5th Grade Newsletter - May 31, 2013

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5th grade is a journey, how will you travel? 

We had a great time at our Spring Environmental Field Trip to the Richardson Nature Center! 
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A very special THANK YOU goes out to all of the parent volunteers and chaperones that helped us out on this fun day!

Richardson Nature Center 

Richardson Nature Center 


  Richardson Nature Center 

  Richardson Nature Center

  Richardson Nature Center 

  Richardson Nature Center 

 Hyland Lake Play Area 

 Hyland Lake Play Area 

  Hyland Lake Play Area  

Contact Us
Mary Hill

Teresa Fernandez
(Social Studies)

Susan McNaughton
(Language Arts)

Mark Usem 
Other 5th Grade

Terry Mazig

Ruth LeMay

Jonathan Doten




Other 5th Grade
B.E.S.T. teachers: 

Rick Feuling 
(Math BEST)



Tim Jungwirth

(Reading BEST)





Field School Site Council

5th Grade Parent Reps


Marjorie Grevious




Rich Flint




** Site Council meetings are held the 1st Wednesday of the month from 4:00 - 5:30 and are open to anyone wishing to attend.  If you have a topic to discuss you must be on the agenda prior to the meeting.  Please contact your grade rep. to be added to the agenda.



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4645 Fourth Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55419


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5th Grade Rocks
Dates to Remember

Dates to Remember 




  • June 4: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL -Bowling Field Trip
May 31, 2013 


We survived the last Friday of this school year... and what a year it's been!


It has been a long journey through fifth grade.  We have watched our students grow and mature along the way.  We hope the journey was a good one.  Let's go bowling!



One more exciting Bowling Field trip on Tuesday



... and then on to the sixth grade! 



Smarter than a 5th Grader?


By now you should be able to tell if you're actually

"Smarter than a 5th-grader!"


Have a great and restful summer! 


Read lots and play often!



 The Fifth Grade Team 

Language Arts


Students were studious up to the last minutes today as they read about grizzly bears and looked for facts or generalizations.  I am impressed with the self-direction and ability to study that I have seen in this group.

Students took home stories and portfolios this week.  Many students were surprised to look over writing they have done throughout the year.  It was tough to get an 'A' on the story.  Only 5 stories had editing and literary devices to earn the A.  Overall, there students were able to accomplish the task of synthesizing research and creating a story around it.  Celebrate your child's writing accomplishments this year.  I hope they had fun.Watsons Go To Birmingham 

I gave the test on the Watsons on Wednesday.  It will be ready to return by Monday. 


Thanks for your support during this year.  Enjoy the summer! 


- Ms. McNaughton

May 24, 2013 Microscope

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


Most of us have conquered the energy needed to move our yo-yos away from us and back into our hands.  Many of the students have learned to sleep the yo-yo and even walk the dog.
   Yo-yo girl Yo-yo boy
The big yo-off is on Monday!  Winners get bragging rights!
Have a wonderful summer!!


Ms Hill


Math Logo 1

May 31, 2013 


We finished out the year with a strong performance on our Algebra "growth pattern" unit. Students really did a great job in recognizing patterns, transferring data from table to graph, and being able to use variables in equations to represent those patterns or "rules" that we discovered.


This year has been a good one for our 5th-graders. I have seen tremendous growth in our students' ability to be able to "talk" math... to be able to discuss and expand upon the concepts and ideas with which we were working. While many students could "do" some specific math procedures coming in to 5th-grade, we worked very hard in being able to go beyond mere procedures, and utilized working in cooperative groups to help each other understand the math more deeply, more completely, and to be able to communicate our understanding to others.


Hands Raised -All Class


Thanks to all the parents who have helped their children with their math this year, and helped them begin to develop the study and work skills that will make them successful middle-school students in the coming years. You really have great kids!


Looking forward to a great summer, with lots of new experiences, and further looking forward to seeing everyone back next year as 6th-graders!


    - Mr. Usem


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Social StudiesSocial Studies

May 31, 2013



Don't forget a 3-ring binder or 3-ring binderpronged folder for your "Me Book", they will go home Monday or Tuesday.  



All notebooks should be in for a grade on Chapters 16, 17, 18, & 19.



Thanks for a great year.


Ms Fernandez 

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