We can’t believe it but May is almost here. We just have a couple of weeks left in the school year.
Reading, Writing and Social Studies– We are currently working on a large research project that combines all three subjects. Students are each looking at either a historical event or person that impacted the 20th or 21st centuries. Students will be researching their topic, writing a research paper and then developing an artifact to represent their topic. This week, students will be working to revise and edit their research papers, finalize their bibliography, and type their final drafts. Because this project it is integrated, it is important that students don’t fall behind because each step of the process builds on itself. Check in with your child to see how the process is going.
Math- This week students will complete their Mystery Class project by tracking seasonal changes in sunlight and then investigating other clues to find ten secret sites around the world. They will present their findings in a powerpoint presentation – only then will they know if they found their class!!
Science- In science, students will also complete be completing their project about inherited traits as they compare 2 different organisms, collect and analyze data to answer their guiding question: How Similar Are Offspring to Their Parents?
On top of all the awesome learning we are doing there are some important dates we want you to be aware of:
- Monday, April 29, 2019- Friday, May 3, 2019- EGGI Week
- Monday- School Spirit Day
- Tuesday- Hats off to College Day!
- Wednesday- College Spirit Day
- Thursday- Be all you can Be, College is for Me (Wear Camouflage)
- Friday- Career Dress Day
- Monday, April 29, 2019- Reunion Ranch Field Trip
- Thursday, May 2, 2019- 5th Grade Trip to Pearson Ranch
- Thursday, May 2, 2019- Career Day
- Friday, May 3, 2019- Last All School Assembly of the Year
- Friday, May 3, 2019- McNeil Senior Walk
- Thursday, May 9, 2019- Sommer Volunteer Luncheon (invite only)
- Friday, May 10, 2019- All Library Book Due
- Monday, May 13, 2019- 3rd/4th STAAR Math
- Tuesday, May 14, 2019- 3rd/4th STAAR Reading
- Wednesday, May 15, 2019- 5th STAAR Science
- Tuesday, May 21, 2019- 5th Grade Recognition
- Thursday, May 23, 2019- Flugtag
- Thursday, May 23, 2019- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!
Dear Parents: If your child has medication in the nurse’s office, please pick it up on or before the end of the school day on Thursday May 23, 2019. No medication will be sent home with a student and no medication will be left in the nurse’s office over the summer. If not picked up, it will be disposed of properly. Thank you!
Due to high ridership, we are not currently accepting bus rider permits for Sommer Elementary.
Monday is the field trip to Reunion Ranch! The kids sure are excited! I have asked them to wear their 5th grade class shirt, and closed toe shoes. I would highly recommend them wearing sunscreen since it looks like it’s going to be warm and sunny Monday. They can wear a hat if they would like.
Several have asked about bringing backpacks to carry water bottles, balls, baseball gloves, frisbees, etc. Students can bring a sling backpack if they want, but they are responsible for all their items, so please make sure they are clearly labeled if they bring anything. No cell phones please.
There are water jugs throughout the area, as well as a soda bar that also has powerade. Students will be told that for each soda they drink tomorrow, they need to have a cup of water to help keep them from dehydrating. If you do not want your child drinking anything but water please discuss that with them Monday before they go.
Reunion Ranch will be providing lunch, which has been included in the price of admission. It is a hot dog lunch, so if they cannot eat hot dogs or do not want one, they will need to bring a lunch. If your child is bringing their lunch, please make sure it is in a disposable bag.
It’ll be a great day of non-stress. We’ve worked hard all year. They deserve to have a break!!
The buses will be leaving Sommer between 9:00 and 9:15, so we should be at Reunion Ranch around 9:45 or 10:00. We will head to the picnic tables first to go over the expectations before we send the kiddos off to play.
5th Grade Recognition
Friendly reminder: Regarding 5th Grade Recognition Ceremony- if you have not had the opportunity to do so, please reserve your tickets. Additionally, don’t forget to email pictures for the 5th grade recognition slideshow. The directions for how to do so are in the attached letter.
As always if you have any question please contact your student’s teacher.
The 5th Grade team