A New Website

Hello and welcome to this blog! I’m really looking forward to a great 2017-2018 school year! One of my goals is better communication of our school day with family and friends. To that end – I have started working on a brand new website that includes information about our schedule, policies, curriculum, and eventually, student work. This is a year long goal and some areas of the site will be updated throughout the year. Please check it out!

–Link to my website–

5th to 6th Grade Summer Homework

Our fifth graders are very much looking forward to visiting Marie Murphy next week and I hope you are also looking forward to the parent night that evening. Students will be able to learn more about the day to day workings of Marie Murphy and hear more about all the classes, sports, and activities that take place there.

Part of their preparation for entering sixth grade will be some summer homework. As Mrs. Stotz, Mrs. Brown, and Mrs. Bialk explained to students yesterday, they will read one book for Social Studies and one for English class. All students read the same book for Social Studies and Mr. Cook, sixth grade Social Studies teacher, will have more information as well as copies of the book for students before the end of the year.

For English students must read one book from the Rebecca Caudill 2018 nominee list. This list is full of excellent books from a variety of reading levels and genres including historical fiction, realistic fiction, fantasy, informational text, and graphic novels. We have been reading A Night Divided in our class, which is on the list, and students are LOVING IT! Please know that the books are selected for students in grades 4 through 8 so some books might have content geared towards older students. The list (linked here) does provide interest levels, based on grade level, to help guide you. I would encourage you to look these books up on Amazon or another online book seller to read through summaries.

Students are of course, always encouraged to read, read, read and are not limited to one book from the list! The Marie Murphy teachers do recommend that the selected book be read closer to the start of school as students will be working with that book during the first few weeks of school. I might even recommend reading it once at the beginning of summer and once at the end of summer as a refresher!

When students visit Marie Murphy next week, they will have the opportunity to visit the Marie Murphy book fair which will have many of the Rebecca Caudill titles as well as a selection of other fun reads for summer. Students may bring money to shop at the book fair.

If you have questions please do not hesitate to leave a comment or send me an e-mail!

About Ms. Cross

Hello and welcome to 5th grade! Fifth grade is such an exciting year as students are truly the leaders of our school.

2016-2017 marks my tenth year teaching and my second at Avoca West. Prior to coming to Avoca West I taught in Plainfield, Chicago and in Abu Dhabi, UAE. I love working with students to help them grow and learn throughout the year.

My hobbies and interests include reading, cooking, crafting and spending time at my family’s lake house in northern Wisconsin. I am also working towards my Masters in Education to earn my reading specialist certification at National Louis.

I look forward to a very successful year for myself and my students. Please  be sure to check out our fifth grade homepage to learn more!