Weekly Highlights

Mrs. Jaeger's 5th Grade Classroom

News and Notes

Tuesday, January 12th - Geography Bee! Liam and Riley will be representing our homeroom. The kids have decided to wear orange and/or purple (favorite colors of our representatives) to show our encouragement and support.

Friday, January 15th - Science Test on Energy

*No spelling test this week*

Monday, January 18th - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School

Wednesday, January 20th - Fit Fest at BVE 5:30 - 7:30pm and Young Engineers' Night at CB East 6-8:00pm

Friday, January 22nd -School Store

Tuesday, January 26th - Half Day and Comfy Cozy Spirit Day

Friday, May 27th - Philadelphia Field Trip (details below)


All 5th grade students participated in a Cyber Bullying Presentation by NOVA on January 7th. NOVA prevention programs provide innovative, supportive, and age-appropriate learning experiences and have been providing services for more than 30 years. NOVA programs are designed to promote critical thinking skills, respectful interpersonal boundaries, and heathy relationships.

Regarding today’s program…

From the NOVA website: “Cyberbullies demean and isolate victims using mobile tools to post, text and spread embarrassing pictures, messages or gossip. NOVA’s Cyberbullying program clarifies digital rights and responsibilities and teaches appropriate strategies and effective responses to handle cyberbullying. “Upstanders” and resources for support are discussed and encouraged.”

Please let me know if you have any questions.

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Philadelphia Field Trip

Our Philadelphia Field Trip has been booked for Friday, May 27th! Students will be doing a self-guided (with parents) tour of historic Philadelphia. Once we arrive and unload the buses (around 9:00am) students begin their "scavenger hunt" of historic places, interesting statues, museums, and landmarks. During the scavenger hunt, you may be asked to take a "selfie" with a statue, chant "We the people!", or document key information in your passport. Following lunch you get to tour the Constitution Center and explore the interactive exhibits with your team. The day ends with a movie titled, We the People in a circular theatre at the Constitution Center. Around 1:15 we board the buses and head back to school.

We encourage as many parents to attend who are able to take time off from work or who have the day open for our 5th grade adventure. Parents are encouraged to car pool (there have been many 'party vans' in the past) and do not have to travel on the school bus with us. Please remember, in order to participate you MUST have your clearances in good standing with central office.

If you have your clearances and want me to add you to my 'list' please RSVP using the link below. Feel free to e-mail me if you would like me to hold you a spot while you are working on your clearances.

Philadelphia Field Trip

Friday, May 27th, 7:30am-3pm

525 Arch Street

Philadelphia, PA

RSVPs are enabled for this event.


We will continue exploring and identifying types of energy in our world this week. Today we went on an energy walk around the building and added to our Forms of Energy chart. Tomorrow we will begin to discuss the concept of energy transfers and then observe the concept of energy transfers in toys. We will wrap up the week with a quiz in energy.

Ask your child:

  • What is the scientific name for 'stored energy' and for 'energy in action'?
  • Name the 8 types of energy you have been studying in class.
  • Give an example of each form of energy.
  • Give an example of energy transferring from one object to the next. Identify the types of energy that have been exchanged.
  • How is an apple an example of Chemical Energy?

All of this information is available in your child's notes.


It's the time of year to set those New Year's Resolutions! Students have selected three resolutions they would like to work toward accomplishing in the year 2016.

  • Ask your child:
  • What are your three resolutions?
  • What plan are you putting in place to accomplish this plan?
  • How is your writing piece coming along?
  • What is something you are working to revise in your writing piece?


This week in reading students will be working toward:

  • learning and reviewing new vocabulary for this week
  • reading a text about scientists who research and study artic ice water
  • creating a text feature to compliment their mini-reader text selection
  • citing text evidence in teams to answer this week's focus question, "how does science help us live and understand our world?"
  • identify more examples of fact and opinion in non-fiction text
  • explore the concept of 'Mood and Tone' in writing
  • select and work on a 'dessert' option from the reading menu.