5th Grade Newsletter - May 30, 2014

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Mary Hill

Teresa Doyle
(Social Studies)

Taunya Kolbinger 
(Language Arts)

Amanda Johnson (Math)
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Terry Mazig

Ruth LeMay


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Tim Jungwirth

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Seth Leavitt

(Math BEST)




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Minneapolis, MN 55419





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  • June 6: Last day Bowling party

May 30, 2014

Greetings to all

As we wind down to the end of the year, there are a few odds and ends that need attention.

-Transportation forms (even for walkers or car riders) must be returned to school so bus routes for 2014 can be formulated

-All media books, magazines, etc. need to be returned

-Text books and books borrowed from teachers need to be returned

If everybody does this BEFORE the last day of school, every staff member will be able to close out their particular area.



Field trip slips for the last day Bowling trip went out last week.  Twenty two students still need to return slips!! The suggested donation is $15.00.  This covers the bus, unlimited bowling, shoe rental, and a pizza/pop snack.  This trip is a great 'see you after summer' get together.  Please turn in your slips/money to Ms Doyle.  Want to chaperon?  Please email Ms Hill.


Fifth Grade 101:

I here by proclaim the Parents of Fifth Grade Students ready for sixth grade!  Fourth grade parents- watch this spot for timely information to help your entire family on next year's fifth grade journey.










Smarter than a 5th Grader?


You will be by June!




 The Fifth Grade Team 


My apologies for not updating my section last week- I was watching my first group of students graduate down in Phoenix! Wow, time flies! 

This week we started our last unit, Shared Inquiry. I love ending the year with this (though we do it a few times during the year) because the students are very engaged in the discussions. There's lots of room for debate and persuasion, so they work hard using evidence from the text to validate their viewpoint. I swear some of these students will end up lawyers with the great points they come up with. 

I will be finishing up grading the Historical Fiction papers this weekend. Periods 1, 2 and most of 5 are done. I will give students until Wednesday to fix any mistakes. 

I am shocked at how fast the year went by! The more I do this, the faster it goes. I have learned so much from this group of 5th graders, and truly enjoyed working with them everyday. Thanks for all the support; it's much appreciated! 


 Cheers! Mrs. Kolbinger 

S.P.A.M.: 5/16/2014

 Science promotes academic mastery!


We continue learning about rotational physics using our yo-yos.  We will have a 'Yo-Off" next week so everyone can show off what they have learned.  We are using our knowledge of potential and kinetic energy as well as the understanding of a fly wheel to direct our yos.  

No homework this week.  We will have quiz retakes on Tuesday.


Ms Hill





This week we started Investigation 5 in Bits and Pieces III. We took Cornell Notes on Friday. Cornell Notes will be allowed to be used for the final on June 5th. 


Next week we will finish Investigation 5 and review for the final test. 


Students should be reviewing Investigations 2-5 knowing they will be concepts on their final test. 


I cannot believe we only have a week left of the school year. The fifth graders have been an absolute joy to teach and I am blown away by their math ability! They are so ready for 6th grade math! :)


Have a wonderful weekend!



~Ms. Johnson 

Social Studies

 May 30, 2014


This week we took a closer look at the first 10 Amendments.  Your children are smart. 


Next week we look at citizenship.  A good topic at the dinner table is where your family is from.  Discuss the different countries and how many generations have been in the states.


Students will need a pencil everyday next week.  Send extras.


Needed for Social Studies:  a 3-prong folder or 3-ring binder (small, 1-2")



Ms. Doyle 



Is there anybody out there that would like to help Ms Hill put together the Aquatic Environments Book?  This is not a huge job- but might take an hour or two.  Email Ms Hill if you are interested!


 Ms Doyle's class needs glue sticks!!






Today, 5th grade students heard a presentation about the AVID program at Field.  Applications are available from classroom teachers, or on the AVID page of our Field website.  There is also a short video on the Field website explaining the program.  We will begin interviews next week.  


Contact Mrs Walker if you have any questions.  heather.walker@mpls.k12.mn.us 




More here later! 


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