Student's Scoop-Gierman's Class

January 11 - 4/5 GT class at Woodland Elementary


Editor in Chief: Olivia Lopez

Guest Writers today: Katie, and Nikita

News Team

Editor in chief: Olivia Lopez

This week's guest writers: Katie

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The Detroit Institute of Arts

Thursday, Jan. 31 from 9-2

Bring disposable sack lunch & a disposable snack

No cameras or backpacks

Cost = $0


The Cranbrook Institute of Science - Chemical Reactions

February 21 from 9:20-1:30

Bring disposable sack lunch & a disposable snack

Cost = $16 for admission


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By: Olivia

LOR lunch club is coming up soon! In case you didn't hear, our class is getting a challenge to read 300 pages of a challenging lexile book, complete with 20-30 pages of detailed stop and jots. If you have this, you get to join a very cool club! On January 22nd, whomever joined this club will get to have lunch together, bringing lot of yummy treats. For example, if we wanted a pizza and cookies day, we can! If we wanted a mexican day with chips, salsa, tacos, be my guest! AND If you wanted a brownie and lemonade day, PLEASE help yourself! ;) It's a great way to be rewarded, and a yummy way too! So please, make sure your son/daughter is reading!

If your child is in Battle of the Books!!

By: Katie

You remember battle of the books?

Well if your child is in it, please make sure they ARE READING THE BOOKS!!!

YOU must provide the books for your child, and they are available at the public library:)

4th grade book list:


100 Year Old Secret

Just My Luck

How to Steal a dog

5th grade book list:

The Penderwicks

Fuzzy Mud

No Talking

Lucky Strike

Escape from Mr Lemoncello's Library


Howdy there, an Katie.

We got our P2 shirts! Make sure to remind your child to wear them on tuesday. (After MLK Jr. day, we have that day off) Make sure to also remind your child of the importance of the P2 character strengths! Douses!

What we did this week:

By Olivia

P2: Perseverance

Math: No math homework was due this week, because this week we did something different! This week to rebuild our foundational math skills and master what we need to be amazing mathematicians, we played "Number Heads" Where you have a group working together with you, trying to come up with possible answers for multiple choice. It's good to take a review, and some concepts are even new to students!

Writing: We are doing "Number Heads" as well in writing based on different passages. We are learning how to show evidence well. It's fun to read stories and dissect them.

Reading: We are reading our newest read-aloud book! If you want more information on the book itself ask your son/daughter, it's quite a tale! We are learning new vocabulary, and coming with interesting inferences to are chilling mystery. Finally, we still engage in our personal challenge book clubs on Fridays!! Ask your son or daughter what he/she is reading :)

Science/Social Studies: Fifth graders did a test, in regarding our last subject, we'll be moving into science! In fourth grade they are learning about series and closed circuits!

Enrichment: Advertising for dog rescue!


For individuals, persistence can be directly connected to an individual’s ability to be successful throughout their life. Those who persevere through setbacks often reap the benefits of the success gained by refusing to give up. Sometimes, this comes with the added benefit of increased knowledge and skill as a result of the work needed to achieve. Perseverance is also connected with bravery.

Perseverance is often talked about with the idea of grit. How do we help students push through challenges no matter how hard they might be? Persisting in a task and failing, can result in depleted self-esteem. Therefore, it takes bravery to persist in a task despite the fear of failure. On a group level, perseverance can be contagious. A single group member’s ability or willingness to persevere can have a substantial impact on those working with him/her and the team. Groups that show high levels of perseverance are able to achieve goals they may not have believed possible. The results benefit both individuals and the group. They will be more likely to: enjoy the victory; persist in the future when facing challenges; improve their skills and abilities; and have a greater belief in their capacity to overcome obstacles and achieve goals.

Supplementary (at home) Learning Options for Next Week

1.Ask your son or daughter about the science unit in his/her grade level and have them talk about those concepts as visible at home :)

2. Discuss the concepts in our class read aloud: Charlotte doyle

3. explore the use of logos, pathos, ethos, and propaganda as you view advertisements together

4. have your student calculate discounts based on percents

5. Log into Khan Academy for extra math learning

6. Continue reading challenging books at your lexile or above and add the titles and summaries to your reading log in your Slides student portfolio

Important News and Dates

Jan. 21: No School


Jan. 29: SOC Information Night @ Meadows - current families welcome at 6:30

Jan. 31: DIA Field Trip with Ms. Green

Feb. 6-Mar.8: SOC Application Window

Feb. 7: Late start or early dismissal

Feb. 7: SOC Information Night @ Meadows - current families welcome at 6:30

Feb. 14: Valentines exchange @ 10:45; 1/2 day

Feb. 15-19: Mid-Winter Break

Feb 21-Cranbrook field trip!

Feb.26: 4th grade concert

Mar. 14: Late start or early dismissal

Apr. 1-5: Spring Break

Our Class Schedule

8:35-8:50: Morning Work/Welcome

8:50-9:40: Writing Workshop

5th Graders:

9:40-10:26: 5th Grade Specials

10:26-10:35: Snack (Healthy, Nut-Free)

10:35-11:30: Science/Social Studies with Ms. Martin

4th Graders:

9:40-10:35: Science/Social Studies with Ms. Gierman

10:35-11:21: 4th Grade Specials

11:21-11:30: Snack (Healthy, Nut-Free)

4th/5th Graders Return to their Teacher:

11:30-12:30: Math Workshop

12:31-12:53: Lunch

12:53-1:15: Recess

1:15-2:30: Reading Workshop

2:30-2:45: 2nd Recess

​2:45-3:30: Enrichment

  • Woodland follows an “ABC” specials schedule. Tuesday, September 4th will start with “A” day and continue from there.

  • 4th Grade students travel as a class together to specials. Their specials schedule is:

A-PE B-Music C-Art

  • 5th Grade students are split among the three regular 5th grade classes. Their specials schedule depends on the teacher they attend specials with. It may change during the year.

Phou: A-PE B-Music C-Art

(Margaret,Trevor, Katie)

Davison: A-Art B-PE C-Music

(Gabe and Brent)

McNaughton: A-Music B-Art C-PE

(Olivia and Danje)


We again have several students at Woodland that have a severe allergy to peanuts and/or tree nut product. Because of that, Woodland is a peanut and tree nut free school. Please understand that even touching a small amount of a product or accidental ingestion containing nuts could be a life-threatening situation. For these children, reactions can be immediate and life threatening. We are asking for your assistance in providing these students with a safe learning environment.

A no peanut or tree nut product policy means that there may not be any snacks or lunches that include contains any nut in the ingredients as well as anything that was made on shared machinery. It is OK to send snacks that say that they were made in the same facility as items containing nuts.

Birthday policy

If your child is interested in celebrating their birthday in school and you would like to send in something for the class, please do not send in food items. We suggest a small trinket, pencils, etc. instead. Thank you!

Wish List

For the student prize bin:
  • 5$ gift cards to subway, target, etc-I will raffle off 4 gift cards every month starting October-I just buy them if none are sent in

For the classroom/teacher:
  • Fiction and non-fiction Books for grade level 6-11 or lexile 800-1200 content appropriate
  • bean bag chairs
  • seat cushions


  • Don't forget to also check out the Woodland Website! It has important forms, Principal newsletters, PTO information, and P.B.I.S information.

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