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

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 others 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 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 on 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 is 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 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