April 24—-5 weeks left of school!!!

Dear Fifth Grade Families:

We are on the final countdown!  We have so much to do in the final 5 weeks we have left.  It has been an incredibly fast year.

This is a reminder that April Reading Logs will be due Monday, May 1.  If your child hasn’t updated their log, they should probably get that done as it is easy to forget the books you have read during the month.

I haven’t set a date for Chapter 8 Social Studies test, but it is never to early to spend a few minutes each night on review.  The test will be sometime towards the end of next week.  I will let the students know as soon as I have set the date.

We will be having our last art class on Thursday from Mrs. Scovil who is from the Tucson Museum of Art. We feel so fortunate to have had her expertise all year.  The children have done some beautiful art pieces. Some of them are definitely worth framing!

We will be starting our last book of the year sometime this week. We will be having a Book Club which means that the book your child chooses to read will be read for the pure enjoyment of reading a great book. There will be no quizzes, vocabulary, or tests.  But there will be lots of discussion of character, plot, development, theme, etc.  I will give them a choice of 5-6 books, and they will work in small groups.  Last year it was a giant success so I am hoping the same will be true this year.

I hope to see many of you at the “gala” on Saturday night.  It looks like it will be great!

Ms. Patti Garcia

Field Trip Info!!

Dear Fifth Grade Families:

Be at school, ready to board the bus at 7:55am!

We MUST leave at 8:00am sharp!  Students may bring small hand held electronics w/ earbuds…. IF we can hear the electronics we will take them away.  Kindles, Nooks, iPads are fine BUT student is responsible for this.  Movies must be G or PG only  There is no wifi on the bus. There are no charging outlets to recharge devices.  Students may NOT borrow  items or $$$$ from anyone else including parent chaperones!   Money should remain with the student as they are responsible for it.   All items will remain on bus while we are at Capital and Science Center.  The bus driver stays with the bus, and it is locked while we are away.  Students will only take their spending $$ into Science Center.

Students should bring:

  • One small bag to hold personal items
  • One lunch
  • One water bottle
  • $$$ (optional) for gift shop at Science Center and Capital


We return between 5:30pm and 5:50pm.

We will try to send parents a text or phone call when we reach Marana so you can meet us in the parking lot on time.

Please park in the parking lot and NOT DROP OFF lanes so bus can enter parking lot safely.

Please leave backpacks at home on Tuesday.

Qwest #3 test will be Friday.  It will also include a few questions from the chapter.  We will have a more comprehensive test after we are done with the book.

We are looking forward to a great field trip!

Ms. Patti Garcia



Lots of Dates to Remember!!

Dear Fifth Grade Families:

Here are some of our upcoming dates:

March 21     Heritage posters are due

March 21     Poem is to be completely memorized

March 22    Step-up Day

March 23    Heritage Night 5:30-6:30

March 27    Qwest #2 quiz for My Brother Sam is Dead

March 28    Declamation Day in the Parish Center 1:30-3:15

Your student should have these important items written in their assignment books, but it is always good when parents have a heads-up on some of these dates.  These last few weeks of school are extremely busy, and we will have a lot to remember.

If you have any questions about anything, feel free to stop in.


Ms. Patti Garcia


Today, students determined the relative concentrations of three mystery salt solutions (the most concentrated and the most dilute) by comparing equal volumes on a balance. More concentrated solutions have a greater mass.

Later this week, students will  observe that a mass piece sinks in one liquid and floats in another, because the liquids are different densities. Armed with the knowledge that less dense objects float on more dense liquids, students investigate four salt solutions to discover which is more concentrated based on how they layer.

Social Studies Test, Poem, Heritage Project

Dear Fifth Grade Families:


Chapter 7 Social Studies test is tomorrow.  I hope you have seen your child studying for this.

Heritage Project due date is also tomorrow for the languages and form of government.  This should be listed in their Social Studies spiral.

Poem memorization will be an ongoing process.  The first few lines were required to be memorized by today.

Please remember to send back your child’s report card envelope with your signature on it.




A couple of reminders:

  • Free pancake lunch on Tuesday
  • Book logs due on Wednesday morning.  Must include a total of pages read
  • Ash Wednesday
  • First deadline for Heritage Project due on Thursday
  • Poems for Declamation Day due on Friday
  • Report cards go home on Friday–time to set new goals!
  • Our value of the month is perseverance

Trimester Ends, Rodeo Break

Dear Fifth Grade Families:

There are a couple of reminders this week.  Our “Hatchet” final is on Thursday.  This will include vocabulary from Qwest #3.  Our trimester ends on Friday.  That means we have only one more trimester in the year.  Unbelievable!!

Please remind your student to update their reading logs.  They will be due on Wednesday March 1.  If your child is behind in their reading, Rodeo break is the perfect time to catch up.

We will be giving out information about the upcoming Heritage project.  Your child will receive a packet with very specific due dates.  We have done this to help your child learn to prioritize for projects and long term assignments.  Part of their grade will be on whether or not they have met each specific date.  It might be helpful if they could write their due dates down on a family calendar.  They will have them written in their assignment books, but an additional reminder may be helpful.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Ms. Patti Garcia

Dates to Know!!!!!

Dear Fifth Grade Families:

As we come close to the end of the trimester, there are many dates we need to keep in mind.

February 7             “Hatchet” movie will be shown in the afternoon.  Students may bring an extra snack to eat during the movie.

February 8            Childsplay will be performing “The Grumpiest Boy in the World” here at school.

February 9            Math test (new date).

February 10         Survival Kits are due.  The instructions went home last Friday.

February 13          Chapter 6 Social Studies test/Science Fair week begins with the Edible Car Contest (instructions on the St. Michael’s website) at morning chapel.

February 14          Valentine’s Day – Students may exchange Valentines with our class and the other class if they would like.  If Valentines are given to one person in a class then they must be given to EVERYONE in the class.  This is a day of love and sharing so we want to make sure there are no hurt feelings.

February 16          “Hatchet” final including the Qwest 3 vocabulary.  Mrs. Scovil from the Tucson Museum of Art will be here in the afternoon.

February 17          Trimester ends.

February 18          Rodeo break begins!

I will have students write all of these dates down in their assignment books, but I wanted everyone to be aware of this fast and furious next two weeks.  It will go by quickly, and we all need to know what to expect.

If you have any questions, please see me.

Thanks for helping your student stay organized!

Ms. Patti Garcia


Spanish News!

The fifth graders have just finished their unit on “los pronombres” which helped them to learn the pronouns in Spanish. We are now moving into the middle school Spanish book where we start off with a quick review of our past chapters we have already learned. ¡Hasta luego!