Dear Parents/Guardians,

As we navigate these uncharted waters together, there are so many questions that are unanswered. We appreciate your patience with us as we continue planning what is best for our district and your children. We understand the closure of schools puts many of you in hardship, and we ask for your understanding and ability to give grace to all during this unprecedented time.

In accordance with the Iowa Department of Education guidance, online learning options cannot be required. Therefore, we do not plan to provide online educational services (as this would continue to widen the learning gap for those unable to participate) but instead will provide some online resources. While we will not be listing online resources your child may have already had access to during the regular school year, students are not prohibited from using those at home.  We will not be sending home any type of “packet/worksheets” as a substitute for our quality learning environment.

We will be providing some suggestions or resource ideas if your children are able to continue learning in this temporary new normal at home. These are ONLY suggestions; it’s okay to just survive and cope together without adding the stress of recreating a school environment at home. With that being said, establishing some sort of daily routine/schedule can be very helpful to children in this uncertain time.  Fullest consideration should be given to your family’s health and well-being, so please do not feel pressured to utilize these resources or suggestions if they do not assist your family’s needs.


5th Grade Resources:



English/Language Arts:




Social Studies:


Social Emotional:





Be mindful of your physical and mental health during the days to come.  Try to get 30 minutes of cardio completed each day. Utilize 2 or 3 mindful activities a week.  Below are some resources you can choose from in staying mentally and physically healthy during this time at home.


No login required
Requires Adobe Flash player
Music sequencing game
Can share sequence/compositions with others
Simple game for creating melodies – no adjustments for tempo, volume, etc.
Music sequencing game
No login required
Can share sequence/compositions with others
Requires Adobe Flash player
Music game
Students can unlock levels and features
No login required
Lessons and practice
No login required
Creates random sequence of notes, great for rhythmic sight-reading
No login required
Practice identifying music symbols and terminology




Other ideas:

Reminder:  Our classroom websites are still available for resources!!!!

Mrs. Hart’s Website

Mrs. Tisinger’s Website:

Khan Academy – Schedule of activities!

PBL PROJECT -use my username and my password pbl

We will continue to communicate as we get additional information and we look forward to seeing students in school on April 13th. Continue to practice patience and resiliency for each other during this time.

Thank you,
5th Grade Teachers

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Non-Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of the West Branch Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have any questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact the Dave Hlas, Elementary Principal, 148 North Oliphant St., West Branch, IA 52358, 319-643-7211,

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