Using this blog, the students in the fifth grade can share the most important learning moments, exciting adventures, and special snapshots of our day. Check back each day for a peek inside our classroom!
“Here they come! They’re coming!’’ a “few” hundred kids yelled. Do you know who coming? It’s “Wreaths Across America”!!! They finally came to TPS. The first thing we saw was police cars with sirens that sounded like crying cats, followed by motorcycles that filled the air with the smell of gasoline. Then came the tractor trailers. You know, big highway trucks. Well we had twelve of those and two semi-trucks in our tiny parking lot. They were carrying all the wreaths that were going to Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. We finally moved on inside. Sitting down on the floor in the gym, we listened to four 8th graders sing the National Anthem and an hour of sad and good speeches. Seven children came up wearing camo army suits holding wreaths with big red bows. they came up to six families who lost their children in war. Each child gave a wreath to a family member. At the end we surprised the veterans by singing a song called “We are Proud of Our Veterans”. Then the whining police cars and smelly gas guzzling motorcycles and tractor trailers leave. We all shuffle back into TPS school, talking, cheering, laughing, as the day goes on.
On April 4, 2014, TPS hosted a fun and attention grabbing event called the Cake Walk. The Cake Walk is all about having fun whether you win or lose and having a phenomenal time with friends and family. The fundraiser for the Cake Walk raised an outrages amount of money for the TPS PTA. They reached over $3,000, which is put to good use for new materials for the school. During the Cake Walk you can play games in the gym and each grade makes a basket that gets raffled off at the end of this event. The fifth grade made a very unique BBQ basket which made every one want to crave BBQ. A boy in fifth grade won the BBQ basket, that lucky duck! More baskets were won and more smiles were made. Not every person that walks out of the school has a prize, but they sure have one big smile across their face.
Written by: Kyle & Alex
On September 23, a terrific Tuesday morning, fifth grade was on an adventure for an apple. We ventured out of the 5th grade classrooms and out to the flag pole to meet Mrs. Sulmasy and the Green Team. Mrs. Sulmasy directed us to pick up all the half eaten, bitten into, rotted apples, GROSS!!!!! I think that the whole 5th grade picked up around 60 to 75 apples. Wow! Mrs. Sulmasy said that all the apples were up and off the ground. She announced that we needed to start picking apples. The Green Team set up ladders and had strange poles that had a basket and some sort of claw at the top to grab the apple. The pole could separate into two pieces and be tall or short. That apple picker was a great invention. The ladder made people look 10 feet taller. It was amazing for 15 minutes then the rest was plain old... AWESOMENESS!!!!! After we picked almost all of the apples the Green Team told us that all of these apples were going to be used to make apple sauce for grades K through 8. At lunch the next day the Green Team told us that they made 13 gallons of apple sauce from two 8 gallon buckets. The apple sauce was BOSS!!!!!!!!!
Oh my GOSH!!!! Guess what!!! There's a VERY special day coming up!! No, it's not Christmas or Thanksgiving. It's December 10th, the day the 5th grade of Thomas Prince School gets to go on a field trip to every veteran's grave in Princeton to place a wreath on it.I know it doesn't sound exciting, but it really is. Well, at least for the 5th grade.It's also really exciting because elementary schools rarely get to do this,at least with Wreaths Across America. Wreaths Across America is a business that, every December, puts wreaths on every veteran's grave in the places they stop to do so. They always start in Harrington, Maine and end at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. It's helps let people remember who died fighting for our freedom and religion, and how they didn't let there dreams of freedom go. In 2007, the Worcester family, along with veterans, and others who had helped with their annual Christmas wreath ceremony in Arlington, formed Wreaths Across America ,to continue this effort , and support others who want to do the same. This organization has a mission to remember, honor and teach. We are doing this to remember the lost veterans of Princeton and also to teach children and adults. If you buy one, you can help TPS put it on one of the 300 Princeton veteran's graves.
Rope climbing, rock climbing, down the slide we go! Have you gone on TPS's new playground before? During the first week of school the new playground was being built. When the playground was finished the school had an ice cream party! Once they cut the ribbon everybody raced to get on the playground to see what it had in store.
The new playground contained many things,but the one thing everyone wanted to go on the tall slide. The first one was Teagan Callahan! The colors of the playground are red, blue and green and it contains two slides, monkey bars, rock climbing, rope climbing and music tools. Now let's take you to the good stuff. One by one Ms. Cringan and Mrs. Baer went and climbed up the rock wall and went down the tall blue slide; and enjoyed the fun of the new playground!
When Mrs. Baer's turn came... tragedy struck! Plop! Mrs. Baer flew off the slide and on to the bark mulch! We hope you enjoyed our journey through the fun of the new playground.
By: Ashley and Veronica
Throughout our journey with the Museum of Science, Ms. Crowell and Raymond went head to head; Mrs. Prunier got hoisted by students, and much, much more. This presentation occurred on September 18 in the gym. The 3, 4, and 5 grade watched this performance featuring forces and machinery such as lever, pulley, wedge, axle, wheel, and inclined plane.
The first event featured a third grader on a cart to teach friction, distance, and gravity. The more weight or mass on the cart slowed it down.
Ms.Crowell and Raymond went head to head for one of the events. There were two axles connected to one pole. Raymond had the choice to choose the bigger axle or the smaller axle. Raymond chose the bigger one so Ms.Crowell was faced with the little one. Soon the contest begun! Ms.Crowell struggled to turn the small axle while Raymond effortlessly spun the big axle. Raymond ended up winning the challenge, but it wasn't because Raymond was stronger. It was because the littler axle was harder to spin. you could have a kindergartner spinning the bigger axle and an adult spinning the small axle and the kindergartner would win.
One other event was lifting Mrs.Prunier! Three students lifted Mrs.Prunier in a seesaw like lever. The longer pole on Mrs. Prunier's side means she would not go very high. The longer pole on the lifting side means more leverage. So when it was time Mrs. Prunier volunteered to be hoisted. Wooo! Up she went with a smile on her face. Soon after the show concluded. What a show!
On June 5th, the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade participated in the math carnival. Each grade created two games, 1 by each class. We split into groups and 1 by 1 visited each game.
Mrs.Cox’s class did geometry attributes, which was set up in front of the gym. For this game you have to travel across the mat, then pick up a shape and place it in the right category. Ms.Graham’s class did fishing for place value in front of the art room. To play, you take a “fishing pole” which is a pole with a piece of string with a magnet attached to the end. You slowly move the fishing pole over two that have numbers from both sides of the fish and then write them down on a slip of paper. After this you either do order of operations or find the radius of the numbers.
After playing the third grader’s games, we moved on to the 4th graders games. Mrs.Powers class did the game 24. You play this game by picking a card that has 4 numbers, one on each side. You have to find a way to add, subtract, multiply and/or divide to create the number 24. Mrs.Chase’s class did Tangrams. To do this you and a partner fit tiles in a shape on a paper, not leaving any white showing within the lines.
Last but not least, we traveled back to our own classrooms; the 5th grade. In Mrs.Prunier’s classroom we split into groups of 5. Then, we tried to throw ping-pong balls into plastic cups. If you got a ping-pong ball into a cup, you take the number on the cup, and place it in the place value that you think makes sense. The goal of this game is to create the largest number possible. In Ms.Crowells’ classroom, we chose partners and played Battleship. To play this last game you mark points on the left coordinate grid. These points stand as your boats. Then, taking turns with your partner, you guess and mark ordered pairs on your right grid, guessing and marking until somebody wins.
To conclude this, everyone enjoyed themselves and learned bunch
of things that do with math.
Mr. Otteman’s class and Ms.Sullivan's class competed in the special olympics against other schools. The participants from our school were Sean, Taylor, Allison, Dennis, Liam, Nicole, Ethan, Jake, Faith, Tyler, Nathan, John, Joe, Brandon, Drew, and Matt. People competed in the 50 meter dash, the 100 meter dash, and the 200 meter dash. There was also a softball toss, a beanbag toss, and the running long jump, and finally the relay race. When we first got there, there was announcements and then a great big parade. Before the games began they lit a torch as the symbol of the Olympics. It was very hot out and everyone was sweating. I competed in the 100 meter dash the 50 meter dash and the relay race I got a gold medal in the 100 meter dash a silver medal in the 50 meter dash and a gold in the relay race. My favorite event was the 100 meter dash because I got a gold medal! My favorite part of the whole day was getting 2 gold medals!!! Our team name is The Princeton Knights. We came up with our team name by voting. At the end of the day everyone had lots of fun and I’m looking forward to it next year!
At the beginning of the planting season, the fifth grade planted radishes, lettuce, tomatoes, onion, kale, gourd, chives, and celery. Each grade had a few beds in our garden to plant the seeds in. We all went out and got to plant the seeds and at the end of the year we hope that we will be able to harvest our plants. In our garden we also like to use our home made compost tea. We have a worm farm that produces the compost that we use to make our compost tea with a ten to one ratio of water and compost. Now our plants are growing healthy and happily. At the beginning of May, our radishes were thriving and growing green so we decided to go out in our garden and harvest the radishes. Today we had the chance to taste them and they were DELICIOUS! The radishes have a plain first taste and a spicy aftertaste. We are still waiting for the rest of the plants to sprout but we can see the plants poking out of the ground and some are fully grown. Another plant we harvested were chives. Chives are mostly related to garlic and onions and again they tasted DELICIOUS! We hope that our garden will continue to thrive and grow many delicious vegetables.
Have you ever thought of giving to others that are need? Its an amazing task to achieve. Our school TPS achieved this goal by supporting this drive-Cradles To Crayons. Our job as students was to donate clothes, toys, house hold goods(blankets, towels..) and other goods like hats, and shoes. This donating program originated from a girl named Lynn Margherio who is the founder and CEO of Cradles to Crayons. She created an organization that every year a eighth grader would be chosen from each town in Massachusetts to go to Boston and meet the kids we are donating to. This project is referred to as Project 351 (the number of towns in Massachusetts.) Autum Kelley is our 351 ambassador of Thomas Prince School. On April 10th we had a huge party to celebrate the job we have done. All grades, teachers, and staff were invited to join this huge celebration in the gymnasium. To make the drive more fun, we had a competition on which grade could donate the most items. (for each object had a certain amount of points.) Amazingly 5th Grade collected and donated the most items, but what mattered most was how every one did their best to donate a huge amount of care to some one in need. Our whole school donated 6,588 items to Cradles to Crayons,(85 bags), Salvation Army(19 bags), and Interfaith Hospitality Network( numerous bags). Since 5th Grade collected the most items, we received crayon Popsicles !! Our teacher received crayon princess crowns, but since everybody did such a great job they all revived Popsicles. This drive helped everyone realize giving to others who need it is as simple as 1,2,3, from one heart to another.
By: Sam.Elie & Madelynn Lopopolo