8/31 First Day of School

9/7 No School- Labor Day

9/14  9/15 No School- Rosh Hashana

‚Äč9/23 No School - Yom Kippur

9/30 Early Release





Place Value
Area& Perimeter

Social Studies

The Revolutionary War
The Constitution
Westward Expansion


Solar Energy
Phases of the Moon
Light and Sound
Structure and Function


Reader's Workshop
Guided Reading
Writers Workshop

Chorus Band

Stamford and State Grade Level Expectations


As we begin the school year we will be working with Foundations in Reader's and Writer's Workshop. Students will review the everyday routines of the workshops. They will be exposed to many different genres of books and review the reading strategies that they have learned in previous years. These include making connections, inferring, determining importance, visualizing, synthesizing and questioning. Reading responses will be done on a daily basis to practice these reading strategies. 


PLEASE make sure that your child reads for at least 30 minutes each night. It is very important that children practice the skills they learn both in school and at home!



We will begin our Everyday Math program with a unit on Number Theory. We will use our Student Reference Books to aid in math instruction. We will also learn rectangular arrays, factorization, divisibility, and prime and composite numbers. Factor Captor is a game that we will play in order to better understand divisibility concepts. Usernames and passwords will be sent home in the upcoming month for the website.



As we begin our science unit on Solar Energy our fifth grade scientists will be going outdoors to track their shadows and follow the progression of the sun throughout the day. We will be using science, mathematics, and literacy in our science units throughout the year.

The students will also have Mrs. Christiano once a week for an extra science block.

The first class project is Science in a Bag. A rubric will be sent home. This is due September 18, 2015.




Maura Cullen
room #232
John Calo
room# 236
Deborah DeNardo
room #238
Anthony Speriglio

room #230

Jennifer Bubniak

room # 240


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Although each homework assignment is different, we do have similar expectations for all fifth grade work.  We ask that the students always write both their first and last names, as well as today's date on each assignment.

Of course, students should also be sure to proofread their work after they have completed it.  Proofreading includes first reading over the work to be sure it makes sense and says what you want it to say.  Then, students should check for proper spelling and grammar, especially use of capital letters and punctuation at the end of sentences.  It is so important to show your best work at all times.

At this point, students should be able to do most of their homework independently or with a small amount of assistance.  Parents, we ask you to please check that your child has finished his/her homework, and sign the agenda book each evening.  there is also a space for notes to the teacher if you should need to let us know something.

We thank you for your support in the monitoring of homework.