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Week of February 29 - Leap Day!

Religion - Entries are being made in our prayer journals as we move through Lent, reflecting on our journey. We are also finishing Chapter 10, the Eucharist and moving into Chapter 11 about the celebration of the Eucharist at Holy Mass. The children have been making visits to the Blessed Sacrament in order to quiet themselves to hear God's voice!
L.A. - We have been busy trying to figure out how to combine sentences and use punctuation marks to help our weekly prompts get stronger. Unit 22 Spelling packet is for all students this week because we have begun Iowa testing! Our prompt for CLAUSTROPHOBIA is a choice. Your child could choose to write about a time he/she felt claustrophobic OR Write about if you would feel more claustrophobic in an airplane or standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon. We continue our novel, The Cay.
VotoMath - We are finishing up chapter 5 and will have a test by the end of the week. Expect a study sheet to go home on Tuesday.
Science - The fifth graders are discovering ways to measure matter. We are currently figuring out how a balance works.

Week of Feb. 22

Religion - While we are working to identify ways to grow closer to God for Lent, we are also finishing our chapter on the Sacrament of the Eucharist.
Language Arts - We are working on Unit 21 in Spelling and our Wow is INCLEMENT. The prompt asks the students to write about how they would prepare for an inclement situation. We have started reading the novel, The Cay and are working on looking at sentence structure.
Math - We are working on converting fractions to decimals and decimals to percents. We should be ready to take a test soon on chapter 5. I'm looking at next week for that to happen. (It's good to have goals!)
Science - We are returning to MATTER and ways to measure it. Density is going to be the work this week after a quick review of volume.

Week of Feb 8

Religion: We begin Lent on Wednesday. 5A will be helping with the Mass @ 9:00. We are working on Chapter 10 - the celebration of the Eucharist.
Language Arts: We are working on Unit 19 Spelling packet. It must be completed by Thursday because we are off on Friday. Our WoW is IRK and the prompt has the students writing about what 'irks' them. The students should have found a novel that is centered around a different culture. There are still students who have not shown me their book choice for this month. We are slao going to begin a new novel this week. Either The Cay or Bud, Not Buddy.
Math: The students continue working with fractions and converting them to decimals!
Science: We are finishing up our unit on Amphibians. The students will be tested on the animal group, not individual amphibians. They have their notes to study. I was planning on test Thursday, but it looks like it will happen next week!
***One final note: Please note that the students should only be bringing in peanut/tree nut free snacks, including for their birthdays! No more Dunkin Donuts should be brought into our classroom. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter!***

Week of February 1

Happy Catholic Schools' Week! It was great to see so many of you at our open house on Sunday! Do Not forget that conferences are being held on Thursday of this week!
Religion: We are working on the Sacrament of the Eucharist.
Language Arts: There will be no Wow or Spelling packet this week. We are working on finishing our Maniac Magee study, along with some added grammar study. We will also be reviewing letter writing skills!
Math: The kids have been working on equivalent fractions and we will be moving into decimals!
Science: We are finishing are written reports on amphibians!

Week of Jan 25, 2016

Religion: We are finishing up our Monstrance creations (which are so beautiful)! Students have been practicing/memorizing their Act of Faith prayer for January and we begin our next chapter (Chapter 10 - The
Eucharist) in our book.
Language Arts: We are working on Spelling Packet 18 - spelling patterns for changing 'y' to 'i' and adding our suffix. The WoW is AMBIDEXTROUS and the prompt is: What career would being ambidextrous help the most? Why? Remember, do not use words I, me and my! We continue reading  the novel, Maniac Magee.
Math: We are working on fractions and mixed numbers.
Science: We are finishing up our work on our power point presentations for our amphibians. I am asking that some of the work at this point be done at home. The children have done their research and are familiar with how to maneuver through the program, so this should not be a daunting task!
Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday! 

Week of January 19

Religion: We will finish the chapter on Confirmation. This week we take a closer look at the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Language Arts: We focus on Unit 17 in Spelling, which includes spelling patterns for adding -ing and -ed on the endings of words. Our WoW is GREGARIOUS and the prompt has the children writing about if they are gregarious or solitary or a little of both.
Math: We continue are work on fractions, especially equivalent fractions.
Science: The students are hard at work gathering information for their amphibian reports. They are putting together a powerpoint presentation and a written report!

Week of Jan.11, 2016

Religion: We will finish working on the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Language Arts: Unit 16 in Spelling and WoW is PLETHORA. The prompt is: Is it good to have a plethora of homework or recesses, or is it better to have a reasonable amount of both. We are currently reading the novel, Maniac Magee.
Math: We continue to work on adding and subtracting of fractions.
Science: The students are working on finding information about their amphibians.

Week of January 4. 2016

Happy New Year! Happy St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Feast Day! Wow! Talk about coming back to celebrations. Tuesday is the DARE graduation @ 2:15 p.m. and all parents are encouraged to attend. Officer Skip will present the children with their certificates of completion as well as announcing our winners for the DARE essay contest. We started the week off with Mass to celebrate our patroness, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and our 5th graders helped with the Reading, Petitions and the Offertory gifts!
We have much ground to cover this week. Here's what's going on:
Religion: We are finishing the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Language Arts: Spelling packet 15 has us reviewing the spelling pattern of the schwa sound and our WoW for this week is EXTROVERT. The prompt: Do you think the way one acts depends on where one is? Could one be an extrovert at home, but be shy or introverted at school? What do you think? When reading over your child's rough copy, make sure they do not use the words I, me or my! 
This month's book genre is non-fiction, so each student must have a book with them to enjoy. Students' projects will be covered at school during science class! More on that at a later date!
Math: We are beginning our chapter  on fractions, while still keeping in practice of our division using two-digit divisors!
Science: We are finishing up finding volume using water displacement and moving into our study of Amphibians!

Famous People Museum Comes to SASEAS!

The 5th graders shared their famous person with our 1st graders this morning. Pictured is C.S. Lewis represented by Isaac Watson. The children did an awesome job. Look for posting of all the pictures in my photo album!

O Antiphons Begin Tomorrow!

The children of grade 5 have been working on the "O Antiphons of Advent". One of the sets is pictured above. What are the "O Antiphons of Advent" you might ask? They are the prayers that accompany the Magnificat during Evening Prayers starting on December 17th through December 23rd. Each antiphon calls out with a different title the coming of our Savior! Here are the prayers:

December 17

O Wisdom of our God Most High,
guiding creation with power and love:
come to teach us the path of knowledge!

December 18

O Leader of the House of Israel,
giver of the Law to Moses on Sinai:
come to rescue us with your mighty power!

December 19

O Root of Jesse’s stem,
sign of God’s love for all his people:
come to save us without delay!

December 20

O Key of David,
opening the gates of God’s eternal Kingdom:
come and free the prisoners of darkness!

December 21

O Radiant Dawn,
splendor of eternal light, sun of justice:
come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the
shadow of death.

December 22

O King of all nations and keystone of the Church:
come and save man, whom you formed from the dust!

December 23

O Emmanuel, our King and Giver of Law:
come to save us, Lord our God!

—From "Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers"


Week of December 14th

Religion: We are finishing our O Antiphon shadow boxes and reading about the Christmas season.
Language Arts:This week we will NOT have a WoW word nor a Spelling packet. We WILL be working to publish a creative writing piece, reading Where the Red Fern Grows, have lessons on subject pronouns and have time to make cards for Fr. Cordier's birthday and some special people on our list!
Math: My math group is preparing for a test on division.
Science: We will be finishing up our study of volume this week.
Just wanted to take this time to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas. May it be blessed with the joy that only Christ can bring!