5th Grade Newsletter - September 21, 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.



Field Community School
4645 Fourth Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55419

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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
September 21, 2012 
Is fall finally here?

Cooler weather has made classrooms more comfortable.  No more competing with the whirring of 3 or 4 fans in each room!

Mid quarter grades will be out soon.  It is hard to believe we have been in class long enough to be half way through the first quarter.  We use mid quarter grades as a way for students and parents to find out where your child is excelling and where they may need a bit of help.  If you are not yet on the parent portal, please sign up for this important tool.  You can track your child's progress and catch little problems before they become unwieldy. Parents of students with 'D' or 'F' grades wil be sent a paper copy of the mid quarter grades. 
We have conferences coming up. 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.  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:
Planners are used in every class, whether to record homework or important learning experiences.  Planners are also a way that parents can keep track of what is going on in the school day.  Ever hear "nothing" when your child is asked what they did in school?  Make looking at the planner with your child every day part of your family evening routine.                                  

Fort Snelling State Park

The Fifth Grade Team

Language Arts


Planners are an important tool for 5th graders to learn to use!  Help them remember to have the Reading Log signed in the planner.  They must have a title, pages read and parent signature to get credit.

This week we read myths.  Arachne, Echo and Narcissus came to tragic ends with clever explanations.

Next week we will explore fables and the morals they teach.  Soon students will start writing folktales of their own.  Ask your child if she/he will write a tall tale, fairy tale, myth or fable.  The Quarter Project assignment will be going home sometime next week.  A full page handout will describe the assignment and give the due date.

The week will end with MAP Reading test during Language Arts classes.  As always, a good night of sleep, breakfast and a positive attitude will support success. 
September 21, 2012

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

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


We have had a rollicking good time with our Tracks and Balls unit.  We used our knowledge of energy to make ball bearings and little cars 'Loop the Loop' and 'Jump the Gap.'

Study guides went home Thursday, September 20th.  The guide needs to be returned on Monday.  We will have a quiz on the Tracks and Balls unit on Monday, September 24.

Our next unit is Landforms.

Math Logo 1

Sept 21, 2012


Another great week in math class... I can't believe how fast they're coming and going!


We had our first formal quiz in math today on Unit 1, section 1. Students were demonstrating for me what they know about factors and multiples. After the quiz, students were given a worksheet from a series called "Math with Pizzazz", that reinforces specific targeted math skills through puzzles and riddles. These worksheets are somewhat unique, in that they become somewhat self-correcting as students solve the riddles. Students can complete this worksheet puzzle on the concept of "G.C.F." for extra credit; it is due on Monday (Sept 24) to receive extra-credit.


Now that we've had a few assignments, and the quiz, I'm hoping to get these graded and into the the gradebook after this weekend. I've been spending so much time getting up and going this fall, that I'm sorry to say my input into the gradebook and the Parent Portal has suffered a bit.  My goal is to get everything updated for midterms and then hope to maintain things and keep them much more current.


For most students, the 3-ring math binders seem to be working well.  I'm continuing to mention this, because we still have a few students who are struggling in keeping these together and organized. Since they were able to use their math binders during today's quiz, the students found out that keeping it up and well-organized really paid off! I'm trying to teach the students that this math binder is not just a lace to store papers, but can become a tremendous resource for them if they take the time and effort to maintain them... and it DOES take both TIME and EFFORT.


I am still working on trying to find enough time to get my personal webpage up, and still 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 continue to keep you posted with the progress.


 - Mr. Usem


Social StudiesSocial Studies


 September 21     


Students should have all 27 vocabulary words (globe, oceans, continents, map, location, cartographer, symbol, legend, labels, physical map, relief, political map, atlas, distance scale, directions, cardinal directions, compass rose, intermediate directions, grid system, map index, latitude, parallels, equator, hemisphere, longitude, meridians, prime meridian ) Students should be memorizing these words.  Students have received flash cards to printing vocabulary word on one side and definition on the other.  This will aid studying. 

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


TEST on geography Wednesday, September 28.


Homework:  Memory page for September.  Due Friday, September 28.  (Get creative.)



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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