5th Grade Newsletter - February 13, 2015

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Mary Hill

Teresa Doyle
(Social Studies)

Taunya Kolbinger 
(Language Arts)

Amanda Johnson (Math)
Other 5th Grade

Terry Mazig


Other 5th Grade
B.E.S.T. teachers: 
 Bev Halverson
(Reading BEST)



Seth Leavitt

(Math BEST)




Important Dates:


February 7, 2015:  Robotics State competition.  Washington Tech school in St. Paul

Feb. 12, Evening; and Feb 13 a.m.;  Conferences


Feb. 13:  Release day for students


Feb. 16: Presidents' Holiday, Release Day


Feb. 25, 2015:  Winter environmental field trip








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Minneapolis, MN 55419





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February 13, 2015, 2015

Greetings families


Another couple of short weeks in a row- a great time to catch up on missing work for all classes.  If you are all caught up, a great weekend to curl up with a good book.  


Please return permission slips for our upcoming Winter Environmental Fieldtrip.  This is a great way to discover Minnesota Biomes as they wait for spring, and meets Minnesota State Standards for Science (just a plug from your Minnesota Science Teacher!)


Is your child practicing their guitar or band instrument during the week?  We seem to have a few instruments left at the end of the day.  


Have a great long weekend.





Fifth grade 101:

During the third quarter the fifth grade teachers begin to hand over to the students the responsibilities for work in and out of class.  We also are stressing the importance of quality of work.  An 'A' means that the work is done exceptionally better than expected for a mid-year fifth grade student.  Minimal work means lower grades.  Please check with your child the quality of work being handed in to their classroom teachers.  Thanks for your help!







Grades will be sent to your home in the next few weeks.





Have a great weekend.













Smarter than a 5th Grader?


You will be by June!




 The Fifth Grade Team 


More next week!

Want homework reminders? Follow me on twitter @mrskolbinger for reminders, and other ELA related articles, jokes, etc. 

Please be sure to check out the website for updated information, scheduling, assignments, and grades. Also view the website for more information about standards based grading. 

 Cheers! Mrs. Kolbinger 

S.P.A.M.     2/13/15

(Science Promotes Academic Mastery)


This week we have experimented with tempering and surface tension.  Ask your child how long it takes a piece of milk chocolate to melt when placed on a laboratory hotplate.  You may be surprised how surface tension can maintain the shape of chocolate even in the hottest of conditions!


We have learned about Milton Hershey (did he invent milk chocolate?) and looked at the processes needed to make cacao into different forms of chocolate. We experimented with color and M&Ms and learned about how they melt in your mouth and not in your hands.  Next week:  Aztec warrior chocolate, and how a group of middle-school children discovered the key to a type of chocolate that chemists in large chocolate companies could not.



Homework Due 2/16/15:  An Ode to Chocolate.  An Ode is a poem in which a human tells an inanimate object how wonderful it is.  You need at least 8 lines of poetry, and you need to choose an interesting and creative way to frame your poem.  This can be 2D or 3D- but please do not make this huge!  We have to fit everybody's project in one room!




Have a great weekend!

Ms Hill









We took a quiz on Thursday on mutinying fractions. For the past 2 weeks, we have been studying in class how to multiply fractions using pictorial diagrams and then double checking using the algorithm. Students will get their quizzes back on Tuesday and quiz re takes will be on Thursday during Advisory. 


Next week we will conclude multiplying fractions and have a final quiz on it.


Starting last newsletter, I put a POW (Problem of the Week) as an optional challenge problem. Students are encouraged to have parents/ older siblings help assist them through the challenge problem. Students that turn in their answers to me before next Friday will be rewarded with 1 point of extra credit to their homework grade. 


Click here for the challenge problem: POW


Thanks for all your support and have a wonderful weekend!


~Mrs. Rausch



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Social Studies

February 13, 2015



More next week!



Some students need a new note book, ask your child if they have filled a note book.  Save old note books until it has been graded, and a quarter has gone by. 


Remember all students should be studying their classroom notes, nightly.  Ask your child to see his or her notes, and compliment them if you can read their handwriting. 


Thank you for supporting our sticky history business.   






Ms. Doyle 



AVID This Week 



We have had our AVID mid year review. This lets the teachers know which skills need reteaching.  This does not affect their grades.  We are also working on levels of questioning.






Reader's Workshop  books-apple-icon2.jpg
Bev Halvorson
Reading Specialist

Ms Hill's BEST classes are now stock barons!   Stay tuned (same time, same channel,) for more information.

Ms. Doyle's BEST is colonizing.  Come in any 7th period and help play, or watch the students lead their colony to victory.  It is a fun and educational game.

Mrs. Kolbinger's BEST students should be bringing home their current MAP data and plans for reading home to be signed:) 

A big round of applause for the families that brought in wipes and tissue.  We still need more of each! Noses running everywhere!  AGHHHH!

Save your Boxtops!!

For the next month+ Advisories will be collecting Boxtops to raise money for Field Community. General Mills donates directly to schools at $.10 per Boxtop. We are hoping to collect over 50 Boxtops per student. To encourage participation, advisories will be competing in a contest to collect the most Boxtops. The advisory with the most Boxtops on February 24th will win a Pizza Party sponsored by the PTA. The top 4 individual contributors will also win a gift card to Chipotle, iTunes, or Target. Student Council will count and track Boxtop collections. Please place them in a Ziploc bag and fill out an information sheet (# of Boxtops, Name, Advisory Teacher) to place in the bag. Then give them to your advisory teachers to be tallied and totaled.   







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