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Back To School Night With Ms. Genuino. Catskill Avenue Elementary School Grade 5 Room 31. Catskill Avenue Elementary. Address: 23536 Catskill Ave. Carson, CA 90745 Telephone: Fax Number: Principal: Mr. Hoff Wesley Brooks Assistant Principal: Mrs. Veronica Jackson

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Back To School Night With Ms. Genuino

Catskill Avenue Elementary School

Grade 5

Room 31

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Catskill Avenue Elementary

  • Address: 23536 Catskill Ave. Carson, CA 90745

  • Telephone:

  • Fax Number:

  • Principal: Mr. Hoff Wesley Brooks

  • Assistant Principal: Mrs. Veronica Jackson

  • Website:

  • School Day: Class begins promptly at 8:15am, dismissal 2:40pm, with the exception of early dismissals on Tuesdays 1:40pm and during Parent Conference Week

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Ms. Elizabeth Genuino’s Bio

  • Born in New York City, New York and raised in Carson, California

  • Attended all the local public schools in Carson, California

  • Graduated from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA with a BA in Liberal Arts/Elementary Education and concentration in Political Science (1999)

  • Multiple Subject Credential Program from Cal State Long Beach (2004)

  • Fluency in Tagalog (Pilipino) and conversant in Spanish

  • Taught high school math and science for 2 years for LACOE

  • Currently teaching 5th Grade for the past 4 years for LAUSD

  • Continuing post-graduate education at Cal State Long Beach University

  • Enjoys reading, writing and joining community involvement projects

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My Involvement at Catskill Ave. Elementary

  • 5th Grade Chairperson for 2 years

  • Member of Arts Prototype Cadre

  • Technology Committee

  • Reading First Professional Development Team

  • Health Education Program Coordinator

  • Organized Jump Rope for Heart Fundraiser

  • Organized Red Ribbon Week Anti-Drug Campaign

  • Carson Community Liason

  • Special Education Collaborative Instructor

  • Work closely with ELD Students

  • 5th Grade Talent Showcase Director

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Our Daily Routine

  • 8:15-8:30am Morning Business

  • 8:30-9:50am Mathematics

  • 9:50-10:00am Vocabulary Building/Word Knowledge

  • 10:00-10:30am Direct Instruction Reading Lesson

  • 10:30-10:45am Oral Discussion/Handing Off/Journal Quick-Write

  • 10:45-11:05am Recess at Playground

  • 11:05-11:35am Direct Instruction Writing Lesson

  • 11:35-11:55am Independent Work Time/Small Group (ELD & RSP)

  • 11:55-12:35pm Reading & Writing Theme-Related

  • 12:35-1:15pm Lunch in Cafeteria & Playtime

  • 1:15-1:55pm Social Studies/Science/Music/Visual Art

  • 1:55-2:20pm Health/Physical Education/Performing Art

  • 2:20-2:35pm D.E.A.R. Time (Drop Everything And Read!)

  • 2:35-2:40pm Closing Shop

  • 2:40pm Dismissal at Gate #2

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Outstanding Attendance & Citizenship

  • Maintain outstanding attendance throughout the school year is the State & District mandate.

  • Reinforce positive behavior at home and at school. Refer to school & classroom rules and guidelines.

  • Child must be well-prepared with proper attire, materials for learning and come to school ready to learn.

  • Catskill is a uniform school. Your child is to wear appropriate school attire.

  • Teamwork between teacher-parent and student is the key to your child’s success in Grade 5

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Effective Work Habits & Academics

  • Always be fully aware of what your child is learning in the classroom.

  • Homework is to be completed neatly and turned in on time every day.

  • Students receive an academic organizer to list all homework assignments and keep track of class project deadlines. Parent signature is required every night.

  • Reading log is required to be checked and signed by the parent every night.

  • Parent Notices are sent home regarding student progress and achievement. Sign all documents.

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4” means performs above CA State Education Standards

“3” means meeting CA State Education Standards

“2” means inconsistently meets CA State Education Standards. Warning notice is sent to parent. May be in danger of retention. May need to participate in intervention program.

“1” means performing below CA State Education Standards. Warning notice is sent to parent. In danger of retention. Mandatory intervention program.

There are 3 grades earned: Achievement, Effort and Work & Study Habits

All grades are equal in weight.

Achievement grades measures your child’s progress against the CA State Education Standard

Effort grades measures your child’s productivity during academic subjects

Work & Study Habits measures your child’s capability to be an independent learner

LAUSD Grading Policy

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5th Grade Curriculum

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A 5th grade student must read with an oral fluency of 120 words per minute

The 6 Core Comprehension Strategies are emphasised and practiced

Students are to keep a monthly reading log of every piece of literature they read.

Encourage your child to practice 20 minutes of reading and have them tell you about it.


5th grade students are expected to write multiple-paragraph compositions: narrative and expository

Vocabulary Strategies are introduced and practiced to strengthen reading comprehension and writing skills

Journal Discussion and Writing

5 Stages of the Writing Process is emphasised

Computer technology/information research

Language Arts

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Basic math facts should be practiced at home for automaticity and accuracy

Knowledge of place value, money, estimation

Multiplication of large numbers

Long Division


Addition and Subtraction of large numbers

Math logical reasoning & word problems


Number Sense



Statistics & Data Analysis



Mental Math


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Health & Physical Education

  • LAUSD Nutrition Network Program teaches students good nutritional habits and food sciences

  • National Physical Fitnessgram Assessment is taken in May 2006.

  • Fitnessgram includes: 1-mile timed walk/run, flexibility, push-ups, abdominal crunches

  • Sports: Volleyball, Softball, Kickball, Tennis, Basketball

  • Emphasize good health and good sportsmanship

  • Human Growth & Development

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Social Studies


  • Age of Exploration

  • American Colonialism

  • American Revolution

  • Civil War

  • Westward Expansion

  • Geographical Region Research

  • American Constitution

  • Patriotic Songs

  • Our Heritage

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Visual & Performing Arts

Member of the Arts Prototype

Cadre allows for weekly

instruction and participation in the following:

  • Drama

  • Dance

  • Music

  • Visual Arts

  • Catskill Cougar Arts Festival

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Rewards and Incentives

  • Presidential Gold & Silver Academic Fitness Award

  • National Physical FitnessGram Award

  • Catskill Super Citizen of the Month

  • California Reads Gold Medal Award

  • Student of the Week

  • Room 31’s Student Store

  • “The Honorable Mentionables” Classroom Newsletter

  • Holiday Parties

  • Field Trips

  • Free Time Fridays

  • Classroom Spirit Days

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Parent Volunteers Needed

  • Grading papers

  • Reading group facilitators

  • Field trip supervision

  • Fundraiser events

  • Typing student essays on computer

  • Recess & Lunch supervision

  • 5th Grade Picnic

  • Talent Show

  • Leading P.E. Activities/Coaching sports

  • Bulletin board design/Display case decoration

  • Classroom parties

  • Collecting materials for arts & craft projects

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Ms. Elizabeth Genuino

  • Parent-Teacher Conferences can be made in-person or by phone. I can only accommodate you on these days and hours: Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:50-3:30pm. If you want a later time, leave your phone number and I will contact you by telephone.

  • Please schedule your conference at least 4 days in advance. Call the school, or write a note requesting a parent conference.

  • My email address is:

  • Catskill’s telephone number:

  • Catskill’s fax number:

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Let’s work as a team and have a great school year!

Catskill Avenue Elementary School

Grade 5

Room 31