Fifth Grade Newsletter

January 30, 2020

Parent Audience Needed!

Hey, Smith families!

For our current Unit of Study, 5th grade is staging a great debate over whether or not our school should continue to serve chocolate milk. As far as our students know, Mrs. Young has received some concerns about the nutrition content of chocolate milk and has brought the controversy to our 5th grade writers. They have been working hard on an opinion piece supporting their argument (for/against) and are gearing up to briefly debate the issue next Monday (February 3rd) from 8:10-8:30 am.

We have divided kids into groups, and we need volunteers to hear them debate! If you are available and willing to sit on our parent panel, we only ask a few things...

  • Please sign in at the front office by 8:10 am and go to the cafeteria, where chairs will be set up
  • Listen to our debaters - you will be seeing some great arguments and rebuttals!
  • Send them back to their fifth grade teacher at 8:30

Please note that if you volunteer, you might not necessarily see your own child's debate. However, you will be a part of a powerful writing experience for our kiddos!

If you would be interested in watching our debate, please click the link below to sign-up.


Our fabulous room parents are needing your help! Volunteers are needed to sell Smencils (scented pencils) during all lunch periods, between February 7-February 13.

Smencils are being sold to help cover the cost of the special End-of-Year party for our fifth graders. It will be a day full of fun at Strikz.

If you're interested, please click on the link below to sign up for a shift or two!

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The deadline to order this year's yearbook is March 23, 2020. Orders can be placed by clicking the link below!

Valentines Party and Box Contest Information

The class Valentine's party will be held on Thursday, February 13th from 1:40-2:25pm.

Students are welcome to pass out Valentines if they wish! To save time, we ask that students leave the "To" section blank, and instead have your child write their name in the "From" section.

We will also hold a vote that day on who showed the most creativity with their box! Details can be found below.

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Pre-K Spring Registration Event!

Parents, if you have a child that will be 4 years old by September 1st and might qualify for our free full-day Pre-K program, please get signed up for a registration slot. We’re excited to begin registration for the 2020-21 school year in April.

When: April 20-23 and 27-30, 3:30pm – 7:00pm

Location: Early Childhood School

10330 Red Cedar Drive, Frisco 75035

Follow this link for eligibility requirements and how to get registered:


5th grade's upcoming project in art will be designed with clay. Mrs. Pitts is in need of gallon or quart-sized Ziplocs for use during this unit.

Please send in with your children if you are able to help!

Symphony Field Trip - February 18th

Smith 5th graders will be attending the Symphony on Tuesday, February 18th. Please return the permission and complete payment in online school fees by Monday, February 3rd. Students should dress nicely, no jeans or shorts. We will be returning after their regular lunch time, so each student will need to pack a lunch from home or may purchase a sack lunch from the cafeteria. Lunches are to be ordered in advance on the permission form. Please contact Laura Alleman at if you have any questions.

Request for Student Transfer

The link to request a student transfer for the 2020-2021 school year is available.

Parents must submit a request each year if they would like their child to attend a school other than their home zoned school.

Dates for 2020-21 Transfer requests:

General Public requests accepted from January 20 – February 7

General Public and Senior Rule requests accepted July 14-29

Go to this link to submit a request:

Recess Reminders

  • Texas weather is unpredictable. Please send your child with the appropriate outerwear. If the "feels like" temperature is above 32 degrees we will go outside for at least part of our recess time.
  • Students are allowed to bring items such as Rubik's cubes to brain break and recess. Please remind your child that it is their responsibility to keep track of their items and that they bring them at their own risk.

2019-2020 Class Parties Payment

Dear Parents/Guardians:

The PTA helps with the class parties by collecting money, organizing the room parents and handling all reimbursements.

This year, we are asking to please send in your onetime class party donation of $12.00 cash or check (payable to Smith PTA) to cover all three class parties for the year. These include the Winter Ball, Valentine’s Day Party, & the End of the Year Party. You can also pay online

Please disregard this reminder if you have already paid. If you haven’t, please pay as soon as possible as it helps the Room Parents to plan out the three parties for our kids.

If you have any questions or concerns about this, please contact Katie Augustine, PTA Treasurer: email


PTA and Room Representatives

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Math- Volume

Science- Living and Nonliving Interactions in Ecosystem

Reading- Persuasive Research in Informational Text

Writing- Revising Argument Essays and Debating

Social Studies- Civil War

Important Dates

January 30: Positive Proof ID pictures

February 13: Valentines Day Party @TBD

February 14: NO SCHOOL!

February 17: NO SCHOOL!

February 18: 5th Grade Symphony Trip