Wilson's Creek 5th Grade News
May 24, 2021 - May 27, 2021
May 27 - 2 Hour Early Release: Dismissal at 1:45
May 27 - Last Day of 2020 - 2021 School Year
Notes from the Nurse
Medication Pick Up
Please stop by the nurse’s office (door #2 and call 523-7930) to pick up any medication that you provided for your child to have at school. We have to dispose of those medications if they are not picked up by the last day of school, and we REALLY hate throwing away expensive meds! The last day of school is Thursday, May 27th so please plan to pick up medication no later than 1:00 P.M. on that day. Thank you!
Principal's Pride Post
ELA (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS)
Fifth-Grade Students, you’ve finished your comic projects and it’s the last week of school…what are you going to do next?
We’re going to Disney World!
Okay…not really…BUT we are going to explore it together online! Let’s celebrate the end of the most unusual school year ever with a virtual field trip!
Please join us Tuesday in class for an online tour of some of the key attractions at “The Happiest Place on Earth.” Dress like a tourist on Tuesday!
See you real soon!
We will continue our throwing and catching skills unit. We will develop and refine our skills through drills, lead-up games, and team sports.
5th Grade Music
We are wrapping up our final projects for the year with creating different music themes for books. We are talking about ideas for new ways of learning that the students enjoy for next year. What a year this has been. I feel privileged to work with such a fun a creative group of 5th graders.
I am so, so thankful to all of our singers for participating in the revival of our choir program after COVID. Your energy and support helped to make our return concert on Thursday evening such a success. I hope that all 5th graders will return when we start anew in the fall. Until then, Keep singing.
Any questions, please contact me.
Students can receive fun rewards for reading over the summer. Go to the following link for more info: https://app.edu.buncee.com/buncee/ACEF31C5D6864E36AA9160A30E79B688
Important End of the Year Information:
- Friday, May 7th: Last Day to Check Out from the Library
- Friday, May 14th: ALL LIBRARY ITEMS AND PAYMENT FOR LIBRARY BILLS ARE DUE.
Failure to return or pay for lost library items by this due date counts as missing work and may result in one or more of the following consequences:
- Students will not be able to participate in End of the Year celebrations if they haven’t returned or paid for their library items by the due date for missing work set forth by the teachers.
- Students will only be allowed to check out items from Wilson’s Creek Library in the 2021-2022 school year after their items are returned or paid for. If students attend Cherokee Middle School, the lost item will remain on their account until the item is returned or paid for.
- If a student has a problem or concern in returning the book or paying for it, they should contact Principal Christy.
Mrs. Melson’s Contact Info
During the next two weeks various students will be working on different projects in Computers. Some will be begin exploring Google Sheets to create a presentation using various tools and then present it to a small group. In addition, students will focus on digital citizenship as they design a media plan that feels positive and healthy to practice media balance.
Explore Summer School
This summer, Explore will offer students exciting opportunities to pursue their unique interests and passions. Each day will be packed with engaging, relevant and personal learning opportunities, including free Artworks classes.
Register for Explore classes at www.sps.org/Explore.
Girls on the run!
Girls on the Run helps girls build confidence, healthy relationships, and a positive self-image. The program, open to girls in 3rd- 6th grades, will be offered at Chesterfield Park this spring. Learn more here: https://www.gotrswmo.org/Our-Programs
A Note from the Counselor
Jill Wilson Jrwilson@spsmail.org
Making Your Words Gold
How many times have you heard a parent give an order to a child and then add, “Do you understand me?” Children can’t wait to hear a parent talk like this because it means they have reached the end of their rope. The parent has once again reduced his or her authority through hollow, meaningless words.
This happens each time we make statements that can’t be enforced, when we tell a child what to do or not do, rather than what we will do.
In cases where parents frequently make unenforceable statements, children learn they do not have to do whatever the parent says or asks. Parental authority is undermined as children test limits, act out, and feel a general lack of control.
Some parents do not have these problems because their word is gold. They understand that they actually have control over themselves and no one else. The art of making enforceable statements involves talking about ourselves and what we will allow, what we will do, or what we will provide. For example:
Unenforceable: “Don’t talk to me like that!”
Enforceable: “I’ll be glad to listen when your voice is as soft as mind.”
Unenforceable: “Study NOW, young man!”
Enforceable: “Feel free to join us for some TV, when you are finished studying.”
Unenforceable: “Be nice to each other. Don’t fight.”
Enforceable: “You’re both welcome to be around me, when you’re not fighting.”
Unenforceable: “As long as you live in this house, you won't be drinking any alcoholic beverages.”
Enforceable: “When I no longer have to worry about alcohol use, I’ll let you use my car.”
Parents who make only those statements that they can and do enforce, raise children who believe their parents mean what they say. Their children seldom test limits.
This technique needs practice. You might try, “Hey kids, from now on you need to know that I will be giving you dessert when you protect your teeth by brushing.” It’s much easier to withhold treats than to cram a toothbrush in a child’s mouth!”
Talk about what you allow--not what your child can or can’t do.
Excerpts taken from: Discipline with Love and Logic by Jim Fay & Foster W. Cline, M.D.
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
FIFTH GRADE TEAMS
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Lions Team: Mrs. Ellis (@ellenellis)
Virtual Teacher: Ms. Hammon