October 10 Boomerang

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,


5A students have been doing a wonderful job here at school! Students continue to have Maps testing until October 18th. .


Holy Rosary will present a sexual abuse prevention program, the Touching Safety program, to your child later this month. This program is provided to us by the Archdiocese of Seattle. Parents have the opportunity to opt their child out of this program (please see below).



10/11 – No School – Teacher’s Fall Retreat


The following is a curriculum update for the week of October 10 – 18:



Next week we will begin Chapter 2, Made to Be with God. In this chapter we will explore our deepest longings, explain grace as participation in the life of the Holy Trinity, and examines faith as the free gift of God’s own life and hope.

  • True happiness can only come through communication through God
  • Religion expresses our relationship with God through beliefs, prayers and practices.


Second Step

Next week we will do Lesson 4 in the bullying prevention curriculum called “Bystanders to Cyber Bullying”. Students will learn that Cyber bullying is bullying using electronic technology. There are similarities and differences between cyber bullying and other forms of bullying. Bystanders can do things to help stop cyber bullying.


Math – Semandiris

10/14 – fluency Practice p. 144

10/15 – Chapter Review

10/16 – Pre-Test

10/17 – Chapter 2 Test

Chapter 3, Divide by a One-Digit Divisor

10/18 – Ch. 3, L. 1 Relate Division to Multiplication


Math-Mr. Schreck

Chapter 3, Divide by a One-Digit Divisor

Monday: Lesson 4, Division Patterns

Tuesday: Review: Two-Digit Dividends

Wednesday: Quiz, Lessons 2-4 & ALEKS

Thursday: Lesson 5, Estimate Quotients


Math -Mrs. H

Next week, we will take our second 5th grade unit test.  The main focus of this unit was mastering multiplication and division of decimals.  We started reviewing this week and will spend another day reviewing on Monday.  Up next: addition and subtraction of fractions and mixed numbers!  The students will work with like and unlike fractions, mixed numbers, reducing their answers, and applying the skills to problem solving.   Students also have access to ALEKS if they’d like to practice more at home.


Social Studies

We have begun the next lesson Ch. 4 Why Europeans Left for the New World. Students have become Deep Sea Divers and Research Scientists, excavating artifacts from a sunken ship dating back to the Age of Exploration. During class students have been identifying the artifacts and reading about them in their textbooks. They have been taking notes in their Interactive Notebook much like a Research Scientists would in real life. Next week we will be going over their findings and I will present the correct answers. Students will be correcting their work with the correct answers in class. We also will then categorize each of the artifacts in to three categories, Motivation for Exploration, New World Product and New Technology that Encouraged Exploration. Looking ahead, the test for this Chapter will be on 10/25. A hard copy of the study guide will be passed out in class on 10/18. It will also be on the Social studies Google classroom.



Next week we will begin the fiction novel, Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen. This is a high interest, fast-paced book that appeals to many 5th graders. We will be focusing on the story elements of character, setting, plot and conflict as well as working with story-specific vocabulary. Much of the reading is done in class, but there will be reading assigned for homework as well. It is important that students keep up with the reading assignments, as this lends itself to full participation in classroom discussions, and adds to the enjoyment and comprehension of the book.



Students begin a unit in the Engineering is Elementary program. Students will explore the field of environmental engineering as they design a process to clean an oil spill in a model river. They will learn how pollution can negatively impact the organisms in the ecosystem and how engineers must consider both short and long-term effects of pollutants on the organisms in a given ecosystem.



Our next Spelling Quiz will be October 18th Lesson 3, including (5) challenge words! So, there will be a total of 25 words. We will be taking a practice quiz on Monday of next week so students can have a clear idea of the words they need to review during the week to be successful on Friday’s quiz. I suggest using this as review study tool as well as looking at the words online. They can be found on my class website: https://6b.holyrosaryws.org/5th-la/.




TO:            Parents

FROM:      Holy Rosary School

SUBJECT: Opportunity to “opt your child out” of the Touching Safety program

DATE:                10/3/19

Holy Rosary School will present a sexual abuse prevention program, the Touching Safety program, to our students. The creators of the Protecting God’s Children™ program developed the Touching Safety program. This program is provided to us by the Archdiocese of Seattle and is a part of our ongoing effort to help create and maintain a safe environment for children and to protect all children from sexual abuse.

The scheduled lesson is being offered to all students at Holy Rosary School. As a parent, you have the right to choose whether your student participates. If you have questions about the program or the lesson, please contact Holy Rosary School. If you determine that you DO NOT want your child to participate, please complete the “opt-out” form at the bottom of this page, and return it to your child’s teacher no later than 10/14/19

For more information on the Touching Safety program, visit the VIRTUS Online™ website at www.virtus.org.

Opt-out form for use with the Touching Safety program:

Holy Rosary School does not have my permission to present the Touching Safety program, to my child whose name is _____________________________________________________________________________.

Parent’s name (printed):

Parent’s Signature:











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