Friday, October 4, 2013

Newsletter #6 10/4/13

Hello Quest Families!  

We were glad to see those who could make it to Back-to-School night!  There is so much to cover for fifth grade!  If you were unable to make it, or would like to see the slide shows, you can find them on the Quest website.  The team one is on the front page, there is one for LA, and for math.  The curriculum outline is also posted, so feel free to check it out!

LA: This week we continued our book shares.  Students will be completing a book share once a month about an independent reading book, and will then share their findings with the rest of the class.  Students also completed their bios for their epal.

ESB  This week we will be wrapping up our study of the local ecosystem.  We will also begin a unit on Early Humans.  Our unit will be an Interact Unit, in which students will be divided into small groups to solve problems and complete projects. 

NECAPS  are here! There will be NO Homework during NECAPS.

Tuesday, October 8th from 8 - 9:15
Wednesday, October 9th 8 - 9:15 and 12:45 - 2:20
Thursday, October 10th 8 - 9:15

Please avoid scheduling an appointment for your child during these times.  If your student will be leaving at some point during the day, please make sure we know as soon as possible so we can make other arrangements.   We will not be giving homework during those two weeks.  Good sleep and a good breakfast does wonders for those nights!

We will be starting our new unit, Multiplication and Division Relationships, this week.  Attached is a family letter that introduces some of the concepts that will be covered in this unit.  Success in this unit, as well as many of the units throughout middle school, rely on fluency with multiplication fast facts.  While we will provide students with strategies for studying these facts, we do not set aside class time for fast fact practice.  There are many resources on the Quest website that students can access and use for practice at home.

What was one of the talents displayed at Quest Talent Show?
How did your NECAP testing go?
Tell me about your math project!
What were your results from the crayfish / potato / sunflower lab?  (they chose one of these!)

Enjoy your weekend!!

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