5th Grade

Keefe, Kingsley & Ward

Upcoming Events

January 11th: Culver's Night

January 12th: Permission slips to Holes are due

January 12th: Unit 4 Quiz 1 on Multiplying Two-Digit Numbers

January 13th: Math MAP Test

January, 19th: First Stage's production of Holes - Bring a cold lunch

January 20th: Reading MAP Test

February 24th: Six Flags Reading Logs are due

March 23rd: D.A.R.E. Graduation


It's that time of year....D.A.R.E.! Classes began this week and will continue for a total of 10 weeks. Once a week, for 45 minutes, the students will receive instruction on how to make wise and healthy choices. This includes dealing with peer pressure, drugs, and alcohol.

Your child should have brought home a contract for you to sign, informing you of what content will be taking place during D.A.R.E. Please sign this form and return it to school with your child.

Each D.A.R.E. class will include homework, which is due at the next D.A.R.E. class. A schedule of when we have D.A.R.E. is listed below. We have added a D.A.R.E. section on our homework page to inform you of weekly homework.

At the end of the ten weeks of D.A.R.E, each student will need to write a one page essay explaining what they learned through D.A.R.E. and how it will effect their lives. This is a great experience our class is able to have.

D.A.R.E. Classes:

January 7th

January 14th

January 21st

February 2nd

February 9th

February 18th

March 2nd

March 8th

March 15th (Speech winners will be announced)

March 23rd - D.A.R.E. Graduation

Six Flags

Horizon is participating in an exciting program that encourages our students to read for fun. Read to succeed is a free program sponsored by Six Flags Theme Parks. Every student who completes six hours of recreational reading before the school's deadline (February 24th) is eligible for a free admission ticket valid at one participating Six Flags Theme Park.

Here is a link for more information and reading log sheet.

Culver's Night

PTO Culver's Night

2600 N. Grandview, Waukesha

It's time for another Culver's Night! Please join us at the Culvers on Grandview Monday, January 11th from 5:00 pm -8:00 pm for some delicious food and family fun. Mrs. Keefe, Mrs. Kingsley, and Mrs. Ward will be volunteering there from 6:00 pm-7:00 pm. Please stop by and say hi!

The flavor of the day is Cookies and Cream.

So stop by and support your PTO! Culver's gives back 10% of all sales during these hours. Hope to see you there!

Holes Field Trip

We head to First Stage in two weeks for Holes. If your child has not yet returned their permission slip and money, please have them do so next week.

We will be leaving for the play at 9:00 am and return to school around 12:00 pm. Students will be having lunch in the classroom when we return, so please have your child brings in a cold lunch. Since we will be eating after our normal lunch period, students will not be able to purchase milk or a la carte.


Students have been given new spelling packets, due January 14. They have received an optional 4 opportunity to go along with each new packet called word study. To earn a 4, they will need to achieve a 3 on their regular spelling test on Friday and complete the word study page effectively. This requires knowing 5 challenge words - their spellings, definitions, synonyms, antonyms, and be able to use them in a sentence.

We are nearly done with our informational essays! The final touches are being added as we speak! Next week, sixth grade classes will be modeling editing circles and helping lead them for our classes and then we will be ready to publish. The following unit will begin the later half of next week and will be persuasive essays.


Students delved into multiplying two-digit numbers this week. We spent the beginning of the week reviewing multiplication methods from 4th grade: area model, place value sections, and expanded notations. Students then were taught other methods: lattice, Chinese multiplication and the standard algorithm.

Although students were taught multiple methods, in fifth grade they need to use the standard algorithm, the way most of us learned how to multiple. Learning multiple methods and how they relate will equip your child with the knowledge to get a 4 on the Unit Test.

Students will have a quiz on multiplying two digit numbers on Tuesday, January 12th.


Matter, matters!! We've been studying the three states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas. Since matter is anything that has mass and takes up space (volume), we've been delving into both of these concepts this week.

Next week your child will discover if changing the shape of a solid or liquid, effects the solid's mass or volume? Students will use displacement to find the volume of irregular shaped objects.

Social Studies

Students began studying Social Studies again this week and continued learning about the early colonies (i.e. Plymouth). We continue to practice our geography skills and will have an upcoming quiz (date yet to be determined) on the continents and hemispheres.

Accelerated Math - Mrs. Quick

This week in math, we reviewed what we covered before our winter break, including dividing by two digit whole numbers, and how to interpret remainders in a variety of real world situations. The students learned that depending on the situation, remainders may need to be dropped or ignored, rounded up to the next whole number, used to form a fraction or a decimal, and sometimes the remainder is the solution! We also learned to divide decimal numbers by one and two digit whole numbers, as well as divide problems where both the dividend and divisor were decimal numbers. We’ll take our last quiz of the unit next week, as we continue our “Division Mania!” Workshop and wrap up the unit!
Band Practice Schedule

Please help us out by looking into your student's band schedule. Remind them of the day of the week they have practice and the time. Next week will be the "black week."