5th Grade Newsletter - February 17, 2012

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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
February 17, 2012
Happy Friday!

A big thank-you to the parents that helped out on our Minneapolis Art Institute field trip.  The trip was a great success.  Our students were well prepared due to the great "Art Adventure" classes.  

We are still seeing too many instruments left in the hall after school.  Please encourage your child to leave with their instruments!

Our next field trips will be the "Winter Environmental Trips."  Please make sure your child dresses for the weather.  We will be outside most of the morning.  Nothing is worse than cold feet- unless it is a cold whole body!

Fifth Grade 101:
March 3rd is conference day.  In fifth grade, we usually reserve this time for struggling students.  The whole team meets  with the family to help get kids back on track. If you feel your child needs a conference, please email your child's first hour teacher.  Teachers will call parents of students that we feel need this additional time.

Have a great weekend!
Language Arts
(2/3)  Hello again!  This week in Language Arts we continued reading Bud, Not Buddy, chapters nine through eleven.   We also continued our work on pronouns, looking specifically at possessive pronouns and doing in-class exercises covering all of the pronouns we have studied.

Next week, we will assign chapters twelve through fourteen in Bud, Not Buddy.  Due to the President's Day Holiday and environmental field trips next week, we will not have nearly as much class time devoted to reading.  Thus, students will need to spend more time at home reading the chapters as homework.

Also on the agenda for next week, we will be reading a short story titled Uncle Jed's Barbershop.  We will connect this story to Bud, Not Buddy through the theme of experiencing success and the concept of setting. 

As always, students will have an opportunity to earn points towards their reading logs next Friday.  We are now past the midway point for quarter three, so it is important that all students earn their points for their reading logs.
Looking forward to next week, 
Mr. Schubert   

February 17, 2012 

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

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



This week (Feb.12-17) marked the start of our Human Growth unit.  We have talked about the urinary and reproductive organs in both males and females. Also disscussed was conception.  We have started going over the changes that happen during puberty.  We will continue this discussion next week,Feb. 21-24, including an exciting mini unit about zits. We will also look at birth models that show fetus development in the uterus.  

During our discussions we talk about family values regarding issues around hygiene products.  Homework this week is to talk to parents or guardians about what your family's views are on this topic. 






Feb 17


  • I know that a fraction is a part of a whole unit or a collection, and I can show how to find a fractional portion of a whole and explain what it means.
  • I know that a fraction means division, and I can explain how a whole number is divided into portions to show part of the whole unit.
  • I know how to order and compare fractions using benchmarks such as 0, ½, and 1, and I can correctly place fractions on a number line using these benchmarks.
  • I know that different fractions can mean the same amount, and I can recognize and compute equivalent fractions.
  • I know that fractions can have decimal equivalents, and I can recognize and write decimal equivalents for familiar fractions such as 1/5, ¼, 1/3, ½, and ¾ and explain why they are equal amounts.



This past week was busy:

Monday and Tuesday  MAP  tests, 

Wednesday normal math, 

Thursday MAI, Friday normal math.  


Next week:

 Monday no school, 

Tuesday or Thursday Nature trip, 

Wednesday and Friday normal math.  


Because of all this the Unit Five retake test was postponed to Wednesday, Feb 22.  If it looks like we are ready will take the Rational Numbers Unit test on Friday, Feb 17th.








Social StudiesSocial Studies


Social Studies News for February 17.

Students have been studying Chapter 8:  Facing Slavery.  Students will learn about slavery from the perspective of West Africans facing difficult dilemmas as European slave traders take them farther from their homeland. Review notes with your child.  Students have 8 new vocabulary words (they will be on the test).  Vocabulary words are:  Enslaved Africans, Dilemmas, Middle Passage, Plantations, Americas, Slave Auction, Overseer, Perspective.  On Friday we did a skit/interact about a slave ship.  Students may want to discuss it. 


Homework for the January page was assigned the week of Feb. 6.  Jazzy January  is due February 24, 2012.  We will do the February page in school and write about the winter field trips.  Students can bring in their own clip art to add to the paper. 


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


Dear Parents/Guardians of Field Middle School Students:


The Minnesota Twins recognize that good performance in school begins with good attendance and they're excited to team up with Minnesota Middle School Association (MMSA) to create the Perfect Attendance Incentive Program.


To become eligible, students must simply have "perfect attendance" for the 2011-2012 school year during quarters 3 & 4.   The reason the Minnesota Twins and MMSA have established this program is because they recognize the importance of having students in each class every day.


What are the Twins offering? Field Middle School will select one student to attend the game against the Detroit Tigers on Saturday, May 262012. The Twins will provide 4 tickets for that student and up to three parents/guardians/siblings to attend. The Twins are working to develop some great activities and incentives that will take place during the game. The selected student will represent Field Middle School on the field prior to the game.  In addition, one lucky eligible student will be selected to throw out the first pitch and students will be able to sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the 7th inning stretch.  The difficult part is selecting only one student from Field Middle School!  If your student is still eligible and interested in early May, they will be asked to submit an essay for judging.


We would like to thank both the MMSA and the Twins for supporting the Attendance Incentive Program and our students.


If you have any questions regarding this incentive program, please feel free to call Mr. Norlin-Weaver at 612-668-3640 or Ms. Julie Peterson at 612-668-3655.







Julie Peterson, LICSW, MSW

Field School Social Worker


Office Hours:  Monday - Thursday

office: 612-668-3655

fax: 612-668-3661





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).
Ms Fernandez says thanks for the glue sticks.  Now Ms McNaughton needs tissues.  Ms could use some hand sanitizer.
Parent volunteers are needed for field trips on February 21 & 23 for Richardson Nature Center.  Please e-mail Mr. Feuling if you are interested.  Thank you

Dates to RememberDates to Remember:     
  • February 21: Environmental Field Trips for Hill & Feuling's 6th period students  
  • February 23: Environmental Field Trips for McNaughton & Fernandez's 3rd period students   
  • March 2: No school for winter conferences  

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