February 21, 2013

February 21, 2013

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

Thank you to all students who attended Mass this morning!

A Message from Ms. Mudge:
Thursday Mar 7, trip to Beneroya Hall to hear Seattle Symphony’s
“Peter and the Wolf”

Permission slips due back the week of: February 25

6 – 7 chaperones are needed

no charge for event or transportation!

bring sack lunch – no hot lunch, eat around 11:10 – 11:25

board bus at 11:25

arrive Beneroya Hall at 12:00

performance 12:15 – 1:00

board bus/return to HRS by 1:30

Curriculum Update:


Monday: Lesson 68, Naming Decimal Numbers

Tuesday: Lesson 69, Fractions of a Second, Comparing and Ordering Decimal Numbers

Wednesday: Lesson 70, Writing Equivalent Decimal Numbers, Writing Cents Correctly

Thursday: Test 13


This week we have begun our study of Chapter 18, Liturgy of the Eucharist. Students are currently working on a “Dream Meal” poster.  This will be related to the Last Supper meal that Jesus had before his death and resurrection.  We will be learning about how in the Mass we recreated this meal of Thanksgiving. Students will receive the study guide for this lesson on 2/25.

Donation opportunity during Lent:

This will be the first Brown Bag Friday 2/22 for collecting lunches/toiletries for the men at St. Martin de Porres.

Social Studies

This 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.

Language Arts

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.


We are jumping back into our Scott Foresman reading text to read a wonderful true story about a diver who assists a dolphin family by removing a hook from the baby dolphin’s fin. We will be using some vocabulary building strategies and describing steps in a process to accomplish a task.

Students will learn how the remains of animals, such as those preserved in fossils, can provide scientists with important information about what organisms looked like, how it might have behaved, and the environment in which it lived. Students will wrap up Chapter 3, Adaptations, next Wednesday (2/27).

 Have a great week!

Ms. Semandiris