Fifth Grade Newsletter

October 3, 2019

Pine Cove


If you are unable to send your paperwork in by tomorrow, please contact your child's homeroom teacher to make arrangements. The fees are not due until October 30th.

If your child has special dietary needs, they can be be accommodated. Please designate on the form: or contact Mrs. Baril

Smith Stampede

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Reflections Program

There are many ways to incorporate the arts on campus, but one BIG WAY is with Reflections – a program of The National PTA that has excelled in Texas. By providing Reflections on our campus, we are setting our PTA, students, and families up for a real win-win!

Year after year, research confirms the importance of the arts in our children’s lives. The arts provide a platform for students to exercise social skills and they function as an emotional outlet. The arts also impact academic performance by building creative problem-solving skills and critical thinking. Through Reflections, we are providing an opportunity for students to express themselves and strengthen their minds for success now and in the future.

Reflections engages the whole family by supporting and celebrating the student artist!

We hope more students take part in Reflections this year, and we can’t wait to see how Smith students interpret the theme, “Look Within”.

All Smith students will be recognized for participating. The state winner will receive $100 from The National PTA among other recognition.

If you have any questions, please reach out to the

Smith PTA Arts In Education Chair Nicole Moreno @

Let’s shoot for every Smith child to submit an entry! The deadline to submit entries is Oct 31st.

To help you get started this year, below is information on the categories, rules and the application for entering.

Entries can be turned into the Reflections Entry Box located in the front office starting Oct 1st.

Participation Rules


Reading Responses

Students will now be bringing home reading responses for their reading homework. They will receive a new reading response form every Monday and they are due on Friday. They can pick a response question that is attached to the form and answer that question after they read for their 20 minutes a night. Students are required to do 3 out of the 4 responses. If a student completes all 4 they will receive a punch.

Map Quizzes

Map quizzes will begin on October 10th. Your student will be bringing home their first map tomorrow! They will have 2 weeks to study the states and their capitals. A key of the map can be found in Google Classroom.

Smith Treblemakers

Treblemakers choir is underway! Our first performance is at LTHS on Monday, October 21st. Please visit our website for the most up to date information.


Math- Dividing Fractions

Reading- Main Idea and Summaries in Informational Texts

Writing- Informational Writing - Through the Lense of History

Science- Electrical and Light Energy

Social Studies- The American Revolution

Important Dates

October 4 - Pine Cove Paperwork due

October 10 - Smith Stampede

October 11 and 14th - No school

October 18 - Principal Award & 9 Week CHARACTER Awards @ Celebrate Smith

October 24 - Report Cards Go Home; PTA General Meeting & 2nd Grade Performance @6:00 PM in Smith Cafe

October 25 - 9 Week A/AB Honor Roll & Perfect Attendance Awards and Stampede Prize Assembly @ Celebrate Smith

October 30 - Pine Cove Camper payment due

October 31 - PTA Reflections Due--prize given to students who submit an entry!

November 6 - Chaperone payment due for Pine Cove (chaperones only)

November 18 - Pine Cove Medicines and doctor notes due to Nurse Vanstory

November 20-22 - Pine Cove trip

Attendance Information

    • Absent/Late: If your child is going to absent or arrive late due to an appointment, please email the teacher as well as Mrs. Hurwich at as soon as possible
    • Appointments: a doctor’s note is required for an appointment to be excused and must be submitted to the office within 3 days of the appointment
    • A parent note/email or doctor note must be provided for an absence or it will remain unexcused
    • See FISD Attendance Guidelines at for more details