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A Message from Mr. Sasse

Dear Families,

For many of us, these last few weeks have been a stressful and difficult time. My first concern is for the health and safety of your student and family, and I hope that all is well in your homes. This week, teachers in Glendale (and around the country) have been having online meetings to plan and prepare for the weeks ahead of “virtual” and “remote” learning. This is new for all of us, and I ask for your patience and understanding while we work through these challenges together. I miss my students, and I look forward to being back in the classroom with them again. This week is considered an “extended spring break” for students based on the district’s guidelines. We will begin remote instruction on March 30th. If you have any questions, concerns, or if you just want to reach me, please contact me. I am available daily via email and ClassDojo from 8am – 3pm.

A special video for Students, from Mr. Sasse:

 

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January Newsletter

Welcome families to 2020, and to the second half of the school year! It’s hard to believe that fifth grade is already halfway over! Promotion is just 91 school days away.

At this point in the year, the fifth grade team will start placing greater emphasis on getting the students ready for middle school. Additional responsibilities and assignments will help to prepare them for this transition. Please help your fifth grader at home by helping them to remember their homework, lunches, backpacks, and other essentials before they leave for school.

Speaking of the transition to middle school, on January 28th we will be going on a field trip to Toll Middle School. Students will take a tour of the school and learn more about their elective choices for 6th grade. Please be on the lookout for the permission form that will be sent home this week in Thursday folder (along with the 50 states test and fast fact friday tests).

Also coming up this month are graduation photos and the fifth grade panoramic picture. More details will be coming home soon.

January is a very busy month for us, and it will lead into a very busy spring as we prepare for open house, state testing, and fifth grade promotion. Please make sure to check the website and weekly announcements to stay up to date on what we have planned. As always, please feel free to contact me if you need anything.

Happy New Year! πŸ™‚
– Mr. Sasse

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Newsletter #5

Hello Families! Here’s our weekly newsletter.

Math
Today we took our Topic 3 math test on multiplication basics. For the next few weeks, we will be focused on multiplication and division with decimals. These are known to be very challenging for students, and it is important that students who are not fluent in their math facts and times tables practice them every night to improve their accuracy. Β Dollar Tree and Target both sell multiplication flash cards your child can use at home to practice. There are also online games and videos they can use to help practice.

Reading
We began Unit 2 of our new Benchmark Reading program this week. For the next two weeks, we will be reading excerpts from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. We also are starting our first book report, please make sure your child is choosing a biography to read at home as we get ready for our biography book report. More details about the project can be found here.

Science
We are currently learning about food chains and food webs and where living things get their energy from. Our first science project will be coming up in the next few weeks, stay tuned.

Social Studies
We continue learning about the history of slavery in the United States, as it ties into our Benchmark Reading. We are also learning about major historical figures such as Harriet Tubman and Dred Scott. Finally, we continue our focus on the 50 states and capitals as well.

Reminders
The move-a-thon is coming up on November 1st!

 

Have a great weekend everyone! πŸ™‚

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Newsletter #4

Hello Families! Happy Friday. Here’s our weekly newsletter.

Math
Today we took our second math test of the year.
Next week, we begin two of the more challenging units for the year, which focus on fluent multiplication. If your child does not know their multiplication facts by memory, please spend time having them practice their math facts at home. Dollar Tree and Target both sell multiplication flash cards your child can use at home to practice. There are also online games and videos they can use to help practice.

Reading
We are continuing Unit 1 which is about the US Constitution and how it has changed over history. Next week we will be taking our first reading test. We began reading Wonder this week together in class. We will begin our first book report next week.

Science
We are currently learning about food chains and food webs and where living things get their energy from. Our first science project will be coming up in the next few weeks, stay tuned.

Social Studies
We continue learning about the history of slavery in the United States, as it ties into our Benchmark Reading. We are also learning about major historical figures such as Harriet Tubman and Dred Scott. Finally, we continue our focus on the 50 states and capitals as well.

Reminders
Picture day is coming up on October 7th. Order forms were sent home in Thursday Folders yesterday.

 

Have a great weekend everyone! πŸ™‚

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Newsletter #3

Hello Families! Happy Friday! We had a very productive week this week and took our first math test.

Next week, we will be working on adding and subtracting decimals (think adding and subtracting money). To help your child practice, at home, you can ask them to add or subtract values of money. When shopping, talk with them about how to add and subtract how much money is being spent in the store.

We will also be starting Week 1 of our new Benchmark Reading program. Please remember that this is a brand new program and it will take everyone time to adjust.

Finally, we are getting the fifth grade shirts ready and need to know shirt sizes. Please write down your child’s t-shirt size for them so that they can order the correct size. You may wish to order 1 size larger than normal so your child can grow into this shirt. These shirts are provided free of charge to fifth grade students and are paid for using school fundraisers (including movie nights, doughnut sales, and other fundraisers).

Thank you all for a wonderful week and have a great weekend!

PS: Your child isn’t lying, there really is no homework this weekend. πŸ™‚

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Weekly Newsletter #2

Hello Families! Happy Friday. This short week is coming to a close. πŸ™‚

This week, we continued working on decimal place value in math. If your child is struggling at home, here is a video that may help explain the concepts:

 

 

Next week, we will be taking a deeper look into rounding and place value in math.

In Language Arts, we focused on Author’s Purpose this week, and took a quiz on our understanding.

We started our SportsForLearning program this week, which many students told me was their favorite part of the week.

Next week we will also be starting the fifth grade 50 states assignment. More details to come soon. We will also be starting our daily ELD rotations next week. Some students will be switching classrooms.Β Finally, next week our class will visit the Columbus library for the first time, and we will begin reading logs.

Finally, ClassDojo codes were sent home today to all students. Please connect with our class on ClassDojo for quick messages, class updates, and more. Enjoy your weekend!

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Friday Newsletter

Hello Families!

We had a great first week of fifth grade. Today, we did a science experiment to learn more about surface tension:

https://vimeo.com/355638793

This was also a time that we learned how to collect data. Some students got 20 drops while others got 30. We asked ourselves why this was and investigated what causes us to have different answers. Next week, we will investigate what happens if we use a different liquid.

 

We will begin our i-Ready testing next week as well as regular nightly math homework. Fifth grade math has a heavy focus on fractions and decimals.

 

I want to invite all families to attend Back to School Night. The event begins at 5:45pm on Thursday, August 29th.

August 30th will be a minimum day, fifth grade students go home at 12:26pm.

Upper Grade Parent Night (4th and 5th grade students and parents) will be on Tuesday, September 3rd, from 5:30-6:30pm. I would highly encourage all families to attend!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me. Have a great weekend! πŸ™‚