Field School Site Council
5th Grade Parent Reps
** Site Council meetings are held the 1st Wednesday of the month from 4:00 - 5:30 and are open to anyone wishing to attend. If you have a topic to discuss you must be on the agenda prior to the meeting. Please contact your grade rep. to be added to the agenda.
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We are finally finished with ALL MCA Testing! This week it was the science test. Most of the students will tell you that this test is very different than the other MCA's. Lots of thinking left kids with tired brains! Congratulations on conquering the mighty MCA's!
Now is the time to check those wonderful parent portals for missing work. Please encourage your child to complete assignments on time, as it can be difficult to catch up if your work is overdue.
5th Grade 101:
By now you are well seasoned fifth grade parents. You get an 'A' for the year!!! Good luck in your next class, 6th grade 101! After this year, next year will be a breeze!
The Fifth Grade Team
Science Promotes Academic Mastery! (Also known as SPAM!)
Water water everywhere! We have begun our second half of our Environments unit, Aquatic Environments. We will experiment with both salt and fresh water. Our terrariums-turned-aquariums now have organisms living in them. Ask your child who is hanging out at their science table!
Vocabulary: aquatic environment, brackish water, abiotic, biotic.
Enjoy your weekend!!
No homework this week.
May 10, 2013
This week we started Unit #8 - "Growth Patterns"... a brief look at patterns, functions, and change, and an intro into algebraic thinking. Students this week have been exploring how to chart, graph, and describe growth in individuals, and trying to understand what a "growth rate" is, and how we can recognize it and its features in a graph.
This time of year it is always difficult to keep students minds on math, as the nice weather (FINALLY!) inspires thoughts of everything BUT mathematics. Talk with your students about the need to still stay focused and produce quality work. The skills and habits that students develop and use right now are the ones that they'll remember as they move on to 6th-grade next fall! Let's end this year on a very positive note!
- Mr. Usem
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Access my personal teacher webpage... with resources for students and parents!
The webpage lists what classwork we've done in class each day, references students' homework assignments, and has resources with PDF versions of our Unit Packets that can be downloaded and printed as necessary.
May 10, 2013
We have started Chapter 17: Diverse Peoples of the West.
Students were asked to explain manifest destiny, on Thursday. They wrote their answer out.
Friday was the test for Chapter 16.
Spelling words: transcontinental, pioneer, immigrant, claims, yokes
Spelling test on Friday, May 17.
Grade 5 will be going to Richardson Nature Center for spring, "Fun in our environment."
Richardson Nature Center
Tuesday, May 14
We will be going in 2 groups, either...
Program at 9:00
(Students who have their A/B/C specialist
Program at 10:45
This trip will cost $6 per student, and includes the spring educational experience & bus transportation
(cash or check made out to "Field School")
If the trip cost presents a hardship for your family, please pay what you are able... we are committed to all students attending this wonderful and exciting educational experience.
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** WE NEED PARENT CHAPERONES **
Really.... we do...
Can you help us and spend a fun day with your child?
Chaperone times at the nature center are:
Group #1: 9:00 am-12:00 noon
Group #2: 10:30 am-1:30 pm
If you are available to help chaperone our trip
please contact Mr. Usem as soon as possible,
or call his voicemail at 612-668-7729.
Dates to Remember
4645 Fourth Ave.South Minneapolis, MN 55419
Telephone: 612.668.3640 | Fax: 612.668.3661