Staying In-the-Know

with Mrs. Drayton

Dutch Fork Elementary The Academy of Environmental Sciences, Title I


VIP Folders & Reminders

  • weekly work
  • PTO store information (optional)

  • Affixes Quiz 10 Friday, 12/1
  • December Reading Goal Sheet due Friday 12/1
  • PTO Holiday Store, open 12/4-12/8 (Drayton Homeroom on 12/8 @ 10 am)
  • MAP Winter Testing Tuesday & Wednesday 12/5 & 12/6
  • Field Trip to Harbison State Forest Thursday 12/7
  • Interims Go Home Friday 12/8
  • November/December Reading Goal Sheet due Thursday 12/14
  • Winter Party Friday 12/15

*We are continuing with our nonfiction reading and writing units. Please be certain your reader continues to try out strategies to make sense of the text he or she is reading.

Please email your child's homeroom teacher if you are interested in being a chaperone for the Harbison Forest field trip!

Harbison State Forest Field Trip

We will be outside the entire time of our field study so please watch the weather and make sure your child dresses accordingly. Also, you may want to send your child with a small bottle of water and make sure they wear their 5th grade DFES t-shirt, comfortable jeans or pants, and closed-toe shoes to protect their feet while we are on the forest hike. Also, please don't forget to pack your child's lunch if you didn't request a school lunch.

Mitten Tree

Dutch Fork Elementary will sponsor a Mitten Tree project during the holiday season. Students, staff and community members may donate mittens, gloves, scarves, hats and socks, and hang them on the tree in the school's cafeteria lobby. Donated items will be given to a local charity to distribute to families in need during the winter months. Donations will be accepted from Nov. 27 until Dec. 15.

MAP Standardized Testing Information

5th grade Winter MAP testing​ begins Tuesday, 12/5 and ends on Wednesday​, 12/6

Here are a few testing tips:
  • Testing will begin promptly at 8:00 AM each day. Be sure your child is well-rested and

    ​arrives ​on time.

  • Make sure your child eats a healthy and filling breakfast.
  • Students are not permitted to have any electronic devices during testing. This includes cell phones, calculators and watches with alarms.
  • Encourage your child to do his/her best on both days of testing.
  • Eliminate pressure and send them off with a hug and a smile!
  • No HW on the nights before testing.

Crafting a Summary

We have been determining central/main ideas of nonfiction texts to construct summaries of what we have read. We have determined these components should be included in our written summaries:

  • main idea(s) and/or central idea
  • supporting details (evidence)
  • leave out personal opinions
  • brief
  • evidence based language


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Our read-in provided some much needed to time to enjoy books we love with no strings attached!

Invitation: Try out a read-in at home! Turn off the electronics, get some great snacks, and cuddle up with your books for a couple of hours. It may just be the break you need.