5th Grade Newsletter - February 14, 2014

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Mary Hill

Teresa Doyle
(Social Studies)

Taunya Kolbinger 
(Language Arts)

Amanda Johnson (Math)
Other 5th Grade

Terry Mazig

Ruth LeMay


Other 5th Grade
B.E.S.T. teachers: 

Tim Jungwirth

(Reading BEST)




Seth Leavitt

(Math BEST)




Field School Site Council

5th Grade Parent Reps






** Site Council meetings are held the 1st Wednesday of the month from 4:00 - 5:30 and are open to anyone wishing to attend.  If you have a topic to discuss you must be on the agenda prior to the meeting.  Please contact your grade rep. to be added to the agenda.



Field Community School
4645 Fourth Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55419





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5th Grade Rocks
February Dates to Remember

Dates to Remember



  • February 20-22: Scholastic Book Fair at Field
  • February 22: Spectacular Choir Pancake Breakfast and Gems Garage Sale
Feb. 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!


We have now had two five-day-weeks!  It is nice to see your children for a full week of learning.


Our Winter Environmental Field Trip parts 1 and 2 were a great success.  Students snowshoed, looked for animal sign, built snow fires and generally learned about nature in winter.  We thank all parents that turned out to chaperon the chilly but fun experience.  We could not do this kind of field trip with out you!!




Smarter than a 5th Grader?


You will be by June!




 The Fifth Grade Team 

English Language Arts

This week we have been keeping busy with summarizing! We summarized doing different activities like comic strip, line up, and give one get one. We will wrap up summarizing chapters 1-5 Tues. and move on to chapter 6 next week. 

Today a new gray homework assignment was given with a vocab. activity on the back instead of root of the week. It's due 2/21. 

On Wednesday I attended the field trip and had a blast! The kids were wonderful sports when snowshoeing and fire building. I saw lots of great team work! Also, thanks to all of our parent volunteers! 

Remember, contact me if you would like to schedule a short 15 minute conference with the fifth grade team to discuss how your child is doing. You can also e-mail us anytime if the limited conference times don't work out. 

Questions/comments  about ELA? Want to see our class/5th grade calendar? Need an extra copy of the reading log or other homework? Visit our classroom website at: www.mrskolbinger.weebly.com 

 Cheers! Mrs. Kolbinger 


 Science promotes academic mastery!


Who are the first known users of Cacao?  Did you know that the Olmec People of Central America made a drink from cacao 4,000 years ago?  That Hershey's makes more than 6,000,000 Kisses a day?


We are learning how chocolate has been used through history, and how it is made today.  We are using words such as confectionary, subsidiary, apprentice, conching, and chocolate liquor to describe 'Theobroma Cacao,' literally 'the food of the gods.' 


Next week we will be experimenting with chocolate. Mmmmmm...


Ms Hill




This week was a little goofy in math since we had a field trip in the middle of the week. Students got back their quizzes Monday, were able to re take them, and reviewed the learning targets from last week.
On Thursday we had a twenty minute review session for students that needed a little extra practice on the learning targets. The students that had mastered the learning targets already were represented as leaders and were guiding and teaching those that hadn't master them. The collaboration and willing to work with one another was beautiful. Students were very accepting to give and take feedback from their peers and the entire class benefited from this experience! :)
Next week, we will dive into Investigation 3 of our books, which is on multiplying fractions. Students who struggled with Investigation 1 or 2 should be practicing over the long weekend so they don't fall behind in this investigation. 
We only had one homework assignment this week and it is posted on my website. Next week should be back to normal and we'll be learning new learning targets!
Have a wonderful weekend!

~Ms. Johnson 

Social Studies


Social Studies

 February 14, 2014  

Chapter 9: Life in Colonial Williamsburg  There will be a test on Wednesday, Feb. 19. 


This next week students will learn about the trades,  They may even do research at home and bring in pictures or articles. Some of these trades are: coopersmiths, wig makers, candle makers, tinsmiths, smiths, milliner. 


PLEASE sign planner: this shows the student is talking about Social Study issues, reviewing notes, or studying spelling words. 



Ms. Doyle 

5th Grade Families

The 6th Grade and Beyond information meeting has been rescheduled from January 30th to February 20th.  Mark your calendar and plan to come and hear what lies ahead as you transition to 6th grade and beyond.  Watch for more information in the near future.



Steve Norlin-Weaver


Field School

Executive Director

Minnesota Middle School Association

North Region Trustee

Association for Middle Level Education






to come next week...hopefully! 
(delayed due to technical difficulties) 
This email was sent to seth.leavitt@mpls.k12.mn.us by mary.hill@mpls.k12.mn.us |  
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