The Halloween Parade is back! Please join us for your 5th grader's last Edna Halloween parade this Wednesday, October 31st at 8:50am. Starting at 8:50, the 5th graders will lead the parade from the Kindergarten building around Alto Field. We will end with a special surprise treat this year, so be sure to stay as long as you can!
Students should arrive at school in costume with a change of clothes for the rest of the day. If students choose to stay in their costumes for the day, that's fine with me (although I will ask them to take of masks or distracting costume elements). However, we do have PE on Wednesday and students may wish to have their regular school clothes for the rest of the day. Having options is always good!
Trick or Treat for UNICEF
This year, I offered the opportunity to trick or treat for UNICEF to the students because it's something that I remember doing as a child and that I feel is a wonderful opportunity to do something positive for others. After watching this informational video, the Frazier Squad chose to participate and raise money to support children around the world who need medicine, water, food, and educational materials. On Wednesday, they will come home with a Trick or Treat for UNICEF box that they will take with them on their night of trick or treating. After they get their candy from a house, they can ask if the person at the door would like to donate to UNICEF. Students will come home on Wednesday with an understanding of what the money can provide and how to talk to someone if they ask, "Where will my donation go and who will it benefit?" Students have also asked if they can donate some of their own money. Of course! I also plan to donate some of my own money to our cause.
Any donations made should be cash or coin and can go directly into their UNICEF box. At school on Thursday, we will count the money and send it along to UNICEF.
I am so proud of the students for stepping up to do this. I can't wait to see how much money we raise as a class! If you have any questions about this cause, please visit UNICEF's website. You can also write to me with questions.
Homework This Week
This is an exciting week in 5th grade! We will be starting the first of two rounds of book clubs this week. On Monday, students will meet in their book clubs and make a plan for reading an entire book in 3 weeks. They will set the reading deadlines as a group, dividing the book into reasonable chunks to read each night. In class, we will be sure to discuss this week and how Halloween poses a unique challenge. Groups will either choose to read a little bit more on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday so that they don't have to read on Wednesday, read all 4 days or find some other creative solution. As long as they complete their assignments for their book club discussions each day and reach an agreement as a group, any option is fine.
Completing their daily reading assignment should be your child's focus for homework this week. Please do what you can to support your child with this assignment by helping them find a time and place to complete their reading each day and checking in to see how it's going. Please let me know if you find that your student is having trouble completing the assignments on schedule.
Because of Halloween on Wednesday, there will be NO writing about reading assigned for homework. We will complete this assignment in class instead.
On Friday, we will have a quiz on this week's root word: bio, which means or is related to life. Students are encouraged to make flashcards and quiz themselves on the definitions of these words in preparation for the quiz. Please help your child by offering to quiz them on the words or making a fun study game!
As always, math home links are optional but encouraged. They provide fantastic practice and help students check if they are grasping what is taught in class. If your child chooses to do home links this week, please make sure their reading assignments and studying for the root word quiz are done first!