Weeks 5 and 6

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Happy fall ya’ll! It is finally feeling like fall and I’m loving it! Read below for updates on the week and upcoming events.

In reading this week, we continued exploring Greek and Latin roots.   This is a huge concept for fifth grade! Roots are the part of a word that carry the most meaning.  Greek and Latin roots aren’t always the most fun to memorize but doing so pays off in a very big way. When you know the roots behind the vocabulary that we use in everyday language, you have a step up on vocabulary comprehension.  We also discussed the difference between physical traits and personality traits and finished up our class read aloud The Homework Machine.

In social studies this week, we learned more about the history of Henrico County. In science, Bill Nye, the science guy, helped us start learning about the structure of the Earth.

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In writing, students worked through the writing process:  prewrite, organize, rough copy, revise/edit and publish.  Students’ writing objective this week was to describe their favorite candy and persuade us that their candy was the best candy.  Ask your child what candy they chose to write about.

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Working on a “This is Me” project for Mrs. Woody, our counselor.

 

Josh has been doing an awesome presenting us with the morning announcements!

Kipper the kangaroo has been having a great time visiting your homes!   He loved hanging out with Romi and Luci!

Important Dates and Reminder:

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! Also, please check Power School frequently for updated grades.

October 14: Student Holiday

October 25:   VA Rep. Field Trip/Trunk or Treat

October 28:  ½ Day for students; Dismissal begins at 11:00

 

 

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Week 4

On Friday, we said good bye to our “groovy” principal, Mrs. Mulholland.  Mrs. Mulholland certainly went out with a splash – literally!  Springfield Park will miss her very much!

Several of our students helped give Mrs. Mulholland a wet send off!

 

As September comes to a close, students are really getting into a routine in 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 Note and Notice signposts during our reading.  We used a new app called SeeSaw where students were able to watch a video clip of an Aha Moment or Words of the Wise post and respond using their Chromebooks.  More and more of our assignments will be done electronically in fifth grade.

In science, students practiced the scientific method  by creating paper airplanes and predicting which type of paper would make a plane flying the furthest.

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

Several students enjoyed having their grandparents join them for lunch this week!

Last weekend Kipper, the kangaroo, went home with Christian.   Looks like they had a great time!

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! Also, please check Power School frequently for updated grades.

September 30: ½ Day for students-Dismissal begins at 11:00

October 3:  Picture Day and Papa John’s Delivery Night

October 14: Student Holiday

October 28:  ½ Day for students; Dismissal begins at 11:00

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Week 3

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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We are getting into a homework routine in room A6.  Reading homework will continue to be assigned each Monday and due on Friday.  Students may complete a little each night or all at once, depending on your schedule.  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 reading this week, students learned about “Note and Notice Signposts” such as  Aha Moments,  Again and Again Words, and Memory Moments.  These signposts will help students to consider the text as they read to better comprehend. These signposts can be used in any independent reading.

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In science we reviewed the scientific investigation.  We used our senses to write observations and make inferences about objects in mystery bags.  On Monday, we will hypothesize and test how the shape of a paper airplane affects distance.

Making Observations!

Kipper the Kangaroo had a great time with Amy last weekend!   This weekend she went home with Christian!

Here’s what’s happening next week:

  • SCIENCE:  Scientific Method
  • READING: Main Idea & Summarizing
  • WRITING: Topic Sentences
  • SOCIAL STUDIES: Henrico History

Enjoying the great weather this week!

Reminders and Important DatesEach 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! Also, please check Power School frequently for updated grades.

September 24- Grandparents lunch 

September 30: ½ Day for students

 October 3-  Papa John’s Delivery Night/Picture Day

October 14- Student Holiday

 

 

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Week 2

We had another great week in fifth grade!   We are slowly easing our way into our regular schedule. On Monday, we had a little fun and celebrated the fifth day of fifth grade with some activities centered around the number 5!

We took our Reading and Math MAPS Tests this week.  I was very proud of the students for taking the test seriously and persevering through two long testing mornings.

We began our math rotations this week and students did a great job with switching classes!   Switching classes is great practice for middle school!  It involves organization and time management.

In reading, we took a reading survey about what excites us most about reading and what challenges us when reading. We will continue to focus on building a community of readers and using the Book Head Heart strategy to help us better understand what we are reading.

In language arts, students wrote some wonderful autobiographical poems which included an awesome selfie picture they drew.  They are proudly being displayed in the hallway! I can’t wait for you to see them at Back to School Night!

Congratulations to Luis who will be our SCA representative and to Brandon who will be our alternate.

Amy will be the first student to take home Kipper the Kangaroo this weekend!  I can’t wait to hear about it on Monday!

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 19- PTA Back to School Night 6:30 PM

September 24- Grandparents lunch (return RSVP)

September 30: ½ Day for students

 October 3-  Papa John’s Delivery Night/Picture Day

October 14- Student Holiday

 

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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 good behavior and polite manners I have witnessed this week that we are in for a productive and nurturing fifth grade year!

This week we have been having Classroom Meetings to get to know each other.  Today we had to work collaboratively and cooperatively as a team to pass a hula hoop without “unlinking” arms.   It looks easier than it was!  But we used team work and persevered!

Our family wall of pictures is filling up!   The children were really excited to share their family picture with the class. Today we shared our Me Bags.  Students did a great job of communicating what makes them special and they loved sharing some special items with the class!

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?”

This week we talked about what makes a good reader and how to select books that interest us.  We will continue with this topic next weekWe also read a funny book called First Day Jitters and then students worked in small group to read the play.  And we started our first class read aloud called The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman.  We participated in a book pass this week (ask your child how we did it) and also went to library today, so every child should have a book in their backpack this weekend to read.

Congratulations to Christian, Luis, and Romi who were Mrs. Heath’s Star Students this week in chorus and/or music!

And just because…                                                                                                                                    It was my son’s first day of middle school this week!   I can’t believe it!

Time sure does fly by!

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 yellow 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!

We will start our homework routine on Monday.  I will send more information regarding this on Monday afternoon.

PTA-If you have not already done so, please join the PTA! ( only $6.00) The PTA does so much for our school!

PIZZA PIZZA!!!!

Papa John’s Silly String Friday is THIS Friday, September 13.  Would you like to get a shot at “silly stringing” either Mrs. Mulholland or Mrs. Anderson?  It is easy to do.  If you have ordered pizza from Papa John’s at www.papajohns.com using the code SPES between June 14 and September 10, turn in your receipt to your teacher with your name, your teacher’s name and your teacher will get your ticket for your chance to “spray” one of our administrators.  The more receipts you turn in, the more “sprays” you get.

Mark your calendars for our Papa John’s Delivery Night on October 3. Teachers will be delivering pizzas to Springfield Park Elementary School students!!

September 10 – Reading MAPS Test

September 11 – Math MAPS Test

September 19 – Back to School Night

September 24  – Grandparents’ Day Lunch

September 30 – 1/2 Day for students

October 3  – Papa John Delivery Night (info coming soon) and Picture Day

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Almost Time

Welcome Back!

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MIddle School – here they come!!!

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Well, here we are at the end of a milestone year in your child’s life,  the last year of elementary school. You all came in with big expectations and trusted me with your precious children. Can you believe how much they have grown? They have learned so much this year academically and just as importantly they leave with memories of fun, a joy of learning, an excitement about their new knowledge, and friendships to rekindle in middle school.  Although we all look forward to the last day as a completion and celebration of all that we have accomplished, it is also the beginning of a new adventure. I will definitely miss seeing these kids’ smiling faces bouncing in my door each morning. It has been an honor to be a part of their lives.  Thank you to the parents that shared pictures of the 5th grade awards assembly with me.  I loved seeing your children all dressed up!  Below is the reason I missed the ceremony –

We wrapped up 5th Grade with one last picture!

Middle School, here they come!

2018-2019 is a wrap!

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Almost there

Hello June!

Image result for hello june clip artNow that testing is over, we have been able to have some fun theme days!   On Monday, students worked collaboratively to complete some engineering challenges!   I think we have some future engineers and architects in our class!

Camping day was a lot of fun.  We built tents, made “fireflies” and attempted to make s’mores in a solar oven!

On super hero day, students created their own super heroes and on beach day we listened to some Beach Boys and made sand art in the rain!

Lots of fun and memories being made this week!

Here is a look at next week:

Monday, June 10th – Career & Game Day – Our morning will include rotations designed by our school counselors as we hear from several professionals.  In the afternoon, we will enjoy some class games and students may bring a board game from home.

Tuesday, June11th – Student Holiday

Wednesday, June 12th – Packing Day – Please send your student with a brown paper bag to help carry their materials home. We will be packing up our things and taking them home for the summer! We will complete one final class project and enjoy a BMX show at 12:35.

Thursday, June 13th –Awards/Fifth Grade Day – Students should dress nicely for the awards assembly at 8:30.

Friday, June 14th – Last Day – ½ Day – Fun day! Students will need to bring a snack & their yearbook for signing! We’ll attend the SCA assembly, learn the winner of the Teacher Pie in the Face contest, enjoy popsicles & a year-end slideshow Then it’s hugs & wishes for a great summer!!

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Week 35

It’s time to celebrate…SOL testing is done! I am so proud of these 5th graders for all their hard work and perseverance during these last 3 weeks of testing. I can’t wait to share their scores with them in their Q4 report cards!

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Social Studies- We completed our West region states and capitals quiz. Next week, we will continue to learn about the Western region.  And very soon, we will take a post assessment on all 50 states and capitals.  Students took a pretest of the 50 states on their first week of 5th grade, and I think they will be amazed when they compare their pre and post assessments.

Reading:  Students worked on their Andrew Clements novel activities.  This is an in-class project and students have been given a lot of time to complete these activities.

Crystal Ball Writing was the only homework students had last week.  We will share projects with the class on Tuesday.  I can’t wait to hear what students think their lives will be like in 25 years!

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*Please check PowerSchool for updates on grades and missing assignments.  The end of the 9 weeks is quickly approaching.

Since Mother Nature won our first attempt at Tug of War, we decided we needed a rematch!  Students were excited for a rematch and showed great teamwork and good sportsmanship!

We hardly ever get to play on the playground at recess, so when we had an opportunity, students took full advantage!  

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

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Important Dates and Reminders:

6/11 – Student Holiday

6/13 – Awards Ceremony, 8:30 am

6/12 – Last Day of School/Half Day/Report Cards go home

 

 

 

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Week 34

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We’re in the Endgame now!   This week, we worked hard to prepare for the science SOL and rocked it!  Next week, we tackle math! Keep up the great work… two down and only one more SOL to go!

Math SOL – Tuesday and Wednesday

The fifth grade did a lovely job performing at the ice cream social!

As testing winds down, we are diving into our Andrew Clements novel study in reading. Throughout the remainder of the year, we will explore our novels and students will work from a menu choice board to complete activities related to their novel.

We are finally headed out West in Social Studies!  We will work on capitals, abbreviations and land formations.  Notes will come home on Monday.

 

In English, we will be working with Latin and Greek roots.  There will also be take home writing assignment coming home on Monday.

Kipper spent a fun weekend at Eli’s home last weekend!

And just hanging out in music learning to play the ukulele!

Important Dates and Reminders:

5/21-22  –   5th Grade Math SOL

5/27 – Memorial Day Holiday – No School

6/11 – Student Holiday

6/13 – Awards Ceremony, 8:30 am

 

 

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