What we did this week:
Reading: Story - The Power of W.O.W.
Spelling: Lesson 24 Unusual Plurals
English: Personal Narrative drafting
Math: Problem Solving, Fraction Addition and Subtraction Review
Religion: Holy Matrimony
Science: Earth Science - Climate Zones, Windward, Leeward
SS: Review & Quiz
Our week started with the need for flexibility as the weekend rain caused lots of flooding and water in the basement of the school. We were displaced from our Specials room for a while as well as needing to eat lunch in the classrooms. What a fun way to start the week...especially remembering the water issue we had in our own classroom last week!
Monday also brought the end to our Book It program as it was the last day of March. SO many wonderful varieties of projects came in this month. What creativity with t-shirts, posters, books, flip-charts, diaries, letters to the author, and even a power-point presentation! There were also some repeats of favorites: shoe boxes, cereal boxes, and book jackets. The kids wow-ed each other and really enjoyed sharing their projects with the class. We also worked to finish compiling our March minutes which totaled to 25,720! (Beat our goal by almost 10,000 minutes!) We celebrated today (Friday) with a few small prizes and free time at the end of the day. I'll still be encouraging students to have a reading book at their desk throughout the day and we will call it "DEAR" - Drop Everything And Read.
On Tuesday, we received some special mail from Bishop Gainer! A few weeks ago we made individual "Welcome" cards for him telling him we are glad he is here to guide us and that we are praying for him in his ministry of guiding the Diocese of Harrisburg. He hand-wrote us a kind note on Diocesan stationary. The kids were shocked that he took the time to not only write back to us, but such a thoughtful message for us as well. I made copies for all the students and handed them out today. Please ask your student to share it with you as he included a message for parents too!
Wednesday through Friday we worked hard on our COGATs. Some say they were difficult, while others say easy, but at least we have one week of testing completed. IOWAS start Monday and we will test everyday except Friday due to the Race for Education. Wednesday and Thursday are particularly busy with testing since we are short one day this year. I reminded the class to get plenty of sleep, eat a good breakfast, and pack a healthy snack. We will also be doing other testing "warm-ups" with Mrs. Bortner in the gym on Monday AM, in the classroom, and before every section. I'd really like to be able to have the windows open for fresh air and maybe some extra time outside to keep those brains ready and blood moving. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for nice, warm Spring-like dry weather.
Today we celebrated a beautiful Liturgy with Monsignor Lyons for First Fridays. The 2nd grade planned the liturgy, but cantors and altar servers helped from 5th grade. Thank you to those students for volunteering time and talents to celebrate mass and the Eucharist. I asked Msgr Lyons after mass if he had a few minutes to share with us in the classroom. Since we are currently studying vocations, students had written questions for either a priest or Sr. Sue to answer about their lives. (Sr. Sue came up last Friday to chat with us - see the website for a photo.) He spent about 25 minutes in our classroom answering the index card questions and more as they arose. As with Sr. Sue, the kids really enjoyed hearing about the lifestyle/daily schedules he has. Msgr was so enthusiastic and upbeat with the kids and we all enjoyed his time with us! We also shared our letter from the Bishop and he was really impressed! He asked it if would be alright to write about that experience of receiving such important mail in his weekly "Pastor's Column" in the bulletin. Of course we agreed. As one student remarked, "We will be famous!" (See the website for a photo.)
Friday: Religion Test Ch 17 - Holy Matrimony
Have a wonderful weekend!