Friday: 9/25/15

Join us for the 4th annual kickball tournament this Saturday, Sept 26! Come to support the Ross Park staff as we defend our title. Game starts at 6:00 p.m. Book orders are due Mon 9/28. You may now place your order online! Code is J386K. A camp letter/packet is in your child’s FF. Please fill out the Health Appraisal form and return it by Wednesday, September 30. Also, a reminder that all tumbler and coupon book orders, along with the money is due by Oct. 23. All candy bar money, in the form of a check or money order made out to Ross Park, is due at this time as well. Enjoy the weekend! Go Blue! ~Mrs. Ellis

Don’t Forget to Place Your Scholastic Reading Club Order!

Reading Club Order Due Date: September 28
Shop Online:
One-Time Class Activation Code: J386K

Dear Families,

Please remember to place your Reading Club orders by September 28!

You can shop and submit your order online or send the printed order form with payment directly to me. No matter how you order, every purchase you make earns FREE Books and educational supplies for our classroom.

The arrival of the book box is always a highlight-thanks for making it happen!

Happy reading,

If This Is Your First Time Ordering Online:
– ENTER the one-time Class Activation Code (top of this letter)
– SHOP from a carefully curated selection of the best books and value packs
– SUBMIT your order and earn FREE Books for our classroom
– All book orders will be shipped to our classroom so we can celebrate the joy of reading together!

Science: Team Building Activity

Students worked together in small groups this week which focused on their teamwork skills! Students were given the task of constructing a tower in 5 minutes using ONLY paper!!! Within that 5 minutes they had to brainstorm ideas, agree on a plan, and work together to execute their plan. Every group worked well together and came up with some interesting ideas!

Spirit Week 9/21-9/25

Hello Super Sailors!!

Our spirit week celebrations will be in full swing here at Ross Park this week!

Monday: Crazy Sock or Shoe Day
Tuesday: Mismatch or Inside Out Clothes Day
Wednesday: Crazy Hair or Hat Day
Thursday: Favorite Team Day (wear clothes from your favorite high school, college, or pro sports team)
Friday: Ross Park/Mona Shores Pride Day (wear blue/white) *Homecoming parade after school!

Friday: 9/18/15

Wow, we had another great week! Please make sure you are checking assignment books daily. Students also need to record nightly in this book how many pages he/she has read. Students checked out an AR book this week during library. Please make sure your child is reading his/her book daily to ensure a passing grade. These grades count as part of your child’s reading grade. Students are required to pass at least 6 AR tests this trimester with an 80% or higher. Parent meeting for Camp Miniwanca is Tuesday, September 22 at 6:00 in the media center. Please plan on attending.

Enjoy your weekend!
~Mrs. Ellis

Fundraiser Clarification: (Please Save For Future Reference)

Hello All,

5th Grade Fundraiser information was sent home on Friday. We apologize in for any confusion about when we want what…We know there was a lot of information so here is a brief overview:

Permission slips for the Lakeshore Coupon Books and candy bars need to be turned in by Wednesday, September 16. NOTE: You do not have to tell how many books you need at this time.

We will be ordering BOXES of candy bars on Wednesday, based on the permission slips stating how many boxes you want your child to sell. We will only be putting in ONE order. ALL $ for candy bars MUST be turned in NO LATER than Oct. 23. (Checks/MO need to be made out to Ross Park El. We will NOT be accepting any cash/coins for this sale.)

As for the Lakeshore Coupon Books, your child has until Oct. 23 to take orders, however, as soon as your child is FINISHED selling, they may bring in their form/$ and the books will be sent home that day. Any books they sell BEYOND 9, will go towards his/her camp cost. (Checks/MO/paper $ will be accepted for this sale. NO COINS)

The sale of the tumblers strictly goes into a CAMP account which will help lessen the cost/student. We are hoping that we can raise enough $ through this sale, donations and grants where the cost will be very minimal.

Hope this explains things a little better.

The 5th Grade Team

Fundraiser Information:

Hello 5th grade families!

Glen Miller from Great American Opportunities Fundraising Company was here today to kick off our Chicago & Camp fundraisers for the year! (A letter and permission slip was sent home in your child’s Friday Folder). Your child has the opportunity to choose which fundraising best suits you and your child’s needs. The choices are:

1) Nestle Candy Bars- Your child will earn $26 toward his/her trip by selling 1 box of candy bars.

2) Lakeshore Enjoy the City Coupon books- Your child will earn $10 towards his/her trip for every coupon book that is sold. Each book sells for $20. *Please note that any books sold beyond 9, will help pay for your child’s camp experience and NOT spending money as it says on the form that was sent home.

Please fill out the permission slips and send them in on Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 16.

**As an additional fundraiser, we are selling 16 oz. tumblers. The money raised from the tumbler sales will go into a 5th grade CAMP account for all 5th graders.

A Great First Week!

Hello All,

We had a GREAT first week together! Thank you to everyone who sent in supplies for the classroom…I was amazed and very thankful for everything that was brought in!

As a class, we were very busy learning the routines, procedures and expectations for 5th grade. Lots of great conversations took place and many GREAT questions were asked!

NOTE: Please make sure you are signing your child’s assignment book nightly. This ensures that you have seen due dates, notes and homework.


Please make sure your child reads over the weekend and decorates his/her writing journal. They can use pictures of themselves, family members, things they like etc. Please help them secure the items by using clear packing tape over them so the pictures don’t fall off throughout the year. This is due on Monday.

Finally, please read over the sticky in the Friday Folder (and I have also attached it to this post), sign and return the F.F. on Monday with your child.

Welcome back! We’re off to a great start! I have enjoyed getting to know your child during our first week. I was also pleased to see so many parents at Open House. Together, we can help your child have a successful year! Please check assignment book nightly. Book orders are due Sept. 28 (you can now order online!). Please turn in any 5th grade forms, ASAP. Our first 5th grade newsletter is in your child’s Friday Folder. Please look it over, as it is FULL of important dates and information. If you would like to receive classroom reminders and updates from me, please leave your email address below! Have a great weekend!

September 2015 Newsletter pg.1
September 2015 Newsletter pg.2

Enjoy the weekend!
~Mrs. Ellis

Tuesday: 9/8/15

What a SUPER first day! We had a great time learning about each other and I look forward to learning more about your child tomorrow!

Some things we are working on:
Writer’s Notebooks: 5th graders are to personalize or “jazz” up their writer’s notebooks over the weekend! This notebook will be used for the entire year for all of our writing we do in class! (Due: Mon. 9/14)

Job Applications: Students have the opportunity to fill out a job application for one of our classroom jobs! Students will apply, interview, and carry out one of the positions for an entire month!

Picture Day is Thursday, September 10th!

Have a great night and I will see you tomorrow!
~Mrs. Ellis

2015-2016 Specials Schedule:

Monday:P.E. 12:50-1:30
Tuesday: Library 9:45-10:15
Wednesday: Technology 8:35-9:15
Thursday: Art 12:50-1:30
Friday: Music 12:50-1:30