Fifth Grade Newsletter

January 31, 2019

Class Party Money

The PTA helps with the class parties by collecting the money, organizing the room parents and handling all reimbursements. This year, we are asking to please send in your one-time class party donation of $12.00 cash or check (payable to Smith PTA) to cover all three class parties for the year. These include the Winter Party, Valentine’s Day Party, & the End of the Year Party. You can also pay online If you have already paid, thank you! If you haven’t, please make your payment as soon as possible, as it helps the Room Parents to plan the year out for the parties for our kids. At this point in time, we have only received, 50% of fifth grade party payments. We are hoping to reach 100% soon!

If you have any questions or concerns about this or are unsure if you have paid, please contact Katie Augustine, PTA Treasurer (email!

DON'T FORGET: Wear RED tomorrow for the Kids Heart Challenge!

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Interested in becoming a Smith Elementary Mentor?

Smith Elementary is initiating a mentoring program for the spring semester. The purpose of the program is to improve the academic, self-esteem, social competence, and avoidance of problem/high-risk behavior by providing a relationship with a caring adult friend who works to help youth achieve their potential. We are looking for fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and husbands who are interested in participating in our mentoring program. We will be hosting an information night on February 4th from 6:00-6:45 pm where we will go into detail about the program, time commitments and structures.

If you are interested in learning more about our mentor program, please complete the interest form below.


Get excited everyone! The kids LOOOOVE these things! This is a wonderful opportunity to help support our end-of-year 5th grade party AND have some Valentine fun! See below for details.
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Valentine's Day Festivities!

Our Valentine’s Day party will be on Thursday, February 14th at 1:45. A link will be sent out next week to preregister.

Valentine's Boxes -To keep things organized, we ask that students bring in a shoe box, brown bag, or a grocery sack (double bagged in case suckers make holes!) for collecting their Valentine goodies.

Optional Valentine’s Day Activity- We LOVE this 5th grade activity because we have some really creative kids!! Students can join the optional Valentine’s Box class competition and let those creative juices flow. In this competition, students will bring in a “box” that competes in one or more of the following categories:

  • Best Use of Household Products
  • Best Use of Valentine’s Day Theme
  • Most Creative
  • Best Overall

Students in the class will vote on their favorite box using a ballot. There will be prizes for one winner of each category. The box should not be larger than a copy paper box. Students may begin bringing boxes in on Monday, February 11 (NOT BEFORE) or keep their box a secret until the 14th! The ideas are endless. May the best boxes win!

Cold Weather and Recess

When bundling your child up for school each morning, please keep the following recess guidelines in mind:

  • We will go out for recess if the temperature/wind chill is ABOVE 37 degrees.
  • If the temperature/wind chill is BETWEEN 32 and 37 degrees, we will go outside for half of recess.
  • We will have indoor recess if the temperature/wind chill is BELOW 32 degrees.
  • Teachers check the temperature/wind chill shortly before recess time (10:00 am).
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It's that time of year again...

Please read the following from our awesome nurse, Mrs. VanStory:


We have been experiencing a large number of kids with a stomach virus here at Smith. I wanted to you to be aware that if your child throws up, they need to be able to eat two full meals without throwing up before returning to school. PLEASE DO NOT send them back to school before that time frame. I appreciate the kids saying they are feeling better after throwing up and want to come to school, but as a parent, it is our responsibility to keep them home to help protect their weakened immune system as well as the other teachers and students at school. Thank you for your understanding.

The flu is also making its presence known here at school. I have provided you with some information below regarding the flu. Please try to stay healthy and I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Flu Symptoms

Please familiarize yourself with the signs and symptoms of the flu and keep your child home if they exhibit them and seek medical treatment as early as possible. Influenza usually comes on suddenly and may include fever, headache, body aches, tired/fatigue, cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, nausea. It is important to note that most people with the flu do NOT have all symptoms, and may only have a few. A common cold is usually milder, comes on gradually, and may include cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose but rarely causes fever, headache, body aches, or fatigue.


Please be mindful of FISD policy that students:

  • MUST not attend school if they have a fever (100.0 or higher) and cannot come back until they have been fever free for a full 24 hours without medication.
  • MUST stay home when sick (flu can still be contagious as long as they are having symptoms even without a fever. Please keep your child home when they are ill to prevent spreading these infections while at school, sporting events, and other public places)
  • If your child has a doctor’s excuse for their absence with a “return to class” date, then they cannot return until specified date. If they return before that date, they will be sent home.
  • Notify attendance and/or the nurse directly if your child is absent due to the flu or flu-like symptoms

Prevention Measures

  • The single most important thing you can do to prevent getting ill and spreading illness to others is to WASH YOUR HANDS!
    • Parents should consider having their families vaccinated against the flu. While flu vaccines are not always 100% effective in preventing illness, studies show they do reduce the risk of flu-associated hospitalizations, deaths, and prevent severe illness/symptoms if you do get sick (CDC).
  • Stay home when ill to avoid spreading germs and illnesses to others.
  • Practice coughing/sneezing etiquette to help stop the spread of germs:
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
    • Put your used tissue in a waste basket.
    • If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands
    • Remember to wash your hands after coughing or sneezing

Symphony Field Trip

Smith Elementary Fifth Graders will attend the Plano Symphony concert on Feb 19, 2019. See the document below for more information. Signed permission forms were due January 29, 2019. If your child has not turned in their permission form, they will need to bring it to Mrs. Alleman at the earliest convenience.

Attire for the Symphony Field Trip!

Please read the following from our lovely music teacher, Mrs. Alleman:

We are so excited to have the opportunity for all 5th graders to attend the symphony. We ask that student dress up for this event. Just like you wear different clothes to play sports that you would wear to school, we want them to understand the importance of this event and dress accordingly. Girls should wear a dress or skirt, or nice pants and a blouse. Boys should wear slacks and a nice shirt. We ask for no jeans with holes or t-shirts. We appreciate your help in making this a special event for our wonderful 5th graders.

Mrs. Alleman


Math - Coordinate Planes

Reading - Main Idea in Nonfiction

Writing - Research-Based Opinion Writing

Science - Sun Earth Moon Studies

Social Studies - Civil War

Order Your Yearbook!

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Important Dates

February 4 - Smith Mentor Program Information Night in Library @ 6:00 pm

February 7 - Rising 6th grade parent meeting at Clark Middle School 6:00 PM

2/11-2/14 - Friendship Week

February 14-Valentine's Party 1:30-2:30

February 15 and 18-No School

February 19 - 5th Grade Symphony Field Trip

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