Monday: Library 9:15am-9:45am
Tuesday: Music 9:45am-10:15am
Wednesday: PE 9:15am-9:45am
Thursday: Music 9:45am-10:15am
Friday: PE 9:15am-9:45am
Issaquah School District
Office Hours: 8:30am-9:10am &
Math: Module 4 Multiplication and Division of Fractions
Interpret a fraction as division of the numerator
Apply and extend previous understanding of multiplication and division to multiply and divide fractions
Solve real world problems involving multiplication and division of fractions
read more math standards here
Reading: Unit 2 Text Features & Finding Evidence
See more Reading Standards here
Writing: Nonfiction Research Reports
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.
..read more about these learning targets here.Common Core Writing Standards Grade 5
Science: Stay tuned for more info after completion of our Social Studies Unit
Spelling/Grammar: Greek/Latin Roots: Lesson 38
Use combined knowledge of all letter-sound correspondences, syllabication patterns and morphology (roots and affixes) to read accurately and unfamiliar multi-syllabic words in and out of context.
Technology: Exploring Clever, Zearn, Office 365
Health/Social Emotional Learning: Managing Anxiety
Johnny Tremain is a work of historical fiction written in 1943 by Esther Forbes that is set in Boston prior to and during the outbreak of the American Revolution. Intended for teen-aged readers, the novel's themes include apprenticeship, courtship, sacrifice, human rights, and the growing tension between Patriots and Loyalists as conflict nears. Events depicted in the novel include the Boston Tea Party, the British blockade of the Port of Boston, the midnight ride of Paul Revere, and the Battles of Lexington and Concord.
The book won the 1944 Newbery Medal and is the 16th bestselling children's book as of the year 2000 in the United States, according to Publishers Weekly. In 1957, Walt Disney Pictures released a film adaptation, also called Johnny Tremain.
Class Updates: March 8
I hope this newsletter finds you all well or at least on the mend! Boy, the flu has hit Discovery hard this past week. We are scrubbing our desks at the end of every day now to help keep germs away as well as using extra hand sanitizer (oh I wish we had a sink in the classroom with hot water and soap!). I hope this helps a bit.
In this newsletter:
It’s time already! Time to register for middle school! PLMS Packets were sent home last Friday. Please read through the entire packet and look at all of the options. The PLMS staff will go over everything you need to know. While most of your questions will most likely be answered after you attend the PLMS Parent Evening on 3/18, if you still need support or guidance, I am happy to chat with you after school either;
Let me know if you would like a 15 minute appointment and I will plug you in. See attachment for time slots.
2. Snow Days info from the District:
Snow Make Up Days - To Be Determined We have received many questions about how the ISD is going to make up the lost instructional time due to the recent snow days. Some people have called attention to a memo issued by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction stating it will accept waiver applications for the recent snow days. While this is correct, the Basic Education Act also requires a number of minimal instructional hours and those instructional hours cannot be waived. Therefore, per the current negotiated calendar approved by our staff and school board, we will be adding days to the end of the school year. We will also explore waivers and other options to attempt to reduce the number of added days at the end of the school year. Graduation for Seniors at LHS, SHS, and IHS will still be on June 13 and GEHS on June 12. Please watch for further communications on this in the coming weeks.
Stay tuned for info on possibly rescheduling 5th Grade Promotion and Class Party. We will wait to hear the final word from the District.
3/18 Visit to Pine Lake Middle School & PLMS Parent Night & Registration for Fall 2019
3/26 Report Cards posted on Skyward
4/8-4/12 Spring Break
4/24 STEM Fair: info coming home from PTSA soon!
5/13-5/21 SBA Testing Window
Please do not travel or schedule doctor’s appointments during this time.
5th Grade Party: Date TBD
5th Grade Promotion: Date TBD
Class Updates Feb 14
We are back to school tomorrow! Finally! I miss your sweet kids and the school routine for sure!
Here are some details for the next two days:
Last Friday (as the snow was coming down!) we finished the Reproductive System Lessons and then bolted for the buses! I am sure that school day will be forever in their memories as the Reproductive Lessons tend to get the reddest faces, hoods up, giggles and attentive listening. Please see my email for the lesson objectives and types of questions asked.
Class Updates: January 22
Hello 5th Grade Families,
I hope you all had a great 3-day weekend. I injured my foot, so my ski season has come to an end, but I did manage to have some fun. I’ll be in the boot for 4-6 weeks. Now the kids can really outrun me!
Our Olympia Field Trip on February 8 is quickly approaching. Please let me know if you would like to accompany us on this trip to our State’s Capital. We will start our day at 7:55am and arrive back to Discovery about 2:30pm or so. You must have your background check already completed for this trip as I cannot guarantee it will be completed by the week of Feb 8.
Valentine’s Party-DATE CHANGE! will be Friday, Feb 15 2:30pm-3:30pm. Our class will joining Mrs. Schmidt’s (Keibel) for an afternoon of dancing fun, snacking and face painting. Stay tuned for more info coming from party moms.
Thank YOU to Radhika (Kunal’s Mom) for helping plan and execute the last couple of art lessons. She spent hours with our cute clay project last month and today had the students painting a cool project just like Michael Angelo-so cool and creative! Thank you Radhika!
Planners Your student filled out important dates in their planner leading up to mid-winter break. Take and peek and keep encouraging them to use their planners every day. Consider a backpack “dump and sort” every Sunday night. We are doing the same with our desks on Fridays. It really helps them get into a good routine for middle school by staying organized.
Check out our Class Website for Curriculum Info! We just started a new Social Studies and Writing Unit!
1/28 No School-Teacher Work Day
1/29-2/15 FLASH Instruction Begins
2/7 Spelling Bee Finals
2/8 Olympia Trip-need two volunteers!
2/11-2/15 Secret Pal Week-info coming home on 2/1
2/13 Biography Genre Project Due-info in binders
2/15 Valentine’s Day Party
2/18-22 Mid-Winter Break **NO SCHOOL**
I will be holding some office hours during this week if parents would like to meet and discuss class choices
Thinking WAY Ahead
6/17 5th Grade Party: TBD
6/18 5th Grade Promotion: time TBD, most likely 2:00-3:30pm
Class Updates: January 10
Hello and Happy New Year! I LOVE January! It is a great time for student learning. Your children have done a great job jumping right back into the swing of school and we are moving at a great clip. I will send more curriculum info in next week's newsletter, but for now get your calendars out and Save the Date!
1/14 8:30am-8:50am Spelling Bee Preliminary Written Round Click here to register.
For word lists and complete event information, click here.
1/21 NO SCHOOL Dr Martin Luther King Jr Holiday Observed
2/8 Olympia Trip (info coming home on Friday!)
1/30-2/15 FLASH Instruction Begins
2/11-2/15 Secret Pal Week
2/14 Valentine’s Day Party
Check out our Class Website for Curriculum Info!
Class Updates December 17:
Hello 5th Grade Families-
Just a reminder that we are making Gingerbread Houses with our 2nd Grade Reading Buddies TOMORROW and the Holiday Book Exchange on Wednesday. Thank you for all the supplies that have come in so far.
See reminders below for details and the attachment for what to bring….
Gingerbread Houses with 2nd Grade Reading Buddies Recently we began teaming with Mrs. McCulloch’s 2nd grade class on Fridays. This is such a great opportunity for the 5th graders to practice some leadership skills. It has been our tradition the past 7 years to get together and decorate Gingerbread Houses in December. Please see the attachment for what to bring. We would like the items by Monday, if possible. Thanks!
Book Exchange Another fun December Tradition has been a “Book Exchange”. Please have your child bring in a wrapped book. It does not need to be new, gently used is fine and encouraged! The idea is we are celebrating a fun season with classroom friends and bringing home a new book to read during Winter Break.
12/18 Gingerbread Houses with Reading Buddies
12/19 Book Gift Exchange & Holiday Traditions
12/20-1/1 Winter Break
1/21 No School
Thinking WAY Ahead:
2/8 Olympia Field Trip
2/18-2/22 Mid-Winter Break
Gingerbread House Fun with our Reading Buddies
Who? Mrs. Ogden’s 5th grade class and Mrs. McCulloch’s 2nd grade class
When? Tuesday, December 18
Why? For fun! We love spending time with our Reading Buddies!
What to bring? Please bring the following items to share:
Last names ending A-L: 1 can white frosting and a small bag of candy (no nuts, please)& plastic shopping bag
Last names ending M-Z: 1 sleeve of graham crackers and a small bag of candy & plastic shopping bag
Class Updates: Dec 11
Hello Fabulous 5th Grade Families,
Thank you for a wonderful two days of conferences. I love having the opportunity to sit down with students and parents and celebrate successes and help develop goals for improvement. I appreciate the gift of time and the renewal that it brings to student energy and learning.
We have a handful of days left before break. While we continue with learning until the end, we are adding a few fun moments.
12/13 & 12/15 FLASH Parent Preview at the District Office
12/14 Unit 2 Final Module Test
Class Updates: November 26
Hello 5th Grade Families- I adore this time of year! By now, I have gotten to know your learners well and we have a great classroom routine and vibe going on. Your students know all of the expectations, are completely engaged in their learning and we are cruising with our learning. Next, I get to connect with families at conferences. Love this!
Some updates and reminders…
Writer’s Café-thank you all for coming out to support your writer last Wednesday. We had a great turnout with even some grandparents joining the mix. I always enjoy seeing the families during the year for various occasions.
Conferences are next week! These conferences are student-led, so plan on bringing your student. I will reserve time at the end for a parent-teacher conversation, if needed.
Thursday Math Support Begins 11/29 8:15am-8:55am This small group is intended for students that could use support with our 5th Grade math curriculum. Your child might need to come every week for a while or occasionally as concepts get difficult. I will send an email to students that I think would benefit. Thanks!
FLASH (Family Life and Sexual Health) Parent Info is coming home on Friday. Parents have two opportunities to preview the 5th grade FLASH curriculum at a meeting at the District Office on either 12/13 or 12/15. Details are on the flyer in the Friday folder. All 5th grade students will be receiving this instruction the week before mid-winter break. Let me know if you have any questions.
Scholastic Book Orders are due Wednesday, 11/28. If you did not have an opportunity to order, there I another chance during conference week. Discovery will be hosting the Scholastic Book Fair in the library 12/3-12/7. See the flyer for details.
Report Cards will be posted on Skyward on Monday, 12/3 by 5:00pm.
See you all next week!
Class Updates: November 6
First off, a hearty Halloween Party Thanks goes to Akanksha’s mom, Kanthi, for organizing a fun afternoon last Wednesday. The kids had a blast! We ended up joining Mrs. Schmidt’s (Ms Keibel’s) class for a dance party extraordinaire. Too fun!
And thank you to Kunal’s mom, Radhika, for leading our PTSA Art Docent program. Our first lesson will be next Thursday, 11/15.
Speaking of volunteers, I could really use a Copy/Prep Work Volunteer for Fridays. This commitment would be for about an hour on Fridays-you choose when you want to come in. I am happy to have one or several people fill this position. Let me know if you can help. Thanks in advance! J
Learning standards are on our Connect site. Check them out! As well as the nightly homework and math videos.
Lastly, this week we have shared what we are Thankful For at our Morning Meeting. I would like to share how thankful I am for the amazing Discovery Families in our class. It is an honor to team with you for the success of your children. I cannot imagine anything more important than that.
I hope the weekend is treating you well! We are being spoiled with this fabulous weather. The Huskies had a nice win, but more importantly, the Husky Marching BAND was awesome! What a treat to watch Miss Hannah play her piccolo in such a cool setting. Go Huskies!!! (and yes, nice win for those Cougs yesterday as well!! J)
First off, thank you to our fabulous Camp Chaperones! We could not have run camp without you. From hauling luggage, supervising Learning Groups and making sure our kiddos were safe at night in their cabins-these fabulous people totally gave their all. Thank you Jen Rose, Shay Carl, Kanthi Suravarapu and Weston Fraser.
Conference Scheduler Online Now Parent-Teacher Conferences are December 5th & 6th this year. Please follow this link for directions on how to access your Skyward scheduler. Let me know if you have any difficulties.
Room Parent-plan two parties this year: Harvest and Valentine’s Day. Yes, Harvest Party is in ten days! Yikes.
Art Docent Program- Help give our kids the opportunity to be creative and experience art! No experience necessary. Training for the program is Monday, October 22, 2018 from 7-8 pm in the school library.
All you need to do is:
Volunteer here, or for more information contact Jeannie Sprague at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, email address, and child's grade and teacher.
Photo Retakes October 23 If we did not see you on picture day or you would like a new image, do not miss out on ordering pictures for your student. Pre-orders for picture packages may be placed online now at https://ios.mydorian.com using your school's access key provided here S4HTTNF9. Online pre-orders using your school's access key are available up to 4 days after retake day.
Fall Fundraiser PTSA needs your support! Please help “fill the pumpkin” by making a donation. Reaching the goal of $30,000 is the only way to ensure the continuous running of its programs and events, in addition to funding grants to teachers and staff. Don’t forget to ask family and friends to make a donation in your student’s name. Additionally, make your gift go farther with your company matching program. Click here for more information.
Multicultural Night: A Taste of Discovery is Nov. 14, 6-8 pm. This is one of our school’s favorite events! Multicultural Night celebrates our diverse school community by coming together to explore facts of countries around the world, taste international food and enjoy performances by our students and families. For more information or to register for this event, please click here.
Camp Updates Oct 5
Hellooooo Campers and Parents!
We are getting close to our CAMP date of October 10-12. Here are some important details:
Tuesday, October 9 6:00pm-7:00pm Luggage Drop-Off at Discovery.
Plan on driving through the bus turnaround for a quick (no time to chat) luggage drop. You will literally drive up, a runner will come up to your car and grab your luggage for you. You don’t even need to get out of your vehicle (and we prefer you don’t for safety reasons! :-O) Please label all pieces of luggage and tie your colored ribbons, that you will receive on Friday, to your child’s luggage. This will indicate what cabin they are in. They should have ONLY 2 pieces of luggage; a backpack with clothing and a bag with sleeping bag/pillow/jacket etc. LABEL EVERYTHING. Black garbage bags work great for sleeping bags.
Please arrive during your assigned drop-off time:
Bieck Families 6:00pm-6:15pm
Keibel Families 6:15pm-6:30pm
Ogden Families 6:30pm-6:45pm
Simmons Families 6:45pm-7:00pm
Thank you to our fabulous chaperones for hauling gear to camp for us!
Wednesday, October 10
Student arrival to Discovery 8:00am. Students should report to their classroom for attendance.
Buses Depart 8:30am
Friday, October 12
Buses depart Camp Colman approx. 12:00pm
Buses arrive Discovery approx. 2:30pm
Plan on picking up your child from Discovery at this time. You will need to sign your student out with their teacher when you pick up. If someone else will be picking them up, please email your classroom teacher this week so she can make a note of it. Also, please let us know if your child will be going to Eagle Club upon our return. Those students will stay with the 5th Grade teachers until Eagle Club begins at 3:40pm.
We look forward to spending a fun three days with your child at camp!!
-5th Grade Team
Class Updates: September 28
Hello and Happy Weekend! This is my favorite time of year. The days are cooler, fall colors are out and school is in full swing-yay! With almost a month under our belts, I am happy to report that this group of terrific kiddos is coming together as a learning community. Many of them are involved in Student Ambassadors helping with our younger students before school, during lunch and at dismissal-what a great leadership opportunity for them!
Here are a few classroom details to share from this week…
Art Docent Needed Love art? We’d love to have you come in a few times this year and lead an art lesson. It sounds like the PTSA Art Docents have managed to make it simple with power points and great directions. Let me know if you are interested.
Camp Update: Thank you for attending last week’s Camp Meeting. I’ll be sending more info separately this week. Stay tuned!
Headphones Please send in a pair of headphones for your student. We use some online tools on a daily basis (Zearn, Actively Learn) and it helps to keep the noise level down. We are tight on space, so smaller headphones (earbuds) are preferred, but not required. Thanks!
Fall PTSA Fundraiser in lieu of a Walk-a-Thon this year, PTSA has organized a “Fill the Pumpkin” fundraiser. See the flier that went home in the Friday Folder.
Emergency Kits-see yellow flier that came home on Friday. Please send these back as soon as possible. And, along these lines of thinking, please have your child keep a jacket and pair of mittens in their backpack for the season. They come in handy if we have power outages and nasty weather. (And, why is it that around this age wearing jackets is so uncool?? J)
Math Support I will be starting a Math Support group on Thursdays this year from October 25-May 23 8:30am -9:00am. This group will be small-most likely 3-5 students and only for students who need the gift of time with extra re-teaching on tricky concepts. I will send out invitations to those students.
Kind Kid Tshirt Contest I went over this with the kids on Friday. They are welcome to submit an entry. Applications are outside Mrs. Bushnell’s classroom and due on Friday, 10/5. Directions are on the flier.
Weekly Progress Reports we are starting a weekly progress report for academics and behavior. Please see the report stapled into your child’s planner. Please read, review and sign. These progress reports should stay stapled into the planner for the duration of the quarter. If your child had an “oops” such as missing work or a behavior issue, don’t punish, just have a discussion on how they can change their behavior this week. They will fill out a weekly goal for me in the morning and we will try again! That’s how learning works! We will be doing a lot of goal setting and organization work this year and this piece of feedback is good for both students and parents. Let me know if you have any questions.
Please note: The afternoon Ambassadors did not get these into their planners, so I will send them home tomorrow.
Lastly, it’s SPIRIT WEEK this week!
Help us cheer on your kiddos! We need volunteer cheerleaders to join our pep squad for Spirit Week. Volunteers will greet students in the morning dressed in the theme of the day. Timings are 8:55 am - 9:15 am, 10/1 through 10/5. Sign up here: https://discovery.ourschoolpages.com/Packet/SpiritWeekPepSquad/SignInPacketPage/0
Thank you for your support!
Discovery Elementary PTSA
Class News September 21
The theme of this week was CHANGE. Change for me as I sent my eldest off to college, change for Discovery as the construction began in full swing (goodbye PURPLE TOY, you will be missed!) and change for these kiddos as they realize 5th grade expectations are bigger than 4th grade. J Read on for the details….
Going to UW game today? Look for my mini-me, she’ll be marching her heart out on the field with the UW Husky Band. We are so proud of her! Hold on to these precious kid years-they do really go by so fast. Our house is a bit too quiet these days without the sounds of big sister’s music practice and laughter. L
Construction/School Info I want to compliment the kids for being so flexible with changing schedules for lunch, recess and walkways. We are doing quite a bit of walking to get to specialists and recess etc and they are doing fantastic. And, it’s been kinda cool to stand on the front porch of the portables to watch those big bulldozers do their thing! Wow.
Fifth Grade Expectations/Routines Everyone is off to a great start. By now we have learned the routines for academic subjects, work time in the classroom and homework. Our academics are in full-swing! All of the learning targets are on the class connect page if you want to take a peek. (link is under my signature).
Planners-this is a big communication tool. Please help your student get into a routine of reviewing it nightly as this will become very important when we plan out longer projects. For now, sign it nightly as this helps your child know the importance of keeping an accurate calendar.
Homework-is given M-Th. Usually just reading and math. There is a homework blog on our classroom website if your student was absent or forgot to write in their planner. You can also access the math homework and print a copy, if needed. See the tabs “Files” & “Eureka Math” at top of the web page. Like I mentioned at Curriculum Night, please just write me a note in the planner if it was a busy night and no time for homework. If a student forgets homework more than once per week, then they will stay in during second recess to complete it.
School Supplies Please send in a reusable water bottle every day for your child and a jacket/raincoat. The weather is changing!
Camp Parent Meeting on 9/26 6:30pm-8:00pm. Be there! We will be reviewing all the details including safety, health, transportation and packing. See you then!
Lastly, I really do try to keep my notes home short. See the classroom web page for the extended calendar, homework and learning targets.
Take care everyone! Have a wonderful weekend.
Welcome to 5th Grade!
The first day of school is just around the corner! Are you ready? I know I am and I just know this year is going to be AWESOME! We have so many fun activities and academics planned.
Taking Care of Business Day is August 22, 8:30am-4:00pm
Take 5 is Tuesday, 9/4 from 10:15am-11:15am in Portable 28. Please bring all of your school supplies and a BIG SMILE. I will be taking your photo for a special activity later in the year.
First Day of School is Wednesday, 9/5 9:15am-1:30pm. Don't forget to bring a lunch!
I cannot wait to meet all of you!