5th Grade Newsletter

January 20, 2017

Next Week's Curriculum

Math -Numerical Patterns and Graphing on Coordinating Grids

Science -Water Cycle

Reading - Literary Nonfiction

Writing - Imaginative Writing

Social Studies -Industrial Revolution

Parent Meeting at Clark Middle School


6:00 – 7:00 PM Clark cafeteria

Clark Middle School is having a parent meeting for upcoming 6th graders.

(Staff will be meeting with 5th graders at their individual campuses for registration.)

Odds and Ends:

Green Thursday Folders

Be on the lookout in your child's binder for their Thursday Folder. We have punched holes in the folder so that it can be kept in the binder. This is where you will find all graded work, as well as notes/flyers that are sent home. Please remove all papers/notes on Thursdays. Thanks so much!

Report Cards

Report cards came home on Thursday. The report card copy is for you to keep. Please have your child return their empty, signed envelope to their teacher.

STAAR Simulation Dates

Students will be taking the Practice STAAR tests on January 30 (Reading), and February 1 (Math). This practice gives our students some experience with the rigor of the 5th grade STAAR. In addition, the teachers use this information to differentiate instruction in order to better meets the needs of our students. Please do not schedule appointments for your child on these dates. Thank you for your cooperation.

Field Trip to the Symphony

5th grade will be attending the Plano Symphony on February 15th. Please fill out permission slip (yellow sheet - went home on 1/12) and pay on mypaymentsplus.com NO LATER THAN February 8th.

Meet the Instrument Night - January 26th and January 30th

If your child is interested in participating in band or orchestra next year, make sure to check out Meet the Instrument Night. Contact Mr. Katz for band (katzb@friscoisd.org) or Ms. Moore for orchestra (moorea@friscoisd.org) to schedule an appointment. This is a great opportunity to check out the different instruments available!

Time to order yearbooks! Deadline - February 3rd!

It’s that time of year again… YEARBOOKS! You can order online ONLY at www.jostens.com. Once on the website, type in our school information, “Smith, Frisco” and follow the information provided. Your options for ordering are on this page. Please make sure you include your student’s grade level and teacher to alleviate confusion when yearbooks are delivered in late May.

Ordering dates: January 13 February 3

· We will not take cash or check orders through the school office. You must order and pay online.

· We cannot accept any orders after February 3rd, no exceptions.

Questions, please email freeneya@friscoisd.org

Important Dates:

January 26 and 30 Meet the Instrument Night at Clark MS

January 30 Practice STAAR - Reading

February 1 Practice STAAR - Math

February 9 Clark Middle School Parent Meeting

February 10 Valentine's Day Party

February 15 5th grade Field Trip to the Symphony

February 16 Multicultural Night 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

February 18 Winter Carnival

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Counselor Corner

Counselor Corner,

January is the perfect time to talk about goal setting both academic and personal. Our guidance lessons will give students a chance to reflect on growth they have already experienced this school year and make plans for positive changes.

Small group academic counseling for 5th graders started in December and will continue this month. We go over results of the Cognitive Abilities test and make some short term and long term academic goals. We talk about possible courses choices for middle school. The Clark middle school counselor will be here in February to explain middle school course choices to the students.

Cheryl Hendrix


campus 504 Coordinator

campus Testing Coordinator



Smith Elementary