• Peters' Newsletter

    Posted by Shannon Peters on 8/21/2017 3:05:00 AM

    Important Information: 

    • Remember camp permission forms, medication forms and payment are due by November 1st. If you are not able to pay for camp please contact Mr. Pesamoska for help, we would like all students to have the ability to attend this fantactic experience.
    • On this page, you will find the information for the goings on in my specific classes. If your child has another fifth grade teacher for a particular subject, please see that teacher’s page for information. Or email them at DBrownrigg@birmingham.k12.mi.us, GHaines@birmingham.k12.mi.us or JCrooks@birmingham.k12.mi.us.
    • Should you need something or have a question that needs my attention, please feel free to email me at speters@birmingham.k12.mi.us.


    • We will continue to work on subtraction of decimals, estimating with decimals and graphing with decimals.
    • As of right now the test will be the week of October 28th!
    • Please make sure your child is completing xtramath.com at least 3 times a week. The sooner the students learn their basic facts the sooner they can begin to worry more about a concept rather then their times tables, and math will be much less stressful for them.


    • We will be making inferences about the text we are reading, this helps us look for clues that tell us what the characters are feeling or going through.
    • Ch. 5 GUM will be on Monday the 21st of October. After the test we will begin unit 2 of GUM which includes learning about different types of nouns such as common, proper, possessive, and plural possessive.
    • Please have your child bring a book to school everyday of the school year. They will have opportunities throughout the day to read and enjoy the book that they have choosen.
    • The spelling rule continues with how suffixes change a word into an adjective or an adverb; the suffixes are -y, -ily, and ly.


    • Our first unit in Science is Earth and Sun. The first investigation in our unit is The Sun. Students look at shadows throughout the day. They use this information to monitor the position of the Sun as it moves through the sky, and analyze what this information tells us about time and rotation of the earth to produce day and night.


    • We are going to continue to practice ways to stop bullying. The students have brainstormed about a time someone was mean to them or they were a bystander, now we will practice writing an introduction to our narrative.

    Social Studies

    • Students are continuing their Native American Artifact Project. Students will create an artifact based on what they have learned from one of four regions; Southwest, Northwest Coast, Great Plains, or the Eastern Woodlands. The artifact will not only have to show what they learned about the regions but also tell us about themselves. Students will have the opportunity to collaborate with other students but will be responsible for creating their own artifact. All work should be completed at school. We look forward to seeing the wonderful projects that the students create.
    • When the students are finished with their Native American artifacts, they will begin to learn about explorers and the tools they used to find the new world, why they went to the new world, and what they brought back with them from the new world.

    Important Dates:

    • Oct. 18th- West Maple Trunk or Treat
    • Oct. 22nd- Birthday Recess
    • Oct. 24th- Picture Re-take day
    • Oct. 31st- half day (Halloween)
    • Nov. 1st- Camp Copneconic permission slip and medical forms are due
    • Nov. 1st- Spirit Day Crazy Sock Day
    • Nov. 5th - No school Records Day
    • Nov. 6-8th- Camp Copneconic


    Monday, Oct. 21st - C Day (Instrument)

    Tuesday, Oct. 22nd - D Day  

    Wednesday, Oct. 23rd - A Day (Instrument and Gym Shoes)

    Thursday, Oct. 24th -B Day 

    Friday, Oct. 25th - C Day 

    Special’s Schedule from 9:00-9:45 everyday
    A Days- Gym
    B Days- Spanish
    C Days- Music
    D Days- Art 

    On D Days we also have Spainsh from 1:55-2:40

    Band and Orchestra are on A and C days Monday thru Thursday from 2:50-3:35

    Lunch is from 12:50-1:30 Daily

    Allergy Alert! We have students in the 5th grade this year with allergies to peanuts and tree nuts. As we switch classes so often, the entire 5th grade is NUT FREE. You may send in a snack for your child to eat during our celebration!

    CELL PHONE SCHOOL POLICY: Cell phones are to remain in the student's backpack until the end of the school day. They are not to be in the classrooms or on the student unless they are being used for instructional purposes. If a student is found with a phone, it will be taken to the office until the end of the school day.

    Students are not to be in the building in the morning, prior to the bell. Students found roaming the halls or in unsupervised classrooms will be sent to Kids Club.

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