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Castle Pines

Fifth Grade News

Friday, May 3, 2019
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Dear Parents,
 
We are now on our final stretch of the school year.
 
We will be having our last set of Parent-Teacher Conferences on May 15th and 16th. For this final set of conferences, they will take place in the 5th grade classrooms. Both evenings will run from 4:35-6:55 PM. Please use the following link to sign up for the conference you would like to reserve. We ask that you only sign up for one teacher so that all 5th grade parents have the opportunity to reserve a spot.
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090948A5A728A4FE3-20191

Mrs. Williams will be doing her conferences in her classroom. She has a separate sign-up link which is the following: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f45abac2da2fc1-spring2
 
Your child's MAP scores will be given to you at Parent-Teacher Conferences. If you are unable to make conferences, the MAP scores will be sent home on Friday, May, 17th.
 
We will be having our Middle School Move-Up Day on Thursday, May 23rd. Students will arrive at school at the normal time. They will then go up to the Middle School and meet the Middle School teachers as well as becoming familiar with the lockers and other Middle School routines.
 
Following the Middle School Move-Up Day, we will be having our final field trip of the year to the Cook Creek Pool. We will leave school at 9:30 AM. The field trip ends at 1:30 PM. All parents must make arrangements to pick up their own child from Cook Creek Pool by 1:30 PM.
 
Because of our field trip, students may come to school in free dress that morning. They should bring a towel and a bathing suit for the swimming pool. Pizza and snacks will be provided for the student’s lunch that day.
We will not be able to get buses for this field trip and must rely on parent drivers. If you would be able to help us drive on that morning, we would be very grateful. You will only have to drive one way as all students must be picked up by their parents at the end of the field trip. Please use the following link to sign up. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090948A5A728A4FE3-cook
 
We will be needing chaperones for this field trip. If you are able to drive and would like to stay on to help chaperone, please email Mrs. Gay at the following email address to let her know. jgay@aak8.org
 
Thank you in advance for all of your help this month.
 
Have a wonderful weekend.
The Fifth Grade Team
 
Subject Area News for May:
 
MATH:
Mrs. Gay – We’re on short time now! Students begun the last five lessons, and have only one more test (Test 22) for this trimester! Next Thursday and Friday, May 9 and 10, students will be taking the placement test for GO Math next year. After that, we’ll be working on our end of year scale project which always proves to be a fun assignment! If you have any questions about the placement process for next year, or about what we’re doing in class, please send me an email and I’ll get you as much information as I can. Have a wonderful summer!

Ms. Meyers - In Math, we have picked back up with our Saxon lessons starting with Lesson 96 this week. We just took cumulative test 18, so we will be moving right along for the remainder of the year through the rest of the Saxon lessons. Students are still responsible for keeping a math notebook for writing daily notes and vocabulary in class. Homework will continue to consist of problems from the drill review packet. It is also important for students to be studying and practicing their math facts. Please view Infinite Campus for assignments and test dates. Please encourage your child to see me if they have any questions.

Mrs. Garcia – We have resumed regular lessons, starting with lesson 96. Future lessons and concepts will focus on functions, graphing, transversals, algebraic expressions, and mass and weight. Students will continue to review concepts whenever necessary to strengthen their skills, which may require review worksheets instead of actual lessons from the book. Students are still responsible for keeping a math notebook for writing daily notes and vocabulary in class. Homework will continue to consist of starred problems and assigned problems to help prepare students for tests. It is also important for students to be studying and practicing their math facts. Please view Infinite Campus for assignments and test dates. Please encourage your child to see me if they have any questions.

Mrs. Hernandez - During these final weeks of the year, we will be completing the Math book which will take us through Lesson 120. We will have one more math facts quiz on percents. The Go Math placement test will be given on May 9th and 10th. The week following the placement test students will be working on a math project dealing with scale.
 
READING/LANGUAGE ARTS BLOCK:
 
Mrs. Garcia/Ms. Meyers/Mrs. Williams - In Literacy we will continue to work on comprehension skills, story elements (character, plot, setting, and theme), cause and effect, compare and contrast, summary, theme, discovering unfamiliar words and making inferences. Students will be responsible for keeping up with the reading material and activities for “Secret Garden”, which includes their daily journal and packet of comprehension questions for all 24 chapters. Students will be assessed through comprehension questions, in class activities, and vocabulary assessments.
Spaulding spelling tests will continue weekly. Students will have weekly Tic Tac Toe assignments in Spelling to practice their words.
Hake Grammar lessons are moving right along. Each lesson builds upon the previous lesson. We have reached lesson 75 and test 14 this week. Several days of the week, several students have been chosen to teach some of the Hake lessons. These students create a Kahoot, PowerPoint or another form of game to teach their lesson to the class. They must email their lesson so it can be checked over it before they teach. It allows students to show their knowledge through teaching and other students to learn from each other.

SCIENCE:
Mrs. Gay – We’re ending the year full of life, literally! We’re finishing up with the study of ecology (how living organisms interact within their environments) and your students are experiencing what teaching science is like as they each have a small part they get to teach the class. Be sure to ask your child what they think about getting their peers’ attention ;-). Students have all received their final project which is a study of one ecosystem/biome. They will be researching, writing a short essay, and creating a poster or diorama to present to the class. Final presentations will begin on Monday, May 10. Other deadlines and the rubric can be found in their project packet. Thank you for your tremendous support of our classroom, and my many odd requests, this year!
 
HISTORY:
Mrs. Hernandez -We will be concluding the Civil War unit this month. Our final on the Civil War will be during the second week of May. We will complete the year with the unit: Westward Expansion after the Civil War. The Gettysburg Address will be due on May 13th and their Civil War documentary will be due on May 15th. Students will be presenting each of these individually to the class when their name is pulled from a hat.