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ATTENTION: 

As a school, in an effort to maintain a safe environment for all students, we are no longer allowing birthday treats to be distributed to classes. Parents are always welcome to bring a treat for their birthday boy or girl to enjoy during lunch.  Thank you for your support and understanding.

Welcome to December 5th grade Families!

Upcoming Events:

5th grade Assessments:

Reading- Tuesday, December 4th

Math- Friday, December 14th

December 3rd-

Coffee with the Principal at 7:45 a.m.

Volunteer Orientation at 8:15 a.m.

Wednesday, December 5th- STEAM CLUB Meets after School

Thursday, December 6th- Make-up Picture Day (retakes if you purchased photos and would like your child’s photos retaken, return the photos sent home with your child if they are to have them retaken)

Tuesday, December 11th- School Spelling Bee

Wednesday, December 12th-STEAM CLUB Meets after School

Monday, December 17th-Volunteer Orientation at 8:15 a.m.

Wednesday, December 19th- PAJAMA DAY! & Winter Celebration Day!

WINTER BREAK Begins THURSDAY, December 20th!!!

In Addition: We will be celebrating the Holidays with School Spirit Days the whole month of December and we would love for all of our students to participate!

DECEMBER SPIRIT DAYS           

Monday, 3rd- White and Blue Day for chilly winter weather!

Tuesday, 4th- Wacky Holiday Hair Day (Bows, lights, ..)

Wednesday, 5th- Candy Cane Day (wear read and white)

Thursday, 6th- Holiday Socks Day

Friday, 7th-Bright Lights Day (flashing necklaces)

Monday, 10th-Holiday Hat/Headband Day

Tuesday, 11th- Holiday Jewelry/Tie Day

Wednesday, 12th- Silver Bells (wear bells today!)

Thursday, 13th- Read and Green Day

Friday, 14th- Holiday Character Day

Monday, 17th-Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

Tuesday, 18th- Twin Day

Thursday, 19th-Pajama Day

 

November has Arrived!

ATTENTION: 

As a school, in an effort to maintain a safe environment for all students, we are no longer allowing birthday treats to be distributed to classes. Parents are always welcome to bring a treat for their birthday boy or girl to enjoy during lunch.  Thank you for your support and understanding.

 

NOTE: School teams- We have secured enough school sponsors to allow all of our students that signed up to join a school team to participate! (Therefore, there will be NO after school tryouts held.) 

Our 5th grade students will participate in Family Life lessons on October 31st.

 Please join us for our second Community Planting Day of the school year this Saturday, November 3rd, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. for a day of school beautification! 

Parent-Teacher Conferences, Monday, November 5th

Tuesday, November 6th– Student Holiday- Don’t forget to VOTE

We look forward to seeing all of our families for STEAM Night, November 8th from 5:30-7:00

Fifth Grade Performance ALL American You and Me- Thursday, November 15, at 6:00 p.m. : All students should wear a white top and dark bottoms and meet in the music room at 5:45 p.m. on Thursday evening. Please sign the form sent home to all your student permission to participate in our music program. 

 

 

 

Thanks for all of your support Ward Families and have a great week!

Fall into Success this October!

We’ve had a great first month of school!

Here’s a look ahead at what October has in store for our 5th grade scholars:

Reading: Summarizing Nonfiction Texts, Main Idea and supporting details; Synonyms, Antonyms. Homophones, and Multiple Meaning Words- End of 9 Weeks Assessment November 1st

Math: Order of Operations- P.E.M.D.A.S., Rounding Decimals, 9 week assessment October 26th

Science: Oceans- physical and geographical traits of the ocean floor

Social Studies: Henrico County History and Landmarks, Famous Henrico residents

Writing: Pre-writing Strategies, Writing to Entertain/Describe, Editing for correct grammar, capitalization, and punctuation.

Monday, October 8 Student Holiday –

 

Tuesday, October 9- Volunteer Orientation:

Attention: Parents, Guardians, and Mentors

Please plan to attend this brief presentation on what is expected as a volunteer at Ward and the new guidelines in volunteering in HCPS.

It is MANDATORY to attend the Volunteer Orientation if you plan to volunteer both within the school and beyond (Field Trips, Field Day, In the Classroom, Ward Strong Incentives (Carnival Day, etc.)

Orientation Dates/Times:

Tuesday, October 9th- 3:15 & 6:00 PM (Ward Elementary Cafeteria)

Wednesday, October 10th- 8:15 AM (Ward Elementary Cafeteria)

October 15th-19th- SUCCESS Week- Spirit Week!

October 17- Fall IBMYP @ Fairfield Middle School (804) 328-4020

Information Session and Open House ( there will be NO make-up sessions)

Session I- 5:00 – 6:00 PM   &  Session II- 6:00 – 7:00 PM

October 16th-19th – Fall Scholastic Book Fair

The book fair will be open for student purchases:

Tuesday- 7:20 AM- 7:40 AM

Wednesday-  7:20 AM- 7:40 AM

Thursday-  7:20 AM- 7:40 AM, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM. & 5:00 – 7:30 PM

Friday-  7:20 AM- 7:40 AM

Online Sales: October 7th – 20th

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Tuesday- October 16th- Fall Picture Day

Friday, October 26 – 2nd Annual Fall Festival  5:30 – 7:00

Come dressed for the holiday and help us raise money for our Positive Behavioral & Interventions Supports (PBIS)! Games, Candy, decorations, costumes welcome!

Thursday Folders

Be sure to check Take Home Folders each Thursday! Information and graded papers are sent home this way weekly. Agendas should be signed each day to be abreast of any weekly events and daily communication.

Thank you Families, for ALL you do!

PARENT HONOR ROLL INFORMATION & INCENTIVES

Parent Honor Roll

NOVEMBER SNEAK PEEK

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November 5th- Parent/Teacher Conferences

2nd 9 Week Quarter Begins November 5th!

November 19th- Turkey Trot

November 20th- Grandparent’s Day

It’s almost over!

Parents and families,

Thank you so much for all your support this year. Our students have been rocking and rolling through their SOL tests, and we are so proud of the work they have done.

 

There is a lot going on after the SOL, especially for students who are eligible for retakes! If your student is retaking the SOL, please make sure they are practicing at home to reinforce the remediation lessons here at school, and that they are pumped up and ready for their second chance at success! The remediation retake dates are as follows:

 

Reading – June 5th and 6th

Science – June 4th

Math – June 7th and 8th

 

 

In addition to testing, the end of the year also means PROMOTION CEREMONY!

 

5th grade’s promotion ceremony will take place Thursday, June 14th at 8:30 AM.

Attire for students is semi-formal, but still following HCPS dress code.

Think collard shirts for boys and dresses or blouses and slacks for ladies. Please no jeans, or ripped clothing. A tie is optional. No specific color is required, but please keep in mind that all students must meet the dress code. NO EXCEPTIONS.

 

We look forward to celebrating our students’ successes with this ceremony and a reception to follow.

If you would like to help out with the promotion ceremony, please contact your teacher.

It’s March!

We are half way through the 3rd Nine weeks!

A few up coming reminders as we move into February:

Monday, March 5th-

Coffee with the Principal will take place from 7:45 – 8:15 a.m.,

Tuesday, March 6th-

Interested in Girl Scouts? Join our informational meeting tonight!

Reading After School Tutoring Begins (Tuesdays)- 3/6, 3/13

Wednesday, March 7th-

Math After School Tutoring Begins (Wednesdays)- 3/7, 3/14

, March 8th-

Tdap Clinic for 5th graders @ 10:45 a.m.

Tuesday, March 13th- 

Class Picture Day! (Don’t forget your MONEY!

Scholastic Book Fair Begins

Friday, March 16th-

Green Spirit Day!

Thursday, March 22nd-

Families you are invited to our FINAL Academic SOL Prep. STEM Night

Fifth Grade Field Trips

March -Mrs. Sides Class

March 27th- Ms. Allen’s class travels to the Math & Science Center

March 28th- Ms. McCannon’s class travels to the Math & Science Center

Testing- LOOKING AHEAD TO APRIL

Reading NWEA- April 17th

Math NWEA- April 19th

Please ensure your student gets a good night’s sleep and eats breakfast the morning of testing so they are ready to put their knowledge to the test!

 

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Please be sure that your student reads 30 minutes each evening as it is important to keep building our reading stamina. Please also encourage your child to log onto www.scholastic/minute to record their reading minutes. Our school recently reached our first Reading mile marker of 75,000 total minutes read. Our School goal is 100,000 minutes!

As always, Thank You for your continued support.

Happy National Women’s History Month!

Your 5th Grade Team

February is Black History Month!

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Bessie Coleman (1892-1926)

Bessie Coleman was the first African-American woman pilot. She had humble beginnings. Her father was a sharecropper (one who pays living expenses by farming on land owned by someone else) in Texas and she was a one of 13 children. She walked four miles every day to school. As an adult, Bessie became interested in aviation (flying) after hearing stories from World War I veterans. Aviation schools in the United States would not admit women or black people so Bessie studied and earned her pilot’s license in Europe. When she returned, she was known as Queen Bessie and earned a living by doing air acrobatics. She died at the age of 34, doing the thing she loved most – flying.

Bessie Coleman

Welcome Families and Students!

Does anyone know if the groundhog saw his shadow or not?!

Another nine weeks has come and gone. It’s hard to believe that your 5th grade students will be in middle school before we know it!

A few up coming reminders as we move into February:

To kick off February Coffee with the Principal will take place from 7:45 – 8:15 a.m. on Monday, February 5th, 2018. Monday evening our teachers will host Parent-Teacher Conferences from 2:30 p.m. -6:15 p.m..

Our school wide Donuts with Dads will take place on Thursday, February 8th at 7:30 a.m..

Benchmark testing for Reading, Math, and Science will take place this month.

Please ensure your student gets a good night’s sleep and eats breakfast the morning of testing so they are ready to put their knowledge to the test!

Reading Benchmark– Reading Part I will take place on Feb. 6th & Reading Part II will take place on Feb. 7th

Science Benchmark- Friday, Feb. 16th

Math Benchmark

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Student Success Assemblies will be held on Monday February 12th, and all families are invited to attend. Report cards will be sent home that afternoon on Monday February 12th.

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Don’t forget Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, February 14th! You can send your little Valentine a sweet surprise as our school’s PTA will be selling flowers outside of the cafeteria. Flowers will be $1.00 each.

*Student Valentine’s are welcome on Feb. 14th, however please make sure that if your student chooses to handout Valentine’s that they bring one for each student in their homeroom class.

In addition, please be reminded that Monday, February 19th is now a regular student academic day and students should be present.

Toward the end of the month students school wide will attend the World Beat Assembly on February 20th, at 1:00 p.m..

Lastly, please join us again for Family STEM night on Thursday, February 22nd!

Please be sure that your student reads 30 minutes each evening as it is important to keep building our reading stamina. Please also encourage your child to log onto www.scholastic/minute to record their reading minutes. Our school recently reached our first Reading mile marker of 25,000 total minutes read. Our School goal is 100,000 minutes!

As always, Thank You for your continued support.

Happy Black History Month!

Your 5th Grade Team

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December Events and Winter Celebrations

Hello families!

Can you believe winter break is almost here?!

We look forward to seeing you at our School wide Chorus performance Thursday, December 14th at 6:30 p.m.

Following our Holiday Chorus performance we will celebrate Career Day on Friday, December 15th. Your student should come to school dressed for their dream job! Winter Celebrations will continue with lunch in the classroom and a school wide showing of the movie Polar Express. 

Winter break begins for our scholars on Monday, December 18th, 2017 through January 1st, 2018.

Please be sure that your student reads nightly over the winter break. It is important to keep building our reading stamina. Enjoy the holiday with your scholars and we will see everyone back at school again on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018.

Thank you for your continued support.

Merry Holidays and Happy New Year!

Your 5th Grade Team

Nine Weeks done!

Hello families!
We have wrapped up our first nine weeks, and we are rolling right along!

We look forward to seeing you at our Wild about STEM night on November 16th at 5:30.

Report cards are coming home on November 21st, right before Thanksgiving Break. We will only have two days of school that week! Enjoy the holiday with your family and we will see you back again on November 27th!

Continue bringing in canned goods for our canned food drive. We are truly helping out our community, and if we each pitch in, we can make a big impact. (We also really want to see Mrs. Chatman and Mrs. Jefferson running around the building dressed as turkeys!)

Thank you for coming out for Parent-Teacher conferences! We were so glad to have met with so many families.

Let’s keep up the good work through the rest of 2017!

Hello October!

We’ve had a great first month of school! Here’s what October has in store for 5th grade:

Reading: Main Idea and Theme; Synonyms and Antonyms

Math: Number Patterns, Decimal Operations (adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing)

Science: The Layers of the Earth, Plate Tectonics, Rock Cylce

Social Studies: Henrico County History and Landmarks, Famous Henrico residents

Writing: Complete Sentences and Parts of Speech, Planning/Prewriting

Monday, October 9 – Student Half Day – Dismissal begins at 11:05; please alert teachers of any transportation changes for this day.

Thursday, October 19 – Wild About Reading Night at 5:30 – Join us for literacy games, free books, and reading fun!

Friday, October 27 – First Annual Trunk-or-Treat from 5:30 – 7:00 – Come dressed for the holiday and help us raise money for future PBIS events! Candy, decorations, and family fun!

Week of October 30 – College Awareness Week! Stay tuned for details!

 

Be sure to be checking Take Home Folders each Thursday! Information and graded papers are sent home this way weekly. WARD logs should be signed each day to be abreast of any weekly events and daily communication

Thanks for all you do, families!