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Week of October 5, 2015

This is going to be a very busy week! We have Pajama Day tomorrow (Tuesday, October 6th) and electronic day. The kids know pajamas need to be decent and games need to be age appropriate. 
Religion: We are finishing our chapter on Mary. The children are choosing a picture to go with their title for Mary and writing why they chose the picture they chose and those will be hung on our Mary Wall by the 5th grade rooms.
Language Arts: We are working on more vowel + r spelling combinations in Unit 7 and our WoW word for this week is SERPENTINE. The prompt is: write about three animals that move in a serpentine manner and explain why they do it. We will be starting our novel, Hatchet, this week.
Math: The students are working a little probability problem in class and we continue to work with decimals.
Science: The students are working out some experiments to test the rays of the sun. We are trying to figure out a uniform process that scientists might use!

Parents Take Notice!

5A Takes the Lead

I just wanted to thank all the parents of 5A because our homeroom has reached four of our five classroom goals for the TITAN RUN4FUN fundraiser! So, that means a No Homework night tonight and they have been cleared to wear crazy socks and crazy hats tomorrow (Thursday, October 1).

Happy Feast Day to all Michaels, Raphaels, and Gabriels!

Today is the feast day of the Archangels! Remember to say thank you to God for His mighty messengers!

Week of September 28, 2015

This week we have Everybody Counts on Thursday. I love this program. It helps the children see that even though people have physical differences or have learning disabilities, we are all the same in God's eyes! The 5th grade has some challenging exercises that help them to empathize with children who have learning disabilities.
Religion: We present the Litany to the Blessed Virgin Mary to emphasize some of the ways the Church honors Mary. The students will be given one of Mary's titles and then hunt for a picture that represents the title. They will also have to write a little blurb about why they chose the picture they chose.
Language Arts: We are working with the spelling patterns of vowels + r in Unit 6. Our WoW this week is IMPECCABLE and the blurb is asking the kids to write about some food they think tastes impeccable.
Math: We are working on adding and subtracting with numbers that have decimals.
Science: The students are finishing with our first chapter on what we find in our solar system and the vocabulary that we have been introduced to.

Welcome to the United States, Pope Francis!

What a great day! Our Holy Father landed in D.C. earlier today and the children had a chance to see and hear his words as he greeted Americans at the White House. Later today he will canonize Juniper Serra at the largest cathedral in the Americas, the Basilica of the Nations Shrine of the Immaculate Conception!

Week of September 21, 2015

What a great week for Catholics! Our Pope is coming to the United States and we are going to experience some "firsts"! It will be the first time that a saint will be canonized on American soil. It is Blessed Juniper Serra, who was responsible for setting up many missions along the California coastline. Pope Francis will also address the whole Congress while he is in Washington, D.C. This is a first. He will travel to New York to address the United Nations and pray at the memorial for all the victims of 9/11. Then, on to Philadelphia to participate in the Conference on Families. 
Please take time to discuss (and maybe even watch) some of these historic events with your children. And pray. Pray for our Holy Father...for his safety and for his message!
Religion: We are going to try to catch some of the televised events following Pope Francis on EWTN. We are still discussing our chapter over Mary and doing activies connecting the two.
Language Arts: We move into Unit 5 in Spelling and our WoW is ARDUOUS. The prompt has the students writing about something that is arduous for them to do. We continue to read our novel, From the Mixed-Up Files as we look at comparing characters and character development.
Math: We move into our estimation of addition and subtraction of decimals chapter.
Science: We are going to take a look at the stages of a star.
 

The Seven Dolours

During the month of September, the Church remembers the Seven Sorrows(or Dolours) of Our Blessed Mother in a novena that would have ended today. Today is the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.

Field Trip on Thursday!

Please do not forget our field trip to the Observatory of Cincinnati!

Students do not need to pack their lunches. We will be back in plenty of time. The students will remain in their uniforms! Thank you!

Week of September 14

This week begins with an early dismissal so that the teachers can get to together to have some professional development!
Religion:  We are working on our study of Mary. (That would be Chapter 19 in our textbook). We start with the Annunciation, Mary's YES to God and how we are asked to say 'yes' to God in our everyday lives.
Language Arts:  We introduce Unit 4 in Spelling and our WoW  is PEDESTRIAN. Their prompt for pedestrian asks the student to write about the most nonpedestrian thing that s/he has done. We are reading From the Mixed-Up Files discussing protagonist and antagonist for this novel. We continue our study of nouns, also.
Math: We are working on factors, prime and composite numbers. We are also studying square numbers. The children have been using mobymax.com in the classroom and can now use this tool at home. Please encourage your child to practice their math facts and even using this tool as a way to do it! The children can also work on math applications on this website.
Science: We are continuing our study on the sun, moon and earth. We will be off to the Observatory of Cincinnati on Thursday, Sept. 17th. We will be leaving the campus at 9:15 a.m. and return by 11:50, in time for recess and lunch. The children will be in uniform for this fieldtrip!

Week of September 8, 2015

Today we celebrated Mary's birthday with a little treat! 
Religion: We finished chapter 2 and are working on the review of vocabulary and concepts. We jump all the way to chapter 19 where the book discusses Mary's role in salvation history and in our Church today!
Language Arts: We are working on spelling patterns for long i and in Unit 3. The WoW word is MYRIAD and the prompt is: Can you think of a myriad of reasons you should have 5 extra minutes of recess? OR Can you think of a myriad of reasons you shouldn't have to take out the garbage?
Math: We are working to identify prime and composite numbers right now...moving in to factoring of numbers. 
Science: We have been identifying vocabulary for the relationship between the sun, earth and the moon.
 
Do not forget to turn in your permission slip for our field trip next week to the Cincinnati Observatory! If you wish to be a chaperone, remember that you must be current with your Virtus training! Thank you!
 

Love this quote by St. Jerome on making the sign of the cross:

With every work, with all of my comings and goings, may my hand make the Sign of the Cross!” "Whether you sleep or wake, travel or work, eat or drink, sail on the sea or cross a river, cover yourself with this breastplate, clothe yourself with the saving Sign of the Cross, and evils will not meet you."

His message is a bold one for his time and for our time. It serves as a challenge to us!

Week of August 31

This week 5A will be leading in our Mass on Wednesday. Please come join us. I enjoy the first full week of school because I get to know these children as fifth graders. It is fun for me to watch the transformation from kindergarten to now! They are ready to lead. They seem willing to work hard and enjoy each other. I am excited to be a part of their faith journey, too. Thank you for trusting me with your child. My job is to help you help your child get to Heaven and I take that job seriously! I promise to keep you in my prayers and am asking for your prayers in return. Please feel free to contact me if you should need anything.
This is what our week will look like:
Religion: We finished our first chapter about Jesus' ministry and working on how we are a part of this ministry now. We also assigned parts for the Mass. Pretty excited to have new leaders of the school at Mass for the first time! We also started our Prayer Jar in my class. The children can write who or what they want to pray for on a little piece of paper, fold it and put it in the jar. We remember these petitions during our noontime prayers.
Language Arts: We have our second WoW this week. The word is PERTURBED and the students will be writing about something that perturbs them. We have begun our first novel, From the Mixed-Up Files. Talking about the 'dated' vocabulary and looking at pics from the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, which is mentioned in our book. In our grammar exercises we are reviewing nouns.
Math: We have been testing and reviewing and finding strengths and weaknesses of our 5th graders. It is evident that they have been working this summer keeping up those math skills. We have been doing some one-digit divisors, working on accuracy in subtraction and addition and have thrown in some work with decimals already!
Science: We worked last Friday tracking the shadows of the sun (every half hour) and will be looking/discussing what this data means. We will start using the text more as we look more closely at the life of a star.