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

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 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 you 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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