Fifth Grade Newsletter

April 30, 2020

STEMscopes Portal Changing Web Address

Parents it has come to our attention that STEMscopes is changing their website pathway to enter the site. If you or your child have bookmarked the link, discontinue using it. Please use the new link below and bookmark it. The username and password of student ID and birthday remain the same. The only changes are the website link. Sorry for the inconvenience. All links on Teacher Newsletters and Google Classrooms will be updated. The changes will begin this weekend.

Missing Assignment Notice Sent only on Sundays

We understand that some parents are currently still working during this time and are unable to work with their children during regular school hours. Since the due dates are Sunday at midnight we have decided to send out Missing Assignment notices only on Sunday. Hopefully this will help lessen the amount of emails from us.

Smith Elementary Talent Show

Dust off your dancing shoes, pull out those instruments, microphones, and crazy tricks. We are kicking off the Smith Elementary Virtual Talent Show. Videos can be recorded directly in or uploaded to Flipgrid. You can log in with any google account, but you do have to put in the password (case sensitive). We can't wait to see what out Smith Students can do!


Site Address: flipgrid.com/alleman4633


Password: Smithtalent

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Important Dates:

  • April 29-May 1: Progress Reports Emailed to Parents (via Guardian)
  • May 1: Virtual Celebrate Smith and April Principal Award Winners
  • May 5: Notify campus if progress report has not been delivered yet (2-5 grades)
  • May 12-19: Infosnap roll-out of snapcodes for returning students will be emailed to parents.

Important Message from 5th Grade Teachers

Parents please make sure your child is going back into SeeSaw, Google Classroom, or STEMscopes each day even if there is not an assignment to check for feedback from their teacher. This will help reduce the number of emails you all are receiving from us if your child needs to go back and redo an assignment. Thank you for all that you are doing at home. You guys are Rockstars! Remember to email your homeroom or switch teacher with any concerns or take advantage of Open Zoom times teachers have set up to help assist with classwork.

Lesson Plans and Assignments

As a reminder, all assignments are due on Sundays at midnight.


Next week's lesson plans will be available Monday at 8:30 a.m.


Lesson plans will be available in multiple locations. We will send them via email (a S'more), post them on our Google Classroom so students can see them, and post them on the Smith website.


We have had several questions about logins. Please note that the most common sites and login information are listed below.


Please reach out to us if you have any questions.

eLearning Reminder

This is a friendly reminder to please encourage your child to showcase his or her own learning through our various eLearning platforms. We want to see students' understanding of the contents we are sharing. Given that providing relevant feedback to our students is one of the most effective ways to support students in making growth, it's important for us to see their authentic work and hear their own thoughts when they share their understanding of concepts. Please do not feel pressured to correct misspellings, edit/revise responses, etc. The information we receive from your child will support us in determining our next steps in providing helpful feedback and instruction.

Accessing various resources, tools, and websites

We want to make sure everyone knows how to log into the various platforms and websites we will be using. Although your children should be familiar with this, we wanted to make sure you have the information as well.


Some of the most common sites we anticipate using and their logins are listed below, as well as a link to a document with additional resources you can access at home.


Seesaw: seesaw.com

  • A separate email will follow with your child's NEW individual login codes. This is the ONLY login that will be different for them during this time. Your student needs to make sure to use NEW login we provide instead of the one they are used to.


Google Classroom: classroom.google.com


  • Username: firstname.lastname.###@k12.friscoisd.org
    (### is your child's last 3 digits of their lunch number)

    Password: 8 digit birthdate


Epic!: getepic.com

  • Families can join for free for 30 days.


STEMscopes: stemscopes.com

  • Username: Student ID # (lunch number)

    Password: 8 digit birthdate (mmddyyyy)


Imagine Math: https://portal.friscoisd.org/LoginPolicy.jsp and click the Imagine Math tile
  • Username: Student ID # (lunch number)

    Password: 8 digit birthdate (mmddyyyy)


BrainPop: brainpop.com

  • Go to brainpop.com and click sign in with 'G Suite for Education'
  • enter your Google Student Account login information
Username: firstname.lastname.###@k12.friscoisd.org
(### is your child's last 3 digits of their lunch number)

Password: 8 digit birthdate


Additional Login Links <-- click here

How Teachers Will be Facilitating This Process

Teachers will be available from 9 am to 11 am and 1 pm to 3 pm via email. We will also be providing timely feedback to students in order to support understanding of content. Since this is new for all of us, we will be monitoring and adjusting the lessons if needed. Please let us know if you run into any difficulties with this process so that we can fix it.


Emails:

sheltonk@friscoisd.org

farisss@friscoisd.org

maddenm@friscoisd.org

barill@friscoisd.org

littleb@friscoisd.org

radera@friscoisd.org


We are excited about this new adventure but know it will not come without its challenges. We look forward to working through this learning experience together with you and your child.

District Tutoring Available

The District is offering help some evenings. Check out the flyer for more information.