5th Grade Monthly Newsletter

DEAR 5th Grade Parents: 

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Welcome to our second month in 5th Grade: October! Well, we made it through our first big month, and hopefully ready for all the wonderful things we will continue to learn together about your child’s 5th grade year.  So now, you may take a few quick breaths, and prepare for a busy month ahead, as well as a few important items below, you may wish to add to your October calendar.

5TH GRADE OCTOBER NEWSETTE     

     Hello Parents, and welcome to the second edition of the 5th grade Newsette. This is a monthly newsletter to help keep you informed of all the wonderful news happening in 5th Grade land, throughout the year.

     Each newsletter consists of monthly calendar items, housekeeping items, important news to share and noteworthy subject information of those things we are covering in each subject, as well as discussing certain projects and their due dates. 

So, let’s get on with the news!!

October Calendar

*Oct. 5–Move-A-Thon  **Donations on-line!!!:))::)):

*Oct. 6–No School/Teacher In-Service

*Oct. 12–Matthew F.’s Birthday

*Oct. 13–Jesus Prayer Quiz

*Oct. 13–Gala Auction night–6:30-9:30

*Oct. 17  1st Trimester Book Talk due

*Oct. 20–Picture Re-takes

*Oct. 23–Blanca A. C.’s Birthday

*Oct. 23–27  ITBS TESTING WEEK

*Oct. 27–Prayer of St. Francis Prayer Quiz

*Oct. 30  October Book Review due– ***Form given out in class  

FUTURE DATES:

*Nov. 1–All saints Day

*Nov. 3 1st Trimester Social Studies Project due 

*Nov. 4–Julie G.’s Birthday

*Nov. 10–No School/Veteran’s Day

*Nov. 17–End of 1st Trimester

*Nov. 20-21  Conferences/12:00 Dismissal

*Nov. 22–24  No school/Thanksgiving Break

*Nov. 29–5th Grade Plans Mass/Come and Join Us! 9:00 AM

Household Items to Note: 

For further dates and information on class activities, assignments, and projects, please check the calendar link on my home page.   **Power School will be updated at the end of each week in all subject areas, so please make sure that you and your child log in to keep yourself current with their progress!

For Information regarding Room Parent Volunteer Commitments or Opportunities, please contact, our Room Parent. Call the school office for contact information.

HOUSEKEEPING ITEMS TO NOTE:

****If your child misses a day of school, he/she has 2 days for every day they missed to complete the absent work. For example: if Bob is absent on Monday and returns Wednesday, his missed work is due the following Monday in class.  Also, as our school policy states, if a need arises to contact your child during the school day, whether it be to pick them up for an appointment, leave a message, bring a lunch or another item from home, please leave these items at the school office and the office will notify me. I will make sure that these important items are brought to my room the same day to deliver to your child.  All absent work can also be picked up that same day, by 3:00—–and will be brought either to the school office for you to pick up, or sent home with a sibling or another student. Just let me know what works best for your schedule.

  1. Please make sure your child is using their student planner during the week to copy from the class white board their daily assignments. This organizational tool is key to their future success in their middle school classes.
  2. Progress Reports are always on line to view each week with your child. Please use these grading periods as a time to discuss with your child areas of strengths and improvements to use as a gauge for the rest of the trimester.
  3. Please make sure your child has all their supplies updated on a regular basis, including, markers, notebook paper, folders, glue sticks, pens(blue or black and red), pencils, colored pencils, calculators, etc. **All of their teachers will thank them, and you!!

*****Be sure to check my “5th Grade Daily Homework” link on my website homepage for project dates and other activities each month!

  • All students in 5th grade will be writing in Cursive with a pencil for all work turned in and done in class. **If your child wishes to use pen, they may do so, as long as their writing is legible.
  • Thank you to those parents who volunteer to help as room parents during the year at various activities. I’m sure with all of your wonderful support, the children will experience some fun and exciting opportunities throughout the year.
  • Each day, your child needs to make sure he/she has a reading book to read in class, whether it is from home or the library. This book may also count for AR points during the month.
  • Make sure to cover all hardback books with wither a paper bag, or soft cover. Students will each receive a number that is assigned to them that will correspond to all book numbers.
  • Make sure to also supply your child with a backpack or bag for them to carry their books and other homework items to bring home each night.
  • PE days are Mon. and Wed. Please make sure that your child is wearing appropriate shoes. Girls may wear shorts underneath their uniform dress.  

Important Items that are Noteworthy:

  • Thank you for the great support in helping organize your child each week with their Binder and checking their weekly corrected work handed out each
    Down the road, we will all see the benefits of all the time spent in this organizational piece to 5th grade. Kudos to you all!!
  • For all important matters that may come up during the year with your concerns with school or family, please either phone me at school and leave a message or write me a note. I ask that e-mails be of lighter issues concerning matters that do not need immediate responses, or just to let me know facts like when your child will not be at school or other issues along those same lines. I appreciate your support in this communication.

CURRICULUM UPDATE

The following will give you a brief update of what is happening for each subject that I teach during the month of October. For additional information, please check the St. Madeleine’s Website for another teacher’s subject area.

****Students will be logging on to the Star Assessment program for a review of Math and Reading skills for the year.   Here are the five weeks/dates for the year for our Star Assessments in both Math and Reading:

  • 10/30-11/16
  • 1/16-2/9
  • 3/12-3/30
  • 5/7-5/31

RELIGION:  

We began our regular lessons in our new Religion Text: Blest Are We, which discusses the Sacraments, and how each of these are gifts from God to live as faithful Christian Catholics.  We will also focus on learning the vocabulary and theme presented in each chapter.

This year, the 5th graders will also be continuing their 2nd Step Program , which is a  course on building positive relationships, making good decisions, problem solving, learning skills to have a voice and support each other, and learning ways to communicate effectively.  **We will have a required 2 day program for all 5th graders in the Archdiocese, entitled, “Called to Protect”, which helps instill in our 5th graders ways to protect ourselves and our bodies as gifts from God.  One day will be offered in October, and the other day in March.

*Oct. 13–Jesus Prayer Quiz

*Oct. 27–Prayer of St. Francis Prayer Quiz

MATH:  

We began our year with our “A Week of Inspirational Math, as we did last year.  This was an on-line course from Stanford University Mathematics Department, and the director’s name is Jo Boaler.

**We also began our unit on Using Place Value, Ch. 1, and Reviewing the Summer Math Packet.

We will continue our work in Chapter 1, on Place Value, and then begin Chapter 2, as we work on Comparing, Ordering and Rounding Numbers.

READING/WORDLY WISE: We have read a few stories from our Reading Book in Unit 1, and worked on various reading skills that include comprehension, vocabulary, main idea and higher level thinking skills. We began our work in Wordly Wise each week, an on-line program, and learning a new set of words to understand and develop our vocabulary. We also began our first class novel, “Wonder” last month. The students should also be reading daily (15-20 minutes each day at home), including silent reading done in class) towards their required 15 AR Points each Trimester.

******Oct. 17, Tues. 1st Trimester Book Talk due

******Oct. 30  Monday October Book Review due– ***Form given out in class  

SOCIAL STUDIES:  We will continue to work in Unit 1 of our book, on knowing more about Map and Geography skills, as well as, reviewing an overview of the American people in the past and now.

***1st Trimester Social Studies Project due Nov. 3, Friday

SCIENCE: We are studying and applying the Scientific Method with some simple individual and group experiments done in class. We will also be learning about the Earth and Space Systems,  the importance of recycling, and how to best take care of our environment.

WRITING/GRAMMAR:  We will continue to work on our creative writing skills, as well as the 6 Traits of Writing, and other writing activities around sentence and paragraph structure, and using basic grammar correctly in our writing. We will also continue to work on our Grammar, as well as, our Handwriting cursive skills each week.

SPELLING:  5th grade began our year from the Rebecca Sitton Spelling Program book, where we access each week on a new spelling list of words, and learn about a new word skill as well. Students are not only graded on these weekly assessments, but also on how well they use these words in their daily written work. (Proofreading is highly encouraged!) *We will then transition into spelling words from our Worldly Wise weekly lesson on-line.

****We are getting our routines down already in the classroom, and I couldn’t be more proud of my 5th graders!!!

Well, I think October’s Newsette has run out of news…..until November.  I just want all of you to know how fortunate and blessed I am to have the opportunity to help guide  your child, with you as partners, through this new year. 

Here’s to a positive and most productive year together. I wish to thank you for all that you do for your child’s educational journey. Since you are their primary teachers, I’m honored to be on the same team!

Blessings to all of you, and may 2017 continue to be filled with much health, happiness, and peace.

Take care,
Di Shepp 🙂

****GO WSU COUGS!!!!!!!

Until next month, May God be with you, 

Di Shepp                                                                                                 

Thanks for taking your precious time to read!