Jeffrey/Mead Team Blog

9/7 - 9/10

The students are learning new school routines. We have established morning meeting guidelines and are working on hopes and goals.


We have started math this year by teaching kids how to do number talks. Number talks are done daily and require students to use mental math to flexibly solve problems. We put a focus on accuracy, efficiency, and flexibility with the thinking. We are starting the year with addition but will move on to subtraction, multiplication and division as the year continues.

Students have also learned math games during this time. Some games students have learned are Digit Place, Close to 100, and Pathways. These games give students opportunities to practice addition, subtraction and multiplication as well as get to know each other and practice cooperative skills.

We have also started Number Corner. Number Corner for September consists of the Calendar Grid and Calendar Collector. In Calendar Grid we are writing equations to make visuals of money and clocks. In Calendar Collector we are building rectangular prisms and adding on them each day while making the connection between the area of the base, the layers, and volume.

This week in Unit 1 students learned about expressions and equations. They also learned how to play a workplace called the Product Game which relates to their learning around multiplication, factors and division.

Math Stars

Math Stars letters have been sent home to families. Next week is a practice week. Students who want to participate should return the signed letter by Friday, September 17.

There were some date errors in the letter. We are officially starting the week of September 20.

Read Aloud

Ms. Jeffrey's class is reading Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key. This is the story of a young boy who struggles with ADHD. While on a field trip to an Amish farm Joey was upset that he wasn't able to do some of the same things as his classmates. His teacher sent him to the bus for a timeout but he ended up at the top of the rafters in a barn. Unfortunately he jumped down and hurt his ankle. A few days later while trying to make bumper stickers at recess he was running with scissors and injured a classmate. As a result, Joey has been suspended and has to attend an alternative school for at least six weeks.
Mrs. Mead's class is reading Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling. This is a former Golden Dome book. Aven and Connor have continued to become closer. Connor had dinner with Aven's family and opened up about how he is uncomfortable eating in front of others because one of his tics causes him to spit food at people. Aven's family told Connor they like all parts of him and insisted he stay for dinner. Aven and Connor also went to a support group for kids with Tourette Syndrome and met other kids who shared a lot of Connor's feelings about going out in public. Aven also befriended another student at school named Zion. Zion, Connor and Aven have continued to try to figure out what happened to the mysterious Cavaunghs but haven't made much progress.


Students have been starting the practice of writing in their writer's notebooks. They have brainstormed an ideas section and are building their writing stamina by completing free writes.

Students will continue to take word study assessments so we can determine instructional needs for groupings.


The focus of our reading time so far this year has been on building good reading habits. Students have been building stamina for independent reading and writing about reading. In the coming weeks we will working on attending to reading and monitoring for understanding.

Reading assessments began last week and we will continue to do these through the end of September. We will be looking for each student's instructional level to guide our reading instruction.


We will begin the year with Science! Our first unit will focus on Matter. We will cover states of matter and physical and chemical changes. Students started science this week focusing on how we learn from our "failures". Student's designed parachutes and redesigned parachutes multiple times- learning and trying to improve each time. We are hoping this mindset will be useful as we move forward in all areas.

School Wide SEL

Each week all students at FMS will participate in SEL instruction. Below is next week's lesson overview for 5th grade.

Lesson 1: The Right Goal for Me


In this week’s lesson, your child will learn how to set a goal that's right for them. A goal that's right for someone is specific, challenging, doable, and motivating.

Try This at Home

Ask your child what their goal is and how they know it’s right for them. Encourage them to describe why it’s motivating to them. Talk to your child about a goal you reached in the past and why you chose that goal.


As students may have shared with families already, their lunch isn't until 1:00. Some kids are sharing that they are hungry by mid to late morning. If possible, families might want to pack some additional snacks.

Student Technology Tools

The following is a list of online programs students may use this year. Others could be added as the year progresses. Individual student password documents will be shared with students. We will be send home a permission form regarding student technology programs in the first weeks of school.

Safari Montage

Scholastic News



Spelling City

Book Creator

Typing Club


Khan Academy



Students will need two masks at school everyday. Masks will need to be worn on the bus to and from school. They should also be worn at school except when eating and during mask breaks, which we all need!

FMS Newsletter

You can read the Bobcat Bulletin here.

Four Winds

Read this flyer to learn about the Four Winds program at EES and FMS. Parent volunteers are needed!


To follow the Health & Safety Guidance provided by the Dept of Health, we are not allowing food-sharing activities at this time. We are also not allowing non-food items to be brought in for sharing an example, Valentine's Day cards.

Early Dismissal Procedure

IMPORTANT! Procedure for Early Dismissal

In the event that your child needs to be dismissed early, the following protocol must be followed:

  • On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday - you must pick up by 2:00 p.m.

  • Wednesday- you must pick up by 1:00pm.

  • Send your child’s teacher and Kim Kedzierski ( an email first thing in the morning letting them know what time your child needs to be dismissed, the reason why and the name of the person picking them up. Or, you can also call the attendance line at 879-6326 and leave a message stating your child’s name, time leaving, the name of the teacher, the reason why, and the name of the person picking them up.

  • When you arrive to pick up your child, please pull up to the front of the building and call Kim at 879-6326 to let her know you’re here

Important Dates

October 8- NO SCHOOL Parent Teacher Conference Day

October 11- NO SCHOOL Indigenous Day

October 14- Picture Day at FMS