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Update 5/10/21

*This issue of my newsletter is coming out on Monday due to the holiday on Sunday. Thank you for your understanding!


Hi Families!

Quick notes to know:

  • Ongoing=  Please have students being in music notebooks
  • Ongoing = ABC Countdown Begins
  • May 11th – Virtual Pioneer Field Trip 
  • Friday, May 14 – Materials Pick-up: Remote only
  • Tuesday, May 18 – Picture Day
  • Friday, May 21 – Early Release
  • Thursday, May 27 – May Natural Leader’s Assembly
  • Monday, May 31 – Memorial Day-No School 
  • Wednesday, June 2- 8th Grade Graduation
  • Friday, June 4 – Last Day of School – Early Release


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  • We are incredibly grateful for the beautiful flowers, treats and panera lunch. Thank you so very much for making us feel extra special this week! 
  • We hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s day!
  • Mrs. Klug-Highland is planning on having the students use their Music Notebooks ongoing in Music Class. Please send these in to class. Thank you.
  • The Native American week was a huge success, we are so glad we had the chance to make these memories with our students.
  • In the next two weeks, students will be participating in NWEA make ups if they did not finish the test.






In Writing and Reading, 

We are finishing our poetry unit. Students have worked hard on poetry and learned several different styles. We will finish the unit with a free form style and a metaphor poem. We will also be starting a small unit working on Native Land Acknowledgement research and writing. Later, we will be focusing on persuasive/opinion writing. 


In reading, we will be learning about non-fiction text structures. Then students will work on non-fiction articles as a class and then independently. Later, we will start a mystery unit. Students will learn about the vocabulary and aspects of a mystery story. Then, we will start the mystery genre chapter book Bunnicula by James Howe. We will be working on Bunnicula until the end of the year. 


In Math,  

We will be starting unit 6 and working on this until the end of the year. In Unit 6, students develop increasingly precise ways to describe, classify, and make generalizations about two-dimensional shapes, particularly quadrilaterals. In Module 1, students explore polygons in a variety of creative ways. In Module 2, they

form polygons and special quadrilaterals to build understanding that shared attributes can define a larger category. Module 3 combines geometry and measurement as students measure the perimeters and areas of polygons. Module 4 offers students

opportunities to apply what they’ve learned about quadrilaterals and area in the context of fractions.

This week and next we will work on Perimeter & Area.  Students investigate perimeter and area as related but different ways to measure polygons. Module 3 opens with a story

about a little raccoon who invites 328 neighbors to lunch and must prepare seating arrangements. The story provides a context for students to design and model tables by pushing square-inch tiles together to form rectangles. Over several sessions, students discover it’s possible to build several different rectangles with a perimeter of 20 linear units, but each with a different area. Similarly, they find that it’s possible to

build several different rectangles with an area of 24 square units, but each with a different perimeter. These discoveries and others make for engaging learning opportunities.


For Science/Social Studies, 

We are Starting Chapter 11 which focuses on Illinois becoming a state and the three levels of federal government, as well as, state government. Students will also be learning about citizenship concepts. This is a longer unit that will last until the end of the year. 


Ms. Naomi is continuing to meet with students for special EE lessons. Please make sure your student is prepared to be outside daily. 


We will continue participating in phenology and solo spots, alternating each week and now this will usually be on Mondays (sometimes other days as our schedule dictates). Remote always at home students may complete these by going outside in their own yard, or, if this is not possible, by looking out a window at nature. 


I hope you have a wonderful week!