Sunday, April 29, 2018

Week 34

TWiG5: This Week in Grade 5

April 29 - May 3

We hope you all had a great weekend and as Tuesday, May 1st is a holiday, we have a busy but short week. Considering that this is a busy time of the year for students and families, please do not hesitate to contact us should any questions or concerns arise.

  • No school on Tuesday, May 1st.
  • Please send in the money for feteer (sugar 20LE, or cheese 45LE) to Ms. Yasmin this week in preparation for the field trip. In an envelope with name and choice would be best. 
  • On-Demand writing:  (error correction...)This week, starting with a persuasive piece on Monday, followed by an narrative on Wednesday and a informational piece on Thursday. We do encourage students to preplan and organize their thoughts. they may use bullet points or short jots with points to include. Please ensure that there are no full pages or paragraphs. This is meant to allow students to brainstorm and prepare thoughts.
  • MAP Testing: Grade 5 MAP test dates have been confirmed.  *Monday, May 7-Language Usage *Wednesday, May 9-Math  *Thursday May 10-Reading -To support your child, you can encourage them to get a good night sleep and to eat a healthy breakfast. 
  • ES Talent Show: April 30th from 5:30-7:30 in the Main Theater.  More details below. 
  • Music Concert: May 15th at 8:30am & 5:30 in the main theater. Parents welcome!!!
  • New online lunch system: Will be tested with Grade 5 the week beginning April 29th
  • PE: Swimming unit beginning- see details below
  • MS Transition Event on Thursday, May 10th: Students will meet MS Core subject teachers, have an opportunity to see some of those classes and will have lunch at the MS. Students are asked to bring money to buy lunch (50-75LE) if they want to try out the MS vendors or they can bring their lunch. 

ES Talent Show This Monday!

Tickets are on sale in Ms. Dolly's Room before school and during lunch/recess

For students wishing to attend the ES Talent Show, it begins at 5:30, on April 30th. They must be supervised/accompanied by a family member or authorized adult until 5:30.

The ES Talent Show team is working and responsible for the ES Talent Show participants in the Theatre on both days beginning from 3:15.

Bus Riders on April 29th and April 30th.
Ms. Ereeny has given our Motor Pool Manager all the ES Talent Show participant names. They know those students will not be on the buses both Sunday, April 29th, and April 30th.
** If you are not an ES Talent Show participant but will remain on campus with a family member, on April 30th - the family must email Mr. Mohamed El Ghalban (Motor Pool Manager), so he is aware they will not be on the bus.

The Talent Show will be for ALL ACTS beginning at 5:30 - 7:30 on April 30th. The Show will end by 8pm. ALL ACTS must come to the Theatre at 5pm, performance ready.

ES Talent Show
Monday, April 30th, 2018

Tickets - 30LE per seat

Performances: 5:30-6:15
Intermission: 6:15-6:30
Performances: 6:30-7:15
The show ends at 8:00 pm


End of year dates for students from the library:

May 8-10 Used book sale
May 15 Last day for check out
May 22 Last day for classes; All books are due
May 29 Summer check out starts

We are getting ready for our annual used book sale, this year from May 8 to 10. We welcome donations of used books for all ages in salable condition. This is a good time for departing families to dispose of books before packing. There is a donation box at the front gate.

PE uniform - Swimming this week!
Sunday - 5J
Monday - 5G
Wednesday -5K
Thursday - 5O

For swimming each child should have, in a separate swim bag:
  • An appropriate swimsuit
  • OWN pair of properly fitted goggled (not shared with siblings)
  • Suitably sized towel
  • Long hair tied back off the face or a swim cap (girls and boys)
  • No jewelry, including rubber and string bands and watches
  • Easy to take on and off clothes and shoes (crocs are ideal)

Curriculum Corner

Reading & Writing Integrated Unit

The Argument & Advocacy unit wrapped up today and students printed their essays to share with one another. Parents will certainly celebrate the wonderful efforts shown by the students during our student led conferences later this month. As mentioned last week, our next reading/writing unit is a journalism unit. The essential questions driving the unit are: 
What does it mean to be a journalist?
What does a news story look like?
How do I revise and edit my writing so that it brings out what is most important for my reader?

To ensure that the volume of reading does not slip, students are encouraged to read books at home in a genre that they enjoy (fantasy, fiction, non-fiction).


Early this week students will continue to use the area model, the improper fractions method and the distributive property to multiply fractions. The are encouraged to practice drawing the area models when multiplying. Please ask your child about how they prefer to multiply fractions!

Later this week and next week, students extend their understanding of area as they use rulers and right angle templates to construct and measure rectangles with fractional side lengths and find their areas. They apply their extensive knowledge of fraction multiplication to interpret areas of rectangles and solve real world problems involving these figures. Visual models and equations are used to represent the problems through the read-draw-write strategy.

Students will continue to use their blogs to record their learning in this unit. As we begin to explore a number of themes (looking at how technology is changing our lives and our cultures) such as education, medicine, transportation, and communication, students will start to narrow their focus on a topic that interests them. By using the Big6 Research Model students will research after creating a thesis statement and questions to drive their research. It is a great time to share with your children stories from the olden days' to help them understand the impact of technology in such a short time! 

Gr. 5 Guidance Update: Managing Strong Emotions....REPEAT

In the current guidance unit, Managing Strong Emotions, students are taught proactive strategies to help prevent strong feelings from turning into negative behaviors. Students will learn to:

  1. Recognize how strong feelings affect their brains and bodies by:
  • Focusing attention on their bodies for clues about how their feeling
  • Understanding that when they feel strong feelings, the feeling part of their brain, the amygdala, reacts, making it hard to think clearly.
  • Recognizing that thinking about their feelings helps the thinking part of their brain, the cortex, get back in control.

2. Manage strong feelings by using the following Calming-Down Steps:
1. Stop – use your signal
2. Name your feeling
3. Calm down (breathe, count, use positive self-talk or stress balls, etc.)

Home-School Connection:

  • Ask your child about his or her personal stop signal and how he or she plans to use it in order to STOP negative thoughts and calm down emotions in the amygdala.

Your partners in education,

LeeAnn Kasal

Caitlin Johnson

Bonnie Greene

Jonathan O'Sullivan

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