Wilson's Creek 5th Grade News
March 11th - End of Third Quarter
March 15-19 Spring Break
March 22 - First Day of Fourth Quarter
Principal's Pride Post
W.C. was honored to present our SPS School Board members and Dr. Jungmann with framed artwork to honor them for School Board Appreciation Week! Our 5th grade students put their painted finger prints on a tree (Created by our very own talented paraprofessional, Amara Paul) to let the board members know we appreciated their assistance in ‘helping us grow.’ Mrs. Cederblom and two students, Ethan Tierney and Sydnie Reno, presented each board member and Dr. Jungmann with their very own artwork! We are thankful for our SPS board members and our Superintendent for all they do to support SPS students!
STUDENT COUNCIL NEWS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
STUCO Fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Every hero needs a squad! Families, we are excited to announce that our school will be kicking off this year's Hero Squad program on February 11! Your student will be receiving collection information that explains the program and the exciting Hero Gear that can be earned!
Join our squad by clicking on https://events.lls.org/pages/gat/Wilson-s-Creek-School-2021 and start getting support from friends and family from all over. By raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, students will earn fun Hero Gear at various fundraising levels. Parents and guardians, you can even link your child’s fundraising page to Facebook –what a great way to support your student’s fundraising efforts!
By participating in the Hero Squad, families can easily show the community that you have done your part to help others and work to beat cancer! Our fundraiser will run from February 11-March 11.
- This week we will TEST over adding and subtracting fractions. Our test will be Thursday, March 4th and students will receive a review on Monday.
- 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. Students will be working on a the topics of first aid and safety procedures.
ELA (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS)
· Students will practice strategies to show thinking about reading. Our mini-lesson focus is on responding to fiction 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 publish and submit their informational writing paper.
We will complete Writing Warm-Up 59-63 this week.
· Students will complete Writing Warm-Up Quiz 7 on Tuesday, March 9
5th grade artists are exploring Watercolors!
For this mission, students will explore more watercolor techniques. As they apply the many processes they will organize a work of art featuring dogwood flowers or cherry blossoms, which are symbols found in various cultures.
No doubt these original pieces of art will be stunning!
5th Grade Music
5th graders are learning new chords on the Ukulele and we are starting to work on our first song, Three Little Birds by Bob Marley. We will also be learning Lean on Me by Bill Withers for an end of year performance project with Mr. Kennedy and some other teachers as well.
If your child is interested in purchasing a ukulele, I highly recommend Springfield Music as they have good quality instruments at a very reasonable price (approx. $40 dollars for instrument and case).
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Mrs. Melson’s Contact Info
This week students will share the Google Doc and/or Google Slide they have created in class. This project has allowed them to explore the variety of features offered through Google Workspace (formerly Google Suites). Due to February weather, we will start our digital citizenship lesson a week late for March 😊
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.
Middle school students will attend Explore classes Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Registration for middle school students begins March 3.
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
Jill Wilson Jrwilson@spsmail.org
Notes from the Nurse
The Clothing Bank for Springfield Public Schools has been opening occasionally for students to shop. The Clothing Bank offers underwear, socks, pants, shirts, a coat and a pair of shoes, for free, for any SPS student. Please let us know if you are interested in knowing more about it and we can also register your child (and any other SPS child even if they are in a different school) so that they can go when they open again! Call us at 523-7930.
Fun Facts from the Nurses
We have had record low temperatures this last week and those can be very dangerous, but did you know that cooler temperatures in the winter actually have some health benefits? When it is cooler, your body has to keep your core body temperature up. This can burn extra calories since your body is working harder to maintain a warmer temperature. Another benefit is better sleep. When you sleep, your body temperature naturally goes down, so in the winter it decreases faster and stays lower which means you sleep a little better. Finally, if you have an allergy to pollen, it gets better in the winter since there isn’t much pollen around in the cold weather!
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