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All About Me

My name is Mandy Wood!  I am one of the 5th grade teachers.  I will be teaching Reading, Expressions, Religion, and Math to my homeroom, and Science to both 5th grade classes.  This is my 20th year of teaching, but only my 3rd year at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton.  Before I came here I taught at Saint Bernadette for 2 years and Saint Veronica for 15 years.  I am so blessed to be at this school!  I absolutely love it here!  I have been married to my husband Joe for 14 years and I have 2 daughters.  Savannah is in 7th grade at Saint Andrews and Peyton is, of course, in 5th grade with me this year!!  We have 4 dogs that drive us all crazy-especially our newest one!  I am currently the 7th grade girls' volleyball coach and am looking forward to a great season!  In my free time I enjoy reading, going to the movies, cooking, and just spending time with the family.  I love animals, chocolate, and a good suspense novel-not necessarily in that order!  I think we are going to have an awesome 5th grade year and I look forward to growing some amazing disciples!!!  Happy 2019-2020 School Year!!!



Week of May 20th-24th

Hello Parents and Happy Monday!!!
I hope everyone had a beautiful, sun-filled weekend!  Sitting at the softball field all day on Saturday sure put me in the mood for summer vacation!!!!  But we are not quite there yet!  We still have just a few things left to do in the 5th grade, so let's get started!!!
Religion: This week we will begin our final chapter (and Sacrament) in our book.  Last week, Father Chris visited us and spoke about Holy Orders and when he received his call to become a priest!  This week, we will dive a little deeper into that special call, and learn about Holy Orders and the responsibilities of the deacons, priests, and bishops.  Our final Religion test will be next Wednesday!
Reading/Language Arts:  Last week we finished the novel, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.  I hope the children decide to read the other novels in the Chronicles of Narnia series!  Several have already borrowed a few of my books!  Tomorrow we will have an open-book test over the entire novel.  On Friday, we will get to watch the movie!!!  It's one of my favorites!!!  Our final lesson in spelling is over words from other languages.  Most of our words we will be spelling come from the French language (example: ballet, garage, cassette).  Our Grammar concept focuses on Colons, Commas, and Parentheses.  Packets are due Friday!
Science:  Students are continuing creating their slideshows this week.  Many of the children are all finished with their project and will present this week!!  Final projects are due next Tuesday!
Math:  In math this week, we will review dividing decimals by whole numbers and learn how to divide decimals by decimals.
*The last 5th Grade Mass of the year is TOMORROW!!!  Please make sure your child comes to school in their Sunday best for church!  Mass will be at normal Tuesday Mass time (9:00a.m.).  Children will be allowed to change into regular clothes after Mass.
*Field Day is WEDNESDAY!!!!  Bring a water bottle and dress for a fun day outside in the sun!!!
I want to thank all the parent volunteers and all those who contributed one more time for such an awesome 5th grade picnic!  It was such a fun day for everyone!!!  
Have an awesome week!  As always, thank you for sharing your children with me!!
Mandy Wood

Week of May 13th

Hello Parents!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  Let me first start off by thanking all of you once again for all the thoughtful gifts, cards, lunches, and treats last week!  It was so sweet of all of you!  
I can't believe how close we are to the end of 5th grade!  It seems like it is all going too fast!  Before we go though, we have a few more things to wind down.  Here's a peek at what we will be doing this week!
We will finish up Chapter 24 and have a test on Wednesday.  Father Chris will be visiting the 5th grade on Tuesday to discuss Holy Orders with us!  Then on Thursday we will begin our Chapter on Holy Orders.
Reading/Language Arts:
We will be finishing up our novel, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe this week!  I plan on giving the children a test over this book next week, and next Friday, we will watch the movie!  In Grammar, we will discuss using Commas in different types of sentences and situations.  The children will also either be writing a paragraph describing what their day would be like if they were someone else OR a paragraph describing the best movie ever.
Continue working on slideshows.  Some Presentations this week!
Continuing adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators
Dividing Decimals
-We will have our book chats on Thursday this week!  Please be sure your child has finished reading his or her book
-April/May character awards Tuesday after Mass
-5th Grade Picnic on Friday!!!
Have a great week!  As always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
Mandy Wood

Week of May 6th

Hello Parents!  Happy Beautiful Tuesday!
Well, this has been a pretty exciting week so far!!!  Thank you so much for my yummy coffee cake and latte yesterday morning and my beautiful flowers today!  It's so nice to have little surprise treats!  We were so blessed to have such beautiful weather for our Reds field trip yesterday (and for having seats far away from the bees!)  The children were awesome, and I hope everyone had a great time!  Thank you to all the parents who came along and for those helping with the lunch today!!!
As I told the children today, we are rounding 3rd and heading home ourselves with only 3 1/2 weeks left of the school year!  I don't know whether to  scream, cry, or panic!!!  We have so much left to do!!!!  We had nice chat this morning about keeping focused and continuing to make better choices.  We can't let the sillies take over in anticipation of our upcoming summer vacation!  Here's a peek at our week:
We will begin Chapter 24 over the Sacrament of Matrimony tomorrow.  I believe we will be able to take a test over this chapter NEXT Wednesday.  I final chapter will be Chapter 25 over the Sacrament of Holy Orders.  I hope to end the year with a good discussion on how to go out and be good disciples over the summer!
Reading/Language Arts:
This week we continue our adventure into Narnia!  The children are just about to meet Aslan, the ruler of Narnia, and learn what needs to be done to defeat the Witch and, hopefully, save their brother, Edmund from her grasp!  In Grammar, we are learning about abbreviations.  The class with have a quiz over this skill on Friday.  Our Spelling words and Phonics Skill this week focus on Suffixes.  We will be writing a Journal Entry describing our awesome field trip this week as well.  Final Drafts are due Friday!
The children are continuing their slideshow presentations in class.  At this point, almost all labs should be complete, with exception to those that were growing something.  Many of the children have already sent me their finished products.  As soon as a few more come in, I will allow those children to present.  So far, they are doing an amazing job.  I will be checking progress today.  For the children that seem to be moving at a slower pace, I may need them to start doing a little work at home.  I will email parents individually if that is the case!
After falling behind last week, I believe we are finally ready to complete there Reteach Packet over lessons 106-110 today, and we will have a test over those lessons tomorrow.  We will then begin the final chapters of the book!  Lesson 116 focuses on adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators.  I believe we will work on that lesson Thursday and Friday, as this skill tends to be a bit tricky.  
-Students should be finishing up their free choice book for our small group oral book report.  I would like the children to be ready to discuss their books by NEXT Thursday
-The 5th Grade Picnic is NEXT Friday!!!  Thank you to all the parents who have helped to organize what sounds like a super-fun day for all!!!!  If your child has not returned permission slips, money, or packets, please make sure all is complete ASAP!
-Muffins with Mom (or a special person your child would like to treat) is this Friday!!!! 
I hope you all have a fabulous week!  Again, thank you for making Teacher Appreciation Week so special for me!  And as always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
God Bless,
Mandy Wood

Mrs. Wood's Math

Hello Families!
I got a little behind in Math this week.  We will work on Lesson 115 on Friday, have our reteach packet next Tuesday, and take our test next Wednesday!!!
Have a great night!
Mandy Wood

Week of April 29th

Hello Parents!  Happy Monday!
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  It was chilly and rainy during some of it, but I hope the kids got a chance to get out and play a bit!  I won't lie...the best part of my weekend was getting to see Avengers: Endgame with my family!!! I have had some pretty good conversations with the kiddos about it today!!!  Speaking of "Endgame", we are getting very close to reaching our own!!!  And just like in the movie, we have A LOT to do to get there!!!!  Here's a peek at what is going on in our classroom this week!!!
Religion: We are wrapping up our chapter on the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.  We will be working through a supplementary packet this week and our test over Chapter 18 will be on Thursday, May 2nd.  We will also be practicing for our May Crowning celebration to be held before Mass on Friday.
Language Arts/Reading:  Our Grammar skill this week is over Singular and Plural Possessive Nouns.  In Spelling, our words this week are words with the prefixes; con, com, pre, and pro.  Activities can be found on Spelling City.  There are also a few Phonics Activities for the children to try.  We are continuing our journey into Narnia this week!  So far, only Lucy and Edmund have made it into this magical world of witches and talking animals.  We will find out soon enough if Peter and Susan make it in as well, and which of the children will land on the witch's side of the war!
Science:  The children are continuing their independent projects this week.  Many of the children actually did their experiments over the weekend, which is awesome!  Remember, photos or video need to be taken of the experiments so the children can upload them into their slideshows.  I am hoping at this point, all the research has been completed and the children can start working on the slides.  I expect the research slides to take the longest.  If your child has not completed his or her experiment, I strongly encourage them to get that done this week!
Math:  We are almost finished with the book!!!!  This week we will focus on the following:
Lesson 113-Writing Mixed Numbers as Improper Fractions
Lesson 114-Using Formulas
Lesson 115-Area
We will complete a Reteach Packet over Lessons 106-110 and have a test over these lessons on Friday
*Grandparents Day and May Crowning is on Friday!!!  Students need to come in their very nice clothing that morning.  They will be changing back into their school uniform after Mass, so please make sure they pack that for school!
*Our Reds Field Trip is NEXT Monday!!!  I am so excited!  Students may be out of uniform that day.  All students need to pack a lunch.  Just like with COSI, the children may bring a cinch backpack. NO ELECTRONICS PLEASE!
*The children should be reading a book of their choice right now.  We will be having book discussions for our final book report the 2nd/3rd week of May.
*Please make sure children turn in any paperwork/money/pictures/etc...for the 5th grade picnic ASAP
*We desperately need pencils in the classroom.  If you have any lying around at home, please send them in!
Thank you for all you do!  And as always, thank you for sharing your children with me!!
Mandy Wood

Week of April 22nd

Hello Parents!!!  I hope everyone had a blessed Easter Break with your families!  It was so nice to have a few days off!  Now we are really in the home-stretch!  I can't believe it...about 5 1/2 weeks left!  That's all!!!  And that 5 weeks is going to fly by, and there is still so much to do!  Here is a peek at what's going on in t the classroom this week!
Begin Chapter 18-Celebrating the Anointing of the Sick
Final Discussions on Lent
Preparing for next week's May Crowning!  
Maniac Magee Test on Wednesday
Finish Sneaker Summaries
Begin The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Language Arts:
Persuasive Paragraphs (convince someone to STOP doing something)
Continue discussing punctuation of Titles, Stories, Movies, etc...
Science: Begin Research step of Independent Labs
AIMS web test
6th grade placement tests
Lesson 111-Multiplying decimals by 10, 100, and 1000
Lesson 112-Finding the LCM of two numbers
-Get field trip money for students and chaperones in this week!
-Students should be reading a book of their choice for the May book Report
-May Crowning and Grandparents day on May 3rd!
Have a beautiful week!!!!
Mandy Wood

Week of April 15th

Hello Parents!  Happy Holy Week!  I hope you all had a great weekend!  It sure is beginning to look a lot like Spring...except for today!  Hopefully you were able to get outside had have some fun before the rain came!  As it is only a 4 day week before a 4 day break, we have a lot to finish up!  Here's a peek at the week!
Learning about the final days of Lent!  Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday
Completing Chapter 17-Test on Thursday
Healing Scriptures Poster due Wednesday
Reading/Language Arts:
Grammar Skill: Writing Titles/Using Commas appropriately
Spelling/Phonics Skill: Consonant Alternations and -ion suffix
Finish Maniac Magee!  Work on Sneaker Summary Sneakers and Quick Little Quiz Books.  Test will not be until next week!
Students should be reading a book of their choice for our book talk (sometime in May)
Finish up Chapter 6
Chapter 6 Test on Wednesday!
Thursday I will introduce independent Science experiment!  
Lesson 109-Multiplying Decimal Numbers
Lesson 110-Multiplying Decimal Numbers using Zeros as Placeholders
Reteach Packet Lessons 101-105
-Students should be reading a book of their choice for the May Book Report
-Please turn in Muffins with Mom (or aunt or sister or good friend) sheets ASAP
-Please turn in Grandparents RSVP
-Stations of the Cross on Thursday at 2:30-3:00
-Midterm is Thursday!  Option C will be updated 
-No School Friday!
Have a fantastic week!  As always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
Mandy Wood

Week of April 8th-12th

Hello Parents! 
I hope you all had a great weekend!  I am so glad Spring is finally here!!!!  Unfortunately, the nice weather seems to make those weekends go by quicker!  We're are getting closer and closer to the summer break though, and there is still so much to do!  Here is a peek at this week!
Chapter 16 Test on Wednesday
Begin Chapter 17 Thursday and discuss Week 5 of Lent
Reading/Language Arts:
Story "Rachel's Journal"
Reading Skill: Cause and Effect
Maniac Magee Chapters 24-36
Test over Lessons 96-100 on Tuesday
Lesson 106-Reading and Ordering Decimal Numbers
Lesson 107-Using Percent to Name Part of a Group
Lesson 108-Schedules
Begin Chapter 6-Energy!!!
Test over Chapter 6 on April 17th (Study Guide on Webpage)
-The March/April Book Report is due Friday
-Students should be reading a book of their choice now
-Friday is an early dismissal day!
-Please turn in Muffins with Mom flyer and Grandparents Day RSVPs
-Please turn in Reds Field Trip permission form and money
Thank you to all the chaperones that went to COSI with us last week!  I love that trip so much!!!  I hope everyone enjoyed themselves.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me!  As always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
Mandy Wood

Week of April 1st

Hello Parents!  Happy Sunny Monday!!!! 
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  We definitely got a taste of a the seasons!!!  Gotta love living in Ohio!  We have a lot going on this week, so let's get to it!!!
Religion: Continuing Chapter 16 on Penance and Reconciliation
               Working on a Penance Poster
               Week 4 of Lent
English/Reading:  Moving into Part 2 of Maniac Magee (chapters 13-23)
                              Writing Prompt-Informational Paragraph
                              (students must research a topic of their choice and write a                                 paragraph about the information.  Sources must be sited)
                              Grammar Skill:  Transitional Words and Phrases
Science:  Students are continuing Amphibian Slideshows  
                Presentations will probably start Wednesday, as the kiddos are n                        working so hard on them!
Math:  Lesson 103-Volume
           Lesson 104-Rounding Decimal Numbers
           Lesson 105-Symmetry and Transformations
*Students should be finishing up their Sci-Fi/Fantasy books and working on their Tissue Box Book Reports.  Due April 12th
*Students can be in spirit wear THURSDAY since we will be at COSI on Friday
*Students will come in uniform on Friday!
*I will send an informational email out to parents about the way the day will go for Friday sometime tomorrow.
I hope you all have a fantastic week!!!  If you have any questions, please email me!  As always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
Mandy Wood

Week of March 25th

Hello Parents!!! 
  Welcome back from all your vacations and stay-cations!!  It was so good to see all my kidlets this morning!  I missed them!  I hope everyone had the chance to recharge, refuel, and relax over the last week!  We are in the home stretch now!  It's so hard to believe!  Here is a peek at our week!
Religion:  This week we are wrapping up Chapter 15 in class. We will review the chapter and have a test on Friday.  I suggested the children take their religion books home tonight to get a jumpstart on the review!  Our Lenten Theme this week is " We are the eyes of Christ".  We will be talking about what we see in the world that is positive and what we can do to fix the negative we see.
Reading/Language Arts:  Students will be writing a Compare/Contrast paper this week.  They are to choose two things and write how they are alike and how they are different.  The prompt will be 2 paragraphs and we will add drawings on Friday.  We are reading the story, "The Birchbark House" in our Journeys textbook as well as beginning the class novel, Maniac Magee.  Our grammar skill this week focuses on Present, Past, and Future Perfect Tense.  Spelling and Vocabulary are set up on Spelling City already!
Science:  The children will begin researching an amphibian of their choice this week!  Following the guidelines in the packet they will be given today, they will research and create a slideshow to share with the class.  The directions can be found on Edlio and I will also email them to you, just to keep you in the loop!
Math: Today we will work on Lesson 100-Simplifying Decimal Numbers.  Tomorrow we will complete a reteach packet over lessons 91-95, and Wednesday we will have a test over those lessons.  Thursday and Friday will will move on the Lesson 101-Rounding Mixed Numbers and Lesson 102-Subtracting Decimal Numbers Using Zeros.
-If you have not turned in permission slips and money for our COSI field trip, please do so ASAP!  The trip is NEXT Friday!!!
-Your child should be reading a Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book for the March/April Book Report.  Directions for the report will be going out soon.
-Spring Picture Day on THURSDAY this week.  Out of uniform for everyone.  Please be sure your child dresses appropriately for these pictures.
-It might be time to replenish some school supplies!  I know the classroom is in need of clorox wipes, tissues, and pencils if you would like to donate.  Thanks!!!
Have a wonderful week!  Spring is definitely in the air!!!  If you have any questions, please email me!  As always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
Mandy Wood

March 11th-15th

Good Morning Parents! 
The sun is shining, the temperature is getting warmer, we have finished our IOWA and CoGat testing, and in just a few days, we will be enjoying a nice week off for Spring Break!  I don't know about you, but I am ready for some downtime!  Unfortunately, before that can happen, we have just a few things left to wrap up!  Here's a peek at our week!
We are now in Week 2 of the Lenten Season!  Last week I gave the children a packet to learn and reflect on our Lenten Journey week by week.  Last week our theme was, "Be the Lips of Jesus"  We talked about standing up for others, complementing others, and saying kind words to one another.  We also talked about building each other up rather than breaking each other down.  This week, our theme is, "Be the Feet of Jesus".  This theme focuses on using our feet to lead us from temptation and into a more positive direction.  I really love this packet because it seems to be tying in nicely to some of the issues we have been having in class with unkind words and actions.  I have also implemented a Friday meeting with the children to discuss (without naming names) the positive and negative choices we have made throughout the week and how we feel about them.  The children are really opening up and sharing their feelings with one another.  I like it!  On Wednesday we will begin Chapter 15.  Chapter 15-18 focus on the Sacraments of Healing.  We will finish the chapter after Spring Break.
Reading/Language Arts:
We are wrapping up our novel, Holes, this week with a couple of days to review what we have read.  Wednesday we will have our final Holes test, and on Friday, we will spend the afternoon watching the movie!  Be on the lookout for an email from me asking for permission for your child to watch this movie, as it is PG.  Our Grammar skill this week focuses on the verbs be and have.  We will also be writing a Procedural Paragraph in class this week.
We are hopping right along in our Amphibian Unit!  We will finish up the content part of the unit on Tuesday.  Wednesday we will review the unit, and Thursday we will have an amphibian test. Students will be allowed to use their amphibian packets for this test.  After Spring Break, the children will pick an amphibian of their choice, research it, and create a slideshow to share with the class!
In Math, I hope to cover the following lessons: 
96-Using Reciprocals to Divide Fractions
99-Adding and Subtracting Whole Numbers and Decimals
-Thank you to those who have turned in COSI permission slips and money already!!!  I appreciate it!  If you want to chaperone our field trip on April 5th, please send in an additional $10 for you along with the $10 for your child.  There is no limit on chaperones!  It's a fun day, so please consider joining us!
-The children should be reading a Fantasy/Sci Fi book for the March/April Book Report
-While on Spring Break, I do ask that the children take a few moments to complete the reflection pages for Week 3 of the Lenten Journey Packet.  I don't normally assign homework over breaks, but I do believe keeping track of our Lenten promises and learning about week 3 of Lent is very important in growing in our faith. 
Have a bright and sunny week!  If you have any questions please email me!  As always, thank you for sharing your children with me.  I can't believe we are in the 3rd trimester already!
Mandy Wood 

Week of February 25th

Hello Parents!  Happy Sunny Monday!  I hope you had a great weekend!  We just got back from our little trip over to Saint Andrews, and I think the kiddos really enjoyed themselves.  I can't believe how close 6th grade year is getting!!!  But before we can move on to that, we have a few things to finish up here! It's going to be a crazy week with our 5th grade play preparations and CoGat testing.  I'm going to try to make this week and next as light as possible.  Here is a tentative list of things I hope to accomplish this week!
Students will finish up their Pilgrimage Pamphlets that we started in class last week.  I would like to have them all turned in by Friday.  I am hoping we will have some time here in there to continue working on them in class.  We will review Chapter 12 on Wednesday and take our Chapter 12 Test on Thursday.
Reading/Language Arts:
There will be no Journeys Textbook Story this week.  Instead we are going to read as much as Holes as possible!  We are right at the climax of the story!!!!  We will not have a word of the week, but the children will still have a writing prompt.  They are going to write a paragraph about what they are excited about and what they are nervous about in regards to Saint Andrews.  Our Grammar concept this week is forming contractions with not, pronoun contractions, and pronoun homophones.
Lesson 93-Comparative Graphs
Lesson 94-Using Estimation when Dividing by 2-digit Numbers
Paper Bag Rockets
Marshmallow Launchers
-End of 2nd Trimester is Friday!  We are in the home stretch now!!!
-CoGat testing starts tomorrow!  We will take 3 30minute test on Tuesday,   Wednesday, and Thursday
-5th grade play dress rehearsal is tomorrow at 10:00
-5th grade school performance is Thursday at 10:30 and evening performance Thursday at 6:30 (have children here no later than 6:15 in costume)
-Book Reports are due March 5th!
-Titan Mardi Gras is Saturday!!!!  I hope to see you there!
Have a wonderful week!  If you have any questions or concerns, please email me!  As always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
Mandy Wood

Week of February 11th

Good Morning Parents!  
I hope you enjoyed your chilly weekend!  Hopefully you were able to dodge those raindrops and get out to do something fun!  As you know we have a 4 day week AND the 5th grade volleyball game.  That means less time to get a lot done!  I think if the kiddos work hard and stay focused, we can do this!!!  Here's a peek at our week!
The children reviewed for our Chapter 11 test this morning.  They are ready to take that test tomorrow!!!  On Wednesday we will begin Chapter 12.  Chapter 12 focuses on how to pray daily. The children were given the Act of Love prayer to memorize today.  We will test over that on March 8th.
Reading/Language Arts:
Our word this week is COLOSSAL.  The children will write a personal narrative paragraph about something colossal that happened to them or they witnessed.  We worked on a graphic organizer today, and the children will begin rough drafts tomorrow.  I am hoping we can start typing Wednesday.  Our grammar concept this week is Prepositions.  The story we will be reading in our Journeys textbook is, "The Dog Newspaper".  We will have a test over this story on Thursday.  I strongly encourage the students to take their textbook home daily to re-read this story.
We will review Chapter 5 Today in class!  Our Chapter 5 Test will be on Wednesday, but I wanted the children to have an extra day to study. They will work on a force and motion webquest tomorrow in class and have the chance to design a roller coaster online!!!  Next week and the week after will be our double-sized Lab-a-Palooza!  More details to come!!!
We will work on more reducing fractions today!  Tomorrow we will work on a reteach packet over lessons 81-85, and Wednesday we will have a test over those lessons.
-Book orders are due Thursday
-Students may bring in valentines to share with the whole class on Thursday
-5th grade volleyball on Thursday!  5th grade classes will play against each other at 1:00 and against the teachers at 2:30
-No School Friday OR next Monday
I hope you all have a great week!  If you have any questions or concerns, please email me!  As always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
Mandy Wood