Week of October 30

Upcoming Tests

Tuesday – Spelling Lesson 8

Weekly Calendar

Monday – Day 4 Health

Tuesday – Day 5 Computers

Wednesday – Day 1 Library/P.E.

Thursday – Day 2 Art

Friday – Flex

Week of October 23

Congratulations 5th grade! We had 100% participation in the calendar raffle sale this past week! On Friday the students were able to participate in an hour long of fun…playing Wii, Bean Boozled, Apples to Apples, Bingo, snacks and more!

Upcoming Tests

Tuesday – Spelling Lesson 7

Thursday – Subjects, Predicates, and Sentence Fragments


Monday – Day 5 Computers

Tuesday – Day 1 Library/Phys. Ed.

Wednesday – Day 2 Art

Thursday – Day 3 Music

Friday – Flex Day

Week of October 16


Ch. 2 Social Studies on Tuesday

This week’s flex schedule

Monday – Day 1 (Library and Phys. Ed.)

Tuesday – Day 2 Art

Wednesday – Day 3 Music

Thursday – Day 4 Phys. Ed.


Week of October 9, 2017

Scholastic Books

October Arrow orders are due by Friday, October 13.

Tests and Quizzes

Spelling Lesson 6  – Thursday

Genre Quiz – Tuesday

Science Quiz (food chains, food webs, energy pyramid) – Tuesday

Social Studies Ch. 2 Test – Tuesday (October 17)

No school this Friday!


Monday – Day 2 Art

Tuesday – Day 3 Music

Wednesday – Day 4 Health/Phys. Ed.

Thursday – Day 5 Computers

Midweek Update

Review Games

Please check out my resources page for weblinks to upcoming quizzes and tests.

Genre Quiz

Will be next week on Tuesday.

Letters to Parents

Please be sure to read the letter that I had sent home today in the Wednesday folder. If you have not yet read it, here is a copy of it.




Dear Parents,

Please check with your student that they are still equipped with pencils and standard blue/black ink pens. Many students have been turning in assignments that are written in various colors including pastels. These are hard on my eyes for grading, plus I prefer to use the same colorful pens to grade papers (I’m not a fan of red ink). I have asked them to abandon the use of these pens, but many have continued to use them. The students were informed this week that any future assignments containing the non-standard colors will result in lost points on assignments.

Also, please ensure that your child arrives to school early enough so that they are unpacked and in their seats by the 7:30 A.M. bell. If your child has any tardies this is the result of late arrival or choosing to socialize over preparing for class.

On a different note, I’m in need of some shoe boxes or similarly sized boxes.  If you happen to have any at home that you can part with by THIS Friday, I’d greatly appreciate it. So far I have 5, but I need 11 more.

Thank you for your support!

Mrs. Doucette

Week of October 2, 2017

What’s Going on With Flex Days?

We’ve had 3 flex days so far and soooo much wonderful, positive, higher level thinking, and fun has been taking place.

Students have:

*been learning about the growth mindset process

*explored and celebrated International Peace Day

*participated in Zumba

*been learning about the design cycle

*participated in team building activities

*designed, tested, and even redesigned their own tornado shelters

*designed, presented, and redesigned “fish traps” to help capture and control a soon-to-be invasive species to the Great Lakes (Asian Silver Carp)

*been designing in Art before and after landscapes of natural disasters

*attended weekly masses


Upcoming Tests

Spelling test Lesson 5 will be on Wednesday

Reading: Genre definition quiz on Thursday (they will be given this information on Monday)

Religion: Ch. 2 test on Thursday (students made flashcards last week to help them study for this)

This Week’s Schedule

Monday – Day 3 (Music)

Tuesday – Day 4 (Health/Gym)

Wednesday – Day 5 (Computers)

Thursday – Day 1 (Library/Gym)

Week of September 25

Upcoming Tests

Spelling Test Lesson 4 on Tuesday

Social Studies Tests

The students took their first social studies test of the year. I will be returning it to them on Monday. If they earned a D or an F grade, they have the opportunity to correct their mistakes for 1/2 point each. They should write out the question as well as the answer. Corrections are due by Thursday. This is an opportunity that I don’t always offer. However, because what they learned was part of the foundation of what is yet to come, I felt that it was important that they revisit the information and learn from their mistakes.

Week of September 18

Friday flex day was a great success!

First, we learned about the background for the International Day of Peace. Then we explored how peace can start right here in school and at home. Students made peace pinwheels and peace labels which will soon be visible on the bushes outside of the school building.

Then the students worked on the “big question” : What materials and engineering design would help save lives in homes subjected to tornado force winds? The question arose from studying the make-up of tornadoes and the roles that storm chasers play. Students had to work together in teams of 4. Every student was involved, contributed ideas and opinions, tested their theories, and revised when the structures didn’t work they way they wanted. On Monday we will test their structures with a great force of wind. I can’t wait to see the results!


Monday – Spelling Test Lesson 3

Tuesday – Religion Ch. 1

This week’s Specials Schedule

Monday – Day 5 – Computers

Tuesday – Day 1 – Library and Gym Day

Wednesday – Day 2 – Art

Thursday – Day 3 – Music

Friday – Flex Day

Week of September 11, 2017

Friday flex days start this week!

Students will not have their specials on these days. Please note that we will be following a days 1-5 schedule. Their special classes will be on the following days:

Day 1 – Library and Gym

Day 2 – Art

Day 3 – Music

Day 4 – Health/gym

Day 5 – Technology

This week’s schedule will appear as the following:

Monday – Day 1

Tuesday – Day 2

Wednesday – Day 3

Thursday – Day 4

Spelling Tests

From now on, spelling words will be assigned on Day 1 and the test will be given on Day 5. So for this week the students will be assigned their spelling words on Monday and their spelling test will be held next week Monday.

Earbuds or Headphones

The students will be needing to bring in a set of earbuds or headphones. These will be stored with their computers in class. Some students have already brought some in. Please don’t have them bring in an expensive pair such as Beats. I’m pretty sure that many dollar stores even carry them.

Tests this week

Monday – Grammar Test on Types of Sentences and Prepositional Phrases

Tuesday – Social Studies Ch. 1

Week of September 4, 2017

Blue Wednesday Folders

If you haven’t already done so, please make sure that your child returns the folder to school on Tuesday so that it can be filled for Wednesday.


If you haven’t sent me your current email address please do so. My address is doucettej13@gmail.com.


Many grades have already been entered into the system. Please make sure that you keep up to date with this as some students already have missing assignments. Your child received their homework agenda earlier last week so this should be checked daily.


Lesson 2 words will be assigned on Tuesday and the test will be on Friday. Check the resource section for the link to Spelling City as a way to help study for the tests. There were some issues accessing the word list last week. Please email me and let me know if this is still an issue.


There will be a Social Studies test over Chapter 1 and a Grammar test over prepositional phrases and types of sentences next week. I will be sending home a study guide/practice sheets this week to help study for these tests.