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

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend and enjoyed some fun family time.  The weather was beautiful and definitely made the weekend that much better to celebrate.

Just a quick reminder, please be sure to check Plan Book each day. It is updated every day and things can and will be adjusted in terms of tests and quizzes to accommodate student progress and learning.  Thank you!

The Fifth Graders are still working on their President’s Report.  They have all completed their first drafts and some students will begin working on their 2nd or 3rd drafts this week.  There are several students who have finished their writing process and have turned in their final drafts.  Rather than have our Oral presentations all on one day, the class has decided to present as the reports are completed.  Once their final drafts have been completed, students will meet with me to decide which date will work for them to present.  Students may dress up as their president and share their president’s favorite food with the whole class, but dressing up or bringing in food is not required. The oral presentation however, is required.  Please let me know should  you have any questions or concerns with regards to the presentations.

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

Tuesday:  Pizza Lunch

Wednesday: Regular Schedule

Thursday:  Regular Schedule

Friday:  Dollar Denim Day;  Catholic Schools Night at the Padres game

Saturday:  Stella Maris Academy Spring Gala

Have a fantastic week.  Take care and God bless.

Sincerely,

Ms. Eileen Griffin

Your Fifth Grade Teacher

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

Hope everyone has enjoyed this rainy weekend.  It’s nice to warm and cozy every now and again.  Please be sure to check over Plan Book this week to keep up with homework and any tests/quizzes coming up.

Have a fantastic week!  Take care and God bless!

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

Tuesday:  Regular Schedule

Wednesday:  Regular Schedule; Band- please bring your instruments if you take band.

Thursday:  Regular Schedule

Friday:  Minimum day; Student of the Month Assembly

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

This week is looking to be a calm week.  Please be sure to check Plan Book to see this week’s schedule of homework, tests and quizzes. I hope everyone has a fantastic week and you are able to enjoy some time in the sunshine!  Take care and God bless.

Monday:  Regular day; No Monday morning mass

Tuesday:  Regular Schedule

Wednesday:  Regular Schedule

Thursday:  Regular Schedule;  May the Fourth be with you ;0)

Friday:  May Crowning- Please come and join us for this special day

Happy Easter

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

Happy Easter!  I trust everyone had a wonderful and relaxing Easter vacation.  I am looking forward to seeing all of my Fifth Graders tomorrow morning.  Don’t forget, we have mass tomorrow morning.  Drip off will be at the Junior Yard.

I have also updated Planbook for the week.  Please be sure to check it throughout the week for additions or changes for our “specials”.  Have a wonderful week.  Take care and God bless!

Monday:  Morning Mass- drop off at Junior Yard

Tuesday- Thursday:  Regular Schedule

Friday:  Spirit Wear Day/$5 Free Dress Friday; Minimum Day

 

Short Week

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

This week is a short week as we make final preparations to celebrate Easter Sunday. I hope everyone has a restful and fun Easter vacation.  I will be looking forward to hearing all about everyone’s adventures.

Just a reminder, there is no Extended Care on Thursday.

Please check Plan Book for this week’s homework, tests and quizzes.  Thank you for checking each week to see what we are learning in Fifth Grade.  Take care and God bless!

Sincerely,

Ms. Griffin

Your Fifth Grade Teacher

The Regulars are coming!

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

The Regulars are coming!!!  Our Walk Through the American Revolution is this week and the Fifth Graders are truly looking forward to this fun presentation.  They have been working hard and cannot wait to share all of their learning with you.  Please come and join us this Wednesday afternoon and see what it is all about;0)

Here is this week’s Curriculum Update.  Thank you for checking in each week.

Curriculum Update for the Week of April 3, 2017:

Religion:  Finish Chapter 16:  The Sacrament of Penance; Trust in God’s Mercy; Jesus the Healer;  Introduction to the practice of Lectio Divina through the Bible Story of Jonah and the Whale

Literature:  Content Standard Focus: Author’s Purpose- students will look at their independent reading books to discover the author’s purpose.Read and discuss Time for Kids articles- quote, summarize and explain key details in informational texts.

Social Studies:  Finish Chapter 12:  Jefferson’s Conflict:  Ideas vs. Reality;  Chapter 12 Test next Wednesday;  Prepare for A Walk Through the American Revolution;

Language Arts:  Introduction to Vocabulary Unit 11;Unit 11 Vocabulary Test next Thursday;  Continue Noun Determiners and Possessive nouns;  Introduction to Poetry unit- “Trees” by Joyce Kilmer (Art Literacy Connection); Spelling Test on Friday

Music:  Practice songs for Friday mass; Learn and sing contemporary music

Have a fantastic week.  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

Spring has Sprung

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

Happy spring!  I hope everyone has had time to go out as a family to enjoy the sunshine!  I know I say this all the time, but I love this time of year.  The longer day light hours makes the fun together last so much longer.  I fantastic and I LOVE it!  I hope you do too!

Here is the “plan” for this week.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  Thank you for always checking in!

BOOK FAIR THIS WEEK!

Curriculum Update for the Week of March 27, 2017:

Religion:  Chapter 15 Test on Tuesday;  Begin Chapter 16:  The Celebration of Penance and Reconciliation; conscience, contrition, confession, penance and absolution; Act of Contrition

Literature:  Review close reading technique and how to “Mark up the Text”;  Read and discuss “The Perfect Planet” and “The Hot Air Balloon”

Social Studies:  Continue to prepare for A Walk Through the American Revolution;  Begin Chapter 12:  The Declaration of Independence; Congress and the Continental Congress; The Continental Army and The British Army

Language Arts:  Grammar:  Noun Determiners and Possessive Nouns;  Spelling:  Test on Friday;  Vocabulary:  Complete Unit 10 book Work- Unit 10 Test on Friday

Math:  Word Problems and Equations; Quiz Friday on Lessons 5-7 – 7-7

Music:  Practice Music for Mass;  Learn and practice contemporary music- “Happy” by Pharrell ;0)  and, Yes!  We are Happy in Fifth Grade!!!!

Have a fantastic week!  Be sure to check Plan Book for homework updates throughout the week.  Take care and God bless!

Sincerely,

Ms. Griffin

Your Fifth Grade Teacher