This Week

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Scholastic Book Fair!

This week is the Pawsome Scholastic Book Fair! Please check with your child to see when their book fair day is and when they are expected to shop! 🙂

As usual, there are different family shopping days:

3/14: Donuts for Dads

3/15: Hungry for Mojo & Books

3/16: Picnic with books

3/20: Muffins for Moms

Stop in and check it out!

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Marchin’ Along…

5th Grade Health Presentation

Please be aware that on Friday your child was given a letter regarding an upcoming puberty educational video.  All students received a letter and were asked to deliver it to you.  All students will participate in watching the video unless you OPT OUT by completing the bottom of the letter and returning it with your child.  Please feel free to email us also to ensure we received the letter back.  Nurse Garcia is in charge of the program and will be able to answer any questions.

Class Pictures

Group photos of each homeroom class were taken this morning.  They will be collecting order forms for a couple more days if you still want to send in an order. 

Parent Night at Pacetti Bay

Students zoned for Pacetti attended a student orientation today and the school will be hosting a Parent Night on Tuesday evening from 5:45-7:00.  You are encouraged to attend. 

3rd Quarter Ends this Thursday!  No School on Friday for Teacher Planning Day!

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Math Fact Opportunity!

Every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 8:00-8:45 we have National Honor Society students from Nease High School coming in to help the students with their multiplication facts!  Please encourage your child to embrace this opportunity!  The strategies are fun and different and its a nice break interacting with high school students instead of the math teachers!

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Math Update

NBT.2.7. MD.1.1 Scale

Today we are starting Unit 10 in math.  The standards are NBT.2.7 (adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals) and MD.1.1 measurement.  We will test on Thursday, March 15th.  The link above will provide more detailed information as to what the student expectations are.


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Happy Friday!

As you all know, the FSA writing is on Tuesday, March 6th. All fifth graders were given a practice FSA today during class. However, there was not enough time for them to finish, as the block scheduling only allows for so much time. Please be aware that this packet is coming home and we highly encourage the students to finish the paper over the weekend, as the practice will help for Tuesday.


Ms. Landsman & Mrs. Edwards

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Math Update for Unit 9

Mrs. Kusiak and Mrs. Marrinan have decided that it would be best to have one more day of review for unit 9.  The test will be postponed until Monday.  Please be sure to complete the review homework so we can go over it tomorrow.  🙂

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Language Arts Update


Writing is the first FSA test in fifth grade and it is happening in one week on Tuesday, March 6th!  Students have been developing their writing skills all year long.  The goal is to write a better essay than last year!  All students are capable of meeting this goal; they just need to come to school ready to write next Tuesday.  Students will be prompted to write either an informational essay or an opinion essay; we studied and practiced both deeply this year. This week, we are making final preparations for the test as we remind students of the process of reading the prompt carefully, reading the passages as a researcher, creating a plan, writing the essay, and proofreading.  All homeroom teachers will conduct the assessment on Tuesday morning in the homeroom classrooms, and we will have short rotations to attend other classes in the afternoon.  Thank you for encouraging your children and helping them prepare to do their best on the test! The score on this writing assessment weighs in for the total score of the FSA ELA Assessment which will conclude on April 19 and 20 with the Reading and Language portions.


Last Friday’s reading test proved to be quite a challenge.  The multiple choice items were rigorous and the content was unfamiliar to students.  (Background knowledge plays a big role in regards to reading comprehension.)  Usually, the short answer written responses are the more challenging question type, but on this test, the students, overall, did better on the short answer written response than the multiple choice items.  While many students did perform well, we noticed that we had more students struggle on this test.  Due to the approaching FSA Writing Assessment, we are going to work with students who scored less than a 70 on this test after Tuesday’s writing assessment and use the test as a teaching tool.  We have entered all scores on HAC, but in effort to create a Win-Win, we have decided to drop the lowest test score this quarter.  Therefore, if students scored poorly, they will not be penalized, yet if students scored better than the other test in the category, they will benefit from it.  We strive to be fair, yet hold students accountable to learn the skills at the same time.  Thank you for your support, patience, and understanding during these busy weeks.


Students are enjoying reading their book club novels in class and the social benefits of discussing literature together.  We are scheduled to finish the novels next week.  Remember, students should continue to read their own books at home in addition to this in-class reading.  Reading volume is the biggest factor in reading growth.


All students are expected to compose a speech and deliver it to their homeroom class. More information will be forthcoming!  


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Fifth Grade Happenings

Happy Valentine’s Day! It was very sweet to observe all the students exchange cards and treats today.  Thanks for all the special surprises we received as well!

MIDDLE SCHOOL REGISTRATION If your child is zoned for Pacetti Bay Middle School, be on the lookout for a letter regarding course registration.  Attached to the letter is a non-core course registration form.  This form needs to be returned to us by February 23rd so that we can send information to Pacetti Bay.  More info to come for Sebastian-bound students later.

EPCOT Permission Slips and Payments are also due on February 23rd.  We are looking forward to this end of the year celebration!  Need another form?  Click here to access the informational letter and permission slips–>  Epcot_letter-permission_slip

WHITNEY LAB field studies are going well!  Landsman is going tomorrow, Kusiak will attend on the 20th, and Marrinan on the 22nd.  Ask your child about their day at the lab.

WANT TO BE MORE INVOLVED ON THE PTO?  Our PTO is looking for more people to get involved next year.  Please let Mrs. Edwards know if you want to put your name in to volunteer!  Thank you!

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STEM Due Dates

All assignments for the STEM fair are on the Edmodo calendar.  Please be sure to keep checking your child’s Edmodo account to keep them on track with the project.  We have posted the whole packet on the Projects and Events page.  Thank you for your support with your child’s project!

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