We accomplished much in this 4 day week! Volcano projects, CSW preparations, more acts of kindness, and fiction story writing to name a few! I anticipate next week to be full of daily activities, so we will have to be careful with every free minute. We will forgo the regularly scheduled Spelling test and replace it with a Spelling bee. Students will receive a complete list on Monday and I told them this week's spelling grade will be based on "Active Participation" - not a paper/pencil test grade.
Progress Reports are coming home today. Graded assignments until last Friday's test packet are included in these marks. Please remember you can keep the report, sign and return only the envelope.
We have gathered sample projects and other 5th grade work for the Education Fair on Sunday, so be sure to check out the 5th grade table at the Social Hall Sunday morning. The Liturgy for the opening of CSW will be this Sunday at 8:30. Please have your child wear the school uniform. Afterwards, the Education Fair will begin. Be sure to check your brochures or the school website for a complete list of the week's events.
Please remember when writing out lunch orders for the week to only include 4 days if you plan to pack for your child on Wednesday at the Parent Lunch.
Monday: Sock & Slipper Day - BRING slippers to school to change into in the classroom. Do not wear to school!
Tuesday: Religion - Ch 10 Test
Wednesday: Gym Soccer Test
Thursday: Book Report & Rdg Log Due
SS - Ch 7 Less 3+4 Quiz
Have a nice weekend! Hope to see you on Sunday!
This week we spent time learning about the life of Martin Luther King. We researched him, learned about his new monument in Washington DC, watched a movie about what life would have been like without him, and completed a small project. I was touched to hear some of the comments the students made about events of the Civil Rights movement. The video shared clips about how African Americans and minorities were publicly treated in the 50's and 60's. Needless to say, the students were stunned. We talked about how important it is that we learn about, talk about, and remember the mistakes we made as a country at that time because those who do not learn from their mistakes are doomed to repeat them. What a good life lesson overall. I think the kids learned much about why we have off on MLK day each January and I hope they can share and appreciate some of this new understanding with you. We will follow this up with a project in February commemorating Black History Month.
Although I already asked our class to complete works of kindness over Christmas break, we are continuing on our works of kindness at school. While one astute 5th grader commented that these acts are what we try to do to be better people in Lent, we discussed how these are important to do year-round without anticipating any reward in return. As a continued memorial and tribute to the people of Newtown, CT, Mrs. Mummert has asked that teachers find a way to show our students' acts of kindness through a visual reminder. The 5th grade has a chart on our classroom door that students fill in with shamrocks as they are acknowledged that they were observed doing an act of kindness. I told the class this is no contest, there is no reward, and they are not to bug myself or other teachers in attempt to earn more shamrocks. These are merely reminders we can see each day about our kindness that should be continually growing just like our minds and bodies. We started this on Monday and we will continue this through the end of CSW.
We also continued research on our states brochures and after time to work on them at school, these were sent home to be completed. When they came back to school today, students shared them with the class. What great info and "fun facts" that were discovered!
Catholic Schools Week is only 2 weeks away and we are still busy preparing! We prepared our "Spiritual Bouquet" for our CSW Honoree. The students said the following prayers dedicated to the honoree: 228 Hail Mary, 140 Our Father, 38 Act of Love, 94 Act of Faith, 101 Act of Contrition, and 98 Prayer to St. Francis. That is great! I know CSW will be a hectic week so we will be busy bees in the classroom next week trying to get in what we can before chaos ensues!
The Box Tops contest will soon be coming to a close. Please send in your collections so they can count towards our total. Right now, we are already over 300!
Monday: NO SCHOOL
Wednesday: Science Ch 6 Test
Friday: Spelling 14 Test
Have a nice long weekend!
Students have be much better this week wearing coats out to recess. Thank you for helping to remind them. Another reminder has been coming to us by way of the morning announcements - if the boys uniform pants have belt loops, the uniform requires them to wear a belt.
RVSP fliers for the Catholic Schools Week lunch were sent out this week. Please return these next week. Mrs. Sheridan works very hard to organize the tables by grade and family for this event and the sooner we can get her those papers, the sooner she can get started. It is essentially like creating a seating chart for a wedding and there is a lot of planning and work involved. We have also begun CSW preparations in the classroom! We will soon be busy making cards and helping plan activities for the special week. I believe the tri-fold brochures will be coming home next week to you.
We've kicked 5th grade into high gear this week as we are in project-mode. Students have directions - and I've been told some have already started - for book report projects for January. Students also have an optional Science project that is to be completed at home. In class, we are working on a state brochure project. In Religion, we are now more than halfway through the parts of the mass and students have correlating study cards and a study guide as well. In Science, we've gotten into Earth Science and are starting with landforms and the Earth's surface. In Social Studies, we are learning about causes of the Revolutionary War: reasons the colonists were upset with Britain. Also, there is one remaining states test before alphabetical order and spelling begin to count. Busy, busy!
This week, I planned for us to have a SS Quiz today. This was "downgraded" to a graded CW assignment and the students were allowed to use their textbooks and study guide packets. These will be in next week's test packet, but as a CW assignment, it is weighted less than a quiz grade.
Tuesday: English - Verb Test Unit 3
Wednesday: Math - Ch 3 Test
Religion Ch 9 Test
Thursday: Religion - Parts of the Mass
Friday: Spelling Lesson 13
Reading WLT #12 - Wading into Marine Biology
Have a nice weekend!
Back into the swing of things we go! I hope everyone had an enjoyable and relaxing break from school and work. I certainly had a nice time with Avalyn's first Christmas. Thank you so much for your kind cards and gifts!
It was very nice to hear about all the Acts of Kindness I asked the students to write in their journals over break. I hope you had a chance to look at the work your child has been doing in his/her journal. We are up to ~60 entries for the year so far!
Our December Book It calendars were returned to school this week and after tallying up our new total, the students read 14,121 minutes in December! This is our 3rd month into the program and each month, the total number of minutes read gets larger - way to go 5th grade! It will be a challenge to continue this trend. Keep up the good work! We are not halfway through the program.
With the chilly temperatures this week, it is a good time for a reminder for the students to be sure to bundle up coming to school. Without a coat - not a hoodie - a coat, students will not be permitted to go out at recess. Gloves, hats, scarves, etc are always a good idea.
We've updated the student's assignment books with dates and due dates through the end of February. Starting in March, students will be responsible for completing this on their own.
We've also begun working on note-taking skills. Students should be in the habit of using these notes from their copybooks to study for quizzes/tests.
Test packets came home on Wednesday and were to be returned by today. There is no additional test packet for today.
We went over January's book report project. This is the one that a shoebox is needed for. I have 2 extras in the classroom if your child needs one.
Tuesday: Religion Ch 8 - Liturgy of the Word
Wednesday: CE Due
Reading - WLT#11 "Sailing Home"
Thursday: Science Ch 1+2 Quiz (If we are ready for it)
Friday: Spelling Lesson 12
SS Ch 7 Less 1+2 Quiz
Have a nice weekend! Happy New Year!
Welcome to Fifth Grade!
My name is Mrs. Lesley Maurer and I am the 5th grade teacher. This is my 14th year teaching in Catholic schools and my 12th year here at SJS.
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Monday - Music
Tuesday - Computer
Thursday - Gym & Spanish
Friday - Art