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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!!!



Happy Early Weekend!

Hello Parents!  I can't believe it, but we are at the end of our week already!  It seems like each week goes by a little bit quicker than the last!  I guess that means we are having fun in the 5th grade!  
And today, we certainly had some fun!  Check out our Science pics on my photo link.  We made aluminum foil boat designs and tested out how many pennies they would hold before sinking.  Some designs held up to 16 pennies!!!  Next week we will continue Lab-a-Palooza Part 2 and work on Halloween Candy Nutrition, and designing a model arm and testing the amount of weight it can hold.  
We've also been working on our buttons that we will be selling on December first.  The children seem to really enjoy this.  I think we will bring in quite a bit of money for the Adopt a Family program!
As you know, we ended our chapter on Sacraments in Religion class this week.  We will now be focusing on the individual Sacraments, starting with Baptism.  We will be reading two chapters out of the textbook, and I also have a wonderful packet on Baptism that we will work on between chapters 4 and 5.  You will see similar packets throughout the next several weeks, as we approach each of the Sacraments.
Overall, the children did a great job on the Science, Math, and Religion tests this week!  I can see they are all really working on time management.  I have noticed much better responses when we review as a class before the tests and quizzes!  This is an awesome sign of growth!!!  If you get a chance over the weekend, please log in to Option C to check out grades and look to see if your child has anything missing for me.  The end of the trimester is quickly approaching and we don't want low grades because we forgot to turn something in.
-Please make sure your child brings gym clothes on Monday
-Pack a snack everyday!
-Halloween is Tuesday!  Be sure your child brings an appropriate costume to change into after lunch and recess!
-Tuesday night, make sure you go through your child's trick-or-treat bag and pull out any butterfingers and reese's cups.  I heard they were bad for kids but great for Mrs. Wood!!!!
Have a wonderful weekend!  Stay warm and cozy!  As always, thank you for sharing your children with me!!
Mandy Wood

Week of October 23rd

Hello Families!  Happy Rainy Monday!
   I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend!  I think the fall weather is finally on its way in!  I love sweatshirt weather!!!  
   We have a super-busy 4 day week this week!  Along with our regular classroom things, we are also going to start designing buttons and magnets to sell in December.  I think the children will really enjoy doing that!  We should all have our October Book Report directions now.  Please see that your child is working on this project a little bit each day, as it will take careful planning for it to turn out correctly!  The children are also being asked to write an essay about our trip to the Cincinnati Art Museum last week!  We spent some time discussing this in class this morning.  The children will have until Thursday to finish the essay, and it will replace the writing prompt for this week!
We finished up Chapter 3 Today, and will review for our test tomorrow!  Along with the information the text gives, students will also need to be able to tell which Sacraments are Sacraments of Initiation, Sacraments of Healing, and Sacraments of Community Service.  
We also finished up Chapter 3 in Science today.  We will review tomorrow in class and the test will be on Wednesday.  Children should review the vocabulary as well as text information.  On Thursday, we will do a fun Penny Boat Lab in class that the children are sure to enjoy!  Next week we will have Lab-a-palooza Part 2!!!  We will do a graphing activity with all the Halloween candy you have so kindly sent in on Monday!  I still need about 10 boxes of sugar cubes, if anyone is interested in sending one or two in.  Thank you for always supporting our labs!  Next week we will also be testing how much weight model arms can hold and making "robotic" arms.  Our focus in this chapter has been the Design Process, so I am anxious to see how well the children apply the concepts they have learned!
In my Math class, we will complete Lesson 40 today and have a Cumulative test over lessons up to 35 tomorrow.  We seem to be working at a comfortable pace and I plan to keep with it.  The tests have been quite good, though I am getting a bit concerned about the quality of our homework.  Some children are rushing through the work, making silly mistakes.  You might want to have chat about this with your child.
No Writing Prompt this week!  We will still learn a new vocabulary word, but we will focus on writing the museum essay instead of having a new writing prompt.  We will be getting a new spelling packet today  The Vocab Test and Spelling Test will be on Thursday, and the Spelling Packet will be due Thursday as well.  We will be reading chapters 7 and 8 in Hatchet this week.  On Wednesday, we will review chapters 5-8 and Quiz will be on Thursday.  Vocabulary WILL be on the quiz for these chapters.  In Grammar, we will be discussion Compound Direct Objects, Indirect Objects, and Using and, but, and or.
I hope you all have a wonderful week!  Please email if you have any questions or concerns!  As always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
Mandy Wood

Happy Happy Friday!

Dear Parents,
Well it has been a week full of fun, birthdays, and special memories!  Thank you so much again, for all the wonderful birthday cards, flowers, and gifts!  I was spoiled rotten on my birthday this year!
I really enjoyed meeting with those who signed up for conferences this week!  It was so nice to get to know you better!  For those who were unable to sign up for conferences this time, please know you can always email or call me if you need to chat about anything!
Next week is another 4 day week!  I rearranged some of the tests and quizzes that I had planned on giving, so keep an eye on the daily Edlio alerts.  As of right now, my Math class will have a test on Tuesday, We will have our science chapter 2 test and Religion chapter 3 tests on Wednesday, and the Hatchet Chapters 5-8 Quiz, Wow Quiz, and Spelling Test on Thursday.    I spoke with the children yesterday about looking ahead and preparing for tests and quizzes in chunks each night so they aren't so overwhelmed the night before the test or quiz.  I will also be putting the new spelling list on Spelling City today!
The field trip today went wonderfully!  I'm so pleased with how well all the children behaved and how attentive they were to our guide!  I hope they enjoyed the experience!!  
Have a fabulous weekend!  It's going to be beautiful, so I hope you all get the chance to get out and have some fun!!!  As always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
Mandy Wood

Week of October 16th

Happy Tuesday, Families!  I hope all of you had a nice weekend!  We have so many fun things planned for this week!  I can't wait to get started!!!!
We are now working in Chapter 3, which focuses on the 7 Sacraments.  On Thursday, I introduced the Sacraments to the children and discussed what type of Sacrament each was.  Heads up, the children will need to be able to tell me if a Sacrament is a Sacrament of Christian Initiation, Healing, or Service. We will have a Chapter 3 Test on October 25th
We are working on chapters 5-8 in Hatchet this week and next!  Like section 1, there are 20 vocabulary words the children will need to know the definitions of.  We will have test over chapters 5-8 on October 26th.  We are working on the vocabulary now.  Students should have a full list by tomorrow.
My Math Class is working on Lessons 38,39, and 40 this week.  Because we have a field trip on Friday, I need to give the children a cumulative test on MONDAY next week.
This week we are focusing on the design process of science.Today we took our Chapter 2 Vocabulary Quiz and made moving models of a human arm.  Students will have the chance to complete some assignments on PearsonRealize in class this week, as well as read Lesson 3. We will review for the Chapter 2 Test NEXT MONDAY and the test will be NEXT TUESDAY.  I will post a study guide soon!
Wednesday-Crazy Hat and Sock Day
Thursday-Movie and Popcorn Day 
Friday-Field Trip and Tech Day!!!
****We will be watching Finding Dory on Thursday.  It is PG and per school rules, I need parental consent from all of you, allowing your child to watch this movie.  I have a form...but forgot to send it home.  If you want, you can wait until the form goes home Wednesday, or you can just send in a note stating it is ok for your child to watch this movie in class.
Thank you so much for all you do!  I hope you have a great week, and thank you for sharing your children with me!
Mandy Wood 

Week of October 16th

Happy Friday Parents!!!!  What a beautiful way to start the day!  The Rosary, Mass, and Adoration this morning was just fantastic!  The children were so well-behaved and prayerful.  It was just beautiful to be part of it all!
In about 20 minutes, our class will be joining the rest of the school to begin the Run4Fun!  Thank you so much for your generous donations!  We were able to go above and beyond our goal of $1000!  Because of this, some rewards are in order!  Here is our schedule for next week!
Tuesday: Extra Recess
Wednesday: Crazy Socks and Hats Day
Thursday:  Movie and Popcorn Day
Friday: 8:30-9:00 Free Tech Time/Field Trip to the Museum/2:30-3:00 Free Tech Time
Because we brought in over $400 above our goal, Ms. Ducheny and I have decided there will be NO WRITING PROMPT, NO SPELLING PACKET, AND NO SPELLING TEST NEXT WEEK!!!!!!!!
*Weekend Reminders*
-Sign and Clear out Graded Papers Folder
-Chapter 2 Science Vocab Quiz on Tuesday!
-Conferences Next Week!  Don't forget to sign up!
I hope you all have a glorious weekend.  I found myself getting a little sentimental at church today as I was watching my students.  I can already see them growing this year.  Every time one of these turkeys hugs me, I get a little sad because one day soon, it's not going to be cool to hug your teacher.  I adore these kiddos!  Thank you for sharing them with me!
Mandy Wood

Week of October 9th

Happy Monday Everyone!  I hope you had a nice weekend!  This week, we have our Run-4-Fun on Friday, so it will be a 4 day work week!  We have a lot of tests and quizzes to prepare for this week, so you may want to remind children to start now!  
We finished up our Chapter 19 on Mary today.  We will have a test on Wednesday over the chapter, as well as  the different themes of the Rosary Mysteries.  Your child will want to focus on pg. 226 to help prepare for that.  For this part of the test, I will give the children a theme, and they will have to write which Mystery it falls under.  On Thursday, we will begin our discussion on the Sacraments!
My math class just finished lesson 35 today.  Tomorrow we will have a Cumulative Test over lessons 1-30.  The last set of tests were quite impressive!!
We'll work on Lessons 36 and 37 on Wednesday and Thursday.
Reading:  We will read through Chapters 3 and 4 of Hatchet this week.  On Wednesday, we will review the chapters and vocabulary.  Thursday we will have a quiz.  We did not have vocabulary with the Mixed-up Files novel, so this is new.  We went over the 20 words from section 1 last week.  The children should have the definitions in their Reading Notebook.  Our WoW Quiz will also be on Thursday.
Our new WoW word is Serpentine, and our Prompt is: Think of 3 animals (no snakes) that might move in a serpentine manner.  Describe why it might be advantageous to move this way.  Final Drafts are still due Friday!  Spelling Packets are due Thursday this week and our test will be Thursday.  We are also starting Grammar packets this week.  The first packet is on Verbs.  This will be due NEXT Wednesday, and we will have a quiz over verbs that day
We will be discussing different types of technology and how technology is relevant to our lives.  We will have a chapter 2 Vocabulary quiz on October 12th
Run-4-Fun final turn in date is Wednesday
No Mass on Tuesday
Mass on Friday starts at 8:40 with the Rosary!!!
Have a fabulous week!!!!  Thank you for sharing your children with me!
Mandy Wood

Week of October 2nd

Good Morning Parents and Welcome to another exciting week in the 5th Grade!!!  We are set to have another great week, and I can't wait to tell you all about it!

Religion – This week, we are continuing our lessons on Mary.  Last week, the students watched a power point presentation on the various titles for Mary.  Then they picked out a title for Mary.  Using the internet, or pictures of Mary in the home, the students were to find a picture that went with their title.  They are to bring these pictures into school by this Tuesday.  Each student will mount their picture on construction paper and write a reflection of why they chose their picture.  This Friday, the fifth grade will be making their very own Rosary!


Language Arts – Our WoW word is impeccable.  The prompt is: What do you thinks tastes impeccable?  We finished the book From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. We will have a test over the novel on Tuesday. This week we are beginning our next novel, Hatchet. The September book project is due Wednesday, October 4th.  The October genre is Mystery.  Students need to be looking for a mystery to read during the month of October.  You won’t believe the book project for the Mystery genre.  We will also be reviewing our Nouns Unit on Tuesday and Wednesday.  We will have a test over Nouns on Thursday.


Science-We began Chapter 2 on Monday by looking up and defining our Chapter 2 Vocabulary Words.  We will have a Quiz over these words on October 12th!  Chapter 2 focuses on Design and Function.  Tuesday the children will complete a lab to design the strongest glue.  Then on Wednesday we will be testing different transport systems and which works best.  If you have any extra newspapers hanging around, please send them in by Wednesday.  We will need them for the lab!  


Math-On Monday my class took a Cumulative Test 5A, and the results were fantastic!  We will continue on with Lessons 31, 32, 33, and 34 this week!  The kids are doing a great job!!



-Run 4 Fun Envelopes due Wednesday!!!

-Spelling Packets due Friday

-We have 1 (and a half) new students in our class!  I am so happy to have my daughter, Savannah (Saavy) joining our class.  Saavy also brought along her Hamster, Charlie, to join the class!  My other daughter, Peyton is now in Miss Poux's class.  Both girls are doing great.  Thank you to everyone who has been so welcoming!!!!


Have a wonderful week!  As always, thank you for sharing your children with me!!



Mandy Wood

Week of September 18th

Hello 5th Grade Parents!  I hope you and your children had a wonderful 3-day weekend!  As you may already know,the staff here at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton were not off school.  In fact, we were here together working towards our faith formation goals.  It was a beautiful time spent with each other and God, and it left me with a sense of peace and information I can't wait to share with my class!
I have a full week planned for the children this week!  Here are some highlights!
We will begin Chapter 3 in our text this week.  Chapter 3 focuses on the 7 Sacraments.  I am looking forward to the conversations we will have in class!  We will also be starting to work out of our Bibles a bit more in class.  On Tuesdays after Mass, the children and I will either read the daily Reading or the Gospel together and they will reflect on the readings in their prayer Journals.  On Fridays, we will pick a reading for the upcoming weekend Masses and reflect on it.  This is a great way for the children to become familiar with the parts of the Bible and how to look the Scripture up.  It also gives them the opportunity to have a mental conversation with God.  
We will be finishing up our first chapter in Science this week!  Today we will do a lab to test absorbency of different paper towels.  We will then finish Lesson 4 on Wednesday and Review for the Chapter Test on Thursday!  The Chapter 1 Test will be on Friday!  The children have really done a great job with this chapter, so I am expecting everyone to do well on the test!
Reading/Language Arts
Our WoW word is Pedestrian this week!  I am anxious to see how many children actually know what this word means.  I think they will be surprised by the definition we come up with!  We will start our Rough draft today and as always, the Final Copy is due Friday.  I read through last week's prompts, and I am quite happy to see improvements in our writing already!  These children are quite talented!  We will continue our novel and read Chapters 7 and 8 this week.  There will be a quiz over these chapters on Friday.  Spelling packets will go out today and will be due on Friday.  This week's list is up on Spelling City, so if your child has time, he or she can always hop on the website for a few minutes!
We will be working on lessons 24 and 25 this week.  Lesson 24 focuses on the use of Parentheses and the Associative Property, while Lesson 25 focuses on listing factors of whole numbers.  We will have a cumulative test on Thursday over lessons 21-25.  Please be sure your child is reviewing his or her facts each evening for about 5 minutes.  
Looking into the future...
I will be having my 1st annual Lab-a-polooza during the week of September 25th.  We will be working on 3 main labs throughout the week that will apply the concepts we have been learning in Science.  I will need 2 bags of gummy worms and about 4 bags of gummy bears for these labs.  If you are interested in donating those items, I would be so appreciative!  
I will also be doing a lab later in October that will involve several types of Halloween candy and SEVERAL sugar cubes.  If you would like to donate one bag of the following candies, or a box of sugar cubes, please let me know!  We will need Twix, Hershey Bars, Starbursts, Skittles, Milky Ways, and 3 Musketeers.
Thanks so much for all you do!  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please email me at 
As always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
Mandy Wood

Week of September 11th

What!  A 5-day week!  That's Awesome!!!  It will be nice to be on a normal schedule this week!  Here's a quick rundown on what we'll be doing in class!
This week we will continue our discussion on the Scientific Method.  We will work on a digital lab on Tuesday involving water temperatures.  We will also discuss Science Tools and more Lab Safety!   I expect our first Science Test to be NEXT Friday if things go my way!
Our homeroom is in charge of planning the Mass this week!  Please join us in worshipping if you are able to!  In class, we will be discussing giving witness to Christ and the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy.  We will have a Chapter 2 Test on Friday.
Our Word of the Week is Myriad!  We will be working on our third writing assignment this week.  We will also be reading Chapters 5 and 6 of our Mixed up Files novel.  There will be a quiz over these chapters on Friday, along with our Spelling and WoW tests.  In Grammar, we will continue our discussion on Nouns.  
We will complete Lesson 20 today in my Math class.  On Tuesday, we will have a cumulative assessment over lessons 1-20.  Remember, we started with Lesson 16, but that's because the children all passed the skills for lessons 1-15.  I am confident they will do great on the test Tuesday!
-Children should be reading a realistic fiction book
-Gym clothes need to come to school on Mondays
-Graded Paper Folders need to be signed on Fridays and Returned Mondays!
-Meet the Teacher on Thursday!
-No School for students next Monday!
Have a happy week!
Mandy Wood

Week of September 4th

 Happy Tuesday Families!  I hope all of you had a wonderful, long weekend!  I know I sure did!  Due to the shortened week though, we do have a long to-do list!  Here is a quick run-down on what to expect this week!
Last week, we finished up Chapter 1 in our textbook.  On Wednesday, we will have our first Religion test.  Before the test, we will have a quick review over the concepts and ideas we discussed last week.  On Thursday, we will dive right into Chapter 2.  Our class is also preparing the Mass for next Tuesday.  The children will be given their petitions and readings today (hopefully).  If your child has a speaking part, please practice with him/her this week.  We will go to the church on Monday to practice as a class.
We are continuing our chapter on how scientists investigate this week.  Today, we will prepare several pieces of bread by putting them in different wrappings. At the end of the week, we will observe which wrapping kept the bread the freshest.  We will really be focusing on the Scientific Method-especially interpreting our data.   Don't forget, we have our Chapter 1 Vocabulary Quiz on Wednesday!  Students have the words and definitions in their Science Notebooks!
Reading/Lang. Arts/Expression
Our new Word of the Week is Perturbed.  Today we will learn about the word and discuss our new writing prompt.  Students will begin rough drafts today! Our first writing assignments from last week were pretty good!  I expect all of the children to improve each week with their writing skills.  We are definitely off to a great start!
We are continuing our discussion on nouns this week.  We will be focusing on possessive nouns, nouns as subjects, and collective, concrete, and abstract nouns.
Our spelling list is up on Spelling City now.  I have not officially assigned the work to the students on this site, but I would like them to at least visit the site once or twice a week to get familiar with the words.  Packets will go home today and are due Friday.  All the words have the long e and a sounds.  
We will be reading Chapters 3 and 4 of our novel this week.  The children really seem to be enjoying The Mixed up Files so far!  On Friday, there will be another quiz over these two chapters.  
Now that all the testing is finished up and the classes are split up, we can finally begin our Math instruction!  The children in my math class will be starting on Lesson 16 of our book.  You can expect math homework each night, as I strongly believe math is one subject that needs to be practiced constantly.  If you know your child still struggles a bit with multiplication facts, please have him/her review the facts for about 5 minutes each night.  I have my daughter flip through flashcards right before she goes to sleep each night. We have made it part of our nightly routine, and it seems to be helping quite a bit!
I hope all of you have a wonderful week!  I missed these kiddos over the long weekend, and it was so nice to see their happy little faces this morning!  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please email me at any time!!
Thank you for sharing your children with me!
Mandy Wood