December 12, 2017

Dear Parents,
During this joyous and special time of the year our thoughts and conversations seem to slow down and we begin to think about our relationships: with Jesus, our Church, families and friends. Thoughts such as love, giving, sharing and compassion stand out as guiding rays of light and seem to take on a special sense of importance. We talk to our children about these values and their importance to each of us and to those close to us. This time of the year brings out the best in us and we seem to be more apt to share with others who don’t have as much as we do. The Giving Tree project at St. Peter’s Catholic Church is a wonderful opportunity for the children to really experience this.

Listening to Christmas stories and singing Christmas Carols help us to get into the spirit of Christmas. Last Friday we all watched the Ballet presentation of “Twas Before Christmas” at Koger Center and it was indeed fantastic and the 4K children started to show their high jumps and spin movements when we got back to school. The children will be participating in our Christmas Music Program later this week.

All of us at St. Peters Catholic School wish you and your family a very Merry, Merry Christmas!

 

Week 16 and 17 – December 11 – 21

Religion:                                                                                           
Advent Season       The First Christmas

Language Literacy:

Review – Letters upper case or lower case / Letter sound

Mathematics:
Review – Numbers 1 to 12

Books:

The Gift of Christmas               The Night Before Christmas

Merry Christmas Curious George         The Crippled Lamb

 

 Important Dates to Remember:

December 11 Monday – K4 Class Caroling at 9:30 to 11:30
December 12 Tuesday – Christmas Music Program rehearsal schedule at 8:30 to 10:30 am
– Mass at 6:00 pm. Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Party will follow.
December 13 Wednesday – Mass with Bishop Robert E. Guglielmore
– Educational Technology Apps on iPads with Mrs. Phillips 3rd Grade Class
December 14 Thursday – “Christmas Music Program” in the church, 7:00 pm;
teachers with students in Neglia Hall at 6:30 pm. No After School Program
December 15 Friday – Christmas Gift and Cookies Exchange at 10:00 am
– Farewell Party for Emma at 2:15 pm.
December 20 Wednesday – 11:30 school dismissal, no After School Program
December 21 to January 2 – Christmas Break No School Days
January 3 – School Resumes / Wednesday Mass

Your K4 Team: Mrs. Pasco and Mrs. Robinson

December, 2017

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A Note from Mrs. Preston

Dear Parents and Friends of St. Peter’s School,

The beautiful season of Advent is upon us! During this time of preparation, we focus on the many gifts given to us by God -most especially, the Christ Child humbly taking on our humanity to free us from sin.

The hectic nature of this time of year seems ironic as the greatest gift we have to give and receive is the gift of peace! Know that it is the desire of the faculty and staff to provide a peaceful environment for the children at St.Peter’s throughout these weeks that are filled with special seasonal activities – rehearsals, decorations, parties, and shopping.

Speaking of shopping…I would like to suggest some gift ideas for your children that may seem counter-cultural to the electronic gifts that I am certain will be the big attraction. Please consider toys and games that will encourage active participation, socialization, cooperation, imagination and creativity.

Games: family board games such as Scrabble, Boggle, Life, Pictionary, checkers and chess and outside games that include balls, hula-hoops, bean bags, and jump ropes.

Building materials: blocks, Legos, magnets, crafts, and tools.

Books, magazine subscription, journals, scrapbooks – anything that encourages writing and reading.

Yet, it is my ardent wish that the true gifts of Christmas are simple and focused on the faith filled messages of Advent and Christmas. As a family, take time to attend church each Sunday in Advent, light the candles on the Advent wreath, read the many spiritual and beautiful versions of the Christmas story, and listen to the words as you sing Christmas hymns.

Silent night, holy night, Son of God, loves pure light

Radiant beams from thy holy face, with the dawn of redeeming grace,

Jesus, Lord at thy birth, Jesus, Lord at thy birth.”

 

Wishing you and your family the many blessings of the Christmas season.

Kathy Preston

Principal

 

November 27-December 1

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A Note From Mrs. Roy

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving break, filled with time spent with family and friends. Quarter 2 Progress Reports will be going out on Tuesday; please review them carefully with your student and return them to school in the Tuesday folder. If you have any questions about them, do not hesitate to ask me.

In Class This Week

Grammar: We will continue with nouns this week. There will be focus on common and proper nouns, along with singular and plural nouns.

Vocabulary: Our 14 words this week are from our novel Holes. There will be a test on Friday, and we will do a good bit of practice for this test in class throughout the week. The list of words can be found here.

Reading: We will continue reading Holes in literature circles. We will also complete comprehension questions after every few chapters.  As a group, we will focus on the characters and the setting. There will be a quiz on chapters 1-10 on Thursday; students should study their comprehension question sheets to prepare.

Religion: We will learn about Joshua and Jericho, and then turn our focus on to the law. This will include Paul and the Spirit of the Law, along with the Two Great Commandments. There will be discussions about how we can incorporate these laws of God into our daily lives.

Science: The week will be spent digging a bit deeper into our unit on electricity. There will be an open-notebook quiz on Thursday to “check in” on what we’ve learned so far.

5th Grade Grammar/Writing: We will finish up our unit on pronouns with contractions and various forms of pronouns. There will be a quiz on Wednesday on lessons 2.7-2.11. Our final few classes of the week will be spent reviewing for our unit test, which will take place next Tuesday ( December 5).

6th Grade Grammar/ Writing: This week will be spent continuing to look at possessive nouns, followed by appositives. We will end the week by looking at how nouns can be used as verbs or as adjectives.

Important Dates & Reminders

Tuesday, November 28 – Progress Reports

Wednesday, November 29 – Mass (dress uniform)

Sunday, December 3 – Advent Begins

Friday, December 8 – Field Trip (‘Twas the Night Before Christmas play)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 20-21

 

A Note from Miss De Rhodo

Dear Parents and Families,

I am very excited to focus on Thanksgiving this school week (2 days). We will focus on the history of the holiday and the symbols and celebrations of it in America.

The students will also be sharing their own Gratitude Bags over these two days, and I am eager to hear what they are thankful for! I believe this will be a great opportunity for the students to share what is meaningful to them; the students will be able to get to know each other even better than they already do. Furthermore, I hope that creating this bag was a reflective experience for the children, helping them realize all the wonderful blessings in their lives.

Furthermore, it has been a pleasure working with each and every one of your students! I will miss them very much and have my St. Peter’s family in my prayers! Thank you again for giving me the opportunity to teach your precious children.

 

In Class this week:  November 20-21


English Language Arts:

Sight words: This week, we will be reviewing all sight words learned so far. They will become familiar with certain Thanksgiving words.

Full list: I, a, and, like, the, is, come, we, to, see, me, be, am, an, no, it, has, you, this, have, he, she, do

Reading: predicting; Listening to informational texts and telling facts learned from it; main idea and details about informational text

ELA: sounds at certain parts of words (beginning, middle, and end); ABC order

*Here is a link to a letter name and sound activity we are doing as well: “Phonercise” Dr. Jean

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxrUgwVbqoM

 

Writing: Students will work on writing their sight words, names, and using the skill of sounding out words (at least their first sound) to write words. Students are working on writing on lines, writing what a picture represents, and writing simple sentences.

Religion: Prayer and praying with families

Math: review of counting up to 30; counting in the 30s; counting by tens to 30

*Here is a link to a song that helps students practice counting aloud in the correct order that we will be using this week (1-20): “The Number Rock” by Etc Language Resources

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PA3RsVVdh8 

 

Social Studies: the history of the first Thanksgiving

Books this week:

Happy Thanksgiving , Written by: Maragaret McNamara and Illustrated by: Mike Gordon

Thank You, THANKSGIVING , by: David Milgrim

The Very First Thanksgiving Day, by: Rhonda Gowler Greene and paintings by: Susan Gaber

Let’s Celebrate Thanksgiving , by: Peter and Connie Roop and Illustrated by: Gwen Connelly

Important Dates & Reminders

November 20 – Students’ personal “Gratitude Bags” are due.

November 22 – November 24: Thanksgiving Break. No school on these days. Happy Thanksgiving!

 

*Please send your child with one snack for snack time each day. We are trying to keep snack time as just a time to briefly recharge and not linger with many food items. Thank you!

 

*Cubby space is getting a little crowded! Please send students with a small blanket for nap time, and if they do bring a stuffed animal from home, please make sure it is a smaller one.

 

Homework

There will be no homework this week! Enjoy time with family!

If you have some down time and would like to practice some academic skills with your child, you can practice sight words, rhyming, and counting to 40 (counting aloud and counting objects).

Thanks for all you do to support your children and our classroom!

 

Sincerely,

Miss De Rhodo and Ms. Moore

November 13th – 17th

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A Note From Mrs. Phillips

 

Our class had a wonderful week last week.  I couldn’t compliment the class enough on how well they were learning, asking questions, being insightful, acting in kindness, and using their good listening skills.  We are making progress in leaps and bounds.  For that, I am grateful.

Tim Miller to visit St. Peter’s!  We are excited we will have a local meteorologist visit to speak to third, sixth, and the K5 classes about all things weather.  How grateful I am!

Continuing our theme of being grateful, our class will put on another set of reader’s theater plays focusing on Thanksgiving.  Such a dramatic (in a good way) class we have.  Several budding drama majors possibly?  I have loved watching them take their roles and make it their own.  Such a treat for me.

In Class This Week…

Religion: In religion this week, we will continue our month long lessons on the saints.  Each student has been assigned two letters in which they will choose a saint that goes with that letter to research this week.  We will finish our research and writing our informational pages on each of these essays by Thanksgiving break.  The students have really loved learning about their chosen saints!

Reading: The class has LOVED acting out our readers theater.  We have some budding actors in our class!  This week, we will break into groups again to work on plays based on the Thanksgiving spirit.  We will then present these to the K4 class next week.

Language Arts:   The students will finish plural nouns and begin possessive nouns with this week.    The class will have a spelling list based on Thanksgiving words to compliment our reader’s theater parts.  STAR homework will be due Friday and we will test on these words Friday as well.

Math:  The class has begun multiplication.  This is a crucial point in our math curriculum in third grade.  I cannot stress enough to practice, practice, practice at home as much as possible.  We discussed learning our facts were just as important as learning our sight words in kindergarten.  This is a mathematical foundation to base many more lessons on in their years to come.  I love the School House Rock multiplication songs and how they also incorporate our religion into our math lessons.  I will post many here for you to watch with your student.   Please continue to use the xtramath.com website for basic fact practice each week.  I only ask for 2 nights, however your child can use this site each day for more practice.

Science: In science the students will begin climates around the world.  We will have a visit from Tim Miller of the WIS TV weather crew on Wednesday here to speak to the students about all things weather.  Such a great opportunity for us to ask questions of him and to learn about his career.

Social Studies:  The students will continue the branches of our government.

 

REMINDERS:

Monday, November 13th- 2:00 dismissal

Wednesday, November 15th- Tim Miller from WIS TV visits third grade!

Wednesday, November 22nd – Friday, November 24th- Thanksgiving Break

November 6th – 10th

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A Note From Mrs. Phillips

Thanks therefore be unto God for his unspeakable gift.  2 Corinthians 9:15

My gift is a wonderfully supportive group of parents and amazing children to teach.  Thank you for a lovely conference day.  I enjoyed speaking to each of you, even in a short time frame.  And thank you for sharing your children with me.  I continue to learn each day from them.

This month we will have a theme of gratitude.  Many of the activities we will do will incorporate this theme throughout.  I urge you to discuss gratitude and being thankful with your children at home.  This can make for some wonderful dinner or car ride discussions.

In Class This Week…

Religion: In religion this week, we will begin our month long lessons on the saints.  In November, each child will research a saint in class and we will create an A to Z saint book to be displayed in the library.  We will also discuss the 10 Commandments this week, as the first reading on Wednesday at mass will be about these.

Reading: The class will begin learning about reader’s theater.  The class will be broken into groups this week to work on and show a reader’s theater story based on gratitude.  We will then showcase our talents to another class.

Language Arts:   The students will continue with nouns this week.  We will focus on plural nouns and our spelling list will not include vocabulary, but will be all plural nouns.  STAR homework will be due Friday and we will test on these words Friday as well.

Math:  The class will finish subtraction and test on Tuesday.  We will continue our candy corn math this week for practice.  After subtraction, we will focus on how to solve word problems (puzzles) and strategies we can use.

Science: In science the students will finish their science lab on floods.  We will discuss lightening and hurricanes.  The students will test on weather hazards on Friday.  Check on Tuesday for a study guide in binders.

Social Studies:  The students will begin the branches of our government.  We will complete a study guide in class and discuss how a bill becomes a law.

 

REMINDERS:

 

Monday, November 13th- 2:00 dismissal

Wednesday, November 15th- Tim Miller from WIS TV visits third grade!

Wednesday, November 22nd – Friday, November 24th- Thanksgiving Break

October 9-13, 2017

A Note from Miss Geene

This week will be a busy week! We have our Pet Blessing at 2:30pm on the soccer field on Wednesday, October 11th. On Friday, October 13th, we have our Living Rosary at 9:30am. I hope many of you will be able to join us in blessing each pet and celebrating Our Lady of the Rosary.

Please remember to check the list for your child’s week to be our Snack Shack managers. This week our Snack Shack managers are Annelisa Fitz and Carter Schrenker. Snacks and the receipts must be brought in on Tuesday, October 10th. Thank you for supporting the sixth grade in their business endeavor.

Below is a list of the students who are on Honor Guard this week. If your student is participating, they must stay until the end. Please do not pick them up during car line unless I have been given a note. Thank you for your support!

Honor Guard Schedule

This Week in Class

4th Grade Math:  We will begin discussing multiplication of two to four digit numbers by one digit numbers. Students can use the review games and math videos below to practice math skills by playing fun math games and watching short lessons on math skills.

Math Practice Games

5th Grade Math: We will be discussing multiplication and division of whole numbers and decimals. Students can use the review games and math videos above to practice math skills by playing fun math games and watching short lessons on math skills.

6th Grade Reading:   This week the students will be focusing on expository writing to complete their in class The City of Ember final project. The projects will be presented in class on Friday, October 13th.

We will start our next novel, The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood on Monday, October 16th. Please make sure to purchase or borrow the novel by this date.

 

 

The Spelling and Vocabulary test will be given on Friday, October 13th. The words are listed in the document below.

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6th Grade Religion: We will have our first Religion Test on Unit 1 on Thursday, October 12th. The students can use their notes, the Bible, and the textbook to study. Then, we will begin discussing Saint John Neumann.

6th Grade Science: We will continue discussing the types of plate tectonic boundaries and their effects on earth’s surface. We will discuss volcanoes and island formation. Students can use the videos attached below to help them study.

6th Math: We will discuss prime and composite numbers and prime factorization.

Reminders & Important Dates

October 9, 2017         No School

October 11, 2017        School Mass  (Dress Uniforms)

October 11, 2017     2:30pm Pet Blessing on the Soccer Field

October 13, 2017     9:30am Living Rosary on the Soccer Field

Please share the videos below with your student.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAHY6965o08

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfVNnk8FHcU

September 5, 2017

Dear Parents,
We hope that you had an enjoyable Labor Day weekend. We are refreshed, the children are also refreshed, we hope, and now we will continue what we had started earlier.
In Religious Education, the children will learn to develop positive attitudes about themselves, their families, and friends, by discovering and learning more about the many gifts, talents, and abilities God has provided to them and all mankind.
In Language Literacy we will start to learn uppercase and lower case letters. First we will work on letter recognition, then sounding and writing the letters.
In Mathematics, children will learn more about number characters, number words, then will make sets and count using one to one correspondence. Children will learn about primary colors, two dimensional shapes, and lines that they will use for writing strokes. They will also learn more about objects that are the same/alike and different.

Week 3 – September 4 to 7

Theme:
Discovering Me

Religion:
My Name is Special!
God made me. God loves me. God knows me by name!
(Isaiah 43:1-4)

Language and Literacy:
Letter of the week- T, t
Identify and write the child’s first name.

Mathematics:
Identify and Draw Shape – Circle
Number 2 – two
Color – Yellow

Books:
I Can See What God Does
Amazing Grace
“Take Care of Things” Edward Said
Clifford’s Good Deed

Important Dates to Remember:

September 21
PTO Meeting 5:30 Neglia Hall

September 25
2 PM Early Dismissal (ASP Available)

September 29 – 7:30-9:00
Coffee Break for parents of K4 & K5 students in the Library with the Principal

Your K4 Team: Mrs. Pasco and Mrs. Robinson

August 29, 2017

Dear Parents,

The first week has been a good one!  The K-4 children are getting to know each other,

learn where to look for things they need, and are trying their best to follow directions,

classroom rules and routines.  They have spoken about themselves, their favorite things,

and their families.

During your visit, please take a moment to look around your child’s classroom to see

what skills they are working on.

 

Week 2 – August 28 to September 1

Theme: Rules and Regulation

Religion: Gad Made Me Special

Language Literacy: Identify letters of their name and write. Letter of the week – Mm

Mathematics: Shape: SQUARE, Number: 1 ONE, Color: RED, Alike/Same and Different

Special Area Schedule: Monday: Spanish, Tuesday: Guidance and Music, Wednesday: Art,

Thursday: Library and Music, Friday: P.E.

 

Books: Me and My Family, God’s Creation, David and Goliath,

The Patchwork Quilt, I Love You Crazy,

 

Important Date to Remember:

Monday, September 4 – Labor Day/ No School

 

Team: Mrs. Elizabeth Pasco and Mrs. Pamela Robinson

 

 

 

Rising Second Grade Summer Reading and Supply list

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Below is my suggested summer reading list. Your child should read at least three picture books or one chapter book and fill out the attached worksheet for each book. In addition, I strongly suggest completing the 1st-2nd Grade Summer Bridge workbook.

 

Suggested Book List

 

Any Library Mouse books by Daniel Kirk

 

Any There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A..

books by Lucille Colandro

 

Stuart Little: Stuart at the Library by Susan Hill

 

Froggy Builds a Tree House by Jonathan London

 

Skippy Jon Jones: Class Action by Judy Schachner

 

Ron’s Big Mission by Rose Blue and Corrine J Naden

 

Any Frog and Toad books

 

Any Bernstein Bears books

 

Any Magic Tree House chapter books

 

Any Junie B. Jones chapter books

 

Any A-Z Mystery chapter books

 

 

 

 

Second Grade Reading Report by ______________________

                                                                             Student’s Name

 

Title:__________________________

Author: ________________________

 

Why did you like this book?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title:__________________________

Author: ________________________

 

Why did you like this book?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title:__________________________

Author: ________________________

 

Why did you like this book?

 

 

1 backpack without wheels

1 box of crayons (24 pack)

#2 pencils (2 boxes of 24),

3 glue sticks

1 pair scissors

4 PLASTIC folders (red, blue, green yellow)

  1. package of lose leaf paper (wide ruled)2 composition notebooks1 package of colored pencils1 SET EACH addition/subtraction flash cards (you can get this at the dollar store)1 hand sanitizer (pump Kind)1 box gallon Sandwich bags1 Antibacterial soap (pump kind)
  2. 1 box of quart sandwich bags
  3. 1 container of disinfectant wipes Clorox/Lysol
  4. 2 boxes of Kleenex
  5. 1 package (10) washable markers
  6. 1 rubber eraser
  7.   2 reams of copy paper
  8. 2 composition notebooks

    1 rubber eraser

    1 package of colored pencils

    1 package (10) washable markers

    1 SET EACH addition/subtraction flash cards (you can get this at the dollar store)

    2 boxes of Kleenex

    1 hand sanitizer (pump Kind)

    1 container of disinfectant wipes Clorox/Lysol

    1 box gallon Sandwich bags

    1 box of quart sandwich bags

    1 Antibacterial soap (pump kind)