Our 5th Grade Team
Weekly newsletters will be posted here every Thursday evening. These newsletters will also be emailed to you directly. Newsletters will include important information including: announcements, important dates, upcoming tests and assignments, vocabulary words, and weekly curriculum.
A Message from Remind...
We’re sorry to write with disappointing news. Recently, we learned that Verizon will be charging Remind a new fee that makes it impossible for us to continue supporting free text messaging for anyone who has Verizon Wireless as their phone carrier. Please read on for all the important details—we promise to keep this as short as we can.
To offer our text messaging service free of charge, Remind has always paid for each text that our users receive or send. Now, Verizon is charging Remind an additional fee intended for companies that send spam over its network. Your Remind messages aren’t spam, but our efforts to resolve the issue with Verizon haven’t been successful.
As a result, the Verizon fee will increase our costs of providing text messaging by 11X—pushing our annual costs into the millions of dollars. This isn’t financially feasible for us to support, and it’s forcing us to end Remind text messaging for everyone who has a wireless plan with Verizon.
How will this affect you?
Beginning January 28, 2019, the people in your classes who normally get your Remind messages as texts will no longer receive these messages if they have Verizon Wireless as their phone carrier.
What can you do?
To make sure people in your classes continue receiving your messages, ask them to download the mobile app orenable email notifications—both of which are free of charge. Our team’s also working hard on a solution that allows your classes to continue to use Remind by text, and we’ll share more details with you before January 28.
In the meantime, we’ll keep fighting to make sure educators, students, and parents have access to effective communication. To do this, we need your help: If using Remind has made a positive impact in your classroom, at your school, or anywhere in between, please ask Verizon to reverse the fee here: www.remind.com/verizon-fee
We’re very grateful for your support, and we’ll be in touch soon with an update.
The Remind team
Griffith Observatory Resources
We came back from the break with a bang – literally, the Big Bang! Our field trip to the Griffith Observatory was a success! Despite LA traffic, we had a wonderful time and are able to connect MANY of the concepts presented during our tour with our space science STEMscope lessons. Here are directions for making your own comet and some additional space resources for enrichment activities at home.
Elementary Art Night
We are excited to welcome parents to the 1st Manhattan Beach Elementary Visual Arts Workshop. Join us and gain a sense of the elementary art standards and even put some pen, pencil, and maybe crayons to paper. All are welcome, as there are no previous art skills required, but we are limited to 50 participants. Thank you.
Welcome, Miss Kells!
Our guest teacher, Miss Kells, has officially joined our class and is getting to know our students and curriculum. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to send her a warm welcome!
Griffith Observatory Field Trip
Our field trip will be on Thursday, January 10th. Students arrive at school at 7:30, and we will leave at 7:45. Students should bring a snack that can fit in their pocket, a sack lunch labeled with their name, and a drink. No electronics on the bus. No spending money. We will return to Pacific at 1:00 and have class and PE. No music on Thursday.
5th Grade Holiday Book Exchange
I’m excited to announce that on Thursday, December 20th, we will have our annual Book Exchange in Room 26. Please send your child to school with a new or gently used wrapped book for the exchange. We will have an old fashioned “Yankee Swap” in which the children draw names and each has a chance to either choose a book from the pile, or “steal” a book that has already been chosen. It’s great fun and everyone goes home with something new to read over the break!
Please be sure that your child brings a book that he or she feels someone would be excited to receive. This is not the time to clean out unwanted books that might not be of interest to anyone. It is ok to send books that may be more likely to appeal to either boys or girls. This is usually sorted out during the “stealing” process. Additionally, students can always trade their books at the end of the game.
Thanks in advance for your help with this fun Room 26 tradition!
Dear Room 26,
Pacific has partnered with Richstone Adopt-a-Family program to help families in need. With our support families will be given the opportunity to experience the joy of this holiday season.
You should have received an email from Sign Up Genius, which has further details about the family we are supporting.
For your convenience, here is the link to the SUG:
As you saw during conferences, we are using Seesaw to share student thinking and learning. If you’d like to be able to see your student’s posts, please sign up by following these directions:
Click on this link:
1.Choose your child from the list
2.Create your account
3.Once I approve you, you can see content from your child
4.After you sign up, you may download the free Seesaw Family app and sign in. You can also access Seesaw from a computer at https://app.seesaw.me.
Goal-setting conferences will be the week of November 5th. I am looking forward to our time together! Thank you to all that signed up for a time slot. In addition to signing up, I’d love to receive some feedback from you as to what are the priority topics you’d like to discuss. Twenty minutes goes by fast and I want to make sure our time together is personalized and efficient. Please take a moment to fill out the questionnaire by Wednesday, October 31st. Thank You!
Talent Show Emcees
If your child is interested in working as a Talent Show emcee, please review the rules on the Emcee Agreement. Agreements must be signed and returned by Friday, November 2nd in order to be placed in the lottery.
Goal-setting conferences will be the week of November 5th. I am looking forward to our time together to create goals for your child based on their strengths and needs. Below is the link for the Sign Up Genius. In order for me to best prepare, I will close the sign-up by 4pm on Sunday, November 4th. If you need to adjust your time after the 4th, please email me directly. Thank you!
Bring Your Parents to PE Week
Calling all Parents! The time has come to join us! Bring your Parents to P.E. Week is almost here! During the week of October 22nd please join us during your child’s P.E. Classes (Room 26 has PE on Mondays and Thursdays from 12:40-1:30pm). Come dressed and ready for Activity...yes...you get to warm up, stretch and practice games with us that we play in physical education! A little peek into what we do each day! Join us once...or come each day your student has P.E. This is one of our favorite weeks! Please feel free to email Coach Tower with questions at email@example.com
The Reflections Arts Recognition Program is a national arts recognition and achievement program for students. This year’s theme is: “Heroes Around Me”. To enter, students may submit an original piece in one or more of the following six areas: Dance choreography, Music Composition, Photography, Film Production, Literature, Visual Arts”. There are two categories K-2; and 3rd-5th. Entries due October 19th to the school office.
Student Council 1st Semester Important Dates:
Thursday, September 27th: Mandatory meeting in room 19 at 2:45pm
Friday, September 28th: Intent form due
Tuesday, October 2nd: Speeches due
Friday, October 5th: Posters due
Wednesday, October 10th: Speeches assembly at 9:00am in the cafe
If you are planning to attend a PTA sponsored event (i.e. Movie Night, Talent Show, etc.), please fill out the participant waiver and turn it into the office before Friday, September 28th.
Makerspace is back this year! 5th grade will be working on projects requiring problem solving, collaboration, planning, creativity, and invention, all supporting core curriculum in science and other areas. We need YOU for the students to be able to maximize their time and learning in the space. Please sign up to help using the link below, and be sure to sign up to assist during your child's class, unless of course you'd love to help in other classes, too! You may sign up for every session or only the ones that work for you.
Do your kiddos like popsicles?? You still have a few more weeks to join the PTA and donate to our amazing school. And don't forget...each classroom that has at least 90% participation will receive a popsicle party and $100 towards school supplies. Minimum required participation is joining the PTA for as little as $15.
How to donate:
Click here to donate online with a credit card
Click here for more information on the membership drive
We continue to thank you for all of your support.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com
Here is the link to the Back to School Night presentation for your reference.
Panther Valet for Room 26 is the week of 9/24. Sign up here:
Sign up for your child's F&P Reading Assessment by clicking on the link below. Reading assessments will take place the week of September 11th with minimum days all week (9/11-9/17)
We had a successful first day of 5th grade in Room 26! At the end of the day, students shared one joy they had today. It was so nice to hear joys range from the art lesson, to the get to know you search, to reconnecting with old friends and making new ones. ❤ I can tell already that we are going to have a great year!
Here are some follow-ups to our first day together:
Welcome to 5th grade!
I look forward to meeting you all on Wednesday, August 22nd for our first day of school.