January 30, 2014

January 30, 2014

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for everything you do for Holy Rosary School.  Your dedication to your children, volunteer hours, monetary donations, attendance at school and church events and overall support make Holy Rosary such a special place. Over the 17 years that I have worked here I have always been amazed at how supportive and involved the parents of Holy Rosary School are every year. You are truly “Beacons of Light” to all of us! Ms. Penelope A. Semandiris

The following is a curriculum update for the week of February 2-7.


This week we began Chapter 16, Gathered for Mass. This is a short Chapter and we will have a quiz on the study guide on 2/6. A study guide will be given out on 1/31.


2/3 Ch. 5, Lesson 10 Subtract Decimals

2/4 Ch. 5 Review

2/5 Ch. 5 Test

2/6 Ch. 6 Multiply and Divide Decimals Vocab/Pretest

2/7 Ch.6 Estimate Products of Whole Numbers and Decimals

Social Studies

The Fifth Graders began Chapter 7, Comparing the Colonies today. In this chapter we will explore the New England, Middle, and Southern colonies.  We will be looking at similarities and differences in the categories of Reason for Founding, Geography and Climate, Jobs, and Government. Students will be placed in groups and given a specific colony to make a Billboard and presentation to persuade people to move to their colony.


Students did a fantastic job on their inventions. I saw many creative ideas and products! Students will wrap up their study of cells and dividing the five kingdoms into smaller groups with a quiz on Lesson 1 & 2 next Wednesday (2/5).

Language Arts

This week, students completed and expository poem on Martin Luther King Jr. The illustrations and poems turned out to be wonderful works of art and will be displayed in the hall the week of February 2nd.

Our next unit of study will be on quotations, capitalization and punctuation. The 5th grade students will have a spelling test next week on February 4th.


5th graders are wrapping up our first book club unit this week with a test over the books. The students seemed to enjoy reading a book with friends and talking about it as a group. We will begin reading Number the Stars by Lois Lowry next week. This is a historical fiction novel about loyalty, courage and friendship.