Reminders! We still need cans! Hoping for 100% PARTICIPATION!

Dear Families:

I know everyone is so busy this time of year.  I just wanted to give you a heads-up on a couple of dates to keep in mind.

  1.  Thank you to everyone who has so generously donated to our canned food drive for the Food Bank and the church’s pantry.  Our goal was 100% participation, and we are almost there!  The last day to bring in either canned goods or money is Monday.
  2. Our Qwest #1 vocabulary test for Hatchet will be on Tuesday, November 20.  Students have made their vocabulary flash cards and should have been studying.
  3. Our Social Studies Chapter 6 test will be November 27.  We have definitions for the vocabulary, Chapter Review questions answered, and have read all of the chapter.  Students should be reviewing all of this plus their Practice Books.
  4. There will not be a Spelling unit next week as it is such a short week.

Thank you for all you do!


Social Studies Chapter 5 test is tomorrow.

Math Test Chapter 3 is Thursday.

If your child is going to be absent Friday 11/9 or Monday 11/19 or Tuesday 11/20 PLEASE SEND ME AN EMAIL ASAP so I can plan accordingly.

Our canned food drive started today and will run until Monday, November 19.  Any canned or dry goods or money will be gladly accepted.

Friday is Field Day.  Field Day t-shirts will go home on  Thursday.

We will finish by 11:45am that day.

No Lunch but there is Aftercare.

Also, the first trimester ends on Friday.

Amazing Chapel!

So proud to be part of this community. I hope your children share many things about today’s chapel. Senora Van Straalen again did an amazing group! It was a FULL house!


Dear Families:

I have a few reminders for this week’s activities.

Reading logs will be due on Thursday, November 1.  All books read during October should be listed, and the pages read should be totaled.

Costumes may be worn on Wednesday.  Please make sure that it is a costume that can be worn all day.  No masks or face coverings, please.  Also no props like guns or swords.  If your child does not want to wear their costume all day, they may also wear a Halloween t-shirt or their regular uniform.

In celebration of Dia de Los Muertos, Ms. Garca will have an altar set up in her classroom.  If you would like to add pictures of relatives or friends who have passed away, please send in a picture to be placed on the altar.  Our school Dia de Los Muertos chapel will be on Friday.  It is a wonderful chapel to honor our relatives who are no longer living.

Students should be studying for their Chapter 5 Social Studies to be given on November 6.  They should be spending 10-15 minutes a day reviewing all of their notes and vocabulary as well as the three lessons in the chapter.

Monday, November 5 we will begin our canned food drive for the Community Food Bank as well as for our church food bank.  I thought I would give you a little heads up so when grocery shopping you can pick up a few extra canned goods or boxed foods.  This is such a worthwhile project that the school does, and our goal is to have 100% participation.  Money is also gladly accepted.

Thanks for all you do!

Ms. Hayward

9th Annual Global Read Aloud – Check out our Bulletin Board!


Global collaboration is necessary to show students that they are part of something bigger than them. That the world needs to be protected and that we need to care for all people.

The project was created in 2010 by retired teacher Pernille Ripp with a simple goal in mind; one book to connect the world.

We choose the book Amal Unbound to read to the 5th Grade from the book list this year.

From its humble beginnings, the GRA has grown to make a truly global connection with more than 4,000,000 students having participated.

The premise is simple; we pick a book to read aloud to our students during a set 6-week period and during that time we try to make as many global connections as possible.

Each teacher decides how much time they would like to dedicate and how involved they would like to be. Some people choose to connect with just one class, while others go for as many as possible. The scope and depth of the project are up to you. You choose the tools that will make the most sense for you; from Skype, Twitter, or Flipgrid to Postcard Exchanges and more. Teachers get a community of other educators to do a global project with, hopefully inspiring them to continue these connections through the year.

 So far we have sent postcards to 31 different schools in many states – including Kalamazoo, MI, St. Paul, MN, Willow River MN, Greenwood, MO, Portsmouth, NH, Wyckoff, NJ, Marcellus, NY, New York City, NY,  Irvington, NY,  Kill Devil Hills, NC, Oberlin, OH, Ruffsdale, PA, Dallas, TX, Spokane Valley, WA, Gloucester, ON. Now we are receiving postcards every day.



New Unit  – Sun, Moon and Planets

This week, students will trace their shadows in the morning and afternoon. They use this information to monitor the position of the Sun as it moves across the sky. After using a compass to orient a Sun tracker, students make hourly records of the position of the shadow cast by a golf tee. Back in the classroom, students will  use flashlights to reproduce the shadow movements. Students imagine an observer on Earth (their head) and position themselves around a lamp to observe day and night. They discover that rotation of Earth produces day and night.

Get ready for moon observations.  Look for their Moon Journal to come home…..

Finally #3 Our own NURSE HUFF

On October 3rd Nurse Huff gave an amazing demonstration of ‘germs’ and where they hide and how they spread! We know about hand washing but now we really know about hand washing! We also learned we HAVE TO KEEP OUR HANDS AWAY FROM OUR ‘T ZONE’!