October, 2018

Dear Parents,

We are already halfway through the second month of school! Time is flying by in 5th grade. At this point many of you may have heard from your child that 5th grade is so much harder. Don't worry. It just takes a little time to adjust from the elementary school grades into the prep for middle school. You can help at home by emphasizing the importance of studying a little bit every night, especially in grammar and religion. You can also continue to review the multiplication facts with your child a few times each week. Not knowing the math facts will slow your child down in his/her progress of math this year.

If your child is in need of a little extra help, please feel free to reach out to me. I had a big response to our math session which begins Tuesday, October 16 after school until 4pm.  Also, please sign up for the school's Remind. I will be using this to update you on important information.

Mark your calendars:  No school on October 22nd, Halloween Bonanza on October 26th, Trunk-or-Treat on October 31st, No school on November 1st.

Parent/teacher conferences are at the end of November. If you would like to meet with me sooner, please feel free to email and we will set up a time.  Thank you for allowing me to teach your child this year.

God bless,

Colleen Verton 


September, 2018

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.

This year is my third years at GARS. Returning to the classroom has been such a gift to me. I missed my time away! Teaching in a Catholic School has always been a dream of mine. I enjoy 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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