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 5 Inferring
See more Reading Standards here
Writing: Persuasive Writing
..read more about these learning targets here.Common Core Writing Standards Grade 5
Science: Energy and Energy Transformation
Spelling/Grammar: Greek/Latin Roots: Lesson 44 (path,sens/sent,med/medi,sol)
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: Lesson 12 Managing Frustration
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: May 18
1. SBA Testing Continues 5/20 & 5/21
I am so proud of this crew! The students have done a great job testing this week! They have maintained really good focus and have worked hard. Thank you for getting them test-ready every day with a good night’s sleep, healthy breakfast and snacks for the day. It makes a positive difference. The two remaining tests are:
5/20 Math Computer Adaptive Test (CAT)
I’d love to celebrate these kids and all the hard work they’ve done with SBA testing. If you are able, please send in $5.00 for a pizza lunch. I will order it (most likely from Dominos) and have it delivered. If you’d like to send in paper goods, veggies or anything to add, let me know.
During the week following Promotion, we are going to collaborate with the other 5th Grade classes and practice “Middle School” by switching classes, practice opening locks, getting familiar with the PLMS website, organization tips and also have some serious fun with a game of kickball against the 4th graders etc.
5/27 NO SCHOOL-Happy Memorial Day
6/12 Volunteer Luncheon-invites coming home soon
6/18 Promotion-invites coming home early June
6/21 5th Grade Party at Family Fun Center: need 2-3 volunteers.
6/27 Last Day of Elementary School! –having brunch, will send out food requests later
That’s all for now. Happy Weekend!
PARENT EDUCATION ON FAMILIES AND SCREENS
Please join other parents from Discovery and Creekside in learning about how to balance family life and screens!
FREE! Sign up here
WHEN: Wednesday, May 22nd
WHERE: Creekside Elementary (due to our construction, we are offering it at the beautiful multi-purpose room of Creekside).
Sponsored by the Creekside and Discovery PTSAs
NO child care will be available, but we will have light refreshments.
The presentation will be hosted by Jocelyn Skillman LMHC, MHP, CMHS.
Jocelyn is a mother, mental health counselor, and child mental health specialist supporting individuals and families on the Eastside. She strives to passionately support our community in navigating the impact of media use and screen time.
She has been a featured panelist and presenter at multiple agencies and events including three State of Mind Conferences hosted by the Issaquah Schools Foundation.
Topics covered include:
FREE! Sign up here
Class Updates: May 12
Hello and Happy Mother’s Day!
We have an extra busy week ahead….
Please send a water bottle, extra snack and the kids are allowed to chew gum or mints during the test. EAT BREAKFAST! And try to send them to bed a bit earlier so we have happy test takers. J
5/13 ELA Performance Task Day 1
5/14 ELA Performance Task Day 2
5/16 ELA Cat
5/17 Math Performance Task
5/20 Math Cat
When: May 14, 2019 at 6:30pm
Where: Sunny Hills Elementary Muli-purpose room
What to wear: Nice spring concert attire. A dress, skirt, or nice pants with nice shoes or sandals. Polo t-shirts also work well.
Please no sweatshirts or sweatpants. The students will be showcasing their ukulele playing, African drumming, and singing during the concert.
Thank you, thank you for all the kind notes, flowers, gift cards and yummy treats this past week. I love my job on a daily basis, but Teacher Appreciation Week is always so nice! I am grateful for all of you and your amazing kids you send to me every day. I am lucky to be a part of their educational journey.
Class Updates: April 29
Hello 5th Grade Parents,
My goodness, it is almost May! Spring quarter flies by every year. Our SBA Testing is just around the corner. This week we will be taking a training test to review the tools that are utilized in the SBA and to get acquainted with the online test layout. Like I mentioned in my last email, you are welcome access the training test at home. The training test gives students a chance to use the online tools specific to the assessment. It does not cover all content that will be on the test.
The tutorial is on the Washington Comprehensive Assessment Program (WCAP) website at:
Home practice is not required; however, it is an opportunity for students to learn more about the online test tools and navigating the online assessment interface.
Our testing dates are: May, 13, 14, 16, 17, 20, 21
2. 5th Grade Spring Concert
3. Looking for a few good volunteers!
Discovery is so proud of its amazing PTSA. Join us next year! We are still looking for a Secretary, VP of Fundraising, a second Treasurer, and a VP of Communications. If you would like more information about these roles (http://discoveryptsa.org/Article/View/NOW-ACCEPTING-NOMINATIONS-FOR-2019-2020-BOARD) take a look through at this link and email firstname.lastname@example.org (Bethany White). We could sure use your help!
4. Academic Updates
Math: We just finished our study of multiplying and dividing fractions and now we are onto Addition and Multiplication with Volume and Area.
Reading: our focus is on Making Inferences and how this is an important reading skill that students will utilize forever as a reader. Students will learn how to quote accurately from a text when drawing inferences from the text.
Grammar/Spelling: easily confused words (accept/except), subject/predicate and more Latin/Greek roots!
Writing: Students have learned how to write Opinion papers, took the District On-Demand Writing assessment last week (these looked really good, so proud!) and now they are completing their third opinion paper. I am sending these home for homework this week. Students have done most of their research at school, but some might need a little help id finding more. Your children are very passionate about some topics. We have quite a few writing about banning plastic bags, straws and water bottles. Stay tuned for their completed papers, I think you will be impressed and maybe even persuaded to carry reusable shopping bags to your next shopping trip!
Science: Students are just finishing up a unit on Electrical Engineering. They have learned the steps to the Engineering Design Process to solve problems and have utilized their knowledge to make alarms for a watering trough. This is such a fun hands-on unit! Stay tuned for the buzzing and blinking of alarms!
Social Studies: We finished reading Johnny Tremain, the story of a young man in 1770s Boston during the time of the American Revolution, and now are watching the 1957 Disney film version of the same title. Here’s the info on what we are watching: Johnny Tremain Movie Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Class Updates: April 4
We have been super busy here in Portable 28 trying to finish some curriculum prior to leaving for Spring Break! Your kids are doing an awesome job really owning their learning and moving forward in all areas. It is a really fun time of year to teach! They are so solid and capable and it helps the sun is shining. J
I have just a couple items for you today;
All 5th grade students are required to complete a project and present it to the class on 4/24. They are not required to attend the evening STEM Fair (but are certainly encouraged!) As stated on the STEM Fair flier that went home last week, they must choose one of three categories:
Discover about the world around you with the scientific method
Design a solution to a problem using the Engineering Design Process
Demonstrate a technology project
Here is the link to families to sign up for the evening event: http://discoveryptsa.org/Page/EventsAndPrograms/STEMFair
2. Yearbook Info
Have your child remember their classmates, friends, and highlights of the past year by purchasing the Discovery Elementary Annual Yearbook!Not Sure if you already ordered a Yearbook? Sign in to the PTSA website and check the ORDERS section of the account summary page. 5th Grade Parents – In addition to ordering a yearbook there is a special 5th grade addendum that can be purchased for just $12. The 5th Grade Addendum offers an additional 48 full-color pages of candid photos of just the 5th Grade class, including photos from camp!
If you have not yet ordered your copy and would like to, please click here.
Yearbook Order Deadline is April 20t
In May our class will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment which is an online assessment. Students will view an online tutorial and take a training test at school to prepare them for the different tools they will have access to during the assessment. In addition, students are able to access the training test at home. The training test gives students a chance to use the online tools specific to the assessment. It does not cover all content that will be on the test.
Let me know if you have any questions regarding this.
As a class we have been coming up with ideas to make Spring Quarter Recess a bit more fun! So far we have come up with gardening and some of the kids want to learn to knit or crochet. Any moms or dads out there that want to help out with teaching newbies how to knit or crochet? I know the basics of both, but I will definitely need more helpers. This will most likely happen during a Wednesday lunch recess or afternoon recess (1:55-2:15) on the other days. Students will bring their own yarn and needles/hooks. You would supply the patience and teaching. J Let me know if you are interested.
Have an enjoyable Spring Break!
Class Updates March 26
Hello 5th Grade Parents!
Our school year is 2/3 of the way complete! Can you believe it? Report Cards have been posted on Skyward tonight. I hope you celebrate your students successes and encourage growth, if needed. Like I mentioned to the kids today. This is a small part of their human development. They will have a lifetime of ups and downs and in-betweens and how they tackle their joys and disappointments is equally important as their outcomes. Please, please encourage growth. J
Spring Quarter flies by every year. Please take a peek at the updated calendar so you don’t miss anything! Our Promotion date has been kept at June 18 and the 5th Grade Party will most likely be sometime later that week or the following week. We are waiting to hear back from the Party Planners on that so stay tuned. In the near future is SBA Testing Season. I have included the dates at the bottom of this email.
Lastly, here is some news from Miss Denise and the Counseling Dept:
Monday, March 25th, we had a visiting author assembly. This Australian author is in a wheelchair from a rugby accident and he talked about accepting differences and never giving up. If you want to order one of his books, please see this website. http://www.frankandmustard.com/team/simon-calcavecchia/
With daylight savings, I started looking to see what the recommended amount of sleep is for kids. Thought this would be interesting to families:
According to WebMD.com, this is the amount of sleep recommended for kids:
One thing most kids have in common? They won’t tell you that they want to go to bed and can get MORE silly when they are tired!
Denise Darnell (AKA “Miss Denise”)
DISCOVERY ELEMENTARY 837-4097
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: June 18 2:00pm
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
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 email@example.com 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!