Wilson's Creek 5th Grade News
January 18th - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School
February 5th - Mid-Third Quarter
February 15th - President's Day - No School
March 11th - End of Third Quarter
March 15-19 Spring Break
March 22 - First Day of Fourth Quarter
Principal's Pride Post
STUDENT COUNCIL NEWS
Thank you to everyone who donated to our holiday giving
project for Ambassadors for Children!
School Spirit Fridays!
Every Friday is school spirit day. Students are encouraged to wear blue, Wilson's Creek gear, feeder pattern gear (Wanda Gray, McBride, Harrison, Kickapoo, Cherokee) or any college apparel.
Students may also wear hats on Fridays.
Student Council is selling Wilson’s Creek drawstring bags, sunglasses, hair ties, water bottles, and socks. Please see the order form, and email Mr. Kennedy at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Cold Weather Recess
- Students will take the middle of the year iReady test for math. Please make sure they are well rested and have a charged chromebook.
- Dreambox - students need to complete 5 lessons AND 60 minutes in Dreambox each week.
- Wednesdays - On Wednesdays students should complete their Dreambox assignment for the week and catch up on any Zearn lessons they may be behind on.
Integrated Studies (PBL)
In January we began our Junior MD Integrated Studies Unit. The Junior MD unit focuses on healthy living through prevention. Students will learn about exercise as a healthy lifestyle choice and also how to prevent and treat many common diseases and dysfunctions of the human body. The week of January 18-22 students will create a personal health plan that includes balanced nutrition, physical activity, hygiene, adequate sleep, and healthy snacks.
ELA (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS)
· Students will analyze elements of theme and summarization of text.
· Students should be reading 20+ minutes per day.
· Students should complete their weekly Lexia or Reading Plus goal. This counts as part of their reading grade and should be completed on a weekly basis.
· Students will complete Writing Warm-Ups 37-40 this week.
- Please check your Art Canvas page for announcements every week!
- You will have 1 assignment each week, I will post the assignment on Monday and it will be due on Friday
- Message me in Canvas if you need any help
- Be creative and have fun
5th Grade Music
5th graders are going to be finishing up their commercial projects and recording this week and next. Once those are wrapped up, we get to move in to learning and playing instruments. Our instrument this year is the Ukulele! All instruments will be provided by the school.
Our 2021 Concert Choir will be starting practices next week and it is not too late to join. There are still 9 spots available. Our rehearsals are in the APR to ensure social distancing and the times are below:
Monday afternoon: 4:00 - 4:45 PM
Thursday morning: 7:30 - 8:15 am
5th Grade Library Class
Students will be learning to access different types of reference sources for information including print in digital format (eBooks), databases, and websites to locate and use information.
Mark Twain Award Nominated Books
Students can win a gift bag with lots of goodies for reading! It’s like a party in a bag! To be eligible, students need to do the following by Fri. Feb. 12th…
- Read at least 4 of the 2020-2021 Mark Twain Award nominated books
- Answer a 2 question Canvas quiz for each book.
Battle of the Books District Competition
Students can tell Mrs. Melson if they are interested in joining our Battle of the Books team for district competition. More information is at http://wclibrary.weebly.com/battle-of-the-books.html.
Mrs. Melson’s Contact Info
Does your student know how to troubleshoot issues they are having with their Chromebook? This week students will explore solutions to simple problems they may be experiencing with their device. Please encourage your child to troubleshoot common tech issues before reaching out. Click HERE for a resource document to help your child begin to practice troubleshooting independently!
A Note from the Counselor
Jill Wilson Jrwilson@spsmail.org
This is an interesting concept on how to give children allowances from Jim Fay.
“Kids learn more about using money wisely when we allow them to feel the consequences of using it unwisely.” Many parents find it helpful to provide an allowance for children after the age of six. The money comes each week, on the same day, in an envelope which reads, “From Mom and Dad with Love.” The amount of the allowance is not as important as consistently following the rules.
Rule One is that the child does not earn the money. Jim Fay warns that children should not be paid to do their chores. Being paid for chores robs a child of the dignity of holding up his or her fair share of the family workload. Children who do not have to do this can often become hard to live with during their teenage years.
Rule Two says that the child is allowed to spend, save, or waste the money as he or she sees fit. The catch here is that once the money is gone, there is no more until the next “payday.” When Sally says, “I want some bubblegum, but I don’t have any money,” the best parental reply is, “That’s sad, but don’t worry. There will be more on Saturday.” This is a wonderful opportunity for Sally to learn from her mistakes, and for the parent to make a very easy decision.
Rule Three states we never take away money when our children forget chores. That may sound suspicious, but Jim reminds us that instead of taking money away, we should allow children to pay someone else to do their chores. When Roger forgets to mow the lawn, a parent can then say, “No problem, Roger. I’m sure you can hire your little sister to do it. Why don’t you check to see how much she will charge. I’m sure your allowance will cover that. If you run into a problem, I’m always looking for a part-time job, but you might want to remember that I charge adult wages.”
The allowance also makes it possible for parents to say, “Would you rather clean up your room, or hire me to do it for you?” Questions like these cause children to be so busy thinking, that they have less time to be angry.
Rules for Allowances
- The child does not earn the allowance
- We never take it away.
- No restrictions on its use
- It comes on the same day of each week
- Once it’s gone, it’s gone!
Excerpts taken from: The Pearls of Love and Logic for Parents and Teachers by Jim Fay & Foster W. Cline, M.D.
Notes from the Nurse
The Tooth Truck is coming to Wilson’s Creek!
The Tooth Truck wants to help your child start the new year with a healthy smile! The Tooth Truck performs preventative cleanings and needed treatment for children qualifying for free/reduced school lunches to become cavity free (at no cost to the families).
The Tooth Truck provides dental care at the school site during the school day. They park their mobile dental unit in the parking lot of the school. Applications will be sent home to all students in the next few weeks. Please fill out and return it to the school nurse or fill out the application online by visiting the website below.
Does your child need a coat?
Please let us know if your child needs a coat! We have multiple resources available to help with winter clothing needs!
Helpful Websites/Resources for Parents
- Wilson's Creek School Website
- Springfield Public Schools District Calendar
- Family Home Access Center (to access your child's grades)
- District Handbook
- Internet Access - Kajeet Application
CLASS DOJO INFORMATION
Our 5th grade teachers are using the ClassDojo app to monitor student participation, work, and behavior. Your child’s homeroom teacher will be sending out a paper on how you can sign up for free parent accounts! This is a great way to see how your child is doing at school. Once you create an account, you can:
· See photos and updates about what we are doing in class.
· Click “view report” to see daily or weekly reports on the points your child has earned.
· Message your child's teacher.
This is just another great tool to stay connected to what is going on in your child's school life!
FIFTH GRADE TEAMS
Follow us on Twitter! @WilsonsCreekInt
Lions Team: Mrs. Ellis (@ellenellis)
Virtual Teacher: Ms. Hammon