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Week of Nov. 16

As I am writing this, I realized that today is the feast of St. Gertrude the Great. She is the saint who was given the prayer for the Holy Souls in Purgatory that your children are learning. Saying this prayer can release 1,000 souls from Purgatory! Our duty as Catholics is to pray for these souls.
Religion: We finish Chapter 5 about Baptism and move into Chapter 6 which discusses the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Language Arts: Our Unit 12 in Spelling has to do with 2-syllable words and having a VCV pattern in them. The WoW is NOVEL. The definition we are using is: something that is new to us. The prompt is: Write about something that is NOVEL to your grandparents, but not to you! We also are continuing our class read, Where the Red Fern Grows.
Math: We are working on division using two digits in the divisor! Please continue to encourage the use of It will help them to work through their problems with a little more speed and accuracy!
Science: We are moving into our unit on MATTER. We have some definitions to work through, using hands-on activities!

Week of November 9, 2015

Religion - We are collecting our Mary Table pictures. Don't forget to get those turned in! We finished Chapter 4 and are beginning Chapter 5, which discusses the important symbols of Baptism and walk through what happens during a Baptism.
Language Arts - We are working on Unit 11 in Spelling and begin our unit on adjectives.  Our WoW is LUDICROUS and the prompt has the students writing about something they think is ludacrous. We are well into our novel, Where the Red Fern Grows. We are working on character traits and will be noting whether they are static or dynamic characters.
Math - We are working on division with one- and two-digit divisors.
Science - Students are working through experiments that help them understand variables a little better. We will be working on a two-coordinate graph, plotting points to display our data.
Please remember to thank a marine today. November 10th is the Marine Corps birthday! These brave men and women fought so we might be free!

Today marks the 240th Birthday of the United States Marine Corps!

Wish a Marine a Happy Birthday today and be sure to thank them for their service!

Week of November 2, 2015

This week begins November. We prayed the Rosary today for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. I ask you to pray with your family for these souls especially during this the octave of All Saints' Feast Day!
Religion:  We finish our chapter on Baptism and take a look at how the Sacrament of Baptism is performed and what the symbols represent!
Language Arts: We begin Unit 10 in Spelling which has us practicing words that end in -er, -or, -ar. Our WoW is CONUNDRUM. The prompt is: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? The students must remember to defend their view without using any words that refer to themselves! We also will begin our next novel, Where the Red Fern Grows
Math: Finished Unit 2 and heading into the unit on division! Make sure your child is working on math facts, especially division facts!
Science: We are working on experiments with different variables, determining which variables will change our results!
A special thank you to all the parents who were responsible for the 5th grade Halloween party! I know that the children had a terrific time. Thank you for making it so much fun!

The Feast of the Holy Souls of Purgatory

Today it is tradition that the Church on earth pray for the Holy Souls in purgatory!

Week of October 26, 2015

Can you believe that it is the last week of October? Hope you have given some time to praying the Rosary with your family. If not, there is still time! Don't forget that All Hallow's Eve is this week. (I know, like you would need a reminder for that!?!) Please be safe.
Religion: This week in Religion, we continue our study of Baptism taking a closer look at Scripture and the different baptisms that have been recorded. It signals the importance of this Sacrament of Initiation! We will be making Baptism cubes that include the day in which we were baptized.
Language Arts: We will look at Unit 9 in Spelling and DESIST is our Wow word. The prompt would ask students to write about ways you could convince people to desist from touching jellyfish or chasing skunks.
Math: We will be working on long division with a one-digit divisor. It is the last concept we work on before the Chapter 2 test. We might be taking that on Friday...or next week (Tuesday).
Science: We are working to finish our unit on the sun and light. Moving into a unit on variables.

Week of October 19, 2015

This week is only four days, but we will be doing much!
Religion: We finished Chapter 3 and are heading into Chapter 4 which is introducing us to the Sacrament of Baptism and shows the students where in scripture Jesus gave us this wonderful sacrament.
Language Arts: We are working on finishing our chapter on nouns, catching up in our Spelling workbook and reading more of Hatchet. The discussion will focus on the rising action and how the author keeps us in the story with descriptive writing. We'll look at ways we can improve our own writing by copying some of his methods.
Math: We continue to work on the mechanics of computation, especially multiplying numbers with decimals. We will introduce some long division, too, traditional-style.
Science: As we finish with our study of the sun and stars, we move into a study of Light and how light moves through different materials.

Week of October 12, 2015

Because 5A did such a fantastic job collection for the Run4Fun fundraiser, they have been awarded a Donut Day every Tuesday for the next four weeks. What does that mean? That Mrs. Voto is supplying the donuts and the kids are permitted to bring a morning beverage! We will be breakfasting while we work! A big THANK YOU to all who were so generous during our fundraiser.
Remember that this week, we are off on Friday and next Monday.
Religion: We are beginning chapter 3 in our book (we skipped to the Mary chapter(19) and finished it and now are back! It is the chapter that does an overview of the Sacraments. We will be praying the Rosary this Wednesday as a whole school. Remind your children to bring their rosaries.
Language Arts: We begin Spelling Unit 8 - Homophones and our WoW word this week is: HERPETOLOGY. Your writing prompt for this week: There are some little frogs that live in South America that are so poisonous that just touching one is enough to make a human ill. How could a herpetologist learn about these frogs without harming himself or herself? Do you think herpetologists ever eat frog legs? We have begun our novel, Hatchet, and the children have picked up some of the tools that Gary Paulson has used to stress things that are important to the story. 
MathVoto: We are shifting into traditional math with multiplication of two digit numbers by a two digit number. We are also throwing in decimals as we go. The children are beginning to see the need for estimation to check their answers.
Science: We are looking at the formation of a star, including our own sun and taking a look at what kind of energy is being used by earth.

Week of October 5, 2015

This is going to be a very busy week! We have Pajama Day tomorrow (Tuesday, October 6th) and electronic day. The kids know pajamas need to be decent and games need to be age appropriate. 
Religion: We are finishing our chapter on Mary. The children are choosing a picture to go with their title for Mary and writing why they chose the picture they chose and those will be hung on our Mary Wall by the 5th grade rooms.
Language Arts: We are working on more vowel + r spelling combinations in Unit 7 and our WoW word for this week is SERPENTINE. The prompt is: write about three animals that move in a serpentine manner and explain why they do it. We will be starting our novel, Hatchet, this week.
Math: The students are working a little probability problem in class and we continue to work with decimals.
Science: The students are working out some experiments to test the rays of the sun. We are trying to figure out a uniform process that scientists might use!

Parents Take Notice!

5A Takes the Lead

I just wanted to thank all the parents of 5A because our homeroom has reached four of our five classroom goals for the TITAN RUN4FUN fundraiser! So, that means a No Homework night tonight and they have been cleared to wear crazy socks and crazy hats tomorrow (Thursday, October 1).