Amana Fifth Grade Newsletter Update

Friday, October 9, 2015

Classroom News

PLP notices were stapled into your child's planner today. Please check to confirm the scheduled time. If an adjustment needs to be made, please contact your child's fifth grade teacher by email.


Please see the photos of our SPARK PE all stars below. Both fifth grade classrooms displayed excellent cooperative sports(wo)manship in PE for the month of September! We are so proud of the leaders they have become!


Ms. Hess's student teacher, Mr. Karsten, will be finishing up his fifth grade teaching experience next week. He has taken over the lead role in the classroom this week allowing kids to grow in a whole new way. Please take the time to talk with your child about their experience. We will celebrate his time in our class with a small farewell party on Friday. Feel free to have your child create a card for Friday wishing him well on his future teaching experiences!


Mathematicians were pushed to their limits this week when discovering all the ways a pizza could be sliced (idiom!). Renaming fractions is challenging work and seeing how this connects to the real world becomes very important. This would be a great time to invite your child into the kitchen to use measurement with fractions in a real world setting. Happy cooking!

Learning Goals this Week

Reading: I can infer sequence relationships in non-fiction texts (biography). I can ask questions before, during, and after reading, following my questions with an inference.

Math: I can simplify and unsimplify fractions to find equivalent fractions.

Writing: I can write a narrative in the form of a memoir using descriptive details and clear event sequences.

Science: I can make, record, and communicate my observations. I can support my claims with evidence.

Spelling: I can recognize the bossy r sound in words is written in different ways. I can write complex sentences using conjunctions and semicolons.

Important Dates

  • Monday, 10/12 - Last chance Scholastic orders to Ms. Hess ! We love books!
  • Friday, 10/16 - Mr. Karsten's last day
  • 10/20 - 22 PLPs
  • 10/22 - 10/23 No School
  • 10/29 - Iowa Co. Conservationist's visit - Archery Experience in Amana!
  • 10/30 - Halloween Parade at 2pm; classroom party follows
  • 10/30 - 6pm Family Folk Dance