Sanchez Class Newsletter

"Oh! The Places We'll Go!"

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WHAT'S NEW? (May 14th, 2016)

Hi Parents,

Your children did an amazing job on their Civil War Archives Projects! They chose a topic, researched by looking through books and searching the Internet, and chose a tech tool to present. I was very impressed with the final products. Thanks for your support at home.

On Wednesday, Ms. Dames and Mrs. Mowery presented information to the fifth graders

about Erin's Law. What is Erin's Law? Erin's Law requires all public schools in each state to implement a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program. The children were educated on safe touch, unsafe touch, safe secrets, and unsafe secrets, and how to get away and tell an adult immediately. It is important to talk to your child about not staying quiet if something like this should ever happen to him/her.

The end of the year is quickly approaching! Our 5th Grade Golden Folder Assembly will take place on the last day of school, Thursday, June 9th. This is not a "graduation" ceremony, however, it is a celebration of how the students have grown as writers over their years at Greenbriar. A collection of their writing has been saved in a Golden Folder and passed on to the next teacher each year. Parents are invited to attend this assembly and stay to watch the video portion of the yearbook after. The celebration start at 1:00.

This coming Monday, May 16th Student Council will be selling Ice Pops. Your child may purchase an Ice Pop at lunch or by the flagpole after school. They are $0.50 each. Adults and siblings are able to purchase them also. The money raised will be donated to the Epilepsy Foundation. The students are encouraged to wear PURPLE on Monday to support this cause.

Link to the GB ABC Countdown:

Next week is a busy one! We have an author visit and Art Adventure scheduled for Monday, our State Science test on Tuesday, an All-School Assembly on Wednesday, the GB Open House in the evening on Thursday, and Henna Day on Friday.

Since there is so much going on for our 5th graders, we will NOT have Spelling and Vocabulary next week.

Have a nice weekend!
Mrs. Sanchez and Mrs. Mirza


This week in math, the students continued to explore 3-D shapes. They started a unit on surface area and volume. They learned how to find the volumes of cubes and rectangular prism by counting the unit cubes.

Social Studies

The war is officially over! Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865. Ask your child about William McLean's role in the war and the meaning of his quote, "The war began in my kitchen and ended in my parlor." They watched a clip from the movie, "Lincoln" to see the last few days of the war, the surrender, and Lincoln's forgiving attitude toward the South. Next week we will discuss Lincoln's assassination and read the book, Chasing Lincoln's Killer. (If you haven't read this one, it's a real page turner! Be sure to watch the movie, "The Conspirator" after you finish reading the book.)

This week the students presented their Civil War Archives projects. It was a pleasure to see! Their speaking and listening skills are improving and their confidence in presenting has definitely gone up! Quite a few of the students tried out new tech tools and did a fantastic job with their final product! Learning something new is always a bit scary and time consuming, so their effort was noted.

We were so impressed by the students ability to recite The Gettysburg Address! Thank you for the encouragement to practice at home.

Writer's Workshop

This week in Writer's Workshop, the students continued to research and gather photos for their informational books. They created a Table of Contents by organizing their topics and subtopics. The students also started brainstorming about a new assignment. They are to write a paper based on three questions about Lincoln. They will decide exactly what they want to learn about his life and craft a final product. Be sure to look for it at our Open House on Thursday.

Reader's Workshop

This week in Reader's Workshop, the students read dispatches, performed plays, and played Battle Jeopardy. They also read about the McLean family, as mentioned above.


This week in Science, the students used the app Nearpod to learn about matter. Through this app, the students are able to receive immediate feedback on individual questions or mini quizzes on the topic. They identified the four states of matter (gasses, liquids, solids, and plasma) and the characteristics of each. They were able to explain how heating or cooling changes the state of matter.

Science Lab

This week in Science Lab, the students learned about the Law of Conservation of Matter and Energy by trying to confirm or disprove it. They weighed baking soda and vinegar on the balance before mixing them together. They then put the chemicals in the Erlenmeyer flask to get a reaction.

Upcoming Events/Reminders

  • Saturday, May 14th
  • H.O.H. 5K

  • Monday, May 16th
  • Author Visit: Susan Barwick
(Sylvia's Story: The 1915 Chicago River Tragedy of the S.S. Eastland)

  • Monday, May 16th
  • Ice Pop Day
  • Wear Purple

  • Monday, May 16th
  • Art Adventure

  • Tuesday, May 17th
  • State Science Test

  • Wednesday, May 18th
  • Book Fair

  • Wednesday, May 18th
  • All-school Assembly

  • Thursday, May 19th
  • Book Fair

  • Thursday, May 19th
  • Open House 6:30-7:30

  • Friday, May 20th
  • Henna Day

  • Friday, May 20th
  • GB Spirit Day

  • Monday, May 30th
  • Memorial Day

  • Thursday, June 2nd
  • Robert Crown at GB (more info to come)

  • Wednesday, June 8th (2:30-3:30)
  • 5th Grade Celebration/Yearbook Signing

  • Thursday, June 9th
  • Golden Folder Assembly (1:00)
  • Yearbook Video (immediately following the assembly)

Ask Your Child About.....

* watching part of the movie, "Lincoln"
* what s/he learned about in the Erin's Law presentation
* their classmates' Archives Projects
* finishing our read aloud, The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg

* our new read aloud, Chasing Lincoln's Killer

* Hat Day


No vocabulary next week.

Mrs. Sanchez and Olivia have the same taste.

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