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5th Grade Weekly Classroom Newsletter - Nov. 10 - Nov. 14

A HUGE Thank You to Chaperones !!!

A HUGE thank you to Mrs. Bongirwar (Ashay's mom), Mrs. Fagan (Toby's mom), Mrs. Giles (Evan's mom), Mrs. Gurude (Yashad's mom), Ms. McCain (Micael, Makayla, and Michele's mom) and Ms. Vargas (Esra's mom) for volunteering to help chaperone our first 5th grade field trip! It was a blast, and we could not have made it as successful without your help!


Fifth grade team came up with a solution for heavy backpacks. Students need to carry the items below in their backpacks.

* ITBS workbook (no more needed)

* Math :

notebook (will be kept in classroom)


binder or FSA folder

* Science:

notebook (will be kept in classroom),

only binder,

no folder

* Reading:


notebook (will be kept in classroom),

"Behind Rebel Lines" novel

* ELA:

Students will rarely have homework in more than one of the three folders at a time. The homework is always in packet form, and students only need to take the assignment itself home, not entire load. Everything else can stay in homeroom.


writing folder,

spelling folder

* FSA agenda and FSA folder to carry papers for filing/homework

* 1-2 additional novels for carpool and transactions with library.

***Please let your homeroom teacher knows if you have any questions or concerns.

Fifth Grade's Curriculum Corner


Study Island

I have some assignments on Study Island. Please make sure your child completes 30 questions on each assignment and demonstrates a mastery of 70% or more.

6th Grade Math

Check Up 1 paper from Friday, 10/31 was sent home on Thursday,11/6. Please send the paper with your signature on tomorrow.

Next week
, Mrs. Ozkan's Math Geniuses will finish working on decimals and start learning how to write percents for situations that are not based on 100. As strategies for finding a percent of a given quantity, they use

-percent bars

-rate tables


-equivalent fractions, and


These strategies are also used to find the percent that one given quantity is of another. From knowledge about the percentage of a given total, students also make predictions using the strategies listed above.

Check Up 2 will be given on Thursday, 11/13.

Investigation Vocabulary

*absolute value


*improper fraction

*mixed number


*rational numbers


5th Grade Math

Chapter 3 Test paper from Thursday, 10/30 was sent home on Thursday,11/6. Please send the test paper with your signature on tomorrow.

This week, we've started our new chapter on Order Operations. Students were assigned a project on Thursday,11/6 and you can see some sample project pictures on FSA portal - class resources. Please let me know if you can't access the documents on the class resources page.

Next week
, Mrs. Ozkan's Math Geniuses will learn how to record a mathematical statement as an algebraic expression. The students will be able to write and understand algebraic expressions. Chapter 4 Quiz will be given on Thursday, 11/13.

Chapter Vocabulary

*order of operations

International Night - Ms. Ozkan's Homeroom

International night is fast's on Friday, November 14th at 6:00 PM. This year the school is trying a different approach to make it more educational and interesting for the kids. Therefore, each grade has been assigned a continent to represent and Fifth Grade Continent is Africa. Our class has signed up to showcase Egypt. This means our class with showcase different aspects of the Egyptian culture thru artifacts( music, clothing), samples of food from Egypt, posters, possible performance, etc in my classroom on International Night.

We would like all parents/students who are interested to participate in this event. Therefore, we are looking for volunteers to help in different areas, i.e. bringing artifacts (please label all artifacts at the bottom with your child's name), poster creation, set up/clean up, food, etc.

In addition, given it is International Night, the PVO is inviting anyone who would like to dress in their traditional country clothing to participate in a fashion show in the gym.

This is a great opportunity to expose the children to the many different countries and cultures and celebrate what makes everyone so special all around the world!

Please let me know if you would like to assist with the planning to showcase EGPYT for our class on International night.

Mrs. Lewis - Room Mom sent out a signup genius so that people can sign up for different things. Also, for those who are interested in helping with the planning, She will probably have a meeting this week to discuss and fine tune details if needed. This would be based on the types of things people are volunteering for.

To sign up, go

Also, if anyone knows of a restaurant that serves Egyptian food, please let me know.


5th & 6th grade Reading classes:

Next week, we will continue to read "Behind Rebel Lines" by Seymour Reit. Students will be completing comprehension and vocab packets each week as we read the novel. These will be divided up by chapters and will be due every Friday, unless otherwise noted. Reading logs will be due on Friday next week. Comprehension and Vocab packets are also due Friday. The packets are located on "Class Resources" if your student lost it. All classes will have a comprehension and vocabulary quiz over chapters 4-10 on Thursday, November 20.

Students need their own copy of the novel "Behind Rebel Lines." I only have a few extra copies for students to use in class, but sometimes. they have to finish for homework.

Study Island

I have added assignments on Study Island for students to practice their reading skills. Please make sure your student demonstrates a mastery of 70% or more.

Class Resource Page
If your student is missing an assignment or needs to print off a lost one, please refer to the class resource page on the school's portal through the school website.
**For the interactive notebook, the file was too big; therefore, it will not open. If your student is missing a specific page, please let me know, and I will send a separate e-mail.

Developmental Reading Assessment

Throughout this semester, we have been using the Development Reading Assessments (DRA) in first period to help establish students' reading levels and to monitor reading progress throughout the year. For more information, you can visit


This month is a new Scholastic Reading Club month! November 28 is the last day to send in any Scholastic book orders. Please use either exact cash or a check written out to Scholastic Reading Club.

The class code for ordering Scholastic books is : NF78L


Next week in Social Studies we will begin chapter 7 in our textbook. Students should still be working on their Memory Box projects, which they will be presenting to the class the following week. Should it be needed, the guidelines for the project can be found on the Class Resources link on the Portal.

Since we are wrapping up our Civil War unit, I have added every battle from the Civil War to our class Timeline Wall Project, complete with the casualties from both the Union and the Confederate army. The link for the source may be found here, if the students wish to read it on their own at home:

In other news, for International Night, our homeroom is representing Madagascar. We are asking the parents to work with the room moms/teacher to assist in putting together posters, crafts, music, clothing etc. to display in the classroom. You can bring food from the country your child's class is representing or from your own country. The kids can also dress in their traditional country clothing to participate in a fashion show or bring music and show off the country dances.

We are excited to expose the children to the many different countries and cultures and celebrate what makes everyone so special all around the world! With everyone pulling together, we hope to have an evening filled with music, food, artifacts, culture, and fun for all! I’m looking forward to seeing you all at international night.


Next week we will continue talking about physical and chemical changes and also about physical and chemical properties. We will have an experiment that students can observe chemical change with steel wool.

FIELD TRIP : Even though the field trip was related to social studies, we had a Science lesson as well. The lesson was about Chemical and Physical changes. I was surprised about it, but it was a great coincidence.

INTERNATIONAL NIGHT: My homeroom will be representing Nigeria. Friday after we were back from the field trip, my room mom and I, we gave each students a topic to research. It would be greatly appreciated if we can have a parent support to help students do a poster about the topic that is assigned to them.

Home Visit Program at FSAES

As part of FSAES Home Visit Program, teachers visit students and parents at their home.

Overall goal of home visit is to help strengthen relationships between parents, students and teachers and inform parents & students on how much they care.

We would LOVE to visit our students at home at your convenience.

If you would like to participate, please e-mail me at or FSAES Home Visit Coordinator Ms. Mingus at