5th Grade has Traffic Duty this week!

5th Grade has an important role in helping OTA with traffic after school. Every 4 weeks, we are in charge of both the black top area and the crosswalk off San Diego Ave. and Bandini. THIS WEEK IS OUR WEEK!

On Friday, your child may have signed up for a date this week to help. They were supposed to go home and tell you their date/ask you a day that they could stay 15 minutes late to help. 

Check out the sign up genius to see if and when they signed up. CLICK HERE

If your child is helping with traffic duty this week, please wait until 3:15 to pick up your child! We are expecting that they can work for the entire 15 minutes for the position they signed up for. 

Thank you 🙂 

Traffic Duty

Good morning. This email is going out to parents of all of our 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. As you know, our students participate in traffic duty, to help assure the safety of our students and increase the efficiency of picking up your child/children. Each student in each of these grade levels is required to participate, as they “do their part” for the OTA community. The amount of time for this responsibility is 15-20 minutes, once every 4 weeks. It’s not too much to ask, and I appreciate your support in picking up your child a little later on their “duty day.” This week, it’s 5th grade’s turn, then goes to 6th grade, and so on. Your child’s teacher will communicate your child’s duty day, so you can prepare. Thanks again for your support. Jon

Week 3 Info, Back to School Night Recap, and Pink Slips

It was great to meet everyone at Back to School Night last Thursday! For those of you who were unable to attend, I have attached the parent handout below for you. Please review and let me know if you have any questions! If you would like me to share my powerpoint with you, email me and I will send it to you! 

Back to school night parent form 2018-2019

Please fill out this Google Form from Back to School Night. 

Pink Slips/Missing Work 

On Friday, students who were missing work from the first 2 weeks of school received pink slips. 

As students are learning how to be a 5th grader- this process might take some time for some students. Students should start seeing the benefit of working hard during class time, and staying up to date with their homework each night so they do not get behind. Pink Slips are an immediate way for us both to see who needs more guidance with getting their work done and/or turning in their assignments.  

Important Reminder of Pink Slip Process: Your child has until this Friday to turn the work in. I encouraged your children to get the work done this weekend so they don’t get more behind. When the work is done, students should fill out the rest of the pink slip, get a parent signature at the bottom, staple it to the assignment, and turn it in. 


Get excited for our annual Jog-a-Thon this year on Friday, October 19th! Please read below about important dates and information regarding this fun event: 

Pledge Packets went home on Friday. Students can get pledges from neighbors, friends, and family. Let’s get creative and spread the news about how great our school is!

The online PledgeStar option is described in the packet. Please refer to the pages in the packet for all the information regarding the Jog-a-Thon!

WE ARE STRIVING FOR 100% PARTICIPATION. Participation was particularly low last year and we depend on these funds as our primary fall fundraiser. This event helps to fund several things at our school- field trips and electives (art, music, robotics). 

Permission Slips and T-shirt orders are due October 1.   

All monies/pledge packets are due October 26th.

5TH GRADE, LET’S DOMINATE THIS FUNDRAISER. 100% participation in 5th grade (every student bring in at least one pledge). What if we raised the most money for our school this year too? WOULDN’T THAT BE AMAZING?! WE CAN DO IT!! 

This Week in 5th Grade:


  • Topic 1 Review 
  • Topic 1 Online Assessment (we use this to help study for the test)
  • Topic 1 Test on Wednesday
    • Students can study by completing a couple problems from the Homework Pages in their math books. 
  • 2-1
  • 2-2
  • IXL Due Friday!


  • Vocabulary Activities 1-3 Due Friday
  • ELA Quiz on Friday- this quiz will include vocabulary, grammar, main idea, and elements of a good paragraph. (students should study for vocabulary on Quizlet!)
  • Main Idea Practice
  • 2 Renaissance Artist Paragraphs
  •  ELA IXL: AA.1 (Is the sentence declarative, interrogative, imperative, or exclamatory?) and A.1 (Determine the main idea)


  • Renaissance Faire Intro 
  • Notes and activity on Cities of the Renaissance 


Week 2!

Hello 5th Grade Families, 

OTA Announcements:

  • Back to School Night- is THIS Thursday, September 13th for all parents to attend!
    • I will be sharing important information regarding this year so please do not miss out!
    • Schedule for K-5 Parents:
      • 5:30-6:00 on the field– Parent Foundation Welcome, Music and PE Presentations
      • 6:00-6:25: Session 1
      • 6:30-6:55 Session 2
    • Session 1 and 2 are both the same information/presentation but are available for parents with multiple children to attend multiple grade level presentations.

This Week in 5th Grade: 


  • 1-3
  • 1-4
  • 1-5
  • 1-6
  • 1-7
  • IXL- Your child received an IXL Check List for the quarter today! Students are responsible for completing 4 skills each math topic. Each skill and all due dates are specifically listed on the Check List in their binder. 


Skill Focus: Main Idea and supporting details 

Grammar Focus: Parts of Speech and Types of Sentences 

Writing Focus: Paragraph Writing using Color Coding 

  • Vocabulary Week 2 & 3 Activities (these are done in class)
  • Introduction to the Renaissance Reading – Ch. 1 AN Italian Rebirth and Ch. 2 The Spirit of the Renaissance
  • An Italian Rebirth Main Idea Activity 
  • The Spirit of the Renaissance Paragraph


  • Introduction to the Renaissance Notes
  • Index Card Advertisement Activity
  •  Introduce Renaissance Faire 🙂 
  • Artisans to Artists Notes

The First Week of School!

Hello 5th Grade Families!

Once again, welcome to 5th grade. I am so excited to get to know you and your child this year. We had a great first day! 

OTA Announcements: 

  • Wednesday, 9/5- Parent Foundation Meeting at 6pm
  • Next Thursday, September 13th- Back to School Night at 5:30pm
    • I will be sharing important information regarding this year so please do not miss out!
    • Schedule for K-5 Parents:
      • 5:30-6:00 on the field– Parent Foundation Welcome, Music and PE Presentations
      • 6:00-6:25: Session 1
      • 6:30-6:55 Session 2
    • Session 1 and 2 are both the same information/presentation but are available for parents with multiple children to attend multiple grade level presentations.
    • White and Blue Emergency Cards– Students came home with OTA emergency cards for you to fill out. Please fill these out ASAP and return by this Friday. Thank you!
    • Emergency Bags- In preparation for an emergency, OTA is collecting emergency bags for each student. Please start putting together a large plastic bag with: 1 or 2 water bottles, a snack (granola bar), and label the outside with your child’s name. These will stay in emergency bins in our classroom. I will start collecting them tomorrow and hope to have everyones by Friday. 

Quarter 1 Schedule

Here is our schedule for this quarter. PE days are Tuesday and Thursday, so please have your children where their PE uniform on the appropriate days. 

Supply List

All 5th grade students need the following supplies. We will begin labeling and using these supplies this week. If you need assistance in getting these supplies, please let me know. 

This Week in 5th Grade: 

This week we will be doing many “first week of school” activities.  However, we will be starting curriculum and assignments as well. 

Below you will see assignments/focus areas that we will be working/completing this week in class. Everything I assign will be given during class time and students should have enough time to complete during school hours. As the year gets going, students will come home with assignments to finish from the day. Each night, students will complete any unfinished work from the day and read 20-25 minutes. (This will all be explained at Back to School Night next week!)


  • Topic 1: Understanding Place Value
  • Lesson 1-1
  • Lesson 1-2


  • A Quote to Live By Writing Assignment 


  • Intro to the Renaissance 


Thank you so much for your supply donations! I am so appreciative. I am excited for this year and am looking forward to getting to know your child. Let me know if you have any questions, my email is [email protected] 


Welcome to 5th Grade!

Hello new 5th grade students and parents! I am so excited for the upcoming year and hope your family is having a wonderful summer break. As the school year is approaching, I wanted to prepare you all with a suggested school supply list and our classroom Amazon wish list. 

Please do not label any supplies before coming to school, your child and I will label all supplies appropriately on the first day of school to assure they do not get lost and are marked the same way for easy access in the classroom. 

As the year gets going, we always have a need for whole classroom supplies. I have created an Amazon wish list. If you would like to donate any items to our classroom, CLICK HERE.  You can ship the items/donations straight to the school. Thank you so much for your donations, your child and I greatly appreciate it!!! 

Have a great rest of your summer! See you September 4th. 🙂 


We made it!! Did this year fly by or what!? 

Some reminders for the last week of school:

  • Civil War Wax Museum Presentations are Thursday at 10:45! These will be in the lunch area. PLEASE WAIT IN THE LOBBY UNTIL THE MUSEUM OPENS! Make sure you come right at 10:45 so you can view the “statues” (your children will be posed as wax statues) for a couple minutes. Around 10:50- the statues will come to life and start presentations. I have broken the presentations into 2 quick sessions of about 10 minutes. 
    • Session 1: 10:50-11:00
      • Group 1: Sarah, Katherine, Paola, Marley
      • Group 2: Alyssa, Bella, Nathan, Hudson, and Lesson 
      • Group 3: Lily, Noyes, Sage, and Jonah 
    • Session 2: 11:05-11:15
      • Group 4: Tatiana, Rachel, Jordan, Aiden, Felix 
      • Group 5: Lexi, Izzy, Anthony, Jaden, and Anna
      • Group 6: Milan, Diego, Rafael, and Ameer 
    • The idea is to watch your child’s presentation and then choose another presentation to watch in the other session. All 5th graders who are not presenting during that time slot will watch their classmates present. 
  • Thursday- We will be cleaning out our cubbies. Please send your child with a sturdy reusable bag with handles or a brown paper grocery bag. This will be helpful when transporting everything home! 
    • Coming home with your child will be their Volume 2 Math Book. There is a section called Step Up to Grade 6 that begins on page 883 at the end of the math book. It includes 10 lessons of information that your child can do over the summer to get ready for 6th grade! 🙂  
  • Friday, June 15th = last day of school 
    • Early Dismissal at 12pm
    • FREE DRESS DAY- sorry for the confusion. It has been cleared with Mr. C that Friday is indeed a free dress day. 🙂
    • Class Celebration 10:45-11:55 – all are welcome to join in on the fun. 
    • We will be watching Wonder in the morning as a celebration for finishing the book! Permission slips will come home today! Students will be unable to watch the movie without a signed permission slip! 
  • Lastly, if any are interested in the accelerated book club over the summer, I have 2 students interested. If 1 or 2 more join- I would LOVE to add this to my summer program. We will read 1 book each week (a total of 4 books) and meet to discuss each week. This will take place on the same dates (Wednesdays) I listed on the original informational flier I sent home, right now the time of this group is TBA. 
  • Sign ups for the Math Camp, Book Club, and the Accelerated Book Club will close on Friday, please let me know if you are interested. 


Uniform Donations Reminder

If your child has outgrown his/her uniform, and it is still in good shape, please consider donating back to OTA. We will have bins out at drop-off and pick-up and in the lobby, from Monday, June 11 to Thursday, June 14. Thank you!

Summer Book Club, Math Camp, and Private Tutoring Available

Last week I sent home a flier for Summer Book Club and Math Camp that I am offering this summer! 

The cost is $125 for each. $125 for Summer Book Club and $125 for Math Camp. Students may sign up for one or both options- depending on their need. 

If you are interested in Private Tutoring– please contact me! 

If you are concerned with pricing, groupings, materials, etc please email me so we can chat. 

I also thought about doing an accelerated Book Club where we would read a book a week and meet to discuss the book, communicate our views/thoughts, see other perspectives, identify themes, etc. for all my strong readers out there! If this is something your child is interested in- contact me and if we have a couple students interested, I would LOVE to add this as an option for the summer. 

Thanks everyone!