Friday, September 11, 2020
Dear American Academy Parents,
Your students, both remote and in-person are resilient, creative, and fun! We are so excited for the weeks to come and all the learning, laughter, and personal growth that will come with it!
Outdoor Education Fieldtrip
September 18th deadline is approaching quickly! Sign your student up for the annual Stone Canyon ODE Fieldtrip. Whether E-learner or In-person learner, Stone Canyon staff will be providing engaging experiences for all!
Students not attending the two days of the fieldtrip will need to remain home. All 5th grade teachers will be with their cohorts and not providing work for these days. Those that stay home can sleep in, relax, catchup on any work they may be missing or choose to work on a craft. It is their time :0) We will not be providing work on these days.
LM E-Learners Sign-up
Access the AA website and signup for this field trip through the school store.
Store Link: 2021 LM - Grd 5 (Virtual) Stone Canyon
Please contact Ms. Stainbrook for E-learner questions at email@example.com.
LM In-person Learners Sign-up
1. Access the AA website and signup for this field trip through the school store.
Store Link: 2021 LM - Grd 5 - (In-person) Stone Canyon
2. Access the Stone Canyon site to register: (Waiver-quick and easy) https://www.stonecanyonedge.org/retreat-forms/under-18-liability-media
Please contact Ms. Hunt with In-person learning questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 18th – Remote Learning Day for ALL Students
Here are the additional K-8 Remote Learning/Teacher Planning days that have been added:
• Friday, September 18
• Friday, October 23
• Friday, December 4
Here is the Revised 2020-2021 School Year Calendar.
These days are considered remote learning days for all students, both in-person and remote. Students will be assigned work to complete at home on this day. Remote learning work for in-person learners will be sent home on Thursday, September 17th, Fifth grade students will have access to their O2O laptops as usual. Remote teachers will communicate their work expectations for that day via TEAMS.
Teachers will not be hosting any live sessions on this day. All teachers will be participating in professional development and cross-campus planning.
We will continue to use Kickboard each day to show the positives for each student. We will also record minor infractions in the kickboard as well. Each week, the students can use their kickboard money to purchase coupons for classroom use.
If you haven’t created your Kickboard account so you can see how your fifth grader is doing each day at school, please do so. If you set up your account but can’t remember your password, please email Ms. Miller at email@example.com
and she can reset your account for you.
First trimester grades are currently being entered. Please make sure you are checking Infinite Campus for upcoming assignments, current grades, and missing assignments. Also, don't forget to review our grading policy in the AA Handbook to further understand the impact late assignments have on your student’s grade. Thank you again for your support.
Math classes are in full swing. We are starting our focus on division. We will continue to do practice drills on multiplication and division. We are working with each student where he/she is academically by having both full class lessons and small group work with students that need more assistance or more challenge. The curriculum is thoughtfully laid out and builds on itself throughout the lessons.
We will continue to have grammar, spelling, and reading assignments weekly. The students should continue to record their homework assignments into their planners. We are wrapping up reading Mr. Tucket and the students are working on their character acrostic poems. Next week we will follow the adventures of a man who revives chivalry and aims to serve his nation as we start reading Don Quixote.
We are walking though the history of the Renaissance. We have seen how the religion of the time influenced all aspects of their lives; daily, political, and religious. We are now learning about the art and the artists that made history. Watch out for da Vinci, Raphael, and Michelangelo. They did some amazing things!
STEAM has begun for our 5th grade students! Students have been introduced to Virtual Robotic Toolkit and Lego Mindstorm, where they have already begun to tackle the challenges of coding. Their faces have lit up each day as they have listened intently to the challenges Ms. Wray shares with them through TEAMS. The students fill the room with chatter about their ideas, frustrations, and triumphs.
Thank you and we appreciate your support!
The Fifth Grade Team