November News Letter, Mrs. McPherson & Ms. Lee, 5th Grade

·        10/26 – Late Start (Every Wednesday)

·        BMPH is due every Tuesday, signed by an adult

  • 10/25 and 10/26 – Parent Teacher Conferences (Report Cards distributed at conferences)
  • Thursday, 11/1 – Mass, Holy Day, All Saints Day/Eight Grade Inauguration
  • Friday, 11/2, No Mass
  • 11/9, Friday, November Birthday Celebration
  • 11/19 – 11/23, Thanksgiving Break for Students
  • 11/30 - November 2nd Quarter Progress Reports sent Home  


Reading with your children 30 minutes a day is important. But why is it so important? Here are some big results you can expect when you commit to a daily reading routine with your children. Family Bonding

Reading is a great way to spend quality time with your children. From nightly bedtime stories to trips to the library, your children will look forward to spending this one on one time with you every day. Practice makes perfect

The more you and your child read together, the more they will improve their vocabulary, comprehension, and sight reading skills. A reading routine goes a long way in building these reading foundations. Do you hear what I hear?

Reading to your child boosts their listening skills, which are important for later reading and understanding. Listening to a parent read aloud helps children increase their ability to concentrate in school. Get ready for school

If you want your child to walk in to their first day of school ready to succeed, the best thing you can do is read to them each day. This reading routine builds their vocabulary and benefits them when they start reading on their own. Know it all

All subjects, including science and math, require reading and comprehension skills. In fact, when kids read more outside of school, they have higher math scores.* Reading is an essential part of education from kindergarten through college no matter what you are studying, so starting early and reading often will set your children on the path to academic success Stop and give me 30 – exercise your brain

We all know the importance of exercise for the body, but it’s just as important for the mind. Reading every day builds new brain synapses and forges new connections. One study shows that reading instruction can cause the brain to rewire itself and produce new white matter, and it improves communication throughout the brain.** Reading is just what the doctor ordered

The American Academy of Pediatrics promotes that “Reading regularly with young children stimulates optimal patterns of brain development and strengthens parent-child relationships at a critical time in child development, which, in turn, builds language, literacy, and social-emotional skills that last a lifetime.”


·      Be Safe and Forever Prayerful







Good Reads for 9 – 12 Year Olds

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O’Brien

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary

The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White

The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson

Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Lois Sachar

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater

My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett

Stuart Little by E. B. White

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis




Battle of the Books Book List

The Masterminds

Gordon Korman


Kwame Alexander

Save Me a Seat

          Sarah Weeks and Gita


Carlo Collodi (Puffin Classics Edition; Translation by E. Harden)

A Long Walk to Water

          Linda Sue Park

Anything But Typical

          Nora Raleigh Baskin

The Boy on the Wooden Box

          Leon Leyson

You’ll Like It Here, Everybody Does

          Ruth White

The Last Boy at St. Edith’s

          Lee Gjertsen Malone

City of Ember

          Jeanne DuPrau


Helen Frost


          Lois Lowry



Cynthia Kadohata


          Sarah Pennypacker

The Misadventures of Maude


          Audrey Couloumbis


The Boundless

          Kenneth Oppel

Island of the Blue Dolphin

          Scott O’Dell


            Patricia Reilly Giff

A Snicker of Magic

          Natalie Lloyd

Hana’s Suitcase , Karen Levine




Ms. Lee
Special Needs Services Instructor