Classroom Newsletter for the Week of February 10, 2020

Happy Saint Valentine’s Day!!!

I hope that you are enjoying the long weekend.

This week in 5th grade…

Math: Division with decimals 5.1-5.3

Spelling: Words with suffixes ending in -er, -est, -ing, -ed.  Students sang, “Drop the e, add -ing!”  They don’t like that.  🙂

Writing/ELA: Students learned how to properly write a friendly letter and they wrote a reflection piece on why it is important to learn about the Holocaust.  ELA: capitalization of proper nouns (names & special places)

STEAM: 4 spheres: biosphere, hydrosphere, litho/geosphere, and atmosphere and how they interact

Cooking Class: rainbow salad

Religion: Deacon Kheriaty had students work in groups to list the order of the mass.  Students studied the meaning and importance of the Holy Eucharist. Practice the Prayer for the Faithful Departed.

No art due to sports assembly.

Please see the specialists’ classes to see what students are doing in orchestra and choir.

Physical Education: Jump for Heart!



February 17th– NO SCHOOL (President’s Day!) 

February 19th– Regular school day, not an Early Release as planned(Make-up for snow days missed.) 

February 21st- PTC Movie NightFrozen II!  See today’s envelope for a flyer.  BRING A CAN OR BOX OF FOOD FOR HOPE HOUSE!

February 25th Hot lunch 

February 26th- Ash Wednesday, School Mass at 12:30 pm 

March 7th Growing Great Kids Auction & Gala 

March 9th– Pizza Lunch 

March 11th– Hot Lunch 





Classroom Newsletter for the Week of February 3, 2020

Thank you for the birthday cards, presents, balloon, and cake!!!  You just can’t beat cake and coffee!

Happy birthday to Liam and Jermaine!

In January, the focus was on kindness.  This month, we are focusing on goodness!

This week students took the MAP tests in science, math, and reading.  There are a few tests to make up next week and those tests will be done with Mr. Anderson.  Thank you, Mr. Anderson!

Math: Students worked on decimal multiplication and decimal division using Base-10 blocks.

Spelling: Students studied words with prefixes co-, pre-, re-

Literacy: Students began their new theme on fantasy by reading, “A Wrinkle in Time,” “The Giver,” and “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH” (A.K.A. “The Secret of NIMH”).

Social Studies/Writing: The rough drafts of the Holocaust research report were due on Friday.  I will be spending a large chunk of time editing the reports this weekend so that students will have them back on Monday.  Then they can revise them and turn in a final draft.

Mrs. Barbara A. West came to the classroom on Wednesday to share her father’s story about being on the kindertransport during the Holocaust.  She gave an amazing presentation and she answered many questions that the students had. The fifth graders knew so much of the background through all of the research they’ve already done.  Micah read a book about the kindertransport and was particularly able to connect with Mrs. West’s family history.

Religion: Students are reading about the Holy Eucharist.  We went to the church to understand the symbolism of the Sanctuary Lamp and what it means when it is lit.  Students were very reverent as we entered the chapel where we saw the tabernacle.

STEAM: Some of our STEAM time was taken up by MAP testing, but we began an new unit on the four spheres: biosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere, and atmosphere.  For the next few weeks we will be studying how the spheres interact and how human activity impacts them.

I would like to congratulate the new members of the Boy Scouts who celebrated a crossover ceremony led by the wonderful Mrs. Webb.  I was honored to have been invited by the 5th grade boys to witness this important event.


February 9th– Open House 2-4 p.m.

February 10th– Pizza Lunch

February 12th– Principal’s Coffee at 5 pm in the School Library

February 14th NO SCHOOL (Happy Valentine’s Day!)

February 17th– NO SCHOOL (President’s Day!)

February 19thRegular school day, not an Early Release as planned. Make-up for snow days missed.

February 21st- PTC Movie Night

February 25th Hot lunch

February 26th- Ash Wednesday, School Mass at 12:30 pm

Please click on the music, Spanish, and art teachers’ websites to see what students are doing in those classes!


Classroom Newsletter for the Week of January 27, 2020

Happy Catholic Schools Week!  We had lots of fun during Catholic Schools Week.

Sunday: Students went to mass in uniform to show their school pride.

Monday: There was an assembly with various organizations represented.  Each one supports families.  If you’d like to help, please put an item in the bins that are in the school lobby.  A list of items was included in an email that was sent out to families.

Tuesday: Students ate lunch with parents.

Wednesday: Students dressed up as someone whose vocation they admire.

Thursday: Students dressed in pajamas or college gear.  Third graders and fifth graders played together.

Friday: We honored alumni and saw the Variety Show.  Dr. Calderon came to class to talk to about his vocation as a medical doctor.

Math: This week students reviewed math on IXL.  Next week we will be studying decimal division.

Literacy: Students finished the books from the Holocaust Center of Humanity in Seattle: “Hana’s Suitcase,” “Behind the Bedroom Wall,” “Daniel’s Story,” and “Faces of Courage.”  Next week we will be reading, “The Giver,” “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH,” and “A Wrinkle in Time.”  The theme is…FANTASY!

Spelling: No spelling list due to CSW

Writing: Holocaust Research Report

Science: Students presented their Planet Posters.

Religion: Students studied the Sacraments of Confirmation and Baptism.

Next week students will be taking the MAP test.  Please be sure that their laptops are charged each night and brought to school each day.  Please check that each laptop is in top working condition.  Make up tests will be taken the following week.  Thank you!

Many important dates are coming up in February.

Feb. 5: State of the School

Feb. 9: Open House

Feb. 14: No School

Feb. 17: No School

Feb. 21: Movie Night

Feb. 25: Hot Lunch

Feb. 26: Ash Wednesday, Mass at 12:30 p.m.


Classroom Newsletter for the Week of January 21, 2020

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Overall picture of the weeks ahead:

  1. This week was a shortened academic week with no school on Monday to honor Dr. King and an early release on Friday.
  2. Next week is Catholic Schools week with minimal homework so that those rehearsing for the Variety Show can breathe a little easier.
  3. We have three MAP tests during the first week of February: on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  Make-up MAP tests will be the following week. 5th graders will be taking the science, math, and reading tests.  Students must charge their laptops and bring them every day.

This week:

Math: Ch. 4 test multiplying decimals

Writing: Holocaust research report (Because of the snow days, the research report will not be done in time to be included on the first report cards.)

Literacy: Hana’s Suitcase, Faces of Courage (only the stories I chose), Behind the Bedroom Wall, Daniel’s StoryDaniel’s Story has graphic images, but I have gone through and put post-it notes over those parts of the book.  I have omitted some stories within Faces of Courage.  These are all Holocaust stories.  I am not attempting to “sugar coat” the Holocaust, but much of the information can be learned at another time, not in 5th grade.  Please continue to discuss this unit with your child as they research and learn new information.  As parents, you make the best choices of age-appropriate materials for your child.

Social Studies and Writing: Holocaust research and expository writing

Spelling: diphthongs ow, ou, oi, oy

Science: Since two of our science blocks are on Mondays and Monday was a holiday, the planet posters are not done.  We will finish them next week.

Religion: Ch. 6 Baptism and Confirmation.  Students brought some of their Sacramentals and gifts they received during their baptism.

The following prayers are the ones that 5th graders are required to memorize.  A few of the students have passed all the tests.  I will periodically test others throughout the year.  All students are expected to memorize them and be tested by May.  Due date: MAY

Prayers for the Faithful Departed:

Eternal rest grant unto him/her, O Lord. 

And let perpetual light shine upon him/her. 

May he/she rest in peace.  Amen. 

May his/her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. 



The Joyful Mysteries

  1. The Annunciation
  2. The Visitation
  3. The Nativity
  4. The Presentation in the Temple
  5. The Finding of the Child Jesus After Three Days in the Temple

Act of Faith  

O my God, I firmly believe that you are the one God in three divine Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 

I believe that your divine Son became man and died for our sins and that He will come to judge the living and the dead. 

I believe these and all the truths which the Holy Catholic Church teaches because you have revealed them who are eternal truth and wisdom, who can neither deceive nor be deceived. 

In this faith, I intend to live and die. 


Jesus Prayer  

Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner.      

Please click on the specialists’ links to see what is happening in their classes.


January 25th– 31st– Catholic Schools Week 

Sunday: Catholic Schools Week Kick-Off:  Students wear their mass uniforms and show school pride at the masses they normally attend.

Monday: Honor Community Organizations that Honor Family Life.  There will be an assembly 10 a.m.  Baby items will be collected throughout the week.

Tuesday: Lunch will be from 11:30-12:15. There will be ONE lunch time for students to eat with their parents. Recess will be from 12:15-12:45. There will be ONE recess time for parents to play with their children.  If parents have multiple children in the school, please eat with all of them at once.

Wednesday: Students come dressed as a person whose vocation they admire.  Please have them practice a short statement that they can present to the class which tells about their chosen subject.  This can be a saint, a doctor, scientist, firefighter, soldier, priest, nun, etc.  It is also teacher day, so please have your child write a card or draw a pretty picture for their teachers: P.E., orchestra, Math Olympiad, choir, art, or Spanish.

Thursday: Honor Students Day: Students come to school in their pajamas or wear clothes of their favorite college or university.  5th graders do NOT bring a blanket, do not bring a stuffed animal, and do NOT bring slippers to wear with pajamas.  Wear school shoes.  Students asked me if I am going to wear pajamas or wear a onesie.  The answer is, NO! What a frightening thought… 5th graders and 3rd grade buddies will be playing a game together.

Friday: Mass uniform.  A distinguished ACS alumni will be honored at mass.  At 1:00, students will be able to watch the Variety Show rehearsal.  Snacks will be provided by the PTC.  I heart the PTC!!!  Thank you for all that you do!!!

January 27th Wrestling season begins 

January 29th– PTC Honors Teachers Lunch, 8th Grade MOD Pizza Fundraiser- You must mention the school by name! 

January 31st Variety Show at 7 pm in the Gym 

February 5th– State of the School Address at 7 pm (At least one parent is required to attend. Childcare provided.) 

February 9th– Open House 2 pm to 4 pm. All current families are asked to bring a prospective family for a visit. Receive two hours of credit towards your volunteer hours for attending. 

Monthly Book Reports Info


5th Graders,

  • Beginning in January, you will be presenting book reports. Book reports will be due on or about the fourth Tuesday of each month.
  • You will be reading an independent book outside of class and presenting the books in various formats.
  • It is important to remember that you will be reading this book on your own. Because of this, you may need to create a schedule as to how many pages you should read each night in order to have time to plan and finish your report.
  • Here are some project ideas: diorama, food representation, oral report in costume, timeline, stop-motion movie, rainbow report, poster, biography fold-out figure or a format that is pre-approved by your teacher.
  • Do not use the same project more than once. To clarify, if you do a diorama in January, do not do another diorama (unless you do a report in June).  Choose another option for a project.
  • All projects that earn a grade of 3 or above will be added as extra credit to your literacy grade.

See the chart below:

Month Theme Presentation
January Holocaust, fiction Diorama

1.      Choose one scene from the book

2.      Write a summary of the scene that you are depicting in the diorama

3.      When you present the diorama in class,  you must summarize the book and give details about the scene that you recreated.  Be sure that the book, the title, and author are included.

February Famous African-American scientist, explorer, doctor, professor, military personnel, inventor, or civil rights activist (no sports stars, no T.V./movie stars) Timeline


Biography fold-out figure


Rainbow report

·         Include at least 12 facts total.

·         You can do four facts for the beginning, middle, and end of their lives.

·         If the person is still living, include current information about what they’re doing.

Be sure that the book, the title, and author are included.

March Famous Woman (no movie/T.V. stars, no singers) Oral report

·         Include at least 12 facts total.

·         You can do four facts for the beginning, middle, and end of their lives.

·         If the person is still living, include current information about what they’re doing.

Be sure that the book, the title, and author are included.

April Famous Native-American, Asian-American, Pacific Islander, Hispanic-American, or Latino-American Biography fold-out figure


Rainbow report



·         Include at least 12 facts total.

·         You can do four facts for the beginning, middle, and end of their lives.

·         If the person is still living, include current information about what they’re doing.

Be sure that the book, the title, and author are included.

May Famous Artist of any genre (painter, dancer, architect, visual artist, etc.) “Movie poster”


Food representation (choose a theme or one scene from the book)

1.      Choose one scene from the book

2.      Write a summary of the scene that you are depicting on the poster or food art

When you present the poster or food art in class,  you must summarize the book and give details about the scene that you recreated.

Be sure that the book, the title, and author are included.

June (optional) Your choice!

Ideas: athlete, war hero, animal, president, saint, etc.

Your choice (even if you have used this format before)

·         Include at least 12 facts total.

·         You can do four facts for the beginning, middle, and end of their lives.

·         If the person is still living, include current information about what they’re doing.

Be sure that the book, the title, and author are included.

Samples of the formats:

Classroom Newsletter for the Week of January 13, 2020

After late starts and snow days, there were only a few things we could do in class.
Here’s what…

STEAM: Students worked in their small groups to write their planet paragraphs or bullet points for their planet poster.

Literacy: Students read the Holocaust books from the trunk that we borrowed from the Holocaust Center for Humanity in Seattle.

Social Studies: Students read about the beginnings of slavery in the United States.

Spelling: Students took a pretest for Unit 13: r-controlled vowels /ôr/, /îr/

Math: Students are to work on the math packet with reteach pages 4.1, 4.5, 4.7, and 4.8.  They are not required to do 4.8 yet since I have yet to teach that section.  Save the packet and I’ll check it when we get back to school on Monday (fingers crossed).

On Wednesday, January 15, I assigned IXL and a diagnostic test that students can take online.  I emailed each student with a username and password and sent instructions via email so that they’d know what to do to take the test.

I am checking my email throughout the day to answer questions that students may have.

I would like them to read their Holocaust research book if they brought it home.  When we return to school, we will work on writing that research paper.  I have been getting emails about students working on their dioramas during these snow days.  Great job!

Here is a picture of Marshall having fun in the snow.  If you want to send any pictures to me via email with kids having fun in the snow, I’ll post them on this page!

Marshall is 4-wheeling in the snow!!!
Micah and the angry snowman

Classroom Newsletter for the Week of January 6, 2020

Happy New Year!

Students were to bring home their math, religion, and spelling books today just in case I have to email them with assignments for snow days.  I will not assign class/homework if we just have the first two days off.

I sent an email having to do with students reading their literacy books and signing up for libby (a free online library), but libby does not carry the literacy books that we are reading.  So, students brought home their Holocaust research books instead.  They can read that over the weekend or over the possible snow days.  This is an important book that they’ll have to read for the fourth paragraph of the Holocaust research report that we just started today.  Sorry about libby!

Math: multiplying decimals, placing decimal points in the correct places within products

Literacy: reading African-American early history and Holocaust fiction: “Faces of Courage,” “Hana’s Suitcase,” “Daniel’s Story,” and “Behind the Bedroom Wall”

Spelling: Unit 11, r-controlled /âr/ and /är/ spelled -ar, -air, -are

Science: moon phases

Religion: test on ch. 16, Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy

Social Studies: Mrs. Mura was our guest speaker who taught us about the Holocaust, we opened the Holocaust trunk from the Holocaust Center of Seattle to look at artifacts from that era, and we will continue our studies of this subject when we return to school next week.

Writing: review of a bibliography, taking notes for Holocaust report, begin research for the first paragraph of our expository paper (Holocaust research paper)


January 13th-17th 8th Grade collecting items for Value Village fundraiser

January 17th Principal’s Coffee, 8 am in the Library

January 20th MLK Jr. Day, NO SCHOOL

January 21st Volleyball season begins

January 24th– Early Release at 11:45 am, casual uniform

January 25th– 31st– Catholic Schools Week

January 27th Wrestling season begins

January 29th– 8th Grade MOD Pizza Fundraiser- You must mention the school by name!

February 5th– State of the School Address at 7 pm

Please click on the teachers’ webpages to see what is happening in Spanish, art, P.E., and electives.

Happy New Year!

I wish for strong faith, peace, and wonderful health for everyone in 2020!

We are going to miss Jace, but we prayed for him to have a good transition to his new school.

Upcoming this week:

Mrs. Mura, a retired teacher who taught fourth and fifth grade at ACS, will be our guest speaker on Monday.  She began the Holocaust unit many years ago and has passed the torch to me.  If you have any questions or concerns about this very serious topic, please email me or meet with me.  It is done in an age appropriate manner, but it remains a very tragic and difficult subject.  There are some classroom books and library books that we have available.  Some have graphic pictures that I have put post-it notes over so that the images are blocked.  Some parents are fine with it and some are not.  Some children are fine with it and some are not.  When students will be doing their research on the topic of the Holocaust later this month, we use as our primary internet source.  If your children use this at home, please be there looking over their shoulders.  As a last note, no information on the medical experiments of the Nazis will be talked about in 5th grade.

Students should be done with or should be reading their Holocaust fiction book.  Their diorama is due on January 28th. We will be going to the library to look for auto/biographies of notable African-Americans.  That book report will be due at the end of February.

Classroom Letter for the Week of December 16, 2019

I cannot express how sad I am that Jace is moving.  That being said, I know that he will be an incredible blessing to his new school, new classmates, and new teacher.  To Jace the math teacher, my-random-subject-of-the-day-at-the-traffic-loop-sign-buddy, possible future priest, student-extraordinaire, and to his whole family, God bless you in your new home.  Please keep us updated with emails and tourist-y pictures!

Thank you for the Christmas presents, Christmas cards, and SCRIP.  Your generosity, kindness, and thoughtfulness are so appreciated!

I pray that all of you have a safe, blessed, and peaceful Christmas.  Happy Birthday, Jesus!  For all of my students, their parents, grandparents, and extended family, I hope that you all have a Happy New Year filled with strong faith, good health, and abundant blessings.  Here comes 2020!!!

Math: Story problems using the Fantastic Five Steps (that nobody likes to do, but are incredibly helpful)

Spelling/Writing/ELA: no spelling list this week, creative writing based on the Nativity, correlative conjunctions

Literacy: finished reading the book, “Number the Stars” and working on the final exam for said book

Religion: Chapter 9, reading about God’s Word, practicing our Christmas Program song, making Christmas presents for special people, reading Scripture to go along with our Jesse Tree, understanding the tradition of the Advent Wreath

Social Studies: presenting awesome timelines of historical events from 1500-1776.  When students return, we will begin our Holocaust unit on January 6 with Mrs. Mura.  She is a retired Assumption teacher who began the Holocaust unit many years ago.  If you have any questions or concerns about this unit, please email me.  We maintain an age appropriate curriculum but it is a very intense and tragic subject matter.

STEAM: looking at the Big Dipper to study luminosity and light years of stars

Physical Education: Students did bobsledding with mats and scooters!  I WANT to be in Mrs. Campbell’s class!!!

Art: Some fifth grade artists are finishing their posada art piece while others will illustrate a hope for the world art piece.

For other specialists’ classes, please see the teachers’ webpages.


December 19th– Christmas Program in the church, 7 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm. After the program, please pick your child up in the classroom.  They have presents to give to you.

December 20th– School Mass @ 9:00 am (dress uniform), Early Release @ 11:45 am, NO EDP

December 22nd– January 3rd- Christmas Break

January 6th– Back to school!

January 8th– General PTC Meeting 7 pm in the library

January 25th– 31st– Catholic Schools Week (Activities will be announced in early January.)

Classroom Newsletter for the Week of December 9, 2019

A visit from St. Nicholas…

I wish I had been there but I heard from students and Mrs. Campbell that Timmy sang, “Proud to be an American” in celebration of the new citizenship status of Bernardo’s parents.  Congratulations!

Religion: Deacon Kheriaty brought in a play that the students performed.  They did a great job depicting the Holy Family, the Magi, the Angel Gabriel, and King Herod.  There are a few actors in this class that may want to look into taking drama class next year!  We began Chapter 9 “God’s Word Feeds Us” and we are discussing how it is that God knows our needs and provides for us.

Math: Students finished Chapter 3 which was all about decimals. They took a test on Friday.

Literacy: Students are reading, “Number the Stars” and their own choice of Holocaust/WWII fiction books.

Writing/ELA/Spelling: Students are studying r-controlled words and how to use lie vs. lay, set vs. sit, and may vs. can.

STEAM: Students need more time to work on their luminosity of the stars project so we will work on that next week.

Social Studies: Students are finishing their 1500-1776 timelines.

Upcoming Calendar Items: 

December 18th– Hot Lunch

December 19th– Christmas Program in the church, 7 pm

December 20th– School Mass @ 9:00 am (dress uniform), Early Release @ 11:45 am, NO EDP

December 22nd– January 3rd- Christmas Break

January 6th– Back to school!