5th Grade Newsletter - May 12, 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





May 12, 2017

Happy Sunshine!

Warm Weather!  We hope you enjoy the lovely weekend.

Today is Fifth Grade Fun Day.  We know that this is a great bunch of activities just for our kids!  We could not have picked a better day.

Flying Wild!
Join the 5th grade for a fun night of everything wild birds!  May 23rd, 5:00-7:00p.m. in the Field gym.  We still need adult volunteers.  Email Ms Hill!

Please leave toys at home!  
Cell phones are not allowed to be out of lockers during the school day!  We have quite a few repeat offenders that have had objects confiscated. We are still seeing toys (sometimes called fidgits) with children that do not have an IEP or 504 plan that says they can use them.  
GSA Information:
What resources does MPS provide?
Check out the Office of Student, Family, and Community Engagement at osfce.mpls.k12.mn.us 

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


May 12, 2017

This week we are looking at the stories behind "No taxation without representation!" Patrick Henry.

We also know a little about King George III and his royal subjects.

Spoiler alert: The Revolution is on its way.  We will listen to Alexander Hamilton, the musical.

I have implemented a new way for students to earn a point for being responsible, respectful, and ready.  Each day students will get 1 point, if they are not being
responsible, respectful, and ready. Otherwise they earn a zero, this will be recorded nightly on the portal.  This way you can monitor your child's behavior. 

Test on Chapter 7: Differences Divide on Monday, May 15.

On Friday, we are taking the written review.  Students should be able to finish in the classroom with the time we have together.  There is a rubric so students can gauge their own grade.


 Ms. Doyle


This week kids worked on adding information to their character charts. We can learn more about what makes a character tick by analyzing what they think, say, do, and what others say about them. At this point students should have up to 6 boxes filled out. 

We also finished up brainstorming ideas about plot and character for the historical fiction story. The brainstorm was due Tues., and some kids are still not done with that, or research! This will put them seriously behind. Please check the portal to see if your child has turned in those items. Next week we will be working on the rough draft! 

Phone calls will be made in class if a student needs more than two redirects for basic expectations. Academics will be our main focus until the end of the year, including a final on the second to last day of school. Remind your kid of the importance of staying focused and following basic Field expectations:) Thanks for your support on this! 

This was Mr. Devine's last week. The kids were sad to see him go as he was a great asset to our classroom!

Due Dates:
5/19: rough draft due 
5/26: final draft due 

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
May 12, 2017

Chirp Chirp Cheep!

We are learning about our winged friends. How are birds used as symbols?  Why do some birds have different beaks and feet?  What does 'early bird gets the worm' really mean?  

Are students are in groups working on booths for the Flying Wild event on May 23rd, from 5-7p.m.

Have a great weekend!

Have a great weekend!
Ms. Hill
MATHEMATICS 5.12.17 --------

This week we dove into Bits and Pieces III and completed Investigation one on adding and subtracting decimals in story problems. Next week we will cover Investigation 2 on multipling decimals in story problems.

Next Friday (5/19) we will have a quiz on Investigations 1 and 2. The quiz will be all story problems and students will need to identify which operation(s) are needed to solve them.

Some students are starting to slip on their behavior choices in class. If your child needs 2 or more redirects in one class period on basic classroom expectations I am going to have him/her call home during class. Please remind your child the importance of ending the year strong and following directions. We will be doing math until the last day of school and it is important students are comprehending the content to prepare them for sixth grade.

Thanks for your support.
Mrs. Rausch

AVID This Week:
How do you make sure everyone feels part of a collaborative group?  Do people feel 'invited in?'  Some students are choosing to do the Science Home Project in a small group.  This is an excellent opportunity to give each participant a role.  

If groups are having problems, see Ms Hill sooner than later.  We can work together to make this a great collaboration for all group members.

Mrs. Kolbinger is advising the 5th/6th GSA. This week's GSA meeting we discussed how it felt to advocate for safe spaces at Field, and students shared their experiences. Every adult that was approached wanted a sign! We started brainstorming ideas for an end-of-the-year GSA party with the 7th and 8th graders. More on that to come. 
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