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October, 2016

Dear Families,
Happy fall! On Friday October 7th, CMS fifth graders enjoyed a party thrown by eighth grade WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) leaders. They indulged in root-beer floats, played games with their peers, and were mentored by the 8th Grade Web leaders through the game playing process.
You have most likely noticed that your fifth grader has an envelope and information to sell Wreaths and Poinsettias to raise money for our outdoor Education Programs (field trips!) Students have been encouraged to go door to door with a friend to help CMS raise money. Prizes will be awarded for highest sales!
First Quarter ends on October 20th, with a day off for students and teachers on October 21. Student Led Conferences are coming up early in November- these conferences are an amazing opportunity for students to share with their families about what they’ve been studying, and their strengths and challenges at school academically, behaviorally, and emotionally.

Language Arts
In language arts we have been working to answer and create both “right there,” and “think and search” questions through the book study of Esperanza Rising. This novel will lead us to an in depth study of immigration and personal change. We have also been working to develop our writing by responding to a prompt on Writing Wednesdays. Our paragraphs are becoming more structured through the use of graphic organizers and we are building stamina for longer and more complex writing units coming up. In the next couple weeks we will be working on a writing project on the topic of immigration. Students will read and discuss articles about immigrants today and write about some of the challenges that they face.

Math - Kenny Teitler
I have been very pleased with the awesome attitudes of the students in math class. I have found them to be focused learners, willing to ask questions when they don’t understand a concept, and good at helping their friends who need help. In math we have been expanding our understanding of place value, and especially how to convert between different place values. For example, the students should be able to explain how 245 tenths = 24.5. We are also studying how to estimate by rounding, and how to multiply double-digit numbers in a way that demonstrates an understanding of the process. If you get the chance during the day, please stop by the school and participate in one of our math classes. I hope to see you in my math classroom sometime soon.

Social Studies
In Social Studies we are studying the Bill of Rights and the responsibilities of citizens. We will be working on a culminating project next week demonstrating what we’ve learned about how the government is organized. Next we will be learning about the election process. Every Wednesday we discuss current events - stories in the news. Don’t forget to help your child look for a news article to send me or bring to me each Wednesday! We always discuss them in class as well as look at other events in the news to discuss as one way we can become well-informed citizens.

Science
In science, we are finishing up our unit on Erosion. We had a great 2 day field trip to Redstone/Coal Basin and Maroon Bells. Students were able to see examples of erosion happening in our valley, as well as enjoy some fall weather! In class we have been looking at many different types of landscapes (mountains, valleys, canyons, sand dunes, arches etc.) and determining how they formed through weathering and erosion. We have also built and eroded model landscapes, and then have tried to prevent that erosion from happening. We will have an Erosion test the week of October 17th, just in time for the end of the quarter!

As always, please contact any of us with questions or concerns.
Thank you,
The fifth grade team

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