Friday, May 17, 2013

Newsletter May 17, 2013


Special Notes
*Reminder:  Glacier Creek 5th grade parent night is this coming Tuesday, May 21st 6:30 – 7:30 PM in the school cafetorium.  This is a great night for information regarding middle school student development, their school program, basic school contact information, and parent questions.
*  Time to return books to the school and classroom library.  Please help your child look for books that need to be handed in, I am missing a lot of books.
*   For graduation, students are being asked to wear their tie-dye shirt or West Middleton shirt.  An invitation will be going home soon.
*  New on our website: a video of the egg drop build,  student reading plan survey, video of students working on biomes.
* In class talent show will be next Friday.  Unfortunately parents are not invited as we are doing it for our 1st grade buddies as well as two kindergarten classes.  I will post a video of it later. 
*  The final week of our box tops and food drive is next week.  Please send in anything you can donate.
* I have some dates for you to put on your calendars:, Tangle of the Titles May 21st 1 PM,  Talent Show Friday, May 24th 1:45 PM, No school Monday, May 27th,  Orchestra performance Wednesday, May 29th 2 PM, Lock Out June 5th all day, 5th Grade Graduation June 7th 1:30 PM in lunch room.
MathThe final unit of the year will be wrapped up next week with the test scheduled For Wednesday.  It has been wonderful to see the mathematical concepts taught throughout the year come together to form new meaning.    After that we will hopefully start the teapot project.    
Science We were busy building our egg drop contraptions, check out the video of the build on our website.  A video from the actual egg drop will be recorded and posted on our website as well.  As always the ingenuity of the students was wonderful and especially those that realized midway through the build that their device would fail and then changed it.  Most of our plants are also growing quite a bit, these students have a green thumb for sure.
Social Studies –  We also started our simulation, “How a Bill becomes A Law,” with students acting as both concerned citizens and the government.  President Billy got to nominate 3 Supreme Court Judges and we now start to draft our bills.  The students also played constitutional games on ICivics.org – fantastic website that is free and open to play – wonderful fun. 
Writing Great blogging this week on Innovation day.  A new challenge will be posted later today.  I hope to have students print out all of their kidblog entries and create a journal of their year, as their accounts will be deleted come August.  We started our first draft of memoir yesterday and will continue working with it until the end.


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