September 26 – September 30

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Posted by pbouwens | Posted in News from Mrs. Bouwens | Posted on September 25, 2016

Upcoming Dates: 

Butter Braid Fundraiser Pick Up – Wednesday, Oct 5,  2:30 PM – 4:00PMthflogo

Greenfield Village trip – October 13 (the payment information/chaperon sheet will come home Monday)

This week:

Math: Adding and subtracting mixed numbers with unlike denominators

Science: Distance / Time = Speed

Reading: Ways to retell a story, imagining scenes in a story and referencing earlier parts of a story

Writing: Memoir, drafting and revising

History: Looking at the people who lived in America before European exploration

Weekly Vocabulary Word: Retell – to tell in your own words

Read-A-Loud: Wonder, by Raquel J. Palacio

Homework: The students are encouraged to read 20 – 30 minutes a night.

  • Please read with your fifth grader.
  • Listen to them read.  Ask them about what they are reading.
  • Recognize if the book they are reading is too easy or too hard.
  • Is your fifth grader finishing their book?  Or, are they skipping around and abandoning a book often?

Agendas – It is the student’s responsibility to fill these out. I model this every day for them, so the agenda should be filled out clearly.  Any work that needs to be done at home should be highlighted. What your child records in their agenda reflects what we do in each subject area on a daily basis. Classroom agendas in fifth grade are meant to get your child in the habit of organizing themselves before middle school.

September 19 – September 23

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Posted by pbouwens | Posted in News from Mrs. Bouwens | Posted on September 18, 2016

Upcoming Dates: 

Butter Braid Fundraiser ends – Tuesday, September 20, (orders and payment due) strawberry

Butter Braid Fundraiser Pick Up – Wednesday, Oct 5,  2:30 PM – 4:00PM

This week:

Math: Fractions and mixed numbers

Science: Force and motion with distance and time

Reading: Taking charge of our reading, paying attention while we read

Writing: Memoir, drafting 

History: Federalism

Weekly Vocabulary Word: Identify – To locate or find something, to point it out.

Read-A-Loud: Wonder, by Raquel J. Palacio

September 12 – September 16

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Posted by pbouwens | Posted in News from Mrs. Bouwens | Posted on September 11, 2016

Upcoming Dates:

Butter Braid Fundraiser ends – Tuesday, September 20 strawberry

Butter Braid Fundraiser Pick Up – Wednesday, Oct 5,  2:30 PM – 4:00PM

This week:

Picture Day – Wednesday, September 14

Early Release – Friday, September 16

Math: Fractions (A parent note will be sent home Monday explaining the unit.)

Science: Force and Motion

Reading: Following characters

Writing: Memoir 

History: Bill of Rights and Government

Weekly Vocabulary Word: DescribeTo tell about something with facts and details.

Read-A-Loud: Wonder, by Raquel J. Palacio

First Day Request

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Posted by pbouwens | Posted in News from Mrs. Bouwens | Posted on September 5, 2016

Parents,

If you have old magazines that the students could cut up for a project please send them in with your child tomorrow.

Thank you!

Welcome

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Posted by pbouwens | Posted in News from Mrs. Bouwens | Posted on August 31, 2015

Are you visiting our blog because you will be in this class next year? If so, WELCOME! 
While you are here, be sure to sign up for email updates on the right side of the blog. Our class blog will be the site for information about school supplies, curriculum, assessment and much more.
If you want to know more about me click on my name above. I’m looking forward to meeting each of you soon!
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Supply list for 2016 -2017

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Posted by pbouwens | Posted in News from Mrs. Bouwens | Posted on August 10, 2015

Supply list suggested for the classroom:

• Pencil Box

*Crrection pen (not black)

• 1-Spiral notebook (wide rule)

• Sticky Notes

• #2 Pencils

• Pencil top erasers

* Colored Pencils

• Two Dry Erase Markers and one eraser

• Scissors

• Glue Stick

* highlighter

For Classroom Use:

• Clorox Wipes

* Box of Kleenex
Highly Recommended Item

• Gym shoes to be left at school for Physical Education Class

Please do NOT bring a trapper keeper!  These are just TOO BIG!


Thank You!

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Posted by pbouwens | Posted in News from Mrs. Bouwens | Posted on May 25, 2015

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As the end of our time together approaches I want to thank each of my students’ parents for their support this year! I was blessed daily by your children! This week at Alward our staff will acknowledge our volunteers. The 5th grade students made cards to thank the volunteers. Please stop by sometime this week and pick one up.

Mrs. Boers sent me a celebration picture. It shows many happy children! This event was only possible because of the help from several incredible parents!

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Great Last 2012 School Day

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Posted by pbouwens | Posted in News from Mrs. Bouwens | Posted on January 4, 2013

What a great day! A huge thank you to all the parent volunteers! The children had  a wonderful time. We were able to send Mrs. Garcia, from Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, back with several gifts. These will be used by children in the hospital. Please enjoy these highlights.

Sleeping Bear Dunes

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Posted by pbouwens | Posted in News from Mrs. Bouwens | Posted on August 7, 2011

Mr. Bouwens and I spent some time this summer  up north visiting our daughter, Annie, who lives in Sutton’s Bay. While we were there we had liberal visitation rights to her dog, Dylan. He’s our grand dog and we love to spend time with him. One day we were driving around wondering what to do and we decided to go to Sleeping Bear Dune’s scenic drive. If you’ve never been I highly recommend it! It is a beautiful place. We all had fun enjoying the sights and smells. (Dylan loves new smells.) I wanted to share a few photos to show a bit of the beauty. I hope you enjoy them.

              

 

Mining Team

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Posted by pbouwens | Posted in News from Mrs. Bouwens | Posted on August 4, 2011

Miss Burmeister and I, stayed cool this summer in the Upper Peninsula learning about Michigan history.

In this photo, we are at Cliff’s taconite mine.  The underground iron ore mines were in full operation from 1867-1967.   The upper peninsula of Michigan is rich with iron ore and the mine location along Lake Superior is the perfect location for shipping the ore to other parts of the country.

 

We are standing with a group of teachers in front of a huge truck with GIGANTIC tires.  Can you find us?

 

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