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Grade 5 - Mrs. Mitchell

Sally MitchellWelcome to Fifth Grade! My name is Sally Mitchell. I am looking forward to another great year teaching fifth grade. If you have any questions or concerns, please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

I teach Science to all fifth and sixth grade students. Before that, I was a Special Ed. Asst. / Instructional Asst. in Londonderry for five years. I have four children -- the oldest is also a teacher.

April News 5M

Wow!! What a beginning to Spring. An April Fool's joke or Winter refusing to leave?

The fifth grade was busy this past  month as we waited for nice weather. They finished their Engineering Design Process project for The STEM Fair. They were a huge success. The students then presented their projects to their class. They all did very well.


The fifth grade will be learning the difference between biomes and ecosystems, populations and communities, predator and prey, symbiosis, and food chains and food webs.

The 6th grade will be learning about the Solar System they live in and then we will focus on the planet that we live on.  They will learn about Earth's structure and the forces that make it seem almost alive.

The book report for this month is Humor.  They will be making their own "comic strip" to tell their story. It will be due April 19, 2017.

The spelling lessons to be covered this month are  23, 24, and 25.  Don't forget to practice on spellingcity.com.

In religion we will be learning about the sacraments of Anointing of the Sick , the Triduum, and Easter.

The students will be writing some poetry for the Poetry Slam at the end of the month.  Hopefully you'll be able to join us.

5M would like to wish everyone a very blessed Easter season,

Mrs. Mitchell, D. J., Julie, Christopher, Thor, Brody, Jacob, Zach, Hope, Jack, Paige, Abby, Jill, Vidya, Maeve, Hannah, Alexis, Theo, Michael, Christina, Julia, and Amanda


March News 5M

shamrock_and_rainbowMarch came in like a lamb so we better watch out!  February was a very busy month. The students presented their Human Body Systems projects and they were great.   We learned about the Eucharist, and  different types of Prayers . We are still reading Stone Fox. And we had great weather for February vacation.

This month the students will be getting ready for STEM Day.  They will be learning the Engineering Design Process by doing an in class group activity that will take them step by step through the process.  They will then take what they have learned and apply it to something they want to improve, invent, rework, or modify.  They will have a rubric to go along with their project.  Come and check out their projects on March 9 at 6:00pm.  Then we will start on  learning more about Ecosystems (Chapter 6).

Spelling starts out with a review of lessons 16-20.  Then it will be lessons 21-23.  Don't forget to practice on spellingcity.com.  It really helps them a lot in their studying since we use the site for their spelling tests on the iPads.

We will focus on Lent, the Triduum, and Easter in Religion.  We have Stations on Fridays at 9:00 on March 10th, 24th, 31st,  and Mass on March 17th at 9:15 for our St. Patrick's Day Mass.  Our buddies in 2J and 2C are preparing the Mass.  Please try to join us.

The genre for the March book report is Biography.  The directions went home the week before February vacation.  It is due on March 22nd.

Testing is the week of March 13th through March 17th for the fifth grade.  Please try make sure that your child is at school on time, no dismissals for appointments, and gets plenty of sleep during the week.  There is no homework during testing so that should make it a little easier at home.  Please make sure that your child eats a good breakfast that week too.  They need that brain food for extra thinking:)

Some important dates for the month to remember:

March 9-STEM Day, 6:00pm

March 10- Early Release-NO AFTERCARE

March 10-Stations of The Cross-9:00 5M preparing

March 13-17- Terra Nova Testing

March 17-St. Patrick's Day Mass-9:15am


February News

Winter is flying by of course it helped that January was milder than normal. The students have been very busy getting all their projects done, getting ready for Mass for the beginning of Catholic School Week, and learning many things in all their classes.

February will be busy too as the students present their Human Body Systems project and then learning the Engineering Design Process as we get ready for Stem Day which is March 9, 2017.

The students have been reading Stone Fox as our class book. It's a story about a very determined 10 year old boy who wants only to help his grandfather find happiness again.  The next book report is Adventure.  It is due on February 22, 2017.  The rubric will go home the first week in February.

In Spelling Lessons 17, 18, 19, and 20.  Please make sure that your child is practicing on spellingcity.com.

In Religion we will be continuing to learn more about the Sacrament of the Eucharist and then we will learn about the different kinds of prayers that we pray in church, in our classroom, and in our hearts.

Important dates:

February 3- Bowling and movie with our buddies

February 3- Report cards due back

February 14- Valentine's Day-Pink, Red, and White dress down

February 20- President's Day- No School

February 27-March 3- Winter Vacation

Have a Lovely month,

Mrs. Mitchell and Amanda, Julia, Gahelle, Christina, Michael, Theo, Alexis, Hannah, Maeve, Vidya, Jill, Abby, Paige, Jack, Hope, Zach, Jacob, Brody, Thor, Christopher, Julie, and D.J.


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