Brownrigg's Newsletter

Posted by Daniel Brownrigg on 8/26/2019


Important Information





  • We have started Unit 2 on decimals. We have practiced turning a fraction into a decimal as long as the denominator was 10, 100, or 1000. We have learned place value from thousand to thousandth and next week we will be adding and subtracting decimal numbers up to the thousandth place.


  • Please make sure your child is completing at least 3times 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 are learning how to ask questions while we are reading. This helps us understand what we are reading better and gives us a connection to the book. After that we will make inferences about the text we are reading, this helps us look for clues that tell us what the characters are feeling or going through.


  • In grammar, we are going to write a friendly letter to a past or present teacher to help brighten their day. We have been peer editing our friendly letters and then going to write a final copy to be given to the teacher. The letters have taken more time then anticipated so the test for Ch. 5 GUM will be on Monday the 21st of October. 


  • The spelling rule continues with how prefixes change the meaning of the word; the prefixes are sub-, pro-, en-, and com-.


  • 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 students will have Mrs. Crooks for Science this year. If you have any questions or concerns please contact her at
  • 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. We are also going to write a narrative piece of writing where the student will tell a story of when someone was not nice to them or they were a bystander. They will tell us what happened, how they felt, and what they would do differently next time to stop the action.


Social Studies

  • On Monday the 14th, students will begin 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.


Important Dates:

  • Oct. 12th- 5th Grade Fun Run at 9:00 at Groves High School
  • 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

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

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

Band and Orchestra are on A and C days Monday thru Thursday from 2:45-3:30

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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