December 13, 2018


December 13, 2018


Dear Fifth Grade Parents,


I hope you are enjoying the Christmas season! We are accepting donations for the “Bundles of Joy” for Carry the Future up until Wednesday 12/19. Thank you so much for helping us with this service project.

Mrs. Heuer’s substitute is Jennifer Herrin. Should you need to contact her, her email address is, but please attach your child’s homeroom teacher to emails too, as there are a few times due to previous commitments that there may be a “sub for the sub,” and we want to make sure there aren’t any gaps in communication.




12/20 – Christmas Program – Students report to classrooms at 6pm. Please do not send students earlier than 6pm to the classroom as they will be unsupervised. The Program starts at 6:30pm. Parents will need to pick up students from the classroom after the program.


12/21 – Noon Dismissal for Christmas Break!!! Green/Red/White – Christmas Attire and Sing Along



This week we have been reviewing for our test next Tuesday on Chapter 14. We have also been learning about Epiphany. Students will be drawing a “Three Kings” scene and writing an emotion poem. These then will be displayed on the main hall bulletin board in January.

Next week we will be assembling the “Bundles of Joy” in class. Students will also be making hand made cards to be sent with the bundles. Thank you so much for your donations!

Prayer Partner cards are due on 12/17!




12/14 – ALEKS

Chapter 5, Adding and Subtracting Decimals

12/17 – Lesson 1, Round Decimals

12/18 – Lesson 2, Estimate Sums and Differences

12/19 – Lesson 3, Problem Solving: Estimate or Exact Number

12/20 – Check My Progress Quiz – Lessons 1-3

12/21 – Lesson 6, Add Decimals



Mr. Schreck

Chapter 6, Multiply and Divide Decimals

Friday: Lesson 5, Multiply Decimals, Part II

Monday: Quiz, Lessons 1, 3, 5

Tuesday: Lesson 6, Multiply Decimals by Powers of Ten

Wednesday: Lesson 7, Problem Solving-Looking for a Pattern

Thursday: Lesson 8, Multiplication Properties




Next week, the fifth graders will finish their final fifth grade unit: Measurement.  The students have been working with both the U.S Customary and Metric Systems of Measurement.  They have been converting units of length, capacity, and weight/mass as well as working with finding items that match different units.  For example, the distance from HRS to West Seattle High School is approximately a kilometer or the mass of a gram is about 1 paperclip.  On Monday they will finish the unit with lesson, 5:8 Metric Units of Capacity.  Then, we will have two days of review before taking the Ch 5 Unit Test on Thursday.  In January, the students will receive volume 1 of the sixth grade book.



Students are getting quite proficient using their microscopes. When we come back from break, students will look at single celled organisms that move in water!

Students will also begin a unit on ecology. They will begin by exploring the components of soil and looking at parts of soil under a microscope.


Social Studies 5

Next week in Social Studies we will be reviewing the United States Map. Students will be taking a 50 States test at the end of the year in May. (Specific Date TBD after Spring Break.) We review this information every year so the students can retain the content. Copies of the maps for practice will be handed out in class. Students will also be taking a Capitals test in May. Students can always get extra copies during “Check-in/Check-out” anytime!


*For those of you who want to know how the test will be formatted, it will be matching, the map of the United States will be given to the students with the numbers one through fifty in no particular order written in the location of all the states. On another sheet, students will have all the names of the states. They will then be matching the numbers to the names of the states. The Capitals test will be multiple choice.



We are completing Lesson 8 tomorrow, December 14th, with our Spelling Quiz. Tonight, take time to discuss with your child why this test is so tricky! (Hint: they are all words that sound the same but are spelled differently). We have dedicated a lot of time in class to completing definitions and sentence examples to make sure we are ready for tomorrow’s quiz. For our last week before break we will be doing small grammar activities from Lesson 9 about conjunctions and parts to a sentence.



We’ll be wrapping up Old Yeller next week with a vocabulary and comprehension test on Tues. Reading homework over the next week will be to curl up with favorite Christmas books and enjoy the season!



Students should complete 60 minutes of typing practice for each week.  Each grading week for 5A starts on Thursday and ends the following Wednesday. Next week students will start taking weekly typing tests. Students will be graded on their accuracy typing select groups of keys using the home row keys while their hands are covered. Speed will be expected to be at least 30 wpm for these keys. The first set of keys will be “f, j, and space”.


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