March 16, 2020

 

A message from Superintendent: Mr. Darga

ALLEN PARK PUBLIC SCHOOLS WILL BE SERVING FREE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH DURING SCHOOL CLOSURES

The Allen Park Public School District will be offering Free Meals to ALL children ages 0 to 18 during the COVID-19 school closures.

We will be serving both breakfast and lunch in a drive-thru format at the back door of the Allen Park High School. Children do not have to be enrolled in our district to participate.

All meals must be picked up between 9:00-11:00 am Monday-Friday beginning on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and ending on April 2, 2020, unless the situation with the COVID-19 Virus changes during this time period.

  • Breakfast will include entree item, milk, juice and fruit.
  • Lunch will include entree item, milk, juice, fruit and/or vegetable.
  • *Meals may contain products that need to be refrigerated.

PLEASE FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW (Click on link) TO HELP US WITH MEAL PLANNING.

Sign-up for Breakfast/Lunch


A Message from Mr. Zielinski

Good afternoon Arno families,

There will be many updates in the coming days as we figure this all out together on how we can keep our students engaged in the coming weeks.  Some of you may have received contacts from teachers, some may not have yet.  It is a “work in progress” as they say, please continue to monitor your email for updates and plans in the near future. In addition:

  • I have been in contact with the Cookie Dough rep. – we are good to host product distribution in the building, but I am awaiting his confirmation that it is still on that date I set up- disruptions could happen.  I will get you up to date information as it becomes available.
  • As I stated above- stay tuned for information from your classroom teacher.  The goal of any online learning is to keep our kids engaged in this long stretch, not look for grades or tests.  We will hopefully have some additional direction this week.
  • As of now, the Daddy/Daughter is on- that could change quickly depending on the state, stay tuned.  Below is a message from the PTA:

Hello Arno families,

At this time, we are still planning on having the Daddy Daughter Dance on April 17th as previously announced.  We will continue to accept electronic payment through end of the day on April 1 via this link: https://arnopta.memberhub.store/shopping/categories/12516

Since the school is closed until April 13th, we will continue to accept Cash and Check payments made out to “Arno PTA” through April 1st; however, you will need to now mail the form and payment to our PTA treasurer, Julie Hegedus, at the below address.  If you have questions or concerns, please contactarnopta@gmail.com or the principal, Mr. Zielinski at zielinski@appublicschools.com.

Julie Hegedus

7538 Rosedale Blvd

Allen Park, MI 48101

Thank you for your patience during this situation.

Your Arno PTA

Stay safe out there- remember you can go to Parent Connect for your child’s latest report card.

 

Steve Zielinski, Principal


I will be posting Daily Assignments on Google Classroom!  Be sure to have your child check in daily.  If you do not have access to internet, or a device, please let me know.

Google Classroom Codes:

  • Reading: g52n556

  • Math: simswle

  • Social Studies: pcs4w5i

  • Language Arts:

  • Science: taxk6tq

March 9, 2020

 

Reading

We will be continuing to take 2 weeks for each Journey’s lesson.  In addition to each story, we will be working in smaller groups to learn individualized skills and strategies.

This weeks Story: Darnell Rock, Reproting!

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reading Skills: Author’s Purpose, Summarizing

Vocabulary: Greek and Latin Suffixes

Spelling: Lesson 19 Spelling List

 


Math

This week we will be finishing Chapter 9 – Multiplying and Dividing decimals

Chapter 9 Test: Friday, March 13, 2020

By the end of the chapter, Students will be expected to:

  • Multiply decimals
  • Multiply decimals by tens, hundreds, and thousands (move the decimal point)
  • Divide decimals
  • Divide decimals by tens, hundreds, and thousands (move the decimal point)
  • Estimate using decimals
  • Convert metric units
  • Solve real world Problems that involve decimals.

Switching Classes
Here’s what is going on in the Switching subjects:

Science: Taught by Ms. Zuke

  • This week students will complete the phases of the moon activity and move on to a gravity mystery.  In this Mystery, students discover that gravity exists on all planets and moons, but the amount of gravity is different because it depends on how massive the object is. In the activity, Gravity Jump, students learn about the gravitational pull of the Earth, the Moon, and other places within our Solar System. Students measure how high they can jump on Earth and then calculate how high they would be able to jump on other planets.

Grammar/Spelling: Taught by Mrs. Garza

  •  In Language Arts students will complete their final drafts of their Snow Globe writing, where they will practicing using a variety of grammar strategies they have learned. We will also we being learning about transitions words.

Social Studies:  Taught by Ms. Higgins

  • In Social Studies this week, we will be finishing up our Chapter about the the Southern Colonies, and why they were settled.  This will conclude our Study of the settlement of the 13 colonies.  Look for a study Guide coming home soon!

Fifth Grade Camp

22 days until we leave for 5th grade camp!!!

Health forms are available on the school website ( Click here for the Camp Health Form )Once at this website, you can click on the code for the google doc and fill it out about your students.  These health forms will go directly to the camp.  Health forms have to be completed before we attend camp.
Please be sure to Fill out the Health Form ASAP!
Information regarding camp was sent home in your child’s Friday folder on March 6, 2020.  In case it didn’t make it home, the information is also located on here!

 


New Card Marking News:

Grading Policy
For our last trimester I will be making some changes to our classroom grading policy. On homework students will only be allowed to do corrections if they did not receive a passing grade, and they will earn half credit back. This is to allow them to revisit the material and hopefully fill in any gaps they might have missed the first time. On tests and quizzes, students who did not receive a passing grade will be expected to do corrections to help them continue to learn the material. However, on tests and quizzes, students will not receive any points back.
These changes are being implemented in hopes to ensure that students are giving their full effort the first time an assignment is completed, and to prepare them for middle school.
Missing Assignments
I am also making changes to our missing assignments policy. I will accept missing assignments up until we have taken the test for the corresponding unit. Once the test and unit has been completed, students will no longer be able to turn those assignments in and will receive a zero. If your child struggles with turning work in on time, please use this trimester to work with them on responsibility.

M-Step Prep

On Friday, students will bring home 10 M-STEP vocabulary words to study at home and an extra credit crossword puzzle. If students complete and return the extra credit crossword puzzle, they will earn 1 extra credit point on the quiz. On Fridays, the students will be quizzed on these words. If your child earns 80% or better on Friday’s quiz, he/she will earn a charm for his/her M-STEP charm necklace.

The purpose of these vocabulary practice quizzes is to expose 5th graders to words and terms that they may see on the M-Step Tests we will take in the Spring.

The next quiz will be on Friday, March 6, 2020!

Week #9 Words to study:

  1. Phrase: a group of words that have meaning but are not a sentence.
  2. Event: something that happens
  3. Example: a sample of something
  4. Compare: to show similarities and differences
  5. Contrast: to show differences
  6. Error: a mistake, something that is not correct
  7. Timeline: a list of important events arranged in the order in which they happened
  8. Pre-writing: the first step in the writing process, brainstorming
  9. Blog: a regularly updated website or webpage
  10. Central Idea: the point that the author wants you to remember most.

M-Step Homework Packets

Packets will be sent home on Thursdays, and are due the following Thursday.  The purpose of this is to help students become familiar with previously taught skills and concepts before taking their end-of the-year assessments.

M-Step Packet #3 is due on Thursday, March 12, 2020


Bingo for Books

Bingo for Books will be on Thursday, March 19, 2020.  You MUST register ahead of time to attend!

Reservation forms will be sent home today, Monday, March 9, and are due on/before Friday, March 13, 2020!!!


Parent Connect

Did you know that you can  check to see if they are turning in work and view your child’s grades through Parent Connect?  It is a great way to check and make sure that when you child tells you they don’t have any homework – they really don’t have any homework!  If you need PIN and password, contact Mrs. Cathy Anderson in the school office!

Info on Parent Connect from the district website:

  • You must have a PIN and Password to log into Parent-Connection.
  • Parent-connection is a web program that allows parents to view information about their child.
  • To receive a PIN and passwords for Parent-connection contact your child’s school.
  • If you have more than one account to view your children, please contact the school office.
  • Make sure to insert your email after logging into Parent-connection.  Inserting your email will allow you to access the automated password reminder system

NHS Tutoring – Change of Venue

While the Allen Park Library is under renovation, the NHS will be tutoring at the high school media center!

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Lunch Club

A letter came home a few weeks ago, introducing the new “Lunch Club”  We as 4th and 5th grade teachers understand that sometimes students will have a lot of homework.  We wanted to offer a way to allow students to work on their assignments so that they can enjoy their evenings!  Lunch Club is completely optional, but if you know your child has busy evenings, you may want to encourage them to participate! 🙂
This is the letter that was sent home explaining Lunch Club:

This year the fourth and fifth grade teachers will be starting a Lunch Club as an opportunity for students to complete unfinished classwork or homework during lunchtime.  We understand that not everyone is able to complete all of their work during the school day, and/or you may have commitments after school as well- this will provide an opportunity for students to finish this work. during the school day. This will be a great opportunity for students who have missing assignments or absent work and want to get caught up.  Students who just want extra time to finish work for the day can come as well. Lunch Club is completely optional.  If you know ahead of time that a night will be very busy then this would be a great opportunity to help students manage and prioritize their workload.

Starting October 8, 2019, Lunch Club will be offered each week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Students will be expected to let their classroom teacher know before lunch that they plan to attend, so that a list can be given to the teacher in charge that day.  At lunch time, students will bring their lunch to the hosting classroom and will work while eating their lunch. Coming to Lunch Club is meant to be a positive experience for students who would like more time to work.  Students do not have to come every day, and can leave when they have finished their work.  If this is something you think would benefit your child, please encourage them to participate.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher.

March 2, 2020

Reading

We will be continuing to take 2 weeks for each Journey’s lesson.  In addition to each story, we will be working in smaller groups to learn individualized skills and strategies.

This weeks Story: The Dog Newspaper

Genre: Autobiography

Reading Skills: Fact & Opinion, Main Idea & Details,

Vocabulary: Homophones and Homographs

Spelling: Lesson 18 Spelling List

 


Math

This week we will be continuing Chapter 9 – Multiplying and Dividing decimals

By the end of the chapter, Students will be expected to:

  • Multiply decimals
  • Multiply decimals by tens, hundreds, and thousands (move the decimal point)
  • Divide decimals
  • Divide decimals by tens, hundreds, and thousands (move the decimal point)
  • Estimate using decimals
  • Convert metric units
  • Solve real world Problems that involve decimals.

 

Here is a video to help explain how to multiply decimals using different strategies.


Switching Classes
Here’s what is going on in the Switching subjects:

Science: Taught by Ms. Zuke

  • This week, students will be introduced to the Earth’s orbital movement around the Sun, as a means of seeing why the constellations change. In the activity, Universe-in-a-Box, students make a paper model that helps them visualize the Earth’s yearly orbit around the Sun. They use this model to understand why some constellations are only visible during part of the year.

Grammar/Spelling: Taught by Mrs. Garza

  • In Language Arts students will work on their rough drafts for their short story this week. When their rough drafts are completed they will take them home to revise and edit. Please go over them with your child. Help them with grammar, punctuation, spelling, and flow of the story. Their story should be 3 paragraphs, include some dialogue between characters, and have a problem and solution. Thank you for your support with your child’s writing!

Social Studies:  Taught by Ms. Higgins

  • In Social Studies this week, we will begin to learn about the Southern Colonies, and why they were settled.

Fifth Grade Camp

I sent an email regarding 5th grade camp a few weeks back.  The deadline for the final payment is March 3, 2020! (TOMORROW!)

Health forms are available on the school website ( Click here for the Camp Health Form )Once at this website, you can click on the code for the google doc and fill it out about your students.  These health forms will go directly to the camp.  Health forms have to be completed before we attend camp.
The entire cost of camp ($220.00) has to be paid in full by March 3, 2020.  I sent home updated sheets last week to let you know your balance.  Please let me know if you did not receive it.  You can send in the money any time from now until March 3!
Please let me know if you have any questions!  Thank you.

 


M-Step Prep

On Friday, students will bring home 10 M-STEP vocabulary words to study at home and an extra credit crossword puzzle. If students complete and return the extra credit crossword puzzle, they will earn 1 extra credit point on the quiz. On Fridays, the students will be quizzed on these words. If your child earns 80% or better on Friday’s quiz, he/she will earn a charm for his/her M-STEP charm necklace.

The purpose of these vocabulary practice quizzes is to expose 5th graders to words and terms that they may see on the M-Step Tests we will take in the Spring.

The next quiz will be on Friday, Friday 28, 2020.

Week #8 Words to study:

  1. Topic:  the subject that is being discussed.
  2. Timeline: a list of important events arranged int he order they happened.
  3. Verb: words that show action or a state of being
  4. Verb Tense: Tells you when a person did something, or when something happened.
  5. Synonym: a word that has the same meaning as another word.
  6. title:  the name given to something.
  7. Error: a mistake, something that is not correct.
  8. Setting:  the time and place that a story takes place
  9. Root Word: the basic part of a word
  10. Thesaurus:  A reference book with an organized list of words

M-Step Homework Packets

Packets will be sent home on Thursdays, and are due the following Thursday.  The purpose of this is to help students become familiar with previously taught skills and concepts before taking their end-of the-year assessments.

M-Step Packet #2 is due on Thursday, March 5, 2020


5th Grade Spring Fever Basket

THank you for your generous donations for our basket!  It looks great!

Be sure to head to Spring Fever Event this weekend at the highschool!


March Birthdays

Happy Birthday this month to Austin, Beth and Grace!


February Super Cougar

Congratulations to Sean for being chosen as this month’s Super Cougar!  He is a wonderful role model for the students at Arno!


March is Reading Month

If you are interested in being a guest reader, send me an email.  Let me know what days times work well for you, and we can plan something!


This year to celebrate March is Reading Month, our entire school
will be reading Spring According to Humphrey. That is why our
celebration is called One Book, One School. Spring According to
Humphrey is just one book in a series about Humphrey, the class
hamster at Longfellow School.

Each student will get a book this year! Our goal is that you would
read this book together at home. The book is for your family to keep!
We hope you enjoy reading together as a family. The included pacing
guide outlines the chapters to be read each week. Your child’s teacher
will also be given a book to read and discuss the book in class.

Throughout the month of March we will have a wide variety of
reading themed activities to participate in at home and at school. Also,
attached is a calendar of all of the fun activities we have planned!
Books will be distributed on Monday March 2, 2020.

March is Reading Month Letter


Parent Connect

Did you know that you can  check to see if they are turning in work and view your child’s grades through Parent Connect?  It is a great way to check and make sure that when you child tells you they don’t have any homework – they really don’t have any homework!  If you need PIN and password, contact Mrs. Cathy Anderson in the school office!

Info on Parent Connect from the district website:

  • You must have a PIN and Password to log into Parent-Connection.
  • Parent-connection is a web program that allows parents to view information about their child.
  • To receive a PIN and passwords for Parent-connection contact your child’s school.
  • If you have more than one account to view your children, please contact the school office.
  • Make sure to insert your email after logging into Parent-connection.  Inserting your email will allow you to access the automated password reminder system

NHS Tutoring – Change of Venue

While the Allen Park Library is under renovation, the NHS will be tutoring at the high school media center!

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Lunch Club

A letter came home a few weeks ago, introducing the new “Lunch Club”  We as 4th and 5th grade teachers understand that sometimes students will have a lot of homework.  We wanted to offer a way to allow students to work on their assignments so that they can enjoy their evenings!  Lunch Club is completely optional, but if you know your child has busy evenings, you may want to encourage them to participate! 🙂
This is the letter that was sent home explaining Lunch Club:

This year the fourth and fifth grade teachers will be starting a Lunch Club as an opportunity for students to complete unfinished classwork or homework during lunchtime.  We understand that not everyone is able to complete all of their work during the school day, and/or you may have commitments after school as well- this will provide an opportunity for students to finish this work. during the school day. This will be a great opportunity for students who have missing assignments or absent work and want to get caught up.  Students who just want extra time to finish work for the day can come as well. Lunch Club is completely optional.  If you know ahead of time that a night will be very busy then this would be a great opportunity to help students manage and prioritize their workload.

Starting October 8, 2019, Lunch Club will be offered each week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Students will be expected to let their classroom teacher know before lunch that they plan to attend, so that a list can be given to the teacher in charge that day.  At lunch time, students will bring their lunch to the hosting classroom and will work while eating their lunch. Coming to Lunch Club is meant to be a positive experience for students who would like more time to work.  Students do not have to come every day, and can leave when they have finished their work.  If this is something you think would benefit your child, please encourage them to participate.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher.

February 24, 2020

Reading

We will be continuing to take 2 weeks for each Journey’s lesson.  In addition to each story, we will be working in smaller groups to learn individualized skills and strategies.

This weeks Story: The Dog Newspaper

Genre: Autobiography

Reading Skills: Fact & Opinion, Main Idea & Details,

Vocabulary: Homophones and Homographs

Spelling: Lesson 18 Spelling List

 


Math

This week we will be continuing Chapter 9 – Multiplying and Dividing decimals

By the end of the chapter, Students will be expected to:

  • Multiply decimals
  • Multiply decimals by tens, hundreds, and thousands (move the decimal point)
  • Divide decimals
  • Divide decimals by tens, hundreds, and thousands (move the decimal point)
  • Estimate using decimals
  • Convert metric units
  • Solve real world Problems that involve decimals.

 

Here is a video to help explain how to multiply decimals using different strategies.


Switching Classes
Here’s what is going on in the Switching subjects:

Science: Taught by Ms. Zuke

  • This week, students will be introduced to the Earth’s orbital movement around the Sun, as a means of seeing why the constellations change. In the activity, Universe-in-a-Box, students make a paper model that helps them visualize the Earth’s yearly orbit around the Sun. They use this model to understand why some constellations are only visible during part of the year.

Grammar/Spelling: Taught by Mrs. Garza

  • In Language Arts we will begin to practice the grammar rules we have learned with a writing project. Students will create a winter-themed short story. In this story we will focus on our use of complete sentences, compound sentences, dialogue, commas, semicolons, and verb tense. Our focus this week will be on brainstorming and beginning their rough draft.

Social Studies:  Taught by Ms. Higgins

  • In Social Studies this week, we will begin to learn about the Southern Colonies, and why they were settled.

Fifth Grade Camp

I sent an email regarding 5th grade camp a few weeks back.  The deadline for the final payment is March 3, 2020!

Health forms are available on the school website ( Click here for the Camp Health Form )Once at this website, you can click on the code for the google doc and fill it out about your students.  These health forms will go directly to the camp.  Health forms have to be completed before we attend camp.
The entire cost of camp ($220.00) has to be paid in full by March 3, 2020.  I sent home updated sheets last week to let you know your balance.  Please let me know if you did not receive it.  You can send in the money any time from now until March 3!
Please let me know if you have any questions!  Thank you.

 


M-Step Prep

On Friday, students will bring home 10 M-STEP vocabulary words to study at home and an extra credit crossword puzzle. If students complete and return the extra credit crossword puzzle, they will earn 1 extra credit point on the quiz. On Fridays, the students will be quizzed on these words. If your child earns 80% or better on Friday’s quiz, he/she will earn a charm for his/her M-STEP charm necklace.

The purpose of these vocabulary practice quizzes is to expose 5th graders to words and terms that they may see on the M-Step Tests we will take in the Spring.

The next quiz will be on Friday, Friday 28, 2020.

Week #7 Words to study:

  1. Root Word: the basic part of a word
  2. Sentence:  a group of words that express a complete thought.
  3. Setting:  the time and place that a story takes place.
  4. Similar:  aline, but not exactly the same.
  5. Skim: to read quickly
  6. Source: Someone, or something that supplies information.
  7. Speaker: the person who is talking
  8. Stanza: the group of lines in a poem
  9. Revise:  To look over and change in order to improve.
  10. Punctuation: marks that are used to make the meaning of the words clearer.

M-Step Homework Packets

Packets will be sent home on Thursdays, and are due the following Thursday.  The purpose of this is to help students become familiar with previously taught skills and concepts before taking their end-of the-year assessments.

M-Step Packet #1 is due on Thursday, February, 20, 2020


5th Grade Spring Fever Basket

Please send your items to school by Tuesday, February 25!  Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity!


Parent Connect

Did you know that you can  check to see if they are turning in work and view your child’s grades through Parent Connect?  It is a great way to check and make sure that when you child tells you they don’t have any homework – they really don’t have any homework!  If you need PIN and password, contact Mrs. Cathy Anderson in the school office!

Info on Parent Connect from the district website:

  • You must have a PIN and Password to log into Parent-Connection.
  • Parent-connection is a web program that allows parents to view information about their child.
  • To receive a PIN and passwords for Parent-connection contact your child’s school.
  • If you have more than one account to view your children, please contact the school office.
  • Make sure to insert your email after logging into Parent-connection.  Inserting your email will allow you to access the automated password reminder system

NHS Tutoring – Change of Venue

While the Allen Park Library is under renovation, the NHS will be tutoring at the high school media center!

image.png


Lunch Club

A letter came home a few weeks ago, introducing the new “Lunch Club”  We as 4th and 5th grade teachers understand that sometimes students will have a lot of homework.  We wanted to offer a way to allow students to work on their assignments so that they can enjoy their evenings!  Lunch Club is completely optional, but if you know your child has busy evenings, you may want to encourage them to participate! 🙂
This is the letter that was sent home explaining Lunch Club:

This year the fourth and fifth grade teachers will be starting a Lunch Club as an opportunity for students to complete unfinished classwork or homework during lunchtime.  We understand that not everyone is able to complete all of their work during the school day, and/or you may have commitments after school as well- this will provide an opportunity for students to finish this work. during the school day. This will be a great opportunity for students who have missing assignments or absent work and want to get caught up.  Students who just want extra time to finish work for the day can come as well. Lunch Club is completely optional.  If you know ahead of time that a night will be very busy then this would be a great opportunity to help students manage and prioritize their workload.

Starting October 8, 2019, Lunch Club will be offered each week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Students will be expected to let their classroom teacher know before lunch that they plan to attend, so that a list can be given to the teacher in charge that day.  At lunch time, students will bring their lunch to the hosting classroom and will work while eating their lunch. Coming to Lunch Club is meant to be a positive experience for students who would like more time to work.  Students do not have to come every day, and can leave when they have finished their work.  If this is something you think would benefit your child, please encourage them to participate.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher.

February 19, 2020

Reading

Due to the short week, we will not be starting a new story this week!  Next week we will begin with Lesson 18, The Dog News Paper!

Also, look for exciting information to come home about March is Reading Month!  We are participating in: One Book, One School.  Each Arno student will be receiving a copy of Spring According to Humphrey.  Please be sure to check out the fun activities to promote reading throughout the month of March!


Math

This week we will be continuing Chapter 9 – Multiplying and Dividing decimals

By the end of the chapter, Students will be expected to:

  • Multiply decimals
  • Multiply decimals by tens, hundreds, and thousands (move the decimal point)
  • Divide decimals
  • Divide decimals by tens, hundreds, and thousands (move the decimal point)
  • Estimate using decimals
  • Convert metric units
  • Solve real world Problems that involve decimals.

 

Here is a video to help explain how to multiply decimals using different strategies.


Switching Classes
Here’s what is going on in the Switching subjects:

Science: Taught by Ms. Zuke

  • For science this week, students will learn why our ancestors divided the day into hours and how clocks measure the Sun’s apparent movement.

Grammar/Spelling: Taught by Mrs. Garza

  • This week in Language Arts we will learn how to properly use commas and semicolons

Social Studies:  Taught by Ms. Higgins

  •  This week in Social Studies we will continue to  learn about the Middle Atlantic Colonies.  We will discuss why they were colonized and what the economy was like there.

Fifth Grade Camp

I sent an email regarding 5th grade camp a few weeks back.  The deadline for the final payment is March 3, 2020!

Health forms are available on the school website ( Click here for the Camp Health Form )Once at this website, you can click on the code for the google doc and fill it out about your students.  These health forms will go directly to the camp.  Health forms have to be completed before we attend camp.
The entire cost of camp ($220.00) has to be paid in full by March 3, 2020.  I sent home updated sheets last week to let you know your balance.  Please let me know if you did not receive it.  You can send in the money any time from now until March 3!
Please let me know if you have any questions!  Thank you.

 


M-Step Prep

On Friday, students will bring home 10 M-STEP vocabulary words to study at home and an extra credit crossword puzzle. If students complete and return the extra credit crossword puzzle, they will earn 1 extra credit point on the quiz. On Fridays, the students will be quizzed on these words. If your child earns 80% or better on Friday’s quiz, he/she will earn a charm for his/her M-STEP charm necklace.

The purpose of these vocabulary practice quizzes is to expose 5th graders to words and terms that they may see on the M-Step Tests we will take in the Spring.

The next quiz will be on Friday, Friday 21, 2020.

Week #6 Words to study:

  1. Punctuation: marks that are used to make the meaning of words clearer.
  2. Author’s Message:  The Big Idea, or what the author is trying to tell the reader.
  3. Quotation: Something that is repeated exactly bu someone else.
  4. Reason: a statement given to explain a belief, or action.
  5. Relationship:  A connection between two or more things
  6. Report: a complete description of something
  7. Research: a careful study of a subject
  8. Revise: to look over and change in order to improve
  9. Opinion:  a judgement based on what a person thinks or feels
  10. Passage:  A section of the text

5th Grade Spring Fever Basket

Hello 5th Grade Families!

Each year the Allen Park PTA organizations from each school put together a Spring Fever event to raise money for scholarships that will be awarded to Allen Park graduating Seniors.The Allen Park PTA/PTSA Council is holding a Silent Auction on March 7 to benefit the scholarship fund.  Last year the $15,500 in scholarships were awarded to graduating seniors at Allen Park High School and Community School.

The 5th grade from Arno Elementary will be donating a basket for the event.  Please check out the Sign-up Genius link to see what materials need to be donated.  If you would like to donate, just sign up for the item, and send it into school with your child by February 25!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084aafa92fa3fc1-5thgrade1

Thank you for your support!

Mrs. Garza, Ms. Higgins and Ms. Zuke


Parent Connect

Did you know that you can  check to see if they are turning in work and view your child’s grades through Parent Connect?  It is a great way to check and make sure that when you child tells you they don’t have any homework – they really don’t have any homework!  If you need PIN and password, contact Mrs. Cathy Anderson in the school office!

Info on Parent Connect from the district website:

  • You must have a PIN and Password to log into Parent-Connection.
  • Parent-connection is a web program that allows parents to view information about their child.
  • To receive a PIN and passwords for Parent-connection contact your child’s school.
  • If you have more than one account to view your children, please contact the school office.
  • Make sure to insert your email after logging into Parent-connection.  Inserting your email will allow you to access the automated password reminder system

NHS Tutoring – Change of Venue

While the Allen Park Library is under renovation, the NHS will be tutoring at the high school media center!

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Lunch Club

A letter came home a few weeks ago, introducing the new “Lunch Club”  We as 4th and 5th grade teachers understand that sometimes students will have a lot of homework.  We wanted to offer a way to allow students to work on their assignments so that they can enjoy their evenings!  Lunch Club is completely optional, but if you know your child has busy evenings, you may want to encourage them to participate! 🙂
This is the letter that was sent home explaining Lunch Club:

This year the fourth and fifth grade teachers will be starting a Lunch Club as an opportunity for students to complete unfinished classwork or homework during lunchtime.  We understand that not everyone is able to complete all of their work during the school day, and/or you may have commitments after school as well- this will provide an opportunity for students to finish this work. during the school day. This will be a great opportunity for students who have missing assignments or absent work and want to get caught up.  Students who just want extra time to finish work for the day can come as well. Lunch Club is completely optional.  If you know ahead of time that a night will be very busy then this would be a great opportunity to help students manage and prioritize their workload.

Starting October 8, 2019, Lunch Club will be offered each week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Students will be expected to let their classroom teacher know before lunch that they plan to attend, so that a list can be given to the teacher in charge that day.  At lunch time, students will bring their lunch to the hosting classroom and will work while eating their lunch. Coming to Lunch Club is meant to be a positive experience for students who would like more time to work.  Students do not have to come every day, and can leave when they have finished their work.  If this is something you think would benefit your child, please encourage them to participate.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher.


Pictures from Last week:

On THursday we had an assembly, where the speaker learned about different African-American musicians, inventors, and artists.

On Friday we celebrated kindness on Valentine’s day by sharing Compliments with one another.

   

February 10, 2020

Reading

As we get closer to the end of the school year, we will be slowing down and taking 2 weeks for each Journey’s lesson.  In addition to each story, we will be working in smaller groups to learn individualized skills and strategies.

This weeks Story: LAFFF

Genre: Science Fiction

Reading Skills: Point of View/First Person, Infer/Predict, & Story Structure

Vocabulary:  Reference Materials


Math

This week we will be concluding Chapter 9 – Multiplying and Dividing decimals

By the end of the chapter, Students will be expected to:

  • Multiply decimals
  • Multiply decimals by tens, hundreds, and thousands (move the decimal point)
  • Divide decimals
  • Divide decimals by tens, hundreds, and thousands (move the decimal point)
  • Estimate using decimals
  • Convert metric units
  • Solve real world Problems that involve decimals.

 

Here is a video to help explain how to multiply decimals using different strategies.


Switching Classes
Here’s what is going on in the Switching subjects:

Science: Taught by Ms. Zuke

  • For science this week, students will learn why our ancestors divided the day into hours and how clocks measure the Sun’s apparent movement.

Grammar/Spelling: Taught by Mrs. Garza

  • This week in Language Arts we will learn how to properly use commas and semicolons.
  • Lesson 17 Spelling List

Social Studies:  Taught by Ms. Higgins

  •  This week in Social Studies we will continue to  learn about the Middle Atlantic Colonies.  We will discuss why they were colonized and what the economy was like there.

Fifth Grade Camp

I sent an email regarding 5th grade camp a few weeks back.  The deadline for the final payment is March 3, 2020!

Health forms are available on the school website ( Click here for the Camp Health Form )Once at this website, you can click on the code for the google doc and fill it out about your students.  These health forms will go directly to the camp.  Health forms have to be completed before we attend camp.
The entire cost of camp ($220.00) has to be paid in full by March 3, 2020.  I sent home sheets back in November to let you know your balance.  Please let me know if you did not receive it.  You can send in the money any time from now until March 3!  I will send out a reminder again this week!
Please let me know if you have any questions!  Thank you.

Arno Skate Party

The Family Valentine Skate Party is Wednesday February 12, 2020, from 6:00-8:00 at Lincoln Park Skate Rink.  Deadline to sign up online is TODAY!!! (2-10-2020).

Click on the link to sign up online:  Sign Up Genius Link


Valentine’s Day – Friday, February 14, 2020!

Dear Fifth Grade Families,

On Wednesday, February 14, 2020, we will be celebrating Valentine’s Day in our class!  Since it is a half day (11:30 dismissal) and we have art in the morning, we will be limited on time.  Due to this, we will be having a small celebration.

Students have asked about bringing valentines for their friends.  If you would like to have your child bring in valentines, for their classmates, please be sure to include one for each child so that no one is left out!  We have 29 students in our class; 15 girls, and 14 boys! A class list will be sent home on Monday 2-10-2020. Due to limited time, please be sure to package everything to be able to send home!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Ms. Higgins


M-Step Prep

On Friday, students will bring home 10 M-STEP vocabulary words to study at home and an extra credit crossword puzzle. If students complete and return the extra credit crossword puzzle, they will earn 1 extra credit point on the quiz. On Fridays, the students will be quizzed on these words. If your child earns 80% or better on Friday’s quiz, he/she will earn a charm for his/her M-STEP charm necklace.

The purpose of these vocabulary practice quizzes is to expose 5th graders to words and terms that they may see on the M-Step Tests we will take in the Spring.

The next quiz will be on Thursday Friday 13, 2020.

Week #5 Words to study:

  1. Notes: something written down to help the memory.
  2. Support: to show to be true; back up
  3. Opinion: a judgement based on what a person thinks, or feels.
  4. Opposite: To be completely different from another.
  5. Trustworthy Source:  A Reliable place to get information
  6. Organize: To put together, or arrange in a certain way.
  7. Paragraph – connected sentences about one main idea, usually indented.
  8. Passage: a section of text about a topic
  9. Introduction:  The beginning part of a story that explains what will follow
  10. Key Details: a word or phrase that helps us answer a question or gives important information about an event

January Super Cougar

Congratulations to Beth!  Beth was selected to be our January Super Cougar!  She is a very hard-working student who is always willing to help others!  Keep up the hard work, and positive attitude, Beth!

 


Parent Connect

Did you know that you can  check to see if they are turning in work and view your child’s grades through Parent Connect?  It is a great way to check and make sure that when you child tells you they don’t have any homework – they really don’t have any homework!  If you need PIN and password, contact Mrs. Cathy Anderson in the school office!

Info on Parent Connect from the district website:

  • You must have a PIN and Password to log into Parent-Connection.
  • Parent-connection is a web program that allows parents to view information about their child.
  • To receive a PIN and passwords for Parent-connection contact your child’s school.
  • If you have more than one account to view your children, please contact the school office.
  • Make sure to insert your email after logging into Parent-connection.  Inserting your email will allow you to access the automated password reminder system

NHS Tutoring – Change of Venue

While the Allen Park Library is under renovation, the NHS will be tutoring at the high school media center!

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Lunch Club

A letter came home a few weeks ago, introducing the new “Lunch Club”  We as 4th and 5th grade teachers understand that sometimes students will have a lot of homework.  We wanted to offer a way to allow students to work on their assignments so that they can enjoy their evenings!  Lunch Club is completely optional, but if you know your child has busy evenings, you may want to encourage them to participate! 🙂
This is the letter that was sent home explaining Lunch Club:

This year the fourth and fifth grade teachers will be starting a Lunch Club as an opportunity for students to complete unfinished classwork or homework during lunchtime.  We understand that not everyone is able to complete all of their work during the school day, and/or you may have commitments after school as well- this will provide an opportunity for students to finish this work. during the school day. This will be a great opportunity for students who have missing assignments or absent work and want to get caught up.  Students who just want extra time to finish work for the day can come as well. Lunch Club is completely optional.  If you know ahead of time that a night will be very busy then this would be a great opportunity to help students manage and prioritize their workload.

Starting October 8, 2019, Lunch Club will be offered each week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Students will be expected to let their classroom teacher know before lunch that they plan to attend, so that a list can be given to the teacher in charge that day.  At lunch time, students will bring their lunch to the hosting classroom and will work while eating their lunch. Coming to Lunch Club is meant to be a positive experience for students who would like more time to work.  Students do not have to come every day, and can leave when they have finished their work.  If this is something you think would benefit your child, please encourage them to participate.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher.

February 3, 2020

Reading

As we get closer to the end of the school year, we will be slowing down and taking 2 weeks for each Journey’s lesson.  In addition to each story, we will be working in smaller groups to learn individualized skills and strategies.

This weeks Story: LAFFF

Genre: Science Fiction

Reading Skills: Point of View/First Person, Infer/Predict, & Story Structure

Vocabulary:  Reference Materials


Math

This week we will be concluding Chapter 8 – Decimals to the thousandths place.  For the most part, the students picked up on this concept with ease!  We will be taking a short quiz towards the end of the week, and be moving on to Chapter 9 next week!

By the end of the chapter your child should be able to:

  • Understand the following place values: tenths, hundredths, and thousandths.
  • Comparing and rounding decimals
  • Rewrite decimals as fractions and mixed numbers

Looking Ahead:

Chapter 9 will focus on Multiplying and dividing decimals!


Switching Classes
Here’s what is going on in the Switching subjects:

Science: Taught by Ms. Zuke

  • We are starting a new unit called Spaceship Earth. This week, students will use their bodies as a kinesthetic model of the Earth to understand how the speed of the Earth’s spin affects the length of a day.

Grammar/Spelling: Taught by Mrs. Garza

  • This week we will wrap up our lesson on irregular verbs and move into commas and semi-colons.
  • Lesson 17 Spelling List

Social Studies:  Taught by Ms. Higgins

  •  This week in Social Studies we will learn about the Middle Atlantic Colonies.  We will discuss why they were colonized and what the economy was like there.

Fifth Grade Camp

I sent an email regarding 5th grade camp a few weeks back.  The deadline for the final payment is March 3, 2020!

This was the email sent last week:
Health forms are available on the school website ( Click here for the Camp Health Form )Once at this website, you can click on the code for the google doc and fill it out about your students.  These health forms will go directly to the camp.  Health forms have to be completed before we attend camp.
The entire cost of camp ($220.00) has to be paid in full by March 3, 2020.  I sent home sheets back in November to let you know your balance.  Please let me know if you did not receive it.  You can send in the money any time from now until March 3!  I will send out a reminder again in mid-February!
Students will be bringing home a cabin placement request.  Students can request 4 students they would like to stay with at camp.  THIS IS NOT A GUARANTEE!!!  PLease look over their choices and sign the sheet and return to school, no later than February 7, 2020.
Please let me know if you have any questions!  Thank you.

Valentine’s Day – Friday, February 14, 2020!

This year, Valentine’s day falls on a Friday; it is a half day and we have art in the morning.  So we won’t have a very long amount of time for a celebration.

Students will be allowed to bring in Valentine’s and treats to pass out, but we will not be having a big “party.”

We do not have any known allergies, but all food needs to be packaged to send home with the kids.


M-Step Prep

On Friday, students will bring home 10 M-STEP vocabulary words to study at home and an extra credit crossword puzzle. If students complete and return the extra credit crossword puzzle, they will earn 1 extra credit point on the quiz. On Fridays, the students will be quizzed on these words. If your child earns 80% or better on Friday’s quiz, he/she will earn a charm for his/her M-STEP charm necklace.

The purpose of these vocabulary practice quizzes is to expose 5th graders to words and terms that they may see on the M-Step Tests we will take in the Spring.

The next quiz will be on Friday, February 7, 2020.

Week #3 Words to study:

  1. Internet: a communication system that connects computers.
  2. Introduction:  The beginning part of a story that explains what will follow.
  3. Main Idea: the most important idea the author is trying to communicate
  4. Meaning:  the idea or message that is intended
  5. Mental Picture: to form a picture in your mind.
  6. Heading: something at the top of a page, or chapter of a book.
  7. Infer: to reach a conclusion based on facts or evidence
  8. Key Details: a word or phrase that helps us answer a question or gives important information about an event
  9. Key Events: Something that happens, especially one that might be useful or important.
  10. Key Ideas: the most important, or central thoughts of a text, which tell the reader what the text is about.

February Birthday

This month Brady will celebrate his Birthday.  Happy Birthday Brady!


Congratulations to the Arno Olympians from our classroom!

Gold: Kate

Silver: Xander

Bronze:  Ava

Congratulations to all who participated!  It was a great time!


Parent Connect

Did you know that you can  check to see if they are turning in work and view your child’s grades through Parent Connect?  It is a great way to check and make sure that when you child tells you they don’t have any homework – they really don’t have any homework!  If you need PIN and password, contact Mrs. Cathy Anderson in the school office!

Info on Parent Connect from the district website:

  • You must have a PIN and Password to log into Parent-Connection.
  • Parent-connection is a web program that allows parents to view information about their child.
  • To receive a PIN and passwords for Parent-connection contact your child’s school.
  • If you have more than one account to view your children, please contact the school office.
  • Make sure to insert your email after logging into Parent-connection.  Inserting your email will allow you to access the automated password reminder system

NHS Tutoring – Change of Venue

While the Allen Park Library is under renovation, the NHS will be tutoring at the high school media center!

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Lunch Club

A letter came home a few weeks ago, introducing the new “Lunch Club”  We as 4th and 5th grade teachers understand that sometimes students will have a lot of homework.  We wanted to offer a way to allow students to work on their assignments so that they can enjoy their evenings!  Lunch Club is completely optional, but if you know your child has busy evenings, you may want to encourage them to participate! 🙂
This is the letter that was sent home explaining Lunch Club:

This year the fourth and fifth grade teachers will be starting a Lunch Club as an opportunity for students to complete unfinished classwork or homework during lunchtime.  We understand that not everyone is able to complete all of their work during the school day, and/or you may have commitments after school as well- this will provide an opportunity for students to finish this work. during the school day. This will be a great opportunity for students who have missing assignments or absent work and want to get caught up.  Students who just want extra time to finish work for the day can come as well. Lunch Club is completely optional.  If you know ahead of time that a night will be very busy then this would be a great opportunity to help students manage and prioritize their workload.

Starting October 8, 2019, Lunch Club will be offered each week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Students will be expected to let their classroom teacher know before lunch that they plan to attend, so that a list can be given to the teacher in charge that day.  At lunch time, students will bring their lunch to the hosting classroom and will work while eating their lunch. Coming to Lunch Club is meant to be a positive experience for students who would like more time to work.  Students do not have to come every day, and can leave when they have finished their work.  If this is something you think would benefit your child, please encourage them to participate.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher.


Pictures from last week:

Here are some pictures from last week’s PBIS reward – Zumba in the Gym!

January 27, 2020

Reading
As we get closer to the end of the school year, we will be slowing down and taking 2 weeks for each Journey’s lesson.  In addition to each story, we will be working in smaller groups to learn individualized skills and strategies.

This weeks Story: Lunch Money

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reading Skills: Author’s Purpose, Visual Elements, Monitory/Clarify

Vocabulary: Word Origins


Math

This week we will be moving on to Chapter 8 – Decimals to the thousandths place

By the end of the chapter your child should be able to:

  • Understand the following place values: tenths, hundredths, and thousandths.
  • Comparing and rounding decimals
  • Rewrite decimals as fractions and mixed numbers

Switching Classes
Here’s what is going on in the Switching subjects:

Science: Taught by Ms. Zuke

  • This week, students will examine the causes of flooding using the real-world example of Hurricane Katrina. In the activity, Save Beachtown, students propose plans to prevent flooding and save historic buildings in a coastal town–all while staying within budget

Grammar/Spelling: Taught by Mrs. Garza

  • This week we will learn about regular and irregular verbs
  • Lesson 16 Spelling List

Social Studies:  Taught by Ms. Higgins

  • This week we will continue to learn about the New England Colonies.  We will discuss why they were colonized and what the economy was like there.


Fifth Grade Camp

I sent an email regarding 5th grade camp a few weeks back.  The deadline for the final payment is March 3, 2020!

This was the email sent last week:
Health forms are available on the school website ( Click here for the Camp Health Form )Once at this website, you can click on the code for the google doc and fill it out about your students.  These health forms will go directly to the camp.  Health forms have to be completed before we attend camp.
The entire cost of camp ($220.00) has to be paid in full by March 3, 2020.  I sent home sheets back in November to let you know your balance.  Please let me know if you did not receive it.  You can send in the money any time from now until March 3!  I will send out a reminder again in mid-February!
Students will be bringing home a cabin placement request.  Students can request 4 students they would like to stay with at camp.  THIS IS NOT A GUARANTEE!!!  PLease look over their choices and sign the sheet and return to school, no later than February 7, 2020.
Please let me know if you have any questions!  Thank you,

M-Step Prep

On Friday, students will bring home 10 M-STEP vocabulary words to study at home and an extra credit crossword puzzle. If students complete and return the extra credit crossword puzzle, they will earn 1 extra credit point on the quiz. On Fridays, the students will be quizzed on these words. If your child earns 80% or better on Friday’s quiz, he/she will earn a charm for his/her M-STEP charm necklace.

The purpose of these vocabulary practice quizzes is to expose 5th graders to words and terms that they may see on the M-Step Tests we will take in the Spring.

The next quiz will be on Friday, January 31, 2020.

Week #3 Words to study:

  1.  Dialogue: a conversation in a written story between 2 or more people.
  2. Edit: to correct and revise to get ready for publication.
  3. Explain: to make clear or understandable.
  4. Flashback: a scene set in earlier time.
  5. Heading: something at the top of a page, or chapter of a book.
  6. Imaginary: not real
  7. Infer: to reach a conclusion based on facts or evidence
  8. Inform: to tell about something
  9. Information: facts or knowledge about a subject
  10. Summarize: to state the main points of a story.

 


Parent Connect

Did you know that you can  check to see if they are turning in work and view your child’s grades through Parent Connect?  It is a great way to check and make sure that when you child tells you they don’t have any homework – they really don’t have any homework!  If you need PIN and password, contact Mrs. Cathy Anderson in the school office!

Info on Parent Connect from the district website:

  • You must have a PIN and Password to log into Parent-Connection.
  • Parent-connection is a web program that allows parents to view information about their child.
  • To receive a PIN and passwords for Parent-connection contact your child’s school.
  • If you have more than one account to view your children, please contact the school office.
  • Make sure to insert your email after logging into Parent-connection.  Inserting your email will allow you to access the automated password reminder system

NHS Tutoring – Change of Venue

While the Allen Park Library is under renovation, the NHS will be tutoring at the high school media center!

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Lunch Club

A letter came home a few weeks ago, introducing the new “Lunch Club”  We as 4th and 5th grade teachers understand that sometimes students will have a lot of homework.  We wanted to offer a way to allow students to work on their assignments so that they can enjoy their evenings!  Lunch Club is completely optional, but if you know your child has busy evenings, you may want to encourage them to participate! 🙂
This is the letter that was sent home explaining Lunch Club:

This year the fourth and fifth grade teachers will be starting a Lunch Club as an opportunity for students to complete unfinished classwork or homework during lunchtime.  We understand that not everyone is able to complete all of their work during the school day, and/or you may have commitments after school as well- this will provide an opportunity for students to finish this work. during the school day. This will be a great opportunity for students who have missing assignments or absent work and want to get caught up.  Students who just want extra time to finish work for the day can come as well. Lunch Club is completely optional.  If you know ahead of time that a night will be very busy then this would be a great opportunity to help students manage and prioritize their workload.

Starting October 8, 2019, Lunch Club will be offered each week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Students will be expected to let their classroom teacher know before lunch that they plan to attend, so that a list can be given to the teacher in charge that day.  At lunch time, students will bring their lunch to the hosting classroom and will work while eating their lunch. Coming to Lunch Club is meant to be a positive experience for students who would like more time to work.  Students do not have to come every day, and can leave when they have finished their work.  If this is something you think would benefit your child, please encourage them to participate.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher.

January 20, 2020

Reading

We will have a different weekly focus in reading with our Journey’s Reading Curriculum.  Each Week will cover different reading strategies, vocabulary words, and Spelling skills.

This weeks Story: Lunch Money

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reading Skills: Author’s Purpose, Visual Elements, Monitory/Clarify

Vocabulary: Word Origins


Math

We will be finishing up Chapter 6 this week:

By the end of the chapter students will be able to:

  • Find the area of a rectangle with whole numbers and fractions.
  • Identifying the base and height of a triangle
  • Find the area of a triangle.

Test will be on Thursday, January 23, 2020!


Switching Classes

Here’s what is going on in the Switching subjects:

Science: Taught by Ms. Zuke

  • This week, students will examine the causes of flooding using the real-world example of Hurricane Katrina. In the activity, Save Beachtown, students propose plans to prevent flooding and save historic buildings in a coastal town–all while staying within budget.

Grammar/Spelling: Taught by Mrs. Garza

  • This week we will review verb tense to help us prepare for regular and irregular verbs next week!
  • Lesson 16 Spelling List

Social Studies:  Taught by Ms. Higgins

  • This week we will continue to learn about the New England Colonies.  We will discuss why they were colonized and what the economy was like there.

Fifth Grade Camp

I sent an email regarding 5th grade camp a few weeks back.  The deadline for the final payment is March 3, 2020!

This was the email sent last week:
Health forms are available on the school website ( Click here for the Camp Health Form )Once at this website, you can click on the code for the google doc and fill it out about your students.  These health forms will go directly to the camp.  Health forms have to be completed before we attend camp.
The entire cost of camp ($220.00) has to be paid in full by March 3, 2020.  I sent home sheets back in November to let you know your balance.  Please let me know if you did not receive it.  You can send in the money any time from now until March 3!  I will send out a reminder again in mid-February!
Students will be bringing home a cabin placement request.  Students can request 4 students they would like to stay with at camp.  THIS IS NOT A GUARANTEE!!!  PLease look over their choices and sign the sheet and return to school, no later than February 7, 2020.
Please let me know if you have any questions!  Thank you,

M-Step Prep

On Friday, students will bring home 10 M-STEP vocabulary words to study at home and an extra credit crossword puzzle. If students complete and return the extra credit crossword puzzle, they will earn 1 extra credit point on the quiz. On Fridays, the students will be quizzed on these words. If your child earns 80% or better on Friday’s quiz, he/she will earn a charm for his/her M-STEP charm necklace.

The purpose of these vocabulary practice quizzes is to expose 5th graders to words and terms that they may see on the M-Step Tests we will take in the Spring.

The next quiz will be on Friday, January 24, 2020.

Week #2 Words to study:

  1. Convince – to make a person agree or believe
  2. descriptive – giving information about what something is like
  3. Details – a small part of something larger
  4. Dialogue – conversation between two people that is written in a story
  5. Dictionary – a reference that gives the meaning and pronunciation of words
  6. Draft – a rough outline or sketch
  7. Edit – to correct and revise writing to get it ready for publication
  8. Essay – a piece of writing
  9. Affix – a letter or group of letters that comes at the beginning, or end, of a word, to change the meaning.
  10. Conclude – to bring to a close.

January Scholastic Book Order

Scholastic Book orders will come home with your child this week.  If you are interested in buying, you can do so 1 of 2 ways.

  1.  Write the order on the paper and send in your cash/check payment in your envelope.
  2. Order online and pay with credit card using our class code:  M8CBH

Orders are due on or before January 23, 2020


Donate to the Food Pantry!

The AP high school counseling department could use our support
with the food pantry. At the APHS food pantry they provide food
and necessities confidentially for families of AP students that are
dealing with unforeseen circumstances, some of which have been
tragic.

A box will be placed in our main office to collect items from
Monday January 13th through Friday January 24th. Students and
staff can drop donations off and a PTA member will transport it to
the HS pantry as our box fills up.

Suggested Items Need; cereal, cereal breakfast bars, pop tarts,
canned vegetables, canned fruits, tuna, pasta and spaghetti
sauce, macaroni and cheese, ramen noodles (or something
similar that’s quick fix meal) and any type of snacks. We are
also looking for personal hygiene products and socks.
Thank-you in advance for your partnership on this.


Parent Connect

Did you know that you can  check to see if they are turning in work and view your child’s grades through Parent Connect?  It is a great way to check and make sure that when you child tells you they don’t have any homework – they really don’t have any homework!  If you need PIN and password, contact Mrs. Cathy Anderson in the school office!

Info on Parent Connect from the district website:

  • You must have a PIN and Password to log into Parent-Connection.
  • Parent-connection is a web program that allows parents to view information about their child.
  • To receive a PIN and passwords for Parent-connection contact your child’s school.
  • If you have more than one account to view your children, please contact the school office.
  • Make sure to insert your email after logging into Parent-connection.  Inserting your email will allow you to access the automated password reminder system

NHS Tutoring – Change of Venue

While the Allen Park Library is under renovation, the NHS will be tutoring at the high school media center!

image.png


Lunch Club

A letter came home a few weeks ago, introducing the new “Lunch Club”  We as 4th and 5th grade teachers understand that sometimes students will have a lot of homework.  We wanted to offer a way to allow students to work on their assignments so that they can enjoy their evenings!  Lunch Club is completely optional, but if you know your child has busy evenings, you may want to encourage them to participate! 🙂
This is the letter that was sent home explaining Lunch Club:

This year the fourth and fifth grade teachers will be starting a Lunch Club as an opportunity for students to complete unfinished classwork or homework during lunchtime.  We understand that not everyone is able to complete all of their work during the school day, and/or you may have commitments after school as well- this will provide an opportunity for students to finish this work. during the school day. This will be a great opportunity for students who have missing assignments or absent work and want to get caught up.  Students who just want extra time to finish work for the day can come as well. Lunch Club is completely optional.  If you know ahead of time that a night will be very busy then this would be a great opportunity to help students manage and prioritize their workload.

Starting October 8, 2019, Lunch Club will be offered each week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Students will be expected to let their classroom teacher know before lunch that they plan to attend, so that a list can be given to the teacher in charge that day.  At lunch time, students will bring their lunch to the hosting classroom and will work while eating their lunch. Coming to Lunch Club is meant to be a positive experience for students who would like more time to work.  Students do not have to come every day, and can leave when they have finished their work.  If this is something you think would benefit your child, please encourage them to participate.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher.

January 13, 2020

Reading

We will have a different weekly focus in reading with our Journey’s Reading Curriculum.  Each Week will cover different reading strategies, vocabulary words, and Spelling skills.

This weeks Story: We Were There, Too!

Genre: Biography

Reading Skills: Compare & Contrast, Monitor/Clarify While Reading,

Vocabulary: Prefixes: in-, im-, il-, ir-


Math

We will be beginning Chapter 6 this week:

By the end of the chapter students will be able to:

  • Find the area of a rectangle with whole numbers and fractions.
  • Identifying the base and height of a triangle
  • Find the area of a triangle.

Switching Classes

Here’s what is going on in the Switching subjects:

Science: Taught by Ms. Zuke

  • This week, students will examine the causes of flooding using the real-world example of Hurricane Katrina. In the activity, Save Beachtown, students propose plans to prevent flooding and save historic buildings in a coastal town–all while staying within budget.

Grammar/Spelling: Taught by Mrs. Garza

  • This week we will switch our focus to pronouns. We will learn about subject and object pronouns and practice using them correctly.
  • Lesson 15 Spelling List

Social Studies:  Taught by Ms. Higgins

  • This week we will be learning about the New England Colonies.  We will discuss why they were colonized and what the economy was like there.

Fifth Grade Camp

I sent an email regarding 5th grade camp last week.  The deadline for the final payment is March 3, 2020!

This was the email sent last week:
Health forms are available on the school website ( Click here for the Camp Health Form )Once at this website, you can click on the code for the google doc and fill it out about your students.  These health forms will go directly to the camp.  Health forms have to be completed before we attend camp.
The entire cost of camp ($220.00) has to be paid in full by March 3, 2020.  I sent home sheets back in November to let you know your balance.  Please let me know if you did not receive it.  You can send in the money any time from now until March 3!  I will send out a reminder again in mid-February!
Please let me know if you have any questions!  Thank you,

M-Step Prep

On Friday, students will bring home 10 M-STEP vocabulary words to study at home and an extra credit crossword puzzle. If students complete and return the extra credit crossword puzzle, they will earn 1 extra credit point on the quiz. On Fridays, the students will be quizzed on these words. If your child earns 80% or better on Friday’s quiz, he/she will earn a charm for his/her M-STEP charm necklace.

The purpose of these vocabulary practice quizzes is to expose 5th graders to words and terms that they may see on the M-Step Tests we will take in the Spring.

The first quiz will be on Friday, January 17, 2020.


January Scholastic Book Order

Scholastic Book orders will come home with your child this week.  If you are interested in buying, you can do so 1 of 2 ways.

  1.  Write the order on the paper and send in your cash/check payment in your envelope.
  2. Order online and pay with credit card using our class code:  M8CBH

Orders are due on or before January 23, 2020


Donate to the Food Pantry!

The AP high school counseling department could use our support
with the food pantry. At the APHS food pantry they provide food
and necessities confidentially for families of AP students that are
dealing with unforeseen circumstances, some of which have been
tragic.

A box will be placed in our main office to collect items from
Monday January 13th through Friday January 24th. Students and
staff can drop donations off and a PTA member will transport it to
the HS pantry as our box fills up.

Suggested Items Need; cereal, cereal breakfast bars, pop tarts,
canned vegetables, canned fruits, tuna, pasta and spaghetti
sauce, macaroni and cheese, ramen noodles (or something
similar that’s quick fix meal) and any type of snacks. We are
also looking for personal hygiene products and socks.
Thank-you in advance for your partnership on this.


Parent Connect

Did you know that you can  check to see if they are turning in work and view your child’s grades through Parent Connect?  It is a great way to check and make sure that when you child tells you they don’t have any homework – they really don’t have any homework!  If you need PIN and password, contact Mrs. Cathy Anderson in the school office!

Info on Parent Connect from the district website:

  • You must have a PIN and Password to log into Parent-Connection.
  • Parent-connection is a web program that allows parents to view information about their child.
  • To receive a PIN and passwords for Parent-connection contact your child’s school.
  • If you have more than one account to view your children, please contact the school office.
  • Make sure to insert your email after logging into Parent-connection.  Inserting your email will allow you to access the automated password reminder system

Lunch Club

A letter came home a few weeks ago, introducing the new “Lunch Club”  We as 4th and 5th grade teachers understand that sometimes students will have a lot of homework.  We wanted to offer a way to allow students to work on their assignments so that they can enjoy their evenings!  Lunch Club is completely optional, but if you know your child has busy evenings, you may want to encourage them to participate! 🙂
This is the letter that was sent home explaining Lunch Club:

This year the fourth and fifth grade teachers will be starting a Lunch Club as an opportunity for students to complete unfinished classwork or homework during lunchtime.  We understand that not everyone is able to complete all of their work during the school day, and/or you may have commitments after school as well- this will provide an opportunity for students to finish this work. during the school day. This will be a great opportunity for students who have missing assignments or absent work and want to get caught up.  Students who just want extra time to finish work for the day can come as well. Lunch Club is completely optional.  If you know ahead of time that a night will be very busy then this would be a great opportunity to help students manage and prioritize their workload.

Starting October 8, 2019, Lunch Club will be offered each week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Students will be expected to let their classroom teacher know before lunch that they plan to attend, so that a list can be given to the teacher in charge that day.  At lunch time, students will bring their lunch to the hosting classroom and will work while eating their lunch. Coming to Lunch Club is meant to be a positive experience for students who would like more time to work.  Students do not have to come every day, and can leave when they have finished their work.  If this is something you think would benefit your child, please encourage them to participate.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher.