Kelly Ellis | 5th Grade Teacher


Friday: 5/22/15

It was a very busy week for our 5th graders! A BIG congratulations goes out to all students who participated in both the Math and Spelling Bee. A letter went home on Thursday regarding our spring camp experience coming up in June. Please sign the permission slip that was attached and return ASAP. Field Day will be next Friday, May 29th and will also be our End-of-the-Year Picnic lunch. It will be taking place at Ross Park (the park across the street) from 11:15-12:45. The EOTY Party Committee will provide lunch. If your child is on the committee, please send in supplies the day of the party. Parent volunteers are welcome to come and help with set up, lunch and clean up. Students should wear their 5th grade t-shirt. Students will need to bring a water bottle, sunscreen and wear appropriate clothing for the weather. There will be no school on Mon., May 25 due to Memorial Day. Have a fun and safe holiday weekend! See you on Tuesday, May 26. Smiles! ~Mrs. Ellis

Camp Letter Spring 2015


BoxTops Party:

We celebrated all of our clipping of BoxTops with a milk and cookies party today! Thank you to all of your hard work and collecting those BoxTops! They help us purchase many things for our classrooms every year. Don’t forget to keep clipping & collecting!

Have a great evening!
~Mrs. Ellisboxtops


Friday: 5/15/15

What a fun and exciting week! We had a great time at the WhiteCaps game and had a blast walking in our 4th annual Walk-a-thon. Congratulations to Jordyn Tetzlaff for being our 5th grade, AND overall Spelling Bee Champ! Wayt to go, Jordyn!! Make sure your child continues to read NIGHTLY to ensure that he/she completes his/her goal by May 29. Continue to refer to the May/June newsletter for more upcoming dates. Good luck GOTR on your run on Saturday! Have a wonderful weekend! ~Mrs. Ellis



WhiteCaps ReCap:

We had such a great time at the WhiteCaps game yesterday! They played an exciting game and won 10-2 against Bowling Green! It ended up to be a beautiful day and semi-warm (when the sun popped through the clouds). We were even interviewed by WOTV4 with Maranda!! The interview will be aired tonight at 7:00 p.m. Check it out!! (



Box Tops Winner Announced!

Hello 5th grade families!

The spring Box Tops challenge is complete and we came in 2nd place! We brought in 1,501 box tops!! Way to go!! We have won a milk and cookie party (date is TBD). Yum!!!

A message from our Box Tops Coordinator:
Great job, everyone! Thanks to all the Box Tops you turned in, our school received a check from Box Tops For Education™ for $3,439.25 in December 2014 and $449.80 is April 2015. In total, our school earned $3,888.25 just from clipping Box Tops this school year. Our goal for the year was $6,000. Way to go!
You can still help our school. Keep clipping your Box Tops through the summer and turn them in at the beginning of next school year. We’ll be submitting again November 1 and we’ll receive another check next December.
If you have any questions about the Box Tops for Education™ program, please let me know. You can contact me at 231-750-4275]. Thank you to everyone who clipped and sent in Box Tops!


UPDATE: WhiteCaps Tomorrow!!

I have added a few more details…

Tomorrow is our exciting trip to watch the Whitecaps play. Please remember to send $7-$11 for your child to purchase lunch, and that all parents will need to drive to the stadium on their own. Also, we will be sitting on lawn seating, so students should bring a towel/blanket to sit on. Please make sure your child wears his/her Chicago T-shirt as well. This helps us to identify them and distinguishes us as a group. Hopefully we will have warm and sunny weather, so don’t forget the sunscreen! :)

We will be departing school at 9:30, so please arrive by 9:15 if you would like to follow the bus. I can give you your ticket at that time, but please make sure you find us by the entrance where the buses park so you and your child can walk in together. We will be departing the field by 1:30 to head back to school where we will be focusing on academics upon our return.

NOTE: If you are meeting us there, you will need to find us where the buses park, so I can give you your ticket. I will wait with your child by the entrance until we have found you. That way you and your child may walk in together.

Thank you!


WhiteCaps Tomorrow!

Tomorrow is our exciting trip to watch the Whitecaps play. Please remember to send $7-$11 for your child to purchase lunch, and that all parents will need to drive to the stadium on their own. Also, we will be sitting on lawn seating, so students should bring a towel/blanket to sit on. Hopefully we will have warm and sunny weather, so don’t forget the sunscreen!

Thank you!


Friday: 5/8/15

Friday Folder Update (please continue to sign the FF indicating you have read the information below):

Last week A LOT of important information was sent home. Please refer to the 5th grade Newsletter that is in your child’s FF for more information and upcoming dates. Please let me know if you have any questions. Mid-Marks are in your child’s FF. Please sign and return by Mon. 5/11. WhiteCaps field trip will be Wednesday 5/13 (bus will be leaving the Ross Park parking lot at 9:30 a.m.). Parents will not be able to ride the bus, so plan on following the bus or meeting us there. Students will need to buy a lunch at the concession stand, which will cost approx. $7-$11. Our Spelling Bee will be Thursday 5/14 at 9:00 a.m. in the Auditorium. Our Annual Walk-a-Thon will take place on Friday, 5/15. If you have any packets/donations, please send them in ASAP. Have a great weekend and Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms! ~Mrs. Ellis

The newsletter is now posted!! See below (it is also in your child’s FF):
May-June Newsletter 2015


Please Read! Middle School Forms UPDATE:

Hi Parents/Guardians,

I can’t believe it is this time of the year already…this year has FLOWN by!

Anyway, all forms for the middle school are due by Friday, May 8. Please make sure you choose which performing arts class would be the best choice for your child next year (orchestra, choir or band). If you have any specific questions, please contact the middle school as they will be better to answer any questions you may have.

With regard to the 6th grade after-school Choir opportunity for the 2015-16 school year I want to communicate the following to all kids as they select their courses for next year:

*The 6th grade after-school Choir is an opportunity for kids that want to try Band or Orchestra to keep their singing interest alive one day each week. It will take place after-school at the middle school.
*Final details will be available after the school year starts in the Fall.
*It will only be ONE day each week so will not replace the 5 day a week Choir offered at the middle school during the school day.
*The after-school Choir will NOT be performing with the MSMS Choir, they will be 2 separate entities.
*If a student loves Choir and performing then he or she should join the MSMS Choir during the school day as the after-school opportunity is NOT a replacement, simply a different experience and opportunity.

Mrs. Ellis


Friday: 5/1/15

Please read below. This will be found in your child’s FF today and will be the last one that comes home in paper form:

This is the last sticky that will be in your folder for the year. I will be switching over to using my blog/email for my weekly communication tool. If you are not signed up to receive blog updates, please leave your email below. I will continue to look for your signature in the FF every week to verify you saw the blog update/email. Thank you for your cooperation and support! First, I would like to thank all the chaperones and students for a successful Chicago trip! You still have time to develop or email me your Chicago pictures for the 5th grade memory video! Middle school forms, WhiteCaps info., and dissection letter are in your child’s FF. Please review and note important dates and info. Have a great weekend. ~Mrs.Ellis