Weekly News

Happy Holidays and Welcome to 2017

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Dear Families
I hope everyone is enjoying end-of-the-year festivities and celebrations. There’s a lot going on as soon as 2017 begins, so I thought I’d get out some information early.

 

Winterbreak Homework

Students are finishing up work we started in class and a few other things.

  • Fortunately/Unfortunately Story. Students began a final draft of a fortunately/unfortunately story in class and should finish it before returning from break. Each page needs a picture related to the sentence or sentences on the page.
  • Periodic Table Writing. Students are finishing up the final draft of the Periodic Table writing. The writing should include text features such as pictures, captions, and diagrams. A Glossary is also required.
  • Blood on the River: Students should finish reading the book. If students forgot to bring the book home, they should try to find it at the library or download it from Amazon or another source. No excuses, please. Students are also responsible for finishing the chapters 16-18 worksheet. If lost, I’ve shared it with students on Google Drive.
  • Finish Old Homework: Some students did not complete homework and classwork due before the break, such as our Blood on the River Scenes, Old World/New World Project, Chapter 11-15 worksheet, the Nutrition Worksheets, and more. These also need to get done. Finally, students need to make sure they send me their links to their Tackk projects so I can post them on the Student Work Page.

Spell-a-thon Test January 13

Your child took home the spelling words for the spell-a-thon over the break. Please remember that the fundraising part is optional (though quite helpful), but each child will do the spelling test.

Spelling Bee January 18th

Dillon Lau will be our class representative for the school spelling bee on January 18. Good luck, Dillon!

Pampanito January 19

Field Trip permission forms for this adventure will go home right away when we return. I already have one chaperone, but could use two more. The folks at the Marine Park Association haven’t confirmed certain details with me yet, but we’re looking at a price of $12 per student. Please let me know ASAP if you have any financial issues regarding this field trip. Students will need to bring a lunch for this trip. Please go to the Martime Park Association for more information on the trip.

Real Talk January 23

Our annual trip to the New Conservatory Theatre to learn about HIV/AIDS is coming up. Students watch a play that gives age appropriate information about HIV while also touching on subjects such as peer pressure and making healthy choices. You can get more information by going to the YouthAware page.

What’s Happening in Class?

Language Arts

WE are continuing to focus on informative writing and reading non-fiction. Students will be writing more informative pieces, including writing about the same topic in four different ways (chronological, compare/contrast, problem/solution, and cause/effect). 5th Graders will be writing an informative article about the school as one of their final pieces. Other than non-fiction reading, we’ll be finishing up Blood on the River and students will be writing an essay about the book.

History

Before the break we were working hard on finishing the Age of Discovery essays. I was able to meet with every student and help each person focus on ways to improve their writing. I’m not printing the final drafts until I return to work, so students still have a chance to take one final glance at their writing. Now that we’ve finished explorers, we’re going to focus on the Jamestown and Plymouth Colonies, the first two permanent British colonies in North America.

Science

Right before the break I was meeting with students to plan experiments with metals and introduce the concept of controlled experiments. I’ll finish meeting with groups when we return and we’ll do some fascinating student-designed experiments involving electricity, rust, chemical reactions, and transfer of energy. Following these experiments we’ll move on to life science and the human body.

Math

We had a whirlwind ride with fractions in December. Some students are ready to move on, while others need more time with fractions. While reviewing fractions with those who need it, we’ll return to the study of decimal multiplication and division.

Health

Students were working in groups to prepare presentations about health topics. The first week in January they’ll work on these presentations and deliver them the following week. After that we’ll do what I call “The Healthy Math Project.” More on that later. As mentioned about with the field trip, we’ll also be discussing HIV/AIDS in age appropriate ways this month.

Other News

New Promethean Board Coming

I received confirmation that the new Promethean Board had been ordered right before break. Hopefully we’ll get it installed soon.

Thank You!

Thank you so much for all the holiday gifts. I feel very appreciated. Thank you also for bringing in so many cans. I believe the 5th grade brought in the most cans this year. Good job!

Cheers!

Mr. Drum

December Newsletter

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Dear Families,

Happy Holidays!

Winter Concert

Tomorrow is our Winter Concert! Students are only doing one show, at 11:00 a.m. in the auditorium.

Spell-a-thon

This week spell-a-thon information went home. The spell-a-thon is a PTA fundraiser for the school and is wonderful, but optional, thing to do. However, all the kids will be tested on the spelling words regardless of their participation in the fundraiser.

Spelling Bee

Next Monday we will choose the class spelling champion! This student will then compete in the school spelling bee in January…and hopefully beyond!

Theatre of all Possibilities

On Wednesday December 14 students from Room 223 will put on a show with the Theatre of All Possibilities. Students will get their assignments on Monday. Minimal preparation is required. Most of the preparation is done the day of the program. Students will perform twice, once at 10:00 and again at 11:00.

Holiday Potluck

Hopefully you received information from Jenny Chu about our Holiday Potluck on December 15. Please sign up if you are able to contribute a dish or help out with serving or clean up. I look forward to seeing some family members there! In case you need it, follow this link to the Google Spreadsheet sign up.

December Birthday Celebration

Our December Birthday celebration will be on December 12. If your child has a December birthday, please consider sending a treat. Remember that we have students with nut and milk allergies.

January Field Trip to USS Pampanito

Although we will not be doing the Balclutha overnight, we will be spending some time aboard a ship. On January 19th we will visit the USS Pampanito at Hyde Street Pier. This program does have a fee, but due to our fundraising, the feel will be greatly reduced. More information will be coming soon about this program, but you can check out the Maritime Association Website now.

What’s Happening in Class?

Language Arts

Have you noticed we’ve started a class novel? Students are reading an historical fiction book called Blood on the River. This is a story about Sam, a young boy who journeys to the New World in 1607 to be a part of the founding the first permanent English Colony in North America. We are working on understanding theme, analyzing the writing style, using quotes to provide evidence for our thinking, and more!

We are also working on reading and writing informative pieces. Students have already published one piece on Tackk. I’ve started to put links to these pieces on the Student Work Page.

Science

Students are working to understand the Periodic Table, especially all the metals.  They have been busy preparing for a writing assignment on the Periodic Table while coming up with experiments we can do to discover more about metals.

History

Every student was able to get their first draft of the Explorer essay completed! Yea! This week we’re working on improving these essays. I’m very pleased with the effort of students and hope they can continue this work ethic. As we wrap up the Explorers unit students will be compiling all their work into a nice portfolio to display for you. Finally, students are working to connect food and history by studying a food from either the old world or the new world and describing its history and nutrition information.

Math

Students are working on a few concepts right now. They are working on adding fractions with unlike denominators. Students are also working on multiplying decimal numbers. Wow!

Health

All 5th grade students are studying nutrition at the moment. In my class students will be working in groups to present a topic. They are also working to get some general understanding of nutrition by reading and answering questions using links on my health page. We’ve begun collecting nutrition fact labels so that we can do some activities with them.

Class Needs

If you are able to contribute, we could use more pencils, dry erase markers, and paper towels. Thank you!

Cheers!

Mr. Drum

Mr. Drum’s Class Newsletter November 6

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Dear Families,

Happy November! It's only appropriate that I extend my thanks to some wonderful people who have been of help to our class recently. Thank you to Jenny Chu, Jayden Ma's mom, for organizing the Jello sale at the Autumn Carnival. We sold out and raised over $350 for the class. The money may be used to offset the costs of a new and special field trip we're planning in the spring. And of course, thank you to all the jell-o makers!

This past Wednesday, Gabi's family, Summer and Chuy, came in to tell the class about Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), and decorate sugar skulls with the class. Everyone had blast and we had a thoughtful discussion about remembering people who have passed. Thank you Gabi, Summer, and Chuy!

Another thanks to Dave Martin for giving up his time and energy to join us at the Nature Bridge field trip. He was a big help, and, as I'm sure you heard, the kids had a great time. Please check their Nature Bridge reflections on Google Classroom to see all the science they learned.

 

Parent Teacher Conferences

I meant to send home the Parent Teacher Conference confirmation on Friday but the pile remained on my desk. However, you can see your time by clicking the link below. I didn't receive all the forms, but I placed everyone in a spot. Please let me know if you need to change.
November Conferences
 

Birthday in the Park

We will celebrate November Birthdays on Monday November 21 at 10:30. Please let me know if you can join us.
 

What's happening in class?

 

Language Arts

We've finished up narrative writing and reading and moved on to reading and writing informational text. Students are working with history materials to begin with for their lessons on reading informational text. Some students did not do so well with narrative writing so we'll revisit it later in the year. We'll also revisit the reading of fictional texts later in the year.
 

Math

Students just finished up a unit on decimals and did a district test to demonstrate their knowledge. Students have another district test on Monday, on the computer. Our next two units are about adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals.
 

History and Social Studies

This week we'll do some election studies so that students know a little more about the process. We're also in the midst of studying Explorers. There isn't time to assess this unit, so the history grade will be based on their Native American unit. The main source of this grade is the compare and contrast essay. Since I haven't printed them yet, there's still time to double check that they are ready for grading. I also decided not to do a states and capitals test this trimester.
 

Science

Students are studying Chemical Readctions! Last week they did a series of experiments and have begun to plan a few more. They are trying to figure out how to prove that a gas is formed during one of our chemical reactions.
 

Moving clocks back to standard time

Did you remember to fall back? We don't want any students showing up an hour early tomorrow.
 

Cheers

Mr. Drum

Mr. Drum’s Class Newsletter October 11

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Dear Families,

Sandcastle Event

This Saturday is the Leap Sandcastle Event. For more information, please go to the Leap Sandcastle website.

Birthday in the Park Next Monday

On Monday, October 17, we’ll be celebrating October birthdays at Cabrillo Park. We’ll be leaving at 10:15 a.m. and I’d love to have a parent volunteer with me.

What’s Happening in Class

Language Arts

Narrative writing continues! This week we’ll spend a lot of time revising drafts. Ask your child how we’ve been turning summaries into scenes.

Math

This week we’ll be concentrating on decimal place value and word problems, while still reviewing multiplication and division.

Science

This week we’ll be finishing up our study of saturated solutions. Students will have a test on Thursday. They can study for the test by going to the Study guide page and Reaching Saturation page.

History

This week students will begin a Compare and Contrast Essay on Native Americans. This will be their main assessment for the Native American Unit. While finishing up Native Americans, we’ll begin studying European Exploration of the Americas. On the report card, students will receive ONE grade for BOTH these units combined. Please look at my First Americans page, and Explorers Page.

My Apology

A few weeks ago I had hoped to complete a mid-trimester report for all families. That was too ambitious. I’m too swamped with other responsibilities to do that right now. However, if you want to have a quick check in, please contact me. We can have a sit down or an email or phone chat. In the meantime, you can check out some of what your child is doing by monitoring their computer homework. First, you can check to see if there are overdue assignments. Next, you can look at the quality of work your child is completing on Google Classroom, and, in the case of Mathletics or Study Island, how your child is scoring on the assignments. Finally, some math tests will be coming home soon.

 

Cheers!

Mr. Drum

Newsletter September 25

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Dear Families,

 

Say Hi to our Room Parent!

Jenny Chu, Jayden Ma’s mother,  has graciously volunteered to be our room parent. I think you’ve all received a few emails from her already. She’ll be helping to send out reminders and convey important information from the PTA to everyone. Thank you!

Nature Bridge

I have almost everything I need from all participants. Thank you families! I’m missing just a few payments and some of you only sent in one of the two forms. I’ll send home missing forms this Monday, and if I haven’t received payment, I’ll contact you. If you sent in a check, I’ve deposited it in my bank so I can write the big check. If you’re worried about whether you paid or not, you can check with me or with your bank.

This week we’ll send home packing lists for the kids, or you can click on the Nature Bridge Link to see it. Students will not be bringing electronic devices, including cell phones. They are allowed to bring regular cameras, but will not be allowed to use cell phone cameras. Dave Martin is the parent chaperone from our class. Thanks to everyone who volunteered to come!

Academy of Science Field Trip

On October 4 we’ll be heading to the Academy of Science. I already have two chaperones, but could use two more, so please contact me. We’ll be learning about plants and the carbon cycle in a classroom while also getting a chance to explore the Academy.

Sandcastle

The Sandcastle Contest is coming up on October 15. We’ve had some confusion over forms because originally they did not give a deadline for when to turn them in. They also didn’t put a space for t-shirt size on the form, but I think we’ve managed to get that taken care of. If your child hasn’t turned in the form but you’d like him or her to participate, please let me know.  Finally, it is important to know that this isn’t a drop-off event. Your child MUST BE SUPERVISED by a designated adult, most likely you the parent. Teachers are dropping by to help and enjoy the moment but are in no way in charge of students on that day.  So, if your child wants to go, but you can’t, arrange for someone else to chaperone your child.

Scholastic Books

Did you know that you can order books for your children from Scholastic online? Please go to Scholastic Reading Club and you and your child can pick out some good books and pay online. No more giving money to your child’s teacher! Use the code GMDFY to connect to our class. I already have two orders, and I’m going to submit them by September 29. Thanks!

What’s Happening in Class?

Language Arts

Students are working on a personal narrative! You may see them busily typing up a draft this weekend, because the draft is due Wednesday. One of the goals with the Writer’s Workshop method is to have more than one story going at a time, so we’re going to start planning for another personal narrative this week.  We also finally received the reader’s notebooks that were ordered many moons ago. These notebooks will help keep me on track with Reader’s Workshop lessons.

A while back students were assigned to read a Newsela article of their choice, write a summary, and answer some reflection questions. About 8 students still need to finish, so check with your child about this assignment. We’ll be engaging with these summaries on Monday, and I’d like to have all children participate.  Besides practicing summarizing, I want students to practice talking about what’s happening out in the world, coming up with questions about what they are reading, and responding to others.

Math

Last week we began to work with division. As with our multiplication exploration, we’ll look at different ways to solve division problems. I have some helpful videos on my Division page. Over the weekend students should be finishing up the How Old Am I Project.  They should be able to explain to you how they figured out how old they were in HOURS on September 7, 2016.  I’m going to give students some short assessments on multiplication this week to see how they are doing.

Science

Students had their first science test last Tuesday. I’m grading them still, but should be finished soon. The tests and grading sheet will be sent home by Wednesday of this week. This week we’re going to learn about Saturated Solutions. Usually kids have a harder time with the concepts in this unit, so extra studying may be in order.

History and Social Studies

Ask your child about some of the Early American Cultures and Civilizations. They should be able to tell you something about the Anasazi, the Maya, Aztecs, Inca, and those mysterious Mound Builders.  We’ve been collecting information about these people and creating timelines.  This week we’ll also do some writing about these early cultures

We’ll also begin exploring the customs and habits of Native American Tribes before the Europeans came, and start to look at the changes that occurred once contact was made. I have some great videos about this, but unfortunately, “Spot” our whiteboard projector has died. However, we will be getting a new projector very quickly.  In the meantime, we’ll be watching shorter videos on the laptops, and I may be assigning longer videos for home viewing, if possible. If you are interested, you can and your child can start watching America Before Columbus on YouTube.

Computer

We really need all students to have headphones at school. As mentioned above, we’re going to be doing more video watching on the laptops since I can’t show the videos whole class. Without headphones, this idea won’t work. Please, please, please send headphones with your child, especially on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Thanks!

Mid-Trimester Report

I’m hoping to create a report this week to let you know how your child is doing in some of the areas we’ve studied. The report will include some of the concepts and skills we’ve practiced, such as multiplication and summarizing. Additionally, I’ll include your child’s reading level, and how your child is doing with behavior, organization, and turning in work.

Cheers!

Mr. Drum

Newsletter September 12

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Dear Families,

Here’s what’s happening in class.

Back to School Night

Thank you for coming to back to school night last Wednesday. I enjoyed meeting parents and getting a chance to explain how the class works. I apologize if I bored you or didn’t answer enough of your questions. Here are some things we discussed that are important to remember:

Homework

I mentioned at Back to School Night that I believe in homework at this school. We always have a lot going on to give each child a wide variety of experiences, but that leaves less time for practice. Homework, then, becomes the time for practice. The homework should take about an hour of solid work. Each child, however is different. Some children may take longer because they have trouble focusing, while others may rush through. Since you know your child better than I do, adjust the time accordingly.

I ask for three things. 1. Please have your child attempt all assignments that are due, rather than leaving some untouched. Unfinished work is easy to deal with in the classroom. 2. Please write a note if something unexpected comes up and your child didn’t have time for homework. I don’t want the children to tell me they didn’t have time, as I ask for solutions, not excuses. However, I do realize that sometimes special events or circumstances happen. Therefore, a parent should write a note to let me know what was going on and the plan for making up the work. 3. Please help to make sure your child brings back all his or her school work each day. When we go over work in class, it’s a waste of time for children who don’t have their materials. Thank you!

Nature Bridge Field Trip October 26-28

Forms went home last Friday for this amazing overnight field trip. As you look over the information, please contact me if you have any questions. We want every child to go, so please don’t hesitate to contact me if you are concerned about money. Normally we have many children anxious about spending the night. I’ll take the time to answer all their questions so that they have a clear idea of what to expect from the program. We try to help each child feel positive about going, but it can be a challenge for some. You can also visit the NatureBridge website to get more information about the program.

Sandcastle Contest

Yes, we are signed up for the Sandcastle contest! I chose not to send home the information as I wanted families to focus on the Nature Bridge Field Trip. Information will go home this week so that you can know what’s happening. For now, just know that the Sandcastle event is voluntary, and takes place on October 15 at Ocean Beach.

Updates

I was mistaken about our Poetry Class; it starts next week instead of this week. However, Education Outside with Ms. Ellie starts this Thursday. Dave Martin volunteered to help us out on our Birthday in the Park on September 19th, so I’ll schedule that. We are celebrating Summer, August, and September birthdays. Birthday students can bring some food to share with everyone. Since we’ll be in the park when we eat, please provide food items that are easy to serve, easy to eat, and easy to clean up.

Thanks, and please let me know if I missed anything important!

Cheers

Mr. Drum

Mr. Drum’s Class Newsletter September 5

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Happy Labor Day!

I hope everyone is enjoying the sunny days during this long weekend.

Back to School Night

Please join us this Wednesday evening from 6:00 – 7:30 for Back to School Night. I’ll spend some time letting you know what you and your child can expect this school year and I’ll be ready to answer any questions you may have. You’ll also get a chance to see the work your child has done so far this year.

What’s Happening in Class?

Language Arts

Last week students did a little bit of narrative writing and a little bit of informative writing. Students practiced summaries with a short text about John Muir and prepared for another summary based on a Newsela article. This year we’ll be using Newsela every week and students will get a chance to find an article they are interested in and work with it.

Math

Students practiced working with Order of Operations, Evaluating Expressions, and comparing Area Model and Partial Products methods of multiplication. This week we’ll show how the standard method is a short-cut for partial products and students will get a chance to solve a multiplication problem in four different ways. You can see some videos about the different methods on my math page.

Last week students started a project about their ages. They are tasked with figuring out how old they will be in HOURS on September 7. These projects should be available for you to see on Back to School Night.

Social Studies

Do you know what “E Pluribus Unum” means? Your child should! We spent a lot of time talking about the the Great Seal of the United States to a get a sense of our country’s symbols and mottos. As mentioned in the language arts section, students were working with a Newsela article this week, which also ties into the current events portion of social studies. In addition to Newsela, we will also use Scholastic News for current events. Students began reading the lastest article. The access code for Scholastic News is goodbook223.

Science

We started our first FOSS investigation. Students observed the properties of three substances, made mixtures of them with water, and figured out how to separate the substances from water. For more information visit my site about separating mixtures.

Poetry with Mr. Julien

Very soon we’ll be starting an eight week poetry unit with Mr. Julien, a teacher who has been visiting our schools for the last few years. He’s quite amazing and brings out the best in students. He’ll be coming to us on Tuesdays starting September 13.

Birthday in the Park

I’m scheduling our first Birthday in the Park for September 19 from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Since I don’t have a student teacher this year, I will need at least one other adult to accompany us. Please let me know if you are able to join us.

Cheers

Mr. Drum

Mr. Drum’s Class Newsletter August 28

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Dear Families,

We’ve had a good two weeks of school. We’ve done a variety of fun and educational activities and talked a lot about what we want to see, do, hear, and feel in our classroom.

What’s Happening in Class?

Language Arts

Students are working hard to complete their All About Me Poems. We’ve brainstormed, drafted, and revised together so far. Students will be finishing revising and editing their poems this week as a Google Classroom assignment. Please check in with your child about how he or she is doing.

We also practiced writing by doing daily reflections. As part of the weekend homework, students are picking either Math or Social Studies and creating a weekly reflection for that subject. Students should be explaining what we did rather than just listing. I encourage parents to check on this assignment as you can help your child to explain what he or she was learning and practicing in class.

As part of our readers workshop program, students are practicing stopping and jotting about what they are reading. Ask your child when readers should stop and write about soemthing they’ve read. Please remind your child to have a fiction chapter book ready for this week’s lessons.

We’ve also practiced vocabulary and grammar. Students are getting a variety of vocabulary activities and are finding some of the words for our lessons in the books they are reading. Every week we do vocabulary conversations where students construct stories together using the vocabulary we are practicing. Our grammar focused on sentences, subjects, and predicates this week, and we watched some videos about these subjects in addition to practicing together.

Math

During math we’ve done a combination of reviewing topics and introducing new ones. Students have practiced place value and rounding and are learning new topics such as exponents and algebraic expressions. This week we’ll be concentrating on different algorithms for solving multiplication problems.  My page on this unit is still being updated, but you can try it here.

Science

We’ve only done a little science so far, just to warm up and get the students thinking of the NGSS science and engineering practices. This week we’ll start with our Mixtures and Solutions unit. Our first investigation will be Separating Mixtures.

Social Studies

Students have been studying Geography and creating projects to show their learning. When you come to back to school night you’ll be seeing their beautiful Hemispheres diagrams hanging up. Students have also begun their studies of states and capitals. My History page can give them more tools for studying states and capitals. This week we’re getting into the basic principles, signs, and symbols of the United States. We’ll also be working on current events through Newsela.

So Many Other Things

We’ve started P.E., Library, and Music, with Education Outside still to come. Please know that our P.E. Days are Mondays and Wednesdays. Students will need to have the proper shoes for these days.

Computers

This year we won’t be going to the computer lab. Instead we’ll be having a few computers in the room all the time. Currently I’m having all students on the computers at the same time to get them oriented and signed in to the websites we’ll use. In the future, most of the time students will be using the computers in small groups or even individually. So far I have students connected to Google Classroom, Grammar Flip, Raz-Kids, and Newsela. Some of the students accidently joined my Newsela group as a different student! (The previous classes didn’t log out of Google, which we use to sign in to Newsela, and our students didn’t notice.) If you have time, have your child check to see if he or she is signed up for my class on Newsela. The code is: 9J5R4X

Supplies

Please make sure your child has folders for the different subjects as requested in my welcome letter.  There are too many desks overflowing with papers…. Also, thank you for all the donations of tissues, paper towels, pencils, and more. There’s one more item we need: small dry erase board erasers – not the hard kind, something more like a small towel for each student. In the past I’ve said students can bring in small socks, and that’s still a possibility.

Upcoming Events

The most important events are on the same day! 5th grade class photos and Back to School Night are both on September 7th. I hope to see you at back to school night!

Cheers!

Mr. Drum

 

End of the Year Newsletter

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Dear Families,

It’s been a pleasure getting to know you and your children this year. I hope everyone has a wonderful summer and that our students continue to grow and improve in middle school.

Field Day

Field day is tomorrow! I checked the sign up sheet and it seems we are doing well with plates and cups and some dessert, but could use more side dishes. Click here to get to the sign up sheet. It would be great if more folks could send in some food.

Time to clear out desks!

Hopefully your child has brought in a bag. We have lots of art, posters, and other materials to send home. Tuesday is now the targeted date for sending things home. We definitely want everything home before Thursday so all you have to do is take home your lovely child on promotion day.

Promotion Ceremony

Please remember that students should still arrive by 7:50 on promotion day. We have some things we need to do before the ceremony starts. We’ll actually spend some time in the auditorium, so no early seating please. Following the ceremony, you are welcome to take your child home. If your child needs to stay, however, the 5th grade teachers will be present to supervise them.

Take care and have a happy summer!

Sincerely,

Mr. Michael Drum
Your Child’s Fifth Grade Teacher

Mr. Drum’s Class Newsletter May 15

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Dear Families

End of the Year Activities

Promotion and Preparing for Promotion:  Promotion practices will begin at 8:00 a.m. this Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Please make sure your students arrive on time. Please also let me know if your child will not be present for the promotion ceremony and when his or last day will be.

Please Bring in Bags by Monday May 23. Students will begin packing up and taking home items. All items should be taken home by Wednesday, May 25.

 

Birthday in the Park Wednesday May 18: We’ll do our final birthday in the park from 10:15 -11:30 this Wednesday.

AT&T Field Trip Joe Vernieri and Steve Estes will be chaperoning the students during the tour. I’m not sure if we still need help with the food at the park. Joe will let us know….

Field Day: Field Day is on Monday, May 23. Everyone is welcome to join us, either to help out, or just hang out. Hopefully we’ll have good weather!

Little Kids Rock: Most of my LKR students forgot to take home the flyer… the performance is May 18, at 1:00 p.m. in the auditorium.

Next Week

This coming week we’ll finish our science preparation for the final topics. This weekend you can ask your child to tell you about Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration. Students will get a chance to present one of the three science activities we did for science week. If they haven’t told you, ask them about the science experiments we conducted over the last last weeks. Here are some helpful links for science:

Vascular Plants

Living Systems Study Guides

In language arts we’ll be celebrating the publishing of our Persuasive Essays. I’d also like to have students collect their writing from the year and add it to their digital portfolios. We’ll include some of the Kidblog writing in this portfolio as well. Finally, students will be writing a letter to themselves, which I will mail to them in the fall.  In order to do this, please make sure your child knows his or her mailing address.

Our history studies will end with the formation of the constitution. Friday we had a few students perform plays showing how the congressional delegates debated certain topics. Ask them about the debate over the Presidency, and the 3/5 compromise. We’ll do a little more work on this topic on Monday and the test will be on Tuesday. Students can get more information on my Constitution Page

I’ll review a few math topics with the students this week before testing them. You can see the list of topics below. Students can use Mathletics or Study Island to help prepare for these topics. I’ve assigned some topics on both sites to help students prepare.

Final Testing

This coming week will be the last time to collect data about what students know. The Vascular Plants and Constitution tests will be the normal, longish tests I usually gives. The math and science tests at the end of the week will be short and simple. The States and Capitals test will be the same as last time.

Monday: Vascular Plants
Tuesday: The Constitution
Wednesday: Math: Interpret Numerical Expressions, Conversions among Units, Line Plots
Thursday: Sugar and Cells and Controlled Experiments
Friday: Math: Interpret Multiplication as Scaling, States and Capitals.

Summer is almost here…

but learning does not have to end. For those of you want your child to keep up with practicing skills over the summer, I have some good news. All of the sites we use will be available for most of the summer. Students can practice reading and comprehension on Raz-Kids, language arts topics on Study Island, and math on Mathletics and Study Island. However, I will not respond to any requests for usernames and passwords from students over the summer. Please make sure your child knows all of his or her usernames and passwords before the end of the school year.

Cheers!

Mr. Drum

 

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