Our class enjoys learning about a variety of curriculum topics which include:
* Bring Recorders on Mondays
* Gym uniforms on Thursdays
* 8/25 First Day of School!
5th Grade Supply List
* 1 hard-cover 3 subject sewn-bound copybook
(I have discovered these can be tricky to find. I have a stock of these I purchased in bulk. If you'd like one, send in $4.50 cash with your child the first day of school.)
* pencil case (no boxes)
* sharpened/mechanical pencils
* box of 16 crayons
* 12 inch ruler
* 2 glue sticks
* 2 dry erase markers
* 2 red pens or pencils
These supplies are for our classroom use and are separate from Art Bag supplies. Please, no binders, white out, or individual pencil sharpeners.
For the classroom:
* 2 boxes of tissues
* 2 containers of cleaning wipes
* 1 container of hand sanitizer
* art shirt - large enough to fit over the student's clothes
* 4 No. 2 pencils
* 1 small eraser
* a box of crayons 16 or 24 count
* a box of colored pencils
* a box of markers
* 4 glue sticks
* 1 black Sharpie permanent marker
* a small (5x7" or so) notebook to be used as an art journal.
I send out weekly newsletters via email each Friday. These will also be posted here on the 5th grade page along with other reminders, important dates, and links for you and your child to access. If you have not already, please send me an email prior to the start of the school year so I can add you to the mailing list I have begun to compile. The sooner I have this contact information, the sooner you will be included in the newsletter.
I will certainly keep you and all our school families in my prayers. I am looking forward to a great school year and I hope to meet many of you at the meeting in just a few weeks!
Goals for this year include:
If all three of these items are successfully completed and turned in on time, the child will receive a pizza certificate from Pizza Hut.
Monthly Class Goal: 12,750
October: 16,119 Great start to our program!
November: 17,674 Way to go everyone!
December: 17,343 Goal? What goal?!?! Great job!
January: 17,556 This is awesome reading!
February: 16,693 Even for a short month, woo hoo!
March: Minute check up: 3/17
Total: 85,385 WOW! Can we make it to 100,000???
School Year Goal: 76,500
Off to a great start in the 3rd Trimester! Students are expected to be more self-sufficient and independent in their work with more self-starting as they should be attuned to grade-level expectations in each subject. They've had a taste of Middle School life a few times in the past week as we've had to tweak our schedule for various reasons. Also, less warnings will be coming for misbehavior and the Shambucks on the 3rd Trimester card have lessened. Students are aware that now 2 missed HW assignments = $1 and there are only $8 to start.
Specials have been giving more assignments and these are expected to be completed - not optional. Ex. Mrs. Rupp and Mrs. Fagnani have assigned HW that is due next week. Mrs. Pugliese asked the kids to practice their recorders at home. Nothing specific, but there is a difference between those who have pulled it out to practice at home, and those who let the recorder live in their backpack from week to week.
Reminder for the boys - if your uniform pants have loops, you need to wear a belt.
Reminder for all - uniform expectations are that polo shirts are tucked in all day. I hate to have to say something that has been always been the rule, but there is a need for it. Intentional untucking - as trivial as it sounds - will now be viewed as a disregard for these expectations and rude to the teacher/staff member that asked the student to tuck it in.
The students were excited this week to start learning about Ancient Greece. We've moved into fraction operations in Math. In Religion, we are in between the Sacraments of Healing. In English, we are soon wrapping up with Adverbs and will begin our next writing sample. In Science, we are into Earth Science learning about the atmosphere, biosphere, geosphere, and hydrosphere.
We will be starting our COGATs testing the week of the 16th. My plan is to test Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Thursday and Friday are of course back-ups if something changes in our schedule. (March is still fickle with its weather...) Please help make sure your child gets adequate rest and a good breakfast to start the morning refreshed and ready to go. Everyone arriving to school on time will help us with punctuality as well.
Monday - Wkd HW Due
Tuesday - Math Ch 8 Test
Wednesday - Rdg WLT
Friday - Spell 22
Eng - Adverbs Test
Have a great weekend!
God Bless You!
Another Trimester bites the dust! Onto #3!
The newspaper book reports look great! We shared them today and practiced some oral Current Events with the report info. We have some creative minds in here!
This week, the students also developed their own "Chunky Comics" as inspired by Andrew Clements Lunch Money. These were so much fun!
We also started to work on Fractions this week. So many students have told me how much fun math was this week! Glad to hear it - I hope they enjoy fractions all the way through!
Monday - February Book It Reading Calendar due
Tuesday - SS Ch 6 Test
Religion Prayer to St. Francis Test
Wednesday - SS CE Due
Religion Ch 14 Test
Friday - Spelling 21
Have a great weekend! Enjoy the bonus leap day!!
We've been dodging germs as best as we can here in 5th grade! But unfortunately, we didn't all come through unscathed. The kids did a good job of keeping up with our studies with the subs as I was down and out myself. We've been fast and furious with the Lysol around here and our tissue collection has taken a big hit. While we are still good with cleaning wipes, we are down to 2 tissue boxes and I don't think that'll get us to the end of February. If you'd like to send in some more, I certainly wouldn't turn them away.
Also, since the business of CSW and so many absences, I didn't get out a test packet last week. (I'll still missing 2 from our last due date of 1/28 - please check and see if one is hiding in your child's folder.) I sent home another one today 2/7 to be due 2/11. The trimester will soon be coming to an end on 2/27 so the last grades are coming up in the next 2.5 weeks.
I've added my remaining pictures to the CSW slideshow I made for the 5th grade webpage. Check them out when you get a chance.
I'll also let you know that in the past 2 months, I've offered more opportunities for Extra Credit in various subjects. These are only advertised in the classroom, usually with directions/due dates on the HW board. I never advertise these to parents as I'd like to see the student take the initiative to try it out. These assignments are never required and would never detract from a grade. I have noticed only a few students taking advantage of these opportunities and while everyone is certainly welcome to complete them, I tend to see only students who maintain high caliber grades taking and returning them to me. My intent with these is to motivate those with grades that can be helped with these assignments. Please encourage your child to pick one up when available.
We'll have time next Thursday for a Valentine's Day celebration. Students may bring Valentines for the class that day. We have 17 students.
Tuesday - RDG - WLT #14
SS Ch 6 Less 1-2 Quiz
Wednesday - Religion Prayer to the HS Test
Eng Ch 4 Less 1-5 Verb Quiz
Thursday - Spell Less 18 Test
Math Dividing Decimals Test
Friday - NO SCHOOL
Have a good weekend!
Here we go - Catholic School's Week is 2 days away! We will start CSW with our Opening Mass Sunday at 9:00. If your child is in the choir, they should report to the Music Room by 8:20. Book reports aren't due until next Friday, but may start to come to school on Monday to be on display for all to enjoy.
We practiced our Spelling Bee in the classroom yesterday and today, and we will do the real thing on Tuesday. The top 3 students will go to the SJS finals Wednesday.
We are also coming to the last few days of our study of the Parts of the Mass. We've been practicing the POM cards often and quizzing each other.
Tuesday - Math Decimals Multiplication Test
Thursday - Rel POM Test
Friday - Rdg - Jan Bk Rep & Rdg Log Due
*There will be a grade for the Spelling Bee, however, it is not entirely based on accurate spelling. A student's grade will depend less on accuracy, and more on participation, cooperation, effort, and sportsmanship.
Have a wonderful weekend!
God Bless You!
Welcome to Fifth Grade!
My name is Mrs. Lesley Maurer and I am the 5th grade teacher. This is my 14th year teaching in Catholic schools and my 12th year here at SJS.
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Monday - Music
Tuesday - Computer
Thursday - Gym & Spanish
Friday - Art