5th Grade – Medema

November Newsletter

Time is flying by. We are having a great time so far. In math, we are going to do a little geometry before getting back to numbers. In social studies we are learning about colonization. We will also be starting individualized reading groups.

Thank you!
I would also like to send a warm THANK YOU to all the parents who donated items and volunteered for the Fall Harvest party. The children really enjoyed their treats. You are all GREAT! :smile: Without such great parents, like you, things like this would not be possible.

 Cold Weather Gear
The weather will soon start to change. We will be going outside everyday unless there is extreme wind chill or if it is raining. If it is too cold or too wet, we will use the gym. Please make sure your child comes to school with all necessary outdoor gear including: warm coat, hat, mittens, scarf, boots, and eventually, snow pants/suits. Please label all gear! We do go outside for a half an hour, which doesn’t seem long, unless you aren’t prepared for the weather. Thank you!

Book-It
Please have October Book-It calendars back by Thursday, November 2nd. The goal for November is 300 minutes. The November calendar is attached. Happy Reading!

Conferences
Conferences are during the week of November 6th. Conference reminder slips have already been sent home. It’s very important that you are on time to your scheduled conference time. If you can’t make it on time, please call and we can reschedule. Report cards will be handed out at your scheduled conference time.

Picture Retakes
Picture retakes will be on Wednesday, November 8th. All students must be in uniform. We will do our whole school photo, as well.

PTO Meeting
The November PTO meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 21st at 5 p.m. Please join us! PTO is working on a lot of fun stuff for our school. We are also collecting Box Tops for Education, Campbell’s soup labels, and Coke Rewards. This is a great way to earn money for our school.

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
On Wednesday, November 22nd we will be having a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Party to celebrate the true meaning of Thanksgiving. We will watch “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” and “The Mayflower Voyagers” and eat snacks. We will need simple, basic, healthy snacks such as: water bottles, popcorn, pretzels, a cheese and meat tray, crackers, carrots and dip, etc. Please see the attached note to sign up to send a snack or supplies. Thanks again for your help! It is truly appreciated!

Thanksgiving Break
There will be no school on Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th. School will resume on Monday, November 27th. Enjoy your holiday!

Character Counts
Congratulations to Hayden and Starlet on winning the Responsibility award for the month of October. Also a congratulation is in order for Ava and Mariah for being Dojo Champion for the month of October.

Helpful Study Habits
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 aloud each day for at least 20 minutes
  • Write about what you read in a journal

That is all for November!
Mrs. Medema


“What kind of Thanksgiving dinner is this? Where’s the turkey, Chuck? Don’t you know anything about Thanksgiving dinners? Where’s the mashed potatoes? Where’s the cranberry sauce? Where’s the pumpkin pie?”

“But Thanksgiving is more than eating, Chuck. You heard what Linus was saying out there. Those early Pilgrims were thankful for what had happened to them, and we should be thankful, too. We should just be thankful for being together. I think that’s what they mean by ‘Thanksgiving,’ Charlie Brown.”

(Quotes from the movie)