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Mary Lima earned a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Social Studies from San Jose State University and her teaching credential from Cal State Teach. She has been working in education since 2011 and has taught middle school history, as well as the fourth and fifth grades. Mary joined the CSMH community in 2017 and taught fifth-grade math and science for the past two years. This year, she is excited about teaching American History, Geography, and Service Learning in middle school.  She has two children, Jennifer and Kelly, both college graduates. Jennifer is a science teacher at Davis Middle School in San Jose. Kelly is pursuing a graduate degree in Veterinary Science at UC Davis.  Mary enjoys reading, hiking with her friends, and vacationing with her family.


Summer Homework - 5th into 6th

Mrs. Williams (6th-grade math and science teacher), is challenging your child to his or her first math assignment!

I have attached her letter with instructions; however, your child will bring a copy of this letter home tomorrow.  Please read it, decide on a summer homework activity selection together, and return it signed on Tuesday.

If you have any questions, please send me an email.


Mary Lima

Summer Math Resource

Dear Families,

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for making this year at Charter School an exceptional experience.  Many have reached out asking for suggestions on how to practice math over the summer, and what to expect next year in math. Below is a list of math resources, along with 5th and 6th-grade math standards by topic.

Have a beautiful summer!  


Mary Lima

Summer math resources:

Khan Academy:

Students can review 5th grade math skills OR preview 6th grade math.  This program is free and Common Core aligned.

Extra Math:

Extra Math allows students to practice their math facts and it records student progress.  Each practice session is only 10 minutes and the desktop version is free!

Remember that knowing your math facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) are essential skills to have in the 6th grade!

Go Math: Getting Ready for 6th Grade:

Preview 6th grade math with the support of online tutorials.  Each of the 6 lessons and 1 mid-unit review should take about 25 minutes to complete. Your student will bring these lessons home on Monday, June 11th.  If your child completes this short packet over the summer, please turn it in to Ms. Williams on the first day of school (she’ll be so impressed!)

Youtube Go Math lesson links:

Lesson 1:

Lesson 2:

Lesson 3:

Lesson 4:

Lesson 5:

Lesson 6:

Math topics covered this year in the 5th grade:

  • Place Value, Multiplication, and Expressions
  • Divide Whole Numbers
  • Add and Subtract Decimals
  • Multiply Decimals
  • Divide Decimals
  • Add and Subtract Fractions with Unlike Denominators
  • Multiply Fractions
  • Divide Fractions
  • Algebra: Patterns and Graphing
  • Convert Units of Measure
  • Geometry and Volume

Math topics that will be covered in the 6th grade next year:

  • Whole Numbers and Decimals
  • Fractions
  • Rational Numbers
  • Ratios and Rates
  • Percents
  • Units of Measure
  • Algebra: Expressions
  • Algebra: Equations and Inequalities
  • Algebra: Relationships Between Variables
  • Area
  • Surface Area and Volume
  • Data Displays and Measures of Center
  • Variability and Data Distributions

Family Math Night

Just a reminder that Family Math Night is scheduled for Tuesday, June 5th at 6:15pm in room 127.  If you plan on attending this event, please send me an email to confirm.
Thanks to the families who have already sent an RSVP to this event.  I look forward to seeing you on the 5th!

Honor Roll- IMPORTANT!

Students who earn a GPA of 3.0 or higher will be recognized and receive an honor roll award.  I must turn in a final list of recipients to the office no later than Wednesday, June 6th at 3:00pm. This means that all late math and science assignments must be turned in to me by the start of class on Wednesday, June 6th to receive credit and count towards this award. I can not make any exceptions; including excused absences.

I will still accept late work through Monday, June 11th to count towards your child's report card grade; however, work submitted after June 6th will not count towards earning an honor roll award.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Math and Science: Rockets!

We are getting ready to build our hydro-rockets the week of June 4th and  launching on June 8th.
Donations of empty and rinsed plastic 2-liter soda bottles by Friday, June 1st are greatly appreciated! 

Family Math Night

Mrs. Lima invites you to:

5th Grade

Family Math Night

June 5, 2018 6:15-7:30 pm

Room 127

Learn ways to keep math alive during the summer months.  


Topics will include:

  • Various summer tutoring opportunities
  • Jump Start program at CSMH
  • Free-online math support programs
  • Fun math games to play at home
  • What's next? 6th grade math topics

RSVP to Mrs. Lima:


Hello Families,
This week in science we will begin our unit on rockets.  I am asking that families donate one empty 2-liter bottle (rinsed out please) by Friday, May 25th. 
Thank you,
Mrs. LIma

Testing Schedule

Hello Families,
As you know, our CAASPP (State testing)  window is May 21 - June 1st.  Here is your child's testing schedule:
5/21 - Math 
Electrons: 8:10 - 9:52
Protons: 8:10 - 9:52
Neutrons: 10:10 - 11:50
5/22 - Math 
Electrons: 8:10 - 9:52
Protons: 8:10 - 9:52
Neutrons: 10:10 - 11:50
5/23 - Math 
Electrons: 8:10 - 9:52
Protons: 8:10 - 9:52
Neutrons: 10:10 - 11:50
5/24 - Language Arts
Electrons: 8:10 - 9:52
Protons: 8:10 - 9:52
Neutrons: 10:10 - 11:50
5/25 - Language Art 
Electrons: 8:10 - 9:52
Protons: 8:10 - 9:52
Neutrons: 10:10 - 11:50
5/29 - Language Arts 
Electrons: 8:10 - 9:52
Protons: 8:10 - 9:52
Neutrons: 10:10 - 11:50
5/30 - Language Arts
Electrons: 8:10 - 9:52
Protons: 8:10 - 9:52
Neutrons: 10:10 - 11:50
5/31 - Science
Electrons: 8:10 - 9:52
Protons: 10:10 - 11:50
Neutrons: 1:16 - 3:00
6/1 - Science (if needed)
Electrons: 8:10 - 9:52
Protons: 10:10 - 11:50
Neutrons: 1:16 - 3:00
*Make-up's will be given daily from 12:26 - 1:15
Please make sure your child gets plenty of rest and eats a healthy breakfast every day. 
Most important, tell your child to relax.  They have worked so hard this year and always do their personal best every day.  I am so proud of every 5th grade student!
Mary Lima

math and science reminders April 30 - May4

Math students will take a chapter quiz on Monday.  Extra credit assignments were passed out last week and are due on Monday.
Make sure you are checking the Friday efolder for important dates! 
May 4th: Movie Night (Star Wars)
May 9th: "Bike to School" event
May 17th: Spring Exhibition
June 1st: Family Fun Fest
*Summer school registration and donations are due by May 25th. 

5th grade discussion today - IMPORTANT

Dear 5th grade parents:


Today we met with the 5th grade students in boy and girl groups to discuss some issues that have been occurring.  The main topic was respect. Both groups talked about the need to show respect to one another and adults. Specific issues that were addressed were name calling, inappropriate language, personal property, not blurting out in class, and physical touch.  The main theme of both discussions was the need to consistently show more respectful behavior. Both groups had very productive and informative discussions.


Additionally, we discussed technology and the use of computers on campus.  Apparently, there has been some inappropriate emailing and hacking of accounts.  A strong reminder was given to the students that chromebooks are school property and need to be used according to school rules at all times.  It was also shared that anything that is put on a computer can be found and is never really deleted. Students were reminded that anything that is inappropriate is flagged by the school and a message is sent to administration each time.


We are asking your help in the following ways:  Please continue to have discussions with your child about respect and encourage their character development in this area.  Please specifically discuss the issues we addressed about personal property, language and respecting physical boundaries. Also, please be diligent in your monitoring of outside social media and setting strict limits on the use of technology, as we know that many problems develop in this grade and beyond.


If you have questions, please email us.  Thank you for your support in helping us to continue to develop our students in all areas.


5th Grade Team

Lori Sanders-Curry, School Counselor, LMFT



Elena Hossain


Robin Sin


Mary Lima

Puberty Talk

Just a heads up...
Included in your child's Friday envelope is information about an upcoming puberty talk.  Please read this information carefully and let your homeroom teacher know if you have any questions or concerns.  There is an opt-out option if you prefer your child not be part of this discussion.  

What a wonderful week!

Hello Wonderful 5th Grade Families,
We all want to thank you for an amazing Teacher Appreciation Week.  Our week started off with the most creative and fun door decorations and beautiful bouquets of flowers.   We were treated to coffee and delicious meals all week long, such a luxury to not have to think about bringing lunch.  Today we were presented with incredible gifts. 
We feel so lucky to have such a supportive parent group and such a great group of kids.
5th Grade Team  

Message from Mrs. Funke: Plant Sale Help!

Hi all,
It is tradition for the 5th graders to create a beautiful chalk path from the front gate to the garden gate.  I've arranged for the colored street chalk, but need help with the supervision of the students.  They will be released in groups of 5 or 6 for 15 minute intervals between 8:10 and 11:55 tomorrow.  I need 1 parent to cover 1-2 hour blocks between those times.  8:00-9:00, 9:00-10:00-10:00-11:00 and 11:00-12:00.  
During the sale, it would be nice to have a parent helper to watch over the students checking out customers and helping to keep students on task.  
Ideally, the students run the entire sale, I try to let them do all the money on their own and to interact with the customers with some modeling.
Thank you all for your support,
Kathy Funke

Design a US State Game Project kick-off

Hello Families,

This week we will be kicking-off our US State Game project.  In groups of four, students will be researching a US State and building a game using the Engineering Design Process.

Throughout this project students will be collecting materials from home.  It will be made clear to students that the materials do not need to be purchased.  We are asking students to be creative and think about things they already have at home which can be used for this project.  Please support your child by asking them questions about this project and how things are progressing.


We will be looking forward to sharing  this project, playing fun board games and learning about our US States, at Spring Exhibition.


The 5th Grade Team