Ms. Darlington

Continuing to Grow in Grade 5 with Ms. Darlington at St. Monica's Catholic School! Growing in your learning begins with YOU! goals

November reflection:
Let us take some time this month to reflect on the beauty of our country Canada, as well as those who have fought for our country and continue to protect us so that we can live in a safe and healthy country. 
Let us remember on November 11th, and always! 

Note: This page will be updated weekly (generally Sunday), and as needed throughout the week. In aligning with an ECO school, our monthly calendar can be found on the left column. :) November calendar will be uploaded this week.

Upcoming dates/ Important: 

This week is Bullying Awareness Week! We will implement awareness around this theme.

So proud of our Grade 5 crew- we earned the "Clean Award" in our school this month. We were the first class in our school community to receive this new award! 

Thank you to all parent/s who took time out of your busy schedules to meet with me. We are a team, and as a team, we can accomplish great work! 

Our Teacher Candidate (from Lakehead University) will continue her practise teaching this week. Ms. Gregson (who some of you met at our conferences) will be teaching math and literacy this coming week. Our class is blessed to be sharing her many gifts! 

Tis the season for Holiday giving:
Each class in our school will be aiming to organize a gift basket that will be raffled before the Christmas holidays (school fundraiser).The theme of our Grade 5 class basket is Warming the Soul! (coffee, teas, etc.) Please send in any items that you can donate to this basket including hot chocolate packages, teas, coffees, etc. 

Christmas Activity:
I am aiming to organize a class cookbook of our favourite cultural recipes. Please send in a copy of a family favourite holiday recipe.

 Balloons November birthdays: SAM M. Nov 16th,
CIARA P. Nov 18th

Week at a Glance:  Nov. 18th- 22nd

SATURDAY: HAPPY Birthday Sam, and
MONDAY: Happy Birthday Ciara P

MONDAY- Settle in from a 3 day weekend! Journals should go home for review if you did not see at conferences. Please return all work folders shared at conferences. These will again go home at the end of Term 1.
TUESDAY- Music, Ms. Darlington off site for a workshop (afternoon only)
WEDNESDAY- Gym (gym clothes), Pizza/ milk
THURSDAY-  Assess all work completed?
FRIDAY- Crazy Hair/ Crazy Hat DAY (School Spirit Day), All work done= Fun Friday, Gym

Important: We are a PEANUT FREE school. Thank you for helping to keep our classroom a safe learning place.

Thank you to Campbelle and Emerson for sending in hand sanitizer! 

Tentative schedule for learning this week (subject to change):


Writing/ word work/ other
- Narratives- Lead by Ms. Gregson 
- Word work: please review this notebook with your child (pink notebook- to be signed by parent, front inside page) This week, students have no required word work unless they are done all other areas of literacy.
- Journals- working on organization (paragraph units) and using voice


- Reading to self and reading to others. Reading groups and/or novel studies.

Oral communication- ​no specific focus

Media literacy- Focus on media messages (commercial ads, cross curricular with Health)

Some tips to support your child with literacy at home:

Number sense: fractions (equivalent fractions) in relation to decimal numbers. Building on concepts covered last week (understanding decimals to the tenths and hundredths). We will return to algebra concepts. 

Note, Grade 5 expectations include:
- knowing how to add & subtract decimals to hundredths  (2.45 + 3.25)
- understanding equivalent fractions (3/4 is the same as 6/8)
- explore relations between fractions and decimals (such as 3/5 = 60/100, or 0.6)

Students: Check out this web page to practise multiplication tables

Parents: I love this web site! Check it out! Great evening math talk!

Do you want some ideas to support your child with math at home:

Please review/ initial weekly "check in" on math learning. 


Science: ​ ​​Human organ systems- Students are underway with their slide shows (what should be on the slides is posted in our student Google classroom, and this was also included on the hand-out that went home). Students will begin to build their organs this week! Supplies should now be organized among group members. Fun, Fun! 

Social Studies: Taught by Mrs. Priest (A Days)

Religion: Ordinary time, leading into a focus on Christ the King, the crown of Jesus focus. 

Physical Education:
 Badminton, volleyball and basketball skills will continue. Fitness is also a part of our program, and we will aim to lead into holiday circuits at the end of the month. 

Health: "Heathy Eating" focus. You can guide your child with better understanding food labels. :) Please send in food labels from home when you recycle such as those from cereal boxes, and other packaged foods.

Taught by Madame O'Connell (B Days)


The Arts (Visual Arts): To be determined 

Dance/ drama focus: ​ We will be leading into a Christmas concert focus.