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5th Grade News

  • Tuesday, June 6th…..8am mass
  • Friday, June 9… Closing Mass and 11:30 DISMISSAL

It is difficult to believe that this is the last newsletter of 5th grade!  The time passed much too quickly, especially the last couple of weeks.  The students are anxious for summer to begin.  They are frequently reminded of expected behaviors and to continue to put their best effort into their work.

The end of May has been busy.   The talk is complete and went well.  Students were mature and asked interesting questions.

In room 116, we are reading The Phantom Tollbooth. The novel is a clever book that focuses on the English language and math concepts and  uses  figurative language  in a humorous, fantasy story.  Room 117 is reading Holes.  The novel is beautifully written and ties two narratives together to create one exciting story.

In social studies the students have created a scrapbook of the events leading up to the Revolutionary War.  They chose a character from that time period and did all activities from their person’s perspective.  We hope you enjoy their project when they bring it home next week.

We have finished the book!!!!  A first in 5th Grade!  These students should be proud of all the hard work they have done in Math this year.  Our chapter 10 test will be Wednesday, May 30th on converting units of measure.   Please be sure that your student keeps their math skills fresh with weekly work in Simple Solutions or Summer Solutions.  There are also many appropriate websites for summer math fun!

In science, we are studying Nutrition with lessons from myplate.  This week, we let our beautiful butterflies free after personally witnessing their entire life cycle.

In religion, we continue our focus on the Family Life Curriculum.

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. Noonan and Mrs. Gridelli

 

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5th Grade News

5th Grade News, May 12, 2015

  • Friday, May 19….boy/girl talk
  • Friday, May 26th….5th grade to 8:00 AM Mass

We celebrated a beautiful May Crowning  all school mass today with our first communicants and eighth graders leading this lovely tribute to Mary.

In social studies, we tested on Chapter 8 and are putting the finishing touches on our American Revolution Scrapbooks.

In language arts, we are beginning our last class novel!  Room 116 will be reading The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. Room 117 will be reading Holes by Louis Sachar.  Students will choose 4 activities to complete with their novels focusing on story elements, characterization, and themes.

In math, we just completed chapter 9.  Next is Chapter 10 which is all about conversion.  Converting units of measure in customary measurements and metric!  Customary length and capacity are the first two lessons, ask your child to measure their height in inches and then to convert it to a mixed measure of feet and inches.   Each week, we complete two lessons in Simple Solutions to keep all our math skills fresh.

We have reviewed ecosystems in our Science text.  This unit taught us about invasive species, extinction and conservation.  The students have had some great discussions about the environment and ecosystems.  We explored how droughts and floods effect plants and ecosystems.

In religion, we have begun our  Family Life curriculum.  We will be completing a short puberty talk, separating the boys and the girls on May 19th.  We are fortunate to have Dr. Beauregard ( a St. Cletus parent) come to present and discuss the topic with the boys.  Mrs. Noonan and Mrs. Gridelli will present and discuss with the girls.

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. Clancy and Mrs. Gridelli

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5th Grade News, April, 2017

  • Tuesday, May 9th ….May Crowning and Mass
  • Thursday, May 11th … Sports Awards 7 pm
  • Friday, May 19….boy/girl talk

The students in 117 are reading The Phantom Tollbooth; students in 116 are participating in their last lit circle reading: Bridge to Terabithia, The Westing Game, and Julie of the Wolves.  Students are working on summarizing, analyzing, and judging as they read through their books. Novel packets are due Monday, May 8th.  Final novel projects are due Friday, May 12th.  Final project choices will be handed out next week.

We have begun our last writing project!  Student will be researching a topic of their choice.  We will be writing a thesis for our papers and will continue to practice how to incorporate outside information into a research paper.

In social studies, we are finishing Chapter 8.  We are studying all the details of the American Revolution.  We are also working on our American Revolution scrapbook.  We will finish out the chapter with an assessment this week.

In math, we are studying ordered pairs, line graphs and coordinate grids.   Each week, we complete two lessons in Simple Solutions to keep all our math skills fresh.

We are working on biodome projects in Science Lab.  In the classroom, we are examining how environmental changes affect organisms.

In religion, we began the Family Life curriculum and we will be completing a short puberty talk, separating the boys and the girls on May 19.  We are fortunate to have Dr. Beauregard come to present and discuss the topic with the boys.  Mrs. Noonan and Mrs. Gridelli will present and discuss with the girls.  We will be sending home a permission slip for your child to take part in the discussions.

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

 

  • Spring Break April 14-23
  • Tuesday, April 25…DARE Graduation- 9:00 AM in Morrissey Hall

 

Happy Spring!  We are all excited about our Spring Break!  The students have been working hard the last couple of weeks completing many different activities.

We are done with Aspire Testing!!  Thank you for your cooperation.

In language arts, 117 will be reading The Phantom Tollbooth while 116 participates in literature circles.  We are really working on thinking deeply about our novels.  Students will also be comparing story elements.  The Black History Month research papers are due Wednesday, April 26th.  Students have been editing each other’s work in class.

In social studies, we continue to study Chapter 8 and work on our Scrapbook from the point of view of a person who lived during that time.

In math, we are completing our  chapter geometry, we now how to find the volume of a composite figures.  Our assessment is on Thursday and after break we will tackle coordinate planes.  Converting Measurement is the last chapter of the year!    Much of the next two chapters will be review, thanks to our day to day mastery in Simple Solutions!

We are dissecting owl pellets in Science.  At first, the kids were grossed out but now they are loving it and examining the prey of the owl.  Students will understand the barn owls niche in its habitat and ecosystem.

In religion, 117 finished watching Jesus Christ Super Star and will celebrate with a prayer service for washing of the feet on Holy Thursday.  116 will be viewing Jesus Christ Super Star after break.  We have been focuses on the Holy Triddum  and Easter Sunday in class.

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.

Have a joyful-restful Easter and celebration of  renewed hope that the Lord brings.

Mrs. Gridelli and Mrs. Noonan

 

 

 

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5th Grade News

 

  • Aspire Testing April 3-6
  • Roller Skating Party April 6th
  • No School April 7th
  • Spring Break April 14th-23rd

 

Spring is here and hopefully we will see some warmer temperatures soon!  Aspire Testing is next week.  Please be sure your child is well rested and has had a healthy breakfast.  Spring break is also quickly approaching!

Our DARE essays are due April 4th and we will let you know the DARE graduation date soon. 

In religion, we continue to reflect on the stations of the cross and we enjoyed living stations performed by our 8th graders.  We use our DARE time each week for religion as we discuss 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,  we have begun Chapter 8 and are examining what happened and what led up to the Revolutionary War.  Tensions are rising as taxes are implemented by England and Colonists are getting more and more fed up on the road to War.

In language arts students are working hard on drafting their research papers.  We will be editing next week using Google Docs.  Research papers are due on Wednesday, April 26th.  Room 116 is reading Holes while 117 participates in literature circles.  Students are working to use and develop their thinking voices (when reading) in order to identify different passages and analyze plot.  Reading projects will come out next week and will be due before spring break.

In math, we continue our study of Geometry and Volume.  We have learned to find the volume of rectangular prisms.  We can do this by using the formula LxWxH.  Length (L) x Width(W) x Height (H).  We continue to work on simple solutions each week with three lessons due each Thursday.

In science, the students wowed teachers, students, families and community members with their extensive knowledge of energy displayed on fabulous tri-fold science fair boards!!!  We could not be more proud and we thank you for your help and support with this project!!!!

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

  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society dress down on March 22.  Bring in $1.00 and wear red.  
  • School Musical March 22 and 23
  • No School March 24th
  • Energy Fair March 28th 1-3
  • Aspire Testing April 3-6

Spring is here and hopefully we will see some warmer temperatures soon!  Spring break is also quickly approaching!  The time is going much too quickly, and we still have so much to complete. School supplies, at times, continue to be a problem.  Please check with your child to see whether they have all the necessary supplies needed for school.

In religion, we continue to reflect on the stations of the cross completing our own stations book.  We use our DARE time each week for religion as we discuss the importance of our behavior and interactions with peers.  This week we learned about effective communication!   The students role played confident communication in real life situations.

In social studies,  students have read and discussed the French and the Spanish exploration and colonization.  Now, we will discuss the French and Indian War.  We will have an assessment early next week.

In language arts we have written very amusing limericks.  In reading, Room 117 will be participating in literature circles while Room 116 will be reading a novel together.  We will be focusing on the tone and mood used in novels and discuss how those elements affect our comprehension.  We will be finishing notes for our Black History Month papers and will begin to draft next week.

In math, we are learning about Geometry and Volume.  We have defined terms and shown what we know.  Students are able to identify polygons and triangles.  We continue to work on simple solutions each week with two lessons due each Thursday.

In science, we continue to work on our Energy Fair projects. and we went back to the text.  15 students from the grade were able to participate in an Energy Audit of our school building with Ms. Caryn Turrell from NEED, they had a lesson and then measured energy and light use in several different rooms of the school including the gym and the boiler room.  We have returned to the text we are studying Ecosystems.

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

 

  • Friday, March 9, Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Monday, March 13, Reconciliation
  • Friday, March 17, 8AM Mass
  • Friday,  March 17,  Field Trip, Backstage tour, Opera House
  • Tuesday, March 28, Energy Fair

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.

Students are identifying different types of tone used in short stories.  Students are noting how tone and mood affect comprehension.  We will begin another novel study the week of March 13th.  Students should be reading a Battle of the Books novel.   In language we are researching famous Black Americans for Black History Month.  Students are also focusing on how to successfully write on demand.  We  began to put notes in our own words onto our note sheets .  Students will write limericks in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

We continue to study all types of energy and we are preparing for our Energy Fair which will be Tuesday March 28th in Morrissey Hall from 1-3.

In math, we are finishing the unit on fractions.  Chapter 7 teaches us how to divide the fraction. We flip the divisor and multiply but we also have identified how to solve fraction division problems with models!  Simple Solutions continues to supplement the GoMath curriculum.

In social studies, our focus in social studies is on the colonization of the English colonies.  Activities will focus on who came to the colonies and why they came.  Each table created their own colony which they are presenting now.

Officer Andries and his helper gave the students their first role playing opportunity this week where they were given a scenario and had deal with it given the tools they have learned.  The rest of the class had to guess what method they were employing to make the right choice.  All involved did a super job!

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!

 

  • $1.00 dress down on Thursday, February 23rd
  • Friday, February 24th end of the 2nd trimester
  • Wednesday, March 1st Ash Wednesday Mass
  • Report cards go home Friday, March 3rd

Each Thursday in Lent we will be participating in Stations of the Cross beginning on March 2nd.

The students are completing an independent novel study are working on their final projects for their novels.  Final projects are due Friday, February 24th.  Next week, we will be focusing on mood and tone in several different short stories.  We will also be focusing on vocabulary building skills.

In language arts, we are beginning our the process to write an expository piece focusing on famous Black Americans for Black History Month.  Each student should have a biography to read on one Black American and will complete basic research using selected books, the internet, and library reference materials.  This project will be completed in class.  We finished our February poem, a diamonte.  This poem focused on the parts of speech.

We are continuing our study of all types of Energy and starting to talk about the Energy Fair coming up next month.  Students will create a Science Fair trifold for Energy!  There will also be games and a surprise!  Save the date:  March 17th

In math, we have concluded our chapter on multiplying fractions.  Next, we will learn to divide fractions and we will tackle the Geometry chapter prior to standardized testing.  We continue to polish many of our skills in Simple Solutions with two lessons each week.

In social studies we  are studying Chapter 6. Students are creating a colony!  We are learning about day to day life in the Colonies for adults , children and slaves.  We touch on school, employment and religion. Columbian Exchange and have begun to record them in TLC class.

We are learning about the liturgical year and confirmation in Religion.  Soon we will begin our Lenten journey, the students are reminded of Jesus’ sacrifice for us and are making their own conversions as we prepare for Easter.

Officer Andries has fielded many questions from the DARE box.  The students are learning about the dangers of tobacco, drugs and alcohol.

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.   Please rinse out the cans before bringing them to school to prevent fruit flies.  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 8th…Band Performance at 1:50
  •    Friday, February 10th….No School
  •    Tuesday, February 14th….Valentine Day parties ( Yes, they do exchange Valentine’s)
  •    Friday, February 17th …….8am mass
  •    Monday, February 20th …….No School

We are entered a prose, poetry and poster contest sponsored by the Illinois EPA.  Students choose one way to show their ideas to reduce waste to save space.  Four posters and four literary entries from the Fifth Grade will be sent on to Springfield.  We are proud of our student’s hard work and creativity on this project!

Students in Room 116 will be participating in literature circles.  They will be responsible for creating their reading schedule and assigning jobs in their groups.  Room 117 will be reading The Magic Thief. We are identifying and discussing the different elements of the stories’ structures.  You should see your child reading their novel 20 minutes each evening.  If they have completed reading their novel, they should be reading a Battle of the Books novel.

In language arts, we are continuing to work on persuasive writing organization.  Students are writing opinion essays in class.  The students will participate in a small team debate using persuasive strategies. We also will begin our February poem, a diamonte.  This poem focuses on the parts of speech.

We continue to present our inventions.  We will do an experiment that models oil drilling and we will study wind energy with the help of Mrs. Pauley in the Science Lab.

In math, students were assessed on adding and subtracting fractions.  Ch 7 teaches us to multiply fractions, first with models.  The multiplication sign X means “of”.  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 6. Students were tested on Chapter 5 last week.  Our study of American history continues with Life in the Colonies, working and trading.

Catholic School Weeks was a smash hit and we were excited to prepare and present the Mass!

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.

DARE begins on February 7th!  Students are excited to meet Officer Andries and jump right into this great program!  The students will learn about Drug and Alcohol Awareness, Peer Pressure, making appropriate choices, and all the while, keeping it real.

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!

  • Thursday, January 19—-9:00 AM all school Mass
  • Monday, January 23—-EPA projects are due
  • Wednesday, January 25—– Inventions are due
  • Friday, January 27, 2:00 PM—5th grade open house to view the inventions
  • Catholic Schools Week kicks off Sunday, January 29th with 9:30 Mass then Open House from 10:30 – 12:30
  • Tuesday, February 7—-DARE program begins with Officer Andries

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.  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!

It was heart warming to hear about all the students’ experiences from the Friend of Jesus Project.  We are returning to our books this week.  Students will be reviewing their baptismal promises, and appreciating our belonging to the Church and to welcome others into the Church.

In reading, Room 116 is reading The Magic Thief and Room 117 had their choice of literature circle novels.  Novels students are reading include: Crash, The Watson’s go to Birmingham- 1963, Al Capone Does My Shirts, The Homework Machine, and No Talking.  We will work on different strategies for reading…not just reading the words, but using our “thinking voice” while reading.   In language arts, we will be beginning a poem titled, A Year in Review.  They may need some help with remembering events that occurred in your family during 2016.

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.  We  are learning all about our first colonies and what it takes to make a successful colony.

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 learning how to add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators.  Understanding least common multiples, denominators and equivalent fractions are essential to this skill.

Our student inventions are due January 25. Packet outlines were passed out before Christmas 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 27 at 2 P.M. They will also be on display for Open House Sunday, January 29.

In addition to our inventions , we are learning all about energy via the NEED project’s ESP (energizing student potential).  This program is thanks to a grant earned by Mrs. Noonan and Mrs. Doyle.

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

Mrs. Noonan and Mrs. Gridelli

 

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5th Grade News!

December 21–8 am mass & Christmas dress down for $1.00

December 22–9 am all school mass

December 23-Jan 8—-Christmas Break

 

Dear Parents,

It’s Christmas! We hope the children have a wonderful holiday break. They deserve it with all of the hard work they have completed these busy weeks in December.

In religion, our focus was the Advent season. The students completed bible studies of Mary, Joseph, Jesus, and other biblical figures.    We have also talked about he spirit of giving with our “family” donations and our special privilege to be able to participate in the Friend of Jesus program.  In addition, we have created cards for Mrs. B’s nephew’s son who is very ill and we have made thank you cards for the parishioners who so graciously support our school.

In reading, Room 116 is reading Blubber and Room 117 is reading On My Honor .  Both classes are  creating  character portraits giving three character traits and citing evidence from the novel for each trait. During Writing Workshop, the students created clever alliteration poems about Christmas/the winter season.  Students have also been learning about how to hold a debate and the qualities of a skilled debater.  Students will continue to debate different topics in the classroom and work on their persuasive writing skills.

In social studies, both classes have completed Chapter 4 and have been assessed.  We will jump right into Chapter 5 for these remaining days and continue our studies of Jamestown and the first colonies in the new year.

In math, we continue to study decimals with division of decimals and will have a test on this chapter next week.  Students menu projects are looking great and it will be exciting to hear and watch them present their creations!  Fractions will be next.  This week we learned estimating with two digit divisors.  Each week, I will assign two Simple Solutions lessons that will be due on Thursday.  Students may work ahead.

In science, we are learning all about energy with our ESP (Energizing Student Potential curriculum).  In conjunction with our inventions and our study of simple machines,   this week we brought in screw drivers for Science lab and took apart small appliance to discover the simple machines inside.   The intent to invent and Journal log of our invention project will be returned before break so that the students can work on their projects.

Thank you for your heartfelt generosity and warm wishes. We feel blessed during this holiday season to be working with you and your child. May you have a happy, healthy holiday season.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Mrs. Noonan and Mrs. Gridelli

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5th Grade News!

Important Dates:

  • Monday, December 5th students will be going to Reconciliation
  • Reading projects are due Monday, December 5th
  • Thursday, December 8th, there is an all school Mass at 9 A.M.
  • Intent to Invent and Invention log/journal check due December 16th.
  • Menu Project for Math due December 15th

 

In religion, our focus was the Advent season. The students completed bible studies of Mary, Joseph, Jesus, and other biblical figures.

In reading, students have finished their first round of literaure circles. Students worked hard preparing for lit circles and leading discussion.  Projects for the lit circle novels are due Monday, December 5th.  In  Writing Workshop, we have started our persuasive writing unit.  Students will be participating in several debates and learning how to write in order to persuade.  During the month of December, students will also be writing a new form of poetry.  This month’s focus will be alliteration.  Before break Room 116 will be reading Blubber by Judy Blume and Room 117 will read On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer.  We will be focusing on story structure and comparing/contrasting story elements.

In social studies, both classes have completed Chapter 3 and have been assessed.  The new  year will bring a focus on explorers and the colonies in the New World.  We have started discussing the importance of the Columbian Exchange.

In math, we completed our study of multiplying decimals.  I have assigned the Menu Project which will be due later this month.  Students can apply all they know about decimals by creating their own restaurant and their own customers!  Look for more information in your student’s binder.  Each week, I will assign two Simple Solutions lessons that will be due on Thursday.  Students may work ahead.

In science, we have learned about simple machines and Invention Mania has begun.  Students were given their Invention packet, a letter was sent home and their journal log was started here at school.  We will have a test when we return from winter break.   In Science lab, we will take apart small appliance to discover the simple machines inside.   The intent to invent and Journal log of our invention project will be returned before break so that the students can work on their projects.  I cannot wait to see the finished products!

 

Mrs. Gridelli and Mrs. Noonan

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5th Grade News!

  • Sunday, November 20th Book Fair opens
  • Tuesday, November 22nd 9 AM school Mass
  • Tuesday, November 22nd parent-teacher conferences

Dear Parents,

As we completed our 1st trimester, we want to congratulate the 5th grade for their hard work in completing their daily assignments.  We feel the binders are a big help in keeping the students organized.  Please continue to monitor your child by having them go over their assignments with you, making sure the work is complete and packing it in the backpack to be turned in at school.

This year students will be given the opportunity to become aware of important issues in our world.  They will have the opportunity to participate in writing and poster contests.  The first will involve Econ Illinois.  Our students will create posters centered around the theme of productive resources, specialization and trade, incentives and consumer choice and using income.  Information has been sent home and the posters are due in class Friday, November 18.

Tuesday, November 22 are parent-teacher conferences.  This year the students are required to attend the conference with you.   We look forward to speaking with your child  and you on that day.

In Language Arts, it’s a new month, which means a new form of poetry.  The students will be writing concrete poems for November.  These poems are created in the shape of the topic they have written about using differetnt types of figurative language.  In spelling, we are focusing on the homophones their/they’re/and there.  The students have chosen their next literature circle novel.  Students have been introduced to Google Classroom, I am looking forward to incorporting this into lit circles!  Students will continue to compare different story elements (characters/events/setting) in their novels.

In social studies, we began our study trade and exploration of new worlds.

Science continues to intrigue our fifth grade minds with the study of cells, heredity and genetics.  Does your child know how many cells they have?  What about the difference between plant and animal cells?  Ask your child about dominant and recessive traits that they inherited….can they roll their tongue, do they have attached earlobes?

We are finishing up chapter 3 with an assessment on Friday. we have learned how to model, add and subtract decimals, create a table and choose a method.  Next, in Chapter 4, we will learn how to multiply decimals!  As always, we supplement GoMath with Simple Solutions, minutes a day, mastery for a lifetime.

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!

  •  Friday, Oct. 31 Halloween Party
  • 5th grade has 8 AM Mass on Thursday, November 3rd
  • Thursday, November 3rd is a Student Council hosted dress down day.  Students should wear gray, green, or pink and bring in $1.00 to support the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Metropolitan Chicago.
  • There’s no school on Friday, November 4th
  • The first trimester will end on Friday, November 11th

Wow!  What a performance!  The fifth graders put on an amazing show and we would like to thank you for your support!  A special shout out to Miss Chidlow who was patient, professional and produced a truly entertaining Fifth grade Musical!!!!!

In religion the students are focusing on the seven sacraments and how they strengthen our relationship with God.   We will review the sacraments of initiation, healing, and service.

In language arts, the students have been working hard in their final Sign of the Beaver projects.  After students present their projects to the class, classes will be choosing their books for their first round of literature circles.  In writing, students are focusing on narrative beginnings that hook readers and satisfying conclusions.  Students are also pushing themselves to include dialogue in their narrative pieces.  We are also reviewing subject-verb agreement rules.

We started chapter 3 in math.  We are learning all about place value on the other side of the decimal point, we have also studied how to round decimals.  Students will model addition and subtraction of decimals with base ten blocks.  Ask your student what the most important thing to remember when adding and subtracting decimals.  They will chant….”line ’em up”….a parody to light them up by Fall Out Boy!  We continue to supplement the Go Math series with Simple Solutions.

In science news, we are beginning our study of cells, Cells to Body Systems more specifically.  Lesson 1 defines cells as the basic unit of structure and function in living things, then we will identify the parts of animal and plant cells, and finally, cell theory.  Mrs. Paule has a wonderful lab planned to us to explore cells in more detail.

Using the program “Money Savvy Kids”, the students will read and discuss economic concepts with a focus on spending, saving, and donating their own money.

Our Halloween celebration is Monday, October 31.  The students will come to school in costume, and the room moms are preparing a celebration that will take place 1:50- 2:50.

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. 27,  5th grade musical….7-8 PM
  • Monday, Oct. 31 Halloween Party

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, students have been writing vignettes.  Vignettes are short zoomed in moments that are usually a part of a larger story.  We are focusing on word choice and figurative language to make our writing more detailed. In reading, students have been working hard, reading through Sign of the Beaver, and working in their literature circles.  Students will be choosing their final project ideas next week.   In spelling our focus is on silent consonants  in words.

We completed chapter 2 in math.   we will have an assessment on lessons 2.1-2.9 on Tuesday, October 18th.  Next, we will study decimals for chapters 3 and 4.  we will learn to add and subtract decimals.  Students must remember to “Line ’em up”.  In chapter 4, multiplying decimals will be studied. We continue to supplement the Go Math series with Simple Solutions.

In science news,  the second unit is all about STEM.  This week we are studying how technology improves our lives.  It is fun to think about how far we have come and why! We will answer the essential question ‘how can you use engineering to solve a problem?” in our next lesson.

In social studies, we will take a break from the text, and complete a unit on economics using the program “Money Savvy Kids”, the students will read and discuss economic concepts with a focus on spending, saving, investing and donating their own money.  The program takes approximately two weeks to complete.

Our Halloween celebration is Monday, October 31.  The students will come to school in costume, and the room moms are preparing a celebration. 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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