Mrs. Hines Class!

Weekly News

Friday, December 12th

It has been an exciting week as 5th graders met with their International Bazaar shops. Each store had to apply for a loan to pay for their business expenses, order shop supplies, create a shop flag and sign, and create pricing guidelines to make sure their business pays of its loan.


In class this week we:


  • Divided decimals
  • Began evaluating expressions and used Order of Operations to solve number sentences
  • Researched information about the 13 colonies to write a persuasive letter about one of the regions
  • Defined key economic terms

International Bazaar!!

In order to be in Blue Springs on time, we leave Tuesday morning right at 9 am for our field trip. It is very important for all students to be at school on time. Students do not need to bring laptops to school this day as electronic devices will not be used on buses or during the day. Remember, students do not need to bring a lunch. Food will be purchased by students using the money they earn working at their jobs.

Colony Day

Thursday, December 18th is going to be Colony Day in 5th grade! Students are going to participate in activities that were part of the daily lives of colonists: making silhouette pictures, finger weaving, and preparing griddle cakes with homemade butter. We still need a few more donations:


  • Baby food containers (at least 75)--we can use the jars or plastic ones with the snap on lids
  • Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Yarn (Or if your student has a certain color they would like to weave, they can bring their own!)

Dates to Remember

  • -International Bazaar Field Trip Dec. 16th
  • -Winter party Dec. 19th 10:15 to 11:15
  • -Winter break December, 22nd through January 2nd
  • -School resumes Jan. 5th
  • -Student Showcase--February 20th (sign-ups will be available at the winter party)
  • Reminders

  • - Be sure to charge laptops at home every day and bring them back to school. Having a fully charged laptop is a vital part of our classroom instruction.
  • - Students should be reading at home for 20 minutes each night. Make sure your students are filling out their November reading logs each night! They are due at the end of each month. We had several students not turn them in this month! They need to be signed by parents.
  • - Students should be doing Type 2 Learn 2-3 times a week at home to work on typing skills.
  • - Friday folders are sent home every week. Please make sure you are going through them with your child and signing each week. They should be brought back the following Monday. If you ever have questions regarding your child's work please feel free to contact me.
  • Homework

  • Student typically get math homework about 2 nights a week. Here are additional things that students can work on each day to help improve their performance at school:
  • - Read at least 20 minutes--this is the most important thing that students can do at home. Reading regularly improves fluency, comprehension, and builds vocabulary.
  • -Practice basic math facts--flashcards, Xtra Math, dry erase boards, etc...
  • -Work on our current writing project--if you're wondering what it is, check the digital planner page on our classroom website.
  • -Correct work sent home in the Friday folder--you can also create math problems similar to the ones you see on the practice sheets.
  • Specials Next Week!

    Monday: Music

    Tuesday: No specials due to our filed trip

    Wednesday: P.E

    Thursday: Art

    Friday: Music

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