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 Hi 5th grade families, 

It was so nice to meet with you again and have a chance to go over goals and accomplishments for this last trimester at conferences. Thanks too for taking the time to go over SOAR binders at home for those who had at-home conferences instead. Please return the SOAR Binder Monday, if you have not done so already, so that we can continue to add to it. Thank you!

Young Ameritowne Volunteers Info and Update
We are very excited for YAT student interviews on Tuesday, March 20. We appreciate all of you that are coming to meet with our students for their interviews. Volunteers, please be at Blue Heron by 1:50pm that day. Check in at the office and come directly to the 5th grade hall. Please wait outside of Darting's/Snowden's classroom door. Around that time, we will come out and give you a folder with some student applications/student questionaires inside and a pen. You will interview the students one at a time, and then you will score each student with a number from 1-10. Please let us know ASAP if you are not able to come for student interviews so that we can adjust the applications in the folders. We will give you some more directions that day, but this is a start! Again, thanks for coming and we appreciate your time! We couldn't do it without you.

The field trip will be on April 5th. Permission slips came home in Friday Folders today. Please return them ASAP. Most students paid for the field trip at the beginning of the year. If you're unsure if you have paid, please contact the office. 

Growing and Changing Parent Meeting 
The meeting will be held in the library on Tuesday (3/20) at 3:45pm. We hope that you can join us! Growing and Changing permission slips are due on Friday (3/23).

Yearbook Orders

CMAS Testing
All 5th graders begin PARCC/CMAS state testing next week. We will be testing the English/Language Arts units next week. Each test will be given during the morning before specials. We will begin right at 9:15 and end around 11. It is really important to make sure (as much as possible) kids are to school on time so they can begin the testing. We cannot admit a student into the classroom once testing has begun. We will be handing out some little awards each day for focused effort, determination, and perseverance! This week, we concluded our review of Test Taking Strategies before we begin next week. Here is a link to the slide show we worked through with the kids. On the first page is a link for the PARCC practice tests: 
Please make sure our kids get a good, healthy breakfast and plenty of rest for each day! We appreciate your support on your end. 

Testing begins next week. We will take units 1, 2, and 3 of the English Language Arts Test. Testing dates are Tuesday (3/20), Wednesday (3/21), and Friday (3/23) from 9:15-10:45. 

Math Facts Practice
Here is a link to a slide show we share with the kids around multiplication facts. You may want to look through this with your student to review for the math CMAS test before the second week of April. 
Have a wonderful weekend. Spring break is just around the corner! Hope you have a great time relaxing and spending time with family. 

Mrs. Vallory Darting, M.Ed.

5th Grade Teacher

Blue Heron Elementary School

Littleton, CO