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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!

January News

Happy New Year!

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 begin their adjectives chapter. The students will begin the chapter with reviewing and identifying the many different types of adjectives as well as further their understanding of how they can use adjectives to enhance their writing. The students did a tremendous job on their Christmas Stories using their vocabulary words. I am so proud of all their hard work! We will now 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. The final Spelling Bee will be held on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 1:30 in the Church Hall. 

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 22, 2016 and the directions will be passed out the first week of January.


Religion: In Religion the students will be learning about the different types of prayer. This year our Catholic Schools Week begins on Sunday, January 31st. As a school we will begin our Catholic Schools Week on Monday February 1st, 2016.

Please join us on Wednesday, January 6th, for our Epiphany Mass at 9:15.

I am looking forward to a great January and a wonderful 2016!

Mrs. Viola


5V December News

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 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 our learning about the sacrament of Confirmation. 5V and 5M will be preparing the Immaculate Conception Mass that will be on Tuesday, December 8th at 9:15. It would be wonderful if you could join us for our Mass!


Upcoming Events:

December 3, 2015- 5V Christmas Shopping

December 4, 2015 The Third Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at 6:00

December 8, 2015- Immaculate Conception Mass at 9:15- 5V and 5M preparing

December 17, 2015- Gr 3-6 Christmas Concert at 10:00

December 18, 2015- Penitential Service at 9:15

December 22, 2015- 5V Christmas Party!

December 23, 2015- Christmas Prayer Service at 9:15 and Early Release at 12:30


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


Welcome to 5th Grade!

Welcome back to school! We have had a great first week and I am very excited for the 2015-2016 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 school year!

In reading, we will begin our school year focusing on our summer reading: Number the Stars. As a class we will be discussing characters, setting, plot, and so much more! Throughout the school year, we will also further our learning of genres by using our Reading Street series as well as completing monthly Book Reports. The theme for September's book report is animals. The students have received the instructions and it will be due September 25th!


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!

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 further our learning of the different parts of Speech: Nouns, Pronouns, Verbs, Adjectives, Avderbs, Interjections, and Conjunctions. Our class will also have a strong focus on writing and learning how to compose different writing pieces such as Descriptive Essays, Narratives, Expository Essays, and Research Reports. 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 Laughing

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