Dianne Pitsoulakis » Mrs. Pitsoulakis's 2020-2021 Teacher Page

Mrs. Pitsoulakis's 2020-2021 Teacher Page

Hello! My name is Dianne Pitsoulakis and I'm excited to be your child's fifth grade advanced or regular education ELA teacher. The fifth grade ELA curriculum offers our students an exceptional variety of novel studies as well as solid support and understanding of the fifth grade literature and informational common core standards. Our writing units are well designed and allow the students to write and research many different topics throughout the year. Our structured word inquiry study allow the students to explore the meanings, origins and structures of familiar and unfamiliar words. 
Thank you for stopping by to check my webpage. I will keep you up to date on our daily and ongoing activities. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions you have! It's going to be a great year! 

Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program-D.A.R.E. 

In January, we began our Drug Abuse Resistance Education program with Officer Riff from the Frankfort  Police Department. Along with being our D.A.R.E. instructor, he is also our district resource officer. D.A.R.E. is a prevention education program designed to teach students the appropriate skills needed to resist pressures which may influence them to experiment with alcohol and tobacco. They will also be introduced to the D.A.R.E. Decision Making Model that assists them in problem solving, being a good citizen and making wise decisions. The curriculum is interactive and promotes active participation by the students. Following completion of the 10 lessons, students will have the opportunity to participate in a D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony and earn a certificate.

Great America Read to Succeed Tickets Extended!!   

Good news for our exceptional readers! For those students who earned tickets last spring, we have just learned that Six Flags was thankful for your participation and has extended unused 2020 Read to Succeed tickets through August 31, 2021.


These are the Common Core Standards that will be taught in ELA during Quarter 3:

 Q2 Informational Standards

RI 5.1- I can quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly

RI 5.3- i can explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts

RI 5.4- I can determine the meaning of words or phrases in a text using context clues

RI 5.9- I can integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write about the subject 

Q2 Literature Standards:

RL 5.1- I can quote accurately from the text when explaining what the txt says explicitly. I can provide text evidence to support an answer.

RL 5.2- I can determine the theme of a text. I can determine how characters respond to challenges.

RL 5.4- I can determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes

RL 5.5- I can explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem

RL 5.6- I can describe how a narrator's or speaker's point of view influences how events are described

RL 5.9- I can compare and contrast stories in the genre according to the same themes and topics. 


Bluestem Award Book Challenge

The Bluestem Reading Challenge is up and running!  All Chelsea Tigers are invited to take part in this opportunity to read a collection of books selected by the Association of Illinois School Library Educators for readers in grades 3-5.  Our library is stocked with multiple copies of every Bluestem book thanks to the generosity of the 157C Education Foundation! This information was also shared during our library block on November 4, 2020.

Students who are participating will need to do the following:

1) Join Mrs. Meszaros's Chelsea Library Team on Microsoft Teams using the code:  4xbte1j to find the Bluestem Award Reading Log from the top menu.  This code will remain the same all year long so bookmark it or save it somewhere to refer back to it.  

2) Track your reading.  After joining her MS Team, you will see the reading log as a post on the main page.   You will click which book you read, choose what you liked about the book and rate it on a scale of 1 to 5 stars.  

Once you finish 4, 8, or 12 books, inform Mrs. Meszaros and she will give you a level award to display in our library.  When you finish all 20 books you will receive a certificate, prize, and a poster of you displayed at our school.  We are being optimistic and hoping to end with a Bluestem Bash in April!

This challenge goes through March 15th

Wacky Wednesdays are back in February!

Show your school spirit and let's have some fun!

2/3/21-   Sports Day- Wear your favorite team shirt or jersey.

2/10/21- Spread Kindness Day- Wear red, white and/or pink.

2/17/21- Animal Day- Wear animal print- stripes, leopard, etc.

2/24/21- Hoodie Day- Wear your favorite hooded sweatshirt.

Every Friday is Chelsea Spirit Day...wear your school colors or Chelsea Spirit wear.  Go Tigers!