5th Grade Newsletter- January 20, 2016

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Mary Hill

Teresa Doyle
(Social Studies)

Taunya Kolbinger 
(Language Arts)

Amanda Rausch (Math)
Other 5th Grade

Shar Swanby

Chase Burkhart


Other 5th Grade
B.E.S.T. teachers: 
 Bev Halvorson
(Reading BEST)




(Math BEST)




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.



Field Community School
4645 Fourth Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55419





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5th Grade Rocks
  • Dates to Remember  
  • 1/14 Last day of first Semester
  • 1/20 First day of 2nd Semester.
2/11 & 2/12 Parent - Teacher Conferences
January 15, 2016

The first semester is over as of Friday.  Teachers are working on grades.   


Fifth Grade 101:

Remind students to take home their instruments and practice, practice, and practice.




  Another reminder, growing bodies need rest. 


Have a great weekend.


Smarter than a 5th Grader?


You will be by June!



 The Fifth Grade Team 

January 15, 2016

In Social Studies this week we are studying Our Colonial Heritage.  Learning about Spanish, French, Dutch and English settlers. Very exciting times.

This is a good time to buy a new notebook.  Most students notice their notebooks are full.

We are almost done with chapter 5, and the test is soon.  We will review this week. Monday will be the test, 1/25.

Thanks for the pencils,

Ms Doyle

This week we read chapters two and three of Tuck. Students are to have three annotations and one SigMo ready to discuss for Ch. 3 on Wednesday the 20th. I was out on Wed., and during this time students completed a district interim assessment. This week's grammar focused on three different ways commas can be used. 

Annotation break down
Themes: captivity, perspective, change, immortality 
Symbols: tree, woods, wheel, toad, road, music box

Upcoming due dates:
1/20 Ch. 3 annotations (3) and SigMo due 
1/22 Grammar on commas I due 

Thanks for the post-it note and tissue donations! It's appreciated. 

Those of you who like to plan ahead, our last book of the year will be Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. If you would like your child to be able to annotate right in the text (just like they do in high school and college), consider visiting a used book store and get him/her a copy. 

*** My website is currently down- I am unable to log in. Please be patient while I work with Weebly to figure out what the issue is. The calendar will be the only thing that can be updated. 

Don't forgot to use the website in order to keep up on assignments, due dates, standards-based grading info., and other ELA related activities. 

Mrs. Kolbinger 

S.P.A.M.     1/8/16

(Science Promotes Academic Mastery)



Human Growth unit.




Ms Hill   




This week we concluded our last fifth grade unit on Data. Students took their test on Wednesday and got them back on Thursday.  All orange math books should be left at home. They will be a great reference to have later when we review for the MCA in April.
Starting quarter three we will jump into 6th grade math using a 6th grade textbook. Students will be checking out the textbook from the library. This unit will last for almost the entire quarter. Students are not allowed to write in these textbooks so double check student's notebooks as they will need several pages for the quarter.

Please continue using my website to find daily homework assignments and math websites to practice at home.

Thanks for all your support and have a wonderful break with your families!

~Mrs. Rausch
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2nd Semester Schedules
Schedules will remain the same for 2nd Semester. Students wanting to request a change to their specialist schedule for 2nd semester must: 1) Fill out "Course Change Request" form completely specifically stating the reason for the request; 2) Have it signed by a parent or guardian; 3) Return to Kelly Burnett of Traci Lyngstad. "Course Change Request" forms are available in the main office. 
Parents and students can check for schedule changes on the parent or student portal. Any changes will be made by January 19th, 2016. In addition, requests can be turned in the first week of the semester. If it is possible, the change will be made. Kelly Burnett, the school counselor, will contact student and or parent about the outcome of their request. 



Reading B.E.S.T.   books-apple-icon2.jpg 
January 15, 2016

Fifth grade B.E.S.T. students are reading lots of fiction and nonfiction stories at their Lexile level (just right reading level) on myON Reading. What is myON Reading? It is a personalized literacy program that provides access to over 5,000 digital books with reading supports (such as recorded audio) that are customized to a student's reading interests and reading levels. Students can log into myON Reading anywhere they have access to a computer or iPad.

In addition, we are studying the five elements of a short story through a Flocabulary lesson - plot, characters, conflict, theme, and setting. Students will analyze a short story and identify "The 5 Things."

Bev Halvorson
Reading Interventionist

AVID This Week

We are working on marking text for deeper learning.  We have begun numbering paragraphs and finding key words. 

Our students are learning to use two-column and 3-column notes in several classes.  This is the first step to working toward Cornell Notes.  Ask your child if they understand these strategies.  We will be supporting students until they reach mastery. 
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