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Mrs. Amanda Wood
5th Grade

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Week of May 21st

Dear Parents,
Happy Monday!  We have a crazy week ahead of us!  One thing Ms. Ducheny and I have been reminding the children of all day is that we still have 2 weeks of school left.  We aren't finished learning yet!  We're almost there, but we still need to work hard, mind our manners, and be respectful.  It seems the children have forgotten those three ingredients today.  I am hoping we come back tomorrow with slightly better attitudes.
Here's a peek at our week!
Religion:  We are continuing our conversation about the Sacrament of Matrimony this week.  We will also be looking into the readings for Tuesday and Sunday.  I would expect a chapter 24 test next week.
Science: Tomorrow the children will do a fun experiment that demonstrates how energy changes form!  I think they will really like it.  Thursday we will review and Friday we will have a test over Chapter 6.
Reading/Language Arts:  Today we learned the word Superfluous.  Students are now in the process of creating 5-panel comic strips about a Superfluous Situation or person.  They seem to really be enjoying it.  Comics are due on Friday.  We are moving along in our Narnia Book.  I believe we will finish next Wednesday.  I think we will have just enough time to be able to watch the movie!!!  Look for a permission form for that soon, as I believe it is a PG movie.  Book Report Posters are due May 29th, but I told the children today it would be great to get them turned in before the long weekend.  I need all grades in by the morning of the 31st.  I will be cutting it very close if I have 21 posters to grade all at once.  That is MY fault.  There was a miscommunication with myself, Ms. Ducheny, and the calendar.  Thre just never seems to be enough time!  Students will have time in class this week to work on projects like last week.
Math:  We are going to continue working through the text this week.  We have a test on Tuesday.  
-Pack a  snack everyday
-I will not be here Tuesday.  I have stupid oral surgery.  I'd rather be here.
-Wednesday is FIELD DAY!!! Students may dress comfortably, wear sunblock, bring a water bottle and a snack.  Lunch will be provided if students want to buy.  Hamburgers and Hot Dogs!  
Please help me in reminding students to come each day with a positive attitude, work completed, and their manners.  Today some of our angels forgot how to behave today and their halos went a little crooked.
Have a great week!

Week of May 14th

Good Morning and Happy Sunny Monday!!!!
I hope you all had a great weekend and that Mother's Day was made special for all my moms!!!  
First and foremost, I wanted to thank all of you for the wonderful class gifts I received on Friday!  As usual, you spoiled me rotten and I so appreciate it!!!  I LOVE my gorgeous new bracelet, and I definitely put the gift cards to good use on my "mom only, me-time" shopping spree yesterday!!  So thank you, thank you, thank you for everything!!!!  
I also wanted to thank you all for the hard work you put in to make our class picnic so wonderful!  It being my first year here, I did not know what to expect, but everything that was done was just so amazing!  The children had such a great time, and I did too!  Again, thank you for making it such a special day for the kiddos.  
With the school year winding down, the children are definitely getting anxious to start the summer break.  Who isn't!  The sunshine and pool float are calling to me in my sleep!!  But we still have a few things we need to finish up here before we get started with our summer plans.  Here's a peek at our week!
Today we finished up Chapter 18 in class.  A study guide will be emailed to you today.  We will review on Wednesday and take the test on Thursday.  We will then move on to the Sacrament of Matrimony in Chapter 24.
Reading/Language Arts: 
We will continue reading the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe this week  Things are really heating up in Narnia!!!  We will have a quiz over chapters 9-11 tomorrow, and we will be reading chapters 12-14 in class.  There will be a new WoW word this week, but NO PROMPT!!!!  Students should still be looking over previous WoW words, as there will be a vocab quiz over them on Friday.  But NO PROMPT!!  Students will be given their spelling packets today, and there will be a test on Friday.  We will be spending our Language Arts time working on our Book Report Posters.  Remember, these posters are due in two weeks.  As I explained to the children this morning, even if they have not finished their books yet (like my daughter-grrrrrr) they can still do parts of the poster.  We WILL work on these everyday in class.  Please make sure the posters come back to school each day and children are getting their books finished at home.
This week we will continue our discussion on different forms of energy.  Today students will work on a Sound Webquest that will allow them to hear some pretty cool things!  We will read about sound tomorrow and move on to Light and Color.  On Wednesday we will try to see if we can separate the colors in white light and complete a Light Webquest on Friday.  I expect the chapter 6 Test to be NEXT Friday.  
We will have a Math test today (it was scheduled for last Thursday) and then continue on with Lessons 96-99
Students will also be working on their 5th Grade Memory Folders that we started last week.  I don't want to give away too much about them, but I will say, they are very cute, and I really think you will enjoy going through your child's fifth grade memories!!!
Again, thank you for all you do, and thank you for all the wonderful gifts you have given me!  This is such a special school and I am so glad to be a part of it!
Have a beautiful week, and as always, thank you for sharing your children with me.
Mandy Wood

Week of May 7th

Hello Parents!  Happy Monday!  
We are coming down to the wire, aren't we???  I really just can't believe it!  19 more days!!!  I know the kiddos are ready to start their summer vacations, but there is still so much left to do!  Here's a peek at our week!
Religion:  Today we began Chapter 18 in our books.  Chapter 18 continues our discussion on the celebration of the sacrament of Anointing the Sick.  We will work on 3 Lessons this week, and we will also look into the readings for Tuesday's Mass and  Sunday's Mass.  We will have an oral test  over the Prayer to the Holy Spirit on May 17th.  We practice every day in class!!
Reading:  Due to the 5th grade picnic on Friday, we have decided to NOT have a Spelling list and WoW this week.  Students should still be reading a book of their choice in genre.  I will be handing out a Book Report Poster to the children on Thursday this week.  The posters will not be due until May 31st.  Parts of the poster can be filled out and colored before the book has been finished.  Students should keep that in mind.  All writing should be done in ink, not pencil, and all parts should be colored.  Tomorrow we will have a quiz over Chapters 5-8 of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.  I am hoping we can read Chapters 9-11 this week!  I love this book so much!  I hope the children are enjoying it as well!
Science:  In Science, we are diving into Lessons 1 and 2 of Chapter 6 This week!  Today we learned about Energy.  Tomorrow the children will complete a webquest over energy in class.  We will also discuss Sound and do a fun lab involving rubber bands and sound!  We will have a vocabulary quiz on Thursday.
Math:  In Math, we are still plugging away on Long Division.  We will finish up lesson 95 tomorrow.  On Wednesday the children will be given a reteach packet over lessons 86-90, and there will be a test over these lessons on Thursday.
-Pack a snack every day!
-5th grade picnic on Friday!!   I can't wait!!!!
Again, Thank you So Much for all the wonderful gifts and treats last week!  Teacher Appreciation week was very special for me!!!!  
Enjoy the week!!!  If you have any questions or concerns, please email me!!! As always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
Mandy Wood

Week of April 30th

Hello Parents!  Happy day Before May!!!!  Can you even believe it???
This week we have several special things going on!  First on our list, the May Crowning!  Tomorrow, please make sure your child comes to school dressed in their Sunday Best!  Children will need to bring their uniforms to change back into after Mass.  Students also need to bring a flower or two for the procession.  
Tomorrow is also Grandparents Day!  Children will sit with their guests before Mass begins.  They will be called back to get ready for the May Crowning.  Once our statue of Mary is crowned, the children will return to their seats with their grandparents.  After Mass, the children can bring their guests back to our classroom to look at their work, to the cafeteria for refreshments and visiting, and to the gym for the Book Fair and Photo Booth!  Children can also take the grandparents on a tour to show off their favorite parts of the school!  It should be a fun time!  
Book Reports are due TOMORROW!  I have given the children several days of class time to work on this, allowing them to type the information and share it with me to print.  All the work must be typed, unless the directions say otherwise.  From this point on though, students will need to type and print from home.  There will be no time for me to print and have the students glue the information to the book jackets tomorrow morning.  From the few that have been turned in early, I can see some super-cute work!  I can't wait to look through all of them tomorrow!
At this point, I should have all the students' slide show presentations and project packets.  We have started presenting, and I have to say, I am so impressed!!!!  What talented, creative children you all have!  I am so proud of them for working so hard.  When I assigned this project, I thought I knew what 5th grade work should look like.  Knowing the children did most of the work here in class, on their own, I now know I underestimated these children and what they are capable of.  You should be proud as well.  Once I get a chance to look through each project individually, I will share all the slideshows with all of you.  
This Friday, I plan on giving a chapter 17 Religion Test along with the normal Friday tests and quizzes.  I will send a review sheet to you via email tomorrow.  We already started making one up in class today.  
Whew!  I think every week is going to get just a little bit crazier than the week before!  Buckle up and enjoy the ride!!!
If you have any questions or concerns, please email me!  And as always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
Mandy Wood

Week of April 23rd 2018

Hello Parents!  I hope you all had a nice, peaceful weekend!  I looked at the calendar this morning, and I just could not believe how quickly April is going by!  I guess it doesn't really FEEL like April, does it?  But regardless to how it feels, it's almost May, and that means lots to do and prepare for!!! Here's a peek at our week!
Religion:  Today we went over the Chapter 12 Review and our test over this chapter will be tomorrow!  The children made some awesome posters describing popular devotions last week.  They are fabulous!  We will begin Chapter 17 on Wednesday and Thursday, and then discuss the Scriptures for the weekend on Friday!
Reading/Language Arts:  Our WoW word is Malicious this week!  Students will write a persuasive paragraph on what they could do to prevent someone from performing a malicious act.  Essay Maps are due Tuesday, Rough Drafts are due Wednesday, and Final Drafts are due Friday.  We will be completing Grammar Flip Lessons 15 and 16 this week, focusing on Action Verbs and Linking Verbs.  There will be a short quiz over this information on Friday.  We will finish up Chapter 4 in The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe today and review the first 4 chapters tomorrow.  We will have a quiz over Chapters 1-4 on Wednesday.  We will continue in the book with chapters 5 and 6 after!  Spelling test and packet will be due Friday!
Math:  Students will go over Lessons 88-90 this week.  We will do a reteach packet over lessons 80-85 on Thursday and Friday we will have a test.
Science:  The experiments and slide shows are going great!  I can't get over how amazing the students are!!!  I can't wait to see the finished products!  More on this in my Daily Science Update Email!
-Make sure your child is packing a snack every day
-Please take pictures of your child's experiment and email them to your child's gmail account
-Book Reports are du May 1st
-Book Orders are due Tuesday
-Friday is an early dismissal.  No lunch will be served, so pack a substantial snack!
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me!  As always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
Mandy Wood

Week of April 16th

Good Morning Parents and Happy Monday!  
It seems as though we have all recovered from our Spring Break and trip to COSI!  Now it is time to get back into a regular schedule!  We have about 7 more weeks of school...I can't believe it!!!  Here's a peek at our week!
Religion:  We are continuing our discussion on ways in which we pray.  You may have noticed your child working on a poster showing how we celebrate the Holy Days of Obligation.  This week we will talk about special prayers and sacramentals.  I will be sending out a chapter review to you by tomorrow.  Our Chapter 12 test will be NEXT Tuesday.  The children have been practicing the Act of Love prayer since before Spring Break.  I will begin oral testing over that prayer tomorrow.  We will have a brief prayer service tomorrow during our regular Mass time, and then we will have the presentation of the Saints of the Month!
Science:  The children will continue working on their Science project this week.  We will be looking at a sample project today in class and continue our research and work on our slides.  I know some of the children have started their experiments already.  Remember, each experiment should have at least 3 trials.  I will remind the children of that today.  We will also be discussing charts and graphs.  Some of the children may not be able to graph their experiments.  That's ok!  I will make sure we all know who should be graphing what!
Reading/Language Arts:
Our Word of the Week is Benevolent.  Students will be writing a paragraph about what benevolent acts or things they have done in the past or could do in the future.  We will be finishing up our Figurative Language stations this week and I am hoping to begin our new novel, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe either Thursday or Friday!  This is my favorite book, and I can't wait to share it with the children!!  Spelling Packets will be handed out today!  We will also be working on Grammar Flip Lessons 11 and 12.  We will have a Vocab Quiz, Spelling Test, and Grammar Quiz on Friday.
Math:  In Math this week, we will finish up lesson 85 today and have a test over Lessons 76-80 on Wednesday.  Students will work on a reteach packet covering these sections on Tuesday.  Thursday and Friday we will work on Lessons 86 and 87.
Thank you to all those who gave their time to chaperone our COSI trip!  I know the children had a blast, and we could not have had that experience without your help!
Have a wonderful week, and as always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
Mandy Wood

Week of April h-13th

Hello Parents!!  It has been such a great day!  I was so excited to see the kiddos again!  I hope everyone had a happy Easter, full of love and family time! And I hope the children all had the chance to rest and relax!!!  I cannot believe we are moving into the home-stretch now!  This year is just going too fast!
We have a lot going on this week, so let's get started!
Announcements:  We have a new student all the way from Thailand joining our class for the next month.  Den started his first day today, and he is really fitting in well with our darlings!  I hope your child gets a chance to chat with Den, and learn a little bit about his culture and where he is from!
We will be working on independent science experiments for the next few weeks.  I sent home a packet of information with the children today.  Children picked experiments in class today and will be taking them home for your approval.  If you do not approve of the experiment, let me know and we will pick something else tomorrow!
In Language Arts and Reading this week, we are teaming up with Ms. Ducheny's class and working through some figurative language stations!  Children will be working with repetition, alliteration, and much, much more!  We will not have Spelling or Writing Prompts this week!
Friday is our trip to COSI!  The children are so excited, and so am I!  Here are some reminders:
-If you are a chaperone, you may want to carpool.  You will need to pay for parking
-Please make sure your child packs a brown bag lunch and snack.  Everything must be throw-away
-Students must be dressed in SCHOOL UNIFORM. Because we are missing a spirit wear day at school, student may wear spirit wear on THURSDAY.
-Students may bring electronics for the trip, but I am not responsible for anyone else's stuff.  Keep that in mind before sending your child out the door with an iPhone, iPad, Kindle, etc...
-We should be back at school by 6:00 in the evening.  It will be a long day, but so much fun!!!
If you are interested in summer tutoring, or if you know someone that is, please let me know!
I hope you have a wonderful week!!!!  
Mandy Wood

Week of March 26th

Good Morning Parents!  Happy last 3 days before Spring Break!!  I can't believe it's already here!  I really feel like this year is going by so fast!  
We have a crazy next 3 days ahead of us!  Reconciliation, Stations of the Cross, the 2nd Grade Play...and we are still learning a thing or two as well!!!  I believe if we all work hard, we'll get it all finished before we leave for the long break on Wednesday!  Here is a peek at the next few days...
Reconciliation Today at 1:30!  We have examined our conscience and are ready to celebrate this sacrament! We will be attending the 2nd grade play, The Tale of 3 Trees, tomorrow at 10:30.  On Wednesdays we will experience the Way of the Cross, lead by the 4th grade, at 2:30.Today we completed Chapter 16 in our book.  We will review this chapter tomorrow, and students will have a test on it Wednesday.  I sent a review sheet home last week.
Reading/Language Arts:
Today, we finished the novel, Maniac Magee!  We reviewed the questions on the Unit Test and will have the test tomorrow.  Students will be able to use their novels for this test.  On Wednesday, we will finish our last Sneaker Summary and combine all the shoes we've filled out to create a fabulous sneaker book!  I will have them hanging in the hallway after Spring Break!  Students should be reading a Realistic Fiction Book.  New Book Reports will be passed out after the break!  No Spelling or WoW This week!
Math:  This week we will finish our fraction color by number that we started last Friday.  We will also be working on Lessons 81 and 82.  
We are finally wrapping up our force and motion unit this week.  The children have done an AWESOME job working on a series of labs and computer work independently.  I am quite proud of all of them for accomplishing so much!  Tomorrow we will begin our Marshmallow Launch lab and that will take us through to break.  When we return, we will begin discussing our next challenge...running an experiment independently, and creating an awesome presentation!  Details to come after Spring Break!
I hope you all have a wonderful Holy Week and Spring Break!  Though it has been cold and snowy, with grey skies more often than not, your children always manage to bring sunshine to my days!  Thank you for sharing them with me!  
Happy Easter!
Mandy Wood

Week of March 19th

Hello Parents!  Happy sunny Monday!  It's hard to believe the calendar says Spring officially starts this week, yet snow and ice are in the forecast again!!!  Hopefully it's just all talk!
This week we are back to our normal schedules...sort of!  The good news is, no IOWAs or CoGats this week!  Due to having Mass today, we will have Gym AND Music tomorrow.  Children need to bring Gym Clothes and Recorders tomorrow.  We will also have our Spring Picture Day on Friday, March 23rd.  This year, only students that have money to purchase pictures will get their pictures taken.  In the past, all students had their pictures taken and when the photos came back, parents could decide if they would like to purchase them.  This year, the money for the pictures is due up front and there will be no retakes.  All the information was sent home on the 9th, but if you need another form, please let me know.
The next Book Report Genre is Realistic Fiction!!  Students should be reading something now!
Here's a peek into our classes this week...
Religion:  We will have our Chapter 11 Test tomorrow and then begin Chapter 12 this week.  We will also spend some time reading the scriptures for the weekend and filling out a SOAP page.
Reading/Language Arts:
Our WOW word is TENACIOUS this week.  Students need to write about a time either they were tenacious or someone they knew were tenacious.  Essay maps are due Tuesday, Rough Drafts are due Wednesday, and Final copies are due Friday.  We are going to have a quiz over Chapters 28-39 in Maniac Magee on Wednesday and hopefully finish the novel by Friday!  The children really seem to enjoy this story!  We will be doing Grammar Flip Lesson 9 and 10 and will have a quiz over those lessons on Friday.  Spelling packets and spelling test are due on Friday as well!
Science:  This week we are having our Force and Motion Lab-a-Palooza!  We are going to be flipping pennies into cups, crashing cars and making clay snowmen fly, dropping books, and much, much more!!!  Today we had our first day of lab stations and the children were AMAZING!!!  I can't wait to start day 2 tomorrow.  We will also be furthering our knowledge of Newton in a pretty awesome webquest!  
Math:  We finished up lesson 80 today.  Tomorrow we will have a reteach packet over Lessons 71-75.  Wednesday we will have a test.  We are doing a great job in Math this year!!!  The children are really working hard!  
-Bring Gym Clothes and Recorders tomorrow!
-Pack a snack each day.  I have no more snacks to share
-Start reading a realistic fiction book
Have a fantastic week!!!!  If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know!  And as always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
Mandy Wood

Week of March 5th

Hello Parents!  Happy IOWA week!
This week the school will be taking different sections of the IOWA test each day.  It is important that the children be here each day, filled with a hearty breakfast and a good night's sleep!  We will continue on next week with the CoGAT testing for a few days.  Because of all the crazy schedule changes, you will notice there won't be much homework going home this week.  I am also making a couple of changes to the week as far as Science and Religion.  
The Chapter 5 Science Vocabulary Quiz has been cancelled.  I will test the children over the vocabulary next Thursday when I give them the Chapter 5 Test.  I will have study guide out soon.  
The Act of Hope oral Test will be on FRIDAY instead of Tuesday this week.
Here is a peek at what else we will be doing this week:
We will continue our discussion on the different parts of the Mass, focusing on the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist.  On Tuesday we will fill out a SOAP page over the day's readings, and on Thursday and Friday, we will work on Stations of the Cross Wheels to continue our celebration of the Lenten Season.
Reading/Language Arts:
Due to all the testing this week, we will not have a spelling packet or WOW prompt.  We will be working on GrammarFlip throughout the week, though I do not think we will have a quiz on Friday.  We will be reading through chapters 17-27 of Maniac Magee and there will be an open-book quiz over these chapters on Friday.
We finished lesson 75 last week and had a test.  This week, we will do some review work, and get back to the book next week.
We will read Lessons 1 and 2 of Chapter 5 This week, as well as do a couple little experiments.  This chapter is very short.  I expect to have a test next week!  Then we will have our end of the chapter Lab-a-Palooza over force and motion!  I can't wait!
Reminders for the week:
-Testing all week!  Please make sure your child gets a good night's sleep each night and a healthy breakfast
-Pack a snack daily
-Turn in those Titan Madness Papers!  It should be a fun night
-Report cards go home Wednesday
I hope all of you have a wonderful week!  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please email me!  As always, thank you for sharing your children with me.
Mandy Wood

Week of February 19th

Hello Parents,
I hope you all enjoyed the 4 day weekend!  I can't believe this weather today!!!  Keep the 70 degree days coming!!!  Our visit to Saint Andrews today was fun!  I think the kiddos are getting excited about moving on to bigger and better!  But not yet!  We still have a lot to learn in the 5th grade!  Here's a peek at our week!
This week we will spend some more time talking about Lent and what it means to us.  We will be working on some beautiful All About Lent poster that will hang in the hallway throughout the season of Lent.  We will also continue our discussion on the Sacrament of Eucharist.
Reading/Language Arts:
Our Word of the Week is PLACID.  For our writing prompt, students need to write about what placates them when they are upset or angry.  Chocolate usually does the trick for me!!  We will begin our next novel, Maniac Magee this week.  I am looking forward to starting this book, as I have not read it in quite a long time!  I expect our first quiz to be next Tuesday over Chapters 1-11.  In Grammar the students will be working on Lessons 1 and 2 of Grammar Flip.  On Friday we will have a quiz over Common and Proper Nouns and Basic Capitalization rules.  Spelling packets are due Friday as usual, as well as our Final Drafts
We will cover Lessons 73-75 this week.  On Monday, the children will work on a Reteach packet over lessons 66-70 and next Tuesday we will have a test over those lessons.
We will work on a Solar System WebQuest today and tomorrow to wrap up our unit on Space.  On Thursday we will begin discussing our next unit-Forces and Motion.  We will make some paper helicopters on Thursday to see if we can get them to drop slowly out of the air and on Friday we will go over the vocabulary for the Chapter.  Expect a Vocabulary quiz next Thursday!  I love this unit and I am hoping to have some fun labs in class!!!  Look for pics on my page!
-Pack a snack daily
-Replenish School Supplies when you run out
-Gym Clothes NEXT Monday
Have a great week!  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please send me an email!  As always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
Mandy Wood
P.S.  Thank you so much for all the Valentine Goodies you gave me last week!  TOTALLY worth the extra work-outs!!!!

Week of February 12th-16th

Good Morning Parents!  Happy Sunny Monday!  I hope all of you had a fabulous weekend!  We have another 4 day week this week, with a whole lot going on, so let's get started!
This week, in the spirit of Valentine's Day, we are working on All About God's Love posters. These posters are so cute.  The children get to show examples of God's love in the world, tell what God's love means to them, and share a special Bible Verse about God's love that speaks to them.  Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, and we will be celebrating Mass at 9:00.  We will also read a section in our book about the importance of Lent.
Reading/Lang. Arts:
Our Word of the Week is Irk.  The students will be writing paragraphs about what irks them the most.  I am sure I will be reading some good papers this week!  We will review our Holes book today in class and go over the questions for the final test.  I have been going back and forth about when to give the final test.  I am going to move it to Wednesday due to our play this evening.   We will be focusing on Pronouns in our Grammar Flip Program this week.  Spelling packets will be due on Thursday, as well as Final Drafts.  We will have our WoW quiz, Spelling test, and Grammar Quiz on Thursday.
We are working on a Valentine Math Review Packet this week, as well as lessons 71 and 72.  
Last week we started our individual research on a planet (or dwarf planet) in our solar system.  Students will continue their posters in class this we will also work on a fun phases of the moon activity involving Oreos!!  Our Solar System Lab-a-palooza will continue on through next week!  The Chapter 4 Tests were awesome for the most part!  I think the children really enjoyed our Space unit!
-Students should be at the school, in full costume, by 6:15 tonight!
-Pack a snack Daily
-We will exchange Valentines on Wednesday
-Meatless Wednesday for lunch for Ash Wednesday
I think that covers it all!  If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please let me know!  As always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
Mandy Wood

February 5th-February 9th

Good Morning Parents!  Happy Chilly Monday!!!  I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  It was so nice to see so many of you at the Spaghetti Dinner and Dance on Friday!  I sincerely hope no one took any pictures or videos of me busting my moves on the dance floor!  No one needs a re-cap of that!!!  :-)
One would think that with Catholic Schools Week over, we would have time to take a breath, but that is not going to happen this week I'm afraid!  We have another one jam-packed with play rehearsals, conferences, and our Living Museum!  And what's that I hear about a wintery mix coming Wednesday morning???  Fasten your seatbelts!  Here we go!
We will complete our first chapter on the Eucharist tomorrow.  On Wednesday, we will have a review over Chapter 10 and the test on Thursday.  Next week we will begin a packet on the Sacrament of Eucharist, along with a cute poster about God's Love that will be a activity for Valentine's Day!
Reading/Language Arts:
I can't believe it, but we will be finishing up our Holes novel this week!  I will have the children take a test over the entire book on Friday.  There will be no quiz over the final chapters we will be reading this week.  Our Word of the Week is AMBIDEXTROUS.  Students need to write a paragraph telling what career would being ambidextrous be the most helpful for and why.  We will begin with our word map and essay map today. Rough Drafts will be due Wednesday and Final Copies will be due Friday.  We will continue the use of our Grammar Flip Program this week, focusing on Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases.  We will not have a Grammar Packet this week, but we will have a Grammar Quiz on Friday, along with our Spelling test.  Spelling Packets will go home today and are due Friday.
We will finish up our Crater Lab we started last week today and then begin reviewing for our Chapter 4 Test, which is scheduled for Wednesday!  After the test, we will begin our individual research on planets and create informational posters the remainder of the week.  I also have a webquest and some fun labs scheduled for next week to wrap up our unit on space!
Today my math class will work on a Reteach packet for Lessons 61-65 and there will be a test over these chapters tomorrow.  We will then work on Lessons 71,72, and 73 the remainder of the week.
-Pack a Snack every day!
-Start working on costumes for the play!  We will have a dress rehearsal for the play THIS FRIDAY, so students really need to have their costumes ready by then.  Amazon is a great place to shop for costumes if you are like me and couldn't sew on a button let alone a whole costume! 
-There will be performances for the play at  10:30, 2:30, and 6:30 on February 12th.
-Conferences are tomorrow from 4-8.  If I did not send you a conference sheet, but you feel we should meet, please send me an email and I will make time for you!!
-The children will hold their Living Museum with their special 2nd grade buddies on Wednesday afternoon.  Please make sure your child is familiar with his or her person so we can teach our 2nd grade friends some new things!
Whew!  I think that covers it all!  I hope all of you have a wonderful week!  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please email me any time!
As always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
Mandy Wood

Week of January 29th-February 2nd

Dear Parents,
Happy Monday and Happy Catholic Schools Week!  It was so nice to see so many families here at Open House yesterday!  I'm glad the children got a chance to show off some of their work and share our classroom with you!  This week is packed full of fun and excitement, and even a little bit of learning!  
Events for the Week:
Monday: Career Day and Thank You Cards to Emergency Service Workers
Tuesday: Red, White, and Blue Day
                Family Rosary at 8:35 AM in the Church lead by Father Chris
Wednesday: Spirit Day!
                     Get up and Dance
                     Vocations Speaker 10:15
                     5th grade/Faculty Volleyball Game Starting at 1:00
Thursday:  Favorite Literary/Fictional Character Dress Up Day
                  Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day
Friday:  School Uniforms
             Mass at St. Andrews (Pack a brown bag lunch or order pizza)
             Spaghetti Dinner and Dance in the evening
And what will we be learning this week?  Here are my tenative plans for the week:
Today we began chapter 10 and our discussion on the Eucharist.  We will be talking about what the Sacrament of Eucharist is, why we celebrate it, and what it does for our faith and connection with God.  I expect to have a test over this Chapter NEXT Wednesday.
Reading/Language Arts:
We are still working our way through Holes!  The plot is getting interesting!  This week we will have an open-book/open-note quiz over chapters 29-39 on Wednesday.  Our Word of the Week is Gregarious!  We will begin our Essay Maps and Rough Drafts today and tomorrow.  Final copies will be due on Friday.  Our Grammar concept this week is Adverbs.  Spelling Packets and Grammar packets will be due on Friday, but due to our trip to Saint Andrew on Friday, we will need to have our Spelling Test, Grammar Quiz, and Vocab Quiz on Thursday.  I don't want the children to feel rushed while taking these quizzes, and I am afraid we just won't have a lot of time when we return to Seton on Friday.
Science:  I am hoping to finish up lesson 4 and read through lesson 5 in Science this week.  We will be discussing meteoroids and Pluto.  I am hoping to have a lab this week on Meteoroids as well.  I am still planning on our Chapter 4 test being on Tuesday or Wednesday next week.  I will be sending out review guides via email this week.  Then we will begin a week and a half of Lab-a-palooza Take 4!
Math:  This week in math, we will work on lessons 68,69, and 70.  With snow days and Catholic Schools Week extras, we are a bit behind my plans, but we are getting back on track.  We will have another cumulative test over lessons 61-65 next Tuesday.
*Please send in toiletries and personal care items for donations this week!
*Pack a snack every day
*Students must decide if they are packing lunch or buying pizza on Friday.  If they are packing, all lunches must be in a throw-away bag.  We don't want to lose anything or have to bring anything back with us.
*Act of Faith Prayer test on Friday!
*Biography Report due Friday!
*Scholastic Book Orders due Friday!
Have a great week!  Thank you for sharing your children with me!
Mandy Wood