May 1, 2017


Wow! The countdown has begun!!

Can you believe we are on the downhill? Your fifth grader is excited, as well. We still have much to do over the remaining weeks, and I will try and make it as painless as possible. Your child will still have some homework and tests along with preparing for sixth grade.

We will begin our MAP testing the first week of May. We test in reading, language, and math. Also we have the Diocesan Religion Assessment. We have been reviewing for that over the last few months, and will continue to do so the first week and a half of May. I am not positive of the test date for it, but believe it is sometime during the second week of May.

We are scheduled for a field trip to CowTown on May 18. We will leave school at around 9:30 am and return to school around 2:15 pm. Students will need to bring a sack lunch on that day. I will be sending home more information soon.

I would also like to take this time to thank you for all you have done for me and our fifth-graders this school year. I appreciate everything!

I hope you all have a wonderful and safe summer!!

As always, please don't hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns about your child's classroom.


Karla McKinney

March 5M


Hello parents and students,

I hope you are having a meaningful and happy Lenten Season.

Your fifth grader has been very busy! In addition to our regular daily work, we are also preparing for State Assessments the beginning of April. We will be testing in Reading, Science, and Math. We will also take the Diocesan Religion Test in late April or early May. I am not yet certain of the exact date.

In math, we are learning to convert measures; cups to ounces, inches to feet, etc.... We will also begin a unit on geometry later this month. In religion, we are learning the sacraments, and also learning about the Lenten Season. And of course, we continue to work with our Diocesan Study Guide to prepare for the test. In social studies we are studying the formation of our government after the Revolutionary War. We are also beginning a unit on the solar system in science. We still have much to do in fifth grade!

Our first Battle of the Books meet will be here at St. Peter on March 29. I am looking forward to it and the students are getting excited!

As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns about our classroom.


Karla McKinney

5M February

Hello parents and students,

It's hard to believe it is already February!

Fifth graders have been very busy this quarter. Our DARE program began in January and the students have been very enthusiastic about it. In Religion we are studying the Sacraments and going through the study guide for our Diocesan Religion Assessment. We are multiplying and dividing fractions in math, and the students seem to be doing well with it. Story problems are challenging to them, but we are getting there. The oceans are the topic right now in science. We have worked on main idea and supporting details in reading, and are now studying verbs and adverbs. The Revolutionary War continues in social studies, but we are also learning map skills.

Your fifth-grader needs 12 AR points for this quarter. Also, our first Battle of the Books meet is on March 29. It will be here at St. Peter School. If your child is a participant, he or she needs to be reading the books. I have asked each student participating to read at least 10 of the books.

As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns about your child's classroom.

Karla McKinney


5M January 2017

Hello parents and students,

First, let me wish you a Happy New Year! I hope you had a very Blessed Christmas!

Fifth grade will have crossing guard duties during the month of January. Hopefully, the schedule will not conflict with anyone's other activities. If there is a conflict, please have your fifth grader let me know and I can switch their time with another student.

The D.A.R.E. Program begins Thursday, Jan. 12. The DARE officer will be here each Thursday for one hour during this 10 week program.

Students need 12 AR points for this quarter. I have students who are still not getting their AR points. Parents, please encourage your child to read. Thank You in advance for your help with this.

As always, please contact me with questions or concerns about your child's classroom.

Mrs. McKinney

December Update 5M

Hello parents and fifth graders!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Thank you all for the Birthday wishes and gifts!! I truly appreciate your kindness.

Fifth grade is studying the American Revolution in Social Studies.  In Religion we are learning about Advent and also the Seven Sacraments. In addition, we have begun preparing for the Diocesan Religion Assessment which won't be until May, but will be here before we know it. We just finished multiplying and dividing decimals in math. We are now learning about fractions. In science we are studying the rock cycle. Several students have brought in very interesting rock samples to share with the class. Language Arts has tied in nicely with our social studies, as our stories have been about King George and the Revolution, Paul Revere, and some of the other notable characters who were involved in that time period. Students are learning genre, cause and effect, fact and opinion, and sequence of events.

Your fifth grader has Moby Max assignments in math, social studies, or science. I always allow a full week for completion of those assignments. And, only one subject is assigned at a time. For example, fifth grade has been assigned a social studies assignment on Moby Max that is due Friday, Dec. 9.  

Battle of the Books will begin in mid-March. There are 20 books on the list. Students who want to participate should read at least 10 of those books. Please encourage your student to read as many books as possible. 

I would also like to add that I have heard from a couple of parents that their child is spending hours each evening on homework. This should not be happening!! I spend an enormous amount of time each day working with students on their math in particular. Most students have their homework completed before going home at 3:20.

As always, please contact me with questions or concerns about your child's classroom. I am available after school from 3:30 till 4:00 on most days.


Karla McKinney


5M November 2

Hello fifth graders and parents,

Thank you for making parent-teacher conferences a 100% success! I am always happy to greet and visit with the parents of my students. Communication is key to building good relationships with students!! I truly appreciate the 100% attendance!!

We will be reading the book, Hound Dog True during class time the first week of November. That week is a short week, so I thought it was a good time to get in some reading time. It should also help some students reach the 10 point AR goal for this quarter.

In math, we are learning to multiply and divide decimals. Religion is still about the Sacraments, but there are other things incorporated into daily lessons as well. Students need to be practicing prayers at home also. They have a list of the prayers stapled inside their agenda books. Any time you can spend working with them at home is greatly appreciated. In social studies we will continue learning about how our great country was formed. We are studying the 13 colonies and how they came to be settled. Earth science is the topic for science class right now. We will continue with it for several more weeks. This encompasses earthquakes, volcanoes, weathering, erosion, rocks, etc.... Reading, English, and spelling will continue to follow the lessons in the book in that order. (with the exception of reading the novel)

Spelling lists for November are:

Nov. 7:

cellar flavor cougar chapter


anger senator passenger major popular
tractor thunder pillar border calendar
quarter lunar proper elevator bitter
stellar clamor tremor circular adviser

Nov. 14:

bargain journey pattern arrive object
suppose shoulder permit sorrow tunnel
subject custom suggest perhaps lawyer
timber common publish burden scissors
narrate mentor attempt collide ignore

Nov. 28:

human exact award behave credit
basic vivid evil modern nation
robot panic select cousin item
police prefer menu novel deserve
autumn nuisance logic column laser

As always, I appreciate all you do for me. Please feel free to contact me with concerns or questions. I am usually available after school until 4PM.

Karla McKinney


5M October 3 Update

Hello fifth graders and parents,

Wow! It is October already!

We just finished Chapter 2 in math learning division and are beginning our study of decimals. Please note that students will have assignments on the Moby Max web site. They will be given one week to complete them. Please encourage your child to keep up and avoid procrastinating. In Language Arts we have been getting through one selection each week in our reading books. With that, we are learning characteristics, theme, comprehension, grammar, and spelling. Also, students need 5 AR points for this quarter. Please encourage your child to read for a few minutes each evening. In Religion we have been learning about  Baptism and will follow up with more of the Sacraments. Social Studies has been a study of the Native Americans and early explorers of North America. In science we began our study of the planet Earth this past Friday. We capped off the day with an edible model of Earth's layers. I didn't get any pictures because we were in such a rush, but I think the students had fun and enjoyed the treat. It was a nice way to end our week.

I still have students that have missing or late homework. It is the responsibility of the student to get their work completed by the due date. If they have a situation at home that causes them to be late or incomplete with their work, they just need to tell me. I will work with them and provide ample time for them to get caught up. I simply ask that they give their best effort and to be honest with me about it.

Fifth grade will have Crossing Guard for the month of October. This is an important part of learning responsibility, and fifth graders need to take it seriously. Crossing Guard ends at 3:30 PM. If your child has a conflict on a particular day they have been assigned crossing guard duty, just have them tell me and I will trade days with another student.

Please continue to sign the agenda book each evening. Students should be writing assignments down each day. If your child isn't doing this, he or she needs to correct that.

I also have students that are not completing the Moby Max assignments or the Xtra Math drills. We have our new Chromebooks (they are super nice!) and we try and work on those every chance we get. But, if students don't get the online assignments done at school, they must do them at home. These assignments are not lengthy, and are mainly just for extra practice. But, they do count for a grade.

Spelling Words for the week of Oct 3:


peer twirl burnt smear
further appear worthwhile nerve pier
squirm weary alert murmur thirsty
reverse worship career research volunteer
yearn engineer interpret dreary external

 Oct 10:

steel steal aloud allowed ring
wring lesson lessen who's whose
manor manner pedal peddle berry
bury hanger hangar overdo overdue
canvass canvas site sight cite

Oct 17:

wildlife uproar home run headache top-secret
teammate wheelchair light bulb well-known throughout
life preserver barefoot part-time warehouse overboard
post office outspoken up-to-date awestruck newscast
motorcycle overseas quick-witted stomachache bulletin board

Oct 24:

cellar flavor cougar chapter mayor
anger senator passenger major popular
tractor thunder pillar border calendar
quarter lunar proper elevator bitter
stellar clamor tremor circular adviser

Please don't hesitate to contact me with concerns or questions about your child's classroom. I am usually available after school from 3:30 until 4:00pm.

Karla McKinney



5M Update Sep. 2


Hello parents and students,

Whew! It has been a busy couple of weeks! But, I think we are on our way to a very successful year.

We have our new Chromebooks now and the students are using them. We will use them for AR tests, weekly spelling tests, reading, MobyMax, and to search the internet for other needed and necessary information. 

Students will take a weekly spelling test. We will also have a reading test on Fridays. On Mondays we will have our weekly Religion test which will be over the chapter we complete each Friday. Math, science, and social studies tests will be less often, tests usually as we finish each chapter. 

Students need 5 AR points for the first quarter. It will increase a few points each quarter. 

I will do my best to keep you up to date.

As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns about your child's classroom.


Karla McKinney

5M August 25, 2016

Hello fifth grade students and parents!

I am happy to be back for my 11th year of teaching 5th grade here at St. Peter's. I look forward to getting to know all of you!! If I can help in any way this year, please don't hesitate to speak with me.

I am excited to be teaching all the core subjects in the fifth grade this year. I have never gotten to do that, and I am really looking forward to it. I have been working on my scheduling, planning, etc.. for the last several weeks. I told the students I thought things will be going pretty smooth by the second full week. So, here we go!

First, let me say we will probably work hardest in math. Your child will have 4 or 5 assignments each week in math. However, do not despair. We do much of it in class. I also spend 15 to 30 minutes each day helping those who need extra help. So, if students are using their time wisely, they should not be bringing home math everyday. Fifth grade math focuses on fractions, much review of multiplication and division, and geometry. We will also be learning some measurement. (both customary and metric). I might also add that students must know their math facts! I am already discovering that some of them do not. Please work with your student in reviewing their times tables. That will help them immensely. And, I thank you for it!!

In Religion, students will learn a variety of things about their Catholic Faith. They are also required to learn particular prayers in fifth grade. There is a list of those prayers stapled inside their agenda book.

For English Language Arts we will be reading a variety of selections, learning new vocabulary, improving comprehension, learning proper grammar, and spelling.

In social studies the main focus is on The American Revolution, and in science we will begin with some basic concepts about it and then begin a study of earth science.

I absolutely love teaching, and am happy to be a part of St. Peter School. Again, if I can help in any way, or if you have questions or concerns about anything, please don't hesitate to contact me. I am generally available each day from 3:30 until 4PM unless I have in-service or prior obligations.


Karla McKinney

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5M Update November

Hello parents and students,

Parents, thank you for such a great turnout at parent-teacher conferences. I always enjoy meeting with parents. It is an opportunity for me to learn more about my students and how I can better serve and teach them.

Your student is being asked to give complete effort in the classroom, particularly in math. For the most part, they have been working very hard and I am pleased with the efforts they are making. However, I did discuss with most all of you that excessive talking is a huge problem in the classroom. I am hopeful that this problem resolves itself immediately when school resumes on Nov. 2. l also mentioned that students should be bringing home their math books any time they have homework. We spend a great deal of classtime making sure we complete the pages in the book. This is the only reference that parents have when helping their child. If your child is not bringing home his/her textbook, please let me know so that I can check before they leave the classroom at the end of the day.

In religion we are studying the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit. In addition to the chapters in the textbook, we will soon be studying the seasons of Advent and Christmas.

In social studies our lessons will continue with the original 13 colonies and the founding of our country.

The next two chapters in math deal with multiplying and dividing decimals. Needless to say, we will be studying decimals for a while.

I still have students who are not getting their agendas signed each day. It is the students' responsibility to do this. I will continue to remind them to do so.

As always, I truly appreciate you allowing me to teach your children. It is a job I cherish.

If you ever have questions or concerns about your child's classroom, please don't hesitate to contact me. The best way is by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . I am also available in the mornings by 7:20 and from 3:30 until 4:00 on most afternoons.


Karla McKinney


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