February is off to a great start with the Patriots winning the Super Bowl! It wasn’t the most exciting game that I ever saw, but the outcome was perfect! Our own SES Football Friday was also a success. 5th and 6th graders learned about the history of football, including how the first footballs were actually pig bladders! We also played football Jeopardy and enjoyed our marble party. All in all, a great start to the month!
In academics, both classes are nearing the end of their math unit. 5th grade is finishing up with decimals, and will be starting fractions later in the week. 6th grade is finishing up a chapter on unit rate, and will be moving on to statistics soon. In science, 5th grade is finishing a unit on matter, and will be moving to a unit on Earth and the Solar System soon. 6th grade is working on a chemistry unit that will last for the next month or two. They are currently working on a project learning about different elements. In social studies, 5th graders are continuing to work on Native Americans, and 6th graders are doing a fantastic interactive project on Egypt! Both grades have recently completed an opinion paper, and will be moving to a personal narrative in the upcoming weeks.
As always, there is a lot going on at SES in February. We have the remainder of the Bananagrams competition, several spirit days, and parent teacher conferences coming up in March (be on the look out for sign up sheets soon!). Please be aware of the important dates below:
February 5- 100th day of school!
February 14 – Spirit Day – Wear Red
February 18 & 19 – Presidents Day and Winter Break – No School
March 8 – No school for students
March 15 & 15 – Early Release days for conferences
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas Vacation! It was nice having the opportunity to spend some time with family and friends for Christmas and New Year’s. Now that we are back at school it is time to get back to work! Students are beginning to write persuasive essays on a topic of their choice. Opinion writing is always fun since the students can pick something they are passionate about. In science, 5th graders are working on a unit on matter, and 6th grade a unit on chemistry. Sixth graders just built some pretty amazing boats based on their knowledge of volume and density! In math, 5th grade is currently learning about decimals, and 6th graders are finishing up their chapter on division. Ms. Wildowsky’s reading class is just beginning to read The City of Ember, and Mrs. Coutu’s class is finishing Fever.
Students have been working very hard to master their multiplication facts using the Reflex program. Currently we have several students who are 100% fluent! 5th grade students who are 100% fluent are: Brooke, Victor, Taylor, and Caleb. 6th grade students who are 100% fluent are Jordyn and Haley. Keep up the good work! Fact fluency is so important as we continue to learn more advanced math skills!
January brings the beginning of Bananagrams and several other events!
January 3: Dental Hygiene product collection begins
January 7- Drama begins
January 8 – Chorus begins
January 11- Class color spirit day
January 21- Martin Luther King Jr. Day – No School
January 22 – Bananagram Challenge Starts & White out spirit day
January 31 – Dental Hygiene product collection ends
February 1 – Football Friday
It is hard to believe that November is here already. Things have been very busy here at SES and time is flying by! We are very excited to have the Reflex Math program back! For those of you who are new to SES, Reflex is a program we had in the past in which students learn and practice their math facts. Reflex is a fun and interactive program which allows students to have fun while learning. We have created a bulletin board display in the hallway showing off the great work of the students so far! Who will be the first one to be 100% fluent? Which grade will solve the most facts? We will have to wait and see, but the competition is on!
In reading classes, both classes are finishing up their first novel. Once completing the novels, both classes will have a chance to watch the corresponding movie, and complete a compare and contrast between the movie and the book. In math, 5th graders are almost finished with their first unit on place value and multiplication. Next up for 5th graders will be long division. 6th graders are nearing the end of their unit as well on ratios and division. Our SES TIME Magazines are nearly completed, stay tuned to see the final products on Natural Disasters and the History of Holidays. Mrs. Lowney has been working very hard with the students on these technology projects and the final outcomes are always excellent!
November is a very busy month, here are some important dates to keep in mind:
November 5-19: Non Perishable Food Drive
November 6: No School
November 8 & 9: Early Dismissal/Conferences
November 12: Veteran’s Day- No School
November 21: Early Dismissal- Thanksgiving Break Begins. PJ Day
November 22 & 23: No School – Thanksgiving Break
November 27: Pig Race
November 30: End of first trimester
Fall is now upon us! The crisp weather outside is a welcome sight after a very hot September here at school! October brings many fun activities to SES, such as the annual scarecrow building and pig race! The current 5th graders are reigning pig race champs, whereas the 6th graders had a casualty during the race last year, better luck this time! At the end of the month we also get to celebrate being 3 time champs for the Scholastic Reading Challenge.
In academics, both reading classes are working on a novel, Mrs. Coutu’s class is reading Maniac Magee, and Ms. Wildowsky’s class is reading Wonder. In math, 5th grade is working on place value and order of operations, and Mrs. Coutu’s class is working on division and finding GCF and LCM. Both classes are working on writing an expository piece, which they are going to use their research to create a magazine in technology class with Mrs. Lowney. For their projects, 5th graders are researching natural disasters and 6th graders are currently researching holidays. In science, 5th graders are learning about engineering, focusing on criteria, constraints, and the use of technology. 6th graders in science are learning about energy, and soon will be creating their own roller coasters (always a favorite activity!).
October 8 and 9 – No School
October 16 – Cross Country Race
October 17 – Baseball Day
October 18 – Fire house visit
October 19 – Grandparents/Special Relative luncheon orders due
October 26 – Pirate Day. Last collection day for fundraiser & Special Relative luncheon.
October 30 – Picture Retake
October 31- Crazy Hair Day
Welcome back to school! It is hard to believe that summer is over already! It definitely flew by, but was very enjoyable. We are very excited to begin the new year, get to meet and learn about new students, and have some fun! We are very pleased to see how well students did completing the summer reading book. We have been doing many fun activities to go along with the book, including: An online lemonade stand, creating a marketing plan, lemonade math, and much more. Students are even going to have the opportunity to sell lemonade throughout the school on specified days in September.
This year, 5th and 6th graders will be mixing classes for reading and writing. Mrs. Coutu will have the advanced reading class while Ms. Wildowsky has the on level reading class. Writing classes will be mixed evenly with 5th and 6th graders. The writing group that starts with Mrs. Coutu will then have Ms. Wildowsky the second trimester, and vice versa. So far in writing, we have been working on a ‘Selfie’ project, students have been working very hard and we are excited to show your their work at open house. Once the selfie project is complete, both classes will begin working on expository writing. A change from last year will be that we will not be switching for math anymore. 5th graders will have Ms. Wildowsky for math, and 6th graders will have Mrs. Coutu for math. 5th graders will be starting the year with place value, multiplication, and expressions, and 6th graders are starting with whole numbers and decimals. We are really focusing on math fact fluency this year, so if the opportunity arises to practice multiplication facts that would be very helpful!
Please feel free to email us with any questions or concerns as the year progresses (email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org).
September 12- Open House
September 14- Backwards Day
September 27- Picture Day
Helpful math websites to use at school and at home:
Xtramath.org (Math facts)