Staying In-the-Know

with Mrs. Drayton

Dutch Fork Elementary The Academy of Environmental Sciences, Title I



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  • Wednesday, September 5: Math MAP Testing
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Welcome back, parents! Thank you for accepting the invitation to write about your fifth grader! The wealth of information I'm receiving is what I am reflecting on as we embark on a year of personal and academic growth. In today's newsletter, I am showcasing a lot of what we have done during the first few days of school. I'm looking forward to a great year of partnership and appreciate all that you have done and will do at home!

Exploring Perspectives

We began the year by exploring the word "perspective" and why it matters in our lives. Our conversations have been inspired by a variety of texts including:

  • Voices in the Park
  • My Teacher is a Monster
  • Honestly, Red Riding Hood was Rotten
  • Seriously, Cinderella is so Annoying
  • Believe Me, Goldilocks Rocks
  • No Lie, Pigs (and their Houses) can Fly

We posed questions to challenge ourselves to think about the character's point of view and how it influences our understanding of the story. Questions we asked ourselves were:

  • How does the narrator’s point of view influence how the events are described?
  • How would the story be different if another character told the story?

At Home:

Please remind your child to read a text of their choosing every night for 30 minutes. All of this reading does not have to happen consecutively, but over the course of the evening. Encourage your reader to consider who is telling the story and why this matters.

Letter to Parents from Mrs. Drayton

"What My Name Means" Poetry Inquiry

We have used read alouds like The Bad Seed, We Had a Picnic this Sunday Past, and Looking Like Me to inspire us with strategies to generate ideas for our writing. Your writers will be crafting poetry for their first published writing in fifth grade. We will notice and name characteristics of "What My Name Means" poetry. One of the most exciting parts of this process is that most of our mentor poems come from poets near and dear to our hearts, teachers and staff at Dutch Fork Elementary! We are so lucky to have poets available to us that we can model after.

Invitation: I am attaching links (click on the names below) for some of the poems written by Dutch Fork Elementary staff. Feel free to write your own "What My Name Means" poem, so that YOU can also be a mentor for us! Thank you in advance for all of the brave poets who share their writing with us.

Letter from Miss Plemmons, Our Student Teacher

My name is Haley Plemmons and I have the privilege of being an intern for this amazing class. I am a senior at The University of South Carolina where I am enrolled in the Elementary Education Professional Program. This semester I am starting my internship. I will be spending Wednesdays and Thursdays with your children. I am extremely excited to get to know your children over the next few months and learn alongside them. In the three short days I have spent with your children I have already learned so much about them! They are all so bright and have a lot to offer in the classroom. Even though I am only with the students twice a week, I know they will impact my teaching experience in a positive way. I cannot wait to see your children grow as learners and individuals over the next few months!

My Favorite Things:

  • My dog, Boomer

  • Ice cream

  • The beach

  • Reading

  • My family

  • Gamecocks!


Miss Plemmons

2018-2019 Fifth Graders

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Beginning of the Year Reflections

  • Emma- I enjoyed read alouds because of how funny they are, and I even like some sad parts.
  • Jackson- I like reading and doing the boat challenge with Mrs. Ybarra.
  • King- I like EVERYTHING!! It's all awesome!
  • Israel- I like switching classes.
  • Gabby- I enjoyed reading all these books because there are some I haven't tried before.
  • Makenzie- I like trying things I've never tried before like new books and switching classes.
  • Chris- I enjoyed seeing my friends again.
  • Leah- I enjoyed independent reading because I got to choose a book I like.