• Dear Parents and Students of 5A & 5B:

    Welcome back after your 2 week vacation!  Starting tomorrow, April 20th, I am officially back and ready to teach!   Mrs. Tartaglia will be helping all of us transition this week, so if you have a specific question on a task that was assigned while I was away, please message her about it during this week.  All other questions or general emails/comments should be directed to me at nerhart@stmatthiasnj.org or as a comment on an assigned task from me. 

    I have missed all of you so much and have kept you in my prayers every day that I was away from you.  Every night before bed, Lukas and I say our prayers together, so he is praying for you, too!  It was wonderful spending time with our new, little man, but I am happy to be back to teaching.  I just wish I could see all of you in person (*virtual hugs*), but we will when it is safe for all of us.  I will be sure to share some pictures with you (and maybe even some videos) as we continue on our journey of virtual learning! 

    I know that it has been difficult for many of you needing to continue school at home.  However, please remember how important it is to work hard during this time virtually learning, as it is still part of the school year.  We will be learning new content, reviewing, and still taking quizzes/tests, similar to what we would have covered in the classroom.  I understand that distractions will arise (i.e. I have a 3 month old, remember, haha), but we all need to do our best to get it done.  School is still your job, no matter that there was a change in location.  Keep your chin up, positive attitude on, and try to make the best out of our situation.  Think of it like we are in school,…but it is ALWAYS Pajama Day! :-P

    As explained in Ms. Brett’s letter, my official office hours will be from 9am-1pm.  That means I will be completing the bulk of my emails and answer as many questions as I can during that time, then prepping/grading each day as well.  I will try to be available as much as I can to help everyone do their best, please have patience.  I also expect that everyone should be turning their work in on-time, considering I will give ample time to complete it.  If you do not think you can finish an assignment before a due date, please email me.  Remember, this education will be on the honor system and will be what you make of it.  I realize that you could look up answers online or your book during a quiz or test, but…I would hope that you would CHOOSE not to do that.  If you are having difficulty completing an assignment, let me know so we can work on it together!  That is why I am here, guys! :-)

    I look forward to starting tomorrow and I hope you are as well!  Enjoy the rest of your night and I will “see” you tomorrow morning!!

    Mrs. Erhart :-)

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Welcome to 5A's Website! - _____________________________________________________________________

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    Welcome to Mrs. Erhart's Website 
    Choose a tab to learn more about: 5A Religion, 5A & 5B ELA, and  5A & 5B Science
    Please use this site, as well as Google Classroom, as a resource to learn more about me, your classroom, participate in interactive discussions, check on homework assignments, projects, and much more!
    I have heard many students wonder, "What does Mrs. Erhart do when she is not in school?"  Well, I assure you, I am a regular person, just like the rest of you!  The best answer would be that it depends on the weather!  I love being outdoors, even when it is cold, so I can enjoy a few of my favorite outdoor things: camping, hiking, fishing (both fly and spinner), and seeing animals!  When I am indoors, you can find me curled up reading a book (sci-fi and historical fictions are my favorite) or playing an exciting board game with family and friends.  There are even times when I jump on the computer to play a video game with my husband or friends online (I know, shocking!).
    All my life I have wanted to be a teacher.  I started teaching infants and slowly moved up to teaching Pre-school, Pre-K, and then Kindergarten.  After I finished my Master's Degree, I was offered a job in 5th grade at Sacred Heart School (now it is Holy Savior Academy).  That is where I learned how much I LOVED fifth grade!  5th is BY FAR the BEST grade!  This will now be my 8th year teaching 5th grade and I still learn something new every year from my students.  I am still amazed at the inquisitive minds I meet every year and I am humbled by having the opportunity to be there as they grow into lifelong learners.  I look forward to our journey together this year! 
    Please feel free to contact me anytime with questions or concerns. I can be reached at nerhart@stmatthiasnj.org



    Helpful information for a successful year:

    • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL: I have an open door policy and will be available before or after school for extra help, above and beyond work, conferences, and study sessions.  Please let me know how I can help; advanced notice is appreciated.
    • BIRTHDAYS: We still love to celebrate birthdays in fifth grade! If you wish, you are welcome to bring in treats on your birthday to share with your classmates.  The treats must be store-bought and clearly marked with an ingredient label.  Please keep in mind that we have 20 students in 5A.  Thank you!
    • SUPPLIES: Please be sure to come to class prepared every day with all of your supplies. You may purchase any supplies you might need before school on Tuesdays and during lunchtime on Thursdays.
    • TISSUES: Please bring a small pack of tissues and a small Ziplock bag to school with you daily.
    • CHAPTER BOOK: Please bring a chapter book (or two!) to school each day for quiet reading time during homeroom and your other class periods, as time permits.  There is also a selection of chapter books in the classroom that you can request to borrow (see Mrs. Erhart for selection approval and sign-out procedures).
    • SNACK: Remember to bring a snack to school with you on half days.
      • Mondays: Art
      • Tuesdays: Music
      • Wednesdays: Computers
      • Thursdays: GYM (please wear your gym uniform)
      • Fridays: Spanish & Library


    We strive to engage each student spiritually and academically
    in a Christ-centered environment,
    to prepare them to live as disciples and citizens.

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  • A note from Mrs. Lanzalotto - Please visit the SMS Library website for lots of book recommendations and literacy resources. AR Quizzing will be active throughout our break. AR Quizzing will remain open 24/7 to students in grades 1-8. 
    For fans of Harry Potter, check out Harry Potter At Home hub through the SMS website where you'll find all the latest magical treats to keep you occupied - including special contributions from Bloomsbury and Scholastic, nifty magical craft videos (teach your friends how to draw a Niffler!), fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more for first-time readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world. We're casting a Banishing Charm on boredom!
    Stephanie Lanzalotto
    St. Matthias School Library


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  • Dear 5th grade parents, 
    Thank you to those who submitted the
    Epic Reading Google Form
    in the Religion Google Classrooms.
    Once you send us your email through that form,
     I will have Get Epic send an invitation by email. 
    The next step is to login with the parent email address
    and create an account. 
    To the best of my understanding,
    I was instructed that the students
    should always log into the parent side
    of the account and not the student side as seen below. 
    epic login
    Once you create an account, teachers get a message saying
    that you are "enabled" and ready to read!
    This site will soon be used in the ELA classes
    so it is vital that all students are enrolled. 
    Please let me know if you have any questions.
    Thank you for your help and cooperation.
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  • Our Pope Francis asks us to pray the rosary today at 4:00 p.m.  The Saint Matthias community will be participating in this holy endeavor. As your Religion assignment today, I ask that you please pray the rosary.

    Please click on the following link for more information: Pray the Rosary Today at 4 p.m.


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  • Dear Parents and Students,


    I am glad that our remote learning is going well, and that students are keeping busy completing assignments in ELA, Science and Religion. Keep checking Google Classroom for assignments, due dates, and announcements.


    And remember....

    Keep Reading


    Thank you.


    Mrs. Tartaglia

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    Read Across America
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  • Dear Parents,

    I may be reached by email at startaglia@stmatthiasnj.org through Thursday, April 9th. 

    Thank you!

    Mrs. Tartaglia


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    Students had fun conducting cool science experiments today using candy, soda, and other substances!

    These hands-on experiments will continue next week. 

    soda water mixing mix skittles skittles skittles fizz soda water draw cut


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  • Dear Parents,


    It was my pleasure meeting you at our recent conferences! Hearing your expectations for your child, and sharing his or her classroom experience and progress, is always fulfilling and meaningful.


    I want you to know that I am happy to meet with you before or after school, during the time that I am here. Parents are always welcome!


    Yours in Christ,


    Mrs. Tartaglia

    Mrs. Tartaglia

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  • My Side of the Mountain My Side of the Mountain

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  • Celebrating Black History Month in ELA classes!

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  • Dear 5A and 5B Parents,


    Thank you for your patience with me these past few months.  I appreciate your understanding with my need to be out for appointments and maybe a few extra days to get some of their papers back.  The students have been very sweet with helping me pick things up off the floor or how they would move desks for me, I am so grateful for their help!  


    The time has come, much more quickly than I could have imagined, for me to be home and preparing for my little boy to come into the world.  This Friday, December 13th, was my last day of classes. While I am very excited, I am still sad to have to leave them for a few months. My anticipated return date will be April 20th, immediately following Easter Break.  While I am away, please send any questions or concerns about grades or other classroom needs to the substitute teacher. They will be handling all aspects of the classroom while I am gone.


    Thank you for your warm thoughts and well wishes.  I hope everyone has a blessed Christmas and a beautiful start to the New Year.  I will be back before you know it!


    Thank you,

    Mrs. Erhart

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