Fifth Grade Newsletter

September 12, 2019

Tomorrow is DOT DAY!

Be sure to send your student to school in polka dots to celebrate our annual Dot Day festivities!

CogAT Testing

It is a policy of the Frisco Independent School District that all fifth-grade students take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). This is a standardized test that measures students’ learned reasoning abilities.


The test is divided into three areas: verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal problems. The verbal set of tests assesses the students’ abilities to search, retrieve, and compare processes that are essential for verbal reasoning. The quantitative tests assess the students’ abilities to reason about patterns and relations using various concepts. The nonverbal tests assess the students’ abilities to reason using spatial and figural content.


The test will be administered to all fifth grade students on October 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Each testing period will last approximately one hour. This test is very important, and it is important that all students be in attendance on test days. Please do not schedule any appointments for your child on October 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

CHEEEESE! Picture day will be Tuesday, September 24th.

Photo order forms went home last Thursday...be sure to order your prints online and send your child back to school with the order from on September 24th to turn in to the photographers!

Smith Stampede Kickoff!

Kick off for the Smith Stampede fun run will be held Friday, September 27th at Celebrate Smith! If you would like to know more, preregister to attend Celebrate Smith and join us!

Curriculum Night Slides!

If you couldn't make it to Curriculum Night last week or just wanted to review what we talked about, feel free to scroll through the PowerPoint we created. Let us know if you have any questions!

Attendance Guidelines

    • Absent/Late: If your child is going to absent or arrive late due to an appointment, please email the teacher as well as smithattendance@friscoisd.org as soon as possible
    • Appointments: a doctor’s note is required for an appointment to be excused and must be submitted to the office within 3 days of the appointment
    • A parent note/email or doctor note must be provided for an absence or it will remain unexcused (phone calls must be followed with an email/note)
    • Truancy and Tardy guidelines:
      • At 3 Unexcused Absences and/or Leave Earlies=a first warning letter is sent home
      • At 7 Unexcused Absences and/or Leave Earlies=a final warning letter is sent home, an admin/parent meeting is held, an attendance contract is initiated
      • At 10 Unexcused Absences and/or Leave Earlies=referral to Truancy Prevention Officer and possible Truancy court

      • At 5 tardies= Data Clerk contacts parent to alert them of attendance concern
      • At 10 tardies= AP contacts parents
      • At 15 tardies = AP develops an action plan with parents

Mentor Program - Volunteers Needed!

If you are interested in either being a Mentor OR would like your child to be a Mentee, please follow the links below:

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Pine Cove 5th Grade Camp

As you know, this is the year for 5th Grade Camp. Pine Cove Timbers in Tyler, Texas is the site of this amazing outdoor learning opportunity for students. Students will have an opportunity to participate in hands-on activities that will develop their awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the outdoor environment. It is an extension of our classroom. The camp curriculum is aligned with the State and the camp staff is outstanding; and you can feel good about your child’s participation in this enriching opportunity.


A Pine Cove parent information meeting will be held September 24th from 6:00 - 7:00 pm, but in the mean time, we wanted to give you some information so you can plan ahead.



  • The dates for camp are Wednesday, November 20 through Friday, November 22.
  • The cost for the camp is $153 per child and $20 transportation fee. Payment is due on Oct. 30.
  • Students are supervised the entire time by camp personnel, chaperones, and teachers.
  • If you are interested in being a chaperone and have not yet signed up, please contact Mrs. Baril at barill@friscoisd.org (chaperones chosen at random mid Oct. and background checks must be done by Oct.1) Chaperone fee is approximately $75-$80.
  • Students stay in nice cabins with a/c, heat, and private showers.
  • All meals are included. Dietary restrictions are accommodated and can be designated here http://bit.ly/2vqKReU If you questions about dietary needs please contact Mrs. Baril at barill@friscoisd.org

All other questions regarding Pine Cove will be addressed in our informational meeting on Sept. 24.

Don't Forget to Preregister for Celebrate Smith

Parents are invited to attend Celebrate Smith which will begin at 7:50 and last 25-40 minutes. If you are new to Smith, Celebrate Smith is our Weekly assembly in the cafeteria.


You may preregister online before 2:00 on Thursdays and your badge will be ready for you for you Friday morning. If you have not yet scanned your drivers license this year, you will need to do that at school. Here is the link to preregister https://goo.gl/Oshd0H

Curriculum

Math- Order of Operations

Reading- Analyzing Themes in Fictional Text

Writing- Narrative Writing

Science- Mixtures & Solutions

Social Studies- European Exploration

Important Dates

September 13 - Dot Day

September 19 - PTA General Meeting

September 24 - Pine Cove Information Meeting

September 24 - Picture Day

September 27 - Stampede Kick-Off

October 1-3 - CogAT Testing

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