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Welcome to 5A!
          Fifth grade is an exciting time of life at St. Louise. 5A and its neighbor, 5B, are filled with students learning, serving, creating projects, praying and having lots of fun! Mrs. Talevich teaches the 5A homeroom classes of religion, reading, and language arts (spelling, grammar and writing) to her own class. 5A is also the social studies class for both fifth grades, while Mrs. Cervantes  teaches science to both fifth grades in the science lab.  In math, fifth graders are divided into three groups with Mrs. Bannick, our math specialist, teaching one-third of the combined fifth grade in her math room in the north wing. This ensures smaller class instruction for math. 5A sponsors a child, Kerry, who lives in a Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (NPH) orphanage in Nicaragua. Students contribute a small amount of money monthly for Kerry's support and write notes to him throughout the year. We also run an all-school Flavorful Friday Treat Sale every other month to support Kerry. We join our buddy class, 2-A, at least once a month for holiday art and creative activities. Our year of study includes several projects: learning all of the states and capitals, building posters of the original 13 colonies, memorizing the preambles to a few of our US founding documents, bringing to life a person of history or science in the History Maker Halls of Fame, and  participating in the all-school Science Showcase. We also serve on safety patrol! It is a wonderful, action-packed year.
For specific curriculum information see the curriculum page.
Check out the photo albums to see fifth grade classes past and present in action.

Recent Posts

Culminating Units and New Beginnings!

Tomorrow we have our final discussion groups on our two novels: Sounder and The Sign of the Beaver. Students will be given a study guide to prepare for the final test and directions for a final project which will also help in the final review.
The literature circle discussions have been thoughtful and show much understanding of the novels' themes: unlikely friendships, the power of family, and the salvation that education offers. They also open a window to see some roots of prejudice in our society and the importance of relationships between cultures as keys to understanding and unity.
The final test has been pushed to Friday, February 9, with a vocabulary test Thursday, February 8.
We have jut begun our StoryPath unit in social studies, living in family groups in Colonial Boston. We will be re-enacting events leading up to the American Revolution, the War for Independence from England. Students are researching by reading small trade books and recording information on a notecard according to directions handed out today. There are links and an interactive paper doll play activity to familiarize students with colonial clothing on the SS link page.
It has been a pleasure to celebrate Catholic Schools Week with my students! God has called us together to be a 5A family this year. Each of your children is important and special to our class. I thank God for the blessings of our students and our families, and I pray for all of a matter of fact, sharing faith and prayer is the BEST part of St. Louise!
Thank you for the little surprises this week: chocolates, flowers, Cheetos, coffee....spoiled teacher week!
May we enter February with open and loving hearts!
And may God bless and protect us!
Mary Talevich

Literature Circles

January 15, 2018

Good morning 5A families! It is windy in North Bend this morning, but beautiful. I hope you are all enjoying your 3-day weekend!

For the next month fifth graders will be studying one of two classic books in a literature format: Sounder or Sign of the Beaver. Your children have calendars in their binders (and attached to this email and on 5A website under curriculum), which show the assignments for the month, as well as vocabulary packets and “preparation sheets” for the literature circles. Our first lit circle meeting is Thursday. By that day, your child is to have read (at least once) the assigned chapters on the calendar and prepared for the circle meeting. While these books are short novels, they are full of dialog that is matched to the region and time of the novels, and so, extremely challenging. I have included links to audibles of both novels, which you may choose to download for your child, to aid comprehension. CDs are also available both from Amazon and from the library. Please ask you child about the stories. It might be a great idea to listen to her/him read portions of the book to you and summarize what was read. 


Thanks for all of your support!


Mrs. Mary E. Talevich

Teacher, 5A, St. Louise School


Advent Happenings in 5A!

November 28, 2017

Joyous Almost Advent! We are waiting patiently…..

Advent begins on Sunday, December 3, but we have begun to prepare our hearts for the Christ Child’s arrival, deepening our faith and love….


Dear Families: It is such a joy to teach in a Catholic school during the holy and joyful Advent season! Here are a few reminders of activities and learning goals over the next weeks.

Math: After a computation review test tomorrow, all math classes are studying chapter 5, long division with larger numbers. We will take our topic 5 test Thursday, Dec. 14. Online checkpoints are assigned with each lesson taught and will be due the day of the test.

Religion/Writing: Your children are beginning secret treasures featuring the nativity of Jesus. Meanwhile, we are continuing our look at the Church seasons….and praying for all of our friends and family. We are also praying and memorizing the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary.

Reading: We are reading nonfiction pieces on wildlife and habitat in our Anthology articles. We will have regular spelling tests from the Reader’s Notebook pages, as well as vocabulary and comprehension tests on Fridays until Christmas.

Social Studies: East meets West this week as we discuss the Columbian Exchange that forever changed the world! We will cover the fall of Tenochtitlan and the conquering of the Aztec Empire by the Spanish. We will take our test over chapter 6 on Thursday, December 7th.

Science: We will finish our Mixtures and Solutions Unit  and are reviewing all concepts. Students will have a test on Wednesday, Dec. 13.

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Buddy Stuffed-Santas: If you have an extra bag of wrapped candy or little tiny toys, pencils, hair clips, etc to stuff into our little buddy St. Nicholas ornaments, we would very much appreciate a donation to help us be St. Nicholas to our buddies. We are giving them to 2-A on December 6, St. Nicholas Day.

Candy Houses with Buddies: Your child will bring home a paper with her/his donation listed. (In the to-do side of the homework folder on Wednesday.) This item is due on Friday, Dec. 8.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary: Friday, Dec. 8th 9:00 AM. We will celebrate the wondrous miracle that Mary was conceived without sin to prepare her to be the mother of God’s son. She then spent her holy life fulfilling God’s will, saying yes to all that God asked of her. Come join us in song and prayer! Meet outside of the classroom at 8:40.

Advent Angels: Your child will be an secret Angel to a pal beginning Monday, Dec. 4th. More info coming!

Thanks again for all you do to support your child at St. Louise School. Things are going well, and the students are working diligently to honor their resolutions and goals set at conferences! We will remain focused and productive through this joyous and exciting season!

Blessings!!! Mary Talevich

Here is the super-duper 5A class of 2017-18! We've had a wonderful start to the year organizing our supplies, learning the class signals and expectations, and sharing summer experiences.  Learning and practicing the routines 
the first weeks are of paramount importance for a smooth year. Ask your child about our signal, what some of their classmates did this summer, playing bingo, and meeting our new classmate. We are building community! 
Looking forward to meeting you all again on Curriculum Night tomorrow night! 
Mrs. Talevich and 5A

Welcome to 5A, 2017-18!

Dear Parents and 2017/18 -5th Graders:

We are getting ready to meet you on Passport Day, September 5th and are very excited for the coming school year. On Wednesday, we want to fly right into 5th grade (check out our welcome board!), so we are asking you, students, to do a little pre-organizing. Please sort your supplies in the following way and bring them to 5A and 5B on Passport Day ready to put away.

1. Bring your Bible!

2. Organize at home and bring on Tuesday:
a. Put into your Pencil Box:
• 1 glue stick
• 2 blue or black pens
• 2 red pens
• 2 sharpened pencils
• 1 highlighter
• Scotch Tape
• Sharpie
• Scissors, write your name on the blade with sharpie
• 1 dry erase marker

b. Put into your Pencil Bag:
• 2 blue or black pens
• 2 red pens
• 2 sharpened pencils
• Calculator labeled with your name and classroom
• 1 glue stick
• 1 highlighter
• 1 dry erase marker
• USB drive labeled with your name.
• Put the pencil bag in your binder.

3. Label your crayons and markers with your name. We will label and organize binders, folders and notebooks later in the week, but bring them to Passport Day. We will collect the rest of your supplies to put in the class community stash to share, so don’t label them with your name.

Thanks so much for helping us stay organized and tidy this year.
Enjoy the last days of summer. The school year is going to be GREAT!

God bless you,

Mrs. Cervantes 5B and Mrs. Talevich 5A
Teachers, 5th Grade
St. Louise School
425-746-4220 A #5425 B #5424