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All About Me

My name is Mandy Wood!  I am one of the 5th grade teachers.  I will be teaching Reading, Expressions, Religion, and Math to my homeroom, and Science to both 5th grade classes.  Before I came to Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, I taught junior high math at Saint Bernadette in Amelia for two years.  Before that, I taught 13 years of 5th grade and 2 years of junior high math at Saint Veronica.  My family and I live right here in Milford.  I am married and have 2 daughters, Savannah and Peyton.  They are in the 6th and 4th grades at Seton and Saint Andrews!  I love reading, writing, watching movies with my family, and animals!  I currently have 7 pets but am always trying to talk my husband into "just one more".  I can't turn down chocolate, and I love to laugh!!  I am so glad to be a Titan!!!
 

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Week of January 14th

Dear Parents, 
 
Good Morning and Happy Monday!  After the crazy week last week with the DARE Graduation, Spelling Bee, and half-day, I'm happy to say we are, more or less, on a regular schedule this week!  Before we take a look at what will be going on in the classroom, here are a couple of reminders/requests.
 
-Scholastic Book Orders are due Friday!  Our next Book Report will be over a Historical Fiction Book and our March Book Report will be over a Science Fiction Book.  This month's book orders are full of some awesome selections for both genres.
-While thinking about a Historical Fiction Book, remember the books in this genre are fiction books based on real events from history.
-Please send in the all school Mass permission forms for Catholic Schools week as soon as possible.
-We are running low on tissues and paper towels.  If you stop by the grocery store this week and think about it, please pick up a box of tissue or roll of paper towel to donate to the class.  
-Book Report directions and posterboard come home today!  The poster will be due on January 25th and the typed book report will be due February 8th
 
Religion:
Today we reviewed Chapter 10, and there will be a test over this information tomorrow.  On Wednesday and Thursday we will complete a packt on the Sacrament of Eucharist, and then we will begin Chapter 11 on Friday.
 
Reading/Language Arts:
We are still working on our Snow Globe Stories in class.  I expect the children will be ready to start typing them in class on Wednesday.  Final Copies will be due Friday.  We will be making snow globes to go along with our stories next week!  Our Reading skill this week focuses on the Author's purpose.  We will be reading the story, "Lunch Money" in our Journeys textbook and will have a test on Friday.  We begin discussing Adjectives in Grammar as well.  We are moving right along in our novel, Holes, and the children love it!!!  I can't wait for them to start seeing how the pieces all fall into place!  Spelling City will be set up for this week's word list by the end of the day!  Spelling test is Friday!
 
Science:
The children are continuing their research on their planets this week.  By tomorrow, most will have started their slide show presentations.  Today I will show the children ways to add photos and diagrams to their slides.  Hopefully we will finish up the slide shows by Friday and we can present next week!  
 
Math: 
In my math class we will complete lesson 80 on Prime and Composite Numbers today. Tomorrow the students will have a reteach packet over lessons 71-75 and a test on Wednesday over these lessons.  On Thursday, we will complete lesson 81 on Reducing Fractions, and on Friday we will work finding the Greatest Common Factor in lesson 82.
 
It's definitely going to be a busy week, but I think we can all get through it!  
 
I hope you have a great day!  Stay warm and be careful out there, and as always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
 
Sincerely,
Mandy Wood

Week of January 7th, 2019

Good Morning Parents!  I hope that all of you had a wonderful Christmas and New Years with your families!  I know I certainly did!  It was sure hard to leave Florida, but I did miss my little 5th grade turkeys.  It was so nice to see them again this morning!  Before I start with what is going on this week, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all one more time for absolutely spoiling me for Christmas this year!  My family and I enjoyed using all the gift cards and eating all the yummy treats over the break!  Your generosity is so appreciated!!!!
 
Hopefully we all had enough time to rest and recoup!  We have a busy week  this week, so let's get started!  Here's a peek at what's happening in the classroom!
 
Religion:
This week we are beginning Chapter 10.  This chapter, as well as Chapter 11, will focus on the Eucharist.  We will read through the chapter this week and will have a test over it next Tuesday.  We will also get back to our SOAP page that we will fill out after Mass on Tuesday.  
 
Reading/Language Arts:
Our word this week is STYMIE.  We will not have a typical prompt this week.  Instead we will be working on our Snow Globe Stories.  Students will write a story about being trapped in a Snow Globe.  Once our stories are completed, students will type them and we have a pretty cool craft to go with them.  All writing will be done in class.  Our Grammar skill this week focuses on easily confused words.  Examples include: sit/set and there/their/they're.  In our Journeys Textbook, students will be reading the story, "We Were There Too".  We will be reading this story several times this week and will be tested over it on Friday.  We are also beginning the book, Holes by Louis Sachar this week!  I know I say this with every new novel, but this really is one of my favorite books!!!!  I think the children will love the different layers in the storyline!  We will also be watching the movie Holes after we complete the novel.  Spelling City is set up for the week!  Please encourage your child to use it this week!
 
Science:
Because we finished our chapter on space before the break, this week and next week we will be working on our Planet slideshows to share with the class!  All work on this project will be done in class, and I will be instructing the children on how to create their slides.  All shows will be saved to the Google slides so you will be able to take a look at the awesome work these kiddos are capable of doing!  I expect this project to take about 2 weeks to complete. If it looks like some children are taking a bit longer, some work be have to be done at home, but let's not worry about that yet!
 
Math:
We will be working on lessons 76, 77, 78, and 79 this week.  The skills being taught this week include mulitiplying fractions, converting units of weight and mass, exponents and square roots, and finding equivalent fractions.
 
Reminders:
-Dare Graduation is on Wednesday at 2:30 this week!
-Spelling Bee is on Thursday at 1:30 this week!
-Spirit Day Friday
-1/2 day Friday
-Pack a snack each day!!!
 
I hope everyone has a great week! Thanks for all you do and for all your support!  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please email me!  As always, thank you for sharing your children with me!  It's great to be back!!
 
Sincerely,
Mandy Wood

Week of December 10th

Good Morning Parents!  
 
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  It won't be long before we will have a nice 2 weeks off for Christmas break!  I can't believe it's almost here!  We have several things we need to finish before that happens, so let's get started!  Here's a peek into our week!
 
Religion:  Today we began Chapter 9 in our Religion Books.  We are continuing our discussion on the Sacrament of Confirmation.  I expect to have a test over this chapter NEXT Tuesday.  We will also be doing a fun activity with the O Antiphons this week!  
 
Reading/Language Arts:
This week we will focus on Sequencing and Summarizing in Reading class.  We will read the story, "James Forten" in our Journeys Textbook.  We will have a test over this story on Friday.  The Spelling and Vocabulary will up on Spelling City by the end of the day!  There will be no writing prompt this week!
 
Math: In Math class we will be working on Area of Rectangles, Adding and Subtracting Decimals, Units of Length, and Changing Improper Fractions to Whole or Mixed Numbers.  On Friday, we will have a Reteach Packet over Lessons 66-70 and there will be a test over these lessons next Monday.
 
Science: Today we finished up our Biome Reports.  The children did an amazing job on this project!  We will be working on Lessons 2-5 this week and the Chapter 4 Test will be NEXT Wednesday.  There will be a chapter 4 Vocabulary Quiz this Wednesday.  I have moved this from the original date-which was set for Tuesday.  Students can use the Quizlet to help study.  I will be sending you the study guide soon!
 
Reminders for the week:
-Student Saint Awards this Tuesday after Mass
-Students should be reading a book of their choice to discuss with small groups next Thursday
-Act of Faith Oral Test NEXT THURSDAY
 
I hope you all have a great week! Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.  As always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
 
Sincerely,
Mandy Wood

Week of December 3rd

Good Morning Parents!!!
 
Happy Advent!  I can't believe the season is already upon us!  I feel like this year is just going to fast!  We have another busy week, so let's get started!
 
Religion:
Tuesday we will have our Chapter 8 Test over Confirmation.  We will then skip a few chapters and focus on Advent for the rest of the week.  I have some cute Advent posters for the kids to work on, along with a brief movie and packet the children will work on with their chromebooks.
 
Reading/Language Arts:
Our Word of the Week is CONUNDRUM and the children will be writing Problem/Solution paragraphs.  We will begin our prewrite today.  Rough Drafts will be due Wednesday, and we will type Final Drafts in class on Thursday.  Our Grammar Focus this week is Irregular Verbs.  In Reading class, we will read the story, "Molly Pitcher" in our Journeys Textbook and will focus on the skill: Conclusion and Generalization.  Our test over this story will be on Friday.  Please be sure your child is visiting Spelling City for spelling practice as well as vocabulary practice!  Our Reading Book Report is due on December 5th!  Children should now be reading a book of their choice and should be able to discuss the book in small groups the day before Christmas break begins. This will be an informal discussion with no project.
 
Science:
Most students have finished and turned in the biome projects, and we began presenting them last week.  I will be hanging up the packets as presentations get finished.  They look great!  Each day we will present a few in class.  We are also beginning Chapter 4 this week.  It's time to move into space!!!  Another one of my favorites!!!!
 
Math:
In my math class this week, we will have a reteach packet over Lessons 61-65 today and a test over these lessons tomorrow.  The new lessons we will cover this week include: Writing Equivalent Decimal Numbers, Fractions, Decimals, and Percents, and Area.  
 
Reminders:
-Reading Book Reports are due December 5th!!!
-Scholastic Book Orders are due Friday.  If I order books Friday, we will definitely have them in before Christmas Break!
-Magnet/Button Sale on Friday!  The children have worked super-hard on these for the past several weeks!
-Please return report card envelope this week!
 
Thank you for all you do!  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please send me an email!  Have a great week, and as always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
 
Sincerely,
Mandy Wood

Week of November 26th

Good Morning Parents!  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!  It was nice to have a little break and recharge!  Now we should all be ready to dive into the 2nd trimester full of energy and excitement!  Here's a peek into our week!
 
Religion: 
This week we will begin Chapter 8 and our study on Confirmation.  Today we began with Pentecost and the gifts of the Holy Spirit!  We will work on Chapter 8 all week and I expect there to be a test next Tuesday.  We also have our Oral Prayer test this Friday!
 
Reading/Lang. Arts:
I hope to finish up our novel, Bridge to Terabithia this week and will have a final book test on Thursday.  If all goes according to plan, the children should be able to watch the movie Disney came out with, this Friday.  I am crossing my fingers this can happen this week!  I love that movie!!  We will not be reading a story out of our Journeys Textbook this week, but we will be working on the Reading Skill of Fact and Opinion.  We will also be working on Verb Tenses for Grammar this week!  Our Word of the Week is ludicrous, and the children will be writing a persuasive paragraph!  Reading and Spelling Packets are due Friday.
 
Science:
We will continue our Biome research in class this week.  The children are doing a great job on their booklets and I am hoping we finish them up by Thursday or Friday so we can share with the class.  As of right now, this is not an assignment that should be going home each day!
 
Math:  
This week in Math we will be working on Lessons 66 (Reading a centimeter scale), Lesson 67 (Writing Tenths and Hundredths as Decimals), Lesson 68 (Naming Decimal Numbers), Lesson 69 (Comparing and Ordering Decimal Numbers), and Lesson 70 (Writing Equivalent Decimal Numbers).  
 
It's definitely going to be a full week!  If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to email me!  As always, thank you for sharing your children with me!!!
 
Sincerely,
Mandy Wood

Week of November 12th

Good Morning Families!  Happy Monday!  I hope all of you enjoyed the beautiful weekend!  I think we have seen the last of the 50 degree weather for a while :-(  With the end of the trimester upon us, we have a lot to do this week!  Let's get started!  Here's a peek into our week!
 
Religion:
This week, we are finishing up our chapter on Baptism.  We will have a test on Wednesday over this chapter and continue working on our personal Baptism posters.  If you have not sent in a photo of your child's Baptism, along with the date and location of Baptism and names of Godparents, please do so as soon as you can!  On Thursday we will read through a brief chapter on the liturgical year and do some activities to help us with that information on Friday.
 
Reading/Language Arts:
We will have no word of the week this week, or a writing prompt this week.  Instead, the children should be working on their Art Museum Essays for Mrs. Mascolino.  These will be due on Thursday this week.  On Friday, after our field trip, we discussed how to set the paper up, and the children wrote down some ideas while it was still fresh.  They will be able to type papers in class throughout the week.  We will still have our Spelling Packet and Test this week.  In Reading, we will begin a story called "Dangerous Crossing" in our Journeys Textbook.  Our reading skill is Cause and Effect.  The children have been practicing this skill all year in our Simple Solutions Books.  Our Reading Test over this story will be on Friday.  Journeys Textbooks should be going home daily to re-read the story.  We are also continuing our novel, Bridge to Terabithia!  We have met Leslie Burke and Jesse Aarons, and we are just about to see what kind of imaginations the two of them have when they put their minds together!
 
Math: 
Today we will complete Lesson 65, Decimal parts of a Meter, in class. Tomorrow we will complete a Reteach Packet over lessons 56-60 and there will be a test on Wednesday over these lessons.  We will spend Thursday and Friday figuring out Thanksgiving dinner and all the factors that go into the planning!!!
 
Science:
Tomorrow, we will read our last lesson in Chapter 3.  Wednesday will be spent reviewing for the test and Thursday will be our Chapter 3 Science test.  I have already emailed the study guide to everyone, but there will be one attached to this page as well.  On Friday we will begin our in class Biome Project!!  
 
Reminders:
-Tomorrow is the last day for the Magazine Drive!
-All students should be reading an Action/Adventure book for the November Book Report.  Information on the Book Report will go out on Friday.  Students will need an Altoid mint tin (or a tin similar to this) for the project.
-End of the trimester is on Friday! 
 
Have a great week!  If you have any questions or concerns, please email me, and as always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
 
Sincerely,
Mandy Wood

Week of November 5th

Good Morning Parents and Happy Monday!  I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend!  The weather was great for some fun outdoor activities!  The children all came in this morning, bright-eyed and ready to go, so I think that means the Halloween sugar buzz has worn off!  I have an awesome week planned, so here is a peek at what's happening in the classroom!
 
Religion:
This week we will begin Chapter 5 in our Religion books.  In chapter 5, we will dig a bit deeper into the Sacrament of Baptism.  I would like all the children to bring in a photo of the day of their special Baptism day, along with the date of their Baptism, the church is was performed, and the names of their Godparents.  We will be making a poster to hang out in the hallway next week so if possible, I would like these items brought in no later than Thursday this week.  The photos and and a notecard with the information can be put in a ziplock baggie with your child's name on it.  Thanks in advance for this!
 
Reading/Language Arts:
Our word this week is PEDESTRIAN, but the definition may not be what you are used to hearing.  We will be using the word, pedestrian, as an adjective meaning dull or boring.  Our writing prompt this week is an Opinion Piece.  Students will be writing a paragraph on a topic they believe to be pedestrian.  We began work on a prewrite sheet in class today.  It needs to be finished by tomorrow.  I am hoping to type final copies in class on Thursday so the children will not have to do it at home this week.  We will be reading the story "Cougars" in our Journeys Textbook this week, and our reading strategy focuses on Main Ideas and Details.  We will go over vocabulary today and read through the story together.  Our Reading test will be on Thursday, as well as Spelling and Simple Solutions, due to our Friday Field Trip and early dismissal.  I will be strongly encouraging the children to bring the Journeys Textbooks home daily to re-read the story, as the reading test grades have dipped a bit over the past couple of weeks.  We will begin our new novel, Bridge to Terabithia, this week as well.  This might be my favorite novel we read this year!  I can't wait to share it with the kiddos!!!  
 
Math:
In Math this week, we will be working on lessons 61-64.  These lessons cover the following concepts: Using letters to identify geometric figures, estimating arithmetic answers with rounded and compatible numbers, subtracting a fraction from a whole number greater than 1, and using money to model decimal numbers.
 
Science:
In Science this week, we will be reading through lessons 1-3 in class.  Our mold that we started growing last Friday is not cooperating, so I am going to give it a couple of more days before we make our observations.  We will have a Chapter 3 Vocabulary Quiz on Wednesday.  I will be doing a decomposition lab with the children next Monday, so if you have a newspaper lying around the house this week, feel free to send it in!  
 
Reminders:
*Our Museum Field Trip is THIS FRIDAY!!! I am missing a few permission forms with the $5 payment from a few students still.  Please be sure to send that in by tomorrow.  
*The Magazine Drive is still going on!  Please send in those orders whenever your child collects them!
*Children should be reading an Action/Adventure book for the November book report.  For this report, the children will need to use an Altoid mint tin.  If you happen to see a tin of Altoids in the check-out line over the next week or so, you may want to pick one up.  I will try to do the same, but I can only eat so many Altoids!!!  If you see something else in a similar-sized tin, that would be fine too.  The tin itself is what will be used, not the contents.
*Please be sure your child brings a snack daily.  I have extras here in the classroom, but sometimes when the children know that, they get a little "forgetful" because they like my snacks better.  
*Early dismissal on Friday!  The teachers will attending their November Faith Formation class.  Usual Friday Tests/Quizzes will be on Thursday this week.
 
I hope all of you and the children have a great week!  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please email me!  As always, thank you for sharing your children with me!!!  They make me smile daily, and I am so proud of all the growth happening this year!!!
 
Sincerely,
Mandy Wood

Week of October 29th

Good Morning and Happy Spooktacular Halloween Week!!!  We have a fun week planned out, full of candy, fun, and learning!  I hope the kiddos are ready for it!!!!  Here's a peek at our Creeeeeepy Week!!!!
 
Religion:  
Today the 5th grade led the Seton Campus in the Rosary!  They did an amazing job!!!!  We wi60ll review Chapter 4 this afternoon, and the children will have a Chapter 4 Test tomorrow.  We also have the Memorare oral prayer test scheduled for tomorrow.  We have been saying this prayer daily in class, but if your child does not feel quite ready for it, I will allow him or her to test anytime by Friday.  This prayer is a long one, so I don't mind giving extra time!  We will spend the rest of the week catching up on any missing assignments and we have two special Masses to attend on Thursday and Friday!
 
Math:  
Last week, time got away from me, and we were not able to accomplish everything I had hoped we would.  So today, we will work on Lesson 60 (Finding a Fraction to Complete a Whole).  Tuesday, we will take a break from the book, and do some fun Skittles Math!!!  Wednesday we will not have Math class due to the Halloween fun.  Thursday students will work on a Reteach Packet covering lessons 50-55.  We will have our Cumulative test over these lessons on Friday.
 
Science:  
In Science today, we are going to have a "sweet" time graphing the nutritional facts of some favorite Halloween Candy!!  This week we will also begin Chapter 3 in our textbook-one of my favorite chapters!!!!  We will be studying ecosystems in this chapter!  We will learn the Chapter 3 Vocabulary, which I will put on a Quizlet this week.  On Friday we will set up a super-disgusting lab with moldy strawberries!   I can't wait!  We will have a Chapter 3 Vocabulary Quiz NEXT WEDNESDAY.
 
Reading/Language Arts:
Our word this week is HERPETOLOGY.  Tomorrow I will show students a picture of a Herpetologist and they will write a story about the discovery he has made in the picture.  We will type the final drafts in class on Thursday and students will draw and color a picture to go with it.  Final Drafts are due Friday.  We will finish up or novel, Hatchet this week and have our final test on Thursday.  This will be open-book.  There will be no story out of our Journeys books this week, but we will be focusing on Generalizing and Drawing Conclusions.  Students will be working on a packet to apply these skills.  Our Grammar skill this week deals with Subordinating Conjunctions and Independent/Dependent Clauses.  Reading/Grammar Packets will be due Friday, as well as the Spelling Packet.  
 
Reminders:
-October Book Report due Tuesday!!!
-The Magazine Drive Started on Friday!  Sale ends on November 13th.
-November Scholastic Book Orders will go home on Friday.  If you would like to order books, please have online/paper orders in by Friday, November 9th.
-Our Field Trip to the Cincinnati Museum of Art will be on November 9th.  Be on the lookout for permission slips!  
-We will watch the 3rd Grade perform "Nuts" tomorrow!  I will try my hardest to take the class to the performance that has the most siblings in it!
-Halloween party and parade is on Wednesday!!!  Please be sure your child brings his or her costume to school that day!
-November 1st Solemnity of All Saints Mass 
-November 2nd All Souls Mass
 
I hope you all have a great week!  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please let me know!  As always, thank you for sharing your children with me!!!  
 
Sincerely,
Mandy Wood

Week of October 22nd

Good Morning Parents!  Happy Monday!  I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend!  I sure did, and it all began with all the wonderful cards and gifts you sent in last Friday for my birthday!!!!  Thank you so much for just spoiling me rotten and for making the day so special!!!! I am truly blessed!
 
We have a fun, crazy, busy week this week, so here's a peek at what is going on in the classroom!
 
Religion:
Our class has prepared the Mass for Tuesday!  If you are able, please join us in the all-school Mass at 9:00.  Today we finished up Chapter 4 on Baptism.  Before we have our test, I would like to children to work on a few extra materials on the Sacrament of Baptism, as well as a fun Saint Webquest we started today!  I believe our chapter 4 Test will be on Tuesday, October 30th.
 
Reading/Language Arts:
This week, we will not have a word of the week or a writing prompt!  I am offering the children a WoodBuck opportunity!  If the children turn in a paper they have written about Dyslexia, I will award them 50 WoodBucks.  Children must research the disease and type or write at least 3 paragraphs to demonstrate their understanding of the disease.  Papers will be due on Friday.  This is optional.  Our reading skill this week is Persuasion, and we will be reading the story, "Everglades Forever" in our journeys textbook.  We will also continue our reading of the novel, Hatchet.  Our protagonist, Brian is learning how to survive in the wilderness.  So far he has been stranded for 42 days!  The children are looking forward to reading what happens next!!!!  Reading packets are due Thursday and Spelling Packets are due Friday!
 
Science:
Today we had DARE in the place of our Science class.  Tomorrow, both classes will begin their design process of building a prosthetic arm.  Once designs are drawn out, the children will begin building their arms and we will test how much weight the arms can hold on Thursday!  On Friday we will do a fun Halloween Candy graphing lab.  For this lab, I will need about 10 boxes of sugar cubes, and 1 bag of the following types of Halloween candy:  skittles, starbursts, milkyways , m@ms,  kit-kats, and milk chocolate hershey bars.  Any donations would be appreciated.  I plan on going to the store Thursday afternoon, so if you would like to help out, please send in candy/sugar cubes by Thursday so I know what I still need to purchase.  Please do not feel obligated!  If you do decide to donate, please reply all with what you are sending in.  Thanks so much!!!!!!
 
Math:
This week we will be working on lessons 57 (Probability), 58 (Writing Quotients with Mixed Numbers), 59 (Subtracting a Fraction from 1), and 60 (Finding a Fraction to Complete a Whole).  We will work on a Reteach Packet over lessons 51-55 on Friday and have a test over those lessons next Monday.
 
Reminders
*Out of Uniform all Week!!!
*5A Mass tomorrow!
*Tech time Tuesday!  Students may bring iPads/iPods etc...on Tuesday.
*We will have extra recess WEDNESDAY
*Everybody Counts Week!  We will have our demonstrations today and special speakers on Friday!
*Movie and Popcorn on Friday!  Be looking for a parent permission form today, as the movies we chose to show are PG.  
 
I hope everyone has a wonderful week!  Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns!  As always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
 
Sincerely,
Mandy Wood

Week of October 15th

Good Morning Parents!  Happy Monday!!!  I hope all of you had a nice, restful weekend after the exciting day we had on Friday!  We are back to a normal schedule this week, and we have a full one!  Here's a peek at what's going on in the classroom!
 
Religion:
We will have our Chapter 19 Test over Mary tomorrow.  We spent the morning reviewing for the test.  On Wednesday we will begin Chapter 4 and have a more in-depth discussion about the Sacrament of Baptism.  
 
Reading/Language Arts:
In Writing this week, the children will try their hand at a little poetry.  We will be reading a short story from the novel, Old Yeller, and students will write a poem that describes Old Yeller.  The WOW word this week is IMPECCABLE, which should be used in the poems.  The children will look at some poetry examples today and begin their prewrite sheet.  Final Drafts will be due on Friday.  As I said, we will be reading "Old Yeller" in our Journeys Textbooks this week.  We will go over vocabulary and the story today, as well as throughout the week.  There will be a test on Friday over the story.  Spelling Packets will go home today.  Spelling and Reading Vocabulary can be practiced on Spelling City.  We are also continuing our journey with Brian in the novel, Hatchet.  The children seem to love reading about Brian's struggles and victories, and they can't wait to see what nature throws at him next!  
 
Science:
In Science class, we are continuing our discussion on Technology and the Design Process.  Today we will make a rough model of a prosthetic arm.  Tomorrow we will learn the steps in the design process.  Thursday we will have test over Chapter 2.  I posted a test review last week.  Students can print it and start studying now!  We will go over that test review on Wednesday.  Friday will begin our second Lab-a-Palooza!!!  We will be designing and testing out the strength of aluminum boats and designing stronger prosthetic arms. This will take the children a couple of days in class to do.  We will test the strength of the arms on Thursday next week. 
 
Math:
In Math this week, we will work on Lessons 54 and 55 today and Tuesday.  We will have a test over lessons 46-50 on Thursday.  
 
Reminders:
-Conferences are on Tuesday and Thursday this week!!  I look forward to seeing you!
-Book Fair is this week!  Our class will go on Wednesday, so if you would like your child to purchase items from the Book Fair, please send money in for that on Wednesday.  I am going to try to get the kiddos over there tomorrow to have preview.
-We have our first Character Trait/Saint Awards after Mass tomorrow!  Please join us if you are able!
-Thank you so much for all your help in reaching our Run-4-Fun goal!!!  Ms. Ducheny and I will be discussing when to dole out classroom awards this week!  I will keep you posted on that!
 
I hope everyone has a fabulous week!  If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know!  As always, thank you for sharing your children with me!  
 
Sincerely,
Mandy Wood

Week of October 1st

Good Morning Parents and Happy October!!!!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and were able to enjoy the fabulous weather!!!  We have a busy, full week this week!  Here's a peek into what's going on in the classroom!
 
Religion:
Today we finished Chapter 3 in our Religion Books.  Tomorrow we will review the chapter, and we will have our test on Wednesday.  On Thursday, we will begin our Mary study, starting with a litany of Mary to allow the children the opportunity to see many beautiful pictures of Mary and see all the different names and titles Mary has.  Students then will be given a title of Mary and he or she will find a picture that speaks to them and print it out at home.  A notecard with a summary of the picture and why the students chose that picture will accompany the photo and will be returned to me on Tuesday next week.  We will then begin putting together our Mary wall that will hang in the hallway for the remainder of the year.  Students will be given details on Thursday.
 
Reading/Language Arts:
Our Word of the Week is DESIST.  Students will be using this word to write 2-3 paragraphs describing the positive and negative effects people have on the environment.  This ties in nicely with our Reading skill this week, which focuses on CAUSE AND EFFECT.  We will be reading a story in our Journeys textbook titled, "Interrupted Journey: Saving Endangered Sea Turtles".  We will go over the vocabulary for the week, as well as the grammar focus-VERBS.  Reading packets will be due on Thursday and Spelling Packets will be due on Friday.  We also began our new novel, Hatchetby Gary Paulsen, last Thursday!  I love this book!  It is full of suspense, adventure, and bravery.  I think the children will really enjoy reading it!
 
Science:
We wrapped up Lab-a-Palooza last week, and now we are getting ready to start our new unit on Technology and Design.  Lab week was awesome!  I am so proud of how well the children handled all the experiments we did!  The only lab I did not get to is the Penny Boat Lab, but it will tie in great with our technology and design unit, so we'll be seeing it in our next Lab-a-Palooza!
Children will get the new chapter vocabulary this week, so expect a vocab quiz sometime next week!
 
Math: 
We will have a cumulative math test over lessons 41-45 on Thursday this week.  We will complete lessons 49 and 50 today and tomorrow and do a reteach packet over lesson 41-45 on Wednesday.  I have a fun investigation for the children to work on Friday and next Monday!  It involves Captain Crunch cereal, candy corn, chocolate chips, and marshmallows, so i think the kiddos will like it!!!!
 
Reminders for the week:
-Reading Book Reports are Due TUESDAY!!!!!
-First Run-4-Fun turn in date is WEDNESDAY!!
-Spirit Day is FRIDAY!!
-October Book Orders will go home on Friday.  Our next Book Report genre is mystery/suspense.  I am sure there will be some great books to choose from in the Scholastic Book Orders!!!
 
 
Have a fantastic week!  If you have any questions or concerns, please email me!  As always, thank you for sharing your children with me!  They make me smile everyday!
 
Sincerely,
Mandy Wood
 

Week of September 24th

Good Morning Parents!  Happy Soggy Monday!!! 
 
I hope all of you had a great weekend!  Hopefully things will dry out soon so we can get outside and enjoy the fall weather!  We have quite a bit going on this week, so here is a peek into the classroom!
 
Religion:
Today the school will get to experience the Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage in the church!  Last week we watched a wonderful movie about the life of Saint Bernadette and her beautiful encounters with the Blessed Virgin.  Today's pilgrimage will allow the children an even closer look into this special girl's life.  This morning we wrote prayers to present during the pilgrimage that will be taken to the Grotto of Lourdes.  This will be a very special morning indeed!  We also began Chapter 3 this morning in our textbooks.  Chapter 3 introduces the 7 sacraments as a whole.  Later on, we will look more deeply into each individual sacrament.
 
Reading/Lang. Arts:
Our word of the week is GARRULOUS!  Students will be working on a fictional narrative piece this week that will include a garrulous character with a loud opinion!  We will begin the prewriting today and the rough draft tomorrow.  Final Drafts will be due Friday.  Spelling packets will also be passed out today and the words this week focus on the /ou/ and /oi/ sounds.  Spelling Packets are due Friday.  Our Reading strategy this week is Theme and Visualization.  We will be reading the story, "Elise's Diary" in our textbooks this week, as well as finishing up The Mixed up Files..novel.  We will have an open book final test over our novel on Thursday and a test over our weekly story and vocabulary on Friday.  Spelling and Vocabulary lists as well as games can be found on Spelling City.  I strongly encourage the children get onto spelling city for about 15 minutes each day.  
 
Science:
This week we will be doing an assortment of fun labs that demonstrate the steps of the Scientific Method!  Our Gummy Bear experiment last week had some awesome results!  This week we will work together in teams to save Fred the Worm, demonstrate Osmosis with Gobstoppers, experiment with mass and bubble gum, and design boats to see how many pennies they can hold while still floating!  It should be a pretty awesome week!!!
 
Math:
We will have a math test on Tuesday over Lessons 36-40. Today we will work on a reteach packet to refresh our memories of those lessons. We will continue through our book with lessons 46, 47, and 48.  
 
Reminders this Week:
-Please turn in your small Run-4-Fun envelope with waiver, T-shirt form, and small donation to start the event off by Wednesday!
-Picture Day on September 27th.  Students come in uniform
-Pack a snack daily
-Any graded paper that says "Correct and Return" needs to be returned on the Monday after it goes home.  
 
Thank you to everyone who donated gummy bears, gummy worms, gummy lifesavers, and more!!!  We are putting it all to good use in the Science Lab!!!
 
Have a great week!  If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know!  As always, thank you for sharing your children with me!  I am having such a fun time with them!
 
Sincerely,
Mandy Wood

Week of September 17th

Hello Parents!  Happy rainy Monday!  I hope you all had a nice weekend.  They always go by so quickly!!  We have a lot of great things going on this week!  Take a peek at what we have planned!
 
Religion:
We will continue our discussion on the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.  On Wednesday we will review Chapter 2 and have a test on Thursday.  We will then move into Chapter 3 and begin talking about the Sacraments!  Tuesday, the Rosary Lady will stop by our classroom and the children will get to make their very own Rosaries-which will be great for next Monday when we go on the Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage!!!
 
Reading/Language Arts:
Our Word of the Week is MYRIAD!  Students will be writing a fictional narrative that includes a flashback situation.  The story should focus on some sort of competition between two people.  Prewrite pages are going home today, and we will begin rough draft tomorrow.  Final copies will be due on Friday.  Our Grammar Skill this week is on PROPER NOUNS and the UNDERSTOOD YOU.  Our Reading Skill this week is SEQUENCE OF EVENTS; MONITOR AND CLARIFY.  We will be reading the story "Double Dutch" in our textbooks, as well as chapters 9 and 10 of our Mixed up Files novel.  We will have an open book text over our novel on Thursday and a  test over "Double Dutch" on Friday.  Spelling Packets are due on Friday.  The Vocabulary for the story and the new Spelling List are on Spelling City now!  This is great way to help the children study  and have fun doing it!!
 
Science:  In Science this week, we will have our first chapter test on Wednesday.  I hope the children were able to look at the review I emailed to you on Friday!  We will review in class on Tuesday.  Thursday and Friday begins our first Chapter Lab-a-Palooza!!!  I can't wait!  We will be experimenting with gummy bears and trying to save Fred the Worm!  I will be posting pictures of all our Science fun soon!!!!  I have plenty of gummy bears for our labs, but if you want to send in gummy worms or gummy lifesavers before Thursday, that would be great!!
 
Math:  The children are doing a great job in Math!  We will be working on Lessons 43-44 This week.  We will complete a reteach packet on Friday over lessons 36-40.  That means it will be time for a cumulative test NEXT MONDAY.  
 
Looking at the schedule, it will be a pretty big week for tests and quizzes. I think the children will be having a Social Studies test on Thursday as well.  As we move into the 4th week of school, many chapters are ending and units are ending.  With good time management and organization, I think the kiddos will do great!!!!  
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please email me!  And as always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
 
Sincerely,
Mandy Wood

Week of September 10th

Good Morning Parents!  Happy Monday!  I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend and were able to stay dry!  Hopefully we have seen the last of the rain for a little while!
 
We have a full week this week!  Here's a peek at what is going on in our classroom!
 
Religion:
This week we will continue our discussion on spreading the Good News and celebrating Christ's Pascal Mystery. On Friday, we will focus on the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.  The children will be working on posters to demonstrate our knowledge of these works.  Heads up-we will have a chapter 2 Test next week and we may see these works of Mercy on it!!!
 
Reading/Language Arts:
Our Reading Skill this week focuses on Compare and Contrast.  We will have several opportunities to use Venn Diagrams as we read our story, "Off and Running" in our Journeys Textbook.  I will give the children a packet today for the reading skill, which will be due Thursday.  Students will have a test over this story and vocabulary on Friday.  Vocabulary Practice can be found on Spelling/Vocabulary City.  Our Word of the Week is PERTURBED.  Students will write a narrative that includes dialogue between two characters.  The characters in their story must disagree on something.  The children were given a prewrite sheet today.  Rough drafts will be started tomorrow, and the Final Draft will be due Friday.  Spelling Packets will also go home today and will be due Friday.  
 
Science:
Today we will finish our lab to see which method keeps bread the freshest.  We will also discuss Tools used in Science and Lab Safety Rules.  On Tuesday we will Read Lesson 3.  This week we will also perform a lab to find out which paper towel absorbs the most water.  We'll end the week with Lesson 4 in our books.  I believe we will have a test over chapter 1 next Wednesday.  I will send you a review sheet in a few days so the children can begin studying.  Our first LAB-A-PALOOZA will begin at the end of next week and carry into the following week.  If you would like to help out, I will need several bags of Gummy Bears, several bags of Gummy Worms, 4 bags of gummy lifesavers, 4 boxes of jawbreakers, and several different brands of bubble gum.  Any donations would be appreciated!!!!
 
Math:
My math class will complete lesson 40 today.  Tomorrow, we will review lessons 31-35 and will have a test over these lessons on Wednesday.  
 
The children seem to be bright-eyed and raring to go this week!  I think we will all be very productive in class!  A few reminders:
 
*Pack a snack daily
*If you see "Correct and Return" on any of your child's papers, that is not optional
*Meet the Teacher is Thursday at 6:30!  I look forward to see you there!
*We will begin signing the book this week for any late homework or inappropriate behavior
*Students began an All About Me poster on the the first day of school.  I need all posters completed and turned in by Wednesday!
 
Have a great week!  If you have any questions or comments, please email me!!  As always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
 
Sincerely,
Mandy Wood