5th Grade Newsletter

May 9, 2019

Science STAAR Testing

May 13th – Math Retakes

May 14th – Reading Retakes

May 15th - Science

Our campus will be closed to visitors on May 13th, 14th and 15th due to STAAR testing. There will be no parent lunches on these days. Please do not schedule any appointments on your child’s testing day. There are several things that you can do to help your child be successful on this test.

  • Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep the night before the test.
  • Make sure your child eats a healthy breakfast the morning of the test.
  • Have your child arrive at school on time that morning so he/she does not feel rushed.
  • Finally, send your child to school that day with a hug and words of encouragement.

Please note, ABSOLUTELY NO CELL PHONES WILL BE ALLOWED IN TESTING ROOMS. Students in possession of a cell phone/electronic device including cell phone watches in the testing room will result in disciplinary action and the student’s test could be voided. In the morning we will collect cell phones and place them in the office. Students can get them after all testing is done. Thank you for your support in preparing your student for the STAAR test.

5th Grade Field Day-May 17th

Field Day for 5th graders will be held at Lebanon Trail High School.

Make sure your child...Wears his or her class shirt, athletic shorts or pants(following dress code), tennis shoes, and sunscreen. Your child can also wear a hat. We will have lunch at LTHS, so your child will need to bring a fully disposable sack lunch (no lunch boxes) unless he or she ordered a sack lunch from the Cafe order form which is on the permission form that came home today.

Here is a draft of a tentative schedule from Mrs. Brewer:

9am Load buses to go to Lebanon Trail

9:30 Boys and Girls 400m dash

9:45 Girls Prelims (100m, 200m, 4x100 Relay, 4x200 Relay)

Boys on football field for plumber’s helper, sponge relay, 3 legged race,
Hoop de doo, hoopla, and kangaroo hop

10-10:15 Boys Prelims

Girls on football field for plumber’s helper, sponge relay, 3 legged race,

Hoop de doo, hoopla, and kangaroo hop

10:45-11:00 Start lunch (Anyone in a final race should only snack)

11:30 Finals (girls and boys finals alternate for the 100m, 200m,

4x100m, 4x200m)

12:30 Tug of war

1-1:15 Load buses and return to Smith

We hope you can join in the fun!

5th Grade Awards Assembly

On Wednesday, May 29th at 8am, we will host the 5th Grade Awards Ceremony. This is a formal occasion like the symphony, so nicer clothes are an expectation. We invite family members to come and celebrate all of the accomplishments our students have had throughout the year. Students should bring regular clothes to change into for the Strikz party.

5th Grade Farewell Walk

On May 30th our 5th grade students will take a traditional farewell walk through the school beginning at 2:30. They'll walk through all of Smith as the K-4 students cheer them on. The walk will end as the students exit the 3rd-5th dismissal doors and are greeted by parents making a "tunnel" outside of the school. If you would like to participate in this tradition, please be outside the school on the 3-5 pick-up side by 2:30. You can take pictures and are free to take your child home after the farewell walk. Please do not park in the pick up loop. See you there!


Math - Food Truck

Science - Concept Review

Reading - Fiction

Writing - Editing and Revising Research Paper

Social Studies - Great Depression

5th Grade Water Balloons-May 23

5th grade will have water balloons around 1:45 in the teacher parking lot. Please drop off water balloons in a cooler labeled with your child's homeroom Monday morning. Feel free to come and watch this fun event. Your child will want to wear his or her class shirt, bring a towel, and an extra pair of clothes to change into after participating. We are looking forward to a fun afternoon!

End of Year Party

Our End of Year Party will be held at Strikz on May 29th, from 11-2. Students will bowl, have a chance to play laser tag and video games. A pizza lunch will be provided.

Students will receive a $10 card to play video games. If your child would like to bring extra money, please understand that your child must keep up with it themselves. We will not be responsible for any losses.

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Important Dates

May 13: STAAR Math Test grades 3, 4, and retake 5

May 14: STAAR Reading Test grades 3, 4 and retake 5

May 15: STAAR Science Test grade 5

May 17: Field Day (Grade 5 Only)

May 23 -5th grade water balloons at 1:45 (tentative time)

May 24: No School

May 27: No School

May 28- Yearbook signing

May 29 - 5th Grade Award's Assembly 8:00 in the Cafe

May 29 - 5th grade party at Strikz

May 30-Last day of school (2:30-5th grade Farewell Walk)