IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:
- Sunday, May 8: I sincerely wish all of our wonderful mothers a very happy Mother's Day! Thank you for sharing your thoughtful, hardworking, compassionate, funny, and very special children with me. Thank you, too, for your consistent show of support for all that we do in the classroom, including the treats that many shared with me last week. Mrs. Anne Callihan and Mrs. Joy McIver truly went above and beyond the call of duty by supervising the cafeteria on Friday so that I might have a lunch break. Much love and gratitude to you, One and All!
- May 9-15: Please note that we have decided to postpone the previously scheduled Muddy Sneakers Trip (which would have been this Thursday) in order for our students to take full advantage of our LEAF Resident Artists Program this week. The new date of our Muddy Sneakers expedition will be published upon administrative approval and procurement of transportation. Again, we thank Mr. Bob Dixon for his enduring patience and generosity in accompanying us on nearly every trip and working with the schedule changes!
- May 9-20: Manna Food Drive--We are collecting canned goods, rice, packaged pasta, water, shelf-safe milk, cereal, healthy non-perishable snacks, nuts, peanut butter, and jelly for Western North Carolina families in need.
- Tuesday, May 10: Please remember that this is a full school day, as usual. Despite the fact that it had been scheduled as a non-student day, we now need to make up one of our winter Snow Days.
- Friday, May 13: All money for popcorn sales must be turned into Ms. Zunguze by Friday. Please have checks made payable to Claxton PTO. 50% of sales go directly to Claxton.
- Sunday, May 15 at 11:00 A.M.: Students who have submitted registration forms to attend the LEAF festival will perform on Sunday morning. See Mr. Butler for details.
- Thursday, May 19 at 5:30 P.M.: Claxton Celebration of Learning Potluck--Your family is invited to bring a picnic blanket, a drum, and a dish to share. Fifth-grade families are asked to provide drinks. (Please note: Unfortunately, Ms. Zunguze's son has a baseball game at the same time, so the Zunguzes will not be able to attend.)
- May 20-25: Spring Book Fair in Media Center (Volunteers needed--See below.)
- May 24-June 7: All of Asheville City Schools will conduct EOG testing in the last 10 academic days of school.
- Friday, May 27: Muddy Sneakers 1/2-day walking field trip to Weaver Park. (Chaperones needed--See below.)
LAST WEEK'S MUDDY SNEAKERS EXPEDITION: Terrestrial Ecosystems
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Will we find more more producers, primary consumers, secondary consumers, tertiary consumers, or decomposers in a rotten log?
Look what Kasiyah spotted!
A snake is definitely a consumer!
A preview of next week's aquatic ecosystems expedition:
Erin and Avery observe tadpoles.
Learning about the Trophic Pyramid
Recording Data and Conclusions:
We found more decomposers than producers and/or consumers.
Building a Trophic Pyramid:
Harper is an omnivore, and she classifies herself as a tertiary consumer, when she eats animals who are also omnivores.
MORE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:
- For the Spring Book Fair, May 19-26, please sign up here: <https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1YJZHMy-nIt1_hFdcf02R6WuJ4IIbvYPyQnxMofPal4A/edit#gid=0>.
- For May 27th 1/2-day Walking Field Trip--Please e-mail Ms. Zunguze if you are willing and able to walk with us from Claxton to Weaver Park and back, chaperoning a group led by a naturlist.
SENTIMENTS + SUPPORT
Mid-Term Progress Reports went home last week. One of the easiest ways to improve math and language-arts grades is to make sure that all homework is both completed and turned in daily. These extra points provide insurance in the case of less than stellar performance on an assessment or any other assignment. Another way to increase scores is for students to make sure that they fully complete the assignments that they turn in. I conferenced with each student to go over the grades earned thus far in the quarter, celebrating strengths, making plans for improvement, and even asking for feedback on the work that they have done this year. When I asked Gantt McIver, for example, if he had found the work in fifth grade sufficiently challenging, he responded with what I consider a compliment: "Ms. Zunguze, I have never worked harder!" I have seen growth and progress in every single student in our class, including in organizational and study skills that they will carry through to middle school and beyond. I am very proud of our students!
See this helpful website for specific information on each Module 4 math lesson on multiplying and dividing fractions: <http://www.oakdale.k12.ca.us/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1415354549291>.