"I really hope Halloween is on a Monday," said no one ever.
Despite the Monday morning chaos of costumes and party prep, Halloween was almost perfect. Students were well-behaved and adorable, no one got lost in the parade, and our room parents planned fabulous parties. Thanks for helping us all have a happy Halloween!
This year the Peer Leadership Team (comprised of 2 students from each 5th and 6th grade classroom) voted to partner with the Lions Club and the City of South Salt Lake to help refugees and low-income families in our neighborhood. There will be an event entitled “Healthy Halloween” held at the Arts & Community Center at 3238 S 540 E on October 22nd from 10-2, where healthcare services, tutoring, and other resources will be provided for low-income and refugee families in South Salt Lake. In conjunction with this event, our school replaced its traditional Food Drive for the Utah Food Bank with a food and clothing drive for refugees/low-income families. Peer Leadership members will have the opportunity to distribute the clothes, items, and food directly to people in need on the 22nd of October.
As an extra bonus... For every homeroom class in the entire school with 100% participation in the food/clothing drive, the Lions Club is donating $40 to the classroom! Each homeroom class brainstormed how they could use the $40 they might earn to make the world a better place. Classrooms came up with a variety of ideas-- making blankets for Rescue Rovers, sending it to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to help fund cancer research, or donating it to local homeless shelters. The goal is to get everyone in our school involved in service and developing greater compassion/empathy for others.
Here's what's happened so far:
In math each time we learn a new concept, we take notes in our math journals to help us remember. Here are just a few examples:
Each year, the Peer Leadership Team (student council) decides on a few school-wide "Spirit Days." Our first Spirit Day this year was Crazy Hair Day this past Friday, October 14th. We saw a lot of very creative hairdos!
Here's just some of what we've been up to in Social Studies...
1. We can name and map all 50 states! Ask us!
2. We're in the middle of an explorers simulation with our own ships and crews. Due to theft, limited resources, scurvy, and a host of other problems, many explorers will not make it to the New World.
3. Since this is the year for the U.S. Presidential Election, we're starting our election unit. We're interested to learn about how our government chooses the next President and get to see the outcome of this year's election.
Our first science unit in 5th grade is GEOLOGY! We've learned about the rock cycle and the three types of rocks. More recently, we've studied Earth's changing surface. Continental drift/plate tectonics sure does make life on this planet interesting!
This week we worked in groups to describe and make salt dough models of some of Earth's interesting geological processes.
Karen Redmon originally migrated to SLC from Memphis, TN. She has a Bachelor's in International Relations from BYU and a Master's in Teaching from Westminster. She's taught 4th, 1st, and 5th grades. Her interests include: camping, hiking, swimming, dancing, singing, pottery, sewing, theater, music, reading, and most of all-- learning.