Welcome to 5th Grade!

Proverbs 17:22a  A merry heart does good like medicine…

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One more week until the beginning of school!  I hope that everyone had a great summer and stayed busy!  I also hope everyone did a little reading, too. 🙂  We will be having our open house on August 26th.  For those who want to bring their school supplies on that day to ease the busyness of the first day of school, feel free.  Can’t wait to see everyone’s smiling faces!


In Christ,

Mrs. Dow


5th Grade Supply List



  • New King James Version Bible ($5.43 on Amazon)**
  • 2 pink bevel erasers (large)
  • 1 ½ inch Binder (for Spring 2018 – Virginia State notebook)
  • 2 pocket folders without clips
  • 4 pocket folders with clips
  • 2 colored pens (not black)
  • 2 packages of No. 2 pencils
  • 3 boxes of tissues
  • 1 five subject notebook with dividers
  • 2 packages of loose leaf paper (wide ruled)
  • Book Bag
  • Box of crayons or colored pencils
  • 1 pair Fiskars scissors
  • 12” ruler (contains centimeters and millimeters)
  • Large pencil bag
  • 1 yellow highlighter
  • Page protectors – 10 immediately & the rest for Spring 2018 – Virginia state notebook


  • Art Supplies for 5th Grade:


  • Pack of colored pencils
  • Pack of pencils
  • Pack of Sharpie’s (black & color)
  • 1 watercolor paper pad (Michael’s) (11 x 14)
  • 1 drawing paper pad (Michael’s) (9 x 12)


*Replace all supplies as needed throughout school year


** Order forms will be available at orientation day on 8/26/17 if you prefer for PCA to order for you.

Basic information about the 5th Grade here at PCA:  (each parent will receive a hard copy of this information at the open house)


Bible is the most important part of the curriculum at PCA.  The goal of PCA is to instill a Biblical worldview into the hearts of the students.  In order to do this, we must teach them the answers they need to live their lives as believers.  The curriculum is divided into ten different units.  We also have weekly chapel times and will be memorizing God’s word weekly.  Our goal is to equip the students to be able to understand how to defend their own faith and make it their own.

Language Arts:

Our students read every day in almost every subject.  The focus in the upper elementary is comprehension through silent reading.   Vocabulary words are introduced daily before the reading selections.  The 5th grade learns the parts of speech, how to write properly, how to write book reports, and how to write creatively.Language arts is an important subject, and we devote much of our day to this area.  5th grade divides their language arts into four different areas-spelling, reading, language, and writing.

In Language, students work on the mechanics of writing-punctuation, capitalization, and quotation facts.  Diagraming is introduced, also.

ACSI holds a writing festival every year in which PCA participates.  The students are also given the opportunity to be in the spelling bee held in the spring.


The students are encouraged to participate in the annual Math Olympics in which the students compete with other Christian schools in the area. 5th Grade Mathematics at PCA provides the students the ability to master the four processes (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) of whole numbers, fractions, and decimals.  Problem solving skills are practiced through story problems, estimation problems, and measurement equations.  Other areas covered this year are roman numerals, metric measurements, factoring, divisibility rules, probability, percentages, algebraic equations, and basic geometry.


Science is an excellent subject to teach the students the character of our awesome God.  The students will learn this through their study of insects, birds, plants, matter, energy, geology, oceanography, and astronomy.  The students will participate in projects and experiments while they are learning.

The history curriculum this year will be American history and Virginia State history.   We will be learning about famous explorers, the original colonies, the building of our nation and how it grows, the age of progress, and the World Wars.  We will also be doing the Virginia State notebook this year which will take place the spring and will use almost a whole quarter.  Please be aware that you will need to provide certain pictures to help with the project.


Bible:  BJU Press

Reading: BJU Press and various trade books

Spelling:  BJU Press

Language:  BJU Press

Science/History:  ABEKA

History:  ABEKA

Arithmetic:  ABEKA


Your teacher-Mrs. Dow:

My favorite verse: 

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in a time of need.

Why I love teaching in a Christian school:

I believe wholeheartedly in Christian education.  My passion is to teach children the truth of God’s word so that they can defend their faith.

My experience:

I graduated from Bob Jones University with a B.A. in elementary education.  I have taught kindergarten through 5th grade- this being my 18th year.  God has blessed me with a wonderful family and three awesome children.

My hobbies:

I love spending time with my family, Zumba, playing board games, and softball.


Behavior Goals:

The goal for the 5th grade classroom is to have an atmosphere in the classroom that encourages respect for their teachers and their classmates.  How I Act is an acronym for the following areas of behavior:

H-deals with honesty (cheating, lying, stealing)

O-Out of Order (pushing, out of seat at inappropriate times, etc…)

W-Work not in (homework or class work not turned in)

I-Intentional Disobedience

A-attitude lacking (disrespect or poor attitude)

C-Courtesy lacking (name calling, rudeness, etc…)

T-Talking (when inappropriate to be talking)

They will receive tally marks for the times that they choose the wrong behavior.  If they go through the week with two or less tally marks, they can get a prize out of the treasure box.

Homework Expectations:

The academics in this grade can be very challenging for the students.  In order to keep up with all homework, class work, projects, tests, and quizzes, please check the daily homework page each night.  Good communication between teacher and parent is a high priority; therefore, parents need to check their homework assignments each night.  If your child does not know how to study, this is the year to help them learn how.  If at any time your child is spending more than an hour doing homework, please contact the teacher so that we can tailor your child’s homework to meet their needs.  Also, contact me if you feel your child needs extra help in any subject area.