Announcements

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MAY '13

WELCOME TO 5TH GRADE!
Something to notice about 5th grade!  The students of Mr. Monroe-Jones and myself will be rotating between classrooms - seeing each teacher for a limited amount of time each day - similar to a middle school format.  In other words, each teacher will be "subject specific".  I will be teaching READING, WRITING, and SOCIAL STUDIES. Mr. Monroe-Jones will be teaching SCIENCE and MATH.

RELATED TO THE 5th GRADE LEARNING PROGRAM
REMEMBER1) DAILY reading is an integral part of our Literacy program, so students are expected to bring a silent reading book to class EVERY DAY - INCLUDING THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!  Grade level expectation is that each student read a minimum of 25 books during 5th grade.  They will need to read 30 minutes at home each night for 180 minutes total each week to Meet Standard of "3" - 200 minutes or more per week Exceeds Standard for a "4"; parents must sign their child's PLAN BOOKS to verify that students have done the required reading.  PLAN BOOKS are DUE each MONDAY.  2)
Learning fifth grade math requires students to work hard in class, be willing to help each other learn, listen to their classmates explain their reasoning, and do homework every night.  By this grade, the expectation is that students know all multiplication and division facts through the 10’s.    3) Students will also have regular research homework through the State of the Week projects.  The first couple of projects will be done in class, after that, the expectation is that the project will be accomplished outside of class.  This year-long project gives 4 grades: Reading, Writing, Art, and Social Studies.  State of the Week projects are due each TUESDAY or WEDNESDAY, dependent on homeroom class and begins the week of 9/24.

I have a classroom website that can be accessed either from home or the public library.  It is a great place for to double check calendars, due dates, and assignments for both teachers as we have links to each others' webpages.  Parent letters, spellings lists, assignment directions, and other documents are on the site.  Bookmark the website in “your favorites”:

http://teacher.edmonds.wednet.edu/meadowdale/jdickson/index.php

MAJOR REMINDER! Our 5th grade classes will be a strong team of people who are responsible, respectful, safe, and caring.  Fifth grade is a great year to take advantage of leadership opportunities, try new things, and have fun.  In order to participate in extracurricular activities – including Field Day and Meadowdale Beach Day –students are required to complete 90% of ALL homework and class work. IN ADDITION, all 25 book summaries are required by JUNE 6.

Bi-Weekly Progress Reports go home every other THURSDAY.  The Progress Report is to be signed by parents and returned that FRIDAY by 8:40AM.  The purpose for the Progress Report is for all of us to stay in regular communication with each other.

5/1 - READING MSP
5/2 - 3 BOOK SUMMARIES DUE (TOTAL = 24)
5/3 - 6 NATIONS PRESENTATIONS
5/9 - MATH MSP
5/10 - MUFFINS FOR MOM 8:00AM in the Library
5/14 - BOOSTER CLUB MEETING @ 7pm IN THE LIBRARY - ALL ARE WELCOME!
5/17 - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS - Teacher Meetings
5/21 - SCIENCE MSP
5/22 - MUSIC ASSEMBLY - visitors from Canada @9:30
5/23 - OPEN HOUSE 5:30-7:30
5/24 - EARLY RELEASE @11:40
5/27 - NO SCHOOL Memorial Day
5/30 - LYNNWOOD POLICE CyberBullying Presentation @9:00
6/6 - 1 BOOK SUMMARY DUE (TOTAL = 25)
6/7 - EAGLE OF THE MONTH ASSEMBLY @9:15 in the Gym
6/10 - SAFETY PATROL FIELD TRIP 
6/13 - END OF YEAR BBQ/INTERMEDIATE FIELD DAY 1-3PM (attendance means 90%
               work completion by individual students)
6/14 - DOUGHNUTS WITH DAD 8:00AM in the Library
6/17 - BEACH FIELD TRIP (attendance means 90% work completion by individual
                students)
6/18 - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL Early Release @11:40

 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email or call me. Thank you!
 
Janet Dickson
dicksonj@edmonds.wednet.edu
425.431.3271