- 10/2 Open House

- 10/10 Pajama Day at Hart School

- 10/13 No School in Observance of Columbus Day

- 10/20- 10/24 Mini-Courses

- 10/31 Halloween Parade

- 10/31 Planet Report Due



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



During October we will be continuing with the Foundations of Readers and Writers Workshops. We will continue to review various important reading strategies. These include inferring, visualizing, making connections, predicting and analyzing information in the text. We will use reading responses known as oral language frames on a daily basis for students to organize ideas and share during the opening of our mini-lessons.

As October continues we will begin a unit on Literacy in the Content Areas. We will be reading about Light and Sound in addition to many other informational texts. We are excited to learn about many scientific facts during this unit!

In Writers Workshop we will continue to write in our notebooks. The students have been creating stories based on important moments that have happened to them. These completed memoirs have been very enjoyable to read and share together!




Unit 2 of our Everyday Math program is based on estimation, computation and data analysis. Algorithms for addition, subtraction and multiplication are reviewed and extended to decimals.  Addition Top-It is a great game to play to enhance your child’s addition skills. We will be extending those skills with adding decimals.

Usernames and Passwords have been sent home for the website. Please have your child use the website as a resource and to review for tests.



As we continue our science unit on Solar Energy, our fifth grade scientists will be going outdoors to understand the influence of the sun on temperature. They will work in pairs or groups to collaborate and practice their science investigation skills.

Mrs. Christiano will continue to teach the children about the phases of the moon when they have science once a week.

You child has received their next science project. This project is a planet report. Attached to that project is a rubric on how it will be graded. Please make sure ALL parts of the project are completed. All parts of the project are due Friday, October 31st.

We thank you for your shoebox donations J If you have any empty shoeboxes to donate for our Pinhole Camera project please send them in.




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.