On this page, you will find the information for the goings on in my specific classes. If your child has another fifth grade teacher for a particular subject, please see that teacher’s wiki page for information.

It is that time of year once again! The kids are anxious to get outside with all this nice weather, but please encourage them to continue to focus on deadlines and homework performance. We are having some issues with behavior, mostly kids teasing or putting their hands on others. Often times, this is done in fun but the other student isn't seeing it that way. We will continue to remind our fifth graders that we are the models of behavior for West Maple and to make appropriate choices at all times!

THERE WILL BE NO MORE PROGRESS REPORTS! I am in the process of finalizing grades for report cards. At the end of the year, I will average the 3rd marking period with the current grades for a report card grade. Please feel free to contact me regarding your child's progress on their goals!
  • Teachers will no longer be opening the 5th grade doors for anyone except when the bell rings for students to enter in the morning. Please use the front entrance when coming to school.
  • The Teacher Contact page found in the navigation bar at the left is a place where you can also contact any of the 5th grade team! Please do not hesitate to contact us with any and all questions/concerns.

Math: Students in my math class have completed the units in the Everyday Math curriculum. We will be spending our remaining time reviewing necessary skills in preparation for the transition to middle school.
Reading: Students that have me for reading will be using the Daily 5/CAFE model for instruction. The students are partner reading books of their choice. They are being assigned written response prompts every few days that are answered with their books. I am also reading aloud Pinballs and modeling what the students should be doing in their written responses.

Writing: In my writing class, we have established norms of what our class should look and sound like for the most productive experience possible. There will be no entries in their journals for the next few weeks. The boys continue working on their research project with a partner. They are to research a person who has made an impact on history. They will be working with a partner for this project. They have been given many opportunities in class to work on this. This project will be due FRIDAY, JUNE 7th.

Word Work: Students completed the end of year inventory.

Social Studies: Students are using the Social Studies Alive! program this year. There are some links in the social studies section of this wiki you might want to check out such as an online text book! We are looking at the events that led up to the Revolutionary War.

Science: We have completed our unit on the systems of the body. The presentations were informative and entertaining.

Progress Reports/Homework: The 5th grade teachers send home weekly or bi-weekly reports consisting of all the subjects they have your student for. We believe the success of your child depends on a partnership and frequent communication. These reports will keep you up to date on the progress your child is making. Please go over the report celebrating successes while pointing out areas needing more attention. Please sign and return the report or send me an e-mail letting me know you got it by the following Monday. Expect these reports weekly for the marking period unless you receive a message to the contrary.
Regardless of subject area and teacher, the grading scale for 5th grade is as follows:A 100-93 A- 92-90 B+ 89-87 B 86-83 B- 82-80 C+ 79-77 C 76-73 C- 72-70 D 69-60 E 59-0
Teachers may create and weigh categories appropriate for the subject area.
Important Information:
June 5 - Field Day
June 6 - Mini Society write ups due
June 7 - Documentaries due
June 12 - Graduation party/Mini Society party
June 13 - Graduation 1/2 day

In order to receive emails from the office: 1) go to our website: www.birmingham.k12.mi.us2) scroll down to where it says bpsnews3) click on the bpsenews icon4) register as a new user5) add a subscription6) click on West Maple7) click on update from the principal. It is important that you register on-line this way. Many families have missed a lot of information over the years and say they never knew about things when they haven't registered to receive emails.Allergy Alert! We have students in the 5th grade this year with allergies to peanuts and tree nuts. As we switch classes so often, the entire 5th grade is NUT FREE. If you are sending a birthday treat for your child, please contact your child’s teacher a few days in advance so that we can alert those needing to make arrangements. Please do not send in food that contains or has come in contact with nuts. If you are unsure, please let us know so that we may find out for you. If we are unsure of the contents of the treat, we will not be able to distribute it. Our classrooms are in need of board games for indoor recess. Perhaps a donated game instead of a treat could be sent in? Also, students are no longer allowed to take treats to their previous teachers as this may result in students in those classrooms coming in contact with allergens. Thank you for your understanding.
  • News from BPS Food Service Dept. Beginning Feb. 1, 2009, any student whose account exceeds -$6.00 balance will not be able to purchase food through the bps point-of-sale system. Be sure to send in cash or checks regularly to assure that your child's account contains available money for food purchases.
  • West Maple now has begun a huge effort to recycle. We are recycling cell phones, batteries, eye glasses, printer cartridges, plastic, and ALL TYPES of paper. The collection site “The Green Scene” is in the cafeteria. Non-refundable plastic collection containers are throughout the hallways.
  • Students are not to be in the building in the morning, prior to the bell. Students found roaming the halls or in unsupervised classrooms will be sent to Kids Club.