Welcome to 5W
Week 1: 5th Grade Lessons 3/24 to 3/27
Week 2: 5th Grade Lessons 3/30 to 4/3
Week 3: 5th Grade Lessons 4/6 to 4/10
Week 5: Weekly Parent Letter 4/20
Week 6: Weekly Parent Letter 4/27
Week 7: Weekly Parent Letter 5/4
Week 8: Weekly Parent Letter 5/8
Week 9: Weekly Parent Letter 5/15
Week 10: Weekly Parent Letter 5/22
Week 11: Weekly Parent Letter 5/29
My name is Jodi Weiser, and this is my 6th year at JFK and my 3rd year as a 5th grade teacher. I also have 7 years experience working as an elementary guidance counselor. I received both my Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and my Master of Science Degree in Counselor Education at Iowa State University. Go Cyclones! I look forward to getting to know each of my students and having a fun year!
Your child will bring a folder home each night that will contain any homework, graded papers, and important notes from school. Please check the take home folder each day and return all homework, any papers that need to go to the office, lunch money, or other important papers or notes needed for myself. Your child will also have a homework planner in which they will write down their homework each day. Please check their planners to see that all homework has been completed. If the homework is not done on the day it is due, they will be written in the behavior folder for each subject not completed on time. Getting a good night’s sleep and eating breakfast in the morning will help your child succeed at school. School starts promptly at 7:35 a.m. which is why arriving to school on time is so important.
If your son/daughter is written in the behavior folder three times in one day, they will have to serve a detention the following school day. Forms will be sent home with the child for parents to sign and return to school the next day. Transportation home from school after the detention will need to be arranged by the child’s family. The severity of the behavior will determine the length of the detention.
A spelling pretest will be given on Monday and the post test on Friday. If you need the spelling words for the week, they are glued in your child’s planner.
Nearly every night your son/daughter will be assigned math homework. While I do try to give the students time to work on their homework during class, it would be a good idea to check their take home folder to see if the daily assignment is complete. Also, we will be using MobyMax again this year, so check planners for login information. This is a great way to retain math skills mastered at school, as well as challenge your child to learn new concepts at home.
During the first quarter, your child will write a flag etiquette essay for social studies describing “What the American Flag Means to Me”. This will be a one page essay between 250-300 words which will be submitted to The American Legion of Iowa. Certificates for first, second, and third place will be awarded for chosen essays. This is a great mini writing assignment in preparation for Civic Oration!
This is a new and exciting time for your son/daughter! During the second quarter of 5th grade, they will be competing in a speech competition, Civic Oration. We will be working in class on taking notes, the writing process, and oral speaking skills, but it is also expected that they work on this outside of class. It is imperative that your child does not fall behind on their speech as this could lead to increased anxiety. With plenty of classroom practice and help with memorization at home, I am sure this will be a very rewarding experience!
During the third quarter, 5th graders will be introduced to something new this year, our 5th-8th grade Literary Magazine! More details will be given after Christmas break, but your child can start writing possible entries now. This will be one published individual literary piece per student which will be included in our JFK magazine, different from the Crusader Chronicle which has been done in past years. Possible ideas include writing a prayer, poem, cartoon, and/or pictures with captions of something of interest to your son or daughter. Each student can submit several entries throughout the year, and when it is close to publishing time in March, they will pick their favorite to be included in our JFK Literary Magazine!
We will be using the same textbooks that were used last year for science which means the students will be allowed to write in their textbook again. It is important that your child follow along during class instruction as we complete nearly all comprehension questions together as a group. If you would like for your son/daughter to take their science book home, please double check that it is placed back into their backpack. Students are always encouraged to bring their books home when studying for quizzes and tests. In the 5th grade, we will complete numerous STEM projects throughout the year. This is always a favorite part of science for myself and the kids! If you have any fun ideas for a STEM project, please let me know! We are going to have a great year!