Friday News

News Brief

Fifth grade has some exciting news this week! Here’s a quick summary. Chess Club started recently, SCA voting was held, and we have scheduled another field trip for December. If your child is in chess, please try to pick him or her up on time. Our new Student Council President is Heidi Eames, Vice President is Alayna Young, the Secretary is Gracie Short, and our Treasurer is Sydney Foster. Congratulations! The new field trip will be on the last day of school before the winter break to Hales Ford Academy, a one-room schoolhouse on the Dudley Elementary campus. We will experience what school would have been like in the time period after the Civil War. More information will be coming soon about this this trip! Please remember to have your child wear a coat to school as the weather cools off.


Math – Unit 5 ended today and next week we will begin a 20 day unit on measurement with the metric system and customary units. Can you answer these sample questions? How many feet are in a mile? How many millimeters are in 0.65 kilometers?

SS – The Civil War unit is over and we are now working on Reconstruction, the time period after the war until about 1900. The study guide is at

Science – We are wrapping up the geology unit and will try to finish the ocean and cells units before Christmas. Those study guides may also be found at

Last Year’s Hales Ford Academy Picture

We will be dressing, eating, and acting like it’s 1890 in a one-room schoolhouse on December 18th!



Thursday Homework


Math Unit 5 Test tomorrow

T-shirt orders due tomorrow

Spirit Day red, white, and blue tomorrow

Progress reports are sent out tomorrow electronically. Please check you e-mail spam filters in case they go there!

Monday Homework


*Correction!* PTO/students perform for Veterans’ Day is 6PM Tuesday, not 6:30!

Turn in Henry shirt orders by Fri. the 13th

Math unit 5 test is Thursday for Paquette’s math group and Friday for Campbell’s

Moonday Howlwork


quotation marks quiz tomorrow

wear hats tomorrow

Wed. Chess team meets until 4PM – applications went home today. Mrs. Mullens is the new coach!


Friday Trunk or Treat

Campbell homeroom – Civil War test Thursday or Friday

Friday News

What’s going on in fifth grade?

  • Report cards looked great!
  • Behavior is fantastic!
  • Homework completion rate is amazing!

Upcoming Events

  • Red Ribbon Week next week Oct 26-30: Monday wear favorite sports team, Tuesday Hat Day, Wednesday wear boots, Thursday Dress to Impress, Friday wear red
  • Trunk or Treat & corn hole tournament: Friday, October 30th, 5-8 PM, Henry parking lot
  • Halloween – Be safe, please NO candy or costumes to school
  • November 1st – Daylight Savings Time
  • Tuesday, November 3 – No School
  • November 10 – Fourth & fifth grade perform on Veterans’ Day @ PTO meeting 6:30


Math – Division unit test scores looked good! We are now on unit 5: Patterns, Functions, Algebra – 20 days. This unit covers a variety of topics. This week we went over order of operations (PEMDAS) and next week we’ll be working on the Distributive Property.

If you came to the Showcase Event, we discussed how important it is that your child continue to work hard on the Reflex math facts website. If you didn’t come, we’re sending home a math facts report today. The darkened facts show the ones your child has mastered. The light-colored ones are the facts they need to practice.

SS – The current unit is about important events/people in the Civil War, with a focus on Virginia.

Science – Next week we’ll wrap up the light unit and move on to geology/Earth history.

Reading – Please look over the MAP test scores coming home today. They track your child’s reading level. The blue paper explains the report.

Have a great weekend! Contact us if you have any questions/comments!

-Mrs. Campbell & Mr. Paquette

Fifthgradenews Clean-Up! Fix?

This website is hosted by I finally contacted them about all of the “down-time” the site has been experiencing. They could not tell me the problem, but suggested trying a few things. I will be experimenting and altering the site to what will hopefully be a more stable platform. Don’t be surprised if the site looks different this week!

A Box Tops Email Message to Henry Elementary

Dear Henry Elementary,
I thought you might like to encourage your students to bring in those boxtops.  Here are a few stats that were available to me as a coordinator.  Henry ranks 8th in the region.  BFMS, Glade Hill, and Callaway are the only county schools ahead of us so far this year.  Henry ranks 88th out of 2,332 schools in the state of Virginia.  Henry ranks 2,809 out of 94,583 schools in the entire BoxTops Program.  I think this is just grand.  All the hard work since the program’s inception at Henry is paying off.  Henry has earned over $20,000 from this program.  GREAT JOB – HENRY!!!!
Pat Vaughan

Monday Homework


Pack your stuff for Haw River. I suggest two pairs of comfortable shoes and three pairs of socks. It will be very muddy and wet! The bus leaves after morning announcements, so there is no need to get to school earlier than usual.

Friday News

Haw River Field Trip Next Tuesday – Wednesday

Be ready for some mud! Hopefully the rain will have ended by Tuesday when we leave, but the ground will be pretty wet. Follow the What to Pack list, but you may also want to add extra socks and shoes. We will be walking outside a lot on this trip!

Reminder from a previous newsletter:

FAQ – Q – Do we need to drop off or pick up our kids at a special time? A – You may want to bring your child and pick them up on the days of the trip if they are going to pack a lot of stuff. A change of clothes in a backpack and a sleeping bag or blanket & pillow is all that’s really needed, so it is possible to ride the school bus with that. We will be leaving after morning announcements on Tuesday and returning before 3:00 PM Wed. so it will be entirely within normal school hours.

Q – Is there a rain date? A – No, it’s rain or shine.

Q – Is there a gift shop or need for money? A – No.

Q – What is the contact information of the facility? A – Address: 339 Conference Center Dr., Browns Summit, NC 27214 Phone: (336) 342-6163


What to Pack:


Daily change of clothes that can get dirty and at least one pair of long pants

Extra change of clothes

Jacket or sweatshirt

Rain jacket or poncho (we will be out in all kinds of weather)


Shoes (these must be tennis shoes or hiking boots and they will get dirty)


Plastic bag for damp/dirty clothes


Sleeping bag or twin sheets/blanket

Towels and washcloths


Toiletries/Comfort Items







Other needed personal items

Water bottle

 Optional Items

Pen, Notepad, Book for bedtime reading

Please DO NOT bring the following items:


Cell Phones

Expensive Jewelry

Curling Irons/Flat Irons/Hair Dryers

New Clothes

New Shoes

Chewing Gum



Subject Area News

Reading – SFA is moving right along. Teachers have been attending regular meetings to discuss and analyze student data to make sure everyone is having “success for all”.


Math – Unit 4 Division has just started. Strategies that students learned in 3rd and 4th grade will still be used, but we will be working hard over the next 15 school days to teach students “regular” long division as well. This unit includes two-digit divisors and decimals in the dividend. In 4th grade there were only one-digit divisors and no decimals.

Science – Unit 2, Sound, has just started. Students will be learning that sound is created when matter vibrates. They will have to correctly label the parts of a wave and know about frequency/pitch, musical instruments, and echolocation/sonar.

Social studies – We are learning about events leading up to the Civil War. Topics include Harriet Tubman/Underground Railroad, John Brown/Raid on Harper’s Ferry, Abraham Lincoln/Emancipation, and how/why WV became a state.

WIN – “What I Need” is a daily tutoring or enrichment class. Ms. Angle has been doing some fun enrichment lessons on Thursdays that teach teamwork and creativity. Here are the winners of “Build the tallest tower with 20 pieces of paper and nothing else”.


Upcoming Events

  • Haw River trip Sept. 29-30
  • Spirit Day, Friday, Oct. 2
  • Friday, Oct. 9 Last day of 1st nine weeks
  • Monday, Oct 12 No School Columbus Day
  • Friday, Oct. 16 Report cards issued
  • Tuesday, Oct. 20 Showcase Event #2, You’re invited to come to school at the time you selected at the beginning of the year to meet with teachers and see some things we’ve been working on!

Questions, comments, concerns?

We always welcome communication regarding your child’s education. Contact us at any time through Classdojo, by phone, or at our email addresses: &

Wednesday Homework

*Thursday night – ALL students in Franklin County can get into the Agricultural Fair at Franklin County Recreation Park on 619 for FREE on Thursday night only.

Friday – 5th grade field trip to the Agricultural Fair – we will be rotating educational stations and learning, not eating corn dogs and riding rides!


Writing prompt due tomorrow at the end of writing class

Math Unit 3 Sample Test – Oops! Update

The math unit 3 multiplication test will be next Thursday or Friday. There is a link to last year’s test under the study guides/sample tests tab. Keep practicing Reflex and ixl “C” skills!

The sample test I posted was the same as the unit test, oops! I have removed it. The unit 3 math test will be this Wednesday.

Thursday Homework


Turn in field trip money ASAP

Science/ss quizzes tomorrow, Campbell’s homeroom will have a science quiz on matter and labeling the parts of an atom. Paquette’s homeroom will have a ss quiz on events leading up to the Civil War.

Apostrophe S quiz tomorrow

Rule #1 – To make something plural, you usually just add s, like “dogs”. Sometimes a plural is made in a different way, like “children”.

Rule #2 – To show the reader that a singular noun owns something (and it does not end in s) you add ‘s. Example: Bob’s hat

Rule #3 – If a singular noun already ends in s, like “Alexis” or “bus”, you make it possessive by just adding an apostrophe. Examples: Alexis’ book, the bus’ wheels (*It is also acceptable to add ‘s to words or names already ending in s.) Examples: Alexis’s book, the bus’s wheels.

Rule #4 – To make a plural noun (that has been made plural by adding an s, like “cats”) possessive, add an apostrophe after the s. Example: The two cats’ tails are both long.

Rule #5 – To make a plural noun (that doesn’t end in s, like “children”) possessive, add ‘s. Example: The children’s toys were broken.


*Exception to the rules* the word “it’s” can ONLY mean “it is”. To show something belongs to the noun “it”, you just add s. Example: Its fur was blue.


Rule #6 –  to make acronym words, numbers, and letters plural, add ‘s. Examples: two CD’s, three TV’s, straight A’s

Study Guides

Here are a few study guides that you may find helpful! The math study guide is for what we are currently working on (multiplying decimals). The test for this will be sometime next week.


The Civil War study guide is for Social Studies. Mrs. Campbell will tell you what you need to study for the quizzes on Friday!


Friday News


Week four of fifth grade has come to a close and, WOW, we have had 100% homework completion so far! Thank you, parents, for making sure it’s getting done. We really appreciate your help.

Subject Areas

Reading – SFA graded tests should have come home today. If your child did not score as well as you expect, it’s usually because they did not write a complete, well-supported response to the question(s). If the Word Power section of the test received a low grade, ask your child to write down all eight words for the current cycle and practice using them in sentences at home. Also, being absent can negatively affect reading test scores. If your child has been out sick, they will need to ask their reading teacher to take home the necessary materials to get caught up.

Math – Unit 3 is just starting now, which is multiplication, including decimal numbers through the thousandths place. This unit also includes a tiny bit of algebra with questions like, “What is a variable?” It also has order of operations questions like, “What is 5+2×3?”, which would have an answer of 11, not 21, because you do the multiplying before the addition. We use PEMDAS, Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally for students to remember Parentheses, Exponents, Multiply or Divide, and Add or Subtract for order of operations. This unit is 12 school days long.

Science/SS – During the next two weeks we’ll cover events leading up the Civil War and continue the second week of the matter unit. Students will be doing interesting experiments with mixtures and solutions and learn more about atoms, molecules, elements, and compounds.

Writing – We are alternating between a week of grammar and a week with a writing prompt. Next week, students will be writing a paper about “Making Something New from Something Old” with the SFA writing program. For example, a student might write a paper about turning an old shoe box into a school project.

Upcoming Events

Labor Day – No school Monday 9/7, enjoy the long weekend!

Grandparents’ Breakfast – Thursday, 9/10

Progress Reports – Friday 9/11

Picture Day – Thursday 9/17

 Agricultural Fair Field Trip – Friday, 9/25

Haw River Overnight Field Trip! – Tuesday-Wednesday 9/29-9/30, Please submit $70 payment ASAP

Monday Homework


Practice 9×9=81, 9×8=72, 9×7=63

Science & social studies will have weekly quizzes on Friday on notes and study guides from

Math unit 2, add/subtract decimals through the thousandths, test will be Thursday for Campbell’s math group and Friday for Paquette’s. Sample problems: 0.9 + 0.23, $3.29 – $1.65

Back-to-School Showcase Event is tomorrow. Please come at the time you selected.