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February 2017

Dear Families,
We are very excited to hold our Student Led Conferences again this month. Your student has been working hard to prepare their work and reflect on their progress and behaviors at school. We hope you will make every effort to come on time to learn about and support your student. CMS has been chosen by ESPN to facilitate a “No Bully” program. Staff has been and will be receiving trainings to identify and mitigate bullying at school. Resolution teams will work to address any bullying concerns. These teams will be made up of students involved in the situation, peers, and a trained teacher who will facilitate. Please help us move toward a safer and more inclusive atmosphere by talking with your children, and listening to their concerns, and encouraging them to accept differences in others and themselves.

Upcoming Important Dates:
February 15th and 16th Student Led Conferences after school
February 17th No School
February 20th Presidents Day/ No School

Language Arts
In language arts we are studying the genre of traditional literature, specifically Native American stories. After analyzing several legends and folktales, students chose a story, analyzed it and created a slideshow of their findings. This week students will write their own version of a legend, folktale, or fable. Please stay tuned for our next writer’s celebration! After our study of traditional literature we will begin a research unit where students will research a topic and write a persuasive essay using their findings. Please remind your student to read for 20-30 minutes every night. Please feel free to email with any questions or concerns. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Math - Kenny Teitler
In math we are working with fractions. We are trying to understand how equivalent fractions can take on many different forms. We are using equivalencies to be able to find common denominators, to add and subtract fractions, and to figure out how to turn improper fractions into mixed fractions. In this unit study on fractions, we are also focusing on how to read word problems and how to figure out what the problem is asking us to do. Within the next couple of weeks, we will start working on multiplying and dividing fractions, as well as simplifying fractions. I appreciate the positive attitude that the children bring to math class. Please come in and visit, email or call if you have any questions.

Social Studies
We have been learning about explorers coming to the ‘New World’ from Europe and the Columbian Exchange (when goods were traded between the New and Old Worlds). Ask your students about the simulations we’ve been doing in class - we’ve been having a lot of fun. This week we are studying documents and writing essays with a claim we are making about Christopher Columbus as well as reasons and evidence backing up our opinions. We are also examining sources and trying to identify bias in the media and other documents. Next we will be talking about how and why the English colonies began to be established in the Eastern United States.

Science
We are finishing up our Create a Creature project. Students are creatively coming up with adaptations that help their creature thrive in a specific habitat. We have also started to heavily focus on making scientific claims using evidence that we collect from experiments. This is something we will continue in all of our units for the rest of the year. Students will also use this for the rest of their science career. Once we wrap up adaptations, we are going to start a unit on mixtures. This is our one chemistry unit for the year. Students will learn about properties of matter and how they can use those properties to separate mixtures.

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

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