Gina Mynsberge


Mrs. Mynsberge 5A
Mission Statement: 
Mishawaka Catholic School builds disciples of Jesus Christ through faith formation, academic excellence, and service to others, in accordance with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.
Hello,  I am Ms. Gina Mynsberge. Welcome to the fifth grade. I am excited as this will be my twenty-second year teaching fifth grade. I have a degree in elementary education with a minor in French and an endorsement in Reading. I have a graduate minor in mild disabilities. Both of my children attended St. Joseph Grade School before the consolidation, and they graduated from Marian High School and Ball State University. I enjoy walking, gardening, and traveling. This year  I adopted a dog named May May, and this is the first time I  have  had a dog since childhood.   

This year I will be teaching Math, Science, and Religion. I believe in challenging students to problem solve as they learn. I value open communication, so please email me if you ever have any  questions or concerns.


Current Newsletter May 27th


Upcoming Events

** Students may wear jeans this Friday for a $1.00 donation for 
 Fun Friday. This is our fundraiser for teacher computer replacement.
** We have our final Faith Family Day to celebrate the Hello/Goodbye Mass 
     at St. Monica Church on May 29th.  
** We have a field trip to Central Park on May 30th from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 am.  School lunch will be provided for those students who ordered at the beginning of the month. If lunch was not ordered, please pack a lunch and a drink. This is a NUT day. 
**Field day is on June 4th, the final day of school. 

Math- this week we will study probability and ratios. We will review finding the prime factorization of two numbers to find their greatest common factor. We will also review how to find the least common multiple of two numbers. We will use the Multiplication Counting Principal to find probability outcomes. And, we will find ratios that are whole to part, part to whole, and part-to-part. We will also study ratios and proportions.

Science-We will cover the standard of students knowing how communities protect the Earth's resources. For example, Mishawaka, Indiana, has a water-backflow protection program to protect their ground water from  being contaminated.  St. Joseph County has a mandatory recycling program.
 We will learn we have many technologies to measure and monitor pollution to help keep pollution from reaching dangerous levels. There are conservation laws to help communities. One example is lumber companies must plant trees to replace trees that are cut down. Industries and people can reuse resources such as the cut up tires  like the ones in our playground. 

     Religion- students will have a Religion test this Thursday.
Students should be able to define: catechumen, contrition, consent, absolution, witness, mortal sin, venial sin, Original Sin, Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation) sacrament, penance, prayer of lamentation, and Original Holiness. 
Students should know that the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation are given for new RCIA members on Easter Vigil. Students should know the 3 steps in examination of conscience.

         Projected Homework week May 28th 

           Due Tuesday- p. Lessons 1 and 2 Chapter 10 Science.
Due Wednesday- Study Link 12.1 
     Due Thursday-  Religion test and Study Link 12.5 if needed.
Due Friday- no homework.

Upcoming Events May 20th


** Students may wear jeans each Friday for a $1.00 donation for

 Fun Friday. This is our fundraiser for teacher computer replacement.

**NWEA testing continues this week.

** The Fine Arts Festival is May 21st, at the St. Monica Campus and

     May 23rd at the St. Joseph Campus. Both programs begin at 6:30 pm.

** May 24th is a 1:00 dismissal for Teacher Faith Formation.

** We have no school on Memorial Day, May 27th.


Math- this week we will complete Chapter 13. We will find volumes of figures and rectangular prisms, apply the formula of a rectangular prism, find unknown dimensions, and find volumes of composite figures. We will complete the Chapter Review and test on Thursday, and complete the test on Friday.


Science-We will cover the standard of students knowing how communities protect the Earth's resources. We will begin by reviewing the words

resource, renewable resource, and nonrenewable resource.

Each group of students will make a make a poster state the uses advantages and disadvantages of fossil fuels, solar energy, wind energy, hydroelectricity, nuclear energy, geothermal energy, biomass, and mineral resources of iron, gypsum, gravel. There is a quiz on Monday.


Religion- we will learn about the Sacraments of Healing. Students will learn that when they fall to sin, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, they can find forgiveness and be reconciled with God and the faith community. To strengthen Christians in their suffering, prepare them for death, and make suffering spiritually fruitful for themselves and for the Church. The Church celebrates the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. Vocabulary words included in the chapter are: confession, reparation, contrition, and absolution. We will also learn about Saint John Vianney who often spent 16 hours a day hearing confessions and counseling people on how to be closer to God.



 Projected Homework week of May 20

Due Monday- Science test Sections 3 and 4 Chapter 11.

Test includes these words and concepts: Know the properties of a solid, liquid, gas, boiling point, freezing/melting point, condensation, mixture, solution, alloy, evaporation, saturated, concentrated, dilute. And, why is it important that gases dissolve in water?

Due Tuesday-p. 324-325 Everyday Math Group a Group B321-322

Due Wednesday- 643-644 if needed

Due Thursday- 649-650

Due Friday- 5 a only Religion- read 258-262. Complete the Activity on 261, and the Chapter Review and Test on 263.



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