Need Drivers for Tuesday!

Hello!

K-5 has been invited to see Alice in Wonderland. This play is put on by the students in the after school theatre program. The performance is on THIS Tuesday, November 13th from 1:00-2pm. We need drivers to get our 5th graders 1.3 miles down the street to Mission Hills United Church of Christ. 

Right now we only have a 1 car (holding 3 5th graders) committed to driving to this event! Are you available to help drive 5th graders there, attend the play, and drive 5th graders back to school after it’s over? 

Email me ASAP. Thank you! 

Also- just a reminder there is no school on Monday (11/12). Have a nice, long weekend! 

Welcome to Quarter 2 Week 1!

Hello 5th Grade Families, 

Welcome to Quarter 2! Quarter 1 flew by- it was filled with community building, deep learning of the Renaissance, and of course lots of fun! Thanks for a great quarter. I am confident as we move forward to Quarter 2, it will only get better. We will continue to work hard, work collaboratively, and create a learning environment that promotes individuality and critical thinking. Let’s go 5th grade! 

I love the beginning of a new quarter. I like to reflect on the last quarter and see ways that we can improve in the upcoming 9 weeks. It is refreshing! It’s SUPER important to not get behind early on in the quarter. Students should start strong!! 

November is a very busy time, please see the important dates below. 

OTA Announcements:

  •  This Wednesday- Friday (11/7-11/9) are parent conferences! Students are dismissed at 12pm all 3 days. Please pick your child up on time. All conferences will start promptly at your assigned time. I will do my best to stay on schedule, so please be on time! Make sure you have signed up for a conference by TOMORROW (Tuesday). CLICK HERE for the sign up. 
  • Monday, November 12th – Veteran’s Day – No school! 
  • Tuesday, November 13th– K-5th Grade has been invited to see Alice in Wonderland. This performance includes a group of students, who are in the after school theatre program. The performance begins at 1:00pm. I need parent drivers to drive us 1.3 miles down the street to Mission Hills United Church of Christ. The performance is about 1 hour long and we will return to OTA at about 2pm. If you are available to drive us, please email me and let me know how many students you can hold in your car! THANK YOU!
  • Thursday, November 15th- CPR Awareness Day!– This day will be very similar to years past. Students will learn CPR, AED procedure, and water safety. 
  • Monday, November 19th- Friday, November 23rd = NO SCHOOL! Thanksgiving Holiday. 

Gradebook

Students will receive their log in information for the grade book so that they can log in at home and at school. Parents, please get in the habit of checking the grade book regularly so that you and your child stay up to date with their grades, turning in work, and how they are doing. The grade book is updated weekly. 


Quarter 2 Snapshot

We have PE this quarter on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday! Students must wear their PE uniforms on PE days.

NO EXTENDED LEARNING for Q2. OTA has put a school wide hold on extended learning as we evaluate it. Our teachers will be discussing extended learning and updating it for future quarters. For this quarter, students must work hard on all in class assignments in order to get an A! Don’t worry, extended learning will be back. 

Language Arts– We have started the novel, Don Quixote! We will do all reading of the book in class. Students will be completing many activities along the way, focusing on many different standards connected to reading literature. While reading the novel, we will be writing our first essay! 

Math– This quarter we will be focusing on- multiplying decimals, dividing whole numbers and decimal numbers, and adding.subtracting fractions! IXL will be due every few weeks but this is something students should be working on weekly. 

History– Our focus this quarter is on European Exploration! We will study and learn about how, where, and why different European countries explored during the Age of Exploration.

Geography– State Expert Report #2 on a Midwest state! Students will work on this in class and will research their state individually. 

Book Talks- Students will be presenting a “Book Talk” on a book they are currently reading (or read last quarter). More information to come soon. But it is SUPER important, students are reading a novel each night! 


This Week in 5th Grade:

Math

  • 4-9
  • 4-10
  • Topic 4 Reteach 
  • Topic 4 Online Review
  • Topic 4 Test on FRIDAY (students should be studying all week at home!)
  • IXL I Skills due Friday (these were really due last week, but I am letting students submit these skills by this Friday for partial credit)

ELA

  • Don Quixote Reading- We will be reading the first couple chapters in class together
  • Character Chart on DQ and Sancho
  • Don Quixote Writing Response 
  • Grammar Focus: Independent & dependent clauses
    • ELA IXL Skill AA.7
  • Vocabulary Week 1/2 due next week
  • Nonfiction Week 1/2 due next week 

History

  • Reasons for Exploring Notes
  • Reason for Exploring Ship project 

5th Grade is #1!

This year we participated in a school wide Halloween door decoration competition and 5th grade DOMINATED! 

Together, we brainstormed different ideas and came up with this below. Mrs. Cook “cooking” her students, Sally’s (our imaginary classmate) gravestone in the corner, my dogs transformed into evil bats in the right hand corner ready to eat the stew, and spiders and rats! We worked together making every part- students were in charge of different aspects. 

We are so proud of our creation! GREAT JOB 5th graders! And thank you to Erin Parente and Maya Houry for getting the supplies we needed! 


 

Just a quick reminder: Tomorrow is a half day- with 12pm dismissal! And also it’s crazy hair day! 

 

Last Week of Quarter 1!

Time sure flies by when you’re having fun! 🙂 I’ve had so much fun these first 9 weeks of school and I hope all our students feel the same. 


Renaissance Faire 

WHAT AN AMAZING EVENT! I am so so incredibly proud of each and every 5th grader. We worked on this event for weeks and they did incredible. I hope you enjoyed the event as well. Enjoy some pictures! 

    

OTA Announcements

  • Halloween– Students are encouraged to come in costume for the day. If your child decides not to wear a costume, then they should be in normal OTA uniform. We will have our annual Halloween Parade from 8:30-9:45ish. All parents are welcome to join in on the fun! 
  • School Picture Make Up Day- Thursday, November 1.  Students must have on a collared shirt for the picture. 
  • Last Day of Q1 on Friday, November 2
    • HALF DAY DISMISSAL- 12pm
    • Crazy Hair Day 

Parent Conferences

Parent Conferences are Wednesday, November 7-Friday, November 9 from 12:45-4:30. These 15 minute conferences give us a chance to go over your child’s Q1 Report Card and Fall MAP scores. Please sign up by clicking HERE. 


This Week in 5th Grade

Math

  • 4-6
  • 4-7
  • 4-8
  • 4-9 
  • IXL due Friday 

ELA

  • Vocabulary Packet due Friday 
  • Vocabulary Test on Friday- students should study on Quizlet
  • This week we are reviewing everything we learned this quarter:
    • Paragraph Writing- Ch. 6 Paragraph 
    • Main Idea & Supporting Details 
    • Quoting Accurately from the Text  
    • Writing summaries 

History

  • Geography State Expert Reports due Friday- we will be working on this everyday this week! 
  • Quick Presentations on Friday 

Optional Music Conference Slots

Hello all,
It is not required but should you want to do a parent teacher conference for music I do have time slots available 12:15 pm – 3 pm the 7th, 8th, and 9th of November. Spots are first come first serve! Thanks for your time and happy fall:)
Regards,
Ms. King

Important Jogathon Message

From the Jogathon Committee…
We had a smooth and successful Jog-a-thon!! Thank you to all the volunteers, teachers, and students for your hard work and participation. Please continue to collect your donations this week. For those of you that have donations pending per lap you ran, you should have received your JAT certificate with your individual total so you can request final donation payments. We are in the process of uploading this data to Pledgestar for those families/students who have pending “per lap” donations in Pledgestar. We will let you know when that information is complete. In the meantime, for all other manual donations (via checks), Please turn in to your teachers by Friday. If you have multiple checks, please ensure the student’s name and grade is clearly marked so we know where to apply the donations. Thanks so much!!

Week 8 Updates and Information regarding Ren Faire!

Hello 5th Grade Families, 

This week is all about the RENAISSANCE FAIRE! We have so much to do to prepare for Friday. We really hope you can attend! Please read this entire post- I know it’s long but we have a big event that we are preparing for! 

OTA Announcements:

  • ALL ELA, Math, and History EXTENDED LEARNING due MONDAY, October 29th. 
    • Students can submit on Google Classroom or turn in a hard copy in class.
  • Halloween- On Wednesday, October 31st Students are encouraged to dress in Halloween costumes. We will have a fun Halloween parade in the morning on the field. All parents are welcome to attend the parade! 
    • All costumes must be appropriate! No masks or weapons 
  • End of Q1 is on Friday, November 2- Half Day (12pm) Dismissal and Spirit Day (Crazy Hair Day!)  
  • Parent Conference Sign-Ups will be emailed to you at the end of this week! Stay Tuned! 
  • 5th Grade Traffic Duty- We have traffic duty this week! All students who sign up for traffic need to stay until 3:15 to complete their job. Here is the SIGN UP LINK. Thank you in advance!

*Renaissance Faire Information* 

Just a reminder, I am in need of parent volunteers! Our groups are working hard to put together their booth, however, it would be helpful to have a parent volunteer here during group time. Click here to sign up. (This sign up is to volunteer in class THIS week during group time)

This Friday, October 26th- our Renaissance Faire will take place from 12:30-1:30 on the black top.

This event is organized so that you can pop into your child’s booth anytime between the 12:30-1:30 time block. Students are prepared to present their information whenever they have guests present. We will have parents and different OTA classes walking around attending booths randomly during the hour the faire is open. If you have any questions, please email me. 

I will need at least one parent volunteer from every group to help set up AND clean up. We will start setting up at 10:30. We will be cleaning up at 1:30. See sign up below. 

Here is our schedule for THIS Friday:

If you are able to be here for SET UP and/or CLEAN UP on the day of the faire, please sign up below. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE! 

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP for Set up and Clean Up 

Important information: 

  • All students should wear their RENAISSANCE OUTFIT to school for the entire day of school on Friday. 
  • The following students signed up to bring a canopy/tent for their group to use- Sabine, Masen, Katia, Chase, Sam, Ethan, Dash 
  • The following students signed up to bring a table– Sydney, Sabine, Ethan, Meron, Sofie, Avery, Alex, Katia
  • If your child signed up to bring a large item that you cannot bring or do not want them to bring please email me ASAP. 
  • All tables and canopies can be left in the garage on Thursday or Friday. MAKE SURE THESE ITEMS ARE CLEARLY LABELED. Also- be prepared to take these items home on Friday at the end of the faire or school day. 

This Week in 5th Grade:

Math

  • 4-2
  • 4-3
  • 4-4
  • 4-5
  • IXL I Skills 

ELA

  • Vocabulary Prefix Packet (ante-, fore-, pre-, post-) due NEXT Friday 
  • Nonfiction Week 8 & 9 due next Friday
  • Ch. 5 Reading/ paragraph 
  • Ch. 6 Reading/ Paragraph 

History

  • Renaissance Faire preparation 

 

What a FUN day!

We had so much fun today at the Jog-a-Thon! Every 5th grader tried their best and ran so hard! I am so proud of everyone. Thank you parents for coming and cheering on our OTA students! 

Pledges are due next Friday- Keep raising money for our school!!! 

Enjoy some photos from today:

Renaissance Faire Time & Volunteers

Just a reminder, I am in need of parent volunteers! Our groups are working hard to put together their booth, however, it would be helpful to have a parent volunteer here during group time. Click here to sign up

On Friday, October 26th- our Renaissance Faire will take place from 12:30-1:30 on the black top.

This event is organized so that you can pop into your child’s booth anytime between the 12:30-1:30 time block. Students are prepared to present their information whenever they have guests present. We will have parents and different OTA classes walking around attending booths randomly during the hour the faire is open. If you have any questions, please email me. 

I will need a parent volunteer from every group to help set up AND clean up. We will start setting up at 10:30. We will be cleaning up at 1:30. 

Here is our schedule for NEXT Friday:

If you are able to be here for SET UP and/or CLEAN UP on the day of the faire, please email me. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE! 

 

Week 7!

This quarter is flying by! We are working hard to end the quarter strong. 

OTA Announcements and Reminders

  • The Jog-a-Thon is THIS Friday, October 19th! Students should be working HARD to get AT LEAST 1 pledge. WE NEED 100% PARTICIPATION! Please see the Jog-A-thon packet about the online PledgeStar option. 
    • All parents are welcome to attend this Friday as well. 
    • The Jog-a-Thon will begin at 8:45 on the field and 5th Grade will be running between 9:45-10:45. Students are encouraged to stay and cheer on middle school after they run, however if a parent is at the event and you want to leave early, you just have to check out with me! 
    • This is a HALF DAY- Dismissal at 12pm. 
    • All donations are due October 26th. 

End of Quarter and Extended Learning

Extended Learning is due on MONDAY, October 30th. All projects must be submitted on Monday to receive credit. Students may hand them in in class or submit on Google Classroom. All instructions are on the blog. 

Students must complete 2 projects in ELA, 2 in History, and all the BLUE sections of IXL for math to keep their A in those subjects! Remember these projects are not mandatory, but there for students who wish to go above and beyond. 

The last day of Quarter 1 is Friday, November 3rd. This is a half day- 12pm dismissal! 


Renaissance Faire

This is our main focus! This event is NEXT FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26th. 

As we are finalizing our plans, scripts, and projects for this- I would LOVE for some parent volunteers to join us. Groups have been working together on their booth idea, while I jump from group to group. As the Faire is quickly approaching, it would be helpful to have a parent volunteer in each group to make sure everyone is on task and doing what they should be doing the entire group time. 

If you are willing to sign up, CLICK HERE and check out the dates and times. I only need 1 volunteer per group per day. Thank you for your time!

If you are letting us use your pop up tent and/or tables for this event- THANK YOU! I appreciate you! All large items can be dropped off and stored in the garage next Thursday or Friday morning. Please make sure these items are labeled with your last name so we do not get them mixed up. THANK YOU!

Students should be figuring out their outfit for this special event. I HIGHLY encourage all students to dress up and look the part. Take a look at the History page on the blog and you will find some clothing options. Take a look in your closet and your child’s and see what you can put together. Also- thrift stores have some great finds! 


This Week in 5th Grade

Math

  • Topic 3 Reteach 
  • Topic 3 Online Assessment
  • Topic 3 Test
  • 4-1
  • 4-2
  • IXL Due Friday 

ELA

  • Vocabulary Packet on prefixes (ant-,anti-, contra-, counter-, and ob-) due Friday
  • Vocabulary Test on Friday
  • Nonfiction Activities 1-3
  • Grammar Focus 
  • Reformation Movement Reading and Workbook pages- 57-59 & 63-66. 
  • Analyzing Relationships between events & people

History

  • Renaissance Faire Groups!!!