Ms. Darlington

Embracing the season of Advent in Grade 5 with Ms. Darlington at St. Monica's Catholic School! Week2
Advent: Week 2 Prayer

God of light, bring us faith.

Help us to find faith this Advent.

Help us to prepare for the coming of the Lord.

We make this prayer in the name of Jesus your Son,

source of our faith.  Amen.

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. DEC calendar has been updated.

Upcoming dates/ Important: 
Our used Holiday Book sale (in support of Christmas Cheer) will continue on Monday. Recycled books are still being accepted for donations. Bring a dollar or two to support this cause.

Christmas Concert: Our class will be participating in SMO's Christmas Concert on WED, DEC 18th. Details on what your child needs to wear went home on Friday. In addition, some of our students will need a holiday hats and mitts. This notice will go home this week.
Mark your calendars for 6 pm

Our Teacher Candidate (from Lakehead University) will continue her practise teaching. Ms Gregson has been a wonderful addition to our classroom. We are blessed to have to be sharing many gifts! Her final day of her placement in this coming Friday. 

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 Class 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 Giulia: Dec 26th, Ciara M: Dec 11th
Dec 1st: Ms. Gregson (Teacher Candidate)

Week at a Glance:  Dec 9th- 13th

Sunday: Advent Week 2 begins. Finding faith! 

ournals/ math check in- sign and return, Rosary 
TUESDAY- We will walk to St. Mary's Parish for our Advent mass. All consent forms need to be complete (via School Day).
WEDNESDAY- Concert practise (gym), Pizza/ milk- SCHOOLS may be closed due to strike action. Please keep up to date with SMCDSB.
THURSDAY-  Assess all work completed, Art, Science projects (presentations)
FRIDAY-Ms. Gregson's last practise teaching day, Concert practise (gym) Sparkle Friday- feel free to wear a holiday sweater or festive holiday clothing

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

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


Writing/ word work/ other
- Journals- focus on organization (paragraph units) and word choice
- Advent Week 2 writing focus (paragraph form, poetry, letter writing options)
- Advent word work (Week 2)


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

Oral communication- ​presentations for science projects will be moved to next week due to short week (WED closure, THURS bus cancellations)

Media literacy- no specific focus this week

Some tips to support your child with literacy at home:

Number sense:  Practise multiplication at home (2 digit by 2 digit)

Geometry: continued concepts with angles and polygons this week
Note, Grade 5 expectations include understanding for geometry include:
- understanding among polygons, regular polygons,and other two-dimensional shapes
- being able to identify and classify acute, right, obtuse, and straight angles;
- showing success with measuring and constructing angles up to 90º using a protractor;
– identify triangles (i.e., acute, right, obtuse, scalene, isosceles, equilateral), and classify them according to angle and side properties;

Students: Practise multiplication tables

Learn about math concepts.

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 will present science projects in class and share with other classes. We will wrap up this unit this week, and commence new learning in January. 

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

Religion: Ordinary time, Christ the King, the crown of Jesus focus. 

Physical Education:
 At present, our gym blocks are being used for concert practise.

Health: "Heathy Eating" focus. Creating a Healthy Plate! 

Taught by Madame O'Connell (B Days)


The Arts (Visual Arts): Advent art focus

Dance/ drama focus: ​ Christmas concert focus.