Angela VanderKooi » Mrs. Vander Kooi's Teacher Page 2020-2021

Mrs. Vander Kooi's Teacher Page 2020-2021

I am thrilled to be your child's homeroom and/or ELA teacher. I will be utilizing this page throughout the year for updates on curriculum and events.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.  I look forward to building a partnership with you to create a successful fifth grade year for our students!

Mrs. Vander Kooi


During the month of March, we will have the opportunity to put a spotlight on some of the amazing accomplishments of strong, determined women. Since 1987, the United States has formally recognized March as National Women's History Month.  

Candor Health Education

Health educators from Candor Health Education, formally Robert Crown Center, will present the program entitled "Understanding Changes" in April.  A permission slip was sent home on Monday, February 22, 2021. Please fill out the hard copy form and return it by Tuesday, April 6th.  Payment may only be made online using My School Bucks at On the district homepage, scroll down to LINKS, clink on Online Payments and this will bring you to where you can sign up.  


Wacky Wednesdays are back!

Show your school spirit by dressing up for these fun days :)

03/03/21- Music Day- Wear your favorite band or musician.

03/10/21- College Day- Wear your favorite college colors.

03/17/21- Green Day- Wear any shade of green.

03/24/21- Comfy Day- Wear comfy clothing.

Every Friday is Chelsea Spirit Day! I am encouraging you to wear spirit wear or school colors.  Go Tigers!

Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program-D.A.R.E. 

In January, we began our Drug Abuse Resistance Education program with Officer Riff from the Frankfort  Police Department. Along with being our D.A.R.E. instructor, he is also our district resource officer. D.A.R.E. is a prevention education program designed to teach students the appropriate skills needed to resist pressures which may influence them to experiment with alcohol and tobacco. They will also be introduced to the D.A.R.E. Decision Making Model that assists them in problem solving, being a good citizen and making wise decisions. The curriculum is interactive and promotes active participation by the students. Following completion of the 10 lessons, students will have the opportunity to participate in a D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony and earn a certificate.

There is an optional DARE Photograph Scavenger Hunt for fifth graders. The rules of the scavenger hunt can be found in the Downloads section of this page.

P.E./Recess/ Mask Breaks

Please be sure your child is dressed for the weather. Now that it is beginning to get colder outside, students need to be bringing sweatshirts and jackets. We will continue to go outside a few times each day, unless the weather drops below 15 degrees or it is raining/snowing. Students will be outside for mask breaks, P.E., and recess. 


Remind is a communication platform that can be used to send class messages or announcements. It is another form of communication between home and school. Stay informed and please consider joining my class with the following link: 

In your web browser go to the follwoing link:

or send a text to: 81010

Message: @vanderkoi

Erin's Law

Governor Pat Quinn signed Erin's Law in January of 2013, which requires all schools in the state of Illinois to provide age appropriate sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention education programs for students in grades Pre-K through 12.   Our lessons for 5th grade students will begin the week of January 18th, 4th grade students will begin the week of January 25th, and 3rd grade students will begin the week of February 1st. The Chelsea Intermediate School Social Workers will be teaching each lesson in the child’s classroom. The "Think First and Stay Safe" program will be the curriculum utilized for these lessons with a focus on Child Lures.  

Bluestem Award Book Challenge

The Bluestem Reading Challenge is up and running!  All Chelsea Tigers are invited to take part in this opportunity to read a collection of books selected by the Association of Illinois School Library Educators for readers in grades 3-5.  Our library is stocked with multiple copies of every Bluestem book thanks to the generosity of the 157C Education Foundation! This information was also shared during our library block on November 4, 2020.

This challenge goes through March 15th. 


Quarter 3 Information

NovelWalk Two Moons by Sharon Creech 

Writing unit:  Research writing for informational text and Prose Constructed Response (PCR) literary analysis 

  • L 5.2 – I can demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

Reading Literature standards: 

  • R.L 5.1 Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

  • R.L. 5.2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text

  • R.L.5.4-Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes

  • R.L. 5.5 Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem. 

  • R.L. 5.6 Describe how a narrator's or speaker's point of view influences the way events are describes. 

  • R.L. 5.9 Compare and contrast stories in the same genre with the ame theme and topics. 

Reading Information Standards:

  • R.I. 5.1 Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
  • R.I. 5.3 Explain the relationship or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a text.
  • R.I. 5.4 Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.
  • R.I. 5.9 -Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
Frankfort Lions Club Sock Drive
We will be collecting new socks for men, women and children until March 15, 2021.  Let's make a difference in our community. Thank you!