What we did this week:
Reading: Story - Ultimate Field Trip 3: Wading into Marine Biology
Spelling: Lesson 14
English: Future Tense
Math: Division Review
Religion: Liturgy of the Eucharist & Reconciliation (Friday)
Science: Life Science - Asexual and sexual reproduction, selective breeding
SS: History & Cultures of Europe
This week has been so busy and confusing thanks to snow and schedule changes, I have not have the time to complete grading/marking/recording grades for a test packet this week. I'm going to try to find time this weekend to work on them and hope to have them home with the students on Monday. Please look over, sign, and return them by Wednesday.
Despite the snow delay, our Christmas Program ran smoothly on Wednesday evening. I'm proud of all the work our students put in with Mr. Colgan and how they pulled it off! I've heard compliments from all the teachers and their favorite parts. We had a small snack and video to celebrate on Thursday.
Reconciliation this morning went well. There were 5 priests here! We had an Examination of Conscience as a class as well as an Act of Contrition beforehand.
This is usually about the time of year I suggest to parents that they start to let their child work at a more independent level as this will turn into a good learning experience for Middle School habits. We have been having difficulty having students bring home needed materials daily that are needed for homework assignments and studying. Believe me, I've been telling the students [until blue in the face at times] that they need to be more responsible for remembering these items to take home to study and not just the night before the assessment! Most times, I'll tell the class that the book/copybook/etc. we are done with in class goes DIRECTLY into their backpacks as we finish with that subject through the day. I'd hope this concept would have caught on by now.
To help out the parents, I've put a post on the website pertaining to what the students should be bringing home/reviewing from when it comes to studying for a quiz/test. I've kept this close to the top of the page and there is where it will stay. The fact that I ask the students to write tests reminders for the following week every Friday and/or Monday and EACH day until the day of the test should be helping them to bring home what is needed. There are 5 full months left in 5th grade and that is the time when our class needs to be working on becoming more responsible for themselves individually. Middle School will be a culture shock to them otherwise.
Wednesday: Reading - WLT Marine Biology
Religion Ch 9 Test - Liturgy of the Eucharist
Thursday: Spelling: Christmas List
Religion Act of Contrition Test
Science Ch 3 Test
Friday: Half Day!
Dec. Book It Book Reports Due (Sandwich)
*December Book It Reading Calendars are due Friday, January 3
Have a wonderful weekend! Beware of more snow!
Mrs. Lesley Maurer
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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.