April 23, 2017
I hope you all had a restful blessed week off. Welcome back! We are back to normal this week with our reading assessment and spelling test Friday. As we approach the tail end of grade 5, I ask that you have a converstion with your child regarding their reading log. As I mentioned at Open House, each student is responsible for reading and quizzing on 21 books for the year. Some of the students have fallen behind despite constant reminders from me. I do not want to see anyone receive a failing reading grade because the didn't reach their goal.
Please send in the permission slips for our field trip. I recognize that this is an expensive trip and ask that if it is a hardship for anyone to please let me know. The bulk of the cost is for the bus.
Grandparent's Day is next Friday. Please send in the slips letting me who will be attending. So far I have only received three.
Lastly, we are in desperate need of soda bottles.
April, 9, 2017
Happy Holy Week!! With just a 4 day school week, I have decided not to give the weekly reading assessment or spelling test. There is, however, a science vocabulary quiz Tuesday and a math quiz Thursday. I am in the final stages of booking a field trip in May. I will give you more details as the time gets closer.
I hope you all have a very Happy Easter!!
April 2, 2017
As you may already know, I will be out of school Monday - Wednesday. I will be attending St. Jerome School as part of a NEASC accreditation team. The class will be left in the very capable hands of Mrs. Mazzie. I will return Thursday. The week will be a normal week for the class. Reading assessment and spelling test Friday. I will be checking my email regularly should you need to contact me.
March 26, 2017
Thank you for the mason jars! There will be a Social Studies vocabulary quiz Monday. Our PPAC field trip is this Thursday. If you have not yet paid or sent in your permission slip, please do so as soon as you can.
Report cards go home electronically Monday.
March 19, 2017
As we begin our new science chapter on weather, I am in need of 13 mason jars without the lids. If you have any, even just one, would you please send them in by Wednesday of this week. Thank you in advance. We also begin our third and final trimester of the year tomorrow. Report cards will be going home next week. If your child is struggling in any area, now is the time to really "kick it into gear" so he/she can end the year strong and as always, if you have and concerns or questions please feel free to contact me. It will be a normal week as far as the Reading Assessment and Spelling test. Our chapter 5 math test will take place Thursday with plenty of review beforehand. Finally, we will once again celebrate the Stations of the Cross Friday afternoon.
March 12, 2017
The science test will be given as scheduled tomorrow. We will have to take the week day by day with the impending storm coming. I'm so very ready for spring. Irish Step Dancers are scheduled to come in Wednesday afternoon.
Is it magic or is it science?
March 5, 2017
This week will be a review week as we have finished unit 3 of our reading series. That means there will not be spelling test or reading assessment. The production of The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe will be this Wednesday. If you have not already sent in your $3.00 please do so as soon as possible.
February 26, 2017
Welcome back! I hope you had a restful week off. Please join us this Wednesday for Ash Wednesday mass at the church at 9. Grades 5 and 6 volunteered to be the first to try the online option for paying for field trips through the Orderlunches.com program. We will be going to PPAC on March 30 to see The Tsetse Initiative. Please keep your eyes open for the upcoming information on how that will all work. Next Wednesday we will have The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe performed here at school for a minimal fee. I will be attending a science conference on Friday and there will be a sub.
February 12, 2017
I hope you all enjoyed the nice long weekend. Due to the unexpected days off, we will have to have a modified schedule next week. Both the math and Religion test will be Monday. The Social Studies test that was originally scheduled for Monday has been pushed back to Thursday. Because of the days off, we were not able to complete the reading concepts for last week and therefore, I will be giving the reading assessment that was originally planned for last Friday on Wednesday. The spelling test will be Friday. There will not be a new story this week or new spelling words. My hope is to finish Maniac Magee this week and watch the movie Thursday and Friday. On Tuesday there will be a red and pink dress down for $1.00. The money raised will be going towards the cost of an inhouse field trip. A theatre group will be coming in on the 8th of March and will perform The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. We will also have a Valentine's Day card exchange.
Don't forget those Box Tops. We have extended our contest until Friday.
January 28, 2017
Congratulations Calista!!! She was the first place winner of our school spelling bee. She will be competing this Thursday at St. Mary's for the regional title.
This week is Catholic Schools Week. That means that Monday is Student Appreciation Day and no homework will be assigned. :) Plus students can dress down. Tuesday is our Day of Service. Please bring in donations of soap and shampoo. The school will be assembling toiletry bags to be donated to a local shelter. Students may again dress down but in school colors. Wednesday will be Catholics around the world. Our class has Japan. Thursday is Teacher Appreciation Day and on Friday we will celebrate mass at the school. Mass starts at 9 and parents are invited to attend. The students will be enjoying a movie at the end of the day to finish off Catholic Schools Week.
We will not have a spelling or reading assessment this week. They will, however, have to take the ACRE test Friday after mass. This is a test taken by the 5th and 8th graders only to assess their religious knowledge. Enjoy your week.
January 22, 2017
Congratulations Ryan on your first place placement on the Sumdog.com contest. Our class came in 4th overall. Great job!! This week we will be learning a little bit about Japan and its religious beliefs and customs. This will be a part of Catholic Schools Week that will take place next week. We will be having our school wide Spelling Bee this Friday. Good luck Calista and Noah. I am planning on giving the class a math quiz Friday on sections 4.1 - 4.7. There is a lot to remember between GCF, LCM, and LCD plus reducing fractions. A science vocabulary quiz will be next Monday, the 30th. I would like to do another small team building exercise Tuesday involving conversation hearts candies. If you have any toilet paper or paper towel rolls, would you please send them in. I will not need them after Tuesday. Thank you.
JanuaryJanJanuary 16, 2017
We are in 3rd place!!! I have registered us for a Sumdog.com math contest and we are currently in 3rd place. The contest ends on the 19th. Keep working class, I know we can come in 1st. We had a break from spelling and our reading assessment last week but we are back on track this week.
January 8, 2017
Monday is our field trip to Brown University. I have a few outstanding permission slips. Please have them in Monday morning. Students may wear their gym uniforms and please bring a bagged lunch. We have a special guest speaker coming Thursday evening at 5:30. His name is Mr. Lamareaux and he will be discussing the misuse of technology. I greatly encourage you to make it to his presentation. I have heard him speak before and he is very informative. There will be a Social Studies quiz Wednesday and a chapter 3 math test Friday. As I feel these two assessments are pretty challenging, I will not be assigning spelling words this week. The students have a study guide for the Social Studies quiz. Next week I will be assigning a research paper on a famous explorer. I have already discussed this with the class and will do so again before handing out the materials. We also had the opportunity to log onto easybib.com and play around with it a little bit to familiarize the students with the site. They will need to use this site for their report.
J January 3, 2017
Happy New Year!!!
We are back on track this week with tests and homework. There will be a reading assessment and spelling test Friday as well as the mentor sentence quiz. Remember, this Friday is also first Friday mass hosted by grade 5. I hope my readers have been practicing. Mass is at 9 at the school and all are invited. Congratulations to Calista and Noah O. who will be representing our class in the all school spelling bee January 27. The school winner will be going on to the regional bee in March. We will begin reading Maniac Magee next week. Please have your child bring it to school this week.
December 18, 2016
Can you believe it is Christmas week? This week will be a review week as it is a short one and we have our classroom party. We will be having several classroom spelling bees. By Thursday I will announce the two winners who will be representing grade 5 at the school wide bee in January. I will also be assigning readings for our mass January 6, 2017. The December writing piece is due this Thursday.
I hope you all have an amazing and blessed Christmas.
December 11, 2016
We have a crazy week coming up. Monday we have our Christmas Concert rehearsal for the better part of the morning. Tuesday we are going on our field trip to Trinity to see A Christmas Carol and Wednesday we have our concert rehearsal at the church. Of course we have our concert Wednesday evening. Therefore, the workload will be a little lighter. We won't have a reading or spelling assessment this week either. The students will also be attending confession Monday afternoon. Report cards will be going home electronically on the 14th.
December 4, 2016
Congratulations to Calista and Bianca on a wonderful job with A Christmas Carol. The play was fabulous. Due to a discrepancy with last week's reading assessment, I have decided to use only the vocabulary portion of the test and will be counting it as a quiz. I found the written response question extremely difficult and poorly worded. We will be visited by St. Nicholas this Tuesday and in celebration of his visit, students may dress down in red or green. There will be a mass of the Immaculate Conception on Thursday the 8th at the church at 9:00. Please join us if you can. Grades close Tuesday the 6th and report cards will be going home on the 14th.
November 27, 2016
We are back on track with a full week of school. That means new spelling words and a reading assessment this Friday. There will also be be chapter 2 science test Thursday. We will be reviewing all week. A permission slip went home last week for A Christmas Carol at Trinity on December 13. Please return this as soon as possible as we need to pre-pay the theater. The cost is $3.00 and that reflects the monies raised from the bake sale and the car wash. December's writing prompt will be, Remember, if Christmas isn't found in your heart, you won't find it under a tree. Again, students will be required to write a 5 paragraph essay explaining what this precept means to them. The essay must include an introduction and conclusion. The rubric will be the same as October's writing piece.
Warm weather uniforms are now in effect. Please, no more polos.
November 13, 2016
I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend. We have a full and very busy week this week. That means that there will be new spelling words and a reading assessment this Friday. In math we will be learning how to divide with double digit divisors. This concept can be difficult so we will be taking it slow. I would like to begin reading On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer this week. This was on my book list given at the end of last year. Next Tuesday the 22nd there will be a religion test on chapters 5 & 6. The school is collecting food items in conjunction with the parish to put together food baskets for those in need. Grade 5 is being asked to bring in canned or bottled gravy, canned cranberry sauce, canned corn, peas, green beans, and sweet potatoes. All items are greatly appreciated.
I hope you all have a relaxed and blessed Thanksgiving holiday.
November 6, 2016
Thank you to everyone who attended our Supreme Success Gala last Friday night. It was a huge success due to all of your support.
This week will be a very short week and, therefore, we won't have any new spelling words. As mentioned last week, there will be a SS vocab quiz Monday and a Math test Wednesday. Also on Monday, SenseiCellucci@gmail.com will be joining us for an afternoon of team building exercises and anti-bullying discussions.
I look forward to meeting with many of you Thursday for parent teacher conferences. If you would like to meet but couldn't find a time that met with your schedule, please do not hesitate to contact me. We can set something else up.
October 30, 2016
Please join us for All Saints Day mass this Tuesday at 9:00 at the church. We will be wrapping up chapter 2 in math this week and will test on it next Wednesday, the 9th. There will also be a SS vocabulary quiz next Monday, the 7th. I hope to see many of you at the Supreme Success fundraiser this Friday at the Warwick Country Club. It should be a fun night with lots of great auction items and a live band.
October 21, 2016
I have tried something new with Spellingcity.com. I assigned a spelling game for the students to play. They have until Friday to complete it. It will not be graded. Let's see how this goes. :) There will be a science test on chapter 1 this Thursday. Progress reports will be going home this week. They will once again be delivered electronically.
I would like to thank everyone who has donated books to our classroom library. I would especially like to thank the Corrente family for donating a generous gift card to Amazon allowing me to choose a variety of books from different genres. Thank you again.
October 14, 2016
This upcoming week will be a review week. That means that there will not be a regular reading assessment or spelling test. There will, however, be a religion test on Wednesday on chapters 3 & 4. I have entered the class into a national Sumdog.com math contest. I encourage them to play whenever they can. They get extra math practice and they have fun. It's a win win. As I'm sure you are all aware of by now, The NEASC Accreditation Team will be visiting us this week. I have already explained this to the class and told them that they may be asked a question or two by members of the team. There is no need for them to be nervous at all. It will be business as usual for us.
I would like to remind you that we are still collecting items for our Tailgating themed basket that will be used as a silent auction item at the A Supreme Success fundraising event being held November 4, at the Warwick Country Club. Thank you to those who have already sent in their donations. Also, it is not too late for sponsorship opportunities. If you own a business and would like to be a sponsor of this event, please email me and I will get you all the information. Continue to clip those Box Tops.
Beginning next week I will be instituting a positive reinforcement program. When a student is caught in the act of being kind, I will issue him/her a ticket. They will sign the ticket and place it in a little bucket on my desk. At the end of the week, I will draw a name out of the bucket and that child will receive a prize. I'm hoping to promote kindness and love for one another.
October 10, 2016
I hope you enjoyed your nice long weekend! We have another 4 day week ahead but will still have our usual spelling and reading assessment Friday. I have signed us up for a national contest on Sumdog once again. The contest started on the 7th and as of yet only one student has logged on. We need at least 9 more to even be considered a contender. Please encourage your child to log on. It's a win win. We will be celebrating mass this Friday in our school gym. All are welcome to join.
October 2, 2016
No school Friday due to a professional day for teachers. That means that this week's spelling and reading assessment will be given Thursday morning instead of the usual Friday. I strongly encourage you to have your child go onto SpellingCity.com to practice the words all week as they are pretty difficult. The class will have a science vocabulary quiz Tuesday and a chapter 1 math test Wednesday. They will also be receiving the quote for which they will need to write an essay. I will send home the rubric tomorrow. Lastly, you should have received a flyer explaining that classrooms are being asked to donate items to be put into a basket that will be auctioned off at the Harvest Fest in November. Our theme is Tailgate. Please send in your items with your child and as always, we greatly appreciate everything you do for us.
September 25, 2016
What a successful car wash we had. The kids had a blast and worked hard.
Thank you all for your support and help organizing this event. I couldn't have done it without you.
Picture day is tomorrow. Have your child wear his/her dress uniform and bring his/her gym uniform to change into after pictures.
There will be a Religion test Wednesday on chapters 1 & 2.
September 18, 2016
It was nice to see so many of you at Open House. I am still working on the details for the car wash. As soon as I know, I will let you know. As I discussed at Open House, I am not going to be counting last week's reading assessment. Although it will come home with a grade on it, it will not go into their gradebook or count towards their average. There will be a Social Studies vocabulary quiz Thursday and a Religion test on chapters 1 & 2 the following Wednesday, September 28. The class will have a substitute Tuesday as I will be attending a conference that day.
September 11, 2016
As this week will be our first full week of school, we will begin to fall into a regular routine. We will read our first story, Red Kayak, in our new reading series Reading Street. Unfortunately, the city was unable to provide us with enough reading books, therefore, I will have to temporarily make a few copies of the stories until the rest of the books arrive. There will be a reading assessment and spelling test Friday. We will continue to use SpellingCity for our online spelling tests. The words have already been posted to the site. If you plan on attending the Ice Cream Social Tuesday, please remember to download the flyer and send it in. We will have our First Friday Mass this Friday at 9:00 in the school gym. All are invited to attend. Open House is Thursday evening at 6:00. I look forward to seeing you there. It's going to be a great year!!!!!
September 5, 2016
Welcome Back to School!!!!!
I hope you are all as excited about the beginning of school as I am. There are so many new and exciting things to tell you about this year. First, students in grade 5 will be receiving Spanish lessons twice a week instead of once and the computer classes that were previously taught by Mrs. Henchy will be taught by Mrs. Nathanson this year. We have a new reading series called Reading Street so you will be seeing different types of workbook pages and assessments than you previously have. Students will be required to read a total of 21 books this year as opposed to the 15 last year. I will further discuss the requirements at Open House. To go along with reading, I have created a 30 book challenge and a 1,000,000 word club.
Rocket Math will remain a part of our math curriculum. We will also continue to use Spelling City for our spelling tests.
At the end of the school year, there will be a moving up ceremony for the class signifying the leap from elementary school to middle school.
For those of you who didn't sign up for the app or for new families, I use a phone app called Remind. It is a way for me to send short reminders to you. You simply message me at this number (860) 495-0521 and then text my code. My code is @mrswilden. I have found this app to be very helpful in the past.
I know it is short notice but we are hosting a bake sale this Friday at the cookout. This has become an annual event for us. All the money raised will go toward the cost of transportation for field trips. As a reminder, no peanut products.
Our weekly schedule looks like this:
Mon. PE, Art
Tues. Computer, Spanish
Thurs. PE, Spanish
As always, feel free to contact me at any time with any questions or concerns you may have. Thank you in advance for your support throughout the coming year. I can't wait to get started.