Week of September 17

Dear Fifth Grade Families:

I wanted to remind everyone that we are dismissed from school at noon on Wednesday, September 19.  There will be aftercare if needed.  Teachers are having an afternoon of professional development.

Congratulations to Bella and Sophia who will both be part of “The Little Mermaid” cast.  We will look forward to seeing them perform in January.

We are working really hard to make sure that everyone is completing their homework in a timely manner.  It may be helpful to your child if you periodically ask to see their assignment books to make sure that they have completed all work assigned for the evening.

Thanks for all you do!

Ms. Patti Garcia

A couple of reminders!

Dear Fifth Grade Families:

I wanted all families to be aware of next Friday’s Social Studies test on Chapter 3, Lessons 1-4.  We have read it together, done the vocabulary words, answered the main questions in each lesson’s review, done the chapter review, and completed necessary pages in the Practice book.  In addition, we have taken notes for Lessons 1-4 in Chapter 3.  All of these components will be what your child needs to study for the test.  Since they have not taken very many tests like this, we have talked about it and have come up with a plan so that they can all be successful.  The plan is for them to reread the lessons and go over their notes, etc.  I suggested 15-20 minutes a day for studying time.  These study skills will prove invaluable for them if they follow our plan.  If you have any questions, please see me.

I have a request from the front office.  As we are trying to make sure that our campus is as safe as we can possibly make it, parents are required to check in with Mary Virginia at the front desk before coming on campus.  If you need to bring a lunch, P.E. clothes, water bottle, etc., please leave it at the front desk with Mary Virginia.  She will then call the classroom, and it will be retrieved.

In addition, Mary Virginia has the task of calling each and every parent of an absent child.  If your child is either absent or will be late, please let Mary Virginia know.  An email or a phone call would be much appreciated by her.  She spends hours trying to get ahold of parents to double check on their children’s absences.

I am thanking you in advance for helping make Mary Virginia’s job a little easier.

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Patti Garcia


Welcome to fifth grade Spanish! We are starting off the year learning about “las partes del cuerpo” or parts of the body. We are singing songs, and dancing.  We are also creating our own creatures and writing about them. On Wednesday, September 12 we will be having our first quiz. Each student has received a vocabulary study guide to help them review. Have a great week!

Sra. Van Straalen


This week the fifth graders set up redworm habitat systems to study detritivores. Redworms are “nature’s recycler” in that they feed on food scraps, left overs, garden waste, and leaves.  Students will record what organic materials go into the habitat with about 15 redworms and observe changes in the worm jar over 1–2 months.
There will be a test on Monday, September 10 over our Living Systems unit so far.  A study guide was handed out today and we had a short review.  Students can take their journals home to study.

Week of Sept. 3

Dear Fifth Grade Families:

I hope everyone had a relaxing three day weekend!

Here are some reminders for the week:

Play auditions are today after school in the Music room.

Intramurals also start today for 4th and 5th graders.

Your child should begin studying for Qwest #3 vocabulary.  The test for this and the final assessment for Flora & Ulysses will  be next Tuesday.  We have already made our cards for this set of vocabulary words.

It was a pleasure visiting with all of you at intake conferences.  Please don’t hesiate to see me if you have any concerns, questions, confusion, etc.

Ms. Patti Garcia

Vocabulary Test Reminder

Dear Fifth Grade Families:

This is just a reminder that we will have Qwest #2 on Tuesday, Sept. 4.  These are the second set of vocabulary words from “Flora & Ulysses.”  We made our flash cards earlier in the week, and everyone should be studying nightly for the qwest.

Friday we have noon dismissal and Monday there is no school.  Enjoy your nice long weekend!

Ms. Patti Garcia

Week of August 27

Dear Fifth Grade Families:

It was great to see so many of you at Curriculum Night.  If you have any questions, I am happy to answer them for you.  I am working on finishing up with Intake Conferences this week.  These conferences prove to be invaluable as I get a snapshot of your child and their best learning styles.  Thank you for taking the time to do this.

Tomorrow we have our first Qwest #1 on Flora & Ulysses.  It will strictly be matching.  As we go through the year we will begin to add part of speech, using the vocabulary words in a sentence, picking out the correct word from a word bank, as well as having many more words on a test.  We are also practicing how to study for tests and prioritizing our homework time.

This week there will be an early dismissal on Friday.  Please plan on picking up your child at noon.  After care will be available if needed.  There will be no school on Monday due to the Labor Day holiday.

We will have a spelling unit next week even though it is only a four day week.  If it is a three day week then we opt out of a spelling unit.  If your child misses a spelling test, I do not give make-up tests.  This does not count against them in the gradebook.

Just a reminder that there is a Chipotle fund raiser at the Grant location on Tuesday.  It is between 4-8 p.m. with 33% of the proceeds being donated back to our school.

Thanks for all you do!

Ms. Patti Garcia

Happy First Week of School!

Dear Fifth Grade Families:

I am delighted to be back in school with all of your wonderful children.  I am looking forward to a great year of learning and growth.  We have spent a couple of days going over schedules and expectations.  Now comes the fun when we can start applying all this to our learning.

Most weeks I will publish the important items for the week in my blog.  It will usually be posted by Monday late afternoon.  I would like for your family to get in the habit of reading my blog so that you are aware of special events, tests, quizzes, projects, etc.  Your child’s bonus words will also be on this blog under the “Bonus Spelling Words” tab at the top.  Usually I will give them a very short assignment with their bonus words which will be part of their homework.  Spelling tests will be given every Friday and will include the 20 spelling words from their book as well as the 6 bonus words from my blog.

Two dates to put on your radar:

Curriculum Night on Thursday, the 23 at 6:00 p.m.  Meeting will start in the Student Center with Mr. Sullivan, and then parents will join teachers in the classroom.  I look forward to answering all of your questions.

Qwest #1 – Vocabulary quiz for Chapters 1-22 from “Flora & Ulysses” will be given on Tuesday, August 28.   They already have their vocabulary study cards done and should be spending 5-10 minutes a night reviewing the words.

I have started Intake Conferences this week.  If you have not done so, please sign up in my classroom.  I look forward to meeting with all parents and establishing goals for the coming year.

Ms. Patti Garcia