Saturday, August 12, 2017

Back to School !

Hi parents,

       I enjoyed seeing you at Back-to-School Night, but I regret not being able to talk to all of you. I hope I can do that soon.  I feel that if I'm going to spend the next nine months with your child, then I should definitely spend a few minutes getting to know you!
       There were a few things that I forgot to discuss with you last Thursday, so I want to make you aware of them now:

1.  Homework Tracker
        On Mondays I will help students fill out a weekly calendar, and they can add assignments as they need to throughout the week. This calendar will stay in their Homework Folder (the heavy-duty one that goes back and forth to school with them).  I would like you to initial/sign this calendar before it is returned to me each Monday morning.  These calendars will remind them (and you) of upcoming activities and homework assignments.

2.  Genius Hour
       I explained what my plans were at Back-to-School Night, but in order to establish procedures and work out the kinks this first session, I have decided to limit our first Genius Hour segment to a science topic. Specifically, Earth Science.  That includes tectonic plates, weather, erosion, uplift, ocean, landforms, earthquakes, volcanoes-- anything geology.  I will discuss with your child at school, but I wanted you to know, in case you were already brainstorming ideas at home.

3.  Solar Eclipse
       I have eclipse glasses (donated by SUU) for each of your children so that they can safely view the eclipse on August 21.  We will research the solar eclipse online, then we'll view it as a class at 11:20 on the 21st.  I am concerned about eye safety, and will take every precaution that students are informed, prepared, and follow the rules.  If you'd like to drop by, you are welcome.

4.  Chromebooks-Thanks to the businesses of the community, and the PTA for making this happen!
Math reinforcement activities
Science data (latest earthquakes/volcanoes, etc)
Writing & editing essays                                          
World Book Online
Dictionary/word usage
State Report Research & Presentation
Keyboarding skills
Genius Hour
...and much more

        Thanks again for attending Back-to-School Night. I am committed to helping your child feel safe at school, to reach a little higher, and to love learning.  Feel free to voice your concerns or questions. Email is best for me during school hours, but you can call my cell before or after school. 
                                   Jeanne Payne-  435-590-4755 (cell)   435-586-2850 (school)


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

5th Grade Newsletter
                                          May 10, 2017
This will be the last newsletter and progress report that will be sent home this year.  SAGE testing is over, thankfully, so we can focus on some last minute math concepts students need to know before they enter 6th grade; and of course, we’ll do some really fun activities!  Please look at the list of events and note the changes we have made.  

May 10, Wednesday- Costume Check (all students bring their costumes for our
American Hero Program).Bring it Thursday, If you forgot today.
May 11, Thursday - Battle of the Books competitions 9-11 AM (hopefully, all our
teams are prepared to battle).
May 12, Friday-    Last day to turn in book reports or response journals
May 15, Monday- Reading Revolution Awards announced
May 15, Monday- Bring a white or light colored t-shirt, used or new
May 16, Tuesday- AMERICAN HEROES PROGRAM (10:00 for school, 2:00 for parents) Please have students come dressed in their costumes.
May 17, Wednesday-Last day to turn in ALL missing work
May 17, Wednesday-Judicial Award (ice cream party)
MAY 17, Middle School Open House--6:00-7:30
May 18, Thursday-Congressional Award (movie and popcorn)
*May 19, Friday-   Worker’s Holiday-TENT DAY(10:30-3:30)
*May 22, Monday, Executive Award (Breakfast in the park) Students will be leaving the school by bus at 8:50, and walking back to the school from the park after breakfast.
May 22,  Monday,  State Reports (Mrs. Payne’s class)
May 23,  Tuesday, Field Day (held at South Elementary)
May 23,  Tuesday, “Art Looks Good on Me” activity with Mrs. Davis
May 24,  Wednesday, Last day of school, school dismissed at 1:30 PM

     *Note the change in dates of these events.
          For Tent Day students need to be able to set up and take down their own tents, unless you want to come and help them. Tents may be set up before 8:50 or at 10:30. Students should bring activities and games for the day. There is no Wi-Fi. Most students indicated they would be bringing a home lunch, so don't forget that. Those who ordered a school lunch will be going into the building to eat. We will take the tents down at about 3:10.
We would like students to bring a t-shirt (white or light colored, used or new) by May 15th, that can be tie-dyed for our Art Looks Good on Me activity with Mrs. Davis.
Please look for any library books or other school books that need to be returned to school. Students will also need to turn in their recorders. Students will need to return or pay for these items in order to receive their yearbooks and promotion cards.
Parents, we know this looks like a lot-and we agree, so please email us with your concerns or questions.  We talk about these activities in class,, but we know that sometimes info doesn’t make it home the way we explained it.  

This has been an amazing year, and it will be hard to say goodbye to these students. You have been supportive parents, and we can’t ask for more than that.  
Thank you for sharing your children with us this school year!

         Mrs. Payne, Mrs. Little, Mrs. Williams      

Thursday, April 27, 2017


    We hope you all enjoyed your spring break.  It was so nice to take a week off this time of year to take a breather for a minute and be ready for all the events coming up in the next month.
    All fifth graders will start their SAGE testing tomorrow.  We will start off with the writing and reading tests.  Please refer to the schedule at the end of this letter for upcoming events and for other testing dates, so that you can make sure your child is here on those important testing days.
     An event coming up quick is the Kite Flight, which is this Saturday, April 29th.  Students can drop off their Kite Flight reading forms between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM.  When students hand in their forms they can earn a free kite or book, and help our school earn money.  It is so easy and well worth it.  I know fifth graders sometimes feel cheated because they are moving onto a different school and won’t see the benefits of what the money is used towards, but what they need to realize is they helped contribute to such a great cause, and they should be proud to be a part of that, especially when they are required to read each night anyway; why not get a little something extra out of it?  
     The Color Run is another event coming right up, on Wednesday, May 3rd.  Students need to make sure and wear a white or light colored shirt that they can get really dirty and colorful.  Sun glasses will be sold at school on May 1st and 2nd for this event, if students want to purchase a pair.  They are selling them for $2.00.  
     The fifth grade Orchestra students will be having a short Orchestra concert on Friday, May 5th.  This will be at 1:30, in the Gym.  
     The last newsletter for fourth quarter will be on Wednesday, May 10th.  We will  have costume checks on this day, as well.  Students need to bring their costumes to school this day, not wear them.  Please make sure your child is memorizing his/her part for the Famous American program.  
    Please go over what is coming up in the next few weeks with your child.  
    Thank you.

                                                             Mrs. Little, Mrs. Payne and Mrs. Williams

Fri., Apr. 28--MRS. WILLIAMS & MRS. LITTLE TESTING 9-11 and
                     Reading Celebration--5th grade 12:45-1:30
Mon., May 1--MRS. PAYNE TESTING 9-11 and
                      MRS. WILLIAMS & MRS.  LITTLE TESTING 12:40-2:30
Tues., May 2--MRS. WILLIAMS & MRS. LITTLE TESTING 9-11 and
                      MRS. PAYNE TESTING 11-1:30 (They will get lunch.)
                     Color Run for Chromebooks 1:00-1:30
Thurs., May 4--MRS. WILLIAMS & MRS. LITTLE TESTING 9-11 and
                        MRS. PAYNE TESTING 11-1:30 (They will get lunch.)
Fri., May 5--MRS. PAYNE TESTING 9-11 and
                   Orchestra Concert 1:30
Mon. May 8--MRS. PAYNE TESTING 9-11 and
                                    MRS. WILLIAMS & MRS.  LITTLE TESTING 12:40-2:30
Tues., May 9--MRS. PAYNE TESTING 9-11
Wed., May 10--newsletter/grades sent home and *****BRING YOUR FAMOUS AMERICAN COSTUME TO SCHOOL FOR COSTUME CHECK.
Thurs., May 11--Battle of the Books 9-11
Tues., May 16--Great American program 2:00 (10:00 for the school)
Wed., May 17--Judicial Award--Sundae Party
Thurs., May 18--Congressional Award--Movie-Popcorn Party
Fri., May 19--Executive Award--Breakfast in the Park
Mon., May 22--last Worker’s Holiday--TENT DAY
Tues., May 23--Field Day
Wed., May 24--Last day of school.  Out at 1:30.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

February 22, 2017

 February 22, 2017 Newsletter

Dear Parents,

We want to thank those of you who filled out the parent surveys and got those back to us.  We really appreciate the feedback.
The Great American Hero Biography forms are now due, and there are some we have not received yet.  We need these forms so that we can write the program our students will be performing in May.
Science Expo: Be sure to read and fill out the Science and Engineering Expo registration form that your child will bring home today.  S/he will need to sign up for either an experiment, an invention, or a research project that they would like to do for the Science Expo.  The registration form will need to be turned in by Monday, March 6th.  We will be doing the actual Science Expo on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.  The students will present their projects in their own classrooms that morning.  You (parents and other interested parties) are invited to come view them from 2:45 to 3:30.  This science expo is just for fifth grade students.  Students can go home with parents, but they will have to wait until 3:30 to do this.  If you need a board for this project, you can purchase one at the office for $5.00, or you can purchase one at Walmart, JoAnn’s, etc., for around the same price.
Worker’s Holiday:  We have only two weeks left until the end of third quarter.  Be sure to check your child’s missing assignment sheet and see if s/he is missing anything.  All missing work will need to be turned in by Monday, March 13th.  Students who have all work turned in and 80% or higher will qualify for Worker’s Holiday. We are taking those students swimming in the morning of March 14.  We need four parents (willing to get in the water) to chaperone us on this day.  Please let us know if you would like to help out with this.  
The next progress report will be sent home on Tuesday, March 7th.  This will be the final printout for third quarter.  Let me know if you have questions.


Mrs. Payne

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

5th Grade Newsletter
February 8, 2016

Thank you so much for attending parent-teacher conferences.  We enjoyed meeting with you to discuss your child’s progress. If your child has not turned in his/her 6th grade registration form, we need it please.  Let’s keep doing the good things that we have been doing, and work to make the improvements on the things we discussed.  A Parent survey is included today. (Some of Mrs. Payne’s parents have already completed this.) We have written in some explanations of what some of the questions are asking, to help clarify them. Please fill out the survey and send it back with your child.
We are already at mid-term for third quarter.  We will be having a Worker’s Holiday this Friday, February 10 in the afternoon.  This will be a game day. Students can bring board games and other fun games to play with each other.  They may also bring a few healthy snacks.  All missing work is due tomorrow Thurs., Feb. 9 in order to earn Worker’s Holiday.  Students must have an 80% overall total, and have no missing work in order to earn Worker’s Holiday.   Those not earning Worker’s Holiday, will be able to work on missing assignments during this activity in another room.
Students will be selecting their Famous American on Monday, February 13.   Students need to select famous Americans from the list. We draw names and the students select in that order, so they may not get their first, second, or even third choice.(Make a list of your top ten.) Students will be given a report form to complete about their selected person. The  Famous American report is due by Tues., Feb 21. Students have been told that they are NOT to paint their skin a different color to indicate race, although regular make-up is fine to help define their character. Students will need to come up with a costume.  Each student will get a script, with a part to memorize, in April.  Further information will be sent as this gets closer.
We are not having a “science fair”, but will be doing a SCIENCE SHARE FAIR.  Students will not be judged, but will present their project in class and then set it up in the classrooms to share with parents in the afternoon. We will be talking about the different types of projects that they can do in science class and information about this will be sent home fairly soon.  These will be due at the end of March.  Being able to present scientific information is a 5th grade standard, so this will be required for all students.
Students will be sharing their Valentines the last hour of the day in the individual classrooms.                         
The next newsletter will be posted on Wed., Feb 22.  
Please sign the verification slip stating that you have read this letter and checked Power School, and return it with your child.
Thank you for your support,
Mrs. Williams, Mrs.Little, & Mrs. Payne

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

5th Grade Newsletter
January 18, 2017

Upcoming Activities:
January 25- Civil War Projects due (Mrs. Payne’s class)
January 26- Walking Field Trip, Randall Jones Theater
January 26-  Making Fudge!
January 30-February 3: SEP Week (out at 2:30 daily)

We plan to attend the Shakespeare play, Midsummer Night’s Dream on Thursday, January 26.  We will leave the school at 9:45 AM, and walk to the Randall Jones Theater. We will return to the school at 12:00, in time to eat lunch.  The cost to attend this play is $1.00 per student, which we feel is an awesome deal.
After lunch (January 26) we will be making fudge in a bag. This is a culminating event for our Chemical and Physical Changes unit.  Question: Is this activity a chemical or physical change?  In order to purchase the ingredients, we are asking for $1 from each student. If you feel that you can support these two activities, you can send $2.00 total anytime. If money is a problem, please let us know.  We want your child to participate in both of these events, and we will make sure s/he is covered.
SEP Week is just around the corner.  Please look for a schedule in this packet, and let us know if your time is a good one for you. Bring your child with you so we can register him/her for 6th grade (can you believe it’s time?).  The middle school orchestra and band will put on a concert for our school prior to SEP week, and their goal is to recruit more young musicians for next school year. When you register for 6th grade, you will need to choose between band, orchestra, or art appreciation, so be thinking about that during the next 1-½ weeks. School gets out at 2:30 every day the week of January 30-February 3 (including Wednesday)
We are reading The Adventures of Don Quixote, and preparing to write an essay about this. This essay will address the question, “Do Don Quixote’s good intentions justify his actions?”  Quite a grown up theme for 5th graders!  
We are studying the Civil War in Social Studies. (FYI: Mrs. Payne’s Civil War Projects are due January 25 and Mrs. Williams & Mrs. Little’s Civil War TIc-Tac-Toe is due tomorrow). Thank you for helping your child come prepared with math each day. We are almost finished with our chapter on fractions.
Hopefully you have seen the typing practice sheets that are now coming home each week. Please initial the 40 minutes of practice.  Remind your student to use proper typing skills such as, sitting up straight, not looking at hands, and using both hands, all ten fingers. The attached white sheets are due each Wednesday.
Thanks for investing in your child’s education. We love teaching your 5th graders! Please feel free to email with any questions. You will receive your next printout during your conference.
  Mrs. Payne, Mrs. Little, Mrs. Williams

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Tuesday, December 21, 2016/ Newsletter
Dear Parents,
    Today marks the end of second quarter. It is hard to believe that we are halfway through this school year, already.  Wow, time is really flying by this year.
    Students will have until tomorrow to get any of their missing work into their teacher. Be sure to ask your child for their missing assignment sheet that they will be bringing home today.  This way you can help them get items completed at home to turn into their teacher tomorrow.  If students need until Tues., Jan. 3rd for last minute items, like Reading Revolutions, then they can turn them in on Tuesday by 8:50 AM.  If they aren’t turned in by that time, the assignment will not be counted.  We will be having our Worker’s Holiday, for second quarter, on Wednesday, January 3rd.  This is the day we return back from Christmas break.  We will be having a Read-A-Thon.  Students can wear their new Christmas jammies and besides bringing their favorite books to read, they can also bring with them a cozy blanket and pillow so they can be comfortable as they read.  This will happen from 10:00 until lunch.
    Mrs. Williams and Mrs. Little are having their gift exchange tomorrow morning.  If you have a child in either of their classes, remind them to bring the gift they got for this fun activity, if they haven’t done so already.  Remember to label the gift: to a boy, from a boy and to a girl, from a girl.  If you signed up to bring treats or drinks to the Christmas party for Mrs. Little’s class, those items will need to be brought to school tomorrow, as well.  Mrs. Payne’s class will be playing games and having fun with the Christmas Bells. If you’d like to send a treat for her class, you are welcome to do so. There are 29 students.
    We encourage students to read over the Christmas break and to try and practice their typing skills as much as possible.  In January, students will be given typing practice sheets for homework, so they might as well get practicing now.  They can choose sentences to type from novels they are reading, lyrics to a song they like, or make up their own sentences to type, but we encourage them to practice.
    Please make sure your child comes to school with a coat during these winter months.  Sometimes they have to go out to break for lunch and when they don’t have a coat, it gets pretty cold for the thirty minutes they are outside.  
    We hope all of you have a very Merry Christmas.  We look forward to getting back to a new quarter next year.   


                                                Mrs. Little, Mrs. Payne and Mrs. Williams

**The first print-out and blog update for 3rd term will be on Wed., Jan. 18