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Week of May 2

May Crowning/Grandparents' Day this Wednesday. Come pray with us!

 
Religion - We begin our chapter on the Sacrament of Marriage.
Language Arts - Spelling Unit 29 emphasizes the words from Latin origins. Our WoW is INTERMINABLE and the prompt will have your child writing about 5 things they think are interminable. That means a total of TWELVE sentences this week! We will finish our novel, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The children will be writing about some of the symbols and identifying characters that are dynamic and static!
Math - We have started adding and subtracting integers this week.
 

Please remember that 5th graders come to school out of uniform and may change into spirit wear after Grandparents leave the campus.

 

Week of April 25

Religion - We are working on the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.
Language Arts - We are discovering words that come from the Greek language in Spelling Unit 28. Our WoW is SUPERFLUOUS and the writing prompt is: Many items you have included on your family's grocery list are superfluous. Name three of them that your mom might question and defend why you felt the need to put them on the list. We continue reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
Math Voto - We are working on order of operations in Math.
Science - We are working on identifying chemical changes and move into magnets and electricity soon.
 
Do not forget that the Art Show is this Thursday! Many items that the children have worked on this year will be displayed!

Week of April 18

Religion - We finish up Chapter 16 with a review of how the Sacrament of Reconciliation is done.
Language Arts - We are working on spelling patterns for suffixes: -ent, -ant, -able, -ible, -ism, and -ist in Unit 27. Our WoW for this week is PETRIFIED and the prompt is: What helps you to be brave and to not become petrified? We are discovering good and evil traits in some of the characters we have met in the Lion, Witch, and Wardrobe. 
Math Voto - We are working with exponents and order of operations.
Science - Our scientists in 5th grade are working to build robots made from recycled material. They are trying to to help solve a problem. One homeroom is working on trying to conserve energy around the house. We hope to have these ready to display by Friday - Earth Day!

Please read the following message from our School Board President

SASEAS families,

 

It is that time of year again, where we want to reach out to you and seek your feedback on the performance of our school.  This will be our 3rd annual survey that we are seeking your input.  While the previous 2 years’ surveys were very important, this year’s survey results will serve as a big piece of the roadmap that is handed off to the new principal as we head into a new leg of the journey.  Each of the candidates we have interviewed mentioned the importance of a survey and receiving the feedback of the community.  Without your assistance the strategy will be driven by a few rather than by all.

 

I have heard from some that they don’t want to take the time for the survey because the feedback is not used. Nothing could be further from the truth.  Our previous 2 surveys were instrumental in driving a number of improvements that have been implemented by the staff and teachers from both schools.  Below are a number of changes that have taken place over the past few years that were driven by feedback from you:

 

  • Continue to drive more and better methods of communication between the school and parents:
    • Parents have a better idea of what's going on in the classrooms.  Teachers are posting their weekly syllabi and homework on their Edlio pages.
    • More frequent use of Parent Alert for important messages / reminders.
    • Introduction of our monthly school 'e-newsletter'.
    • Better use of school's Facebook page.
    • Revamped our school website.  More information / easier to navigate. 
    • Continue to highlight the importance of the communication between and the school and the family and investigate other methods for improvement.
  • Put together the math committee made up of teachers and parents.  Have met multiple times to investigate other math programs for our kids.  Currently doing final review on the math program for the school.
  • Improved interaction with the community:
    • Greater parent participation in the PTO.
    • Greatly reduced the number of fund raisers, and created more interactive events for all. As a result our 2 major fundraiser have been very successful.
    • Got rid of Boosterthon company for the Fun Run in order to maximize the funds coming back to the school and make it "our" event. 
    • Added Grandparents' Day to the Seton Campus.
  • Added to the after school program: 
    • Bricks for kids by Lego, at the Seton Campus.
    • Programing / robotics at the St. Andrew Campus.
  • In an effort to assist students, Science and Math teachers are staying in at lunch or assisting before/after school to offer extra help to our students at the St. Andrew campus.
  • Continued focus on technology in the classroom:
    • Introduced a full 1:1 iPad program in K - 3.
    • Added another computer cart of Chrome Books to the 4th / 5th grade classes.

 

 

These improvements continue to support the success of our students in events like the Science Fair, Power of the Pen, Math Counts, and Spelling Bees.  It helps to facilitate the success that we see in our graduates as they move on to high school.  Over the past year, I have personally experienced the strength of our school community.  I hope that same community steps up and take the time to fill out the survey for our school.  Please help us as we work to offer our school’s values of being “Academically Excellent and Passionately Catholic” to a larger group. 

 

As an incentive, we are offering an additional “Out of Uniform” day if we exceed our goal of 50% response.  Our hope is that your kids will be more engaged in the process now also!  Thanks again for your assistance.

 

Thanks,

Jay Kuhn

SAC President

Week of April 11

Religion - This week we are focusing on the two chapters that deal with the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We are going to the Bible to find and read the parable of the Prodigal Son and also read about Jesus' healing of the paralytic to understand why Catholics need the Sacrament of Reconciliation! If your children should ask, please take them to confession!
Language Arts - We are reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe for our class novel, picking up some of C.S. Lewis' masterful skills in writing and strong symbolism found throughout this story. We are on Unit 26 in Spelling and our Wow word is AMICABLE. The prompt is: Some people feel that if two children cannot be amicable to each other, they should be made to stay together until they learn to get along. This is another attempt at writing a persuasive piece.
Math Voto - We are reviewing addition and subtraction of fractions in preparation for the chapter test.
Science - We are working our way through what is happening during a chemical reaction and how we can tell that a chemical reaction has taken place.

Week of April 4

Happy Easter! Today is the day the Church celebrates the Feast of the Annunciation, which is usually celebrated on March 25th. This year, March 25th was Good Friday so the feast day was moved to today!
This week we will:
Religion: Discuss Divine Mercy Sunday, how long Easter Season will last, make place mats for the Prison retreat and review the different types of prayer.
Language Arts: take a look and work with words that end in -ion for Spelling Unit 25 and our WoW is MALICIOUS. The prompt is: Persuade someone to NOT do a malicious act. We will start our novel, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
Math Voto: continue working with fractions.
Science: estimate density using marshmallows to sink a film canister in water. Collecting all classroom data, we will determine if our estimations hold true!
 
Your child must look for a mystery novel for the month of April.

Week of March 21 - HOLY WEEK

This week is the holiest week of the year. What are you differently to show that it is holy? That is the question I have posed for my 5th graders, but it can be for all of us. How is this week different?
Religion - We finished our chapter on prayer and will be moving into a review of the sacrament of Reconciliation.
Language Arts - We will not be having a WoW prompt nor a Spelling packet for this week. Instead, look for pages of work with grammar and exercises with reading skills.
Math - We are working on adding and subtracting fractions with different denominators.
Science - We continue to explore density as a physical property of matter.
 
May you experience a very Holy Easter this year!

Week of March 14, 2016

We are finishing up our IOWA testing this week. Please continue to make sure your child has a good night's rest as well as eating breakfast each morning to ensure the best possible results!
Religion - We begin Chapter 12, which discusses the types of prayer we use.
Language Arts - We will be studying spelling patterns using prefixes this week in Unit 24. Our WoW is BENEVOLENT and the prompt is: Describe what a benevolent act would look like for a 5th grader. We continue our study of the novel, The Cay and we are working on identifying adjectives.
Math Voto - We are gathering data and discussing ways to display this data. We are also working with adding/subtracting fractions.
Science - We are exploring density of matter this week and connecting why density can be used to identify materials.
 
Most of the 5th graders have turned in their permission slips for COSI. We have scheduled this field trip for April 7th, which is the Thursday we return from Easter Break! (Please remember that they will need to be picked up at 6:00 p.m. that evening!)
 

Week of March 7, 2016

This week we continue to work on IOWA Testing! Please make sure that your child gets a good night's sleep and breakfast each morning for the best possible testing results!
Religion - We are finishing Chapter 11 about the Sacrament of the Eucharist celebrated within the Mass.
Language Arts - We continue reading The Cay and discuss ways to combine sentences in English. In Spelling, we practice with words that have unstressed syllables...Unit 23. There will be no alternate word lists. The WoW for this week is TENACIOUS and the prompt asks students to write about a time when they were tenacious or they are to write about a time they saw someone else be tenacious.
VotoMath - We begin Unit 6 which has us adding and subtracting fractions.
Science - We continue to look at ways to measure and identify matter.

Please mark your calendars!

 There will be a parent assembly March 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Seton's Cafeteria featuring Keenan West!  He is a nationally renowned speaker on Bully Prevention! 

NO RSVP is required!

Week of February 29 - Leap Day!

Religion - Entries are being made in our prayer journals as we move through Lent, reflecting on our journey. We are also finishing Chapter 10, the Eucharist and moving into Chapter 11 about the celebration of the Eucharist at Holy Mass. The children have been making visits to the Blessed Sacrament in order to quiet themselves to hear God's voice!
L.A. - We have been busy trying to figure out how to combine sentences and use punctuation marks to help our weekly prompts get stronger. Unit 22 Spelling packet is for all students this week because we have begun Iowa testing! Our prompt for CLAUSTROPHOBIA is a choice. Your child could choose to write about a time he/she felt claustrophobic OR Write about if you would feel more claustrophobic in an airplane or standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon. We continue our novel, The Cay.
VotoMath - We are finishing up chapter 5 and will have a test by the end of the week. Expect a study sheet to go home on Tuesday.
Science - The fifth graders are discovering ways to measure matter. We are currently figuring out how a balance works.