Learn in Color! Run in Color!

5th

Upcoming Dates:

  • November 15 – 8:30 am – Parent Coffee and Veracross Info Session (details below)
  • November 18 – 9:00 am – Prospective Family Day – If you know any families who should consider Wheeling Country Day School, encourage them to attend this event! Email Stephanie Skadra at sskadra@wcdsedu.com for more information.
  • November 21 – First Day of Thanksgiving Break. Early Dismissal at 12:30 pm. No aftercare. 
  • November 27 – Classes resume at 10:00 am. 

Important Reminders:

  • Monday begins a new trimester, which means kids will soon receive their progress reports and Monday will begin a new round of Deep Dives! The students will have Lego Robotics on Mondays and Wednesdays and Leadership on Tuesday and Thursday.
  • A gentle reminder that we often do not have a snack break until 10:00 am. If your child is not eating breakfast prior to the start of school, they may not get a chance to have a snack until mid morning. Having breakfast is an important part of the day, and requiring a snack in the middle of our morning classes can be disruptive to our learning.
  • Please email both teachers: kwallace@wcdsedu.com and kkramer@wcdsedu.com 

Important Info From the WCDS Office:

On Monday, you should receive an email from Asylnn Belancic about Veracross, our new database. This email will provide directions on how to set up an account with Veracross. We will continue using Praxi until we have transitioned all aspects of the school, but we will begin with progress reports for the first trimester. Progress Reports should be available to you in the parent portal in Veracross by Thursday, November 16th. Should you need help logging in after receiving the email on Monday, please email abelancic@wcdsedu.com to assist you by phone or attend the parent coffee on Wednesday.

WEEKLY RECAP

It was a week filled with final projects, various presentations, and classroom visitors. We presented our culture projects on the roman empire, taught classmates about our favorite aspects of creek science, and dove deep into the world of National Parks! We had the third grade watch our presentations on National parks, and we rounded off with three new friends joining us for the day. Friday morning started with a chill in the air and a nip on our nose, but the hospitality of our WCDS middle school made it all bearable. The morning was spent going through our normal classes, just relocated into the unique setting of our branch campus at Wheeling Park. We made cards for veterans, reviewed long division, and wrote poems using sensory details we found in the park. Class novels were read along the tree lined paths overlooking the pool and golf course. After our special pizza lunch, we took a walk to the playground, and returned to campus just in time to begin our Run in Color! Thank you to the parents who came to support and the teachers and administration at our school who made this entire day possible! The kids enjoyed the special afternoon of exercise (believe it or not) and tie dying their clothes (even if its temporary). 

Language Arts Update:

  • Continued reading “Out of My Mind” and engaged in wonderful discussions regarding the main character Melody and how we treat our peers who may have been born different 
  • Explored poetry after a nature walk through Wheeling Park 
  • Thursday, November 16, Grammar test on nouns. 
  • Introduced a new spelling list. Spelling test next week on Friday, November 17. 

Math Update:

  • Introduced decimals into our division problems 
  • Continuing to build on foundational skills to enhance our real world math application 
  • This weekend, we encourage you to manipulate decimals when you are out in the real world with your children. Getting gas? Ask your child how much money it will cost to fill your tank for the cost per gallon.  

Farewell to Playgrounds and Parks Deep Dive with Mr. McDonald:

An awesome study of national parks concluded with the class presenting to the third grade in their own individual ways. It was amazing to see the excitement of not only the students but also our guests! I’m proud of the great work they put forth this whole trimester. 

Farewell to Creek Side Deep Dive with Mrs. Farris:

We concluded our deep dive with our last round of presentations on each student’s favorite thing they learned so far this year. We learned more in depth information about various things related to our creek and students challenged their classmates with various worksheets, online games, and experiences. It was a wonderful trimester with the 5th grade and I am sure that they will be seen again as the reigning experts on the chickens the fourth grade is about to hatch.