5th Grade Newsletter - May 9, 2014

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Mary Hill

Teresa Doyle
(Social Studies)

Taunya Kolbinger 
(Language Arts)

Amanda Johnson (Math)
Other 5th Grade

Terry Mazig

Ruth LeMay


Other 5th Grade
B.E.S.T. teachers: 

Tim Jungwirth

(Reading BEST)




Seth Leavitt

(Math BEST)




Field School Site Council

5th Grade Parent Reps






** 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.



Field Community School
4645 Fourth Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55419





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  • May 6-9: Brick by Brick fundraiser
  • May 9: Fifth grade Fun Day
  • May 14:  Environmental Field Trip
  • May 14: Bike Drive

May 9, 2014

Rain,Rain, go away!

Come again another day!


We are finally winding down with the MCA testing.  It is time to get back to 'regular' school!


Our environmental field trip is next week on Wednesday.  This is a rain or shine trip, so please make sure your child is dressed for the weather.  We expect all students to attend this trip as it is part of our environmental curriculum.  Please make sure your child has a signed permission slip.



Fifth Grade 101:

The tests are over for most 5th graders.  We are, however, still in school.  It is still important to be in school, on time,and ready to learn.  Let's make these last weeks count!



We will be going bowling as our final day let's spend time together field trip.  More info will follow.





Smarter than a 5th Grader?


You will be by June!




 The Fifth Grade Team 


This week students read chapters 13 &14. We have reached the climax of the text, and students were shocked to learn that the church bombing was a real event during the Civil Rights Movement. This really helped them connect to their own stories, understanding how an author incorporates facts into a historical fiction story. 
Two check points were to be met this week: Wed: source cards done, begin rough draft, and Fri: rough draft mostly completed. Next Tues. will be the next check point: peer edit. Students should be completely done with the writing of their story and the bibliography. By the end of class Tues. all peer edits should be done. Fri. will be corrections day, and the following Mon. will be when the final draft is due. Please check the calendar on my website for this information. It is crucial students follow and stay on track with the check points. If they are not meeting these check points, they will not receive a grade back by the end of the year on this project.  
I have been noticing that students are starting to get lazy with their work and are "checking out". I have been giving lots of lectures this week as to why it's important to stay motivated these last weeks of school, even though some kids are ready for summer! For ELA, the historical fiction paper is the last big writing assignment. There will also a Watsons final, which will be given towards the end of the year. Please check the parent portal more frequently the rest of this year and keep up with your child's classes. I would love for everyone to end the year on a high note! 
As always, email me with concerns or questions. 
Happy Mother's Day to all you hard working moms! 

 Cheers! Mrs. Kolbinger 

S.P.A.M.: 5/9/2014

 Science promotes academic mastery!


We have completed the science MCAs.  Due to the testing, there is no homework this week.  We have one more experiment in the environments unit, and then, it is MYSTERY UNIT time.  Guesses anyone?


Have a great weekend!



Ms Hill





This week spent a lot of time on dividing decimals. Some students are still struggling with just doing long division. Please, please work on this topic with your child at home if he/she has not mastered it. It will help them greatly in their later years of math! 


The homework completion rate has decreased this week, please check my website and your child's planner to make sure they are doing their homework. Homework is assigned Monday through Thursday and the expectation it returns the following day.


There will be a quiz this coming up Friday on multiplying and dividing decimals. Students should be reviewing Bits and Pieces III investigation 2 and 3 from now until then!


There are still four weeks of school and we have lots to still cover. Students have been showing signs of checked out behavior and I would appreciate it if you could talk to your child about the importance of staying tuned in and focusing up until the last day of school. There will be a final in my class so the information being taught is very important and will help keep students accelerated for next year in math.


Thanks for all your support and have a wonderful weekend.


~Ms. Johnson 

Social Studies

 May 9, 2014


Chapter 14, The Constitution.

 We are learning about how our government was formed.


Please remind your child there is no gum chewing in my classes. This has been honored by most students.  Thanks for your support.


Remember to sign planner weekly. 



Ms. Doyle 

We continue to go through facial tissue at an alarming rate!! Please send us more!!


The Science room  is good for wipes!  Thanks! 


 Ms Doyle's class needs glue sticks!!






Field Families,


wanted to keep you posted about three of our staff members who are out this spring.  Mr. Boler is at home recovering following surgery earlier this month.  He continues to get stronger and hopes to return prior to the end of the year.  In the meantime Lori Norvell continues to keep the pace moving in 7th grade science and interacts with Mr. Boler to make sure she is on track with where he would like students to be.


Mrs. Scheumann has begun her maternity leave and had her baby on Monday, April 28 . We look forward to seeing her back here with her baby girl at the end of the year.  In her absence Kalie Schlick continues to deliver the ELA curriculum that Mrs. Scheumann mapped out for her before leaving.


Special Education teacher Linda Reiner is out on medical leave and will remain out through the end of the year. Marty Johnson, who is a licensed Special Education teacher, has stepped into her position with confidence and is working to follow her schedule for seeing and meeting the needs of her students with as little disruption to the routine as possible.  We are fortunate to have him onboard.


With less than 6 weeks left in the school year I am confident we will end the year on a high note thanks to the group of quality reserve teachers who have stepped in to fill big shoes at Field.


Fondly From Field,

Steve Norlin-Weaver



The Field Bike Drive has been moved to Wednesday May 14! (due to predicted inclement weather)

Donate your extra bike and/or bike parts to help homeless youth in our community! Field student council has coordinated a bike drive to help support our local community service partner, Full Cycle.  If you are cleaning out your garage this spring and have bikes you would like to donate, please bring them in or ride them to school on May 14 and Full Cycle will pick them up from the parking lot. Every bike donated will help Full Cycle accomplish their mission to reduce youth homelessness in our community. Our goal is to collect 100 bikes.


Check out the mission of Full Cycle from the link below:





Brick by Brick! Help us build a school in Guatemala!

Did you know that 57 MILLION children around the world do not have access to an education in their community?

Field Student Council's global act of service this year is to help collect money to build a school in Guatemala.  Every Teacher will receive a cardboard school house "bank" to collect quarters from Tuesday May 6- Friday May 9.  The teacher that collects the most money in their bank  next week will participate in a Mario cart style bike race at 2:15  on Wednesday May 14. Bring in your quarters and contribute to ANY teacher's bank to get them in the race!  $20=1 brick; 500 bricks builds a school!

Below is a video link with more information the Build a school initiative:

(Build a school initiative- 1 minute)) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UiwEp2YTBM


This email was sent to seth.leavitt@mpls.k12.mn.us by mary.hill@mpls.k12.mn.us |  
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