Grade Five


In Fifth Grade, Catholic teachings and values are part of the work we do every day. As a class, we participate in the Heifer Project. It is an excellent way for us to work together, help to provide needs for others, and to apply the values we’re learning to be of service to others. The Seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church are the focus of our Religious study.

We’re very proud to offer in-depth study in Social Studies, focusing in the Fifth Grade on American History. Students learn about American History and learn to view it as a BIG STORY, understanding how events and people are connected.

In science, we teach students some of the most elemental and important building blocks in science – an understanding of the Scientific Method and learning through hands-on experiments. Many of our alumni have gone on to successfully participate in science and engineering contests using the foundation they learned at St. Anastasia Catholic School.

In English, we use a similar approach and our students learn the fundamentals in writing research papers. Through this process, students learn how to properly research, write, and document research papers. Many alumni have reported using these same techniques when writing papers in high school and beyond.

Math achievement is improved greatly when we know our math facts accurately and quickly. In Grade 5, students work to complete 100 problems in 4 minutes, starting with addition and moving through subtraction, multiplication, and division.

We are pleased to partner with Kindergarten and Third Grade students; together we do various activities throughout the year.

We utilize SMART Boards, Chrome notebooks, and document cameras to enhance student learning.

Focus on Curriculum

Math: Place value of whole numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, fractions, and decimals, measurement, data, and graphing, plane figures, and geometric concepts, ratio and proportion, and algebra.

Religion: The primary focus is learning The Seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church. Students are exposed to current events and learn how to react to them. Following the teachings of Christ is stressed throughout the whole day. Fifth Grade girls and boys are trained to be Mass Servers, expanding their understanding of Mass.

Reading: Our reading series includes whole group reading, RTI, vocabulary, read aloud, daily oral language, and book talks.  The fifth grade students are encouraged to read independently from our extensive classroom library.  We have an excellent classroom library, and listen to three novels on CD throughout the school year.

English: In addition to the Reading program, English skills are taught to provide students additional writing and grammar skills. Students learn how to write an excellent research report; Fifth Grade students write the report on a person of their choice in American History.

Spelling: Part of our Reading series, the spelling words for each week relate to that week’s story. The list is sent home Friday,  followed by a Tuesday pre-test and the final on Friday.

Social Studies: Taught as a separate class, we believe that providing specific instruction in this subject helps students to gain a greater understanding about American History starting with The Silk Road, Mayans, Incas, Aztecs, through the Civil War.

Science: The big focus is on learning the Scientific Method, including many hands on experiments. We work hard to meet the State Standards for Fifth Grade.

Art: Guided by videos in our Art Series, we provide a wide range of art skills and experiences to our students.
Band: Fifth Grade students have the opportunity to participate in Band by joining students at Park Elementary twice a week, once for lessons and once for full band practice on Wednesday.

Specialists: We have specialists for Computer, Music, and Phy Ed.

Special Events

  • October – Grave Rubbing at St. Anastasia Cemetery in conjunction with All Souls Day
  • December – Heifer Project. As a class we collect money and decide together which animals we are going to buy through Heifer International.
  • February – 5th and 6th Grade Learn to Ski Day at Powder Ridge
  • February – Engineering Week. Students participate in “Engineering Week” with Engineers from 3M. Engineers come to our classroom and give each team a bag that contains identical 3M products. The goal for each team is to design an original container using the products that will protect an egg when dropped from different heights. The safest design wins!
  • March – Clay projects in conjunction with Clay Coyote, who provides the clay and firing for our project.
  • May – Field trip to the State Capitol and The Minnesota Museum, or Fort Snelling and The Basilica (alternate years)
  • May – All School Track and Field Day for Christian schools in our area.

Service / Mission Projects

  • Gifts for shut-ins
  • Operation Christmas Child
  • Marathon Snack


Mrs. Peg DeMeyer

Phone: (320) 587-2490



  • I teach Fifth Grade Reading, English, Spelling, and Religion in the mornings.
  • I Graduated from Bemidji State University with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education and Reading.
  • I am married and have two sons.
  • I love hockey and UND Sioux.
  • I have been teaching for 30 years in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grades as well as pre-school. I have been a teacher at St. Anastasia for the past 23 years.
  • I enjoy gardening and spending time with my family.


Mrs. Lori Salmela

Phone: (320) 587-2490



  • I graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in Elementary Education.
  • I have been employed at St. Anastasia since 1993, first with Kids’ Depot then as a computer/physical education teacher at St. Anastasia Catholic School.
  • I love to scrapbook, golf, bake, and spend time with my family and friends.
  • I am married and live with my family in Dassel, MN.


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School Supplies List 2017-2018

Please note the school will be purchasing the products such as kleenex, paper towels, disinfectant wipes, baggies, etc.  These items will be purchased as needed throughout the school year.  There will be a $13.00 fee per student which will be collected after school begins.


Math: – This site features individual segments for students and parents and aligns with the Minnesota State Math Standards. Students may access the topics of glossary, extra help, brainteasers, test taking tips, test prep, extra practice, and egames. A complete listing of topics is included for each grade in the student section of the site.