Friday News

Like the graduation pictures in the header above? Strawbridge has them available in $40 packages in the office. See the school secretary, Ms. Young, if you want to purchase them.

Field Day

We will be having Field Day on Tuesday morning. At the time of writing this post, the weather is supposed to be hot and sunny 88 degrees. Wear sunscreen and clothes you don’t mind getting wet! Parents, you are welcome to join us :)

Graduation!

We still need help to make the 5th grade graduation special. The school will provide cake and punch, but we would like to have some other snacks. Peanuts, mints, chips, cookies, etc. would be great if you’d like to help out and bring something in.

Graduation will be in the gym on Wednesday at 10:30. All friends and family are welcome to attend! Arrive between 10:00-10:25 to get a good seat.

Thank You

I greatly appreciate all of your help at home this year. The overall “homework completion rate” has been phenomenal! You have also been the most “connected” group of parents I’ve ever had with the use of this website, Classdojo, and e-mail. I hope that all of your experiences through the years at Henry Elementary have been positive and, speaking on behalf of all of the teachers here, we will miss you! Best wishes in health, happiness, and the future.

To My Students

STAY IN SCHOOL! It is a sad statistic that only 80% of Americans graduate high school. That translates to just 4 out of 5 people finishing 12th grade. Work hard and never give up, even when “life gets in the way” as you grow up. You have a long life ahead of you and the work you put in to school will pay off in the future, and I don’t mean money, I mean you will be able to do what you enjoy, rather than what you have to in your career. I wish you all the best in choosing a wise and happy path in life. Congratulations and have a great summer!

Thursday Homework

R&R (the last one)

Study spelling words you missed on today’s practice test.

1. a  lot  (two words)

2. there – go over there

3. they’re – they’re going on vacation

4. their – they packed their bags

5. college

6. doesn’t

7. different

8. interesting

9. definite

10. probably

11. separate

12. lose – the opposite of win

13. loose – not tight

14. too – too much

15. write – write a letter

16. science

17. Wednesday

18. your – tie your shoes

19. you’re – you’re the best

20. license

This Week’s Spelling Words

1. a  lot  (two words)

2. there – go over there

3. they’re – they’re going on vacation

4. their – they packed their bags

5. college

6. doesn’t

7. different

8. interesting

9. definite

10. probably

11. separate

12. lose – the opposite of win

13. loose – not tight

14. too – too much

15. write – write a letter

16. science

17. Wednesday

18. your – tie your shoes

19. you’re – you’re the best

20. license

Thursday Homework & SOL Scores

I have given students a slip of paper with all four of their SOL test scores on it. Email or classdojo message me a note if you would like to know all of your child’s test scores.

Overall SOL Pass Rates for Henry 5th Grade

* – These tests still have “expedited retakes” available next week for students who scored between a 375 and 399, so they may increase.

Reading – *76%

Math – 88%

Science – *80%

Social studies – *84%

Hw: R&R, return “Bully” permission, bring back library books or money to pay for them

Stop Bullying at Henry

Bullying happens at all schools. Bullying could happen anywhere. It is most common to happen when a teacher or an adult is not around. Bullying happens at Henry all the time but it should not happen at all. Bullying can happen in many ways. Name calling, making fun of, and hurting someone are all different types of bullying. Henry School students need to stop bullying because it is not right. It also makes Henry students  look bad because all the other schools might think  Henry has to many  bullies, so don’t be friends with them. So lets stick together and stop bullying.

Thursday Homework

R&R

Math SOL test Tuesday

We still need to study metric and customary units!

Students will be required to convert Metric and Customary units of measure.  Students will also need to be able to measure to the nearest 1/8 of an inch on a ruler.

Length: Metric                                                                           Length: Customary

1 cm = 10 mm          cm = centimeter                      5,280 feet = 1 mile    mi = mile

1 m = 100 cm            m = meter                                       1 yard = 3 feet          yd = yard

1 m = 1000 mm        km = kilometer                                 12 inches = 1 foot      ft = feet

1 km = 1000 m         mm = millimeter

 

Mass: Metric                                                                              Mass: Customary

1 kg = 1000 g                                                                  1 ton = 2000 pounds    T = Ton

g = gram        kg = kilogram                                             1 pound = 16 ounces    lb = pound

oz = ounces

Liquid Volume: Customary

1 gallon = 4 quarts    gal = gallon

1 quart = 2 pints      qt = quart

1 pint = 2 cups         pt = pint

1 cup = 8 ounces      c = cup

oz = ounce

 

 

Liquid Volume: Metric

1 L = 1000 mL          L = liter          mL = milliliter

 

 

Temperature: Metric                                                      Temperature: Customary

Boiling point of water: 100 degrees Celsius       Boiling point of water: – 212 degrees Fahrenheit

Freezing point of water: 0 degrees Celsius        Freezing point of water: 32 degrees Fahrenheit

Body Temperature: 37 degrees Celsius             Body Temperature: 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit

Wednesday Homework & SOL Scores

R&R

Study social studies

Science SOL test results: Henry Elementary 5th grade had to have a 70% or higher pass rate to make “AYP” – we did it! 80% of students passed the science SOL and 7 students got a 500 or higher “Pass Advanced”. Message me if you would like to know the specific score for your child.

How did we do in reading? I can’t say yet because there is a new rule this year in reading and math that if a student scores between a 375 and 399 they can retake a different version of the test to try to pass (400 or higher). The reading SOL pass rate is roughly the same as science at this time.

Tuesday News

One down, three to go! Fifth graders worked really hard today. Please continue to study science and social studies for tomorrow and Thursday.

*I still need baby pictures from six students: CM, DD, GC, JJ, and LB

*PTO, Talent, and Art Show tonight at 6:00

HW = R&R, study sci. & ss

Monday Homework

*Reading SOL test tomorrow – get a good night’s sleep and eat breakfast

R&R

Study science – SOL test Wednesday

Study social studies – SOL test Thursday

PTO, Talent Show, and Festival of the arts tomorrow night

Bring in or email three baby pictures for graduation slide show – DC, DD, GC, JJ, and LB.

Thursday Homework

R&R

Study science and ss for 15 minutes each.

Bring in three baby pictures for the graduation slideshow by tomorrow.

“Weather in a city” science paper due tomorrow (not homework, just a reminder)

Spirit Day tomorrow – Dress Hawaiian

Ms. Tran (guidance) – Please bring in your letters of encouragement tomorrow.

Support Fifthgradenews.com

Dear Users of this Website,

I hope you have enjoyed this website and it has made you feel well-informed about what’s going on at school this year. Fifthgradenews (originally mrpaquette.com) is a project that I started almost ten years ago and has continued to evolve through the years. I consider it to be a very valuable way to communicate with all of you.

Did you know I have created and run other websites? The Henry Elementary website was created by me and I also made a website for the Franklin Center in Rocky Mount. I am also the webmaster of my mother-in-law’s daycare center. I have learned a lot by making these sites, but have yet to actually make any money with a website. In fact, fifthgradenews has to be renewed this summer and it costs me about $100 per year.

A couple of fundraiser ideas I have to lessen this expense for me is to sell tomato plants and inexpensive emergency bags to teachers. I sell the plants for $5 each or $15 for four and starter emergency bags for your car for $15 each or two for $25. The tomatoes are Better Boys I grow myself from parkseed.com and will be about 12-15″ tall, healthy, and in 1/2 gallon pots with Miracle Gro moisture control soil. The emergency bags, which every car needs, are a medium-size backpack with: 12 item first aid kit, emergency mylar blanket, poncho, 4 packs of emergency drinking water, a glow stick (as a safe road flare), waterproof matches, and a flashlight with batteries.

My sales with just the teachers have been good with the tomatoes each year, but I have more plants than I can probably sell this time. The bags idea was a new one I tried this month. I am considering starting another website (that might actually make money for once!) over the summer to sell emergency supplies in conjunction with Amazon as a side project to teaching and wanted to test it out.

If you want premium tomato plants or “don’t get stuck in the rain at night with a flat tire!” emergency bags, which have plenty of room for you to add more items, send me an email or Classdojo message. The tomatoes will be ready by the end of next week if you are interested. Thanks for helping me lessen the personal cost of this website if you can support either of these fundraiser ideas.

Sincerely,

Mr. Paquette

 

Friday News

SOL Tests Coming

Homework on the weekend? Unfortunately, yes. Please continue to study science and social studies as much as possible, including on Saturday and Sunday. April 27th – May 1st will be “crunch time” to really work hard. After that, we will know we did our best and relax going into SOL testing.

Graduation

Please send in baby/kid pictures by the end of next week so work can begin on the graduation slide show. Graduation will be on the last day of school at 10:30 in the gym. All family and friends are welcome to attend!

Help Wanted!

It would be great if a few parents would “sign up” to help with graduation. We need just a few basic things like cups, plates, tablecloths, decorations, etc. to make it a nice event. Can you come in a little before graduation or send something? Please write me an email or send a note if you can. Thanks in advance!

Graduation Pictures Thursday

There’s no no need to dress up. Strawbridge will be covering students with a cap and gown for the pictures. It doesn’t cost anything, unless you decide to buy the pictures. Last year was the first year they offered these portraits and they came out really well.

Track Meet

Students selected to participate in the track meet will go on Tuesday the 28th. The rain date is Wednesday the 29th. Dress for the weather and WEAR SUNSCREEN. There is NO shade and we will be outside on the track for five hours! In the past I have had students wear jeans, boots, sandals, forgot a belt, etc. Dress for running! Yes, parents, you are welcome to attend. Just park and find us behind the high school. Students must also pack a lunch for this trip.

PTO, Festival of the Arts, and Talent Show

These will all be happening on Tuesday, May 5th! Please attend, we have many talent show participants.

Mark Your Calendar

  • May 25 – Memorial Day, no school
  • Tuesday, May 26 Field Day grades 3-5 in the morning
  • Wednesday, May 27 – Last day, graduation 10:30, early dismissal (most parents take students home after graduation)

 

Thursday Homework

R&R 20 min.

Science – study for SOL test 15 minutes (if you study for 20 minutes it can be used for R&R too)

Graduation slide show – turn in 3 baby pictures (to be scanned and returned)

Upload Your Pictures Right Here

It’s easy! Log in and then mouse over the +New button at the top of the screen. Choose “Media” from the drop-down and you will have a drag-and-drop upload screen. Drop your picture files on it and you’re done!

Fifthgradenews is set up so only users can see their own media files in their “library”, but Mr. Paquette’s screen can see all media files uploaded by users. Please be sure to rename your pictures with your name so I know who it is!

Wednesday Homework

R&R

Study science study guide or solpass.org, now linked under “Resources”, for at least 15 minutes.

Bring in or email three baby/kid  pictures for the graduation slideshow.

Progress reports go out on Friday.

Tuesday Homework

R&R

Science – study for at least 15 minutes and have a parent date and initial the front of the study guide

*Bring in or email me at least 3 baby/kid pictures to use in the graduation slide show

 

Wednesday Homework

R&R

Paquette math – Finish dream house assignment

Science tutoring – study your cards

Science – quiz on cell parts, mechanical energy, and compounds/elements Friday

SOL Test Schedule:

Tuesday, May 5 – Reading SOL

Wednesday, May 6 – science SOL

Thursday, May 7 – ss SOL

Tuesday, May 12 – math SOL

Tuesday Homework

R&R

Science quiz Friday on: cell parts, mechanical energy, compounds/elements

ss – 30, 32, and 32 1/2

Track team members will go to the track meet at FCHS on April 28, permission slips went home today

Wednesday Homework

R&R

Paquette math – circles sheet

*Picture Day is tomorrow

Turn in “Free Field Trip” permission slip (green) for Friday if you haven’t yet. Extra copies (white) went home today to the five students who haven’t turned it in yet.

The Free/Day in the Woods/Underground Railroad trip is Friday from noon until 10 PM. Parents must pick up students from Henry at that time.

Our tour of BFMS went well today!

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Jamestown Reminders

If you are going on the trip:

Pack a throw-away lunch for the bus ride tomorrow.

Be here at 6:30 to board the bus.

The bus LEAVES at 7:00. If you are not here, we will not wait and you will not get a refund.

Thursday Homework

R&R

Turn in BFMS registration forms tomorrow.

Jamestown Trip FAQ – A detailed letter about the trip will come home tomorrow.

What time do we have to be at school Tuesday? 6:30 AM, bus leaves promptly at 7:00

Can we take pictures? Yes, but adults and students are NOT allowed to post pictures to social media websites.

Is there a refund since we are only taking one bus now? Yes, a small refund will be given out on Tuesday.

Do I need to pack a throw-away lunch for the bus ride Tuesday? Yes, but breakfast will be given on Tuesday morning.

Am I allowed to bring food/snacks? Yes, but be reasonable!

Am I allowed to bring electronics? Yes, and the bus has charging outlets for every seat.

Is there a bedtime? Yes, be respectful of the other hotel guests and your chaperone will tell students when bedtime is.

Is there a gift shop? Can I bring money? Yes, and yes. However, slingshots, rifles, swords and other such toys/items are not allowed to be purchased on the trip.

Please ask questions as a comment if there is anything else you need to know.

Monday Homework

R&R

McGinnis math – sheet

Paquette math – probability test tomorrow

VS – VA regions quiz tomorrow

BFMS registration papers – please turn in ASAP

Report cards go home Friday

NBA MVP Voting

Who do you think should be the NBA MVP. Who would look best on the cover of NBA 2K16? Will the reining MVP’s teammate Russell Westbrook win, Most Valuable to be Stephen Curry, The other Most Valuable to be James Harden(FEAR THE BEARD) or the Four time MVP LeBron(King)James win.

Fifth Grade news problem

Mr.Paquette made fifth grade news for the kids.I think it is a good idea to get on fifth grade news more because Mr.Paquette is paying money to keep this website.Dashboard is a great way to keep in touch with your fifth grade friends.When Mr.Paquette showed us this website on the first day of school you all thought it was cool. Is it not cool now? I get on fifth grade news almost every day I can.The first week after school started there was like 6 people on dashboard.Now you are lucky to have another kid on. I hope my point came across to the people who read this. Messages is also a great way to who you want to. If you are not on you can not read this.I hope my point came across to the people who read this.

Thursday Homework

*Attention: There were LOTS of nurse passes written today. If you’re not feeling well, check to be sure you do not have a fever before coming to school tomorrow.

R&R

Writing – Double negatives quiz will not not be tomorrow.

 

Wednesday Homework

R&R

Writing – There isn’t no double negative quiz Friday.

Music in Our Schools concert is Thursday @ FCHS, 7:00 PM (if you were invited by Ms. Vitello to participate)

Reading reward is this Friday – bring in board games

BFMS Parent Info Night

Fifth Grade Parents:  This is a reminder that the BFMS parent night is scheduled for tomorrow evening, March 17th beginning at 6:00 p.m. at BFMS East Hall. Go to the entrance with a daffodil statue out front. It is the last/farthest building when entering from the Arby’s/KFC side.  I encourage you to attend if possible!

Wednesday Homework

R&R

BFMS band and choir teachers visited today. BFMS registration papers will come home today. If your child wants to play in the band, the “woodwinds” are flute, clarinet, and saxophone. “Brass” is either trombone or trumpet. “Percussion” is NOT an option for 6th grade.

News Update

Snow!

Let’s hope all of the snow days are done as we head into spring! It has been difficult getting all of our graded work finished in time for the upcoming report cards. However, Dr. Church did announce that there will be one more week added to the third nine weeks due to all of the school closings.

Band, Wheel, or Choir?

Mrs. Grindstaff and other BFMS staff members will visit with Henry students this Wednesday to give them an overview of what they may choose as electives next year. A paper will come home this week that lets you and your child decide what they would like to sign up for in sixth grade.

A Day in the Woods

On Friday, April 10th, fifth grade students are invited to spend the afternoon and evening recreating the experience of the Underground Railroad. You may remember something similar to this from the Haw River field trip last year, but this one is right here in Franklin County at Waid Park. Students will leave school at noon and the trip lasts until 10 PM. More details and a permission slip will be coming home soon.

Rising Sixth Grade Parent Information Night and BMFS Tour

On March 17th at 6 PM you are invited to BFMS to learn about sixth grade. They will explain many aspects of the transition to middle school and answer any questions you may have. Students will also be taking a tour of the BFMS East Hall (6th grade building) on Wednesday, April 8 for an hour (10-11) and will be back in time for lunch at Henry.

Pennies for Patients

Our school guidance counselor, Ms. Tran, has organized a fundraiser to support cancer research. Please send in some pennies to help out!

Jamestown Chaperones Please Read

A letter went home on Monday (today) about a meeting you need to attend here in the Henry cafeteria on March 24th at 5:30. We will be reviewing the itinerary and responsibilities for the trip.