Lakeside Fifth Grade

News & Notes

Week of September 19-23

We're half way through the first nine weeks! Can you believe it?!?

If your child receives a progress report on Monday, 9/19, please review, sign and return it to your child's homeroom teacher as soon as possible.

Social Studies

This week, learners will be completing our PBL project world maps by Wednesday. We will also continue to review latitude and longitude as we create a quiz based upon these maps which asks WITWICS? Can we find Carmen Sandiego? We'll have to wait and see!

We also will take our first chapter assessment this week; working both in class and at home to complete this task before turning it in on Friday.

Language Arts

Learners will be wrapping up with TABITGB by doing a cumulative assessment involving a choice board with activities to help analyze and summarize the story. We will also be introducing Great Books where we will begin reading short stories. This week's short story is titled No Guitar-Blues. We will work with vocabulary, questioning, writing, and text connections throughout these stories. We will also begin to integrate spelling lessons and practice time into our day.


Learners will begin exploring and working with decimals. They will be asked to read, write, and represent decimals to the thousandths. Some vocabulary you can review is standard form, expanded form, and word name. One of our essential questions you can ask your child is how are tenths, hundredths, and thousandths related to each other? We will be comparing, ordering, and rounding decimals as well. By the end of the week, we will be estimating decimal sums and differences. We will have a Decimal Test on

September 29th. Please continue reviewing multiplication facts for mastery with your learner.


Learners will continue to explore basic interactions within an ecosystem including the relationships among producers, consumers, and decomposers. A diagram of an energy pyramid will be used to explain how energy flows through a simple food chain and represents the balance of organisms that must be maintained in a healthy ecosystem. Adaptation activities completed in the lab at the end of the week will help learners discover how body structures relate to functions.


Learner-led Conferences - Please review the communication (sent separately) from your child's homeroom teacher to sign up for a fall conference. We look forward to visiting with you soon.

Write-A-Check Campaign - Lakeside's PTO is excited to kick off our annual “WRITE-A-CHECK” fundraising campaign on MONDAY, 9/19. The purpose of this campaign is to enrich the education students receive at Lakeside by providing educational programs and field trips and helping maintain current technology! All donations are 100% tax-deductible, and all money raised STAYS at Lakeside! Please go to and click on WEBSTORE to complete your donation or fill out the form provided and return it to your child’s teacher no later than FRIDAY, 9/23. Classes with 100% participation (return of form, no donation required, but encouraged) will win a popsicle party and lunch for the teacher. Your participation and donations are greatly appreciated. Let's do this!!!

Fifth Grade Special Friends' Day - Thursday, October 6th

Guests will arrive and visit classrooms at 12:30pm. They will depart after fifth grade lunch concludes at 1:30 pm. Please make sure that you RSVP on the Special Friend RSVP form to help us plan a great visit. *Note that this form will stop accepting responses on October 4th at 8AM.

The citizenship quality for September is: Patriotism - Loving & supporting one's country

“Those who are happy make others happy too.” Anne Frank

“There is no better exercise for your heart than reaching down and helping to lift someone up.” Bernard Meltzer

Upcoming ...

9/19-9/23 - Write A Check Week

9/24 - Happy Birthday, Mrs. Chapin!

9/30 - Sky Ranch Chaperone Volunteer Forms will come home

10/5 - School Pictures / Sky Ranch Chaperone Volunteer Forms are due by 8:00AM

10/6 - Special Friend’s Day

10/7 – Fall Conferences/No School

10/12 - Sky Ranch Parent Meeting in the Lakeside cafe from 6:00-7:00PM

10/10 – CISD Holiday

10/14 – End of 1st Nine Weeks

10/19 - Sky Ranch forms and fees are due

11/2-11/4 - Sky Ranch Field Trip (more info coming soon)

About Us

5A - Lauren Chapin @mrs_chapin


5B - Kelly Fischetti @FischettiLS


5C - Dan Thompson @LakesideMrT


5D - Melissa Warren @MrsLearnalot