Town Center 5th Grade

The fifth grade educators are so thankful for the opportunity to lead and educate your fifth graders this year! We are in the last stretch of the year, and it has been fantastic so far!

Important Announcements

Sky Ranch!

We had a great time at Sky Ranch. Thank you so much to the chaperones that were able to come with us and to all of our 5th grade parents that helped prepare their kids for the trip.

We will be sharing pictures with you soon! Also, you may visit Twitter and search the hashtag #tceskyranch to see pictures from our trip.

Exciting End of the Year Events!

Talent Show

Talent Show Auditions were on Monday, April 27th.

If we have not seen your costume yet, or if we need to see your audition again, we will be setting up times ASAP.

Please remember that you and your group should continue to practice.

The talent show will be Thursday, May 28th and Friday, May 29th.

5th Grade Graduation!

We will have a short graduation ceremony for our fifth graders on Tuesday, June 2nd at 1:30 PM. There will be seating available in the bleachers as well as standing room. We ask students to dress nicely as this is an important celebration.

Boys: slacks/nice shorts, button up shirts, dress shoes, etc.

Girls: dresses, skirts, nice pants, dress shoes, etc.

Please remember all outfits must follow the school dress code.

After the graduation, there will be cake and a short reception.

Please see the attached invitation below.

5th Grade Video

As is tradition, we will have a short video to celebrate the learners' memories at Town Center. We will view this video during Graduation.

One of our wonderful volunteers, Shelby Bennett, has offered to put the video together. Please see the following message from her:

Just a reminder that we are still in need of photos of your kids & friends at TCE events to use for the 5th grade graduation movie, particularly from Kinder (2009-2010), First (2010-2011) and Second (2011-2012) grades. (Those years we are short.) We don't want any 5th Grader to be left out, so please take a minute to submit pictures!

The photos MUST be at TCE or TCE-sponsored events such as:

  • class parties
  • special days (Incoming Kinder playdate, Special Friends, Book Fair, petting zoo visit, community garden, fire station visit, Muffins with Mom, Donuts with Dad, etc.
  • field trips (LegoLand, Zoo, movies, CSI at Kid Kountry, Andy Brown nature visit, Arboretum, etc.)
  • Hoedown
  • Field Day (especially Kinder & 4th grade)
  • spirit rallies
  • musical performances

You can submit pictures to the link below, or you can email Shelby Bennett directly:

Last Day of School

Due to our weather days earlier this year, our last day of school will NOW BE Friday, June 5th. This day will be a HALF DAY, and students will have early release at 12:50 PM.

As is tradition at TCE, our fifth graders will take a last walk around the building before dismissal. This is tentatively scheduled for 12:40 PM.

Other Important Announcements

Volunteer Breakfast

We are so lucky to have such wonderful volunteers at TCE. To show our appreciation, we would like to invite all volunteers to come have breakfast at Town Center on Tuesday, May 19th. Breakfast will be come and go, and we will have an assortment of food items for you.

Please see the attached invite below:

Incoming 6th Grade Registration Info for CMS North

Each Spring the CMS North Counselors and Administrators organize a few events for the current 5th graders and their families.

On Tuesday, April 7th the counselors from CMSN will be visiting with the 5th graders to discuss classes and schedules.  The complete course sheet is due back to your teacher April 13th.

Please click the button below to see a flyer with important dates & events regarding Incoming 6th Grade Registration. (This flyer was created by CMS North.)

Holiday Coupons

This year we gave the learners a coupon book for their Winter Holiday Present. There's a coupon for something fun for each month of the remaining of the school year. Listed below are the coupons in case you'd like to make note:

May 27 - Movie Coupon (Details are still TBD, but we will watch a short movie in class and provide the kids with popcorn.)

Home Access Center - See Your Learner's Grades Online

It has recently been brought to our attention that many of you do not know how to see your student's grades online. If you are interested, you can use the Home Access Center to access your learner's grades throughout the nine weeks. This only applies to grade levels that assign number grades (fourth and fifth grades).


  1. Go to the Town Center Page.
  2. Hover over the tab that says “Parents” until a drop down menu appears.
  3. Choose “Home Access.”
  4. Login with the same credentials you use for the Parent Portal.
  5. If you have any issues or problems, you can email with your question, and they will help you out.

Upcoming Dates

May 19 - Volunteer Breakfast & Yearbook Signing

May 20 - Growth & Development Video & Lesson

May 22 - Field Day

May 25 - Memorial Day/No School

May 26 - Yearbook Signing Party 4

May 28 - Talent Show Dress Rehearsal (K-2 Performance) 8:30 AM

May 29 - Talent Show (3-5 Performance) 8:30 AM

June 2 - 5th Grade Graduation 1:30 PM

June 5 - Last Day of School (Early Release)

Character Education

Citizenship Quality of the Month of April: Effort

Life Principles, Cowboy Courtesies, and ABC's of Etiquette can be found on teacher's agendas/websites.

What Are We Learning?

Math & Science

This week we have started our Finance Projects.  Students chose the project they were most interested in from the following topics: Home Design, Balancing a Checkbook, Surveys & Product Orders, and Payroll.

Please remember as part of your child's math homework, he/she should be on Reflex Math at least 3 times per week. Students not completing this for homework will be asked to work on Reflex during recess or Texan Town. If your child is cannot get his/her reflex done at home he/she is welcome to come to before school (7:20) to work on it.

As we prepare for a visit from the author of Mr. Ferris and His Wheel, the students will be working on a design challenge to build an amusement park ride.

We will also be observing insects (darkling beetles) and arthropods (roly-polies) to understand about environment preferences and life cycles.

Language, Literacy, & Social Studies

In writing, we will be working on two expository essays in response to the following prompts:

  • Explain what has made your time at Town Center special.
  • If you could be any famous person, who would you choose to be? Explain why you would like to be this person.

In addition, we will write our own versions of the poem, "If I Were in Charge of the World" by Judith Viorst.

In reading, we will begin new Junior Great Books stories, focusing on theme and summary.

In Social Studies, we will continue to learn about the United States Constitution and the branches of government. We will work through engaging History Alive units and Mind Mission projects.

IBM E-Week w/ Mr. Hill

Here are a few links that Mr. Hill thought the 5th graders might be interested in.

What is a patent: US Patent and Trademark Office,

Romelia Flores who is an IBM employee in the Global Solution Center in Coppell. She is an IBM Distinguished Engineer (just one of 500 or so out of the 400K employees), IBM Master Inventor and a member of the IBM Academy of Technology. Here is a website to read about Romelia's patents.

Here is Romelia Flores on being a Wild Duck and another video which her daughter appears with her on a panel for Women in Technology. Finally, the highest level of technical recognition in IBM is an IBM Fellow which is listed in the link.

Updates from Ms. Applegate!

Click the button below to read
Ms. Applegate's blog for parents.

Click on the link below to open the presentation.

5th Grade Curriculum Night Presentation

Important Links

Questions for the 5th Grade Teachers?

Do you have a question for one of us? Click on the link below and leave a "sticky" with your question and contact info. We'll get back to you shortly.

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