5th Grade Newsletter

Week of May 22- 26

Art Adventure Field Trip – June 6

We will be going to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) on June 6 as a part of the Art Adventure program. Students will be studying 6 art pieces that we will then go view at the MIA. On this field trip, 5th graders get extra time to view other art work at the museum. I will take any volunteers who wish to help out on this day. Any and all are welcome! If you still want to join us, let me know and I will add you to my list of volunteers!

Cleaning Supplies

During the last week of school, we will be doing some needed cleaning. I have some cleaning wipes left over from the beginning of the year, but any donations for cleaning supplies would be appreciated.


Cleaning Needs: cleaning wipes, paper towels, Magic Erasers.

Reminder: No School on Monday, May 29th

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Details about our week of learning

Other Information

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New Math Curriculum

Bridges in Mathematics


  • Focuses on:

    • Developing a deep understanding of mathematical concepts

    • Proficiency with key skills

    • Ability to solve complex problems

  • Showing thinking with pictures and sketches

  • Classroom discussions and discovering how math concepts connect

  • Class instruction is a combination of whole group, small group and independent activities that are problem centered

  • Home Connections assignments will be sent home 2-3 times a week.

  • Family Letter will be sent home at the beginning of each unit.

Weekly Independent Reading Logs

Independent Reading Logs are a weekly reading expectation & homework assignment. Fifth grade expectation is that students should be independent reading for about 30 minutes, 5 nights a week.


  • Students are to record their own reading time and then ask for your signature on their Independent Reading Logs each night that they read.


  • Please help your student stay up to date on his/her daily reading, while also building student independence to complete this homework assignment


  • Independent Reading Logs are due every Friday.

End of the Day Pick Up

If your student has a change in End of the Day plan (not mentioned on the Student Info Sheet you filled out at Open House/Curriculum Night), please send a note with your student, or send me an email. It is important that I know this information to help get your student to the right place at the end of the day.


Also if you want to give permission for your student to walk or bike home, you need to complete a permission slip in the office.

Follow us on Twitter!


  • I plan to tweet out the newsletter link and occasional pictures of our learning. It can be a great way to get a peek at our day and fun happenings with the Bjerkians in 5th grade room 109.
  • My Twitter handle is @mrsbjerk
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