Monthly Archives: May 2018

Grade 5 Transition Activities

Very soon, our Grade 5 students will become Grade 6 students! There are a handful of events coming up to celebrate this move from the Elementary School to the Middle School.
During the week of June 4th, each fifth grader will receive a gift from the PTA: a t-shirt with the name of every student in the grade written on the back. That same week, on June 7th and 8th, fifth graders will get to eat lunch in the MS cafeteria. Students always say the pizza is much better there than in the ES!
During the last week of school, each homeroom will have an end-of-the-year party. On June 11th and 12th, fifth graders will go again to eat in the MS cafeteria. On the 13th, there will be an outdoor barbecue (weather permitting) just for fifth graders to enjoy. And on the last day of school, the entire Elementary School will say good-bye to the fifth-grade class at the ES assembly.
As you can see, our almost-sixth graders will have many opportunities in June to celebrate both the end of their time in Elementary School and their transition to Middle School. It’s a very exciting time of year!


Dear Parents,

Next week your child will take the MAP® Growth™ assessments from NWEA®. Testing dates are May 8-10 for scholars in Grade 3 through Grade 5. We give students MAP Growth tests to determine individual instructional needs and to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year. There are three assessments in the Elementary School; Math, Language Usage and Reading. Each assessment is administered on a different day.

MAP Growth tests are unique in that they adapt to your child’s level of learning. Scholars do NOT, and can NOT, study for the assessments. The MAP assessments are adaptive to each individual. The items scholars receive vary based on their individual performance and responses to previous items. The data we receive results in a detailed picture of what your child knows and is ready to learn. Providing teachers with immediate and accurate information regarding appropriate differentiation opportunities.

Following the administration of all three assessments, you will receive a report showing your child’s growth. If you have questions regarding the data, you may review the results with your child’s homeroom teacher by setting up an appointment.

How to prepare your child for MAP

  • You DO NOT NEED to study for MAP.
  • Ensure your child gets a good night sleep (9 hours or more).
  • Make sure they have a good breakfast each morning.
  • Encourage them to do their best and remain positive.

We are truly excited to focus on your child’s individual growth and achievement. For more information about the MAP Growth test, visit:


Janet Wang                                                                                                                                                   Assessment Coordinator                                                                                                                                      Office of Learning