Weekly Wrap-up

Week of May 2-May 6

Post ELA/Literacy PARCC

The ELA portion of the PARCC is over! Your children completed three ninety-minute sessions of the computer-based assessment earlier this week.

Our ELA schedule was modified this week due to testing and full-band rehearsal on Thursday. We did, however, have the opportunity to meet in small groups for reading. My Dolphins created fabulous dwellings for Karana. They are working on descriptive paragraphs about their dwellings. My Seahawks participated in an interesting fishbowl discussion regarding Charlotte's interactions and choices made throughout our novel.

I was able to conference with many children to review opinion essays. The written feedback I am providing is intended to help the children know the "next step" in their writing process. The feedback I have received from them is that they like having a written record of what they have done well, and in which areas they should focus.

Your children should have completed, or should be very close to completing, the following:

  1. Finish the novel
  2. Complete the Note-taking Packet for the final four chapters of their book
  3. Complete and be prepared to discuss the Study Guide

*The hard deadline for these three items is Tuesday, May 10.

Riderwood Art Show

Mrs. Kirschnick outdid herself once again with Art Around the World. While I am a bit biased, the fashion show, Out of this World, was the highlight! The design teams created stunning displays for the "runway". Fantastic job, artists!

Thank you, Mrs. Kirschnick & volunteers, for treating us to a special night.

Looking Ahead

Math PARCC begins on Monday at 1:00 PM. Additional math testing dates are Wednesday, May 11-Thursday, May 12, and Monday, May 16.

The last day for content rotations is scheduled for Tuesday, May 10. *This may be subject to change depending on Monday's PARCC administration.

Full Orchestra Rehearsal is on Wednesday; Full Band Rehearsal is on Thursday.

A.C.E.S. Day is rescheduled to Wednesday, May 11 at 2:25 on the upper field. Please be sure to dress appropriately and to wear sneakers.

The Faculty vs. Fifth Grade Students Volleyball Game will be held on Friday, May 13 at 1:45.

Mark Your Calendars

Field Day – June 9 – More information will be forthcoming.

Grade 5 In-School End-of-the-Year Party – June 14 from 1:00 – 3:00. The kids will still have lunch in the cafeteria that day.

Parent-planned pool party at Valley – June 16 – 1:00 to 4:00 – More information will be forthcoming.

Grade 5 Farewell “Graduation” Assembly – June 17 – Cafeteria by ticket only – Ceremony begins at 9:00 with the doors opening at 8:30. A reception will be held in the gym immediately following the program. Grade 5 instrumental music students participating in the prelude will need to report to Mr. Mueller’s room at 8:30. Their performance will take place prior to the start of the ceremony at 9:00. Dress for the Farewell includes dresses, skirts for the girls, and slacks, oxford style button down shirts or polos for the boys. No shorts or flip flops, please. More information will be forthcoming.

*** Note: All residency documentation must be completed in order to receive your (3) graduation tickets.


  • Read the Weekly Wrap-up
  • Check engrade for missing assignments
  • Novel Final Assessment--Tuesday, May 10 -note-taking packet due
  • Wordly Wise List 19 Spelling Test--Friday, May 13

*NO vocabulary word cards will be due for this week

Teacher Appreciation Week

Thank you very much for all of the kind and thoughtful notes and gifts you showered upon me this week! I cannot wait to use my nail salon gift card from the class. I have been reading and rereading the handwritten notes from my spectacular students. (Thank you, Mrs. Wolff!) I find that I am just like the children in wanting feedback...especially when it is as positive as the feedback from all of you. I feel so fortunate to have this amazing class for my first Riderwood homeroom. I am not quite sure what I am going to do when they walk across that stage and leave the gymnasium for the last time as Riderwood students. The advantage to subbing for many years in the younger grades is that I have gotten to enjoy consecutive years with the children. Being the "end of the line" in 5th grade is bittersweet. I am grateful that we still have some time together--the school year is not over yet!

With much love and appreciation,

Mrs. Lord