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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 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.

Week of August 24

Welcome back to our first full week of school! Hope everyone had a relaxing summer and ready to learn new things.I am excited to meet your children. They seem ready to go! Here's what's going on in 5A this week:

Religion: We are beginning our first unit and the first chapter. The children will be reviewing some doctrinal content as far as discussing about who Jesus is and identifying His ministry.
Language Arts: We will be starting our WoW vocabulary and writing paragraphs using these words. We are also taking a look at short vowel sound patterns in our spelling list this week.
Math: Again, we will be introducing our first chapter in Math. The students will be transitioning into traditional math this year.
Science: This first week we will be mapping the sun and trying to work on variables in a science experiment. We will see how this goes...they seem very eager to begin.
Just a heads up...I have scheduled a field trip to the Observatory of Cincinnati on Thursday, September 17th. Details will follow, but thought you might want to look at your schedules to see if you could join us for look at the sun! (Start praying now that the weather cooperates!)

Welcome back to school! Look at all those smiles from the students in 5A!

It was a fun first day learning names and getting familiar with the routine of a fifth grader. Hard to believe that this group has become "Top Dog" at Seton. Fr. Cordier stopped in to say hello, too! Looking forward to a year filled with great days of learning! Thank you, boys and girls!