5th Grade Newsletter

March 22, 2018

Spring Photo Information

  • Spring Photos Are Here!
  • Information about purchasing the entire photo package or individual sheets is located inside the portrait package
  • Please return the payment for the photos or return the photos you do not wish to purchase to your child's teacher by Tuesday, March 27th
  • Please make checks payable to Lifetouch
  • You can also pay at www.mylifetouch.com (look for the access code on your child's photos)

After School Plans

As the weather has improved, we have noticed an increased number of students trying to make arrangements after school to have a play date or go to the playground. This is causing confusion and a safety issue at dismissal time. Please make sure you and your child have made their afternoon plans prior to them coming to school each day.

Upcoming STAAR Dates

Please take note of the testing days and avoid scheduling any appointments on these dates.

April 10 - Math

April 11 – Reading

May 16 – Science

A note about STAAR testing.

March 2018

Dear Parents,

Fifth grade students are scheduled to take the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) tests in Math on April 10 and in Reading on April 11, 2018.

There are several things that you can do to help your child be successful on this test.

· Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep the night before the test.

· Prepare a healthy breakfast for your child on the morning of the test.

· Have your child arrive at school on time that morning to avoid feeling rushed.

· Send a snack with your student to have during the testing. (Non-messy snacks are best)

· Do not schedule any medical appointments for your child on test day.

· Please do not plan to eat lunch with your child on test day.

· Finally, send your child to school with a hug and words of encouragement.

Please note, cell phones are not allowed in the classroom during testing. Thank you for your support in preparing your student for the STAAR test. Please contact me if you have any questions.


Cheryl Hendrix



Math - Concept Review

Science - Adaptations and Inherited Traits

Reading - Fiction Skills Review

Social Studies - Great Depression

Writing - Expository Essays

Grammar - Comma Review

5th Grade End of Year Video

Every year, Smith celebrates its fifth grade graduates with a special video. The video includes all 5th graders, highlighting their years at Smith - from kindergarten to 5th grade. The video will be shown to 5th graders and their parents during the last week of school. The 5th grade teachers would like to thank Linda Crossman and Lana Cordero for taking on this huge project. We really appreciate you!

Now, they can't do this on their own. Your help is critical to the success of this project. Please remember to send those photos in.

Important Dates

March 29- Report cards go home

April 2: Live Bits Guest Speaker

April 4: EOY Party Planning Meeting

April 10: STAAR testing on campus. Please no visitors to campus.

April 11: STAAR testing on campus. Please no visitors to campus.

April 16-20: Spring Book Fair

April 19: Reflections Night/PTA Meeting/Book Fair

April 26: Open House

May 7- 11: Teacher Appreciation Week

May 16: STAAR testing on campus. Please no visitors to campus.