Students are working on the writing process of their narrative stories. We have drafted our papers and are currently in the peer editing and publishing phases of writing. We will be sharing our narratives with the class and celebrating our writing at the end of the month! 

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We are working on adding and subtracting decimals, rounding decimals, and multiple step word problems with decimals. Technology and math websites like IXL are used, hands on math activities, as well as small group teacher led instruction are part of 5W math centers. These centers help strengthen students' math skills and concepts.  

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This month of October, we are focusing our religion studies on the Rosary. We are learning about the Glorious, Luminous, Sorrowful, and Joyful Mysteries. We've completed center activities with scripture stories and even made our own rosaries in class. 

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Guided reading is small group reading instruction designed to meet the needs of all learners through differentiated reading instruction. In small groups, students rotate around various centers that focus on developing their comprehension, accuracy, fluency, and/or vocabulary.

I meet with each group 2 times per week. When meeting with a small group of students, I am able to target specific skills and strategies that they need to advance to the next reading level.

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We will be having our Fall MAP Testing next week starting on Monday, September 16th. This Reading and Math MAP test will be given 3 times a year, Fall, Winter, and Spring. It is an adaptive test on the computer that measures their academic progress. The MAP test is one assessment tool I use in the classroom along with many other forms of assessment to see what the students know and have learned throughout our studies. We will be sharing the results of this test with parents when the scores are received. In addition, we encourage a good night's rest and a healthy breakfast in the morning. 

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We have had a great few weeks of the school year already and have started our curriculum studies. One component of our Language Arts curriculum is the use of our Spelling and Wordly Wise vocabulary texts. We rotate with these texts every other week and assessments on Friday will either be Wordly Wise or Spelling, not both. 

Below are some great online resources for Spelling and Wordly Wise to help students prepare for these tests. We will use these resources in class at times, but extra practice at home would be beneficial. Directions are listed below to log onto these websites. 



1) Log onto

2) Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the link that says "Find your teacher's homepage"

3) In the search bar, enter "KurekJohnson"

4) Click on our name that appears on the right hand side

5) Select the correct spelling unit of that week and spelling word list will be present

6) Select the blue square "Games" button and click on "Free Games"-students can practice their words at home with these spelling games


Wordly Wise Vocabulary  

1) Type in the link to the browser:

2) Click on "Tests" tab located at the top of the page

3) Click on Wordly Wise 3000, Book 5

4) Check assigned Wordly Wise Lesson for that week's study 

5) Click on "Test Checked Lesson" at the bottom of the page

6) Begin practicing Wordly Wise words using a variety of different learning methods (Ex. flashcards, reverse definitions, moving memory, vocabulary sentences, etc)

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Happy First Day of the 2019-2020 School Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful summer. I am very excited to be your child's 5th grade teacher and I am looking forward to a great year of learning and working together. 

Our 5W gym days are on Tuesdays and Fridays.Lastly, in 5th grade we will have a short snack time each full day of school. I would encourage healthy snacks that are tree-nut and peanut-free to help provide their bodies with energy during the day. 

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. I hope to see you at Fall Welcome next Wednesday, September 4th at 6:30pm. It was wonderful meeting your children this morning and I can't wait to get the year started! 

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Dear Parents,

Wow, what a year! To better state that- what a GREAT year! We have covered a lot of material and participated in many fun and exciting projects. We have developed skills needed for Kindergarten and made many new friends along the way too. Each of your children has brought such joy and happiness to our classroom. We are so fortunate to have had such a wonderful group of children this past year. Thank you!


Ms. Manganaro and Mrs. Smolky

Here are a few friendly reminders for the next couple of weeks:

Assessments for the end of the year began this week for our final trimester of the year. Report cards will be sent home on the last day of school.

Friday June 7 - Last day of uniforms. Last day of Healthy Kids Kitchen Lunch. 

Monday June 10 - Last day of Aftercare. Pizza lunch provided.

Tuesday June 11 - Last day of School. Early dismissal @11:45am. All school mass, "dress up." Only AM snack is needed. Report cards sent home. 

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