Thursday, April 20, 2017

Wonderful Bakers and Cell Scientists!

I loved seeing all the work they did on their cell projects! It was great the creativity and perseverance! 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

OAKS Science Study Guide

In order to prepare for the OAKS science test we will be reviewing these concepts in class. Feel free to take a look at the study guide before we go in to take the test.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Smarter Balanced and OAKS Testing

Dear Fifth Grade Families, 

We will be doing Smarter Balanced English Language Arts tests and Smarter Balanced Math tests this year on May 9th and May 10th, as well as the OAKS Science Test on May 17th. Please check out the practice tests and materials on the website to help your student become familiar with the format. I will also take them through the training test in class to be sure they get the best score possible. If you have any questions for me, please send me an email. 

Ms. O'Malley 

Cells, Midsummer Auditions, and a Trip to the Wetlands

Our week back was wonderful and so busy! We had a field trip to the Wetlands, where we saw many, many snakes, spotted a bald eagle,and heard birds singing and saw them building a nest. We had binoculars for bird-watching, saw a few (well-camouflaged) frogs, spotted turtles basking in the sun, were surprised by the tale of a decomposing beaver. The student enjoyed stretching their legs and being outside!

Back in the classroom, this talented group did their midsummer auditions. Almost every student performed Puck's speech and they parts went out via email on Tuesday evening. Wednesday they were buzzing with energy and so excited to get started learning their lines and rehearsing. I was proud of them for how they dealt with each other, moved on from disappointments, and threw themselves into the project. I will need your help too, to be ready on June 1st! Keep an eye out for an email about costumes: 

We also learned the parts of the cell and compared plant cells to animal cells! They should be busily working on their cell projects this weekend. I am excited to see their masterpieces. Email me if you have any questions about that! 

Upcoming Events: 
Monday, April 10th - Cell Project Due
Tuesday, April 11th - Spring MAP Testing
Thursday, April 13th - Spring Concert 1pm and 6:30pm 
Friday, April 21st - Field Trip to Reed and the Rhododendron Garden

Wetlands Field Trip

Dear Laurie,

Thank you for being my leader. I like seeing the turtles and the beaver. You are good at teaching about animals. I learned a lot about the beaver! My favorite part was seeing all the birds.


Dear Ms. Sonia,

Thank you so much for teaching us amazing things about the things we came across. I loved the adorable turtles and cute slithering snakes that we found also. It was very educational and it's a great place to go.

Your friend,

Dear Ms. Patty,

Thank you for taking your time to teach us stuff. It was fun and I saw cool things that day like snakes, frogs, a dead beaver. One of my favorite things was looking at cool things we found. But I wish we had more time. I loved the mud there too. And the snail I saw. 

You're cool and funny. You also taught me cool things. And showed me cool things. I thought it was cool that we saw like 15 snakes. Again, it was fun. 

Dear Ms. Patty,

Thank you for showing my group around the wetlands. It was very fun. it was very exciting. I hope you had as much fun as we did. It was very cool to see the wetlands like that. Thank you for the soothing experience. It was cool to see all the birds, insects, and much more. I really liked the bald eagle that flew over our head. I did not know that they got their white feathers when they were five until you said they did. It was fascinating. Thank you for the experience. 


Dear Jenna,

Thank you very much for the wonderful experience in the Wetlands. Thank you for showing my group around. Thanks for teaching us about animals and their habitats. Even though I don't really like bugs they are quite interesting to learn about! Thank you very much for everything. 


Dear Mr. David,

Thank you for having us at the Wetlands. I enjoyed learning about all the different creatures and plants. One thing that surprised me was where turtles breath from. It was very cool to see all the swimming bugs especially under the microscope. I learned that turtles love basking out in the sun and it helps to parasites go away. I couldn't believe that the water could get higher than me! Although my family and I are all short. I am so excited to tell my sister what we did. Thank you again, and I hope to see and come back soon. 


Falcon Bazaar

We went into spring break on a high note, selling our Falcon Bazaar projects to the younger grades for falcon bucks. I was amazed at the students creativity and how they worked with their buddies to create wonderful products. We have a few real entrepreneurs on our hands.  Thanks to the families who came to visit and to those of you who helped supply materials! We couldn't have done it without you. 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Spring Concert

When: Thursday, April 13th at 1:00pm and 6:30pm
(students need to arrive by 6:10pm)
Where: CHPCS school gymnasium 
What: K-8th music performances 

Please wear uniform!