Despite being bummed out that we lost our President's Day long weekend, we tried to make the best of things here at school. We worked on President's Day posters with research and note-taking. The class is learning to be more careful to make sure that the sources they find are reliable ones. We worked on the posters in school until Wednesday when they went home to be completed. They came back today and we had time to share our findings with the class.
On Wednesday, we were invited to join in the Jump for Heart celebration from the K-3rd grade students. We loved watching Mrs. Bortner and Mrs. Crossman be silly-stringed! I hope photos are posted soon because it was hysterical. The kids who had the silly string cans had a GREAT time! Afterwards, Mrs. Borter said everyone could stick around while we had a sock hop - AKA - everyone danced! I'm sure everyone's heart rate was up that afternoon. Good thing we packed up before we went to the gym!
I'm happy to say we ended the week on a good note. I'd like to see this continue. Thank you for your help and support at home.
Tuesday: English Test Unit 4
Wednesday: Math Test Ch
Thursday: Bk Rep & Rdg Log Due
RDG - WLT "Nothing Happens on 90th Street" (Or Friday)
Friday: Spelling Lesson 18
Have a nice weekend!
Another productive week on the books here in our penthouse corner office of 5th grade! On Monday, I told the class we'd have to buckle down for a busy week. Mrs. Kilkelly came to talk to our class about the babies we pray for in the Spiritual Adoption Program - they are 20 weeks now! The students enjoyed seeing the model of the baby's approximate size and asked good questions! Tuesday we were occupied with a relocated Valentine's Day, Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday, plus our regular 3 specials. On Wednesday, we hurried to the gym in the morning to practice for mass. Ash Wednesday Liturgy went well and although it ran a little longer than planned, our mass turned out very nice. It was also very well attended - by parents and parishioners! Thursday morning the student were greeted in the classroom with 3 Valentines: from myself, their prayer partners, and God. For Language Arts we wrote love letters! However, these are not your average love letters, they are letters to objects from other objects. The students could choose their items, but they needed to match or depend on one another. My example was chalk+chalkboard. Some ideas the students came up with were: pool+water, hamburger+bun, pencil+pencil sharpener, ball+ball, hair+hairband, garden+flowers...etc. These came out very cute! Today we started a few things for Presidents Day which we will continue next week - BOO Hurricane Sandy!
Throughout the week, we watched the Ruby Bridges movie. I think many valuable lessons were reiterated that we could all use: treat others the way you want to be treated and to respectful to those we meet.
Wednesday: CE Due
Science Ch 7 Test
Thursday: Religion - Prayer to HS Test
SS Ch 8 Less 1+2 Quiz
Friday: Spelling Lesson 17
Have a nice weekend!
There was a lot of excitement around here on Monday after Sunday's big game. Particularly from some teachers! I convinced the class - even those who favored other teams - to smile about the game's outcome because I told them we'd celebrate by taking it easy on written homework. That got some big smiles! Congratulations to Kylie as she guessed the closet to the actual final score of the game. On Monday afternoon, we went to the computer lab to check out some online Superbowl-themed games. Then we tried out fraction practice on www.softschools.com - a great site for at home practice. On Wednesday, the kids enjoyed sharing their sports articles with the class. Go Ravens!
We also worked on projects for Black History month and will be sharing these for the class next week. We began to watch the movie "Ruby Bridges" which has great lessons about tolerance of differences and respecting all people no matter their race, religion, beliefs, traditions, etc.
We will be rescheduling our Valentine's classroom celebration to Tuesday the 12th in light of the 14th being after Lent begins. January went so fast - I can't believe it is time for Lent already! The 5th grade is planning the Ash Wednesday liturgy. Join us if you can.
Tuesday: Math - GCF and LCM/LCD Quiz
Wednesday: Religion Ch 11 Test (Or Thurs if we don't have enough time with Liturgy)
Thursday: SS - States - 1st 10 alphabetically (SPELLING COUNTS from now until the end of the year.)
Friday: Lesson 16 Test
Have a nice weekend!
Catholic Schools Week 2013 was a great success! And how lucky that we were also gifted a 2-hour delay to get some extra rest Monday morning! The Opening liturgy and Education Fair was well attended and busy. On Monday, we prepped for the week.
Tuesday, we were treated with a fantastic performance by the Hanover School of Ballet. It was a beautiful show - and even interactive! By the end, 2 8th grade boys were invited to "challenge" some of the dancers to a push-up contest. The ballerinas won! Students also enjoyed a fresh soft pretzel treat for snack and dressed down in green and white. We worked on making some baby food jar snow globes - they seemed to be trickier than I anticipated...
On Wednesday, the parent lunch was the excitement of the day. Because the younger student were participating in Hoops for Heart, we went out to the Middle School on the first trip. We made good use of our time with some Math practice, journal writing, the states quiz, and gym soccer quiz. Our class also got a taste of Middle School life.
Thursday, we started our activities first thing in the morning in the gym with Mrs. Bortner. Each class got a show off the game they learned and even the teachers got in on the action - playing a game with the 3rd grade. We came back to the classroom and met our 3rd grade prayer partners for a craft. We made angels in honor of the Newtown students and teachers. These turned out really cute!
Today, we had a nice turnout of visitors at our open house - including a 2ft tall little lady in a Flacco shirt. The kids were busy working on words in the Spelling Bee. Big congratulations to our 3 way tie winners - Emma S., Maggie, and Alex. I just could not get those kids to make a mistake! They all did wonderfully! We celebrated a nice closing liturgy at a school and honored Sr. Sue and Monsignor Lyons as it is "Religious Day." We also shared our good copies of our newly completed fiction stories. In the afternoon, we had a Superbowl party with lots of PURPLE decorations and snacks! We had a football challenge to locate football nouns, verbs, and adjectives in the newspaper. Then we watched some School House Rock video clips and the students made predictions for who the winner of the big game will be. Check the website for a photo of this.
Wednesday: SS Ch 7 Test
Thursday: Religion - Prayer to St. Francis Test
Friday: Spelling Lesson 15
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Have a nice weekend! GO RAVENS!!!!!! :)
Pray for a snowy 2 hour delay on Monday. I'm sure we'll all be able to use the extra sleep after a late football game.
After a busy morning with Open House and our closing liturgy, we had an afternoon Superbowl Party. We played a game with nouns, verbs, and adjectives. Then, we watched a few School House Rock songs while munching on PURPLE blueberry muffins and brownies with PURPLE sprinkles. Check out the students' predictions of the winner.
Welcome to Fifth Grade!
My name is Mrs. Lesley Maurer and I am the 5th grade teacher. This is my 13th year teaching in Catholic schools and my 11th year here at SJS.
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Monday - Music
Tuesday - Computer & Spanish
Thursday - Gym & Guidance
Friday - Art