Boomerang Newsletter – September 3, 2021


Dear Fifth Grade Parents!


We had a very productive week in 5A. It has been great getting to know all the fifth graders. Thank you so much for coming to our “Back to School Night” presentation.



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  • September 6th – Labor Day (No School)
  • September 13th – 1st Day Of Band
  • September 14th – Picture Day – Free Dress


The following is a curriculum update for the week of September 7 – 10, 2021:


(*Please note that the Matrix is updated over the weekend. Homework will be added as the week progresses.)



We will begin Chapter 1 God’s Plan for All Creation. In this chapter, students will:

  • explore all of creation as the gift of God’s goodness 

recognize that God reveals himself in a unique way through Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition

  • Define Providence as God’s loving care for all things
  • Describe stewardship as the way we appreciate and use God’s gifts
  • Examine the gifts of the Earth used in the Seven Sacraments as signs of God’s presence and power.
  • Understand humans’ role in stewardship of God’s creation. 


Second Step Curriculum – (Friday 2:05pm – 2:50pm)

Growth Mindset & Goal Setting

Lesson 1: The Right Goal for Me 
  • Students will be able to identify a personal goal and explain why it is right for them.


Math – Ms . Semandiris

We have begun Chapter 1 on Place Value. Please note that homework will be listed on the “MATRIX”. The MATRIX is on all Google Classrooms.

Monday – No School

Tuesday (9/7) – Ch. 1 Lesson 2, Compare and Order Whole Number Through Millions

Wednesday (9/8) – Ch. Lesson 3, Hands On: Model Fractions and Decimals

Thursday (9/9) – Ch. 1 Lesson 4, Represent Decimals

Friday (9/10) – Aleks Practice and Review of Content from the week.


Math – Mr. Schreck

Chapter 1, Place Value

Tuesday: Lesson 3, Model Fractions & Decimals

Wednesday: Lesson 4, Represent Decimals

Thursday: Review Lessons 1-4

Friday: Quiz, Lessons 1-4; ALEKS math practice


Math – Mrs. Heuer

Here is a tentative look at next week:

Monday: *No school – Labor Day.

Tuesday: *1.2 Comparing and Ordering Decimals

Wednesday: *1.3 Writing Decimals

Thursday: *1.4 Expanded Notation

Friday: *We will start our facts practices today.  (Students will learn about this in class.)

*1.5 Add Decimals (Introduce lesson – No HW.)



Students will learn how to conduct controlled experiments by experimenting with variables that affect the behavior of pendulums they will build in class. They will graph their results in a variety of ways and use their graphs to predict the behavior of different lengths of pendulums they construct. 



It’s been great meeting your children this past week. We’ve spent time learning about each other, as well as learning about my classroom expectations. Next week, I will introduce our Wonder unit. Students will get a copy of the book, which they can bring home. We will be reading this as a class, and analyze it’s themes through a variety of writing activities and discussions. Our writing focus for the first trimester will be narrative. Students will begin to draft their own narratives, as I coach them through the writing process. Please expect students to have homework next week out of their readers notebook. Email me if you have any questions. 


Social Studies

We will  begin Chapter 1, The Geography of the United States next week. In this lesson students learn the basic skills needed to understand the geography of the United States by creating a series of annotated maps. Students will learn several geography skills including determining location of lines of latitude and longitude and identifying physical features of the United States. Students will be having direct instruction as well as small group work to complete a set of map questions. The answers to these questions are located in their text.  Students will also be learning how to do a vocabulary assignment on a google doc. 






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