1220 Newsletter

VW 5th Grade

Happy New Year January 2016

After a nice restful break, it can be hard to get back into the routine. That is what we will be attempting to do this January. Along with our regular studies, we will be completing a mid-year state assessment. This is the first time this mid-year assessment has been administered. It will be a new and learning experience. We will also be completing our second i-Ready assessment to check progress on the fifth grade standards.


Independent reading continues to be an important daily practice. Your fifth grader should be reading 30 minutes per night to help practice reading independently and to help achieve their AR goal. Having access to books is an important part of this homework. Your child can find great books in our classroom library, for free at the public library, and at the Verdugo Woodlands library.

Another great resource for reading books is the Scholastic book orders.

Tomorrow I am sending home a set of book orders. Please feel free to order from the paper book orders or use the website to order online. More titles are available online! Directions to order online are on the homework website. http://vw1220.blogspot.com All book orders, paper and online, are due January 14, 2016

Thank you

Thank you for the generous class gift. I can't wait to treat myself using the gift card. It was so unexpected and very appreciated. Thank you for thinking of me during the holidays.

Happy New Year!

Important Dates

January 18 Martin Luther King Jr. Day, School Holiday

January 21 Progress Reports Sent Home

January 29 Flag Ceremony

January 30 Pancake Breakfast

January (Fridays) Taiko Drumming Art Class

Curriculum Update

Language Arts: We will begin our poetry unit to practice the poetry standards. After, we will begin working on nonfiction selections.

We are continuing to write an explanatory essay about a family tradition. Have your child tell you about their topic and essay. Remind them of some details they may want to add to this essay.

We will have a spelling test soon. Please note that the Spelling Tests also include grammar standards that are also assessed. For example, the last spelling test included some commas related to our comma unit. This next test may include titles and quotes that we are covering in our current grammar unit.

After we will continue to work on Wordly Wise vocabulary units. Be aware that the tests in Wordly Wise incorporate the previous lessons words and become increasingly more difficult as the year progresses.

Math: We are wrapping up Unit 2 this week. Our unit test is soon. Unit 3 will be adding/subtracting and more multiplying fractions.

Social Studies: The class is studying about the explorers. Students are working on a history project. It is always a good idea to ask your child to show you their current Social Studies notes. Then ask them to explain what the notes tell them about the subject. It's a great way to review.

Science: The class is now studying about human body systems, specifically, respiratory systems. The next test in about the excretory system. Ask about science notes, too.

Grammar/Vocab/Tech: After completing our unit on titles and quotations, we will explore prefix and suffix meanings.

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Our Class 2015

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Holiday Hat Day

Holiday Party-Thank you for all the supplies and help. It was a great success!