The 5th Grade Scoop

Mrs. Eckenrode's Class Newsletter

Portfolio Conferences

It does not seem that long ago that we were sitting down together to discuss your fifth grader's goals for this school year. In a couple of weeks, we will come together again to revisit these goals and determine if they have been met yet and possibly set some new goals. The students have begun preparing PowerPoint presentations to share their self-reflections with you during our time together.

You will have the opportunity to preview work your fifth grader completed at the beginning of the year and compare it to more recent assessments. I am so proud of the growth I see every day, and it is even more impressive when you compare the work samples.

I am looking forward to meeting with all of you along with your child and celebrating their achievements!

Week of 3/16/15

Reading: We will be reading a wonderful book by Andrew Clements called The Landry News. Read below for a brief summary:

The bad news is that Cara Landry is the new kid at Denton Elementary School. The worse news is that her teacher, Mr. Larson, would rather read the paper and drink coffee than teach his students anything. So Cara decides to give Mr. Larson something else to read -- her own newspaper, The Landry News.
Before she knows it, the whole fifth-grade class is in on the project. But then the principal finds a copy of The Landry News, with unexpected results. Tomorrow's headline: Will Cara's newspaper cost Mr. Larson his job?


Writing: We are drafting informational essays about what friendship means to us. The students are learning about writing engaging introductions, body paragraphs, and satisfying conclusions.


Science: We have begun our weather unit. To maximize instruction, the students will be rotating to all four of the fifth grade teachers' classrooms to learn about different concepts related to weather. They will begin in our own classroom where we will discuss different kinds of wild weather storms and how they form. They will then visit Mrs. Long for a few days to learn about weather forecasting. Following that, our class will venture to Mrs. Willett's room to hear about wind and atmospheric pressure. They will conclude in Mrs. Egan's room review the water cycle and different types of clouds.

Important Dates

Thursday, March 19th through Monday, March 23rd: I will be away on a mini vacation with my family. If you have any questions or concerns while I am out, please contact Mrs. Taggart in the office.

Friday, March 20th: Early Dismissal (12:25)

Saturday, March 21st: Mother/Son Bowling

Wednesday, March 25th: Reading Olympics at Warwick (5:30PM)

Thursday, March 26th: Portfolios will be sent home for you and your fifth grader to preview together. Please send them back by Monday, March 30th.

Friday, March 27th: Spirit Day (Wear Flyers gear or colors.)

Thursday, April 2nd: Early Dismissal with conferences in the afternoon.

Friday, April 3rd: No school

Monday, April 6th: No school

Tuesday, April 7th: This day was previously a day off but is now a full day due to the snow days.

2015-2016 School Year Calendar

The calendar for next school year has been approved if you would like to take a look. Follow the link below.