Wilson's Creek 5th Grade News

October 25 - October 29

Important Dates:

October 8-29 Penny Wars fundraiser for Down Syndrome Group of the Ozarks

October 25-29 Red Ribbon Spirit Week

November 1-2: No School!

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Principal Pride Post

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Notes From the Nurse:

Please encourage your child to wear a mask properly while at school. Masks should be covering the student’s nose and mouth. We are regularly having to quarantine students due to COVID exposures at school. One of the major factors in deciding what type of quarantine is needed for a child, is how dependable they are regarding proper mask wearing. We appreciate your support with this matter.

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Student Council News

Penny Wars for Down Syndrome

Student Council is excited to announce that we are raising money for Down Syndrome Group of the Ozarks through the end of October! Students may bring cash or check donations to their homerooms or donate online at https://client.customdonations.com/securepay/dsgo/


For any online donations made, please print confirmation or email it to Mr. Kennedy at jdkennedy@spsmail.org, along with your child's homeroom teacher name.


STUCO Swag

We are currently sold out of water bottles and blue medium socks. However, you may still order the other items from our flyer. See the attached flyer for details.


Hat Friday

Every Friday is Hat Friday at Wilson's Creek!

Art

Fifth graders have been learning about color. Students created an illustration with the topic of “summer”. After drawing the illustration about summer they begin painting with watercolors. This is the first project in our study of the elements of art.

Library


Author Visit! The author J. Scott Savage will be coming to speak to Wilson’s Creek students on Thursday, Nov. 4th!


Check out his website here: https://www.jscottsavage.com/



Mrs. Melson’s Contact Information and Links:

E-mail: amelson@spsmail.org

Twitter: @WCreekLibrary

5th Grade Library Class Canvas page

School Library Canvas page

School Library website

Teacher Wish List

Instructional Technology

For the month of October we will be learning how to recognize cyberbullying. Students will learn what is and isn’t cyberbullying and learn tools and strategies to combat the problem. Again we will be using Common Sense Media. Click on the following link to watch a short 2 minute video about bullying vs. cyberbullying.

https://www.commonsense.org/education/digital-citizenship/lesson/is-it-cyberbullying

Students will also continue using typing.com and typingclub.com weekly to learn how to type.


October - cyberbullying awareness month.


If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me. 😊

Rachel Burk

rrburk@spsmail.org

Music

5th graders are still working on learning all of our songs for our Veterans Day Performance on Nov. 11th. Performances will be by teams and performance times will be sent out later this month. Students can listen to the songs at home via the 5th grade Music Canvas page.

Concert Choir:

I am so impressed by the sound that we are getting so far in our rehearsals. There will be some practice outside of rehearsal on the choir canvas page. Please make sure you are listening to the music for at least 15 minutes outside of rehearsal. See you next Tuesday!


Mr. Parker

jlparker@spsmail.org.

PE

We will finish our beginning of the year fitness testing. We use the Fitnessgram Assessment Program for our testing.

We will start a soccer skills unit!

Coach Neville

E-mail: lmneville@spsmail.org

Twitter: @levipsu32

Counselor

A Note from the Counselor

Jill Wilson Jrwilson@spsmail.org

Handling Friends

If you are unhappy about the company your son or daughter keeps, the secret is an open mind. In the long run, if we maintain a strong and loving relationship with our children, they will generally choose friends we approve of and some we even genuinely like!

Preserve Your Relationship

For a short period of time, it is both normal and natural for a young person in the early teen years to seek friends whose values seem to be the very opposite of our own!

But sadly, some parents overreact by trying to control the friends their teenagers prefer to “hang out” with. Not only does this jeopardize the parent/teen relationship, it’s also a waste of time.

No Criticizing

As parents we should never criticize or judge people we don’t know. Our teenagers will eventually just ignore our thoughts and opinions. It’s also well worth our time to get to know their friends and accept them as much as we possibly can. Sometimes, we end up surprised and wonder why we were so concerned in the first place!

Non Judgmental Communication

Although it is unwise to criticize our teenager’s friends, we certainly have the right to express our concerns. Our opinions should only be given in a loving and non judgmental manner.

Last Resort

We know it is generally useless to try to control who our teens are with when they’re away from home. As a last resort, however, it is within reason for a parent to forbid certain friends of their teens to visit their home. This decision should only be made when less severe options have been tried--since such a harsh action can harm the relationship a parent has built with their son or daughter.

Pearl #12

A Loving Parent/Teen Relationship is the Best Insurance That our Teens will choose the Right Friends

Jim Fay & Foster W. Cline

School Counselor

Wilson’s Creek Intermediate

jrwilson@spsmail.org

417.523.7960

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