5th Grade Newsletter - March 22, 2013

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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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Minneapolis, MN 55419


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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 22, 2013 

We have School Spirit!


Our Fifth Graders showed their school spirit this week by dressing up as super heroes, waterfalls, and in their jammies.  It was a fun week for both students and teachers.  Who knew Ms McNaughton was really Super Word in disguise?


We have a short week coming up.  Staff and students are feeling the effects too much light in the evenings.  We have seen a lot of yawning and heads on desks, as well as a generally hard time paying attention.  It is vital that middle school kids (and teachers) get 8-10 hours of sleep every night.  It is not easy getting to sleep with light coming in your window, but longer days are coming.  Try to make sure your child has enough time in their busy schedules to feel properly rested.


Have a great weekend!




Note... Tissue box

We have run out of tissues in many of our classrooms.

STILL!  Please help us out!

With 130 students coming through each classroom each day and all of the colds this year, we have been going through almost a box a day in each classroom. Since everyone uses these tissues at one time or another, if you have not brought in a box of tissues since the first of the year, please send a box with your student for us to share in the classroom.  
Believe us, it's much healthier and pleasant in class when students have tissues available when they need them!  ...THANKS! 


 The Fifth Grade Team


Language Arts


The Center for Disease Control offers recommendations about sleep for all members of the family.  See:http://www.cdc.gov/features/sleep/. Providing an environment and time for sleep is essential for your learning and growing children.  That reminds me of the tiresome job parent's have limiting screen time. My son always complained when I insisted screen time was over.
We read a script this week.  Today we completed a plot map.  We will use the information on the plot map to write a response paragraph to "The Case of the Runaway Appetite." After that, we settle in for 2 days of speeches.
Big news: we added a speech day, April 10.  That means the speech will be the first performance grade 4th quarter (like the syllabus says!) I guess I got a little ahead of myself.  Help your child prepare for 3/27, 3/28, or 4/10.
Quarter 4:  The big and exciting finale to 5th grade Language Arts is to write a historical fiction story.  Step 1: RESEARCH.  Spring break might be a nice time to explore historical eras or events in the U.S.  Students may begin thinking about or reading history and biography.  I will provide details early in Quarter 4.
March 28 is the last day to add points to the reading log.  Has your child reached 100 yet?

March 22, 2013Microscope

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



Did you know that the recipe for desert chocolate (the sandy place, not what comes after dinner!) was discovered by middle school girls in Wales?  It is amazing what kids can do when they put their mind to a task.  It can be very tasty as well as important!


We are winding down on our chocolate unit.  This week's homework is creating an 'Ode' to Chocolate.  An ode is a poem that speaks to a person, place or thing in flowery language and talks about how wonderful the thing is.  We started the ode in class.  Students need to finish their ode and find a unique way to present the poem.  Using a colorful backing, candy wrappers,  and artwork are just a few ideas they can use.  Imagination is a plus with this assignment!


This homework is due Tuesday, March26.





Ms Hill


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Mar 22, 2013 


We started our new unit #5 "Measuring Polygons" on 2-D geometry and measurement on Wednesday. This should be a welcome change from all of the fractions, decimals, and percents with which we've been working!


Students began by making a set of "Shape Cards"... 

This is a set of 40 "Shape Cards" that students need to have during this unit. They are expected to have them in their binder, and have them with them in class everyday during this unit. Students were all provided with a set and a ziploc bag in which to keep them. If students lose them, they are expected to download, print, and cut out a new set for themselves for use in class and on homework.

* This entire set can be downloaded and printed from Mr. Usem's Classwork/Homework calendar webpage.

From what I've seen so far this week, I think the kids might slack off a bit in the beginning of this new unit, as it might appear less rigorous in the beginning part than the last couple of units.  Students will, however, soon find that this particular unit has a lot of definitions and memorization, and will take an extra effort on each students' part to stay organized and learn it all correctly. Vocabulary will be very important in this unit, and we will be making some very subtle distinctions between different shapes.  Please continue to encourage your student to stay on top of assignments and classwork, and to "ask questions in class" and come in for extra help when he/she needs it.... before things get too far along and they're feeling lost.

    - Mr. Usem


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

Click HERE for Mr. Usem's Webpage

  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.

(*PLEASE NOTE about grades on the Portal:   Late scores will show up with an "L" code attached to them. I code "re-test scores" with a "point one" ending; they will always show up as " X.1 ", so that everyone can know that this is not a regular score, but a re-test.)
Social StudiesSocial Studies  


March 22, 2013


We have completed Chapter 11, (1700's) The revolution is on.  We know the arguments for and against the revolution.  The students took a surprise test on ch. 11. 


 Next week we start Chapter 12.  



 Ms Fernandez 







Join us for dinner and an evening full of information for parents about Field and what to expect next year and beyond!

Tuesday April 16, 2013

Field Commons

6:00-7:30 p.m.


More details to follow!



Wendy Wolff

Field School Counselor



Thanks to the Field COMMUNITY for all your fantastic efforts raising money for Pennies for Patients and the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society. We raised $908.73! Many praises to the top 5 fundraising Advisories! We will make the official announcement on Monday at Lunch to students!


(drumroll)....  CONGRATULATIONS!

1)      Marni HECK! 6th grade- $215.28

2)      Mark USEM! 5th grade- $202.92

3)      Ruth LEMAY! 5th grade - $78.38

4)      Lonna WILSON! 6th grade- $59.63

5)      HALASZ! 7th grade -$52.77


Below are links to Pennies for Patients videos of kids who are fighting cancer who benefit from the research and programs that are developed with the money raised...they are very grateful... 






These efforts help us teach students to CARE and be AWARE of issues that impact others.



Dates to Remember

Dates to Remember:

  • March 18-22- Spirit Week:
    • Monday:  Ugly sweater day
    • Tuesday:  Too Big Clothes Day
    • Wednesday:  Water Day
    • Thursday:  Superhero Day
    • Friday: Pajama Day  
  • March 28: End of 3rd Quarter
  • March 29 - April 5: SPRING BREAK (No School)
  • April 8: 4th Quarter begins 
  • April 16:  Sixth Grade and Beyond parent meeting



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