Mrs. Mary Harkay

Hello St. Columba Families,

This is my second year here at St. Columba and my twentieth year in Catholic education. Fifth grade is a pivotal year in a child’s development. The transition is being made from elementary school to middle school.

Our fifth graders recently finished a novel study based on a menu. The courses were listed and students had the choice to complete different activities. Our next book report is historical fiction. We are exploring how time and place can inform a story.

We are also enjoying reading R.J Palacio’s book Wonder.

In our math class we continue to work with fractions, and we will soon move on to decimals.

We are continuing our journey through early American history and will begin exploring the thirteen colonies. The students will complete a colony brochure with Mr. Marte in the computer lab.

The students are working on a research report about a president of their choice for the month of February. We are looking forward to learning about the leaders of our nation.

In science, we completed our study of plants, and we are moving on to meteorology and the solar system.


Sharing a skit in religion class.

Creating a STEM project with 100 toothpicks

Grandparent portraits