It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Winter

Setting our clocks back today should give us an extra hour to rake up the leaves blown off by our wintry blast last week. The snow didn’t dampen our spirits, though, and the 5/6 gradeband had a lot of fun at the Halloween party. Thank you to our room parents, Heather Bendorovich and Christina Payton plus the many others that came to help or volunteered behind the scenes to make the event memorable. A special shoutout to our DJ, Eric Martinek, who really packed in a crowd and ensured that the dance party was enjoyed by all!
In ELA this week we will finish reading Esperanza Rising and take our final test on the novel on Wednesday. This will be a multiple choice test over events that happened in the story. We will also begin writing a five paragraph essay discussing the character of Esperanza. Since this is our first essay in fifth grade, we will go slowly through the writing process and students will have plenty of time to draft, revise, and edit their work. The next book we will read is John Muir’s, My Life With Nature, a short biography about the life of the naturalist John Muir. New spelling sorts will be handed out on Monday and our next spelling test will be on Friday.
In social studies, we took the quiz on the Road to the Revolution last Tuesday and now we have begun to look at the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution. Students are learning about the importance of having a strong central government and an interesting discussion on what anarchy looks like began on Friday in social studies. We will pursue this idea as well as a study of different types of government in conjunction with our unit on democracy in the United States.
With the unpredictable weather we’ve been having, please ensure that your student comes dressed to play outside at recess. If there is snow on the ground, all students must have boots and snowpants to play in the snow. Any student without those items will be asked to stay only on the blacktop area since this is typically plowed for parking spaces. Also, please send indoor shoes for your child to change into when boots are wet. Slippers, crocs, moccasins, etc. are perfect, however, wearing only socks in the classroom is not permitted. Thank you for your help with sending in these necessary items.
Upcoming Events:
Sunday, November 3rd- Daylight Saving Time Ends – Fall Back
Monday, November 4th – PSO restaurant night at Chipotle @4-8pm
Monday, November 11th – Veterans Day assembly @8:15 am
Thursday, November 14th – MPAC  Mawlid & Literacy Night
Friday, November 15th – End of the 1st Trimester
Friday, November 15th – Holiday Bazaar collection begins
Monday, November 18th – 7th/8th Grade Butter Braid pastry sale begins