Preparing for Lent

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

This Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent.  This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday.  I am encouraging the fifth graders to actively DO something that makes them a stronger, more faithful servant of the Lord.  We will be discussing ways in which we can make this happen.  Please feel free to join us on this Lenten journey and try something new.

Please be sure to review this week’s Curriculum Update.  This is the first week of the Third Trimester and as I have told the fifth graders, I will definitely be stepping things up as we continue to prepare for the transition into middle school.  Plan Book will be updated daily, but if you look ahead, you will notice things have already been filled in.

Monday:  No Monday morning mass

Tuesday:  Spanish Pen Pal celebration

Wednesday:  Ash Wednesday Service

Thursday:  Regular day

Friday:  Minimum Day; Report Cards go home

Curriculum Update for the Week of February 27, 2017:

Religion:  Begin to set personal goals for Lent;  Continue Chapter 12:  We are called to daily prayer;  Sacramentals as part of our daily prayers;  Read and discuss Sunday’s Gospel

Literature:  Finish class focus on “setting” and its role in the novel Hoot;  Read and discuss Chapters 13 – 16 of Hoot; Begin focus on characters in a novel

Language Arts:  Grammar:  Complete Verb unit review;  Verb Test on Thursday;  Writing:  Continue to edit and work on Friendship paragraph;  Vocabulary Workshop:  Introduction to Unit 9;  Spelling:  Test on Friday

Social Studies:  Chapter 9 Test on Tuesday;  Begin chapter 10:  Tensions grow between the Colonies and Great Britain;  The Stamp Act, The Boston Massacre, The Boston Tea Party and The Intolerable Acts;  Prepare for over night field trip aboard HMS Surprise

Art:  Make a connection to the Religion study of the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe; Learn chalk pastel techniques;  Use line, shape and pattern in a drawing of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Please be sure to let me know if you have any questions with regards to our week.  I hope everyone has a fantastic week.  Thank you for checking in each week to see what we are learning in Fifth Grade.  Take care and God bless!

Sincerely,

Ms. Eileen Griffin

Your Fifth Grade Teacher

 

Happy President’s Day

Curriculum Update for the Week of February 21, 2017

Religion:  Begin Chapter 12:  Living as Prayerful people; Types of prayer; Holy Days of Obligation

Literature:  Focus on Setting of a novel;  Continue to read and discuss the novel, Hoot;  Discuss how setting affects the story and plays a role in the telling of the story.

Social Studies:  State Fair on Wednesday;  Finish Chapter 9- Colonial Williamsburg’s government;  Religion and slave quarters;  Chapter 9 test next Tuesday

Language Arts:  Spelling test on Friday; Finish grammar unit on verbs;  Continue to focus on narrative writing- finish short story:  The Never Ending Surprise

Please be sure to check Plan Book for homework or tests in other subject areas.  Have a fantastic week!  Take care and God bless.

Sincerely,

Ms. Griffin

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

Here comes the Sun!!!!  It looks like we are headed for a week of sunshine and warm weather.  With the sunshine in mind, this week is promising to be a much needed quiet week.  I know it’s Valentine’s Day, but the Fifth Graders and I are trying our best to keep it low key, but fun.  We are exchanging Valentine cards and will enjoy a sweet treat or two.  This seemed to be the option the boys and girls could easily agree upon.  I must admit, I absolutely LOVE Valentine’s Day.  It’s the one day a year people stop what they are doing to show just how much they care for one another.  What a great day to celebrate!  I hope your Valentine’s Day is filled with lots of love!

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

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

Tuesday:  Valentine’s Day!  Red add-on day;  Students may bring Valentine cards to exchange will all of their classmates

Wednesday:  Regular day

Thursday:  Regular day;  NO EXTENDED CARE

FRIDAY:  NO SCHOOL

Curriculum Update for the Week of February 13, 2017:

Religion:  Continue Chapter 11-  the Celebration of the Eucharist and the parts of the Mass;  The Liturgy of the Eucharist;  Read and discuss Sunday Gospel and complete Childrens’ Worship Bulletin

Literature:  Continue to read and discuss Hoot– Chapters 10-12;  Complete comprehension activities focusing on Character, theme and setting

Language Arts:  Continue Vocabulary Unit 8;  Vocabulary Test on Thursday  SpellingNo test this weekGrammar:  Predicate Adjectives, verb agreement, Verbs- don’t and doesn’t;  Begin to work on narrative writing- students will complete a free write story in their journals to begin the process

Social Studies:  Continue Chapter 8- Surviving the Middle Passage; Slavery and the Colonies; Life as a Slave;  Chapter 8 Test next Thursday

Thank you for checking in each week to see what we are learning in Fifth Grade.  Your help and support makes all the difference in the world.  Have a fantastic week!  Take care and God bless.

Sincerely,

Ms. Eileen Griffin

Your Fifth Grade Teacher

 

Junior Achievement BizTown Here We Come!

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

This week is the week for BizTown.  The Fifth Graders and Sixth Graders are so excited for this fun learning experience.  I can hardly wait to see their faces when we walk in.  Thank you to all the parents who have volunteered their time for interviews, the power session this Wednesday and for our visit to BizTown on Thursday.  Your help and support make all things possible.  Thank you!

Here is this week’s Tentative Curriculum Update.

Curriculum Update for the Week of February 6, 2017:

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

Tuesday:  Pizza Lunch

Wednesday:  BizTown Power Session-  Please make every effort to drop your Fifth Grader off on time.  This is an important meeting to help prepare for the BizTown field trip

Thursday:  JA BizTown Field Trip- 8:15 – 1:30-  Students need to wear their dress outfits from their job interviews.

Friday:  Minimum Day

Religion:  Begin Chapter 11-  the Celebration of the Eucharist and the parts of the Mass;  The Liturgy of the Eucharist;  Read and discuss Sunday Gospel and complete Childrens’ Worship Bulletin

Literature:  Continue to read and discuss Hoot– Chapters 7-9;  Complete comprehension activities focusing on Character, theme and setting

Language Arts:  Introduce Vocabulary Unit 8;  SpellingTest on FridayGrammar:  Predicate Adjectives, verb agreement, Verbs- don’t and doesn’t

Social Studies:  Continue to prepare for BizTown; Continue Chapter 8- Surviving the Middle Passage; Slavery and the Colonies; Life as a Slave;  Chapter 8 Test next Thursday

Have a fantastic week!  Please let me know if you have any questions!  Take care and God bless.

Sincerely,

Ms. Eileen Griffin

Your Fifth Grade Teacher

Catholic Schools Week!

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

Happy Catholic Schools Week!  This is the week the kids have all been waiting for.  Please be sure to check Planbook to see this week’s schedule of homework, tests and quizzes.  Due to all of the celebratory festivities of this week, I will not be posting a Curriculum Update.  While my plans are written and ready to go, I have a feeling they will be altered quite a bit.  Instead, please see the list below to see this week’s schedule of events.

Monday:  No Monday Mass; Hawaiian add-on day; Principal Appreciation Day

Tuesday:  Parent Appreciation Day!  Please enjoy a Parent Appreciation continental breakfast hosted by your SMA Faculty in the Gathering Hall from 8:00 until 9:00

Wednesday:  BizTown Interviews

Thursday:  Student Appreciation Day!  Appropriate free dress;  International Lunch; Game day and electronics day

Friday:  Grandparents’ Day;  Mass at 11:15;  Full dress uniform required

Please let me know if you have any questions about this busy week.  Take care and God bless!

Sincerely,

Ms. Griffin

Your Fifth Grade Teacher

Here come the rain again!?!?!?!

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

The rain has decided to come back… again!  Thank you for allowing your students to share their board games and card games with the class.  It’s a nice change from the struggle of finding an appropriate cartoon they all can enjoy during the rainy day recess/lunch.  I know the kids have loved the friendly competition.

Here is this week’s Curriculum Update and schedule.

Monday:    Mass-  please drop off at the Junior Yard

Tuesday:  Pizza Lunch

Wednesday:  regular day

Thursday:  Spirit Run Award- Taco Truck Lunch

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

Saturday:  6:00-9:00 PM SMA Dads’ Club Wine Tasting

Sunday:  Open House 10:00-12:00-  Come visit with the middle school teachers to hear about your future middle school adventures

 

Curriculum  Update for the Week of January 20, 2017:

Religion: Finish and Review Chapter 10:  Chapter 10 Test next Tuesday

Literature:  Continue to read and discuss the novel, Hoot;  read and discuss chapters7-10.  Focus on elements of fiction

Social Studies:  Begin Chapter 8:  Slavery in the Americas- life in W. Africa;  Europe and the slave trade; the Triangular Trade and the Middle Passage;  Continue to prepare for JA BizTown;  Current events- read and discuss weekly magazine- Time for Kids

Language Arts:  Vocabulary Workshop:Introduction to unit 7;  continue to work on expository essay, “What makes Stella Maris Academy an community of knowledge, faith and service”;  Spelling:  Hoot, spelling unit 3;  Spelling test on Friday

Art: Apply knowledge of the 5 basic elements of shape to drawing a realistic bird from a photograph. Use shape, color and value to create a picture of a bird using painted paper collage technique.

Have a fantastic week!  Stay safe and dry;0)  I hope to see all of you on Sunday at Open House.  It is the perfect opportunity to visit with the middle school teachers and learn what adventures lie ahead.  Take care and God bless!

Sincerely,

Ms Eileen Griffin

Your Fifth Grade Teacher

 

Curriculum Update

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

Here comes the rain again!  I have told the class they are able to bring board games, puzzles and card games (not Magic, the Gathering) for rainy day recess.  These activities will keep them active and interacting with one another.

Thank you for checking our class website each week to see what we are learning in Fifth Grade.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

Monday:  8:00 Mass-  Please drop your student off at the Junior Yard

TuesdaySTAR Testing for Fifth Grade;  Pizza Lunch

Friday:  Minimum Day-  NO EXTENDED CARE

Curriculum Update for the Week of January 9, 2017:

Religion:  Finish Chapter 9 and review the parts of the Confirmation mass; Begin Chapter 10:  Celebrating the Eucharist;  The Eucharist is a memorial, a meal and a sacrifice; We recognize Jesus in the breaking of Bread; Real Presence;  Read and discuss Sunday Gospel

Literature:  Continue to read and discuss Hoot, chapters 3 – 5;  Focus on elements of fiction and characterization;  This week we will begin a new focus on independent reading stamina and comprehension

Language Arts:  Vocabulary Workshop:  introduction to unit 6 words;  20 word cards due on Friday;  Spelling:  Continue unit list passed out last Thursday- please see Plan Book for daily homework;  Test on Thursday;  Writing:  discuss and complete essay:  “How is your school a community of Faith, Knowledge and Service”

Social Studies:  Finish Chapter 7:  Choosing a career in the colonies;  Chapter 7 Test next Tuesday;   Begin preparing for Junior Achievement’s BizTown

Music:  Practice singing new songs for mass!

Art: Apply knowledge of the 5 basic elements of shape to drawing a realistic bird from a photograph. Use shape, color and value to create a picture of a bird using painted paper collage technique.

I hope EVERYONE has a FANTASTIC week!  Thank you for all you do to help make Stella Maris Academy a great place to laugh, learn and spread the Good News!  Take care and God bless.

Sincerely,

Ms. Eileen Griffin

Your Fifth Grade Teacher

 

Happy New Year!! Welcome Back!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Fifth Grade Parents!

Welcome to 2017!  I can already tell this is going to be a fantastic year.  I am looking forward to seeing all of my fifth graders and hearing about the new Christmas memories that were made during our two week break.

Please look over this week’s Curriculum Update to see our schedule for learning;0)

Monday:  No School

Tuesday: No School

Wednesday:  School resumes.  Welcome back!

Thursday:  Regular day

Friday:  Don’t forget-  Fifth Grade Epiphany Gift Exchange; Minimum day;  All School Mass- Full dress uniform required

Curriculum Update for the Week of January 2, 2017:

Religion:  Begin Chapter 9:  Celebrating Confirmation and the parts of the Confirmation Mass;  The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Literature:  Begin Hoot novel study;  Read and discuss chapters 1-3 while focusing on standard of point of view and sequence of events

Language Arts:  Grammar:  Verbs- to be, Linking Verbs and Linking Verbs as Predicate Adjectives;  Idioms;  No Spelling this week

Social Studies:  Continue Chapter 7, Lessons 3-7:  Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Georgia

Technology:   Work on State Report- Research and locate graphics to complement written work.  Students who are done may continue to work on coding activities from our Hour of Coding day.

I hope everyone has a great week back from vacation.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  Take care and God bless!

Sincerely,

Ms. Eileen Griffin

Your Fifth Grade Teacher

Curriculum Update

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

Thank you for hosting such an amazing luncheon for the faculty and staff.  Your generosity and thoughtfulness is so appreciated.  All of the teachers had a wonderful afternoon and enjoyed the lunch.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Please be sure to look over this week’s schedule.  We have a few changes.

Monday:  No morning mass

Tuesday:  Advent Penance Service

Wednesday:  regular Schedule

Thursday:  Feast of the Immaculate Conception;  8:00 Mass;  Please drop off at the Junior Yard

Friday:  Student of the Month Assembly;  Minimum Day

 

Curriculum Update for the Week of December 5, 2016:

Religion:  Finish and review Chapter 8;  Chapter 8 Test on Friday;  Advent Penance Service on Tuesday

Literature:  Finish reading and discussing Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone;  Focus on standards of plot and theme

Language Arts:  Grammar:  continue verb tenses; linking verbs;  Writing:  Finish revisions of Hogwarts House Essay; Spelling:  Unit 12- plural words and irregular plural words. Vocabulary Workshop:  Complete Unit 5; Vocabulary Unit 5 test on Friday

Social Studies:  Review Chapter 6;  Chapter 6 Test on Thursday

Art:  Apply Knowledge of the 5 basic elements of shape to drawing a realistic bird from a photograph; Use shape, color, and value to create a picture of a bird using painted paper collage technique

Music:  Practice music for Christmas Pageant

Welcome Back!

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

I hope everyone had a relaxing and fun-filled Thanksgiving Break.  Now, it is time to get ready for the Advent season as we wait and prepare to celebrate the birth of the Baby Jesus. I absolutely LOVE this time of year and enjoy each day preparing with the class. It is always a special time.

Please be sure to check over this week’s Curriculum Update.  Be sure to let me know should you have any questions.

Curriculum Update for the Week of November 28, 2016:

Monday:  No Monday Morning Mass!  Regular schedule

Tuesday:  Pizza Lunch

Friday:  11:15 – 4th and 5th Grade All-School Mass.  Please come and join us! Minimum Day

Religion:  Prepare for Advent reconciliation Service next Tuesday; Begin Chapter 8- The coming of the Holy Spirit; Pentecost, laying on of hands; The Sacrament of Confirmation

Literature:  Continue to read and discuss Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone; Focus on standards of plot and theme

Social Studies:  Begin chapter 6:  Early English Settlements:  Roanoke and Jamestown;  The Plymouth Settlement

Language Arts;  Introduction to Vocabulary Workshop Unit 5; Spelling Unit 11Test on Friday;  Grammar:  Verb Tenses and Linking Verbs

Technology:  Typing Quest:  Work on Hogwarts House Revisions and submit through Google Docs

Math:  Multiply Fractions and Mixed numbers; Multiply Fractions with word problems;  Properties of fractions; Real world problems; Make Generalizations

Art:  Apply Knowledge of the 5 basic elements of shape to drawing a realistic bird from a photograph; Use shape, color, and value to create a picture of a bird using painted paper collage technique

Music:  Practice music for All School Mass and Christmas Pageant