5th Grade Newsletter - January 9, 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:


January 15- end of semester one

January 16 and 19- Release days (Dr. King Release Day)

January 17- GEMS/GISE Lego League Tournament at Anishinabe/Anne Sullivan School,8:00a.m- 5:00p.m.







Field Community School
4645 Fourth Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55419





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  • Dates to Remember  
    • December 22-January2 Winter Break

January 9, 2015


Welcome to the freezer!


Did you know that Minnesota was colder this week than any part of Alaska?  What is wrong with this last sentence??


We will have another (planned, not a surprize) short week coming up.  It is also the end of the quarter and the semester.  


Fifth grade 101:  Students with half-year specialists classes may see some changes in their schedule.  Not all students' schedules will change. 



5th grade 101:

Does your child know the important phone numbers in case of emergency?  Students need to know at least 2 ways to get hold of important family members.  Winter break is a good time to ceck for these important skills.





Have a great weekend.












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 The Fifth Grade Team 

Happy New Year! 

This week we wrapped up the poetry unit and essay writing. Students were given an ELA study hall Thurs. in order to wrap up any loose ends before the quarter's end. All late work is due Tues. the 13th

Friday we started our third unit, Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. We will answer the essential question: How do we make difficult choices? We will be working hard to understand symbolism, theme, main ideas, and persuasive writing during our study. Students will have more reading and vocabulary homework for this unit, so stay connected with that (via Twitter or my website)! If you plan on getting your child his/her own book, please have that by Monday. 

No homework until 3rd quarter! 

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 
and Ms. Taylor

S.P.A.M.     12/12/14

(Science Promotes Academic Mastery)


How do we look at our world?  How do the natural geologic processes change the face of the Earth?  We are working on our Landforms Unit.  We have 'read' maps of natural disasters and used our memory to map our school building.  Next week we will develop new ways to look at our Earth and its  processes.


Homework due on Monday, January 15-

What is your favorite room in your house?  Make a 'bird's eye view' of your favorite room.  Label each object in your space that is visible from above.  You do not need to measure- use your approximation skills to fill your page.  Please use an 8-1/2 X 11 sheet of copy machine/printer paper.  Students were offered paper on Thursday.


Have a great weekend!






Ms Hill 






This week started our last fifth grade unit on Data. Students are reviewing mean, median, mode, and range. We are analyzing a variety of tables and graphs and answering questions related to them. We will wrap up this short unit next week and take the final test on Wednesday the 14th. 


Starting quarter three (1/20) students will begin 6th grade math!!! We will be going to the library to check out 6th grade math text books. Students will need a new notebook starting quarter three too for math. 


Please continue using my website to find daily homework assignments, and math websites to practice at home.


Thanks for all your support and have a wonderful weekend!


~Mrs. Rausch

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Social Studies

January 9, 2015


Chapter 6 is Early English Colonies.  We will look at 3 English colonies and see what made them successful or not.

1. Roanoke 1587

2. Jamestown 1607

3. Plymouth 1620


Spelling test Thursday, January 15.  The words are: settlement, January, choir, between, and colony.


We need more glue sticks.  History is a sticky business. :) 




Ms. Doyle 



AVID This Week 



Our students are learning to use two-column and 3-column notes in several classes.  This is the first step to working toward Cornell Notes.  Ask your child if they understand these strategies.  We will be supporting students until they reach mastery.


We will be assessing our students' ability to use our reading and organizational skills.  We will use this information to help our students do their very best.






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

Ms Hill's BEST classes have started the Stock Market unit.  Stay tuned (same time, same channel,) for more information.

Mrs. Kolbinger's BEST is reading Amelia Lost, a biography on Amelia Earhart. 

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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