George Kneeland, Andrea Mondell

5KM Weekly Newsletter

Friday, February 16, 2018

“The propeller twirled rapidly. The plane bounced across the field and began to take off…” Here we have an example of an introduction to a biography on Amelia Earhart. This week, the students were feverishly engaged in their “Wax Museum” endeavors. Due to the fact that this is an interdisciplinary project that covers many subject areas within the fifth grade curriculum, we have been devoting a considerable amount of time toward meeting the unit objectives. Students have completed their graphic organizers (consisting of sections such as “Influential Events/People”, “Personal Attributes”, and “Claim to Fame”) and have begun drafting their articles about their Wax Museum characters. Again, our focus is not on having students list biographical facts, but rather on having students use their inferencing skills to determine the “essence” of each character, as well as why he/she is recognized as someone who has made a significant difference in our history.

Between Valentine’s Day, an informal discussion about “middle school hormones,” and the upcoming winter recess, there was plenty of excitement this week. Students enjoyed making their Valentine's Day boxes and passing out their cards and gifts. We thank you for all of the kind holiday notes and treats.

Although there are not any specific assignments due over the break, students should read independently or with an adult for at least 30 minutes per day. In addition, students should continue to practice their math fluency facts via XtraMath or Zearn.

We hope that everyone enjoys the Winter break and spends some quality time with their families. Please make sure that your child brings plenty of pencils and a new independent reading book when he/she returns from break.

Wax Museum Update: Please make sure you talk to your child about props and costumes in preparation for the big day. It’s going to be here before you know it!

As always, we thank you for your continued cooperation!

Sincerely,
Mr. Kneeland & Ms. Mondell

Upcoming Events and Reminders:

  • Mid-Winter Recess: February 19th – 23rd. 
  • Buddy Skating Trip at Buckskill: Friday, March 2nd
  • Wax Museum: Friday, March 16th