• Week oF March 30

    Posted by Katherine Koster on 3/30/2020

     Pencils Greetings 5th-grade students and families,

    Welcome to our first week of distance learning! You can find our weekly lesson plans by clicking on the Rattlesnake Remote Learning Link. More specific directions for each day’s assignment are in Google Classroom. Please check your Homeroom Google Classroom every morning for a message from your teacher, to see what is expected of you that day, and to access your work. Classroom assignments will go live at 6 am on Monday morning.

    Students are expected to work for 45 minutes a day in each subject, but we know circumstances may get in the way of meeting that goal. We appreciate any work you are able to accomplish at home!

    Finally, I have provided some fun learning links on our classroom website. You can also find a link to band and orchestra activities and links to books online. We know we may hit a few bumps in the road this week, and thank you for your patience and flexibility as we figure this out together.  


    Please contact me with any questions.

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  • Week of March 23

    Posted by Katherine Koster on 3/23/2020

    Dear Parents and Students,

     Due to the mandatory closure of school this week, 3/23-3/27, the district has created a webpage for parents and students to access educational materials.  You can access the material by visiting the Remote Learning Page. These activities are just some ideas for you to continue to engage in your learnings while at home. 

     During this week, I will be working on a plan to continue our learnings in case the school closure continues.  I will be using various online platforms to help us connect and learn virtually. Students can make sure they are prepared by doing the following:

    1. Learn how to access my website from home.
      1.  www.mcpsmt.org/rattlesnake 
      2. Staff Webpages
      3. Koster, Katherine
    2. Learn how to access Google Classroom from home. Here is a video that will guide you through the steps needed to log into their account.
      1. Username Example: 27rundog@student.mcpsmt.org 
      2. Password: same as you use to log into Chromebooks at school
    3. Once in Google Classroom, make sure you have access to
      1. STEM Classroom (join code: p7qbxyf)
      2. ELA 19-20 Classroom (join code: vw2glyz)
      3. Social Studies Classroom (join code: azg64sd)
      4. Ms. Koster’s Remote Learning Classroom (join code: o7kqxzm)
    4. Use the join code to access any classrooms that you currently don’t have. 

     I created a new classroom called Ms. Koster’s Remote Learning Classroom to help us stay organized and in touch during our online learning experience. Please join the classroom using the code o7kqxzm. I will post our weekly assignments, videos, and other helpful information into this classroom.

     If closures continue and we go to remote learning, I will use a combination of our classroom website and Google Classroom to help us organize our online learning.  I will post a maximum of 3 lessons per day that should take about 45 minutes per lesson to complete. In addition, I will be available daily for virtual discussions. I will have more information about virtual meetings soon.  I look forward to hearing/seeing you!

     This is a new experience for all of us and I recognize that things may not go smoothly at first. We will all need patience and support while figuring things out. You can contact me through email or this google form if you have any questions or concerns. 


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  • Update

    Posted by Katherine Koster on 3/18/2020

    Students and families,

    I wanted to take a minute to touch base with all of you. Thank you for being patient about information regarding next week's school closure. Our district leaders are working on a plan to address learning needs for next week, and beyond, should closures continue. Please be on the lookout for more information later this week from MCPS and Rattlesnake regarding meals for students and families, online learning, laptop check-out, and any additional changes to sports, activities and meetings. I will chime in when appropriate with information relevant to our classroom. I just wanted to let you all know, especially my amazing students who I already miss, that I am thinking of you. 
    For current information about the district's response, you can visit https://www.mcpsmt.org/Page/15088
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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.