5th Grade Newsletter - April 13, 2012

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Mary Hill

Teresa Fernandez
(Social Studies)

Susan McNaughton
(Language Arts)

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Terry Mazig

Ruth LeMay

Jonathan Doten


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Mark Usem - (math)

Gretchen Mattson


Field Community School
4645 Fourth Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55419

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5th Grade Rocks
April 13, 2012

We hope your spring break was restful.  We are in full swing and full spring.

Next week is the beginning of MCA testing.  To insure your child does their best, please make sure they have rested and eaten a good breakfast. 

We seem to be collecting musical instruments in our hall cupboard.  These music makers should go home every day. 
Language Arts


This week was my last week as a student teacher here at Field School.  I have had a wonderful time teaching and learning from all of the fifth graders.  I have greatly appreciated the opportunity and it has been a tremendous learning experience.  It is very clear to me that Field is an excellent school with wonderful students.  Hopefully, I'll be back before the year is over to check in and see how everyone is doing finishing the year. 

Thank you,

Mr. Schubert

We spent today preparing grades and are pleased with the accomplishments of students in Quarter 3.  We chose to include Reading Log scores for students who were successful on that assignment.  Since there was not a high point total in the practice category, 100 points for the Reading Log would unfairly impact the overall grade for students who did not do the reading log every week.  In the next quarter, however, I will continue to expect students to read at home weekly (or 4 books over the course of the quarter) and have the log signed in their planners.

Just a note about a change to the syllabus:  under the Performance Assignments, the Speech was exchanged with the Response Paragraph. The Response Paragraph will be the first assignment in Quarter 4.


 April 13, 2012 

Science Promotes Academic Mastery! (Also known as SPAM!)  

Welcome to the world of Science!  We are Microscopehaving a great year!


We have started the chocolate unit.  We Will explore the many interesting sides of this wonderful treat.  We will be looking at the characteristics of chocolate during our 3 labs next week.  We will be using scientific method to answer our questions about the ancient cacao tree.


Homework this week is an ode to chocolate.  For those who want an 'A' will need to find a unique way to display their poetry.


April 13, 2012



Unit 8 Long term learning targets.


I know that recognizing patterns is useful in mathematical thinking, and I can identify, describe, and build numerical patterns.

I know that patterns can be represented in words or symbols, and I can read and construct tables to show a specific pattern.

I know that patterns can be used to describe or to predict, and I can use a pattern in a table or a graph to describe and/or predict numbers that will fit the pattern.

I know a graph can show change, and I can identify and describe the change in a specific situation shown on a graph.

I know that a variable is an unknown quantity, and I can identify a variable in a mathematical expression.

I know that a variable is an unknown quantity, and I can create a mathematical expression using a variable.

I know a change in one variable connects to a change in a second variable, and I can solve equations involving variables when values for the variables are given.

Next week we will not have homework Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday because of the Reading MCA test.  The Math MCA test will be in May.  This past week we have been working on finishing up Unit 8. The written test will be late next week.  Many students have already taken the test and the scores have been posted.


After finishing the reading test on Wednesday the plan is to do a short group project on data collecting and showing the data with some type of graph.  We will be spending the next few weeks reviewing fifth grade standards for the MCA test.


This past week I received two emails about KenKen puzzles.  We have started to play with these puzzles.  Some of the students have a copy of four puzzles.  The New York Times offers four daily puzzles that make your think.  You can Google KenKen or ask your child to learn more about these puzzles.


I have been asked to remind you about Summer School.  Summer School applications are available in the office.  Minneapolis Schools has a very strong Summer School program and it is getting better each year.   





Social StudiesSocial Studies



Social Studies News for April 13. 

New Chapter this week is Chapter 11:  To Declare Independence or Not. 

Spelling words:  independence, argument, persuade, patriot, & traitor.  The test is next Friday on April 20.  This test is worth 10 points.  Non of these words are capitalized.   





Ms. Fernandez
An AVID Informational Meeting for all 5th Grade students took place in the commons on Thursday, April 12.  Applications have begun to be turned in!  Students who turn in their applications by May 1st will be guaranteed an interview! AVID decades of college dreams
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is an elective class offered to students who would like to prepare for college.  The curriculum features writing, inquiry, collaboration, reading, note-taking, study skills, and college/career/motivational activities. Students participate in tutorials twice a week, have guest speakers, opportunities to interact with college students, and take field trips which include colleges/universities.  Students must commit to taking notes in all of their classes.  
Applications were made available immediately following the presentation, and will continue to be available from advisory teachers, the Field office, next to the AVID classroom door, or on the Field website. table>
 http://field.mpls.k12.mn.us/AVID2.html   Applications may be turned in to classroom teachers, the Field office, or Mrs. Walker.
   Brochures about Field's AVID program are located next to the AVID classroom door, in the Field office, or on the Field website.  http://field.mpls.k12.mn.us/AVID2.html

A Field School student created AVID Video can be viewed at the following link or by going to the Field website. https://wiki.mpls.k12.mn.us/webplayer/index.php?share=1&workflowID=B79E13DE-EB62-4E23-A0EE-A937482C2A51&videoID=06C23C9F-1C6B-49B0-A341-18E68E38F379.m4v

Pictures of current AVID students and our partnership with William Mitchell College of Law can be viewed on the William Mitchell Website. 

The AVID National Website is http://www.avid.org/

Please contact Field AVID teacher, Heather Walker,  
if you have any questions.


Dear Parents/Guardians of Field Middle School Students:


The Minnesota Twins recognize that good performance in school begins with good attendance and they're excited to team up with Minnesota Middle School Association (MMSA) to create the Perfect Attendance Incentive Program.


To become eligible, students must simply have "perfect attendance" for the 2011-2012 school year during quarters 3 & 4.   The reason the Minnesota Twins and MMSA have established this program is because they recognize the importance of having students in each class every day.


What are the Twins offering? Field Middle School will select one student to attend the game against the Detroit Tigers on Saturday, May 262012. The Twins will provide 4 tickets for that student and up to three parents/guardians/siblings to attend. The Twins are working to develop some great activities and incentives that will take place during the game. The selected student will represent Field Middle School on the field prior to the game.  In addition, one lucky eligible student will be selected to throw out the first pitch and students will be able to sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the 7th inning stretch.  The difficult part is selecting only one student from Field Middle School!  If your student is still eligible and interested in early May, they will be asked to submit an essay for judging.


We would like to thank both the MMSA and the Twins for supporting the Attendance Incentive Program and our students.


If you have any questions regarding this incentive program, please feel free to call Mr. Norlin-Weaver at 612-668-3640 or Ms. Julie Peterson at 612-668-3655.







Julie Peterson, LICSW, MSW

Field School Social Worker


Office Hours:  Monday - Thursday

office: 612-668-3655

fax: 612-668-3661






Parents please sign planner once a week to signify that you have talked about social studies with your son or daughter.
Attendance - Family Activity
A student may be gone up to 5 days from school for a pre-approved family activity.  To get pre-approval from school, you must do the following by completeing the Family Activity Form available at the school office.
*At least 10 days before leaving, request permission from the school for your child to be gone for a family activity.
*Before leaving get your child's homework and agree that your child will finish the homework.
*Make sure that your student will not be gone for important tests like the MCA,  NALT,  or MBST.
*Agree in writing that your child will miss no more than 5 days of school.
*Before leaving, get written approval from the principal.

Family Activities Longer than 5 Days
If your family activity will last more than 5 days, you must ask permission from the principal in writing before you leave.  If the principal gives you permission to be gone longer than 5 days, your child will be expected to turn ina school report and/or a presentation to their teacher(s).
Ms Fernandez says thanks for the glue sticks. Please send more.  Now Ms McNaughton needs tissues.  Ms Hill could use some hand sanitizer.

We will be sending third quarter report cards to all families and you should receive them early the week following spring break.  We are offering student success groups as well as after school support so please contact Wendy Wolff if your child is struggling with organization, missing assignments or study skills. We want all students to feel comfortable seeking out support when needed!


Thank you to all students and families who donated to our Pennies for Patients fundraiser over the past few weeks. We raised a total of $529.46 and congratulations to the top 3 Advisories who turned in their coins.  Ms. Fernandez came in first place with a total of $76.18, Ms. Heck came in second place with a total of $43.96 and Ms. Mazig came in 3rd place with a total of $36.35. Great job everyone!!


LASTLY! The masquerade ball held here at Field on Friday March 16 was a HUGE success thanks to the hard work of student council, staff and parent volunteers! Congratulations to Azsareea Smith for winning the grand prize for the best MASK!  


Wendy Wolff

Field School Counselor





Dates to RememberDates to Remember:  
  • April 17-18 MCA Reading
  • April 25-26 MCA Science
  • May 8-10 MCA Math
  • May 11 5th Grade Fun Night
  • May 22 and 24  Spring Environmental trips
  • June 5 End of the Year Bowling

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