April 28 Update_5th Grade

NWEA Testing

The 5th grade students will be taking our spring round of NWEA Maps tests over the next few weeks. These tests will take place on Monday afternoons from 1-2 p.m. The students will take the reading test tomorrow afternoon. These tests serve as one measure of student growth and progress. I’ve been encouraging the students to work carefully and do their best to accurately show all they’ve learned throughout the year.

Wednesday Afternoon

We’re headed to Frederick Meijer Gardens for a volunteer afternoon on Wednesday. We’ll eat lunch early that day; students will not be able to order hot lunch that day. There are still spots open to parents who want to help us that afternoon. If you’re interested, please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4aaead2ea6f49-frederik8

Students should dress for the weather and be prepared to spend the afternoon outdoors. In the case of severe inclement weather, we’d reschedule our volunteer afternoon for another week.

Curriculum Updates

In science, the students are looking at the digestive system. In Bible, they’re continuing learning lessons from the Sermon on the Mount. In social studies, the students will be taking a deeper dive to examine different battles from the Revolutionary War. In literacy, the students will have the last two book club discussions with their current books this week (Tuesday and Friday). Additionally, the have a DLR quiz on Friday.

Reproductive System

Fifth graders at Grand Rapids Christian Schools learn about the reproductive system. Your child will be coming home with an envelope on Monday, May 13 that contains a book, some parent materials, and a study guide. The books and study guides are meant to be completed with a parent. Books and study guides will need to be returned to school by Wednesday, May 22. I wanted to make sure that you were aware it would be coming home in the near future. Please reach out to me if you have any questions.

End of the Year Details

The end of the year is coming quickly–and we still have plenty of things left to do 🙂 Students need to send in $5 to cover the cost of their Whitecaps tickets (If you signed up to chaperone, please include your ticket cost $16.50 as well.)–checks can be made out to RCS. Also, look for a permission slip coming home in the near future; this permission slip is necessary for using challenge course items at Camp Roger over our Three Days in the Woods: Spring Edition activities.

Upcoming Dates

  • Friday, May 3: Art Show @RCS (PM)
  • Thursday, May 9: 5/6 Spring Concert and Program (more details coming soon, evening program)
  • Wednesday, May 15: Chemistry Demonstration @Calvin College (PM)
  • Friday, May 17: Calvin College Eco-Preserve: Macro-Invertebrate Study (AM)
  • Wednesday, May 22: Whitecaps Game
  • Monday, May 27: No School (Memorial Day)
  • May 29-31: Three Days in the Woods: Spring Edition @Camp Roger
  • Wednesday, May 5: Passage Hike
  • Friday, June 7: Last Day of School (1/2 Day)

6th Grade Update_April 26

  • The 6th graders have a Daily Language Review quiz next Thursday (May 2).
  • The students are working on book clubs–looking specifically at themes and characters in stories. Discussions are taking place in class on Mondays and Wednesdays. They need to bring books to class each day. Generally speaking, they’ve been really excited about the books and discussions. As we head towards June, these will be our last major book club discussions of the school year.

April 22 Update_5th Grade

Wednesday Afternoon

The students should plan on being outside on Wednesday afternoon. We won’t leave until after lunch; they can order hot lunch if they want. Students should dress for the weather. We’re looking at warmer temps–but there might be some mud.

Literacy

The students have a Daily Language Review quiz tomorrow (Tuesday). They’re also working on book club discussions focused around theme and characters in stories. The students have discussions on Tuesday and Friday of this week. They’ll have some time to work in class. However, I anticipate that students will have to complete some reading and/or journal work at home for homework.

Know God

Our April discussion groups will take place tomorrow. Students should be sure to bring their books to school for Tuesday. 

Science

The students have been learning about the circulatory system through a series of information readings. The students have a circulatory system packet due on Wednesday of this week.

Bible

The students are continuing to study the Sermon on the Mount. They received a Bible memory work passage last week. It is a longer passage, so I’ve encouraged the students to plan ahead and work on it over the next few weeks.

Social Studies

The students will be studying an overview of the major battles of the Revolutionary War.

Art Show Help

If you’d be willing to help Mrs. Yeates set up for the art show, please click on the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0e4fafa728a13-artshow

(The art show will be on Friday, May 3. The set-up will take place on Thursday, May 2.)

Upcoming Dates

  • Tuesday, April 23: April Know God groups
  • Friday, April 26: RCS Auction Fundraiser
  • Wednesday, May 1: Volunteer afternoon @Frederik Meijer Gardens (look for Sign-Up Genius coming later this week–we need several parent chaperones/volunteers)
  • Friday, May 3: Art Show @RCS (PM)
  • Thursday, May 9: 5/6 Spring Concert and Program (more details coming soon, evening program)
  • Wednesday, May 15: Chemistry Demonstration @Calvin College (PM)
  • Friday, May 17: Calvin College Eco-Preserve: Macro-Invertebrate Study (AM)
  • Wednesday, May 22: Whitecaps Game
  • Monday, May 27: No School (Memorial Day)
  • May 29-31: Three Days in the Woods: Spring Edition @Camp Roger
  • Wednesday, May 5: Passage Hike
  • Friday, June 7: Last Day of School (1/2 Day)

April 14 Update_5th Grade

Wednesday

We’re headed to Calvin College Eco-Preserve on Wednesday afternoon for a rescheduled program of bird watching. We plan to leave school at 11:30 and return at the end of the day. Students will not be able to order hot lunch on Wednesday. Students should be sure to dress for the weather and be prepared to spend the afternoon outdoors.

Know God

Know God devotional books will be passed out tomorrow. Students should complete the next section of reading throughout this upcoming week. April discussion groups will take place a week from Tuesday. 

Literacy

In this next unit, students will focus in on identifying literary themes. The students will be reading one of two books for book club discussions: The Endling by Katherine Applegate or The Third Mushroom by Jennifer L. Holm. Both books are from the fantasy genre and have great themes of friendship, loyalty, family, and the power of community. Before the end of the year, the students will also read a historical fiction book that takes place during the Revolutionary War; this compliments our social studies work between here and the end of the year.

Science

Fifth graders study the human body between spring break and the end of the school year. Our first two body systems (circulatory and digestive) will be covered in the next month or so.

Bible

The students will received graded Bible quests back in class tomorrow. We’ll begin our next unit on Tuesday of this week.

Upcoming Dates

We have quite a few activities happening between here and the end of the school year. As various events come closer, I’ll be sure to let the students know specific details about what need to know, wear, bring, etc.

  • Wednesday, April 17: Birding at Calvin Eco-Preserve (PM)
  • Friday, April 19: Good Friday Family Time 2:30-3:00
  • Tuesday, April 23: April Know God groups
  • Friday, April 26: RCS Auction Fundraiser
  • Wednesday, May 1: Volunteer afternoon @Frederik Meijer Gardens (look for Sign-Up Genius)
  • Friday, May 3: Art Show @RCS (PM)
  • Thursday, May 9: 5/6 Spring Concert and Program (more details coming soon, evening program)
  • Wednesday, May 15: Chemistry Demonstration @Calvin College (PM)
  • Friday, May 17: Calvin College Eco-Preserve: Macro-Invertebrate Study
  • Wednesday, May 22: Whitecaps Game
  • Monday, May 27: No School (Memorial Day)
  • May 29-31: Three Days in the Woods: Spring Edition @Camp Roger
  • Wednesday, May 5: Passage Hike
  • Friday, June 7: Last Day of School (1/2 Day)

6th Grade Update (April 14)

  • We’ll be launching back into Daily Language Review and all the regular items of our language arts class this week.
  • Students need to bring completed “Pop Bottle Person” projects to class tomorrow. These projects were assigned a month ago, and the students spent time working on the projects during the week prior to Spring Break. If they’re not already done, students should put finishing touches on their projects and bring them to school–ready to present–tomorrow.