SCA Field Trip

Today’s field trip to the SCA was a thought provoking and creative experience. Please watch the Ted Talk attached to this message to learn more about the artist’s project.

During our visit, students created their very own self-portrait. Portraits will be displayed at the SCA on Friday, February 28, with a special student reception scheduled from 5 – 6 p.m. Bring your family out to view and discuss the artwork created by Angelica Dass and our students here at DES.

Thank you to the Saugatuck Center for the Arts for this wonderful opportunity!

Save the Date!

We will need all hands on deck for the Eloquence Day event, scheduled for Thursday, April 2. Please be on the look-out for a Sign Up Genius soon requesting volunteers to act as servers on the day of the event. If you are considering attending and need to take time off work, volunteers will be needed from 8:30 – 2 p.m. that day.

Classroom Updates

Homework: A new homework packet and Words to Learn list is coming home today.

Snacks: Please encourage your child to pack a snack every day. Many students complain of hunger in the morning, and while I have snacks to share when students forget, the current rate at which we are going through them is unsustainable. Thank you so much for your help! I realize this is a student responsibility, but many are struggling to develop the habit of packing without daily reminders.

Field Trips: Students will be out of the building tomorrow and Wednesday in order to attend field trips. Tomorrow we will visit the SCA from 10:30 – 12 p.m. in order to see the  Humanae exhibit and create a self-portrait. On Wednesday, we will travel to Grand Rapids in order to see the Grand Rapids Symphony perform at DeVos Performance Hall. Students will be out of the building from 8:25 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Parent Teacher Conferences: Please plan to bring your child to parent teacher conferences next week, March 3 and 5. Students are preparing to share their growth and  goals with you. During this time, we will also discuss the transition to middle school. Please take note of the fact that there is a half day next Friday, March 6. Teachers will be attending professional development during this time.

World’s Finest Chocolate Sale

Your child is returning home today with an letter explaining the annual 5th grade World’s Finest Chocolate sale. Participation is optional. All funds will be used to off-set the cost of Eloquence Day and our year-end field trip to Michigan’s Adventure. Details regarding the sale’s end date and distribution of product are included in the letter.

Reproductive Health Videos

If you are interested in viewing the reproductive health video your child will watch on Friday, March 6, they have arrived and are ready for pick-up in the DES office. You’ll need a DVD player to view the video, and it should be returned within 24 hours, so that other parents may have the opportunity to check them out. All students will participate in the lesson unless I receive parent notification prior to the lesson. Thank you!

Classroom Updates – Please Read

Eloquence Day: Preparations are underway for our fifth-grade Eloquence Day Luncheon which will take place on Thursday, April 2nd.  The luncheon will be held at the Felt Mansion again this year.  We are trying to get an accurate count of students who will be attending.  If you know that your child will NOT be attending this event, please let me know at your earliest convenience by emailing me at  Thank you!

Parent Teacher Conferences: Your child is coming home with an invitation to join us for parent/teacher/student conferences on March 3rd and 5th. Please read the attached letter, than complete the bottom portion of the invitation and send it back to school as soon as possible.

There is no scheduled homework or word work this week or next. Homework and word work will resume on Monday, February 24.

Planetarium Visit!

Part of Our 5th grade science curriculum involves learning about space systems. To enhance and reinforce this learning, we will visit the Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium in Grand Rapids on Thursday, March 19, 2020. We will leave DES around 8:45 am and arrive at the Planetarium around 9:45am. The show will start at 10am and last one hour, with an arrival back to DES around 11:30 a.m. Thanks to the annual Rock the Walk event, there is no cost to students.

I am seeking 3 parent volunteers to join us for this trip. If you are interested, please email me at If more than 3 parents show interest, I will hold a lottery, and priority will be given to volunteers that haven’t attended a field trip this school year.

I still have 1 parent volunteer position available for our trip to the Grand Rapids Symphony, scheduled for February 26. Please let me know if you would like to attend.