September 13, 2018

September 13, 2018


Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

The Boomerang newsletter is a curriculum update for the upcoming week. It has some “reminders” but please see the EFC at, which has specific information regarding the school and all dates.

*For a variety of reasons Fifth Graders are being asked not to bring in birthday treats this year. Students are invited to wear free dress on this day. They will also be given an additional free dress pass and a birthday blessing! Thank you for your understanding.


*Next week we will begin MAPS testing. Please limit being absent (if possible) on Thursday’s for the next three weeks.


Special Dates:

5A Prayer Service (Advent Wreath Blessing) – November 30th – 8:30am School Hall

Camp Seymour May 1-3, 2018



9/15 – Noon Dismissal/Free Dress Fall Colors! (Westfest Weekend!)

Sell Magazines!!!!


The Following is a curriculum update for the week of September 18-22, 2018.



Next week we will begin Chapter 1, God’s Plan for All Creation. In this chapter students will reflect on God’s personal invitation through Scripture, explore all of creation as the gift of God’s goodness, recognize that God revealed himself in a unique way through Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition. Students will also be defining and understanding providence and stewardship as well as examine the gifts of the Earth used in the Seven Sacraments as signs of God’s presence and power.



Ms. Semandiris

We have been working very hard during our first few lessons in Chapter 1, Place Value. Next week we will be working on the following lessons.


9/14 – Check My Progress

9/17 – Ch. 1, Lesson 6, Place Value through Thousandths

9/18 – Ch. 1, Lesson 7, Compare Decimals

9/19 – Ch. 1, Lesson 8, Order Whole Numbers and Decimals

9/20 – Chapter Review

9/21 – Chapter 1 Test



Mr. Schreck:

Chapter 1, Place Value

Friday: Lesson 6, Place Value through thousandths

Monday: Lesson 7, Compare Decimals

Tuesday: Lesson 8, Order Whole Numbers and Decimals

Wednesday: Review Chapter 1

Thursday: Test Chapter 1



Mrs. Heuer


We completed our first full week of math, and the kids are learning and practicing the routines and expectations.  We have completed most of our first unit of the fifth grade curriculum: Understanding Decimals.  Next week we will master adding and subtracting of decimals.  We finish out each unit by applying our skills to problem solving scenarios, and then we spend 1-2 days reviewing the skills before the unit test.  It’s been fun getting to know the kids and see their enthusiasm for learning!



I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting your children in Reading this week! What a fantastic group of students!  We have launched right into our Journeys textbook to enjoy a humorous fiction story; A Package for Mrs. Jewls, from Wayside School is Falling Down by Louis Sachar. We are focusing on story structure, point of view and summarizing over the next several weeks. We’re also listening to a little bit of Hatchet by Gary Paulsen every day.


Band Students in Reading: If your child is in Band, they do miss some reading class time each week. 5A band students miss 30 min. of reading class on Mondays and 5B misses 20 min. of reading class on Wednesdays. Since we only meet three times a week, there most often will be assigned reading for homework. It will be important for band students to stay in touch with study buddies and review the homework site.

Mrs. McFaul



Students will learn how to conduct controlled experiments by experimenting with variables that affect the behavior of pendulums they have built in class. They will graph their results in a variety of ways and use their graphs to predict the behavior of different lengths of pendulums they construct. Students will take a quiz next Friday (9/21). It will be based on their experiences with pendulums (also called swingers) and vocabulary notes they will copy in their 5-subject notebooks on Monday.



Social Studies

The fifth graders are busy learning about Lesson 1, The Geography of the United States. Students will work in pairs to complete their Interactive Notebooks in class for Maps A-D.

Students will be able to:


  • 4 Hemispheres
  • Compass Rose
  • Equator
  • Prime Meridian
  • 7 Continents
  • 4 Oceans
  • Using: latitude/Longitude to find locations on the Earth’s surface
  • Define and be able to locate on a map: 14 geographical terms, (bay, ocean, peninsula..)
  • Be able to identify 15 major physical features of the USA

I.E: (Mississippi R., Sierra Nevada, The Great Plains.


The test for this Chapter is on 9/28. The Study Guide will be pushed out on Google Classroom on 9/21. Please remind your child to study for this test using the study guide, text and their Interactive Notebook.


Language Arts

This week we have had the pleasure of getting to know one another while practicing spelling and vocabulary. We have spent our first few days diving straight into practicing written and verbal language while learning about how to avoid sentence fragments. Students should expect either a spelling, grammar, or writing assessment weekly. Our first spelling test will be Monday 9/17 on Lesson 1.1 vocabulary .


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