September Notes

5th Grade News

We have been in school almost a month. It doesn't seem possible!

I have a few things I would like to share with you.

As most of you already know, Sister Rose Marie Weber is with us this semester as our student teacher.  Sister has a degree in Math from Fort Hays State University and is now completing her degree in Elementary Education.. How lucky we are to have her!

We will spend this year preparing for Middle School, State Assessments, and the Diocesan Religion Test in May.  As you may have already noticed, there is an increase in the amount of homework your child has each night.  An hour or less is not considered too much but if they usually have a great deal more than that, there may be a problem with using their time wisely in class or having a problem understanding a subject.  Please keep an eye on them and contact me at school if you have any concerns.  We are working on paying attention in class and following directions after carefully reading them, not being in a big hurry to complete things just to get them done.

Students may now access the website for our Math series.  They will be given their username and passwords so they may do this from any computer that has internet access. Here is the link for that

This site has tutorials, videos, worksheets,games and interactive math tools.  This can be a terrific resource for them at home!

Some up-coming things to be aware of:

Visit to the Sedgwick County Zoo  Tuesday, October 6th from 9:30-2:00  5th Grade Fire Prevention Program

Sack lunches will be provided.  Students will need sunscreen and they may wear jeans according to the Handbook policy.  We will need drivers who have proof of insurance, Virtus training and a valid driver's license.  Zoo admission is free for drivers who stay with the students.  More information as the time draws nearer.

Thank you for allowing me to be a partner in your child's education!

Mrs. Johansen

May Wrap-Up

Dear 5th Grade Parents,

As we enter the last few days of school, there are a few things I need to mention to you.

  1. We are missing a Bible from the room.  It has a red paperback cover and the number “12” written on the spine of the book.
  2. There are two blue dictionaries missing from the book shelf.  They are also paperback books.
  3. Several of the books from the classroom library shelves are missing as well.

Please have your children look at home and any other place they are at frequently.  The classroom library books are ones that I must pay for and it gets quite expensive to replace them each year.  The Bibles and dictionaries must be purchased out of the school funds and that also adds to our costs for school each year.  I would appreciate your help in this matter.

Thank you so much for your cooperation and help with the class this year.  I appreciate you allowing me to be your child’s teacher.  May everyone have an enjoyable and restful summer!

Mrs. Johansen

Spring 2015

Happy Easter!!!


We are finally finished with the State Assessment tests for this year.  The students worked really hard to prepare for them.

Mrs. Heiman has directed that anyone who is tardy to school from now until the end of the year will be required to serve a 7:00 a.m. detention in the Community Room the following day.  This is due to the great increase in the number of tardies each day.  When students are late to class it causes a disruption to the rest of of the class and learning time is lost.  Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.


The 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes will be going on a field trip to the Zoo for Earth Day on Thursday, April 23rd.  It seems we do have plenty of drivers at this time.  Your student does need a sack lunch with a drink for that day.


Please remind your student that we still have many things to learn in the next few weeks that are left in school.  These things will be vital to their success in Middle School next year.  Now is not the time to stop working and doing their best.  I know it can be difficult to sit still and work hard when the Spring weather is so nice, but we must try to keep learning!



November is already here!


Thanks to all the parents who drove for our Zoo field trip and helped out at our Halloween Party.  We really enjoyed both of those events!

Parent- Teacher Conferences went well, we had 100% participation in 5th grade.  Thank you for coming and discussing your child's progress and being so involved.  Parents are a child's 1st teachers!

Cold evenings indoors are a great time to do some extra reading.  30 minutes a night would be a great goal for 5th graders.

The first 3 students who can tell me what Saint's feast day is on November 30th will receive a surprise!

Thank you for reading this message.

March Notes

February has come and gone.  This school year is slipping so quickly!


You should have received a note about our upcoming field trip to the Zoo.  We will be going to the Earth Day activities at the Zoo on Thursday, April 23rd.  We are still in need of drivers.  Even if you can't stay at the Zoo with us but can provide rides it would really be appreciated.


We are really working on State Assessment preparation.  You will no doubt have noticed the increase in homework, especially in Math.  We will begin testing the Monday after Spring Break. Please be sure your child gets lots of rest and and a good breakfast with some protein, (cheese, meat, nuts, etc.).


The Middle School has decided to implement a Demerit Card system for students.  So they are used to it, we have decided to follow this system during the 4th Quarter of 5th grade.  Instead of losing recess or receiving an extra assignment for a bad behavior, they will be given a demerit.  For each demerit, the parent will be required to sign the card and return it the next day.  After 5 demerits, the student will be required to serve a detention. Demerits will be given for any violation of school rules.


The 5th grade did a terrific job collecting money for the Walk in Sister's Shoes campaign.  We collected a total of $594!!!!!

That total went towards the school-wide total of over $4,000!  Way to go guys!!!

Mrs. Johansen

(Sorry, no secret word, too many students looking over my shoulder!)

December News

Advent Greetings to All!

By now we all have experienced the changes to the Liturgy.  I am reminding the students to use the Missalette at Mass to help them become used to the changes.  It will take some time, but we'll get there!

We are praying for 3 young men who are attending Conception Seminary in hopes of discerning their vocation, possibly to the Priesthood.  These particular young men are friends and former classmates of my sons.  We are sending cards and letters, as well as praying for them.

Please be sure to encourage your child to do some independent reading at home each night!

Check the school calendar for important dates and look at the notes on the back concerning Christmas Store, Christmas program and other important events in December.

Happy Advent!

Who can tell me the names of at least 5 major feast days in December?




Welcome to 2nd Semster!

2nd Semester already, we have so many things going all at once!

Walk in Sister's Shoes Campaign has begun and your children have been and continue to receive updates in the form of notes being sent home.

We began MAP testing this morning for the 2nd of 3 times this year.  I will be looking closely at the scores to see what progress each student is making and adjust the curriculum accordingly.  Please encourage your child to do their best.

Tutoring is available after school on Mondays for any student.  We meet until 4:00 on those days.

Catholic Schools' Week is January 25th -30th.  Look for notes about special events planned for that week.

Each student has been given a packet of spelling words that are used in the National Spelling Bee competition.  We will be having practice bees in our room to determine who will represent our class at the school competition, STUDY!

As always we are working hard to cover all of the subjects we need to prepare for Middle School.  Please encourage your students to work hard, homework may increase in the next few weeks.

Thank you so much for your continued support of your children and myself.  I always look forward to hearing from parents!

Mrs. Johansen

February News

Happy February!


The first week starts with our celebration of Catholic Schools Week.  Be sure to check the calendar for a schedule of events.

We are really gearing up for State Assessment Tests.  We are reviewing in Math and Reading, using the practice tests in the Computer Lab.  5th graders will be having more Math work in class, also.  Please make sure your child gets a good breakfast and plenty of sleep at night.

Does anyone know the name of the Saint we celebrate on Feb. 3rd by the blessing of throats?

Mrs. Johansen

Dec./Advent/School news

Only 2 weeks of Advent left and and 1 week of school!

Tutoring for a few students for extra math will begin on Monday, Dec. 15th after school until

4:00 p.m.  I have spoken to those students who need to stay, but if you would like your child to stay, they are welcome.


Our Christmas program is on Monday the 15th, also.


Our last day of school for Christmas Break is Thursday.  We will have 11:30 dismissal and NO LATCHKEY!!


Have a very Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year!!!


Mrs. Johansen

April Message

Easter Blessings!

I hope you all had a Blessed Easter Day and are enjoying the lovely Spring weather!

We successfully completed our State Assessment testing in 5th grade.  The next round of testing will be the final MAP testing for the year and our Steward (Diocesan Religion)Test.  The Steward test will be taken sometime after May 7th.  Please encourage your child to review at home as well as at school.  We need to review our prayers, 10 Commandments, Gifts of the Holy Spirit, Mysteries of the Rosary and Virtues, along with several other things.  I will be going over these things in class as well.

I know that it is sometimes difficult to concentrate on school work and several students are involved in Spring sports, but we really need to hang in there and work really hard until the end of school!


Who can give me the names of three Saints who have feast days during the month of April? I have a treat for the first 5 people to give me the answer!



I have been meaning to get on here and update for over 2 weeks now and here it is, nearly the end of November!

Here are a few things that are going on in our class:


1.  We will be presenting the Our Lady of Guadalupe short play on the 12th of December (not sure of the time yet, sometime that morning).  I have a parent who has offered to help make the costumes we need.  If anyone else would be willing to help her, please let me know.

2.  There is a way to access help on the website for our Math series.  Mrs. Heiman and I are TRYING to get the code that you will need to use this.  I will give it to you as soon as we find it.

3. Please be sure to allow students time to use their Learning Upgrade accounts. (To those that this applies to.)

4.  I will be starting tutoring after school on Mondays.  I will be notifying students as to who should attend.

There will be more updates later. When we return from Thanksgiving Break it will already be Advent.  E!njoy your time together!


Question: Name 3 December Saints and their Feast Days

Mrs. Johansen


May, the month of our Blessed Mother!

Things are winding down for this school year, I can't believe how quickly each year passes.  But...... we still have some work to do!!!!!

The Diocesan Steward Test is coming very shortly.  I am giving the students things that they need to study at home to prepare.  We will most likely be taking the test on Tuesday, May 15th, sooner if I feel they are ready.  It will be taken on the computer this year and we will have the results within a day or two of that.

Be sure to look over the May calendar that was sent home.  Don't forget, we have 11:30 dismissal on Monday, May 7th.  There is NO LATCHKEY that day!!

Thank you to all of the students and parents who have faithfully read my notes each time.  This is very new for me and I hope to be more creative as time goes by.

Have restful summer!

The first five people who tell me they read this and can give me information from this have a prize waiting!!!!!!

October Tidbits

Hopefully the cooler Fall weather is here to stay!

We have just finished our Unit on Native American peoples and completed our project on their dwellings.  The students did an awesome job of depicting the homes and lives of the Native peoples.  They will be on display in the library for at least the next week.

The 5th grade class will put on a short play about Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12th.  I am in need of some help getting a few costumes together.  If you would like to help, please contact me at the school.

The Wichita Public Library has free e-books available for students.  The Britannica Digital learning Collection includes curriculum-aligned volumes for grades K-5 in science, social studies language arts and other core subjects  You will need a library card, just visit  Something I think we should check out!

Not one student came to me with the secret word from last month.  Is anyone reading these?  I would like to hear from you!

Secret word:  Guardian Angels

Welcome Back!

Welcome to 5th Grade!!

I am so excited to get this year going.  Be ready for lots of changes as you enter your last year of Grade School!

Please be sure to have all of your supplies marked, double check the list.

Check this site from time to time for news.  There may be a surprise or two for those who can prove they have visited the site!


Mrs. Johansen

Fall News

We are well into our year!  Thank you to all of the parents who came to Open House or have stopped by and visited at school.  You may contact me by calling the school or sending me a message through e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  I usually check that at least two times a day.


I am up to date on most grades.  You may check those in Power School.  If you don't remember or do not have your username and passwords, please contact the school office.  I usually update grades near the end of the week.


As you may know, I am recovering from a surgery to remove a non-cancerous mass on my brain.  This happened last May, but the recovery sometimes takes a while.  My Mother is here to help me during the day, you may have heard your child speak of her.  She is really enjoying her stay here and I think they like having her around, also!  I appreciate all of your prayers for my continued recovery.


Please check here for updates on what is going on in our class.  If your child tells me the secret word, I have something for them!

Secret Word: St. Therese


Happy Fall!!!

Sptember News

Happy September!

Thank you to all of the parents (and students) who attended Open House.  We had some good discussions!  Thank you, also,

to those who brought in extra supplies from my Wish List, they are a great help:).


Just a few reminders: 1. Spelling tests are every Thursday and Reading Selection quizzes are on Fridays.  The students will be

notified about a week ahead of time for all other tests.

2.Friday Folders are sent home on Fridays or the last day of the week we have school.  Please look through them, sign and

send them back the next school day.

3.Keep an eye on school dress code violations: hair length, belts, etc.


Looking ahead:  I have already made our reservation for the annual Sedgwick County Fire Prevention Luncheon on Tuesday,

October 9th.  We will need drivers for this trip.  It includes free admission to the zoo for parent drivers. ( No siblings, please)


Thank you for reading this, I try to update at least once a month, more if needed.

I have something for the first 3 students who can tell me the Corporal Works of Mercy from memory!


November News

Fall Greetings!

October breezed by so quickly and now November is here!

In October we visited the zoo for Fire Prevention Week and had a great time at the different booths. (And seeing the animals, of course.)

Thank you to all the parents who drove and spent the day with us.

I enjoyed speaking with all of the parents at Parent/Teacher Conferences.  We are so blessed to have such supportive parents who are real

partners in their child's education.  Thank you for sharing your children with me.

Remember, you may contact me at school anytime through e-mail or calling the office and leaving a message.


Cold weather is upon us, (even though some days we have warm temperatures!), we will be going out for recess unless it is raining/snowing

or the wind chill is below freezing.  Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather.


Our AR Reading points goal for 2nd quarter is 15 points.  This will impact the students' grades if this is not met.  This is treated as an

incomplete assignment with a detention as the consequence.


Dates to remember:  November 19 -23: No School.  Teachers attend the Regan Institute/ Thanksgiving Break

November 25th: Feast of Christ the King


Students: The first 3 who come to me knowing the date and name of the beginning of the new Church year, I have a surprise for you!

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving,

Mrs. Johansen

4th Quarter

4th quarter of the school year is already here!  It does not seem possible that we are already talking about Easter, State Assessments, Steward Test and the end of school.

State Assessments- We have been preparing for these in class and computer lab time.  Please encourage you child to do their best, get plenty of rest and eat a good breakfast each day.  We will be starting our tests on April 8th.  Most likely we will do Reading first.  There are 2 sessions of each test. (Math and Reading)

Steward Test- We will begin reviewing soon.  You can help your child by encouraging them to study at home.  They will be given a Study Guide to help them.

Easter - We will be doing an art project for Easter.  I will need some supplies from each student.  A note will be sent home with more information later.

I am trying to organize another Field Trip for later in the Spring, more information to follow.  We will not need drivers, we will be taking a bus.

Keep a look out for notes coming home with more information.

Mrs. Johansen

January/ February News

Happy New Year!!

The Christmas break was very restful but it is good to be back to our usual routine.  2nd Semester will be full with many activities and lots of work in the classroom.  We will be doing a lot of preparation for the upcoming State Assessments and Diocesan Steward test.  At the end of this month, we will be celebrating Catholic Schools Week.  Be sure to be on the look- out for notes with the schedule of events.

In the near future, I will be sending notes home to parents of those students I will be requesting to stay for tutoring after school.  Not everyone will need to stay, only those that might need extra work in order to be successful on the State Assessment.

We are also in the middle of the Walk in Sister's Shoes Campaign.  There will be different opportunities to participate in fund raising activities.  This drive raises money to help out at schools such as our own, with funds to help off-set some of our education costs.  I t does not take the place of regular tithing and Church support.

Who's feast day do we celebrate on February 2nd?

Mrs Johansen


P.S.  If I missed you, please accept my most sincere thanks for the lovely and very generous gifts I received at Christmas!

Zoo Trip Pictures

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Zoo Trip Pictures! Thank you Mrs. Heiman for the help!

Fifth Grade