• Conferences

    Posted by Katherine Koster on 11/11/2019

     

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    Your child has been working hard on their conference presentation. They are excited to share them with you this week.

    I look forward to meeting with you during your scheduled conference time. If you have not signed up for conferences, please contact me via email or phone in order to arrange a time.

    Wednesday- Normal School Schedule

    Thursday- 11:35 Dismissal

    Friday- No School

     

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  • Parent/Teacher Conferences

    Posted by Katherine Koster on 10/29/2019

     

    Parent/Teacher conferences are the week of November 11th. This year, conferences will be student-led. By fifth grade, students are more aware of the critical role that they play in their success in school. It is essential for students to reflect on their learning and develop goals to better themselves academically, behaviorally and socially.  Your child will share with you their strengths and areas for improvement. They will share with you their goals and ways their goals can be achieved.

    You will also receive your child's report card at this time.  In fifth grade, we do standards-based grading. Students will not be given letter grades.  Instead, we evaluate learning based on a scale of 1-4. 1 means a student needs a lot of adult help to complete a task. 4 means a student is completely independent and exploring the concepts in new ways. We want all students to be a 3 by the end of the school year. A 3 is proficient. Learning is an ongoing process that never stops and we all learn at different paces.  By using the 4 point scale, learning becomes flexible. We continually practice skills all year in order to build towards proficiency. At this point in the year, many students will be a 2. They can complete some concepts independently but still need teacher support with other concepts. 

    You can sign up for conference times by clicking on this link. If you are having trouble accessing the sign-up, please let me know. 

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  • Week of October 8

    Posted by Katherine Koster on 10/7/2019

     

    We have many exciting events occurring. As a fifth grade team, we use field trips as a time to extend our understanding of topics learned in the classroom.

    October 9- Field trip to Rattlesnake Creek to put our leaf packs in the water and explore our local ecosystem. We will depart school at 10:30 and be back by 11:30

    October 11- Field trip to the Missoula Arts Museum and to the Missoula Public Library. We will depart school at 8:45 and be back at school by 1:45.  Students will need to bring a lunch and dress in clothes that might get paint on them. 

    October 16- Field trip to Rattlesnake Creek to take out our leaf packs and explore the macroinvertebrates that are living in the creek. We will depart school at 9:45 and be back by 11:00. 

    Field trips are unique and engaging experiences. In order to be successful, students need to: 

    • Follow the expectations: Failure to do so will result in consequences.
      • 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. 
      • Be prepared for all conditions: Bring your backpack with a raincoat, a hat, and extra layers.
      • Dress for success: Wear layers, long pants, and comfortable walking shoes. 
    • 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 minimal. 

     

    If you are interested in coming with us on a field trip, please let me know. We would love to have you come along.

    Chaperones must be willing to: 

    • Enforce behavior expectations by redirecting and reminding students as needed.
    • Monitor student behavior on the bus and in public
    • Model appropriate field trip behavior, including refraining from the use of electronic devices, listening to trip leaders, and respectfully engaging with others.  
    • Complete a volunteer form on the MCPS website.

     

    Thank you so much! Please let me know if you have any questions. 

     

    Katy Koster
    Rattlesnake Elementary School
    Room 410
    406-728-2400 ext. 4712
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  • Week of September 23

    Posted by Katherine Koster on 9/20/2019

    Dear Parents,

    We are finishing up our 4th week of school! 5th grade can be a challenging transition for many students. It can be hard to transition from summer mode into school mode. In addition, the content and the pace of fifth grade can be difficult for some. I recognize those challenges and am aware that students may be having a hard time adjusting. Eventually, we will fall into a routine that does not feel overwhelming. 

    I am doing my best to reassure students that learning does not always come fast and easy. Sometimes we have to struggle to learn new concepts and that is okay. In fifth grade, we do standards-based grading. Students will not be given letter grades.  Instead, we evaluate learning based on a scale of 1-4. 1 means a student needs a lot of adult help to complete a task. 4 means a student is completely independent and exploring the concepts in new ways. We want all students to be a 3 by the end of the school year. A 3 is proficient. Learning is an ongoing process that never stops and we all learn at different paces. By using the 4 point scale, students can evaluate their own learning and continue to work towards proficiency.

    Homework Tips:

    1. Check your child's assignment notebook. I provide students with due dates for projects so they can begin to priorities their nightly homework.

    2. As a family, decide what is the appropriate time to spend on homework. I recommend 50-60 minutes. Set a timer and stop working when the timer goes off. Family time is important and students need a chance to relax after school. 

    3. Check out my website for helpful links for math and ELA. You can find math notes and math videos. You can also find audiobooks. 

    4. If an assignment is very frustrating for your child, please encourage your child to come and talk with me about it. We can come up with a plan to help minimize frustrations. 

     

    Upcoming Events:

    Septemeber 30- Beef Jerky Fundraiser Due

    In October, we will be taking several trips to Rattlesnake Creek in order to begin learning about our watershed.  I will need parent volunteers to help with these trips. As soon as we have dates decided, I will let you know. 

    October 3- Picture Day

    October 11, 8:45-1:45- Field trip to the Missoula Arts Museum and Public Library. If your child wants a library card, please fill out the attached form and return it to school by September 30. If you would like to join us on our trip, please let me know.   

     

    If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you so much for everything you do to help your child be successful in school. 

     

    Katy Koster
    Rattlesnake Elementary School
    Room 410
    406-728-2400 ext. 4712
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  • Classroom Newsletter

    Posted by Katherine Koster on 9/3/2019

    We will begin diving into our content standards within the next two weeks. 

    Math: We will begin our discussion about the importance of math talk. Students will begin talking about math and solving problems collaboratively.  We will also begin Module 1 of our math curriculum. You can find a lot of really helpful math resources on our classroom website.  

    ELA: This year, students are participating in the 100 Book Challenge.  Every student will receive a genre wheel. The goal is for every student to independently read at least 1 book from each genre during the first trimester.  My goal is to expose students to a variety of genres and writing styles. 

    Science: We are diving into our unit on Matter. Students will use the Scientific and Engineering practices while making observations and measurements about the properties of different materials. 

    Social Studies: In our classroom, Social Studies is taught every Friday.  Over the next two weeks, students will begin learning about the native tribes that inhabited the Americas prior to European arrival.      

     

    Classroom Donations: We do a lot of science experiments and hands on projects through out the year. Many of our projects use materials that are not readily available at school.  If you are able to donate materials, please send them to school with your child. 

    * Gallon ziplock bags

    * Borax

    * Food Coloring

    * Measuring cups and measuring spoons

    * Gently used 5th grade chapter books (I am always looking for expand our classroom library.)

     

    I look forward to working with you this year. Please let me know if you have any questions on concerns. Thank you so much!

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  • Classroom Expectations

    Posted by Katherine Koster on 8/23/2019 5:00:00 AM

    Daily Assignments

    During the school day, students are expected to work on group and individual assignments. Student are responsible for putting forth their best effort on all assignments and finishing their assignments on time. Any late assignments will be finished at recess or for homework.

    Homework

    Students will be given an assignment notebook where all assignments, tests, and other reminders are to be written. We will go over this notebook daily in class and it should be reviewed at home nightly. 

    Student homework will vary throughout the year. Students should read every night.  Students will also have math homework almost every night. In addition, students will have research projects, writing assignments, and other projects due throughout the year. 

    Absences

    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. 

    Food

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

    Field Trips (Traveling Classroom)

    All field trips are an extention 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 addtion 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 seated 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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  • 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.  

    Homework

    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.   

    Absences

    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. 

    Food

    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.