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Welcome to the last full school week of December 2017!!!! I can't believe how fast the school year is going already!! I just want to remind all parents that homework WILL be given this week, but it will look a little different. They will receive homework on Monday that is DUE on TUESDAY and then they will be given homework on Tuesday that is DUE on THURSDAY. 

Here are the lessons for this week:

Language Arts-Week of December 18, 2017:

In Reading, students will finish the book, Hana's Suitcase on their own during independent reading. We will also launch "Book Clubs". These are groups of readers (usually 4-6 students) who meet frequently together to discuss books THEY have choosen to read. While engaged in Book Clubs, students will use a variety of reading strategies to plan and prepare for what they want to discuss with their classmates. The focus of these "clubs" is to have authentic, open-ended, student-led discussions. 

In Writing, students will continue to use a graphic organizer to plan out their "expert topic" essays. This week, students that are ready to start writing, will start their beginnings (attention getters and thesis statements).


Homework for this week:

  • Monday (December 18th) - "Snowman Poem" - DUE Tuesday (December 19th)
  • Tuesday (December 19th) - "A Snowy Day" (picture with detailed paragraph describing the picture) - DUE Thursday (December 21st)
  • NO homework for Thursday night.


In Other News:

  • Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - Band Concert @ 6:00 PM (Grades 5-8)
  • Friday, December 22, 2017 - Early Dismissal (12:50 PM)
  • Friday, December 22, 2017 - NO 21st Century After School Program


I want to wish all of my 5th grade students, parents and families a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!! See you in 2018!!!!!


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Welcome to a new week!! What an exciting surprise we received on Saturday! SNOW!! I hope everyone had an opportunity to enjoy this wonderful surprise with their families!! 

On a different note, please speak to your child about being "kind" to everyone. As the days are getting closer to Christmas, the students' behavior in the 5th grade is declining. We have had several conversations in the classroom about students not being kind to one another. We talk a lot in the 5th grade, that you don't have to be friends with everyone, but you MUST RESPECT everyone. We also talk about, "if you don't have anything nice to say, then please don't say it at all." Please remind your child about this. Thank you.

Here are the lessons for this week:

Language Arts-Week of December 11, 2017:

In Reading, students are continuing to read: Hana's Suitcase. This week they will be learning about different text structures in the book (Descriptive structures, Chronological structures, and Compare/Contrast structures).

  • Descriptive Structures: locate adjectives, words and phrases that describe the topic.
  • Chronological Structures: words that signal sequence, use of dates and numbers.
  • Compare/Contrast Structure: words that show how events and topics are similar and different.

Students will use their CORE novel and independent reading book to find these structures. They will work with the teacher, with a partner, in small groups and independently.

In Writing, students will begin to "map" out their expert topic using a graphic organizer. They will plan out their "expert topic" and the 3 subtopics for their expository essay. They will write down their topic sentence for each subtopic, the "attention getter" for their essay, and their thesis statement.


Homework for this week:

  • "Reading Log"
  • Read for 30 minutes everynight
  • Write down at least 3 new or interesting vocabulary words everyday
  • Write a 5th grade summary each night
  • Have a parent sign everynight
  • Reading Log is due: Friday, December 15, 2017


In Other News:

  • Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - Annual Ziti Dinner (5:30 - 7:00 PM)
  • NO 21st Century Afterschool Program on the following days this week:
  1. Tuesday, December 12, 2017
  2. Friday, December 15, 2017





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Welcome to a brand new week! I hope everyone had a well-rested weekend! The count down is on to Christmas!! I am sure everyone is excited. The students are definitely excited and unfortunately, this is showing in their behavior, classwork and homework! Please be aware that homework is given everyday and will continue to be given, even the week leading up to Christmas. Please check that your child is keeping up with their homework and remember to sign their "Reading Log" everynight.

Here are the lessons for this week:

Language Arts-Week of December 4, 2017:

In Reading, students are working on the book: Hana's SuitcaseThey are learning about the Holocaust through this book, articles, and audio clips. This is a very deep topic, and it will only be presented on a 5th grade level. At the end of this unit, the students will have the opportunity to meet a real Holocaust survivor.

In Writing, students will begin to make a list on topics they feel they are experts on. They will choose one of these topics to begin to research about. They will use books, articles, the internet and video/audio clips to take notes on their topic. Students will be introduced to using "Cornell Notes".


Homework for this week:

  • 5th grade Reading Log
  • Students read for at least 30 minutes everyday.
  • Students will write down 3 new or interesting vocabulary words.
  • They will write a summary each day.
  • Parents will sign reading logs everynight.
  • Reading Logs are due: Friday, December 8, 2017.


In Other News:

  • Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - Annual Ziti Dinner  (5:30 - 7:00 PM)

         *The raffles will be done differently this year. Each student is being asked to donate one (1) item to a  "themed basket" for their grade level. 5th grade's basket is "The Love of Books". Therefore, students can donate a book, book marks, writing journals, a small bedside reading light, etc. Please email me if you have any questions. Thank you in advance for your support.* 



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Welcome back after a well-deserved, long weekend!! I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends!! I hope you didn't eat too much food!! I know I sure did!!

Now that everyone is coming out of their food comas, here are the lessons for this week:

Language Arts-Week of November 27, 2017:

In Reading, students will switch from fiction texts to non-fiction texts and articles. Their new CORE novel is called, Hana's Suitcase. This is a true story that takes place on three continents over a period of almost seventy years. It brings together the experiences of a girl and her family in Czechoslovakia in the 1930's and 1940's and those of a young woman and a group of children in Tokyo, Japan, and a man in Toronto, Canada, in modern times.

In Writing, students will choose a topic that they are interested in, to research about. Students will use books, articles, websites and video clips to find information about their topic.


Homework for this week:

  • Students will work on their Reading Log everynight.
  • They must read for at least 30 minutes each night.
  • They will write a summary everynight.
  • Students will write 3 new or interesting words everynight.
  • They must have a parent sigh each night.
  • Homework is due: Friday, December 01, 2017


In Other News:

  • Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - Student picture re-take day 


5TH GRADE ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Welcome to Thanksgiving week!! Thank you to all of the families that came to pick up your child's report card last week. I was very excited to see all of you and to discuss your student's progress in the year so far. Many students made honors and high honors!! Way to go 5th grade!!

There are just a few announcements for this week:

  • Due to the short week, there will be no homework!! Students should still at least read 30 minutes each night. 
  • Teacher VS. Student Volleyball game - Wednesday, November 22, 2017 (9:30 - 10:30 AM)

           *Students are asked to bring $1.00 as admission into the game (Half of the money raised will go to the 

             Connecticut Food Bank and the other half will go towards field day in the spring)*

  • Wednesday, November 22, 2017 (11:30 - 12:30 PM) - "International Thanksgiving Feast". (Families are asked to donate a food dish or dessert that represents their culture/heritage to share with the 5th grade students. ALL parents and families are invited to attend.)


*Have a very restful and Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!*

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