5th Grade News

May 11 - May 22

*If you did not receive the last installment of 5th Grade News, you can find it here. Apologies!


Wednesday, May 13: Percussion & Choir Concert

Thursday, May 14: Band & Orchestra Concert

Saturday, May 16: Diversity Dash 5K and Fun Run*

Tuesday, May 26: 5th Grade Pool Party

Thursday, May 28: Field Day

*more info below

All the world's a stage

Academic Updates

Language Arts:

Students will continue reading and writing poetry. Students will select an original poem or a favorite poem to share for our Poetry Cafe on May 21st. In addition, students may share a partner- or group-poetry reading. Students are not required to memorize their poems, but are encouraged to make their performances entertaining.

Students should also read a self-selected book each evening for 30 minutes. If you notice that your child does not have reading material, please let Ms. Pound know and she will help your child find a great book. Students will be asked to review their books and share them with classmates.


Students may have completed their assessment for area & perimeter of basic and compound shapes, but their work lives on in their home blueprints. Many students are designing challenging blueprints that require them to apply their understanding of rectangle, triangle, and circle area formulas. Going forward, students will work with data, statistics, and probability.

Social Studies:

The last part of the year will be focused on Ancient Greece. With limited time to study this amazing civilization, students will concentrate on geography, government, and lasting achievements of the amazing Greeks.


Our field trip to BODIES in Cedar Park was an eye-opening, fascinating experience. In the final two weeks of Science, we will complete our body systems study and do some fun final assessments in class.


In Latin class students have been enjoying listening to and discussing the stories of many different Greco-Roman myths, which has gone hand-in-hand with both their myth writing projecting for Language Arts and their recent drama production. Soon, they will read the story of Heracles (Hercules) from the mythology book, and then watch the Disney version to compare and contrast how the stories were told.


In Spanish class, the 5th graders have picked their favorite recipe to translate into Spanish and present to their classmates. They are working on writing and creating their Cocinero de Acero presentations. A few students have begun to memorize their presentations. I look forward to watching them all present and share their favorite dish.

La Gran Final del Cocineo(a) de Acero will be on Friday, May 22nd at 7:45 in the McGill Chapel.

Under the direction of Ms. Zivin and with the musical stylings of Mr. Mayer and his percussion students, 5th Graders did an amazing job with Metamorphoses, a play by the American playwright and director, Mary Zimmerman (adapted from the classic Ovid poem, Metamorphoses). Highlights included appearances by King Midas, Narcissus, and even the sun god, Apollo.

An album of pictures can be found by clicking here.

Diversity Dash 5K - May 16th

Runners of all ages are invited to join us on St. Andrew's beautiful Upper School campus for the inaugural Diversity Dash on Saturday, May 16, 2015. We’re celebrating our growing diversity and our partner organizations—Breakthrough Austin, Con Mi MADRE, and El Buen Samaritano—who address the needs of under-served students in the local area. Proceeds from this event will go towards establishing a mentored fellowship for a student aged 8-18 who formulates a thoughtful plan aimed at addressing a pressing social issue in their community.

Click here for more information and to register.