5 and 6 Class News 6/9/17

Dear Parents,

My last class note!  How can that be?  The year has flown by!  Here is what we are up to the rest of the year…

In math the 5th graders will be finishing our last chapter with patterns and graphing.  The 6th graders will be looking at frequency tables and histograms.  In science we will continue our study of outer space, as well as use Andy Bohosian’s volcano model that I have had all year, but not had a chance to use!

In ELA both grades will do some practice with persuasive writing. It will be our last piece of formal writing for the year. In social studies we will be doing some cumulative review. There will be one last notebook quiz on Tuesday. No need to study for this quiz, just be organized. Thank you for such a wonderful year!

We will also be doing some cleaning in the classroom on Wednesday.  All materials from the year will be coming home on Wednesday, so it would be a good idea to send in an extra backpack or cloth grocery bag.

Reminders:

-Donuts with Dad (or special male adult) Wed. 14th 8:30-10:00.

-Closing chapel/awards chapel – 8:45 on Thursday the 15th

-Early dismissal – 11:45 on Th. the 15th.  Parents that come to awards chapel may take their kids home when it is over.

-All school graduation/closing service on Thursday at 7:00. Report cards will be handed out after church.

I think that is it!  Shoot me an email if you have any questions.

I mean it when I say it has been an absolute privilege teaching your children this year!  They are all special gifts from God, and I am so glad I get to teach most of them next year.

In Him,

Katie Willert

5 and 6 Class News 6/2/17

Dear Parents,

Finally June is here!  I know the kids are sure excited!  Please still be checking their assignment notebooks and folders, as we are not done quite yet!  Hang in there!

In math this week the 5th graders will be starting their last chapter – on graphs and ordered pairs.  We will be working with ordered pair pictures this week to get the hang of coordinate graphing.  The 6th graders will be finishing up their chapter on 3-D figures and starting on their last chapter on data.  In science we will be starting a chapter on the universe.  We will be focusing mostly on Gizmo programs for the next two weeks, so ask your child to show you what we are up to on your computer.

There will be no more Resource Room for the remainder of the year.

Reminders:

-Sports Banquet/Class Night – Friday, June 2nd 6:00

-School Picnic – Camp Pioneer – Wednesday, June 7th – All are welcome – drivers needed

-Donuts with Dad – 8:30-10:00 – Wednesday, June 14th – Dads and special adult male friends welcome!

Have a blessed week!

In Him,

Katie Willert

5 and 6 Class News 5/26/17

Dear Parents,

Only 3 weeks left!  Starting to wind down.  Please keep checking your child’s folder, as many important permission slips and forms are coming home these days.

In math this week the 5th graders will be starting a chapter on data.  This will involve surveys and graphs.  The 6th graders will be working with circumference, area, and starting surface area.  In science we will continue with creation science.  The students have really been enjoying the Jonathan Park CD’s.

In ELA both grades will work on finishing up the Stanford testing. We will also spend the week doing some practice with adjectives. We will look at the superlative and comparative forms. In social studies we will play a review game on Tuesday. The test will be on Thursday (since there is Spanish on Wednesday). Everyone should be taking their packets home every night to study.

Reminders:

-Permission slips have come home for Pioneer and Field Day.  Please sign and return them.

-Donuts with Dad is on Wed. June 14th 8:30-10.  Please try to attend.  Grandfathers and special male friends are also welcome.

-Last day of school is Th. June 15th.  This is a half day.  Closing service/Graduation is at 7:00.  All students are required to attend.  Report cards are handed out following graduation.

In Him,

Katie Willert

5 and 6 Class News 5/19/17

Dear Parents,

Walk-a-thon is coming up next week!  Very exciting!  I am always so proud of how hard the kids work.  The funds raised will go toward the new playground equipment.

In math next week the 5th graders will be working on converting units.  The 6th graders will be working on a geometry based project.  They will be studying perimeter and area by designing coasters for a pretend customer.  In science we will be continuing with creation science.  We will listen to a new Jonathan Park episode and do activities based on its content.

Miss Hoffmann is still on the class trip  – so no news from her this week.

Reminders:

-Thursday, May 25th – Walk-a-thon in the afternoon.  Parents welcome to come walk!  Please send in sunscreen if needed.  Have your child wear comfortable shoes, and send in a water bottle.

-Friday, June 2nd – Class Night/Sports Night potluck starts at 6:00.  Please send in the paperwork if you are planning on attending!

-Friday, June 2nd – Field Day at Fairmont Park in North Tonawanda.  Early Dismissal that day!

-Wednesday, June 7th – School Picnic at Camp Pioneer.  Permission slips to come home soon.  Families welcome!

-Wednesday, June 14th – Donuts with Dad 8:30-10:00.

-Thursday, June 15th – Last day of school!  Half day!

 

Wow!  Can you believe we are almost at the end of the year?  Crazy!

In Him,

Katie Willert

5 and 6 Class News 5/12/17

Dear Parents,

The kids are doing a wonderful job on the musical!  I hope you all enjoy it!  What a wonderful witness!

In math next week the 5th and 6th graders will continue with cumulative review before working on Stanford Achievement Tests.  These are the computer based achievement tests that we use in grades 3-6 for benchmarks.  The kids did them last year.  No pressure – just try your best.  No time limits.  In science we will be starting creation science.  This is my favorite thing to teach in science!  We will be using the audio program Jonathan Park Adventures as a basis for this study.  This is a neat story-based program that introduces creation science topics.  This week will focus on fossils.

Mrs. Willert, Mrs. Wright, and Mrs. Makey will be filling in for me (Miss Hoffmann) as I will be on the class trip with the eighth graders. Everyone needs to have their study guide sheet filled out by Monday to play the review game.  The test will be on Tuesday and Wednesday. Later in the week, they will be planning out and writing their next short story.  Everyone should be taking their binders home every night to study. In social studies they will be reviewing map concepts such as longitude and latitude.

Reminders:

-Thursday, May 24th – Walk-a-thon

-Friday, June 2nd – Class Night/Sports Night (Please turn in paperwork ASAP)

-Wednesday, June 7th – School Picnic at Camp Pioneer

Have a great week!

Katie Willert

5 and 6 Class News 5/5/17

Dear Parents,

Musical week!  The kids are working hard – as is Mrs. Anderson!  They can’t wait to show off the show on Friday the 12th.  The kids need to be here by 6:45 to meet in their classrooms.

In ELA we will be spending the week reviewing for the upcoming test. I sent home a review sheet with all the topics for unit 4 this week. There is also a study guide sheet everyone should be working on filling out before the review game on Monday, May 15th. The test will be on Tuesday, May 16th and Wednesday, May 17th. In social studies we will look at the famous Greek philosophers Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.

In math next week the 5th graders will be continuing work with solid figures.  The 6th graders will be working with converting units.  In science we will be finishing up our chapter on atoms and elements.  There will be an open book test on Tuesday.  I have spoken to the kids about how to study for the test.  The emphasis is not on memorizing information, but on applying it.  I have given them each study guide sheets to work on.  They will be allowed to use them on the test, along with the text book and their notes.  The test will be timed, as most open book tests are.  They will have one class period only (45 min.).

Reminders:

-May 12th – Musical at 1:00 and 7:00

-May 25th – Walk-a-thon.  Pledge sheets went home. All funds raised to go to playground.

-June 2nd – Field Day.  Early dismissal

-June 2nd – 6:00 – Class Night/Sports Banquet.  Info. to come soon.  Potluck starts at 6:00.

-June 7th – School Picnic at Camp Pioneer.

Wow!  Time is starting to fly!!

 

In Him,
Katie Willert

5 and 6 Class News 4/29/17

Dear Parents,

We hope you all enjoy the Curriculum Fair tonight!  The kids can’t wait to show off their projects.  Looks to be an awesome evening weather-wise as well.

In math next week the 5th graders will be taking a quiz on multiplying and dividing fractions before moving on to solids and volume.  The 6th graders will be finishing up with equations.  They will have a test on Thursday.  In science we will continue with atoms and elements.  We will do a lab with ice on Monday before moving on to states of matter.

In ELA both grades will focus on finding the theme of a play. We will also be working on pronoun-verb agreement. The sixth graders will do some review with homographs, while fifth graders review similes and metaphors. Just a reminder that AR books should be finished for Wednesday. In social studies we will compare and contrast the lives of Athenians and Spartans. We will will also take a look at the Peloponnesian War.

Reminders:

-Walk-a-thon is May 25th.  Sheets went home this week.  All money raised will go toward the playground – which should be put in this summer! 🙂

-Musical is May 12th at 1:00 and 7:00.  It is coming along very nicely!

-Muffins with Mom is on Wed. May 10th from 8:30 – 10:00.  This is for mom’s, grandma’s, or other special ladies in your child’s life!

In Him,

Katie Willert

5 and 6 Class News 4/21/17

Dear Parents,

We had a great day at Pioneer on Wednesday.  It is so wonderful to see the kids put their faith into action!  And they had such good attitudes about it!  Awesome!

In math this week the 5th graders will be working on multiplying and dividing fractions.  The 6th graders will be finishing up with percent and starting on equations with more than one operation.  In science we will be continuing with our study of atoms and elements.  Compounds and the periodic table will be our focus.

In ELA both grades will be learning about plays. We will discuss the purpose of stage directions and the differences between acts and scenes. The fifth graders will also learn about adages and proverbs. Sixth graders will learn about homophones. In social studies we will focus on the different types of government found in the ancient Greek city-states, especially Athens who had democracy.

Reminder:  Curriculum Fair is on Friday, 4/28!!!  All students are required to attend and stand by their projects for at least half an hour.  This is part of their grade.  The projects are looking good.  Please be checking in with your child on the progress, and have him/her practice his/her presentation for you.   Thanks for all of your help from the home end!

In Him,

Katie Willert

5 and 6 Class News 4/7/17

Dear Parents,

Easter Break!  Yea!  Have a wonderful week.  I pray you have a blessed Easter.  There is just no joy on Earth like Easter joy!  What an amazing, loving, risen Savior we have.

After we return, the 5th graders will be finishing up geometry in math.  Look for a test on Friday.  The 6th graders will be finishing up ratios and proportions.  They will have a test either Thursday or Friday.  In science we will be starting a chapter on Atoms and elements.  We will start with a lab helping us figure out how we learn about things too small to see.

In ELA we will be going back into the textbooks and workbook. Both grades will be working on determining an author`s point of view and identifying singular and plural pronouns. In social studies we will take a look at Greek city-states. We will discuss how they were similar and different.

All 5th-8th graders will be taking a trip to Pioneer the week we return.  This will be a servant event.  We will be helping get the camp ready for summer.  A permission slip went home.  Please return and sign it if you haven’t already.

Report cards went home.  Please sign and return the envelope.  Let Miss Hoffmann or myself know if you have any questions.

In Him,

Katie Willert

5 and 6 Class News 3/31/17

Dear Parents,

Thanks for all of the prayers for Mark.  He is doing well.  Please pray that his heart rate stays normal.  We are truly blessed to be surrounded by such a loving and caring Trinity family!

In math this week the 5th graders will be continuing with geometry.  They will be learning about different types of quadrilaterals and making and testing generalizations.  They will have a test on Thursday.  The 6th graders will be continuing with proportions, as well as learning about graphing and scale drawings.  They will have a test on Friday.  In science we will be working on our owl pellet dissection before moving on to atoms and elements.

In ELA we will finish reading the book Holes. Our activities for the week will focus on cause and effect relationships and irony. On Wednesday we will watch the movie version of Holes which is rated PG. Permission slips are being sent home today. On Friday we will work on a writing piece comparing and contrasting the movie and the book. In social studies we are officially starting our chapter on ancient Greece. We will begin by looking at the geography of Greece and how it impacts their way of life. Later in the week we will be discussing the Trojan War and the Dark Ages.

*New AR book due Monday

Have a blessed week!

In Him,

Katie Willert

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