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Dear Families:

We are all pretty excited about the start of spring break! The energy in the classroom is electric! I hope you have some enjoyable and relaxing plans.

YOUR CHILD HAS A QUIZ ON MONDAY, APRIL 24. This is in preparation for our field trip on Tuesday, April 25. For the field trip, each child is playing a particular”role” of a colonist living in Concord, Massachusetts on the eve of the American Revolution. Your child should be familiar with his or her family, the family’s involvement in Concord affairs and the Battle of Concord, and his/her family’s concerns.

The quiz is on a list of vocabulary words that are relevant for the field trip. These don’t have to be memorized, but your child will have to use a word bank to correctly complete sentences.

I realize this is unusual timing, but students need to be prepared for the field trip activities on Tuesday, April 24. Please talk with your child about the field trip, his or her family role, and support him/her in learning the vocabulary words.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Jaffe

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MCAS 2.0 Testing April 4-6

Dear Families:

I just wanted to remind you that students will be taking the MCAS 2.0 test in English language arts tomorrow,
Wednesday, and Thursday. The testing will occupy a good part of our mornings. If I had to name one quality the test demands of your child it is stamina. We have been practicing these types of test questions in ELA classes and reinforcing this message in class.

To support your child through this experience, please ensure s/he gets enough sleep each night, has a healthy breakfast, and comes to school with a healthy snack and an independent reading book.

We try to keep this as stress-free as possible, and your support is appreciated.


Mrs. Jaffe

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I’m sure we will all be grateful to see sunshine and warmer temperatures in the days ahead! The calendar might say “spring,” but the weather has certainly been playing tricks on us of late. While most of this weekend’s slushy snow has melted away, it is hard to believe that April vacation is just two weeks away. We are closing in on the home stretch – incredible!

March was a productive month, and somewhat different from the last two years, since we did not have any early spring standardized testing. This made it possible to conduct a to a normal class schedule – a welcome relief these days. We are busily forging ahead in all subjects.

A notable addition to our daily math schedule is a differentiated 45 minutes of instruction we refer to as S.U.M. Club (Students Understanding Math). Every Friday our homerooms reassemble in one of the three fifth grade classes for specialized math instruction designed to meet individual groups’ needs. During this time, students are playing fraction games, solving word problems, making iPad recordings of their understanding, along with other activities related to the study of fractions. Students are enjoying the change of pace, and it gives all three teachers the chance to work with a different group of students each week.

In another change in the delivery of instruction, Mrs. Lee, Mr. Norman, and I are coordinating our teaching of science and social studies for the balance of the year. Rather than rotating across all our rooms every three days as we did all fall and winter, we have each been teaching our homeroom students science for the last month (more about that on the Science page). And last week, we started a one month cycle of teaching social studies in our homerooms (yes, more about that on the Social Studies page!). This has provided students with greater continuity of instruction because we are teaching our content area every day.

Speaking of social studies, be on the lookout for a notice announcing a field trip on Tuesday, April 25 to the Concord Historical Museum. I will be looking for a parent chaperon.

There is much to inform you about and still much work to be done in the final months of school. This blog contains a summary of what we have worked on in March, as well as a look ahead at April and beyond. Check out each page, individually. Of course, remember that the homework page is updated daily, so you can be sure to stay informed about your child’s responsibilities. As always, feel free to contact me during the day by phone (781.238.5684) or by e-mail ( ).  

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Welcome Back!

I hope everyone enjoyed a relaxing, rejuvenating vacation! The weather was certainly confusing, right? I was grateful that I could squeeze in a few days of cross-country skiing in Vermont before the “heat wave” melted it all away. I am not putting my shovels away yet, though; you never know when we’ll wake up to a March or even April snow storm!

When we returned to school this week, fifth graders opened the Fox Hill Post Office. This month-long, school-wide, letter-writing program is run by fifth graders. My homeroom students are the first fifth grade class to kick off the opening of the Post Office, and they were very excited about it! This is a wonderful opportunity for our fifth graders to model responsibility, cooperation, and leadership. If you find yourself in the building during the next month, feel free to write your child a letter. There is a “Visitor Mail Center” set up on the lobby of the building, and family members are welcome to participate in the letter-writing program.

I hope you will take a few minutes to read my updates to each blog page. As always, feel free to contact me by phone (781.238.5684) or e-mail ( In the meantime, count down to March 20, the first day of spring.


Mrs. Jaffe

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Student Council Coin Drive Starts Monday, March 6

Dear Families:

The Kindness Committee of the Fifth Grade Student Council is starting a fund raising campaign to raise money for the Epilepsy Foundation. The money supports research to treat the disease and find a cure. The committee has several fund raisers planned for the spring. The first is a coin drive that begins Monday, March 6. We have donation bins placed in each pod and one in the school lobby, as well. Today, two of our students made a school-wide announcement about the campaign. We hope you will talk with your child about this worthy cause. Please consider sending your child to school with loose change or a dollar bill to contribute to our fund raiser.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Jaffe

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Compliment Chain Celebration Friday!


Our class has earned a special treat! Our “compliment chain” has reached the floor! This is a chain of paper links that now stretches from the ceiling of our classroom to the floor. One link has been added each time the whole class has received a compliment from another teacher for their behavior, effort, or performance.

After an exhaustive discussion and vote, we are celebrating tomorrow with the following array of activities:

⇒ Attire: pajamas, accompanied by stuffed animals

⇒ Show and tell

⇒ Games (no electronics!)

⇒ Extra recess

Our celebration will occur during our math period. Please make sure your child wears closed shoes or boots to school, but he/she may bring in slippers. Also, games from home are welcome, but no electronics or devices, please.

Enjoy your vacation!

Mrs. Jaffe



Because of a possible snow day tomorrow …

… your child may be wondering if we are exchanging Valentine’s cards on Tuesday. If so, you might need names of students in our class. I’m including the first names of all our classmates; no last names, though. If your child wants to give cards, please encourage him/her to give to everyone so there are no hurt feelings:










Leah G.


Nick M.




Leah P.




Nick S.



Enjoy the snow!


Mrs. Jaffe



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Where Is Winter?

Here we are on the eve of February 1, and we’ve barely experienced even a trace of snow. If you love winter as I do – I am a cross-country skier – you may be somewhat disappointed in the lack of snow. I have always said if it is going to be cold, it might as well snow so we can enjoy the season.

That said, a lack of snow days means we benefit from a continuity of learning, and that is far better for students. We have been busy this past month in all subjects, and students show continued signs of growth and responsibility. The Fifth Grade Student Council has been especially busy. The Kindness Committee is planning a new fund raiser for the Epilepsy Foundation, and the Safety Committee is working on a handbook for new students. Through these efforts, fifth graders have opportunities to invest time and energy in projects that benefit others.

Before February vacation, all fifth-grade classes will begin preparations for the Fox Hill Post Office. That school-wide letter writing program will start after February vacation and continues for one month. All fifth grade classes are involved in running this program. I’ll keep you up to date on those plans.

I hope you will take a few minutes to read my updates to each blog page. As always, feel free to contact me by phone (781.238.5684) or e-mail ( In the meantime, enjoy winter (even if that means no snow), and dream of the vibrant colors of spring!

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Practice Lockdown Today

Hello Families:

I just wanted to inform you that Fox Hill had a practice lockdown today. Students  did great job listening to directions and taking the drill seriously. If you’d like more information about what is referred to as the Standard Response Protocol, please check out  Mrs. Johnson’s blog.


Mrs. Jaffe


Science Project Due Friday


Your child is coming home today with materials/resources to complete a science project that was started in class. The project involves illustrating the reproductive parts of a flowering plant and writing/typing a summary of that process. Both the written portion and the illustration were modeled in class last week, and students started the drawing in class today. Please talk with your child about this project. The directions (and grading rubric) are very clear.

Let me know if you have any questions.


Mrs. Jaffe


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