5th Grade News

March 18, 2016

Student Spotlight...Guess Who?

There are some great people and things happening in 5th grade... Guess who...


  1. This student has had a couple excellent days in a row! He was helpful in the cafeteria. When the trash can was full, he took the initiative to go get another one so it would not overflow and even picked up the spilled trays. He was also clipped up in specials for great behavior. Great job, Michael J.!
  2. This 5th grader is always helpful without being asked. He takes the time in the morning to help get our classroom ready. Way to go Matthew S.!

It’s Time to Order Your Yearbook!


Parkside Elementary School Yearbooks:

$15.00 Each

Please fill out the order envelope that came home in your child's folder, enclose your check (payable to Classic Photography) or cash payment, and return to school with your child.

DEADLINE: APRIL 4, 2016

International Fair Project - Project Planning sheet was due Thursday 3/17

You should have received a yellow sheet in Thursday folders about the International Project that is due on April 20th. Fifth grade was assigned the country Asia, however students can choose their family/native/ancestral country. There is a piece that should have your signature that needed to be turned in Wed., March 17th). If this was done, it was returned to you for planning purposes.


This is a mostly at home project, however, students will be given some time in class to look up information. They will put this information in a GoogleDoc so that they will have access to it wherever they are.


Here is a link to the rubric that will be used to grade your child's project. International Fair Project Rubric


Have FUN! We can't wait to see the awesome projects that you all come up with!

Coming Up...

  • Thurs., March 24- 3rd Quarter Ends (also the absolute last day to turn in missing/late work)
  • March 25- Good Friday Holiday- No School
  • March 28-April 1- Spring Break
  • Monday, April 4- Deadline to order a yearbook $15
  • Thursday, April 7, Ridge Road visits our rising 6th graders
  • Thursday, April 14, Beginners Night for rising Kindergartners from 6-7 pm & Open House for new families
  • April 20th-International Project Due (see above for information)
  • Thursday, April 28- International Night at Parkside (projects will be displayed schoolwide)

Math- Decimal Computation

We will continue working with decimal computation (adding, subtracting, multiplying, & dividing decimals). The Post Test for this unit will be the Thursday before Spring Break.


Please start/continue practicing multiplication facts at home. Fractions are the bulk of the 5th Grade Math EOG and knowing their multiplication facts makes this easier.

English Language Arts (Reading)

This week we did a lot of testing, so the students read more in class and finished up outstanding assignments. Students should have turned in test corrections for their Cycle 3 Assessment. There was no contract this week.


Next week our Contracts come back as we try to complete our long term projects and practice context clues (as our Cycle 3 Assessment told us that we need to work on this). We will begin a unit on Historical Fiction. This is my favorite unit and students will begin book clubs when we return from Spring Break.


Please make sure your child is still reading a fiction book for enjoyment and jotting nightly. This book should come back and forth from school to home daily. Remind them to log their reading on Biblionasium daily.

Science- Body Systems

This week we finished our unit on Ecosystems with by taking our unit post test. We also spent time investigating the critters in our classroom ecosystems. Next week, we will begin our unit on Body Systems by examining cells and our circulatory systems.


The Body Systems Unit Vocabulary List can now be found on my Weebly. To practice vocabulary words, I would suggest creating vocabulary flash cards with the word on the front and the definition with examples on the back to promote further understanding.

Compass Learning

*Ask your child to explain their Student Data RIT Band Form.*

*They can tell you if they are on grade level or not.*


-website www.thelearningodyssey.com (username & password in agenda)

-there's an App, Puffin Academy

-individualized per MAP Scores

-60 minutes per week (~3-5 activities)

-during class

-homework if not complete

-80% is considered mastery

-grade will be given for completion/effort shown (weekly)


*Any extra you do at home will greatly help your child, there is a

correlation between this program and the EOGs.


The xxxxxxxx represent the student id number. The ........ represent their

Date of Birth in YYYYMMDD format.

Example: John Doe, 86743555 born 1/10/04

Username: cmssites\8674355

Password: 20040110

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