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Week of February 20, 2017

We had a wonderful visit to St. Andrew's campus today!  Ask your child what they enjoyed most about our trip.
Religion - We have begun our study of the Eucharist.  In this chapter, the students will be learning about the Biblical references of how this sacrament came to be.  Next Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, 5B has the privilege of planning this Mass.  Everyone has a part in one form or other.  Please join us if you can!
Language Arts - We are continuing to read, Where the Red Fern Grows.  With every chapter, the students are writing a short summary and adding it to our matchbook folder project. 
I would like to send out a big THANK YOU to the Miller family.  They have provided our class with an over the door basketball hoop.  What would we do with this?  I'm glad you asked. I will be using it to review concepts taught in a variety of subject.  This week we used it to practice our spelling words.  Who knows what subject I will use it to review next week?????
Math - In Math we have covered writing quotients as mixed number, subtracting a fraction from 1, and finding a fraction to complete a whole.  On top of this, I have thrown it square numbers and square roots.  
Social Studies - We are continuing our study of the New England Colonies. Students have learned who founded each colony and why.  We viewed a short video as we filled out a chart on the founders of the New England Colonies. Our next lesson will be on life in the New England Colonies.  The students are quite interested in learning what school was like at that time and how childhood was so different from their own.

Week of December 5, 2016


What an amazing job our 5th graders did with the Magnet Sale!  In combination with the Magnet Sale, Out of Uniform, and the Bake Sale and Auction at St. Andrew, we raised $6,000!  Of course, our magnets were a hit and all of our hard work paid off.  Miss Ducheny and I are so proud of this year's 5th grade crew!  
Religion - As we began this week, the 2nd Week of Advent, we will be spending more time on our O Antiphons. We will also be discussing how the Season of Advent ties into the Liturgical Year.  Do you know this year's Liturgical Focus from Pope Francis?  Your 5th graders does!  
Language Arts - This week's WoW is stymie.  It is going to be fun to see how many things we can stymie our classmates with!  We will also continue to read Hatchet.  We're so engrossed in the story it's hard to put it down.  Our class often discusses how they might handle being lost in the wilderness... not sure when or if they will return home.  Each new event captivates us and we are anxious to read more!  

Week of November 28, 2016

Santa's workshop is in high gear, the students are busy drawing pictures to be placed under a clear gem, which will be turned into a magnet!  We will be selling these magnificent masterpieces this Friday for $1.  The money will be given to the 8th graders to add to their Adopt -a - Family Fund!
Religion - Happy New Year!  We started off our week by discussing the Liturgical Calendar and how it begins on the 1st Sunday in Advent.  We then continued to learn more about this wonderful season of Advent!  By the end of the week, ask your child about the O Antiphons! 
Language Arts - Our WoW word is novel.  The prompt is: What is novel to your grandparents but not to you?  In Reading we are continuing to read the book Hatchet.  So far, while Brian was flying to visit his father in the Canadian wilderness, the pilot dies, his plane crashes, and he is left all alone in the wilderness.  (and that is only the first four chapters).
Social Studies - We are continuing our study of the early explorers.  With certain interruptions in our schedule, I believe the chapter test will be sometime around Tues. of next week.

Week of November 7, 2016

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.

Week of October 31, 2016

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.

Week of October 24, 2016

Religion - This week, we continue our study of Baptism as a sacrament of initiation.  We will discuss the gifts God shares with us when we receive this sacrament.   This week is also Everybody Counts Week.  We will be taking time to learn about the God given gifts and differences of others.   
Language Arts - This week's WoW is herpetology. Our class will be focusing on strengthening our introductions and conclusions in our writing this week.  We will also continue to read from the Mixed up Files of Mr. Basil E. Frankweiler.  We are anxiously nearing the end and will be checking our comprehension as the week progresses.  Finally, we will practice using nouns as subjects and subject complements.  
Social Studies - We started the week by comparing and contrasting the ways of life of the different Plains groups.  We continued on to lesson 4,  discussing our focus question:  How did the geography and climate of the Southwest and the West affect the Native Americans there?  Our next quiz will be on lessons 
three and four.

Week of October 17, 2016

Religion - We are studying the Sacrament of Baptism.  We will be discussing that Baptism freed us from sin and we become children of God.  Because of our Baptism, we have hope of eternal life.  
Language Arts - N0 WoW word, prompt, or spelling packet this week!  Instead, we will be reading more of the book, From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. basil E. Frankweiler.  We should be close to finishing the book by the end of the week.  In English, we will be going over the meanings of singular and plural possessive nouns. We will continue our study of nouns by identifying the subject of a given sentence, as well as, nouns used as objects of a prepositional phrase.
Social Studies - We are continuing our coverage of Native Americans by studying the people who lived on the plains and those who lived in the Southwest or West.  The main idea in these lessons has to do with how these people adapted and used their environment.

Week of October 10, 2016

Religion - This week we are working on Chapter 3 which gives an overview of all 7 sacraments. The students will be learning how the sacraments are grouped: Sacraments of Initiation, Sacraments of Healing, and Sacraments of Service.
Language Arts - Our WoW word this week is serpentine.  The prompt is to choose three animals that would move in a serpentine manner and describe how moving in this way would be advantageous to that animal. The prompt will be due on Friday.  Due to the Titan Fun Run, the spelling test and packet are due on Thursday.  In Reading, we are continuing to read From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.  This week we will cover chapters 7 and 8.  We are checking comprehension in a number of different ways; discussion, paper and pencil comprehension questions, and Plickers!
Social Studies - We are learning about the Native Americans that lived in the Plains.  When we are finished with this section, the students will be able to compare and contrast these people with those who lived in the Eastern Woodlands.  We will have a quiz on Lessons 1 and 2 this Wednesday.  Students have been making note cards and practicing in the classroom.

October 3, 2016

Religion - This week, we will wrap up our study of Mary and join in praying the Rosary.  We'll also begin our investigation of the Sacraments and symbols that represent them.  
Language Arts - The WoW prompt will be different this week and until further notice! Wow!  We had a great week last week learning about the 6 traits of writing and applying our skills to Word of the Week paragraphs.  This week, we'll discuss the trait of conventions more in depth and aim to improve our final drafts so that our "punctuation doesn't take a vacation."  We also enjoyed our brainstorming activity last week and will use a similar activity again this week.  Finally, we will be working to create a student rubric to help guide the elements of our writing.
In Reading, we are excited to continue reading the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.   We will also continue to work on characterizations of the protagonists, Jamie and Claudia. Our Book Reports are also due on Wednesday.  
Social Studies - This week we finished up lesson 1 on Early People.  We are learning how to read a cultural map and moving on to lesson 2 The Eastern Woodlands.  As a quick review of lesson 1, ask your child what the Olmec and Maya civilizations developed? (answer a writing and a counting system)

Week of September 26, 2016

Religion - During this week we are working on the chapter about The Blessed Virgin Mary.  We are learning the many reasons she is called blessed and why she is called the first disciple of Jesus.  Pictures for our Mary Wall need to in by Friday.
Language Arts - The WoW prompt will be different this week and until further notice! First off, it will be a piece of expository writing instead of persuasive. Throughout the week, we will be teaching mini lessons based on the 6 traits of writing.  After each lesson, the student will apply this knowledge to their prompt.  This week the prompt will be due on Friday.  In this way both sweet, adorable, darling teachers (Mrs. Woodall and myself) are striving to improve our students writing abilities and to help them gain confidence in their own abilities.
In Reading, we are continuing to read From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. This week we are focusing on the author's craft of using similes and aphorisms in her writing.  We will also be working on characterizations of the protagonists, Jamie and Claudia.
Social Studies - We are beginning Chapter 2 Native Americans by discussing the early people who lived in North America.  The students will be learning how the changes in the environment affected the early peoples' lives.  How the environment affect people's lives is the major theme throughout this chapter.

Week of September 19, 2016

Religion - This week, we continue Chapter 2 and our discussion of the Jesus' mission to share the Paschal Mystery and Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy with the Church.  The students will also begin a study of Mary toward the of the week.  
Language Arts - The WoW word is pedestrian.  The prompt is: What is the most nonpedestrian thing you have ever done?
We will be reading the chapters 4 & 5  in From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.  As the students go through these chapters they will be comparing and contrasting the main characters and identifying problems and solutions the main characters face.  We will also use our note taking skills to find the main ideas from Chapters 1-4 to complete an activity.  
The September Book Project has been posted!  The students were given a poster and directions on Monday.  The finished poster is Due October 5th. If for any reason a cute puppy or an angry rhinoceros destroys the directions, you will find a copy under Book report Projects on my home page. 
Social Studies - This week we are finishing up Chapter 1.  We will be going over Lessons 4 and 5 notes.  Our chapter test will be this Friday. The students have their username, and password to get on the online Social Studies Book.  These are located on the first page of their student planner.  Step by step directions telling the easiest way to connect to the website, will be found in their Social Studies folder. 

Week of April 18, 2016

Religion - This week we are finishing up our study of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  The students are challenged to match 4 Bible verses to the corresponding part of the sacrament.
Language Art - The WoW word is petrified.  The prompt is, What helps you to be brave and to not become petrified?   
In Reading we are continuing to read the book, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.    The worksheets for this book combines comprehension, critical thinking, and creative expression to identify the students who understand the story.

April 15, 2015

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.



Jay Kuhn

SAC President