Class News and Notes
- Please review my e-mail from last Friday, "Updates and Action Items," and respond to me ASAP about graduation diploma name preferences. Thanks!
Kiddo! 5th Grade Music Performance
- Thursday, May 9th 2:00pm - 3:00pm in the MPR
- Please return all of the field trip forms ASAP so we can begin to plan carpools and chaperones. Thanks!
- Last week was our first week of CAASPP testing. Testing will continue this week with Mathematics.
- A HUGE thank you to the families that have sent in snacks for testing. If you're interested in sending in some fun snacks for testing days, please feel free to sign up here.
- During our testing weeks, please make every effort to get your child to school on time, well-fed and well-rested. In addition, please try to avoid any appointments during the school day during testing time. Of course, I realize that it's not always possible to schedule appointments after the school day. Any effort in this area is appreciated. If they are sick, please keep your child home. It's best if they return to school healthy and ready for testing.
Mustang Maker Night
- Get ready for our 2nd annual Mustang Maker Night on Wed 5/15 from 5-8pm, an evening packed with hands-on tinkering, robotics, crafts, and all kinds of fun experiments. Local businesses that specialize in providing children with maker activities are enthusiastic to return, and we have amazing parent-led booths planned for all ages. Food trucks will be on site for easy dinner!
- Interested in getting involved with this fun night? Please see The Edna Weekly this week to sign up to help!
"What Memorial Day Means to Me" essay contest
- Please see the flyer in this week's Wednesday folder if your child would like to participate in Mill Valley's annual Memorial Day essay contest.
Puberty and Health Education Parent Info Night
- Wednesday, May 22nd, 5:30-7:00pm
- All library books checked out to students will be due on Monday, June 3rd.
Other Important Dates
- Please refer to the "Upcoming 5th Grade Events" document that was recently e-mailed home. Another copy is attached to this post as well.
- Our current reading and social studies units are interwoven, with both revolving around our study of The American Revolution. From dramatic battles to the creation of revolutionary documents, students will learn about the causes, course, and consequences of the American Revolution. They will understand meanings around famous quotes such as, "No taxation without representation!" and “The regulars are coming!” By the end of the unit, they will know the key individuals and events before and during the American Revolution.
- In addition to learning about key figures and events of the Revolution, students will participate in extensive perspective taking - examining the war through the eyes of men, women, children from different backgrounds. They will compare and contrast competing historical perspectives on topics such as independence, women’s rights, slavery, etc. They will also engage in in-depth explorations to answer global questions such as “Whose stories are told and whose stories are left out?” and “How does a person’s perspective influence her or his opinion and actions?”
- Our current writing unit of study is persuasive writing. In this unit, students are learning how to write a clear piece of persuasive writing that includes an introduction that states an opinion or position, reasons that are logically ordered, facts and details that support reasons, linking words and phrases, and a strong concluding statement. Write about reading throughout this time will focus on looking at pieces of persuasive and opinion writing, reflecting on arguments, and creating strong opinion paragraphs.
- Following our persuasive letter writing exploration, students will participate in a persuasive speech writing unit. Stay tuned!
- In our next unit of study, "Investigations in Measurement; Decimal Multiplication and Division," we will explore line plots, volume, and multiplication and division of decimals.
- Our class is currently in our final science rotation, Earth Science, with Mr. Spaht.