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)

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.

March 17 Update_5th Grade

Wednesday Afternoon

We plan to stay on campus on Wednesday afternoon. We will spend the first part of the afternoon outside and then be back inside to watch 6th grade poetry performances at the end of the day. Students should dress for the weather and be prepared to be outside. Students can order hot lunch.

Know God

Our March Know God discussion groups will take place on Tuesday of this week. Students should be sure to have completed their reading and bring their books to school on Tuesday.

Bible

The students will continue learning about stories from the first part of Jesus’s ministry. This week they will study the first miracle at Cana (water to wine), Nicodemus, and the story of the woman at the well. They’ll receive a quest review on Tuesday in class. Additionally, the unit quest (quiz/test) will take place on Tuesday, March 26. If your child is leaving early for Spring Break, he or she should plan on taking the quest prior to leaving for vacation. 

Literacy

The students will be finishing up their mystery book club discussions in class this week. Discussion groups will take place on Tuesday and Friday. The students are expected to complete the reading and a one-page (minimum) journal entry prior to each discussion. We’ll finish up the mystery unit with a celebration in library next Monday and a brief project that the students will complete in school next Monday and Tuesday. The next DLR quiz will take place on Monday, March 25. 

Social Studies/Science

Students are focusing on the Declaration of Independence in social studies. In science, they’re learning about different systems of the earth and focusing in on water.

Camp Roger

Fifth graders will be spending Wednesday and Thursday of next week at Camp Roger all day. Students will need sack lunches both days, and they’ll need to be prepared to spend the day outside learning and hiking around.

Kids Food Basket Service Project

Thanks to everyone who signed up to send in an item for our Kids Food Basket service project coming up in April. If you didn’t get a chance to sign up yet, there are still a few items on the list. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4aaead2ea6f49-kids

Immerse Bible Reading

Our third Immerse Bible reading discussion groups will take place on Thursday of this week during lunch. We’re looking forward to kicking off the discussion groups this week. Students who are participating should have received a paper copy of the book. Additionally, the free audio can be accessed on the website here: http://immersebible.com/messiah/   …Students are reading Day 11-15.

Upcoming Dates

  • Tuesday, March 19: Know God Groups
  • March 27-28: Three Days in the Woods: Rescheduled Dates
  • March 29-April 7: NO SCHOOL (Spring Break)
  • April 8-12: iXplore
  • Wednesday, April 17: Calvin Eco-Preserve trip (PM)–rescheduled from earlier this winter (birding class)
  • Friday, April 26: RCS Auction Fundraiser
  • Thursday, May 9: 5th/6th Spring Concert @RCS