December 8, 2016

December 8, 2016


Dear Fifth Grade Parents,


Thank you so much for the gorgeous Husky Christmas Wreath and beautiful card! Wow, what a big surprise! It is hanging up and it is so festive, hopefully it will bring good luck for the Huskies on NYE!




Advent Service Project: Thanks to those who have already donated to the Service Project! We have collected about $30.00 so far for tags from the “Giving Tree”. There is still time for any monetary donations. We have chosen many tags from the “Giving Tree” so anything will help!!


12/15 – 8:30 – 9:00am – Service Prayer Service in the Church

2:00pm – 2:50pm – Reconciliation for 5A!

6:30pm – Christmas Program in Church,

*Doors open to the school and teachers will be here at 6pm to receive the children.


12/16 – 11:00am -11:15am – Faith Family Card Exchange

11:15am – 11: 50pm – Sing-a-long!!!

Noon Dismissal for Christmas Break!!!



We have begun Ch. 15 The Sacraments of Healing. In this Chapter we are learning about Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick. This test will be on Wednesday 12/15.


Advent Service Goals:

  • The 5th Grade will be collecting monetary donations and then we will be buying items from the giving tree for community members in need. We will need volunteers to do the shopping as well. If you are interested please email me.


  • Each student will bring in a canned food item for 12/15 “Service” Prayer Service. (8:30am)




12/12 – Ch. 5 Lesson 1, Round Decimals

12/13 – Ch. 5 Lesson 2 Estimate Sums and Differences

12/14 – Ch. 5 Problems-Solving Investigations Estimate or Exact Answer

12/15 – Ch. 5 Check My Progress

12/16 – ALEKS!!!



The Selections Test covering the vocabulary and comprehension questions for the Everglades story will be in today’s boomerang. In preparation for this challenging test, we have spent class time discussing and practicing various study strategies. The ThinkCentral site has links for students to go to for vocabulary and rereading practice. In addition, the students were set up on VocabularySpellingCity to practice the vocabulary. In class, the students created a study guide to encourage discussion and deepen understanding of the story. If your child did not do as well as s/he hoped on this test, I would encourage you to have a conversation with them about how they used the study strategies on the nights they were assigned as homework over the past week and a half. I would like to encourage the good habit of using the study strategies, so those students who would like to go back and try at least 3 of the study strategies and make corrections may bring them to me for additional credit.


Social Studies

We are working on Chapter 6, Three English Settlements. Students will be completing the Interactive Notebook for homework due on 12/8. (A study guide was be passed out on 12/5 & 12/6.) We had a review for the test on 12/8. Students have been preparing for the “Act it Outs” in class, we will perform those on 12/9. This test is on 12/12 for 5A, and 12/13 for 5B.



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.


Language Arts

This week in Language Arts the focus for spelling was final /r/ sounds. Students learned about using direct quotations in grammar, and finished their Compare & Contrast essays in writing. Next week, students will do some creative Christmas writing centered around different elements of figurative language.


Ms. Semandiris

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