5th Grade Newsletter

September - October 2015

Happy Fall!

Silver Lake Parents,

Thank you for a great start to our new year. Below you will see some updates from all the departments with the information of what is happening in our classrooms through the end of October. Please contact your classroom teacher if you have any questions.

General Grade Wide Reminders

Library schedule

Anderson: Tuesdays at 8:00 a.m.

Miller: Tuesdays at 1:15 p.m.

Payne: Mondays at 1:15 p.m.

Vega: Mondays at 8:00 a.m.

Zayas: Mondays at 1:30 p.m.

5th Grade Homework

ELA- 25 Book Challenge / One passage with questions per week after winter break to prepare for STAAR

Social Studies- Practice states and capitals (ongoing) / 1 Cornerstone Project per 9 Weeks
Science- None except 2nd semester project

Math- Packet sent home Monday due Friday. Packet covers already taught concepts broken down into 5 questions per day.

Parent Teacher Conferences Begin

Wednesday, Oct. 7th, 1pm

1301 North Dooley Street

Grapevine, TX

Be on the lookout for your classroom teachers' availability schedules for parent teacher conferences. Wednesday and Thursday October 7-8th will be half days for your students, most teachers will be hosting parent conferences both afternoons. Please contact your child's homeroom teacher if you have any specific questions.

Sky Ranch Parent Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 13th, 6-7pm

1301 North Dooley Street

Grapevine, TX

Everything parents need to know will be discussed. Chaperones should plan to attend.

$100 due Monday, Sept. 28.

Contact homeroom teacher with concerns.

Social Studies Update

This month students learned basic U.S. Geography, which will provide schema as we move forward in Social Studies. Our attention most recently has been on the people of our beautiful country, Native Americans and European Explorers. Next month we will focus on early English settlements including Jamestown and Plymouth and the Thirteen Original Colonies. Don’t forget our first states and capitals test is October 15. This test will cover the Western Region. Students are responsible for knowing where each state in located, the capital city of each state, and the correct spelling of both the state and capital. A few apps you may want to check out at home include “Maptastic” and “Capitals and States.”

Science Update

In the month of September we will be finishing covering our first two units: Classifying Matter and Properties of Water. This next month our units will move onto mixtures and solutions and changes to the earth's surface.

Math Update

Math has begun a new unit on Decimals and Place Value. When we complete this unit we will move into a unit on Whole Number Operations. Parents should be checking folders daily for homework, and other assignments.

Language Arts Update

This month students started their first book club assignments. We have been focusing on realistic fiction. Our goal throughout the year is to expose the students to different genres. Students are having thoughtful and meaningful conversations with each other about what they are reading. Also, reading aloud to others improves fluency and discussing stories encourages reading. This month we will continue to encourage students to reach their goal for the 25 Book Challenge. Students were able to complete their beginning of the year writing prompts and reading iStation assessment. These assessments will help drive future instruction and individual conferences.