And just like that, March is here - certainly arriving like a lion!
One thing I forgot in my newsletter last week was a service project we did for those affected by recent events in Florida. After a delicate conversation about school safety, reiterating policy, drills, procedures, etc., our class participated with a few others (4th, 2nd, and 1st I believe) in writing letters full of optimism and hope to those returning to school this week. We drafted and made good copies of these on Friday 2/23 and they were mailed as requested by the FL school principal to arrive by this past Wednesday 2/28 when students would be returning to campus. We spoke carefully to tell them we were thinking of them, keeping all sentences positive, and remembering fondly our newest angels. I pray our words and colorful pictures help ease their pain. Although the good copies are now in FL, I saved the students' drafts for their writing folders for them to share with you when they are returned to students at the end of the school year.
This week, we also spent time discussing Black History Month, and more specifically the contributions young Ruby Bridges made to history in regard to integration. I paused it periodically and the students filled out a worksheet, telling how they would feel at that point if they were in Ruby's shoes. It was refreshing to hear their comments and particularly how shocked they were about why Ruby was treated differently only because she had a different skin color. Our world needs more of that innocence and compassion.
February Book Reports came in this month. The students enjoyed sharing them - dare I say it was their favorite project yet! I've been telling/reminding the students that in addition to the book report each month, they are responsible for completing a reading calendar where minutes read are documented. As the months have continued, I've only noticed a downward trend in the number of students being responsible enough to maintain this calendar through the month. As we start our last month of the program, we will work towards a 100% completion. The students who have been diligent in completing this independent of my reminders were rewarded this week. The daily goal for each student is 20/25 minutes - very attainable.
Next week, we'll discuss details about our upcoming trip. Start praying for a 75* sunny day on 3/16! Thank you for all needed items you sent in today.
Tuesday: Religion - Ch 14 Test
Wednesday: SS CE Due
Friday: Spelling Lesson 21
Religion Prayer to St. Francis Test
****Grade reports are coming home on Wednesday 3/7. Please sign and return the envelope to school the next day. ****
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.
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Monday - Music
Tuesday - Computer
Thursday - Gym & Spanish
Friday - Art