Mitchell's Minutes

Week of April 23rd, 2018

Dear Parents,

We successfully wrapped up another busy week in 5th grade. Hopefully everyone had a
chance to check out the book fair and score some new reading material.

Thank you to all the parents who have already turned in their child’s field trip dues and
permission form. Remember they are due no later than April 27th. You’ll find more
information on the trip below, as well as the details for the upcoming fiesta to celebrate
the culmination of our novel study, Esperanza Rising. Have a wonderful weekend!

Fiesta! Sign Up Genius
The fifth grade is currently reading the award-winning novel Esperanza Rising. This
historical fiction novel is teaching the children about the Mexican Revolution, the
Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, immigration to the U.S., racism, and the plight of
farmworkers in California during the 30s. Plus, it has wonderful symbolism threaded
throughout each chapter in the form of fruits and vegetables. As a culminating activity,
we will have a fiesta near Cinco de Mayo - it will be held Friday, May 4 this year. Each
child will be asked to bring something to contribute. Please talk with your child
about what they would like the bring and sign up here.

Fiesta Volunteers Needed per Class
The teachers and students will be decorating for the Fiesta, but each homeroom will
need up to 6 parents to set up and serve the food and then clean up afterwards. The
time commitment is from 8:45-10:45. Please sign up using the sign up genius link
above if you can help.

Please note that the Fiesta is not a party to which parents are invited to socialize like
the Winter Party and Valentine’s Party. We can only accommodate a certain number
of food volunteers because our space will be limited.  Thank you for understanding.

Toilet Paper Rolls Needed
As decorations for our fiesta, each child will make two small pinatas out of empty toilet
paper rolls. Please save two rolls and send them into class by Monday, April 30th.

End-of-Year Field Trip to Natural Bridge Caverns and Texas Wildlife Refuge
    This year we are pleased to announce that we will be taking our 5th grade classes
on an end-of-year field trip to Natural Bridge Caverns and Texas Wildlife Refuge in
New Braunfels, Texas.  This field trip correlates with our Science curriculum.
    The trip has been scheduled for May 18, 2018.  We have reserved 2 chartered
buses to accommodate our 3 classes.  The cost of the trip will be $33.00 per student.
That includes bus fare, entrance fees, and activity fees.  Each student will be
responsible for bringing two snacks, sack lunch, and three disposable drinks.
Please return the field trip permission form with your payment by Friday.
    We plan to leave campus at 7:45 a.m. and return by 5:00 p.m.  

Field Day T-Shirts
Field Day t-shirt orders are due by April 25th. The money raised from the shirts will
go to pay for some special activities on Field Day.  Plus, it’s a pretty snazzy shirt.
If you need another form let me know and I’ll send one home with your child. Field
Day is scheduled for May 22nd.

Character Word of the Month - Determined

Units of Study
Math - Measurement and Financial Literacy Concusion
Language Arts - Esperanza Rising Historical Fiction Novel Study continues, Cultural
Science - Unit 10: Structures and Functions, Inherited Traits and Learned Behavior,
and Metamorphosis
Social Studies - Building a New Nation: The Constitution

Important Dates
May 4 Esperanza Rising fiesta! Drop off food by 9am
May 8-11 Science Safari
May 16th Science STAAR test - please do not schedule doctor appointments these days
May 18 Natural Bridge Caverns Safari trip
May 22 Field Day
May 23 5th grade Showcase 7:40 - 8:40
May 24 5th Grade Awards Assembly
May 28 Memorial Day, no school

May 29 Last Day of School

Enjoy your weekend!

Rebecca Mitchell