May all our actions, words, thoughts, and spirit be centered in God, on God, and for God! Let us keep our passions well-disciplined and our spirit pure and faithful. Fidelity to our way of life will help us keep our thoughts centered on God. Then our words will be an inspiration to family, friends, and acquaintances.
-Saint Jane Francis de Chantal
Welcome to 5B with Mrs. B.
November 21 – December 2nd
I am posting for a two week period since these two weeks are both short weeks. I can not believe the Thanksgiving holiday is upon us already! Yet, I feel as though I have been with this class forever, or maybe I just wish it, this is a wonderful group of children and I am thankful for the time I get to spend with them each day.
Homework: daily homework can be viewed on our Google Classroom listed under “Morning Work“
Please be sure your child has working headphones at school. Thank you.
Religion: We have been discussing the Paschal Mystery and the Real Presence and will continue this week to identify the names of the sacred vessels and vestments used during Mass. Miss East is taking us to the chapel on Tuesday to share with us an up close look at these items and their purpose. In addition, to aid students with the task of memorizing the names of these items we will be cutting out shapes to use for studying. The test is scheduled for Friday 12/2
Math: We have begun our chapter on Fraction Sense. Students have been working on greatest common factor GCF and will cover estimating, deciding if fractions are closer to zero, a half, or a whole as well as reducing and increasing fractions. The anticipated test date is Friday 12/9.
The NJHS is in our class Wednesdays and Thursdays for homework help. Students may stay to work on homework and study until 3 pm with a note on their dismissal plan. I am also available to assist students with questions and am happy to give extra help in preparation for exams.
Everyone has a login password for FirstinMath.com and should be practicing math skills each week. Mrs. Okula has been announcing the leading class each week during morning announcements, Let’s go class 5B!
Language Arts: Journal Writing and Reading Log alternate weeks for homework. This week is a Journal Writing Week and since it is such a short week it will be combined with next week’s short week so that the 3 entries will be due on Friday 12/2 (two weeks to get it done at your discretion) . Please be sure your child has an independent reading book for class everyday. There will be NO Spelling Test this week or next, due to the short weeks and holiday. The class has been reading The
Worst Best School Year Ever! by Barbara Robinson. Our time with the Herdman family is coming to an end. I expect to complete the novel and packet in class this week. My plan is to have it graded to hand back to the class on their return Tuesday to aid them in reviewing key points in the story in preparation for the test on the novel Friday 12/2 . Upon returning from the long weekend the class will be introduced to the concept of persuasive writing. The class has also begun work on Prepositions and along with a test based on students’ work in Exercise in English they will be tasked with memorizing the most common prepositions.
Social Studies 5A & 5B: Each students has been given a binder to hold the sets of papers and magazines we will be using this year. We will be studying this year the Five Themes of Geography. We are currently studying the theme: Regions. This theme has a focus on using latitude, longitude, and their coordinates. The test is scheduled for Wednesday, November 23rd. Next we will study the theme: locations working on absolute and relative locations along with identifying oceans and continents. At that time a test will be scheduled on using maps, identifying locations, and labeling oceans and continents. The tentative date for testing is Wednesday 12/7.
Students have all been linked to a Google Classroom with me in order to see work done in class when they are absent. If students need to copy notes not completed in class they may find the notes in Google Classroom as well.
When time allows the class will be listening to a read aloud of the story, The Man with the Red Bag, by Eve Bunting. This book is a mystery that keeps kids guessing. The story takes place after the events of 9/11 and deals with the old adage ‘do not judge a book by its cover’.
Science: Please see Mrs. James’ teacher page.
All plans are subject to change.
Tests 11/21 -11/23
Wednesday: Social Studies 5A & 5B
Tests 11/29 – 12/2
Friday: Religion & Reading
Tuesday: Library every other week
Wednesday: Gym and Computers
Thursday: Health (first half of the year) and Spanish
Friday: Music and Art
Science and Social Studies are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Class 5B will move to class 5A for Science with Mrs. James.
Thank you so much for the surprises that continue to show up with your children and at the front desk. I feel like a kid at Christmas opening all the Amazon packages! I wish I could thank you each personally, however, many show up with only a note saying, “Enjoy”. Please know that I am very appreciative of your generosity and kindness supporting me in creating a classroom environment that is not only respectful, responsible, and safe but one that is full of hope, love, and generosity.
Here is the link to the wish list I was asked to create for class 5B. I have included the usual class supplies, some items I purchase each year, some I plan to purchase and few extra wishes. We can always use tissues and disinfecting wipes if you prefer to pick them up when you see them on sale during your weekly errands. https://www.amazon.com/registries/custom/1Z4G3CN5RG27P/guest-view Thank you!
Wednesday, November 23
8:15 Thanksgiving Prayer Service
Noon Dismissal (11 am subject to change due to bussing)
Last day of Trimester One
Thursday, November 24
School Closed. Happy Thanksgiving
Friday, November 25
Monday, November 28
Thursday and Friday, December 1-2
Santa Shoppe in gym
Thursday, December 1
Picture Retake Day
Friday, December 2
8:15 Advent Prayer Service
Wednesday, December 7
Report cards come home today in test folders and via email
Thursday, December 8
Junior Tech Leaders to IU following Mass
8:15 Mass Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Friday, December 9
Christmas Program at the main church 6:30 pm
Friday, December 16
9 am Confessions
Thursday, December 22
8:15 Christmas Prayer Service/Early dismissal
If absent, please take the time needed to rest. Students are allowed the number of days absent to make up the work they missed once they return to school. If extra time or support is needed to complete any assignments, please let me know so that arrangements can be made. I am happy to help. When feeling up to doing work, the days classwork will be posted in our Google Classroom. I will try to post this as soon as possible at the end of the school day. Assignments are subject to change. If needed, you may request books be sent home with a sibling or arrange for pick up in the office, however, I do try to include all that is needed in the Google Classroom when I know someone is absent.
all passwords created for students can be found taped to the inside cover of their green ten pocket folder in case needed.
Once on the site, click on Parents and then Grade Five. There you will be able to find the chapter we are working on.
http://progressinmathematics.com (one of the study aids at the bottom of Chapter 1 is flash cards )
Language Arts: www.ixl.com
*More parent information can be found online at www.stjaneschool.com/parents/