Fifth Grade News

By the kids, for the famililes

Welcome to our newsletter

Hello everybody, we would like to introduce the 5th grade’s newsletter. We will be telling you about anything that is coming up during the year in the Lower School. So, if a special assembly was happening we would put it on the newsletter. Different 5th grade students will be writing about different things. In each issue you will read about what’s happening now, sports ad club news, assemblies, holidays, student council updates, and big all school news.

The Holidays are Here

It's beginning to look a lot like the holidays

Thanksgiving has past but, there are still more holidays. Now we can focus on the December holidays like Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Years. Hanukkah starts at sundown on Sunday, December 6 and ends at sundown on Monday, December 14 Hanukkah starts on the 25th Kislev in the Jewish calendar. Hanukkah means The Festival of Lights. They use a menorah for the eight nights of Hanukkah. Kwanzaa starts on Saturday, December 26 and ends on Friday, January 1. Kwanzaa stands for first fruits. Kwanzaa colors are red green and black. Christmas is on Friday, December 25th. Festival celebrating Christ’s birth. Christmas is a religious festival. New Year's is on Thursday, December 31st and Friday, January 1st. It is the end of one year and the start of a next year. The calendar that we use in the Western Hemisphere is called The Gregorian calendar. The beginning of the new year begins at midnight. A lot of people stay up late to be in the first minute of the new year.

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Fourth Grade Students Help Buy Presents

Wow, the fourth grade did a great job on the bake sale and raised a lot of money for their holiday service project! The students did extra chores around the house and had a bake sale to raise money to buy holiday gifts for families who can not afford them. There was a raffle too with lots of good treats. My favorite treats were the amazing brownies and Mrs. Serrell’s Fabulous Fudge.

This past Monday, the fourth-grade students, teachers, and some parent helpers went to Target with the money and a shopping wish list from each child for whom they were buying the presents.

Club News

Bombardment just ended for the Fourth and Fifth Grade students. For the people that don't know what Bombardment is here are the rules of Bombardment. The way to get the other team to lose is throwing the soft gator balls at them. It does not hurt though because the are soft. If the ball hits them in the neck or below that person out. But remember, headshots don't count! Bombardment is very similar to dodgeball but with 2 teams playing on opposite sides of a center line. If someone on the team makes a basket with a soft gator ball the rest of the team that is out on the sideline is back in the game. Since the Fall Session is over, the Winter Session is starting soon but just for 5th graders only.

We would like to thank Mr. Wareikis and Mrs. Van Horn for running the Bombardment Club and helping everyone play Bombardment.

Student Council Update

Recently, the Fourth and Fifth Grade student council representatives have been helping with the Saturday Open Houses at Shipley. The representatives are assigned one or two parent tour groups to speak about different academic and special subjects.

In other news . . .

On November 24 we had an amazing All school Assembly leading us into the Thanksgiving holiday break. Mr. Schauerman, one of our Lower School PE teachers, made a speech about second chances and not giving up on dreams. He spoke about his passion for working with students and going back to school to become a teacher and a soccer coach instead of the police officer that he had trained to be. We learned a lot about Mr. Schauerman that we did not know.

Season of Coding

The fifth-grade students have started coding! We are solving challenges and puzzles in's 20-hour coding course. Last year we completed Course 2; this year we are working on Course 3. Course 3 puzzles are similar to the ones in Course 2, but become more challenging and require more perseverance, patience, and problem-solving. Here is what some students have to say about coding: "It's challenging to figure out what to do, but we stick with it"; "It gets our brains thinking differently,"; "It's awesome and it's fun!"