Mrs. Sharon Cartwright
503-718-6500 (school office)
“Love is celebration. Love is joy. Love is moving forward.”
– Pope Francis
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 covered so far this year:
Click on the link below to keep up-to-date on our curriculum through our monthly classroom newsletter:
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 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 https://lexile.com/ 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. Go to https://www.wccls.org/kids and click on Kids Booklists Grades 4-5 to get a list of books available for your child at the library.
Your child can access the Journeys reader by following the link here. Be sure to enter the School District as the Archdiocese of Portland Ed. Office, and the School as Valley Catholic Elem Mid Sch. Enter your child’s username and password, and click on Grade 5.
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: https://www2.ed.gov/parents/academic/help/math/part_pg8.html#p8
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:
- Go to the IXL link
- Enter your child’s username and password in the upper right corner and click the button to sign in.
- 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.
- 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!
Homework is an opportunity for children to learn and for families to be involved in their child’s education. This link provides suggestions for supporting your child and helping them become more independent with homework: https://www2.ed.gov/parents/academic/help/homework/index.html
“Did you ask a good question today?”
~Isidor Isaac Rabi