Fifth Grade Newsletter

April 4th, 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. Therefore, there will be no parent lunch visits on these days.

It is important that all students are in attendance on test days. Please do not schedule any appointments on STAAR 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.

STAAR Snack Information

There are some special considerations to make when it comes to preparing your child's snack on STAAR days.

  • Please send your child to school with a snack that is not noisy to eat and does not have noisy packaging or leave residue on their hands.
  • You can remove the noisy packaging and put the snack in ZipLock or a container.
  • Please also consider the amount of time it will take your child to eat the snack.

During testing, students will be able to request their snack if they get hungry. At that time we will hand them their snack and collect their test. When they finish eating, we will return their test to them and they will resume testing.

Some examples of preferred snacks include (but are not limited to): Goldfish, Chewy Granola Bars, grapes, etc.


Our cafe will be serving free breakfast for students only on April 9. The cafe will open at 7:00 a.m. and close at regular time at 7:40 a.m.

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Join us in the library april 12 - 18 for our dino-mite book fair!

Family Fun Night: Tuesday, April 16 • 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Come in your pajamas and hear a bedtime story!

Students must be accompanied by an adult to participate.

Breakfast & Books • 7:00 a.m.

Wednesday, April 17: kindergarten, 2nd grade, and 4th grade

Thursday, April 18: 1st grade, 3rd grade, and 5th grade.

Join us for donuts in the library!

Students must be accompanied by an adult to participate.

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!!


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.

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 5 - Miss Madden's Birthday

April 6 - Spring Carnival 3:30-8

April 9 - STAAR Math

April 10 - STAAR Reading

April 12-18 - Scholastic Book Fair

April 15- Practice Science STAAR

April 16 - Book Fair Family Fun Night

April 17 - Kinder, 2nd, & 4th Breakfast & Books Book Fair Event

April 18 - 1st, 3rd, & 5th Breakfast & Books Book Fair Event

April 19 - No School

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

April 23 - May 3 - Food Drive

April 25 - Open House

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


Math - Concept Review

Science -Adaptations

Reading - Applying Strategies to analyze texts

Social Studies - World War I

Writing - Creating Strong Literary Responses

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 .Students are not allowed on our playground after 3 pm. Alphabest, our after school daycare, rents our facilities, including the playground, until 6:30 p.m. Smith staff members are not out there to supervise students after 3:00 pm. We continue to have multiple situations occurring so please use the Dinosaur park across the parking lot for play after school.

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.