February News


Dear Parents,

January has certainly passed quickly!  February brings Valentine’s Day.  Our party will be held on Thursday, February 14, starting at 2:45 in the afternoon.  Fifth grade students who would like to bring valentines should bring a valentine for each of their classmates.  Valentines should be brought to school in a bag the morning of the party.  Candy can be included in valentines; however, our school policy is that students save the candy to eat at home since we will have other food at the party.  We will decorate special valentines bags at school to hold the cards that your child receives.  If you would like to contribute items for the party please return the attached sheet by Tuesday, 2/5.  I’ve included a class list on the back of this page to help with addressing envelopes.  

In reading we have been working with finding relationships between two or more ideas, events, or people in informational text.  We have been looking for different types of relationships such as cause/effect, chronological order, and main idea/supporting details.

We are almost finished with our current science unit.  Students have been modeling predictable movements of the Earth, sun, and moon.  At the end of this unit your child should be able to explain what causes day and night and what causes the seasons.  If you have the time, try to look up at the night sky and talk about the stars and our moon! Also, I have also challenged students to be able to point to where we would find the sun in the sky in the morning and in the evening.   In our next unit we will learn about invasive and endangered species in Ohio.

Please continue to help your child remember to read and do math each school night. This routine should take 45 minutes with 30 minutes devoted to reading and the rest of the time devoted to math.  Students are now receiving a reading packet (due Thursdays) on the first day of each week.  They should work on this packet the first two school nights and on the remaining days should read for at least 20 minutes and then write about their reading for about 10 minutes in their reading spiral. The math packet, which is also given out the first day of the week, is due on Friday. Students who finish the math packet can work on their single digit facts or, if a computer is available, do a session of Xtra math. These homework assignments provide practice that is critical for your child’s growth.  We gain confidence, skills, and improve when we practice! 

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions, celebrations or anything you feel I should know to support your child’s growth.  A paper has been stapled into your child’s planner with your upcoming conference time.  I look forward to talking with you.


Mrs. Jocelyn Shaughnessy


Curriculum Topics

Word Study: spelling patterns – (-tch, -ch), (-dge, -ge), (-eau, eigh), unusual plurals

Science: predictable movements of Earth, Sun, Moon; invasive and endangered species

Reading: identify and label relationships in informational text, understand different text structures

Math: multiply and divide decimals, multiply fractions

Writing: write short research reports that combine information from more than one source

List of Class Names for Valentines

Tara                Aymen          Mostafa        Abbie            Layla              Lake

Naadira        Connor         Isabela          Eisa                 Laura             Dayana

Alex               Sophia           Audrey          Brisia              Josh               Sammy

Tristan             Aniya             Jonny             Alliyah           Samuel         Aurora                                   


Valentine’s Day Party Information


It’s time to think about valentines! If you would like to contribute to our party, please complete the form below.  


If your child is choosing to bring valentines to school they should be brought to school in the morning.  Your child will need 23 valentines to give one to each classmate.  More information is on the attached newsletter. 


The items we will need for the party are listed below.  Could you please sign your name next to items that you would be willing to provide and then send this sheet back to me no later than Tuesday, February 5?  I will staple a sheet into your child’s planner with the item(s) that you should send in for the party.   Thanks!!

As a reminder, at Riverside we ask that all food be store – bought and pre-packaged for the safety of all students.


Mrs. Jocelyn Shaughnessy


Party Information

24 students in the class

Party Date: Thursday, February 14

Time:   2:45 – 3:15

Items can be sent to school earlier in the week (except for donuts, fresh vegetables/fruit) or on the morning of the party.

1.     Donuts (enough for 24 servings)_________________________

2.     Juice boxes (24)_________________________

3.     Chips in individual bags_____________________

4.     Vegetable platter_____________________

5.     Fruit platter_____________________

6.     Napkins_________________________

7.     Plates

8.     Willing to help serve food__________________________

9.     One of the above items that no one that has not been signed up for_____________

Student Name______________________________________

Parent Name________________________________Phone_________________________

E –mail_____________________________________________



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