5th Grade News

Mrs. Burmeister, Mrs. Carlson, Mrs. Davis, and Mr. Springer

Friday, January 25, 2019

February Conferences

Fifth grade is changing their format for the February Parent/Teacher Conferences. Fifth grade will be doing combined conferences with both your student's fifth grade teachers. With this format change, fifth grade has added another day to the conference schedule. If you will be conferencing with other grade teachers, please remember the extra February 20th date is only at the fifth grade level.


Watch for the information for scheduling conferences in the Rose Glen Eagle Update.


Our fifth grade conference dates and times are:


Wednesday, February 20th- FIFTH GRADE ONLY- Parent/Teacher Conferences - 4:15-7:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 21st - Parent/Teacher Conferences - 4:30-8:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 28 - Parent/Teacher Conferences - 4:30-8:00 p.m.

Les Paul Guidance Counselor Visit

Today, Deb Cahill, a Les Paul Middle School guidance counselor, made a visit with our 5th graders. Mrs. Cahill's presentation covered a brief overlook of what 6th grade will be like at Les Paul Middle School. She talked about what a daily schedule will look like for your student, and what choices the families can make when choosing optional courses, such as band, choir, general music, or orchestra.


Forms were sent home today.

Please complete your student's sheet and return to the homeroom teacher by Friday, February 1st.


  • Make sure you circle a music choice AND have your parent/guardian sign it!

  • Circle your World Language Choice--Spanish or French.

  • Circle your elective choice--Engineering and Technology or Touch of BIZ

Visit From the Waukesha West High School Band, Orchestra and Choir

Yesterday, some members of the West Band, Orchestra, and Choir brought their instruments and voices to better inform our fifth grade students about the musical options that they can make for next year. The students from West High School demonstrated a tremendous amount of enthusiasm when showcasing their passion toward music. The fifth grade students were completely engaged during the 45 minute presentation.

Perspective Unit

5th Grade continues our Unit 4 in reading focusing on the Civil Rights Movement. The unit focuses on the essential question - How do we really know what happened in the past? We will continue our work on reading primary and secondary sources and how they provide various perspectives of the same event. 5th grade will be setting goals based on their reading MAP data. Also, students should be reading every night for 30 minutes. Research supports when a student reads consistently every night, they make significant gains.

Grammar/Writing


Students wrapped up their informational writing projects! Students chose very unique and interesting topics. Their writing will be showcased as a Rose Glen Gazette article. Please ask your child to share their great writing work! We will soon be starting a writing unit focusing on "Fractured Fairy Tales". Students are continuing the Greek and Latin Roots units for spelling and vocabulary. They are so excited when they find a unit word in their literature! Please make sure they are studying and using their Quizlet every night!

Math Workshop


The fifth grade students have been working in Unit 5: Best Buys, Ratios, and Rates - Addition and Subtraction of Fractions. The focus of this Fosnot unit is addition and subtraction of fractions and the development of students' understanding of equivalence of fractions, proportional reasoning, and rates.




The Big Ideas for This Unit


  • fractions express relationships --the size or amount of the whole matters
  • fractions may represent division
  • to maintain equivalence , the ratio of the related numbers must be kept constant
  • equivalence is preserved when corresponding equivalent parts are combined
  • to compare, add or subtract fractions a common whole is needed




Family Letter

Upcoming Planetarium Visit

Fifth grade classes will be going to the planetarium on Wednesday, February 13th.


Our times:

Burmeister/Davis 9:15 to 10:30

Carlson/Springer 10:15 to 11:30


The program will cover a tour to explore the variety of objects that populate our Solar System. Each planet will be examined individually, comparing rocky worlds to gas giants with our own planet, Earth.


This visit ties to the curriculum 5-PS2-1: Support an argument that the gravitational force exerted by Earth on objects id directed down.

Valentine’s Day Friendship Parties:

We will be having a Valentine’s friendship party on Thursday, February 14th. Notes will be sent home next week with more information including the names of all your son or daughter’s classmates. If your child would like to have a box or bag to hold their valentines please make them at home and send to school by the day of the party. Thank you!

Six Flags Reading Program

Remember, your child may begin reading and recording his/her reading minutes any time! Completed reading logs are due by Friday, February 15th.


Please note: Six Flags does not allow 4K students to participate in this program.

Any questions can be directed to Mrs. Krahn, Rose Glen's coordinator for Read to Succeed.

#970-2451 or bkrahn@waukesha.k12.wi.us


Six Flags Read to Succeed information & reading log

Remember the Dates

Wednesday, February 13th- AM visit to the Planetarium

Wednesday, February 20th- FIFTH GRADE ONLY- Parent/Teacher Conferences - 4:15-7:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 21st - Parent/Teacher Conferences - 4:30-8:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 28 - Parent/Teacher Conferences - 4:30-8:00 p.m.

Friday, March 1st - Early Release - Elementary students released at 1:40 p.m.

Wednesday, March 6th - End of second trimester

Contact Information

Please contact your child's teacher if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

Nancy Burmeister - nburmeis@waukesha.k12.wi.us

Pachion Carlson - pcarlson@waukesha.k12.wi.us

Annmarie Davis - adavis@waukesha.k12.wi.us

Darrin Springer - dspringer@waukesha.k12.wi.us