Mr. Sterling's 5th Grade Newsletter

Week of May 2

What's Happening

STEM Challenge

Each Friday the kids have been participating in a STEM Challenge. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The challenges have been a lot of fun, so I thought I would put in a few pictures of the prototypes we have been working on. The challenges have included: designing/building a bridge, designing/building a table, designing/building a zipline, and designing/building a rollercoaster. Really great creativity!!


5th/6th Grade Retreat

On Friday, May 6th, both 5th and 6th grades will be walking to Mill Race Park to celebrate a successful year of collaboration during our 5th/6th grade groups on Fridays. We will be leaving school at 11am and returning by 1:30pm. We will be taking our lunches to the park and participating in some fun activities.


Also, we do need volunteers to help ensure that the activities run smoothly. Please contact me if you are interested in volunteering from 11-1:30 on Friday. Thank you!


Spring on the Farm

On May 12th, from 9am - 1pm, our class will be visiting the Henry Breeding Farm in Edinburgh. This annual program, presented in partnership with Hauser Junior High School seventh and eighth graders, provides visitors and school children the opportunity to learn about early 20th century agriculture and domestic farm life. The program utilizes hands-on education to teach butter-making, hand tools, weaving, basket making, steam engine use, music and more. Please send permission slips back to school as soon as possible. Thank you to everyone that has volunteered for this trip. Later this week I will be sending out an email to anyone that signed up to chaperone.


States Research Project

Each student has selected a state on which they will conduct research and create a final product over the next 3 weeks. This week, students are taking notes on their state's history and creating a physical map. The due date for the final product will be Friday, May 13th. This Friday Mrs. Eickmeyer from Sunny Aspirations Travel will be speaking with the kids about travel around the United States and how they can present their materials to the school in a persuasive manner that will encourage other students to travel to their particular state.


Each student needs to bring a trifold poster board to class by Monday, May 9th for his/her State Research Project presentation.


Band Sign Up

If you were unable to attend the band sign up at Lincoln tonight, there will be more sign up events at other schools. You can also contact Mr. Brookshire if you have any questions. This information should be on a band sign up sheet that came home last week. If you are having trouble tracking it down, let me know!


Literacy Fair

The annual Bartholomew Reads Literacy Fair will take place on Saturday, May 14th from 12:00-3:00. Our 5th grade students will be creating a booth for the event. The project managers for this event will coordinate student volunteers to help prepare for the event and manage the booth. Please keep May 14th open on your calendars because we will need your help! Our goal is to encourage literacy within our community. This is a free event! If you haven’t attended in the past, please join us this year.


What we will cover this week

  • Math: Area of Triangles; Area of Parallelograms; Rectangle Method for Area
  • Language Arts: Possessive Pronouns; Expository Texts; Context Clues
  • Science: Complete Solar System Diorama; Food Web
  • Social Studies: State Research; U.S. Constitution

Passport to Reading: 4th Quarter Product and Presentation

Please also ask your child how they are coming along with filling in their Passport book. They should have a total of sixteen boxes filled in at the end of this fourth quarter. The books should be in the correct genre box. The percentage of the books completed counts as a quiz grade in Reading. They also need to make sure they are taking their AR quizzes in order to meet their quarterly goal. Final passport products are due Friday, May 6th.

Passport to Reading 3rd Quarter Final Product Examples

Book Club

Book Club groups will continue to meet on Thursdays through the last full week of the year. Each group has established a reading schedule that members must follow to ensure they finish the book on time. Please touch base with your child every week to make sure they are reading the proper amount of pages. All books are to be finished by the end of this quarter.

Upcoming Assessments

  • Weekly Wonders Test: Friday, May 6th
  • Spelling / Vocabulary Quiz: Friday, May 6th
  • Grammar Quiz: Friday, May 6th