Collins & Co. Room 204

Weekly update: The first one

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Hi Parents,

Wow! Do we have a great class! We have started the getting-to-know-you process and learning the procedures in the classroom. We will continue that for the next few weeks until we get into a routine.

We will be communicating a lot this school year. There will be so much to tell you about our 5th grade curriculum, school events, changes in schedules, tests, field trips, etc.
I will be sharing all of this information through the "Smore" website, which offers a flyer-type format. I will be able to post pictures, add links, videos, and other important information such as weekly vocabulary words or field trip permission slips.

Please expect an email each Friday (or sometime over the weekend) that will inform you of all what we learned in school that week. This will give you some topics for conversation with your child about school.

It was nice to see all of you at "Curriculum Night". I enjoyed meeting you and chatting about the classroom. There were a couple topics I did not have time to touch upon, that I'd like to mention. The first is typing. In the future, your children will be completing the majority of their school and homework assignments on the computer. This year we will take the PARCC tests again. The entire test is computer based and requires students to be efficient typist. Here is where keyboardng skills are a must. We will be spending time in class to practice. However, more time spent at home will be beneficial.

The second is hygiene. We won't be having the major body changing type discussions until the spring, but some 5th graders notice that they begin sweating more this year. Especially while the fall stays warm, students may notice changes after outdoor recess and P.E., please discuss the importance of daily showers and the use of deodorant if necessary.

Enjoy your long weekend,
Ms. Collins and Mrs. Cucco


This week in Math, we learned new "drawer games". These are "thinking games" and we discussed that the strategies needed to solve these types of puzzles are the same strategies we use in math.

The students also learned about our math workshop. We talked about student and teacher roles, as well as what workshop should look like and sound like. We put our expectations to the test by practicing these math centers. Students explored our class "math links" web page, practiced multiplication facts, and played a rounding game.

We finished the week by taking our chapter 1 pretest on place value and rounding, which will lead us into our learning for next week.


This week we talked about what good reading looks like. We practiced how to read as a group and how to read to our selves. We also began learning about grammar by watching School House Rock to find out about nouns and pronouns. Students went above and beyond and even discovered proper nouns too!

The students worked hard to set up their Reading Binders. Here is where they will keep track of all the books they have read, take notes on lessons, and compose letters about their independent reading. We all also keep notes about grammar, spelling, and vocabulary in this binder using our divider tabs to keep us organized!

Social Studies

In Social Studies, we reviewed the 13 Colonies in order to prepare the events leading to the American Revolution. While no one event can be pointed to as the actual cause of the revolution, the war began as a disagreement over the way in which Great Britain treated the colonies versus the way the colonies felt they should be treated.

"NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION" will be the focus for next few weeks.

Ask your Student about:

*Our Read Aloud book, Wonder by R.J. Palaccio

*"Choose Kind"

*Voice levels

*Safety Week drills

*Quotes of the Day - Kid President was one of them!

*Mrs. Able's visit to the classroom

*Meeting new friends, and our new friend Inessa!

*Games in the multi-purpose room

Things to come:

  • Monday, September 7th
  • No School- Labor Day

  • Tuesday, September 8th 8:45am
  • Coffee with the principal

  • Wednesday, September 9th 5:30-6:45pm
  • Greyhound Games

  • Thursday, September 10th
  • Greyhound Games (rain date)

  • Friday, September 11th
  • Greenbriar Block Parent Day
  • Bike/Walk to school day

  • Monday, September 14th
  • No School- Rosh Hashanah