Monday, December 26, 2011

Week of January 3, 2012

Dear students & parents,

Welcome back from the break! I hope you had a very blessed Christmas and a wonderful New Year! In class, we will be working on our New Year's Resolutions, so start thinking about some goals you would like to work toward in 2012!

This Friday is whole school mass & early dismissal--make sure to make arrangements to pick your child up on time at 12:00PM!

In Science, we are continuing our journey through weather & climate and discovering how certain parts of our environment affect our climate. Please explore the following websites to learn more:
In Social Studies, we are looking at the beginning of European colonies in the Americas. We have already looked at Roanoke, Jamestown, & the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Now we are going to explore the original 13 colonies. Have a look at the websites that follow:
In math, we are learning how to divide decimals by decimals. The following websites can give you some extra support:


Let's have a great 2012 :-)

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Week of December 5, 2011

Hello students and families!

Here are some announcements for the week:
  • Please make sure to sign your child's report card and have them return it to me! 
  • We will be beginning Good Touch/Bad Touch this week--thank you for returning all of the permission slips in a timely manner!
  • Remember to continue studying for the Spelling Bee!
  • This Friday is a full day w/ dismissal at 3:00pm.
Social Studies
We are studying the first English colonies in the New World (Americas). Specifically, we are looking at the exploration of John Smith. Look into the following website for a fun adventure to learn more about John Smith:\

We are studying the Greenhouse Effect & Global Warming. Look at the following websites to learn more on your own time!
Students are also working on research projects on severe weather conditions. They must research the weather condition and then create a PowerPoint presentation that they will present to the class. Students can find information on these weather conditions at the following website:
Students are working on multiplying decimals. View the example below:

Let's have a great week & remember to reflect on the time of Advent!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Week of November 21, 2011

Hello students & family!

Here are some announcements for the week:
  • Please continue bringing in boxtops & canned goods! 
  • This Wednesday is whole school mass at 8AM! Come join us!
  • We have no school this Thursday or Friday to honor Thanksgiving Day.
  • PLEASE complete and return the "Good Touch, Bad Touch" consent form ASAP. We need to begin the program next week! 
  • Progress reports will be going out next week--look for incomplete work slips!
This week we celebrate Thanksgiving, read the following website to learn more about the history of the holiday:

In Social Studies, we are about to begin studying about the first English colonies in the New World, Roanoke & Jamestown. Join Captain John Smith on his wild adventure with this interactive online game:

Feel free to visit the websites posted on last week's blog entry, too!
Have a blessed Thanksgiving and remember to give thanks for all of the wonderful blessings in our lives!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Week of November 14, 2011

Hello students & parents,

Here are some announcements for the week:
  • Tonight there is a wonderful parent meeting in Elijah Hall from 7pm-8pm on problem solving. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to learn about activities and techniques to use with your child at home!
  • We are currently having a food drive so please bring in any canned goods to help feed the hungry!
  • We are participating in the Box Tops for Schools program. Please look in your cabinets to find box tops to support our school so that we can earn funds toward field trips and supplies!
  • Next Tuesday is noon dismissal and the start of our Thanksgiving Break. Make sure you pray in thanksgiving every night for all of the blessings God has given you! 
Great Websites to Visit:

Social Studies 
Map out the routes of the explorers we are studying!
Language Arts
1) Fun Facts & Games about Space and Zero Gravity
2) Vocabulary Word Game

Thanks for visiting and congratulations on filling up your marble jar!!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Week of November 7, 2011

Hello students & family,

Here are some announcements for the week:

*There is no school this Friday, November 11th due to Veteran's Day.
*Please return the parent surveys that you will be receiving in the Wednesday envelope to school as soon  as possible.
*We have mass with 1st grade this Wednesday, November 9th. Please be on time.

Social Studies
In Social Studies, we are learning about the contact between the first European explorers (like Columbus) and the Indigenous people (Native Americans) that lived in the Americas. We are working on our geography and map skills to understand where the explorers traveled from. Visit the following website to explore some fun map activities:

In science we are starting our unit on weather & climate. We are going to be learning about the greenhouse effect. Visit the following website to learn more about it:

Computer Lab Assignment: 11/8/2011
Scroll down to the bottom of the blog and take the Columbus & the Taino quiz. Then visit some of the websites I've posted above.

Here are some photos from our classroom to share with you from "Reading Buddies"when our fifth graders read to the first grade to get them more excited about reading & literacy:


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Week of October 31st, 2011

Hello students and parents,

It was so wonderful spending time with you all at the parent/teacher conferences. Thank you for coming! Here are some announcements for the week and coming week:
  • Today, November 1st, is All Saints Day.
  • This Friday, November 4th, is noon dismissal and whole school mass from 8A-9A. 
  • Next Friday, November 11th, is Veteran's Day and there will be NO SCHOOL.
The new spelling and vocabulary words are up for Selection 3 "The Fear Place". Visit the following website to practice your vocabulary words using a fun online game:

Computer Lab Assignment 11/1/2011

Today is All Saints Day and we will be practicing our research skills in the computer lab. Follow these steps very carefully:

1) Go to this website and look through the Saints. Choose ONE Saint to research:

2) Research the Saint you have chosen by clicking on their name on the website, or by typing their name into google and getting more information about them. Use an index card (a flashcard) to take notes on.

3) Then, write a paragraph (at least 5 sentences)  about your Saint in your own words that answers these questions:
  • When was the Saint alive?
  • Why did they become a Saint or what are they famous?
4) Post your paragraph as a comment to this blog entry.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Week of October 24, 2011

Hello students and families,

First and foremost, thank you to the students and families who joined us on our field trip to the Getty Museum. It was a beautiful day! Remember that the Getty Museum is always free entry, so go back and enjoy it again sometime with your family!

Welcome to Red Ribbon Week! Red Ribbon Week celebrates resistance to drug use and drug prevention. Tomorrow we will have a speaker on campus to educate us about the negative effects of drug use from 8A-9A, make sure to arrive on time!

In Science, we are studying a unit on water. We have just finished our studies on the Water Cycle. Browse the following websites for some water cycle fun:

We are moving into studying about the differences between weather & climate. Here are some fun websites:

***A parent meeting is tonight from 7-8PM, please come and learn about different strategies to use with your child.***

***Parent/Teacher Conferences are THIS FRIDAY. Please do not forget to speak with Mrs. Coba in order to set up your conference time. You must attend conferences in order to receive your child's report card.***

Thank you & God Bless,

Ms. Jordan

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Week of October 17, 2011

Hello students and parents,

Here are some announcements for the week:

-This Saturday, October 22, is our family fieldtrip to the Getty Museum. Please arrive to St. Raphael School no later than 9:30A so that we may get on the bus by 10:00A. All students must go dressed in school uniform. Please pack a lunch unless you intend on purchasing food once there.
-Next Monday ALL posters for the Red Ribbon Week poster contest are due. Design a poster that displays what being drug free means to you. There's a winner every class!
-Next Friday, October 28th, are parent/teacher conferences. Please return the conference request slip to the office as soon as possible. You must attend conferences to receive your child's report card.

For those of you who wanted to learn the water cycle rap more, here is the link:
And here is a great activity to play and a cool video to watch about it:

Here is a game to play to practice your new vocabulary words:

Lastly, here is a picture of some of the art projects we have been doing in Social Studies while studying the Early Native Americans. Ask your children about them!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Week of October 10, 2011

Hello students & family,

A few reminders for the week:

-Our next fieldtrip is to the Getty Museum on Saturday, October 22nd, 2011. The museum is hosting a wonderful family festival full of art, music, food and creativity. Unfortunately, it's first come, first serve, as there is not enough space for everyone to attend. Students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian (at least 1 family member, though they may bring up to 2) in order to attend.

Visit the website to learn more:

Don't forget to get your field trip requests in ASAP to reserve a spot!

***Parent/Teacher Conferences are Friday, October 28th. Please visit the office to sign-up for a time slot. You must attend parent/teacher conferences in order to receive your child's first quarter report card.***

Keep practicing those multiplication facts! :-)))

Thank you,

Ms. Jordan

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Week of October 3, 2011

Hello students and parents,

Thank you to all of those parents that volunteered their time at the L.A. County Fair! If you did not get the opportunity to join us, there will be other fieldtrip opportunities this year where I will greatly appreciate your help!

This week, we are starting a new theme in reading, "Give it all you've got!". The new spelling and vocabulary words have been posted on the left side of the blog. Practice your vocabulary using the website below:

*Don't forget that this Friday is noon dismissal and we have whole school mass in the morning! Please come in full uniform!
*Also, student council will be selling pizza at lunch on Wednesday and Thursday to raise money for Red Ribbon Week!

The following are websites that focus on topics we are studying in Social Studies and Science:

Let's have a great week!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Week of September 26, 2011


This week we are finishing up our ITBS and Cogat standardized testing. You have worked very hard over the last week and I am so proud of you!

Congratulations for filling up your marble jar! Now let's see if we can fill it up even faster this time...

Don't forget to bring your L.A. County Fair field trip slips & $10 by Wednesday at the latest
Don't forget you need to pack a lunch with you for the field trip! 

Please view the following websites to review for your human body systems final on Wednesday:

Let's have a great week!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Week of September 12th, 2011

Hi students and parents!

Let's make sure we take some time to say a prayer for all of those who still suffer over the horrible events of September 11th, 2001.

Now let's take a look at what is going on this week:

Wednesday 9/14: Mass with 1st grade & school PICTURE DAY. Make sure you bring your order forms if you plan on purchasing photo packages! Don't forget to smile!
Friday 9/16: Noon Dismissal

-Progress reports go home this week!
-Next week (9/19) begins ITBS testing and it is important that we are all ready to do our very best! Make sure you are in the habit of eating a healthy breakfast every morning and getting a good night's sleep.

 Extra Credit
An extra credit assignment has been assigned. This extra credit assignment will go towards both reading and science as we are reading about Volcanoes in our current story in language arts. Students were asked to make a model volcano and label it with the following words: magma, lava, crust, and summit. They were also asked to choose one of the four types of volcanoes (cinder cone, composite, shield, dome) we learned about in class to make a model of. For full credit, volcanoes must be labeled, but they do not have to erupt (using baking soda and vinegar). The volcanoes are due on Wednesday, September 14th.

In Science we are studying how all plants and animals have ways of transporting materials throughout the body. We have already learned about the Digestive System (pictures to come!) and the Excretory System. Next we are learning about the Respiratory System. Can you take an educated guess at what the Respiratory System helps us to do? Check out the websites below for more information: 

Let's have a great week!
-Ms. Jordan 


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Week of September 6th, 2011

Welcome back from the three day weekend!

Here's what's going on this week:

-Students will be given a retake States & Capitals Test on Friday, September 9th. Please practice at home and come prepared!

-Tomorrow is the Digestive System Quiz. Students will be expected to be able to label the parts of the Digestive System and know basic facts about each of the organs involved: Esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum, pancreas, gall bladder, liver.

-Students are beginning our new and final selection in the theme "Nature's Fury" called "Volcanoes". The new spelling and vocabulary words have been posted at the left of the blog.

-ITBS (Iowa) Testing begins September 19th and goes through the 30th. Please get your brains ready by going to bed early and having a healthy breakfast!

-Progress Reports will be distributed next week.

-We are going to the L.A. County Fair on September 30th to reward ourselves for doing well on the ITBS! So let's stay focused and show everyone just how smart St. Raphael students are!

 To get some extra studying and practice in, please view the following websites:

States & Capitals Practice:!
Digestive System Websites:

Let's have a great week!

-Ms. Jordan

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Week of August 29th, 2011

Hello students and parents,

Welcome to week #3 of the fifth grade!

Some announcements for the week:
-Don't forget to bring your white t-shirt for a fun science activity by Wednesday!
-Please continue studying your states & capitals-- your test is at the end of this week!
-This Friday is a half day and whole school mass!
-Your spelling & vocabulary packet for "Eye of the Storm" is due on Friday! Let's do a better job of getting those in this time!
-The Spelling and Vocabulary words for our current selection is posted on the blog--be sure to practice them for your tests at the end of the week.
-The ITBS is coming up--get ready to show everybody just how smart we are at St. Raphael School!
-The fieldtrip to the LA County Fair is September 30th.

The following are great websites to help you study different subjects. Please look into them and have fun!

States & Capitals Practice:!
Digestive System Websites:
Vocabulary Word Practice:

Let's continue to have a great week!

-Ms. Jordan

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Week of August 22nd, 2011

Hello fifth grade!

Here are some important announcements for the week:
-Back to School Night is this Wednesday, August 24th! Remind your parents to come explore our classroom!
-Hot lunch will be served this week!
-Remember that P.E. is on Thursday!

Aside from announcements, remember that you must be practicing your multiplication everyday! It is important that you get those facts memorized soon!

Also, please practice your states and capitals every night! This week you will be assigned your state poster project and it is important to have all information and materials ready by this Wednesday! We will discuss it more in class.

In the meantime, check out these websites to practice your states & capitals :-)

See you in class!
-Ms. Jordan

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Week of August 15, 2011

Welcome Back to School!

You're now fifth graders and we're going to have a great year together! I am so excited to get to know each and every one of you! 

Here are some announcements for the week: 

8/15: Mass @ 9:00A, Noon Dismissal

8/16: Dismissal @ 3:00P
8/17: Dismissal @ 3:00P
8/18: Dismissal @ 3:00P, P.E. @ 2:00P (Bring your P.E. uniform!)
8/19: Noon Dismissal

Make sure to check the blog for weekly updates, important events, or cool educational websites. 

Don't forget to begin your reading log!  Remember that hot lunch will not be served this week so pack a lunch!

Let's have a great year!


Ms. Jordan

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Week of May 16, 2011

Hello students!

Here are some announcements for the coming weeks:

5/18: Student Council Elections
5/20: Noon Dismissal
5/22: Family Mass
5/27: May Crowning @ 2:00P
5/30: NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day

Make sure you study for the Spelling Bee!

Because we're studying the American Revolution in Social Studies, click on the link below to find some fun, educational websites:

And here are some more websites for the Solar System:

Look below for some pictures from our awesome fieldtrip to Riley's Farm:

Monday, March 28, 2011

Week of 3/28/2011

Hello students,

We are officially in our final quarter of school (and in the fifth grade)...let's make it count!

Here are some general announcements:

Wednesday: Mass w/ 1st Grade
            -Readers: Dejah, Madian, Raymond
Thursday: NO SCHOOL-Cesar Chavez Day
Friday: Early Dismissal (NOON)
            -Whole School Mass/1st Friday Mass
            -Topic 9 Math Test
            -Atom Model Project DUE
            -Reading buddies w/ 1st grade: 11:00A

**Bring in field trip slips!**

Congratulations fifth grade on filling up your marble jar to the top! Let's keep up the good behavior!

Websites to visit:

To practice your vocabulary:

To learn more about matter and the elements:

Let's have a great week!!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Fun Websites


In Social Studies we are learning about the very beginnings of the United States of America. We are just starting to get into the original 13 colonies. Look at the following website for some fun games and activities to explore our Social Studies themes:

Also, use this website to practice your vocabulary for our new selection, "Dear Mr. Henshaw":

Happy studying :)

Monday, February 21, 2011

Week of 2/21/2011

Hello students and families!

Look what we have in store this week:

Monday: No school, Presidents' Day
Tuesday: Fieldtrip to the Walt Disney Concert Hall to see the Los Angeles Philharmonic (Full uniform  please! Arrive on time!)
Wednesday: Mass with 1st grade (8a-9a)
Friday: Full Day

Let's have a great week!

-Ms. Jordan

Monday, January 31, 2011

Week of January 31, 2011

Dear students and parents,

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK is finally here!

Let's take a look at what the week has in store:

Tuesday: Mix Match Day/Nerd Day
              "Reading Families"
              Tutoring (3:15P-4:15P)
Wednesday:Twin Day
                  Presentation from representatives from the Walt Disney Concert Hall
Thursday: School Spirit day, WEAR YOUR Light Blue CLASS COLOR
                 Pep Rally, 1P
                 NO P.E.
Friday: Whole school mass --> wear your full school uniform! 

Tests/Quizzes this week:
Thursday: "Mom's Best Friend" Comprehension + Grammar Test, Science Quiz
Friday: Topic 5 Math Test

Remember to keep reading! Find a book you love and read, read, read! 

Thank you,
Ms. Jordan


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Week of January 24, 2011

Hello Students and Family!

The new spelling and vocabulary words for Selection 2: "Mom's Best Friend" are now up! 

Look what's happening this week:

Tuesday: Tutoring (3:15p-4:15p)
Wednesday: MASS (8:00a-9:00a) --> Readers: Ian & Nildy, Altar Dress: Carizma & Brionna
Thursday: Practice Spelling Test/P.E.
Friday: Spelling Test/Vocabulary Test

Important Announcements:

--->Tutoring has been moved to Tuesdays! Wednesdays are currently unavailable. Thank you for your understanding :)

--->This Sunday is FAMILY MASS. Please come dressed in full uniform! Also, Open House is from 9A-2P on Sunday for individuals interested in becoming a part of the St. Raphael School family. 
                  * School Mass 8:00am Spanish; 10:00am English; 12:00pm Spanish;
                   *Pancake Breakfast 9:00am-1:00pm - $5.00 a plate

    The Theme is: "Catholic Schools: A+ for America" 
      *Please make sure to have a LIGHT BLUE t-shirt to show your 5th grade and school pride    on Thursday!
             Monday: Jersey/Sports Day
             Tuesday: Mix Match/Nerd Day
             Wednesday: Twin Day
             Thursday: Pep Rally @ 1:00pm: wear a light blue shirt!
             Friday: School Mass/must wear school uniform -Shadow Day (12:00 dismissa)

 Thank you!! 
-Ms. Jordan


Monday, January 17, 2011

Week of 1/17/2011

Hello students and family,

 Let us take some time to remember a most amazing leader in our country's history (and the reason why we do not have school today!) and his most famous lines.....

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 


-This Friday, January 21st, is a MINIMUM DAY.

-Please be sure that you have signed and returned the "Good Touch/Bad Touch" form with your child.

-The Social Studies Writing Assignment FINAL DRAFT is due Friday, January 21st.


-Wednesday: "Mariah Keeps Cool" Practice Spelling Test, Vocabulary Test

-Thursday: "Mariah Keeps Cool" Spelling Test + Topic 4 Math Test (Division with one and two digit divisors)

-Friday: "Mariah Keeps Cool" Reading Comprehension + Grammar Test

See you in class!

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Week of 1/3/2011

Dear students and parents,

Welcome to the new year -- 2011!
Thank you for all of your help with our class Christmas party! 
(Pictures to come...)


*This Friday is Whole School Mass (Please come dressed in full uniform): 1st reading-Brionna, Petitions-Jer'shaun, Alter Dress- Nildy & Jackie

*Reading logs have been changed to 30 minutes every night instead of 25 minutes. Please take note.

*Scoliosis Screenings begin this week, please sign and return the form that was sent home with your child if you do not wish for them to be tested. 

*Students were asked to memorize all of their multiplication facts by the start of school (yesterday)--notices are being sent home to the parents of those students who are in danger of failing due to the lack of memorization of the multiplication facts.
Quizzes and Tests this Week:

** Thursday: Practice Spelling Test and Science Quiz (Pollution and Conservation of Water, P. C48 in Science Book- Lesson 2)

** Friday: Spelling and Vocabulary Tests, "Mae Jemison: Space Scientist" (Words can be found on the left side of the blog)

Thank you! 
See you in class!

-Ms. Jordan