• Field Trips

    Posted by Katherine Koster on 2/16/2020

    Bus We have two exciting field trips coming up this week.


    CANCELED February 19- Missoula Landfill- We will visit the landfill in order to learn more about where our waste goes.  This field trip is in partnership with Home Resources Zero Waste Ambassador Program (ZWAP).


    February 21- MPG Ranch, Florance- We will explore the area, work with scientists and expand our knowledge of animals and plants that live in our ecosystem. We will be outside most of the day so it is important that your child dresses appropriately and brings lunch. We will leave at 9:30 and be back by 1:30  I am looking for parents to come with us! 

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  • Valentine's Day

    Posted by Katherine Koster on 2/5/2020 4:00:00 PM

    Hearts Valentine's Day is a relaxed affair in 5th grade. Students may bring cards and non-food treats for all students if they wish, but it is not required. We'll spend about 10 minutes handing out cards at the end of the school day. We do not make or use mailboxes, and we do not celebrate with food. Any special gifts or cards need to be handed out before entering school or after leaving school and should not be a distraction during the day. 

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  • Classroom Updates

    Posted by Katherine Koster on 1/31/2020

    Field Trip on Wednesday, February 5th 

    Our field trip to the Fire Lab and Smoke Jumper Center is February 5th from 9:30-12:00. Students will come home with an opt-out form today. This form should only be signed if you Do Not want your child to attend this field trip. In order to pay for the bus, we are asking every student to bring in $2.00 by Tuesday. If you would like to chaperone, please let me know. 


    Upcoming Events and Other Information

    February 4th- ZWAP (Zero Waste Ambassador Program) Presentation by Home Resource

    February 21st from 9:30-1:30  MPG Ranch Field Trip 

    As fifth-grade teachers, we do our best to teach students internet safety at school.  We are also working with some community organizations to schedule guest speakers to come to talk about internet safety and social media. This website has a lot of really good information if you are interested.  https://www.commonsensemedia.org

    Homework- Your child should be filling out their homework assignment notebook every day. All math assignments are due the next day unless written otherwise. I try to assign a week to complete social studies homework.     

    Box Tops Competition is going on right now! Bring in your box tops and earn money for Rattlesnake!

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  • Classroom Expectations

    Daily Assignments

    During the school day, students are expected to work on group and individual assignments. Students are responsible for putting forth their best effort on all assignments and finishing their assignments on time. Depending on the assignment, unfinished assignments might be assigned for homework or they might be finished in class the next day.  


    Students will be given an assignment notebook where all assignments, projects, and other reminders will be written. We will go over this notebook daily in class.  Please review it at home nightly.  

    Student homework will vary throughout the year.  To make homework manageable for you and your family, please prioritize homework.

    • Look at the due dates. Long term projects can be completed over multiple nights. 
    • All reading assignments, ELA and Social Studies, should be the highest priority. These assignments will need to be completed to participate in the classroom assignment.
    • Math assignments allow students a chance to practice what was taught in class. If you are in a pinch, shorten or skip math homework. It is okay to turn it in a day or two late as long as you communicate with me.
    • Use class time to complete assignments. You will have at least 15-30 minutes every day to complete work.  

    Friday Positive

    All fifth-grade teachers participate in Friday Positive.  It is from 2:30-3:00 every Friday.  Students can choose a fun activity to participate in or they can go to study hall to complete unfinished assignments. Study Hall is a time for students to use school hours to complete missing homework or daily assignments.   


    In the case of an absence, students are responsible for completing all missed work including notes, tests, and projects.  For every day missed, students have one day to complete their work.

    If you are planning on being gone for an extended amount of time, please let me know as soon as possible so I can prepare assignments ahead of time. It is important to follow school policy when leaving for an extended amount of time. 


    Our classroom is a food-free zone. All celebrations are food free. 

    Field Trips (Traveling Classroom)

    All field trips are an extension of the learning that is happening in the classroom. As a result, it is expected that all students follow school expectations at all times while on a field trip. In addition to school expectations, traveling classroom expectations include but are not limited to the following:

        • No electronics can be used on the trip.
        • Respect all of the adults who are teaching and working with our group. Listen to them- they are experts! 
        • Respect all of the peers in your group, and work together to be successful. 
        • Be safe by walking from place to place, staying calm and quiet, and being cautious.
        • Stay with your assigned group at all times. 
        • Follow all directions promptly. 
        • Stay buckled up and calm while on the bus, and use a quiet speaking voice.
        • Be prepared for all conditions: Bring your backpack with a raincoat, a hat, extra layers, lunch and a bottle of water. You may bring a book for the bus ride.  
        • Be responsible: Students are responsible for their belongings and behavior at all times. 
        • Plan Ahead: Due to the physical constraints of our locations and the time constraints of activities, bathroom breaks are extremely limited. 



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