Ms. Alston's Class Newsletter

August 31, 2015

I will be sending home my 5th grade class newsletter on Mondays bi-monthly to help keep students and parents updated on important dates, information, and what our class is learning.

Choose kind. ~a precept from our novel unit Wonder

Important Dates

September 1 6:30-7:30pm West Homer Elementary Open House

September 4 1:40-2:10 Homer High School Let's Get Excited About Band! assembly

September 7 Labor Day Holiday (no school)

September 16 1:45 Early Release

September 17 1:00 Constitution Day assembly

September 21 3:30-5:00 Youth Court begins

September 25 9-2:30 Picture Day

October 8 and 9 Fieldtrip to Ageya Outdoor Education Camp

Spelling lists will come home every Monday beginning today. Students should practice spelling these words at home. At school, we will do daily activities in Writing to strengthen our understanding and spelling of these words in context.

What Students are Learning this Month

Reading: our first novel unit is Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Math: we are working on Place Value. Our essential question is "How does the position of a digit it a number relate to its value?"

Spelling: words with sk, sp,st or words with different letter orders (advanced spelling list)

Social Studies: land area map project in groups

Writing: finishing our partner interviews and beginning a new piece

Snacks for the Class

Snack time daily is at 10:35. Twice a week we receive a healthy fruit or vegetable snack from our cafeteria. On the other days, your student may bring in his/her own snack (please no candy, sweets). We also gladly accept snack donations for the whole class.

For special occasions like birthdays and other celebrations, students may bring it cupcakes or other sweet treats to share (25 for all) if they want.