A Grateful Fifth Grade


Upcoming Dates 

  • November 20 – Alumni vs. Faculty Kickball game at 2:30 pm 
  • November 21 – Thanksgiving Luncheon at 11:30 am. Families are invited!
    • First Day of Thanksgiving Break. Early Dismissal at 12:30 pm. No aftercare!
  • November 27 – Classes resume at 10:00 am. 
  • Tuesday, December 19 – 6:00 pm – WCDS Holiday Show (more info coming soon)
  • Wednesday, December 20 – Early Dismissal for the Holiday Break, 11:30 AM
  • December 21 – January 3 – Holiday Break
  • Thursday, January 4, 2024 – Classes Resume, 10:00 AM

Important Reminders and Info 

  • Report cards are available in Veracross. Please email abelancic@wcdsedu.com if you have trouble viewing your progress report. 
  • 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 start to the day, and requiring a snack in the middle of our morning classes can be disruptive to our learning. 
  • Yellow folders should be emptied each weekend. 
  • The Wheeling Symphony will present Symphony on Ice Thursday, November 30, at WesBanco Arena.  This spectacular event features the WSO along with professional skaters, area choir students AND Mrs. Chelsey as the guest singer this year, performing all of your holiday favorites!  Student tickets are available for just $10 anywhere in the arena. See the flyer below.
  • Please email both teachers: kwallace@wcdsedu.com and kkramer@wcdsedu.com 

In 29 Hours – WE DID IT! 

There is no amount of thanks worthy enough to express our gratitude for your generous donations the last few days. It was prior to 3:00 pm on Thursday when 5th grade reached our goal of 100% participation, being one of the first few grades to make this mark! As a school, being able to say we have 100% participation from faculty, board members, and families, is a monumental accomplishment and we are humbled to be a part of this community. The 5th graders were asked to make a few signs for dismissal on the first day of 29 hours, and no surprise to anyone, they took the idea and ran with it! If it were up to the kids, they would have been outside supporting their school every minute of the day. It really was the perfect wrap up to the last full week before Thanksgiving break. The rest of the week was filled with discussions about gratitude, rehearsals for the Holiday Show, and loads of learning in between. We began the week with a new round of deep dives, exploring the ins and outs of Lego robotics, and kicked off our Leadership class by starting D.A.R.E with Officer John of the Wheeling Police Department. Gratitude was discussed, as we wrote lists of 100 things we are grateful for. We took turns designing a Thankful Tree, which will hang in the cafeteria during our Thanksgiving Luncheon. Our students are simultaneously auditioning for, and rehearsing, our upcoming holiday show! It has been a wild week in fifth grade as we wind down and prepare for Thanksgiving Break. 

Language Arts:

  • had our first grammar test, lots of learning
  • (Almost) finished our class novel (We heard the parents have been getting emotional over it too!)


  • prepared for and took our math (spa day) test on long division


  • Students began D.A.R.E with Officer John Schultz from the Ohio County Police Department. 
  • This week students discussed decision making, peer pressure, and the choices we make and how they can affect us later in life. 

Lego Robotics:

The first week of Lego Robotics is underway and the energy in the room is contagious! I will say the only downfall is the students finding out that it takes 2-3 or even 4 weeks before we get our hands physically on the robots, due to all of the prep work we’ve done. We downloaded the software, EV3 Mindstorms, and began doing some mock programming. We’ve discussed the design of the competition table among other elements and will continue this on Monday!