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Welcome to Curriculum Night!. Mrs. Schaffer’s 5 th Grade. I Love this Class!!. About Me. Washington State The University of Tennessee 3 years in the Puyallup School District 2 years on Mercer Island 11 th year at Cascade Ridge- GLAD Married to Nathan Kids- Zach (9) and Ally (6).

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Welcome to curriculum night

Welcome to Curriculum Night!

Mrs. Schaffer’s 5th Grade

About me
About Me

  • Washington State

  • The University of Tennessee

  • 3 years in the Puyallup School District

  • 2 years on Mercer Island

  • 11th year at Cascade Ridge- GLAD

  • Married to Nathan

  • Kids- Zach (9) and Ally (6)

Your homework
Your Homework

  • Check the “Demographics form” on Family Access please. Be sure to check the Emergency Dismissal Plan at the bottom.

  • Note to Teacher

  • Washington State Patrol (WSP form) for ALL volunteers

  • Love Note to your child

Your packet
Your Packet

District End Statements

Power Point presentation

5th Grade Curriculum

Habits of Mind

Balance Literacy

Homework Policy 

What is a 4?

Vote for lunch
Vote for Lunch!

  • A- Filet Mignon

  • B- Fettucini Alfredo

  • C- Grilled Salmon

  • D- Chef Salad

  • E- Home Lunch

Daily bell schedule
Daily Bell Schedule

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday




Recess & Lunch 11:50-12:35

Wednesday Lunch 11:50-12:35

Afternoon Recess 1:35-1:50


  • If your child doesn’t feel well, please keep them home where they can get well and avoid spreading germs.

  • If your child is absent, please call or email both the office and me.

  • I’d be happy to send home homework with a sibling or a neighbor if you request it.


  • Read Alouds

  • Shared Reading

  • Guided Reading

  • Reader’s Workshop

  • Independent Reading

  • Novels, Picture books

  • Literature Circles

  • Non-Fiction

    Self selected reading goals each trimester.


  • Essays

  • Journals

  • Letters

  • Research and Reports

  • Poetry

Book reviews and projects
Book Reviews and Projects

Each month your child will have either a book review or a book project due on the last “Business day” of the month. They will read a variety of genres throughout the year. Projects will have special directions which will be given to the kids the month before the project is due.


Every Day Mathematics

  • Number Theory

  • Estimation & Computation

  • Geometry

  • Division

  • Fractions

  • Decimals

  • Percents

  • Data Analysis

  • Exponents & Negative Numbers

  • Ratios

  • Coordinates

  • Volume

  • Probability & Statistics

  • Problem Solving & Communicating

Social studies
Social Studies

  • Geography & Map Skills

  • Native Americans

  • European Exploration

  • Colonization

  • American Revolution

  • Government

  • Current Events


  • Force & Motion

  • Energy

  • Fossils

  • Structures & Behaviors

  • Heredity & Adaptation

  • Kate Poaster Labs

  • F.L.A.S.H.

  • Science Fair 5th Grade Requirement

    THANKS to the PTSA for funding part of our Kate Poaster Science Labs!!


We’ll be teaching FLASH some time in April/May.

Parent preview nights are coming soon. More details when I know them. 


  • Computer Lab- Wednesdays

  • Word Processing skills

  • Publisher, Excel

  • Movie Maker

Art drama
Art & Drama

  • The New American drama workshop

  • Cartooniversity-spring

    THANKS to the PTSA for funding our drama and Cartooniversity!!


Monday and Thursday

Music with Mr. Dunham

Tuesday and Friday

PE with Mr. Richey


Library with Ms. Moore

Newsletter emails
Newsletter Emails

  • We’re mostly green.

  • Newsletters will come to you via email and will be available on Connect.

  • Connect Website—check it out!

Purple sheets friday folders
Purple Sheets & Friday Folders

  • Communicates what kind of week your child had in terms of getting homework turned in on time and with their name on it

  • Read it

  • Sign it

  • Send it back to school

  • Look for them!

    Friday Folders come home once a week, on Fridays. Please look through it, clean it out, send it back.

Responsibility organization
Responsibility & Organization

These are HUGE!

Advocating for


Homework planners
Homework & Planners

  • Every night Study Links

  • Math packets – given on Monday, due on Thursday

  • Finish work leftover from class time

  • Projects*

    *I always give assignment sheets for projects and study guides for tests well in advance of when they are due.

Forgotten things
Forgotten Things

  • Bummer!

  • I don’t let kids call home for forgotten homework

Parent volunteers
Parent Volunteers

  • Workroom Helpers- THANKS to Pam Gross, Pheth Ko, Saradha Kumar, and Rashell Currier. I appreciate all your help!!

  • I usually email everyone and ask if I’ve got a special event or project happening that I need helpers for.


  • Halloween

  • Valentine’s Day

  • End of the Year- as an entire grade level to go with Cast-Off.


  • December 5 & 6, AFTER report cards come out.

  • Need a reality check? Let me know.

  • In mid to late October, I’ll send you a link to a Google Doc and you’ll be able schedule a conference time that works for you.

Report cards
Report Cards

November 30

March 15, 2013

June 18, 2013*

*Subject to change if there are snow days added to the calendar.

What is a 4
What is a 4?

  • Consistently performing beyond expectations

  • Seeking opportunities to go further on their own

  • Demonstrating depth of thought and application

  • Connecting knowledge or skill to another area

  • Applying knowledge for a new purpose

  • Analyzing concepts

  • Showing multiple applications and/or perspectives

  • Teaching others


  • Stanford Testing window is Jan. 30- Feb. 11

  • Measure of Student Progress testing window is April 29-May 20. Reading, Math, and Science


  • May 29-31

  • Parent Information Night- Jan. 29 at 6:00 PM

  • Chaperones- We predict having 2-3 Dads and 2-3 Moms selected from each class. The chaperone drawing takes place at the Parent Meeting.

  • Cost $235

Reality checks
Reality Checks

  • Call me

  • Write me a note

  • Email me

What is isf
What is ISF?

  • 26 year-old, community powered non-profit organization

  • Partners with the Issaquah School District to drive resources to help all students achieve the promise of their academic potential

  • Bridges the gap between state funding and what our schools need to operate at the high standards we expect for our children

Isf programs
ISF Programs

  • ISF raised over $1.1M for Issaquah schools during the 2011-2012 school year, with recent programs including :

    • Academic excellence (e.g., leveled reading rooms and K-5 science curriculum – both directly benefiting Cascade Ridge!)

    • Struggling students (e.g., pre-Kindergarten programs, after school homework labs, VOICE mentoring for at-risk students)

    • Professional development (e.g., National Board Certification scholarships for teachers, new teacher start-up grants)

    • PTSA alone cannot provide these resources to our schools – we need both ISF and PTSA!

ISF relies on parents for over 80% of its revenue…

But only 1 in 5 families currently donates!

  • ISF raises money primarily through the All in for Kids annual fund campaign and the Nourish Every Mind Luncheon in May

  • Be All in for Kids!

    • Annual fund campaign now through November

    • Every gift matters, every year!

    • Donate online now at www.isfdn.org and you will not be called during the November phone campaign!

We need Every Cascade Ridge Family to be “All in for kids”!


5th Grade Parent Meeting next week, September 25th.