Dear Students and Families,

WELCOME TO GRADE 5!  My name is Mrs. Forcier, and I will be your homeroom teacher this year. I am planning a very exciting and challenging year, and am looking forward to getting to know all of you! My hope is that we can learn from each other, help each other grow, and have a happy and successful year.

This year, fifth grade will be the beginning of your child’s future experiences in Middle School, but not yet the end of their elementary school years.  It will be a new and exciting time for all! Students will be changing classes and moving over to the Middle School for instruction in Math and Science, as it is being integrated into the Middle School schedule. I will continue to teach all other subjects in our fifth grade classroom, such as Religion, Reading, Social Studies, Spelling, and English. Superhero’s are my favorite, and I truly believe there is a hero in all of us just waiting to be discovered!

I have included a list of supplies that you will need the first day of school, and a suggested summer reading list that will help you choose some books to read for enjoyment during those lazy, hazy days of summer. Also included is your “Summer Reading Project”. Please read the book “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Toulane” by Kate DiCamillo, and bring your project to school the first day. This is a graded project, so please be sure to follow the directions carefully and put your best effort in completing the assignment.

I look forward to seeing you in the fall. Have a great summer vacation! 

God bless you,
Mrs. Forcier

Required Summer Reading Assignment of 2017-2018 

Students are required to read “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Toulane” by Kate DeCamillo. Students are required to complete the assignment below over the summer and bring it to school on the first day of school in September. This is the first graded assignment for 5th grade.


You will use a 5”x 8” index card to write your responses to the book you have read. (Index cards can be purchased at Job Lot or Walmart.)

On the blank side of the index card, you will draw a picture of a scene from the book that shows something important in the story.

The picture should be colored with colored pencils, should be neat, and should show effort. The entire card needs to be colored in. Remember, no words on this picture side.

The lined side of the index card will contain the following info:


  • Line 1: Your name and the date
  • Line 2: Book Title and the Author’s name
  • Line 3: Main Characters
  • Line 4: Begin the summary of the story in complete sentences.
  • Include in the summary, the description of the setting you drew and why you chose this scene from the story.
  • Please edit for errors: spelling, capitalization and punctuation
  • It all must fit on one card-no extra paper.


Other Suggested Authors

Trudie Engel

Scott O’Dell

Beverly Cleary

Gary Soto

Gary Paulsen

Kate DiCamillo 

Andrew Clements

Seymour Simon

Christopher Paul

Ted Wood

Alen Schroeder

Louis Sachar

Lois Lawry

Michael Dorri

Curtis Lensey Namioka

Jerry Spinelli

C.S. Lewis 

Judy Blume

Suggested Books    *Fifth Grade Favorite Pics

*A Series of Unfortunate Events-Lemony Snicket

*Diary of a Whimpy Kidd- Jeff Kinney

*Harry Potter Series- JK. Rowling

*Big Nate Series (graphic novel)

Artemis Fowl- Eoin Colfer

*James and the Giant Peach- Roald Dahl

Drangonwings- Lawrence Yep

*Ella Enchanted- Gail Carson Levin

Shiloh- Patricia Reynolds Naylor

*A Wrinkle in Time- Madeline L’Engle

Freaky Friday- Mary Rodgers

Sideways Stories From Wayside School-Louis Sachar

*Island of the Blue Dolphins- O’Dell

*Holes-Louis Sachar

*Maniac Magee- Jerry Spinelli

Dear Mr. Henshaw- Beverly Cleary

*Superfudge- Judy Blume

*Adventures of Tom Sawyer- Mark Twain 

*Rules- Cynthia Lord

*Treasure Island- Robert Louis Stevenson Tuck

Tuck Everlasting- Natalie Babbit

*Where the Mountain Meets the Moon-Grace Lin

Frindle- Andrew Clements

Bud, Not Buddy- Christopher Paul Curtis *

*Tweenty One Ballons

Bridge to Tarabithia- Katerine Patterson 

Abel’s Island-William Steig

Hardy Boys Series- Franklin W. Dixon

*Nancy Drew Series- Carolyn Keene

*Secret Stories

*Percy Jackson-Rick Riordan

*One and Only Ivan

*Thirteen Gifts

*Wonderstruck- B.Selznick

*Eggs- Jerry Spinelli

*Because of Winn Dixie-Kate DiCamillo 

*Floors- P. Carman

*Tales of Despereaux 

*Mr. Lemonciello’s Library

*When Life Gives You O.J.-E.Pearl

*Ginger Pie

Indian in the Cupboard- Lynne Reid Banks

*Smiles to Go

*Hatchet-Gary Paulsen

*The Giver-Lois Lawry

*Dragon Rider- Cornelia Funke   

When You Reach Me

The Secret Guide to Paris- Lisa Schroder

Diary of Anne Frank

*Nerd Camp


*The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe


*Boys of Blur






Please provide the following supplies for your child at the beginning of the school year. Students are responsible for replenishing supplies as needed. Teacher may require supplies as the year progresses. Thank you.

2- #2 pencils or mechanical pencils

2- Red Pens (no gel pens)

2- Blue Pens (no gel pens)

1- Black Sharpie Marker

1- Large Eraser

1- Pair of Scissors

1- 12” ruler 

1- Box of 12 colored pencils

1- Roll of scotch tape

1- Glue stick

1- Heavy durable pocket folder (for home and school use)

4- Single subject notebooks (to be replenished throughout the school year, spiral

    or bound notebooks, no pads)

1- 1” Black hard covered binder

2- Packages of Wide Ruled Filler paper (for classroom use)

1- Package of Wide Ruled Filler paper (to use at home for homework)

1- Set of full page subject dividers to fit inside the binder

1- Package of lined 3 x 5 index cards used for Social Studies (to be replenished

    throughout the year)

1- Plastic index card holder (No recipe boxes please)

1- Large durable pencil case that will fit all the supplies (No art boxes) 

Book covers for textbooks (approx. 5, any kind, paper or stretch, no sticky paper)

*No art boxes please, since we do not have the space for them.


2- Rolls of paper towels

2- Boxes of tissues

2- Clorox wipes or similar product

Plastic utensils (spoons and forks)


Students should have a clean dish towel or cloth placemat to cover their desk and use to eat their snack and lunch on.