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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