5th Grade Newsletter - September 15, 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





September 15, 2017

Mid September Heat Wave
I am sure you already know how hot it is outside- there will be no jokes following.  But, feel free to make your own!  At work!  At home!

Our students are acting like they have been fifth graders for ever.  There is still a question here or there,("Is it teal or black?") but it feels like we are all systems go!

See information below for the upcoming Mid Quarter reports.

Don't forget curriculum night on September 19.

Fifth grade 101:
Can you believe that it is almost the middle of quarter 1?  You will see a mid quarter grade for all of your student's classes.  This is a moving target, not a firm grade.  Treat this like a snapshot- a moment in time.  You will find the mid quarter grades in the parent portal in the next couple of weeks.

Smarter than a 5th Grader?
You will be by June!


Welcome to 5th Grade.

Keep on reviewing vocabulary words and definitions.  We are up to 13 words.  Study on the night we have dance.

Parents/Guardians, please review and sign the planner  weekly.  

We had our first spelling test worth 10 points.Students who remembered proper nouns did very good on the test, students that forgot which words were not proper nouns and capitalized  all the words got 3 points off.

On September 11 we learned the Merengue and added the Foxtrot on Wednesday all while learning 
 team work, elegance, and respect.

Picture Day is Monday, September 18.  Money can be turned in to me, or you can order on line.


 Ms. Doyle


Students have been diving into different tall tales this week. So far we've covered "Bess Call," "Paul Bunyan,"and "John Henry." With these tall tales I am doing formative assessments on whether or not kids are able to identify main idea, analyze tall tale elements from the stories, and checking fluency. We have practiced analyzing the elements twice, and I am now looking to see that they can do it independently. 

We also took the FAST reading test this week- a short 30 question snapshot of each child's comprehension level. This information will be shared with you at conferences. 

Please check the portal! I will be updating it frequently the next few weeks with grammar homework, along with the classwork we've been doing. 

Next week we will read one more tale, "Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind," and introduce the business poster project. 

Due Dates:

Ending sentence punctuation grammar: 9/22
Sept. reading log: 9/29

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 & Ms. Millin
Science Grade 5! (9/15/17)
We have built environments for mealworms and are tracking their progress through their life stages.  We have also explored what they need from us to live and grow.  

A homework sheet was sent out Thursday.  We spent a lot of time going over the directions and the expectations for this assignment.  We also looked at an example of "A" work.  The assignment is due on Thursday, September 21.

Do you have a once used but now empty 20 gallon long tank?  The Zoo is in need of one.  Please email me if you have one.  Please do not just bring it to school- I only need one!

Ms. Hill
MATHEMATICS 9.15.17 --------
This week we completed Unit 1, Number Operations. Students took a test today on three Learning Targets.

- I can multiply multi-digit numbers.
- I can divide multi-digit numbers.
- I can solve multiplication and division story problems. 

Students will get their test back on Monday. In the meantime. grades are up on the portal.

On Monday, students will take an optional pre test on Rational Numbers before we start the unit. Students that show mastery on ALL the Learning Targets will be challenged in class on an extension activity during the unit. 

Flashcards, Flashcards, Flashcards!! Some students do not know their multiplication facts. The sooner they know them, the easier the year will be! 

Students have been doing a great job at getting their daily homework turned in! Way to go!

Have a great weekend! 

Thanks for your support.
Mrs. Rausch & Mr. Saindon

AVID This Week

What are two column notes?  These are a 5th grade level stepping stone toward Cornell Notes that are used in middle school, high school and many colleges.  We are beginning our journey toward being ready for grades 6-8 and beyond.

Students completed two and three column note in core classes.
What skills do you need to collaborate?  We will be working on these skills as a focus in our classrooms.

(Gay Straight Alliance)

Mrs. Kolbinger is one of the advisors for GSA. GSA will meet after school once a month with 5th-8th grade. 

Our first meeting is Sept. 18th! Can't wait to see you there:) 

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