5th Grade Newsletter - March 1, 2013

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We had a great time at our Winter Environmental Field Trip to the Richardson Nature Center! 
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Mary Hill

Teresa Fernandez
(Social Studies)

Susan McNaughton
(Language Arts)

Mark Usem 
Other 5th Grade

Terry Mazig

Ruth LeMay

Jonathan Doten




Other 5th Grade
B.E.S.T. teachers: 

Rick Feuling 
(Math BEST)



Tim Jungwirth

(Reading BEST)





Field School Site Council

5th Grade Parent Reps


Marjorie Grevious




Rich Flint




** 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.



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Ms Hill's BEST classes will be participating in the Stock Market Game. Stock Market Game 
 If you have a job, a hobby or an interest in this subject, please email MS Hill!  She can use speakers and helpers! PLEASE! PLEASE!
5th Grade Rocks
March 1, 2013 

March seems to be coming in like a lamb!


Grade five is traveling toward being in sixth grade!  It is amazing to see how far our students have progressed since the first days of school.  1 and 1/2 quarters are all that stand between 5th and 6th grade.  Where did the time go?


Please encourage your child to wear home their winter clothing- even if the temperature seems like spring.  We are dismayed by the amount of boots, hats, gloves and coats that are left on the floor at the end of the day.  The weather quickly changes, but if boots were worn to school, they need to be worn home!


Fifth Grade 101:

Are you checking your child's planner?  We are finding some students are slacking off their otherwise fine performance when we check planners.  One HUGE way for your child to 'stay on top of things' is to consistently use the planner.  It helps if you are checking and expecting the planner to come home.  Thanks for supporting us by looking at the planners! 


 Sneeze in your sleeve

Also, we have lots of flu and sniffles going around. Please talk with your 5th-grader about good hand-washing practice, and good coughing and sneezingHand Wash sign
techniques... the new info from the health authorities about coughing and sneezing is now to

"Do it in your sleeve!"





The Fifth Grade Team






Language Arts


After an adventurous week, we are moving to the next step of the Personal Narrative assignment.  Students should bring the beginning and middle of the first d

The Bud, Not Buddy Test is on March 6. 

The MCA Reading test will be on-line for the first time this year.  Students will be given a tutorial on March 7.  We will Be providing information about preparing for the test at home to students and through email.
February 22, 2013

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

Our engineers are almost complete in their quest to find the best way to move potatoes from the loading dock to the production floor with the least amount of force (N.)  Most teams have demonstrated their ideas, but this crazy week slowed us down some.  All teams will have done their demonstrations by Tuesday.


We had a super Environmental Field trip! We will use what we learned during our Environments unit.  Many thanks are due the parent chaperones.  We Could not have done this field trip with our them.


Surprise short unit starts mid-next-week. Any guesses?


No homework this week!





Ms Hill


Math Logo 1

Mar 1, 2013 


Students are working hard and doing well with decimals.  With our short week this week with the Environmental Field Trip on Tuesday and Wednesday, and conferences today, we have only had class 2 days, so we really didn't make much progress.


Decimal numbers


We will continue to work on these skills this next week and, in addition to recognition of decimals, will soon begin exploring adding and subtracting decimal numbers. Hopefully students will see how using decimals to represent fractions makes for a relatively easy method of adding and subtracting fractional parts! We will also review the concept of "rounding", and will look at rounding decimals to a certain places.


    - Mr. Usem


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Access my personal teacher webpage... with resources for students and parents!

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  The webpage lists what classwork we've done in class each day, references students' homework assignments, and has resources with PDF versions of our Unit Packets that can be downloaded and printed as necessary.

Social StudiesSocial Studies  


March 1, 2013

Chapter 10, (1700's) Growing Tensions Between the Colonies & Britain.  Vocabulary words will be: debts, acts, taxation without representation, protest, parliament, repeal, proclamation.


Please review notes with your child. 

 This week we will cover The Boston Massacre, The Boston Tea Party, and The Intolerable Acts.  With the test scheduled for March 11. It sounds like the revolution is not far behind.  


Spelling words: proclamation, debt, parliament, soldier, & massacre

Periods 1 & 2 will take the spelling test on Monday, March 4.  


 Ms Fernandez 




Watch this space for upcoming events!


Dates to RememberDates to Remember
  • March 9: Hale/Field Spring Fling Fundraiser 
  • March 10: Daylight Savings Time Begins (don't forget to "spring-ahead" one hour)
  • March 28: End of 3rd Quarter
  • March 29 - April 5: SPRING BREAK (No School)
  • April 8: 4th Quarter begins



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