Wednesday Homework


Next Week is Read Across America Week:

Monday: Crazy Hat Day
Tuesday: Foxiest Sock Day (wear your silliest socks)
Wednesday: Wear Your Clothes Inside Out and green eggs in cafeteria for breakfast
Thursday: Wear Your Grinchiest Green Day
Friday: Come as your favorite Dr. Seuss character or book character

Wednesday Homework


writing final copies “mascot” prompt due tomorrow at the end of class

*Bobcat Night tonight at Daniel’s Place

*Thank you for helping with party snacks/supplies for the dance tomorrow!

*Don’t bring cologne/perfume/makeup to school tomorrow

When is the dance? 1:35-2:55 in the gym tomorrow

Tuesday Homework


science – SOL practice test tomorrow, study notes

writing – Final copies of the “class mascot” prompt are due Thursday at the end of our 30 minute “publish” writing class. Depending on how much you accomplish before then, you may or may not have to work on it for homework.

Fall in Love with Math Night tonight

Monday Homework


*No perfume or cologne to school on Thursday!

science – practice SOL test Wednesday, study notes from today and review all science study guides from or something like this

writing – “class mascot” prompt due Thursday

Out of Control

Dont at least sometimes wonder why there is so much gossip? Not just in 5th grade in 4th too and in all different grades. But all I can say is there is a lot in 5th grade. Did you know that if you gossip it can really make some one feel really bad inside? I am not saying that i have never gossiped before in my life .  Trust me I have. Did you know that not only girls gossip. I can think of boys names too. Even if u say something as simple as I saw Janie twirling her hair while talking to Freddy,there going to get married. Don’t you ever think that gossip should stop. I know it won’t but I do with is would. Have you ever gossiped? If you answered no then I am wondering if you are human. Another subject that brought up a lot of gossip is the dance. The dance is  meaning to be fun, not nerve racking. Don’t freak out if you don’t know how to dance. Another thing is if you are asked and  you say yes lots of people will say things about you dating and its not true. I hope this advice helped you BIG time.

Adopt An Animal From the Rescue Shelter

Have you ever wanted a playful best friend? Then your in luck! So your probably wandering what I’m talking about so I’m going to tell you. Adopt/rescue an animal from the Rescue Shelter (or nearest animal shelter). If you adopt an animal you save it’s life, because otherwise if its not adopted in a certain amount of time it will be put down. Also you get a playful best friend. You can play with it day and night. If you don’t have any room for an animal then you could donate some money every month to help with some animals’ medical care.

Join a Softball Team

Have you wanted a fun way to exercise and lose weight? Well then softball is the right sport for you. You can exercise so you can build up muscles and it will help you lose weight fast. It is also a great way to hang out with friends if you don’t have any time during school hours. This will teach you teamwork skills because you have to listen to what others tell you. If you join softball you will not regret it.

The Dance

Do you like to dance? If you do come to the Henry Elementary’s 5th grade dance! You should come because there will be lots of dancing like the cha-cha slide, cupid shuffle, and the wobble. There will be tasty snacks there like chips, brownies, and fruit punch. What do you do at the dance? Thanks for asking you just have fun, also you just hang out with friends and dance. I hope you will attend because it will be bundles of fun!

Thursday Homework


Science – vertebrates/invertebrates quiz tomorrow, study cards

Paquette math – finish fractions to decimals sheet we started in class, you may use a calculator

writing – final copies are due at the end of writing class (30 min.) tomorrow, be sure you have enough done to turn in your best work at the end of class

Wednesday Homework


McGinnis math – sheet

science – vertebrates/invertebrates quiz Friday, study cards we made in class

writing – have a rough draft of “letter to Carla  about opening a restaurant” ready for sharing tomorrow

Spelling Bee Champion: Grace Cook! Congratulations!!!


The Life Changing Crash

One foggy night on the Atlantic Ocean the Spanish Galleon got struck by lightning and the horses set free. One of the horses lost track because he could not find the other horses. Luckily the chief of a Native American tribe found the horse and named it Lightning. The horse was lonely without a family with him  but the chief helped take care of him while he was away from him. The next morning Lightning did his daily routine witch was eating walking and using the bathroom.

After a long hard swim the horse made it to a island.Then he all of a suddenly heard a strange noise and ran towards it. The chief tried to stop him but he had no luck. The horse could not find the noise but what he did find was a snake slithering after him he was running as fast as he could but the snake was catching up with him. Lightning then turned around and stomped the snake and it could not move anymore.

The horse heard the noise again and tried to find it but the chief was gaining on him. he started to run faster and eventually found the noise and it was his family. he was so excited he neighed with excitement and kicked the chief down but luckily he was okay. He joined his family and ate with them and they started to get ready for the night. They then lived happily ever after!

The Chiefs lightning

It was a stormy night, the seas were rough, wild and a Spanish  galleon is in the sea. They are carrying ponies. All the ponies are freaking out. Bam,Whoosh! The ship crashed! The ponies swim to shore.

One broke apart from his family.The pony was scared, and he saw people in the distance. He went over to one of them. It was an Indian chief  and the chief named him lightning. He needed to be trained for a mission.He was very important to the crew and the chief.The chief was getting mad.

The horse wouldn’t listen. He wouldn’t do anything for the chief. The chief  was fed up  with the horse.  The chief called the horse worthless. Lightning saw the ponies on Chincoteague island and he wanted to be with his family. Lightning ran away to his family and lived with his family for the rest of his life.



News Update

Seven students made the Principal’s List and ten were on A/B Honor Roll this past nine weeks, WOW! Even though report cards looked great, we (students and teachers) still have to work very hard to prepare for SOL testing in the spring. One change we have made that will start next week is that Mrs. Burnette and Mrs. Altice will be teaching 5th grade Virginia Studies for the remainder of the year. Mr. Paquette will be teaching 4th grade science. It will be super to have classes of only about 12 students per teacher in social studies!


Our SFA reading program is really showing significant growth in our students’ comprehension levels. Please continue to sign reading logs and be sure your child is reading for a full twenty minutes each night.


Don’t be afraid, parents, it’s just the fractions unit! This is our longest unit of the year, 30 school days. Fifth graders will learn how to compare, simplify, add, and subtract fractions this year. Here is an example of the hardest problem we will have: 2 1/4 – 1 3/8 = ?  Students who turn in the correct answer to this may clip up twice and get a prize from the prize box!

 Social Studies

We are learning about the 20th century now. Mrs. Burnette and Mrs. Altice are now teaching 5th grade Virginia Studies. Mr. Paquette is now teaching 4th grade science.


We have now finished most of the 5th grade science units, but we still need to review all of them. A large study guide will be coming home soon that covers ALL of 4th and 5th grade science units to prepare for the SOL test.

Valentine’s Dance

“You do not ‘go’ with anyone to this dance. It is a fun social event, not a prom!” is what Mr. Paquette announced this Thursday.

Valentine’s dance FAQ:

When is it? Thursday, February 12th from 1:30-2:55 PM in the gym.

May parents come? Yes.

Do you need to dress up? No. Students usually wear something a little nicer than usual.

May we send in snacks/chips/treats? YES, we need donations, but we already have music, decorations, and punch covered. We are in need of munchies for the snack table.

Does 5th grade still do Valentine’s cards? Yes, and there are 25 fifth graders: Julia, Daniel, Grace, Taylor, Drake, Kayleigh, Harley, Rianna, Isaiah, Alex, Jacob, Chris, Alan, Colby, Tatyana, Matthew, Sally, Evan P, Jaelin, Genesis, Dalena, Tina, Evan W, William, Hannah.

Jamestown Reminder/Payment Due

The second payment of $75.00 is due February 1. The original cost was $150.00 per student and $183.00 per adult. We were hoping to lower the cost with the Trunk or Treat hot dog sales and some other small fundraisers, but since we definitely need two buses now, those funds will cover that additional cost. The price, unfortunately, is still the same. If you already paid a child deposit of $75, you owe $75. If you paid an adult $75 deposit, you still owe $108.

Tuesday Homework


spelling – classroom bee #2 this Friday, study Spellingcity X “Need to Know” lists 1-10

science – vertebrates & invertebrates quiz Friday based on material we are covering in class this week

Family Fitness Night – “Human Foosball” @ 6:30 tonight Postponed until next Tuesday due to weather

Monday Homework


Writing – final copy of “letter to another country” due tomorrow

Spelling – classroom bee #2 is this Friday, study Spellingcity X lists

Science – bring in two toy cars that roll, like Matchbox cars, for science this week

Family Fitness Night is Tuesday @ 6:30

Tuesday News and Homework

We had fun this morning with the Root Stone Jug Band kicking off the third nine weeks. In math, our 30 day fractions unit started today. We also switched from the Reconstruction unit in Virginia Studies to “20th Century” today. The midyear math test will be next week as well.

Tonight’s homework – read and respond 20 minutes

Hales Ford Pictures

Hales Ford Academy Trip Tomorrow

One-room schoolhouse trip tomorrow – dress like 1890 and pack a period-appropriate lunch: apple. hard boiled egg, cornbread, ham, chicken, pie, dried fruit, nuts, biscuit, etc. Bring a cup for water.


Hales Ford Academy Lesson Plans

10:00 – cleanliness inspection, “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”, Bible reading

10:15 – grade level recitation (memorization) seat work

10:20 – grades take turns at the recitation bench, unison reading of the memory verse

11:15 – calisthenics, visit well for water

11:20 – spelling repetition in unison

11:30 – ciphering, unison chanting math facts, copy Roman numerals from board

11:45 – botany

12:15 – dinner at desks

12:45 – clean up and recess

1:00 read aloud story

1:20 – memory work on recitations

1:30 – Philosophy lesson on solar system

1:45 – spelling bee

2:00 – bell rings, all rise and pass to the horseless carriage

*Punishments for misbehavior: write lines, dunce cap, boys wear a bonnet and sit on the girls’ side of the classroom, stand on the block, kneel on beans, “the peg” hair hooked to the wall, flogging with a rod or belt

(punishments are re-enacted, not real)

Wednesday Homework


Muldoon math – sheet

Paquette math – measurement quiz tomorrow: Things to know based on our practice test today 1 meter = 100 cm = 1,000mm

Chess team – tournament Friday, turn in permission slip

Science – cell parts cooking project due Friday

Monday Homework


Jamestown down payment $75 due tomorrow

Chess club – tournament at BFMS Friday, you will need to be picked up by an adult

Paquette math – measurement quiz Thursday

Science – cells Masterchef project due Friday. Here’s what another fifth grade class did:


Masterchef Cells Science Project

What is it? It’s a graded science project and a cooking competition.

How do you do it? You think of a tasty and creative way to make a model of a plant or animal cell out of food.

Who are the “Cell”ebrity judges? That’s a secret, but they will judge the three top entries on taste, presentation, and scientific accuracy.

Is there a prize for the winner? Yes, but that’s also a secret!

News Update

“Look out!” Mr. Paquette wore a tie this Wednesday due to a not-so-great day of behavior on Tuesday. I’m sure you already heard about it. Since then, the fifth grade has been well-behaved. In fact, I have lost count of all the clips going “off the chart” this week!

Have you heard your child talk about Classflow? It is a new web site made by the Activboard company that allows teachers to share their electronic whiteboard presentations with students’ laptops and devices. The children can then write on, answer, or manipulate the pages of the flipchart and submit their work back to the teacher electronically. We are having fun learning how to use it!

Oops! I wasn’t very clear in the last newsletter about the date of the one-room schoolhouse trip to Hales Ford Academy at Dudley Elementary. It will be on the Thursday before Christmas, December 18th. Students will need to dress like it’s 1890 and pack a period-appropriate lunch. More will be coming about this trip as the date approaches.

Do you watch Masterchef Jr.? Henry Elementary fifth grade will be having it’s first cooking competition, complete with celebrity judges, on Friday, December 5th! This cook-off will see who can make the most amazing and delicious model of a plant or animal cell out of food. Details will be given at the beginning of our next science week.

Who Done It, Detective Jaelin

One early morning Evil Ms. Gees E. Hart (alien) was talking to her alien minions and showed them her cell phone screen and they saw Ms. Ty at her brother’s farm (near the school). After they  saw that they dashed to the farm.When she got out the car the aliens snagged her right in front of the principal. The principal called D.J. and the mighty detective squad. Once they arrived he discribed the problem. They said we will find her by the end of the day. TO BE CONTINUED… OR NOT?

Tuesday Homework

*Health notice – a cough/Strep throat is going around 5th grade. Please see a doctor if you have a cough/painful swallowing.

*Snacks – Students may bring a snack for 8:20-8:25 AM only. Our 10:00 writing time snack break has been taking up too much class time.


Paquette math – cm/mm sheet

Science – oceans quiz Friday


Subscribing to Text Messaging Problems?

A number of parents successfully subscribed to text alerts. Some of you have not confirmed your number. You should see a verification code screen to enter the PIN that gets sent via text to you when you sign up. Is your cell phone carrier not listed? No Problem, just let me know in a note what company you use and I can add it to the drop-down menu. If you have a Tracfone, you can select Verizon as your carrier and it will work.

Tuesday Homework


SS – quiz on Reconstruction Friday

Paquette math – unit 5 test Thursday

Writing – full rough draft for “famous person” prompt due Thursday

*PTO tonight, 5th grade performs Veterans’ Day program, be here by 6:15, wear red, white, blue

Monday, November 10

Once in a great while I need to get the message out about something important. Tonight I really want to make sure all parents are aware that fifth grade will be performing at tomorrow night’s PTO meeting. Please sign up for “Text Message Alerts” on the fifthgradenews homepage It will only be used for high priority notifications.


SS quiz Fri. on Reconstruction

PTO Meeting and 5th grade Veterans’ Day performance at 6:30 tomorrow, students should be at the school by 6:15PM. The book fair will be open before (6:00-6:30) and after (30 minutes) the meeting. Holiday pictures with Strawbridge will be rescheduled.

NO chess tomorrow

Daniel’s Place Day/Night is Wednesday

Math – McGinnis math group will take unit 5 test tomorrow, Paquette math will take it on Thursday

Friday News

Wow, midterms come out next week! The second nine weeks is moving right along. Lots of grades went out today and some of them had a large impact on the students’ current averages. Be sure to help your child study for those science and social studies quizzes at the end of each week.

A notice also went out that Daniel’s Place Night is the 2nd Wednesday of every month, which will be on the 12th next week. The restaurant is now offering 10% of sales back to the school that day not just for dinner, but for breakfast and lunch sales too. Henry Elementary “pays it forward” to the local churches that support our school with donations to students.

The cost of Jamestown is dropping! We raised over $600 on Trunk-or-Treat, so we owe a huge thank you to all supporters and volunteers who made it happen. Mr. Paquette has been selling Brunswick stew and bulk paper goods to support the trip too. This has contributed about $60 extra. I have also donated my pencils and pencil vending machine to the cause with “Pencils for Jamestown” that started this morning. 49 pencils were sold for 25 cents each today, how much pencil money was raised so far?

What are we learning about right now? In math we have about another week to go in algebra before we begin “Unit 6 Measurement” for 20 school days. In science we are studying geology, rock types, and erosion. Next week we will continue to learn about Reconstruction. A full day free social studies field trip has been scheduled as a part of this unit for the Thursday before the holiday break. We will spend a day in an 1890’s schoolhouse, Hales Ford Academy, on the campus of Dudley Elementary. Students and teachers will eat, dress, learn, and play just like they did back then! Here’s what we looked like a few years ago before leaving! (You weren’t supposed to smile back then :) )

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