5th Grade Newsletter

February 17, 2017

Next Week's Curriculum

Math - Volume

Science - Carbon Dioxide-Oxygen Cycle

Reading - Text Feature Review

Writing - Persuasive Letter Writing

Social Studies -Transcontinental Railroad

Clark Course Cards - DUE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21ST

This Friday we had a visit from Mrs. Bennett, the 6th grade counselor at Clark Middle School. She talked with the students about middle school and each child received their 6th grade course card. These cards are DUE THIS TUESDAY, February 21st. Please make sure you indicate Pre-AP or On-Level for Math and ILA (Reading/Writing), indicate elective choice, and sign the front and back of the paper.

Winter Carnival - Saturday, February 18th

Come join the fun at the Annual Smith Elementary Carnival, from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.

There will be games, face painting, balloon artists, a photo booth, bounce houses, and concessions.

Please remember that all kids must be accompanied by an adult.

Toys in the Classroom

We continue to have an issue with fidgets/small toys coming into the classroom daily. Fidgets are little things to 'play' with during class intended to help kids pay attention. True fidgets http://amzn.to/2j0tvAF actually can help some children concentrate. The problem is way too many kids are bringing in "stuff" from home they are calling fidgets. This could be floam, slime, silly putty, key chains, Rubik's Cube, collection of cute erasers, those stacking pencils that have 10 pieces, or an impressive collection of mini hand sanitizers.

These fidget imposters are a huge distraction and are not allowed in the classroom. Please take a peek in your child's backpack to make sure they don't have these things. Real fidgets are still allowed for those kids that truly have attention issues, but they should not be passed around to others as one man's fidget is another man's distractor!

Practice STAAR Results

Students took the practice STAAR tests recently in Math and Reading. The teachers have been reviewing the students' tests and will be sending a reflection sheet home next week for you to see. Please take a few minutes to have your child review this with you and have them explain their areas of strength and areas of focus.

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.”

New PTA Website!

Smith PTA has a new website at www.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

Important Dates

February 18 Winter Carnival 1:00-4:00

February 20 No School

February 23 Class Pictures

February 27 - March 2 Book Fair

March 6 - March 10 Spring Break