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Welcome to 5th grade



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Febrary 15, 2019

We had a great time on our field trip today. Thanks to all the parents who braved the weather and the ocean to volunteer today. We couldn't do field trips without you. I hope you all had fun too. Please send me copy of any pictures you took on the trip...Mrs. Sassen and I have some but we would love more. Thank you!
Information is coming home today about the Read-a-thon next week. Please ask them for it...many put it in their backpacks before the field trip, but those that didn't have a backpack just put it in a pocket. On Tuesday next week (Monday is a holiday for President's day) students should come in uniform but may wear a fun hat to school.
Have a great three day weekend!

February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day!
Today we finished preparing for our field trip tomorrow. One of our activities was to write our own verses to "Roll the Old Chariot" - a sea shanty. Click the link below to listen to it and ask them to sing it for you! We also took a peek into the middle school dance and enjoyed a our own Valentine's party. Thank you to all the parents who helped out and who sent items in for the party. We appreciated it!
Tomorrow is our field trip on the Tall Ship! I know that rain is in the forecast, but unless I hear differently from the crew of the ship tomorrow, we are good to go! Students may come to school in clothes to wear on the field trip. It is likely to be cold and wet, so please make sure they dress accordingly! A paper came home with the permission slip outlining dress expectations and we discussed this in class again this afternoon. A reminder that we will return to school after noon dismissal, probably around 12:30 or so. If you are a chaperone, please be at school, ready to go, by 9 AM...and thank you! 

February 13, 2019

Tomorrow is an optional non-uniform dress day for students. They may come to school in pink, red, white purple "Valentine" dress. Please check the parent handbook for non-uniform dress guidelines. If students would like to participate in the Valentine's exchange they should bring those tomorrow as well. We have 24 students in the class and Valentine's should be signed but not addressed to any particular person.
I talked to a member of the crew of the ship today and she reminded me that is was cold on the water. Students should wear layers and with rain possible they should wear a waterproof outer layer. Please see the note that came home with the permission slip for for information, or let me know if you have any questions.
Coming home today in information about the OLA auction. It came home with the student in your family who brings home the brown envelope each week. Please ask them for it, as it may have time-sensitive materials. Green folders also came home today. Please sign and return.

February 12, 2019

Tuesday envelopes are coming home today. Please sign and return. Green folders will come home tomorrow.
Homework is light this week as we are preparing for our field trip on Friday. Keep praying for calm seas and sunshine! Today we were spice and fur traders and tried to make the best trade possible. Ask them about it!

February 8, 2019

There is no school Monday. Enjoy the three day weekend!
Coming home today is information regarding our field trip next week. Please ask them for it and let me know if you have any questions. A few students still need to send in their permission slip. Please do so ASAP. Thank you.
On Tuesday, students have the opportunity to purchase "Valentine Grams". The cost is $2.00 each. They may send them to anyone in our school and they will be delivered by student council to the classrooms. They can purchase them in class on Tuesday morning. If there are any left after classroom sales, they may be purchased in the office. They sell out each year, so don't forget to bring in your money on Tuesday.
Also, Valentine's Day is next week. An email will be coming home from room parents with more details, but we will be exchanging Valentine's this year. There are 24 students and those who would like to participate should be one for everyone. Please put who each Valentine is from, but do not put who it is "to". Thank you!

February 6, 2019

Thank you to the many parents who sent in permission slips and are willing to chaperone our field trip (and on a boat!) Confirmations will be sent home before the end of the week. We won't be able to use all our willing chaperones, unfortunately, but don't worry. Another field trip is in the works for the spring.
If you haven't sent in your permission slip and payment yet, please do so as soon as you can so that we can give the crew of the ship our final count.
Monday, February 11th, there is no school for students. Teachers will be attending a curriculum training day.

February 5, 2019

Today was the 100th day of school (and the 1000th day of school for the 5th grade!). We celebrated with a special writing project and math/art project. We also enjoyed watching our Kindergarten friends parade through chanting about the 100th day.
Coming home today are brown envelopes as well as green Tuesday folders. Inside the green folder is information about our first field trip of the year. There is limited space for chaperones (this limit is set by the crew of the boat). If you are interested in chaperoning, please send back the yellow half-sheet that came home today. We will fill the spots on a first come basis, and if we get more than we need back tomorrow, we will draw from those that come in. We have another field trip in the spring, and anyone who wants to chaperone but is not chosen this time will be at the top of the list for next time, if they are interested. Please do not send money to pay for chaperones at this time....just for the kids. Thank you!
Tonight is an OLA fundraiser at Presto Pasta. Come by and grab can eat there or take it home. Don't forget to bring your flyer!

February 1, 2019

Happy Catholic Schools Week! Thank you so much for choosing our school for your child. A Catholic Education is a wonderful gift for life.
We enjoyed celebrating our students, teachers, administrators, priests and school this week. Thank you so much for all the wonderful notes and gifts.  Mrs. Sassen and I felt so appreciated. We really do love being your child's teachers.
Have a great weekend. Stay dry and warm and see you on Monday!

January 31, 2019

The thunder and lightning made for an interesting start to the day!
Tonight is Open House. It is from 6-8 PM. Come by and see all the wonderful things the students of OLA are doing!
Tomorrow is crazy sock day, sponsored by Student Council. Students may have non-uniform dress (which should include crazy socks!) if they bring a new pair of socks to donate to those in need. (If you have siblings, and a package of new socks to donate, please open the package and give each sibling a pair of socks to bring in. Thank you!)

January 30, 2019

We have lots going on in room 5. We hope you can come by for Open House tomorrow night and see all the wonderful things we are doing.
We are working on prime factorization in math. For some of them, it is a new way of thinking about numbers and how they work. We will keep working on it.

January 29, 2019

Green folders as well as weekly brown envelopes are coming home today with progress reports for the second trimester. Please sign and return.
Today in Social Studies we discussed the slave trade in the early colonies. This is an important but difficult topic. Please ask them about it.
Open House is this Thursday from 6-8:30. Hopefully you can all come by and see the wonderful things we are up to in fifth grade. 

January 24, 2019

We've been working hard to prepare for Mass tomorrow and we are ready! Parents are welcome to join us at 9:30. We will kick off Catholic Schools Week next week. Thanks to all families who sent in items (or in some cases real live people to participate!).

January 18, 2019

Billy and Katelyn did a wonderful job representing 5th grade at the Spelling Bee today. They showed courage and poise under stressful circumstances and I couldn't be prouder of both of them.
Just a reminder that there is no school on Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Our 5th grade Mass in next week on Friday, kicking off Catholic Schools Week. Have a great weekend.

January 17, 2019

Tomorrow is a noon dismissal day and it is also the Spelling Bee. Good luck Billy and Katelyn! All parents are welcome to come watch. It starts at 9AM in Mulcahey Center.
A few 5th graders have not yet brought in their kindergarten pictures. If you have them, we need them! Thank you!

I am so excited to be a part of all the wonderful things happening here at Our Lady of the Assumption School and to be the 5th grade teacher. A little about me:  I graduated from the University of California at Irvine with a BA in English, then continued my education at Claremont Graduate University where I received a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and MA in Education. I've been teaching at OLA since 2012. Previously I taught elementary and middle school in Long Beach Unified School District.
Not only am I a teacher here at OLA, I'm a parent here too. I've been married to my wonderful husband since 1996. We have three sons, two at OLA and one who has gone on to attend St. Bonaventure High School. I love the sense of family and community we have at our school and in our parish. I have two cats and one dog, so that plus my family and teaching keeps me pretty busy. In my spare time I enjoy reading and talking about books, exploring national parks, and singing songs from "Hamilton".  Stop by anytime to see what we are up to in 5th grade.
Here are some other books I love. You might love them too!