Fifth Grade Hotline

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    FIFTH GRADE HOTLINE

     MRS. MANY MS. DYCKMAN      MRS. ROSEN

    November 30, 2018

     

    Dear Parents,

    The Holiday season has come upon us so quickly.  We hope everybody had a great Thanksgiving break and we look forward to the December holidays!

     

    Thank you to the Hendrick Hudson Free Library who, through a grant, invited the fifth grade to visit the BioBus this month. The children loved this mobile science lab and learned a lot about the diversity and complexity of single-celled living organisms. What a great way to spend a blustery November morning.

     

    The children are finishing their first writing piece in Writer’s Workshop.  We can’t tell you how pleased we are with the work that they have done! While writing their personal narratives, they have each learned how to apply specific writing strategies that helped them to make their published writing the best it could be.  We covered techniques such as how to write attention-grabbing leads; how to elaborate using dialogue, action, thoughts and descriptions; how to make more powerful word choices, and the importance of ending pieces to give readers a sense of closure. Many of the children even added figurative language to their work!  The students will soon spend a good deal of time proofreading and editing their writing, which will allow them to continue to make revisions along the way. We will be publishing our writing very soon by celebrating and sharing our work. Your child’s self-edited writing piece will be coming home for review soon, along with the rubric that was used to score their work. Keep up the great work, Fifth Graders!  Extra help is available every Tuesday morning, at 8:30. In December, we will begin our first unit in Science – The Scientific Method. Stay tuned.

     

    During our Reader’s Workshop, children continue reading a variety of literary texts during partner reading time. They are learning how to dig deeper into the meaning of text, choosing one or two ideas to track and respond to. They practice how to develop their ideas by locating passages where their ideas live, then apply analytical thinking to further their interpretation of the text.  We are using Home of The Brave, by Katherine Applegate, as a read-aloud to help model this type of reading during each minilesson.  The children just love this story and look forward to it everyday. It is important for students to read 20 minutes (or more) every night and replace one night by completing an i-Ready reading lesson.

     

    The children have enjoyed creating and preparing their “We’re Moving Where” projects. They look forward to sharing their work and then moving on to learning about the first Americans. They are also enjoying researching and sharing their current events each week. Numbers 10, 11 and 12 are due in December. Please remind the children that if they are anticipating a busy week, they can begin their current event early, so that it is completed on time.

     

    In Math this month, we began Module Two, Multi -Digit  Whole Number and Decimal Fractions Operations. We started with mental strategies for multi-digit whole number multiplication. This included using multiples of ten place value patterns to solve problems.  We estimated anddiscussed the importance of estimating when multiplyingdecimals. This makes sure we have placed the decimal inthe correct place.  We then used area models, which leadus into standard algorithms.  We discussed propertiessuch as commutative, associative and distributive.   We will be moving towards division and decimal division. The latest multiplication facts quiz showed great improvement.   Please keep up the good work and continue topractice multiplication facts with your children. It isessential for your children’s success as we move forward. Extra help, in math, is on Wednesday mornings at 8:30.



    UPCOMING EVENTS:

     

    December 3rd Early Realease for students, 1:10

    December 6th FLG Winter Concert at HHHS, 7:30 PM

    December 11th FGL PTA Meeting, 7:30 PM

    December 10-13 FGL Holiday Shoppe

    December 24-Jan 1st Schools Closed for Holiday Recess




    HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

     

     

     

    FIFTH GRADE HOTLINE

    MRS. MANY     MS. DYCKMAN  MRS. ROSEN

    SEPTEMBER, 2018

    Dear Parents,

      Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year at Frank G. Lindsey School!  This is the first issue of a monthly fifth grade newsletter we call the Hotline.  This first issue will be sent home via hard copy as well as posted on each teacher’s website.  All other issues can be found on our teacher websites on the last day of school each month. In it, you will find out about what the children are learning each month, and upcoming events at FGL.  We hope you find these Hotlines to be informative. Please make a habit out of reading the Hotline each month, as it will be a continuous form of communication between us.

       Over the past several days, we have met the children and have gotten to know a little more about them. This year, Mrs. Many will be teaching Writing and Science.  Mrs. Rosen will be teaching Social Studies and a portion of the English Language Arts program. Ms. Dyckman will be teaching Math. All three teachers will be responsible for the Reading Workshop in their homeroom. The students have already met with the teachers and have begun to get settled into their routines.

      We explained the value of listening carefully and of using class time effectively.  We also discussed the importance of being organized; knowing what’s expected and having the proper materials to complete assignments.  We will be emphasizing the use of the Assignment Pad every day to help the children improve their organizational skills.  We ask that you review the assignments daily with your child, and sign the pad each evening.  From time to time, a teacher may write a note to you in your child’s pad.  Please feel free to include any notes to teachers in them as well.

      We held our annual Flag Raising Ceremony on Tuesday. It was the perfect opportunity for us to take the time to remember and reflect on past events, and gather as a community to pay tribute to an important symbol for our country.   Mrs. Torrisi and the students spoke about the history of the American Flag, and we all participated in singing the Star Spangled Banner, and Grand Old Flag.  

      Meet the Teacher Night was a big success last Thursday.  We met a lot of parents and spent a good amount of time reviewing curriculum, expectations and grade-level events for the year.  It’s always such a treat to be able to put faces to your names. We are looking forward to a healthy and productive partnership with each and every one of you!

       A Current Event is due in Social Studies every Friday, beginning on October 5th.  We began the assignment in class so that the children know what is expected. The websites that the students should get their current events from are posted right in the Google Classroom Assignment.   They are, dogonews.com; scholasticnews.com; newsela.com; and timeforkids.com.  There are links for Google Drive and Google Classroom on the Hen Hud Website under Community - for students.    The current event should contain five sentences. The first is the main idea sentence, which describes who, what, why, where, when and how the current event is taking place.    The second three sentences should contain details describing the current event in detail. The last sentence is the conclusion, which can contain an opinion. There is a graphic organizer and rubric posted right on the Google Classroom assignment.    The children will use the create button in the classroom assignment to create and post these current events in Google Classroom – but this can be done either at home or in school. The assignments should be named with the current event number and the title of the current event.

      The children are expected to read for 20 minutes each night. They will post the pages that they read and the title of the book right on the reading line of their Assignment Pad each night. Please take a minute each night to discuss with your child what they have read and then sign off on their Assignment Pad. Your child should always have a just right book in schoo,l as well. They will have a reading notebook in school where they will keep a record of their reading.

      Attached to this week’s Hotline is a note concerning the Homework Policy.  Please review this information with your child.  It is important that we work together to ensure your child’s completion of assigned homework throughout the year.

     

     Extra-Help sessions will be offered every week (excluding random Teacher Meeting days), for the following content areas:

     

    Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m. - Writing or Science with Mrs. Many

    Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. - Math with Ms. Dyckman

    Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. -  Social Studies / ELA with Mrs. Rosen

     

      Students are to inform Teachers ahead of time of their intentions of attending an Extra-Help session, as we will then know how many students to expect.

     

      We look forward to a productive and exciting year.  As always, we value the partnership that we share in your child’s education.    

    UPCOMING ACTIVITIES

      1. October 9th   7:00pm    5th grade PTA meeting
      2. October 9th 7:30pm PTA meeting
      3. October 10th 7:30pm Board of Education Meeting
      4. October 19th Cookie Dough Fundraiser Begins

     

    • October 22nd 1:10pm Early Release for Students

     

    1. October 24th -27th Book Fair
    2. October 24th   7:30pm Board of Education Meeting
    3. October 26th 7:00pm Halloween Extravaganza
    4. October 31st 2:00pm Halloween Parade



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    WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL!!

     

    FIFTH GRADE HOTLINE

    Mrs. Many   Ms. Dyckman   Mrs. Rosen

    January, 2018

    Dear Parents, 

    "Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” 

      It is hard to believe that 2018 is already here.  We feel blessed to come to work every day and teach your children.  Their curiosity, enthusiasm, and love of learning is why we do what we do. 

      The fifth grade team would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year!

      A special thanks to all our parents who contributed to our Holiday party.  It was a huge success. 

      The Winter Concert was a wonderful event, with music and songs that helped us to enjoy the season even more.  Thank you to Mr. Franck, Mrs. Hecht and Mrs. Correllus for leading us in this joyous event. 

      The Parent Ashokan Meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 30th, at 6:30 PM in the FGL Cafeteria.  At this meeting, we will hand out a packet which includes important medical information about the upcoming Ashokan trip, which will take place on March 7th - 9th.  We hope you will join us!

    Upcoming Events:

    •  January 8 -  FGL Chess Instruction  
    •  January 10 - Board of Ed Meeting, 7:30pm
    •  January 15 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day/Schools Closed
    •  January 16 - FGL PTA Meeting, 7:00pm
    •  January 19 - FGL Family Bingo Night
    •  January 22 - FGL School Spirit Week begins
    •  January 23 – Hen Hud SEPTA Meeting, 7:00pm
    •  January 24 - Board of Education Meeting, 7:30pm
    •  January 26 - FGL Bingo Night snow date
    •  January 29 - Early Release for Students, 1:10pm dismissal
    • January 30 - Ashokan Parent Meeting  at 6:30 PM

     

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!

     

     

     

     

     FIFTH GRADE HOTLINE

    MRS. MANY     MS. DYCKMAN     MRS. ROSEN

    November 30, 2017

    Dear Parents,

     The Holiday season has come upon us so quickly.  We hope everybody had a great Thanksgiving break and we look forward to the December holidays!

      In Math this month, we continued working on Module Two, Multi-Digit Whole Number and Decimal Fraction Operations.  We completed two and three digit multiplication several ways and the children are using what is most comfortable for them.  We used estimation to help us in determining where the decimal is placed in the product. We completed Mid Module Two Assessment and we will be moving on to division.  Extra help is still being offered on Wednesdays at 8:30am.  Please encourage your child to continue practicing his/her multiplication facts.  We will be having another facts test soon.

      In Social Studies / ELA, we are beginning our “We’re Moving Where” projects.     This year we are all completing a Google Slideshow in class using an outline.    Ask your child to show it to you in Google Classroom.  They are picking a place in the Western Hemisphere that is either in a Tundra, Desert, Grassland, Rainforest, or Mountain ecosystem.   The children will be researching how their lives will change if they live in the place that they have chosen.    They will work on their slideshows in class over the next two weeks and present them to their classmates beginning December 15th.   If your child is having so much fun with this project that they would like to extend it they are welcome to work on either a travel brochure or a model of their area at home and bring it in  when they present their slideshow.    Later this month, we will begin exploring the first people to inhabit the Western Hemisphere.      Extra help is available every Thursday at 8:30. 

      The children are finishing their first writing piece in Writer’s Workshop.  We can’t tell you how pleased we are with the work that they have done!  While writing their personal narratives, they have each learned how to apply specific writing strategies that helped them to make their published writing the best it could be.  We covered techniques such as how to write attention-grabbing leads; how to elaborate using dialogue, action, thoughts and descriptions; how to make more powerful word choices, and the importance of ending pieces to give readers a sense of closure.  Many of the children even added figurative language to their work!  The students spent a great deal of time proofreading and editing their writing, which allowed them to continue to make revisions along the way.  We will be publishing our writing next week by celebrating and sharing our work.  Students’ writing will also be added to a ‘classroom book’ that will be displayed and read throughout the year.  Your child’s self-edited writing piece will be coming home for review in the next few days, along with the rubric that was used to score their work. Keep up the great work, Fifth Graders!  Extra help is available every Tuesday morning, at 8:30.  In December, we will begin our first unit in Science – The Metric System.  Stay tuned.

      During Reader’s Workshop classes, children continue to read and enjoy a variety of literary texts with an emphasis on analyzing common story elements, such as character traits, plot and theme.  We are always focusing on vocabulary development: how to define unfamiliar words and locate vocabulary that is important to the given text.  The students are met in both small groups and during one-to-one conferences, which are customized to their individual needs to help reinforce comprehension strategies.  They continue to respond to text through a variety of written responses. It is important for students to read 20 minutes (or more) every night.  

     

    UPCOMING EVENTS:

     

    • Monday, 12/4    Early Dismissal for Students  1:10 p.m.
    • Tuesday, 12/5   FGL Winter Concert Dress Rehearsal    HHHS  /  9:45 a.m.
    • Wednesday, 12/6   Winter Concert @ HHHS  /  9:45 a.m.                                        
    •                                Winter Evening Concert @ HHHS  /  7:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday, 12/12   PTA Meeting  /  7:30 p.m.  /  Café
    • Wednesday, 12/13 BOE Meeting  /  HHHS Library / 7:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, 12/14 - Grade 5 Chorus to Peekskill Rotary-12:15 - 1:30 
    • Dec 25th thru Jan. 1st  SCHOOL CLOSED  /  HOLIDAY RECESS

     

     

     

     

     

    FIFTH GRADE HOTLINE

    MRS. MANY     MS. DYCKMAN     MRS. ROSEN

    October 31,  2017

     

    Dear Parents,

     

    We hope you were able to attend our annual Halloween Parade.  Thank goodness the weather cleared up for us.  We would like to thank all those parents for coming to the celebration afterwards and a special thank you for those who brought in treats.

    As November sneaks up on us, there are a few dates we would like to make sure you are aware of.   We have our Day and Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences on Tuesday, November 7th, from 9:00am to 3:00pm and Monday, November 13th, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm  Please go to “Pick A Time” and sign up. We also will be closed on November 10th, for Veteran’s Day and the 23rd and 24th for Thanksgiving.

     

    In Math, we completed Module One.  We took a Mid-Module Assessment and an End of the Module Assessment.  All the material on the Mid Mod was repeated again on the End of the Module Assessment, so the children had a great deal of exposure to this material  We have begun Module Two which is “Multi-Digit Whole Number and Decimal Fraction Operations”  We also took our 2nd multiplication facts tests.  Most children improved greatly.  Please encourage your child to practice their facts, because mastery of them are key.

     

    The children are working on Personal Narratives during Writer’s Workshop.  Each day, they spend a great deal of time writing, learning more about the writing craft as they write in their Writer’s Notebook.  After writing several entries this month, they were given the opportunity to choose one entry to elaborate on, revise and take to publication.  The children are learning more about story structure, characterization, how to bring out more meaning in their story and how to elaborate on important parts.  We will spend time learning more about using writing elements, such as figurative language and foreshadowing.  They are using rubrics and checklists to reach the writing goals that they have set for themselves.  They will continue to follow the Writing Process throughout the year.

     

    In Social Studies/ELA, we are beginning our Geography Unit. The children are working on becoming familiar with the countries, rivers, mountain ranges and other physical features of the Western Hemisphere. We have transitioned to working on our Readworks program, which are content area readings that reinforce reading skills on our Chromebooks each morning.  The children are able to complete their activity electronically, including highlighting and annotating their story.  They are then able to get instant feedback.  Social Studies homework will include a few Readworks questions several times per week, as well as their current event, which is due Friday.   Homework can generally be done on any web browser, a Smartphone, Tablet, Kindle Fire or any other device that has a browser.  If your child needs a paper copy of the homework, they can let me know and they will receive a printed copy for homework. They might also occasionally be asked to watch a short video on Google Classroom or their Discovery Streaming Account for homework.  Again, if they have problems getting to an electronic device that they can stream on, they should let me know and we can make arrangements for time to do their homework.

     

    UPCOMING EVENTS:

     

    1. November 7th No School for Students,  Parent/Teacher Day Conferences
    2. November 10th No School, Veteran’s Day
    3. November 13th Parent/Teacher Night Conferences
    4. November 16th Picture Retake
    5. November 22nd Early Dismissal, Thanksgiving Celebration

    November 23rd/24th No School, Thanksgiving Recess 

    FIFTH GRADE HOTLINE

    FIFTH GRADE HOTLINE

    MRS. MANY     MS. DYCKMAN     MRS. ROSEN

    SEPTEMBER 29, 2017

    Dear Parents,

     

       Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year at Frank G. Lindsey School!  This is the first issue of a monthly Fifth Grade newsletter we call the Hotline.  In it, you will find out about what the children are learning each week, and what events are coming up.  We hope you find these Hotlines to be informative.  The first issue will be sent home via hard copy as well as posted on each teacher’s website on the last school day of each month.  If you need a hard copy sent home with your child every month, please let your homeroom teacher know.  Please make a habit out of reading the Hotline each month, as it will be a continuous form of communication between us.

     

        Over the past three weeks, we have met the children and have gotten to know a little more about them. This year, Mrs. Many will be teaching Writing and Science.  Mrs. Rosen will be teaching the English Language Arts program and Social Studies.  Ms. Dyckman will be teaching Math. All three teachers will be teaching Guided Reading during Reader’s Workshop.  The students have already met with the teachers and have begun to get settled into their routines.   

     

      We explained the value of listening carefully and of using class time effectively.  We also discussed the importance of being organized; knowing what’s expected and having the proper materials to complete assignments.  We will be emphasizing the use of the Assignment Pad every day to help the children improve their organizational skills.  We ask that you review the assignments daily with your child, and sign the pad each evening.  From time to time, a teacher may write a note to you in your child’s pad.  Please feel free to include any notes to teachers in them, as well.

     

      We held our annual Flag Raising Ceremony on the 11th.  It was the perfect opportunity for us to take the time to remember and reflect on past events, and gather as a community to pay tribute to an important symbol for our country.   Mrs. Torrisi and the students spoke about the history of the American Flag, and we all participated in singing the Star Spangled Banner, and Grand Old Flag.  

     

       Meet the Teacher Night was a big success on the 25th.  We met a lot of parents and spent a good amount of time reviewing curriculum, expectations and grade-level events for the year.  It’s always such a treat to be able to put faces to your names.  We are looking forward to a healthy and productive partnership with each and every one of you!

     

      The Fifth Grade class will be going on a field trip to West Point on October 13th.  This tour is a combined bus and walking tour with a guide on our bus, who will tell us the story of West Point, its role in the Revolution, its famous history, along with stories about graduates who shaped our nation.  The tour will bring the Long Gray Line to the present as we learn of the cadet experience and West Point’s continuing role in training the leaders of tomorrow.  Three chaperones from each class will be attending, as per a lottery.  If you are interested in chaperoning for this trip, please reply on the bottom of the permission slip, which went home this week.

     

      Our D.A.R.E. program will begin on October 17th.  Students will be instructed on Peer Pressure, Ways to say “No” and information on substance abuse.  The program will run for eight weeks.  The Graduation ceremony for D.A.R.E. will follow shortly thereafter.  Of course, we will keep you updated.  This year Officer Sgroi, from the Peekskill Police Department, will be our D.A.R.E. Officer.  The children are excited and we look forward to another productive year of D.A.R.E.  Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact your classroom teacher or Mrs. Torrisi.

     

      We are beginning Current Events in the classroom. Beginning in October, a current event will be due in Social Studies every Friday.  Current events can be taken from any news source on the Google Classroom site, which now contains dogonews.com; newsela.com; and timeforkids.com. The current event should contain five sentences.  The first is the main idea sentence, which describes who, what, why, where, when and how the current event is taking place. The second three sentences should contain details describing the current event in detail. The last sentence is the conclusion, which can contain an opinion. The children will post these current events in Google Classroom – but this can be done either at home or in school.

     

      Students have begun working on their reading response journals.  These journals will remain in school for now. For homework each student will read 20 minutes per day, every day. They should continue to record the time read and the first and last page in their Assignment Pad.

     

       Attached to this week’s Hotline is a note concerning the Homework Policy.  We ask that you please review this information again with your child.  It is important that we work together to ensure your child’s completion of assigned homework throughout the year.

    Extra-Help sessions will be offered every week (excluding random Teacher Meeting days), for the following content areas:

    Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m. - Writing or Science with Mrs. Many

    Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. - Math with Ms. Dyckman

    Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. -  Social Studies / ELA with Mrs. Rosen

       Students are to inform Teachers ahead of time of their intention of attending an Extra-Help session, as we will then know how many students to expect.

     

      We look forward to a productive and exciting year ahead.  As always, we value the partnership that we share in your child’s education. Please sign and return the bottom portion of this newsletter and have your child return it to school.

     

    UPCOMING ACTIVITIES

     

    1. October 6th                      -  Emergency Drill – 15-minute Early Dismissal     
    2. October 9th                      - Schools Closed – Columbus Day
    3. October 10th                    -  FGL 5th Grade PTA Parent Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
    4. October 10th                                 -  FGL PTA Meeting, 7:30 p.m.
    5. October 11th                    -  Board of Ed. Mtg., HHHS Library, 7:30 p.m.
    6. October 13th       -  5th Grade to West Point
    7. October 16th                 - Early Release Day for Students, 1:10 p.m.
    8. October 25-28th              -  FGL Scholastic Book Fair
    9. October 27th                 -  Family Fun Night, grades 3-5, 7:00 p.m.
    10. October 28th                                 -  FGL Trunk or Treat, 9:30 a.m.
    11. October 31st                    -  FGL Halloween Parade, 2:00 p.m.

     

    WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL!!

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