Friday, September 23, 2016

Proulx Newsletter 9/26-30/2016

Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome to week 4 out of 37.  This week was one filled with new things, and many small successes. One thing that we accomplished was to access our online Go Math resources.  We also worked in Google Classroom (finished 2 assignments).  Students are excited as we move forward in Social Studies.  Their Island Map ideas are great!

Please remember our first field trip is coming for Science (Tryon Creek), so be looking for emails in regard to field trip procedures.  Classroom volunteers have begun coming into the classroom.  All volunteers should be hearing from our Room Moms, Mrs. Minnie Cooper and Mrs. Julia Lyman.  Thank you parents for your faithful, support!

We are generating ideas for our Class Community Service Project.  If you have ideas, or would like to help us when we do our HandsOnGreaterPortland Greeting Cards for Meals on Wheels, please let me know.

Let's make this fourth week of school a great one!

Looking ahead:

Oct 10 Field Trip: Tryon Creek State Park.
Oct 13 - No School (Professional Development)
Oct 14 - No School (Professional Development)
Oct 18 - Picture Retakes
Oct 26 - Progress Reports Emailed

Following is the classroom-context of our week:

Bible:   Finish up Purposeful Design unit 1.  Test Thursday 9/29.
Memory Verse: Romans 15:4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so
             that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we 
             might have hope.  Test Thursday 9/29.
Math:  Finish up Go Math Chapter 1.  Math practice and helps: Think Central (our new math
             program online),
             and Khan Academy.
History: Continue Geography Unit.  Begin working on Island Map at school.
Science: Cont. Science ECOPOP Unit.
Literacy Block
    • Reading: Treasures.  Finish unit 1Miss Alaineus.
    • Writing: Continue Six Traits of Writing: "Ideas"  Googleclassroom.com
    • Spelling: Unit 2. 
    • Vocabulary:  Topic word list (SS)  
    • Grammar: Cont. Preposition unit.  Easy Grammar for 5th Grade.  Prep. quiz Fri.
    • Penmanship:  Handwriting Without Tears.  
Specials: Regular schedule.
Music: Continue Chorale Click here for details.  
             CHORALE Tues 9/27--After School 3:05-4:00
Quiz: 5th Oct 24
Reading Buddies: Every Friday.  Once per month: meet in Library.
Art Education: Fridays in the Science Lab with Mrs. Bates.
Please feel free to view "Class Website< click link for updates. For information pertaining to WHCS, please remember to click the following link >"school website." 
Correction Forms can be found on the Resources and Study Guides page on the classroom website, or click the link to print:  "Correction  forms<link.
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*There may be some modifications to the schedule during the week, depending on student needs/tempo. We will work on classroom expectations throughout the week. As always, I will email important updates to you as they arise.
**Photos of your child's textbooks are found in "5P Curriculum" on My Website. <click link
*A copy of "Dress Up and Sentence Openers" strategies can be found in "Resources and Study Guides"
Please remember to check for updates on the my classroom website.  Thank you. 

Mrs. Proulx
Fifth Grade
WHCS 2016-2017

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Proulx Newsletter 9/19-23/2016

Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome to week 3 out of 37.  WHCS 5th graders are beginning to dig into most of their core classes.  As you read the classroom context below, you'll notice students have begun most of their first units in Social Studies, Science, Math, Spelling, Reading, and Writing.  You may not have noticed much homework coming home, however, students are definitely putting time into their studies.  Our goal is to lead students into focusing and working during their school day, in order to spend more time doing family activities and getting plenty of rest on school nights.

Let's make this third week of school a great one!  Please remember the Student Council Fundraiser to help NCO!  The boxes are filling up, but the need is great.  Way to go Student Council!

Looking ahead:

Sep 23 -
Reading Buddies with Mrs. Walter's first graders.
Oct 10 Field Trip: Tryon Creek State Park.
Oct 13 - No School (Professional Development)
Oct 14 - No School (Professional Development)
Oct 18 - Picture Retakes
Oct 26 - Progress Reports Emailed

Following is the classroom-context of our week:

Bible:  Continue Purposeful Design unit 1.
Memory Verse: Romans 15:4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.
Math: Go Math Chapter 1.  Math practice and helps: Khanacademy.com
History: Continue Geography Unit.  Bodies of water, climate zones, and landforms introduced.
Science: Cont. Science ECOPOP Unit.
Literacy Block
    • Reading: Treasures.  Continue unit 1: Miss Alaineus.
    • Writing: Begin Six Traits of Writing:  Ideas  Googleclassroom.com
    • Spelling: Unit 1 Quizzes and tests given during the week.
    • Vocabulary:  Topic word list (SS)
    • Grammar: Cont. Preposition unit.  Easy Grammar for 5th Grade.
    • Penmanship:  Handwriting Without Tears.  
  • Specials: Regular schedule.
  • Music: Chorale begins Sept. 19th.  Click here for details.
  • Classroom Art:  Coordinates sketches with colored pencil.
  • Art Education: Fridays in the Science Lab.  Mrs. Bates will continue Art Ed projects.
Please feel free to view "Class Website< click link for updates. For information pertaining to WHCS, please remember to click the following link >"school website." 
Correction Forms can be found on the Resources and Study Guides page on the classroom website, or click the link to print:  "Correction  forms<link.
____________________________________________________________________________
*There may be some modifications to the schedule during the week, depending on student needs/tempo. We will work on classroom expectations throughout the week. As always, I will email important updates to you as they arise.
**Photos of your child's textbooks are found in "5P Curriculum" on My Website. <click link
*A copy of "Dress Up and Sentence Openers" strategies can be found in "Resources and Study Guides"
Please remember to check for updates on the my classroom website.  Thank you. 

Mrs. Proulx
Fifth Grade
WHCS 2016-2017

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Proulx Newsletter 9/12-15/2016

Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome to WHCS 5th Grade!  This is week 2 out of 37.  It was great to meet all of you on Tuesday, and again on Friday evening!  Last week students learned many class procedures, practiced Opening Exercises, learned how to head their papers, how to walk in the hallways, and how to open their lockers!  We practiced life-saving skills (fire drills, earthquake drills, and lockdowns), as well as how to use the 5th and 6th grade mobile (computer), lab.  This week we will continue to add more procedures, but we hope to dig into our learning context!  I can tell students are ready to get to work.

Concerning classroom volunteers, I would like to meet with all parents who signed up to volunteer in the classroom.  As soon as all signatures are in, I will contact you with a day/time to meet.  The website gives a little information, however, it is so much better to see it for yourselves, and have it explained while you are in the classroom.  See you soon!

This is our first full week, let's make it a great one!

Looking ahead:

Sep 16-
Reading Buddies with Mrs. Walter's 1st Graders.
Oct 10 Field Trip: Tryon Creek State Park
Oct 13 - No School (Professional Development)
Oct 14 - No School (Professional Development)
Oct 18 - Picture Retakes
Oct 26 - Progress Reports Emailed

Following is the classroom-context of our week:

Bible:  Continue Knight's Code. Student generated skits.  Begin Purposeful Design unit 1.
Memory Verse: Romans 15:4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.
Math: Go Math Chapter 1.  Math practice and helps: Khanacademy.com
History: Continue Geography Unit.  Continents, Oceans, Longitude, Latitude.
Science: Introduction to Science Unit.
Literacy Block
    • Reading: Treasures.  Miss Alaineus.
    • Writing: Being Six Traits of Writing:  Ideas  Googleclassroom.com
    • Spelling: Unit 1 
    • Vocabulary:  Introduce topic Word list:  Geography terms.
    • Grammar: Preposition unit.  Easy Grammar for 5th Grade.
    • Penmanship:  Handwriting Without Tears.  
  • Specials: Regular schedule.
  • Music: Chorale begins the week of Sept. 19th.  Click here for details.
  • Classroom Art:  Coordinates sketches with colored pencil.
  • Art Education: Fridays in the Science Lab.  Mrs. Bates gave students a great first class.  They began their chalk sketches.
Please feel free to view "Class Website" < click link for updates. For information pertaining to WHCS, please remember to click the following link >"school website." 
Correction Forms can be found on the Resources and Study Guides page on the classroom website, or click the link to print:  "Correction  forms<link.
____________________________________________________________________________
*There may be some modifications to the schedule during the week, depending on student needs/tempo. We will work on classroom expectations throughout the week. As always, I will email important updates to you as they arise.
**Photos of your child's textbooks are found in "5P Curriculum" on My Website. <click link
*A copy of "Dress Up and Sentence Openers" strategies can be found in "Resources and Study Guides"
Please remember to check for updates on the my classroom website.  Thank you. 

Mrs. Proulx
Fifth Grade
WHCS 2016-2017

Friday, September 2, 2016

Proulx Newsletter 9/7-9/2016

Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome to WHCS 5th Grade!  This is week 1 out of 37, our first 4 days of the 2016-17 school year, including Tuesday's "Open House and All-school BBQ."  That is when you will step into your classroom and enjoy meeting me, your teacher.  You will choose your locker and practice opening it (over and over!).  You will place your supplies in specific areas in the classroom, and finally, you'll need to choose a desk that you will use for several days.  I will assign seats later this month.

I am sure you will have many questions to ask, and for that reason, there will be a Composition Notebook and pen placed on the round table.  I would like for you to write any questions you have for me, or in general, and we will go over those questions on Wednesday. It's ok if you leave a comment as well.  Let's make the beginning week a great one!

Please bring your favorite book to class on Wednesday.  We will have our first Book Share class this Friday.  I'll explain the process to you during school on Wednesday so you will know what to do. It's important that you have your favorite book at school so we can enjoy your recommendations!

Looking ahead:

Sep 6 -  Open House and All-school BBQ 3-5:30 PM.
Sep 7 -  First day of school.
Sep 9 -  Picture day (Proulx 10:00 a.m.)
Sep 9 -  Back to School Night.  This night is for parents (6:30-9pm)
Sep 16- Reading Buddies with Mrs. Walter's 1st Graders.

Following is the classroom-context of our week:

Bible:  Review of Knight's Code.
Memory Verse:  No memory verse this week.  We will go over our school verse:  Psalm 18:30
Math: Introduction to Go Math Chapter 1.
History: Introduction to Geography Unit.
Science: Introduction to Science Unit.
Writing: How to write Reading Responses.
Grammar: Preposition Unit
Literacy Block
    • Reading: Book Share.  Bring your favorite book!
    • Writing: Learn how to write a Reading Response.
    • Spelling: Unit 1 
    • Vocabulary:  Topic Word list next week.
    • Grammar: Preposition unit.
    • Penmanship:  Handwriting Without Tears.  
  • Specials: 4-day schedule 
  • Music: 4-day week schedule
  • Classroom Art Projects: Teacher-lead art projects coincide with Social Studies, "First Weeks of School," Honored Guest Day, and special holidays.
  • Art Education: Fridays in the Science Lab.
Please feel free to view "Class Website" <click link, for updates, and for information pertaining to WHCS, please remember to check the following link to the "school website." <click link
Correction Forms"can be found on the Resources and Study Guides.  Correction  forms <click link.
____________________________________________________________________________
*There may be some modifications to the schedule during the week, depending on student needs/tempo. We will work on classroom expectations throughout the week. As always, I will email important updates to you as they arise.
**Photos of your child's textbooks are found in "5P Curriculum" on My Website. <click link
*A copy of "Dress Up and Sentence Openers" strategies can be found in "Resources and Study Guides"
Please remember to check for updates on the my classroom website.  Thank you. 

Mrs. Proulx
Fifth Grade
WHCS 2016-2017







Monday, August 29, 2016

Open House/First Day of School (Proulx)

HAPPY LABOR DAY WEEKEND!

Dear 5th grade Parents and students,
I am very excited to begin this school  year, and I know that you must be very excited as well.  There are many things that you will be learning, but don’t worry, I am learning right along with you!  There are also wonderful topics you will be introduced to, and you will have opportunities to grow, progress, and work you way to new learning.  One of the jobs that you will have, is to pay close attention to the things that help you learn (your learning style), and to be aware of your strengths.  One of my jobs is to do the same thing; I will pay close attention to your learning style, and to your strengths.  Then I will try very hard to include the things I learn about you and your learning style, into each lesson.  Remember, school is for exploration, trying out new things, being able to fail and start over, grow, and to succeed.  We will be doing these things together.  You won’t know everything when you get here—THAT IS WHY YOU ARE IN SCHOOL!  ☺  You are in school to learn, so relax and get ready for a GREAT YEAR!
Note to Parents:
Brief introduction of myself:  I was born in Tucson, Arizona and lived there until 2010 (when my husband and I moved to Portland, Oregon).  I have been a teacher for going on 19 years. This will be my 6th year teaching at WHCS.  Most of my teaching career has been in Christian education, and I am glad to partner with you in educating your children in not only “reading, writing, and math,’’ but also in their knowledge of Christ, and their relationship with Him.  
I look forward to working together with you, getting to know you and your children, and I believe they are ready to learn, grow, and enjoy the 5th grade!  

This year's theme verse is Psalm 18:30 As for God, his way is perfect:The Lord’s word is flawless; He shields all who take refuge in him.
In Christ’s love and service,
Mrs. Sylvia Proulx
WHCS 5th Grade


To get you started, I am including information concerning items you will need when you come on Tuesday, and how I would like you to store them.  You should have all of your supplies--however, to get started, the following list of items can be organized before you come to class, which will help your first school day go more smoothly.
Zippered pouch with the following items ready to use:
2-4 sharpened pencils,; 2 blue or black pens; 1 highlighter; 1-2 red pens; eraser; 1 dry erase pen; 1 fine tipped sharpie (permanent); one broad tipped sharpie (permanent).
Your books and accordion folder/binder (and folders), should be left on top of your desk during Open House.
The assignment notebook is a mandatory item.  Your child will automatically receive it on the first day, you do not need to order it.


Other items:
These items will be placed in an art box:  Colored pencils, scissors, felt tipped pens, extra pens and pencils, erasers, highlighters, sharpies, 3x5 cards (if you have them). No personal items such as toys, misc. papers, etc. are allowed to be stored in your desk or art box.
Community supply drawers: packages of school paper, glue sticks and tape.
Any remaining items will be put into your locker for safe-keeping until you need to bring them into the room.  You may want to have a pencil box, or bag for organization and easy storage in your locker.
Teachers have noticed that when students bring pencil sharpeners, wood shavings end up in desks and on the carpet (which is difficult to clean up).  Therefore students are asked to NOT bring in personal pencil sharpeners.  Thank you.
Your locker is school property and must be respected.  NO TAPE, or stickers, are allowed to be used to secure items to the sides (insides or outsides), of the locker.  You may use magnets, or locker organizers.

REMEMBER TO PRACTICE USING YOUR COMBINATION LOCKS SEVERAL TIMES BEFORE YOU COME TO SCHOOL.  OPEN THEM, CLOSE THEM, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, and PRACTICE!  ☺  You’ll be an expert by the first day of school (and much happier)!

Finally, no personal items are allowed in the classroom/desk.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

WHCS Newsletter UPDATE

Dear Parents and Students of the 2015-2016 5th Grade--Please don't forget to UNSUBSCRIBE to my newsletter.  If you don't unsubscribe (at the bottom of the webpage there is an option to unsubscribe), you will continue to receive my 5th graders' newsletters when you are in Middle School.  Oh no!

Have a wonderful summer and great new school year.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Proulx--Second notice to Subscribe to Newsletter

Dear Parents and Students,

Happy Labor Day Weekend!  I know that most of you have received your several emails from me, however, I wanted to give you a second opportunity to validate your subscription to the weekly newsletter. If you have never subscribed to a newsletter via Feedburner, then I would like to give you a quick rundown of how it works (students are able to subscribe via their school email account, as well).

First, you click on the following link:  proulxteach.blogspot.com.  When you do, it will lead you to the Proulx Newsletter Page.  There are several tabs at the top of the site that will allow you to visit pages such as "About Mrs. Proulx," "Resources and Study Guides," and so forth.  On the right side of the page, above my school photo, is a window with the title, Subscribe by email.  Please put your email address in the "window" and click ''submit."  Immediately, a box should pop up in the upper left hand corner of your screen to confirm you request.

The next step is to check your email box and open the email from Feedburner.  You will need to open the email, click on the link they provide to confirm you request, and that is it.  All my newsletters, will come to you once per week for the 2016-2017 school year.

See you soon!

Mrs. Sylvia Proulx
WHCS 5th Grade
2016-2017