5S HOSTS: WHAT'S OUR WORK?
APRIL VACATION- April 17, 2015 to April 23, 2017
REVOLUTION: April 18th- "On the 18th of April of seventy-five, hardly a man is now alive who remembers that famous day and year." We will be on vacation, but 5S can make note of this while they ride and walk and do their own revolutionary activities.
EARTH DAY: Saturday, April 22nd is Earth Day! There will be a March on the Boston Common to focus on Climate Change- see link for the kids March HERE- What are your ideas for earth protection?
FIELD TRIP: Tuesday, April 25th - 5th grade goes to Museum of Science to get hands on experience with science topics we do in school.
EARLY DISMISSAL FOR CONFERENCES: Wednesday, April 26th!
Lunch will be served. 12:40 Dismissal.
On Tuesday, 5/2/17, 5S heads to Farm School and returns on Wednesday, 5/3/17
5H goes on Wednesday and comes back Thursday and 5K goes Thursday and comes back Friday.
Here is the link to the Farm School's webpage:
What to Bring to the Farm School:
In case you don't have the packing sheet, below is the list we were given.
EARLY DISMISSAL: Tuesday, May 2nd: 12:40 Dismissal. 5S will be at Farm School on this day.
SPRING FAIR: - Wednesday, May 24th/Rain date Thursday May 25th
MEMORIAL DAY- Monday, May 29th, No School
5th Grade MCAS - SCHEDULE
5S Spring Conference Dates - These times are also posted on the PTC FAST sign-up page.
5th Grade MCAS - English Language Arts Tests
12:40 Dismissals for Optional Spring Conferences - 5S times will be posted on
PTC FAST online sign-up soon. Lunch is served on those days.
APRIL VACATION- April 16, 2015 to April 21, 2017
DRISCOLL SCIENCE FAIR IS THIS SATURDAY 3/11/17:
Come see Yiannis and his sister and their "sweet" Maple Syrup experiment! It's an inspiring and community filled day.
5th GRADE SPELLING BEE:
BHS on 1 pm. Our very own Josh Grayson is participating.
CLOCKS CHANGE - Extra snack and sleep needed!
Clocks spring forward Sunday, March 12th. The good news is that we will not spend as much time in the dark. The hard news is that it is more difficult to get up an hour earlier. I find students need extra snacks on those first few days. Being tired makes them a bit hungrier.
PI π PIE
Tuesday is Pi π Day. It is March 14th.
March 14th is 3/14 and 3.14 is the first part of the math numbers in Pi π
5S will celebrate this mathematical day
related to decimals and geometry by singing and reciting the digits of pi and eating pie. Students are welcome (but not required) to bring in pies (no nuts please.)
We might end up with a snow day, and if we do, we will celebrate Pi day on Wednesday. Below is information about PI- who knew so many people had such creative ways of thinking about it.
Yes, it's true. The bird of the month is the Northern Red Cardinal- HERE IS a recording of our BIRD OF THE MONTH-The Northern Red Cardinal
SECRET AMIGO'S. In lieu of commercial Valentine's Day, 5S will participate in something called 5S Secret Amigos. Please help us to make sure all 5S Secret Amigos get their clues, compliments and the tchotchke for our Tuesday ceremony. For the Secret Amigo guidelines and information CLICK HERE ****** Please note, due to the three snow days, we will have an updated schedule. Please click the information or go onto Google Classroom!
CHINESE NEW YEAR ASSEMBLY:-Thursday, 2/16/17 You are invited to come join Driscoll as we celebrate Chinese New Year. It's the year of the Rooster. According to tradition, the year of the rooster (a bird!) means a year of loyalty, commitment, hard work, and strong family connections!
GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT: Beginning February 17th is the Great Backyard Bird Count. It happens throughout the world! I am hoping that everyone or almost everyone will be able to participate as we focus on birds throughout the year. I realize many of you will be away, but you can still join in.
LINCOLN AND GETTYSBURG:
CCC DAY- Friday, 2/17/17: CCC day stands for Cozy, Completions and Choice. On all Fridays, before a week-long vacation, if 5S students want to wear something cozy to school (like pajamas) that is allowed. We will have a chance to work on the river table, read, and complete projects in a leisurely way before heading into vacation.
Happy New Year! 5S came back from our break full of their ususal spunk, curiosity and thought provoking ideas. I took some photos of them interviewing each other while learning about 'follow up' questions during our first morning meeting in the new year. Unfortunately, it seems there was some kind of bug going around during vacation that got many families sick. If that was true for you, I hope it's gone now and you and your family members are feeling better. We will do what we can to keep 5S healthy as we head into the winter months.
One way to stay healthy is to eat right, sleep right and get enough exercise. If you ever find that homework is getting in the way of any of those items, please let me know. I try to make homework something that inspires and gives energy.
Speaking of energy, as we start the New Year, 5S will be launching our study of energy. 5th graders in Brookline used to focus on light and sound. Now we are transitioning to an interesting unit on the transfer of energy between light, sound, heat, electricity, chemical energy, and energy of motion. I am going to tie this unit into our focus on environmental protection.
5S will continue our yearlong focus on birds. Last year, 5S found out about a live cam of an eagle's nest in Washington D.C. This year the mother and father are back (their names are Mr. President and First Lady) and soon, they will probably lay their eggs. We have been watching them and taking notes about their behavior during class. It's exciting when they come crashing back into the nest with fish and other objects to keep them and their future offspring healthy. We will keep working on our bird sanctuary so birds in our neighborhood will have something to eat as the weather and snow make life harder. And, we will be designing and building items for our colonial village on the river table. If your family has some of the following supplies, please send them in. I can get some, but just in case you have them, I thought I would let you know:
The river table will be in the same scale as Legos 1-48
1 inch =48 inches (4ft)
1.5 inches = 6 ft
2 inches = 8 ft etc.
I also wanted to make sure you know about the following up and coming events:
Bird of the Month = Wild Turkey
We will see the amazing movie 'My Life as a Turkey'
Tree of the Month = Maple
Word of the Month = Wonder
Anniversary of Gettysburg Address
Today, November 19, 2016 is the 153 Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. Yes, seven score and 13 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln gave one of the best speeches in U.S. history. The words in this speech, do not grow old. In fact, they seem to rise up and answer current problems. Click here to read the different versions. In February, 2017, as we consider 'Presidents day" 5S will be learning and memorizing portions of the speech. Stay tuned !
EARLY DISMISSAL/GIVING THOUGHT TABLE
HOME-SCHOOL CONNECTION - The latest HSC is due the Monday after Thanksgiving break.
Due to our continued study of birds and in honor of our bird of the month, 5S will be watching a highly educational and beautifully filmed Nature Video called, My Life as a Turkey. I (Ms. Stark) think EVERY Brookline citizen should watch it to have a better understanding of our fowl neighbors. Below is a little excerpt about the film.
My life as a Turkey is based on a true story about a naturalist scientist named Joe Hutto. Joe has a bowl of wild turkey eggs left on his front porch. When the chicks emerged from their shells, they locked eyes with Joe who then became an unusual but dedicated mother. Set in the wilds of Florida, Hutto spent each day living as a turkey mother, taking on the full-time job of raising sixteen turkey chicks. He cared for his family around the clock for almost two years. They revealed their surprising intellect and language.
It is amazing to learn how intelligent these birds are. One also sees how each turkey has its own personality. The movie does have sad parts as some of the 16 do not make it, but most of them do and it’s an amazing journey along the way. Based on the fact that many of us have had many more interactions with wild turkeys over the last few years, it seems like an important movie to watch. I imagine it will make everyone look at wild turkeys with new eyes. Here is the link: My Life As a Turkey- Full Episode
MIND UP: Beginning this Monday, our wonderful guidance counselor, Ms. Hibbert (formerly known as Ms. Gross) will be working on a curriculum with 5th graders called MindUP. The program integrates mindfulness training with a better understanding of neuroscience. Our main goal has been to give students tools for staying focused and calm, especially when they feel frustrated or under pressure. More information will be sent out as we go along.
BBC- MEET YOUR BRAIN- CLICK HERE
BBC- MANAGING STRESS- CLICK HERE
*Note: My biggest problem with the videos are the lack of noses.
BIRD SANCTUARY BENCH: 5S is developing a bird sanctuary in the back of the school. Last year, 5S purchased a bench for the area in order to dedicate and launch the project. This Wednesday, after school, the bench will be cemented into the back area. I have been meeting with a landscape designer to develop plans for the area and the head of the Brookline Parks and spaces is working with us to put some of these plans in place. If you have knowledge in this area, please let me know.
Happy November! 11/1/16