What’s Coming Up – Week of October 26-30, 2020

Miscellaneous

  • Early Release: Friday, October 23rd
  • No school on Monday, October 26th

Fall Party:

This year for our Fall Celebrations we are looking forward to having parties in our classrooms, much like years past.  This year will be slightly different, in a couple of ways.

  1. Parents and volunteers will not be able to attend.  (We will miss you!)
  2. While we will have some snacks, I will be providing some allergy safe and prepackaged options.
  3. Games, crafts, and snacks need to be sent in 24 hours in advance (or more).

Like previous years, we will be welcoming your children to wear costumes, if they wish.  One change this year is that children will be able to wear their costumes to school and wear them the whole day.  The intent behind this is to limit children gathering in the restrooms to change, and limit the number of children needing assistance from teachers and staff to get into their costumes.  We invite you to send your children in a costume that includes no weapons or gore, and easily allows your child to participate in regular school routines and procedures.  There will not be any masks other than COVID-19-related facemasks allowed. There will not be time given to dress or apply makeup as in years past.

Please consider the questions below when deciding on a costume:

  • Can they take it off themselves to use the bathroom?
  • Can they fit in their seat at their desk?
  • Can they go down the slide or sit in the swings?

We ask that you save bulky, inflatable, or extravagant costumes for home use, and dress in a fun and simple costume for the school day.  Fall or pumpkin t-shirts are a great alternative as well.

My plan is to weave in festive activities and embrace the fun throughout the day.  We are thrilled at the opportunity to celebrate with your children and look forward to creating another fun and memorable school event for them.

Math

  • We are continuing our work on Unit 2: Adding & Subtracting whole numbers & decimals.  
  • We will continue to focus on mastering our multiplication and division math facts. Please practice these at home and utilize your child’s online access to MobyMax Fact Fluency homework.

Photos below show us practicing different forms of numbers-standard form, word form, expanded form, and expanded form using powers of 10.  It’s been a lot of work getting a solid foundation of decimals underneath before we tackle more complex work like adding and subtracting decimals!

ELA

  • We are beginning our writing unit to create a narrative craft.  This entails creating personal narratives and or memoirs).
  • At home reading logs are due every Monday morning.

Social Studies

  • We are continuing our unit called Three Worlds Meet which examines the interaction between Native Americans, Europeans, and Africans in North America. 

What’s Coming Up – Week of October 19-23, 2020

Miscellaneous:

Habits + Attitudes = Habitudes

Self-awareness is the ability to accurately recognize one’s emotions and thoughts and their influence on behavior. This includes accurately assessing one’s strengths and limitations and possessing a well-grounded sense of confidence and optimism. While there are a lot of facets to self-awareness, we specifically learned about the discipline of recognizing personal strengths using the metaphor of the Golden Buddha.

Habitudes are images that form leadership habits and attitudes, and the image of the Golden Buddha represents your student’s ability to recognize their personal strengths to gain self-awareness.

Recognizing strengths is the ability to identify or acknowledge the existence of one’s own positive qualities and gifts in order to develop confidence and optimism. The golden buddha was hidden beneath a concrete facade, and people did not see the true value of the statue until they looked within. In the same way, students must look inside themselves to recognize their strengths in order to become self-aware and see their true value.

Through this lesson, we challenged your child to think through some difficult questions—How can you help someone else find the “gold” inside? What are some things you can do this week to encourage someone who does not see their gifts?

This year for our Fall Celebrations we are looking forward to having parties in our classrooms, much like years past.  This year will be slightly different, in a couple of ways.

  1. Parents and volunteers will not be able to attend.  (We will miss you!)
  2. While we will have some snacks, I will be providing some allergy safe and prepackaged options.
  3. Games, crafts, and snacks need to be sent in 24 hours in advance (or more).

Like previous years, we will be welcoming your children to wear costumes, if they wish.  One change this year is that children will be able to wear their costumes to school and wear them the whole day.  The intent behind this is to limit children gathering in the restrooms to change, and limit the number of children needing assistance from teachers and staff to get into their costumes.  We invite you to send your children in a costume that includes no weapons or gore, and easily allows your child to participate in regular school routines and procedures.  There will not be any masks other than COVID-19-related facemasks allowed. There will not be time given to dress or apply makeup as in years past.

Please consider the questions below when deciding on a costume:

  • Can they take it off themselves to use the bathroom?
  • Can they fit in their seat at their desk?
  • Can they go down the slide or sit in the swings?

We ask that you save bulky, inflatable, or extravagant costumes for home use, and dress in a fun and simple costume for the school day.  Fall or pumpkin t-shirts are a great alternative as well.

My plan is to weave in festive activities and embrace the fun throughout the day.  We are thrilled at the opportunity to celebrate with your children and look forward to creating another fun and memorable school event for them.

S.O.A.R. Kickoff!

This week, we launched our PBIS OUTSTANDING TICKETS. Students went on a TOP SECRET MISSION to find two SOAR agents! The scavenger hunt ended back in our classroom with students needing to find an Outstanding taped underneath a table. When individuals or the whole class earns an Outstanding ticket for excellent behavior or SOARing in some way, everyone benefits! We’ll celebrate when we reach a total of 20 Outstandings!

Writer’s Workshop: Making Some Revision Decisions!

I writing, we’ve been working on a lot of pre-writing skills, including writing some stellar sentences! We’ve used the DRAFT mnemonic device to build a skillset to help us as writers. This week, we’ve tried some digital workshop strategies and utilized Google Classroom to collaborate and share our work!

 

What’s Coming Up – Week of October 12-16, 2020

Math

  • We are assessing our work on Unit 1: Addition & Subtraction with Fractions. Once complete, we’ll begin our next unit on adding & subtracting whole numbers & decimals. 
  • We will continue to focus on mastering our multiplication and division math facts. Please practice these at home and utilize your child’s online access to MobyMax Fact Fluency homework.

ELA

  • We’re working on building on our foundation of establishing strong independent reading habits and diving deeper into our stories. 

Social Studies

  • With Columbus Day on Monday, we are beginning our unit called Three Worlds Meet which examines 
    the interaction between Native Americans, Europeans, and Africans in North America.

Miscellaneous

Fall Party

This year for our Fall Celebrations we are looking forward to having parties in our classrooms, much like years past.  This year will be slightly different, in a couple of ways.

  1. Parents and volunteers will not be able to attend.  (We will miss you!)
  2. While we will have some snacks, I will be providing some allergy safe and prepackaged options. 
  3. Games, crafts, and snacks need to be sent in 24 hours in advance (or more). 

Like previous years, we will be welcoming your children to wearcostumes, if they wish.  One change this year is that children will be able to wear their costumes to school and wear them the whole day.  The intent behind this is to limit children gathering in the restrooms to change, and limit the number of children needing assistance from teachers and staff to get into their costumes.  We invite you to send your children in a costume that includes no weapons or gore, and easily allows your child to participate in regular school routines and procedures.  There will not be any masks other than COVID-19-related facemasks allowed. There will not be time given to dress or apply makeup as in years past. 

Please consider the questions below when deciding on a costume:

  • Can they take it off themselves to use the bathroom?  
  • Can they fit in their seat at their desk? 
  • Can they go down the slide or sit in the swings?  

We ask that you save bulky, inflatable, or extravagant costumes for home use, and dress in a fun and simple costume for the school day.  Fall or pumpkin t-shirts are a great alternative as well. 

My plan is to weave in festive activities and embrace the fun throughout the day.  We are thrilled at the opportunity to celebrate with your children and look forward to creating another fun and memorable school event for them. 

Habits + Positive Attitudes = Habitudes

This week we began Habitudes which examines social-emotional learning.  This visuals-based curriculum provides an image to focus on along with a brief lesson, activity, and class discussion time.  This week, we launched with The Iceberg. The image of an iceberg represents your leadership. The 10% above the water is your skill. The 90% below the water is your character. It’s what’s below the surface that sinks the ship. The Iceberg teaches ethical responsibility. This week, your student learned about responsible decision making, which is a core competency of Social and Emotional Learning. We’ll try to do one Habitudes lesson per week. Read more here: Parent Letter – The Iceberg

Book “Commitment Day”

In our Reader’s Workshop, we’re getting deeper with our books. This meant that we have to make a commitment to a novel in order to apply what we’re learning to grade-level appropriate books. This week, your child “committed” to a book much like student-athletes might commit to school on a signing day. Check out some students committing to a book below and ask your child what they chose and why!

Safety Teams 3 & 4 Help Keep Kids at Georgetown Safe!

Walkathon Celebration of Pizza (not pictured) and Ice Cream!

What’s Coming Up – Week of October 5-9, 2020

Miscellaneous

  • Walkathon- Thank you for your support and generosity in donating to our school! The results will be tallied and communicated next week! 🙂
  • Jet’s Pizza Night – Thursday, Oct. 8!
  • Book It Announcement: Our classroom is participating in the Pizza Hut Book It program again this year.  This program will run from October through March.  Each month your student will bring home a calendar with a reading goal on it.  Every time they reach their goal they can mark it on their calendar.  Return the calendar back to school at the end of the month to receive a coupon for a free personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut.  Happy Reading!!
  • Turkey Trot IMPORTANT Info!

  • Mask Reminder – With increased concern and awareness of COVID-19 in our district and the impact it could have on our school and classroom, we ask that you please review and reinforce proper mask-wearing with your child. I remind students throughout the day multiple times of proper mask usage. It is and remains to be our highest priority to follow guidelines to avoid having students, or myself, needing to quarantine and be away from the classroom.

Regarding safety procedures and new regulations, my favorite quote to use with students comes from Hamiton. It hangs near my front desk as a reminder that we want to stay together and learn in the room with one another, not remotely and away from each other. Please help me and emphasize washing your hands, wearing masks properly, and being careful with others during this time. Thank you!

 

What’s Coming Up – Week of September 28 – October 2, 2020

Hello Parents,

It’s been our first official FULL week of school! Woohoo! We made it and it feels good to be in some rhythms and routines! 🙂 Check out some happening from this week and some things to look forward to next week below!

Walkathon

I want to THANK EVERYONE who donated to the walkathon. Your generosity will allow some sweet additions to your child’s education this year in the way of books, materials that enhance our learning, and fun experiences.  Currently, our class sits at the top of earners but we heard that there is some competition from other classes yet to be processed! So, KEEP SHARING THOSE LINKS WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS and we’ll fight to keep our position! It’s all in good fun as no matter who wins the top-earning class or individual, we all win as a school since each dollar donated will impact every student! 🙂 See some walkathon photos below!

Math

  • We are continuing to work through Unit 1: 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
  • RESOURCES: Check out the “Subject Areas” tab above to find helpful math resources that may help you and your student with any math work from this current unit!

ELA

  • We’re working on establishing strong independent reading habits.

Miscellaneous

  • Picture day – Thursday, October 1
    • Personalized picture order forms were sent home with students earlier this week.

What’s Been Happening in Our Room?!

 

What’s Coming Up – Week of September 21-25, 2020

Miscellaneous

  • Safety program has started this week and will continue through the remainder of the school year.  Please visit mattcooley.edublogs.org/safety-schedule/ to learn more about safety teams and schedule. 
  • Spirit Week – September 21-25
    • PJ Day (no pillows, blankets, or stuffed animals)
    • Silly Sock Day
    • Crazy Hair Day
    • Hat Day (+Walk-a-thon!)
    • Maize & Blue Day

We are holding our annual WALKATHON next week which is our primary fundraiser for the year.  One of our objectives in the Parent Club is to raise money to help cover costs such as classroom supplies, technology upgrades, storage solutions, books, field trips, parent/child events and other needed items for each class.

We want to promote a healthy lifestyle to our students and the community.  Please help us reach our fundraising goal by supporting our Walkathon. We have teamed up with Get Movin’© to make this event fun and profitable with online mobile friendly technology!

We Need All Parents to Complete 3 Easy Steps!

  1. Register your Child by visiting www.getmovinfundhub.com It’s free, easy, and fast to register!  For School Identifier use 5f3d669d605c9
  2. Consider sending an Email and/ or Text of your child’s student fundraising webpage with 10-15 friends and family. It’s super easy!
  3. Consider Posting on Facebook or Twitter It’s two clicks of a button to post. You’ll be surprised when donations come in from distant relatives/friends from HS/co-workers.  Post and see what happens!

Student Goals!

  • We need 100% student registration please visit www.getmovinfundhub.com today!
  • Each student is encouraged to raise at least $30.
  • Be an Overachiever Superstar by raising at least $150.

Cool Moment During the Week- Encouraging Others

When lining up after an outdoor recess on Wednesday this week, 5th-grade students did something pretty cool.  There was a PE class being run with a first-grade class. The first graders in the class were asked to run “the mile” around the field of our playground. As 5th graders were lining up, they took notice of these younger students, who were looking pretty exhausted only half-way through their run.  Some students took note of this and began to clap and shout encouragements to motivate them to run harder, faster, and above all, simply keep going.  Soon, the whole 5th-grade group of about 90+ students was clapping and cheering on these first graders.  Once the younger students realized that the commotion happening was for them, they began to run faster with unmistakeable smiles beaming towards the finish line.  The teachers looked at each other and joined in.  We were impressed at the groups’ initiative to motivate younger students and temporarily disregarded our quiet line expectations. It was a good feeling as we went inside.  I felt proud knowing that we have students who would take notice and think of how to encourage others! 🙂

See What Was Happening This Past Week!

We started safeties this past week!

We read safely with some 1st graders this week!

We played WAR to practice comparing fractions!

 

What’s Coming Up – Week of September 14-18, 2020

Hey, Parents! Check out some of what we’re working on this upcoming week!

Math

  • We are working our first math unit, Addition & Subtraction with Fractions.
  • As this unit unfolds, one area of focus will be mastery of 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.

A Note From the STEAM Studio-

Please note that the STEAM teachers have always used Google Classroom as a learning tool in the STEAM studio.  All assignments that are posted while we are doing face to face learning will always be completed in class and should not be worked on at home.  I tend to post assignments ahead of time to work out any issues and students can ignore the email that a new assignment has been posted.  We use Google Classroom differently than the classroom teachers and it was causing a bit of confusion.  Please reach out to Mrs. Totten (atotten@hpseagles.net) if you have any questions!

Miscellaneous

  • The school safety program will be starting on September 14. Mr. Cooley will meet with safeties on Friday to go over the schedule and expectations.
  • Look for information being sent home on Friday about this year’s Walk-a-thon.
  • Early release on Friday, September 18

Snap Shots in and Around Our Room:

What’s Coming Up – Week of September 7-11, 2020

Hey Parents!

We’re wrapping up another great week at GES! These fuller days have us stretching ourselves into a little bit more of a routine.  That said, please make sure your child is getting enough sleep at night as some of us are dragging a little during the day.  Check a couple updates below and see some of what we’re doing during the day!

Enjoy a safe and fun LONG weekend! See you Tuesday!

Mr. Cooley

Miscellaneous

  • No school Friday, September 4 or Monday, September 7.
  • Students watched a video about the opportunity to serve as a safety at the end of the day. Safety applications due Wednesday, September 9.

What’s Coming Up – Week of August 31 – September 3, 2020

Parents, welcome to our first weekly update!

Bitmoji ImageWe are off to an awesome start in fifth grade! In a week filled with new routines and hot days, your kids have demonstrated flexibility and positivity. They’re doing a great job following the health and safety protocols implemented by the district. Please give them an extra hug or high five and tell them that you’re proud of them.

Miscellaneous

  • Early release – Thursday, September 3
  • No school Friday, September 4 or Monday, September 7.

Math:

  • Multiplication and division review
  • Introduce fraction concepts

ELA:

  • We are establishing routines for reader’s and writer’s workshop

Class-Voted Read Aloud: What Lane? by Torrey Maldonado

We voted on our first read aloud of the year: What Lane, by Torrey Maldonado! This story is a soft entrance into some discussion about racial tensions, friendships, family, and places of belonging. It’s a great first step into our collective thinking as a class. I encourage you, if you haven’t already, to have some conversations about race as a family. Read more about it to support our conversations at home HERE.

 I’m “smiling with my eyes” 🙂

 

Check out some shots of us reading!

K enjoying a mask break while socially distant!

X is doing his best to mimic “The Thinker” in the background!

C stretching out on the floor while catching up in his book!

Check Out My Virtual Classroom!

The virtual classroom is a space for students to explore a bit about me and what I am passionate about, as well as explore some links that they’ll use.  By clicking on the images in the classroom, your child may find videos, photos, and books that I love and cannot wait to share with them! There’s even an activity hidden where students can create a slide that tells me a little bit about themselves! Have fun while we wait for our first day of school on Monday! Click on the image below to enter the virtual classroom!