Fifth Grade NEWS 2015-2016

Weeks 14-16 December 1-18

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Upcoming Events


12.3 - 12.4 Reindeer Express Shop Previews

Week of 12.7-Reindeer Express Shop is open

12.10 Ho! Ho! Ho Down! 5:00-7:00 p.m.

12.11 Pike Performance 9:45-10:30

12.14 Progress Reports go home

12.15 Chorus students caroling at Justin Nursing Home

12.15 Holiday Luncheon for family and students

12.18 Christmas Sing-Along Assembly 8:00 a.m.

12.18 Classroom Winter Party 1:30-2:30 p.m.

12.19 thru 1.4 Winter Break--NO SCHOOL

Double STRIDE credit for minutes completed during the break.

Students return to school on TUESDAY, JANUARY 5th

January 2016

1.5 Students return to school

1.18 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day-Student/Staff Holiday

1.21 Report Cards go home

Holiday Party

Here is the link for our Holiday Party sign-up…

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.

Tutoring Available

We would like to let you know that we will be available for students who need additional help in Math and Reading. For the month of December, any students who need help can come in. Starting in January, specific students will be invited to attend tutoring.

Math teachers will be available on Tuesday Mornings from 7:15-7:45 am.

Language Arts teachers will be available on Thursday Mornings from 7:15-7:45 am.

Learning Goals...

Language Arts and Social Studies

Language Arts

Students will be reviewing text features and how they help readers understand and analyze the text. Students will look at the various text structures for nonfiction texts such as compare and contrast, sequencing, and cause and effect. We will also be looking at magazine layouts and creating our own.

Social Studies

We are touching on the Constitution and how it guards against tyranny. Then, we will look at the Bill of Rights so that we can understand why it was created and its importance.

Math and Science


Students are finishing up with long division this week. We are headed into geometry and will work on classifying sets of two-dimensional shapes based on their attributes and properties.


In December, we will investigate how the surface of the earth changes. We explore the processes of erosion, weathering, and deposition. The students will be able to explain how and why the processes change the surface of the earth. The students will explore stream tables, sedimentary rock formation, fossil formation, and resources we get from the earth.

Southeast Map Region Weekly Quiz

Here are the states that we are focusing on now.

Students need to know the location and name of each state as well as the capital for each state by the Winter Break.

Little Rock, Arkansas (AR)

Baton Rouge, Louisiana (LA)

Jackson, Mississippi (MS)

Nashville, Tennessee (TN)

Frankfort, Kentucky (KY)

Charleston, West Virginia (WV)

Richmond, Virginia (VA)

Raleigh, North Carolina (NC)

Columbia, South Carolina (SC)

Atlanta, Georgia (GA)

Montgomery, Alabama (AL)

Tallahassee, Florida (FL)


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.

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.

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.


Remind is a free, safe, and simple messaging tool that helps teachers share important updates and reminders with students & parents. Subscribe by text, email or using the Remind app. All personal information is kept private. Teachers will never see your phone number, nor will you see theirs. Visit to learn more.

To join Remind, simply Text to 81010 the correct unique class code. (ex. @abbotta)




There is also one for our school--@claralove

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.

Fifth Grade Teachers