May, 2018

Dear Parents,

The end of the year is rapidly approaching! The students are getting excited for summer break. It is easy, this time of the year, to stop putting in the effort. Please try your best to help your child stay motivated and well rested. Summer will be here soon enough!

The final exam schedule has been posted. In 5th grade we have a Math final on June 5th and a Religion final on June 6th. It is extremely important that your son/daughter not wait until the night before to study. Please encourage him.her to study a littel each night! I have give study guides for Religion and our Math study guides are the supplemental work in class. 

Important Dates to Remember:

May 16 & 17 - CAP program for 5th grade

May 18 - 5th-8th grade dance, 7-9

May 23 - May Crowning, students to be dropped off at the lower campus

May 24 - Spanish festival

May 28 - School Closed

May 30 - Arts at GARS in the evening

June 1 - Walk-a-thon and half day

June 5 - Math Final

June 6 - Religion Final

June 11 - Graduation, there is a Mass in the morning so students should be dropped off at the lower campus

June 15 - Field Day, half day

June 18 - Half day

June 19 - Closing Mass, studens should be dropped off at the lower school and are dismissed after Mass


March, 2018

Dear Parents,

I apologize that I did not update this sooner. There were some techincal difficulites with my page. I am happy that those have been fixed so I can update you on our world in fifth grade! By now you all know about the field trip on May 9th. We are very excited and chaperones will be announced soon. Money for the trip is due by March 28th. Thank you in advance.

The Wax Museum is next week. Everyone is excited to finally be able to participate in this school tradition. I am excited to see each person's portrayal of a President or First Lady. In reading we are finishing our historical fiction novel, "Number the Stars". This novel takes place in Denmark during World War II. In addition the reading curriculum, we have had many discussions about this time period in history and social justice issues. Fifth grade has really gotten into this book. I am impressed with their understanding of the genre and the great exploratory questions they ask. In Language Arts we completed writing How-To Essays and are moving on to Expository Essay writng. In this unit, students will  be introduced to research techniques such as outlining, index card preparation and citation of multiple sources. This is a challenging unit but will prepare them for more intense research in middle school. I will try my hardest to accomplish as much research as possible in school, however, students may need to seek additional resources at home or at your local library. 

The year is absolutely flying by, and I am already dreading saying goodbye to these wonderful students at the end of the year! It is my greatest hope that your children are enjoying fifth grade as much as I am enjoying being their teacher. Please feel free to contact me anytime.  Thank you for your continued support.

God Bless,

Colleen Verton


December, 2017

Dear Parents,

In 5th grade, for the Guardian Angels Science Fair, students create an alien that can live on a planet in our solar system. Students spent time in the first quarter learning about the inner and outer planets. I want to give the students the opportunity to explore what we have learned about the planets and demonstrate this knowledge in a creative way.

In this project, students choose one of the eight planets to research (Earth is excluded). Then, they create a passport of information about that particular planet, including information like atmosphere, temperature, environment, distance from the sun, etc. The passport should take the form of a book with a cover page and back page. The information in the passport should also be displayed on a three-sided poster board. Both should be creative, neat and grammatically correct. This packet will serve as a guide for your student as they choose a planet, research and create the passport and display board for their alien’s journey to Earth.

With this information, the students must design a 3D model of an alien that could live on the planet they have chosen to research. Here is where the application comes in! They must consider all of the information they have learned about the planet to create an alien who would be able to survive there.  

Students will research their planet in school, however, they may have to do some research at home as well. Once all of the research has been done, the passports and display boards have been created and the aliens have been designed, we will display these at the Science Fair on January 31st.


  1. Students MUST use materials they find around your home to create this, such as soda bottles, cotton balls, duct tape. With the exception of googly eyes or small objects of that nature, everything on the alien must be recycled from things around your home.

  2. Students may ask you for assistance for things such as hot glue but everything else should be done independently. This is such a fun project for them and a create way for them to use their learning to be creative.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at cverton@gars-online. com. Projects are due by January 29th.

Thank you,

Colleen Verton


October, 2017

Dear Parents,

I honestly cannot believe it is already mid-October! We have been very busy in 5th grade. We have reached the halfway point for the 1st quarter. Please be sure to check your child's grade on Cornerstone and to review the test papers that come home each Thursday in the Thursday folder. The students are doing a great job completing homework every night! 

Our Math curriculum is ramping up to include concepts that are more challenging. Students who struggle with the multiplication facts are having a tough time keeping up with the work. Please try to make multiplication facts review a part of your child's homework each night. Without memorization of these facts, students will fall behind.

Religion, Science, and Language Arts are moving along swiftly. Reading has become more of an adventure as students are getting use to Book Club discussion groups and analyzing literature in a more in-depth way. We will be starting our first novel, Maniac Magee, shortly. This is a great book for 5th graders!

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at anytime. Parent conferences are next month. I look forward to meeting you all!

God Bless,
Colleen Verton


August, 2017

Hello 5th Grade Parents and Students,

My name is Mrs. Verton. I am the 5th grade teacher and am so excited to begin this school year. Just a little bit about myself, I am a 1996 graduate of Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA (best known for the Little League World Series). I have a B.A. in English Literature with a concentration in Education. After graduation, I taught for seven years. My first year in 1997 I taught 9th, 11th and 12th grade English at a full-time vocational school in PA. After that, in 1998, I moved to Baltimore, MD and taught 8th grade English/Language Arts. During my time in MD, I was also a grade level Team Leader and the English Department Chairperson. My family moved to New Jersey in 2004, which is when I became a stay-at-home Mom, before opening a business in both Woodstown and Swedesboro.

Returning to the classroom is such a gift to me. I have missed my time away! Teaching in a Catholic School has always been a dream of mine. I look forward to giving back to the Catholic School system that provided me with 13 wonderful years of education. Thank you for entrusting your child to me this year. Below is my email address. Feel free to reach out at any time and I will do my best to get back to you within 24 hours. In addition to your child's agenda book, you can use this page to check homework assignments, projects and test dates. It is going to be a GREAT year!

God Bless, Mrs. Verton


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