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

April 7, 2019
One more week and then break!  
The week will go as usual with reading and spelling assessments on Friday.  There will be a social studies vocabulary quiz Thursday.
I am in the process of planning our field trip to the Freedom Trail in Boston.  Information will be going home after the break.
As a reminder, the biography report is due Friday.  
March 31, 2019
We will have two guest speakers this week.  On Tuesday the daughter of a Holocaust survivor will give a presentation and on Wednesday a Lenten Speaker, Thomas Awaipo from Ghana, will also be addressing the student body.  
Last Friday Fr. Matt came into the class and answered questions for approximately 45 minutes.  The students had many great questions for him.
The class will have a chapter 24 religion test on Wednesday and a chapter 6 math test on Thursday.  
 Please join us for the Living Stations Friday night at 7:00.  


March 23, 2019
The Holocaust survivor who was supposed to come last week had to cancel unexpectedly but has rescheduled for April 2.  
I would like to begin reading Ugly when we return from April vacation.
In class, the students have been working on researching interesting facts about an influential person during the American Revolution.  We will continue with this on Monday and then take it a step further.  I will be assigning a biography report.  All of the information will be given to the class Monday along with the rubric.  The report will be due Friday April 12.  That is the last day before break.  That gives the class 3 weeks which is plenty of time.  
When we get back from break, I will be assigning another project related to the American Revolution. 
Grades close this Wednesday and trimester 3 begins Thursday.  Report cards will be going home next Wednesday.  Can you believe we are on the tail end of the year?!?
Friday will be the usual reading and spelling assessments.
March 17, 2019
Happy St. Patrick's Day!!
We have two very special guests coming in this week to speak with grades 4-8.  One man,a parishioner of our parish, who is a D-
Day survivor has graciously offered to come in and speak to the school about his experiences during the war.  The other special guest is a Holocaust survivor who will also be talking about her experiences during the war.  This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to hear first hand accounts of the bravery of many men and women in our history.  
Tuesday is a red dress down day in honor of St. Joseph's Day.
I will be assigning an extra credit saint report for any student interested in increasing their religion grade before grades close next Wednesday.
As usual, the class will have a reading and spelling test Friday and we will once again have Stations of the Cross Friday afternoon in the gym. 
March 10, 2018
This upcoming week will be a review of our language arts concepts.  The class will have their second unit benchmark test this Friday.  If you remember, the first one I gave them was a practice run.  This one will be the real deal.  Monday is their 13 colonies quiz.  
We will also be spending a large portion of time reviewing chapter 5 in social studies to help them prepare for the test that is scheduled for Thursday.  
There will be a special presentation Tuesday night on cyberbullying presented by Brian Lamareaux.  I have seen his presentation in the past and it is very informative.  I will be attending again.  I hope to see many of you there.  
Thursday morning we will be entertained by an Irish step dancing troupe and once again on Friday, we will be having the Stations of the Cross in the afternoon.

March 3, 2019
In the event that we do not have school on Monday due to the snow storm, I have put this week's spelling words on my Google classroom page along with a brief assignment. They are also already on SpellingCity.com.
The class will still be having their math and science tests this week. 
Wednesday is Ash Wednesday and we will be going to mass at the church.  Mass begins at 9:00.  We will also be having stations of the cross this Friday in the gym.  
This past Friday I was treated to a fabulous play put on by the girls in the class.  They wrote, acted, directed, and choreographed the whole production on their own.  I was able to record it.  I will post it once I compress it because it is too long.  Needless to say, they did a great job.


February 23, 2019
Welcome back!!
We are back on track as far as our reading and spelling assessments are concerned which means they class will be tested on Friday.  
The class will be wrapping up their science unit this week.  This means we will begin a review and the test will be given Thursday of next week (March 7). We conducted several hands-on activities to go along with this unit.  
Progress reports will be going home this week.  If you have any concerns, please feel free to contact me.  
If you have not already signed and returned your child's STAR report, please try to do that this week.  
First Friday Mass will be celebrated this Friday here at school.  There will also be an open PTO meeting prior to mass.  Please join us if you can.
We are beginning to run low on Kleenex.  The class would appreciate any extra boxes you can send in.  Thank you in advance.

February 10, 2019
Happy Valentine's Day!!  I have planned several fun science activities this week to help conclude our unit on forces and motion.  Monday we will be demonstrating gravity and weight with a pendulum art activity.  Tuesday the class will be working in teams to compete in a STEM activity using candy hearts.  On Wednesday, in honor of the 100th day of school, the class will have to use 100 cups to build a tower.  That is another STEM activity.  Thursday, the class will celebrate Valentine's Day with extended snack time.  The students may exchange cards if they'd like but please do not put names on the envelopes as it makes distribution very difficult.  Thursday is also a red and pink dress down day.  
We will continue reading On My Honor and we will also be conducting a short research project on a famous black American in honor of Black History Month. 
Having said all of that, there will not be a spelling or reading test this week.  There will, however, be a math quiz on Thursday as well as a chapter 16 religion test on Friday.  Grades for progress reports close Friday.
I hope you all enjoy your winter break!!

February 2, 2019
What a great week last week was.  We had so much fun between the stop and dance and the upper wing vs lower wing competition.  
Now, it's time to get back on track.  We have a full week ahead of us.  The class will have their reading and spelling assessments on Friday.  As well as our ACRE testing Wednesday morning.  The ACRE testing is a national religion test administered to all 5th and 8th-grade students of Catholic schools.  It isn't really something they can study for.  The test will not be graded by me and will not be reflected in their overall religion grade.
Valentine's Day is next week.  We will not be having a big party but I am asking for a volunteer to send in cupcakes for a special treat that day.  Also, we will do a card exchange.  I ask that students do not put names on the cards as this makes distribution very difficult.
One day this week we will be visiting the 7th and 8th-grade History Day Projects. This will give them a glimpse of what is to come.

January 27, 2019
As I'm sure you already know, this week is Catholic School's week.  That means it will be a crazy, mixed up week.  It also means that there won't be a reading or spelling test this Friday.  Monday is Student Appreciation Day which means students may dress down and there won't be any homework Monday.  We will also be decorating our door in hopes of winning the contest.  
There is a chapter 9 religion test scheduled for Wednesday.  Wednesday morning is Pastor Appreciation Day and we will have a special assembly in the morning.  There is also a special Volunteer Appreciation ceremony scheduled for Thursday morning.
Grade 4 will be hosting First Friday mass at 9:00 in our school gym.  Join us if you can.

January 21, 2019
Due to the short week, the students will not have a reading or spelling assessment this week. They will, however, have a chapter 4 math test Wednesday and a chapter 4 social studies test Friday.  We will be reviewing for both of those tests this week.  They will also be given a unit 1 benchmark reading test.  However, the test will not be included in their grade book.  This is a practice run.  In two weeks they will be given the unit 2 benchmark test and that one will count.  If you are wondering why the class hasn't been given this assessment after each unit in the past, it is because I only just got this new assessment tool.  The benchmark test is a unit review test.  We are currently on our third unit.
Very shortly you will be receiving your child's STAR reading and math assessments in an envelope. Please review and sign the copies and return both of them to me.  If you would like a copy for yourself, just attach a note and I will copy them for you.  
Open House is next Sunday so if you have not yet sent in your registration packet, please do so as soon as possible.  Open House opens up registration for new families.  
I would also like to remind you that your child can log onto his/her IXL account at any time while at home.  This is a math tool that can only improve your child's math skills.
January 13, 2019
The students will be taking their second STAR math assessment Wednesday. I was very impressed that almost all of the students increased their scores for the STAR reading assessment. They have been working so hard and it shows.  
We will begin to read On My Honor this week.
Just a reminder that the non-fiction book report is due February 4, 2019.
January 6, 2019
Welcome back to our first full week of 2019.  
The students will be taking their second STAR assessment this Wednesday.  There will also be a dental screening on Thursday.  
Congratulations to Delilah and Claire who will be representing grade 5 at our school spelling bee being held this Friday at 8:30.  
The students already know and have a study guide for their Unit 1 religion test this Wednesday and as usual, there will be a reading assessment and spelling test this Friday.
Please have your child bring in his/her copy of On My Honor.  I would like to begin that literature unit next week.
As you know, registration forms went home last week.  Please send in the completed forms as soon as possible to secure your child's placement for next year.
January 2, 2019
Happy New Year!!!!
I think it goes without saying that since it is an extremely short week, there will be no assessments. I will, however, be assigning a nonfiction book report.  
Grade 5 is hosting mass Friday.  Please join us at 9:00 in the school gym if you can.  
Re-registration packets will be going home very soon.  Please send them back in as soon as possible.  
I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for the generous class Christmas gifts I received.  I would also like to thank all of you who sent in individual gifts.  Your thoughtfulness was very much appreciated.
I would also like to extend a HUGE thank you to Mrs. Weijlard.  She put together a fabulous Christmas party for the class.  The students had so much fun.
December 16, 20128
This my last update for 2018.  
The students did a fabulous job at the Christmas concert. I was so proud of them as I'm sure you were too. 
This week, as you know, is a short week.
Congratulations to Nora who will be representing grade 5 at our first Geography Bee being held Monday morning.
I will be holding the classroom Spelling Bee Tuesday.  There will be two representatives from grade 5 who will be going on to the school-wide bee on January 11, 2019.  I will notify the parents of the representatives so they may come in and watch if they'd like. 
Grade 5 will be hosting our First Friday mass on January 4, 2019.  I will be assigning parts this week.  
Thursday is our classroom Christmas Party.  I would like to give a huge thanks to Mrs. Weijlard for planning and organizing this day.
I hope you all have a blessed and beautiful Christmas.

December 9, 2018
'Tis the season to be very, very busy.  
Our Christmas concert is this Thursday night at the church.  The school will be busy rehearsing for this wonderful event. We will spend all Wednesday morning (after the Advent service) practicing up until lunch and on Thursday we will be bussed to the church for another morning long practice.  I will not give any homework on the night of the concert.
The class will be going to the Elf Shop Monday morning to purchase Christmas gifts for those they love.  All items are reasonably priced. Students will be presenting their science mission newscasts Monday afternoon. 
There will not be a spelling or reading assessment this Friday.  There will, however, be a math test Wednesday afternoon on chapter 3 and a social studies vocab quiz Friday morning.  
While I was out, the sub left a note explaining how wonderfully behaved the class was in my absence.  
December 2, 2018
I will be attending a Math conference on Wednesday and Thursday just outside of Boston.  There will be a sub in for me.
The class will have their science test on Friday.  I have slightly reduced the amount of homework this week so so they can spend extra time studying. Our trimester ends this Wednesday.  Report cards will be going home next week.
We will spend some time on Tuesday visiting the middle school Science Fair.  The class will also be celebrating St. Nicholas Day on the 6th by placing their shoes in the hallway and St. Nick will place goodies in them.  
Hopefully, your child has mentioned our school Geography Bee.  We have already begun the process in class.  The third part of the classroom bee will take place on Friday.  If your child qualifies for the schoolwide bee, I will notify you and give you more details.  We have also been practicing for the Spelling Bee.  The classroom bee will be held on December 18.  The school bee will be January 11, 2019.
oreo moons

November 25, 2018
We are back on track with a full week of school.  
Explorer reports are due tomorrow.  The class will be receiving a new report to do.  It is a science report on a space mission.  It will be much shorter than the explorer report. Due date is December 10.
There is going to be a science vocabulary quiz this Friday.  The students have already made their flashcards in class. We are going heavy on science this week so we can finally finish up this unit (I told you it was long). Their final test is currently scheduled for December 7.  This is subject to change.
We will begin practicing for our school Geography Bee and Spelling Bee.  
The class will receive a social studies study guide for our upcoming chapter 3 test to be given next Monday.
December is always a very busy month and this year is proving to be the same.  
November 18, 2018
  With a very short week ahead of us, we will be working on reviewing concepts.  Tuesday is our field trip to A Christmas Carol at Trinity.  
Their explorer report is due Monday the 26th.
I hope you and your family have a very blessed Thanksgiving.

November 12, 2018
Congratulations Zoe, Gianna, Nora, and Isabelle for a wonderful performance of Lion King Jr. this past weekend.  They were fantastic.
I look forward to meeting with many of you during parent-teacher conferences tomorrow.  If you were unable to sign up for tomorrow but would still like to meet, please send me an email and we can set something up that is mutually convenient.  
As I explained to the students last week, we didn't have our regularly scheduled reading or spelling tests due to many interruptions.  I didn't feel as if the class had enough time to master the skills presented.  Therefore, last Friday's tests will be given this Friday.  There are no other scheduled for this week.
November 4, 2018
There will be a chapter 4 religion test Wednesday.
Please have your child's permission slip as well as the payment for this Thursday's field trip in as soon a possible.  The students will be exposed to a wonderful cultural presentation on Spanish music and dance. We will be returning to school at around noon so please send a bagged lunch in with your child.  Since the class will still have gym class when we return, they may wear their gym uniforms.
October 28, 2018
Happy Halloween.  It was so much fun seeing you at Trick-or-Trunk and the class seemed to really enjoy themselves at the dance.
In all of the excitement of the weekend, I hope the class didn't forget to study for the science test on Monday.  There will also be a social studies vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.  
As you know, Wednesday is Halloween and it will be a dress down day.  Students should dress in black and orange.  No costumes.  I would like to thank Mrs. Weijlard for organizing the extra special treats the class will have on that day.  
Thursday is All Saints Day and mass will be celebrated at the church at 9:00  Please join us if you can.
The class will be receiving their first Explorer Report outline and rubric on Friday.  We have been working on a mini report in class in preparation for the one they will be doing on their own.  This will be due November 26, the day after Thanksgiving break.  
October 21, 2018
Progress reports will be going home this week.  If you should have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.  I will gladly meet with you prior to parent-teacher conferences if needed.  
I would like to remind you that we will begin the book Something Upstairs by Avi this week  Please make sure your child has his/her copy with them for Wednesday.
On Tuesday the class will be tested in chapter 3 in religion and a chapter 2 math test will be given Wednesday. Based on the pop quiz I gave last Friday, I feel confident that the class will do very well on the math test.
Wednesday is also Unity Day.  Students may dress in orange in support of the day.  As part of Unity Day, the class will be participating in a brief karate demonstration.  The focus of the presentation will be on supporting others and how to handle conflict in a positive manner.  
Lastly, Trick-or-Trunk will be Friday night followed by a middle school dance that has been opened up to the 5th grade. Only our school will be there and some students from the parish.  Please sign and return the permission slip as soon as possible.  I will be chaperoning.

October 14, 2018
We are back on track this week as far as spelling and reading are concerned.  There is also going to be a science vocabulary quiz on Thursday.  
Progress reports will be going home soon.  
Please have your child being in their copy of Something Upstairs by Avi. I would like to begin the unit soon.  I would like to make you aware of a slight "issue" with the book.  Towards the end of the book, there is a very inappropriate word.  It is relevant to the time and setting of the book.  Fr. Matt, Mrs. Izzi, and I have discussed this and have decided that it is a part of our history and, therefore, not inappropriate to read.  I will discuss this with the children as we get nearer to the word in the book.  I have used this book for three years and have not had a problem.  Thank you for your support.
October 7, 2018
As this is a short week, it will be a review week as far as reading concepts are concerned.  That means there will not be a spelling or reading assessment this Friday. The class will be finishing up Pedro's Journal and the storyboards they have created to go along with the book.
We will be composing a creative writing piece to go along with the Halloween theme and the class will also be painting their pumpkins to go along with our science unit.
The students have been studying for the social studies test they have this Tuesday.  They also have a religion test on Thursday on chapter 2. This test will not be open book like the last one.  Students were notified of this last week.  
The class will get a list of the science vocabulary words they will be quizzed on next Thursday the 18th.  As I mentioned at Open House, I have to break down the unit into more manageable chunks because it is so long.  They will be quizzed on the first 10 words.  There are 37 altogether.
September 30, 2018
Just a reminder that if you have not yet sent in your child's photo consent form, please do so as soon as possible.  You must download the form from the portal.  
I'm hoping to tie in an art project with our science unit.  Please send in a small sugar pumpkin for your child. I ask that you please do not send in a large one.  Sugar pumpkins are the perfect size.  If you could please have it in by Thursday the 11th, that would be appreciated.
Our only tests this week are the usual reading and spelling assessments on Friday.  They will have a social studies test on Tuesday the 9th.  I will be giving the class a study guide Monday.
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 on 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