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November 1
In Language Arts , I have been reading the book Wonder aloud to the students. This book touches on the sensitive issues of bullying and the effects it has on others. As we near the end of the book, and the movie version opens on November 17, I am excited to announce that the 4th and 5th graders will be taking a field trip to Atlas Cinemas in Mentor to view the movie on Tuesday, November 21. Permission slips will be coming home today. The cost is $5.00. Please return the slip and money no later than November 17.
 
October 30
*The Halloween parade and party will begin at 2:40 on October 31st. Weather permitting, the parade will be outside. If it rains, the parade will trail through the gym. The party will follow immediately after the parade. Parents are welcome to come! A special thank-you goes to Mrs. Justinger for organizing our classroom party. Thanks to all of the parents who sent in treats for the party as well.
*CCHECO's bookfair was a success. They donated 7 new books to our classroom library....very exciting!! The organization does such a great job supporting the students and teachers of Hadden. Their Spirit Wear sale/fundraiser begins on November 6th. Order forms will be sent home soon.
*The second night of conferences will be held on Thursday, November 2 from 4:00-8:00. The following week, on November 9, Mrs. Hollingsworth will be available to meet with parents from my homeroom to talk about Math or Science if you have a specific concern that you would like to address. Likewise, I will be availabe to meet with parents from Mrs. Hollingsworth's homeroom to discuss Reading or Social Studies concerns.
*Don't forget to turn back your clocks one hour Saturday night as Daylight Savings ends. 
* REMINDER: There will be no school on November 7th due to Election Day.
*On November 8th (also my "BIG" half a century birthday), we will kick off our Be a Reader program. The students have been patiently waiting to see what our schoolwide book will be this year!
*THe Mother-Son Bowling event will be held on November 10th from 6:00-8:00. Sign up forms were sent home today!
*"Socktober" was a huge success!!!! The school collected over 1,000 pairs of socks to donate to Project Hope and the Sub Zero Mission. Thank you to Jillian Justiner and Natalie Phillips for organizing the event. My class won coupons for a free frosty at Wendy's for bringing in the most socks last week. Overall, Mrs. Enbody's kindergarten class brought in the most socks and were treated to a pizza party today. 
Classroom News
In Reading, we finished the first unit on interpretation right before the end of the first nine weeks. It was a hard unit for the students as theme is always a very difficult topic. Students will continue to use the skills they learned in this unit and talk about story elements as they discuss their books during their club meetings which are scheduled for Fridays. Students will be graded on their participation during their meeting times so they must keep up with the reading.
In Writing, we started the first unit called Personal Narratives. During the first several lessons, students learned strategies to come up with small moment story ideas. These include first and last times, times when they realized something, important places, and times they had a strong emotion. Currently, they are adding stories to their notebooks and writing in a way that allows the reader to experience the moment right long with them. The goal is for them to become storytellers instead of summarizers and tell the story from inside it using details that are true to the event. Some of them might even be learning that writing can be fun!! 
In Social Studies, we are continuing with geopgrapy skills; latitude and longitude, relative and absolute location, continents, oceans, waterways, and landforms. If all goes well, students will take a test over the unit late next week.  
October 16
*It's "Socktober!!" Jillian Justinger and Natalie Phillips, both 5th graders, have organized a sock drive for the entire school. For the next two weeks, we will be collecting new socks, any size or color, to donate to Project Hope. Please send in a pair of socks, or two, to help support this great cause. We will be collecting socks until October 30th. The class that collects the most socks by October 30th will be rewarded with a pizza party. Let's go 5th grade!!!
* This Thursday, October 19, CCHECO will be sponsporing the first Skating Party of the year. The skating party will be held at City Skate Center on Walnut Street in Painesville from 6:00- 8:00. Sounds fun...don't miss out!
*Can you believe that October 20th marks the end of the first grading period? These first 9 weeks have gone by so quickly!  Report cards will be posted on Infinite Campus for parents to view on October 26th.
* The book fair begins on October 23rd. Family night is October 25th from 4:30-7:30
*Conferences will begin on October 25th. The second night will be November 2nd. The last night of conferences, November 9th, is reserved for walk-ins. Mrs. Palek will be available to speak to Mrs. Hollingsworth's homeroom parents and Mrs. Hollingsworth will be available to speak to Mrs. Palek's homeroom parents.  Please return the conference slip as soon as possible to confirm your time and day. Hope to see you all soon! 
*October 31 is the Halloween party. As usual, students may bring a costume to school to change into for the parade. Please make sure costumes are school appropriate. No make up and no weapons please.
*Please continue to encourage your child to come to school. Each day that no one is absent, we earn a letter to spell out "PERFECT ATTENDANCE ." We are super close to spelling out both words for an extra recess!
Classroom News:
In Reading, we will be finishing the first unit of study this week. Students will take the final assessment on Friday, just in time for the end of the first grading period. Next monday, we will switch gears and move on to narrative writing. Students will continue to participate in their book clubs. Most clubs are already on their second book which is awesome.
In Social Studies, we started a unit on location, one of the 5 themes of Geography. Students are learning about latitude and longitude, the equator, prime meridian, hemispheres, and finding coordinates, or a specific location, on a map. Early this week students will learn the difference between absolute and relative locations. Later this week, we will look at how location effects climate.
 
October 2
*On October 4, we will have our annual "Walk to School" day. Seems like each year we have more and more student participation. Don't be left out this year. Plan to walk or bike to school on Wednesday morning!
*We will be starting the Book It Reading program this week. The program runs from October thru March. Students can earn a free Pizza Hut personal pan pizza each month by completing the monthly reading requirements. In 5th grade, students are asked to read 20 minutes a night, five nights per week at a minimum. Students will track their reading at home on a calendar that will be provided for them. At the beginning of each month, students who meet the goal can turn in their calendar in exchange for the free coupon. Please encourage your child to read, read, read!!
*5th grade clubs have officially started. Students had an opportunity to sign up for one of the following clubs: band, technology, art, or phys. ed. which will meet once every 6 days for 55 minutes right after lunch. Students who signed up for band will need to bring their instruments for the first time on October 10.
*CCHECO's fundraiser has officially ended. If you sold any items to help out the organization, please return the forms as soon as possible. Thank you to those families helped support this awesome group. I would like to Thank CCHECO for the popsicles and bottled water that they provided to the students and staff last week when it was so unbearably hot!! We truly appreciate all they do for the school! What a great group. The next CCHECO meeting is on October 11 from 7:00 -8:00.
*Remember! There is NO SCHOOL on Thursday, October 12 (teacher in service) and Friday, October 13 (NEOEA day).
*Scholastic book orders for October are due by October 9th. Any student who places an order this month will recieve a $5.00 coupon to buy a book from November's magazine.
*This month's focus for highly effective students is: Begin with the end in mind. Make a plan and stick to it. "If you don't know where you are going, it's hard to know if you are going in the right direction."
CLASSROOM NEWS:
In Reading, we started the second bend of Unit one and we have officially started Book Clubs. The students were very excited to create their own book club name, logo, and constitution. During clubs, students will be reading, writing about, and talking about the same book with several other students in their group. The goal is for students to finish a book in about 2 weeks before going on to their next book of choice. Lessons in bend two require students to think more analytically about their reading which is quite challenging work, so the more they read, the better they will get. Currently, we are focusing on story elements, for example, problems the main character faces, to help us to determine themes. On a different note, students have also started reading Time For Kids magazines in order to gain more exposure to reading informational texts which is usually a weak area for most students. 
In Grammar, we continue to work with commas in sentences, mulitple meaning words, spelling patterns for the long U sound, and sentence editing. There will be a quiz this week on Friday. Next week we will not do any grammar due to Fall break.
 In Social Studies, we have been discussing different types of maps, their characteristics, and their different uses. Later this week we will be reviewing the continents, oceans, and hemispheres in order to begin our study of location next week which involves latitude, longitude, absolute location, and relative location. Geography of the Week homework needs to be completed and turned in on Fridays. Many students are not getting the work done and therefore are held in for recess to do so. Also, please encourage your child to carefully read the questions and really search for the correct answers as these are graded assignments. Some students are being very careless with their work.
 
September 11
Hoping that all of you who have friends or family that have been affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma are doing okay.
*Scholastic Book Orders - If you plan to order books this month, please turn in your order by Friday, September 15. You can send cash or a check made out to Scholastic Book Clubs. We are working towards a grade level goal of $50 so we can earn new books for the classroom.
*First Energy is sponsoring a schoolwide program called the The Energized Guyz which is designed to empower elementary students to save energy. If you haven't requested a FREE Energy efficiency kit yet, please do so...you won't be disappointed. I was quite surprised by the number of LED lightbulbs and nightlights that came in my kit! You can help us earn money for our classroom by filling out and returning the Classroom Rewards Form that was recently sent home with your child. Can't find the form? You can use the following code, FEOH1718, at OhioStudentKit.com online to request a kit.
*Students were all tested last week for a "good fit" band instrument. If your child intends on signing up for Band this year, they will need to send in the form that was sent home last week no later than Tuesday, Sept. 26.
* All students have completed fall MAP testing for Math and Reading. Results of those assessments will be shared with you at conferences.
*This Friday is Family Movie Night! Don't miss out on the showing of "The Boss Baby." Wear your PJ's and bring a pillow and blanket to stretch out on the floor while you enjoy a little popcorn and a few other snacks. Movie night is from 6:00-8:00.
Classroom News:
In Reading, all students have all been leveled...finally! We began the week with students self assessing the pre-test they took two weeks ago. The unit is called "Interpretation Book Clubs" which focuses heavily on theme, story elements, and author's craft (techniques the author used to write the story). By lesson 8, students will start their first book club of the year. The goal? Read as many books as they can and learn to write well about what they have read. Sound like a competition to me! I hope they're up for it :)
In Grammar, we will be focusing on synonyms, using commas to off-set introductory phrases, spelling words with the long e sound, prepositions, and word meaning. There will be a quiz on Friday. 
In Social Studies, we will continue to work on the multiple-tier timeline project that we started last week. By Wednesday of this week, students should have all of the information gathered and typed into their Google Doc. I can print their docs at school, or they can be printed at home if you have a printer. The final project will be due on Monday, Sept. 18. Students should also be working on completing the GOW 503 homework that is due this Friday. 
 
September 1
   Well....we finished our first full week of school and it was a busy one! Thank you to all of the parents who made it out to Open House. It was nice to put faces with names. The kids completed MAP testing in both Math and Reading this week. We will have results for you at conferences. 
   In Reading, students took a preassessment for the first unit of study which focuses on theme. We spent a day setting reading goals and picked out literature books to read in the classroom. Students will be given lots of indepentent reading time this next week while I continue to meet with each of them to collect data and benchmark them on their instructional reading level. 
   For Grammar, we finished our first full week of Daily Language Review. The first quiz was today. I am very pleased with how well they all did! There will not be a quiz next Friday due to the short week.
   In Social Studies, we finished discussing Multiple Tier Timelines. We will begin a timeline project next week in class. Most of the work will be done at school. It will be due on Friday, Sept. 16th. Students also completed their first GOW homework assignment. We will check them over in class on Tudesday. There will be no GOW homework assignment due next Friday, again due to the short week. 
   The first Scholastic Book Order went home this week. If the entire 5th grade sends in a combined order of $50 or more, we will get 10 new books for our classroom!! Orders are due on Friday, September 16.
 
AUGUST 25
               Welcome back to the 2017-2018 school year!
*August 28th is Open House for grades 3, 4, and 5. Open house begins at 7:00 and ends at 8:00. Mrs. Hollingsworth and I will be giving two presentations in her classroom. The first presentation will begin at 7:05 and the second one will begin at 7:35. Please come to the presentation that is most convenient for you.
 
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