5th Grade – Medema

October Newsletter

It’s hard to believe it is already October! September sailed by. Everyone is doing a great job in class. We have a lot of things to let you know about this month.

The October PTO meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 16th at 5:00 p.m. Come and hear about all of the fun things that will be taking place at Forest. If there is a raffle you could win some cool items! The fall Scholastic book fair will take place the week of October 22nd. There will be a preview day, fun activities, and time to shop daily. There will be a note coming home with more information.

Box Tops & Campbell Soup Labels
Forest Academy PTO will be collecting Box Tops, Labels for Education, and Coke Rewards. Please send any that you may have at home to school with your child. This is an easy way to raise money for our school. Thanks for your help!

We will be starting the Book-It Pizza Hut program this month. It’s a great incentive program for reading that runs from October to March. Each month a calendar will be sent home with a goal for minutes of independent reading for the month. On the back of the calendar will be some activities to help keep the excitement of reading. If that goal is met, your child will be rewarded with a certificate for a personal pan pizza at Pizza Hut. Happy Reading!!

Scholastic Book Orders
The book order for October will come home October 8th and will be due back on Friday, October 12th. If you would like to order on-line and earn free books for the class, the activation code is J83DL.

Fall Carnival
Our annual Fall Carnival will be on Thursday, November 1st from 4-7 p.m. There will be a lot of games to play. Show up in your costume and be ready for some fun. More information will be coming home soon!

Fall Harvest Party
This year our Fall Harvest Party will be held on Thursday, November 1st in the afternoon. Since this is a full day, all students must wear their uniforms to school. We will change into their costumes sometime in the afternoon. We ask that your child does not wear a costume that could be considered unsafe or scary, such as ghosts or vampires. No weapons, gory objects, or masks will be allowed. If your child does wear a costume like this, he or she will not be allowed to wear it. Some ideas of acceptable costumes are: favorite book characters, favorite cartoon characters, animals, or superheroes. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. The event will be low key. We will have some snacks and watch a few Halloween favorites. Please see the attached note if you are interested in sending something in.

Character Counts Presentations
Each month, Forest Academy will have a character trait we will focus on. Throughout the month we will be doing activities that focus on the character traits. These traits will help our students become more productive citizens and lifelong learners. At the end of each month teachers will select a student or two who exhibit that trait in school. October’s trait that we will be watching for is Responsibility. We will be looking for students who are responsible and demonstrate it daily. We will be watching for people who bring in their planners signed, bring back their folders, bring back homework completed daily, and get work done on time.  The awards for character traits are presented at the end of the month in the library by Mrs. Watters, Mrs. Perez, or me.

End of 1st Quarter
The end of the 1st quarter will be on Thursday, November 1st. It is a full day of school for the students. There is no school on Friday, November 2nd.

First Quarter Review and Testing
Review/testing week will start the week of October 22nd. We will be reviewing and reassessing objectives that we have covered in the first marking period. Sign-up notes for conferences, which will be held the week of November 6th, will be coming home soon.

Helpful Hints
Student success in school starts at home. There are many things you can do at home to help students be successful at school.

  • Practice multiplication and division flashcards
  • Help them study their weekly study guides so they will retain what they are learning and do well on quizzes
  • Make flashcards from study guides
  • Read each day for at least 20 minutes
  • Write in a journal

The school year is off to a good start. We are all still adjusting to our routine and having fun learning with each other. If you have any questions or concerns, we are available before school at 7:30 am every morning and after school until 4:00 pm. You can also drop a note in your child’s folder! Happy Fall!

Mrs. Medema & Mrs. Shurter   

Fall Harvest Party
Donation Form

We will be having our Fall Harvest Party in the afternoon on Thursday, November 1st.  We would like to keep things simple, yet fun! Students must wear their uniform to school and will be able to change into their costume sometime in the afternoon. This year we will keep it low key, we will pass out treats and watch a few Halloween favorites.

Since everyone will have get a lot of candy when they go trick or treating, I would like to keep our treats healthy. Some ideas of healthy snacks are: veggies and dip, cheese and crackers, fruit tray, fruit snacks, granola bars, pretzels, popcorn, Jell-o Jigglers, and small water bottles.

If you would like to send in pencils or other fun things you are more than welcome to do that as well. Of course, you are welcome to join in the festivities. We are looking forward to a fun filled afternoon.

Mrs. Medema & Mrs. Shurter

I can bring in ________________for the Fall Harvest Party.

________________ (Parent Signature)

________________ (Student Name)