March 10 Update_5th Grade

Wednesday

Weather dependent, we plan to be outside on Wednesday afternoon (off-campus). As the weather continues to change throughout the next few months (hopefully, getting warmer!) students will need to make sure that they have correct footwear, coats, etc. I anticipate that it will likely be muddy/wet on Wednesday afternoon; students will need some sort of boots. We won’t leave until after lunch; students can order hot lunch.

Literacy

The students have a Daily Language Review quiz on Tuesday (March 12). Our mystery book club discussions will continue this week. The students have book club discussions on Tuesday and Friday of this week. Students need to be sure to bring their book club books to school each day. Additionally, they need one-page journal entries for each of our discussions.

Bible

The students will receive graded Bible tests back in class tomorrow (Monday). Also, we plan to squeeze in one more quick unit for Bible prior to Spring Break. This unit will focus on Jesus’s early ministry. The students will have a Bible memory passage and a unit quiz on Tuesday, March 26. If you anticipate leaving early for Spring Break, your child should plan on taking this quiz prior to leaving for break.

Social Studies

The next major thing the students will be focusing on in Social Studies is the Declaration of Independence. They’ll be examining what led up to the declaration, what it says, and what the impact of the document is.

Science

Students are learning about various systems of the earth. They’ll be focusing in specifically about water prior to Spring Break.

Immerse Bible Reading

Our second 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 6-10.

Buddy Activities

We have two different activities planned this month with our second grade buddies. The first is this Friday; 5th graders will be sharing the tall tale stories they wrote with their buddies. The next is an afternoon reading time the following Friday.

Know God Groups

Students will receive Know God books in class tomorrow. They should complete the next section of reading prior to our discussion groups on Tuesday, March 19.

Kids Food Basket Service Project

All the middle school students will be participating in a service project with Kids Food Basket in the afternoon of Monday, April 8 (during iXplore). Look for more information coming home this week about how your family can be involved in donating an item for the service project.

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
  • Friday, April 26: RCS Auction Fundraiser
  • Thursday, May 9: 5th/6th Spring Concert @RCS

6th Grade Update (March 8)

  • Students have been working hard on their Joyful Noise poem performances. Poems need to be memorized by Monday, March 11. Final performances will take place in the Worship Center from 2:40-3:00 on Wednesday, March 20; parents/family members are invited to join us for the final presentations.
  • The students have a Daily Language Review quiz on Wednesday, March 13.
  • We’re continuing to encourage the students to read at least twenty minutes each evening at home. One reading opportunity that all the 6th graders signed up for is a voluntary reading of the New Testament through the Immerse Bible reading experience. Students can read or listen (or both). The students should have this information, but a free audio of the book is available online here: http://immersebible.com/messiah/ or through the podcast app on a phone (search “Immerse: Messiah”). Students are completing Day 6-10 of the reading before lunchtime discussions this Thursday.

March 3 Update_5th Grade

Wednesday

We plan to head to Camp Roger on Wednesday afternoon with the 6th graders. Students should dress for the weather and be prepared to spend the afternoon active outdoors. We won’t leave until after lunch; they can order hot lunch if they would like to.

Literacy

The students have begun our mystery book club discussion groups. This week’s discussions will take place on Monday and Thursday afternoon. The students will be reading, journaling, and discussing a book over the next few weeks. We’ll finish up with a mystery celebration and project prior to Spring Break.

The next Daily Language Review quiz will take place on Tuesday, March 12.

Bible

The students will receive graded Bible memory work quizzes back in class tomorrow (Monday). The unit test will take place on Friday of this week. The students received a study guide last week. They will receive essay question details on Wednesday or Thursday, and we will have a review in class on Thursday.

Immerse Bible Reading

Our first 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/

Upcoming Dates

  • Wednesday, March 6: Combined 5/6 Activity
  • Friday, March 8: 8th Grade Play
  • 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
  • Friday, April 26: RCS Auction Fundraiser
  • Thursday, May 9: 5th/6th Spring Concert @RCS

6th Grade Update (March 1)

  • The students have a Daily Language Review quiz on Monday.
  • We’re launching into work on Joyful Noise poetry presentations. Look for more information coming later, but please save the date if you would like to attend the final performances of the poetry presentations. Students will present their final performances in from 2:40-3:00 on Wednesday, March 20. 

February 21 Update_5th Grade

Auction

Save the date for the RCS auction on Friday, April 26. If you are willing to sign up to bring in something for the 5th grade class basket, please click here to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d4da9ae29a7fd0-6thgrade

Wednesday

We plan to be outside next Wednesday afternoon. Weather dependent, we’ll head to Townsend Park for a tall tale writing activity. Students should dress for the weather (boots, snow pants, etc.) and be prepared to spend the afternoon outside. We won’t leave until after lunch. Students can order hot lunch if they would like.

Bible

Our Bible unit is continuing to cover Jesus’ birth and early life. Next week, we’ll look specifically at the birth of Jesus. Students have a Bible memory quiz on Friday of next week. (Additionally, the unit test will likely take place the following Friday.)

Social Studies

Students are continuing studying events leading up to the Declaration of Independence. They’re learning about different perspectives of loyalist and patriots.

Literacy

The students have begun a mystery reading unit. Students have been reading “easy” mysteries to kick off our unit. This is to help with remembering vocabulary terms specific to mysteries. This next week they’ll add a little more difficulty to their mystery reading. We’ll kick off our mystery reading book clubs in March. The students have a Daily Language Review quiz on Thursday. 

Monday_School

Originally, we were not scheduled to have school on Monday. Due to all the snow/ice/well days, school is back on for Monday. If you plan on being out of town, please be sure to touch base with Mrs. Radius to make sure that your child is marked down for an excused absence. Hot lunch option one on Monday is: bbq chicken drumstick, cornbread, and salad bar. 

Immerse Bible Reading

The middle school students were invited to join in on reading the New Testament (NLT) throughout this spring. Nearly 50 students in 5th-8th grade have joined the challenge. If your child chose to sigd up, you should have received a paper last week with more information. (Or click here.) Books will hopefully arrive by the middle of next week. We hope to start our first discussion groups during lunch on Thursday, March 7.

Upcoming Dates

  • Friday, February 22: No School
  • Wednesday, March 6: Combined 5/6 Activity
  • Friday, March 8: 8th Grade Play
  • 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
  • Friday, April 26: RCS Auction Fundraiser
  • Thursday, May 9: 5th/6th Spring Concert @RCS

February 10 Update_5th Grade

Three Days in the Woods

I was sad that it didn’t work out for the 5th graders to head to Camp Roger last week. Fortunately, we were able to reschedule our trip–and I’ll be able to join them this time! We plan to go to Camp Roger on Wednesday, March 27 and Thursday, March 28. (These are the last two days of school prior to Spring Break. If you anticipate leaving early for break, can you please give me a quick heads up?) A great big thank you to the Camp Roger staff for being willing to rework us into their schedule!

CSI Bible Symposium

Christian Schools International hosts a Bible symposium and invites thirty different teachers from across the nation to attend. I was honored to be selected to attend this year, and the conference is taking place on Wednesday-Friday of this week in Washington DC. Sue VanEngen will be the guest teacher working with the 5th graders at the end of this week, and I trust that they’ll have a productive and good time with Ms. VanEngen. I look forward to applying things I learn at the conference to Bible teaching with your kids!

Wednesday Morning and Afternoon

For the morning: Fifth graders are scheduled to hear the Grand Rapids Symphony on Wednesday morning. Students should dress “nice” and be prepared for a morning of wonderful music geared towards fifth grade students. They will be back in time for lunch; students can order hot lunch that day.

For the afternoon: Fifth graders are headed to Camp Roger with the 6th graders for a combined activity. Students need to have winter gear and be prepared to spend the afternoon outside. 

Thursday/Valentines Day

Friendly reminder that Thursday is Valentines Day. Students are welcome to bring in cards or treats to share with the class. They will have an opportunity to pass them out at lunch on Thursday.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Friendly reminder that I plan to meet with you all on Tuesday of this week or Thursday of next week. See the email from last Friday with your scheduled conference time. If you are unable to attend your scheduled time, please contact Karla asap to reschedule for another time. Looking forward to chatting with you about your child’s progress and goals for the second part of the school year. If you have not already done so, please be sure to look at your child’s report card prior to our conference. If you are unsure how to view the report card, please let me know or contact Karla in the office. 

 

January 25 Update_5th Grade

Notable Items for Next Week

  • Monday: Language Usage Maps Test (1-2 p.m.)
  • Tuesday: Bible Test
  • Wednesday: no outing; we’ll be catching up on a few things at school that afternoon
  • Thursday: Purim Celebration during Bible class
  • Friday: Calvin College Eco-Preserve Winter Trip (9-12:30); students need to be sure to have boots, coats, snow pants, a warm coat, and gloves. 

Report Cards

You should be able to view your child’s report classroom on ParentVue today. Please email Karla (kradius@grcs.org) if you are unsure of your log-in information. Please email me if you have any questions accessing the report card; the finalized report card include written comments about your child’s progress so far this year.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Your child is bringing home a parent-teacher conference sign-up form. Conferences will take place on Tuesday, February 12 and Thursday, February 21 from 4-8 p.m. The best way to guarantee you’ll be scheduled for a convenient time for you is to hand in the conference form. Please have your child bring this form back to school by Tuesday, February 29.

Purim Celebration

To culminate our Esther unit from Bible, we will be having a Purim celebration in class on Thursday morning. Your child should have brought home a paper with details for the celebration. Please let me know if you have any questions. We’re looking forward to this celebration/reminder of the faithful nature of God’s character.

Upcoming Dates

  • Monday, January 28: NWEA (Maps) Language Usage Test
  • Friday, February 1: Winter visit to Calvin College Eco-Preserve (a.m.)
  • February 6-8: Three Days in the Woods @Camp Roger (look for informational packet coming home on Wednesday; three school days at Camp Roger)
  • Tuesday, February 12: Parent-Teacher Conferences (4-8 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, February 13: 5th grade to Grand Rapids Symphony (a.m.)
  • Friday, February 15: 8th grade class play
  • Tuesday, February 19: Know God devotional groups
  • Thursday, February 21: Parent-Teacher Conferences (4-8 p.m.)
  • February 22-25: No School (Mid-Winter Break)
  • March 29-April 7: No School (Spring Break)
  • April 8-12: iXplore Week

6th Grade Update (January 25)

Your child received an adapted calendar of upcoming class period expectations and due dates for the change-maker informational booklet writing project.

  • Final rough draft (entire booklet) is due in class on Monday, February 4.
  • FINAL BOOKLETS ARE DUE ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5.

Your child has received information about all the specific requirements for each section of the booklet. I’ve been encouraging them that it will be important to continue to look back at the requirements to make sure everything has been covered. If your child has major questions about the project, he or she should be sure to touch base with me during class; I’m happy to help! 

January 20 Update_5th Grade

Wednesday Afternoon

We plan to go to Calvin College to hear the January Series speaker on Wednesday. Due to an earlier than normal departure, students will not be able to order hot lunch that day. We will eat at school prior to leaving at 11:30. We also plan on stopping at Huff Park for a nature hike on our drive back to school. Students need to wear boots and have warm layers/coats/gloves for our hike

Bible

The students received a copy of the review guide for our upcoming test. The unit test covering the book of Esther will take place this Friday (January 25). Additionally, we will be having a classroom Purim celebration to culminate our unit. The Purim celebration will take place on Tuesday, January 29. Stay tuned for information about this coming home later this week.

Social Studies

Due to our two snow days last week, the due date for the social studies research paper was pushed back. Students will be printing their papers in class tomorrow afternoon. If your child has any additional work to do on the project, he or she should be able to access the paper from Google Docs at home. If you have any questions about how to do this, please feel free to email me today to ask; I’m happy to help.

Literacy

The students will received graded DLR quizzes back in class tomorrow. The students are continuing work reading and analyzing Tall Tales.

Science

The students will be receiving graded semester one environmental journals back in class tomorrow. Students are expected to complete writing each time we come back from an outing–including observations and reflections. These journals make up a larger percentage of their science grade during second semester, so it will be beneficial for the students to look at the specific feedback included in their graded journals.

Know God Groups

Our January Know God devotional groups will take place tomorrow (Tuesday). Know God books were sent home with students last week. Students should complete the reading and reflection questions at home prior to Tuesday. Please help make sure that your child brings his or her book to school tomorrow. 

Semester One Report Cards

Last Friday marked the end of first semester. Students receive letter grades on their report cards starting in fifth grade. Paper copies of report cards are not sent home with students. You can view your child’s report card by logging in to ParentVue and downloading his or her report card starting Friday of this week. Please email Karla (kradius@grcs.org) if you have misplaced your log-in information. Please email me if you have trouble locating the report card information once you’ve logged in. Middle school is a great time for students to develop habits of reflection on their work and study skills. It would be great if you could have a brief conversation with your child about his or her report card, goals for second semester, and any beneficial things to consider in terms of study or organizational habits during the second part of the school year.

Upcoming Dates

  • Tuesday, January 22: Know God devotional groups
  • Wednesday, January 23: 5th and 6th grade to Calvin College for January Series guest speaker
  • Friday, January 25: 1st Semester report cards posted online
  • Monday, January 28: NWEA (Maps) Language Usage Test
  • Friday, February 1: Winter visit to Calvin College Eco-Preserve (a.m.)
  • February 6-8: Three Days in the Woods @Camp Roger (look for informational packet coming later this month; three school days at Camp Roger)
  • Tuesday, February 12: Parent-Teacher Conferences (4-8 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, February 13: 5th grade to Grand Rapids Symphony (a.m.)
  • Friday, February 15: 8th grade class play
  • Tuesday, February 19: Know God devotional groups
  • Thursday, February 21: Parent-Teacher Conferences (4-8 p.m.)
  • February 22-25: No School (Mid-Winter Break)
  • March 29-April 7: No School (Spring Break)
  • April 8-12: iXplore Week

6th Grade Update (January 20)

  • Due to the two snow/ice days last week, there have been some slight changes in the due dates for the students’ Change-Maker (informational writing) booklets. I’ll be sharing these dates with the students this week. At this point, I’m planning on final booklets being submitted in class on Wednesday, January 30.
  • The students will received graded DLR quizzes in class on Monday. The next DLR quiz is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, January 30.
  • Students are encouraged to continue reading each evening at home. If anyone needs suggestions of books to check out at the library, I’d be happy to help!