Despite the craziness that overtakes Hanover when Halloween comes around, we've been ultra-productive in class this week! We undertook a big pumpkin globe project over multiple days. We learned about longitude, latitude, the equator, prime meridian, tropics, 7 continents and 3 oceans. As much as I'd love to keep these on display, our warm building will not permit it and these are coming home today. Remember to keep our pumpkin globes cool. I won't mention names, but I once heard a story of a student to took it upon themselves to keep it as a 5th grade memory and put it in the back of their closet... It was discovered a few months later - in not so good shape. Outside is best. :)
We also had a lot of fun with our Halloween Spelling List. We made ghosts for our prayer partners as well as a craft together and yummy snacks to munch on today. We learned of Saint Damien who sacrificed his own health, and eventually his life, to love and care for the lepers of Molokai. We enjoyed singing about photosynthesis. We began discussing our first formal writing for English class. Students are choosing topics for a research writing next week. We've dove into Egypt and have been practicing hieroglyphics and learning about mumification! Our math fluency is getting practice with single and double digit factors. We updated our HW assignment books so everyone should be dated up through the end of November. This means due dates for CE assignments, prayer tests, and Book It due dates should be filled in. Oh and the book fair too! Whew, I'm exhausted!
Next week, we'll be prepping and delivering boxes for our Thanksgiving food collection. (Papers came home about this on Wednesday.) Remember our class is collecting green beans. Last year, the 5th grade brought in over 60 cans! Just saying... Oh, and if you have any more boxes, we could use a few more.
The Elementary School will have Liturgy on Tuesday, November 1st for All Saints Day. Join us if you are available. 3rd grade is planning the liturgy, but some 5th graders are helping out too.
Tuesday: Math Ch 2 Test
SS Ch 4 Less 1-2 Quiz
Wednesday: CE Due
Friday: Spelling Lesson 9
Have a wonderful weekend! I hear it'll be a nice, sunny one!
I have been having difficulty with my school email address. I can receive and read your messages to the SJS address just fine, but my outgoing replies get trapped in my outbox and never leave! All of my responses will come from this email address. (In the meantime, if you have IT expertise and can help with this problem, please contact me.)
This week we've spent more time having political talks. I told the class we are organizing and planning a school election on our national election day, November 8th. Today, the class made "VOTE!" posters which we hung up around the school. When you are here for your conference, look for a few. The posters are on every floor. I hope they encourage the adults to vote as well!
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. These are ok to bring in during parent conferences tomorrow.
Please remember that parent/teacher conferences are 15 minutes and be mindful of those scheduled before/after you.
We will be doing a project with pumpkins next week. Each student will need a pumpkin approximately the size of a soccer ball. Please send in this pumpkin with your child Monday, October 24 or Tuesday, October 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: Sci - Ch 2 Less 1 Quiz
Wednesday: Eng - Unit 2 Test Nouns
Gym Soccer Test
Thursday: Rel - Ch 4 Test Confirmation
Friday: Spelling Halloween List Test
Rdg - WLT "When the Circus Came to Town"
Have a wonderful weekend!
A big, fun highlight this week was the firefighters visit for our annual Fire Prevention Assembly! We learned lots of great tips to stay safe the kids got homework to test home smoke detectors, practice a drill at home, and decided on a meeting place. But the best came outside! Check out pictures below for some cool shots!
For Monday, Mrs. Pugliese would like the students to be able to play "Hot Cross Buns" on the recorder. She told the class this 2 weeks ago on 10/3.
Monday: Wolfgang Orders and Money Due
Tuesday: Rel Act of Hope Test
Wednesday: CE Due
Rdg - WLT The Night of San Juan
Thursday: Spelling Lesson 8
Friday: NO SCHOOL - CONFERENCES
Have a wonderful weekend!
Busy and productive week here in our upstairs corner office at SJS!
1. Conference time confirmation slips have been sent home. Ask your child if you have not yet seen your time. Let me know ASAP if your schedule changes and you need a time/date change.
2. Our class has been loving our "WOTD" (Word of the Day!) So far we've been through abolish, absurd, access, accomplish, achievement, aggressive, alternate, altitude, antagonist, antonym, anxious, apparent, approximate, aroma, assume, astound, available, avalanche, banquet, beverage, bland, blizzard, budge, and bungle. They are encouraged to use the word throughout the day and earn a "teacher's cone" for their desk. The competition is fierce, but we are learning lots of new vocab!
3. Mass today was beautiful! The 4th grade did a wonderful job! Fr. Ryan even hung around and chatted with the kids at lunch and recess too.
4. Our 9/11 good deeds chains are coming home today. I know the students really were surprised to see how many we amassed and I reminded them that each link was for someone who died. Continue to keep the victims and their families in your prayers as we do at school.
5. We performed our first "Reader's Theatre" today! Check out the pictures below!
6. A few parents asked me about assignments that were noted as missing on the grade portal for Art. I spoke with Mrs. Fagnani today about it and it seems that the assignments that were missing were Art Journal HW assignments. She collected all the students' journals today to see if any of those missing assignments could be accounted for. Your child should know what he/she needs to complete for Art class.
7. As per Mr. Golden's letter (sent home this past Tuesday), I will be teaching several "Safe Environment" lessons next week. I teach from a Diocesan-written lesson plan and parents are welcome to come in and look over these if you are interested. I can also have these available during parent conferences if anyone would like to look them over.
Monday: NO SCHOOL!
Wednesday: Math Mult. Quiz
Friday: Spelling Lesson 7
Science Ch 1 Test
Have a wonderful long 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