Miss Fenske's News

Friday, September 16th, 2016

Take a Peek at our Week

It sure was an eventful Friday! This week, we got to do some work on our Passport to Reading Project. Students read different genres of books, took A.R. tests on them, got a special stamp, and began creating a project of their choice to represent one of the books. They also presented their National Park Maps. We also continued working on our Native American Project. Students were using project time to finish researching their assigned tribe and work on creating their virtual museum.

We did not have passions this week. Instead, we had our Fundraiser Carnival! In all, our class raised over $600! I am extremely proud of how much money the class was able to raise. Our total brought us to second place, which means no ice cream party for us, but we did get to celebrate at the carnival! I know we all enjoyed the fun activities, but I think that we all loved the water balloons and buckets of water the best. Looking back at the pictures, you can definitely tell that they loved seeing Mr. Sterling, Mr. Findley, and myself being soaked with water!

We continued with reading towards meeting our AR reading goals. These goals are going to be for from now until October 7th. Of course, the goals can be adjusted if there are any concerns with not meeting the goal in time. We have 20-30 minutes of silent reading every day after recess. Your child should also be reading for about 20 minutes (of course more is always awesome!) at home each night. Reading for 20 minutes before bed is an excellent way to unwind from the day. I will be sending out a document with your child's individual AR reading goal on it at the beginning of next week.

Thanks for all you do! As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

Reminders and Updates

Parent Teacher Conferences: A letter was sent home this week regarding your scheduled date and time for parent teacher conferences. Please return the bottom portion of this letter so that I can finalize our conference schedules. If the date and time does not work for you, please let me know and we can figure out a better time!

Box Tops: A letter and a bag were sent home earlier this week to collect box tops in. The first cut off submission date isn't until the end of October, so if you would like to keep the bag at home to collect box tops that aren't expired in it and then send it in closer to that date you may. Each box top that isn't expired is worth 10 cents for our school. They can be found on many different products that you normally purchase and use on a day-to-day basis. You are welcome to send box tops in at any time in a bag with the my name on it so that our class has a chance at winning the trophy and a special treat!

Cheerleading: Cheerleading tryouts will be the last week of school before fall break. A packet was sent home today with information regarding tryouts, as well as the two teacher recommendation letters. If you have any questions, feel free to contact myself or Miss Hannah Moore. Remember, your child must have a current physical (dated April 1st or later) on file in order to participate.

Basketball: Boys' basketball open gyms are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school. Tryouts will be after fall break. Girls' basketball open gyms are held on Thursdays after school. Tryouts will be after fall break as well. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mr. Shipley. Remember, your child must have a current physical (dated April 1st or later) on file in order to participate.

Please send your child to school with a reusable water bottle. It is still very hot outside, and we don't have a drinking fountain in our room. This will eliminate the amount of times your child needs to leave the room to get a drink while also keeping them hydrated. Also, healthy snacks can be eaten at any time throughout the day. I reminded the class that during read aloud, SSR time, or project time provided they are not working on their Chromebooks, would be excellent times to eat their snack.


Homework is a little different this year than it may have been for you last year. Math and language arts homework will be sent home daily (as needed) and is expected to be returned the next day unless otherwise noted. Math homework will be graded based on effort and when it is turned in. I feel that math homework is practice for the game (the assessment) so that when it is time for the test, the skills have been mastered through the homework and practice. The grades are as follows for math:

  • 100%: complete, turned in on time, and maximum effort is displayed through the work
  • 75%: turned in late, complete, and maximum effort is displayed through the work
  • 50%: not turned in
  • I will also give any score between 50% and 100% depending on completion and effort.

Recently, I sent home any make-up work that your child may have been missing. Please continue to work on that and have your child turn it in when it is completed!

This Week's Learning

This week, we practiced different methods to multiply, mental division, and did our test retake. In social studies, we were able to learn some more about Native Americans and how they functioned within their cultures. We also learned a little bit about 9/11 and created timelines. Our language arts focused on the concept of inventions. We read texts that were biographies, practiced sequencing, learned about complex sentences, and our spelling words focused on greek roots. In project pods, we had a lot of time to continue the Native American research for our first project of the year. We also worked on our passport to reading, learned about the scientific method, and practiced applying the scientific method to everyday situations. Lastly, we were introduced to our biggest project of the year--JA Biztown! The students watched a video about JA Biztown, discussed some things that we may be doing, and talked about how we were going to pay for this amazing experience.

Learning to Come

  • Division Facts and Methods
  • Review of Prior Learning

L.A: "New Technology"

  • Grammar: Run-On Sentences
  • Genre: Informational Text
  • Reading Strategy: Author's Point of View; Re-read
  • Greek and Latin Prefixes

Science: How Do Scientists Investigate?

Social Studies: The First Americans

  • Native American Project
  • Continue Reading Chapter

Upcoming Events

Friday, September 23rd: Passions

Monday, September 26th-Thursday, September 29th: Book Fair

Monday, September 26th-Thursday, September 29th: Parent-Teacher Conferences

Friday, September 30th: Passions

School at Home

At home, there are countless things that you and your child can do to help your child continue to grow. Here are a few examples...

  • Sit with your child while he/she does his/her homework. This will give you an opportunity to see what we are learning during the day and be able to help your student if he/she needs help.
  • Help your child practice math facts. One big thing that we will learn in math this year is adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators. In order to do this, a good background on factors needs to be established. By practicing factors and math facts, you are helping your child be able to quickly recall that information in class, making it easier to add and subtract those fractions.
  • Give your child practice spelling tests. There will be plenty of opportunities to practice the spelling and vocabulary at home and at school, but giving mock tests definitely doesn't hurt!