Fifth Grade Newsletter

March 28, 2019

STAAR Testing Information

April 9th - 5th Grade Math

April 10th - 5th Grade Reading

Our campus will be closed to visitors on April 9th and 10th due to STAAR testing. There will be no parent lunches on these days. If at all possible, try not to schedule any appointments on those days. If needed, students who are absent on those days will be given the opportunity to make up the missed tests.

This test is very important, and it is important that all students be in attendance on test days. There are several things that you can do to help your child be successful on this test.

  • Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep the night before the test.
  • Make sure your child eats a healthy breakfast the morning of the test.
  • Have your child arrive at school on time that morning so he/she does not feel rushed.
  • Do not schedule any appointments for your child on April 9th or 10th.
  • Finally, send your child to school that day with a hug and words of encouragement.

Safety - After-school playground

With the arrival of spring weather, we have noticed more students hanging around the campus after school. Please remember that students MUST be supervised by a parent or guardian if they are on the playground after school. Students may NOT play on the playground after school without supervision.


Morning Meeting starts at 7:45 am each morning. The cafeteria begins serving breakfast at 7:20 am. If your child eats breakfast at school, please have them arrive early enough to eat and not miss class time.

Spring Photo Information

  • Spring Photos Are Here!
  • Information about purchasing the entire photo package or individual sheets is located inside the portrait package
  • Please return the payment for the photos or return the photos you do not wish to purchase to your child's teacher by Thursday, March 28th
  • Please make checks payable to Lifetouch
  • You can also pay at (look for the access code on your child's photos)
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Important End of the Year Dates

As you are planning for the end of the year, we wanted to make sure you had the following dates:

April 9 - STAAR Math

April 10 - STAAR Reading

May 15 - STAAR Science

May 17 - 5th Grade Field Day at Lebanon Trail

May 29 - 5th Grade End of Year Ceremony (8-9:30), STRIKZ party (10:30-1:30)

May 30 - Last Day of School - 5th Grade Farewell Walk

Student Council Service Project

Smith Elementary’s Student Council is starting our service project for the year. Our 4th and 5th grade representatives created their own “coin” drive titled, “Koin$ 4 Kid$”to collect money for the nonprofit organization, Lovepacs.

Lovepacs collects food for students who may not have enough to eat when school is out for the weekend and holidays. This organization provides mostly non-perishable, easy to open, and minimal cooking food items. In addition, they provide school counselors with stocked snack closets and hygiene products they may distribute to children who demonstrate a need.

Our STUCO is collecting money from now until May 3rd. Please send any coin or dollar donation you wish to contribute to your child’s homeroom teacher. Our goal is to be able to provide food for several students in the Frisco area for a whole year.

We are looking forward to working as a school to provide for those in our community in need! Be on the lookout for updates and student incentives!!

Remember every penny counts!!


Math - Concept Review

Science - Inherited Traits and Learned Behaviors

Reading - Applying Strategies to analyze texts

Social Studies - Free Enterprise/Supply and Demand

Writing - Creating Strong Literary Responses

Important Dates

March 28 - Report Cards go home

April 6 - Spring Carnival 3:30-8

April 9-10 - STAAR Testing

April 23 - May 3 - Food Drive

April 19 - No School

April 22 - No School (Bad Weather Make-Up Day)

Profile of a Future-Ready Learner

Frisco ISD prepares students for success in futures they create. In addition to academics, students are challenged and supported in developing their abilities in other areas.

You can help your child be Future Ready at home by teaching them to contribute.