Thoughts from Teacher

Dear Parents/Guardians:

     The word “homework” is a word that is disliked by most students, but it's an integral part of the educational process.  It serves several purposes such as provides opportunities to reinforce newly acquired skills, prepares students for class participation and helps develop time management and organization skills. 

     Homework is important because it's an exercise for the students to develop responsibility and good study habits.  These are skills that are essential to students being successful in school.  Homework is about learning to make choices about when to do homework, where to do homework and when homework is due. 

    To help your child begin good organizational skills, I have provided him/her with a red folder to bring home daily and will include homework and notices.  Your child also has a homework notebook to use to record homework assignments and projects.  I encourage you to check your chid’s red folder and homework book nightly.  Parents support of homework is an extremely important factor towards building positive attitudes towards school and learning successful study habits.  

      I feel that your child’s homework book and red folder will help keep your child organized and help homework time run smoothly. 

      IOWAS begin starting Tuesday, 10/10 and will take place for two weeks. Please make sure your child is fully rested and has eaten breakfast before coming to school. Each child will need a #2 pencil and a silent reading book. IOWAS will last for two periods a day.  These assessments are helpful tools for you and I to see where your child's strengthens and weaknesses are in reading, grammar and math.  Any questions, please feel free to contact me

To: 5th grade parents/guardians:

      I hope that your child has settled into their new school schedule well and a routine of completing homework and going to after school activities are established at home.  I want to inform you of three important things:

  • Please make sure a note is provided to me when your child has been absent from school.  If I do not receive a note, even if I know your child was sick, I have to mark the absent as illegal. 
  • Your child is suppose to have a notebook to write homework done.  I always give the students, at least 15minutes to pack up and write homework down.  I have found that some students are choosing not to do this and some students are using loose leaf instead of a homework book.  Please speak to your child about learning how to be organized and writing down homework helps them not forget and remain prepared for school.
  • Lastly, picture days are scheduled for Wednesday, 10/25 (individual pictures) and Thursday, 10/26 (class photo).  As per Sister Susan, the 5th grade MUST WEAR THEIR WINTER DRESS SCHOOL UNIFORM ON BOTH DAYS.  This is a school decision. An order form will be sent home soon.  If you have any questions, please contact me. 

Thank you, 

Mrs. Congro 

To Parents and Guardians of the 5th grade:

       Your child has been provided with a subscription to Scholastic News this school year.  Scholastic News is a non fiction literature magazine that discusses current event topics that are happening in our country and around the world on the students’ grade level.  This magazine is an effective way to incorporate nonfiction texts while supporting common core and state standards. 

     In today’s tough economy, it’s harder than ever for schools to find resources that support New York State curriculum and motivates students to develop higher level thinking skills.  This why I am asking your help in paying for this educational supplemental for your child.  Please send in 7.00 cash or you can send in a check made out to cash by Wednesday, 9/25. The subscription payment includes 22 weekly issues.  

Thank you in advance for your cooperative and supporting reading in our classrooms! 


Mrs. Congro 


October 2017

Dear Parents of the 5th grade:

      As Halloween 🎃 is approaching, there are a few safety decisions that have been made to make sure all students have a wonderful and safe celebration on the 31st.  I will be discussing these safety issues with the class and I ask that you do the same again so the students are aware that we, teachers and parents are working together. 

     On Halloween, 10/31, each student may wear a costume to school as long as they are able to learn and complete their school work.  Please make sure the costume is APPROPRIATE for a school setting.  Please REFRAIN from masks, weapons such as swords and guns and NO CLOWN COSTUMES.  Face paint and/or heavy make up may bother your child throughout the school day and is highly suggested NOT to be worn. Also, your child must be able to use the bathroom while in their costume. If you feel it’s best not to have your child wear a costume to school, he/she can wear Halloween color clothes such as orange, purple and black or their school uniform.

       The school will be celebrating Halloween 🎃 together after lunch in the cafeteria.  All grades will parade around the school (weather permitted) in their costume.  Parents/ grandparents are invited to view the parade.  After the parade, the grades will go to the cafeteria for a celebration that includes music with a DJ.  Each student will receive one small treat and one drink.  I need to have two parents who will be willing to attend the celebration and monitor the 5th grade table by making sure all the 5th graders received a treat and a drink.  If you are available that day and would like to help me, please let me know below.  I will randomly pick two parents from the names I receive and will let you know if you are picked. 

     Thank you in advance for your cooperation. The students should enjoy what is planned for this day.  Any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Happy Halloween, 🎃👻☠️

Mrs. Congro 

I am able to help on Halloween in the afternoon.  


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October 30, 2017

Dear Parents:

     On the school supply list, I requested a particular dictionary and I have noticed that some students either does not have a dictionary or has a smaller version.  Please make sure your child has the below dictionary.  You can order it from Amazon or Barnes and Nobles.  Your child will definitely use this particular dictionary all throughout their educational years.  It’s worth the money.  During our Close Reading classes, some students are having difficult learning the meaning of new vocabulary words because they are not prepared. Please make sure your child has the dictionary I requested by next week. Thank you for your cooperation. 

To the 4th and 5th grade Parents/Guardians:

From:  Mrs. Congro and Mrs. Wiepert

Just a few reminders for Monday, 11/20-

1). All students must wear their school dress uniform and bring their sneakers for gym. 

2). Mass begins at 8:30 sharp.  Please have your child arrive to school by 8:15.

3). If you would like to make a donation, please have your child bring it in by Monday.  

Thank you for your cooperation. 


Dear Parents and Guardians:

     Report cards will be sent home before parent conferences and will be found in your child's red homework folder.  Please review it carefully and if you have any questions about a grade, I will gladly address it when I see you at your given appointment time.  I look forward to seeing you at our conference to discuss your child's academic and social performance. At our conference, I will also provide you with your child’s IOWAS results.  



January 2018

Dear Parents of the 5th grade:

     I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year and thank you for all the beautiful and generous gifts I received for Christmas.   Now that it's January, it's very important that we continue to work together to make sure your child is progressing nicely and becoming ready for middle school.  Please work with your child at work in the areas of staying organizing and being responsible for providing you with important notices from me and getting assessments and projects signed. One way to be successful when entering 6th grade is to be organized and willing to work hard. 

      On other note, please make sure a note is provided when your child is absent.  If I do not receive a note, even if I know your child was sick, I have to mark the absent as illegal.  Please check my website weekly.  I always post the topics we are learning about and important dates and when assignments are due.  Also, we are running very low on tissue boxes and winter has just started. If each student could bring in one box of tissues that would be wonderful and get us through until June. Again, if you have any concerns about your child, please feel free to contact me. 

Happy New Year, ❄️🎉

Dear Parents/Guardians:

     The fifth grade has begun to learn about weather in science class.  They have a wonderful opportunity to learn how to be a meteorologist.  Sister Susan has purchased a new weather vane to help us gather information on the daily weather.  Each week, two students from our class will be reporting the daily weather during morning announcements. 

       Below is a poem that the students need to memorize and will be reciting before they announce the weather forecast:

“Whether the weather will be fine, 

Or whether the weather be not,

Whether the weather will be cold,

Or whether the weather will be hot,

We’ll weather the weather

Whatever the weather, 

Whether we like it or not.” 

Please make sure when it's your child’s week to announce the weather that he/she is in school by 8:00am, the latest.

Thank you,

Mrs. Congro 

Important Field Trip Information:

Please read the following information for our field trip to the Hoyt Farm-Native Life and Archeology Trip, this coming Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018: 

  • Students MUST wear comfortable clothes that includes pants/jeans and sneakers.  NO shorts or sandals are allowed.
  • It is recommended to put on sunscreen and bug spray before arriving to school.
  • Students MUST bring a bag lunch with their name on the bag and a drink. NO glass bottles or lunch boxes are allowed .  There is no food sold there.  Students can bring extra snacks and water in their bag.
  • Students do not need to bring money.  We have a fun-filled day and there is no time to purchase souvenirs

- Students should NOT bring cell phones or any electronics with them on the trip or to school that day. 

  • The bus will be leaving SSCM at 9:30am-sharp.
  • We will be departing the farm by 2:00pm-sharp. 
  • The weather looks like it will be nice out so we will be eating lunch at the picnic area.

Any questions, please feel free to contact us. 


Mrs. Congro, Mrs. Wiepert and Mrs. Hannigan