January 2020 Newsletter

Posted by 5th Grade Team on 1/6/2020

January 2020 Newsletter

Upcoming Events

  • Jan 20th: No School, MLK Day

  • Jan. 27 - 31st: Geo-Bee at lunch 12:10-12:35

  • Feb 5th: Global Play Day

  • Feb. 14th - Valentine’s Day 

  • Feb 17-21st Mid Winter Break: No School


Geography Bee

Fourth and fifth-grade students will be showcasing their geography knowledge at the Bel Aire Geo Bee. Who will be crowned the Bel Aire Geo Bee Champion of 2020? We are very excited about The Bel Aire Geo Bee this year. Competition dates: Jan 27th - 31st - Lunchtime recess @12:10 in MPR.



Students are continuing lessons in Unit 3 of Benchmark Advance, which is titled “Cultivating Natural Resources.” They are practicing cause and effect, determining an author’s point of view, and finding the main idea of passages. In addition, many students are working on recording their very own reading podcast. This allows them to practice summarizing a recent or favorite book with a bit of a creative, individual twist. These podcasts will be shared on Seesaw at a later date so that 5th graders can learn what books their peers recommend. Other students have been meeting weekly for “Book Clubs,” where they have the opportunity to read and discuss high-interest stories in small groups. 



It is time for our Narrative Writing Unit! This month we will focus on writing a true moment and an imaginative story.  The writing elements that will be taught are setting, characters, plot, and solution. Students will understand dialogue, detail, and description. 



Students are beginning Module 4, which covers multiplication and division of fractions and decimals. Module 4 videos can be found HERE. Module 4 Parent Tip sheet can be found HERE. Also, all students have a Dreambox account paid for by the school district. This a great way to get additional math practice at home. 



We are beginning to wrap up our study on water around or world. Students continue to learn about how the earth’s biosphere and hydrosphere are interdependent. Water and food waste conservation are the main focus of this month’s driving question: How do humans work to protect the hydrosphere?  


Design Lab

In the Design Lab, students have been introduced to the Swift Playground coding app. Swift is the program used by Apple. Next class, students will begin typing their own code using Swift!


Walker Creek

The fifth-grade team would like to announce that we have enough parent volunteers (cabin leaders) for this year’s trip. More information, along with Walker Creek paperwork will be going home with your child at the end of the month. In the meantime, feel free to review the helpful information on this page and the packing list students will need for this year’s event


Walker Creek is having an open house and parents tour on January 23rd from 11:00 to 12:15 p.m. with an optional hike from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  To RSVP, please call Walker Creek Ranch @ (415) 491-6602 by Monday, Jan. 20th.