5th Grade Newsletter - March 13, 2015

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Mary Hill

Teresa Doyle
(Social Studies)

Taunya Kolbinger 
(Language Arts)

Amanda Johnson (Math)
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Terry Mazig


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



Seth Leavitt

(Math BEST)












Field Community School
4645 Fourth Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55419





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  • 3/16  Summer gems/gise applications due (on gems/gise webpage
  •  3/19 Ice Cream Social
  • 3/26 Last day of Quarter 3
  • 3/27-4/3  Spring Break 
  • 4/6 Quarter 4 begins

March 13, 2015 
Are you ready for spring?  Most of us can hardly wait!

Thank you to everyone that sent tissues and wipes!  They were much needed and will be used!

The out of doors calls us as we sit in class trying to learn.  As usual, the first round of summer clothing siting has occurred this week.  Please refer to the student handbook in the Field calendar for what is acceptable and what is not what a student should wear when in school.  Our biggest problem is shorts that are way too short.  We know your kids have grown over the winter, and some of the shorts will need to give way to longer shorts.  Thanks for helping with this.  Too short a short can cause a real stir in the hallways and classes.


Fifth grade 101:

Third Quarter Spoiler Alert!

We are almost at the end of 3rd quarter.  Please make sure all assignments are turned in before the final week.  It is hard to go back and grade late assignments when current stuff is being recorded.  It takes time, and most teachers need those final few days of the quarter to get grades ready for posting.





  Have a great weekend!











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My apologies for not getting information into the newsletter last week; hopefully you were able to check my website for the week's updates. 

The reading MCA test will take place immediately after spring break, April 7-10. Please encourage your child to get a healthy breakfast each morning and a good night's sleep. Also, reading a little extra each night will help build stamina needed for this test! 

This week we wrapped up unit 3, Tuck Everlasting! All summative assessment and propaganda grades have been posted. The last few things that will be entered for the quarter are the prefix of the week "il/im", next week's suffix of the week "-less", and two MCA practice articles on hummingbirds and sherpas. The last week before break we will have a "ketchup and relish" week where students will have less work (we will continue the MCA practice articles) in order to turn in student action plans and any missing work. All late work due Wed. March 25th

I am noticing many students suffering from spring fever and not getting homework turned in. Please check the portal to see if your child has all work turned in! One thing to remember is that if your child is at a 1 or 2 they are not meeting 5th grade standards, so some work should be revised in order to meet the 5th grade standards. This means students should fill out an action plan, and possibly come visit me on Thurs. during advisory for assistance. 

Unit 4 will begin Monday the 16th. Our anchor text will be Number the Stars by Lois Lowery. We will begin by building background on the Holocaust and WWII; I encourage all families to have sensitive discussions about this topic and the significance of it to our history, as some students are learning about this for the first time. Students may have more questions for parents, as I cannot address all wonderings during a class period. Our summative writing assessment for this unit is a historical fiction research paper. Please make sure your child has notecards. 

Upcoming due dates: 
3/19: Tuck Summative Assessment action plan
3/20: Propaganda action plan
3/20: MCA sherpa article, "-less" suffix of the week
3/25: All late work due 

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 


Science promotes academic excellence!



The pendulums were lots of fun and our students' imaginations really showed in their homework.  We are using most of the pendulums as bulletin board decor.  Kudos to the students that made elaborate pendulums.  Stop by if you are in the building and want to see what other children made.


We have looked closely at potential and kinetic energy using an enhanced Venn diagram.  We also spent time learning about Shakleton's voyage to the Antarctic.  We learned about Antarctic-centered mapping.  We also looked at energy output vs. fuel consumption.


This week's homework is a math extension sheet that requires the student to put their time column in a common denominator, and then make a decision about which teams had shorter or longer pendulums.  This multistep process also reinforces the need to control variables in an experiment to have accurate data.




Have a great weekend!

Ms Hill









Today we took the final test for Bits and Pieces II. Check the portals to see the results! 


On Monday students will check out Bits and Pieces III and return Bits and Pieces II to the library. 


Bits and Pieces III is a continuation of Bits and Piece II  but covers deeper and different learning targets associated with fractions, decimals, and percents. 


Click here for the problem of the week: POW


Remember, students are encouraged to have parents/ older siblings help assist them if needed on these challenging problem. Students that turn in their answers before next Friday will receive 1 point of extra credit to their homework grade.  


Thanks for all your support and have a wonderful weekend!


~Mrs. Rausch



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Social Studies

March 13, 2015


Chapter 9, Life in Williamsburg.  Remember to visit the History Alive site, and do the chapter 9 review/test.  

The spelling test was Thursday. Students did great.


There is no extra credit in Social Studies, because if a student is actively engaged and taking notes, that will make up 60% of the grade.  Tests are worth 20% of the grade.  As a matter of fact, tests are given over two-days, in hopes that your child will go home and review notes to complete the test the next day.


The planner is a wonderful tool.  Encourage your child to share the week with you, filling all the other activities that are going on in their life.  I write many notes in the planner for Social Studies, and some students don't write enough.  You have the right to ask them clarifying questions.  Then please sign the planner, I am always hoping for a 100% week. 


The chapters are broken into sections and most chapters don't have more than 9 sections.  So, when you look at the outline you will see how many sections there will be.  As the week goes by the sections are written in the planner, you can predict when the next test will be. As for chapter 9's test it will be March 19 & 20. 


Ms. Doyle 



AVID This Week:

Some of our students have had the opportunity to go to an AVID classroom and observe the AVID tutorials.  Applications are still available in the office and by the AVID classroom.





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

Ms Hill's BEST classes are looking at Identity Theft.  Have you looked at your passwords lately?

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 tissues.  









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