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Mrs. Kulis

Welcome to 5th Grade!
 
Classroom Community
 
In the classroom we work together as a team. We encourage one another to take risks, and do our best each and every day. We want our families to be a part of this community as well.
Please sign up for Class Dojo so you can hear about classroom updates. Class Dojo can inform you about your student's behavior, but it is also a tool for you to see pictures and videos of students having fun while learning. 
 
Homework
 
As a fifth grader we are preparing for middle school. Each student is given a planner to record homework and upcoming important events. Your student should bring their planner home each night and then back to school.
 
They should expect to have reading homework every night and math homework at least twice a week. All homework is due by Friday. 
Students should also read each night for at least 30 minutes.
 
 
Mrs. Kulis
 
This is my sixth year teaching at Windham Center School, but my first year in 5th grade. I was previously teaching 3rd grade. I'm excited to have new students, and thrilled to have familiar faces as well.
I'm originally from Cape Cod, MA. I attended Stonehill College in Easton, MA for my undergrad and then the University of Saint Josephs in Hartford, CT for my masters. 
 This summer I got married, so my new name is Mrs. Kulis. My dog Abby is very important to me, the kids will hear a lot about her. She often makes an appearance at football, softball, and soccer games as well!
 
 
I'm looking forward to this new adventure in 5th grade and getting to know all of the students.
 
 
Thank you for sharing your kids with me this year!
 

Recent Posts

Eco-Fair

5th graders at Windham Center School is in charge of the Eco-Fair. This fair is a mini science fair that relates to the animal and Biome research that students have been working on throughout the month of May and June.
 
All students are required to complete three projects. 
1. Students will research and create a booklet on a Biome
2. Students will research an animal (from their Biome) and create a tri-fold poster board that contains at least five paragraphs of information.
3. Students will work together in a group to present an activity and research element during the Eco-Fair.
 
If you'd like to donate materials, volunteer, or just come see please let Mrs. Kulis know!

iReady Assessment

Starting this week, students will be taking the iReady  winter benchmark assessment in reading and math.
All students took this assessment at the beginning of the year as well. These scores were shared at parent conferences. 
 
A 5th grade student should grow about 20 points over the course of the year in both subjects. Therefore, students are trying to get halfway to their goal on the winter benchmark.
 

Wonder

Both 5th grade classes have been reading the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio.
This book is about a fifth grade student who is attending regular school for the first time. The book deals with themes of empathy, kindness, determination and over coming fears. 
We are lucky enough to see the movie as well. We are eager to continue learning about these themes as we read the book and compare it to the movie.