Information is shared with families in 3 places:
Student Planners:here you will find the daily homework and reminders written by students
Class Connect Site: check out our classroom website to find useful information such as learning targets, useful homework resources and our Homework Blog and Class News
Email Updates: Class News will be sent via email every week. Missed it? You can also find it on our Class News Blog on our Connect site
Issaquah School District
Office Hours: 8:30am-9:10am &
This Week's Learning Plan April 20-24
Math: Module 4 Multiplying and Dividing Fractions
read more math standards here
See more Reading Standards here
..read more about these learning targets here.Common Core Writing Standards Grade 5
Technology: Exploring Clever, Zearn, Office 365
Health/Social Emotional Learning:
Class Updates: June 1
Hello Fabulous 5th Grade Families,
The world and local news have been heavy on my heart all weekend. Where do we even begin? For me, I begin (again, again, and again..) in my daily life. As a teacher I have the unique opportunity to be an agent of change by modeling kindness and inclusion and tolerance for all people of all races, ethnicities, religions. Our Discovery mottos says it best; Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Responsible. When we chose that motto years ago it was with a lot of discussion and reflection. What kind of culture did we want our students to be a part of? What did we want our students to take away at the end of their elementary years and model in our community? Overall, KINDNESS. We can have differences, but be kind. We can worship different gods, but have tolerance for your classmate and BE KIND. We can look very different from our classmates, eat different foods and follow different customs and accept differences with kindness. I hope your families and student have always felt safe and welcomed at our school. We work hard to model kindness and inclusion every single day.
We are on the home stretch of the school year! Here we go Week 7!
This week I would like to recognize as an Extraordinary Eagle. Daily, Saisha models our three school rules; Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Responsible. She is always kind to others, she always follows school rules and is an organized and accountable student-especially during our online learning. She has demonstrated reliability attending our Morning Meetings and turns in work in a timely manner. She is excelling at Home Learning. Way to go, Saisha! I am so proud of you.
I would also like to recognize Aryan as an Extraordinary Eagle this week. Aryan has demonstrated perseverance and a positive attitude during our online learning at home. He attends all Class Meetings, Read Alouds and offers positive messages to others via our Teams page. Thank you Aryan for being a great role model for others. Keep on shining! I am so proud of you!
Learning Plan for the Upcoming Week: This week we will continue Module 5 in math, review text structure in reading and put final touches on our memoir writing. In addition, the students will begin their Be the Teacher projects. Students will receive information regarding this assignment tomorrow morning at our meeting.
Writing Conferences: Attached is a schedule for writing conferences this week. Each student has the opportunity to meet via Teams video chat to go over their memoir with me. Please let me know if your student needs a different time slot so we can arrange another meeting.
5th Grade Survey: Each year the ISD sends out a survey to 5th grade students about all aspects of school. I have submitted this as an assignment in Teams for your student to complete.
Promotion Info: Promotion will be on Friday, June 19. Our class time will be 12:00pm. Each family will drive through the Discovery bus loop, wave to staff and receive their certificate. PTSA will be sending additional details. In the meantime, if your family would like a yard sign, please reach out to PTSA to order one.
Zoom Meetings-We have NEW LINKS for the next two weeks
Links are here and also at the bottom of Week 7 Schedule.
All my best,
Class Updates: May 18
Hello Fabulous 5th Grade Families,
Extraordinary Eagles: I would like to recognize Neva as an Extraordinary Eagle. Neva is a kind and gentle member of our classroom community. She always works hard, is very responsible, and is our resident scientist-in-the-making! Neva’s input during Morning Meeting’s is passionate and she always strives for truthfulness and excellence. Her giggles during independent reading time make us smile. I am so proud of you, Neva. Discovery Elementary is a great place to learn and play because of students like you. Keep on shining!
Emma has most certainly earned the title of Extraordinary Eagle this school year. Caring, helpful and kind most closely describe Emma. She brings a joy and playfulness to her wherever she goes. Whether it is in the classroom or out on the playground or Zoom call, Emma can be counted on to spark joy. Her work during this pandemic has been creative and fun. She offers special notes of positivity in her turned-in work and also on our Teams chat. Way to bring your classmates together in a positive way, Emma! I am so proud of you.
Seesaw: Music, Library and PE Specialists post work on Seesaw. Please have your student check this platform on a daily basis. Our class is not using Seesaw for academics, but rather a place to post photos, Eagle Eye tokens and fun!
Learning Plan for the Upcoming Week
Attached is the Learning Plan for the week! We are moving ahead really well! I am super proud of these kiddos. 4 weeks down and 6 to go! New this week is Social Studies Enrichment.
Math Test This Week Well, we have our first at-home assessment this week. Your students will be taking their Module 4 Math Assessment on Thursday. How can you help? Please monitor this test for an hour, you can read directions, but please do not help them with their test. Yes, you are on the honor system here and we expect students to be responsible and honest. Thanks for your help.
Promotion Our Promotion Recognition will be on June 18. PTSA will be communicating the details to families in the near future.
Lastly, thank you for your support at home. Our class engagement has been very high! The majority of our class is attending our Morning Meetings, Read Aloud and turning in work. Yes! They have adapted to this online model beautifully. Keep the stamina going, these next few weeks are important as we finish strong and get ready to make the leap to middle school.
Have a great week. Please reach out if you have questions and or need support.
Materials pick up schedule (by CHILD’s last name):
Late pick up
Instructional Materials Pick Up Instructions
On May 14th and 15th we will be facilitating an instructional materials pick up at Discovery Elementary. You will be able to pick up your student MATH problem sets to support and enhance remote learning at home. Families have been assigned a time, based on the first letter of their child’s last name, in which they can pick up their math problem sets.
At your designated time, you may come to Discovery to pick up your materials by car only, please no walkers. You will enter the pick up/drop off lane where a drive through line will be set up to distribute materials. During this process we ask that people stay in their cars and allow us to bring the materials to you. This will also help us to move people through in as quick and efficient a manner as possible while maintaining social distancing. When you pick up your materials, please be prepared to share your last name and grade of your students.
Attached is a template, you can complete and post in your window if you choose.
Lastly, in order to expedite delivery of these items in a timely manner and to keep cars moving while implementing the state’s social distancing guidelines, we will not be able to socialize or help trouble shoot other concerns as you pick-up items through the pick-up/drop off lane (the front of the school). We want to ensure everyone will be able to get their items without any delays within their designated time slots. Thank you for understanding.
We will be handing out Module 5 & 6 Problem Sets only. Students will be picking up supplies from desks and cubbies at a later date TBD.
Let me know if you have questions!
Hello Discovery 5th Graders!
Monday, April 20 begins our NEW Learning! We'll have "school" through Microsoft Teams for the remainder of the school year. Each day we will post lessons and activities on Teams for you to complete. These activities should take you about 90 minutes to finish and you are welcome to complete them at any time during the day that works for your family. Other learning platforms that we will use are Zearn, Lexia, Seesaw and other components of Office 365. You can access all of these via Clever.
With this new system of at-home learning, teachers will also begin office hours so that we can be available to answer questions from students and parents in the moment. These office hours are via email so if you send us a question, we'll be sitting by our computers ready to respond ASAP.
My office hours will be from 11:00am-12:00pm Monday-Thursday.
Please let us know if you are in need of a laptop or internet hotspot. There are laptops available for your child to check out.
As this is new for all of us, there will undoubtedly be a bit of a learning curve with questions, problems, and changes along the way. Thank you for understanding and for reaching out when you have questions or concerns so we can work together to solve them.
Attached are directions and guidelines for accessing Teams, Zoom Guidelines and Seesaw How-To. I will be reviewing these with the students during our 10:00am Zoom meeting on 4/20 as well. This is all new and maybe overwhelming, but we will get there!
For this week, we will be offline and on Spring Break! Rest, relax, spend time doing what you love, and I'll "see" you on Monday, April 20 for Morning Meeting.
Class Updates: April 3 Learning Plan Week 3
I have started this beginning paragraph about a half dozen times trying to extend my empathy to all of you thrust into this difficult situation of managing your families, work and other duties from home. Disappointment over missed trips, events and not seeing friends and family have been so difficult for everyone. While we wait for our “normal” to resume, your students and I have discussed the important topic of PERSERVERANCE this week during our Morning Meetings. I heard a lot of great strategies which means your kiddos are getting some great modeling from you!
Sticking to a similar school schedule and one day at a time
Finding new and distracting activities! (building, learning a new language, drawing, coding, baking, cooking, dog training, sewing, lots of CREATING!)
Getting fresh air and exercise every few hours
Talking to friends
Writing letters to loved ones you cannot see
Together, we can support these kids to thrive during this difficult time. They will learn skills and lessons that will serve them well throughout their life. I will do my best to serve them in our new virtual classroom and I will be here to support your new role as my school partner. Oh, I look forward to the day we can all be together again! Hang in there.
This week I would like to recognize Sunidhi as an Extraordinary Eagle. Sunidhi i is a shining example of joy, enthusiasm and friendliness in our class. She always has something positive to say and works with those around her in a considerate and inclusive manner. Thank you Sunidhi for being a great friend to all students here at Discovery! Discovery Elementary is a great place because of students like you!
I would like to recognize Gemma as this week’s Extraordinary Eagle. Gemma has been a valued member of our class and school community this year. For example, her presence at our daily Morning Meetings brings intelligence sprinkled with humor. She models what it takes to be a serious student while also having a lot of fun by encouraging others with kindness and creativity. Discovery Elementary is a better place to learn and play because of students like her!
Emergency Learning Plan Week 3
Teaching and Learning Services has taken teacher input and is pushing out essential learnings that we would be doing in class right now. I love this week’s plan. Please share this link with your students and have them work on academics for 90 mins per day.
Class Morning Meetings Mondays and Fridays at 10:00am-11:00am
Class Read Aloud Daily at 2:30pm
I will send out Outlook invites for these meetings. Please let me know if that does not work for you. Unfortunately I cannot send the invites directly to students. Thanks for understanding.
4/13-4/17 Spring Break-no instruction this week or Zoom check-ins
4/20 New Instruction Begins-have those study areas all set and ready to go!
May SBA Testing Dates: Canceled for this year
Virtual Eagle Tokens:
Earning Eagle Tokens is a big deal at Discovery and our Leadership Team would love to see it keep going. Please see this message from Mrs. Morse, our Behavior Coach.
Keep Going for the Gold!
Discovery students are on a mission to complete the pieces of all three medals….. bronze, silver, and gold. The pieces of each medal are completed as students work together to earn as many Eagle Tokens as possible for Being Safe, Being Kind, and Being Responsible. Now, all Discovery students can earn VIRTUAL Eagle Tokens while at home when they display actions of Safety, Kindness, and Responsibility. Please watch the video below for more details:
Click below to submit a virtual Eagle Token for your student:
Virtual Eagle Token Form
All my best,
Learning Plan Week 2
It was AWESOME to “see” all of your students on the Zoom call! I love that everyone participated! Again, if you need a spare device, you can check one out from the district. Here is the link https://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/family/supports
Here is the 5th Grade Leaning Plan Week 2. Just click on the link or see the attachment. In the future, I will be sending the plan on Friday afternoons.
And, here is the link Mrs. Ploetz’s PE Workout! Fun! https://youtu.be/Et4wPoEq7bk
In addition to this plan, your students are welcome to utilize;
Zearn for math practice
Office 365 for writing
BrainPop for learning cool new things in all academic areas!
Seesaw for out daily Morning Meeting prompt posted by 9:00am
Make sure students are accessing these sites through Clever. Some folks were not finding their class- so hopefully this will help.
Please note, Prodigy is not accessed through Clever, but it is a popular app that we use almost daily in class for math games and I encourage the students to keep playing!
We know that a new document from OSPI was just released. This is being looked at by IEA and ISD leaders and there will be more to come. For right now, stay the course and take care of your families and offer our Learning Plans to your students to stay engaged with learning.
I know this time is difficult right now. Your children are looking to you for some routine, order, calm and reassurance. At this point all academic offerings are optional. Give yourself grace and time to establish routines and expectations that work for your family.
I think it will help them to check in with me on daily basis via Zoom now and to see their classmates. I will continue to post Morning Meeting prompts every day at 9:00am via Seesaw. Together, we can do this!
Please email with questions!
Hang in there,
Mrs. Morse (PBSES behavior coach) and Miss Denise (school counselor) have created some social and emotional activities for this week centered around the theme of perseverance. To access them please click on the link below:
Social Emotional Activities and Supports
Additionally, if you would like support for any reason during this unprecedented time, don’t hesitate to reach out to Mrs. Morse and/or Miss Denise. They will be available on email to offer parents help throughout the time that we are not in school.
Here is their information if you want to reach out:
Mrs. Morse- Behavior Coach- firstname.lastname@example.org
Miss Denise-School Counselor- email@example.com
In addition to our weekly Learning Plan, I will be posting some items on Seesaw. If possible, have your students check in at 9:00am for our class “Morning Meeting” and then at 2:30pm for Snack and Story Time. Both events are totally optional, but I thought it might be nice to keep some parts of our day the same to keep a routine if they want/need it.
I noticed quite a few parents have not connected to Seesaw yet this year. Click on the link below to join us! J
Hello Fifth Grade Families!
I hope this email finds you all well. OSPI (Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction) has put in guidelines for all Washington Districts at this time. See attachment for details. The District has worked hard to come up with a plan for ALL ISD students that my team and I will work with during this time.
As a 5th grade team, we are committed to providing you with optional weekly learning resources. We plan to have these resources available to you every Monday by 12:00pm. We are living in extraordinary times, that call for extraordinary measures, and as such all resources provided are optional and will not be assessed or graded.
So for now,
*Attached is the word document version of the link above*
To stay connected socially, your students are welcome to upload photos or text to our Seesaw class account. I will post our class Read Aloud audio file every day at 2:30pm! Grab a snack and listen in! This will be fun!
Please reach out if you need any support or have any questions. Hang in there and stay healthy.
I wish you all well,
Hello Fabulous 5th Grade Families
I hope this email finds you all well and healthy. I just want to check in this morning with a reminder about dropping off your PLMS Registration Packets
Also, the district is still working on a Learning Plan format to share with all of us. Stay tuned for more information in the coming days. They have asked teachers to not give any learning directives at this time.
So, in the meantime, enjoy the week with your child. There are so many things you can do at home to pass the time. I would absolutely recommend keeping a journal about this time in history with your child. It will be in the history books and our family scrapbooks for years to come! This is going to be their story to tell.
As you spend time with your 5th grader, here are a few things (totally written from the cuff as I drink my coffee this morning) I have come to know and love about 10-11 yr olds:
* They love to create and come up with solutions for things. Give them opportunities to make things. You don’t need anything fancy. Tape, markers and paper!
* They are savvy. These kids don’t miss a beat including our daily joys and stresses. Monitor the news coverage. They don’t have the life experience that we do to know HOW to think of scary/unsure times. They are still a bit concrete in their thinking and will want to fix the world.
* They are big “little” kids. They are physically growing (I anticipate I will be seeing DIFFERENT kids in 6 weeks!) and mentally growing and the two aren’t always a match! Have patience. These are going to be long days for families. These kids will be happy one minute and cranky the next and that is all normal and developmentally appropriate.
* They love their friends. This is going to be a challenging time for them to be isolated from their buddies. Find a way they can stay connected while also following the social distancing requirement at this time.
* They need to move their bodies. Take advantage of the sunny days and get them outside. It will be a win-win for all! In my house, raking and doing yard work counts for aerobic exercise!
* They are capable! So capable! This would be a great time to help in the yard, learn how to sort laundry, they can help with prepping dinner. Last spring I taught this age group how to knit. The possibilities are endless.
* Did I mention they are creative? J Given down or “bored” time, I guarantee they will come up with ways to fill their time.
Think of all the possibilities that spending the next 6 weeks with your family brings. These kids will never forget this time. I wish you all the best as you navigate this new (but temporary) normal. We can do this!
Please reach out with concerns or questions or if you just need to connect. Our seesaw platform is open for photos of your adventures!
Take care of each other,
It’s time already! Time to register for middle school! PLMS Packets were sent home today. Please read through the entire packet and look at all of the options. The PLMS staff will go over everything you need to know in a virtual presentation posted next Monday. While most of your questions will most likely be answered after you watch the presentation, I am happy to chat via phone call or email to offer support or guidance.
Forms are due back to Discovery on Friday, March 20.
Let know if you have questions!
Class Updates: Feb 24
Extraordinary Eagle: This week I would like to recognize Madelyn H. Madelyn is a good friend in our class. She exhibits all of the great qualities you would want in a buddy; kind, committed, funny, thoughtful and sincere. And, she is a great student as well! Thank you Madelyn for being a great friend to all students here at Discovery!
Valentine Thanks! Thanks to Ritu B for planning a fun Valentine Party and for the party support moms; Pia H, Toni R, Heidi B and Habiba P for attending.
And, while I usually like to write out “Thank You” notes for gifts, please accept this email as a big THANK YOU for the cute cards, gifts and yummy chocolates. You are all very generous! J
PLMS Visit 3/16 & Office Hours 3/19 Our PLMS Visit is coming up quickly! I have sent the permission slips home today in the Friday Folders. Please sign these and return them next week. Students will visit Pine Lake in the morning for a tour and presentation and then parents are invited to attend a PLMS Information Night that evening. Stay tuned for more details!
Your student will be bringing home a registration packet on 3/13. You and your child will most likely have questions regarding the registration process and which “path” to take in the academic areas. I strongly encourage you to attend the Parent Night, especially if this is your first child attending PLMS. You will need to make some registration choices. If, after attending the Parent Info Night, you have questions, I am happy to meet the afternoon of 3/19 3:45pm-5:45pm. I will send out a schedule later this month.
Talent Show 3/27 The Talent Show committee is looking for 5th Grade Emcees to help host this fun event. Please let me know if your child is interested!
3/16 Report Cards Live on Skyward-End of Winter Quarter
3/16 PLMS Visit
3/20 PLMS Packets Due to Mrs Ogden
3/24 5th Grade Concert
3/27 Discovery Talent Show
4/13-4/17 Spring Break
4/30 5th Grade Photo
May SBA Testing Dates:
5/5 ELA Performance Task
5/7 ELA CAT
5/8 Math Performance Task
5/11 Math Cat
5/12 Science Assessment
Promotion Date will be released in March after the chance of snow has subsided. Thank you for your patience.
Class Updates: Feb 10
One more week until Mid-Winter Break! It is going to be a busy one! Kindness Week starts tomorrow, our class Secret Pals, Revolutions papers are due Wednesday, we finish FLASH instruction and finish the week with Valentine’s Day!
Secret Pals info is attached again.
Extraordinary Eagle: I would like to recognize Shaurya Agarwal as an Extraordinary Eagle this week. Shaurya exemplifies hard work and kindness in our classroom on a daily basis. Classmates can always count on Shaurya to be a helping hand and positive support. Thank you Shaurya for being a great role model.
KINDNESS WEEK: FEBRUARY 10th-14th
KICK OFF: FEBRUARY 6th: TAPROOT THEATRE PLAY on Friendship and Upstanders.
CELEBRATE OUR DIFFERENCES DAY
TIP YOUR HAT DAY
DRESS in PJs:
Wear your PJs or favorite pair of sweats.
PUT THE ‘YOU’ IN UNIQUE:
Wear what YOU like to wear: Fun colors! Crazy socks!
Sports clothes! What is YOU?
WEAR ‘SUNNY’ CLOTHES:
Wear yellow, Hawaii wear, summer wear. (Bring a coat, of course).
WEAR A HAT:
YES! You can wear any kind of hat today.
BE A VALENTINE
Wear red, pink, or anything that has hearts or a kind saying.
ACTION: Think about how YOU have the power to CHOOSE KINDNESS.
ACTION: Think about how you can be nice to other kids who might be different than you.
Say something kind to a classmate or teacher.
Say “HI” to someone or sit by someone different today.
Be a friend to everyone! INCLUDE, Don’t EXCLUDE!
Teach the Teachers
Please welcome Ms Eggers! She is finishing up her teaching certificate and joined us in January on Mondays and Thursdays and will observe until the end of March.
In addition to Ms Eggers, there will be various teachers from Discovery and the district observing our literacy block as I am part of a district-wide Literacy Lab and Learning Walks to share my teaching craft with others-so much fun! Our classroom is a fun and bustling place or learning!
1/28-2/13 FLASH Instruction
2/10-2/14 Kindness Week
2/14 Valentine’s Party
2/17-2/21 Mid-Winter Break
Thinking WAY Ahead
Class Updates: Feb 3
I love February! The kids are settled into 5th grade, the learning is humming along and what better thing to do on cold, wintery days then hang out in a classroom? J Please read on for the latest and greatest in 5th grade. We are keeping busy.
Secret Pals see attachment for more info!
I will be sending home an email each night outlining the day’s learning objective, topics covered and the types of questions asked. Please let me know if you have any questions.
5/5 ELA Performance Task
5/7 ELA CAT
Class Updates: Jan 10
Happy New Year! It sounds like everyone had a restful break with lots of family time and fun. We’ve had a busy week back with all new Learning Targets. Your students did a great job jumping right back into learning. Our reading/writing/social studies curriculum all integrate together for the next month, which is a ton of fun. By the end of the month, your students will become experts on the topic of the American Revolution! Our Fraction Unit is a quick one! Students will take the mid-module this next week after only 8 lessons and we are back to Word Work packets with an emphasis on Greek and Latin roots.
Please note that the ISD had a malware attack during Winter Break that they are still resolving. As a result, district email has been sporadic. If you have sent me an email and I have not responded, please try again!
This Week’s Extraordinary Eagle: Nathan! This week I would like to recognize Nathan. Hardworking, kind, and reliable are the words that describe him. I appreciate his calm presence in our class and I can always rely in him to do the right thing. He is a valuable member of our classroom community. Way to go, Nathan!
1/10 Eager Reader Begins
1/20 No School (Observance of Martin Luther King Jr Day)
1/27 No School (Teacher Work Day)
6/16 Promotion (note: this date may change dependent on snow days)
6/18 Last Day of School (please note: this day might change due to possible snow days)
Happy Winter Break 12/20-1/5
School Resumes on January 6, 2020
Class Updates: Dec 16
We are on the home stretch to Winter Break. We have a busy Tues-Friday coming up! Here’s the scoop:
12/18 Gingerbread Houses with 2nd Grade Reading Buddies
Please send your decorating items in by Wednesday morning! Attached is the list of food items needed. There’s a few items left, so please take a look and see if you can bring an item in. Thanks!
12/18 T-shirt Reading Projects due
12/20 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.
Specific expeditions have been selected to align with our adopted Social Studies curriculum (grades 2-5). To learn more about Google Expeditions, click here. Tomorrow we will be viewing the Jamestown expedition focusing on what the terrain was like and how it helped or hindered the first colonists. In addition, the students learned a new online game today that supports our learning on the Jamestown colony. Here is the website if you want to check it out at home http://www.historyglobe.com/jamestown/jamestowngame.html
Have a great Winter Break with your families!
Class Updates: Dec 6
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.
This Week’s Extraordinary Eagle: Trishna! This week I would like to recognize Trishna as an Extraordinary Eagle. Daily, Trishna models our three school rules; Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Responsible. She is always kind to others, she always follows school rules and is an organized and accountable student. I can always count on her to be a peer model and lead others in a gentle way. Way to go, Trishna! Keep on shining
December Calendar We have a handful of days left before break. While we continue with learning until the end, we are adding a few fun moments as well:
12/9 & 12/12 Guest Teacher on these days
12/13 Math Support
12/18 Gingerbread Houses with 2nd Grade Reading Buddies Recently we began teaming with Mrs. Gerrity’s 2nd grade class on Wednesdays. 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, 12/16.
12/9 & 12/12 Guest Teacher
12/13 Math Support
12/18 Unit 2 Final Module Test
12/18 Gingerbread Houses with Reading Buddies
12/20 Book Gift Exchange & Holiday Traditions
12/21-1/5 Winter Break
1/6/20 School Resumes
Class Updates: Nov 25
Hello Fab 5th Grade Families,
We have a short, but important week ahead. Students are madly finishing their writing, reviewing progress in math and reflecting on their learning thus far as we dig in and decipher the report card area of Behaviors That Promote Learning. We need longer school days! J Read on for the latest in Portable 28.
Extraordinary Eagle I would like to recognize Ruhaan as a Discovery Extraordinary Eagle this week. Ruhaan consistently models a positive attitude and an authentic concern for his classmates. He truly is able to able to empathize with others. This is such a gift! Thank you Ruhaan for always being so kind. I am so proud of you.
Writer’s Café Please join us on Wednesday, 11/27 12:30pm-1:30pm to celebrate a great quarter of reading and writing in our 5th Grade Classroom! Students will be showcasing their Personal Narrative writing and a Where I am From poems. And, there will be treats! You certainly don’t want to miss this special event.
Book Project: T-Shirt Book Talks Information regarding this project is in the Friday Folder. Please see attachment. Due date is Wednesday, 12/18.
Winter is Coming Please remind your students to pack a warm coat every single day. Many of them are wearing sweatshirts to recess in the rain and then are chilled the rest of the afternoon. We go to recess rain or shine and your student should be adequately dressed for the weather. Adding a pair of mittens to the backpack would be great, too. Winter in the Northwest is damp and chilly. A simple pair of mittens, a hat and a jacket make recess tolerable.
Nov 27 Writer’s Café & Open House 12:30pm-1:30pm
Nov 28-29 Thanksgiving-No School
Dec 2 Report Cards Posted
Dec 4 & 5 Conferences
Dec 18 Tshirt Reading Projects Due
Dec 20 Book Exchange
Dec 23-Jan 3 Winter Break
Class Updates: Nov 15
Here is the plan for the week ahead. These kids are working hard!
Extraordinary Eagle I would like to recognize Logan Blodgett as an Extraordinary Eagle. Logan is a kind and gentle member of our classroom community. He always works hard, is very responsible, and is thoughtful and considerate of others. I am so proud of you, Logan. Discovery Elementary is a great place to learn and play because of students like you.
Conference Scheduler: Just about everyone is scheduled for a conference! Thank you for signing up so quickly. If you are traveling during the conference dates, then we will schedule a conference in January when you return.
Here are the directions again: Once you have logged into Family Access you will need to click on the Teacher Conferences tab to sign up for available times you would like to have your conferences. Directions with step-by-step screen shots are here & here in Spanish.
Nov 19 PTSA Meeting 6:30pm
Nov 20 Mrs Ogden Sub for 5th Grade Training Day
Nov 21 Vision/Hearing Screening
Nov 22 PTSA Movie Night
Have a great rest of the weekend! It looks like a great day to sit inside and read books! J
Class Updates: Nov 4
Hello Fab 5th Grade Families & Happy Fall,
Extraordinary Eagle –no name this week. Stay tuned for next week!
Week in Review:
Thank you to Ritu and Helper Moms for organizing a fun Harvest Party! We had a great time playing games and eating delicious treats! The students and I finished off the day by watching my childhood favorite, Charlie Brown’s The Great Pumpkin. So fun!
Seesaw App If you haven’t had a chance, head over to our classroom Seesaw app! I have started to upload photos of projects, in-class learning and everyday classroom moments. Check it out! https://app.seesaw.me/#/class/class.1fbc6da9-18df-4317-9317-93107af2069a
Learning Plan for the Upcoming Week:
Help Needed we are in search of one more Library Volunteer on Tuesdays 9:30am-10:30am. Please contact Portia at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help out. Thanks!
Nov 11 Veteran’s Day-No School & Conference Scheduler Opens
Nov 13 Multicultural Night
Thanks a bunch!
Class Updates: October 28
* Extraordinary Eagle
Hello Fab 5th Grade Families!
We are in real school mode for sure! This past week we started Book Clubs. Your student was placed in a group with others of similar reading ability and they are meeting daily to discuss the night’s reading. We established Book Club “norms” and rules and the kids have done beautifully! I am really proud of them. We had some teacher visitors in our classroom to observe and they raved about the students’ ability to stay on topic and have meaningful discussions. Yay! This usually takes a lot of practice! Give your kiddo some praise for this. J Please note: I have intentionally placed the students at last spring’s reading level with the goal of using this as a teaching time for the group routines etc. Your child’s next book (next week) will be at a higher level.
In addition to some great literacy learning, the students worked hard to come up with an investigation to try out on our Wisconsin Fast Plants. They are investigating the effects of colored water on the growth of their plants. I must say the colored water is quite pretty! Stay tuned for updates the next few weeks as we watch out plants grow.
Lastly, we started using Prodigy Math Games this past week. Each student created a new account using their Clever login information. This is a new platform for me, so I am learning right along with them. So far I have been impressed with how the games line up with our learning targets.
Module One Math Assessments were sent home on Friday in the Friday folders. Make sure you are going through the folders every Friday and sign them and send them back. This is an important routine for the students. Thanks!
Learning Plan for the Upcoming Week:
Oct 29 Photo Retakes
Oct 31 Harvest Party 1:00pm-2:00pm
Students are allowed to wear costumes to school (no masks, no weapons).
Class Updates: October 16
Hello Fab 5th Grade Families!
Extraordinary Eagle is a new program that we have started here at Discovery to showcase positive individual student behavior. Student names are read every Wednesday morning and then those students are invited to eat lunch with the Principal, receive a certificate and small gift-pretty cool!
I would like to recognize Ben as an Extraordinary Eagle this week. He was focused, worked hard, showed kindness and demonstrated self-control while at Camp Colman. I appreciate him for modeling our 3 Discovery Rules at camp; being KIND, SAFE & RESPONSIBLE. Way to go, Ben. I am so proud of you!!
Camp Thanks! We had a great time at camp! Thank you our class chaperones Henry Hu, Chris Richins, Sandeep Chawla and Alan Huang for donating your gifts of time and energy for this important event. We appreciate you!
Learning Plan for the Week:
Our Morning Meetings are an important time to build community, learn strategies on how to handle conflict, make friends and get along well with others. We begin each school day with a greeting, sharing and then we discuss a class topic. This week we worked on communication strategies (body language, tone) while creating a “spider web” from yarn.
Harvest Party, 10/31
Our class will have a Harvest Party on 10/31. Students are allowed to wear costumes to school (no masks, no weapons). Our class party mom, Ritu (Saisha’s mom) will be sending out an email with more info! Party will be 2:30pm-3:30pm.
Oct 25 Spooky Spaghetti 6-8pm @ Discovery
Oct 31 Harvest Party 2:30pm-3:30pm
Nov 11 Veteran’s Day-No School
Nov 27 Writer’s Café 12:30pm-1:30pm
Nov 28-29 Thanksgiving-No School
Dec 2 Report Cards Posted
Dec 4 & 5 Conferences
Dec 23-Jan 3 Winter Break
Fall Fundraiser: The Discovery PTSA fall fundraiser is underway until October 31 and is the ONE major fundraiser we hold during the year. Without your support, our programs are at risk. From community building events and educational enrichment programs, to teacher and classroom support, every dollar you donate funds opportunities for our students. Our fundraising goal is $40,000. It’s a big goal, but we have big programs to support! It’s imperative we reach our goal, and no contribution is too small to help us get there.
In addition to supporting your school, your student has the chance to WIN prizes! Lunchtime announcements will be even more exciting for your child as we’ll be announcing prize winners every Friday of the fundraiser starting October 18! Any student can enter the prize drawing — donating does not increase the chance of winning — but we hope it encourages your generous donations.
Please visit discoveryptsa.org TODAY to learn more and to donate.
Spooky Spaghetti: Our first ever Spooky Spaghetti is on Friday, October 25; tickets are on sale now for $5 (kids under 4 are FREE!) which includes dinner. There will also be a pumpkin carving contest, games, a photo booth and more. We're also still looking for volunteers to help make this event great...signing up for a shift of as little as 30 minutes gets you a free entry ticket!
Reflections: Every child has an inner artist, and Reflections is a National PTA art recognition program that helps students celebrate their creativity. Encourage your Discovery Kindergarten through 5th Grade student to create an original work of art in response to the theme “LOOK WITHIN”. Entries are due by November 4. More information can be found here
Spirit Wear Re-Order: Due to popular demand, we are having a limited-time re-order sale on our Discovery Spirit Wear! Order by October 21st to get any last-minute items you may have missed including our NEW pom-pom hat...perfect for the chilly winter days ahead.Visit discoveryptsa.org to see your options and place your order.
Spirit Week: Let's celebrate our school spirit during Spirit Week, November 4 through 8.Fun themed days get kids excited and show their pride in their school! More information on the daily themes can be found here.
Multicultural Night: Save the date for this well-loved event: Wednesday, November 13, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. More details coming soon, including how you can participate!
Class Updates: October 1
Extraordinary Eagle is a new program that we have started here at Discovery to showcase positive individual student behavior. Student names are read every Wednesday morning and then those students are invited to eat lunch with the Principal, receive a certificate and small gift-pretty cool! Congratulations to this week’s Extraordinary Eagle, Nica!
My extraordinary Eagle this week is Nica. Kindness, trustworthiness and determination most closely describe her. Even though Nica is new to Discovery, she has already jumped right into a leadership role with our Ambassador program. She is a student that others look up to and is an important part of our classroom and community. We are proud of you, Nica!
Camp Reminders: please see attachment for the Camp Week schedule
Winn Dixie Movie: We completed our first reading novel, Because of Winn Dixie last week. If you are not familiar with this book, ask your kiddo about it. There are some great themes that allow for great class discussions! We are planning on watching the movie next Monday and Tuesday. Here is a link for the movie so you can check it out. Please let me know if you have questions.
Math Support I will be starting a Math Support group on Thursdays this year from October 17-June 4 8:15am -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.
Our Morning Meetings are an important time to build community, learn strategies on how to handle conflict, make friends and get along well with others. We begin each school day with a greeting, sharing and then we discuss a class topic. This week we have created a decision making model for our class (big stuff!) and the students have learned how to vote. Our class has earned 50 Eagle Tokens for great behavior, so they will be utilizing this strategy as they decide how to spend their Class Reward of 20 minutes.
Oct 9-11 Camp Colman
Oct 14 No School-Teacher Training Day
Oct 17 8:15-9:00am Math Support Begins
Nov 27 Writer’s Café 12:30pm-1:30pm
Class Updates: September 25
Hello and Happy Monday! 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 including the learning plan for the week.
Extraordinary Eagles is a new program that we have started here at Discovery to showcase positive individual student behavior. Student names are read every Wednesday morning and then those students are invited to eat lunch with the Principal, receive a certificate and small gift-pretty cool! This past week, Omar received our first award;
I would like to recommend Omar as an Extraordinary Eagle. Not only is he friendly and positive, but he has already shown responsibility as one of our Kindergarten Ambassadors this fall. I am so thankful to have Omar as part of our classroom and community. Way to go, Omar!
Stay tuned for next week’s Extraordinary Eagle! This class is full of them! J
Safety Week This is an important week at Discovery. The students and staff will be practicing all of our safety drills; earthquake, lockdown, shelter in place and fire drill. Students will be notified prior to the drill so we can use it as a teaching tool to best prepare them for a real event. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Camp Update: Thank you for sending in your completed camp packets. Plan on sending at least one parent to this week’s camp meeting on 9/25 6:30pm-7:30pm.
Nov 11 Veteran’s Day-No School
There are a handful of students who need more practice with place value understanding. Here is a link for some Kahn Academy video tutorials. Check it out, if needed! Also, please note I will begin math tutoring on Thursday mornings beginning mid-October. Stay tuned for more info on that. Have a great evening,
Hello Fabulous 5th Grade Families-
Happy Fall! It is great to be back to the routines of school! This class is already off to a great start and I cannot wait to tell you all about it tomorrow.
Curriculum Night is tomorrow, Wednesday, September 11 6:00pm-7:00pm.
The meeting will start in the Discovery MPR at 6:00pm with a greeting from the principal and then will finish in each student’s classroom. I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow night!
Dear Future 5th Graders,
I hope you are having a great summer getting some exercise, reading books, trying new things and spreading Discovery Kindness wherever you go. I cannot wait to meet you all in September!
See you on September 3, 10:15am-11:15am for Meet the Teacher! Please bring your school supplies.