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Mary Hill

Teresa Doyle
(Social Studies)

Taunya Kolbinger 
(Language Arts)

Amanda Rausch (Math)


Other 5th Grade Advisory Teacher: 

Kim Hotchkiss





April 21, 2017

We are expecting a sunny weekend- take time to enjoy the sunshine!

Homework is still to be completed!  We are not done with the year.  After frolicking outside, set aside time to finish homework.

Cool mornings- warm afternoons.  Are you missing your child's clothing?  Please have your child check lost and found in the commons.  You would be amazed at the number of sweatshirts, sweaters and coats that are collected from the hallways.

A lunchtime kickball tournament has been organized.  Please remind your child about good sportspersonship and the need to act graciously if you lose a game.  

Dear Field Families, 
 Friday April 28th is USA day! Dress up in red, white, and blue apparel to show your support for the American flag. Costumes are not welcome. Feel free to participate. There will be a contest at lunch for the most creative clothing. Thank you!
-  Student Council

Please leave toys at home!  Cell phones are not allowed to be out of lockers during the school day!  We have quite a few repeat offenders that have had objects confiscated. We are still seeing toys (sometimes called fidgits) with children that do not have an IEP or 504 plan that says they can use them.  
What resources does MPS provide?
Check out the Office of Student, Family, and Community Engagement at osfce.mpls.k12.mn.us 

Smarter than a 5th Grader?
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April 21, 2017

We had a spelling test today.   That will be the first grade fr the new quarter.

This week we are still studying slavery, and part of this chapter focuses on the West Africans' perspective.  Please use the notes to talk about this very heavy topic. 

We have been writing leveled questions, students are getting better at this.  Next Wednesday there will be a test on Ch. 8. The crossword puzzle is due before the test.

Many students need a new notebook. Make sure your child is ready to be successful in school. 

 Ms. Doyle


This week students started Number the Stars and a vocabulary assignment to go along with the reading. Kids are identifying words they don't know and guessing definitions. We are practicing using our context clues and not relying solely on Google to tell us what words mean. 

Students also chose their research topics today. Ask your child what he/she will be studying up on for his/her historical fiction research story, and make a trip to the library to check out books on that topic. 

Next week we begin research and learning about credible sources. Kids will need notecards, preferably multi-colored ones and something to keep source cards in (box, zip lock bag, pencil pouch, etc.). 

Kids participating the extension project should have a check-in each week with parents. Please make sure you are doing so:) They received their packets this week on the tasks. 

Upcoming due dates:
4/21: research topic due 
5/5: research due 
5/10: brainstorm due 
5/19: rough draft due 
5/26: final draft due 

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 and Mr. Devine
S.P.A.M.    4/21/17   
(Science Promotes Academic Mastery)
We managed to get our potatoes to the work floor with out mashing them!  Student groups used simple machines in search of mechanical advantage. 

We begin a new unit on birds Monday.

All students should have brought home a full page explanation of the Rube Goldberg home project.  It is due May 4. This is a building experience, and many families join in the fun. The scoring rubric is on the back.

Would you like to spend some quality time in the science classroom?  After simple machines, we will be studying everything birds.  We need adults to work with small groups to put together booths for our Bird Expo that takes place at the end of May.  It will require 3 days in the classroom and attendance at the expo in the late afternoon of May 23rd.  If you are interested, please email Ms Hill.

p.s.- My webpage has the homework info.

Have a great weekend!
Ms. Hill
MATHEMATICS 4.21.17 --------

This week we took the MCA. Students did an excellent job at focusing and taking their time. Students got their preliminary scores in addition to the level of growth they made from last year to this year on a half sheet of paper today. Students are required to reflect on the back of this sheet with  how they will do better from now until the end of the year. They are to come up with a reachable goal. Parents are to sign these sheets and they are due next week.

On Monday we will be starting Bits and Pieces II. Students will need their text book daily and remember they will have homework Monday through Thursday again.

Students will be taking a Dividing Fractions quiz on May 5th. This quiz will have some multiplying fraction questions on it and will serve as the quiz re-take for L.T. 6.3 and 6.4 (multiplying fractions). 

Students are running out of pencils so please make sure your child has plenty of pencils in their pencil pouch!

Thanks for your support.
Mrs. Rausch

AVID This Week:
How do you make sure everyone feels part of a collaborative group?  Do people feel 'invited in?'  Some students are choosing to do the Science Home Project in a small group.  This is an excellent opportunity to give each participant a role.  

If groups are having problems, see Ms Hill sooner than later.  We can work together to make this a great collaboration for all group members.

Mrs. Kolbinger is advising the 5th/6th GSA. We are working on advocating for tolerance, acceptance, and safe spaces around Field. If your child is involved in GSA, ask them about their project that's due May 1st! 

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