Mrs. Weitman's 5th Grade

News to Know!

May 1, 2016

It's May! Such a busy, exciting time of year. As Door County's busy season starts winding up, the kids might be thinking it's time to start winding things down. Not yet! We still have a lot to learn, experience, and accomplish, as you will see by the events highlighted in this week's newsletter.

Fieldtrip to The Clearing

Thank you again to FOG for making our fieldtrip to The Clearing possible. The students learned new techniques for writing poetry and practiced working with water colors and pastels. And all of you must have been crossing your fingers as I asked you to do in the last newsletter; right before we went out for our afternoon nature hike, the sun came out! A beautiful day!

Viking 5K- Run for the Playground

Gibraltar is getting a new playground, and believe me, the kids are super excited about it. As an elementary school, we hope to raise $5,000 or more to cover the cost of shipping the playground to Gibraltar. This year's Viking 5K will give students the opportunity to fundraise and do their part to help reach our goal. Fundraising envelopes were sent home with the students on Friday. Pledge money is due by May 31st.

The 5K will be held June 7th. All students will be able to participate no matter how much or how little they were able to fundraise.

Forward Exam Testing Begins Monday

On Monday, the students will begin taking the Forward Exam, Wisconsin's statewide standardized test. Testing will begin at 12:30 Monday-Thursday. Students will have ample time to complete the session given on each day. Please keep the testing schedule in mind when making appointments this week. Thanks!

The Forward Exam, like any standardized test, gives the school and teachers an honest look at how we are doing as a school, what our students have mastered and truly learned, and what we can get better at as a school to give students a better education moving forward. Our students have worked hard over the course of the year, and it will be exciting to see how well they do.

So, in addition to giving your child a positive pep talk (and a hug and a "You can do it!") before they leave for the day, please make sure they get a good night's rest and eat breakfast.

What We are Learning this Week

We will be learning about all sorts of concepts in Math this week. We will be calculating surface area, converting measurements, using algebraic expressions to describe rules, and creating tables and line graphs to show rates.

Writing class will find us continuing to work on the craft of argument writing. We will practice balancing evidence with our analysis of it. We will also rethink and explain the evidence used in our papers.

Hattie Campbell's diary will continue to be our mentor text in ELA as we delve into reading historical fiction more deeply and critically. Our book clubs have been great fun and the students are reading more than ever. They assign themselves more to read than I would! A few of the clubs are looking forward to starting their second book this week.

Due to the Forward Exam, it will be a quiet week in Math Extension. We will mainly be reviewing concepts that are the basis for upper level math.

Upcoming Events

May 2-5

Wisconsin Forward Exams

May 3

Viking Voucher Store

May 4

Progress Reports Go Home

May 5


5th/6th Grade Transition Night

(Parents Only)

May 18


4th/5th Grade Track Meet

May 20

No School-Professional Development Day

May 26


Spring Concert