5th Grade News

Mrs. Burmeister, Mrs. Millonzi, and Mr. Springer

Friday, September 13, 2019

Our Learning

The workshops for Reading, Writing and Math are being established. The district wide workshop model includes whole group mini lessons, small guided groups and application time for practice. The kids are doing a great job getting in these routines.


Our first unit in reading will focus on community, integrating social studies and literacy. We are in the process of learning about various communities around the world and what impacts them! Literature Discussion Groups are kicking off next week. Make sure to check in with your child if they are in an LDG, they may be given calendars to keep up on their reading.

Also during literacy, we will be participating in Word Study. This is a program that is not the traditional way to teach spelling. We will look at the roots of words and studying patterns. Please see the attached letter for more information.

Word Study Letter


Our Unit 1 Number Concepts

  • Describe the place value of numeral digits relative to both the place to the right and the place to the left (decimal to thousandths and whole numbers to billions).
  • Rounding of numbers using the number line
  • Powers of 10

At the beginning of each unit a family letter is sent home to explain what will be covered in the unit and it will show strategies and visual models that will be used to reinforce students' understanding of the mathematical concepts.

Unit 1 Family Newsletter

Environmental Education Field Trip

For the Fox River Field Trip, please watch the weather and have you child dress for the day. Insect spray, suntan lotion, and a water bottle are okay for your child to bring along. We also recommend that an extra pair of socks be included, along with a bag lunch that is labeled with your student's name. No open toe shoes or sandals should be worn.

Parent Volunteers

Look for your informational letter that was sent home today.

Thank you for volunteering in advance and please contact your child's homeroom teacher as soon as possible if you no longer can volunteer for your field trip day.


Burmeister/Springer - Thursday, September 19th

Millonzi - Monday, September 23

The District's Fifth Grade Cross Country Run

Thursday, your student received an informational packet for the School District of Waukesha 5th Grade Cross Country Run. The District run will be held at Waukesha West High School on October 16, 2019. Please read the packet for times that the races for our Rose Glen runners will take place. In addition to the packet, your child received a separate permission form for the Rose Glen Run Club.

The Rose Glen Run Club is set to begin next week! Please read the permission slip for details about joining the Run Club. Many runners are planning on participating in preparation for the 5th grade run! If you student plans on participating, please be sure your runner has a water bottle, the kids need to stay hydrated. If you or your student feel it's too hot run, the choice of staying for Run Club is up to you and your child. If there is inclement weather conditions, we will cancel the run club. Also, there is no bussing from Run Club, so arrangements for your child's transportation will be needed. Thank you in advance for picking up your kids promptly at 4:30.

Links to the cross country packet and the run club permission form are below.

Cross Country Packet

Rose Glen Run Club Permission form

Remember the Dates

Water Utility:

Thursday, October 10th - Springer - 8:45-10:15

Thursday, October 10th - Burmeister - 10:15-12:00

Thursday, October 10th - Millonzi - 1:00-2:15

No parents volunteers are needed for this short field trip.

Optimist Fifth Grade Run - October 16, 2019

Link provided with Optimist Cross Country Run information

Conferences: Times in the 5th Grade Handbook were incorrect.

Thursday, October 17th - 4:30-8:00

Tuesday, October 22 - 4:30-8:00

For Burmeister/Millonzi ONLY Thursday, October 24th - 4:30-8:00

Early Release:

Wednesday, Oct. 29th - 1:40


Thursday, Oct. 30th - Friday, Oct. 31st

Contact Information

Please contact your child's teacher if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

Nancy Burmeister - nburmeis@waukesha.k12.wi.us

Joelle Millonzi - jmillonzi@waukesha.k12.wi.us

Darrin Springer - dspringer@waukesha.k12.wi.us