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Current Homework

Thursday, January 17
Literacy: Watsons Chapter 7 - 8, read/journal (due Tuesday)
Tiland Math: Lesson 63 Supplemental Practice
Busch Math: Lesson 75 Practice and Problem Set evens/Absolute Value worksheet
Read 20 minutes

Tuesday, January 15
Literacy: Watsons Chapters 4 - 6, read/journal (due Thursday)
Math Van Law: Study packet
Math Tiland: Lesson 57
Math Busch: Lesson 71 Practice b - c/Lesson 72 Practice and Problem Set
Bring a photo or small memento that represents a positive childhood memory (due tomorrow)
Read 20 minutes

Monday, January 14
Literacy: Watsons Chapter 2 and 3, reading/journal (due tomorrow)
Math Tiland: Supplemental Lesson 17
Math Van Law: Lesson 101 #1 - 25 all
Math Busch: Coordinate plane picture
Read 20 minutes.

Thursday, January 10:
Math Tiland: Lesson 56
Math Van Law: 3 Problems
Expedition: Paragraph about how the North Sentinal Island natives will feel about the US building a base on the island.
Maturation permission slip
Intent to return form
Read 20 minutes

Wednesday, January 9:
Math Van Law: Word problem
Busch Math: Lesson 66 Practice a - d and Lesson 67 Practice b - l TEST TOMORROW!!
Choir: Contract signed
Expedition: Socratic Seminar reflection (due tomorrow)
Skate city permission slip

Wednesday, Dec. 12
Expedition: Finish any EAP parts not done
Tiland Math: Problem Set 54
Van Law Math: Problem Set 93 #1 - 25 odd
Busch Math: Supplemental Practice for Lesson 62 #2 - 24 even/Supplemental Practice for Lesson 64 Mutiples of 3/Multiplying Decimals worksheet
Read 20 minutes

Wednesday, November 28
Van Law Math: Test Corrections
Tiland Math: Supplemental Practice for Lesson 35 #1 - 12
Busch Math: Lesson 54 Practice/Lesson 55 Practice and Problem Set 55 #3 - 30 multiples of 3
Read 20 minutes
Tuesday, December 11
Literacy: Scientific narrative (due Thursday)
Tiland Math: Lesson 55
Van Law Math: Test corrections/number line (due tomorrow)
Busch Math: Lesson 61 Practice and Problem set multiples of 2 (skip #26 and 28)/Reducing fractions worksheet/Test corrections
Read 20 minutes.

Tuesday, November 27
Van Law Math: Converting fractions/decimals/percents
Tiland Math: Lesson 50
Busch Math: Lesson 53 practice and problem set
Read 20 minutes

Monday, November 26:
Literacy: 3TL Book Project and journal - due tomorrow (I will collect books tomorrow, also)
Van Law Math: Problem Set 83 #1 - 25 all
Tiland Math: Practice Test Part A
Busch Math: Lesson 51 Practice a - h/Lesson 52 Practice c - e and Problem Set 52 #1 - 30
Permission Slip for fieldwork on Dec. 4
Read 20 minutes.

Thursday, November 15
Literacy: 3TL finish the book/journal
Literacy: Book project (due Tues, Nov. 27)
Literacy: Story map for scientific narrative (due tomorrow)
Van Law Math: supplemental practice for lesson 77
Tiland Math: Lesson 49
Read 20 minutes
Pajama Day tomorrow

Wednesday, November 14
Literacy: 3TL Chapters 22 and 23 read/journal - due tomorrow
Van Law Math: Worksheet/word problems
Tiland: Lesson 48
Read 20 minutes.

Tuesday, November 13
Literacy: 3TL Chapters 22 and 23 read/journal - due Thursday
Van Law Math: Page 310 Practice a -f
Busch Math: Lesson 49 Practice/Lesson 50 Practice and Problem Set evens
Read 20 minutes.

Monday, November 12: Snow Day

Friday, November 9:
- Literacy: 3TL Chapters 17 - 21 Read and journal (due Tuesday)
- Literacy: Eliminate PPSEL's Carbon Footprint story (due Monday)
- Read 20 minutes

Thursday, November 8:
Literacy: 3TL Chapters 17 - 21 read/journal (due Tuesday)
Van Law Math: Lesson 75 #5 - 9
Tiland Math: Lesson 47
Expedition: Paper Usage (due tomorrow)
Read 20 minutes

Wednesday, November 7
Literacy: 3TL Chapters 15 and 16 read/journal (due Thursday)
Van Law Math: Converting fraction to percentages
Tiland Math: Lesson 46
Expedition: Homework about paper's impact on the environment (due tomorrow)
Read 20 minutes

Tuesday, November 6
Literacy: 3TL Chapters 15 - 16 read and journal (due Thursday)
Van Law Math: Packet
Busch Math: Lesson 46 Practice and Lesson 47 Practice/Supplemental Practice for Lesson 47 #1 - 24
Expedition:Carbon Impact of Driving paragraph (due tomorrow)
Read 20 minutes
Skate City permission slip

Friday, Nov. 2
Literacy: Chapters 10 - 14 in 3TL/read/journal (due ?Tuesday)
Literacy: Poetry book (due Monday)
Read 20 minutes.
Play outside.
Skate City permission slip
Time change this Sunday

Thursday, Nov. 1
Literacy: Three Times Lucky Chapters 10 - 14 reading/journal (due Tuesday)
Busch Math: Lesson 45 Practice and Problem Set
Read 20 minutes
Skate City permission slip

Wednesday, October 31
Literacy: 3TL Chapters 8 and 9 Read/journal - due tomorrow
Tiland Math: Lesson 44
Busch Math: Lesson 43 Practice and Lesson 44 Practice/Problem Set #2 - 28 even
Read 20 minutes
Skate City form
Have fun!!!

Tuesday, October 30
Literacy: 3TL Chapter 8 and 9 reading/journal - Due Thursday!!!
Tiland Math: Problem Set 43
Van Law Math: Problem Set 65 #1 - 25 odd Page 246 - 247
Busch Math: Lesson 42, Problem Set
Skate City Permission slip
Read 20 minutes
Wednesday, October 24
Literacy: 3TL Chapter 2 and 3/journal entries (due Thursday)
Tiland Math: Supplemental Practice for Lesson 18, Page 532
Van Law Math: Problem Set 59, Page 224 - 226 #1 - 25 all
Busch Math: Lesson 40, Pages 198-200, Practice a-h and Problem Set 40 #1 -30 AND Test tomorrow!!
Scoopie night tonight
Read 20 minutes
Tuesday, October 23
Literacy: Three Times Lucky Chapter 2 and 3/Reading journal (due Thursday)
Literacy : Paragraph about the Colonel (due tomorrow)
Tiland Math: Division worksheet
Van Law Math: Lesson 56 #2 - 25, Skip 11 and 23
Busch Math: Lesson 38 Practice/Lesson 39 Practice and Problem Set
Read 20 minutes.
Scoopie Night is tomorrow
Monday, October 22
Literacy - 3TL chapter 2 and 3 (due Thursday)
Tiland Math - Problem Set 45
Van Law Math - Problem Set 54 #1 - 25 all Page 206 - 208
Busch Math - Lesson 36 Practice a - e and Lesson 37 Practice a - j/Problem Set 37 #1 - 29 odd
Read 20 minutes
Homework from guest speaker (due tomorrow)
Thursday, October 4
- Expedition: Check the AQI, temp, humidity and conditions daily
- Van Law Math: Find something in the world related to Math
- Read 20 minutes each day
- Play outside

Thursday, Sept. 27:
- Literacy: Read Chapter 21 and Epilogue in Hoot (due Tuesday)
- Tiland Math: Problem Set 42
- Van Law Math: Test corrections
- Busch Math: Lesson 33 Practice and Problem Set
- Read 20 minutes
- Wear white tomorrow for the FUNd Run
Wednesday, September 26
- Literacy: Read chapter 20 in Hoot (due tomorrow)
- Van Law Math: Why doesn't fractions
- Tiland Math: Lesson 40
- Busch Math: Lesson 32 Practice and Problem Set #1 - 28
- Expedition: Guest speaker homework
- Read 20 minutes
- Wear your favorite color tomorrow
Tuesday, September 25:
- Literacy: Read chapter 20 in Hoot (due Thursday)
- Van Law Math: Lesson 50 #1 - 15
- Tiland Math: Lesson 39 Cross off 7, 9, 13, 15, and replace 22 with 25
- Busch Math: Lesson 31 Practice and Problem Set #1 - 29/Test Corrections
- Read 20 minutes
- Wear blue tomorrow - FUNd Run donations due tomorrow
- Essay (for those that did not finish) - Final draft
- Permission slip
Monday, September 24:
- Literacy: Read chapters 18 and 19 in Hoot (due tomorrow)
- Van Law Math: Problem Set 49 #1 - 7
- Expedition: Final draft of paragraphs due tomorrow
- Read 20 minutes
- Color for Tuesday is purple
Friday, Sept. 21
- Literacy: Read chapters 18 and 19 in Hoot (due Tuesday)
- Van Law Math: Fractions - 7 problems
- Tiland Math: Problem Set 34, cross off 4, 5, 9, 10, 15, 18, 21, 22
- Busch Math - Test Monday
- Read 20 minutes
- FunD Run donations
- Monday is the beginning of the color run color week - Wear GREEN!!

Wednesday, September 19
- Literacy: Read chapter 17 in Hoot (due tomorrow)
Context clues homework (due tomorrow)
- Van Law Math: Adding fractions
- Tiland Math: Lesson 36 cross off 3, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 24, 26
- Busch Math: Lesson 29 Practice and Problem Set #1 - 29 odd
- Read 20 minutes
- FunD Run Donations
- Permission slip
Tuesday, September 18
- Literacy: Read chapter 17 in Hoot (due Thursday)
Context clues homework - due Thursday
- Tiland Math: Lesson 35 not 2, 3, 5, 12, 13, 14
- Busch Math: Lesson 28 Practice and Lesson 29 Practice
- Read 20 minutes
- FunD Run donations
- Health form - please fill out and return as soon as possible

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New Colorado state standards are in effect, which means we will have a new expedition topic!! Check back to see what 5th graders are doing!

Homework Policy

Fifth grade is big transition year for students.  They will be much more independent in the classroom, and in their homework, to begin to prepare for middle school.  As a general rule, students will have 10 minutes of homework times the year they are in school.  Therefore, in fifth grade students should be prepared to have about 50 minutes of homework each night, in addition to the required 20 minutes of nightly reading.   Homework due dates are non-negotiable, and students will lose credit for late work. 

Students with an excused absence will have two days for each day they are absent to turn in make-up work, and they will not be penalized.  If your student will have an extended absence, please talk to me to work out a solution. 

If students are missing homework, I will send notification home for parents to sign and return.  Communication between school and home is imperative to help students to be successful, and I welcome contact from you also.  

Literature Circle Books and Projects:

Fifth graders participate in monthly Book Clubs.  As a class, we will read a novel together.  

Fifth graders are given a calendar that lists what pages/chapters to read by a certain date. At the end of the Book Club (when we finish the book), fifth graders complete Book Projects.  The Book Projects are competed at home and students are given one to one and a half weeks to complete the project.  The Book Projects are a fun, creative way to demonstrate comprehension of the book.  Directions and a rubric will be handed out towards the end of each Book Club book.

Classroom Management

Get ready for your student to have their first job!!  At the beginning of each quarter, I will post classified ads in our classroom for different classroom jobs.  Students will choose the jobs they want for that quarter.  I will have applications for students to fill out, or I may require them to write a resume.  I will conduct interviews, and hire students to fill the positions.  Students will be paid for doing their jobs well, and will track their pay in a classroom checkbook.  Students may gain or lose money for behavior in the classroom, also.  At the end of the quarter, we will do an auction in which students may use the money in their checkbooks to purchase items or special privileges.

I feel that parents and teachers should be a team that supports students to be their best.  I hope to work with you and keep communication open to help your student be successful!!

Uniform Policy

Students attending Pikes Peak School of Expeditionary Learning will be required to wear a school uniform that consists of a plain colored (not plaid or stripes) polo shirt embroidered with the school logo. Slacks, neat jeans, skirts and shorts are acceptable coordinates. However, nothing more than four inches above the knee is allowed at school.  If students come without the designated uniform and appropriate clothing for the weather or circumstance, teachers are responsible to inform the office so that parents may be informed. Please be aware that “appropriate clothing for the weather or circumstance” means that PPSEL teachers and the PPSEL office have the authority to deem what is appropriate and what is not. Items such as pajama pants, inappropriate shoes or other items that are deemed not to be appropriate for a school setting will not be allowed. If a student consistently refuses to comply with the uniform policy, parents will be required to pick up their child for the remainder of the day.  Sweatshirts, hoodies or other jackets may not be worn during class unless they are official sweatshirts with the PPSEL logo.  A uniform polo shirt needs to be worn underneath, as well. Finally, uniform shirts may not be cut, changed or altered, tied up in any many or worn in any way other than intended.

PPSEL requires a school uniform for many reasons. School uniforms build school spirit, show pride in one’s appearance and advertise the school.  A school uniform is more economical for parents. It lessens peer and social pressure to buy clothing that represents the latest fashion trend. Uniformity also has tremendous safety benefits.  School uniforms are invaluable when we leave school grounds for fieldwork activities because they allow teachers and volunteers to quickly identify Pikes Peak School of Expeditionary Learning students among a larger group.

On days that students have Physical Education (P.E.), students need shoes that the P.E. teacher feels will keep students’ feet and bodies safe.

Dress Code for Non-Uniform Days, Events and Activities

Occasionally, there will be times when the uniform requirement could be waived.  Those times could include, but not be limited to Fridays, school sponsored sports events, fine arts events, student school social activities, etc.

On those occasions that are school related “uniform free” days or functions, the dress code is as follows:

Apparel containing printed or visual messages that are inappropriate in a school setting (i.e., alcohol, tobacco, controlled substances, sexual references, profanity, “double meaning”, derogatory comments, gang affiliations, etc.) will necessitate a change in clothing.  Clothing is not to be tight, suggestive, revealing, or distracting, i.e. torn, “sagged/low riding, and/or baggy.”  See-through, bare midriff, spaghetti straps and tank tops are not appropriate.

·         Nice pants, leggings, sweat pant outfits, jeans and jean shorts that are hemmed (not frayed or torn) are acceptable.  Shorts and cutoffs must be no shorter than four inches above the middle of the knee.  Children should wear appropriate clothing for weather conditions.

·         Skirts and dresses should not be shorter than four inches above the middle of the knee.  Shorts must be worn under dresses during P.E. and recess. 

·         Sweatshirts and t-shirts with appropriate pictures, logos or words may be worn.  Collared shirts, turtleneck and mock-turtleneck shirts, and sweaters are acceptable.

Hats or caps are not to be worn in the building.

Students are able to have hair that has a color added.  When hair colors or styles begin to distract from learning, students may be asked to make a change.

Additional Information


At PPSEL, much of our learning is done through the use of experts in the field.  This means we will often invite experts to come to school to speak to our students or to help them have a hands-on learning experience.  If you have special skill related to our fifth grade Common Core State Standards, and would be willing to be an expert in our classrooms, please let us know.  We are always looking for experts!!

We also go out on fieldwork to see experts.  When we go on fieldwork, we utilize parent drivers to safely transport our kiddos.  We try to give at least two weeks’ notice for fieldwork trips to allow parents that wish to drive the opportunity to make arrangements.  We will also send home a permission slip for parent signature to allow students to attend the fieldwork.  With that permission slip, we include any information about what students need to bring.

Items Not Allowed At School:  

There are some items that are not allowed at school, and we wanted to specifically name some items students have brought in the past.  This includes:

  • Weapons (real/toy)
  • Electronics such as iPods and games
  • Cell phones (if your student needs to bring a phone, it must me off and stored in their backpack during the school day)
  • Unhealthy snacks
  • Flip flops

Hi, I am Lisa Busch, one of the fifth grade teachers. I have been teaching at PPSEL since 2010. I love the sense of community fostered by the families of students that attend PPSEL and am so excited to be here.

I graduated from Regis University with my Bachelor’s in Elementary Education in 2009, after spending 18 years in the insurance industry. I recently finished my Master’s Degree in Educational Technology. I have a daughter who is enrolled in the PhD Program at SUNY Stony Brook. I also have a boxer named Howie.

I am the sponsor of the PPSEL Battle of the Books program, in which students read 40 great books, and then go to a regional competition to answer comprehension questions about the books. It is so much fun!! If your student is interested in joining, please stop by to see me.