NCE 5th Grade Newsletter

September 25, 2015

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FREE books from Scholastic!

Reading Round Up

Look at all the good stuff we got for our classroom library! Because of student orders, we were able to choose all of these books from Scholastic for NO COST! Another round of order sheets will be going home in a few weeks, but if you are eager to see what's available, you can always go to and browse or place an order. The next order will be due by October 23rd, so it will be a while before the book are actually here. Don't forget, our class code is NB7KF.

Looking ahead, students received the menu for the next major assessment for the quarter. They will be completing an in class project on a book they have read or are reading this quarter. Check in with them to see what book they've chosen, and which of the eight projects they will work on.

Just a reminder, students should be reading 20 minutes nightly. I know it can be difficult to squeeze it in (I struggle with this myself), but it really is important. Some of my students are setting their phone alarms to remind themselves to read- what a great idea! If your student has an idea that is working for them, encourage them to share it with me- there may even be Bonus Bucks rewarded! :)

Writing Notes

The students have become experts on crafting writing that is filled with sensory details. They were instructed to write a paragraph without saying where they were. After using tons of sensory details, the students were to find a partner in the room and read their paragraph to them. The goal was to see if their partner could guess where they were after hearing the sensory details incorporated in the writing piece. The students enjoyed quizzing their friends and sharing their writing with their peers.

This week the students began to brainstorm what they will write about for their next major project. This will be a personal narrative. Students are working to complete their personal narrative plan first before beginning to write. The focus of this project is to develop strong leads and introductory paragraphs. In addition, the students will work to fill their writing with sensory details and vivid verbs.

I am excited for the students to craft their writing in a way that capture's the readers attention. After the major writing project is complete, we will celebrate our writing. This will involve the students sharing their stories with their peers.

The 5th Grade Team

Mrs. Griffin

Mr. Krauklis

Ms. Lauden

Mrs. Mata

Math in a Minute

We had a great week in math working on 3 digit x 2 digit multiplication. I saw so many students move from a confused face on Monday to a confident smile by Friday. Next week we will begin multiplying with decimals. Students will have homework on Monday and Wednesday. I will also be conferencing with students who did not pass the Unit 1 test and helping them make corrections. They will then be given an opportunity to take a retest.

From the Lab

The Science Lab

This Sunday evening is a great chance to observe a rare supermoon lunar eclipse! The fun will start just after 8 pm and will get to totality around 9:11 pm. If the skies stay clear this should be an awesome opportunity. Any student who takes a selfie with the eclipse and sends it to me (or brings it in) will earn 20 extra credit points for their next homework assignment.

Boosterthon Fun Run

It's that time of year again- time for our one and only fund raiser, the Boosterthon Fun Run.

Hosting a Fun Run means there is no selling or delivering products. Once our program begins on September 29, 2015, family and friends anywhere in the world can support our school by giving pledges toward the number of laps your students will run on the day of the Fun Run: October 8, 2015. Our Fun Run will be powered by the Boosterthon Fun Run, an organization that’ll organize Fun Runs for over 1,600 schools this year.

Our Fun Run also comes with a world-class character theme. This year’s theme is BIG WORLD RECESS, a global fitness theme all about building character through sports. Students will travel our big world learning how to play with character from REAL kid-athletes in other countries.

Through this year’s Fun Run, our school goal is to raise $25,000 for technology. Parents, we need YOUR help! Please help your student secure donations for their laps. The kids look forward to this friendly competition each year, and the results are incredible. If we all work together, we can reach our goal!

Don't forget- Friday October 2nd is an early release day!

Homework? What homework? The dog ate it?

We have noticed that many students are not getting their homework turned in on time. We realize that there is an adjustment period, but are working toward students taking responsibility for their work. When homework is assigned, it is written on the white board, and students are given time to copy it into their planners. It is left on the board all week as a reminder. When students tell us that they "thought it was due on another day ...", we refer to the white board with the date and ask if they have it written in their planner.

We strive to update our Canvas calendars with due dates and copies of the worksheets. Sometimes there are technical difficulties, and uploads don't happen. We are reminding students not to be dependent on Canvas, but to use it as a last resort. When homework is turned in late we take a 10 point deduction. Even if homework is late, students still have an opportunity to earn a high score. The bottom line is that we want to teach them responsibility, but we also want them to practice the skills they need to do well on their classwork.