5 and 6 Class News 12/8/17

Dear Parents,

I pray your December is going well – not too crazy!  Remember, the real reason for the season is Jesus.  I know I certainly need to be reminded of that!

In math this week the 5th graders will be working with estimating and multiplying whole numbers and decimals.  The 6th graders will be finishing up their chapter on divisibility and fractions.  Their test will be on Tuesday.  They will then move on to fractions, improper fractions, and decimals.  In science we will be starting a new chapter on heat and electricity.  We will focus first on the three types of heat transfer – conduction, convection, and radiation.

In ELA the sixth graders will practice identifying point of view and the fifth graders will practice sequencing main events throughout the passages. Both grades will work on finding the plural version of irregular nouns and identifying collective nouns. In social studies we will take a look at some famous civilizations in Africa during this time such as Ghana, Mali, and Songhai.

If you haven’t noticed – snow is here!  We still go out for recess (unless it is below about 20 degrees).  Please be sure your child has appropriate outerwear.  Winter coats are a must!  If your child wants to go off the parking lot and play in the snow, he/she also needs hat, gloves/mittens, snow pants, and boots.  Any winter wear may be kept at school for the winter.   It does not have to go back and forth every day.

Christmas gift exchange names were sent home.  Please check with your child.  Gifts can be brought to school at any time.  Email me if you have questions.

Reminders:

-Christmas Celebration 12/13 – All kids need participate and need to be in the church at 6:45.

-Early dismissal 12/22 at 11:45 – Lots of activities going on that day – see newsletter for details!

-Merry Moose Shop 12/12-12/14 – Kids can bring money to purchase gifts for family members if desired.

 

Wow!  Lots going on!  Have a blessed week!

In Him,

Katie Willert

5 and 6 Class News 12/1/17

Dear Parents,

Here we are – December!  Wow!  This is a fun month to teach – neat projects and lessons.  But a tough one too!  Kids are antsy and impatient.  The best part of December is, of course, the birth of our Savior.  Now that is a real reason to celebrate!

In ELA, fifth graders will focus on finding the outcomes of the major events in the passages we read. They will also practice finding and explaining similes and metaphors in these passages. The sixth graders will work on comparing and contrasting. In social studies we will begin our new chapter on Africa. We will begin by examining the geography of Africa and then discussing the Bantu.

In math this week the 5th graders will be finishing up their chapter on long division.  Their test will be on Tuesday.  They have a study sheet of answers for practice problems.  The 6th graders will continue working with factors and fractions.  Both grades will also be writing Christmas-themed story problems with their current topic of study.

In science we will be finishing up our chapter on waves.  There will be a test on Tuesday.  This is a larger test, so please be sure to be studying with your child.  They should be studying their vocab, notes from their notebook, note packet, study guide, and text book (as needed).  Following the test, we will spend a few days making posters from Science World articles.

Reminders:

-December 13th 7:00 – Christmas Celebration – All students involved!

-December 22nd – 1/2 day of school, 1st and 2nd grade pageant

In Him,

Katie Willert

7 and 8 Class News 11/17/17

Dear Parents,

“Give thanks to the Lord for His love never ends
And all the people said Amen”

Do you recognize the song? It`s a Matt Maher song that came on while I was typing this and just seemed to fit in so perfectly, I decided to include it. Happy (early) Thanksgiving!

In ELA we will be finishing up both novels. There will be a quiz on them on Tuesday. Everyone should be taking their study guide packets home to study. In social studies we will begin our next chapter which will be on the Industrial Revolution.

In math this week the 7th graders will be working with proportions and equations before heading into similar figures.
The 8th graders will be writing rules for linear functions and comparing functions.  In science the students are conducting their own experiments on magnetic strength.  They will be finishing these up.  All of the students in grades 5-8 will be doing some fun STEM activities on Tuesday afternoon.

 

God`s Blessings,

Ashley Hoffmann

5 and 6 Class News 11/17/17

Dear Parents,

It was so nice to meet with all of you this past week!  You have great kids, and Miss Hoffmann and I are truly blessed to be their teachers!  Remember, we are partners in your child’s education, so please email us with any questions or concerns.

This upcoming week is a short one, but here is what we’ll be up to…

In math the 5th graders will be spending some time on Khan Academy reviewing before heading into using patterns to divide.  The 6th graders will be reviewing and taking a test over simple equations.  A review sheet has been sent home, so please have your child practice some problems over the weekend.  In science we will start talking about light – what is it?  How does it travel?  What is the electromagnetic spectrum?

Now that we are finished with our novel unit, we will be diving back into the textbooks and workbooks. We will begin the next unit by looking at common and proper nouns. We will also continue to work on our next formal writing piece which is a thematic essay on the Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. In social studies we will take a look at what features helped cultures spread quickly across the Arabian Peninsula during this time period.

On Tuesday, grades 5-8 will do a special STEM activity with a Thanksgiving theme.  Fun stuff!

I pray you all have a truly blessed Thanksgiving!  God is good!

In Him,

Katie Willert

5 and 6 Class News 11/3/17

Dear Parents,

What a fun week!  The kids had a great time celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, as well as Pumpkin Day.  Hopefully, by Monday they’ll all be off their sugar highs!  Remember – no school next week Wednesday – Friday.

In math next week, the 5th graders will be dividing with 1 digit divisors.  The 6th graders will be learning about properties of equality.  Both grades will then spend a day on Gizmos – an interactive simulation program.  It is really neat, so ask them to show you at home.  In science we will be learning about different kinds of energy, as well as making an energy collage.

In ELA we will continue with our novel unit. We have been also focusing on different literacy devices including similes and symbols. Next week we will focus on foreshadowing. New Readnquiz books will be due on Monday, November 13th. In social studies we will start our next chapter on the Byzantine Empire.

UPDATE on the snack list… Fruit snacks have now been added as an acceptable, allergy safe snack.  🙂

I hope you all get a chance to do something fun over the little break.

In Him,

Katie Willert

5 and 6 Class News 10/27/17

Dear Parents,

Congratulations to the soccer team.  Great work this season!  Wins don’t tell the whole story – you improved a lot and worked hard!

In math this week the 5th graders will be finishing up their chapter on long multiplication and moving on to division.  The 6th grade will be finishing up with division and moving on to simple equations.  In science we will be starting on energy.  We will do some activities with changing energy, and measuring mass and distance.

Material is starting to get harder in all subjects, so please be sure your child is studying for tests and quizzes several days ahead of time.  Reading over notes, having a parent ask questions from notes, practicing vocabulary, rereading the text, and doing practice problems are all great ways to study!

In ELA we have started to read The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. This week we spent time researching the author, C.S. Lewis, and are looking for influences from his life in the story. Next week we will continue to read and complete some fun activities that correspond with the events in the story. In social studies we will do some map practice before we start our next chapter. There will be a map quiz on Thursday.

Reminders:

-Trunk or Treat is 10/28 at 6:30

-Pumpkin Day is 10/31

 

In Him,

Katie Willert

5 and 6 Class News 10/20/17

Dear Parents,

Another gorgeous weekend on the way!  I hope you are able to get out and enjoy it!

In math next week, the 5th graders will be finishing up their current chapter on multiplication.  They will have a test on Thursday.  The 6th graders will be working with dividing decimals and evaluating expressions.  They will even be planning and teaching lessons on long division.  In science we will be preparing for a quiz over lessons 3 and 4 of chapter 3.  This is some tough material.  The quiz is on Tuesday. Please be sure your child is studying over the weekend!  They all have a  list of the materials they should use to study.  Please spend some time asking them questions from their notes and study guide.  Some of the kiddos think if they know the vocabulary, that is all they need.  However, we have spent a great deal of class time discuss how this is not true, and practicing asking questions from the notes.  Vocabulary is a good start – but it is just a start!

In ELA we will be taking a break from the textbooks and workbook to do a novel unit. These are my favorite! We will be doing a lot of fun activities that tie in with the plot of the story. In social studies we will present our Google Slide presentations on different Roman emperors. Since this is a shorter chapter, we are already near the end. We will play a fun review game on Thursday and the test will be on Friday. Everyone should be taking their packets home to study.

Reminders:

-Chicken BBQ on Saturday!  11:00 until sold out.  Come support our 7th and 8th graders!

Have a great week!

In Him,

Katie Willert

5 and 6 Class News 10/13/17

Dear Parents,

Wow!  We sure did have a lot of grandparents here on Wednesday!  It was wonderful to see how loved and cared for these kiddos are!  What a blessing!

In math this week, the 5th graders will be working with exponents, the distributive property, and multiplying.  The 6th graders will be estimating with all operations and starting multiplying decimals.  In science we will finish up our chapter on plants.  The quiz on ch. 3 lessons 3 and 4 will be on Thursday or Friday.  Please remind your child to study several days before a quiz.  For science they should be studying vocab on their flashcards and/or quizlet, and studying all material listed on their Study Guide (using notes and text).

In ELA we will spend the first part of the week reviewing for the test which will be on Wednesday and Thursday. I sent home a review sheet that has all the topics covered in the first unit. Everyone also received a study guide sheet that must be filled out in order to play the review game on Tuesday. There is no spelling this week due to the test. In social studies we will learn about the different emperors of ancient Rome. We will also talk about the persecution Christians experienced during this time.

Mid-quarter reports go home today.  Please look over your child’s report.  Grades are on gradelink.  You ar welcome to check grades at any time.  Let Miss Hoffmann or myself know if you have any questions.  Please sign and return the mid-quarter report as soon as possible.  Thanks so much!

Reminders:

-Chicken BBQ on Saturday, October 21st.  Tickets available from any 7th or 8th grader, or the office

Have a blessed week!!

Katie Willert

5 and 6 Class News 10/6/17

Dear Parents,

A three day weekend!  I hope you all get to enjoy some nice family time.

In math this week the 5th graders will be starting on multiplying large whole numbers and decimals. The 6th graders will be finishing up their chapter on variables, expressions, and properties.  They will have a test around Thursday.  Both grades have created accounts on Khan Academy for math.  This site allows them to practice skills they are learning at their own pace.  This is a great program to use at home for extra skill sharpening!  In science we will be taking our quiz over lessons 1 and 2 on chapter 3.  Please study with your child over the weekend.  They have vocabulary flashcards, a study guide, notes, and the textbook to use for study.  We will then move on to studying different types of plants.

In ELA the fifth and sixth graders will focus on author`s point of view. We will be looking at details and word choice to determine how the author feels about that topic. Both grades will also work on correcting run-on sentences. In social studies we will take a look at the family structure of ancient Romans.

Reminders:

-Chicken Bbq on Saturday, October 21st.  If you are interested, purchase tickets from any 7th or 8th grader or the school office.

-Grandparents Day is on Wednesday, October 11th in the morning.  Information was sent home on paper this week.  Please try to find a grandparent or other special adult to come to school with your child that day. If you cannot find someone, please just shoot me an email and let me know.  We will pair him/her up with a volunteer from our church, or a friend here at school.  Thanks!

 

In Him,

Katie Willert

5 and 6 Class News 9/29/17

Dear Parents,

Wow!  Great to have that heat pass!  I’m sure I’ll miss it come February, but for now, it will be nice not to sweat all day.

In math this week the 5th graders will be finishing up their chapter on adding and subtracting with decimals.  Their test will most likely be on Friday.  The 6th graders will be having a quiz on the properties of addition and subtraction on Tuesday.  They will also be working with the order of operations, distributive property, and evaluating expressions.  In science we will be finishing up with the first two lessons in chapter 3 on plants.  They will have a quiz on Thursday.  Please be sure your child is studying the information on the study guide.

In ELA we have been working on planning out our short stories. Next week, everyone will type their final copies and some students will get to share their stories with the class on Friday. I love seeing where their creativity takes them! The fifth graders will also learn about how Greek roots can help them figure out the meaning of words. The sixth graders will do some practice with identifying and explaining metaphors and similes.

In social studies we are taking a quick break before starting the next chapter with some map practice. There will be a map quiz on Tuesday. Our next chapter will still take place in ancient Rome. However, this chapter will focus on the social structures and division of the empire.

Reminders:

-Grandparent’s Day is on Wednesday, October 11th from 8:30-11:00.  Please encourage your child to invite a grandparent or other special adult to school for this fun morning!

In Him,

Katie Willert

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