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)