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Week of May 16

Here's how our week is going:
Religion - Finishing up chapter on Holy Orders.
Language Arts - Working on the next section of our novel, Holes. We have been discussing the art of storytelling and 'connecting the dots' with our major characters! There will be no Wow or Spelling packet this week.
Math - We are reviewing math skills that include long division, adding and subtracting fractions with different denominators and then introducing multiplication of fractions.
Science - We are finishing are chapter on matter and start hands-on with electricity.
 

The final Mass that our 5th grade is planning is this Wednesday, May 18th. Please come join us in celebration of their years at this campus!

Week of May 9

I just wanted to thank all the parents and students in the 5th grade for sending in such lovely letters, gift cards, chocolates, cookies, and beautiful flowers! I certainly felt appreciated! You are such a blessing to me! Know that I will keep you all in my prayers as the year winds down.
Religion: We covered our chapter on faith, hope and love, and move to the Sacrament of Marriage.
Language Arts: We are working on words in the English language that originated from French and other languages, Unit 30. Our WoW is GULLIBLE. The prompt for this week is to write about a time when you were gullible. We are working on our novel, Holes. We are looking for dynamic and static characters.
Math: We are working with integers and reviewing many of the concepts we have covered this year.
Science: We are working on ways matter is identified chemically!
 
 

My May 1st picture of Mary!

My goal is to post a picture of Mary each day in May! Enjoy!

Week of May 2

May Crowning/Grandparents' Day this Wednesday. Come pray with us!

 
Religion - We begin our chapter on the Sacrament of Marriage.
Language Arts - Spelling Unit 29 emphasizes the words from Latin origins. Our WoW is INTERMINABLE and the prompt will have your child writing about 5 things they think are interminable. That means a total of TWELVE sentences this week! We will finish our novel, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The children will be writing about some of the symbols and identifying characters that are dynamic and static!
Math - We have started adding and subtracting integers this week.
 

Please remember that 5th graders come to school out of uniform and may change into spirit wear after Grandparents leave the campus.

 

Week of April 25

Religion - We are working on the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.
Language Arts - We are discovering words that come from the Greek language in Spelling Unit 28. Our WoW is SUPERFLUOUS and the writing prompt is: Many items you have included on your family's grocery list are superfluous. Name three of them that your mom might question and defend why you felt the need to put them on the list. We continue reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
Math Voto - We are working on order of operations in Math.
Science - We are working on identifying chemical changes and move into magnets and electricity soon.
 
Do not forget that the Art Show is this Thursday! Many items that the children have worked on this year will be displayed!

Week of April 18

Religion - We finish up Chapter 16 with a review of how the Sacrament of Reconciliation is done.
Language Arts - We are working on spelling patterns for suffixes: -ent, -ant, -able, -ible, -ism, and -ist in Unit 27. Our WoW for this week is PETRIFIED and the prompt is: What helps you to be brave and to not become petrified? We are discovering good and evil traits in some of the characters we have met in the Lion, Witch, and Wardrobe. 
Math Voto - We are working with exponents and order of operations.
Science - Our scientists in 5th grade are working to build robots made from recycled material. They are trying to to help solve a problem. One homeroom is working on trying to conserve energy around the house. We hope to have these ready to display by Friday - Earth Day!

Please read the following message from our School Board President

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 11

Religion - This week we are focusing on the two chapters that deal with the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We are going to the Bible to find and read the parable of the Prodigal Son and also read about Jesus' healing of the paralytic to understand why Catholics need the Sacrament of Reconciliation! If your children should ask, please take them to confession!
Language Arts - We are reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe for our class novel, picking up some of C.S. Lewis' masterful skills in writing and strong symbolism found throughout this story. We are on Unit 26 in Spelling and our Wow word is AMICABLE. The prompt is: Some people feel that if two children cannot be amicable to each other, they should be made to stay together until they learn to get along. This is another attempt at writing a persuasive piece.
Math Voto - We are reviewing addition and subtraction of fractions in preparation for the chapter test.
Science - We are working our way through what is happening during a chemical reaction and how we can tell that a chemical reaction has taken place.