• May 29th- June 1st

    Posted by Kelsey Mead on 6/4/2018 10:00:00 AM

    We had a very busy week!  Thank you to Mr. Guenther (and colleagues) for working with the classes on water quality.  The kids really enjoyed it.

     

    Academics

    Math

    We continued the geometry unit this past week. Students learned about different polygons and how to classify them based on their properties.  In addition, they learned how to identify lines of symmetry and draw lines of symmetry in polygons.. Students who showed proficiency with these concepts on the pre-assessments worked on some enrichment activities on polygons and symmetry.

     

    We continue to use a number talk as a way to teach students computation strategies.   We are looking for them to build efficiency and flexibility.

     

    We want to remind families that students’ instruction is based on what they show us they are ready for on pre-assessments, and the groups they are a part of are flexible and will change from day to day.  

    Math Stars

    We are done Math Stars for the year.  



    Reading

    The students are doing some choice partner reading for the remainder of the year.

    Read Aloud

    Mrs. S. Mead: Waste of Space, by Stuart Gibbs

    Kira and Dash were able to get into Chang’s room to search it, and what did they find? A syringe with cyanide still in it taped to the bottom of his table! Of course, as they were about to leave to find Nina, Chang appeared in his room, and confronted them. The three of them together talked about the reality of Chang keeping this syringe if he really was the killer, and the two children tended to believe him. So now the question has become, not only who tried to kill Lars, but who is so determined also to frame Chang for it? The clock is ticking, as there are only 15 hours until the first rocket takes people back to Earth, and this mystery is never solved.




    Mrs. K. Mead: Hello Universe, by Erin Entrada Kelly

    We finished this book midway through the week. Kaori, Gen, and Valencia used a finding ritual to try to find Virgil. At the end of the ritual Valencia was able to to put together all of the clues she had seen along the way to realize that Virgil was in the well that she had passed on the way to Kaori’s. They were able to get Virgil out of the well but he was not able to say hi to Valencia because he was too shy. On his way home, he was able to stand up to Chet and then also able to tell his parents that he did not like being called Turtle. Finally on the last page of the book, Valencia got a text message from Virgil that said hello. In the end we thought the book resolved all of the problems nicely but we would have liked to have heard one more chapter from Chet’s perspective as we were hoping to see a change in his thinking towards people who are different from him.



    Ms. Jeffrey: Theodore Boone Kid Lawyer by John Grisham

    We finished the book last week and the ending was very exciting!  Julio’s cousin, Bobby, met with Judge Gantry and told him everything he had seen the day of Mrs. Duffy’s murder.  Using a picture taken at the crime scene, he was able to identify Mr. Duffy as the man he saw go into the house at the time of the murder.  Judge Gantry declared a mistrial and ordered the prosecution to file new charges immediately. Bobby will be a witness in the new trial. Omar Cheepe, the bad guy, working for Mr. Duffy suspects Theo was somehow involved in the discovery of this new witness.  The author left us wondering many things at the end and hopefully students are interested in reading the next two books in the series.



    Writing

    Students in Ms. Jeffrey’s class continued working on narrative writing.  They chose one narrative idea and published it.

     

    Students in Mrs. K. Mead’s room have started working on their own fairy tales. They have read many mentor texts to use as inspiration!

     

    Students in Mrs. S. Mead’s room are wrapping up their work on narrative writing. They chose one of their four personal narratives and are taking it through the rest of the writing process. Students are typing, editing and polishing their pieces.



    Word Study

    We completed word study instruction last week.



    Science

    We continued with the Earth Science unit.  As part of this unit students will learn about changes in the Earth’s surface through erosion, weathering, volcanoes, earthquakes, etc. Students participated in the first of two engineering kits in this unit. This one centered around soil types and construction. The groups worked together (or are still working together) to create a bridge called a TarPul that can carry the weight of two people across a river. They had to consider things such as soil composition, village traditions for the people living near the river, and bends in the river where erosion would be most rapid.

     

    Ms. Jeffrey’s class wrapped up a water distribution Mystery Science exploration.  They began the Water Water Everywhere EiE kit. This begins with the story of a girl named Salila who lives in India.  She discovers the pollution in the Ganges River and wants to save a turtle and find ways to improve the water quality in the river.

     

    Mrs. S. Mead’s class continued learning about the water on Earth.  We moved on with the last EiE kit of the year: Water, Water, Everywhere! The students continued working in their teams and were all able to test their first filter model. This week we will be wrapping up this science unit with at least one more full test after they have had time to modify their designs once more.



    Mrs. K. Mead’s class is beginning an engineering task that focuses on water quality and filtering out water! Mr. Guenther’s visit fit right into this work!



    Puberty Unit

    The fifth graders began the puberty unit.   Each day they have work or questions to go over with an adult at home.  We are asking that the adult sign the student papers each night. Thank you!

     

    Important Happenings/Information

     

    Enterprise Day

    Enterprise Day is scheduled for Tuesday, June 12 from 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. in the cafeteria.  Parents are welcome to join us and should check into the office upon arrival.

     

    Students should be working on their products outside of school.  Next week we will talk with students about fair pricing for their products considering factors such as time needed to make the products, cost of materials as well as competition.  

     

    Summer Learning Packet

    Interested parents should complete this survey by May 25.

     

    Fairbanks Museum

    On Thursday, June 7 we will leave FMS at 7:30 a.m.  Students should arrive no later than 7:15 a.m. We will congregate in the gym first.

     

    Any child who has ever experienced motion sickness should have taken Dramamine or something comparable at home that morning.  We will have motion sickness medication on hand to give to kids for the bus ride home. We plan to arrive back at FMS between 4:00 and 4:30 p.m.  Please be flexible with your schedule that day should we arrive earlier or later. An email with directions on how to sign up to receive a text message from us using the Remind App went out last week.

     

    Thank you to everyone for supporting this trip! If you haven’t sent in your donation, please do so.  The cost per person is $52. Checks should be made payable to FMS.

     

    Spare Time and Sand Hill Park Field Trips

    On Monday, June 11 the fourth graders will go to Spare Time.   Parents who are chaperoning can ride the bus with us or meet us at Spare Time.  We will leave FMS at about 8:45 and return by 11:30.

     

    On Thursday, June 14 the fifth graders will go to Sand Hill Park.   Parents who are chaperoning can walk to the park with us or meet us there.  We will leave FMS by about 10:30.



    Fifth Grade Moving On Ceremony

    On Wednesday, June 13th, we will have the fifth grade moving on ceremony. This is a “graduation-type” ceremony where we officially say goodbye to our fifth graders as they head to middle school in the fall. This will start at 9:00 am at Essex Middle School, and we recommend arriving at least 15 minutes early, as it is usually packed.

     

    End of the Day Pick-Ups

    It’s important that we ensure students’ safety at dismissal time. One of our responsibilities is to make sure students who are being picked up go with an adult that has permission to take them. In order for this to be the case, the child’s parent either needs to send a note/email that day, OR the adult has to be placed on a“pick up list” with the office. This can be done by emailing Arthea Leggett (aleggett@ewsd.org).

     

    There are many students who are picked up regularly by adults who are not actually on that child’s pick-up list. We need to be diligent about this, so please take the time to email Arthea with the names of anyone who has your permission to pick up your child from school so that we can be as efficient at dismissal time as possible!

     

    Student Allergies

    We have some students on our team with severe, life-threatening allergies to tree nuts.  That means foods containing tree nuts or foods processed in a facility with tree nuts will not be allowed in the classroom.  Please read food labels carefully. In addition, whole class snacks for birthdays and celebrations should be gluten free.

    Please plan to pack your child's snack in a separate bag or container to keep the snack away from any lunch items containing tree nuts. Everyday students will leave their lunch boxes in crates in the hallway.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

    Team Wish List

    We go through many of these things throughout the year, so any donations are always greatly appreciated!

      • DCF books (click on this link for titles)
      • Ziploc bags (snack, quart or gallon)
    • colored Sharpie markers
    • Vis a Vis markers
    • Post It Notes
    • Colored Card Stock
    • Expo markers
    • Kleenex
    • paper plates
    • paper bowls
    • plastic spoons

    Responsive Classroom

    If you are interested in learning more about this approach to teaching children, you can check out their website! There are great articles about how children learn based on their developmental age, as well as classroom routines and expectations that are aimed at teaching children how to treat each other, work hard, and take responsibility for their part in a community of learners.

     

    Responsive Classroom

    Band and Orchestra

    It is each student’s’ responsibility to get to his/her lessons on time. While at lessons, students will likely miss instructional time in the classroom. We will continue to discuss with the students the importance of making up the class work that they miss while they are at a lesson. If they miss direct instruction they will have to see us at recess and/or quiet time to catch up on the material.

    Practice Superstars

    The following students completed all their assignments on time last week.

    Jeffrey: 1, 3, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 23

    S. Mead: 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22

    K. Mead: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 12, 14, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23

    Model Citizen

    Jeffrey: 17

    S. Mead: 5

    K. Mead: 2

    Parent Volunteers

    There is information posted on the EWSD website for parents interested in volunteering.  Here is the direct link.

    Upcoming Events

    June 4     All library materials due back

    June 5       Parent Night at EMS for new sixth graders 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

    June 6       FMS Field Day

    June 7       Fairbanks Museum field trip 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    June 11     Fourth Grade field trip to Spare Time  8:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

    June 12     Enterprise Day 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

    June 13     Fifth Grade Moving On Ceremony 8:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at EMS

    June 14     Fifth Grade field trip to Sand Hill Park  11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    June 14     Last day of school

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  • May 21st - 25th

    Posted by Kelsey Mead on 5/29/2018 8:00:00 AM

    Everyone is getting excited as we get into the last four weeks of our school year together. It doesn’t seem possible that there is so little time and so much still to do!

     

    SPECIAL VISITOR: On Friday of next week, Mr, Guenther will be bringing visitors to our classrooms to do work testing water quality. He has asked that each student bring in 1 liter or 16 ounces of water from around their home. The water can be from a faucet, a nearby pond or stream, a puddle- wherever really! (Please no pool water). Please send these in with students throughout next week.

     

    Academics

    Math

    We began our Geometry unit this past week. Students started with an introduction to some basic geometry terms, moved into types of lines, and ended the week with classifying and measuring angles. Students who showed proficiency with these concepts on the pre-assessments continued an exploration into volume and/or some algebra.

     

    We continue to use a number talk as a way to teach students computation strategies.   We are looking for them to build efficiency and flexibility.

     

    We want to remind families that students’ instruction is based on what they show us they are ready for on pre-assessments, and the groups they are a part of are flexible and will change from day to day.  

    Math Stars

    Students continue to work on Math Stars. Below are a few reminders about how this program works.

    • Students should work independently.  Parents should NOT offer any assistance.
    • We recognize the problems are challenging but this program teaches students perseverance.
    • We go over the problems together on Thursdays in a group session. Sometimes students can also follow-up individually with their teachers with specific questions.
    • This is an optional program so students can do a few or all of the problems.  If they have a busy week they don’t have to do any Math Stars.

     

    Final orders need to be turned in by Friday, June 1.









    Reading

    The students completed mystery literature circles.   This was our last official round of book groups for the year, although more reading is coming their way in these last few weeks!

    Read Aloud

    Mrs. S. Mead: Waste of Space, by Stuart Gibbs

    We learned that the base has to be evacuated starting in less than a day, so Dash, Kira, Violet and now Zan are on the hunt to find the murderer before time runs out for them on Moon Base Alpha. To make matters more interesting, Zan finally revealed her true form to Dash, and explained that although her species has figured out how to travel through telepathy, they have not learned how to leave their planet, because they are completely an aquatic species! That really blew our minds!

     

    Mrs. K. Mead: Hello Universe, by Erin Entrada Kelly

    Virgil is still stuck in the well and is trying to find a way to get out. Valencia went to her appointment with Kaori and has joined her in her search for Virgil. They are really seeming to get along and Kaori even referred to Valencia as her friend. Chet found his snake and when he grabbed it, it bit him. He was convinced that it was a poisonous snake and that he was dying until Valencia, Kaori and Gen came across him in the forest and set him straight. Now the search for Virgil continues!



    Ms. Jeffrey: Theodore Boone Kid Lawyer by John Grisham

    The Boones shared everything they know with Judge Gantry.  He said at this point in the trial there cannot be new witnesses even if Julio’s cousin was willing to come forward with what he knows.  Theo and his dad went golding at Waverly Creek and were checking out the area where Julio’s cousin had been sitting the day of the murder.  It was then they noticed Mr. Duffy was watching them through binoculars. In addition, Mr. and Mrs. Boone are working to find an apartment for Julio and his family.  They hope to find a good immigration lawyer who can help Julio’s cousin stay in the country.



    Writing

    Students in Ms. Jeffrey’s class continued working on narrative writing.  They are drafting a few different narratives including one focused on the top ten best things about living in Essex.  

     

    Students in Mrs. K. Mead’s room choose their favorite beginning and started writing. They are finishing up their narrative to share with a third grade class next week. Next week students will focus on fairytales and folktales. They will be reading some mentor texts before taking a go at writing an original fairy or folktale!

     

    Students in Mrs. S. Mead’s room continued working on narrative writing. We continued this week with more prompts about their own experiences. They are continuing to work in their writer’s notebooks to generate some possible story starters related to their own lives.



    Word Study

    Students continue to work on a variety of spelling features.  They have a word study choice board in their literacy binders.  The choice board and forms are all posted on the team website.  In addition, the completed sorts for each group can be found in the word study section of the team website.  The week of May 29 will be the last week of word study instruction.



    Science

    We continued with the Earth Science unit.  As part of this unit students will learn about changes in the Earth’s surface through erosion, weathering, volcanoes, earthquakes, etc. Students participated in the first of two engineering kits in this unit. This one centered around soil types and construction. The groups worked together (or are still working together) to create a bridge called a TarPul that can carry the weight of two people across a river. They had to consider things such as soil composition, village traditions for the people living near the river, and bends in the river where erosion would be most rapid.

     

    Ms. Jeffrey’s class began learning about water distribution on Earth.  They are working on a Mystery Science activity designed to help them understand how little of the water on Earth is actually freshwater.

     

    Mrs. S. Mead’s class continued learning about the water on Earth.  We moved on with the last EiE kit of the year: Water, Water, Everywhere! The students tested various filter materials with different types of contaminated water. They also began building their first filter model!



    Mrs. K. Mead’s class completed their graph on how much of each type of water there is on Earth. They were surprised at how little available fresh water there is compared to how much salt water there is on earth. Next week, we will begin the EiE Water, Water Everywhere kit which focused on water filters.



    Puberty Unit

    The fifth graders will complete a puberty unit on Wednesday, May 30.

     

    Important Happenings/Information

     

    Summer Learning Packet

    We sent an email last week about this packet.  Interested parents should complete this survey by May 25.

     

    Fairbanks Museum

    On Thursday, June 7 we will leave FMS at 7:30 a.m.  Students should arrive no later than 7:15 a.m. Any child who has ever experienced motion sickness should have taken Dramamine or something comparable at home that morning.  We will have motion sickness medication on hand to give to kids for the bus ride home. We plan to arrive back at FMS between 4:00 and 4:30 p.m. Please be flexible with your schedule that day should we arrive earlier or later.  Next week we will send an email with directions on how to sign up to receive a text message from us using the Remind.

     

    Thank you to everyone for supporting this trip! If you haven’t sent in the permission slip yet, please do so.  The cost per person is $52. Checks should be made payable to FMS.

     

    Chaperones will need to complete the volunteer process outlined on the EWSD website in order to participate in this trip. Filling out this form should only take a few minutes.  We are asking that parents who indicated an interest in chaperoning on the initial survey send their child’s homeroom teacher an email confirming their intention to join on the trip. That way we'll know which names to look for in the database.

     

    Spare Time and Sand Hill Park Field Trips

    On Monday, June 11 the fourth graders will go to Spare Time.  Parents should send the permission slip and $10 to us by Friday, May 25.

     

    On Thursday, June 14 the fifth graders will go to Sand Hill Park.  Parents should send the permission slip (double sided) to us by Friday, May 25.



    Fifth Grade Moving On Ceremony

    On Wednesday, June 13th, we will have the fifth grade moving on ceremony. This is a “graduation-type” ceremony where we officially say goodbye to our fifth graders as they head to middle school in the fall. This will start at 9:00 am at Essex Middle School, and we recommend arriving at least 15 minutes early, as it is usually packed.

     

    End of the Day Pick-Ups

    It’s important that we ensure students’ safety at dismissal time. One of our responsibilities is to make sure students who are being picked up go with an adult that has permission to take them. In order for this to be the case, the child’s parent either needs to send a note/email that day, OR the adult has to be placed on a“pick up list” with the office. This can be done by emailing Arthea Leggett (aleggett@ewsd.org).

     

    There are many students who are picked up regularly by adults who are not actually on that child’s pick-up list. We need to be diligent about this, so please take the time to email Arthea with the names of anyone who has your permission to pick up your child from school so that we can be as efficient at dismissal time as possible!

     

    Student Allergies

    We have some students on our team with severe, life-threatening allergies to tree nuts.  That means foods containing tree nuts or foods processed in a facility with tree nuts will not be allowed in the classroom.  Please read food labels carefully. In addition, whole class snacks for birthdays and celebrations should be gluten free.

    Please plan to pack your child's snack in a separate bag or container to keep the snack away from any lunch items containing tree nuts. Everyday students will leave their lunch boxes in crates in the hallway.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

    Team Wish List

    We go through many of these things throughout the year, so any donations are always greatly appreciated!

      • DCF books (click on this link for titles)
      • Ziploc bags (snack, quart or gallon)
    • colored Sharpie markers
    • Vis a Vis markers
    • Post It Notes
    • Colored Card Stock
    • Expo markers
    • Kleenex
    • paper plates
    • paper bowls
    • plastic spoons

    Responsive Classroom

    If you are interested in learning more about this approach to teaching children, you can check out their website! There are great articles about how children learn based on their developmental age, as well as classroom routines and expectations that are aimed at teaching children how to treat each other, work hard, and take responsibility for their part in a community of learners.

     

    Responsive Classroom

    Band and Orchestra

    It is each student’s’ responsibility to get to his/her lessons on time. While at lessons, students will likely miss instructional time in the classroom. We will continue to discuss with the students the importance of making up the class work that they miss while they are at a lesson. If they miss direct instruction they will have to see us at recess and/or quiet time to catch up on the material.

    Practice Superstars

    The following students completed all their assignments on time last week.

    Jeffrey: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23

    S. Mead: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 21

    K. Mead: 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23

    Model Citizen

    Jeffrey: 12

    S. Mead: 1

    K. Mead: 10

    Parent Volunteers

    There is information posted on the EWSD website for parents interested in volunteering.  Here is the direct link.

    Upcoming Events

    May 28    Memorial Day - no school

    June 4     All library materials due back

    June 5       Parent Night at EMS for new sixth graders 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

    June 6       FMS Field Day

    June 7       Fairbanks Museum field trip 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    June 11     Fourth Grade field trip to Spare Time  8:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

    June 12     Enterprise Day 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

    June 13     Fifth Grade Moving On Ceremony 8:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at EMS

    June 14     Fifth Grade field trip to Sand Hill Park  11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    June 14     Last day of school

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  • May 14th-18th

    Posted by Kelsey Mead on 5/21/2018 8:05:00 AM

    Fifth graders were flexible as we started the Science SBAC for the first time and fourth graders followed our team rules as they learned more about erosion and landslides/rockslides.

     

    Academics

    Math

    The students continued the Customary Measurement unit. They did another day revisiting customary capacity and/or customary weight. The last two days of the week we focused on time. Students learned about converting with in units for time such as hours/minutes/seconds and days/weeks/months/years. They also focused on elapsed time. Students who did not need this instruction based on pre assessments, either continued to focus on tasks involving customary weight and capacity or focused on tasks involving volume. We will be switching our focus on Geometry next week.  

     

    We continue to use a number talk as a way to teach students computation strategies.   We are looking for them to build efficiency and flexibility. Recently, students have continued with a variety of number talk topics ranging from whole number division to decimal division using proportional reasoning.

     

    We want to remind families that students’ instruction is based on what they show us they are ready for on pre-assessments, and the groups they are a part of are flexible and will change from day to day.  

    Math Stars

    Students continue to work on Math Stars. Below are a few reminders about how this program works.

    • Students should work independently.  Parents should NOT offer any assistance.
    • We recognize the problems are challenging but this program teaches students perseverance.
    • We go over the problems together on Thursdays in a group session. Sometimes students can also follow-up individually with their teachers with specific questions.
    • This is an optional program so students can do a few or all of the problems.  If they have a busy week they don’t have to do any Math Stars.

     

    The last week of Math Stars will be May 21.  Final orders need to be turned in by Friday, June 1.




    Reading

    The students continued mystery literature circles.   The students have assignments due each Wednesday and Friday. The titles students may read are The Westing Game, Hoot, Time for Andrew, Dark Life, Wait Till Helen Comes, Spy X: The Code, The Old Willis Place, When You Reach Me, Room One, Deep and Dark and Dangerous and Closed for the Season. The Assignments for these books is linked on our website under “Literature Circles” and then “Mysteries.”

     

    Read Aloud

    Mrs. S. Mead: Waste of Space, by Stuart Gibbs

    Kira has joined Dash in the search for Lars’ attempted killer, and Violet is in tow as well. They discovered, after Violet shared some knowledge, that cyanide is in apple seeds. The three went to the greenhouse to see if there were in fact any apple seeds on the base, and although they found a container with that label, it was empty! Meanwhile, all of the adults on the base were summoned to the science pod for an emergency call from Earth. We just found out that on the call, the moonies were told that their lives were in danger, and that they needed to evacuate the base in 24 hours!

     

    Mrs. K. Mead: Hello Universe, by Erin Entrada Kelly

    On the first Saturday of summer vacation, Virgil, Chet, and Valencia all find themselves venturing into the woods for different reasons. Virgil sets out to find five stones to bring to Kaori to guide him to meeting Valencia. Chet sets out to find a snake to try to be more impressive than his friend who only found a snake skin. Valencia sets out to observe squirrels and feed a stray dog that lives in the woods, before she heads to Kaori’s house to help with her nightmare. Virgil and Chet run into each other first and Chet steals Virgil’s backpack (with his pet guinea pig inside) and then drops it down an old well. Virgil concerned about Gulliver (the guinea pig) climbs down after him but then finds he can’t get out. Chet then stumbles upon Valencia and is spying on her as she feed the dog and starts writing in her journal. We are very curious to see how Virgil will make his way out of the well!  

     

    Ms. Jeffrey: Theodore Boone Kid Lawyer by John Grisham

    Theo is feeling the weight of the world on his shoulders.  It looks like Mr. Duffy is going to be found not guilty. Theo is conflicted between wanting to keep his promise to Julio’s cousin and telling what he has learned.  To make matters worse he learns that Julio’s cousin took the golf gloves Mr. Duffy was wearing the day he murdered his wife. Julio gives the gloves to Theo who hides them at his parent’s law office. When it became clear that injustice was going to happen Uncle Ike convinced Theo to tell his parents what he knows.  We are eager to learn about what happens nest. We have noticed the rising action is getting very exciting so we know we are nearing the climax of the story.





    Writing

    Students in Ms. Jeffrey’s class continued working on narrative writing.  They learned about different ways to craft a narrative introduction including sounds effects and dialogue.  They are drafting a few different narratives including one based on a prompt from a recent author visit.

     

    Students in Mrs. K. Mead’s room students brainstormed ideas from their own lives that they can write about. They then planned their writing out using a story arc. Near the end of the week students started writing beginnings that will hook their readers using ideas from books they have read themselves.  

     

    Students in Mrs. S. Mead’s room began working on narrative writing. We started this week with some prompts about fond memories and dreams. Right now the students are working in their writer’s notebooks to generate some possible story starters related to their own lives.



    Word Study

    Students continue to work on a variety of spelling features.  They have a word study choice board in their literacy binders.  The choice board and forms are all posted on the team website.  In addition, the completed sorts for each group can be found in the word study section of the team website.  



    Science

    We continued with the Earth Science unit.  As part of this unit students will learn about changes in the Earth’s surface through erosion, weathering, volcanoes, earthquakes, etc. Students participated in the first of two engineering kits in this unit. This one centered around soil types and construction. The groups worked together (or are still working together) to create a bridge called a TarPul that can carry the weight of two people across a river. They had to consider things such as soil composition, village traditions for the people living near the river, and bends in the river where erosion would be most rapid.

     

    Ms. Jeffrey’s class completed a science court on fossils.  They learned about what fossils are and how they are formed.  As always, they very much enjoyed the humor of the science court.  

     

    Mrs. S. Mead’s class began learning about the water on Earth. We started by comparing the amount of water on Earth with the amount that is actually drinkable. After seeing what a small percentage that is, we entered into our final EiE kit of the year: Water, Water, Everywhere! During this unit the students are examining the need to filter water to make it drinkable, and they will be designing their own water filters in teams.



    Mrs. K. Mead’s class started the EiE kit “A Stick in the Mud.” Early in the week students had to opportunity to improve upon their original design before making their final recommendations for the Tarpul Site. Then they moved onto discuss water usage and distribution. This will continue into next week, as we graph the amount of salt, frozen, and fresh water on Earth.

     

    Puberty Unit

    The fifth graders will complete a puberty unit in the coming weeks.  We will hold a parent informational meeting on Thursday, May 24 at 5:00 p.m.  

     

    Important Happenings/Information

     

    Summer Learning Packet

    We sent an email last week about this packet.  Interested parents should complete this survey by May 25.

     

    Fairbanks Museum

    On Thursday, June 7 we will leave FMS at 7:30 a.m.  Students should arrive no later than 7:15 a.m. Any child who has ever experienced motion sickness should have taken Dramamine or something comparable at home that morning.  We will have motion sickness medication on hand to give to kids for the bus ride home. We plan to arrive back at FMS between 4:00 and 4:30 p.m. Please be flexible with your schedule that day should we arrive earlier or later.  Next week we will send an email with directions on how to sign up to receive a text message from us using the Remind.

     

    Thank you to everyone for supporting this trip! If you haven’t sent in the permission slip yet, please do so.  The cost per person is $52. Checks should be made payable to FMS.

     

    Chaperones will need to complete the volunteer process outlined on the EWSD website in order to participate in this trip. Filling out this form should only take a few minutes.  We are asking that parents who indicated an interest in chaperoning on the initial survey send their child’s homeroom teacher an email confirming their intention to join on the trip. That way we'll know which names to look for in the database.

     

    Spare Time and Sand Hill Park Field Trips

    On Monday, June 11 the fourth graders will go to Spare Time.  Parents should send the permission slip and $10 to us by Friday, May 25.

     

    On Thursday, June 14 the fifth graders will go to Sand Hill Park.  Parents should send the permission slip (double sided) to us by Friday, May 25.



    Student Advisory

    The last Student Advisory meeting will be held on May 25.

    End of the Day Pick-Ups

    It’s important that we ensure students’ safety at dismissal time. One of our responsibilities is to make sure students who are being picked up go with an adult that has permission to take them. In order for this to be the case, the child’s parent either needs to send a note/email that day, OR the adult has to be placed on a“pick up list” with the office. This can be done by emailing Arthea Leggett (aleggett@ewsd.org).

     

    There are many students who are picked up regularly by adults who are not actually on that child’s pick-up list. We need to be diligent about this, so please take the time to email Arthea with the names of anyone who has your permission to pick up your child from school so that we can be as efficient at dismissal time as possible!

     

    Student Allergies

    We have some students on our team with severe, life-threatening allergies to tree nuts.  That means foods containing tree nuts or foods processed in a facility with tree nuts will not be allowed in the classroom.  Please read food labels carefully. In addition, whole class snacks for birthdays and celebrations should be gluten free.

    Please plan to pack your child's snack in a separate bag or container to keep the snack away from any lunch items containing tree nuts. Everyday students will leave their lunch boxes in crates in the hallway.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

    Team Wish List

    We go through many of these things throughout the year, so any donations are always greatly appreciated!

      • DCF books (click on this link for titles)
      • Ziploc bags (snack, quart or gallon)
    • colored Sharpie markers
    • Vis a Vis markers
    • Post It Notes
    • Colored Card Stock
    • Expo markers
    • Kleenex
    • paper plates
    • paper bowls
    • plastic spoons

    Responsive Classroom

    If you are interested in learning more about this approach to teaching children, you can check out their website! There are great articles about how children learn based on their developmental age, as well as classroom routines and expectations that are aimed at teaching children how to treat each other, work hard, and take responsibility for their part in a community of learners.

     

    Responsive Classroom

    Band and Orchestra

    It is each student’s’ responsibility to get to his/her lessons on time. While at lessons, students will likely miss instructional time in the classroom. We will continue to discuss with the students the importance of making up the class work that they miss while they are at a lesson. If they miss direct instruction they will have to see us at recess and/or quiet time to catch up on the material.

    Practice Superstars

    The following students completed all their assignments on time last week.

    Jeffrey:  1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 23

    S. Mead: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 21

    K. Mead: 1, 6, 8, 11, 12,14, 16, 18, 20, 23

    Model Citizen

    Jeffrey: 23

    S, Mead: 21

    K. Mead: 23

    Parent Volunteers

    There is information posted on the EWSD website for parents interested in volunteering.  Here is the direct link.

    Upcoming Events

    May 24     Pubery Parent Info Night (5th grade only) 5:00 p.m.

    May 25     End of year field trip permission slips due (Bowling or Sand Hill)

    May 28    Memorial Day - no school

    June 4     All library materials due back

    June 5       Parent Night at EMS for new sixth graders 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

    June 6       FMS Field Day

    June 7       Fairbanks Museum field trip 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    June 11     Fourth Grade field trip to Spare Time  8:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

    June 12     Enterprise Day 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

    June 13     Fifth Grade Moving On Ceremony 8:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at EMS

    June 14     Fifth Grade field trip to Sand Hill Park  11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    June 14     Last day of school

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  • May 7 - 11

    Posted by Stacey Mead on 5/11/2018 3:25:00 AM

    We continued with SBAC testing and the students continued to show lots of perseverance.  

     

    Academics

    Math

    The students continued the Customary Measurement unit. They learned about capacity and weight. We used the Big Gallon or Big G as a visual to help them with all the capacity conversions. Fourth grade students need to be able to convert from big units to smaller ones because it requires multiplication, and fifth graders need to be able to convert using both multiplication and division. Some students who were ready to move beyond these conversions did some application and problem-solving work using these units, and others continued work with volume, using fractional dimensions.

     

    We continue to use a number talk as a way to teach students computation strategies.   We are looking for them to build efficiency and flexibility. Recently, students have continued with a variety of number talk topics ranging from whole number division to decimal division using proportional reasoning.

     

    We want to remind families that students’ instruction is based on what they show us they are ready for on pre-assessments, and the groups they are a part of are flexible and will change from day to day.  

    Math Stars

    Students continue to work on Math Stars. Below are a few reminders about how this program works.

    • Students should work independently.  Parents should NOT offer any assistance.
    • We recognize the problems are challenging but this program teaches students perseverance.
    • We go over the problems together on Thursdays in a group session. Sometimes students can also follow-up individually with their teachers with specific questions.
    • This is an optional program so students can do a few or all of the problems.  If they have a busy week they don’t have to do any Math Stars.

     

    The last week of Math Stars will be May 21.  Final orders need to be turned in by Friday, June 1.

     

    Reading

    The students continued mystery literature circles.   The students have assignments due each Wednesday and Friday. The titles students may read are The Westing Game, Hoot, Time for Andrew, Dark Life, Wait Till Helen Comes, Spy X: The Code, The Old Willis Place, When You Reach Me, Room One, Deep and Dark and Dangerous and Closed for the Season. The Assignments for these books is linked on our website under “Literature Circles” and then “Mysteries.”

     

    Read Aloud

    Mrs. S. Mead: Waste of Space, by Stuart Gibbs

    It has been determined that Lars Sjoberg was definitely poisoned on purpose, so now Dash and his father are on the hunt for the would-be murderer. Everyone is a suspect, as most of the people on the base hate Lars and his entire family, but Dash can’t believe that one of them would actually try to kill the man. To make matters more confusing, is that the poison used was cyanide, which is something not accessible on the moon. So the question now is: Was the poison added to Lars’ food before it left earth, OR did someone sneak the deadly poison onto Moon Base Alpha undetected? Nina has decided that aside from her, only Dash, his father, and Chang are allowed to know the poisoning was on purpose so as not to ensight manic, AND to perhaps, coax the killer out into the open.

     

    Mrs. K. Mead: Hello Universe, by Erin Entrada Kelly

    This week we started Hello Universe which is the Newberry Medal Winner for 2018. This story centers around four kids- Virgil, Kaori, Valencia, and Chet. The chapters each focus on a different kid. We have learned that Virgil is very shy and the black sheep of his loud bubbly family. They all call him Turtle which really hurts his feelings but he doesn’t say anything. We have also learned that he is being bullied both in and out of school by Chet Bullens. Chet gets many on his views on the world and how people should be treated from his dad. We are thinking he is working hard to try to earn his dad’s approval. Kaori is the town’s psychic for kids. She meets with Virgil, who is her only client, to try to guide him through introducing himself to a girl who he would like to be friends with. That girl turns out to be Valencia. In Valencia’s chapter we learn that she is deaf. Valencia is about to meet with Kaori because she hopes she can help her solve her nightmare problem. We know that Chet is going to play a prank on Virgil that will go horribly wrong and that all of our character’s lives are going to intertwine. We have also been having many conversations about how people treat each other and making assumptions about people when we only know one thing about them.



    Ms. Jeffrey: Theodore Boone Kid Lawyer by John Grisham

    Julio’s cousin (whose name we don’t know) agreed to speak with Theo about what he saw the day of Mrs. Duffy’s murder.  He shared that he could not see Mr. Duffy’s face because he was too far away. However, he did confirm that the man he saw was wearing the same clothes that Mr. Duffy was wearing that day.  Unfortunately, the cousin does not want to come forward, nor does he want Theo to share because he is an illegal citizen. Theo is really struggling with what to do and decided not to tell his parents for now.  He knows as officers of the court they would be obligated to tell the judge. Theo feels like it is important for him to keep this a secret since he promised Julio’s cousin. Instead of his parents, Theo decided to confide in his Uncle Ike.  Ike is a disbarred attorney so he has no responsibility to share the truth. We are very eager to see what Theo and Ike do next.

     

    Writing

    Students in Ms. Jeffrey’s class began working on narrative writing.  Students looked at mentor texts and identified important elements of narratives.  Next week they will begin drafting some ideas of their own.

     

    Students in Mrs. K. Mead’s room students have been doing short narrative prompts including one inspired by our visiting author about an invention that goes awry.

     

    Students in Mrs. S. Mead’s room took a break from formal writing during our first week of SBAC testing.



    Word Study

    Students continue to work on a variety of spelling features.  They have a word study choice board in their literacy binders.  The choice board and forms are all posted on the team website.  In addition, the completed sorts for each group can be found in the word study section of the team website.  

     

    Students completed Form C of the Developmental Spelling Assessment. We have regrouped them based on their needs and we will do a final five weeks of instruction after April break.

     

    Science

    We continued with the Earth Science unit.  As part of this unit students will learn about changes in the Earth’s surface through erosion, weathering, volcanoes, earthquakes, etc. Students participated in the first of two engineering kits in this unit. This one centered around soil types and construction. The groups worked together (or are still working together) to create a bridge called a TarPul that can carry the weight of two people across a river. They had to consider things such as soil composition, village traditions for the people living near the river, and bends in the river where erosion would be most rapid.

     

    Ms. Jeffrey’s class completed the EiE kit “A Stick in the Mud.”  In small groups the students planned their designs and then created and tested them.  Their goal was to get the least points they could while still having a successful tarpul.  It had to hold at least 11 washers. Some of the things their model was scored on was number of sites away from D, where the elders wanted the tarpul, the number of washers it held and how much soil compaction they did.  After scoring their designs they were able to try again which is the improve step of the engineering design process. Most of the groups lowered their scores on their second attempt.

     

    Mrs. S. Mead’s class is also in the middle of the EiE kit “A Stick in the Mud.” The students completed their TarPul bridges and tested them!

     

    Mrs. K. Mead’s class started the EiE kit “A Stick in the Mud.” This week we evaluated what would make a good Tarpul site and tested soil types along with compaction to help us determine the best place to build the Tarpul. Students have completed the Ask, Imagine, and Plan parts of the Engineering Design Process. They also have completed their first test of possible sites for the Tarpul. Next week they will test their second location choice and then make their final proposal of where the Tarpul should go.

     

    Important Happenings/Information

     

    Summer Learning Packet

    We sent an email last week about this packet.  Interested parents should complete this survey by May 25.

    SBAC

    The fifth graders will be completing the science assessment on Monday and Tuesday from

    10:15 - 11:15 a.m.  During that time any fourth graders who did not finish math or ELA will keep testing as well.

     

    Fairbanks Museum

    Thank you to everyone for supporting this trip! If you haven’t sent in the permission slip yet, please do so.  The cost per person is $52. Checks should be made payable to FMS.

     

    Chaperones will need to complete the volunteer process outlined on the EWSD website in order to participate in this trip. Filling out this form should only take a few minutes.  We are asking that parents who indicated an interest in chaperoning on the initial survey send their child’s homeroom teacher an email confirming their intention to join on the trip. That way we'll know which names to look for in the database.



    Spare Time and Sand Hill Park Field Trips

    On Monday, June 11 the fourth graders will go to Spare Time.  Parents should send the permission slip and $10 to us by Friday, May 25.

     

    On Thursday, June 14 the fifth graders will go to Sand Hill Park.  Parents should send the permission slip (double sided) to us by Friday, May 25.



    Student Advisory

    The last Student Advisory meeting will be held on May 25.

    End of the Day Pick-Ups

    It’s important that we ensure students’ safety at dismissal time. One of our responsibilities is to make sure students who are being picked up go with an adult that has permission to take them. In order for this to be the case, the child’s parent either needs to send a note/email that day, OR the adult has to be placed on a“pick up list” with the office. This can be done by emailing Arthea Leggett (aleggett@ewsd.org).

     

    There are many students who are picked up regularly by adults who are not actually on that child’s pick-up list. We need to be diligent about this, so please take the time to email Arthea with the names of anyone who has your permission to pick up your child from school so that we can be as efficient at dismissal time as possible!

     

    Student Allergies

    We have some students on our team with severe, life-threatening allergies to tree nuts.  That means foods containing tree nuts or foods processed in a facility with tree nuts will not be allowed in the classroom.  Please read food labels carefully. In addition, whole class snacks for birthdays and celebrations should be gluten free.

    Please plan to pack your child's snack in a separate bag or container to keep the snack away from any lunch items containing tree nuts. Everyday students will leave their lunch boxes in crates in the hallway.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

    Team Wish List

    We go through many of these things throughout the year, so any donations are always greatly appreciated!

      • DCF books (click on this link for titles)
      • Ziploc bags (snack, quart or gallon)
    • colored Sharpie markers
    • Vis a Vis markers
    • Post It Notes
    • Colored Card Stock
    • Expo markers
    • Kleenex
    • paper plates
    • paper bowls
    • plastic spoons

    Responsive Classroom

    If you are interested in learning more about this approach to teaching children, you can check out their website! There are great articles about how children learn based on their developmental age, as well as classroom routines and expectations that are aimed at teaching children how to treat each other, work hard, and take responsibility for their part in a community of learners.

     

    Responsive Classroom

    Band and Orchestra

    It is each student’s’ responsibility to get to his/her lessons on time. While at lessons, students will likely miss instructional time in the classroom. We will continue to discuss with the students the importance of making up the class work that they miss while they are at a lesson. If they miss direct instruction they will have to see us at recess and/or quiet time to catch up on the material.

    Practice Superstars

    The following students completed all their assignments on time last week.

    Jeffrey:  3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23

    S. Mead: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 19, 21

    K. Mead: 1, 6, 11, 12, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22 23  

    Model Citizen

    Jeffrey: 9

    S. Mead: 17

    K. Mead: 14

    Parent Volunteers

    There is information posted on the EWSD website for parents interested in volunteering.  Here is the direct link.

    Upcoming Events

    May 28    Memorial Day - no school

    June 5       Parent Night at EMS for new sixth graders 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

    June 6       FMS Field Day

    June 7       Fairbanks Museum field trip

    June 11     Fourth Grade field trip to Spare Time  8:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

    June 13     Fifth Grade Moving On Ceremony 8:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at EMS

    June 14     Fifth Grade field trip to Sand Hill Park  11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    June 14     Last day of school




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  • April 30th- May 4th

    Posted by Kelsey Mead on 5/7/2018 9:30:00 AM

    Finally the warmer weather has come and we are all bringing less clothes with us to school!

     

    Academics

    Math

    The students began their Customary Measurement unit in math this past week. We started with learning about units of length, and how to convert between them. Students are required to know the conversions between inches, feet, yards and miles. Fourth grade students need to be able to convert from big units to smaller ones because it requires multiplication, and fifth graders need to be able to convert using both multiplication and division. Some students who were ready to move beyond these conversions did some application and problem-solving work using these units, and others continued work with volume, using fractional dimensions.

     

    We continue to use a number talk as a way to teach students computation strategies.   We are looking for them to build efficiency and flexibility. Recently, students have continued with a variety of number talk topics ranging from whole number division to decimal division using proportional reasoning.

     

    We want to remind families that students’ instruction is based on what they show us they are ready for on pre-assessments, and the groups they are a part of are flexible and will change from day to day.  

    Math Stars

    Students continue to work on Math Stars. Below are a few reminders about how this program works.

    • Students should work independently.  Parents should NOT offer any assistance.
    • We recognize the problems are challenging but this program teaches students perseverance.
    • We go over the problems together on Thursdays in a group session. Sometimes students can also follow-up individually with their teachers with specific questions.
    • This is an optional program so students can do a few or all of the problems.  If they have a busy week they don’t have to do any Math Stars.

     

    Reading

    We began what will be our last novel study of the year! These are literature circles. The students have assignments due each Wednesday and Friday. The titles students may read are The Westing Game, Hoot, Time for Andrew, Dark Life, Wait Till Helen Comes, Spy X: The Code, The Old Willis Place, When You Reach Me, Room One, Deep and Dark and Dangerous and Closed for the Season. The Assignments for these books is linked on our website under “Literature Circles” and then “Mysteries.”

     

    Read Aloud

    Mrs. S. Mead: Waste of Space, by Stuart Gibbs

    This was the book that the students voted on for what may be our last read aloud of the year! Wast of Space is actually the third mystery in a series about Dash Gibson, a 13-year-old who lives with his family on the moon in an experimental new colony. While he and his father are out on the moon’s surface playing catch for Dash’s birthday, they hear a blood-curdling scream over the radio. They rush in to find one of the other lunarnauts collapsed on the floor in a delirious state. Lars Sjoberg is the head of a family of four who are in the Moon Base Alpha colony as tourists. He is a selfish and unkind person, but nonetheless, the other lunarnauts are worried about his condition. It is discovered after taking him to the medical bay and communicating with a doctor on earth, that Lars has been poisoned, and now the search for his attacker has begun among this very small colony of people.

     

    Mrs. K. Mead: Ungifted by Gordon Korman

    A lot happened this week! Donovan was finally caught after a visit from Dr. Schultz helped him remember Donovan’s name. Donovan got kicked out of the Academy and everyone at the Academy missed him and he missed the Academy. In an act of desperation, Chloe tried to track down Donovan and bring him to the robotics meet. His friends helped him get there and chaos ensued. The rival team cheated which prompted Donovan to take over the joystick and destroy the rivals robot. After all of that his sister went into labor disrupting the whole meet! In the end, Donovan is an uncle to a little girl named after the team robot and Donovan rubbed off on everyone at the Academy a bit, as well as vise versa. The theme of story was certainly about how we are all gifted in our own way and you never know who will make a difference in your life!




    Ms. Jeffrey: Theodore Boone Kid Lawyer by John Grisham

    The trial of Pete Duffy continues and it seems like the State is having a hard time proving Mr. Duffy’s guilt.  They have established motive but they can’t prove that he was the one who murdered his wife. In an interesting turn of events, Theo learned a boy he tutors at a homeless shleter has information about the murder.  This boy, Julio, has a cousin who works at the golf course in the Duffy’s subdivision. On the day of the murder he witnessed a man hurrying into the Duffy home wearing two gold gloves. The kids are wondering if this was Mr. Duffy.  

     

    Writing

    Students in Ms. Jeffrey’s class took a break from formal writing during our first week of SBAC testing.

     

    Students in Mrs. K. Mead’s room students began brainstorming for narrative topics but will really dive into narrative writing following SBAC.

     

    Students in Mrs. S. Mead’s room took a break from formal writing during our first week of SBAC testing.



    Word Study

    Students continue to work on a variety of spelling features.  They have a word study choice board in their literacy binders.  The choice board and forms are all posted on the team website.  In addition, the completed sorts for each group can be found in the word study section of the team website.  

     

    Students completed Form C of the Developmental Spelling Assessment. We have regrouped them based on their needs and we will do a final five weeks of instruction after April break.

     

    Science

    We continued with the Earth Science unit.  As part of this unit students will learn about changes in the Earth’s surface through erosion, weathering, volcanoes, earthquakes, etc. Students participated in the first of two engineering kits in this unit. This one centered around soil types and construction. The groups worked together (or are still working together) to create a bridge called a TarPul that can carry the weight of two people across a river. They had to consider things such as soil composition, village traditions for the people living near the river, and bends in the river where erosion would be most rapid.

     

    Ms. Jeffrey’s class continued working on the EiE kit “A Stick in the Mud.”  We finished reading Suman and the Karnali River. The students tested both rocky and organic soil.  As part of their tests they compacted the soil to ¼” and ½”. They concluded rocky soil supports the tarpul better than organic soil.  In addition, based on the results they decided compacted soil more supportive than loose soil.

     

    Mrs. S. Mead’s class is also in the middle of the EiE kit “A Stick in the Mud.” The students completed their TarPul bridges and tested them!

     

    Mrs. K. Mead’s class started the EiE kit “A Stick in the Mud.” This week we read the story that sets up the problem and began planning for the hands on activities that we will begin next week.  

     

    Important Happenings/Information

     

    SBAC

    The multi-age team completed their first week of SBAC testing. We have one more week to go, and the students are half way through!  To avoid makeup sessions for students please try to avoid morning appointments during those two weeks. We will be testing from 10:00 - 11:30 each day.

     

    Fairbanks Museum

    Thank you to everyone for supporting this trip! If you haven’t sent in the permission slip yet, please do so.  The cost per person is $52. Checks should be made payable to FMS.

     

    Chaperones will need to complete the volunteer process outlined on the EWSD website in order to participate in this trip. Filling out this form should only take a few minutes.We are asking that parents who indicated an interest in chaperoning on the initial survey send their child’s homeroom teacher an email confirming their intention to join on the trip. That way we'll know which names to look for in the database.



    Student Advisory

    Student Advisory meetings will be held on the following dates: May 11 and May 25

    End of the Day Pick-Ups

    It’s important that we ensure students’ safety at dismissal time. One of our responsibilities is to make sure students who are being picked up go with an adult that has permission to take them. In order for this to be the case, the child’s parent either needs to send a note/email that day, OR the adult has to be placed on a“pick up list” with the office. This can be done by emailing Arthea Leggett (aleggett@ewsd.org).

     

    There are many students who are picked up regularly by adults who are not actually on that child’s pick-up list. We need to be diligent about this, so please take the time to email Arthea with the names of anyone who has your permission to pick up your child from school so that we can be as efficient at dismissal time as possible!

     

    Student Allergies

    We have some students on our team with severe, life-threatening allergies to tree nuts.  That means foods containing tree nuts or foods processed in a facility with tree nuts will not be allowed in the classroom.  Please read food labels carefully. In addition, whole class snacks for birthdays and celebrations should be gluten free.

    Please plan to pack your child's snack in a separate bag or container to keep the snack away from any lunch items containing tree nuts. Everyday students will leave their lunch boxes in crates in the hallway.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

    Team Wish List

    We go through many of these things throughout the year, so any donations are always greatly appreciated!

      • DCF books (click on this link for titles)
      • Ziploc bags (snack, quart or gallon)
    • colored Sharpie markers
    • Vis a Vis markers
    • Post It Notes
    • Colored Card Stock
    • Expo markers
    • Kleenex
    • paper plates
    • paper bowls
    • plastic spoons

    Responsive Classroom

    If you are interested in learning more about this approach to teaching children, you can check out their website! There are great articles about how children learn based on their developmental age, as well as classroom routines and expectations that are aimed at teaching children how to treat each other, work hard, and take responsibility for their part in a community of learners.

     

    Responsive Classroom

    Band and Orchestra

    It is each student’s’ responsibility to get to his/her lessons on time. While at lessons, students will likely miss instructional time in the classroom. We will continue to discuss with the students the importance of making up the class work that they miss while they are at a lesson. If they miss direct instruction they will have to see us at recess and/or quiet time to catch up on the material.

    Practice Superstars

    The following students completed all their assignments on time last week.

    Jeffrey:  4, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23

    S. Mead: 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 19, 21

    K. Mead: 3, 5, 6, 8, 12, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23

    Model Citizen

    Jeffrey: 19

    S. Mead: 19

    K. Mead: 20

    Parent Volunteers

    There is information posted on the EWSD website for parents interested in volunteering.  Here is the direct link.

    Upcoming Events

    May 7      Early Release day - students dismissed at 12:00

    May 28    Memorial Day - no school

    June 7       Fairbanks Museum field trip

    June 11     Fourth Grade field trip to Spare Time  8:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

    June 13     Fifth Grade Moving On Ceremony 8:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at EMS

    June 14     Fifth Grade field trip to Sand Hill Park  11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    June 14     Last day of school

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  • April 16-20

    Posted by Stacey Mead on 4/29/2018 10:00:00 AM

    The students handled the rainy weather and a few days inside recess with a great deal of self-control.  They want sunny spring weather like the rest of us!

     

    Academics

    Math

    This week in math we wrapped our work with area, perimeter and volume.  For area we continued to focus on the connection between it and multiplication.  By the end of the week students learned how to find the area of two or more squares of rectangles connected to one another.  For volume, students worked on a variety of learning opportunities including some gRaham fletcher 3 Act tasks. The work was certainly challenging and they showed a good deal of perseverance.  After break we will begin a unit on customary measurement.

     

    Mrs. K. Meads class started an interdisciplinary project using Dash the robot. Teams of students had to plan a trip around the world for Dash using a wall sized world map. On their trip, Dash had to visit each continent. Students measured how far he needed to travel in centimeters and wrote code so he could move. They then converted their distances into millimeters, centimeters, and kilometers. If there is time before April vacation students will also use the scale on the map to determine the actual amount of kilometers Dash would travel if he really took their trip. Students are also writing a narrative about why Dash is traveling the world. They may choose the genre they are writing in. These stories will be shared before vacation.  

     

    We continue to use a number talk as a way to teach students computation strategies.   We are looking for them to build efficiency and flexibility. Recently, students have continued with a variety of number talk topics ranging from whole number division to decimal division using proportional reasoning.

     

    We want to remind families that students’ instruction is based on what they show us they are ready for on pre-assessments, and the groups they are a part of are flexible and will change from day to day.  

    Math Stars

    Students continue to work on Math Stars. Below are a few reminders about how this program works.

    • Students should work independently.  Parents should NOT offer any assistance.
    • We recognize the problems are challenging but this program teaches students perseverance.
    • We go over the problems together on Thursdays in a group session. Sometimes students can also follow-up individually with their teachers with specific questions.
    • This is an optional program so students can do a few or all of the problems.  If they have a busy week they don’t have to do any Math Stars.

     

    Reading

    Students finished with mystery book groups. After break we will continue with this genre and the students will participate in a round of literature circles.  Some of the books will repeat and we are adding in a few new titles.. They will have assignments due each Wednesday and Friday. The titles students may read are The Westing Game, Hoot, Time for Andrew, Dark Life, Wait Till Helen Comes, Spy X: The Code, The Old Willis Place, When You Reach Me, Room One, Deep and Dark and Dangerous and Closed for the Season. The Assignments for these books is linked on our website under “Literature Circles” and then “Mysteries.”

     

    Read Aloud

    Mrs. S. Mead: Book Scavenger, by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

    The class finished Book Scavenger with Miss O’Leary! What a fantastic way to end our time with her! She also left us with a new book based on how much the students enjoyed Book Scavenger. We can’t wait to read it!

     

    Mrs. K. Mead: Ungifted by Gordon Korman

    Donovan has continued to hide out at the Academy despite growing suspicions that he doesn’t belong there. He has also continued to bring the Academy kids out of their shell and the teachers have noticed the impact he has had. Some have even wondered if that is what makes him gifted- his social skills. Oz, Donovan’s homeroom teacher, was so skeptical of whether he belonged there or not that he had Donovan retake the entrance exam. Donovan was sure he was about to be kicked out for failing the exam. To his surprise the mouse on his test started moving on its own and he passed with flying colors- because someone, he doesn’t know who, helped him cheat on the test! Donovan’s sister has figured out that Donovan was the one who wrecked the gym but is surprised to hear that his reasoning for hiding out is less about trying to avoid getting in trouble and more about trying to spare his parents the potential financial burden of his consequences. We are wondering when Donovan will be found out and who at the Academy was willing to risk their own spot to try to save Donovan’s!





    Ms. Jeffrey: Theodore Boone Kid Lawyer by John Grisham

    Theo Boone is a thirteen year old aspiring lawyer.  Both his parents are lawyers and Theo wants nothing more to follow in their footsteps.  They live in Strattenburg, and a recent murder has the town on edge. Theo and his classmates were at the courthouse for the opening arguments. Both lawyers made very convincing statements and Theo and his classmates are split about what they think.  Theo believes Mr. Duffy is guilty but he doesn’t think the state will be able to prove the case. We also learned that Mr. Duffy has an unsavory character working on his defense team whose name is Omar Cheepe. Mr. Cheepe has twice looked right at Theo with a mean glare and the students are wondering why.

    Writing

    Ms. Jeffrey’s class wrapped up the opinion writing unit.  We conferred on student drafts of school uniform essays and identified a few areas for improvement in the revising step of the writing process.   In addition, they wrote a review of the book they read for book groups. After break we will move onto narrative writing.

     

    Students in Mrs. K. Mead’s room students are editing their choice opinion writing pieces and also working on their Dash stories which are based on their project in math. We wrapped this up before vacation.

     

    Students in Mrs. S. Mead’s room finished up before vacation with their final “polished” opinion piece. After vacation we will be moving into narrative writing along with the rest of the team!



    Word Study

    Students continue to work on a variety of spelling features.  They have a word study choice board in their literacy binders.  The choice board and forms are all posted on the team website.  In addition, the completed sorts for each group can be found in the word study section of the team website.  

     

    Students completed Form C of the Developmental Spelling Assessment. We have regrouped them based on their needs and we will do a final five weeks of instruction after April break.

     

    Science

    We continued with the Earth Science unit.  As part of this unit students will learn about changes in the Earth’s surface through erosion, weathering, volcanoes, earthquakes, etc.  In addition, they will learn about topographic maps. Later in the unit they will study water quality and distribution on Earth. We will complete two Engineering in Elementary units which will be very engaging for the students.

     

    Ms. Jeffrey’s class continued working on the EiE kit “A Stick in the Mud.”  We finished reading Suman and the Karnali River. The students looked at maps of a river in 1920 and in 1974 and identified places that had the greatest erosion.  They discovered bends in rivers usually have the most erosion which is caused by the increased flow of the water. In addition, they looked at a map of Suman’s village and the Karnali river and evaluated six possible sites for the tarpul.  They looked at a variety of factors including the sites distance to the village, the type of soil on the riverbank and the curve of the river. As part of this work the students completed the Ask phase of the engineering design process. After break they will continue this unit with the rest of the steps including designing their own tarpul and testing it out.

     

    Mrs. S. Mead’s class is also in the middle of the EiE kit “A Stick in the Mud.” The students will be creating their TarPul bridges this week and testing them out!

     

    Mrs. K. Mead’s class continued to focus on erosion this week. We will begin the EiE kit “Stick in the Mud” following vacation. This kit will be an opportunity for students to try their hand at the Engineering Design Process.  

     

    Important Happenings/Information

     

    Placement Forms

    Fifth grade parent placement forms were due Friday, April 6.  If you haven’t yet returned this and want your feedback considered, please do so as soon as possible.

     

    Fourth grade parents did NOT receive placement forms as the multi-age is considered a two year placement.  However, parents can certainly request a placement form from the office if they would like to appeal their child’s placement for a second year on the multi-age team.

     

    SBAC

    The multi-age team is doing SBAC testing the two weeks after April break.  To avoid makeup sessions for students please try to avoid morning appointments during those two weeks.  We will be testing from 10:00 - 11:30 each day.

     

    Fairbanks Museum

    Thank you to everyone for supporting this trip! We sent permission slips and medical forms home a few weeks. Please return these by Wednesday, May 2nd along with any payment you pledged to make.  The cost per person is $52. Checks should be made payable to FMS.  

     

    Chaperones will need to complete the volunteer process outlined on the EWSD website in order to participate in this trip. Filling out this form should only take a few minutes and we are asking that you do so by April 20th. This will allow us to check the chaperon database over vacation and send any reminder emails if necessary. We are asking that parents who indicated an interest in chaperoning on the initial survey send their child’s homeroom teacher an email confirming their intention to join on the trip. That way we'll know which names to look for in the database.

     

    Student Teachers

    We were so lucky to have Miss O’Leary and Miss LaVallee on the team since January.  We wish them well in the future!

     

    Student Advisory

    Student Advisory meetings will be held on the following dates: May 11 and May 25

    End of the Day Pick-Ups

    It’s important that we ensure students’ safety at dismissal time. One of our responsibilities is to make sure students who are being picked up go with an adult that has permission to take them. In order for this to be the case, the child’s parent either needs to send a note/email that day, OR the adult has to be placed on a“pick up list” with the office. This can be done by emailing Arthea Leggett (aleggett@ewsd.org).

     

    There are many students who are picked up regularly by adults who are not actually on that child’s pick-up list. We need to be diligent about this, so please take the time to email Arthea with the names of anyone who has your permission to pick up your child from school so that we can be as efficient at dismissal time as possible!

     

    Student Allergies

    We have some students on our team with severe, life-threatening allergies to tree nuts.  That means foods containing tree nuts or foods processed in a facility with tree nuts will not be allowed in the classroom.  Please read food labels carefully. In addition, whole class snacks for birthdays and celebrations should be gluten free.

    Please plan to pack your child's snack in a separate bag or container to keep the snack away from any lunch items containing tree nuts. Everyday students will leave their lunch boxes in crates in the hallway.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

    Team Wish List

    We go through many of these things throughout the year, so any donations are always greatly appreciated!

      • DCF books (click on this link for titles)
      • Ziploc bags (snack, quart or gallon)
    • colored Sharpie markers
    • Vis a Vis markers
    • Post It Notes
    • Colored Card Stock
    • Expo markers
    • Kleenex
    • paper plates
    • paper bowls
    • plastic spoons

    Responsive Classroom

    If you are interested in learning more about this approach to teaching children, you can check out their website! There are great articles about how children learn based on their developmental age, as well as classroom routines and expectations that are aimed at teaching children how to treat each other, work hard, and take responsibility for their part in a community of learners.

     

    Responsive Classroom

    Band and Orchestra

    It is each student’s’ responsibility to get to his/her lessons on time. While at lessons, students will likely miss instructional time in the classroom. We will continue to discuss with the students the importance of making up the class work that they miss while they are at a lesson. If they miss direct instruction they will have to see us at recess and/or quiet time to catch up on the material.

    Practice Superstars

    The following students completed all their assignments on time last week.

    Jeffrey:  4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23

    S. Mead: 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 19, 21

    K. Mead: 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 15, 15, 16, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23

    Model Citizen

    Jeffrey: 16

    S. Mead: 8

    K. Mead: 15

    Parent Volunteers

    There is information posted on the EWSD website for parents interested in volunteering.  Here is the direct link.

    Upcoming Events

    April 20    Chaperon Online Form completed if attending the Fairbanks trip

    May 2       Fairbanks Permission Slip and Medical Form due

    May 7      Early Release day - students dismissed at 12:00

    May 28    Memorial Day - no school

    June 7       Fairbanks Museum field trip

    June 11     Fourth Grade field trip to Spare Time  8:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

    June 13     Fifth Grade Moving On Ceremony 8:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at EMS

    June 14     Fifth Grade field trip to Sand Hill Park  11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    June 14     Last day of school



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  • April 9th - 13th

    Posted by Kelsey Mead on 4/16/2018 3:45:00 PM

    It was nice to enjoy some warmer weather during recess. Cross your fingers it sticks around this time!

     

    Academics

    Math

    This week in math students began working on area, perimeter and volume. Based on their pre-assessments students began their learning in different places focusing on the difference between area and perimeter, problem solving with area and perimeter, modeling with volume or problem solving with volume. Students had opportunities for hands on tasks, as well as three act tasks and planning their dream rooms. This work will continue next week as well.

     

    Mrs. K. Meads class started an interdisciplinary project using Dash the robot. Teams of students had to plan a trip around the world for Dash using a wall sized world map. On their trip, Dash had to visit each continent. Students measured how far he needed to travel in centimeters and wrote code so he could move. They then converted their distances into millimeters, centimeters, and kilometers. If there is time before April vacation students will also use the scale on the map to determine the actual amount of kilometers Dash would travel if he really took their trip. Students are also writing a narrative about why Dash is traveling the world. They may choose the genre they are writing in. These stories will be shared before vacation.  

     

    We continue to use a number talk as a way to teach students computation strategies.   We are looking for them to build efficiency and flexibility. Recently, students have continued with a variety of number talk topics ranging from whole number division to decimal division using proportional reasoning.

     

    We want to remind families that students’ instruction is based on what they show us they are ready for on pre-assessments, and the groups they are a part of are flexible and will change from day to day.  

    Math Stars

    Students continue to work on Math Stars. Below are a few reminders about how this program works.

    • Students should work independently.  Parents should NOT offer any assistance.
    • We recognize the problems are challenging but this program teaches students perseverance.
    • We go over the problems together on Thursdays in a group session. Sometimes students can also follow-up individually with their teachers with specific questions.
    • This is an optional program so students can do a few or all of the problems.  If they have a busy week they don’t have to do any Math Stars.

     

    Reading

    Students continued with mystery book groups. They are reading a variety of mysteries, some of which are also ghost stories. They will have assignments due each Wednesday and Friday. The titles students are reading are Dark Life, Wait Till Helen Comes, Spy X: The Code, The Old Willis Place, When You Reach Me, Room One, Deep and Dark and Dangerous and Closed for the Season. The Assignments for these books is linked on our website under “Book Groups” and then “Mysteries.” They will wrap up the week before April vacation.

     

    Read Aloud

    Mrs. S. Mead: Book Scavenger, by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

    Emily found out that Babbage, another book scavenger user at her school, was actually her social studies teacher Mr. Quisling. He convinced her to give The Gold Bug up to him so he could return it to Mr. Remora. Emily also found out her parents sold their book - 50 Homes in 50 States, which means that they’ll have to move again. Upset, Emily, James, and Matthew all head to Mr. Remora’s house, where they worm their way in. Mr. Remora was acting strange, and all of a sudden, the men from the BART stations (Barry and Clyde) showed up! It turns out that all three men were working together to get the prize from Mr. Griswolds game - but we don’t know the prize yet as readers. We have so many predictions and are eagerly waiting to read what happens next!

     

    Mrs. K. Mead: Ungifted by Gordon Korman

    Donovan has continued to try to fit in at the Academy for Scholastic Distinction. He found he is particularly adept at driving the robot for the robotics team but has yet to shine academically. He is hoping to continue to blend in, so he can avoid going back to Hardcastle Middle School where he will likely get caught for damaging the gym. In the meantime he is also having an affect on the students of ASD. Chole is getting to attend her first dance, and Noah Youkilis has found a new love in YouTube. Donovan has found that he is growing the care for the the students at ASD which showed when they all attended the Valentines Dance and Donovan stood up to his former friends who were trying to make fun of them. We are curious to see how long Donovan can keep up this charade.



    Ms. Jeffrey: Theodore Boone Kid Lawyer by John Grisham

    Theo Boone is a thirteen year old aspiring lawyer.  Both his parents are lawyers and Theo wants nothing more to follow in their footsteps.  They live in Strattenburg, and a recent murder has the town on edge. Since Theo knows many people in law enforcement he was able to get his class balcony seats to the opening arguments of the trial.  Theo has shared his expertise with his peers including the difference between the prosecution and the defense and what the state has to do to prove the accused is guilty. Theo is well respected by his classmates because of his vast knowledge of the law.  One of the students from his school recently consulted with him because this boy’s parents are facing foreclosure and he hoped Theo’s parents could help.

    Writing

    Ms. Jeffrey’s class continued working with argument/opinion writing.  They finished drafting their essays on school uniforms. The students watched two short news stories about uniforms in school.  They once again identified the pros and cons presented in both. Our focus next week will be editing and revising. After break we will move onto narrative writing.   



    Students in Mrs. K. Mead’s room students are editing their choice opinion writing pieces and also working on their Dash stories which are based on their project in math. We will have this writing wrapped up before vacation.



    Word Study

    Students continue to work on a variety of spelling features.  They have a word study choice board in their literacy binders.  The choice board and forms are all posted on the team website.  In addition, the completed sorts for each group can be found in the word study section of the team website.  

     

    Students started taking Form C of the Developmental Spelling Assessment. We will use this assessment to regroup students after vacation.

     

    Science

    We continued with the Earth Science unit.  As part of this unit students will learn about changes in the Earth’s surface through erosion, weathering, volcanoes, earthquakes, etc.  In addition, they will learn about topographic maps. Later in the unit they will study water quality and distribution on Earth. We will complete two Engineering in Elementary units which will be very engaging for the students.

     

    Ms. Jeffrey’s class continued to learn about weathering, erosion and deposition.  We began the EiE kit entitled “A Stick in the Mud.” This unit begins with a story in which a problem and the engineering design process is introduced.  This story is about a boy named Suman who lives in Nepal. He is worried because each rainy season the river erodes and his family is unable to cross the river to get to the village.  This is especially important to Suman because his grandmother has health problems and they need to be able to get her to the clinic quickly. Suman learns that there is a plan to build a tarpul over the river.  He meets a geotechnical engineer named Kedar who will be involved in planning the best place to put the tarpul.

     

    Mrs. S. Mead’s class

    Mrs. K. Mead’s class completed a Mystery Science activity about erosion and how rock slides can shape the earth. Students completed a sort requiring them to identify the difference between weathering, erosion, and deposition. They also looked at evidence of real world erosion and hypothesised about what caused the changes in the landscape.

     

    Important Happenings/Information

     

    Placement Forms

    Fifth grade parent placement forms were due Friday, April 6.  If you haven’t yet returned this and want your feedback considered, please do so as soon as possible.

     

    Fourth grade parents did NOT receive placement forms as the multi-age is considered a two year placement.  However, parents can certainly request a placement form from the office if they would like to appeal their child’s placement for a second year on the multi-age team.

     

    SBAC

    The multi-age team is doing SBAC testing the two weeks after April break.  To avoid makeup sessions for students please try to avoid morning appointments during those two weeks.  We will be testing from 10:00 - 11:30 each day.

     

    Fairbanks Museum

    Thank you to everyone for supporting this trip! On Wednesday of this past week we sent home permission slips and medical forms. Please return these by Wednesday, May 2nd along with any payment you pledged to make.

     

    Chaperones will need to complete the volunteer process outlined on the EWSD website in order to participate in this trip. Filling out this form should only take a few minutes and we are asking that you do so by April 20th. This will allow us to check the chaperon database over vacation and send any reminder emails if necessary. We are asking that parents who indicated an interest in chaperoning on the initial survey send their child’s homeroom teacher an email confirming their intention to join on the trip. That way we'll know which names to look for in the database.

     

    Student Teachers

    Miss O’Leary and Miss LaVallee did a great job taking over this week, but Ms. Jeffrey and Mrs. S. Mead are excited to get back into class with the students!

     

    Student Advisory

    Student Advisory meetings will be held on the following dates: April 20, May 11 and May 25

    End of the Day Pick-Ups

    It’s important that we ensure students’ safety at dismissal time. One of our responsibilities is to make sure students who are being picked up go with an adult that has permission to take them. In order for this to be the case, the child’s parent either needs to send a note/email that day, OR the adult has to be placed on a“pick up list” with the office. This can be done by emailing Arthea Leggett (aleggett@ewsd.org).

     

    There are many students who are picked up regularly by adults who are not actually on that child’s pick-up list. We need to be diligent about this, so please take the time to email Arthea with the names of anyone who has your permission to pick up your child from school so that we can be as efficient at dismissal time as possible!

     

    Student Allergies

    We have some students on our team with severe, life-threatening allergies to tree nuts.  That means foods containing tree nuts or foods processed in a facility with tree nuts will not be allowed in the classroom.  Please read food labels carefully. In addition, whole class snacks for birthdays and celebrations should be gluten free.

    Please plan to pack your child's snack in a separate bag or container to keep the snack away from any lunch items containing tree nuts. Everyday students will leave their lunch boxes in crates in the hallway.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

    Team Wish List

    We go through many of these things throughout the year, so any donations are always greatly appreciated!

      • DCF books (click on this link for titles)
      • Ziploc bags (snack, quart or gallon)
    • colored Sharpie markers
    • Vis a Vis markers
    • Post It Notes
    • Colored Card Stock
    • Expo markers
    • Kleenex
    • paper plates
    • paper bowls
    • plastic spoons

    Responsive Classroom

    If you are interested in learning more about this approach to teaching children, you can check out their website! There are great articles about how children learn based on their developmental age, as well as classroom routines and expectations that are aimed at teaching children how to treat each other, work hard, and take responsibility for their part in a community of learners.

     

    Responsive Classroom

    Band and Orchestra

    It is each student’s’ responsibility to get to his/her lessons on time. While at lessons, students will likely miss instructional time in the classroom. We will continue to discuss with the students the importance of making up the class work that they miss while they are at a lesson. If they miss direct instruction they will have to see us at recess and/or quiet time to catch up on the material.

    Practice Superstars

    The following students completed all their assignments on time last week.

    Jeffrey:  1, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23

    S. Mead: 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 19

    K. Mead: 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23

    Model Citizen

    Jeffrey: 10

    S. Mead: 8

    K. Mead: 16

    Parent Volunteers

    There is information posted on the EWSD website for parents interested in volunteering.  Here is the direct link.

    Upcoming Events

    April 20    Chaperon Online Form completed if attending the Fairbanks trip

    April 23 - 27  April break

    May 2       Fairbanks Permission Slip and Medical Form due

    May 7      Early Release day - students dismissed at 12:00

    May 27    Memorial Day - no school

    June 7       Fairbanks Museum field trip

    June 14     Last day of school

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  • April 2-6

    Posted by Stacey Mead on 4/11/2018 12:00:00 PM

    The students are certainly getting excited for vacation but are staying focused on their learning.

     

    Academics

    Math

    This week in math students continued learning about the Metric System.  They worked with Metric Mass. Students used both balance and digital scales to measure various objects in the classroom. Other students continued to work on tasks that involved some measurement, fractions and decimals.  Next week we will be moving on to area, perimeter and volume.

     

    We continue to use a number talk as a way to teach students computation strategies.   We are looking for them to build efficiency and flexibility. Recently, students have continued with a variety of number talk topics ranging from whole number division to decimal division using proportional reasoning.

     

    We want to remind families that students’ instruction is based on what they show us they are ready for on pre-assessments, and the groups they are a part of are flexible and will change from day to day.  

    Math Stars

    Students continue to work on Math Stars. Below are a few reminders about how this program works.

    • Students should work independently.  Parents should NOT offer any assistance.
    • We recognize the problems are challenging but this program teaches students perseverance.
    • We go over the problems together on Thursdays in a group session. Sometimes students can also follow-up individually with their teachers with specific questions.
    • This is an optional program so students can do a few or all of the problems.  If they have a busy week they don’t have to do any Math Stars.

     

    Reading

    Students continued with mystery book groups. They are reading a variety of mysteries, some of which are also ghost stories. They will have assignments due each Wednesday and Friday. The titles students are reading are Dark Life, Wait Till Helen Comes, Spy X: The Code, The Old Willis Place, When You Reach Me, Room One, Deep and Dark and Dangerous and Closed for the Season. The Assignments for these books is linked on our website under “Book Groups” and then “Mysteries.” They will wrap up the week before April vacation.

     

    Read Aloud

    Mrs. S. Mead: Book Scavenger, by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

    In our reading this week, James and Emily got into a huge fight over the cipher challenge they’ve been working on. James felt that Emily was too busy trying to solve the mystery of Mr. Griswolds challenge to help him - something that he promised to do. As of right now, they are no longer talking to each other! Emily stated that she has never felt more alone than she ever has before - even though she’s been the new student so many times. In the meantime, Emily and her brother Matthew are starting to reform their bond. They went book scavenging together and solved the next hint in Griswolds game - it will be interesting to see how this bond continues to regrow. As readers, we are anticipating the next moves in the game and whether or not James and Emily will makeup soon! We are also starting to see many connections in the book that all lead back to Poe and we are consistently making predictions as we go!

     

    Mrs. K. Mead: Ungifted by Gordon Korman

    This week we started Ungifted which is a former Dorothy’s List book. Donovan Curtis is impulsive by his own description. He often acts then thinks which has led him to have a reputation for quite the trouble maker. He solidifies this reputation when he smacks the Atlas statue at his school with a stick which sends the bronze globe rolling into the gym in the middle of the biggest basketball game of the year. He is pretty sure he is able to get suspended or expelled when instead, due to a clerical error, he is invited to the Academy for Scholastic Distinction. He is now hiding out among some of the most gifted minds in the area trying not to get caught for what he did. The ASD is starting to get suspicious as they have yet to find the area that Donovan is gifted in. Meanwhile he is having quite the effect on the kids around him. We are curious to see if Donovan can keep up this act, as well as having interesting conversations about lying and if Donovan’s perpetuation of his mistake will make the consequences of his actions even larger.  



    Ms. Jeffrey: North of Nowhere by Liz Kessler

    We finished reading North of Nowhere on Thursday this week. We were all on the edge of our seats as we learned more and more about the mysterious time travel that was going on throughout the book. We learned a lot of new information about the characters. We found out that Mia’s pen pal Dee was really her grandmother, and they were writing to each other 50 years apart. Mia’s grandmother, Diane, had kept her diary after all those years and showed it to Mia. We then learned that Mia’s grandad, the one who had been missing all week, was Peter. He got trapped on Luffsand’s 50 years in the past when that horrible storm hit, and had lived his whole life without his family. Peter, or Pip, told his family the whole story and explained to them how it all happened. Our predictions were right, it was all because of the compass and the boat! All of our questions were answered by the last few chapters of the book. On Friday, we started our new read aloud book Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer and are excited to dive into this mystery!

    Writing

    Ms. Jeffrey’s class continued working with argument/opinion writing.  They are working on their essays on school uniforms. The students watched two short news stories about uniforms in school.  They once again identified the pros and cons presented in both. They have drafted their introductions and two body paragraphs.    

     

    Students in Mrs. S. Mead’s room have continued with opinion writing. Students are now working on their second lengthier piece, one which is more independent than the first. The topic is still one of their choosing, and in this piece they will attempt to address a counter argument. However, this past week the students took a break from their lengthier pieces to do some daily writing prompts with Miss O’Leary.

     

    Students in Mrs. K. Mead’s room students wrote counter arguments for their Batman writing and are now starting to write their choice argument pieces following the same format. Students will finish writing this week and begin peer editing.  



    Word Study

    Students continue to work on a variety of spelling features.  They have a word study choice board in their literacy binders.  The choice board and forms are all posted on the team website.  In addition, the completed sorts for each group can be found in the word study section of the team website.  We will reassess the students before April break.

     

    Science

    We continued with the Earth Science unit.  As part of this unit students will learn about changes in the Earth’s surface through erosion, weathering, volcanoes, earthquakes, etc.  In addition, they will learn about topographic maps. Later in the unit they will study water quality and distribution on Earth. We will complete two Engineering in Elementary units which will be very engaging for the students.

     

    Ms. Jeffrey’s class continued to learn about weathering, erosion and deposition.  Next week they will begin the Engineering in Elementary unit on erosion which is entitled A Stick in the Mud.

     

    Mrs. S. Mead’s class spent this week learning about fossils with Miss O’Leary. They got to do science court which is always fun!

     

    Mrs. K. Mead’s class completed a Mystery Science activity about erosion and how rock slides can shape the earth. We then focused on landslides and erosion, watching videos about both. Students will complete multiple sorts this week, identifying the difference between weathering, erosion, and deposition. We will also look at some recent real world examples of erosion.

     

    Important Happenings/Information

     

    Placement Forms

    Fifth grade parent placement forms were due Friday, April 6.  If you haven’t yet returned this and want your feedback considered, please do so as soon as possible.

     

    Fourth grade parents did NOT receive placement forms as the multi-age is considered a two year placement.  However, parents can certainly request a placement form from the office if they would like to appeal their child’s placement for a second year on the multi-age team.



    SBAC

    The multi-age team is doing SBAC testing the two weeks after April break.  To avoid makeup sessions for students please try to avoid morning appointments during those two weeks.  We will be testing from 10:00 - 11:30 each day.

     

    Fairbanks Museum

    Thank you to everyone for supporting this trip! On Wednesday of this past week we sent home permission slips and medical forms. Please return these by Wednesday, May 2nd along with any payment you pledged to make.

     

    Chaperones will need to complete the volunteer process outlined on the EWSD website in order to participate in this trip. Filling out this form should only take a few minutes and we are asking that you do so by April 20th. This will allow us to check the chaperon database over vacation and send any reminder emails if necessary. We are asking that parents who indicated an interest in chaperoning on the initial survey send their child’s homeroom teacher an email confirming their intention to join on the trip. That way we'll know which names to look for in the database.

     

    Student Teachers

    Miss O’Leary and Miss LaVallee did a great job taking over this week, but Ms. Jeffrey and Mrs. S. Mead are excited to get back into class with the students!

     

    Student Advisory

    Student Advisory meetings will be held on the following dates: April 20, May 11 and May 25

    End of the Day Pick-Ups

    It’s important that we ensure students’ safety at dismissal time. One of our responsibilities is to make sure students who are being picked up go with an adult that has permission to take them. In order for this to be the case, the child’s parent either needs to send a note/email that day, OR the adult has to be placed on a“pick up list” with the office. This can be done by emailing Arthea Leggett (aleggett@ewsd.org).

     

    There are many students who are picked up regularly by adults who are not actually on that child’s pick-up list. We need to be diligent about this, so please take the time to email Arthea with the names of anyone who has your permission to pick up your child from school so that we can be as efficient at dismissal time as possible!



    Student Allergies

    We have some students on our team with severe, life-threatening allergies to tree nuts.  That means foods containing tree nuts or foods processed in a facility with tree nuts will not be allowed in the classroom.  Please read food labels carefully. In addition, whole class snacks for birthdays and celebrations should be gluten free.

    Please plan to pack your child's snack in a separate bag or container to keep the snack away from any lunch items containing tree nuts. Everyday students will leave their lunch boxes in crates in the hallway.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

    Team Wish List

    We go through many of these things throughout the year, so any donations are always greatly appreciated!

      • DCF books (click on this link for titles)
      • Ziploc bags (snack, quart or gallon)
    • colored Sharpie markers
    • Vis a Vis markers
    • Post It Notes
    • Colored Card Stock
    • Expo markers
    • Kleenex
    • paper plates
    • paper bowls
    • plastic spoons

    Responsive Classroom

    If you are interested in learning more about this approach to teaching children, you can check out their website! There are great articles about how children learn based on their developmental age, as well as classroom routines and expectations that are aimed at teaching children how to treat each other, work hard, and take responsibility for their part in a community of learners.

     

    Responsive Classroom

    Band and Orchestra

    It is each student’s’ responsibility to get to his/her lessons on time. While at lessons, students will likely miss instructional time in the classroom. We will continue to discuss with the students the importance of making up the class work that they miss while they are at a lesson. If they miss direct instruction they will have to see us at recess and/or quiet time to catch up on the material.

    Practice Superstars

    The following students completed all their assignments on time last week.

    Jeffrey:  1, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23

    S. Mead: 1, 2, 3, 5 , 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 19, 21

    K. Mead: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23

    Model Citizen

    Jeffrey: 9

    S. Mead: 2

    K. Mead: 7

    Parent Volunteers

    There is information posted on the EWSD website for parents interested in volunteering.  Here is the direct link.

    Upcoming Events

    April 20    Chaperon Online Form completed if attending the Fairbanks trip

    April 23 - 27  April break

    May 2       Fairbanks Permission Slip and Medical Form due

    May 7      Early Release day - students dismissed at 12:00

    May 27    Memorial Day - no school

    June 7       Fairbanks Museum field trip

    June 14     Last day of school

     

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  • March 26-30

    Posted by Stacey Mead on 3/30/2018 4:00:00 PM

    It was great to have five days of instruction with the students!  

     

    Academics

    Math

    This week in math students continued learned about the Metric System.  They worked with word problems which required them to convert length units.  They also learned about capacity units. The students estimated the capacity of a variety of containers.  Then they filled the containers with water and used measuring cups to determine the actual capacity in liters and milliliters. Other students continued to work on decimal tasks which also involved some measurements.  The metric system will continue next week and then we will spend two weeks on area, perimeter and volume.

     

    We continue to use a number talk as a way to teach students computation strategies.   We are looking for them to build efficiency and flexibility. Recently, students have participated in a variety of number talk topics ranging from whole number division to decimal division using proportional reasoning.

     

    We want to remind families that students’ instruction is based on what they show us they are ready for on pre-assessments, and the groups they are a part of are flexible and will change from day to day.  

    Math Stars

    Students continue to work on Math Stars. Below are a few reminders about how this program works.

    • Students should work independently.  Parents should NOT offer any assistance.
    • We recognize the problems are challenging but this program teaches students perseverance.
    • We go over the problems together on Thursdays in a group session. Sometimes students can also follow-up individually with their teachers with specific questions.
    • This is an optional program so students can do a few or all of the problems.  If they have a busy week they don’t have to do any Math Stars.







    Reading

    Students began mystery book groups. They are reading a variety of mysteries, some of which are also ghost stories. They will have assignments due each Wednesday and Friday. The titles students are reading are Dark Life, Wait Till Helen Comes, Spy X: The Code, The Old Willis Place, When You Reach Me, Room One, Deep and Dark and Dangerous and Closed for the Season. The Assignments for these books is linked on our website under “Book Groups” and then “Mysteries.”

     

    Read Aloud

    Mrs. S. Mead: Book Scavenger, by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

    We continued reading Book Scavenger. We are slowly learning more and more about the mystery behind The Gold Bug found in the local BART station. Emily started at her new school and one of her teachers started a cipher challenge, something she and James are excited for. They even made a bet with one of the other girls in the school, Maddie, who they nicknamed mushroom cap head. If James is unable to solve Maddie’s cipher, she gets to shave off his cowlick, Steve. If James wins, he gets to dye Maddie’s hair red with white dots, to look like an actual mushroom. James and Emily also travelled to Mr. Griswold’s office where they met one of his editors Jack. Jack took them on a tour of Mr. Griswold’s personal office, and his personal office really does make him seem like a real life Willy Wonka! In the office, they found a strange man who we were definitely left wondering about. We are slowly learning more and more about the men who attacked Mr. Griswold - Barry and Clyde. At this point, we are left with more questions than answers!




    Mrs. K. Mead:  Liar and Spy  by Rebecca Stead

    We finished Liar and Spy this week. We were correct in assuming that Mr. X never really existed. Instead he was someone who Safer dog sits for and he was taking care of his plants while he was out of town. Georges is initially very upset because he feels lied to. Safer is confused because he thought that Georges knew the whole time that Safer was just playing a game. Safer also alluded to the fact that Georges had also been lying about his mom. We found out that Georges mom has been sick at the hospital, not working at the hospital and that Georges had been pretending his mom was working the whole time. At school, Georges and his new friends also got the better of the bullies in his class by pretending that none of them could taste the compound in their science class. Georges forgives Safer and in the end Candy decides she wants to go school. Safer is considering it but maybe not for two years.  

     

    Ms. Jeffrey: North of Nowhere by Liz Kessler

    Once Mia and Sal returned to Porthaven after their unsuccessful rescue mission of their friends Peter and Dee, they were at a loss about what to do. They couldn’t believe that they had just seen the island look completely different after only a couple hours. They couldn’t decide if they should tell their families, or work a little harder at solving the mystery before asking for help. They decided to do some research online and see what they could find out about the history of Luffsands. They found an article that described the horrible storm the girls were caught in that morning. The article had that day’s date on it, and described what was left of Luffsands; barely standing houses, houses that were flooded to the roof, and debris left everywhere. There was one catch, this article had not been published that day, it had been published on that day fifty years ago. Mia and Sal were completely confused, and unsure how that could have happened to them. How could they have witnessed a storm that happened fifty years ago? As they continued to do research, they found another article about the storm that was published a couple weeks after it happened. Attached to the article was a picture of the people who lived on Luffsands and were able to return to see the damage after the storm. There were about 12 people in the photo, and one of them was Peter. This made Mia and Sal even more confused, and scared because they still hadn’t found Peter. The girls decided it was time to tell their families, and they headed to the pub.




    Writing

    Ms. Jeffrey’s class continued working with argument/opinion writing.  The students spent a few days drafting their own book review. By the middle of the week we began working on an opinion piece about school uniforms.  We read two articles and identified pros and cons presented in both. Next week they will watch two short video clips and identify any other pros and cons.  After that they will begin drafting their opinion essays on school uniforms. .

     

    Students in Mrs. S. Mead’s room have continued with opinion writing. Students are now working on their second lengthier piece, one which is more independent than the first. The topic is still one of their choosing, and in this piece they will attempt to address a counter argument.

     

    Students in Mrs. K. Mead’s room students continued their work on their Batman opinion writing. We have finished working on introductions and conclusions and will focus on counter arguments before students start an independent piece of their choosing.

     

    Word Study

    Students continue to work on a variety of spelling features.  They have a word study choice board in their literacy binders.  The choice board and forms are all posted on the team website.  In addition, the completed sorts for each group can be found in the word study section of the team website.  We will reassess the students before April break.

     

    Science

    We continued with the Earth Science unit.  As part of this unit students will learn about changes in the Earth’s surface through erosion, weathering, volcanoes, earthquakes, etc.  In addition, they will learn about topographic maps. Later in the unit they will study water quality and distribution on Earth. We will complete two Engineering in Elementary units which will be very engaging for the students.

     

    Ms. Jeffrey’s class learned about weathering, erosion and deposition.  They watched a Safari Montage video and did summarizing activities such as Human Continuum and Partners A and B.  In addition, they did an activity in which they had to sort natural occurrences as examples of weathering, erosion or deposition.

     

    Mrs. S. Mead’s class continued landslides. Students investigated what causes mountains to dwindle in size over time, as well as the processes of root and water wedging. This week students completed an investigation on what happens as boulders from mountain tops crumble down to the base.

     

    Mrs. K. Mead’s class completed a Mystery Science activity about why some volcanoes explode while others don’t. We will be moving onto an exploration around whether or not mountains last forever. Both of these explorations involve and hands on component to help students explore their thinking about the focus question.

     

    Important Happenings/Information

     

    Placement Forms

    Fifth grade parents should return placement forms by Monday, April 2.  

     

    Fourth grade parents did NOT receive placement forms as the multi-age is considered a two year placement.  However, parents can certainly request a placement form from the office if they would like to appeal their child’s placement for a second year on the multi-age team.



    SBAC

    The multi-age team is doing SBAC testing the two weeks after April break.  To avoid makeup sessions for students please try to avoid morning appointments during those two weeks.  We will be testing from 10:00 - 11:30 each day.

     

    Fairbanks Museum

    We have not yet received all of the surveys back from families. We are waiting to have thest back to see if we have overall support for this trip. Please send this in by Tuesday if you haven’t already. We have sent reminders to the people from whom we haven’t received it. We will make a determination by Friday, April 6th and communicate that to you. If we are able to proceed, chaperones will need to complete the volunteer process outlined on the EWSD website.

     

    Student Teachers

    Miss O’Leary and Miss LaVallee are doing their “solo week” the week of April 2nd.

    End of the Day Pick-Ups

    It’s important that we ensure students’ safety at dismissal time. One of our responsibilities is to make sure students who are being picked up go with an adult that has permission to take them. In order for this to be the case, the child’s parent either needs to send a note/email that day, OR the adult has to be placed on a“pick up list” with the office. This can be done by emailing Arthea Leggett (aleggett@ewsd.org).

     

    There are many students who are picked up regularly by adults who are not actually on that child’s pick-up list. We need to be diligent about this, so please take the time to email Arthea with the names of anyone who has your permission to pick up your child from school so that we can be as efficient at dismissal time as possible!



    Student Allergies

    We have some students on our team with severe, life-threatening allergies to tree nuts.  That means foods containing tree nuts or foods processed in a facility with tree nuts will not be allowed in the classroom.  Please read food labels carefully. In addition, whole class snacks for birthdays and celebrations should be gluten free.

    Please plan to pack your child's snack in a separate bag or container to keep the snack away from any lunch items containing tree nuts. Everyday students will leave their lunch boxes in crates in the hallway.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

    Team Wish List

    We go through many of these things throughout the year, so any donations are always greatly appreciated!

      • DCF books (click on this link for titles)
      • Ziploc bags (snack, quart or gallon)
    • colored Sharpie markers
    • Vis a Vis markers
    • Post It Notes
    • Colored Card Stock
    • Expo markers
    • Kleenex
    • paper plates
    • paper bowls
    • plastic spoons

    Responsive Classroom

    If you are interested in learning more about this approach to teaching children, you can check out their website! There are great articles about how children learn based on their developmental age, as well as classroom routines and expectations that are aimed at teaching children how to treat each other, work hard, and take responsibility for their part in a community of learners.

     

    Responsive Classroom

    Band and Orchestra

    It is each student’s’ responsibility to get to his/her lessons on time. While at lessons, students will likely miss instructional time in the classroom. We will continue to discuss with the students the importance of making up the class work that they miss while they are at a lesson. If they miss direct instruction they will have to see us at recess and/or quiet time to catch up on the material.

    Practice Superstars

    The following students completed all their assignments on time last week.

    Jeffrey: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23

    S. Mead: 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 19, 21

    K. Mead: 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23

    Model Citizen

    Jeffrey: 11

    S. Mead: 19

    K. Mead: 19

    Parent Volunteers

    There is information posted on the EWSD website for parents interested in volunteering.  Here is the direct link.

    Upcoming Events

    April 23 - 27  April break

    May 7      Early Release day - students dismissed at 12:00

    May 27    Memorial Day - no school

    June 7       Fairbanks Museum field trip

    Last day of school TBD

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  • March 19th- 23rd

    Posted by Kelsey Mead on 3/28/2018 8:25:00 AM

    Another four-day week and we worked as if it was all five days! We’re thankful it was warm enough for the students to get outside this week, but we are all wishing for some warmer temperatures!

     

    Academics

    Math

    This week in math students continued learned about the Metric System. We continued with converting units of metric length. Fourth graders need to be able to convert from large units to smaller ones, as this requires only multiplication, while fifth graders need to be able to convert both ways, using multiplication and division. Along with the notebook item explaining the relationship between units of Metric Length, students also received a conversion chart to help them.

     

    We continue to use a number talk as a way to teach students computation strategies.   We are looking for them to build efficiency and flexibility. Recently, students have participated in a variety of number talk topics ranging from whole number division to decimal division using proportional reasoning.

     

    We want to remind families that students’ instruction is based on what they show us they are ready for on pre-assessments, and the groups they are a part of are flexible and will change from day to day.  

    Math Stars

    Students continue to work on Math Stars. Below are a few reminders about how this program works.

    • Students should work independently.  Parents should NOT offer any assistance.
    • We recognize the problems are challenging but this program teaches students perseverance.
    • We go over the problems together on Thursdays in a group session. Sometimes students can also follow-up individually with their teachers with specific questions.
    • This is an optional program so students can do a few or all of the problems.  If they have a busy week they don’t have to do any Math Stars.






    Reading

    Ms. Jeffrey’s class continued learning about folk literature.  They read a variety of myths, legends, pourquoi tales, fables and fairy tales.  They are learning about elements of those stories as well as literary devices, author’s purpose, theme, character analysis and comparison and much more.  As part of this learning the students are working on a list menu. We extended the due date because of the snow day. Students should plan to complete their menu work by Thursday, March 29.

     

    Mrs. K Mead’s students continued their unit on information text. This week students read about  earthquakes/volcanoes. They were required to determine main ideas and important supporting details, and identify important vocabulary. Finally students had to summarize their text and provide an illustration.

     

    This coming week we will begin Mystery book groups. Students will be reading a variety of mysteries, some of which are also ghost stories. They will have assignments due each Wednesday and Friday. The titles students are reading are Dark Life, Wait Till Helen Comes, Spy X: The Code, The Old Willis Place, When You Reach Me, Room One, Deep and Dark and Dangerous and Closed for the Season. The Assignments for these books is linked on our website under “Book Groups” and then “Mysteries.”

     

    Read Aloud

    Mrs. S. Mead: Book Scavenger

    We continued reading Book Scavenger. Emily has found out about the attack on Mr. Griswold and he is still listed in critical condition. Emily is also becoming better friends with James and together they go book hunting. The two friends are learning more and more about the The Gold Bug and have gotten some hints from a mysterious person named Raven. As a class, we are starting to think that Raven is not necessarily a person, but an automated computer response. Emily is busying exploring her new neighbor of San Francisco and we continue to learn more about her and her history with Book Scavenger. We also learned a bit more about the men who attacked Mr. Griswold - Barry and Clyde and the mysterious man they’re working for. We have so many different theories happening in the class about the significance of The Gold Bug, Raven, and why Mr. Griswold was attacked.



    Mrs. K. Mead:  Liar and Spy  by Rebecca Stead

    Georges and Safer have continued their spy work. Georges has started to get to know Safer’s family better and they have met his family as well. We have many questions about some of Safer’s behaviors. For example, does he ever leave the apartment building? His spying antics have escalated as well. This past week he broke into Mr. X’s apartment twice which makes Georges feel very uncomfortable. Safer has been in search of what a tiny gold key he found unlocks. Safer keeps tricking Georges into participating in his schemes. We left off with Safer having broken into Mr. X’s apartment with Georges keeping a lookout on the lobby cam when he spotted a man who fits the description of Mr. X going onto the elevator.    



    Ms. Jeffrey: North of Nowhere by Liz Kessler

    As the girls approached Luffsands, they noticed that the village looked like it had been battered by storm after storm. The houses were destroyed, and it looked as though it had been deserted. The girls were on a mission to find Peter and Dee, and as they scanned the shoreline of the island they saw them standing on the roof of a damaged house. There was not much they could do because they were still in the boat, and they couldn’t find a safe place to dock the boat and get off. Although Mia never met Dee, she knew it was her on the roof with Peter because in one of her diary entries she explained what her house looked like. Mia was sure the house they were standing on was the one described in Dee’s journal entry. After shouting back and forth with Peter on the roof, they learned that Dee’s mom was stuck inside the house under a beam used to hold the house up. The girls knew they needed to go and get help, so they decided to go back to Porthaven and get the Coast Guard to help them rescue Peter, Dee, and her mom.

    Mia and Sal arrived at the Coast Guard station and begged two men to help them rescue their friends trapped on Luffsands. The men were uneasy about helping them because they didn’t fully believe their story. They also told the girls that they needed permission to go on one of their boats. Sal had permission because she took a boating class, but Mia was convinced she did not have permission. But, it turns out that her Grandad, who is still missing, turned in a permission slip for her in the days before she arrived to Porthaven. As a class, we discussed how it was interesting that her Grandad did that for her before knowing that Mia would be coming to Porthaven. When the girls and the Coast Guard arrived at Luffsands, there was no one there. The houses looked even more destroyed than before, but the sea and shore were calm. They decided to get off the boat and look around the island for their friends, but they didn’t find them anywhere. We are eager to find out what will happen next, and have been making informed predictions along the way!



    Writing

    Ms. Jeffrey’s class continued working with argument/opinion writing.  We completed a book review of Love and Roast Chicken, a trickster from South America.  Now the students are writing their own reviews on a book they recently read.

     

    Students in Mrs. S. Mead’s room have continued with opinion writing. Students are now working on their second lengthier piece, one which is more independent than the first. The topic is still one of their choosing, and in this piece they will attempt to address a counter argument.

     

    Students in Mrs. K. Mead’s room students continued working on their opinion pieces about whether or not Batman is a superhero. We are currently focusing on introductions and conclusions before moving onto counter arguments.

     

    Word Study

    We regrouped students based on instructional needs.  They also have a new word study choice board. The choice board and forms are all posted on the team website.    In addition, the completed sorts for each group can be found in the word study section of the team website.




    Science

    We continued with the Earth Science unit.  As part of this unit students will learn about changes in the Earth’s surface through erosion, weathering, volcanoes, earthquakes, etc.  In addition, they will learn about topographic maps. Later in the unit they will study water quality and distribution on Earth. We will complete two Engineering in Elementary units which will be very engaging for the students.

     

    Ms. Jeffrey’s class began learning about how mountains change over time and what causes the changes.  They completed a Mystery Science entitled Do Mountains Last Forever. It was interesting that this work connected to their social studies learning on the Western Hemisphere.  The Mystery Science explained how ancient structures, such as those built by the Mayan, in Mexico have changed as a result of root wedging. As part of their learning they did a hands on activity with sugar cubes which represented the mountains.  They shook the cubes in a container to see how the cubes changed.

     

    Mrs. S. Mead’s class continued with rocks and minerals, and began to examine how various soil compositions and weather combined can create landslides in some places on earth. This week students will complete an investigations around landslides with boulders, and have to construct a diversion to protect a house in the event of a landslide.

     

    Mrs. K. Mead’s class completed a science court about Fossils. They learned how fossils are made, what types of materials are most likely to fossilize and what can be learned from fossils. We are now moving onto volcanoes/ earthquakes before we move onto erosion.



    Important Happenings/Information

     

    FMS Fun Night

    FMS Fun Night will be held on Friday, March 30th at FMS for students in grades 3, 4, and 5 at Founders. This event will include: arts & crafts, open gym, Just Dance, and carnival games. There will be a prize table for tickets from the carnival games. There will also be snacks for sale.

     

    The event is from 6:00 - 8:00 for $15, or for $20 students may register to come at 5:30 for pizza and drinks, before Fun Night begins.

     

    To register, use the online link below:

    http://tiny.cc/w58bry



    Fairbanks Museum Survey

    A survey went home last week about a proposed field trip to the Fairbanks Museum in June. Please return these surveys as soon as possible so that we can determine if there is overall support for this trip.

     

    Parent Conferences

    Thank you to everyone who was able to participate in a conference with us, or has one scheduled in the coming weeks!

     

    Student Teachers

    Miss O’Leary and Miss LaVallee continue to take on more teaching each week.  They will do their “solo week” the week of April 2nd.

    End of the Day Pick-Ups

    It’s important that we ensure students’ safety at dismissal time. One of our responsibilities is to make sure students who are being picked up go with an adult that has permission to take them. In order for this to be the case, the child’s parent either needs to send a note/email that day, OR the adult has to be placed on a“pick up list” with the office. This can be done by emailing Arthea Leggett (aleggett@ewsd.org).

     

    There are many students who are picked up regularly by adults who are not actually on that child’s pick-up list. We need to be diligent about this, so please take the time to email Arthea with the names of anyone who has your permission to pick up your child from school so that we can be as efficient at dismissal time as possible!



    Student Allergies

    We have some students on our team with severe, life-threatening allergies to tree nuts.  That means foods containing tree nuts or foods processed in a facility with tree nuts will not be allowed in the classroom.  Please read food labels carefully. In addition, whole class snacks for birthdays and celebrations should be gluten free.

    Please plan to pack your child's snack in a separate bag or container to keep the snack away from any lunch items containing tree nuts. Everyday students will leave their lunch boxes in crates in the hallway.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

    Team Wish List

    We go through many of these things throughout the year, so any donations are always greatly appreciated!

      • DCF books (click on this link for titles)
      • Ziploc bags (snack, quart or gallon)
    • colored Sharpie markers
    • Vis a Vis markers
    • Post It Notes
    • Colored Card Stock
    • Expo markers
    • Kleenex
    • paper plates
    • paper bowls
    • plastic spoons

    Responsive Classroom

    If you are interested in learning more about this approach to teaching children, you can check out their website! There are great articles about how children learn based on their developmental age, as well as classroom routines and expectations that are aimed at teaching children how to treat each other, work hard, and take responsibility for their part in a community of learners.

     

    Responsive Classroom

    Band and Orchestra

    It is each student’s’ responsibility to get to his/her lessons on time. While at lessons, students will likely miss instructional time in the classroom. We will continue to discuss with the students the importance of making up the class work that they miss while they are at a lesson. If they miss direct instruction they will have to see us at recess and/or quiet time to catch up on the material.

    Practice Superstars

    The following students completed all their assignments on time last week.

    Jeffrey: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23

    S. Mead: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 21

    K. Mead: 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23

    Model Citizen

    Jeffrey: 6

    S. Mead: 5

    K. Mead: 8

    Parent Volunteers

    There is information posted on the EWSD website for parents interested in volunteering.  Here is the direct link.

    Upcoming Events

    March 29  Family Reading Night

    April 23 - 27  April break

    May 7      Early Release day - students dismissed at 12:00

    May 27    Memorial Day - no school

    June 7       Fairbanks Museum field trip

    Last day of school TBD

     

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