December 4, 2014

December 4, 2014

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

For service during Advent this year, Fifth Grade will adopt a local family to provide clothing and other gifts. At the bottom of this letter is a list of the family’s needs and wants.

Students have been asked to provide money toward an item’s purchase. Please let us know if you would be willing to be a shopper with the donated funds. We need about 4 volunteers between the two classes.

Students will gift wrap the presents in class. Thank you for your help!


12/8 – Mass of Immaculate Conception 8:45am

12/11 – Christmas Program in Church (Students report to classrooms at 6pm and program will start at 6:30pm.) Please pick your child up after from the 5A classroom. I will check them off as “picked up” as parents come to get them!

12/12 – Report Cards go home today. Please sign and return the envelope. (Keep report card.)

Curriculum Update for the week of 12/8- 12/2014:


We have been preparing for our Advent Wreath Blessing Prayer Service on 12/5. (8:30am) Join us if you can!


12/8 – Mass at 8:45am

12/9 – Ch. 3 Test

12/10 – Ch. 4 Pre-Assessment, Look at corrected tests.

12/11- Ch. 4 Estimate Quotients

12/12- Ch. 4 Divide Using Base Ten Blocks

Social Studies

The fifth graders are working on Chapter 6, Three English Settlements. They are preparing for our “Act it outs” on Monday 12/8 for 5A and Tuesday 12/9 for 5B. Students have been given a handout with the questions that they need to answer in the first person. The test for this Chapter is 12/11.



Students will practice using their 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.



This week, 5th graders enjoyed reading an excerpt from a classic; Old Yeller. We discussed the author’s use of dialect in this Historical Fiction story and practiced using intonation while reading out loud.

Language Arts

This week in Language Arts students completed multiple pre-write graphic organizers for a compare and contrast essay. Students are working on writing an introduction with a lead sentence and a topic sentence. Students will be working on a rough draft of their essay next week. In grammar, students learned about direct and indirect objects and applied their knowledge to sentences from “Old Yeller”

Our Adopt a Family:

Family #9

Mom and 3 children

–girl age 7

  • She wears plus size girls- this size can be found at Penney’s, Sears. Macy’s and sometimes Target size 18 ½- 201/2


Wishes: African American doll with stroller, Barbie with car, Seahawks shirt


Needs: Tops, skorts or skirts with leggings, dress, coat shoes size 4, books reading level 2


– girl age 9


Wishes: Books reading level 3, African American Barbie, Seahawks shirt, Skooter, She likes to put on skits at home with her sister and would like make-up to use for the characters they portray.


Needs: Shoes size 5, Pajamas, leggings, Uniform blue pants, wears girls size 16


– boy age 14 Freshman in high school tall 6’ 3”


Wishes: Basketball, Pay as you go phone, Tablet


Needs: Men’s 1X clothing- pajamas, basketball shorts, Dark colored hoodie with vest that could be worn over hoodie.


Mother is asking for a good used or new computer for the family to use. After just meeting with her children’s teacher for PT conference she would like for them to have home access to academic learning aides that are on line.


Pots, pans, silverware