Fifth Grade Newsletter

April 2, 2020

You're Doing a Great Job!

We would like to personally thank each and every one of you for the work that you are doing with your students. We know that this is not easy and want to reassure you that we are all in this together!


We will continue to take your feedback and work hard to provide quality lessons for all of our kids. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us for curriculum and technology help!


The teachers are so proud of all of our students and the work that they are putting into eLearning! We miss them and cannot wait to hopefully see them soon!

Important Dates

April 6-19th- Smith PTA Book Fair

April 10th- NO SCHOOL!

April 13th- NO SCHOOL!

Smith PTA Book Fair

The PTA along with Scholastic is hosting an ONLINE Book Fair that will run April 6 through April 19.


Orders of $25 or more will ship to the students' home FREE.

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Lesson Plans and Assignments

As a reminder, all assignments are due on Sundays at midnight.


Next weeks lesson plans will be available Monday at 8:30 a.m.


Lesson plans will be available in multiple locations. We will send them via email (a S'more), post them on our Google Classroom so students can see them, and post them on the Smith website.


We have had several questions about logins. Please note that the most common sites and login information are listed below.


Please reach out to us if you have any questions.

eLearning Reminder

This is a friendly reminder to please encourage your child to showcase his or her own learning through our various eLearning platforms. We want to see students' understanding of the contents we are sharing. Given that providing relevant feedback to our students is one of the most effective ways to support students in making growth, it's important for us to see their authentic work and hear their own thoughts when they share their understanding of concepts. Please do not feel pressured to correct misspellings, edit/revise responses, etc. The information we receive from your child will support us in determining our next steps in providing helpful feedback and instruction.

Accessing various resources, tools, and websites

We want to make sure everyone knows how to log into the various platforms and websites we will be using. Although your children should be familiar with this, we wanted to make sure you have the information as well.


Some of the most common sites we anticipate using and their logins are listed below, as well as a link to a document with additional resources you can access at home.


Seesaw: seesaw.com

  • A separate email will follow with your child's NEW individual login codes. This is the ONLY login that will be different for them during this time. Your student needs to make sure to use NEW login we provide instead of the one they are used to.


Google Classroom: classroom.google.com


  • Username: firstname.lastname.###@k12.friscoisd.org
    (### is your child's last 3 digits of their lunch number)

    Password: 8 digit birthdate



Epic!: getepic.com

  • Families can join for free for 30 days.


STEMscopes: stemscopes.com

  • Username: Student ID # (lunch number)

    Password: 8 digit birthdate (mmddyyyy)


Imagine Math: https://portal.friscoisd.org/LoginPolicy.jsp and click the Imagine Math tile
  • Username: Student ID # (lunch number)

    Password: 8 digit birthdate (mmddyyyy)


BrainPop: brainpop.com

  • Go to brainpop.com and click sign in with 'G Suite for Education'
  • enter your Google Student Account login information
Username: firstname.lastname.###@k12.friscoisd.org
(### is your child's last 3 digits of their lunch number)

Password: 8 digit birthdate


Additional Login Links <-- click here

How Teachers Will be Facilitating This Process

Teachers will be available from 9 am to 11 am and 1 pm to 3 pm via email. We will also be providing timely feedback to students in order to support understanding of content. Since this is new for all of us, we will be monitoring and adjusting the lessons if needed. Please let us know if you run into any difficulties with this process so that we can fix it.


Emails:

sheltonk@friscoisd.org

farisss@friscoisd.org

maddenm@friscoisd.org

barill@friscoisd.org

littleb@friscoisd.org

radera@friscoisd.org


We are excited about this new adventure but know it will not come without its challenges. We look forward to working through this learning experience together with you and your child.

District Tutoring Available

The District is offering help some evenings. Check out the flyer for more information.