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5th Grade News

 April 13, 2018

  • 8am Mass on Tuesday, April 17th
  • Health Fair and Healthworld Puberty Talk on Friday, April 20th
  • DARE Graduation on Tuesday, April 24th @ 8:30 in Morrissey Hall

Happy Spring! 

Students in 117 are connecting their social studies to the novel The Witch of Blackbird Pond in reading. It is a great experience to connect their literature experience to social studies.  It is a difficult novel and it may be helpful to read the novel with your child.  Students in 116 are reading The Westing Game which is also a challenging novel.  Students are working hard to analyze characters while trying to solve a murder  mystery! 

Since April is National Poetry Month, we will be writing poems for the next couple of weeks.  Students will be studying figurative language and will incorporate different types of figurative language into their writing.

In social studies, we are digging in to Chapter 8 studying all the different events that lead up to the Revolutionary War.  In class we have made time lines and we will be studying the different ways colonists communicated and united before the war broke out.  

In math, we are finished up our geometry chapter (chapter 11). The students are working really hard and I am so proud of them because it is a very difficult chapter. Our test will be Thursday, April 19 on Chapter 11. I will do plenty of review with the students, but if they every need to come in early for help I am always here by 7:20 a.m. We will go back to Chapter 9 after our test and focus on graphing and patterns.

In science, the students are currently working on projects to present to the class on how weathering and erosion shape our Earth. They are working very hard and putting so much effort in to the project, which makes me so proud! We will move on to lesson 2 next week, which talks about how water changes the Earth’s surface.

In religion, we will complete our last D.A.R.E. lesson next week and we continue our work in the second step program and our text.  We are learning how the Church is the Body of Christ and includes lay Faithful, Ordained ministers and The Consecrated Life. We learn the marks of the Church that the Church is one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church.

Last but not least, please remember the 5th grade service project is collecting cans.  We have been collecting cans throughout the school; however, we can also use cans the students bring from home.  Next time you go to put them in YOUR recycling bin, stop, and put them in a bag for your child to bring to school.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.

Mrs. Gridelli and Ms. Fleck 

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Grade 5 News!

  • School resumes on Tuesday, April 3rd
  • ASPIRE testing is April 9th – 13th
  • There is an all school Mass on Monday, April 9th at 9am

Our DARE graduation date has been set for Tuesday, April 24th at 8:30 am  in Morrissey Hall. Please mark your calendars.

In DARE  we have been discussing the importance of our behavior and interactions with peers.  This week we learned about bullying. We learned about all the different types of bullying and how to cope. The students role play real life situations.

In social studies,  students will begin Chapter 8 after break.  Students will learning about the events that lead up to the American Revolution.  Students will identify causes of the Stamp and Townshend Acts.  Students will also explain how British taxes affected the colonies.  

In language arts, students will be focusing on opinion writing.  We will reviewing how to organize our ideas logically and use a graphic organizer to write an essay.  After ASPIRE, we will begin a poetry unit.  In English, we will be starting Chapter 6.  Students will learning how to identify complex sentences and will continue to learn about the different parts of speech.  After break, we will be beginning a new reading unit and we will begin a new novel.  As we read the novel together, as a class, we will be reviewing reading skills from unit 2 that include: using context clues, analyzing author’s craft and structure by looking at how characters interact and respond to challenges.  

In math, we are finishing our chapter on dividing fractions.  The students have learned several strategies for this operation.  The key is keep, change, flip! We are beginning our geometry chapter, which will be great practice before our ASPIRE testing. When we come back from spring break we will review the 4 lessons we have covered in geometry and move onto learning how to find volume.  We continue to work on simple solutions each week with two lessons due each Thursday.

In science, we finished the ecosystem unit and are moving on to natural resources. We presented our garbage separation projects before we went on spring break. I was very impressed by the students ideas on how to separate different materials.  We will have a test on the natural resource unit on Friday, April 6. Next, we will go into unit 8 where we will be talking about erosion, the Earth’s crust, and tectonic plates. 

Last but not least, please remember the 5th grade service project is collecting cans.  We have been collecting cans throughout the school; however, we can also use cans the students bring from home.  Next time you go to put them in YOUR recycling bin, stop, and put them in a bag for your child to bring to school.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.

Mrs. Gridelli and Ms. Fleckenstein

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5th Grade News

  • Tuesday, March 13, 8am Mass
  • April 10th at 6:30 Jamie Strauss parenting talk 

The third trimester is here.  In this trimester, there will NOT be ‘redos’.  This is in preparation for their transition to the junior high.

Each Thursday in Lent we will be participating in Stations of the Cross.  We have completed and colored a booklet where we compare what Jesus went through to something in our own lives.

In reading,we will be finishing up our second unit before spring break.  Students have been practicing analyzing craft and structure and discussing how scenes fit together in a story.  We will be returning to persuasive writing next week.  Students will continue to focus on stating reasons and supporting their reasons with details.  Students will be organizing their thoughts using graphic organizers and will use the organizer to write their essays.  In Unit 12 of spelling, we will be reviewing units 7-11 which includes spelling the schwa + l, schwa +n, and r-controlled vowels.

We  continue our study of ecosystems and energy in Science.  How do all of the parts of an ecosystem work together.  In Science lab, students are doing labs involving weather.  Soon, they will attempt to build a structure that can withstand a hurricane.  

In math, we are starting Chapter 8.  We are learning to divide fractions.  Ask your student about “Keep-Change-Flip”  This is a short chapter with only 5 lessons.  Next, we will tackle Geometry and Volume!  

In social studies, our focus in social studies is on the colonization of the English colonies.  Activities will focus life in the new world.  How did the colonists live, work and play?  

Officer Andries taught us all about different forms of communication last week.   There was Confident, Unsure and Demanding Communication.  The students role played different ways to communicate while dealing with peer pressure.  The DARE essay will be assigned this week.  Students will have 2 weeks to complete the essay.  DARE essays are due on Monday, March 19th.  Essays will be graded and are required in order to attend DARE graduation.  

Last but not least, please remember the 5th grade service project is collecting cans.  We have been collecting cans throughout the school; however, we can also use cans the students bring from home.  Next time you go to put them in YOUR recycling bin, stop, and put them in a bag for your child to bring to school.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.

Mrs. Gridelli and Mrs. Noonan

 

 

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5th Grade News

February 23rd, 2018

  • Lyric Opera Field Trip on Monday, February 26th
  • Thursday, March 1st is the end of 2nd Trimester
  • Thursday, March 1st  5th grade will be leading Stations of the Cross
  • Monday, March 5th Reconciliation

Each Thursday in Lent we will be participating in Stations of the Cross.  On Thursday,March 1st, 5th Grade will lead The Stations of the Cross.

In reading, we are reading a digital text called The Road to Freedom.  Students are analyzing the craft and structure of the story.  We are also reviewing skills such as summarizing, using context clues, and finding theme.  Students are independently practicing these skill sin their novels.  Students meet in small group a couple time a week to discuss the craft and structure of their independent novels.

In language arts, we are beginning our the process to write an expository piece focusing on famous Black Americans for Black History Month.  Students have researched about their person from two digital sources.  Next week, we will be organizing our facts and drafting an expository essay.  Students will also be creating a timeline for their person and writing four character traits and examples.

We continue our study of ecosystems in Science.  We are learning about how environment affects organisms and vice versa.  We will  discuss succession, invasive species and extinction and how they relate to ecosystems.We will have an assessment on Ecosystems next Tuesday February 13h.

In math, we continue our study of fractions by learning how multiply with fractions and mixed numbers with models and traditional algorithms.  We continue to complete and check two simple solutions lessons each week.   The students are skilled at many different areas of mathematics and are learning to answer the questions more completely.

In social studies we will begin Ch. 6, students will be learning about life in the English colonies.  Students will be analyzing the advantages and disadvantages of working as an apprentice and will identify the main products of each colonial region.

As we begin our Lenten journey, the students are reminded of Jesus’ sacrifice for us and are making their own conversions as we prepare for Easter.

In D.A.R.E.,  students are learning about how to deal with stressful situations.   This week, there were many hands on activities including one where they explained sometimes, never, almost always as it applied to them in stressful situations.  Coping strategies were also discussed.

Last but not least, please remember the 5th grade service project is collecting cans.  We have been collecting cans throughout the school; however, we can also use cans the students bring from home.  Next time you go to put them in YOUR recycling bin, stop, and put them in a bag for your child to bring to school.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.

Mrs. Gridelli and Mrs. Noonan

 

 

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5th Grade News

  • Wednesday, February 14 …Ash Wednesday Mass
  •  Wednesday, February 14…Valentine Day parties ( Yes, they do exchange Valentine”s)
  • Monday, February 19….No School
  • Monday, February 26-Field Trip to Lyric Opera

 

In reading, students are finishing their Holes book reports.  Next, we will be reading a short chapter book called The Road to Freedom.  Students will be analyzing the text in order describe how the narrator’s point of view influences our understanding of the story, determining the theme of the text, and analyzing story structure.  In small groups, students will be reading different novels and applying the same skills we practice in class.  Novels include:  The Watson’s Go to Birmingham – 1963, Tuck Everlasting, and No Talking.

In language arts, we are drafting persuasive essays, really focusing on ideas and organization.  In the coming weeks, we will be switching back to expository writing with a focus organization and text structure.  In English, we are classifying inverted and natural word ordered sentences and identifying compound sentences.  In spelling, Unit 10, we are studying the /ur/ spelling patterns.  The Unit 10 spelling test will be on Friday, February 16th.

We continue our study of ecosystems in Science.  We are learning about how environment affects organisms and vice versa.  We will  discuss succession, invasive species and extinction and how they relate to ecosystems.We will have an assessment on Ecosystems next Tuesday February 13h.

In math, we continue our study of fractions by learning how multiply with fractions and mixed numbers with models and traditional algorithms.  We continue to complete and check two simple solutions lessons each week.   The students are skilled at many different areas of mathematics and are learning to answer the questions more completely.

In social studies we are beginning Chapter 5. Students will study the first colonies, how subsequent colonies came to be and what life was like for these first European Americans.  The quest for religious freedom is a theme throughout this time in our history.

Catholic School Weeks was a smash hit and we continue our Cardinal kindness by recognizing kind deeds done by students.

As Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent approaches,  the students are studying the three important themes of the season:  Penance, Prayer, and Giving Alms.    The children are ready to begin on their Lenten journey.

DARE is off to a great start!  Officer Andries has fielded many questions from the DARE box.  The students are learning about Drug and Alcohol Awareness, Peer Pressure, making appropriate choices, and all the while. keeping it real.  We are in week three of our ten week program.  Students enjoy applying what they have learned to real 5th grade scenarios.  They also write about what they have learned and apply it to their own life.

Last but not least, please remember the 5th grade service project is collecting cans.  We have been collecting cans throughout the school; however, we can also use cans the students bring from home.  Next time you go to put them in YOUR recycling bin, stop, and put them in a bag for your child to bring to school.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.

Mrs. Gridelli and Mrs. Noonan

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5th Grade News

EPA Project Due-1/29/18

Our CSW mass-1/31/18

Ch 6 Math Test-1/31/18

Unit 9 Spelling Test 1/31/18

8 am mass 2/6/18

Field Trip to Lyric Opera-2/26/18

It’s invention time!  The inventions have arrived, and what clever minds we have in 5th grade!   The students are excited to present their ideas to you.  What a great way to kick-off Catholic Schools Week.  The inventions will  be available to view on Sunday, January 28, during our Open House if you did not get to the parent viewing opportunity on Friday, January 26. 

In reading, students are currently reading Holes by Louis Sachar and completing different tasks for each section of the novel.  This is in preparation for literature circles that will hopefully take place in the spring.  Students are getting to know each job, and examining examples of high, medium, and low levels of work.   Students are working hard to thinking critically about different events and characters in Holes to prepare for class discussion.  Students will also be working on outlines persuasive essays.  Students will be working with graphic organizes which show how to effectively structure a persuasive essay.  In spelling, students are studying words with a schwa +n or r ending.  In English, students are identifying natural and inverted sentences.

We are entering a prose, poetry and poster contest sponsored by the Illinois EPA.  Students choose one way to show their ideas for clean air land and water in the future.   The project is due on January 29th.  I cant wait to see what these green minded students come up with!

We continue our study of ecosystems in Science.  We have completed the digital lesson and one flip chart lab.  Next week, we will define terms and get into the meat of the chapter. 

In math, we have finished the chapter on adding and subtracting fractions.  Next, we will learn to multiply and divide fractions.  We continue to complete two simple solutions lessons each week and dabble in the IXL website. 

In social studies, we concluded and were assessed on chapter 4, which focused on Columbus and explorers that followed his lead as well as how new Spain came to be.  Next, we will study the founding of the 13 colonies.  It was a difficult time filled with triumph and tragedy.

In religion, we were excited to prepare the January 31st Mass.   The 5th grade is also excited to celebrate Catholic School’s Week.    Please join us for Mass on Sunday, January 28th, as well as the Open House from 10:30-12:30.  Please check the School Scoop and/or school website for the events of Catholic School Week.

DARE has begun!  Officer Andries from the LaGrange Police Department will be coming in mainly on Tuesday mornings to work with our class about Drug and Alcohol Awareness, Peer Pressure, make appropriate choices, and all the while. keeping it real.  It is a 10 week program and will have a graduation celebration at the end of the program.

Last but not least, please remember the 5th grade service project is collecting cans.  We have been collecting cans throughout the school; however, we can also use cans the students bring from home.  Next time you go to put them in YOUR recycling bin, stop, and put them in a bag for your child to bring to school.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.

Mrs. Gridelli and Mrs. Noonan

 

 

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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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5th Grade News!

Happy Holiday Season Fifth Grade Families!!

  • Monday, December 18, All School Mass
  • December 20, Band concert

Dear Parents,

It’s the Christmas season! The children are anxiously awaiting their Christmas break, but realize they have much to complete before they leave. As discussed in religion, they are preparing, hoping, celebrating, and waiting during the Advent Season. They are also completing Bible studies reading verses from the gospel about Mary, Jesus, the Angel, just to name a few.  In accordance with the season, we are collecting for our food gift basket in each classroom.

In reading, students are reading Rain Forest Food Chains and analyzing multiple accounts of the same topic.  Students will practice noting differences in point of view and comparing/contrasting the overall structure of concepts in two or more texts.  In writing, students have been practice essential expository skills which include identifying a topic and listing facts/details.  After break, students will be introduced to essential persuasive writing skills.  In language arts students are spelling words with schwas and classify sentences with compound parts.

In social studies, room 116 and  117 were tested on Chapter 3, Life in the Eastern hemisphere,  and next we will continue our study of exploration as we learn about the voyages of Columbus and the Columbian Exchange.

In Science, we are studying vertebrates and invertebrates as well as the life cycles of organisms.  we meet with Mrs. Paule  for Science lab twice in the 6 day rotation.

We are finishing our chapter on decimal division and we will have our test next week before break.  Next, we still learn about fractions.  First, we will learn to add and subtract fractions.  Then, we will master the operations of multiplication and division of fractions.  This week, we all logged onto IXL.  We will begin to supplement our math lessons with extra practice online through IXL.  Each week, we also will complete two lessons in Simple Solutions.

Last but not least, please remember the 5th grade service project is collecting cans. We are still collecting cans throughout the school; however, we can also use cans the students bring from home. Next time you go to put them in YOUR recycling bin, stop, and put them in a bag for your child to bring to school.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.

 

Mrs. Gridelli and Mrs. Noonan

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5th Grade News!

Dear Parents,

Thank you for attending conferences.  It is helpful to hear from you and your student regarding this academic year!

In religion, our focus is the Advent season. The students will  complete bible studies of Mary, Joseph, Jesus, and other biblical figures.  Fifth grade is leading Mass on Friday, December 8th for the celebration the Immaculate Conception.  Come celebrate with us!

In reading, students are reading a short digital chapter book called Washed Up!   We are identifying ways readers identify relationships and interactions in texts.  Students are practicing analyzing quotes, from the story,  to support their thinking and comparing/contrasting characters and settings.  Students are applying these skills independently in Sign of the Beaver.   In spelling, we are reviewing all the spelling patterns in units 1-5.  Students have a unit 6 test on Tuesday, December 5th.  In writing, students will begin to think about topics and ideas for expository (informative) writing.  Students will be narrowing down writing topics and will practice finding reliable resources.

In social studies, both classes have started Chapter 3 and are learning all about the adventures of Marco Polo in Asia and the empires of Mali, Ghana and Songhai in Africa.     The new  year will bring a focus on explorers and the colonies in the New World.

In math, we are taking our Chapter 4 test today.  The Menu project was introduced and is due on December 19th.  Next week, we will begin chapter 5 which teaches division of decimals.  Each week, I will assign two Simple Solutions lessons that will be due on Thursday.  Students may work ahead.

Students built a city or neighborhood to scale when we visited the Chicago Architecture Foundation on our first field trip.  In science, we briefly studied simple machines and students should be working on their inventions.   The intent to invent and Journal log of our invention project are due December 15th!  They will be returned before break so that the students can work on their projects.  I cannot wait to see the finished products!

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns.

Mrs. Gridelli and Mrs. Noonan

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5th Grade News

  • November 16:                  End of first trimester
    November 20:                Thanksgiving Prayer Service
  • November 20 and 21:    Book Fair
  • November  21:                Parent Teacher conferences
  • December 1:                   8 am mass

In Reading, students are close reading different precepts.  We are also practicing how to analyze a precept and write a paragraph explaining our thoughts.  Students will be identifying theme in short stories and noticing how an author build or incorporates their theme into the narrative.  Students will be drafting their own narrative this week focusing on: interesting hooks, satisfying conclusions, word choice, and dialogue.  These narratives will be due on Tuesday, November 21st.  In Spelling, students are identifying word with the short vowel sound.

In Science, we just finished our brief study of the digestive system, excretory system and the endocrine system.  We sill study simple machines next in preparation for the INVENTION PORJECT!

Our study of decimals continues as we learn to multiply and divide with decimals. Be on the lookout for the Menu Project to be coming home soon.  Student can put their decimal knowledge to work with their own restaurant! We continue to supplement our Go Math lessons with Simple Solutions by completing two lessons each week.

In social studies, we continue the Overview.  Students will create google slides in groups to study the 5 regions of the United States.

We have just wrapped up our study of Mary.  Next, we will study the sacraments.  We continue to recognize empathy in our 2nd step program.

Last but not least, please remember the 5th grade service project is collecting cans.  We have been collecting cans throughout the school; however, we can also use cans the students bring from home.  Next time you go to put them in YOUR recycling bin, stop, and put them in a bag for your child to bring to school.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.

Mrs. Noonan and Mrs. Gridelli

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5th Grade News

 

  • November 1:                    All-School Mass, 9:00 a.m.
    November 2:                   Fifth Grade Performance For Parents, 7:00
  • November 3:                   NO School: Teachers’ In-service
  • November 9:                   Picture Retake Day

In Reading, students are close reading different precepts.  We are also practicing how to analyze a precept and write a paragraph explaining our thoughts.  Students will be finishing Wonder next week.  Book report options have been handed out for Wonder; book reports will be due on Tuesday, November 7th.  After reading Wonder we’ll be working hard to identify the theme of the book.  In Unit 5 of Spelling, students are studying short vowel sounds.  In Writing,  students will be focuses on ways to successfully end a story without saying “THE END”.

In Science, the students were assessed the body systems that allow us to breathe, move and circulate our blood.  Next, we will study the digestive system.

We have reached the mid point of our decimal unit in math.  Students have learned about place value, how to order and estimate with decimals.  With this framework, they are now ready to add and subtract decimals. We continue to supplement our Go Math lessons with Simple Solutions by completing two lessons each week.

In social studies, we continue the Overview.  Students will create their own motto while learning about our country’s motto, e Pluribus Unum–Out of Many, One.

As the month of October comes to an end, the children will bring home their rosaries;  however, we will continue to learn about Mary as we look at Our God and his creations, as well as prayers.  We continue to recognize empathy in our 2nd step program.

Last but not least, please remember the 5th grade service project is collecting cans.  We have been collecting cans throughout the school; however, we can also use cans the students bring from home.  Next time you go to put them in YOUR recycling bin, stop, and put them in a bag for your child to bring to school.

Red Ribbon week was filled wtih exciting events and prizes.  Most importantly, the message was received loud and clear to tune out drugs and lead a healthy life!

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.

Mrs. Noonan and Mrs. Gridelli

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5th Grade News

  • Red Ribbon Week begins Monday, October 23rd
  • Picture Retake Day will be Thursday, October 26th

In religion the students will focus on Mary, the Blessed Virgin.  The month of October is traditionally the time we remember Mary and the rosary.  We are saying a decade of the rosary daily in class.  Thank you for sending in the beautiful rosaries.

In language arts,the students have been drafting their vignettes.  These are small moments, that we are trying to “zoom-in” on and create detailed pictures using just our words.  We’ll be beginning Chapter 3 in Shirley English, students will continue to classify sentences and focus on verb tense.  In reading, students are working hard to keep up with the Wonder reading schedule.  Students are expected to be completing their journals as scheduled.  These journals are being used in class to aid discussion.  We continue to focus character traits and character actions/reactions in order to help us identify the theme.

We just finished Chapter 2 in Math.  Students had a test on the material today.  Next, we will begin our study of decimals.  First, we will talk about place value followed by instruction on how to add and subtract decimals.  Students must always remember to “line ’em up” for success with adding and subtracting decimals.   We continue to supplement the Go Math series with Simple Solutions.

In science news, we continue our study of cells and body systems.  The next unit in our text deals with how our bodies move, breathe and circulate blood.

After we complete the geography test, we will  begin the Overview in our text.  The Overview focuses on the fact that the United States has a varied population that shares many ideals.

Our Halloween celebration is Friday, October 31.  The students will come to school in costume, and the room moms are preparing a celebration that will take place 10:30-11:20.   Please read the Scoop for Halloween guidelines.

Last but not least, please remember the 5th grade service project is collecting cans.  We have been collecting cans throughout the school; however, we can also use cans the students bring from home.  Next time you go to put them in YOUR recycling bin, stop, and put them in a bag for your child to bring to school.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.

Mrs. Noonan and Mrs. Gridelli

 

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5th Grade News

  • Thursday, Oct. 5~ 8 AM Mass
  • Monday, October 9 ~ No School
  • Thursday, October 12 ~ All school Mass

Happy Fall!

The start of October brings many new areas of study for our 5th graders.  In language arts, the students will be creating a repetitive poem.     We will concentrate on 2 traits for this month’s poetry and narrative writing, idea and organization.  In both pieces we will be descriptive using Show, not Tell strategies.  In Shurley English we are reviewing basic sentence parts and the different types of sentences.

In reading, we will be finishing Night of the Spadefoot Toads next week.  As a class, we are identifying the theme of the novel and analyzing how the author uses different strategies to convey that theme.  Students have also complete their first book report: The Dodecahedron Report.  In the future, students will be able to choose their projects.  Some projects will be completely digital while others will have physical parts.  Students are expected to complete the majority of their projects in class.  We stress the importance of time and guide students to see how their decisions, in class, affects the amount of work done at home.

In social studies we will be studying Geography followed by the Overview which discusses our country’s mottos, ideals, and government.  There is quite a bit of vocabulary in the unit.  The students should be able to recognize the word and its definition.  You may want to quiz them on these words in your spare time.  The lesson also includes the role and rights associated with being a United States Citizen.  Free Enterprise was discussed too.  Ask your student about the largest U.S import and export.  The answers may surprise you!

In Math, we are in the middle of our unit on Division.  we have learned the traditional algorithm for division, as well as how to model it with base ten blocks and how to solve a division problem with partial quotients.  Each week, we supplement our math instruction with 2 simple solutions lessons.

We have completed our study of the cell and a brief lesson on inherited traits.  Next, we will discuss cells to body systems.

For the month of October we will focus on Mary.  Along with reading and discussing Mary, we ask that the students bring in a rosary as we will be saying a decade of the rosary everyday in class.  We continue to do Second Step.

Last but not least, please remember the 5th grade service project is collecting cans. We have been collecting cans throughout the school; however, we can also use cans the students bring from home. Next time you go to put them in YOUR recycling bin, stop, and put them in a bag for your child to bring to school.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.

Mrs. Noonan and Mrs. Gridelli

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5th Grade News

  • September 19, 8 am mass
  • September 29, Grandparents Mass at 1:15

We’ve been working hard to get into the full swing of our schedules.  We have great expectations that it will be a year of growth and new experiences.

In social studies, the students been studying the Money Savvy Pig which is a basic personal finance curriculum that helps kids get smart about money.  Have your child tell you about our very own classroom economy.

In reading, the class is reading Night of the Spadefoot Toads by Bill Harley.  Our goal is to determine the theme of the text by analyzing different narrative features.  We are currently analyzing how point of view affects the information told to the reader.  Next week students will be logging in to their Google Classrooms which we will utilize through out the year.

In Spelling, students have completed the first unit focusing on spelling the long /a/ and /e/ sounds.  Next students will practice spelling  long /i/ and /o/ words.  In English, students are reviewing nouns, verbs, and adverbs; they also have been editing sentences for punctuation errors.

In Mathematics, we are learning place value, exponents, the properties and multiplication and division.    Each week, we work in our Simple Solutions workbook  as well which gives us the opportunity to practice skills we have learned in previous years.

We are finishing the unit on STEM and the students are well versed on the difference between technology and engineering.  Next, we will study Cells and Body Systems in Science.

In religion, we are discussing how Jesus shares his mission with the church and what is our role in that mission.  How do we share the Good News with others?

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5th Grade News

Upcoming calendar notes:

  • Monday, September 4th – No School
  • Thursday, September 7th – Fall Fest begins
  • Friday, September 8th – 1pm Dismissal
  • Monday, September 11th – No School
  • Tuesday, September 12th – School Pictures
  • Wednesday, September 13th – 9am School Mass

It’s been wonderful the last couple of weeks getting to know your child/children. They have come to school on time, prepared, and ready to learn!  We have been working on getting the 5th graders organized and understanding the policies of 5th grade.

We are focusing on showing acts of kindness, hope and faith.  With this in mind we’d like to share our policies and expectations so we will have a successful year with your child.  These are reminders of the handouts we gave you at the Meet and Greet.

Homework

We have started assigning homework and want to remind you that your child has received an OOPS piece of paper.  This OOPS allows them to miss one homework assignment without any consequence.  If your child has not completed a homework assignment, he must turn in his OOPS, and return the assignment the next day.  The next time they miss an assignment, you will be notified with a an email describing the assignment missed and when it was due.  The assignment is to be returned the next day.  The assignment could have points deducted because it was late.

You will also notice at times a C-S-R written at the top of a paper.  This stands for Correct, Sign, and Return.  Your child must correct the mistakes, have you sign the paper, and return it on the next day.  The students also may redo an assignment if they would like to better their grade.  It must be completed within 24 hours, and additional points will be given for corrected answers.

As stated in the homework booklet, homework is a practice or extension of class work.  If at any time your child does not understand his homework, or it is excessive, please inform us with a note or e-mail, and we will help your child with the concept without having a homework consequence.

Handbook Reminders

After reading the handbook with your child, please remember and understand that in fifth grade we do not let them call home if they have forgotten something at home.  The consequence is never that harsh, and we will instead be helping them to become responsible young adults.

Responsibility

        As you can probably predict, teaching responsibility is one of our goals.   If we can work side-by-side following the guidelines above, we hope that your child will become a more responsible student.  Again, the consequences are never too harsh that you should feel the need to bail your child out.  We understand there can be extenuating circumstances and emergencies.  Please just inform and work with us and we will do the same.

If you have any questions please email either of us at egridelli@stcletusparish.com or anoonan@stcletusparish.com

We are looking forward to seeing you at the Fall Fest!

Thank you for your cooperation and support,

 

Mrs. Noonan and Mrs. Gridelli

 

 

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