5th Grade Falcons

News You Can Use for the Week of 11/17 through 11/21

Its Time to Order Your Yearbook!

Yearbook orders can be placed online at balfour.com. 5th grade dedications can also be completed on the Balfour website. The cost is $10. Please contact Mrs. Sorrells if you have any questions!

The Big Event

The Big Event is coming to the EAST ZONE, and you are invited! Next week, we will share more information with you and our students by having a fun week of spirit wear. Your child can pay $1 to participate in any spirit day or $3 to participate in all days!

Next week:

Monday – Pajama Day – Don’t sleep in on March 21, give back to your community!

Tuesday – Hat Day – Hats off to the Big Event!

Wednesday – Sunglasses Day – Our community is so bright, we need to wear shades!

Thursday – Pop in and show your community spirit with service! (Students will receive a Blow Pop.)

Friday – Cowboy up for our community! Wear your cowboy/cowgirl gear!

All proceeds will go to support the Big Event activities. While next week we are raising money for the event, the Big Event is not until Saturday, March 21, 2015. That day will start with a pep rally for the entire east zone, and then the schools will participate in different community service activities.

Late and Missing Work

Some 5th graders are really struggling getting their assignments turned in on time. Parents, we are asking for you help in stressing the importance of being responsible and getting work done by the due dates we give. If a student is missing an assignment, they will receive a Missing Work Notice in their folder. Please sign these notices and encourage your child to complete the assignment. Missing work is given a zero in the gradebook until it is turned in. If the work is not turned in by the new date chosen by the student, the zero will stay in the gradebook. We do not want our kids to develop a habit of failing to turn in homework before they go to middle school!


5th grade teachers will offer tutoring this week on Wednesday afternoons from 3:05-3:35. Your child's teacher will notify you if they would like your student to attend tutoring. If you would like your child to attend tutoring, please contact your student's homeroom teacher.

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, November 18 - Reading CBA

Monday, November 17 through Friday, November 21 - Scholastic Book Fair

Monday, November 24 through Friday, November 28 - Thanksgiving Break


This week in ELAR

Homework Problems: Istation--Don't worry about this weeks for Istation. Some of the students have not completed the monthly assessment yet at school. When this happens, they can not access it at home. Please tell your child this, as I remembered this after school today. It will be available for the week of this newsletter, though! Thanks for your patience and understanding!

We will continue myths with comparing and contrasting going into next week. We will also continue with parts of speech. I had to adjust our learning due to students' needs, so we have not started verbs yet.

Also, the PBL with The Sandwich Swap has been going so well! Much of our time has been spent in our U.S. Region Groups! Please ask your child about their learning of other cultures and foods across our nation!

We will begin having iStation as homework on Wednesdays.


Monday--Reading Log

Tuesday--Reading Log

Wednesday--iStation on home computer or iPad

Thursday--Reading Log

Students should be accessing Istation at home. They have their log in information stapled to the Take Home Folder. Please let me know if you do not have online access and I will help your child make other arrangements to complete their homework. The library is aways an option, as well.

Please also make sure your child is completing their 20 minutes of reading per day and completing the Reading Log.

This week in Math

This week we will continue to study the division of larger numbers (up to 2-digit divisors and 4-digit dividends). Please practice the basic math facts with your child at home. Knowing the multiplication and division facts makes it easier to solve long division problems.

This website provides a link to several resources we use for math:


This Week In Science

This week we will begin our study of electrical circuits. Our goal for the unit is to demonstrate that the flow of electricity in circuits requires a complete path through which an electric current can pass and can produce light, heat, and sound.

Key Concepts

  • Electricity flows in a closed path to form a circuit and stops when the circuit is broken.

  • We can demonstrate that electricity can produce light, heat, and sound when flowing through a circuit.

  • Many everyday devices use electricity to produce light, heat, and sound.

Essential Questions

  • How does electricity travel?

  • Electricity can be transformed into which other forms of energy?

  • What is necessary to have energy flow through a circuit? What happens if some parts of the circuit are missing?

This Week in Social Studies

This week we will begin to analyze the reasons that the colonists became unhappy with British rule and examine the steps that led them to revolution! Our unit will include research and the study of primary source documents, as well as biographies of famous revolutionary war heroes and early leaders of the United States.

A Message from our Counselor

Calling all dads...

Please consider joining our Watch D.O.G.S program! If you are interested, please follow this link to fill out some information for Mrs. Sanchez: Watch DOGS information sheet

If you are able to join, follow this link to order your t-shirt before your volunteer time: order a shirt


Please support our school by joining PTA! Follow this link to see what our amazing PTA has in store for us and find out about membership information!


Contact Us!

5th Grade Teacher Email Addresses

Mrs. Brown brownek@lisd.net

Mrs. Finley finleyl@lisd.net

Mrs. Horne hornej@lisd.net

Mrs. Purvis purvisad@lisd.net

Mrs. Vitosh vitosha@lisd.net

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