Thank you for sending in all the lovely photos of your Baptized babies! The students had a great time today sharing them. We were also surprised to see many other Baptism sacramentals like white garments, candles, and special memories. If you sent in any of these items for your child to share, they will be brought back home next Friday. The pictures are being used in a project, but will still be able to come back to you in original condition.
Our 9/11 chains of good deeds have continued to grow! I wanted to arrange them to take a nice picture with our class and this service project, but the rain impeded my plans! We'll try on Monday. Stay tuned for updates!
A letter about upcoming conferences went home on Wednesday. Please return these by next Friday so I can compile a schedule. After that is completed, I'll send a confirmation slip in your child's HW book.
Throughout the month of October, we are collecting boxes in preparation for a November Thanksgiving food collection. Paper ream size boxes are ideal, but we can make due with similar sizes. These can be sent in to our classroom all through October. If it gets to the point we have enough, I'll send an email message.
We will be doing a project with pumpkins at the end of the month. Each student will need a pumpkin approximately the size of a soccer ball. I'm giving notice now because I know this is the season of festivals full of pumpkins and many people will be buying them for decorations this time of year anyway. Please send in this pumpkin with your child October 24 or 25. We will complete the project October 26 and 27 and they will come home Friday, October 28th. PLEASE DO NOT SEND THEM INTO SCHOOL EARLIER THAN 10/24. Pumpkins do not like heated, warm buildings and WILL get mushy and smelly.
Tuesday: RDG - WLT Nellie Bly
Wednesday: CE Due
Rel - Ch 3 Test
Thursday: SS Ch 3 Test
Friday: Spelling Lesson 6
Eng - Unit 2 Less 1-4 Quiz (Nouns)
Have a wonderful weekend!
I'm not at school today for personal reasons, but still wanted to send a short note for a few things.
In Religion class, we are starting our study of the sacraments. We will begin with Baptism, so I'm asking if each student could bring in a photo of themselves at their own Baptism. A photo with parents, godparents, the deacon/priest, etc - primarily I'm looking for the child in a white garment, no matter who else is in the picture. We will be using these for a project, but I will promise that if you would like your photo returned, it will come back to you in the same condition it came to school in. Putting pictures in a plastic baggie is helpful. Please send these in by next Friday.
At home, students should also be working to complete their individual commitment to the good deeds for 9/11. Each student is responsible for 166 and we completed ~60 each together in class. Students then had a sticky note to keep tally marks on for completing the rest of their links. I'd bet most students have ~40-50 left. These should be sent into school by next Friday.
Remember test packets come home each Friday and should be signed and returned to school no later than the following Tuesday.
Tuesday: Rdg - Weekly Lesson Test (WLT)
Wednesday: Eng - Unit 1 Test
Sci - Ch 1 Less 2-3 Quiz
Friday: Spelling Less 5
Baptism picture due at school
(Science study tip - students should get into the habit of using their copybooks for review. Textbooks and the study guide of course are also fine.)
Have a nice weekend!
We started a HUGE project in the classroom this week. Since Sunday was the 15th anniversary of 9/11, our service project has been dedicating good deeds to those who lost their lives on that day. We began doing them together and gradually the students transitioned through the week to working on the deeds on their own. Each kind deed is noted on a link that we've combined and is now streaming all around our classroom! We've already lapped around all the walls 2x and next week our linked chains will be headed down the hall - as long as it takes! Perhaps it'll even venture downstairs. Sharing the task of this immense number, each student is doing 166. To finish their commitments, links will now be made at home and brought to school when turned into chains.
I hope this visual reminder - like the beautiful flag display at West Manhiem - of those we will certainly never forget is meaningful to the kids. I was happy to hear that some of our students were able to make it to the display. Several even reported back to me that they found the flag of Fr. Mychal Judge, who we talked about in class. It is coming down tomorrow so at least do a drive by tonight if you are able.
In the next few weeks our Religion study topics will be moving to the Sacraments of Initiation. I mentioned in class that I will soon be asking for a photo of each student from their own Baptism. Some even showed up at school today - earlier than I expected! Other items such as white Baptismal candles or white garments are welcome to be brought in and shared. (Note - any photos/items sent into school will be able to return home in the same condition they were sent in.)
Don't forget - next Friday is picture day! Uniforms not required, but nice clothes, yes!
Monday: Rel. HW p15 due
Tuesday: Rel. Ch 2 Test
SS Current Event (CE) Due
Wednesday: NO SCHOOL
Thursday: Rel AM Offering Test
Friday: Spelling Lesson 4
Math Ch 1 Test
Have a wonderful weekend!
We had some fun, interactive learning this week with a hands-on science project. While studying cells and organelles, the students had to plan for and organize how to create a model of a plant cell using food items. The next day, they had to use food items I provided (but they suggested) to create this model. We used various items such as jello, oranges, split peas, blackberries, and Reeses peanut butter cups! Check out the pictures on the website!
Our first HW and Current Event assignments began this week. Students should remember that not only are due dates for all CE and prayer tests in their copybooks, but also we've dated and filled in these dates in our HW books for all of September. Punctuality is a critical skill in Middle School life, so I take it seriously for the 5th graders.
Today, we spent some time discussing the events of 9/11 and the importance of remembering those who lost their lives on that day. I read a book about Father Mychal Judge and his sacrifice to help others on 9/11. I encouraged the kids to visit the flag display at West Manheim Elementary to take in the incredible visual display available so close to us! I also encouraged them to talk to you about what you remember, where you were, how you felt, etc. We will have a short follow-up about this on Monday.
Our first test packets are coming home today. Please sign and return these to school no later than Tuesday. Math & Science quizzes from yesterday will be in next week's packet. Also, I began to imput some grades into the portal. Info sheets are coming home with your students today to help you access the grades/averages.
Finally, if you know a 5th grade parent who is not on my email mailing list, please FWD this message to them and ask them to email me. Thanks!
Tuesday: SS Ch3 Less1-2 Quiz
Eng Unit 1 Less 1-5 Quiz
Friday: Spelling Lesson 3
Have a wonderful weekend!
We were able to get a great start to the year this week. We've been setting up notebooks, taking notes, talking about study tips, planning ahead, and being very productive. We also already had a few unexpected schedule changes, but we've been flexible. I hope your children give you updates throughout the week.
I was very proud of our class today as we planned and shared the back-to-school liturgy with our friends and families. Not one glitch! The students were respectful and reverent as well as great helpers to me as we set up and then, later took down sacramentals and necessary items. Our readers and cantors were wonderful and we had no difficulties. We also sat with our Kindergarten friends for the first time to help guide them in the parts of the mass. Overall, great job!
We also finish sharing our Summer Book Reports this week. I was impressed as the students took turns enthusiastically sharing their posters and telling the class about their chosen book. Students did a great job "selling" their books to a group of eager readers! Grade rubrics will be coming home in our first test packet to be sent home next Friday.
Monday: NO SCHOOL
Wednesday: Reading: Weekly Lesson Test (WLT) "Rope Burn"
Religion: Ch1 Test
Current Event (CE) Due
Thursday: Math Ch 1 Less 1-4 Quiz
Science Ch 1 Less 1 Quiz
Friday: Spelling Lesson 2
Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!
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