5th Grade News

April 27 - May 8


Wednesday, April 29: Field Trip to Congregation Beth Israel & Teo Gelato

Sunday, May 3: Concert for Financial Aid

Monday, May 4: Late Start (9:45 am)

Monday, May 4: Field Trip to BODY WORLDS (Texas Museum of Science and Technology in Cedar Park)

May 4: 5th Grade Play (7 pm, LS Amphitheater)

On the horizon:

Wednesday, May 13: Percussion & Choir Concert

Thursday, May 14: Band & Orchestra Concert

Saturday, May 16: Diversity Dash 5K and Fun Run

Tuesday, May 26: 5th Grade Pool Party

Thursday, May 28: Field Day

Academic Updates

Language Arts:

Upon completing their original myths, students will begin a Poetry Inquiry Unit. Students will read poetry, analyze the language and formats of poetry to make meaning, and finally, the students will write their own poems. For the grand finale, students will participate in a Poetry Cafe and have the opportunity to read aloud a choice of favorite and original poems.

In addition, students began reading for Book Clubs. High-interest, engaging titles have been enjoyable for the students! Students should read nightly and keep track of discussion questions in their double entry journals (posted in Google Classroom). They will use the discussion questions for their book club meetings on May 8th.


Students continue to work with area, perimeter, and volume formulas. Currently, students are applying these formulas to solve problems involving compound shapes and solid figures.

Social Studies:

Students have been exploring the history of Ancient Hebrews and we have been connecting what we know to contemporary Jewish life and thought in the USA and around the world. Specifically, students have used the Bible to understand the Ancient Hebrews' lives, analyzed contemporary Christian music and linked it to Jewish history and contemporary issues, and looked at stories from the Bible and from rabbis to discuss what we can learn from them today. This week we will be visiting Congregation Beth Israel and talking with Rabbi Steven Folberg about what we've learned.


On our field trip to BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life, students will witness the body through time — as it changes, grows, matures, and ultimately, wanes. Throughout the exhibition, students will discover more than 100 real human specimens, including 18 full-body plastinates. Students will need to bring their own lunch that day.


The 5th Grade "Iron Chef" competition is just around the corner! Cocinero de Acero combines vocabulary, cooking, and fun! Students will spend the next three weeks preparing the creation of their favorite dish and presenting it to their classmates...all in Spanish! After several days of presentations in their homeroom classes, nine finalists (three from each homeroom) will be selected to compete in the Grand Finale. Spanish-speaking judges will pick the top three presentations.

La Gran Final del Cocinero de Acero will be on Friday, May 22nd at 7:45 am in the McGill Chapel.

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Let's Get Physical!

Students are in their last rotation of archery, floor hockey, table tennis, and fitness testing. Fitness scores will come home with the last set of report cards. Beginning later this week, the students will also rotate through one more session of Health. The boys will be with Coach Costas, and the girls will be with Coach Brummer. During the last two weeks of school, students will begin preparing for Field Day! Please put Field Day on your calendars now for the afternoon of Thursday, May 28th! We are looking forward to seeing you all cheer on the students and faculty!! More info to come!

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