5th Grade Newsletter

Monday, February 15th, 2021-Friday, February 26th, 2021

Newrow Support for Families

If students/families need assistance with Class Connect sessions, powered by Newrow, they can contact the Newrow Support Line at (877) 847-1169. Representatives are available to answer questions and troubleshoot any issues that students may have 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

As always, if students/families are experiencing an issue with the Online School or any K12 application, they can contact K12 Customer Support at (866) 512-2273 or visit Help.K12.com

Bison On Track Calendar Adjustments

In an effort to allow more time for students to work in Exact Path and MindPlay, the 5th grade teachers have reduced Math and ELA OLS lessons to 4 per week and History OLS lessons to 2 per week.

All students should be working a minimum of 1 hour in Exact Path for Math and 1 hour in MindPlay for Reading per week.

On Track Calendar

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Free Tutoring Through OVCA!

We are excited to announce our school’s new Tutoring Initiative! OVCA will offer personalized academic tutoring based on your child’s needs with an emphasis in the subjects of English Language Arts (Reading/Writing) and Mathematics.

At this time, our new tutoring program will be completely virtual through an online service called TutorMe. Through this program, your child will be able to access a tutor at any time of the day to work on any subject. While the emphasis will be in math and reading, tutors for all subjects are available. The tutor will work with your child’s curriculum to help them improve their grades and gain confidence. The focus of tutoring is to equip your child with different methods of learning so they can have life-long skills in how to best solve problems for assignments, homework and projects.

Tutoring Sign-Up Link


Please contact Allison McCartney, our OVCA Tutoring Manager for more information amccartney@okvirtual.org

What assignments do I turn in to my teacher?

Many times the OLS will instruct students to turn in assignments that do not have to be turned in. The only assignments that must be turned into your homeroom teacher are those that have "TGA" or "Writing Sample" beside it on the On Track Calendar.

Student Spotlight

Would your student like to be featured in an upcoming Newsletter? If so, please email a photo of them schooling to their homeroom teacher. Be sure to complete the Media Release Form below!


Math: Unit 12 Division with Decimals

We will be finishing up Unit 11 Multiplying Decimals and Starting Unit 12 Dividing Decimals

  • Division of whole Numbers by Decimals.
  • Division with two Decimals

Links to Video Lessons

Dividing with one Decimal: https://bit.ly/3dBSgSc

Division with Decimals: https://bit.ly/3aHkCbM

Dividing a whole number by a decimal: https://bit.ly/2NkP6Yz

Math Academic Vocabulary

One of the best ways to improve your student's MAP math score it to get them familiar with the vocabulary used during testing. Quizlet is a great site to use.


Math Facts

If your student struggle with 5th Grade Math, one reason can be that they are struggling with their math facts. Encourage daily practice of Math facts to produce fluency using flash cards or interactive Math games and apps. Below are a few helpful resources:




Math Lesson Structure Review

Math lessons are designed to take 60 minutes. Please be aware that students can click through a lesson that doesn’t have a graded quiz and mark it complete without actually doing all the parts of the lesson. Please check in with your students to see that they are doing all the steps in each math lesson.

Lesson structure:

  • Get Ready! Warm Up: Introduces and orients the students to the lesson.
  • Learn and Try It: Activities include bite sized instruction coupled with guided practice.
  • Workbook Pages: Offline work. Please be sure to have students show you their workbook pages daily to gauge if they are grasping the concept.
  • Quiz: 1-2 ungraded questions that gauge student understanding OR a graded quiz on the final day of the concept.

Reading / ELA

In Unit 9, Lesson 8, you begun your prewriting for TGA #3. We will continue prewriting and move on to drafting our TGA #3, which is currently due March 29th. We will then set aside our TGA and begin Unit 10. This is where we will read Inside Out and Back Again.

Please see below for the rubric (Grade 5 Writing Rubric) that will be used in grading your Teacher Graded Assignments (TGAs) this year and let that be your checklist before turning in your final drafts. If you have a printer, I recommend you print the rubric and keep it handy as you are working on your essays. This is the same rubric the State Department of Education will use to score your essay in April.

Inside Out and Back Again is a paperback that was sent with your K12 curriculum.

Seesaw Weekly Writing Prompts

Students have begun weekly writing practice in Seesaw. The prompts are assigned by the homeroom teacher through Seesaw, and students are expected to respond directly on the slide.


Lessons in Units 6 & 7 will be preparing us for the bigger Unit 9 Ecosystems. It's important to understand how plants make food and the uses of bacteria and fungi to keep a balanced ecosystem. Students will be reading the book Come Learn with Me: The Kingdoms of Life's Classification along with the lessons in OLS. Students should have received this book with their other curriculum materials.

Science is "optional," but attendance is highly encouraged as all 5th graders will be tested in Science on the OSTP in April.

2/16/2021 Unit 7 Lesson 8 Plant Nutrients

2/18/2021 Unit 9 Lesson 1 Ecosystems & Interdependence

2/23/2021 Unit 9 Lesson 2 Decomposers & Consumers

**COMING UP** 3/2/2021 Unit 9 Lesson 3 Students will be making their own Food Web and turning in pictures of their projects to their Homeroom Teacher. More instructions to come soon in the OLS and as an announcement.

Some Extra Fun: Create a place to collect art items and recyclables you may want to use for creating things in Science. Feel free to create things that will help you understand Science concepts. Take pictures of you with your Science creations/labs and email/File Share them to Ms. Lewellen with your name and your homeroom teacher's name. CREATE BRAVELY!

Tips and Tricks for a Smooth Year

  • Attendance is extremely important for all class connects. Even though Science is considered “optional” it is still highly encouraged.
  • Create a family schedule so everybody knows when students are in class connects
  • Come prepared! Cook, eat, use the restroom, feed animals, do chores, run errands before/after class connects.
  • Stay on track every day with the On-Track Calendar.
  • Check USA Test Prep regularly for assignments, quizzes, and “Tickets Out the Door.”
  • Email all teachers (Homeroom, Interventionist, SpEd) when the student will be absent.
  • Clean out cache and cookies regularly to help with computer speed and memory.



  • Watch recordings of class connects missed. Here is a helpful video to demonstrate how to access recordings through the OLS.


  • All OLS (Online School) lessons require 80% Mastery for completion. The video below demonstrates a lesson that has not been marked complete because it was not mastered by the student.


  • It is highly encouraged students have 3 notebooks (simple one subject notebooks are perfect) so that they may take notes in Math, Reading and Science classes.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • February 15th: No School - President's Day
  • February 16th-19th: Interim 2 live in CC (We will revert to our alternate CC schedule this week.)
  • February 25th & 26th: No School - Professional Development
  • March 1st-5th: Read Across America Week
  • March 5th: 3rd Quarter Grades Due in Gradebook
  • March 8th: Parent/Teacher Conferences 6:00-8:00 PM
  • March 11th: Parent/Teacher Conferences 6:00-8:00 PM
  • March 12th: Last Day of 3rd Quarter
  • March 12th: No School - Parent Teacher Conferences 8:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • March 15th-19th: No School - Spring Break
  • March 29th: ELA TGA #3 Due (Unit 10, Lesson 14)
  • April 2nd: No School - School Break
  • April 5th: Writing Sample #4 Due (Unit 10, Lesson 15)
  • May 26th: Last Day of Semester/4th Quarter

2020-2021 Academic Calendar

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Important Websites

USA Test Prep

Account ID: ovca78, Username: Student's ID # (example: 1234567), Password: Student's First Name AND last 3 digits of Student's ID # (example: Amy567)

Exact Path

Account: okv1 Password: Student ID Number


Contact your HR teacher for your text code

IT Support

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