• November 13 Update

    Posted by Sarah Silver on 11/13/2022

    Greetings from Room 402! Please read on for classroom information and curriculum updates.

    Classroom Information

    Instruments: Daily lessons for Band and Orchestra are in full swing. For specific questions about instruments, please contact Mr. “Z” (Zschaechner) for Band at rjzschaechner@mcpsmt.org or Ms. “K” (Kalasz) for Orchestra at akalasz@mcpsmt.org.

    Upcoming Events:

    11/15: Lady Griz basketball game*

    11/23 -11/25: Thanksgiving break

    We will be eating lunch at the game so please send a packed lunch as appropriate.

    Curriculum Update

    ELA: We will begin our next novel, Esperanza Rising, a historical fiction story set in Mexico and California. Students will have specific reading homework in order to prepare for class discussions. An audio version of the assigned chapter(s) will be provided in Google Classroom for students that need/want the extra support. The class code for access is zaroypo.

    **Please make sure that your student is reading every day for 30 minutes.  Students should finish about one chapter book per week.**

    Math: We have started Unit 2, which is a focus on decimals and fractions. Students will take the Lesson 6 quiz tomorrow (Monday) - Understanding Decimal Place Value. For specific information on each Lesson, please find the Family Letters on the 5S website here. As you will see, Unit 2 has nine lessons with 3-4 sessions in each lesson, so we will be spending a considerable amount of time exploring, developing and refining decimal and fraction concepts.

    Social Studies: Students are learning about the concept of perspective through historical accounts of Christopher Columbus. Next, they will research an additional European explorer to form an opinion and write a persuasive essay about whether that explorer would be considered a hero or a villain or both. 

    Science: Students researched and analyzed data to determine the cause of differences in life expectancy between the Madison Valley and Lamar Valley elk herds. Ask your child to explain why the elk in Madison Valley have shorter life spans and fewer numbers.

    SEL: This month's focus is on Gratitude.

    As always, please do not hesitate to reach out as necessary.

    In partnership,

    Sarah Silver

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  • October 30, 2022

    Posted by Sarah Silver on 10/30/2022

    Dear 5S Community -

    Greetings from Room 402! Please read on for classroom information and curriculum updates.

    Classroom Information

    Halloween Celebration: We are excited to celebrate Halloween on Monday afternoon. If you signed up to bring treats, please have them at school by 1:15 pm. Also, please note that students may bring costumes to change into before the celebration. Costumes are optional; however, if your child decides to bring their costume, please note that school rules prohibit masks, weapons and make-up (that prevents recognition of the student).

    Lunch for Wednesday’s Field Trip: Please remember to send a packed lunch for Wednesday's field trip. If your child buys school lunch, (s)he will be able to take a packed lunch from the cafeteria. 

    Parent-Teacher Conferences: The Sign-Up link and procedures were sent via email on October 27. If you have not done so already, please sign up here.

    Also, since we have limited time for each conference, I am asking for your input in order to better prepare for our time together. Please use this link to complete a pre-conference questionnaire. 

    School Pictures: Picture forms were sent home with students last week. If you haven't received the form, please remind your child to check his/her mail slot at school. 

    Instruments: Daily lessons for Band are in full swing. Orchestra continues on a modified schedule until further notice: Mondays & Tuesdays: Violin, Viola; Wednesdays and Fridays: Cello, Bass. For specific questions about instruments, please contact Mr. “Z” (Zschaechner) for Band at rjzschaechner@mcpsmt.org or Ms. “K” (Kalasz) for Orchestra at akalasz@mcpsmt.org.

     

    Upcoming Events

    10/31: Halloween celebration

    11/2: Field Trip to the MAM and Missoula Public Library*

    11/7-11/10: Fall conferences

    11/10: Half day

    11/11: No school

    11/15: Lady Griz basketball game

    11/23 -11/25: Thanksgiving break

    *Please see the attached Opt-Out form. If you choose for your child to opt-out for the field trip, please print, sign and return the form at least one day beforehand. 

     

    Curriculum Update

    ELA: Students have been working on comparing the main characters from Hoot and from Night of the Spadefoot Toads and looking at how each character reacted to different situations throughout the texts. Part of the requirement is that students are able to quote accurately from the text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences.

    **Please make sure that your student is reading every day for 30 minutes.  Students should be finishing about one chapter book per week.**

    Math: Students have been working on finding whole-number quotients of whole numbers with up to four-digit dividends and two-digit divisors, using strategies based on place value, the properties of operations, and/or the relationship between multiplication and division. We finished with a quiz on Friday. This coming week, we will be reviewing volume and then students will take an end-of- unit assessment on volume, multiplication and division. 

    Social Studies: Students have been working on describing what life was like for various Indigenous cultures prior to 1492.  Students have chosen a tribe to research, created a slideshow or a poster presentation that they will use to teach their classmates about their selected tribe. 

    SEL: This month's focus for 5th grade is on Responsibility, with a specific emphasis on goal-setting. Another focus of Responsibility is how we interact with others and understand that our choices impact those around us.

    As always, please do not hesitate to reach out as necessary.

    In partnership,

    Sarah Silver

    P.S. The 5S Google Site has been Launched!

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  • October 16

    Posted by Sarah Silver on 10/16/2022

    Dear 5S Community -

    Greetings from Room 402! Fall Break is right around the corner, and we have several upcoming events scheduled in the coming weeks.

    Instruments: Daily lessons for Band begin this Monday the 17th; however, Orchestra will continue on a modified schedule until further notice: Mondays & Tuesdays: Violin, Viola; Wednesdays and Fridays: Cello, Bass. For specific questions about instruments, please contact Mr. “Z” (Zschaechner) for Band at rjzschaechner@mcpsmt.org or Ms. “K” (Kalasz) for Orchestra at akalasz@mcpsmt.org.

    Halloween: We will be having a Halloween celebration on Monday, October 31st. Students can bring their costumes and change into them prior to our afternoon celebration.  If you would like to contribute a snack for the celebration, please visit the sign-up genius link attached below:

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094CAEAA2FAAF9C34-halloween

    Important Dates

    10/10: GUTS after-school group

    10/12: B.O.B. lunch meeting

    10/18: ZWAP in-class lesson

    10/19: School Pictures

    10/20-10/21: No School

    10/27: ZWAP field trip to Home Resource*

    10/27: Conference sign-up link will be sent out

    10/31: Halloween Celebration

    11/2: MAM and Library Field Trip

    11/7-11/10: Fall Conferences

    *Students should be bringing home information for our upcoming ZWAP Home Resource field trip on October 27th. Please be sure to read and sign both sides of the document and send back to school in advance. In addition, you will see the optional ‘Opt Out’ form that will be provided for every field trip.

    Extras: Please email me if you are interested in volunteering for either the ZWAP Home Resource of the MAM/Library field trips. Two additional adult volunteers would be greatly appreciated!

    Curriculum Highlights

    ELA: Students have been applying their understanding of story structure and author’s techniques in order to write a short narrative about a character that cares for his/her environment. These well-crafted stories include a descriptive setting; sensory details; and characterization through inner and outer dialogue. After planning out and hand writing their drafts, students are publishing their work via Google Docs. This coming week, they will work on editing and revising their stories before turning in the final copy.

    In addition, students will be starting to work in targeted literacy groups based on their independent levels. Students will have a designated meeting time and are expected to have their assigned task completed in order to participate in their group. **Please make sure that your student is reading every day for 30 minutes. Students should be finishing about one chapter book at their level per week.**

    Math: Students finished the lessons on multi-digit multiplication. The preferred method when multiplying by a one-digit number is the standard algorithm; however, we are still working toward this expectation when multiplying by a two-digit or larger factor. We also spent this past week reviewing/extending division concepts using the partial quotient method - which is the 5th grade learning target. (see Family Newsletter) Again, students’ automaticity with their multiplication facts will help improve accuracy with this this procedure.

    Science: Students modeled the movement of matter within an ecosystems, specially the Yellowstone National Park ecosystem. We also explored the impact of changing biotic factors within an ecosystems, such as the over-population of one species, and how that affects the equilibrium.

    SEL: This month's focus for 5th grade is on Responsibility, with a specific emphasis on goal-setting. Another focus of Responsibility is how we interact with others and understand that our choices impact those around us. Please see the family letter attached.

    As always, please do not hesitate to reach out as necessary.

    In partnership,

    Sarah Silver

    Responsibility

    Division

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  • October 2, 2022

    Posted by Sarah Silver on 10/2/2022 5:00:00 PM

    Dear 5S Community -

    Happy October from 5S! The school year is in full swing, and the students are lively, energetic and loads of fun to teach! Just a friendly reminder about Band and Orchestra. We are still on a modified schedule for two more weeks:

    Mondays & Tuesdays: Violin, Viola, Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet, Saxophone, Percussion

    Wednesdays and Fridays: Cello, Bass, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba, Percussion

    Daily sessions (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday) begin on October 17. For specific questions about instruments, please contact Mr. “Z” (Zschaechner) at rjzschaechner@mcpsmt.org or Ms. “K” (Kalasz) at akalasz@mcpsmt.org.

    Also, I wanted to provide an overview of home learning expectations and the importance of reading. Homework thus far has consisted of reading our novel Night of the Spadefoot Toads as well as the expectation of consistent, daily home reading (at least 30 minutes). Is this something that you see your child doing independently or with reminders OR do they need more structure and accountability with this? If more structure is necessary, please let me know and I am happy to support on my end. I generally do not believe in the long-term use of reading logs; however, they can be beneficial for starting or re-starting daily home reading structures. In the classroom, the students will be keeping track of the books they have read from now to the end of 2022 (books read at home, with someone, in class, independently, etc.).

    A big goal for 5th grade readers is to broaden their reading choices to texts across genres, including fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, biography, informational text (which we do almost daily in science and social studies), etc. For home reading, it is important that children read what is engaging for them, and we will be working to broaden their experience with other genres in the classroom.

    On another note, be sure to look out for math quizzes that students are encouraged to bring home. Students took their third quiz this past week. I use these quizzes as formative opportunities to provide feedback, re-teach core concepts as necessary and allow students to make self-corrections and learn from their mistakes. Some problems will be core for 5th grade; while others may be more challenging in nature. For example, our recent quiz on finding the volume of composite prisms consisted of 1/2 core and 1/2 challenge questions. Students are informed of this difference. In addition, the end of unit assessments (about every 4-6 weeks) will be summative in nature, which means they will be used to compare student learning to the 5th grade standard(s).

    A final note about birthdays. At the end of each month, we will celebrate student birthdays from that month. For example, we had a special treat to celebrate the August/September birthdays this past Friday. Please feel free to let me know if you would like to send in something the month of your child’s birthday; however, you are under no obligation. If you do decide to send in a treat and are willing to provide a non-gluten and/or non-daily option, that would be much appreciated.

    Curriculum Highlights:

    ELA: Students finished reading Night of the Spadefoot Toad. Thank you for your support in ensuring that your child kept up with the reading at home. The students have expressed enjoyment in reading the book as well as the similar-themed read aloud, Hoot by Carl Hiassen. They worked hard completing written responses, citing evidence from the text and then explaining how this evidence connects back to the question. They also wrote a short essay comparing & contrasting two characters. I have been pleased overall with their increased attention to important details as well as their writing stamina.

    Over the next few weeks, students will explore and apply their understanding of story structure and author’s techniques in order to write a short narrative about a character that cares for his/her environment.

    Math: Students finished the lessons on volume and are beginning multi-digit multiplication. The 5th grade learning target is using the standard algorithm for multiplication. As such, it is important that students continue working on their multiplication facts if they are not yet fluency through 9s. When we work on the procedural process, students can use a multiplication chart; however, knowing their facts with near automaticity frees up space in working memory in order to perform the procedure accurately.

    Science: Students have been busy inquiring into the main roles in an ecosystem; the importance of decomposers; types of plants and how plants use energy to produce their own food. Next, they will explore the role of consumers and the movement of matter in an ecosystem.

    Please do not hesitate to reach out as necessary.

    In partnership,

    Sarah Silver

    P.S. You should have received an email directly from the district encouraging you to fill out the required annual forms.  These include things like:  annual field trip form, technology use forms, Google Suite permission and more.  If you are in need of hard copies of these forms, please let me or the office know.  I will be happy to send them home.  Annual forms may be completed online for this school year using the Infinite Campus Parent Portal found on the MCPS website (www.mcpsmt.org). Step-by-step instructions for filling out these forms in Infinite Campus are attached to this email. 

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  • Band & Orchestra Schedule

    Posted by Sarah Silver on 9/24/2022
    Band/Orchestra:
     

    Day 1

    Day 2

    Day 3

    Day 4

    Week of Sep 12

    Violin/Viola

    Flute

    Violin/Viola

    Flute

    Cello/Bass

    Clarinet/Sax

    Cello/Bass

    Clarinet/Sax

    Week of Sep 19 onward

    Violin/Viola

    Woodwinds/Perc

    Violin/Viola

    Woodwinds/Perc

    Cello/Bass

    Brass/Perc

    Cello/Bass

    Brass/Perc

    Week of Oct 17 - End of Year

    Full Band/Orchestra 4 days a week

    (Unless otherwise communicated)

    Definition Box

    Woodwinds - Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet, Saxophone

    Brass - Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba

    Perc - Percussion

     
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  • September 16

    Posted by Sarah Silver on 9/18/2022

    Dear 5S Community -

     

    Greetings! The past two weeks have been busy in Room 402 as we started digging into the 5th grade curriculum as well as beginning students’ instrument lessons at the end of each day. As for the instruments schedule for the next few weeks, students will alternate days depending upon which instrument they play.

     

    Mondays & Tuesdays: Violin, Viola, Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet, Saxophone, Percussion

     

    Wednesdays and Fridays: Cello, Bass, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba, Percussion

     

    Beginning October 17, all students enrolled in the instrument program will attend lessons each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

     

    Students are encourage to bring instruments home over the weekends to practice. Larger instruments can remain at school in the classroom during the week. Students can keep smaller instruments in their lockers or in the classroom depending upon space. For specific questions about instruments, please contact Mr. “Z” (Zschaechner) at rjzschaechner@mcpsmt.org or Ms. “K” (Kalasz) at akalasz@mcpsmt.org.

     

    Curriculum Highlights:

     

    ELA: Students have been reading Night of the Spadefoot Toad. At the start of the novel, students read in partnerships during class, but just this past week they have been reading assigned chapters as homework. Thank you for your support in advance for ensuring that your child is keeping up with the reading. Some students have been able to read ahead and/or finish the chapter(s) during the school day. Specific learning targets for this text include:

     

    • Comparing and contrasting characters, settings or events
    • Determining a theme of a story from details in the text, including how characters respond to challenges
    • Creating short written responses to text-based questions, citing text evidence to support the response.

     

    Math: Students have been exploring the volume of a rectangular prism, specifically as it relates to addition (the area of the base and the number of layers) and multiplication (area of the base x height OR length x width x height).

     

    Science: Our first unit, Ecosystems, focuses on Yellowstone National Park. Students have been conducting research, using assigning articles and videos about biotic and abiotic factors within the park and moving onto the the important roles biotic organisms (producers, consumers and decomposers) assume within the Park’s ecosystem.

     

    Throughout the next two weeks, we will be wrapping up Night of the Spadefoot Toad and moving onto narrative writing; finishing up volume and moving into multi-digit multiplication; and inquiring further into ecosystems with foods chains/webs, the role of decomposers and matter cycles.

     

    Please do not hesitate to reach out as necessary.

     

    In partnership,

    Sarah Silver

     

    P.S. You should have received an email directly from the district encouraging you to fill out the required annual forms.  These include things like:  annual field trip form, technology use forms, Google Suite permission and more.  If you are in need of hard copies of these forms, please let me or the office know.  I will be happy to send them home.  Annual forms may be completed online for this school year using the Infinite Campus Parent Portal found on the MCPS website (www.mcpsmt.org). Step-by-step instructions for filling out these forms in Infinite Campus are attached to this email. 

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