Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Report Cards

4th and 5th Grade Parents…
Be In the Know

As the first quarter has ended, we wanted to remind you of a couple of things concerning report cards and net classroom for 4th & 5th graders.

A printed copy of your child’s report card will be mailed home at the end of each semester (January and June).
·       You can find 1st and 3rd quarter report cards on Net classroom.
·       Dates for report cards to be posted online or mailed are on the red calendar.

·        Log-in at www.fpdmacon.org
·        In the red bar across the top of the home page, click on FPD Community. In that drop down menu, look for the Parent tab on the far left. Under that tab, click on Net classroom.
·        To access net classroom, you will need to have a user ID and password. If you do not have a user ID and password, please email Cheri Frame for instructions on how to obtain those credentials. cheri.frame@fpdmacon.org
Net Classroom is your PAL!
·        Preview daily grades
·        Access mid-quarter comments and quarterly report cards

·        Look up homework assignments (students should always have homework assignments written in their agendas! Net Classroom is helpful if your child is absent.)

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Washington DC Trip

The Washington DC trip is always the highlight of our fifth grade year at FPD! Students and parents give us great feedback about this fun, educational experience. We would love for all of our students to participate in the trip this year!

Some of you will find a packet in your child's signed paper folder with a green form clipped to the front. This packet is being sent with children whose families have not yet sent paperwork to our travel agent (Five Star Travels) or have not yet begun payments to Five Star Travels. 

Please return the green form to FPD by Friday, October 20, 2017. The white forms should be mailed directly to Five Star Travels. If your family is not planning to participate in the Washington DC trip, there is a place to indicate your plans for your child during the week of the trip.

Friday, September 29, 2017


Today’s students face dangers older generations could not have imagined.  Choosing Healthy Activities and Methods Promoting Safety (C.H.A.M.P.S.) was founded in 2003 by the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association to address these urgent challenges.

The C.H.A.M.P.S. program is part of our fifth grade curriculum at FPD.  Classes are held monthly and taught by Lieutenant Tim James from the Bibb County Sheriff’s Department.

Our next C.H.A.M.P.S. class will be Wednesday, October 4th, and will focus on bullying.  We know our students will learn valuable life lessons from Lieutenant James during this class!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Jeans this Friday!

All elementary students can wear jeans with spirit tops on Friday, September 22! Elementary students will be working outside for a little while on Friday. Jeans and tennis shoes are better for playing in the dirt! (Shorts that are at least as long as uniform shorts are permitted.)

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Schedule Changes

CHAPEL - Elementary Chapel (missed due to weather closure) has been moved to Tuesday, September 19th, at 12:05. Please join us for this sweet time of worship in the Fine Arts Auditorium!

FOOTBALL - Friday's football game at FPD has been moved to Saturday, September 16th, at 6:00. Go Vikings!

NEW FAMILIES - The New Family Dinner has been moved to Saturday, September 16th, at 5:00.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Homework Without Power

It was a great joy to see our fifth graders at school today! We are so thankful for the blessing of safety for our school family during the storm in our area Monday. We understand that many of our families are still experiencing power and/or internet outages at their homes. Your student might have already told you, but we're giving the children time at the end of the school day this week (Wednesday and Thursday) to complete their assignments requiring technology. Students also have the option to print any documents that they'll need to finish at home. In addition to the time we're giving students in class at the end of the day, the FPD library is open after school until 4:30 on weekdays (until 4:00 on Fridays). Please feel free to sit in the library with your child while he/she finishes homework.

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Weather Update

If school is closed due to weather, please have your student check his/her email for homework assignments and any schedule changes for quizzes, tests, or projects.  This information will also be posted to NetClassroom if possible. The purpose of teachers emailing and posting assignments is to allow for "remote learning" days when possible.  We understand that power outages sometimes occur when weather causes school to close.  Students should keep their tablets charged this weekend and check their email each day.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

When Technology Fails Us

If your child is working on OneNote homework on their tablet and technology is not working in their favor please have them follow the following steps.

1. Right click on the notebook's name and click, "sync this notebook now."
2. If the page they need still hasn't shown up have them click on "content library" and right click "copy" to copy the assignment. They should then go back under their name and right click "paste" onto a blank page in their notebook.
3. If neither of these steps worked have them restart their tablet.
4. Once the tablet has restarted try steps one and two again.
5. If restarting the tablet and doing steps one and two again didn't work, have your child call their "homework buddy" from their homeroom class. They can ask their homework buddy if they were able to complete their work on OneNote.
6. If the student was able to do their homework on their tablet, have your child email the teacher for which the assignment was assigned. It is obviously a problem isolated just to their personal tablet.
7. If the student wasn't able to do their homework on their tablet, it is obviously a grade level problem. Please do not panic. The teacher will be understanding and will work with all students the following day to get the assignment complete.

Thank you for helping your child with learning best technology practices. We are appreciative of your support as we help all the students learn on these fabulous, educational devices.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

A Note From Mrs. Krejci

The Treble Makers Orff Ensemble will be holding auditions for the 2017-2018 school year on September 6th and 13th.  This is an extracurricular group for students in grades 3-5.  This auditioned group performs at various programs during the year.  The Treble Makers build on a foundation of skills covered in music classes by learning advanced music and playing techniques.  Look for audition information and the permission slip in this week’s signed papers.  Questions, please email Mrs. Krejci mindy.krejci@fpdmacon.org

Lower School Newsletter from Wade Putnal

SAFETY for your children is a top prioirty at FPD. 
Each year drills are practiced with the students. Scheduled, announced, and unannounced fire, safety, and severe weather drills are practiced. It is important for faculty, staff, and students to know the protocol and precautions for each. Practicing drills helps all know the plan and feel more secure should such a situation arise. We want parents to know that administration works with local law enforcement and area fire and weather officials to revise and update plans on a regular basis. Thank you for sharing your precious blessings with us and know that their safety and care is at the very top of our list!

NEWS FROM THE LIBRARY:  Thank you to so many for participating in the Birthday Book Club sale at Open House!  What a great response!  Didn’t have time to stop by?  It’s NOT too late to participate.  We still have plenty of books to choose from in the library and will have them available for another week.  The children LOVE being the first ones to check out “their” books and read them with their names on the nameplates inside.  Watch for the new Birthday Book Club books to come home the first week of October.  Many, many thanks!

Fall Classes: Check out all the great offerings for children and adults through our FPD Center for Discovery!  Starting in September. Sign up now!!
Gymnastics, soccer, chess, tennis, EV3 robotics, DUPPLO Fun (3K-K), LEGO WE DO (1st-3rd), music lessons, ballet, sewing, tie-dye, quilting– and many more! View brochure and register online, at www.fpdmacon.org/centerfordiscovery Invite a friend to sign up with you!

NEW for 3rd-5th graders … join The VIKING CREW afterschool program. Brand new room and new activities. Schedule provides snack, homework session, and activities geared toward our upper elementary. Grab a friend and come after school. Register and sign up by contacting Lauren Wrabel, FPD Extended Day Director at lauren.wrabel@fpdmacon.org or call 478-474-7321.

LADIES: Join us for a Morning Yoga Class designed for busy women, which includes a combination of yoga and strength training for maximum strength and flexibility. Bring a mat and hand weights if desired. Certified yoga instructor, April Kitchell, will lead this class at Central City Church, next door to FPD, on Foster Road. Classes are Tuesdays/Thursdays, 8:30am to 9:30 am, beginning September 5. Cost is $40 per month. Bring a friend! For more info or to register, visit: www.fpdmacon.org/centerfordiscovery

Our first Lower School Chapel is Tuesday, Sept. 12h from 12:05-12:25pm. Parents are always welcome to come join us in the Clark Fine Arts Center as we worship together. Our school chaplain, Dr. Charley Chase will deliver the message.  

THANK YOU for dropping off and picking up your children in the designated carpool areas. THANK YOU for having your carpool card in the front windshield area of your car. This is the best help is making carpool run efficiently and smoothly.                                   

The Viking Store has Lands’ End short sleeve polo shirts in stock! We also have a great selection of spirit T-shirts for Fridays (must be worn with uniform bottoms.) You can see these designs and more on Facebook at FPD-The Viking Store. We have a huge selection of new novelty items such as VIKINGNATION street signs, wall decorations, automobile vanity plates, and key chains. Open M-F, 7:45 am - 3:30 pm next to the cafeteria in the MAC. Also, visit us at home football games at our remote location.

NOT ON THE LUNCH PLAN?  Your child can still eat in the lunchroom any day. Just email carrie.rogers@fpdmacon.org or send a note to the office and your account will be billed $7. (Visitors are still welcome and may pay with cash or check if needed)

 *** Mark Your Calendar ***
·       Labor Day Holiday – Monday, Sept. 4th – no school/offices closed
·       FPD Football Friday Night – Sept. 1st against Brookstone. Kickoff at 7:30pm
·       Elementary School pictures, Thursday, Sept. 14th
·       New Family Dinner Sept. 15th at 6:30 pm
·       Dress Down Day for Jay’s Hope is Friday, Sept. 15th. For a $1 donation, students may wear FPD spirit tops, jeans, and hats.
·       Elementary Play, “Mr. Toad’s Mad Adventures” performed by 3rd-5th graders, is Sept. 26-28th. Don’t miss this! We are so proud of our 3rd-5th actresses and actors. What a great opportunity to be directed by Dr. Andrew Strickland!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Tablets Come Home Today

Tonight (Tuesday, August 29th) is the day that the fifth graders have been anxiously anticipating!  We will send tablets home with the students who have turned in their tablet contract signature page.  Today will be a great time to set boundaries for your fifth grader when using his/her tablet at home.

We have some suggestions to make this a safe and successful learning tool for your child.
1. Establish a place in your home where the tablet will be used.  This should be a place where an adult can provide adequate supervision.  While our students' tablets are equipped with a filter, there is no way to block every harmful site.
2. Tablets should only be used for school work.  Fifth grade students should only play online games that teachers have linked to Moodle.  (Other online games may expose the tablets to viruses that will impact your child's ability to use his/her tablet efficiently at school and at home.)
3. If your child encounters a problem with his/her tablet at home, please make plans to arrive to school early the following day so that your child can visit the IT help desk. The IT help desk is open from 7:30-5:00.
4. Tablets should be fully charged at home each day.  We recommend a charging spot close to the door that you use in the mornings, so that your child will remember to grab his/her tablet on the way out of the house each morning.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Remember: Open House TONIGHT!

Washington Parent Meeting (5:45-6:15):  We will meet in the Lecture Hall (see below) for the Washington Parent Meeting. This room is in the High School Building.  If your child is not yet registered for the Washington DC trip, please attend this meeting with our travel agent, Ben Amerson.  Ben will review the trip proposal and answer questions you may have about the trip.

Fifth Grade Parent Meeting (6:30):  We will meet in the Lecture Hall for Elementary Open House. This room is in the High School building.  We will not be meeting in fifth grade classrooms!  We know that some of you will need to divide your time with other grade levels, so you are welcome to “sneak in” as you can.  If you are unable to attend Open House, we’ll give the handouts to your child on Tuesday.  If you plan to miss part or all of this meeting, please contact another 5th grade parent for their notes.

Helpful Tips:  You may want to park in the High School parking lot to access the front doors of the high school building (side doors may be locked Thursday evening). Once in the High School building, walk past the office and turn right.  At the end of the hall (before you get to the outside doors), turn left.  The Lecture Hall is half-way down this hallway on the right, next to the lounge area.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Open House - 8/28/17

Washington Parent Meeting (5:45-6:15):  We will meet in the Lecture Hall (see below) for the Washington Parent Meeting. This room is in the High School Building.  If your child is not yet registered for the Washington DC trip, please attend this meeting with our travel agent, Ben Amerson.  Ben will review the trip proposal and answer questions you may have about the trip.

Fifth Grade Parent Meeting (6:30):  We will meet in the Lecture Hall for Elementary Open House. This room is in the High School building.  We will not be meeting in fifth grade classrooms!  We know that some of you will need to divide your time with other grade levels, so you are welcome to “sneak in” as you can.  If you are unable to attend Open House, we’ll give the handouts to your child on Tuesday.  If you plan to miss part or all of this meeting, please contact another 5th grade parent for their notes.

Helpful Tips:  You may want to park in the High School parking lot to access the front doors of the high school building (side doors may be locked Thursday evening). Once in the High School building, walk past the office and turn right.  At the end of the hall (before you get to the outside doors), turn left.  The Lecture Hall is half-way down this hallway on the right, next to the lounge area.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Social Studies Online Resources

Your students have practiced using some of our online resources in class and they may be eager to try these at home...even before they take their tablets home.  The links below might be helpful as students study and prepare for Friday's Social Studies quiz.

Students have their login information in their agendas.
*For each lesson, students can listen to the text while reading along, play a quick game reviewing the content, take a practice quiz, watch a short video, and read additional information.

No login is required to practice the vocabulary for chapter 3, lesson 1.  Use the link below to use flashcards, play games, and take practice tests.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Solar Eclipse on Monday

We will be viewing the Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21st @ 2:40. We will pack up and make our way to the carpool grass area with our special eclipse glasses around 2:15 or so. We are pretty excited and praying for wonderful weather! If you would like to join us, please make sure to have your own pair of eclipse glasses. Our carpool circle will be blocked off until afterwards, so please plan accordingly. Also, if you would like to view what we will be viewing throughout the day, you can go to the following links.

Several links for live streaming (these will be highlighted in red):

How the solar eclipse will look from anywhere in the US:

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.
(Please do not read a book that was read in previous grades.)

Some popular suggestions for books #2 and #3 are:
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
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)