Sunday, January 7, 2018

January 8-January 12

Hello Parents and Students!

Reading Calendars are now due.  Please send them in as soon as possible. They are worth 100 points.

Grades for second quarter went home last week.  I didn't set missing assignments to zeros at that point.  I will only allow students to make up work until this Wednesday.  Please check your students grades and see what is missing so they can make it up. 

Spelling Bee lists will come home today for those wanting to participate.

Class Bees Jan 23 between 2:30-3:30
School Bee Jan 30 for top 3 finalists in each 4th and 5th grade class
District Bee Feb 21 for top 2 finalists from our school
SEDC Regional Bee March 6 for champions from district bees in Southern Utah

Spelling Bee Club Fri Jan 12 during lunch in the library.

If you have any questions or concerns contact:
Jeanette Shumway 590-2034

Here's what's happening in:

We are continuing learning about fractions. Students will be adding and subtracting fractions with unalike denominators.  They will learn multiple strategies to create a common denominator. This can be difficult for some students and they may need support at home.  If your child is one of those struggling I will contact you about homework. 

We are reading vignettes from The House on Mango Street.  Students are learning close reading strategies and how to be detailed writers.  We will also be writing opinion and persuasive essays and working with figurative language.

We will continue our learning about Matter.  Students will be learning that matter is not created nor destroyed, chemical and physical changes in matter, and doing experiments to help their understanding. 

Keep reading at home with your students.  I understand that they don't want to read aloud at this age, but it is very beneficial to their reading development, even in later years.  
Thank you for all you do!
Mrs. Rieff

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

January 2-January 5

Hello Parents and Students:

Welcome back!  I hope you had a fantastic winter break with lots of fun and food!  Here is what is happening in our classroom this week.

We will begin Chapter 6: Adding and Subtracting Fractions.  This chapter can be challenging for students.  Please check in with them to see how they are understanding the concepts and if they need more practice.

We have begun Unit 4: Contemporary Fiction. We will be reading vignettes from The House on Mango Street.  Students will also be working on writing detailed descriptions of things, and events.
We will begin writing argumentative essays this week.  We will be using Utah Compose to help enhance our writing.  This program is provided by the state of Utah and is very helpful in showing students what they can improve on in their writing and word choice.

We will continue learning about matter. 

Students are learning about the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Remember to have your child wear clothing that is appropriate for winter weather.  We play outside every day.
School starts daily at 8:55.  When your student is late, they are unable to complete their morning work.  Please help them wake up on time and get to school by the first bell at 8:50.  Thank you!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

December 18-December 20

Hello Parents:

We are having a fun-filled week! 

Students will be having their Christmas party.  They need to bring their Secret Santa gift.  Gifts should not cost more than $3. 

Read-a-Thon!  Students can wear Pajamas, bring snacks, a pillow, and blanket to school.  They will also be watching a movie, (I believe it's Cars3) in the gym with Mr. Ekker in the afternoon.

Our Christmas Program is at 9:30.  We will be preforming with all the 5th grades.  Choir and Orchestra will be performing in the afternoon starting at 12:50.  I hope you can all make it. 

No School!

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!