Sayre 5th Grade

Sayre Language Academy

5th Grade


Welcome to the webpage for the 5th Grade Team at Sayre!


June 05, 2012

As we near the end of the 4th Quarter and school year, some important dates to remember:

Thursday, June 7th: 313 - Final Holocaust Reading Test

All Classes - Math Test

Monday, June 11th: All Classes - Field Day 

311 and 313- Book Report Presentations 

Tuesday, June 12th:  313 - Picnic to celebrate Book Drive

Thursday, June 14th: NO SCHOOL

Friday, June 15th: Last Day of School - Report Cards Go Home


May 15, 2012

SCIENCE TEST! Thursday, May 24th.  It will cover the following from the textbook and notes taken in class:

Chapter 6, Lesson 1 only

Chapter 7, Lesson 5, 6, 7, and 8


A part of your test grade will include notes taken during the unit, and checked on the day of the test.

May 10, 2012

He we go!! NWEA Spring Testing has begun! Please do your best, so we can celebrate fantastic growth over the year.  We have talked to students individually about goals, and they are ready.  Also, International Night is May 18th. Giving Back Day is this Saturday May, 12.  Please check the Sayre wbpage for more info. Progress Reports go home in a couple of weeks. Let's keep up all that focus and hard work!

April 16, 2012

Welcome 4th Quarter! Today marks the start of the 4th Quarter.  Report Card Pick Up day is Wednesday, April 18, 2012 from 12-3pm and again from 3:45 to 6:15pm. Parents are encouraged to bring their students with them, and will be seen as a first come/first served basis. 

Spring NWEA is coming soon, let's stay focused and make 4th quarter the best one yet!

Sayre is holding it's 2nd Sayre Olympics in conjunction with International Night this year. Room 313 will be representing Guatemala this year. We are looking for parents to volunteer to help build a mini float. Please contact Ms. Klinko via email if you are interested. Prizes are on the line. :)

5th Grade is starting it's Holocaust Unit for Reading/Writing and Social Studies. The students will be reading novels from either the viewpoint of a girl or boy as well as listening to a read aloud. 

March 26, 2012

today we are lucky to have Junior Achievement! We will be learning as follows:

Our Nation

It’s all about U.S. business. In this in-depth and action-packed program, st udents role play business ownership, interview for jobs, produce a product using different methods of production, create product advertisements, and conduct an annual stockholders’ meeting.

Let's stay focused on learning this last week before Spring Break!

Friday is dress like your favorite book character day. This wraps up Student Council's Book Drive. Keep bringing in those books! You have been doing fantastic!



March 19, 2012

Please note that the 5th grade will be taking the Final Test for the novel Watsons go to Birmingham-1963 on Friday, March 23. The following letter was sent home last week. Please make sure to sign and return the bottom portion as soon as possible. This rule is effective today.

March 15, 2012

Dear Fifth Grade Families,

As we approach the end of the third quarter, the fifth grade team would like to remind everyone of the importance of completing all assignments on-time.  With this reminder, the fifth grade team will implement a “No Late Assignment Accepted Plan” effective March 19, 2012.

  • All assignments must be completed and turned into the assigning teacher on the day it is due.  If the assignment is not completed and turned in on-time, the assignment will be marked as missing and receive the grade of zero.

The only exceptions to this “No Late Assignment Accepted Plan” are for student absence, family emergency or a student not understanding the assignment.

  • If the student is absent, it is his/her responsibility to obtain the assignment from the assigning teacher upon returning to class.  The student will receive the equivalent number of school days to complete and turn in the assignment.   If the student does not complete and turn in the assignment in the equivalent number of school days, the assignment will be marked as missing and receive the grade of zero.
  • If a student has a family emergency, it must be documented by a parent/guardian note attached to the completed assignment the day it is turned into the assigning teacher.  The student will receive the equivalent number of school days to complete and turn in the assignment.  If the student does not complete and turn in the assignment in the equivalent number of school days, the assignment will be marked as missing and receive the grade of zero.
  • If a student does not understand the assignment, it must be documented by a parent/guardian note attached to the incomplete assignment the day it is due to the assigning teacher.  Once the teacher has supported the student’s learning need, the student will have an equivalent number of school days to turn in the assignment.  If the student does not complete and turn in the assignment in the equivalent number of school days, the assignment will be marked as missing and receive the grade of zero.

The student has the primary responsibility for completing and turning in all assignments on the due date. 

Please contact us if you have any questions.


Kim Klinko                                                           Stuart Lassiter                                                   Paul Thomas

CC: Suzana Ustabecir, Principal


March 18, 2012

Thank you to everyone for all their hard work over ISATs!  :)

Friday, March 23rd there will be a final test in Science for Chapter 12 in the Textbook, Lessons 1, 2, and 3. Know your vocabulary, study your notes, and know all 4 of Newton's Laws.

This week Student Council is sponsoring Spirit Week! Check the newsletter for what to wear. Monday is Retro Day! Go Bulldog Spirit!!

March 08, 2012

It's ISAT TIME!! We took the Reading 1 test yesterday, and today starts Math1. Please make sure to get a good night sleep each night, and eat a healthy breakfast every morning. We know you will all do your best, as you always do!

Progress Reports went home yesterday, so please make sure to review them and sign and return the bottom portion to your homeroom teacher as soon as possible.

February 24, 2012

Parents/Guardians and Students: please note that as we move into the Textbook in Science class, there will be homework almost every night. You are expected to  read the chapter, and answer the assigned questions. Know your vocabulary! Practice every day, and you will ace the test.  Our next quiz will be on Chapter 12 Lessons 1,2, and 3 near the end of the quarter.  Here's to Sir Isaac Newton!

Some exciting news...the 5th grade will be participating in this year's Black History Assembly on February 29th! See the Sayre web page for more info.

Only 5 school days until ISAT's!!!!! LET'S GO 5th GRADE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

January 30, 2012

Please Note:

Math Test - Topic 4 - on Thursday 2/3


January 27, 2012

We are officially at the halfway point in the year with the end of Quarter 2! Students will be bringing home their report cards Wednesday, February 1st.  5th Grade will be starting a new Reading Novel study tying in the Civil Rights Movement in Social Studies.  In Science we will be having our final Variables Unit test February 8th. It's never to early to start reviewing your class notes!

January 18, 2012

We are all done with the winter NWEA testing. We saw a lot of growth from the students! Way to go and keep it up! The end of Quarter 2 is January 27th. Let's keep up with all our homework so we can end the quarter on a high note. 

Happy New Year 5th Grade!

December 2011

Happy Holidays and enjoy your Winter Break! We will see you Monday, January 9th, 2012! Don't forget 313, you have an assignment on Compasss Learning titled "Winter Break".  We will resume NWEA testing in Science when we return from break.  Happy experimenting for the Science Fair which is due Monday, January 9th. We can't wait to show off all our hard work at the Science Fair Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 5:30pm.

December 18, 2011

We had a wonderful learning experience at the Chicago History Museum! Many thanks to all the parents for volunteering their time!

This week we continue with our NWEA Math testing.  Keep up the hard work!  Our Winter Assembly will be held this Friday, see the Sayre website for more information.

Science Fair Final Draft is due the day we return from Winter Break. Students should be done experimenting this week, so they can finalize their written project, oral presentation, and board for January 9th.  For more information, see Gradebook and the packets that were sent home with students in November. I can't wait to see the final results of all your experimenting - Ms. Klinko.

This will be a filled acedemic week before we can relax for Winter Break. Stay focused! 

December 09, 2011

FIELD TRIP - We will be taking a 5th Grade Field Trip to the Chicago History Museum on Friday December 16th! This trip is designed to enhance our Civil War Reading and Social Studies Units. Permission slips are due on or before Tuesday December 13th.  If we do not have a slip , and money by then students will stay at school for the day. No exceptions.

NWEA - We have started our Winter NWEA Testing over the next 3 weeks. Please make sure to get a good night sleep and a good breakfast in the day of the test. We set goals, it's now time to achieve them!

November 28, 2011

I hope all our families had a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving holiday! As we return to a regular school week this week, let's stay focused in the weeks ahead of us.  Science Fair packets have been sent home, and the receipt should have been signed and returned to Ms. Klinko. 

November 18, 2011

Thank you to all the parents/guardians and students who came to report card pick up. We had a wonderful turn out! We truly appreciate all you do for your students' success in school. 

Next week we have Thursday and Friday off to celebrate Thanksgiving!  Enjoy this time with your families!

Let's return focused on 2nd quarter. :)

Science Fair: Keep an eye out for an information packet going home Monday, November 21st.  Parents/Guardians must sign and return the receipt. Thank You.

November 10, 2011


Date:  Wednesday, November 16th

Time:  12 p.m. - 3 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Homerooms with an attendance rate of 97% and above for report card pick-up are eligible for a prize! We hope to see EVERY family on Wednesday!


November 08, 2011

There are a few important dates in November!

Thursday November 10, 2011:  No School

Friday November 11, 2011: No School

Wednesday November 16, 2011: REPORT CARD PICK UP DAY - More Information to Come

Friday November 18, 2011:  No School

Thursday and Friday November 24th and 25th: No School

Students in Room 313 have a Book Report Due November 30th. There will be a presentation made by students, in costume. Please see the grading rubric that went home with students for more details. 


October 20, 2011

Parents, please remember to sign and return the bottom portion to your child's homeroom teacher ASAP, thank you. A special reminder to check gradebook weekly to ensure that students are turning in homework on time, every time.  Grades can be dramatically reduced by not turning in homework.  Keep up the great work!

October 4, 2011

There is a Math test this FRIDAY 10/7/11. This is on Topic 1, Place Value. Study! Also, for every class students must turn in all homework assignments on time. Keep in mind, we do not accept late work unless it is accompanied by a note from home.  5th Graders will have homework every night. Please check gradebook and student agendas on a regular basis. 

October 2, 2011

This week in 5th Grade, we took our Math NWEA tests. This week we continue NWEA testing with Science. Keep up all the good work! We will also be starting a new Reading Unit tied to the Social Studies curriculum about the Civil War.  Students will be reading Across the Lines by Carolyn Reader.  Students are responsible for keeping these books in good condition.  Ms. Klinko's class can now begin accessing vocabulary words associated with this unit on the Spelling City website at We will also be distributing progress reports October 12, 2011. Don't forget about the Sayre Walk-A-Thon! Pledge forms and money should be turned in to your homeroom teacher. Thank you, and have a great learning week!  

September 23, 2011

I hope everyone enjoys their 3-day weekend, and takes time to read.  This week in Science we started our Microworlds Unit! A reminder to please check gradebook on a weekly basis to stay on top of assignments, tests, quizzes, and projects.  Our homework policiy states that no work will be accepted late, unless absent or accomanied by a parent/guardian note.  Late work will bring a grade down in any class.  Next week, Tuesday, we continue with our NWEA testing for Math.  Always get plenty of rest the night before and try your best, as always. We expect 100% effort! 


September 19, 2011

Math Update

enVision Math Online Access:

You know have access to enVision Math online. Paste or type the following link into your browser:

Once you are on the Pearson Success Net site, type in the following user name and password:

User Name: Sayre5

Password: student5


September 18, 2011

It was great to meet all the parents at Curriculum Night last week! If you were unable to attend, we sent home a packet with your child. There is a signature sheet that needs to be returned to your homeroom teacher by Monday 9/19/11. Please remember that in order to see what homework your 5th grader has, check inside student agendas or on Gradebook. We are in full gear, and students will have homework every day. Some classes have begun taking quizzes and tests. It is important to stay on top of assigments year round. This week we begin NWEA testing for Fall. Tuesday will be the Reading portion. As always before a big test, make sure students get plenty of rest the night before, and eat a good breakfast before school. Our goal is to help each student exceed their goal!

September 13, 2011

Mrs. Hall, Ms. Klinko, and Mr. Lassiter welcome you to the new webpage for 5th grade.  This looks to be a fabulous year! We have enjoying getting to know each other these past few weeks. As we settle in to another year, this is the place to come to see what we are up to in 5th grade.  Here you will find important dates, helpful websites, upcoming events, project details, and more.  If you ever need to contact any of the 3 teachers, please email us at:,,  If you do not have access to email, you may reach us at the main office number for Sayre Language Academy and leave a detailed message.  We look forward to meeting all our parents at Curriculum Night this Wednesday, September 14 from 6pm to 7:30pm. Please go to your child's homeroom teacher. If you have more than one student, the evening will be split into 2 - 40 minute sessions.  Look on the Sayre homepage if you have any questions. More to come...