4/11/19 News & NotesPosted by Chris Denaro on 4/11/2019
Hi Families,Students took the LA MCAS this week. They worked hard and were a bit tired at the end of the day. Math MCAS are scheduled for Monday, April 29 and Tuesday, April 30. Science/Technology MCAS are scheduled for Wednesday, May 8 and Thursday, May 9.Students took the the unit 6 math test this week, so we will start the next unit when they return from vacation. We will also start the new science unit on sound after vacation as well.We're in the final countdown for the Colonial Roadshow. Tonight students are working through the pink revision checklist for their paragraphs as well as finishing the glossary. If your child is able to spend some time on the project over vacation, that would be helpful. Jenn will check their work every couple of days to provide feedback. Please join us on Wednesday, April 24th at 8:00 am to see the artifacts and presentations.Students will enjoy a game day in Mrs. Denaro's class on Friday. It's a nice opportunity for students to relax a bit after all the testing and to work on their social skills!Upcoming:Wednesday, April 24 - Colonial Roadshow 8:00 amFriday, April 4/26 - Clark Farm - if you would like to join us, please let us knowHave a great break.Thank you for your support,Jenn, Jen, and Chris
4/5/19 News & NotesPosted by Chris Denaro on 4/5/2019
Hi Families,LA MCAS is scheduled for Monday, April 8 and Wednesday, April 10. Your child may bring in gum (no bubble gum) and/or hard candy to have during MCAS. Be sure that they are unwrapped and in a zip lock bag. We start first thing in the morning. It is important for students to be on time and eat a good breakfast.Students received their corrected science test today. Their homework is to have it signed and corrected to be returned on Monday. The new unit is about sound. The next math test is Thursday, April 11. The review packet will go home on Monday.Students started planning their presentations for Colonial Roadshow, either on paper or in google slides. For students who want to have a tri-fold or foam core poster, please send that in on Monday. This weekend students should be making final plans for the artifact and perhaps starting to make it. Please encourage your child to plan ahead, especially if you'll be away for vacation. In class, they will make final revisions to their paragraphs and get their text features ready.Upcoming:Colonial Roadshow - Wednesday, April 24, 8:00 amMonday: LA MCASBook Fair visitTuesday: Early ReleaseWednesday: LA MCASThursday: Math TestThank you for your support,Jenn, Jen and Chris
3/29/19 News & NotesPosted by Chris Denaro on 3/29/2019
Please return the signed report card envelopes. Thank you to those families who have already done so.
This morning we met with our 2nd grade buddies to help them with world geography. After lunch, we went to the MultiCultural Fair. Students enjoyed the interactive displays and learning about all the countries that were represented.
MCAS prep continues in LA. On Monday, students will practice reading and responding on the computer. Over the weekend, they should be thinking about whether they would like to do a poster or a slideshow for the Colonial Roadshow. They should also continue planning for the artifact. They will start collecting text features next week and revising their introductory paragraphs.
We are nearing the end of the science unit on electricity. Students worked on making electromagnetic motors the past couple of days. It was a difficult task, but some students were able to get theirs to work. The test on this unit will be Thursday, April 4. Students already have their study packet (series and parallel circuits). They can also review Quizlet, unit 7. This can be found through Chris's web page.
Students are practicing making estimates with decimals. Then they are using traditional multiplication to solve and using the estimate to determine where the decimal should be placed. Next week, students will use traditional long division with decimals.
Intramural Ultimate Frisbee
Attention: All 4th –8th grade students, Intramural Ultimate Frisbee will be offered after school on Spaulding Field from 3:00 - 4:30 pm starting April 26th. The dates are April 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and June 7th. Please sign up in the gym and get a permission slip from Mrs. Carmel. The fee is $55.00! All you need is appropriate clothing, sneakers, signed permission slip, check made out to Town of Carlisle and transportation home. Come and join the fun. If you have any questions please see Mrs. Carmel or Mr. Greenwood.
PLEASE NOTE: Please return your forms by April 22th.
Cradles to Crayons Clothing Drive - This continues through April 5th. New and gently used clothing will be accepted for children in need in our local area and throughout Massachusetts. This is a friendly competition between the middle school grades.
Thursday, April 4: Unit 7 science test on electricity
Monday, April 8: LA MCAS test
Wednesday, April 10: LA MCAS test
Thank you for your support,
Jenn, Jen and Chris
3/22/19 News & NotesPosted by Chris Denaro on 3/22/2019Dear Families,Report cards went home today in your child's backpack. Please review it with them, then sign and return the envelope only by Friday, March 29.The Colonial Roadshow will be held on Wednesday, April 24 from 8:00 - 8:45 am. Students continue to do research for Colonial Roadshow and wrote a first draft of their overview paragraphs. Over the weekend, students should start thinking about a focused topic--a particular topic within their overall subject. They need to tell Jenn their choice on Tuesday. They also need to start thinking about an artifactthey could make related to that focused topic. They need to choose that by Friday. We'll look at some examples on Monday.We continue to work on organizing and writing a good reading response as we prepare for the MCAS testing on April 8 and 10.In math, students have been working with finding volume using the formulas and using displacement. Next week students will be estimating decimal products and quotients, and multiplying decimals. In science, students will be building electromagnetic motors.Upcoming:Tuesday - early release, choice of focused topic to JennWednesday - no schoolFriday - Buddies, artifact choice to JennThank you for your support,Jenn, Jen and ChrisReplyForward
3/15/19 News & NotesPosted by Chris Denaro on 3/15/2019
Hi Families,We wrapped up the ThinkGive challenge today and students went home with their new t-shirts! We hope that students will continue to look for opportunities to give gifts of kindness even though the challenge is over.
Students built their roller coasters this past week in the engineering room. Students were very creative and successful! We will start our new unit will be on electricity. Math tests went home today. Students are expected to have them signed and corrected, and turn in on Monday. This past week, students applied their knowledge of powers of 10 to solve metric measurement problems. Next week we will learn more about line plots and volume concepts.Colonial Roadshow research continues. Next week students will begin using online resources. The quiz will go home on Monday. In LA we worked on point of view. Next, students will be working on identifying the characteristics of a strong reading response and incorporating those points in their own responses.If you did not hear from us and would like to schedule a conference, please click on the link to sign up https://signup.com/client/
invitation2/secure/2721255/ false#/invitationUpcoming:Friday - Report cards go home. Please sign and return the envelope by Friday, March 29.Thank you for your support,Jenn, Jen, and Chris
3/8/19 News & NotesPosted by Chris Denaro on 3/8/2019
Hi Families,Students took their math test today. We will be starting the new unit on Monday. We will be multiplying and dividing decimals by powers of 10 and creating line plots. Students will be building roller coasters next Thursday in the engineering room. Prior to that, partners will be working on their packet and detailing their designs.Students began taking notes from print sources. There will be a quiz on Wednesday on note taking (see an example of the format on Jenn's site). They are also working on writing narratives - retelling from a different point of view, continuing a story, etc.Report cards will go home in two weeks. We follow the model of the rest of the middle school for spring conferences. We will email you by Tuesday if we would like to meet with you about your child's progress. If you do not hear from us and would like to have a conference, please let us know.Upcoming:Monday - deadline for Husky Home Day assignments- deadline to register for intramural gymnasticsTuesday - turtle presentation in the afternoonThank you for your support,Jenn, Jen, and Chris
3/1/19 News & NotesPosted by Chris Denaro on 3/3/2019Dear Families,We had a great trip to the Concord Museum on Tuesday. Thanks to all the parents who came with us as chaperones! Our next trip will be to Clark Farm at the end of April.Yesterday students went to an assembly about cyber safety. Ask your child what he/she learned about making smart choices online. Today, Mrs. Denaro's class tied for 1st place with Mr. Naroff's in the door decorating contest for Read Across America.There will be a math test next Friday on adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions. The review packet will go home on Tuesday.Students found out what they will be studying for the Colonial Roadshow. We worked on the boxes & bullets format for taking notes, paraphrasing, and how to cite sources. Next week students will begin taking notes about the overall topic before focusing in on a more specific aspect of - the 'expert field.' Reminders about how to take notes and links to good online sources can be found on Jenn's webpages.Intramural gymnastics will run from March 12-21. Students can get a permission slip from Mrs. Carmel. The permission slip and $55 fee are due back to her by March 11.Reminders:Tuesday is an early release day and the final timed CML test.If we have a snow day on Monday, go to the Husky Home Day Portal to get assignments from both of us as well as for music/art. If enough students do the work in time, we don't have to make up the day in June!Thanks for your support!Jen, Jenn, and Chris
2/15/19 News & NotesPosted by Chris Denaro on 2/15/2019
I'm sure we're all looking forward to having a little down time! Remember that the Tuesday that we come back from vacation will be our field trip to the Concord Museum. Please let us know if you are interested in joining us...you don't even have to ride the bus!
We finished our science unit about ecosystems and will be starting the new unit, energy and forces. We are continuing to learn how to multiply fractions and also practice adding and subtracting them.
Students started to learn about paraphrasing and the format we will use for note taking - boxes and bullets. After the break they'll find out what their topic will be for the roadshow.
Attention: All 3rd - 8th grade students, intramural gymnastics is about to begin here after school in the Corey gym from 3:05 - 4:30 pm. The dates are March 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18 and 19 . Please sign up in the gym and get a permission slip from Mrs. Carmel. There is a fee of $55.00! All you need is appropriate clothing, a signed permission slip, check made out to Town of Carlisle and transportation home. Come and join the fun. If you have any questions please see Mrs. Carmel.
Please return your forms and checks by March 4th.
Have a great week!
Thank you for your support,
Jenn, Jen and Chris
2/8/19 News & NotesPosted by Chris Denaro on 2/8/2019
Hi Families,If your child has not returned the permission slip and money for Tuesday's trip, please send it in on Monday. Your child will need to bring a bag lunch and drink (no glass or nuts, please). We will leave campus about 8:30 and return by 2:00. We'll spend part of the day at the Concord Museum and the new education building, and part of the day at the Wright Tavern. If you'd like to join us and have an active CORI, let Jenn know. You have options to join us, you can meet us there or ride the bus. You could even come for just the morning or the afternoon.Students worked on identifying main idea and supporting details as well as using context clues. Next week they'll work on paraphrasing to be ready for note taking about Colonial America. If you have not already signed your child's Jamestown quiz, please do so.Students are working on solving fraction of fraction problems. Students are using drawings to help them understand the algorithm. We will continue with this next week. We are in the middle of our science unit, Ecosystem Interactions. We are looking to wrap up by the end of the week. Students will have an in class activity to complete rather than a more formal assessment.We are halfway through the ThinkGive Challenge. Thanks for the support you have given your child.Have a great weekend!Thanks for your support,Jenn, Jen and Chris
2/5/19 News & Notes UpdatePosted by Chris Denaro on 2/5/2019
Hi Families,A couple of updates to our news and notes.1. Concord Museum Field Trip Tuesday, Feb 12 - the yellow permission slip is in your child's homework folder and is due back by Friday. Let us now if you want to join us. We will be leaving campus at 8:30 and returning to school at 2:00, you can also meet us there.2. Valentine's Day - We don't do traditional cards in 5th grade, instead we create complement books for each child. Your student has a packet in their homework folder with the instructions. It is due Tuesday, February 12.Thank you for your support,Jenn, Jen and Chris