5th Grade Newsletter - May 5, 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 5, 2017

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.

5th Grade Fun Night! 

Friday May 12th from 2:35-4:00 is fifth grade fun night, hosted by the 6th-8th grade student council members at Field School! Tickets will be sold at lunch for $2 each. Come have a fun time with activities like, outdoor sports, gym activities, dancing and face painting! Snacks will be provided. 
- Student council

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 

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May 5, 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. 

I am still collecting and grading notebooks for Chapter 8.  If I don't get their notebook it is marked "Missing" and that equals a zero.


 Ms. Doyle


This week we've been busy, busy, busy with research! 

On Monday we read Ch. 5 in NTS and students were to complete a 5 key term summary in their notebooks. This was graded on Tues. Please check the portal to see if your child turned that in. If not, they still need to get that to me. 

Tues.-Fri. students took notes from books and online databases on their topics. Kids are learning really interesting facts about their event/person, and will start thinking about how they will use those facts in a story. They will need to create of a character they want to experience the event, and what facts will work best in the story, as not all facts need to be used. All notecards were due today. They needed 10-18 source cards from 3 different sources, 2 websites and 1 book. 

As a reminder, students should be coming to class will all supplies- binders, notebooks, pencils, choice books- everyday. We will be working on ELA content until June 13th, the second to last day of school. Some students are forgetting these expectations. 

Due Dates:
5/5: research due 
5/10: brainstorm due 
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 and Mr. Devine
S.P.A.M.    5/5/17   
(Science Promotes Academic Mastery)

Props to the gems and gise that competed in last week's tournament!  Field was well represented!

What a great Friday!  We spent the day presenting Rube Goldberg projects.  I was impressed with the students' imagination and building skills.  Great Job Fifth Grade!  If your child did not complete this assignment, you can find the directions on my web page.  Rube would be proud!

We will be learning about wild birds and their passage through and around Minnesota.  We will do whole class and small group work that culminates in the Flying Wild event.  

Spend time enjoying the super weather!

Have a great weekend!
Ms. Hill
MATHEMATICS 5.5.17 --------

This week we finished Bits and Pieces II and took a quiz on dividing fractions. Students will get their quiz back on Monday. Quiz retakes for Dividing Fractions will be on Thursday (5/11) during Advisory and an action plan is required.

On Monday, we will be going to the library to return BP II and check out BP III. Students that lost their BP II book need to bring $10 to check out BP III.

Students are starting to slip in the homework department. Please double check by using my website or your child's planner to make sure they are doing their daily math homework. I enter grades daily so looking at the portal will show you if your child is turning in their homework or not.

Ms. Efteland's last day student teaching with us was today. Students made and signed a big card for her. She will be missed!

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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