Monday, September 19, 2016

Where do we come from?

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I often share with my students that the coolest thing about this world is that we are all different. The first assignment in fifth grade is a way to learn about and celebrate each others' backgrounds and differences. I can't take credit for this idea, as I "borrowed" it from the wonderful fifth grade teachers at Fox Hill and brought it to Memorial. Each fifth grader is responsible for creating a Cultural Identity Quilt piece that showcases the country or countries from which his/her family came. These quilt pieces are then "woven" together to represent who we are, where we came from, and that together we make one unique (and pretty fabulous) classroom community. Today was our first day sharing. I can't wait to learn more tomorrow!  

Pari shared an amazing story of obstacles her father had to overcome while in Iran. 

Ava included some words in Italian AND French. 

Evan included a picture of a typical house in Madeira. 

Jack shared a picture of an Irish castle and some popular Italian food. Mangia! Mangia! 

Brody did a great job drawing the Swedish, German, and Italian flags. 

Maddie shared with us an important landmark in Canada. (And a picture of her new baby sister!)

Nolan explained the symbolism of cracking red eggs on Greek Easter. 

More to come...

Open House

It was so nice to meet you at Open House last week. Here is my presentation if you were unable to attend.

Also, I'm working on getting the iMovies to you! 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Bournedale Packing List

Here's what you need to know about Camp Bournedale in order for it to be a successful trip! 

  • Luggage should be confined to one piece
  • All medications should have been noted on the school health form and signed by doctor
  • Medications will be given to the nurse the morning of departure

Must Bring: 
  • Comfortable clothes
  • PJs
  • Towel (if you plan to shower)
  • Sneakers
  • Sleeping bag (or sheets & a blanket)
  • Pillow
  • Extra empty trash bag
  • Soap/shampoo (if you plan to shower)
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste

Can Bring:
  • Sports items for recreation time (tennis, baseball, lacrosse, etc.)
  • Disposable camera

Leave at home:
  • Money
  • Candy/gum
  • Food
  • Roller blades/skateboards
  • Electronics

Open House info

I look forward to meeting you at
Open House tomorrow night (9/14)

6:30-7:00 grade level presentations (room 235)
7:00-7:30 all school welcome in cafeteria
7:30-8:00 repeat grade level presentations 

This night is useful for ...
  • Seeing our classroom and your child's work.
  • Learning about 5th grade expectations, curriculum, and events.
  • Signing up for conferences.
  • Signing up to volunteer for 5th grade committee.

Kindly remember that individual discussions about your child will take place 
at conferences on December 1st. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Day One

We had a fabulous first day together. Please fill out and return the forms at your earliest convenience. Here are some highlights from day one!

What do you know about Ms. Conceison?
We love Kahoot!

Room 235 scavenger hunt. Where do you put completed classwork?

Where are the band-aids?

Our year is going to be so bright, you're going to need sweet shades!

We ended our day with a kick off party.

Here's to a great year!