December Paw Prints - 12-16-2019
What's Happening in Fifth Grade

5th grade is off to a great start this year! We participated in our first round of Kids & Chemistry, thanks to our wonderful parent volunteers. Students learned about acids and bases and how they are like chemical opposites. Students used universal indicators to change the pH of solutions. We look forward to our next lesson!

In Math, we wrapped up our units on adding and subtracting fractions and decimals. We are now multiplying and dividing fractions and applying the processes in word problems. We continue to practice our math facts and to apply our skills to real-world scenarios.

Our fifth-grade scientists recently completed a unit on matter. We have thoroughly enjoyed the hands-on activities in our StemScopes curriculum. Students are very excited about our current unit on life sciences.

In Social Studies, we just finished learning about European motivation for exploration. This month, we are going to study individual explorers, their motives for exploration, as well as their influences on The New World. After reading about some famous European explorers as a class, students will dive deeper and research one in-depth, summarizing their findings and creating an artistic rendition of their explorer with a partner.

In April, fifth graders will take a field trip to The Grove in Glenview, an outdoor nature and history museum. We will learn about things such as Native American tribes, pioneer life, and we even get to explore in the oak forests and learn about local ecosystems! We will have hands-on experiences all day, such as making rope, grinding corn, and learning how to start a fire with a bow drill. We will do chores like the pioneers, and we will observe many creatures and learn about their habitats. We will also play games that the Native American children from this area enjoyed!

6th grade is just around the corner! After the new year, we will have a visit from Highland peer helpers. The HMS students will tell us all about what it is like at Highland, and the 5th graders will have the chance to ask questions. In May we will go over to Highland and take a tour of the building! This is an excellent opportunity to check out the 6th-grade wing, cafeteria, library, and specials classrooms.

Be sure to check out our class Twitter pages!

-Mrs. Lewis, Mrs. Flader, Mrs. Julian and Mrs. Stermitz                

Important Dates/Upcoming Events
  • Wed. 12/18 -- All School field trip to Marriott -- buses board at 8:45 with an expected return by noon.  Lunch shifts will begin upon return to school.

  • Fri. 12/20 - Fri. 1/3  -- NO SCHOOL -- HAPPY HOLIDAYS!  The school office will be closed during the break.

  • Jan 6 -- Return to School

  • Jan. 7 -- CFA Meeting 9:00 am in the teachers' lounge

  • Jan. 15, 16 and 17 -- Winter STAR Testing (teachers will communicate testing times)

  • Jan 20 -- NO SCHOOL (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)

Safety is our Number One Priority!  Please keep in mind these important safety points:
  • Drop off students only in designated zones (not in yellow zones or on the east side of the street when traveling north)
  • Do not allow children to exit cars on the street side and walk around a running vehicle
  • Yield to pedestrians in the cross walk 
  • Cell phone use is prohibited in vehicles around the school
  • Do not double park and encourage students to enter cars in the lane of traffic
  • Never pass a school bus with its red STOP arm extended (also true when the bus in the circle drive)
  • Only turn right out of the circle drive to keep traffic moving southbound
  • Do not drop off or pick up students in the staff parking lot -- this is NOT a designated student drop off/pick up area

In order to move the car arrival line along safely and quickly:
  • Pull forward as far as possible.  When before-school recess is inside due to weather conditions, the office and cafeterias are open for drop off
  • Do not exit the car to open the door for your child -- help your child learn how to exit independently
  • Do not pull into the circle drive before 8:05 to drop off students

Winter Weather

With winter's official start quickly approaching, please be aware that our practice is to go outside unless the windchill falls below zero.  Children should come to school prepared for the cold temperatures with warm coats, hats, gloves -- anything to keep warm while they play.  Once the snow comes, students will need boots and snow pants to play in the field and playground.  Parents, please take a minute to write your child's name on all winter clothing (snow pants especially).  

We are ready for you, Mother Nature (but, please be kind!!).  

5Essentials Survey

The 5Essentials Survey is made available to parents at or through a link on the District 70 website through January 31, 2019.

If a parent has more than one child at a school site, one survey is completed for all children. Parents will be asked to indicate the number of children enrolled in the school. Those with children enrolled in multiple schools may participate in the survey for each school. One parent per household may participate in the 5Essentials Survey. The survey should take no longer than ten minutes. School reports will be generated if at least 20 percent of parents respond to the survey and will be included in state school report cards, released October 2019.

Student, parent, and staff identities will be kept confidential, and responses will not be linked to any individual. Participation in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will assist District 70 administrators regarding a better understanding of district/school conditions and guide us toward our strategic commitment of continuous improvement.

Thank you for taking the time to fill out this survey!  Your input is valued.  

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