May 19 Update_5th Grade

Wednesday

We’re headed to the Whitecaps game on Wednesday. We plan to leave for the game around 10 am and will return once the game is over. If you’ve signed up to chaperone, look for an email coming from me on Monday or Tuesday with driving details. All tickets include a hot dog and a drink. Students are welcome to bring additional money for snacks or food at the game. I typically try to encourage the students to think about sunscreen or a hat; being outside all day (even when it is cloudy) can create a perfect situation for some early-summer sun burn. Let me know if you have any questions about the game.

NWEA Maps Tests

Students will finish up their final Maps test (Language Usage) of the year tomorrow afternoon. These tests give one point of data to see about students’ growth and progress throughout the year. Test results will likely be communicated in end-of-the-year materials to parents.

Passage Hike Notes

Please refer to the email I sent out last week about our Passage Hike surprise notes from parents. These notes can be handed in anytime in the next two weeks. Please feel free to email them to me (I can print them out) or drop them off to Mrs. Radius in the office. We’re looking forward to this special hike and reflection day, and encouraging notes from parents are often a highlight of the day!

Miscellaneous

  • Students have a final Bible test of the year on Thursday morning. They received a study guide in class last week.
  • Know God groups will take place on Tuesday of this week. Students should have their books and are aware of what reading/writing they need to complete prior to the group discussions.
  • Science study guides and books are due on Wednesday of this week. The boy/girl talk on the reproductive system will happen on Friday afternoon. Mr. Knol will be meeting with the boys. Liz Phelps and I will be meeting with the girls.
  • The next DLR quiz will take place on Tuesday, May 28. Students will have a science test on the final week of school; they’ll be provided with a study guide and information prior to the test.

Upcoming Dates

  • 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, June 5: Passage Hike
  • Friday, June 7: Last Day of School (1/2 Day)

May 12 Update_5th Grade

Wednesday & Friday

Wednesday: We are headed to Calvin College for the Chemistry Demonstration on Wednesday afternoon. We have to leave early, so students won’t be able to order hot lunch on Wednesday. The demonstration is indoors, but we hope to spend time outside afterwards–so students should dress for the weather and be prepared to spend time outside as well.

Friday: We’ll head back to Calvin College on Friday morning for our spring trip to the Eco-Preserve. Weather-dependent, students will be doing a macro-invertebrate study. They’ll wade into the pond to collect samples. I’ll give students more specific details on what to wear, but they’ll need to wear clothes they can wade in (and bring an entire change of clothes, just in case they get wet or muddy). We will be back in time for lunch; students can plan on ordering hot lunch on Friday.

Whitecaps and Camp Roger Waiver Form

If you have not already done so, please be sure to send in money for the Whitecaps game ($5/student, $16.50/adult). We want to have both of these details wrapped up by the end of this week. Please let me know if you need an additional copy of the waiver form.

Passage Hike

The 5th graders will be taking a hike on the last week of school. Look for details coming home soon about a surprise letter that parents submit for their children to open during the hike.

Bible

The students received graded Bible memory work quizzes back last week. Anyone who received lower than 70% on the quiz will need to study and retake the quiz this week. Anyone who received higher than 70% has an option to retake the quiz, if he/she would like to. Retakes will take place on Thursday of this week. The students will receive a review guide for our last unit test this week. The test will take place next week. 

Literacy

The students have a Daily Language Review quiz on Thursday of this week. Additionally, we’re work on historical fiction book clubs. Students are either reading Chains or Sophia’s War–both historical fiction books set during the Revolutionary War. We’ll be reading and discussing the books (and the historical context) in these discussion groups. Students have discussions on Tuesday and Friday of this week. While they will have time to work in class, students will have to plan on finishing up work at home for homework.

Science

Students brought home Reproductive System books and study guides last week. The intent is for students to be able to read and discuss together with a parent. Please be sure your child returns the book and completed study guide by Wednesday, May 22.

NWEA Maps Tests

Due to some internet issues at school last week, we had to reschedule one set of the 5th grade Maps tests. Students will take the math test tomorrow afternoon (Monday, May 13) and the language usage test the following Monday (May 20).

Upcoming Dates

  • 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, June 5: Passage Hike
  • Friday, June 7: Last Day of School (1/2 Day)

6th Grade Update_May 12

  • We’re wrapping up our book club discussions tomorrow in class. The students will be preparing for an assessment over finding and supporting themes in writing over the next few days. The students will take this assessment on Thursday in class. 
  • The students will take a Daily Language Review quiz on Wednesday of this week.
  • The students should continue reading each evening at home. One of the best ways to continue to grow as a reader is to spend time reading! I’m hoping to have some summer reading suggestions to send home with students prior to the end of the school year.

May 5 Update_5th Grade

Reproductive System Science Unit

Students will be bringing home sealed envelopes with them today. These envelopes contain a book, study guide, and a few other things. The intention with the book and study guide is for parents to read and discuss with their children. Students should be sure to return the books and completed study guides by Wednesday, May 22.

NWEA Maps Testing

The students will be taking the Language Usage Maps test tomorrow afternoon from 1-2 p.m. They’ll finish up testing the following Monday with the Math Maps. NWEA Maps tests are just one way that we monitor student progress throughout the year.

Wednesday

Last Wednesday, we weren’t able to go to FM Gardens due to the rain. We’re attempting to reschedule for this Wednesday (and hoping the weather will cooperate). Due to the timing of our afternoon, students will need to bring sack lunches and plan on eating early that day; ordering hot/cold lunch will not be an option. Students should dress for the weather and be prepared to spend the afternoon outside. We’re looking for a few parents who might be able to join us; if you’re interested in coming, please let me know–and I can give you any details you might need. 

Thursday

This Thursday evening, we have our 5th and 6th grade spring concert and celebration where students will be sharing music and journal entries and reflections from the year. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Students should arrive at school by 6:40 and wear “nice” clothes for the evening. 

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, students received a permission slip last week; this permission slip is necessary for using challenge course items at Camp Roger over our Three Days in the Woods: Spring Edition activities.

Literacy

The students will receive graded DLR quizzes back in class tomorrow (Monday). We’re wrapping up our theme book clubs and will be launching into a final book club of the year–covering historical fiction books about the Revolutionary War. These book clubs will start towards the end of this week.

Bible

The students have a Bible memory work quiz on Tuesday of this week.

Upcoming Dates

  • 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, June 5: Passage Hike
  • Friday, June 7: Last Day of School (1/2 Day)