Friday: 12/9/16

There will be no early release on Monday, Dec.12. Dismissal will be at 3:30 PM. There will be no spelling next week. Our Holiday Party will begin at 9:00 AM on Fri, Dec. 16. Students should bring in a wrapped, new or gently used book, for a girl or boy to exchange by Monday, Dec.12. This should also include a card stating why a child would enjoy the book. If your child is on the Holiday Committee, please send in pre-made/cooked breakfast food in containers that keep it warm that morning. Holiday Sing-A-Long will be at 10:00 AM following our party. Parents are welcome to join in all of the fun! Have a GREAT weekend! ~Mrs. Ellis

Learning Targets for Next Week:

Reading: I can I can identify descriptive informational texts.
I can recognize chronological structures and key terms and use it to organize my thinking.
Math:I can compare and apply strategies for multiplying fractions.
I can multiply with mixed numbers.
I can relate operations with fractions and whole numbers, and discuss properties of arithmetic.

We have been busy little elves…..

Upcoming Dates:

As the busyness of the holiday season approaches, here are some upcoming events/dates to remember:

December 12: No Early Release (dismissal @ 3:30 PM)
December 12: New or gently used book should be sent in with your child today! (Make sure it is wrapped and has a card attached explaining why your child thinks someone else in class would like to read it)
December 15: Popcorn Day (each bag costs $0.50)
December 16: Class Holiday Party from 9:00-10:00 AM
December 16: Holiday Sing-a-long @ 10:00 AM
December 19-January 2: Holiday Break
January 3: School Resumes

Science Scores:

Hello All,

Motion & Energy test scores were released and recorded in your child’s assignment book. I am asking that you look at the score and sign, indicating that you have seen it. If you would like to have a printed copy of your child’s test, please contact me.

Thanks for your support and all you do!
~Mrs. Ellis

Camp Orders:

Camp orders are in! If you are planning on giving these items as a gift, please message me TODAY,so I don’t send them home with your child. Thank you and have a great day! ~Mrs. Ellis

Friday: 12/2/16

Look over your child’s Friday Folder carefully for his/her report card. Please sign the report card envelope & return it on Monday. Due to a new web-based grading program that I am piloting for the district, some of your child’s standards may be missing on this trimester’s grades. This “glitch” will be corrected for the next report card. Please contact me if you have any questions. If your child is on the holiday party committee, a note went home this week regarding party details and menu. A new AR goal has been set! Students will need to read 9 AR books, including 2 nonfiction for this trimester. Have a great weekend! ~Mrs. Ellis

Learning Targets for Next Week:
Reading:
I can locate evidence quickly to demonstrate knowledge learned.
I can identify reasons and evidence that supports specific points.
I can combine information from at least 2 different texts to create a written response about the topic.
I can verbally explain a topic by combining information from at least 2 different texts.
Math: I can multiply a whole number by a fraction to produce a fraction.
I can multiply any two fractions.
I can compare and apply strategies for multiplying fractions.

Holiday Wish List:

Hello 5th grade families!

I wanted to take a moment to resend the Holiday Wish LIst as it was missed by some last week. If you wish to donate to the classroom, please send in items as soon as you can. We will be using these supplies during the next few weeks. Thank you to everyone who has signed up or sent items in so far. I really appreciate it!

Thank you,
Mrs. Ellis

Wednesday: 11/23/16

Science Motion & Energy Test will be next week Thursday, December 1. Study guides were created in class and sent home this week. Please make sure your child is studying important concepts and vocabulary words to prepare for the test. The end of the 1st trimester is Friday, December 2 and report cards will be sent home on this day. All late work/fix-its are due by Monday, November 28. This also includes all 8 AR tests need to be taken by this date in order to receive credit. A holiday newsletter and holiday supply list is in your child’s FF. The holiday supply list has also been shared with you as a Google Sheet which allows you to sign up for items you may be able to donate. Please send in supplies ASAP as we will be beginning the crafts on Friday, Dec. 2. Don’t forget that holiday book orders are due Mon. 11/28. Have a great weekend! ~Mrs. Ellis

Christmas Newsletter

Holiday Wish List- Ellis

Learning Targets for Next Week:
Reading:

I can analyze text features to activate my schema about the topic.
I can locate evidence quickly to demonstrate knowledge learned.
I can identify reasons and evidence that supports specific points.
I can combine information from at least 2 different texts to create a written response about the topic.
I can verbally explain a topic by combining information from at least 2 different texts.
Math:
I can connect multiplying by 1/n to dividing by n, and use this idea to make multiplicative comparisons.
I can interpret a/b times a quantity as a of b equal parts of that quantity.
I can multiply a whole number by a fraction to produce a fraction.

Holiday Wish List:

Hello All,

The Holiday Season is coming upon us quickly. We are going to be busy making a variety of crafts for gifts. Attached is a list of the materials needed. If you are able to help, please sign up for items and send them in with your child by Monday, Nov. 28. Thanks so much for ALL of your support! I couldn’t do it without all of your help!

Thank you!
~Mrs. Ellis

Holiday Wish List-Ellis

A message from the PTO:

Ross Park’s Holiday Shoppe, sponsored by the Ross Park PTO, is being held December 5 – 9th. Classes will shop 8:45 am – 3:15 pm. Volunteers are needed to help the students shop, wrap gifts, and provide supervision. Please complete the following form to volunteer. On your scheduled day, please report to the office to sign in first. The Holiday Shoppe will be located in the upstairs gym. If you would like to volunteer for multiple days but at different times, please complete the form for each day.

If you have questions about the Holiday Shoppe or how you can help, please email the PTO at rossparkpto@gmail.com. Thank you!

Holiday Shoppe

Thank you for your support,

Ross Park PTO

Friday: 11/18/16

Students have been reading book club books this week and will continue through next week. They have been reading an assigned number of pages/chapters every day and completing a response that goes along with their reading. What ever is not done in class, should be coming home to finish. Please help your child read and understand his/ her book by discussing it together every night. There will be a 1/2-day for students on Wednesday Nov. 23 and no school Thursday & Friday due to the Thanksgiving break. Make sure your child is reading his/her AR book nightly. 1st trimester AR goal ends November 28th. Don’t forget that book orders are due Mon 11/28! Have a great weekend! ~Mrs. Ellis

Learning Targets for Next Week:

Reading: I can analyze two or more points of view about the same event or topic.
I can describe how a narrator’s point of view influences how the story is told.
I can tell how two different points of view are similar and different.
I can explain why two different points of view are similar and different such as the author’s motivations.
Math: Unit 2 Test