Update 3/13-3/17

Today we all got to start fresh in our last trimester of the school year! Report cards and SLE rubrics will go home this Thursday. Please review and send the envelopes back on Friday.

In our last trimester, both Ms. Kelley and I will be focusing on preparing students for middle school. We will reinforce positive independent time management,  study habits, and organization.

CURRICULUM UPDATE

WRITING:  The focus for the next week and a half is our Inventions Essay. This prompt requires students to choose either a helpful or harmful invention and support the claim with details. The mind map(pre-write) is due Tuesday, 3/14. The rough draft is due Friday, 3/17. The final draft is due Wednesday 3/22. This is mainly an in class project.

READING: In this last trimester, students will be required to write book reports as they have in the last two trimesters. We will be completing two articles on Achieve 3000 per week and one article of choice at home. Please see article grade slips in the boomerangs folders.

MATH: We have covered multiplying fractions by fractions as well as whole numbers. We are moving into multiplying fractions by mixed numbers.

SCIENCE: The nutrition project was introduced and explained today. The final project is due Tuesday, 3/28. Presentations are on Wednesday, 3/29 and Thursday, 3/30. I have encouraged students to break this up into manageable parts according to schedules.

**Please see the links below for the powerpoint/detailed instructions.

Nutrition ppt 2017

Nutrition project 2017

RELIGION: We are continuing to focus on Lenten prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. We will be leading Stations of the Cross at 2:30pm this Friday. Please join us!

Thanks for all your support!

-Mrs. Ahern

March is Here!

5th grade Families,

This past week we were blessed to have the Accreditation team visit our classroom and school. It was a great time to celebrate our accomplishments and successes! Trimester two is coming to a close this Thursday and we will be beginning some new units next week. There is no school this Friday, 3/10.

CURRICULUM UPDATE

READING/WRITING:  We are integrating our science unit with reading about the digestive system, sugars, fats, and more. Commas will be a focus this week with writing.

MATH: The next unit covers both multiplying and dividing fractions.

SCIENCE: Our nutrition unit is underway! We conducted an experiment with fats last week and will continue with sugars this week. Students investigated foods from Choosemyplate.gov and tracked their daily intake in their logs.

RELIGION: Last week we kicked off Lent with a beautiful Ash Wednesday Mass. Each week we will focus on the three pillars of this sacred time: fasting, almsgiving, and prayer.

Thanks for all your support!

-Mrs. Ahern

Weekly update 2/13-2/17

These next couple of weeks will be short but important as we are ending units and beginning new ones!

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Tuesday, 2/14: Valentine’s Day; Students bring in box for cards
  • Thursday 2/16: Noon Dismissal
  • Friday 2/17-Tuesday 2/21: Mid Winter Break; NO SCHOOL

CURRICULUM UPDATE

READING/WRITING: We are continuing to analyze theme, plot, and characters in our novel, The Watson’s Go to Birmingham- 1963.

-Our current “Monster” Writing Project requires students to use descriptive and vivid language to describe a fictional character. Typed rough drafts are due Thursday, 2/16 and final copies are due Wednesday, 2/22.

-The next book report will be due February 23rd and should outline a book that was recently read in the second trimester.

MATH: The chapter 6 unit test will be next week and will cover adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers.

SCIENCE: Our quiz on chemical changes will be on Monday 2/13. The unit test for all matter will be Thursday 2/16. All students have been a study guide for each!

RELIGION: We are continuing our study of the sacraments of initiation and will focus on Confirmation.

Thanks for all your support!

-Mrs. Ahern

2/6-2/10 Snowy Update!

I hope you all are having a fun and safe snow day! From Purple and Gold Day to STEM experiments, Catholic School’s week was a success! Be sure to ask your child about our experiences with team work and collaboration last week. 

CURRICULUM UPDATE

READING/WRITING: We will be finishing reading, The Watson’s Go to Birmingham- 1963, this week and will be analyzing theme, plot, and characters. There will be a writing component related to this novel that we will begin talking about this week. 

-The next book report will be due February 23rd and should outline a book that was recently read in the second trimester.

MATH: Students completed a mid-chapter review on adding and subtracting fractions last week. This week, we will be working on adding and subtracting mixed numbers, problem solving, and applying fractions to real life situations.

SCIENCE: We are moving into studying chemical properties of matter this week.

RELIGION: We are continuing our study of the sacraments of initiation and will focus on Confirmation.

Have a great week!

-Mrs. Ahern

Weekly Update 1/30-2/3

This week flew by for all of us in Room 29! I appreciate your support and feedback regarding progress reports and MAP results. We are looking forward to celebrating Catholic School’s Week beginning this Sunday, 1/29!

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Sunday 1/29-  Catholic School’s Mass at 10:30am, open house and cultural fair immediately following. Hope to see you all there!
  • Monday 1/30: Celebrating our Community- FREE DRESS + CAN of FOOD to donate
  • Tuesday 1/31:  Volunteer Day – students may wear their uniforms with crazy socks
  • Wednesday 2/1: Celebrating our Nation– Geography Bee @ 1pm all are welcome. -Students may wear any sweatshirt they want with their school uniform pants or skirt.
  • Thursday 2/2: Celebrating Vocations– students may wear crazy hats.
  • Friday 2/3 – Celebrating our Students– PURPLE AND GOLD DAY!!!

CURRICULUM UPDATE

READING/WRITING: We are about two thirds of the way through our novel, The Watson’s Go to Birmingham- 1963.This week we will cover chapters 9-12, meet in literature circles, and have a short quiz on Friday. We also have been identifying similes, metaphors, and hyperboles in our novel. Students will be assessed on this skill at the end of the week.

MATH: We are working with adding and subtracting fractions in chapter 6.

SCIENCE: We are continuing our study of Physical Properties of Change next week.  In addition to reading information in our science book, we will conduct a scientific investigation, and making informational posters.  There will be a short quiz on Thursday 2/2(We didn’t get to it last week) covering our study of mixtures, solutions, density, and properties of matter.

RELIGION: We are continuing our study of the sacraments of initiation and will focus on Confirmation.

Have a blessed weekend!

-Mrs. Ahern

Update 1/20-1/27

We had a successful week of MAP testing, literature group circles, and learning more about the Civil Rights Movement. These next couple of weeks will be quite busy so please add these important dates to your calendar!

UPCOMING DATES:

  • Monday 1/23 2pm dismissal & Dress Uniform
  • Thursday 1/26 Progress Reports Go Home
  • Sunday 1/29 Open House & Mass at 10:30am
  • Monday 1/30- Friday 2/3 Catholic School’s Week
  • Geography Bee Wednesday 2/1
  • Spelling Bee Wednesday 3/8

CURRICULUM UPDATE

READING/WRITING: We are about half way through our novel, The Watson’s Go to Birmingham- 1963. Each week, students will be reading roughly 4-5 chapters, some being in class and some assigned for homework. They will be required to track their reading via a chart and will also be meeting in literature circles to discuss characters, plot, setting, and answer comprehension questions. Each Friday there will be a short comprehension quiz from the chapters assigned that week.

MATH: We are moving into work with adding and subtracting fractions next week.

SCIENCE: There will be a short quiz on Friday, 1/27, covering our study of mixtures, solutions, density, and properties of matter. Students have taken notes, completed the chapter review, and we will be reviewing in class throughout the week.

RELIGION: We began our study of the sacrament of baptism this week. There will be an open book quiz/reflection next week.

Have a great week!

-Mrs. Ahern

Weekly Update 1/9-1/13

What a nice Seahawks win yesterday! I hope your weekend was restful and safe. This week, academic work will pick up as will homework. Please be sure to have your child check in with me if they have any questions or need help. I am free before school M-F.

Math: We will continue our work in Chapter 5 with the division of decimals. We are moving into division of decimals by decimals.

Religion/ Writing: Students will begin their rough draft this week on the Peacemakers (St. Francis of Assisi, Gandhi, and MLK) essay. This assignment has two due dates: Rough Drafts due 1/13 and Final draft (typed) due 1/20. All students were given a rough draft template on Monday.

**St. Francis Prayer is to be recited on 1/20.

Reading/Writing:  Book logs should be completed each night for their 20+ minutes of reading. Next turn in date is this Friday, 1/13.

We started our new novel, The Watson’s Go to Birmingham- 1963, today. Each week, students will be reading roughly 4-5 chapters, some being in class and some assigned for homework. They will be required to track their reading via a chart and will also be meeting in literature circles to discuss characters, plot, setting, and answer comprehension questions. Each Friday there will be a short comprehension quiz from the chapters assigned that week.

Science: There will be a short quiz on Thursday, 1/12, covering our study of matter and it’s structure and states. Students have taken notes, completed the chapter review, and we will be reviewing in class.

Other: The winter drive is on! If your family has gently used winter clothing, please consider donating. Thank you!

**Please be sure to check PowerSchool as all grades are current.

Have a great week,

Mrs. Ahern

Happy 2017!

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful and restful holiday spent with family and friends. I am looking forward to starting this new year with a fresh and positive attitude! While we will be reviewing goals, cleaning desks, and organizing folders, this week would be a a great time to reinforce positive study and work habits as we move forward in trimester two.

CURRICULUM UPDATE

Math: We will continue our work in Chapter 5 with the division of decimals.

Religion: Students will be learning about the life of St. Francis of Assisi. We compare his life to that of Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.

Reading/Writing:  Students will have the opportunity to read several Achieve 3000 articles this week about several historical figures who promoted peace. This will tie into our writing piece comparing different ways to achieve and promote peace in our world. In addition, book logs should be completed each night for their 20+ minutes of reading. Next turn in date is next Friday, 1/13.

Science: We will begin a new unit on matter this week. Students will be identifying properties of matter, learning new key vocabulary, and making observations in experiments.

**Please be sure to check PowerSchool as all grades are current.

Blessings,

-Mrs. Ahern

Last Update of 2016!

It is surreal to think that this will be the last update of the year. With that said, I wish you all a joy-filled and relaxing Christmas with family and friends!

5th grade News

  • We are seeking parent/student volunteers to help build the healing baskets and take them to their recipients this Wednesday, December 14th.  If you can join your child here at school at 3:00 to help out, please let me know. We are also still in need of donations such as coffee, tea, treats, warm clothing, and baskets.

  • Thank you to those who have signed up for party goodies on this Friday, 12/16. Parents are welcome! We are still in need of a few items: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f48afa622a7fd0-mrs
  • This Friday is a NOON Dismissal. Enjoy Break!

Curriculum Update

Math: We started Chapter 5 today with division of decimals. Xtramath online practice over break would be a great supplement!

Religion: Students will be presenting their research of Christmas around the world with their Powerpoint either this Thursday or Friday. I have encouraged them to practice each night before the actual presentation.

Reading: Book reports are due tomorrow, Tuesday, 12/13. In addition, book logs should be completed each night for their 20+ minutes of reading. Next turn in date is this Friday, 12/16.

Science: We wrapped up our catapult experiment today and students will be having a short quiz on Thursday which covers variables and the scientific process. A study guide will be given.

God bless,

-Mrs. Ahern

Weekly Update 12/4-12/9

What a wonderful first week of Advent! Students have been busy setting goals, experimenting with variables, and multiplying decimals in their first week of Trimester 2. Please read the information below as there are several updates.

Important Dates/Announcements

1) Join us for Mass this Thursday @ 9am led by the 2nd & 5th grade classes!

2) Dress Uniform this Wednesday-Friday (Wednesday is Reconciliation, Thursday is Mass, and Friday is our field trip.)

3) If you are interested in volunteering and are available during the day, there are two opportunities.

Hot Lunchhttp://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080445a5ab23a75-hotlunch

Recess Monitorhttp://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080445a5ab23a75-playground1

Curriculum Update

Math: Students will be assessed on Chapter 4 (Multiplying Decimals) at the end of this week.

Reading: The next book report is due Tuesday, Dec. 13th. This should be on a book that was read during trimester 2.

Writing: We have begun narrative writing and it has been exciting to hear about students’ experiences!

Science: Our variables unit is underway and students experimented last week with different pendulums. This week we will go deeper into learning through experimenting with catapults.

Religion: During this season of Advent, students will be researching how Christmas is celebrated in other countries around the world. This will be mostly an at home project with presentations at the end of next week.

Spelling: Students are assigned a weekly list of words with five activities to be completed. I encourage students to practice these words for 10-15 minutes each night for our test on Fridays. All scores can be accessed on their online accounts.

Have a great week!

-Mrs. Ahern