Welcome to Fifth Grade!

Band Lessons
Wednesday, November 29th
Experienced Band and String/Violin - 9:30 a.m.
Wind Ensemble and Violin Groups L & M - 10:15 a.m.
Friday, December 1st

Experienced Band and String/Violin - 8:00 a.m.
Wind Ensemble and Violin Group L - 8:45 a.m.

We will be having a working snack in our classroom this year.  I am asking that each student bring in one healthy snack and water to
 have during this time.

All homework, class assignments, and test dates may be found in your child's agenda.  

Please be advised that as per the Uniform Policy, all students in 5th grade should be wearing penny loafers to school.  If your child does not have these required shoes, please purchase them as soon as possible.  Once we return from Christmas Break, any student who is not dressed in the required uniform will be receiving yellow lights.  Thank you!

The students will be celebrating Thanksgiving on Tuesday, November 21st.  We will be eating a delicious breakfast and completing a project for the needy at The INN.  We are asking that each student bring in a pair of gloves and a hat (older children, teenager, and adult sizes).  These will be added to gift bags, decorated by the students, along with a hand knitted scarf.  The hand knitted scarfs are being donated by a 5th grade family!  Please help in any way that you can.  If you have any questions, please contact our Class Mom.  Thank you!!!

Please join us on Monday, December 11th, at 7:00 p.m. to celebrate Advent and view a live presentation of the Nativity.  This celebration will take place at St. Barnabas Church.  We are asking that the 5th Grade wear white tops and black bottoms while participating in this concert.  Girls are NOT permitted to wear leggings.  If you have any questions, please let us know.  Thank you! 

The fifth grade will be going on a field trip, with the third and fourth grades, to the Bellmore Playhouse on Tuesday, December 12th.  We will be seeing the moving Wonder.  The permission slip for this trip has been sent home.  Please review the slip, sign it, and return it with a $10 payment by Tuesday, December 5th.  We are looking for chaperones for this trip.  Please let us know if you are interested in chaperoning.  We will be walking to the theatre and will have a crossing guard to help us cross Sunrise Highway. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.  Thank you!!

In Religion, we will complete our Unit on the Sacraments of Initiation.  We learned about the Sacrament of Baptism, the Sacrament of Confirmation, and the Sacrament of the Eucharist. In addition, we learned about the life of St. Damien of Molokai.  Our Class Saint is Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton. We will learn about her life, successes, and challenges as the year progresses. Our class Liturgy will take place at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 4th, at St. Barnabas Church.  It is also SEAS Day.  The students will be participating in a Retreat upon the completion of the Mass.  In addition, we will also indulge in some hot chocolate and rice crispies in celebration of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.  We hope to see you there!

In Health, we will continue to focus on health and wellness by discussing Decision Making Skills.  The students are in the process of creating skits in which they have to make a good, positive choice.  They will be performing their skits when they return from Thanksgiving Break. 

Metric Measurement and Conversions, Chapter 3, will be our next topic in Mathematics.  We will learn how to measure to the nearest millimeter, centimeter, and meter.  In addition, we will learn how to convert measurements within the Metric System . We will be using ConnectEd in the class and at home. Each student has received a letter, which contains their user name and password.  Please keep these user names and passwords handy, as we will be using the program throughout the course of the year.  Thank you!

We have jumped in with both feet in Science with a study of Matter and its Interactions.  We will begin by discussing the physical and chemical properties of Matter.  We will continue this study by learning about physical and chemical
 changes, as well as chemical reactions.  We conducted a lab in which we used Mentos and Diet Coke, to witness a chemical reactions.  the second lab we conducted in this unit focused on the pH Level of everyday items that we see and use in our homes.  The students will also be working on a group project in which they become the teacher.  They will have to be able to explain the differences between chemical and physical changes through a presentation.  Stay tuned!

Thank you for all of your support!

Mrs. Franzese

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