Class News

Week of January 14th

posted Jan 15, 2018, 9:50 AM by Ella Frazier

This is the last week of the second quarter.  It's hard to believe half the year has gone by.  Both 4th and 5th grade will take the Reading Quarter Test on Wednesday.  Fourth grade will take the Math Quarter Test on Thursday and 5th grade will take their Math Quarter Test on Friday.  All make-up/missing work must be turned in by Thursday.  Grades will be finalized Friday and report cards will be send home in Friday folders on January 26th.  Awards day is also January 26th.  More details will be send at a later time.  Students do not attend school Monday, January 22nd and Tuesday, January 23rd.  These are teacher workdays.  So, stay warm and let's get this done!

Welcome to 2018!

posted Jan 2, 2018, 5:20 PM by Ella Frazier

Happy New Year!  It's time to wrap up the second quarter.  Fifth grade will be reviewing several different math concepts.  They will also finish up conservation of matter in science.  This includes physical and chemical changes.  Fourth grade will finish up some geometry this week along with some review.  In science we will finish up with static electricity and magnetic forces. Since this is a short week students will not get math homework this week.  However, I have set up a math review on students' IAM accounts. (They know how to access their account.)  We will be working on this some in class, but they can also work on the review at home as well.  It's also a great way for you, as parents, to see the type of questions that will be asked on the math EOG. The codes are:
4th Grade - 4TH2NDQT
5th Grade - 5TH2NDQT

A few important dates and reminders:
ALL Nature's Vision Fundraiser orders are due this Friday, January 5th
January 15th is a holiday, MLK Day, so no school for students
January 19th is the end of the second quarter.
Monday, January 22nd and Tuesday, January 23rd are teacher workdays, so no school for students
January 12th - 5th grade science benchmark test
January 17th - Reading benchmark tests
January 18th - Math benchmark tests
January 26th - Report cards sent home and Awards Day

Ho! Ho! Ho!

posted Dec 18, 2017, 4:55 AM by Ella Frazier

Just 3 and 1/2 days to go!  There will be NO math homework this week.  We will be trying to wrap a few things up before the break.  Fifth grade will finish up order of operations and writing expressions.  In science we will be wrapping up weather and taking the unit test.  Fourth grade will be wrapping up decimals and we may begin talking about some geometry.  In science we're going to wrap up current electricity.

We will have a small holiday party Thursday, the early release day.  If you would like to send a snack for both classes (nothing extravagant) to share, it would be greatly appreciated.  Mrs. Menius and I will provide drinks.  

I hope each person has a very Merry Christmas filled with family, joy and love!  Have a safe and happy New Year's too.  Thank you for letting me teach your wonderful, smart and great children! 

Week of December 11th

posted Dec 11, 2017, 5:31 AM by Ella Frazier

I hope everyone had a nice relaxing "Snow Weekend".  This week 5th grade will be learning how to use the order of operations with brackets and braces to evaluate expressions.  In science we will finish with our weather unit and will be taking some short quizzes and a final test.  Students have a weather booklet with notes to study.  Fourth grade will be learning about decimals and how they relate to fractions.  They will also be introduced to some geometry- lines, angles and figures - this week.  In science they will continue studying energy, but we are moving to electrical and magnetic energy.
Our first round of fund raising is over.  Orders have been sent.  You may still sell items to earn money until January 5th.
The Snowman Family Project was due today, but I can give you until tomorrow to turn it in.
Don't forget our Winter Festival this Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30.  Students are preparing a special surprise for parents.  We hope to see you there.

Fundraiser Information

posted Nov 28, 2017, 11:41 AM by Ella Frazier   [ updated Nov 28, 2017, 11:44 AM ]

We are going to start fund raising for our overnight field trips in May.  Our first fund raiser will be Nature's Vision. Students will have information and selling catalogs tomorrow. All money raised will go directly toward your student's cost.  Students profit 40% of their sales.  Students can sell from Wednesday, November 29th through Friday, January 5th.  BUT we will place two orders.  The first order is due by December 8th.  These orders will be received back before Christmas break.  So, if customers would like to place an order for Christmas gifts, they must be submitted by this date.  The second order is due by January 5th.  This allows time to sell items over the holiday break.  January 5th is the final deadline to place an order.
To see the informational letter, click HERE.  Student can take orders online.  The website to place orders online is  Our organization code is 49128.  Ask your customer to give your student credit for the sale.  Share on Facebook and other social media to increase your sales.  Online orders are shipped directly to the customer, so those relatives that live farther away can still order.

We will also be selling Pickett T-shirts in a couple of weeks.  Money raised from shirt sales will be split between the 4th and 5th grade classes and will be taken off the top of everyone's cost.

After the new year, we will be selling coupon books.  These sales will go directly toward your student's cost.  If we sell less than 200 book, each book makes a profit of $10.00.  If we sell more than 200 books, each book makes a profit of $12.00.  You'll receive more information as we approach the sale date.

If you have questions, please ask.

Week of November 20th

posted Nov 17, 2017, 5:23 PM by Ella Frazier

Happy Thanksgiving!!! This week is a two day week.  I sincerely hope you have a restful holiday full of family, love and happiness.  When we return from the holiday we have about three and half weeks before the Christmas holiday.  Fifth grade will quickly review adding and subtracting decimals and take a test.  The next topic is adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators.  This can be a tough concept, especially if students don't know their multiplication facts fluently.  In science we will continue with weather focusing on front and other weather patterns.  Fourth grade will continue with equivalent fractions and move to comparing fractions.  In science we will continue with energy focusing on light energy and moving to magnetic energy.
There's no homework this week, but we'll be back on schedule next week. 

Week of November 13th

posted Nov 12, 2017, 5:52 PM by Ella Frazier

I hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend.  We have a full week this week.  Fifth grade will be adding and subtracting decimals.  In science we will continue with weather.  We will continue with air pressure and wind.  Fourth grade  will be taking a test on multi-step word problems and will begin a unit on equivalent fractions.  Fractions are a difficult concept and it is very important students know their multiplication and division facts fluently.  In science we will move from thermal energy to sound energy.
Next week students are out of school Wednesday through Friday for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Students will not get their Friday folders that week.

Week of November 6th

posted Nov 5, 2017, 1:43 PM by Ella Frazier

Let the holiday season begin!  Don't forget Friday is a holiday-Veteran's Day.  There is no school.  
This week fifth grade will continue division with 2-digit divisors.  In science we will continue learning all about weather.  Students will take a test on clouds this week, probably Tuesday.  We will begin learning how air pressure affects weather and we will actually make barometers.  Students will need a small glass jar.  A small jelly jar is the perfect size.  It is not required, so if you are not comfortable sending a glass jar, please don't.  
Fourth grade will begin multi-step problem solving with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  In science we will continue with energy, more specifically, thermal energy.

Picture retakes are tomorrow and picture money for fall pictures is due Tuesday.

Mrs. Menius and I will have an awards assembly Thursday at 1:30 in our classrooms.  Our school leaders decided this was the best option for making sure students' hard work is recognized.  We hope you can join us.

A shout out to Julie L. for being voted as our fifth grade student council representative.  Our top prodigy point earners for last week were Riley, Victor W., Robert, Caleb, Victoria and Aryanna.  Keep up the good work.

Week of October 30th

posted Oct 29, 2017, 3:42 PM by Ella Frazier

Welcome to the second quarter!  Both fourth and fifth grade will begin the quarter with division.  Fourth grade will use one-digit divisors and fifth grade will use two-digit divisors.  In science fourth grade will begin learning about different types of energy and how it is transferred.  Fifth grade will begin learning about weather beginning clouds - how they are formed, the different types and how they are related to weather prediction.  

A Few Reminders and Important Dates:
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences are tomorrow.  Click here to see the schedule. 
  • Tuesday is Halloween.  Students may dress up as a book character.
  • The Reading Counts celebration is Friday. (for those who met their goal for the 1st quarter)
  • Pickett's Fall Yardsale is Saturday, November 2nd.
  • Fall picture orders and money are due by November 7th.  Picture retakes are November 6th.
  • First Quarter Awards Assembly is November 9th (more information will be coming)
  • Friday, November 10th is a holiday, so no school. 

Week of October 23rd

posted Oct 22, 2017, 5:08 PM by Ella Frazier   [ updated Oct 22, 2017, 5:22 PM ]

This is the final week of the first quarter.  Students will be taking quarter assessments this week.  Tuesday is the reading assessment, Wednesday is math and Thursday is science for fifth grade.  We will do some catching up and reviewing the first part of this week.  Fifth grade will be working on a STEM project about thermal energy.  They are challenged to build a model of a house that is as energy efficient as possible.  It needs to keep thermal energy inside for winter and keep thermal energy out for summer.  We'll be using a thermal imaging camera to test their models.  Forth grade will also be working on a STEM project.  They will be creating a stop motion video of the moon's phases.

I will not be giving homework this week.  I will be calculating Daily Word Problem extra credit for the first quarter.  Parent teacher conferences are Monday, October 30th.  Click here to see conferences we have scheduled so far and available times left.  Tuesday is Halloween.  We will not have a Halloween party.  But if you would like to send treats for the class, we will be glad to share them.  Students can dress up, BUT they must dress as a character from a book. 

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