Fifth Grade Newsletter

February 14, 2019

Progress Reports

Today, your child received his or her progress report. Please sign and return the blue copy. The white copy is yours to keep. Remember that the grades only include half of the assignments for the 9 week period. There is still time for your child to make improvements to his or her average!

Reading and Math STAAR Simulations

February 26th and March 4th your child will be taking the Reading and Math STAAR Simulations (practice STAAR tests) on both of these days. We ask that you try not to schedule any appointments on those days. It is important for your child to arrive on time and be present. Please direct any questions to your child's homeroom teacher.

Middle School Course Cards

Please make sure to fill out, sign, and return the purple course card for middle school NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 25th! Even if you are planning on moving, we are asking all students to fill one out. But, please indicate at the top which middle school your child is planning to attend. If you have any questions, please contact your child's homeroom teacher, Mrs. Hendrix, or the Clark Middle School counselor.

Counselor's Corner

The month of February is a great time to talk about appreciating diversity. Mrs. Hendrix has led discussions about how people have so many ways they are the same on the inside even if they look different on the outside. In kindergarten and first grade we used a brown egg and a white egg to illustrate this concept. We cracked the eggs to find out that they are the same on the inside just like most people want and need the same things like; friends, love, hopes, and dreams.

This week is Friendship week when we spend time honoring our friends and improving our friendship skills.

Class Party Money

The PTA helps with the class parties by collecting the money, organizing the room parents and handling all reimbursements. This year, we asked you to please send in your one-time class party donation of $12.00 cash or check (payable to Smith PTA) or pay online to cover all three class parties for the year. If you have already paid, thank you! If you haven’t, please make your payment as soon as possible. At this point in time, we have only received about 55% of fifth grade party payments. We are hoping to reach 100% soon!

If you have any questions or concerns about this or are unsure if you have paid, please contact Katie Augustine, PTA Treasurer (email!

Symphony Field Trip Tuesday!

Fifth grade is heading the Symphony on Tuesday, February 19th! Your child will need to bring a sack lunch this day, unless you indicated that you will be purchasing a lunch on the permission slip that went home several weeks ago. We will be eating in our classroom when we return from the symphony!

Also, please remember that this is a dress up event. Just like you wear different clothes to play sports that you would wear to school, we want them to understand the importance of this event and dress accordingly. Girls should wear a dress or skirt, or nice pants and a blouse. Boys should wear slacks and a nice shirt. We ask for no jeans with holes or t-shirts. We appreciate your help in making this a special event for our wonderful 5th graders.

Cold Weather and Recess

When bundling your child up for school each morning, please keep the following recess guidelines in mind:

  • We will go out for recess if the temperature/wind chill is ABOVE 37 degrees.
  • If the temperature/wind chill is BETWEEN 32 and 37 degrees, we will go outside for half of recess.
  • We will have indoor recess if the temperature/wind chill is BELOW 32 degrees.
  • Teachers check the temperature/wind chill shortly before recess time (10:00 am).


Math - Interpreting Tables and Graphs

Reading - Summary in Nonfiction

Writing - Research-Based Opinion Writing

Science - Interactions in an ecosystem

Social Studies - Industrial Revolution

Order Your Yearbook!

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Important Dates

February 15 and 18-No School

February 19 - 5th Grade Symphony Field Trip

February 25-Middle School Course Cards DUE

February 26- Class Pictures

February 27-Math STAAR Simulation

March 4th-Reading STAAR Simulation

March 11-15-Spring Break-No 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.


It's that time of year, roller skating in PE! Permission slips went home in your child's Thursday folder, but you can also download a copy as well (see below). These are due February, 25th! Don't forget to check if your child needs to wear a helmet or not, and sign, date, and return the form to school, so your child can join in on the fun!