Fifth Grade Newsletter

February 21, 2019

Reading and Math STAAR Simulations

On both February 27th and March 4th your child will be taking the Reading and Math STAAR Simulations (practice STAAR tests). We ask that you do not schedule any appointments on these days. It is important for your child to arrive to school on time and be present for the test. Please direct any questions to your child's homeroom teacher.

SAY CHEESE! Spring Pictures Next TUESDAY!

Next Tuesday, make sure your student is camera ready for their last class photo as a Smith Elementary student! If you would like to order prints, please have your child turn in their order forms prior to picture day.

Middle School Course Cards Due Monday!

Please make sure to fill out, sign, and return the purple course card for middle school by Monday 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.

Skating Starts Monday!

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!

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!

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 - Comparing Literature Across Genres

Writing - Research-Based Opinion Writing

Science - Interactions in an ecosystem

Social Studies - Industrial Revolution

Order Your Yearbook!

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Important Dates

February 25-Middle School Course Cards and Skating Forms 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.