5th Grade Newsletter - September 14, 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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4645 Fourth Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55419

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A few pictures from our Fort Snelling Evironmental Field Trip! 
Fort Snelling Entrance Fort Snelling Lake Fort Snelling Crayfish Fort Snelling Canoe Fort Snelling Circle
5th Grade Rocks
September 14, 2012 
It was great to have another full week with our students.  It seems as all students are catching on to routines and schedules.  The fifth-graders are having a super start to their Journey.  How is your child traveling?
Thank you to all of the parents that came out to help with our fall environmental field trip.  Our students participated in community building games, nature hikes, orienteering, and canoeing.  The huge canoes they used held 10 people- and that required lots of paddling to move!  Lots of fun- lots or learning.  We couldn't have asked for a better day: Sunny and seventy!
Picture day is Monday.  The students will get their picture taken during their social studies class.  All students get their picture taken whether or not you choose to buy the pictures.  These pictures are used in making the yearbook.
We have conferences coming up in October 11th and 16th are evening conferences. We have daytime conferences on October 17th.  Parents should sign up with their child's first hour teacher.  The conferences are 20 minutes long, and there is a 10 minute time between each conference in which you may be able to talk with other 5th grade teachers. 
GEMS forms were handed out in science classes on Thursday and Friday.  Ms Hill is the GEMS coach.  Please return them as soon as possible.  We look at returning GEMS and then we will know how many spots we have open for new girls.  GISE has not yet been scheduled.  They have posted the position of GISE coach, but that is as much as we know.  Forms for GISE will be handed out as soon as we know anything. 
Fifth grade 101:
By now, students should have identified which materials (notebook,  3 ring binder, etc.) are needed for each class.  It is important to ask your child if they have what they need.  Having the proper tools makes learning easier.  Everybody needs to have a sharpened pencil for all core classes and some specialists.                                   

Fort Snelling State Park

The Fifth Grade Team

Language Arts


Our focus on fairy tales this week led us through 2 Cinderella stories.  Students made a facebook posting for one of the characters in "In the Land of Small Dragon."  Many students still need to finish them so I will give them some time on Monday.

We will read myths next week. I'm looking forward to seeing how students compare them to tall tales and fairy tales.

I am noticing lots of students do not have their Reading Logs complete.  We need help from parents on this homework.  Please see the purple slip in your child's planner which explains the assignment, encourage reading at home, and sign the reading log in the planner after your child has recorded his/her reading.  Students can get credit Monday for the 9/14 reading log as we did not take the time today to get all scores recorded.  This is an important assignment that will not be posted on grades until the end of the quarter.

MAP for reading will be administered on September 27 and 28 during Language Arts classes.

We had a great field trip on Thursday! Thanks to chaperones. 
September 14, 2012

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

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


Tracks and slopes and ball bearings- oh my!  We have begun the physics unit, Tracks and Balls.  Using Hot Wheels tracks (remember, tools, not toys) and ball bearings we experiment with slope, drop point, kinetic and potential energy, and using our tracks to control the amount of energy needed to complete a task.  This unit will last for 3-4 more school days, and then we will review our 1st three units.

This week's homework is a fun sheet that explores some of the folk lore around weather prediction.  Students are to ask someone older if they know if the statements are true or false.  I am not interested in students researching the predictors, the intent is for child and adult to talk about ways people used to forecast weather.  We will go over them on Monday September 17th, and then your child will have the correct answers to show you! 

Math Logo 1

Sept 14, 2012


What a great week we've had this week. All students received their math packets for Unit 1 -"Number Puzzles and Multiple Towers" to put into their binders. The packets were 3-hole punched, so they can access pages as necessary. Many students who have tried to use their large "trapper Keeper" binders to keep everything together, have found that that they get very cumbersome, and that pages from their packet tend to tear out. (They may need a supply of little circle reinforcements for these torn pages!) I am still recommending that all students use a 1" binder dedicated just for math, in order to help them stay more organized. 


Although not every homework assignment will be graded, this week students turned in their first homework assignments that will be graded.


As I will be out of school on Monday and Tuesday next week to celebrate Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year), students were given a homework assignment today (pages 13 and 15 in their packet) that is DUE next Wednesday. Assignments with their substitute on these days will be done in class, and handed in each day.


Most students have started to hit their rhythm, and are working hard in class, starting with warmups as they first sit down (then placing them in their appropriate section) and working well together in their table groups. 


I am currently working on trying to get my personal webpage up, and hope to have this done within the next week or so, which will have resources for students and parents. I am hoping to have the webpage list what we've done in class, and also reference homework assignments, so that parents can help their children be successful in math class. I'll keep you posted with the progress.


 - Mr. Usem


Social StudiesSocial Studies


 September 14    


We have more vocabulary words (globe, oceans, continents, map, location, cartographer, symbol, legend, labels, physical map, relief, political map, atlas, distance scale) Students should be memorizing these words.

 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:
  • MONDAY, September 17 -PICTURE DAY at Field
  • 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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