How We Organize Ourselves- The form of government can shape a society.
- How government systems function
- Impact of leadership on society
- Citizens role in governmental change
This will be the unit we begin this next week and hopefully finish up before the winter break. Students will dive into what it takes to become the leader of a country. Our inquiry should lead us into how societies are shaped by different governments. We will work to stay neutral in our discussions and learn about past and present day forms of government. Part of this unit we will read the book, The Kid Who Became President, which is a very simple example of how a person can become president in the United States. We will use this as a jumping off point to discuss other ways and how some may be better or worse. You are encouraged, as parents, to share you experiences and knowledge of government around the world. We highly encourage you to talk about your home countries and personal experiences with government.
The students will be working on a discussion paper as part of this unit. Discussion papers give both sides to an argument and describe, in the conclusion, on which side of the argument the author stands. The form of government will be the discussion but arguments will focus on the function of each government.
We will continue multiplying decimals using models not just procedures, but by the end of the week move into dividing decimals. The morning work students complete is a spiral review, which continues practice on topics already learned. Division is still an area students need practice. Creating a few random division problems each night could be helpful for your child. He/She should NOT be using remainders, but create a fraction with the “leftovers”.
Swimming Starts MONDAY!
From Mr. Barrs: Swimming for Mr. Barrs’ PE Classes will start on Monday, November 20th and continue through Monday, December 4th. The swimming classes will take place on their normally scheduled Physical Education days. The lessons will focus on water safety and swimming stroke development. This will be in a safe environment with three instructors per class and a dedicated lifeguard on duty at all times.
It is important that your child brings the following each PE day during the swimming unit:
flip-flops or sandals
plastic bag for wet suits
*** Please be sure to label all belongings with the student’s name in permanent marker.
If there is cold weather, students will wait in the indoor heated pool area before and after changing into their swimsuits. They will only be exposed to the cold outside during transition between the aquatics center and the main building.
This will be our second of four swimming units for the year.
Dress Up Days
Student Council would like to announce the November and December Dress up days!
**November: Thursday, November 23rd: Animal Day.
December: Thursday, December 14th: Winter/Holiday Dress. We hope all students join us!
Music Concert information
From Ms. Stacy: 4th and 5th grade: Mark the Date! The 4th and 5th grade winter concert will be held on Tuesday, December 12th 2017 in the SCIS theater.
Please have the kids wear nice clothes.
Girls: Dresses, skirts or nice pants
Boys: suits, ties, and/or nice pants and a collared shirt
Boys and Girls: Please no bluejeans or shirts with writing on them.
In addition, please have the students choose one winter accessory to wear (Gloves or mittens, a scarf, or a hat- keep in mind that our concert will be inside and we don’t want them to get overheated!).
20 Monday- Swimming, Visiting Author 2pm
23 Thursday- Animal Dress Up Day
24 Friday – No school for students
25 Winter Carnival 11am-4pm
1- Grade 5 Assembly 2pm (Kirwin, Roma and Cote are “hosting”, many of our students will be part of this assembly)