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November 7, 2016

Dear Families,

November is a busy month! Get ready to attend our Student Led Conferences on November 9-11. Reminder- there is no school for students on Friday, November 11th. Specific days and times are being sent home with your student. There are Follow Up times scheduled to meet content area teachers if you have additional questions during conferences. See below for specifics. Please make every effort to attend- our students have been working hard to share their school experiences with you! Students have been working in Crews to show school spirit and develop cross grade relationships. Thank you to everyone who supported our students with the Wreath and Poinsettia sales!

Important Dates:
November 9-11 Student Led Conference
Follow Up Times: Wed. 4-4:30 and 5:30-6, Thursday 5-5:30, Friday 9-9:30 and 10:30-11
November 11 Veteran’s Day Concert 10:00
November 15 Band Information night for 5th Grade Parents
November 21-25 Thanksgiving Break No School!

CMS Announcements:
From the CMS Partners In Education committee -- (Our next meeting is December 14th.)

1.) Please sign up to bring FOOD for Fall Conferences for our superb staff on Wednesday, November 9th! Use this Sign-up Genius link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b4ea4af2ea1f49-food

2.) We need volunteers to help distribute Wreath and Poinsettia orders on Wednesday, November 16th. Use this Sign-up Genius link to volunteer: http://www.signupgenius.comgo/4090b4ea4af2ea1f49-wreath

3.) Looking ahead ...
The Book Fair will be December 2 - 13! Plan to do some holiday shopping that week! The library is looking for volunteers to help, too. Interested? Sign up using our Book Fair volunteer homepage: https://volunteer.scholastic.com/#/experience/signup/HHuR891Id or for more information contact Lorri: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 970.456.9958.

Language Arts
In language arts we completed our immigration essays. Most students will be using these essays as an example of their writing work during student led conferences. We are continuing developing strong reading skills through our study of Esperanza Rising and the rich historical time period in which the novel takes place. Students have been responding to different “on demand” writing prompts on writing wednesdays. We are also working on using feedback to improve different elements of our writing. Students are improving their abilities to use textual evidence in writing, to write clear and specific topic sentences, and to build their stamina for writing. Student led conferences are approaching quickly! Please ask your student about when their conference is. Our goal is for 100% of students to attend and share their first quarter of middle school with you.

Math - Kenny Teitler
During the month of November we will be working on performing operations (multiplying and dividing) with multi-digit whole numbers and with decimals to the hundredths. In addition to learning the algorithm, we will also be working on solving problems by estimating and by doing mental calculations. We will also be working on writing and interpreting numerical expressions that use parenthesis and learning the order of operations that involve parenthesis. I continue to be very impressed with the effort and the perseverance that the students demonstrate in math class. This really is an amazing group of children.

Social Studies
We began November by learning about the presidential elections, so you can ask them how the electoral college works in our system. Students created their own ideal presidential candidate and made campaign posters for him/her and we voted on them. Next we will be studying maps as we explore the themes of geography focused on the regions of the United States. 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
I have really enjoyed teaching science to this group of 5th graders. I am constantly surprised by their enthusiasm and curiosity. We are beginning a unit about the structure and function of living things. To start the unit, students are learning valuable scientific skills such how to make detailed and clear observations and how to use a microscope. Once they learn how to use microscopes, we will study cells and protists (which are single celled organisms). They will get to look at live protists under the microscope!

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

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