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In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb

As we welcome the month of March this week, I’m reminded of the way our shift in weather – as well as the time change – can affect our outlook. Warmer temperatures and longer daylight hours always remind us to focus on the strength and energy we get from the sun. With our busy month ahead, we will need that energy more than ever.
We hope you’ve had a chance to read the email sent home yesterday about the Candor Health presentation that is scheduled for Thursday, 3/3. Please let us know if you would prefer that your student not participate in this puberty discussion.
Today is the end of the 2nd trimester. Report cards will be sent home next Friday and sign ups for conferences will be sent home on Friday as well. These conferences are student led, and your students have been busy preparing a digital portfolio about their learning that they are excited to share with you. Please sign up for a time slot. We will hold these conferences over Zoom and you will be given a breakout room to look at your child’s portfolio. The teachers will be moving from room to room throughout the afternoon and evening. If you’d like to speak with a teacher more in-depth, please let us know and we can make other arrangements.
Finally – sorry for the length of this email – we will be administering the Illinois Science Assessment during the week of March 7th (3/7-3/9) and the Illinois Assessment of Readiness during the Week of March 14th (3/15-3/17) and March 21st (3/21-3/23). More details will be provided regarding these tests next week, but please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about the assessments.
ELA News:
  • Met with our Winter Book Clubs for Session 4
  • Read short texts to practice reading strategies
  • Added to our Digital Student Learning Portfolios
  • Followed a prompt to practice writing on demand
  • Next week, we will practice responding to literature through writing
Social Studies News:
  • Reviewed the Constitution and Government
  • Took a unit test on the Constitution and Government
  • Began reading Time for Kids: Kid of the Year
  • Introduced different types of government
  • Next week, we will continue to study different types of government around the world

Psimaras Math News:

  • Discussed test-prep strategies to solve multi-step real-world problems

  • Reviewed: line plots, patterns, graphing on coordinate plane, dividing by Powers of 10, writing decimals, and using division in word problems

  • Next week, students will prepare and take the Unit 5 Test on multiplying and dividing of fractions

Psimaras Science News:

  • Learned and drew the different parts of the Water Cycle

  • Next week, students will complete the Drippy Comic and create models of the Water Cycle

Important Dates:
03/02/2022 – Lottery Drawing 7:00 pm Byron Colby Barn
03/03/2022 – Candor Health Presentation
03/10/2022 – Early Release 1:00 pm Conferences
03/11/2022 – Early Release 1:00 pm Conferences
03/14/2022 – Track Begins
03/28/2022 – Spring Break Begins
We have a new face on the 5th grade staff, and we hope you’ll join us in welcoming Mr. Dave Blietz as the Instructional Assistant in Mrs. Psimaras’ room. We are happy to have Dave become a part of our team!!