The Putney Post

West Homer Elementary--5th Grade

Dates to Remember

October 24 and 25- Parent Teacher Conferences

October 30- Early Release at 1:45

October 31- Halloween Parade 2:00-2:30

November 1- Picture Retakes

November 8- Artist Showcase Assembly 1:15-2:00

November 10- Read-a-Thon Ends

November 18- Read-aThon Pledges are due

November 22- Read-a-Thon Activity Night 6:30-8:30pm

November 28 and 29- Thanksgiving Break

Early Release This Wednesday at 1:45

Classroom Happenings

During the short three day week before conferences, we brought closure to our quarter one work. Students completed their Ageya writing, changed reading/math partners, organized their binders and prepared their portfolios for conferences.

The student reflections completed in the portfolios were very telling and enhanced student's growth reports in a meaningful way. Although it is hard to believe one quarter is already behind us, we had a great time reflecting and bringing closure to the great learning that quarter one provided.

We had several sick students this week. There is a nasty cold going around the school, and it hit our classroom hard last week. Students have been reminded to drink lots of water, wash their hands, and use hand sanitizer as much as possible. Hopefully this extra-long weekend will provide the opportunity for lots of rest so our classroom can return to full health!

What's Next?

This next week we will begin our quarter two work. Students will be working on building stories step-by-step by choosing a previously written narrative and expanding it; adding clear details and specific descriptions. In math we will continue our work with division by building division models and dividing three and four digit dividends. Finally, in reading we will continue to expand our understanding of the reading process by discussing and reviewing active reading strategies such as visualizing and questioning. We will begin our exploration of the Native American cultural regions in social studies.

Artist in the Schools

For the next two weeks our class will be participating in three sessions with visiting artist, Alison Marshall.

"Alison Marshall, PhD, is a teaching and performing artist, choreographer, and arts consultant who designs and presents dance and theatre based learning programs in schools and communities. Her performance and choreography work has been presented at a variety of venues including the New Works Series San Francisco, Naropa/Colorado Summer Dance Festival, Boston Dance Umbrella, Jacob’s Pillow (2008 choreographer’s lab) and Phoenix Theatre. Her community based and dance based learning work has included projects and performances in Mexico, Columbia, Holland, Belgium, England, and the United States. Alison’s work focuses on embodied learning and connecting movement with meaning.

Alison holds a doctorate in Integrated Arts Education with a specialization in dance and is on national dance faculty at Lesley University, College of Creative Arts. She has served as faculty in dance and education at Arizona State University West, the University of Washington, Prescott College and the Project Zero Summer Institute, Harvard Graduate School of Education. "

Parent Teacher Conferences

I have the best job in the world. Being able to partner with wonderful families to support the learning and development of children is such a joy. Thank you for taking the time to visit with me these past couple of days. I am thankful for the opportunity to work with your child this year.

Read-A-Thon 2013

We are one week into our Read-a-Thon. The theme of the Read-a-Thon is Egyptian Reading Oasis. Students are receiving pledges for their reading from friends and family members and then tracking their reading by getting parent signatures for every thirty minutes they read. As we reach school reading goals parts of the "mystery mummy" will be revealed. Students will continue to track their reading using the Read-a-Thon records until November 10. All reading pledges are due November 18th. The funds raised through the Read-a-Thon will go towards purchasing books and Smart Technology for our classrooms. Thank you for joining with us in this fun and exciting reading opportunity. Do you know who the mystery mummy is? Ask your child about how their reading is going and who they think the mummy is!


Our class Halloween Party will take place this Thursday from 2:00-3:00. We will have a class cake walk and will attend the school-wide parade. Please do not send your child to school with their costume on. It is school policy that students wear their regular clothing in the morning on Halloween, and then change into their costume after lunch.

We are still looking for a few food items for our party. If you are willing to provide any of the following please let me know via email or phone call. Thank you for supporting our fall festivities!

Items Needed

Veggie Platter

· Cheese and Crackers

· Small Paper Plates

Budget Development Committee

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is requesting applications from interested persons to serve on the Budget Development Committee to review development of the FY 2015 budget. Anyone interested in applying should visit the School District website at, Community Interest, for an application and further instructions, or contact Lassie Nelson at 714-8838 if there are questions. All applications must be received no later than 4:00 p.m., November 8, 2013.

States and Capitals to Memorize

Salem, Oregon

Sacramento, California

Carson City, Nevada

IXL- Math Practice Site

To get your child started on your home computer, please follow these steps:

1. Go to

2. Enter your child’s username and password and click Sign in.

Username: firstinital,lastname@westhomer (EX: eputney@westhomer)

Password:firstinital,lastname (EX: eputney)

3. Choose 5th grade.

4. Find a skill to practice that relates to what we have been covering in class.

IXL Skills to Practice This Week: H3, H4