5th Grade Falcons

News You Can Use for the Week of 03/30-04/03

Proof of Residency

LISD Middle Schools require PROOF OF RESIDENCY for enrollment next year. Please send a current utility bill (MUST be a March or April utility bill) before Tuesday, March 31, 2015 to your child's current 5th Grade teacher. Your student will not get their middle school schedule if this is not completed.

Important STAAR Information

  • Please make sure your child gets a good nights sleep Monday night and eats a healthy breakfast Tuesday morning.
  • We will not have snacks available for your child this year, so please make sure your kiddo brings a healthy snack to munch on during the test. Please no messy chips or fruit. With messy snacks, there is always a chance for it to get on their test. If that happens, the test becomes INADMISSIBLE and we certainly don't want that to happen. Some good choices are: goldfish, pretzels, crackers, dry cereal, certain non-messy fruits or vegetables, string cheese, popcorn, animal crackers, and granola bars.
  • They also need to bring a refillable water bottle.
  • They need to bring two number 2 pencils, with good erasers.
  • Please be sure they leave ALL technology at home. If they absolutely need their cell phone for emergencies, that is ok. We will make sure to have it turned off and in their back pack during the test.
  • Please continue to study the STAAR vocabulary quizlet with your child.
  • Unfortunately, parents are not allowed to come eat lunch on any STAAR testing days.

Important News!

  • This coming Friday is early release, at 12:30.
  • PTA's Winter Wonderland Dance has been rescheduled due to inclement weather. The new date is Friday, March 27th, from 6-8 PM.
  • Reading STAAR test is on Tuesday!!

"Off to School on Time"

"Off to School on Time"

Weekly, we will send you a link from a parenting resource called, "Love and Logic". I believe you will appreciate the information as much as I have.


On a personal note, this really works!!!

TWITTER has made its way to ICE!

In an effort to connect more with technology and to interact with our community in a different way, ICE teachers are taking to Twitter! Be sure to follow your favorite teachers to see and get updates on what is being done in the classroom/school!

Mrs. Brown - @MrsBrowngrade5

Mrs. Finley - @finleys5thgrade

Mrs. Horne - @fearlessin5th

Mrs. Purvis - @fifthisfun

Mrs. Vitosh - @AmyVitosh

Fifth Grade Twitter handle - @5thicefalcons

Upcoming Dates

Friday, March 27 - Early Release, 12:30

Saturday, March 21 - the BIG Event

Friday, March 27 - Winter Wonderland Dance AND End of 3rd Nine Weeks

Tuesday, March 31 - STAAR Reading Test

Thursday, April 2 and Friday, April 3 - Student Holidays

Monday, April 20 - Math STAAR

Wednesday, April 22 - Science STAAR

Student Accountability Plan

As we enter the last weeks of school, we want to help prepare the kids for Middle School as much as possible, so we have used the Late Work Policy at Arbor Creek to create our own policy to best suit our students' needs. Our goal is to help students learn more responsibility, especially when it comes to their work, and to learn how to hold themselves accountable. Here are the steps we follow when a student has a missing assignment:

  1. Study Hall (During the morning, from 7:50-8:20.)
  2. Lunch Bunch X 2 (They have two days to complete the missing assignment.)
  3. Encore (After school, from 3:00-4:00 - This is assigned if they do not finish their assignment after Study Hall and 2 days of Lunch Bunch.)
  4. Office Referral (This is assigned if they still have not completed the assignment.)

Please note, if a student fails to show for Lunch Bunch, they will be assigned to Encore the following Day. You will always be notified if your child has been assigned to Lunch Bunch or Encore. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher.

Digital Citizenship

This link contains excellent resources for parents wishing to look into how to keep their child safe on the Internet:


Academic Tutoring

Fifth grade teachers are still offering tutoring on Wednesday afternoons, from 3:05-3:35. Your child's teacher will notify you if they would like your student to attend tutoring. If you feel your child needs to attend tutoring, for either reading or math, please contact your student's homeroom teacher.

STAAR Tutoring




Please make sure you pick your child up in the front of the school at 3:30.


LISD Student Software Applications Resource for Parents and Students (Link Below)

This week in ELAR

On Monday, we will continue to focus on reading strategies and comprehension for the STAAR test on Tuesday through our STAAR Prep Stations. The stations they visit include: Reading Passages, Vocabulary on Quizlet, Jeopardy Labs, Mr. Nussbaum and Task Cards. The essential questions we will use to support our focus are:

  • "How does making connections and synthesizing information from one text to another deepen your comprehension?"
  • "How does applying a variety of strategies help you to read critically?" We will also continue to focus on the different types of sentences: simple, compound and complex.

On Wednesday, we will bring Social Studies and Language Arts together. We will be looking for a news article that describes an action taken by one of the three branches of government and will then write a summary based on what they've read.

Academic Vocabulary for the week: summarize, analyze, evaluate

Please continue to make sure your kiddo is doing their daily reading log and logging at least 20 minutes of reading a day and completing iStation on Wednesdays! I have really enjoyed reading their logs each week and seeing their thought process!


Monday--Reading Log

Tuesday--Reading Log

Wednesday--iStation on home computer or iPad

Thursday--Reading Log

iStation Resource for Parents:


This week in Math

This coming week, your students will learn...

Two-dimensional shapes can be described, classified, and analyzed by attributes and properties.

  • Use attributes and properties to classify 2-dimensional shapes into hierarchy of sets and subsets using graphic organizers. (5)

WeWe will continue reviewing these skills as well...

  • Describe key attributes of coordinate plane (8A)
  • Describe the process for graphing ordered pairs of numbers in first quadrant of coordinate plane (8B)
  • Graph (in first quadrant) ordered pairs of numbers arising from mathematical/real-world problems— include those generated from patterns or found in input-output tables (8C)

HOMEWORK ALERT!!! They will have math homework daily! Some evenings they will have a paper and other nights they will be asked to access Khan Academy or Think Through Math.

The website for their math textbook is www.pearsonrealize.com. Their log-in is their last initial, first initial, ID number@lisd (example: va12345678@lisd). All student passwords are abcd1234.

Think Through Math, http://www.thinkthroughmath.com, is another online resource your children have accessed. I will be checking to make sure they work with this resource at home at least two times a week. Please encourage your child to access this great resource as well. They all have their usernames and passwords saved in their Evernote account.

This Week In Science

Below you will find a link that will assist you with making science connections with your children at home. It is called STEMscopepedia. Please ask your child to log in with their username and password in order to read this wonderful resource.

Learning Goals...

  • The student is expected to demonstrate that Earth rotates on its axis once approximately every 24 hours causing the day/night cycle and the apparent movement of the Sun across the sky.

    • The day and night cycle occurs every 24 hours due to the rotation of the Earth.

    • We can demonstrate that the rotation of the Earth causes the day and night cycle.

    • The Sun appears to move across the sky each day due to the rotation of the Earth.

    What I am learning?

    • How often does the day and night cycle occur on the Earth?

    • Describe the positions of the Earth and Sun when it is daytime. How is this different at nighttime?

    • On the Earth it looks like the Sun is moving across the sky. Why is this not true?

Stemscopedeia-aka Extra Credit

Parents, in order to to encourage your child to complete the activities in the STEMscopepedia link below, I am offering them a chance to make extra credit if they bring in a completed activity that they did at home with you.

Earth's Rotation

Look at the "What Do You Know?" on page 80 and have the students email me the completed diagram, worth 10 extra bonus points.


If you are able to complete the "Connecting with your Child", on page 81 would be extremely eye-opening for your family, worth 15 points. All answers need to be emailed to my address at purvisad@lisd.net.

This Week in Social Studies

We will continue our unit on the US Constitution. The big question we are using for our focus is, "What are the key features of the US Constitution?" With this unit, the students will:
  • identify weaknesses of both the Articles of Confederation and the work of the delegates that created the documents.
  • examine and list the key powers of the three branches of government created by the Constitution.
  • identify three issues the delegates to the Constitutional Convention agreed on and three they debated.
We will also continue to bring our knowledge from Language Arts and synthesize information, draw conclusions, summarize and make predictions as we learn about our history.

Social Studies Alive Online Curriculum

The students are able to access the social studies curriculum, Social Studies Alive, from their iPads (and should also have a shortcut saved to their home screen). Below is the information they will use to log-in.

User Name: last name, first initial

Password: ID # (numbers only)

teacher email: hornej@lisd.net

A Message from our Counselor

Calling all dads...

Please consider joining our Watch D.O.G.S program! If you are interested, please follow this link to fill out some information for Mrs. Sanchez: Watch DOGS information sheet

If you are able to join, follow this link to order your t-shirt before your volunteer time: order a shirt


Please support our school by joining PTA! Follow this link to see what our amazing PTA has in store for us and find out about membership information!


Our PTA is also live on Facebook! You can find them at https://www.facebook.com/icepta.

Contact Us!

5th Grade Teacher Email Addresses

Mrs. Brown brownek@lisd.net

Mrs. Finley finleyl@lisd.net

Mrs. Horne hornej@lisd.net

Mrs. Purvis purvisad@lisd.net

Mrs. Vitosh vitosha@lisd.net

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