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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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Welcome to Report Card Week!! I am very excited to see all of my parents this week to discuss their child's progress. All students in 5th grade have been making such wonderful progress and I am looking forward to what the rest of the school year brings. Report Card Conferences will take place on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 from 1:30-5:30 PM.

Here are the lessons for this week:

Language Arts-Week of November 13, 2017:

In Reading, students will begin to read a variety of non-fiction texts including: articles, plays, biographies, autobiographies and "How To" books. Students be able to choose the type of non-fiction text they want to read. This week, we will focus on non-fiction text features and why they are important. Students will do a "scavenger hunt" to find the variety of text features that are included in their independent reading book. 

In Writing, students will research and then write their one-act play on the topic they have chosen. These topics will focus around an event in history (either past or present). These topics may include, but not limited to: World War I or II, The Holocaust, The Titanic, Civil War, The Civil Rights Movement, etc. Students will work with a partner to complete this task. Students can perform their one-act play next week for extra credit.


Homework for this week:

  • Reading Log
  • Students must read for at least 30 minutes each night.
  • Students will write a summary about what they read.
  • Students must include at least 3 new or interesting words.
  • Students must have a parent sign each night.
  • Homework is due: Friday, November 17, 2017


In Other News:

  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - Early Dismissal (12:50 PM)

                                                                          Report Card Conferences (1:30 - 5:30 PM)



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Welcome to the first full week in November!! I hope everyone enjoyed a fun and safe Halloween with their children and families!! Thank you to Ms. O'Shea and all of the Pre-K through 2nd grade teachers and students for the wonderful Halloween parade. It was certainly a treat!! The students and teachers all looked wonderful!! The 5th graders definitely enjoyed watching all of the little ones in their costumes!!

Here are the lessons for this week:

Language Arts-Week of November 6th, 2017:

In Reading, students are using the one-act play, Sitting Down for Dr. King, to analyze the characters, setting and events in the story. This week, students will be comparing and contrasting 2 characters in the play to understand their similiarities and differences. They will then practice these skills independently, with a partner, and in a small group with a book of their choice.

In Writing, students are partnering up with one other student to write their own one-act play. Their topic must focus around a science or social studies issue, either past, present or future. Students will then perform their one-act play during the week of November 20th, 2017 for a grade.


In Other News:

  • Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - NO SCHOOL (Teacher Professional Day)
  • Friday, November 10, 2017 - NO SCHOOL (Veteran's Day)
  • Thursday, November 8, 2017 - Town Meeting (1:15 PM for Grades 5-8)


Homework for this week:

  • Students will read the one-act play called, Orphan Train Twins.
  • Students will compare and contrast 2 characters from the play using the provided Venn Diagram.
  • Students must come up with at least 10 character traits for each character.
  • Homework is due on: Thursday, November 9, 2017. 


5th GRADE ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Welcome to the last full week in October and the last week of the 1st Marking Period!! I hope everyone was able to get out and enjoy the beautiful weekend with all of your family and friends! Thank you to all of the students who participated in the Hispanic Heritage Celebration on Thursday. It was beautiful! Everyone did such a great job! I can tell how hard everyone worked!!

Here are the lessons for this week:

Language Arts-Week of October 23, 2017:

In Reading, students will begin a new 3 week mini-unit on drama and play writing. Students will learn how important setting is to a play and how the characters interact with one another. We will be using the book: Sitting Down With Dr. King to introduce many of the skills they will be learning. At the end of the 3 weeks, students will be able to write their own "5 scene" play.

In Writing, students will be finishing up their personal narratives. They have already typed their rough copies. This week, students will peer edit their rough drafts with a partner and revise their final drafts to be handed in for a grade. Final drafts are due: Friday, October 27, 2017.


Homework for this week:

  • "Skeleton" Book Reports
  • Students are to read AT LEAST 30-45 minutes EACH night.
  • Students should work on one part of the book report each night.
  • DO NOT cut out the parts (This will be done at school.)
  • Due: Friday, October 27, 2017


In Other News:

  • Monday, October 23, 2017 - Early dismissal for students only. (NO AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM)
  • Friday, October 27, 2017 - End of the 1st Marking Period
  • Friday, October 27, 2017 - Family Fall Dance from 6:00-8:00 PM. (NO AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM)


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


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Welcome to a beautiful Autumn week!! The weather is finally starting to get cooler and Fall activities are fully underway!! I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful and relaxing weekend!!

Here are the lessons for Language Arts this week:

Language Arts- Week of October 16, 2017:

In Reading, students are working on plot, subplot and theories about characters. I will be modeling for them using their CORE novel book, Firebug.  They will then practice these skills independently, with a partner and in a small group using a book of their choice.

In Writing, students have finished prewriting their personal narratives about a significant life event. This week they will type their rough drafts on their Google Doc accounts, print them out, and get together with a partner to peer edit. Next week they will fix their rough drafts and print out a final copy to hand in for a grade. Their final copies are due: Friday, October 27, 2017.


Homework for this week:

  • Students will work on a "Skeleton Book Report".
  • They must choose a fiction book.
  • They must color the parts of their book report and it MUST BE NEAT.
  • Book Reports are due: Friday, October 27, 2017

There will be NO reading logs this week OR next week because of the Book Reports.*


In Other News:

  • Monday, October 23, 2017 - Early Dismissal (12:50 PM) *THERE WILL BE NO AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM ON THIS DAY.*
  • Friday, October 27, 2017 - End of the 1st Marking Period


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


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At John C. Daniels Interdistrict Magnet School of International Communication students are taught to be creative thinkers who understand and appreciate the diversity in their communities and in the world. Students learn to communicate in different languages enhanced by technology and infused with the arts.  Students are inspired to excel in their studies, to be healthy and active and to contribute to a global society.

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Principal: Mr. Daniel Bonet
Assistant Principal: Dr. Nicholas Perrone

569 Congress Avenue
New Haven, CT 06519

Main Office: 475-220-3600
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School Hours: 8:35am - 2:50pm

Pre-K Program: 7:30am - 5:30pm