5th Grade News

  • Students will be taking ASPIRE practice tests on Tuesday and Thursday focusing on Reading and Science.  Students should eat a good breakfast and come to school ready to try their best.
  • 5th grade has 8 am Mass on Friday, January 19th.  Students should meet in Church.
  • The Innovation Fair is Friday, January 26th.

Happy New Year! We hope you enjoyed your holidays with your family. Thank you for your heartfelt generosity and warm wishes.  The gift from FSA was very generous and much appreciated.  We feel blessed during this holiday season to be working with you and your child.   The New Year is a time to look back and reflect. We make resolutions and start new programs.   School is no different.  January is a clean slate on which we begin anew. Check with your student to make sure he/she has all the needed school supplies!

In reading, students will be finishing a story in our anthology text called Pale Male.  Students have been focusing on determining the main idea and supporting details and comparing narrative techniques.  Students will have a test on Pale Male on Thursday, January 18th.  Vocabulary will be on this test as well as close reading questions.  In English, students will be learning about helping verbs and natural/inverted order of sentences.  In Writing, students will be writing their opinion on different topics.  Students will be learning how to structure their writing appropriately.

In social studies we are now studying the explorers from the Eastern Hemisphere, their great adventures, and how they were the founders of new nations in the Western Hemisphere.

Our Friend of Jesus project is coming to a close.  Students wrote letters about their experience and we will mail them to the donor.  What an excellent opportunity to show our Christmas spirit and our focus on service to others!

The D.A.R.E. program is going to begin on January 23rd. Officer Andries will be  reinforcing many of the topics we discuss in 2nd Step, as well as the drug and alcohol awareness. We  work with the LaGrange Police Dept. to complete the program.  The program is a 10-12 week program so it will be in the springtime.

In Math, we continue to perfect our skills with simple solutions.  Two simple solutions lessons are assigned each week and are due on Thursday.  In Go Math, we are all about fractions.  We have learned to add and subtract fractions with like and unlike denominators.  Students learned to estimate sums and differences using the benchmarks of 0, 1/2, and 1.  We can find least common denominators and have mastered the ability to make equivalent fractions.

Our student inventions are due January 24. Packet outlines were passed out around Thanksgiving and need to be completed as well as the diagram and explanation page. The diagram and the written page are to be completed by the student and need to be neat and legible. You may come in to view the inventions on Friday, January 26 at 2 P.M. They will also be on display for Open House Sunday, January 28.

In addition to our inventions , we have been studying physical and behavioral adaptations of animals.

As always, thank you for your continued support and cooperation.

Mrs. Gridelli and Mrs. Noonan

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