This is a goal that they will achieve in reading just in the month of January. This could be anything from reading a certain number of books to trying a new genre. In 5th grade, we will be publishing our resolutions on the 5th grade blog. At the end of January, students will write a reflection about meeting/ not meeting their goal. Check out our blog at https://sites.google.com/a/nisdtx.org/2015-2016-5th-grade-blogs/
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Starting this week, using Stride 80 minutes a week (20 min 4 times a week) is mandatory. Your child has been challenged. We have put up a football field on the wall. Their football player or cheerleader (they colored themselves) start at one end zone. Their goal is to move across the field to the other end zone. To do this, each week your child must meet their 80 minutes on Stride Academy goal. We will have twelve weeks to complete this challenge, including Spring Break. That means they only have 2 weeks that they can miss their goal. If they “score a touchdown,” meaning they met their 80 minutes goal 10 times, they get to attend a pajama, popcorn party the week of the STAAR test. There will be smaller rewards along the way. Please help them in their success by checking to make sure they are meeting their weekly goals.

## Learning Targets

Language Arts- Welcome Back!! I am so excited to be back at school. This New Year holds so many possibilities. This week in Language Arts we are going to hit the ground running. We will be reading Dramas and discussing all the elements that make up a play. When we have a good understanding of the elements we will also start writing our own play about the Westward Expansion.

Math- We are learning a variety of strategies for the subtraction of fractions. Some methods include using a number line, converting mixed numbers to improper fractions, and changing the fraction to a decimal. It’s great to be back!

Science- To kick off our week, we will be analyzing our Earth Science Assessment Scores from December. This will be a great review of what we did before we left for break. Throughout the rest of this week, we will be digging into resources about Alternative energy.

## Hygiene

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.

## Auction Donations.....

We are doing weekly Friday auctions, where the kids can spend there 5th grade money. We are asking for donations to help sustain our auction materials. Gently used items, old toys, dollar items, fingernail polishes, notepads, games, g-rated movies, craft supplies, etc. are all welcome. Please send donated items to your homeroom teacher. The students work hard to earn their money, and we want to maintain a high incentive for good behavior. The auctions play a significant role in the positive environment we are creating. Thank you for your involvement and support.

With all the technology we will be using this year, having some headphones/earbuds would be a great convenience for your child. So if you have an old pair laying around the house that you don't mind losing, please send it with your child. They will be able to keep it in their pencil pouch or locker. Also, if you still have your pencil holder from last year, please bring it in.

## Important Notice about ride changes

Parents,

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 llewis@nisdtx.org and/or sjackson@nisdtx.org. This will guarantee we get the information in time. Thank you for your help in this matter.

### Northwest Schools

Buses will run, but on an earlier schedule.

### Northwest Schools

Buses will run, but on an earlier schedule.

## Mrs. Branstetter

Language Arts Teacher

Science Teacher

Math Teacher