What we did this week:
Reading: Story - School Story/Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street
Spelling: Review Lesson 20
English: Interjections, Quotations, Abbreviations
Math: Multiplying decimals, Multiplying by powers of 10
Religion: Anointing of the Sick
Science: Earth Science - Types of Mountains, mountain formation
SS: Ruby Bridges, Greece Geography, Civilization, exchange, and trade
If you have not already, get into the Evening Sun website and check out pictures and VIDEOS(!) from our "Pie Day" on Wednesday. Mrs.Bortner's goal for the school was to raise $2,100 , but the students collected over $4,000 for the American Heart Association! I certainly think that was worthy of getting pied! I was the lucky recipient of 3 pies, but Mrs. Biggins certainly was the most favored with 5 pies! SJS is also the cover of the most recent print edition of the Evening Sun (published yesterday) if you are able to check it out. I'm sure Mrs. Scott will be getting some of her own photos/videos on the school page for your viewing pleasure. It really was a lot of fun!
Speaking of fun, the kids had a BLAST at Ms. Pam's winter carnival today. They should be loaded up with goodies to bring home today. Big thanks also to all the parent volunteers that help students play games and give out tickets and prizes.
5th Grade is planning the liturgy for next Friday. Please join us if you are available.
Today's test packet is the last set of grades for the second trimester. Next Friday's test packet through the end of the year is for Trimester 3.
As of now, I have confirmation for March 26th for our trip. I'm still working out cost and hope to have permission slips with all the details going home next week. After these slips go home, please let me know ASAP if you can join us. We are not limited on the number of chaperones. It will be an all-day trip. I haven't yet spoken to the class about this, so I will give more information after I do so.
Wednesday: Sci Ch 7 Test
Thursday: Math Ch 6 Less 1-9 Quiz
Friday: Spelling Less 21
SS Ch 8 Lesson 1-2 Quiz
Have a wonderful weekend! I can't believe March is next week, I hope this means more seasonal/warmer weather isn't too far off. I'm sick of all this snow!
What we did this week:
Reading: Story - The School Story
English: Commas in a series, introductory phrases, nouns in direct address, revising
Math: Multiplying decimals
Religion: Sacrament of Reconciliation
Science: Earthquakes & volcanoes
SS: Early Greece, Ruby Bridges
After a nice break from school on Monday, we came back to Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday celebrations. We finished our masks and Ms. Pam had tasty fasnachts for us!
On Ash Wednesday we had a nice liturgy and helped out 2nd grade. They planned and prepared for liturgy and we helped with cantors, altar servers, and the collection.
Volcano projects also came in on Wednesday. These were optional extra credit assignments. I don't advertise these to parents because I like to see the students take initiative to do them. Sounds like the kids had a lot of fun with the projects - hope they weren't too messy! The reports look great. EC points earned are distributed to low Science scores as needed. Example: Test score: 40/50 - 10 points would be applied for 50/50 score. 15 extra credit points were possible on this assignment.
Thursday, we had a lesson on the Chinese New Year and made paper lanterns decorated with Chinese symbols.
Periodically, we've checked on the Eagle nest at Codorus via the live stream video. Now there are 2 eggs! We've also have glimpses of their snacks. Mmm...not!
I shared a few new ultrasound pictures with the class today. He is up to 2lbs 10oz with a head in the 70th percentile. Little Mr. Maurer is in full fetal position, fully crouched in a ball, arms around legs! He will be great at cuddling I'm sure! 11.5 weeks to go!
I've reminded the class that as we come to the end of February, they are responsible for keeping up with updating their assignment books themselves through the end of the year. Until now, we have organized these in class, but now students should be dating, marking due dates, and filling in important events and details on their own. More good Middle School skills and tips!
Monday: Sci Ch 7 Less 1 Quiz
Tuesday: Rdg WLT
Wednesday: Rel Ch 14
Friday: Bk Report Due
Spelling Lesson 20
*Book IT Reading Calendars Due Monday, March 2.
Have a wonderful weekend! Try to stay warm - I hear more snow is headed our way. Let's just be thankful we are not in Boston!
What we did this week:
Reading: Story - The School Story
Spelling: Lesson 19 Homophones
English: Addresses/Envelopes, "Love Letters"
Math: Decimal Subtraction
Religion: Sacraments of Healing, St. Valentine's Day
Science: Earth Science - Layers of the Earth
SS: We've moved into GREECE! Geography was/is our first topic
*THERE IS NO TEST PACKET TODAY. There will be one coming home Tuesday (due Thursday) instead.
We started our week off completing the finishing touches on our President Obama letters and envelopes. They are now in transit, with most arriving today or tomorrow - just in time for the President's Day holiday! The class was REALLY excited about this project so now we'll wait and see what response(s) we get.
Also in English class this week, we worked on love letters! Of course we heard the moans and groans at first, but after I explained the project, they got excited. We didn't write from themselves to a Valentine, they wrote from an object to another object which would be related. Ex: picture to frame, tissue to box, chalk to chalkboard. They turned out so cute! These are decorating the hallway for others to enjoy.
We enjoyed our Valentine's party today. Thank you for sending in all the goodies. The kids had cupcakes, cookies, popcorn, and pretzels. Plus a bag FULL of sugary products to bring home.
At the end of the day, we started talking about "Fat Tuesday" and Mardi Gras, this background and history. We started making masks which we will finish on Tuesday to decorate ourselves before Lent. I also have some beads to throw at kids who give good answers on Tuesday. : )
A new Sumdog contest started today. Please encourage your child to work on this through the long weekend. There will be prizes for the top students and/or top class. I told them this, but not the prizes themselves. I did hint to them that it is a highly coveted prize and to work hard through next Friday for Sumdog anytime they can.
Monday: NO SCHOOL
Wednesday: CE Due
Math Ch 5 Test
Friday: Rdg - WLT - The School Story
Religion - Prayer to St. Francis Test
English Unit 5 Less 1-4 Quiz
Ash Wednesday liturgy is at 10:30 next week. Please join us for this holy day if you are available.
Have a wonderful long weekend! Try to stay warm! And Happy Valentine's Day too! Baby Maurer appreciates the chocolate goodies!
What we did this week:
Reading: Story - Reader's Theatre: How the Prairie Became an Ocean
Spelling: Lesson 18 - Suffixes
English: Adjectives Review & Letter Writing
Math: Divison, Decimals: Place Value, Estimating, Adding
Religion: Sacraments of Healing Intro, Making Good choices, conscience.
Science: Earth Science - Test Review
SS: Test Review
Tuesday of this week was our milestone 100th day of school! It is not so hyped up as it is within the lower grades, but I challenged the kids to think of as many things as possible they've learned so far in 5th grade. My objective was to have them fill a journal page, but apparently this was a harder assignment than I anticipated as many had trouble naming 10! I hope those minds haven't slowed too much because of the frigid temperatures!
We've spent a good deal of time this week in Religion class discussing using our God-given guides to make good choices. There are so many things God has given us and people that God puts in our lives to help us make good decisions on a daily basis. As part of last night's HW assignment, a discussion over what they've retained regarding this conversation in the classroom should have taken place at home. I hope your student was able to share good details with you.
After wrapping up our Adjectives Unit this week, we started a letter writing project. I gave the choice of writing a letter to Gov. Wolfe or President Obama. It seems the President is more exciting as no one chose the Governor. We discussed ideas, brainstormed, drafted, edited, and shared in class. Now we are on our way to good copies. Several students were interested in typing their letters. If your student is one of them, this is due on Monday. If chosen to hand-write, we started in class this afternoon and will finish in school Monday AM. Finally, we will work together to address envelopes and get our mail sent off - just in time for Presidents Day! I did this with a class a few years ago and we received a nice response. This year, I'd like the students to send their letters individually so they can hopefully receive their own personal mail in return. Everyone is using SJS for a return address. I have all the envelopes ready to go, if you could send in 1 stamp or $0.50 and I will stop at the Post Office to pick up what we need, that will be helpful.
Monday: Send in $0.50 or a stamp
If student chose to type President Letter, it is due Monday.
Wednesday: Religion Ch 13 Test
Friday: Spelling Less 19 Test
Thanks to our snow day make-up, we will have school Friday, 2/3. This will also be our day for St. Valentine's Day celebration. Students may bring in cards for their classmates if they wish. (17 students) If you would like to send in a treat/drink/paper products, please give me a heads up by Wednesday so I know what to supplement.
And speaking of heads-up, I'm working on our field trip and while it is not finalized, I'm looking at late March or the 2nd/3rd week of April on a Wednesday or Thursday. If you are interested in being a chaperone, I'll be sending out more info once I make confirmations on arrangements. There shouldn't be a limit on chaperones at the locations I'm looking into. Estimated cost should be ~$20/students and adults.
Have a wonderful weekend! Try to stay warm!
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