The Putney Post

West Homer Elementary--5th Grade

Dates to Remember

April 2- Reading SBA

April 3- Writing SBA

April 4- Math SBA

April 12- Islands and Oceans Field Trip "Landscapes Over Time"

April 16-18 Artist in the Schools

April 19- Vacation Day, No School

April 22- Spring Music Concert

May 1, 2, 3- Fifth Grade Field Trip

Classroom Happenings

This past week brought closure to our science fair projects. On Monday and Tuesday your child's completed project was displayed in the gym. On Monday community judges provided students feedback on their work and gave each board a ribbon. On Tuesday, classes viewed the projects during the day and families came in the evening to enjoy the hard work of our students. Thank you to all who came to view the science work completed by WHE kids!

In reading we have continued our work with Fever 1793. I have been impressed by the questions students have been asking and the ways they are engaging in discussion with their reading partners. Throughout our reading this week we reviewed fact vs. opinion, wrote Haikus, and created a reading quiz for our partner. We have also completed some pre-teaching of poetry terms (alliteration, simile, metaphor, onomatopoeia, personification) for our next reading unit: poetry.

Decimals! Decimals! Decimals! In math we have been practicing multiplying and dividing decimals. This past week students learned to divide decimals by whole numbers and divide decimals by decimals. Your child can now add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals! The kids have felt a huge sense of accomplishment this past week now that they know how to use all four operations when dealing with decimals. It has been fun to watch their growth!

Finally, in writing we prepared for the format of the SBA Writing test. Students practiced writing to prompts in a timely manner, choosing the sentence that "doesn't fit" and identifying capitalization/punctuation errors. Familiarizing students with the test format before the actual test will hopefully lessen the stress load when the actual test takes place.

What's Next? Testing!

This week is the big testing week! Your child will be taking three state tests: reading, writing, and math. The SBA's are one tool our school uses to discover what students know and are able to do. Kids all over the state of Alaska will be taking the SBA's this week.

The tests will start first thing on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday morning this week. It is essential that your child show up to school on-time these days. If your child enters the school building tardy he/she will have to wait at the office until testing has been complete and retake the test at a later date. There are very specific testing requirements we must abide to, so please ensure your child comes to school on-time these testing days.

In an effort to promote plenty of sleep, exercise, and healthy eating during our testing week, there will be no homework this week. The testing blocks are all morning long and sometimes go into the afternoon. These long testing periods are exhausting! I am encouraging kids to use the extra time to exercise and to go to bed earlier. The more sleep, exercise, and healthy eating the better! Horray for a week from of homework!

Spring Pictures- April 12th

Spring pictures will be on Friday, April 12th. Order forms were sent home last week. If you need another order form or have questions about picture day please contact our school secretary, Jean Calhoun.

NOTE: Pictures must be paid for in advance. Only students who have brought their picture packets to school will have their pictures taken.

Overnight Field Trip: May 1, 2, 3

It is hard to believe our field trip is only a month away! Mrs. Cloud and I are thrilled about the opporutnities our students will have on this trip and the learning that will happen. Students will be engaging in four natural history units over the course of the three-day trip: plants, birds, animal tracking, and camp skills. Students will come to school with all of their gear on Wednesday, May 1st. We will leave school at 8:45am May 1st and will return in time for kids to be picked up or ride the bus home as usual on May 3rd.

As shared at conferences, part of the learning experience of this trip is how to use compasses. Therefore, students will not be told where we are going. The field trip will start with a mystery bus ride. Shortly after we arrive students will be introduced to the compasses. Although students will not know where we are going, all parents will be informed. I was able to talk with most of our about our field trip destination at conferences. If you are unaware of our trip location, please call me and I will fill you in on the secret!

IXL Math Practice

Skills that align with our current math studies: W1, W2, W3, W4

Spelling and Vocabulary Practice

Play games and get extra practice with our weekly spelling and vocabulary words on If you need your child's password please let me know!