5th Grade Newsletter

November 9, 2017

Important Dates

November 10 - Pine Cove Talent Show Sign Ups and "Auditions"

November 10 - Veteran's Day Program 7:50AM

November 13-Turn in medicine to Mrs. Vanstory for Pine Cove

November 15-17 - Pine Cove!!

November 20-24 - Thanksgiving Break

November 27-Angel Gifts are Due

November 30-Wonder Shirt Money Due

Angel Gifts

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Time to give back to help those in need. Each teacher will be sending home information about their Angel that they adopted for the holiday season. Please check out the specifics on the attachment provided by your child's teacher. All gifts will need to be returned unwrapped and labeled with the Angel number to school no later than November 27th.

Veterans Day Program

You are invited to the Veterans Day Program

Date: Friday, November 10, 2017

Time: 8:00 am


Pine Cove

We would like to remind you:

  • Students can bring a snack for the bus ride there, and then 3 or 4 additional snacks to eat during the day
  • NO TECHNOLOGY is allowed for the students
  • Regular watches and Fitbits are okay, but at the risk of being lost
  • Students have to carry their sleeping bag and luggage themselves so keep things small
  • Your child will need a small drawstring type bag for during the day
  • Send an extra trash bag for bedding on the way home
  • Check weather for Tyler and pack accordingly
  • All students will be required to carry ALL of their own luggage.

In addition, please make sure you have arranged for your child to be picked up from school, as they will be unable to walk or ride with all their camping gear. We will be keeping you informed of our arrival time via Twitter @5th_intents

For more information on Pine Cove camp visit https://www.pinecove.com/outdoor-education/


Please remember that all medications to be taken at Pine Cove must be turned in by Nov 13th along with any doctor’s notes needed. Please make sure all medication is brought to the nurse in their original packaging. All prescription medication must be in a current prescription bottle with the prescription label intact.

Please do not think this is the time to take your student off of their ADHD medication if they normally take ADHD meds. This is still a learning environment and they DO need to be able to concentrate and be productive even though they are outside.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Vanstory, the nurse, at 469-633-2208! Thank you!


Math - Fraction Multiplication

Science - Landforms

Reading - Persuasive Text

Social Studies - Colonial Newscast

Writing - Publishing Expository Writing

Grammar -Grammar Skill Review

Lone Star Challenge

Do you have a passion for traveling the world… learning new material in Reading, Math, and Science… Or, enjoy learning about places and cultures around the world. Possibly, you enjoy studying animals from different environments. If you do, you’re in luck! Smith Elementary is competing in the Lone Star Challenge against other 4th and 5th graders in our district and state of Texas. This year’s theme is “A Traveler’s Guide to the World”.

Nine 4th and 5th grade students are selected from Smith to join the team and become experts over exploring the world.

Lone Star Challenge practices are held at school following Winter Break (in January) on Tuesday afternoons and continue at home. Teammates are expected to prepare at home and during our practices for the competitions within our district and state through the end of April. These competitions include tests in Reading, Writing, History, Math, and Science.

If you enjoy traveling the world and learning new content in all subject areas, come see Mrs. Fariss (room 302) or Mrs. Williams (room 207) for the application! Tryouts will be after school on December 5th. Good luck!

Counselor's Corner

November Guidance lessons are covering the topic of Bullying. We discuss the difference between conflict and bullying, how to report bullying, and how a bystander can help a person who is being bullied.

The Smith staff periodically reminds students how to report bullying so that we can encourage a safe and positive school climate.

We are continuing to introduce and discuss the Character Lab skills to our students. Growth Mindset and Gratitude are being stressed this 9 weeks period.

Growth mindset-believing we can get smarter through hard work and good strategies

Gratitude-appreciating what others have done for us

Wonder Shirts for Sale

Smith students are enjoying RJ Palacio’s books this year! Kinder – Second Grade has read We’re All Wonders. Third- Fifth Grade is reading Wonder. These two books help teach children to choose to be kind to others. The story is about a boy who is born looking different from everyone and the trials he goes through. He ends up making friends along the way because of students who choose to be kind. We are launching a #choosekind campaign at Smith this year! Join the fun and order this one-of-a-kind shirt to help us celebrate! Orders will close on November 30, so our printer can make the shirts! Please note the shirts will be lighter in color than the sample artwork. Also, please order a size up because the shirts run small.

Staff, students and parents can order online using the link: https://smithelementarywonder.itemorder.com/sale

“Spread kindness like confetti”