Wilson's Creek 5th Grade News

May 18-21


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Principal's Pride Post

Thank you to our wonderful PTA for providing snacks as we give out the student belongings! Our Parents ROCK!

Tech News from Ms. Fredericks

Ms. Fredericks’ Internet Safety Tip:

With young students spending so much time online lately, it is important to be able to recognize the signs of becoming addicted. According to the Center for Parenting Education, some of the following may be signs:

Too much time

· Stays online much longer than intended to originally

· Sneaks online when you or other adults aren’t watching

· Lies about the amount of time spent on the Internet

· Stays up all night to be on the Web

· Disobeys rules set in relation to Internet time limits

Emotional fallout

· Becomes angry and/or agitated when interrupted while online

· Gets irritable when access to the Web is denied

· Becomes moody, irritable, and/or depressed when offline for a couple days

Pre-occupied with online life

· Prefers being online over being around real, live friends and family

· When offline, remains preoccupied with getting back online

· Checks social media and emails frequently throughout each day

· Sacrifices doing homework or household chores for being on the Internet

· Forms new bonds with people met on the Web

· Loses all interest in activities previously enjoyed before becoming obsessed with being online



  • Please see the SPS At Home link above for daily reading assignments.Students should also be checking their ELA teacher's Canvas page for further instruction.
  • Continue to read 20 minutes each day for enhancing vocabulary.
  • Students will also be completing their required lessons in Reading Plus or Lexia.


  • Please see the SPS At Home link above for daily writing assignments.


This is the last week of 5th grade math! Your child will be working on creating and interpreting line graphs and line plots with Week 8 in their workbooks. Please have your child check over their missing work document to submit any assignment that they have not done and stay current on future assignments.


There is no science this week due to Memorial Day activities with Social Studies.


Students will refer to the SPS At Home workbook about activities that have to do with learning about the meaning of Memorial Day. There are some optional social studies assignments on the May-Do Activities document for those who are interested in getting some social studies learning in 4th quarter.

A Message From All Related Arts Teachers:

All Related Arts teachers will be available to conference with students via a google form sign-up. These forms will be at the top of the teachers’ canvas pages and students can choose a 15 minute conference period to meet.

Please click HERE to sign up for a conference.

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5th grade artists and families, I hope you are all doing well.

We are going to keep our creative minds healthy with visual art. Get ready for virtual field trips, outdoor art, sketchbook journal entries, etc.

Make sure you go to the 5th grade Art Canvas and student artists may message me through Canvas with any questions and concerns.


Thank you for a great year! Stay active and enjoy your summer break!

Coach Neville


5th graders,

Let me say thank you for a wonderful, fun-filled year. I am so sorry that we were not able to have any of our performances. This is first and hopefully (fingers, arms, toes and legs crossed) last time that this happens. It was so much fun having you in class and I can’t wait to see you in the fall!

Concert Choir

Choir singers, please stay on the lookout for an email from Mr. Parker. Depending on the status of the quarantine later this summer, I am planning a two day event for us to come together to sing our Spring program. Hopefully we can make this happen. I miss you guys so much and hope you are still singing!

-Mr. Parker


Returning Library Items

Here are instructions on how students can see what library items they have checked out: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/15iK58MS6_LB1LqAL6S4ui6QNUtkPmKSWCyQErIuoGNs/edit?usp=sharing

You can return library items at Wilson’s Creek during the carline schedule:

  • Monday, May 18 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 19 - 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 20 - 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

*If you are not able to return your library books this month, you can return them in August at Wilson’s Creek or to any Springfield school library in August.

Students, I look forward to seeing you next school year!

Mrs. Melson’s Contact Info:

E-mail: amelson@spsmail.org

Canvas: Wilson’s Creek Library Learning Commons



A Note from the Counselor

Jill Wilson Jrwilson@spsmail.org

When Parents Can’t Agree on Raising Children

“But what if my parenting style is different from my spouse’s? Isn’t that going to be a problem for the children?”

This is a question often asked. Not to worry. Children adjust to the difference in adults almost instantly, when they know the parents will back each other. Having parents with two different parenting styles is not going to harm children. It becomes a problem only when one parent goes about trying to change the other one. This can become a serious problem because the children soon get wind of it and find themselves pitting the parents against each other.

It is rare for two parents to be in total agreement when it comes to raising children. This is all part of the grand design, whereby we usually marry a partner who has strengths in some areas in which we feel a little weak. This is usually great, until we have children and discover that the partner responds in a different way.

A typical scenario might go like this: Dad is a bit strict. Mom is a bit more lenient. Dad responds in a strict manner to two-year-old Erin, who immediately climbs up on Mom’s lap for some sympathy. Mom says to herself, “Wow, Dad is too strict. I better balance it out by being more gentle and lenient.” Dad sees this and says, “Look what a pushover Mom is. I’d better toughen up or this kid will get out of control.” So, he becomes more strict.

In many families this begins a war of wills between two people who love each other. Each may be digging in his/her heels, afraid to give an inch for fear of admitting fault, or out of fear the child may be damaged.

Children sense this even when they don’t hear the parents arguing about it. They start to view the world of big people as a place where you are supposed to square off against each other. The bad news is, children in these situations learn to square off against one parent and often manipulate as a way of driving a wedge between the parents. Worse yet, when they go to school, we find them manipulating teachers against teachers and parents against teachers.

Agree to Disagree

It would be ideal if both parents agreed on a parenting style; however, that is a rare situation. If you don’t agree, remember that your children will develop a special and different relationship with each of you.

Talk with your partner, and agree that each of you will parent in your own way. Agree that you will never try to change each other, but, if the other comes to you asking for advice, you will relate what seems to work for you. Agree that if one parent starts to work with a child the other will stay out of it. Agree that you will never criticize each other’s parenting techniques in front of the children.

Be prepared for the children to complain about the treatment by the other parent. Many parents find it helpful to practice in advance, so a response is on the tip of your tongue. You might try, “Well, Dad has his own ways. I hope you learn to work it out with him.” Or, “Mom must have her reason for doing that. Maybe it would be helpful for you to go back and talk to her about it.”

Pearl #23

Individual parenting styles are OK as long as children know parents will back each other

Jim Fay & Foster W. Cline, M.D.

The Pearls of Love and Logic for Parents and Teachers



Thanks for a great year! Mrs. Starkey and Mrs. Georgiades have missed hearing the joyful sounds of Twinkle, Can-Can, and Ode to Joy in the APR. We are super disappointed that we couldn’t have our combined concert with the Wilson’s Creek 6th grade and All City Concert. We wish you the best on all your future musical pursuits and hope that you can continue to grow musically over the summer!

FINAL REMINDER: If you have borrowed an SPS-owned instrument, please return it to Wilson's Creek on your designated drop-off/pick-up day.


STEAM CLUB: Try this activity (recommended for outside )

Vinegar and baking soda art

Need: Baking soda, vinegar, water, food coloring, cups, brushes, paper, eye dropper, paper

Step 1 : Equal parts baking soda and water. Split baking soda into several cups.

Step 2: Measure out the same amount of water into several cups and color with food coloring.

Step 3: Pour colored water into the baking soda – gently stir – it should not be too soupy or too thick.

Step 4: Using the colors and a paint brush – paint a picture on the paper.

Step 5: On the painted picture, allow student to drop vinegar from the eye dropper. The picture should fix and mix together.

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EXPLORE! News from Ms. Massengale

Middle School Students (grades 6-8)

Registration: Beginning May 4, registration will open for incoming middle school students. Those who have already enrolled will be assigned to the online equivalent of the classes they selected. You may log in May 4 to accept your child's enrollment. Register at sps.org/Explore.

Courses: Students will be able to choose from the following online classes: Escape, Game On, Operation Innovation, Outdoor University, Health, Physical Education, remediation classes in core content areas and online academies.

Notes from the Nurse


Medications for students left at school will be discarded if not picked up by 2PM on Monday, May 18th. There will be a nurse in the office on that Monday from 9-2 ready for you to pick up your child’s medication. If that time does not work for you, please call our office at (417) 523-7930, leave a message, and we will work out another time!

How To Stay Healthy Tip #7: Handling Stress

Everyone has some stress in their lives and it is good to learn how to handle stress in a healthy way because we will always have stressful situations to deal with (it doesn’t go away as you get older and become an adult). However, sometimes we have too much stress in our lives and it is not healthy to have too much stress. When the situation that was stressful passes and we are still feeling constantly worried, it has turned from stress into anxiety. Anxiety is the constant and persistent feeling of dread that doesn’t go away. Too much stress and anxiety starts affecting the health of our bodies and how well they work. When you have too much stress, your body works harder than it is supposed to because it thinks that you are in danger and so it tries to protect itself. Your heart beats faster and harder, your blood pressure increases, your muscles tighten, and your breathing rate increases. This is a good response if you are truly in an emergency situation, but it is not good if you are in this state too often because your body is working too hard. Other signs that you might be too stressed or have anxiety are frequent headaches, frequent stomach aches, chest pain, problems with sleep, and always feeling overwhelmed. This is why your school nurses usually ask you how life is going whenever you come to our office with a stomach ache every day… we care about you and want to figure out if you are struggling with anxiety or stress!

During the current COVID-19 situation, our families and even ourselves can feel a lot of extra stress. We thought this would be a good time to talk about some ways to decrease your stress! Here are some tips:

  • Talk to your parents or another trusted adult (teacher, nurse, counselor) about how you are feeling. If you are feeling overwhelmed/angry/scared/sad about a situation, they can usually help you work through it and figure out ways to handle the situation to help you.
  • Make sure you are getting enough sleep! We handle stress better when we are well rested.
  • Exercise! Exercise and physical activity increase the “feel good” chemicals in our bodies.
  • Learn a relaxation exercise like deep breathing. When feeling stressed, cllose your eyes and take a deep breath in through your nose for 4 seconds, hold the breath for 7 seconds, and exhale through your mouth for 8 seconds. Repeat up to 4 times.
  • If you feel overwhelmed, you may need to decrease the amount of activities that you are involved in. Even though extra activities and sports are good, too many activities outside of school can cause you to feel overwhelmed. It is important to have a good balance of activities and free time.
  • Keep a journal. Take a few minutes every day to write down whatever comes to your mind. This helps you to reflect and write down your feelings and what you are going through. A journal is somewhere safe where you can write your thoughts and writing those things down helps to relieve some stress off of you.
  • Sometimes there are very difficult situations in life that we will need extra help to work through like the death or severe illness of a family member or friend, parents getting divorced, abuse, or an unstable home life. There are professional counselors that help us whenever we are going through something major like this. Kids are not meant to be able to handle these tough situations by themselves (adults usually need help as well) so let your parents, school counselor or nurse know if you need extra help!

*** Have a wonderful summer and we look forward to seeing all of our 5th graders in the fall! 6th graders, we will miss you so much and wish you the best at Cherokee!! :)

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Tech Support

Returning Chromebooks

Parents can return defective Chromebooks in the meal line at school, which can be exchanged for another Chromebook to take home. We are not 100% sure about Kajeets. They are a hot commodity in the district right now!

Tech Questions

SPS Help Desk Information:

  • 417-523-HELP (4357)

Canvas Support:

  • 417-523-0417


Resources for Internet access Telecom companies are giving a 60-day grace period to customers who are not able to pay because of economic circumstances related to Covid-19. In addition, the following companies are offering low-cost internet access: • AT&T offers internet access for at $10 a month for households eligible for free and or reduced lunch. Additionally, they are offering new Access from AT&T customers two months of free service. - https://digitalyou.att.com/low-cost-internet/ • Mediacom offers low-cost internet for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. https://mediacomc2c.com/ • Suddenlink offers free 60-days of internet for qualifying households. https://www.suddenlink.com/coronavirus • Everyone On is a EveryoneOn is a nonprofit dedicated to creating social and economic opportunity by connecting low-income families to affordable internet service and computers EveryoneOn is a nonprofit dedicated to creating social and economic opportunity by connecting low-income families to affordable internet service and computers. https://www.everyoneon.org/


Thank you to all our amazing Student Council reps for your help this year! We had a wonderful year, and I couldn't have done it without you!

-Mr. Kennedy


Many of our teachers are using the ClassDojo app to monitor student participation, work, and behavior. If your child’s teacher uses this app, please ask them how you can sign up for 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.


Follow us on Twitter! @WilsonsCreekInt

Blue Team: Mr. Kennedy (@MrJoshuaKennedy) and Mrs. Pierce (@katesidsmom)

Lion Team: Dr. Albright (@Dr_MAlbright),Mrs. Cederblom (@melcederblom)

Creek Team: Mrs. Cable (@CableGal000) and Ms. Levy (@MsAlisonLevy)

Silver Team: Mrs. Ellis (@ellenellis) and Ms. Fraser (@AndreaFraser123)

Pride Team: Mrs. Kamienski (@skfronczak) and Mrs. Grandon (@tgrandon)

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Silver Team

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Pride Team

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Creek Team

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Lions Team

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Blue Team