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July 24, 2014

I hope you all are having a fabulous summer. I am looking forward to another great school year at Manatee. I can't wait to meet my new students (and hopefully see some familiar faces). See you soon!

April 4, 2014

Important Dates

April 14 ~ FCAT testing begins

April 16 ~ PTO meeting

April 17 ~ Volunteer Luncheon 12:00pm

April 18 ~ No School

May 1 ~ Last day of FCAT testingJ



We are in need of the following items for FCAT snacks:

**Sugarless peppermint gum– 80 pieces

Mints ,Chex Cereal, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Raisins, M & Ms, Chocolate chips, Cheez-Its, Pretzel Sticks, Apple Cinnamon Cheerios, Teddy Grahams, Goldfish

Please let me know if you are able to provide any of the above items. Thanks.


FCAT testing begins Monday, April 14th. We will be testing Reading on Monday and Tuesday, Science on Wednesday and Thursday. The testing is not all day, so it won't be too different from a normal day for us. Our lunch and activity times will remain the same. Students would benefit from taking home their Science notebook and reviewing a chink of notes each night. We have been reviewing in class and the test will cover all Science content from 3rd grade until now. Math will be tested on Monday, April 28th and Wednesday, April 30th. The final day of testing is Thursday, May 1st.

Social Studies

Because of Science review, we have taken a break from Social Studies. We will start Unit 6 during the week of April 21st. In May we will be doing our Pioneer Interact which the students really enjoy.

READING: The April/May Goal is:

1 chapter book

1 Mystery

1 book about pioneer days (fiction or non-fiction)

The quizzes must be taken before May 9th.

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Coffin

February 24, 2014

Important Dates


February 26~Fifth grade meets their counselors/cafeteria 8:00am, EARLY RELEASE

Feb. 28~Camp t-shirts/Hershey Bars are due

March 7~ All medications for camp MUST be turned in to the clinic

March 12~14 Camp

March 20~Report Cards issued

March 24 – 28 Spring Break


***Fifth Grade FCAT TESTING:

Reading & Science the week of April 14th

            Math on the computer during the window of April 28-May 7th

Please mark your calendars for the FCAT testing dates and try not to schedule any appointments during this window. Thank you.


Thank you to all who participated in the Walk-a-thon fundraiser. We appreciate our Manatee Families!

Our "Technology Rocks" fundraiser has enabled us to begin our project of installing Ebeam whiteboard devices in our classrooms to augment the technology available to our students.  The Ebeam Edge for Education device turns a normal whiteboard in the classroom into an interactive smartboard.  With Ebeam, the teacher's computer becomes projected on the full size of the whiteboard and calibrated with a stylus to be used in place of a mouse while utilizing interactive software and websites.  Ebeam is an excellent learning tool which engages the students while allowing them to interact with the technology in the front of the classroom as a group not just individually on one student computer. Ebeam technology supports whole class lessons, activities, and group collaborations.  Ebeam is bundled with built in software which includes a gallery of interactive content, templates and images to build visual and dynamic content to engage our 21st Century learners!



Our camping trip is right around the corner. Your child's packing list was attached to the paperwork packet that was sent home. Please remember that students may not take any electronic devices or cellphones to camp. This rule will be strictly enforced.

This Wednesday, the students will be notified of their patrol groups and will meet their counselors. During this meeting they will come up with a patrol name and design a flag to represent their patrol at camp. Due to the large number of non-campers this year, we will be hiring a substitute for the three days. The students will be working on some of the science and writing standards that we cover at camp.

Please contact me if you have any questions about our trip.


Next Thursday, 2/27/14—we will be packing up all of the lost and found and will be taking it to the Goodwill.  Please remind your students to look thru everything on the racks in the cafeteria to see if anything belongs to them.



Our third BELAA assessment will be given the week of March 3. It will encompass all the reading, writing and grammar skills we have worked on. We have been working hard on written responses. Please encourage your child to carefully plan, write and review their responses.







February 20, 2014


    Please respond to the question on my padlet wall. Your response should be original, not a restatement of someone else's postJ


Answer in complete sentences and proofread your response before you SAVE. Midnight Ride of Paul Revere?v=U4hUMQG3MI8

February 10th, 2014

Tuesday Morning Work:

Students, click on this link Once you get to my wall, please respond to the question. Use a complete sentence and proper grammar and punctuation.


Important Dates:

Feb. 12 ~ Early Release 1:15

Feb. 13 ~ Interims issued, Camp forms and Money Due

Feb. 14~ Valentine's Exchange (Optional)

Feb. 17~ Student Holiday

March 12-14 ~ Camp LaNoChe

Camp Updates

All forms and money must be turned in by Friday, Feb. 14th, , don't forget that the three part form must be notarized and the blue form is double sided. Each camper should bring in a clean white t-shirt. Be sure to put your child's name on the tag. Also, my homeroom is responsible for bringing in 8-packs of Hershey bars. These can be brought in at any time.

Reading Update:

The February reading goal is 1 historical fiction book and two science or Social Studies non-fiction books. The historical fiction book must be approved by me. As we get closer to camp time, students start to lose focus of homework, tests, etc. Please make every effort to help keep them on track. The number of Missing Homework slips that go home each week is discouraging.

Social Studies

This week we will start the Valley Forge DBQ. This one will be more student driven and students will be asked to write the essay on their own. This grade will become part of their permanent record. It would be a great idea to discuss the documents and their significance with your child so that they get the practice of speaking about the topic.

Thank you for all the support from home.



January 27th, 2014

Important Dates

Jan. 29 Early Release 1:15

Tuesday, Feb. 4th Brevard Symphony Field Trip

Feb. 13th Camp LaNoChe Money due

Feb. 17th Student Holiday

Feb. 21st Camp Forms due


Walk-a-thon Please return the walk-a-thon envelopes as soon as possible.

Camp Updates

Camp money is due Thursday, Feb. 13th. As soon as your child turns in his money, he will be given the forms to be completed by Feb. 21st. One of the forms must be notarized. Mrs. LaRoche is a notary and would be glad to help you out with this. The packing list is included in the packet, please put it in a safe place so that you can put your hands on it when packing time comes. Reminder: send in your orders for the cinch backpacks if your child wants one for camp.

BSO Field trip

Next Tuesday we will go to the symphony. We will leave Manatee at 9:45 and return about noon. We have switched lunch times with second grade for that day so our lunch will be from 12:06 – 12:34. We will eat a snack before we leave Manatee. Please encourage your child to wear clothes that are appropriate for the symphony. Tennis shoes are fine.

Social Studies:

This week we are starting Unit 5 which covers the American Revolution. I encourage students to bring their book and notebook home after each class to make sure their notes are complete. Also, there are some great videos on Youtube called "Liberty Kids" which go along with this Unit. The first one deals with the Boston Tea Party which we covered today. The kids seem to really like these and learn a lot from them.

Conference Reminder-

If I have not yet met with you and your child together, please contact me to schedule as soon as possible. Our goal is to meet with everyone during the year.


January 13, 2014

Important Dates:

Jan. 14 Awards Assembly 9:15

Jan. 15 Early Release 1:15

Jan. 16 Parent Conference Night

Jan. 17 Walkathon

Jan. 20 Martin Luther King Jr. birthday/ Holiday


**Please contact me as soon as possible if you would like to meet on Thursday night!

Camp LaNoChe

Your child will bring home a letter indicating what he or she owes for camp on Friday. Also, an order form for cinch backpacks will be sent on Tuesday. These backpacks are very handy for camp. They are light and easy to carry and the cost is only $6.00.


The funds raised at this year's walkathon will be used to update the technology in our classrooms. Any support you can muster up will be greatly appreciated. We are hoping to provide each classroom with an interactive white board.

Social Studies

The district test will be Thursday, January 23rd. The Unit 4 test will be Tuesday the 21st.


This week I will be testing the story "Dangerous Crossing", subject and object pronouns and antecedents, and vocabulary. The test will be Thursday. Friday we will be FAIR testing in the computer lab.

January 6, 2014

Important Dates:

Jan. 7 Students report

Jan 9 Report Cards issued

Jan. 14 Awards Ceremony (9:15)

Jan. 15 Early Release (1:15)

Jan. 16 Parent/Teacher Conference Night

Jan. 17 Walk-a-thon

Jan. 20 MLK holiday


Reading/language arts update:

The Reading goal for this month is one chapter book and two science non-fiction books. Quizzes must be taken by January 31st.

We have completed our novel studies and will be moving back to the reading textbook. I have posted this week's spelling words on The test for these words will be Friday, Jan. 10th. The comprehension and grammar test will be next week.

Report Cards

Term 2 report cards will be sent home on Thursday, January 9th. Please review them with your child, celebrate the improvements and talk about strategies to improve for the next nine weeks. Sign and return the envelope as soon as possible.


I will be putting a note in the report envelopes of those students and parents with whom I would like to schedule a conference. Conference night is January 16th from 5:00-7:00, but I am also available to meet in the morning before school or afterschool if that night is not convenient. Please contact me as soon as possible to schedule a meeting. Thanks.

Social Studies:

We will be taking the District 1st Semester Social Studies test in two weeks. This week and next we will be finishing up Unit 4. I emailed the District study guide to both classes just before Winter Break. Please let me know if you would like me to resend it. This test will be comprehensive from Unit 1-4 and include the document analysis skills we used for the DBQs. I am also reviewing how to take notes and encouraging the students to take their notes and textbooks home after each class to make sure the notes are complete and legible.

I would once again like to express my gratitude for the holiday gifts, cards and treats. I appreciate your thoughtfulness and thank you all for thinking of me.

Happy 2014, it's going to be a great year!

December 3, 2013

Important Dates

Dec. 4-6 Science Fair

Dec. 9 & 10 District Reading Test

Dec. 11 Winter Concert

Dec. 18, 19 and 20 Early Release Days


Dec. 13th will be the last day to take a reading counts quiz. The requirement is one biography that has been approved by Mrs. Coffin.

We continue our novel studies. Your child has a short list of vocabulary words to work on this week, but no new spelling words. There will be a test on the novel chapters we have completed so far on Friday the 6th.

End of Semester Testing

During the week of December 9-13 we will be administering the two day District Reading Test, the December Math Diagnostic test, the Science Earth/Space Body of Knowledge test and completing our second DBQ. Please help your child prepare at home for these exams and send them to school well-rested and on time. Thanks for your help with this.


November 18, 2013

Important Dates

Nov. 20 Early Release Day

Nov. 21 Interims Issued

Nov. 25 & 26 Lunch in the classroom (Science Fair)

Nov. 27-Dec. 1 Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 12 Reading Counts Deadline

New Reading Counts Goal

Students are required to read a biography for the December reading goal. Once they have completed the biography, they are free to read whatever they choose. The quizzes must be taken before Dec. 13th.

Reading Update

We continue to work on our novel studies. There will be a test on Thursday, including the vocabulary words. I have asked the students to bring in a folder to hold their materials for their novel studies.

Social Studies

There will be a test on Unit 2 on Friday, Nov. 22nd. Students in my homeroom will be given a study guide on Wed., students in Mrs. Hobson's homeroom will get the study guide tomorrow.

Technology Survey

Please take a few minutes to complete the parent survey:

Here is the link:

Parent-Student-Teacher conferences

Our school wide goal is to meet with all students and parents during the school year. If you and your child have not had a conference yet, or if you would like to meet again, please email me and I will be glad to schedule. It is important that we are all on the same page as we move forward.

Thanks and I hope that you all have a restful, enjoyable Thanksgiving breakJ

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