Science & Social Studies

November 4 - November 8

"Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching." -C.S. Lewis

Weighty Word of the Week

FORTITUDE- showing courage in adversity

"Success is never final, and failure is never fatal. It's the courage that counts." -John Wooden


Our Fall Fundraiser is still ongoing through Tuesday! I know a lot of the students are selling tons of items! The fundraiser officially ends November 5th! If you need more information the PTO website has a lot of great information on how to sell via the online store, etc. Check it out!

The Week in Review

Our learners this week got a heavy dosage of the water cycle! We went through reading and observing stations, quizzed one another on vocabulary, and put our thinking onto paper (it was actually a whiteboard) when they completed a tree map on the water cycle.

On Friday, and continuing this week, we transitioned into the carbon dioxide cycle, and we are learning how this ensures the survival of every living thing.

On Deck: Science

We have started our journey into the other cycles. Early this week we will discuss the carbon dioxide cycle and how we can see this benefiting all parties; plants, animals, humans, etc. Later in the week we will tear down our terrarium jungles and do a final observation on how "well" we planted and what happened over the last three weeks.

On Deck: Social Studies

In Social Studies, we have split into our colony groups and these groups will be participating in their roles to complete the billboard which will market the colony to their classmates. The group members will have to work together to complete this project and presentation in order for their final product to convince others worthy of uprooting from their current colony and moving to some new place. I encourage you to ask your learners who they are working with in their group and what colony they will be creating the billboard for!

Book Fair

This week is the Scholastic Book Fair in the library at Austin Elementary! There you will find many picture books, chapter books and novels for readers of all ages. Here are the book fair hours:

Monday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Grandparents’/Special Friends’ Day

Throughout the week, parents may come with their child or come alone to shop for adult novels, cookbooks, or books for your student.

Report Cards

Hopefully your child has shown you his or her report card by now. Report cards were sent home Friday afternoon, and they must be signed and returned to me by Tuesday.

If you have any questions about a grade, comment, or anything else feel free to contact myself, Mrs. Burton or Ms. Voltz regarding the matter. We look forward to the next three terms to build on the great 9-weeks we just completed!

**Notes From Our Room Mom**

The 1st nine weeks are behind us and we’ve only just begun! Please check out the PTO calendar for upcoming events this month. Also, there are still some available slots to volunteer for the Book Fair this week

I am still in need of some parents to please complete the bottom portion for your contact information of the room mom letter. Please return to my attention/5E and Mr. Harvey will see that it gets to me. You can access the letter under the For Parents section of Mr. Harvey’s webpage. On the same page, please check the link for opportunities to volunteer for lunch/recess duty.

Finally, please continue to check in for our classroom supply needs on Mr. Harvey’s wish list. Thank you for all your support for our teacher and class!


Colleen Liebert

(5E Room Mom/Jillian’s mom)

Class Wish List

Please consider donating to our learning experience. This week's Items of the Week are Hand Sanitizer and Kleenex

You can also view the TeacherWishlist that has been created for our classroom.

Nathan Harvey

5E / C105

My Conference Hours are:

Monday - Friday 2:10-2:55

At Austin Elementary, we are driven to unlock the passion and cultivate the uniqueness inherent in every learner.