March 12, 2009

March 12, 2009

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

The fifth grade has the St. Patrick’s Day Mass on Tuesday at 8:45am (3/17). Next week on March 19 & 20th there is NO SCHOOL.

Special Note: The fifth and sixth grade teachers have noticed that students have needed frequent reminders to bring the correct materials to class and/or their uniform is not correct. We will be issuing “Material Infractions”/”Uniform Infractions” for not having the correct uniform/materials in class more frequently. Now that it is the third trimester we will not verbally warn students we will just hand them an infraction on the spot. We feel that two trimesters is a sufficient warning.

The students know what the expectations are for each class. Students should have pens (Blue or Black), red pen, pencils etc. in their binder. Most students have a plastic pencil bag that fits in their binder. Glue, scissors, ruler etc …..all things on the supply list must be at school. Students must also have their books covered at all times. I give my students 10 minutes in the beginning of every day to replenish supplies. So that is 50 minutes a week!

Material Infractions are not a detention but a reminder. You do need to remind your child that if they get 4 then they receive a detention.

Friday: Lesson 70, Writing Equivalent Decimal Numbers
Monday: Test #13
Tuesday: Investigation: Pattern Recognition
Wednesday: Lesson 71 Fractions, Decimals and Percents

The fifth graders are continuing to work on Chapter 18, The Liturgy of the Eucharist. We will have the test for this Chapter on 3/17.

Language Arts
Students learn to map out the plot of narrative paragraphs and short stories. We learn about the elements of plot in narrative writing and begin to develop the settings, conflicts and characters. Spelling homework is due on Monday; our test is on Monday.

The 5th graders are enjoying each other’s book report presentations, as well as getting some great ideas for which books they might like to read next! There will be a multiple-choice test covering Chapters 1-11 in Number the Stars tomorrow, (Fri.)

Students will explore and test ways they can use the energy stored in a rubber band to propel an axle-driven vehicle. They will examine specific design features of their vehicles propelled by a rubber band and focus on how these features create friction that opposes or enhances the vehicles’ motion.

Social Studies
The fifth graders are busy getting ready for their panel debates between three Loyalists and three Patriots. We will have the debate next Wednesday 3/18. The Interactive notebook pages for this chapter will be due on Friday 3/13. We will have the test for this Chapter on 3/24.

Have a great week!

Ms. Semandiris