Baldwin Middle School Course Descriptions

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CORE class course descriptions:

M-STEP TESTING INFORMATION

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Posted by pbouwens | Posted in Mrs. McClure | Posted on March 11, 2019

M-Step information.

 

March 11 – March 15

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Upcoming Events:

March 12 and 13 – Parent Teacher Conferences

March 29 – April 5 – Spring Break

April 9 – M-Step testing begins

April 12 – School Carnival 5:30 – 8:30

This week in the room:

Read – a – Loud – Witch of Blackbird Pond

Reading –M-Step prep

Writing – Sharing historical fiction stories

History –  French and Indian War, and what the king did next to recover some of his debt.

Math and Science, see Mr. Karel’s blog:

http://ckarel.edublogs.org

Homework:

I recommend that children work on Study Island until Spring Break. It would be good to alternate between Study Island and reading. Recommended homework time is 30 minutes 5 days a week.

Reading Aloud

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Posted by pbouwens | Posted in News from Mrs. Bouwens | Posted on March 3, 2019

Why?

Readtothem.org shares that, “The benefits of reading aloud are remarkable! Studies have shown that reading to children helps them to listen better and longer, build better vocabularies, understand concepts better, feel positive about both books and learning, and more. When an entire school reads the same book, the buzz and excitement around the book being read increases these benefits, and there is the added joy of building community in the school family.”  This is not to mention the added benefit of spending real quality time with your children while promoting the benefits of reading and school!

March 4 – March 8

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Upcoming Events:

March 4 – Visit Baldwin Middle School (9:15-11:00) and fundraiser orders & money are due.

March 8 – Early release for students at 12:15

March 12 and 13 – Parent Teacher Conferences, Please be sure to sign up for a time to come in and chat.

March 29 – April 5 – Spring Break

April 9 – M-Step begins

April 12 – School Carnival

This week in the room:

Read – a – Loud – Witch of Blackbird Pond

Reading –M-Step prep

Writing – Publishing historical fiction stories

History –  French and Indian War

Math and Science, see Mr. Karel’s blog:

http://ckarel.edublogs.org

Homework:

I recommend that children work on Study Island until Spring Break. It would be good to alternate between Study Island and reading. Recommended homework time is 30 minutes 5 days a week.

COLD DAYSOn these cold winter days it is imperative that all students wear their winter attire. This would include a winter coat, gloves, boots and a hat. If your child does not have any of these things please contact myself or Mrs. McClure. We are able to provide where there is a need.

February 25 – March 1

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Posted by pbouwens | Posted in News from Mrs. Bouwens | Posted on February 24, 2019

Upcoming Events:

March 4 – Visit Baldwin Middle School (9:15-11:00)

March 8 – Early release for students at 12:15

March 12 and 13 – Parent Teacher Conferences

March 29 – April 5 – Spring Break

April 12 – School Carnival

This week in the room:

Read – a – Loud – Witch of Blackbird Pond

Reading – Last week for historical fiction, book clubs / There will most likely be homework every evening this week.

Writing – Drafting and publishing historical fiction stories

History –  Cities, Colonial Towns, Regional Economics

Math and Science, see Mr. Karel’s blog:

http://ckarel.edublogs.org

One more week of morning hockey!

Morning Hockey will begin the week of February 11 and continue until February 22.

Girls:  Monday & Wednesday mornings from 8:00 am. – 8:40 am.

Boys:  Tuesday & Thursday mornings from 8:00 am. – 8:40 am.

Homework:

Book club reading every night this week!

COLD DAYSOn these cold winter days it is imperative that all students wear their winter attire. This would include a winter coat, gloves, boots and a hat. If your child does not have any of these things please contact myself or Mrs. McClure. We are able to provide where there is a need.

February 18 – February 22

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Posted by pbouwens | Posted in News from Mrs. Bouwens | Posted on February 17, 2019

Upcoming Events:

February 18 – Frandale fundraiser begins! The profit that your child earns will be applied to the cost of camp.

February 19 – Grand Rapids Symphony field trip from 10:00 – 1:00 / We will offer a pizza lunch for students when we return to school. Of course they are welcome to bring a sack lunch if they would prefer that.

March 4 – Visit Baldwin Middle School (9:15-11:00)

March 8 – Early release for students at 12:15

March 29 – April 5 – Spring Break

This week in the room:

Read – a – Loud – Witch of Blackbird Pond

Reading – Historical Fiction, book clubs / There will most likely be homework with this every evening this week.

Writing – Drafting historical fiction stories

History –  Cities, Colonial Towns, Regional Economics

Math and Science, see Mr. Karel’s blog:

http://ckarel.edublogs.org

LAST WEEK OF MORNING HOCKEY!!!

Morning Hockey will begin the week of February 11 and continue until February 22.

Girls:  Monday & Wednesday mornings from 8:00 am. – 8:40 am.

Boys:  Tuesday & Thursday mornings from 8:00 am. – 8:40 am.

Homework:

Book club reading every night this week!

COLD DAYSOn these cold winter days it is imperative that all students wear their winter attire. This would include a winter coat, gloves, boots and a hat. If your child does not have any of these things please contact myself or Mrs. McClure. We are able to provide where there is a need.

February 11 – February 15

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Upcoming Events:

February 11 – Genius Night from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

February 14 – 11:30 to 12:30 Valentine’s Party – We could use parents to help with this party. If you are available please reach out to Mrs. Sokolowski via email,  lmsokolowski@sbcglobal.net  The students may make cards for their classmates. If they do they must include everyone. I will send home a class list on Monday.

February 19 – Grand Rapids Symphony field trip from 10:00 – 1:00 / We will offer a pizza lunch for students when we return to school. Of course they are welcome to bring a sack lunch if they would prefer that.

March 4 – Visit Baldwin Middle School (9:15-11:00)

March 8 – Early release for students at 12:15

March 29 – April 5 – Spring Break

This week in the room:

Read – a – Loud – Witch of Blackbird Pond

Reading – Historical Fiction, book clubs

Writing – Gathering ideas for historical fiction stories, creating story mountains, drafting

History –  What did some of the early colonies try in terms of self-government?

Math and Science, see Mr. Karel’s blog:

http://ckarel.edublogs.org

MORNING HOCKEY!!!

Morning Hockey will begin the week of February 11 and continue until February 22.

Girls:  Monday & Wednesday mornings from 8:00 am. – 8:40 am.

Boys:  Tuesday & Thursday mornings from 8:00 am. – 8:40 am.

Homework:

All 5th grade students are expected to read 150 minutes a week. They can read 30 minutes for 5 days or catch up on the weekends. This is, on your honor homework. We trust all will want to do this! It will help them grow in all academic areas.

COLD DAYSOn these cold winter days it is imperative that all students wear their winter attire. This would include a winter coat, gloves, boots and a hat. If your child does not have any of these things please contact myself or Mrs. McClure. We are able to provide where there is a need.

February 6 – February 8

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Posted by pbouwens | Posted in News from Mrs. Bouwens | Posted on February 5, 2019

COLD DAYSOn these cold winter days it is imperative that all students wear their winter attire. This would include a winter coat, gloves, boots and a hat. If your child does not have any of these things please contact myself or Mrs. McClure. We are able to provide where there is a need.

Upcoming Events:

February 11 – Genius Night from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

February 19 – Grand Rapids Symphony field trip from 10:00 – 1:00 / We will offer a pizza lunch for students when we return to school. Of course they are welcome to bring a sack lunch if they would prefer that.

March 4 – Visit Baldwin Middle School (9:15-11:00)

March 8 – Early release for students at 12:15

March 29 – April 5 – Spring Break

This week in the room:

Read – a – Loud – Witch of Blackbird Pond

Reading – Historical Fiction, book clubs

Writing – Gathering ideas for historical fiction stories, creating story mountains

History –  What did some of the early colonies try in terms of self-government?

Math and Science, see Mr. Karel’s blog:

http://ckarel.edublogs.org

Homework:

All 5th grade students are expected to read 150 minutes a week. They can read 30 minutes for 5 days or catch up on the weekends. This is, on your honor homework. We trust all will want to do this! It will help them grow in all academic areas.

Woods Runner

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Posted by pbouwens | Posted in News from Mrs. Bouwens | Posted on February 1, 2019

If your child has their Woods Runner book at home they may finish it. I would like the students to be done reading it when we return to school next Wednesday.

**Extra credit: Read a historical fiction book and be ready to give a short summary to the class. The book needs to take place during our history timeline, from Jamestown to our Revolutionary War.

I hope you are all staying warm and enjoying your snow days!

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