We have had a busy week, but we finished January strong! Students are really digging in to their Passion Time projects…make sure to ask them about the topic they chose to explore! This Thursday was Custodian’s Day and we celebrated all of the hard work they do for us by creating cards and posters. Please be sure to read the reminders section, there are several important dates coming up.
February is just around the corner and Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it! Just another reminder as you prepare, if your student wishes to bring valentines to school on February 13th, he/she must bring enough for all 22 students in the class. I will be sending home a class name list in backpack mail this week for you to use as you make valentines. Another reminder about a new school-wide policy, NO EDIBLE VALENTINES WILL BE ALLOWED. If students wish to accompany their valentine with a small gift, it must be something non-edible (stickers, pencils, etc.).
Last week, we began The Liberation of Gabriel King by K.L. Going. The students have enjoyed learning about our characters as they navigate an interracial friendship during out country’s bicentennial year. Our focus has been on responding to literature using evidence from the text. We have also been identifying the author’s use of figurative language using our class Padlet. Our Math class has finished up our Hands-On Algebra unit and will take a quiz on Monday before moving on to analyzing and displaying data.
Unit 6 in Everyday Mathematics focuses on gathering, analyzing, and displaying data accurately. In our Writing and Reading Gabriel King unit, the students will continue to interact with figurative language while practicing fluency. Students will also be researching historical figures mentioned in the book to give themselves a more complete picture of the historical context of the novel. In Science, we will finish up learning about pollution, and then assess the Watery Earth Unit. This will be a two-day assessment with a paper component on Thursday and an electronic component on Friday. The review will be Tuesday, so students should be completing study guides this weekend!
-Mark your calendars! Officer Veenstra will be presenting on Internet Safety on Thursday, February 10th at 7:15 PM. With most 5th grade students having access to electronic devices, I think this presentation will be very valuable to parents interested in learning more about what their students may have access to or encounter in their daily lives.
-Please take 10 minutes to fill out the ISBE 5Essentials Parent Survey. These survey results are incredibly helpful to administration when making decisions about Greenbrier.
-Science Test is Thursday and Friday!
-Spirit Wear Orders are due by Friday, Feb 6th!
-Healthy Kids Gym Night is this Wednesday at 6:30!
-Gator Rock is this Friday! I hope to see you all there!
-Student Council will be selling valentines for 50 cents each during lunch this week to raise money for a Buddy Bench.
-Check out Mrs. Bingaman's Friday Packet!