Jeffrey/Mead Team Blog

9/13 - 9/17

The students are settling into routines nicely. They learning about CARES (Cooperation, Assertiveness, Responsibility, Empathy and Self-Control) and practicing those skills daily.

Math

Students are continuing to do frequent number talks focusing on addition and subtraction. Students will also be doing a computation check in soon. This will allow us to create small groups to give explicit computation instruction.


Calendar Grid and Calendar Collector have also continued in classrooms. Students have been making connections between the work we do in Number Corner and the work we do in our unit lessons.


Students have also learned math games during this time. Some games students have learned are Digit Place, Close to 100, and Pathways. These games give students opportunities to practice addition, subtraction and multiplication as well as get to know each other and practice cooperative skills.


This week in Unit 1 students focused on divisibility rules, factors and volume. Students worked on a problem solving task that asked them to create as many rectangular prisms as they could out of 24 cubes. Students used omnifix cubes to build prisms and worked together to find ways to organize their thinking.

Math Stars

Math Stars begins this coming week. Students can work on their math stars worksheets independently at school and home. Worksheets should be handed in Thursday morning for double stars. They will have the opportunity to ask questions and get help on Thursday and resubmit their math stars for single stars. We hope kids have fun with this extra math opportunity!

Read Aloud

Ms. Jeffrey's class is reading Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key. This is the story of a young boy who struggles with ADHD. Due to multiple incidents of hurting himself and now a classmate, Joey has been suspended from school. For at least the next six weeks he will attend an alternative school. He met his new teacher who goes by Special Ed. Joey is worried about what is "wrong" with him but everyone at his new school is helping him make changes. They are working with him on getting more effective medication as well as eating healthier foods.
Mrs. Mead's class is reading Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling. This is a former Golden Dome book. Aven, Connor, and Zion have continued to grow closer as friends. Aven has started to realize that Stagecoach Pass isn't going to last much longer unless her family finds a way to bring in new income. Aven is motivated to help because she doesn't want to move and lose her friends. She comes up with the idea of having an art festival to bring new visitors. She would really like Connor to come but he doesn't like crowds. Connor tells Aven he will only come if Aven agrees to play the guitar at the festival. Aven currently is refusing this offer. The kids continue to wonder and search for clues about the Cavaunghs. On Friday ending in quite the cliff hanger, the kids found a picture of someone who looks just like Aven but with arms- this got quite a few theories going around the classroom!

Writing

Students have been starting the practice of writing in their writer's notebooks. They have brainstormed an ideas section and are building their writing stamina by completing free writes.


Students will continue to take word study assessments so we can determine instructional needs for groupings.

Reading

The focus of our reading time so far this year has been on building good reading habits. Students have been building stamina for independent reading and writing about reading. In the coming weeks we will working on attending to reading and monitoring for understanding.


Reading assessments began last week and we will continue to do these through the end of September. We will be looking for each student's instructional level to guide our reading instruction.


Students in both classrooms will be doing a practice round of book groups. In this round the whole class will read the same book and we will model expectations for book discussions and reader's notebook responses. Students can get support reading the books by accessing the audio recording in Google Classroom.

Science

Our matter unit has begun! The first week focused on what is matter, different properties of matter and going over vocabulary students will need to know as they continue in this unit. As the unit continues students will participate in Kahoots, Science Court, and Mystery Science lessons.

School Wide SEL

Each week all students at FMS will participate in SEL instruction. Below is next week's lesson overview for 5th grade.


Lesson 2: My Plan

Summary

In next week’s lesson, your child will learn how to make an effective plan to reach a goal.


Try This at Home

Ask your child about their plan to reach their goal. What will they do? What will they need? Talk to them about how you can support them as they work toward their goal.

Snacks

As students may have shared with families already, their lunch isn't until 1:00. Some kids are sharing that they are hungry by mid to late morning. If possible, families might want to pack some additional snacks.

Student Technology Tools

The following is a list of online programs students may use this year. Others could be added as the year progresses. Individual student password documents will be shared with students. We will be send home a permission form regarding student technology programs in the first weeks of school.


Safari Montage

Scholastic News

eSpark

BrainPop


Spelling City

Book Creator

Typing Club


IXL

Khan Academy

Prodigy

Masks

Students will need two masks at school everyday. Masks will need to be worn on the bus to and from school. They should also be worn at school except when eating and during mask breaks, which we all need!

FMS Newsletter

You can read the Bobcat Bulletin here.

Four Winds

Read this flyer to learn about the Four Winds program at EES and FMS. Parent volunteers are needed!

Celebrations

To follow the Health & Safety Guidance provided by the Dept of Health, we are not allowing food-sharing activities at this time. We are also not allowing non-food items to be brought in for sharing an example, Valentine's Day cards.

Early Dismissal Procedure

IMPORTANT! Procedure for Early Dismissal


In the event that your child needs to be dismissed early, the following protocol must be followed:


  • On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday - you must pick up by 2:00 p.m.

  • Wednesday- you must pick up by 1:00pm.

  • Send your child’s teacher and Kim Kedzierski (kkedzierski@ewsd.org) an email first thing in the morning letting them know what time your child needs to be dismissed, the reason why and the name of the person picking them up. Or, you can also call the attendance line at 879-6326 and leave a message stating your child’s name, time leaving, the name of the teacher, the reason why, and the name of the person picking them up.

  • When you arrive to pick up your child, please pull up to the front of the building and call Kim at 879-6326 to let her know you’re here

Important Dates

October 1 - FMS Fun Run

October 7 Afternoon/evening conferences

October 8- NO SCHOOL Parent Teacher Conference Day

October 11- NO SCHOOL Indigenous Day

October 14- Picture Day at FMS