Hello 5th grade families,
I hope everyone is having a wonderful start to their week! I apologize for sending this update so late, I've been struggling with a bad cold since last week. Finally starting to feel better, though, thank goodness!
A BIG thank you to all that contributed to Adopt-A-Family, that was a huge success! Special shout-out to Julie Flammini for organizing and overseeing the 5th grade portion of this program- we couldn't have done it without your help!
Last week on Monday you should have received an email from MyStudentsProgress regarding your child's progress reports for mine and Stephanie's classes. While many students are doing well so far, I did talk to both classes in math about making sure that they turn in and complete their Problem of the Week. This is an easy way to earn 15 points- students are given 3 problem solving tasks that they have to solve and explain their thinking. There are 3 problem of the week assignments on the progress report that was sent home, so if your child did not complete one or any of those assignments, their grade reflects that. I am going to start sending out text reminders to you when I give out a problem of the week, but I also ask that you communicate the importance of completing all assignments at home as well. Our students are fully capable of greatness, they just need to make sure that they are responsible and completing all of their work. (Side note- there will NOT be a problem of the week for this week, due to all of the Christmas activities/excitement going on). Aside from that, another reminder about math grades is that your child is allowed to make test/quiz corrections on any math test or quiz. They must do this on another sheet of paper and staple that to their test to turn in to me. They can earn up to an 82%, which is a B-. If your child has a grade on the Unit 3 test or Long Division Quiz that is lower than an 82%, please encourage them to make corrections. I am happy to help at lunch or recess if needed!
Besides talking about grades...
- In math we are NOT going to test this week. With me being out last Monday and all of the other events that happened last week, we are going to test after the Christmas holiday. Last week we spent more time practicing adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators. This concept is really starting to sink in for us, which is great!! Keep practicing at home as well. Today we began to discuss simplifying fractions. The remaining concepts that we will be discussing are changing improper fractions to mixed numbers (and visa-versa) and solving addition and subtraction word problems.
In Language arts, we have been preparing for our exciting book review project for the STA library. Today in library students are selecting a book that they would like to read and recommend to other visitors of the library. Last week we discussed "What makes a good Fiction/Non-Fiction Book?", and our responses will be compiled into a check-list that will be used to respectfully critique our book selection. We have also advanced to Chapter 10 in Hatchet and are really enjoying the story! We have been discussing the 'Adventure' characteristics of the book and having meaningful conversations with our Literature Circle groups. In spelling, we have been working on studying two syllable words and are now moving on to two syllable words with the vowel sound 'shwa'.
Important events this week:
*All week we are collecting $2 from each student (if possible) for the two MSU College of Education students that have been working in Mrs. D'Huyvetter's room this year. Mrs. D'Huyvetter is going to purchase STA jackets for them with the money. If you'd like, please send $2 in with your child.
*We are also collecting a s a 5th grade for the Kunhert family as opposed to exchanging Christmas presents. Feel free to donate any amount of money that you'd like, and Mrs. D'Huyvetter and I will be purchasing gift cards that the family can use.
Have a great rest of your week!
5th Grade Teacher- Language Arts, Math
St. Thomas Aquinas Parish School