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

September 24, 2018
We are beginning to get very busy in grade 5.  STAR testing will be administered this week and new ZPD's will be determined.  On Tuesday the class will have a social studies vocabulary quiz.  They will be taking this quiz on my Google classroom.  This is new to them so I will be sure to walk them through the process.  I often give vocabulary quizzes this way.  Thursday will be their first religion test, however, it will be open book and we will thoroughly review the chapter prior to the test.   As usual, the spelling and reading assessments will be given Friday. 
 The school will be practicing an evacuation drill sometime this week.  
The class fought me tooth and nail on the afternoon snack idea.  They were "dying" in the morning without their snacks.  Therefore, morning snacks are back by popular demand.
September 16, 2018
Now that all of the back to school celebrations have ended, we should get a better feel for our normal week. 
The class will have their first math test this week on Thursday.  We are testing sections 1-7.  We completed our Circle of Grace program and will begin chapter 1 of our religion books.  
We will be practicing our first lockdown drill of the year this week.
The class will also begin their first literature unit on the book Pedro's Journal, a book about Christopher Columbus.  I have plenty of copies for the class.
I would like to thank all of you who donated to our bake sale this past week.  We had some leftover cupcakes that I refrigerated and will give the class for a snack.  We were able to raise $141.00 for CAL.
September 9, 2018
Our first 3 days were a success and thanks to Fr. Matt, cool.  He provided us with an air conditioning unit. 
This week begins our first full week of school and thus we will be on our regular schedule as far as classwork and homework is concerned.  That means that this Friday the class will have their weekly spelling test and reading assessment. They will also be taking their Earthquake Terror accelerated quiz that day.  With all of the discussions we have had and all of the extension activities we did this past week as well as the study guide I will be providing for them, I am confident they will all be successful on the quiz.  
Wednesday is picture day.  On Thursday we will be having short assemblies with the RI Youth Theater Group and the Paul Effman Music Company.  
Last week I sent home a sign up sheet for our bake sale.  Would you kindly indicate what you will be bringing.  So far I have cookies, cupcakes, and brownies. Thank you.
I look forward to seeing you Thursday night at our Open House.  The program begins at 6.  

 September 4, 2018
Welcome Back to School!!!
I hope you all had a fun and restful summer and are ready to come back to school and tackle grade 5.  
Please join us outside on the blacktop Wednesday morning for a special blessing by Fr. Matt as we begin our new school year.
Please send in with your child the downloaded photo consent and handbook policy forms as soon as possible.  They can be found on our website.  
The first few days of school we will be doing "getting to know you" activities.  We will also be visiting the Book Fair this Friday and next Monday. 
Grade 5 will be hosting a bake sale during the Back to School Celebration on the 14th.  Please let me know if you will be able to provide a baked good (or store bought) for that evening.  All of the proceeds will go to support our Catholic Athletic League program.
Our weekly schedule looks like this:
Monday: No specials
Tuesday:  Gym, Computer, Art
Wednesday: Spanish
Thursday: Music, Gym
Friday: Spanish

You may have noticed that Library has been eliminated from the schedule.  I will further discuss this at our Open House. 
Below is a link to a teacher's app that I have used for the last several years.  It is a communication tool that is to be used for the parents of grade 5 and myself.  I will give more details at Open House but please feel free to register at any time.  
I'm looking forward to getting to know your children and to building a happy, positive, and fulfilling school environment.  Should you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact me via email or the Remind App.
August 3, 2018
 I can't believe how quickly the summer has passed and that a new school year will once again begin.  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.    
     I'm looking forward to seeing you at Open House on the 13th of September.  I will be discussing my classroom procedures and expectations.  
     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