Week of September 18th

Hello 5th Grade Parents!  I hope you and your children had a wonderful 3-day weekend!  As you may already know,the staff here at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton were not off school.  In fact, we were here together working towards our faith formation goals.  It was a beautiful time spent with each other and God, and it left me with a sense of peace and information I can't wait to share with my class!
 
I have a full week planned for the children this week!  Here are some highlights!
 
Religion
We will begin Chapter 3 in our text this week.  Chapter 3 focuses on the 7 Sacraments.  I am looking forward to the conversations we will have in class!  We will also be starting to work out of our Bibles a bit more in class.  On Tuesdays after Mass, the children and I will either read the daily Reading or the Gospel together and they will reflect on the readings in their prayer Journals.  On Fridays, we will pick a reading for the upcoming weekend Masses and reflect on it.  This is a great way for the children to become familiar with the parts of the Bible and how to look the Scripture up.  It also gives them the opportunity to have a mental conversation with God.  
 
Science
We will be finishing up our first chapter in Science this week!  Today we will do a lab to test absorbency of different paper towels.  We will then finish Lesson 4 on Wednesday and Review for the Chapter Test on Thursday!  The Chapter 1 Test will be on Friday!  The children have really done a great job with this chapter, so I am expecting everyone to do well on the test!
 
Reading/Language Arts
Our WoW word is Pedestrian this week!  I am anxious to see how many children actually know what this word means.  I think they will be surprised by the definition we come up with!  We will start our Rough draft today and as always, the Final Copy is due Friday.  I read through last week's prompts, and I am quite happy to see improvements in our writing already!  These children are quite talented!  We will continue our novel and read Chapters 7 and 8 this week.  There will be a quiz over these chapters on Friday.  Spelling packets will go out today and will be due on Friday.  This week's list is up on Spelling City, so if your child has time, he or she can always hop on the website for a few minutes!
 
Math
We will be working on lessons 24 and 25 this week.  Lesson 24 focuses on the use of Parentheses and the Associative Property, while Lesson 25 focuses on listing factors of whole numbers.  We will have a cumulative test on Thursday over lessons 21-25.  Please be sure your child is reviewing his or her facts each evening for about 5 minutes.  
 
Looking into the future...
I will be having my 1st annual Lab-a-polooza during the week of September 25th.  We will be working on 3 main labs throughout the week that will apply the concepts we have been learning in Science.  I will need 2 bags of gummy worms and about 4 bags of gummy bears for these labs.  If you are interested in donating those items, I would be so appreciative!  
 
I will also be doing a lab later in October that will involve several types of Halloween candy and SEVERAL sugar cubes.  If you would like to donate one bag of the following candies, or a box of sugar cubes, please let me know!  We will need Twix, Hershey Bars, Starbursts, Skittles, Milky Ways, and 3 Musketeers.
 
Thanks so much for all you do!  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please email me at wooda@saseas.org 
As always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
 
Sincerely,
Mandy Wood