Fifth Grade Happenings


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Specialist Schedule - 5 day cycle that repeats

10/15 Day 3 Music with Ms. Fornshell

10/16 Day 4 Art with Mrs. Frey

10/23 Day 5 Gym With Mr. Larson

10/11 Day 1 Media with Mrs. Schwinger

10/12 Day 2 Gym with Mr. Larson


10/16 Safe Spaces 1:00-2:00

10/17-10/22 MEA No School

10/24 Picture Retakes

10/29 Wolf Ridge ELC Informational Meeting 6:00

Classroom Community

We are continuing to learn how to show the WestWood Ways by being:





Students have learned expectations in the classroom, specials, recess and lunch. When students are not showing the WestWood Way they will receive a coaching ticket and have a conversation about what they need to focus on, I will share coaching points with them and together we will come up with an appropriate response. The coaching slip is new this year and is an opportunity for your child to learn and grow. If a coaching slip comes home please have a positive discussion with your child about what they learned from this situation. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


This week in reading we will focus on reading for meaning and adjusting our initial theories once we learn more about the text. Students will write about what their first thoughts were of a story and then write new ideas as they read more. We will launch book clubs and readers will learn what active participation looks and sounds like during book club.


Our second unit in math is all about area and perimeter. Students will find area and perimeter of rectangles, triangles and complex shapes. We will also design Tiny Houses as part of our unit!


This week in writing we will continue to elaborate our personal narratives and focus on raising the level of narrative writing by bringing out important parts that emphasize the meaning of our stories. Ask your child what they have been writing about all week - they have some action packed narratives!
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My "Other" Family

WestWood is like home to me, I have worked at WestWood 13 years, 9 as a special ed para and 4 years teaching. Here is a picture of my family, my daughter Bella is a senior at Iowa State, my husband Greg and I have been married 22 years and live in Lakeville and our son Jake just graduated from PLHS and is attending Dakota County Tech studying Renewable Energy.