Dec 15, 2012

December 17-21

Tuesday:  Nova

Thursday:  Honor Day if you have 0 missing assignments.
Friday:  1/2 Day of school
      Christmas poetry presentations to the fifth grade classes.
      Class Christmas Activities

The students chose to pick a classmate and be their secret Santa.  They decided to choose a a$2.00 gift to give.  We will be doing this on Friday.  If there is any problem getting a gift, I will have extra gifts they can use.  

Nov 30, 2012

December 3-7

This week:

Monday:  We will finish our N.O.V.A Essays.

Tuesday:  We will be presenting our N.O.V.A Essays during N.O.V.A.  Ask your child to share his/her essay with you!  

  • Math Division Test

Wednesday or Thursday:  Social Studies reports are due!  Please make sure you get these finished on time.  Mrs. Stewart will not accept any late reports.

Please remember to read 30 minutes every night and practice Reflex Math if you have not passed off your math facts.

Have a great weekend,
Mrs. Farmer

Nov 18, 2012

Only 2 days of school this week!

I can't believe it is almost Thanksgiving!!
I am Thankful for the wonderful students I have this year!! I hope you all have a fantastic Thanksgiving Holiday!!

Monday & Tuesday

  •  Morning- Book Lady will come to teach us how to make books.
    • Write Nova Reports 
  •  Afternoon-Science & Social Studies
    • Math-We will start double digit division
    • Reading-Readers Theaters (Thanksgiving)

Please continue reading 30 minutes every night!!  Turn in your November reading pages!
Remember to practice REFLEX MATH and KAKOOMA!!

Mrs. Farmer

Nov 11, 2012

November 12-16

This Week:
 Read a Good Book!

  • Math-Multiple ways to show Division
  • Science-Magnet Test and begin Electricity Unit
  • Writing- We will begin Nova Essays
  • Word Work-Adjectives-Practice writing 3 times each night.  (Test on Friday)
  • Character Focus-Kindness
Thursday-Field Trip-Logan High Musical      
Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat 
We will leave school at 9:00 A.M. and return at 11:00 A.M.

Thank you for your support.
Mrs. Farmer

Nov 4, 2012

November 5-9th

Last week the students tested on multiplication.  I will send home the test scores this week.  Please remember to read 30 minutes every night to meet your reading goal of 300 pages per month.

Homework:  Please remember to do your homework and finish it every night.  This Wednesday we will have a 5th grade Honor Day!

Congratulations to:  Braden, AJ, Trevor,  Andy, and Tyra on meeting their reading goal of 600 pages for September and October.

This Week:

  • Math-We will begin Division
  • Vocabulary/Spelling-We will begin Unit 5 (Testing will be Nov. 13)
  • Science-Finish Magnets and begin Electricity
  • Comprehension-Questioning
  • Social Studies-Revolutionary War

Oct 28, 2012


Look who I saw in the middle of the road.
Alex is ready for Halloween!

Last week we learned many different ways to multiply double digit numbers.  Please continue working with your child on his/her math facts using games, Reflex Math, math timings, or flash cards.

This week:

Monday-Review for Math Test.  Science- we will continue learning about magnets.
Tuesday-Multiplication Math Test.
Wednesday- Halloween  There will be a school Halloween parade at 8:15 a.m.  Parents are welcome to come!!  After that we will be presenting our Halloween poems to the fifth grade.  Your child may come in their costume in the morning.  At lunch time we will ask them to change back into their regular clothing.

Just a reminder from Principal Grunig-
1.  No masks
2.  Limit face paint-We need to be able to recognize the students.
3.  No blood
4.  No weapons real or fake
5.  No gore-blood, wounds, brains etc.

Thursday-Social Studies Test
Friday-Spelling/vocabulary test
Half day-School dismissed at 12:00

Oct 21, 2012

Thanks for coming to conferences!!

I enjoyed getting to know you at conferences.  Your help and support is so important in your child's education.  Here are some of the main goals that were set at conferences.

1.  Read 30 minutes every night.
2.  Fill out homework log every day and have a parent sign.
3.  Organize desk and binder.
4.  Improve comprehension strategies by using strategies on the back of homework log or use other strategies we have learned in class.

Also, I hope you had the opportunity to try out Reflex Math.

Mrs. Farmer

Sep 30, 2012

Oct 8-12 Sign up for SEP Conferences

Great Job Bella, Nizhoni and Trevor!!
Rockets for N.O.V.A

Making Circuits
Please sign up for Parent teacher conferences using the On-Line Scheduler. 
Here are some sites I will be sharing at conferences:

SEP Conferences-On-Line Scheduler
It's on the right side of the page.

Spelling Words Practice
The link is on the right top corner
of this page with Reflex Math.

Relfex Math to practice math facts
Password:  jjfarmerj


Reading- pages for September are due!! (300 pages)
Nova- rockets are due on Tuesday.
Math-Please practice your math facts.  We are working on multiplication.
Science-Electricity-We will be learning about complete circuits.  Please bring a D Cell Battery if you have one.
Friday-Spelling & Vocabulary Test

Thanks for you support,
Mrs. Farmer
More Circuits using paper clips as a conductor!!

Honor Day relay race

Sep 23, 2012

September 24-28

This Week we will be studying:

Math-  We just took our Place Value test and will start Multiplication.
Science-Electricity (Static and Current)
Word Work-Test Friday!!
Comprehension-Schema/Prior Knowledge (Please make sure you are filling out the back of your homework logs).
Writing-Sentences using thinking maps.
TRUE COLORS-What's right is right, and what's wrong is wrong!  
Decisions you make determine your 
success or failure in life.

Sep 17, 2012

Sept 17-21

This week:
We love NOVA!!!

Monday & Tuesday-Magnets science test
Wednesday-Picture Day!!!
Thursday-Review Place Value
Friday-Place Value Test  1/2 Day!!!

Remember!  Your goal is to read 300
pages by the end of September.
Pass off all math facts!!

Sep 1, 2012

Sept 10th-14th

Reading the Eulogy after burying I can't.

We just finished our reading testing (SRI & Dibels).  I talked to most of the students and let them know what they will be working on when we start reading groups.  Please continue reading 30 minutes every night!!

Character Focus:  Citizenship
Math:  Place Value-ordering and comparing numbers
Science:  Magnets -review for test
Word Work:  Nouns-Test on Friday!!
Writing:  Writing sentences and compound sentences
Social Studies:

Students remember to share the bonding card trick game with your families (instructions are on the Singapore Math Tab).
I will be sending in a book order on Tomorrow(Monday).  If you would like to order on-line my code is GYPGG.

Aug 25, 2012

We're off to a GREAT start!!

I enjoyed getting to know your child last week.  This week we will continue talking about being positive and kind to others.  We just finished reading Have you Filled a Bucket Today? We are also reading a book about bullying called The Hundred Dresses.   

Next week:
Character Focus-  Being kind and accepting others
Math-Number Sense (Bonding to 10, 100, & 1000, skip counting, and Place Value)
Science-Magnets & Electricity
Social Studies-     

Please continue to help your child be successful in 5th grade by:

-It is very important that your child reads 30 min. every night to improve comprehension and fluency and hopefully gain a love for reading.
-Check your child's assignments and review homework to see if it is correct.
-Sign homework logs every night.
-Help your child pass off math facts in 5 minutes. (add, subtract, multiply, divide)
-Look for progress report slips every Friday.

-Book orders are due on September 7th.

Aug 5, 2012


I have had questions about what supplies to bring? The following items would be helpful but are certainly optional: 

Three ring binder- (1 1/2 inch-2 inch size) I will supply pocket folders to help organize the different subjects. 

1-2 boxes of tissues- Our class usually goes through a lot of tissues throughout the year. 

*red pen 
*glue stick 
* I will have all of these available to use. These are items that you could buy if your child wants his/her own to use. 

Aug 1, 2012

Get Ready for School!!

I'm so excited to get back to school. I have had a great summer in Idaho biking, hiking, reading, and relaxing; however, I am lost without my daily interaction with my students!! I hope you are all eager to learn and become great 5th graders!!
My daily bike ride to Silver Lake!  The scenery is
amazing.  I'm still hoping to see a bear!
The class lists are on the front window of the school. The first day of school is August 22nd and back to school night will be on the 21st at 6:30?  I'm not sure about the time yet.

I can't wait to meet and say hi to all of you at back to school night!!

Jul 28, 2012

What a GREAT year we had in 2012-2012!! I'm looking forward to this next year!

Congratulations Bridger Elementary!
Thank you Mr. Long!  We will miss you at Bridger!
We are in Seattle being recognized and receiving an award as the National Title 1 Distinguished School for Closing the Gap in the State of Utah.

Jun 5, 2012


I wish all my 5th grade students a great summer and a great year in 6th grade!! I will miss you!!

New 5th Grade Students-I am excited to get to know you!!

Please remember to read this summer to avoid the Summer  Slide.
What is the summer slide?  Summer slide refers to the loss of reading skills that results when students  slip out of the practice reading over the summer.
Way to Prevent Summer Slide.
1.  It is suggested that students who read at least six books will not regress over the summer.
2.  Set a time aside each day to read.  Hopefully you will get engaged in the book and enjoy this time.
3.  Visit the library or book store.

I love reading and I am looking forward to you sharing what you have read during the summer?

What is your favorite book you have read?
What book(s) would you recommend to your classmates?
What are your favorite Genres?

If you want to e-mail me, please contact me at: Or....
or post on my BLOG

Jun 1, 2012


Thanks Mr. Farmer for the End of Year BBQ!!

I hope everyone got their DVD with pictures of the year!

Have a Great Summer!!

I'll miss all of you!!

Mrs Farmer

May 13, 2012

Only 4 Days of School Left!!

Way to go Bridger!!
Danika (second place)

Mile Run-Way to go Bridger!
Alex, Syd, Jocilyn, Mikayel (first), Emely

Way to go Anthony second place!! 

President Reports


Our president reports were a huge success!!  Thanks students for your hard work in getting them finished, and thank you parents for supporting your child.

(May 21-25)
       Weds-Science Testing
       Thursday-Mile run at Adams Elementary-5th grade Check-in 10:30 run at 11:00.
        Friday-Science Testing--1/2 day of school-Dismiss at 12:00

May 29th-Swimming party for those students who have met their reading goal of 2400 pages.
                    We are planning on leaving the school at 9:30 and going to Crystal Springs in Honeyville.
                     Bring-Swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, water, treats(optional) , jacket (if needed).
May 30th-5th grade Awards Assembly 10:30-11:30 a.m. Red Learning Center (Parents     ..........................Welcome)
May 31st-Last Day of School 1/2 Day-Dismiss at 12:00


May 5, 2012

May 7-11

I would just like to let you know about some upcoming and important events as we finish up the school year.  We have been working really hard to prepare for end of year testing and to finish the year strong.  Please try to have your child to school on time Wednesday and Thursday for testing.  Also, encourage them to get plenty of sleep and to eat a good breakfast the night before.
May 9th (Wednesday) Language Arts Testing
Math 10th (Thursday)  Language Arts Testing
May 11th (Friday) President Reports

You are invited to come see all the hard work and research your child has done on his/her president report.

Date:  Friday, May 11th
Caitlyn sharing what she learned and receiving her free yo yo!
Time:  1:30-2:30
Place:  Gym

Other Important Dates:

May 17th & 18th- Math Testing
May 23rd & 25th- Science Testing
May 24th-Fun Run (I do not have any details yet)
May 25th -1/2 Day of school
May 28th-No School Memorial Day
May 29th-Reading Celebration
May 30th-5th Grade Awards Assembly (10:30-11:30)
May 31st-Last Day-Dismiss at 12:00

Apr 29, 2012


This week:
We will continue working on our president reports.  We will finish typing and editing them.
May 11th we will present them to the school and parents.

We will finish testing on Geometry and Science.  We will start reviewing for the end of year testing which will begin May 9th and 10th.

Monday-Assembly 8:30 a.m.  Review Geometry Pretest.
Tuesday-Geometry Final Test
Thursday-Book orders due!!
Friday-Heredity Final Test  

Apr 15, 2012

Only 32 days left of school!!!

I can't believe this year is almost over. We still have a lot to do before the end of the year.

Finish mealworm experiments before they turn into a pupa. This week we will continue to learn about learned behaviors and instincts.
We will also learn about animal variations and specialized structures.

We will learn about surface area and volume.

If your child is struggling with Geometry please click on the math tab and go to the IA Site. There are games and extra help under the Geometry section.

We have been taking notes on our presidents and we will begin to write our reports. We will also start looking up information to put on our pizza boxes to display. We are still trying to get enough large pizza boxes.
We are planning on presenting our reports and pizza displays on May 11th 1:00-2:30.

Apr 5, 2012


I hope you are all enjoying your Spring Break!! REMEMBER TO READ! Also, don't forget to work on your CHALLENGE PACKET!!

Bring what you have finished to class when you return from break and receive a reward!!

When we come back from Spring Break we will learn:
Science-Heredity Math-Area of trapezoids and parallelograms Writing-Start President Reports.

Remember to read and go to the math IA Site.

Mar 25, 2012

Last Week Before Spring Break!!

Tuesday-Music Performance in Gym Wear dark clothes! Parents are invited!!
(Monday's performance is for the younger grades.)
Thursday-Honor Day
Friday-1/2 Day-Spelling/Vocabulary Test


The following students have met their reading goal of 2100 pages or more for the year. Way to go!! Aspen, Gabi, Nate, Tia, Mikael, Jade, Alex, Chris, Ethan, Caitlyn, Nate, Dallin, Ali, Jocilyn, Brendon, Syd, Soli, Spencer!

Please encourage your child to READ!! The swimming party is just 2 months away!!

Mar 11, 2012

March 12-16

Science-This week we will have our final test on Matter.
Math-We will learn about integers and the coordinate grid.
Friday-1/2 day of school

Saturday-St. Patrick's Day

Mar 4, 2012

Week of March 5-9

Science--This week we will finish up our Science Matter Unit. The experiments have been a lot of fun. I'm still cleaning up messes!! We will be reviewing and test next Weds. and Thurs.

Writing-We just finished our Persuasive Writing Tests and are working on Limerick Poetry.

Math-We just tested on Multiplying Fraction and Algebra. This week we will learn about Range, Median, (Averages) Mode, and graphs.

Please encourage your child to continue reading 30 minutes every night and getting his/her homework finished. Check their homework log after they have finished and sign.

Mrs. Farmer

Feb 23, 2012

February 20-24

Honor Day was held on Thursday-The students had a lot of fun!!
Science-Chemical and Physical Changes-Next week students will be presenting an experiment to show a chemical or physical change. Please support your child in this
assignment. I told them to look on the internet, books, etc.

Feb 9, 2012


TUESDAY-HaPpY VALENTINES DAY!! The school will have a Valentines Day Awards lunch. We will present our Valentine Poetry. After, we will pass out our Valentines to the class.

WEDNESDAY-Conferences begin at 2:40. I'll see you there.

Parent Teacher Conferences from 12:30-7:30.

Please sign up for conferences!

You may sign up on the Bridger Blog Site until Monday evening.

Jan 29, 2012

Week of January 30-February 3rd

Last week I went to a National Conference in Seattle where our school received an award for improving student's academic achievement. We had a lot of fun and learned a lot from national presenters.

This week:
Monday-1/2 Day
Math-We will continue learning about decimals and fractions.
Writing-Finish up our persuasions and start a new one on the computer.

Jan 15, 2012

Week of January 16th

Last week we took our fractions test. They were sent home on Friday. Parents please sign and have your child return for credit.

This week we will practice for the Science (electricity test).

Monday-No School (Martin Luther King Day)

Thursday-Honor Day (Game Day-Bring a game from home to play.) Please do not bring electronic games.

Friday-Maturation Program (I will send out information as soon as I receive it.)
It usually starts at 1:00 p.m. Parents are encouraged to attend.

Jan 7, 2012

Happy New Year!!

This past week we wrote about our New Year's Resolutions!
Many students wrote goals to read more books!!

This week:
Math: We will be testing on fractions.
Spelling/Vocabulary: We will test on Friday.
Science: We will finish our circuit boards.
Dibles Testing: Wednesday-Please READ every day!!
Honor day: 1 week from Thursday-Games from home.

Don't forget that Friday is 1/2 day!!


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