January (posted by Jennifer Gay; 01/06/17)
Fifth Grade News for January:
There will be no school on January 13th and January 16th is Martin Luther King Day.
Dear Parents,
Welcome back to school. We hope that you and our families had a nice winter break.
We are getting back into the swing of things pretty quickly. Next week, January 11th and 12th, 5th grade will be conducting Parent-Teacher conferences in the school library from 4:00-7:00 PM each evening. They will be run in the same round-robin fashion as the fall conferences. If you would like to sign up to see a particular teacher/teachers, please click on the following link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0444ADA82FA5FF2-january2.
Beginning January 17th-27th, American Academy will be participating in a sock drive for the homeless. This includes homeless children. They can be any kind of socks; colorful socks, warm and fuzzy socks, sports socks, or just plain fun socks. Every pair of socks is appreciated. In years past, the 5th grade has collected over 800 pairs of socks. :)
We look forward to seeing you at conferences.
Thank you,
The Fifth Grade Team
Subject Area News for January:
MATH:
Ms. Johnson - This month we will be covering lessons 56-76. These lessons will cover working with fractions and common denominators. We will also begin working with different polygons. Please continue to revise past material, such as different operations with decimal numbers.
Mrs. Gay - This month we will be covering lessons 56-76. These lessons will cover working with fractions and common denominators. We will also begin working with different polygons. Please continue to revise past material, such as different operations with decimal numbers.
Mrs. Williams - This month we will be covering Lessons 51-60. This will include; naming numbers through hundred billions, perimeter, measures of a circle, probability, and writing quotients with mixed numbers. Please encourage students to use One Note for daily vocabulary and to check homework/test days. Students are also encouraged to practice their multiplication tables.
Mrs. Taylor - This month we will cover lessons 64 - 75. This will include classification of quadrilaterals, prime factorization, multiplying and dividing mixed numbers, lines and segments, types of angles, and writing fractions and ratios as decimal numbers. Our investigation 7 will explore the coordinate plane and help students to create shapes effectively using the coordinate plane.
Mrs. Hernandez - This month we will cover lessons 61-71. We will be covering the following concepts: decimals parts of a meter; subtracting fractions from a number greater than one; reading a centimeter scale; ordering decimals; writing tenths and hundredths as a decimal. Our Investigation 7 will explore displaying data. Our Math Facts will cover division with remainders.
READING/LANGUAGE ARTS BLOCK:
Mrs. Taylor/Mrs. Gay/Mrs. Williams - Welcome back! This month we will be starting our unit on Shakespeare! We will be extending out knowledge from History, with Mrs. Hernandez, on the Globe Theater and Shakespeare before reading "A Midsummer Night's Dream." We will be focusing on elements of a play and Shakespearean language. We will also discuss different story lines within a single story. We will continue with our daily grammar assignments and spelling as usual. As always, please let us know if there is anything we can do to further support your student.

SCIENCE:
Ms. Johnson - This month, in science, we will be wrapping up our unit on the Sun and Moon and moving onto Mixtures and Solutions. This new unit will focus on analyzing and naming mixtures and solutions based off of their properties, along with conservation of mass.
HISTORY:
Mrs. Hernandez - In January we will be studying the explorers. There will be ten lessons in this unit. In addition, students will be making an animated power point on a section of each lesson that was individually assigned to them. The rubric and due date for this assignment can be found on the Hernandez page under downloads. Students will be presenting their power points to the class.
Please email us with any questions: lhernandez@aak8.org; sjohnson@aak8.org ktaylor@aak8.org; jgay@aak8.org; awillilams@aak8.org

Reminders About Lunch (posted by Krystal Taylor; 09/28/16)
1. Be our guest and enjoy lunch with your student! Your student may invite two friends to join you.
2. Lunchroom guests must stay in the lunchroom! We love having you for lunch, but lunchroom visits do not mean access privileges to the rest of the building!
3. Please help our lunch and custodial teams keep our school clean! Pick up and throw away your own lunch mess (help your student hosts), and wipe the table before you leave.
4. Remember that you are here to be a guest, not a parent. Enjoy your student and your lunch! But please allow the Instructional Assistants in charge to manage student interactions or conflicts.*
5. Want to stay and volunteer for lunch recess? Yippee! FIRST say good-bye to your student and THEN go to the front office to check in as a volunteer. Don’t follow your student outside without getting checked in as a volunteer!
If you see or hear something of concern from or about a student while you are a lunchroom guest, please bring it to the attention of the Instructional Assistants in charge as soon as possible. Do NOT attempt to resolve student interactions or conflicts yourself!
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