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Mrs. Erica Osborn - 5th Grade

Curriculum Overview 2019-2020

Dear Students and Parents,

Please allow me to introduce myself as your new fifth-grade teacher. I also coach Cross Country and Track&Field. I sincerely and eagerly look forward to getting to know you this year, and I hope you are as eager as I am to start the 2019-2020 school year.

Here’s a little bit about me. This will be my tenth year as an educator and my third year teaching fifth grade! I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia but moved to California as a young adult to pursue my many hobbies and attended California State University San Marcos. (Go Cougars!) During my earlier college years, I focused on early childhood, teaching preschool for six years, and then onto elementary education. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal studies with a depth of study in Anthropology, and now hold a California clear credential. I began my teaching career in the Carlsbad Unified School District. Fortunately, I found The Rhoades School. I am delighted to be here and apart of this fabulous campus with its fine tradition and warm spirit. My husband, Russ and I live in Carlsbad and enjoy running in local races, skiing, and attending concerts in our spare time. Also, we are excited to have our daughter continue at The Rhoades School as a first grader.

Looking ahead, fifth grade will be one of the best years at Rhoades for your child. They will work on gaining independence, have opportunities to discuss mature topics, and will learn to successfully contribute in project-based assignments to name a few skills. From the first day of school, we will work together to build an efficient and cohesive team where everyone is supportive of one another including students, parents, and teachers.

To prepare for our eventual transition into middle school, the primary goal of 5th grade is to provide a supportive learning environment filled with academic rigor and purpose while cultivating independence and responsibility. Mr. Molenkamp and I have planned a rich year-long curriculum that includes challenging and engaging projects and lessons.

As we begin our journey this year, I look forward to learning more about each of you. (Our first assignment will be built for just that purpose!) I anticipate a fantastic year of learning and truly look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday, September 3rd.

With a warm welcome to all new and returning parents and students, Yours truly,

Mrs. Osborn

Email: EOsborn@rhoadesschool.com

Voicemail: 760-436-1102, ext. 253

Updated Wednesday 01-8-2020 11:33pm

Classroom Notes

Welcome 5th grade students and parents!

We are so excited to meet our young students on Tuesday, September 3rd. As we begin our adventure together this year, we will learn so much about one another. To initiate our introduction, we’ve created the following assignment as described below:

Students, if you were a piece of fruit, what would you be?

How does the fruit represent, you? your personality? your appearance? your preferences? etc…  When choosing your fruit, you may want to consider some of the following:

-Color (inside and outside)

-Texture (inside and outside)



-Sound (when you bite into it)

There is no need to write anything! Simply make a thoughtful selection and bring one piece of edible fruit to school on Tuesday, September 4th and be ready to share. We’re excited to meet our little bananas and apricots!

Speaking of food, we’d also like to remind the parents that when and if you bring food items to school to share/celebrate a birthday or other occasions, please be mindful that we potentially have students with nut and/or egg allergies in the 5th grade.

We ask that such items are in original packaging with ingredients listed, so we can keep our friends safe and included. This small gesture reinforces the important life skill of thinking about another’s needs and responding with a generous heart.

With that in mind, we will all be safe and ready to get to know one another on our first day of 5th grade!


Erica Osborn and Syd Molenkamp