Fifth Grade Newsletter

September 20, 2018

Progress Reports

Progress reports went home today with your child. Please let your child's teacher know if you have any questions. Grades can seem abnormally high or low on a progress report depending on how many grades we have in. Things will level out by the end of the 9 weeks. Two punches for all students who return the blue copy tomorrow with a parent signature.

Friday Academy

As mentioned at the curriculum night meeting, we have rolled out Friday Academy this week. Your child may have come home with one or more Friday Academy slips for you to sign. The slips are different colors based on which class they are behind in and include the names of the assignments that are missing. (Baril-blue, Madden-green, Fariss-pink, Redburn-orange)

This slip of paper is your notice that your child did not finish their work in the expected time frame and that if it is not finished by 2:00 on Friday, they will need to stay after school until 3:45. Please sign the slip(s) if your child brings one home and indicate how your child will be getting home on Friday.

Students are ONLY expected to stay if they have not completed the missing work. Any 504 or Special Education accommodations your child might have are also considered before assigning Friday Academy.

Part of the goal of Friday Academy is to make the students more aware of their work, and encourage them to take care of it in a timely manner. As you may know, middle school’s late work policy is much more strict. We want to help develop a sense of responsibility and awareness in our students before we send them off to middle school.

Thanks for being supportive and involved. Please let us know if you have any questions!

Smith Stampede Yard Signs - Due Date 9/25

The deadline to order a Smith Stampede Yard Sign is fast approaching. Orders MUST be received by Tuesday, September 25th.

You can return the form and payment to your child's teacher (form was in Thursday Folders) or, go to to order.

Signs will look like the picture to the right, with student's name printed in the middle.

CogAT Testing

Fifth grade students will be taking the Cognitive Abilities Test on October 10th and 11th. This is a standardized test that measures a student’s ability to think and solve verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal problems. Please do not schedule any out of school appointments for these days. Results from the testing will be reported to our campus and parents later this semester. You can help your child by making sure they get plenty of sleep the night before testing and that they eat a good breakfast in the morning.

Pine Cove Camp

We had our Pine Cove information meeting on Tuesday. If you did not attend, your child would have brought home the important paperwork packet Wednesday. The white copies are yours to keep and the colored copies must be filled out completely and returned to school.

We are so excited to offer this amazing learning and bonding learning trip to our students and we can't wait to watch them experience it!

As a reminder, here are your due dates:

October 1- Chaperone background checks

October 1- All forms due to homeroom teacher

October 1- Dietary restrictions (if any) documented on google form

October 19 - Camper Payment

November 1- Chaperone Payment

Some years we might have one or two students who do not attend Pine Cove Camp. Please note that if your child does not attend camp, they must still report to school all three days. We will have assignments for them that they will complete in a 4th grade classroom.

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Destination Imagination

Destination Imagination Parent Awareness Meeting

Information about Destination Imagination

Vaughn, Tadlock, Robertson, Boals, Smith

Date: September 25, 2018

Time: 6:45 PM

Location: Boals Elementary- Cafeteria

School contact: Whitney Baker, GT teacher



Math- Financial Literacy and add/subtract fractions

Reading- Comparing Greek and Origin Myths

Writing- Revising Personal Narratives

Science- Types and Uses of Energy

Social Studies- Colony Regions

Important Dates

September 25 - Picture Day and DI meeting

October 1- Pine Cove Paperwork due

October 5 & 8- No school

October 10 & 11 - CogAT testing

October 19- Pine Cove payment due

November 1- Chaperone payment due for Pine Cove (chaperones only)

November 12- Medicines and doctor notes due to Nurse Vanstory

November 14-16- Pine Cove trip

Attendance Information

    • Absent/Late: If your child is going to absent or arrive late due to an appointment, please email the teacher as well as Mrs. Hurwich at as soon as possible
    • Appointments: a doctor’s note is required for an appointment to be excused and must be submitted to the office within 3 days of the appointment
    • A parent note/email or doctor note must be provided for an absence or it will remain unexcused
    • See FISD Attendance Guidelines at for more details