Newsletter 19 – 2/5/17

Voices of 5/6

Here is your Voice of 5/6 update.  A small group of students met during lunch on Friday to comment on the events of the week and share highlights with families. The contributors for this week are AJ, Wade, Josie, Katie, and Tori.

  • We have started drafting our fantasy stories. We are using notebooks or tech to write.  We have been looking at different themes to use in our stories.  One writer is basing her story on the theme of “betrayal”.  
  • In P3 we are testing the sugar content of different foods using yeast.  This week we used different kinds of breakfast cereal.   We found that Fruit Loops bubble up a lot and smelled bad. Yeast reacts to sugar and Fruit Loops have lots of sugar.  We made graphs from all the class data.
  • In readers workshops we continued our book clubs on perspective.  We are focusing on the different perspectives of each character and how they connect to each other.  We planned when all the meetings would happen and what pages to read to.  We are doing this all on our own.
  • In arts we are continuing our work on HONK.  In visual arts we are doing set design.  We are working on clouds, rain drops and leaves.  In performing arts we practiced lines, songs and choreography.  Rehearsals are going really well. Most people know their lines.  The deadline for knowing lines is next Wednesday.
  • On Friday Steph taught us to think positively about ourselves and others.  This Friday she had us think about what we are grateful for.  


There is big news this week! And it comes in the form of AGENDA BOOKS! We’ve had a lot of talks this year about planning, organizing, and meeting deadlines. While some folks seem to be getting the hang of things, a majority of our class could really use a planning tool. On Monday, we plan to roll out a new structure – the use of a daily planner where kids record their assignments and keep track of them. We’ll be talking about these with kids on Monday!

The books look like the ones I’m binding below and you can see what the inside looks like – here is the pdf of the master document.

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Every  morning, kids will have time to write in their assignments for reading, writing, math, and anything additional. They will definitely write in whole class homework and may write in upcoming workshop deadlines (i.e. finish lab report by Friday). There are additional measures of accountability that you or we may decide to use – there is a place for family initials if that becomes a helpful tool, there will be check-ins during dismissal time for kids that need the extra love to make sure they wrote down what they needed to, etc. There are also some goal-planning pages that we may use with kids in varying capacities.

IN other news… Snack! We are running low on snack so I’m posting the next few weeks below. We are in need of a break from goldfish – pretzels, crackers, produce (carrots, apples, bananas, clementines), string cheese, etc. are all welcome!

Week of 2/6, 3/6, 4/17 Families with the last names Ainslie-Daniels

Week of 2/13, 3/27, 4/24 Families with the last names Dimick-Jaynes

Week of 2/20, 4/3, 5/1 Families with the last names Kelley-Orth

Week of 2/27, 4/10, 5/8 Families with the last names  Osmon-Wisler

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home

  • How did you feel about the lab assessment (last yeast experiment) on Friday?
  • What fantasy story are you writing? What’s the theme?
  • What have you learned about sugar?

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