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9/11 Memorial


On Monday in social studies, we discussed the tragic events of September 11, 2001.  It was a moving, somewhat emotional discussion with many students sharing connections they had to the event.  My goal in this lesson was to explain an important event in history, identify what we can learn, and gain appreciation and respect for the victims, survivors, and people who helped and protected us then, and continue to do so now.   As we learn about our nation’s history this year, we will inevitably come upon things that are not proud moments, for example, slavery and the destruction of the Native American population; however, we can’t ignore what is not pretty in the past.  What I strive to do is focus on the positive and the growth we have made as a nation.  We may not be perfect, but I want students to understand the great privilege of being an American and the freedoms we have.  I want them to take pride in their country and honor people who serve and protect us, while striving to always improve and address issues of injustice and inequality.  My heart is full of love for all who serve our country in the military, police and fire departments, or other ways.  Thank you to any of our families this applies to!   The students were very fascinated with a virtual tour of the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York, and I told them I would post the address on the blog.  I had downloaded a guide that discussed some of the artifacts and how to tour with children.  We also watched a video clip of fellow WIS 5th grader teacher Mrs. Robison’s class being visited by her students from the year of 2001.  I’m posting both links below.  Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope this may spark meaningful dinner time conversations at home.  Bless you all!

Westfield teacher turns to 2001 students to teach current students about 9/11


Scholastic Book Orders!


Class Code – P8846

February Order Deadline:  Sunday, February 5th!

Dear Families,

I will be sending home book order catalogs with your student soon! Please take a few moments to explore the selection together and let your child help choose books he or she is excited to read.


Please note that I ONLY take online orders.  You can access the books at, where you’ll find a wide selection of quality children’s books, beyond what is shown in the catalogs!  If you do not have internet access or you absolutely do not want to order this way, please contact me and we will make other arrangements!  🙂 


Remember, you help our class earn FREE Books and supplies with every order. Thank you for supporting your child’s reading both at home and in the classroom!

Mrs. Tice

PS: Please let me know if your order includes a gift for your child, and I will contact you when it arrives!


First Time Ordering Online?

  • Go to
  • Enter our one-time Class Activation Code:  P8846
  • Shop and submit your child’s book order.
  • Your books will be delivered directly to the classroom. 

Grammar Resources!

Below you will find some great resources to help your child with their Grammar Skills!  There are multitudes of great Apps out there as well.  Feel free to explore and download!  
Grammar Ninja (this is a GREAT game!)
Nouns and Verbs game
Action and Linking Verbs game
Linking Verbs Game
Adjectives Game
Review worksheets:

Adverb Games:


Adverb Jingle:  Please have your child memorize this jingle!   Adverb Jingle:  An adverb modifies a verb, adjective, or another adverb.  An adverb asks How? When? Where?  To find an adverb: GO, ASK, GET.  Where do I go?  To a verb, adjective, or another adverb.  What do I ask?  How? When? Where? What do I get?  An ADVERB! (Clap) That’s what! 

Conjunction Junction Song by Schoolhouse Rock:

Correlative Conjunction Practice:

Conjunction Extra Practice


Preposition Jingle:

Parent Night Presentation


Thank you to all the parents who attended Parent Night!  We had an awesome turn out and it was wonderful putting so many faces with names.  If you had to miss it, you will find a copy of our presentation attached below.  Please take time to read through it thoroughly so you are aware of our procedures and expectations.  

2016 Parent Night Hand Out Extravaganza (1)

Meet the Teacher Night


We hope you are all able to make it to Meet the Teacher Night tonight.  You will begin in your child’s homeroom and rotate after to meet each of the triad teachers.  Meet the Teacher Night is from 5:30-6:15 for 5th grade.  You will be welcome to tour the building and meet related arts teachers from 6:15 to 7:00, and if you have 6th graders, you will meet those teachers from 7:00-7:45.  Looking forward to meeting you!

Mrs. Phillips’ Homeroom Parent/Teacher Conferences



If you are in Mrs. Phillips’ Homeroom, please sign up for a Parent-Teacher Conference!

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on
3. Sign up! Choose your spots – will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Mrs. Tice’s Parent – Teacher Conference Sign-Ups


If your child is in Mrs. Tice’s HOMEROOM, please follow the steps listed to sign up for Parent-Teacher conferences.  I’m using to organize our Parent-Teacher Conference Sign-ups!  Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUp on
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on

Note: does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Happy Weekend!


We’ve had a great first full week of school.  In addition to our regular academic subjects, students have been learning about character skills.  One important character skill is being prepared.  Students have been taught procedures to help them succeed in school and they have tools such as their assignment notebooks and accordion files to help them stay organized.  Students need to bring home both of these items each night to be able to complete homework assignments.  Student have also been instructed to always look at the supply list outside of each classroom to get what they need for class.  We have given a lot of grace the first two weeks, but starting Monday, we will be holding the students accountable and they will have the consequences of negative token punches for not being prepared.  If your child gets a token punch for not being prepared, please encourage them to work on this skill and understand that it should get better as they build a routine.

Please mark your calendar for this Wednesday, August 24th from 5:30-6:15 to come and meet us and learn more about our classroom policies and procedures.  We want to work with you to help your child have an incredible 5th grade experience!  Enjoy your weekend!



We are Mrs. Phillips, Mr. Haywood, and Mrs. Tice and we are so glad to have you in our triad!  Please explore the “All About Your Teachers” page to learn about us.  We are looking forward to a great school year with you!

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