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Last Family Letter

posted May 22, 2019, 8:04 AM by Carrie Underwood   [ updated May 22, 2019, 8:17 AM ]


May/June



Dear Room 18 Families,


As the saying goes, "all good things must come to an end."  That is truly how I feel about this class. We stuck with the "work hard, play hard" motto throughout this year. With the end of the year rapidly approaching emotions can definitely be mixed; we discussed this today at morning meeting. Our routines will vary due to so many activities and events, with that we made a promise today to be as kind and understanding with each other as possible.


There will be several end of the year assessments which are required, but not something students need to "study" for. Biography Book Reports are due Friday 5/24. Egg Drop is well under way. We had our first trial this morning! Back to the drawing board for most teams. Like in the real world, prototypes often, if not usually fail on the first attempt.



If you have not signed in with your child to funrun.com please do so, no pledge is required to sign-in and see what our fundraiser is all about. Thank to those that have. Information and envelopes went home early this week. On May 30 we will be having the Fun Run.


Our last day of school is June 17th, this is an early release, with no lunch. I would like the class to have breakfast together in school that day. Any donations would be greatly appreciated. Some suggestions: fruit, cheese, mini bagels, yogurt, breakfast bars,  juice, and paper products. Please email me if you are able to contribute something. Once we know what it coming in Mrs. Hirschorn and I will provide whatever else we need.


Thank you for a great year!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Underwood


April Family Letter

posted Apr 24, 2019, 7:40 AM by Carrie Underwood

April Family Letter


Dear Room 18 Families,


Well, it is the beginning of the end. We have less than 40 school days before the year is over! As I've said to the class repeatedly, let's end strong and on a positive note. This time of year may bring heightened anxiety. While we look forward to summer, change; especially changing schools can be stressful. Just something to keep in mind.


Tomorrow is Creative Arts Night 5:30-7:00. It is not a set schedule, so feel free to come and go anytime within the hour and a half. I will be here also seeing all the wonderful work around the school. Viking flags and Water Cycle packets should go home with students if you attend, please leave all other work.


We have 2 more rounds of MCAS, May 7th and 8th for math and May 15th and 16th for STE. We start first thing, so please do not plan any morning appointments for these days.


Right before vacation we finished reading the book Wonder and we watched the movie together, it was an awesome experience. "Wonder Binders" are due 5/3. After we finish the next 5 lessons of Journeys, I would like to end the year by reading the book Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen. Any donations would be greatly appreciated. We are in the process for ordering and replacing novels for next year. I can't thank you enough for the books you have provided for the class this year.


The last few months of school are full of events and special activities. Please read Mr. Caira's weekly emails for upcoming dates. Any questions or concerns please call or email me at cunderwood@ashland.k12.ma.us



Sincerely,

Mrs. Underwood


Family Letter

posted Jan 28, 2019, 11:13 AM by Carrie Underwood


January/February 2019

Dear Room 18 Families,


Well, we've made it to the ½ point of fifth grade and some of you may have noticed the demands are increasing; it is not your imagination. Expectations do increase once we begin January. Please help your child manage their time, make school a priority, and always strive to turn in high quality work. This is also a conversation I have had and will continue to have with them.


We recently received the MCAS dates, please do not plan any absences for these dates:

ELA: April 3 and 4

Math: May 7 and 8

Science: May 13 and 16


In March there are three early release days for conferences. They are 3/6, 3/13, and 3/20.  These are early release with lunch. The conferences will begin at 12:30, 12:45, 1:00, 1:15, 1:30, 1:45, 2:00, 2:15, and 2:30. If you would like to meet, please email me a date and time, and I will confirm with you. If I think we need to meet, I will reach out, if I don't hear from you.


We will be celebrating Valentine's Day in Room 18. Participation is optional. At the bottom is  a list of first names. Please be sure to include every child.


Finally, keep those Box Tops coming! We've won 2 months in a row. There is also a food drive going on until vacation, please consider participation if at all possible.


Thank you,

Mrs. Underwood


Inez   Hugo Lucy R.  Lucy M. Gabby   Lila Ailsa Alex  Patrick Siebren Sammy


Matt  Jacob Dylan  Molly Julian  Ricky Natalia Derek   Abby Ariel Aashrita


December Family Letter

posted Dec 4, 2018, 6:11 AM by Carrie Underwood



December 2018



Dear Room 18 Families,


Happy Holidays! First I would like to thank everyone for the very generous donation of Number the Stars books to room 18. I am overwhelmed by you kindness and generosity. We will begin reading them next week and I am so excited to not have to deal with missing pages or books held together with elastics!


The Friday (12/21) before vacation, we will celebrate the holiday season with a "Party in a Box" format. This is completely optional and if your child has any allergies, please make their own box as surprise for them. Each child wishing to play takes a box such as a shoe box and fills it with 1 drink, 1 salty snack, 1 sweet snack, and 1 new paperback book that a 5th grader would enjoy reading. Then the box is wrapped/decorated. We will play a game in school picking/switching boxes. All items must be store bought with labels. If your child would like to play, but you are unable to supply the items, please let me know through email, asap and I will discretely provide a box for them.


In the next few weeks I would like to show 2 movies (if behavior allows) one is The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe  and the other is Miracle at Midnight. The first is PG-13, the other in not rated. It was a Disney made for TV movie and is connected to Number the Stars, I would consider it also to be PG-13. Both movies have these ratings due to some battle/war scenes and death of characters, not for language or any other mature themes. I have shown both of these movies for over a decade with no issues. Please sign and return the bottom, if you give permission for your child to watch them.


Sincerely,

Mrs. Underwood


___________________________________________________________________________


My Child___________________________________________has my permission to watch the movies described.


Signature_______________________________________________ Date_________________


November Family Letter

posted Nov 9, 2018, 7:31 AM by Carrie Underwood


November 2018



Dear Room 18 Families,


I hope this letter finds you healthy, happy, and ready for the holiday season. Thank you for attending conferences. Every family was represented, which sends a strong positive message to the children that you value school and that we are all working together to provide the best possible education.


For the next 4 weeks we will be following our Journeys curriculum for ELA, then we will have a shared novel experience with a book called Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry. We have school copies, but not many, and some are in very poor condition. If at all possible please try get a copy of this book for your child or donate a few to Room 18, it would be very much appreciated!


In Math we are continuing with division, now with 2-digit divisors. Then we will touch on division and multiplication with decimals. iReady is a great way to have some additional math support/instruction at home. Also, keep working with basic facts. This week we started a CCD review packet. It will be given on Thursday and due the next Thursday.


This week we are wrapping up explorers in Social Studies. For the next 3 weeks the class with be with Mrs. Prater for science.  As always, if you have an questions or concerns, please contact me.


Sincerely,

Mrs. Underwood






Updated iReady Letter

posted Oct 24, 2018, 12:00 PM by Carrie Underwood


October 2018


Dear Grade 5 Families,


We are very excited about a new online learning opportunity for students called iReady. After a diagnostic assessment in both Reading and Math, leveled individualized lessons designed to engage and remediate are generated. The students follow these lessons that include instruction and pre set games. Our goal is 30-45 minutes per subject per week. The diagnostics are complete and each student has been participating in school.


As a fifth grade team, we are often asked for either "extra" work or for ways to support learning at home. After a recent training and discussion, we came to the conclusion that iReady would be an excellent way to address these concerns. Any device such as a computer, chromebook, or an iPad with IOS 10 or higher, can be utilized to access iReady. If your child does not have access to  any of these, the library has technology available.


Usernames and passwords are the same: first letter of last name and student ID. All students have participated multiple times at school and should have no issues accessing the site. This is not an at-home requirement, just an opportunity for students. Please do not assist, students should work independently.  We hope that iReady will be another tool to help all students make academic growth.


Sincerely,

The Grade 5 Team


iReady

posted Oct 22, 2018, 7:44 AM by Carrie Underwood


October 2018


Dear Grade 5 Families,


We are very excited about a new online learning opportunity for students called iReady. After a diagnostic assessment in both Reading and Math, leveled individualized lessons designed to engage and remediate are generated. The students follow these lessons that include instruction and pre set games. Our goal is 30-45 minutes per subject per week. The diagnostics are complete and each student has been participating in school.


As a fifth grade team, we are often asked for either "extra" work or for ways to support learning at home. After a recent training and discussion, we came to the conclusion that iReady would be an excellent way to address these concerns. Any device such as a computer, chromebook, or an iPad with IOS 10 or higher, can be utilized to access iReady. If your child does not have access to  any of these, the library has technology available.


Usernames and passwords are the same: first letter of last name and student ID. All students have participated multiple times at school and should have no issues accessing the site. This is not an at-home requirement, just an opportunity for students.  We hope that iReady will be another tool to help all students make academic growth.


Sincerely,

The Grade 5 Team


Book Fair Help

posted Oct 18, 2018, 9:59 AM by Carrie Underwood

October Family Letter

posted Oct 16, 2018, 7:45 AM by Carrie Underwood



October


Dear Room 18 Families,


We've finally had a few full weeks of school, and from my perspective things are going fairly well. Morning Meeting is wonderful addition to our daily routine.  Just like a good breakfast, we start the day out right.


In Math we are ending our first unit on multiplication. Contrary to popular belief, the "traditional" way of multiplying is the number 1 method, however not all students use this, there is choice involved that allow for different learning styles. Next up will be division. Please encourage your child to master their facts.


The past 2 weeks they have been learning about the water cycle with Mrs. Prater, next week they will be back with me for 2 weeks of social studies where we will begin our discussion of exploration and colonization.


We are currently in Unit 1, Lesson 4 of the Journeys Program. Each week we focus on a comprehension strategy and apply it to a main selection from the anthology and a leveled "small book". These small books are a high priority and are due on Fridays of each week.


I look forward to meeting with all of you in a few weeks and discuss your child's progress.


Sincerely,

Mrs. Underwood


PTO

posted Oct 15, 2018, 7:07 AM by Carrie Underwood

October 15, 2018


Hello Room 18 Families,


The PTO has asked for a Parent Liaison for our class who would be willing to forward Mindess volunteer opportunities and other updates/reminders to the rest of the class approximately once a month. Please let me know if this is something you're able to help out with.


The PTO has committed to spending $16,000 this year on in-school educational programs at Mindess alone.  In addition, they run some of our favorite Mindess events like Kids' Night Out, Trivia Night, Art Night, and the end-of-the-year Carnival.


Thank you for your help!


Sincerely,

Mrs. Underwood


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