5th Grade Newsletter - December 16, 2011

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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
December 16, 2011
Hello families.
We have  one week left until a long needed rest! 


 Lots of sweaters, boots, hats and coats have made their way to the lost and found box on 1st floor.  Your child may not remember to look, but I am sure parents would like the clothing back in their laundry baskets.  Please take a look any time you are in the building, and remind your children to look for their clothing.  All lost and found left-overs will be given to a clothing shelf over break.


Too bad we don't have so many stray pencils.  Please remind your child about the importance of being ready for class.  Each child is expected to have more than 1 working pencil ready before class starts. 


There are notes from both the school counselor and social worker at the end of the newsletter.  Please take the time to read their information.




Language Arts
(12/16)  An unusual event has occurred in Language Arts.  Students have been assigned homework over the weekend.  The first draft of the Expository Essay is due when they arrive in class Monday.  The most focused and productive students may have completed the assignment.  Those who spent time talking in class or who had not done the Pre-writing Homework last week,  will feel they have a lot to do.

Here are some tips to assist students and parents:  Students should start with an Organized List which is a basic outline of their paper (see below).  From there, students are able to write an essay of approximately 5 paragraphs.  The first paragraph ends with the Focus Statement.  The middle paragraphs start with Topic Sentences.  The last paragraph should connect to the beginning and summarize.  This work should be done in section 3 of a student's notebook and they must skip lines.

The good news is that once the first draft is done, students can forget about the essay until next year!

Organized List
Focus Statement(F. S.): a sentence stating the topic and what the explanation is. 

1. Topic Sentence (T.S.):  a sentence stating the what the paragraph is about. 
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Topic Sentence (T.S.):  a sentence stating the what the paragraph is about.
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3. Topic Sentence (T.S.):  a sentence stating the what the paragraph is about.
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Finally, we will construct sentences next week.  Students need to know what makes a sentence.  We will use nouns and verbs to construct subjects and predicates. 

 December 16,2011  

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

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


Greetings to all, and to all a good weekend!  I have been out all week with a case of the flu.  Mr Fox filled in and did a super job.  Ask your children about their ability to lift a thousand pounds!


I was unable to post mid quarter grades.  Please use the parent or student portal to look at assignments.


No homework again.  Lucky kids!








Unit 4 What's That Portion?




Dec 16


This year the school district decided that Middle School First in Math would part of the after school program not part of the regular day.  This week we discovered and began to explore a Web based program that is somewhat like First in Math.  The program is Called Khan Academy.  Students can earn badges for showing mastery in different concepts.

Just about all students know how to log on and participate.  As their coach I can see what areas they have been working on and how long they have been working.  Student, who would like to improve their math grade may do so by working at Khan Academy over break.  I will be able to monitor their progress.


In math classes we are working on computation skills and fractions.  We are using the best of three different programs.


Rational Number Project- A program that was developed at the University Of Minnesota to help Middle School students understand rational numbers

Investigations 5 - Our math text.  We will be skipping some of the pages in the packet.

Continuous Math Project (CMP)  "Bits and Pieces 1"  This was written to be a sixth grade unit.  The Minneapolis Schools do not use the booklet in sixth grade.  I does line up nicely with the Minnesota Fifth Grade Math Standards.  We will be focusing on selected problems.




Social StudiesSocial Studies


Social Studies News...

This week we have studied  

Early English Settlements such as Roanoke, Jamestown and Plymouth.  There will be a test on Wednesday, December 21. o review the vocabulary and why the settlements where started.  Vocabulary:  Settlements, Roanoke, Jamestown, Plymouth, Colonists, & Tobacco.  


Please check with your child about their note book and pencil supply.  


Ms. Fernandez
5th grade  AVID decades of college dreams
students will
learn about
AVID and have the option to apply in early Spring.


Hello Parents and Guardians,

From childhood to adulthood, the middle years "the teen years" can be a time of lots of questions as well as challenges.   Don't worry!  All these "bumps" help your teen become well adjusted adults.  To assist with some of these "bumps" we will be adding a section to the weekly newsletter called "Family Focus" that will have monthly tips for raising healthy teens. 



Did you know that having an "attitude of gratitude" has been linked to better health, sounder sleep, less anxiety and depression, higher long-term satisfaction with life and kinder behavior toward others?   Try it with your family!  Do one small thoughtful or generous thing for each member of your family daily;  express your appreciation for someone's skills or talents.





Field PTA is collecting box tops to raise money for our school! Their goal is to raise $2000 this year to help students and teachers here at Field school.  It's easy and no selling involved! Each box top collected  is worth 10 cents which adds up quickly. Winter break is a great time to have students collect as many box tops as they can! When they come back from break, they can just drop them in the box in the lunchroom labeled "BOX TOPS FOR  FIELD!"  Look for the box top label in your very own kitchen on your cereal boxes, frozen food, snacks or check www.btfe.com/products for a complete list of participating box tops products. We will announce how much money we have raised at the Field School roller skating party in January! Thanks for your help!



Wendy Wolff

Field School Counselor








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).
Please send glue sticks.  We are running low.


Dates to RememberDates to Remember:
  • December 26, 2011-January 6,2012, winter break 

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