Wild Weather and Wonderful Students!

I thought I would share our “5th Grade Pledge of Awesomeness” with you. We recite this each morning as a positive affirmation, right after the Pledge of Allegiance. The kids have responded positively and I really hope they will come to believe it, because every word is true about every single one of them.

Multi-digit multiplication using standard algorithm

Multi-digit division using the standard algorithm

First Days Back

It has been great being back at school with your children. We have are really great group of kids in our class. It’s going to be a fantastic year! Here are a few notes you should be aware of.

Though parents have been allowed to drop their young students off these past few days, we now ask that students enter the building without adult assistance. Parents of kindergarten students are still welcome to enter the building so their child can be assessed by their teacher. Elementary students should enter the building through the front doors and then go out back through the recess doors. They could also go through the gate between the two buildings to access the back of the school. When the bell rings, they’ll line up as they’ve been taught. Thanks for your understanding in this matter as we try to mitigate student and staff exposure. 

This Friday and next Friday are teacher work days. Students will stay home on these days as our educators assess how things are going and make adjustments to maximize everyone’s learning experience (on-campus and e-learning). 

As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns. jhales@questac.org

Back to school night!

Hello Everyone! I’m so excited to start a new school year, and I’m so glad that you will be in my class. You can watch the video below to learn more about me, and to find out what to expect this year. The second link will take you to the slides I used in my presentation so that you can access the links.

Back to school night video.

Back to school night slides.

The link for the back to school night Zoom meeting is below:

Jelaine Hales is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Back to school night
Time: Aug 18, 2020 06:30 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 727 2861 2550
Passcode: 1YA0cN

Welcome to Ms. Hales’s Class

Hello Everyone, Welcome to Ms. Hales’s 5th grade  I am looking forward to meeting you all and having a wonderful school year!  In our class you can expect to work hard, have a lot of fun, learn amazing things, make new friends, and discover the power of a growth mindset.  I know many of us are nervous about coming back to school while Covid-19 is still so prominent, but I promise I will do everything I can, to keep us as safe as possible,  and to still have a good time at school.

 I believe that learning should be fun and that enthusiasm is contagious – even protective face masks won’t keep you from catching  it! 😄 

 Everyday we’ll have fun by exploring new and interesting ideas.  Students will have the opportunity to pick a “Passion Project” where they get to research and prepare a presentation about whatever interests them.  I can’t wait to see what everyone chooses, and to get to learn from all of you!  

This blog is a great place for you to come for information about our class. Details about assignments, upcoming activities and general school information can all be found here. I encourage you to follow my blog so that you are sure to get updates. Keep checking in for information about Back to School Night, and more about classroom procedures and expectations.

Enjoy the rest of summer break and I’ll see you all soon!

Helpful Websites

Wow! What a crazy couple of days! I hope everyone is staying healthy, and not feeling too anxious. 

Here are some amazing websites with videos and lessons to help you with several topics, but especially with math.  You can search by grade and also by topic. Both  Kahn Academy and CK-12 links are also in google classroom with links taking them directly to a video for that specific lesson,  but your student may not think to look there for help. 
Kahn Academy has many different videos and lessons.  I have posted links to both the home page which will give you many different options, and to the 5th grade page.  You can still search for specific topics within math. (Adding fractions, multiplying decimals, etc.)
Kahn Academy 5th grade

Kahn Academy Home

Another fantastic site is CK-12 Foundation.  They also have amazing information, videos, and lessons about many different topics.  Here is the link for the home page, where you can look explore all of the cool stuff they have:
CK-12 Homepage
Here is a link directly to 5th grade math at CK-12 Foundation

 5th Grade Math
One other helpful site is the  Utah Online Library.  This is an amazing resource with links to many different things.  The link for Utah Online Library is here:
Utah Online Library Home

I hope these help.   Thank you for your patience and understanding as we fine-tune our online school.  Please let me know if you have any questions or issues. 

More information about on-line school.

Hello Everyone,
Thank you for being so flexible and cooperative during this interesting time.  I appreciate everyone coming to pick up the school materials and your willingness to partner with me as we teach your children.
If you have not watched the video from the previous post about signing in to Google Meet, please do so, it should be quite helpful. The link is here:
Google Meet Instruction Video

I have also made a video explaining what the process will be for my class during this time. 

Online school instruction video 

Finally, here is another copy of the letter I included in the packet that you picked up.  Just in case you need it.  It gives information about schedules, procedures, and my online “office hours”
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As we go through the week, and figure out how things are working, some things may change.  Students will need to check google classroom regularly for information and updates.  I will also post updates on my blog.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Thank you again for all of your help.  Stay healthy and have a great week!