Saying Goodbye to Daylight Savings Time

As we set our clocks back and witness the days getting shorter, we will keep up the energy and enthusiasm in 5th grade. Our first trimester comes to an end this Friday, November 9th and a sign up sheet for fall conferences will be emailed home on this day. Conferences are student attended and will be held on November 19th and 20th (both are Early Release days). Please look for report cards to be emailed home on November 16th.
Our Eco-Warriors candy collection drive ends on Monday. Please send in any extra Halloween candy you may have to donate to our troops. Thank you!
On Tuesday, we will have our Natural Leaders assembly for November at 8:10 and begin our next Green Challenge, Use Less Stuff. Did you know that Thursday, November 15th is “Use Less Stuff” day? This may be a great time to start a conversation with your children and continue this initiative at home as well.
It is time for PCCS’s Geography Bee! Soon we will hold our classroom Bee, to determine a finalist to send to the school-wide competition (taking place Dec 7th). To learn more and help your child prepare, you may wish to use the National Geographic resources, found here. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Turner at rturner@pccharterschool.org. 
 
In ELA this week, we will finish our unit on Esperanza Rising and begin reading John Muir’s, My Life with Nature. Your students can expect a final, multiple choice test on Esperanza Rising on Wednesday of this week. We will also give spelling tests on Tuesday to SBSN Spellers, Llamacorns, Puppies, and Taco Cats (student generated names :). Please check with your child to see which spelling group they are in. 
 
In social studies we will have our Constitution and Government unit test tomorrow (Monday). Study guides for this test were sent home last week and a digital copy can be found on Google Classroom. These study guides will be collected on Monday before the test. The rest of the week we will focus on the election process in our country and begin a mock election for a class mascot. 
 
Thank you to all of the parent volunteers that helped to make our Halloween party a big success. Whether you helped in the classrooms, donated food or supplies, or worked “behind the scenes”, we thank you for your efforts! Throwing a party for 96 people is never an easy task, and we feel fortunate to have so many people willing to lend their time and talents.