• The final days of 5th grade

    Posted by Sara Ibis on 6/6/2019 8:00:00 AM

    We're winding down the school year and, for your child, their time at Rattlesnake. We're finishing up a few projects, having fun, and reflecting on our accomplishments this year. Here's what's going on the final days of school:

    • Today, 6/6: Washington Middle School Ambassadors visit us for a question and answer session
    • Friday, 6/7: Final Compliment Party! Our class earned over 100 compliments this year for good deeds and for following the Rattlesnake Way. We'll celebrate with a student selected activity.
    • Tuesday, 6/11: Fun Run! Report cards and final STAR reports sent home via students today.
    • Wednesday, 6/12: Farewell Picnic at noon. Please join us! 
    • Thursday, 6/13: Last day! School is out at 11:30

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    A note from Rattlesnake Elementary: Thank you for coming to cheer on your students at concerts and performances. We love to watch them shine! We do kindly ask that you refrain from pulling siblings out of class to watch. It can be disruptive for teachers, students, and the classroom learning environment. Thank you, we appreciate it!

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  • Fifth Grade Farewell Picnic

    Posted by Sara Ibis on 6/4/2019 9:00:00 AM

    You are cordially invited to the

    Fifth Grade Send-Off

    June 12


    Grassy area near the memorial


    We will celebrate the achievements of our students and commemorate their promotion to middle school. We are asking parents to donate a food item for our celebration. You can sign up here.


    Please no food items with tree nuts.


    RSVP to me. Please no siblings.


    Looking forward to celebrating with you!

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  • Pizza Tour - Final Band & Orchestra Concerts

    Posted by Sara Ibis on 5/29/2019 8:30:00 AM

    Tomorrow, Thursday 5/30, is the Band & Orchestra Pizza Tour. Performances at Lowell at 9 and at Rattlesnake at 10:30. Parents are welcome to attend either concert. Students will then return their instruments to the Fine Arts department and have a pizza party.

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  • What we're learning: the last month of school!

    Posted by Sara Ibis on 5/14/2019 10:25:00 AM

    Here's what we're doing May 14-June 13! 

    *We'll be learning and working right up to the last day of school. If you have any early summer travel plans, please talk to Ms. Ibis as soon as possible to make arrangements for make-up work. 


    • Stomp rocket engineering design challenge
    • Space rover engineering design challenge
    • Germs and Disease

    Homework: Germ research and poster due June 9

    Assessments: None planned


    • Mapping points on a coordinate plane
    • Geometry
    • Multi-step word problems

    Homework: Daily problem set (one per day, due every morning)

    Assessments: Coordinate planes assessment on Thursday, 5/16; Geometry assessment on Wednesday, 5/29; Daily entrance tickets

    English Language Arts

    • Comparative texts: Fever 1793 (fiction) and An American Plague (non-fiction) 

    Homework: Read one chapter of Fever 1793 every night starting Monday, 5/20 (audio for each chapter available to the left on the tab called Novel Read Alouds)

    Assessments: Daily writing reflection

    Social Studies

    • Westward Expansion research project and brochure
    • Causes of the Civil War 

    Homework: Westward expansion trail brochure due Wednesday, 5/28

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    Upcoming Events:

    -Weds, 5/29: Middle school visits in the afternoon

    -Thurs, 5/30: Band & Orchestra Concert Tour (concert at Lowell at 9:00, concert at Rattlesnake at 10:30 - parents are welcome to attend either concert! After the Rattlesnake concert, all students travel to the Admin building to drop off instruments and for a celebration)

    -Thurs, 6/6: Middle school ambassadors visit Rattlesnake

    -Tues, 6/11: Fun Run

    -Weds, 6/12: 5th Grade Farewell Picnic (look for more information in the coming weeks)

    -Thurs, 6/13: Last day of school - early release at 11:35!


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  • May events

    Posted by Sara Ibis on 4/29/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Here is what is going on in May:

    Thurs, May 2: We're going to the landfill as part of our ZWAP! learning with Home Resource. We'll leave school at 10 and return around 11. Students should wear close toed shoes and dress for the weather. No chaperones needed.

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    Thurs, May 9: We're doing service learning with Leave No Weeds. We'll be walking along the Mt. Jumbo Saddle Trail identifying native plants and pulling invasive weeds. We'll leave school around 8:45 and return around 11:30. Students should wear appropriate walking shoes and clothes. I am looking for 2-3 chaperones to join us.

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    May 7, 8, 13, 14: SBAC testing - a celebration of our learning! I do my best to break up our testing days with fun activities and movement. I appreciate your help making sure your child gets a good night of sleep each night.

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    Fri, May 10: Band and Orchestra Solo Day, 1:15-2:35.

    Mon, May 27: Memorial Day - No school!

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    Wed, May 29: Visit to Washington Middle School at 1pm

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  • Novel study: George's Secret Key to the Universe

    Posted by Sara Ibis on 4/18/2019 3:30:00 PM

    We'll be reading the science fiction novel George's Secret Key to the Universe by Stephen and Lucy Hawking. We'll be reading 1 chapter per night, and 2 on weekends. If you'd like to listen while you follow along, an audio version of the book is available on You Tube.

    George's Secret Key

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  • What we're learning: April

    Posted by Sara Ibis on 4/3/2019 4:00:00 PM

    Here's what we're doing in April!


    • Solar System: Earth's place in the solar system
    • Stars
    • Patterns of days and seasons
    • Stomp rockets and pasta rovers
    • Review of watershed learning
    • Clark Fork Watershed Education Program 4/15-4/19

    Homework: Planets & Space Objects research due TBA

    Assessments: CFWEP final assesment on 4/23; CFWEP essay due 4/30


    • Area and Volume

    Homework: Lessons 1-18 (one per night)

    Assessments: Module 4 assessment on 4/4 

    English Language Arts

    • Analyzing character traits
    • Writing narratives with characters who respond to challenges

    Homework: Esperanza Rising, one chapter per night; George's Secret Key, one chapter per night

    Assessments: Creative narratives due 4/12 and 4/30. 

    Social Studies

    • Key battles and the end of the Revolutionary War
    • Life in the new republic and formation of a new government
    • The Lousiana Purchase and settlers moving west

    Homework: Battle of Yorktown response due 4/8. 

    Character Education:

    The character trait for April is COURAGE.

    Coming up:

    Leave No Weeds classroom session - April 9

    Class picture day - April 10

    Clark Fork Watershed Education Program classroom sessions - April 15-19

    Field trip to Clark Fork River - April 19 

    No school - April 22

    Field trip to Butte - April 26 (a letter was sent home on 4/2)

    Landfill field trip - May 2

    SBAC testing - May 7 & 8 and May 13 & 14


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  • Spring Break Homework

    Posted by Sara Ibis on 3/22/2019 8:30:00 AM


    Over spring break, please read chapters 4-6 of Esperanza Rising. Optionally, you may also complete revisions on your opinion essay. To submit your opinion essay for regrading, share the final essay with me via Google docs, then turn in your draft packet on April 1.

    Have a happy, fun, relaxing spring break!

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  • Novel study: Esperanza Rising

    Posted by Sara Ibis on 3/19/2019 3:10:00 PM

    We are reading Esperanza Rising for English Language Arts. We will be reading one chapter each night, including one chapter over Spring Break. Read aloud videos are available by clicking here


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  • What we're learning March 11-22

    Posted by Sara Ibis on 3/7/2019 4:00:00 PM

    Here's what we're doing March 11-22:


    • Robotics design and engineering

    Homework: None planned

    Assessments: Final design project due March 22


    • Multiplying and dividing fractions

    Homework: Lessons 15-24 (one per day, due every morning)

    Assessments: Daily entrance tickets

    English Language Arts

    • Golden Eagle challenge
    • Informative writing - biographies

    Homework: Read 30-50 minutes every night

    Assessments: Daily writing, final biography due March 18

    Social Studies

    • Revolutionary war hero biography
    • The battles of the Revolutionary War

    Homework: final biography due March 18


    Thank you all for coming in for conferences! 


    Band concert at Washington Middle School - March 12 @ 7pm

    Human Development in PE - March 15-22

    Orchestra concert at C.S. Porter - March 19 @ 6pm

    Spring Break - March 25-29

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