Spring is always a hard time for 5th graders, and this year doesn't prove any different.  Understandably, 5th graders are feeling a sense of doneness  -- MSP testing is finished, they have middle school papers in their hands, and they can see the end of the tunnel. But...we're still looking at 4 1/2 more weeks of school.  I'm finding that students need reminders to follow directions, speak respectfully to each other...finish work!  Students may need a few "helpful" reminders that they are still in school. Please check the assignment checklist with them, and remind them about appropriate behavior. Thanks for your support!
~Erica
actone@svsd410.org
 
 
After school last Friday 5th grade teachers headed over to TFMS to talk with the 6th grade team about the transition to middle school. We use the time to share what we have been teaching and catch the 6th grade team up on any changes we have made during the year.  In the past, 6th grade teachers have been adamant about kids have a binder with tabs, and have not accepted accordion files. One of the things I shared with the teachers was that there were quite a few 5th grade students that were very organized using the accordion file. So...happily they are allowing them next year!!  The school supply list still indicates that a binder is required, but if you have a student that is successfully using an accordion file, they are allowed to use that again next year.  Yeah!  Several of the students were very happy to hear that change.  
~Erica
actone@svsd410.org
 
 
This morning Mrs. Moen and Mr. Barber came and talked with the kids about being 6th graders at TFMS next year.  They talked about core classes, electives and clubs (among other things). The kids are pretty jazzed.  Having known some of them since beginning of 4th grade (or longer!), it's amazing to see them at this point. I imagine it's even more amazing from your perspective. 

The packet that they were given contains a lot of information, but one important piece is due back on Friday, 5/18.  This sheet is their elective choice -- band/choir or art/tech (I think I have that right...). The paper needs to be signed by both you and your student.  I encouraged the kids to bring it back before Friday so they aren't late wtih their first middle school assignment!

There's also information about a parent night on 5/31. I would recommend trying to make that meeting if you can. Twin Falls does a great job transitioning our kids to middle school, and events like these are where you can get information first hand and get any questions answered. 

If you have questions, I may not know the answers, but I can probably find out fast! Please let me know how I can help!
~Erica
actone@svsd410.org