The Countdown is on!

Dear Fifth Grade Families:

First, I want to thank you all so much for my class gift.  It was so generous of everyone and the cash will be much appreciated for my summer travels!

I have a few reminders for all of you.

  1.  We will begin doing presentations on the poster boards tomorrow.  Heritage Night is also tomorrow  from 5:30-6:30 in the Parish Center.  We will let the children in a little earlier to bring their food in and get set up.  Doors open at 5:30 for our guests.  I look forward to seeing everyone there.
  2. Our last spelling test will be this Friday.  Their spelling spiral will be sent home with them next week so you can review all of the year’s tests.
  3. Art Expo will be this Friday from 5:30-7:30.  Come and admire your child’s artwork.  We have a special project that you can bid on.  We all had a hand in it so make sure you admire it.
  4. Information went home about our end of the year party.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me.  Thank you to the parents who are driving.
  5. The boys puberty class will be tomorrow.  The girls had theirs  today.  Hopefully this will spark some further questions and discussions at home.  Thursday will be a co-ed wrap-up of the information they have received from Nurse Huff.

I am looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday night!

Ms. Patti Garcia


Week of April 22nd

Dear Fifth Grade Families:

I hope everyone had a relaxing Easter break.  I think it was a much needed break so we could get regenerated and ready to tackle the last few weeks of school.

I have a few reminders:

  1.  Your student has all the necessary information for their Heritage Project.  The due dates are very specific, and we have talked about it daily.  Make sure that you take a look at their guidelines.  We are trying to help them prioritize a big project like this as it is a project that can’t be done the night before.  So we are being very specific with what is due and on what date it is due.  Some students have taken this project and run with it and have all of their information gathered.  Please know that we talk about it daily and it is also written on the board.  Should any questions arise, please feel free to contact me.
  2. Out last Sophia’s War assessment will be on Thursday.  There are only a few vocabulary words, and we have made a character chart.  They would benefit from reviewing their questions that have been returned to them, the 8 words from their latest packet, and the characters.
  3. We had our last special art class with the docent from the Tucson Museum of Art.  The students’ artwork will be displayed at Art Expo.
  4. April’s totaled booklogs are due on Wednesday, May 1.  May’s reading logs will be due Monday, May 20.  Because it is a shorter month, their pages will be adjusted.
  5. We have just begun reading the books for our Book Club.  The groups got to pick their books and seem to be enjoying the independence in reading with small groups and having group discussions.  They will then do a brief project on the book they are reading.

Thank you for all you do.

Ms. Patti Garcia

April 11 Reminders

Dear Fifth Grade Families:

In case your child hasn’t shared this with you, we are having our Chapter 10 Social Studies test next Wednesday, April 17.  They should have begun studying their notes, practice book, text book, and newspapers.  There are many vocabulary words and people in this Chapter.  There are also the important documents and the purpose of each one.  Don’t forget the Amendments in the Bill of Rights!

We are looking forward to tonight’s performance.  Students should be here at 6:30 with the performance beginning at 7:00 and over by 8:30.  There will be no homework tonight.  It should be a great Fine Arts evening!

We have completed our book Sophia’s War.  Details on an assessment will be coming soon.  I don’t want to give two big tests back to back.

See you tonight!

Ms. Patti Garcia

Week of April 1

Dear Fifth Grade Families:

Just a couple of reminders:

  1.  We will be having our Qwest #3 tomorrow on vocabulary from Chapters 45-59.  This vocabulary is from Sophia’s War.
  2. We just finished reading Lesson 4 from Chapter 10.  That means a Social Studies test will be on the horizon.  I have not given a date for it yet (definitely NOT this week), but it is always good to start looking over the material and getting familiar with the vocabulary and people.

Everyone did a great job on memorizing and reciting their poems today.  Some sounded a bit shaky on Friday, but they knew them well today!  Bravo!

Ms. Patti Garcia



Over the past couple of weeks, students used techniques of filtering and evaporation to separate the products of the reactions (baking soda, calcium chloride, and citric acid).  Students found they could make a precipitate, or new product – chalk – when the calcium chloride and baking soda were mixed together.

Using combinations of the substances (again, baking soda, calcium chloride and citric acid), students produced chemical reactions in a zip bag. The closed systems allow students to effectively observe the volume of gas and discover a new precipitate when all three substances are mixed in a bag.
On Monday, students collected water samples from the school and use observation and evaporation to determine what’s in each sample.
We will wrap up this unit on Friday, March 29 by making our own ice cream in a bag.
Our final test on Mixtures and Solutions will be on April 3.

Week of March 25

Dear Fifth Grade Families:

I have a couple of reminders for you.

  1.  Students should have their poems memorized by Friday, March 29.  Some had it memorized the first day and others need to practice.  They will recite their poems for the other class only on Monday, April 1.
  2. Qwest #3 is on the horizon.  This will be vocabualry for Chapters 45-59.  It will not be until next week (I don’t have an exact date yet), but it is always good to start studying early.
  3. On Wednesday we have two exciting things going on.  The string quartet from the Tucson Symphony will be here at school.  It is also Step-up day where the 5th graders go visit the 6th grade teachers and see the classrooms and the area they will be in next year.  This is from 1:45-3:20.
  4. Friday there will be free dress along with free Eegees in front of the school starting at 3:20.

Ms. Patti Garcia

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