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September 11

Important Upcoming Dates

Week of Sept. 10 – Trimester 1 After School Activities (ASAs) begin
Wednesday, Sept. 19 – Parent Teacher Conferences – No school for students
Wednesday, Sept. 19 – PSA Book Sale
Friday, Sept. 21 – PL day for teachers – No school for students
Monday, Sept. 24 – Mid Autumn Festival – No school for students

This week…

In reading, we are starting book clubs! Students will be mixed with other students from all three classes. They will be applying the mini lessons from the week to their book club books. This week’s mini lessons focus on how one part of the story is related to the whole story. They will be identifying story elements (introduction of characters, introduction of setting, problem, character change, theme development, solution) and explaining how it fits with the rest of the story as a whole.

In writing, students are continuing with their narratives. We are working on constructing exciting leads, using descriptive phrases and vocabulary, and using dialogue correctly.

In social studies, we will be researching how the Incan civilization in modern day Peru developed systems based on their human experiences. Then, students will choose another civilization of their choice to research.

In math we are continuing our decimal numbers unit. We will use number lines to compare and round decimals. We will also be modeling how to add and subtract decimals. So far, we have worked on converting between all three number forms (standard form, word form, and expanded form) yesterday. Make sure to go to Seesaw and check out your student’s new post on these decimal conversions.

September 3

Hello parents,

We have a few updates concerning the recent testing calendar and 5B’s schedule.

Our next regularly scheduled MAP test will be this Friday, September 7th. Due to the red signal for rain last Thursday, there was no school. Unfortunately, that was one of our MAP testing days. We will be making this test up next Tuesday, September 11th; this will be the last testing day for the beginning of the year.

DRA reading assessments are also being conducted and will continue for the remainder of this week. Expected date of completion is Tuesday, September 11th, or earlier.

Lastly, I have discussed specials schedule with Mrs. Sheppard, sorted out times with Mr. Bywater for lessons with the counselor, and finalized times for reading with our book buddies. Therefore, below is the most updated version of 5B’s daily schedule:

August 24

Below is the Parent Info Night Presentation shared at Curriculum Night. Please use as a reference or if you were unable to attend. Thank you!

18-19 Grade 5 Parent Night Information-1coc7nn

P.S. We had a great first full week of school. Parents, make sure to read all about it in their interactive journals on Seesaw… and like / reply to it as well if you get the opportunity.

August 22

Check out the goals that grade 5 learners will be working on achieving this first trimester
*still being updated and added to*

June 15

It’s the last day! Our 5th graders are now Middle Schoolers! It has been an amazing year full of wonderful memories. Thanks so much for being an integral part of your child’s educational journey and for all the support. Best wishes to all of 5A wherever they may go next year. Report cards are available via SchoolBase and MAP test scores went home with all students yesterday. I hope you all have a wonderful summer!

June 13

Graduation Slideshow Video from the Moving Up Ceremony:

June 11

Important Dates

  • June 12: Grades 4 and 5 pool party at Jingshan pool (weather permitting)
  • June 13: Parents are invited to attend the Grade 5 Promotion Ceremony at 11:00 a.m. in the SPAH
  • June 13: Grade 5 Promotion Celebration lunch for students in the Grade 5 classrooms–11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • June 15: Half Day for Students–11:30 a.m. dismissal – Last Day of School

    Can you believe that it’s the last week of school! This year has gone by so quickly!

    Last week, we finished up our fantasy book clubs, memoirs, and science units. Thanks to those who braved the rain to attend the publishing party on Thursday!

    This week, the students will be sharing with the fourth graders all they need to know about being in fifth grade. Those who want to take band next year will be heading to Bayside in the afternoon today for the music placement. An email from Ms. Terrell went out last week to all parents whose children said they wanted to take band. We’ll also have an extra PE class run by the Grade 6 PE teachers on Tuesday (weather permitting).

    Wednesday is the big day! Since this is a special day, please have your child dress nicely – no jeans, no track bottoms, no SIS PE shirts, etc. Here’s a picture of the ASA Choir from last week (which sounded fabulous!). This is a great example of what the students should be wearing (minus the sunglasses).

    Thanks to those who have already signed up to bring items for the celebration for students this Wednesday. Here’s the LINK if you haven’t signed up already and wish to.

    Please note that students need to bring swimming caps for the pool party on Wednesday or they can’t swim in the Jingshan pool.

    Lastly, if you know your child will be leaving early for vacation, please let me know as soon as possible so I can make sure they have all of their things.

  • June 5


    June 6: Last library day for 5A. ALL books need to be turned in.

    June 7: Memoir Publishing Party – 11:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m. in the Grade 5 classrooms

    June 8: SIS Spirit Day – Game Day; Bring board games to play during a set time

    June 13: Parents are invited to attend the Grade 5 Moving Up Ceremony at 11:00 a.m. in the SPAH

    June 15: Half Day for Students – 11:30 a.m. dismissal – Last Day of School

    June 4

    You’re invited to our next (and last for this school year) publishing party. Hope to see you there.

    May 15

    Hello parents,

    The end of year is always a busy time with many great events. Here are several important dates / events to write down:

  • May 15: DRA Testing begins in class 5A
  • May 18: Art Show – leaving Jingshan campus at 13:35
  • May 21: Warm up with sample items in preparation for MAP testing
  • May 22: Language MAP test for class 5A at 8:00 – 9:00 – Please inform me as soon as possible if you know your child will be absent during this testing
  • May 22: Transition to Grade 6 at Bayside campus – leaving at 12:40 – Please inform me as soon as possible if you know your child will be absent during this testing
  • May 23: Mathematics MAP test for class 5A at 11:00 – 12:00 – Please inform me as soon as possible if you know your child will be absent during this testing
  • May 24: Reading MAP test for class 5A at 13:15 – 14:15
  • May 29: SIS Spirit Day – Sports Day; Grades 4 & 5 Dodgeball voluntary event at morning break (10:30 – 10:50); dress up for Sports Day!
  • May 29: Koolfly & Pizza Celebration with Grade 6 at Bayside campus – leaving at 11:40
  • May 30: Field Trip to Ziyuan Tea House at 10:00 – 12:15
  • June 8: SIS Spirit Day – Game Day; bring board games to play during a set time
  • June 13: Parents are invited to attend the Grade 5 Moving Up Ceremony at 11:00 – More information to come
  • June 15: Half Day for Students – Last Day of School

    I wanted to make sure you had these dates to write down in your calendars. But, as the year continues, I’m sure more dates will be shared. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email / Dojo / private message me.

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