5th Grade Newsletter - May 3, 2013

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We had a great time at our Winter Environmental Field Trip to the Richardson Nature Center! 
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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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5th Grade Rocks
Fifth Grade Fun Night

All FIELD FIFTH graders are invited to come to the Fifth Grade Fun Night next
Friday May 10, 2013
 from 2:45-4:30.
Students can purchase a ticket for $2.00 during lunch through Thursday May 9.  We will NOT be selling tickets on Friday May 10 and students will not be allowed to purchase tickets at the door. We are looking forward to a fun evening to celebrate the NEAR completion of their first year here at Field School.  There will be drinks, snacks, games and contests and a karaoke/dance party to top off the evening. 
We still need a few more parent volunteers if you are available or interested, please contact Wendy Wolff at 612.668.3654 or wendy.wolff@mpls.k12.mn.us
More from Wendy Wolff
-Field School Counselor
I hope all of you were able to submit your child's specialist requests online.  I will be meeting with all students this week who did not submit their requests and having them choose their specialists for next year so we can finalize schedules hopefully before the last day of school. 
LASTLY...  Fourth Quarter progress grades will be entered this week and we encourage you to check your child's mid quarter grades on the parent portal.  We have 4 weeks left of school so there is still time for our students to improve their final grade or set a grade goal to work towards. 
-If you have any questions, please contact me and I would be happy to discuss your child's grades.
Contact: Wendy Wolff at 612.668.3654 or wendy.wolff@mpls.k12.mn.us
May 3, 2013 

We are down to our final mid quarter.  Midterm grades will be in place sometime late next week.  Where did the year go?


Welcome to the Hale 4th grade families!  Starting this week, we will include them in our weekly newsletter.  It was fun to see our next year students this week.  


Watch for field trip slips for our final Environmental field trip.  We are in need of chaperones.  If you can help, please email Mr. Usem.


Good luck to Gems/Gise rocketeers this weekend. We will be sending our rockets skyward Saturday (if the weather will let us!)


Not all families have logged on to the Field website to fill out their preferences for specialists for the '13-'14 school year.  Please do this, as the specialists and the counselor need this information to plan for the upcoming year.


Have a great weekend!



 The Fifth Grade Team 

Language Arts


Final Historical Fiction Unit
1. Research and write note cards (DONE)
2. Prewriting (DONE)
3. First Draft (DONE) - Nearly a dozen students in each period have not completed the first draft which was due today. Please make sure your child completes this assignment over the weekend if he/she has not turned it in.  There are specific directions that were given to each student.

4. Second Draft - Students will get their notebooks back on Tuesday or Wednesday along with the directions for the second draft.  There are 3 choices for formatting of the second draft.  Typing will work best for longer stories.  Handwriting or a picture book work best for shorter stories.  Please review the directions with your child when they are sent home.  We will spend May 9 and 10 working on the second draft in class.  THE SECOND DRAFT IS DUE MAY 16.

The action is getting good in Chapters 4 -6 in The Watsons go to Birmingham - 1963.  Byron seems to be getting in more trouble, but is looked up to as the big brother.  We have noticed how the author uses a hook to get us interested, onomatopoeia and simile as well as historical details.

Books are available for check-out in the Media Center for students who will be absent, need more practice or experience with the text, or need to catch up.

Please sign reading logs weekly.

May 3, 2013 

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

 We have completed both the terrarium and water tolerance experiments.  After 9 days our swampy cups of soil, water and seed were quite fragrant!  Not much grew in a 1:1 ratio of soil to water.  A few radishes straggled trough the mud in the 1:1/2 ratio of soil to water.  We also found that in our terrariums, plants with strong roots pushed out smaller plants.  One or two plants dominated the entire terrarium.  We made decisions about whether or not the right amount of water was added to when we began the experiments.  


Next week we will be MCA testing.  We will then begin Aquatic Environments.


No homework this week.





Ms Hill


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May 3, 2013 


This week we finished Unit #5 with a test on Thursday. We handed out the new packets for Unit #8 - "Growth Patterns".


This weekend students should clean out their binders from old materials, and get the binders ready for our new Unit #8.  Old materials should NOT be thrown out, but should be kept in a safe place at home for possible reference later. In some cases, students' math binders lately have been getting very worn, and some probably should be replaced. (Students have been losing a lot of their math pages because of poor organization and broken/worn binders.)

 Measuring height

Also this weekend, students should measure themselves at home and bring their measurements to school in both "inches" and "centimeters". A couple of classes did some measuring in class today, but, even so, I would like students to get some help from their parents in confirming the measurements. We will use these measurements in class on Tuesday, so students should be sure to record them in their math binder.


Students turned in 4 classwork/homework assignments this week. Two of them we had been saving for reference during MCA testing, and turned-in on Monday, and 2 others were turned-in Thursday just before students took their test. I hope to have grades in the Grade-book for these by sometime next week.


    - Mr. Usem


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Access my personal teacher webpage... with resources for students and parents!

Click HERE for Mr. Usem's Webpage

  The webpage lists what classwork we've done in class each day, references students' homework assignments, and has resources with PDF versions of our Unit Packets that can be downloaded and printed as necessary. 


Social StudiesSocial Studies

May 3, 2013


Chapter 16: Manifest Destiny and Settling the West


We will have a test on Chapter 16. Students can study the following:

(1803) Louisiana Purchase for $12 million,

(1819) Florida Acquisition for $5 million, 

(1848) Mexican Cession for $15 million,

(1853) Gadsden Purchase for $10 million.


Ask the student to explain manifest destiny.


Vocabulary words:  territories, Manifest Destiny,  annex, reservation, expedition, defenders, boundary, cession


 Ms Fernandez 


It's Testing Time!


The season is upon us and we're gearing up for Minnesota State assessments in reading, math, and science.

State MCA (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment) testing is an important time, and we want to make that students are able to do their best and truly show what they know.  In order to accomplish this, we ask parents to help make sure that the students are aware of the upcoming testing and that they are physically and mentally prepared to take them seriously

(We let them know all about the tests in school, but reinforcement at home truly helps emphasize the importance of the message).


Parents can help by making sure that students...

  • Get sufficient sleep the might before a test.
  • Have a healthy breakfast each morning of testing.
  • Minimize family/social distractions around testing time.
  • Do practice MCA tests that might be available online or in print, to help hone students' test-taking strategies.
  • Helping students choose books that they are truly interested in reading, to have with them and ready to read if they finish their test before others (this is their only option during testing when they finish).
Our remaining TESTING SCHEDULE is as follows:
  • MAY 7-8-9: MCA Science Tests (Grade 5). These are online tests, and will be administered during students' regularly scheduled science class time... so they might extend over the entire 3 day period to complete.

While nobody loves testing, it is an important part of monitoring student progress and understanding, and just one more piece of the puzzle in helping to provide a strong academic program in our schools. We look forward to having our Field students "show what they know"!

Grade 5 will be going to Richardson Nature Center for spring, "Fun in our environment."

  • Permission slips were sent home with all students this past week. Please ask your student about this permission slip.Richardson Nature Center


Richardson Nature Center

Tuesday, May 14


We will be going in 2 groups, either...

Program at 9:00

(Students who have their A/B/C specialist 

classes during 6th period)


Program at 10:45

(Students who have their A/B/C specialist Hyland Lake Play Area
classes during 3rd period)


 This trip will cost $6 per student, and includes the spring educational experience & bus transportation 

(cash or check made out to "Field School"

If the trip cost presents a hardship for your family, please pay what you are able... we are committed to all students attending this wonderful and exciting educational experience.

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Really.... we do...

Can you help us and spend a fun day with your child?

Chaperone times at the nature center are:

Group #1: 9:00 am-12:00 noon


Group #2: 10:30 am-1:30 pm


Richardson Nature Center trails If you are available to help chaperone our trip 

please contact Mr. Usem as soon as possible


 e-mail:  mark.usem@mpls.k12.mn.us  

or call his voicemail at 612-668-7729.  


Dates to Remember

Dates to Remember 


  • May 6:  NO SCHOOL for students
    (Classification / Staff Development Day)
  • May 7-9: MCA Science Testing (in science classes) 
  • May 10: 5th-Grade FUN NIGHT (2:45-4:30pm)
  • May 14: 5th-Grade Spring Environmental Field Trip (Richardson Nature Center)
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