Thank you for checking in and reading this. The Digest is a weekly update for what’s going on and, what’s often coming up in 5M. It’s my way of keep you in touch with 5M as much as possible (along with messages via Class Dojo).
I’m liking the student involvement in the blog so far. I’m averaging about 4-5 student responses to the Question of the Day each night. Tell your child to keep those comments coming!
Our first week seems to have started smoothly. The students have been quiet and respectful and, at a glance, appear to be enjoying grade five so far. We’re only easing into things at the moment while doing many “about me” activities. One such task is an Introduction Poem, which I’ve asked the students to bring home and share with you for feedback. We’ve already brainstormed and revised a first draft. You’ll be seeing a second draft based on feedback I provided today. Feel free to give you child any additional guidance, and by guidance I mean pointing out their strengths and areas possibly needing improvement. If you feel a sentence is vague, too simple, or needs cleaning up, suggest it but let him/her sort it out. The front page should tell you everything you need to know about the assignment. Please ensure it is returned on Monday so we can move on to the publishing stage.
On the horizon, students will be working on a newspaper-style poster about themselves. Students may bring in a photo of themselves for a 3″ x 3″ square to be pasted on. They also have the option of drawing a self portrait. I mention the photo in the event you want to look for one over the weekend.
If you’re wondering why you haven’t really seen any homework so far, there are a variety of reasons. Primarily, it’s the first week of school and we’re focusing more on routines and reactivating our brains. As for homework down the road, I encourage you to read the Homework tab on the blog for further information.
Thank you to the many parents who’ve already signed up for Class Dojo. You should be getting your first report today (if not already); many of which are flawless! Very shortly, you can expect message updates too, along with photos of the things we’re doing – yet another way of giving you a glimpse into our classroom. If you haven’t yet created your parent account, or are experiencing trouble doing so, expect an email invitation over the weekend to get you connected.
As I’ve mentioned, we have a peanut and tree nut allergy in the classroom so please avoid sending nut products of any kind to school.
This morning, I took a moment to talk to the class about 9/11; not so much for the tragedy, but to honour our first responders. My message was to know and appreciate what our first responders do each day and this day, 14 years ago, was the supreme example of their selflessness. Your child may ask you further about it but I wanted you to know it was part of our conversation this morning, just in case.
Going home today are Scholastic book orders for the month of September. I’ve asked for orders by Thursday of next week. Cash is acceptable but I prefer cheques. If money is tight on Thursday, simply send the order without it and your child can have his/her book when the money is in.
Thank you again for taking the time to read this. The Digest isn’t usually this long but there was a lot to cover this time around. Enjoy your weekend!