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Mary Hill

Teresa Doyle
(Social Studies)

Taunya Kolbinger 
(Language Arts)

Amanda Rausch & Erin Lindsay (Math)

Other 5th Grade Advisory Teacher: 

Kim Hotchkiss





February 10, 2017

Welcome to Quarter 3! 

Fifth Grade 101:
Our ever changing weather is causing a bit of havoc at Lunch/Recess time. Shed coats, boots, and mittens litter the halls.  Please encourage your child to use their locker for their clothing and books. If the reply is 'there isn't any room,' they need to bring home their excess clothing!

Spring conferences will be taking place 2/16 from 3-7:30PM and 2/17 from 7:30-11:30AM. Your child's teacher will contact you if they would like to set up a time to meet. As before, this is on a first come, first serve basis. As always, if you don't get contacted but would still like a conference, you may set one up at any point in the year. 

We have a zoo trip on 2/27/17.  We will use our Environments knowledge as we visit diverse biomes.  This is a free field trip  that includes lunch.  Permission slips went home Wednesday.
We will need some chaperones- are you available?

Smarter than a 5th Grader?
You will be by June!

February 10, 2017
This week we added astrolabe to our vocabulary.  We learned what Leif Eriksson, Marco Polo, Amerigo Vespucci, & Magellan contributed to our history.

Remember to sign the planner once a week.  This is our way of communicating.  I look forward to getting 100%. 

Spelling words: February (we will try again, less than half got it right), Europe, Pacific, Columbus, Atlantic (TEST on Wednesday)

Ms. Doyle


Mr. Devine, a student teacher from Hamline, is joining our class for the next three months. 

We are moving right along in Tuck Everlasting. Students are to expect more reading homework this semester. I predict about 2-3 chapters a week to be read at home. They will continue to annotate as they read. Right now we are looking specifically for theme, symbolism, and foreshadowing. After this weekend they should be up to Ch. 6 (Ch. 5 is homework!). 

We also explicitly taught context clues and how to identify roots using the etymology website that is located on my website. Ask your child about this! 

Can you help our advisory?! We are planning on starting a chess tournament and need a donation of 13 chess boards. Please send donations to room 210. 

Upcoming due dates:
2/13: Ch. 5 with two annotations 
2/15: vocab ch. 5-8 comic strip due- include context clues
2//16: scrib/scrip root of the week

My website is a great tool to use in order to keep up on assignments, due dates, standards-based grading info., and other ELA related activities. 

Mrs. Kolbinger 
S.P.A.M.     2/10/17   
(Science Promotes Academic Mastery)

Quite the week in the science classroom!  Yes, we have started the Human Growth unit.  We have covered both male and female body parts, and how they work.  We also discussed changes for boys during puberty.  will continue with girl body parts and changes during puberty on Monday.  Our next venture will be fetal development.

The homework for this week is to talk in your families about what was learned in class.  There are many choices made by families, such as whether or not to use deodorant, that are made by parents, not the teacher. 

We are still in drastic need of facial tissue!!  Sneezing, runny noses and coughs spread unless we have something to help contain the viruses!

Have a great weekend!
Ms. Hill
MATHEMATICS 2.10.17 --------

This week we created tables, equations, and graphs to represent patterns.  

Next week we will practice these skills on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday will be a review day and Thursday will be the final test for our Algebra unit. 

The Algebra Test will cover hands on equations, order of operations, and creating tables, graphs, and equations to represent patterns.

Enjoy your weekend,
Mrs. Rausch and Mrs. Lindsay

AVID This Week:
What is communication?  How do you measure what is happening in conversation?  We are working on using these skills during collaboration.

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