Monday, October 2, 2017

Exploratorium Trip Preparation

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Information about our 5th Grade Exploratorium Field Trip on Thursday, 10/5/17

We are so excited about our first big group fifth grade experience of the year! It is bound to be a fun day of learning, curiosity, and exploration for all. All fifth grade classes will be departing by bus from Nixon shortly after school starts. We will return by bus shortly before school ends.

Things to bring/wear:
  • A disposable/compostable lunch (ideally with nothing left to bring home).
  • A very light jacket (forecast: low of 53 and high 72). It may be breezy.
  • Comfortable closed toed walking shoes.

Things we recommend to leave at home:
  • Camera or device of any kind- if one is brought on the trip, the student who chose to bring it is 100% responsible for it. Teachers and chaperones will not hold any items for students.
  • Money. There will be no opportunity for students to visit the gift shop or to buy anything. So, please do not send money with your child.

Other things to know:
  • There will not be an opportunity to buy food, so please be sure to send your fifth grader with all the food they will need for the day.
  • If a student chooses to bring something to the museum and loses it, we will not have time to search around for it. So, please leave all unnecessary items at home.

The Fifth Grade Team

-Mrs. Deremigio, Ms. Ellenberger, Ms. Nosek, Ms. Schwarz

Friday, September 22, 2017

Late September Update

We've been having a great couple weeks here in room A1! We're nearly finished with all of our beginning of year assessments, and are making a lot of progress moving ahead in all of our academic areas. Here are a few things to keep in mind for the coming couple weeks:

  • Our first book orders of the school year were sent home last week. To place an order, you may go to and enter the code DY7RP. Alternatively, you may send in a check and the orders with your 5th grader.
  • Our parent/teacher conference slots are filling up. If you have not scheduled your conference yet, or need to reschedule, please do so using this doc.
  • If your fifth grader has not turned in their signed permission slip for our Exploratorium field trip on October 5th, please remind them to do so no later than next week. Thank you to Kristen, Mae, Maggie, and Patricia for volunteering to chaperone. We're so glad you'll be joining us on this great trip!
  • Our first big social studies quiz is coming up on Thursday the 28th. Ask your fifth grader about how they are making the choice to study.
  • If you have questions about anything coming up, or anything else, please feel free to get in touch through email or pop in after school (any day except Fridays).

Check out our new work stations! We now have 12 of these workstations that
allow students to stand or move while working. Thank you so much to our
Donors Choose donors who helped fund these great learning tools!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Book Orders!

Our first book orders of the school year were just sent home. To place an order, you may go to and enter the code DY7RP. Alternatively, you may send in a check and the orders with your 5th grader.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Early September Update

We are now fully into the swing of fifth grade! Please take a look below at a few important things to keep in mind. 

  • All important dates are listed to the left of this message on the sidebar. If you are ever unsure of an important school date, please look there or ask your 5th grader. All fifth graders are keeping track of important dates in their binder calendars.
  • Please also ask your fifth graders about how they are keeping on top of their assignments that are due, and if they need to ask me for support. Time management is a critical skill we're trying to help our kids build in 5th grade. Students keep track of all assignments in their calendars. The kids are not assigned a lot of homework, but it can certainly feel like a huge overwhelming task if longer term assignments are left until the last minute- or are not chipped away at a little at a time. Also, if your child ever needs support with homework or you feel they are just spending too much time on it each day, please remind them to come and talk with me about it. I'm here to help! There is absolutely no reason for anyone to feel stress around homework in fifth grade. 
  • If you have not turned in your optional field trip donation yet and would like to, please do so next week. We are currently confirming all of your field trips for the school year and may have to cancel if we do not receive enough funding.
  • This coming Monday is September 11th. Every year in fifth grade, I have discussed the anniversary with our students in a manner that is appropriate for kids this age. A huge part of being a fifth grader is trying to start to make sense of our nation and world as a whole- which, as you know, can be confusing and even troubling at times. If you have never chatted with your fifth grader about this day in our history, sometime soon would be a good idea. Even if you choose not to discuss it with your kids, I guarantee they are hearing about it on the playground from others. If you are interested, I have some great books on the topic that would be great as a family read aloud. Just ask! 
  • Finally, we engaged in our first engineering challenge this week! We built the tallest free standing structures we could given limited materials. Take two on this challenge will be on Monday! Check out a couple pictures from that experience... 

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Back to School Night

Back to School Night Slides can be viewed here.

Back to School Night Information for Parents
Christina Nosek, 5th Grade, Room A1
Nixon Elementary, PAUSD

Contact & Communication with
Ms. Nosek

Contact & Communication at Nixon
Phone: (650)856-1622
PTA & Announcements:


Parent Volunteer Opportunities
Field Trips this School Year
2-3 Room Parents- Sign up on Up to Us
  • Plan, organize, run class parties
  • Help recruit field trip drivers
  • PTA/Classroom Liaison

Library Volunteers- Sign up on Up to Us
  • Wednesdays, 12:35-1:15

2 Spectra Art Volunteers- Email Ms. Nosek
  • Help with art lessons, 9:00-10:00  every other Tuesday

Want to give our room A1 students the opportunity to stand and move while working, check out our

The Exploratorium
 San Francisco, October 5th
 Transportation by bus
 Need 4-5 parent chaperones

Walk Through American Revolution,
  on site at Nixon, February 2nd
  Parents are welcome to attend

Tech Museum of Innovation,
  San Jose, March 6th
  Transportation by bus
  Need 4-5 parent chaperones

STEM at Levi’s Stadium
  Santa Clara, April 16th
  Transportation by bus
  Need 4-5 Parent Chaperones

How You Can Help
- Read every evening, ~25-45   minutes
- One page (math, science, or social studies, word work), Monday-Thursday evenings
- Make sure your child has a quiet, consistent time to focus and read  at home.
- When help is requested, simply say, “What can you try?”  Please encourage independence in your fifth grader.

Our Schedule Each Week

7:55   Classroom Door Opens- Welcome!
8:00-8:20   Independent Reading & Check-Ins
8:20-8:35 Morning Circle
8:35-9:45 Math
9:45-10:00      Class PE
10:00-10:20   Recess
10:20-10:45   Read Aloud
10:45-11:50   Writing Workshop
11:50-12:30 Lunch
12:30-1:30    Reading Workshop
1:30-2:20     Social Studies or Flex/Choice Time
2:20-2:30    Closing & Dismissal

*Weekly Special Classes with Specialist Teachers
Fifth Grade Science Rotation, Mondays, 11:00-11:50 & Thursdays, 8:45-10:00
PE- Mondays, 9:20-10:00 & Fridays, 11:20-11:50
Music- Mondays, 1:00-1:40 & Wednesdays, 10:25-11:05
Art- every other Tuesday, 9:00-10:00
Library- Wednesdays, 12:35-1:15
Computer Lab- Some Fridays, 1:35-2:25

Our Curriculum:  Based on the California Common Core State Standards
-Daily Independent Reading
-Individual Reading Conferences
-Novel Read Aloud
-Reading Across the Day
-Poetry & Song Close/Shared Reading
-Vocabulary Inquiry
-Individual Writing Conferences
-Writing Across the Curriculum
-Quick Writes
-Kidblog (starting in Oct.)
-Poetry Writing
-Inquiry in Spelling & Grammar
- Differentiated Group Work
- Silicon Valley Math Initiative
- YouCubed from Stanford
- Math Olympiad
Social Studies
- United States Geography
- US History-
  • From Age of Exploration (1400s)  To The US Constitution (late 1700s)
- Current US & World Events
- Social Justice
- FOSS from The Lawrence
 Hall of Science
  • Mixtures & Solutions (physical)
  • Earth & Sun (earth)
  • Living Systems (life)
- Engineering Challenges
- DIgital Safety/Citizenship
-Nixon Life Skills


Friday, August 18, 2017

First Week of School

We had a wonderful first week of fifth grade in room A1!  Not only have we lightly kicked off every academic subject, but we also assembled our fifth grade binders, participated in a few team building activities, and celebrated our first birthday in class... happy birthday to Mei! Here are a few items to be aware of before we all get together to learn more about the year ahead in fifth grade on August 29th at Back to School Night.

Family Survey
If you have not filled out my confidential family survey yet, please do so no later than this coming Monday, August 21st. Here is the link for the survey. Thank you! Also, please feel free to send me an email if you have any questions or concerns.

Ask your fifth grader about our puzzle activity! More classroom photos will
 be securely uploaded on UpToUs as soon as our class group is established.
This week, we kicked off both reading and writing workshop, started fifth grade math with a few fun activities, scratched the surface of science by learning about the upcoming eclipse, moved our bodies in PE, and learned a little bit about what it means to be a thoughtful citizen with the one and only Kid President. 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 home and back to school. Their binders hold 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.

Regular homework starts on Monday, 8/21.  Fifth graders should do no more than 50 minutes of homework each day. To learn more about homework, click on the class logistics tab above. These 50 minutes include reading. One of our fifth grade goals is to get kids in the lifelong habit of reading- so kiddos should read every single day both at home and school. At Back to School Night, I will discuss this much more in depth.

Birthdays at Nixon
This year we are trying out something new at Nixon. We are celebrating 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.

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. Extra stuff distracts from learning, and is not something we have time to handle during our busy fifth grade day.

Special Classes

  • PE with the school PE teacher will be on Mondays and Fridays. PE with me will be Tuesday through Thursday. 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 also on Wednesdays. 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. 


Saturday, August 5, 2017

The Countdown in On!

If you are a Room A1 classroom parent this school year, please feel free to get a leg up on all the beginning of the year craziness by filling out my survey for families before school starts. You can fill that out here: Ms. Nosek's Family Survey

Want to support our class this year? Help us access alternative work spaces including the ability to stand up and move around while we work! Check out our Donors Choose Project.