January 10, 2019

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,


Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas vacation. We are already back in the swing of things here in 5A!


Last night the representative from the Carry the Future organization came to school to pick up the Bundles of Joy! She will be going to Greece on Sunday (1/13) to the island of Chios. There she will help at a refugee camp and distribute the Bundles of Joy. Thank you so much for your participation and generosity. We were able to send 55 Bundles of Joy.


The following is a curriculum update for the week of January 15 – 18,




We have begun Chapter 15, Sacraments of Forgiveness and Healing. Students will be receiving the study guide on 1/15.




Chapter 5, Add and Subtract Decimals

1/14 L. 7 Addition Properties

1/15 L. Check My Progress

1/16 L. 8 Hands On: Subtract Decimals Using Models

1/17 L. 9 Hands On: Subtract Decimals Using Models

1/18 L. 10 Subtract Decimals


Mr. Schreck

Chapter 6, Multiply and Divide Decimals

Friday: Lesson 11, Divide Decimals by Whole Numbers

Monday: Review lesson 11

Tuesday: Lesson 13, Divide Decimals

Wednesday: Lesson 14, Divide Decimals by Powers of 10

Thursday: Review Lessons 13 & 14



Hello Math Families –

This week we had to put the brakes on for just a minute and redo a bit of 5th grade curriculum before diving into the 6th grade curriculum.  We started Ch. 1 “Ratios and Rates” of the new book and will continue this week.  We will begin with Unit Rates and work through Ratio Tables. Your students now have a workbook if you’d like to see what they have been learning in class in more detail.  Exciting math ahead!




Students will be participating in a special kind of science fair called the Invention Convention. The mission of the Invention Convention is to inspire curiosity, critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills in our students.

Students will invent a new product or develop a new method for doing something. Instructions and a grading rubric have been handed out in class. A copy is also available on this 5B website. Inventions are due Friday, January 25th. They will be displayed in the hallway for Catholic Schools Week.

Students will look at microbes (volvox, blepharisma, and vinegar eels) under the microscope. They will learn the characteristics of each.

Students will take a quiz on these organisms based on the notes they have taken in class on Friday, January 18th.



This week we started reading Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. This historical fiction novel tells the story of friendship and courage as a Jewish family attempts to escape German soldiers in Denmark. Already, the students are very engaged in the story and come to class eager to talk about it. Each student has been asked to transport their book from school to home and back in a ziplock bag in an effort to keep the books in good condition.



I want to congratulate the students on coming back and starting strong this week. We went straight into learning out lesson 9 spelling words, which are all compound words. We will have our quiz tomorrow, January 11th, challenge words are included.


Social Studies

We have begun Chapter 7, Comparing the Colonies. Description: In a problem solving group work activity, students create a billboard for one of six British colonies and then try to persuade other students to settle in their colony. Essential Question: How were the three colonial regions alike and different. The test for Chapter 7 will be on 1/24. The study guide will be pushed out on Social Studies Google Classroom one week prior to the test.







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