Rm 5 - Mrs. Hetherington

Welcome to Room 5's web page!

I update my web page weekly to give an overview of what we are learning about in each subject. Please also look here for information about important upcoming dates and projects. I do not post daily homework, that is what their organizers are for :)

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Week of January 27-31:

  • Please don't forget to register online for Hoops for Heart.  Any class with 100% registration receives a basket full of recess equipment!

  • The De Chantal Casino Night gala will be held on March 14, 2020 in the school gym. This will be a fun night out and a great way to raise money for the arts programs and building upgrades. Please visit www.dechantalcasinonight.com to become an event sponsor or to purchase tickets. The Gala committee is also looking for donations and people to host sign up parties. Reach out to   with any questions.

  • This Friday we will be having our Compliment Party!  Children may bring a stuffed animal to school so they can watch The BFG with them! while they have pizza, juice and a sweet treat!

  • Sunday marked the beginning of Catholic Schools’ Week! This is a week- long celebration honoring all aspects of Catholic School, below is the list of themes for each day:

    • Monday: Parent Appreciation  Day ( Open House for new and current families)

    • Tuesday: Student Appreciation Day

    • Wednesday: Catholic School

    • Thursday: Community & Volunteer Appreciation

    • Friday: Teacher Appreciation

Below is the schedule for the week, please let me know if you have any questions.


Chapter 8: Multiplication Concepts

Chapter 9: Multiplication and Facts Patterns -

In this chapter, students will find patterns in a multiplication table, and different ways to multiply (draw pictures/arrays, skip count, and write multiplication sentence) when 3, 6, 7, 8, and 9 are factors. Students will multiply three numbers and find products as well as missing factors using the Associative property.

Twenty minutes of IXL is due on Monday, February 3rd for the week of January 27th-Feb. 2nd.   


This week we will discuss the parables: The Lost Sheep, The Good Samaritan, The Mustard Seed, The Prodigal Son, and The Sower.  Students will be broken up into groups and assigned a parable.  They will read the story together, answer questions, complete an activity, and then reenact the parable for the class.


Unit 17: Vowel Sounds in spoon and wood

Spoon, wood, drew, smooth, blue, balloon, flew, true, stood, chew, tooth, shook, shoe, move, blew, foot, loose, jewel

Eight sentences and ABC order 3x’s each are due on Thursday.  ALL assignments should now be written in cursive unless otherwise noted, thank you!

Language Arts: 

We will finish reading The BFG by Roald Dahl. Your children have learned various different literary concepts. We have read about two chapters in class every day and had class discussions after reading along with some writing activities in their BFG packets. The questions students have answered in their packets are focused more on recollection and reasoning of what we just read. The  Reading Response Questions your children have had for homework pertained to the chapters we read that day. These questions were more challenging and required the children to think critically and come up with their own thoughts about what we have read that day. The nightly Reading Response question must be at least 4-5 complete sentences and signed by an adult each night

In the event your child forgets their writing journal at school, please have them answer the question on a lined piece of paper and bring to school the next day. I have attached the Response Question on the link below.

Reading Response Questions

Social Studies:

We have started our unit on citizenship! We are learning the different rights and responsibilities of citizens, the duties of citizens, and what it means to be a good citizen. We will also learn about different people in history that have showed exemplary character traits and have changed their communities for the better.  


Ch. 7 Changes in Weather

Lesson 1: Weather: we will define weather and its different  characteristics

Key terms: atmosphere, weather, temperature, precipitation, wind, air pressure

Lesson 2: The Water Cycle: Infer how condensation and rain forms in the atmosphere. Describe the water cycle and how it relates to weather

Key terms: cloud, evaporation, water vapor, condensation, water cycle, tornado, hurricane, blizzard,

Lesson3: Climates and Seasons: Explain why climate varies from place to place and summarize how seasons differ from place to place

Key terms: climate, sphere, axis, seasons

Important Dates This Month 

  • January 6 Classes Resume
  • January 17 Noon Dismissal
  • January 20 No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Sunday January 26 Beginning of Catholic Schools Week
  • January 27 Open House


  • Students should be playing IXL for 20 minutes every week - the first 20 minutes will be due on Monday, Sept. 16th) I will check every Monday and count the 20 minutes completed as a homework grade for that week. IXL is an excellent way to practice skills we are working on in the classroom and to review any concepts that may be tricky for your child. It is also a great way to study for tests!

  • Please remember that students may not bring in anything with peanuts or nuts in it for snack. Our room is a peanut free room!

  • Below is de Chantal’s inclement weather policy.   If snow is in the forecast suing the school day, please be sure to check your email frequently for any updates for early closure. Please make sure your children are prepared for the colder weather.  No child will be able to go outside for recess if they do not have coat, hat, gloves, etc. 

  • De Chantal follows Montgomery County Public Schools for decisions regarding inclement weather closings, delays and early release. If there is a delayed opening, there is no "Morning Care". If there is an early school closure, there will be no Extended Day. If school closes at the normal time, but Montgomery County cancels after school activities, Extended Day will be open. 

Assessment Information

  • Religion and Language Arts quizzes are usually once a week. Students are allowed to use their workbooks/textbook for these tests to help further the skill of using text based evidence to support their answers. Tests for Math and Social Studies are at the end of every chapter and are NOT open book. These tests require studying outside of school. I will always give at least a full week of notice before a Math or Social Studies test. 

  • Spelling tests are usually every Friday. The weekly spelling homework (words in ABC order 3x each and 8 sentences hand written with one word per sentence) will always be due on Thursday.

  • If your child receives an AE or NE on an assessment then please have your child do test corrections on a separate piece of paper stapled to the test. 

  • Please return all assessments back in the Signed Paper Folder


  • Monday- Library

  • Tuesday- Music

  • Wednesday- Computers

  • Thursday- PE

  • Friday- Art