Brace yourself for an amazing school year! Look at it this way, you're essentially the "seniors" of Palisades. Younger grade levels look up to you, teachers look to you for assistance, and you get to participate in activities that no other grade level gets to do. I may be a little biased, but that makes for a sweet year!
First up is KPES News. Everyone in the school tunes in to you each morning! You are in charge of writing the script, performing the news broadcast, and sharing the results with the school. A little fame is always fun!
Next up is being part of the kitchen crew. Ms. Sue and the staff who fix lunches at Palisades are some of the greatest ladies I know, and they LOVE the assistance our fifth graders offer each day. You get to go behind the scenes in the kitchen and help with the food prep and service. Plus, you get to wear some pretty stylish hats. Ms. Sue is usually pretty generous with treats for her special helpers. Sounds like a win-win to me!
Another thing that's unique to fifth grade are DARE classes. DARE stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education, and these classes are taught by an Omaha Police Officer. Our Deputy is so entertaining and her classes are engaging and interactive. You will learn how to make safe and healthy choices, strategies for standing up to bullies, and a resistance model that makes decision making easy.
Finally, you get to play a part in the Night of Memories program that is always the final production of the school year. Mr. Balcer crafts a program that wows everyone year after year...and this year it will be performed by YOU! Everyone gets involved, and there is plenty of opportunity for acting parts, singing parts, stage crew, and technical support.
Of course, these are just a few of the major highlights from the year. I have so much planned for us and I can't wait to get started. This is going to be an AWESOME year!
Our classroom looks a little different than most. We are a flexible seating zone. This means our classroom does not have the traditional "desk and chair for each student" arrangement that you may be used to seeing. Our classroom looks more like a coffee shop, or maybe your living room. I firmly believe that we all learn a little better when we are comfortable, and when we have choices in the area we choose to work. We will be using the "best fit seat" model this year. You choose the seat that works for you, changing and moving your location when necessary. There are no assigned seats or workstations. In fact, you aren't even required to sit. There are also standing stations that will allow you to stand if that is what feels best to you.
While there are no assigned seats, this does not mean that every day will be a free for all as students rush to find a spot to work. We will be organized about selection of best fit seats, and there will be certain times throughout the day that you may choose a new spot. We will go over all the seating options and HOW we go about choosing these seats on the first day of school. Rest assured that you will have plenty of choice, and that everyone will have a comfortable work station each day. I can't wait for you to see our room!
Below is our daily schedule. We will be switching classrooms for our Dragon Club block, and you will go to Mrs. King's classroom for social studies. Specials will be a rotating schedule of Library, Art, Music, and PE. I will post a monthly specials calendar on the blog.
10:00-10:30 Dragon Club
12:40-1:00 Silent Reading
1:20-2:00 Social Studies
(With Mrs. King)