Update for Week of 10/12

Check it off

We’re progressing towards more responsibility and organization to increase our best effort and productivity.  The “My Work from Ms. Thayer” sheet is color coded for folders and assignments.  This week for Cohort B and next week for Cohort A we will add another folder for “Content” – Social Studies and Science work.   Our SIP folder will stay at school.  Together the class is prompted with each folder to turn in work and then later to receive new work for Remote days.  The check-off system on the “My Work from Ms. Thayer” is a requirement to use.  This sheet should stay at home and you are welcome to make it a routine for your child to turn in the checklist paper to an adult as a contract of agreement that all assignments have been done before returning to school.  

Highlight of the Week – short but sweet.

  • New project introduced that will involve science research and paragraph writing for a purposeful community project and gift for others (wildlife notecards).  We will integrate science, art, writing and Maine into this endeavor.
    Research will be done during Remote days and the writing will be done at school to help strengthen our flabbiest skill – writing paragraphs.
  • My Work from Ms. Thayer Week of 10/13  for remote learning.

  • HBS Open House on Wednesday, October 21st
    A Google Form was sent via email on Wednesday, 10/14 for ways to participate.  Google Slides for each grade will be shared by our school on this date with families.
  • Dress in layers of sweatshirts, sweaters, coats, hats, pants, tights, long underwear and ways to embrace fresh air.

Google Meet Schedule for Week of October 19th

Monday, October 19th

  • Cohort B is invited to come to Morning Meeting  at 9:00am

Tuesday, October 20th

  • Open Study Hall for Students to come in anytime during this hour for questions, help, or just to work with teacher in proximity and other classmates
    from 9:30-10:30  Ms. Ridge

Wednesday, October 21st

  • Girls Book Club at 11am on Wednesday, October 21st.
  • Executive Branch meeting at 12:00 on Wednesday, October 21st
  • Open Study Hall for Students to come in anytime during this hour for questions, help, or just to work with teacher in proximity and other classmates
    from 12:15-1:15 Ms. Thayer

Thursday, October 22nd 

  • Cohort A is invited to come to Morning Meeting  at 9:00am
  • Open Study Hall for Students to come in anytime during the hour block for questions, help, or just to work with teacher in proximity and other classmates.
    from 10:00-11:00  Ms. Ridge
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Update for Week of 10/5

Bundle Up!

We have used an Outdoor Classroom everyday so far.  We have spaces with seating, dry erase boards and plenty of fresh air and movement opportunities for clearer thinking!  So, dress warmer than needed with layers.  Fleece lined tights, long underwear, jackets, sweatshirts with jackets, and hats.  Also, outdoor play, lunch, laughter and group games have been wonderful so outdoors here we come at HBS!    

Highlights of the week

  • Continued to build upon our knowledge about decimals.
  • Took a Multiplication Review test.
  • Played a Fact Fluency review game in trios with distance, our own deck of cards and tweaks to the rules to be collaborative, yet safe.
  • Did activities with our new spelling list:  Round 2 of Homophones.
  • Introduced our new prefix “mono” and the vocabulary list for the week.
  • Played two rounds of our Maine Jeopardy game in our group teams to use our scavenged facts and map knowledge.
  • Read Day 2 in our Lost on a Mountain in Maine and Lost Trail tandem reading.
  • Continued working on our reflect and response writing for Donn Fendler reading.
  • Progressed in on our 40 Challenge Growth Mindset game goals. 
  • Read our first 5th/6th Grade Edition of our Scholastic News magazine and was introduced to our digital site for this resource and the Google Classroom assignment for our remote days.
  • Reviewed work progress, expectations and 5th grade best effort.
  • Passed 3 laws for our classroom in congress
  • Continued to deposit money in our bank account for jobs, responsible choices and work completion.
  • Had music in-person and library virtually in the classroom.  
  • Read a book about Anna Comstock to model note taking for our biography project. .
  • Shared our Biography Choices with Ms. Martin, librarian, who is going to support our learning with some additional resources.
  • Cohort A joined Cohort B for Morning Meeting via Google Meet 
  • Cohort B joined Cohort A for Morning Meeting via Google Meet
  • Mrs. Farrand, HBS school counselor made a virtual introduction during a Morning Meeting

  • No School on Friday, October 9th for Professional Development
  • No School on Monday, October 12th for Indigenous People Day
  • Emails are being introduced to students and permitted to be used once students have met with me or Ms. Ridge for an introduction.
  • Emails are secured and only allowed for communication with Brunswick School District teachers, staff and students.
  • I will be assigning a Google Classroom assignment next week that will require your child to share with you a Slide Share with email expectations to review together.  I will view it with your child at school and then have them review with you for reinforcement of the expectations and use of this responsibility.
  • Our biography project is at the beginning stages and for now is just an SBAR expectation with a note taking reflect on Remote Days.

Google Meet Schedule for the week of October 13th

  • Cohort B is invited to come to Morning Meeting on Tuesday, October 13th using our link in Google Classroom at 9:00 am.
  • Cohort A is invited to come to Morning Meeting on Thursday, October 15th at 9:00 am
  • Girls Book Club at 11am on Wednesday, October 14th.
  • No Executive branch of congress this week.
    New Addition to our Schedule
  • Open Study Hall for Students to come in anytime during the hour blocks for questions, help, or just to work with teacher in proximity and other classmates.
    Wednesday, October 14th from 12-1
    Thursday, October 15th from 10:30-11:30

HBS Virtual Open House on Wednesday, October 21st

On this day a Google Slide will be posted for a hello and introduction to HBS Grades.
On this day you are invited to use our Classroom Google Meet link to come check-in, ask any questions or update me on anything.   It is an invitation to help provide an opportunity for an Open House but in a virtual way to fit these times.  My window will be from 2-3 and 5-6.   I will send out a way to signup for a 10 minute time slot next week if interested or needed.  We’ve been together already for a year and been in contact, so there is no obligation or need for any added stress to juggle one more thing.  Just use this opportunity if needed, but know we will have conferences virtually in November/December to connect virtually, discuss progress and update goals.  

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Update for Week of 9/28

Our “Outdoors Learning” spaces have officially opened and our class has tried out the tree lined area by the Art Room for a math game, the tented area with tree stump chairs for a Word Study game, and the Harriet Haven Garden for some reading and writing.   We will be signing up every day possible for one of these learning dens, as we call them at HBS in honor of our Bobcat mascot.  

Highlights of the Week

  • Started our learning about decimals to the tenths and hundredths place value.  
  • Finished the foreword and introduction reading and comprehension Google Forms for our Novel and Graphic Novel readings about Donn Fendler.
  • Read Day 1 Chapter 1-3 in our novel, Lost on a Mountain in Maine, with follow-up comprehension activities.
  • Read Day 1 in our Graphic Novel, Lost Trail, with a follow-up letter to our fellow classmate readers for sharing next week
  • Learned a new prefix “post” and studied a list of words with this prefix.
  • Started a new Word Study lesson with words that are all homophones.
  • Continued to read in our Loki Wolves read aloud that we are finishing as a class.   Class members are continuing to read different characters.
  • Attended music (in-person) and library (virtually). 
  • Started our Biography Talk Show project by selecting our person and the book to read for gathering notes.  Information about this project went home on Tuesday and Friday.  
  • Continued to discuss, debate and vote on laws

My Work from Ms. Thayer sheet

  • On Friday, October 9th is a Professional Development Day.  No school for Cohort B.
  • On Monday, October 12th is Indigenous People Day.  No school for Cohort A.
  • Biography Talk Show Project (Info about it when home this week) has no due date for the final performance yet.  It will be broken into pieces to be done at school and during remote days.  Getting the costume and props ready should not be an expensive endeavor- closets, relatives, neighbors and Goodwill stores can be good places to be creative in designing the look of the person your child will become.  Let me know if you need any help in getting anything.
  • Every Tuesday and Friday (or whatever is the last day your child is at school for the week) a paper will be given out to your child about work completion and any missing work.  Let’s not stress on missed work but move forward in not making it a trend that reoccurs often.  We are all trying to juggle so much in our lives, and we all need to find the balance and attitude of looking forward not backwards.
  • Continue to dress in warm layers for outdoor classroom times and wide open windows.

Google Meet Schedule for the week of October 5th

  • Cohort B is invited to come to Morning Meeting on Tuesday, October 6th using our link in Google Classroom at 9:00 am.
  • Cohort A is invited to come to Morning Meeting on Thursday, October 8th at 9:00 am
  • Girls Book Club at 11am on Wednesday, October 7th.
  • Executive Branch meeting of congress for President, Vice President, Secretary of State and Speaker of the House at 12 pm on Wednesday, October 7th.

 for setting up 5th Grade Email

 

Wednesday at 9:00 am with Ms. Thayer

Thursday at 10 am with Ms. Ridge

Thursday at 11:30 am with Ms. Ridge

Thursday at 1 pm with Ms. Ridge

Students can choose one of the above time slots to come in via our link in Google Classroom for getting instructions for using their 5th grade email for school related communications.

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Update for Week 2 of 5th Grade

We are adapting to our new normal after 4 days together.  As one Room 210 citizen said, “I’m getting used to this mask, by the end of the year this will be nothing.”  In another breath, a student responded, “we should still burn them when this is all over.”  We are embracing our coping strategies and humor whenever we can!  

The community is starting our math learning, social studies and literacy while still strengthening community and relationships.

Highlights of the Week

  • Reviewed and built upon our place value knowledge in math.
  • Played a partner math game outside in one of our Outdoor Learning Places. 
  • Sorted, matched and discussed words with the prefix “pre”.
  • Discussed, debated and voted on another law in classroom congress.
  • Added a new position in our classroom government, Secretary of State.  Thanks to Eli for accepting this position to help out President Jacob and Vice President Logan.
  • Went to our second music class of our 5 week stretch with this special.
  • Journeyed on a virtual visit with our HBS Librarian, Mrs. Martin.  
  • Read about the features of a novel verses a graphic novel and answered comprehension questions using Google Forms.
  • Reinforced the use of complete sentence mechanics when writing.
  • Started our tandem reading of a novel and graphic novel of the memoir of Donn Fendler who was lost on Mount Katahdin for 9 days.  A story of survival over overwhelming odds.
  • Making a connection with our literacy reading and the 200th birthday of the State of Maine we are dipping our toes into studying some of the characteristics of our shared state community.
  • Continued to work on completing the first of 6 games of 40 strategic challenges each.  By the end of the semester our goal is to finish all 6 games for 240 problem solving challenges accomplished.
  • Started to read the picture book biography of Ruth Bader Ginsberg called I Dissent.

Reminders:

  • Dress with layers and add a sweatshirt, sweater and/or jacket because we are keeping the windows inside open often and going outside for learning whenever we can.
  • Water bottles are encouraged or other drinks to help with hydration and dryness that mask wearing can cause.
  • Pocket size hand lotion to help with any dry or sore hands from the frequent cleanings can be brought to school when needed.
  • If you requested the need for a school laptop computer for home, the pickup times are Thursday & Friday 7:30-4:00 for Cohort B.   
    Monday & Tuesday 7:30-4:00 for Cohort A.

“My Work from Ms. Thayer” to complete by Monday for Cohort A and
Thursday for Cohort B was sent home with folders for each subject.  All work and clipped folders need to return to school every Monday and Thursday.
 My Work from Ms. Thayer Week of 9_21

Our 3,000 strong classroom library is open for loaning at school and home.  Students are using, browsing and exchanging books with a sanitation system in place.  

 

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Update for Week 1 of 5th Grade

We did it!  Two days accomplished of back to school since March.  Masked, with distance and sanitizing more than usual ended up being inconvenient, but did not get in the way of the wonderful spirit of 5th graders and what they can accomplish together .  

The community is renewing connections, revisiting our growth mindset actions and establishing routines and procedures for safe, respectful and responsible learning.  

Highlights of the Week

  • Updated our bank accounts with savings from 4th grade
  • Held a Classroom Congress session
  • Connected with our Distance Only Learners
  • Reviewed CPR for writing
  • Wrote a hope, dream or wish for our community. 
  • Established expectations for transitions, routines and lunch/recess
  • Updated our Desk Tags
  • Joined our 5th Grade Google Classroom
  • Joined our Music Google Classroom – directions about music were sent home on Tuesday.
  • Organized our Classroom Folders
  • Started our 40 challenge goal in Think Fun games for strategic thinking and growth mindset action use

“My Work from Ms. Thayer” sheet will go home every Tuesday for Cohort A and Friday for Cohort B

Week of September 14th 

Due by Monday for Cohort A and Thursday for Cohort B of the following week. 

Scheduling for work completion is flexible to fit family needs.  Independence to complete should be the goal. 

Any computer work is not required if access to a computer is limited.   Filling out the Technology Survey (Click Here)  that was included in the big envelope sent home on Tuesday or Friday  will help get devices to families in need.   

Folders are coming home every Tuesday for Cohort A and every Friday for Cohort B in a big clip.  Colors of folders match the colors on the “My Work from Ms. Thayer” sheet to help with organization.  

All work should be returned in the folders of their subject area to turn in for feedback when returning to school on Monday or Thursday.   Use the BIG clip for keeping folders together when traveling from home to school and back again.   

Reminders: 

  • Packing a water bottle or other drinks for hydration is encouraged.  
  • We have a morning and afternoon opportunity for snacks brought from home.  
  • Two free masks were sent home to be washed for your use by the school.  They are welcomed to be back-up masks for your child’s bag.   
  • Videos about mask wearing and washing are in your child’s 5th Grade Google Classroom.
  • Pictures from the hybrid days will be posted in Google Classroom for students to see each other and share with family.  
  • Email for 5th grade students via their Google Classroom will be introduced during week 3 of school.  Distance Only students are using them first to test out the system.  Stay tuned.
  • Any questions about music class, contact Ms. Brown at cbrown@brunswicksd.org
  • Any questions about band, contact Ms. Hodgdon at jhodgdon@brunswicksd.org

This is just the beginning of our new journey in 5th grade during a time of a Pandemic so patience, progress and building upon expectations, opportunities and information week by week is the goal.   For now, 2 days of in-person school with gradual increasing of expectations involving homework for review, practice, reading and community building will be the plan.  We will be using our time together in school wisely and with focus.   

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Hello 5th Graders and Families Letter sent by email on 9/7

Letter includes:  Cohort List, Supply List, and Schedule

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