5th Grade News

Mrs. Burmeister, Mrs. Millonzi, and Mr. Springer

Friday, January 29

Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences

Spring Parent/Teacher conference will be held virtually on 2/18 and 2/24 with an additional date of 2/25 for Mrs. Burmeister & Mrs. Millonzi.

Mrs. Burmeister & Mrs. Millonzi's Conference Sign-Up Link:


Mr. Springer's Conference Sign-Up Link:


Friendship Party

We will be having our Friendship Party on Friday, February 12th. If students are interested in exchanging Valentines, we ask that they bring one for everyone in the class. All students must have a bag or can decorate their own Valentine box to bring their Valentines home. Those Valentines and bags/boxes MUST be at school by Monday, February 8th in order to give them enough time to quarantine before we exchange and open them. If you have any questions, please let us know!

Give A Warm Welcome To Mr. Kailing

Our team gives a warm welcome to Mrs. Millonzi' s student teacher, Mr. Justin Kailing. Mr. Kailing is finishing up his educational work through the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater and will be with us until the end of the school year. He will be working with students from Mrs. Millonzi's and Mrs. Burmeister's homerooms. Mr. Kailing is a Waukesha native who graduated from North High School.

Welcome, Mr. Kailing!!


Unit question: What influences relationships?

In this unit, we will learn to:

  • Summarize texts, from many different genres, to determine a theme or central idea and explain how it is supported by key details.

  • Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, and events, drawing on specific details in the text.

  • Make informed judgments about quality of text; make connections to other texts, ideas, cultural perspectives, identities, eras, and personal experiences.

To start, we are discussing the personal relationships in our lives and how they influence us. We are reading short stories identifying the theme and writing complex sentences about that. We are thinking more deeply about stories as we prepare to write a literary essay, which is also a part of the FORWARD exam.

Fifth Grade Math Workshop

Next week, the fifth graders will start working on Unit 6: Multiplication and Division of Fractions

Essential Questions:

  • How can a whole be partitioned into parts?
  • How can different strategies be helpful when solving a problem?

Enduring Understanding:

  • Mathematicians understand that mathematical operations are used in solving problems by choosing, combining, and applying effective strategies.

There are many targets in this unit, but we start working on the following:

I can interpret a fraction as division of the numerator by the denominator.

I can solve word problems involving the division of whole numbers leading to answers in the form of fractions or mixed numbers.

I can multiply a whole number by a fraction using visual fraction models.

Family Letter

Social Studies

Fifth grade continues to learn about the US history portion of Social Studies. Students have learned about the settlements of Roanoke, Jamestown, and Plymouth. We will continue with the 13 colonies and then the American Revolution.

School Counselor, Mrs. Edwards

This month, the classroom guidance lesson addressed anger management and developing coping skills. Students learned to identify different emotions and strategies to help them manage their emotions. Coping skills help improve mental well-being and strengthen our abilities to handle difficult situations.The school counselor provides an activity done in class to further learning. Ask your student about this activity and the things they’ve learned from it.

Additional Parent Resources:January Parent Newsletter, Spanish January Parent Newsletter

Virtual or Absent Students

If your student{s} will not be present, they will continue to get the daily lessons and work on the district's Blackboard site or Bb. Student's have used this everyday in the classroom and are familiar with the fifth grade format. Have you child show you the BB9 app on his/her school iPad.

Electronic Assignment Notebook

Whether Face to Face or Virtual each class will continue to use the online assignment notebook. The teachers update the assignment notebook each morning. Just click on the Week of "date" and then scroll to the day you need.

5th Grade Assignment Notebook

Middle School Information

Getting Ready For Middle School (English)

Preparándote para la Escuela Secundaria (Spanish)

Middle School Music Video This video goes through the various instruments of band orchestra, choir, and general music. On the Middle School google form your student needs to indicate their class music choice for next year.

Copy of Google Form (English) Every fifth grade student received a hard copy of this form that needs to be filled out and returned to the homeroom class by January 29th. Only use if you need a new copy.

Copy of Google Form (Spanish) Every fifth grade student received a hard copy of this form that needs to be filled out and returned to the homeroom class by January 29th. Only use if you need a new copy.

Parents/Guardians, if you have questions about middle school, the below information provides the School District of Waukesha Middle Schools Counselors.

Middle School Counselors

Debbie Cahill, Les Paul Middle School

6th and 7th grade school counselor


Karen Woelfel, STEM-Saratoga


Nicole Hosni, Butler Middle School

Last Names A-K


Kim Harrington, Butler Middle School

Last Names L-Z


Angie Jackson, Horning Middle School

House 6A, 7A, 8A and FLIGHT


Natalie Ramirez, Horning Middle School

House 6B, 7B, 8B and DUAL


Remember the Dates

Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, February 10th - Pizza Ranch Dining Night
  • Monday, February 15th - Panera Dining Night
  • Thursday, February 25th - Early Release Day
  • Thursday, February 25th - Papa Murphy's Dining Night
  • Friday, February 26th - No School

Stay Safe Everyone!

Darrin, Joelle & Nancy

Contact Information

Please contact your child's teacher if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

Nancy Burmeister - nburmeis@waukesha.k12.wi.us

Joelle Millonzi - jmillonzi@waukesha.k12.wi.us

Darrin Springer - dspringer@waukesha.k12.wi.us