5th Grade

Educational Philosophy

Hi! My name is Ms. Debbie Pio and I am thrilled to be here at St. Ignatius School. This is my 16th year as an educator in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and it is my privilege to be part of your child's educational journey.

I believe that every classroom should be a safe, comfortable, and nurturing environment where students continually explore and make discoveries about themselves and the world around them. As an educator, I motivate my students to define and achieve goals and challenge them to grow to their potential. Building relationships with students and getting to know them on a personal level is key to their growth and success. This connection with each student is the basis for a nurturing environment where all students feel accepted and are encouraged to be their best selves.

A Bit About Me

I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from Temple University with an emphasis in Communications and my Master of Science Degree in Education from Gwynedd Mercy University. I am also a certified Wilson Reading Program instructor. This program is designed to aid children and adults who have a language-based learning disability.

I have three adult children who keep me laughing all the time. We enjoy getting together for "family fun days" and game nights. In my leisure time I enjoy cooking, baking, and working in the garden. I enjoy traveling and am always up for an adventure. A good suspense novel - a psychological thriller - is always on my coffee table.

October News

The cooler temperatures and crisp autumn breezes are bringing a new excitement to 5th grade. As we begin the month of October, we focus on our Holy Mother, Mary. Students are learning the mysteries of the Rosary as they recite a decade each day and demonstrate their understanding of these important events in the lives of Jesus and Mary by writing personal reflections about how they live out the message of Christ in their daily living.

In ELA, students are reading short stories for comprehension. Learning to highlight and take notes is an important part of our lessons on study skills. We are beginning our unit on pronouns and continue our work with compound and complex sentences, particularly in our short writing responses. Soon these skills will be incorporated into our novel study.

Stay tuned! The excitement is contagious!