Amana 5th grade Newsletter

Ms. Hess and Mrs. Baxter

Class News 12-18-2015

Friday was such a busy day! Our fifth graders looked and sounded incredible at our visit Colonial Manor to sing with the residents. We also provided homemade cards to bring holiday cheer. A shout out to Ms. Chatfield, Ms. Beckley and the 4th/5th grade teachers for making that possible. We appreciate the 5th grade band who played for us in the afternoon for a special assembly. A special thank you to Mr. Flaherty for working with our students the past few months to prepare them for the "concert".

The 4th and 5th grade WIN groups have been super busy the past 6 weeks and many have finished their book clubs. We plan on showing the books that have been turned into movies on Monday after lunch. The movies are: Tuck Everlasting, Old Yeller and Indian in the Cupboard. Students may bring in a pillow and a small blanket as well as snacks. Popcorn and hot chocolate will be provided.

The classroom holiday party will be on Tuesday, December 22 in the afternoon. In addition, the fifth grade will be swimming on Tuesday, December 22. Please send a suit, towel, and flip flops. We will provide additional plastic bags for wet clothes and to clean out our lockers/desks.


As we wind down for break, we would love to see your student continue enhancing their skills. Students have been encouraged to take several reading books home for the break. Also continuing mastery of multiplication would be a plus, since after break we will be multiplying whole numbers, decimals, fractions and then jumping into division.

If you did not get emailed your student's progress report/report card, please contact the teacher.

PS..Gum has been found on the playground, therefore, until kids earn it back through earning the letters to spell WUNDERBAR, gum will not be allowed in fifth grade.

Learning Goals:

Math: I can add, subtract, compare and round decimals.

Social Studies: I can inform others about the adaptations a Native tribe made to survive.

Writing: I can compile my notes about a topic and create a Google presentation.

Reading: I can pick out a theme of a fantasy story and support my thinking with text evidence. I can summarize what a book is mostly about.

Important Dates:

12-18-15 Carolling at Colonial Manor

12-18-15 Report Cards will be e-mailed home

12-22-15 Swimming, Holiday Party in the afternoon with gift exchange

12-22-15 Early out at 1:05 pm


Reminder to please send students with winter coats and accessories as we do go out for recess for fresh air and exercise even when it is cold. If you need assistance getting your child these items, please let us know.

Snowboots and Snowpants are not required by all, only those who would like to play in the snow during recess.