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 May 20-23 News

  • This Thursday, May 23 is Flip-flop day!  Children may wear flip-flop, crocs, or sandals to school that day.

  • There is no school this Friday or next Monday – enjoy the long weekend!

  • Variety show will take place on May 30, 2019.  Children should practice the dances (that are posted in google classroom) in the evening, and we will continue to practice at school.  Please refer to the email that went home last week for information regarding costumes. Children should bring their costumes to school on the 30th for the day performance and wear it to school for the evening show. We are so excited!!!


What we will be learning the week of May 20-23:

Math- This week we will finish up the unit on fractions by relating decimals and fractions to understand the relationship between them. We will end the year learning about geometry, customary units of capacity, and converting measurements.

Due to the Memorial Day weekend, there will be NO IXL homework due this week. Enjoy! J

Religion- May is the holy month of Mary!  Throughout the month, we will explain how Mary was taken to heaven –body and soul and list the ways in which we honor her. We will also recite a decade of the Rosary during the week. Last Tuesday we  attended May Crowning presented by the 8th grade – it was so beautiful!  We heard the Hail Mary recited in 10 different languages by students in the school….including our very own Tao DiPasquale, who recited in Korea and Ali Gandolfo, who recited in Italian – way to go girls!!

We will wrap up Chapter 19, We Belong to the Kingdom,  this week. We will define the Communion of Saints as the union of the saints in heaven, the souls in purgatory, and the Church on earth. We will also describe how these members of help one another. Lastly, we will discuss how prayers and good deeds are ways to assist others in need.

Key words: Aztecs, intercede, litany, Communion of Saints

Language Arts- We will wrap up Frindle this week!  We have learned various  literary concepts  and discussed each chapter with some engaging writing activities. These questions are focused more on recollection and reasoning of what we just read. For homework, students have answered a Reading Response Question that pertained to the chapters we read that day. The Reading Response questions are more challenging and require the children to think critically and come up with their own thoughts about what we have read that day. The nightly Reading Response question will be answered in students’ creative writing journal and should be at least 4-5  complete sentences. We are having so much fun reading this novel!

Spelling- Unit 31: VCCV Pattern: person, helmet, until, carpet, napkin, Monday, enjoy, forget, problem, Sunday, garden, market, basket, order, after, under, expect, wisdom

Eight Spelling sentences and ABC order is due on Thursday.  We will also have the test on Thursday due to no school on Friday.

 ALL assignments should be written in cursive unless otherwise noted, thank you!

 Social Studies- We are wrapping up our unit on citizenship! We will continue learning the different rights and responsibilities of citizens, the duties of citizens, and what it means to be a good citizen. We will also continue to learn about different people in history that have showed exemplary character traits and have changed their communities for the better. We have completed various in-depth assessments in class. 

Science- We will wrap up Chapter 8 this week!  In liu of a test, we have done in-class assignments and activities that will serve as the test.

Chapter 8: Planet, Moon, Stars

Lesson 1: The Sun and Earth: Explain what causes day and night and the seasons. Describe the Sun Key terms: rotate, axis, revolve, orbit, star

Lesson 2: The Moon and Earth: Identify the phases of the Moon and explain why the Moon seems to change shape. Describe features of the moon Key terms: phase, crater

Lesson 3: The Planets: Describe our solar system and the inner and outer planets. Key terms: solar system, planet, telescope, space probe

Lesson 4: The Stars: Describe stars and constellations. Describe why different constellations can be seen during different seasons. Key terms: constellations


Important Dates This Month

  • May 21 Spring Fling
  • May 24 No School
  • May 27 No School, Memorial Day
  • May 30 Variety Show
  • June 7 Noon Dismissal
  • June 10 Noon Dismissal
  • June 11 Last Day of School


  • 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. 

  • Students have the google chrome logins and passwords on a label in their organizers. On our google classroom there are various different study tools for all subjects that we have been posting. It is an excellent tool for practicing vocabulary, spelling, math skills, etc. 

  • Students should be playing IXL for 20 minutes every week. 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! 

Tests/Quizzes 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 (Approaching Expectation) or NE (Not Approaching Grade -Level Expectation at this time) on any assessment that comes home in their Signed Paper Folder, then please have your child do corrections on a separate piece of paper stapled to the assessment. 


**All dates are subject to change**


Monday- Library

Tuesday- Music

Wednesday- Computers

Thursday- PE

Friday- Art