The Cloud Connection

Jan. 20, 2015

Reading: Last week we read quite a few books that helped students think outside of themselves as we were preparing for our WWII unit. Students are reading either The Little Riders or Number the Stars. My goal is that students will begin to think about what they stand for, and the power one person can have on others.

Writing: Students will continue to learn about opinion writing as we explore several perspectives of whether drinking chocolate milk is beneficial or not. We'll conduct a debate so students have the opportunity to hear conflicting opinions backed up by evidence. There will be a spelling test on Fri. Our words this week are the schwa +r words: cellar, flavor, cougar, chapter, mayor, anger, senator, passenger, major, popular, tractor, thunder, pillar, border, calendar, quarter, lunar, proper, elevator, bitter.

Math: We'll review our test from last week and move into chapter 7 which covers Expressions and Patterns. Homework: Tues. pg. 491-492, Wed. pg. 497-498, and Thurs. pg. 503-504.

Social Studies: We'll be learning about Early English Settlements in North America this week.

Science: This week we'll continue our unit on matter and energy by conducting experiments and we'll finish our reading about how these states of matter act/interact with one another.

Book orders need to be turned in by Friday if you'd like to place an order. You can either order directly by going to and using the code: DZB7X that I put on the order forms, or you can send your order and a check made out to Scholastic to me by Friday.

Our next book report is going to be a t-shirt book report. The due date is Feb. 24th. I'd like all students to wear their shirt that day and we'll have a "book report" sharing. The information regarding this project is being sent home Tues. Jan. 20th. I'd like students to choose a book they haven't already read at their level for this project which means they need to be reading this book now. Students can use an old t-shirt and turn it inside out. Please let me know soon if you need me to donate a used t-shirt for this project. Make sure to include all the important information that's lined out in the directions in your report and on your t-shirt. We'll hang the shirts up after we share them, so students will need to bring another shirt to school on the 24th so they have something to wear home.

Reading logs are due on Monday, Jan. 26th.

Congratulations to Casey Otis, Izzy Fisk and Ridge Marion for representing our class in the school-wide Geography Bee Fri. They did a great job! There is a spelling bee scheduled for Feb. 4. Students wanting to participate in either of those events should be spending some extra time at home studying. We'll have some practice "bees" in class to come up with our top spellers.

The fifth grade will have a table at the "Indoor Garage Sale" Jan. 24th. If you have items you'd like to donate please send them in Jan. 23rd or meet us at school between 8-9 on the 24th. If you would like to "rent" a space of your own you can do that through our PTO. We will need a few volunteers to operate our booth so please let me know if you can help out the 24th. Right now we don't have anyone to help so we are in need! We will also accept home baked foods as that was a huge hit last year. Hungry shoppers love homemade goodies!

Student Council is opening the school store before school Jan. 20. They'll have pencils, erasers and other fun school supplies available.

Gymnastics, wrestling, volleyball and X-country skiing are all slotted to begin this month after school. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for snow!

Don't forget to work on your "box" costume for box day. Lots of fun ways to decorate boxes are shown on Pinterest!

Box Day

Friday, Jan. 30th, 8:30pm

995 Soundview Avenue

Homer, AK

This a spirit day sponsored by Student Council. Students are encouraged to decorate a box to wear as part of their "costume" understanding that they still need to be able to focus on learning that day. Have fun!

Spelling Bee

Wednesday, Feb. 4th, 9am

995 Soundview Avenue

Homer, AK

Early Release Day

Wednesday, Feb. 4th, 1:45pm

West Homer Elementary

Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday, Feb. 5th, 8am to Friday, Feb. 6th, 12pm

West Homer Elementary