5th Grade Newsletter - March 23, 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


Other 5th Grade
B.E.S.T. teachers: 

Mark Usem - (math)

Gretchen Mattson


Field Community School
4645 Fourth Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55419

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5th Grade Rocks
March 23, 2012
Spring has sprung!
We are hoping you can help us out.  We have quite a list of students that should be wearing glasses.  Often we are told they are at home or the student doesn't know where they left them.  If your child wears glasses, please check to make sure they are wearing them.  Students that need glasses and wear them learn more and are more likely to complete their work.
We have four school days til Spring Break.  Students should be ready to learn right up until the final bell on Thursday.
Teachers will input final quarter grades on Friday.  It will take a few weeks for the grade reports to be sent.  Please check the parent portal this weekend to see if your child is missing work.
Enjoy the warm weather!
Language Arts

(3/23)  Hello again!  This week we finished our unit on speech and communication.  We spent the week writing and delivering speeches in classes.  At the beginning of the week, students wrote a review in which they evaluated a work of art or a piece of entertainment.  At the end of the week, students delivered speeches that expressed their opinions and provided factual information about their topics.  We heard many great speeches evaluating books, movies, restaurants, video games and websites.  We had some very creative topics and wonderful opinions shared in class!

Also, second drafts of the Personal Narrative Essays were due today.  Any students who did not turn in an essay today should finish revising their essay over the weekend and be prepared to turn in it on Monday.

Next week, we will start a drama unit and begin reading a play.  This should be another engaging and active unit analyzing the elements of drama and plays. 
Lastly, all students will be needing a new notebook for quarter four, which begins after Spring Break. 
Looking forward to next week, 
Mr. Schubert   

March 23, 2012 

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

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


We are experimenting with the concept of water tolerance.  What will grow in 0ml water?  120ml of water?  Ask your child which kind of seed and how much water they have in their mini terrarium. 


Words for this week include: water tolerance, limits, saturation, water cycle including: evaporation, condensation, and precipitation, and saturation.  


This week's homework is a worksheet that deals with types of mammals.  The key to a good grade is in the explanation part.  This homework is due Monday, March 26.


Please check the parent portal for missing work.  I will allow late work until Wednesday, March 28.


March 23, 2012


We are in the process of beginning Unit 8 and are learning about tables, graphs and functions.  Two of our teams in each class have been assigned Mini Posters which are due Monday.  The third team will be making presentations on the two or three page problems in the Unit 8 packet.  To move through this packet  quickly we will only do the pages with table and graph problems.  Most of this work should be done at school.  Our main homework continues to be four or eight computation problems a night with a quiz on Fridays( Thursday next week) .  Unit 6 retake tests will be Tuesday or Wednesday.



Unit 8 Long term learning targets.


I know that recognizing patterns is useful in mathematical thinking, and I can identify, describe, and build numerical patterns.

I know that patterns can be represented in words or symbols, and I can read and construct tables to show a specific pattern.

I know that patterns can be used to describe or to predict, and I can use a pattern in a table or a graph to describe and/or predict numbers that will fit the pattern.

I know a graph can show change, and I can identify and describe the change in a specific situation shown on a graph.

I know that a variable is an unknown quantity, and I can identify a variable in a mathematical expression.

I know that a variable is an unknown quantity, and I can create a mathematical expression using a variable.

I know a change in one variable connects to a change in a second variable, and I can solve equations involving variables when values for the variables are given.

Thank You to those who fill out my survey.




Social StudiesSocial Studies



Social Studies News for March 23.

New Chapter this week is Chapter 10:Growing Tensions Between the Colonies and Britain.

Vocabulary:debts, acts, taxation without representation, protest, parliament, repeal, intolerable.   





Ms. Fernandez
An AVID Informational Meeting for all 5th Grade students will take place April 12 during Advisory in the Commons.  AVID decades of college dreams
Avid is an elective class offered to students who would like to prepare for college.  The curriculum features writing, inquiry, collaboration, reading, note-taking, study skills, and college/career/motivational activities. Students participate in tutorials twice a week, have guest speakers, opportunities to interact with college students, and take field trips which include colleges/universities.  Students must commit to taking notes in all of their classes.  Applications will be available immediately following the presentation.  Students who already know they want to apply for AVID, may pick up applications next
to the AVID classroom door, in the Field office, or on the Field website.  http://field.mpls.k12.mn.us/AVID2.html   Applications may be turned in to classroom teachers, the Field office, or Mrs. Walker.
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Brochures about Field's AVID program are located next to the AVID classroom door, in the Field office, or on the Field website.  http://field.mpls.k12.mn.us/AVID2.html

A Field School student created AVID Video can be viewed at the following link or by going to the Field website. https://wiki.mpls.k12.mn.us/webplayer/index.php?share=1&workflowID=B79E13DE-EB62-4E23-A0EE-A937482C2A51&videoID=06C23C9F-1C6B-49B0-A341-18E68E38F379.m4v

Pictures of current AVID students and our partnership with William Mitchell College of Law can be viewed on the William Mitchell Website. 

The AVID National Website is http://www.avid.org/

Please contact Field AVID teacher, Heather Walker,  
if you have any questions.


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






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.

We will be sending third quarter report cards to all families and you should receive them early the week following spring break.  We are offering student success groups as well as after school support so please contact Wendy Wolff if your child is struggling with organization, missing assignments or study skills. We want all students to feel comfortable seeking out support when needed!


Thank you to all students and families who donated to our Pennies for Patients fundraiser over the past few weeks. We raised a total of $529.46 and congratulations to the top 3 Advisories who turned in their coins.  Ms. Fernandez came in first place with a total of $76.18, Ms. Heck came in second place with a total of $43.96 and Ms. Mazig came in 3rd place with a total of $36.35. Great job everyone!!


LASTLY! The masquerade ball held here at Field on Friday March 16 was a HUGE success thanks to the hard work of student council, staff and parent volunteers! Congratulations to Azsareea Smith for winning the grand prize for the best MASK!  


Wendy Wolff

Field School Counselor





Dates to RememberDates to Remember:  
  • March 28 -Book orders due
  • March 30 No school- end of quarter three
  • April 2-6  Spring Break
  • April 17-18 MCA Reading
  • April 25-26 MCA Science
  • May 8-10 MCA Math
  • May 11 5th Grade Fun Night
  • May 22 and 24  Spring Environmental trips
  • June 5 End of the Year Bowling

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