Amana 5th grade Newsletter

Ms. Hess and Mrs. Baxter

Class News 1 - 15 - 2016

In the next week we will be taking our Winter MAP math and reading assessments. The results of these will be shared at our spring PLPs March 1, 2, and 3. Please see your child's planner or email from your child's teacher to set or confirm your time.

If your child has been involved with Coding Club, please note that it is suspended in order to allow all kids access to the engaging robots, Dot and Dash. Fifth graders will meet during part of recess in the spring for three week sessions.

If your child is interested in participating in a spelling bee, the Oxford Elementary School is hosting a competition sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Tuesday, January 19 at 6:30pm. If you are interested, show up in Oxford on Tuesday with a note that includes the child's name and school, parent phone number and signature for participation. The list of possible words can be found by googling: Knights of Columbus Spelling list 4-6 grade

Learning Goals:

Math: I can identify the properties of numbers (odd, even, prime, composite, square, factors, multiples).

Social Studies: I can gather information and inform others about an early explorer to the New World and present it.

Writing: I can compile my notes about a topic and create a Google presentation.

Reading: I can identify main ideas and key details in expository text. I can ask deeper "ungoogleable" questions about what I read.

Important Dates:

Monday 1/18/16 - No School - Teacher's Institute

Tuesday 1/19/16 - Spelling Bee at Oxford Elementary

Saturday 2/27/16 - Family Fun Night

Tuesday 3/15/16 - Band Concert

Tuesday 3/22/16 - Spring Cowboy theme Music Concert

Also in March Art and Science Fair and April will be our trip to the Capitol

5/17/16 - Monster Band Concert

Family Fun Night Baskets

This year we are putting together 2 gift baskets to raffle off at the Family Fun Night. We are in charge of bringing items to put in the baskets.

Here are the themes of each class:

Ms. Hess: Nerf & Candy Craze

Mrs. Baxter: Movie Night & First Aide

We would love for each student to bring in one item for each basket for the teacher by Friday, February 19th. This will enable us to make room for all items in the basket before closing them up.

~Thanks in advance for making this event a success!~


Reminder to please send students with winter coats and accessories as we do go out for recess for fresh air and exercise even when it is cold. If you need assistance getting your child these items, please let us know.

Snow boots and Snowpants are not required by all, only those who would like to play in the snow during recess.

Please take a couple of minutes to have conversations with your student about winter safety.

Some examples:

· Staying off of all ponds, streams, lakes and rivers unless you are with an adult and know for sure that the ice is at least 6 inches thick.

· If you are playing outside make sure you have boots, snow pants, coat, cap and gloves on.

· Always let your parents know if you are playing at a friend’s house.

· Have a back-up plan in case you go home and you cannot get into your house after school.

- Go to a neighbor’s house or a friend’s house. Make sure to call your parents when you get there.



Please be sure to send athletic shoes and instruments on Tuesday.