• Week of September 25

    Posted by Katherine Ellison on 9/22/2023

    Science: We started our unit on ecosystems. Students are learning to describe and model the movement of matter and energy in an ecosystem. 

    Math: We are wrapping up our unit on volume. Students have been practicing using the formula V=LxWxH. Next week we will be learning to use the standard algorithm to multiply muti-digit numbers. Please practice multiplication facts to 12 with your child!

    ELA: Students are learning to use the R.A.C.E writing strategy to respond to comprehension questions. In addition, students are learning to identify challenges that characters face and describe how the character responds to the challenge.

    Writing: Students are learning to write descriptive personal narratives.

    Field Trip: We are going to Home Resource on Tuesday, September 25 from 8:45-11:15. Please let me know if you would like to join us. 

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  • Classroom Expectations

    Posted by Katherine Ellison on 8/25/2023

    Daily Assignments

    During the school day, students are continuously growing as learners. Fifth grade offers new and exciting opportunities for students to develop their critical thinking skills, perseverance, communication skills, and organizational skills. In the classroom, your child will participate in engaging and challenging activities. I will support your child throughout their learning journey.


    I recommend that your child reads every night for at least 20 minutes and practices their math facts. Your child needs to automatically know their multiplication facts to 12.

    I will occasionally assign other homework during the school year.


    In the case of an absence, students are responsible for completing all missed work including notes, tests, and projects.

    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. 

    We have specialists first thing in the morning. When students are tardy, they are missing crucial information. If you need help getting to school on time, please reach out. 


    Snacks are allowed and encouraged.  We will have a snack after second recess every day.  Students should bring a snack from home.  If you are able/ willing snack donations are welcomed and appreciated for those students who sometimes forget to bring a snack.

    Smart devices 

    In accordance with the MCPS student handbook, phones and smart watches (including Gizmos) must be turned off and/or left in the backpack during the school day. If you have an urgent message for your student, please call the office or send me an email and the message will be delivered. 

    Outside Learning Classroom

    The Rattlesnake corridor is a beautiful place to learn and explore during the school year. We will use the outdoor space as an extension of our classroom. We will visit Rattlesnake Creek, the school garden, and the Rattlesnake Outdoor Learning Area.  In addition, we will go on several field trips in and around Missoula during the year. 


    Dismissal time is 3:15 on M, T, W, F and 2:30 on TH. Students are encouraged to use the school bus transportation system, walk or bike on a regular basis. Parent pick up is on the Pineview Drive side of the school. Mountain View Drive is for buses only during dismissal. For car rider students, parents are required to park and meet their students in the following areas. 5 th grade pick-up spot: Bike racks near pull-through Students will not be dismissed to cars in the pull-through lane after school. Please make sure to email jjenkins@mcpsmt.org and send a note with the student to school in the morning if there are changes to a student’s dismissal plan.

    Band and Orchestra

    Fifth graders have the opportunity to play in the school band or orchestra. This is a great precursor to middle school. I strongly encourage all students to participate in the program. Instrument rental night is Wednesday, September 6 from 4 pm-7 pm at the Arts Education Office, Administrative Building B, 909 South Ave. W. 

    Don't hesitate to get in touch with me with any questions or concerns. I look forward to working with you this year.


    Katy Ellison

    ​406-728-2400 ext. 4712



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Fifth Grade Newsletter 22-23 by Katherine Ellison