Mr. Sterling's 5th Grade Newsletter

Week of February 8

What's Happening

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Thank you so much for taking the time to meet with me this week. I always enjoy sitting down with parents and talking about my students. I do have to apologize for losing my voice this week. It couldn't have happened at a worse time. I certainly appreciate your patience and understanding.


Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Field Trip

Our 5th graders will be attending the symphony on Wednesday, February 17th. We will depart around 8:45 and return by 12:15. We will be eating lunch at school in our classroom when we return. Students who typically eat lunch at school have ordered a sack lunch. Students who typically bring their lunch may do so. I would suggest that you make sure your child eats a filling breakfast as we are eating at a later time then our usual lunch. Thank you to everyone who already returned the signed permission slip.


Valentine's Day Party

We will have a Valentine's Day Party from 1:00-1:30 on Friday, February 12th. Students may bring Valentines to share with their classmates. We would appreciate any food and drink donations. The students may create a Valentine box at home to bring to school on Friday the 12th that they can then use to collect their Valentines. A class list has been attached for addressing Valentines. We have 25 students in our homeroom.


Friendship Dance

The 5th and 6th grade Friendship Dance will be held at CSA Lincoln this Friday, February 12th, 6:30pm - 8pm.


Book Fair!

Our class will be going to the Book Fair this Thursday, February 11th.


Staff vs. Student Basketball Game

The Staff vs. Student basketball game will be on Wednesday, February 24th. The 6th grade will be hosting a Paw Pack (Grades 3-6), as a fundraiser for their Chicago Trip. All students and parents are welcome to attend the basketball game. Stay tuned for more details.


What we will cover this week

  • Math: Comparing and Ordering Fractions; Adding/Subtracting Mixed Numbers; Multiplying Fractions
  • ELA: Linking Verbs; Latin Roots; Main Idea and Details
  • ELA Genre: Expository
  • Social Studies: Northeast Region States and Capitals
  • Social Studies: Spanish Exploration of the Americas; Colonies

Book Club

Our class is starting an exciting new program call "Classroom Book Clubs." For the next few weeks, students will be reading books and discussing them in small groups. Each group has 4-6 students who selected the same book. Since this is something new, I wanted to share how this program work so that you can best support your child.


Each student has been given a copy of his or her book to read. I will provide reading time each day, but if they do not complete their assigned reading they will need to take the book home to finish. The reading page assignments are created by the book club groups on a weekly basis and will be written on a bookmark or sticky note for reference. In addition, student may have to complete a short assignment such as writing a summary, creating discussion questions, or using sticky notes to mark sections that they want to discuss.


So far, students have really enjoyed this new format. If it continues to go well, we will do this again in our 4th quarter.

Passport to Reading: Product and Presentation

Third quarter products are due by Friday, February 12th. The students will earn a Reading and a Grammar grade for this project. The project has the same value as a test grade in each subject. The students will have this week to work on their products. At the end of the week, it would be helpful to ask your child if their product is completed. Please encourage them to use their time wisely and to not procrastinate.

State Region Tests

Students continue to learn the states and capitals for each region of the United States. There are six total tests this quarter that will be taken in Social Studies. The students will each have their own flashcards in their states file folder. The test schedule and states they need to memorize the state location and capitals for are located in this folder. Please ask your child to bring the folder home to study. There are also many links on the fifth grade website under “Let’s Investigate…” that they may use to help them in preparing for these tests.

Upcoming Assessments

Weekly Wonders Test: Friday, February 12th

Grammar Quiz: Friday, February 12th

Spelling and Vocabulary Quiz: Friday, February 12th


States Location & Capitals Test Schedule:


  • Midwest States: Friday, January 29th
  • Southeast States Test: Friday, February 5th
  • West/Southwest States Test: Friday, February 12th
  • Northeast States Test: Friday, February 19th
  • 50 States Test & 50 Capitals Test: Friday, February 26th



ISTEP Applied Skills: Week of February 29th thru March 4th