Week of November 26, 2018


Welcome back from Thanksgiving break!

Field Trip

Don’t forget to pack a disposable lunch on Friday for our field trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Students may bring some cash for the gift shop.


Monday, December 3 – book reviews are due (a new book review is due each month) The next book review will be due January 3.

Upcoming Tests

Wednesday – Ch. 6 open book Religion test

Next Monday – Reading Assessment, Spelling test

This Week’s Schedule

Monday – Day 1 Music

Tuesday – Day 2 Health, Phys. Ed.

Wednesday – Day 3 STEM

Thursday – Day 4 Library

Friday – Flex Day (field trip)

Field Trip

Last Thursday the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade traveled to the Cleveland Aquarium to learn about aquatic adaptations. It was an incredibly organized and well-run program for the students. First the students learned about different fish body shapes and designs. Then they were taken on a tour of the aquarium in which they identified fish body shapes . Finally, they instructed to design their own fish and body design and explain how their fish fit into their chosen aquatic ecosystem.

Week of October 22, 2018

Design Challenge!

In social studies the students have been learning about the geologic features of the Earth. This week’s challenge was to try to design a structure that could withstand the force of an earthquake. The students used toothpicks and marshmallows for the structure. The jello simulated the consistency of the Earth’s movements while the pan was shaken for 5 minutes. One group was actually successful on their first try! Other groups had to try more than once and redesign their structure based on what they observed.  In the end students had to explain their decision making processes and the geometric design that was most successful for them.

Last week of the grading period!

Please be sure that all missing work is returned to me by the end of the school day on Friday!

Field Trip

Thursday is our STEM field trip to the aquarium. Don’t forget to pack a disposable lunch! Also, students are to wear their uniforms on that day.

Upcoming Tests

Wednesday – Spelling, Reading, Social Studies short quiz

This weeks schedule

Monday – Day 3 – STEM

Tuesday – Day 4 – Library

Wednesday – Day 5 – Art

Thursday – Day 1 – Music (will be held on Friday due to the field trip on this day)

Friday – Flex day


Week of October 8

Short week….busy week!

No school this Friday!

Upcoming Tests

Monday: Spelling, Reading, Math

Tuesday: Social Studies

Weekly Schedule

Monday – Day 5 Art

Tuesday – Day 1 Music

Wednesday – Day 2 Health and Phys. Ed.

Thursday – Day 3 STEM

Week of September 17, 2018

Next Friday is Spirit Day! Don’t forget to wear your spirit attire!

What to expect this week:

1. Friday flex day – students will create their makerspace letter “C”. We have the following materials for it already:





Students will need to volunteer to bring in the following:

artificial flowers

tree sticks

tiny stuffed bear

2. Upcoming tests:

Tuesday: Math

Wednesday: ELA weekly assessment

This week’s schedule:

Monday – Day 3 STEM class

Tuesday – Day 4 Library

Wednesday – Day 5 Art

Thursday – Day 1 Music

Friday – Flex day

Week of September 10, 2018

Design Challenge

On Friday, the students were assigned a design challenge. They were required to brainstorm ways in which they can build a 3D letter “C” that would be part of the words “MAKER SPACE”. These letters would then hang in the new maker space room. The challenge? Every class must build the letter out of different materials, the letter is to be of a certain size, every aspect of the letter must be student made, and it should have the ability to hang on the wall.

What to expect this week:

*MAP testing Monday through Thursday. Please make sure your child arrives to school on time and eats a healthy breakfast.

*Religion Ch. 1 test (open book) on Tuesday

*Maniac Magee Book in a box due on Wednesday

*First Spelling word list will be given on Wednesday

Specials Schedule

Monday Day 4: Library

Tuesday Day 5: Art

Wednesday Day 1: Music

Thursday Day 2: Health and Phys. Ed.

Week of September 4, 2018

Although everyone was sad to see summer vacation end, the students really got off to a great start last week! This week we will continue to plug away at reviewing some materials while learning new things along the way.

What to expect…

Friday is flex day! I have lots planned for the kids and I hope that we can get through everything. We already have our first STEM challenge planned (shhhh I’m not allowed to reveal it yet).

We will also be combining an art activity with Math that will help the students in a practical way as they work with expanded form, exponents, and place values.

Also on Friday, the students will be given some time to work on their Maniac Magee projects. If you are not yet familiar with this, please ask to see the assignment sheet from your son or daughter. Whatever they don’t complete of it in school must be completed at home. It is due on Wednesday, September 12.

Wonders—new ELA program

Last week and this week the students have been preparing for how the new reading program works. We will officially be starting our first unit on September 12.

MAP Testing

Starts Monday, September 10. Please make sure that your child is well rested and eats a breakfast on those days.

This weeks specials:

Tuesday, Day 1: Music

Wednesday, Day 2: Health/Phys. Ed.

Thursday, Day 3: STEM

Week of August 27, 2018

Welcome back for another great school year!


I truly am excited to work with your 5th graders this year. We have so much to look forward to!



The students will be receiving their first set of spelling words on September 12.  Spelling test days will always be on day 5 of the schedule. Focus and study for these tests are primarily the responsibility of the students at home. Check the resources tab for the weekly lists.

Maniac Magee

Summer reading packets should be turned into me by Friday, August 31. Students are also required to complete one of the following projects on the book “Book in a box”, “Book timeline”, “Book test”, or “Graphic chapter”. Directions for their project were distributed on Monday. We will have some class time on Wednesday, Friday, and Friday of next week to work on them. The projects will need to be completed at home. The due date will be on Wednesday, September 12.

Topics covered this week:

Science: Scientific method

ELA: Learning how to work in cooperative groups and close reading skills.

Math: exponents and place values

Social Studies: Hemispheres

June 5, 2018


I would just like to take this moment to thank you for all of your support in helping to make this year a successful school year. As a new teacher this year to St. Joseph School, I was welcomed with open arms by your community. I was amazed by the talented, enthusiastic and nurturing faculty and staff. I fell in love with the students on the very first day when they demonstrated an eager enthusiasm for learning. This isn’t always the case at every school! I truly am blessed to be a part of and to continue to be a part of St. Joseph School!


Just a reminder that all incoming 6th grade students should be reading the book “Wonder” during the summer. They will also need to complete the accompanying paperwork. Don’t wait until the last minute!


Also, all incoming 5th graders should be reading the book “Maniac Magee” by Jerry Spinelli. Make sure that they too complete the accompanying paperwork.

Don’t forget to check out my resource page! I’ve included links to online games and activities to help students practice their Math and Language Arts skills.


Enjoy your summer and stay safe!

God bless,

Mrs. Doucette

Week of May 7, 2018

MAP Testing

We will be MAP testing this week on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday of this week. Please make sure your child gets plenty of rest and eats breakfast!

In Demand Friday

This Friday, students will have the opportunity to learn about, participate in, and discuss with others careers that are in demand or will be in higher demand in the future.

Upcoming Tests

Tuesday – Social Studies Ch. 7 test

Thursday – Spelling test Lesson 25


Monday – Day 2 Art

Tuesday – Day 3 Music

Wednesday – Day 4 Health

Thursday – Day 5 Computers