Ms. Ruiz's Class Newsletter

Room 203

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Hi Parents,

Wow! I cannot believe that we already done with the second week of school! I have really enjoyed getting to know each and every one of your children.

As mentioned, we will be communicating a lot through the newsletter this year. There will be so much to tell you about our 5th grade curriculum, school events, changes in schedules, tests, field trips, etc.

It was nice to see all of you at "Curriculum Night". I enjoyed meeting you and chatting about the classroom. The students were so excited to be able to create a video for you to watch. There were a couple topics I did not have time to touch upon, that I'd like to mention. The first is typing. In the future, your children will be completing the majority of their school and homework assignments on the computer. This year, they will also be taking the PARCC tests on a computer. The entire test is computer based and requires students to be efficient types. Here is where keyboarding skills are a must. We will be spending time in class to practice. However, more time spent at home will be beneficial.

Second, feel free to send an extra sweatshirt with your child to keep in their lockers. Our classroom can get chilly at times!

Enjoy your long weekend,

Ms. Ruiz and Ms. Mustafa


This week in Math, we continued to learn about student expectations and teacher expectations during Math Workshop. Also, we began our first chapter on place value where we reviewed how to read and write large numbers to 1,000,000 in standard form, word form, and expanded notation. Last, the students were introduced to a bunch of fun and educational math games. Math games are a great way to engage the students and to reinforce math skills that we use every day!

Social Studies

In Social Studies, we reviewed the 13 Colonies in order to prepare the events leading to the American Revolution. While no one event can be pointed to as the actual cause of the revolution, the war began as a disagreement over the way in which Great Britain treated the colonies versus the way the colonies felt they should be treated.

"NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION" will be the focus for next few weeks. On Thursday, the students got to experience what it was like for the colonists to be taxed by the King. In our simulation, students got to role play as tax collectors, the King, and the colonists.


In Reading, our class continued the discussion on the theme of perseverance. We read a variety of texts that had examples of perseverance and added text evidence to our Reader’s journal. We also started learning how to construct reading responses using those specific perseverance themed texts. The students will continue to write reader's responses throughout the school year!


In Writing, the students began constructing their Writer's journal. The Writer's journal is where the students can take notes on lessons being taught. Also, it is a place where they can brainstorm and do quick writes. Last, we began a discussion on the five steps to reading like a writer. Every author has a craft and it is important to notice that craft and eventually try to use craft in our own writing.


  • Voice levels
  • Our Read Aloud book, The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  • Safety Week drills
  • Mrs. Able's visit to the classroom


  • Monday, September 7th
  • No School- Labor Day

  • Tuesday, September 8th 8:45am
  • Coffee with the principal

  • Wednesday, September 9th 5:30-6:45pm
  • Greyhound Games

  • Thursday, September 10th
  • Greyhound Games (rain date)

  • Friday, September 11th
  • Greenbriar Block Parent Day
  • Bike/Walk to school day

  • Monday, September 14th
  • No School- Rosh Hashanah