Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Camp Edwards Pics!!

Fifth graders,

Mrs. Williams took all of our pictures from Camp Edwards and put them together into a sweet slideshow!  Click the link below to relive that wonderful day!


Monday, May 26, 2014

Marble Jar Party TOMORROW!

Fifth graders,

Tomorrow is our celebration for filling our marble jar!  Just as a reminder, I am getting Papa John's cheese pizza, Lays potato chips, and Jewel brand ice cream sandwiches.  We will watch a movie and eat during lunch and a little bit after.

Please be sure to bring $3 and your permission slip saying you can watch a PG movie.  Also, please bring some PG movies so we can vote.  You can bring a pillow, blankets, sleeping bags, etc. to lay on while we watch if you want.

Great job filling the jar, can't wait to celebrate with you tomorrow!
I hope you had a great long weekend and have recovered from the Camp Edwards trip (pictures to come)!

Ms. Patton

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

MAP Testing Next Week

Fifth Graders,

MAP testing will be next week.  All fifth graders will take the reading and math tests.  Below is our schedule:

Patton/Papadimitriou MATH classes:  Tuesday, April 22 at 9:15am
Mekky/Williams MATH classes:  Thursday, April 24 at 9:15am

Our whole class Wednesday, April 23 at 1:30pm

These tests are VERY important, as they will help determine placement for math and reading next year and are also a good measure of growth between spring of last year and spring of this year.  Please be sure to eat a good breakfast each day and get a lot of sleep next week.  We want to make sure we're at our best to take these tests.

Please email me if you have any questions (jpatton@sd25.org).

Ms. Patton

Monday, April 14, 2014

February STARs tomorrow!

Fifth graders,

Tomorrow is the February STARs lunch.  I know it seems like February was a long time ago, but conflicts kept arising.  Plan to eat lunch in the classroom tomorrow (you will still have recess).

Here are our February STARs participants:  Alana, Nate, Dean, Colin, Andy, Francesca, Michael, Paige, Ella L, Ella M, Madison, Olivia M, Mitch, Lauren, Olivia S

There won't be a STARs lunch for March because it was a short month of homework due to ISATs and spring break.  The April STARs lunch will be at the beginning of May.

Have a great night!

Website for Science

Fifth graders,

Click the website below to get to the google doc to use for science.  If you'd rather create your own, that is fine too.

If you choose to use this template, be sure to make a copy of it and rename it Energy - your name.

See me if you have any questions!


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

PSI in action!

Today was the first day on our google sites working on our PSI research projects! Everyone is hard at work! Can't wait to see what they find!

Click on our class PSI website page (in a blog post below, soon to be on the right hand side of our blog) to see what we're working on!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

April Letter

Below are the directions for your April letter and the rubric I will use to grade it.  Take note that it is due Monday, April 28th. 

Let me know if you gave any questions!

Monday, April 7, 2014

PSI Class Website

Fifth Graders,

Please don't edit anything on your pages yet, but below is the link we will use to record all of our PSI findings, reflect, and critique each other's.  You can search around the site, but please do not edit anything at this time.  We will get into this more on Wednesday!

Get excited!!

Ms. Patton


Monday, March 31, 2014

Round 3 of the Tournament of Books!!

Fifth graders,

Don't forget to vote for round 3 of Mrs. Polito's Tournament of Books!  Click the link below and vote ONCE!!  May the best book win...


Butter Braid Sample!!

Fifth graders,

Thursday afternoon you will get to sample the butter braids that we will be selling to fundraise for our Camp Edwards trip!  Please visit the link below to make sure you can sample them.  If you have a food allergy, it is especially important for you to check the link with your parents.

Please let me know if you have any questions!
Ms. Patton


Friday, March 21, 2014

Fun Math Game

Ms. Papadimitriou showed us a REALLY cool math game today.  See if you can get a high score!!


Enjoy and happy spring break!

Monday, March 17, 2014

A Few Reminders

Hi Fifth Graders,

Great job with the dress rehearsal of the Wax Museum today!  Your speeches and costumes were amazing.  I am excited for the rest of the school your families to see it on Wednesday!

Here are a few reminders for the week:

*Your costumes, speeches, signs, and on/off switches should stay at school until Wednesday.  Speeches can go home only to practice, they MUST come back Wednesday.

*Your March Reading Letters are due Monday, March 31st.  If you want extra credit, they should be turned in by Friday, March 21st, and please write your name on the board if it's finished before spring break.

*If you are leaving early for break, please be sure to let me and your math teachers know.  We will try to get work together for you before you leave.

*Portfolios will go home on Wednesday (unless tomorrow is your last day, then it will go home tomorrow).  Remember you need to read through the portfolio with your parents and then fill out the top orange sheet to bring back to me.  That sheet is due Friday, April 4th, the Friday we come back from break.  The 2nd page are reminders for your parents for the remainder of the year.

*Mrs. Polito closed round one of voting for the March Madness of books.  Round 2 will open tomorrow morning for anyone who wants to vote.  Use the same website to get to the voting spot!  Remember to only vote once per round!!


Please let me know if you have any questions about the rest of this week or the weeks after spring break.  Four more days until we get a little time off.  We have a lot of work still to do, so let's make these days productive!

Ms. Patton

Thursday, March 13, 2014

March Madness of Books!!

Fifth graders,

Here is the link to Mrs. Polito's website that will direct you to the voting page for March Madness of Books!  Remember you can only vote ONCE per round so once you vote for these books, wait until round 2 to vote again.

Let the best book win!


Monday, March 10, 2014

March Reading Letter

Fifth graders,

Below is the direction sheet for your March reading letter. Remember it is due Monday, March 31st, the day we get back from spring break. If you turn it in by Friday, March 21st (the day before break), you will get extra credit!

Let me know if you have any questions!

Friday, February 28, 2014

ISAT Schedule

Hi fifth graders and parents,

Next week we will be taking our ISAT tests.  Below is our testing schedule.  It is very important to get a lot of sleep during the next week and to eat a good breakfast before school.  You may bring in an extra healthy snack if you'd like during next week.

You will notice our math tests begin promptly at 9:15.  Please be sure to be ON TIME for school next week.  Additionally, our reading tests are at 1:30 so it is very important that if you go home for lunch, you are back on time.

We've prepared a lot and you are TOTALLY ready to rock on these ISATs!  I can't wait for you to show off all of your knowledge!

Please contact me if you have any questions!
Have a great weekend!
Ms. Patton

Monday:  Reading Test 1 - 1:30pm

Tuesday:  Reading Test 2 - 1:30pm

Wednesday:  Math Test 1 - 9:15am

Thursday:  Math Test 2 - 9:15am & Reading Test 3 1:30pm

Friday:  Math Test 3 - 9:15am

Happy Testing!!!

Friday, February 14, 2014

February letter!!

Fifth graders,

Below is a copy of the directions for your February letter. Remember that is due Wednesday, February 26th. Also your non-fiction projects are due Friday, February 28th. The link to start those is in a post from last week. 

Have a Happy Valentine's Day and a great long weekend!!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Valentine's Day Party

Hi fifth graders,

I hope you're having a great weekend!  It was great seeing many of you at the Fun Fair!

Just a reminder, our Valentine's Day party will be this Friday from 2:15-3:25.  The room reps will be bringing red bags for everyone in our class to collect their valentine's in.  There is no need to make/bring a box if you don't want to!

Remember, please bring everyone in our class a valentine!

See you tomorrow!
Ms. Patton

Friday, February 7, 2014

Non-Fiction Book Project Link

Fifth graders,



Click the link below and MAKE A COPY of the google doc.  Start reading your non-fiction books and entering information into the google doc.

Name it:
LAST NAME - subject you are researching

Share it with Ms. Patton


When you are ready for the newspaper article click on the link at the bottom of your notes page.  Share it with me and title it:

LAST NAME - Newspaper Article

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Science Review

Hey fifth graders,

If you'd like a little more review for the science quiz, click the link below!


Thursday, January 30, 2014


Here are some photos of you working hard to crack the code this afternoon!  Great job!

Cracking the Code

We've had a great time learning how to "Crack the Code" with Mrs. Polito these past 2 weeks!  Here is the link that will direct you to all of the sites you used today and may want to play around with.  This is just for fun so do it if you want to!  You can download any of sites you want at home!



Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Back To School!!

Fifth Graders,

I hope you enjoyed your extended weekend!  Wow, another 4 day weekend, don't get used to those!  Hopefully this cold weather is working its way out of Chicago and we can some full weeks of school.  We sure have a lot to catch up on!

Red Ribbon Week has been postponed until next week.  Please remind me this week to review what we're celebrating each day.  We can write it in our assignment books for next week so you are well prepared!

This is a reminder that your January letters are due tomorrow.  Please see me right away in the morning if yours is not done.  I reminded you on Friday to take everything home with you in case of these "cold days."  Hopefully they are all finished!  See below on an earlier blog post if you need the directions again.

Tomorrow is a normal Wednesday schedule.  Please be sure to wear (or bring) your gym shoes as we have PE in the morning.

Stay warm and see you tomorrow!
Ms. Patton

Friday, January 17, 2014

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Thursday Notes

Hi Fifth Graders,

I just wanted to say how proud I am of you for your behavior today on our field trip today!  Everyone at the museum as well as the chaperones complimented you on how well behaved you were and said what a nice, smart group of kids you were.  I am so proud!

Also, I forgot to tell you who is attending the STARs lunch tomorrow.  Please see the list below and plan to stay at school for lunch if you are on it!

Great job for not going to study hall in November or December to the following people!

Ella L
Olivia M
Olivia S

Monday, January 13, 2014

World Language Night

Fifth grade parents and students,

Tomorrow night (Tuesday, January 14th) Thomas Middle School will be hosting World Language Night.  This is an Open House and time to register for your chosen language for next year.  Please be sure to try to stop in to gather information and register for the language of your choice.  Let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

Ms. Patton

Sunday, January 12, 2014

January Letter Directions and Rubric

Fifth graders,

Below are the directions for your January letters and the rubric with which you will be graded.  Please be sure to look at the directions and the rubric before starting your letter.  It is important that you follow the directions for each paragraph and add actual evidence from your book to show your understanding.

Remember, letters are due Wednesday, January 29th!

Hope you've had a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Permission Slips Due Tomorrow!

Hi fifth graders,

Today I passed out 2 forms that need to come back ASAP.

The first is the permission slip for our field trip next Thursday.  Please return that, along with $7.00 for the trip.  Be sure to mark whether you will be getting lunch from the school.  Otherwise you will need to bring money that day to buy food in the food court.

The other form I need back is the one for parent chaperones.  Remember, if your parents can help us that day, we will have a lottery to see who in fact comes with us.  Parents, thank you in advance for your help with this field trip!

Because of our extended break, we don't have a lot of time to get these forms back.  It would be most helpful if you returned them both tomorrow (Thursday), but if that's not possible, Friday is ok too.

Looking forward to a fun week next week!
Ms. Patton