• 2/15/19 News & Notes

    Posted by Chris Denaro on 2/15/2019

    Hi Families,

    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. 

    Intramural Gymnastics

    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

    Comments (-1)
  • 2/8/19 News & Notes

    Posted 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
    Comments (-1)
  • 2/5/19 News & Notes Update

    Posted 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
    Comments (-1)
  • 2/1/19 News & Notes

    Posted by Chris Denaro on 2/1/2019

    Hi Families,

     
    We survived the cold weather the past couple of days and are ready for warmer weather next week.
     
    Students took their science test today and can expect to get them back some time next week.  The next unit is about ecosystems and conservation. In math, students continue to learn how to find common denominators, the add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers.
     
    In writing, students are finishing their persuasive piece about whether 13 year olds should have social media accounts. In social studies, students are working on identifying the main idea to prepare for a research project.
      
    Upcoming:  
    Tuesday, February 5:  Early Release, speeches and voting for a new student council representative
    Friday, February 8:  Last day to sign up for floor hockey.
     
    Enjoy the super bowl!
     
    Thank you for your support,
    Jenn, Jen and Chris
    Comments (-1)
  • 1/25/19 News & Notes

    Posted by Chris Denaro on 1/26/2019

    Hi Families,

     
    It was a busy week for a short week. We had three assessments and a rainy, but warm, field trip to Clark Farm! Thanks for making sure that your child was properly dressed for the weather yesterday. It made a big difference. Check the twitter feed for pictures. It was amazing to see the newborn lamb! 
     
    There have been a few issues recently with students going on to sites not connected to the lesson and/or using their school google doc accounts for writing that is not related to school. Please talk with your child about their responsibilities when using school technology. If your child has personal files in his/her school google docs account, please move/delete them.
     
    Next week the students will have a science test on Friday. We are wrapping up the unit and will be providing the review packet at the beginning of the week.  Plants went home with many students today.  Hopefully we will have some corn plants growing at your houses!  We start the next math unit on Monday. It's back to fractions!
     
    Work with partner books continues. Students will finish a persuasive assessment about whether 13 year olds should have social media accounts. Next week we will begin work on research skills for the Colonial Roadshow - evaluating sources, finding information, taking notes, etc. We are almost done with cursive lower case letters...two more to go then on to capitals! 
     
    Upcoming:
    Tuesday - Turtle Presentation 1:00-2:00
    Friday - science test
    Intramural Floor Hockey  - sign up deadline is February 9, see attached notice
     
    Thank you for your support,
    Jenn, Jen and Chris
    Comments (-1)
  • 1/11/19 News & Notes

    Posted by Chris Denaro on 1/11/2019

    Hi Families,

     
    Thank you to the Kulsa family for turtle sitting over the December break.  The turtles came back healthy, happy and much larger than when they left!
     
    Students are to do their first ThinkGive gift before Monday when we will record it on the ThinkGive website. The first gift is a gift to self. We talked about how it could be a gift to one's physical self (healthy eating, exercise, relaxation) or inner self (positive self-talk, doing something enjoyable, reducing stress).  Parents, please let us know if you would like to be included as a view-only participant. The flyer with more detailed information about the ThinkGive Challenge is attached. There will be two gifts every week, each to different recipients. The program will run through the beginning of March.
     
    In social studies, we are looking at the successes and hardships of the Jamestown Colony. Students finished their final responses for Home of the Brave. Reading groups picked a book to read for the next couple of weeks. We are missing some books from the classroom library. Please check to see that your child had returned any and all finished books to school.
     
    Students were learning about ordering and comparing decimals. We also worked on coordinate grids and practiced "walking to the ladder, before climbing the ladder!" We practiced plotting points today by playing Battleship. In science, students are learning about producers and consumers in a temperate forest.  Then they will better understand how energy and matter flow through a temperate forest ecosystem.
     
    Upcoming:
    Wednesday - "Science Bob" assembly
    Friday - interims go home
     
    Thank you for your support, 
    Jenn, Jen and Chris
    Comments (-1)
  • 1/4/19 News & Notes

    Posted by Chris Denaro on 1/4/2019
    Dear Families,
     
    We'll be starting the ThinkGive Challenge in each of the 5th grade classes (see Think Give Letter for details).  If you would like to witness the Challenge more closely, you can be  "view only" participant to see your child's ThinkGive page.  Please let us know if you would like to be involved in this way, and we will set up an account for you. We are looking forward to helping our 5th graders create a habit of kindness and realize that the simplest gifts, like time, thought, and effort, can make a big difference for others.
     
    We are working on handwriting in the new year. Students will be working their way through the cursive alphabet this month.  Our goal is to improve the quality of their writing, whether in print or cursive. We want students to be able to read cursive and sign their name.
     
    We're moving on to Jamestown in history and they'll be starting book groups at the end of next week. 
     
    Students made cell posters with foam. Students should be able to compare plant and animal cells and understand the function of the organelles. In math, students are comparing and ordering decimals, then learning about coordinate grids.
     
    Thank you for your support,
    Jenn, Jen and Chris
     
     
    Comments (-1)
  • 12/14/18 News & Notes

    Posted by Chris Denaro on 12/14/2018
    Hi Families,
     
    We appreciated the opportunity to speak with many parents this past week. Thank you for your insights and support.
     
    We still need to receive signed envelopes from a few families.
     
    The next science test (unit 3 - Water on Earth) is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec 19 in the morning. Students will have an opportunity to work on the review packet during class on Monday and finish it for homework if necessary for review on Tuesday. Students can also use Quizlet over the weekend if they want additional review. This can be accessed through my web page. Students are learning about decimals, how to write them and understand the value of each place. 
     
    We're examining the facts and theories about the Roanoke Colony. Next week students will examine the four main theories about what happened to the colonists, then argue for the one they think are most and least likely.
     
    Next Monday and Tuesday we will be doing a Secret Snowman gift giving program that involves ONLY gifts of kindness.  We are looking for students to give thoughtful (not spontaneous) expressions of kindness such as a planned act of kindness like helping someone clean and organize their desk or doing their classroom job.  Students might also write a thoughtful handmade card with a sincere message. Gifts CANNOT be anything physical or any food. 
     
    This is a precursor to the ThinkGive Challenge that will start in early January.  ThinkGive is a seven-week program designed to help build a habit of kindness. ThinkGive asks students to give 14 gifts of kindness to different recipients and record each gift on its website.  We will be preparing students for each gift with inspiring lessons, videos, and readings.  We'll let you know in early January about the specific details of parent involvement in the program.
     
    Today the fifth graders met with their second grade buddies to count the number of pajamas that were donated over the last several weeks.  There were 217 pairs of pajamas!  Thank you for your donations!
     
    Upcoming Spirit Week:
    Monday: Science Day
    Tuesday:  Unnecessarily Overdressed Day (Fancy dress)
    Wednesday:  Cozy Day
    Thursday:  Decade Day (any decade)
    Friday:  Ugly Sweater Day  
    Thank you for your support,
    Jenn, Jen and Chris
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Comments (-1)
  • 12/7/18 News & Notes

    Posted by Chris Denaro on 12/7/2018
     
    Hi Families,
     
    Report cards went home today in your child's backpack. They were given instructions to bring it home and open it with you. Please return the signed envelope by next Friday, December 14 since we re-use the envelopes. We look forward to meeting with parents next Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday. If you need to re-schedule, go to SignUp.com.
     
    Students brought home their homework folders containing their math review packet. As you know, the unit 3 math assessment is scheduled for Monday morning. On Tuesday morning, students will be taking the second timed CML test. Students do not need to study for this test.
     
    In science, students finished building and testing their filtration systems. They will write up whether they should refine or replicate their system during Monday's class. Ask your child how their system worked.
     
    Work continues with Home of the Brave and persuasive essays. Students used the historical atlas this week to find out about the age of exploration and triangle trade. We'll move on to Roanoke next week. 
     
    Students will move on to a new language on Tuesday. Spanish will move to Chinese, Chinese to French, and French to Spanish.
     
    Upcoming:
     
    Monday - Math Assessment
    Tuesday - Early release, CML timed test, in school concert (the groups that did not perform last Tuesday)
    Wednesday - No School!  Conferences
    Thursday - Evening concert
    Friday - Pajama day with our buddies
     
    Thank you for your support!
    Jenn, Jen and Chris
     
    Comments (-1)
  • 11/30/18 News & Notes

    Posted by Chris Denaro on 11/30/2018

    Hi Families,

     
    We hope you all enjoyed the Thanksgiving break! 
     
    Thank you to the Rotman family for turtle sitting over the break and bring Dopey and Stucko back a little heavier!
     
    The pajama drive continues through December 14. Thanks to everyone who has already donated pajamas for this cause. For every pair, Scholastic provides an age-appropriate book. This year we hope to top last year's total of 200 pair. 
     
    Students have been learning about how to add and subtract fractions, multiply them, and draw a picture to illustrate their thinking.  Our next test is scheduled for Monday, December 10, on unit 3. In science, students are learning more about the water cycle. Next week we will be in the engineering room designing a filtration prototype designed to clean dirty water.
     
    We started looking at what came before the first British Colonies. Students are researching how and why Europeans started exploring in the 1400s. They continue to work on their persuasive writing about serving chocolate milk in school. They added an introduction and "so what?" explanations this week.
     
    Upcoming:
    Tuesday: in school Chorus and Symphonic Band Performance 
    Thursday: evening Grade 5 Chorus Concert 
    Friday: picture re-takes and report cards
     
    Monday (12/10): Math Test unit 3
    Tuesday (12/11): in school MS Choirs, Jazz Band, and Concert Band Performance
                                early release - conferences
    Wednesday (12/12): no school, conferences
    Thursday (12/13): evening MS Choirs and Jazz Band Concert
    Friday (12/14):  Buddies PJ Drive 
     
    Thanks for your support,
    Jenn, Jen and Chris
     
     
    Comments (-1)