Friday, September 1, 2017

Friday, September 1, 2017

Hi families!

I hope you all are looking forward to the three-day weekend. Here at school we are getting back into the swing of things, developing routines, and good classroom norms.

In Writing the past two weeks we have been working on an assignment that is based on Time magazine’s “10 Questions”. As a class, we have been looking at different examples and writing down the things we notice about the articles and the way the articles are structured. This week we have been revising our pieces. Next week we will begin our Narrative writing unit. Students will be writing small moment stories, setting clear goals, and developing more strategies to enhance their writer’s craft.

In Math, we are continuing to find the factors and multiples of numbers to solve problems. Students have also been identifying prime, square, composite, odd, and even numbers. Additionally, we have begun solving problems using order of operations. Next week we will begin solving multiplication problems with 2-digit numbers. At home, it is encouraged to practice math facts a few times a week.

Schema is our focus the next few weeks in Reading. We will be using our background knowledge to aid in making connections. Making meaning using our background knowledge is an important strategy in reading comprehension!

Geography has been our theme in Social Studies. We are researching the regions of the United States. Students will create a Google Slides presentation to share with their peers.

Finally, Spelling and Wordly Wise have not yet started. The week of September 11th we will begin our first round of spelling by introducing and practicing strategies to build an understanding of word patterns. Soon we will be diving into vocabulary knowledge practice by way of our Wordly Wise books. Improving vocabulary is one of the keys to being successful in reading comprehension.

As always please let me know of any questions, comments, or concerns.

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Ms. Lautenbach

Thursday, August 10, 2017

First Week

It has been a great first day of school and I am looking forward to the many more days that we will share together. I had a wonderful time getting to know your students and beginning to build our classroom community.

Here are some upcoming happenings that will be taking place next week...

Wednesday, August 16th is Back to School Night

Session 1: 6:05-6:35
Session 2: 6:40-7:10
Back to School Night will give families an overview of the grade level curriculum, homework practices, information on math resource guides, and general classroom procedures.

Thursday, August 17th and Friday, August 18th are Assessment Days
Students will come to their scheduled time slot to complete reading and math assessments (if you need to check with me on the time you are signed up for please email me).

I cannot express how excited I am for this upcoming year. Please email or call with any further questions, comments, or concerns.

Have a wonderful rest of your week and a great weekend!

Ms. Lautenbach

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year

Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome to 5th grade and the 2017-2018 school year. I am so excited to be teaching 5th grade at Gold Rush and to meet all of you! I have great expectations for each and every student and know that this will be a successful and exciting year. I can’t wait to get to know all of you, but first, here are a few things you should know about me.
I was born and raised here in Colorado and there is so much I love about our beautiful state. I enjoy hiking, skiing, and spending time with my family and friends. Last year I completed grad school with a Masters in Reading and Literacy. It is amazing all the things I can do with some more time on my hands. I enjoyed spending some time in Vail this summer. I also flew out to Arizona to visit my mom who lives in Scottsdale.
Additionally, I graduated from CU-Boulder and my first full time job was teaching the 5th grade in Fort Morgan, Colorado. This will be my fifth year teaching 5th grade at Gold Rush Elementary. I am grateful to be a part of the Gold Rush community and a part of the 5th grade team. 5th grade is an exciting time filled with many engaging learning opportunities. This year you can look forward to learning about our human body systems, exploring Jamestown, and continuing to practice our reading strategies. There will be challenges along the way as I push each of you to do the best that you can every day!
I am looking forward to what the year holds and I am very ready to get our school year started off on the right foot. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at . I will see you all soon!

Eagerly awaiting the year,

Ms. Lautenbach