5th Grade


Our focus on academic, religious education and spiritual development balanced with extracurricular activities, support our mission to develop well-rounded students.

Increased focus on organization and student responsibility allows for more collaborative group work while differentiating the learning.  Switching classes for two subjects promotes these skills to  encourage personal growth among our students.

5th graders are inventors!  With our winter invention fair, students use their STEM skills to create inventions with a cross curricular process.  The planning starts with research and writing before the buying and inventing begins!

Extracurricular activities, for the first time at school, provide our students with the ability to participate in sports while still managing an academic work load.

RELIGION ( Sadlier)                                                                                                                                                                                   Taught by: Mrs. Gridelli and Ms. Fleckenstein

This year the children will be studying the Sacraments of the Church and how they are based on Scripture.  The students will also be working on applying the Scripture messages and prayer to daily living.  Sunday readings are prepared weekly and special emphasis is given to the Advent and Lenten seasons. Second Step, a violence prevention curriculum, will supplement our religion text twice a week.


SOCIAL STUDIES (Scott Foresman)                                                                                                                                                  Taught by:  Mrs. Gridelli and Ms. Fleckenstein

We’ll be starting off the year with our Money Savvy Kids program which provides a basic understanding of economics. This will aid the launch of our Classroom Economy which will be used as a learning opportunity and behavior program from August to December.  American History is the topic of study this year.  The fifth graders will explore how our nation developed with emphasis on the first explorers, colonial period, and American Revolution.  Students will be working on several research and Internet based projects. Geography is stressed within our studies.  Humanities, citizenship, and economics are integrated into their studies.  


LANGUAGE ARTS (Zaner-Bloser: Spelling Connections, Shurley English,),

READING (Pearson: Ready GEN and novels):                                                                                                                                Taught by:  Mrs. Gridelli

Language Arts is a block of ninety minutes per class.  The reading block will be taught using the Daily Five as the model.  Students will increase reading stamina and comprehension reading several novels to increase vocabulary, comprehension and have exposure to award-winning authors.  Students will focus on narrative, persuasive, and informative writing.  Grammar, phonics, spelling, and writing will be incorporated into the 90 minute block.  Extra emphasis is given to grammar using Shurley English.


MATH (Houghton Mifflin-Go Math):                                                                                                                                                          Taught by: Ms. Fleckenstein

Students will develop fluency with addition and subtraction of fractions as well as multiplication and division of fractions.  They will extend division to two digit divisors, review place value and learn all operations of decimals.  Students will develop and understanding of volume through algebra patterns and graphing, units of measure and geometry.  Mastery of these skills will be aided by our supplemental math text, Simple Solutions.


SCIENCE (Houghton Mifflin-Science Fusion):                                                                                                                                       Taught by: Ms. Fleckenstein

The nature of Science and STEM, Life Science, Earth Science and Physical Science will be studied this year!  Science experiments are an essential component of science.  Lab activities are scheduled in the O’Connell Science Lab twice within our rotation.  The invention project will be introduced in November and will be due in January.  Students will dissect an owl pellet in May.



The D.A.R.E. program begins in fifth grade.  D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance

Education) will be taught by Officer Andries.  He will work with the students once a week until the conclusion of the ten-week program.

Volunteering: Parents are welcome to volunteer for recess, lunch duty, field trips, and parties. You must be fully Virtus trained. We look forward to seeing you! Links to help you help us are below.


Recess/Lunch Duty:


 Virtus Training*:


*Once you click the link and get to the site, you will have to scroll and choose Chicago (Archdiocese) to see the options for available Virtus classes.

Mrs. Gridelli 116

A day – Music and Spanish

B day – Library and TLC

C day – Science Lab and Gym

D day – Art and TLC

E day – Spanish and Gym

F day – Science Lab  


Ms. Fleckenstein 117

A day – Gym and TLC

B day – Spanish

C day – TLC and Science Lab

D day – Gym

E day – Music and Science Lab

F day – Art and Spanish

5th Grade Expectations
January – June
As we transition to the second half of the school year, we feel that it’s important for our
5th graders to be held to similar expectations that they will experience next year in
Junior High.

Our goal is to increase student responsibility and to hold students accountable, now that
students have had the first half of the year to adjust to the everyday routine of 5th
grade. These increased expectations will help with the transition to 6th grade.

Violations – If your child is issued a violation, you will be sent a short
notification via email. Please talk to your child first, so they can explain the situation. If
needed, we’d be happy to provide additional information after you talk to your child.
Violations reset at the beginning of a new trimester.

Students may receive a violation for the following:

Behavior – Students are expected to follow classroom rules and be respectful of
teachers and students. Any St. Cletus staff member may issue a behavior
violation if needed.

○ Forgotten at home or not charged
○ Visiting web pages that are not part of a class assignment / off task
○ Intentional damage
○ If a Chromebook is not working properly – we need to receive an email
from a parent verifying this information within 24 hours or they will
receive a violation. The email does not need to be long or go into detail
about the problem; we’ll talk to your child about that in class.

Recurring Late Homework
○ Late homework is worth half credit. It is essential that students know how
to keep track of and turn in their work on time.
○ If a student is continually turning in assignments late, a violation will be

Out of Uniform – Students are expected to be in uniform. Please review the
uniform guidelines in the St. Cletus handbooks if you are not familiar with our
uniform policy. After one warning, students will be issued a uniform violation.
○ Incorrect uniform for that day
○ Wearing gym shoes with regular uniform
○ Wearing any sweatshirt that is NOT a gym sweatshirt – even if it’s St.
Cletus wear.
○ Socks that are not white/black/navy blue/red

After 4 violations are issued, the 5th violation is a detention.

● Students will serve detention before school 7:20 – 7:50 or after school 3:15 –
● We will contact parents in order to decide on a day/time that works with your
home schedule.

Test Corrections Students may correct one test per subject per
trimester. Test corrections are due the day after a test is handed back or they will not
be accepted.

We understand that situations can happen at home that may require an exception.
Please have your child talk to us (if appropriate) AND send us an email and we will
make decisions accordingly.

Thank you for your help and cooperation with these adjustments. We believe that this
will prepare students for future expectations and help them to excel academically.

Mrs. Gridelli & Ms. Fleckenstein

5th Grade News

Tuesday, March 26th – $1.00 college dress down day to support Misericordia Thursday, March 28th – Stations of the Cross at 2:30 Friday, March 29th – 2019 Auction shirt dress down Monday, April 1st – Friday, April 5th – ASPIRE testing week.  Please make sure your child eats a good breakfast, gets plenty of rest,...
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5th Grade News

Tuesday, February 26th – $1.00 dress down for Misericordia.  Students wear blue to show their support! Wednesday, February 27th – All school Mass at 9:00 am, come celebrate with us! Friday, March 1st – End of second trimester Wednesday, March 6th – Ash Wednesday Mass 9:20 am Thursday, March 7th – Auction shirt dress down,...
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5th Grade News

Monday, February 11th – All school Mass at 9 AM Tuesday, February 12th – 5th grade play, the evening performance is at 7 PM, students should be in the Parish Center by 6:30 – hope to see you there! Thursday, February 14th – Valentine’s Day party! Monday, February 18th – No school Wednesday, February 20th...
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5th Grade News

Sunday, January 27th:  We kick off Catholic Schools’ Week at 9:30 Mass.  Come celebrate with us and join us for Open House from 10:30 – 12:30. Monday, January 28th:  PJ dress down day Tuesday, January 29th: Flannel and stripes dress down day Wednesday, January 30th:  Teacher Appreciation Day – All school Mass at 9:00 am,...
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Friday, January 11th, 2019

Welcome Back! We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas break! Monday, January 14th –  Invention projects are due Wednesday, January 16th –  50s or 80s themed dress down day for $1.00.  Money will be donated to Misericordia Thursday, January 17th – 9 am all school Mass Monday, January 21st – no school Friday, January 25th...
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Friday, December 14th

Upcoming Dates: Wednesday, December 19th – $1.00 Misericordia dress down.  Students can wear Christmas colors or apparel.  There is a Band Concert at 7 pm. Thursday, December 20th – All school Mass at 9 am Friday, December 21st – 1 pm dismissal School resumes on Monday, January 7th Religion- In religion, we are focusing on a...
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Friday, November 30th

Monday, December 3rd – 9am Reconciliation Thursday December 6th – $1.00 Dres Down for Gift of Hope, wear green, purple, or white Friday, December 7th – 8am Mass, 5th grade meets in Church Wednesday, December 12th – 5th grade leads the Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass On Tuesday, we had a gender reveal celebration to...
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Friday, November 9th

Monday, November 12th – Author’s visit Friday, November 16th – 5th grade goes to 8am Mass Friday, November 16th – End of 1st trimester Tuesday, November 20th – 11:30 dismissal, Parent/Teacher Conferences  from 12:30 – 8:00pm Wednesday, November 21st – Thanksgiving break begins! Religion – In Chapter 8, students will describe the events of Pentecost...
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5th Grade News!

Tuesday, October 30th is a dress down day for Breast Cancer Awareness.  Students need to donate at least $1.00 to dress down and should wear some form of pink to show their support.   Wednesday, October 31st – students may wear their school appropriate Halloween costumes to school. Thursday, November 1st – 9am all school...
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