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Welcome Letter


Welcome to Fifth Grade!  I am so excited to get to be your teacher this year!  If you're new to Sand Creek, you are going to love it!  Sand Creek is a great school.  I believe our year together will be filled with new learnings, some challenges, good times and lots of laughs.  You will learn some things that might be difficult for you, might be amazing to you, and might intrigue you and spur you to learn more about a topic that you've never thought about before. 

This year, we will have a Supply Drop-Off/Meet-the-Teacher day on Tuesday, August 7, between 4:00-6:00 pm. This will provide you the opportunity to meet me, find your cubbies, and drop off supplies. Back to School Night for your parents will be in August, but we don't have a date for that yet. Keep an eye on the school calendar for this event.

This year we are going to start the year off by learning about World Explorers.  Later, we will travel around our country with States and Regions unit.  In Science class, we will learn about life processes by exploring plants and animals and the human body.  During our Earth Science unit, you will be learning about renewable and nonrenewable energy.  You will learn to read nonfiction text and write a nonfiction report.  In American History you will travel through time from the colonization of our country through the Revolutionary War.   You will go to Mrs. Bound for History and Civics classes, to read a historical fiction novel and write an opinion essay.That makes 5th Grade fun; lots of variety!  

We give an important Math test the first week of school to help us place you in the best Math Class.  Based on your results, and other test data, you will be with either Ms. Bound, or myself for Math. Take some time this summer to continue to review your math skills so you will be ready for this test.  Here are some resources to help you:

Our classroom is upstairs.  You will line up on the ramp in the back of the building.  The bell rings at 9:05 and that is the time you come in and hang up your backpack and coat.  The second bell rings at 9:10; this is when we take attendance and lunch count and we start the day.  Our daily schedule looks something like this:

Our daily schedule:

9:05- 9:20  Check in and Morning Meeting

9:20- 10:00  Small Units

10:00 - 11:20  Specials

11:25- 12:45  Math

12:50 - 1:30 Lunch and Recess

1:35 - 1:35 - 3:45  Literacy and Science/SS Integration  (we will have an afternoon recess; we don't know the time for that yet).

4:00 Dismissal

You will be dismissed through the same doors you came in.  You will exit down the outside ramp to get to your bus, to walk home or to walk around outside to the car loop.  Nobody is allowed to exit through the front doors of the school.  If you meet friends, siblings or parents, please make your plans before you get to school.  Parents need to check your planners every night to see what your homework is and make sure it is getting done.  

Following is our supply list.  Having adequate supplies will make your days less stressful and help you to be more successful.  Pleas have everything labeled with your name in permanent marker before you arrive on the first day.  Thank you.

FIFTH GRADE 

COLORED PRESHARPENED PENCILS 12CT
CLASSIC FINE MARKERS
HEADPHONES 
2 GLUE STICK
 3 EXPO BLACK FINE TIP DRY ERASE MARKER
 1 BOX OF RECLOSABLE QUART BAGS 
 HIGHLIGHTERS
  2  TISSUE BOXES
 2  RED PENS
 48  PRESHARPENED PENCIL 
1   SCISSORS
 1  SOCK
  YELLOW POST IT NOTES
 4 WIDE RULED SPIRAL NOTEBOOKS
 1 RULER STANDARD & METRIC 
1 SHARPIE BLACK ULTRA FINE MARKER 
2  PLASTIC POCKET FOLDER
 2 LOW ODOR CHISEL TIP DRY ERASE MARKER 
 10 8.5X11 TOP LOAD CLEAR SHEET PROTECTORS
 1 CALCULATOR
 1 PLASTIC SCHOOL BOX 
1 PROTRACTOR 
1 1.5" WHITE VIEW VINYL BINDER
 1 SET POLY INSERT DIVIDERS 5TABS 10 POCKETS


To get ready for the first day of 5th grade,  be sure you remember those multiplication facts you learned in 4th Grade.  To review them, go tohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZ4qjYOixAg to watch the Schoolhouse Rock videos on multiplication.

 

See you soon,

Mrs. Stage

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