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Mary Hill

Teresa Doyle
(Social Studies)

Taunya Kolbinger 
(Language Arts)
Amanda Rausch (Math)
Other 5th Grade Advisory Teacher: 

Kim Hotchkiss




November 17, 2017
We hope all of you have a happy and restful break!
Fifth grade 101:
Your child's 1st quarter grades are available on the parent portal.  Unless you signed up for getting a hard copy, look here to check out their report cards.
Smarter than a 5th Grader?
You will be by June!
November 17, 2017
Welcome to Social Studies.
Come see us dance.  
November 21st, at our Spotlight performance at 1:15-2:30.  All are welcomed, we will be dancing for you in the commons.  Their posters will be on display in the hallway so plan some extra time to read them.
Parents/Guardians, please review and sign the planner  weekly.  I am always hoping for 100%.

 Ms. Doyle
This week students have had the opportunity to really show their creative sides, as we have been learning and writing haiku, free verse, and sonnet poems. It's been great to see their personalities and ideas take shape under the different forms of poetry we're learning.  
We have also worked hard on identifying theme and imagery in our text Locomotion.  Ask your child how they have been identifying theme in a poem.  The specific themes we've been working on identifying are: family, love, grief/loss, and self identity. 
Next week, we will continue reading Locomotion, and students will be working to identify symbolism and inference within the text.  
Due Dates:
Final haiku and free verse due: 11/20 
Nov. Reading Log: 11/30
Sonnet Poem: 12/1
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 & Ms. Millin
Science Grade 5!  11/17/17
How do we best use our natural resources?  Which resources are renewable, and which are not?  What is the best way to protect our water and soil resources?  Big questions with even bigger possibilities for answers.
We are using non-fiction reading skills to find cause and effect, as well as differing opinions.  We will continue this next week.
Have a great weekend.

Ms. Hill
MATHEMATICS 11.17.17 --------
This week we finished the unit's Learning Targets and students were taught how to multiply and divide by powers of tens and add and subtract decimals in story problems.
Next week students will take his/her final Rational Numbers II test on Tuesday (11/21). This test will assess all the Learning Targets from the unit and students will get them back after break. 
Unit 6's Learning Targets:
LT 6.1: I can convert all types of fractions to decimals.
LT 6.2: I can locate fractions/decimals on a number line.
LT 6.3: I can compare and order fractions/decimals.
LT 6.4: I can read/write numbers from millions to millionths.
LT 6.5: I can multiply and divide by powers of ten.
LT 6.6: I can round numbers to different place values.
LT 6.7: I can add and subtract decimals in multiple ways.
LT 6.8: I can solve story problems with fractions/ decimals.
Have an amazing weekend!
Thanks for your support.
Mrs. Rausch & Mr. Saindon
AVID This Week
How do you approach a nonfiction text?  We are learning about scanning the text before reading.
What are two column notes?  These are a 5th grade level stepping stone toward Cornell Notes that are used in middle school, high school and many colleges.  We are beginning our journey toward being ready for grades 6-8 and beyond.
How do you get the most out of reading a non-fiction article? In science we used a two column note taking skill that gets the students a place to put the most important information.
Students completed two and three column note in core classes.
What skills do you need to collaborate?  We will be working on these skills as a focus in our classrooms.


(Gay Straight Alliance)
Mrs. Kolbinger is one of the advisors for GSA. GSA will meet after school once a month with 5th-8th grade. 
Next meeting is Dec. 18th for our first meeting as a whole school. We will be enjoying each other's company with a pizza party and movie. 
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