5th Grade Ms. Lee and Mrs. McPherson - January and February News Letter
1. Phonics/Reading: Lexia http://www.lexiacore5.com
2. Math: SplashMath www.splashmath.com/parent-connect
3. Reading and Math; MobyMax –wonderful for students who need to work on the fact fluency and/or sight word practice (Fry sight words) www.mobymax.com/signin
4. Math: Prodigy- www.prodigy.com
· January 7 – March 1, Walk in Sisters Shoes: HSCA students are asked to make donations for this cause.
· No School, Friday, January 18 through Monday, January 21, 2019.- Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.
· Late Start Every Wednesday.
· January 25, HSCA, Birthday Celebration.
· January 27 – February 1, Catholic Schools Week.
· February 5, Diocesan Spelling Bee
· February 8, Progress Reports sent home.
· February 26, 7:00 pm, Black History Month Program. Students are to arrive early in their Sunday best attire.
· No School – Friday, February 15 – Monday, February 18, President’s Day
· February 21, Muffins for MOM, 7:15 am – HSCA Library.
Parents: Many people are involved in the process of growing up a child. Pray that God will bless and protect your community and that many of your neighbors and friends will affirm the important values that you are teaching in your home.
Students: You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor. James 3:18
December 17 Homework Assignment:
Dear Lord, don't let us miss You this Christmas season. Help us to simplify our activities and traditions so we can focus our celebration on Your birth. Thank You for being the Prince of Peace, and I ask You for that supernatural peace to reign in our hearts. Thank You for the simple but life-changing message of Your love for us.
In a world where worry, not peace, prevails, stir up that good news again. This Christmas, make it real in our hearts. Never have we needed Your joy and peace more than now. Thank You for the gift of Jesus, our Immanuel, the Word made flesh. Forgive us for forgetting—that Your love never changes, never fades, and that You never abandon the purpose for which You came: to save us from our sinful condition, and to give us life eternal, the joy of relationship with a holy God. Your birth—and Your death—sealed Your promise to us forever.
November News Letter, Mrs. McPherson & Ms. Lee, 5th Grade
· 10/26 – Late Start (Every Wednesday)
· BMPH is due every Tuesday, signed by an adult
THE IMPORTANCE OF READING AT LEAST 30 MINUTES A DAY
Reading with your children 30 minutes a day is important. But why is it so important? Here are some big results you can expect when you commit to a daily reading routine with your children.
Reading is a great way to spend quality time with your children. From nightly bedtime stories to trips to the library, your children will look forward to spending this one on one time with you every day.
Practice makes perfect
The more you and your child read together, the more they will improve their vocabulary, comprehension, and sight reading skills. A reading routine goes a long way in building these reading foundations.
Do you hear what I hear?
Reading to your child boosts their listening skills, which are important for later reading and understanding. Listening to a parent read aloud helps children increase their ability to concentrate in school.
Get ready for school
If you want your child to walk in to their first day of school ready to succeed, the best thing you can do is read to them each day. This reading routine builds their vocabulary and benefits them when they start reading on their own.
Know it all
All subjects, including science and math, require reading and comprehension skills. In fact, when kids read more outside of school, they have higher math scores.* Reading is an essential part of education from kindergarten through college no matter what you are studying, so starting early and reading often will set your children on the path to academic success
Stop and give me 30 – exercise your brain
We all know the importance of exercise for the body, but it’s just as important for the mind. Reading every day builds new brain synapses and forges new connections. One study shows that reading instruction can cause the brain to rewire itself and produce new white matter, and it improves communication throughout the brain.**
Reading is just what the doctor ordered
The American Academy of Pediatrics promotes that “Reading regularly with young children stimulates optimal patterns of brain development and strengthens parent-child relationships at a critical time in child development, which, in turn, builds language, literacy, and social-emotional skills that last a lifetime.”
· Be Safe and Forever Prayerful
Good Reads for 9 – 12 Year Olds
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O’Brien
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Lois Sachar
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater
My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
Stuart Little by E. B. White
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
Battle of the Books Book List
Save Me a Seat
Sarah Weeks and Gita
Carlo Collodi (Puffin Classics Edition; Translation by E. Harden)
A Long Walk to Water
Linda Sue Park
Anything But Typical
Nora Raleigh Baskin
The Boy on the Wooden Box
You’ll Like It Here, Everybody Does
The Last Boy at St. Edith’s
Lee Gjertsen Malone
City of Ember
The Misadventures of Maude
Island of the Blue Dolphin
Patricia Reilly Giff
A Snicker of Magic
Hana’s Suitcase , Karen Levine
5th Grade August and September News letter
Ms. Lee and Mrs. McPherson’s Class 2018-2019
WELCOME BACK HOLY SAVIOE CATHOLIC ACADEMY 5TH GRADE STUDENTS!
5th Grade Classroom Procedure, Ms. Lee and Mrs. McPherson's Class
· Review Procedures every day for the 1st week after long every break.
The students will practice each procedure step by step with the teacher’s supervision.
The students will repeat each procedure until it becomes automatic.
Behavioral Intervention Support Team (BIST).
At HSCA the bottom line is it’s
Never okay to interfere with learning and it’s never okay to be hurtful.
(Interfering with learning means you are disruptive or being hurtful)
The expectations are:
With these two beliefs ingrained is the SAFE SEAT is an early non-punitive intervention.
What a SAFE SEAT does is:
1. Get the acting out to stop.
2. Gives time for the student to calm down and manage his/her feelings.
3. Helps the student take responsibility for what he/she did.
4. Come up with a plan to manage the behavior in the future.
In the BIST program there are placement options:
1. Classroom Seat
2. Safe Seat – Think Sheet
3. Buddy Room – Think Sheet
4. Principal’s Office – Think Sheet
HSCA Behavior Intervention Support Team (BIST) allows caring adults to confront disruptive behavior with grace and accountability. Our common goal is to provide every student with a safe and productive learning environment.
· Early Intervention (When)
A student will be asked one time per activity to stop a behavior that is disruptive or hurtful. Adults will intervene in a quick, kind, calm and firm manner if a student cannot meet this expectation.
Caring Confrontation is a language of partnership when intervening with a student’s disruptive or hurtful behavior. The intent of Caring Confrontation is to create awareness for the student, provide an opportunity to meet the standard, and partner with the adult.
· BIST Plan (What)
A BIST plan provides an opportunity for the adult and student to identify the missing skill, develop a partnership towards change. Teaching replacement skills and practicing the Goals for Life helps students manage their behavior toward life change.
· Teachers must Outlasting the Acting Out
This includes maintaining a relationship, guiding the student to identify their level in the Continuum of Change (Noncompliance, Compliance, Partnership, Independence), and maintaining restrictions until the student is able to partner with and be coached by the adults.
Safe Seat: A seat in the classroom away from other students to help the student regroup, process with the adult, and join the class.
Buddy Room: A seat in another teacher’s classroom to help a student regroup, complete a think sheet, and process with the adult so they may return to the classroom safe seat.
(Recovery Room: A place in the school where students can go to practice replacement skills, stop acting out, calm down, prepare an apology, and create a plan to make better choices for themselves...Not Available at this time)
Think Sheet: A tool that the student completes to help him/her take ownership of the problem, partner with adults, and create a plan to be successful.
Processing: Questions the adult asks the student so he/she may take ownership, practice skills, and create a plan to make better choices.
BIST PLAN/ Target Behavior Sheet: A daily visual of goals the student is working on to help him/her problem solve.
Classroom Triage: Daily “check in” with an adult to practice replacement skills, assess emotions, establish focus about what it means to have a successful day, and formulate solutions if problems occur.
Class Meeting: Weekly meetings facilitated by the Teacher to help students solve problems, plan events and maintain a positive classroom community.
Goals for Life: Goals that we help students obtain so that they may have the life they want and deserve. Goals for Life are based on the following beliefs:
· I can make good choices even if I am mad.
· I can be okay even if others are not okay.
· I can do something even if I don’t want to (or even if it’s hard).
Procedure for Entering our class.
Procedure to Begin Morning Activities
Get out your pencils
Procedure for Responding to a Question (when the teacher has called on the student.)
1st The student will stand beside their desk. 2nd The student will answer the question. 3rd The student will sit down quietly.
Procedure when visitors are in the classroom.
Procedure for a Fire Drill
1. Line up Quickly and Quietly
2. Follow the Teacher
3. Keep, Hand, Feet and Objects to Yourself
4. Walk in a straight Quiet Line outside
5. Stay in Line, be Quiet the entire time
6. Follow your teacher back into classroom
Procedure for students seeking help from the teacher …
1st Raise your hand without talking. Ask your question when the teacher calls on you.
Procedure for Teacher Quieting the Class
Hands up Mouth Closed 1 Time; 2 Times; 3 Times (You should not have to go past 3 times. Stop and Practice if this happens.
Procedure for the movement of paper
1st Pass the papers across the row to the right side of you and place the papers on the last desk to the right of yours. The teacher will pick up the papers from the stack on the desk.
Give me FIVE:
(Freeze. 2 Turn and face me; pay attention and keep your eyes on me. Quietly, be ready for instructions. I will have something to say.)
Procedure for Class getting in Line to Exit the Room and/or go to Specials
1. Line up Quickly and Quietly
2. Facing Forward
3. Stand on both Feet
4. Stand directly behind the person in front of you
5. Follow the Teacher
6. Keep, Hand, Feet and Object to Yourself
7. Walk in a straight Quiet Line
Procedure for Class going to the Lunch Room
· Line up in ABC order
· Facing Forward
· Stand on both Feet
· Stand directly behind the person in front of you
· Quickly and Quietly
· The class will say the Grace before Meals
· Follow the Teacher to the Cafeteria
· Keep, Hand, Feet and Object to Yourself
· Walk in a straight Quiet Line
Procedure for Class going to Recess
1. Line up in ABC order
2. Quickly and Quietly
3. Facing Forward
4. Stand on both Feet
5. Stand directly behind the person in front of you
6. Follow the Teacher
7. Keep, Hand, Feet and Object to Yourself
8. Walk in a straight Quiet Line
9. Stay in Line until you are dismissed by the teacher.
10. Play with your class only in the area directed by the teacher.
11. The Equipment manager will pass out the equipment. You must bring in the equipment you took out.
Procedure for Class going Home
1. Line up in ABC order when the teacher gives you permission
2. UVS students go to Ms. Abair room and lineup she will take you to UVS
3. Go Quickly and Quietly Outside
4. Facing Forward
5. Stand on both Feet
6. Stand directly behind the person in front of you
7. Follow the Teacher
8. Keep, Hand, Feet and Object to Yourself
9. Walk in a straight Quiet Line
10. Stay in Line until you are dismissed by the teacher.
1. Stay only in the area directed by the teacher.
Procedure for Taking Cornell Notes
· Power Point presentation
Procedure when the Phone Rings
1. Remain Quiet
2. Continue to Work
Procedure for Heading Your Papers
1. Your Name, Subject, Date, Page Numbers.
What You Do When you finish All your Work
Work on your homework
Work on your BMPH
Read a book
Organize your folders
Study your multiplication facts
Review Equivalent Fractions
Review measurement Standard and Metric
Review Division Facts
Make a word find puzzle
Study and/or Write your spelling words 3 times
Create a picture
Review your Cornell Notes
September and October News Letter,
Mrs. McPerson’s 5th Grade Class
Prayer for Our New School
Almighty God, because we love our students because our hearts yearn for our new school, we cannot remain silent. We will not stop praying until their righteousness shines like the dawn, and oursalvation blazes like a burning torch. May we be called the Holy People and the People Redeemed by the Lord. May Holy Savior Catholic Academy be known as the Desirable Place. We cannot do this on our own Father, so I ask for Your help in the name of the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Mark the Date:
September 20: Goodies for Grandparents- 7:15 a.m. – HSCA Library.
September 22: 1st Quarter Progress Reports sent home.
September 27: Late Start
October 7: Red and Black Banquet @ the Wichita Marriott Hotel.
October 13: October Birthday Celebration.
October 31: No School – Parent Teacher Conferences, 8am-4pm.
“From everyone, to whom much has been given, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.” Luke 12:48