Tuesday, January 30, 2018

5th Grade Newsletter
January 31, 2018
Coming up:
1st- ALL WORK DUE for Worker’s Holiday
2nd- Worker’s Holiday/Computers and Bingo
       5th-9th- SEP WEEK (School dismissed at 2:30 daily.)
14th-Valentine’s Day(Share Valentines in each class.)
19th- President’s Day (No school)
20th- DARE graduation @ 2:30 in the gym
21st- Next print out for 3rd term/ new blog entry
21st- Famous American list will be sent home

       You should all have a time scheduled next week for SEP’s, to come in with your child and meet with us. Please contact us if you do not have a time scheduled. School is dismissed each day at 2:30, including Wednesday. The middle school and orchestra will be performing for us next week and will give information to the students about joining band or orchestra next year.  Your child will be registering for 6th grade at our conference and s/he will need to know if s/he wants to take band, orchestra, or be in art/music. Your child will also need to know what instrument s/he will be learning, if in band or orchestra.
North Elementary has a great after school tutoring program for all students in Iron County.  It is free. The hours are M-T-Th from 3:30-5:30 and Wed. 1:30-3:30. This is a great place for kids to go to get extra math help!
We are loving our Chromebooks, thanks to a fabulous PTA.  We are however, short on headphones. The PTA is working on this, but we really need them now.  If you can possibly send in headphones, or earbuds, that your child can leave in his/her desk, it will make the use of our computer time much better. It would be a good idea to put them in a ziplock bag with your child’s name on it. Thank you to those who have already sent them in.
Our Worker’s Holiday will be this Friday, February 2, in the afternoon.  ALL missing work on this printout must be turned in tomorrow, in order to earn the activity. Students must also have an overall score of 80%, or higher, to qualify.  We will be using our computers for some fun activities, as well as playing Bingo.
We have had DARE this year, after not having it for several years. Officer Taylor has been great. We will be having our DARE graduation on Tuesday, February 20 at 2:30 in the gym. Office Taylor will ask two students from each class to read their DARE essay that day. Parents are invited to come.
Your child should have brought home a purple paper to record home reading for the next three months.  This is NOT additional reading.  Just record the same reading on the purple paper as you do the green planner for Mrs. Williams and Mrs. Little.  For Mrs. Payne, you will need to record the time your child reads on this purple sheet, since her students don’t  keep a reading log. This Kite-Flight For Reading is a Lion’s Club program, and they pay us just to have kids read!  The students will be able to get a free book or kite when they turn in the reading paper on Saturday, April 28 at the Cedar Middle School soccer field. PLEASE keep the paper on the fridge, bedroom door, or somewhere it won’t get lost. Our school has earned quite a bit of money from this in the past years.
Students will celebrate Valentine’s Day in their individual classes. Class list will be sent home and those who bring Valentines need to bring one for everyone in class. Each teacher will send information.
   Thank you for helping your child at home and supporting our efforts here at school. We enjoy teaching your children and seeing them succeed. Please contact us for any concerns you may have. We look forward to meeting with you and your child next week.
                 Mrs. Williams, Mrs. Little, & Mrs. Payne


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

January 17, 2018

Here’s What’s Happening in 5th Grade
 January 17, 2018
Events Coming Up:

We hope you can take advantage of the Cedar North Community Education classes
offered by our district.  These are held at North Elementary School. These include art
studio classes, geology, and chess clubs. Your child can get math tutoring there as well
(MTTh at 3:30-5:30, and W at 1:30-3:30).  

Our school Spelling Bee will be held February 13 (class tests will be given tomorrow, and
two students from each class will be selected). Winners on the school level will compete in
the Region. Our school Talent Show auditions will be held March 14. If your child is
interested, s/he can start preparing for that.  

You should have received an email concerning the Chemistry Competition.
The test will be administered to 5th grade students today and tomorrow, and a
South Elementary team will be formed. This team of 4-6 students will compete at
SUU Monday, March 12.  Tomorrow (Thursday 18th) the Code Changers will visit our
5th grades.  We are always thrilled to participate in STEM activities.  

DARE essays (information essays; typed) are due on Friday 19th.  
Students have all the information they need in their DARE booklets, but they will need
to complete this at home. If they don’t have access to a computer, they can come to school
early or stay in for break.

SEP Conferences are coming up the first week of February. Look for an SEP schedule
coming home today with your child’s progress report. If you need to make a change,
feel free to write your child’s name in a blank spot on the form.
We’re looking forward to discussing your child’s progress during February 5-9.  

Civil War Project:  Students in Mrs. Payne’s class are working on a Civil War Project.
Since most of the work on this project will be done at home, a form was sent home last
week with a list of ideas to choose from. If your child is having a difficult time coming up
with a project, have him/her show you the list and you can offer help. These projects will
be presented to the class anytime between January 15-26.  Thanks!  

As always, we appreciate your continued support in our efforts to help your child succeed
in school. We value your insights and concerns as we work together in this important effort.  
   Mrs. Payne, Mrs. Williams, Mrs. Little

A personal note from Mrs. Payne:
Thank you for all your gifts for our classroom (and for me personally!)
I was surprised by the outpouring of warmth I received from you all.  
I wrote thank you cards and gave them to your children with the hope
that they would make it home to you.  However, I noticed that one of my
students was using his card as a bookmark :)   I want you to know that you
are doing an awesome job raising responsible, respectful children.  
Thank you!

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 http://www.utahpta.org/reflections.  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.*****