Mrs. Sharon Cartwright
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503-718-6500 (school office)


“Let us learn to live with kindness, to love everyone, even when they do not love us.”  – Pope Francis

Fifth Grade Goals

Welcome to fifth grade!  I am truly enjoying teaching your children and fostering their love for learning.  Your children have all been working very hard and I continue to see much growth in each child.  I look forward to their continued growth through the end of the year.

My goal for fifth graders is to help them become organized, independent learners, with a curiosity about the world around them and a love for learning.  I encourage you to ask your child, “What good questions did you ask in school today?”



In fifth grade your child will grow as a disciple of Jesus by learning about the Sacraments.  Each chapter studied has a Sharing Faith with My Family handout, to help you support and reinforce what your child is learning in school.  Below is a list of Sharing Faith with My Family handouts for the Sacraments as they are covered this year:

Sharing Faith With My Family Matrimony

Sharing Faith With My Family Celebrating Anointing Of The Sick

Sharing Faith With My Family Reconciliation

Sharing Faith With My Family Confirmation

Chapter 10: Jesus Christ the Bread of Life

Chapter 5: The Celebration of Baptism

Classroom Newsletter

Click on the link below to keep up-to-date on the curriculum through our monthly classroom newsletter:

April Newsletter 2019


Service Learning

This year’s fifth-grade service learning partner is the Community Transitional School (CTS).  CTS serves the “hidden homeless,” students who live with their homeless and transient families throughout Multnomah County. The mission of CTS is to provide at-risk children with a stable educational environment that promotes their academic and personal growth.

This fall students earned money by finding ways to serve family, friends, or neighbors.  They used that money to purchase needed supplies for CTS students, and delivered these supplies during a tour of the school.  Fifth graders reflected on their experience and created a poster and presentation of their reflection.  In the spring students will continue to support the students of CTS by sending them notes of encouragement to help them persevere in their education.  As students participate in this project they develop empathy for others and gain a better understanding of what it means to be a faith witness.

Reading Resources

If your child is reading books that are too easy, they will progress less quickly since they are not being introduced to as many new words and sentence structures.  If the books are too difficult, they will not adequately comprehend and will likely become frustrated.  My goal is to have your child enjoy reading and to improve their comprehension skills by the end of fifth grade.  Here are some ways you can help.

Know what your child is reading. 

Discuss the book with them.  Ask them what the book is about.  Have them summarize what they have read so far and predict what will happen next.

Read a book together and discuss it. 

Would you want the main character as a friend?  Which character is the better friend?  Would you recommend this book to a friend?  Why or why not?

Find a “just right” book.

Use your child’s STAR test results to help them find a book that is “just right” for their reading level and suits their interest.  Go to and put in your child’s subjects of interest and Lexile score (found on their STAR test results).  The results should be a list of books that interest your child and are at their reading level.

Check out the library!

The Washington County Library System is another great resource for readers.  The Grades 4-5 Kids Booklist is an excellent resource to see a list of books available for your child at a local library.

Journeys Online

Your child can also access the Journeys reader.  Be sure to enter the School District as the Archdiocese of Portland Ed. Office, and the School as Valley Catholic Elem Mid Sch. Then enter your child’s username and password, and click on Grade 5.

Math Resources

My Math Online Resources

This year the fifth grade has adopted the McGraw Hill My Math curriculum.  This curriculum has online resources, including a student textbook.  Students can access these resources by going to this page, choosing “Log in to My Programs,” clicking, and then logging in.

Integrate math language into routine activities. 

This link to the U.S. Department of Education website provides ideas for fun activities that parents can do with their children to strengthen math skills, and suggests ways parents can integrate math language into routine activities to show their children how math works in everyday life:

Practice math skills with IXL.

IXL is a comprehensive learning program offering unlimited math practice problems in thousands of skills One of the best things about IXL is that your child can access it from home, so you have a chance to see your child’s progress!  To get your child started on your home computer, please follow these easy steps:

1) Go to the IXL link

2) Enter your child’s username and password in the upper right corner and click the button to sign in.

3) Click on the name of the subject you’d like to work on at the top of the page and navigate to your child’s grade level.

4) Select a specific skill to practice from the list of skills. You can place your mouse over any skill to see a sample question and click on the link to begin.

In addition to making practice exciting, IXL is designed to help your child learn at his or her own pace. The program is adaptive and will adjust based on your child’s demonstrated understanding of the material. All of your child’s results will be saved, so you can monitor his or her progress anytime by clicking on the Analytics tab at the top of the page. For on-the-go practice, you can download IXL’s free tablet apps for iPad, Android, or Kindle and sign in with your child’s username and password.  I hope you’ll encourage your son or daughter to use IXL regularly. Here’s to a year of working together to make learning fun for your child!

Other Resources


“Did you ask a good question today?” 

~Isidor Isaac Rab