It has been a busy week trying to fit a lot into a short school week. We started using two new tools in the classroom that I think should be fun and engaging for our students. I set up our classroom on a blogging website called kidblog.org. It is a teacher-controlled blog website, where each student gets their own blog.
We will be using the blog in a number of different ways. First of all, it will be an avenue for students to publish finished work. For example, this week we finished up a short research project on an animal, and then students got to type and post their writing to their blog along with a picture. In reading, we did some vocabulary work using an app called Popplet, and then kids got to post their work on their blog. Another valuable feature is that students and parents can leave comments on postings, so students will be able to receive prompt, specific feedback in a timely manner. If you would like to see some of the work we did this week our blog page is www.kidblog.org/mrpacesclass-2 (apparently there's a Kyle Pace somewhere that got signed up before me). There is also a link from my classroom website.
I am also hoping to using the blog as a way for students to reflect on their learning. As we focus on "I can" statements, students can write a short reflection on what they can do, related to our standards, and give a short example of their learning.
Students should know how to log in and are able to access it from any internet connection. I am encouraging all students to log in and change their password to something more secure than the password I gave them.
I also got our class set up with a membership to a great spelling website called SpellingCity. I sent a letter home yesterday that should have come home that has more information, as well as your child's login information. Each week I will upload every student's individual spelling list. I already have their list for next week ready, and they can get a head start over the weekend if they would like. Please let me know if you have any questions.
The kids were very excited today to receive their BizTown job assignments. Not every student got one of their top choices. If your child is disappointed in the job that they have, please encourage them that it isn't necessarily about their job, but the whole experience. I haven't ever had kids that didn't have fun and enjoy their job.
Don't forget we don't have school tomorrow for the statewide inservice day, and next Friday is an early release day.
Have a great weekend!
It has been a busy week in the classroom as we are gearing up for our Biztown simulation in a couple of weeks. We held our classroom primary election for Biztown's Mayor. Congratulations to Alli D. who was elected by her classmates to represent us in the general election on Monday. One student from each of the three classes will give a short speech, and then the entire fifth grade will vote on our mayor.
We also had our job interviews on Friday. From what I heard, it was very successful. The interviewers were very impressed with how prepared and professional all of the students were. It was a good experience for the kids to experience what an interview is like. Ms. Luther, Mrs. Himmelright, and I are going to work hard this week to fill all of the job positions, and we will be giving employment letters to the kids by the end of next week.
We are going to have our fall harvest party the afternoon of October 31. Please let me know if you would like to be part of a planning team for the party. In the past we have had 3-4 different activities that the kids can choose from, with a parent or two at each station. It has been fairly easy to plan in the past, so please let me know if you are willing to help out.
Have a great weekend!
Thank you to those of you who made it to our back to school night. I know schedules are busy and not everyone is able to make it, but hopefully I was able to communicate what fifth grade will be like for your student this year. If you weren't able to make it, you can click on the link below to see my presentation.
Important Volunteer Info
Please let me know if you are able to be a parent volunteer for our trip to BizTown. The simulation date is October 25, and the mandatory training session is October 16 at 10:00am, or October 17 at 6:00pm. In addition, all volunteers must complete a background check before going. There is a background check form available online at the Archer Glen PAC website: http://www.archerglenpac.org/ . You don't even have to send any forms back to school. It can all be done online. Please let me know if you have any questions.
As part of our Biztown unit, each student will be applying and interviewing for their job. We are planning on conducting the interviews on Friday, October 5, from 9:10-10:10. We are going to need a few parents that are willing to come in and help interview students during that time. Please let me know if you are interested in helping.
I would highly encourage everyone to fill out the background check form. If you think there is the slightest chance you might come on a field trip, or do any volunteer work in the school, it is helpful to get it done ahead of time.
Have a great weekend!
This week we kicked off the Archer Glen Fun Run. Each student should have brought home their fun run packet yesterday afternoon. The fun run is scheduled for the afternoon of September 28. Mr. Wollmuth got the kids excited at our assembly yesterday and told the kids about all of the prizes that they can earn for raising money. The money that is raised goes directly to the students at Archer Glen by paying for field trips, classroom supplies, and technology equipment. Your support of the fun run is greatly appreciated.
This week we kicked off our Biztown unit. We started to learn about what it means to be part of a community, the difference between private and public goods and services, and taxes. Next week we will be learning about financial institutions, and how to write checks. The kids always love that part and get excited to be able to write checks for purchases when we visit Biztown.
The first of this year's Scholastic Book Order forms went home yesterday. I included multiple catalogs, and there are some great titles for as low as $1.00. I also included information for you to order online, which is the most efficient method of ordering. There is also a direct link on our classroom website. Just click on the Scholastic Banner on the right side of the page, and it should allow you to log in to our classroom page. Please let me know if you have any questions. Please send orders back to school or order online by next Friday, September 21.
This Tuesday is Back-to-School Night. The evening will begin in the cafeteria with Mr. Wollmuth at 6:00pm, followed by two sessions with classroom teachers from 6:30-6:55 and 7:00-7:25. With the change in conferences this year, we will not be having conference sign-ups like we have in the past. More information about conferences will be given on Tuesday.
Have a great weekend!
It has been a great start to the school year so far, and I have had fun this week getting to know the students in our class. I can tell they are going to be a great group. We did a cooperative group game the first day of school, and I have never had a class do as well as they did on their first try. I was quite impressed!
Please let me know if you have any changes to the email addresses you would like classroom updates sent to.
The district just launched a new website district-wide this summer. I have begun to build our new classroom website, and the direct link is ag.sherwood.k12.or.us/teachers/kpace. You can also navigate there from the main Sherwood School District web page. Two points of interest for the classroom website are the Home Connections and Classroom Calendar. All of the Home Connections are available in .pdf format and available to print at home should your student forget his or her math homework at school. I will also use the calendar to post when homework assignments are due.
You may have heard from your student about a website that we will be using this year called Edmodo. It is a social media-like platform that is designed to be used in schools. There is information on the classroom website for parents, as well as a student code of conduct that all of the students have agreed to follow while using Edmodo. You can also view those documents by clicking on the links below:
Please remember to only use the main parking lot when dropping off your student in the mornings. I know it can become congested, but the bus lane is not for student drop-off. Thank you for following this procedure for all of our students' safety.
Student Verification Forms
Please check your student's Eagle Folder today to see if I returned your student verification form. Please check for any highlighted areas that were missed when filled out, and send back to school next week.
This week Mr. Wollmuth's weekly update is being sent home in students' Eagle Folders. If you are not already receiving e-mail updates from the school you can register your email address on the Archer Glen Website homepage http://ag.sherwood.k12.or.us/home.
Also, next Friday is Archer Glen's Brown Bag Lunch day. Families are encouraged to bring a sack lunch and join us for a picnic lunch. Our lunch starts at 11:10 am, and cafeteria lunches will still be available for those students who purchase lunch at school.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Have a great weekend!
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