5th Grade Times

February Issue

Pennies for Pasta!

Alpha Clubs' "Pennies for Pasta" event is being held in order to help raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This organization helps raise money for children with cancer. Classes will participate by bringing in pennies for a Penny War! Classrooms are trying to collect the most pennies.

Our school goal is to raise $650 or more. The classroom that collects the most money will win an Olive Garden lunch, including pasta, salad and bread sticks! If our school raises the bar by collecting $1,000 or more, the second place classroom will win a pizza party lunch!

Our Alpha Club representatives went around and spoke to classes on Friday. Each student has or will receive an individual collection box. Students can take these home to start collecting pennies. Anytime their box gets full, students can bring it back to school and empty their collections into the classroom box. A parent letter with more information has also been sent home.

Pennies will be collected during these weeks:

February 1-5

February 15-19

Taking the week of February 8th off due to PTO Cash Calamity Event (see Feb. calendar above)

Essential Learnings This Month


Mathematicians will be returning to the World of Fractions! The next few months will focus on addition and subtraction of fractions. Mathematicians will fluently calculate sums and differences of fractions with like and unlike denominators.

Click here to practice math facts!

Click here to practice math skills!

Language Arts

Readers determine importance and synthesize when reading informational text; readers learn strategies that help them read for main ideas and supporting details and fit all the text together as they become experts on the text topics. Readers will be working to determine text structures and synthesize when reading informational text; readers use their knowledge of the way informational text is organized to notice descriptive, chronological, comparison, cause and effect and problem and solution structures within and across sections of text. Readers learn ways to take notes in service of understanding not only the text structure but also the content of what has been read. Readers acquire organizational strategies for explaining the content of their topics to their partners. Whew! We will be busy over the next few months.


The next few weeks will be spent planning and organizing a science experiment that your child may need to complete at home. They will need to organize their data and present it to the class. Projects will be due Wednesday, February 24th. We will present to the classes in a "Science Fair" format.

Social Studies

We recently finished researching and presenting about some of the European explorers who braved the journey across the Atlantic ocean. Our driving question was thinking about just why people would be brave enough to risk their lives to venture out into the unknown. We were able to relate the thinking to our 5th grade throughline, "How do I impact the world?"

Up next, we're shifting focus on to colonization of the New World, specifically the English Thirteen (original) Colonies. This will soon lead us into the Road to Revolution and the creation of our country!

Attendance Updates

It is imperative that your child attend school everyday, unless they are ill. We cover a large amount of content everyday and it is very difficult for your child to keep and up feel confident in their learning when they return to school. Below are the guidelines for marking students absent and tardy.

  • If the student arrives between 8:26 a.m.-10:30 a.m., they will be marked "tardy."
  • If the student does not arrive until 10:31 a.m. or after, they will be marked "absent" for the AM.
  • If the student leaves before 2:00 p.m., they will be marked "absent" for the PM.
  • If the student leaves between 2:01 p.m. - 3:35 p.m., they will be marked "Left Early"

A Message from the CCS Administrator of Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Learning

Dear Elementary Families,

The end of our first semester of the 2015-16 school year signals an opportunity to celebrate your child's learning. Our Instructional Services Team looks forward to sharing the story of your child's learning journey with you and your family.

On Wednesday, February 10th, your child will bring home his/her first Learning Feedback Document (LFD). Along with this, you will receive information on the LFD and the Gradebook/Parent Vue. As we move forward, future LFDs will be available through ParentVue, our on-line Student Information System. Printed copies will be available through the main offices of each building.

Thank you,

Nancy Mahoney

Upcoming Important Dates

Friday, 2/5 PTO Movie Night from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Monday, 2/8 Den Meeting - Student Recognition (from the month of January)

Wednesday, 2/10 Learning Feedback Documents will be available online

Friday, 2/12 Valentine's Day Party 2:30-3:15

Wednesday, 3/2 CHS Music Field Trip

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