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

5 and 6 Class News 9/22/17

Dear Parents,

We had a great time at Reinstein Woods!  I would encourage you all to head out there for a hike sometime this fall.  No cost and open to the public.  I sent brochures home with the kids about programs they offer.  Thanks again to all of our drivers!  We couldn’t do field trips without you.

In math this week the 5th graders will be rounding whole numbers and decimals, as well as estimating sums and differences.  The 6th graders will be taking their first test on Tuesday.  They will then dive into writing expressions with variables and properties of operations.

In ELA the fifth graders will be looking at cause and effect relationships. We will be discussing examples from our stories for the week along with examples of homographs. Sixth graders will focus on finding the main idea and key details of different expository texts. We will also look at Greek roots and how they can help us figure out the meaning of unfamiliar words. Please sign and return reading logs on Monday. In social studies we will play a fun review game on Tuesday and the test will be on Wednesday. Everyone should be taking home their social studies packets to study.

I will not be at Resource Room on Wednesday this week.  I have a doctor’s appointment that has been scheduled for many months that I can’t change.  Miss Hoffmann will be here, and she can help with math as well as ELA.  I apologize for the inconvenience.

 

In Him,

Katie Willert

 

 

5 and 6 Class News 9/15/17

Dear Parents,

Our first full week in!  Fantastic.  It is great to be back.  You have wonderful kids, and Miss Hoffmann and I are really enjoying working with them.

In math this next week the 5th graders will be finishing up the first chapter by working with comparing and ordering decimals.  They will have their first test on Thursday.  The 6th graders will be working with multiplying and dividing decimals with base 10 numbers, as well as comparing and ordering decimals.  I sent home a note regarding math tests today.  Please read and discuss it with your child.  It then needs to be signed and returned.

In science we will be focusing on our field trip to Reinstein woods on Tuesday.  We will be doing a program with the Reinstein staff in the morning, and I will be running programs on tree identification and orienteering in the afternoon.  We will be doing some science lessons on pond life and succession in preparation for our trip.  I will send out more details about the field trip on Monday, but please be sure your child is ready for a bag lunch and old clothes/sneakers.  I LOVE science and being outdoors, so I can’t wait! (Mrs. Willert)

In ELA, both grades are going to practice identifying the problem in our stories and sequencing the events the characters take to solve the problem. We will also be working on a writing piece that focuses on word choice. Please don`t
forget to sign and return reading logs on Monday. In social studies
we will be discussing the Pax Romana and the achievements ancient
Romans made during this time. We will also take a look at the
Colosseum and learn about the battles that took place there. Super
cool! Later in the week everyone should be taking their packets home
to begin reviewing for our first test. It won`t
 be until the week of the 25th, but it is always good to start preparing for a test one week in advance. (Miss Hoffmann) 

Reminders;
-Please sign and return any forms that you still owe me.

-Campout tonight! Hope to see you all there.

-Worship on Sunday for all families.  Kids will be singing.   School will be open for ice cream following the service.

Have a blessed week!

In Him,

Katie Willert

Ashley Hoffmann

5 and 6 Class News 9/8/17

Dear Parents,

We are off to a great start!  I have been enjoying getting to know our new students, as well as getting caught up with all of my returning ones.  We have been doing a lot of organizing, learning routines, and team building activities.  The students are all enjoying getting to know each other.  Today the turtle was “turtle-napped” and the kids had to do a chromatography experiment to solve the crime.  They had a wonderful time, and it was a great kick-off to our study of science.  All grades 5-8 will be going on a field trip to Reinstein Woods on Tuesday, September 19th. Permission slips went home today.   We do need parent drivers, so please check your calendars. (Mrs. Willert)

Have you ever done an escape room before? Well we did something like that, except everyone had to break into a box filled with a special prize. I really liked the teamwork I saw and they beat the given time of forty five minutes by ten minutes. Awesome! Next week we will begin with unit 1 in ELA. I am passing out the first spelling list today. Spelling notebooks are due on Thursday with three completed choice boxes (four if you want extra credit). The test will follow on Friday. We will also start with Readnquiz next week so please make sure to check that the book is in their database and at least five points (http://readnquiz.com/home.aspx?id=3619). Our first chapter in social studies will be on the rise of ancient Rome. It will be a fun chapter to start us off for the year. Have a great weekend! (Miss Hoffmann)

Resource Room starts on Wednesday.  It will be from 3:15-4:15.  Please send your child if you feel they need help with school work or organization.

As always, please email me if you have any questions!

In Him,

Katie Willert

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

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