Fifth Grade Newsletter
September 26, 2019
Thank you to those that were able to make our informational meeting this week. If you were unable to attend, we have sent your child's packet home with them. Remember that completed paperwork is due no later than October 4th!
If you signed up to possibly be a chaperone at Pine Cove, your volunteer background check must be submitted by October 1st to be considered. Volunteer background checks must be done each year. Here is the link:
There are many ways to incorporate the arts on campus, but one BIG WAY is with Reflections – a program of The National PTA that has excelled in Texas. By providing Reflections on our campus, we are setting our PTA, students, and families up for a real win-win!
Year after year, research confirms the importance of the arts in our children’s lives. The arts provide a platform for students to exercise social skills and they function as an emotional outlet. The arts also impact academic performance by building creative problem-solving skills and critical thinking. Through Reflections, we are providing an opportunity for students to express themselves and strengthen their minds for success now and in the future.
Reflections engages the whole family by supporting and celebrating the student artist!
We hope more students take part in Reflections this year, and we can’t wait to see how Smith students interpret the theme, “Look Within”.
All Smith students will be recognized for participating. The state winner will receive $100 from The National PTA among other recognition.
If you have any questions, please reach out to the
Smith PTA Arts In Education Chair Nicole Moreno @ email@example.com
Let’s shoot for every Smith child to submit an entry! The deadline to submit entries is Oct 31st.
To help you get started this year, below is information on the categories, rules and the application for entering.
Entries can be turned into the Reflections Entry Box located in the front office starting Oct 1st.
5th graders will be taking the Cognitive Abilities Test on the mornings of October 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. This is a standardized test that measures a student’s ability to think and solve verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal problems. Please do not schedule any out of school appointments for these days. Results from the testing will be reported to our campus and parents later this semester. You can help your child by making sure they get plenty of sleep the night before testing and that they eat a good breakfast in the morning.
Smith Stampede Kick-off
This is our annual fundraiser and we hope you can support it. 100 % of the funds raised go to our kids, classrooms and school. A packet will come home tomorrow with your child that has all the info you need to help us make the Stampede a success.
Exciting Author Coming to Smith
From Mrs. Pelias,
Author Max Brallier will be visiting Smith on October 2nd! Students who bought books can bring them to be autographed!
Treblemakers choir is underway! Our first performance is at LTHS on Monday, October 21st. Please visit our website for the most up to date information.
Reading- Understanding Informational Texts
Writing- Informational Writing
Science- Electrical Circuits
Social Studies- Exploration continued/Monarchy
September 27 - Stampede Kick-Off
October 1-3 - CogAT Testing
October 4 - Pine Cove Paperwork due
October 10 - Smith Stampede
October 11 and 14th - No school
October 30 - Pine Cove Camper payment due
November 6 - Chaperone payment due for Pine Cove (chaperones only)
November 18 - Pine Cove Medicines and doctor notes due to Nurse Vanstory
November 20-22 - Pine Cove trip
- Absent/Late: If your child is going to absent or arrive late due to an appointment, please email the teacher as well as Mrs. Hurwich at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible
- Appointments: a doctor’s note is required for an appointment to be excused and must be submitted to the office within 3 days of the appointment
- A parent note/email or doctor note must be provided for an absence or it will remain unexcused
- See FISD Attendance Guidelines at https://www.friscoisd.org/about/resources-and-information/school-attendance for more details