Jeffrey/Mead Team Blog


Students have done a great job adjusting to our new schedule. We hope they are enjoying the earlier lunch. We have noticed how much more productive the afternoon is!


Each day students participate in a Number Talk which are designed to help students become flexible, accurate and efficient when making calculations. The strategies we are teaching help students solve problems across all four operations. Right now Ms. Jeffrey's class is working on multiplication with partial products as well as halving and doubling. Mrs. Mead's class is working on subtraction, focusing on adding up, keeping a constant difference and removal.

Calendar Grid and Calendar Collector have also continued in classrooms. Students have been making connections between the work we do in Number Corner and the work we do in our unit lessons. This month the grid focuses on identifying a mystery shape from different perspectives. As the days pass students get more information to help them eliminate possible shapes. Every three days they are able to figure out which shape the clues are leading them to and then start again! For Calendar Collector students are looking for patterns in the mass of two carrots. Each day the mass decreases due to the carrot drying out. Later this month students will graph the data using coordinate points.

Unit 1 focuses on multiplication, volume and division. Students continued working on division this week. They worked with different models to divide and also found different ways to handle the remainder when solving a problem in context. We will wrap up this unit in the coming weeks. Up next - fractions in Unit 2!

Unit 1 Overview

Math Stars

Students can work on their math stars worksheets independently at school and home. Worksheets should be handed in Thursday morning for double stars. They will have the opportunity to ask questions and get help on Thursday and resubmit their math stars for single stars. We hope kids have fun with this extra math opportunity!

Read Aloud

Ms. Jeffrey's class continued reading The Canyon's Edge. This book is on the current Golden Dome Award list. It is the story of Nora who is struggling with the loss of her mother in addition to feeling like her father is sheltering her too much. This book is written in verse and told in first person. It is a powerful first hand account of dealing with loss. Nora is struggling to survive after the flood took her father and all her supplies away. She is trying to strain water out of the mud to rehydrate herself. She also had an encounter with a rattlesnake and was lucky to escape without being bitten. She is feeling more positive now that she has recovered a climbing rope she lost in the flood.
Mrs. Mead's class has started Cinders & Sparrows by Stephen Bachmann. This is a book from this years Vermont Golden Dome list. Mrs. Cantanker does not have a choice but to come to terms with the fact that Zita is in fact the heir to Blackbird Castle. Zita signs the document that legally entitles her to the castle, its lands, and other valuables. Mrs. Cantanker let Zita know that she would stay on and help manage the house, as well as give Zita lessons on being a witch. She requests that Zita does not interact with servants in the house but Zita refuses. Zita enjoys being around Bram and Minnifer and can relate to them. She offers to help them around the castle and Minnifer offers to give Zita a tour. On this tour Zita is about to learn a lot about the new home she has just inherited!


Our first writing genre of the year is opinion. Students have spent time brainstorming and writing about personal opinion topics. We began some of this work by thinking about things that bug or bother us. Students are practicing writing organized paragraphs about a single idea. They have discussed topic sentences and supporting sentences. They will then work on adding interest into their paragraphs for their readers.

Students will continue to take word study assessments so we can determine instructional needs for groupings. For the next two weeks we will do practice for upcoming word study instruction.


Students continue to work on building good reading habits. Students have been building stamina for independent reading and writing about reading. They are learning how to monitor or pay attention to their reading and what to do when their attention wanders.

We are wrapping up reading assessments. We will use the results to plan mini lessons, group strategy lessons, guided reading groups as well as book groups.

Ms. Jeffrey's class began their second round of book groups. They are reading Walk Two Moons, Stranded, Night of the Twisters and Hatchet. They have assignments due on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Mrs. Mead's students are reading Wonder In this round the whole class will read the same book and we will model expectations for book discussions and reader's notebook responses. Students can get support reading the books by accessing the audio recording in Google Classroom.


Students continue to learn about matter. Included in that learning is the different properties of matter and important vocabulary students will need to know. As the unit continues students will participate in Kahoots, Science Court, and Mystery Science lessons.

FMS Fun Run

The FMS Fun Run has been rescheduled to Friday, October 22.


The FMS Wellness Committee is sponsoring a sock drive this October. Help us make this a real Socktober! Socktober is a national sole warming movement that gives everyone an easy and fun way to help those in need. As one of the most overlooked donated items we aim to put clean, warm and comfy socks on men, women and children. Each time a student donates a pair of socks, they will receive a paper sock to decorate and hang in the hallway. Please help us make this a Socktober to remember by donating socks of any style or color. New socks only please. Sizes infant to adult. The drop off bin is located near the front office.

School Wide SEL

Each week all students at FMS will participate in SEL instruction. Below is next week's lesson overview for 5th grade.

Lesson 5: My 10-Minute Goal


In this week’s lesson, your child will apply the full goal-setting process they learned in this unit to work toward a 10-minute goal of their choice.

Try This at Home

Ask your child about the goal-setting process they learned in this unit and why it’s important. Encourage them to set a new short-term goal that's right for them and to follow the process they learned. Check-in along the way to see how it’s going.


As students may have shared with families already, their lunch isn't until 1:00. Some kids are sharing that they are hungry by mid to late morning. If possible, families might want to pack some additional snacks.

Student Technology Tools

The following is a list of online programs students may use this year. Others could be added as the year progresses. Individual student password documents will be shared with students. We will be send home a permission form regarding student technology programs in the first weeks of school.

Safari Montage

Scholastic News



Spelling City

Book Creator

Typing Club


Khan Academy



Students will need two masks at school everyday. Masks will need to be worn on the bus to and from school. They should also be worn at school except when eating and during mask breaks, which we all need!

FMS Newsletter

You can read the Bobcat Bulletin here.

Four Winds

Both classes have volunteers to run Four Winds! We hope to be able to get started with this soon!


To follow the Health & Safety Guidance provided by the Dept of Health, we are not allowing food-sharing activities at this time. We are also not allowing non-food items to be brought in for sharing an example, Valentine's Day cards.

Early Dismissal Procedure

IMPORTANT! Procedure for Early Dismissal

In the event that your child needs to be dismissed early, the following protocol must be followed:

  • On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday - you must pick up by 2:00 p.m.

  • Wednesday- you must pick up by 1:00pm.

  • Send your child’s teacher and Kim Kedzierski ( an email first thing in the morning letting them know what time your child needs to be dismissed, the reason why and the name of the person picking them up. Or, you can also call the attendance line at 879-6326 and leave a message stating your child’s name, time leaving, the name of the teacher, the reason why, and the name of the person picking them up.

  • When you arrive to pick up your child, please pull up to the front of the building and call Kim at 879-6326 to let her know you’re here

Important Dates

October 22 FMS Fun Run

November 22-26- Thanksgiving Break (no school)