Chicago Memories

WOW!!! What a fantastic Chicago trip! The weather wasn’t too bad (a little chilly but no rain/snow) and the kids (and chaperones) had a great time! Thank you to all who helped make this trip a success.

If you have some group pictures that you would like to have in the 5th grade memory video, now is the time to send them in! Please select a few of your favorites and either send them to me (ellisk@monashores.net) or Mrs. Sylvester (sylvestt@monashores.net) or you can send them in on a CD/flash drive or hard copy.

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CHICAGO HERE WE COME!!!

Our Chicago trip is finally here! Make sure you are at the school Friday morning by 6:00 a.m. with a sack lunch and 5th grade T-Shirt on. Bring a sweatshirt or light jacket and wear comfortable shoes! Make sure all music, movies, & games are appropriate for 5th grade level. CHICAGO HERE WE COME!! ~Mrs. Ellis

Please review the itinerary/rules for our day in Chicago.
Remember:
1. Meet in the Cafeteria at 6:00 a.m. SHARP! The bus will be leaving at 6:15 a.m.
2. Bring a sack lunch for the bus ride to Lincoln Park Zoo.
3. I will call and send a REMIND text when we know our ETA to the school. (Approximate arrival time home is 12:00 a.m.)

RULES & GUIDELINES:
1. MODEL SUPER SAILOR BEHAVIOR IS EXPECTED FROM ALL STUDENTS AT ALL TIMES. REMEMBER TO BE RESPECTFUL, RESPONSIBLE, KIND AND SAFE.
2. EVERYONE MUST SHOW RESPECT TO ALL! INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR, LANGUAGE, AND/OR GESTURES ARE PROHIBITED.
3. ALL BUS RULES MUST BE OBEYED, ESPECIALLY: REMAIN SEATED AT ALL TIMES WHILE TRAVELING, AND DISPOSE OF ALL LITTER IN THE PROPER PLACE.
4. CD PLAYERS, DVD PLAYERS, IPODS AND GAME SYSTEMS ARE ACCEPTABLE.
5. ALL MOVIES (G OR PG), GAMES AND MUSIC MUST BE AGE APPROPRIATE. Please be respectful of all peers and chaperones.
6. EACH STUDENT SHOULD BRING HIS/HER OWN SNACKS TO EAT ON THE BUS. NO GLASS CONTAINERS.
7. NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES MAY BE PURCHASED OR CONSUMED, THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE TRIP. (CHAPERONES)
8. DRESS PROPERLY FOR THE WEATHER. IF YOU BRING A JACKET AND DO NOT NEED IT, YOU MAY LEAVE IT ON THE BUS.
9. EACH PERSON NEEDS TO BRING A SACK LUNCH, WHICH WE WILL BE EATING ON THE BUS AS WE ARRIVE AT THE LINCOLN PARK ZOO.
10. EACH STUDENT MAY BRING SPENDING MONEY.
11. EACH STUDENT WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS/HER BELONGINGS.

ITINERARY
*** THE FOLLOWING TIMES ARE MICHIGAN TIMES***
6:00 A.M. STUDENTS AND CHAPERONES MEET IN SCHOOL CAFETERIA-At this time teachers will pass out the seating chart and itinerary.
6:15 A.M. BUSES ARRIVE- WE WILL BOARD AT THIS TIME.
Note: WE WILL BE STOPPING AT THE MICHIGAN BORDER REST
AREA (JUICE AND SNACK PROVIDED)
*** THE FOLLOWING TIMES ARE ILLINOIS TIMES***
9:00 A.M. ARRIVE AT MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY (opens at 9:30 a.m.)
9:45 A.M. OMNIMAX THEATER MOVIE (National Parks Adventure) REQUIRED/PLEASE BE ON TIME SO WE CAN ENTER AS A GROUP. See your child’s teacher for tickets prior to entering the show, which begins promptly at 10:00 A.M. OPTIONAL: Meet at 11:10 for the Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze exhibit and we will pass out the tickets at the door. We will divide you into two groups at that time. Group 1: 11:20; Group 2: 11:30
1:00 P.M. BOARD BUSES TO LEAVE FOR LINCOLN PARK ZOO-EAT LUNCH ON BUS
1:45 P.M. ARRIVE AT LINCOLN PARK ZOO
4:00 P.M. BOARD BUSES TO LEAVE FOR DAVE & BUSTER’S
4:45 P.M. ARRIVE AT DAVE & BUSTER’S FOR DINNER- It is extremely important as a chaperone, you are with your group at ALL TIMES. Game cards will be handed out during dinner to chaperones only. Please get these from your child’s classroom teacher.
7:15 P.M. BOARD BUSES FOR MUSKEGON
*** THE FOLLOWING TIMES ARE MICHIGAN TIMES***
12:00 A.M. APPROXIMATE ARRIVAL TIME AT SCHOOL

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Looking forward to a great day in Chicago!! Predicted Weather in Chicago for 4/29: Cloudy early with partial sunshine expected late. High around 50. Chance of rain 20%

~Mrs. Ellis

Friday: 4/22/16

Our Chicago trip is finally here! You will find an itinerary of our day in your child’s Friday Folder. Make sure you are at the school Friday morning by 5:55 a.m. with a sack lunch and 5th grade T-Shirt on. Bring a sweatshirt or light jacket and wear comfortable shoes! Make sure all music, movies, & games are appropriate for 5th grade level. CHICAGO HERE WE COME!! ~ Mrs. Ellis

MSTEP Update: FINAL MSTEP testing date will be next week Wednesday, April 27th.

Our Walk-A-Thon fundraising started today! All pledges and forms are due by May 6, 2016 to be eligible for prizes. Walk-A-Thon Pie In Face Video

Learning Targets for next week:
Reading: I can quote to explain my thinking about what the text says when drawing inferences.
Math: I can understand attributes of different quadrilaterals.

Friday: 4/15/16

We have completed our first week of MSTEP! Students have completed the ELA portion and will complete the Math & Social Studies section of the test in the next 2 weeks (Wednesdays & Thursdays only). Refer to the measurement calendar to see if it’s your child’s day to share a favorite recipe for our measurement unit in math class! (The calendar was sent home on Monday and it is on the blog as well). See the Chicago Phone Number letter in your child’s Friday Folder. Please return the form with your correct phone number by Monday, April 18th. Also, if you have signed up as a chaperone for our Chicago trip, make sure you have filled out an updated ICHAT form and turned it in (along with drivers license) to the front office. Thank you for your help with this. Have a great weekend!~ Mrs. Ellis

Learning Targets for next week:
1) Reading: I can I can determine two or more main ideas of a text &
I can support the main idea using at least 3 key details when summarizing the text.
2) Math: I can use a formula to find the volume of a rectangular prism.

Measurement Month:

Welcome back!! I hope you had a great spring break….I know I did! :)

For the past several weeks we have been studying measurement, students have been asked to share a family, favorite recipe with the class on his/her scheduled day. Students are encouraged to make enough for our class (22 students) to have a SAMPLE and the actual recipe. (NOTE: This is an OPTIONAL activity). They will be asked how they used measurement in order to make their recipe. The calendar will be sent home on Monday, April 11th and it is also attached below.

This is a GREAT opportunity for your child to have fun in the kitchen with you!

The measurement month calendar:
April Measurement Calendar

May Measurement Calendar

Friday: 4/1/16

Please see the April Newsletter (also attached below this post), WhiteCaps letter, and our 5th grade M-Step Letter in your child’s Friday Folder. MSTEP testing begins Wed., April 13. You are welcome to send in a healthy snack, sugarless mint gum, or mints for the class to share if you wish. Spring break begins Mon., April 4-8. Please encourage your child to read over spring break! Remember if you are planning on accompanying your child on one of the field trips this spring, an ICHAT form must be filled out prior to the trip. Please let us know ASAP if you need a form. Enjoy your spring break, and create some fun memories! ~Mrs. Ellis

April Newsletter pg. 1

April Newsletter pg. 2

WhiteCaps Reading Slip Due Today:

ALL WhiteCaps slips are due TODAY. If your child did not turn his/hers in, please do so by 3:30 today in order to attend the game in June.

Thank you!

Friday: 3/25/16

Report cards are in your child’s Friday Folder. Please sign the envelope and return on Monday. March book orders are due Monday, March 28th. Science Heredity Test will be Thurs., 3/31. Study guides were sent home this week. Please help your child study vocab. and important concepts to help prepare for the test. Whitecaps sheets are due Thurs., 3/31. A new AR goal has been set for the 3rd trimester! Students will need to read 9 books (2 NF) by Friday, June 3. Fri., April 1 is a half day. Spring break is April 4-8. Hope for some warm weather soon! ~Mrs. Ellis

Learning Targets for next week:
1) Reading: I can identify the elements in poetry (Metaphor, Simile, Alliteration, Onomatopoeia, Personification, Hyperbole, Idiom, Allusion, Imagery)
2) Math: I can convert among customary units of length, volume, and mass.

Read-In/PJ Day

We are enjoying our Read-In day today! (See pictures below)

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Mrs. Mills came to read us a story!
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Read-In/PJ Day this Friday 3/25!

Friday, March 25 will be a 1/2 day and it will also will be our Read-in/pj day! Students may wear their pjs, bring a blanket, snacks, and of course BOOKS! Students are also encouraged to bring in a favorite poem that they would like to share. This poem can be from a book or printed off from on-line.

Happy Spring!
~Mrs. Ellis