Week 10

Falling into the second nine weeks!

We officially made it through the first quarter of fifth grade! The students worked so hard, and I am very proud of them. I am excited to see what the new 9 weeks will bring.   It was wonderful getting to meet with so many parents during conferences.  I truly enjoyed getting to sit down with you and talking about your child’s successes.

Reading- We completed our study of nonfiction summarizing and continued to work on homophones.  In writing, we have done some fun Thanksgiving writing this week and next week we will start our next prompt.

Social Studies- We concluded our unit on Henrico County with a look at the start of Henrico County Public Schools and what Henrico County has to offer us today.

Last week I forgot to include a picture of Myles’ weekend with Kipper.  And this past weekend, Kipper traveled all the way to Texas with Connor!

We also enjoyed a visit from Theatre IV on Thursday!

Important Dates and Reminders

We will continue to collect cans until November 16th.

11/20 – PJ day/Report cards go home

11/21-11/23  – Thanksgiving Break

11/29 –  Family Life – information will come home on Monday

 

 

 

 

 

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Week 9

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I hope everybody had a fun night of trick or treating on Halloween!

Students shared their first book report projects on Monday.  They did an amazing job!  I was so impressed with their finished products and how well students followed directions.

In reading this week, we completed our study of nonfiction summarizing with a passage about bats.  In the new 9 weeks, we will be taking our reading comprehension quizzes on the computer using Interactive Achievement.

In writing, the students completed a final writing prompt for the first quarter on what Frankenstein was like as a kid.  The students shared their stories with their first grade reading buddies today.  The first graders were so impressed!

We also did a fun writing activity where students had to write very specific directions about how to design a pumpkin.  Then students exchanged directions and tried to create a twin pumpkin!   We did get some twins!

In science, we finished up our unit on rocks!   Students really rocked their test today!

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In social studies, we talked about the Henrico County seal and students started to create a school or class seal of their own.

Today we also started to set goals for the new 9 weeks.  I will share these goals with parents at parent teacher conferences on Monday or Tuesday.

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Important Dates & Reminders

Gobble, Gobble! It is time for us to start collecting canned goods for our Turkey King and Queen Contest. We are collecting canned goods from November 1st– 16th.

  • Monday, November 5: End of Quarter 1/Parent Teacher Conferences PM
  • Tuesday, November 6:Parent Teacher Conferences AM/NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday, November 13– PTA meeting will be held on at 7:00 PM in the gym.
  • November 12 – SPES PTA spirit night at Potbelly Sandwich Shop (10921 W. Broad Street) on November 12, 2018 from 4PM-9PM
  • November 20 –  PJ day/Report cards go home
  • November 21-23 – Thanksgiving Break

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

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Week 8

Eek! What a Wonderful Week!

In reading, we continued our unit on summarizing nonfiction texts.  Students have been practicing using their strategies to locate the main idea and supporting details.  Next week, we will conclude this unit by reading about Bats.  We have also started our small reading groups and each group is reading a novel.  Ask your child what novel they are reading.

In honor of Halloween, we  read an old favorite Room on the Broom and even watched the video.  Students enjoyed comparing the book and video.  I have a few more fun Halloween books lined up for this week.

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In writing, students worked on finalizing their 5 paragraph Frankenstein essays.  Students got to flex their creative writing muscle by writing what Frankenstein was like as a kid.  Next Friday, students will share their stories with their first grade reading buddy.Image result for frankenstein kid

In science, we visited the library to work on rock stations.  Students practiced identifying and classifying rocks and got to make a yummy layers of the earth model.

Students also presented their rock presentations to the class.

The bully walk on Friday was awesome!   Students really enjoyed lending a hand to stop bullying.

Also twinning is winning! Students took the opportunity to twin very seriously!  Look at all the twins!

Kipper had a great time with Jake last weekend!   This weekend Kipper gets to hang out with Myles.

Thank you so much to all the parents that donated their time and sent in candy to make Trunk or Treat an awesome event!   Our doorway looked amazing!   Thank you so much to Mrs. Rice and Mrs. Copley for recreating the movie Hocus Pocus!   And thank you to all the parents that helped set up, pass out candy and clean up.  You guys are awesome!

And thank you to Ryan’s family for donating more recess equipment to our classroom!  It is being put to good use!

Lastly, ask you child about our “Positive Post-its!”

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Week 7

This week in science, we learned about the rock cycle.  Students explored how sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks are formed. Students brought in LOTS of rocks to share and classify.

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Students also broke into groups and worked collaboratively to create a poster about either a sedimentary, igneous, or  metamorphic rock.  Groups will present their posters to the class next week.  We will also visit the library next week to explore rock stations.

In reading, we continued working with non- fiction texts.  We discussed text features and how they help us locate and understand information.  Students also went on a scavenger hunt in our social studies and science textbooks to find text features. Students  took their first reading comprehension quiz.  It will come home in Monday’s Springer Folder.

We finally started reading buddies with Mrs. Waters’ first graders!  The fifth graders were fantastic role models and readers!

This week we got to work on the new Chromebooks.   The Chromebooks are coming…soon!

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Mrs. Anderson said that Sarah and Jake are two of the best flag helpers, she has ever seen!

Yasir and Myles tied for the most descriptive and persuasive candy paragraphs.  Thanks to them, the class will sample some Hershey’s Cookies and Cream candy bars and Skittles. Yum!

Kipper, the kangaroo will hop home with Jake!

Trunk or Treat is coming!   Please send in candy so we can fill our trunk.  If you have already sent in candy, thank you so much.   It is very much appreciated.

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The library will have the Bedford Falls Book Fair the week of October 22nd -26th. The fair is open from 2:00 -4:00 pm Monday through Thursday and from 2:30-7:30 pm on Friday. Friday’s hours coordinate with our PTA Trunk-or-Treat event. This is a great fundraiser for the library which allows us to purchase more books and materials for our students.

Ask your child to explain these pictures below.   They will tell you about some new fun things going on in room A6!

Important Dates and Reminders:

10/26 Trunk or Treat

10/29 Book Report Projects due

11/1 October Extra Credit Book-it Reading Logs due

11/5 End of First nine weeks/evening parent conferences

11/6 Student holiday/morning parent conferences

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Have a great weekend!   Stay warm!

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Week 6

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Another strange, short week?!  But for a three day week, we sure did accomplish a lot!  Read on to see what we learned and enjoy the unexpected long weekend.  Hopefully, everyone survived the storm unscathed!

It’s a great time to view your child’s grades in PowerSchool,  Please contact me with any questions or concerns.  A link for sign up genius for conferences will be sent out Monday.

Mrs. Mulholland sure is a great sport!   Trying to promote PTA membership, students whose families have joined PTA, got an opportunity to “dunk” Mrs. Mulholland!   There is still time to join PTA!

Kipper, our class kangaroo, had a great time with Sarah at the state fair last weekend – totally jealous of the funnel cake!

In reading, we finished up main idea and summarizing with non-fictions texts. We read some interesting articles about caves, wolves, and the water cycle and students have almost finished their favorite candy writing.   If you are looking for some great reading practice for your child at home, all students are now registered for ReadTheory.com.   All students should know how to log in.

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In science, this week we learned about the layers of the earth while making flipbooks.  We will begin our study of rocks on Monday.  Many of the children have asked if they can bring their :special” rocks to school and yes they can, but later on next week.  I will let them know when.Image result for layers of earth clipart

Important Dates and Reminders:

Parent referrals for gifted identification will be accepted beginning October 9 through October 26, 2018.  Referrals should be submitted in writing (email is acceptable) to Teresa Atkinson at twatkins@henrico.k12.va.us during these designated dates.  No referrals will be accepted after October 26.  The subject line of the email should state Gifted Referral, and the email should include student’s first and last name, grade level, teacher, and area of referral (English, Math or Both areas). An email confirmation will be sent within 48 hours.  If you do not receive an email confirmation, please call the school.

10/15 Layers of the Earth quiz

10/15 Sign up for parent/teacher conferences

10/26 Trunk or Treat

10/29 Book Report Projects due

11/5 End of First nine weeks/evening parent conferences

11/6 Student holiday/morning parent conferences

And making music in music class….

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Have a great long weekend!

 

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Wow, it is hard to believe that it is October already!  Things are in full swing here in 5th grade!   Students have received their first book report project.  If you have not signed the bottom of the orange sheet and returned it to school, please do so on Tuesday.

Students were very excited for Picture Day on Thursday, which consisted of many wardrobe changes!

Another thank you to all the families that participated in the Papa John’s fundraiser.  On Tuesday, our school received a pretty big check both in terms of size and amount.

In reading, this week we continued learning about the main idea and how to find supporting details.  This goes right along with our writing lessons.   In the writing process, we are learning to include descriptive details that support our topic sentences.  This week students are trying to persuade me that their favorite candy is the best candy of all!   We shall see if I can be persuaded!

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Students also received their first Pizza Hut Book It calendars.  This is optional but a great and yummy way to increase reading stamina!   Read more about Book it.  http://www.bookitprogram.com/

I am very excited that next week we will start reading buddies with Mrs. Waters’ first grade class.  We will meet once a week on Friday and 5th graders will model good reading and hopefully hear some good reading from their little buddy!

In social studies, we learned about the history of the Citie of Henricus and created postcards from that time period.  If you signed up for the Henrico Explorers program, your child should have brought a passport home this week.

Lily did an awesome job caring for Kipper on her first weekend away from school.  She even came back with new accessories, fresh from beach and ready for Halloween!   Great job, Lily!

Reminders and Important Dates:

The Reflections Committee would love to see artwork from our talented Springers! We have a great new theme this year of “Heroes Around Me.”  This year marks the 50th anniversary of the National PTA Reflections Program. Please submit your original piece of work in 1 of 6 categories: Dance, Film, Literature, Music, Photography and Visual Arts. Flyers with detailed rules and entry forms will be distributed next week. They will also be available on the PTA website (www.springerpta.com) under the Programs/Reflections tab. Entries are due by Friday, October 12th. They can be turned in to your teacher or Mrs. Cogbill. This is a great chance for students to express themselves and have fun with the arts! All participants will be recognized during our November 13th PTA meeting. If you have any questions you can email Kimberly Campbell at reflections@springerpta.com.

*I told students that if they submit a Reflections entry, they will receive a homework pass!

Trunk or Treat is coming!    An email from Lily’s mom will be coming your way very shortly.  I have heard a lot of great things about Trunk or Treat at Springfield Park.  I am excited to attend my first one!

Parent referrals for gifted identification will be accepted in October for students in grades 3, 4, and 5. Students can be referred between October 9 and October 26, 2018. No referrals will be accepted after October 26, 2018 for students in grades 3 – 5. Please submit referrals in writing (email is acceptable) to our Gifted Resource Teacher, Teresa Atkinson, twatkins@henrico.k12.va.us, during the appropriate referral period.  The subject line of the email should state Gifted Referral, and the email should include student’s first and last name, grade level, teacher, and area of referral (English, Math or Both areas).  An email confirmation will be sent within 48 hours.  If you do not receive an email confirmation, please call the school

10/8 Student holiday

10/12 Reflections entries due

10/26 Trunk or Treat

10/29 Book Report Projects due

11/5 End of First nine weeks/evening parent conferences

11/6 Student holiday/morning parent conferences

Have a great long weekend!

 

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Week 4

As September comes to a close, I’d like to share how impressed I am with students’ transition into fifth grade!  We move quickly in fifth grade and students are adapting well to switching for math, remembering materials, completing homework and building their reading stamina.  Thank you for your support and for helping your child become more independent this school year!

In reading this week, we continued to work on summarizing and finding the main idea.  We read some silly stories like Smelly Socks and I’m So Embarrassed and students did a great job of using the SWBST (Somebody Wanted But So Then) strategy to create a summary paragraph.

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In social states, we worked on the five themes of geography and did a web quest to locate useful information.  On Friday, our Henrico County books arrived and we starting learning about the origin of Henrico County.  We will take a quiz on the 5 themes on Wednesday.

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In writing, we finished up our first writing prompt about “A Perfect Pet.”   Students worked through the writing process including peer editing to create a typed final copy.  I was impressed with student’s creativity in their choice of pets.

Peer editing their writing

In math, most classes are working on prime and composite numbers and will soon begin order of operations.

Thanks to all the families who participated in Papa John’s Pizza Night!  We hope you had a yummy dinner and enjoyed having our staff deliver your pizza!  We appreciate your support of Springfield Park!

Our Pizza Delivery costumes – “Rock, Paper, Scissors”

A GLANCE AT NEXT WEEK:

  • MATH: Order of Operations
  • SCIENCE: Rock Cycle
  • READING: Main Idea, Drawing Conclusions
  • WRITING:Organizing Writing, Nouns
  • SOCIAL STUDIES: Henrico History

Being creative in Music & Art

This weekend Kipper, the kangaroo, went home with Lily.  I can’t wait to hear about their weekend adventures at our morning meeting on Monday!

Important Dates & Reminders:

  • Mark your calendars!The evening of November 5th and morning of November 6th (a teacher work day) will be set aside for parent teacher conferences.  It is an important time to discuss the first nine weeks and what’s ahead for your child.
  • 10/4 Fall picture day
  • 10/8 Student holiday
  • 10/26 Trunk or Treat
  • 11/5 End of First nine weeks/evening parent conferences
  • 11/6 Student holiday/morning parent conferences

 

 

 

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Week 3

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It was wonderful meeting so many parents at Back to School Night!   Thank you for all your kind words and support.  I am so happy that we are all part of the same “village” this year!

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Students showed tremendous effort and perseverance through 2 full days of MAP testing this week!  I look forward to sharing more about your child’s scores during conferences at the end of the quarter!

We are getting into a homework routine in room A6.  Reading homework is assigned each Monday and due on Friday.  Students may complete a little each night or all at once, depending on your schedule.  Starting in October, students will have an opportunity to earn an extra credit grade each month in reading by completing a reading log as part of the Pizza Hut Book-it program.  More information will come home next week.  Also, vocabulary words are handed out on Monday and students are given time each day to work on “word work” using their vocabulary words and then will be quizzed on Friday.   *Math homework differs depending on your child’s math teacher.  Check homework agendas nightly.

In science, this week, we worked on scientific investigation.  We hypothesized and tested how the shape of a paper airplane affects distance. Then we had a “fly off” to see whose airplane flew the furthest!

Airplane Trial #1

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In language arts, we worked on identifying the genre in different types of literature.  We also read The Dot by Peter Reynolds.  The Dot is about creative thinking, exploring an idea in many ways, and sharing our gifts with others.  We then made our own marks by decorating a dot that was unique to each student.

We enjoyed having so many grandparents visit us for lunch on Grandparents’ Day!

Here’s what’s happening next week:

  • MATH: Prime and Composite Numbers
  • SCIENCE:  Scientific Method
  • READING: Main Idea & Summarizing
  • WRITING: Topic Sentences & Nouns
  • SOCIAL STUDIES: Henrico Geography & History

COMING SOON – Ask your child to explain who Kipper is!

Reminders and Important Dates:

Each Monday, you’ll find your child’s graded work and a weekly progress report for conduct and work habits in his/her Springer folder.  Please use this information to reflect with your child about his/her week at school, then return the signed report and empty folder on Tuesday.  Thank you for establishing this weekly routine in your home!

Reflex Math– Information coming soon!

September 25 – Papa John Delivery Night – PIZZA! PIZZA!!! Mark your calendars for our Papa John’s Delivery Night on Tuesday, September 25th.  Teachers will be delivering pizzas to Springfield Park Elementary School students!

Have a wonderful weekend and happy almost fall!

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Week 2

We had another great, although short, week in fifth grade!   Just when I thought we were going to be able to spend the entire week together, Hurricane Florence decides to mess with our plans! I hope you all stay dry and safe this weekend.  We are slowly easing our way into our regular schedule. On Monday, had a little fun and celebrated the fifth day of fifth grade with some activities centered around the number 5!

In writing this week, we reviewed the ingredients for a perfect paragraph.  Then students practiced with their group writing about a snowy afternoon.  And then they had the opportunity for some independent practice writing about their favorite foods.   Students also wrote some wonderful autobiographical poems which included an awesome selfie picture they drew.  They are proudly being displayed in the hallway!

In reading, we worked on making text connections while reading about hurricanes.  We also read a wonderful book called Ish by Peter Reynolds, which led to a discussion that sometimes thinking “ish-ly” is far more wonderful than “getting it right.” We also had an introduction to the library lesson with Mrs. Walker.

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In social studies, we had to put our detective hats on to solve The Case of the Missing Picasso, which was a fun geography game to help  students review basic map skills and following directions.  Students pretended that a famous painting by Picasso, has been stolen and they  have to try to find the missing masterpiece by eliminating states one at a time using a map of the United States.  So far 6 detectives have solved the crime.  Who will be next???? 

In math, students worked on practical problem solving and some classes began their unit on fractions and decimals.  Please keep quizzing your child on multiplication facts.  It makes a world of difference.

Heath let the entire school in the Pledge of Allegiance on morning announcements this week!   Way to go, Heath!

Reminders and Important Dates:

Each Monday, you’ll find your child’s graded work and a weekly progress report for conduct and work habits in his/her Springer folder.  Please use this information to reflect with your child about his/her week at school, then return the signed report and empty folder on Tuesday.  Thank you for establishing this weekly routine in your home!

September 18  – Grandparents’ Day Lunch

September 19 – 1/2 Day for students

September 20 – Back to School Night has been rescheduled for Thursday, September 20th at 6:30 P.M.

September 20 and 21 – MAPS Testing: On September 20 and 21, fifth graders will be taking their NWEA MAPS tests in reading and math.    A letter will be coming home on Monday in your child’s Springer Folder with more information.

September 25 – Papa John Delivery Night – PIZZA! PIZZA!!! Mark your calendars for our Papa John’s Delivery Night on Tuesday, September 25th.  Teachers will be delivering pizzas to Springfield Park Elementary School students!

I look forward to seeing everyone back at the Park on Monday!  Stay safe and dry this weekend!

Just hanging around at recess!

 

 

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Fabulous First Week of Fifth Grade

We are off to a great start in fifth grade!   We have week  one under our belts, and we’re feeling like a family already!  It is a sincere pleasure to welcome your children into my classroom this year. And it’s evident from the wonderful behavior and good manners I have witnessed this week that we are in for a productive and nurturing fifth grade year!

Our Classroom

We have been having classroom Morning Meetings to get to know each other.  Today we had to work as a team to pass the hula hoop.  It looks easier than it was!  But we used team work and persevered!

Check out students collaborating to help save Fred, the gummy worm, from drowning under his capsized boat!  Ask your child, How was your team able to work together to rescue Fred with just 4 paper clips?  How did you communicate with one another and validate everyone’s ideas?

We have enjoyed some funny read alouds this week and started our first class novel Slacker.  Ask you child what happened to Cam’s front door!  We also worked with partners on using key words to summarize what we have read.

  

In math, we did a short multiplication review with 2 digit x 2 digit numbers.  If your child has not yet mastered their basic multiplication facts, please encourage them to practice for at least 15 minutes each night.  We also got to do a fun calculator activity where we turned our answers into words!

*Congratulations to Myles who was Mrs. Heath’s Star Student this week in chorus!!!

And because it was my son’s and my first day of fifth grade too!  (And yes James is in pajamas because it was 6 AM when I left the house!)

Reminders and Important Dates:

Each Monday, you’ll find your child’s graded work and a weekly progress report for conduct and work habits in his/her folder.  Please use this information to reflect with your child about his/her week at school,  then return the signed report and empty folder on Tuesday.  Thank you for establishing this weekly routine in your home!

September 13 – Back to School Night

September 18  – Grandparents’ Day

September 19 – 1/2 Day for students

September 25 – Papa John Delivery Night (info coming soon)

 

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