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-first 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 will be teaching all subjects except Social Studies as Mrs. Lehmann will teach 5th Social Studies. 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

School Illustrated       April 16-20

   Important Dates:

**April 16th- HASA give back at Hacienda 100 Center

**April 17th- ISTEP begins -students may bring gum to chew.

**April 26th- NUT day. Please donate $1.00 per item for the robotics team.


This Week in Academics:

Religion- we will begin to review Unit 4. Please see attached study guide at the end of the newsletter.

Reading- we will begin reading the Newbery award winning novel, When You Reach Me.  It is a mystery and includes elements of science fiction. The main character’s favorite book is A Wrinkle in Time.

Focus Skills- we will identify elements of a mystery. We will compare and contrast characters. We will predict how a Wrinkle In Time and When You Reach Me will be alike, and we will analyze clues.


Spelling and vocabulary: we will have a spelling test over the second list of the novel ‘When You Reach Me.” Students should memorize the first 20 words.


Grammar- we will touch on learning how to punctuate appositives, then go back to punctuating dialogue.


Writing- we will complete writing the first two paragraphs of our informational paper. We are writing our thesis statements, then we will begin to tell about the artist’s or composer’s childhood. I am modeling each paragraph, then the students write theirs.


Math- we will begin Unit 10 learning the pan –balance approach of solving equations with one and two variables, and we will write and solve algebraic expressions. We will then learn to graph and solve rates.


Science- we will view the slide shows we made on the planets and complete lesson 2. Next week we will learn about comets and asteroids. We will also learn the difference between meteors and meteorites.  


May God bless you and your family.

 Thank-you for the gift of your child.

Ms. Mynsberge


Homework Week of April 16-20

Due Wednesday: spelling sentences TOP List only.

Due Friday- spelling test first 20 words.

 Poem, speech, or prayer due for Oratorical Fest.

I will accept this before Friday.

Religion Unit 4 vocabulary includes :






 Body of Christ-













 doctrine –



 Fruits of the Holy Spirit-













 Marks of the Church-



  Mother of God-









 Second Vatican Council




 Saint Robert Bellarmine-



 Saint John Paul II-



Queenship of Mary-


Know how individuals  helped you participate  in the Church

School Illustrated       April 9-13

   Important Dates:

**April 16th- HASA give back at Hacienda !00 Center

**April 17th- ISTEP begins

This Week in Academics:


Religion- we will  begin Chapter 12  “Lives of Holiness.” We will learn how Mary and the saints help us to grow in our holiness. We have many key vocabulary terms this chapter: salvation, Fruits of the Holy Spirit, canonization, beatification, Mother of God, Annunciation, and the Assumption of Mary. We will also review how to pray the rosary.


Reading- we completed the novel Wrinkle in Time.”  We will complete an essay test over the novel, and a story board: on conflict or a  story board on summary in the computer lab. We will complete much grammar this week.

Focus Skills- we will identify external conflict and explain the relationship between characters and events. We continue to work on identifying themes.

We will compare and contrast characters.


Spelling and vocabulary: we will have a vocabulary test over the first list of the novel ‘When You Reach Me,” which we will begin reading next week.


Grammar- we will to continue to learn about prepositions and prepositional phrases. We will learn how to punctuate dialogue, and students will have editing review sheets for homework on capitalization.


Writing- we will choose the topics for our informational papers.  The students’  tall tale books are due the second day we get back from break as I have some serious and gifted illustrators in the class.


Math- we will have a review for the Unit 8 test on Monday, and have the test on Tuesday. Students always have a review sheet that we complete in class that covers the test content. The students will be tested on calculating the volume of rectangular and right prisms and cube structures. Students will also be assessed on graphing on the coordinate plane, and finding the area of squares, triangles, and rectangles. Next, we will learn how to evaluate expressions with two variables and how to find surface area as we cover our algebra standards. We will review multiplying mixed numbers and adding , subtracting, and multiplying decimals.


Science- we will continue our study of astronomy learning about the concepts of   rotation and revolution, why we have night and day, and that we have seasons because the Earth is tilted. Students will model why we have night and day, then begin a slide presentation over the solar system such as a planet, meteor strikes (Russia) asteroids, and the International Space Station.



May God bless you and your family.

 Thank-you for the gift of your child.

Ms. Mynsberge


Homework Week of  April 9-13

Due Tuesday Math- test and illustrated tall tale due

Due Wednesday: editing sheets on capitalization

Due Thursday- two articles on the artist or composer.

Due Friday:  vocabulary sentences from Week one When you Reach Me9began in class) Vocabulary test.


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