5th Grade Newsletter - December 9, 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!


Dancing Classroom Update

May Colors of the Rainbow Team Match: Swing!
Reminder: 5th Graders in Full Swing
December 11!
Aren't these elegant and confident fifth graders from last semester amazing? You are invited to cheer on our ten fall school teams as they compete in the Colors of the Rainbow Team Match Sunday, December 11, from 3-5 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Bloomington (near Hwys 494 and 100). Watch them showcase Tango, Waltz, Swing and more...as well as Respect, Elegance and Teamwork. Bring the family! Event and parking are free.  

Your child should have 9 pages of notes.  Please review the vocabulary words nightly.  This will help your child focus during a class discussion.

6th Period Parent please stop on by and see how our class is behaving respectfully.  Your support is always welcomed.

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

Ms. Doyle
December 9, 2016

As always, we are busy, busy, busy! This week students started two new projects- grammar groups and 5 paragraph essay writing. 

Grammar groups are in charge of a particular grammatical element, and students will have to teach that element to the class through a 15 minute presentation. Along with that, they have created a homework assignment mimicking the ones they did 1st quarter for kids to complete. Those presentations start next week- four on during the 15th and 16th, and the other four groups during Jan. 9th and 10th. Check the classroom calendar for specifics. 

Our 5 paragraph essay is centered around the question, "What theme is most important in Locomotion and why?" Students were taught the 5 parts of the essay, given examples on how each part could look, and then given time in class to write. These are due next Wednesday. Check to see if your child finished the brainstorm in class today; if not, it's homework. Check the website for writing templates and the rubric. 

I have been adding more details to the website calendar per parents' requests. This should help you know what is actually happening and what's due when. 

Upcoming due dates:
12/12: pg. 51-59 read; one annotation of each and a SigMo 
12/14: 5 paragraph essay due
12/15: Grammar groups present: ellipses, colons
12/16: Grammar groups present: hyphens, dashes
1/6: poetry books due  

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 reviewed our environments unit with the study guide.  Students first filled in what they knew, and then had the option to discuss with their table mates.  This is not an open note test.  Students should be reviewing their notes, vocabulary lists, and Their study guides in preparation for Monday's test.

The ABC pages have been turned in.  I am in the process of grading them.  We learned fun facts about fresh water, salt water, terrestrial and arctic/antarctic environments.  The book will be in the classroom as soon as all classes have been graded.

We looked at a few environments that were interesting and, in some cases had the weirdest animals we had ever seen!  Ask your child about Prairies (not weird,) and Deep Ocean Creatures (very weird!)

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 12.9.16 --------
Today we took a short quiz covering three of our learning targets for our geometry unit.  The scores are in the grade book and students will be receiving them back on Monday.  

Retakes for the Decimal Quiz will be next Thursday during Advisory so please make sure Retake Forms are turned in by Wednesday.

Next week we will focus on surface area.

Remember homework is assigned Monday- Thursday and due the following class day. Check in with you child to make sure they are fully completing their assignments. Thanks for your support!

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.
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