5th Grade News

March 11th

Important Dates

March 14 - Light Test Retake. (Only for sections your child received a "C" or below)

March 15th - Pennington Fun Run

March 16th - "My Element" Project is Due

March 18th - Matter Test

March 18th - Math Unit Test

March 23rd- Spring Picture Day

April 5th - Fifth Grade Musical

Boosterthon: Special Weekend Challenge!

Thank you for your continued support so far! This weekend we are issuing a special challenge! Check out mybooster.com for details!

And if you're looking for the easiest way to ask for a donation, just upload a photo of your student to mybooster.com to create a personalized Student Star Video. This fun, hilarious video starring your child can be shared by email or social media to connect with donors and ask for a donation. Thank you again for supporting our class and school!

P.S. - If you haven’t registered your child on mybooster.com, search for your school or use our school registration code: 652884

5th Grade Musical

Our 5th grade Musical "A Kid's Life" will be presented Tuesday night, April 5th at 7PM.

Parent help is needed to build a set piece and also collect prop items. If you are interested in helping, please contact Mrs. Stewart, our music teacher, at StewarDA@pwcs.edu.

Set piece - Mobile cardboard alien spaceship mounted on to a rolling cart (We have the cart)

Props needed: 6 sets of jump ropes, 2 decks of cards, a Bingo set with 5 cards and blotter pens, wooden letters approximately 7" tall spelling A KID'S LIFE (can be found at Michael's), various wooden spoons, large plastic bottles and various sizes of plastic food containers to use as improvised instruments.

Spring Picture Day is Wednesday, March 23

Individual student portraits will be taken on Wednesday, March 23 in the library. Students may wear their uniforms or dress up but must follow PWCS dress guidelines.

Spring photos are pre-paid this year. Forms for selection of background and payment are coming home in Friday folders this week. Return these forms on Picture Day or order online at mylifetouch.com using our Picture Day ID: EVT2WN43S

Virtual students are invited to be photographed at 8:30 a.m. or 2:45 p.m.

There will not be a makeup day for students absent on the 23rd.

Class group photos may be taken later depending on the availability of our photographer.

Questions may be directed to Mrs. Lahann lahannjl@pwcs.edu.

Youth Art Month

March is Youth Art Month! All throughout the month we will be including Arty Facts on the announcements. Mrs. Ly will also be challenging you to a weekly drawing contest. A winner will be chosen for each week. And there will be prizes! Please turn in your drawing to the box outside Mrs. Ly’s room by the end of the week. Make sure your name and your teacher’s name are on the artwork.

Summer Art Opportunities

Here is information about the Summer Art Enrichment AND the Performing Arts Enrichment programs. Grades 2-8 are eligible, thank you!

Language Arts

This week the students identified organizational patterns in the narrative nonfiction stories and reviewed many ways to take part in small group book discussions. Students talked about what effective groups look like and sound like. They also brainstormed sentence starters help move a discussion along, facilitate discussions where students respectfully agree to disagree and, finally, to stay on topic.


5.1 - Use effective oral communication skills in a variety of settings.

5.5a - Summarize plot events using details from text.

5.5j - Draw conclusions and make inferences with support from text.

5.6e - Identify organizational patterns.

5.6f - Identify transitional words and phrases that signal an author’s organizational pattern.


Next week we will be finishing up our unit on multiplying and dividing decimals. Our unit test will be March 18th. Students should be reviewing their math spiral and practicing problems on IXL at home.

Science and Social Studies

The students are currently working on the Matter unit in Science. The students will begin learning about the Western States.


Light Test Retake- Monday, March 14. (Only for sections your child received a "C" or below)

"My Element" Project - Due Wednesday, March 16th

Matter Test - Friday, March 18th

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Math Quest - Grades 4 & 5

Prince William County Public Schools is inviting students to participate in a PWCS Math Quest Individual Challenge. The PWCS Math Quest Challenge presents an opportunity for students to showcase their problem-solving skills with practical problems.

Students who participate in the Math Quest Challenge have the opportunity to earn recognition and prizes for their participation.

For more information, view the attached Math Quest Individual Challenge Flyer. Please share the Math Quest challenge with your teachers and students. This information will be shared via Canvas announcements with students on March 14th.

If you have any questions, please email Kristin Rojas, Professional Development Specialist for Mathematics at rojaskl@pwcs.edu, Dr. Justin Maffei, Mathematics Supervisor at maffeijt@pwcs.edu, or the Elementary Math Coordinators: Asmahan Jackson at jacksoax@pwcs.edu & Stephanie Swadley at swadles@pwcs.edu