News from Room 305

Mrs. Perryn's Class

Welcome to Fifth Grade

This year will be filled with great novels, research projects, science experiments, math investigations, and in-depth conversations about learning. I can't wait to hear your child's thoughts and opinions!

Can't Stop the Chuck Wagon

Students have been working on word problems that involve division. They are learning to interpret the remainder in order to answer the division problem. They have also learned to adjust the quotients accordingly. We will very soon be starting to add and subtract decimals.

It is very important that students are practicing their math facts if they don’t already have them memorized. Flash cards and Reflex Math are a great resource to practice multiplication and division facts. Please have your child work on Reflex Math for 4 or 5 times a week for 15-20 minutes (this includes at home or school). If the Internet is not accessible, flash cards can replace that and count as their practice time.

Students have been learning about the Erie Canal and the Trail of Tears. They wrote journal entries as if they were a Cherokee child or an American soldier during the Trail of Tears. Many students were able to express their creative side and show a good understanding of the concepts we were learning about in class.

Students have been learning and practicing grammar skills. We will soon be starting our unit on Memoir. In science, we learned about Newton’s three laws of motion through reading, examples, and hands-on experiments. Ask your child about Newton’s three laws!

If you have not already done so, please pay for your child’s insurance to take their Chromebook home so that they can access Lexia, Study Island, and Reflex Math at home.

I look forward to meeting each of you at conferences next week. We will not have a newsletter next week since I will be meeting with you face to face. Don’t forget there is an early out on Thursday and no School on Friday, Oct. 21.

Have a wonderful weekend!

~Mr. B


10/14-10/19 Book Fair

10/14 Fall Dance 6:30-8:30

10/17 Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:20-7:20; Grade Cards Distributed During Conferences

10/18 B & R Night

10/19 Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:20-7:20; Grade Cards Distributed During Conferences

10/20 Early Release, 12:50 pm

10/21 No School

10/24-10/28 United Way Week

10/31 Fall Parties, 2:05-2:40 pm

1. Sign-up genius for Book Fair (October 14th through October 20th). Your help for an hour or two helps us keep the fair open for families. Link:

2. Your input is critical to making Liberty Oaks even better! We value feedback.

Clarity Bytes Parent Survey- This short survey helps us garner data from the parent perspective as to technology use and classroom activities applying the skills of communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity. Link:

Calling all Creative Readers,

It’s that time of year again to be thinking about decorating a pumpkin like your favorite book character. We will be displaying decorated pumpkins in the library for students to vote on with their United Way money they donate the week of October 24th.

This is a great opportunity for families to talk about books and design your “Book Character” Pumpkin. Keep in mind, carved and non-carved pumpkins are welcome; carved pumpkins can sometimes have a shorter lifespan. If you would like to participate, please bring your pumpkin to the library anytime the week of Oct. 17th or before school Monday, October 24th at the latest. I’m blown away by the creativity of the students each year! If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Barnett or 816-736-5610.

Just a heads up…. Our United Way Campaign is coming up in two weeks, October 24-28. Each day that week, we will be collecting coins and dollars to raise money for United Way. If you would like to donate, please send the following coins with your child that week and have them wear the following in celebration of the week…

Monday 10/24: PJs & Pennies Day

Tuesday 10/25: Crazy Hair (no colored hair) & Nickels Day

Wednesday 10/26: Twin Day & Dimes Day

Thursday 10/27: Favorite Sports Team & Quarters Day

Friday 10/28: School Colors & Dollar Day

We are hoping to reach our student goal of $3000. Students will use the money they bring in to vote on pumpkins in Mrs. Barnett’s Book Character Pumpkin Decorating Contest in the library. All money brought in will go to United Way. Together we CAN make a difference! Thanks for your help!

Parent Information Evening (PIE Night)

Parents/Guardians - Please mark your calendars for Parent Information Evening on Thursday, August 25 from 5:30-7:30pm.