April 19 Spring Break
April 22 Spring Break
April 25 MAPs (reading)
April 30 Grocery Bag Awards Breakfast (those involved have been notified)
May 7 MAPs (math)
May 8 DMS Mini Course Day
May 10 5th grade field trip - Inspire Day (more info coming soon)
May 16 5th grade field trip to Mystery Cave/Forestville (more info coming soon) CHANGED DATE!
May 17 Step-Up-Day (4th graders will visit 5th grade)
May 27 No School (Memorial Day)
June 5 No late start; school starts at 8 AM
June 7 Last Day of School (dismiss at 1:30)
Field Trip – Forestville/Mystery Cave -- NOTE THE CHANGE IN DATE!
On Thursday, May 16th, we’ll be going to Forestville/Mystery Cave for an all-day field trip. The MN-DNR had to reschedule our trip to help with their fight against "white-nose syndrome" in the bat populations in the caves. The DNR reports that the bats are coming out of hibernation and that they are especially vulnerable to this deadly disease at this time.
A note with more information about what to wear, what to bring (and what not to bring), and the lunch options will be coming home in a week or so. We’re excited to offer this field trip as one of our off-campus learning opportunities!
If you know your child is going to be absent, please send a note, call, or email Paula in the school office to let us know. With adequate notice, we are happy to gather materials to help students stay caught up during absences.
The fifth-grade teachers want parents and students to know that your input is very valuable. If you ever become concerned about the safety or well-being of your child or another child for any reason, please reach out to us. We must work together to keep our kids safe! You may contact Mr. Stock (Counselor), Mr. Albers (Principal), or any 5th-grade teacher by phone or email any time you feel there is something happening we should be aware of. We are also inviting parents (in addition to students) to use our online anonymous reporting form. Completing this form sends an automatic text to Mr. Stock and Mr. Albers. You can use the following link or you can find the Safe School Reporting Form on our school website and our 5th grade Weebly page: Safe School Reporting Form
Math 5- In math this week we wrapped up our short study of line plots. Your student was assessed over their knowledge of making and interpreting line plots today. They’ll bring these home to share with you early next week. Our next unit will focus on writing and interpreting expressions following the order of operations.
Hybrid Math- In math this week we continued to talk about different types of percents as proportions such as tips, commissions, and simple interest. We’ll be wrapping up this unit at the end of next week with a tentative test date of Monday, April 29.
From Mr. Amundson:
Social Studies: We started our DBQ unit on Valley Forge this week. Students will be writing an evidence based paragraph upon completion of the unit. The paragraph will be based on whether they would stay/or leave the Continental Army during their winter at Valley Forge.
Reading/Language: This week we finished up our timelines with presentations. Continued weekly writing routines, along with finishing up their free writing stories/field guides. Keep reading +20 minutes from GFB each night, and return to school each day.
From Mrs. Nowack:
Science: Student engineers have been busy at work constructing their balloon motors and testing them out. Some groups have moved on to the next phase which is conducting tests to determine the effect of nozzle size of the balloon motor.
Language: We’ve returned to writing our persuasive letters; this week we focused on the paragraphs with reasons and evidence to support their argument . We continue with daily and weekly language routines of DLR, daily writing, and word work.
Reading: We continue with our guided reading groups this week: the genre is historical fiction! Students should read 20+ minutes each night from their independent reading (IR) book. This book should travel back and forth from home to school each day. 4th quarter IR book projects will be due May 1st.
Fun photos of our class in action!
Next week’s VIP: Edwin
From Mr. Peterson:
Science. Students are learning about physical properties of matter and how matter has all sorts of properties that make each substance different from other substances.
Reading/Writing. We’re finishing up on our quick dive into the poetry of Joyce Sidman. I’ll post a poetry book that we’ve written as soon as I get the last entries into my inbox. We’ve also been doing some quick “reading” of graphs: e.g. one showing wealth by race from 1963 - 2016. We’ve also practiced reading news articles for the evidence they present: e.g. Should college athletes be paid?
From Mrs. Suhr:
Social Studies: Students have answered a document-based question by writing a themed paragraph with evidence from the documents to support a statement. The topic of this paragraph was Valley Forge 1777-1778.
Language: This week we’ve finished and submitted our persuasive letters and have been doing a project on words that are often confused. Each class period, we start off with a daily proofreading activity and Daily Writing. Students get the new word work packet at the beginning and have a spelling/vocabulary test at the end of each week.