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Our Fifth Grade Adventure

Beach Day Tomorrow

Tomorrow is beach day!  Dress for the indoor beach – but bring snowpants, etc. for the outside cold!


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All About the Plays!

The Best Thing About the Greek Plays … on PhotoPeach

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School Budget Vote

Another reminder – the Colchester School budget will be voted upon March 3rd from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Colchester High School!  Please get out and vote!  Thanks!

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Parent Conferences

Just another reminder that parent conferences are March 2nd and 3rd!  If you haven’t already scheduled your conference, please use this link to do so!  I’m really looking forward to discussing your kiddo with you and discussing transition plans to CMS!

If, for some reason, this link doesn’t work, the site is accessible directly through the MBS homepage!

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The Plays are Tomorrow Night!

Well, this is it!   The big show is tomorrow evening!  Your kiddos have been working hard and they are ready to wow you with Greek mythology!

Please send your child’s light colored shorts (and girls’ sleeveless or spaghetti strap shirts) to school tomorrow!  We are doing a dress rehearsal for another class in the afternoon and will be actually wearing our togas for them!

I appreciate all you have done to support your child during this – I know it can be stressful, but I think you’ll enjoy the show, and students get SO much out of creating life from their reading!  It’s amazing to see how the make the roles their own!

Students should arrive at school at 5:00 p.m. so I can put them in togas.  We will begin promptly at 5:30 and should be done by 6:15.  I do ask for assistance in breaking down the chairs and set after the show – if you could give us 10 minutes of manual labor it would be greatly appreciated!

Hope to see you tomorrow evening!  Bring video cameras!  This is a video moment!  :)

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We’re now at the beginning of the last trimester and I’ve been noticing quite a few changes in the ‘Bunch’.  For the past few weeks I’ve seen a dramatic increase in students not picking up, nor being responsible for their materials.  They are not careful with classroom supplies, the supplies you’ve purchased for them, they are not even being careful about where they are putting their own assignments!  “I can’t find it,” has become a daily theme.

I’ve reached the point where I am holding them accountable – without exception.  My expectations are age appropriate – use the class materials and put them away when  done, take care of  clothing, folders, and especially assignments.

If students leave their materials scattered about the room , well after we’ve transitioned to another subject, I will pick them up but ask for ‘rent’ to have them returned.  Rent can be pennies or acts of kindness within the school.

In addition, the school purchased ear buds for all students at the beginning of the year.  I’ve exhausted my supply of ‘extras’ and students have not taken care of the classroom earphones.  If your kiddo does not know the location of his/her ear buds, I am asking for a set from home to be sent to school for classroom use.  With all students using technology, ear buds are a requirement for learning, just as pencils & paper.

I’m hoping this extra firmness will help prepare them for middle school, its multiple teachers, and those infamous lockers!  I hope I have your support with this, if you wish to discuss this, please feel free to email me.

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Items You Need to Know

As you’ve heard by now, we’re doing our Greek plays on the evening of the 17th.  Please save the date, but don’t worry about costumes!  I provide the togas!  This is what I need from you:  light colored shorts, light colored sleeveless or spaghetti strap shirts for girls.  That’s it!  Your kiddo will be wearing a sheet as a toga, so light colored shorts are a must!  Ladies wear light colored sleeveless shirts, but our gentlemen look best without a shirt.  Don’t fret, they are covered more than if they were in a bathing suit!  If your son is adamant about wearing a shirt, please make it a light colored tee with no logos.  Students are encouraged to go barefoot, so footwear is easy, too!

Valentines Day

We will have a celebration Friday afternoon, February 13th, at 2:15.  I ask students to share Valentine’s Day cards with each of their classmates.  These don’t have to cost a cent, I can provide construction paper.  They should be just a greeting card, please do not send additional treats.  I will send home a class list tomorrow so you have all the names!  This is a very low key sharing of spirit, support, and doing a little Greek enrichment together.

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Save the Dates!

Upcoming dates of which to note:

Tuesday, February 17, 5:00 p.m. – Greek Plays!  (Performance 5:30 – 6:15ish)

Friday, February 20 – Report cards go home

Monday, March 2nd – Parent conferences 12 – 4:00

Tuesday, March 3rd – Parent conferences 11 – 7

Monday, March 30th – Flynn Theater field trip

Friday, May 29th – Fort Ticonderoga Field trip!  (Chaperones are welcome!)

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Greek Scroll Translation Celebration

Here’s a glimpse of your kiddo’s day!

The Translation Celebration on PhotoPeach

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Exams This Week!

Happy New Year!

We’ve begun the year with a whole new set of units of study!  We’ve started Greek mythology, and are finishing up Unit 6 for math, and finishing our chemistry unit!   This, of course, means a new math unit for Friday, and a return to social studies on Monday.

This week we will be doing many ‘out of the ordinary’ quizzes to prepare for our changeovers and new units of study.  Greek mythology requires a solid vocabulary, therefore we will have mythology spelling AND mythology vocabulary.  Students have been provided with written lists, practice packets which are due Friday, and the list and definitions are located on Spelling City.  Please make sure your kiddo practices the spelling of the words AND the definitions!  Spelling City has many vocabulary practice games and practice tests to assist in their learning.

Students will also be tested on the gods/goddesses of mythology.  They need to know the major deities and their jobs.  We spent last week learning and taking notes, and will continue to practice in school this week, but Friday will be a quiz to identify our ‘major’ characters of Greek mythology so our literature books are easier to understand.

We will also be finishing math and science.  These cannot be ‘studied’ for, although I will be sending math practice home with your kiddo this week.  Science is an open book, performance based test.  This aligns with our entire Chemistry unit.  Kiddos will apply their science protocols to identify the powders hidden within an unidentified mixture.

Lastly, next Monday, students will have a chemistry vocabulary quiz.  They took notes last week on the terms they will need to know and have a typewritten list of the terms they need to study.

Whew!  I know it’s a lot, but you’d be amazed as to what your child has already mastered!

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