FIRST DAY! Wednesday August 28, 2019

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We had a fabulous first day! Welcome back everyone. Remember, we have a parent breakfast this Friday from 8-9 in the classroom. We will have coffee, juice, donuts and such to share. The agenda is simple: hello, do you want to go to Ottawa and jumping reading levels. 

Today we all participated in a book speed dating activity. Everyone has a book in their backpack. The expectation is to read 20 PAGES per night for homework. We are working hard to get books at the just right level to read one page in one minute.

Our schedule is different this year and complicated with different groupings for what we now call "allied arts" which includes: PE, music, world language (French is first), health, design tech. engineering and art.  Guidance is with what we are calling our literacy grouping. Guidance will meet once per week all year this year.

We welcomed a new student from Cambridge.  He seems to be fitting in very well. Our new space is great and quiet…

Friday May 24

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We had a very busy week on Team Aurora, but I am happy to announce that we are FINISHED with sbac testing!!!!!! It was a rough two weeks, but we did it. Everyone worked super hard and for many many hours.

We also wrapped up our argument unit on Friday with our post assessment writing about "Should 13 year olds have access to social media accounts like facebook and twitter?" Students read three articles and used them for evidence. Ms. Lamb will grade all of the essays and short answer responses and return them Tuesday. This is a big report card grade, so students will have the opportunity to improve their answers using the rubric.

We are currently growing seeds in hydroponic bottle gardens in science. We will continue to watch them next week.

On June 14, we are GOING TO THE BEACH! North Beach in Burlington that is. We will be joining Team Epic for a wing beach party. We will be asking for a $10 donation to cover the cost of renting the pavilio…

Friday May 17, 2019

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What a week. We had SO MANY tests. We finished three of our four days of SBACS. Many many students worked very very long and hard. Actually, everybody worked hard...and the tests were tricky. We celebrate our undaunting perseverance with a WRAD on Monday. A "WRAD" is Write and read all day. Students who wish to wear pajamas, may. Just remember we have a bus evacuation drill and recess, so wear shoes and plan to go outside.

On Tuesday, we will have our final math SBAC test. Thank you to everyone who donated extra snacks. The lovely snack table helps us feel supported.

We also had a super awesome field trip to Ethan Allen Homestead for Conservation Day. The sun came out and we all learned a lot.

When we finally finish the tests, we continue with our awesome science unit on the environment. We are currently watching corn sprout, learning about the weight of air and how a tree grows to the size of 15 elephants.
In math, we continue with decimals …

Friday May 10

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We feel so appreciated on the teacher appreciation week. Thank you for the lovely cards and gifts and the wonderful play that Abe, Haily, Annie and Emma put together (will Eli on tech crew.) It was a delight.

This week we practiced a bit to prepare for our ELA SBACS next Monday and Tuesday. Math SBACS for us will be the following week on Tuesday and Wednesday. The best thing you can do to prepare is get a good night's sleep.

We are deep into our fantasy book club books. Students should be at least 2/3 through the book today and finished by next Friday (Bunnicula was to be finished today as it is shorter.)  We read together Carter's Holler for our pre-assessment and discussed story elements and author's craft moves for fantasy like a quest structure and obstacles.  Many students are excited to move onto the second book in the series. If we don't have it, it is begin ordered. We will continue with fantasy until June.

In math, we continue …

Friday May 3, 2019

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What a wing science fair we had today! It was a great way to spend a rainy week, taking our sbac science tests and getting our science fair projects ready. Everyone was fantastic. We hope many of you take your projects to the school science fair on Wednesday. Here is that plan. Science Fair Schedule.

Aurora will be moving next year. Our new location in is the back wing of the school. We will be near the new combined team of Epic and Endurance (new name tbd).

We began our fantasy novel book clubs this week. Students should be finished with one third of the book by today. We will have our first meetings on Tuesday.

Word study was a bit short on time this week, so we will be extending the lesson for two weeks.

Weekend homework includes reading and upgrading your science fair project for the school science fair (optional, but highly recommended.)

Have a great weekend.

Monday April 29, 2019

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We are so happy to see everyone today. We hope that you all have had a restful, but exciting vacation. We have lots to do in the final weeks before Summer and want to give you a timeline on what this will look like. 
Starting with science fair!! 
Our wing wide science fair will be taking place on Friday May 3rd (that's this friday). Students of EPIC and Aurora will be showcasing their hard work and findings to each other then. This will be a great preparation for the school wide science fair. 
On Wednesday May 8th, BRMS will be hosting the school wide science fair. Yahoo!
Next is SBAC's...
1. Science SBAC's will be this week on Wednesday 5/1 and Thursday 5/2. I will be providing donut holes and strawberries for the students. I also have gum and mints. If your child would like to bring in an extra working snack (something they can eat while continuing to work), that is totally fine. 
2. Math and LA SBAC's will be held the week of 5/13. Mo…

Friday April 12

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Hello Aurora friends!

Here is the news for this week.

Aurora is going to the movies! Next Friday, we voted as part of our team celebration, to attend the film Penguins from Disney Nature (see trailer.) This fits in with our last weeks Jane Goodall foray and our upcoming environmental science unit. Plus, it's always fun to go to the movies.

Speaking of science, Mr. Warren came to our fifth grade community meeting this morning to psych us up for the BRMS SCIENCE FAIR on May 8.  To prepare, all Aurorians will participate in the wing science fair on May 3rd. To do this, students need to develop a testable question. We will then test the question and write up a science "report" on a presentation board with hypothesis, date and conclusions.  Any group who wants to take it to the next step, will be ready to make improvements for the May 8 school contest.

The week we return from April break will be SCIENCE WEEK on team Aurora. We will work on sci…