Sunday, May 27, 2018

May 28 - June 1

It's the last week of elementary school!  It has been an amazing year, and I consider it a great privilege to have worked with such wonderful young people (not to mention their fabulous families).  Have a wonderful summer!



Here's what our future 6th graders will be up to this week...


Notes for the week...

** After a little bit of rearranging, we have finally scheduled our 2nd annual Support Staff Appreciation Breakfast for this Wednesday, May 30, at 9:00 am.  Please send the items you signed up to contribute in the morning with your students, preferably already prepared.  We are so excited to be able to serve the "unsung heroes" of Discovery School after they have served us all year long!

** On Friday, June 1, we will be celebrating our last day of elementary school at the pool and social area in Quinta Bella.  A cost of L200 will cover rental of the swimming pool, drinks, snacks, and lunch.  Transportation will be provided by a few of our moms who have volunteered to help transport students, so we will need for you to sign and return the permission slip sent home today as soon as possible.

** If you would like to participate in the Noche Beneficiosa for Ms. Regina Ochoa on Wednesday, please send the 160 lps as soon as possible.  If you would like to make a donation toward Ms. Regina's medical costs directly rather than buying a Wendy's meal, let me know and I can send you information about how to do so!

** In order to help you keep updated with special classes, I have posted the links to the blogs for Spanish, Spanish Social Studies, Music, French, and PE in the right-hand sidebar under "My Blog List."  These blogs are updated every week, just like our class blog, so be sure to check in regularly to stay up-to-date on these classes!

This week in class...

Language Arts
We will finish reading Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan and will have our final graded discussion over the novel In Language, we'll be reviewing and practicing the proper use of prepositions and prepositional phrases.

Math
This week we'll be winding up our year of fifth-grade math by creating an ABC Book of math concepts and skills.

Science
We will be finishing up our year with some great Engineering Challenges as well as exploring the weird world of Oobleck!

It has been a pleasure working with these promising young minds and hearts this year, and I'm so excited to hear about their continuing journey!  Best wishes!

Sincerely,
Ms. Amy

Sunday, May 20, 2018

May 21-25

Welcome back!  Here's what we're up to this week in Grade 5...


Notes for the week...

** This week, we'll continue planning our 2nd annual Support Staff Appreciation Breakfast, which will be held Friday, May 25, at 9:00 am. This tradition was begun last year as a collaboration between Fifth Grade and 9th/10th grade classes. This year, Fourth and Fifth Grade classes will be planning, organizing, and providing breakfast for our wonderful cleaning, maintenance, bus, cafeteria, and security staff.  If you have not yet signed up for which food to bring, please see the link in the email that was sent last week!

** On Friday, June 1, we will be celebrating our last day of elementary school at the pool and social area in Quinta Bella.  More information will be sent home shortly with more information!

**Students should be checking Engrade every week for the rest of the school year in order to stay up to date with and reflect on their progress.  Parents are encouraged to do so as well!

** In order to help you keep updated with special classes, I have posted the links to the blogs for Spanish, Spanish Social Studies, Music, French, and PE in the right-hand sidebar under "My Blog List."  These blogs are updated every week, just like our class blog, so be sure to check in regularly to stay up-to-date on these classes!

This week in class...

Language Arts
We will continue reading Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan and analyzing the characters, figurative language, and events in the story.  In Writing, we'll continue writing, revising, and editing letters to fourth graders explaining what they can expect in fifth grade and offering advice.

Math
This week we'll be collecting, analyzing, and graphing data in different forms including line plots, line graphs, and bar graphs. Students who have not graduated from Xtramath should continue to do a lesson every day at home, which takes only between 5 and 10 minutes.

Science
We will continue with our Matter unit by finishing our "Mystery Powders" analysis using chemical properties.  We'll also be looking at electrical conductivity and analyzing the properties of another mystery substance called "Oobleck."  

Thanks so much for checking back in this week!
Sincerely,
Ms. Amy

Sunday, May 13, 2018

May 14-18

Welcome back!  Here's what we're up to this week in Grade 5...


Notes for the week...

** MAP testing will finish this week.  The testing schedule for 5th grade is below:
READING - Monday, May 14 8:30am
LANGUAGE - Tuesday, May 15, Time TBA

**Students should be checking Engrade every week for the rest of the school year in order to stay up to date with and reflect on their progress.  Parents are encouraged to do so as well!

** This week, we'll begin planning our 2nd annual Support Staff Appreciation Breakfast, which will be held Friday, May 25, at 9:00 am. This tradition was begun last year as a collaboration between Fifth Grade and 9th/10th grade classes. This year, Fourth and Fifth Grade classes will be planning, organizing, and providing breakfast for our wonderful cleaning, maintenance, bus, cafeteria, and security staff.  Please look for more information about this event coming in your email inbox soon!

** In order to help you keep updated with special classes, I have posted the links to the blogs for Spanish, Spanish Social Studies, Music, French, and PE in the right-hand sidebar under "My Blog List."  These blogs are updated every week, just like our class blog, so be sure to check in regularly to stay up-to-date on these classes!

This week in class...

Language Arts
We will continue reading Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan and analyzing the characters, figurative language, and events in the story.  We will also be studying the roots tele, vid/vis, omni, ex, and poly with a spelling/ vocabulary quiz on Friday. In Writing, we'll be writing letters to fourth graders explaining what they can expect in fifth grade and offering advice.

Math
This week we'll conclude our unit on solid figures and measurement of volume and weight.  On Wednesday and Thursday we will be reviewing for a Chapter 10 test on Friday.  

Students who have not graduated from Xtramath should continue to do a lesson every day at home, which takes only between 5 and 10 minutes.

Science
This week we continue with our Matter unit by observing the difference between physical and chemical changes by participating in various activities to determine the kind of change taking place.  We'll also be using physical and chemical properties to test and identify a variety of "mystery powders"!

Thanks so much for checking back in with us this week!  

All the best,
Ms. Amy

Sunday, May 6, 2018

May 7-11

Welcome back!  Here's what we're up to this week in Grade 5...




Notes for the week...

** On Wednesday, May 9, from 8:00-11:00, 2nd-5th grades will be going to the Museo de la Identidad Nacional.  More information about costs, etc. will be coming home soon! We will need at least 2 parents to accompany us on this field trip, so please let us know if you would be willing to go.

** MAP testing will continue this week.  The testing schedule for 5th grade is below:
READING - Monday, May 14 8:30am
LANGUAGE - Tuesday, May 15, Time TBA

**Students should be checking Engrade every week for the rest of the school year in order to stay up to date with and reflect on their progress.  Parents are encouraged to do so as well!

** Don't forget to join us on Saturday, May 12, at 9:00 am for our General Assembly.  Our new Head of School, Mr. Kenneth Davis, will be present to introduce himself!  In addition, new Board Members will be elected!

** In order to help you keep updated with special classes, I have posted the links to the blogs for Spanish, Spanish Social Studies, Music, French, and PE in the right-hand sidebar under "My Blog List."  These blogs are updated every week, just like our class blog, so be sure to check in regularly to stay up-to-date on these classes!


This week in class...

Language Arts
We will continue reading Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan and analyzing the characters, figurative language, and events in the story.  We will also be studying the roots dict, cred, anthrop, biblio, dia, and penta with a spelling/ vocabulary quiz on Friday. In Writing, we'll be working on writing fifth-grade memoirs and studying the use of prepositions.

Math
This week we'll continue our unit on solid figures, including the concepts of surface area, volume, and U.S and Metric units used to measure capacity.  Students who have not graduated from Xtramath should continue to do a lesson every day at home, which takes only between 5 and 10 minutes.

Science
This week we continue with our Matter unit by observing the physical and chemical properties of matter as well as the conservation of mass.  We'll be doing several hands-on activities in class to investigate how matter changes or doesn't change according to certain conditions!

Thanks so much for checking back in with us this week!  

All the best,
Ms. Amy

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

May 2-4

Welcome back!  It's a short week this week, but it will be packed with learning! Here's what we're up to this week in Grade 5...



Notes for the week...
** On Wednesday, May 9, from 8:00-11:00, 2nd-5th grades will be going to the Museo de la Identidad Nacional.  More information about costs, etc. will be coming home soon! We will need at least 2 parents to accompany us on this field trip, so please let us know if you would be willing to go.

** MAP testing will begin this week.  The testing schedule for 5th grade is below:
MATH - Friday, May 4, 1:15-2:30
READING - Wednesday, May 9, 1:15-2:30
LANGUAGE - Friday, May 11, 10:05-11:20

**Students should be checking Engrade every week for the rest of the school year in order to stay up to date with and reflect on their progress.  Parents are encouraged to do so as well!

** Don't forget to join us on Saturday, May 12, at 9:00 am for our General Assembly.  Our new Head of School, Mr. Kenneth Davis, will be present to introduce himself!  In addition, new Board Members will be elected!

** In order to help you keep updated with special classes, I have posted the links to the blogs for Spanish, Spanish Social Studies, Music, French, and PE in the right-hand sidebar under "My Blog List."  These blogs are updated every week, just like our class blog, so be sure to check in regularly to stay up-to-date on these classes!

** Discovery Zone Summer Camp:


This week in class...

Language Arts
We will finish reading Salsa Stories and begin reading Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz.  We'll be building some background first about Mexican migrant farmers in the U.S. in the 1930's during the Great Depression in order to allow us to understand more deeply the events in the story.

Math
This week we'll review our Geometry unit with a test on Thursday.  On Friday we'll begin investigating the characteristics of solid figures including pyramids, cubes, and rectangular prisms.

Social Studies / Science
This week we will finish up with the Roman Empire and begin our Science unit by investigating the states of matter!

Thanks so much for checking back in with us this week!  

All the best,
Ms. Amy

Monday, April 16, 2018

April 16-20

Welcome back!  Here's what we're up to this week in Grade 5...




Notes for the week...
**Students should be checking Engrade every week for the rest of the school year in order to stay up to date with and reflect on their progress.  Parents are encouraged to do so as well!

**On this Friday, April 20, students will be participating in the Kids Athletics Day at the Palacio de Deportes.  Please return the permission slips and 100 lps as soon as possible if you have not already done so.

** In order to help you keep updated with special classes, I have posted the links to the blogs for Spanish, Spanish Social Studies, Music, French, and PE in the right-hand sidebar under "My Blog List."  These blogs are updated every week, just like our class blog, so be sure to check in regularly to stay up-to-date on these classes!


This week in class...

Language Arts
This week students will be presenting their final projects related to their book club book on Tuesday. Then we will begin a new book called Salsa Stories by Lulu Delacre.  This quarter we'll be focusing on the themes of family and Latin American culture.

In addition, students will be choosing 3 of the poems they have written over the past few weeks to publish using Buncee.com.

Math
This week we'll continue with our Geometry unit, studying angles, and classifying triangles and quadrilaterals according to their mathematical characteristics.

Social Studies
This week we will begin analyzing the cultural and political aspects and influences of the Ancient Roman Empire.
Thanks so much for checking back in with us this week!  

All the best,
Ms. Amy

Sunday, April 8, 2018

April 9-13

Welcome back!  Here's what we're up to this week in Grade 5...




Notes for the week...


**The despedida party for Lucas and Nicolas has been rescheduled for this coming
Friday.  Please confirm by calling the number on the invitation (above), and send the money to school this week.  We need to have confirmation as soon as possible so that we can leave a list of names for the security guards at Ecovivienda.

**On Friday, April 20, students will be participating in the Kids Athletics Day at the Palacio de Deportes.  Permission slips were sent home last week.  Please return the permission slips and 100 lps as soon as possible.

** In order to help you keep updated with special classes, I have posted the links to the blogs for Spanish, Spanish Social Studies, Music, French, and PE in the right-hand sidebar under "My Blog List."  These blogs are updated every week, just like our class blog, so be sure to check in regularly to stay up-to-date on these classes!


This week in class...

Language Arts
This week students will be working on their final projects related to their book club book. Projects will be due next Tuesday.

We will also continue with poetry workshop this week in which students will be composing their own poems to publish.

This week we'll be studying the roots aud, archy, bell, port, ology. There will be a quiz on Friday.

Math
This week we'll be looking at the differences in measuring temperature in Fahrenheit and Celsius.  On Tuesday we'll be reviewing Chapter 9 to prepare for the test on Wednesday.  Then we'll be moving on to characteristics of solid figures and figuring the surface area of 3-Dimensional objects.

Science / Social Studies
This week students will finish up the Lunch Menu project they have been working on, and they will present their projects to the class on Tuesday. Then we will begin our Social Studies unit on Ancient Rome.

Thanks so much for checking back in with us this week!  

All the best,
Ms. Amy