Welcome Letter - September 2015

Description of expectations for your child in grade 5 and curriculum outline.

Dear Parents,

Welcome to a brand new school year!  Fifth grade is an exciting time as your child embarks upon new adventures in the world of learning.  This is a year of important transitions.  Your child will be encouraged to work more independently as he/she develops a greater sense of responsibility.

Over the course of the school year, your child will improve their language skills and learn about a variety of subjects.  I hope to make your child’s learning experience a fun and exciting one and establish a lasting love of learning.

Here are some ways you can help your child succeed this year:

  • Celebrate your child’s success, no matter how small it may seem.  This will keep him/her enthusiastic about learning and proud of their work.
  • Ensure that your child gets enough rest, exercise and a balanced diet.  Please encourage him/her to bring a water bottle filled with fresh water daily.
  • It is extremely important that your child bring the agenda to school every day.  It will be used daily as an organizational tool and as a form of communication between home and school.  Please help your child by signing it on a nightly basis.

The homework load will vary throughout the year.  There will be a variety of projects, math work, weekly spelling words, and bi-weekly Language Arts presentations to prepare.  If your child has unfinished work from class, it may be sent home to complete.

Soon, I will be posting an online newsletter.   The class newsletter will inform you of the events that are ongoing in our class, such as what types of projects have started or what we’ve been focusing on.  It will also include any important upcoming information. The newsletter is available through this link.

Please feel free to contact me at any time.  The best way to reach me is by email or by writing a note in your child’s agenda.

I look forward to working with you and your child in Grade Five!




Sue Williams





What to expect in Grade 5


Language Arts


A variety of topics and themes will be covered in Language Arts to develop listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing and representing skills.


Weekly and bi-weekly assignments:

1.     Spelling words: Every week, your child will be given 15 spelling words. Tests will be on Fridays.  After the pretest, each student is responsible to replace the words that he/she spells correctly with challenge words that are appropriate for their level of spelling.  These will be check by the teacher for spelling and appropriateness.  Students will be working with partners to choose their challenge words. Each week students will have a spelling assignment.

2.     TUSC (Totally Unbelievable Speakers Club): TUSC is a highly structured activity that allows all students in the class to learn and practice communication skills.  All students participate in a meeting to present and listen. Each student has a special role.  Throughout the school year, students rotate through all of the essential roles and improve their language and presentation skills.  Tasks and presentation dates are on the school website.

3.     Reading: Throughout the year, your child will be reading different genres on a regular basis.  There will be different assignments to complete, such as Term book projects.

We will be completing various projects throughout the year related to themes and novels.  These may include Inventors, Literature Circles, and Writer’s Workshop.


Evaluation will be based on the following:

  • Daily work, projects and Assignments        100%




The mathematics program will consist of four main strands: Number, Space and Shape, Statistics and Probability, and Patterns and Relations.  Problem solving will be integrated into every strand.  Occasionally, your child will have reviews or activities to complete as homework.

Evaluation will be based on the following:

  • Daily work, projects and Assignments        100%


Social Studies

The major focus of grade 5 Social Studies is Canada.  There are two major themes: the Physical Geography of Canada (Canada's Physical Regions) and the shaping of Canada's identity as a nation (Canada's growth, history and development).  The theme of "Histories and Stories of Ways of Life in Canada" is also woven throughout the supporting textbook Voices of Canada: People, Places and Possibilities.  In addition, we will also use resources to support and enhance our learning.

Evaluation will be based on the following:

  • Daily work, projects and Assignments        100%



There are 5 units that are covered in the grade 5 Science curriculum:  Weather Watch, Classroom Chemistry, Electricity and Magnetism, Mechanisms Using Electricity, Wetland Ecosystems.  Outcomes will be met through a variety of projects, assignments, explorations and experiments.

Mr. Zilkowsky will be teaching your child Science.  Please contact him with any questions.


French Second Language

The FSL program will concentrate on communication, language, culture, and language learning strategies.  The themes that the students will focus on are: My School, The Animals, Clothes, My Home, and Holidays & Celebrations / Festival du Voyageur.

Mme Tremblay will be teaching your child FSL.  Please contact her with any questions or concerns.


Physical Education

The P.E. program incorporates Activity, Benefits Health, Cooperation and Doing it Daily… for Life!  Students will be given an mark for the term based on their participation, knowledge of skills, and effort and attitude.



During the school year the 5 themes outlined in the program of studies will be addressed.

Classes will involve discussions and assignments.  Students will be given an mark given each term based on their participation, attitude and completion of assignments.

  • Daily work, projects and Assignments        100%

Mrs. Angus will be teaching your child Health.  Please contact her with any questions or concerns.



There will be four areas of focus in Art: Reflection, Depiction, Expression, and Composition.  These areas will be represented through a variety of art projects.

Evaluation will be based on effort including the preparation, originality, creativity, and final outcome of the various projects.

Mrs. Mahtoy will be teaching your child Art.  Please contact her with any questions or concerns.



Ms. Ahner will be teaching your child Music.  Please contact her with any questions or concerns.


Mrs. Knight will be teaching your child Drama.  Please contact her with any questions or concerns.

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