Educating and Nurturing Since 1953

Admission of students without regard to race, religion, or color

518 283 0333


42 Dana Ave

Wynantskill, NY 12198

7:30am - 5:30pm

Monday - Friday

St Jude School

123 456 789


Goldsmith Hall

New York, NY 90210

07:30 - 19:00

Monday to Friday

5th Grade

Jeffers’ Journal
Week of June 14th-June 18th

Welcome to the thirty-third issue of Jeffers’ Journal!  Have your passport ready because we are traveling to Brazil and a few other South American countries before returning to New York!   We are also preparing for your graduation from St. Jude! I have a fun-filled week of learning waiting for you!

Important Dates to Remember:


17th-Field Day

21st-5th Grade Graduation (5:30 PM Mass in the Church)

23rd-Last Day of School (11AM Dismissal)

Here is a breakdown of our learning:

  1. Math: It is important children learn math facts for addition/subtraction and multiplication/division with the goal of automatic recall.  For the upcoming week, we will continue to learn how to use order of operations to evaluate expressions. We will also learn how to graph ordered pairs.
  2. English Language Arts:
    1. Grammar: Students are proofreading their writing for subject-verb agreement, capital letters, and punctuation marks. The themes this week are: prepositional phrases, subject pronouns, object pronouns, possessive and demonstrative pronouns.
    2. Vocabulary: Each week students have 12 new vocabulary words.   They complete different activities each day (sentence completion, matching, synonym/antonym, matching, word meaning, and context clues).
    3. Reading: An important skill we are continuing to practice is reading articles, passages, and answering comprehension questions.  I am noticing improvement in this area for many students.
    4. Spelling: Each day students learn two or three commonly misspelled words and a mnemonic device to help them remember how to spell the word.  First, they add these words to their Spelling List.  Next, they write a sentence for each each word which demonstrates their understanding of its meaning and use conventional spelling.
  3. Religion:  What are vocations? Why does God call each of us to a vocation?  How does prayer give us guidance?  We will be attending Mass on Tuesday morning at 10AM.
  4. Science-How is the energy in an animals food once energy from the sun?  How do plants make food?  What makes up an ecosystem? Are there any threats to ecosystems?  These are some questions we plan on examining this week.
  5. Social Studies: Have your passport ready because you are headed to Brazil and a few other countries in South America before returning back to New York and preparing to graduate! How is the economy of Brazil different than the United States economy? Can you name any other country in South America? These are a few of many questions we hope to learn about this week on our journey!
  6. Writing: Creativity shines in each child’s writing!  Their preferences include: journal entries, stories on chrome books, and writing stories individually, with partners, or in small groups.  We continually put an emphasis on using capital letters, punctuation, finger spacing, and conventional spelling
  7. Google Classroom: Students continue to complete assignments and quizzes in English Language Arts, Math, Religion, Social Studies, and Science. Please ask your son/daughter to show you what they have been working on. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to send me an email.