First Week Done!

As we sharpen the saw and prepare for the second week of school, it’s important to reflect on the week we are leaving behind.  In years past, I have written this blog post to keep families informed of what was going on in the classroom.  This year, I’d like to write it to my students, as well as their families.  As you read this blog post, encourage your child to join you.  He/she can elaborate on some of the topics.

Now, let’s reflect on what was the best first week I have experienced in all of my years of teaching!  We spent much time getting to know one another, collaborating, and discussing what we want our classroom community to be like.  We dove into the first four habits (from the Leader in Me program) headfirst.  We talked about the habits and we planned how we will use the habits.  This next week, we will finish up with Habits 5-8.  Yes, there is an eighth habit!  If you are unfamiliar with the habits, I encourage you to read up and discuss with your family.  My daughters sure do get tired of me talking about big rocks and little rocks, but they are learning how to put first things first so that we have time for fun! Our focus as a class and as a school is to use these habits to help us become better individuals and to help with finding our strengths of leadership.

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Thank you for entrusting me with your children.  I’m so fortunate to be able to work with an amazing group of young leaders.

Welcome, Families!

I am so thrilled about being your child’s fifth grade teacher!  There are many adventures in learning ahead of us.  As we venture into your child’s last year of elementary school, my goal is this:  Through engaging instruction and a safe learning environment, I want to make sure your child has the most positive learning experiences.

Through the Leader in Me program, your child will be immersed in using the 7 Habits to become a healthy and happy person.  We will be focusing on our strengths as individuals and as a community.  Every single person in our classroom community will be a leader.

I’d like to know a bit more about your fifth grader.  Please take the survey here.

Lastly, please consider subscribing to this blog.  I will strive to update it weekly with information about happenings in our classroom.

End of Year Survey

It’s that time of year… time to give your input! Your input is valuable to me. Please click on the following link and complete the survey: click here for survey

Thanks so much!

Book Club for Kids

Last Friday, three fifth graders participated in a taping for the podcast Book Club for Kids. Kitty Felde visited our school and spoke with Aidan, Matthew, and Desirae about the book, A Long Walk to Water, written by Linda Sue Park. They did a fabulous job chatting about the book. This edition of the podcast will be released this summer. Please consider subscribing to this podcast as it is a good one!



In addition to a podcast, Book Club for Kids also has a terrific blog. Here’s the link to this week’s blog post: Tip #56

Figurative Language Pop Stars, Moving On Up, and the Stresses of a Reading Test

This nine weeks has been flying by and fifth graders have been as busy as bees.  Did you catch that figurative language?  Check out this video that Mrs. Adams (formally known as Ms. Holzbach) put together with our fifth graders: Figurative Language Video

And check out our latest movers on the Super Improver Wall:

Lastly, as you know, many fifth graders didn’t feel too good about their grade on the first reading test of the year. I have a couple of feelings about this, but I’ll try to keep it brief. First, a reading test does not always define a reader. You can be an amazing reader and stink at taking a test. Secondly, it was the first big reading test of the school year. It takes practice at getting better with test taking. Lastly, it was a very difficult test. I took it myself and missed a question. As long as our children are reading every night, students will see improvements. We’ll practice some strategies in class to help your child feel successful and we’ll continue making goals.

Reading Right Now and More Phenoms

Fifth graders will take their first reading test this Thursday.  This test will cover main idea, summarizing, and some other strategies and skills we’ve been working with.  While there really is no way to study for a reading assessment, there are a few things students can do to help prepare.  1) Reading every night is so essential to the growth of a reader.  Students should be selecting their own reading so that they can better find what interests them.  Magazines and online articles count as reading!  2) Practice sites: Comprehension PracticeSummarizing LessonSummarizing Rags to RichesMain Idea Practice, and last, but not least Mrs. Johns’ Portaportal.

Here are the latest Phenoms of F-30!






Even the teachers are striving to be Super Improvers!

Our First Phenom in F-30

Congrats to Iain on making it to Phenom status on the Super-Improver Wall!

Family Survey 2017-18

Mrs. Johns’ End of the Year Survey

Blind Date with a Book

HCPSTV came to visit our class last Friday. They taped a special book checkout called Blind Date with a Book. The idea came from Chop Suey Books, a local bookstore. Five students were randomly selected from each class to choose books that were wrapped up. The books, there were 15 in all, had tags with short summaries and hints as to what type of book it was. Books that often get overlooked or books of less popular genres were selected. Students had an entire week to peruse the books. Students were begging me to do this again, so this may be a regular thing in our classroom!

Blind Date with a Book Video