Friday, June 6, 2014

June 6

Hello Quest Families!

Field Trip 
On Tuesday, June 17th, Quest students will be taking an end of year field trip to the Reservoir.  Here is a link to the permission slip which is due on Wednesday, June 11th.  Students will be participating in team building activities in the morning and have free time in the afternoon.  Please see the permission slip for information about what to pack.

Step Up Day 
Quest students participated first ever "Quest Step-Up Olympics."  We had relay races, tug-of-war, and capture the flag!  Many students then helped in the cafeteria as "lunch ambassadors."  They sat with the incoming fifth graders to answer their questions.

Talent Show
On Wednesday, June 18th, Questers will have their final team talent show as 5th graders.  This will take place at the end of the day at the outdoor classroom. 

Human Body Websites
For the past few weeks, students have been busy learning about different systems of the human body, careers in the health field, and ways to keep our bodies healthy.  The culminating project of this unit is a website that students have been designing in small groups.  The bulk of the website work has been completed during ESB class time.  At this point, students are to finish their websites during Guided Study or at home.  Students are also welcome to work on these websites after school.  Here is a link to the requirements for the websites.

Last Day of School
On Thursday, June 19th, students will be headed to the pool for most of the day.  At the pool area, students will be able to play different games such as basketball and soccer, as well as swim in the pool.  The first 45 minutes of the day will be spent on teams, closing out the year.  After team time, students will travel with their AGs to the pool.  They will return from the pool with their AGs as well.

Last Week of Homework
Next week  (6/9-6/13) will be the last week for homework assignments.  We will not be assigning homework during the final week of school.

Students have been exploring growing patterns with their first introduction to using variables in mathematics.  This unit involves making tables, graphs, and writing expressions with variables.  We will finish this unit next week.  During the later half of the week, students will be working an engineering task with a partner.  They will have to design and build a skyscraper using only certain materials.

We are finishing the year creating book trailers for our favorite books of 2013-2014.  We are creating these trailers using iMovie.  Students will be expected to read five books over the summer.  We are creating these trailers with the intention that students might get some ideas on what to read for the summer!  The trailers will be linked to the library website, and some will be included in next year's DCF introduction.

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