5th Grade News

Mrs. Burmeister, Mrs. Carlson, Mrs. Davis, and Mr. Springer

Friday, February 15, 2019

February Conferences

If you have not already done so, please sign up for the upcoming parent/teachers conferences.

The following links will take you to SignupGenius:



Please remember that fifth grade has changed their format for the February Parent/Teacher Conferences. Fifth grade will be doing combined conferences with both your student's fifth grade teachers. With this format change, fifth grade has added another day to the conference schedule. If you will be conferencing with other grade teachers, please remember the extra February 20th date is only at the fifth grade level.

Our fifth grade conference dates and times are:

Wednesday, February 20th- FIFTH GRADE ONLY- Parent/Teacher Conferences - 4:15-7:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 21st - Parent/Teacher Conferences - 4:30-8:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 28 - Parent/Teacher Conferences - 4:30-8:00 p.m.

Calling All Swimmers & Divers!

The annual Optimist Swim Club Team is being organized. The Meet will be held on Saturday, April 6th at South High School. This is a FREE event and is open to all boys and girls in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. If you have a student who is interested in joining the Optimist Swim & Dive Team, please click on the following link for sign up information and on how to order Swim Club Spirit Wear.

Swim Team Link

Mrs. Edward's Guidance Lesson

This month during social/emotional learning lessons, students worked to identify diversity and how diversity strengthens our community. The lessons expanded awareness of differences and increased empathy towards others. 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.

February Counseling Newsletter

Perspective Unit

5th Grade continues our Unit 4 in reading focusing on the Civil Rights Movement. The unit focuses on the essential question - How do we really know what happened in the past? We will continue our work on reading primary and secondary sources and how they provide various perspectives of the same event. 5th grade will be setting goals based on their reading MAP data. Also, students should be reading every night for 30 minutes. Research supports when a student reads consistently every night, they make significant gains.


We started our writing unit focusing on "Fractured Fairy Tales". We have read the original version of three Fairy Tales and the "Fractured" version of the same Fairy Tales. The fifth graders are comparing and contrasting them so that they can begin to create and illustrate their own "fractured" Fairy Tales.

Students are continuing the Greek and Latin Roots units for spelling and vocabulary. They are so excited when they find a unit word in their literature! Please make sure they are studying and using their Quizlet every night!

Math Workshop

The fifth graders have been developing their skills with adding fractions with unlike denominators. They have been adding both fractions and mixed numbers. Next week, students will be working with subtracting fractions and mixed numbers.

The targets or big ideas for fifth grade are:

  • I can explain, recognize, and generate equivalent fractions.
  • I can use a variety of strategies to add and subtract fractions and mixed numberswith unlike denominators.

Family Letter

Social Studies

The fifth grade started our Social Studies unit on the U.S. government. The standards that we cover are:

3a Discuss the importance of political documents such as The Constitution and The Bill

of Rights.

3b Explain how laws are developed, how the government was established and how the

powers of the government are acquired and maintained in the United States.

3c Describe how the federal systems separates the power of federal, state, and local

government in the U.S. and how legislative, executive, and judicial powers are


Students will be studying The Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the three branches of the federal government - Legislature,Executive, and Judicial.

Remember the Dates

Wednesday, February 20th- FIFTH GRADE ONLY- Parent/Teacher Conferences - 4:15-7:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 21st - Parent/Teacher Conferences - 4:30-8:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 28 - Parent/Teacher Conferences - 4:30-8:00 p.m.

Friday, March 1st - Early Release - Elementary students released at 1:40 p.m.

Wednesday, March 6th - End of second trimesterMonday,

March 25th - Friday, March 29th - No School - Spring Break

Monday, April 1st - School resumes after Spring Break Holiday

Thursday, April 18th - Early Release - Elementary students released at 1:40 p.m.

Friday, April 19th - No School - Good Friday

Sunday, April 21st - Happy Easter!

Sunday, April 28th - Chicken BBQ 11:00-5:00 p.m.

Contact Information

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

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

Pachion Carlson - pcarlson@waukesha.k12.wi.us

Annmarie Davis - adavis@waukesha.k12.wi.us

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