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Week of October 24, 2016

Religion - This week, we continue our study of Baptism as a sacrament of initiation.  We will discuss the gifts God shares with us when we receive this sacrament.   This week is also Everybody Counts Week.  We will be taking time to learn about the God given gifts and differences of others.   
 
Language Arts - This week's WoW is herpetology. Our class will be focusing on strengthening our introductions and conclusions in our writing this week.  We will also continue to read from the Mixed up Files of Mr. Basil E. Frankweiler.  We are anxiously nearing the end and will be checking our comprehension as the week progresses.  Finally, we will practice using nouns as subjects and subject complements.  
 
Social Studies - We started the week by comparing and contrasting the ways of life of the different Plains groups.  We continued on to lesson 4,  discussing our focus question:  How did the geography and climate of the Southwest and the West affect the Native Americans there?  Our next quiz will be on lessons 
three and four.

Week of October 17, 2016

Religion - We are studying the Sacrament of Baptism.  We will be discussing that Baptism freed us from sin and we become children of God.  Because of our Baptism, we have hope of eternal life.  
Language Arts - N0 WoW word, prompt, or spelling packet this week!  Instead, we will be reading more of the book, From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. basil E. Frankweiler.  We should be close to finishing the book by the end of the week.  In English, we will be going over the meanings of singular and plural possessive nouns. We will continue our study of nouns by identifying the subject of a given sentence, as well as, nouns used as objects of a prepositional phrase.
Social Studies - We are continuing our coverage of Native Americans by studying the people who lived on the plains and those who lived in the Southwest or West.  The main idea in these lessons has to do with how these people adapted and used their environment.

Week of October 10, 2016

Religion - This week we are working on Chapter 3 which gives an overview of all 7 sacraments. The students will be learning how the sacraments are grouped: Sacraments of Initiation, Sacraments of Healing, and Sacraments of Service.
Language Arts - Our WoW word this week is serpentine.  The prompt is to choose three animals that would move in a serpentine manner and describe how moving in this way would be advantageous to that animal. The prompt will be due on Friday.  Due to the Titan Fun Run, the spelling test and packet are due on Thursday.  In Reading, we are continuing to read From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.  This week we will cover chapters 7 and 8.  We are checking comprehension in a number of different ways; discussion, paper and pencil comprehension questions, and Plickers!
Social Studies - We are learning about the Native Americans that lived in the Plains.  When we are finished with this section, the students will be able to compare and contrast these people with those who lived in the Eastern Woodlands.  We will have a quiz on Lessons 1 and 2 this Wednesday.  Students have been making note cards and practicing in the classroom.

October 3, 2016

Religion - This week, we will wrap up our study of Mary and join in praying the Rosary.  We'll also begin our investigation of the Sacraments and symbols that represent them.  
 
Language Arts - The WoW prompt will be different this week and until further notice! Wow!  We had a great week last week learning about the 6 traits of writing and applying our skills to Word of the Week paragraphs.  This week, we'll discuss the trait of conventions more in depth and aim to improve our final drafts so that our "punctuation doesn't take a vacation."  We also enjoyed our brainstorming activity last week and will use a similar activity again this week.  Finally, we will be working to create a student rubric to help guide the elements of our writing.
 
In Reading, we are excited to continue reading the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.   We will also continue to work on characterizations of the protagonists, Jamie and Claudia. Our Book Reports are also due on Wednesday.  
 
Social Studies - This week we finished up lesson 1 on Early People.  We are learning how to read a cultural map and moving on to lesson 2 The Eastern Woodlands.  As a quick review of lesson 1, ask your child what the Olmec and Maya civilizations developed? (answer a writing and a counting system)

Week of September 26, 2016

Religion - During this week we are working on the chapter about The Blessed Virgin Mary.  We are learning the many reasons she is called blessed and why she is called the first disciple of Jesus.  Pictures for our Mary Wall need to in by Friday.
Language Arts - The WoW prompt will be different this week and until further notice! First off, it will be a piece of expository writing instead of persuasive. Throughout the week, we will be teaching mini lessons based on the 6 traits of writing.  After each lesson, the student will apply this knowledge to their prompt.  This week the prompt will be due on Friday.  In this way both sweet, adorable, darling teachers (Mrs. Woodall and myself) are striving to improve our students writing abilities and to help them gain confidence in their own abilities.
In Reading, we are continuing to read From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. This week we are focusing on the author's craft of using similes and aphorisms in her writing.  We will also be working on characterizations of the protagonists, Jamie and Claudia.
Social Studies - We are beginning Chapter 2 Native Americans by discussing the early people who lived in North America.  The students will be learning how the changes in the environment affected the early peoples' lives.  How the environment affect people's lives is the major theme throughout this chapter.

Week of September 19, 2016

Religion - This week, we continue Chapter 2 and our discussion of the Jesus' mission to share the Paschal Mystery and Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy with the Church.  The students will also begin a study of Mary toward the of the week.  
 
Language Arts - The WoW word is pedestrian.  The prompt is: What is the most nonpedestrian thing you have ever done?
We will be reading the chapters 4 & 5  in From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.  As the students go through these chapters they will be comparing and contrasting the main characters and identifying problems and solutions the main characters face.  We will also use our note taking skills to find the main ideas from Chapters 1-4 to complete an activity.  
The September Book Project has been posted!  The students were given a poster and directions on Monday.  The finished poster is Due October 5th. If for any reason a cute puppy or an angry rhinoceros destroys the directions, you will find a copy under Book report Projects on my home page. 
 
Social Studies - This week we are finishing up Chapter 1.  We will be going over Lessons 4 and 5 notes.  Our chapter test will be this Friday. The students have their username, and password to get on the online Social Studies Book.  These are located on the first page of their student planner.  Step by step directions telling the easiest way to connect to the website, will be found in their Social Studies folder. 

Week of April 18, 2016

Religion - This week we are finishing up our study of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  The students are challenged to match 4 Bible verses to the corresponding part of the sacrament.
Language Art - The WoW word is petrified.  The prompt is, What helps you to be brave and to not become petrified?   
In Reading we are continuing to read the book, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.    The worksheets for this book combines comprehension, critical thinking, and creative expression to identify the students who understand the story.
 

April 15, 2015

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 4, 2016

I hope everyone has enjoyed their Easter! We are entering the home stretch, only eight more weeks to go. So much to do and so little time!

Religion – The students began the week by designing placemats for inmates who will take part in a day long retreat. They have done this earlier this year and the priest who ran the retreat was touched and very grateful for the placemats. He shared some of the comments the inmates made about the students’ artwork and message. In class, we are continuing our study of the sacraments. This week we will be discussing the Easter Season and learning more about the Sacrament of Penance.
Language Arts – Our WoW word for the week is malicious.
Writing Prompt: Persuade someone not to do a malicious act.
The genre for the month of April is mystery books. Every student needs to have a mystery book by next Monday, April 11th. We will begin reading our next class book; The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Social Studies – We are learning about the events that led up to the Revolutionary War. In Chapter 8, the students will be discussing what the colonists do to protest British rule and how the thirteen colonies cut their ties will Britain. They will also be discussing the importance of of the Battle of Bunker Hill ( named incorrectly), and have the opportunity to examine a copy of the Declaration of Independence. 

Book Report Multi-cultural - quilt directions

I have a few more sheets of the quilt sized paper if you need one.

 

 

Multi-Cultural Book Report

The Quilt Project

Following are the directions to complete your quilt for the multi-cultural book that you read this month:

  1. MAIN CHARACTER – Write a paragraph about the main character. Include any important information (traits) about the character.
  2. MAIN CHARACTER PICTURE – Draw a picture of the main character and color it!
  3. SETTING – Write a paragraph describing where/when this book takes place.
  4. SETTING PICTURE – Draw a picture of the setting you just described.
  5. CONFLICT – Write three or more sentences that tell the main problem in the story.
  6. RESOLUTION – How does the story wrap-up?
  7. CULTURAL SIMILARITIES – In a paragraph, describe how the culture represented in your book might be similar to your life.
  8. Theme – What did the main character learn by the end of the novel? OR How did the main character change from the beginning to the end?
  9. CULTURAL DIFFERENCES – In a paragraph, describe how the culture represented in your book is different from your life.
  10. Exposition – Write a summary of the book in three or four sentences.
  11. Climax – Using three sentences, write about the highest or most intense point of the development or resolution to your story.

 

There is one blank square in the center. It is reserved for the Title and Author of your book. Please include your name and date there.

If this is supposed to be a quilt, then some decoration is needed at the seams (the lines separating the boxes). Most quilts were hand-sewn. Stitching could be seen at the seams. Look up quilts and get some ideas of how you might want to decorate your quilt.

Week of March 7, 2016

The students are continuing to take the IOWA tests.  Please make sure they receive enough rest and a good breakfast.  Because of the testing we are keeping homework to a minimum.  
Religion - The students are finishing up the chapter on the Eucharist.  They are connecting verses from the Bible to the various parts of the Mass.  In preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the students will be brushing up on the Act of Contrition. 
WoW is tenacious.  The prompt is to write about a time you were tenacious or witnessed someone being tenacious.
Social Studies - We will review the Middle Colonies and have a short test on Chapter 6 on Friday.

Week of February 29, 2016

Great news!   Come join us for an informative assembly!
 
Parent Assembly

Keenan West

Speaker on Bully Prevention

When:  March 14, 7:00

Where:  Seton cafeteria

NO RSVP is required

Week of February 22, 2016

Religion - Did your child tell you about attending Adoration last Friday?  You would have been quite proud of them.  I know I was!  After studying about the Lenten season, we are continuing our study of the Eucharist.  The major parts of the Mass will be reviewed and the students will be able to match Bible verses with the various parts of the Mass.
Language Arts - WoW word is inclement.  The prompt is; How would you prepare for inclement conditions?
We are in the third chapter of our class book, The Cay.  In order to improve the students writing skills, I am using sentences from The Cay to identify and fix the three major sentence problems; choppy, run-on, and stringy sentences.
Social Studies - We should be finishing the chapter on the Middle Colonies by the end of this week. (knock on wood)  We will then be one chapter away from studying the beginning of the American Revolution. 

Week of February 1, 2016

It's hard to believe we are in the month of February!
Along with the special activities for Catholic Schools Week, we are covering the following material.
Religion - We are beginning Chapter 10.  In this chapter, the students will be learning about the importance of Eucharist and that Jesus is the Bread of Life.  The point that Jesus is truly present under the appearances of bread and wine will be emphasised.
Language Arts - We are close to finishing Maniac Magee.  Hopefully, we will finish it by the end of this week.  There will not be a WoW word or Spelling packet this week due to the disruption of our schedule. There will, however, be one next week. :-)
Social Studies - We are finishing up Chapter 5 on the New England Colonies. Ask your child how the childhood of the New England colonist compared to his/her own childhood.  The test will be sometime early next week.