Friday, September 21, 2018

Week of September 17

We've enjoyed another fun week together.  Today we met Charlie Roscoe, who told us all about our Ugandan pen-pals from St Bakhita school. This is a part of our Responsible and Involved Citizen life role outcome.  Our students have always enjoyed receiving and writing letters with them.

In language arts and reading this week we set up our new Reader's Notebooks. We had some fun learning about personification. We took notes and looked for personification in our own books.  We also read and talked about our Friday Poem of the Week, "Backpack."  Afterwards we imagined what our backpacks would say to us if they could talk and a few of us even wrote some imaginative poems about our own backpacks.

Thank you so much for helping your child with his or her favorite book timeline at home.  We look forward to seeing them on Tuesday.

In math this week we continued our investigation of perimeter and area and also learned about the text features in our student reference book. This will help students be resourceful when they need to find information or get help.  Mr. Gross came in and introduced a new kind of challenge called Skyscraper.  Next week we will learn about Sudoku.

In science we began investigating what magnets can do and made some surprise discoveries about materials that we thought we magnetic but aren't.  We finished up our work learning about the brain with a Bill Nye video.  Bill! Bill! Bill!  The big message is that we can make our brain grow through experiences and practice, practice, practice.

Here are this week's secret words for finding out what your child did at school:  :-)

Tell me about:

  • paragraph writing
  • backpack poem
  • Mr. Roscoe
  • Prodigy
  • magnetic or not? brass? aluminum?
  • skyscrapers 
  • area/perimeter

Friday, September 14, 2018

Week of 9/10 Update - Please Read

Hi All!
We enjoyed meeting many of you at open house this week and look forward to seeing you again soon for goal conferences in October.

Your children continue to impress us.  They are polite, respectful and ready to go.  We love it.  We continue to learn routines and expectations for quality work.

In language arts the reading and writing workshops have been launched, Dance Mat typing is off to a great success, and we are getting to know the library.  We are enjoying our first class read aloud "How to be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days."  We figure by next week we should all be perfect.  :-)

In math class we've been investigating the relationship between the perimeter and the area of rectangles.  We've read "Spaghetti and Meatballs for All" to launch this problem.  We will be getting into our Everyday Math Journals next week as we begin to find the area of rectangles with fractional side lengths.  In science we've been learning about the brain and are just about to launch into our Magnets and Motors Unit.

Here are some possible conversation starters to get information out of your kids!  :-)

Tell me about...

  • Best Part of Me
  • writing graffiti
  • Dr. Silverfish
  • Dance Mat Typing
  • Prodigy
  • Mr. and Mrs. Comfort's problem
  • Me by the Numbers

Monday, September 3, 2018

Welcome Back

Welcome to Fifth Grade!

Hello!  We are so excited to work with you this year and can’t wait to meet you. Mrs. Jagolinzer (Mrs. Jag for short) will be one of your fifth grade teachers this year.  She will teach math, science and social studies, and Mrs. Conley will be teaching language arts and reading.

Mrs. Jag lives in Cumberland with her husband, their dog, Vince, and their cats, Ella and Louis.   Her younger son, Samuel, is a freshman at Gettysburg college and Ben, her older son, will be a senior at Kenyon College in Ohio this fall.   She has had a wonderful summer.  She and her husband spent time hiking, swimming, going to lots of concerts and she even was able to spend some time in New York City.

Mrs. Conley lives in South Portland with her husband and their three children.  Her oldest daughter, Shannon, graduated from St. Anselm in May and is a nurse at Maine Medical Center.  Patrick, Shannon’s twin, also graduated in May from SMCC and is pursuing a career in criminal justice.  Mrs. Conley’s youngest daughter, Kayla, will be a sophomore at Scarborough High School where she will play basketball and lacrosse. They, too, have enjoyed every minute of their summer.  Some of their special moments included family time at Higgins Beach in Scarborough, and hiking, kayaking, and biking in Acadia National Park, Grand Teton, and Yellowstone National Park.

We hope you and your family have had a wonderful summer as well.  We are looking forward to hearing about your summer adventures when you return to school on Tuesday, September 4th.  We will be working and playing hard this year.  Between Mrs. Conley and Mrs. Jag you can expect about forty-five minutes to an hour of homework each night.  Budgeting your time this year will be an important skill.  You can expect homework on Monday through Thursday nights with the weekends generally free for family and fun.

Fifth graders use their math facts every day. You’ve got a bit more time to play Yahtzee, cribbage, bake recipes, play Monopoly, or any other activity that helps you master your facts.  You can even call out math facts as you’re driving to the beach. ☺  We will use all of our multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction facts this year.  We know you can do it!

Mrs. Conley’s daughter, Kayla, just finished reading a favorite series of hers.  Mrs. Conley has read numerous books this summer and she is looking forward to recommending books to you this fall. Some of the titles include: Ghost, Sunny, Patina, and Slade House.  She is in the middle of a new fantasy series, Story Thieves and she has ordered all of these books for the classroom. If you haven’t had a chance yet to settle down with a good book, it’s not too late.

We will organize our school supplies during the first few days of school.  The school supply list can be found at The scissors that you bring in will be put into a community bin to be kept in the classroom.  Please place your headphones in small zip-loc bag labeled with your name.

Enjoy the last few weeks of your summer.  Rest, relax, and have fun.  We can’t wait to meet you.  It’s going to be a fun year!

See you soon,

Mrs. Jag & Mrs. Conley

Monday, June 18, 2018

Spring Poetry booklets

The students worked hard on a variety of poems this spring                                                          including I Wish, Poetic Thoughts, and color poems.  Many students chose to give the poems for Father's Day.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Only One You - 5th and 8th grade buddy community activity

 The students designed rocks for the landscaping for around town hall.  These are a few of them. We designed our ow rocks and messages with our 8th grade buddies.
 Our 5th and 8th grade activity is inspired by the book Only One You by Linda Kranz.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Great American Unit 2018

We had a very successful week reading and marking our traits in our biographies.

Reminder: Great American Night is on Wednesday, May 23 @ 6:00PM (Kids should arrive in costume at 5:55PM. Doors open to families at 6:00PM.) 

Week of May 7 - 11 Poster Option:
Typed at least four written parts of poster
  • ●  10 to 15 (interesting facts
  • ●  Short paragraph or bullets about why they are famous
  • ●  reasons for fame
  • ●  word splash of 3 traits
  • ●  two free choice items - remember these choices are on the descriptor. Many
    students choose quotes, word searches, and timelines
  • ❏  Printed all pictures and captions .... no less than 3
  • ❏  When you’ve printed all written parts, you’ve planned out your board making sure everything fits and is neatly designed.
    Started gathering items for costume to wear Great American Night
    My goals for this week are: *____________________________________________________ *____________________________________________________ *____________________________________________________ *____________________________________________________ *____________________________________________________ *____________________________________________________
    Poster/Presentation is due between May 17-22. It will be considered late after May 22.
    Reminder: Great American Night is on Wednesday, May 23 @ 6:00PM (Kids should arrive in costume at 5:55PM. Doors open to families at 6:00PM.) 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Colonial Craft Day - Poetry - Explorer Key Note Projects

Students read about their explorer and took dot jots notes for their projects.

Students are reading and responding to poems.