I must start off by wishing everyone a very happy, healthy new year! Welcome 2020! Wow, how did this happen? I can’t believe we are wrapping up marking period 2 this week. I aplogize for not getting a post out here for the holiday break- I had every intention of sending holiday break wishes out before leaving school… and then life happened. Thank you all for understanding and for all the kind, thoughtful holiday wishes you sent my way. I am one lucky teacher to have such amazing families to work with this year! And welcome to our two new families- we are so excited to have you join the 5L team!
This week, we are heading into our first full week of school in 2020! We can do this! We have lots of mid-year assessments (CDT and Dibels testing) happening and the end of marking period 2 is Friday. Report cards will come home at then end of January. We will continue with our weekly spelling units. Don’t forget to get all 4 of your current events in by Friday, 1/10! Book clubs are rolling and students are LOVING our new books- we will focus on our text structures of sequence and cause/effect. Social studies has finished for the marking period and students continue to study animal adaptations in science.
Envirothon testing will happen Monday of this week! To make it fair for all students, testing will occur for all students on the same day.
5th grade Math Bowl team has been selected for 2020! Congratulations to our very own Bryn S. and Adam H. from 5L for representing CM for 5th grade!!! We are so proud of you!
Sub Sale papers were supposed to come home on Friday but I was unable to make it to my mailbox before the end of the school day to pick up the papers. They will be coming home tomorrow. Be on the lookout! They are due back Friday, 1/10.
Mark your calendars:
Monday, 1/6- PTO meeting at 6:30 in CM Library
Friday, 1/10- End of Marking Period 2 & PTO sub orders are due!
Monday, 1/13- No School (Teacher In-Service)
Monday, 1/20- No School (MLK Jr. Day)
Wednesday, 1/22- PTO sub order pick up in cafeteria from 5-7.
Friday, 1/24- Early Dismissal & Report cards come home!
Where is the year going? Wow, I can’t believe we are already moving through November. Our year together is moving quickly!
This week is a bit crazy with our schedule. Just a reminder that conferences will be held this week on Wednesday and Thursday for students in 5L. I’m looking forward to meeting with you all. I want to thank you all in advance for your time to meet. Please double check your time for conferences and contact me with any questions or concerns. I will do my absolute best to stick to the 15 minute time slot, as I respect your time is precious and some of you may need to then move to another conference from my room. I will see you all soon.
This week, CM is also hosting the Scholastic Book Fair. 5L will visit the book fair tomorrow, Tuesday during our Library Instruction time. We will be there from 10:35-11:20. If you’d prefer to not send in cash with your child, there is another way. You may use ewallet. To learn more, click the link below.
As we move fully into the 2nd marking period, you may hear your child discuss more about TDA writing. This is the marking period I will focus mainly on diving into TDA writing, breaking down a prompt, gathering supports, and organizing the final TDA. We will also be moving into our book clubs very soon. I’m looking forward to diving into some great books with the class this year.
We will continue with the spelling lists, as well as have the super speller option available. Again, some spelling packets will span 2 weeks, if the week is short or as we wind down the marking period. Most of the packets will remain a 1-week packet.
We are wrapping up the division chapter, in math. We will soon be moving into working with fractions. The next marking period will be filled with lots of fraction work. Here we go!
Social studies will begin again next week. We will begin exploring the Revolutionary War. Science will be put on hold for a few more weeks for marking period 2.
Welcome to October, 5L families! I can’t believe we are at the mid point in marking period 1! Last week was a busy one but ended with an amazing event on a gorgeous day to raise money for our students and school through Race for Education. Thank you so much for all the generous donations. CM PTO has done an amazing job with this fundraiser! We are very lucky to have such a excellent group of parents to work with! The final dates for donations will be 10/18. Please be sure to share the date with possible donors. See the candid photos below from the event.
Box Tops are due tomorrow, 10/7! Please send in any box tops you may have laying around the house. Every little bit counts!
On Friday, conference requestforms were sent home with each student. Please be sure to return those to school at your earliest convenience. It is extremely important and helpful in the planning of upcoming parent-teacher conferences, the first week of November.
We will begin switching for content with Mr. Birch’s class this week. Students will begin the science unit for the first marking period, as we have wrapped up the social studies unit on the 13 colonies. Final tests will be coming home in Monday folders!
Reading calendars for October will also be coming home on Monday! I apologize for the delay. Feel free to sign for days from last week, as well. I will also be sending home October Scholastic Book Club order forms. Please feel free to also go online and place an order. It is not too early for holiday shopping at a great price! (If you plan to do some holiday shopping, please let me know and I will set your order aside when handing out the orders. We can arrange pickup. )
Last week, we finally began our EI block with the new program, Word Generations. We are excited to pilot this program this year. It is our hope to build on the academic language in each student through reading, writing, and speaking. On Friday, last week, lesson 6 spelling packet was handed out. It is a 2-week packet and will not be tested or due back completed until 10/18.
Mark your calendars…
Monday, 10/7- PPL Electric Presentations for 5th grade
Friday, 10/11- District-wide PINK OUT!
Monday, 10/14- No school- Columbus Day!
Wednesday, 10/16- Scholastic book orders due!
Monday, 10/21- PTO Meeting in CM Library @ 6:30
Thursday, 10/24- End of Marking Period 1
Friday, 10/25- 1:30 Early Dismissal
Friday, 11/1- Teacher In-service day, No school for students!
Wed., Thurs., Fri., 11/6-11/8- 1:30 Early Dismissal (Parent-Teacher Conferences)
A reminder went home today with students, reminding families about the Race For Education, coming up this Friday, 10/4. I can’t believe it is almost here! Donations are still coming in but as of today, CM has raised over $12,000. We are well on our way to our goal of $15,000. There is still time!
If you were planning to attend the event on Friday, families are welcome to come and cheer on your children! 5th grade will be jogging/walking from 1:00-2:00. Please see the paper that came home today for the schedule of all classes and times.
If you will be attending this event, PTO will have a table with parent volunteers, to sign you into the event and hand out visitor badges. You DO NOT need to enter the building to sign in. Any questions, please feel free to reach out to myself or the CM office.
Students, don’t forget to dress appropriately on Friday. Sneakers are a must!!!
I hope you all enjoyed the last official weekend of summer! What a gorgeous one it was. Lots of sunshine and time to unwind a bit.
Some important information went home on Friday regarding new Race for Education incentives and PSSA scores. Please be sure to check your child’s folder before school on Monday.
I decided to introduce the super speller packet for lesson 4 in spelling. If a student were to get 3 or fewer incorrect on his/her spelling pretest on Friday, he/she had the opportunity to try the super speller packet for this upcoming week (lesson 4). Be sure to ask your child how he/she did on their pretest. Packets will all be due on Friday, 9/27. We will take both super speller and regular speller tests on Friday as well!
We have a busy week ahead in 5L!
Some REMINDERS for the week…
Tuesday, 9/24- CM Picture Day! We will be getting our pictures after recess on Tuesday. I will do my best to be sure everyone looks their best and fresh before we head to the picture booth. Please remember to complete the order slip or go online to complete your picture order. If it is completed online, your child will not need a slip/envelope to return.
Tuesday, 9/24– Cycle day C is Library Instruction WITH book exchange! Please remember your books to change out.
Thursday, 9/26– We will be participating in an apple activity with our buddies in 1st grade.
Friday, 9/27- 1:30 Early Dismissal for students!
Monday, 9/30– Reading calendars will be due. If you have been participating in your daily reading. Please have your calendar initialed and ready to turn in on Monday.
Friday, 10/4– Race For Education at CM! We will be running/jogging/walking from 1:00-2:00.
Monday, 10/7– Box Tops are being collected! Keep collecting those Box Tops and be ready to bring them in if you haven’t already!
Friday, 10/11– District-wide Pink Out Day!
Monday, 10/14– No School (Columbus Day)
Monday, 10/21– PTO meeting in the library at 6:30 PM.
Thank you all for your patience. Sapphire is currently updated with all the up-to-date grades for all assignments taken in Mrs. Loreto’s class. I anticipate all grades will be loaded for other 5th grade teachers, as well, by the end of the week. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Sapphire is an excellent tool to help families to stay informed and students to take responsibility for progress throughout each marking period.
If you have not yet set up a Sapphire account for your child, please contact Mrs. Smith or click here.
We appreciate your patience and support as we continue to settle in and work through all the hurdles the beginning of the school year sometimes presents.
We are in full-swing now with September off to a great start and our first full week off to a strong start, as well.
Today, students worked on the ELA CDT tests. CDT stands for classroom diagnostic tests. These tests are extremely helpful to teachers and administration to use throughout the year to help better understand the concepts students have mastered and where they have areas that need more focus and work. Students will take the Math CDT tests next Monday to wrap up the beginning of the year testing.
We have completed our first spelling lesson and are currently working with lesson 2. The test will be Friday, 9/13. We have started our 13 colonies unit in social studies, as well. I have included a link for students to use to study for the upcoming 13 colonies map quiz (this Thursday) on our Google Classroom for Social Studies. Have fun!
Fifth grade is also working to complete chapter 1 in math, this week. We will begin testing place value on Wednesday with a review day Tuesday.
We will embark on our second story in ELA this week. We will assess the robust vocabulary for lesson 1, on Tuesday. We have our planners to help us stay organized and are working hard in all areas this year.
Scholastic book orders are due Wednesday, 9/11.
Race For Education will take place on October 4th at CM. Have you sent out your letters, yet?
Students will be checking mailboxes at school every Monday (at least). Please do your best to empty out the red folders each week to help each student stay on top of work on keep organized.
Mark your calendars:
Wednesday, September 11th- Scholastic Book Orders due!!!
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you all for coming out to CM tonight for our annual Meet the Teacher Night. We had a great turnout. It was so nice to meet all the new families. I appreciate all your support and encouragement this year. It is so refreshing to know these kiddos are going home to such an amazing support system! I appreciate you!
We’ve made it through our first 3 days of school! It has been a whirlwind but we have had a great start. I’m really enjoying getting to know your child. I hope your children are feeling excited and positive about what is yet to come in 5th grade!
We packed a good bit into the first 3 days of school. We got to know each other a little better with some getting to know you activities and ice breakers, we jumped into writing with All About Me poems, learned the rules and procedures of the classroom, had a presentation from Mr. Malek and Mrs. Transue on expected behaviors at CM, we started our first day of math on Friday, we completed our beginning of the year Dibels testing with the AST team, and finally… we distributed our new LAPTOPS! Students were so very excited to receive the new Chromebooks!
As you many of you already know, if the permission form was signed and returned giving students permission to take them home, they were permitted to do so this weekend. If you decided against giving your child permission to bring the laptops home, that is completely fine. A form was sent home on Friday that needs to be filled out and signed, just acknowledging this. The school will keep this on file, also. Thank you so much for your support and patience with this.
Math & Content
We began math this week in 5th grade. Students may be staying in Mrs. Loreto’s class or may be switching classes to Mr. Birch for math. Please be sure to ask your child about math so far. Please feel free to contact either of us at any time with any questions of concerns you may have throughout the year.
Mrs. Loreto will teach social studies and Mr. Birch will teach science to both classes this year. We will divide each marking period in half and switch midway through for the other content area. Mrs. Loreto’s class will always begin the first have of each marking period with social studies and then will switch to Mr. Birch for the second half of the marking period for science.
We also began our first spelling lesson on Friday. We will follow a weekly schedule for spelling this year. Lesson 1 pretest was given Friday and spelling packets were given out. Typically, packets are given on Friday and are due the following Friday. This lesson (lesson 1) will be a 2 week packet and will not be due until Friday, September 6th. We will also test lesson 1 on Friday, September 6th.
Each week (unless otherwise noted), spelling packets will be due and tests will be given on Friday. We will then begin the next lesson and packet. I feel this is a great way to help students practice some time management and prioritizing. If a student were to earn a perfect score on a pretest, he/she will simply bring the pretest home to be signed (and to share) and then bring it back to school. They will then be opted out of the weekly test but will still be required to complete the practice packet for the week. Also, if a student were to complete a spelling packet early, they are able to hand the packet in at any time throughout the week, prior to Friday. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns about this.
Planners and such…
Planners are on the way! We are all trying to wait very patiently. Students will be receiving a planner for the year as soon as they are delivered to Central Manor. They, along with the math books, were held up along the line somewhere and will be arriving shortly. I know these are extremely helpful to many students (and teachers). We will be getting them again this year, just a little later than usual. As we were leaving on Friday, math books were arriving. Students will have them on their desks Monday morning! Thank you so much for your patience with this.
In my welcome letter sent to students at the end of July, students were asked to bring in pictures, clippings, or drawings to represent them. Please feel free to continue to send in those items representing your child, if you are able, by Monday, 8/26. We will be working with this project on Monday and Tuesday of this week.
School is right around the corner. It’s not too early to start getting ready. You and your family may be eligible under a federal program for Child Nutrition: https://www.fns.usda.gov/cnp/fr-032019
Research has shown that good nutrition has a positive impact on a child’s ability to focus and learn. It is important that we provide a nurturing environment for each child, so that individual success as a student can be maximized. We would encourage you to review the links below and submit an application. Even kindergarten students can qualify for meals; which is certainly helpful if you plan to send them to breakfast or for the days when they have a chance to eat lunch at school with the older students. Please contact Brian Malek for more details. All information is confidential. Many families are unaware that they qualify for this meal assistance program.