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March Newsletter Dear Parents_ After a long winter we are finally


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									                               March Newsletter
Dear Parents,

      After a long winter we are finally seeing signs of spring! Along with better weather
comes a very busy fifth grade schedule. MCAS tests, field trips, and the fifth grade play will
make March a very busy month.

        In Reading, we have been preparing for the English Language Arts MCAS test. We have
discussed test taking strategies that will enable the students to focus on the passages, and
efficiently answer the questions. The ELA MCAS test is scheduled for Wednesday, March
23rd and Friday, March 25th. It is important that the children get a good night sleep and have a
healthy breakfast on the days of the tests. We will continue working in reading groups once the
tests have been completed.

        We have established a goal for each child to read at least 40 books this year. Students
should be reading for at least 30 minutes each night. Magazines are a great alternative to books.
If anyone has a kids’ magazine subscription at home, the class would appreciate any donations to
the classroom library, once your child is done with it, of course. The children have been
responding to their reading in their response journals by writing letters to me and to classmates. I
would like the children to start writing letters to you. This is a great way to develop a reading
relationship with your child. The children will read, and respond to their reading in their journals.
They may write questions they have during reading, personal connections to the story,
predictions, etc. I am asking you to write a short letter to your child in their journal. You can ask
questions about what they are reading, or share some reactions to what you might be reading.
You can flip through their notebooks and read old entries to get some ideas. Thank you for
helping with this! Please let me know if this is a problem. I will provide you with more specific
directions soon.

       In Writing, the children have been working on personal essays. The children are writing
mini stories that support their thesis statements. I look forward to hearing the children’s essays
during our next authors’ party.

        In Math, the children have been working on multiplication and division problems of
larger numbers. Our Math MCAS test is approaching fast. The Math MCAS is scheduled for
Wednesday, May 11 and Friday, May 13. We will begin reviewing for math soon.

         In Science, the children have finished learning about Weather with me. They have
learned about weather maps, various weather instruments, storms, fronts, and air pressures.
Hopefully, the children become more aware of forecasts on television or in the newspaper. Barry
Burbank, a meteorologist from WBZ News, will be visiting Dunning School and talking with the
entire fifth grade. Barry is coming on Wednesday, March 16h. I think there will be a video clip
of his visit on the 5pm. news that evening. Next, the children will be learning about animal
adaptations with Mrs. Berlin. Our class will be visiting Drumlin Farm on Monday, March 14th.

       In Social Studies, we have finished learning about the 13 Colonies. The children
researched a colony in groups and prepared a glog for their presentations. They also included an
“advertisement” which is quite entertaining. You can view their glogs online. We will now be
learning about slavery.

       Our spring conferences are right around the corner. Early release Thursdays begin on
March, 17th. I will be sending home a conference schedule preference sheet soon. I look forward
to meeting with you to discuss your child’s progress in fifth grade.

        Finally, the fifth grade has been working hard on their play. Parents are invited to the
final performance on Friday, March 18 at 9:30. The play should last approximately 1 hour. I
hope that you can make it!

       Please feel free to contact me if you have any concerns about your child.


                                                                             Michael Pearson

Open House at Walsh Middle School: Thursday, March 10th at 7pm

Drumlin Farm field trip: Monday, March 14th

Barry Burbank visit: Wednesday, March 16th

Fifth grade play performance for parents: Friday, March 18th at 9:30

ELA MCAS: Wednesday, March 23 and Friday, March 25

Math MCAS: Wednesday, May 11 and Friday, May 13

Science and Technology MCAS: Wednesday, May 18th and Thursday May 19th

This month we will be collecting cans of tomato sauce for our local food pantry, A Place to Turn.

We are in need of more tissue boxes. Thanks!

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