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Our Fifth Grade Adventure

This Week

As many of you know, my father in law has been suffering from ill health since before Christmas.  It is with a sad heart that I tell you he lost his battle Friday morning, just before our Fort Ti field trip.

I will be out the rest of the week to attend to our family’s needs, but I leave the class in good hands – Miss Elmer!  She has graciously offered to substitute for us, and your children are thrilled to have her back!

Thank you for your understanding during tis extremely difficult time.  It’s been a rough spring for us.

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After eight weeks of work, we finish our Wizards spelling program this Friday!  I’m pleased to announce we had THREE teams win their way to the Gray Castle!  Congratulations to the Unicorns, Griffins, and Dragon teams!  This Friday marks our last chance at achieving the level of Wizard, although I will happily accept original fate cards up until the end of the year!

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Please Vote!

Just a reminder that tomorrow is the re-vote on our school district budget.  Please make every effort to get our and exercise your right to vote!   Thanks!

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The Crime Scene and Its Verdict by Leah and Grace

Last week we did a court trial in class to find who murdered Felix, that is if he died. There were four suspects, 5 jurors from Mrs. D’s class, and a lot of prosecutors. There also was Alfredo Fettuccine, Gene Poule, Vera Cruise, and last but not least Kendra Goode. Four different kids in my class started as them, but if they didn’t know what to say when they were asked a question, they passed the sign with their name on it to someone else. We were supposed to have three questions for each suspect. Abby was Alfredo, Owen was Gene, Connor was Kendra, and Jake was Vera. Atfer we all asked them our questions, they said their last statement, and then the jurors went in the hall to decide who was guilty. They decided that Kendra (Connor) was guilty. It gave it away when Kendra (Connor) said “I was taking a shower, walking on the beach, baking a cherry pie, stealing Gene’s dog, and painting a picture of Felix.” Connor adlibbed a lot and the evidence also proved it. I think we all enjoyed learning about the mysteries.
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The classroom crime scene on PhotoPeach

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The Crime Scene!

Hopefully your kiddos told you all about what they encountered yesterday morning!  A CRIME HAS BEEN COMMITTED!  Oh no!

Felix Navidad is dead – or is he?  Your child is about to go on a mission to discover the truth!  There will be evidence collection, forensic testing, and alibi analysis!  It’s challenging unit!  Be prepared to check in with your detective each day to find out the latest happenings!

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We’ve been reading mysteries for the last couple of weeks, but today really pushes us forward into the actual “Whodunnit” of a classic mystery!  And what better way to learn about mysteries?  Well, that would be to ‘live’ one!

Public thanks to Owen!  I threw the poor boy under the bus today.  I framed him.  Honestly.  Set him up.  A few days ago, I planted a backpack out among the students’ materials.  I nagged them about not picking up after themselves and wasting the resourses you’ve so generously provided for them.  I put on my best actress face and went for it!

“Someone has left this backpack here for days!  This isn’t acceptable!  Your grownups paid for this!  Normally, I wouldn’t invade privacy but this is ridiculous!”  We opened the backpack and began analyzing the evidence.  There was a lunch, money, UVM stickers, and books …. oh, the books!  One book was from our MBS library and students suggested asking Miss Hebert who had checked out the book.  Lo and behold – it was Owen!  Although he denied it, there was no denying the evidence.  He was busted.  I was bent out of shape.  It was ugly.  :)  Until I confessed to being the culprit and we rolled into our vocabulary lesson and the dangers of inferring too much from circumstantial evidence.  Owen was such a trooper!  He rolled with the hit and handled it with grace.  I was so proud of him!  He’s now a member of the elite ‘I Was Framed by Mrs. Buswell’ club!  It takes strength of character to do this and he was carefully chosen because of his wit and maturity.  Of course, then I owed him one and you can see the photos of our Pax wacky prize!  :)  Well done, Owen!  Well done, Bunch!

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TP the Teachers!

Our Pax wacky prize!  How do you reward a brilliant fifth grade class for being engaged, patient, and extremely well behaved?  Allow them to toilet paper the teachers!  It was quite a day and they earned this special treat!  I hope they share all about the day!




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Save the Dates!

We have two field trips scheduled for the month of May!  Please save these dates if you are interested in chaperoning!

Wednesday, May 21 – 8:30 to about 1:30  Winooski Valley Field Day!  This is a science field trip at the Ethan Allen Homestead.  It’s one of my favorite field trips of the year!

Friday, May 23 – 8:30 – 3:45    Fort Ticonderoga!  This is a FULL day field trip and it will require arrangements for afternoon transportation for students, as we will miss busses!  Many adults like to come on this field trip and you  drive your own vehicles!  There will be very limited bus seating available for adults.  In addition, although we like to offer chaperones free admittance to the field trip, we must ask for adult ticket fees to the Fort.  So, mark your calendars if you are interesting in joining in the fun!

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The Dog Ate My Homework

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So, we’ve been playing our PAX classroom management game, as I’m sure you’ve heard! Today’s ‘Granny’s Wacky Prize’ was ‘The Dog Ate My Homework’! Oh no! We played a secret game and Abby won the prize for the entire class! This means either tonight or tomorrow night, your kiddo may use the excuse, “The dog ate my homework!” and I’ll accept it as a reasonable explanation for ‘missing’ work! Granny’s prizes get more and more wacky! Earlier today we had armpit toots and fake burps for 10 seconds. Ewww. :)

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Dress Rehearsal Tomorrow and Performance Tomorrow Night!

It’s finally showtime!  We’ll have dress rehearsal tomorrow afternoon!  This means all kiddos must bring their light/white colored clothing to school tomorrow!  We’ll be putting on the show for Mrs. DiGrande’s class!

Kiddos may bring home their clothing at the end of school, or leave it here and change upon evening arrival.

Please arrive at school tomorrow evening at 5:30 p.m.  It will take me about 30 minutes to ‘togasize’ everyone!

The plays will begin at 6:00 p.m. sharp and will finish by 7:00 p.m.   I’m asking adults to help us for a few moments following the show to return the sets to the auditorium, fold up chairs, and generally put the library back into working condition!  Thanks in advance!

Please charge your video cameras, phones, and still cameras!  Ittttt’sssss SHOWTIME!

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