The Class of Mrs. Kovacs

Browsing Archive: September, 2014

Don't Blink

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Monday, September 29, 2014,
This year is flying by!  Oh my!!  I can't believe homecoming is behind us and it is time to think about October things like Halloween.  CRAZY!!

This week our school yard map is due--Friday, Oct. 3.  We will be having about 1/2 an hour a day in school to work on it.  Some of them are really amazing.

We will be doing an October reading calendar.  How much can you read in one month?  In math we will be wrapping up Unit 2 early next week and taking the end of the unit test.  

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Bike Day

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Tuesday, September 23, 2014,
A couple pieces of information for you:

1.  Bikes can be brought tomorrow after school.  They will be put in the gym (by you) overnight.
2.  We will bike to Hugo and be crossed at 61 by a police officer.
3.  Our bikes will be safely kept at the back of the school while we are there.
4.  The bikes will be kept at the bike racks after we get back.
5.  We will get back at 12:15, eat lunch, and then go to recess after that.

I am so excited for this grand 5th grade adventure.!!...
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Beautiful Fall Weather

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Monday, September 22, 2014,
Isn't it absolutely beautiful outside?  I LOVE this weather.  Today we walked off the school yard and did some rough sketches for our school yard  map project.  We are real cartographers in the making.

Happy Homecoming week.  Tomorrow is tie dye day so find your beautiful tie dye stuff and get it cleaned up and ready to wear tomorrow.  Let's support our bears.

Sorry I didn't blog for a few days but between trying to spend every spare minute outside (this is my favorite weather) and getting done...
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Tromping Through the Thicket

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Monday, September 15, 2014,
We tromped through the thicket in search of perfect habitats.  We were considering how the physical features of our school yard effect the choices we will make for our team habitats.   We found some water, it's wet out there!  We found some frogs, they are everywhere.  We talked about respecting nature, not leaving too big of an imprint, etc.  Speaking of imprints, we found a cool spot where the deer must be sleeping.  Trampled down grass, cozy leafy walls...the imprint of deer, for sure.

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History Comes Alive--9/11

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Thursday, September 11, 2014,
The kids in this class were not even born when 9/11 happened.  It is totally "history" to them.  In honor of 9/11 we each grabbed a chrome book and spent 20 mn researching all about this historic day.  We found out some sad things, some great stories of heroes (dogs included) and some inspiring recovery stories.  It was a cool way to learn about "This day in History!"

The blog should be going wild.  We then blogged a comment and are now needing to respond to someone else's blog comment.  We ha...
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Chrome Books in the Room

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Monday, September 8, 2014,
Today we got to test out the brand new chrome books.  They are COOL and they work great.  FUN!!  Sadly, what we tested them on was the MAP test.  But it was nice to take the MAP test in our own classroom.  No worries kids, we get to have 12 of these in our room ALL the time.  That covers nearly 1/2 of us at a time or means if you work with 1 buddy everyone has a computer.  Furthermore, in centers like we did today there can be a technology center and everyone at the center can be on a compute...
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Still Weeding Our Garden

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Friday, September 5, 2014,
As you know weeding is a full time all summer long job.  Weeding the classroom is a full time all school year long job.  The kids are wowing me with their technology skills and ideas and creativity and enthusiasm and hard work get to itness attitude.  We did hurt a few feelings today and had a bit of trouble with respecting the ideas and thoughts of team mates but we are little sprouting 5th graders and the weeding will go on.  

Be nice to each other.
Talk to each other with respect, even when ...
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Record Attendance at Curriculum Night

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Thursday, September 4, 2014,
    Lots of parents 
+ A few fifth graders.
+ All the fifth grade teachers.

Fifth Grade at a Glance, 2014

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Just Like Pros

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Wednesday, September 3, 2014,
It's only day 2 but you guys are so good--just like pros!  Really great kids, that's for sure.  Today was the day we started team work and the tool we used to get you together with a team was fantasy football.  Did you find out some really cool stuff about the players on your fantasy football team?

Tomorrow we will work on the weeds we need to pull which some of you have already taken the liberty of demonstrating for us.  Things like blurting, walking around the room during read aloud, being u...
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Great Day People!

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Tuesday, September 2, 2014,
What a fun day.  I knew I was going to love having you guys in my class.  Wasn't it fun to play Krypto?  You guys caught on quickly.  Very impressive.  There are two more krypto hands on the extra credit tab.  Give them a whirl.

I am thinking about us joining the fantasy football league that the rest of the 5th grade is starting.  Are you in?  I will have us do it by teams which means we need to spend some time tomorrow announcing our teams.  Are you ready for that?  Teamwork here we come.  Th...
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The Countdown is On!

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Tuesday, September 2, 2014,
Only thirteen and a half hours [13 1/2 ] until school starts!  I am so excited I probably won't sleep a wink!  I have waited 3 long years for you guys and your are finally going to be in my class!  Hooray!!

I went to the mall today and got my first day of school outfit.  I went yesterday but didn't find anything.  I thought I was going to have to wear something I already had.  :(  But then today, success.  I am so happy because my new clothes look good (well, not Ms. Schiele good but pretty go...
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All About Me

Jamie Lyn Kovacs I am married to John Kovacs and have 5 sons, John age 33, Jim age 31, Joe age 28, Jake age 26, Vlad age 23. I also have 3 grandchildren, Jack and Lydia, who are the kids of my oldest son and his wife, and Baby Kennedy who is the newborn of my second son and his wife. The older kids are 5 and 2. My family lives in White Bear Lake. ____________My son John is married and lives in Turkey with his wife Pamela and son Jack and daughter Lydia. Hey, that makes me a grandmother--yikes! John is a teacher too. A couple years ago he taught at White Bear Lake but for the last couple years he's been teaching social studies to middle school kids at Hope Academy in Minneapolis. He also has taken classes at a seminary. He wrote a book called "The Historia" which you can buy on He was a hockey player and played college hockey at Bethel. His wife is a lawyer worked at a big law firm in Minneapolis. Cool! Hey, guess what. I am a lawyer too!! This will be my 13th year teaching as I practiced law for over 15 years. Teaching is way more fun!! Now they are living in Turkey and simply trying to learn the language and make connections. This year my son will be teaching high school world history at an international school. __________My son Jim lives in Blaine with his wife Courtney. They both graduated from Winona State where they were star pitchers on their baseball and softball teams. Jim graduated from St. Thomas School of Law. He clerked for a judge and now he works for a law firm in Golden Valley. His wife graduated from Des Moines University Medical School where she studied to be a physical therapist. She works for Twin Cities Orthopedics. You can check out pictures of their wedding on the summer vacation tab. __________My son Joe graduated from Moorhead State. He, like his brothers was a good athlete and loved sports. He also is a great singer and performer and was Danny Zuko in Grease, Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, and Curly in Oklahoma--all in WBL high school. He has a teaching license and did some long term subbing in WBL most recently at Hugo Elementary School. Next he worked at Infinite Campus training teachers on software that his employer makes. He got to travel all over the United States. He is married to Emily, and there are pictures of them you can check out on the vacation tab as well. Emily is a pharmacist for CVS in Targets. They just moved to Washington DC so he could attend George Washington University and get an MBA. __________My son Jake graduated from University of Minnesota with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science. He is a superstar in math. He was a TA for a professor in the computer science department. He really likes to golf and was on the White Bear Lake golf team. He worked at Gem Lake so if you ever golf there, you may have seen Jake. Do you like golf? As soon as he graduated he started working full time at a company that writes online computer games. He spends his day writing code to create games. He loves that kind of writing, do you? He taught many of my students to write code in Scratch. _________Vlad officially became our son in June of 2010 although we have loved him since we met him a couple years before that. We traveled to his homeland, Latvia, 3 times to make him ours. He has been living with us since March of 2010. He graduated from WBL High School too. He traveled to China with the high school a couple years ago and wants to go back. Can you believe that you can travel with your classmates and friends when you are in high school? He is currently a senior at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. He spent a semester in Seoul, S. Korea in a study abroad program through River Falls. We will officially be empty nesters. _________My husband John works for Collins Electrical Company as a project manager but he is amazing with computers. He set up this web site for me!! Thanks John. He is the IT guy for my mom, his parents, and our whole family!! My husband and I have a cute teddy bear puppy who is 1 and a half years old. He is very spoiled.

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