Monthly Archives: May 2017

The Final Days of Fifth Grade

The final days of fifth grade are upon us! This year has gone SO FAST! I cannot believe I will be saying goodbye to my first class of fifth graders at Central Manor on June 7th. I could not of asked for a better group of kiddos to kick start my career at Penn Manor.

Just a few reminders as summer quickly approaches….

  • PTO End of the Year Picnic is Wednesday, May 31st from 5:30-7:30pm!
  • Our last day of school is Wednesday, June 7th. It is an early dismissal day (no breakfast or lunch will be served)
  • Friday folders will be given to students on Friday, June 2nd and do not have to be returned next week.
  • The end of marking period 4 is on Friday, June 2nd. Report cards will be sent home on the last day of school (June 7th). The report card envelope will include your child’s 6th grade teacher for next year!
  • During the summer months- please encourage your children to READ, READ, READ! Please also encourage them to PRACTICE THEIR BASIC FACTS!

As most of you know, my husband and I will be welcoming our first baby into the world this summer (3 more weeks!!). Many of my students have asked me if I could post pictures of our baby boy on my blog. Look out for a summer update from me when he decides to join us 🙂

It has been a pleasure getting to know you and your children this year. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns,  please do not hesitate to contact me (even next year!) Your children are who they are because of YOU and YOUR support this school year and I cannot tell you how much I appreciate their hard work throughout the year.

Student Council Final Fundraiser for the Year!

A Message from  our Student Council Reps – Our last fund raiser of the year will be a global community project. Heifer International is an organization that helps needy families all over the world by providing them with a farm animal that will supply the family with milk, eggs, or wool. When the animal has a baby, the family passes the gift along by giving the baby to another needy family in their community. That family will then pass the gift along to another family.

On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week, Central Manor students will raise money to help Heifer International buy a farm animal for a needy family. Student Council is sponsoring a contest to determine what type of animal we will buy. The choices are: cow, goat, chickens or pig. You can vote for your animal of choice by donating a quarter. Each quarter equals one vote.


The week of 5/8….

Here is what is happening in Mrs. O’Donnell’s classroom this week…

Remember: This Friday, we have an Early Dismissal (1:30pm)

In Math…we will finish reviewing for our (last) benchmark this week. We will begin out benchmark on Wednesday (this is a 50 question assessment that covers ALL of our 5th grade math curriculum). Next week, we will begin “front loading” Chapter 1 of 6th grade. 🙂

In Social Studies…  I will be seeing Mrs. Purzycki’s class for our Western Expansion Unit starting Tuesday and my homeroom students will go to her room for science! This week, we will be focusing on the Louisiana Purchase and Lewis and Clarke’s journey across the West.

In Spelling…we will be covering lesson 27 (only 3 more lessons to go!) in spelling this week. Students were given this Lesson 27 spelling packet on Friday May 5th. The spelling list is activated on spelling city so please encourage your children to study their words through this website (if they have access to a computer at home) This is a fun and interactive way to learn their spelling words. I have included a definition/sentence list in the spelling packets. Packets are due on 5/12 and our spelling test is also on 5/12.

Our spelling words this week are….astronomy, disaster, asterisk, astronaut, asteroid, chronic, chronicle, chronology, chronological, synchronize, cyclical, bicyclist, cyclone, encyclopedia, hydrogen, hydrant, hydrate, optic, optician, optical

Reading…we will be finishing Lesson 26 “Lewis and Clarke” by completing our TDA this week. Lesson 27 “Klondike Kate” will be introduced on Tuesday with a new set of vocab words. Our focus skill will continue to be summarizing and paraphrasing. In Grammar, we will cover contractions this week. We will continue our Magazine Unit with News Articles and Pro/Con/Product Comparison writing pieces.


May 12- Early Dismissal (1:30pm)

May 15- Olympic Day (afternoon)

May 22-Title 1 Intermediate Night 6:00-7:30 PM

My 5th Grade Surprise Baby Shower!

On Friday, my class SUPRISED me with a baby shower! It was so much fun! I just want to say THANK YOU to all parents involved and I am so grateful to be a part of such a wonderful community of students and parents this year. My students were so excited to surprise me and give me baby presents and homemade cards that I will cherish always!  Your children are truly the most thoughtful and caring students I have ever had. Thank you again so much. Everyone made me (and baby) feel so special. <3

The Week of 5/1….

Happy May! It is hard to believe that there is only 1 month left of school! Time flies when you have a great group of students 🙂

In Math…we will be reviewing Chapters 1-12 in order to prepare for our last benchmark! This week we will be reviewing Chapters 1-8. Next week, we will review Chapters 9-12 and take our (Chapters 1-12) benchmark.

In Social Studies…we will finish our last unit of 5th grade this week (Western Expansion)! We will learn about the Gold Rush (our final lesson) then take the rest of the week to review for our test. Our test will be on Friday 5/5. Students will be given a study guide on Wednesday. Next week, my homeroom students will go to science.

In Spelling…we will be covering lesson 26 in spelling this week. Students were given the Lesson 26 spelling packet on Friday 4/28.  The spelling list is activated on spelling city so please encourage your children to study their words through this website (if they have access to a computer at home) This is a fun and interactive way to learn their spelling words. I have included a definition/sentence list in the spelling packets. Packets are due on 5/5, spelling test is on 5/5.

Our spelling words this week are (same words as last week)…deactivation, disloyalty, impossibly, undoubtedly, unsuccessful, impassible, immeasurable, uncollectible, unsafely, replacement, unlikable, discoverable, rearrangement, unselfishly, unbelievable, encouragement, unbreakable, dishonesty, reappearance, reassurance

In Reading…we will be working within Lesson 26 this week of Story town “Lewis and Clark” (which ties in so well with our Social Studies unit!) Our focus skill this week is summarizing and paraphrasing. Our vocab words are Esteem, Peril, Dismal, Terrain, Ordeal, Profusely, Intently, and Asset.

In Writing…we are continuing with our Magazine Unit this week. This project is so much fun and I hope the students are enjoying it so far. Each student has chosen a”theme” and will be creating a magazine that is centered around that topic (sports, animals, fashion, etc.) There will be several writing assignments for this unit and the students are able to get really creative with each assignment! The writing pieces we will be completing this week are advertisements, advice columns, and news articles.  Let the creativity flow!


May 1-5      Spring Book Fair (My students will be going on Tuesday during Flex)
May 2          End of Year Retiree Dinner 6:00 PM High School
May 5          “Adopt-a-Vet” Program Pt.1 – Grades 5/6 only 9:15-10:00 AM
May 5          Penn Manor Spring Fling – Comet Field – 4:00-9:00 PM