Spring Has Sprung!!!!


 Here are your beautiful “Angels”!!!

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We enjoyed “spirit week” and are looking forward to Easter Break! Don’t forget that Terra Nova is the week we get back from Easter Break! Good healthy breakfasts and lots of rest!!!! The students are also working on the Spring Musical performance.

Well, we are in the final quarter of your child’s final year in grade school! They are nearly middle schoolers!!!! We have a lot that happens over the next couple of months. This month we will be finishing up fractions in math, looking at the planets in science, and experiencing the Civil War. In reading we just finished reading A Wrinkle in Time and hope to meet up with you to see the new movie with the same name!

At the end of this month we will start our Easter break and when we return it will be time for Terra Nova!!! The end of the year happens faster and faster as we move through the next few months! It will be over before we know it!

I am not sure where the month has gone or how I missed it, but boy has this month flown by! The children have been busy working on many different things. In Science, they have been working on their Trashformations.


In Social Studies, they have begun their journey to Oregon via the Oregon Trail.

As a class, we started reading A Wrinkle In Time and I hope to be able to meet the you and the students at the theater when the movie comes in March!

Math has brought us to the fraction/decimal chapters.

Yesterday was our Valentine’s Day Party and the students loved every bit of it. Thank you to all who helped to make the day special.

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Grandparents/Grandfriends Day is just around the corner! I always feel like this event triggers the end of the year craziness. I can’t believe we are nearly into the 4th quarter!

It is hard to believe that the school is half over!!!

We are currently studying about the Revolutionary War in Social Studies and will have guest speakers coming to talk to the classes about the Revolutionary War.

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In Science we are learning about the water cycle. The students created their own water cycles using a plastic bag, a plastic cup, ice, and a sunny window! The students observed over a couple of hours to a few days what the water did within the water cycle and my predictions about what would happen. They noticed that the ice melted, the water evaporated, then condensed on the inside of the bag, and finally some of the condensation was returned to the cup.

Next week we will begin reading “Chasing Lincoln’s Killer”. It is the book written based on the 12 day hunt for Lincoln’s killer and gives a lot of facts about the night it all happened. Please be sure to ask your students about who else was supposed to have died that night. They will also learn that John Wilkes Booth did not act alone! Many people were involved and helped him.

In Math, we are looking at how to interpret data and ways to organize that data into easily read tables and graphs!


In less than 5 months, you will have a middle school student! Enjoy the time with your student and please encourage them now to take on more responsibilities. Have a blessed day!


As we enter this Christmas season, we have been preparing for the Advent season by learning the story of the Candy Cane and how they tell the story of Christ.

In math we have been getting a glimpse into Algebra in math, in science we have learned about environments, food chains, food webs, and the part we play in changing the environment. We have been learning about how the colonies became states and what led to the American Revolutionary War. We have also begun working on Young Authors books.

I can’t believe that half the year is over and when we return in January, we will be on the downward slope of the year! You are very nearly parents of a middle schooler!

I hope you enjoy your Christmas break and some well deserved family time! I hope the children enjoy their well deserved break!!!!

Well, we are very nearly at the middle of the year!

In November, we have been learning about the various colonies and are now learning about the original 13 colonies and the events that happened there. We have been working on division in math and will begin touching on algebraic expressions. In science, we have been observing the life cycle of the Painted Lady Butterfly. We currently have 6 in the Chrysallis (Pupa Stage). We hope to have them in the classroom and feed them oranges for the length of the life cycle of the butterfly. In reading, we have been reading “Fever 1793″ it is about the yellow fever epidemic.

Wednesday will be the Thanksgiving Feast, and the next Tuesday will be our class “pig out” party! I can’t believe that we are almost at the mid year point.

Last week, the Fifth Grade students made their annual trip to DuBois Center! The students always enjoy themselves and this year was no exception! They built Burma bridges (bridges made of rope) and then crossed them with help and encouragement from their classmates. The horse riding was a hit! The students learn to work together to each goals and become closer friends! The chaperones are always appreciated and they had fun too!!!!

Last week, we were blessed to have Ugandan Thunder stop by on Wednesday to visit with us and spend some time in class. We had Tracy, Zipporah (Zippy), and Allen visit with us.

The children enjoyed it immensely! They stayed for lunch and played at recess!!! We always love the sound “Thunder”! Here are some pics of the visit!

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 It’s Mrs. Long !!!!!!!


Well, I managed to pull off a HUGE surprise for the kids!  Our beloved Mrs. Long came all the way from O’Fallon and did a mini art lesson with the students!!!! They loved it!!! (So did she!) They built a sculpture to assist them in drawing. They used pipe cleaners, straws, and playdough!



September/October Update

I know that we are half way through September, but here is the update for the remainder of the September and all of October.

Next week we will finish up our study of the various Native American tribes with dioramas of the tribes. (Pics to follow once completed)

We will be finishing our chapter in math of adding and subtracting whole numbers and decimals.

We have been learning about matter, mass and the properties of matter in Science and will be finishing that chapter next week.

In reading we will finish up the unit in the reading book and then begin a cross curricular reading The Sign of the Beaver. This will go along with our Native American unit in Social Studies. We will be writing a “How To” essay for grammar.

Camp DuBois will be here before we know it!!! The kids are pumped about camp and I am too!!!!! I LOVE camp!!!!

In October we will be finishing the quarter and having Parent/Teacher Conferences at the end of the month.

In Social Studies we will be learning about various explorers and how they explored new lands. In Nov. we will do a simulation as explorers and see if we “Survive” the trip.

In Math we will begin working on multiplication skills this will continue through November as well.

In Science we will explore forces and motion and how they effect movement.

I feel we have been having a great year and I am looking forward to an exciting rest of the year!!! Thank you for letting  me teach your children and allowing me to learn from them as well!!!!