Welcome to Mrs. Wildenhain's 5th grade class.

May 20, 2018
There are only 19 school days left!  In an attempt to get the students prepared for middle school, I have begun to assign weekend homework.  They are also required to carry books with them whenever they travel to another classroom.  There will not be a reading or spelling test this week but we will have a math test on Wednesday.  Believe it or not, the class chose to have the social studies vocabulary quiz on Friday before we leave for field day.  Buses will start heading over to the church around 9:00.  Students will be eating lunch there. It is supposed to be a nice sunny day. The following week is really going to change our schedule.  Monday is Memorial Day, Wednesday is the walk-a-thon, and Friday is our field trip.  
I may have neglected to tell you that we are going to be dissecting a squid on the 8th.  That's always a fun day.
May 13, 2018
Mr. Johnston from Hendricken, a physics teacher will be joining us Monday morning to help introduce our new science unit, Examining the Structures of Matter.  I'm sure the students are going to love his presentation.  There is a chapter 16 religion test on Tuesday and the regular reading and spelling assessments on Friday.  
Our class color for both field day and the walk-a-thon is blue.  Students can wear any shade of blue but must wear their gym uniform bottoms for both days.  A walk-a-thon pledge sheet will not be going home as it usually does. Instead, you are asked to pledge online at  http://StRoseWalk.dojiggy.com.  Any student who raises $50.00 or more may dress down for the rest of the year beginning May 31 but must wear their dress uniform for the last day of school for mass.
For your planning purposes, out Moving Up ceremony will take place Thursday, June 14 at 1:00.  The purpose of this small ceremony is to acknowledge that the students will no longer be in elementary school and that they are "Moving Up" to middle school.  
May 6, 2018
Thank you to everyone who participated in Reading Week.  It was a great week culminating with Grandparent's Day.  It was very nice to see such a huge turn out in grade 5 and get to meet some wonderful people.
Monday the students will have their chapter 15 religion test.  Friday will be our science test and reading assessment.  They will not be responsible for spelling words this week.  Permission slips for both field day and our field trip have been sent home.  Please sign and return as soon as you can.  
April 28, 2018
It's Reading Week this week. Monday, students should wear a shirt or sweatshirt with a high school or college on it as we discuss "Oh the places you will go."  They must wear their uniform bottoms.  Monday is also our social studies test.  On Tuesday and Thursday, we will be visiting the book fair and also on Tuesday we will have "Pop open a good book" and a book swap. We will celebrate the crowning of Mary on Wednesday morning and students are encouraged to wear shirts with wording on them for other students to read.  On Thursday students are able to wear their pajamas to school as well as bring in a blanket/towel and pillow and if the weather allows, we will read outside.  Thursday is also their chapter 9 math test.  As you know Friday is Grandparent's Day.  If you were unable to download the form from the portal, please just send in a note.  Please inform grandparents that all students must sit with me (this is new this year) at mass and must return to school on the bus.  Grandparents have to come back to the school to dismiss their grandchild.  There won't be a reading or spelling assessment this week. 
April 23, 2018
Welcome Back!!  If my count is accurate, we have 39 school days left but that doesn't mean we are slowing down.  We have a lot to cover in a short amount of time.  This week I will be assigning a religion report that is to be done on Google Slides.  The students will start the assignment with me in class and be asked to finish on their own as a homework assignment.  I will let them know the due date.  We will be discussing and reviewing our social studies and preparing for the chapter test on Monday the 30th.  We will be finishing up our math chapter soon and preparing for the test on that chapter on Wednesday, May 3.  As usual, we will have our spelling and reading assessments on Friday.  
Wednesday is a dress down for $2 to benefit the A-T Children's Project.  We have a former student who has this very rare disease.  All the money raised will go directly to the A-T Children's Project.  You can visit their website at www.atcp.org.
April 8, 2018
 This week we finish up our fourth reading unit.  Only two more to go.  We will have our usual reading and spelling assessments Friday and a chapter 12 religion test Wednesday.  They will receive a study guide Monday. 
I have booked our field trip to Boston's Freedom Trail for June 1.  It has come to my attention that many parents would like to attend.  I need to know by the Monday we return from vacation if you are coming because the price of the bus will be affected by how many attend. It may also affect the cost of the tour if we exceed a certain number.  I will let you know the final cost once all the numbers are in. 
I would like to begin reading Maniac Magee after break so please have your child bring it in this week to ensure he/she has it for then.
I would like to wish all of you a restful April break and I pray we get nicer weather.
April 2, 2018
I hope you all had a wonderful Easter.  
Even though it is a 4 day week, we will still have our weekly reading assessment and spelling test on Friday.  We will also have First Friday mass at school at 9:00. 
 The class will spend some class time working on their space mission science report.  
March 25, 2018
Although it is a short week, the students will be very busy.  Monday is the social studies vocabulary quiz.  Wednesday will be the chapter 8 math test and Thursday will be the chapter 11 religion test.  There will not, however, be a spelling test or reading assessment.  A great deal of our focus will be on social studies and science.  I am in the process of securing our field trip at the Freedom Trail in Boston.  I will let you know more details as the date gets closer.  
I hope you have a blessed Easter.
March 18, 2018
Let's hope this next storm goes straight out to sea.  No more snow!!!
Monday will be the religion test that was originally scheduled for last Thursday.  On Thursday we will have our first quiz in the new science curriculum.  The students have already received a study guide and we will do more preparing in class.  As usual, we will have the reading and spelling assessments Friday.  
It would be helpful if each student had a 1/2 " binder for our science booklets.  Our handmade ones are falling apart.
March 11, 2018
This is our final week of trimester two.  Grades close this Friday.  
We will be finishing up our saint essay.  There will not be a reading or spelling test this week.  We will, however, have a religion test Thursday on chapters 20 & 21.  On Friday we will enjoy a special presentation of Irish step dancing.  
March 4, 2018
This week we will be working on a saint essay.  This will primarily be done in school.  
The class voted last week and decided to switch the math and social studies tests.  Therefore, the chapter 6 math test will be Tuesday and the social studies test will be Thursday. The students have already been given a study guide for the social studies.  As usual, we will have a reading assessment and spelling test on Friday.  We will also have the Stations of the Cross Friday afternoon.
Please consider joining us Monday evening from 6-7 for a cyberbullying presentation by Brian Lamoureux.  I have seen his presentation before and it is very informative.  
The second trimester ends Match 16.  That still gives us 2 full weeks.

February 25, 2018
Welcome back!! We will be back on track regarding spelling and the weekly reading assessment. In math, we will continue with our fraction chapter.  I have planned a test for March 8.  I have also tentatively planned a social studies test for Tuesday, March 6.  We will be celebrating mass this Friday at the school and, therefore, we will not be having Stations of the Cross.  
February 11, 2018
It's the last week before winter break!!  In reading it is a review week as we have finished a unit. That means there will not be a reading or spelling test this Friday.  There will, however, be a social studies chapter 5 vocabulary quiz Thursday.  Wednesday is Ash Wednesday and we will be going over to the church for  9:00 mass.  It is also Valentine's Day.  We won't be having a party but instead, we will have cupcakes for a snack and the students may participate in a card exchange.  Friday is Stations of the Cross in the gym at 1:00.
February 4, 2018
Go Patriots!!  If they win we get a dress down day!!
This week we will have our ACRE testing.  I have broken it down into two days.  This is a standardized test to measure the student's understanding of religion.  We will not be having music this week as Mrs. Gagnon will be attending a field trip with the older students.  There will be a chapter 9 religion test on Thursday as well as the usual reading and spelling tests on Friday.  
January 25, 2018
It's Catholic School's Week!!  
Monday: Student Appreciation Day.  Dress down and no homework.
Tuesday: Teacher Appreciation Day
Wednesday: Pastor Appreciation Day
Thursday: Community Service Day
Friday: Blessing of the painted rocks.
Because Monday is student appreciation day, I changed the chapter 8 religion test to Tuesday.  Friday will be our regular reading assessment but we will not be having a spelling test.  Instead, we will test in chapter 5 in math.  The class has done so well with fractions, it's impressive. We will have our First Friday mass this week at school.  Please join us if you can.  
I'm excited to announce that we will begin the new Nancy Larson Science kit Monday.
January 20, 2018
I am in need of two more volunteers for our Open House Mass.  I need a greeter and someone to do the collection.  If you know you are attending that mass and your child would like to volunteer, please email me.  Thank you.  
We are back on track as far as our weekly reading assessment and spelling words.  Along with that, there will be an open book science test Wednesday and a math quiz on sections 5-1 through 5-5, also on Wednesday.  Once we wrap up the science chapter we will begin our new Nancy Larson Science kit.  I'm excited to begin this new curriculum as it provides many opportunities for hands-on learning.  
STAR reading and math assessment reports will be going home soon.  I em extremely happy to announce that the class as a whole did SO well with math.  They are growing at great rates.  I'm very proud of them. Their hard work is paying off.

January 16, 2018
Due to the short week, we will not be having a spelling test or reading assessment.  We do have a few other tests this week.  Tuesday is our STAR math assessment.  Thursday is our chapter 4 social studies test and Friday will be our unit 1 Religion test.  The students will be getting their study guide for Religion Tuesday.  Mid-trimester progress reports will be going home at the end of the week.  Congratulations to Ed and Kaytlin for representing grade 5 so well at the spelling bee.  
January 7, 2018
I hope everybody stayed warm and safe during this Arctic freeze.  We have a lot going on this week because we lost two days last week due to the snow storm.  That means that we will have our classroom spelling bee Monday afternoon instead of last Friday.  The two classroom winners will compete Thursday at 10:00 in our school-wide bee.  The top performers of the school bee will compete in the regional bee held on Wednesday, January 31 at St. Mary's School in Cranston.  Parents of all classroom bee winners will be invited to watch the school-wide bee.  Students were given lists of words to study a few weeks ago.  On Tuesday, the class will be taking their second Star Reading Assessment of the year.  As you already know, our mass is being rescheduled to this Friday, December 12 at 9:00 am.  All are invited to attend. Please have your child bring in their copy of On My Honor.  I would like to begin reading it soon. I had planned on giving the chapter 4 math test this Wednesday but will have to reevaluate the lessons to see if the students will be ready.  I will let the class know what I have decided.  Lastly, I will be attending a workshop Friday.  I will leave detailed notes for the sub regarding the mass.  
I would also like to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for your generosity during the Christmas season.  The gifts I received were overwhelmingly generous.  I sincerely thank you and truly appreciate everything.  
December 17, 2017
Can you believe it's Christmas week!?  
In an attempt to keep some sense of normalcy this week, we will have a normal week in the sense that we will have new spelling words and there will be a reading assessment this Friday.  We will also have a social studies vocabulary quiz Wednesday.  Our classroom party will be Thursday beginning at 11:35 when we go to lunch.  There is no need to purchase hot lunch that day.  I would like to thank Mrs. Bartolini and Mrs. Arnold for making the arrangements and for volunteering that day.  Please be sure to have your child bring in his/her secret Santa gift that day.
Grade 5 will be hosting the first Friday mass on January 5 when we return from break.  I will be assigning readings this week.  Students chosen will be reciting the readings and prayer of the faithful in Spanish as well as English.
I wish you all a very blessed and Merry Christmas.  
December 10, 2017
This week will be a review week which means we will not have a reading or spelling test.  We will, however, have a science vocabulary quiz on Thursday and a religion test on Friday. We will have an all morning long concert rehearsal on Tuesday and on Wednesday we will have our rehearsal at the church.  We will wrap up the rehearsals by lunch on both days.  
All students are asked to be at the church Wednesday evening by 6:00.  I will meet them in the church hall.  
December 3, 2017
We had a great time watching The Wizard of Oz at Hendricken last Friday.  I would also like to add that I thoroughly enjoyed watching our very own production of Jingle Jury put on by the students of St. Rose.  
This week is going to be a very busy one.  Grades close Friday which means that we need to wrap everything up.  This Wednesday will be our chapter 3 math test as well as St. Nick Day.  Students will leave one shoe in the hall and hope for a visit from St. Nick himself.  Thursday will be the chapter 4 religion test and on Friday morning we will be going to the church to celebrate the Immaculate Conception mass.  All are welcome to this 9:00 service.  As usual, we will have our reading and spelling assessments on Friday.
Our classroom Christmas party will be held on Thursday the 21st.  I think it would be fun to have a secret Santa gift exchange.  There will be a $5.00 limit on the gifts.  I will send home a notice asking if your child would like to participate.
November 24, 2017
Friday is our field trip to Hendricken High School to watch The Wizard of Oz.  Please return all permission slips as soon as possible.  
November 17, 2017
Happy Thanksgiving!!  I hope you all enjoy this festive holiday and enjoy time with your family.
November 12, 2017
As a reminder, please send in your permission slip to Wonder by Friday.  Our class will also be attending a performance of The Wizard of Oz being performed at Hendricken.  The date is Friday, December 1st and there is no charge.  Dress uniform is required for that day.  Students may bring in their gym uniforms to change into after lunch.  This Thursday the class will have their chapter 4 science test.  They will receive a study guide as well as some in-class time to study. 
Is there anyone in the class who has a fish tank?  I'm in need of an elodea plant.  They are used in fish tanks.  A small piece is all I need.  It is for our next science chapter.  Thanks in advance.
November 5, 2017
Can you believe that Thanksgiving is right around the corner?  Please consider donating some canned goods so we can make up baskets for those in need.  Thank you in advance for your generosity.  As I'm sure you already know, all of last week's tests have been rescheduled for this week due to the power outage.  That means that Monday will be the chapter 3 religion test.  After this test, we will go into the Circle of Grace program.  Tuesday is the chapter 3 social studies test and Wednesday will be the reading assessment and spelling test.  Mrs. Lorraine Gagnon, the music teacher, will be filling in for me Wednesday as I will be at a reading workshop and you already know I will be attending a math workshop Thursday. 
The explorer report is due November 21.
October 29, 2017
Happy Halloween!  It was nice to see so many of you at Trick-or-Trunk.  Tuesday is a free orange and black dress down day. Wednesday is our All Saint's Day mass at the church at 9:00.  Please join us if you can.  On Thursday the class will have their chapter 3 social studies test and on Friday they will have their chapter 3 religion test as well as their usual spelling test.  Our Smartboard and projector are now fully installed and will be used this week.  We will also begin a new literature unit with the book Pedro's Journal.  I have plenty to lend to the students.  It is a book about Christopher Columbus.  
I have attached a few khan academy sites for your child to view if he/she is struggling with division.
https://www.khanacademy.org/math/arithmetic-home/multiply-divide/mult-digit-div-2/v/division-2
https://www.khanacademy.org/math/arithmetic-home/multiply-divide/mult-digit-div-2/v/level-4-division
October 22, 2017
Progress reports will be going home Monday.  This week is sure to be a busy one.  In Religion class students will be working in groups to create mosaic representations of the 7 sacraments.  They will also independently be creating their own Something Upstairs mini books.  I will also be assigning a research report on an explorer of their choice.  I will let them know the due date once we have discussed all the details. 
 Wednesday is Unity Day and of course Friday evening is our ever popular Trick or Trunk.  
I was able to secure the field trip to see the movie, Wonder.  The permission slip will be coming home soon. 
 If you have not yet signed up for a parent-teacher conference and you want to meet, please check the google doc. I shared with you for any available times.  If none of the times works for you or you are unable to open the document, please do not hesitate to email me and we can set up a time.  Remember I will not be here on November 9 for the conference day.  I will be at a math seminar.
October 15, 2017
I'm sure you already know that our pumpkin project didn't quite go as planned.  We'll try it again this week.  Monday's social studies vocabulary quiz will be taken on the Chromebooks through Google classroom.  Hopefully, this will be the first of many assignments and tests being done in Google Classroom.  Wednesday will be our chapter 2 math test.  We finished the chapter towards the end of last week so we will spend the first two days of this week reviewing.  There will be a special assembly Wednesday as we welcome Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea.  She will be talking with the school about a special program at the State House.  Our new student council has organized a Pink Out on Thursday.  With the donation of $1.00, students will be allowed to dress down and wear pink.  The money will be sent to a breast cancer research facility.

October 9, 2017
Happy Columbus Day!  Due to the 4 day week, we will not be having new spelling words or a reading assessment. We will be focusing on our Something Upstairs novel unit while we review previously learned grammar concepts.  There will be a science vocabulary quiz on Wednesday and a chapter 2 religion test on Friday. If at all possible, would you send your child in with a small to medium sized pumpkin by Thursday.  We will be tying it in with social studies.  Also, if anyone has old, used, or extra unneeded tennis balls, would you please send them in.  I want to put them on the bottom of the chairs.  Thank you in advance.
October 1, 2017
Happy Birthday Fr. Matt (Thursday).  We will begin our novel unit on Something Upstairs by Avi.  Please have your child bring in his/her copy for Wednesday.  We will be celebrating mass this week at school.  Mass begins at 9:00 and all are welcome to attend.
September 24, 2017
Picture day is this Wednesday.  Full dress uniform, please.  Monday afternoon, Mrs. Powers and I will be administering the STAR reading assessment.  Once testing is completed, your child will receive his/her new ZPD and the results will be sent home to you.  We are also having a chapter 1 math test Tuesday. If you have not already gotten the book Something Upstairs by Avi, please do so soon as we will begin the book next week.  
September 17, 2017
It was very nice to see many of you at Open House and at the cookout.  I would like to say thank you to all who baked or contributed in any way to our bake sale.  Especially Mrs. Toussaint who helped me man the table.  We raised $240.00 to send to the Blessed Trinity Church/School in Miami.  Our first SpellincCity.com spelling test was a great success.  This week's story is Thunder Rose and the words have been uploaded to the website.  This week the students will have their first Religion test.  The test will be on chapter 1 this Thursday.  
September 10, 2017
We had a really good first couple of days.  As we begin our first full week of school, we will begin to fall into our regular daily schedule.  I upload the spelling words onto SpellingCity.com every week and every Monday night the students will have a spelling worksheet.  I do still, however, strongly encourage them to go onto SpellingCity throughout the week and play the games to help them learn their spelling words. The spelling tests will be on Friday mornings on the Chromebooks.  Reading assessments will also be given on Friday mornings.  I will be giving the class a Wonder study guide and they will be taking their AR quiz either towards the end of this week or early next.  Our class is scheduled to attend the book fair this Thursday and next Monday.  
Lastly, Open House is this Thursday evening and I look forward to seeing you all then.  I will go into further detail about what to expect in grade 5.
                                         
                

Some first day activities 
September 3, 2017

Welcome Back!!!
     I can't believe how quickly the summer has passed and that a new school year has once again begun.  I'm looking forward to a productive and fun new year.
     Please make sure your child returns his/her non-fiction book report on the first day of school.  The summer math grades have already been posted.
     I'm looking forward to seeing you at Open House on the 14th of September.  I will be discussing my classroom procedures and expectations.  I also have several exciting things to tell you about.
     As always, feel free to contact me should you have any questions or concerns you would like to discuss.  I thank you in advance for your help and support.

God Bless,
Mrs. Wildenhain
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