On Tuesday, we missed out on Spanish class with Senora Rupp, but for a good reason! She was welcoming a new grand-baby into the family! We spent time in the classroom practicing our vocabulary and watching "Old McDonald," but in Spanish. The students loved it!
On Wednesday, we were treated to the traveling Delone Band show. What talent in so many of our students! Way to go Alex! After recess, we tuned in to Bishop McFadden's funeral. We were able to catch glimpses of Msgr. Lyons, Fr. Gotwalt, Fr. Marcoe, and Bishop Rhoades, among others. We watched the Introductory Rites, most of the Liturgy of the Word, and the beginning of the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Coincidentally, we are also studying the Sacrament of Holy Orders, so learning about the life of role of a priest during this solemn time is particularly interesting.
On Thursday, we celebrated the Ascension. Our class was not planning the mass, but I'm proud were were able to help out in other ways. We've really come a long way with stepping up to help out and volunteer time when needed. For all masses this year, there were helpers to be altar servers, prepare the song books and bookmarks, set up and put away sacramentals for the altar, put away the chairs, and more as needs arose. Plus, Mrs. Hagarman and Mrs. McCusker always appreciate our help guiding the K students as they learn how to respond and participate in mass.
Thursday afternoon, we had time to plant marigolds in front of the school building. Be sure to check them out the next time you drive by. They are small now, but will grow large and mighty in the new few weeks and months. The 5th grade will be responsible for watering and caring for them until the end of the school year.
We are coming very close to the the final newsletter for this school year. I would like to ask if each parent could reply in email or a note to school by June 6th 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.
Parent Volunteer Opportunities:
On Friday, May 24th (Rain Date - Tuesday, May 28th) for our walking trip to the West Hanover Street Park.
On Monday, June 3, I am looking for some volunteers that can come help us clean up our classroom for the summer. This includes cleaning chairs and desks, and packing and putting away textbooks. If you are available that day in the morning, please let me know. Thanks for your help!
Also, on Wednesday, June 5, Mrs. Bortner is in need of helpers to assist with Field
Day activities. Please return the paper form sent home on Monday or you can reply to me in email if you are available to help.
Tuesday: 50 States and Capitals Test
Wednesday: Religion Ch 19 Holy Orders
Friday: Spelling Lesson 29
Permission Slips for the 5th grade trip (+$5) and field day have been sent home this week.
Have a nice weekend!