5th Grade Newsletter - March 2, 2012

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Teresa Fernandez
(Social Studies)

Susan McNaughton
(Language Arts)

Richard Feuling

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Terry Mazig

Ruth LeMay

Jonathan Doten


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Mark Usem - (math)

Gretchen Mattson


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4645 Fourth Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55419

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5th Grade Rocks
March 2, 2012
We want to send a big Grade 5 thank you to all of the parents that attended conferences.  We did not need to see everybody,(we know your kids are bright shining stars!) but it was great meeting with the parents that took time to attend.  We are sorry for the pile-ups on Thursday night- it was great to see everybody-even if it was in round robin fashion!  Thank you for your patience and understanding.
It will be in the fifties next week, so be sure that your kiddos wear boots for recess.  This week's rain/snow mix lead to many uncomfortable cold, wet feet in the afternoon classes.
Please review the cell phone/ music machine rules with your child.  Phones have been a problem in the last week.  All students can be contacted during the day by landline, so it is not necessary to carry phones in their pockets.  If your child carries a phone to check in after leaving the school grounds, remind them to keep their phones  safely locked in their lockers.
Have a great 3 day weekend!
Language Arts
(3/1)  Hello again!  This week in Language Arts we finished our  reading and analyzing of Bud, Not Buddy and continued working on our personal narrative essays in class.

Monday, March 5th will be a big day in Language Arts!  First, students will take the unit test for Bud, Not Buddy.  Students are encouraged to review their plot and character charts or their answers to the chapter questions to study for the test.  Additionally, the first draft of the personal narrative essay is due Monday.  Students should use the information in their pink packets to complete their first draft and revise their essay.  Lastly, we will be collecting the Bud, Not Buddy books from students.  Students should bring their books to class so we can record that the books have been returned.

After our big day on Monday, we will begin a new unit focusing on speech and communication.  This should be an exciting and active unit focusing on the communication concepts of speaking, listening, evaluating and identifying facts and opinions.    
Looking forward to next week, 
Mr. Schubert   

March 2, 2012 

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

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


In like a lion, out like a lamb?  Our weather continues to confound us.  Is it winter? Spring?  Did we have summer yet?


The human growth test on Thursday, March 1 showed that students listened and learned about the human body. We now move on to environments.  Vocabulary words for next week include: terrestrial, agriculture, water cycle, and plant cycle.  


No homework this week.  Have a nice long weekend.






March 2, 2012


Unit 6 Decimals on Grids and Number Lines


Essential Questions:

  • How do decimal fractions represent quantities less than one?
  • What is the relationship of decimal fractions to fractions and percents?
  • How do fractions represent division and how, by carrying out that division, can an equivalent decimal be found?
  • What strategies can be used to compare decimals?
  • What relationships can be used to add decimals?


This past week we continued to review fractions and decimals,  by placing them on a number line and listing them in order.  The New packet was handed out on Monday and will be done primaraily in class. 


Homework consists of a half sheet of paper with computation problems one side and is done in class the other side is homework and is due at the beginning of the next math class.  The classwork and homework will entered into my computer via our clicker system which gives me immediate feedback on how the students are doing.  As they demonstrate mastery they will move to the next level of computation.  Right now some students are working on addition and subtraction.  Others are working on two digit multiplication.  By the end of next week some will be working on division.


Students, who scored low on the Unit 4 test, will be retested in a week or so.


Social StudiesSocial Studies


Social Studies News for March 2.

Students have been studying Chapter 8:  Facing Slavery.  Students took a test on Friday.  If they haven't completed it they will have time on Monday.

This next week we will start studying Williamsburg.  Homework will be vocabulary words


Homework: vocabulary: capital, capitol, government, culture, Williamsburg.   



Ms. Fernandez
5th grade  AVID decades of college dreams
students will
learn about
AVID and have the option to apply in early Spring.


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





Field PTA is collecting box tops to raise money for our school! Their goal is to raise $2000 this year to help students and teachers here at Field school.  It's easy and no selling involved! Each box top collected  is worth 10 cents which adds up quickly. Winter break is a great time to have students collect as many box tops as they can! When they come back from break, they can just drop them in the box in the lunchroom labeled "BOX TOPS FOR  FIELD!"  Look for the box top label in your very own kitchen on your cereal boxes, frozen food, snacks or check www.btfe.com/products for a complete list of participating box tops products. We will announce how much money we have raised at the Field School roller skating party in January! Thanks for your help!


 Wendy Wolff

Field School Counselor



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.

Dates to RememberDates to Remember:  
  • April 2-6  Spring Break

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