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-third 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. Joel ,my son, is traveling to Sweden to attend Lund University to complete his masters degree. I am also excited that my daughter Laura is moving to Indianapolis from Louisville
I enjoy walking, gardening, and traveling as I went to Washington DC last summer. Last year  I adopted a dog named May May, and she is  my walking buddy.  
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

Fifth Grade Saintly News
December 12, 2019


Important Dates:  

December 4-Advent Penance Service

December 13-Frozen Play 

December 16-AR points due

December 18-DARE Graduation at 1:30 at St. Joe Gym

December 19-Faith Family at St. Monica-all students dropped off at St. Monica

December 20-1:00 Dismissal; 2nd Quarter Ends-Christmas Break begins

Important Reminder- Students will be going outside for recess if the temperature is 15 degrees Fahrenheit or above. Please have them dress for the weather wearing coats, hats, and gloves.

This week’s tests

Wednesday- Math test Chapter 7.

Thursday-Science quiz on section 1 of Chapter 11.

Friday-reading, spelling, and vocab Test Friday; Spelling, Contract due Friday 

Students should be studying Rocket Math 5-10 minutes nightly. 


AR POINTS:  Students have been or will be given (if they have not received them yet) their points for second quarter.  Points are due December 16, 2019. Keep Reading:) Please keep reading at home as this is part of their daily homework.

Adoration/Mass schedule for this week:

Tuesday: Aryana Grill, Samantha Kruk, Tristan Hardy

Friday: Aryana Grill, Samantha Kruk, Tristan Hardy, Millie M, Lucas G

Cantors: Allie V

Math: We will problem solve with decimals on Friday, review for the test on Tuesday, then take the Chapter 7 test on Wednesday. On the test, students will  find the quotient with division patterns and decimals, estimate decimal quotients, use models to divide decimals by whole numbers and decimals by decimals, insert decimals  in the dividend, and divide digits by one digit and two digit numbers, Next, we

will go back to Chapter 2 studying Order of Operations. This is a challenging chapter ,and I Iwill use the text and supplement it to help with  the acquisition of the concepts.

Religion: Advent is a period of preparation . Advent refers to the coming of Christ. And the term the coming includes three references: first of all, to our celebration of Christ's birth at Christmas; second, to the coming of Christ in our lives through grace and the Sacrament of Holy Communion; and finally, to his second coming at the end of time.

The students’ preparations, therefore, should have all three comings in mind. We need to prepare our souls to receive Christ. Students will read about Advent from three different sources learning about Advent Customs. They will learn the history behind St. Nicholas Day, Saint Lucy Day in Sweden and in Italy, and Los Posadas, Students will learn about the  symbolization of the Advent Wreath. We will have a Penance Service this Wednesday.

Science: We will complete two labs this week on measurement and density. Students learned last week how to find the volume of some pennies using water displacement, and will go further to find the density of objects using the formula Density = mass divided by volume. We will have a quiz onT thursday over section One of Chapter 11.The vocabulary and concepts on the quiz include:

elements, physical change, chemical change, weight, mass, matter, density ,volume and  buoyancy.

Students should also know  how to find volume using water displacement and know how to apply the formula for volume (l xwxh)

Reading/Writing/Grammar:  We will be reading Dangerous Crossing.  The skill for the week is Cause and Effect. Reading Test Friday

Vocab and Spelling Words: Know definitions of words: vocabulary words with students: representative, cramped, distracted, viewpoint, shattered. Spelling list #11.  Students were given a list and they are listed in the reader’s notebook on page 160.  The spelling words are also on spelling city. Spelling contract is due Friday. Vocab and spelling test Friday. 

Social Studies: We will begin working on Chapter 3 Settlements


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