5th Grade Newsletter

Next Week's Curriculum

Math - Measurements

Science - Earth, Moon, and Sun

Reading - Persuasive Text

Writing - Imaginative Writing - Conclusions

Social Studies - End of the Civil War

What's coming up?

Rising Sixth Grade Parent Night

This is an informational session for parents of incoming 6th graders. You will meet our Principal, Mrs. Duffey, our 6th grade Assistant Principal, Mrs. Newnham and our 6th grade Counselor, Ms. Bennett. Come learn about the structure of middle school including: class periods, attendance policies, tutorial hours, home access center, the student learning hub and more. Course selections are NOT made at this meeting.

Thursday, February 9: 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Library on Thursday!

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Valentine's Day Party

Valentines Boxes – Our Valentine’s Day party will be on Friday, February 10th at 1:45. A link will be sent out next week to preregister. To keep things organized, we ask that students bring in a shoe box, brown bag, or a grocery sack (double bagged in case suckers make holes!) for collecting their Valentine goodies.



Optional Valentine’s Day activity- We LOVE this 5th grade activity because we have some really creative kids!! Students can join the optional Valentine’s Box class competition and let those creative juices flow. In this competition, students will bring in a “box” that competes in one or more of the following categories:


  • Best Use of Household Products
  • Best Use of Valentine’s Day Theme
  • Most Creative
  • Best Overall


Students in the class will vote on their favorite box using a ballot. There will be prizes for one winner of each category. Students may begin bringing boxes in on Wednesday, February 8 (NOT BEFORE) or keep their box a secret until the 10th! The ideas are endless. May the best boxes win!

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New PTA Website!

Smith PTA has a new website at smithpta.net! Go check it out! It will let you know about upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, programs, and so much more! There is also a link to our school directory! But, you will need a password to get into the directory. The password is "Soaring" and it is case sensitive. If you have any questions, you can email the PTA at noelasmithpta@gmail.com

Counselor Corner

February guidance lessons will be about respecting differences. We must teach our students that different does not equal bad. For example, another student may bring a lunch to school that looks very different from your lunch. If you respect differences you could ask about it and be open to learning. Sometimes students are quick to say “What is that?...it looks weird.”

We will celebrate Friendship Week on February 6-10. On Wednesday of that week the students will participate in a Mix It Up lunch where they will sit with new students they may have never met. This will be a great time to practice respecting differences and making new friends.

Important Dates

February 8 Advanced Academics Night

February 9 Clark Middle School Parent Meeting

February 10 Valentine's Day Party

February 15 5th grade Field Trip to the Symphony

February 16 Multicultural Night 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

February 18 Winter Carnival

February 23 Class Pictures