5th Grade Newsletter - September 30, 2016

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Mary Hill

Teresa Doyle
(Social Studies)

Taunya Kolbinger 
(Language Arts)

Amanda Rausch (Math)

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Kim Hotchkiss

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Field Community School
4645 Fourth Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55419





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Dates to Remember


  • GEMS and GiseRegistration forms are in Ms Hill's room.  You can also register online through the Field School Website
  • OCT 13: Conferences 
  • (3:30-7:30pm)
  • OCT 18:Conferences 
  • (3:30-7:30pm)
  • OCT 19:NO SCHOOL - Conferences 
  • (7:30am-12:00noon)
  • OCT 20-21:NO SCHOOL -Education MN Teacher's Convention ("MEA break")
  • NOV 2:  End of 1st quarter
  • NOV 3-4:NO SCHOOL - Teacher professional development and record-keeping
  • NOV 7:  Beginning of 2nd quarter

September 30,2016


September 30, 2016


Fifth Grade 101:
Homework frustration!  Many kids get overwhelmed with homework.  By now, they should see a pattern in when homework is assigned.  Sit down with your child and schedule times to complete homework for each class.  After a few months, your child may be ready to do this themselves.  Other students take longer to achieve this independence.  By scheduling time, your child will be less stressed and more organized!

Smarter than a 5th Grader?
You will be by June!
 The Fifth Grade Team 
September 30, 2016

 Social Studies has been exciting. Students have asked really good questions, so please go over the course syllabus with you child.

Spelling tests can be re-taken if the student scores less than a 6.  They can do this right after 3rd hour and before lunch. 
There will not be a re-take available for the geography test.  For all the answers to the test are in their notes.  Please check their notes from class, if they are missing sections or you can't read it, let me know and I will send you a copy of the notes for you to study with the student.

This week we have learned map activities 4 & 5, distance scale and directions.  Which means more vocabulary terms, please help the student study them.  There are 18 words now.
We have started to learn respect and manners while dancing. Please review what this looks and sounds like with your child.  They can show you the Merengue, the Foxtrot and the Rumba. Encourage them to practice at home.

Next week we will continue map skills, and learning the Salsa.  We can hardly wait to show you all of our dances, the date hasn't been set yet but it will be in December during the school day.

Remember to sign the planner once a week.  This is our way of communicating.  I look forward to getting 100%.

Please contact your child's first hour teacher for a conference time.

 Ms Doyle


This week kids have been working hard MAP testing. Most results are in. I will be doing some goal setting around different reading goals, and getting the kids to think about how they can grow as readers. The secret is, read, read, read! There are no short cuts or cheats; the only way to become a better reader is to read:) I will also be providing a print out of these results at conferences. Remember, it's just one small snapshot! 

We also have been working on creating our tall tale business posters. I am eager to see how all the final drafts turn out. There are a lot of creative ideas out there! 

Logging minutes has been quite the headache this year! Once again, I am working out tech issues with Scholastic. I would like students to continue to log minutes on the paper log until it gets worked out. I am determined to get this solved! 

Upcoming due dates:
9/30: grammar quotation homework 
10/4: tall tale business poster
10/7: commas I grammar homework

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 

S.P.A.M.     9/30/16   SCIENCE

(Science Promotes Academic Mastery)



Ms Hill has been out due to a fall.  She misses the students something terrible.  More science news next week.

You should have seen a syllabus for the first semester as well as 'Year at a Glance' (YAG) for 5th grade science.  These do not need to be returned.  They make great fridge covers- and you will be up to date on what we are doing in the science classroom.

Homework this week:
Design an island that has your optimum environment.  Include both needs and wants.  The island must contain needs, but the wants can be fanciful.  Due Tuesday, September 27.

GEMS/GISE has started on  Tuesday and Thursday, immediately after school.  Have your child attend on the day or days you indicated on your application.  All students that applied have been accepted.

Have a great weekend!
Ms Hill




This week students started Unit 2: Rational Numbers.  Our focus was equivalent fractions where students learned a multiplication rule to find an infinite amount of equivalent fractions. 
Students also took their first retakes and will receive those next week. 
Next week, we will focus on comparing rational numbers and locating them on a number line. 
Erin Lindsay and Amanda Rausch


Exploring the Graphic Novel
This week we moved on to cyclops and Eastern dragons for drawing practice. We are now about half way done with The Nameless City. Ask your child if they can identify 5+ graphic novel elements! 

Field Forensics
Chromatography is the word of the week!  How do police use chromatography to solve crimes?  We find out as we use lab experiments to uncover the science of ink.

Greek Geography, History, and Mythology
Students may use a small (1") 3 ring binder for holding their papers.

National Geographic - Math Behind the Science
The first book we will explore is Decoding Data.  Collecting data is a big part of Science.  Math can help make sense of the data scientists collect. Students will collect data and use it to draw conclusions and make comparisons, and make some predictions, too!

Welcome, 2016-17 School Partners!
This week over 600 fifth-graders in 26 classrooms in 10 Twin Cities schools start Dancing Classrooms, as Heart of Dance launches the second year of this fast-growing program in Minnesota. We are delighted to welcome five returning schools and five new schools to this 10-week in-school residency:

Returning Schools
Athlos Leadership Academy, Brooklyn Park
Benjamin E. Mays IB World School, St. Paul
Four Seasons A+ Elementary School, St. Paul
Friendship Academy of the Arts, Minneapolis
Stonebridge World School, Minneapolis

New Schools
Excell Academy for Higher Learning, Brooklyn Park
Field School, Minneapolis
LIFE Prep School, St. Paul
LoveWorks Academy for Visual and Performing Arts, Golden Valley
Linwood Monroe Arts Plus, St. Paul

New York-trained Teaching Artists teach students the Merengue, Tango, Rumba, Foxtrot, Waltz, Swing and other dances twice per week. They help classroom teachers coordinate dances with other subjects, like writing essays, researching cultural origins, learning math fractions, or creating art projects.

Survey Results are In!

Surveys from the 2015-2016 school year show strong results and support for Dancing Classrooms from our Twin Cities parents and educators:

81% of PARENTS saw increased self-esteem in their child  

9 of 10 TEACHERS saw improved student relationships

7 of 10 PARENTS reported increased academic performance in their child

70% of PARENTS saw improved relationships with their child

Thank you!

We could not do this without your amazing support.  
Thank you for joining Heart of Dance on this journey!
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Bev Halvorson-Trowbridge
Reading Specialist

Binder Check!!  Please check your child's binder with them at least once a week.  Old papers, loose materials and depleted pencil pouches can be taken care of at this time.  Binders can easily become overloaded with items no longer needed. Thank you for help keeping your child organized and ready to learn!

Being organized is the first step to being successful! 


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