Marie Rourke
       This week in Mrs. Rourke's class...

    State testing continues this week and next.  Math is 4/27 and 4/28, and Science is 4/4 and 4/5. Testing is in the morning.  Please make sure that your child has a good night's sleep, a healthy breakfast, and has plenty of sharpened pencils.  

    Our Body Wise class is beginning soon.  The letter below is being sent home via email and includes and "opting out" form.





    Dear Parents:

    As part of the 5th-grade health curriculum, puberty education will be presented. This program consists of an overview of the physical and emotional changes that can be expected during puberty. The presentation is age-appropriate, scientifically accurate, and non-judgmental. The information is given with the utmost respect for the students and contains interesting facts and details. Please see below for classroom schedule: 

    McGown/VanderSchie:  April 12th, 13, 14th 

    Cochran/Lehman, Sivert/Carrie Denges:  May 10th, 11th, 12th

    Brockway/Ulrich:  May 17th, 18th, 19th

    Blue/Rourke:  May 7th, 14, 21st

    Grant/Nivert:  May 6th, 13th, 20th

    Hays/Walker/Ogden:  May 24th, 25, 26th 


    The students will be separated by gender to ease their comfort level when talking about gender specifics. The program consists of an overview of the female and male reproductive systems, the physical and emotional changes associated with puberty, and basic information regarding human growth and development. The true focus of the program is the changes that the students will experience during puberty as well as nutrition and hygiene. The program centers on the belief that accurate knowledge about the physical and emotional changes associated with puberty will help the students during this exciting, but sometimes difficult and confusing period of growth. We will reassure the students that these changes are a normal, healthy part of growing up and that their bodies are working just as they should.



    In LA we are starting a Historical Fiction book club unit and writing memoirs.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!  rourkem@hudson.k12.oh.us or blued@hudson.k12.oh.us.  

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