Fifth Grade Newsletter


Upcoming Dates:

Friday, Dec. 6th - Chorus Concert 7 - 8 pm

Monday, Dec. 10th - Chorus Fundraiser @ Roy Rogers 5-8pm

Monday, Dec. 10th - Chorus Concerts during school

Friday, Dec. 14th - 2HR Early Dismissal

Friday, Dec. 14th - Winter Band Concerts during school

Tuesday, Dec. 18th - 5th Grade Winter Instrumental Music Concert 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Friday, Dec. 21st - Family Life in the afternoon

Family Life on Friday, December 21st

Students have received Family Life permission slips in Wednesday Folders. Please sign and return. If you have any questions, please visit this link or contact your child's teacher.


Check with your child to make sure he/she has pencils as well as other materials. We use dry erase markers quite often. Any donation of dry erase markers to your child's classroom would be appreciated!

Math Unit 4

During December:

  • Students will master how to recognize that in any multi-digit number, a digit in one place represents 10 times as much as it represents in the place to its right and 1/10 of what it represents in the place to its left.
  • Students will master how to explain patterns in the number of zeros of the product when multiplying a number by powers of 10 and explain patterns in the placement of the decimal point when a decimal is multiplied or divided by a power of 10. Use whole-number exponents to denote powers of 10.
  • Students will master how to fluently multiply multi digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.
  • Students will master how to use parentheses, brackets, or braces in a numerical expressions and evaluate expressions with these symbols.
  • Students will master how to write simple expressions that record calculations with numbers, and interpret, numerical expressions without evaluating them.
  • Students will master how to multiply decimals to hundredths using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction; relate the strategy to a written method and explain the reasoning used.
  • Students explore how to will use their understanding of multiplication to help them apply the strategy of partial product to divide whole numbers up to four-digit dividend and two-digit divisor and apply this concept to a real world context with quotients that are in the form of whole numbers and fractions.
  • Students will explore how to use their knowledge of converting the metric system to support their understanding of our base ten system for solving multiplication and division problems.

Unit 4 Math Newsletter

For every unit, we have newsletters with helpful links for home use. Check out the document below for videos and games to practice classroom concepts!


Classes will continue to learn about the unit, "Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems". Students will be researching and conducting hands-on experiences to answer the driving question, "How do you create a healthy and self-sustaining ecosystem?"


In reading, students will be working on identifying, comparing, and contrasting different informational text structures.


Fifth grade students will begin to write research-based informational writing. Students are focusing on including an introduction, pertinent facts, transitional words, precise vocabulary, text features, and a conclusion.

Link to FCPS Informational Writing Rubric


Just a reminder that as the weather gets colder, students will need to have a jacket to participate in recess. If they do not have a coat, they will not be able to go outside on cold days. We want to keep everyone healthy! If students are missing jackets, they are encouraged to check the lost and found!

Media Center Update

The link below is being shared on behalf of Mrs. Miglianti, our Media Specialist. It is a list of login information for students to access online databases at home. Please let her know if you have any questions!

Contact Information

At the bottom of every newsletter you will find the contact information for each fifth

grade teacher. If you have any questions, please let us know!