December 3, 2015

December 3, 2015


Dear Fifth Grade Parents,


It was so wonderful to meet with all of you at conferences. The 5A students are really making great progress this year! I have added a few reminders for the next couple of weeks.



12/4         8:45am Prayer Service 5A

12/8                  Immaculate Conception Mass @ 8:45am

12/10      Christmas Program 6:30pm (Students Report to classroom at 6pm)

12/11                1st Trimester Report Cards

12/16      5A to attend Reconciliation

12/17               Outreach Service Day –

We are collecting for our Adopt a Family!!! We are collecting for our Uganda Adopted children!!! Also please bring in canned food!

12/18                Noon Dismissal for Christmas Break!




12/4         Ch. 4 L. 4 Adjusting Quotients

12/7         Ch. 4 L. 5 Divide Greater Numbers

12/9         Ch. 4 L. 6 Problem Solving Investigations

12/10        Ch. 4 L. Fluency Practice

12/11       Chapter Review

12/14       Chapter 4 Test



We are currently on Chapter 14. Our test for this Chapter is on Wednesday 12/9.

Next week we will be comparing the Gospel stories of the Birth of Christ. Students will be also writing an Epiphany Poem/watercolor. These will be displayed on the main hall bulletin board for Epiphany.


5A and 5B Service projects this Advent have three parts:


  1. We have adopted a family. We will be buying Christmas gifts for the two children, gifts for the parents and stockings for all four. We will also need a couple of volunteers to go shopping the weekend of 12/12-13. The week of 12/14, students will wrap the presents with love.


  1. Collecting money for our Uganda adopted Children.


  1. Bring in canned food by 12/17.



Social Studies

The Fifth graders are working on Chapter 6, Early English Settlements. They will be presenting their “Act it Outs’ in class next Monday for 5A & Tuesday for 5B. We will have our test for this Chapter on Thursday 12/10. Students received a study guide today for the test.



This week the 5th graders are beginning their first Book Clubs! In order to learn the process, we are all reading the same book; Hatchet. This is an engaging adventure story of survival. The students will be reading, writing and talking about the story in their small groups, while learning about the process of participating in a Book Club. Also, watch for a Book Log to come home this week. Students will be logging their reading minutes during the month of December.


Language Arts

This week in Language Arts the focus for spelling was compound words. Students continued to learn about conjunctions and complex sentences in grammar.  We began a compare and contrast unit in writing, focusing on the introduction and first body paragraph this week. Students will finish the rough draft of their compare and contrast essay next week.


Students will practice using microscopes. Students will learn how to prepare a wet-mount slide. They will also learn to focus up and down over the surface of an object that has depth. Students will then use their skills to identify unknown specimens using a microscope.



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