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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Last Official Post for the 5B Family of 2014-2015...

This is it.  I'm sitting here typing with tears in my eyes as I think how quickly our year has gone.  It seems I can see easily the Back to School Night when I saw so many of you, ready to enter a new world.   Did any of you think it would be as crazy as it was? I'm thinking of all the crazy, funny, silly, special, serious and proud moments we've had together. I know you wrote some sweet and thoughtful comments on the walls today. I'm sorry I stopped people from sharing them... the Mama tears started in too early... Didn't want to start already... Saving them for Thursday...

In all honesty, it has been such an amazing year of learning, laughter, caring, loving and Cadet Pride. Each of you has such a special place in my heart and will always have a "home" with your 5B Family and me.  Once you are a part of this crazy, nutty bunch of people, you're never forgotten!  Take Kyle (our Luther writing partner) a former 5B student...and Amanda (the poet), another former 5B student.  Each year, I learn so much about each one of you, your families, your ins and outs, and then I have to say goodbye... That's probably one of the toughest parts of my job...  Loving each and every one of your like you're my own...  Now, the tears are really filling up my eyes (hold on, I have to go get a tissue, wipe my eyes and blow my nose...)         Ok, I'm back...and can continue.  And yes, I really did get up and go do that!  The BEST part of ending our year, is knowing that you'll continue growing into the person you're supposed to be, one who can change the world.  I so look forward to seeing all of the things you accomplish, hearing your name from the 6th, 7th, 8th, and high school teachers.  Seeing you walk the halls as graduates with all sorts of exciting that is for me.

For our last blog proof... EVER....  I'll know you checked the blog... IF you CRAWL into the classroom through the door, so I can SWAT you with my Flower Fly Swatter one last time.  I don't want to save that for the end... I'd like to START our day with it!  Can you please be sure EVERYONE knows about this. So, please spread the word, pass it along, and tell people in the morning or tonight if they aren't regular blog checkers!  I promise, I won't swat hard!

Now.. for the last time.. I'm signing off from the 2014-2015 5B Blog....
I'll miss you all so much...
Peace Out, Homeys...

Ok, I lied... not signing off exactly yet... Please remember to feed the fish from time to time.  I have few former 5B students that have moved up in grades but still check the blog regularly and send me emails telling me the "proof".  If you are one of those kids in the future, I'll love to hear/see from you!  

Now.. I'm signing off..  I think... Well,  ok, yes, I'm done.  Toodles...

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


OK, I'm officially starting to freak out now!!  Time just goes by too quickly and this is one of the times I DON'T want it to fly by!!  Ugh!!!

Tomorrow, will be a goofy schedule because we will do both literacy and STEM classes in the morning.  We do NOT have Tech Class tomorrow, so it will be quite a rearranged day.  We have some MUST Do's for Wednesday...

1) We MUST continue reading Skeleton Man!
2) We MUST play our literacy board games!
3) We MUST pop our Day 2 Balloon!
4) Some of us MUST have a yummy pizza party for the EXTRA reading calendar you chose to participate and read when you weren't asked!  Remember, I'll take care of your lunch!
5) We MUST start doing some cleaning up!  So, please bring any extra plastic bags if you think you have a bunch in your locker or cubby that you need to get home.  So, please bring anything you think will be helpful to carry anything extra home!  
6) Finally, we MUST use up some of our Recess Minutes from IA Assessments.  We will see when is a good time.  We also have Thursday if the weather isn't too great.  

This will be your 2nd to last blog proof forEVER....  I'll know you checked the blog if you write something on the green wall that you'll truly and honestly miss from our 5B Family, classroom, or time as a 5th grader.  This isn't a time to be sarcastic or goofy.  I'm really curious what has been special or fun for you.  You can write more than one, but PLEASE space them out.  I'd like it to be kind of a memory wall for us...  Watch, I'll start reading them and lose all control and start bawling!!!  See you soon... just be prepared... once the water works start in, there's no turning off the faucet of tears!!

Monday, May 18, 2015


Yikes, 5B!  Today was DEFINITELY not our best of best days.  We had a good morning of doughnut snacks, but then our chattiness got the "best" of us.  Both in library, in our own class and then Mrs. Suckow mentioned the clean up in her room was pretty poor at the end of the day.  So, even though OUR room was a disaster after 5D was in there, we left things out in Mrs. Suckow's room.  Remember how you felt having to clean up after other people??  Well, that was what you did to 5D...

So...  let's take a moment to reflect.... and think about what tomorrow could be....
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That should pump you up to remember that there's always a chance to have a better day tomorrow, right?!

#1:  Board game materials, direction pages, game pieces, boards, etc.

#2:  5B's Own Reading Calendar - MUST be signed by parents that you met the 450 minutes of reading for the past month:)

Finally.... I am thinking we have some TERRIBLE news...  Ok, so we met our goal of 5,000 points AND our Specials Goal of 6:30, right?  Our main reward was supposed to be a water balloon toss... and um.... the weather this week.... NOT looking good for an outside water balloon toss.  This is one of the coldest last weeks of school I can remember.  You know it's cold out when I was wearing my winter hat and mittens today at our extra recess!

So... we need to make a back up/alternate plan for how we want to celebrate our 5,000 point goal.  And we can add in the Specials Goal, too, if you want.

I'll know you checked the blog if you add to this TodaysMeet some HELPFUL, REALISTIC ideas for us to do as a celebration.  For example, is there something we had on a list earlier this year, but it didn't get voted on?  What do you suggest? We need ideas, good ones, ones that the class will LOVE and that we can do either Wednesday or Thursday.  Add more than 1 if you have more!  Keep in mind that we already have extra recess planned, a pizza party for those who earned it with the Reading Calendar and just had a nice, yummy snack on Monday.  What else can we do together to enjoy our LAST celebration?  Something where we ALL get to enjoy?? See the TodaysMeet for some of my brainstorms...

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Oh, Dear... I'm Not Sure How to Deal with This...

It's an exciting but VERY emotional time...  because it's the...
This will be a week of "lasts" for our 5B Family.  It will go by quickly, so I want to cherish all of our fun times, make the last days full of memories to keep in our hearts for the rest of your years in school...

We have a pretty "normal"few days this week.  Wednesday will be a bit goofy but Thursday is the only really messed up day.  So, let's try to...
I know everyone will be getting excited and revved up for summer, but let's try to make our last 4 days together, ones that we WANT to remember, not try to forget, ok?  :)  

The only major things I think you'll need to remember for this week are the following..
1)  Band people - Group Band on Monday only, None on Thursday (last day of school)
2)  Bring in anything you need for your board games - pieces, printed items, direction pages, etc.
3)  READ, READ, READ for the April-May 5B Made Up Reading Calendar!  I told you I'd have something special planned!  And, boy, oh, boy, do I!!??  Here's a hint!!!  I would like ALL reading calendars DUE on TUESDAY, May 19!  This way I can plan for WEDNESDAY's LUNCH participants!  Remember, your parents need to have seen you read and sign that calendar for the past month!  
(Catch the hint??)  

Finally....  Your blog proof.. Hmm..  It will be our last Monday together to start off a week as a 5B Family.  Look at the special item on the middle of the coffee table (gift given by Alaina and her family).  Find your name on it.  Then come see me and tell me 2 names that are next to yours.  SEE?  WE REALLY DO MAKE A FAMILY!  Alaina, you and your parents are so SWEET!  I'll cherish this gift forever!  

Oh, and don't forget... we've got another balloon to pop on Monday morning!  Let's see what I have in store for 5B!!?!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Updated Coin WARS!!!

See below what the totals were from the yesterday...  Today's $46.25 from quarters and $20.00 in dimes from ONE of our classmates should help!

But look below for an EVEN COOLER set of numbers....

Can you believe that just by bringing in change, our elementary students have raised over $1000 to help bring in the meal packing organization to Cresco next fall!  And the teachers paid money to wear jeans this week and ended up donating over $1,100!!!!  What an amazing feeling to know how generous and caring of a community we have!

So, no matter WHO ends up with the ice cream party, we have definitely come together for an amazing cause!

So TOMORROW.... let's bring in WHATEVER you have, want, can to make an impact and remember that YOU can be the boy/girl who changed the world:)  (Hmmm... remember that book?)

PreK Buddies!!!  Last visit with them... we have kickball, pictures and Mr. Freezes to celebrate our friendships!

CADET STORE!!  Last chance to spend that cash you've been earning!!!  

Also, for TOMORROW.... Check out the poster below!!!

PLEASE be sure you remind your families about the adjusted time for eating tomorrow.  As you can see, 5th grade eats at 11:48.  We will meet ALL parents in the lunchroom.  Please have your families be ready to sign in as they walk in the building.

Also, if your parents are staying ALL afternoon for the assembly, MAGICIAN and the outside fun, you may leave with them after our ice cream snack.  You MUST sign out with me first though.  I need to be sure I see you leave.

Tomorrow should be one crazy jam-packed day of fun, excitement and celebrations.

Wow, it will be such a great day IF we can show SELF-CONTROL and T.H.I.N.K. before we act, right!  Let's just hope that rain gets out of here!

Ok, so blog proof!!  I'll know you checked the blog if you come in and draw what YOUR favorite part of Friday's plan is on the green wall.  Don't WRITE it with words.  Draw it out.  Don't chat with anyone, just draw...use details so we can tell what it is without you explaining it!  Then write your name beside it and have a seat so we can be COMPLETELY ready for Cameron to take attendance! (Back to old homes on Friday...)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


Soooooo Sorry!!!

Hopefully you get a chance to check this!

Here are 3 sets of numbers....




I'll know you checked the blog if match the explanations below with the numbers above.  I'll confirm if you are right or wrong in the morning:)  Write it down and have it ready for when I share it BEFORE kiddos go to band!

the # of quarters I'll be adding to the jar for our class!

the # of canker sores on Isaiah's tongue!

the # of flies I swatted in my house tonight!

Again, sorry it's so LATE!!!

Let's see if we can round up at least 1 QUARTER for everyone!!

Nighty Night!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

101 Bracelets!!!

Can you believe that in this short few weeks that we were invited to help our New York 5B Classmates, that YOU made 101 (I think Tyler is bringing 1 in on Wednesday = 102) friendship bracelets?

That is truly an amazing task and accomplishment!  Many of you put your heart and soul into making these.  You can tell what amazing friendship qualities each of you have by your efforts!

I'd like for us to take a picture of us with these bracelets on our wrists (without breaking them) to send with the envelope to New York on Wednesday.  So, that will be your blog proof.  Come straight in and quickly take 5 bracelets from the container.  Put them on your wrist/arm and get ready to pose! NO TALKING... Just stay frozen in a pose!  That will be the real proof!

Best of luck for band people!  It sounded great during the mini concert today. I'm so proud of all of your determination!  Love seeing you shine in other areas outside of the classroom subjects!

Don't forget to bring in DIMES for Wednesday!  5B is AHEAD of the whole elementary so far with the number of pennies brought in!!!!   The nickels were not added as of yesterday, but I'm thinking that we may need to try even harder with the dimes and quarters!  I heard the other 5th grades had LOTS of nickels today.  I've got a stack of dimes ready to add Wednesday!

Ok, that's enough for tonight!  Be sure to work on any make up science work or you'll need to do some recess time Wednesday.  Also, bring in any game materials for those board games!  Your ideas have been SOOOO CREATIVE!!

Monday, May 11, 2015

It's Game Time!

Ok, so hopefully, 5B, you know what we mean by that:)  The board game project was introduced today, but I know there was VERY little time to start brainstorming.  However, it seemed that many of your groups had a good idea of how you want to start planning it out. 

I have board games printed for those who told me today (Monday), and I can print those off for groups tomorrow when you decide.  Remember to bring in any materials your group thought would be helpful.  

We have Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week.  Friday will NOT have work time.  Then, next Monday will be the last class day.  Next Tuesday, is Due Date #1 to play the games for a "dress rehearsal" before others try them out!  This should be fun!

Your blog proof tonight will be to watch this procedural text (in spoken form) on how to play a game called Gobblet.  Click here for the directions!  When you come in the morning, I'll have a game set up. After the pledge, raise your hand to play the game. We will NOT go through the directions aloud.  I'll expect that you know the game based on the procedural text shared with you on the video.  The game I have is a mini/shorter version, so it may not have as many pieces but follows the same rules.  

ALSO for Tuesday....
Don't forget you have your PUBERTY TEST tomorrow.  It will be a big part of your science grade.  You must know the vocabulary AND both diagrams for male and female!  Practice, practice!

Another reminder is to bring in ...

We had a WHOPPING $16.10 just in pennies on Monday!  Let's see what we can do with nickels!  Be sure you check with your families first AND make sure they know WHY we are bringing in change (to help support the Meals for the Heartland group that allows us to package meals for starving people again next fall during the Borlaug Harvest Fest!)

I'll take some volunteers to count nickels at recess for me tomorrow, too!  The first 2 people to email me will get the job!  I'd love to see who's willing to help us out!  

Finally, tomorrow will ALSO be a TWISTED Tuesday due to the band concert practice and mini concert we all get to watch.  So, you will have a short math/science in the morning, and a FULL literacy in the afternoon to work on your board game projects.

Have a great night!  Remember the blog proof up above:)

Sunday, May 10, 2015

First of all...

to all of your moms, grandma's, aunts, big sisters, friends, (or even dads!) that have cared for you, helped you, listened to you, made you laugh and loved you! They deserve a HUGE hug, an extra "I love you" and "Thanks for all you do!" from you today just as a reminder how much support you have in your life!

Hopefully your families did something to celebrate the special day!

It's also another reason to celebrate in our house today!  Isaiah's birthday is today!  He had family over to celebrate yesterday, but we'll go do something special today with him just the 3 of use.  I started looking through the different pictures from his birthdays and got pretty sad!  You don't realize how quickly you little stinkers grow up!  Isaiah went through his past cakes (not all of them) and told me I should be a cake maker if I decide to stop teaching!  He's a funny little man!  Here's a sneak peek at some I've made for different events!  Just thought I'd share!

If you look closely, you can tell which one is from THIS YEAR by the age on the cake!  Can you figure it out?

Oh, and I got to see some 5B and 5D kiddos at the pool Saturday when we were celebrating Isaiah's party with cousins!  Emily, Landen and Kendal, you could have joined us for snacks:)  I would have shared!

Ok.. we are definitely in COUNTDOWN MODE!   We have a LOT to do though to keep our brains going strong before they take a break for summer!

Bring board games that you think others haven't played before!

And for the Meals for the Heartland Fundraiser for NEXT FALL...  Bring PENNIES for the Competition!

Have a great day and rest of your weekend!  Please return the hot pink note saying whether parents can come or not this coming Friday for our HUGE IA ASSESSMENT Celebration!

I'll know you checked the blog if you click on the COUNTDOWN MODE link up above and write down what the exact number of days, hours, minutes and seconds we have left together as a family when you clicked on it.  Show it to me Monday morning!  This is our 2nd to last Monday together... Sniffle....Sniffle...

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Busy Day AGAIN!!

LOVED the learning today!  Here are some of the facts you told me as you left today...
*Drones are male honeybees
*A Queen honeybee kills any other Queen bees when hatching
*Queen bee mates with many drones
*The Winter Solstice is the beginning of Winter
*If bees come from different colonies, the worker bees will kill the new queen until the scent is more familiar

Woodland and Plants...
*You can eat wild violets
*Bloodroot was used by Native Americans to make dye
*You have to know, that you know, that you know
*Tallows are candles

*The Japanese beetle is NOT the same as the Asian beetle
*Emerald Ash Borer larvae are bad for our trees in Iowa (US)
*The Queen termite is the most disgusting looking creature alive.... (my opinion)
*Dragonflies eat mosquitoes and are one of the last living creatures that lived BEFORE the dinosaurs

Bird Identification...
*You can identify birds by their song
*You can identify birds by their coloring
*You can identify birds by the shape of their head
*If you're going to buy binoculars, the 7 x 35 is the best to get

What a great day of learning!  At least we got to enjoy the awesome weather and have an outdoor picnic!  

Ok, for tomorrow... BIG REMINDERS!!!! 
1)  The Hot Pink Note for Iowa Assessment Celebrations!!!  That needs to be in TOMORROW!!!  If your parents can come or not, it should be returned.  If they can come, please bring the money with it.  An older sibling CAN come as long as they are out of high school.  

2)  LIBRARY BOOKS - These are people who need the books returned by MONDAY...
Alaina - True
Josh - Squish, Super Amoeba
Ethan - 1) The Ruins of Gorlan 2) The Burning Bridge
Jordan - 1) Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal... 2) Prisoner B  3) Who Won the War?
Dylan - Divergent
Tyler - 1) Kidnapped 2) Storm Runners
Lyli - Runaway
Cameron - 1) Rachel Spinelli Punched Me in the Face  2) Saving Zasha
Tim - The Rise of Nine

3) Carter, Brady and Cameron... Please crop those photos and email them to me tonight.  I need them before tomorrow please:)

Ok.. now for blog proof.. Draw a picture or write down something you know about being safe on bikes.  We know "wear a helmet", so you CAN'T use that one:(  Sorry.  Is there anything else that you can think of that would make riding a bike safe or safer?  Be sure your name is on it, and set it IN THE WHITE BASKET on my table as you come in.  I'll be working with students right away remember, so just come in and see what the Smartboard says to do:)  

Ok.. tah-tah- for now:)