Mrs. Starick's 5th Grade News

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Please read this information in regards to picking up student belongings.

EOY Activities

HERE is a one pager of our last few activities this year. Please reach out if you need more information about anything!

We have a 100 person limit in Zoom so please limit the number of people logging on if possible. We will record the ceremony and share it with you after so friends and family can see it. If you have suggestions or solutions to this, please share! I have been unsuccessful!

Week of May 25

We have reached our last week of activities! My office hours will continue through Friday, 5/29 from 8-9am. I will not have any more after that date but can be contacted through email and Remind.

Please see the link above for information regarding picking up student belongings and returning devices this week. I am still missing A LOT of library books. I will begin reaching out to you later this week if they don't turn up as I continue cleaning the classroom.

Students will not have activities for each day except iReady minutes and reading. I am hoping they can go back and finish some of the past assignments and use this time to do their favorite activities. We will continue to Zoom Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Thursday we will have a "5th grade escape room" activity that will be done individually but we will start on Zoom. It will be important that they join us so that they hear the instructions and have a chance to ask questions.

I will send another update later when I have more information, as we are finalizing some other details.

Have a great day,

Mrs. Starick

Week of May 11

We are entering one of our last weeks together (even from afar) and I am starting to feel all the feels. This normally would be a time of stories, playing games, LOTS of group projects, and just enjoying our last days together. I have asked them for help in trying to create this environment by sharing with me their favorite things from this year. If you have anything you would like to share, please send me an email at

There are few things that are important to get submitted ASAP, if you have not already:

-EDMS course card (the link was sent to your student in Google Classroom)

-EDMS "Open House" is on 5/20. Time TBD.

-If you have younger students, complete the Westwood Intent to Return form


-Yearbook orders have been pushed back to May 24 with pick up in mid-July. Please send photos of how you are distance learning and managing through these crazy times. The link to order is here.

-They are working on setting up a virtual book fair. More info to come soon!

I hope you have a great week!

-Mrs. S

New Info for EDMS Choir

This Thursday (tomorrow!) at 11:00 a.m. you are invited to a very special Zoom meeting with Mrs. Shea and Mr. Emigh,
director of Choirs at El Dorado MS and Concord HS.

Mr. Emigh has exciting information for you about El Dorado Singers, one of the electives available for you next school year at El Dorado Middle School. Get your questions ready, and we'll see you Thursday on Zoom!

Mr. Emigh is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Shea 5th grade kids
Time: May 7, 2020 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 886 6292 5138
Password: 8KEY5b

Week of May 4th

May the 4th be with you! (Sorry couldn't resist)...

On Wednesday, we have a special Zoom focusing on water safety, presented by the Aquasmart Live Assembly Program. We will begin at 10:15. I will send more information as I receive it.

This week I have given less assignments as I am seeing that many students are not completing everything over the last couple weeks.

I am hoping that students will be able to complete these each week:

-iReady (45 min in both reading and math; 90 minutes total)



-Writing (High Priority) I really want students to engage with the opinion writing packet to focus on finishing this skill before middle school.

*I have integrated Science and Social Studies in to our reading this week*

I will add a few extras for the students that finish the other assignments.

Please reach out with questions or concerns! I am available to help via zoom, phone, or email. I will work with students during our Zoom this week to help them with their writing progress.

I completely forgot updates from EDMS and PFC!


-El Dorado Middle School will be holding a virtual 'Open House' on May 20th (Time TBD).

-Please make sure your student submitted their course card. If you need help with this, please let me know.

-There going to be a 5th grade session for info and Q&A. They are working on a date and time so stay tuned!


-Yearbook orders have been pushed back to May 24 with pick up in mid-July. Please send photos of how you are distance learning and managing through these crazy times. The link to order is here.

-They are working on setting up a virtual book fair. More info to come soon!

Week of April 27

We are back in the swing of things and are moving along with our curriculum at a great pace. Our tea party on Friday was a great success and it was so fun to see so many students dressed up in our formal attire. I posted the activity and link to a You Tube copy of our video for students who couldn't tune in.

Thank you to those who have reached out to help me troubleshoot technical problems we are having with assignments. I am still learning and appreciate your help!

No zoom on Monday or Thursday this week.

Tuesday is our Zoom "Talent Show". I can't wait to see what each student shares!

Please see the button above for our assignment calendar for this week. If you have any questions please see last week's post (below) or reach out to me via email or Remind. Have a great week!


This week we will learn that even though it looks like the Sun is moving across the sky every day, it is actually the Earth that is spinning (rotating) around its axis. In the activity, students become models of the Earth and spun around to understand how this movement is responsible for the Sun rising and setting every day. We also discuss how the speed of the Earth’s rotation affects the length of one full day.

You can support learning at home. The next time you’re traveling by car or bus, you can point out that it doesn’t feel like you’re moving at all - even if you’re traveling at really high speeds! This is the same reason that even though the Earth is spinning incredibly fast, it never feels like we’re moving. Because the Earth is always spinning at a constant speed, we never feel it moving!

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Week of 4/20: New Information!

Good morning! I hope you all were able to have a relaxing and rejuvenating weekend.

There have been a few changes in our distance learning plan and I am so excited to share them with you. Please read the information below carefully and reach out with questions!

1. The district has created a FAQ site to help answer the most frequently asked questions. There is also information on affordable internet, how to update contact information, etc.

2. GOOGLE CLASSROOM IS WHERE IT'S AT! I will be posted assignments on Google Classroom each Monday with the hope that students can complete them by Friday. Please see the button above for the suggested schedule each Monday. This is just an example of how students can do the assignments. How they want to tackle the work is up to them!

3. Standards based grading will continue for the 3rd trimester. Any area where that can't be done will be given an NA-Not assessed.

4.I will be providing feedback on their work but no "grade". I will use their work to track their progress through our essential standards.

5. I am here to answer questions and support during my office hours (M-F 8-9 am). Remind will notify me all day and I will get back to you as soon as I can, but I have blocked out this hour first thing in the morning to help via email, zoom, or phone. My Google Voice # is 925-272-8920. Please only call between 8-3.

6. I will continue to Zoom with the students from 10-10:30 each day. We mostly just check in and play a game or two but it will be necessary to teach some skills during this time. For now, I am planning on each Wednesday being a math skills and practice session.

7. I am looking in to the best way to start small groups with the students. I hope to have more of a plan later this week.

We are all figuring this out together! Thank you for your patience and support. Let's make the best of our last 6 weeks of 5th grade!!

**I had a few incredible donations to our class Teachers Pay Teachers Fund. THANK YOU! Your donation allows for some fun, engaging new material to reach your student and help make this time that much more enjoyable.**

Week 4 Updates

Welcome back!!! I hope you all had a chance to relax last week!

Changing Hours:

In order to be able to best serve you all, I will be changing my hours for the remainder of the year.

Office Hours will be daily from 8-9. This is an opportunity to ask me more individual questions or help with technical items. I am available for you during this time! I can also answer more specific questions for your students during this time. Please email or remind; zoom meetings are also available. Let me know what you prefer!

Zoom is daily from 10-10:30 and is for the students to connect and have our "morning meeting". We will play games, have discussions, and other fun activities.

Students will continue to get their work through google classroom and will get feedback from me there as well. If there are any concerns or problems, please let me know immediately.

I would love to set up a time to talk with each of you this week. Please fill out a form here.

Learning From Home- Week 3

First of all, let me begin by saying that I miss the class. It did not hit me very hard until the announcement last week that we won't be returning until May at the earliest. I knew the weeks would be long but we would *hopefully* see each other after break. Well, now we have several more weeks after that and I am devastated. I miss the energy your students brought to the room. They were excited and curious every morning when they walked in the door... it made teaching so incredibly easy. I look forward to 1:00 pm every day because it gives me a chance to reconnect with so many students. Some days we have a lot to talk about and others we don't, but they still tune in. I am glad we have the opportunity to still do a few of the activities that they love but it just isn't the same. I hope they are mildly excited as well :)

As we finish week 3, just know that I am hoping to hear/see/connect with your student at least once during the week. I apologize if I message too much or call more than once. I just want to see how they're doing and to tell them how much I can't wait to see them.

Here are a few important tings to know:

Friday, 4/3- Cesar Chavez holiday (no class)

4/6-4/10- Spring Break

Office Hours starting 4/13 will be from 10-11. Zoom will also be during this time. Please join your student or message me if you can!

Please check out the Westwood Community Update page:

MDUSD Elementary Parent Information Page

MDUSD Distance Counseling Parent Information

Please let me know if you have questions and/or I can find you more information.

Stay well,

Kelly Starick

Learning From Home Files

I will keep adding materials here for your access. Please message with any questions or suggestions.

What a challenging time...

If your student needs a Chromebook, please notify me ASAP. They will be handed out tomorrow on campus in the drive through. There is a certain time slot to arrive so please reach out if this is needed in your home. Mrs. Klinkner sent an email out today with more details.

I hope you're all starting to find your "normal" this week. I am LOVING the time we get to spend together on Zoom and checking in with each other.

I've attached our weekly schedule in the button above, so you have an idea what we're up to each day. If students can get to some of it, that's great! If not, no big deal! I hope they're continuing their reading each day.

Community lunch is served at EDMS M-F from 11-12:30. Any child under 18 can get lunch there at their "grab-n-go" station.

I'm available by remind or email each day from 8-3. I will answer you as quickly as possible.

-Mrs. S

Remote Learning Update

Hello E1 Families!

It's only been one day off but I miss the class so much already! I am trying to soak in this time at home and find the joy in being forced to slow down for a while.

Here is the latest from Westwood in regards to our time off. I am going to continue posting sites and ideas to the students' Google Classroom page (with updates here as well). I will have office hours from 8-3 each day so please email or remind anything you need. I am home with my boys so if I'm not back to you quickly, be patient with me :) I will get back to you!

I left a few copies of packets on campus for pick up if you would like. Mrs. Klinkner should have them outside later today.

You can find iReady Packets here.

I will have a "workroom" open for students to join using the Zoom app so that they can come say hello or share fun things they are doing every day from 1-2.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 442 856 8552

Please stay well and tell your student that I miss them!

Kelly Starick

Week of 2/24/2020

Happy Thursday!

A few highlights from this week:

-Students began their work for our Art Gala taking place on 3/17. Hope to see you there!

-They are also making creations for Square 1 Art, a program that scans their work and prints it on a variety of items. Keep your eyes peeled for their special catalog coming out next month.

**I am still trying to get all parents on Remind messaging system. If you receive a text inviting you to join, it is just me!**

Health Survey:

Students will earn a pizza lunch from Mrs.Klinkner if we receive all permission slips back. Please check with your student to make sure they don't have this in their backpack still. I am waiting on six.

Friday, 2/28, students will have a visit from El Dorado Middle staff to give them a quick preview of middle school. We will be staying on campus; their site visit it scheduled for later May.

Family life preview night is Tuesday, 3/3 from 5-5:30 in E3.

Dr. Seuss reading celebration is immediately after in the library. Hope to see you at both!!

Parent Survey Information

Please follow this link to access the parent survey!

Thank you to those who have returned permission slips!

Here are abbreviated instructions for the parent survey:

Your school needs you to complete this online survey to learn more about your opinions about it. This survey is an opportunity to communicate your perceptions about your child’s school. This letter explains the survey and, at the bottom of the page, provides your login, password and access instructions. If you have any questions about this survey, contact Nancy Klinkner at 925-685-4202 or .

You will have access to this online survey beginning _1_/ 27_/_20_.

The purpose of this survey is to obtain parent perceptions about the school.

Your participation is voluntary. It is also very important. The information you provide will help guide district and school efforts to promote safety, enhance learning supports, and improve student achievement.

· This is an anonymous survey. It is designed so that no one can be identified from the data. You do not have to respond to any questions that you feel could be used to identify you. Simply skip any such questions.

· All questions apply to this school only.

· The results are for the use of your district. The California Department of Education and WestEd will preserve data confidentiality and refer any data requests to the district.


If you have more than one child at this school, you will only need to complete one survey for this school. Please fill out just one survey about the school using your oldest child as a reference.

Week of February 18

Students started their project presentations today and I am SO IMPRESSED! I can tell they really put a lot of time and effort into their experiments and designs. I can't wait to see who the judges pick tomorrow. I hope you can all make it to the STEM Fair from 6-7 pm.

Permission slips were sent home recently for the Healthy Kids survey. This is completely optional but I am trying to get all of these back this week. The original copies were blue and yellow. Please let me know if you need another copy.

Here are a few reminders of upcoming events:

-February 24- March 2 is Read Across America week... A reading log was sent home earlier this month for students to fill out and turn in for their chance at a prize.

-3/3: Family Reading Night and Dr. Seuss Birthday Bash (6-7 pm in the MUR)

-3/9: Spring Pictures

-3/16: No School (Teacher In-Service)

-3/17: Art Gala and auction

It's hard to believe that the end of Trimester 2 is approaching! This year is flying! Students are continuing to work on mastering adding, subtracting, and multiplying fractions. This will be our focus for both math instruction and intervention time. In Reading we will be working on main idea and details, responding to the text with written responses, and close reading skills.

Please see our student behavior process for Westwood. We want to be united in our efforts to curb negative behaviors and reinforce positive behaviors.

Have a wonderful week!!

Reading Support for Parents

Great ways to help your student love reading at home

Important Dates

12/3- Camp forms due ASAP

12/4- Soul Shoppe Workshop

12/6- Holiday Boutique

Student Holiday Shop (12/16-12/20, 2:00-3:30)

12/9-20- Parent conferences (EARLY RELEASE 1:00PM)

12/23-1/3- Winter Break

They earned extra recess today!!


As part of our AVID implementation, students are using binders to help organize their materials in the classroom. This also helps with keeping track of important items that they will need to share with you at home. Please ask your student to show you their binder and anything new they may have worked on or added. Binders should be taken home and brought back to school each day. I am in need of a few more binders if anyone has extras at home! I will talk more about this before the camp meeting on November 5th.

Glad to Be Back!

Good morning E1 families!

I would like to introduce (or reintroduce) myself to you all! I am Mrs. Starick and am returning from my maternity leave. I was lucky enough to work with almost all the students in this class during third grade and have had a WONDERFUL week back seeing them again! We started into our new routines on my first day and have been working super hard since. I can tell it is going to be a great rest of the year.

A few important announcements:

-Please sign up for class notifications on Remind. Text @mrsstarick to 81010.

-Fall Festival is on Friday, October 25 from 4-6:30 pm. We are in need of 5 adult volunteers, cakes for the cake walk, and students to help with the games. If a student is going to help with the games, an adult must be present with them. Please email me if you'd like to help!

-I will be holding a Back to School Night #2 right before the camp meeting on Tuesday, November 5. Come see me at 5:00 in E1 for information and a chance to see our updated work!

-We are looking for class donations. If you can contribute, we'd really appreciate it!!

--Binders, binder tabs, pencils, tape, colored copy paper, and snacks for the days when a student might forget one or need a little bit more.

Thank you!! I cannot wait to see all of you!

Kelly Starick

5th Grade Camp Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 5th 2019 at 5-6:30pm

1748 West Street

Concord, CA

What We're Up To


We're continuing our work with decimals and are mastering our knowledge of place value. Students are working with multiplying and dividing by powers of 10 so please practice with your student when you have the opportunity!

Each day in class, we work together to learn and practice our new skills. They then will use a problem set book to test their knowledge and get support while in class. On occasion they may have to work on the problem set at home to make sure that we are keeping up with our pace in class! Please check the for materials and resources.

Check out our PIE schedule below for what we do every morning!


Wonders reading program is in full swing! We do a multitude of activities every day for a variety of texts. Students will be focused on close reading strategies and develop their love of reading! Our first unit is on Meeting a Need. We work with several texts, vocabulary, spelling works, and skills and strategies to support them with all of these. Look for their Wonders packets that are due each Friday. I ask that the students do what they can and turn them in even if they are not complete.


We are beginning our year with the Mystery Science curriculum. Our first unit is the "Web of Life". We complete 5 mysteries to help us discover ecosystems and their interactions. Students just finished their investigation into fungus and molds, as we watched a banana break down over the last two weeks. I will frequently ask for donations of small items that we will use for our investigations so please be on the lookout for those!

Social Studies

We just learned about the Lost Colony (ask them for the scoop) and we're starting our journey into the colonies. I'll be posted more pictures of our adventures soon!