5th Grade News

December 15-19, 2014

Important Dates

Tuesday, December 16: Hanukkah Celebration & 5/6 Dreidel Tournament

@ LS Library (3:30 pm)

Thursday, December 18: 5th Grade Holiday Party (end of day)

Friday, December 19: Lessons & Carols, early dismissal

Monday, January 5: Teacher In-Service (No School)

Tuesday, January 6: Students back to school!

5th Graders in Chapel (Winter Wonderland)

Academic Updates

Language Arts:

Students finished writing their Long Walk to Water papers and are now reading self-selected novels and finishing double-entry journals and vocabulary logs. Students will work on friendly letter writing and a little holiday poetry.


Students will be continuing their work with fractions. They will begin to incorporate decimal numbers into expressions and upon our return from the break, begin to work on converting between customary and metric units of measure.

Social Studies:

Students will be publishing their Ancient Egypt Research papers! An in-school celebration will be in order, and you will receive an invitation to join us in that celebration after the new year.


Trips to Shoal Creek and recent news about rain and flooding in California have all added to our understanding of how water flows and can change the earth's surface. All classes also carried out experiments testing soil vs. gravel for holding and draining water.

Felices ferias et felicem annum novum!

Latin & Spanish:

5th graders are getting ready to go caroling around the school this Wednesday and Thursday with beloved songs in Latin! Felices ferias et felicem annum novum and Feliz Navidad!

Percussion Concert Success!

On Wednesday night, the Small Gym was transformed into an informal concert venue,

and 5th & 6th graders presented a program called "Christmas Around the World" to
a packed house. Mr. Mayers and Mr. Mac thank all the students for their hard work. Thanks also to Ms. Torres and all her artists for creating such a beautiful pine-forest backdrop. (photo credits: Vince Totero)

A Holiday Wish

From our classrooms to your homes, we wish you the best of what the holiday season has to offer. Please be safe on your journeys, where ever they might take you, and let the season fill your heart with kindness and love! We wish everyone a new year filled with health and happiness.

Ms. Ballon, Mr. Eleby, Mrs. Pound, Ms. Dill, and Sra. Flores

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