5th Grade Newsletter - February 25, 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


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Mark Usem - (math)

Gretchen Mattson


Field Community School
4645 Fourth Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55419

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5th Grade Rocks
February 24, 2012
Lucky for us there was a little snow this week for our Environmental Field Trip.  Students enjoyed the extra time outside.  They tried kicksledding and learned about winter survival.  Ask your child about the Rule of 3.

1 and 2 are winter conferences.  All are invited to schedule a conference by emailing your child's first hour teacher.  Also, we have drop-in conferences from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. on Friday if you would like to stop by for a brief chat with us.  We may contact you if we would like to meet with you to talk about how best to challenge or encourage your child.

Congratulations to the boys and girls who participated in the district basketball championships.  Our girls took second place in a heartbreaker of a game (we were soooo close!) and the boys took the league!  Great job!  Go Field!!
Language Arts
(2/24)  Hello again!  This week in Language Arts we continued reading Bud, Not Buddy, chapters twelve through fourteen.  Due to the President's Day Holiday and environmental field trips this week, we did not have much class time for reading.  Some students still need to finish reading through chapter fourteen by Monday.  Also, today we assigned the Personal Narrative Essay and each student got a pink packet.  These pink packets will contain all of the information needed to complete the assignment, including the requirements, prewriting activities, a section for class notes and a checklist for revision.

Next week, we will assign chapters fifteen through nineteen in Bud, Not Buddy.  They are the last chapters in the novel.  In addition to finishing the novel, we will also have class time to write the first drafts of our Personal Narrative Essay.  Lastly, the unit test for Bud, Not Buddy will be on Monday, March 5th.  

Looking forward to next week, 
Mr. Schubert   

February 24, 2012 

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

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



We are through with the zit talk- yeah!  Due to our broken up week, we still have a couple of days till our Human Growth Unit is over.  Our next unit will be Environments- we will start with terrestrial environments, and then move to aquatic environments.  Lots of dirt and water- what fun!


We had a lot of fun on our Winter Environmental trips. We will use what we learned on these trips in our Environments unit.  Minnesota in the winter- what a beautiful and interesting place we live!


Homework continues to be discussions about your family values about human growth topics. This is a great opportunity to let your child know what you want them to understand about your family's choices.


Have a super weekend!






Feb 24,


Today we took the Unit Four final test.  The results have been posted.  Next week we will begin Unit 6 which focuses more on decimals.  We will also be back to daily homework half sheets.  The group of students who are working with Bits and Pieces I will continue with that project at the same time they begin working in the new packet.  We will have a new packet starting Monday.


In this Unit Students will understand and compare decimals, fractions and percents.


Essential Questions:

  • How do decimal fractions represent quantities less than one?
  • What is the relationship of decimal fractions to fractions and percents?
  • How do fractions represent division and how, by carrying out that division, can an equivalent decimal be found?
  • What strategies can be used to compare decimals?
  • What relationships can be used to add decimals?


Social StudiesSocial Studies


Social Studies News for February 24.

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. 

TEST for Chapter 8, Thursday, March 1.


Homework:  Jazzy January  is past due February 24, 2012.  We did the February page in school and write about the winter field trips.  That was done in class on Friday, February 24.


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. Please send more.  Now Ms McNaughton needs tissues.  Ms Hill 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:     
  • March 1: Evening Conferences  
  • March 2: No school for winter conferences  

This email was sent to seth.leavitt@mpls.k12.mn.us by mary.hill@mpls.k12.mn.us |  
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