5th Grade News

May 9th

Save the Date

The 5th grade Moving Up Celebration will be on Tuesday, June 18th at 9:15 a.m. Immediately following, parents are invited back to the classrooms for a portfolio share.

Scoliosis Screening

The State of New Jersey Health Mandates require that all 5th grade students be screened for scoliosis. Scoliosis is defined as a condition of the spine in which the spine may curve from right or left. It is most commonly seen during the time of rapid growth and may progress if not treated. The purpose of this screening is to catch scoliosis in the early stages.

The procedure for the scoliosis screening will require the removal of clothing from the waist up. The girls may wear a camisole or sports bra for the screening. The student will be visually inspected as he/she stands and then bends forward. This will be done during Art class in the Health office. The boys and girls will be screened separately.

Please log onto the Parent Portal to access the permission form. If no permissions are selected by May, 17th, it is assumed your child can be screened in school.

Screenings will begin on Monday, May 20, 2019. You will be notified only if there is a concern.

Philly Trip

The teachers are beginning to prepare for the 5th Grade Trip to Philadelphia. You should be receiving the permission slip as well as a teacher request for parent volunteers soon. As a reminder, each class will be looking to randomly select six parent volunteers to assist the teachers during the trip.

As in the past, the students will be provided an opportunity to pick a small group of friends to walk through each historical location and visit the museum. These small groups will be paired with another group to form groups of about eight. The groups of eight will be supervised by a LAF teacher and two parent volunteers. Any student with medical needs will be assigned to either a trained LAF staff member or a school nurse.

All students will be required to pack a peanut free, disposable lunch and snack for this trip. The students are not allowed to purchase any food. Due to the new structure of the field trip, the students will not have time to visit gift shops.

It is my understanding that a handful of parents might join the trip via their own mode of transportation. If you do plan to attend the trip as a member of the public, please note the following:

  • Your child is still required to be part of the school trip and remain with the teacher and group they were assigned.
  • You are required to follow the rules we have outlined for the safety of all students while out of the school building.
  • Outside food purchased by the parent is not allowed.
  • Tickets to the museum were purchased ahead of time, therefore, you will not be able to be part of the museum portion of the trip.
  • The purchase of souvenirs is not allowed.

Field Day is Friday, May 17th

This year field day will be held on the fields behind Lafayette. Also new this year is that all students will be divided into two teams (Red Team vs Blue Team) and points will be awarded for winning events as well as for team spirit. So get creative and support your team!! Field Day is Friday, May 17th (rain date is May 31st).

It will be a Hickory Tree Pizza Day on the 17th so there is no need to order lunch ahead of time.

Volunteer for CMS PTO

Attention incoming 6th grade parents: The PTO is looking for volunteers to sign up for the CMS PTO Committee Board positions. To signup, follow this link.


Family Life Curriculum

We will begin the Family Life portion of the Health Curriculum on Wednesday, May 15th. Please use the following link to preview the contents of each lesson http://www.chatham-nj.org/Page/6937. The fourth grade will be learning how their own bodies go through puberty and the fifth grade will review changes in their own body and additionally learn the anatomy of the opposite sex.

If you would prefer that your child not participate in the Family Life Lessons, please send an email to Mrs. Russo, crusso@chatham-nj.org. If your child does opt out of the Family Life Curriculum, they will be provided with an alternative activity for the next three Health periods. Please contact David Shellenhamer or Randy Raffo if you have additional questions.