A Look at October

October is often a busy month, and this October is no exception! First, we are looking forward to our trip to the Lake County Recycling Center on Friday, October 13th (Mrs. Neil’s class) and Monday, October 16th (Mr. Barber’s class). If you have not returned a field trip permission form or used the Google permission form to sign electronically, please do so as soon as possible. We are all excited to learn more about sustainability through the recycling operation right here in Grayslake! We are also learning about renewable and non-renewable resources in science. Our “Toil for Oil” simulation last Thursday gave students a better understanding of limited resources, and this week we will go on a fishing “expedition” to explore the use of renewable resources sustainably.

Our third spelling test is tomorrow in ELA, and we’ll also continue reading Esperanza Rising. By tomorrow, your child should have read up to Chapter 8. Chapters 9 and 10 should be read by next Monday. In Google Classroom, the Esperanza Rising Novel Unit, Round 6, Slides 3-6, will be assigned tomorrow and due next Monday. We have been enjoying the book, and we’ve had many good discussions both in class and through small Guided Reading Groups. Please make a note that the research projects that go along with Esperanza Rising are due this Friday, and we will begin in-class presentations of those projects next week.

Some of you may have noticed that we have added a 5th grade Homework calendar to our webpage. Please bookmark this tab and use it as a reference to help your child keep track of daily and weekly assignments. Many 5th grade assignments are long term assignments and may be overlooked until the last minute. With both the assignment notebook and this Homework calendar, we hope to help the students stay on track.

Our October Green Challenge is Trash Free Lunches, and we were treated to a Trash Free Lunch fashion show at the assembly last week. Please help your child use re-usable containers when packing lunches or snacks for the day. Thank you!

As a reminder, Picture re-takes are tomorrow, 10/10, and Farm to Table is on Wednesday, 10/11. Our first Pizza Friday will be this Friday, 10/13.