Concert- this Thursday
Combined Fall Concert Featuring K-4 and 5-8 on Thursday, November 20th @6:00pm
K-4 students will arrive and gather in their respective classrooms by grade level. Please keep your K-4 child’s coat with you, as they will not be returning to their classrooms at the conclusion of the concert. 6:00pm
K-4 concert begins. 6:15pm
5-8 students arrive and enter through the side door by the art room. Parents may gather in the cafeteria until the K-4 concert is over. Students will gather in the following rooms to tune and leave their cases and coats:
- 5/6 Band: Mrs. Hans
- 5/6 Orchestra: Mr. Vieira
- 7/8 Band: Mrs. Adams
- 7/8 Orchestra: Ms. Venture
K-4 concert concludes. There will be a brief intermission before the 5-8 instrumental portion of the concert begins. Students in grades K-4 will be dismissed directly to their parents in gym at this time. Please do not “save” seats for your K-4 child; they may sit up front, sit on your lap, etc. (we need all the seats we can get for adult audience members!). Families of K-4 students are welcome to stay for the second half of the concert, or may choose to leave at this time. Approximately 6:45pm
5-8 instrumental concert begins. At the end of the concert 5-8 students will return to the classrooms to get their cases and coats.
Tale of Troy Play
Due to interfering weather, projects, tests, etc, the play has been postponed until January. We are hoping to finish writing it this week, do try-outs nextweek, and begin practicing in December. I will announce a presentation date by the end of this month. Anticipate a save-the-date for sometime in January.
Reed College Nuclear Reactor this Thursday, November 20th
Greek and Roman art and culture- December 17
January (Date TBD)- Mr. Paulk's commercial kitchen
We will be gaining a class pet soon (a rabbit) for a trial run between now and Winter Break. Wish us luck!
Homework and Lunch Detention
Children are expected to turn in their COMPLETED homework each morning upon entering the classroom. I will be checking for work at the door each morning. Students who are missing work will be required to stay inside during lunch to get caught up. Meaningful consequences (such as loss of free time due to poor use of work time) are an important tool in helping students grow up to be responsible students. If you have concerns, please communicate any concerns directly to me.
Students should complete their new words (with sentences and practice of spelling) and should ALSO correct any misspelled words on the day's test. Failure to complete Riggs homework is a common reason for students to miss lunch recess. Please check that your child has completed both aspects of Riggs each night.
PLEASE NOTE: They did not receive their Riggs test corrections this afternoon, so they are not held accountable to it tonight.
Yay, science fair! Students should be ready to begin experimenting this weekend. The next due date is December 15th. By this time they should have completed their experiments and have recorded their data and observations into their notebooks.
PLEASE SIGN YOUR CHILD'S checklist that is found in the front of their notebook. Anything they finish should be signed by you!
Special Bonus: Tshirt- We are doing a new and awesome Science Fair activity this year. Students will need to bring in a white t-shirt that they can draw and write on. T-shirts are due next Monday. Please check out your local Michaels, Target or JoAnn Fabric for an inexpensive, durable shirt.
- Feel free to write your child's name on the tag, so it doesn't get lost.
- If you need help getting a shirt due to time or money, please email me.
As part of our study of energy, students will be bringing home a small kit of free supplies including two lamp bulbs, some faucet aerators and a shower head. Please make an effort to read through the accompanying informational pamphlet and have students participate as fully as they can. This is a great way for them to learn how to conserve energy in a useful and tangible way! There is no cost associated with this project, but it is required that students complete certain aspects of it. I will go over this in detail in class, and will update you once I send them out. Expect to see these kits (brown box) before Thanksgiving.
Upcoming units of study
Religion- Short and sweet review of the origins of Judaism and Christianity
Ancient Rome- Unfortunately short and sweet review of Roman government and history
Middle School Meeting- For 5th and 6th grade, save the date January 8th after school
Do you have questions about our middle school and how it functions? Do you worry about transitioning your child into a traditional middle or high school? Staff will be holding a short informational Q&A for parents concerned about school culture and what it means to continue through middle school at CHPCS. More information to follow.
Facts 5th and 6th-
Middle school curriculum includes addressing certain aspects of social and personal growth and maturity. 5th and 6th grade will be holding Facts Class during the school day on December 18 (last day before winter break). More information to follow.
Our class has reached 28,810 words in 5 days of in-class writing! We have 8 more days of writing schedule in class, and students should be seriously considering working on their novel at home if they wish to meet their personal goals. This is not required. Students who are resistant to working on their novel during the school day may be asked to officially consider it homework. If this is the case for your child, I will contact you directly.
Grade book and Report Cards
Ah, yes. Our grade book should be up and fully functional soon, and you should anticipate receiving report cards... soon. Being new to our processes, I am still somewhat unsure as to when exactly you can expect them, but please feel free to contact me if you have concerns.