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May 2017

Dear Families,
The final month of school always flies by! Please continue to help your student continue to come to school rested and ready to learn- we appreciate it! The Denver camping trip is coming up at the end of the month. We will be sending paperwork home soon.
Fidgets in Class: As a 5th grade team, we understand that some students may need to use a fidget in class to help with focus. However, the use of these fidgets, specifically spinners, have become a problem causing distractions in class. If you feel that your child(ren) need to use the spinners or other fidgets to maintain focused attention in classes, please contact your child’s CREW teacher and have a conversation. Otherwise, we suggest keeping the spinners at home. If they are out in class, it is up to the teacher’s discretion if the spinner is becoming a distraction, and it will be taken temporarily. It is not the teacher’s responsibility to keep track of these fidgets. We would hate it for some of our students’ prized possessions to be lost or stolen, so we do feel that the best solution is to keep the spinners at home.

Please click the link below if you are interested in helping organize parent volunteers next year or if you are interested in donating supplies to our new makerspace!
CMS Parent Volunteer Opportunities!

Important Dates:
May 15-18 and 22-25 Bike Week
May 22 Sleeping Gear Check-In for Trip
Now-May 22 Any nonperishable food item for Ameritowne due to school (if you signed up)
May 22 Perishable food items for Ameritowne due to school (if you signed up)
May 25th-26th Denver Field Trip
May 29th Memorial Day (No School!)
June 7th Early Release (Wednesday) Last Day of School
**(please note that parent volunteers need to pay $55 for the trip by May 19th)**

Language Arts
We are finishing the year with poetry! Students are digging into different poems to explore how poets use various strategies to bring their writing to life. Onomatopoeia, similes, metaphors, alliteration, and personification are all different types of figurative language that students are using in their own poems. Ask your student what he or she is writing their “ode to a common thing” about! Next week we will pull together what we have learned to analyze poetry. Our end of unit project will be a poet study where students read and analyze poems by one poet, memorize a poem or stanza from their favorite poem, and write a poem in the style of their poet. Please stay tuned for an end of year poetry reading!
Last week students received their grade and feedback on their athlete project. They will get their wax museum writing grade and feedback this week. Please check your student’s homework folder or Schoology for their work. Keep encouraging your child to read every night! Now is a good time to be looking for great summer reads. Please check the homework folder at the end of the year for a recommended book list. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Math - Kenny Teitler
In math we are continuing to work on fractions, specifically how to multiply, divide and reduce fractions. We will also be working on how better to understand what a fraction signifies by doing some hands-on activities with fractions. In addition, we are doing some year-end review, and it is fun to see how much the children have learned in math this year. It is nice to see how math has built upon itself over the course of the year. Our overall learning goal for the remainder of the year will be for the students to be able to explain their mathematical thinking. Homework as of late has been through IXL which is a computer based program. If your child is having a hard time finding a computer to use, they can work on IXL here after school on Tuesday or Wednesday, or they can work during recess time on Wednesday or Thursday. It continues to be a pleasure to work with such a great group of students. Please feel free to call (970-3844-5708) or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you have any questions.

Social Studies
AMERITOWNE!!! Hopefully you have been hearing about the fun learning happening in Social Studies surrounding our government and economic standards for the Ameritowne project. We have been learning how to write checks and deposit slips and how to balance a checkbook - ask your child to help you with yours for extra real-world practice! Next week we’ll be looking at how to use debit cards and how they’re different than credit cards. We’ve also been working on campaigns for Mayor and Judge of Ameritowne - speeches and the election will be May 11th. I’ll try to get the campaign commercials on the CMS website so you can see the kids’ hard work in action. Finally, we’ve been talking about investing and risks vs returns on investments as well as philanthropy and how and why to be a philanthropist. All of our work in Social Studies this month will be preparing us for our big trip to Denver and Ameritowne on May 25th, where kids will simulate being members of their own town. Look for field trip forms next week!

Science
In science we just finished learning about the human body. Students are in the process of writing some awesome speeches about which organ should win the award for Organ of the Year! Our final unit of the year will be about natural resources and energy. Students will learn about renewable and nonrenewable resources, energy use, and they will investigate where the energy that powers their homes comes from. Hopefully they will come home with some cool energy saving ideas. It has been so fun watching the students grow as scientists this year!

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

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