• Class Update- Nov. 12-15

    Posted by Cindy Rodriguez on 11/12/2019

    Upcoming Dates:

     

    11/11- Veteran's Day (no school)

     

    11/14 Music Show during school and in the evening at 6:30 pm.

     

    11/18 Universal Deposit Due

     

    11/19 Field Trip to the Gulf Specimen Marine Lab

     

    11/22 Heritage Festival- Please see the Sign Up Genius for more information.

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C044FA5A823A4FE3-heritage2

     

    ELA Update- For homework this week, students should continue working on their speech. When they deliver their speech on November 20th, they are not allowed to read the speech. It should practically be memorized.  They are allowed to hold several notecards with bullet points, and that’s it. It’s important that they have timed it so their speech lasts between 2 and 3 minutes. I have index cards if your child needs any. Also, students are working to earn a pizza party in December for meeting their quarterly AR goal. Please check with your child about their progress.

     

    November 20th- Speech contest

    November 21st- Unit 2, Week 2 spelling quiz; Unit 2, weeks 1 and 2 vocabulary quiz; reading test. There will only be one more test after this one before the semester ends.

     

    The Unit 2, week 1 test proved to be challenging for a number of students. Students interested in extra credit may complete the article set in Readworks. I told the students about it on Nov. 8th and it's due on Nov. 13th.

     

     Social Studies- Students should be working on their Family Heritage Project at home.

    November 18th- Heritage bags and presentations

     

    Math Update- There is no math homework for the coming week.  We finished Chapter 4 and tested this week.  For the past two tests, I have cut the number of questions in half to make it not as overwhelming for the students.  It worked very well on the test for Chapter 3, but there were a lot of students rushing through the Chapter 4 test and making silly mistakes.  I explained to the class that they needed to use their notes, check their work, and look at decimal placement before turning the test in.  However, from some of the low test scores it seems that a lot of students did not check their work or did not study for this test.  PLEASE help your child be successful in math by doing the following things:

     

    1. Check their review homework and go over any mistakes BEFORE the test date. This is the best way to study! I still have several students not completing that critical review homework or getting half of the problems wrong.

     

    1. If they scored below a 70% on the Chapter 4 test- Help them correct the test and practice similar problems to reinforce the skills before they come in for a retake. I am always happy to send more practice problems home! I need all corrected tests (with parent signatures) to be turned in by Wednesday 11/13.  Students may come in for a retake on Thursday morning only if they turned in the corrections by Wednesday.  All graded tests were sent home on Friday. *Please remember that the highest score possible on a retake is a 70%!

     

    1. Please encourage your child and their math ability! I have students coming in telling me that they just aren’t good at math and nobody in their family is either, so they can’t get help with homework. Calculators and Photo Math are great tools to use in checking homework!  We are building their educational foundation now, and it isn’t too late to become a math superstar!  Ask your child to tell you about my sad math story and how it was a struggle for me until college.  I believe in your child and want them to be the best 5th grade student they can be!  Good elementary homework/study habits lead to good middle school homework/study habits. ??

     

    Science Update- We are finishing Unit 7 and will take the test on Thursday.  The students will have a benchmark assessment, their 7.2 classwork packet, notes, and flash cards that can be used to study for the test.  The only homework this week is to study for the test!

     

     

    Mrs. Roberts and Mrs. Rodriguez

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  • Speech/heritage project

    Posted by Cindy Rodriguez on 11/7/2019

    Dear Parents,

     

    Please touch base with your child about their progress on their speech, as well as their Family Heritage Project. This week,  time was provided in class to work on both projects, no other homework was assigned, and students did not have to complete a reading packet. However, it appears that many students have not started either project or they are just starting to do research. I’ve advised students who chose a speech topic requiring research that if they have not started their research, they have until tomorrow to change their topic and get it approved.

     

    Due Dates:

    Nov. 18th- Family Heritage Project presentations

    Nov. 20th- Class speech contest

     

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

     

    Mrs. Rodriguez

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  • Heritage festival update

    Posted by Cindy Rodriguez on 11/6/2019

     

     

    We have recently learned that Thursday, November 21st is the school-wide Thanksgiving Meal. Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are going to need to move the Heritage Festival to FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22nd. We hope this does not inconvenience anyone, and we apologize if it does. If you are unable to volunteer because of this change, please delete your slot using the link below. 

     

    If you haven't signed up to bring a dish, we are still in need of multiple dishes. 

     

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c044fa5a823a4fe3-heritage2

     

    Thanks for understanding,

     

    5th grade teachers

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  • Class Update Nov. 4-8

    Posted by Cindy Rodriguez on 11/4/2019

    Let’s have a great week!!

     

    Upcoming Dates:

     

    11/8- Boosterthon Fun Run at 11:05, last day to turn in Marine Lab Field Trip money

     

    11/11- Veteran's Day (no school)

     

    11/14 Music Show during school and in the evening

     

    11/18 Universal Deposit Due

     

    11/19 Field Trip to the Gulf Specimen Marine Lab

     

    11/21 Heritage Festival- Please see the Sign Up Genius for more information.

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C044FA5A823A4FE3-heritage2

     

    Math Update- We are finishing Chapter 4- Multiplying Decimals and will take the test on Thursday.  Please use Wednesday night’s homework as a study guide.  I will be absent on Wednesday, so all math homework will come home on Monday.  Pages 93-95 are due on Tuesday and page 97 is due on Thursday.

     

    Science Update- We began our new unit on electric circuits on Friday.  This is a very short unit and will only take a couple of weeks to complete.  Our first quiz will be on Friday.  Students will have their science packet and flash cards to study by Monday afternoon.  The only science homework this week is to finish the Sum It Up and Apply Concepts on Tuesday night, but time will be given in class to work on this assignment.

     

    Language Arts/Social Studies Update- For the next few weeks students will be working on their Family Heritage Project, due November 18th and their Speech, to be presented on November 20th. Other than continuing to read for AR, there will not be any additional Language Arts or Social Studies Homework. All directions for these two projects have been sent home. Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Nov. 5- Speech topic is due for approval

    Nov. 6- Spelling Quiz and Unit 1, Week 5 Vocabulary Quiz

    Nov. 7- Reading Test

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  • Family Heritage Project and Speech Information

    Posted by Cindy Rodriguez on 10/30/2019

      Family Heritage Project Information- project directions

     

    Speech contest- Speech dates

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  • Class Update-Oct. 28-Nov. 1

    Posted by Cindy Rodriguez on 10/28/2019

    Dear Parents,

    We’ve got a lot going on at school! Please read very carefully the upcoming dates and events.

    Upcoming dates:

     

    10/28 - 11/1- Character Education Spirit Week

    • Monday: "Team Up Against Bullying" (wear sports themed clothing)
    • Tuesday: "We're Wacky for Kindness" (wear wacky-tacky clothing)
    • Wednesday: "Bobcats are Red-y to Make Positive Choices" (wear red)
    • Thursday: "Bobcats Have Great Character" (dress as favorite book character), Fall Party in afternoon
    • Friday: "Bobcat Spirit Day" (wear a BLES shirt)

     

    10/31- Class Fall Party

     

    11/8- Boosterthon Fun Run, last day to turn in Marine Lab Field Trip money

     

    11/11- Veteran's Day (no school)

     

    11/14 Music Show during school and in the evening

     

    11/18 Universal Deposit Due; Family Heritage Project and Presentation due- Directions go home today.

     

    11/19 Field Trip to the Gulf Specimen Marine Lab

     

    11/21 Heritage Festival- Please see the Sign Up Genius for more information.

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C044FA5A823A4FE3-heritage2

     

    Math- We are learning about multiplying decimals in our new chapter.  Homework this week will be on Monday and Wednesday with a mid-chapter quiz on Friday!

     

    Science- We have finished Unit 6 and will test on Wednesday.  I sent home the Benchmark Review Homework over the weekend.  It is due back on Tuesday so that we can correct/review in class.  The only science homework for this week is to study for the test.  Good things to study are:

    • 6.1, 6.3, and 6.5 science packets
    • Quizzes from this unit
    • Flash Cards
    • Benchmark Review questions
    • Science Notebook
    • Ed online student resources

    Language Arts- Readworks passage and questions- Due Thursday.

    Students received the directions today for the Family Heritage Project I told you about recently. We went over the instructions and I answered questions about the project. I’m attaching the directions in case your child misplaces it. Directions for the speech contest will go home next week. Please encourage your child to choose a speech topic that he/she is familiar with.

    We are having an AR Target check today. I’ve checked already this morning and many students are far behind. Keep reminding your child to read nightly!

    Social Studies- Students received their copy today of the week 12 paper. Extra credit is offered. There will be a quiz next Friday. I’m very encouraged with the improvements made recently on the students’ Think and Review answers. They’ve been working to write their answers in complete sentences, to write legibly, using correct capitalization, punctuation and spelling. Students understand that the assignment may need to be redone if the work is not completed as expected.

    Mrs. Roberts and Mrs. Rodriguez

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  • Class update- Oct. 21-25

    Posted by Cindy Rodriguez on 10/21/2019

     

    Upcoming dates:

     

    10/23- Report Cards

     

    10/28 - 11/1- Character Education Spirit Week

    • Monday: "Team Up Against Bullying" (wear sports themed clothing)
    • Tuesday: "We're Wacky for Kindness" (wear wacky-tacky clothing)
    • Wednesday: "Bobcats are Red-y to Make Positive Choices" (wear red)
    • Thursday: "Bobcats Have Great Character" (dress as favorite book character), Fall Party in afternoon
    • Friday: "Bobcat Spirit Day" (wear a BLES shirt)

     

    10/31- Class Fall Party

     

    11/19 Field Trip to the Gulf Specimen Marine Lab.  Permission slips went home today, but they had a few typos.  The corrected permission slip is attached.

     

    November 21st is our Heritage Festival!  Please see the Sign Up Genius for more information.

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C044FA5A823A4FE3-heritage2

     

    Math Updates- We are finishing Chapter 3 and will have the test on Tuesday.  Your child is bringing home their review homework tonight.  Please use this as a guide to study for the test.  Our next chapter is on multiplying decimals!  We will have math homework this week on Monday and Wednesday.

     

    Science Updates- We started our last lesson in Unit 6 today.  There will be a quiz on Friday over the lesson and a lab we will complete in class.  Students will have their packet and flash cards to study.  The only science homework this week is to study for Friday's quiz!  The test over all of Unit 6 will be next Wednesday 10/30.  The Benchmark Review packet will come home this Friday and is due next Tuesday.  We will go over/correct on Tuesday to prepare for the test.  Corrected benchmarks will come home next Tuesday to use for studying.

     

    ELA Update- Readworks passage and comprehension questions- Due Thursday.

    • There is a change in quiz/test dates: Tuesday- Spelling quiz; Wednesday- Reading test.
    • We are starting a new novel this week! We will be reading Where the Red Fern Grows.
    • Students were given a visual aid to assist them with their completion of the essay question on the Wonders tests. Please remind your child to keep it in their binder for use on the next test.
    • All students have completed the 2nd quarter reading STAR test and have been provided with their new book level range and points needed to meet their AR goal.

     

    Soc. Studies- Due Friday; No quiz this week. Extra credit has been offered.

     

    Please let us know if you have any questions!

    Mrs. Roberts and Mrs. Rodriguez 

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  • 2nd 9 weeks- 10/15-18

    Posted by Cindy Rodriguez on 10/15/2019

     

    Hello parents!  Please see the updates below and let us know if you have any questions.

     

    Homeroom Updates- If we have not contacted you for a conference, and you would like one, please email your child's homeroom teacher to schedule one.  Here are some upcoming dates:

     

    10/18- Picture Re-Takes, School Spelling Bee at 9:00

    10/23- Report Cards

     

    10/28 - 11/1- Character Education Spirit Week

    • Monday: "Team Up Against Bullying" (wear sports themed clothing)
    • Tuesday: "We're Wacky for Kindness" (wear wacky-tacky clothing)
    • Wednesday: "Bobcats are Red-y to Make Positive Choices" (wear red)
    • Thursday: "Bobcats Have Great Character" (dress as favorite book character), Fall Party in afternoon
    • Friday: "Bobcat Spirit Day" (wear a BLES shirt)

    10/31- Class Fall party

    November 21st is our Heritage Festival!  Please see the Sign Up Genius for more information.

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C044FA5A823A4FE3-heritage2

     

     Math Updates- Students should turn in their extra credit homework on Tuesday.  We will take our mid-chapter quiz tomorrow and continue Chapter 3 for the rest of the week.  Math homework will only be given on Thursday of this week.

     

    Science Updates- Information is coming home tomorrow on a solar oven project!  This is a very simple activity to make a solar cooker from cardboard/aluminum foil.  Please send in completed projects by Friday.  We will be testing our solar cookers in class on Friday and will have a quiz on Unit 6 Lesson 3- What is Electricity?  

    Students should have plenty of time to finish their book work in class this week, but be sure to study the packet and flash cards for Friday's quiz!

     

    ELA/Soc. Stu. Updates- This week we are starting Unit 1, Week 4. I adjusted several students’ levels in Readworks and provided those students with the new class code to access their materials. I’ve assigned a story this week with comprehension questions. I explained to the students that they will receive a grade based on the multiple choice questions. Students who met their first quarter AR goal will enjoy an ice cream sundae party on Tuesday! Less than 50% of my students met their AR goal and I’m hopeful we can increase that percentage by the end of the second quarter!! This quarter students are working to earn a pizza party! Tomorrow I will give them an AR tracking sheet. They will color in pizza slices as they meet each percentage of their overall points with a quiz average of 80% or higher. In an effort to help improve students’ organizational and time management skills, I’ve created a checklist that students will glue into their reading notebooks on Tuesday. Time will be provided each day for students to either read, take an AR quiz, work on the reading packet, work on their Studies Weekly, study spelling/vocabulary words, complete a “Quick Writes” entry, work on an IXL assignment, or to work on another class assignment. Each day students can check off what they did during that day. Hopefully, this visual reminder will be a benefit for students. Students received their Studies Weekly newspaper on Friday.  

     

    We have a Social Studies project coming up soon! Each student will create a Family Heritage bag and give an oral presentation. Directions will be coming home soon, but start thinking about your family tree, family traditions, country of origin, a family recipe, etc.! Your child will need a paper grocery sack, so you may want to pick one up the next time you are there.

     

    Have a great week!

     

    Mrs. Rodriguez and Mrs. Roberts

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  • Class Update- Oct. 7-11

    Posted by Cindy Rodriguez on 10/7/2019

    Dear Parents,

    We are in the last week of the first grading period already! Please encourage your child to finish strong by working toward meeting their AR goal, by making sure that they keep up with their homework, and by studying for upcoming tests and quizzes! We are so impressed with how so many of our students have gotten into the routines of fifth grade and how many have shown improvement with their organization and responsibility!  Keep sending in your child's deposit and permission slip for the Universal trip. Checks can be made payable to Buck Lake Elementary School. 

     

     

    Math- We are continuing Chapter 3- Decimals this week.  The students will be learning how to compare, order, add, and subtract decimals.  We will have homework on Tuesday and Thursday.  Our Mid-Chapter quiz will be sometime next week.

     

     

    Science- We tested on Unit 5 last Friday and are moving on to Unit 6 this week.  Our new unit is on energy.  Students will have science homework on Wednesday night.  Our first quiz will be on Friday.  The homework and flash cards (all students will have them by Tuesday) are a good way to study!

     

    ELA/Soc. Stu.- For homework, students should complete the Readworks article set, and complete the activities for Studies Weekly #9. I've opened up the Readworks assignments for everyone on Saturday and I distributed the Studies Weekly on Friday. 

    Oct. 10- Class spelling Bee; Spelling quiz; Vocabulary quiz for weeks 3 and 4

    Oct. 11- Reading Test; No Studies Weekly quiz this week

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  • Class Update- Oct. 1-4

    Posted by Cindy Rodriguez on 10/1/2019

    5th grade- Our end of the year field trip to Universal Studios will be on May 14, 2020.  An information sheet was sent home on Friday.  A deposit of $50 per person is due by November 18 to reserve a spot on the bus.

     

    ELA/Soc. Stu.- Homework- Readworks article set- Due Friday;  Studies Weekly- Read, complete puzzle, answer Think and Review Questions, complete Language Arts Connection- Due Friday.

    Oct. 3rd- Be ready to recite your poem in front of the class!

    Oct. 4th- Studies Weekly quiz

     

    For each new instructional week, students are given a “Reading Packet” that contains worksheets on the new skills and words for that week. We also work on building oral fluency by doing timed readings of the passage that’s provided. This work is done in class, but if a student is absent or gets behind, they’ve been reminded to complete the missed page at home, or during station time. The packet is usually checked for completion a day or two prior to the next reading test so it’s important that they make sure it stays in their “Red Reading Folder.”

     

    Keep encouraging your child to read, read, read so they can meet their AR goal at the end of the Quarter!!

     

    Math Update- We finished testing on Chapter 2 last week and are moving on to Chapter 3 (decimals) this week.  Homework will come home on Wednesday.  *If your child scored below a 70% and would like a retest on Chapter 2, they must turn in corrections by Thursday.  Retests will happen before school on Thursday and Friday of this week only!

     

    Science Update- We got a bit behind in science last week, so our Unit 5 test will be on Friday.  PLEASE help your child study for this very important test!  Report cards are right around the corner and this will be a large portion of their 1st 9 weeks science grade.  They will be bringing home the Benchmark Review homework on Tuesday and it is due back on Thursday.  Completing this assignment is a good way to study for the test.  We will make corrections and send the Benchmark back home on Thursday to use with studying.  Other study materials include:

    • Reviewing the packets/questions from each lesson
    • Previous quizzes
    • Online book & materials in "Student Resources" through Ed Learning (students can log on through Class Link)
    • Notes in Green Science Notebook

    Remember that most of the questions are about applying the concepts we have learned!

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