Fifth Grade Newsletter

August 22, 2019

All the Important Information in One Place!

We have had a fantastic start to the year! This is a great group of 5th graders and we are so excited to watch them grow this year. Please take a few minutes each Thursday to read our weekly newsletter. This is where you will find all the important information you need to know!

First Official Celebrate Smith - AUGUST 23

Tomorrow we will be our first official Celebrate Smith! Students should plan on arriving before 7:40. Classes will head to the cafe at 7:40. Parents are invited to attend Celebrate Smith which will begin at 7:50 and last 25-40 minutes. If you are new to Smith, Celebrate Smith is our Weekly assembly in the cafeteria.

You may preregister online before 2:00 on Thursdays and your badge will be ready for you for you Friday morning. If you have not yet scanned your drivers license this year, you will need to do that at school. Here is the link to preregister

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Class T-shirts

At Meet the Teacher, most of you filled out the t-shirt order form. You can hop on to pay online, or you can send in $11.00 cash or check. Checks must include your address, and phone number. Please include your child's name - class t-shirt on the memo line. We are unable to order until we have the payments in.

If you did not leave the form with your child's size at Meet the Teacher, please send it in. Please contact your child's homeroom teacher if you are not sure if you have paid or if you returned the paper with the size. Thank you!

Please note: This shirt is different from the free Stampede/Smith Runs shirt.

Here is a link to the T-shirt order form:

Book Club

Mrs. Pelias is hosting a book club in September! See the flyer below! Book order forms are coming home today in Thursday Folders!
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Curriculum Night

Please join us for 5th grade Curriculum Night on September 5th from 6:00 to 6:45.

Pine Cove 5th Grade Camp

As you know, this is the year for 5th Grade Camp. Pine Cove Timbers in Tyler, Texas is the site of this amazing outdoor learning opportunity for students. Students will have an opportunity to participate in hands-on activities that will develop their awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the outdoor environment. It is an extension of our classroom. The camp curriculum is aligned with the State and the camp staff is outstanding; and you can feel good about your child’s participation in this enriching opportunity.

A Pine Cove parent information meeting will be held September 24th from 6:00 - 7:00 pm, but in the mean time, we wanted to give you some information so you can plan ahead.

  • The dates for camp are Wednesday, November 20 through Friday, November 22.
  • The cost for the camp is $153 per child and $20 transportation fee. Payment is due on Oct. 30.
  • Students are supervised the entire time by camp personnel, chaperones, and teachers.
  • If you are interested in being a chaperone and have not yet signed up, please contact Mrs. Baril at (chaperones chosen at random mid Oct. and background checks must be done by Oct.1) Chaperone fee is approximately $75-$80.
  • Students stay in nice cabins with a/c, heat, and private showers.
  • All meals are included. Dietary restrictions are accommodated and can be designated here If you questions about dietary needs please contact Mrs. Baril at

All other questions regarding Pine Cove will be addressed in our informational meeting on Sept. 24.

New Payment Programs for Frisco ISD

This year Frisco has moved from MyPaymentsPlus to TWO new programs for payments.


Frisco ISD parents will have the option to make free online payments via electronic check for meals and other campus and classroom fees in the coming school year. The District is moving to two separate systems – SchoolCafé for meals and OnlineSchoolFees for other fees such as class t-shirts and field trips. Preferred method of payment for grade level class t-shirts and field trips!

Attached are the instructions for the new Online School Fees system. Setting up an account is free, and you can add multiple students.

Parent web address -

There is a small fee associated with this new Online School Fees system if you use a credit or debit card for payment, but if you use an ACH check, there is no charge- NICE! Frisco ISD recommends that you use your checking account information for easy payments and no fees.

We encourage you to set up your free account today and be ready to pay for the $11 class t-shirt between August 13 and August 30. Other payments, such as field trips, will be added at a later time.

For meals, we are using school cafe: If your child had money remaining in his/her account at the end of the year, it was transferred into their school cafe account. You will still need to set up a new account with your student's information in order access the account to add money, etc.

Here is the link to the Frisco ISD website that discusses both systems a bit more in-depth…

A Note about Choir from Mrs. Alleman

The Treblemakers Choir is open to all 4th and 5th graders at Smith Elementary, no audition required. We will begin practicing on Tuesday, September 3rd and will practice each Tuesday morning from 7:00 am to 7:40 am in the Music Room.

Choir is a wonderful opportunity to learn advanced musical skills, make friends, have fun, and perform for the community. We have many exciting things on the calendar this year, including a concert at LTHS in October, a Holiday concert, Arts in the Square, the Spring Concert, and a Texas Legends Basketball Game. The calendar may be found on our choir webpage.

While participation in the choir is voluntary, students are held to a high standard of behavior as they are representatives of Smith Elementary. Attendance is mandatory for choir members and all students are required to maintain 80% attendance at rehearsals and attend all performances. Please understand that failure to follow behavior and attendance expectations both for rehearsals and performances may result in being removed from the choir. Please contact me when you feel that schedule conflicts may arise.

Our choir will be going paperless this year. All choir members will be added to a google classroom page where they can access their music to practice at home. To register for choir, please fill out the form at

You will also need to buy a choir shirt that the students will wear for all of our performances. We are using the same shirt as last year. So if you were in choir last year, and your shirt still fits and is in good condition, you will not need to order another one. Ordering will be done individually online. Please visit Ordering will close on September 22nd, at which point all of the ordered shirts will be shipped to Smith and distributed at choir rehearsal.

I am excited to work with such a wonderful group of kids this year. Please feel free to reach out with any questions.


Math- Adding and Subtracting Fractions and Decimals

Reading- Inferring and Responding with Fiction Texts

Writing- Narrative Writing

Science- Properties of Matter

Social Studies- Regions of the United States

Important Dates

August 23 - First Official Celebrate Smith

August 27 - Watch DOGS Kickoff

September 2 - Labor Day - No School

September 5 - Curriculum Night

September 9-13 - College Week

September 13 - Dot Day

September 19 - PTA General Meeting

September 24 - Pine Cove Information Meeting

September 24 - Picture Day

September 27 - Stampede Kick-Off

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