The end of the school year is near!

Below are the upcoming events for our 5th graders and parents. As you can see, the end of the school year is nearing an end, and we have quite a few activities planned. I will be doing final assessements the last week of May, sending report cards on the last day of school. I'm really going to miss this group of kiddos and I hope they come back to visit me often!!
Thank you to all parents who are volunteering for Field Day (May 30) and 5th Grade Celebration "Amazing Race". If you do not see your name below, and you would like to volunteer, please let me know and I will be sure to get you on the volunteer list.
Tee Shirts:
We will be tie dying tee shirts for our Amazing Race on Wednesday, May 21. Please send in a white tee shirt by Tuesday, May 20th with your child's name sharpied in black on the tag.
Field Day Volunteers:
We have the following parents helping at Field Day:
Alicia Wright, Ashlee Stone, Jennifer Walker, Steve Rutherford, Kim Kane, Ann Shelton, Terri Stevenson, and Shuree Chrysler
On Friday, May 30th, you would need to arrive at school around 9 and would be helping until around 11:30.

5th Grade Celebration "Amazing Race":
I have the following parents helping at Celebration 9-12:30:
Kimberly Christensen, Susan Moon, Alicia Wright, Jennifer Walker, Jerry Shelton, Shuree Chrysler, Terri Stevenson, Angela Angel
We still need around 2 more parents to volunteer to help with activities from 9:00 - 12:30 on June 3rd.
It is quite the event and will leave you with some great memories of your child's time at Discovery. We also need a couple of parents to send some fruit (watermelon, strawberries, grapes, cantelope, etc.) for the lunch we throw afterwards. We will be having pizza, chips, fruit, a treat, and drinks.

Science Fair:
Our Science Fair will be on Wednesday, May 28th. Boards need to be turned in on Thursday, May 22nd.
Parents are invited to tour the students projects in the gym May 28th from 1:30 - 2:30.Other grades will be visiting from 10-12 that same day.
Advancement Ceremony:
We will be holding our Advancement Ceremony on Wednesday, June 4th at 10:30 and want to invite all parents, grandparents, and friends to celebrate this milestone in your child's academic journey. At this time we will be handing out the Presidential Academic Fitness Awards, and celebrating other student accomplishments, and students' advancement to middle school.
21 - Tie Dying Shirts
23 - Heritage Middle School Visit 9:00am-12:00pm
26 - No School - Memorial Day
28 - Success Day
28 - Science Fair 1:30-2:30pm
30 - Field Day 9-11:30am
3 - 5th Grade Celebration Amazing Race 9:00am-12:30pm
4 - Advancement Ceremony 10:30-11:15am
4 - Last Day of School ~ Full Day


Busy, busy, busy...

We have several tests, large assignments, and events sneaking up on us....see below.

MAP and ISAT Testing

Reading MAP - Tuesday, April 29  (A.M.)
Math MAP - Tuesday, May 6 (A.M.)
Science ISAT - Tuesday, May 13 (A.M. and P.M.)
Language ISAT - Friday, May 16 (A.M.)
(5th Graders will also be taking the Middle School Math Placement Test sometime in May.)

We are having a few tests next week:
Causes of the Civil War - April 30
Math - Geometric Attributes, Perimeter, Area, Volume of 3d shapes
Language Arts are continually assessed during reading and writing activities

Heritage Middle School Visit
Yep...that time of year is here.  On Friday, May 23, students will be bussed to Heritage Middle School to tour the campus, meet some teachers, and preview the 6th grade hallways.  It is a thrilling event for students only.  If parents wish to tour, Heritage requests that you please make an appointment over the summer. 

Science Fair
Due May 22
Students were given the Science Fair project requirements.  (I'm sorry I cannot post the doc here at this time.  However, I will email that doc out to parents.) 

We will be hosting our annual Science Fair for parents and family members to come view the projects on Wednesday, May 28 from 1:30-2:30pm.  We hope you can attend!

Field Day
~Volunteers Needed~
Field day (for our grade) will be held on Friday, May 30 from 9am until 11:30am and we are in need of parent volunteers.  Mrs. Jensen has requested 7 parent volunteers from our classroom.  If you can help, please let me know right away.  I will also need to know if you want to stay at a station or travel with a group of students from our class from station to station.

5th Grade Celebration
**Students will need to supply a 'washed' white tee shirt by Friday, May 16 for our Tie Dying activity, scheduled for the following week.**  This tee will be worn during our 5th Grade Celebration.
~Volunteers Needed~
Each year, fifth graders get to participate in an event similar to the television hit series, "The Amazing Race".  We will need about 10 parent volunteers from our class to set-up and run stations from 9:30-12:30 on Tuesday, June 3.   Please let me know as soon as possible if you can help at this event.  We cannot do this activity without parent volunteers.

Advancement Ceremony
Mark your calendars!  Wednesday, June 4 at 10:30am (on the last day of school), we will be having our 5th Grade Advancement Ceremony.   At this ceremony, students will be given certificates and a few awards will be given for academics, physical fitness, etc.  This will be the last chance you have of getting pictures of your fifth grader at the elementary level!  It is quite an exciting time for all!

Please be aware that the last day of school is a FULL day and report cards will be sent home on that day.   If your child will not be at school the last few days of school, please let me know so I can be sure to get all necessary end-of-year items prepared in advance.


Marvelous March...

Supplemental Levy ~ Vote tomorrow!
Make your voice count by voting on the Supplemental Levy tomorrow, Tuesday, March 11.   Polls are open 8am to 8pm.

Trimester 3 Curriculum
You can find full curriculum outlines on the Meridian School District website:


Language Arts: 
Students will be reading more expository (informational) text; comparing/contrasting information; opinion writing supported by valid reasons and evidence; reading and writing poetry; understanding figurative language; demonstrating effective listening skills; continuing word study/grammar skills; and more.

Students will classify 2d shapes in a hierarchy; calculate volume of 3d shapes; converting units of measurement; plotting  on a coordinate plane; use algebraic thinking skills; and more.

Students will identify the layers of the earth; identify the rock cycle; explain how matter is recycled in the rock cycle; and more.
(*Layers of the Earth 3d model is due on Wednesday, March 19.)

Social Studies:
Elements of History, Geography, and Economics will be introduced, such as:  Civil War, Reconstruction period, and Westward Expansion; slavery, industrialization, and transportation; map skills; and more.

District Art Collection Project
This week is the week for students to submit any art project of any media type, including 3d items, photography, or more, to compete for the District's art collection contest.  Students can submit art completed in class or from home.  

Tech Night
Friday, March 14 is Discovery's Tech Night from 6-8pm.  Come enjoy a fun night with your family, experiencing the technology our 21st century school uses daily! Our fabulous PTA, parents, and staff have an amazing night planned, including raffle gift baskets, great food, and fun events.    We are looking forward to seeing all of you there!!

Book Fair/Art Walk
Next week is our Spring Book Fair, March 17-20, with the Art Walk on Wednesday, March 19,  3:50pm - 7:30pm. 

5th Grade Music Program
Parents, grandparents, and family members are invited to the 5th Grade "America's Music" Program on Thursday, March 20 at 11am.  It will be a great performance you won't want to miss!

Spring Break
Yep....it's almost here.  Spring break is March 24-28.  Have a fun break!