Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Band and Chorus

We've hit the ground running in fifth grade this year! Your children are taking their role as "elementary seniors" very seriously and we're all excited about the year ahead.

You may remember helping your child make the choice between band and chorus for 5th grade music - forms were signed and returned at the end of fourth grade. We would like to encourage children to stick with the choice that they made for fifth grade. Changes will be permitted until Friday, Aug. 18, and can be arranged by parents. Please email Jonathan Baker (jonathan.baker@fpdmacon.org) and Mindy Krejci (mindy.krejci@fpdmacon.org) if your child would like to change his/her music class for the school year. After August 18, 2017, requests to change will not be granted.

Thank you for your support!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Thursday, August 10, 2017

What a Blessing!

We are so thankful to teach in a school where we begin each day in God's word with your children! This morning, each of our fifth grade classes used the same devotion to start our first day of school. If you'd like to keep the conversation going at home, it's included below. We've been praying for your children and your families and are so glad to be back in school!

Seeds Bible Club - Deuteronomy 6:4-7

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.

When Jesus was alive, he was asked to name the greatest or most important commandment given by God. He quoted this verse from Deuteronomy.
According to Jesus the most important thing you can do each day is love God with all of your heart, all of your soul, and all of your strength. Loving God with everything we have changes the way we see life, the way we make decisions, the way we love others, and the peace we have.
We want to learn to love God with all of our hearts. This means loving Him first and most. We love Him first by giving time to Him for prayer and Bible study, making decisions that align with the Word of God, and giving our money to Him in tithe and offerings. God created us to love the good things in life our families, friends, school, sports - but He created an order to how we love those things. He is to always come first, then we can enjoy the other good gifts He gives.
Putting God first in our hearts isn’t something we achieve overnight. We walk with God our whole lives and learn to love Him wholeheartedly as we journey with Him. This is part of being His child and learning to be a part of His family, the Kingdom of God.
Today as you make decisions, ask yourself if what you are doing is loving God with all of you. If you feel it might not be, pray and ask God to show you ways to make changes. God is happy to talk with you and show you new ways!

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Welcome to Fifth Grade!

We were so happy to meet all of you today at Meet and Greet! We are looking forward to a wonderful year!!  Below is a list of what your fifth grader needs to return to school by this Friday.

1. Safety Patrol form (If you student is interested, please return this tomorrow.)
2. Lower School Medical form
3. Extended Day form (We need one from every student in case of an emergency.)
4. Tablet Contract http://fpdmacon.org/documents/
5. Solar Eclipse form

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

2017-2018 5th Grade Summer Reading Requirements

Rising 5th Grade Summer Reading List

The following books should NOT be read during the summer because we will read these together during the school year:

Blood on the River by Elisa Carbone
Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman by Dorothy Sterling
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

Required Book: Frindle by Andrew Clements
Frindle will be assessed when students return to school in the fall. We will complete 
several activities as a review and take a test during the first few weeks.

Options for Books #2 and #3
Students should read two other age appropriate chapter books. Below are very popular books with upper elementary readers however, you are not limited to the books on this list. Students will demonstrate comprehension of books #2 and #3 in the following ways:

*An AR quiz should be taken for one of the books either during the summer on the 
designated days when our lab is open or during the first week of school. You may 
want to verify that a book has an AR quiz at arbookfind.com.

*For the last book, students should prepare a Book Share (like show and tell for books) to be presented during the first two weeks of school. Students should choose an item represented in the book and bring it in to show the class. Students should be able to briefly tell the story and explain how the object is related to the book and why it is important.

*We encourage you to monitor your child’s book selections so they will be a good fit for your child and your family. The following books have been suggested by fifth graders or other “experts” in children’s literature, but we cannot be certain that the content and reading level will suit your child. 

The following links might be helpful if you have questions about a book your child wants to read.
http://www.pluggedin.com/bookLreview/?p=08%3Cl%3D20$%3Cs%3Dalias&%3Co=asc
http://ccbreview.blogspot.com/
http://www.storysnoops.com/
(Please do not read a book that was read in previous grades.)

Some popular suggestions for books #2 and #3 are:
Fiction
A Week in the Woods by Andrew Clements
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
Lunch Money by Andrew Clements (if not read for last year’s summer reading option)
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (if not read for last year’s summer reading option)
Potter Wookie by Obert Skye
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene Dubois
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Historical Fiction
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
Journey to America by Sonia Levitin
Letters from Rifka by Karen Hesse
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Non-Fiction
Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson
Down to the Last Out by Walter Dean Myers
Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo
Stolen into Slavery-The True Story of Solomon Northup, Free Black Man by Judith
and Dennis Fradin
War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
Books About Animals
Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (if not read for last year’s summer reading option)
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen
Shadow by Michael Morpurgo
Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls
Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Popular Series
Crispin Trilogy (should be read in order) by Avi
Great Illustrated Classics
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (if not read for last year’s summer reading option)
Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
I Survived … series by Lauren Tarshis
The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan
The Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson
Left Behind: The Kids by Jerry B. Jenkins & Tim LaHaye
Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
Storm Runners by Roland Smith
The Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch
The Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket & Brett Helquist
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Popular Authors
Beverly Cleary
Andrew Clements
Gary Paulsen
Rick Riordan
Recommended for GIRLS by Fifth Graders
Confetti Girl by Diana Lopez
Eight Keys by Suzanne LaFleur
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Half Upon a Time by James Riley
The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
Socks by Beverly Cleary
Recommended for BOYS by Fifth Graders
Brian’s Winter by Gary Paulsen
Force Out by Tim Green
Holes by Louis Sachar
Robin Hood (select an age appropriate version)
The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch
The Swiss Family Robinson (select an age appropriate version)