5th Grade Newsletter - May 11, 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
May 11, 2012
Ah, spring!  Beautiful days, restless kids!  We have had a bit of a problem convincing some of our students that we have half of a quarter left.  We are given daily (and sometimes hourly,) countdowns til the last day of school.  We plan on teaching up until the last minute- so students need to be ready to learn until they get on the bus on June 5.  

Summer school invitations have been sent to families of students based on MCA/MAP test scores.  This is an opportunity for students who have a need to make additional progress in reading and math as well as have some fun in specialist classes. Summer school is free, and available to all MPS students. This is an opportunity, not a requirement.  The lists are generated by the district and tracked by the school of enrollment.  

Thank you to the PTA for hosting the book fair!

Thank you to the student council for putting together the Fifth Grade Fun Day.  The tickets were very affordable and they had lots of fun activities for our students.

Have a great weekend!

Language Arts


Note cards for our historical fiction project were turned in yesterday.  This is my favorite project of the year.  Students learn about so many interesting things: pirate ships, the founding of Nike, their own ancestors, spies and a flu epidemic, etc.  I will return the note cards on Tuesday and we will begin writing the first drafts of our stories. First drafts are due Friday, May 11. Some of the writing will be done as homework.

The Watsons go to Birmingham 1963 is filled with references that reveal the setting - a 1948 Plymouth, the icebox, 'conk' hairstyles and boots that fit over shoes.  Encourage your child to look for these items in the novel and to try adding objects and ideas of the times to their own stories.

 I am putting a big emphasis on reading logs this quarter.  They are the biggest homework assignment I give.  Students need to read every week and have the log signed in their planners for credit.  The points accumulate during the quarter and are reported at the end.  100 points is significant and can drop a grade if under 60 points are earned.  Please look at your child's planner to see that something in recorded for every class every day and sign for the reading your child does at home. 

 May 11, 2012 

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

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


The fifth grade is classifying up a storm!  We are learning how scientists determine how to give a newly found organism a name and a place in the science world.  We have covered Kingdom, (not to be confused with MS Hill's Queendom of Science!) and Phylum or Division.  Kingdoms are huge categories. The next step towards identification is the phylum or division.  We will learn about the next steps during the upcoming week.


The scores for this week's homework and chocolate test are posted on the parent/student portal.  The mid-quarter grade includes these two scores.  Home work turned in after Wednesday may not have been recorded until AFTER the mid-quarter grades were posted.  Use the Parent/Student portals to find out the latest and greatest in the progress department.


If the weather cooperates next week, we will test fly our weather balloons and Anasonde devices.  Stay tuned for the latest weather information from 5th grade!


This week's homework:  List at least 10 organisms in your environment.  Try to get as many kinds of organisms as you are able! (no lists with only humans, or dogs, or cats or any one kind of organism!) 




May 11, 2012


This past week was taken up with the MCA tests.  Next week we will begin working on three very different projects.


The first project is Unit Nine Packet "How Long Can You Stand on One Foot.  Most of this Packet will be done as a team at school.  Homework for this weekend is page 3 and 4 were the students will see how long adults can stand on one foot.  On Monday we will organize and study the data we find.


The second project is to develop a presentation on Google Sketch Up.  Students will need to use the "Help" section of this program to make a good presentation.


The third project that will culminate the last week of school is the annual Fifth Grade Math Carnival.  More information to come.


If you can join us on our Field Trip May 22nd or May 24th, please send me an email.  Because of the Orchestra concert on the 24th, all of the Orchestra students will be going on the 22nd.  The bus should be leaving Field about 8:30 and returning about 12:00.  We will eat lunch at school.  You should expect two e-mails from me.  The first one will acknowledge your e-mail and the second sometime on the weekend of the 19th and 20th.


Thank you to everyone that has helped makes our trips so successful.








Social StudiesSocial Studies


 May 11, 2012  

We had our test on Chapter 13.  I am hoping to get the test back to students this next week.  If you aren't satisfied with the grade your child is getting, ask them where their notes are and study them together.  There are students who are getting low grades because note books are  getting thrown away before grading. Please keep notes for a  month after the marking period.  Then we can safely correct any errors.

   We have two more themes to cover yet this year.  Manifest Destiny and Civil War.  I can't tech one without the other.


Thanks for the glue sticks!!!   

Ms. Fernandez

  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.
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).


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!!



Wendy Wolff

Field School Counselor



  • SAVE the DATE! 
    All 5th grade Field students are cordially invited to the 
    5th grade FUN night after school 
    Friday May 11, 2012 from 2:40- 4:30 p.m. 
    in the Field Commons.
    Student Council is planning some fun games and activities for students to celebrate a successful first year at Field! We will have snacks and drinks and prizes so we hope everyone will be able to attend!
    Parents- watch for a flyer that will be coming home with your child next week!


We are already halfway through 4th quarter! Midquarter progress grades will be mailed to all students on Friday May 11, 2012.  Middle School is  the time for students to continue taking more responsibility for their grades and homework. If your child is struggling or confused about their grades or assignments, encourage them to talk with their teacher or counselor so they can get the help they need before final grades are submitted in June.  


Choice sheets will be sent home with students at the end of May for you to help your child select their specialist classes for next year.  Although this is later than usual, it will allow students who are participating in musical auditions the weeks of May 14 and 21 to make appropriate class selections. We are fortunate to have such an amazing variety of choices and fabulous specialist teachers! Stay tuned for more information and feel free to call me with any questions once you have a chance to look at the specialist classes.

Wendy Wolff

Field School Counselor




Dates to RememberDates to Remember: 
  • May 22 and 24  Spring Environmental trips
  • June 5 End of the Year Bowling 



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