Friday, March 15, 2019

Mid-March Update

It is hard to believe that we only have a little over two months of fifth grade left! Please take a look at the dates below, and don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions. If you'd like to volunteer for our upcoming Tech Museum or middle school field trips, please let me know. 

Have a great weekend! 

Upcoming Dates
March 2019
3/11- No School
3/26- Nixon School Open House
3/28- Tech Museum Field Trip 

April 2019
4/1 - 4/5- Spring Break, No School
4/15 - 5/3- State CAASPP & Science Testing

May 2019
5/9- Middle School Field Trips (need 5-6 parent driver/chaperones)
5/17- Evening Karaoke Party, organized by parents
5/28- All day 5th grade Pool Party
5/31- 5th Grade Promotion

What we're learning in class... 

Reading Workshop
Fantasy Book Clubs (late March)
Classroom Book a Day
Read Aloud Novel: The Wild Robot

Writing Workshop
Persuasive Essay & Speech Writing
Quick Writes

Math Olympiad
Problem of the Month

Social Studies
The American Revolution
The United States Constitution

Digital Citizenship & Safety

Monday, January 7, 2019

Happy 2019! January Update

We are back at school, well rested, and refreshed after winter break! Please take a look at the following announcements, and let me know if you have any questions. 

We are now using Schoology regularly in class in addition to using our calendar planners in our binders. Ask your fifth grader all about it- better yet, ask them to show you at home! All of our Palo Alto middle schools use Schoology to post assignments and as a communication tool. 

Take a look at all of the exciting new learning units we will be embarking on this month! 
  • Reading Workshop
    • Historical Fiction Book Clubs
    • Classroom Book a Day
    • Read Aloud Novel: Trapped & The Secret Soldier
  • Writing Workshop
    • Greenbelt Writing
    • Literary Essay
  • Math
    • Multiplying and Dividing Fractions
    • Math Olympiad
    • Problem of the Month
  • Social Studies
    • Colonial America &
    • The American Revolution
  • Science/Tech/Engineering
    • Life Science w/ Ms. Ellenberger

Please take note of these dates and mark them in your calendars. 
  • January 2019
    • 1/7- School Resumes
    • 1/21- Martin Luther King Day- No School
  • February 2019
    • 2/14-2/18- Presidents' Day Long Weekend, No School
    • 2/25- Walk Through American Revolution
    • 2/25-3/15th Grade Puberty Lessons

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

November Update from Ms. Nosek

We are quickly approaching Thanksgiving Break, and are in the process of finishing up some projects and starting new ones. Ask your fifth grader all about what we're working on in class. Below is a list of important upcoming dates. Please add them to your calendars. 

November 2018
11/12- Veteran's Day (no school)
11/13- 5th Grade Comic Con!, 1:30-2:20, parents welcome to join! 
11/16- Progress Reports Available
11/19-11/23- Thanksgiving Break (no school)
*Every Monday in November, Tacolicious Fundraiser for Nixon

December 2018 
12/21- Room A1 Writing Celebration, 8:00-9:00, Families encouraged to attend. More details will be sent after Thanksgiving break.
12/24-1/4- Winter Break- No School

January 2019
1/7- School Resumes
1/21- Martin Luther King Day- No School

We had a wonderful Halloween celebration in room A1. Thank you so much to Linzi, Lauren, Victoria, and all the parents who popped in to join us. The kids had a wonderful day. Please see your email for a link to photos from the day. 

After Thanksgiving break, we will start using Schoology in our classroom. Schoology is a site that helps kids and families keep track of assignments and announcements from the classroom. All PAUSD middle schools use Schoology, so I am looking forward to helping our fifth graders become accustomed to it prior to leaving Nixon. 

Announcement from Nixon's Student Council: 
"Nixon’s Annual Food Drive to support Second Harvest Food Bank has begun this week and will run through the end of the week after Thanksgiving. Please help your child see how important it is to give. Donations can be brought directly to our classroom, as it’s fun for the students to add the donations to the food collection barrel themselves. Second Harvest Food bank is especially in need of healthy foods high in protein. They cannot take perishable items or items in glass containers. A rewarding experience is bringing your son or daughter to the grocery store to select the food items to donate. Some ideas might be to have him or her bring some allowance, so it’s truly from them or you can give them the challenge of using $5-$10. to see how many items they can buy for this amount. Thanks for any help you can provide!"

Friday, September 21, 2018

Early October Update

Just a quick update... 

Parent Conferences
Parent conferences start next week. Please double heck your time here  Parent/Teacher Conference Link. If you need to change your time, please do so a couple days in advance so I can prepare accordingly. I'm looking forward to meeting with all of you soon! 

Exploratorium Field Trip 
Thank you to all the parents who volunteered to join us on upcoming field trip! Unfortunately we cannot bring every parent with us. We can only bring five. Andi, Diana, Linzi, Elias, and Manesha will be joining us. Thank you so much to everyone for volunteering!  

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to send me an email,  

Friday, August 17, 2018

First Week of School Update

We had a wonderful first week of fifth grade! Please read below to learn all about our week and important information to get the school year started.

Family Survey
If you have not filled out my confidential family survey yet, please do so no later than this coming Tuesday, August 21st. Here is the link for the surveyThank you! 

We're always looking to add new books to our library! If you'd like to help, please visit our Amazon Wishlist.

This week, we kicked off both reading and writing workshop, started fifth grade math with a few fun activities, moved our bodies in PE, and learned a little bit about what it means to be a thoughtful citizen and classmate. To learn more about our academic subjects in fifth grade, visit the above navigation tabs.

Fifth Grade Binders & Planning Calendar

Every single day, room A1 fifth graders will bring their binders to and from school. Their binders include tabs for different subjects, a place to hold homework, and their fifth grade planner. One of our goals in fifth grade is to get kids thinking about time management. Ask your fifth grader all about their binder and planner. Also, we do not use Friday folders in room A1. Rather, students bring home paper notices in their binders. As an aside, you will probably never receive a paper notice from me (with the exception of Scholastic Book Order forms and field trip permission slips). I will email everything directly to you to avoid the massive paper collection that tends to grow unnoticed in binders, backpacks, between car seats, shoved in drawers, piled on the kitchen counter… you see what I’m saying?


Regular homework starts on Monday, 8/20.  Fifth graders should do no more than 50 minutes of homework each day- and honestly, we will do much less in room A1. PAUSD guidelines recommend 50 minutes of homework in 5th grade each night, however, there is no evidence or research that shows benefits for elementary aged children doing homework aside from reading books of their choosing. So, while we will have some math homework each week, it will certainly not be a lot. To learn more about homework, click on the class logistics tab above. One of our fifth grade goals is to get kids in the lifelong habit of reading- so our fifth graders will work on their personal reading goal every night- this will be different for every single room A1 student. At Back to School Night, I will discuss this much more in depth.

Birthdays at Nixon

At Nixon, we try to celebrate birthdays in ways that do not involve food. So, in lieu of sending a treat with your child for their birthday, we will celebrate birthdays by singing, signing a class card, giving compliments, and giving birthday kiddos the option to attach birthday balloons to their chairs. This was actually a huge hit with the kids last year!

Personal Items and "Stuff"

At the start of the week, I talked with our fifth graders about leaving personal items at home. I asked everyone in class to please make the choice to leave any personal items such as electronics, special pens/pencils, toys, jewelry that may be distracting, and basically anything non school related at home. If they make the choice to bring any of these items to school, they should keep these items in their backpacks. Class time will not be used to deal with issues surrounding extra stuff brought to school, and I will not become involved in issues dealing with unnecessary stuff brought to school. Extra stuff distracts from learning, and is not something we have time to handle during our busy fifth grade day.

Special Classes

PE will take place every school day, either with me or the school PE teacher.  Please remind your fifth grader to wear or bring sensible PE shoes to school each day.
Music class is on Mondays and Wednesdays. Please remind your fifth grader to bring their instrument, music binder, and music stand to school on those two days.
Our library day is on Tuesday. So, library books are due back or due for renewal on those days.

I had an absolutely fantastic first week at school with your children! I am really looking forward to our year ahead together. Again, if you have any questions, please feel free to send me an email or pop in after school. 


Friday, August 10, 2018

Welcome Back to School!

I am so excited to welcome my new group of fifth graders and families to room A1 for the 2018-19 school year! Fifth grade is such a special year in school- we have so many great things in store for the months ahead.

If you are a Room A1 classroom parent this school year, please take a few minutes to fill out my start of year survey.  You can fill that out here: Ms. Nosek's Family Survey.

Want to support our class this year? Take a look at our Amazon Wishlist

My next update will come on Friday the 17th, and will be sent directly to your email inbox.