Thursday, April 12, 2018

April Updates

I hope everyone is having a great week! As our school year begins to wind down I have a couple of reminders. Our 5th graders will be touring Cimarron Middle School on Wednesday, April 25th. Coming home today will be a permission form for the bus. The forms are due back by April 19th.

Outdoor Ed is scheduled for May 21st. More information will be coming out, as the date gets closer on how to register your student, and what the day will look like.

Our Last Day Picnic is on May 25th. Families are welcome to attend as we celebrate the end of the year. Following the picnic, we will come back to Gold Rush for our 5th grade slideshows.

In the slideshow, there will be a mixture of pictures of various events throughout the year and one baby and one current picture of each fifth grader. For this slideshow, I will need your help. Individual student pictures, including one baby and one current picture, will be selected by you and your family and scanned into a jpeg and emailed directly to me. If you have pictures of events throughout the year, you can email me those as well!

Classroom happenings…

In math, students are extending their understanding of multiplication, division, and place value to include decimals. Use the links below to access different tools and games that can be used at home!


In reading, we are using the reading strategy of determining importance to record important ideas and construct main ideas from supporting details. This has been a useful strategy as students embark on their Colonial America research for our informational writing.

The kids will use checklists to create meaningful writing goals as we work on our informational papers. For our first writing topic, students will research Colonial America. Students will then apply their research strategies and different note-taking tools to learn and write about the American Revolution.

In social studies, we have been building background on early settlements in North America. The kids have been analyzing different sources to develop understanding. Our learning in social studies is tied to our informational writing.

Finally, in science, we have been conducting various experiments to explore and learn more about mixtures and solutions. Students are building an understanding that mixtures of matter can be separated.

As always please let me know of any questions, comments, or concerns you have. I hope you all enjoy the rest of the week and have a wonderful weekend!


Ms. Lautenbach

Monday, March 26, 2018

State Testing

Students in grades 3-5 will begin their state testing this week.  Students in the intermediate grade will be assessed in literacy and math using the state CMAS assessments, or the Colorado Measures of Academic Success.  Fifth graders will take an additional science assessment. The testing schedule is shown below.  Please refrain from scheduling outside appointments during all testing times.  We also recommend that students get plenty of rest and eat a healthy breakfast during the testing window.

March 28, 29 & 30 CMAS English Language Arts Assessment 
9:00-10:30 3rd Grade
10:15-12:00 5th Grade
1:30-3:00 4th Grade 


April 2, 3 & 4 CMAS Math
9:00-10:30 3rd Grade
10:45-12:15 5th Grade


April 9, 10 & 11 CMAS Math & Science
10:00-11:45 5th Grade - Science
1:30-3:00 4th Grade - Math 


Monday, February 5, 2018

February 5, 2018

Good morning! Here is an update on some happenings in our classroom.

In writing, we have been working on response to literature. Students have been analyzing passages of other authors and using these pieces to identify main idea, author’s purpose, and themes. Following response to literature we will move into our informational writing unit.

In math, we have started our unit on decimals. In this unit, students will be representing and comparing decimals and adding and subtracting decimals. At home, you can discuss everyday uses of decimals and find fraction equivalents.

In Reading, we are using our reading strategy of making inferences. Students use their schema, background knowledge, and text clues to make meaning of author’s purpose. We have also started up our book clubs. During book clubs, students are using their reading strategies to dig deeper into meaning. Students are also working on coming up with their own essential questions in relation to the book they are reading.

In science, students are conducting experiments to investigate water vapor. Last week the kids learned the effects of air temperature on evaporation. This week we will explore the effect of surface area on evaporation.

Finally, our Valentine's Day Party will be on Wednesday, February 14th at 2:30. Click here for the optional signup. For our party, there will be a chocolate fountain, photo booth, and a minute to win it game. Kids are welcome to bring in decorated boxes for Valentine's Day treats. If kids choose to bring Valentine's Day treats for their classmates they must bring one in for every student in our class. We have 25 students this year. As always please let me know of any questions, comments, or concerns you have. Have a great week!


Ms. Lautenbach