January 12, 2012

January 12, 2012

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

We have been working very hard this week in 5A!  I hope you all have an excellent holiday weekend.  The following is a curriculum update for the following week.

Martin Luther King – Quotes

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction … The chain reaction of evil — hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars — must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation. Strength To Love, 1963.

 Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time: the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love. Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Stockholm, Sweden, December 11, 1964.


I hope you have a great day on Monday remembering and honoring Martin Luther King Jr!


We took the Chapter 14 test on Thursday. Next week we will begin Chapter 15, Forgiveness and Healing.  Students will receive the study guide on Wednesday and it will be due on Friday.  Service project: Lunches of love (See Reading blurb)


1/17 – Lesson 55, Perimeter of a circle

1/18-Lesson 54 Dividing by Multiples of 10

1/19-Lesson 55 Multiplying by Three-Digit Numbers

Social Studies

The fifth graders will take the Lesson 6 test on Friday.  Next we will move on to Lesson 7,  Comparing the Colonies. We will be learning about the New England, Middles, and Southern Colonies.


Book Clubs are moving along beautifully. The students have been reflecting on how they are working toward achievement of the SLE’s through this process. Most of the students are on track with selecting and beginning their books for the 2nd Trimester book reports. Students should have had their books approved by parents this week.  Please read the handout from me in the Boomerang today about Lunches of Love.


Inventions are due Friday, January 27th. They will be displayed in the hallway for Catholic Schools Week. Students will learn how scientists classify living things. Students will learn what the five kingdoms are, and how scientists divide the kingdoms up.


This week students have continued to learn about subject and predicate. They will conclude this unit by taking a test on simple, compound, and complete subjects and predicates. On the test students will also be responsible for reviewing verbs and nouns.

The next spelling test is January 17th. Students have received worksheets this week to help review spelling words. 
Please make sure your student is studying their spelling words. On
 average, students should be spending at least 15 minutes a night
studying to be prepared for their Tuesday spelling test.


Ms. Semandiris