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Guiding Principles Spirit Week!

Mark your calendars… the week of October 9th-13th we will be having a Guiding Principles Spirit Week! We want to bring more attention to our 5 Guiding Principles and what better way to do it?  Monday: Get your thinking caps on… it’s Hat Day! Tuesday: Revel in academic responsibility… wear your favorite college gear! Wednesday: Exercise your honesty. Wear exercise […]

Earth, Sun, and Moon Notes

I’m re-posting these notes from the homework page in case I have any kids who need to make up the quiz from Friday or for review. Here are the concepts you need to understand for the quiz, along with videos to review: The Earth’s rotation on its axis causes day and night.  When the Earth […]

CONFERENCES – HOW TO GET INTO THE BUILDING AFTER HOURS!

We are all looking forward to meeting with you!  Please note that the front office doors WILL BE LOCKED AFTER 3:45!  For those of you who have later times, we have arranged to have DOOR #20 open for you!  This is the north side door that leads into our hallway from the BUS parking lot. […]

Social Studies & Science Update

We are culminating our U.S. Regions Unit this week with a project.  The kids are really engaged in a variety of activities to showcase their knowledge of a chosen region.  Some students are creating a collaborative Google slides project, some are creating amusement parks with characteristics of a U.S. region, some are creating news shows, […]

Carmel Symphony Orchestra Field Trip

We have an exciting field trip to the Carmel Symphony Orchestra on November 15th at the Carmel Palladium.  This field trip will be absolutely free!  It’s an amazing experience for the children to go to the Palladium.  It’s so fancy!  Also the conductor is skilled at making this a very kid-friendly experience.  They will learn […]

Word Study Information and Practice Ideas

We have just begun Words Their Way, which is our “Word Study” program in 5th grade.  Students are grouped based on the initial placement test that we took at the start of the school year.  The Words Their Way program teaches students the spelling patterns and roots that will help them with their spelling and […]

Preparing for math tests

There are several ways to prepare for a math test.  To begin, students have a study guide for the tests.  The study guide should be in each student’s accordion file.  We often take notes over the lessons.  These should also be in accordion files.  The instruction book is also helpful.  As we go over the […]

Our Daily Schedule Has Changed!

We have made a few adjustments in our schedule for the school year, so this is slightly different than what we gave you at Parent Night.  Please see the new schedule below. 7:57 – 8:05 Homeroom 8:05 – 9:30 Period 1 – Instruction (85 minutes) 9:35 – 11:00 Period 2 – Instruction (85 minutes) 11:05 – […]

Book Bonanza Begins September 5th!

Students (FYI for Parents),           Your 5th grade teachers are so excited to offer a fun, competitive reading competition!  We are calling this competition the 5th Grade Book Bonanza.  This contest is going to last from September 5th when we return from Labor Day weekend and last until the end of the trimester on November […]

Social Studies & Science Update from Mrs. Phillips

We have been learning about U.S. Regions in social studies and took a few days to learn about the solar eclipse.  Some concepts your child should have learned about solar eclipses are what happens during a solar eclipse, how to view a solar eclipse safely, and the kinds of solar eclipses – total, partial, and […]