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Friday News – August 29, 2014

From Mr. Paquette

Thank you for everything you’ve been doing at home to help with behavior, grades, and reading logs. We have started the year off on the right foot and I am sure we will continue to have a fantastic year. Your support is very much appreciated!

What’s New?

SFA reading groups have all completed their first six-day cycle and took a test this week. Do you want the good news or the bad news? OK, the bad, scores were terrible. The good, they’re not going in the grade books this time as we are still adjusting to the SFA routine and we have students who are new to Henry.

Math classes have all started unit two, addition and subtraction with decimals and algebra. We actually have some algebra included most units so we can cover that topic well. Since we have Monday off, tests won’t happen until next Friday at the earliest or possibly the Tuesday after. Problems will be like 24.1-0.98 and, “In the expression b+3, the letter b is – ” (the answer is a variable).

Science and social studies will continue to alternate weeks. This week ended science lessons on atoms, elements, molecules, and solid/liquid/gas. Next week we will begin our social studies unit on early Americans. We will learn about how the Native Americans lived and survived prior to European settlement.


In the interest of “hungry stomachs have a hard time concentrating”, we are allowing students to have a small, healthy snack at 10:00AM each day. Examples of what a “healthy snack” is includes raisins, protein bars, an apple, etc. The main reason we are allowing this is because we have one of the last lunch periods.

Civil War Days Field Trip is Next Friday

Cannons go BOOM, soldiers ride up on horses, see how doctors “fix you up” in the olden days, and more. Remember to pack water and a brown bag lunch. *Chaperones* – Sorry, none are needed for this trip. This date (Friday) is just for teachers and students. Civil War Days is open to the public Saturday and Sunday. It’s on 122 near Booker T and before Westlake.

Wednesday Homework


WIN Vocab Quiz Friday: sum, difference, addend, minuend, subtrahend, increase, decrease

Science quiz Friday: I forgot to mention this in class today. It will be very easy:

  • Atoms are tiny particles of matter.
  • Atoms are made of protons, neutrons, and electrons.
  • Molecules are tiny particles that are made of two or more atoms stuck together.
  • Label a picture like this one:


Thursday Homework

All – R&R

McGinnis math group – rounding decimals test tomorrow, study guide due tomorrow if not turned in today

Ss – Test tomorrow on VA geography: rivers, bordering states, regions. I’m making the test tonight directly from this study guide.

Spirit Day is tomorrow.

Wednesday Homework

All – R&R

Paquette math group – math test on rounding decimals tomorrow

McGinnis math group – stapled papers/problems/study pages & same test as above on Friday

SS – test on VA regions, rivers, and bordering states Friday

GMail – Did you know all FCPS students have a GMail account? It is a part of the school system’s intranet and can ONLY be used to email other teachers and students who have FCPS emails. It allows students to create Google Docs (similar to Word or Powerpoint) and use Google Drive to store and share files. Students use their GMail account to log into any computer in Franklin County Public Schools so all of their settings and documents can be at any computer! There is a link under “Resources” to log into FCPS GMail. I will finish showing students how to log in tomorrow. Only Paquette math group can log in right now.

Tuesday Homework

All – R&R

Paquette math group – sheet (if not finished in class), test like this one on Thursday, except 16 questions long instead of 5.

McGinnis math group – sheet #1-10, test like this one on Friday

SSStudy guide for VA geography went out today, quiz Friday on regions/rivers/bordering states (this is review material from last year)

Scholastic Orders – Will be placed tomorrow (Wed), last chance to turn them in…

Monday News and Homework

This week is a “social studies” and “reading WIN” week. Next week will be a “science” and “math WIN” week. Students were assigned to their new reading teachers/groups today and SFA (Success for All) officially starts tomorrow. Reading is taught in “cycles” of six days each. Day five of the cycle is the test day, so everyone will have their first SFA tests (comprehension and word power) on Monday the 25th.


All – R&R

Paquette math – place value mini quiz tomorrow, rounding decimals test Thursday, see the sample test under the “math” tab on this website

McGinnis math - sheet

Scholastic orders – due Wed.

SS – regions of VA quiz Friday


Friday News

Hello E-mail subscribers to fifthgradenews.com! Everyone will be getting a paper copy of this newsletter this week because I need some things filled out from Business Day still.

From the Teacher(s)

Once again, welcome to fifth grade at Henry Elementary School. Our first week has been outstanding while preparing students for the Success for All (SFA) reading program that starts next week. We have also been reviewing classroom behavior rules and expectations for learning in fifth grade.

Responses Needed!

If you already filled out the online contact form on Business Day, great! However, of my thirteen parents who signed up for electronic email versions of this newsletter, the system is telling me only twelve of the email addresses are valid, but it’s not telling me which one it isn’t delivering to! Please write your email address for newsletters on the line below with your name and the relationship to your child.


Example: davidp@myemail.com, David’s Dad. If you want paper newsletters, just leave it blank.

Did you Miss Business Day?

Please fill in the spaces below. If you did come for Business Day you don’t need to fill this out.

Parent/Guardian Name ______________________________ Child Name ______________________________

Best Way to Contact You: (Circle)       E-mail        Phone Call        Text Message

To Address/Number ______________________________________________________________________________


Classdojo is Great!

Parents, thank you for signing up if you already did. It has a very positive impact on our learning environment. If you have a sheet with “Classdojo” on it in this week’s Friday Folder, go to www.fifthgradenews.com and click “Check Behavior” to sign up. It’s 100% FREE! You can see daily classroom behavior reports if you log in and it will email you a behavior report every Friday.

Next Week

Our plan for next week includes starting SFA reading groups, switching to social studies instead of science (alternating weeks, finishing place value and rounding decimals in math, and continuing with our first 11 day writing project, “Something Interesting Your Classmates May Not Know About You” prompt.



Tuesday Homework

All – R&R – There is now an online form under “R&R” above that students may use to complete their Read and Respond.

McGinnis Math Group – Word problem

Paquette Math GroupRounding money sheet

Update – Today was a great second day of school. We finally finished going over all of the rules and expectations. The first unit in math lasts eight days – rounding decimal numbers to wholes, tenths, and hundredths. The “Math Units” tab here on fifthgradenews has homework sheets, activities, and a sample test. Science and social studies will alternate weeks. We are beginning with science and five days on the scientific method and measurement.

Monday Homework

All – Read and Respond 20 minutes

I will not include detailed directions like this on future R&R homework posts, but Read and Respond is a 20 full minutes of reading (at home) and 5-10 minutes writing time. Entries are done in a composition notebook and should include the date, title of the book, and a summary of the section read.

*Parents must initial Read and Respond entries or the student will me marked for no homework.*

Welcome to Fifth Grade!

Dear Students and Families,

Welcome to the Henry Elementary fifth grade website. This is where you will be able to see nightly homework assignments posted every day. Students can type and save their work here, upload files, as well as send messages to their classmates and Mr. Paquette.

Rising fifth graders may now log in on the right, using your firstnamelastname (all lower-case letters with no space) and your password is your lunch number.

See you soon,

Mr. Paquette