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.

September News

It was quite a busy week in 5th grade. We explored another form of prayer - song and gesture. We learned the refrain of the song "Awesome God" complete with hand motions and listened to and prayed with songs about grace. Students are now able to explain the two types of grace we are given as free gifts from God. In grammar we continue our study of nouns. Who knew that nouns could serve so many functions in a sentence? Here are just a few that we studied so far: Subject, complements, direct objects, indirect objects, objects of prepositions, and direct address. Students also had a choice of three activities to demonstrate mastery of their vocabulary words. Some made help-wanted posters, others wrote compound and complex sentences, and several created detailed acrostic poems.