Here we are, already into the month of February. Lots has been happening in 5L lately!
As you know, Miss Nguyen is now back with the class each day for the remainder of the school year. We are all thrilled to have her back!
The 3rd marking period is in full swing now! Just a few reminders:
*Report cards went home on Friday, 2/1. Please be sure to sign the envelope and return, along with the comments sheet, at your earliest convenience. The actual report cars is for you to keep. As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have at any time!
*Just a reminder that when I student earns below a 70% on an assignment, they are required to make corrections to the assignment and get the assignment signed by a parent/guardian, to earn half credit back for that particular assignment. I will not be chasing students down to do this but gently reminding them to remember to do so. I am hoping to pull back a bit more as to prepare them and help them establish better habits for 6th grade and their middle school future. Students that are just unhappy with a grade in my class may also do corrections to improve his/her grade on an assignment, as well. This policy has been set in place since the beginning of the school year and has been repeated to the students many times. This is just a reminder as we have crossed over the halfway point of the school year! Yikes!!!
What’s happening in 5L:
We are currently working on the Government unit in social studies with Mrs. Loreto, but will be switching to science with Mr. Birch around halfway through the 3rd marking period. We will be communicating when that will be as the time gets closer!
Spelling continues to be weekly. We are sending new lists and packets home each Friday for the following week. We test our lists on Fridays (unless otherwise noted). The lists are becoming much more challenging and students may need to take a look at the way they’ve been preparing for the weekly tests, as this may not be sufficient anymore. Students did bring home the spelling tests from lesson 17, today. The grades were not as stellar as they’ve been, but hoping this was a good wake-up call for some that it may be time to spend just a bit more time reviewing each week.
In ELA, we are finishing up with our focus skill of inferences. Students are having some fun with this skill. We will soon move onto focusing on the main idea and details in stories and our writing, and then we will take a look at the author’s purpose and perspective. A fun, and sometimes challenging skill to explore!
Finally, in math, we are wrapping up with chapter 8 and the beginning of fractions. We will spend the majority of the 3rd marking period working more with fractions- adding, subtracting like and unlike fractions, multiplying and dividing them, more comparing and simplifying, as well as changing them over to decimals.
Mark your calendars:
Friday, 2/8– “Freaky Friday” to help promote the upcoming high school musical. (Students dress as teachers/ teachers as students)
Monday, 2/11– PTO Meeting @ 6:30 in the CM Library
Friday, 2/15– School is NOW IN SESSION! (weather make-up day)
Friday, 2/15– Scholastic Book Club Orders due!
Monday, 2/18– President’s Day *NO SCHOOL!*
Friday, 2/22– PMSD “Kids at Work Day” (more info to come from school soon!)
Tuesday, 2/26– Spring Picture Day (more info to come)
Friday, 3/1– 1:30 Dismissal!
Wednesday, 3/6– CM Science Expo 3-4:30 in CM Gym!
Friday, 3/8– PTO CM Movie Night!
Valentine’s Day Update...
We will recognize Valentine’s Day with a little treat next Thursday. We will send home a class list with students tomorrow (along with book order forms) for any student that would like to bring in a valentine for each student in the class. This is COMPLETELY OPTIONAL! Please be sure that if your child is bringing in a valentine for students in the class, there should be one for every student in the class. Lists will come home tomorrow if you are interested.