Our 5th Grade Team
2/16/2018 - MINDFUL MOMENT: Brain research studies confirm the power of practicing kindness. Brain scans reveal that neural pathways involved in detecting emotions are dramatically strengthened in people with extensive, focused experiences in practicing compassion. Other studies have shown that our brains are rewarded for altruism with release of dopamine during acts of kindness. We are hard-wired to feel good about doing good!
Pacific is having Pride Day - a chance for families and students to help clean-up and spruce-up our campus- on Feb. 28, 1:30-3:30. Families are encouraged to attend at any point during those two hours. Every student from our class that attends will add one marble to our class incentive jar! PTA will be checking people in at the front of the cafeteria by the Zone so we will have a record of who came out to help. Thank you in advance for your Pacific Pride!
2/15/2018 - Pacific Valet
We need your help with valet service! Room 26 is responsible for the week of March 5th. Please click on the sign-up genius to volunteer your time. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4fa5a62daafb6-panther80
2/11/2018 - This is MBMS Night
Dear 5th Grade Families,
We are looking forward to seeing you and your child on Monday, February 12th at This is MBMS Night. Monday morning you will receive an email from Sign Up Genius with your schedule for the evening. Please make sure you bring that with you to the evening because you will rotate through five different areas in the school. We will have our wonderful WEB and ASB students available to help you find your way.
If you have not signed up, please do so here so you have a schedule. You will need to scroll down until you find an empty group. There are plenty of spaces for everyone!
Students and parents will visit two classrooms to hear from a student, parent, and staff. They will also get to visit elective options for 6th grade (year-long drama now!!), and meet with the counselors and assistant principals to discuss the social-emotional transition.
2/9/2018 - Mindful Moment
Think back on a time where someone gave you a compliment...memories like this have an incredible staying power and often remind us that we can act in the same way to help, encourage, or comfort someone else. Acts of kindness cultivate shared happiness, build relationships, and give people a sense of connectedness to a group, community, or place.
2/2/2018 - Mindful Moment
We know from brain research that any act of kindness might seem small, but it’s actually changing the way we see ourselves, the way we see others, and the way others see us. As our kind actions affect the lives of others, we feel more compassionate, confident, useful, and in control. We find ourselves feeling more grateful for what we have, and optimistic about the future. Kindness Week is February 12th-16th!
1/26/2018 - Student Council
It's that time again...another round of student council elections. The timeline is listed below:
**Information Meeting: Tuesday, February 27th from 2:45-3:10 in room 4. ALL CANDIDATES must attend in order to run.
**Candidacy Packets Due with parent signature (and email) by 3:00pm: Friday, March 2nd. Poster boards will be distributed at this time.
**TYPED speeches and music/dance/cheer (for mascot and spirit chair) due by 3:00pm: Monday, March 5th
**Posters Due before school by 8:00: Wednesday, March 7th and will displayed IN THE CAFE after school through Friday.
**Election Day: Friday, March 9th from 9-10 in the cafe.
ALL deadlines are firm in order to preserve the integrity of the process and to demonstrate responsibility and to be fair for all candidates.
Meetings will continue to take place on Thursdays, after school from 2:45-3:15.
***Room Rep elections will be held in our classroom the following week- as all names of reps will be due on Friday, March 16th. There is only 1 rep per class that will function as a full, participating member of student council. They are expected to attend all meetings- and if they cannot make that commitment, should not run for rep.
Complete packets for student council will be distributed at the meeting only. Room Rep permission slips and info sheets can be obtained by classroom teachers closer to the dates above.
1/26/2018 - Mindful Moment
Low levels of serotonin in the brain are linked to aggression, anxiety and depression. Both laughter and serotonin make you feel good. But the positive effects of laughter on your mood could be the result of increased dopamine and endorphin levels and decreased levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Remember to LAUGH often!
1/22/2018 - 5th Grade Panoramic Pic
The 5th grade panoramic picture was taken today. The order form is attached above. If you have not turned in an order you can do so until Thursday, January 25th . After January 25th there is a $8 late fee added to the cost of the panoramic picture. You can contact JW Photography directly at 310-640-7212 or Karen@jwpartypictures.com
1/12/2018 - Mindful Moment
Known as “the seat” of your executive function, the prefrontal cortex affects self-regulation, decision-making, and attention processes. After high stress, this part of your brain can experience a decrease in its capability. From lessened blood flow on the left side to increased activity on the right, alterations in your prefrontal cortex can cause excess stimuli, emotional overwhelm, and (potentially) dark mood swings. Often the lower brain structures focus on the past or the future. Mindfulness deliberately places attention in the present moment, activating the cortex through an observational process that shuts down unnecessary instincts and emotions, while activating rational thinking. Try this exercise two to five times per day in moments of tension and also relaxation:
1. Deliberately pause what you’re doing.
2. Take a deep breath in; imagine in your mind taking a step back.
3. Turn inward; notice what you feel inside your body and mind.
4. Suspend judgment; let anything come up. Observe without evaluating.
5. Label what you notice (“I’m feeling _______________”).
6. Observe the experience as if you were watching a friend move through it. 7. Notice when the emotion or experience subsides.
8. Redirect your attention to a pleasant or desired focus.
1/10/2018 - We had an eventful day at the Griffith Observatory learning all about space!
1/9/2018 - Tomorrow is our field trip to the Griffith Observatory!
12/21/2017 - Mindful Moment:
The neuroscience behind mindfulness is a huge component of the MindUp curriculum. Teaching children about the amygdala, prefrontal cortex, and hippocampus is crucial so that they might better understand brain function and how it relates to our actions. The brain is like a map for showing how we learn and why we behave the way we do. Challenge for the week: Review the functions of the amygdala, prefrontal cortex, and hippocampus.
12/11/2017 - There will be a Mid-Module 3 Assessment on Wednesday, December 13th. This assessment was not posted in last week's newsletter. Module 3 is much shorter than Module 2 and our half-way point has come so quickly! Students have been doing well on our Module 3 lessons, and I have full confidence that they will do well on the Mid-Assessment.
12/7/2017 - Room 26 Panther Valet Service Sign Up
Our room is responsible for the Panther Valet Service during the week of March 5th. Please click on the sign up to view available slots.
12/7/2017 - Book Exchange on Dec. 21st
I’m excited to announce that on Thursday, December 21, we will have our annual Book Exchange in Room 26. Please send your child to school with a new or gently used wrapped book for the exchange. We will have an old fashioned “Yankee Swap” in which the children draw names and each has a chance to either choose a book from the pile, or “steal” a book that has already been chosen. It’s great fun and everyone goes home with something new to read over the break!
Please be sure that your child brings a book that he or she feels someone would be excited to receive. This is not the time to clean out unwanted books that might not be of interest to anyone. It is ok to send books that may be more likely to appeal to either boys or girls. This is usually sorted out during the “stealing” process. Additionally, students can always trade their books at the end of the game.
Thanks in advance for your help with this fun Room 26 tradition!
12/1/2017 - Thank you to all those that have already signed up to donate gifts to our adopted family this holiday season. If you have not signed up to donate gifts, please click HERE to see which gifts are still available. There are still many options to choose from! All gifts need to be dropped off by Monday, December 11th. Please label your gifts. Thank you for your generosity!
11/30/2017 - This week, students will be harvesting vegetables in the garden during lunch recess. All interested students are welcome to join! On Friday, the vegetables will be sold right next to the ice cream station. Come and get some!
11/13/2017 - Our Module 2 Math Assessment has been moved to Wednesday, November 29th. We will spend this week finishing up the lessons from Module 2. When we return from Thanksgiving break, we will review on Monday and Tuesday, then test on Wednesday.
11/9/2017 - Pacific's Book Fair is November 13th - November 17th 8AM-3PM (Monday close time is 1PM and Wednesday close is 2PM). This year the book fair will be held in the cafeteria. Please check the schedule below to see when your child’s class will visit the book fair. Click HERE to sign up and volunteer. Parents, grandparents and siblings are welcome to come in and shop anytime. Pages in downtown Manhattan Beach will be providing our books and donating a percentage of all sold back to Pacific.
10/24/2017 - Goal-setting conferences will take place the week of November 6th. Please click on the link to sign up for your goal-setting conference. I look forward to meeting with you and working together to set personalized goals for your child. In addition to signing up for a time, please take a moment to fill out this questionnaire by Saturday, October 28th. By filling out the questionnaire, you are helping me prepare to make the most out of our limited time together.
10/20/17 - I've added to our "Kidblog" tab, step-by-step instructions for logging in for the first time. Students will first log in with the generic password "room26" before being prompted to reset their password. Students should reset their password to the same password they use for Tenmarks ("panthers_ _ _ _"). Our first Kidblog is due November 7th, but students can post their blog before the due date. Happy blogging!
10/20/17 - Pacific dress code update: 4th and 5th graders' shorts must be at/longer than where their middle finger touches when their arms are at their sides.
10/9/17 - Picture day proofs were sent home today. If you'd like to order prints, order directly through JW Photography. Please do not send orders to school. Picture make-ups are on Friday, October 20th. Please let me know if you want your child to retake their photo.
10/2/17 - Math Module 1 Assessments were graded and returned to students today. Please check your child's homework folder under "papers for parents" to see the report. Overall, the students did well! One way we personalize learning during math is to work in small groups and review/reteach concepts. During Module 2, I will spend some time reteaching concepts in small group instruction for those students that have not mastered the skill YET.
In addition - FIELD TRIP NEWS! A letter will be going home tomorrow outlining important information for our field trip on Friday, October 13th. This letter includes the opportunity to volunteer as a chaperone. Also, attached to the letter is a form that must be completed and returned as soon as possible. Thank you in advance for your promptness!
10/2/17 - Bring Your Parent to PE is the week of October 23rd-27th. Come join us on Tuesday, October 24th or Friday, October 27th from 12:45-1:35 for PE! ...my dad and mother-in-law will be joining too! :)
9/28/17 - Interested in 3D printing? Click here to sign up for a free three-part workshop!
9/21/17 - Our first Math End-of-the-Module Assessment will take place this Wednesday (9/27). Students will have two days of review leading up to the test. They will be given a study guide to review. Here’s a list of concepts they will need to understand and apply:
9/14/17 - Our first science test is quickly approaching (Next week Wednesday). The best way to prepare for this test is to think of the “Big Idea” that we have talked about during this scope: “Plants acquire their material for growth chiefly from air and water,” and make sure you can explain this idea using learned vocabulary and examples that we have read about and discussed. Other useful study tools include your completed STEMscope packet and science journal notes.
9/11/2017 - There is a Social Studies test this Friday. Students should be studying nightly. Please see the homework page for Social Studies homework this week.
9/6/2017 - Next week (September 11th-15th), we will not be serving lunch in the cafeteria due to early dismissal for F&P testing. Please send a heavy snack for your child. If your child attends EDP and wants to order lunch, here is the information. Orders must be placed by Friday.
ORDER FORM http://mbcampuscafe.org/schools/mbusd_3007091943043438/otherdocs/GRADES_1-5_LUNCH_ORDER_FORM_WEEK_OF_SEPT_11,_2017.pdf
8/31/2017 - THANK YOU for a wonderful Back to School Night! I loved meeting you all and am excited to work together with you this school year. Below is the link for the BTSN powerpoint presentation. I realized (on my drive home) that I did not discuss Science curriculum with my homeroom families. I will send you an email this weekend with detailed information explaining the science slides that were shared this evening.
8/28/2017 - Sign up for your child's F&P Reading Assessment by clicking on the link below. Reading assessments will take place the week of September 11th with minimum days all week.
8/23/2017 - Parents, please take a moment to fill out the following google survey regarding Parent Email. Email is a valuable resource for communicating between school and home, therefore we'd like to make sure we have your preferred email. Even if you've already received an email from me, please fill out the survey as it is a helpful tool for keeping your contact information organized. Thank you!