Welcome to our new year! We are all glad to be rid of 2020! Most of our CEs that came in this week were happily written about the new year. We are off to a good start: we surpassed our December minutes goal, we worked on and finished our plant brochures, and we got to see the eagles on the Codorus cam for the first time! Now I've got the kids thinking about the football games for this weekend - Go RAVENS :)
Since this was our CE week, we also had a BRIEF discussion about the biggest CE that happened at our country's Capitol Building this week. I stuck to the bare bones. 1) There was a peaceful protest planned at the same time as the certification of electoral votes. 2) The protest became more volatile as the building was breached and broken into which halted the process of certification. 3) The building was cleared by officials/police and eventually the process continued. This certified the Biden win. I very much wanted to avoid details as that would have been a slippery slope and told the students if they have more Qs, to come home and speak to you about it. I believe Time for Kids intends to cover this story and I'll preview it when it does happen to see if it is something kid-friendly enough for our class. TFK usually does a good job of making it understandable for us.
Something might POP up for math this week...
Tuesday - WLT #9
Thursday - Religion Ch 9 Test
Friday - Spelling 13
Verbs Quiz 4.1-4.5
If you wouldn't mind, I have some plans that require LOTS of TP tubes. If you could start collecting them at home for me, I'd be so appreciative. You can send them in a few at a time or a bagful, but I'm looking at them on or before 1/22.
Have a wonderful weekend! God Bless You!
With our mid-week snowstorm, our plans had to be tweaked a bit. I didn't want to have to carry over anything into next week, but it appears we do have some "overflow". Because of this, we'll have 2 tests on Monday.
Thank you for sending in all of the donations for our Christmas festivities next week. Remember if your child would like to participate in our small class gift exchange, send in a wrapped $1-2 gift by Wednesday. I have a few other fun games planned as well.
Be sure to ask your child about our special outdoor administration-approved visitor this afternoon. :)
Monday - Christmas Spelling List
SS Egypt Test
Wednesday - December Book Report Due
Monday January 4th - December Reading Log Due
I hope everyone has a WONDERFUL and BLESSED Christmas break with your families! I think we are all in agreement that we are ready to be done with 2020 and are hopeful for a better 2021! God bless you!
Another week in the books! Thank you for continuing to work with our school families to keep everyone safe with masks, spacing, and sanitation. Today, we did a VennDiagram to compare March 13 and November 13 and their stark differences. We've come a long way since our school year was abruptly cut "short" and I'm proud and pleased that we have been in school in-person for 12 full weeks now! This gives new meaning to "It takes a village!" Thanksgiving is right around the corner and we certainly have much to give thanks for! I hope and pray that our school and school families continue to be safe and healthy.
We've wrapped up a big writing sample this week with our compare and contrast essays. Next week, our Saints projects will be due and students will share them with the class. They are looking good! Side note - I gave an oral reminder to the class that when citing their sources "Google" isn't a valid response. Google is a search engine, not a valid website to harvest facts from. Wikipedia is also off limits, but I think we kept that in check pretty well. Please keep an eye out for these. With the dates below, we wrap up our first trimester.
We've started to dive into our study of Egypt. Next week, we'll take a closer look at Hieroglyphs. Our in-class art project is a sarcophagus. Students are loving it! We are still keeping an eye on the electoral map, but it seems changes/potential changes are slow.
We learned about Veteran's Day, it's origins, and how people celebrate it today. We made cards for Vets and perhaps you've seen one of these come home. Please extend our heartfelt thanks to those in your family who have selflessly served our country. We are in your debt.
We went to Mass on Wednesday to celebrate the liturgy of the Eucharist. We stayed for a short "field trip" to get a closer look at the vessels and vestments that are used in church.
Monday - Bring in updated Bk It Calendar for our mid-month check-up
Tuesday - Division Math Quiz
Wednesday - SS CE due
Saint Project due
Thursday - Spanish HW due
Friday - Art HW due
Spelling Lesson 10 Test
Rdg - WLT #6
Have a great weekend!
God Bless You!
The excitement was running high this week as we enjoyed our SJS Election here at school. The kids were eagerly awaiting Tuesday afternoon so we could make sure all our votes were in and ready to be counted! I posted a few pictures below of our election and the results.
We've been checking on the Electoral Map throughout the week as well to see the results coming in from the national election. I can't believe people are still counting votes, 3 days later! But, in a way, it is interesting to show the class a perfect example of Democracy in action. We've had times while calculating the differences between the candidates that the numbers changed. This morning, the class had a strong reaction when I was looking at the class with my back to the whiteboard and they witnessed PA change from red to blue. I'm sure they may ask you to check the numbers/colors with them throughout the weekend. Who knows when counting will be done and official results are announced...
We've been working on some writing samples in class this week as we took a break from our normal grammar lessons. Our 2 paragraph compare/contrast essay is being wrapped up early next week. We will continue to draft, edit, and work on our Saint Projects through at least the end of next week.
We had an impromptu "Field Trip" today as the Farmer Danner was preparing to harvest his corn crop. We went out and enjoyed an informational presentation by him, which was followed by student questions. See the photos below.
Tuesday - Rel Ch 2 Test
Wednesday - Good Copy of C/C Essay due
Thursday - Religion Act of Faith Test
Friday - Spelling Lesson 9
I've been reminding the class that the end of Trimester 1 is coming quick. The last day for graded assignments is Thursday, November 19. Rediker is up-to-date if you haven't recently checked your child's academic grades.
We are now in "Winter Uniforms" per the dress code. The biggest change is basically that students should wear pants for gym Thursdays and boys should wear pants with their regular uniforms on all other days. Please also help remind your child to come to school with proper outerwear for the cooler fall temperatures - sweatshirt/hoodie minimum!
Have a great weekend! It seems as though we are in for another few days of unseasonably beautiful and warm weather!
God Bless You!
What a week! We just ended it with a small Halloween celebration in the classroom. We watched CoCo to learn about Day of the Dead - Senora Rupp was very pleased with this, especially since we watched the first 10 minutes in Spanish - trying to listen for familiar vocabulary. Thank you for all those who sent in sweet treats - we enjoyed a yummy afternoon!
We also spent a good bit of time this week getting ready for the SJS Mock Election coming up on Tuesday. Today we collected registration form. Ballots and "I VOTED" stickers are being prepped to be passed out to the teachers. Our class is very excited for this. I forgot to mention this to the class today, but please tell your child patriotic headwear is allowed to be worn in the classroom on Tuesday. This could mean something red/white/blue like a headband, decorated hat, scarf, etc. I only ask we avoid showing favoritism towards a particular candidate so to avoid unnecessarily political debates. Stay tuned for the results of our SJS voting!
Change your clocks back this weekend. Today our Journal entry was "If you could do ANYTHING with that extra hour, what would it be?" We heard lots of interesting answers such as a shopping spree, a trip to Paris, a trip to Canada, transporting SJS to the BEACH, etc.
The SJS winter uniform starts on Monday. Please remember to mark your family name on the inside of sweatshirts/sweatpants/sweaters.
More exciting news this week: we met Father Sam Miller who recently joined our clergy here at St. Joseph! He came in to speak with each class and asked them questions as a "getting to know you" type activity. He told the students he looks forward to seeing them often, in the classroom as well as lunch and recess. That certainly made them smile!
As we get into November this week, I've been reminding the class we are soon coming upon the end of the first trimester in 3 more weeks. Anticipate 1-2 more quiz/test grades in each subject and maybe a few graded CW assignments.
Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy that extra hour!
God Bless You!
Off and on, we've been keeping up with current events and of course this means the upcoming presidential election. We are planning for our own SJS election on 11/3 along with the rest of the country. Registration is next week for all students K-8, faculty, and staff. Then, we vote on 11/3 and our class will be responsible for gathering the results. (With COVID precautions of course.) Our class has been working very hard on these preparations this week. Please ask them about it!
We also completed our Safe Environment lessons this week. Discussions of personal safety followed by saints who help us understand the dignity and care for human life followed. We studied Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Gianna. Students completed activities in their journals for these lessons.
Thank you so much for the little plastic cup donations. We had enough come in that I could do multiples of each experiment which was better than one set everyone took turns checking out. We were working with the interaction between various solids and liquids and observing the reactions or lack thereof for each. They may ask you to recreate one particularly exciting one at home. :)
Please see the new photos below of our Halloween/Egypt craft we worked on this week and some of our election posters.
Wednesday - Pronouns Test
Wednesday - Guidance "Pumpkin Spice" HW due
Wed/Thurs (not sure which one yet) SS Mesopotamia Test Ch 3
Thursday - La Casa Spanish HW due
Friday - Halloween Spelling Test
Have a wonderful weekend!
God Bless You!
It certainly feels like Friday around here! We wrapped up some loose ends today and started working on a fun Halloween project - we are almost done making our own mummies! These are not only fun decorations, but will be good when we soon start learning about Ancient Egypt!
NO SCHOOL tomorrow, Friday 10/16. I've had conferences with most parents by now, and have several more planned for tomorrow.
Here are a few items for next week:
Tuesday - Religion Ch 4 Test
Wednesday - CE Due
Rdg - WLT #4
Friday - Spelling Test 7
**I'm missing 4 Test Packets from this week. Your child should know if their name is on my list.**
Have a wonderful weekend! God Bless!
Forgive my abbreviated newsletter this week, it's been a hectic one.
* No school MONDAY or FRIDAY next week.
* No Test Packets today. They will come home Tuesday to be returned by Thursday.
* There is NO spelling list next week.
* Religion Act of Hope test on Thursday.
* Reading - Book It mid-month check-up on Thursday. Students should bring their up-to-date calendars into school to see how we are with progress to our goals.
* Students have SPANISH and ART HW.
* I've held 7 conferences so far. But everyone should have a confirmation with their upcoming date/time if we haven't talked yet. Please let me know if you need to make a change.
* Baptism pictures are coming home today. Thank for your sharing these sweet memories with us!
Have a wonderful weekend!
What beautiful weather we had today! Our class mask breaks have been occurring all over campus here at SJS. I never thought COVID would provide us more opportunities to get outside and just enjoy the property! Our walks and breaks are turning into a class favorite.
We got a lot of testing completed this week. We had Math and Language STAR testing, Diebels Math testing, and our Ch 1 Math Test. We've started a Science project that will carry into next week. We discussed our upcoming school student council election and spoke about what it would take to earn the position of 5th Grade Representative. We also started to outline the path to the presidency as we'll be hosting a school Presidential Election soon!
Big thanks for sending the amazing Baptism photos. This place is our classroom has been a source of many compliments. They specials teachers have loved admiring your photos when the come visit us.
Our first prayer test is coming up on Tuesday and this is the Morning Offering prayer. Students will have the option of an oral or a written test.
Have a great weekend! God Bless You!
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 - Technology
Thursday - Gym & Spanish
Friday - Art