Fun in Fifth!

5th Grade BCE ~ Week of September 25-29

Sky Ranch

Letters went home last Monday (September 18) with your students about Sky Ranch!! The purple letters included all of the detailed information about camp, as well as payment plan information. Please visit the Sky Ranch website for further camp info:

Please begin sending in your first PAYMENTS on or or before October 16th.

The total cost for both students and chaperones is $230. Below are the 2 payment plan options:

OPTION 1: Payment Plan

  • $80 Initial payment (includes a $30 non-refundable deposit) DUE OCTOBER 16th
  • $50 payment DUE no later than NOVEMBER 13
  • $50 payment DUE no later than JANUARY 16
  • $50 Final payment DUE no later than FEBRUARY 12

OPTION 2: $230 payment in full DUE on OCTOBER 16


  • First come, first serve - must have a cleared background check and first paid (at least initial payment/deposit)
  • Current 2017-18 GCISD Background Check
  • Each class needs 2 men and 2 women to help with each class.

If you haven't done so already, please return the bottom of the purple slip to your child's homeroom teacher, so that we have an idea of student attendance and payment options. If you have any questions or concerns regarding Sky Ranch, please email your child's teacher!!

Upcoming Events:

September 25th NO math CBA this week

September 26th - MATH GCISD Unit Test -covering Data Analysis and Place Value (whole numbers and decimals)

September 29th Spelling Test - Words Their Way differentiated lists

September 29th BOOSTERTHON Rally

October 6th Student Holiday

October 9th Student Holiday

October 12th Boosterthon Fun Run @ Bear Creek TBA

October 26/27 Birthday Lunch w/ Admin (October birthdays)

October 27th NEU Pep Rally-Wear college gear!

October 27th Trunk or Treat @ Bear Creek 7:00-8:00

November 2nd Early Release/Student Led Conferences

November 4th Fall Festival @ Bear Creek 2:00-5:00 p.m.

November 16th First Grade Program 6:45 p.m.

November 20-24 Thanksgiving Break

November 30/1 Birthday Lunch w/ Admin (Nov/Dec birthdays)

December 1st NEU Pep Rally

December 1st Cookies w/ Santa TBD

December 21st Early Release-begin Winter Break


  • Non-Fiction Text Structures - focus on the ways that authors organize non-fiction text (cause/effect, sequencing, problem/solution, compare/contrast, description)
  • Titanic Debates - students will focus on stating a claim, building an argument, and supporting it with details based on research
  • GCISD Reads Book Challenge - students will select their challenge for this year (click the link below for details)
  • Reading Workshop habits


  • Spelling WTW - Differentiated words lists: Students will select at least 2 choices from the Word Study Choice Board to study and make meaning with their spelling words


  • European Exploration in 15th and 16th century - focus on the factors and motives that led to exploration in the New World (Gold, Glory, and God/religion), the groups that settled in the New World, artifacts that were excavated from the sea
  • Significant explorers, such as Columbus

Reading Nightly Matters!!

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GCISD Reads Challenge ~ 2017-18

The GCISD Reads challenge offers more variety than ever this year. Students can choose a challenge of genres, number of books, or pages. Students may begin logging books they have read since June 1, 2017!! (*Click the link for more info!)


  • Unit Test on Tuesday, Sept 26th - Data Analysis and Place Value (whole numbers and decimals), problem solving. We are reviewing in class, and students need to review previous week's notes and homework.
  • Math Workshop habits
  • Place Value to the Billions, including decimal to the thousandths place, ordering, comparing, and rounding whole numbers and decimals
  • NO CBA this week
  • NIGHTLY HOMEWORK - Students need to complete the homework sheet for each corresponding day, so they are prepared for class! Students are expected to use RUBIES strategies while reading and solving problems. They MUST show their thinking for each problem.


  • Changes in States of Matter - Exploring the relationships between solids, liquids, and gases in real world situations.
  • Mixtures and Solutions
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Prodigy Math Tournament

In conjunction with the upcoming Global Math Week, Prodigy is hosting an in-district tournament for all 1st through 8th grade math classes that will run from October 1 through November 16

. The prize for the winning school is a trophy and bragging rights. The prize for the winning class is a pizza party on November 17! Prodigy swag (t-shirts, pencils, stickers) will also be delivered to the 1st and 2nd place classes.

All of our 5th graders have or will have a current login (username and password) from their math teachers. We are highly encouraging students to login to Prodigy for focus on math skills at home as often as they can.

Library Learning Commons



Included in the Newsletter

* Blast Off with Books (GCISD reads)

* Book Fair Dates

* New in the Library

* Newsletter Scavenger Hunt to win a book from the book fair...

the newsletter will tell them what to do! They are due Oct. 31.

BOOSTERTHON Coming Soon...Fun Run is October 12th! Stay tuned for detailed info after our Boosterthon Rally on Friday, September 29th!!!

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Boosterthon 2017-18

Parents! This year’s main fundraiser is the Bear Creek Fun Run! It’s a 9-day program that kicks off with a Pep Rally on September 29. Families will then gather pledges for every lap your student runs (30-35 laps), and we’ll celebrate at the Fun Run on October 12. With our big goal of raising $20,000 for Water Bottle water fountains, we asked the Fun Run experts at Boosterthon to power our Fun Run and make it more profitable, easier, and fun.

Students will also experience an amazing character theme, CASTLE QUEST! an English castle theme all about being brave and living with character. On their quest to regain Bravemore Castle, students will learn the “SIX VIRTUES of a TRUE HERO” from a cast of colorful characters.

Donations will go toward Water Bottle water fountains and to the entire 9-day experience. So please help our school by reaching out to sponsors. Also, all families are invited to come out and cheer on your student at the Fun Run! Thank you for your support!

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Fifth Grade Tweets:


Please Join PTA

Membership Contest:

Each Child:

  • Raffle for a pizza lunch with the Principal and 3 friends
  • Have their name put up in the cafeteria as we race to the finish line
  • Receive a Spirit Stick
  • Raffle for a Starbucks Gift Basket (for the parents)

The Class with the highest percentage of memberships will

  • Be given an honorable mention over the loudspeakers
  • Receive a $50 Gift Card towards the Book Fair

5th Grade Expectations

No Excuses University


  • We are an official No Excuses University campus. Our belief is that all students have the right to be college ready!
  • EVERY Monday is a BCE t-shirt day. Please show your CUB spirit!
  • EVERY Friday is college gear day! Students are encouraged to wear ANY favorite college gear.
  • Stay Tuned for the results and photos of our campus-wide door decorating contest!!

5th Grade Teachers

Humanities: Allison Crook, Merissa Sorenson

Humanities & Math: Allison Bailey

Math & Science: Shanda Beach, Jason Tom

(* Click on the teacher's name to visit their GCISD website)