5th Grade News

Mrs. Burmeister, Mrs. Millonzi, and Mr. Springer

Friday, October 2

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Mr. Springer will be virtually conferencing with parents on Wednesday, October 21 and Tuesday, October 27.

Mr. Springer's link:


Mrs. Burmeister and Mrs. Millonzi will be virtually conferencing together with parents on Thursday, October 22 and Wednesday, October 28.

Mrs. Burmeister's and Mrs. Millonzi's sign-up link:


Electronic Assignment Notebook

Fifth grade is still using the PTO provided assignment notebooks, but we are also providing an online version. The teachers update the assignment notebook each morning. Just click on the Week of "date" and then scroll to the day you need.

5th Grade Assignment Notebook

Our Learning

The workshops for Reading, Writing and Math are being established. The district wide workshop model includes whole group mini lessons, small guided groups and application time for practice. The kids are doing a great job getting in these routines.


Our first unit in reading will focus on community, integrating social studies and literacy. We are in the process of learning about various communities around the world and what impacts them! "What impacts a community?" is the question we will be returning to throughout the unit. This will support writing in which we will investigate more about a topic we are familiar with and write an informational text.

Fifth Grade Math

The classes are finishing up on the last section of Unit 1 with the learning of Powers of Ten.

  • Learning about exponents
  • Multiplying and Dividing with Powers of 10

Next week 5th grade will be finishing Unit 1 and starting Unit 2 which focuses on number operations of whole numbers and decimals.

Family Newsletter

The SDW Parent Math Site has been updated. This is a very comprehensive Kgn. through fifth grade site, so be sure to take a few minutes to view it.


This fall, the fifth grade could not participate with the in-person Fox River field experience, so this week all three fifth grade participated in a virtual platform with the District's Environmental Education Dept. The students got involved with the some of the same activities that would have occurred at the E.B. Shurts Environmental Center, but instead happened in our classrooms. The kids gained a more in depth understanding of the Fox River Watershed and the importance of protecting our fresh water resources.

School Counselor, Mrs. Edwards

This month the School Counseling Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) lesson addressed bully prevention techniques. These include when to approach an adult, use of I-messages and assertiveness skills. Students worked to identify behaviors that constitute bully behavior, how to handle these situations and when to seek assistance. The school counselor provides an activity done in class to further learning. Ask your student about this activity and the things they’ve learned from it.

October is Bully Prevention Month that aligns with our monthly counseling lessons. Your school counselors put together a few activities for this month:

**Monday October 5th- Wear Blue to support Bully Prevention. Share your support at #BlueUp #SDWBlueUP and share the message of being an Upsander.

**Wednesday October 21st- Wear Orange for National Unity Day. See the National Unity Day Guide for Schools

Newsletter (4th-5th)

Additional Resources: Parents ACT Now Resource

Remember the Dates

Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday 10/7 - Pizza Ranch Dining Night
  • Wednesday 10/14 - Culver's Dining Night
  • Wednesday 10/21 - School Picture Day
  • Wednesday 10/28 - Early Release Day
  • Thursday 10/29 - No School: Fall Break
  • Friday 10/30 - No School: Fall Break

Enjoy the weekend!

Darrin, Joelle & Nancy

Contact Information

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

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

Joelle Millonzi - jmillonzi@waukesha.k12.wi.us

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