Fifth Grade Newsletter

August 23, 2018

One Week Down and in the Books!

We have had a fantastic start to the year! This is a great group of 5th graders and we are so excited to watch them grow this year. We, the teachers, spent time this week with students who aren't in our homeroom or switch class in an effort to get to get to know all the students. We are still get names with faces, but love hearing about what they like and getting to know their personalities.

First Official Celebrate Smith - AUGUST 24

Tomorrow we will be our first official Celebrate Smith! Students should plan on arriving before 7:40. Classes will head to the cafe at 7:40. Parents are invited to attend Celebrate Smith which will begin at 7:50 and last 25-40 minutes. If you are new to Smith, Celebrate Smith is our Weekly assembly in the cafeteria.

You may preregister online before 2:00 on Thursdays and your badge will be ready for you for you Friday morning. If you have not yet scanned your drivers license this year, you will need to do that at school. Here is the link to preregister

Dismissal Procedures

Last week you received two orange signs whith your child's Name on them for drive up dismissal. Please have the orange car sign on the rear view mirror or window of your car as you drive through the car loop We hope this will make the line move more efficiently.

We would also like to remind you that upon leaving the loop, you must turn right only. Waiting to go straight holds up the line. Going left and driving the wrong way to get around cars is dangerous and of course illegal.

Thank you for your patience and assistance.

Class T-shirts

At Meet the Teacher, most of you filled out the t-shirt order form. You can hop on to pay online, or you can send in $9.00 cash or check. If you did not leave the form with your child's size at Meet the Teacher, please send it in. Thank you!

Curriculum Night

Please join us for 5th grade Curriculum Night on September 6th from 6:45 to 7:30.

Pine Cove 5th Grade Camp

As you know, this is the year for 5th Grade Camp. Pine Cove Timbers in Tyler, Texas is the site of this amazing outdoor learning opportunity for students. Students will have an opportunity to participate in hands-on activities that will develop their awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the outdoor environment. It is an extension of our classroom. The camp curriculum is aligned with the State and the camp staff is outstanding; and you can feel good about your child’s participation in this enriching opportunity.

A Pine Cove parent information meeting will be held September 18th from 6:00 - 7:00 pm, but in the mean time, we wanted to give you some information so you can plan ahead.

  • The dates for camp are Wednesday, November 14 through Friday, November 16.
  • The cost for the camp is $153 per child and $20 transportation fee. Payment is due on Oct. 15.
  • Students are supervised the entire time by camp personnel, chaperones, and teachers.
  • If you are interested in being a chaperone and have not yet signed up, please contact Mrs. Baril at (chaperones chosen at random mid Oct. and background checks must be done by Oct.1) Chaperone fee is approx. $80.
  • Students stay in nice cabins with a/c, heat, and private showers.
  • All meals are included. Dietary restrictions are accomodated and can be designated here If you questions about dietary needs please contact Mrs. Baril at

All other questions regarding Pine Cove will be addressed in our informational meeting on Sept. 18.


Math- Multiplication

Reading- Self-Monitoring Comprehension

Writing- Writing Process and Irregular Verbs

Science- Properties of Matter

Social Studies- Regions of the US

Important Dates

August 24 - First Official Celebrate Smith

August 30 - Watch DOGS Kickoff

September 3 - Labor Day - No School

September 6 - Curriculum Night

September 10-14 - College Week

September 14 - Dot Day

September 18 - Pine Cove Information Meeting

September 25 - Picture Day