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! 



Woo! Week 8 Reminders

Hello everyone!

Field Day is TOMORROW!

We still need volunteers to help run the games! If you are available, please CLICK HERE. 5th Grade is SO excited to defeat 4th grade. You won’t want to miss it. 

ALL 5th grade students WEAR RED tomorrow. We want signs, loud cheers, and a 27 students covered in RED representing our support and love for 5th grade. 

Civil War Wax Museum

Our Wax Museum Presentations are next Thursday (6/14) at 10:45. All are welcome to join! Your students will be frozen as wax statues for a small portion of time and then come to life to give the audience a unique presentation about different people, battles, and events of the Civil War. 

Last Day of School 

The last day of school is next Friday, June 15th. It is a HALF DAY with 12pm dismissal. It is NOT free dress. All students must be in their normal school uniform.

We will have a class party to celebrate all our accomplishments on Friday (6/15) at 10:45ish. Your child will also receive an award for finishing 5th grade from me and a couple reflections from our students. Everyone is welcome to join in on the fun. 



Summer Tutoring Available

Good Afternoon Parents,
This summer, I will offer reading and math tutoring sessions. We will meet in my home office-located in Ocean Beach (5064 Brighton Avenue).
Please use the link below to sign up. I will contact you shortly to discuss your child’s specific learning needs.
The cost is $50 per hour, and payment is due (Paypal, Venmo, Check, or Cash) *before the last day of school, June 15th*. There are no refunds for cancelations.
I look forward to teaching your child one-on-one! *You may sign up for as little or many sessions as you would like. You may also sign up for consecutive hours. * *SIGN UP HERE: www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c48a4a723a4f85-summer1 <www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c48a4a723a4f85-summer1>*

Some Quick Reminders for Week 7

Just a couple things to end our week with:

  • Extended Learning due next Friday, June 8th!
  • FIELD DAY-Friday, June 8th! All students wear RED and get pumped up to support 5th grade!!!!!!! Parents if you are available to volunteer your time/run a game- please sign up!!! 
  • Civil War Wax Museum– Our museum will be open for all parents/family members to come and see on Thursday, June 14th at 10:45am
    • 5th grade will be posed as wax statues/figures of the Civil War for a short time and then present as a group from the perspective of different historical figures from the 1860s! You don’t want to miss out on your chance to see Abraham Lincoln, Clara Barton, Union and Confederate soldiers and generals, spies, battle scenes, etc.  
  • Only 2 more weeks of school!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The last day of school is Friday, June 15th. This is a half day with 12pm dismissal. 
    • We will also have a class celebration- celebrating the accomplishments of our 5th graders as they move onto middle school and of course celebrate that it’s summer! Students will be presented with a 5th grade promotion certificate from me and an award from their classmates.You may join us if you want! 

With only 11.5 more days of school- we are still going strong each day in class! We are reading Wonder and completing some in class activities with that. We are also finishing our math book, and wrapping up our learning on the Civil War. LOTS going on in 5th grade still!


No Movie Night

As a reminder, the OTA Movie Night previously scheduled for Friday, June 1 has been *canceled*. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns, and have a good day! 🙂 Jon