August 31, 2012

Happy Friday!  Congrats on making it through the entire first week of 5th grade!  I’m so proud of all the hard work this week!  Enjoy your lovely 3-day weekend!  Please note that next week is Green Ribbon Week for pedestrian safety (see events below for details)
Class Pizza Reading Program (SEE CHANGES in bolded words MADE TO CHAPTER BOOK REQUIREMENTS)
*There are 9 genres in our program, and students must read 1 book from each of the genres EACH QUARTER (you can’t count 1 book for 2 genres):
1) Free Choice
2) Adventure
3) Biography/Autobiography
4) Poetry
5) Historical Fiction
6) Realistic Fiction
7) Informational Text/Non-fiction
8) Fantasy/Science Fiction
9) Mystery
*Instead of the 2 chapter book minimum, the requirement for CHAPTER BOOKS READ is 500 pages read per quarter (books they have never read before and that are on their level).  This means that if they read just one chapter book over 500 pages, that’s fine, or if they read 4 chapter books totaling 500 pages altogether, that’s also fine.  The remaining genre requirements can be met through picture books!
*After they’ve read a book, they should bring it to school to do a book talk (which is just a short explanation–we will discuss more in class), and then they get a TOPPING on their paper pizza crust in class!  There is a different topping for each genre
*If students have read from all 9 genres by the end of the quarter, they will get to participate in a PIZZA PARTY!!

Homework:
1) Math: None!
2) Read for 20 minutes, and remember to get it signed!!

Upcoming Events:
*Monday, September 3: Labor Day, no school!
*Sep. 4-7: Green Ribbon Week:
Tuesday: Green Ribbon pledge
Wednesday: Green Sock day 
Thursday: Volunteers hand out candy in front of school and crosswalks after school 
Friday: Walk to school Day, and Wear a Green shirt day!

*Sat. Sep. 8: 2012 Walk Now for Autism Speaks.  Click here for Crystal Riddick’s page (our secretary), and click here for information on the walk.

*Sep. 25: Boxtops due
*Sep. 28: Boxtop Dress-down day

Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.
– Vince Lombardi
 (football coach)
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