Friday, February 23, 2018

Feb. 26-March 2: Upcoming Events
  • Monday: Lent Prayer service @9:10
  • Tuesday: 
  • Wednesday: Auction Pizza Party, Students may bring a healthy drink and snack to eat with Pizza.
  • Thursday: 
  • Friday: 
  • Monday March 5th: Field Trip to Historical Museum Vault 9-11:30 am (students need to be in uniform) 

Open ...February 26th-March 2nd


Religion –We have finished our Google Slide Presentations on the 7 Sacraments. Students will be presenting these to the class over the next several weeks. We encourage you to take a moment and view these presentations at home. We have started our unit on the Works of Mercy. Students will be responsible for knowing all of the Works of Mercy as well as how a 5th grader can serve others following the Works of Mercy. 5th grade will be leading the Lenten Prayer service on Monday at 9:10 in the church. The theme will be Path to Sacrifice.

 Reading/Language Arts – We are continuing to work through our MLK unit/informative writing pieces. We will move back into our routine of independently reading, conferencing, and journal writing about current reading selections after MLK. Following Spring Break, we will take some time to read in Literature Circles.

 Math – We spent time working on improper fractions, mixed numbers, and parts/whole. Next week, we will spend time converting fractions to decimals and percents.

 Social Studies - Students have continued work on their timelines. They look amazing! Students will be presenting their timelines to the class and receive a grade on presentation. We will begin our unit on Iowa History next week with a visit from Leo Landis, Curator for the Historical Museum on March 1st. He will talk to our students and we will visit the museum and vault on March 5th. Please look for the permission slip that came home today.

 Language Arts – We spent time working on verb tenses this week. Next week we will look at irregular verbs and verb tense consistency. We will continue with our Informative Writing unit next week as well. We have spent some time researching topics we’re curious about and want to learn more about. Next week, we’ll narrow down our topic choices and ensure that there is plenty of information on our topic-then dig into the actual research. We’ll learn how to take notes, how to look through information, how to cite sources etc.

 Spelling – Our Spelling list next week will consist of words that are homographs. Your child will need to know how to spell the words as well their multiple meanings and how to determine the correct meaning in context.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Feb. 12-16: Upcoming Events
  • Monday: Conferences 4:30-7:30
  • Tuesday: Valentine Parties *students may bring a box or bag to collect valentines.  

    Anderson Party 1:15-2:00 (27 students).  
    Alsin and Schaffer party-2:15-3:00 (28 students)
    Conferences 4:30-7:30
  • Wednesday: Ash Wednesday Mass
  • Thursday: NO SCHOOL - Conferences 8:30-12:30
  • Friday: NO SCHOOL
  • Monday 19th: Lenten Prayer service 9:00

Open ...February 12th-February 16th

Religion –We will be finishing up our Google Slide Presentations on the 7 Sacraments. Students will be presenting these to the class over the next several weeks. We encourage you to take a moment and view these presentations at home. Next up will be our unit on the Works of Mercy. Students will be responsible for knowing all of the Works of Mercy as well as how a 5th grader can serve others following the Works of Mercy.

Reading/Language Arts – We are continuing to work through our MLK unit/informative writing pieces. We will move back into our routine of independently reading, conferencing, and journal writing about current reading selections. Following Spring Break, we will take some time to read in Literature Circles.

Math – You will be receiving your child' Financial Literacy assessment at conferences. We are working on converting fractions, percents, and decimals now.

Social Studies - What an exciting time we had at BizTown this week. Students did an amazing job running their businesses, I’m sure they have told you all about the day.

Language Arts – We have worked through action verbs and helping verbs in our Verb Unit. We will continue with linking verbs, verb tenses, and verb tense consistency. On the 14th, we will have a special Valentine lesson working on Puns in class. We will need ads from the Sunday paper for this lesson. If you receive this paper and are willing to donate the ads to our class-that would be great! Please send them with your child to school on Monday! Thanks! We will continue with our Informative Writing unit next week as well.

Spelling – Due to the short week, we will not have a Spelling list/test next week. After the conference break our list will consist of words with the prefixes uni, bi, tri, quad, and pent.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Feb. 5-9: Upcoming Events
  • Tuesday: BizTown Fieldtrip 9-2.  Students may be out of uniform.

Open ...

5th Grade NewsletterFebruary 5th-February 9th


Religion –We are continuing with our unit on the seven sacraments. Students have been working on their google slide presentations and will hopefully finish these presentations next week. We will be presenting these in class upon completing them. We are asking that students include personal photos of themselves or family members receiving the sacraments. Any photos you may have can be uploaded directly to your child’s google account. If it is easier to email them directly to your child’s teacher, please feel free to do so. If your photos are hard copies, simply take a photo of the photo with your cell phone and email or upload it. Thank you! We will also have generic photos of the sacraments for any student who does not have a picture for any particular sacrament. Following our Sacrament work, we will spend time learning about Lent and pairing it with the Works of Mercy.

Reading/Language Arts – We are continuing to work on our MLK unit/informative writing pieces. We hope to have these completed writing pieces in the hallway during conferences. After our MLK unit, we will move back into our routine of independently reading, conferencing, and journal writing about current reading selections. Following Spring Break, we will take some time to read in Literature Circles.

Math – We will be picking back up with Chapter 5 now that we are done with BizTown. Studylink homework will resume. Please encourage your child to continue to work on his/her basic facts to increase accuracy and speed. Thank you!

Social Studies - Students are ready for their work at BizTown! Each business has chosen together what to wear and students may be out of uniform for this field trip Tuesday. We will spend the rest of next week debriefing from our experiences at BizTown.

Language Arts – We have completed our lessons on action verbs this week. Next week, we will discuss helping and linking verbs. We will also continue with our unit on informative writing. This unit will help the students write their MLK papers in their Reading class. We will practice with punctuation as well.

Spelling – Next week’s spelling list will consist of words that have the Greek and Latin roots mega, thermo, ped, man, cycl. We will also re-visit synonyms and antonyms.

Friday, January 26, 2018

January 29-Feb 2 - Upcoming Events:
  • Catholic Schools Week Activities, click HERE
  • Thursday: Jordan Creek Theater for WONDER movie, 9:00-12:00.  We will each regular lunch on this day at school.


... Blue Snowflake 99 ...5th Grade Newsletter
January 29th-February 2nd


Religion –We are continuing with our unit on the seven sacraments. Students will start their google slide presentations next week. After next week, students who have not completed theirs in class will likely be assigned to complete it for homework. We are asking that students include personal photos of themselves or family members receiving the sacraments. Any photos you may have can be uploaded directly to your child’s google account. If it is easier to email them directly to your child’s teacher, please feel free to do so. If your photos are hard copies, simply take a photo of the photo with your cell phone and email or upload it. Thank you! We will also have generic photos of the sacraments for any student who does not have a picture for any particular sacrament. NEXT WEEK IS CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK! PLEASE REFER TO THE EMAIL SENT HOME FROM THE OFFICE OR YOUR CHILD’S PLANNER DETAILING THE ACTIVITIES/DRESS FOR THE WEEK!

Reading/Language Arts – We are continuing to work on our MLK unit. Throughout the month of January, we have read and will continue to read various books and articles about MLK and reinforce a number of comprehension strategies during this unit. We will culminate this unit, with an informative writing piece. We hope to have the finished pieces hanging in the hallway during conferences in February. We continue to independently read and conference to reach that 40 book goal at the end of the year!

Math – We will be starting Unit 5 that concentrates on fractions, decimals, and percents. We took a little break from Everyday Math to learn the ins and outs of banking for BizTown. Your child has been practicing how to write a check, how to write out a deposit slip, and how to “keep” a register. It’s so funny to hear their comments about how everything is online and how it seems so strange! :) Please continue to encourage your child to practice basic math facts. We will be testing on these for the second trimester soon. Thank you!

Social Studies - Students have been working hard in their businesses . We discussed what makes a quality business and also important things to know about good advertising. Citizens worked together to come up with slogans and a logo for their company as well as a name. Next week we will concentrate on the actual jobs in each business so students have a clear understanding what is expected of them in their job.

Language Arts – We will start a unit on verbs. We will take notes, participate in activities, and complete practice pages to understand verbs and to prepare for the final assessment. No date has been set for the final assessment at this time. Persuasive papers will be due on Monday. If your child has not finished it, he/she was assigned it for homework over the weekend. We will begin a unit on informative writing next week. This will coincide with the informative writing piece being written about MLK in Reading.

Spelling – Next week’s spelling list will consist of words that have the suffix -tion. The fact that adding-tion to a word changes the word from a verb to a noun will also be emphasized. For example, instruct=verb. Instruction=noun.

Saturday, January 20, 2018


2018 BizTown 

Interviews





Candidates for District Attorney



Candidates for Mayor



January 22-26, Upcoming Events:
  • Friday 26th: Missions Dress Down Day
  • Friday 26th: 5th GRADE Movie Night 


    ... Blue Snowflake 99 ...
    January 22nd-26th

    Religion –We have started our unit on the seven sacraments. We’ve been learning about each one individually and categorizing them into Sacraments of Initiation, Service, and Healing. Next week, we will relate each sacrament to scripture. Students will be in charge of creating a google slide presentation about the seven sacraments. We are asking that students include personal photos of themselves or family members receiving the sacraments. Any photos you may have can be uploaded directly to your child’s google account. If it is easier to email them directly to your child’s teacher, please feel free to do so. If your photos are hard copies, simply take a photo of the photo with your cell phone and email or upload it. Thank you! We will also have generic photos of the sacraments for any student who does not have a picture for any particular sacrament.

    Reading/Language Arts – We finished up A Christmas Carol and next week we’ll be moving on to our unit on MLK. Throughout the month of January, we will read various books and articles about MLK and reinforce a number of comprehension strategies during this unit. We will culminate this unit, with an informative writing piece. There will still be time for independent reading and conferencing to reach that 40 book goal at the end of the year!

    Math – We will be continue to learn about Financial Literacy to support our BizTown field trip. The students have been doing a wonderful job demonstrating understanding of these concepts. The connection of math to real-life has been so motivating to them! :)

    Social Studies - What an exciting week. Students had the chance to listen to some amazing speeches and voted as we went through the election process. Citizens elected a BizTown Mayor, Elizabeth James and a District Attorney, Leo Thornton on Friday! Students will find out Monday what Business and job they have. We will be traveling in these BizTown groups as we switch, so students can work together in their business.

    Language Arts – We have continued to work on strengthening our sentences when writing in DLR this week. Some of the easiest ways to strengthen a sentence include adding adjectives and adverbs, combining subjects, combining sentences with conjunctions, etc. In 5th grade, one of our main goals is to make our writing more mature. Practicing how to strengthen sentences is the best way to do this. We have also been working on our rough drafts of our persuasive papers. We will work on editing them and then typing our final drafts next week to then be turned in for a grade.

    Spelling – Next week’s spelling list will consist of words that have the greek roots of ology, ologist, bio, geo, astro, and hydro.



Friday, January 12, 2018

January 15-19: Upcoming Events
  • Monday 15th: No School Professional Development
  • Tuesday 16th: Spirit Wear
  • Thursday 18th:  BizTown Interviews
  • Friday 19th: BizTown Mayor and DA speeches / VOTING DAY
... Blue Snowflake 99 ...5th Grade Newsletter... Blue Snowflake 99 ...
January 15th-19th




Religion –We have started our unit on the seven sacraments. We’ve been learning about each one individually and categorizing them into Sacraments of Initiation, Service, and Healing. Next week, we will relate each sacrament to scripture. Students will be in charge of creating a google slide presentation about the seven sacraments. We are asking that students include personal photos of themselves or family members receiving the sacraments. Any photos you may have can be uploaded directly to your child’s google account. If it is easier to email them directly to your child’s teacher, please feel free to do so. If your photos are hard copies, simply take a photo of the photo with your cell phone and email or upload it. Thank you! We will also have generic photos of the sacraments for any student who does not have a picture for any particular sacrament.

Reading/Language Arts – We will be finishing up A Christmas Carol next week and moving on to our unit on MLK. Throughout the month of January, we will read various books and articles about MLK and reinforce a number of comprehension strategies during this unit. We will culminate this unit, with an informative writing piece. There will still be time for independent reading and conferencing to reach that 40 book mark at the end of the year!

Math – Your child will be bringing home his/her Unit 4 Oral and Slate and Open Response tests for your review. Please sign and return the tests with your child. We will be starting Financial Literacy to support our BizTown field trip. It is so fun to teach these real-life skills to the students!

Social Studies - We have moved right into our BizTown unit. Students will be learning a great deal in a short amount of time about how a business and the economy runs. Students will apply for the jobs they would like to have at BizTown. Next week we will talk about the application process in the real world and practice interview skills in preparation for our interviews next Thursday the 18th. We will also be electing our BizTown mayor and district attorney next Friday.

A letter is coming home next week explaining this program/field trip a bit more. Permission slips will be sent home on Tuesday. Please read, sign, and return the field trip permission slip by January 19th.

Language Arts – We have been working on strengthening our sentences when writing in DLR this week. This will continue next week. Some of the easiest ways to strengthen a sentence include adding adjectives and adverbs, combining subjects, combining sentences with conjunctions, etc. In 5th grade, one of our main goals is to make our writing more mature. Practicing how to strengthen sentences is the best way to do this. We have also been working on our rough drafts of our persuasive papers. We will work on editing them and then typing our final drafts next week to then be turned in for a grade.

Spelling – Next week’s spelling list will consist of words that have the greek roots of graph, phon, photo, tele, and scope.