5th graders have been exploring the difference between a mixture and a solution.  They found that mixtures are easier to separate than solutions by using filters to separate gravel, diatomaceous earth, (crushed rocks, shells that make a powder), and salt from water.   The students also went outdoors to find out if they could find any materials that make a solution – they learned that essential oils and extracts are made that way.

To close out this week, students will observe and compare soft-drink solutions that differ in the amount of powder (water held constant) and in the amount of water (powder held constant) to develop the concept of concentration.

Next week we will continue to explore concentration using salt.  No tasting though!

Join us for STEM Night on Friday, February 8.  The fun begins at 5:30pm

A Note from Ms. Garcia.

We have almost finished with Chapter 8 in Social Studies.  This time there were Lessons 1-5.  There is so much information in this chapter.  I am giving everyone a heads up that the Chapter 8 test will be Thursday, February 7.  Students already have their notes for these chapters as well as the vocabulary and end of the lesson review questions.  It is so much easier to prepare for a test like this if they spend 10-15 minutes a night reviewing the material.  It would be an impossibility to try to review the night before.

1/22 4 Day Week!

Dear Families:

I hope everyone had a great three-day break.  It was nice to have that extra day added to our weekend!

Students received new book orders for January and February. Book Orders are due by 2/1, please.

We will be having our next Qwest #2 vocabulary quiz for Rules on Friday, February 1st.

The Little Mermaid will be performed this coming weekend.  Tennyson, Addy, Calvin, Samia, Kylie, Bella, and Sophia from 5th Grade will be in the production.  Everyone has been working very hard so I am sure it will be a wonderful production.

Math-a-Thon pledges are due on January 23rd.  You can either drop them off in the office or send them into me.

In Social Studies they are starting Lesson 4 in Chapter 8.  There are 5 lessons in this chapter so that means that it is not too early to start reviewing Lessons 1, 2 & 3.  Ms. Garcia has not set a date for the chapter test, but there is a lot of material to be reviewed so students need to be studying every night.

Have a great week!

1/14 Memo

Dear Families:

This week the students have a Math Test on Wednesday and their first QWest for the Lit Study ‘Rules’  on Friday so they should be studying a little bit each night.

We are looking forward to our Spelling Bee on Friday.  Preston Miller, Kallista Favre, and Owen Brosanders will be representing the 5th Grade.  Thomas Walsh will be the alternate.  We wish them all the best.  The Bee is at 8:06 in the Student Center.  They will be competing against 4th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.

Next Monday we will be off of school celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.

And finally, thank you, Hudson, for another Great Student of the Week Presentation!

Enjoy your week!


Students did very well on their final test for our Sun, Moon and Planets unit.  I have already graded them and gave them to their teachers.

We are moving on to our next area of study:  Mixtures and Solutions.  I will be sending home a letter in the Eagle Express detailing this new unit.  Here is a short summary of what they will be doing next week:

Students will make mixtures of water and solid materials and separate the mixtures with screens and filters. They then find that water and salt make a special kind of mixture, a solution, which cannot be separated with a filter but only through evaporation. Students are then challenged with a problem: how to separate a mixture of three dry solid materials. The investigation concludes with students going outdoors to see what natural materials make solutions with water.


Have a wonderful weekend.


Lisa Jamsion

1/7 Happy New Year!

Dear Families,

I hope your break was wonderful and relaxing!  Thank you all so much for your generosity.  I received wonderful Christmas presents and was so touched by your kindness.

We are starting a new literature study in Reading.  We will be reading the book Rules by Cynthia Lord.  We will use the same format of looking up vocabulary words and answering questions on each chapter.  We will still be practicing citing text evidence in our answers.

In Social Studies they are starting a chapter on the American Revolution. They will reinforce the concepts learned by watching the Liberty Kids series.

Progress reports will be handed out at parent conferences.   I look forward to meeting with everyone.

I  also look forward to a great 2nd half of the school year with your children.


Ms. Hayward


Happy New Year!

We will finish our unit on the Solar System with a test this Friday, January 11.  A short review will take place on Wednesday, January 9.

A new year brings a new unit.  We will be starting our Mixtures and Solutions module next week.  THIS is what they have all been waiting for: The mixing! The solutions!   I will send a letter home with a summary of the unit next week also.


Please contact me with any questions, thank you!

Happy New Year!

I so look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow! I hope everyone had a happy, healthy, and safe holiday break. I had a nice break and enjoyed my trip to Loch Lomond, California to visit my son who moved there last July.

We start off the new year with a lot of exciting things including a new literature study, the school spelling bee, and the math-a-thon!

We will meet at Parent Teacher Conferences where you will receive your child’s progress report. I will post a hard copy on my bulletin board tomorrow BUT those of you who read my email may sign up that way as well.

Ms. Hayward