Issue 2-August 15, 2014


Our mammoth first week featured the following accomplishments in each of the subject areas:

1. Math: Our goal featured extending division to 2-digit divisors, integrating decimal fractions into the place value system and developing understanding of operations with decimals to hundredths, and developing fluency with whole numbers and decimal operations. We used fractions to increase and decrease the serving amounts of recipes and played "The Number Game."

2. Reading: Developing speaking and listening skills began with a poem, "Ode to Lunch," and progressed to "Lively Listening" activities, designed to help students listen for main ideas as well as important details. Our grammar focus was on writing complete sentences and featured a monumental "Subject-Predicate Search"!

3. Writing: Students were encouraged to think of the first times they did something, the last times they did something, and times when they realized something important. These are all ways to think of turning-point stories. And this was just the turning point in our quest to begin writing some extremely important Narrative writing

4. Social Studies: We explored the migration of animals and early humans to the Americas during the Ice Age, 20,000 years ago!

5. Science: We investigated and used scientific inquiry tools, such as a spring scale, hand lens, and tape measure--and differentiated between mass and weight.

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The You Tube Version of This Newsletter

Each week, you will receive a link to the You Tube version of the current newsletter. Here it is:

Spelling, Unit 1

On Friday, you child will take the Unit 1 spelling pre-test. Therefore, he/she will bring home his/her Unit 1 spelling list--and the Unit 1 spelling homework. Here are links to the words and the homework, in the event that you need extra copies:


To bolster your child's interest in current events, please direct him/her to TweenTribune:

Your child will soon receive his/her username/password. If he/she would like to get started, ahead of time, email me, and I will send them to you!


Ever wonder what your child learned/did during the school day? Have him/her post on Galaxy 313's Today's Meet site:

Go Math Program

Your child has already begun Go Math!, a new program, to your child, this year (Liberty Oaks fifth grade piloted this program last year.)

Go Math! is an elementary mathematics program published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Go Math! Incorporates multiple forms of best practices some of them being

teaching mathematics through problem solving, reasoning, connections, communication, and multiple representations. Your child has a student workbook, that he/she uses at school--and a Standards Practice Book that he/she will be bringing home, at least twice a week, to complete homework assignments.

One of the great things about Go Math! is that it provides a multitude of examples, for how to solve problems--and has ample practice, designed to help your child achieve mastery of each concept taught. I will share more information about this program at Parent Information Evening!


Your child will be assigned to a team for the Anasazi Jigsaw Tournament, scheduled for Tuesday, August 26. Each student on the team is responsible for a portion of the information to be learned. He/she needs to become an expert on this information in order to be able to teach it to his/her team members. The teaching can be done through a presentation, a game, a practice test--however your child chooses to convey the information. A test will be administered on the day of the tournament, to determine which teams rank in the Top 5! Your child has all of the necessary information; however, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!

The Leader in Me

This year, our class will be immersed in the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, and we will be utilizing the habits in our daily lives at school. You should see your child demonstrating the Seven Habits at home, also. I will introduce a different habit each month and incorporate the habits into our classroom expectations and routines. I will be sharing additional information throughout the school year.

For more information, go to the link for the Leader in Me website:

Sleep is Vital

The following article was taken from the Great Schools website.

Is your child having behavior problems and trouble in school? Making sure she gets enough sleep may be the solution. Lack of sleep is a national epidemic for today's children, and the consequences are serious. Sleep deprivation can affect cognitive skills and academic achievement. A continuing lack of sleep is linked to serious health problems including diabetes, obesity, heart disease, depression and a shortened life span.

Why aren't kids getting enough sleep?

Children ages 5 to 12 need 10 to 11 hours of sleep, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Yet studies show that most kids are getting about an hour less sleep each night than they did 30 years ago.

Why? Extracurricular activities, such as sports teams and arts programs, may schedule events at night. Working parents who get home late may feel guilty and want to spend time with their children in the evening. Too much homework and the many distractions of television, video games and computers all play a role. In addition, all the pressures and stresses of today's frenetic lifestyles may make it difficult for kids to calm down so they can fall asleep.

Catching up on sleep is not a good option

Parents may think they'll let their children catch up on sleep on the weekend. But sleep experts at the Mayo Clinic advise against this practice as irregular sleep schedules can affect the biological clock, hurt the quality of sleep and cause greater irritability. Children who sleep in on the weekend may have an even harder time getting up for school on Monday morning, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. It's better, the experts say, to keep similar schedules during the week and on the weekends.

Homework Hotline

Think of me as the “Homework Hotline”! Call me, anytime, if your child is has a question about a homework assignment, or if you have an inquiry about something that occurred at school. My home phone number is (816) 415-0368. I do not mind, at all, being called in the evening!

Parent Information Evening

Please come to Parent Information Evening! The times are as follows:

Session 1, 6:20 to 6:55

Session 2, 6:55 to 7:25

I promise that it will be time well-spent!

My Website

For the latest information about upcoming events and curriculum information, visit my website. It is updated regularly: