Fifth Grade News

December 2015

Fritz Happenings

December 5 - Pancake Breakfast

December 11 - All Pro Moms Breakfast (last names A-L)

December 15 - Holiday Concert

December 17 - Fulton Field Trip

December 18 - All Pro Moms Breakfast (last names M-Z)

December 23 - Early Dismissal at 1:15

December 24 - January 1 - No School

Holiday Concert

Tuesday, Dec. 15th, 7pm

J E Fritz Elementary School, Lancaster, PA, United States

Lancaster, PA

You are invited to attend a holiday concert performed by the 3rd-6th Grade Orchestra, Band, Chorus, and Orff Ensemble.


We have been focusing on text structures and will continue to practice after the Thanksgiving break. After introducing the topic, students used task cards with short informative stories, to practice the skill. The stories were high interest topics and the kids loved reading them and identifying what structure type was used. We will extend our learning after the break and begin to compare and contrast different text features. We will also begin to analyze text more closely and practice a new close reading strategy. Ask your kiddo what the five text structure types are!
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Pancake Breakfast

Saturday, Dec. 5th, 8am

J E Fritz Elementary School, Lancaster, PA, United States

Lancaster, PA


In December, the students will be continuing with fractions and moving on to Patterns, and then Decimals.

We just completed the Case of the Tricky Triplets in our math mysteries. This mystery focused on the skill of adding and subtracting with decimals as well as fractions. Ask your child if they were able to solve the mystery!

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Junior Achievement Day

Social Studies

We just completed chapter 9 and are moving into chapter 10 right after a mini unit on democracy and the Bill of Rights. Ask your fifth grader to see his/her interactive notebook and check out all the work they did regarding the American Revolution. Once the Social Studies curriculum is finished, we will move into the Science curriculum, Earth Science.

Writing and Grammar

Students were busy with informative writing in the month of November. After completing a longer piece in class, they completed a second multi-paragraph essay for the district writing assessment. Students will be applying what they know about our five domains (focus, content, organization, style, conventions), as we move in to opinion writing in December. Learning to support their opinions with strong facts and details will be our next area of focus.
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Fritz Holiday Store

The Holiday Store will be open this year during lunch time and on Saturday during the Pancake Breakfast.

  • Wednesday, December 2 10:45-1:30
  • Thursday, December 3 10:45 - 1:30
  • Friday, December 4 10:45 - 1:30
  • Saturday, December 5 8:00 - 11:00

Please make any checks payable to Fritz PTO.

If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Burkhart at .

"No Missed Assignments" Celebration

Students with no missed assignments for the trimester were invited to watch National Treasure as a reward for all of their hard work so far this year. The content of this movie follows our current social studies content and the students enjoyed making connections from the movie to real life historic events.
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Holiday Stocking Stuffers

Please consider gifting your children with glue sticks, Expo markers, ear buds, and colored pencils this holiday season!