Fifth Grade Weekly Updates
Week of August 28-September 1
Meet the team!
We're excited about another week of learning with our 5th graders!
We strive to create an environment that helps our students to meet their highest potential.
Please read our newsletter each week to get important updates and reminders.
Mrs. Peace 5A
Mrs. Brown 5B
Ms. Bradley 5C
Ms. Underwood 5D
Ms. Kinney (Reading Specialist)
Mrs. Sledge (IRR)
Mrs. Powell (Math EIP)
Mrs. Stanton-Cooper (ESOL)
What are we learning this week?
Math- We are discussing strategies to find the volume of rectangular prisms.
Please also practice multiplication facts daily!
Social Studies/Science- We are discussing Earth’s geographic features and how we represent and use them to describe locations.
Writing- We are working on informational writing about the U.S. Constitution.
Reading- We are reading to learn about important amendments to the U.S. Constitution. We will discuss the Due Process Clause in the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. We will use ideas from the passages we are reading to support our ideas.
What will we be learning next week?
Math- We will be finishing our Volume unit and beginning our new unit of Place Value using measurement. This will include powers of 10 and converting among units of measurement. Please make sure students have mastered their multiplication facts.
Social Studies/Science- We will begin our unit called Earth Changes over time. This unit investigates both constructive and destructive forces on earth. We will begin learning about weathering, erosion and deposition.
Writing- We will be working on informational writing about the the Transcontinental Railroad and how it changed America.
Reading- We will read a story and poem about the lives of the workers who helped build the Transcontinental Railroad in the late 1800s. As we read, we will use details from the books we are reading to support our ideas.
Finding the volume of a rectangular prism
Volume of a rectangular prism (video) | Khan Academy
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Students exploring and learning about volume!
Students are very focused while writing with Mrs. V!
Mark your calendars for these upcoming events!
8/29-8/30 5th Grade Science MAP Testing
9/4 Labor Day (NO SCHOOL)
9/14 DLI Math Family Night- 5:00-7:00 p.m.
9/20 Fall Pictures
9/25-9/29 Fall Break (NO SCHOOL)
STARBASE Field Trip
Fifth grade students will visit Starbase at Dobbins Airforce Base in October.
10/2 - 10/6 STARBASE Field Trip (5B and 5D)
10/9 - 10/13 STARBASE Field Trip (5A and 5C)
Permission slips were sent home in Thursday folders. In order to attend the trip to STARBASE, students must turn in signed permission forms.
Please click the link below to learn more about this exciting educational opportunity!
STARBASE - Home
STARBASE is a national Department of Defense youth program, designed to increase the interest in, and abilities at selected STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) topics in an at-risk population. Authorized by an Act of Congress in 2000, there are currently more than 75 locations in 40 states and territories, with a combined attendance of over 100,000 students each year.
Stay in touch with us!
Weekly Communication Folders are sent home each Thursday, to be returned on Friday. Inside the folders you will find your student's weekly homework. Your student is expected to complete all homework AND read 20 minutes each night. Homework is turned in on Thursdays and will be graded.
Download and use Class Dojo to communicate with your student's teacher!
Teachers will be using Class Dojo to reward positive behaviors. Students earn points and are able to "shop" with their points to purchase items. Teachers also use Class DoJo to send quick text messages when needed. Please get a code from your child's teacher and sign up if you haven't already!
A Message from Mrs. Powell (Math EIP)
Students in grades K-5 will be taking the MAP assessment this week beginning on Tuesday. Please make sure your child goes to bed early this whole week and eats breakfast. 5th graders will also take the MAP Science test on Aug 29-30th.
How MAP works:
"MAP Growth is a computer-adaptive test. If your child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. This type of assessment challenges top performers without overwhelming students whose skills are below grade level." (NWEA, 2022)
"When students finish their MAP Growth test, they receive a number called a RIT score for each area they are tested in (reading, language usage, math, or science). This score represents a student’s achievement level at any given moment and helps measure their academic growth over time. The RIT scale is a stable scale, that accurately measures student performance, regardless of age, or grade level. It also measures growth over time, allowing you to track your child’s progress throughout the school year and across multiple years. " (NWEA, 2022)
How is MAP data used?
"Teachers can use the scores to identify learning areas that their class should focus on, as well as monitor the growth of each student. Principals and administrators can use the scores to see the performance and progress of a grade level, school, or the entire district." (NWEA, 2022)
5th Grade Families:
PTA is excited to announce that we are now open for memberships! The GA PTA has moved to an online membership system called Totem. The cost to join has increased by $1.00, for a total of $11.00. Here is the link to join PTA: https://jointotem.com/ga/marietta/park-street-es-pta
Once you join, you can download a digital membership card to your phone or print a physical copy. You can also choose to send in $11 cash with your child to put in an envelope at school. The goal of the Park Street PTA this year is to build capacity to support students, families, and teachers!
Arrival / Dismissal
Change of Transportation
If there is a change in transportation arrangements, we require notice from the parent before allowing students to be transported by anyone other than a parent. You may send in a note with your child or email email@example.com with the details of the change. We do not allow students to walk or to ride home with unauthorized people.
At dismissal time bus riders will be put on the school bus unless a parent is present for pick-up, or the parent has notified the school office of another arrangement.
Students are not permitted to change buses to ride home with friends without a note from their parent. Please make arrangements for your child before he/she comes to school. If you must make a change during the day, notify the school office staff before 2:30 p.m.
Pick-up by Car in the Afternoon
Anyone picking up a child must have his/her Panther Car Tag. If you do not have a Panther Car Tag, you may get one at Sneak-A-Peek or by coming to the front office.
Please do not park across the street and have your child designated as a “walker”.
This is extremely dangerous, and teachers on duty will stop children crossing the street
unescorted by a parent or adult. If you need to come into the building, please park in a parking space.
When a student arrives late (after 8:30), an adult must sign the student in at the office.
Please limit early pick-up of children to emergencies and appointments. If a child is out for any portion of the school day, the missed time is recorded as a tardy. A note sent in the morning will help us to have your child ready. To avoid interruptions to instruction, no student
will be released between 2:45 and 3:15. Parents will be asked to wait for the dismissal bell. Come to the office to check out a student. Please be prepared to present photo identification upon request. No student will be released to an unknown or unauthorized person.
Students waiting to be picked up will be supervised until 3:30. After 3:30 they may be sent to the After School Program if they are pre-registered ($10 fee). Regular after school charges will apply. Many parents sign up for the program so their children can attend in case of emergency.