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What’s Coming Up – Week of September 21-25, 2020


  • Safety program has started this week and will continue through the remainder of the school year.  Please visit to learn more about safety teams and schedule. 


  • Spirit Week – September 21-25
    • PJ Day (no pillows, blankets, or stuffed animals)
    • Silly Sock Day
    • Crazy Hair Day
    • Hat Day
    • Maize & Blue Day


  • Walkathon!

We are holding our annual WALKATHON next week which is our primary fundraiser for the year.  One of our objectives in the Parent Club is to raise money to help cover costs such as classroom supplies, technology upgrades, storage solutions, books, field trips, parent/child events and other needed items for each class.

We want to promote a healthy lifestyle to our students and the community.  Please help us reach our fundraising goal by supporting our Walkathon. We have teamed up with Get Movin’© to make this event fun and profitable with online mobile friendly technology! 

We Need All Parents to Complete 3 Easy Steps!

  1.     Register your Child by visiting It’s free, easy, and fast to register!  For School Identifier use 5f3d669d605c9
  2.   Consider sending an Email and/ or Text of your child’s student fundraising webpage with 10-15 friends and family. It’s super easy!
  3.   Consider Posting on Facebook or Twitter It’s two clicks of a button to post. You’ll be surprised when donations come in from distant relatives/friends from HS/co-workers.  Post and see what happens!


Student Goals!

o   We need 100% student registration please visit today!

o   Each student is encouraged to raise at least $30.

o   Be an Overachiever Superstar by raising at least $150.

What’s Coming Up – Week of September 14-18, 2020

We are starting to build many classroom routines! What a respectful group of 5th graders in room 305! 🙂 They have been very supportive and respectful of each other in spite of the unique start to our school year!


  • We are working on our first math unit, Addition & Subtraction with Fractions. 
  • As this unit unfolds, our focus will be to master our multiplication and division math facts. Please practice these at home. They can use the Moby Max Math site to practice their fact fluency at home.
  • ELA
    • We’re working on establishing strong independent reading.


  • Safety program will be starting on September 14. Mr. Cooley met with safeties on Friday to go over the schedule and expectations. 
  • Early release on Friday, September 18
  • Look for information being sent home  about this year’s  Walk-a-thon! 🙂

A Note From the STEAM Studio-

Please note that the STEAM teachers have always used Google Classroom as a learning tool in the STEAM studio.  All assignments that are posted while we are doing face to face learning will always be completed in class and should not be worked on at home.  I tend to post assignments ahead of time to work out any issues and students can ignore the email that a new assignment has been posted.  We use Google Classroom differently than the classroom teachers and it was causing a bit of confusion.  Please reach out to Mrs. Totten ( if you have any questions!



What’s Coming Up – Week of September 7-11, 2020

We’re wrapping up another great week at GES! These fuller days have us stretching ourselves into a little bit more of a routine.  That said, please make sure your child is getting enough sleep at night as some of us are dragging a little during the day.  Check a couple updates below.

Enjoy a safe and fun LONG weekend! See you Tuesday!


  • No school Friday, September 4 or Monday, September 7.
  • Students watched a video about the opportunity to serve as a safety at the end of the day. Safety applications due Wednesday, September 9.

Week of August 31- Sept 3

Parents, welcome to our first weekly update.

We are off to an awesome start in fifth grade! In a week filled with new routines and hot days, your kids have demonstrated flexibility and positivity. They’re doing a great job following the health and safety protocols implemented by the district. Please give them an extra hug or high five and tell them that you’re proud of them.


  • Early release – Thursday, September 3
  • No school Friday, September 4 or Monday, September 7.


  • Multiplication and division review
  • Introduce fraction concepts


  • We are establishing routines for reader’s and writer’s workshop


I am so excited to finally welcome you to fifth grade! We are going to have such an amazing year together. I am so excited to meet you and come together as a class.

While you are here, be sure to sign up for email updates. You can sign up in the upper right corner of this blog where it says “Subscribe by Email.” Once you enter your email address and register, you will receive notifications of my blog posts.

It is important that you subscribe to the class blog. Our class blog will be the site for information about school supplies, curriculum, assessment, and much more.  You can find a supply list HERE!


Mrs. Walenta



This post is in honor of you! I thank you for everything you are doing to support your child during this crazy time. None of us dreamed that you would become your child’s 5th grade teacher! I thought this Pooh quote was very relevant to our current daily lives.

Please know I appreciate all you are doing  and that I dearly miss my daily interactions with your child. Please take a few moments to click on the following link and soak in our appreciation from the Georgetown Staff!  Thank you   

Spring Break (Virtual) Adventures – Day 6: Beach Day

Hello, friends!

I don’t know about you, but to me spring break isn’t complete without a little beach time. I’ve planned a little beach day for us, and the best part is that you won’t end up with sand in your shorts. Enjoy!

First, click here to get to the beach.

  • Make the video full screen.
  • Look at the sunny sky, the green trees, and the bright blue water.
  • Close your eyes and imagine the warm sun on your face.
  • Listen to the gentle waves and just relax.

Once you feel relaxed and ready, grab your scuba gear.

  • Click here to go for a dive and see some of the amazing creatures that live in these waters.

After your diving adventure, you’re probably ready for some rest and refreshment!

Spring Break (Virtual) Adventures – Day 5: Space

Hello, friends!

Buckle up! We’re blasting off to visit a place that I know you haven’t been to before: space!

Have you ever wondered how astronauts live in space? How do they sleep? What do they eat? Why are they even living in space in the first place? If you’d like answers to those questions and more, check out this video tour of the International Space Station. It includes four videos. You could watch all of them or only the ones that interest you.

  • Learn about daily life in these videos:
    • “Station Tour: Harmony, Tranquility, Unity”
    • “Station Tour: Cupola and Leonardo.”
  • Learn more about the laboratories and scientific work in these videos:
    • “Station Tour: Destiny, Columbus, Kibo”
    • “Station Tour: Zarya and Zvezda”

Maybe the thought living in the International Space Station reminds you a little too much of quarantine and you’d rather explore something bigger. Check out this video tour of the moon!

Spring Break (Virtual) Adventures – Day 4: Your Neighborhood April 8, 2020

Hello, friends!

Today I encourage you to have an adventure in your own neighborhood… while you practice social distancing, of course! Mrs. Wysocki created a fun scavenger hunt game for families to play while out taking walks. Our game is hosted on a free app called GooseChase. To play, just download the app to your phone or tablet, enter our game code and password, and off you go! Parents, you received an email on Tuesday afternoon that includes the game code and password. This game is shared among our four 5th grade classes and only has 40 open spots. However, if the games become full, we will create an additional so that you can still play. Our scavenger hunt has missions worth different point values. For most missions, you’ll just need to snap a picture or video of something that you find around your neighborhood or wherever you are out walking. Our game starts today at 8:00 am if you’d like to play along. You have until midnight on April 12 to complete as many missions as possible to be the top of our leaderboard. The missions will change daily. This is a “just for fun” game, but hopefully it’ll brighten up your day just a little!


Hello, friends!

Do you love Harry Potter? I know many of you do! One of the places I’d love to visit is Harry Potter World in Orlando Florida! If we can’t physically go there, let’s check out a couple of virtual highlights from the attraction!

Harry Potter Art – If you enjoy art and imagining the stories in different ways, read through an interview with Jim Kay, illustrator of the new editions of the Harry Potter series Here.

Check Out Harry Potter at Home! – Welcome to the Harry Potter At Home hub where you’ll find all the latest magical treats to keep you occupied – including special contributions from Bloomsbury and Scholastic, nifty magical craft videos (teach your friends how to draw a Niffler!), fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more for first-time readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world. We’re casting a Banishing Charm on boredom! More at Harry Potter at Home!

Harry Potter: A History of Magic Museum Exhibition – I’m delighted to report that the Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition can be virtually explored from the comfort of your couch. Originally housed at the British Library in London, the sprawling display has been available to tour online for nearly two years through the Google Arts & Culture site.

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