Welcome to our first official blog post of the year!
We’ve had a great start to the year! This week, we’ve enjoyed getting to know each other, learning class expectations, and working on some team building exercises. We are looking forward to next week for getting into more of a routine and begin our academic schedule.
We’ve been talking about finding “just right” books this week. Today I asked our 5th graders for help in creating a classroom wish list of books that we would like to read. We looked through some Scholastic flyers and found books that seemed interesting to us. Much of the class seemed interested in looking at books to order for home, so I told them that I’d include some ordering information here for you if you’re interested.
Birthdays are wonderful opportunities to celebrate each child in our classroom. I will provide a treat for each student on his or her birthday or on the closest school day. If a child has a summer birthday, we’ll celebrate on his or her half birthday. Some families also like to celebrate birthdays by sending in a treat for the class, while others opt not to send anything. In the interest of health and safety of all students, fifth grade teachers are asking that families do not send in food or toys as birthday treats.
Instead, please consider sending something for the class to enjoy such as:
- A game for the classroom
- A classroom book (A nice touch would be to your child pick it out, sign it, and date it.)
- A classroom set of items for each child to keep such as pencils, pens, erasers, markers, etc.
The items listed above will still make your child feel special and they will last a lot longer than a food item.
You can find a wish list including books and other items for our classroom on Amazon; you can also find a link to our wishlist on the homepage. Classroom Wish List
- We are starting our first math unit, Addition & Subtraction with Fractions! We’ll do some fraction review and then begin building our skillset.
- We’re working on establishing procedures for our readers’ and writers’ workshop time.
- We’ll begin discussing collaborative work practices and scientific understanding prior to our first unit.
- We’ll begin the year with a review of our government.
It was an absolute pleasure getting to meet so many smiling faces at Open House on Wednesday, and I want to extend a HUGE thank you for all of the families who have donated supplies to our classroom. Your support is greatly appreciated! For your convenience, I’m linking Open House handouts at the bottom of this post. Remember that you can send in any paperwork this week with your child and I will file it with the office.
A couple other reminders:
Monday morning at 8:55 we have our first day of Music! Woohoo!! Our special rotation goes, Music, P.E., Art, and STEAM.
If you are sending your child with a snack, please remember to be sure that it is nut-free. All of 5th grade will be nut-free this year to help keep our students safe.
Rest, relax, and enjoy your last summer weekend! I cannot wait to see bright, shining faces on Monday morning!
Here are the handouts from Open House…
Snack and Birthday Treat Reminders
Tell Me About Your 5th Grader
Open House Packets from the Office
Can you believe that we’re almost back to school? I can’t wait to meet everyone!
In case you haven’t seen it yet, I am including a list of supplies that you will need for the new school year here.
Classroom Supplies (2019-2020)
- (1) pencil box
- (4) spiral notebooks (wide rule)
- your choice
- (4) two pocket folders
- (1) 3-ring binder (1 inch)
- (3) packs of 3”x 3” sticky notes for communal use
- (4) dry erase markers
- (1) highlighter
- (1) scissors
- (1) package of colored pencils
- (2) large glue sticks
- (1) pair gym shoes to be left at school for physical education class
**Please do not bring a large trapper keeper type binder. These are just too big to store in the desks in our classroom.**
Highly recommended items:
- extra #2 pencils
- extra glue sticks
- colored marking pen for editing/correcting (not black or blue)
If you’d like to help out, below are some additional supplies that you can donate for communal use. Please consider choosing one or two.
- disinfecting wipes — lots of disinfecting wipes!
- We use these daily to clean our tables and other classroom surfaces.
- extra snacks
- to be kept on hand for when a child forgets to bring a morning snack.
- chewy granola bars (peanut & tree nut free please!)
- mini bags of pretzels
- graham crackers
Want a printable list? Click HERE!