5th Grade Newsletter

January 2016

Science with Mr. Twa

In January we will be researching alternative forms of energy, creating websites, and gathering a deeper understanding of the energy resources we use and why. We will have an assessment over the Earth and space science toward the end of the month.

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Reading, Writing, & Social Studies with Mrs. Brittain & Mrs. Harris

In the month of January, in Reading we will be studying and analyzing the genres of drama and poetry. In Social Studies, now that we have learned how our country set up the government, we will be focusing on how our country grew into what it is today from the 13 original colonies, by studying westward expansion.
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Math with Mrs. Hladky

In 5th grade math we will start the new year by learning more about fractions. We will learn all about subtracting fractions with different denominators and also how to convert inches, feet and yards. Towards the end of the month, we will then learn about multiplying decimals. Remember to keep practicing those multiplication facts so we can get better and better! Starting this week students will begin bringing their problem solving journals back and forth to school each day. They will have one problem assigned each day in their journal. Be sure to ask your child to show you the work they are doing in their journal and help them remember to bring it back to school each day! Happy 2016!

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Please encourage your child to complete their weekly math and reading homework. It is vital to your child's success that they are reading at least 20-30 minutes a night, and practicing their math fluency and skills. Students who turn in their homework have the opportunity to earn WOO bucks!

January Dates to Remember

Early Release-January 14, 2016

  • On Thursday, January 14th, we will have an early dismissal. School dismisses at 12:15.

Early Release-January 15, 2016

  • On Friday, January 15th, we will have an early dismissal. School dismisses at 12:15.

End of 3rd Six Weeks-January, 15, 2016

No School-January 18, 2016

  • In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, there will be no school.

STAR Party & Awards Assembly-January 22, 2016

  • Parents are welcome to attend the 3-5th grade Awards Assembly. Please encourage your child to wear their favorite college colors!

Jump Rope for Heart Week-January 25-29th

  • Students will be participating in the Jump Rope for Heart activities in their P.E. class.
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Time is running out to order the 2016 Seven Hills Elementary
School yearbook.

Order by January 22nd, 2016 to ensure your student
has a copy at distribution time.

Get yours today!

Texas Stride

Stride is a valuable resource that reinforces what is being taught in your child's science, math, and reading classroom. Please encourage your child to use it at home. If your child needs another copy of their login, please let their homeroom teacher know!
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Goal Setting

Seeing as that one of the themes of our school this year is to have a growth mindset, we will be implementing goal setting in each of our classrooms this year. Each student will be responsible for setting goals in specific academic areas throughout the year with the help of their teachers. Our hope is that each student will use the goals they have set to motivate themselves to reach their potential!


Parents play an important role in our success. Please ask your child about their goals and encourage them to work hard in order to reach them! We want to celebrate their successes, and we know that it would be even more powerful if their successes are celebrated both at home and at school!

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Six Flags Read to Succeed

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This year the 5th Graders at Seven Hills will be participating in the Six Flags Reading Program. Each child that reads for a total of 6 hours will receive a free Six Flags ticket! Please be on the lookout for more information on how this program works! This is a great way to get your books for Million Word Challenge and a free ticket to Six Flags at the same time!