First Full Week in Fifth


Important Dates and Info 

  • No school Monday, September 4th- Labor Day. Classes resume Tuesday, September 5th at 10:00 a.m
  • If you are buying hot lunch for your child, please be sure to sign up via Praxi.
  • Students are to keep their new colorful bandanas at home after this week. 
  • Next week is predicted to be HOT! Be sure your child has a water bottle and wears short sleeves and shorts.


  • Please be at WCDS at 6:30 am on Wednesday, September 6th. 
  • The bus will LEAVE CAMPUS at 6:45 am. 

Language Arts:

  • Began the class novel “No Talking,” by Andrew Clements
  • Began drafting our first “memoir” (ask your child what it’s about!)
  • Reviewing “figurative language” (simile, hyperbole, personification, metaphor, onomatopoeia) Ask your child to give you an example of each one


  • Reviewed multiplication
  • Began a unit on place value 
  • Introduced decimals
  • Practiced our written numbers

Your child is bringing home the yellow folder. Please review it with them and take out the papers from the week. Bonus points for any child who brings in a clean/empty yellow folder on Monday!

Snack help!  We are trying to lead the school in healthy choices. Please check to see that your child packs a healthy snack (protein, veggies, fruits, cheese, yogurt). 

Creek Side Deep Dive 

This week we jumped into aquatic macroinvertebrates! Students learned what an aquatic macroinvertebrate is and their role in our ecosystem. We used kick nets to collect macroinvertebrates in our creek and began to learn how to identify them. So far we have found several water pennies, stonefly, crawfish, riffle beetle, and a few undetermined. We also found several fish, salamanders and a … water snake! A new class challenge is to see how many different species we can find in one day. I am looking forward to learning alongside your children at Stonelab next week! 

Playgrounds and Parks Deep Dive

Students were immersed into the world of blueprints and understand the purpose they serve. We all tried our hand at creating our own digital blueprint of the fifth grade classroom before beginning a sketch of the playground. We’ll finish our “shell” drawings next week and be able to begin discussing topics such as safety, placement of pieces, and the overall design of the playground. 

Please tag us both via email and/or Talking Points if you have any questions or concerns this school year: and

Thank you! 

Katie Wallace and Kristina Kramer