The Week Ahead

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

The Family Gala Halloween Bash is this Friday and is looking up to be BOO-tiful night of family fun and excitement.  I hope all of you are able to attend. The auction is currently live.Be sure to check out all of the unique treats we have available for bidding!  Click here to take a peek and bid.  Mrs. Zack and I are hosting a teacher feature of mini golf.  In addition, I am also hosting a Harry Potter Scavenger Hunt.  I can hardly wait for the fun to begin!

In the future, I will be posting all homework and tests on Planbook and will be using these posts to give update you on calendar events.   Please be sure to check Planbook throughout the week as it changes daily.

Lastly, Please do not forget to sign up for Parent-Teacher Conferences! Please be sure to check School Speak to see all the grades that are currently posted.  I try to post at least once a week to ensure there are no surprises come report card time.  Thank you!  Please let me know should you have any questions or concerns.

For the Week of October 16, 2017:

Monday:  Morning Mass;  Please drop off at the Junior Yard

Tuesday:  Pizza Lunch

Wednesday:  Band!  Please remember your student’s instrument!  Regular day

Thursday: Orange and Black add on day

Friday:  Halloween accessories add on day;  Minimum day; Family Gala Halloween Bash

For the Week of October 23, 2017:

Monday:  Morning mass; Please drop off at the Junior Yard;  Sorting Ceremony following morning mass!

Tuesday: regular day

Wednesday: regular day;  Band! Please remember your student’s instrument!

Thursday:  regular day

Friday:  Minimum Day;  Dollar Denim Day

 

Have a fantastic week!  Thank you for all you do to help and support Stella Maris Academy!  Take care and God bless

Sincerely,

Ms. Eileen Griffin

Welcome Fall!

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

The season of fall has arrived and with it comes the beginning of the holiday seasons.  It’s a great time to be around children.

Here is this week’s Curriculum Update.  Please be sure to let me know if you have any questions!

Curriculum Update for the Week of October 1, 2017:

Monday:  No Mass today.  Drop off at the senior yard;  Sticks for broomsticks due today

Tuesday:  Pizza Lunch

Wednesday:  Regular Day;  Band students should bring their instruments

Thursday:  Regular Day

Friday:  First Friday Mass; Students should come to school in their dress uniform; NO EXTENDED CARE; No school next Monday (Columbus Day)

Religion:  Continue Chapter 4 – The Sacrament of Baptism;  Incarnation, Salvation, prophet; Hope for Eternal Life; Saints

Social Studies:  Continue Lesson 3:  American Indians of the Southeast; The Makahs, The Taos, the Iowas, and The Senecas

Language Arts:  Grammar:  Capitalization Test on Tuesday;  Begin unit on Punctuation:  commas;  Continue writing unit on opinion writing

Literature:  Continue novel study of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone;  Read and discuss Chapters 8 – 10;  Continue to focus on elements of fiction (characters, plot, setting) as well plot pyramid and theme

Art:  Continue, I am an Artist project;  Reflect on what it means to be an artist; Create a personal expression of what it means to be an artist; Improve production in drawing and shading with colored pencils.

 

Curriculum Update

Curriculum Update for the Week of September 23, 2017:

Monday:  Morning mass;  Please drop off at the Junior Yard

Tuesday:  Regular Day

Wednesday:  Regular day

Thursday:  Regular day;  Coffee with the principal 8:30 – 9:30

Friday:  Minimum day

Religion:  Complete Chapter 3 and prepare for the Chapter 3 Test on Thursday- Introduction to the Seven Sacraments

Social Studies:  Begin Lesson 3:  American Indian Cultural Regions; American Indians of the Northwest, CA Inter mountain Region Southwest and Plateau Region

Language Arts:  Writing:  Continue to work on the elements of opinion writing;  Grammar:  Finish unit on the rules of capitalization; Spelling:  words with ou,aw, au, and ow

LiteratureContinue to read and discuss ch 5 – 8 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone with a focus on the elements of fiction (plot, character, setting, climax and resolution), comprehension, theme and textual evidence

Art:  Continue, I am an Artist project;  Reflect on what it means to be an artist; Create a personal expression of what it means to be an artist; Improve production in drawing and shading with colored pencils.

Thank you, Parents for checking in each week.  I hope you have a fantastic week.  Take care and God bless!

 

Short Week Ahead

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

It was wonderful to see so many of you on Friday at Family Fun Night.  It looked like everyone enjoyed themselves and celebrated the start of another great year at Stella Maris Academy.  Thank you for coming to support the school.

Please be sure look over this week’s Curriculum Update to see what we are learning in Fifth Grade.

Curriculum  Update for the Week of September 18, 2017:

Monday:   Morning Mass.  Please meet in the Junior Yard at 7:45

Tuesday:  Pizza Lunch

Wednesday:  Band starts today

Thursday:  Regular day

Friday:  Student Holiday- No School

Religion:  Continue Chapter 3- Sacraments of Christian Initiation; the Sacraments of Healing and the Sacraments of Service

Literature:  Begin novel study of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone;  Continue to focus on the standards of theme, comprehension and Quoting from the text;  We will also begin to learn about the elements of fiction (plot, character, setting, theme and conflict);  We will also begin to study non-fiction texts using Time for Kids to cover Fifth Grade non-fiction standards for reading

Social Studies:  Review Chapter 2 and prepare for the Chapter 2 Test;  Chapter 2 Test on Thursday

Math: Solve with unlike mixed numbers; practice unlike mixed numbers; estimate sums

Language Arts:  Continue to review the rules for capitalization; Writing:  Revise and complete final draft of 3 wishes paragraph; Spelling: words with ou, aw, au, ow and antonyms;  No Spelling Test this week;  Vocabulary Workshop:  Introduction to Unit 1

ART:  Continue “I am an Artist” unit; Reflect on what it means  to be an artist; Create a personal expression of what it means to be an artist; Improve production in drawing and shading with colored pencils.

Thank you for checking in each week.  Have a fantastic day.  Take care and God bless!

Sincerely,

Ms Eileen Griffin

Your Fifth Grade Teacher

Curriculum Update

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

Welcome to another fantastic week in Fifth Grade.  Here is this week’s Curriculum Update.

Curriculum Update for the Week of September 11, 2017:

Monday:  Morning Mass;  Please meet in the Junior Yard at 7:45 so we are able to walk to the church together;   5th grade STAR reading test

Tuesday:  Room Parent Breakfast in Gathering Hall

Wednesday:  Regular Day

Thursday:  5th Grade STAR Math Test

Friday:  $ Denim Day; Minimum Day; Family Fun Night 6:00 – 9:00

Religion:   Finish Chapter 2 Review;  Chapter 2 Test on Thursday-  The Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy; The Paschal Mystery; the Mission of the Church

Math:  Fractions Greater than 1; Add and Subtract like mixed numbers; Add unlike numbers; Fraction game

Social Studies Continue Chapter 2:  American Indians and their environment;Primary and Secondary Sources; Recording Lakota History

Literature:  Continue to review the reading standards of theme, comprehension and quoting accurately from a text;  Read and discuss the short story, “The Heat”;  Begin to read and discuss the novel, Wonder

Language Arts:  Grammar:  continue to review rules for capitalization;  Writing:  Complete an “on demand”  descriptive paragraph of a mystery landmark;  Spelling:  Prefixes -un and -dis;  Spelling Test on Friday

Art:  Continue to work on the lesson, “I am an Artist”;  Reflect on what it means to be an artist; Create a personal expression of what it means to be an artist; Improve production in drawing and shading with colored pencils

I hope everyone has a fantastic week.  Thank you for checking the Curriculum Update .  Take care and God bless.

 

 

Curriculum Update

Happy Labor Day!

I trust everyone enjoyed the three day weekend and had some quality family time.  Hopefully you were able to stay cool and out of the heat.  Here is this week’s Curriculum Update.  Please let me know if you have any questions of concerns.  Thank you for checking in to see what we are learning in Fifth Grade.

Curriculum Update for the Week of September 5, 2017:

Monday:  Labor Day- No School

Tuesday:  Ice-cream Social for summer reading; Pizza Lunch

Wednesday:  Band Assembly

Thursday:  Picture Day! Mass uniform for all students

Friday: Minimum Day

Religion:. Begin Chapter 2:  The Mission of the Church; evangelization, liturgy; The Paschal Mystery; Serving others and giving witness to Christ; Last Judgement; The Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy;  Chapter 2 Test next Wednesday

Literature:. Continue to read and discuss short stories that focus on the standards of quoting from a text, theme, summarizing and comprehension

Language Arts:. Grammar-  Sentences v Fragments; Sentences v Run-ons; Capitalization Rules; Writing-  work on stamina for writing and create idea back for writing topics; Spelling-  Test on Friday;  Please see Plan Book for all homework assignments

Social Studies:. Begin Chapter 2:  Native American Origin Stories; Migration Routes of the First Americans; American Indians and their environment; How they adapted to their environment

Math:. Equivalent Fractions; Equivalent Fractions and Multiplication; Like Denominators and Numerators

Have a fantastic week!  Please let me know should you have any questions or concerns.  Thank you for all you do to help make Stella Maris Academy a great place to learn.  Take care and God bless!

Sincerely,

Ms. Eileen Griffin

Your Fifth Grade Teacher

 

Welcome Back!!!!

Screen Shot 2015-08-29 at 7.12.46 PMWelcome Back to School, Fifth Graders!

I am excited to see all of you and hear all about your summer adventures.  I can hardly wait!  As you are gathering your school supplies and preparing for the first day of school, please be sure to include a silent reading book.  Sharing and talking about books is a BIG focus in Fifth Grade and it is important to always be prepared with a book on hand.

I hope all of you enjoy the last days of our summer break.  Please feel free to email me with and questions or concerns you might have.  See you soon!  Take care and God bless.

Sincerely,

Ms. Eileen Griffin

Our Last Week

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

It’s hard to believe the year is coming to a close.  It has been an amazing year and the Fifth Graders have grown and changed so much.  I am so proud of how much they have accomplished and learned.  Thank you, Parents for all the guidance and support you give at home.  All things are possible with your strong support!

As you may have already guessed, this week will be a bit lite.  The Fifth Graders and I will still be using our time to learn all we can, but there will no be homework from me this week;0).  All I ask is the students continue with their independent reading each night.

I hope all of you have a wonderful week and a fantastic summer of fun and family time.  Thank you again for all the support and encouragement you give each day!  I will miss my Fifth Graders, but I am looking forward to seeing them create a world of love, faith, beauty and imagination as they move through Stella Maris Academy.

Take care and God bless.

Sincerely,

Ms. Eileen Griffin

Your Fifth Grade Teacher

 

Monday:  End of the Year Party 5:30-7:30

Tuesday:  Field Day 12:00-2:30

Wednesday:  Minimum Day

Thursday:  Minimum Day

Friday:  Last day of school; All School Mass 11:15; Minimum Day; NO EXTENDED CARE

 

Happy Spirit Week!

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

Happy Spirit Week!  Yes, it is that time of year again. Please see below for the schedule of events.  It is promising to be a fun filled week of school spirit and pride.

The Fifth Graders and I will be plugging along this week as we wrap up our Third Trimester.  Please be sure to check Plan Book throughout the week for any/all updates.

Monday:  Memorial Day:  No School

Tuesday:  Red, White and Blue Day;  Student Council Speeches;  Pizza Lunch;

Wednesday:  Wacky Wednesday- Wear something wacky:  mismatched socks, mismatched outfits;  Talent Show 1:00-3:00 (Fifth Grade is singing an original song all about Fifth Grade)

Thursday:  Character Dress Day;  Sr. Yard Triwizard Tournament;  Spanish walking field trip to Guillespie

Friday:  SOM Assembly; Minimum Day

I hope everyone has a fantastic week!  Thank you for all you do to support Stella Maris Academy!  Take care and God bless.

Sincerely,

Ms Eileen Griffin

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

It was so good to see so many of you at the Gala on Saturday night.  What a fun time!  With the convenience of online bidding, I know many of you showed your support for Stella Maris Academy through this opportunity.  Thank you!!!  We missed seeing you on Saturday, but understand this time of year is often busy.

Please be sure to check Plan Book this week to keep up to date on what we are learning in Fifth Grade.

Monday:  Morning mass; Please meet in the Junior Yard; President Presentations

Tuesday:  Science Walking field Trip- 12:45-2:15; President Presentations

Wednesday:  Regular Schedule; President Presentations

Thursday:  Family Life Session;  President Presentations

Friday:  President Presentations;  Minimum Day;  NO EXTENDED CARE.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!  Take care and God bless.

Sincerely,

Ms. Eileen Griffin

Your Fifth Grade Teacher