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  

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

December 7, 2016


Dear Parents,
Time seems to move quickly.  2nd term ends on Dec. 21.  We will send the final 2nd term printout and update the blog on TUES., Dec. 20.  We will have our Worker’s Holiday when we return in January. Information will be in the Dec. 20 newsletter.  All work for 2nd term should be in by Dec. 21, but we will accept it until Tues, Jan. 3. Students who are all caught up can relax and enjoy the break!  We do of course want them to keep reading.
     We will have individual class Christmas parties on Wednesday, December 21 in the morning.  Mrs. Payne’s class will play group games and watch a short Christmas movie.  If you’d like to send a treat for her class, you are welcome to do so.  Since this is a Wednesday, we will let out at 1:30.  Our orchestra will be playing a few songs (5-7 minutes) at the beginning of the school sing on Tues., Dec. 20 @ 10:30.
The second book report, for 2nd term, for Mrs. Williams and Mrs. Little’s  classes will be due by Fri. Dec. 16.  Mrs. Payne’s students will be sharing their book projects for 2nd term on Dec. 21 and 22. Information will come home today.  Hopefully students will take the opportunity to read a lot during the Christmas break, and work on extra book reports for the Reading Revolution Awards that will be given at the end of the year. Remember that it will take many more than two books each quarter to earn the fun rewards in May.
We also need students to practice typing skills.  The writing tests are much less stressful for the students who feel confident typing.  They can type stories, letters to Grandma, or whatever they want.  We will be sending typing practice sheets home on Wednesdays, starting in January.
LOST AND FOUND will be donated to Deseret Industry after Dec. 21.  It is quite full; are you missing anything?
Please make sure your child is dressed warm enough for this cold weather, because we do spend some time outside most days.
Our last day before Christmas is Wed., Dec. 21.  We return to school on Tues., Jan.3.  
We appreciate the great support we receive from parents.
Thank you,
Mrs. Williams, Mrs. Little, & Mrs. Payne
P.S.  Please look for the bright red verification slip to sign, stating that you have read this newsletter and have looked at your child’s grade on Power School.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

November 16, 2016

 5th Grade Newsletter
November 16, 2016

Coming Up:
  Friday, November 18- All work due
  Friday, November 18- Read-a-thon, Mrs. Payne’s class
  Tuesday, November 22-Worker’s Holiday
  Tuesday, November 22-Maturation Program
  Wednesday, November 23-Thanksgiving Holiday
  Monday, November 28-Back to School

         WORKER’S HOLIDAY will be for those students who have turned in ALL assignments and have earned 80% or higher.  On Tuesday 22 (morning) these students will watch a family feature video. They may bring a few treats to eat during the video and a pillow or blanket to sit on. Those who don’t earn this activity will use the time to catch up on assignments.
MATURATION PROGRAMS will be in the afternoon of Tuesday at 2:30. Boys will be in the gym and girls will be in the library. Generally, mom attends with her daughter and dad attends with his son.  However, there are students who attend by themselves or sit with a friend’s parent. (It is ok for moms or dads to attend either program.)  You may take your child home with you after the presentation.
Our students are busily honing their writing skills. We would love it if you could sit down with your child and help him/her with an essay s/he is working on. You can access it on and Utah Compose anywhere there is Internet. Each student has an account.  
We have been learning how to multiply with decimals in math. Please make sure your children are prepared with math homework so they don’t fall behind or miss daily important concepts.

We appreciate your help in and out of our classrooms. Thanks for supporting our efforts in educating your children. Supportive parents make our jobs more rewarding!
     Mrs. Payne, Mrs. Williams, Mrs. Little

**Please sign the red verification form stating that you have read this letter and checked your child’s grades.  The next blog up-date will be on Wed., Dec. 7.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

September 28, 2016

Dear Parents,

Your children were well-behaved and respectful on our field trip yesterday, and we heard over and over, “This is the best field trip ever!”  We teachers had a good time, as well. We didn’t schedule the Cedar Breaks overlook into our schedule, but they were kind enough to let us in without a fee waiver. We feel very fortunate about that. Thanks for helping, chaperoning, and preparing your kids for the day.

Here are a few items to calendar:
*First Lego League.  If your child wants to be a part of this team, s/he needs to write an essay on what makes her a good candidate, why he desires to be a part of this, etc. The essay doesn’t need to be lengthy; it just needs to show their commitment and desire.   Bring it to school by this Friday, September 28.

*SEP’s October 3-7. If you haven’t sent back the paper confirming the time scheduled for you, please do so asap. We look forward to visiting with you and your child. Also, this during week we will administer the SAGE Interim Assessment. This will help us see what your students already know and how we can best help them this year.  

*Volcano Explosion Day-Wednesday, October 19.  Please read the accompanying letter which explains the details of this exciting event.
*Book reports are due for Mrs. Williams and Mrs. Little’s students. For Mrs. Payne’s students, the first book project is due Friday, October 14. The genre required is BIOGRAPHY and will be presented in front of the class. Students will receive specific details this week.

“Tween Author Boot Camp”, a writing conference for kids 9-12, will be held Saturday, October 29 at Dixie State University in St. George. This is optional, but if your child loves to write, this would be a wonderful camp to attend. Let us know if you are interested and we can give you the details.
Reflections Contest entries are due October 28.
Thanks for being such supportive parents! We’ll see you at SEPs.

  Mrs. Payne, Mrs. Little, Mrs WIlliams