5th Grade Calendar

Friday, February 15, 2019

Week of Feb. 19th-22nd


Hi everyone! 

Please see the Google calendar embedded above with important dates and reminders. 


What's Happening Around TCE? 

Check out Ms. Martin's Parent Newsletter here for information about the Looping Feedback survey, the learner's Heart Challenge, canned food drive, and the TCE Cultural Night. 


Friendship Friday in Fifth Grade

As a reminder, we will be having "Friendship Friday" every other Friday during lunch. This Friday, February 22nd, will be a "Friendship Friday" for our 5th graders! 


Sky Ranch Updates

Sky Ranch Payments 

As a reminder, the third Sky Ranch payment of $50 was due Friday, February 1st. You may pay by check (payable to Town Center Elementary), cash, or credit card. Visit this link to pay by credit card. As of February 1st, your balance should be $150. If you have not yet made any payments, or your balance is less than $150, please contact your son/daughter's teacher to provide an update on your plan for payments.  The final payment of $50 is due March 1st. As always, if you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to ask. 


Important Sky Ranch Dates

All Sky Ranch Paperwork is due April 10th. 
Want to Know More About Sky Ranch? 

We thought it might help if you could look at some pictures as a family. Click here to see the pictures! 


5th grade Valentine's Day Party
Enjoying football at our Valentine's Day party.
Enjoying football at our Valentine's Day party.
Fun outdoor activities at the party!

Fun outdoor activities at the party!


A Peek into Our Classrooms

The wonderful author, Aisha Saeed, sharing about her book "Amal Unbound".
Planting radishes, spinach, and beets in our garden!
Science lessons taking place in our TCE garden to find examples of the water cycle.

Learners using their digital tools to help create their thought portraits in social studies.

Science lessons taking place in our TCE garden to find examples of the water cycle.


You can always follow the hashtag #tce5th on Twitter to see more pictures from our classrooms. 




Curriculum Updates: 

Math
This week in math, we will continue to practice expressions and equations through the understanding of the order of operations (PEMDAS), as well as the use of a letter in place as an unknown number. Then, we will move on to our next unit, Coordinate Planes.
Math Homework: As a reminder, the homework will include a STAAR Prep section and a section to practice the concepts currently being taught in class. You can find the link to the homework here.  


Science
This week in science, we will be continuing our unit over patterns in the natural world.  Due to changes in the weather, we were not able to study our shadows last week. We changed course and started our investigation of the water cycle! The learners will be finishing their investigation of the water cycle this week. They will also begin their investigation of the movement of the earth around the sun and their shadows. You can continue to follow along with our learning on Flipgrid! (Password: Patterns!)

Social Studies
This week in Social Studies, learners will will finish exploring their unit on Westward Expansion and Manifest Destiny. They will spend the week reviewing what we covered, in the past month, during class. 

Reading & Language Arts 
This week in reading, we will continue our study of sound effects in poetry. We will also start to focus on comparing and contrasting poetry and other genres. 

In writing, our poets will continue writing poetry for their poetry books. We'll finalize our sound bits, made in Garageband, to accompany our haikus. Then we'll use popular songs as inspiration for new poems. 

Friday, February 8, 2019

Hi everyone! 

Please see the Google calendar embedded above with important dates and reminders. 

What's Happening Around TCE? 
Check out Ms. Martin's Parent Newsletter here for information about the Looping Feedback survey, the learner's Heart Challenge in PE, and Cultural Celebration Night. 

Valentine's Parties
  • Our 5th Grade Valentine’s Day party will be this Thursday, February 14th at 2:00 in the cafeteria
  • We are still looking for volunteers to help out during the party. Click this link to view the sign up! We'd love to have you join us.
  • We will exchange Valentine’s before our party. Your child may make or bring Valentines cards for each person in the class.  The names of the students in each class have been sent home (as a paper copy). In addition, students may decorate and bring their own bag or box from home to hold their valentines.  They may decorate it however they would like! Please be sure that their box/bag will fit inside their cubby. We can’t wait to see how creative they get!

Author's Visit
We are excited for author Aisha Saeed to visit our Town Center Elementary 4th and 5th graders on February 12! Ms. Saeed is the author of Amal Unbound, which was the 2018 Global Read Aloud Upper Elementary/Middle Grade selection. 

Friendship Friday in Fifth Grade
As a reminder, we will be having "Friendship Friday" every other Friday during lunch, starting this week. You can read more about this in a previous post. 

Sky Ranch Updates

Sky Ranch Payments 
As a reminder, the third Sky Ranch payment of $50 was due Friday, February 1st. You may pay by check (payable to Town Center Elementary), cash, or credit card. Visit this link to pay by credit card. As of February 1st, your balance should be $150. If you have not yet made any payments, or your balance is less than $150, please contact your son/daughter's teacher to provide an update on your plan for payments.  The final payment of $50 is due March 1st. As always, if you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to ask. 

Important Sky Ranch Dates
  • Chaperone Interest Forms were due Feb. 8th. We will reach out to parents this week to let them know who will be attending as a chaperone.
  • All Sky Ranch Paperwork is due April 10th. 
Want to Know More About Sky Ranch? 
We thought it might help if you could look at some pictures as a family. Click here to see the pictures! 

A Peek into Our Classrooms

5A & 5B learners enjoying their shared learning space.
"Building" the Transcontinental Railroad in Social Studies with Miss Perry

Learners working hard to find prime numbers in Miss Seifert's class!


You can always follow the hashtag #tce5th on Twitter to see more pictures from our classrooms. 


Curriculum Updates: 

Math
This week in math, we will be continuing our unit over expressions and equations. The learners will be exploring the order of operations (PEMDAS). They will also be exploring how to solve equations involving variables.
Math Homework: As a reminder, the homework will include a STAAR Prep section and a section to practice the concepts currently being taught in class. You can find the link to the homework here.

Science
This week in science, we will be continuing our unit over patterns in the natural world.  Exploring the earth's movements around the sun. We will be tracking our shadows outside and adding the video to our Flipgrid (password is Patterns!). We will then be investigating what causes day and night. 

Social Studies
This week, learners will continue to understand the impact of the Gold Rush, Trail of Tears, and Oregon Trail.

Reading & Language Arts
We have just started a new poetry unit in both reading and writing! The learners will be analyzing the techniques poets use to write poetry, including poetic devices and figurative language. In reading, learners will also analyze the mood of poems. In writing, learners will create a book of poetry using the Apple app Pages. Learners will also use Garage Band to compose music to accompany their poems.
In spelling, we will focus on the Latin roots scribe & script and port.


Friday, February 1, 2019

Week of February 4th

Hi everyone! 

Please see the Google calendar embedded above with important dates and reminders. 


Important Reminders: 

  • The next Sky Ranch payment of $50 is due Friday, February 1st. 

What's Happening Around TCE? 



PTO Meeting
Our TCE staff and PTO Board would love to have you all join us for our next PTO meeting. It gives you a chance to give input on school events and hear about all the great things happening at TCE. The following items are on the agenda:


  • Budget Update
  • Upcoming process for parents, staff, and learners to give feedback on the looping process
  • Color Run Spring Fundraiser Updates
  • Survey for parents to give input on future PTO meeting topics that would be informative and timely (Ex. Social emotional issues, Keeping your kids safe while using technology, How to best support your child's learning at home, etc.)
  • Upcoming Movie Night
  • Update on programs
  • Book Fair
  • Teacher Grant Celebrations



Valentine's Parties
  • Our 5th Grade Valentine’s Day party will be on Thursday, February 14th at 2:00 in the cafeteria. We would love to have you join us for the party if you are able! 
  • We will exchange Valentine’s before our party. Your child may make or bring Valentines cards for each person in the class.  The names of the students in each class have been sent home (as a paper copy). In addition, students may decorate and bring their own bag or box from home to hold their valentines.  They may decorate it however they would like! Please be sure that their box/bag will fit inside their cubby. We can’t wait to see how creative they get!





Author's Visit
We are excited for author Aisha Saeed to visit our Town Center Elementary 4th and 5th graders on February 12! Ms. Saeed is the author of Amal Unbound, which was the 2018 Global Read Aloud Upper Elementary/Middle Grade selection. If you would like to order a book for your 4th/5th grader, please look for the order form in your child's backpack or print it from this link. The order form AND complete payment must be turned in to our librarian, Mrs. Keene-Carlson, no later than Friday, February 1. Families are also welcome to purchase their own copy of Amal Unbound from Amazon or another bookseller. Those copies of Amal Unbound should be brought to Mrs. Keene-Carlson before the date of Ms. Saeed's visit so that we can get the books prepared for her to sign. If you have questions, please email Alena Keene-Carlson at acarlson@coppellisd.com. 







    Reminder: YEARBOOKS ON SALE NOW! 
    It's that time of year to purchase a yearbook for your child. Yearbook cost was not part of the Trailpass this year, so the only way to purchase is through balfour.com at a cost of $25. You can also purchase an ad to appear in the yearbook to make this year extra special. Optional ads come in multiple sizes ranging from $15-$120. We sold out last couple of years, so don't miss out! 


    Friendship Friday in Fifth Grade
    As a reminder, we will be having "Friendship Friday" every other Friday during lunch, starting this week. You can read more about this in our previous post. 


    Sky Ranch Updates



    Sky Ranch Payments 

    As a reminder, the third Sky Ranch payment of $50 is due Friday, Feburary 1st. You may pay by check (payable to Town Center Elementary), cash, or credit card. Visit this link to pay by credit card. As of February 1st, your balance should be $150. If you have not yet made any payments, or your balance is less than $150, please contact your son/daughter's teacher to provide an update on your plan for payments. As always, if you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to ask. 

    Important Sky Ranch Dates

    • Chaperone Interest Forms are due Feb. 8th
    • All Sky Ranch Paperwork is due April 10th


    Want to Know More About Sky Ranch? 
    We thought it might help if you could look at some pictures as a family. Click here to see the pictures! 





    A Peek into Our Classrooms
    Learners in Miss Peccarelli's room used their iPads to annotate a nonfiction text during their Unit 2 Assessment. 

    Learners in Miss Perry's room lead the class in a Mad Libs activity for "Chat Chair" at the end of the day. 



    Learners in Miss Seifert's room participated in Glow Day to review for their fractions test! They played lots of games in the dark using black lights and neons. 


    Learners in Miss Seifert's room participated in Glow Day to review for their fractions test! They played lots of games in the dark using black lights and neons.
    Learners in Miss Seifert's room participated in Glow Day to review for their fractions test! They played lots of games in the dark using black lights and neons. 
    Learners in Miss Perry's room used Keynote (an Apple app) to create models of the solar system.

    The 5th graders had the awesome opportunity to help the kindergarteners set up their Bulb accounts! It was so great seeing the big kids helping the little kids. We've shared some photos below. 





















    You can always follow the hashtag #tce5th on Twitter to see more pictures from our classrooms. 


    Curriculum Updates: 

    Math
    This week in math, we will be starting our unit over expressions and equations. The learners will be exploring prime and composite numbers and learning the order of operations. 

    Math Homework: As a reminder, the homework will include a STAAR Prep section and a section to practice the concepts currently being taught in class. You can find the link to the homework here.

    Science
    This week in science, we will be continuing our unit over patterns in the natural world. The learners will finish their model of the solar system on Keynote. We will then move on to exploring the characteristics of the sun, earth, and moon.

    If you would like to see your learner's reflections from the Flipgrid from last week, please visit https://flipgrid.com/tceconnect and enter the password Patterns!


    Social Studies
    This week, learners will begin understanding the impact of the Gold Rush, Trail of Tears, and Oregon Trail. 


    Reading & Language Arts
    This week we will be starting a new weekly homework assignment called Article of the Week. The learners will receive a new article each Friday, and they will have four activities to complete during the week. For the homework, learners may need to access Schoology from home. They can access Schoology from this link: https://schoology.coppellisd.com/.






    This week in spelling, we will be focusing on the latin root, rupt. The learners will spell words with rupt in them and will learn the meaning of the word

    This week in writing, learners will be finishing up two expository essays. We hope you'll ask them to share them with you! Then, we'll be starting a new poetry unit in which the learners will write different types of poetry using poetic devices.

    Friday, January 25, 2019

    Week of January 28

    Hi everyone! 

    Please see the Google calendar embedded above with important dates and reminders. 


    Important Reminders: 

    • The next Sky Ranch payment of $50 is due Friday, February 1st. 

    What's Happening Around TCE? 


    Reminder: YEARBOOKS ON SALE NOW! 
    It's that time of year to purchase a yearbook for your child. Yearbook cost was not part of the Trailpass this year, so the only way to purchase is through balfour.com at a cost of $25. You can also purchase an ad to appear in the yearbook to make this year extra special. Optional ads come in multiple sizes ranging from $15-$120. We sold out last couple of years, so don't miss out! 

    Yearbook Submissions
    PTO would love your help as they continue the process of collecting pictures throughout the year to spotlight in the yearbook. For more information on submitting pictures, please see our previous blog post. 

    Friendship Friday in Fifth Grade
    As a reminder, we will be having "Friendship Friday" every other Friday during lunch, starting this week. You can read more about this in our previous post. 


    Author's Visit
    We are excited for author Aisha Saeed to visit our Town Center Elementary 4th and 5th graders on February 12! Ms. Saeed is the author of Amal Unbound, which was the 2018 Global Read Aloud Upper Elementary/Middle Grade selection. If you would like to order a book for your 4th/5th grader, please look for the order form in your child's backpack or print it from this link. The order form AND complete payment must be turned in to our librarian, Mrs. Keene-Carlson, no later than Friday, February 1. Families are also welcome to purchase their own copy of Amal Unbound from Amazon or another bookseller. Those copies of Amal Unbound should be brought to Mrs. Keene-Carlson before the date of Ms. Saeed's visit so that we can get the books prepared for her to sign. If you have questions, please email Alena Keene-Carlson at acarlson@coppellisd.com. 

      Sky Ranch Updates



      Sky Ranch Payments 

      As a reminder, the third Sky Ranch payment of $50 is due Friday, Feburary 1st. You may pay by check (payable to Town Center Elementary), cash, or credit card. Visit this link to pay by credit card. As of February 1st, your balance should be $150. If you have not yet made any payments, or your balance is less than $150, please contact your son/daughter's teacher to provide an update on your plan for payments. As always, if you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to ask. 

      Sky Ranch Parent Meeting & Information Packet
      As you know, we had a Sky Ranch informational parent meeting last week. We sent information packets home with the students whose parents did not attend the meeting, so by now each family should have a packet. A few reminders: 

      • Chaperone Interest Forms are due Feb. 8th
      • All Sky Ranch Paperwork is due April 10th


      Want to Know More About Sky Ranch? 
      We thought it might help if you could look at some pictures as a family. Click here to see the pictures! 





      Spring Creek BBQ Night
      We will have our annual Lewisville Spring Creek Barbecue Spirit Night Monday, January 28th from 5-9PM. Come join us for fabulous food and socializing with all your favorite TCE friends and teachers. Spring Creek will donate 20% of all the evening's proceeds to our school. Also, the class with the best attendance will win a special prizes. 



      A Peek into Our Classrooms

      Congratulations to this stud for winning the Town Center Elementary Winter 2019 Chess Club World Championship!

      From Mr. Miller: What an incredible day of music making. Love our Town Center students so much. 

      5A loved visiting the library to talk to Mrs. Keene-Carlson about the upcoming Author's Visit. 



      You can always follow the hashtag #tce5th on Twitter to see more pictures from our classrooms. 


      Curriculum Updates: 


      Math

      This week in math, we will continue our unit over operations with fractions. We will be dividing whole numbers by unit fractions and dividing unit fractions by whole numbers. (A "unit fraction" is a fraction with 1 as the numerator. Ex: 1/2, 1/5, 1/8, 1/10, etc.)

      Math Homework: As a reminder, the homework will include a STAAR Prep section and a section to practice the concepts currently being taught in class. You can find the link to the homework here.

      Science
      This week in science, we will starting our unit over patterns in the natural world. The learners will begin the unit by investigating the reasons why our models of the solar system are flawed. They will then create their own model of the solar system. During this unit the learners will be posting to Flipgrid to showcase their learning. If you would like to see your learner's reflections, please visit https://flipgrid.com/tceconnect and enter the password Patterns!


      Social Studies
      Learners will continue their study on Westward Expansion and Manifest Destiny. This week, learners will understand the significance of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Louisiana Purchase, Texas Annexation, Acquisition of Oregon Country, and the Mexican Cession.


      Reading & Language Arts
      This week in readers workshop, we will wrap up our study of nonfiction with a Unit 2 assessment. We will start to look forward to our Poetry Unit.

      This week in spelling, we will be focusing on the latin root, rupt. The learners will spell words with rupt in them and will learn the meaning of the word


      This week in writing, learners will take their Middle of the Year writing assessment.

      Thursday, January 17, 2019

      Week of January 21st

      Hi everyone! We hope that you and your family will enjoy a long three day weekend. We'll look forward to seeing our awesome 5th graders on Tuesday morning!  

      Please see the Google calendar embedded above with important dates and reminders. 


      Important Reminders: 

      • The learners will not have school on Monday, January 21st. 
      • Sky Ranch Parent Meeting - This Wednesday, January 23rd. (See info below.) 

      What's Happening Around TCE? 





      Reminder: YEARBOOKS ON SALE NOW! 
      It's that time of year to purchase a yearbook for your child. Yearbook cost was not part of the Trailpass this year, so the only way to purchase is through balfour.com at a cost of $25. You can also purchase an ad to appear in the yearbook to make this year extra special. Optional ads come in multiple sizes ranging from $15-$120. We sold out last couple of years, so don't miss out! Yearbook sales end January 18, 2019.

      Yearbook Submissions
      PTO would love your help as they continue the process of collecting pictures throughout the year to spotlight in the yearbook. For more information on submitting pictures, please see our previous blog post. 

      Friendship Friday in Fifth Grade
      As a reminder, we will be having "Friendship Friday" every other Friday during lunch, starting this week. You can read more about this in our previous post. 


        Sky Ranch Updates



        Sky Ranch Payments 

        As a reminder, the third Sky Ranch payment of $50 is due Friday, Feburary 1st. You may pay by check (payable to Town Center Elementary), cash, or credit card. Visit this link to pay by credit card. As always, if you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to ask. 



        Sky Ranch Parent Meeting 
        We would like for all 5th grade parents to attend an informational meeting on this Wednesday, January 23rd at 5:30. The meeting will be in the Town Center cafeteria, and it will last about an hour. We will go over basic information for the trip (sample schedules, packing list, meal options, classes, sleeping arrangements, etc.) and we will provide time for questions. Please note that this meeting is for parents. 

        Want to Know More About Sky Ranch? 
        In addition to holding our parent meeting, we have also gathered some pictures from our 2017 Sky Ranch trip (which is the last time this team of teachers went). We have heard from some of the kids that they are unsure about going on the trip, and we thought it might help if you could look at some pictures as a family. Click here to see the pictures! 


        Spring Creek BBQ Night
        We will have our annual Lewisville Spring Creek Barbecue Spirit Night Monday, January 28th from 5-9PM. Come join us for fabulous food and socializing with all your favorite TCE friends and teachers. Spring Creek will donate 20% of all the evening's proceeds to our school. Also, the class with the best attendance will win a special prizes. 

        Pictures from the Winter Party 
        During our Winter Party, our wonderful room moms set up a photo booth. Click here to see the pictures from our photo booth. 



        A Peek into Our Classrooms
        The learners in Miss Natherson's classroom worked on their One Little Word Projects on their iPads! 
        The learners in Miss Natherson's classroom worked on their One Little Word Projects on their iPads!

        The learners in Miss Natherson's classroom worked on their One Little Word Projects on their iPads!

        Sharing our One Little Words for 2019!

        You can always follow the hashtag #tce5th on Twitter to see more pictures from our classrooms. 


        Curriculum Updates: 


        Math

        This week in math, we will continue practicing multiplying whole numbers by fractions and fractions by whole numbers. In addition, we will transition to the next portion of our operations with fractions unit by learning how to divide whole numbers by unit fractions and divide unit fractions by whole numbers. (A "unit fraction" is a fraction with 1 as the numerator. Ex: 1/2, 1/5, 1/8, 1/10, etc.)

        Math Homework: Starting this week, the homework will include a STAAR Prep section and a section to practice the concepts currently being taught in class. You can find the link to the homework here.

        Science
        This week in science, we will be wrapping up our unit over Earth's Changing Surface. The learners will be finishing their landforms stations. They complete their review for the test in class this week. We will be going over the answers to the review in class and then the learners will bring the review home to study.

        Social Studies

        This week in social studies, learners will begin a new unit covering Manifest Destiny and Westward Expansion. Specifically, students will begin the unit exploring the Louisiana Purchase and Lewis and Clark.

        Reading & Language Arts
        This week in readers workshop, we will continue our study of nonfiction, focusing on different levels of questioning and author's viewpoint.

        This week in spelling, we will be focusing on words with vowel changes from long vowel sounds to schwa.


        This week in writing, learners will continue working on expository writing. Learners will focus on organizing their ideas, adding supporting details, and editing their writing.