5th Grade Newsletter - October 5, 2012

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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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A few pictures from 
our Fort Snelling 
Environmental Field Trip! 
Fort Snelling Entrance Fort Snelling Lake Fort Snelling Crayfish Fort Snelling Canoe Fort Snelling Circle
5th Grade Rocks
October 5, 2012  

The fifth grade is moving toward middle school in their responsibilities and their work quality.  Keep up the good work!


Conferences start next week.  Families will conference with your child's first hour teacher. Conferences last 20 minutes. The last 10 minutes of your thirty minute block of time is to let you speak briefly with the other members of the fifth grade team.  If you need more time with another teacher, use these minutes to set up a time conference with that teacher.


Fifth Grade 101:

If your child's grade is not what you expected, check for missing or late work.  Many times at mid-quarter, a single missed assignment or a low test score can sway the grade WAY over to a low over-all grade.  Plugging the missed work holes and studying for tests can go a long way to improving GPA's 


The Fifth Grade Team

Fort Snelling State Park

Language Arts


It was fun to hear students' ideas for their stories and watch them write this week.  We spent most of the past 3 class periods writing and revising.  Most students know to record their changed on the blank lines of their first drafts.  We will check in first drafts, edit a bit and get right to work on the second draft which will be the graded assignment. 

Students will receive the Guidelines for the second draft and have a look at the rubric on Monday.  We will spend 3 days on the 2nd draft.  What is not finished in class on Wednesday will be homework.  The Folk Tale is due on Monday, October 15.

Please spend some time with your child to revise and edit their work.  Indenting paragraphs, capitals where needed, correct spelling and punctuation are most important.  /span>
October 5, 2012

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

Welcome to the world of Science!  We are Microscopehaving a great year!


Stream tables rock!  That is the word in the science classroom.  We watched as the force of water eroded the land into canyons, rivers, streams, lakes, deltas and bays.  Lots of water = lots of learning.

This week's homework is a Response sheet.  The writing should be in the form of a friendly letter.  Response sheets help me check on your child's understanding of the labs we have completed.  The sheet is due Monday, October 8.

Enjoy the fall colors!

Math Logo 1

Oct 5, 2012


This week was pretty short for math class, as we just spent the last 2 days in the computer lab the MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) Test. For the most part, students seemed to take this fairly seriously, and for that I'm happy. We'll put together the scores next week, and then use that data to help shape our instruction in both regular math class, and our B.E.S.T. classes. 


Multiplying Rabbits
rabbits multiplying

    Next week we'll be learning one more method for multiplication. This new algorithm will be the standard "Old School" way to multiply multi-digit numbers. By the end of the week I hope to test the students on our multiplication skills, and move on to improving students' division strategies and skills.


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I am happy to announce that I NOW have my personal teacher webpage up, which has 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 homework assignments, and also contains any notes particular to that day, so that parents can help their children be successful in math class. Let me know if you think this is a useful tool for you, and any changes or enhancements you might like to see. 


 - Mr. Usem 

Social StudiesSocial Studies


 October 5       


We are using the text book History Alive! America's Past.  There are wonderful chapter reviews to be found at the site (www.historyalive.com)  


This week's vocabulary words are:  Origin stories, migration routes, environments, adapt, goddesses, migration, migrants, big game.  More words next week.


   Remember planner signature for Social Studies.  Review class notes nightly 5-10 minutes or 40 minutes on the weekend.  Sign planner  once a week.  



Ms Fernandez   


Watch this space for upcoming events!








Dates to RememberDates to Remember:
  • Thurs, Oct 11, 3:00-7:00 Conferences
  • Tues, Oct 16, 3:00-7:00 Conferences
  • Wed, Oct. 17, 7:30 am- 3:00 pm Conferences (No school for students)
  • Thurs-Fri, Oct. 18-19: NO SCHOOL (Education MN Teacher's Conference)
  • Thurs, Oct 25 - Picture RE-TAKES day at Field
  • Sun, Nov 4 - Daylight Savings time ends, set clocks BACK one hour!  
  • Thur-Fri, Nov 22-23:  NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
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