5th Grade Newsletter - December 16, 2016

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Mary Hill

Teresa Doyle
(Social Studies)

Taunya Kolbinger 
(Language Arts)

Amanda Rausch & Erin Lindsay (Math)

Other 5th Grade Advisory Teacher: 

Kim Hotchkiss





December 9, 2016

We are now Halfway Through 2nd Quarter

Mid quarter reports will be on the parent portal soon.  Please remember that this is a snapshot in time, not a final grade.

We want to mention how important it is for us teachers to have parents talking with kids at home about growth mindset and effort! We are noticing an increase of inattentiveness across the board. Middle school is a time where things might not come to kids as easily as they did in elementary school, and it's important to remind kids that some assignments just take hard work and effort! We know they can do it, we just need to see them put a little more oomph! into it:) 

Thanks for all your support! 

We have amassed quite an array of water bottles.  Please label the bottles and encourage your child to take them home!

From Hale Principal Ryan Fitzgerald -  
I am saddened to inform you that one of our teachers, Loretta Main, will not be returning to Hale for the remainder of the year. Ms. Main has been diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor, and our thoughts are with her and her family during this difficult time. Ms. Main is in good spirits, has excellent medical care, and has the loving support of her husband and extended family. She has shared that she has greatly enjoyed getting to know each student in her class this year and feels that this is one of the best classes she has been blessed to teach. 
A Caring Bridge has been set up for Ms. Main if you would like to visit it and write her a note. The link is caringbridge.org and name is all one~ lorettamain. In addition, all the students in 3rd grade will be writing cards for her over the next few days.

Smarter than a 5th Grader?
You will be by June!

December 16, 2016
If your student is unhappy with their grade, make sure all work is in.   I have been grading Chapter 1, lesson 1 & 2, and recording it in the grade book.

I encourage parents to stop by and observe or help with a project.  We are into our Native American chapter and their are great projects for each region, this is more fun when I have extra hands, and the students get the attention they desire.

Remember to sign the planner once a week.  This is our way of communicating.  I look forward to getting 100%. 

No spelling words till January.  I have 3 you can practice for now:  foreign, indigenous, coast

Your homework for the next 2 weeks: Play outside as much as possible over break.

Ms. Doyle


We've had a fun week working with our peers on the grammar group assignment. Kids did a nice job teaching their peers about different writing conventions. It was fun to see them take charge during presentations. Some groups even monitored behavior:) 

We also revisited annotation expectations. We discussed how each literature element annotation (theme, symbolism, inference, imagery) should look and the details of each. I put some examples on my website- check them out. 

There are three weeks left in the quarter after break- there are going to be several due dates approaching as we wrap up Locomotion, our poetry book, and final essay. 

Upcoming due dates:
12/14: 5 paragraph essay due
12/15: Grammar groups present: ellipses, colons
12/16: Grammar groups present: hyphens, dashes
1/9: Apostrophes I and II
1/10: Semicolons and parentheses  
1/13: poetry books due  (changed!) 

My website is a great tool to use in order to keep up on assignments, due dates, standards-based grading info., and other ELA related activities. 

Mrs. Kolbinger 
S.P.A.M.     12/02/16   
(Science Promotes Academic Mastery)

We have started our Landforms Unit.  More later.  
My email and other things went bluey on the computer.  I may not be able to answer emails until IT comes to fix the silly thing.

Spoiler Alert:
We will have our Human Growth Unit the first week of February.  Questions?  Please email me.

Have a great weekend!
Ms. Hill
MATHEMATICS 12.16.16 --------
This week we learned about surface area and volume of rectangular prisms.  The students will be reviewing these skills the Tuesday we come back and will take on short quiz on the content Wednesday.  

Students worked on a One-Pager in class this Friday.  It is due when they come back from break. 

Have a fabulous break and stay warm!

Enjoy your weekend,
Mrs. Rausch and Mrs. Lindsay
DANCE --------------------------------
Save the Date: Colors of the Rainbow Team Match

Our fall semester schools will compete in our Colors of the Rainbow Team Match Sunday, December 11 from 3-5 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton, in Bloomington. Watch Respect, Elegance and Teamwork in action in our May Team Match below, and learn a few steps yourself from these amazing fifth graders!

Welcome, 2016-17 School Partners!

This week over 600 fifth-graders in 26 classrooms in 10 Twin Cities schools start Dancing Classrooms, as Heart of Dance launches the second year of this fast-growing program in Minnesota. We are delighted to welcome five returning schools and five new schools to this 10-week in-school residency:

Returning Schools
Athlos Leadership Academy, Brooklyn Park
Benjamin E. Mays IB World School, St. Paul
Four Seasons A+ Elementary School, St. Paul
Friendship Academy of the Arts, Minneapolis
Stonebridge World School, Minneapolis

New Schools
Excell Academy for Higher Learning, Brooklyn Park
Field School, Minneapolis
LIFE Prep School, St. Paul
LoveWorks Academy for Visual and Performing Arts, Golden Valley
Linwood Monroe Arts Plus, St. Paul

New York-trained Teaching Artists teach students the Merengue, Tango, Rumba, Foxtrot, Waltz, Swing and other dances twice per week. They help classroom teachers coordinate dances with other subjects, like writing essays, researching cultural origins, learning math fractions, or creating art projects.

Survey Results are In!

Surveys from the 2015-2016 school year show strong results and support for Dancing Classrooms from our Twin Cities parents and educators:

81% of PARENTS saw increased self-esteem in their child  

9 of 10 TEACHERS saw improved student relationships

7 of 10 PARENTS reported increased academic performance in their child

70% of PARENTS saw improved relationships with their child

Thank you!

We could not do this without your amazing support.  
Thank you for joining Heart of Dance on this journey.
AVID This Week:
What is collaboration?  What skills are needed for students to do more than just 'work together?'  Our goal for AVID Elementary is to help students learn the skills to truly collaborate with their peers and to get the most out of working with others.  

All students should have received a rubric about communication in groups.  We will be referring to this rubric during upcoming weeks. 
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