The Putney Post

West Homer Elementary--5th Grade

Dates to Remember

May 21- Parent Night 4:30-6:00

May 22 Quarter 3 & 4 Awards Assembly 9:00am in the gym

May 22- Last Day of School

Classroom Happenings

This past week a majority of our time was spent on two projects: our research papers and the Photo Story reflections. Tuesday morning was our designated "Research Morning" where students worked on their papers for a solid two hours straight. Despite the long stretch of time, students were focused and working hard. We drafted, edited, and revised our papers all throughout the week. I have been thoroughly impressed by their dedication to their work and desire to produce a quality end product, and I am excited to share their completed paper with you this Tuesday at our Parent Night.

We also started our Photo Story projects this week. Photo Story is a computer-based program that allows students to create a video using photographs and voice recordings. The students started the project by writing a reflection about their growth as a reader, writer, mathematician, and person this school year. Then, students used the Photo Story program to add pictures, music and text to their presentation. These Photo Stories will be presented to you at our Tuesday Parent Night as well.

It is hard to believe we just completed our last full week together! It was a whirlwind of a week as we wrapped up final projects and enjoyed our end of the year field trips. Thank you for the numerous ways you have supported our end-of-the-year activities.

What's Next?

This next week will be a short three days. On Monday students will make final adjustments to their Photo Story and Landmark Research Projects. They will complete a "Teacher Report Card" and write letters to themselves that I will send out in July to encourage summer reading. Tuesday will be an activity filled day. Tuesday morning students will participate in the school-wide Field Day where students will rotate though various game playing stations organized by Keri Syth, our P.E. teacher. In the afternoon students will gather in the gym for a school-wide movie. Finally, Wednesday will be a day of celebration. In the morning will be the Quarter 3 and 4 Awards Assembly. The school wide BBQ will take place at lunch and the afternoon will be spent doing group games and reflections in our classroom. It is so hard to believe this year is coming to a close. I am going to miss your kids so much.


On the last day of school (May 22) the PTO will be serving the entire student body lunch. A BBQ will be going with hot dogs. Chips and drinks will also be provided. Classroom teachers have been asked to raise approximately $2.00 per student to cover the food costs. As a class we need to raise $46.

Since we had our Subway lunch last week, I feel a bit guilty asking for food money again. But, if you are willing to cover part of the $46 it would be GREATLY appreciated. The money needs to be at school by Monday, May 20, in order for PTO to do their shopping in time.

Thank you so much!

A Note from Lynn Cotton, Our PTO President

PTO needs a little help with the BBQ on May 22nd. Many of the PTO either work or additional children at other schools spreading them a little thin next week. I'm not sure the PTO can successfully do it all on our own. We would love more parent volunteers to help with set up, cooking, serving and clean up. We would need them from 11:00-1:00. If you can help you can contact me via email ( or call me at home 235-0576.


Lynn Cotton

Parent Night---THIS TUESDAY

On Tuesday, May 21st, our class will be having a parent night from 4:30-6:00. All parents are invited to make one last visit to our classroom to view their child's end of the year projects. Students will be creating a short video of their fifth grade year using pictures, music and recordings. May 21st is the student's opportunity to share their Photo Story, gather up their end of the year projects, and take home their belongings. You are welcome to drop-in at any time between 4:30-6:00. You can stay as long as you would like, but if you are in a hurry you can complete all that needs to be done/shared in about 15 to 20 minutes. Light snacks will be provided.

End of the School Year Survey

I am requesting your feedback on your child's fifth grade year. Please click on the link above and complete the parent survey. The survey is ten questions. Your input is greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

You'll Be Missed

I want to thank each and every one of you for making this a great year for the learning community of WHE Room 317. I have truly enjoyed getting to know your children, and I will miss them terribly over the summer months. Your children are a delight to work with and I am honored to have been their fifth grade teacher.

Have a fabulous summer!

Summer Reading

"First, the good news. Regardless of a child's reading ability when he or she enters school in the fall, the child grows at about the same rate as his or her peers. Now, the bad news. The reading skills of low-income children generally diminish over summer break, and the gap between them and their peers widens each summer. By the end of fifth grade, low-income children are approximately 2 1/2 years behind their more affluent peers in terms of reading ability, primarily because the zigzag appearances in the graph below accumulate."

Summer reading has a HUGE IMPACT on a child's reading development. This past week we took a field trip to the Homer Public Library with one purpose in mind: to get kids excited about summer reading. We have been discussing summer reading goals in class and have been ttalking about the importance of students taking control of their own reading growth in June, July and August.

Please partner with me in encouraging your child to read on a regular basis this summer. The benefits will more than pay off throughout the course of their education. Read this summer!

What's happening at the library this summer?

Pick up your reading log beginning May 20th and track your reading to win great prizes! For every 100 minutes you read between May 28th and July 27th, a prize is waiting for you at the Homer Public Library.

For Homer Public Library Summer Program details and registration go to: