MS. MARTIN'S FUN FIFTH GRADERS
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Wednesday, September 19: Individual Picture Day
Saturday, September 22-Saturday Live 10-4 at Pioneer Park
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Don't forget to read the September newsletter
For Family Fun Night, each class is in charge of putting together a themed basket. Our basket is a Lego theme. Your donation of anything Lego would be greatly appreciated.
Don't forget to turn in your 5th Grade Leadership Wall forms.
Fund Run on October 5th!
ELA-We are working on a unit in Wonders that explores the question
"What can lead us to rethink an idea?"
The literature we are looking at this week focuses on realistic fiction and focuses on the skill of character, setting, plot, problem, and solution. For vocabulary we will learn about idioms. The focus in spelling this week is long vowels.
Math-The students have been working on recognizing that in a multi-digit number, a digit in the one place represents 10 times as much as it represents in the place to its right and 1/10 of what it represents in the place to its left. This week we will start place value of whole numbers, properties of algebra, the powers of 10, and exponents.
Social Studies-We will start our unit on Native Americans and their land.
Writing-We will begin planning a narrative writing piece
Science- The students are working on a eco-systems unit with Miss Ziegler.
Welcome back to school! I hope you all had a great summer.
My name is Wendy Martin and this will be my 13th year teaching in Billings Public Schools. I have 20+ years of experience working and growing with young children in various settings. I have two children of my own, Mackenzie age 24 and Logan age 20. My passion is teaching and I love seeing children have memorable experiences in a safe environment. Throughout my experiences and education, I have come to an understanding that children are unique and will develop at their own rate. I encourage them to try new
things but feel that it is okay for them to choose to pass and try things another time. This could be social settings or taking a risk to learn a new concept. They do come around andenjoy learning and experiencing new things.
I believe that misbehavior is a call for help. Children need to be taught how
to manage their anger and to calm themselves down in an appropriate way. Some of the concepts I will focus on to support your children during this learning process are: COMPOSURE-being able to remain calm enough to manage their own anger,ENCOURAGEMENT- building a school family and treating others how we want to be treated, ASSERTIVENESS-saying “No” and being heard, CHOICES-building self-esteem and will power, POSITIVE INTENT-turning conflict into cooperation, EMPATHY-helping the children accept and process feelings, CONSEQUENCES-helping children learn from their mistakes. So often these skills are not taught to children and are just expected. When children feel a sense of community and belonging they look out for each other and the focus becomes less self-centered. I believe that by using this as a guide, most discipline issues will be resolved. Discipline means- to guide and to teach, and that is how I will handle it in my classroom. Children have a voice and I will teach them how to use their skills to solve problems so they are heard and in returnbecome a good listener.
Folders (white envelopes) will come home every Tuesday with school information. Please sign and return on Wednesday.
For the first several weeks we will be teaching procedures so that we will all understand what is expected while we are at school. We will also be learning how to be a school family.
A few items of information:
Bring a family picture for our classroom “Friends and Family” board as soon as possible. The kids love to show off their families and see each other’s family. It is fine if you need tosend in more than one picture to capture the family.
Arrowhead’s PTA has partnered with Fresh Schools to bring you an on-line directory and smartphone app. This has been a valuable tool the past few years as a line of direct communication with the teachers, a way for the school to give us updates and let people know what is happening here at Arrowhead. Those of you who are already registered, good news! You do not have to re-register, you are all set to go. Those families that are new to Arrowhead, or perhaps missed signing up last year,you can register by clicking on this:
This will be a two-part process. Once you click the link and submit your e-mail address and student’s name, your information will be sent to an administrator to be vetted to ensure you are legitimately affiliated with Arrowhead. This is to help ensure only valid users have access to the directory. Once this has been determined, you will receive an e- mail to complete the registration process. What information you choose to have shown is up to you; you can share with the entire school or just your child’s classroom. From the Fresh Schools site or app, you are able to access and print your own school directory, register for the PTA (quick and easy and helps the kiddos), find upcoming school events, and sign up to volunteer! We appreciate your participation!
Buying and ordering lunch.
You are able to purchase lunches online at www.mymealtime.com and you will need your child’s ID number. Lunch is is $2.75 a day, $13.75 a week or $55.00 for 20 days. If your child wants to buy milk to drink with their cold lunch, the cost is $.60. Adult lunch is $3.50
Lunch is from 12:20-12:40 followed by recess from 12:40-12:55.
Label all lunch boxes, coats, backpacks, boots, etc. It is amazing how many of us shop at the same stores. Labels avoid confusion and sad children.
Parent Orientation—September 6th from 6-7. To assist those parents with two children at Arrowhead, each teacher will provide two sessions (6:00 and 6:30) of identical information. This will allow parents to attend a session for each teacher. For those of you who have more than 2 children, parents may need to split up so information can be received from all teachers. We ask that only parents attend the Open House as classroom space is limited and theteachers would appreciate your full attention. Thanks.
Early Out EVERY Wednesday at 1:15 (K-3) and 2:00 (4-5) for Professional
Learning Communities (PLC’s) for teachers.
Our music day is Mondays and Thursdays. The general music teacher is Mrs. Wadell, band is Mrs. Prouty, and orchestra is Mr. Hennessy.
We have P.E./Health on Mondays and Thursdays. The teacher is Mr. Pertuit. Please makesure your child has tennis shoes.
We have library on Wednesdays. Books need to be returned in order to check out new books. Your child will bring their library book home every Wednesday. Please help them to remember to return books each week. Mr. Casey is our librarian.
Art is on Tuesday. The teacher is Mrs. DelCostello
Recess is a part of our curriculum. If you feel your child is too sick to go outside then they are too sick to come to school. There is not always an adult in our classroom during recess and it is not safe to leave children unattended. We do go outside everyday unless it is below zero wind-chill or pouring rain. It will be important to dress your childappropriate for our ever-changing weather.
Homework- Your child will rarely have assigned homework but I encourage them to read at least 20 minutes a day. If your child is unable to finish work in class, they will bring it home and are expected to turn it in the next day.
Scholastic Book Club Orders can now be ordered online! Simply go to clubs.scholastic.com, check out all the books, and enter our class code GRTYM.
**** First Book Order will be submitted September 14th.
Drop-off/Pick-up-Students can be dropped off at 8:05 for morning walk and picked up at3:00 on 38th Street. Please note it is very busy at arrival and dismissal.
Water Bottles- Please send a water bottle to school. This avoids multiple trips to the drinking fountain and less interruption in their learning.
Snacks- Students are encouraged to bring a small healthy snack for the morning. Please make sure they do NOT bring dessert or junk food. On Friday’s, they may bring a dessert or junk food in moderation.
My Information-Please feel free to call or email me. I am usually able to take phone calls from 7:50-8:00 and 3:10-3:50. Often a child will tell you about something that is bothering them, but they haven’t told me. You are your child’s best advocate and I want your child to have a great year. If we communicate, we will alleviate problems quickly. We have to work together to make this time successful. I am very excited to work with your family this year! Thanks for sharing your child with me!
Wishing you well,
May 30: 5th Grade Celebration
June 1- Last day of school-11:45 dismissal
Fifth Grade Celebration
Fifth graders will be going to Rocky Mountain College on Wednesday. Our fifth grade room parents have planned a fun filled day. Make sure you child has their swimsuit and towel, sunscreen for outdoor games, and clothes appropriate for gym games. Lunch and snacks will be provided.
This week we will be wrapping up all subject areas. Kids writing samples, for all previous years, will be coming home. We will be completing some fun games reviewing what we have learned this year.
I give you back your child, the same child you confidently
entrusted to my care last fall. I give them back pounds
heavier, inches taller, months wiser, more responsible, and more mature than they were then.
Although they would have attained their growth in spite of me, it has been my pleasure and privilege to watch their personality unfold day by day and marvel at this splendid miracle of development.
I give them back reluctantly, for having spent nine months together in the narrow confines of a crowded classroom, we have grown close, have become a part of each other, and we shall always retain a little of each other.
Ten years from now if we met on the street, your child and I,
a light will shine to our eyes, a smile to our lips, and we
shall feel the bond of understanding once more, this bond we feel today.
We have lived, loved, laughed, played, studied, learned, and enriched our lives together this year. I wish it could go on indefinitely, but give them back I must. Take care of them, for they are precious.
Remember that I shall always be interested in your child and their destiny, wherever they go, whatever they do, whoever they become. Their joys and sorrows I’ll be happy to share.
I shall always be their friend.
Best Wishes for a fabulous summer and a great middle school experience!
Wishing you well,
This is my 12th year teaching in Billings Public Schools. I was born and raised in Billings and attended Billings Public Schools! I love spending time with my family. My daughter graduated from U of M and I love to go and visit her and watch the Grizzly football games. Sorry Cat fans! My son graduated from Billings Public High School and is playing golf for Rocky Mountain College. If I am not with my family, you can usually find me walking my golden retrievers Lola and Winston.