Goals for this year include:
If all three of these items are successfully completed and turned in on time, the child will receive a pizza certificate from Pizza Hut.
Monthly Class Goal: 12,750
October: 12,985 Way to go!
November: 12,750 (We fell 245 min. short - tryptophan I suspect - so we made up exactly
what we needed in class on 12/2)
December: 8,035 Yut-oh! Time to get back to work in 2015!
January: 8,640 Got to get back on track!
February: 8,740 Let's bring it back to the goal for MARCH!
March: 13,345 YIPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
Total: 64,495 minutes
This week was loaded with IOWAs for our class. We worked in a few additional lessons of English, Math, Religion, and Science, but for the most part, IOWAs were the focus. By the end of this week, I think their brains need a break! We watched Wall-E through the week and Charlie Brown's Arbor Day show and shared assorted snacks to help get the blurry vision from filling in all those little bubbles away. We also did lots of "brain breaks" between tests. Be sure to ask your child to tell you about some of the dance moves we practiced! We had fun writing activities in our journals and I even asked the kids to plan/suggest a new seating chart for the last month of school. We rearranged the desks today to re-energize the class.
Thank you so much for allowing your student to bring in such wonderful wedding photos for our "Holy Matrimony" display. What beautiful brides and handsome grooms! Over the weekend and early next week, I've asked the students to come to you (or someone else from a married couple) again and ask about your/his/her wedding day. The kids always enjoy hearing those lovely happy or funny memories and sharing them with the class.
We worked on the Ipads at the end of the day today to help get some planning done for an art project this week. While the class worked on this, Mrs. Blake came in for a visit. I spoke with her about our daily schedule and routine, including what the students can/will do on their own each day. Barring unforeseen circumstances, I should be in school all week next week with my last day being on May 1. I told the class I hope still be able to see the Talent Show, maybe move-up day, and the end of the year liturgy. As long as all is well, Baby Maurer would love to meet the kids at the end of the year too!
I'll do my best to send out emails/post newsletters/picture on the site, but if I'm not able or they are not necessarily on Fridays, this is great practice for the kids to be even more responsible for listening carefully in class and packing everything needed at the end of each school day to prepare for what is upcoming. At this point, there should still be 2-3 grades in each subject coming and there will be adequate notice of each. Mrs. Blake will be assisting me with marking papers/tests, but I will still be the one ultimately reviewing these and inputting grades for report cards.
Since we are coming soon to a close on this school year. I would like to ask if each parent could reply in email or a note to school by June 2nd about comments, thoughts, or suggestions about your child's 5th grade year. Each year that I've been here at St. Joe's I've tried to modify, adjust, or just plain change things that have gone well or not as smoothly as I anticipated. For example, you could tell me about your child's favorite subject and why, a topic we studied that was interesting or one that could be 'jazzed' up, or perhaps a favorite book report project. Thank you for your feedback.
Wednesday: Rdg - WLT Interrupted Journey
Thursday: Eng - Unit 6 Pronouns Test
Friday: Spelling Lesson 25 Test
Have a wonderful weekend!
Fifth Grade students and their parents organized a shower for Mrs. Maurer to help her welcome Baby Boy Maurer!
What we did this week:
Reading: Story - Interrupted Journey
Spelling: Lesson 24 - Unusual Plurals
English: Pronouns: contractions and double subjects
Math: Adding and subtracting fractions and mixed number with unlike denominators
Religion: Vocations, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Science: Earth Science - Moon & its phases (Cookie project!)
SS: Rome geography and culture
We are completing our IOWAs testing this week. Please be mindful of late arrivals/early pickups. Tuesday should be our only day that we need to test in the afternoon, but we are always flexible to needed schedule changes.
Please also be mindful about getting your child to bed early enough for adequate rest, a good breakfast, and a healthy morning snack.
Tuesday: Science Unit D Test -
Students should study from main topics in their notes/copybooks
(Practice for Middle School life)
Wednesday: CE Due
Thursday: Apostle's Creed
Friday: Spelling Lesson 24
Math Frac & Mixed # +/- Quiz
I'm still missing a few signed Progress Report envelopes. Please return these to school on Monday.
I've asked students to bring in a photo of a married couple on their wedding day for religion on Tuesday. Holy matrimony is our next sacrament in religion. This photo can be of any married couple. Please send in in a baggie and it will be returned to you in the same condition it arrived at school in. Thanks!
Have a wonderful weekend!
What we did this week:
Reading: Story - Inventing the Future
English: Possessive Pronouns & Writing/Editing with Pronouns
Math: Fractions -> Decimals -> Percents
Religion: God Calls All of Us to Holiness: Vocations - Single Life & Religious Life
Science: Earth Science - Climate zones, atmosphere, seasons
SS: Development of Rome, Early Romans
Grade Portal: Note that for the Book Report grades from 3/31, all have been converted to percentages (out of 100%) due to the fact that students were able to select which type of report they wanted to complete. There were several rubrics/grading sheets for these projects so changing them to percents was to save me from imputing them individually.
Despite uncooperative weather, the Race for Education was a great success today! We headed to the MS a little earlier than I expected, but had time to eat our AM snacks, use the restroom, and stretch. We moved into the gym to cheer on our friends in 3rd and 4th and then we were up! Great efforts were evidenced by puffy red faces when the last minute buzzed by! We had some time to cool down and then zipped back to the ES just in time for lunch.
By 1:30 we headed to Art, but I was surprised when a messenger student came back to the classroom to get me and said Mrs. Fagnani needed me! I walked (read: waddled) into a wonderful blue baby shower in the cafeteria! I love the decorations, balloons, cake, and favors! It was such a sweet gesture from everyone parents and students who helped organize. The gift cards to Target and Babies R Us will certainly be coming in handy as Mr. Maurer, Avalyn, and I pick up some last minute baby boy needs! The students also had me in tears as I opened a scrapbook with messages they wrote to Baby Maurer. Their messages were so sweet and I'll be sure to read these to him in May and over the summer. He got so excited about the tasty cake that after school, I returned to the classroom and he got the hiccups! I can't wait until he is here and I can introduce the class. Thank you so much!!!! Only one month to go - unless he can't wait and comes earlier! Please pray for me that labor won't begin at school if he does want to come early.
Monday: COGAT TESTING
Tuesday: COGAT TESTING
Spanish Stations of the Cross Booklet Due
Wednesday: COGAT TESTING
Progress Reports coming home
Thursday: Religion Ch 17 Test
Friday: SS Ch 12 Less 1-2 Quiz
The following week, April 20-25, we have our IOWAs testing. While mostly our testing is in the AM, Tuesday and Thursday we need to use some PM time. Please be mindful of late arrivals or early pick-ups for various appointments. Thanks!
Have a wonderful weekend!
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.
Email Mrs. Maurer
Monday - Music
Tuesday - Computer
Thursday - Gym & Spanish
Friday - Art