Parent EOG Night during Math Night on Thursday

EOG NIGHT  For 5th Grade Parents 

Thursday, March 19th, 2015 during Math Night in Mrs. G’s room, C-2

Join the 5th Grade teachers for an evening of EOG information!

Are you concerned with the End of Grade tests that your child will be taking in the next few months?

Do you have questions about the EOG’s ?

Would you like to know what types of questions and concepts your child will be asked to answer?

Would you like handouts to help you help your student at home?

Would you like to know what you could do to ease your child’s anxiety as the test quickly approaches?

In order to address any issues, we ask that only parents or guardians come.

Flyer —> EOG Night

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Thank you for supporting this year’s Boosterthon Fun Run!  We are halfway through the program and the Boosterthon Fun Run event is quickly approaching. So far as a team, we are up to $ 0 per lap. Our goal is $ 5 per lap. Ms. Cronin’s class is the fifth grade leader with $11 per lap.

The students are having a blast learning about COMMUNITY through the Rock’n Town Live theme! Check out the cool character videos at or on the FREE Hero Steps App that you can download on your iPhone.  
Please remember to register your student on, so you can log on pledges. You can also register your student by signing their pledgebook and you can put pledges on their pledgebook if you don’t have internet access. If you have a smart phone, mobile pledging is available if you’d like to utilize that as well. If you register your child, they will receive a FREE GIFT the next school day! also has all the music and character videos from each Community Challenge. Be sure to check them out. They’re really good!
This weekend is a special challenge—the “Weekend Challenge.” Any student who gets $2 per lap OR $60 flat donation over the weekend will receive the bonus reward, The All Day Flex Frames on Monday. The students are super excited to rise to the challenge!
Thanks again for your help and supporting our class! Let’s work together to finish strong and reach our goal as a team! I’ll see you at the Boosterthon Fun Run event next week!
Have a great weekend!
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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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