Last Week of School Reminders….

Dear Families,

It has been the best year and I am so proud of this group!

Monday – Wednesday we have 3 normal ‘ha ha’ school days; although on Monday they have their last of 6 special ART Classes w/Mrs. Scovil from the Tucson Museum of Art.

On Monday at our morning assembly at 8:06am there will be student council speeches and a special presentation to Ms. Hayward and the 5th Grade.

On Tuesday they will be given a math placement test by Mrs. Breault and Mrs. Gould in Tankersley Hall at 10:30am.

Wednesday there is no HOT Lunch so they need to remember to bring a lunch.

Thursday we go to Baccalaureate Mass at 10am and then we will leave for the Class Party after that. I do have plenty of drivers but the more parent helpers the better. It will be a lot of fun at the Tucson Racquet Club but there are 2 other classes having their parties there (3rd Grade and 6th Grade). Please make sure everything is labeled; especially sunscreen, towels, hats, etc.

Friday we have a noon dismissal and our last assembly is at 11am in the Student Center.




¡Hola! The fifth graders are starting a new chapter focusing on ways to describe ourselves and others. We will be learning adjective agreement and using the verb “ser”. We will be writing poems in Spanish using what we have learned.  Have a great week!

¡Hasta luego!

Sra. Van Straalen


Dear Families,

I have a few reminders for you.  Your child has an informational sheet that I passed out today for “everything you need to know about our Phoenix field trip.”  Please make sure that you have your child here by 7:45.  We will board the bus at 7:55 and must be on the road by 8:00 to make sure we meet our guide at the scheduled time.  They will not need to bring their backpacks to school.  They only need their bag with their electronics and whatever else they are taking with them on the bus.  They will also need their lunch and water bottles.  Money for the gift shops is entirely optional.  They must wear their red and khaki uniforms.

Wednesday they will be having a Chapter 8 Social Studies test.  I hope you have seen your child studying for it.  They should also be studying for their Qwest #3 vocabulary words for Sophia’s War.  They were supposed to have it this week but because of our disrupted schedule on Tuesday, I think it would be wise to delay the vocabulary test until Monday, April 23.

We had Mrs. Scoville from the Tucson Museum of Art come in today and teach us about Kandinsky’s art.  The students then did their own interpretation of his artwork.  We will have one more session with her next month.  We feel so fortunate to have this extra art presentation.

The members of Girls on the Run are doing a service project which will help PACC.  Pima Animal Care Center is dedicated to caring for pets who have been abandoned.  They are collecting anything that PACC would find useful including treats, toys, towels, beds, etc.

Thank you for your support.


Info on Phoenix Field Trip on Tuesday, April 17th

Phoenix Field Trip

Be at school, ready to board the bus at 7:55am

We MUST leave at 8:00 am sharp!

You may bring small Hand Held Electronics w/ Earbuds…. IF we can hear the electronics we will take them away.

Kindles, Nooks, iPads are fine BUT student is responsible. (Movies G or PG only)


There is no wifi on bus. There are no charging outlets to recharge devices.

Students are responsible for their own items, including $$$.

Students may NOT borrow  items or $$$$ from anyone else; including parent chaperones!

All items will remain on bus while we are in Capital and Science Center!

The bus driver stays with bus and it is locked while we are away.

Students will only take their spending $ into Science Center/Capital.

This is a good day to wear a watch.



  • One small bag to hold personal items
  • One lunch
  • One water bottle
  • $$$ (optional) for gift shop at Science Center and Capital



We return between 5:30 pm and 5:50 pm.

We will try to have homeroom parents send a text or phone call when we reach Marana so you can meet us in the parking lot on time.