Newsletter for the Week of May 20, 2019

Congratulations to Maddox Aquino!  He is the second place winner of the Holocaust Center for Humanity’s “Writing, Art, and Film” Contest!  Great job, Maddox!!!  Your Holocaust research paper, with the addition of the personal statement about Mrs. Noemi Ban’s book, “Sharing is Healing,” and the experience of meeting her, is certainly a testament to the memory of all those who should never be forgotten!  We are so very proud of you, Maddox!

2nd Place – Maddox Aquino, 5th grade. Assumption School, Bellingham. Teacher: Lisa Blas.

This week…

Math: Students are finishing chapter nine on graphing.  We will have a review next week and a test.  Then we will begin Chapter 10 on measurement.

Literacy: Some students are near the end of “The Secret Garden” and “Where the Red Fern Grows.”  The “Old Yeller” group has finished their book and have begun reading, “Esperanza Rising.”

Grammar: Students reviewed object and subject pronouns and how to properly use I, me, we, and us.

Writing: Students are explicating poems and trying to understand the metaphors within.

Social Studies: Students are finishing Unit 11 and they will be assessed on Friday.

STEAM: Students are finishing their water distribution projects and their stormwater runoff essays that are due on Friday.  Those who are finished are working on a project around Global Warming.

Religion: Students are reading in their Family Life booklets about traits that strong families have and about outside influences in the media versus our Catholic values.

Science + poetry + art = Haiku poems!  After students studied the effects of plastic on oceans and sea creatures, they wrote Haiku poems around that theme.   Then they took their Haiku poems to art class and painted with Ms. Gottschalk!  Here are some of the beautiful results:


Fifth grade – In Physical education students will continue to improve Lacrosse skills by playing games and drills. Students are expected to continue to improve skills and practice sportsmanship.  SLE An engaged active life-long learner is an independent, self-motivated learner.

5th Grade:  This week, students are learning about chord progressions and music composition. They are working on their own 4 measure composition utilizing their knowledge of chords from our ukulele studies.

5th Grade: Fifth grade artists are learning about Australian aboriginal art.

5th graders are learning about  different kind of drinks like milk, tea, etc. They are creating sentences like ” my favorite drink is….” and positive, negative and interrogative sentences in simple present about their likes such as “?te Gusta la malteada? Sí, me gusta la malteada.
Today we saw new vocabulary about food for breakfast  and what they like and not like to have as breakfast.

Week of May 13, 2019

I want to thank Mrs. Campbell, physical education teacher extraordinaire, for having a fishing unit at this school!  And even more gratitude goes to Officer Jones for sharing his knowledge of the laws and for making us all laugh so hard!  Many, many thanks go to Mr. and Mrs. Driscoll and Ross for opening up their home to the 5th graders for this day-long fishing field trip!  We feel so privileged that you and your son’s expertise, knowledge, and love of fishing were shared with the 5th graders.  Thank you, everybody!!!

Math: 5th graders have started Ch. 9 graphing.

Spelling: Unit 28: soft g, no bonus words this week

Writing: Students are explicating poems.

Literacy: “Where the Red Fern Grows” and “The Secret Garden” groups are continuing their readings while the “Old Yeller” Group has finished reading and they are working on their final project for that book.

Science: Students are working on their water distribution presentations and writing their two paragraphs about problems with stormwater runoff.

Social Studies: Students are studying the conflicts between loyalists and patriots and why the War for Independence began.

Religion: Students have begun their Family Life Unit.  Again, if you do not want your child to learn about God’s plan for human reproduction and such, please send me a letter to opt out.  So far we have learned qualities of a healthy, holy, and happy family which involve communication, respect, trust, loyalty, responsibility, and companionship.  We began the lesson with a reading from Genesis and the emphasis that we were made in the image of God since many are very uncomfortable with their bodies.  (Insert cringing, squirming, scrunched faces…)

Hope House Clothing Drive:

It’s time to clean out your closets!  Hope House is in need of kids’ and teens’ clothing.  If your children have grown out of their clothes, please consider sending clean clothing that is in good condition to the 5th grade classroom.  As soon as I receive more information from Hope House, I will let you know what they are specifically looking for.  Thank you for your generosity!


Fifth grade – In Physical education students had a great day fishing!  We are grateful for being able to be guests at the Driscolls home.  It was a great day with collaboration of science and physical education. This week we have begun lacrosse and have had the pleasure of Marie DePalma as our guest teacher!  Students are expected to practice sportsmanship by using encouraging words to support others. SLE 3 an effective communicator who demonstrates growth in self-confidence and encourages confidence in others. 

5th Grade: This week in music, students are learning to play Amazing Grace on the ukulele utilizing all of the chords they have learned up to this point, C7 C G and F.



May 13th – 18th– Missoula Children’s Theater for K-8; Performances at 3:30 pm and 6 pm on May 18th. Cost is $35 per child, not $75 as advertised. 

May 17th – May Crowning Mass at 10:30 am 

May 17th – Jr. Ski to Sea Parade at 4 pm with the Root Beer and Brats fundraiser from 4- 8 pm 

June 7th– 10:30 am Volunteer of the Year recognized at the Tea; 11:30 Volunteers may bring a sack lunch and eat with students; Volunteer Appreciation Tea at 12:30 pm. Variety Show (1:00 pm to 3 pm- time has changed). See flier in last week’s envelope or here 

June 13th– Peace Festival from 12:30 to 3 pm. All grades K-7 participate in team-building games. Parents are invited to watch and help supervise the games. 

Week of May 6, 2019

I want to thank all of you for the special ways that made me feel so appreciated during Teacher Appreciation Week!  There are beautiful fresh flowers in my classroom, kind sentiments written on beautiful cards, coffee cards galore, heavenly scented candles, a beautiful magnet and even fresh eggs!!!  I do appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity.  I also want to express my gratitude for the gift of SCRIP.  That was a completely unexpected treat!  Thank you so much!!!

Let’s go fishing!!!  On Monday, May 13, we are going fishing at the home of the Driscoll family!  Mr. and Mrs. Driscoll have opened up their home to us in order to have a beautiful and safe place to do the phys. ed. fishing unit.  Here are some notes from Mrs. Campbell regarding this unit:

Fishing and Environmental Health Field Trip Preparation                     May 13, 2019 

  • Personal Floatation Devices (PFD) and fishing gear will be provided.
  • Free dress according to school rules.
  • Wear layers including fleece or sweat shirt and coat, wear shoes that can get muddy and/or boots.
  • May want to bring extra shirt, and socks.
  • Bring; towel or blanket to sit on, lunch and snack, water bottle.

-Mrs. Campbell and Mrs. Blas

Mr. Driscoll in P.E. showing 5th graders all about how to use a fishing pole.

Math: Students are dividing fractions by using the inverse operation (multiplication) or by drawing diagrams.


Writing: Students are working on acrostic poems as the second part of their poetry unit.


Reading: Students are reading Old Yeller, The Secret Garden, and Where the Red Fern Grows.  Many are making great connections to metaphors, realizing the author’s purpose, and referring to past books to relate to the current one they’re reading.

I have received many great book reports this month!  Those who did the book report will earn extra credit points in literacy.  I have learned a lot about Sacajawea, Sitting Bull, Roberto Clemente, Antonia Novello, Yao Ming, and Pocahontas.  I look forward to listening to more!


Religion: Students have started Chapter 18 about matrimony and Holy Orders.


Social Studies: Students are reading about the Boston Massacre and the taxes imposed by Britain that led to colonial revolt.


Science: Students created blue prints for their presentations on water distribution of the Earth.


Spelling: Unit 27, Prefixes bi, mid, semi, and tri.  Bonus words: Salvation, eternal life, Immaculate Conception, Assumption, and inverse operation.




Fifth grade – In Physical education students have practiced setting up the fishing pole and casting. Please prepare for fishing on Monday May 13th.  Students should wear layers of clothing, and boots. SLE 4 A person of integrity who accepts responsibility for personal behavior.


Spanish: 5th graders have been preparing for the mass they will lead in Spanish.


Upcoming Calendar Items:

April 29th through May 17th– MAP testing for all grades 2 through 8

May 9th – Mother’s Day Flower Basket order pick-up (7:30-8:15 and 2:45-3:15 in front of the gym)

May 10th – No school for Kindergarten only today. (Mrs. Whelan will be assessing rising Kindergarten students.)Bilingual Mass today at 10:30 am.

May 6th  10th– Eighth graders in Washington D.C.

May 8th  10th– Seventh graders in Portland, OR

May 13th – 18th– Missoula Children’s Theater for K-8; Performances at 3:30 pm and 6 pm on May 18th. Cost is $35 per child, not $75 as advertised.

May 17th – May Crowning Mass at 10:30 am

May 17th – Jr. Ski to Sea Parade at 4 pm with the Root Beer and Brats fundraiser from 4- 8 pm

June 7th– 10:30 am Volunteer of the Year recognized at mass; 11:30 Volunteers have sack lunch with students; Volunteer Appreciation Tea at 12:30 pm. Variety Show (1:00 pm to 3 pm- time has changed). See flier in last week’s envelope or here.

June 13th– Peace Festival from 12:30 to 3 pm. All grades K-7 participate in team-building games. Parents are invited to watch and help supervise the games.

June 23rd – Auction item availability! – The Upfront Theatre Opportunity! See the flyer here!

Week of April 29, 2019

Important news from Mrs. Campbell:

5th grade – In Physical Education we will be learning to cast for fishing.  Then we will be going fishing and learning about fishing laws and habitat!!   We are taking the students to the home of Mr. And Mrs. Driscoll May 13th, by bus.  Please return the permission slip!  If you want to join us, please contact Mrs. Blas.   

Other physical education news:

K – 8 grades 

May 1- May 7 is observed as National Physical Education & Sport Week.  

Your child has had the opportunity to learn some of many movement skills and games during Physical Education class this year!  Students have learned: inline skating, dances, tennis, badminton, pickle ball, handball, gymnastics, archery, hockey, inline hockey, lacrosse, soccer, speedball, flag football, rugby, ultimate frisbee, kickball, tee ball, fishing, swim safety, and bike riding.                                                                        

God bless you with good health and lots of play time (60 minutes a day recommended)!!        Mrs. Campbell 

The Fun Run is an annual FUNdraiser for the school.  Mrs. Zebrowski and Mrs. Milligan were the chairs and they made this year’s theme so fun!  We were the 5th grade gorillas.  There is still time to get those pledges in!

Getting pumped up for the Fun Run!!!         Awesome Maroon Gorillas!

Show that muscle, Gorillas!

The Map test was this week.  I was so proud of the students since most of them exceeded their MAP reading goals for spring.  Keep on reading this summer!!!

MAP testing. Gone are the days of bubble tests!

Math: Students took the Chapter 7 test.

Social Studies: Students are finishing their studies of the 13 Original Colonies and taking their assessment.

Reading: Students are continuing their readings of “Old Yeller,” “Where the Red Fern Grows,” and “The Secret Garden.”  We are discussing character traits, making predictions, and learning new vocabulary.

Writing/Grammar: Students are continuing their poetry unit and tying it into the Earth Day (religion) unit on good stewardship.  We are writing poems about fish, the oceans, and God’s creations.

Students are working on object pronouns and subject pronouns.

No spelling list this week due to MAP testing.  Next week the spelling list will be Unit 27 on prefixes.

Science: Students finished the “What Plants Need to Grow” unit.  We are beginning out unit on water distribution of the Earth.

Garden: Students went to the garden this week to learn more about photosynthesis.  They drew a diagram of the process of photosynthesis and learned that we need plants and they need us since we exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide.  Students also used plants to make art work.


Religion: Students are reading Chapter 13, “God Saves Us.”  We are reading about Original Sin, Salvation, and eternal life.

Fifth grade artists are learning Asian-style calligraphy and painting.

Spanish: The third-fifth graders looked at making legends with their maps.

Then we looked at the old trivia quiz show “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego…” There were questions on Spain.

Music: The Missoula Children’s Theater residency is just around the corner! Taking part in the production of Gulliver’s Travels will be a wonderful opportunity for all students, any children who are inserted are encouraged to come to open auditions after school on Monday, May 13th in the gym!

This week, students are practicing using C7 and F chords by playing The Banana Boat Song. They are also learning to play the C chord, and adding in new strumming patterns to songs they know.


May 9th – Mother’s Day Flower Basket order pick-up (7:30-8:15 and 2:45-3:15 in front of the gym) 

May 10th – No school for Kindergarten only today. (Mrs. Whelan will be assessing rising Kindergarten students.)Bilingual Mass today at 10:30 am. 

May 6th  10th– Eighth graders in Washington D.C. 

May 8th  10th– Seventh graders in Portland, OR 

May 13th – 18th– Missoula Children’s Theater for K-8 

May 17th – May Crowning Mass 

May 17th – Jr. Ski to Sea Parade at 4 pm with the Root Beer and Brats fundraiser from 4- 8 pm