Another Snow Day :(

Today, February 24th, school is cancelled.

I would like for all students to complete their regular Tuesday night spelling homework today.

The students are to write sentences for the last half of their spelling words (the last four words). The spelling PowerPoint can be found on the class website, under the student tab, Where Mountain Meet the Moon, MMM#7

In Math 5th grade has wrapped up Decimals all operations and understanding place value. The student will have a district CDA on Friday. I encourage you to have your student log into IXL and focus on decimals. IXL

Reading is always wonderful – Raz-Kids

Science – studying this weather is great practice! Predicting what tomorrow weather will be is excellent practice of their weather skills. Will we get rain or snow tomorrow night?

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I am happy to inform you that your student now has access to Raz-Kids. Raz-Kids has hundreds of eBooks using the school’s new subscription.  Students can read, listen to and even self-record reading these books. Reading comprehension quizzes along the way show the progress that your student is making.

Students can access assignments on the computer, tablet or phone by going to, and using a unique password for each student.

Raz-Kids books are also available on Android and iOS devices.

Please message or email me for your child’s password.

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School Closed

School will be closed, Thursday February 19th

School will be closed, Wednesday, February 18th

School will be closed, Tuesday, February 17th

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Growth and Development

We will be teaching Human Growth and Development to fifth grade students on Wednesday, February 4th and Thursday, February 5th.  This is a standard program that is part of Durham Public School’s Healthful Living Curriculum.

The lessons focus on the normal changes that occur during puberty and include: body changes, hygiene, and emotional changes. Students will be divided into same gender groups. Girls and boys will learn about the changes of their gender as well as the opposite.

Our school nurse, Lynn O’Donnell RN, will teach the girls and a Heath Educator from Durham County Health Department, will teach the boys.

Please take time to discuss puberty changes with your child and ask them what they are learning.

If you do not want your child to participate then please sign this form and return to your child’s teacher. If you have any questions please contact the school and the Nurse or staff member will return your call.

Growth and Development Form

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Report Cards

Report Cards went home on Friday, January 30th. Please remove the report card, sign the envelope and return the envelope to school by Tuesday, February 3rd.

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School Calendar Change

The students do not have school on Monday, January 19th, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Students have school on Tuesday, January 20th to make up for inclement weather from January, 14th.

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Science Fair

Thursday, January 22nd will be our school wide Science Night from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

Please come out and see all the wonderful Science Fair projects students across Southwest have completed.

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Common District Assessments

This week (Jan 12-16) students will have CDA’s in Math, ELA and Science. Please help your student review the night prior.

Wednesday’s CDA will be Math.  Students will be tested on fractions – all operations

Thursday’s CDA will be ELA.  Students will be tested on Nonfiction digital resources and using information from various sources.

Friday’s CDA will be Science. Students will be tested on Force and Motion.

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January Scholastic Book Order

The Scholastic Book Order will be due on Friday, January 23rd.

You can either submit the online, directions are on the parent page, or submit the order form to school. All checks are payable to Scholastic.

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year Families!  I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing break.

Please make sure you read the January newsletter to ensure that you know the happenings in C-2 and Southwest.

Our novel for January and February is Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is a young adult fiction book written by Grace Lin, the result of Lin’s re-conception of Chinese stories she knew as a child in Asian-American form. The book has a unique structure since it places small stories within the storyline as a whole and draws complex connections between these sub-stories and the story generally. The main character of the book is Minli, a young Chinese girl from the Village of the Fruitless Mountain. Her family is very poor and Minli very much wishes she could change her family’s fortune. Her parents, Ba and Ma, are left in the dust when Minli leaves them to go on a quest to fix her family’s fortune after hearing tales of the Old Man of the Moon, who knows the future and has the power to change fortunes.  The students will NOT have a project for this novel.

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