Thursday, March 23, 2017

Mulberry Carnival March 31st

Our school's carnival is Friday, March 31st from 5:30 to 8:00 pm.  Please sign up for food and drinks ahead of time, so PTO volunteers know how much to prepare.  We are also looking for volunteers to help run game stations, man the bake sale, and help with the raffle.  The carnival is always a fun evening for the whole family!  Hope to see you all there!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Spring Pictures

Hi All!

Spring pictures are coming home today. These are the ones that they let you preview before you purchase.  So, take out the pictures you want to keep.  Return the pictures you don't want with check or cash for the pictures you kept.  

If you don't want any, please just send the envelope with the pictures back to school. 

Thank you!

Sunday, February 26, 2017


SPRING Open House Conferences Coming Soon!
Fifth grade students lead their own “Open House” Spring Conferences.  Students will be showcasing their work in the library by sharing various work samples, which will enlighten you as to what they have been focusing on here at school this quarter.
Open House Conferences will take place on:
TUESDAY, March 7th from 4:00-7:00 pm
WEDNESDAY*, March 8th from 4:00-6:45 pm
Please stop by before or after a younger sibling’s conference. The K-3rd teachers respectfully request that accompanying 5th grade students wait in the hall during their younger siblings’ conferences.  
We look forward to seeing all of the parents of students we work with, not just our homerooms.  The Open House format will allow you to speak with all classroom teachers, as we all will be available for questions during Tuesday and Wednesday evening sessions.  
                                                       We look forward to seeing you soon!
                                                       Thank you,
                                                       Mrs. Day, Mrs. Steele, and Mrs. Curry

*ELL and GT resource teachers will be available on Wednesday evening

Monday, February 6, 2017


Students brought home the following note:

Please see the attached login cards for ZEARN.  Students should be keeping up with the lessons in class, but we often run out of time. So, for HOMEWORK, please encourage your student to log onto and continue through their lessons.  This could take them anywhere between 5 and 25 minutes per lesson.  The lessons online are very beneficial.  I encourage you to sit alongside your student during the first few and watch the videos together so you know what we’re learning this year! 

If you have trouble logging in or if you need your student's login and password again, please contact me. Thanks!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

January Update

A Note from Mrs. Steele, the math teacher

·      Students have been working hard with fractions.
·      Reminder: Many times “Problem Sets” look undone when they come home. That’s ok. You certainly can encourage your child to show you how to complete one or two of the unfinished problems, but please don’t consider this homework. You would be very surprised at how much math our students every single day in the 90 minutes they are in math class.  Problem sets are only a tiny fraction of what they do, and by bringing them home every night, you get a little glimpse of what concept we are working on.  For example, today we are working on subtracting fractions from a number that is greater than 1 and less than 2. 
                                                                        (example: 1
¾ - 1/5)
·      It’s still very important for your child to know his/her math basic facts, especially when it comes to multiplication. I cannot stress this enough. Roughly 20% of the 5th grade are “fluent” in their facts, which means the other 80% still could use help in recalling facts.
o   Use flash cards, quiz him/her orally, or use Moby Max (online) “Fact Master” on a daily basis.
o   I offer extra practice sheets after every “sprint” but only 2 students are consistently taking them home for further practice.
o   Students often stumble on the 7’s, 8’s, 9’s, and 12’s, so focus on those. Even those students who are fluent can practice by taking it a step farther. Quiz them with identifying equivalent fractions. For example 4/5 = 16/20, so ask, how many twentieths is equivalent to four-fifths?
·      As a former middle school teacher, I understand what the future looks like for your 5th grader. Mrs. Curry, Mrs. Day and I are working hard at helping your student become more and more independent.
o   This involves helping them find “their voice” through self-advocacy: it is encouraging to have students advocate on their behalf instead of relying on a middleman (you).  This is such a sign of maturity!
o   In addition, students are expected to be more responsible for personal items, organizing homework folders, classroom supplies, and lockers.  We will continue to help prepare him/her for what lies ahead at West Middle School. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask!
·      Remember, there is no school this coming Monday. Enjoy the 3-day weekend!

--Mrs. Steele

Thursday, October 6, 2016

October update

From Mulberry 5th Grade Teachers


Please see the following:
·      Module 2 Math “Tip Sheet” for parents – how to help and understand what your child is learning during this unit
·      ELA Home Letter – what we’ll be focusing on next week in reading and how you can help your child

·      Book orders are due soon!

·      Students must have earphones for the different programs we use on our computers.  Please purchase a pair if your child does not have a pair.
·      Students use “skinny” Expo markers every day, and by now, most have already used up their first marker.  Walmart is now restocked with the fine and ultra fine 4-pack black Expo markers.  Please consult with your child whether he or she needs more.  Mrs. Steele has a few more in her stock she can sell for $1 a piece.

Party Committees
·      Each homeroom has party committees for the following celebrations: Fall, Winter, Valentine’s, End of the Year.  Fifth grade students do all the planning for each party with minimal help from parents.  You will get more information as we approach the party dates (October 31st is our Fall party).

Coming Soon
·      Parent-Teacher Conferences the week of October 24th
·      Open House style for 5th grade – this allows you to see student work in all 3 classrooms and touch base with all 3 teachers
·      More information about both will be coming home with students soon!

Diane Day                             Mary Curry                                         Linda Steele
Science/Writing                    Reading/Social Studies                 Mathematics                                     

Friday, September 30, 2016

Update from 5th grade teachers


·      Please continue to help your child become a better reader by reading at home 15 – 20 minutes every night.

·      Ask your child questions about what he/she is reading for their free reading book, or have your child read aloud for several minutes from his/her book.

·      Book Log information will be coming home next week, as will FAST results.

·      We will have a strong focus on writing next week in ELA, and will be taking our first unit test.  We will be incorporating dialogue into our written work.

·      We’ve finished up Systems and will begin our new unit Monday! 

·      Monday, October 3rd will be our UNIT test.  Your child has study guides from yesterday and today. 
o   Adding & subtracting decimals
o   Multiplying decimal by a single digit whole number (4.31 x 5)
o   Dividing decimal by a single digit whole number (10.48 ÷ 4)
o   Multiplying by powers of ten; dividing by powers of ten
o   Applying place value understanding and fluency in the context of a multi-step word problem

We are enjoying working with your student this year!  If you have any questions, please contact us. 

Diane Day                             Mary Curry                                         Linda Steele
Science/Writing                    Reading/Social Studies                 Mathematics