2/23 Newsletter

February 23, 2024

Dear Parents and Students,

There will be a parent informational meeting regarding Fifth Grade Camp in the school library Thursday, March 7th at 6 p.m.

Fifth graders will go to Camp Seymour May 1-3 (Wed.-Fri.). Please let me know if you are unable to attend the meeting so I can forward an information packet.

Here’s a look at the week ahead.


Mr. Schreck

Chapter 7, Expressions & Patterns

Monday: Lesson 8, Ordered Pairs

Tuesday: Lesson 9, Graph Patterns

Wedneday: Chapter 7 Review

Thursday: Chapter 7 Test

Chapter 8, Fractions & Decimals

Friday: Lesson 1, Fractions & Division

Ms. Semandiris

Monday (2/26) Review Ch. 6 L. 6 Multiply Decimals by Powers of 10

Tuesday (2/27) Ch. 6 L. 7 Problem Solving Strategy – Looking for a Pattern

Wednesday (2/28) Ch. 6 L. 8. Multiplication Properties

Thursday (2/29) Ch. 6 L. 9 Estimate Quotients

Friday (3/1) Check My Progress Review Lessons 6- 9

Mrs. Heuer

Monday: *Revew (Day 2)

Tuesday: *Ch. 5 Test: Integers and the Coordinate Plane

Wednesday: *6.1 Introduce Powers and Roots

Thursday: *6.1 (Day 2)

Friday: *6.2 Order of Operations


Social Studies: Next week we will continue Lesson 8, Slavery in the Americas. We will dive deeper into the history of slavery in the Americas by analyzing primary sources, images, and literature from different parts of the journey enslaved Africans experienced. The “Essential Question” for this lesson is: What was the impact of slavery on African people? Students have been working on their note taking skills this week as they read the chapter. Students will receive the study guide for this chapter on Google Classroom on 2/26, the test for this lesson will be on March 4th. 

Social Studies

  • Describe life in West Africa in the 1500s and how the trade of enslaved people began.
  • Identify the components of triangular trade.

Science: Students will discover what food chains, food webs, and energy pyramids show about energy flow in an ecosystem.

To help students understand these concepts, they will create a food web and energy pyramid for an Antarctic ecosystem.

Students will take a quiz on flow of matter and energy in an ecosystem next Thursday (2/29). Students have taken notes in class to prepare for the quiz.


English/Language Arts: Hello and happy weekend! I wanted to first mention some exciting progress I’ve seen in language arts. Last week, we did a socratic seminar. In these, students have a collaborative discussion about a specific part of the text with an essential question. We do this in groups of about 13. The students sit in a circle and have a dialogue with each other, responding to each other’s thoughts, questions, and insights. My role is as an observer and guide as needed; it’s a student driven discussion. I was so impressed to see such depth of knowledge demonstrated in these. Clearly, students can think beyond the text and make connections to their own experiences and the world at large. I’ve taught kids many ways to respond to each other, so even our shy kiddos have an opportunity to share by using a sentence starter. For example, they could say that another student’s comment “made them think about …” These discussions will be entered as a participation grade in Alma. We will conduct more Socratic seminars throughout the year. Next week, we will have a new set of spelling/vocab words, and we will continue our study of the novel Wonder. Have a great weekend.

Religion: Students will learn about some of the world’s major faiths to help them understand the importance of faith in people’s lives and to help them appreciate their own faith. They will also learn about the work Catholic missionaries do among people of other religious traditions.

Have a great weekend!