Fifth Grade Newsletter

October 10, 2019

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No School

There will be no school tomorrow Friday, October 11 due to Staff Development and the following Monday, October 14 for Columbus Day.

Pine Cove- Last call

It is last call for special dietary needs. If your child has special dietary needs, they can be be accommodated. Please designate on the form: or contact Mrs. Baril no later than October 15th!

Chaperones will be notified by the middle of next week. There will be a required Pine Cove Chaperone meeting at 6:30 pm in pod 3 on Thursday, October 24.

Fees for camp and transportation are due October 30th. You may pay online:, cash or check. (If paying by check, please make sure to write two separate checks for the transportation and camp fees. Checks can be made out to Smith Elementary.)

Smith Stampede

We had so much fun!! Thank you to everyone who came out to support the kids. Please continue raising money for the school. Donations are due Tuesday, October 15th.

Map Quizzes

Map quizzes have started! Students will be responsible for knowing the location of the state AND the capitol. They will receive the "Southeastern Region" states next, and will have 2 weeks to study. The states to study are linked below!

Northeastern Region Re-take Quiz: October 18

Resource to study Northeastern States:

Southeastern Region Quiz: November 1


Math-Prime and Composite Numbers

Reading- Main Idea and Summaries in Informational Texts

Writing- Informational Writing - Through the Lens of History

Science- Light Energy

Social Studies- The American Revolution

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Reflections Program

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 @

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.

Participation Rules


Important Dates

October 11 and 14th - No school

October 17 - PTA General Meeting & 2nd Grade Performance @6:00 PM in Smith Cafe

October 18 - Principal Award & 9 Week CHARACTER Awards @ Celebrate Smith

October 24 - Pine Cove Chaperone meeting at 6:30 pm in pod 3.

October 24 - Report Cards Go Home

October 25 - 9 Week A/AB Honor Roll & Perfect Attendance Awards and Stampede Prize Assembly @ Celebrate Smith

October 30 - Pine Cove Camper payment due

October 31 - PTA Reflections Due--prize given to students who submit an entry!

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

November 25-29 - No school - Thanksgiving Break

Attendance Information

    • 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 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 for more details