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: Art and Music

B: TLC and Library

C: Gym

D: Spanish

E: Music and STREAM

F: TLC and Gym

G: Spanish

Ms. Fleckenstein- 117

A: Spanish and Library

B: Art and Music


D: Gym

E: Spanish

F: Music and STREAM

G: TLC and Gym

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

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