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Dear Parents,
Sadly, this is my final Tuesday Happenings for this amazing group.  I cannot thank you enough for the most amazing year.
Attached you will find our end of the year permission slip to Jefferson Park Playfield on Beacon Hill. We have rented the large shelter located near the playground and water spray feature.  Please sign and return by Thursday.  We will definitely need drivers for this event.  After the park we will go to Husky Deli for icecream.  Lunch will be provided.  Please send your child with money for ice cream.
Tomorrow we will be starting our end-of-year clean up, so please send your child to school with a bag to bring things home in.  We have A LOT to clean–a sign of a VERY productive year.
I will miss this class so much.  It has been an honor and a joy to teach them.
With love and blessings,
Lisa

 

May 2, 2017

Last Tuesday was Hope’s annual Academic Fair.  Each classroom showcased some really exciting and impressive projects.  The 5th grade class focused on S.T.E.A.M.—Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.  For our project, the students spent weeks researching, discussing, reading and designing experiments related to landforms, soil and rocks.

During our study, I challenged the kids to figure out a solution to a current day problem relating to landforms.  After using our classroom IPads as well as our technology lab to research, they came up with several strong ideas.  However, after a very rainy winter, they decided to work on solving the issue of erosion on slopes.  Each group chose a material to test to see which would work best to prevent erosion from happening.  One group used cotton, one plants, one wood chips and the final group used gravel.  They then engineered an experiment using a stream table propped up on wooden angles to mimic a sloping hill.  For water, we used a cup with a 0.5 cm hole in the bottom.  Water was then poured into this cup and allowed to drain into the top of the stream table. We were surprised to see that all of the materials worked pretty well to prevent erosion when placed on top of loose dirt.  However, out of all the materials, cotton worked the best.  The run-off from the cotton stream table ran the cleanest.

I’m not sure what was more exciting, setting up the stream tables and using our hands to mix dirt and water, running the experiment, or examining the amount of deposition found in our run-off basin.  For me, the best part was listening to the students actively and enthusiastically engaged in solving a real life problem in small groups and actually complaining when science time was over each day!

Another part of our Academic Fair was creating beautiful 3-D Landform tunnel books.  By making  accordion fold books, students created different layers of landforms.  Again, using the technology in the classroom they were able to research and illustrate different landforms from the tallest mountains to the shallowest deltas.

I can honestly say, this was by far the messiest learning we have done this year, but also the most fulfilling.  We will complete our landform unit at the end of the school year with a field trip to Mt. St. Helens.  Here students will actually witness first hand, the absolute power of erosion.

May 2, 2017

Dear Parents,

It’s the last full month of school and it is packed full of activities!  We are finishing up the year with topography, Lewis and Clark and Geometry.  There are no more vocab packets for the year, but students will be learning a lot of vocabulary for our current read aloud, The Captain’s Dog.  In addition, students are also reading another novel for their reading groups and will be expected to read these at home.  Any at home minutes should be recorded in their current reading logs.

Upcoming Field Trips:

We have several field trips coming up.  Anyone need PIP hours?

  1. May 4:  Alternative PE Roller Skating at White Center Roller Rink—12:45-3.  We still need drivers.
  2. May 16:  National Geographic Live at Benaroya Hall and Pike Place Market.  Cost:  $5 to help cover parking costs.  We now have enough drivers:  Paige St. George, Corie Broga,. Susan Schrage, Chris Mueller and myself.  Thank you so much!

National Geographic Live presentation of Mankind to Mars Andrew Fazekas at 10:30 AM.  After the presentation we will walk to Pike Place Market for lunch and a scavenger hunt.  I will need drivers for this trip.  We can accommodate 7 chaperones on this trip.

  1. May 19: Alternative PE field trip—5th and 6th grade 9-12 pm.  More info coming soon.  We will need drivers.
  2. St. Helens: June 1.  We have plenty of drivers, but if you would like to attend, you are more than welcome. Cost:  $10 for park fee and dinner.

 

Love and Blessings,

Lisa

Upcoming Events:

May 1-5:  Teacher Appreciation Week

May 3:  PTH Meeting at 6 pm

May 15-19:  Bookfair

May 17:  Grandparents’ Day, 11:30 Dismissal

May  25-29:  Memorial Day Holiday Weekend.  No school on Friday or Monday.

June 8:  End of the Year Party—TBD

June 9:  Last Day of School, 10 am dismissal


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March 28, 2017

Dear Parents,

Report Cards come home today in Yellow Envelops!  I thought they were coming home after spring break, but they are coming home today.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  Again, since I’m not here on Thursday and Friday this week, I am happy to meet with you after the break.

Math:  We started multiplying decimals this week.  Students have homework tonight.

I hope you have an amazing spring break.  Everyone is ready!!

Love and Blessings,  Lisa

Upcoming Events:

March30—1/2 Day, noon dismissal—NO CONFERENCES ( I will be out of town visiting my parents).

March 31-April 9—No school,  spring break.

March 21, 2017

Dear Parents,

Save the Date!  Hope Lutheran Spaghetti Dinner and Art Show

March 24 from 5-8 pm.  There will be two seatings:  5:00 and 6:30 pm

Come support the HLS 7th-8th graders who are going to Washington DC on April 7.  This is a great opportunity to eat good food (gluten free options available), mingle with other Hope families and check out some amazing art.  There will be entertainment by Hope’s talented Glee Club and yummy desserts.  If you have younger kids at Hope this will be a great opportunity to see what this trip is all about.

This is a donation dinner and art show.  Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 22,  to the school office.  Hope to see you there!

Social Studies:  We are deep into the Constitution, next up:  The Bill of Rights!

Math:  We took our chapter 8 assessment on decimal place value today.  Overall the kids did really well.  We will start multiplying and dividing decimals this week.  Get ready for old school algorithms!

Science:  The kids are having a blast learning about physical and chemical weathering.  Today we started our evaporation trays to see if vinegar dissolved different types of rocks.  It smells like Easter eggs in here.  That and I’ve been craving salt and vinegar potato chips!

Optional Conferences:  Just a reminder that I will not be here for conferences on March 30-31.  I know that many of you will be leaving for vacations, so if you would like a conference, let me know and we can set up a time to meet.  If you would prefer an email update that works great too.  Report cards will be sent home after spring break.  Overall it was a really a great trimester!  Lots of improvement.

Love and Blessings,  Lisa

Upcoming Events:

March 22—4th Grade Chapel

March 22– Talent Show at 1:15 pm in the Sealu Gym.

March 24—Peace Bremerton Basketball Tournament.  Boys will be taking the 10 am ferry.  Girls will be on the 12:30 ferry.  Good luck and Go Eagles!!

March30—1/2 Day, noon dismissal—NO CONFERENCES ( I will be out of town visiting my parents).

March 31-April 9—No school,  spring break.

 

March 14, 2017

Dear Parents,

Rain, rain, GO AWAY…It has been one tough winter.  I have to say, that this class has kept a smile on my face through it all.  They are always happy, eager, enthusiastic and energetic.  They continue to amaze me every day.  We are officially in the last trimester of this school year.  Report cards will be sent out after spring break.  I did threaten to flunk this entire class so I could hold on to them just a little bit longer, but that probably wouldn’t go over too well.  Lots of things happening before spring break!!

Save the Date!  Hope Lutheran Spaghetti Dinner and Art Show

March 24 from 5-8 pm.  There will be two seatings:  5:00 and 6:30 pm

Come support the HLS 7th-8th graders who are going to Washington DC on April 7.  This is a great opportunity to eat good food (gluten free options available), mingle with other Hope families and check out some amazing art.  There will be entertainment by Hope’s talented Glee Club and yummy desserts.  If you have younger kids at Hope this will be a great opportunity to see what this trip is all about.

This is a donation dinner and art show.  Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 22,  to the school office.  Hope to see you there!

Social Studies:  The Colonial presentations were amazing!  The kids all did a great job of showing off their hard work.  If you would like a copy of their PowerPoints, let me know.  I’m more than happy to send it via email. Maybe you can talk your child into presenting it one more time?  This week we will not be studying social studies.  Next week we will begin learning about the Constitution.  There is no vocab packet this week.

Writing:  Snow globe stories are complete and up in the hallways.  The kids have been reading them to the class.  They are descriptive, dark, hilarious and just plain good.

Math:  Today we started book B.  Your child was given a new book and workbook.  There is no homework tonight.  We are starting the unit by learning about decimals to the 1000th place value.  Today was more review, but we will be moving quickly the rest of the week.

Science:  We started our next science kit today titled, Soil, Rocks and Landforms.  In this kit we will be exploring  soil components, different types of rocks, weathering, erosion and deposition.  Be ready—we’re gonna get dirty!

Optional Conferences:  I met with several of you on Monday.  Just a reminder that I will not be here for conferences on March 30-31.  I know that many of you will be leaving for vacations, so if you would like a conference, let me know and we can set up a time to meet.  If you would prefer an email update that works great too.  Report cards will be sent home after spring break.  Overall it was a really a great trimester!  Lots of improvement.

Love and Blessings,  Lisa

 

Upcoming Events:

March 13— No school, Teacher workshop day.  Optional conferences available this day

March 16—3rd Grade Chapel

March 17—Free Dress, GO GREEN!

March 22– Talent Show at 2 pm in the Sealu Gym.

March30—1/2 Day, noon dismissal—NO CONFERENCES ( I will be out of town visiting my parents).

March 31-April 9—No school,  spring break.

March 7, 2017

Dear Parents,

We are heading to the end of the 2nd trimester.  I told the kids yesterday that I only have them for 9 more weeks (not including spring break)!  The last trimester always goes the fastest since we have so much going on.  Be sure to keep checking in with your child daily by checking their planners as well as reading the WOH, my newsletters and the school website.

The above picture was taken at Chapel last week.  I appreciated Pastor Mueller’s message about the importance of support during the season of Lent.  Most of the kids in class have chosen to give up or add in something during this time.  They continue to impress me with their compassion, integrity and faith.

Social Studies:  We are finally to presentation week!  Your child has been assigned a day to present, either Wednesday or Thursday.  They are welcome to dress up in appropriate colonial attire, bring in traditional colonial food, props, etc.   I’ve attached the schedule in case you would like to attend.  I will do my best to keep things on time.  In addition they will be taking a test on Friday over chapters 12 and 13 in their social studies book.

Writing:  The snow globe narratives are completed and are really well done.  We are doing a small art project to go with their stories and these will be displayed in the hallway next week.

Math:  Our math “final” will be tomorrow and Thursday.  We have been reviewing a lot and the kids are ready.

Optional Conferences:  I wanted to let you know that I will be out of town on Thursday, March 30.  This is an optional conference day.  If you would like to meet with me, please let me know.  I am planning on being at school this Monday, March 13 and can meet with you then.

Love and Blessings,

Lisa

 

Upcoming Events:

March 8—8:40 8th Grade Chapel.

March 13— No school, Teacher workshop day.  Optional conferences available this day.

March 17—Free Dress

March 22– Talent Show at 2 pm in the Sealu Gym.

March30—No school—NO CONFERENCES ( I will be out of town visiting my parents).

March 31-April 9—No school,  spring break.

 

February 28, 2017

Dear Parents,

Tomorrow marks the first day of March.  It is also Ash Wednesday.  Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent where we remember the sacrifices Jesus made for us.  Tonight part of your child’s homework is to think about something that they can give up or sacrifice for the next 40 days as well as something positive that they can add in.  We have been discussing many things to give up.  Some were pretty funny—No, you cannot give up your siblings.  Some were very sincere—Yes, you can try to give up complaining about things and instead add in something positive to say.  Lent is a somber time in the l liturgical year and for good reason.  Jesus went out in the desert for 40 days fasting and suffering and being tempted by evil.  This is the time we renew our strength and our faith.

Social Studies:  We are starting to finish up our study on the Revolutionary War.  The kids are studying the Declaration of Independence this week in chapter 12.  Their vocab words are all from this chapter.  They are also finishing up their PowerPoints and will present next week along with their advertisement posters.

Writing:  Snow globe stories are due this Friday.  They should all be revised at this point.  I have really enjoyed reading all of them.

Math:  We will be reviewing Book A starting today and into next week.  This will be followed by a mid-year assessment next Thursday.

As always, continue to check in with your kiddo and ask to look at their planners and assignments.  I am reminded daily how blessed I am to teach this amazing class.

Love and Blessings,

Lisa

Upcoming Events:

March 1—8:40 Ash Wednesday Chapel led by Pastor Peter

March 3—Free Dress

March 13— No school, Teacher workshop day

March 17—Free Dress

March 22– Talent Show  at 2 pm in the Sealu Gym

March30—No school, optional parent teacher conference day

March 31—No school,  spring break

 

1st John 4:11-12

11Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

 

February 14, 2017

Dear Parents,

Happy Valentine’s Day!  The kids look amazing.  They have been rocking spirit week with great outfits and even better attitudes.  We are getting very excited for LEST.  We still have a full day tomorrow with a spirit assembly at the end of the day at 2 pm.  You are all welcome to attend.  Wear your blue and gold!

Yesterday we had a special assembly with Josh Gunderson, an online expert and anti-bullying speaker.  We met in Seattle Lutheran’s gym with all Hope’s 4th-8th graders, Concordia Seattle’s 6th-8th graders, and Holy Rosary’s 5th-8th graders.

His message was pretty clear, whatever gets posted online (anywhere) can and will stay with them forever, and that also posting any sort of private information can directly lead to negative even devastating effects.

I would encourage you to talk with your child this assembly.  Please know that Hope is a safe place for them to share their concerns as well.

Here is a link to his resources….http://joshgunderson.com/resources.html

Praying for safe travels.  If you have any last minute questions, please let me know.

Blessings,

Lisa

 

February 7, 2017

Dear Parents,

I hope you all had a great snow day yesterday.  It was so nice to finally get enough snow to actually go sledding.  The kids did great today, even though it was a shortened day.  Sadly we were not allowed to go outside due to the icy conditions.  Hopefully tomorrow will stay clear so they can go out and play!

Vocab this week is over chapter 11 in their social studies text.  Tonight, they need to do all of the definitions (there are only 8 words this week).  There is no math homework.  We will continue with ratios for the rest of this week.  Memory will be due on Friday this week.  The verse is from 1st John 4:11-12, as seen above.

This Thursday marks the beginning of Spirit Week.

Thursday:  Color Wars (Class Competition-Go Team Awesome!).  We are any form of pink.  Students will receive 1 point for tops, 1 for bottoms and 1 for accessories.  In October, I gave the kids a hot pink bandana.  I have asked them to wear this.  If they cannot find it, I have extras and face paint too.

Friday: Sports Spirit

Monday: Pajama Day—Students may bring pillows and blankets as well.

Tuesday: Wacky Tacky Day

Wednesday:  Blue and Gold Day

Please do not buy anything for Spirit Week.  It’s all about having fun.

God Bless,

Lisa

Upcoming Events:

February 9-15:  Spirit Week

February 16-18:  LEST!!!!  Can’t wait!

February 20-21:  Presidents’ Day Break, NO school

 

 

 

Dear Parents,

I hope you all had a great snow day yesterday.  It was so nice to finally get enough snow to actually go sledding.  The kids did great today, even though it was a shortened day.  Sadly we were not allowed to go outside due to the icy conditions.  Hopefully tomorrow will stay clear so they can go out and play!

Vocab this week is over chapter 11 in their social studies text.  Tonight, they need to do all of the definitions (there are only 8 words this week).  There is no math homework.  We will continue with ratios for the rest of this week.  Memory will be due on Friday this week.  The verse is from 1st John 4:11-12, as seen above.

This Thursday marks the beginning of Spirit Week.

Thursday:  Color Wars (Class Competition-Go Team Awesome!).  We are any form of pink.  Students will receive 1 point for tops, 1 for bottoms and 1 for accessories.  In October, I gave the kids a hot pink bandana.  I have asked them to wear this.  If they cannot find it, I have extras and face paint too.

Friday: Sports Spirit

Monday: Pajama Day—Students may bring pillows and blankets as well.

Tuesday: Wacky Tacky Day

Wednesday:  Blue and Gold Day

Please do not buy anything for Spirit Week.  It’s all about having fun.

God Bless,

Lisa

Upcoming Events:

February 9-15:  Spirit Week

February 16-18:  LEST!!!!  Can’t wait!

February 20-21:  Presidents’ Day Break, NO school

 

 

 

January 24, 2017

Dear Parents,

It’s Lutheran’s Schools Week at Hope!  I really enjoy this week for so many reasons, but today is especially meaningful in that we assembled care kits for our homeless community.   Each child will be responsible for distributing their care kit to a person in need along with a note of blessing.

On Friday we will bring baked goods to businesses around the neighborhood.  If you are able, please bring in a dozen cookies or other baked goods.  We will assemble the baskets and take a walking field trip to deliver them.

We are also taking a virtual field trip each day to Madagascar to learn about the Lutheran ministry there as well as the culture and environment.  The kids are very excited about this.

Math:  We start chapter 6 yesterday, Area of a Triangle.  Students are learning how to find the measurement of the base and unmarked height.  We are also going over the different types of triangles and angles.  Today we will be calculating the areas.  We will have our chapter test on Friday.

Vocab:  There is a vocab packet this week on Chapter 10 in their history books.  This is due on Friday along with their test.

Social Studies: We are continuing to research our colonies and learn about the incidents and reasons that led up to the Revolutionary War.

Memory:  Our memory for the week is Matthew 5:6.

God Bless,

Lisa

Upcoming Events:

January 23-27:  Lutheran’s School Week

February 16-18:  LEST

February 20-21:  Presidents’ Day Break, NO school

 

 

 

January 17, 2017

Dear Parents,

I hope you all had a great 3 day weekend.  I am always reminded of how blessed I am to have Martin Luther King Jr. day off:   A day to remember how much I have to be thankful for.  He was an amazing man, inspired by God to inspire and do good in our country.  With our upcoming inauguration of our next president, I pray for this same mentality towards peace and goodwill.

Tomorrow, the 5th graders are hosting chapel.  Our theme is Temptation and the kids have been working on mini skits.  If you are able to attend, chapel begins at 8:40 am.

Math:  There is a math test on Chapter 5 tomorrow.  Their homework tonight is to do the chapter review again.  We went over this in class today, so tonight is extra practice.

Vocab:  There is a vocab packet this week on Chapter 8 in their history books.  This is due on Friday along with their test.

Social Studies: We are continuing to research our colonies.  I told them that research could be done at home as well as at school.  I recommend a flash drive for this.  This is a persuasive PowerPoint project and presentation.  We will begin our Powerpoints in two weeks.  Until then, we will just be collecting research.

Memory:  Our memory for the week is Hebrews 12:1 (the verse above).

Lutheran School’s Week:  Next week we will be taking a virtual field trip to Madagascar for Lutheran’s School Week.  More information will go out soon.  As in year’s past, we will be making survival bags for the homeless and delivering cookies and baked goods to our neighborhood schools and businesses.

Yellow Envelops:  Today, Tuesday envelopes will have re-enrollment information with your child’s name on it.  Please read carefully as this process has changed.

God Bless,

Lisa

Upcoming Events:

January 16:  No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 18:  5th Grade Chapel, 8:40 am

January 23-27:  Lutheran’s School Week

February 16-18:  LEST

February 20-21:  Presidents’ Day Break, NO school

 

 

 

January 10, 2017

Dear Parents,

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  We have started this week off running.

Math:  We are continuing our unit on Algebra.  Today we learned how to solve for the value of a variable.  This is a multiple step process.  They took very clear notes in their journals and are expected to use them for their homework tonight.

Vocab:  There is a vocab packet this week on Chapter 7 in their history books.  This is due on Friday along with their test.  Many are choosing to use a homework pass this week and that is fine, however they are still responsible for knowing the definitions for the test on Friday.

Social Studies: Everyone received their colony report packet yesterday and they were all assigned a colony.  I told them that research could be done at home as well as at school.  I recommend a flash drive for this.  This is a persuasive PowerPoint project and presentation.  We will begin our Powerpoints in two weeks.  Until then, we will just be collecting research.

Memory:  Our memory for the week is Galations 6:9.  This verse goes with our Virtue for January—Persevere.

Yellow Envelops:  Today, Tuesday envelopes will have the LEST schedule including Basketball brackets.  We still have not received information about Glee or individual music performances.  Keep an eye out for that.  Also, the 2016-2017 Directory is coming home today.

God Bless,

Lisa

Upcoming Events:

January 16:  No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 18:  5th Grade Chapel, 8:40 am

January 23-27:  Lutheran’s School Week

February 16-18:  LEST

February 20-21:  Presidents’ Day Break, NO school

 

 

January 3, 2017

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year!!  I hope you all had a fabulous break.  I know it was much needed.  The kids returned today, refreshed and excited.  They did a great job jumping right back into routine.

Today, they wrote down one word and a little saying about how that word applies to them.  This is their New Year’s virtue.  I loved the words they chose:  Hope, Believe, Laugh, Faith, Worth, Acceptance, Kindness.  These are powerful words and serve as amazing reminders of what we are able to give to others and ourselves.

I played them my new favorite song of the year.  I feel like it has some powerful words as well and thought you may enjoy/need it today.  If anything, it’s got a great beat that may even make you want to get up and dance!  (Or maybe that was just me.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27R_goWiAAU&feature=player_embedded

Math:  We are starting our new unit on Algebra.  The kids were introduced to variables and algebraic expressions today.  They were excited to know that they were learning “9th” grade math.

Vocab and Upcoming Project:  There is no vocab this week, but we will start again next week with words relating to our next social studies chapter on the 13 colonies.  They will also be getting their next big project this week.  This is a persuasive PowerPoint project and presentation.  Each student will be assigned a colony and asked to do a lot of research in the next two weeks.  Using this research they will create a PowerPoint presentation trying to persuade people to come live in their colony.  This is a super fun project but it takes several weeks to complete.  More information will come home soon.

Memory:  Our memory for the week is James 1:12.  This verse goes with our Virtue for January—Persevere.

On Friday the Pacific Science Center is coming to our school.  The kids will have the opportunity to explore and learn about how our brains work (or in my case doesn’t work at times).

We have so much to be thankful for.  Today we prayed often for Avery Berg, a 6th grader at Explorer West who has a rare brain cancer.  She went in for surgery today.  I’m always amazed by the love and kindness that this class offers.  Many do not know this child, but still, they all whole heartedly lifted her up to God.  They are blessings.

Here’s to an amazing start to 2017.

God Bless,

Lisa

Upcoming Events:

January 6:  Science Center Van

January 16:  No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 18:  5th Grade Chapel, 8:40 am

January 23-27:  Lutheran’s School Week

 

December 13, 2016

Dear Parents,

We’ve made it to the final week before Christmas break and the final school week of 2016!  The kids have been amazing and very flexible with all of the extracurricular events going on.  Tomorrow is our field trip to Bridge Park Retirement Center.  The kids have made cards and peace doves for the residents.  They also wrapped all of the generous gifts that you donated to our giving tree family.  This will definitely be a very Merry Christmas for a wonderful family in need.

Today we had a student visitor from Genesse Hill.  She was a great addition to our class and had fun participating in our gift wrapping.  My most favorite part of this experience is taking the gifts downstairs and praying together for all of the things that we are grateful for.

This week is pretty mellow as far as homework goes.  We do have a math review test tomorrow or Thursday depending on how our real world story problem review goes.  There is no vocab or memory this week.

Sadly, one of our sweet geckos died over the weekend.  Tickles was our female and the kids were all very bummed.

Remember, our class party is this Thursday from 12:45-1:45—Bring in those white elephant gifts ($10 max) and school is dismissed at noon on Friday.

We will finish up the rest of this week with as much merry spirit as possible.  Tomorrow is Christmas tights and socks day, Thursday is Christmas hats and headband day and Friday is Red and Green extravaganza—bring out those ugly Christmas sweaters!!

There are several things coming home today in the yellow envelops.  Your child’s ITBS scores will be included.  Overall, I was really impressed with this class, especially in math!

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a blessed break.  Prayers for a Happy New Year to come!

God’s Blessings to you all,

Lisa

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December 6, 2016

Dear Parents,

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Do you ever have that panicky feeling that you have so much to do and so little time to accomplish it all?  Well, despite the craziness these days, there is so much to look forward to!

Homework:  We have a math test tomorrow over chapter 4.  We have spent the last two days reviewing and I really feel that they are prepared for this test.  I’ve asked them to take their books home today and go over the chapter review test that we did in class.   They do have a new vocab pack which is due on Friday along with the test and a memory quiz on Thursday:  Romans 15:13.  There is a new reading log for the 2nd trimester.  This log requires 1800 minutes.  Finally, the 5th graders are continuing to do random acts of kindness and give light bulbs to others they see doing good deeds.

Christmas Concert:  Tomorrow night is the 1st-5th grade Christmas concert.  Please have your child dressed in clean navy blue uniform tops and khaki bottoms (pants, skirts, shorts, etc.) and in the classrooms by 6:45pm.  The concert will start at 7 pm.  NO holiday hats allowed this year.

Caroling at Bridge Park Retirement Center:  Permission slips are coming home today in the yellow envelops.  If you are able to help drive, please let me know.  The date is December 14, from 12:45-2:00 pm.

Report Cards:  They are coming home today in the yellow envelops.  Please keep your copy and sign the envelop and return it with you child as soon as possible.  I’m super proud of these kids.  They have worked extremely hard this first trimester.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.  Remember—the goal is to achieve 3’s and 4’s in all areas by the END of 5th grade.  This indicates that your child has met or exceeded all of the 5th grade common core standards.

Giving Tree:  PLEASE HELP! There is still some time to sign up for our Giving Tree Family.  We have 8 more items needed. This year we have adopted a single mom with two daughters Please bring in items unwrapped and labeled with the person’s number such as S18 by December 13.  Here is the link:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e084cabaa22a2fe3-giving

Class Party:  Finally and most importantly, our class party is set for December 14, at 12:45-1:45 pm.  Chris Mueller is going to send a separate email with more details.  For the class activity we are going to do a white elephant gift exchange.  Please have your child bring in an appropriate WRAPPED gift ($5-$10 max).  No used gifts please.  I will have extras available.

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Dec. 7—Christmas performance at 7 pm.  Report to classrooms at 6:45 pm.
  • Dec. 13—Class Christmas Party from 12:45-1:45
  • Dec. 19-Jan 2—Christmas Break, Noon Dismissal on Friday, Dec. 16

I am reminded everyday of how blessed I am to work with your kids.  ‘Tis the Season to BELIEVE!

God Bless,

Mrs. Richardson

 

 

November 29, 2016

Dear Parents,

Today I give thanks for this great group of kids.  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving break.  It was really nice to have some quality time with family.

We are officially entering the last push before the Christmas break.  During this time we have a lot going on.  Today we officially decorated the classroom for Christmas.  The kids had so much fun setting up the tree, making beautiful snowflakes and hanging ornaments and lights.  For the month of December we will be focusing on the power of giving through acts of love and kindness.

Homework:  The kids got a new reading log for the 2nd trimester.  This log requires 1800 minutes.  We do not have any math homework tonight, but it will resume tomorrow.  There is also no vocab due this week.  We will begin a packet on Thursday but it will not be due until next Friday.  I will also be giving a memory verse later this week that will also be due next Friday.

Giving Tree:  There is still plenty of time to sign up for our Giving Tree Family.  This year we have adopted a single mom with two daughters.  I sent you a Survey Monkey email yesterday to sign up for items.  Please bring in items unwrapped and labeled with the person’s number such as S18 by December 13.  If you didn’t get the email, here is the link:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e084cabaa22a2fe3-giving

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Dec. 7—Christmas performance at 7 pm.  Report to classrooms at 6:45 pm.
  • Dec. 13—Class Christmas Party
  • Dec. 19-Jan 2—Christmas Break, Noon Dismissal on Friday, Dec. 16

God Bless,

Mrs. Richardson

 

 

November 22, 2016

Dear Parents,

I can’t believe that it’s already the week of Thanksgiving and the end of the first trimester.  I really enjoyed meeting with you over conferences.  I’m super proud of how far these kids have come in such a short time.  Although we only have a few weeks of school before the Christmas break, we definitely have A LOT of curriculum to cover.

Today the kids finished up their Biome Brochure project.  All of the students did a fantastic job of researching and creating a colorful trifold brochure.  They learned how to use MS Publisher, create artifacts and present their information in a fun and interesting way to the class.  They are all experts in their biomes!

Food Drive:  Thank you so much for the generous food donations to the Hope food closet.  As a school we were able to collect over 1400 pounds of food.  As a class we had just under 200 items!

Giving Tree:  Each year the 5th graders adopt a family for Hope’s Giving Tree.  This year we have adopted a single mom with two daughters.  I sent you a Survey Monkey email yesterday to sign up for items.  Please bring in items unwrapped and labeled with the person’s number such as S18 by December 13.  If you didn’t get the email, here is the link:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e084cabaa22a2fe3-giving

LEST:  Many of you have already turned in your LEST forms, but if you have not done so, please do.  New forms are coming home today in the yellow envelops.

Homework:  There will be no homework over the break. However I have asked that the kids help out with the cooking by making something that follows a recipe.  They will either need to ½ or double the recipe to help them with real world fractions.

I wish you all a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving.  I am so grateful to work with you and your amazing kids.

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Wed-Friday Nov. 23-25—Thanksgiving Holiday, Noon dismissal on the 23
  • Nov. 28—Teacher Inservice Day, No School
  • Dec. 19-Jan 2—Christmas Break, Noon Dismissal on Friday, Dec. 16

God Bless,

Mrs. Richardson

 

 

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November 1, 2016

Dear Parents,

I hope that you had a fun Halloween and a nice break.  I had a really great conference experience last week at the NW District Teacher Conference.

This month is my favorite virtue month.  Our class virtue is “Give Thanks”.  Today, we talked about our upcoming memory verse, Psalm 107:1:  Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.  We will continue to explore this virtue in the upcoming days.  This is also the month for us to really give back to those whom we are thankful for.  Now through Nov. 4 we are accepting candy to send to our brave  troops.  If you have any extra candy that you would like to donate, we will gladly accept it.  We will also have a food drive later on in the month.

Conference slips are coming home today in the yellow envelops.  I’m really looking forward to meeting with you all.

Tomorrow is Dad’s/Special Person’s and Donuts at 8:00 am in the commons.

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Wed-Thursday Nov. 9-10—Parent/ Teacher conferences
  • Friday Nov. 11—Veterans’ Day,No School
  • Wed-Friday Nov. 23-25—Thanksgiving Holiday, Noon dismissal on the 23
  • Nov. 28—Teacher Inservice Day, No School
  • Dec. 19-Jan 2—Christmas Break, Noon Dismissal on Friday, Dec. 16

God Bless,

Mrs. Richardson

 

 

October 25, 2016

Dear Parents,

This is the day that the Lord has made.  Let us rejoice because we are officially done with the ITBS testing!!  The kids did a fantastic job, but we were all ready to fill in that last bubble and shut those books.  I’m so glad that everyone is going to have some time off in the next few days to rest and revive.  It will be good to get back to the old routine on Monday.

Last week our school competed in our district championship cross country meet.  Hope placed 2nd overall and many runners improved on their times.  I was so proud of our 5th grade representatives:  Cameron Whitt, Malory Ferguson, Eve Cowenberg and Finnegan Schrage.  Way to go!!  .

Northwest District Teacher Conference:  I will be headed to Seaside tomorrow to meet with teachers from all over the NW district.  This is an amazing opportunity to share knowledge, build relationships and worship together.  School is dismissed at noon tomorrow and there is no school on Thursday or Friday.

Conference Slips:  Conference slips were emailed home last week.  Please fill those out and turn them in.  I will do my best to accommodate your first or second choice.

Halloween:  Halloween falls on a Monday this year.  I couldn’t help but share this meme with you all.  We are going to have an ice cream party at the end of the day.  This is our prize for winning the pig race for Orange Ruler.

Homework:  Again, we will have limited homework this week which will be mostly math.  There is a vocab packet this week on parts of speech but it is due on Monday and the kids have had a lot of class time to work on it.  There will also be no memory, but reading logs will be checked on Monday.

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Wed. Oct.26-Fri. Oct.28- Teachers Conference in Seaside (Wed noon dismissal, Thurs & Fri no school)
  • Wed-Thursday Nov. 9-10—Parent/ Teacher conferences
  • Friday Nov. 11—Veterans’ Day,No School
  • Wed-Friday Nov. 23-25—Thanksgiving Holiday, Noon dismissal on the 23
  • Nov. 28—Teacher Inservice Day, No School
  • Dec. 19-Jan 2—Christmas Break, Noon Dismissal on Friday, Dec. 16

Praying for a very safe Halloween for everyone.  Remember, Hope is collecting candy to send to our brave service men and women overseas.  Also, there is no candy allowed for snack—sorry.

God Bless,

Mrs. Richardson

 

 

October 18, 2016

Dear Parents,

We had a fabulous field trip today.  The production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe was really well done.  I’m sure your kids will have a lot to say about it.  Thanks to all the parent chaperones who came along.

Vocab:  There is no vocab packet this week.  We are still working on learning the different parts of speech and due to all of the ITBS testing, Chapel prep, and today’s field trip we haven’t had any time to work on it.  We will finish it up by next week.

Thanks also for all of the support on the Orange Ruler Fundraiser.  We got 5th place and a pig which the class decorated as a super hero and named OMEGA Ham!  The name and costume must have worked because he was able to out waddle all of the other pigs and come in 1st place in the pig race.  Your kids did a fantastic  job during the fun run.  We all had a great time.

Tomorrow 5th grade is putting on Chapel and have been working hard on a skit.  If you are able to come, please do.  Chapel begins at 8:40.

Finally, there is a Washington DC fundraiser dinner for the 7th and 8th graders at Mioposto tonight.  I’ll be there from 4:30-7:30 selling raffle tickets.  There are some great prizes.  Come out for a delicious dinner.

Have a wonderful week!

God Bless,

Mrs. Richardson

 

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • 5th Grade Chapel at 8:40 am
  • Oct.17-Oct.25-Standardized Testing
  • Fri. Oct. 21-Free Dress Day
  • Mon. Oct. 24-Picture Day
  • Wed. Oct.26-Fri. Oct.28- Teachers Conference in Seaside (Wed noon dismissal, Thurs & Fri no school)
  • Wed-Thursday Nov. 9-10—Parent/ Teacher conferences
  • Friday Nov. 11—Veterans’ Day,No School
  • Wed-Friday Nov. 23-25—Thanksgiving Holiday, Noon dismissal on the 23
  • Nov. 28—Teacher Inservice Day, No School
  • Dec. 19-Jan 2—Christmas Break, Noon Dismissal on Friday, Dec. 16

 

 

October 11, 2016

Dear Parents,

Hi there.  I hope you all had a great weekend and are all enjoying this glorious fall weather!  Even with the beautiful sunshine, the temps have dropped so please send your child with a coat or sweatshirt.  The classroom can get cold, but outside is always colder.

Vocab:  There is no vocab packet this week.  We are working on learning the different parts of speech and this is a two week process, so we will have our packet and test due next Friday.

Math Club:   I love having your kiddos stay after on Mondays and Thursdays.  There will be NO math club on Thursday this week.  I am leaving early to attend the boys’ flag football game at Riverview.

We are in the final days of our Orange Ruler fund raiser.  We are currently in 2nd place and are still in the running for a pig and possibly the big win.  Yesterday they received Jamba Juice smoothies for being the 2nd top class to send out emails.  I want to thank you all for supporting Hope Lutheran and investing in our great school.   It’s not too late to still donate.    We still have a generous anonymous donor who is willing to match up to $30,000 that will go towards a new playground.  We can do this!

I’m still missing field trip permission slips from several of you.  Unfortunately, I do not any extra tickets at this point for additional chaperones.   Thanks to those of you who have already offered.  I will send out more details closer to the date:

Homework:  Please remind your child to do their homework each night.  Homework does count as part of their overall grade.  We have several tests coming up including social studies and math.

Tomorrow:  Social Studies Test over chapter 3

Thursday:  Memory Quiz and Math Test

Your kids are really showing growth.  Every week they impress me more and more.  I had three specialists compliment them on how well they are doing this year—one even said that they are her favorite class so far!  I’m very grateful for them and for their families!

Have a great week!

God Bless,  Mrs. Richardson

 

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Wed. at Midnight—last chance to turn in donations for Orange Ruler
  • Mon. Oct.17-Fun Run
  • Tues. Oct. 18-Field Trip
  • Oct.17-Oct.25-Standardized Testing
  • Fri. Oct. 21-Free Dress Day
  • Mon. Oct. 24-Picture Day
  • Wed. Oct.26-Fri. Oct.28- Teachers Conference in Seaside (Wed noon dismissal, Thurs & Fri no school)
  • Wed-Thursday Nov. 9-10—Parent/ Teacher conferences
  • Friday Nov. 11—Veterans’ Day,No School
  • Wed-Friday Nov. 23-25—Thanksgiving Holiday, Noon dismissal on the 23
  • Nov. 28—Teacher Inservice Day, No School
  • Dec. 19-Jan 2—Christmas Break, Noon Dismissal on Friday, Dec. 16

 

October 4, 2016

Dear Parents,

This is a busy week!  We are conducting science experiments on the preferred environments of isopods, researching about specific biomes,  working on long division, and starting new novels in our reading groups.  One area that we need to work on is the amount of talking and interrupting that is happening during class and specialists.  This is a really great group of kids who are completely capable of using self-control.  That being said, we are not perfect and we will continue to practice leading by positive example.

Field trip permission slips are coming home today.   They are yellow.  Please sign and return with a $16 payment by Oct. 17.  We are going to see The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at Seattle Children’s Theatre.  If you are able to drive, please indicate this on the permission slip.  Thanks to all of you who have already agreed to chaperone.

Our Orange Ruler fund raiser is off to a really great start.  We are currently in 1st place, so please keep raising money for our class, our school and our new, much needed playground!!   Our class has the highest participation percentage so far.  If you haven’t enrolled your child, you can easily do so at orangeruler.com/signup.  We have also had a very generous anonymous donor offer to match up to $30,000 for our fund raiser.  We are so grateful for this act of kindness.

Homework:  Please remind your child to do their homework each night.  Homework does count as part of their overall grade.

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Wed. Oct. 5- PTH meeting—Childcare provided!!
  • Fri. Oct. 7- Free Dress Day
  • Mon. Oct.17-Fun Run
  • Tues. Oct. 18-Field Trip
  • Oct.17-Oct.25-Standardized Testing
  • Fri. Oct. 21-Free Dress Day
  • Mon. Oct. 24-Picture Day
  • Wed. Oct.26-Fri. Oct.28- Teachers Conference in Seaside (Wed noon dismissal, Thurs & Fri no school)

Have a great week!

God Bless,  Mrs. Richardson

 

September 20, 2016

Dear Parents,

It’s a beautiful Tuesday.  Hard to believe that there are only 2 more official days of summer left.  However, the forecast looks great for the rest of the week.  We are in full swing of school.  The kids have really been adapting to a new teacher, new classroom and new school year.  They are doing great with routines as well.  It’s still really important to check in with them every day regarding homework.  They should have homework written in their planners.  Homework is turned in first thing in the morning

PE—We have PE on Wednesdays and Fridays.  PE uniforms are scheduled to arrive on the 26th.  Until then, kids are free to wear athletic clothes.

Yellow Envelops—There are some corrected tests and papers coming home today.  Please take some time to go over them.  If you have any questions, please let me know.

A few reminders—Vocab tests and packets are due every Friday.  Memory is always on Thursdays this year and Reading Logs are also checked on Mondays.

Save the Date– Free Screening of Screenagers – October 6
Seattle Lutheran High School invites you to a free screening of Screenagers.  This documentary highlights the ever-present impact of technology on our youth, and provides encouragement and strategies for finding a balance in your own household. Thursday, October 6, 2016 @ 6:30 PM, Seattle Lutheran High School Gymnasium, 4100 SW Genesee Street, Seattle, WA 98116. Please RSVP at 206-937-7722 Ext. 18 orrbigliardi@seattlelutheran.org for tickets.

I highly encourage you to see this documentary.

Family Friday Bowl-A-Rama – September 30
The Bowl-A-Rama is here! Join us for a fun night of bowling, pizza and drinks at West Seattle Bowl from 4 to 6 PM! Shoe rentals, pizza and drinks are included in the $25/bowler fee, and there will be fun prizes raffled off. Don’t miss out on the fun! Sign up your family or team by September 23rd to secure your lane. All proceeds benefit the Washington D.C. enrichment program. Visit our website here to learn more about this wonderful educational program for our 7th & 8th grade students. Contact Sally Heit or Jacinda McFeely for more information.

I hope you all have a wonderful week.

God Bless,

Mrs. Richardson

Upcoming Events:

September 30:  Fall Olympics 1 pm

and Family Friday Bowl-A-Rama 4-6 pm at WS Bowl

October 5:  PTH mtg at 6 pm

October 26-28:  Seaside Teacher Conference.  Noon dismissal on the 26th, no school on the 27-28.

 

September 13, 2016

Dear Parents,

I hope you all had great weekends.  Tomorrow Night is Curriculum Night!  I’m really looking forward to seeing many of you here.  The evening starts at 7 pm in the Chapel.  There will be two sessions, so many of you may need to divide and conquer.  If you are not able to attend tomorrow night, please let me know so I can get information to you.

This class continues to impress me with their energy, talents and willingness to learn.  I would like to introduce our newest 5th grader, Ryan Bonsack.  Ryan comes to us from Lafayette.  We are so happy that he has joined our amazing class.

This week we started our science unit titled, Environments. Yesterday your child was given mealworms to study and take care of for the next 8 weeks.  Although some were a bit squeamish at first, they were all very attached by the end of the lesson.   We are currently studying the structures and behaviors of the mealworms as well as what they need in order to survive.    Today we set up an experiment to test the environmental factor of temperature in the mealworms’ environment.  We are comparing the classroom temperature to the refrigerator.  Fingers crossed, they will survive!

In reading we are about a third of the way through our whole class novel, Holes but Louis Sachar.  The kids are LOVING this book and are also earning group points by answering comprehension and trivia questions as we read.

I award group points to groups who are displaying positive teamwork, following directions and using their time wisely.  At the end of the month the group with the most points, earn a Homework Pass.  I do not give these out very often, so the groups tend to work very hard to earn them.

Homework:   Your child should be coming home with homework every night.  This usually consists of math or reading.  Today I had several kiddos who did not finish their math homework because they forgot their math book.  Please check in with your child every night and look at their planners to see what they need to complete.

As always, there is a lot of important information coming home in today’s Tuesday envelops, including athletic sweatshirt forms.  If your child is currently participating in a sport or plans to do one in the future, this is the time to order.

I hope to see you all tomorrow night!  And please let me know if you need anything or have any questions or concerns.

God Bless,

Mrs. Richardson

 

September 6, 2016

Dear Parents,

Happy Tuesday!  I just wanted to start by saying that we’ve had a really great start to the year.  This class has a ton of energy and interests.  I’m really looking forward to getting to know them better.  We are still going over rules and expectations.  Today, your child will come home with a 5th grade rules and expectation contract that we came up with as a class.  This will need to be signed and returned to class.

Homework:

Homework officially starts today.  I try and post all homework on the 5th grade webpage weekly.  Your child was given a reading log today that needs to be recorded each week.  This reading log will be due on the last day of the trimester.  I told the kids that they can keep track of their nightly minutes in their planners.  I will check reading logs on Monday mornings.  Memory will be given on Mondays and quizzes will be on Fridays.

Vocab:

In 5th grade I give a weekly vocab packet.  All words are selected from an academic area of study and will be written in your child’s planner.  This week we are working on science words from our Environments kit.   We will do most of this in class, however there is a possibility that it may need to be completed as homework.  Students are responsible for knowing the definitions of these words and will be quizzed on Fridays.

PE:

PE is on Wednesdays and Fridays so please have your child wear their PE uniforms to school on those days and bring their school uniforms to change.  If your child does not yet have a uniform, shorts and t-shirts are fine.  However, a uniform is required so if you have not ordered one yet, please do so ASAP.  It is part of their grade.

Open House:

Open House is early this year.  It will be on Wednesday, September 14  at 7 pm.  I hope to see you all there!

Volunteers:

I’ve received volunteer forms back from several of you.  Thank you so much!  I will have an official reading group schedule soon for those of you who would like to assist.  We are also looking for lunchroom and recess volunteers.  Also, I am in need of someone who would be willing to come in on a Monday or Friday at 11:35-12:05 so that I can assist with the D.C. fundraiser lunches.  The students have independent reading during this time, so it is an easy way to earn PIP hours.  You can also read with some of my students.  Please let me know if you are interested.

God Bless,

Mrs. Richardson

August 29, 2016

Dear Families,

I am so honored to welcome you and your child to the 5th grade class at Hope Lutheran School!  We have so much to look forward to this year.  In the next nine months we will learn and grow together academically, socially, and in God’s love.  This is my 4th year teaching at Hope.  I feel so blessed to be given this opportunity to teach your child.

 

SCHOOL THEME:  LOVED2LOVE

 

1JOHN 4:10-11: 

This is love:  not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.  Dear friends, since God so loved u, we also ought to love one another.

 

This theme will be reflected in our weekly chapels as well as our daily classroom life.

 

NUT FREE CLASSROOM:  We are a nut free classroom.  I know that this is difficult, but we do have some very serious nut allergies.  I have attached a great list of alternative snack options.

 

CONTACT:  Communication is an essential part of 5th grade.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments, concerns and/or joys.  E-mail is the best way to reach me.  I will be sending out a parent newsletter via email every Tuesday to update you on our weekly studies, homework and extra information.  I also update our class webpage on the school website at www.hopeseattle.org.  I do my best to update the homework link daily.

 

Email:  lrichardson@hopeseattle.org

School Phone:  206.935-8500

 

VOLUNTEERS:  I welcome parent involvement and would love to have you volunteer at school if you are available. We are all one team working to build up and help our children to be life long learners. Please fill out the bottom portion of this form and return it to me by Friday, September 7.  We especially need lunch recess volunteers.

 

VIRTUES:  Each month we will be exploring a virtue.  Students will read bible verses, define terms and form their own ideas on this virtue, how it relates to their own lives and our school theme.  We will begin each morning with a prayer focused on this virtue.  September’s virtue is our school theme:  LOVED2LOVE.

 

HOMEWORK:  In 5th grade you can expect approximately 50 minutes of homework daily.  Most of this homework will consist of math, reading and any unfinished class work.  Daily homework is due the next day after it has been assigned.  The only exception to this is long term projects and excused absences.  Missing assignments will result in a 10% grade drop for each day it is late.

 

Although your student is growing older and more independent, it is still extremely important to check in with your child.  Homework will be written in a homework calendar at the end of each school day.  Please take the time to go over this every night.  Again, if they miss a homework assignment, please check the class webpage under the homework link.

 

SNACKS:  We will have snack each day.  My philosophy is that if a child is hungry they should eat.  Although we will have a designated snack time, I am very lax about when students should eat snack.  Students perform much better when they are not “HANGRY”.  Please pack healthy snacks—NO CANDY OR SODA.

 

BIRTHDAYS:  Students are welcome to bring treats in for their birthday.  If your child’s birthday falls on a weekend, holiday or break, please feel free to arrange another day in which we can celebrate!

 

CURRICULUM NIGHT:  Wednesday, September 14 at 7:00 pm

I hope you are all able to attend this event.  This is the time that I will go into our upcoming school year’s academic curriculum.

 

Thank you ahead of time for your involvement!!

 

God’s blessings,

 

Mrs. Lisa Richardson

 

 

Student Name:  ___________________________________Home #:  ___________________________________

 

Parent(s) Name:___________________________________Cell #:     ___________________________________

 

Email Address(s):  ___________________________________________________________________________

 

VOLUNTEERS:

 

I would like to help in the following areas:

 

_____Recess Duty:  (Circle Day and Time)   Monday,    Tuesday,    Wednesday,    Thursday,    Friday

12:00-12:45  Lunch and Recess       or      1:45-2:00

 

_____ Class Parties:  (Circle Preference)        Christmas,                 Valentine’s,               End of the Year

 

_____ Helping in Classroom (Circle Preference)       Correcting,          Tuesday Envelops,            Art,

 

_____Reading Group:  This is a weekly commitment.  Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from 9:00-9:40 am.

 

_____  I have a special interest or talent that I would love to share with the class.

 

 



 

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June 7, 2016

Dear Parents,

Sadly, this is my final Tuesday Happenings.  I cannot tell you how much I have enjoyed teaching your children this year.  I’ve had so many people ask me if I’m ready for summer break.  The truth is, no.  Ending this year is bittersweet.  On the one hand I have had the privilege of watching your kids mature, progress and meet their academic goals.  Socially they have blossomed and are ready for the big move to middle school (above is a picture of the kids working in the 7th grade classroom yesterday.) On the other hand, I know that it’s time to let them go.   This is a special group of kids and I will miss them so much.

Last week we journeyed to Mt. St. Helens.  This was a really incredible field trip.  Thank you so much to those of you who volunteered for this 13 hour day.  You made it possible!  We were blessed with a trouble free trip and the sun even came out.

Our end of the year party will be at Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club.  We had left over funds from the Mt. St. Helens trip so the cost for Thursday is only $7.  Permission slips are coming home today in the Tuesday envelops.  We will need drivers for this event.

It has been an honor working with you this year.  I can’t thank you enough for all of your help.  I hope you all have a wonderful summer break.

Blessings,

Lisa Richardson

Upcoming Events:

June 9:  End of the year party, Arbor Heights Swim Club.  12-2:00 pm

June 10:  Last Day of School—10 am dismissal

 

 

 May 17, 2016

Dear Parents,

We had such a fantastic field trip yesterday to see Brian Skerry and visit the Pike Place Market.  The kids were super.  They were respectful and well behaved.  The program at Benaroya ran a little long, but it was very well done and educational.  Our favorite part was the scavenger hunt at Pike Place.  The kids had to find popular items such as Rachel the Pig and the gum wall as well as more obscure things like an umbrella shaped Seattle sign.  Thanks to our wonderful chaperones for leading this trip!!  It’s hard to believe but our next field trip will be to Mt. St. Helen’s on June 2.  There will be a small charge for this trip to help with gas costs.

Our end of the year party will be at Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club.  The cost for this trip should be around $12.  This will include a pizza lunch.

Grandparents/Special Persons’ Day is tomorrow.  We have a fun day planned and hope to see many visitors!  Dismissal is at noon.

This weekend on May 21st  at 5:30 pm, the PTH is hosting a movie night in the commons.  They will be showing Inside Out.

Finally, the Scholastic Book Fair is underway and will end on Friday.

 

Have a fantastic week!

Blessings,

Lisa Richardson

 

Upcoming Events:

May 16-20:  Scholastic Book Fair

May 18:  Grandparents Day.  Early dismissal at noon.

May 24:  No School-5th-8th grade for the all-day track meet at Memorial Stadium.  All students are encouraged to participate or attend.

May 25:  Sounds of Spring Concert

May 27 and May 30—No school for Memorial Day Weekend

June 2:  Field Trip to Mt. St. Helens

June 3:  Walking field trip to Hiawatha with 3rd and 4th grade

June 9:  End of the year party

June 10:  Last Day of School—Noon dismissal

 

 

 

 May 10, 2016

Dear Parents,

Happy Tuesday!  Last week was really special.  Thank you for making me feel so appreciated.  We had the best time roller skating on Thursday.  I hope we can continue this every year.

On Monday we will be heading to Benaroya Hall for our field trip to see Brian Skerry speak about his latest project, “Ocean Wild:  The Light Beneath the Seas”.  If you are driving, please arrive at Hope by 9 am.  We will plan to depart by 9:15.  I will have groups and parking information at that time.  All students must pack a lunch and a drink.  They are welcome to bring money to spend at the Pike Place Market.

There is no vocab this week.  I informed the kids that we are officially done with vocab packets.  Their job now is to learn their vocab from The Captain’s Dog.  Our first team competition will be on Friday.

5th grade is leading chapel tomorrow at 8:40.  I hope you can make it.

Also, if any of you have a great idea for an end of the year party, let me know.  Last year we went to Skymania in Kirkland.  The year before we went to Alki.

Have a fantastic week!

Blessings,

Lisa Richardson

 

Upcoming Events:

May 11:   5th Grade Chapel—8:40.  We would love to see you there.

May 16:  Field Trip to Benaroya Hall and Pike Place Market

May 16-20:  Scholastic Book Fair

May 18:  Grandparents Day.  Early dismissal at noon.

May 24:  No School-5th-8th grade for the all-day track meet at Memorial Stadium.  All students are encouraged to participate or attend.

May 25:  Sounds of Spring Concert

May 27 and May 30—No school for Memorial Day Weekend

June 2:  Field Trip to Mt. St. Helens

June 3:  Walking field trip to Hiawatha with 3rd and 4th grade

June 9:  End of the year party

June 10:  Last Day of School—Noon dismissal

 

 

 

 May 3, 2016

Dear Parents,

This week I am reminded why I LOVE teaching.  Your kids have brought me constant laughter, kindness and positive attitudes.  I honestly do not think I can let them go in 6 short weeks.  Please don’t be offended if I do not recommend them for 6th grade.  This is such an incredible group of students.  They have grown both physically and mentally this year and are blossoming into responsible young adults.  They are the true super heroes!

This is an extremely busy week.  Tomorrow, the 5th Avenue Production Company is presenting a short play for our students.  On Thursday, we will be roller skating at Southgate Roller Rink in White Center.  There is still a need for one more driver if you can make it.  We will leave Hope at 12:30 and return by 2:30.  On Friday, the kids have earned a popcorn or popsicle movie party for their stellar behavior in specialists.

Last Tuesday, I sent home permission slips for our upcoming field trip to Benaroya Hall.  I did not change the information on the bottom portion of the slip.  It still had information from our National Parks/Children’s Theatre field trip.  The top portion of the slip contained all of the correct information.  If you have not done so, please return these slips next week along with $3 for parking.

There is no vocab this week.  We have a new virtue for the month of May:  Compassion.  Our bible verse for this week is Collosians 3:12.  We will be studying this virtue in the upcoming month.

Yesterday we began our study of Lewis and Clark through a whole class read title, The Captain’s Dog.  This is a really great book and the kids will be working in teams to earn points.  At the end of this unit we will celebrate with a parley party where the kids can bring items in to trade with each other.  We will also sample traditional foods that the troops ate along their journey (we will not be eating dog or roasted beaver tail, however.)

Have a fantastic week!

Blessings,

Lisa Richardson

 

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, May 5th:  Roller Skating at Southgate Roller Rink

May 11:   5th Grade Chapel—8:40.  We would love to see you there.

May 16:  Field Trip to Benaroya Hall and Pike Place Market

May 16-20:  Scholastic Book Fair

May 18:  Grandparents Day.  Early dismissal at noon.

May 24:  No School-5th-8th grade for the all-day track meet at Memorial Stadium.  All students are encouraged to participate or attend.

May 25:  Sounds of Spring Concert

May 27 and May 30—No school for Memorial Day Weekend

June 2:  Field Trip to Mt. St. Helens

June 3:  Walking field trip to Hiawatha with 3rd and 4th grade

June 9:  End of the year party

June 10:  Last Day of School—Noon dismissal

 

 

 

 

 April 26, 2016

Dear Parents,

This month we are learning about what it means to forgive one another.  This is often a very difficult endeavor.  Yet, from my observations, children can much more easily forgive than adults.  Even so, it is so important to model our best selves for our kids.  They are such a true blessings.  I thank God for them every day.  You are raising incredible young people.  Thank you.

Tonight is our big academic fair.  The students will be presenting their PowerPoint presentations on their selected colonies.  I hope you all can make it.  I am sending home another time sheet that indicates when your child will be presenting.  Please be sure to arrive to the classroom 10 minutes prior to their presentation time.

I am also sending home permission slips for our upcoming field trip to Benaroya Hall.  If you indicated that you are able to chaperone, please mark that on the slip along with how many students you can accommodate.

In science we are continuing our study of topography.  The kids have learned how to construct a topographic map, a profile map and have created some really cool 3-5 topographic art.  This week we will learn about Mt. St. Helen’s and learn how to read topographic maps.

After this, we will head to Pike Place Market for lunch and a really fun scavenger hunt.

In math this week we are learning about graphing and probability.  So far we have been plotting points on a 1 quadrant and 4 quadrant graphs.  For the rest of the week we will be learning about probability.  At this point, we will be taking a math test on Friday or Monday.

We started chapter 14 in social studies:  The Constitution.  All of our vocab words for the week are related to this chapter.   We only have a couple of chapters left in our text!

Next week in reading we will begin our study of Lewis and Clark through a whole class read title, The Captain’s Dog.  This is a really great book and the kids will be working in teams to earn points.  At the end of this unit we will celebrate with a parley party where the kids can bring items in to trade with each other.  We will also sample traditional foods that the troops ate along their journey (we will not be eating dog or roasted beaver tail, however.)

We are finishing up our science unit on topography and will have a test on Thursday and in health we are continuing to learn about how our bodies process water, carbs and sugar.

Have a fantastic week!

Blessings,

Lisa Richardson

 

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, April 24:  Academic Fair at Hope—7 pm, attendance is encouraged and extra credit will be given.

Thursday, May 5th:  Ice Skating at Highland Ice Arena

May 11:   5th Grade Chapel

May 16:  Field Trip to Benaroya Hall and Pike Place Market

May 24:  No School-5th-8th grade for the all-day track meet at Memorial Stadium.  All students are encouraged to participate or attend.

May 25:  Sounds of Spring Concert

May 27 and May 30—No school for Memorial Day Weekend

June 2:  Field Trip to Mt. St. Helens

June 3:  Walking field trip to Hiawatha with 3rd and 4th grade

June 9:  End of the year party

June 10:  Last Day of School—Noon dismissal

 

 

 

 April 19, 2016

Dear Parents,

Happy Tuesday!  I’m loving this weather even though our classroom was super hot.  This morning at 8 am we were already at 80’!  It’s important to send your child with a water bottle and to check the weather forecast in order to be prepared for our amazing Pacific Northwest weather.  We had an awesome field trip to Vertical World.  I’ll send more pics soon.

Next Tuesday, April 24 is our school’s academic fair from 7-8 pm.  This year, our focus is on History.  It is important for your child to attend.  They will be given a time slot to present their persuasive PowerPoint presentations on their colonies.  Please let me know if you need an earlier or later time slot.  This is also a great opportunity to see what other grades are doing in history.

Report cards went home last week.  If you haven’t already done so, please be sure to sign and return the report card envelop so we can reuse it in the final trimester.

In math we are finishing up our review of decimals and percents and will start on graphing and probability tomorrow.  I’m super proud of all of the hard work this group has been doing in math.  They are all making progress and improving!

In science we are continuing our study of topography.  The kids have learned how to construct a topographic map, a profile map and have created some really cool 3-5 topographic art.  This week we will learn about Mt. St. Helen’s and learn how to read topographic maps.

I am still looking for a parent to come in and supervise the class on Friday, May 6 from 1-3 pm.  This is an easy way to earn PIP hours.  The kids have earned a class party and will watch a movie during that time.  I will supply the popcorn!!

Also, I still need a couple more volunteers for our May 16th field trip to Benaroya Hall and Pike Place Market.

Monday, May 16, we will be going to Benaroya Hall to meet Photographer, Brian Skerry as he talks about his latest project:  Ocean Wild, Light Beneath the Seas.  “Immerse yourself in the latest amazing stories from beneath the waves as a master underwater photojournalist reports on his most recent National Geographic assignments. Brian Skerry’s surprisingly intimate portraits of marine life have captured the imagination of a generation. From a fascinating look at dolphins’ intelligence to a profile of the enigmatic bluefin tuna, Skerry’s camera illuminates long-held mysteries of the deep.”

After this, we will head to Pike Place Market for lunch and a really fun scavenger hunt.

Have a fantastic week!

Blessings,

Lisa Richardson

 

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, April 19:  Rock Climbing at Vertical World

Tuesday, April 24:  Academic Fair at Hope—7 pm, attendance is encouraged and extra credit will be given.

Thursday, May 5th:  Ice Skating at Highland Ice Arena

May 11:   5th Grade Chapel

May 16:  Field Trip to Benaroya Hall and Pike Place Market

May 24:  No School-5th-8th grade for the all-day track meet at Memorial Stadium.  All students are encouraged to participate or attend.

May 25:  Sounds of Spring Concert

May 27 and May 30—No school for Memorial Day Weekend

June 2:  Field Trip to Mt. St. Helens

June 10:  Last Day of School—Noon dismissal

 

 

 

 April 12, 2016

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone had a great week.  It was so fun to see so many of you at the Hope Auction on Saturday.  My favorite part was watching our talented Glee Club members sing “Summer Time”.  Our auction project raised $550 for our school!  A HUGE thanks to Stephanie Jensen for helping out with this project.

This is a big week for yellow envelopes.  Report cards are coming home as well as two math assessments on decimals and last week’s vocabulary test and packet.  Please be sure to sign and return the report card envelop so we can reuse it in the final trimester.

Dad’s and Donuts is tomorrow morning from 8 am – 8:40 am.  If a dad is not available, students may go with another adult.

Alternative PE dates and permission slips are due no later than Friday.  Please be sure to sign and volunteer as a chaperone if possible.  There is no cost for these field trips.  We will be bowling this Friday.  Students are allowed to bring money for the vending machines or they can bring their own snacks.

I still need a couple more volunteers for our May 16th field trip to Benaroya Hall and Pike Place Market.

Monday, May 16, we will be going to Benaroya Hall to meet Photographer, Brian Skerry as he talks about his latest project:  Ocean Wild, Light Beneath the Seas.  “Immerse yourself in the latest amazing stories from beneath the waves as a master underwater photojournalist reports on his most recent National Geographic assignments. Brian Skerry’s surprisingly intimate portraits of marine life have captured the imagination of a generation. From a fascinating look at dolphins’ intelligence to a profile of the enigmatic bluefin tuna, Skerry’s camera illuminates long-held mysteries of the deep.”

After this, we will head to Pike Place Market for lunch and a really fun scavenger hunt.

Have a fantastic week!

Blessings,

Lisa Richardson

 

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, April 13:  Dads and Donuts and Chapel led by 4th grade

Friday, April 15: Bowling at West Seattle Bowl and Free Dress

Tuesday, April 19:  Rock Climbing at Vertical World

Tuesday, April 24:  Academic Fair at Hope

Thursday, May 5th:  Ice Skating at Highland Ice Arena

May 11:   5th Grade Chapel

May 16:  Field Trip to Benaroya Hall and Pike Place Market

May 24:  No School-5th-8th grade for the all-day track meet at Memorial Stadium.  All students are encouraged to participate or attend.

May 25:  Sounds of Spring Concert

May 27 and May 30—No school for Memorial Day Weekend

June 2:  Field Trip to Mt. St. Helens

June 10:  Last Day of School—Noon dismissal

 

 

 

April 5, 2016

Dear Parents,

Welcome back!  I hope that everyone had a great spring break.  I loved hearing about all of the amazing vacations and staycations that occurred over the break.

This week is the final week before our school’s big auction.  I hope that many of you are planning on attending.  I am looking forward to it!  Our class has been very busy creating a beautiful auction item.  I can’t wait for it to be completed.   Be sure to get your roaring 20’s outfits assembled and come join the fun.  Free childcare is provided.

Report cards will be sent home next week.

This week in math we are finishing up our chapter on percents.  We will have our test on Thursday or Friday depending on how our review goes tomorrow.  There is vocab this week on Social Studies words from chapter 13:  The American Revolution.  We will continue to work on our expository writing piece about the National Parks in class this week and next.  Finally, our virtue in Faith this month is on Forgiveness.  Our memory verse for Monday is Colassians 3:13.

Alternative PE dates and permission slips went home today.  Please be sure to sign and volunteer as a chaperone if possible.  There is no cost for these field trips.

Again, many of you have already volunteered for our upcoming class field trips—Thank you so much.  I still need a couple more volunteers for our May 16th field trip to Benaroya Hall and Pike Place Market.

Monday, May 16, we will be going to Benaroya Hall to meet Photographer, Brian Skerry as he talks about his latest project:  Ocean Wild, Light Beneath the Seas.  “Immerse yourself in the latest amazing stories from beneath the waves as a master underwater photojournalist reports on his most recent National Geographic assignments. Brian Skerry’s surprisingly intimate portraits of marine life have captured the imagination of a generation. From a fascinating look at dolphins’ intelligence to a profile of the enigmatic bluefin tuna, Skerry’s camera illuminates long-held mysteries of the deep.”

After this, we will head to Pike Place Market for lunch and a really fun scavenger hunt.

Thursday, June 2, we have the opportunity to explore Mt. St. Helens.  Yes, the real deal.  This will be an ALL day field trip.  We will leave Hope at 7:30 am and return around 7:30 pm.  What better way to experience erosion and deposition than to visit a real, active volcano.  Who’s in!?!?

Have a fantastic week!

Blessings,

Lisa Richardson

Upcoming Events:

Friday, April 15: Bowling at West Seattle Bowl

Tuesday, April 19:  Rock Climbing at Vertical World

Tuesday, April 24:  Academic Fair at Hope

Thursday, May 5th:  Ice Skating at Highland Ice Arena

May 11:   5th Grade Chapel

May 16:  Field Trip to Benaroya Hall and Pike Place Market

May 24:  No School-5th-8th grade for the all-day track meet at Memorial Stadium.  All students are encouraged to participate or attend.

May 25:  Sounds of Spring Concert

May 27 and May 30—No school for Memorial Day Weekend

June 2:  Field Trip to Mt. St. Helens

June 10:  Last Day of School—Noon dismissal

 

 

 

March 22, 2016

Dear Parents,

Congratulations to our 5th and 6th grade basketball players for their great achievements at the Peace Tournament over the weekend. The boys placed second overall and the girls won the championship for the 2nd year in a row!!  Both teams brought home trophies and did their best to represent our school and our God.

This week is Holy Week.  Every day we are attending a short chapel at the beginning of the day as well as talking about the significance of each day.

This week is also the final week before spring break.  We are very busy wrapping things up.  Today, we have a social studies test, a science test and a new math unit on percents.  Students are also busy writing their expository papers.  Some of your children have not completed their research on their National Park.  Pease check in with them just in case they need some extra time at home completing their information sheet.  Friday is a half day, so be sure to arrange for after school pick-up or care.

Report cards will be sent home in mid-April.

I pray that you all have a blessed Easter holiday and wonderful spring break.  Be safe, have fun and enjoy the time with your kiddos!  I will miss them.

Again, many of you have already volunteered for our upcoming field trips—Thank you so much.  There is still room available for both:

Monday, May 16, we will be going to Benaroya Hall to meet Photographer, Brian Skerry as he talks about his latest project:  Ocean Wild, Light Beneath the Seas.  “Immerse yourself in the latest amazing stories from beneath the waves as a master underwater photojournalist reports on his most recent National Geographic assignments. Brian Skerry’s surprisingly intimate portraits of marine life have captured the imagination of a generation. From a fascinating look at dolphins’ intelligence to a profile of the enigmatic bluefin tuna, Skerry’s camera illuminates long-held mysteries of the deep.”

After this, we will head to Pike Place Market for lunch and a really fun scavenger hunt.

Thursday, June 2, we have the opportunity to explore Mt. St. Helens.  Yes, the real deal.  This will be an ALL day field trip.  We will leave Hope at 7:30 am and return around 7:30 pm.  What better way to experience erosion and deposition than to visit a real, active volcano.  Who’s in!?!?

Alternative PE dates have still not been released yet, but they will take place after spring break.  Starting in 5th grade, students get to experience PE off campus.  We will rock climb, ice skate and go bowling.

Have a fantastic week!

Blessings,

Lisa Richardson

Upcoming Events:

March 25:  Good Friday.  Noon Dismissal

March 27-April 1:  Spring Break

May 11:   5th Grade Chapel

May 16:  Field Trip to Benaroya Hall and Pike Place Market

May 24:  No School-5th-8th grade for the all-day track meet at Memorial Stadium.  All students are encouraged to participate or attend.

May 25:  Sounds of Spring Concert

May 27 and May 30—No school for Memorial Day Weekend

June 2:  Field Trip to Mt. St. Helens

June 10:  Last Day of School—Noon dismissal

 

 

 

March 15, 2016

Dear Parents,

Happy Tuesday!  I hope that you are all adjusting to our spring forward on Sunday.  It’s always the most difficult adjustment, in my opinion.  We’ve had some sleepy kiddos so far this week—maybe a few nappers as wellJ.

Palm Sunday is this Sunday, March 20.  Your child is invited to attend the Palm Sunday service at 10:30.  If you are able to attend, please have your child meet in the commons at 10:20.  They will be singing a song and processing with palm branches.  There is also a pancake breakfast that day, so come early and enjoy some great food!  Hope to see you all there.

I was grateful for our time last week during conferences.  As I shared with most of you, your 5th grader is really starting to turn into a middle schooler.  As a class, they are really maturing, becoming more independent and growing into kind and conscientious young adults.  I joked that I may have to keep this group one more year—I think I was actually more serious.  It will be hard to let this class go in June.  That being said, it is still very important for you to check in with them regarding their homework, check the class webpage and homework link and ask them how they are feeling about school.

Yesterday, the kids were assigned a National Park to research for their upcoming expository paper.  We will be doing all of this in class, however, if they wish to do extra research at home, they are more than welcome.

Vocab for this week is a combination of science and social study words. All of the definitions are in their text books.  We are finishing up our study of the Declaration of Independence and will have a test over the material on Tuesday.  This will be an open book test.  In science we will start our exploration of fossils!

In math we continue on with our study of decimals and place values up to the thousandth.  Today we will work on real world story problems and then review tomorrow.  We will take our chapter 9 test on Thursday.

Many of you have already volunteered for our upcoming field trips—Thank you so much.  There is still room available for both:

Monday, May 16, we will be going to Benaroya Hall to meet Photographer, Brian Skerry as he talks about his latest project:  Ocean Wild, Light Beneath the Seas.  “Immerse yourself in the latest amazing stories from beneath the waves as a master underwater photojournalist reports on his most recent National Geographic assignments. Brian Skerry’s surprisingly intimate portraits of marine life have captured the imagination of a generation. From a fascinating look at dolphins’ intelligence to a profile of the enigmatic bluefin tuna, Skerry’s camera illuminates long-held mysteries of the deep.”

After this, we will head to Pike Place Market for lunch and a really fun scavenger hunt.

Thursday, June 2, we have the opportunity to explore Mt. St. Helens.  Yes, the real deal.  This will be an ALL day field trip.  We will leave Hope at 7:30 am and return around 7:30 pm.  What better way to experience erosion and deposition than to visit a real, active volcano.  Who’s in!?!?

Alternative PE dates have still not been released yet, but they will take place after spring break.  Starting in 5th grade, students get to experience PE off campus.  We will rock climb, ice skate and go bowling.

Have a fantastic week!

Blessings,

Lisa Richardson

Upcoming Events:

March 16:  Talent Show

March 20: Palm Sunday

March 25:  Good Friday.  Noon Dismissal

March 27-April 1:  Spring Break

May 11:   5th Grade Chapel

May 16:  Field Trip to Benaroya Hall and Pike Place Market

May 24:  No School-5th-8th grade for the all-day track meet at Memorial Stadium.  All students are encouraged to participate or attend.

May 25:  Sounds of Spring Concert

May 27 and May 30—No school for Memorial Day Weekend

June 2:  Field Trip to Mt. St. Helens

June 10:  Last Day of School—Noon dismissal

 

 

 

March 8, 2016

Dear Parents,

Last week we had a really great field trip to the Seattle Children’s Theatre and the Pacific Science Center’s IMAX.  First and foremost, I would like to thank our awesome chaperones.  Secondly, I would like to thank everyone for raising such amazing kids.  They were so well behaved and respectful.  Mostly, they were very appreciative for the opportunity to go on this field trip.  We all had our favorite parts, some preferred The Brooklyn Bridge while others really loved the National Parks 3D Adventure.

Starting next week, your child will be assigned a national park to research and write a formal expository paper on.  After the film, many kids have already found a favorite park.  For this writing piece we will be focusing on writing a thesis statement, topic sentences and using specific details to enhance their papers.

Our colony presentations started yesterday.  The kids have worked so hard on these and it has really paid off.  Their presentations are informative, entertaining and persuasive.  One of the things I love most about this class is that they step up to every challenge I offer and they are not afraid to go above and beyond.

This is a short week due to parent/teacher conferences.  I look forward to meeting with several of you.  Remember, these are short 20 minute conferences, so please come early so that we can stay on schedule.

There is no vocab this week.  We started our unit on the Declaration of Independence today and will continue next week as well.

In math we continue on with our study of decimals and place values up to the thousandth.  We will work on estimating decimals today and explore real world story problems tomorrow and Thursday.  On Monday we will review the chapter and take the chapter test on Tuesday.

Pip Hours anyone?!  I have two more field trip announcements.  On Monday, May 16, we will be going to Benaroya Hall to meet Photographer, Brian Skerry as he talks about his latest project:  Ocean Wild, Light Beneath the Seas.  “Immerse yourself in the latest amazing stories from beneath the waves as a master underwater photojournalist reports on his most recent National Geographic assignments. Brian Skerry’s surprisingly intimate portraits of marine life have captured the imagination of a generation. From a fascinating look at dolphins’ intelligence to a profile of the enigmatic bluefin tuna, Skerry’s camera illuminates long-held mysteries of the deep.”

After this, we will head to Pike Place Market for lunch and a really fun scavenger hunt.

On June 2, we have the opportunity to explore Mt. St. Helens.  Yes, the real deal.  This will be an ALL day field trip.  We will leave Hope at 7:30 am and return around 7:30 pm.  What better way to experience erosion and deposition than to visit a real, active volcano.  Who’s in!?!?

Alternative PE dates have not been released yet, but they will take place after spring break.  Starting in 5th grade, students get to experience PE off campus.  We will rock climb, ice skate and go bowling.

Have a fantastic week!

Blessings,

Lisa Richardson

Upcoming Events:

March 8-9:  Talent Show Auditions at 3:15

March 11:  Noon Dismissal for conferences

March 12:  No school for conferences

March 16:  Talent Show

March 25:  Good Friday.  Noon Dismissal

March 27-April 1:  Spring Break

May 16:  Field Trip to Benaroya Hall and Pike Place Market

June 2:  Field Trip to Mt. St. Helens

 

 

 

March 1, 2016

Dear Parents,

Good morning!  I love this picture of all of our LEST participants.  We had such an amazing turnout this year and went home with so many top awards including the Spirit Award (which is only given to one school each year) and the Service Award.

Another thing I love is March.  It marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring.  I also love March because Lent continues during this month and I am reminded daily of the sacrifices made for me and the love that Jesus has for us all.  This month’s virtue is “Dedication”.  During the month of March we will be talking about this word and what it means to have dedication.  We will study about Jesus and his disciples and the dedication that they showed for each other.  We will talk about how this virtue can be used in our daily routine.

Our memory verse for Monday is Mark 1:14-15.  Students are welcome to memorize verses 12-15 for extra credit.

VIRTUE:  Dedication

12:  At once the Spirit sent him out into the desert, and he was in the desert fasting for forty days, being tempted by Satan. 13: He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.  14:  Then Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God.  15: “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!”

Mark 1:12-15

Remember this Thursday is our field trip to the Seattle Children’s Theatre to see Brooklyn Bridge and the IMAX film National Parks.  Please send your child with a sack lunch, snack and water bottle.  If you child is playing basketball, they will also need an additional snack.  Chaperones please arrive at 9:10.

In math we continue on with our study of decimals and place values up to the thousandth.  Currently we are learning how to multiply and divide decimals.  We should be finishing this chapter early next week.  Tentatively, our math test will be scheduled for Wednesday, March 9.

Colony presentation projects are complete.  They have done a fantastic job.  Students will be presenting their persuasive projects starting on Monday.  I can’t wait!!  The week following conferences we will begin our persuasive five plus paragraph papers.  We will also begin our unit on the Revolutionary War.

Vocab for this week is from our science unit on Soil, Rocks and Landforms.  The students have all of the words and definitions in their science journals.  We will be exploring the effects of erosion and deposition.  This is a really fun experiment.

Many of you signed up for conferences for next week.  At this point, I am full on Thursday.  If you would still like to meet but need a later time, please let me know.  I am willing to come in on Monday or Wednesday next week between 6 and 7:30 pm or after school as well.  These are optional conferences, not required like the ones in the fall.

Blessings,

Lisa Richardson

Upcoming Events:

March 4:  Field Trip to Seattle Children’s Theatre and Pacific Science Center IMAX

March 5: Free Dress

March 8-9:  Talent Show Auditions at 3:15

March 11:  Noon Dismissal for conferences

March 12:  No school for conferences

March 16:  Talent Show

March 25:  Good Friday.  Noon Dismissal

March 27-April 1:  Spring Break

 

 

 

 

February 2, 2016

Dear Parents,

Good morning!  February has arrived.  This month our virtue is LOVE.  We will be exploring and talking about God’s perfect love that he has for all of us.  I want to thank you for showing your love and support with all of the treats that your child brought in last week.  Our school delivered cookies all over the junction.

This week kicks of spirit week at Hope.  Starting on Thursday and ending next Wednesday, students and adults are encouraged to show off their school spirit.  Here is this year’s line-up:

Thursday:  Wacky Tacky Day

Friday:  Hawaiian Day

Monday:  PJ Day

Tuesday:  College Day

Wednesday:  Blue and Gold Day with a pep assembly at SeaLu at 2 pm.

Colony presentation projects are well under way.  The kids have all started their power point projects.  These will be due next week before break and will be presented on February 24-25.

Vocab for this week is from our science unit on Soil, Rocks and Landforms.  I’ve included some fun pictures from the kids testing out chemical weathering by submerging different kinds of rocks in vinegar to simulate acid rain.  As you can see, they had a lot of fun and look pretty darn great in their protective eye gear.

Finally, I know I sound like the squeaky wheel and that several of you are using this, but if you ever need to check in with your child and their homework or upcoming tests, they are always posted on the class website, under the homework link.

 

Blessings,

Lisa Richardson

 

Upcoming Events:

February 4, 5,8,9, 10 – Spirit Week

February 11-13 – LEST

February 15-16 – Presidents’ Break

 

 

 

January 26, 2016

Dear Parents,

I can’t believe we are in our last week of January.   The kids did a fantastic job in chapel last week.  This class continues to amaze me.  They are super talented and have the most positive attitudes.  This definitely showed in their chapel presentation, especially in the skit and songs.

This week kicked off Lutheran’s School Week.  Each day we are taking a virtual field trip to Guatemala.  We are learning about the culture, geography, history and their amazing Christian faith. Today, your child will be making a Care Kit to give to a homeless person or someone in need.  One of our students shared that she remembers a long time ago making care kits and that it was hard to find someone to give her kit to.  She said, now it seems like there are homeless people everywhere.  This is not only extremely sad, but it is so very true.

Tomorrow we will head over to Seattle Lutheran for a combined chapel service with SeaLu and Concordia Seattle.  You are all welcome to attend at 8:45.

Thursday we are asking students to bring in a dozen baked goods (does not need to be homemade).  We will distribute these goodies to our neighbors and neighboring businesses to spread our cheer and good will.  5th grade will be heading over to Tilden and Sorensen Orthodontics.

Colony presentation projects are well under way.  The kids are doing a great job of researching for their report.  Your child received a pink requirement packet with a check off list.  Most of this project will be done in school and most will be completed with a partner.

Vocab for this week is from chapter 10 “Tensions Grow Between the Colonies and Great Britain” in Social Studies Alive.  There are 11 words this week.  We will spend the next two weeks exploring these concepts.

Science continues this week with our exploration of acid rain and how it can weather different kinds of rocks.

LEST is right around the corner.  If you are planning on attending, be sure to reserve your room.  Events start early on Thursday, February 11.  The swim meet is scheduled from 5-8:00 pm on Thursday night.  Look for more information to come.  I hope as many of you as possible can make it.

Blessings,

Lisa Richardson

Upcoming Events:

Monday-Friday, January 25-39:  Lutheran Schools Week

Tuesday—Care Kits

Wednesday—Chapel at Seattle Lutheran 8:45

Thursday – Bring in a dozen baked goods

Friday –Delivery of baked goods

February 4, 5,8,9, 10 – Spirit Week

February 11-13 – LEST

February 15-16 – Presidents’ Break

 

 

 

January 19, 2016

Dear Parents,

Good morning!  I hope you all enjoyed your weekend (despite the Hawks’ loss on Sunday).  They did persevere in the second half and it was great to see that they never gave up.  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is another exceptional example of perseverance.  He spent most of his life knowing that God made everyone great.  Through peaceful protest, he persevered in leading the Civil Rights Movement.  This month we are working on what it means to persevere.  This is not the time to slack off and throw in the towel.  This is the time to push forward and watch great things happen.   This includes completing and turning in homework, working on memory verses, filling out reading logs and studying for tests!   Please continue to check in with your child.

Tomorrow we are leading chapel from 8:45-9:15.  Our topic is on Friendship.  You are all invited to attend.  The kids have prepared a skit about the friendship between Jonathon and David.

Colony presentation projects were assigned last week.  Your child received a pink requirement packet with a check off list.  Most of this project will be done in school and most will be completed with a partner.  Vocab for this week is from chapter 9 in Social Studies Alive.

We kicked off our new science kit last week.  Students got to examine and identify 4 different types of soil from four different areas.  Do you know what the smallest rock is called?

This week’s memory verse on perseverance is:  Hebrews 6:11

We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure.

LEST is right around the corner.  If you are planning on attending, be sure to reserve your room.  Here is the information from last week’s WOH:

LEST Update
5th – 8th grade families who are attending LEST this year, please remember to book your hotel rooms for LEST as soon as possible, no later than January 15, 2016 as the discounted rate block will be released then. Rooms can be reserved by calling the hotel directly at (503) 460-3000 no later thanJanuary 15, 2016 or until the room block is gone. We have heard that rooms are filling up.
We hope to hear from Concordia Portland mid-January with a tentative schedule of LEST events. Please note that opening ceremonies are scheduled for Thursday afternoon due to Concordia hosting basketball games Thursday evening, and the cheer/dance competition will be Friday afternoon this year, not Thursday night. Girls and boys basketball games will be Thursday and Friday, with possible Saturday games as well. If you have other scheduling questions, feel free to contact Mrs. Okabayashi at kokabayashi@hopeseattle.org or your child’s event coach.
Go Eagles!

Blessings,

Lisa Richardson

Report Card Envelops:  I am still missing several of these.  If you have one at home, please sign it and return it to school.  Thank you!

 

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, January 20:  5th grade Chapel

Monday-Friday, January 25-39:  Lutheran Schools Week

 

 

January 12, 2016

Dear Parents,

The kids did an amazing getting back into routine.  The first week back is always the toughest.  Many of you watched the Hawks win by Grace or luck, but nevertheless, it was super exciting and the kids were really pumped on Monday.  This Friday is a free dress Friday.  Kids are encouraged to wear their blue and green, but it is not required.

We finished up our unit on the area of a triangle.  As a class, we did not do as well as I would have liked.  So we are going to spend a few more days reviewing, practicing and also working on long division as a refresher.

Colony presentation projects will go out this week, so look for the requirement packet.   Most of this project will be done in school and most will be completed with a partner.  We have 23 kids and 13 colonies, so a few kids want to do their projects independently.  This week, we are learning about the role of slavery in the colonies.  This is a very sad and difficult topic, but it is also important in the history of our country.  Vocab for this week is from chapter 8 in Social Studies Alive.

Science is starting today!  This kit is titled, Landforms.  It will take us through the next trimester.

This week’s memory verse on perseverance is one of my favorites:  Galations 6:9

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Finally, LEST is right around the corner.  If you are planning on attending, be sure to reserve your room.  Here is the information from last week’s WOH:

LEST Update
5th – 8th grade families who are attending LEST this year, please remember to book your hotel rooms for LEST as soon as possible, no later than January 15, 2016 as the discounted rate block will be released then. Rooms can be reserved by calling the hotel directly at (503) 460-3000 no later thanJanuary 15, 2016 or until the room block is gone. We have heard that rooms are filling up.
We hope to hear from Concordia Portland mid-January with a tentative schedule of LEST events. Please note that opening ceremonies are scheduled for Thursday afternoon due to Concordia hosting basketball games Thursday evening, and the cheer/dance competition will be Friday afternoon this year, not Thursday night. Girls and boys basketball games will be Thursday and Friday, with possible Saturday games as well. If you have other scheduling questions, feel free to contact Mrs. Okabayashi at kokabayashi@hopeseattle.org or your child’s event coach.
Go Eagles!

Remember there is no school on Monday, the 18th.

Blessings,

Lisa Richardson

Report Card Envelops:  I am still missing several of these.  If you have one at home, please sign it and return it to school.  Thank you!

Upcoming Events:

This Friday: Free dress and/or  BLUE FRIDAY—GO HAWKS!!!

Tuesday, January 12:  Pre-School Open House

Friday, January 15:  Free Dress

Monday, January 18:  Martin Luther King Jr. Day—No School

Monday-Friday, January 25-39:  Lutheran Schools Week

 

January 5, 2016

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year and Welcome Back!!  I hope that you all had a wonderful break and blessed Christmas.   The students had some time to share about their vacation and they all sounded really great.  I was able to spend lots of time with family and also take a trip to Bend, Oregon for some skiing and sunshine.  It was really great to catch up with good friends and actually ski in some fresh snow.

The kids did an amazing job yesterday.  The first day back from break can be difficult, but they all had smiles on their faces and worked really hard.  We dove right back into curriculum. Before the break we started working on algebraic concepts in math in chapter 5 as solving for variables.  Yesterday we began chapter 6—Finding the Area of a Triangle.  This is a very short chapter but it contains a lot of information and concepts.  This week’s vocab is also focusing on words from math which will help them gain a stronger understanding.  Again, it’s really important for all students to bring their books and journals home every night in order to help guide them through their homework.

In social studies we have begun our journey into the 13 colonies and The Revolutionary War.  In this second trimester you can expect a narrative story as well as some sort of persuasive power point or prezi.

Our next science kit is titled Landforms.  You can expect your child to get a little dirty with this kit as they will be conducting experiments with erosions and deposition.  It’s one of my favorites!

This month our virtue is perseverance.  January tends to be a longer month, so we will persevere, stay positive and Never Give Up!!

Finally and most importantly, I wanted to thank you all for all of my Christmas gifts.  You really know how to make a teacher feel appreciated.

Here’s to kindness and courage in the 2016!

Blessings,

Lisa Richardson

Report Card Envelops:  I am still missing several of these.  If you have one at home, please sign it and return it to school.  Thank you!

Upcoming Events:

This Friday: We will hopefully have a BLUE FRIDAY—GO HAWKS!!!

Tuesday, January 12:  Pre-School Open House

Friday, January 15:  Free Dress

Monday, January 18:  Martin Luther King Jr. Day—No School

Monday-Friday, January 25-39:  Lutheran Schools Week

December 15, 2015

Dear Parents,

I know I keep saying this, but time is going by TOO QUICKLY!  We have been so incredibly busy finishing up our algebra unit, science, and practicing for our biome presentations.

Speaking of science, is there anyone out there who would like to gecko sit?  They are super easy and very sweet.   All they need is spritz of water a couple of times a day and a few crickets.  All the kids know how to care and handle them.   We also have some gold fish that would love some company over the break.

Tomorrow, the students will be presenting their Biome Brochures.  They have been working incredibly hard and have created amazing brochures.  Tomorrow they will present for the 4th graders in the morning and the 6th graders in the afternoon.  If you are able to attend, you are more than welcome.  Times will be 8:45-9:30 and 12:45-1:45.  This project contains so many different elements.  They created their brochures in technology, they had to write using persuasion and tomorrow will be the grand finale.  Their goal is to try and persuade people to come to their biome!

Report Cards:

Report cards are coming home today in the yellow envelopes.  In addition to the report cards there is a lot of corrected work, including assessments and reports.    Remember, the goal for your child is to achieve 3’s in all academic areas by the END of the school year.  This is not to say that there were not a lot of 3’s given out this first trimester.  A 2 represents that your child is working towards a 3 and is right on track.

Under “Learned Behaviors”, students should see be achieving more 3’s.  They are in control of this section and make their own behavior choices.

White Elephant Party:

Friday is our end of the year party!  Mrs. Jensen has graciously volunteered to help with this, but we could use a few more volunteers.   Our party will be from 10:45-12:00.   This is a white elephant party.  Please have your child bring in a wrapped gift (app. $10).

Thank you all so much for your support and dedication to Hope.  Our class is FULL of gifts for our adopt-a-family.   I taught in the public schools for 13 years and I have to say, teaching at Hope is such a blessing.  Our students and families are full of kindness, generosity and compassion.  This class is truly exceptional!

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and prayers for the upcoming year.

Mrs. Richardson

 

 

Upcoming Events

December 16:  Holiday Christmas Concert, Middle School

December 18: White Elephant Party—10:45-11:45

December 18:  Noon dismissal—Beginning of Christmas Break

January 4, 2016:  Return to School

December 8, 2015

Dear Parents,

Thank you to all who have already signed up for our Adopt A Family.  I sent you a Sign Up Genius to hopefully make things easier.  Sorry this is so late—I just figured it out.  Anyway, I listed the items as well as the names of our students who have already signed up for certain items.  There are still a lot of items needed, especially clothes and baby essentials.  Again, thank you for making such a positive difference to this family.

I am working hard to get report cards completed by Thursday.   The new report card is much more detailed than our previous one.  One area that I really want to focus on is the Learned Behavior section which is on the first page.  These are areas where your child should be achieving 3’s.  At this point in the year, we should be turning in all homework on time, coming to class prepared and writing everything in our planners.

MUSIC CONCERT:  From Mr. Franklin

Greetings parents,

We are excited about the upcoming 1st-5th grade music performance! As with any performance, please make sure your child is hydrated and has a healthy meal a couple hours before they arrive. This will help our students feel energetic and happy before they perform!

When: Wednesday, December 9th at 7pm

Where: Hope Lutheran Sanctuary

Arrival: Please drop your children off in their classrooms at 6:50pm

Attire: Blue shirt and khaki school uniform

Attendance: is required for all 1st-5th grade students as this performance counts as part of their grade

 

5th Grade students will need to bring their recorders and sheet music to school on Tuesday, December 8th and for the performance Wednesday.

Band students will need to bring their instruments and sheet music to school on Tuesday, December 8th and for the performance Wednesday. 

 

The kids have been working hard for this concert.  I’m excited to hear them sing and play their recorders for you.

God Bless,

Mrs. Richardson

 

 

Upcoming Events

December 12:  2nd grade Chapel

December 9:  Chapel led by Pastor Eilers and Holiday Christmas Concert, Grades 1-5

December 10:  Holiday Christmas Concert, Grades P3-Kindergarten

December 16:  Holiday Christmas Concert, Middle School

December 18:  Noon dismissal—Beginning of Christmas Break

January 4, 2016:  Return to School

 

 

 

 

Believe

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. 

Romans 15:13

December 1, 2015

Dear Parents,

I truly cannot believe that we are already to December.  This year is going by much too quickly.  We have officially completed the 1st trimester.  Report cards are due to Mrs. Okabayashi by the end of next week and then you should be receiving them before the break.  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family.  We all took time on Monday to share some fun (and funny) stories about our breaks, including some exciting Black Friday shopping fiascos and a couple of Turduckens!  (Which, I heard were delicious.)

The next three weeks we are back to our regular programming.  Vocab packs and tests on Fridays, Memory on Mondays and Reading log checks.  Your child has a brand new reading log for the 2nd trimester.  It is a beautiful, bright, hot pink.  You really can’t miss it.  The past reading log was due on Monday.  I gave the kids an extra day to turn it in, but I am still missing a few.  This is a part (20%) of their overall reading grade, so please check in with your child to make sure it was turned in.

December is one of my favorite months for many obvious reasons, but the biggest reason is because this is the month to truly believe in so much, but especially the words of the Lord.  In the bible, it says:

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”  Acts 20:35

 

I truly believe in this.  This month our class has adopted a family from Hope’s Giving Tree.  I have attached the family’s description.  There will also be a copy in today’s Tuesday Envelop. This is a LARGE family; a single mom with 5 kids and a baby on the way.  We have the opportunity to truly make a difference in their Christmas this year.  Please select an item or items that you would like to donate and email me this info along with the child’s ID #.  I will send an updated list each week.

Please pray for Mrs. Wallace.  She will be having surgery on her foot tomorrow at 1:30.  We are praying that this is the last one and that all of her pain will be relieved.

God Bless,

Mrs. Richardson

Upcoming Events

December 12:  2nd grade Chapel

December 9:  Chapel led by Pastor Eilers and Holiday Christmas Concert, Grades 1-5

December 10:  Holiday Christmas Concert, Grades P3-Kindergarten

December 16:  Holiday Christmas Concert, Middle School

December 18:  Noon dismissal—Beginning of Christmas Break

January 4, 2016:  Return to School

Please Give

If you give some of your own food to feed those who are hungry and to satisfy the needs of those who are humble, then your light will rise in the dark, and your darkness will become as bright as the noonday sun.  Isaiah 58:10 

 

November12, 2015

Dear Parents,

Well, it’s official—our weather has changed and not for the better.  I’m hoping this is not going to last for the next 4 months.  It is important now that it is so much colder and wetter that your child comes to school with an appropriate jacket.  Hoodie sweatshirts are great, but they do not keep the rain off and we will go outside rain or shine.

Native American Artifact Project:  I am so impressed with all of the artifacts that have been turned in as well as the reports.  We have started presentations and they are going really well.

November 25 marks the end of the first trimester.  Remember we will be using a new report card this year that is aligned with the Common Core Standards.

Food Drive:  This Friday marks the end of our food drive.  Unfortunately, we are way behind our usual count as a school.  God asks us to feed the hungry.  This is our privilege to help those in need.

Homework:  We are back to vocab packets, vocab tests and memory this week!  Homework is updated on our class website under the homework link:  http://hls.hopeseattle.org/classrooms/grade-5/

Next Eagle of the Week:  This week’s eagle is Elliot!

Calendar of Events

November 9-20 – Hope Food Drive to Fill the Closet

November 17 All School Open House for New and Potential Families

November 25 – End of the 1st Trimester

November 25-27—Thanksgiving Holiday.   Noon dismissal on Nov. 25.

Have a great week!

God Bless,

Mrs. Richardson

 

November 10, 2015

Dear Parents,

Happy Tuesday!  It’s been a great start to our short week.  Students have been very busy working on their artifact projects as well as their biome brochures.  I am so impressed by their creativity and hard work.  We received some really great new today.  The 5th grade won the Treat for Troops challenge!  The results were amazing.  Our class collected over 47 pounds of candy!  As a school we collected over 208 pounds.  That’s almost one pound of candy per student.  As a result, the 5th graders will receive a movie/popcorn day!  Well deserved.

Veteran’s Day:  Tomorrow there is no school so that we can take some time to thank and remember all of those brave men and women who are either currently serving or who have served our country.  It’s wonderful that we can show some appreciation by sending off our candy treats!

Native American Artifact Project:  This project is due on Thursday.  We have spent several hours of class time researching and working on this project, especially the written piece.  I’m hoping that most students will not have to spend too much time on their day off working on this.  They all know the requirements for this project and the writing expectations.  The writing rubric is attached to the requirement sheet.

November 25 marks the end of the first trimester.  Remember we will be using a new report card this year that is aligned with the Common Core Standards.

Dinner Night Out:  If you are free, come join me and many others at Mioposto in North Admiral.  All proceeds from tonight’s dinner will go towards Hope’s middle school Washington DC trip. 

Food Drive:  Let’s help feed those in need.  Hope is running their annual Fill the Closet food drive.  Each classroom is collecting as much food as possible.

Homework:  We are back to vocab packets, vocab tests and memory this week!  Homework is updated on our class website under the homework link:  http://hls.hopeseattle.org/classrooms/grade-5/

Next Eagle of the Week:  This week’s eagle is Elliot!

Calendar of Events

November 9-20 – Hope Food Drive to Fill the Closet

November 11 – Veteran’s Day, no school

November 17 All School Open House

November 25 – End of the 1st Trimester

November 25-27—Thanksgiving Holiday.   Noon dismissal on Nov. 25.

Have a great week!

God Bless,

Mrs. Richardson

 

November 3, 2015

Dear Parents,

I hope that you had a wonderful weekend.  It was really great to be back yesterday and get back into routine.   The kids were amazing.  They managed to stay focused and relatively quiet all day.   I had a really great conference experience last week at the NW District Teacher Conference.  I was super inspired by one of the main speakers, Debbie Silver.  She is the author of several books including, Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up Eight.  I shared yesterday with the students that in life we are often painted a picture of two roads:  1 road that leads to success and 1 that leads to failure.  But the truth is, there is really only one road and in order to reach our goals, we will often encounter failure along the way.  Failure on a test or in a game or in an election is a stepping stone to greater things to come.  When we fail, we must always remember to keep trying.   We must be strong and courageous.

This month is my favorite virtue month.  Our class virtue is “Give Thanks”.  Today, we talked about our upcoming memory verse, Psalm 107:1:  Oh give thanks to the Lord, for his good, for his steadfast love endures forever.  We will continue to explore this virtue in the upcoming days.

November 25 marks the end of the first trimester.  Remember we will be using a new report card this year that is aligned with the Common Core Standards.

Uniform Reminders:  Please be sure to visit our parent handbook online or via hard copy to review uniform guidelines. Students can wear heavy coats or non-Hope sweatshirts into school and outside at recess, but they need to remove them during the day. Uniform sweatshirts are available through Land’s End.  LEST hoodies will be ordered in January-February.  Cargo Pants and Shorts are not uniform pants.

Homework:  We are back to vocab packets, vocab tests and memory this week!  Homework is updated on our class website under the homework link:  http://hls.hopeseattle.org/classrooms/grade-5/

Eagle of the Week:  This week’s eagle is Kahina!

Calendar of Events

November 3  — Kindergarten Information Night

November 6 – Free Dress

November 9-20 – Hope Food Drive to Fill the Closet

November 11 – Veteran’s Day, no school

November 17 All School Open House

November 25 – End of the 1st Trimester

November 25-27—Thanksgiving Holiday.   Noon dismissal on Nov. 25.

I’m very thankful for you and your child.  Remember, Hope is collecting candy to send to our brave service men and women.  Also, there is no candy allowed for snack—sorry.

God Bless,

Mrs. Richardson

October 27, 2015

Dear Parents,

This is the day that the Lord has made.  Let us rejoice because we are officially done with the ITBS testing!!  The kids did a fantastic job, but we were all ready to fill in that last bubble and shut those books.  I’m so glad that everyone is going to have some time off in the next few days to rest and revive.  It will be good to get back to the old routine on Monday.

Last week our school competed in our district championship cross country meet.  Hope really represented scoring first, second and fifth places for boys individually and 2 place individually for girls.  This combination along with the efforts of every Hope athlete resulted in a 1st place overall win for the 4th year in a row!  Every runner improved on their times.  I was so proud of our 5th grade representatives:  John Mueller, Sophia Butler and Joel Pepper.  Way to go!!  They really were strong and courageous.

Northwest District Teacher Conference:  I will be headed to Seaside tomorrow to meet with teachers from all over the NW district.  This is an amazing opportunity to share knowledge, build relationships and worship together.  School is dismissed at noon tomorrow and there is no school on Thursday or Friday.

ORANGE RULER:  Tomorrow following chapel, we get to have our silly string party with the Kindergarteners.  I will be sure to get lots of pictures.  It should be a hilarious.

Uniform Reminders:  Please be sure to visit our parent handbook online or via hard copy to review uniform guidelines. Students can wear heavy coats or non-Hope sweatshirts into school and outside at recess, but they need to remove them during the day. Uniform sweatshirts are available through Land’s End.  LEST hoodies will be ordered in January-February.  Cargo Pants and Shorts are not uniform pants.

Homework:  Again, we will have limited homework this week which will be mostly math.  No vocab test or packet this week.  There will also be no memory, but reading logs will be checked on Monday.

No Eagle of the Week:  Next week’s eagle is

Calendar of Events

October 28—1/2 Day Northwest District Teacher’s Conference

October 29-30 —  NO SCHOOL:  Northwest District Teacher’s Conference

November 3  — Kindergarten Information Night

November 6 – Free DressIMG_6996 (1)

November 9-20 – Hope Food Drive to Fill the Closet

November 11 – Veteran’s Day, no school

November 17 All School Open House

November 25-27—Thanksgiving Holiday.   Noon dismissal on Nov. 25.

Praying for a very safe Halloween for everyone.  Remember, Hope is collecting candy to send to our brave service men and women.  Also, there is no candy allowed for snack—sorry.

God Bless,

Mrs. Richardson

October 20, 2015

Dear Parents,

ITBS testing is off and running.  The kids are doing a great job of staying focused and working hard.  I’m not sure if I’m allowed to say this, but this is my least favorite week of the year.  I would much rather be exploring science, going back in history and creating stories.  That being said, I am inspired daily by your kids.  They are such an optimistic, joyful and encouraging group and definitely shine bright!

John 8:12

Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”

ORANGE RULER:  We had a really great time at the fun run yesterday.  Thanks to those of you who were able to volunteer for the event.

ITBS:  Please remember to send a healthy snack with your child.  This testing can be long and arduous and your child needs energy that will sustain them.  Sleep and a good breakfast are equally as important.  In 5th grade we also take the CogAT (cognative ability test).  This extends our testing by two extra days.  My goal is to finished by Friday, but we may have to extend into next week.

Dad’s and Doughnuts:  Tomorrow is Dad’s in Doughnut! Bring your kiddos and enjoy complimentary doughnuts and coffee and juice at 8:15 in the church commons!!  Kids must return to class at 8:30 but dads are welcome to stay and chat.

Homework:  We will have limited homework this week which will be mostly math.  No vocab test or packet this week.

No Eagle of the Week next week due to our short week.  School is dismissed at noon on Wednesday, October 28 and there is no school on Thursday or Friday, October 28-30.

Calendar of Events
Mon. 10/19 to Tues. 10/27: Standardized Testing
Wed. 10/21: Dad’s and Doughnuts with kids at 8:15

8:40 AM Chapel w/Mrs. Kunkel 8th Gr. Class

October 24:  PTH Fall Frolic – Turn in your pre-order ticket forms and get ready for fun!

October 28—1/2 Day Northwest District Teacher’s Conference

October 29-30  NO SCHOOL:  Northwest District Teacher’s Conference

 

Have a great week!

God Bless,

Mrs. Richardson

 

October 13, 2015

Dear Parents,

I really enjoyed meeting most of you last week during conferences.  I hope that you all enjoyed your weekend and that you were able to spend some time relaxing with your family.

ORANGE RULER: This is the final week for our Orange Ruler fundraiser.  We are currently in 7th place, but only by a little bit.  I really appreciate all of your support and donations.   Thank you so much for  raising money for our class, our school and our new, much needed, bus.  If you haven’t enrolled your child it’s still not too late, you can easily do so at orangeruler.com/signup.  We have 4 days to go and I know we can raise more!

Science:  Our meal worms are starting to pupate.  The kids are so excited for science every day.  They should start changing into beetles in the next 1-3 weeks.  The kids are learning that in order to pupate and grow they need to have ideal temperatures.  The meal worms that we put in the fridge have not had any changes.  It was pretty strange to see them slowly come back to life as they warmed up in class yesterday.   Next week we will start our isopod observations.

Report Card:  Most of you received a copy of the new 5th grade report card.  I have placed another copy in today’s Tuesday Envelop in case you didn’t receive one.  It is very different from what you’ve received in the past, but it will be a great on-going assessment tool to help better serve your child.

ITBS:  Next week we begin the ITBS testing.  This is our once a year, standardized test.  It is very important that your child arrives to school on time, well rested and fed.

Homework:  Please remind your child to do their homework each night.  Homework does count as part of their overall grade.

This next week’s Eagle is Maya Foster!

Calendar of Events

Wed. 10/14: 8:40 AM Chapel w/Mr. Kapels 7th Gr. Class
Fri. 10/16: Free Dress Day
Mon. 10/19 to Tues. 10/27: Standardized Testing
Wed. 10/21: 8:40 AM Chapel w/Mrs. Kunkel 8th Gr. Class

Thur. & Fri. 10/8 & 10/9: No School / Parent Teacher Conferences / ESC “XTRA” Open

October 13:  School Pictures

October 16:  LEST Drama Auditions

October 21:  Dad’s and Doughnuts 7:45 am

October 21-23:  ITBS Testing

October 24:  PTH Fall Frolic

October 28—1/2 Day Northwest District Teacher’s Conference

October 29-30  NO SCHOOL:  Northwest District Teacher’s Conference

 

Have a great week!

God Bless,

Mrs. Richardson

 

October 6, 2015

Dear Parents,

This week I am looking forward to meeting with you during your child’s conference.  Conferences are all day Thursday and Friday, so there will be no school.   ESC and Sand Dollar club will be open.

Our Orange Ruler fund raiser is off to a really great start.  We are currently in 6th place, so please keep raising money for our class, our school and our new, much needed, bus!!   Our class has the highest participation percentage so far.  If you haven’t enrolled your child, you can easily do so at orangeruler.com/signup.

Science:  Our meal worms finally arrived!  The kids are SO excited.  They have all adopted several meal worms and will observe their transformations over the next 6 weeks.   Students are doing a great job of keeping notes in their scientific journals and treating their living creatures with respect.  We are currently studying whether temperature affects the structures and behaviors of our mealworms.  One student said, “I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but science actually really fun!”  Made my day!!

Homework:  Please remind your child to do their homework each night.  Homework does count as part of their overall grade.

This next week’s Eagle is Abby Cook!

Calendar of Events

Mon. – Fri. 10/5 – 10/9: Scholastic Book Fair

Wed. 10/7: 8:40 AM Chapel w/Mr. Allen 6th Gr. Class

Thur. & Fri. 10/8 & 10/9: No School / Parent Teacher Conferences / ESC “XTRA” Open

October 13:  School Pictures

October 21:  Dad’s and Doughnuts 7:45 am

October 21-23:  ITBS Testing

October 28—1/2 Day Northwest District Teacher’s Conference

October 29-30  NO SCHOOL:  Northwest District Teacher’s Conference

Have a great week!

God Bless,

Mrs. Richardson

 

September 29, 2015

Dear Parents,

We are officially in the last days of September.  Routines are in place and the students are really impressing me.  This is a very creative, hardworking and chatty group.  Every day I feel extremely blessed to be there teacher.

Homework:  As a reminder, your child should not be doing more than an hour of homework each night.  This does not include reading for their reading log.  If your child has put forth a great effort but has not completed their homework, please just write me a note.  They will still receive credit.  The purpose of homework is to practice what we have learned in class, not to frustrate them.

Conferences:  I have received conference slips from many of you.  Conferences are next Thursday and Friday, October 8 and 9.  I am sending home new slips today if I have not received yours.   I will do my best to and accommodate your time preference if it is still available.  If you are unable to attend, please let me know so that I can keep you updated on your child’s progress and answer any questions you may have.

This week’s Eagle is Mary Niederberger!

Fall Olympics will be this Friday, October 2, at 1:00 pm.  This is a super fun event that you are welcome to attend and cheer on teams.

A few reminders—Vocab tests and packets are due every Friday.  Memory is always on Mondays and Reading Logs are also checked on Mondays.

Finally, our Orange Ruler kick off assembly is today.  Look for information in your child’s yellow envelop.  Last year, the 5th graders came in 2nd place!  This is one of our biggest fundraiser for the year and the kids are super pumped to raise money.

I hope you all have a wonderful week.

God Bless,

Mrs. Richardson

 


September 22, 2015

Dear Parents,

It’s a beautiful Tuesday and officially the last day of summer.  It looks like the rest of the week will continue to shine.  We are in full swing of school.  The kids have really been adapting to a new teacher, new classroom and new school year.  They are doing great with routines as well.  It’s still really important to check in with them every day regarding homework.  They should have homework written in their planners.  Homework is turned in first thing in the morning.  I have had several kiddos forget homework, so please remind them to check their filers and make sure they have everything before they leave in the morning.

PE—We have PE on Tuesdays and Fridays.  Most students have been wearing their PE uniforms to school on those days which is totally fine.  Mr. Kapels will deduct from their daily PE grade if they are not in uniform.  Last Friday our class ran the mile and the kids did AMAZING!  I was so proud of them of giving it their all.  I ran with them and was really inspired.  And, despite what they said, nobody “died”.

I began Developmental Reading Assessments this week and will share results with you at conferences in October.  We also started our new science curriculum, but our insects have not arrived yet.  They kids are super excited.

Eagle of the Week—Every full week of school, we will have one student be chosen randomly as Eagle of the Week.  They will be given a poster the week before to fill out.  These posters will be presented on Thursdays.  Eagles may bring in things to share and/or treats if they want, but these are not required.  This week’s Eagle is Joel Pepper!

A few reminders—Vocab tests and packets are due every Friday.  Memory is always on Mondays and Reading Logs are also checked on Mondays.

Finally, this Friday from 4pm-6pm is Bowling Night at WS Bowl.  This is a fundraiser for the middle school students’ Washington DC trip.  The cost is $25 per bowler which includes: shoes, pizza, drinks and treats.  There is also a $1 raffle with great prizes.   I will be there and hope to see you there too!

I hope you all have a wonderful week.

God Bless,

Mrs. Richardson

 

September 15, 2015

Dear Parents,

I hope you all had great weekends.  Tonight is Curriculum Night!  I’m really looking forward to seeing many of you here.  The evening starts at 7 pm in the Chapel.  There will be two sessions this year, so many of you may need to divide and conquer.  If you are not able to attend tonight, please let me know so I can get information to you.

This class continues to impress me with their energy, talents and willingness to learn.  Next week our science critters will arrive so we can start our new Environments curriculum.  We will begin social studies this week.  Your child should bring their book home to be covered.

I hope to see you tonight!  Let me know if you need anything or have any questions or concerns.

God Bless,

Mrs. Richardson

September 8, 2015

Dear Parents,

Happy Tuesday!  I just wanted to start by saying that we’ve had a really great start to the year.  We are still going over rules and expectations.  Today, your child will come home with a 5th grade rules and expectation contract that we came up with as a class.  This will need to be signed and returned to class.

Homework:

Homework officially starts today.  I try and post all homework on the 5th grade webpage each night.  Your child was given a reading log today that needs to be recorded each week.  This reading log will be due on the last day of the trimester.  I told the kids that they can keep track of their nightly minutes in their planners.  I will check reading logs on Monday mornings.  Memory will also be due on Monday mornings.

PE:

PE is on Tuesdays and Fridays so please have your child wear their PE uniforms to school on those days and bring their school uniforms to change.  If your child does not yet have a uniform, shorts and t-shirts are fine.  However, a uniform is required so if you have not ordered one yet, please do so ASAP.  It is part of their grade.

Open House:

Open House is early this year.  It will be on September 15, at 7 pm.  I hope to see you all there!

I hope that you all have a great week!  Let me know if you need anything or have any questions or concerns.  We are blessed with great weather and amazing kids!

Volunteers:

I’ve received volunteer forms back from several of you.  Thank you so much!  I will have an official reading group schedule soon for those of you who would like to assist.  We are also looking for lunchroom and recess volunteers.  Also, I am in need of someone who would be willing to come in on a Monday or Friday at 11:35-12:05 so that I can assist with the D.C. fundraiser lunches.  The students have independent reading during this time, so it is an easy way to earn PIP hours.  You can also read with some of my students.  Please let me know if you are interested.

God Bless,

Mrs. Richardson

September 4, 2015

Dear Parents,

It truly has been a fantastic first week in 5th grade.  I have really enjoyed getting to know my new students.  The letters they wrote to me were really engaging and funny and interesting.  I look forward to getting to know them better as the year goes on.

Next week we will come back on Tuesday, September 8.  You can expect a weekly newsletter from me.  I will email these home as well as post them on our class website.  The class website is located under the classroom link on our school website:  www.hopeseattle.org.

I’ve also attached a “Keys to Success” flyer.  I have adopted this from the middle school’s expectations that Mrs. Kunkel sent out.  You can expect homework most nights in 5th grade and I will expect this homework to be turned in the next school day.  As a class we came up with a big list of rules and expectations for 5th grade.  That contract will be sent home on Tuesday in their Tuesday Envelops.  In addition, their Life Map homework is also due on Tuesday.  This assignment went home yesterday.  Reading logs will start next week as well as Memory.

For now, please have one last long weekend to enjoy summer and be with your family.  Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to teach your child.  They are such a blessing!

In Christ,

Mrs. Richardson

September 2, 2015

Dear Parents,

We had a great first day.  I’m so excited for this upcoming school year.  Look for a complete newsletter each Tuesday throughout the school year.

Blessings,

Lisa Richardson

Be Strong Be Courageous

August 27, 2015

Dear Families,

I am so honored to welcome you and your child to the 5th grade class at Hope Lutheran School!  We have so much to look forward to this year.  In the next nine months we will learn and grow together academically, socially, and in God’s love.  This is my 3rd year teaching at Hope.  I feel so blessed to be given this opportunity to teach your child.

 

SCHOOL THEME:  Be Strong Be Courageous   Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.

This theme will be reflected in our weekly chapels as well as our daily classroom life.

NUT FREE CLASSROOM:  This year we will be a nut free classroom.

CONTACT:  Communication is an essential part of 5th grade.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments, concerns and/or joys.  E-mail is the best way to reach me.  I will be sending out a parent newsletter via email every Tuesday to update you on our weekly studies, homework and extra information.  I also update our class webpage on the school website at www.hopeseattle.org.  I do my best to update the homework link daily.

Email:  lrichardson@hopeseattle.org

School Phone:  206.935-8500

VOLUNTEERS:  I welcome parent involvement and would love to have you volunteer at school if you are available. We are all one team working to build up and help our children to be life long learners. Please fill out the bottom portion of this form and return it to me by Friday, September 7.  We especially need lunch recess volunteers.

VIRTUES:  Each month we will be exploring a virtue.  Students will read bible verses, define terms and form their own ideas on this virtue, how it relates to their own lives and our school theme.  We will begin each morning with a prayer focused on this virtue.  September’s virtue is our school theme:  Be Strong and Courageou.

HOMEWORK:  In 5th grade you can expect approximately 50 minutes of homework daily.  Most of this homework will consist of math, reading and any unfinished class work.  Daily homework is due the next day after it has been assigned.  The only exception to this is long term projects and excused absences.  Missing assignments will result in a 10% grade drop for each day it is late.

Although your student is growing older and more independent, it is still extremely important to check in with your child.  Homework will be written in a homework calendar at the end of each school day.  Please take the time to go over this every night.  Again, if they miss a homework assignment, please check the class webpage under the homework link.

SNACKS:  We will have a designated snack time each day.  Please pack healthy snacks—NO CANDY OR SODA, please.

BIRTHDAYS:  Students are welcome to bring treats in for their birthday.  If your child’s birthday falls on a weekend, holiday or break, please feel free to arrange another day in which we can celebrate!

CURRICULUM NIGHT:  Tuesday, September 15 at 6:30 pm

I hope you are all able to attend this event.  This is the time that I will go into our upcoming school year’s academic curriculum and new report cards.

Thank you ahead of time for your involvement!!

God’s blessings,

Mrs. Lisa Richardson

Student Name:  ___________________________________Home #:  ___________________________________

Parent(s) Name:___________________________________Cell #:     ___________________________________

Email Address(s):  ___________________________________________________________________________

VOLUNTEERS:

I would like to help in the following areas:

_____Recess Duty:  (Circle Day and Time)   Monday,    Tuesday,    Wednesday,    Thursday,    Friday

12:00-12:45 Lunch and Recess             or                1:45-2:00

_____ Class Parties:  (Circle Preference)        Christmas,                 Valentine’s,               End of the Year

_____ Helping in Classroom (Circle Preference)       Correcting,          Tuesday Envelops,            Art,

Reading Groups (This is a weekly    commitment beginning in November.  If you love to read, this is the job for you!),

_____  I have a special interest or talent that I would love to share with the class.

 

June 12, 2015

Dear Parents,
Thank you so much for such an amazing school year and for all of your help.  I cannot tell you how inspirational and motivating your children were to me this year. It has been a complete honor and privilege to teach them.
May God bless you and keep you safe over the summer.  I will miss your children very much.
With love,
Lisa

June 9, 2015

Not happy, not happy, not happy.  I cannot believe how quickly this year whizzed by. As I’m officially not ready to say good-bye, this will not be the last letter I write to you.  That will happen on Friday.
 
So for today, look for yellow envelops and LOTS of art and writing to come home today.  We will officially be cleaning out desks and lockers on Thursday.  Please have your child bring a bag to take their extra items home.
 
Tomorrow is our Parley Party.  We will be trading “goods” and trying some foods that Lewis and Clark ate on their journey.  I did assure them that there would be no roasted beaver tail, elk tongue or indian dog.  Your child can bring in items from home that they would like to trade for such as games, toys, etc.  This is a good way to clean out rooms!
 
Finally, Thursday is our class party to Skymania.  We do have enough drivers–Thank you Mr. Werfelmann, Mr. Petrich and Mrs. Hoberecht!  I will also be driving.  Also a HUGE thanks to the Marions for providing root beer floats from Spud.  Thanks so much!!! 
 
Here are the details for the day:
 
We will plan to leave the school around 9:45 (drivers please be here at 9:30) and head to a park to play across the street from Spud Fish and Chips in Juanita.  Please remember to send along a sack lunch.  We will then head to SkyMania from 12:00-2:00 and plan to be back at the school by 3:00.


Please remember to make sure you have either signed the waiver online at http://www.skymaniatrampolines.com/pageWaiver

 

It is going to be a great day to celebrate the year! 

 
Love and Blessings,



Lisa Richardson
5th Grade Teacher
Hope Lutheran School

June 2, 2015

Dear Parents,

Happy 2nd to the last Tuesday of this fabulous school year.  I must admit that it is not feeling like the end of the school year.  We are in full swing here at Hope reading through The Captain’s Dog, finishing up unit 14 in math, creating really fun game boards based off of Lewis and Clark’s amazing journey and competing in vocabulary and trivia questions from our historical fiction novel.  I know that all too soon we will be taking down our artwork from the walls, cleaning out desks and lockers and saying good-bye for the summer.  BUT…until then, we push onward!

In math I have decided to combine our last two units and have a test next Tuesday, June 9.  The kids are doing great with unit 14 and next we move on to finding the volume of a rectangular and triangular prism.  I know that they will do really well since not only are them really comprehending this information but they are having a lot of fun creating different three dimensional prisms.  I think Mind Craft may actually have come in handy here!

We have two final field trips for the year:

Monday, June 8th:  Walking field trip with our 1st grade buddies to Hiawatha.  If you would like to take a walk with us, we will plan on leaving around 1:15 and returning at 2:45.  I am also looking for a parent who would be willing to drive and meet us at Hiawatha with popsicles.  Please let me know if you are interested.

Thursday, June 11:

Class party at SkyMania.  Please see attached permission slip and info.

 

Have a wonderful week!

Blessings and love,

Lisa Richardson

 

 

 

May 26, 2015

Dear Parents,

I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.  It was really fun to hear about everyone’s trips, adventures and restful moments.  I went camping with my family and about 19 other families—yes, it’s quite the group.   This is a tradition that started out with 4 families and has grown every year.  As much as I look forward to this weekend every year, it’s bitter sweet.  On the good side, we are on the downhill water slide to summer, but on the negative side, I only have a few more weeks with your kiddos.

I wanted to thank our fabulous chaperones for volunteering to take the kids to see Paul Nicklen at Benaroya Hall and for assisting on our scavenger hunt at the Pike Place Market.  The winning group was Mrs. Schroeder’s group!  They were able to find everything on the list and take the most creative group picture as you can see above.  All of the groups did an amazing job and we all had so much fun.

In math, we are just finishing up chapter 13 on the properties of triangle and 4 sided figures.  The kids need to take the chapter review test on their own tonight.  We will review one more day and then take the test on Thursday.  We are on pace to finish the book by the end of the year!  I’m so proud of how hard these kids have worked this year.  They have all made gains and are going to do really well next year in middle school math.

We started our journey out West with Lewis and Clark and Captain Lewis’ Newfoundland dog named Seaman.  The book that we are reading together is titled, The Captain’s Dog and it’s told through the perspective of this great dog.  We have been discovering animals, making scale drawings and maps, working on lots of vocabulary and learning about how the Corps of Discovery miraculously made their journey to the Pacific Ocean.  We will end this book with a game board book report and parley party—details to come.

We are still working out the details for our end of the year party including cost and how many drivers we will need.  You are all welcome to attend!

Have a wonderful week!

Blessings and love,

Lisa Richardson

Upcoming Field Trip:

 

June 11:  End of the Year Party

Where:  Skymania in Kirkland

Time:  12:00-2:00 pm

Lunch will most likely be a sack lunch with treats from Spuds.  More Info to come…

 

 

 

 

May 12, 2015

Dear Parents,

Another week has come and gone.  I can’t help but feel like this year is ending much too quickly.  Tomorrow is our Grandparent/Special Person day.  I’m excited to meet everyone tomorrow.  The kids have been working extremely hard on their biome brochures and will be presenting them to their guests tomorrow.  Their goal is to try and persuade people to come visit their biome.  I am having a lot of fun watching and listening to your kids come up with some very creative presentations.  We may even have a very special ancient guest from the desert tomorrow who’s name starts with a J and ends with an ESUS.  I know I say it a lot, but I adore this class and love their energy!

Today we finished out math test on angles.  The kids did really well overall.  Mid-term reports are coming home in today’s yellow envelops along with other important information and a lot of corrected work.

Remember, we are dismissed between 11:30 and noon tomorrow.  Visitors are welcome to peruse the book sale after the musical.  Our schedule is as follows:

8:45am – 9:20pm: Attend Chapel hosted by Kindergarten/Welcome by Mrs. Okabayashi and Pastor Mueller

9:30am – 10:20am: Visitation & Brunch with grandchildren in classrooms/Book Fair open

10:30pm – 11:30pm: Pre-School-8th Musical Performances in Church Sanctuary

11:30pm – 12:00pm: Book Fair open and Dismissal

Finally, we have another field trip this coming Monday.  See below for details.  And, we do not have school on Tuesday due to the track meet which I encourage ALL 5th graders to attend.  It’s a super fun day.

Have a wonderful week!

Blessings and love,

Lisa Richardson

Upcoming Field Trip:

May 18 at 10:30 am:  Spirit of the Wild sponsored by National Geographic at Benaroya Hall, followed by field trip and lunch at the Pike Place Market.

Leave hope at 9:30 and return at 2:30 pm.  Cost free + parking.

Chaperones:

Tami Morris

Janette Hoberecht

Angie Schroeder

Andy Werfelmann

 

May 19:  Track Meet at WS Stadium:

No School for 5-8th Grades.

 

June 11:  End of the Year Party

Where:  Skymania in Kirkland

Time:  12:00-2:00 pm

Lunch will most likely be a sack lunch with treats from Spuds.  More Info to come…

 

May 5, 2015

Dear Parents,

Happy Cinco De Mayo!  We all learned the true reason why Hispanics celebrate this day.  Ask your child, the answer may surprise you.

I want to thank all of the chaperones who attended our field trip to see Robin Hood and then Alki on Friday.  This was a really fun day and the kids were super respectful at the theatre.  They continue to impress me every day.  I’m going to have a hard time letting them go at the end of the year.

This week we began our new math unit on Angles.  They all seem to be grasping the concepts well.  I told the class that the most difficult part of this unit was not the math, but the reading comprehension.  They need to be extra careful when reading directions.  For example, they should only use a protractor to measure angles when the directions instruct them to do so, otherwise, they are given enough information to find the missing angles.

Tomorrow, we will get the opportunity to attend a 5th Avenue performance here at Hope at 2 pm.  This is a special event hosted by our fabulous PTH.

On Wednesday, May 13th, 2015, Hope Lutheran School will host our annual Grandparents /Special Person Day.  We are excited about this special day and want to extend an invitation for you to attend! Our schedule is as follows:

8:45am – 9:20pm: Attend Chapel hosted by Kindergarten/Welcome by Mrs. Okabayashi and Pastor Mueller

9:30am – 10:20am: Visitation & Brunch with grandchildren in classrooms/Book Fair open

10:30pm – 11:30pm: Pre-School-8th Musical Performances in Church Sanctuary

11:30pm – 12:00pm: Book Fair open and Dismissal

Finally, Biome projects are also due on May 13.  The students will be presenting their persuasive travel brochures to the grandparents and special guests.  This should be a really fun day!

Have a wonderful week!

Blessings and love,

Lisa Richardson

Upcoming Field Trip:

May 18 at 10:30 am:  Spirit of the Wild sponsored by National Geographic at Benaroya Hall, followed by field trip and lunch at the Pike Place Market.

Leave hope at 9:30 and return at 2:30 pm.  Cost free + parking.

Chaperones:

Tami Morris

Janette Hoberecht

Angie Schroeder

Andy Werfelmann

 

May 19:  Track Meet at WS Stadium:

No School for 5-8th Grades.

 

June 11:  End of the Year Party

Where:  Skymania in Kirkland

Time:  12:00-2:00 pm

Lunch will most likely be at Spuds.  More Info to come…

 

April 28, 2015

Dear Parents,

Tonight is the Academic Fair and our focus is on Art.  The kids have been working so hard this year on some really amazing creations.  Tonight they will all be on display.  I look forward to seeing you all tonight.  The fair will run from 6:30-8:00 pm.  There are so many creative exhibits to view as well as fun photo opportunities and hands on activities.  Refreshments will also be served.  Extra credit will be given to all students who are able to attend.

Our next field trip is coming up on THIS Friday, May 1.  We will be going to The Seattle Children’s Theatre to see Robin Hood.  We will plan on staying for lunch either at the Center House or outside, weather permitting.  The cost for this trip is $13 for students and chaperones.  Please make checks payable to Hope Lutheran School.  We will plan to leave Hope at 9:30 am.  Lunch can be either bought or brought at the Center House.

Chaperones:

Amy Peil (4)

Ruth Gardner (7)

Janette Hoberecht

Steve Petrich (5)

Trisha Morrisey

 

On Wednesday, May 13th, 2015, Hope Lutheran School will host our annual Grandparents /Special Person Day.  We are excited about this special day and want to extend an invitation for you to attend! Our schedule is as follows:

8:45am – 9:20pm: Attend Chapel hosted by Kindergarten/Welcome by Mrs. Okabayashi and Pastor Mueller

9:30am – 10:20am: Visitation & Brunch with grandchildren in classrooms/Book Fair open

10:30pm – 11:30pm: Pre-School-8th Musical Performances in Church Sanctuary

11:30pm – 12:00pm: Book Fair open and Dismissal Report cards for last quarter are coming home today.  There is a lot of information in your Tuesday Envelops and a lot of corrected work.   Overall, this class had a strong 3rd quarter.  Lots of improvements!  I’m super proud of these kids and their hard work.

Finally, our spring fund raiser money is being accepted through tomorrow.  If you forgot to turn in your orders for cookies today (like I did), then tomorrow works just fine!

Have a wonderful week!

Blessings and love,

Lisa Richardson

Upcoming Field Trip:

May 18 at 10:30 am:  Spirit of the Wild sponsored by National Geographic at Benaroya Hall, followed by field trip and lunch at the Pike Place Market.

Leave hope at 9:30 and return at 2:30 pm.  Cost free + parking.

Chaperones:

Tami Morris

Janette Hoberecht

Angie Schroeder

Andy Werfelmann

 

June 11:  End of the Year Party

Where:  Pump it Up in Kirkland

Time:  12:00-2:00 pm

Lunch will most likely be at Spuds.  More Info to come…

 

 

 

 

April 21, 2015

Dear Parents,

Happy Tuesday!  I hope you all had great weekends and enjoyed the sun.  The kids entered the classroom on Monday with evidence of outdoor fun on their faces.

On Monday students took their chapter 10 math assessment.  Today I gave them a short extra credit quiz and tomorrow we will begin chapter 11 on graphs and probability.  This is a fun chapter.  Yesterday I also gave the kids their final (yes final) science project for the year.  Each student has chosen a biome to research over the next 4-5 weeks.  They are working on this with a partner and most of the work will be done in class.  They are going to receive their packets today with all of the requirements and information needed for this project.  They will also be given computer lab time to research.  Students will be expected to do all of their illustrations in a scientific format which we will be learning in class.

Report cards for last quarter are coming home today.  There is a lot of information in your Tuesday Envelops and a lot of corrected work.   Overall, this class had a strong 3rd quarter.  Lots of improvements!  I’m super proud of these kids and their hard work.

We had a really great time on our field trip last Friday to Chihuli’s Boathouse.  Thank you so much to all of the parent volunteers. We had a fabulous time and really took advantage of the gorgeous weather.

Our next field trip is coming up on Friday, May 1.  We will be going to The Seattle Children’s Theatre to see Robin Hood.  We will plan on staying for lunch either at the Center House or outside, weather permitting.  The cost for this trip is $13.  Please make checks payable to Hope Lutheran School.

Have a wonderful week!

Blessings and love,

Lisa Richardson

 

Upcoming Events:

April 21:  3rd Quarter report cards sent home

April 28:  Academic Art Fair and Move Up Night at 6:30. 

May 1 at 10:30 am:  Robin Hood at Seattle Children’s Theatre.  We will plan on staying and eating lunch in the Center House.

Leave Hope at 9:30 and return after lunch.  Cost $13.00 per person plus parking.

 

Chaperones:

Amy Peil (4)

Ruth Gardner (7)

Janette Hoberecht

Steve Petrich (5)

Trisha Morrisey

 

May 18 at 10:30 am:  Spirit of the Wild sponsored by National Geographic at Benaroya Hall, followed by field trip and lunch at the Pike Place Market.

Leave hope at 9:30 and return at 2:30 pm.  Cost free + parking.

Chaperones:

Tami Morris

Janette Hoberecht

Angie Schroeder

Andy Werfelmann

 

April 14, 2015

Dear Parents,

Welcome back!  I hope you all had great breaks.  I spent some time with relatives in California as well as at Disneyland with my family.  I got to hear from each student about their breaks, some were packed full and others sounded super relaxing.  I was able to read a few good books, sleep in (a little) and play a lot.

On Monday we officially kicked off the first day of our 4th and final quarter.  Can you believe it!?  I can’t.  In math we spent yesterday and today reviewing from decimals and percents.  Yesterday the kids were really chatty and many did not get very much done on their packets.  Today they were much more productive and should not have as much homework.  Regardless, 45 minutes is still the maximum time I expect students to work on their math at home.  New reading logs are also coming home today for the 4th quarter.  They are yellow.  I was impressed with the amount of reading done from the 3rd quarter!

Report cards for last quarter will go home next Tuesday.  All of my grades are due in to Mrs. Okabayashi on Thursday.

Tomorrow is the last day for students to bring in their permission slips for track.  I really encourage your child to give it a try if they have time.  This is a great sport for all kids.

Finally, Friday is our field trip to Chihuly’s Boat House.  If you are driving please plan on being at school at 8:30 and departing by 8:40.  We will plan to be back by 1:00ish.

April 17 at 9:30 am:  Dale Chihuli’s Boathouse tour.  This is an exclusive opportunity to tour Dale Chihuli’s private boathouse which contains many of his amazing and quirky collections as well as viewing his gorgeous glass creations.  After our tour we will head to Gasworks Park (weather for a picnic lunch. The weather looks great!

Chaperones:

Carol Turner

Amy Peil (4)

Ruth Gardner (7)

Janette Hoberecht

Steve Petrich (5)

 

Blessings and love,

Lisa Richardson

 

Upcoming Events:

March 30-April 3:  Holy Week, chapel on Good Friday

April 6-10:  Spring Break

April 13:  4th Quarter Begins

April 17:  Free Dress

April 21:  3rd Quarter report cards sent home

April 28:  Academic Art Fair and Move Up Night at 6:30. 

May 1 at 10:30 am:  Robin Hood at Seattle Children’s Theatre.  We will plan on staying and eating lunch in the Center House.

Leave Hope at 9:30 and return after lunch.  Cost $13.00 per person plus parking.

 

Chaperones:

Amy Peil (4)

Ruth Gardner (7)

Janette Hoberecht

Steve Petrich (5)

Trisha Morrisey

 

May 18 at 10:30 am:  Spirit of the Wild sponsored by National Geographic at Benaroya Hall, followed by field trip and lunch at the Pike Place Market.

Leave hope at 9:30 and return at 2:30 pm.  Cost free + parking.

Chaperones:

Tami Morris

Janette Hoberecht

Angie Schroeder

Andy Werfelmann

 

 

 

 

March 31, 2015

Dear Parents,

Happy Tuesday!  We are in the final week before spring break.  I know that some of you are leaving early for break, so be sure to let the office know that you will be away rather than receive an unexcused absence.  Also, please have your child turn in the following before they leave.

On Friday, your child will have the following due:

  1. Book Report:  We have been working on a dodecahedron book report in our reading groups at school. Most of the kids are almost done completing the written portion of this project and just need to put the 12 sided figure together.
  2. Spring Poem: This is a take off of the “I Am” poem.  It needs to be written in cursive and in pen.
  3. Vocabulary Packet: This is also due on Friday.  All words are based off of our science curriculum.

The colonial presentations have been going really well.  I’m super impressed with the amount of information the kids have researched.  I have also loved all of the props, food and costumes.  This is a very creative class!

Good News!  The class has filled up their Soaring to Success chart for the second time this year and has earned a movie day.  We are going to watch Big Hero 6 on Thursday.  Kids are welcome to bring in comfy pillows/blankets and a snack (candy and chips are okay for this one, but no soda or juice, please).  I will supply plenty of popcorn!

After the break, we will begin our 4th and final quarter as well as our next writing assignment.  This will be an expository and narrative project based on an insect that experiences a complete or incomplete metamorphosis.  Also after the break will start in on the American Revolution and then end the year with Lewis and Clark and their journey west.  So much to do!!

I wanted to give a big shout out to the 5th graders who participated in last weekend’s Peace Basketball Tournament in Bremerton.  It so inspiring and exciting to watch the kids and having both the boys and girls take first place was a huge added bonus.  Track is right around the corner.  I highly encourage all kids to participate.  They don’t have to be fast in order to have a really positive and fun experience. There’s honestly something for everyone.  I plan to help out as much as I can!

Blessings and love,

Lisa Richardson

 

Upcoming Events:

March 30-April 3:  Holy Week, chapel on Good Friday

April 6-10:  Spring Break

April 13:  4th Quarter Begins

April 17:  Free Dress

April 21:  3rd Quarter report cards sent home

April 28:  Academic Art Fair and Move Up Night at 6:30.

 

Upcoming Field Trips:

April 17 at 9:30 am:  Dale Chihuli’s Boathouse tour.  This is an exclusive opportunity to tour Dale Chihuli’s private boathouse which contains many of his amazing and quirky collections as well as viewing his gorgeous glass creations.  After our tour we will head to Gasworks Park (weather permitting) for a picnic lunch.

Leave Hope at 8:40 and return after lunch. Cost free

Chaperones:

Carol Turner

Amy Peil (4)

Ruth Gardner (7)

Janette Hoberecht

Steve Petrich (5)

 

May 1 at 10:30 am:  Robin Hood at Seattle Children’s Theatre.  We will plan on staying and eating lunch in the Center House.

Leave Hope at 9:30 and return after lunch.  Cost $13.00 per person plus parking.

Chaperones:

Amy Peil (4)

Ruth Gardner (7)

Janette Hoberecht

Steve Petrich (5)

Trisha Morrisey

 

May 18 at 10:30 am:  Spirit of the Wild sponsored by National Geographic at Benaroya Hall, followed by field trip and lunch at the Pike Place Market.

Leave hope at 9:30 and return at 2:30 pm.  Cost free + parking.

Chaperones:

Tami Morris

Janette Hoberecht

Angie Schroeder

Andy Werfelmann

 

 

 

 

March 24, 2015

Dear Parents,

Hi there!  I hope that you all had great weekends.  We have a really busy week!  Tomorrow is our annual talent show which begins at 1:30 over at Seattle Lutheran.  The show will take place in the gym.  Colony reports are also due tomorrow.  Please have your child bring in their reports or email them to me if that is easier.  I want to be sure that all presentations are able to play off of my computer so we are ready to go on Thursday and Friday.

Thursday is our final alternative PE field trip.  We are going ice skating.  If you are driving, please plan on being here at 12:00.  We are scheduled to leave by 12:15 and skate from 1:00-2:00.  We should be back by 2:45.  Also on Thursday is our unit 9 math test.  The kids have been doing really well!

On Friday the basketball teams are heading out early for the Peace Tournament in Bremerton.  Both the boys and girls will be leaving at 11:30-45 in order to catch the ferry.   I will also be leaving at this time to go with the teams.  There are a few students who are planning on staying back.  They will be doing some extracurricular activities and art with the 4th graders.

There is important information in today’s yellow envelopes as well as corrected work.

Finally, below are our upcoming field trips for the rest of the year.  I have received emails from many of you offering to help chaperone.  Thank you so much.  There is still room for more!

 

April 17 at 9:30 am:  Dale Chihuli’s Boathouse tour.  This is an exclusive opportunity to tour Dale Chihuli’s private boathouse which contains many of his amazing and quirky collections as well as viewing his gorgeous glass creations.  After our tour we will head to Gasworks Park (weather permitting) for a picnic lunch.

Leave Hope at 8:40 and return after lunch. Cost free

 

May 1 at 10:30 am:  Robin Hood at Seattle Children’s Theatre.  We will plan on staying and eating lunch in the Center House.

Leave Hope at 9:30 and return after lunch.  Cost $13.00 per person plus parking.

 

May 18 at 10:30 am:  Spirit of the Wild sponsored by National Geographic at Benaroya Hall, followed by field trip and lunch at the Pike Place Market.

Leave hope at 9:30 and return at 2:30 pm.  Cost free + parking.

 

I cannot tell you how much I appreciate you and your awesome kids!  They continue to amaze and entertain me every day.  I love their senses of humor, their curiosity and their gorgeous smiles.

Love and Blessings,

Lisa

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday March 25:  Talent Show 1:30 pm

Thursday March 26:  Ice Skating

Monday-Friday March 30-April 3: Holy Week

April 3 —  Noon Dismissal

April 6-10 – Spring Break

 

March 17, 2015

Dear Parents,

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  The class looked awesome today.  Love their spirit and happy attitudes.  Tomorrow is a big day.  We are hosting chapel from 8:40-9:20.  I hope you will be able to join us.  The kids have worked hard and will be presenting 2 skits tomorrow.  One of the skits was a last minute add in.  Normally I wouldn’t make such a big change at the very last minute, but I knew this group was up for the challenge!  Our theme for tomorrow is Super Heroes and we will be focusing on a real life super hero-Mother Teresa.

Tomorrow is also our alternative PE rock climbing field trip to Vertical World.  We will be leaving right after chapel, so I have told the kids that they can wear their PE uniforms to school tomorrow.  Please make sure that you have signed the only waiver that I sent earlier today!!  On Thursday, we will be going to West Seattle Bowl from 12:45-2:45.  We will leave Hope at 12:30 pm.  Kids are welcome to bring money to use in the vending machines, but they need to be respectful and make good decisions.

I am not sending home yellow envelops today.  There wasn’t any new information to send out.  We welcome any offerings for chapel!

In math we have been spending the last few days reviewing multiplication and division of decimals.  Most of the students have a solid understanding, but are making careless errors.  I have sent a review worksheet home tonight.  I have not been updating the homework calendar.  Please let me know if you would like me to continue doing so.

If you have a chance, read the WOH for this week.  I wrote the teacher reflection which was totally inspired by your fabulous kids.  They are true gifts from God!

Love and Blessings,

Lisa

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday March 18:  Rock Climbing

Thursday March 19:  Bowling

Wednesday March 25:  Talent Show 1:30 pm

Thursday March 26:  Ice Skating

Monday-Friday March 30-April 3: Holy Week

April 3 —  Noon Dismissal

April 6-10 – Spring Break

 

March 3, 2015

Dear Parents,

It’s hard to believe but it’s already March.  Today your child will bring home their mid-term progress reports for the third quarter.  After going over the report, please sign and return the bottom portion.

Next week is a short week with conferences on Thursday and a teacher in-service on Friday.  There will not be vocabulary or memory for next week.  This week however, students are reviewing some parts of speech for vocabulary and have a longer memory for Monday.  I’m asking that students work extra hard this week so that they can fully enjoy their days off next week.

Last week your child was assigned a social studies project on a specific colony. This is a pretty involved project with many requirements.  We have been working on this during class and technology, but they will need to put time in at home in order to complete this project.  It is important to be involved in your child’s project by assisting them when needed and proof reading, but they should do the majority of this project independently.  I have attached the project for your convenience.

In 5th grade, the students get to participate in Alternative PE. This is super fun!  The kids get to go bowling, ice skating and rock climbing.  Below I have listed the dates.  If you are interested in attending/driving on these fun events, you are WELCOME to join us.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.  I really appreciate your insight and want to do the very best for your child.

Love and Blessings,

Lisa

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday March 3:  Quarter 3 midterms sent home

Friday March 6:  Free Dress

Thursday March 12:  NO School, OPTIONAL conference day

Friday March 12:  NO School, Teacher in-service day.

Wednesday March 18:  Rock Climbing

Thursday March 19:  Bowling

Wednesday March 25:  Talent Show 1:30 pm

Thursday March 26:  Ice Skating

Monday-Friday March 30-April 3: Holy Week

 

February 24, 2015

Dear Parents,

Hi there!  We are back in full swing from the L.E.S.T. and mid-winter break.  Believe it or not, I will be sending home 3rd quarter mid-term reports next week.

Many of you attended L.E.S.T.  It was my very first time going and I have to say it was SO FUN!  What an amazing event.  In 15 years of teaching, I have never experienced anything even close.  I was so impressed with the events, the organization, the spirit and of course, the students.  Hope students did an incredible job representing our school.  I coached Hope’s swim team.  It had been awhile since our school participated in swim.  There were only 6 swimmers on our team.  We competed against hundreds of swimmers representing 15 teams.  It was a little overwhelming to say the least, but very exciting.  I was so proud of our swimmers.  We were by far the smallest team, but we ended up placing 7th out of 15 teams.  Taylor Gardner and Olivia Turner did a great job representing our 5th grade class!!

Aidan, Annabelle, Vivian, Liam and Olivia also received ribbons for their outstanding art.  Olivia also won the Most Promising Writer’s Award for 5th grade.  This is an award given to the best writing piece submitted out of all 5th graders.  She wrote a tanka poem titled, Lily Lake.

Lily Lake

by Olivia Turner

Slowly gliding by

Pink, white, and the lightest blue

Twirling, delicate

Ballerinas and cherry

Blossoms sway in the weak wind.

If you were not able to attend this year’s L.E.S.T., I highly encourage you to go next year. There is truly something for everyone. AND, I’m officially recruiting now for next year’s swim team.  Mrs. Heit put a great bulletin board together in the lunch room.  If you have a chance, stop by and check it out.  There is also a list of most accomplishments going home in today’s Tuesday envelops.

Yesterday, students received their 2nd math book.  We started today with 8.1 Decimals.  Today we explored decimals up to the thousandth place value.  The test for this chapter should be on Monday or Tuesday of next week.  Your child will also be receiving their next social studies project later this week.  There is also a literacy test on Adjectives on Thursday.  Your child should be studying for this in their Skills for Super Writer’s Workbook.  Vocab test will be on Friday and there is memory on Monday.  As always, everything is posted on the Hope website, under 5th grade in the homework link.

Finally, we seem to have been hit pretty hard with the pneumonia bug.  We have had 5 out of our 15 kids come down with it.  Please keep safe and pray for those who are being affected.

Love and blessings,

Lisa Richardson

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, March 3:  Quarter 3 midterms sent home

Friday March 6:  Free Dress

Wednesday March 25:  Talent Show 1:30 pm

Monday-Friday March 30-April 3: Holy Week

 

February 03, 2015

Happy Tuesday,

Well, it was a rough Super Bowl.  I woke up yesterday feeling like it was a bad dream and SURELY, that didn’t really happen.  The kids came in on Monday, pretty sullen, but we wrote about our feelings and that seemed to help.  They did a great job staying focused and moving on.  I am super proud of their maturity.  Today, they are totally back to their spunky, talkative selves.

In your yellow envelopes you will find two very important items. First off, report cards for the 2nd quarter are included.  I am very impressed with all of the students and how hard they’ve worked.  They’ve accomplished a huge amount in this first semester.

Second, a complete LEST packet is going home that contains a complete schedule, basketball brackets, letters from the college, and complete maps of the campus and surrounding area so that you can find everything you’re looking for in terms of not getting lost while attending!  I’m super excited to see many of you there.  This will be my first experience with LEST.  I will be coaching the swim team at LEST.  We have 7 swimmers competing from Hope—two from our class:  Olivia Turner and Taylor Gardner.  If you are attending LEST, the swim competition will be at 5 pm on Friday night (warm-ups begin at 4 pm).

Our tradition of Spirit Week leading up to LEST begins on Thursday.  I really encourage students to GO BIG!!!

  • Thursday, Feb 5 – Western Day – deck out in your best western gear
  • Friday, Feb 6 – Gender Wars – boys in blue, girls in pink
  • Monday, Feb 9 – Pajama Day – roll out of bed and come in your PJ’s
  • Tuesday, Feb 10 – Hawaiian Day – Mahalo! Break out that Hawaiian shirt and grass skirt and practice that hula dance
  • Wednesday, Feb 11 – Blue and Gold Day – wear our school colors, show your school pride! (Hair and face painting OK this day.)

Also, thank you to everyone who brought in cookies last week for Lutheran Schools week and our delivery QFC. The cards were awesome.  I know the employees really appreciated  it and I really appreciated how well behaved and responsible our kids were.  It was a super fun event.

May God continue to shine his light on us and we grow and learn.

Blessings,

Lisa

 

January 27, 2015

Dear Parents,

Believe it or not, we are already half way done with the school year.  This is a bitter sweet time for me as a teacher.  At this point in the year, I have noticed a big change in this class.  They have matured so much since the beginning of the year.  They are growing both physically and mentally and they are learning without a doubt.  I am super proud of all of their accomplishments and can’t wait to see what the 2nd half of this school year has to offer.  On the flip side, I will be super sad to send them off to middle school. This is a fantastic class and I have grown very attached to each and every one of them.

Tomorrow we will be taking our chapter 6 math assessment on the area of triangles.  I’m sending home a review packet for homework tonight.  I’ve asked them to focus on the following:

  1.  In a multi-step problem solve for the area of the biggest shape first (usually a rectangle or a square),
  2.  Then solve for the next largest shape (usually a triangle),
  3.  Then the smallest shape (triangle).
  4.  Finally think about what the problem is asking and the answer (usually by adding areas of smaller shapes and subtracting from the bigger shape).

The problem ALWAYS gives enough information to solve for the answer.  They all know how to find the area of a rectangle and a triangle, so they can do these problems.

This week is Lutheran School’s week.  The theme for this week is “Standing in Christ—Serving Others”.  During this week we are participating in a live virtual tour of a mission trip in Latvia.  Today we are putting together hygiene bags sponsored by Thrivant.  Each student will take one of these bags home and hand them out to a person in need.  Tomorrow we will have a joint chapel service at Seattle Lutheran with Concordia Lutheran School.  Tomorrow night’s homework is to bake or bring in a dozen cookies.  (This is totally optional)  We will be gathering treats to put into a basket that we will be delivering to QFC.  Each grade level is delivering a basket of baked goods to local neighbors/businesses.

We have the same vocab for this week:

  1. Vertex
  2. Side
  3. Angle
  4. Base
  5. Height
  6. Perpendicular
  7. Area
  8. Right triangle
  9. Acute triangle
  10. Obtuse triangle
  11. Vascular
  12. Conifer

I was super impressed with the artifacts the kids brought in.  The presentations went really well.  You will find their grading rubric along with other corrected work in today’s yellow envelops.  Finally, you will be receiving your child’s 2nd quarter report card in next Tuesday’s envelop.

Wishing you peace and blessings,

Lisa Richardson

Upcoming Events:

Monday, January 26:  3rd Quarter Begins

Monday-Friday, January 26-30:  Lutheran Schools Week

Monday:  Latvia Virtual Mission Trip (every day this week)

Tuesday:  Mission Project—Thrivant Hygiene Bags for the Homeless

Wednesday:  9:30-10:15 Chapel at Seattle Lutheran HS

Thursday:  Deliver baked goods to local neighborhood businesses

Friday:  BLUE FRIDAY!!!!!  GO HAWKS!

January 20, 2015

Dear Parents,

Happy Tuesday!  I hope that you all enjoyed the weekend.   This month, our virtue is Perseverance.  I think that it is a fitting virtue.  We definitely saw evidence of perseverance this weekend during the Seahawk’s game.  There were so many times when I thought that we had surely lost the game.  Many people attending the game shared this view, especially after the 4th interception.   Some people even left the stadium.  However, there were enough players and fans who never gave up hope, and the Hawks persevered through the frustration, the weather, and the injuries to pull off a miraculous win.   Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is another exceptional example of perseverance.  He spent most of his life knowing that God made everyone great.  Through peaceful protest, he persevered in leading the Civil Rights Movement.  As we near the end of the 2nd quarter, I have asked the same of the 5th graders.  This is not the time to slack off and throw in the towel.  This is the time to push forward and watch great things happen.

Today we started chapter 6 in our math curriculum:  Area of a Triangle.  This is a short chapter filled with lots of vocabulary and concepts.  We will spend the rest of the week recognizing different types of triangles, measuring angles, finding heights and bases and solving missing angles.  Tonight there is no math homework, since we spent the majority of the day focusing on vocabulary.

We will have the same vocab for this week and next:

  1. Vertex
  2. Side
  3. Angle
  4. Base
  5. Height
  6. Perpendicular
  7. Area
  8. Right triangle
  9. Acute triangle
  10. Obtuse triangle
  11. Vascular
  12. Conifer

Next week’s Eagle of the week is Gavin! Hallie did a great job presenting her poster and leading us last week.

Finally, your child’s artifact project is due tomorrow.  We have had two and a half weeks to complete this project including over 4 hours of tech time in school for research.  They will be presenting their projects on Thursday and Friday.  I can’t wait to see them!

Wishing you peace and blessings,

Lisa Richardson

Upcoming Events:

Friday, January 23:  2nd Quarter Ends, Reading Logs are due

Monday, January 26:  3rd Quarter Begins

Monday-Friday, January 26-30:  Lutheran Schools Week

 

January 13, 2015

Dear Parents,

It’s a beautiful day.  As I was driving to work today, I was lucky enough to see the sun rise and all I could think was, “Beautiful!”  I am often awed by God’s works of beauty in life.  Today, for devotions we talked about what it means to be beautiful.  Each student gave an example of what they thought was beautiful.  Things like, sunrises, sunsets, mountains, snow, water, flowers—All of which are God’s creations.  Then I asked them if they were also one of God’s creations and they said yes.  But when I asked them if they thought they were beautiful, they looked embarrassed and unsure.   I told them that they are beautiful and shared this song with them:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7C2o0jHNRuU

We listened to the words and wrote down our intention for the day:  I AM BEAUTIFUL!

We have a lot going on right now in 5th grade.  Students have a math test over chapter 5:  Algebra, tomorrow.  We have been reviewing all week.  Some students are still struggling with solving for a variable.  Their homework tonight is to review problems, 22-27 in the Chapter Review test.  They should be able to do these independently.  They may ask for help, but allow them to work them out, even struggle.  Give them some hints:  “Is your equation balanced?  Do you have variables on one side, numbers on the other?  If you do something on one side, did you make sure you did the same on the other?  Do you have any negative numbers?  Is that ok?”  These are questions, I’ve been repeating everyday.

In social studies, we will have a test over chapter 3 on Friday.  There is no vocab this week in order to help focus on this test.  They need to re-read chapter before Friday.  This also counts towards their reading log.  In addition they are all working on an artifact project.  I have attached the project to this letter just in case you have any questions.  It is due on January 21.  They will be presenting these on the 22 and 23.

We have started our Eagle of the Week program.  Each full week of school a student is selected to be the following week’s Eagle.  The Eagle will need to fill out a given poster sheet and will get special privileges.  They will present their poster on the Tuesday of their week and are welcome to bring in special items and treats to share (but this is not required).

On Thursday we have the Pacific Science Center Star Lab coming for an assembly.  We will get the opportunity to walk through the star lab as well as other displays.

Remember there is no school on Monday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Friday is free dress, but we are encouraging another Blue Friday!!!  Love this class’s spirit and enthusiasm.  Thank you for sharing your beautiful children with me!

Blessings,

Lisa Richardson

This Friday:  Free Dress, BLUE FRIDAY—GO HAWKS!!!

Monday, January 19:  Martin Luther King Jr. Day—No School

Friday, January 23:  2nd Quarter Ends, Reading Logs are due

Monday, January 26:  3rd Quarter Begins

Monday-Friday, January 26-30:  Lutheran Schools Week

 

January 6, 2015

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year and Welcome Back!!  I hope that you all had a wonderful break and blessed Christmas.   The students had some time to write and share about their vacation and they all sounded really great.  I was able to spend lots of time with family and also take a trip to Bend, Oregon for some skiing and sunshine.  It was really great to catch up with good friends and actually ski in some fresh snow.

The kids did an amazing job yesterday.  The first day back from break can be difficult, but they all had smiles on their faces and worked really hard.  We dove right back into curriculum. Before the break we started working on algebraic concepts in math in chapter 5.  Yesterday we started solving for variables.  I used the analogy of a balance scale to help them visualize the concept.   The goal is to get variables on one side of the scale and numbers on the other side of the scale.  Again, it’s really important for all students to bring their books and journals home every night in order to help guide them through their homework.

Finally and most importantly, I wanted to thank you all for all of my Christmas gifts.  You really know how to make a teacher feel appreciated.   I was super proud of these kids for their chapel performance.  Every picture showed so much joy which really kicked off the holiday break.

I hope you all stay healthy.  There is a flu bug going around.  It has hit my entire family-not fun.

Here’s to blessings and love in the new year!

Lisa Richardson

Upcoming Events:

This Friday:  BLUE FRIDAY—GO HAWKS!!!

Tuesday, January 13:  Pre-School Open House

Thursday, January 15:  Pacific Science Center Van

Friday, January 16:  Free Dress

Monday, January 19:  Martin Luther King Jr. Day—No School

Friday, January 23:  2nd Quarter Ends

Monday, January 26:  3rd Quarter Begins

Monday-Friday, January 26-30:  Lutheran Schools Week

December 15, 2014

Dear Parents,

We’ve made it to the final week before our blessed break!  I cannot thank you all enough for the generous donations to our Giving Tree Family.   I know that they will be extremely grateful for all of the wonderful gifts that they are about to receive.

This week in math we started our unit on Algebra.  The kids are quickly getting the hang of variables and algebraic expressions.  They do have homework tonight, so you may want to check in with them and see how they are coming along.   Tonight they need to finish workbook pages 178-182.  They did have class time to get started on this.  The kids all rocked their memory verse this week as well.  Due to the upcoming break, there is no vocab or memory for this week.  The only required homework over the break is to continue reading 20-30 minutes a day in order to accumulate their 150 minutes per week.

Our class will be leading chapel this Friday.  We would love for you to join us if possible.  Chapel will be from 8:40-9:20ish. Every child has an important role to play in this event.  Some are characters in a skit, some are readers, some are singing solos as well as leading prayers.  Our skit is called, “The Legend of the Candy Cane.”  It should be a lot of fun!

I wish you peace, love and blessings over the holidays.  I know that this time of year can be extremely busy, so I pray that you are able to find a little time to sit back and witness the miracle of this season.  Even if that miracle is watching your children get a long for 5 minutes or having 5 minutes of absolute peace to yourself.  We are loved!!

God Bless,

Lisa

 

December 9, 2014

Dear Parents,

Believe it or not, mid-term progress reports for the 2nd quarter are coming home today.  You will find these along with many other things in your child’s Tuesday envelops.  Please look over the reports with your child, detach the bottom portion, sign and return as soon as possible.  As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.  We can set up a time to meet before the break if possible.

You may notice that much of your child’s math homework is graded with a plus or a check.  We go over the homework in class.  Students are responsible for making corrections and asking questions during this time.  Homework turn-in counts for 50% of their math grade.

Tonight is the required Christmas musical performance for grades.  Your child should be dressed in holiday attire or proper uniform.  They are welcome to wear Christmas hats, sweaters, etc.  It does get warm, so keep that in mind.  Please have your child check into the classroom at 6:45 pm.  Again, this is a required performance which does greatly impact their grade.  The performance will begin at 7 pm in the chapel.

Gifts for our giving tree family are pouring in.  Thank you so much for your generous hearts!  There are still a few things needed to complete the list.  If you would like to contribute, please let me know which item(s) and I will update the list.  All gifts are due on Tuesday, December 16.  We will have a wrapping party in class earlier in the day and then deliver the gifts to the Fellowship Hall.

The homework link on the website is updated with this week’s vocab words as well as next Monday’s memory verse.  I look forward to seeing everyone tonight!

Wishing you all love and blessings,

Lisa

 

December 2, 2014

Dear Parents,

Happy December!!  It’s the season of Advent as well as one of Joy, Peace and really believing in the true meaning of Christmas, Jesus Christ.  I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. It was so great to wake up on Saturday morning to the beautiful snow.  My family spent the day decorating for Christmas, putting up the tree, hanging ornaments and watching more football.

There are so many things I love about teaching at Hope Lutheran, but one of the biggest reasons is that I get to celebrate Christmas and the birth of our savior.   I taught for 13 years in the public school system and last year was the first year I got to have a Christmas tree in my room.  SO THANKFUL!!  We will be decorating on Thursday and Friday this week.  If you have any extra decorations, ornaments, lights, etc.  feel free to send them our way.

During the next three weeks we have a lot going on.  This week we will have a math test on Chapter 4 on Thursday.  We will review today and tomorrow.  Also, we will continue to have vocab for the next three weeks.  This week we are reviewing math terms.

Last week I sent home information for our adopted giving tree family.  I was overwhelmed how many of you already responded.  I’m sending home the updated list in today’s Tuesday envelops.  There are still several things needed to complete the list.  If you would like to contribute, please let me know which item(s) and I will update the list.  Thank you for your generosity and for giving to this dear family.  All gifts are due on Tuesday, December 16.  We will have wrapping party in class earlier in the day, then we will deliver the gifts to the Fellowship Hall.

Next Tuesday we will be having our Christmas musical.  The kids will perform at 1:30 on Tuesday as well as Tuesday evening at 7pm.  Students will meet in the classroom at 6:45 pm.  This is a required concert for your child to attend.  The kids have been practicing a lot and are sounding great!

Wishing you all love and blessings,

Lisa

 

November 25, 2014
Dear families,
I hope this finds you all well.  There has been a big flu bug going through the school.  We had 4 teachers out yesterday and many students.  I pray that you all stay healthy so that you can enjoy the upcoming holiday.
Speaking of holidays, we are quickly approaching the Christmas season.  This is my favorite time of the year for so many reasons, one of which it gives us the opportunity to give to those in need.  This year our class has adopted a family in need through Hope Church.  Attached you will see the family and their wish list.  It is my sincere hope that we will be able to fulfill their entire list.  I am always so grateful and humbled by Hope’s generosity in helping others.  Let’s make this an extra special year for this family.  Please respond to all if you would like to purchase something off of the list and let us know which item(s) you are providing.
As a reminder, school is out at noon tomorrow and ESC will close at 3 pm.  I wish you safe travels and blessings to your wonderful families this Thanksgiving.  I know that I am so thankful to have your child in my class this year.
With love and prayers,
Lisa

November 12, 2014

Dear Parents,

The first quarter has quickly come to an end.  As you know, one of my main goals is to have your child prepared for middle school by the end of the year.  These expectations are based off  several factors:  the Washington State Essential Learning Requirements (EALRs), the Common Core and the middle school expectations.    In order to do this, students need to be more independent and organized with their school work by the end of 5th grade since they will be travelling up to six times a day from class to class next year.

I am super proud of each student in my class for their hard work and effort so far this year.  I recognize that there is a big transition going from 4th to 5th grade.   This year, your child will receive a separate reading and writing grade.  Last year, a large part of their writing grade was based off of their handwriting journal since handwriting was a separate grade.  In 5th – 8th grade students do not get a separate handwriting or spelling grade since Hope follows the 6 Traits in Writing curriculum which includes conventions.  Conventions are the fundamentals of writing which include spelling, grammar and handwriting.  Writing grades are gathered from journal work, independent writing prompts in class, vocabulary assignments and all written reports. Students receive a letter grade in writing as opposed to a check-minus, check, check plus and plus grade which was given last year for handwriting.

In math, the 5th grade curriculum is challenging.  In speaking with Mrs. Kunkel, the middle school math teacher, we have found that there is a big jump between the 4th and 5th grade math curriculums and the seventh and eighth grade math curriculums.  The Singapore math units are structured like a spiraling staircase, each unit steps up to the next.  During this first quarter, your child may have not received their ideal grade, but they have all achieved success, and I assure you, that they will continue to find success as the year goes on.

In this next quarter, I expect my students to attempt to do their homework on their own first before seeking your help.  I expect them to write their homework down in their planners each day.  I expect them to turn their homework in on time.  I expect them to work with their classmates and use their textbooks and reference materials to help them as well.  As parents, please continue to check in with your child on a daily basis and assist them when needed.

I know that each child is unique, learns differently and is a precious gift from God.  I will do my best to facilitate each of their needs as this year continues.  I want to express my sincere gratitude to you.  I adore this class and I am so impressed by their strength and willingness to try, even if it means that sometimes they fail.  This is all part of the learning experience.  You have been a huge part of this success, by supporting and loving your child.

Please continue to communicate with me if you have any questions or concerns.  This can only help me become a better teacher for your child.

In Christ,

Lisa

November 10, 2014

Dear Parents,

I hope that you all had a really great weekend.  This was the first weekend in a long time where I didn’t have too many things going on.  It was nice to just relax a bit and watch the Seahawks beat the Giants!  Today is officially the first day of the second quarter.  This means that reports cards are coming out very soon on Nov. 18.  Reading logs for the first quarter were officially due today.  Your child will receive a new one to take home.  I wanted to review the 5th grade homework policy that was sent home at the beginning of the year.

“In 5th grade you can expect approximately 50 minutes of homework daily.  Most of this homework will consist of math, reading and any unfinished class work.  Daily homework is due the next day after it has been assigned.  The only exception to this is long term projects and excused absences.  Unexcused missing assignments will result in a 10% grade drop for each day it is late.”

Homework makes up for roughly 50% of each subject grade.  Extramath counts for 10% of the math grade and the reading log makes up 20% of the overall reading grade.  Next year the reading log will make up for 25% of the overall grade.

At the beginning of each day, students turn in their homework, which is then checked off.  If your child forgot to turn in their homework, their name gets put on the board as a reminder.  After 4 days, the name is erased and a failing grade is given for that assignment.  So far, the kids have been pretty good about turning in things if they forget them, but it is important to remember to turn things in on time in order to get the maximum grade.

The 5th grade report cards will look a little different from last year.  The literacy section has been divided into three separate sections:  vocab, reading and writing.  There will be a grading explanation sheet included with your child’s report card.

Today in your Yellow Envelops, you will see a lot of corrected work.  Most of it consists of the mini math quizzes that we do at the beginning of math class along with their multiplication timed tests.  Last week they worked on 100 multiplication (0-12) in 4 minutes.  Please also take some time to go over the vocab packets.  I noticed that a lot of students seemed to rush through these.  Sentences were not capitalized and punctuation was forgotten.  Handwriting was also pretty sloppy.  We went over these in class so your child is aware of the expectations.

Currently, the class is working on a National Parks brochure.  Each child was assigned a park last week and we have been using our technology time to research the parks.  Your child was also given a requirement sheet that shows all of the requirements and how it will be graded.  If you haven’t done so already, please read through the requirement sheet.  You may gently help your child with this project, however all typing, writing, artwork, etc. must be done by your child.  Mr. Jones has also been showing them how to do a simple tri-fold brochure using MS Word, but, this is not required.  Students will be presenting their brochures on Thursday and Friday, November 20 and 21.

Finally, the 2nd quarter fund raiser packet is also in today’s envelop.  We are continuing to bring in food to fill our food closet.  The food drive will continue throughout the month.

Thanks so much for loving and supporting your child. 5th grade is a big jump compared to last year.  I’m really proud of all of the hard work that is being accomplished by these great kids.

God Bless,

Lisa

Upcoming November Events:

Monday, Nov. 10:  2nd quarter begins

Tuesday, Nov. 11:  NO SCHOOL, Veteran’s Day

Thursday, Nov. 18:  Quarter 1 report cards sent home

Friday, Nov. 21:  Free Dress

Wednesday, Nov. 26:  Noon Dismissal:  Thanksgiving Break (ESC open until 3 pm)

Thursday and Friday Nov 27-28:  No School.

 

 

November 4, 2014

Dear Parents,

Happy November!  The first two months have come and gone quickly.  I hope you all enjoyed the extra hour of sleep in time on Sunday morning.  I know I did!  Regardless of whether we are falling back or springing forward, day light savings time always has a big effect on the kids.  The biggest thing I’ve noticed is that the kids are HUNGRY earlier in the day.  I am pretty laid back about eating in class.  I really want the students to be focused and let’s face it, when you’re hungry, it’s hard to focus on anything accept for your stomach.  I am totally fine with your child eating healthy snacks in class during the day.   Nuts are fine in the classroom.   As long as the snacks are healthy, they are allowed.  Some things that are not allowed are:  drinks other than water, chips and candy.  Please respect this and send your child in with extra snacks/food and a water bottle.

The end of the quarter is quickly approaching on Friday.  Your child’s reading log for the first quarter will be due on Monday, Nov. 10.  This is worth 20% of their reading grade.  (Next year in middle school it will be worth 25%).   As a reminder, xtramath is part of your child’s math grade as well.  It is worth 10% this first quarter.  Most of the students are doing a good job of working in xtramath 4 times a week.

Pictures are coming home today in your child’s yellow envelop as well as some other important information.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

In Christ,

Lisa

Upcoming November Events:

Friday, Nov. 7:  Free Dress End of the Quarter.  READING LOGS ARE DUE MONDAY NOV. 10!

Monday, Nov. 10:  2nd quarter begins

Tuesday, Nov. 11:  NO SCHOOL, Veteran’s Day

Thursday, Nov. 18:  Quarter 1 report cards sent home

Friday, Nov. 21:  Free Dress

Wednesday, Nov. 26:  Noon Dismissal:  Thanksgiving Break (ESC open until 3 pm)

Thursday and Friday Nov 27-28:  No School.

October 28, 2014

Dear Parents,

We had such a great day yesterday. The Orange Ruler fun run was a lot of fun and I’ve never experienced anything quite like the pig race.  Just between us, I really felt like our pig was by far the cutest.  I can’t thank you enough for all of you donations.  We raised far more than expected.   Honestly, I also feel like this fund raiser really bonded and united our class.  They are such a great group of kids.  I also want to thank our anonymous donor for the fabulous orange bean bag that was gifted to our class.  Best present ever!!!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Today, your child is receiving their brand new social studies book.  They will need to cover these tonight in order to help them last as long as possible.  The new curriculum is TCI Social Studies Alive:  America’s Past.  It is an interactive curriculum that we will be exploring through the text book and online.

Friday is the last day of the month and it’s also Halloween.  Traditionally, Hope does not participate in Halloween parties.  We will be doing some fun activities on Friday, but it will not be considered a Halloween party—how about we just call it an end of the month celebration.

I really enjoyed meeting with you last week for conferences.  As always, please let me know how I can better assist you this year and I will do the same!

With love and blessings,

Lisa

Upcoming November Events:

Tuesday, Nov. 4:  Kindergarten Information Night at 6:30

Friday, Nov. 7:  Free Dress End of the Quarter.  READING LOGS ARE DUE!

Monday, Nov. 10:  2nd quarter begins

Tuesday, Nov. 11:  NO SCHOOL, Veteran’s Day

Thursday, Nov. 18:  Quarter 1 report cards sent home

Friday, Nov. 21:  Free Dress

Wednesday, Nov. 26:  Noon Dismissal:  Thanksgiving Break (ESC open until 3 pm)

Thursday and Friday Nov 27-28:  No School.


October 21, 2014

Dear Parents,

It’s officially over!!  We’ve survived the ITBS.  Today we finished our last three cognitive ability tests and celebrated over caramel apple lollipops!  It will be so good to get back to normal beginning next week.

Reminder, this is a very short week due to parent/teacher conferences.  ESC is open this week on Thursday and Friday.  I’m really looking forward to meeting with you.  Please note, that we only have 20 short minutes together, so we need to make the most of our time together.

We finished up Chapter 2 in math today.  I will share the results of the test with you at your conference.

Thank you again for all of your generous support in the Orange Ruler fund raiser.  We are still currently in 1st place—AMAZING!!  The fundraiser goes up until midnight tomorrow night, so I’m really hoping we can keep our lead.  The kids are SO excited.  They can barely contain themselves.  Tomorrow should be really interesting.  It’s still anyone’s game for the taking.  I could not be more proud of these kids.  LOVE their spirit, their enthusiasm and their big hearts.

I hope you have a fantastic week!

Blessings,

Lisa

October 14, 2014

Dear Parents,

Happy ITBS week!  Today we officially started the ITBS testing.  The kids are nervous and a bit worried, but I have reassured them that this test is important but will not affect their grades at school. They seemed to appreciate that.  I did however, tell them that they needed  to try their very best, read the questions carefully and check their answers.  During this week, we are still moving forward in math, but there is no vocab this week.

Our current math unit (Chapter 2) is a challenging unit.  I personally feel that it is one of the most challenging in 5th grade.  It may seem cruel to have it so early on but the skills they develop in this unit are skills needed in many of the upcoming units.  Right now we are on real world story problems using bar models.  Tonight, they have 3 problems to work on.  They should be using their books and their notes to help them solve these problems.  They are very similar to the ones we did in class.  That being said, not all students are choosing to use their math time wisely and may need extra help tonight. Tomorrow we will continue with real world story problems and will go over the homework.  Xtramath should also be part of their homework plan.   Mastering math facts will make 5th grade math a lot easier!

Homework turn in is getting better but it’s still not where it should be.  Thank you for your support in helping your child feel successful in this area, but remember to continue to check in with them.  This may mean that they need to be reminded in the morning before school if they have all of their materials.

We should be finished with the ITBS on Friday.  If your child misses a day or two during this testing week, there will be some make-up time for them to complete the tests, but this also have to take place before or after school or at recess.  Make sure your child is getting plenty of sleep and eating pretty healthy—it does make a huge difference.

I hope you have a fantastic week!

Blessings,

Lisa

October 7, 2014

Dear Parents,

Welcome to October!  September came and went with an amazing amount of energy and blessings.  We had the best weather.  I cannot believe how many blue bird days and weekends we’ve had.  The Seaside conference was wonderful.  I learned a lot and feel so grateful to be working at a school with such strong values, great families and kids and such a supporting staff.   Thank you for being a part of Hope.

Ok, I know this is a lot, but please take the time to read this entire letter.  I have some concerns that need to be addressed.

September was a month of new beginnings.   5th grade is a big jump from 4th and the expectations that we established at the beginning of the year are now being enforced.  I have noticed that many students are not turning in their homework.  I have heard many reasons from the kids, but the biggest reason is sports and after school practices.  Although I am a HUGE supporter of athletics and understand their importance, what I have to stress more are academics.   The Hope handbook states that beginning in 5th grade, in order for your child to participate in any Hope sponsored sport, they must maintain a GPA of 2.0 overall and have no failing grades in any one subject area.   Please take some time to go over this with your child.  Currently, any unexcused late work is resulting in a loss of recess.  This will continue through the first and second quarters.  After that, unexcused late work will receive a failing grade.  Excused late work will receive extra time for completion.  Unfortunately, sporting events (including Seahawks games) are not excused.

I also wanted to talk about math.  Right now, your child is working on double digit long division into triple and quadruple dividends.  Your child needs to have their text book nightly to help them with their homework.  The book explains the procedures that are being taught in class.  The method that we are using is the standard long division algorithm that most of us learned when we were kids.  You can help your child by checking their work.   Most of the kids have been making basic mistakes in multiplication and subtraction.  Today we took a full day to review/re-teach the method and the kids did much better.  They do have homework tonight, so please be sure to check in with them.  A few kids are working ahead.

As a reminder we will always have reading logs and memory due on Mondays.  This week I had about half the class forget their reading logs and only 4 students get A’s on their memory.  You can check your child’s homework planner for their memory and their vocab words.  Even better, check out the website where everything is listed.

If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.  I have already met with many of you and really appreciate your time and effort.   I truly believe that we are a team:

T= Together

E=Everyone

A=Achieves

M=More

(Sorry for the teacher cheesiness. )

I love this class. They are intelligent, fun, supportive and goofy!  God is working in them and they are going to achieve great things this year.

Blessings,

Lisa

Upcoming Events:

October 7:  School Pictures and the Fun Run Fundraiser Kickoff—Information coming home today!!

October 8:  PTH General Meeting at 6 pm.

October 13-22:  ITBS Testing

October 14:  Mid-term progress reports sent home

October 17:  Free Dress

October 20-24:  Scholastic Book Fair

October 23-24:  No school.  Teacher/Parent conferences

October 27:  Fun Run

 

September 30, 2014

Dear Parents,

It’s a short week and we got a lot accomplished.  Today was a really fun day in science.  We worked on following procedures and testing different surface materials by making no bake chocolate cookies!  It was a little messy and a lot yummy.  A couple of groups struggled with following directions and their cookies came out a little cry or a little wet.  Each group tested a different type of material in the search for the best no-stick surface.  They tested parchment paper, foil, plastic wrap and paper and used parchment paper as their controlled variable.  Our conclusion showed that between all of the materials, foil, plastic wrap and parchment paper worked the best.  We discussed how in science results are often “non-conclusive”, and that experiments often need to be repeated.  After indulging in our yummy cookies, we also decided that these cookies were very rich and that we would NOT be repeating this particular experiment.  I’ve attached some pictures of the kids’ work in progress—Sorry for the messy shirts.

Today, you will be receiving your child’s yellow envelop.  You should have school directory either from your child in 5th grade or an upper grade.  There is also a picture order form.  Pictures are on October 7.  I’ve put all of your child’s corrected school work in the envelop as well.  I know it’s a lot of paperwork, but please take time to go over it all.

Remember, tomorrow is an early dismissal day at noon and there is no school on Thursday and Friday.  Most of the staff is off to Seaside for the Lutheran Schools Teacher Conference.  I’m excited to learn near the ocean.

Homework is updated on the class website.

Upcoming Events:

October 7:  School Pictures and the Fun Run Fundraiser Kickoff

October 8:  PTH General Meeting at 6 pm.

October 13-22:  ITBS Testing

October 14:  Mid-term progress reports sent home

October 17:  Free Dress

October 20-24:  Scholastic Book Fair

October 23-24:  No school.  Teacher/Parent conferences

October 27:  Fun Run

Blessings,

Lisa Richardson

September 23, 2014

Dear Parents,

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  The kids did great last week while I was at outdoor education camp. I had never been up to Miracle Ranch before and it was such a wonderful experience.  I shared some of the things that the 5th graders have to look forward to next year.  Mr. Kapels, Mr. Kunkel and Mrs. Okabayashi only had positive things to say about this class.

Tonight is curriculum night.  I hope to see all of you there.  This year there will only be two sessions.  The evening begins at 6:30 in the chapel.  From there, you will be dismissed to the classrooms for a short curriculum presentation.  I’ve prepared a PowerPoint presentation complete with some fun pics of the kids.

Friday is our Fall Olympics.  We will be meeting with our teams on Wednesday afternoon .  Each team will have a color, so be sure to ask your child which team they are on and what color they should be wearing.  If you are free, come by and cheer everyone on.  The event starts around 1:10.

Also, next week is a short week with the annual Lutheran teacher conference down at Seaside, Oregon.  All teachers will be attending this event.  School will be dismissed at noon on Wednesday and there will be no school on Thursday or Friday.  ESC will still be open and the office will be open as well.

Hope to see you tonight!!

Blessings,

Lisa

September 16, 2014

Dear Parents,

I hope that you all had a fabulous weekend and enjoyed this amazing weather we’ve been experiencing all summer.  I am not ready to see it go.  The kids are settling right in to 5th grade and are really showing growth already.  I have been super impressed with their level of responsibility, especially in the hallways while walking to lunch.  They are showing that they are the leaders of the intermediate grades.

Tomorrow, I depart for outdoor camp with the 6th graders for three days.  I have set up sub notes and plenty to do while I am gone.  I’ve left everything structured exactly the same so the kids should have little confusion and a smooth transition.  Mr. Kapels will be the main sub while I am gone.  Mrs. Okabayashi will also step in to teach math and Mr. Kunkel will be teaching faith.  This is a great opportunity for the kids to get to know some other teachers better as well as our fabulous principal.  You should expect math homework and reading each night.  I’ve left instructions for students to write down their homework in their planners, but will not have access to update the website from camp.

Friday, they will have their prefix test on the following:

Non = not

Over= over

Pre=before

Re=again

Semi=half

Sub=under

Super=above

Trans=across

Un=not

Under=under

They do have scheduled time to study them in class on Thursday, but remind them to also study them at home.

Next week I will start the DRA’s—Developmental Reading Assessments.  Next week is also our Open House on Tuesday, September 23 at 6:30.  I hope that you can all make it!

Finally, today we took our first math assessment on Chapter 1.  The kids did really well overall.  These should be coming home tonight.  Don’t get caught up on the overall grade of the test.  I explained to the kids that the grade is one part, but what I’m looking for is understanding and how kids are showing their work.  As we continue to build on our math skills and concepts the grades will continue to improve as well.  They are doing a great job!

Finally, please check with you child regarding their rules and expectation contract that is coming home tonight.  It needs to be signed and turned in tomorrow.

So much to be thankful for!

God’s blessings and love,

Mrs. Richardson

September 9, 2014

Dear Parents,

Happy Tuesday!  I just wanted to start by saying that we’ve had a really great start to the year.  We are still going over rules and expectations.  Later this week, your child will come home with a 5th grade rules and expectation contract that we came up with as a class.  This will need to be signed and returned to class.

Homework:

We haven’t had a lot of homework yet, but it will slowly start to increase.  I try and post all homework on the 5th grade webpage each night.  Your child was given a reading log yesterday that needs to be recorded each week.  This reading log will be due on the last day of the quarter.  I told the kids that they can keep track of their nightly minutes in their planners.

Next Week:

I will be gone Wednesday through Friday next week.   I will be attending outdoor camp with the 6th graders.  They were in need of a female teacher to assist with the larger 6 grade numbers.  I have taught outdoor education for 10 years so it made sense for me to go. During this time, Mr. Kapels, Mrs. Kunkel, Mr. Kunkel and Mrs. Newton will be filling in.  This will be a great opportunity for the 5th graders to get to know the middle school teachers.

PE:

PE is on Tuesdays and Wednesdays so please have your child bring their PE uniforms to school on those days.  If your child does not yet have a uniform, shorts and t-shirts are fine.  However, a uniform is required so if you have not ordered one yet, please do so ASAP.

Music:

Due to a scheduling conflict, our music time has changed on Fridays to 10:30-11:10.

Lunchroom:

Finally, thank you all for your willingness to help keep nuts out of our lunchroom.  Your child is welcome to eat nuts in our classroom and can eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for snack or during independent reading time which is just before lunch or even after lunch.  I don’t want any child going hungry!  That being said, I also would not wish this type of severe allergy on any child or parent and we are happy to help avoid any emergencies.

I hope that you all have a great week!  Let me know if you need anything or have any questions or concerns.  We are blessed with great weather and amazing kids!

God Bless,

Mrs. Richardson

Sept 3, 2014

Welcome to 5th grade!
I hope that you all had a fabulous summer and made a smooth transition back to school.  We’ve had a really great start to the year.  Your children are transitioning into their new class quickly.  Today they were given lockers and that was a big highlight!  I was amazed by some of the locker decor–very impressive.  I’ve told the kids that they can decorate their lockers, but there are no locks on the lockers. They are not allowed to bring locks to school at this point.  I’ve also asked students to keep valuables at home if possible, but they are allowed to bring electronic books (Kindles, Nooks) and they can keep them in their desks.
This year, we have a student on the top floor with a SEVERE nut allergy.  We are asking that all lunches be NUT free this year.  We will be sharing the Parish Hall with the 3rd and 4th graders for lunch.  Tree Nuts in our classroom for snack are okay, but please no peanuts since we do have one student with allergies.
I know you are overloaded with info. at this time so I have posted all important class information on our class web page.  This is where I post all class letters and homework.  Homework is listed on the left hand side of the web page.  All 5th graders are expected to write down their homework in their planners, but you can double check using the web site.  Please let me know if you have any problems locating this information.
You can expect a parent letter via email on Tuesdays this year.  Memory verses will begin next week and your child will need to recite them the following Mondays.  Reading logs are different this year.  I will give you child a Reading Log on Friday and they are due on the LAST day of the QUARTER not each week.  5th graders are expected to read 150 minutes each week.
I am so thrilled to be your child’s teach this year.  I know we will have a great year filled with tons of learning, laughter and growth.
God’s Blessings,
Lisa

Sept 2, 2014

Be the Change!

Dear Families,

I am so honored to welcome you and your child to the 5th grade class at Hope Lutheran School!  We have so much to look forward to this year.  In the next nine months we will learn and grow together academically, socially, and in God’s love.  This is my 2nd year teaching at Hope.  I feel so blessed to be given this opportunity to teach your child.

SCHOOL THEME:  Be the Change, Ephesians 2:8-10

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.  For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. 

 This theme will be reflected in our weekly chapels as well as our daily classroom life.  Any simple service ideas are appreciated.

CONTACT:  Communication is an essential part of 5th grade.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments, concerns and/or joys.  E-mail is the best way to reach me, however if you really need to contact me after school hours, you may also reach me by phone or text.   I only ask that you call me before 8:00 pm if possible.  I will be sending out a parent newsletter via email every Tuesday to update you on our weekly studies, homework and extra information.

Email:  lrichardson@hopeseattle.org

School Phone:  206.935-8500

Personal Phone:  206.235.2521

VOLUNTEERS:  I welcome parent involvement and would love to have you volunteer at school if you are available. We are all one team working to build up and help our children to be life long learners.

VIRTUES:  Each month we will be exploring a virtue.  Students will read bible verses, define terms and form their own ideas on this virtue, how it relates to their own lives and our school theme.  We will begin each morning with a prayer focused on this virtue.  September’s virtue is our school theme:  BE THE CHANGE.

HOMEWORK:  In 5th grade you can expect approximately 50 minutes of homework daily.  Most of this homework will consist of math, reading and any unfinished class work.  Daily homework is due the next day after it has been assigned.  The only exception to this is long term projects and excused absences.  Missing assignments will result in a 10% grade drop for each day it is late.

Although your student is growing older and more independent, it is still extremely important to check in with your child.  Homework will be written in a homework calendar at the end of each school day.  Please take the time to go over this every night.

SNACKS:  We will have a designated snack time each day.  Please pack healthy snacks—NO CANDY OR SODA, please.

BIRTHDAYS:  Students are welcome to bring treats in for their birthday.  If your child’s birthday falls on a weekend, holiday or break, please feel free to arrange another day in which we can celebrate!

CURRICULUM NIGHT:  Tuesday, September 23 at 6:30 pm

I hope you are all able to attend this event.  This is the time that I will go into our upcoming school year’s academic curriculum as well as have some time to answer questions you may have. Thank you ahead of time for your involvement!!

God’s blessings,

Mrs. Lisa Richardson

 

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June 12, 2014

Dear 6th Graders,

This is officially your first reading assignment as 6th graders.  It’s been such a fantastic year and I want to thank each and every one of you for making it so great.  I thought it would be appropriate to sum the year up with songs since we really did have some great Fun Friday dance parties.

Happy by Pharrell Williams:

Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do

Thank you for always coming in with a smile on your faces, ready to start the day.  Out of all my classes, you are the class that really does know what it means to be happy!

Hall of Fame by Will.I.Am:

Standing in the hall of fame (yeah)
And the world’s gonna know your name (yeah)
‘Cause you burn with the brightest flame (yeah)
And the world’s gonna know your name (yeah)
And you’ll be on the walls of the hall of fame

You can go the distance
You can run the mile
You can walk straight through it with a smile

It doesn’t matter what career choice you make, as long as you give it your all.  You are all headed toward great futures.  You are all Hall of Fame worthy.  Just remember to always put God first.  Don’t let ego and pride get in your way.  You may not always be the best or get the grades you wanted or get the lead in the play or make the select team, but you can always be YOUR best as long as you let God lead you.  AND, yes, you CAN run a mile!!

Voice of Truth by Casting Crowns:

But the voice of truth tells me a different story
And the voice of truth says “Do not be afraid!”
And the voice of truth says “This is for My glory”
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth

Too many times in life we get caught up with what other voices are saying to us.  “You can’t do it”, “You’re too small”, “You’re too big”, “You’re not smart enough”, “You’re not athletic enough”—STOP LISTENING!  You are amazing, you are beautiful, you are smart, you are athletic, you are funny, you are kind, you are strong.  You are perfect, because God made you in his image.  He has known your ups and downs, your successes and defeats, your loves and loses, even before you were born into this world.  He loves you unconditionally!

The Duck Son by Bryant Oden:

When the duck walked up to the lemonade stand
And he said to the man that was running the stand
Hey.  You got any grapes?

This song is funny, ridiculous, catchy, cute and loud—just like this class!  Thank you for laughing with me (and sometimes at me) this year.

Brave by Sara Bareilles:

Nothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words do
When they settle ‘neath your skin
Kept on the inside and no sunlight
Sometimes a shadow wins
But I wonder what would happen if you

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

This is the song that I dedicate to you.  Every time I hear this song, I think of every single one of you.  As you go on to middle school, you will encounter new challenges; some that you may feel are impossible.  During these times, remember to be brave.  You are strong!  And if you ever need anything, you have a teacher down the hall who thinks the world of you.  My door is always open.

Finally, BREATHE!  Every breath you take is God’s love and support entering you, giving you life.  You are never alone.

Thank you 6th graders for blessing my life and making my heart full.  You are loved, you are blessed, you are Fancy, you are BRAVE!

Have an amazing summer.

God Bless,
Mrs. Richardson

 

May 27, 2014

Hi there,
I hope you all had a wonderful 4 day weekend.  We have so much to be thankful for due to the efforts and sacrifices of our armed forces.
We are really rounding out the year quickly.  I was informed that we only have 11 school days left (plus 2 hours).  However, we do have a lot of events and school work to cover in this short time.
Homework:
Math:  pgs. 137-140 in the workbook.  We will finish unit 13 tomorrow, review on Thursday and take the test on Friday.
Reading Logs:  Final minutes were due today.
Suffixes:  Test will be on Friday, the kids have their study guides.  First 10 out of 20.
Scale Drawings:  We are working on these in class.  They are due on Friday.
Lewis and Clark:  We are continuing our study of Lewis and Clark and their incredible journey.  Students are responsible for vocabulary (they have these as well).
Upcoming Events:
Field Trip Next Friday, June 6 from 9 am – 1:30 pm–Chihuly Glass Blowing Tour
More details to come, but I do need drivers so if you want to come, please let me know.
June 10–Walking Field trip with our 1st grade buddy class to Fairmont Park from 1:00-2:30.
June 11–End of the year party at Pepperdocks on Alki.  We will be having lunch at Pepperdocks at 11:30 and then play time on the beach.  All parents are welcome to attend!!  (Yes, we will need drivers).
Here’s to a fabulous week ahead!!
Blessings,
Lisa Richardson
5th Grade Teacher
Hope Lutheran School

 

May 21, 2104

Dear Parent,

I hope you either had a great day yesterday away from the track meet or a great day at the track meet.  We were blessed with beautiful weather.  I felt so fortunate to have had the opportunity to watch the Hope athletes compete yesterday.  I was so impressed with not only the running abilities of our athletes but more importantly, I was even more impressed with the sportsmanship of all of the athletes.  The competition at times got pretty intense, but every race was completed with smiles and handshakes.  It’s times like this when I feel most blessed to be a part of such a strong Christian community. God is great!

As we get closer to the end of the year, there are so many things to remember and look forward to.

5/23 and 5/26:  No School.  Memorial Day Weekend

5/31:  Hope Golf Tournament

6/5:  Book Exchange

6/11:  End of the school year class party:  This is tentatively scheduled for 11:00 am.  We will have lunch at Pepperdocks on Alki and then spend the afternoon playing on the beach (weather permitting).

6/12:  Last day of school.  10 am dismissal

6/13:  All school field trip to Wild Waves

As always, if you have any questions or comments, please let me know.  I really appreciate your emails, phone calls and visits.

Blessings,

Lisa

 

May 13, 2014

Hi there,
I hope that you are enjoying this beautiful weather!  I wanted to just send out a few reminders for this week.
1.  Tomorrow is Grandparent/Special Person day.  Guests can arrive at the beginning of the day with their student.  We will begin the day with chapel, followed by a brunch for our guests.  At 10:30, students will present their amazing musical which they have been working so hard on (it’s really great!).  The day will end with some free time to explore the classrooms and the book fair.
2.  Musical:  Students are asked to arrive in their classroom at 6:40.  They need to be dressed in navy shirts and khaki bottoms (pants or skirts).  This is also the dress for tomorrow morning’s performance as well.
3.  Thursday is our field trip to NW Trek.  Students may wear free dress, but need to bring a Hope sweatshirt for the morning.  It is supposed to be very hot, but the mornings tend to be chilly and we will be exploring many areas that are very shaded.  Chaperons need to arrive at 8:30 am.  All students need to bring a disposable sack lunch.  Money for the gift store is optional.  Again if you have not paid for this trip, please bring in $12 by tomorrow.
4.  Finally, math tests should come home today. They are not in the yellow envelops so you may need to ask your child for them.
Have a wonderful day!
Blessings,
Lisa

May 9, 2014

Dear Parents,

I want to apologize for my lack of communication this week.  We had musical practice up until the end of each this week.  This made for late dismissals and disorganized pack-ups as well as inconsistent homework planners being filled out.  Next week should be better!

Math:  Students took the chapter 12 math test today and overall, did pretty well.  This biggest mistakes on this test were adding and subtracting errors.  We will go over these on Monday and then students will be able to take them home.

Spelling/Vocab:

Next week we will begin our final spelling/vocab for the year.  Students will be memorizing the 20 most common prefixes and suffixes as well as their meanings and examples to show understanding.  Tests will be on Fridays starting next Friday until the last week of school.

Memory will resume next week as well.

Field Trip

We have a scheduled field trip to NW Trek on Thursday, May 15.  The cost for this trip is $12 per person.  If you have not done so already, please send this in with your child.  If you plan to pay with a check, please make it out to Lisa Richardson.  Thank you.

More Upcoming Events:

5/6:  Mid-term reports go home

5/7:  Health Screening

5/12-16:  Book Fair

5/14:  Grandparent Day.  Dismissal at noon.

5/14:  Spring Musical:  Students should check in to the classroom at 6:15.

5/15:  Field Trip to NW Trek

5/20:  Track Meet:  No school.

5/23 and 5/26:  No School.  Memorial Day Weekend

5/31:  Hope Golf Tournament

6/4:  Book Exchange

Have a fabulous weekend!

Blessings,

Lisa

 

May 2, 2014

Dear Parents,

It was a great week back from spring break despite the tiredness.  The sun came out in full force and blessed us all!

Memory is due on Monday:  Colossians 3:13.

Math:  The students did a phenomenal job on their unit 11 math test. They should be bringing this home today.  Starting on Monday, we will go onto Angles and Properties of Triangles.

Social Studies:  We have a social studies test on Chapter 8 on Monday.  The students have had time in class to review and study, but I highly recommend that they spend at least 30-45 minutes going over the terms and vocabulary in the chapter.

Science:  We will continue our studies of Living Things and Classification.

Literacy:  Also on Monday we will begin The Captain’s Dog.  This is a fabulous story about Lewis and Clark’s journey across America told through Captain Lewis’ dog, Seaman’s perspective.

Field Trips:

We have a scheduled field trip to NW Trek on Thursday, May 15.  The cost for this trip is $12 per person.  If you have not done so already, please send this in with your child.  If you plan to pay with a check, please make it out to Lisa Richardson.  Thank you.

More Upcoming Events:

5/6:  Mid-term reports go home

5/7:  Health Screening

5/12-16:  Book Fair

5/14:  Grandparent Day.  Dismissal at noon.

5/15:  Field Trip to NW Trek

5/20:  Track Meet:  No school.

5/21:  Spring Concert

5/23 and 5/26:  No School.  Memorial Day Weekend

5/31:  Hope Golf Tournament

6/4:  Book Exchange

Have a fabulous weekend!

Blessings,

Lisa

 

April 29, 2014

Dear Parents,

Welcome back!  I hope that you all had a really great spring break.  We had a once around yesterday and shared our experiences.  It sounds like everyone did something really fun, relaxing and/or exciting.  I wanted to update you on some upcoming events:

Math: We will take our Unit 11 math test on Thursday this week.  In order to help the kids study for this, we are also using the math vocabulary for spelling this week.  All students are required to write down the words, definitions and examples using their text books.  Advanced math kids have also been given a math book for this required homework that is due on Friday.

Social Studies:  We will take the chapter 8 social studies test on Monday, May 5.  This will be an open book test, but they will need to re-read the lessons 1-3 in the chapter as well as use the review test in the book on pages 292-293.

Reading:  On Monday, May 5 we will start our final reading book for the year.  We will be reading The Captain’s Dog  as a whole class read as well as follow the journey of Lewis and Clark.

Field Trip:  Our field trip to NW Trek is on Thursday, May 15.  So far I have the following volunteer chaperones/drivers:  Mrs. Heit, Mrs. Landskov, Mrs. Hilliker, Mr. Tanis-Likel and Mrs. Cowenberg.  I have room for one more chaperone if anyone else would like to go.  The cost for this trip will be $12.00 per person.  Please check your child’s yellow envelop for the field trip information slip.

Enjoy this beautiful week!

Blessings,

Lisa

April 17, 2014

Dear Parents,

 

Blessings to you this Holy Week.   We have officially made it to Good Friday and the end of Lent.  I will not be at school tomorrow so I wanted to send out the parent letter one day early.  I know that many of you will also be gone tomorrow, but in case you are here, remember that it is a noon dismissal.  You are also welcome to attend the Good Friday chapel at 8:40 tomorrow morning.

Offering Money:  Thank you so much for all of you who donated money for our offerings this month.  As a class we raised $200 to help the families in Oso. Sadly, someone took about $65 of our offering money last night.  This makes me very sad, but I’m hoping that whoever took the money will do the right thing and put it back.

It’s hard to believe but after spring break we only have 6 weeks of school left and LOTS of events and curriculum to get through.

Math:  We will come back from break and review Chapter 11 on graphs and probability and take the chapter test on Wednesday, April 30.  From there we will go onto Angles and Properties of Triangles and 4 Sided Shapes and end the year with Three Dimensional Shapes.

Social Studies:  We will conclude our study of the Revolutionary War followed by Westward Expansion with Lewis and Clark.

Science:  We will continue our studies of Living Things and Classification.

Literacy:  We will finish up our final reading groups and then conclude the year with a whole class read of The Captain’s Dog.  We will also be doing a multi-media writing project by creating a Magazine.

Field Trips:

We have a scheduled field trip to NW Trek on Thursday, May 15.  This is an all-day field trip and I will need a few more parent drivers.  I have room for 2-3 more.

I would also love to do a walking field trip to Fairmont Park on a sunny day to have lunch and an extended recess on a real grass field where the kids can actually run and play without running over each other.

More Upcoming Events:

5/6:  Mid-term reports go home

5/7:  Health Screening

5/12-16:  Book Fair

5/14:  Grandparent Day.  Dismissal at noon.

5/15:  Field Trip to NW Trek

5/20:  Track Meet:  No school.

5/21:  Spring Concert

5/23 and 5/26:  No School.  Memorial Day Weekend

5/31:  Hope Golf Tournament

6/4:  Book Exchange

 

Spelling/Vocab for 4/21-5/2:

  1.  Coordinate grid
  2. X-axis
  3. Y0axis
  4. Coordinate plane
  5. Coordinates
  6. Ordered Pair
  7. X-coordinate
  8. Y-coordinate
  9. Origin
  10. Combinations
  11. Tree diagram
  12. Favorable Outcomes
  13. Theoretical probability
  14. Experimental probability

I wish you all a very blessed, safe and fun-filled spring break.  We have much to celebrate at Easter.  Jesus will rise on Easter Sunday! We have so much to be thankful for.

With love and prayers,

Lisa

 

 

April 11, 2014

Dear Parents,

Happy Friday!!  I can honestly say that this was one of the best Fridays all year because it was Presentation Day.  The kids did such a wonderful job presenting their colonies to the class.  They were informative, creative, entertaining and yummy!  A few kids brought in delicious treats—Thank you so much to all of the parents for the pies, cookies, doughnut holes and candy corn.  It was literally a sweet feast!

On another note, I wanted to express my expectations for this class for the fourth quarter.  It is my ultimate goal to have your child prepared for middle school by the end of the year.  In order to do this, the students need to be more independent with their school work.  For example, in math at the beginning of the year I was very quick to help answer questions or work out problems on the board.  This past quarter, one of my rules was that if they had a question or were confused on a problem, they had to first ask others in their group, next go into their textbooks and finally come to me.  I will continue to teach in this method for the rest of the year.  In writing, I am expecting students to proof read their materials, ask others for assistance, look up spelling words in the dictionary instead of asking me first, as we so in the first and second quarter.  The spelling grade on the report card comes from their weekly spelling tests, but also from their written work.  Hope follows the 6 traits in writing and conventions are a big part of it.  Conventions are the fundamentals of writing which include spelling and grammar.

For this final quarter,  I expect my students to attempt to do their homework on their own first before seeking your help.  I expect them to write their homework down in their planners without me having to check it.  I expect them to turn their homework in on time.  I expect them to work with their classmates and use their textbooks and reference materials to help them as well.  I know that these are the expectations of middle school and I will do my best to prepare them.   As parents, please continue to check in with your child on a daily basis and assist them when needed.

Finally, I want to express my sincere gratitude to you.  I adore this class and I am so amazed with their growth this year.  It was so impressive watching them work on their science fair projects as groups, collaborating, strategizing, and testing their hypothesis all on their own.  They would never have been able to do this at the beginning of the year.  You have been a huge part of this success, by supporting and loving your child.

Please continue to communicate with me if you have any questions or concerns.  This can only help me become a better teacher for your child.   Entering this 4th quarter is bitter- sweet.  We have some really exciting studies coming up as well as fun events, but I will be so sad when this year is over.  This is an extraordinary group of students.

With love and blessings,

Lisa

April 4, 2014

Sorry for the quick note.  We have some important upcoming events:

Science Fair:  April 8th from 6:30-7:30

Social Studies Presentations:  Friday, April 11th.

March 28, 2014

Dear Parents,

Happy Friday!  It was a super fun week with TWO alternative PE field trips; one to Vertical World for epic rock climbing and one to WS Bowl for super fun bowling.  In addition to this, we also had our Hope Talent Show.  I was so impressed with all of the acts and especially impressed with the amount of 5th graders we had participating.

By now I’m sure you’ve all read or heard about the possible changes for next year.  At this point, the upcoming 6th graders will be split into 2 smaller classes to accommodate our growing numbers.  Although this will be hard for some students since many have never been apart since pre-school, it will be beneficial in meeting the needs of all of our students.  Again, this is not final, but probable based on final enrollment numbers.  Honestly, I wish I could follow this class up next year.  In my 14 years of teaching, there aren’t many classes I can say that about.

I am sad to announce that we are officially done with our 3rd quarter of school.  This means that starting next week; we are officially beginning the 4th and final quarter of the school year.  I will be working on report cards next week and turning them in to Mrs. Okabayashi .  Report cards will be sent home on April 8th.

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, April 8th:  Report Cards Sent Home

Tuesday, April 8th:  Science and Academic Fair.  6:30

Starting on Monday, the 5th graders will be conducting on scientific investigation on plant adaptations.  This will be a group project.  Each group will present their findings on April 8th at the fair.  This is not a required event for you or your child, but it is great encouraged and will be a lot of fun!

Friday, April 11th:  Colonial Presentations are due

The students have been working hard on their colonial presentations.  They will be presenting these alone or with their partners on April 11.  Please spend some time discussing the requirements of this project.  We will have less time next week to work on these during class due to our science investigations.

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!  As always, if you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to email or stop by.

Blessings,

Lisa

March 28, 2014

Hope 5th grade families,

5th grade students are bringing home a letter today from Mrs. Okabayashi about some exciting  changes to our classroom format for next year as our students move up to sixth grade. We are really excited about it! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs. Okabayashi in the school office or at kokabayashi@hopeseattle.org.

March 7, 2014

Dear Parents,

Happy Friday!  It was a great week.  The weather cooperated enough so that we did not have any indoor recesses and we got a lot accomplished.  The best part of the week was finishing up our game boards that each reading group created to go with their novel.  The games were super creative and a lot of fun to play.  Students were able to rotate through the different games so they could learn about each book while journeying across the different boards.  Take some time to talk with your child about their books and the games that they created and played.

Also this week brought Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.  Lent is such an important time.  We have been discussing and reading about how Jesus spent 40 days in the desert fasting and enduring hardships and temptations in order to get closer to his Holy Father.   As a class, each of us has written down something that we have either given up or added in for the next 40+ days.  We are keeping track in a personal Lenten calendar.  I’m super impressed with these kids and their desire to grown in Christ and help those around them that are in need.

We have a lot of exciting upcoming events coming up.  Please be sure to mark your calendars for the following:

Tuesday, March 11:  Field Trip to Benaroya Hall for National Geographic’s presentation of “The Hidden Life of Wolves” hosted by  Jim and Jamie Dutcher.  If you are not able to attend, here is the presentation that we will be seeing:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d36MK94POaI

After the field trip we will be taking a walk down to the Pike Place Market for lunch and an educational scavenger hunt.  Students will need to bring a disposable sack lunch as well as dress appropriately for the weather.  We will depart Hope at 9:45 and return no later than 2:30.  Chaperones, please plan on meeting in the room at 9:30 am.  Also, we will need to take pictures during the scavenger hunt, so please bring a camera or device that can take pictures.

Wednesday, March 12:  Alternative PE field trip.  Ice skating.  We will leave hope at 12:15 and return at 2:45.  Chaperones, please meet in the classroom at noon.

Thursday, March 13:  Conference Day, noon dismissal.  Today your child is bringing home your scheduled conference time if you signed up for one.  This is an optional conference day, only required if you requested one.

Friday, March 14: No School, Teacher workshop.  I will be at Concordia in Tacoma for a math common core workshop.

Saturday, March 15:  AUCTION!!!  I’m hoping to see many of you there.  This will be my very first Hope Auction so I’m looking forward to having a lot of fun.  Mrs. Kuhn and I have donated a pool party for up to 10 kids at Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club.  I’m hoping that it goes to a great group of awesome 5th graders!!!

Tuesday, March 25:  Alternative PE field trip.  Rock Climbing.  9:30-11:30

Wednesday, March 26:  Talent Show.  1:30

Thursday, March 27:  Alternative PE field trip.  Bowling.  12:35-2:45

Friday, March 28:  3 Quarter Ends.

I wish you a fabulous and blessed weekend,

Lisa

 

February 28, 2014

Dear Parents,

This week seems to be full of great energy and endurance.  The students continue showing a lot of growth and improvement.  This week we really focused on writing.  Students read a wonderful story called, Teammates, about Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese.  After reading the story together as a class, students wrote an expository paper comparing and contrasting the two characters.  Overall, the kids did really well on this assignment.  They will be coming home on Tuesday in the yellow envelopes.

Next week in math, we will be finishing up our short unit on decimals and taking the assessment on Tuesday after reviewing on Monday.  In addition, you child should continue to do xtramath 3-4 times a week.

Your child should not have too much homework this weekend.  Reading logs are due on Monday and there is math only if your child did not finish their workbook pages 9-12 in class today.  Please remind your child to bring their math books home every day.

I can’t believe that we are starting the month of March tomorrow!  This means so many things:  spring, longer days, warmer weather, daylight savings (next week-boo!), and a new monthly virtue! Next month’s virtue is “Dedication”.  Our verse is from Mark 1:12-15:

At once the Spirit sent him out into the desert, and he was in the desert forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.  Then Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God.  “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!”

I felt like this was a really appropriate virtue considering we are entering the season of Lent next week with Ash Wednesday on March 5.  I have challenged the kids to come up with an appropriate item to either take out or add in for Lent.  They have been generating some really great ideas so I’m excited to see what they chose.

I pray that you all have a fabulous weekend with your families, that you stay safe and take some time for yourself.

Love and Blessings,

Lisa

February 21, 2014

Dear Parents,

I hope you had a nice break.  Many of you attended LEST which was fantastic.  I hope to go next year, when my son joins us in 6th grade.  I was super impressed with our kids and all of their talents.  They really did a fabulous job of representing Hope!

With the Seahawks Parade, Valentine’s Day, Spirit Week, LEST and Presidents’ Day, we have been having a really fun February.  It was good to get back to work this week.  Your child took a Math review test on book A today.  They all did pretty well considering the amount of information that was covered on the test.  There were more C’s than usual, but with all of our breaks and distractions, I was pretty impressed overall with how they did.  On Monday we will go over the test and then begin book B on Tuesday with Percents.  We also started writing an expository paper comparing and contrasting the historical John Smith from Disney’s, Pocahontas’ John Smith.  Next week, I will give them a short story about Jackie Robinson and Pee-wee Reece to compare and contrast.

We have a field trip coming up on March 11.  We have been invited to attend a National Geographic presentation featuring Jim and Jamie Dutcher and their work filming, The Hidden Life of Wolves.  We will watch the video prior to the field trip.  In addition, we will take the kids down to the Pike Place Market to complete a fun and educational scavenger hunt and have lunch.  We will plan on leaving Hope at 9:45 and returning by 2 pm.

I hope that you have a wonderful weekend.

Blessings,

Lisa

February 7, 2014

Dear Parents,

I hope you all had a great week.  Many of you attended/braved the Seahawks parade in the cold.  I felt very lucky to have had the opportunity to experience such a great event.  Today, the students took their unit 7 math test.  This was technically the last unit test in book 5A.  I am so super proud of the kids, they all did really well and deserve a big pat on the back.  Next week we will begin reviewing for the final math test that covers most of the key components of book 5A.  The final test will take place on Friday February 21.  If all goes accordingly, we should begin 5B on the 24!  This is so fantastic considering it took them an entire year to go through just one book last year.   Great job!

Next week is busy!  We will be having a small Valentine’s party on Tuesday the 11th at 2 pm.  The kids decided that they would like to do a “Red Elephant” party.  Any student who wishes to participate will need to bring in a wrapped gift of no more than $5.  Students are also welcome to bring in small Valentines for each student in the class.  Hope’s dad has offered to bring in a treat as well.  THANK YOU!!

Also, next week we continue with Spirit Week (which I am loving!!).

Monday:  Pajama Day

Tuesday:  Wacky Tacky

Wednesday:  Blue and Gold.

LEST begins on Wednesday, so dismissal is at noon.  Many of the students are participating.  I wish I could attend this year.  Following LEST, we will have a short President’s Mid –winter break on February 17-18.  I’m really hoping that we can get right back into the swing of things after this.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  LEST will be performing on Sunday at 4:30 in the chapel.  I plan on being there.

Blessings!

Lisa

Friday Reflections:

Philip:  In writing we wrote about Native Americans and colonists to Jamestown from their perspective.

Will:  Lately in music we have been singing, not a lot of stuff going on. I hope we will get to do some instruments soon,  Bye!

Emily:  In religion we have a virtue for the month.  This month it is Love and a memory verse comes with it. 1 John 3:16-18.

Spencer:  In PE on Monday we played football, on Tuesday we played capture the flag and on Thursday we did cup stacking because it was too cold.

Hannah:  In Spanish we’re learning time. Son cuatro y cuarto de la manana.  Translation:  It is 4:15 am.  FUN! FUN! FUN!

Jacoby:  Our virtue for the month is Love.  You can show love by caring for one another and praising God for his glory!

Alex:  We have been working on ratios and today we had a math test and everyone did well!

Maddie:  This week we had reading groups, we talked and wrote down ideas for our game board.

Jack:  In history we are learning about the colonies.

Josie:  In science we are learning how plants and animals adapt to different climates.

 

January 31, 2014

Dear Parents,

Happy Blue Friday!  What a great way to end the week.  We had a ton of fun today, making Seahawks hats and playing Seahawks Bingo with Skittles.  I love the energy and spirit and enthusiasm of this class.  I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend and that you all get a chance to watch our Hawks in the Super Bowl!  I’ll be cheering and biting my nails, for sure.

Students have a little homework tonight:

Math:  Workbook pgs. 227-228

Reading Log and Memory on Monday.

January 28, 2014

Dear Parents,

We had the best treats today in honor of Hope, our Eagle of the Week.  Hope’s dad brought in these beautiful Super Bowl cookies from Borrachini’s Bakery on Ranier Avenue.  Be sure to look for report cards today.  Overall the kids did really well and made some big gains.  There were a few areas overall that really improved:  Math and Science.  Great work everyone!

Friday is our big spirit day in honor of the Seahawks!  I have a fun day planned for the kids.  Friday is also a treat day for those kiddos that met their reading goal for this quarter.  Students had to read 1,620 minutes in order to meet this goal.  We had several students exceed this goal by over a 1,000 minutes.  Congratulations to Jack for reading the most minutes, 2,930!!  Amazing.

Homework is on the homework link.  Students have a science quiz tomorrow. They should all have their science books and know what to go over.

Have a great day!

Blessings,
Lisa

 

January 24, 2014

Dear Parents,
The kids have officially made it past the 1/2 way point in their 5th grade school year.  While this makes me super excited to see how far these kids have come, it also makes me sad to think that the next half of the school year will go even faster.  We really did have an incredible 2nd quarter.  Report cards will be coming home soon.  Teachers were required to turn them into Mrs. Okabayashi yesterday.  Remember to please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.  Overall, the kids did really well, with big improvements especially in math and science.  Xtramath did help many students with mastering their fundamentals and did count towards a part of their math grade.  If your child is not participating in Xtramath at home, then please encourage them to do so.
One new routine that begins officially on Monday relates to homework.  Until now, I have accepted all late work with no grading consequence.  After speaking with the middle school teachers, I have decided to implement their late policy.  From now on, late work will be deducted 10% of the overall grade for every day it is late. Students will have one week to turn in late work, after that they will receive a 0%.  Students will also not be allowed to stay in at recess and complete late work. Several students have started to do this.  I feel that this is not preparing them for next year since they will not be given the same treatment.  So, beginning Monday, it is even more important to have homework turned in on time.  Excused absences will be given extra time without penalty.
This Sunday marks the beginning of of Lutherans School Week.  Students are encouraged to attend the 10:30 am service.  Preschool children are presenting at the 8 am service.
I hope you all have a fabulous weekend.  The weather looks like it’s going to be really nice.
Blessings,
Lisa
Homework:
Math:  Real World Ratios
Text pg. 289.  Let’s Practice
Memory on Monday:
James 1:12–This should be recorded in their planners.
Reading Logs Due on Monday
Friday Reflections:
Ben:  In Spanish we learned about opposites.
Emy:  Our virtue of the month is perseverance.  You can persevere by trusting in the Lord.
Eva:  In religion we are learning the “recipe” to a prayer.  ACTS:  Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication
Ellen:  In writing we made journals and wrote about or Christmas vacation, and a bunch of other stuff like, “One morning I woke up and…”
Reece:  In computers we are learning how to transfer things and copy.
Neil:  Health is over.  PE is a very fun class with a nice teacher and it is one of my favorites.
Azlin: In science we are learning about adaptations and how plants grow.
David:  In art we made eagles and a cross on it with what we want to do when we grow up.  We put them up in the Chapel for Luther Schools Week.
Bryce:  In music we are learning how to read notes and it is fun.
Max:  In math we have been doing rations and bar models.

 

January 17, 2014

Yay!  It’s Friday!!  What a great week.  The kids’ completed two math tests, a spelling test, an art project, an “I AM” poem, participated in reading groups, wrote in their journals, learned about the American Serengeti, and dreamed big in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  We celebrated Maxon Merkin as Eagle of the week, enjoyed four ½ birthdays and Alex’s big 11th birthday, represented Blue Friday to honor our Hawks and ate our weight in treats.  What a great way to wrap up the week!

Third quarter begins on Wednesday, January 22 and Lutheran’s school week begins on Sunday, January 26.

Due to the short week next week, there is no spelling or Eagle of the week.  Memory is due on Wednesday, January 22, as well as reading logs.  Please make sure your child keeps track of their minutes for Monday and Tuesday as well.

I hope that you all have a fabulous 4 day weekend!!

Blessings,

Lisa Richardson

“Love is the key to the problems of the World.  Remember, if I am stopped, this movement of love will not be stopped, because God is with this movement.”  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 10, 2014

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year!  Welcome to 2014.  It’s hard to believe that we are already in January and that we are very close to the end of the 2nd quarter.  I hope you all received the Seahawks Spirit Day picture that I sent out earlier.  The kids looked “Fan”tastic.  I love how much spirit this class has and how they are not afraid to show their pride.  This applies far beyond the Seahawks.

Some of your kids are about to celebrate their half birthdays this month.  As with any birthday, if your child’s birthday takes place during the summer, they are more than welcome to bring in a treat to celebrate their special ½ birthday.

I wanted to thank Leighellen Landskov, Emily Tanis-Likel, Joy Hilliker and Nicole Pepper for organizing and helping out with our fun Christmas party.  Hopefully you all received your delayed Christmas ornament.  I think they turned out beautifully and can displayed all year round.  Also thanks to all of you who brought in cookies, frosting and toppings for the cookies.  It was a great first week back.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings,

Mrs. Richardson

Upcoming Events: 

  • Tuesday, January 14—Open House for Prospective Families 6:30-8:00pm
  • Friday, January 17—2nd quarter and 1st semester ends.  Free Dress Day
  • Monday, January 20—No School.  MLK Day.  ESC closed.
  • Tuesday, January 21—No School. Semester Break.  ESC open.
  • Monday, January 27-30—Lutheran Schools Week

Memory and Reading Logs:  Reading logs and Memory are due on Monday.

Colossians 3:23-24

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward.  You are serving the Lord Christ.

Monthly Memory:

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

James 1:12

Spelling:

Next weeks spelling words are:

Sight words, double w/-ed

And academic vocabulary

  1. admitted
  2. controlled
  3. permitted
  4. referred
  5. inferred
  6. preferred
  7. occurred
  8. deferred
  9. submitted
  10. triangle
  11. right
  12. acute
  13. obtuse
  14. area
  15. perpendicular
  16. height
  17. base
  18. angle
  19. side
  20. vertex

Friday Reflections

Philip: This week in Math we are learning how to find the area of a triangle.  We have a test on TUESDAY.

Emily:  In Spanish we are learning about “La Ropa”:  clothes

Spencer:  In History we learned more about Christopher Columbus who sailed the ocean blue in 1492 and other explorers.

Alex:  In computers we are doing xtramath and we are also trying a fun computer program called Smart Notebook.

Maddie:  This week at our Christmas party we made 2 crafts, thanks to Eva’s mom and Jacoby’s mom.

Hannah:  In health we are learning about personal hygiene and dental health.  It is really important!

Lydia:  In writing we are writing “I Am” poems.  I love poems, they are fun.

Hope:  This week in science we had a test on classification systems and the dichotomous keys.

Jacoby:  Every week we learn a memory verse.  Also we do devotions every day.

Will:  Our virtue for this month is perseverance.  You can persevere by never giving up and trying hard.

 

January 6, 2014

Happy New Year!  Welcome back.  I hope you all had a very restful and family filled break.  Many of you heard that my husband was in the hospital for the second week of break.  He had hip surgery that didn’t go according to plan which resulted in two further surgeries and a lot of time at what we like to call “Resort Swedish”.  I am thankful that he was in very capable hands both physically and spiritually.  Tian will have a long road ahead of him, but through prayer and perseverance he should heal and regain full motion in his foot as well as be pain free in his hip.

Speaking of perseverance, that is our virtue of the month!  The following verse is due on January 31st.

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

James 1:12

Our memory for Friday is Colossians 3:23-24

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward.  You are serving the Lord Chirst.

Spelling:

We do not have spelling this week, but will start up again on Friday.

Math:  Review Packet

Party:  We have rescheduled the class party for 2:00 pm on Thursday.  I know it was awhile ago, but we are still planning on decorating cookies, so if you signed up to bring something, please send it in with your child on Thursday.

Finally, thank you for all of the well wishes, prayers and gifts.  I feel very blessed to be a part of such a wonderful group of students and parents.

Much love,

Lisa

December 19, 2013

Dear Parents,

We are almost to the end of the week.  The kids are officially done with all tests and therefore will have no homework besides their reading log between now and the new year!

Remember tomorrow is Christmas Spirit Day, so dress in the most colorful, festive wear your child can find.

Merry Christmas.

Blessings,

Lisa

 

December 13, 2013

Dear Parents,

Happy Friday the 13!  There were some crazy things going on today, but overall I’d have to say that we made it through another very successful and busy week.  One more week to go before the big break!  I know that the kids are super excited about celebrating our Savior’s Birth.  Advent has been a wonderful time of reflection and devotion.  I know I say it every week, but this is such a generous, fun and loving group of kids.  I enjoy their prayers, their daily intentions and their humor.

Tis the season!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Lisa Richardson

Holiday Party: Our holiday party is set for Friday, December 20, from 10:30-Noon.  A HUGE thanks to Leighellen Landskov, Emily Tanis-Likkel, and Joy Hilliker for helping out with this event.  We are planning on decorating Christmas cookies and need the following:

Sugar Cookies:  3 people to make 1 dozen

Frosting:  6 tubs of white, red or green.

Decorations: decorations

Plates and Napkins and Plastic Knives

Giving Tree Family:  I am overwhelmed with the amount of gifts you have all donated.  Your generosity is incredible and truly makes me so thankful to be a part of this event.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!  We will be wrapping the gifts on Monday at the end of the day if any of you would like to help out.

Reminder:  Next Friday is a NOON dismissal.  ESC is open until 3:00 pm. 

Memory and Reading Logs:  Reading logs and Memory are due on Monday.  Monthly Memory is due on Wed. December 18.

Spelling:

No spelling next week!

Friday Reflections

Max:  In Computers we are doing xtramath and working on our book reports.

Bryce:  In Spanish we are learning clothes and we are having fun.  Almost everyone knows what we’re learning.

Jacoby: In Science we are learning the characteristics for plants.  We are learning the types of plants—vascular and nonvascular, mosses, ferns, conifers and flowering plants.

David: In Health we are learning about the bones.  It’s a lot worse than P. E.

Reece:  In Religion we are learning that Christmas is the time of giving not getting.

Ellen:  In Math we are learning about algebra.  Right now we are learning how to figure out what number variables represent.

Emy:  In Writing we started a book report and have to write a rough draft on paper then type or write a final on paper.

Eva:  In Music we took a test where it showed notes on a staff and we would write how many beats each note gets.

 

December 10, 2103

Dear Parents,

It was an interesting end to the day today.  We attempted to make cinnamon, applesauce ornaments with our 1st grade reading buddies and it went longer than expected.  Long story short, we didn’t have time to write our homework down and some kids forgot to grab their take home envelopes, so be sure and look for them tomorrow.

Homework is on the homework link on the website, so be sure to check there.

Sorry for the confusion,

Lisa

 

December 6, 2013

Dear Parents,

Happy 6th day of Advent.  Thanks for your patience with my computer issues.  I’m so thankful to have my new computer!  When 75% of my teaching is done through the Smartboard, it is really exciting to have a computer that keeps up with the online curriculum websites.  We have a lot going on in the next three weeks before the Christmas holiday.

On Tuesday, yellow envelopes went home with A LOT of papers.  You should have received the following

1.  Mid-term Progress Reports—at the bottom is an area that needs to be signed, detached and returned.

2.  ITBS scores with a letter of explanation from Mrs. Okabayashi

3.  Hope Giving Tree Adopt-A-Family Wish List

4.  Several corrected Math and Science Assessments:  I apologize for not getting these back to you earlier.  They have been corrected and filed                        here at school.  In my past district we were required to keep all formal assessments on file.  I realize now, that this is not the case here at Hope,                  so they are coming home today!

On Wednesday your child received their first formal book report for the year. This is a typed or cursive written report with several requirements that are located in your child’s reading folder.  We will be doing many of these requirements in class, but it will require some homework time as well.  This report is due on December 18.  Reports that are turned in late will have 10% of the final grade deducted for each day it is late.  I will not accept any reports after December 20.  If you are leaving early for vacation, please make sure your child turns their report in before you leave.

Please be sure to read this week’s WOH for upcoming events.

Finally, we have a lot to be thankful for and this time of year.  This is the season of Advent and a time to really reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.  As a class we discussed ways we can truly be givers.   We started our week by giving the gift of prayer to many of our loved ones.  Yesterday, we set an intention for something that we could give that was not materialistic, either to another person or to ourselves.  Many chose kindness and love.  I am always so impressed with this class when it comes to their devotions and setting intentions for the day.  They are definitely lights that shine bright!

The gifts for the Giving Tree Family keep coming.  Thank you so much you’re your generosity.  All items are due on December 13.

Updated items for the giving tree family:
Slippers for both girls

Remote control cars for all boys

Toiletries

Safeway gift card

Xbox controller

Lego sets for both boys

Pajamas for both boys

X Box

Twilight Series

Girls Jeans size 14/16

Nail Polish Kit

Girl’s Jeans size 10/12

Pajamas for both girls

Throw for mom

Scarf for mom

1 food gift card

4th grade books

Spelling for next week:

  1. whose
  2. received
  3. please
  4. frustrate
  5. participate
  6. advocate
  7. alternate
  8. animate
  9. articulate
  10. graduate
  11. numerical
  12. expression
  13. algebraic
  14. evaluate
  15. simplify
  16. like terms
  17. equality
  18. properties
  19. equation
  20. inequality

Memory for Monday as well as our Virtue for this month:

Monday:  Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”  Psalm 50:15

Virtue for December:  Due on December 16.

Believe—“May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”  Romans 15:13

Friday Reflections:

Lydia:  In reading everyone is doing a book report on a book they read this year.  Me personally, I am doing a book called Paint the Wind.  It is a good book!

Hannah:  In music we are learning how to listen to different sounds. It is fun!  We listened to a classical composer and the song was about spring.

Alex:  In computers we worked on xtramath and some of us worked on our book reports.

Spencer:  In math we had a big test and now we are done with fractions.  YAY!  We are starting algebra.  It is pretty hard.

Jack:  In religion we worked on our monthly memory paper and the theme for this month is “Believe”.

Neil:  I like science.  It is fun doing projects, but I think my classmates should stop talking so much.

Emily:  In art we made radial symmetry designs where you write your name 8 times and you color it.

Hope:  In social studies we learned about the Inca town and the Inca main square.

Josie:  In Spanish we learned job occupations and works like “tu, su, naestro and me”.  We are almost done with that and we are about to start a new unit.

Will:  Hi, it’s me Will. I’m writing to tell you that my handwriting is getting better and better as this year goes on.  Writing is starting to get easier.

Philip:  In Health we learned about unintentional injuries.

Maddie:  Our virtue for this month is Believe.  You can you how you believe by spreading the word of God and putting a great smile on everyone’s face.  Merry Christmas!

November 22, 2013

Dear Parents,

What a beautiful week!  I was lucky enough to see the sunrise and sunset several days this week and it made me very thankful for so many things, despite the chilly temps.  Overall it was a really great week.  We are still working on our noise level.  I was super proud of all of the kids for turning in their National Park brochure on time—that is fantastic!  I’m excited to look through all of them.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings,

Mrs. Richardson

Upcoming Events: 

  • Wednesday, November 27:  Soaring to Success Party and All School CollegeSpirit Day–Dress in your college best!
  • Wednesday, November 27:  Noon Dismissal
  • Thursday and Friday, November 28-29:  No School, Thanksgiving Holiday.  ESC Closed
  • Tuesday, December 3:  2nd Quarter Mid-term reports sent home.
  • Friday, December 6:  Free Dress Day

 

Website and Yellow Envelopes:

 

Remember HOMEWORK and Parent Letters are now being posted on line.  If you have any questions let me know.  However, we will also still be writing down all homework in our daily planners and putting required materials into our filers.

 

Memory and Reading Logs:  Reading logs and Memory are due on Monday.

 

Spelling:

Next weeks spelling words are:

 

Sight words, altered sound: ial

And academic vocabulary

 

  1. suppose
  2. separate
  3. character
  4. trait
  5. straight
  6. question
  7. circumstantial
  8. essential
  9. inferential
  10. influential
  11. partial
  12. palatial
  13. residential
  14. kingdom
  15. phylum
  16. class
  17. order
  18. family
  19. genus
  20. species

Friday Reflections

Emy:  In math we are learning to make a product of a mixed number and a whole number and to solve really hard real life story problems.

Ellen:  In health we are learning about sleeping patterns and sleeping disorders.  We had a quiz with a true/false and matching.

Bryce:  In reading we are doing character traits and learning about them.

Jacoby:  In science we are learning about camouflage and how to classify different species.

Reece:  In Spanish we are learning about jobs and how to say a job with a sentence.

Max:  In computers we are doing xtramath and learning better ways to go to websites.

David:  In writing we are doing book reports—it is very boring.

Eva:  For social studies we made brochures for National Parks.  We drew names of what park we would have out of a bag.

November 19, 2013

Dear Parents,

This week seems to be very full of energy!  I hope it lasts through Friday.  The students are really showing a lot of growth and improvement, especially in math.  We do have some more difficult “Real-Life” story problems coming up soon, so be ready!  Also, please keep encouraging your child to participate in xtramath.

The Ned Show was a total hit and the kids are loving their new yo-yo’s.  I’ve had a few issues with kids playing with them in class, so our new rule is that if I see it during class time; I get to keep it until the end of the day.  If your child has a yo-yo, please remind them to be respectful of this rule.  I loved what your child wrote on their NED sheets.  I responded to each one and you should see those back today in their yellow take home envelopes along with a lot of corrected work.

Tomorrow, I am taking a pre-planned personal day so there will be a substitute in class.  I will make sure that the students have plenty to keep them busy and you should expect the same amount of homework as usual.

Speaking of homework, please keep checking your child’s daily planner for homework.  As always, I am doing my best to update the homework link on the website every day.

Next week, we have a noon dismissal on Wednesday and then an extended weekend to be very THANKFUL for.  This entire month, our class has been writing down things that we are thankful for each day.  I love seeing what the kids are posting on their desks.  I am truly thankful for each and every one of them and for your support!

Blessings,

Lisa

November 15, 2013

Dear Parents,

TGIF! We had a really fast 4 day week.  The energy level started low, but sure ended high!  This is mostly due to our food drive.  I have never seen a group of kids so excited to feed the hungry.  This was a total team effort amongst students and parents.  I’m super thankful to be working in such a wonderful, generous community.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings,

Mrs. Richardson

Upcoming Events: 

  • Wednesday, November 27:  Noon Dismissal
  • Thursday and Friday, November 28-29:  No School, Thanksgiving Holiday.  ESC Closed

 

Website and Yellow Envelopes:

 

Remember HOMEWORK and Parent Letters are now being posted on line.  If you have any questions let me know.  However, we will also still be writing down all homework in our daily planners and putting required materials into our filers.

 

Memory and Reading Logs:  Reading logs and Memory are due on Monday.

 

Spelling:

Next weeks spelling words are:

 

Sight words, altered sound

And academic vocabulary

  1. yourself
  2. control
  3. practice
  4. report
  5. straight
  6. rise
  7. statement
  8. model
  9. party
  10. received
  11. please
  12. caught
  13. taught
  14. fought
  15. brought
  16. thought
  17. drought
  18. process
  19. prototype
  20. design

Friday Reflections

Lydia:  In religion we learned not to judge people on how they look because it is not our job.

Josie: In Spanish we have been learning masculine and feminine articles.

Maddie:  This week in computers we did xtramath and research for our National Parks report.

Will:  In PE for health we are learning how to make decisions.  I do really miss PE thought.

Hope:  In social studies we learned about the ancient people of North America and how they lived.

Alex:  This week in art we made cards for the seniors in the senior home.

Jack:  In math we are multiplying fractions—it’s really easy.

Emily:  In writing we are doing poems for Thanksgiving.

Hannah:  Our virtue for the month is Giving Thanks.  You can show thanks by saying thank you and thanking your parents when they deserve it.  It is really important to say thank you.

PE:  Jacoby

In PE we are working on a project on health.  We are making a poster.

Spanish:  Emily

In Spanish, I learned to play tic-tac-to in Spanish.  It was girls against boys and the girls won three times!  The boys only won 1 time because of the girls’ grace, but the boys wouldn’t have won without our help.  It was really fun.  That’s what Mrs. Richardson calls “Girl Power”!

Writing: Neil

Honestly, I hate writing in cursive.  I completely forgot how to do it and when I try to write stuff in cursive it doesn’t work.  Maybe it’s time to require typing?

Virtues:  Eva

Our virtue for the month is Giving Thanks.  You can show thanks by being thankful when you receive a gift of food.

 

11/12/13

Dear Parents,

It’s an exiciting date today!  I hope that you all had a very nice three day weekend.  I really enjoyed some quality time with my kiddos as well as celebrating some great football wins and remembering to be thankful for our Veterans and the freedom that they provide our country.

Report cards were sent home today. Please re-read what I wrote on Friday.

“I cannot stress to you enough the importance of going over these assessment tools openly with your child.  The new curriculum is aligned with the common core standards which are extremely rigorous.  The math and science of today, is much different and in a lot of ways more difficult.  My goal is to get your child to these standards by the end of 5th grade.  I have been telling them that if they were all meeting standard now, then they really wouldn’t need to be in 5th grade.  That being said do not be disappointed in your child if they did not receive an “A”.  Instead, look at their effort grades and stress the importance of working towards their best potential.  The academic grades will fall into place if they continue to try their best.”

I am very proud of these kids as they have worked really hard and have had a strong start to their 5th grade school year. I’m excited to see what the rest of this year has in store.

Upcoming Events: 

  • Friday, November 15:  Free Dress
  • Wednesday, November 27:  Noon Dismissal
  • Thursday and Friday, November 28-29:  No School, Thanksgiving Holiday.  ESC Closed

Have a great night!

Blessings,

Lisa

 

 

 

November 8, 2013

Dear Parents,

Happy Friday! I hope that you all had a really good week and survived the crazy wind and rain.  Fall is definitely upon us.  It was nice to get an extra hour of sleep last weekend and it will be nice to have an extra day this weekend!  Remember, Monday is Veteran’s Day, so there is no school or ESC.  Take time to thank a veteran and to talk to your kids about the importance of this special day.

Report cards will be going home on November 12.  I cannot stress to you enough the importance of going over these assessment tools openly with your child.  The new curriculum is aligned with the common core standards which are extremely rigorous.  The math and science of today, is much different and in a lot of ways more difficult.  My goal is to get your child to these standards by the end of 5th grade.  I have been telling them that if they were all meeting standard now, then they really wouldn’t need to be in 5th grade.  That being said do not be disappointed in your child if they did not receive an “A”.  Instead, look at their effort grades and stress the importance of working towards their best potential.  The academic grades will fall into place if they continue to try their best.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings,

Mrs. Richardson

Upcoming Events: 

  • Monday, November 11:  Veterans Day, no school. ESC Closed
  • Tuesday, November 12:  Report Cards sent home.
  • Friday, November 15:  Free Dress
  • Wednesday, November 27:  Noon Dismissal
  • Thursday and Friday, November 28-29:  No School, Thanksgiving Holiday.  ESC Closed

Website and Yellow Envelopes:

Remember HOMEWORK and Parent Letters are now being posted on line.  If you have any questions let me know.  However, we will also still be writing down all homework in our daily planners and putting required materials into our filers.

Memory and Reading Logs:  Reading logs and Memory are due on Monday.

Spelling:

Next weeks spelling words are:

Sight words, cial “shal” sound

and academic vocabulary

  1. system
  2. muscular
  3. skeletal
  4. prosthetic
  5. sacrificial
  6. glacier
  7. civilization
  8. special
  9. racial
  10. financial
  11. commercial
  12. disobedience
  13. consequence
  14. deliverance
  15. heroes
  16. heroines
  17. memorial
  18. treaty
  19. veteran
  20. soldier

Eagle of the Week

5th Grade

This week we celebrated Emily!  Emily got to attend a destination wedding in Barbados when her aunt and uncle got married.  She loves to read Junie B. Jones books, eat pesto and play soccer.  She enjoys math and would love to be a fashion designer when she grows up!

Friday Reflections

Religion:  Ellen

In religion we made a list of things we are thankful for.  We also talked about the Six Chief Parts of the Scripture.

Math:  Bryce
In math we are learning how to add and subtract mixed numbers and make fractions into decimals.

Music:  Max

In music we are practicing notes and beat and having fun.

Science:  Reece

In science we are learning about technology.

PE:  Jacoby

In PE we are working on a project on health.  We are making a poster.

Spanish:  Emily

In Spanish, I learned to play tic-tac-to in Spanish.  It was girls against boys and the girls won three times!  The boys only won 1 time because of the girls’ grace, but the boys wouldn’t have won without our help.  It was really fun.  That’s what Mrs. Richardson calls “Girl Power”!

Writing: Neil

Honestly, I hate writing in cursive.  I completely forgot how to do it and when I try to write stuff in cursive it doesn’t work.  Maybe it’s time to require typing?

Virtues:  Eva

Our virtue for the month is Giving Thanks.  You can show thanks by being thankful when you receive a gift of food.

 

Nov. 5, 2013

Dear Parents,

I apologize for not updating the Homework link yesterday.   I’ve been having computer issues, but have been told that it may soon be remedied with a new one—keeping my fingers crossed!  I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend.

We have a very busy week ahead.  First off, report cards will be going home next week, so I’m getting grades all wrapped up.  It’s been really great to see the improvement that all of the students have made in just two short months.  I wanted to take a little time to stress the importance of talking with your child about their report cards.  This is a big year and I have set the bar pretty high academically.  Sometimes, however, students don’t always get the grades that they want.  Although I don’t expect students to always get 100% on their tests, I do expect them to try their best.  This is why I feel that effort grades are equally important to letter grades.

One thing that we’ve been working on in class is using our time more efficiently.  Unfortunately, there are days when they need more reminders to stay on task.  Today was one such day.  I had planned on getting our social studies worksheet done during class time, but as a whole, the class was very chatty and did not get their work done.  Please take a few minutes tonight and ask your child if they feel they are putting forth their best efforts in class.  Part of the issue, may be that the kids have been eating a lot of candy over the last several days.  We talked about limiting their candy to only 1 piece at lunch time.  Please make sure that your child comes to school with a healthy, non-sugary snack.

Speaking of snacks—our food drive is in full swing.  We have collected a fair amount, but have a long ways to go.  If you are able, please have your child bring in some non-perishable food items to our class.

Finally, tonight is our Parent Safety Meeting from 6:30-8:00pm.  Hope you can make it!

Blessings,
Lisa

November 1, 2013

Dear Parents,

Happy Day after Halloween!  I hope you all survived the night.  I personally had a great time trick or treating.  It was such a beautiful night overall, considering we were supposed to have rain.  It was super fun to see so many kids out and about in the neighborhoods.

We had a really busy week and the kids all did really well on their Holes test.  Next week I hope to have all of the kids registered on Accelerated Reader so they can take the Star Reading test on the novel.  There has been so trouble getting the new teachers registered.  We will also be taking a test on the parts of a sentence.  They have a practice sheet to study off of in their filers or in their Skills for Super Writer’s workbook.

On Monday, we went over our new Behavior Contracts.  Although I did have to give out several warnings, I’m happy to say that no received a contract this week.  Like I said before, this is an outstanding class.  They are sometimes a little too excited and talkative, but they are a great group!

Next week is the Parent Safety Seminar here at Hope starting at 6:30.  There has been information in the WOH.  If you have any questions, please let me know.  This is open to anyone, so feel free to bring a friend or neighbor.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings,

Mrs. Richardson

Upcoming Events: 

  • Friday, November 1:  Quarter Ends, Free Dress
  • Monday, November 4:  Picture Retakes.
  • Parent Safety Seminar – November 5.  Save the date – we have lined up a parent safety seminar on Tuesday, November 5 from 6:30-8:00 PM here at the school. The presenter is Kim Estes from “Savvy Parents Safe Kids”, and she will be speaking about safety in a variety of topics, appropriate for all ages preschool through middle school. More information will be coming soon.
  • Monday, November 11:  Veterans Day, no school. ESC Closed
  • Tuesday, November 12:  Report Cards sent home.
  • Friday, November 15:  Free Dress
  • Wednesday, November 27:  Noon Dismissal
  • Thursday and Friday, November 28-29:  No School, Thanksgiving HolidayESC Closed

Website and Yellow Envelopes:

The new website is up and running.  Remember HOMEWORK and Parent Letters are now being posted on line.  If you have any questions let me know.  However, we will also still be writing down all homework in our daily planners and putting required materials into our filers.

Memory and Reading Logs:  Reading logs and Memory are due on Monday.

Spelling:

Next weeks spelling words are:

Sight words, “shun” sion words,

and academic vocabulary

  1. subject
  2. predicate
  3. adverb
  4. verb
  5. adjective
  6. clause
  7. phrase
  8. object
  9. expression
  10. permission
  11. compassion
  12. confession
  13. conclusion
  14. decimal
  15. percent
  16. resources
  17. environment
  18. microchip
  19. technology
  20. internet

Eagle of the Week

5th Grade

This week we celebrated Bryce!  Bryce loves baseball, really LOVES baseball.  He played on an all-star team over the summer and is excited for baseball season to start again.  His favorite food is spaghetti and his hero is his dad.

Friday Reflections

Lydia:  In math we are learning about fractions.  And now we are learning how to turn fractions into decimals, for example 4/10 = 0.4.

Jack:  In writing we wrote Halloween stories.  It was really fun!

Hope:  In music we did Battle of the Bands by playing beats on colored sticks.

Hannah:  This week in Art we did leaf art with warm and cool colors.  It was really fun.  I hope you enjoy it when we’re done.

Emily:  Our virtue for the month is Hope.

Will:  In PE we are doing dodge ball.  It’s intense!  A lot of balls were flying at me.  It was really fun!  Next week we start health.

Josie:  In religion we learned about Biblical people and why we should always chose God’s way even if we are tempted to choose the easy way out of things.

Alex:  This week in Spanish we learned masculine and feminine nouns.

Maddie:  This week in computers we did Xtramath to help memorize multiplication facts.

 

 

October 28, 2013

Dear Parents,

Homework is posted, please be sure to check in with your child on what they are doing in class.  I’m finding that some of the kids are starting to slip a little on turning in their homework.  Remember the end of the quarter is on Nov. 1 and report cards will be going home on Nov.12.

Tonight is the Middle School Open House from 6:30-8:00 pm.  Hope you can make it!

We have a free dress day on Friday.  I hope you all have a safe week, especially if you plan to go out on Thursday night.

Finally, I’m trying to get a list of tutors together.  If you have any good recommendations,  please let me know.

Blessings,

Lisa

October 25, 2013

Dear Parents,

Happy Friday!  I felt like this week went by really fast.  It was our first full week back and it was good to get back into some routines.  We finished up our ITBS testing yesterday which was a big relief.  It will be nice to dive back into all of our subject areas next week.

We finished our first class novel, Holes, but Louis Sachar.  We will have a test on this book on Tuesday.  Students have been answering short comprehension questions as we have been reading so they can use these as their study guide for the test.  In addition there will be questions regarding the main characters and their character traits as well as some vocabulary.

On Monday, I will start initiating Behavior Contracts on an as needed basis.  This is an amazing, energetic, loving class, but many are having difficulty with staying on task and talking out too much.  I know that they have good intentions, but this constant talking is wasting a large amount of class time and it is also causing a lot of frustration for those students who are following classroom procedures.  Please take time to go talk to your child about the importance of being respectful during class time.  I will send out a copy of the Behavior Contract on Monday so that you will be familiar with the expectations and protocol.

Please continue to talk with your child about “Stranger Danger” and the importance of staying in groups and not walking anywhere alone.  This is a sad and frustrating situation.  I pray that are children are safe.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings,

Mrs. Richardson

Upcoming Events: 

  • Tuesday October 29:  Middle School Open House 6:30-8 pm.  Spread the Word!  Bring a Friend!!
  • Friday, November 1:  Quarter Ends, Free Dress
  • Monday, November 4:  Picture Retakes.
  • Parent Safety Seminar – November 5.  Save the date – we have lined up a parent safety seminar on Tuesday, November 5 from 6:30-8:00 PM here at the school. The presenter is Kim Estes from “Savvy Parents Safe Kids”, and she will be speaking about safety in a variety of topics, appropriate for all ages preschool through middle school. More information will be coming soon.

Website and Yellow Envelopes:

The new website is up and running.  From now on I will be posting all homework on line.  If you have any questions let me know.  However, we will also still be writing down all homework in our daily planners and putting required materials into our filers.

On Tuesdays I will send home corrected daily work (there will be a lot), but I do keep assessments and quizzes.

Memory and Reading Logs:  Reading logs and Memory are due on Monday.

Spelling:

Next weeks spelling words are:

Sight words, “shun” tion words,

and academic vocabulary

  1. tenth
  2. hundredth
  3. key
  4. president
  5. brown
  6. trouble
  7. elevation
  8. description
  9. prescription
  10. subscription
  11. deception
  12. introduction
  13. expectation
  14. fraction
  15. numerator
  16. denominator
  17. composite
  18. prime
  19. equivalent
  20. multiple

Eagle of the Week

5th Grade

This week we celebrated Riley!  Riley loves the colors blue and green, as well as cats.  Her favorite animal is a snow leopard.  She brought in a yummy treat called cherries in the snow.  Next week we will celebrate Bryce!

Friday Reflections

Neil:  I am loving computers!  They are fun to use and all the stuff we’re doing on them is great.  I also love Line Rider!

Spencer:  Our virtue for the month is Hope.  Hope is like Noah and the Ark.  Noah kept hope in God and then it stopped raining.

David:  In PE we are playing kickball.  My favorite spot to play is first base.  You can get a lot of people out.

Eva:  In reading we finished Holes.  The ending was wonderful.  I loved it so much!

Maxon:  In religion we were looking up bible verses and that do to do with the Mountains that Matter and at Chapel we led the song Rise and Shine.

Eva:  For writing we designed a flag and now are writing a story on how it came to be.  My story takes place in Floresville!

 

October 23, 2013

Dear Parents,

Sorry for the delay.  I thought I had posted my letter yesterday, but see that I didn’t. The kids did an amazing job in chapel today.  We had a lot of fun getting ready for the event.  I’m always so impressed with this group’s eagerness and willingness to be good sports! I hope that you all had a great long weekend.  I had the opportunity to attend the NW Teacher’s conference for the first time.  It was really amazing.  Not only were we blessed with amazing weather, but I really learned a lot about the Common Core Curriculum and got to bond with the Hope Staff which was my favorite part.

This week we dove right back into ITBS testing.  We will be finished with testing on Thursday.  If your child missed some test days, please let me know when we can set some time to make-up the tests before or after school.  It is very important that all students complete the entire test.

I handed the kids back their math re-take tests today and they will bring these home today!  Please take time to go over these with your child.  They all did remarkably better.  I was SO proud of them.

Beginning on Thursday, we will start our new math unit on fractions.  I know that the kids are ready to move on from real world story problems.  Daily math homework will resume as well.  Some of the kids are already finished or close to finishing their xtramath practice.  Please continue to have your child work on this as much as possible.  When they complete the multiplication portion, they can move on to division.  Let me know if you need your child’s pin number.

As always be sure to check the homework link daily!

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, October 29:  Middle School Open House 6:30-8:00 pm

Friday, November 1:  Quarter 1 ends, Free Dress Day

Have a great week!

Blessings,

Lisa

October 16, 2013

Dear Parents,

Another short week of school, and we still managed to accomplish a lot in this time.  Due to the shortened school week there are no Friday Reflections.  We will continue with this next week.

Upcoming Events:

Oct. 21-25:  ITBS testing continues

Oct. 21-25:  Riley is Eagle of the Week.

Oct. 23:  5th graders are leading chapel at 8:40 am.  Come if you can!

Tuesday Oct. 29:  Middle School Open House

The kids have been taking a lot of assessments this week:  ITBS, science, math, spelling—basically they’ve been working really hard and deserve a big break!  I hope that you all have a fun weekend and that you are able to get some quality family time together (story problem free!).

I’m excited to attend my first NW Teacher conference in Seaside.  I’m looking forward to learning a lot of new things regarding the common core curriculum, technology and most importantly strengthen my relationships with the wonderful staff and with God.  I pray that you are all safe and healthy.

Blessings,
Lisa Richardson

October 15, 2013

Math, oh my math.  It’s been a rocky ride with all of these “real world” story problems.  I apologize for all of the headaches.  It wasn’t my intent to challenge everyone, but apparently Signapore Math had different intentions.  This was by far the MOST challenging math I have ever encountered in my teaching career.  The good news is, we will take an assessment tomorrow (with very few story problems) and then move on to fractions.  Yay!

Remember, you can always go to thinkcentral.com for help.  I handed out this information at curriculum night. Your username is your child’s first and last name (one word) and your password in Hope2013.  Here are the exceptions:

Please let me know if you have any questions.  Thanks!

Lisa

 

October 14, 2013

Hello,

I hope you all had a great weekend.  We have a short but very busy week ahead.  Yellow envelopes will go home tomorrow.  Remember to check through both school information and corrected school work.

ITBS:  We are starting our ITBS testing tomorrow.  Please have your child get a good night’s sleep and eat a healthy breakfast.  Our testing will last through the end of next week.

Spelling:  We do have spelling this week, so please have your kids practice the spelling words that are posted under the Homework tab.

Science Test:  We have a science test tomorrow.  We are reviewing today and students can bring home their reviews to help study tonight.  This is a review of what we have been learning in class over the last few weeks.

Math Test:  We have a math assessment on Wednesday.  Again, this is also a review of what we have been practicing in class and at home over the last few weeks.

Teacher Conference:  The entire Hope staff will be attending the NW Teacher’s District Conference in Seaside this Wednesday through Friday.  Students will be dismissed at noon on Wednesday and will not have school on Thursday or Friday.  Please be sure to arrange child care if necessary.  ESC will be open!

Thank you for the great conferences.  I am so impressed with this group of 5th graders.  They are really working hard and it’s paying off!  Again, please keep me informed of any questions and/or concerns.  I really appreciate the open communication and your efforts! Keep up the good work.

Blessings,
Lisa

 

October 8, 2013

Hi there,

Lots of information and corrected work coming home tonight in your yellow envelopes.  Please make sure to check out the homework link!

Reminder:  Conferences are this week.  School is dismissed at noon on Thursday and there is no school on Friday.  If you need to double check on your conference time, please let me know.

Blessings,

Lisa

 

October 4, 2013

 

Dear Parents,

 

What a week!  I had to take my first sick day of the year which was not ideal, but the kids were great and powered ahead.  We have a lot of sickness going around, so remember to have your kids wash their hands, use tissues, drink lots of fluids and most importantly get lots of sleep!

 

Congratulations to our new classroom representatives! Jacoby and Josie .  It was a really close race!  In fact, we had a 3 way tie and had to do another round of voting.  The all of votes in both rounds were only separated by 1 or 2 votes in the end.  This shows that all of our contestants were well respected by their peers and were really good candidates.  I’m super proud of them all!  (So proud that I gave them candy—sorry).

Other student council reps as well as our 8th Grade Officers are posted at the end of this letter.

Please continue to talk with your child about “Stranger Danger” and the importance of staying in groups and not walking anywhere alone.  There have been news crews around the school since yesterday.  We are hoping that they will be gone soon.  We have talked and prayed about this as a class and will continue to do so if needed.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings,

Mrs. Richardson

Upcoming Events: 

  • October 10-11:  Fall Conferences.  Noon Dismissal on Oct. 10.  No school Oct. 11.  Conference times went out on Tuesday as well as mid-term progress reports.  If you have any questions, please email me.
  • October 14-16 and 21-25:  Standardized Testing grade 1-8.
  • October 16-18:  NW District Conference.  Noon Dismissal on Oct. 16.  No School Oct. 17-18.

Homework, Yellow Envelopes, Filers and Planner:

 The new website is up and running.  From now on I will be posting all homework on line.  If you have any questions let me know.  However, we will also still be writing down all homework in our daily planners and putting required materials into our filers.

On Tuesdays I will send home corrected daily work (there will be a lot), but I do keep assessments and quizzes.

Reading Logs:  Reading logs are due on Monday.

Spelling:

Next weeks spelling words are:

Week 3

Sight words, suffix -able,

and academic vocabulary

  1. row
  2. least
  3. catch
  4. climbed
  5. wrote
  6. shouted
  7. continued
  8. itself
  9. else
  10. plains
  11. adaptable
  12. allowable
  13. comfortable
  14. measurable
  15. preferable
  16. various
  17. exist
  18. groceries
  19. umbrella
  20. hypothesis

Memory:  On Monday your child will need to have the following verse memorized.

“There is salvation in no one else for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”  Acts 4:12

Eagle of the Week

5th Grade

There is no Eagle of the week for the next two weeks due to the shortened weeks.  We will resume on Monday, Oct. 21.

Friday Reflections

Riley:  Today we don’t have a lot of homework and we are working on Orders of Operations and Numeric Expressions.  We subtracted, then we added, we multiplied and we divided by 3-4 numbers.  For example:34 -4 x 5.

Alex: This morning Mrs. Richardson told us to fold our hands on our hearts and think of an intention for the day.

Emy:  I love computers!  I talked to Mr. Jones about the new Scratch 3.0 and the week long Scratch project he is making and that I am the only one to know.  Shhhhhh.

Hope: In Spanish we are learning about dates, months and weekdays.

Emily:  In PE we played flag football and it was SOOOO fun!

Reece:  In reading we are still reading the book HOLES.  It sis great.  We are at my favorite part.

Jacoby:  In Music we are learning about disabled people playing instruments.

Philip:  In science I learned how to conduct an operation.

Eva:  For writing we designed a flag and now are writing a story on how it came to be.  My story takes place in Floresville!

Hannah:  This week for Art we are doing Op Art!  It is really fun.  You write your name in cursive and then you trace around it over and over.  After that you color in the lines.

Bryce:  Our virtue for the month is Hope.  We can show Hope by reading the Bible to people that don’t know Jesus so they can learn about him and his word.

Grade 3 Reps

John Mueller

Kahina AitAllaoua

Grade 4

Hallie Graves

Annabelle Davidson

Grade 5

Josie Czeskleba

Jacoby Landskov

Grade 6

Natalie Gulizia

Grade 7

Maddie Jensen

GAvin Doerr

Officers

President::Jordan McFeely

Vice President: Alexander Okabayashi

Secretary:  Connor Wartelle

Treasurer:  Leo Cachero

Congratulations!  Please share!

 

 

Oct. 2, 2013

Check out the homework link to see tonight’s homework!

 

September 27, 2013

Dear Parents,

 

Happy Friday!  I have a lot to be thankful for this week.  Your kids did a great job.  I’m excited for the new Hope Lutheran website to get started.  You will find all of my weekly emails as well as the Friday Reflections.  I pray that you all have a safe and fun filled weekend!

 

Happy Birthday to Ben and David!

 

Upcoming Events: 

  • September 30:  Individual School Pictures.  Nice Dress Attire, no logo tee-shirts or gym shorts.  Students will need to change out of their PE uniforms, so remember a comb or brush as well.
  • October 1:  Mid-term progress reports will be sent home.
  • October 2:  Fall Olympics
  • October 10-11:  Fall Conferences.  Noon Dismissal on Oct. 10.  Please turn your conference slips!

 

Filers and Planners:  Reminder that all corrected papers are now being sent home on Tuesdays along with their Yellow Take Home envelopes.  This means you will have a lot of papers to look through.

 

Spelling:

The kids did really well on their spelling test this week!  Next weeks spelling words are:

 

Week 3

Sight words, suffix -able,

and academic vocabulary

1. fraction

2. division

3. multiplication

4. mirror

5. bottom

6. tripped

7. hole

8. turned

9. let’s

10. might

11. desirable

12. excitable

13. lovable

14. notable

15. tolerable

16. catches

17. avenue

18. treasure

19. cushion

20. rarely

 

Memory:  On Monday your child will need to have the following verse memorized.  We have been working on this in class, but it’s good to check in:

 

“Let the Word of God dwell in you richly.  Colossians 3:16

 

On Tuesday they will be reciting the following verse in small groups.

 

Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always hopes, always perseveres.

 

1 CORINTHIANS 13:4-7

 

PE:  Remember PE uniforms for Monday.  All kids should have their required uniforms by now.  Please let me know if they do not.

 

Eagle of the Week

5th Grade

Next week are Eagle of the Week is Jacoby!! Jacoby will be presenting a poster about himself to the class on Tuesday, Oct. 1.

 

Friday Reflections

 

Azlin:  In math we are estimating and dividing big numbers.

 

Neil: I like religion.  It is a nice class that I didn’t have when I was at my old school.

 

Lydia:  In computers we are testing out math games.  In order to win the games you need to be fast and click on the correct answer.

 

Spanish: In Spanish we are learning numbers 0-10.

 

Jack:  In PE we are doing a football unit.  I’m really good at itJ

 

David:  In reading we are taking Developmental Reading Assessments and reading the book HOLES.  It is about a kid who goes to a camp called CampGreenLake.  They had to dig holes 5 feet around and 5 feet tall every day.  Sounds terrible, Right?!

 

Josie:  In Music we learned how to bring our voice to a new level and learned tempo, different notes and volume.

 

Jack:  In science we are experimenting on bread.

 

Eva:  For writing we designed a flag and now are writing a story on how it came to be.  My story takes place in Floresville!

 

Will:  Our virtue for the month is PATIENCE.  You can show patience during math because it’s getting tricky!

 

 

 

 

Sept. 10, 2013

 

Dear Parents,
We officially made it through the first full week of school.  It’s been so much fun getting to know your kids.  We’ve been really busy with curriculum and activities.

 

New Schedule:

Due to our PE schedule, we have not been able to get to morning recess.  Therefore, we will be switching recess times on the following days:

 

Monday:        lunch recess 12:20-12:35          afternoon recess:  1:45-2:00

Tuesday:        lunch recess 12:20-12:35          afternoon recess:  1:45-2:00

Thursday:      lunch recess 12:20-12:35          afternoon recess:  1:45-2:00

 

Tuesday and Friday will remain the same:

 

morning recess:  10:10-10:25     lunch recess 12:20-12:35

 

Tuesday Take Home Envelope:

Today, your child will be bringing home their Tuesday Take-Home envelopes.  Please look for these in their filers.  There are several important pieces of information.  Also, please take time to go over their rules and expectations contract with your child.  We came up with these expectations as a class and it needs to be signed by both of you and returned tomorrow.

 

Filers:

Most of you have paid me for the filers.  If you have not done so, please send $5.00 with your child.  If you are unsure if you have paid, please let me know as well.

 

Homework:

Homework should be coming home daily now.  We are filing out the student planners at the end of each day.  There are subject areas for them to write required homework assignments.  These also need to come back every day.  Although your child is getting bigger and more independent, it is really important to still check in with them each night.  If homework completion and return becomes an issue, I will ask that you sign their planners every night and I will do the same at the end of each day.

 

PE:

Remember that Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays are PE days.  Students may wear their PE uniforms or shorts and T-shirts if they have not received their uniforms to school in the morning.  They have a short time period to change right after first recess so please make sure they have their uniforms packed as well.

 

Personal hygiene is also an important part of 5th grade.  Daily showers and clean clothes are necessary.  Our room gets REALLY hot, so please have this conversation with your child.  Again, deodorant is not required and is a personal choice for parents to make, but students are welcome to bring some to school if you choose.

          

Upcoming Events:

Curriculum Night—Tuesday, September 17 at 7 pm.

Free Dress—Friday, September 20.

School Pictures—Monday, September 30.

 

Volunteers:

Finally, I’m trying to finalize a volunteer schedule for recess and classroom help.  If you have the time and the desire, please let me know if you are able to help out.  I cannot tell you how much I appreciate it!!  I could still use volunteers for recess on the following days:

 

Monday:  Afternoon Recess  1:40-2:00

Tuesday:  Lunch Recess 12:15-12:35     Afternoon Recess  1:40-2:00

Wednesday:  Morning Recess  10:05-10:25

Thursday:  Afternoon Recess  1:40-2:00

 

Blessings,

Lisa Richardson