Happy Love of Reading Week!

Dear Fifth Grade Families:

This week we are celebrating Love of Reading Week.  We kicked this off in chapel this morning by having Wilma Wildcat share our story with us.  We will have various activities throughout the week including a guest author on Friday.  To go along with this, we will have our annual Book Fair.  The Book Fair hours are Tuesday (7:30-6:30), Wednesday (7:30-5:00), Thursday (7:30-5:00), and Friday (7:30-3:30).  This is a great place to pick up a new book.  If any parent has a couple of free hours, your help is needed in staffing the Book Fair.  Let me know and I can put you in touch with Susie Huerta.

Reminders for the week:

  1. Chapter 9 Social Studies test will be on Thursday.  Hopefully your child has been studying.  We review a little bit in class.  Ask your child about our “Jeopardy” game.
  2. Author Larry Lincoln will be speaking here at school on Tuesday from 5-6:30.  He has written a book on self-care and self-awareness.  Parents are invited.
  3. We are celebrating “Pi Day” on Thursday.
  4. Friday is “Green Day” in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.  Students may dress casually in anything GREEN.

We are in the process of picking a 16-24 line poem written by a published author.  Students will memorize their poem, and then say it for 5th grade.  We will have a little time to practice in the classroom, but most of the poem will need to be memorized at home.  Look for a letter today in their planner that gives you further details.

Stop by later in the week to see our Love of Reading decorated door.  Several students have been planning this, and we will all have part in making it special.

Thank you for always supporting your child.

Ms. Patti Garcia


Reminders and Announcements

Dear Fifth Grade Parents:

I have a few reminders for our busy week.

  1.  We will celebrate Mardi Gras on Tuesday with a free pancake and sausage lunch for all students.  We will also listen to the steel drum band during our lunch time.
  2. Because of Ash Wednesday, we will flip-flop our Wednesday and Thursday schedules.  Thursday will be our noon dismissal day (it is usually on a Wednesday).
  3. Please remember to sign and return the report card envelopes.  The report card inside is yours to keep.  There are no conferences for this trimester as we just met in January.
  4. There will be a vocabulary test for Sophia’s War on Friday.  Students should have started to study the vocabulary words.  As we have talked about, it is much easier to study for a few minutes every day than to wait until the night before.
  5. There will be a Boy Scouts bake sale on Friday in front of the school.  Sale times are 7:30 to 8:00 and then starting again right after school.
  6. Our Chapter 9 Social Studies test will be on Thursday, March 14.  Students should have their chapter notes, vocabulary, and Practice Book information so that they can begin to study.  Again, a little bit of studying time each night really pays off in the end.

Congratulations to Finn Hawes who qualified for the State Geography Bee.  His love of maps has really paid off!!  Go Finn!!

Thank you for all you do to help your child be successful.

Ms. Patti Garcia


This week, students make a saturated solution by adding salt to water until no more salt will dissolve.

There will be a test on Friday, March 1.   See study guide for topics.  Students are encouraged to take their journals home to study.


Next week:  Continuing to learn about saturation and solubility, students will also make a saturated Epsom salts solution. Using a balance scale, they will compare the solubility of the two solid materials by comparing the mass of the salt and Epsom salts dissolved in the saturated solutions. Students use the property of solubility to identify an unknown material.

Week of February 4

Dear Fifth Grade Families:

I have a couple of reminders for everyone.

  1.  Thursday, February 7 is our Chapter 8 Social Studies test.  Students should have started reviewing the five lessons last week.  Make sure to go over the vocabulary and important people.
  2. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching.  If your student would like to give Valentines to the class, please make sure that every person in the class receives one.  Some students also like to give Valentines to 5B.  Again, if you decide to do this, everyone must receive a Valentine.  We do not want anyone to feel left out on this day of friendship.
  3. Ask your child about the Healthy Habits program that we are participating in.  It is a way to encourage good nutrition and regular exercise.  We are charting it in our class and encouraging these healthy habits.  This includes limiting screen time.

Ms. Patti Garcia


5th graders have been exploring the difference between a mixture and a solution.  They found that mixtures are easier to separate than solutions by using filters to separate gravel, diatomaceous earth, (crushed rocks, shells that make a powder), and salt from water.   The students also went outdoors to find out if they could find any materials that make a solution – they learned that essential oils and extracts are made that way.

To close out this week, students will observe and compare soft-drink solutions that differ in the amount of powder (water held constant) and in the amount of water (powder held constant) to develop the concept of concentration.

Next week we will continue to explore concentration using salt.  No tasting though!

Join us for STEM Night on Friday, February 8.  The fun begins at 5:30pm

Week of January 28

Dear Fifth Grade Families:

I just have a couple of quick reminders for you.

Reading logs will be due on Friday, February 1.  Students are forgetting to a) read 20 minutes a day, 7 days a week b) record the books they have read c) record the total number of pages at the end of the month. Our objective is to get students used to reading on a daily basis.  It is such a great lifelong habit to spend a few minutes each day immersed in a wonderful book.  Of course this is only a small part of their Reading grade, but it is an easy way to bring that grade up.  This is what was outlined at the beginning of the year:

5th Grade Reading Log Monthly Goals

A+ 850 pages

A 800 pages

A- 750 pages

B+ 700 pages

B 650 pages

B- 600 pages

C+ 550 pages

C 500 pages   

C- 450 pages

D+ 400 pages

D 350 pages

D- 300 pages

F less than 300 pages

We have almost finished with Chapter 8 in Social Studies.  This time there were Lessons 1-5.  There is so much information in this chapter.  I am giving everyone a heads up that the Chapter 8 test will be Thursday, February 7.  Students already have their notes for these chapters as well as the vocabulary and end of the lesson review questions.  It is so much easier to prepare for a test like this if they spend 10-15 minutes a night reviewing the material.  It would be an impossibility to try to review the night before.

Thank you for all you do!

Ms. Patti Garcia


Week of January 21

Dear Fifth Grade Families:

I hope everyone had a great three day break.  It was nice to have that extra day added to our weekend!

We will be having a Qwest #2 vocabulary quiz for Rules on Monday January 28.  Students have already written out their flash cards and should be spending 10-15 minutes a night reviewing the words.

The Little Mermaid will be performed this coming weekend.  Bella Pendolino and Sophia Mazza will be in the production.  Everyone has been working very hard so I am sure it will be a wonderful production.

Math-a-Thon pledges are due on January 23.  You can either drop them off in the office or send them into me.

In Social Studies we will be starting Lesson 4 in Chapter 8.  There are 5 lessons in this chapter so that means that it is not too early to start reviewing Lessons 1, 2 & 3.  I don’t have a set date for the chapter test, but there is a lot of material to be reviewed. We have completed our review questions as well as our vocabulary terms for Lessons 1, 2, & 3.

Have a great week!

Ms. Patti Garcia


Week of January 14

Dear Fifth Grade Families:

We are enjoying having a relatively low-key week.  It should be “business as usual.”

We will be looking forward to our Spelling Bee on Friday.  Preston Miller and Kallista Favre will be representing 5A.  Thomas Walsh will be the alternate.  We wish them all the best.  The Bee is at 8:06 in the Student Center.  They will be competing against 4th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.

Next Monday we will be off of school celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. We will all look forward to a three day weekend.

Enjoy your week!

Ms. Patti Garcia


Students did very well on their final test for our Sun, Moon and Planets unit.  I have already graded them and gave them to their teachers.

We are moving on to our next area of study:  Mixtures and Solutions.  I will be sending home a letter in the Eagle Express detailing this new unit.  Here is a short summary of what they will be doing next week:

Students will make mixtures of water and solid materials and separate the mixtures with screens and filters. They then find that water and salt make a special kind of mixture, a solution, which cannot be separated with a filter but only through evaporation. Students are then challenged with a problem: how to separate a mixture of three dry solid materials. The investigation concludes with students going outdoors to see what natural materials make solutions with water.


Have a wonderful weekend.


Lisa Jamsion

Parent Conferences

Dear Parents:

I am sending a reminder in case you have not had an opportunity to sign up for conferences which began today.  I have a sign-up sheet in my room.  If you don’t have time to stop in, just email me and I can send you a couple of options.  I look forward to chatting with everyone as we go over your child’s Progress Report.

Thank you!

Ms. Patti Garcia