5th Grade Newsletter - September 12, 2014

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Mary Hill

Teresa Doyle
(Social Studies)

Taunya Kolbinger 
(Language Arts)

Amanda Johnson (Math)
Other 5th Grade

Terry Mazig


Other 5th Grade
B.E.S.T. teachers: 
 Bev Halverson
(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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Dates to Remember

Dates to Remember



  • September 13: Welcome back roller skating party at Roller Garden, 4:30-6:00p.m
  • Field picture day
  • September 16: Environmental Field Trip
  • September 23: Field Curriculum Night, 6:30p.m. 

September 12, 2014

Happy Weekend!


We are sailing through our first quarter.  In a couple of weeks we begin conferences.  If you do not have a conference scheduled, please call or email your child's first hour teacher.  Conferences are a great way to let us know about your child, and for us to fill you in on grades, planners,etc.  All teachers are present during conferences.  You meet with the first hour teacher for the first 20 minutes. and then you can speak briefly with other teachers.  If you need a more lengthy meeting with a particular teacher, it is a good idea to set up another time to meet.




We are pleased with the number of students that are using their Binders.  We had our first binder check this week.  We will be checking binders weekly.  This should keep the stray papers to a minimum.  We will keep the AVID list of supplies below for a few weeks.


* one spiral notebook for each subject area (ELA, Science, SS, Math)
* one labeled folder for each subject area (ELA, Science, SS, Math)
* 20 sheets of graph paper 
* loose leaf paper (1 ream) 
* planner
* Pencil pouch should have:
       post-it flags 
       highlighters (green, yellow, orage, blue)

Binders will be set up based on class order. Individual teachers will take time to talk about their section in the binder. Specialists will also inform students of their individual class requirements regarding binders. We have not listed requirements above. 

*Hill's BEST will need a separate empty 1/2 binder
*Rausch/Kolbinger/Doyle/Halverson/Leavitt BEST (placed in binder w/ other subjects)


Please let us know if this is a financial struggle for your family.  We will make sure your child has what they need.




Fifth Grade 101:

Are you on the Parent Portal?  This is a great tool for parents to use to help their child keep up with assignments.  The portal is like looking into the teachers' grade books- seeing your child's information. You do not need to check daily- especially early in the school year.  Teachers update their grade books about once every two weeks.  Long assignments such as research projects take a longer time to reach the grade book.  Reading and correcting projects for our large class sizes takes a lot of time.  If you have a question about an assignment, please email your child's teacher.




Field Trip Alert!!!

Our Fall Environmental Field Trip is next Tuesday, September 16.  We go rain or shine- please make sure your child is dressed for the weather.  Dressing in layers is always a good idea.  Your child will need a lunch or will get a bag lunch from the school lunch line.



Your child should have handed you the field trip permission slip.   If not, check their planner or the bottom of their backpack :) .  Please complete the slip and return to Doyle as soon as possible.


We had a huge amount of chaperon volunteers.  Unfortunately, we cannot use all 33 of you!  Ms Hill has made contact with two people from each first hour.  For the rest of you- a big thank you for wanting to help!  We have future trips planned- and we will need chaperons for these excursions.  Thanks again for supporting the fifth grade team.


Have a great weekend.





Smarter than a 5th Grader?


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 The Fifth Grade Team 


This week we have been reading more classic tall tales- "John Henry" and "Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind." "John Henry" was a much more serious story, while "Sally Ann" was fun and humorous. We also compared a folk song by Charlie Parr called "John Henry" to the story we read. Students had a good time listening to the music!

Hopefully you've heard the term SigMo around the house this week. We have begun discussing Significant Moments, or SigMos, of each story. Ask your child about this. You should learn that on the left side of the t-chart is the quote that must include quotation marks and a page number, while the right side is their explanation in their own words. 

Grammar homework (purple sheet) was due today, and a new one was assigned (pink sheet). This week we will be reviewing a basic grammar rule, capitalization, as
many students are not showing they know this rule in their work (gasp!). This assignment will be due 9/19. Watch for grades to be updated by the end of next week. If any student chooses to redo any assignment, they must complete the "Student Retake Action Plan" form in order to improve any grade. This is part of the SBG system we are piloting.  

Please be sure to check out the website for updated information, scheduling, and assignments! 

 Cheers! Mrs. Kolbinger 


S.P.A.M.: 9/12/2014

 Science promotes academic mastery!


We are flying through our first units!  We have finished our measurement stations and are now up to our elbows in race tracks and ball bearings.  Tracks and Balls is short but fun way to learn how to conduct a simple experiment, gather data, and use graphs to show results.  We are using words such as potential energy, kinetic energy, slope, acceleration and deceleration.  You will find the corresponding standards by looking at your child's planner for the standard number and comparing them with the 'Year at a Glance' sheet.


Homework this week: 10 signs in Nature that show us we are soon to enter Fall!  This can be a list or bullet points.  Decoration adds to the fun- but please no leaves, sticks or mud, and no markers!  This is due Monday, 9/15.


Ms Hill and Mr. Brinkman






This week we finished our first fifth grade math unit on Number Operations. Students took a quiz worth ten points today, please check the parent or student portal to see the results. 


Students will get their quizzes back on Monday and they can leave them at home or in their binders unless they are planning on retaking the quiz. If your child is planning to re take the quiz please follow the retake requirements outlined in my syllabus.

(I have a copy of my syllabus attached on my website.)


On Monday, we will dive into the second unit, Rational Numbers. This unit's learning targets involve adding, subtracting, estimating, simplifying and understanding fractions and decimals.


There will not be a math book for this unit because it is still being printed. There will be daily worksheets until the district finishes printing all of the workbooks.


Please continue using my website for homework assignments, especially absences. I will be attaching PDFs for this unit on my website until books are ready to go! 


Thank you for all your support and have a wonderful weekend.


~Mrs. Rausch 

Social Studies

 September 12, 2014 


 Spelling test: Monday, September 15: globe, map, continents, oceans, location.



Thanks, for all of your support.  


Remember to sign planner weekly. I am so happy to see so many of the planners being signed.  I have been doing a happy dance almost every hour.


Homework:  This week it is a geography review.  They may try doing the paper as recall, then use their notebook, they could even consult an Atlas or computer.  Thanks.


A geography test will come up in two weeks, the week of Sept 22.  Keep reviewing vocabulary.  



Ms. Doyle 

AVID This Week



Welcome to AVID! The Fifth Grade Team is excited to be part of the AVID family at Field.


We have completed the District required AVID pretests, and are now ready to move ahead with AVID skills such as Marking the Text for Deeper Meaning, and Two Column Note Taking. We will have more information for you at Field Curriculum Night. Also, watch the Fifth Grade Newsletter for information about the skills we are teaching.





The Science room needs clean empty 2 liter bottles for an upcoming unit.


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