Friday, October 3, 2014

"Busy Readers"
Happy October!
     Our week started off with a focus on the 
5th grade spelling program. This first unit focused on the long "a" and long "e" sounds and the many different phonetic spellings of these sounds in words. We worked on the first spelling packet together going page by page so as to be comfortable with the format. Spelling packets are assigned on Monday and due on Friday with a spelling quiz. Your child's graded spelling quiz went home with them today along with a "Parent News" letter about what was accomplished in Language Arts this month. In addition to spelling, we continued work in our Reader's Notebooks with lessons focusing on Inferencing skills. We practiced how to "read between the lines" when reading our chapter books to better our comprehension. We also started a new Read-a-loud book titled, Animal House and Iz which will help us with our study on inferrencing. Be sure to ask your child how this book started.
Students of St Bakhita
     Our class had a special visitor this week. Mr. Roscoe came to introduce the students to a special little refugee school called St. Bakhita in Uganda, Africa. Mr. Roscoe travels to Uganda twice a year to help take care of the school as well as bring supplies. In the past four years, HMS has become an unofficial sister school to St. Bakhita. This is a very poor refugee camp where parents have made a school with a few classrooms half the size of ours with 70 kids in a classroom made of mud. HMS has helped in the past by donating used clothes, soccer balls, and fund raised to send money to buy school supplies for the children. One of the best parts of this relationship is the pen pal writing that we get to do with the students in Uganda. Your child will be writing their first letters soon as Mr. Roscoe will be leaving for Uganda in two weeks and will be taking our letters with him. The students from St. Bakhita wait anxiously for our letters to arrive. Your children were very excited about this idea and loved learning about Uganda from Mr. Roscoe.  
St. Bakhita students

REMINDERS:
* Please sign your child's "Parent News" letter and spelling test to be returned on Monday.
* No 5th grade Intramurals next Wed. 9/8.

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