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Mrs. Amanda Wood » All About Me

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.  Before I came to Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, I taught junior high math at Saint Bernadette in Amelia for two years.  Before that, I taught 13 years of 5th grade and 2 years of junior high math at Saint Veronica.  My family and I live right here in Milford.  I am married and have 2 daughters, Savannah and Peyton.  They are in the 5th and 3rd grades at Mulberry Elementary.  I love reading, writing, watching movies with my family, and animals!  I currently have 7 pets but am always trying to talk my husband into "just one more".  I can't turn down chocolate, and I love to laugh!!  I am so glad to be a Titan!!!


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Week of February 19th

Hello Parents,
I hope you all enjoyed the 4 day weekend!  I can't believe this weather today!!!  Keep the 70 degree days coming!!!  Our visit to Saint Andrews today was fun!  I think the kiddos are getting excited about moving on to bigger and better!  But not yet!  We still have a lot to learn in the 5th grade!  Here's a peek at our week!
This week we will spend some more time talking about Lent and what it means to us.  We will be working on some beautiful All About Lent poster that will hang in the hallway throughout the season of Lent.  We will also continue our discussion on the Sacrament of Eucharist.
Reading/Language Arts:
Our Word of the Week is PLACID.  For our writing prompt, students need to write about what placates them when they are upset or angry.  Chocolate usually does the trick for me!!  We will begin our next novel, Maniac Magee this week.  I am looking forward to starting this book, as I have not read it in quite a long time!  I expect our first quiz to be next Tuesday over Chapters 1-11.  In Grammar the students will be working on Lessons 1 and 2 of Grammar Flip.  On Friday we will have a quiz over Common and Proper Nouns and Basic Capitalization rules.  Spelling packets are due Friday as usual, as well as our Final Drafts
We will cover Lessons 73-75 this week.  On Monday, the children will work on a Reteach packet over lessons 66-70 and next Tuesday we will have a test over those lessons.
We will work on a Solar System WebQuest today and tomorrow to wrap up our unit on Space.  On Thursday we will begin discussing our next unit-Forces and Motion.  We will make some paper helicopters on Thursday to see if we can get them to drop slowly out of the air and on Friday we will go over the vocabulary for the Chapter.  Expect a Vocabulary quiz next Thursday!  I love this unit and I am hoping to have some fun labs in class!!!  Look for pics on my page!
-Pack a snack daily
-Replenish School Supplies when you run out
-Gym Clothes NEXT Monday
Have a great week!  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please send me an email!  As always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
Mandy Wood
P.S.  Thank you so much for all the Valentine Goodies you gave me last week!  TOTALLY worth the extra work-outs!!!!

Week of February 12th-16th

Good Morning Parents!  Happy Sunny Monday!  I hope all of you had a fabulous weekend!  We have another 4 day week this week, with a whole lot going on, so let's get started!
This week, in the spirit of Valentine's Day, we are working on All About God's Love posters. These posters are so cute.  The children get to show examples of God's love in the world, tell what God's love means to them, and share a special Bible Verse about God's love that speaks to them.  Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, and we will be celebrating Mass at 9:00.  We will also read a section in our book about the importance of Lent.
Reading/Lang. Arts:
Our Word of the Week is Irk.  The students will be writing paragraphs about what irks them the most.  I am sure I will be reading some good papers this week!  We will review our Holes book today in class and go over the questions for the final test.  I have been going back and forth about when to give the final test.  I am going to move it to Wednesday due to our play this evening.   We will be focusing on Pronouns in our Grammar Flip Program this week.  Spelling packets will be due on Thursday, as well as Final Drafts.  We will have our WoW quiz, Spelling test, and Grammar Quiz on Thursday.
We are working on a Valentine Math Review Packet this week, as well as lessons 71 and 72.  
Last week we started our individual research on a planet (or dwarf planet) in our solar system.  Students will continue their posters in class this we will also work on a fun phases of the moon activity involving Oreos!!  Our Solar System Lab-a-palooza will continue on through next week!  The Chapter 4 Tests were awesome for the most part!  I think the children really enjoyed our Space unit!
-Students should be at the school, in full costume, by 6:15 tonight!
-Pack a snack Daily
-We will exchange Valentines on Wednesday
-Meatless Wednesday for lunch for Ash Wednesday
I think that covers it all!  If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please let me know!  As always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
Mandy Wood

February 5th-February 9th

Good Morning Parents!  Happy Chilly Monday!!!  I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  It was so nice to see so many of you at the Spaghetti Dinner and Dance on Friday!  I sincerely hope no one took any pictures or videos of me busting my moves on the dance floor!  No one needs a re-cap of that!!!  :-)
One would think that with Catholic Schools Week over, we would have time to take a breath, but that is not going to happen this week I'm afraid!  We have another one jam-packed with play rehearsals, conferences, and our Living Museum!  And what's that I hear about a wintery mix coming Wednesday morning???  Fasten your seatbelts!  Here we go!
We will complete our first chapter on the Eucharist tomorrow.  On Wednesday, we will have a review over Chapter 10 and the test on Thursday.  Next week we will begin a packet on the Sacrament of Eucharist, along with a cute poster about God's Love that will be a activity for Valentine's Day!
Reading/Language Arts:
I can't believe it, but we will be finishing up our Holes novel this week!  I will have the children take a test over the entire book on Friday.  There will be no quiz over the final chapters we will be reading this week.  Our Word of the Week is AMBIDEXTROUS.  Students need to write a paragraph telling what career would being ambidextrous be the most helpful for and why.  We will begin with our word map and essay map today. Rough Drafts will be due Wednesday and Final Copies will be due Friday.  We will continue the use of our Grammar Flip Program this week, focusing on Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases.  We will not have a Grammar Packet this week, but we will have a Grammar Quiz on Friday, along with our Spelling test.  Spelling Packets will go home today and are due Friday.
We will finish up our Crater Lab we started last week today and then begin reviewing for our Chapter 4 Test, which is scheduled for Wednesday!  After the test, we will begin our individual research on planets and create informational posters the remainder of the week.  I also have a webquest and some fun labs scheduled for next week to wrap up our unit on space!
Today my math class will work on a Reteach packet for Lessons 61-65 and there will be a test over these chapters tomorrow.  We will then work on Lessons 71,72, and 73 the remainder of the week.
-Pack a Snack every day!
-Start working on costumes for the play!  We will have a dress rehearsal for the play THIS FRIDAY, so students really need to have their costumes ready by then.  Amazon is a great place to shop for costumes if you are like me and couldn't sew on a button let alone a whole costume! 
-There will be performances for the play at  10:30, 2:30, and 6:30 on February 12th.
-Conferences are tomorrow from 4-8.  If I did not send you a conference sheet, but you feel we should meet, please send me an email and I will make time for you!!
-The children will hold their Living Museum with their special 2nd grade buddies on Wednesday afternoon.  Please make sure your child is familiar with his or her person so we can teach our 2nd grade friends some new things!
Whew!  I think that covers it all!  I hope all of you have a wonderful week!  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please email me any time!
As always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
Mandy Wood

Week of January 29th-February 2nd

Dear Parents,
Happy Monday and Happy Catholic Schools Week!  It was so nice to see so many families here at Open House yesterday!  I'm glad the children got a chance to show off some of their work and share our classroom with you!  This week is packed full of fun and excitement, and even a little bit of learning!  
Events for the Week:
Monday: Career Day and Thank You Cards to Emergency Service Workers
Tuesday: Red, White, and Blue Day
                Family Rosary at 8:35 AM in the Church lead by Father Chris
Wednesday: Spirit Day!
                     Get up and Dance
                     Vocations Speaker 10:15
                     5th grade/Faculty Volleyball Game Starting at 1:00
Thursday:  Favorite Literary/Fictional Character Dress Up Day
                  Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day
Friday:  School Uniforms
             Mass at St. Andrews (Pack a brown bag lunch or order pizza)
             Spaghetti Dinner and Dance in the evening
And what will we be learning this week?  Here are my tenative plans for the week:
Today we began chapter 10 and our discussion on the Eucharist.  We will be talking about what the Sacrament of Eucharist is, why we celebrate it, and what it does for our faith and connection with God.  I expect to have a test over this Chapter NEXT Wednesday.
Reading/Language Arts:
We are still working our way through Holes!  The plot is getting interesting!  This week we will have an open-book/open-note quiz over chapters 29-39 on Wednesday.  Our Word of the Week is Gregarious!  We will begin our Essay Maps and Rough Drafts today and tomorrow.  Final copies will be due on Friday.  Our Grammar concept this week is Adverbs.  Spelling Packets and Grammar packets will be due on Friday, but due to our trip to Saint Andrew on Friday, we will need to have our Spelling Test, Grammar Quiz, and Vocab Quiz on Thursday.  I don't want the children to feel rushed while taking these quizzes, and I am afraid we just won't have a lot of time when we return to Seton on Friday.
Science:  I am hoping to finish up lesson 4 and read through lesson 5 in Science this week.  We will be discussing meteoroids and Pluto.  I am hoping to have a lab this week on Meteoroids as well.  I am still planning on our Chapter 4 test being on Tuesday or Wednesday next week.  I will be sending out review guides via email this week.  Then we will begin a week and a half of Lab-a-palooza Take 4!
Math:  This week in math, we will work on lessons 68,69, and 70.  With snow days and Catholic Schools Week extras, we are a bit behind my plans, but we are getting back on track.  We will have another cumulative test over lessons 61-65 next Tuesday.
*Please send in toiletries and personal care items for donations this week!
*Pack a snack every day
*Students must decide if they are packing lunch or buying pizza on Friday.  If they are packing, all lunches must be in a throw-away bag.  We don't want to lose anything or have to bring anything back with us.
*Act of Faith Prayer test on Friday!
*Biography Report due Friday!
*Scholastic Book Orders due Friday!
Have a great week!  Thank you for sharing your children with me!
Mandy Wood

Week of January 22nd-January 26th

Good Morning Parents and Happy Monday!  
I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend!  The children all seem refreshed and ready to go this week!  We are going to be very busy with preparing for Catholic Schools Week this week!  Lots of fun crafts, cleaning, and organizing-while leaning some things here and there as well :-)  Here's a glimpse of our week!
Religion:  We are finishing up Chapter 9 today with the Fruits of the Holy Spirit.  Tomorrow, we will review the chapter and all we have learned about the Sacrament of Confirmation, and then we will have test over the chapter on Wednesday.  We will also be discussing the importance of attending a Catholic School and why we are so fortunate to do so.
Reading/Expression:  Our word of the Week is Plethora!  We will be using this word for our paragraph this week.  Due to the short week, final drafts will be due on Thursday!  Students may type final drafts and send them to me through google docs if they would like.  Rough Drafts must be handwritten.  We will be putting together our snow globes today that will go along with the stories the children turned in last week!  I can't wait to see them all hanging in the hallway!  Your children are all very talented and creative!  We are also continuing our reading of the novel, Holes.  Today we will discuss chapters 18-28, which we read last week, and we will have a quiz over these chapters on Tuesday.  We are at the point in the book where the readers begin to have some good "Aha" moments and connections are starting to be made!  I love the discussions we have been having!  Spelling Packets are going home today.  The spelling list and assignments are up on Spelling City if your child would like to practice for our test on Thursday.  We will focus on Adjectives and Articles in Grammar this week and will have brief quiz over these concepts on Thursday.
Science:  We are continuing our journey through space and will focus on stars, inner, and outer planets.  I am hoping to fit in a lab focusing on the different sizes of the planets on Thursday.  This chapter is quite long, and I have so many extra things I want to give to the children to better our knowledge of space.  I don't expect a test over this chapter until early February.  After the test, we will re-visit Lab-a-Palooza!  I have some fun things planned for that!
Math:  We are moving right along in our math books!  The children seem to be keeping up with our pace.  We will work on Lessons 66-68 This week with a test possibly NEXT Thursday.  I was please with the tests we took this past Friday!
Reminders for the Week:
-Pack a snack every day
-It may be time to replenish personal school supplies (paper, markers, colored pencils, glue, etc...)
-Our class has prepared the Mass for tomorrow.  Please feel free to join us
-Catholic Schools Week Open House is SUNDAY!  Please join us and bring a friend!  
-Send in Catholic Schools Week Mass Permission slips ASAP
-No School for kiddos on Friday!
I hope all of you have a fabulous week!!!!!  Please contact me if you have any questions, comments, or concerns!  As always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
Mandy Wood

January 15th-January 19th

Good Morning Parents!  I hope all of you had a nice, long weekend with your kiddos!  I don't know about you, but I am quite tired of this snow business!  Bring on the sunshine and warmer weather!!!!
Due to our unexpected day off yesterday, I have had to make a couple of changes to our weekly schedule.  There will be no Spelling or Grammar packets/tests this week.  We will not have a word of the week as well.  We will pick up with those lessons next week.  The final copy of the Snow Globe story was due on Tuesday, so if the children did not bring it today, I am afraid they had to sign the book.  We will have a brief quiz over Holes today.  The children will be allowed to use their novels and notes, so I feel confident they will do just fine with the quiz.  We will go over the questions before the quiz in case anyone is unsure.  
In Science, we will begin Lesson 1 in Chapter 4 today.  I had planned on giving a vocabulary quiz tomorrow over the chapter 4 words, but have decided to move that to Friday.  
In Math, we will concentrate on lesson 65 today.  Tomorrow the children will be given a reteach packet to review the lessons 56-60, and on Friday, they will have a test over those lessons.  
We will continue our discussion on Confirmation this week in Religion class, starting Chapter 9 today.  We will focus on symbols and actions of Confirmation, as well as the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.  I will plan on a test over this chapter NEXT Thursday.  
-Be sure to pack a snack each day!
-It's been a while, but we will have gym NEXT Monday.  Plan on packing gym clothes
-Biography posters are due NEXT Thursday.  Poster board is going home today.  I told the children we would discuss the report for the project later on, but they should be making informational note cards about the person they read about. We'll be doing a cute activity with our poster early in February.  
-D.A.R.E. graduation is still scheduled for Thursday, January 25th.  I believe it will start at 2:15
-No School next Friday for Professional Development
-Catholic Schools Week is coming up!!!!!!!
I hope all of you have a wonderful rest of the week! Stay warm, stay safe, and as always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
Mandy Wood

Week of January 8th-12th

Hello Parents! 
I hope everyone enjoyed some extra days off!  That was an unexpected surprise!  We have a lot planned for the week, so I hope we can get it all in!
First and foremost, the D.A.R.E. graduation has been rescheduled for January 25th at 2:15.  I hope you can join us for this special event!
The Spelling Bee is still on for Thursday, January 11th!  I know the kiddos are excited about that!
Amphibian Flip Books were supposed to be due on Monday, but due to the days off Friday and Monday, children can bring them in Tuesday without penalty.
Here is what is happening in the classroom:
This week we are continuing our discussion on the Sacrament of Confirmation.  We will finish up the Confirmation Packet on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and then there will be a brief quiz over the information on Tuesday, January 16th.  
This week, our word is Extravert.  Students will not have prompt over this word, as we normally do.  Instead, I would like the children to try and incorporate the word into our SnowGlobe stories we are writing.  We began writing down ideas for this story last week, and tonight children should be finishing up their rough drafts.  This story needs to be AT LEAST 5 paragraphs long.  Paragraph 1: Introduction, Paragraph 2-4: Events, Paragraph 5: Conclusion.  Each paragraph should be around 5-7 sentences long.  We will do some self-editing and peer-editing this week.  Because the stories are a bit longer than usual, I have decided to make the Final draft due on Tuesday, January 16th.  ALL FINAL DRAFTS MUST BE TYPED THIS TIME.  We will be hanging these stories up in the hallway along with our snow globes we make during Catholic Schools Week.  If you do not have a way to print the stories, have your child email it to me.  
We are also continuing our reading of the novel, Holes.  I am hoping to read chapters 8-17 and have a quiz next Tuesday.  The kids are loving this story!  
Our Grammar concept this week focuses on easily confused words.  When do we use sit instead of set?  Is it raise or rise?  Hopefully we'll get to the bottom of it by Friday!
We are beginning our Chapter 4 Space Exploration this week!  Today in class, students found the definitions for our 15 vocabulary words.  The quiz over these words will be on January 18th.  This chapter is quite long and will take us through to February!  We will be working a lot online and really utilizing the Pearson Realize website, as it has some great resources to help us learn about Space!
We will focus on Lessons 63-65 this week.  On Friday the children will be given a Reteach Packet over Lessons 56-60 and on Tuesday we will have a test over these lessons.
Next week is a short week too!  No School Monday!
Make sure your child packs a snack everyday
Wwill have outdoor recess again soon (I hope) so make sure your kiddos are dressed appropriately with coats, gloves, and hats.  
I hope you all have a wonderful week!  
Mandy Wood

Week of January 1st-5th

Hello Parents and Happy New Year!!  I hope all of you and your families had a wonderful Christmas vacation, full of fun and time together!  I know my family sure did!  Thanks again for all the fantastic gift cards!  Those came in handy for sure!  I used the Fandango gift card to take my girls to see The Greatest Showman-which was AWESOME, we had fun shopping at Target, and Starbucks and Panera knew us by name by the end of the break!!!  I can't wait to put the Cato and Kohls gift cards to use when I can sneak away by myself!!! 
Due to the short week, we will not have Spelling, Grammar, or a Writing Prompt this week.  I know the kids are heart-broken, but I promised we would get back to that next week!!!    
We began our next novel, Holes, this afternoon.  I LOVE this book, and the movie is also very good.  We plan on showing the movie to the children once the novel is completed.  This movie is PG so we will need permission to show it from Mr. Wilburn and YOU!  Look for a notice of that in the next few weeks.
In Science, we will be finishing up our Amphibian Flip Books.  We worked all class period today and will do so tomorrow as well.  All Flip Books are due by Friday, January 5th, but as we have D.A.R.E. graduation on Friday, we will not have class time on Friday.  Don't forget, students need to print off a color copy of a picture of their amphibians.  If you cannot do that at home, please email the picture to me so I can print it out.
Students need to be reading a biography book!  We will be passing out the directions for the book report around the 3rd week of January.
D.A.R.E. graduation is THIS Friday at 2:30.  Please attend if you are able to!!!
I hope the children are as happy to see me as I am to see them!!!  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please let me know!
Mandy Wood

Week of December 18th

Good Afternoon Families!  We have a short week this week!  We are all so excited about the upcoming break!!!!!  We just have a few things we need to prepare for this week and remember for Wednesday!
We will have a final The Cay test tomorrow!  We reviewed today and students will be allowed to use their packets and novels.  
Wednesday we will have a Chapter 8 Religion test.  The children were given study questions and vocabulary today, so hopefully they will start studying tonight!  
We took a Math test today over lessons 51-55.  Students were given Reindeer Round-up packets after the test.  We will work on these tomorrow, and then whatever doesn't get finished can be completed for WoodBucks over the break.  It will be OPTIONAL!
We are still researching away on our amphibians.  Remember, we will pick this project back up after the break.  There is no need to work on it at home!  Students CAN be looking for a photo of their amphibian and printing it out.  
As you know, Wednesday is our Christmas party!  Our room moms have planned a nice, cozy afternoon!  Please make sure your child has a pair of PJs, slippers if wanted, and a blanket and pillow!  After lunch we will change into our comfy cozies and watch a movie while enjoying some hot chocolate and snacks!  
I hope everyone has a great week and a simply marvelous Christmas and New Years!!!!  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please email me!!  As always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
Mandy Wood


Hello Parents and Happy Monday!  I hope all of you stayed warm and cozy over the weekend!  The snow was a nice surprise, but I was happy to enjoy it from the comfort of my couch and blanket!  The countdown has started...Christmas Break is within our grasp!  Here's a look at what is going on this week:
Last week our class learned about the O Antiphons.  The children made some lovely posters with the prayers and symbols.  Today, we began making shadowboxes for the O Antiphons.  Once we have them completed and placed out in the hallway it's going to look wonderful!  We will begin Chapter 8 this week in our textbook.  Chapter 8 focuses on The Coming of the Holy Spirit.  I believe we will have a test over this chapter NEXT Wednesday.
Reading/Lang. Arts:
Our word this week is Colossal!  Our prompt is, What would you do if a colossal shadow came over you?  We are going to try to start rough drafts today and Final Copies will be due on Friday.  We will also be finishing our novel, The Cay, this week.  If all goes according to plan, we will have a quiz over Chapters 13-19 on Friday and next Wednesday we will have a final book test.  I know it seems like we just started the book, but it is quite short.  I promise, we aren't rushing through it!  In Grammar, we will be discussing Regular and Irregular verbs.  Spelling Packets and Grammar packets are due on Friday.  Spelling City is all set up for the lesson this week.  Children now get WoodBucks for each activity they complete by the end of the week.  We also began our Accelerated Reader program last week.  I sent letters home explaining the program, what I plan to do with it, and your child's reading goals for this trimester.  I am happy to say the children are super excited about the Accelerated Reader and stickers are already going up on our point chart!  
Last week, the children worked on their Biomes Posters with a partner.  We started presenting the final project on Thursday.  The posters look amazing!  As soon as everyone presents and I have the posters all hung up, I will take some pictures of our wall of biomes and post them!  Tomorrow, we are going to begin our discussion on amphibians.  Students will get packets tomorrow.  Please be sure those packets stay in binders, as they will serve as our "textbooks" this week and next.  Again, if things go according to plan, we will also be making Amphibian research Flipbooks.  This may not start until next week though!  I LOVE talking about amphibians, so if this conversation carries on into January, I am ok with that! 
This week we will cover lessons 57-60 and work on a Reteach packet that covers lessons 51-55.  On Monday next week, we will have a test over 51-55.
I'm so proud of how hard the kiddos are working.  They really are putting forth some great effort!  I hope they keep that up for the remainder of our time before Christmas break!
-Bring a snack daily
-We are in short supply of the thin point black sharpies.  The kids want to use them all the time, but they never have them.  I have some, but often the kiddos don't return what they borrow from me.  WoodBucks to anyone who brings in a pack to share with the class!
-A few children did not turn in their D.A.R.E. essay today for Officer Skip.  He will be here again on Friday.  Please make sure your angel has theirs finished!
Have a fabulous week!  If you need anything, have questions, comments, or concerns, please email me!  As always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
Mandy Wood

December 4th-8th

Good Morning and Happy Monday and Happy Advent!  I hope all of you had a beautiful weekend!  I think our 60 degree days are numbered so I hope the kids took advantage of the nice weather!  Before I forget, THANK YOU to everyone who sent in extra snacks and classroom school supplies last week and this morning!  That is so kind and all the kiddos appreciate it!  Please don't feel like you need to do that when I send reminders to pack snacks and replenish school supplies!  I just do that to make sure the students have full supply bags and bellies :-)
I LOVE this time between Thanksgiving and Christmas!  I know it seems like these weeks before Christmas are crazy and packed full, but the excitement of Advent and the anticipation of Christ's coming just fills my heart!  The children and I spoke about this excitement last week, and what we can do to make sure we contain that excitement when necessary and when it is alright to express our joy.  I think we are going to have a fantastic next two and half weeks!  Here's a glimpse of what is going on in the classroom this week!
This week we will take a closer look at the season of Advent.  We began today with reading Chapter 13 in our book and beginning our Advent Wreath posters.  These posters share the meaning of the candles on the Advent Wreath and what we do in preparation of the Coming of Christ.  We will also be watching brief instructional videos from and filling out an Advent packet.  Finally, we have been practicing our Prayer of Saint Gertrude the Great for several weeks, and our oral test will be on December 8th.  I think the children are ready for it!  
Reading/Language Arts:
Our Word of the Week is STYMIE.  For our writing prompt, students will write about a time he or she was stymied.  We will fill out the Word Map and Essay Map today.  Rough Drafts will be due on Tuesday.  Tuesday the children will work on finding better words and strengthening sentences.  After Tuesday, all work on the Final Draft will be done AT HOME.  I have discussed this with the children already.  This is our 13th paper we will have worked on.  I feel confident they know the routine and what I am expecting.  Final Drafts will be due on Friday as always.  
We are continuing our journey through The Cay this week.  I think the children like the story so far.  It's quite an adventure!  We will read Chapters 7-12 this week and have a quiz on Friday.  This quiz will be open-book and open-packet.  Our concepts in Grammar this week include Past, Present, Future, and Consistent Verb tenses.  We will be working on these concepts each day and the children will have brief quiz on Friday over them.  Spelling Packets and Grammar packets are due Friday.
Finally, we will begin our book talks this week.  Several weeks ago, I asked the children to begin reading a book of their choice to share with small groups in December.  The time is upon us-though several students have admitted to not reading a book!  I will buy these kiddos some time These chats will be informal...I just want to see that each child has knowledge of what they read.  Our next project will be over Biographies.  It's never too early to start preparing!!!
The in-class Biome project is going great!  The students love working with a partner and learning about an ecosystem that may be new to them!  I believe the posters will be finished by Wednesday or Thursday this week.  We will share our new knowledge with our classmates on Thursday and Friday.  Then we will be off to the world of Amphibians!!!!
We will focus on Lessons 54 and 55 today and Tuesday.  I will have a test over lessons 46-40 on Wednesday.  The children seem to be keeping up fairly well with the pace I have set.  I plan on taking a bit of time off from the book to focus on double/triple digit multiplication and division right before Christmas break.  It's good to get a little practice on old concepts every once in awhile!
Scholastic Book orders are Due December 8th
I hope all of you feel as please with the school year so far as I do.  These children continue to impress and amaze me, and make me laugh! I just love them all!  Thank you for sharing them with me!
Mandy Wood

Week of November 27th

Hello Parents and Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a nice, peaceful Thanksgiving break!  I know it was sure nice to get in some good quality family time at the Wood House!  I can't believe there are only 31/2 weeks until Christmas break!!!  Where in the world is this year going!!!  We have full schedule until the Christmas Holidays!  Here is a peek at what we having going on this week:
In class, we will be reading Chapters 6 and 7 this week.  Both chapters are extremely short and cover the Liturgical Year and Ordinary Time.  There will be no tests over these chapters.  On Friday we will begin our discussion on Advent by coloring Advent Wreaths.  We will have an oral test over the Prayer of St. Gertrude the Great on December 8th.  
Reading/Language Arts:
Today we began a new novel, The Cay.  This is a shorter novel and our goal is to finish it before the Christmas break.  We will read chapters 1-6 this week and there will be a quiz on Friday.  Students will be allowed to use books and packets for the quiz.  Our Word of the Week is Novel.  Our prompt is, "What invention or idea would would have seemed novel to our grandparents.  Final Drafts may now be typed, but the rough drafts still need to be hand-written.  Spelling Packets and Grammar Packets were passed out today.  Our spelling list is already on Spelling City.  We will be covering Subject Pronouns, Object Pronouns, and Antecedents this week.  
We will have our Chapter 3 Science test on Wednesday.  The children worked on the book review today, and we will do a class review tomorrow.  On Thursday we will begin our in-class biome project.  I can't wait to see what great ideas the children come up with!
We we will cover Lessons 51-54 in my class this week.  I expect to have a test over Lessons 46-50 next Tuesday.
-On Friday, the 5th grade will be selling the magnets and buttons we have worked so hard to make!  Each item will cost $1.  We also have an out of uniform day on Friday for $1.  The money raised from the magnet/button sales and the out of uniform day will all go towards the Adopt a Family program.  Students will be allowed to purchase at least 2, possibly 3 items at our sale.  Personally, I plan on sending $5 will each of my daughters that day.  That will cover the out of uniform, 2 items from the sale, and a small extra donation.  
-Please pack a snack daily (thanks for those who brought snacks to share!)
-I think some of our school supplies are due to be replenished.  Items the children seem to be borrowing and not returning include black skinny sharpies, pencils, colored pens, highlighters, and markers.  
I hope all of you have a fabulous week!  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please don't hesitate to send me an email!  Thank you for sharing your children with me!  It was good too see them today!
Mandy Wood

Week of November 13th

Good Morning and Happy Monday, Parents!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  I know it is hard to believe, but Friday marks the end of the 1st Trimester!  I will be spending this week hunting down missing work and putting in last minute grades.  If you think about it, please get on Option C to see if your child is missing anything for me.  If an assignment has an E, that means your child did not need to complete that assignment.  
We have a lot going on this week!  Here's a sneak peek!
We will begin Chapter 5 this week, which continues on with the Sacrament of Baptism.  I have hung up the Personal Baptism Posters in the hallway, and they are beautiful!  We will have our Chapter 5 Test next Tuesday!  We are also finishing up our Baptism Packet and working on our buttons and magnets that we will sell on December 1st.
Reading/Language Arts
We will read chapter 16 of Hatchet today and discuss chapters 13-16 tomorrow.  We will have a quiz over these chapters and vocabulary on Wednesday.  We will complete the novel during the rest of the week and NEXT Tuesday, we will have a test over the entire novel.  I handed out Section 4 Vocabulary definitions last week.  Make sure your child is studying those words for Wednesday.  Our Word of the Week this week is Ludicrous.  We will fill out our Word Map today in class, and the children will be given another Essay Map to help begin their rough drafts for their prompts.  Essay Maps will be due tomorrow.  Our Grammar concept this week focuses on Direct Quotations and writing Dialogue.  We will learn a new concept each day and children will have to complete the Lesson 10 Grammar Packet by Friday.  We will also have a quiz over these concepts on Friday.  Spelling Packets will also be due Friday.
My Math class will be working on Lessons 47-50 this week.  I don't usually have tests on Monday, but due to the early dismissal this Friday, I will have to have the children take the Cumulative 9 Test next Monday.  
We will read lesson2 and 3 in our Science books this week.  We also have a Chapter 3 Vocabulary Quiz tomorrow in class.  On Thursday, we will set up a lab that will tell us what materials break down the fastest in soil.  We'll be able check the results next Tuesday!   I'm not too happy with how the timing worked out for this chapter because I will not be able to finish it before Thanksgiving break.  Unfortunately, this means we will be taking our chapter 3 test AFTER Thanksgiving break.  I will make sure the children have a study guide with key points to focus on for the test, and we will do a good review in class the day before the test.  Once we have tested over Chapter 3, we will spend some time working on an in class group project on Biomes.  Then we will work on some Amphibian Research!!!  More to come on that!
-Magazine Turn in Day is Wednesday!
-Scholastic Book Fair all Week
-Out of uniform all week!
-Free ice cream at lunch tomorrow!
-Please make sure your child has a snack every day!  Sometimes I think the kiddos aren't bringing a snack because they know I will have something-but my snack supply has run out right now.  
-Children need gym clothes every Monday.  I've noticed a couple of my little darlings have not had gym clothes almost every week.  This will reflect on their gym grades.  
I hope all of you have a fabulous week!  As always, if you have questions, comments, or concerns, please contact me at, and of course, thank you for sharing your children with me!
Mandy Wood

Week of November 6th

Good Afternoon Parents!  Can you believe it is already November??  We have a full week of school this week, an early dismissal next Friday, and then 2 days of school the following week!!  Look how close Thanksgiving is!!!!  The end of the 1st Trimester is on November 17th!  We have lots to get in before then!!  Here's what's going on this week!
Tuesday we will be reviewing for our chapter 4 test, which will be given on Wednesday. For the rest of this week and next week, we will be going through a Baptism packet and working on the buttons and magnets we will be selling on December 1st.
On Tuesday we will have a quiz over Hatchet chapters 9-12 and the Section 3 vocabulary.  We will then get started on chapters 13-16, which we will be quizzed over next week!
Today we worked on Lesson 44 and we will do Lesson 45 tomorrow.  On Wednesday, there will be a Cumulative test on lessons 1-39
We began Chapter 3 today and worked on the vocabulary for the chapter.  There will be a vocabulary quiz on November 14th over these words.  Tomorrow we will take a look at our local ecosystems (weather permitting).  We'll spend the rest of the week discussing the parts of the ecosystem and how the different organisms interact with one another.
Our new word of the week is Conundrum.  Students will write a paragraph answering the age-old conundrum of what came first, the chicken or the egg?  The children should be bringing home an essay map today that will help them organize their thoughts.  This is something new, so take a look at it if you get the chance!  The Grammar skill we will be working on this week include Subordinating Conjunctions, Dependent and Independent Clauses, and Compound/Complex Sentences.  There will be a quiz over these concepts on Friday
Today, I couldn't help but notice how chatty the children were.  I am pretty tolerant with the talking, but some of my little turkeys have been getting a little out of hand.  I also noticed quite a few children getting a little overly-expressive with their opinions on homework assignments and tasks we are to be completing in class.  I have explained to the children that though I would love to hear every thought they are thinking, this classroom isn't necessarily a democracy. They will have to do the work whether they complain or not.  I was hoping you could also remind your child of this at home.
I hope all of you have a great week!  If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to email me!  As always, thank you for sharing your children with me...I still love them even though they were a little crazy today!
Mandy Wood

Whew! Happy Friday

Well it has certainly been a crazy week!  With Halloween, 2 Masses, and a full moon upon us, it's a wonder we were able to sit down and learn!  But we did!!!  We had a full week full of fun labs, designing arms and measuring Halloween Candy Calories!  We even got to have a sweet treat in math with a Skittles Scavenger Hunt!  Next week, we are going to be back to a regular schedule...hopefully!  
Next week we will begin our Chapter on Ecosystems in Science!  I can't wait to dive into that!  I expect this chapter to take us to Thanksgiving, and instead of another Lab-a-polooza after the chapter, we will be working on creating Biome reports and displays.  All work will be completed in class for this, but you may need to send in supplies for your kiddos to make their projects with!  Stay tuned for more on that!
*Students' Your Baptism Posters due on Monday.  Directions were sent home on Monday
*Mystery Book Report due on Nov. 9th
*Scholastic Book Orders due on Nov. 10th
*Bring Gym clothes for Monday!
*Pack a snack daily!  My snack supply is diminishing quickly!!
Have a great weekend!  Thanks for all you do and as always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
Mandy Wood