5th Grade Calendar

Sunday, August 18, 2019

First Week of School!

Thank you so much for reading our 5th grade blog! Below, you will find important information for the upcoming week. Also, check out our pictures from the week, and feel free to discuss the activities with your child!

August 29th: 3rd-5th Grade Curriculum Night 6:30-7:30

*Please fill out the student information that you received from your homeroom teacher on Meet the Teacher! 

*Please send in a family photo with your child to give to their homeroom teacher! You can also email the picture. 

Band Aid Activity:
Learners acted out different ailments (headache, broken leg, bloody nose, etc.) and were given a band aid to fix it. The lesson learned was not everyone needs the same thing (aka a band aid). Some learners may need different materials, resources, etc.

Growth Mindset Breakout:
Learners participated in a growth mindset breakout where they learned the difference between a "fixed" and "growth" mindset. 





Friday, August 9, 2019

Meet the 5th Grade Teachers

Welcome to our blog! We hope that you will bookmark this page and visit it often. We update the blog each Friday afternoon. Within this blog, we'll post important dates, curriculum information, pictures and ideas for family talking points. 


For our first post of the year, we'd like to tell you a little bit about each of us!

Meredith Schaaf
Hometown: Coppell, Texas
Education: The University of Oklahoma
Years Teaching: 8th year
Subjects: ELAR & Social Studies
Homeroom: 5A
Meredith has been married to Jason for 4 years and is expecting a baby girl September 10th. She loves spending time with her family, friends, and dog, as well as traveling, reading, and watching TV!
My husband Jason and I in London!
Jason and I in NYC!
My sweet dog Jake
Hiking at Lake Louise


Renee Foroodi
Hometown: Coppell, Texas
Education: University of North Texas
Years Teaching: 6th year
Subjects: Math & Science
Homeroom: 5B
Renee has been married for 3 years and enjoys spending time with her family, including her nephews who attend TCE! She also loves reading, watching movies, and trying new foods!


My husband and I bought our first home together this year!


I love to travel! This was from our winter trip to Europe.


I love being Aunt Renee! My nephews are Aiden (3rd grade at TCE), Nolan (Kindergarten at TCE), and Liam (Future TCE Texan!)


I love the outdoors! This picture is from a kayaking trip in Hawaii!


I have a big family that I LOVE to spend time with!



Marly Natherson
Hometown: Coppell, Texas
Education: The University of Texas at Austin
Years Teaching: 12th year
Subjects: Reading & Language Arts
Homeroom: 5C
Marly enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephews, reading, doing puzzles and crosswords, traveling, and trying  new restaurants around town. Marly is also a CASA advocate & a volunteer at The Bridge Shelter.

My whole family on the beach this summer! 

Being Aunt Marly is one of my favorite things to be! From left to right: Emily (3), Bella (3), Cate (6), & Mason (13) 
Hiking in Washington with my older brother! 
A little fun on a winter hike! 

Jenna Taylor
Hometown: Garland, Texas
Education: Texas Tech University & Kilgore College
Years Teaching: 6th year
Subjects: Math & Science
Homeroom: 5D
Jenna enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and her yellow lab, Hallie. Jenna also loves practicing yoga, reading, traveling, and watching Netflix while working on a puzzle.



Ziplining in Costa Rica

At my little brother's high school graduation this past spring!

My sweet puppy, Hallie!

Spending time with my friends.




We can't wait to see you all at Meet the Teacher on August 12th at 6pm!



Friday, May 17, 2019

Last Week of School!

Hi TCE Families,

Thank you for taking time to read the blog. We can't believe the last week of school is already here! There are a lot of fun activities happening around Town Center this week, so please make sure to take note of any schedule changes. 


What's happening around TCE?




Talent Show

There will also be a Talent Show rehearsal on Friday, May 17th, at 1pm in the TCE Cafeteria. The 5th graders will be doing a full run through of the show for K-2nd. 

Field Day
Field Day will be Tuesday, May 21st. The students will need to bring a sack lunch that can be disposed of after eating. If they would like to purchase a sack lunch from the cafeteria, please let your homeroom teacher know.

We need a few classroom walkers and 2 wagons for the day. Those classroom walkers will help manage the class, move the wagons full of the kids' bags, remind the kids to drink water and reapply sunscreen, and help run a station your class is at. Please sign up if you want to walk with the class! 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4ca5af22a4f49-field4

A second signup will also be sent out where people can sign up to help run the different stations that classes rotate through.

Graduation



5th Grade Graduation will be Wednesday, May 22nd at 1:00 pm. Learners are encouraged to dress nicely for graduation. (No athletic wear, nice slacks or shorts, dresses, etc.) Because of the time of graduation, we will have lunch 11:15 am that day. There will be a short reception in the cafeteria immediately following graduation. 

Last Day of School

Students will be dismissed at 12:15 on May 23rd. Fifth grade will have their final walk around Town Center at 12:00! Your homeroom teacher will update you on lunch times for the last day. We will be eating lunch in our classrooms.

Curriculum Updates

As we get closer to the end of the year, we know that most of you will be looking for ways that your kids can continue learning over the summer. Please use this link to see different activities that your children can do at home over the summer!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Week of May 13th

Hi TCE Families,

Thank you for taking time to read the blog. We can't believe the end of the year is so close! Over the next few weeks, there will be many fun activities going on at TCE so please make sure to read all of the updates!


What's happening around TCE?




STAAR

Monday - 3rd Math & 4th Math
Tuesday - 3rd Reading & 4th Reading
Wednesday - 5th Science
Lunch Schedule: 
Monday and Tuesday 11:45
Wednesday 12:30


Sky Ranch Photos
If you have pictures from our trip, please upload them to this Google Photos album. 

Coppell Elementary Mile Race


All learners in 4th and 5th grade have been invite to participate in the 1st Annual Coppell Mile (grades 4-6) to be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Coppell High School. 

The CHS Cross Country and Track Program will be hosting a mile race. The race will start at the track at Coppell High School. The kids will run a one mile loop from the track around the parking lot. This will give them a chance to run on the track and compete with other elementary and middle schools in the district. The meet will be run by CHS athletes. Parents of participants must be in attendance. 

We will have a fifth grade team of four males and four females. Races will be scored like a cross country meet with low scores winning. The fifth grade team from our school will be determined from the pool of students returning their "intent letter." However, if your child would like to participate in the "open competition," they are welcome to attend and represent our school! Fourth graders will only compete in the "open competition" as there will be no Team Competition for them. There is no cost for this race. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Coach Erickson at merickson@coppellisd.com. Thank you for your support and I hope to see you at the Coppell Mile. 


Schedule:

  • 8:00am 6th Girls Team (7 per school)
  • 6th Boys Team (7 per school)
  • 6th Open Girls
  • 6th Open Boys

  • 9:00am 5th Girls Team (4 per school)

  • 5th Boys Team (4 per school)
  • 5th Open Girls
  • 5th Open Boys

  • 10:00am 4th Open Boys
  • 4th Open Girls
Awards:
  • Traveling trophy for Top School 
  • 8:00am --6th grade championship award (2 trophies-boys/girls)
  • 9:00am --5th grade championship award (2 trophies-boys/girls)
  • Individual Awards:
  • Team Races- 1, 2, 3 get a medal, 4-10 get a ribbon
  • Open Races- 1-10 get ribbons
  • Event Coordinator:  Coach Nick Benton
  • Coppell High School, Head Cross Country/Girls Track & Field


Frequently Asked Questions
  • What should my child wear?  Shorts, School Shirt, athletic shoes
  • Where do we park?  Near the Football Field at Coppell High School
  • Can we drop off our child? No….A parent/guardian must be in attendance with your child.
  • What time should we arrive for the event?  Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the start time listed for your event.

Colt Camp
If your learner will be attending Coppell Middle School East next year, they will be holding an Open House on May 16th from 6:00-7:30pm.

Graduation




5th Grade Graduation will be Wednesday, May 22nd at 1:00 pm. Learners are encouraged to dress nicely for graduation. (No athletic wear, nice slacks or shorts, dresses, etc.) Because of the time of graduation, we will have lunch 12:00 pm that day. There will be a short reception in the cafeteria immediately following graduation. 

Talent Show

There will also be a Talent Show rehearsal on Friday, May 17th, at 1pm in the TCE Cafeteria. The 5th graders will be doing a full run through of the show for K-2nd. 

Curriculum Updates

As we get closer to the end of the year, we know that most of you will be looking for ways that your kids can continue learning over the summer. Please use this link to see different activities that your children can do at home over the summer!

Math
This week in math, the learners will be working on an end of the year choice board. The activities include, creating a book, creating a board game, researching different jobs, and much more! The learners have access to this choice board on their Math Teacher's website!

Science
This week in science, the learners will be studying for the Science STAAR on May 15th. You should have received an email with different study materials for the Science STAAR. Please reach out to your learner's homeroom teacher if you have any questions or concerns.

ELAR
In writing, we are wrapping up our end of the year writing assignments. The learners are writing about all of the lessons they've learned in elementary school. 


We will also be holding our first annual 5th Grade Trivia Competition in language arts class. Learners will have a few days to study and prepare with their teammates before competing for the title of Trivia Champion (per class). We hope the kids will share some of the trivia they learn with their families!


Thursday, May 2, 2019

Week of May 6th

Hi TCE Families,

Thank you for taking time to read the blog. We cannot believe the end of the year is so close! Over the next few weeks, there will be many fun activities going on at TCE so please make sure to read all of the updates!



What's happening around TCE?




Sky Ranch Photos

If you have pictures from our trip, please upload them to this Google Photos album. 

Coppell Elementary Mile Race


All learners in 4th and 5th grade have been invite to participate in the 1st Annual Coppell Mile (grades 4-6) to be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Coppell High School. 

The CHS Cross Country and Track Program will be hosting a mile race. The race will start at the track at Coppell High School. The kids will run a one mile loop from the track around the parking lot. This will give them a chance to run on the track and compete with other elementary and middle schools in the district. The meet will be run by CHS athletes. Parents of participants must be in attendance. 

We will have a fifth grade team of four males and four females. Races will be scored like a cross country meet with low scores winning. The fifth grade team from our school will be determined from the pool of students returning their "intent letter." However, if your child would like to participate in the "open competition," they are welcome to attend and represent our school! Fourth graders will only compete in the "open competition" as there will be no Team Competition for them. There is no cost for this race. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Coach Erickson at merickson@coppellisd.com. Thank you for your support and I hope to see you at the Coppell Mile. 


Schedule:

  • 8:00am 6th Girls Team (7 per school)
  • 6th Boys Team (7 per school)
  • 6th Open Girls
  • 6th Open Boys
  • 9:00am 5th Girls Team (4 per school)
  • 5th Boys Team (4 per school)
  • 5th Open Girls
  • 5th Open Boys
  • 10:00am 4th Open Boys
  • 4th Open Girls
Awards:
  • Traveling trophy for Top School 
  • 8:00am --6th grade championship award (2 trophies-boys/girls)
  • 9:00am --5th grade championship award (2 trophies-boys/girls)
  • Individual Awards:
  • Team Races- 1, 2, 3 get a medal, 4-10 get a ribbon
  • Open Races- 1-10 get ribbons
  • Event Coordinator:  Coach Nick Benton
  • Coppell High School, Head Cross Country/Girls Track & Field


Frequently Asked Questions
  • What should my child wear?  Shorts, School Shirt, athletic shoes
  • Where do we park?  Near the Football Field at Coppell High School
  • Can we drop off our child? No….A parent/guardian must be in attendance with your child.
  • What time should we arrive for the event?  Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the start time listed for your event.

Library Announcement 
Due Friday, May 10: All TCE Library books

The district's final due date for all library books is Friday, May 10. Please, help your child locate any Town Center Elementary library books that they may have checked out, and remind them to return books to our school library no later than Friday, May 10.  Please, also pay for any lost or damaged library books by Friday, May 10.  Your child can log into their library account at destiny.coppellisd.com and go to the "My Info" tab to make sure that all of their library books have been returned.


Colt Camp

If your learner will be attending Coppell Middle School East next year, they will be holding an Open House on May 16th from 6:00-7:30pm.

Graduation




5th Grade Graduation will be Wednesday, May 22nd at 1:00 pm. Learners are encouraged to dress nicely for graduation. (No athletic wear, nice slacks or shorts, dresses, etc.) Because of the time of graduation, we will have lunch 12:00 pm that day. There will be a short reception in the cafeteria immediately following graduation. 

Talent Show

There will also be a Talent Show rehearsal on Friday, May 17th, at 1pm in the TCE Cafeteria. The 5th graders will be doing a full run through of the show for K-2nd. 

Curriculum Updates

As we get closer to the end of the year, we know that most of you will be looking for ways that your kids can continue learning over the summer. Please use this link to see different activities that your children can do at home over the summer!

Math

In math the learners have been working on an end of the year math project. Some of the learners have been planning out their "Dream Vacation", while others are planning for their future in the "Million Dollar Project". The students have been researching costs of college tuitions, plane tickets, and housing, and learning how to budget to get what they want.

Science 

This week in science, the learners will be studying for the Science STAAR on May 15th. You should have received an email with different study materials for the Science STAAR. Please reach out to your learner's homeroom teacher if you have any questions or concerns.

ELAR

We have just started our last two writing projects of the year. Learners are writing their End of the Year essays about their Dream Careers. Then, as a culmination of their elementary school years, they will write about what they've learned in Kindergarten-5th grade. 

In reading, we are focusing on science-based text to do some cross-curricular review. 
Social Studies

As the classes have finished learning about the aftermath of the Civil War, we are slowly moving into Unit 6 titled Economic Changes in the 19th and 20th centuries. We are discovering how the many changes during this time still have an impact on our modern lives today. 

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Week of April 18th

Hi TCE Families,

Thank you for taking time to read the blog. We can not believe we travel to Sky Ranch this week! The teachers and students are so excited for our trip. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your learner's homeroom teacher with any questions or concerns you may have regarding camp. Please see below for more information regarding camp.


What's happening around TCE?




Sky Ranch Updates


All medications and medication forms were due to Nurse Kane Friday, April 18th. If you have not turned medications in, please get that taken care of ASAP.


Please arrive to school Wednesday, April 24th on time. Students will not go upstairs to classrooms on this day. Instead, they will come straight to the cafeteria to prepare for camp. Learners will look at the glass windows on the cafeteria to see their cabin and class groups. After, they will sort their luggage based on their cabin. Then, they'll go inside and sit at the tables in their groups. 


We are scheduled to leave promptly at 8:30 am on Wednesday, April 24th. We are scheduled to return to TCE on Friday, April 26th around 1:30pm. Please plan arrangements for your son/daughter to be picked up at this time. If your child is going home with another adult we must have written consent. On Friday, please check any 5th grade educators' twitter account as we will be tweeting out information about our arrival time back at TCE. We will also be tweeting pictures while at camp, so you can follow along on our trip!



https://twitter.com/misspeccarelli 
https://twitter.com/MissSeifertTCE 
https://twitter.com/missnatherson 
https://twitter.com/MissTaylorTCE 
https://twitter.com/MissPerryTCE 

Please remember to have your child wear his/her blue Sky Ranch T Shirt on Wednesday, April 24th. Students are also asked to wear their gray and yellow grade level shirt on the Friday that we will be at Sky Ranch.

Please make sure your child has their name on all clothing items they are wearing/packing for camp.


They will need a bag to carry around camp as they go to classes. It can be a lightweight drawstring bag or their normal backpack. 


As a reminder, learners may not bring any food or drink (other than water) on the trip. 


Finally, if you need another copy of the packing list, you can access it here. There are a few things that are not included on Sky Ranch's packing list that you may want to help your son/daughter pack: 


  • sunscreen and/or bug spray
  • a hat and/or sunglasses 
  • a swimsuit
  • socks
  • shampoo
  • light jacket
If you have any questions about Sky Ranch, please don't hesitate to email your son/daughter's teacher. 



Curriculum Updates


Math

In math, the learners have been working on an end of the year math project. Some of the students have been planning out their "dream vacation", while others are planning for their future in a "million dollar project." The students have been researching the cost of college tuition, plane tickets, and housing while learning how to budget to get what they want.

Science

This week in science, we will be continuing our life science unit. The learners will be investigating ecosystems, food chains vs food webs, fossils, and adaptions. The kids have been having so much fun with the different games they have been playing during this unit.

ELAR

In writing, students will continue working on writing letters.

Social Studies

Learners in A/B are continuing to learn about the aftermath of The Civil War, including reconstruction. Students in C/D/E have finished their Unit 5 test and will be moving into Unit 6. Unit 6 covers Economic Changes in the 19th and 20th Century.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Week of April 15th

Hi TCE 5th Families,

Thank you so much for taking time to read our weekly blog post. Our learners did a wonderful job during the STAAR test and we could not be more proud of all their hard work!

What is happening around TCE?

Our Color Stampede is taking the place of the TCE Hoedown, and we do not want you to miss out on all the fun! In addition to the run, there will be food, auction items, and music.

Below are important dates & times to make note of:
Friday after school, April 12th: Pick up your "swag bag" for each registration in the car loop (contains t-shirt, race bib, and sponsor items)

Friday, April 12th COLOR STAMPEDE EVENT 

5:30-6:00 PM Pre-run celebration & auction begins
6:00-7:00 PM Run begins with staggering start times
6:30-7:30 PM Food, games, & auction

Talent Show
Talent Show Auditions will be Monday, April 15th. Ask your learner about their assigned audition time! Please make sure your child has transportation home after his or her audition.

Graduation Photo Collection
Each 5th grade teacher has sent out an individual class Google Album where you can drop any pictures you think could be useful in the 5th grade graduation video. Ask your homeroom teacher for more information on the link! Thanks for your contributions! As a Reminder all pictures are due April 14th. We are in need of more pictures of the students when they were in K-3 grade. 





Important Sky Ranch Dates
  • All Sky Ranch Paperwork is due April 10th
  • Sky Ranch Chaperone Meeting: Monday, April 15th at 5:30
Sky Ranch Note from Nurse Kane
Please turn in all medications and medication forms, for Sky Ranch, to Nurse Kane no later than April 18th. 

Picnic Coupon
We will be using our April holiday coupon on April 18th. The coupon is for the students to have lunch outside on this day (weather permitted). We ask that parents do not come up and eat with their child this day so that the students can enjoy this experience with their friends!

End of Year Conferences 
The end of the year is quickly approaching and we wanted to let you know that during the last week of the school your child's teacher will be sending home end of the year assessment information. Along with the assessment information, fifth grade has put together a list of things your child could work on over summer if you were looking for some additional academic practice. If you would like an end of the year conference, please reach out sometime next week so that your child's teacher can get it scheduled. Fifth grade is looking forward to all of our end of the year activities and we will miss seeing our TCE Texans here next year. We still are moving full steam ahead with all of our curriculum and learning and are enjoying our last six weeks of school with your child. Time is flying in fifth grade!



Note from Middle School North 

Will You Have a 6th Grader at North Next Year?

Don't miss out on this opportunity to purchase them a sixth grade t-shirt with their high school graduation year on it.

Order Deadline: April 17th
  • No additional shirts will be ordered so order your shirt today.
  • Shirts are just for incoming 6th graders, so you must register your child as an incoming 6th grader to purchase.
  • Shirts are special ordered for your student so no exchanges will be available.
  • Shirt is a Gildan 100% cotton t-shirt.
  • Shirts will be delivered to the student's elementary school during the first week of May.
Click Here to Buy It Now!

The North PTO wants to connect with you!  Please use this link for information to help you with your transition to North.  We will continue to update this page with parent meetings, back to school information and fun events at the school-- including our first all school social to be held in the summer BEFORE school starts.  We are looking forward to having your student at North next year!

https://cmsnpto.membershiptoolkit.com/story/115478


Curriculum Updates:

Math: We are so proud of how hard the students worked during the STAAR Test! This week in math, we will be giving the learners different choices of activities. These activities will help the students strengthen the skills we taught throughout the year!

ELAR: Students will begin learning about indefinite pronouns in grammar. Students will also work on letter writing during writing time.

Science: This week in science, we will be continuing our life science unit. The learners will be investigating ecosystems, food chains vs food webs, fossils, and adaptations. The kids have been having so much fun with the different games that we have been playing during this unit!

Social Studies: Students are continuing to learn about the Civil War and the aftermath of the Civil War, including reconstruction. Learners in C/D/E will have their Unit 5 Exam on Monday, April 15th. They received this review, during class.