Thursday, August 29, 2013

Leaning Towers of 5th Grade

The 5th graders were challenged to build the tallest, free-standing tower using only 10 paper clips, 2 pieces of paper, and 1 pair of scissors.  They were grouped up with one student from each 5th grade class and given about 15 minutes to design their towers.  Only a few teams were successful in building a tower that stood on its own, however, every team learned the value of teamwork, cooperation, careful planning, and having a willingness to try new ideas.  We have many budding engineers in this 5th Grade!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

First Day Highlights

What an incredible group of kids!  Energetic, kind, helpful, loving - the list can go on and on.  We are going to be able to spend so much time learning and exploring together.  We got to know a lot about each other through some of the activities we did today.

The First Test really taught me about those students who are going to be careful readers and workers...

Jake and Sam - only two who passed the test (I think Sam got a little hint from Jake based on the previous picture)
 Ask you child to tell you all about the tasks assigned on this First Test and why only two succeeded!

One of our themes this year is working together.  What better symbol to represent our teamwork and cooperation than a group of hands.  Each student traced their own hand and filled the outline with designs, pictures, and words that represent their unique experiences and personalities.  Come to Curriculum Night on August 27th to see our masterpiece! 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013


I can't believe the time has come to begin our adventure in 5th grade.  It was such a pleasure to meet some new friends and see some familiar faces today at Meet the Teacher day.  I greatly appreciate everyone's cooperation in organizing school supplies, touching base with me, and gathering the materials you needed to take home.  I wish I could have spent more time with each of you but sadly we were limited today.  Tomorrow will be a day to reconnect with classmates, make new connections, and begin our year of curiosity.  I want everyone to be ready to open their minds to possibilities and open their eyes to how they can make the world better.

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
-Albert Einstein