Jeffrey/Mead Team Blog

9/20 - 9/24

While we continue to build community through rules creation and CARES work, the students are also diving into academics throughout the day. Last week we had our first all school meeting outside.


Each day students participate in a Number Talk which are designed to help students become flexible, accurate and efficient when making calculations. The strategies we are teaching help students solve problems across all four operations. Right now Ms. Jeffrey's class is working on multiplication with partial products as well as halving and doubling.

Calendar Grid and Calendar Collector have also continued in classrooms. Students have been making connections between the work we do in Number Corner and the work we do in our unit lessons. This month Grid has focused on the relationship between money and time while Collector is about volume, a concept from a fifth grade essential standard.

Students have also learned math games during this time. Some games students have learned are Digit Place, Close to 100, and Pathways. These games give students opportunities to practice addition, subtraction and multiplication as well as get to know each other and practice cooperative skills.

Unit 1 focuses on multiplication, volume and division. This week students worked on number strings with partial products, the over strategy and halving & doubling. Furthermore, they continued to work on writing expressions and equations to show multiplicative relationships.

Unit 1 Overview

Math Stars

Students can work on their math stars worksheets independently at school and home. Worksheets should be handed in Thursday morning for double stars. They will have the opportunity to ask questions and get help on Thursday and resubmit their math stars for single stars. We hope kids have fun with this extra math opportunity!

Read Aloud

Ms. Jeffrey's class is reading Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key. This is the story of a young boy who struggles with ADHD. Due to multiple incidents of hurting himself and now a classmate, Joey has settled into his new school and hopes to return to his old school in 6 weeks. The doctor told him he would help get him on the right track by adjusting his medication. In addition, Joey went to the hospital in Pittsburgh to have a test done. Of course, while there he wanted to see his dad but his mom wouldn't let him. The class had a good discussion on why they think Joey should or should not meet his father. Not to give too much away but for those interested the next book in the series centers on Joey's relationship with his father.
Mrs. Mead's class is reading Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling. This is a former Golden Dome book. We got so many answers at the end of this week! We found out that Josephine who works in the steakhouse is actually Aven's biological grandmother AND Joe Cavaungh. Aven's biological mother, who was also named Aven, passed away in a rodeo accident and Josephine didn't think she could take care of a baby at her age. Josephine is the one who hired Aven's parents, knowing full well who they were, because she wanted to help when she found out that Aven's dad had lost his job and her parent were having financial trouble. We also learned that Josephine is leaving Aven Stagecoach Pass and retiring now that she knows they are ok. Aven is trying to figure out if she is going to let Josephine stay in her life. We are still waiting to see if Aven and Connor will be able to repair their relationship.


Our first writing genre of the year is opinion. Students have spent time brainstorming and writing about personal opinion topics. We began some of this work by thinking about things that bug or bother us. We are working ways to add more to your writing without repeating the same words or ideas.

Students will continue to take word study assessments so we can determine instructional needs for groupings. For the next two weeks we will do practice for upcoming word study instruction.


Students continue to work on building good reading habits. Students have been building stamina for independent reading and writing about reading. They are learning how to monitor or pay attention to their reading and what to do when their attention wanders.

We are wrapping up reading assessments. We will use the results to plan mini lessons, group strategy lessons, guided reading groups as well as book groups.

Currently both classes are in the middle of a practice round of book groups. In this round the whole class will read the same book and we will model expectations for book discussions and reader's notebook responses. Students can get support reading the books by accessing the audio recording in Google Classroom. Mrs. Mead's students are reading Wonder while Ms. Jeffrey's are reading On My Honor.


Students continue to learn about matter. Included in that learning is the different properties of matter and important vocabulary students will need to know. As the unit continues students will participate in Kahoots, Science Court, and Mystery Science lessons.

Parent Conferences

We are working on creating schedules based on parent feedback. Once schedules are sent out please add your date/time to your calendar.

For in person conferences masks are required. Parents/guardians should plan to arrive at their assigned time so we can avoid groups congregating in the hallway. Given that we have 30 minute blocks of time we should be able to adhere to that schedule.

FMS Fun Run

The FMS Fun Run is scheduled for Friday, October 1. The rain date is October 5. Students should come to school wearing comfortable clothes and sneakers. In addition, they should have a water bottle.

The PTO is looking for volunteers to help out with the Fun Run. Use this link to sign up.

School Wide SEL

Each week all students at FMS will participate in SEL instruction. Below is next week's lesson overview for 5th grade.

Lesson 3: Changing My Plan


In this week’s lesson, your child will learn how to evaluate their progress toward a goal and change their plan accordingly.

Try This at Home

Talk to your child about the progress they’ve made toward their goal. Ask them if they’ve run into any roadblocks, and offer to help them think about how to keep moving forward.


As students may have shared with families already, their lunch isn't until 1:00. Some kids are sharing that they are hungry by mid to late morning. If possible, families might want to pack some additional snacks.

Student Technology Tools

The following is a list of online programs students may use this year. Others could be added as the year progresses. Individual student password documents will be shared with students. We will be send home a permission form regarding student technology programs in the first weeks of school.

Safari Montage

Scholastic News



Spelling City

Book Creator

Typing Club


Khan Academy



Students will need two masks at school everyday. Masks will need to be worn on the bus to and from school. They should also be worn at school except when eating and during mask breaks, which we all need!

FMS Newsletter

You can read the Bobcat Bulletin here.

Four Winds

Read this flyer to learn about the Four Winds program at EES and FMS. Parent volunteers are needed!


To follow the Health & Safety Guidance provided by the Dept of Health, we are not allowing food-sharing activities at this time. We are also not allowing non-food items to be brought in for sharing an example, Valentine's Day cards.

Early Dismissal Procedure

IMPORTANT! Procedure for Early Dismissal

In the event that your child needs to be dismissed early, the following protocol must be followed:

  • On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday - you must pick up by 2:00 p.m.

  • Wednesday- you must pick up by 1:00pm.

  • Send your child’s teacher and Kim Kedzierski ( an email first thing in the morning letting them know what time your child needs to be dismissed, the reason why and the name of the person picking them up. Or, you can also call the attendance line at 879-6326 and leave a message stating your child’s name, time leaving, the name of the teacher, the reason why, and the name of the person picking them up.

  • When you arrive to pick up your child, please pull up to the front of the building and call Kim at 879-6326 to let her know you’re here

Important Dates

October 1 FMS Fun Run

October 5 FMS Fun Run rain date

October 7 Afternoon/evening conferences

October 8 NO SCHOOL Parent Teacher Conference Day

October 11 NO SCHOOL Indigenous Day

October 14 Picture Day at FMS