February News


Dear Parents,

January has certainly passed quickly!  This month brings Valentine’s Day.  Our party will be held on Wednesday, 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, 2/6.  I’ve included a class list on the back of the paper version of this letter to help with addressing envelopes. Please have your child let me know if they need another list. 

In reading we have been working with finding themes and summarizing stories.  In the next few weeks we will start book clubs.  Students will be reading the same book as several others in class.  This will give us a time to have shared conversations about a common book in a setting other than read aloud.  When we start book clubs it is important that your child brings the book club book back to school each day so that we have it for discussions.

We are almost finished with our current science unit.  Students have been modeling predictable movements of the Earth, sun, and moon.  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 each school night.  Students should read for at least 20 minutes and then write about their reading for about 10 minutes in their reading spiral.  This homework assignment provides practice that is critical for your child’s growth as a reader.  We gain skills and improve when we read!

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


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 February 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 6?  I will staple a sheet into your child’s planner with the item(s) that you should send in for the party.   Thanks!!


Please remember that we are a nut- free classroom!


Mrs. Jocelyn Shaughnessy



Party Information

24 students in the class

Party Date: Wednesday, February 14

Time:   2:45 – 3:20

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

1.     Donuts (enough for 24 servings)_________________________

2.     Juice boxes (24)_________________________

3.     Chips_____________________

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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