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5th Grade Weekly Classroom Newsletter - March 13th

Rock Eagle Overnight Field Trip 2nd Payment

Please send your second installment check ($75.00 payable to FSA ES) to Mrs. Ozkan by Friday,3/20. Please clearly write your child’s name in the memo of the check.

I am still in need of a male chaperone. If you wish to be a chaperone, please e-mail Mrs. Ozkan at The cost for each parent chaperone is $150.00.

Fifth Grade's Curriculum Corner


5th grade On-level Reading Classes (periods 1 and 4):

Next week, we will begin the short story, “Chester Cricket’s Pigeon Ride.” We will focus on how figurative language is used to engage the reader’s interest. Throughout the week, students will be working in small groups. Each group will focus on reading fluency, working on the new vocabulary, finding the main idea and supporting details, and literary devices. On Friday, March 27, students will take a test over “Chester Cricket’s Pigeon Ride” comprehension, figurative language, and vocabulary. The vocabulary words are located at the bottom of the newsletter. Reading logs are also due on Friday.

5th grade Advanced Reading Class (period 7):

Next week, students will be quizzed over chapters 14-22 in “The Secret Garden” on Monday, March 23. We will be finishing “The Secret Garden” next week. Throughout the week, students will be working on their comprehension packets as we read in and outside of class. If students misplace this, it will be available in class resources. On Friday, March 27, students will be assigned a choice board project for “The Secret Garden.” We will go over all of the expectations and rubric in class. The choice board project will count as a project grade and test grade. Students will have until Thursday, April 2. Reading logs are also due on Friday.

6th grade Reading classes (periods 2 and 3):

Next week, students will have their novel test for Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry” on Monday, March 23. Study guides are also due Monday. On Wednesday, students will be assigned a “Peer Teaching” group project that will review topics covered within the Common Core State Standards (provided in class). We will go over the rubric and expectations for the project in class. The rubric will be available on class resources as well. Students will have until Thursday, April 2, to complete their project. They will present their projects the week after Spring Break.

Study Island

I have added assignments on Study Island for students to practice their reading skills. Please make sure your student demonstrates a mastery of 70% or more. There are also individual learning paths that have been created. This is a great tool to use to help prepare your student for the Georgia Milestones test in April.

Class Resource Page
If your student is missing an assignment or needs to print off a lost one, please refer to the class resource page on the school's portal through the school website.
**For the interactive notebook, the file was too big; therefore, it will not open. If your student is missing a specific page, please let me know, and I will send a separate e-mail.

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Developmental Reading Assessment

Throughout this semester, we have been using the Development Reading Assessments (DRA) in first period to help establish students' reading levels and to monitor reading progress throughout the year. For more information, you can visit


March starts a new Scholastic Reading Club month! March 31is the last day to send in any Scholastic book orders. Please use either exact cash or a check written out to Scholastic Reading Club.

The website for ordering Scholastic books is:

The class code for ordering Scholastic books is: NF78L


Answer Keys for Georgia MIlestones Common Core Practice Books

Answer keys for Georgia MIlestones common core practice books are available. If you need them, please email me at Since answer keys are copyrighted materials, please don’t make the copies. You can barrow the answer key booklets and return to me as soon as you get the answers.

6th Grade Math

Next week, we will be starting our new unit - Decimal Ops. Each student has been issued a new book today in class.

This unit is driven by four themes. First, many mathematical situations involve rational numbers in decimal and percent form. Second, the critical first task of solving any problem is to identify the operation(s) that will produce useful insights and/or solutions to problems. Students need to consider the results of those arithmetic operations on decimals and percents. Third, both before and after students find exact computations, it is helpful for them to make thoughtful estimates of the expected results. Last, despite the availability of technological tools to perform the exact computations, students should develop proficiency in efficient algorithms for performing those computations.

Unit Vocabulary

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repeating decimal
terminating decimal
unit rate

This unit will also help students to review 5th grade math curriculum for Georgia Milestones assessment in April.

5th Grade Math

Next week, we will continue our unit - Number and Operations in Base Ten. We've done learning Powers of Ten, Representations of Decimals, Comparing Decimals, Rounding Decimals, Adding Decimals, Subtracting Decimals and Multiplying Decimals in this unit. Students will be given a quiz over this unit next week on Friday, 3/20.

Please make sure your child completes the assignments on Study Island to practice the topics above. I send a packet home after we finish each topic for students to practice everything for Georgia Milestones test in April. Please encourage your child to complete the packets on time.

Study Island

I have some assignments on Study Island. Please make sure your child completes 30 questions on each assignment and demonstrates a mastery of 70% or more. Study Island MAP Learning Path will help your child to reach his/her goal.

Classes with students who finish 15 questions and demonstrate a mastery of 70% or more (blue ribbon on each lesson) in each lesson will be given a pizza party.


Current News
For the week of March 9th through the 13th, we will be underway with our Narrative Writing Unit. I sent home the packets with all due dates for the assignment on 3/6/15. My 2nd period is working on their verbs unit and as we near the review day, I will let you know, as the study guides will be due.

Study Island
I have assignments on Study Island. Please make sure your child completes 30 questions on each assignment and demonstrates a mastery of 70% or more. If you are not able to access these assignments please email me ASAP.

Home Access Center
If you would like to keep up with due dates for this unit, they are all posted a ready on Home Access Center. This will also be a great place to check for NHI's as well and absent work. I post all assignments at the beginning of each unit. I do my best to update grades as often as possible, but sometimes that is only once a week. I appreciate your patience!

Spelling Words
This week's spelling words are posted on Spelling City. Please see the link below under the "Spelling" sections for the link to the page. I update it every Monday, except for those times we have no school on Monday. I also send home definitions and packets for the students to work on for extra practice. These packets are due for a grade every Thursday before the quiz. Our Spelling Quizzes are held on every Friday.
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This week in Social Studies, we will be wrapping up chapter 12 with an open book test. Because the Georgia Milestones test is fast approaching, the remaining tests in class will be open book so that the students aren't overwhelmed and stressed with the short timeline.

Furthermore, students have already done one class project that is due on Monday about the Baby Boom, which will be reflected on the next report card cycle. They will have one other project that I will keep in the classroom to also help reduce their stress levels.

As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.

Have a wonderful weekend.


Next week we will start on Lesson 2: How are characteristics inherited? We will start this lesson with Gregor Mendel, and his research. We will talk about different traits.
*Inherited Trait,
*Dominant Trait,
*Recessive Trait.

We will also do activities where we will use Punnett square to predict the offspring.

Chapter 7 Test - March 30th, or 31th - TBD
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Home Visit Program at FSAES

As part of FSAES Home Visit Program, teachers visit students and parents at their home.

Overall goal of home visit is to help strengthen relationships between parents, students and teachers and inform parents & students on how much they care.

We would LOVE to visit our students at home at your convenience.

If you would like to participate, please e-mail me at or FSAES Home Visit Coordinator Ms. Mingus at

Tutoring Reminders

Every week, subject teachers offer tutoring for students that need extra help. Here are a few reminders about tutoring:

-Students are invited by teachers as they see neccessary.

-If you feel your student needs extra practice with a specific topic, please e-mail the subject teacher. This way, when your student comes to tutoring, we will be prepared to help.

-Students need to have something to work on during tutoring, i.e. make-up work/test, missing homework

-If students consistently become too much of a distraction to other students, they will be sent to ASP.

-If students fail to comply, they will be removed from tutoring.

We appreciate your cooperation and understanding. We look forward to a great second semester!