CES 5th Grade Newsletter

April 4-8, 2016

Weekly Highlights

Reading: The Mystery of St. Matthew Island

Comprehension Skill: main idea

Comprehension Strategy: text structure

Grammar: conjunctions

Spelling: final syllables -ant, -ent, -ance, -ence (see list below)

DIGITS: surface area of 3D shapes

enVision: units of measure

Science: PLTW and ecosystems
Social Studies: transcontinental railroad

Challenger Behavior Beach Party Blow OUT!

What? Beach Party for every class IF we meet our goal of collecting 60,000 behavior tickets by May 19th.


  1. Increase and recognize positive behavior for the last nine weeks.
  2. Get ready for school wide PBIS next year
  3. Because it’s FUN!

How? All adults (kitchen, custodian, office, teachers, etc.) will be given a multitude of Beach Party tickets to give to individual students who are following school rules, following individual goals, doing ANY positive and helpful behavior. Classroom teachers may give their own students tickets as well. Once a ticket is given it may not be taken away. Each classroom will have a general collection bucket. The buckets will be collected and counted each Thursday by STU CRU rep, with results announced on Friday at GMC.

When? We started on March 28th and the big shindig is Tuesday, May 24th 12:30-1:30 pm on the front field and playground.

Upcoming Dates

Yogurt Mountain Spirit Night

Friday, April 8th, 12-7pm

2710 Carl T Jones Drive Southeast

Huntsville, AL

Yogurt Mountain will donate a portion of your pre-tax sales to CES between the hours of noon and 7:00 PM. With spring here already, it should be a great day to have a cool treat at YoMo. Make arrangements to meet up with your child’s friends and share a treat together. Either bring the voucher that will be sent home with your child next week or tell the cashier you’re with Challenger Elementary.

PTA Meeting/Club Night

Tuesday, April 12th, 6pm

13555 Chaney Thompson Road Southeast

Huntsville, AL

Following a brief PTA meeting, CES families can explore each club that the students have participated in throughout the year. There will be displays with student work samples, photos, and student speakers! Clubs will have tables set up around the cafeteria.
Challenger’s Got Talent – Music Room

Drama Club – AV Room

*Students who attend and sign the sign-in sheet will receive tickets towards our school Beach Party!*

*On your way out, enjoy a Kona Ice for $3.00. Proceeds go towards the end of the year AR parties!*

Selection Vocabulary

Please review the selection vocabulary words and definitions at home with your child. They are tested on them weekly.

bleached-whitened by exposing to sunlight or chemicals

carcasses-the bodies of dead animals

decay-the process of rotting

parasites-living things that live on or in other living things and feed off of them

scrawny-having little flesh; skinny

starvation-suffering from extreme hunger

suspicions-beliefs, feelings, or thoughts

tundra-a vast, treeless plain in arctic regions

Spelling Words

Your child can practice their spelling words at http://spellingcity.com/hallspelling5

Challenge words are in bold.


























To see who reads all the way to the bottom of the newsletter, tell your child to give their homeroom teacher the secret password, FIZZING WHIZBEE, to receive a ticket towards the Beach Party!