Research Projects

Dear Families,

Students will be working on research reports and projects for the next month.  Please look in your child’s backpack today for a yellow slip outlining the assignment.  Students need to have a topic for the assignment by Friday.  Easier and recommended topics are ones on animals and places.  Harder topics might include events in history.

Thanks,
Mr. Cheney

Report Cards

Dear Families,

Report cards went home today.  You will notice there are not grades for unit 5 math and the informative writing assessment.  We will get to those after the break.  Additionally, some supplies we ordered for science were on back order and didn’t arrive in time for us to use during the 2nd trimester.  As a result, we finished up all of our social studies for the year.

Enjoy your break,

Mr. Cheney

Concert Tonight

Dear Families,

The recorder concert is tonight at 7:00.  Please arrive no earlier than 6:45.  When you arrive you may drop your child off at the classroom with their recorder.  I will walk students down to the gym at 7:00 for the start of the concert.  After the concert students will not be allowed back to the classroom, so please keep their hats, coats, and gloves at your seats.

 

Thanks,
Mr. Cheney

Compliments

Dear Families,

Students have been given the option of typing up their compliments for Valentine’s Day.  Many students started typing up their compliments in their school Google accounts.  If your child is typing out their compliments, please help them finish them by Monday morning.  We will then take some time to print them, cut them out, and glue them to school made cards.  If your child wants to write their compliments by hand, please use the packet in your child’s Friday Folder to complete and return compliments by Monday morning.

We could also use a volunteer to send in some drinks for our compliment party on Thursday.  If you’re willing to be that person, please comment on this post.  The compliment exchange is always a lot fun to hear.  If you’d like to come in and listen to the compliment exchange, join us on Thursday, from 2:00-2:50.

Thanks,
Mr. Cheney

 

 

Valentine’s Day Party

Dear Families,

We will be having a small Valentine’s Day party on Thursday, February 14, from 2:00-3:00 pm.  Students will be exchanging compliments with each other and eating some snacks.  If you are willing to send in some healthy snacks – grapes, veggies and dip, or cheese and crackers – please comment on this post.  Directions on compliment writing are in the previous post.  I’d love for all compliments to follow the form I’ve outlined, but at the end of the day just writing something nice about each classmate is fine.

Thanks,
Mr. Cheney

Valentine’s Day Compliments

Dear Families,

February 8, 2019

Your homework this weekend is to write a complex, complimentary sentence for each of your classmates.  A compliment is a positive statement about someone’s words, or actions. A complex sentence contains one independent clause (a clause that can stand alone as a sentence), and one dependent clause (a clause that needs the help of an independent clause to form a complete sentence) joined with a subordinating conjunction (a connecting word, that joins independent and dependent clauses).

Examples of Subordinating Conjunctions:  after, although, as, as if, as long as, as though, because, before, if, in order that, since, so, so that, that, though, unless, until, when, where, whereas, while,

Examples of Compliments:

Damion, I realized what an exceptional athlete you were, when I saw you dribble around three people and score a goal during soccer.

Elizabeth, you are such a good friend, because you always make me feel better when I’m sad.

Jack, you are a really good student, even though everyone around you was talking, you were able to stay on task.

Warning: Compliments will be shared at our Valentine’s Day Party, so make sure they are appropriate for classroom use.

Directions:

Use your notes from the last two weeks to make the best compliment you can for each of your classmates.  You may ask an adult to help you, or to look over your compliments when you are done. Make sure you have a well written compliment for each classmate.  Cut out each compliment when you are done and bring them back to school in an envelope or Ziploc bag.

(I would love compliments in complex sentence form, but at the end of the day, just writing something kind about each classmate is absolutely fine.)

Thanks,
Mr. Cheney

Bowling – Please Reply

Dear Families,

Some of you may have noticed that the bowling permission slip the office sent home yesterday forgot to include a line for a parent/guardian signature.  Many of you picked up on this and just signed at the bottom of the slip anyway, thank you.  For those of you that didn’t miss the error, please email me at Joseph.Cheney@colchestersd.org and state that you give your child permission to go bowling on Thursday.  If you didn’t return the permission slip sent home yesterday, please just send me an email giving your child permission to go bowling on Thursday and that will be sufficient.

Additionally, please have your child wear their yellow shirts on Thursday.

Thank you,

 

Bowling Reward

Dear Families,

Permission slips went home today for our school-wide bowling reward, which will take place on Thursday.  Please return the green permission slips that went home today, tomorrow.  This reward will be paid for by the PTO.  Any donations to the PTO in the future are greatly appreciated.

Thank You,

Mr. Cheney

Food Drive

5th Grade Food Drive Announcement:

 

MBS Food Drive

Start date: Tuesday, January 15

End Date: Friday, January 25

The class that gets the most points will get a pizza party.  

Students should collect non-perishable items.  These include canned goods and items in boxes(like crackers, stuffing mix etc).  Each item collected is worth a point.

They are especially in need of pasta sauces, peanut butter, canned chicken and jelly.  These items will be worth double points.

Money can also be donated.  For every dollar collected the class will earn a point towards their total.

Please check the dates of anything you take out of your pantry.  Items out of date will not count towards the class total.