May 1, 2013
Dear Fifth Grade Parents,
It has been my complete pleasure teaching your children this year. It is going to be very hard to say good-bye to this amazing group of kids. They are attentive, respectful, intelligent and most of all fun! Each one will be very successful in Junior High.
As I rave about the students of the Class of 2015, their parents are incredible as well. Thank you toallfor the support and kindness shown to me throughout the year. I thank each of you for your charitable hearts and giving of your time when help was needed. Big kudos go out to Mrs. Ortega, Mrs. Mota, Mrs. Hoffmann, Mrs. Villalobos, Mrs. Villatoro, Mrs. Campos and all the amazing parent volunteers for organizing and participating in Pizza Mondays. Thanks to Mrs. Avila for being our Class Representative and Yahoo communicator. Thank you to Mrs. Winter for creating an awesome class project and Mrs. Jarrett for taking care of our book orders. Last but certainly not least, many thanks Mrs. Fitzpatrick and Mrs. Petty for the many fun parties. My apologies if I have forgotten anyone but please know I am most grateful for all of the fabulous parents in grade 5.
Here is the scoop for May and June:
Earlier this week, students received guidelines for their upcoming state reports. Please review these guidelines with your child. Presentations begin Thursday May 16th.
Tuesday May 7ththrough Friday May 10thI will be out of the classroom attending 6thgrade camp as a teacher/chaperone. Mrs. Pat Rollo and Mrs. Woerner will be in the classroom during my absence. Please direct any questions or concern to them. I trust the students will be on their best behavior.
Spring ITBS Testing
Spring ITBS testing is scheduled for Monday May 13ththrough Thursday May 16th. Spring testing covers Language Arts and Math. Testing times will be from 8:15am – 10:15am.
- Students should get a good night’s rest
- No late nights please (in bed by 8:30)
- Well balanced meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Please send a good snack for recess
- Arrive on time for school
- No appointments scheduled for this time frame
I hope many students will be running for Student Council. This is a wonderful opportunity for 5thgrade students to show their leadership qualities. We are very fortunate to have an amazing group of 5thgrade students that will make a wonderful addition to next year’s council. Please encourage your student to run. Thanks!
Election Week begins Monday May 13thwith speeches on Monday May 20th.
Camp St. Francis
Just a reminder, Camp St. Francis is Friday May 10thin the school gym. This event will run from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.
The 5thGrade will be presenting the “Living Rosary” on Friday May 17th@ 1:40 in the church. All are welcome to attend.
Parents Appreciation Night and State of the School Address
Please mark your calendars for Thursday May 23rdfor Parents Appreciation Night. This adults only event is hosted by the Faculty and Staff of SFA school in appreciation of all each of you do for us throughout the year. Join us for cocktails and appetizers for this fun social event. On the same night, Sr. James will be informing us of the State of the School. We hope to see all of you in attendance.
Yearbooks will be distributed Wednesday May 29th.
Summer Work Packets
All 5thgrade students will be receiving a Math Summer Work Packet along will a letter from their new math teacher Ms. Sullivan. This is a mandatory packet thatmust becompleted by each student. Students are instructed to complete this packet over the summer and return on the first of school in August. The grade they receive on this packet will be applied to their 1stTrimester math grade. Please read, sign and return the attached letter ASAP.
In addition, there will be a reading and writing component due at the start of the new school year. More details on this will follow as I am working through the details with their new Language Arts teacher.
End of Year Clean-Up
Students are asked to bring two bags to school by Wednesday June 5th. One bag is for miscellaneous items from their desk (paper or plastic is fine). The other bag needs to be a paper grocer bag (Trader Joe’s preferably).
The Year End Party invitation will be sent out to all families in the fifth grade via email as soon as plans are in place. The party is set for Thursday June 6th at Neighborhood Park located on Oak Grove Road. Thank you to Fitzpatrick for organizing and coordinating this fun event. She will be sending information and a “Help Wanted” plea soon. All are invited and I hope to see you there.
All missing and absent work is due to me by this Monday June 3rd by the end of the school day. Please encourage your child to conference with me by Friday to check on missing or absent assignments.
Here is the calendar for the rest of the year.
Thursday May 30th,- Graduation Mass @ 8:30
Friday May 31st- Graduation @ 5:00
Wednesday June 5th,- 12:30 Dismissal
Thursday June 6th- 12:30 Dismissal
o 5thGrade Year-End Party
Friday June 7th, - 10:00 Dismissal
o 10:00 Dismissal
o No Extended Care after 8:00am
Mrs. Patti Calton