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Grade 5 - Mrs. Viola


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My name is Elizabeth Viola and I am very excited to be part of the St. Christopher family. I graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor’s of Science in Early Childhood Education as well as a Master’s of Education in Elementary Education. I enjoy reading, shopping, and going to the beach with family and friends!

5V January News


I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday Season and a restful vacation. As another year begins, it is a great time to reflect and think about everything that we have accomplished so far this year as well as look forward to what is in store for us as we continue a great school year! Here is a look at what will be happening this month in 5V:

English: In English, the 5th and 6th grade students will be continuing their adjectives chapter. The students will further their learning of the many different types of adjectives as well as further their understanding of how they can use adjectives to enhance their writing. The students have been doing a tremendous job on their Christmas Stories using their vocabulary words. I am so proud of all their hard work! We will be completing our final drafts of these stories and then we will begin our next writing unit, which is Descriptive Writing. This is a great time for the students to not only use their 5 senses in their writing but also use their knowledge of adjectives to create a great writing piece. We will also continue to learn new vocabulary words using our Vocabulary Workshop books.


Spelling: In Spelling this month we will cover Lessons 14, 15, a review week of Lessons 11-15, and Lesson 16. I continue to encourage the students to use Spellingcity.com as a studying tool in preparation for our weekly spelling tests. It is a great resource to use! Throughout the beginning of January the students will also be participating in classroom Spelling Bees to find participants for our school Spelling Bee. There will be five students and an alternate from 5V who will join the other 5th grade class and both 6th grade classes.

Reading: For the month of January, we will be reading the chapter book Stone Fox as a class. During our reading time for the month of January, the students will have great discussions about what is happening in the story as well as make connections with our own lives to gather a stronger understanding of the important message that this story conveys. The theme for our January Book Report is Fantasy. The students will be making a book jacket for their story. This will be due January 25, 2017 and the directions will be passed out the first week of January.


Religion: In Religion the students will continue to further their learning of the 7 Sacraments as well as learning about the different types of prayer. This year our Catholic Schools Week will be Monday January 30, 2017- Friday, February 3, 2017.

5V will be preparing Mass for Friday, January 6th at 9:30 for our Mass with Bishop Christian. It would be wonderful if you could join us!

I am looking forward to a great January and a wonderful 2017!

Mrs. Viola


December News in 5V

It is hard to believe that we are already in December! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We had a wonderful month filled with completing our “How To” articles as well as hearing all of the great Historical Fiction book reports. Here is a look at what will be happening in December:


English- In 5th and 6th grade English the students will be learning their next chapter in grammar, which is Chapter 3: Adjectives. The students will not only further their understanding of what an adjective is but also further their learning of the role of adjectives in sentences. As we continue to learn about the different parts of speech, the students will be expected to correctly use and identify them in everything that they write. The students will also begin their next writing piece, which is creating a Christmas Story using vocabulary words from their Vocabulary Workshop workbooks. It is extremely important for the students to not only continue to build their vocabulary but also understand how to use these words in their writing.


Spelling- We will work on Lessons 11, 12, 13, and 14. The students have been doing a great job using the iPads for their spelling tests and I continue to encourage the students to use Spellingcity.com at home as a studying tool to prepare for our weekly tests.


Reading- Our book report theme this month is Poetry. The students will be read a poetry book and pick their favorite poem to use to create a poetry panel for our class “Poetry Quilt.” This project will be completed in class.


Religion- We will continue to talk about the season of Advent and Christmas as well as continuing learning about the sacraments. 5V will be preparing the Immaculate Conception Mass that will be on Thursday, December 8th at 9:15. It would be wonderful if you could join us for our Mass!


Upcoming Events:

December 1, 2016- 5V Christmas Shopping

December 8, 2016- Immaculate Conception Mass at 9:15- 5V preparing

December 9, 2016- Progress Reports

December 9, 2016 The Fourth Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at 6:00

December 16, 2016- Penitential Service at 9:15

December 20, 2016- Gr 3-6 Christmas Concert at 10:00

December 20, 2016- 5V Christmas Party!

December 21, 2016- Christmas Prayer Service at 9:15 and Early Release at 12:30 (Free Dress Day)

5V would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!


5V November News

cornucopiaOctober was such a wonderful month for learning and building our knowledge. We had a wonderful Vocation Day as well as a great Halloween celebration. The students have been working so hard and it has truly shown! Now that November is here, we are expecting another great month ahead of us! Here is a look at what to expect for November:

English- This month the 5th and 6th grade students will continue their Chapter on Pronouns and how Pronouns are used in sentences. Once we have completed this chapter, the students will then move on to further their understanding of Adjectives. In writing, the students will be completing a “How to” article where they need to provide logical, complete, and accurate step- by- step directions for completing a task. The students must be “experts” on the topic they choose so they can be confident in providing thorough directions. We are also continuing to build our vocabulary using the Vocabulary Workshop workbooks. I encourage students to incorporate the words that we have been learning about into their writing!

Spelling- This month we will be covering Lessons 8, 9, 10 and a Review week in Spelling City. I encourage students to continue to use spellingcity.com to review and study their spelling words. It is a great resource to use. The students have been doing a great job with taking the spelling tests on the iPads and we will continue to have our tests each week on the iPads.

Reading- In reading we have been working on building our vocabulary as well as furthering our understanding of using “context clues” to determine the meaning of words. This is such an important tool to use while reading any type of piece and the students have been doing a tremendous job to progress in this skill. The students have also done an excellent job with their book reports so far this year and we will continue that this month with the theme of Historical Fiction. The instructions/grading rubric will be sent home the first week of November. The Book Report is due on Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

Religion- The students will continue their learning of the Sacraments of Initiation with the sacrament of Baptism as well as learn about the Liturgical Year and Advent.

Just as a reminder, Parent- Teacher Conferences are on Tuesday, November 15, 2016.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

Mrs. Viola Smile

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