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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 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


5V October News

It is hard to believe that we have been in school for a month! We have had a great start to the school year and the students have been doing a great job with switching classes and remembering their supplies for each class. We have a busy month ahead of us. Here is what will be happening in October!



In English, the students have been working hard on their Personal Narratives. They have been working on including descriptive language and using their 5 senses to create a picture for their readers. We are making great progress! In grammar, the students will continue to learn and further their understanding of Nouns and their different uses (Subject, Subject Complements, Direct Objects, Indirect Objects, Object of the Prepositions, etc). The students will also begin to learn new vocabulary words using Vocabulary Workshop and they will begin to incorporate these new words in their writing. Looking ahead to our next chapters, the students will continue reviewing parts of speech specifically focusing on pronouns and their next writing piece will be a Descriptive Essay.


For Spelling, we will be covering Lesson 5, our first Review Week (Lessons 1-5), and Lessons 6 and 7. I encourage the students to use spellingcity.com as a study guide and resource for learning the spelling words. We will be using the iPads for Spelling Tests so it is beneficial for the students to use spellingcity.com and become more familiar with the website!


In Reading, the students will continue to read stories from our Reading Street textbook and study the different genres associated with these stories. As we read these stories, the students will be working on fluency, reading comprehension, and learning new vocabulary. October’s Book Report theme is Mystery! Directions for this Book Report will be passed out on Monday, October 3, 2016.

In Religion we will continue to further our learning about the seven Sacraments and Holy Days. Vocation Day is on October 18, 2016. In preparation for Vocation Day, we will be discussing what Vocation Day is and what it means for us.


Here are some important dates to remember:

October 7, 2016- First Quarter Progress Reports

October 10, 2016- No School, Columbus Day

October 12, 2016- Lifetouch Pictures- Picture Day!

October 14, 2016- Early Release at 12:30

October 18, 2016- Vocation Day- Mass at 9:15

October 31, 2016- Halloween Free Dress


If you have any questions please email me at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . I am looking forward to a wonderful October!

Mrs. Viola


September News in 5V!

Welcome back to school! We have had a great few weeks and I am very excited for the 2016-2017 school year! The students are doing an excellent job getting used to routines and expectations as they begin their year as 5th graders! Here is an overview of what we will be doing throughout the month!


In reading, we will continue to focus on our summer reading: Number the Stars. As a class we have discussed the characters, setting, plot, and the students have worked in groups to create a word web that describes a specific character from the story. The final piece that the students will be working on is a Courage paper and connecting their own times of being courageous to Number the Stars. We will also begin using our Reading Street series to further our learning of different genres. Finally the students will complete their first monthly Book Report. The theme for September's book report is animals. The students have received the instructions and it will be due September 28th!


Each week we will have a Spelling Test! We use SpellingCity.com so I encourage everyone to explore the website and become familiar with all of the resources that are available. It is a great studying tool! This month we complete Lessons 1, 2, 3, and 4.


In Religion, we will begin the year with learning about the Seven Sacraments. Throughout the school year we will also be focusing on Holy Days, and important Religious figures.


In English, we will begin our school year with reviewing nouns. The students will be discussing common and proper nouns as well as singular and plural nouns. Our class will also have a strong focus on writing and learning how to compose different writing pieces. This month we have begun to work on Personal Narratives. The students will also have writing journals where they will be able to express their thoughts and feelings through writing prompts or a specific topic that is given to them. I am looking forward to a great year in English!

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Here's to a wonderful school year!

Mrs. Viola Smile


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