Wednesday, December 6, 2017

December 6, 2017


Dear Parents,
Time seems to move quickly.  2nd term ends on Dec. 20.  We will send the final 2nd term printout and update for the blog on TUES., Dec. 19.  We will have our Worker’s Holiday when we return in January.  Information will be in the Dec. 19 newsletter.  All work for 2nd term should be in by Dec. 20, but we will accept it until Tues, Jan. 2. Students who are all caught up can relax and enjoy the break!  We do of course want them to keep reading.
Remember that we will be doing “Fudge In A Bag” this Friday at 12:45.  Thanks to those who have already sent in $1.00(or more). Please send your donation tomorrow, if you have not already done so.  Please let us know if you plan to come help with this activity on Friday.  It would be helpful to have 3-6 parent volunteers.
     We will have individual class Christmas parties on Wednesday, December 20.  Mrs. LittleĊ› and Mrs. Williams' class will have a gift exchange, but Mrs. Payne’s class will not. Her class will play group games and enjoy other activities.  If you’d like to send a treat for her class, you are welcome to do so.  Since this is a Wednesday, we will let out at 1:30.  Our orchestra will be playing a few songs (5-7 minutes) at the beginning of the school sing on Mon., Dec. 18 @ 10:00.
The second book report, for 2nd term, for Mrs. Williams and Mrs. Little’s  classes will be due by Mon. Dec. 18.   Hopefully students will take the opportunity to read a lot during the Christmas break, and work on extra book reports for the Reading Revolution Awards that will be given at the end of the year. Remember that it will take many more than two books each quarter to earn the fun rewards in May.
We also need students to practice typing skills.  The writing tests are much less stressful for the students who feel confident typing.  They can type stories, letters to Grandma, or whatever they want.  LOST AND FOUND will be donated to Deseret Industry after Dec. 20.  It is quite full; are you missing anything?
Please make sure your child is dressed warm enough for this cold weather, because we do spend some time outside most days.
Our last day before Christmas is Wed., Dec. 20.  We return to school on Tues., Jan.2.  
We appreciate the great support we receive from parents.
Thank you,
Mrs. Williams, Mrs. Little, & Mrs. Payne
P.S.  Please look for the bright red verification slip to sign, stating that you have read this newsletter and have looked at your child’s grade on Power School.


1 Tb. cold butter
½ oz. cream cheese
¾-1 cup powdered sugar
1 ½ tsp. cocoa
Dash of salt
⅛ tsp. Vanilla

Optional add ins:
Chopped nuts
Spoonful of peanut butter
Crumbled cookies
Bits of candy bars
Put all ingredients into a quart ziploc freezer bag and smoosh until it’s totally mixed.  

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

November 2017

5th Grade Newsletter
November 15, 2017
Coming up:
21st-Worker’s Holiday (10:00 AM)
21st-Maturation Program (2:00 PM)
          22-24th-Thanksgiving Holiday
20th-Term Ends
21st-Christmas Vacation Begins

We were impressed with the maturity of your children during the Veteran’s Program last Friday. They sang with enthusiasm and were respectful throughout the program. We were very proud of them!  
Next Tuesday is our Maturation Program. Boys will meet in the gym and girls will meet in the library (2:00 PM).  Usually, dads attend with their sons and moms attend with their daughters (but you can go wherever you are comfortable :). If you can’t make it, your child can sit with a friend.  You can go home together afterward.
Our Worker’s Holiday will be a movie, next Tuesday morning.  Remember, students need to have an 80% and no missing assignments in order to attend.  We would love to see every student earn this!
We want to give another push for the free tutoring program, taught by SUU students.  This is for all students in the district, and is held at North Elementary in the STEM tutor center. It is open Tuesdays 3:30-8:00 PM, Wednesdays 1:30-5:00 PM, and Thursdays 3:30-8:00 PM. This is for K-12 grades. The center will be closed during SUU’s fall recess (December 15 -January 8).
We have received spelling bee lists that we can forward on to you, if you are interested. They are from previous years and would be beneficial in preparing students for the school’s spelling bee.  Let us know if you’d like some of these lists.
Mrs. Payne’s class should have taken home a spelling list on Monday.  The test will be on Friday.  For your benefit, a list will be on her blog.

We hope you have a relaxing and rejuvenating Thanksgiving Holiday!

       Mrs. Payne, Mrs. Williams, Mrs. Little  

Spelling List:

cite          evidence          restate          compare          contrast          discuss
identify          interpret          explain          elaborate          paraphrase   
answer          paragraph         text          article 

Monday, November 6, 2017

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

    We hope all of you had a happy and safe Halloween.  It is hard to believe that November is already here.
    Remember that all Reflections are due this Friday, November 3rd.  Mrs. Davis did some fun art projects with the students, so we hope that a few students chose to enter those in the Reflection contest.
    On Friday, the 10th of November, the fifth grade classes will be taking a bus over to the Veteran’s Memorial Park Center to sing for the Memorial service.  If you would like to go watch your child sing at this Memorial, students will be singing at 10:00 am.  The students will be walking back to the school after they perform, so they will need to make sure and bring good walking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather that day.  
    The next print out will be on Wednesday, November 15th, so the first Reading Revolution Book Report for second term will be due on Tuesday, November 14th. (This is just for Mrs. Williams and Mrs. Little’s classes).  Mrs. Payne’s students are expected to read three (3) more books this term, and Reading Journals are due each Wednesday.  
    The Maturation Program is coming up, as well.  Remember this will be on Tuesday, November 21st at 2:00.  The ladies will be in the library and the gentlemen will be in the gym.  Parents are welcome to take their child home with them after the presentation.  This will be the Tuesday before we are out for Thanksgiving Break.  Students will be out for the Thanksgiving Break from Wednesday, November 22nd through Friday, November 24th.
    We wanted to make parents aware of a tutoring program that is available to the public.  It is located at North Elementary and is run by college students from SUU.  This is for students that are in grades K-12th and it is FREE…  The days students can attend are Tuesdays from 3:30 to 8:00 pm, Wednesdays from 1:30 to 5:00 pm and Thursdays from 3:30 to 8:00 pm. This is a great opportunity, so if your child needs help in math, writing, language etc. and you don’t have a lot of time on your hands to help them,  make sure to check the tutors out at North Elementary.
    We appreciate all that you do to help us with your children in making sure they succeed.

                                                                         Mrs. Little, Mrs. Payne and Mrs. Williams

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

5th Grade Newsletter
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Thurs., Oct. 12 - Picture retakes
Fri., Oct. 13- All missing work from 1st quarter due
Mon., Oct. 16- Worker’s Holiday
Tues., Oct. 17- Volcano Day @ 2:30
Fri., Oct. 20- First DARE lesson
Mon., Oct. 23- NO school..Harvest Holiday
Wed., Nov.1- next newsletter/grade report
Fri.,Nov. 3-  Reflections are due
Fri., Nov. 10- Sing at the Veteran’s Memorial
Tues., Nov. 21- Maturation programs @ 2:00
Wed.-Fri., Nov 22-24- NO school..Thanksgiving Holiday
Thank you so much for meeting with us last week.  You have wonderful children, and we think you are pretty great parents as well. We have reached the end of 1st term.  Wow!!    All missing work is due Friday in order to earn Worker’s Holiday. Please go to PowerSchool and check your child’s grades.  We have sent category totals with all missing assignments listed on it(if your child has anything missing).  Worker’s Holiday will be on Monday, Oct. 16.  We will have a Read-A-Thon in the afternoon.  Students may wear PJ’s, if they would like and bring a blanket or pillow, a few healthy snacks (NO drinks), and of course a book or books to READ.  Students not earning the activity will work in another room to work on missing assignments.
Picture retakes will be tomorrow, Oct. 12.
You are invited to come have a BLAST with us as we explode our volcanoes next Tues., at 2:30 on the south playground.  Please do NOT park in the bus loading zone. You may  park on 500 S. behind the playground, or in the parking lot.  Exploded volcanoes may not come back in the school, so students need to take them home or take them around to the dumpster at the north end of the school.
We are excited that the DARE program will begin again in Cedar City. Our students will have Officer Taylor come in to teach ten lessons to each class during the next few months.  Our first lesson will be next Friday, Oct. 20. He will come each Friday until Thanksgiving, and then he will come on Mondays for the remaining five lessons.
Remember that we do not have school Mon., Oct. 23.
Reflections entries are due on Fri., Nov. 3.  You can get rules and entry forms at  The entry must include the “artist’s statement”.  The theme is “Within Reach”.
We will be singing at the Veteran’s Memorial on Fri., Nov. 10. More information will be sent in our Nov. 1 newsletter.
The fifth grade Maturation Programs will be on Tues., Nov. 21 @ 2:00.  The boys are in the gym and the girls are in the library.  We hope that a parent will be able to attend with each child, however a child may attend without a parent.  We DO need a permission slip returned in order for your child to attend.  Most of you signed that at our conferences.
Please feel welcome to email, call, or come in anytime with your concerns.  The next newsletter will be posted on Wed., Nov.1.
                                             Thank you,
Mrs. Williams, Mrs. Little, & Mrs. Payne
*****Please sign the verification slip that your child brought home and return it to school.*****

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

5th Grade Newsletter
September 27, 2017

October 2-6 SEP Week (out at 2:30 each day)
       October 11 next printout/newslette
October 13 End of 1st Term
October 17 Volcano Explosion Day
October 23 FALL BREAK (no school)
November 3 Reflections Entries Due

READING:  We hope you are still encouraging your child to read every day at home.  We’ve had questions about how many pages constitutes a book for our Reading Revolution, so this is the breakdown:  120-299 pages=one book; 300 pages=two books; 500 pages=three books; 700 pages=four books.  These are general breakdowns, so talk to us if you have questions. We’re happy to make adjustments when needed.  Informational books can be shorter (usually harder reading, smaller words).
SEP’s:  We still need to hear back from some of you regarding our meeting time. Please look at the form we sent home and return it as soon as possible (maybe it’s still in a backpack :). Let us know if we need to adjust the time.  

VOLCANO EXPLOSION DAY:  This activity will end our Volcano Unit with a blast. A letter of explanation will be given out at parent conferences..  Please read and discuss it with your child.  

REFLECTION CONTEST:  The theme is “Within Reach”, and the deadline is
November 3.  We encourage all students to enter.  You can contact this email with questions (, and you can pick up an info/rules sheet in the office.

If possible, can you send in earbuds or headphones for your child.  We have new chromebooks, but not headphones (yet). It would be good to label a baggie with your student’s name to put them in, and then just keep them in their desks.  Please don’t feel like you need to go and buy new ones, but if you have some that you can send to school, that would be great.
We had a great time on our field trip yesterday.  All went well, and your children were well-behaved.  We look forward to seeing you and your child at SEP Conferences next week.  
Thanks for your continual support in your child’s education!  

--Mrs. Payne, Mrs. Little, Mrs. Williams

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

September 13, 2017


    We hope that your children are feeling more and more comfortable getting to know their daily schedule and knowing what is expected of them in 5th grade.  We are seeing more follow through with reading journals and math homework as we dive deeper into this first quarter, so thank you for your help at home.  If you haven’t signed the electronic forms for the Safe Schools Policy and Computer Use, please do that as soon as you can.  Students will be given credit for your signature on both of those items.
    If you are struggling at all with power school, please get hold of Mrs. Griffiths in the front office.  It is very important that you are able to view your child’s grades weekly, if not daily.  If you don’t have computer access at home, please let your child’s teacher know, so she can print a copy of your child’s grades and newsletter for you, every other week.
    Orchestra students will need to start bringing their instruments on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  If you have a child in orchestra, please make sure they have their name on their case and that they talk with their regular classroom teacher on where they can keep their instruments, when they are at school.
    School pictures will be tomorrow, September 14th, so please remember to send your packet and money in with your child, if you plan on purchasing any pictures.  Students will be required to have their picture taken, whether you are purchasing them or not (for the yearbook).
    We will be having our first Worker’s Holiday on Monday, September 18th.  Students will need to have all of their assignments turned into their teacher, with an 80% or better, in order to qualify for this activity.  All work will be due on Friday, September 15th.  We will have a kickball tournament on Monday afternoon, for this activity.    An SEP schedule will be sent home with your child on Monday, September 18th, as well.  Please let your child’s teacher know if you can make the time she has scheduled for you by marking, “yes, I can make this time”.  If you can’t make the scheduled time, please fill your name in a blank spot that is available that you can meet.  SEP’s will be the week of October 2nd through the 6th.  School will end at 2:30 every day this week, even on Wednesday.
    Our field trip to Mammoth Cave is coming up, on Tuesday, September 26th.  We do have plenty of parents to help us with this, so if you wanted to chaperone, but have not spoken to us, we will have to ask you to help with the next field trip (sorry!).  We do appreciate your help.  Students will need to make sure they are prepared for hiking and exploring a cave.  Make sure that your child wears good shoes, long pants, and an extra sweat shirt or jacket.  Students will also need to bring with them a flashlight or head lamp, and a few water bottles.  The students will be doing a lot of hiking, so they will need to stay hydrated.
    Our next newsletter will be posted on Wednesday, September 27th.  
    Thank you so much for your help and support at home, it is very helpful to us.

                                                                          Mrs. Little, Mrs. Payne and Mrs. Williams

Please sign, and send with your child, the verification form stating that you have read this blog.