Fifth Grade NEWS 2015-2016

February 2016

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Upcoming Events

February 2016

2.8 Progress Reports go home + Exemplar piece of work

2.12 Valentine's Party 1:15-2:15 pm

2.15 Student Holiday/Staff Development

2.19 ..............SIX FLAGS READ TO SUCCEED LOGS DUE..........

2.26 5th Grade Field Trip to Pike MS

2.26 End of 4th Six Weeks

2.29 Beginning of the 5th Six Weeks

March 2016

3.1 5th Grade Parent Night at Pike MS 6-7 pm

3.8 Open House

3.11 Pike course forms due

3.14-3.18 Spring Break

3.25 Student Holiday/Staff Development-Bad Weather Make-up Day

3.29 Closed Campus--5th grade Math STAAR Testing

3.30 Closed Campus--5th grade Reading STAAR Testing


Six Flags Reading logs are due NO LATER than February 19th. Don't forget to turn them in for a free admission to use this summer.

Holiday Party

It's timefor our Valentine's party. It's on Friday, February 12th from 1:15-2:15 p.m. in the Clara Love dining room.

We are having a 50's themed party and inviting the kiddos to wear 50's themed attire. Fifth grade will be enjoying ice cream sundaes during the party. Below is a link to sign up for all the things we need to make our party a success.

If you sign up to bring perishable items, please send those the day of the party.

Valentine’s Boxes

The Clara Love Green Team would like to have a competition between the grade levels. We challenge each student to find items at home that can be reused to create a container for the cards. They can be as elaborate as they like or as simple as a reused Wal-Mart bag. We just really want the kids to have fun with this and be creative. Our goal is to have each class vote for their favorite. Each container chosen will be displayed and a school winner will then be picked. Containers that want to be in the competition are due February 10th.

Valentine Cards

We will pass out Valentines to all of our classmates. We will send home a list of student names with your child for the cards. Make sure you have enough for your homeroom. Feel free to bring extra for friends in other 5th grade classes.

We appreciate everything you do to help!!

Date: 02/12/2016 (Fri.)

Time: 1:15pm - 2:15pm CST

Location: Clara Love Dining Room

Learning Goals...

Language Arts and Social Studies

Language Arts

Students will understand, make inferences and draw conclusions about the structure and elements of fiction and provide evidence from text to support their understanding.

We will be looking at describing incidents that advance the story or novel, explaining how each incident gives rise to or foreshadows future events. We will also be explaining the roles and functions of characters in various plots, including their relationships and conflicts.

Help your child at home by having them compare the elements in a story to the elements in a movie or creating a book presentation including the story elements.

Social Studies

Students are working through reading and analyzing the DBQ California Gold Rush documents to determine if the Gold Rush was worth the journey west. Students will also be writing a journal about "their" adventure of being one of the 29,000 49ers who made the trip west.

At the end of the month we will begin looking into the Civil War. We will be identifying the causes of the Civil War and the effects of the Civil War including Reconstruction and the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

Math and Science


In math we are focused on multiplying decimals before we move on to perimeter, area and volume. Students should understand the process of finding the perimeter of a polygon and how the process of finding perimeter can be written as an equation. We will then move to multiplying and dividing fractions and decimals as well as dividing whole numbers and fractions, and working with customary mass conversions. We will have our Math Benchmark at the end of the month to determine what areas we still need to focus on and what areas we have mastered.


In Science we will are looking at various forms of alternative energy and preparing a presentation with a partner. We are researching and analyzing information to present in an organized and clear manner.

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Students will practice these words throughout the week in class and will have a test on using these words in context. Please review these words at home.

Unit 13 Quiz on Feb. 11th

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Unit 14 Quiz on Feb. 25th

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Northeast, Southeast and Midwest Map Regions Quiz Feb. 19th

Here are the states and capitals that we are focusing on now.

Please practice these at home.

You can practice identifying the states on-line at:

Augusta, Maine.....Boston, Massachusetts

Albany, New York .....Dover, Delaware

Concord, New Hampshire .....Hartford, Connecticut

Providence, Rhode Island .....Annapolis, Maryland

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania .....Montpelier, Vermont

Trenton, New Jersey

Little Rock, Arkansas..... Tallahassee, Florida

Baton Rouge, Louisiana...... Jackson, Mississippi

Nashville, Tennessee ......Frankfort, Kentucky

Charleston, West Virginia...... Richmond, Virginia

Raleigh, North Carolina ......Columbia, South Carolina

Atlanta, Georgia ......Montgomery, Alabama

Bismarck, North Dakota ......Pierre, South Dakota

Lincoln, Nebraska...... Topeka, Kansas

St. Paul, Minnesota...... Des Moines, Iowa

Jefferson City, Missouri...... Madison, Wisconsin

Springfield, Illinois .....Lansing, Michigan

Indianapolis, Indiana .....Columbus, Ohio

Important information regarding tardies:

All students are required to be in their seats ready to begin the day when the bell rings at 7:45am. Any student that arrives more than 5 minutes after the bell rings is required to be signed by an adult at the front office. This helps us keep track of student's arrival times and helps parent's stay aware of their child's attendance. In addition to being a safety concern we want to make sure that all of our children are in compliance with NISD attendance policies.

Please remember to send in any notes for children's absences or tardies within 3 days of the event.

HAC--Home Access Center

Don't forget that you can monitor your child's grades on line through the NISD Home Access Center. It is the same information you used to register your child at the beginning of the year. If you need help, please do not hesitate to email your child's teacher.


Students are required to complete 120 minutes a week on our Stride program. We are asking that students have 60 minutes of Math and 60 minutes of Reading. Using Stride will take the place of weekly homework pages in math and reading. Students will have access to Stride in the morning before 7:45 and during class time to help those that do not have internet access at home.

Tutoring Available

If your child was invited to attend tutoring, please make sure that they are there on time and ready to learn. We are providing this extra support to help your children to be well prepared for these state assessments that are coming up. Thank you for your support.

Box Tops

Clara Love will be collecting Box Tops again this year. Students can bring in a baggie containing their Box Tops and turn them into their teacher. Please be sure their name, teacher's name, and grade level is on the baggie. Students do not have to write their name on each Box Top. Mrs. Brown will draw names at the end of each six weeks for ice cream passes. At the end of the six weeks, the class with the most Box Tops in K-2 and 3-5 will win extra recess.

Electronic Devices

At this time, there is no educational need for our students to bring in any electronic devices. We ask that if your child has a personal cell phone that they have them turned off during school hours. Students will be reminded to turn off their devices if they have them on. However, continued use after reminders could result in the cell phone or device being taken up by a teacher. You will be notified in advance if devices are allowed.


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Ride Changes/Absences

If you need to change the way that your child gets home, please email Mrs. Jaggars before 2:00 pm.

All emails must include child's name, homeroom teacher and date/dates the change is to be effective.

Also, if your child will be absent or was absent, please send in a note stating the reason why. You can send it directly to Mrs. Jaggars if you like.

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