The Team Orange Times

Friday, January 6th

Read the newsletter thoroughly looking for a ":D"! Count the number of times you see ":D" and send the total on a PIECE OF PAPER with your student on Monday! All participating students will earn LiveSchool Points! (The closer you are to the actually number the more points they earn!)

Important Dates

Tuesday, January 3

  • Second Semester and 3rd Quarter Begin
  • School Resumes from Winter Break

Friday, January 6

  • Math Mid-Year FastBridge Testing

Tuesday, January 10

  • ELA Mid-Year FastBridge Testing

Wednesday, January 11

  • PLC Early Release at 12:50 pm

Friday, January 13

  • 2nd Quarter Report Cards Emailed Home to Parents

Monday, January 16 NO SCHOOL :D

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day


Dear Families,

We wanted to take a moment to say thank you for the many wonderful donations to our Winter Party, and for the support in helping the children have an opportunity to participate in giving to others for the holidays during our Secret Snowflake program. The kids had a fantastic time at the party and really enjoyed having hot chocolate and all the wonderful snacks that were sent in for them to enjoy. These programs would not have been such a success without the support and donations from our Team Orange families! Thank you to all of you again for supporting programs for our Team Black kids here at Barry! We appreciate all of you and hope everyone had a terrific break!

:D Sincerely,

Ms. Robertson and Ms. Shoup

BRR! It's getting CHILLY!

It's that time of year when the temps can be unpredictable! Please help your child check the weather each day to be prepared for recess. It can be quite chilly and windy when we go out in the early afternoon.

They can also leave a jacket/coat in their locker if they would like.

Winter Weather Communication

Click here for information on school cancellations/modifications due to inclement weather, how the District will notify parents, as well as information on recess, Y Club, and Inclement Weather Virtual Learning Days. As a reminder, PCR-3 will implement traditional inclement weather days (no school and no virtual learning), until we reach a threshold that would push the school year past Memorial Day. We will make those days up per our academic calendar, and if we go past our planned make-up days for inclement weather, we will implement our Inclement Weather Virtual Learning :D ays.

American Revolution - SS Project

We began our next unit of study in Social Studies over the events during the American Revolution. During this unit, the children will complete a project that showcases one of the ideas or concepts we have been studying as we explored the events around the American Revolution.

The links to the directions are included below. Students have already selected their project, and it may look slightly different than what is shown on the project board. Time was spent in Social Studies class during this week beginning to research facts and information for our projects. As we move into next week, project work will move to a Homework Assignment to be completed at home and turned in to school when finished. Students will use supplies at home to complete the project they choose.


Please let Ms. Shoup know if you or your child should have any questions about the project.

Don't Forget!

  • :D Please send your student a refillable water bottle each day!

  • Check your child's trapper every night for important information

  • Please go through your child's trapper WITH them as there are important papers that need to return to school. Make sure you don't throw anything away without checking with your student first.

  • Students should be reading for 30 minutes every night.

  • Students should be practicing their multiplication and division facts 15 minutes every night.

Need Some Extra Help?

Academic Lab is available after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 - 4:00 for students at Barry in grades 5-8. Academic Lab is an opportunity for students to be able to finish work that needs to be completed and also to be able to get help with work if needed. :D

If you would like for your child to attend Academic Lab, you will need to click on the form below, fill it out, and submit it prior to your child attending Lab. This form will need to be filled out each time your child is choosing to stay for Academic Lab.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes :D - STARTING NEXT WEEK!

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What are we Learning?


We are diving into learning all about FRACTIONS! In this unit students will learn the following:

  • 3rd/4th Grade Fraction Review
  • Lesson 7-1: Estimate Sums and Differences of Fractions
  • Lesson 7-2: Find Common Denominators
  • Lesson 7-3: Add Fractions with Unlike Denominators
  • Lesson 7-4: Subtract Fractions with Unlike Denominators
  • Lesson 7-5: Add and Subtract Fractions
  • Lesson 7-6: Estimate Sums and Differences of Mixed Numbers
  • Lesson 7-7: Use Models to Add Mixed Numbers
  • Lesson 7-8: Add Mixed Numbers
  • Lesson 7-9: Use Models to Subtract Mixed Numbers
  • Lesson 7-10: Subtract Mixed Numbers
  • Lesson 7-11: Add and Subtract Mixed Numbers
  • Lesson 7-12: Problem-Solving: Model with Math
  • Final Review

It is super important for students to come to school daily and on time, so they are not missing these important and key core lessons and learning opportunities! :D

Topic 7: Use Equivalent Fractions to Add and Subtract Fractions

Standard: 5. NFB.6 SOLVE problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions and mixed numbers with unlike denominators, and JUSTIFY the solution.

Test date: TBD


We started our next Science Unit. In this Unit, we will be learning about Earth and Space Science! We will learn about Earth's Systems, Earth's Water, the Human Impact on Earth's Resources, Patterns in Space, and the Solar System! Some of the things we will do and learn in the next few weeks include:

  • Earth's Layers
  • Earth's Plates
  • Earthquakes and Volcanoes
  • Weathering
  • Erosion
  • Waves
  • Types of Rock
  • Earth's Spheres
  • Building the layers of Earth with clay
  • Earth's Crust
  • and SO MUCH MORE :D


Standards that will be assessed in this unit:

  • 5.ESS2.A.1 Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and /or atmosphere interact. [Clarification Statement: Examples could include the influence of the ocean on ecosystems, landform shape, and climate; the influence of the atmosphere on landforms and ecosystems through weather and climate; and the influence of mountain ranges on winds and clouds in the atmosphere. The geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere are each a system.]
  • 5.5.ESS2.C.1 Describe and graph the amounts and percentages of water and fresh water in various reservoirs to provide evidence about the distribution of water on Earth.
  • 5.ESS3.C.1 Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the earth’s resources and environment.
  • 5.ESS1.B.1 Make observations during different seasons to relate the amount of daylight to the time of year. [Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on relative comparisons of the amount of daylight in the winter to the amount in the spring or fall].
  • 5.ESS1.A.1 Support an argument that relative distances from Earth affects the apparent brightness of the sun compared to other stars.



As we returned to school from Winter Break, our focus has turned to finishing our Narrative Writing Projects this past week. As we move into the next few weeks, we will begin our new unit of study on Main Idea of a Nonfiction reading passage. During this unit, we will focus on locating the Main Idea as what the author is trying to communicate to the reader about the topic. We will also focus on providing at least 3 specific details from the reading that prove and support the main idea.

Students will be expected to read for 30 minutes a day each day of the school week at home as a weekly Homework assignment. Having time to read and practice reading skills both at home and at school can help students continue to grow in their reading this year.


We have been working hard over the past week to wrap up our Narrative Writing Projects. :D Our next writing unit of study will be to create a Research Based Argument/Opinion piece. We will work throughout the quarter on these writing pieces and will begin working on them during ELA class soon.


We began our learning in Social Studies after Winter Break by beginning work on our American Revolution Projects. Details about this project were explained in the information in this newsletter above. :D Our project work will switch to a Homework Assignment next week, and we will begin to examine and study events that happened during the American Revolution and how the revolution affected colonists. Our next unit of study will then be to examine the United States as a New Nation and Government.

I am including some of the other concepts we will be studying in 5th Grade Social Studies as we move through the year below:

5th Grade Social Studies Units of Study

  • CNN 10/Current Events

  • Maps Skills and Geography

  • Economics

  • Government and the United States as a New Nation

  • American Revolution (Native Americans, Colonies, Causes of the Revolution, and Battles of the Revolution)

  • Westward Expansion

  • Civil War and Reconstruction

  • Twentieth-Century History (1900 - 2000)

  • Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening skills will also be practiced with nonfiction Social Studies texts

  • Electoral Process

Team Orange Daily Schedule

Barry Handbook 22-23 :D


Ms. Sarah Shoup :D

5th-Grade ELA and SOCIAL STUDIES - Team Orange

(816) 436 - 9623 ext. 3153

Ms. Ashley Robertson

5th - Grade MATH and SCIENCE - Team Orange

(816) 436 - 9623 ext. 3152 :D