February 14, 2013

February 14, 2013

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

Happy Valentine’s Day! We have been working very hard here in the fifth grade. Next week is a short week but there are still very important pieces of information to communicate to you.


Friday 2/15 – Noon Dismissal!

Monday 2/18 – No School Presidents’ Day

Tuesday 2/19 – No School

Thursday 2/21- 5A & 5B Attend Mass at 7:45AM


Wednesday 2/20: Lesson 66: Reading a Centimeter Scale

Thursday 2/21: Lesson 67, Writing Tenths and Hundredths as Decimal Numbers


We are now in the beginning of Lent and our Theme for the School is “For Lent For Life”.  The fifth graders have made their Lenten Goals in the areas of Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving and have written the on the back of a cross.  The students then decorated the front of the their cross.  Our Fifth grade sub theme is “Carrying the Cross for Christ.”  This week we will begin Chapter 18, The Liturgy of the Eucharist.

Social Studies

Next week the fifth graders will be starting Lesson 9, Colonial Williamsburg. In this lesson students will learn what daily life was like in Colonial Williamsburg. They will be traveling to various locations in the town to learn about that location. Students will be placed in small groups and work together to complete a task at each location.

Remember to continue to study the States and Capitals at home.  We will be having a test on this material at the end of March.  There are great links on my web-page, which are good for practice.


Students will discover how adaptations help organisms survive in cold climates and hot, dry climates. Student will also learn how adaptations help organisms survive seasonal changes.


Students have started a grammar unit on: prefixes, suffixes, and root words. This week students have completed their study on root words and will continue to study root words with prefixes and/or suffixes attached. 

During our grammar unit, students will start a short narrative writing piece about an event that has happened in their lives. A rubric will accompany the assignment with a definitive due date. 

Please gently remind your child to study for upcoming spelling tests.


Have a great week!

Ms. Semandiris