Happy Easter!!!

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

Welcome back and Happy Easter!  I hope everyone enjoyed their vacation time together.  I am looking forward to hearing about everyone’s holiday adventures.

Please take a moment to look over this week’s Curriculum Update.  The Fifth Graders and I have a week of learning and fun times ahead.

Curriculum Update for the Week of April 4, 2016:

Religion:  Easter and what is means for Catholic Christians; Begin chapter 17:  the Sacrament of Healing- Jesus heals the sick; the Apostles preach and heal in His name; We are all called to care for the sick

Math:  write multiplication word problems; use rounding to determine reasonableness; comparison problems; Ch 6 Quiz on Thursday;  Complete at least 5 topics on ALEKS

Reading:  Read and discuss the novel, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban;  Complete comprehension and analysis activities that focus on the topics of theme and point of view

Language Arts:  Grammar:  finish and review unit on adjectives: degrees of adjectives;  Adjective test on Friday;  Vocabulary:  Introduction to unit 10; complete 20 word cards by Friday;  No Spelling this week

Social Studies:  Continue to prepare for “A Walk Through the American Revolution”;  Begin Chapter 8: declaring independence; life during the war; women and the war; Patriot or Loyalist; The War in the North- Washington’s first battles

It looks like we will have a great week of learning.  I hope everyone enjoys the remainder of their Easter break.  Thank you for stopping by to look over this week’s Curriculum Update.  See you soon!  Take care and God bless!

Sincerely,

Ms Eileen Griffin

Your Fifth Grade Teacher

Head of Muggle Studies

House of Ravenclaw and Gryffindor

BACK TO NORMAL

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

After last week’s sea voyage, the fifth graders are back to being land lubbers!  This week will be a week of calm and back to normalcy (I think).  Please look over this week’s Curriculum Update to see what the fifth graders will be learning.

Religion:Continue Chapter 16:  The Rite of Reconciliation; the Act of Contrition and absolution;  Open book test on Thursday

Reading:  Continue to read and discuss A Year Down Yonder;  Complete comprehension and analysis activities;

Language Arts:  Grammar- continue unit on adjectives- limiting adjectives, proper adjectives and predicate adjectives;  Writing:  Finish character analysis paragraphs on Harry Potter characters;  Spelling:  Unit 12- plural forms of words by adding endings to base words and irregular plural forms; Unit 12 test on Friday

Social Studies:  Chapter 7 test on Monday;  Begin chapter 8:  Declaring independence; The debate in Congress; Life during the war; Women and the war

Don’t forget, this Friday there will be no extended care.  I hope everyone has a happy and blessed Easter Sunday.  Enjoy your time off!  Thank you for all you do to help make SMA a great place to learn.  Take care and God bless!

Sincerely,

Ms. Eileen Griffn

Your Fifth Grade Teacher

Head of Muggle Studies

 

Ahoy Mateys!

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

Our over night field trip aboard the Star of India is this week!  It should be a fun experience for all.  Please be sure to contact me with any questions you may have.  I am only too happy to help.

This week’s Curriculum Update is very tentative due to final preparations for the Star of India taking precedence.  Thank you for your understanding.  I want to make certain the students feel prepared and secure in what to expect.

Curriculum Update for the Week of March 7, 2016:

Religion:  Final review of Chapter 15; Chapter 15 Test on Friday

Reading:  Continue to read and discuss, A Year Down Yonder– Chapters 2-3;  Comprehension and analysis activities for Ch 1 – 3

Langauge Arts:  Writing:  Continue to work on Harry Potter Character analysis essay  Grammar:  Continue unit on Adjectives- limiting adjectives and proper adjectives;  Vocabulary Workshop Test on Monday ;  No spelling test this week!

Social Studies:  Final preparations for Star of India:  practice sea chanteys (sorry, parents); review events leading up to Revolution, the Triangular Trade and “sailor’s vocabulary”

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 magazine a picture of a bird using magazine collage technique

Math:  review division with whole numbers and decimals; Division Test on Wednesday

Have a fantastic week!  Thank you for all you do to support SMA.  Take care and God bless.

Sincerely,

Ms. Griffin

Head of Head of Muggle Studies

Curriculum Update

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

We have an exciting week ahead as the fifth graders prepare for their two upcoming field trips to BizTown and the over night experience aboard the Star of India.  Please look over this week’s Curriculum Update to see what we are learning and the schedule of tests coming up.

Curriculum Update for the Week of February 29, 2016:

Religion: Finish Chapter 15-  Reconciled with God and the Church;  Discuss and complete chapter 15 review;  Chapter 15 Test next Tuesday

Reading:  Begin reading and discussing, Richard Peck’s A Year Down Yonder

Language Arts:  Grammar:  Begin unit on adjectives- limiting adjectives; Spelling:  Unit 11- words with the endings -ed, -ing, -er, and -est;  Unit 11 test on Friday;  Vocabulary Workshop:  complete unit 9 exercises, Unit 9 test on Friday

Social Studies:  Prepare for Junior Achievement BizTown;  BizTown Field Trip on Wednesday;  Finish Chapter 15 and continue to prepare for Star of India field trip.  Chapter 6 test next Friday

I hope everyone has a fantastic week!  Thank you for all of your help and support to provide the best Catholic education.  Take care and God bless!

Sincerely,

Ms. Eileen Griffin

Head of Muggle Studies

House of Ravenclaw and Gryffindor

Curriculum Update

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

Just a reminder that this Saturday is SMA’s Annual Gala.  It will be held at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club.  It should be a great time for all.  Please come and support the school by bidding on some great mini vacation items or add to our classroom library by bidding on the Fifth Grade Wish List novel sets.  There will also be a final appeal to help raise funds for some upgrades to our school technology plan.  I hope to see you there!

Lastly, permission slips and fees for the Star of India are due.  Please send these in with your students on Monday.  Thank you!  Please be sure to let me, or Mrs. Lowell know if you have and questions or concerns with regards to this field trip.

Be sure to look over this week’s Curriculum Update.

Curriculum Update for the Week of February 22, 2016:

Religion:  Begin Chapter 15:  Jesus calls us to conversion; Jesus forgives as only God can do;  The Sacrament of Reconciliation

Reading:  Finish Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets;  Complete comprehension and analysis check-up;  Begin reading and discussing Richard Peck’s novel, A Year Down Yonder  and the historical background behind it.

Language Arts:  Vocabulary Unit 8 test on Monday;  Introduction to Vocabulary Workshop Unit 9;  Spelling:  Unit Test on Friday  Grammar:  Finish unit on Nouns and review.  Nouns Test on Thursday

Social Studies:  States and Capitals Test, Part 2 on Tuesday;  Continue to prepare for Junior Achievement BizTown;  BizTown Interviews on Wednesday;  Continue to prepare for Star of India and learn about the prelude to the Revolutionary War:  Early conflicts with Great Britain; The Boston Tea Party; The First Continental Congress

Art: Bird Collage- 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 magazine collage technique

Please be sure to check PlanBook to see what the fifth graders will be learning in Science class this week. The link is on the front page of the fifth grade site.

Have a fantastic week!  Thank you for all you do to support SMA.  Take care and God bless.

Sincerely,

Ms. Eileen Griffin

Your Fifth Grade Teacher

Head of Muggle Studies

House of Ravenclaw and Gryffindor

Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy President’s Day

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

Happy President’s Day!  I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend.  Thankfully the sunny weather held out and we could enjoy the great outdoors!

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

Curriculum Update for the Week of February 15, 2016:

Religion:  Finish Chapter 12 and complete Study Guide for chapter test;  Chapter 12 Test next Monday, February 22

Social Studies: Begin Chapter 7:  Conflicts with Britain; new taxes, the Townshend Acts; Conflict Grows:  Trouble in Boston, the Boston Tea Party and First Continental Congress; States and Capitals Test next Tuesday- 26-50; Continue preparations for Star of India overnight program; Continue preparations for Junior Achievement BizTown with Mrs. Bonakdar

Reading: Continue to read and discuss Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets; Continue study of character analysis

Language Arts:  Grammar:  Direct/Indirect Objects; Predicate Nominatives;  Vocabulary Workshop:  Continue unit 8 and complete unit 8 activities;  Unit 8 Test  next Monday 

Art: Bird Collage- 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 magazine collage technique

Please be sure to check PlanBook to see what the fifth graders will be learning in Science class this week. The link is on the front page of the fifth grade site.

I hope everyone has a fantastic week!  Take care and God bless.

Sincerely,

Ms. Eileen Griffin

Head of Muggle Studies

House of Ravenclaw and House of Gryffindor

A Calm Week Ahead

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

In comparison to last week, this week should be relatively calm and somewhat regular.  Thank you to all for making Catholic Schools Week a roaring success.  The State Fair was the talk of the town.  I was blown away by the efforts of everyone for making it so amazing.  Thank you for your support!

There will be Monday morning mass.  We will meet in the Junior Yard and walk over to the church with our buddies.  This Tuesday the students will be taking the Math portion of the STAR Test.  We will begin promptly at 8:15. Tuesday is also Pizza Lunch.  No need to pack a lunch if your child orders pizza.

Lastly, this Friday the Fifth Graders will be celebrating Valentine’s Day with their buddies.  A simple Valentine card for their buddy is all that is required from each fifth grader. Prior to meeting with our buddies, the fifth grade class will also be exchanging Valentine cards with one another.  Please make sure there is a card for each student.  Thank you!  I would not want anyone to be left out;0)

Please be sure to look over this week’s Curriculum Update.

Curriculum Update for the Week of February 8, 2016:

Religion: Finish chapter 12- Sacramentals and popular devotions;  Preparing for Lent; Ash Wednesday Service on Wednesday

Reading:  Continue to read and discuss Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets;  Begin study of character analysis

Social Studies:  Finish chapter 6:  Life in the South- plantations and small farms;  States and Capitals Test on Friday, the first 25;  Begin preparations for Star of India overnight program;  Continue preparations for Junior Achievement BizTown with Mrs. Bonakdar

Language Arts:  Grammar:  Finish possessive nouns and begin direct/indirect objects; Spelling Test on Friday;  Vocabulary Workshop: Begin Unit 8 word introduction

Art: Bird Collage-  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 magazine collage technique

Please be sure to check PlanBook to see what the fifth graders will be learning in Science class this week.  The link is on the front page of the fifth grade site.

 

I hope everyone has a fantastic week.  Thank you for all you do to make SMA an amazing place to learn.   Take care and God bless!

Sincerely,

Ms. Eileen Griffin

Your Fifth Grade Teacher

Head of Muggle Studies

House of Ravenclaw and Gryffindor

 

Happy Catholic Schools’ Week!!!!

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

It’s that time of  year when we celebrate SMA and all of its traditions as a Catholic School.  We have a fun week ahead of us!  Thank you to all of you for helping to make it all happen.

Just a reminder, this Wednesday the Fifth Grade will be hosting their annual State Fair.  It will be held in the Parish Hall beginning at 8:30 and will last until about 10:00.  Parents, you are also welcome to see and hear all about our fabulous fifty states (in our case, 21).  Please also remember, the students are able to bring a SMALL sampling of food that is common for their state.  I hope to see you there!

Here is this week’s Curriculum Update.  It will be a little lighter this week as I am not giving any tests.  With all of the Catholic Schools’ Week festivities, I know you are all busy making preparations.

Curriculum Update for the Week of February 1, 2016:

Religion:  Begin chapter 12:  Jesus teaches us to pray; the Liturgy of the Hours; Sunday and Holy Days; Sacramentals

Reading:  Continue to read and discuss Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets;  Continue to look for figurative language and begin to work on character analysis

Language Arts:  Grammar:  Continue Possessive Nouns; Direct/Indirect Objects;  Vocabulary Workshop:  Unit 7 Test Monday, February 1;  Begin Unit 8 with word introduction, word cards will be done in class!; No Spelling this week!

Social Studies:  Continue chapter 6:  Life in the South- southern agriculture, plantations and slavery; Begin Chapter 7:  The French and Indian War; War between France and Britain; State Fair on Wednesday!  State poster boards due Wednesday

I hope everyone has a fantastic week. Thank you for all you do to help make SMA great.  Take care and God bless.

Sincerely,

Ms. Eileen Griffin

Your Fifth Grade Teacher

Head of Muggle Studies

Hooray for the USA!!!

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing weekend.  This week will be an exciting one!  The State Reports are due this week and I am looking forward to seeing and hearing all about how much the students have learned. It should be fun

This Monday the Fifth Graders will be attending mass with their First Grade buddies.  Please drop you fifth grader off at the Junior Yard so we are all able to walk to the church together.  This week is also Pizza Lunch.  Yum!

Be sure to look over this week’s Curriculum Update!

Curriculum Update for the Week of January 25, 2016:

Religion:   Continue Chapter 11:  The Liturgy of the Eucharist; The Eucharistic Prayer; Concluding Rites; Chapter 11 Review

Reading:  Continue to read and discuss Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Chapters 11-14; Continue to discuss Figurative Language- similes, metaphors, onomatopoeia, and personification

Language Arts:  Grammar:  Continue unit on nouns: determiners; possessive nouns; indirect/direct objects; Vocabulary Workshop:  Continue Unit 7; Unit 7 Test on Friday

Social Studies:  Begin Chapter 6:  The Middle Colonies- New York and New Jersey; Life in the Middle Colonies- Making a living- apprentice and artisans; State Report Due on Wednesday

I hope everyone has a fantastic week.  Be sure to mark your calendars for Open House next Sunday!  Thank you for all you do to support SMA.  Take care and God bless!

Sincerely,

Ms. Eileen Griffin

Your Fifth Grade Teacher

Head of Muggle Studies

 

Curriculum Update

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

I hope everyone enjoys this long weekend in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his mission of peace and love for one another.

Just a reminder, this Thursday is the Science walking field trip to La Jolla Cove to observe and study the tides.

Here is this week’s Curriculum Update for Fifth Grade!

Religion:  Chapter 10 Test on Tuesday;  Begin Chapter 11:  Celebrating the Eucharist and the Liturgy of the Word

Math: Chapter 4 quiz on Tuesday- Lessons 1-4;  Multiplication Practice; Multiply Decimals by whole numbers; Game Day

Reading:  Continue to read and discuss, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Chapters 9-12; Focus on Figurative Language throughout the novel- similes,personification and idioms

Social Studies:  Begin chapter 6:  The Middle Colonies- New York, New Jersey

Language Arts:  Continue Plural Nouns, noun determiners; possessive nouns;  Begin Vocabulary Workshop Unit 7- Create word cards;  Spelling Test on Friday

Art:  Continue to create pastel pictures of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

Have a fantastic week, everyone!  Thank you for everything you do to help make SMA an amazing place to learn.  Take care and God bless!

Sincerely,

Ms. Eileen Griffin

Your Fifth Grade Teacher

Head of Muggle Studies