5th Grade Newsletter - March 3, 2017

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Mary Hill

Teresa Doyle
(Social Studies)

Taunya Kolbinger 
(Language Arts)

Amanda Rausch (Math)


Other 5th Grade Advisory Teacher: 

Kim Hotchkiss





March 3, 2017

Fifth Grade 101:

In like a lion, out like a lamb?

Thank you to all of the parents that came out to chaperon our Zoo Field Trip.  It was a great day- and without parents, we would not be able to go to such educational places.  Thanks also to Target for sponsoring our  trip.

Fifth Grade 101:  Independence

Where is your child in their ability to independently complete their homework in a high standard, on time manner?  Fifth graders are usually all over the place.  Some are totally independent, and some still need support. Still insisting on seeing the planner every day is a step towards showing families the student's ability to be more independent in their work.  Please check your child's planner a couple of times a week to make sure your child is still using this important tool.

Smarter than a 5th Grader?
You will be by June!


March 3, 2017
 This week we have learned about the first colonies.  Ask our child about Roanoke, Jamestown, and Plymouth.

We took a college survey to find out what our 5th graders know about colleges.  Have the conversation about what college(s) you have gone to, where it is/was, and how many years it took.  They want to know.

All are welcomed to come see the History Day projects. The theme this year is Taking a Stand.  There are creative students here at Field expressing themselves.

And as always talk about what a  student looks like (respectful, responsible, and ready).  


 Ms. Doyle

This week students read chapters 15-19. Some of the reading is being done at home, therefore, we had two quizzes to check comprehension. If you are noticing "0's" in the grade book for these assignments, know that your child is not doing the reading at home. Please encourage your kid to read at least 100 minutes a week, if they are not doing so yet. Some of this reading should be Tuck Everlasting

A new vocabulary assignment also went out- Ch. 9-22. Students have a choice on how to show their knowledge of the words: x-word puzzle, short story, or comic strip. 

Tues. we had a full homework-work day! Mr. Devine and I have been noticing that students are not finding root words with the correct meaning, and simply using any word with the same letters in it. We reviewed how to approach the root homework, noting the importance of the etymology website linked on my page. We also had kids fix errors from past root assignments for a better grade. 

I am noticing a decline in quality homework being turned in- please review with your child the value of high expectations and growth mindset! Most students have not had to do this much in-depth work with roots, so a growth mindset is crucial. 

Upcoming due dates:

3/2: log reading minutes 
3/8: Ch. 13-22 vocab. (choice options) 
3/27-30: Reading MCA 

My website is a great tool to use in order to keep up on assignments, due dates, standards-based grading info., and other ELA related activities. 

Mrs. Kolbinger 
S.P.A.M.     3/03/17   
(Science Promotes Academic Mastery)

Yes, Ms Hill is back!  I have missed the kids (and the field trip I planned!) 

We have moved on to our Motions, Force and Models unit.  We will look at 'fair experiments,'
force and its relation to our world, and how models can be used to test things too big for a lab.  We will learn about simple machines and how they help with applying force.

We have begun our unit by building standard 37cm swingers, and run our first test using them.  We will continue to test our swingers changing variables one at a time.  Watch out for flying objects!

No homework this week.  Enjoy the 50 degree weather!

Have a great weekend!
Ms. Hill
MATHEMATICS 3.3.17 --------

This week we concluded our Data unit and students took their final tests today. Students will get them back on Monday. Quiz retakes for individual Learning Targets will be on Thursday (3/9) in Advisory. Make sure an Action Plan is filled out.

Next week we will start our first 6th grade unit and check out a text book from the library called Bits and Pieces II. I would encourage students to get a new math notebook and leave their old ones at home for Monday. Starting Monday we will be writing much more in our notebooks and will continue to until June.

Ms. Eftaland will be teaching next week too. 

Enjoy your weekend,
Mrs. Rausch

AVID This Week:
We are working on collaboration- and how we communicate.  It is a long process, but we hope this will increase each child's ability to contribute to team assignments.

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