Friday, May 11, 2012

Author's Celebration! and other stuff

Hopefully you received an invitation today to our Author's Celebration next Thursday (the 17th). From 8:45 until 10:15 we are meeting in small groups to share our novels, and parents, grandparents and good friends are welcome to join in the fun. The following students have volunteered to bring items for the food portion of the celebration: Sam and Matthew (fruit), Jordan (veggies), Kai and Sara (cookies), Holly and Emily (cupcakes), Hannah (pretzels and water jug), Nathan H. (chips), Josh and Riley (juice), Amanda (paper plates) and Kenzie (cups). If you are unable to bring one of these items, please just email me at so I can make a new arrangement. Thanks in advance to those of you who can send us some goodies. Some of the students are doing some last minute novel publishing, so please check in with your child this weekend and make sure he/she is ready to go for Wednesday, the last day the printing press is running! The MRTA has created a letter and have asked teachers to send it home via either email or in an envelope. In the interest of trees, if you would like to read this letter (which explains the current job action and its rationale), please email me at the above email address and I'll send it along. I don't wish to post it on the blog because some students read this blog and it is meant for parents only. Please keep on sending in the Jump Rope for Heart envelopes. Students have a week of quizzes this upcoming week: on Tuesday there is a Science chapter 6 test and a French quiz (this is 5s only), and on Thursday, a Socials vocab quiz. Enjoy the sunshine!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Year is almost over!

This school year, more than any other for me, has just flown by. I think working part-time this year has been part of that. And the next few weeks will zip by even more quickly. Speeches are now finished, and I am happy to say that the students simply excelled during the in-class speeches. Congratulations to Kai and Hannah, who represented the grade five students in the gym, and to Tiffany and Sara, who represented the grade fours. All four did a terrific job in the gym Mrs. Kollen tells me, and Kai and Tiffany were chosen to represent grades five and four at the district event this week. Hannah also got to attend as a runner-up. Well done! I will posting details later this week about our upcoming publishing party, celebrating the result of hard work by the students in creating their novels. Parents will be invited to attend (watch for invitations). In writing, the class blog will no longer be part of the homework. Kudos to those students who kept up with it, but because I want to ensure that all students are practicing their writing, we are transitioning to paper journals for the remainder of the year. Your child should be bringing home a paper journal he or she created and writing in it for about twenty minutes at least once a week. Please let me know if you are not seeing this come home at least one time per week, and I will let you know if your child isn't meeting minimal expectations also. We will be having a field trip to the ACT on June 1st--watch for a permission form to come home very soon, and I will be looking for parent drivers. Nancy