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What’s Coming Up – Week of September 17-21, 2018





  • Home reading logs began this week. Your child has attached the reading log in his/her take home folder. The students are expected to read 100 minutes a week. As a parent please initial the log when they read at home, showing you confirm your child has read for the minutes recorded. The log will be turned in every Monday morning.


  • This week we have continued to work on our school routines and relationships. What a wonderful group of 5th graders we have as role models for Georgetown! 🙂
  • As a school we practiced our safety drills this week. The kids did a great job of rehearsing the drill procedures.
  • M-Step scores from last Spring will be sent home today with your child.
  • Smile….picture day at Georgetown will be Thursday, September 27th.

Reading Logs!

Our first reading unit this year is all about developing independence as readers. We have already been busy learning and reviewing things that powerful readers do. We know that reading, like any other skill, is developed through practice. Today we learned that powerful readers keep and analyze reading logs. We will be logging our reading at school and home each day. I am asking students to keep track of the amount of time they spend reading at home each week. They are required to read 100 minutes per week.

Reading logs will be coming home today in your child’s take home folder. Here are some guidelines for these reading logs:

  • Students record the number of minutes read at home each day.
  • Parents initial to verify the time read each day.
  • Each Monday, students will get a new reading log.
  •  All students will have the goal of reading 100 minutes at home each week. That is 20 minutes five times per week.

Happy reading!


What’s Coming Up – Week of September 10-14, 2018





  1. What a great start to the school year. We have been building routines and relationships these first two weeks! Room 305 has an outstanding group of 5th graders! 🙂
  2. Early release on Friday, September 14. — Sack lunch will be available; students may order in the morning when they arrive. 
  3. Staff book study for the 2018-19 school year is Growth Mindset. It is a month by month guide that helps us shift our teacher and student thinking to a GROWTH mindset approach to learning. Each month, we’ll introduce a new GROWTH MINDSET PHRASE to our students and expand their beliefs about their own ability to learn through practice, mistakes, failures and more practice.  This months phrase is — Everyone Can Learn.

Math: We are getting started on Unit 1: Adding and Subtracting with Fractions

ELA: We are working on establishing our reader’s workshop and building agency and independence as readers. In writing, we’re starting our first unit on writing a memoir.

Social Studies: Unit 1: Our Government

Science: Our science this year will be inquiry based. We’ll start by building routines and learning about scientific and collaborative practices.

Wonderful Start! :)


Hello parents! WOW today was a great first day of school!  I am truly looking forward to this year with your children!  Here are a few things about the first few weeks.

  1. Get excited!  When our enthusiasm shows, it’s contagious!  I believe in strong beginnings and getting to know one another, the routines, and content we’ll be learning.
  2. Be flexible! These first days are all about getting the new routines solidified.  This is the time to ask questions, make mistakes, and learn from them.  With every new school year comes a whole new set of expectations. So, let’s grow together and be flexible while we’re learning from one another.
  3. Manage expectations! The first couple of weeks will be all about relationship building.  I believe that great learning cannot properly take place until we establish a foundation of trust, honesty, and collaboration.  That means that the first few days are going to be team-building and get-to-know-you activities.  Of course, we’ll sprinkle in some content, but don’t expect much homework in the first couple of weeks.

One final and important reminder: The weather forecast looks H-O-T! Please send your child with a full water bottle labelled with her or her first and last name. We will take plenty of water breaks to stay healthy and hydrated.

We’re going to have a great year and I am so looking forward to getting to know your kiddos more!  We are off to a great start!


School Supplies

I hope the summer is finding everyone happy and healthy.  Below is a post of suggested school supplies. Please check back occasionally as I will be updating our classroom blog to best serve our classroom in the upcoming school year!

Please do NOT bring a trapper keeper!  These are just  TOO BIG to store in the classroom.

Supply list needed for the classroom:

  • Pencil Box
  •  #2 Pencils
  • 5-Spiral notebooks (wide rule)
  • 4- two pocket folders (red, blue, yellow, green, choice)
  • 1-two pocket folder with tabs
  • Sticky Notes
  •  Dry Erase Markers
  • Highlighters
  • Glue Sticks
  • Scissors
  • Colored Pencils
  • Gym shoes to be left at school for Physical Education Class

Each Student Should Bring one each for the classroom to share:

  • Clorox Wipes (any disinfectant disposable wipes)
  • 2 Boxes of Tissue

Below are additional supplies that kids often like to bring for their private use.

  • Erasers
  • Colored Ink Pen for Editing 
  • Small Pencil Sharpener

Welcome to My New 5th Graders




WELCOME TO FIFTH GRADE! We are going to have such an amazing year together! I can’t wait to meet you and come together as a class! 🙂

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It is important that you subscribe to the class blog. Our class blog will be the site for information about school supplies, curriculum, assessments, and much more. A school supply list will be posted on July 1.

Have a safe and happy summer and I’ll see you in August at our Open House!

Thank you

Dear Parents,

The school year has flown by and now our 5th graders are ready to soar in middle school! I want to thank  you for sharing your children with me through out the school year. It has been a blessing to have these children as part of my daily life!

Also, thank you so much for the volunteerism and donations for our class this year.  We truly could not have had all the activities if we hadn’t had such great support.

Have a safe, healthy, and happy summer!  I will miss you! 


Field Day

Tomorrow is our district wide field day! Looks like it is going to be a beautiful day. A few reminders:

  • If your child did not pre-order a sack lunch, please send a labeled lunch in a disposable container.
  • Have your child bring a water bottle.
  • Boys wear a blue t-shirt
  • Girls wear a neon yellow t-shirt
  • Apply sun screen before school.
  • Dress according to the weather…it might be chiller in the morning.

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