A few reminders before Monday….

It was a pleasure meeting your children!  I am looking forward to a great year in 5B.

Please sign up for a conference time as soon as possible.  If you need an alternate time than the times available, please let me know.


Students need to label the tabs of their ‘keepers’ before Monday.

Students need to bring in a 4 x 6 photo of themselves from this summer OR you can email the picture to me and I will print it out here at school.

Students should share with you their NEW assignment book.

Students need to have a silent reading book at school by Monday.



Thursday, August 24, Curriculum Night begins at 6:00. This is an important event for everyone to make the school year a successful school year!


Monday Info

Hello St. Michael’s Families,

We are eagerly awaiting the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21st. We have some fun activities planned to celebrate the event. To begin the day, we will have a fantastic student presentation during our morning chapel that will explain the eclipse to the entire student body. Additionally, we will be providing NASA approved solar eclipse viewers to students to protect their eyes when viewing the eclipse outside. These viewers were purchased at the University of Arizona, and they have the appropriate approvals when used correctly. The risk of potential damage to eye sight will be carefully explained to all students. They will be instructed not to look at the sun without using their safety viewers.
In addition to hands on classroom activities and possible live streaming of the solar eclipse from locations at 100% totality, students in grades 3 – 8 will have the opportunity to go to the park to view and record their observations of the eclipse. Students in K-2 will not be viewing the eclipse in the park but will have indirect observations from their classrooms and courtyards as well as possible live streaming of sites in the path of the total eclipse.
Please discuss the eclipse with your children at home before heading off to school on Monday. Reiterate our clear instructions to never look directly at the sun during the eclipse. As always, remember to practice good sun safety habits by wearing sun screen and bring a water bottle and a hat to school.
Should you prefer that your child not go outside to view the eclipse due to possible risk factors, please let the classroom or homeroom teacher know by Monday morning.
This is an exciting event and a great real life observation of an astronomical event. It should be an exciting day.
The St. Michael’s Science Teachers

August Back to School Letter

Dear Students and Families,

    Welcome to the Fifth Grade at St. Michael’s School.  I am looking forward with great enthusiasm to a wonderful year of growth and achievement for each student.  As a team we will have fun learning and working together to be the best we can be.

    I look forward to seeing students on Friday, August 18, 2017.  Please bring your summer reading book logs, the required book, Flora & Ulysses, and the completed math requirement on first day of school.  

    Please make certain all clothing and items brought to school have the student’s name printed in permanent marker.  Just a reminder that your backpack MUST fit into the cubbies(17” deep, 12” wide, and 15.5” high).

     We do not have refrigeration facilities or microwaves for the students in the Intermediate grades. Please send a cold pack in the lunch box during the hot weather.  It is extremely important that students bring a reusable water bottle to school each day.

    Please have students arrive at St. Michael’s by 7:50am.  School starts promptly at 8am.  I open my classroom door for students at 7:45am. The extra minutes give students time to unpack, turn in homework, and get organized for the day.

    Homework will be assigned Monday through Thursday evenings.  It will consist of written work, studying, and reading(a mandatory 20 minutes a night, 7 days a week).  In addition, there will be a few long-term assignments.  Time will vary with the student and the assignment, but in general, homework will require about one hour each evening.  We go over the directions for homework in class so students should be able to complete homework with very little assistance.

    Have a wonderful last few weeks of summer. I am looking forward to a great school year. Please feel free to contact me at any time with your questions, concerns, or comments.


                                                                          Ms. Penni Hayward



First Week of School News

Dear 5th Grade Families,

I am so excited to have your child in my classroom. We are really enjoying getting to know each other. I will have the sign up sheet for In-Take Conferences on my outside bulletin board (to the right of the classroom door) so please sign up as soon as possible. If you can’t find a time that works for you please see me and we will find another time that will work. The students do not attend this conference.
It is very important to attend Curriculum Night on Thursday evening and I look forward to seeing all of you. We will begin in the Student Center (gym). After a short assembly we will go to my classroom and discuss the highlights of your child’s 5th grade year! Just a few reminders: Please have your child arrive at school between 7:45-8:00am. I do open my classroom door at 7:45am. Students need to bring a labeled water bottle to school everyday.

If you have any questions or need to talk to me please email me or stop by the classroom after school, the time before school starts is not the best time and I always want to give you my full attention.

Again I look forward to a wonderful school year.   Ms. Hayward