ICSAtlanta 5th grade

Summer reading

We all most made it to summer break!! Exhibition was an incredible success and the first-ever 5th grade lock-in is off to a great start!

Now it's time to get ready for summer reading! ALL students are expected to complete the Rising 6th Grade Summer Reading assignment. Ms. Bell, our 6th grade Language & Literature (ELA) teacher will visit 5th graders next week to talk about the assignment and expectations.

Optional summer reading lists and our summer math program will be available on the ICSAtlanta website soon.

Reminder: AC Math students have a summer math packet that was given out last week. It is due on the first day of 6th grade!

end of the year celebrations coming soon!

exhibition: May 20

Celebrate our learning, research, and ACTION during Exhibition!

8:30-9:20 AM: German & French Track parents

9:30-10:20 AM Spanish & Mandarin Track parents

Lock In: May 20

Enjoy an afternoon and evening of fun, games, dancing, pizza, ice cream and a movie to celebrate the end of 5th grade! Sign up by Monday, May 9!

Cost: $10 per student


field trip: May 24

We will go to the Chattahoochee Nature Center for a fun day of learning and play. Sign up by Monday, May 16.

Cost: $45 per student

All day field trip (leave after announcements and return right before carpool)

milestones test next week!

Milestones tests for 5th grade start next on Monday. Please make sure your student gets plenty of rest, eats breakfast, and it at school ON TIME Monday morning.

The testing schedule is:

  • Monday: ELA Part 1

  • Tuesday: ELA Part 2 & 3

  • Wednesday: Math Part 1 & 2

  • Thursday: Science

exhibition update #1

The students are finally diving into their Exhibition project and have started working on their essential agreements within their group! They will review the PYP elements and will see how to best put them into practice during this Exhibition.

Each group has been assigned a mentor and these mentors can be 5th grade teachers, staff, coordinators, and even Middle School teachers. The role of the mentor will be to guide the students in the process and provide them support as needed. The Exhibition groups will meet their mentor weekly. They will report their meeting notes on their PYP Exhibition slides to keep track of their questions and their weekly objectives.

Please save the date of Friday, May 20th, 2022 from 8:30-10:30 am as the students will be presenting in-person their projects. You will have the opportunity to visit a few groups and celebrate with them their success as they present to the learning community what they have learned about their topic. The children are excited to show you their research, their action and all they have learned!

Please reach out to Mrs. Plesnarski, the PYP coordinator, if you have any questions.

spring break April 4-8

Our Day of Play was a huge success! Ask your student about their favorite parts of the day.

Enjoy a wonderful week off! We will see you back at school on Monday, April 11, 2022.

day of play!

We will have our Day of Play next Friday, April 1st. Wear your homeroom colored tshirt (see Week at a Glance) and uniform bottoms. We will have a great time exploring lots of different ways to play throughout the day!

Milestones tests are coming in april

5th Graders will take the Georgia Milestones on the following days. Please mark these on your calendar and make sure your child is at school ON TIME daily. Students who arrive late will not be able to take the test and will have to make it up on a separate day.

Monday, April 25 English/Language Arts (section 1: essay portion)

Tuesday, April 26 English/Language Arts (sections 2 & 3)

Wednesday, April 27 Math (section 1 & 2)

Thursday, April 28 Science (sections 1 & 2)

Le Kermess this weekend!

Please join us for Le Kermesse (our Francophone festival) on Saturday, March 19 from 1-4pm. This is our first cultural event in 2 years and we can't wait to celebrate with you. The French team will have amazing food, fun games, and lots of activities. We will also have spirit wear for sale.


We are excited to announce that we will have an in-person graduation ceremony for our 5th grade on Wednesday, May 25 at 7pm. Students will be able to bring up to 4 guests to this event!

save the date!

Student led conferences will be held on March 11.

These conferences will be held virtually for about 15 minutes. We hope all students will be able to connect with a family member to show off their excellent 5th grade learning!

More details will be sent home in the report card next eek.

lots of events next week!

We have several fun events the week of Feb 28-March 4. Take a look below:

All week: Read Across America week! Bring new socks for our sock drive

Tuesday 3/1: Carnival! See your L2 teacher for your language track's dress up plan

Wednesday 3/2: Spring Pictures (out of uniform)

Friday 3/4: Pajama Day and Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) time school wide.

AAPPL language testing

Our 5th students will be participating in second language proficiency testing in March. The web-based assessment is called the ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) and is used to measure how students are developing in their target language proficiency (listening, reading, speaking, and writing). The testing window will be from March 21 through March 25. Though this is our testing window, it does not mean students will be tested every day of the testing window.

We will begin reviewing the test format with students during class to ensure everyone is prepared for this assessment.

To learn more about the AAPPL, please read this Parent Information Letter.

Valentine's Day 7/14

Students can bring a small (non-candy) treat for student in their afternoon class on Monday, February 14 to celebrate Valentine's Day. Please make sure to bring something for ALL students if you choose to participate.

Sit-In Play Screening

Dear ICSAtlanta 5th Grade Parents,

As part of our ICSAtlanta Black History celebration, and in conjunction with Georgia’s ELA and Social Studies Standards, our 5th Graders have an exciting opportunity to participate in the online (not in-person) screening of Sit-In presented by the Alliance Theatre.

Play’s description from the Alliance Theater:

Written by Atlanta's bestselling author, playwright, and Civil Rights Activist, Pearl Cleage (Blues for An Alabama Sky, In My Granny's Garden, Tell Me My Dream) this original animated short celebrates the power of youth to change history. We meet three friends as they learn about the sit-ins of the Civil Rights era, and powerfully apply those lessons to issues they – and we all – face today. The play invites students, parents, teachers, and families to experience the Civil Rights Movement as a living, breathing energy with practical lessons, ethical challenges, and moral choices that remain relevant today. Featuring a mixture of Civil Rights anthems and new freedom songs composed specifically for the play, Sit-In will move audiences, encourage intergenerational conversations, and inspire the next generation of conscientious social activists.

The online screening will take place at ICSAtlanta (5th grade students will watch from their classroom) the week of February 14th.

Great kindness challenge

Join your students in celebrating the Great Kindness Challenge next week! Students will receive a Kindness Challenge Checklist. See how many different ways your student and family can show kindness next week!

100th Day of School

Celebrate the 100th Day of school on Thursday, January 20! Student can dress up to celebrate the number 100. Ideas are linked on the image. We can't wait to see your creativity!

IN-person learning resumes Monday, Jan 10

We look forward to seeing all students on Monday!

Winter break Dec 20-Jan 4

Winter Break will be December 20-January 4. Students return on Wednesday, January 5, 2022. Enjoy the break and holiday season!

holiday festivities!

On Friday, December 17 students can wear festive holiday sweaters, socks, hats, etc with uniform bottoms. Students will have their class party during lunch. Please check with your homeroom teacher for specific details. These will be student only parties (no parents).

Winter Break will be December 20-January 4. Students return on Wednesday, January 5, 2022. Enjoy the break and holiday season!

New date: Holiday market next SUNDAY, Dec 12

We are SO excited to host a community event again! We will have the Hoilday Market and Chorus next Saturday, December 11 from 3-5pm. There will be food from each specific language track, student made crafts, ICSAtlanta ornaments, and student-created stickers for sale.

5th graders will sing with their langauge track (see schedule) AND as the GRAND FINALLE for the event. Please plan to stay until 5pm if possible.

*Note: This is an outdoor ONLY event. Please dress appropriately.

Holiday Market Electronic Flyer (2).pdf

Thanksgiving Break Nov 22-26

Enjoy a wonderful week off! We will see everyone back at school on November 29.

career day rescheduled

5th grade students will be able to dress up with their future career plans on Friday, Nov 12.

annual coat drive!

Help support our German track and the Hope House with our annual Coat drive! Now accepting:

  • coats

  • mittens

  • scarves


Reminder: no toys!!

Please do NOT allow your student to bring ANY toys to school. This includes toys for recess. Students are spending way too much time worried about playing, trading, and returning toys and they are not focusing on classwork.

This includes fidgets and poppers.

career day dress up: Friday, 11/5

5th graders can dress up on Friday, November 5 to represent their future career goals. Please remember to follow the Out of Uniform Dress code (p. 13-14)

  • No leggings without a skirt or shorts

  • Shorts/skirts cannot be shorter than 2' about the knee

  • No tank tops, crop tops, or holes in clothes


Lab experiments

We are starting our chemical and physical change unit in science! Ask your student about the experiments we did today! We will continue more experiments next week and write lab reports in L2 and English.

Parent Teacher conferences coming soon!

Conferences are Oct 18-22. Please look for a sign up from your student's teacher to pick your time.

All conferences are virtual.

Students will be dismissed at 12:20pm on Conference days.

Fall break next week!

Enjoy your Fall Break from September 27-October1

We will see you back at school Monday, October 4th. The Week at a Glance is posted for the week we return.

summative week!

We are finishing up our first unit this week! Please read the email from your English teacher with additional information about the summative project. Students will need to print some pictures at home this weekend. Students will also have a spelling test, Social Studies test, and math quiz this week before we head in to Fall Break!

spelling stars

Your student should now be connected to Spelling Stars via their Spelling Google Classroom. We've had a few glitches with the new platform, but it should be working for all students now. Please email your teacher if you cannot access SpellingStars.

Students can play games to practice their words. You can also see or print out all of your words by going to Handouts and then List Handouts. You can even make fun practice at home like word searches and fill in the blank! Our first spelling test will by Tuesday, Sept 14.

upcoming events: Pictures & spelling

School picture day is Thursday, September 9!

Wear your UNIFORM for yearbook photos!

Spelling starts next week!

  • Make sure your student joins the new spelling Google Classroom (titled Spelling Wolves, Spelling Wizards, etc)

  • Spelling lists will be posted Monday. The first Spelling Test will be Tuesday, Sept 14.

  • Students were given a spelling assessment in school last week to determine their understanding of spelling patterns. Word lists will be assigned based on knowledge of these patterns. Some words may be "easy" to spell, but we want students to learn the pattern and be able to apply it to both familiar words (from their spelling list) and unfamiliar words when they are reading and writing.

No toys in 5th grade

5th graders are off to a great start, but we are noticing that MANY students are distracted by too much "stuff" and spend more time thinking about their materials rather than completing work, following directions, and participating in class. Please leave the following at home:

  • Any toys, including Poppers. *These are marketed as helpful, but are actually VERY distracting to most students! Contact your teacher if your student has a specific in need or 504 plan.

  • Extra Marker and Pens. Students should have a few different colors for taking notes, but many have entire boxes and bags of "special" pens. These are not needed in 5th grade.

Please start checking your student's grades in Infiinte Campus through the Parent Portal. Some students already have missing work that needs to be completed.

Curriculum NIght Success!

It was great to see so many of you at Curriculum Night! Thank you for joining us. If you missed it, please see the presentation for your student's class linked below:

Ms. Cairns & Mme. Devine

Ms. Warmath & Ms. Hou

Ms. McCoy & Sra. Gonzalez

curriculum night: Thursday, August 19

Join us on (virtually) on August 19 at 5pm for Curriculum night to learn more about 5th grade topics and expectations. You can join via the following Google Meet nicknames:

5:00-5:45 PM Warmath (Hou - L2 & SC/SS)

Nickname: Warmath

5:00-5:45 PM Cairns (Devine L2 & SC/SS)

Nickname: Cairns

5:00-5:45 PM McCoy (Gonzalez - L2 & SC/SS)

Nickname: McCoy

L2 Breakout Session:

L2 teachers will have a drop-in session from 5:45-6:15 PM to answer questions or give further specifics for their subject(s). Nickname: Hou, Devine, Gonzalez, McCoy

Off to a GREAT start!

Woohoo!! 5th grade is off to a great start! We are SO excited to have all of your students back in school and ready to learn! A few reminders for next week:

  • Practice signing into Google Classroom & Clever

  • Buy and agenda if you don't have one yet--$10 at the front desk

  • Order a school jacket if needed! Students are ONLY allowed to wear uniform jackets in the classroom (see uniform policy in student agenda and online)

  • NO TOYS or Poppers!! Please do not bring any toys to 5th grade unless as a reward that is communicated with your student's teacher.

  • Read the Week at a Glance for information about next week!

welcome to 5th grade!

Welcome to fifth grade! We are so excited to "see" you next week. This year may look a little different, but it's going to be GREAT!

Check the "Week at a Glance" tab for weekly updates and each teacher's page for a little about them and their personal daily schedule.