It was a great day on the Orange Deck as teachers and students returned to kick off the second semester! Now that we have completed half of the school year, you know that the fifth grade experience is jam-packed. Of course, fifth grade has always been a challenging, but rewarding year. No time is wasted as we savor every minute of building this teaching and learning community. We are working hard to achieve our vision of 100%! This year’s fifth grade plan is all about teamwork, and we need you on our team! Here are some ways you can help make the remainder of this year successful:
- Read all the posts on this website and then read them again.
- Have your child pull up the Edmodo planner daily; look over their shoulder while they read off what they need to do. Also have your child scroll through the posts for each of the hubs and ask your child what they have been working on in class.
- Encourage your children to complete smaller-chunks of homework, spreading it out over the week rather than doing hours at once. There is always something they can work on…whether it’s a vocabulary quizlet, Kahoot, word study, or IXL. Students should be working on homework Monday through Thursday.
- Help your child maintain a daily reading habit with a challenging book. (Not too easy or too hard.)
- Help your child develop study habits for quizzes and tests.
- Gradually release responsibilities to your child when you see they are ready for it. Students need to take ownership of their learning.
- Speak positively about school and the teachers with your child.
- Talk with your child about developing the Seven Habits of Happy Kids. See the scrolling message at the top of the website! Talk to them about setting priorities and your behavior expectations for them.
- Check your child’s Class Dojo report and ask them how things are going. (Top three point earners for each class celebrate with a lunch bunch monthley.)
- Send us an email and let us know how things are going.
- Schedule a conference if you have concerns or need help. Just email your child’s homeroom teacher.
Upcoming Dates to Remember
January 11 – Jim Sawgrass Native American Presentation
January 15 – MLK, Jr. Day No School
January 19- Check HAC for Report Cards!
January 29 – Teacher In-service Day No School
Tuesdays and Thursdays in February – Homeroom classes will take turns visiting The Whitney Lab. Look for permission slips to come home soon!
February 23 – Epcot Permission Slip and Payment Due
If you need another form, you may download and print by clicking here–> Epcot_letter-permission_slip
Please remember, there are second semester requirements that students must meet in order to attend the trip: Students must NOT have more than one school suspension during the second semester. Students must have a 60% or higher in all subjects. Students must have no more than 5 unexcused absences in the second semester.
What is Win-Win Wednesday?
When we first shared our class schedules, Wednesday noted “flexible learning” time. As the quarter developed and we collaborated as a team, we organized instructional time to provide the students with targeted instruction: “What I Need, When I Need it.” During this time, students receive additional instruction in Reading, Math, or both. As we get to know the students and analyze our data, we are customizing their WIN-WIN plan. This time supports the growth mindset and goal-setting best practice as students recognize their strengths and weaknesses. It is an hour and a half each week where we break the cycle of our regular rotations to slow down and provide extra support or time to practice. In addition to supplemental instruction for reading and math, students are also using the district’s new learning platform, I-Ready, which provides a customized learning path for each student basedon results of the diagnostic test. This is “What they need” to work on. Students may also be using the popular Math Website, Prodigy, to practice their Math skills, which they really enjoy! The students have given us positive feedback about their Win-Win time. They say that it really helps!
Thank you for reading this report! If you are still reading, please jot down the phrase, “Happy Kids” on a sticky note, sign your name, and send it in with your child to their homeroom teacher. We will give them a little prize in return!