March 20 Engineering Fair and Humanitarian Project

Hello parents,

It is time to update you.  Our class has been extremely productive.  Our days are spent reading, exercising, learning math, writing, studying cultural subjects and so on.  Right now we are learning about the brain in physiology and river ecosystems in biology.  We solve weekly problems in class meetings that the students run.  We are focusing on how to build resilience right now in our behavior curriculum.  The fifth graders just went on a field trip to JBiztown to learn how to interact in a financial community.  The Utah Opera Company came to do an assembly and educate our students about the fine arts last week.  We had a funeral for our class pet, a parakeet named Blue tube.  As you can see, there is never a dull moment in our class.

We are going to begin a humanitarian project to send wash clothes to Africa.  Each student is going to need to bring a pair of knitting needles (around size 6-7) by Friday of this week.  They will also need to bring yarn.  This will be a part of practical life curriculum that we highlight on Friday afternoons.

The home project for this month is an engineering project.  Your student is well aware of it and has been working on it in class.  Now it is time to involve you in the process.  Your student has come up with an invention that he or she needs to create that meets a need in life.  Your student should come home with the idea already formalized and a plan to create the invention.  What we need from you is help to make your student’s invention a reality.  Last year, we had inventions such as a mouse trap, a key retriever when it gets lost in the cracks of your seat in the car, an envelope opener and so forth.  They also need to track in writing the process they took to make the invention, what mistakes were made and how they resolved them.  This is an important part of this project.  Below is the rubric for the project:

  1.  Form 1:  A Plan for the Invention (done in class)
  2. Form 2:  Questionaire for the Invention (done in class)
  3. Create the invention. (Done at home)
  4. A written step by step process of the creation of the invention (done at home and at school)
  5.  A display of invention to put in the school hallway on the Engineering Day (only for fifth graders) by March 29.

We will focus a lot on this at school just be there when they need your help.

One other thing I feel I finally need to point out is that there is quite a great profanity problem in our class. Certain students are dropping swear words quite regularly and it is becoming an uncomfortable situation for all of us.  If you feel your student might have this problem can you please help me to work with him/her to find positive ways to clean up their language.

Thank you,

Ms. Shanan

Upcoming Important Things-February 7, 2018

Hello parents,

We are having a Valentine’s party on February 14.  Each student, if possible, has been asked to bring a Valentine snack or craft for that day.  There is also the expectation that each student will bring valentines for every member of the class, a box or bag to hold them, and one special valentine treat for an individual in the class; they drew names for a secret cupid.  I know this is a lot.  I told the whole class that this was too much but they voted and all wanted to do these things.  If you don’t have the ability or want to provide any of the above valentine stuff just let me know and I will help get something together.  These are the current snack/craft assignments that the students created as well as a name list for the valentines.


Lily- Whip cream and strawberries

Jordynn- Cookies

Matt-Chocolate-dipped strawberrires

Mckenzie-Veggie Tray

Trey- Salsa and chips

Juliann- Cheese ball and crackers

Ben- Stuffed red peppers

Annie ?

Valaya- Craft

Rio- Chocolate fondue and fruit


Akela- Cookies

Preslie- Drink



Jennaveica- Fruit


Brynn- Craft

Lincoln- Fruit Tray

Bingham- Chocolate Strawberries



Carl- Cheese and Crackers


We are also getting ready for our field trip on Tuesday.  Currently, this is what the students have said about car pools.

Valaya is driving and is taking Akela, Preslie, Konnor, Jordynn, Annie and Mari.

Rio is driving and taking Mckenzie, Monica, Trey, Konnor,  Carl and Matt.  (But she might be only able to take Mckenzie, Trey and Konnor depending on her car situation)

Jennavecia is driving and taking Stevie and Kenadee.

Lincoln said he might be able to take Bingham, Jayden and Ben.

Brynn has a ride.

Juliann still needs a ride.

This is the word on the street as of this morning.  If you plan to drive can you confirm it with me so we can plan accordingly.

Next week is parent-teacher conference.  They have moved to a new system of sign-up through MAPA.  I’m figuring it out right after I send this post.  I will send a second post when I have it figured out.  It will be today, but conferences are next Wednesday,  Thursday and Friday and these are also half-days with school getting out at one.

Thank you,

Ms. Shanan

December 9

Dear parents,

We had a class meeting and decided to have our winter holiday class party on Monday, December 21th from 9-12. Students were each asked to bring a holiday snack to share.  They also voted on having a secret Santa exchange.  Each student got the name of another random student in the class.  I told them to talk to you about your comfort level and feasibility with this but they will purchase or create a gift for their secret Santa to not exceed 5-10 dollars.  If you have a problem with this, please let me know and I can help your student out with this task.  I know Christmas time can be financially stressful.  Just email me if you have concerns and I will handle it.  The reason it is on Thursday morning is that the International Festival fills up the rest of the week.

  • Tuesday 12/19 Junior High 1-2.30 (Gym)
  • Wednesday 12/20 Upper El 9-11 (Kiva and classrooms)
  • Thursday 12/21 Lower El 1-2.30 (classroom)

I would also like it if some of you could help me plan some fun holiday crafts for our party.  If you think you can prepare one for our class will you please email me.

Thank you so much,

Ms. Shanan

November 6

Hi parents,

There are just a few things to go over.

  1.  Congratulations on the home projects!  They were awesome!  It was a great start to our year.
  2. The next home project will start November 15 and be due December 10.  Each student will be given a country to study.  They will be given a rubric for this; I will post it next week.  There is an international festival for the whole school in December.  They will present their country study at this festival.
  3. Our Thanksgiving feast will be November 17.  I will send out a wejoinin sheet for you to pick what you want to donate for your student’s feast.  Preparations for the feast will start around 11 and students will be eating at noon.  You can just send your donation with your student that day.  More information will come later.
  4. This week I’m doing a few projects and wondered if any of you could bring some of the following:  Oatmeal packets (peace leader’s favorite food) and fruit (botany study).
  5. Your students have a studio Friday activity where they can cook anything they want Friday afternoon, but they have to bring the ingredients.  I’m sure they will be letting you know what.


Ms. Shanan

October 16

Hello parents,

We are halfway through October!  Amazing!  Thank you to those who helped with the field trips.  Waterfall Canyon was cold but fun!

Remember your student has an October home project due in a few weeks. Remember 3 pages of notes, a 2 page paper and a visual aid to present.

Parent conferences are this week.  I see that most of you have signed up.   I look forward to seeing you.  I would like it if you came to the conference having reflected on what you personally want for your student this year.  I would like for us to make a goal together as partners in your child’s education.  Be thinking about what your child could most work on or needs most from school from your perspective.  It doesn’t have to be academic.  It could be emotional, social, physical, time management and/or even creativity.

I’m still working on our fall party.  Please let me know if you think you could help with a craft.


Ms. Shanan


October 9


Dear parents,

We have two field trips this week- a fourth grade field trip on Thursday and a class field trip on Friday.  The first field trip requires no chaperones because students go on a bus.  We do need drivers for the Friday field trip.  If you think you can drive/attend please email me.  Ultimately it is each parent’s responsibility to find his/her child a ride, but we will help facilitate a ride for your student the best we can.  Please meet in the North Shore parking lot while your student comes into the school so we can take attendance.

Our class fall party will be on Monday, October 30th.  It is a potluck and family is welcome.  We will need each student to bring a potluck item to share plus a pumpkin to carve along with pumpkin carving tools.  We will need willing parents to organize crafts for the party.  Please let me or Shanna Graves know your interest.  A field trip form will be coming out to attend this fall party at my family farm in Tremonton, Utah.

Parent teacher conference is October 16-18.   These are half-days.  School will end at 1:00 p.m.  Please sign-up for a conference slot at the link below.


Ms. Shanan


May 8

Hello parents,

I’m happy to hear that the sixth grade students had a wonderful time on their field trip.  I’m glad they are all home.

I wanted to let you know that state testing will resume this week with the math test followed by the science test the following week.

I want to thank the parents and guardians who helped with the Cinco de Mayo party.  We had a real Mexican pinata, plenty of guacamole and homemade horchata, enchiladas and tacos.  I want to mention that the students and parents exclusively got this together; I was absent on Thursday and I came on Friday to a well-prepared party!  Thanks for being so awesome!

We only have a few weeks left of school.  The only assignment students have left that involves parents is the state study.  Each student picked out a state to study and have been working on it in class.  It is due May 15.  They will present their state with whatever creative means they would like.  It doesn’t have to be a poster board but it can be.  They are welcome to bring any music, artifacts, visual aids, food that they would like to present.  It is also not required to bring any of that.  They just need to be able to tell us about their state and have fulfilled the rubric requirements.  This rubric has been done mainly in class but I will send a copy home tomorrow so you can have an idea of what they are suppose to do.  Most students do it in class so I hope it doesn’t impact your home life too much.  Just check in with them to see how they are doing and how you can support them.

On May 18, our class will be joining five other classes for an end-of-the-year store experience.  If your student says they need to get something ready for store, that is what they are talking about.  Please don’t feel like you need to spend any real money on this.  A lot of students draw pictures, bring in any unwanted items from home, make crafts, provide services and so forth.  Help your student come up with a feasible option.


Ms. Shanan

April 10

Hello parents,

I hope you had a wonderful spring break.  This week has some important details you should know.

  1. Your student will be participating in the SAGE writing test on Tuesday, April 11.  It has been a tradition that extra snacks are encouraged and gum is allowed.
  2. We are having our ice skating field trip on Thursday, April 13 at the Weber County Ice Sheet in Ogden, Utah.  We will need drivers to this field trip.  Please email if you can help.  Please also make sure your student has a jacket and long socks; thin gloves are also helpful.  We will be leaving for the field trip at 10:30 a.m. and return at 2:30 p.m.
  3. Mckenzie and Jack have snack this week.
  4. School Picture Day is on April 12.  

Thank you,

Ms. Shanan

March 21, 2017

Hello parents,

Fifth Grade Parents:  The last week of March is the Engineering Fair.  You will need to have your student’s invention and presentation ready by then.

All parents:

Check the snack schedule; it has been updated.

We are starting some new consequences in our room.  You might get a letter from a student if he/she has hurt your child emotionally or physically.  The student has to write an apology letter to you and to the person.  We’ve had an increase in teasing in our classroom. Thanks.

I anticipate a great week.

Ms. Shanan


March 6

Dear parents,

This is what this week looks like.

  1.  The school will provide a maturation lesson for fifth graders on Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.  Parents are welcome.
  2. We have our first spring field trip on March 14, 2017, next Tuesday.  We are going to Crystal Hot Springs. We will need parents to volunteer to drive.  Email me with your plans or a need for a ride.  One permission slip will be coming home this week for all our spring fieldtrips; it is a new, more convenient system for forms.
  3. The snack sign-up has been updated; please check to see your week.  It has been a bit sparse lately.
  4. Students will be sharing the book they read at home from February this week at line times.  If your student has lagged on this, please help get them a book for March.
  5. Remember to be working on your home projects.  4th-Utah History, 5-Engineering Fair (By the way, this fair is not judged like the science fair.  It will be judged by me with a rubric.) 6- Free Choice.  Just because it is free choice doesn’t mean that they don’t have to do it.  They will be held accountable.  These projects are all due by March 27.  

Thank you to those donating to our gala basket.  Please feel free to bring items to me in the classroom.

Thank you,

Ms. Shanan