Religion – Last week, we had a unique opportunity to experience a Rosary program. We were visited by a representative from the Shepherds of Christ organization who talked to our students at length about the Rosary. She also assisted our students in making a rosary. We are looking forward to using our new rosaries, on Tuesday as we participate in a school-wide Adoration of the Eucharist on Tuesday. Finally, we will wrap up our in-depth look at the sacrament of Baptism.
Language Arts – The WoW word for this week is conundrum. The prompt is: What came first, the chicken or the egg? In Grammar, we will be identifying nouns as direct objects. As we continue to expand our knowledge of using nouns, I will be on the lookout for students to use nouns (direct and indirect) correctly in their writing.
Social Studies - We are beginning our exploration of early explorers. In the first lesson, we will be discussing the use on new technology: like maps, a printing press, faster ships, and new navigational tools that allowed the explorers to venture beyond the sight of land. The first two explorers we will study are Marco Polo and Christopher Columbus.
Thank you to all of the parents who helped make the 5th grade Halloween party such a success!
Religion – This week we are continuing our study of the Sacrament of Baptism. We are discussing the gifts God gives us at Baptism, and how Catholics are a priestly, prophetic, and royal people.
Language Arts – The WoW word for this week is desist. The prompt is: Many people desist from touching jellyfish. Would you? OR What happens to people/dogs who do not desist from chasing after skunks?
In Grammar, we are expanding our knowledge of nouns by identifying them as either a subject complement or a direct object. These lessons will demonstrate the use of more complex sentences which we hope, will show up in their writing.
Social Studies - We are finally finishing Chapter 2! The chapter test should be on Friday. It will include vocabulary, reading checks, and some people and places. Students have their notes and note cards to study.
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:
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.