What’s Coming Up – Week of September 23-27, 2019

Hey Parents! Check out some important things coming up in the next week!

Important Reminders:

  • Early Release day Friday, September 20th!
  • Popcorn Friday on Sept 20th.
  • School Safeties start on Monday, September 23rd!
  • Walk-a-thon on September 27th!
  • Picture Day Thursday, September 26
    • Envelopes went home on Wednesday, September 18
  • Spirit Week Schedule
    • Monday 9/23- PJ Day
    • Tuesday 9/24- Crazy/Mismatched Socks
    • Wednesday 9/25- Crazy Hair 
    • Thursday 9/26- Dress Your Best (Picture Day)
    • Friday 9/27- Eagle Spirit (Blue and Gold)

Picture this…Our Class at Work!

We’ve spent some time this week working with our reading partners.

We practiced summarizing our texts and capturing highlights from our reading.

In writing, we worked with others to whittle down ideas that we can write about for our Memoir writing unit.

It helped to talk through ideas to identify which ones are meaningful for us, which ones will give us a lot to write about, and make for an interesting story for our audience to read.

We’ve also been focusing on 6 different “signposts” that readers can encounter.

    The signposts that readers come across are: 1) Contrasts and Contradictions 2) Tough Questions 3) Aha Moments 4) Again & Again 5) Words of the Wiser 6) Memory Moments Ask your child to tell you more about each one of these!

 

What’s Coming Up – Week of September 16-20, 2019

Hello, parents!

Research shows that daily homework has little to no effect on elementary-age students. For the most part, the only daily work your child will have at home is reading. Because students have choice in what they read, they should be more than willing to complete this daily assignment. Here is what is expected of students each day for their reading homework:

  • Bring independent reading book to and from school and home each day.
  • Read for at least 20 minutes outside of school.
  • Record reading on the reading log calendar, which students keep in their take home folders.

I encourage you to talk with your child about what he or she is reading.  Visit this page for some ideas about talking to kids about books, or start with one or more of these questions:

  • What “signposts” are you seeing as you read your book? (Have them explain the 6 different types of signposts readers may encounter!)
  • Who are the characters in your book? What problem are they facing?
  • When and where does the story take place?
  • Is there a character in the story to whom you can relate? Why?
  • Who is your least favorite character in the story? Why?

Although reading will be the main homework, there will be times when students need to study, finish projects, or practice skills for mastery. You can keep up with what we’re working on in class as well as with any work that may be assigned by checking your child’s weekly planner sheet. We fill this out together daily, and you can also find a copy that is updated daily on the “Agenda” tab of the blog.

Math:

  • We are working our first math unit, Addition & Subtraction with Fractions! 
  • As this unit unfolds, a focus will be to master our multiplication and division math facts. Please practice these at home and look for MobyMax homework to come soon!

ELA:

  • We’re working on establishing strong independent reading lives and writing narrative pieces.
  • Students should be reading for 20 minutes each night and filling out the reading log.

Science: 

  • We’ll begin discussing collaborative work practices and scientific understanding prior to our first unit.

Social Studies:

  • We are reviewing the structure of our government. 

Important Reminders:

  • Early Release day next Friday, September 20th!
  • Popcorn Friday on Sept 20th.
  • Walk-a-thon on September 27th!

Picture This…Our Class at Work!

We collaborated as we reviewed the 3 branches of our government.

We split the class into 3 groups and each focused on one branch to become experts! It was a great first attempt at larger group work! 😉

In math we practiced converting mixed numbers into improper fractions and back again. We did this “Oprah style” with different examples under our chairs. I think I was more excited than students were when I could say, “You get a mixed number! And you get an improper fraction!”

Students practicing converting mixed numbers and fractions!

What’s Coming Up – Week of September 9-13, 2019

Miscellaneous: 

  • Next week we will begin our first set of practice safety drills for the year. 
  • The district has adopted a K-12 behavior matrix that is familiar to Georgetown.  The district model, SOAR, blends beautifully with our school mission of BE NICE, WORK HARD, LEARN WELL.  We want our kids to SOAR wherever they are at Georgetown — and many of our existing expectations have meshed well with BE SAFE, OWN IT, ACT RESPONSIBLY and BE RESPECTFUL.  This week our SOAR focus was the BUS. In coming weeks we’ll focus on the playground, lunchroom, and hallway behaviors.  

Important Reminders:

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.

Picture This…Our Class at Work!

We interviewed each other to find out things that we’re good at!

We discussed how we’ve been able to train our brains to become good at those things.

We helped each other see how much we’ve grown in our abilities over the years. Having a growth mindset takes work, but is helpful to learn new things!

We’ve been discussing what it means to develop our reading lives and have been deciding together how we want our class to track our reading, organize our books, and share about what we’re reading. Today, we tackled the organizational side of things!

We cleared the shelves and sorted into piles by author!

Each person owned an area of the alphabet and sorted through books!

It was a BIG mess before it got better…

With all hands on deck, we were able to get the job done!

Students sorting baskets for better ways to help each other find good books!

 

What’s Coming Up – Week of September 2-6, 2019

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. Check out below for some photos of our week!

Important Reminders:

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 our classroom blog. GEORGETOWN ROOM #307 WISH LIST

Math:

  • We are starting our first math unit, Addition & Subtraction with Fractions! We’ll do some fraction review and then begin building our skillset. 

ELA:

  • We’re working on establishing procedures for our readers’ and writers’ workshop time.

Science: 

  • We’ll begin discussing collaborative work practices and scientific understanding prior to our first unit.

Social Studies:

  • We’ll begin the year with a review of our government.

We connected ourselves to a string to signify that we are all connected and will support one another with whatever comes our way this year!

Whether we go through something tough or we have something to celebrate, we’ll feel it as a class family!

We used skittles to help us remember some basic fraction concepts from last year!

It was a fun and tasty way to get back into math and refresh our brains!

Keep Collecting Box Tops!!!

Did you know that every BOXTOP and every COKE CAP collected earns money for our school?   This summer we would like you to work hard to collect both. The money we earn will go toward a basketball hoop on our K/1 playground!

BOXTOPS:  Every completed BOXTOP sheet is worth $5.00.  If every child from Georgetown (approx 570) fills  one sheet this summer, our school will earn $2,750.   Many thanks to Lori Simpson and all of you who are on her team of BOX TOP counters, trimmers and packers.  This is a great program that pays off because of all of YOU! Download your form here:  Summer Box Tops

Continue Summer Learning with Reading & MobyMax

How’s that summer reading going? What books are your kids into?

As a reminder, studies have shown that students can lose up to 50% of learning during the summer vacation.   Georgetown is challenging you and your child to “KEEP ON LEARNING” this summer to prevent summer slide.  There are two ways to record your learning time:

Our goals for students over the summer are below. Students who reach or exceed goals will be entered in a drawing for an Amazon Gift Card (1 per grade). This is for their grade next year.

Reading Minutes Mobymax
  • First Grade: 100 minutes
  • Second Grade: 200 minutes
  • Third Grade: 300 minutes
  • Fourth Grade: 400 minutes
  • Fifth Grade:  400 minutes
  • First Grade: 100 pts
  • Second Grade: 200 pts
  • Third Grade: 300 pts
  • Fourth Grade: 400 pts
  • Fifth Grade:  500 pts

If your child is new to the school and you would like login information, email Mrs. Reagan.  treagan@hpseagles.net

Keep having a great summer…and keep on learning with fun summer READING and MOBYMAX!

Supply List for 5th Grade

Wow! Can you believe that July is already here? I realize that we are not even halfway through summer break, but do you know what will start appearing in stores right after the Fourth of July? That’s right: school supplies! Even as an adult, seeing those huge displays of brand new notebooks, folders, highlighters, pens, and pencils fills me with excitement and anticipation for the new school year. In case you are as eager as I am to get your new school supplies, I am including a list of supplies that you will need for the new school year.

I hope you have a safe and fun Fourth of July!

-Mr. Cooley

Supply list needed for the classroom:

  • (1) pencil box
  • (4) spiral notebooks (wide rule)
  • (4) two pocket folders (red, blue, yellow, green)
  • (3) packs of  3”x3” sticky notes
  • (4) dry erase markers
  • (1) highlighter
  • (1) scissors
  • (1) package of colored pencils
  • (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
  • (2) large glue sticks

Below are additional supplies that kids often like to bring for their private use.

  • erasers
  • colored marking pen for editing/correcting (not black or blue)

If you’d like to help out, below are additional supplies that you can donate for communal use. 

  • Tissues… lots of tissues… 😉
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Extra snacks – for if a child forgets one. Nothing too “exciting!” Examples:
    • chewy granola bars (peanut free please!)
    • mini bags of pretzels
  • Gallon, quart & sandwich baggies

WANT A PRINTABLE LIST?! Click HERE!

Keep On Learning With Reading & Mobymax

Dear Parents,

Studies have shown that students can lose up to 50% of learning during the summer vacation.   Georgetown is challenging you and your child to “KEEP ON LEARNING” this summer to prevent summer slide.  There are two ways to record your learning time:

Our goals for students over the summer are below. Students who reach or exceed goals will be entered in a drawing for an Amazon Gift Card (1 per grade). This is for their grade next year.

Reading Minutes Mobymax
  • First Grade: 100 minutes
  • Second Grade: 200 minutes
  • Third Grade: 300 minutes
  • Fourth Grade: 400 minutes
  • Fifth Grade:  400 minutes
  • First Grade: 100 pts
  • Second Grade: 200 pts
  • Third Grade: 300 pts
  • Fourth Grade: 400 pts
  • Fifth Grade:  500 pts
  • Reading:  Log into  this form  to record the number of minutes you read.  You can record each day or enter the total for each week.

 

 

 

 

If your child is new to the school and you would like login information, email Mrs. Reagan.  treagan@hpseagles.net

Have a great summer…and keep on learning with READING and MOBYMAX!

COLLECT BOX TOPS HELP OUR SCHOOL

Did you know that every BOXTOP and every COKE CAP collected earns money for our school?   This summer we would like you to work hard to collect both. The money we earn will go toward a basketball hoop on our K/1 playground!

BOXTOPS:  Every completed BOXTOP sheet is worth $5.00.  If every child from Georgetown (approx 570) fills  one sheet this summer, our school will earn $2,750.   Many thanks to Lori Simpson and all of you who are on her team of BOX TOP counters, trimmers and packers.  This is a great program that pays off because of all of YOU! Download your form here:  Summer Box Tops

Welcome to 5th Grade

Welcome Students & Parents!

I’ll use this blog as a way to communicate important information that affects my 5th classroom. Reminders such as, field trip dates, conferences, updates to policies etc, will be posted in here. Also, you can find information out about me, as well as the  whole 5th Grade teaching team. My goal is to communicate effectively with you to ensure a positive home and school relationship that best supports the learning that is happening in the classroom.

Please SUBSCRIBE to this blog to receive automatic updates anytime a new post appears.  This way you’ll always have the most up-to-date information on all things happening in our room!

I’m looking forward to a fantastic year!

Sincerely,

Mr. Cooley