Thursday, March 1, 2018

Happy Thursday!

Here is an updated document of upcoming events in 5th grade! Enjoy :)


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Portland High School Guest Readers

Yesterday, Portland High School came to read to our 5th graders! Just as you predicted, our 5th graders were thrilled and in awe of the big kids from PHS. Hopefully we will do it again soon :)

Please enjoy some highlights from this amazing experience in my homeroom.







Thursday, February 1, 2018

Choose Kind
We are starting our Kindness Catcher Initiative in 5th grade. Amazing teachers Bridget Tidd and Dee Tutino are the leaders of this program at our school. Their ability to show compassion and to encourage students helped my class to understand the importance of choosing to be kind. Please enjoy some pictures from our kick-off!





Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Check out a video made by one of our amazing fifth graders!



Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Math Homework

The school year is quickly coming to a close. Right now in the fifth grade we are doing our last round of standardized testing in the form of Reading NWEAs this week and Math NWEAs next week. I wanted to let you know that this will be the last week of the school year that I give homework in math. The students have worked hard all year long, and will continue to work hard in math class, but I like to reward their efforts by not giving homework in June.  I also don’t like to give them homework on days they have a math test so that means that Wednesday May 24 will be the last day of math homework this year!
All the students can benefit from practicing their math over the summer  to not lose skills. Students will be bringing their math journals home after the last day of class, and any of the math box pages would be good practice for them. There are also other things students can do to maintain their math skills over the summer. Have them practice multi-digit multiplication and division, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of both fractions and decimals, and they can always practice solving word problems!
At the end of the year I will send home the last math report card. It will have all of the skills we have worked on for the year. Feel free to use the report as a guide to helping your student stay on top of their math skills over the summer.

At any time if you have questions feel free to contact me. I check my email frequently, even in the summer!

Ms. Harris
harrij@portlandschools.org

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Spring in the fifth grade is a very busy time! Below is a list of upcoming events that are happening with your fifth grader. This will be updated when there is more information available.



March
7 - Spring Concert 9:15 - Band, Strings, and Chorus students show off their skills. Parents welcome!
9 - Students attend an assembly to kick of the CPort college essay contest.
14 - Students from Saint Joseph’s College come to teach science.
14 - Math Meet - Southern Maine Meet, only 6-12 members of math team can attend.
21 - Students from Saint Joseph’s College come to teach science.
22 - Math MEA Day 1
23 - Math MEA Day 2
24 - Movie Night! This is a fundraiser to raise money for our fifth grade trip. We are showing the movie ‘Trolls’ $5 per family
27 - In school conferences - already scheduled
27 - Portland Symphony Orchestra Field Trip
28 - Language MEA Day 1
28 - Students from Saint Joseph’s College come to teach science.
29 - Language MEA Day 2
30 - ½ day dismissal
30 - Parent Teacher Conferences
30 - District 2 Elementary Music Festival - 5 of our musical students will be attending.
31 - ½ day dismissal
31 - Parent Teacher Conferences

April
1 - 14 MEA Testing Continues
4 - Students from Saint Joseph’s College come to teach science.
4 - Reading MEA Day 1
5 - Reading MEA Day 2
7 - side x side kickoff - Students will be starting a film project with teaching artists from the side x side project. We will be showing our final films in May
11 - Students from Saint Joseph’s College come to teach science.
11 - Math Meet - Portland Schools meet, entire math team can attend.
17 - 21  No School, April Vacation
24 - 28 MEA Science test. 3 tests done on 3 different days. Exact days and times have not yet been determined.
25 - Winners of last year’s CPort Essay contest visit UNE
27 - Science field trip to Saint Joseph’s College

May
2 - Math Meet - Southern Maine Meet, only 6 math team members can attend.
8 - 19 MEA writing test. This will be one day of testing. Exact days and times have not yet been determined.
16 - Fifth grade parent night and side x side film screening. Parents encouraged to attend!
18 - Field Trip to see a Portland Sea Dogs game
26 - Step up day - students visit the middle school they will attend for sixth grade.
29 - No School - Memorial Day

June
1 - All City Elementary Track Meet - 9:00-1:30
2 - CPort essay winners announced 1:30
9 - Field trip to the New England Aquarium in Boston
*The following events will occur but we do not yet know specific details.

  • Field Day
  • Fifth Grade Farewell