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

What’s Coming Up – Week of June 3-7, 2019

Miscellaneous:

  • Field day is Tuesday, June 4 at the Eagle Stadium. Your child will need:
    • Clothing appropriate to the weather. We will be outside all day.
    • Fifth grade girls should wear pink shirts, and boys should wear orange.
    • Water bottle
    • Sunscreen
    • Sack lunch
  • Friday, June 7th last day of school. Dismissed at 12:15.

What’s Coming Up – Week of May 27-31, 2019

Miscellaneous:

Craigs Cruisers Details

  • Friday, May 24th.
  • Gone from Georgetown…10:00-2:00.
  • Students will eat lunch at Craig’s Cruisers
  • It would be fun for the 5th graders to wear their 5th grade t-shirts! 🙂 Not required, but optional!

Important Dates:

The end of fifth grade is full of exciting events. For your convenience, we’ve created a list of important dates. We’ve linked it to each of our blogs; you can view it here.

In math, we created line plots and analyzed data from dice roll sums that we recorded.

We rolled, added, and recorded our data in a frequency table. Then, we created line plots and compared the data.

In science, we began exploring the phenomenon of the sun and seasons by looking at shadow patterns.

We started making connections about temperature and the path of the sun.