5th Grade Newsletter - April 26, 2013

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Mary Hill

Teresa Fernandez
(Social Studies)

Susan McNaughton
(Language Arts)

Mark Usem 
Other 5th Grade

Terry Mazig

Ruth LeMay

Jonathan Doten




Other 5th Grade
B.E.S.T. teachers: 

Rick Feuling 
(Math BEST)



Tim Jungwirth

(Reading BEST)





Field School Site Council

5th Grade Parent Reps


Marjorie Grevious




Rich Flint




** 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.



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Minneapolis, MN 55419


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5th Grade Rocks
April 26, 2013 

Spring!  Yes Spring!!!


We hope you will be able to go out and enjoy the beautiful weather!


Coats, hats, boots oh my!  We have a large assortment of clothing in locker and hanging around the team.  Is any of this yours?  Please encourage  your child to gather their belongings and carry them home


Next Tuesday is volunteer appreciation day at Field.  If you helped out during the year, please come for a little thank you right after school.  Field would not be the same without all you do.  


Our spring environmental field trip is just around the corner.  This is a great time of the year to get outside and work on environmental themes.  Watch for field trip slips in the net couple of weeks.





 The Fifth Grade Team 

Language Arts


Final Historical Fiction Unit
1. Research and write note cards (DONE)
2. Prewriting
Students worked yesterday and today to create a story timeline.
3. First Draft
Small buff colored slip with directions - Students should skip lines when writing first draft in section 3 of their notebooks. In-class writing day is May 1. Students should work on their stories at home so they are ready on time. Please have your child read his/her story to you so they will catch mistakes or missing words. Parents may help with editing by noting an error.  Have your child figure out how to make the correction. FIRST DRAFT IS DUE ON FRIDAY, MAY 3.
4. Second Draft

We have read chapters 1 - 3 in  The Watsons go to Birmingham - 1963. Next week, we will read chapters 4 - 6.  

Books are available for check-out in the Media Center for students who will be absent, need more practice or experience with the text, or need to catch up.

Please sign reading logs weekly.

April 26, 2013Microscope

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

 What happens when too many plants have too little space?  Which plants will survive?  Which will be pushed out?  We continue to watch our terrariums.  We have also started testing the water tolerance of different seeds. 


The flower homework has brightened up the fifth grade halls and the science room.  


This week's homework was started in class.  The due date for Periods 1,5 and 6 is April 30th.  Due to a copier breakdown, period 2 homework is due May 1.  Each child received a one-page instruction sheet.  Working within each tables' biome, the students will create a poster highlighting something important to the ecosystem.  A quick breakdown of the directions:

-One page poster, copy paper size

-Title, Biome and word

-At least 3 sources (we used one in class)

-At least one solid paragraph about the topic

-At least one on-topic picture

-Use color (but not markers)

-Bibliography on back


This is not a huge research project- more like a biome vocabulary.  The sheets will be put together in a book.


Have a sunny weekend!!





Ms Hill


Math Logo 1

Apr 26, 2013 


This week we took the MCA test for Math. We had a little glitch with periods 5 & 6 on Tuesday, when the testing system crashed for the entire state, but most students worked really hard and were able to finish by today, Friday.  There is no time limit to the MCA tests, so students that need more time to finish will be pulled by the Field Testing Coordinator next week to complete the test.


While we didn't have much homework this week, I will be collecting 2 assignments [for credit] on Monday (Apr 29) that I gave prior to the MCA test. They are:

  1. Area of Triangles worksheet
  2. Data Comparison worksheet (pg.436)
This next week we'll continue on Unit #5, and should be finishing it up, with a Unit #5 review and a Unit #5 TEST near the end of the week.



    - Mr. Usem


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Access my personal teacher webpage... with resources for students and parents!

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  The webpage lists what classwork we've done in class each day, references students' homework assignments, and has resources with PDF versions of our Unit Packets that can be downloaded and printed as necessary. 

Social StudiesSocial Studies  


April 26, 2013


We have started Chapter 16 in the History Alive textbook.  We are studying Manifest Destiny and Settling the West.


Vocabulary words:  territories, Manifest Destiny,  annex, reservation, expedition, defenders, boundary, cession


Spelling TEST Monday, April 29









Monday the 29th


 Ms Fernandez 


It's Testing Time!


The season is upon us and we're gearing up for Minnesota State assessments in reading, math, and science.

State MCA (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment) testing is an important time, and we want to make that students are able to do their best and truly show what they know.  In order to accomplish this, we ask parents to help make sure that the students are aware of the upcoming testing and that they are physically and mentally prepared to take them seriously

(We let them know all about the tests in school, but reinforcement at home truly helps emphasize the importance of the message).


Parents can help by making sure that students...

  • Get sufficient sleep the might before a test.
  • Have a healthy breakfast each morning of testing.
  • Minimize family/social distractions around testing time.
  • Do practice MCA tests that might be available online or in print, to help hone students' test-taking strategies.
  • Helping students choose books that they are truly interested in reading, to have with them and ready to read if they finish their test before others (this is their only option during testing when they finish).
Our remaining TESTING SCHEDULE is as follows:
  • MAY 7-8-9: MCA Science Tests (Grade 5). These are online tests, and will be administered during students' regularly scheduled science class time... so they might extend over the entire 3 day period to complete.

While nobody loves testing, it is an important part of monitoring student progress and understanding, and just one more piece of the puzzle in helping to provide a strong academic program in our schools. We look forward to having our Field students "show what they know"!


Dates to Remember

Dates to Remember 


  • May 6:  NO SCHOOL for students (Classification / Staff Development Day)
  • May 7-9: MCA Science Testing (in science classes)
  • May 14: 5th-Grade Spring Environmental Field Trip (Richardson Nature Center)
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