Jeffrey/Mead Team Blog

9/27 - 10/1

While we continue to build community through rules creation and CARES work, the students are also diving into academics throughout the day. Last week we had our first all school meeting outside.


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.

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 Grid has focused on the relationship between money and time while Collector is about volume, a concept from a fifth grade essential standard.

Students have also learned math games during this time. Some games students have learned are Digit Place, Close to 100, and Pathways. These games give students opportunities to practice addition, subtraction and multiplication as well as get to know each other and practice cooperative skills.

Unit 1 focuses on multiplication, volume and division. This week students worked on number strings with partial products, the over strategy and halving & doubling. Furthermore, they continued to work on writing expressions and equations to show multiplicative relationships.

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 finished reading Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key. In the end Joey received new medication in the form of a patch. With this type of medication he will get a steady stream all day long so he doesn't experience the highs and lows he had previously. Joey successfully finished his time at the special ed school downtown and returned to his regular school. On his first day back he asked to say the Pledge over the intercom. Just as one of the students predicted, Joey shouted " I am back!" into the microphone. The story certainly ended on a happy note. There are other books in this series that students could read if they are interested.
Mrs. Mead's class finished reading Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling. This is a former Golden Dome book. In the last part of the story we really got to see how Aven and Connor had changed throughout the book. Aven played on stage at the festival, something she had been afraid to do. She started feeling comfortable wearing spaghetti strap tank tops and showing her shoulders. Connor started to feel comfortable being in a crowd of people. He saw how much Aven's music helped his tics, and decided to learn to play the guitar himself. Connor also started to repair his relationship with his mom by realizing that she does not find him a burden, he felt that way about himself. Overall, we really enjoyed the characters, humor, and mystery in this story.


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. We are working ways to add more to your writing without repeating the same words or ideas.

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.

Currently both classes are in the middle of a practice round of book groups. 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. Mrs. Mead's students are reading Wonder while Ms. Jeffrey's are reading On My Honor.


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.

Parent Conferences

Conference schedules have been shared with families.

For in person conferences masks are required. Parents/guardians should plan to arrive at their assigned time so we can avoid groups congregating in the hallway. Given that we have 30 minute blocks of time we should be able to adhere to that schedule.

FMS Fun Run

The FMS Fun Run was postponed. We will post the new date once it has been announced.


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 4: Time to Reflect


In next week’s lesson, your child will learn how to reflect on their experience working toward a goal.

Try This at Home:

Ask your child to tell you about their goal-setting journey, including what worked, what didn’t work, and what they could do next time. Tell your child about a goal that you set and worked toward. What worked, what didn’t work, and what did you learn?


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

Read this flyer to learn about the Four Winds program at EES and FMS. Parent volunteers are needed!


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 7 Afternoon/evening conferences

October 8 NO SCHOOL Parent Teacher Conference Day

October 11 NO SCHOOL Indigenous Day

October 14 Picture Day at FMS