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Hello! My name is Mara Novak and I am thrilled to be teaching fifth grade this year at Athlos Leadership Academy. My husband and I recently moved back to Minnesota after having spent the last four and a half years in Oklahoma City, OK. I've enjoyed teaching fourth grade for a couple years, but I’m very excited to be working with fifth graders again this year! Some of my hobbies include DIY projects around the house (usually from Pinterest!), trying new recipes and spending time with friends and family. I am very excited to get to know my students and their families this year!        

Please don’t ever hesitate to contact me at any time with questions or concerns.

Best Regards,
Mrs. Novak

 

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Week of November 11th

Dear Parents,

Math-We will be wrapping up our final lessons in unit 3 this week and the assessment is scheduled for Friday. Homework will be sent home every night this week except for Friday.

Language Arts- We have a test on Monday which is a culmination of the two previously taught skills, response to literature and theme. For the rest of the week, we will be working on learning new vocabulary words, and will begin point of view on Tuesday. There will be homework sent home Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The quiz will be on Friday.

Students will be given a new class novel titled “Tuck Everlasting.” They will be given a chapter to read and a comprehension packet to complete. A chapter will be assigned every 3-5 days.

S.S.- We will continue our study of why pioneers traveled to North America, and the reasons they did so.  

 

Spelling-Spelling test is on Friday.

Spell Week 9

  1. musician
  2. music
  3. plane
  4. plain
  5. problems
  6. rehearsal
  7. rehearse
  8. removal
  9. removed
  10. remove
  11. siege
  12. valley
  13. vegetable
  14. career

Week of October 28th

Hello Parents,

This week, we have conferences on Monday from 7:30-7:00

I look forward to meeting with those of you that have already signed up! 

If you have not already, please sign up for conferences using the following link:

https://pickatime.com/client

Math- We will continue along in Unit 3, which is the study of fractions. Students will add fractions with uncommon denominators, as well as add mixed numbers this week. We will cover 3.4, 3.5 and 3.6. We will also have a math quiz on Wednesday. Homework will be sent home every day.

Language Arts- We will be working on the reading skill of theme this week. Homework will be sent home on Wednesday and Thursday for students to practice this.  

Students begin a new class novel titled “Tuck Everlasting”. They will be given a chapter to read and a comprehension packet to complete. A chapter will be assigned around every day or every other depending on their other homework assignments.

Science-We are still studying soil, rocks, and landforms. We will have two review days this week, and the test will be given Thursday. A study guide will be sent home on Wednesday to study.

Spelling-Spelling Test will be on Thursday this week

Spelling Week 7

  1. elegant
  2. emperor
  3. establishment
  4. established
  5. establish
  6. excellent
  7. excel
  8. gather
  9. generally
  10. grateful
  11. heir
  12. inherit
  13. hoarse
  14. icicle

Week of October 21st

Please see below a couple of dates to mark in your calendar…

*Bingo for Books- this event will be held on October 22nd in the gym!

*Conferences are on October 28th. If you run into any trouble signing up online, please feel free to reach out to me so that I can help you schedule a time. 

*Book Fair- Our class will be attending on Nov. 8.

Wednesday- Unity day! Students are encouraged to accessorize with orange to represent community and acceptance.

Friday, it is dress up like a Super Hero day. It is considered a free dress day if students decide not to dress up like a super hero.

Math- Our unit 1 assessment is on Tuesday (there will be no homework on test days) and then we will begin Unit 3 on Wednesday, it is the study of fractions. Students will solve division stories, study fraction lines, and add mixed numbers this unit. We will cover 3.1, 3.2, and 3.3 this week. Homework will be sent home every day.

Language Arts- We begin our study of sequence this week. Students will read passages and determine the sequential order of events that take place. We will have a cumulative test that assesses all of our reading skills thus far at the end of this week.

This is the last week students will be reading Bud not Buddy, they are to finish their novel and complete the packet by Tuesday.

Science-We continue our study of soil, rocks, and landforms. This week we will study the difference between renewable and non-renewable resources. There will be a test given next week.

Spelling-Spelling test is on Friday.

Spelling Week 6

  1. attack
  2. attorney
  3. balance
  4. calculation
  5. calculate
  6. central
  7. ceremony
  8. concealed
  9. delicious
  10. described
  11. describe
  12. disappear
  13. dropped
  14. drop

Week of October 13th

Dear Parents,

It’s MEA week, so we will not have school on Thursday or Friday!

Please see below a couple of dates to mark in your calendar…

*Bingo for Books- this event will be held on October 22nd in the gym!

*Conferences are on October 28th. If you run into any trouble signing up online, please feel free to reach out to me so that I can help you schedule a time. 

*Book Fair- Our class will be attending on Nov. 8.

Math-We will continue our unit on volume and area this week. I plan to cover 1.9, 1.10, 1.11, and on Wednesday there will be a unit quiz. Homework will be sent home every night.

Language Arts- Students will be reviewing the skill, main idea, and will practice dissecting a variety of texts and stories to uncover the main idea and establish the supporting details.

Students have been given the novel Bud not Buddy, they are assigned one chapter every couple of days. They are to read the chapter and answer comprehension questions. They are allowed to read this novel in class, so if they use their time wisely, they shouldn’t have to bring their novels home as homework.

Science-We continue our study of soil, rocks, and landforms. This week we will have a science experiment on chemical weathering, and will continue to read about different landforms found on our earth.

Spelling-No spelling this week!

Week of October 7th

Dear Parents,

Please see below a couple of dates to mark in your calendar…

*Bingo for Books- this event will be held on October 22nd in the gym!

*Conferences are on October 28th. If you run into any trouble signing up online, please feel free to reach out to me so that I can help you schedule a time. 

*Book Fair- Our class will be attending on Nov. 8.

Math-This week we will move slightly away from learning about area to study how to find the volume of rectangular prisms. We will cover 1.7, 1.8, 1.9, and 1.10. Homework will be sent home every day.

Language Arts- Students will be taught how to create a successful summary after reading a grade level passage.

Students have been given the novel Bud not Buddy, they are assigned one chapter every couple of days. They are to read the chapter and answer comprehension questions. They are allowed to read this novel in class, so if they use their time wisely, they shouldn’t have to bring their novels home as homework.

Science- We will continue our study of soil, rocks, and landforms.

Spelling-Each week students will receive fourteen words, we test on Friday. Below are the spelling words for this week.

Spelling Week 15

  1. license
  2. liquid
  3. location
  4. located
  5. located
  6. magnificent
  7. main
  8. minerals
  9. method
  10. modern
  11. mysterious
  12. mystery
  13. occasion
  14. personality

Week of September 30th

Hi Families, 

Math-This week will begin our new unit on area and volume. I plan to cover lessons 1.1, 1.2, 1.4 and 1.5. Homework will be sent home every day.

Language Arts- We will be wrapping up our study on plot. The assessment will be on Wednesday, and from there, students will be working on going deeper in their novel studies for the next couple days.

Students have been given the novel Bud not Buddy, they are assigned one chapter every couple of days. They are to read the chapter and answer comprehension questions. They are allowed to read this novel in class, so if they use their time wisely, they shouldn’t have to bring their novels home as homework.

Social Studies- We will be finishing our chapter on the first Americans on Monday. On Tuesday, students will be working on the study guide in preparation for an assessment on Wednesday. On Thursday, we will be starting our science unit on soil, rocks and landforms.  Students will be given science books in which they’ll follow along in while taking notes and conducting experiments throughout the next couple of weeks.

Spelling- Each week students will receive fourteen words, we test on Friday. Below are the spelling words for this week.

Spelling Week 4

  1. suggest
  2. mere
  3. senatorial
  4. senator
  5. senate
  6. receive
  7. respectfully
  8. respectful
  9. respect
  10. agreement
  11. agree
  12. unfortunate
  13. majority

Week of September 23rd

Dear Parents and Guardians,

*Crazy hair day is on Friday, and it will also be a free dress day for the students*

Math- We are finishing up our unit on division, multiplication and place value this week. Students will be receiving regular homework Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night, then they will have their study guides to study on Thursday evening. The test will be on Friday.

Language Arts- We are continuing to discuss character traits and will finish with an assessment on Wednesday. We will then begin to study all the elements of plot for the remainder of the week.

Students have been given the novel Bud not Buddy, they are assigned one chapter every couple of days. They are to read the chapter and answer comprehension questions. They are allowed to read this novel in class, so if they use their time wisely, they shouldn’t have to bring their novels home as homework.

S.S.- We are still reading about the First Americans  in Chapter 1. The assessment will be at the end of next week.  

Spelling-Each week students will receive fourteen words, we test on Friday. Below are the spelling words for this week.

Spelling Week 3

  1. descend
  2. descent
  3. ascend
  4. ascent
  5. finally
  6. final
  7. develop
  8. envelop
  9. envelope
  10. circumstance
  11. circumference
  12. circle
  13. issue
  14. tissue

Week of September 9

Dear Parents,

Whew! It’s hard to believe that the first week of school is already over! I really have been enjoying getting to know everyone. We’ve been learning and practicing procedures and expectations and I believe we are off to a terrific start!

Please note that Dancing Classrooms will begin this week. We have this class every Monday and Tuesday.

Math-This week, students will begin to work out of their math journals to complete lessons. These journals are theirs to keep and write in, and I strongly encourage my students to take them home to help with their math homework. We will be covering lessons 2.1-2.5; there will be homework sent home every single day.

Language Arts- After working hard last week on learning to take proper Cornell notes while reading short stories, we will expand upon that this week by writing our own fables! We will have a short note-taking quiz on Tuesday, then students will receive a packet which shows them exactly what is expected in their stories to work on the rest of the week. I won’t be assigning reading homework due to this project being completed at school.

Social Studies-We will be studying how to read and understand different types of maps. Each student has received their own Social Studies book that they can write in and bring home at any time. The goal is to get through this mini unit by Thursday, and students will begin working on creating their own map of Minnesota on Friday.

Spelling-Each week students will receive fourteen words, we test on Friday. Below are the spelling words for this week.

Spelling Week 1

  1. meant
  2. mean
  3. earliest
  4. early
  5. consideration
  6. colonial
  7. colonies
  8. colony
  9. assure
  10. sure
  11. relief
  12. occupy
  13. probably
  14. probable

Welcome Back!

Welcome back for the 19-20 school year! I'm excited to meet all the new and returning students!

Week of May 27th

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope you all enjoyed the long Memorial weekend!

May Madness is on Tuesday (5/28) from 5:00-7:00

 Math- We will be wrapping up Unit 8 this week. Study guides will be sent home on Wednesday as homework and we will review on Thursday. Our test will be on Friday.

Language Arts-We will continue to review reading skills and take brief assessments. There will be a vocabulary test on Wednesday.

S.S.-We will continue to be reading about the American Revolution. Our unit will wrap up on Tuesday, and we will go over the study guide as a class. Our assessment will be on Wednesday.

Spelling-Test is Friday.

Spelling Week 30

  1. characteristics
  2. Chicago
  3. chocolate
  4. civilization
  5. civilized
  6. civilize
  7. civil
  8. colonel
  9. congress
  10. contagious
  11. continental
  12. continent
  13. description
  14. descriptive

Week of May 20th

Dear Athlos families,

*Monday is Field Day! Our class will be outdoors from 1:30-2:50
*This Friday is free dress day/dress up day

Math-We will continue to go through Unit 8 this week. Students will be given time on Monday to complete their math homework, so if they use their time wisely they won’t have any to bring home. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday there will be homework sent home. Our test will be scheduled for the end of next week.

Language Arts-We will be reviewing reading skills this week and take a few quick quizzes on Friday. We will also be working on reading different articles and learning new vocabulary words.

S.S.-We will be reading about the Constitution this week.

Spelling-Test is Friday.

Spelling Week 29

  1. applied
  2. applying
  3. apply
  4. architecture
  5. Arctic Ocean
  6. artificial
  7. Asia
  8. Atlantic Ocean
  9. Australia
  10. beneficial
  11. benefit
  12. boundaries
  13. boundary
  14. brilliant

Week of May 6th

Dear Athlos families,

*Students do not have school on Friday, May 10th

*Our music rehearsal is Tuesday, from 12:15-12:45. The concert is Wednesday from 9:30-10. *Talent show forms are due Wednesday.

*Mother-Son, and Father-Daughter slips are due this Thursday if you are planning to attend.

Math- This week in math students will begin their investigation of unit 8. Our class will study real world problems involving area, perimeter, and volume. There be homework Wednesday and Thursday.

Language Arts-We are continuing to work on our class novel, Midnight Magic. Students will alternate between doing individual work and reading with partners while filling out comprehension packets. Any section that is not done in class, will be given as homework. Chapter 16 is due by Thursday.

S.S.-Now that science MCA’s are complete, we will switch back to our last social studies unit, the study of America after the war. The unit begins with the Articles of Confederation and what they mean to the United States.

Spelling-Test is Thursday


Spelling Week 27

  1. substantial
  2. substance
  3. tongue
  4. triangle
  5. variety
  6. vehicle
  7. vicinity
  8. volunteer
  9. welfare
  10. yacht
  11. immediate
  12. convenient
  13. convene
  14. receipt

Week of April 22nd

Dear Athlos families,

D.A.R.E. graduation is this Friday! The program will be held in the auditorium from 10-11. All family members are welcome to attend. There will be juice and snacks provided in my classroom afterwards. Parent/guardians are allowed to bring their student home after graduation is over.

Math- We will be wrapping up our seventh unit this week. The study guide will be sent home Tuesday, and Wednesday evening the only homework the students have will be to study and review.

Language Arts- Our class will be reviewing the reading skill: inferring and identifying story elements which include plot, setting, and character. There will be a short quiz on Thursday.

Science- This week, we will begin reviewing content for our MCA’s. Students will receive a couple pages of homework

S.S.- We will be wrapping up Chapter 5 on The American Revolution this week. A study guide will be sent home on Wednesday, and the test will be on Thursday.

 

Spelling-Test will be on Thursday

Spelling Week 26

  1. rhyme
  2. rhythm
  3. rhythmic
  4. safety
  5. scale
  6. scientific
  7. scientists
  8. secrecy
  9. secret
  10. sections
  11. square
  12. standard
  13. structural
  14. structure

Week of April 15th

Dear Parents,

Tomorrow will be our last day to complete the Math MCA's. I’m SO proud of the students for working so hard at both the math and reading state tests!

Math-We will continue along in our study of Unit 7, the classification of shapes and multiplying mixed numbers. We will cover 7.7, 7.8, 7.9 and 7.10. There will be a short quiz on Tuesday. Homework will be sent home every night.

Language Arts- Our class will be reviewing the reading skill: inferences and main idea. We will read many different passages and students are to infer using context clues that relate to the article. They will have reading homework every night for extra practice.

S.S.-We will be switching back to social studies this week and begin on the study of the American Revolution.

Spelling-Test is Friday.

Spelling Week 25

  1. marrow
  2. opposition
  3. opposite
  4. phrase
  5. practice
  6. process
  7. production
  8. productive
  9. product
  10. program
  11. resourceful
  12. resources
  13. resource
  14. routes

Week of April 1st

Hello Parents and Guardians,

I hope your student has had a relaxing and refreshing break!

Math- We will still be taking a break from our unit 7 curriculum to prepare for the math MCA’s which begin the week of April 8th. We will be focusing on: mean, median, mode, and range, 3D objects (sides, vertices, etc.), algebraic expressions, and surface area. Math worksheets will be sent home every day for homework.

Language Arts- Our class will be reviewing the reading skill: main idea. We will read many different passages and students will find the main ideas that relate to various articles. We will also work on locating supporting details within the reading passages. Homework will be sent home Mon-Wed and there will be a short quiz on Friday.

Science-We will transition from social studies into our next science unit. We will be studying different types of living systems around the world, the focus will be on ecosystems and what type of living creatures inhabit those ecosystems.

Spelling- The test will be on Friday

Spelling Week 23

  1. expression
  2. factors
  3. fatigue
  4. foreigners
  5. foreign
  6. frequency
  7. frequent
  8. gradually
  9. gradual
  10. isthmus
  11. level
  12. library
  13. model
  14. moment