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Open House
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Word Study
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Book report due


Good evening!       September 17, 2014


Happy Constitution Day.




I was thrilled to hear the great report from Mrs. Tuttle during my absence. All worked hard attempting to complete the very full and important work that was left.


Tonight is Open House. I hope to meet your parents and caregivers, new and old faces!


I will quickly get to homework tonight. Please continue to check the calendar for upcoming due dates or events. Of course, The Warrior should also be checked for school events.




L/A There is no WNB tonight.


Science and SS   none


Reading: Word study packet is due on Friday and vocabulary test is Friday.


One book report is due Sep. 30. Five are due by the end of the Quarter (mid November)


20 minutes of independent reading


Math: 10 minutes of place value and decimals IXL or some new guests to IXL, as many as the program will allow.


Music:Remember your instrument, if necessary.


I look forward to all the new things we will learn and discover tomorrow!



Good afternoon!  Thursday, September 11, 2014


Everyone was so excited to begin Advisory today and came back with smiles. All advisory groups are focusing on the ROCK pledge and specifics of the ROCK Lawn school expectations and rules. No doubt, each group had a bit of fun, too.


New math journals came in today. These journals are helpful because they have very good examples and mini lessons in case you need a refresher from the class lesson. Examples are only helpful if they are used! Please feel free to email me anytime with specific questions you have or stop me in the morning. Again, specific questions show that you thought about how to solve a problem; they also help me to pinpoint exactly where the difficulty may lie.


Ms. Davis has a special luncheon for new students tomorrow, so a lunch is not necessary as a pizza lunch is provided, of course unless this is not a good lunch for you. This is a happy shout out reminder for Laurel, Andrea, and Diego.


Tomorrow is Picture Day.


An important notice from Mrs. Sullivan went home today regarding the need for a doctor’s signature in order for any medicine to be taken, even throat drops we are told. So this is very important, especially if your folks thought you could be given Tylenol. Please have your caregiver return this with necessary signatures.


So, here is the homework roll out…


L/A = none tonight (ordinarily 1/2 page WNB)


Reading= 20 minutes of independent reading. A book review form is due September 30. Please read directions on those as each response must be at least three sentences.


Also, Word Study packet is due by September 19, next Wednesday. You should have all work completed up to and including sentences by tomorrow.


Math= pages 15 and 16 in the new On Core Math journals. There is a good example, as well as we completed together 1-5 on page 15. The following video may be helpful, too: https://learnzillion.com/lessons/2519-determine-the-value-of-a-digit-in-the-thousandths-place






Thank you for all of your effort, laughter, and kindness!


Hope you get to enjoy the beauty of the day!


Mrs. B





Good afternoon!                        Wednesday September 10, 2014


What a wonderful start the school year! All of you entered Lawn with huge smiles and excited to start the new year! I am enjoying getting to know the wonderful and unique qualities of each of you. Like you, a new year can be a little frightening, and like you, I start off a little rusty. With each new day, and with practice and experience and a positive outlook, you will meet with greater and greater successes and growing confidence.

Presently in L/A, In Ms.Kittredge's students are creating their Writer's Notebooks, personal narratives, and establishing their writer’s community. Nearly every school night, you are required to write at least a half page in your Writer’s Notebook, whether a continuation of a previous writing piece or a new one.


In science, with Mrs. Desrosiers, students are learning about “systems”. The first system you are investigating is the skeletal system. No doubt you will appreciate knowing the names of the bones you use, and how they operate, to help with the many tasks you complete in life each day.


In social studies, until this coming Monday, you have been learning about elements of a good map, how to use a key to help you make connections with a “place” and the lives of the people that live there. I look forward to your group presentations tomorrow. Beginning Tuesday, our mini Constitution unit begins, likely lasting 2.5-3 weeks. (We actually end the year with the Constitution, but Constitution Week begins on September 17 to commemorate the signing of the Constitution on this day in 1787, though Rhode Island did not ratify the Constitution until May 29, 1790.)


In math, our focus is on one of the more difficult units to comprehend: Decimals in the Number System (includes place value, powers of 10, exponents, scientific notation). Inching along, I believe by Friday all will be ‘cruising’.


Physical education (PE) is on Monday and Tuesday. Please remember to bring your sneakers for that day and appropriate PE clothes as Mr. Bush outlined in his letter.


An exciting addition to fifth grade schedule this year is a half hour of Spanish on Thursdays.


Also on Thursday is a half hour devoted to Advisory.


Tonight 6-7 p.m. is instrument rental night.


Please remember to check the Calendar tab. You can email me from this website. Click on “Contact Christine Bernardo”. You may ignore any links any Links or Files that are not useful to you now.


So, here is homework for tonight:


E/LA= ½ page WNB


Science= none


Reading= 20 minutes of independent reading per day. A book report form is due by September 30.


Also, in reading, the Word Study packet is due September 19. We will work on this for a little while tomorrow in class.




Math= Finish the math worksheet begun together in class using the place value chart given you. You do not have to attempt any problems smaller than ten thousandths. ( meaning, no hundred thousandths or millionths)



Again, I have so enjoyed meeting my 5-3 champions! We are going to have a great year! As noticed by some of you, the days fly by here, and soon, a bit more grown up and a whole lot smarter than this very moment, you’ll be waving bye-bye! So, with a big smile, laughter, and hard work, let’s dig in to make this the best year yet! Mrs. B     ≈: ^ )






Good afternoon.   Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Oh my! After rereading, for the first time, the forts' essay I wrote for you to work from, I see that it is clearly in its drafting stage!  I wrote this during a planning period, replete with necessary and unnecessary interruptions. I will furnish all students with an edited and completed essay for you tomorrow. There should be enough information in there to get started, if you can understand my poor writing. I recommend trying to make a table to fit in the categories you feel important to include. Another idea is to divide the paper/s into areas, one per fort, then, with some semblance of order and symmetry, use bulleted notes. This is the easiest way to accomplish the desired goal of a fact sheet. The skill practiced here is taking written text of an essay and breaking the information down into meaningful chunks, to be easy to study, or share, as in a public brochure for educational purposes. 

In math, we are discovering the characteristics of triangles and polygons and the names of these shapes. Thoroughly observing, describing, and precise language is the key.

Ask your child about the exciting new machine in our school!

Sadly, Farmer Sutton canceled our farm visit yesterday. He hopes to reschedule soon. Our next scheduled field trip is a walking field trip to the town hall, museum, library, and East Ferry on June 19. A lunch is required.

If there is a morning visit to the farm, you will know at least 24 hours in advance. Lunch will not be required for a visit to the farm. 

I am available after school for any help with the Jamestown History Book. The book is due Tuesday, June 17, in its entirety. Please look over the success criteria. There is always homework until the book is completed!
(I just remembered I offered to help Mrs. Armstrong and Mrs. Kauffman with the grade 5 band and chorus concerts, so I will not be able to finish grading the history books by the next day, but will do as much as we can. See last night's Schoolnotes comments.)

Thanks for all your hard work and smiles!

Mrs. B

Good evening!  June 9, 2014, Monday

Please check in with the updated calendar. I believe all important dates and requirements are there.  I am available for help or just some quiet time to complete your chapters this Wednesday and Thursday until 4. Please be sure that should you take the late bus, you do not miss it at 3:35. Walkers can stay until 4.

Mrs. Clark and I will be grading the Jamestown history books next Tuesday after school, 6/17, with the ideal plan to return them to you by Wednesday, 6/18.

Hang in there! Almost there.

Thank you!

Mrs. Bernardo

Clearly, I am overdue for an update!

Math- Division of fractions- Common Core style, though! Models first, then algorithm.

Please practice with Khan Academy:



Also helpful are the following videos (learnzillion is free, so if necessary, sign up!):








The last graded math test and reflection on multiplying a fraction by a fraction should be sent home for parent discussion and signature by next Tuesday. I will



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