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The mission of fifth grade is to guide each diverse learner through this transition year from elementary school into junior high. Through differentiated instruction each student will be given the tools to reach their full potential as diverse learners. In fifth grade students will learn, understand, and practice responsibility while respecting all individuals. Through leadership, fifth grade students will become positive members of society. Students will explore the nature of Science, the solar system, ecosystems, weather/climate, and nutrition. Through reading and writing fifth grade students will learn new words and their meanings, be able to support their ideas with facts, discover and understand information they are reading, and recognize literary elements. The fifth grade class will be expected to work hard, always try their best, and have fun while learning.


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The weekend homework packet has been posted for any students that were not in school or left early. Please complete by Monday.

High school students from Saint Joseph’s Hill Academy and Monsignor Farrell created the organization FOSI to donate to four local charities on the island. Hence the term FOSI (Friends of Staten Island). Each year they hold a super dance at Monsignor Farrell high school with all proceeds being donated to the charities of choice. The high school students contact their former elementary schools to ask for their support in the form of either a dress down day for a bake sale. 
These are the four local charities that the high school will be contributing to this year.
1-Community Health Centers of Richmond
2-Grace Foundation
3-Staten Island University Hospital Burn Center 
4-The Staten Island YMCA Counseling Service
Tomorrow we will hold a $5.00 Dress Down to show are support. (No slippers, slides, shorts or ripped jeans) Please be advised that Dress Down Days are not mandatory. 
Any student who does not participate may come to school wearing their Gym Uniform (including the sweat shirt) as tomorrow will be quite cold. 

Long Weekend

Please remember that there is no school Monday, 2/18 and Tuesday, 2/19. School resumes Wednesday, 2/20. THERE WILL BE NO BUS SERVICE ON WEDNESDAY, 2/20.

Homework Assignments

Please check Google Classroom, beginning next week, for all homework assignments. There is a link to Google Classroom above, on the list of classes. Students must log-in with their school email address. Use of personal or parent email addresses is not permitted.

Google Classroom

As we begin to use Google Classroom more, please be aware that unnecessary or inappropriate commenting will not be tolerated. The class comment feature is beneficial if you have a question or comment about an assignment and can be seen and answered by the entire class. Private messages will only be sent to and responded to by me. Inappropriate or unnecessary commenting will result in you being muted from a conversation or lose the privilege to comment altogether.

Scholastic Book Order

Scholastic book flyers are going home today! If you would like to order books, orders must be brought in by Friday 1/18. You can also order online at CLASS CODE: NZ9BD
*Orders places online are also due by 1/18

Christmas Break Packet

Directions for accessing the Christmas break packet have been posted under ELA assignments. 

Christmas Break Packet

This year, since the 5th grade will be piloting a program where they take the ELA state test on computers, the Christmas Break Packet will be completed on the computer. If you will not have access to a computer or tablet during break, a paper copy can be provided. Please send me an email by Thursday if you will not have access to a computer.

Esperanza Rising Test

Since some students did not receive their Assignment 2 back before dismissal, the questions and answers to this assignment have been posted in "Study Guides".