Fifth Grade Newsletter

December 12, 2019


Our Scholastic Book Fair is coming to a close, and there's SNOW much to read! Shop in the library today and tomorrow or online (click link below). Online book orders of $25 or more ship directly to your home for free.

You can also set up a new digital payment option online! With Book Fair eWallet, your student can shop the Book Fair cash-free! Visit our homepage to learn more and create an account.

Shopping hours:

Thursday, Dec. 12 @ 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 13 @ 7:30 a.m. – NOON

Winter Party Volunteering Opportunities

Hello Smith Parents! We would love to have your help to make this a fantastic winter party for the kids. Please review the volunteer opportunities and help if you can. This format is only going to be used for the winter party. The Valentine's Day party and End of the Year party will be held at the end of the day. We suggest volunteering at a time that you child(ren) are not scheduled to have their party. That way you can circulate around the party with your child and not volunteer during that time. During photo booth and snack stations, the emcee with call each class separately to those two stations, otherwise the students will be free to visit the station of their choosing during their party time.

Volunteer Sign-up:

Winter Party Schedule - Friday, December 20th

This year, the Winter Party will be held at a different time of the day. Below you can find the time for each grade level.

8:45-9:30 AM-5th grade party

9:35-10:20 AM-3rd grade party

10:25-11:10 AM-4th grade party

11:15-12:00 PM-2nd grade party

12:05-12:50 PM-Kinder party

12:50-1:30 PM-Volunteer Lunch/Rest Time

1:35-2:20 PM-1st Grade party

2:20-2:45 PM-Clean Up Time

Lunch In Classrooms Day of Party!

Please note the change in our Winter Party time. 5th grade will have their party on December 20th, from 8:45 am to 9:30 am. We hope you will be able to attend!

The cafeteria will be used for class parties throughout the day; therefore, we will be eating lunch in our classrooms. Students will be able to purchase a lunch if needed, but please send your child with a packed lunch if possible. Since we are eating in our rooms, we will not be able to have parents eat lunch with their child on that day. Please feel free to join them for lunch on another day!

Yearbook Cover Design Opportunity:

Yesterday at lunch we shared a fun opportunity with the grade. 5th grade students are given the chance to submit a design for the front and back covers of the Smith yearbook! This is completely voluntary. If your child is interested in submitting a cover design, please note the following:

  • Designs MUST be turned into Mrs. Fariss BY December 20th. No late entries will be accepted.
  • Designs should take up an entire side (from edge to edge) of an 8 ½" by 11” piece of white printer paper. Students may see Mrs. Fariss if they need paper.
  • Designs should include the school name and the year (2019-2020). Designs MAY be based on the school theme, “Smith Rocks”; however, this is not a requirement and students can choose a different idea.
  • Designs must be school appropriate.

Cell Phones and Other Devices

Lately during pack up, students have been taking their phones from the device bucket and getting on them rather than putting them straight in their backpack. This is against school policy and it makes packing up much more difficult and time consuming. Outside, at car loop, they must ask a teacher before they can take their phone out of their backpack. Remember, if you need to get a message to your student, please call the office and they will get the message to your child.

2019-2020 Class Parties Payment

Dear Parents/Guardians:

The PTA helps with the class parties by collecting money, organizing the room parents and handling all reimbursements.

This year, we are asking to please send in your onetime class party donation of $12.00 cash or check (payable to Smith PTA) to cover all three class parties for the year. These include the Winter Ball, Valentine’s Day Party, & the End of the Year Party. You can also pay online

Please disregard this reminder if you have already paid. If you haven’t, please pay as soon as possible as it helps the Room Parents to plan out the three parties for our kids.

If you have any questions or concerns about this, please contact Katie Augustine, PTA Treasurer: email


PTA and Room Representatives

Clark Band Upcoming Events

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Remind Your Student to Bring a Jacket!

As the temperatures continue to drop, please remind your student to bring the appropriate outerwear to school. We still have half-recess when it's 32 degrees outside and want to make sure the kiddos stay warm!

Pacific and Southwest Region Map Quiz 12/13!

The next map quiz is Friday, December 13th. Blank maps of each region can be found below!


Math- Dividing with Decimals

Science- Water Cycle

Reading- Reading & Analyzing Poetry

Writing- Writing Poetry

Social Studies- Westward Expansion

Important Dates

December 9-13 - Fall Book Fair

December 20 - Winter Party - 8:45 - 9:30

December 20 - End of 9 weeks

December 23- January 6 - Winter Break

January 14 - CMS Incoming Middle School Parent Night @ 6PM

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Replying to a S'more Newsletter

Some changes out of our control have been made with the S'more communication. When you receive your S'more, it will come from Team Fifth. However, now if you click on "reply" in your email, it will automatically go to Mrs. Baril unless you change the "To" address.

If you are replying to the S'more, please take the time to change the email address to the appropriate teacher. THANKS!

5th grade reply addresses

Mrs. Baril

Mrs. Fariss

Ms. Little

Ms. Madden

Mrs. Rader

Ms. Shelton