5th Grade Newsletter - April 27, 2012

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Mary Hill

Teresa Fernandez
(Social Studies)

Susan McNaughton
(Language Arts)

Richard Feuling

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Terry Mazig

Ruth LeMay

Jonathan Doten


Other 5th Grade
B.E.S.T. teachers: 

Mark Usem - (math)

Gretchen Mattson


Field Community School
4645 Fourth Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55419

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5th Grade Rocks
April 27, 2012
It is already the end of April!  Our students have traveled a long way and have almost reached the end of the fifth grade road!
Yesterday the incoming 5th graders (Hale fourth graders) toured the school, met teachers, and listened to music from our wonderful Field music programs.  In the evening, parents listened to information about their children's new journey.  

We have tested for Reading and Science.  Math is next on the MCA list.  We appreciate the hard work the students are doing with these challenging tests.  Hang on!  One more to go!

If you have not yet received your child's 3rd quarter grades, please email the appropriate advisory teacher.  We can start a search for the missing A,B,C's.

We are still seeing way too many instruments in our hallway after the students have left for the day.  Please check to make sure these expensive music makers are arriving safely home.  

Enjoy your weekend! 
Language Arts


We have made our way through the first 2 chapters of The Watsons go to Birmingham.  Students are finding the humor in the story of the Weird Watsons.  They viewed an interview with Christopher Paul Curtis to get familiar with the story and to start viewing themselves as writers of historical fiction.

Congratulations and thank you to Period 3 students!  They were the most prepared class; with sources, note cards and cases from almost everyone.  It is a good idea to have research materials and the Watsons book in class each day next week.

I emphasized today that we are keeping pace with the schedule in the Green Packet.  So now students can work on note cards at home.  We will have 2 class days to work on notes before they are due on Thursday (Friday for Period 1). It is important to do some of the work at home.

READING LOGS: Research reading can be used for the Reading Log; Watsons reading cannot.

 I am putting a big emphasis on reading logs this quarter.  They are the biggest homework assignment I give.  Students need to read every week and have the log signed in their planners for credit.  The points accumulate during the quarter and are reported at the end.  100 points is significant and can drop a grade if under 60 points are earned.  Please look at your child's planner to see that something in recorded for every class every day and sign for the reading your child does at home. 

 April 27, 2012 

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

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


Testing, testing testing!  We had a brand new MCA test with brand new answer tools to learn- and then low and behold, it was time to take the test!  This was a difficult week for all involved.  In order to make sure we continue on a sweet path, we will continue with a few more chocolate chemistry experiments next week.  No better way than chocolate to cheer us all up!


No homework due to testing. Have a great weekend!



April 27


This past week and next week we are reviewing the Minnesota Math Standards for the MCA tests May 8-10.  Each student has a review folder of worksheets and Cornell Notes that they should be reviewing two or three times a day for about five to ten minutes.  Cornell Notes are a system of note taking that is promoted in Field's AVID Classes.  We are also thinking about and developing some good test taking strategies for taking computer tests.





Social StudiesSocial Studies


 April 27, 2012

In Social Studies we have a spelling test Tuesday, May 1st:  The words are: revolutionary, bayonet, allies, guerrilla (tactics), uniforms.

We are studying Chapter 13 the American Revolutionary War.  Students should review notes and these concepts every night (5 to 10 minutes). For now they should be able to compare and contrast the British & Continental Army

Ms. Fernandez

  AVID decades of college dreams
Avid 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 will be available immediately following the presentation.  Students who already know they want to apply for AVID, may pick up applications next
to the AVID classroom door, in the Field office, or on the Field website.  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).

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



  • SAVE the DATE! 
    All 5th grade Field students are cordially invited to the 
    5th grade FUN night after school span>
    Friday May 11, 2012 from 2:40- 4:30 p.m. 
    in the Field Commons.

    Student Council is planning some fun games and activities for students to celebrate a successful first year at Field! We will have snacks and drinks and prizes so we hope everyone will be able to attend!
    Parents- watch for a flyer that will be coming home with your child next week!


Dates to RememberDates to Remember: 
  • 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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