Friday, May 18, 2018

Friday, May 18

Next Week at a Glance:


Culinary Chemistry Demonstration
review both GRAPH and SCRIB/SCRIPT - no spelling words
*Test over degrees of adjectives, double negatives, and diagramming.

Students will diagram pattern 4 sentences with compound verbs and objects.
Students begin taking everything home

Students will diagram sentences with adverbs that modify other modifiers.
*Roots TEST
*Math Unit 12 Test over Percentage


PARTY - WEAR 5th grade T-SHIRTS with any Uniform bottom, GAMES AND FOOD, yearbook signing

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Here we are one week away from the last day of instruction for your fifth graders here at Archway!

I have so enjoyed your children and will miss them, but I am so excited for them as they step into a whole new world.

NOTE:  Endocrine Test:  Open note - On Friday, May 18, 2018

For our Science in house field trip Monday we will be having a culinary chemistry demonstration:  They will be using and consuming White Chocolate, jelly, applesauce, and coconut.  If your child has a food allergy to any of these please send me an e-mail or hand written note.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

TUESDAY, MAY 16, 2018

I hope you all had a great Mother's Day weekend.  I enjoyed my family in various events all throughout the week end.  They spoiled me, but the best part was just spending time with my mother, kids and grand kids.

This week at a glance.

  • For poetry/writing, we are memorizing "If" by Rudyard Kipling.  It will be recited by the whole fifth grade at the graduation ceremony. This poem is a p erfect graduation poem because it highlights virtue and perseverance, something so needed by young people embarking on a new beginning.   Please encourage your scholar to memorize these lines to the best of his or her ability.  We suggest recording their recitation and then playing it back over and over.  It would be a good family discussion to sit down and talk about such masterful lines as (If you can) "watch the things you gave your life to, broken and stoop and build 'em up again with worn out tools:" ... "you’ll be a Man, my son!"  We hope it is an enjoyable endeavor to commit this poetic masterpiece to memory.  
  • We continue our study of the endocrine system with the test coming this Friday, May 18th.  Students should spend 5-10 minutes each day reviewing their notes; this can be done in Lyceum, at home, or during morning work.
  • Monday, May 21st will be our chemistry "in-school" field trip.  It will be a "cooking" chemistry lab.  I hope the scholars are as excited as I am!
  • We are studying Native Americans: Cultures and Conflicts this week.
  • I am encouraging scholars to write detailed answers to any questions they get in history.  We have been using this time to hone their writing-for-purpose skills.


5th Grade Graduation will be held on Thursday, March 24th in the Chandler Prep Gymnasium. 
Doors open at 9:15 and the ceremony begins at 9:30. Please enter through the CPA Gym doors on the east side of the building. 
Reception to follow in the Multipurpose Room.
All family members and friends are welcome.  If you plan to take any siblings that will be in class, please give yourself some extra time to come to the front desk while the front office staff gets them out of class and you sign them out.  Those children will need to return to class after the ceremony as the reception is for graduates and parents only.  We will ask that you sign them back in before attending the reception in the MPR.
If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Baker.
 Here is the link to the signup for the commencement reception.  Please visit

Also, the 5th grade shirt is available here:

There is a pool party scheduled for after school May 24th until 3pm at La Casita pool in Dobson Ranch.  Sign up here ($5):

Saturday, May 12, 2018

May 12, 1.30 pm - Revised version

Thank you all so much for all of the encouragement and appreciation this week.  Reading those comments on how the children have grown and been strengthened, encouraged, and feel loved by what we do makes it all so worth while.  Thank you!  We appreciate you and all that you do for our kidos.

 Important Dates and Graduation

Graduation Info

The 5th grade graduation will take place at the Chandler Prep GymnasiumDoors open at 9:15 and the ceremony will begin at 9:30. Reception to follow.

Please enter through the CPA doors on the east side of the building. If you are taking an Archway student to watch their older sibling graduation, you must enter through the Archway doors and sign them out. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the reception in the MPR after the graduation. However, all Archway students must return to their classes promptly after the ceremony.

If you would like to sign up for to help with the reception please go to this link:

Culinary Chemistry in school field trip: May 21st

We are memorizing a fantastic poem for the graduation ceremony that embodies all that we are hoping the students will take with them as they graduate from Archway.  It is the poem "If" by Ruyard Kipling.  Please discuss the virtues outlined in the poem and help your student really understand it and make the ideals a part of their character. 

The memorization timeline is as follows:

Paragraph 1: 5/11 - It was kind of disheartening today, because many kids did not know this today!  I am sending home another copy of the poem on Bright Yellow paper - please help your child memorize it.

Paragraph 1&2: 5/14
Paragraph 1-3: 5/16
Paragraph 1-4: 5/18

On each date your scholar has the opportunity to earn 10 points toward their poetry grade in Language Arts.  When they do not know it it pulls down their grade.

Next Week's Spelling Words and Roots

Roots:  Scrib, Script = Write
derivatives: Students will get, on Monday, 2 sheets with the derivatives and their definitions.  One of the sheets is for them to cut apart and play a matching game to prepare them for the test on Friday.

Spelling Words:
describe                         inscription                           manuscript                                  postscription

scribble                          scribe                                 script                                            subscription

transcribe                       postscript

This week we will be studying degrees of adjectives and double negatives (Shurley  Ch. 13) and the test on Ch 13 will be MONDAY, MAY 21

We will begin our unit on percentages, fractions, and decimals and be doing division rocket math.

We will complete  our study of the endocrine system this week - students should be studying nightly their notes.

We will begin a new unit on  Native Americans.

Have a great week-end!

Monday, May 7, 2018


Here is the link to the signup for the commencement reception.  Please visit

Also, the 5th grade shirt is available here:

There is a pool party scheduled for after school May 24th until 3pm at La Casita pool in Dobson Ranch.  Sign up here ($5):

Other Information:

History TEST - Westward Expansion After Civil War - Wednesday, May 9th

Grammar Unit 12 Test - Thursday, May 10

Math Unit 11 Test - Angles- Thursday, May 10

Students should read and fill out Reading Log every night this week - Due Friday, 5/11

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Hello 5A,

No school this Friday as it is a teacher grading day.

What we're up to this week AND next week:

ELA - We have wrapped up Across Five Aprils.   Please let me know if you'd like to come in and lead a reading group for A Wrinkle In Time between 8:30-9:10 am any weekday; we begin reading that novel today.  Students are not required to have a copy of the book though they may bring one if they choose.
In grammar, we are looking at personal pronouns and their antecedents as well as indefinite pronouns.  The next grammar test will be Thursday 5/10.   Next week's vocabulary will be "graph=writing."  Lists are at the bottom of this update.

Math - we continue to cover angle properties as found on straight lines, around points, in triangles, in quadrilaterals, and now in parallelograms.  Each day, we usually derive a new angle property (or properties) for a special condition or shape.  It is extraordinarily important that your scholar memorize these properties, or rules.  I have given very clear and concise notes.  If your scholar has misplaced these notes, he or she may check in their textbook or copy the notes from a classmate during Lyceum.  The unit 11 test will be Thursday, 5/10, after two full days of review.

Science - We tested on the nervous system yesterday and began the endocrine system.  Please note that the human body discussion will take place next Thursday, 5/10, and Friday, 5/11.  Please contact Ms. Carlson at if you have any questions.

History - we will briefly look at westward expansion after the Civil War with an open-note, open book test on Wednesday, 5/9.  We will then take a look at Native American cultures and conflicts.

Spelling for NEXT week (test Friday, 5/11):
autobiography, autograph, bibliography, biography, cartography, homograph, paragraph, phonograph, photography, seismograph

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

April 19th

Deficiency Reports go out on Monday.  
PLEASE encourage your children to get ALL corrections and missing work in by FRIDAY.

Check E-mails for missing work.

Core Subjects:
ELA - we are continuing Across Five Aprils and beginning our study of predicate nominatives and predicate adjectives.  We have been working on our writing skills by creating more detailed answers in response to the history readings.
MATH - we are finishing unit 10 and beginning unit 11 (Angles, Triangles, and Quadrilaterals).
HISTORY - we are finishing up our study of The Civil War.  The test will be next week.
SCIENCE - we finished up muscles with a test yesterday and we have begun teaching the nervous system

Spelling for the week:
musician, music, plane, plain, problem, rehearsal, rehearse, removal, removed, remove

Roots/Vocabulary for the week:
accessible, accessory, concede, exceed, intercede, precede, proceed, recede, recess, successor

Sunday, April 15, 2018

April 15, 2018

Dear Parents,

Friday was our last day of standardized testing. Some students will need to go back on Monday or Tuesday to makeup anything they missed or did not finish.

Next week, we will start a fun, new method of studying roots in preparation for next year.
The roots and words for next week and their derivatives are below. Students will need to know spellings and definitions.

Here is a link to the roots and derivatives:

Roots and Derivatives 4/16-4/20

Spelling Words: musician, music, plane, plain, problem, rehearsal, rehearse, removal, removed, remove

Students will be memorizing the Gettysburg Address in the next few weeks. The first sentence is due on Monday. You can find the breakdown here.

1st paragraph due 4/16
2nd 4/18
3rd 4/20
4th 4/23

Upcoming Tests
Muscles Test, Monday 4/16
Unit 10 Math Test, Wednesday 4/18

Thursday, April 12, 2018

I just love your scholars.  They are amazing and have so much talent.  They amaze me daily with their insights.
We had a heart to heart talk today about somethings they need to focus on this last quarter to be ready for CPA next year.  We talked about how at CPA their will be no listing of missing work on the board or e-mails home about missing work and probably no "No Name" box We do have those things now and yet there is still a lot of missing work which is bringing down grades.  Right now several students would be getting a deficiency, and some of them in more than one subject.  Deficiencies come out around the 23rd so I am hoping that students will get missing work in and put more effort into what they do turn in.  In class we will be working on following directions so that class time can be used efficiently to get work done.

Students need to begin memorizing the Gettysburg Address First section is due Tuesday, 4/17

Information for next week 4/16 - 4/20

Students will be assigned to write a poem about the civil war and illustrate it on a large piece of construction paper.
Rough draft  - due Mon 4/23   5pts
Final poem and Illistration - due 4/26    Poem = 15 pts. and illustration 5 pts.

Students will continue memorizing the Gettysburg Address for a grade

Ch 10 Test Tuesday, 4/17

CEDE,  CEED,  CESS  = go, yield
sheet with the ten derivatives and their definitions will go home on Mon.
Test - Friday, 4/20

1-5 class discussion questions from Across Five Aprils will be asked and answered on Friday. 4/20

Ch. 10 Test  - Tuesday 4/17

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Tests/Testing Update

Today is our last day of AZ Merit testing. If your child missed a day, they will be making it up this week. 

Spelling Test: Friday, April 13th
MAP Testing: Friday,April 13th
Muscles Test: Monday, April 16th
Unit 10 Math Test: Wednesday, April 18th

Monday, April 9, 2018


This Week's Idiom:  What will be will be 
This proverb means that you cannot change what is going to 
Example: Sanjit waited anxiously as the votes for class 
 president were being counted.  If only I had started 
campaigning sooner, I definitely would win.”
“There’s no use worrying about it now,” said Robert, the 
 votes are already in.  What will be will be.”
This proverb was used in “The Knight’s Tale” (1390) by 
 English poet Geoffrey Chaucer.  It is best known from the 
popular song “Que Sera Sera,” which is how the proverb is 
 expressed in Spanish.


  • Barbarous (G) foreign
  • Derivatives to use:
    • Barbarian, barbarous, barbaric, barbarism, 
    • barbarity, rhubarb
  • Orthos (G) straight, correct
  • Derivatives to use:
    • Orthodox, orthography, orthodontist, 
    • orthopedist, orthotics 
  • Dokein (G) think, have an opinion, suppose
  • Derivatives to use:
o   Doxology, orthodoxy, heterodoxy, paradox, 
paradoxical, dogma, dogmatic, dogmatism

The spelling test will be administered on Friday.

Spelling Words-  ignorance, ignorant, ignore, indication, 
indicate, interference, interfere, leadership, messenger, message

Friday, May 18 Next Week at a Glance: MONDAY Culinary Chemistry Demonstration review both GRAPH and SCRIB/SCRIPT - no spelling words ...