Week of November 13th

Good Morning and Happy Monday, Parents!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  I know it is hard to believe, but Friday marks the end of the 1st Trimester!  I will be spending this week hunting down missing work and putting in last minute grades.  If you think about it, please get on Option C to see if your child is missing anything for me.  If an assignment has an E, that means your child did not need to complete that assignment.  
 
We have a lot going on this week!  Here's a sneak peek!
 
Religion
We will begin Chapter 5 this week, which continues on with the Sacrament of Baptism.  I have hung up the Personal Baptism Posters in the hallway, and they are beautiful!  We will have our Chapter 5 Test next Tuesday!  We are also finishing up our Baptism Packet and working on our buttons and magnets that we will sell on December 1st.
 
Reading/Language Arts
We will read chapter 16 of Hatchet today and discuss chapters 13-16 tomorrow.  We will have a quiz over these chapters and vocabulary on Wednesday.  We will complete the novel during the rest of the week and NEXT Tuesday, we will have a test over the entire novel.  I handed out Section 4 Vocabulary definitions last week.  Make sure your child is studying those words for Wednesday.  Our Word of the Week this week is Ludicrous.  We will fill out our Word Map today in class, and the children will be given another Essay Map to help begin their rough drafts for their prompts.  Essay Maps will be due tomorrow.  Our Grammar concept this week focuses on Direct Quotations and writing Dialogue.  We will learn a new concept each day and children will have to complete the Lesson 10 Grammar Packet by Friday.  We will also have a quiz over these concepts on Friday.  Spelling Packets will also be due Friday.
 
Math
My Math class will be working on Lessons 47-50 this week.  I don't usually have tests on Monday, but due to the early dismissal this Friday, I will have to have the children take the Cumulative 9 Test next Monday.  
 
Science
We will read lesson2 and 3 in our Science books this week.  We also have a Chapter 3 Vocabulary Quiz tomorrow in class.  On Thursday, we will set up a lab that will tell us what materials break down the fastest in soil.  We'll be able check the results next Tuesday!   I'm not too happy with how the timing worked out for this chapter because I will not be able to finish it before Thanksgiving break.  Unfortunately, this means we will be taking our chapter 3 test AFTER Thanksgiving break.  I will make sure the children have a study guide with key points to focus on for the test, and we will do a good review in class the day before the test.  Once we have tested over Chapter 3, we will spend some time working on an in class group project on Biomes.  Then we will work on some Amphibian Research!!!  More to come on that!
 
*Reminders*
-Magazine Turn in Day is Wednesday!
-Scholastic Book Fair all Week
-Out of uniform all week!
-Free ice cream at lunch tomorrow!
-Please make sure your child has a snack every day!  Sometimes I think the kiddos aren't bringing a snack because they know I will have something-but my snack supply has run out right now.  
-Children need gym clothes every Monday.  I've noticed a couple of my little darlings have not had gym clothes almost every week.  This will reflect on their gym grades.  
 
I hope all of you have a fabulous week!  As always, if you have questions, comments, or concerns, please contact me at wooda@saseas.org, and of course, thank you for sharing your children with me!
 
Sincerely,
Mandy Wood