Friday, May 15, 2020

May 18


Updates and Announcements:

  • Well, this is our last blog update for the year! It has been a wonderful time, and definitely one to remember. We are so proud of your children and the moral and intellectual virtues they have displayed along the way. We wish you the best as you head into summer, and hope to see you at our promotion parade (details below)!
  • Here are some resources to take advantage of over the summer:
    • Mrs. Lynch offers private tutoring for a fee over the summer. If you would like more information, please email her at blynch@archwayarete.org. The school will also send out a list of other available tutors.
    • There will be reading, grammar, math, and advanced math packets posted to my Google Classroom next week. I am not sure how long you will have access to Google Classroom, so it might be wise to download them once they are posted.
  • This year for Fifth Grade Promotion we will have a car parade in the pick-up line at school. The PSO has graciously offered to step in and help us set up decorations, have goody bags ready for the kids, and a photographer. Families are invited to decorate the passenger side of their car and have their student sit on that side. Their teachers will all be lined up to cheer them on! Because it has been a while since students have worn their “Sunday best”, we’d also like students to dress up for the occasion. The ceremony will be on Wednesday, May 20th. The three classes will rotate the field during these times:
    • 5A- 8:00-8:45 am
    • 5B- 9:00-9:45 am
    • 5C- 10:00-10:45 am
  • The work posted on Google Classroom on the last week of school, May 18th—May 21st, is optional and will not be turned in or graded.
  • Zoom calls with Mr. Giammalva and Mrs. Vibbert! (Zoom links are not allowed to be placed in the blog – please see corresponding email or Stream on Google Classroom for links)
    • 5B Culture Building: Tuesdays 1:30-2pm
      A weekly time for 5B to connect as a class.
    • Last 5B Zoom Call! Thursday, May 21st 12-1pm
    • We will have a Zoom call with all three 5th grade classes on Thursday 5/21 from 12-12:30pm (separate link to be found in Google Classroom in an item posted under Thursday’s topic), and then break off into this call from 12:30-1pm for our final goodbyes. We look forward to seeing you for the full hour!
    • By logging into Zoom through this invitation, you consent to your child participating in an electronic group forum with the teacher as host and with other students.  Other individuals may be in student homes, so please be careful to set up your child in a quiet area and possibly to use headphones and sit with their back to a wall.  Hosting teachers may mute participants as needed. No recordings of the session will be available to the public. Please do not record (video, audio, or picture) any part of the session.

Friday, May 8, 2020

May 11


Updates and Announcements:

  • 5th graders were able to ask questions of a brain surgeon (Ms. White’s father), and there is a video in our Enrichment topic in Google Classroom with his responses! Please take a look!
  • This year for Fifth Grade Promotion we will have a car parade in the pick-up line at school. The PSO has graciously offered to step in and help us set up decorations, have goody bags ready for the kids, and a photographer. Families are invited to decorate the passenger side of their car and have their student sit on that side. Their teachers will all be lined up to cheer them on! Because it has been a while since students have worn their “Sunday best”, we’d also like students to dress up for the occasion. The ceremony will be on Wednesday, May 20th. The three classes will rotate the field during these times:
    • 5A- 8:00 -8:45 am
    • 5B- 9:00 -9:45 am
    • 5C- 10:00 -10:45 am
  • The work posted on Google Classroom on the last week of school, May 18th—May 21st, is optional and will not be turned in or graded.
  • Zoom calls with Mr. Giammalva and Mrs. Vibbert! (Zoom links are not allowed to be placed in the blog – please see corresponding email or Stream on Google Classroom for links)
    • 5B Culture Building: Tuesdays 1:30-2pm
      A weekly time for 5B to connect as a class.
    • Math Tutoring: Fridays 1:30-2pm
      Students should attend this session if they have questions from this week’s work that they have not yet received help with.
    • By logging into Zoom through this invitation, you consent to your child participating in an electronic group forum with the teacher as host and with other students.  Other individuals may be in student homes, so please be careful to set up your child in a quiet area and possibly to use headphones and sit with their back to a wall.  Hosting teachers may mute participants as needed. No recordings of the session will be available to the public. Please do not record (video, audio, or picture) any part of the session.

Friday, May 1, 2020

May 4th


Updates and Announcements:

  • Please encourage your children to use the private chat features in the assignments in Google Classroom with any questions they have. We usually respond within 5-10 minutes during school hours.
  • Since all our lesson objectives and tasks can be found in a document in the “Overview” topics for each week in Google Classroom, 5th grade is no longer offering “This week in learning” updates.
  • Our virtue of the month of May is wisdom. Wisdom is to have knowledge of what is true and good. We will speak about wisdom during our Zoom call on Tuesday. (Optional) Please have your child come to the call with a few sentences about a time someone they know demonstrated wisdom.
  • In preparation for a promotion celebration, 5B will be answering the question: Which virtue has been important to you while at Archway Arete and why is this virtue good to practice? One student will be selected from our class to read their response (this year in a recorded video format) as part of the celebrations. As a reminder, the nine virtues we discuss at Arete are responsibility, citizenship, honesty, courage, humility, friendship, perseverance, integrity, and wisdom. There is a document in the Enrichment/Extra Resources topic of our Google Classroom with various definitions of each virtue. This optional assignment is listed in Google Classroom under Monday, May 4th, and is due on Thursday, May 7th.
  • Zoom calls with Mr. Giammalva and Mrs. Vibbert! (Zoom links are not allowed to be placed in the blog – please see corresponding email or Stream on Google Classroom for links)
    • 5B Culture Building: Tuesdays 1:30-2pm
      A weekly time for 5B to connect as a class.
    • Math Tutoring: Fridays 1:30-2pm
      Students should attend this session if they have questions from this week’s work that they have not yet received help with.
    • By logging into Zoom through this invitation, you consent to your child participating in an electronic group forum with the teacher as host and with other students.  Other individuals may be in student homes, so please be careful to set up your child in a quiet area and possibly to use headphones and sit with their back to a wall.  Hosting teachers may mute participants as needed. No recordings of the session will be available to the public. Please do not record (video, audio, or picture) any part of the session.

Friday, April 24, 2020

April 27


Updates and Announcements:

  • Please encourage your children to use the private chat features in the assignments in Google Classroom with any questions they have. We usually respond within 5-10 minutes during school hours.
  • Since all our lesson objectives and tasks can be found in a document in the “Overview” topics for each week in Google Classroom, 5th grade is no longer offering “This week in learning” updates. Instead, we will offer some more personal updates!
  • From Mrs. Vibbert: Besides the fact that we are missing being able to go to the pool, and I am DYING for a trip to Trader Joe’s, we are still doing quite well! In the last week, Alex has learned how to blow on her food, is practicing eating with a fork, and has a new favorite activity: moving her toy piano all over the place! We are going back and forth to see our parents and enjoy some quality time with them. I have attached some photos of Alex on Easter and of her enjoying the window with her bff, PJ!
  • From Mr. Giammalva: Kelli and I are grateful for the extra time I have at home while Sophia is so young – she turns four months on April 25th! She is rolling around, reaching out to grab anything and everything (including her feet), and continues to make wonderful baby noises. We get out on hikes when we can, and near daily walks along our closest canal. I have begun to learn the piano, even botching my first performance: an attempt to play a happy birthday tune to a couple students on our last Zoom call. I will keep practicing :). I have also happily increased my reading capacity, just finishing John Locke’s Second Treatise on Civil Government, and will turn my attention next to Rousseau’s Social Contract. A Great Books education is not something I partook in growing up, so I am making up for lost time!
  • Zoom calls with Mr. Giammalva and Mrs. Vibbert! (Zoom links are not allowed to be placed in the blog – please see corresponding email or Stream on Google Classroom for links)
    • 5B Culture Building: Tuesdays 1:30-2pm
      A weekly time for 5B to connect as a class.
    • Math Tutoring: Fridays 1:30-2pm
      Students should attend this session if they have questions from this week’s work that they have not yet received help with.
    • By logging into Zoom through this invitation, you consent to your child participating in an electronic group forum with the teacher as host and with other students.  Other individuals may be in student homes, so please be careful to set up your child in a quiet area and possibly to use headphones and sit with their back to a wall.  Hosting teachers may mute participants as needed. No recordings of the session will be available to the public. Please do not record (video, audio, or picture) any part of the session.






Friday, April 17, 2020

April 20


Updates and Announcements:

  • If you are having technical difficulties with Google Classroom, submit inquiries here: https://theveeya.com/GreatHeartsFamilyHelp/
  • On Tuesday, 4/14, Mrs. Vibbert went live on Facebook and taught us how to make a Dutch baby (puffed pancake). Check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/288897411313216/videos/968051193666287/
  • Packets and other grades are on their way! Week 1’s will be returned by 4/17, week 2’s by 4/21, and week 3’s by 4/24. Please note that for the packets, comments were made in the documents, so you must open the document in order to see the comments on particular assignments (click the three dots and open in a separate window or right click on the document and open in a new window). For week 3 and going forward, comments will be made in the private comment section for the individual assignments.
  • Zoom calls with Mr. Giammalva and Mrs. Vibbert! (Zoom links are not allowed to be placed in the blog – please see corresponding email or Stream on Google Classroom for links)
    • 5B Culture Building: Tuesdays 1:30-2pm
      A weekly time for 5B to connect as a class.
    • Math Tutoring: Fridays 1:30-2pm
      Students should attend this session if they have questions from this week’s work that they have not yet received help with.
    • By logging into Zoom through this invitation, you consent to your child participating in an electronic group forum with the teacher as host and with other students.  Other individuals may be in student homes, so please be careful to set up your child in a quiet area and possibly to use headphones and sit with their back to a wall.  Hosting teachers may mute participants as needed. No recordings of the session will be available to the public.   Please do not record (video, audio, or picture) any part of the session.

This week in learning:

Language Arts

In Literature, students will continue reading “Wrinkle in Time.” Students will read through chapters 9-11 and answer the “Question of the Day” for Literature in Google Classroom.

In Grammar, students will explore the Personal Narrative genre, reading and analyzing a few examples before diving into the writing process later in the week.



Science

In science, we will continue our exploration of the human body as begin to examine the nervous system. Students will learn about the role their nervous system plays in their bodies, the different parts of a neuron, and how a nerve impulse travels through different nerve cells and eventually to all parts of their body.



History

This week in History, students will learn about the Union victory at Gettysburg and Lincoln’s ensuing Address, as well as the Confederacy’s political and financial instability that in part led to their defeat. You and your child may access our textbook online at https://www.coreknowledge.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/CKHG_G5_U11_CW_SR.pdf



Math

In math, students will read and interpret pie charts by applying their knowledge of fractions, percent, and right angles. Students will also review previous Singapore concepts.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

April 14


Updates and Announcements:

  • If you are having technical difficulties with Google Classroom, submit inquiries here: https://theveeya.com/GreatHeartsFamilyHelp/
  • There is no school on Monday, April 13th
  • Packets from weeks 1-2 are to be turned in on Google Classroom – see instructions there and this helpful video for uploading directly from your phone: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1E8xglYW5I4lAS5_GlHn8aN_Sh8fOkPzI/view
  • Zoom calls with Mr. Giammalva and Mrs. Vibbert! (Zoom links are not allowed to be placed in the blog – please see corresponding email or Stream on Google Classroom for links)
    • 5B Culture Building: Tuesdays 1:30-2pm
      A weekly time for 5B to connect as a class.
    • Math Tutoring: Fridays 1:30-2pm
      Students should attend this session if they have questions from this week’s work that they have not yet received help with.
    • By logging into Zoom through this invitation, you consent to your child participating in an electronic group forum with the teacher as host and with other students.  Other individuals may be in student homes, so please be careful to set up your child in a quiet area and possibly to use headphones and sit with their back to a wall.  Hosting teachers may mute participants as needed. No recordings of the session will be available to the public.   Please do not record (video, audio, or picture) any part of the session.


This week in learning:

Language Arts

In Literature, students will continue reading “Wrinkle in Time.” Students will read through chapters 7 and 8. Students will answer the “Question of the Day” for Literature in Google Classroom. There will also be an optional “Book Club” Zoom call this week, where students will have the opportunity to discuss “Wrinkle in Time.” Stay tuned for details!



In Grammar, students will dive into plot diagramming and the characteristics of personal narratives in preparation for writing their own personal narratives in the coming week.



Science

In science, we will continue our exploration of the human body as begin to examine the muscles. Students will learn about the difference between voluntary and involuntary muscles, the three different kinds of muscles in the human body, and how skeletal muscles work together in pairs to help them move. As an optional enrichment activity, students may access this Google Expedition with a smart phone or tablet to get a deeper look at what our muscles do! (The link opens a QR code that can then be scanned by the device of your choosing.) 



History

This week in History, students will read about the daily life for soldiers in the North and South as well as the effort put forth by women throughout this war. You and your child may access our textbook online at https://www.coreknowledge.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/CKHG_G5_U11_CW_SR.pdf



Math

In math, students will practice calculating mean, median, and mode. Students will also read and interpret histograms and pie charts. Students will apply their knowledge of percent and fractions to data in pie charts and histograms.

Friday, April 3, 2020

April 6


Updates and Announcements:

  • If you are having technical difficulties with Google Classroom, submit inquiries here: https://theveeya.com/GreatHeartsFamilyHelp/
  • There is no school on Friday, April 10th or Monday, April 13th
  • Packets from weeks 1-2 are to be turned in on Google Classroom – see instructions there.
  • Zoom calls with Mr. Giammalva and Mrs. Vibbert!
    (Zoom links are not allowed to be placed in the blog – please see corresponding email)
    • 5B Culture Building: Tuesdays 1:30-2pm
      A weekly time for 5B to connect as a class. This week we will discuss integrity. If your child is willing, please have them come with a written example (4-8 sentences) of moments of integrity in someone’s life, whether factual or fictitious. Here’s our definition: Integrity is the ability to make good choices in keeping with knowledge of right and wrong.
    • Math Tutoring: Wednesday (this week only) 1:30-2pm
      Please note: I was mistaken in scheduling our last tutoring time for Thursday. Our tutoring sessions will be on Fridays going forward. That said, since there is no school on Friday, April 10th, our tutoring next week will occur on Wednesday, April 8th from 1:30-2pm.
    • By logging into Zoom through this invitation, you consent to your child participating in an electronic group forum with the teacher as host and with other students.  Other individuals may be in student homes, so please be careful to set up your child in a quiet area and possibly to use headphones and sit with their back to a wall.  Hosting teachers may mute participants as needed. No recordings of the session will be available to the public.   Please do not record (video, audio, or picture) any part of the session.

This week in learning:

Language Arts

In Literature, students will continue reading “Wrinkle in Time”. Students will read through chapters 5 and 6. Students will answer the “Question of the Day” for Literature in Google Classroom.

In Grammar, students will also apply their knowledge of nonfiction texts and analyze informational texts, as well as review fictional texts.



Science

This week in science will be lighter than normal to allow students and families time to become familiar with Google Classroom. On Thursday, students will read about the human spine and the different types of vertebrae that make it up. If your child wants more enrichment on this topic, this Google Expedition is a fun and interactive way to learn more about the skeleton!



History

This week in History, students will read about the three leading generals of the Civil War: Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and Ulysses S. Grant. They will compare their similarities and differences, both in their military training and battle tendencies. You and your child may access our textbook online at https://www.coreknowledge.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/CKHG_G5_U11_CW_SR.pdf



Math

In math, students will review problems from our Singapore curriculum. On Thursday, students will have their first math lesson with video supplement on Mean, Median, and Mode.