Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Letter to Parents and Students

August 28, 2013

Dear Fifth Graders (and Parents),

Welcome back!  I hope you all had wonderful summers and that you are coming back well rested and energetic and looking forward to an interesting year of activities.  If there are mementos of your vacation that you could bring in to share with your classmates over the first few days of school, we can all spend some time trading stories and catching up as the school year begins. 

I hope many of you got the chance to read some good books over the summer.  I read several Massachusetts Children’s Book Award books as well as a few other mysteries and plays.  Over the years Fifth Grade has been well represented at the MCBA book parties in February.  They are a lot of fun, and I hope many of you will be invited to come this year (everyone who reads 5 or more MCBA books is invited to attend the party).

I thought I would give you a sense of some of the things we will be studying this year as well as what our weekly schedule looks like.  Our Science and Social Studies Units are:
                  September -November
                           World Geography
                           Life Science

                  November - January
                           Endangered Species

                           Ancient American History (Inca/Aztec/Maya)
                           Physical science

                           World Explorers
                           Macro-Invertebrate mini-unit, Salmon stock out,
                           Earth Science and Human Body mini-units

Our weekly schedule is not set in stone yet, but it looks like we will have the following schedule:

Monday            Tuesday         Wednesday         Thursday               Friday
Art/Music                    Art/Music           Library                               Phys. Ed.
Second Step/                Greenhouse                                               
Adventure Program         Chorus/Math                             Phys. Ed.

Please remember to wear sneakers or bring them into school Mondays for Adventure Program, as well as Thursdays and Fridays for P.E.

I look forward to seeing all the parents at Open House.  If you have an email address that you use, please email me at and I will compile a class email list for newsletters and announcements.  Also, please do not hesitate to call to leave a message or to set up a time to meet if there is something you would like to discuss before parent teacher conferences.  I can be reached at 548-9144, ext. 141.

Yours truly,

-Bill Stewart

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